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University of Portland bioethics team wins national competition

Chemistry

Nursing

Biology

Philosophy

The University of Portland bioethics team won the 2017 Bioethics Bowl by defeating Georgetown University in the finals. In only the second year competing, the UP team was undefeated in the Bioethics Bowl.

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Seven University of Portland students offered prestigious 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants, has announced that seven students have been named finalists for the 2017 awards to teach English, do research, or attend graduate school abroad.

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The Beacon

The Beacon takes top awards in college journalism competition

Student Activities

The Beacon, the University of Portland student newspaper, recently won six First Place awards in the regional Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Mark of Excellence competition for college journalism.

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Dr. Laura McLary

Three German Studies students awarded grants to study in Germany

International Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Sciences

The German Studies Program and Department of International Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce three awardees of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) University Summer Course Grants for intensive German language learning in Germany this summer.

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School of Education

University of Portland School of Education EdD Program Earns National Carnegie CPED Designation and Research Partnership (NNERPP) Affiliations

Education

The University of Portland’s School of Education Doctor of Education in Leading and Learning (EdD) has earned two national honors for its innovative programming and research partnerships, including a Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) designation and a national Research Partnership affiliation.

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UP Regent Pat Johnson '86 honored among "2017 Women of Influence"

Awards and Rankings

Business

Communication Studies

Patricia (Pat) K. Johnson, a member of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents, will be honored this April by the Portland Business Journal at the 14th Annual Women of Influence 2017 Awards.

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University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business ranked top part-time MBA program in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report

Awards and Rankings

Business

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked 84th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings. The Pamplin School of Business is ranked highest out of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs.

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Shiley School of Engineering joins National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Engineering

The University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering has been accepted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program, a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century, according to Sharon Jones, Shiley dean of engineering.

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Seven students win honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

College of Arts and Sciences

Performing and Fine Arts

A group of 38 University of Portland students and five faculty spent February 20-24 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for a week of competitions, workshops and performances, and seven students received awards and honors.

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Architectural rendering of Dundon-Berchtold Hall

University of Portland unveils future academic building

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

At the University of Portland’s annual State of UP luncheon today, University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. unveiled the plans for Dundon-Berchtold Hall, a new academic center with over 63,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, offices, auditorium, career center, and the Dundon-Berchtold Institute.

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Four engineering students complete University Innovation Fellows training

Engineering

Shiley School of Engineering students Alec Kauffman, Jean Paul Mugisha, Jeremy Revlock, and Elizabeth Rowe have completed University Innovation Fellows training offered by Stanford University' Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

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School of Nursing professors, students research factors that improve moral resilience of students

Nursing

Professors Lorretta Krautscheid and Laura Mood, UP students, and researchers from University of Tennessee in Knoxville are studying ways to help student nurses improve resilience and prevent burnout.

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School of Education

University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master’s level institutions

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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2017 Commencement Honorary Degrees Announced

University of Portland announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorees

Commencement

The University of Portland has announced the honorees to be recognized during the 2017 Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on campus in the Chiles Center on Sunday, May 7.

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Gary Malecha

Dr. Gary Malecha, professor of political science, to serve as interim dean of College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Portland president Fr. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. has announced Dr. Gary Malecha, professor of political science, will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

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Brian Doyle

Portland magazine editor Brian Doyle selected as winner of 2017 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing

Awards and Rankings

The John Burroughs Association announced today that Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s Portland magazine, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing for his book Martin Marten, published by Macmillan Publishers in 2015.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

Shiley School of Engineering becomes first Oregon institution to join Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network

Engineering

The University of Portland’s acclaimed Shiley School of Engineering has become the first institution of higher education in Oregon to join the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a small group of universities working together to help engineering students graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Author Anthony Doerr

Pulitzer-winning author Anthony Doerr to speak at University of Portland on February 27

College of Arts and Sciences

Library

English

Residence Life

Garaventa Center

Acclaimed author Anthony Doerr will speak at the University of Portland about his award-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27 in the Buckley Center Auditorium.

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A message from Fr. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C., President, to the University of Portland community about the Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

President

On Saturday, January 28, President Donald J. Trump announced significant changes to immigration policies affecting people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. These changes have, understandably, raised concerns and created anxiety for many in the University of Portland community.

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Nursing Lab Refresh

School of Nursing announces changes to Learning Resource Center

Nursing

The School of Nursing’s Learning Resource Center will be undergoing major changes in the upcoming year. Comprised of a 3-phase development plan, nursing students will see upgrades to existing facilities as well as new spaces in the already state-of-the art model hospital and outpatient clinic labs.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

University of Portland ranked top university in Oregon in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values: Private Universities” for 2017

Awards and Rankings

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in its private universities category for 2017. The University of Portland was ranked 58th nationwide among all private universities.

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Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F.

Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F. honored as recipient of Spirit of Holy Cross Award on Blessed Basil Moreau Feast Day, January 20

Residence Life

Awards and Rankings

All members of the University of Portland community are invited to celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, on Friday, January 20, at 5 p.m., at Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F., Fields Hall Director, will be formally honored as a recipient of the 2016 Spirit of Holy Cross Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Congregation upon its lay collaborators.

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University of Portland opens Howard Hall as temporary shelter for fire victims

Public Safety

Howard Hall open January 6-13 for people displaced by SW Alder St apartment fire.

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Susan Stillwell

University of Portland’s Susan Stillwell joins American Health Council Nursing Board

Nursing

University of Portland associate nursing dean Susan Stillwell has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council.

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Shiley School of Engineering develops engineering high school course

Engineering

Shiley School of Engineering professor Shazib Vijlee is working to develop a one-semester pre-engineering course for seniors from De La Salle North Catholic High School who are interested in pursing engineering careers.

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University of Portland Tops 2016 WCC Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Athletics

The University of Portland sits atop the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings after a historic fall season on The Bluff.

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University of Portland students win undergraduate awards, study abroad scholarships

Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Study Abroad

College of Arts and Sciences

Four University of Portland College of Arts and Sciences students have won national and international awards recently.

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School of Nursing announces creation of Alumni Steering Committee

Nursing

The School of Nursing is proud to announce the creation of the Alumni Steering Committee. The group, comprised of 10 members, aims to connect nursing alumni back to the University, support new nursing graduates, and give back to the local community.

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Fr. Ronald Wasowski C.S.C.

Fr. Ronald Wasowski, C.S.C., beloved member of the University of Portland community since 1998, passes away on December 5 (story updated with Funeral Mass information)

Environmental Studies

The University of Portland lost a dear friend and colleague when Fr. Ronald Wasowski, C.S.C. passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack or stroke on Monday evening, December 5.

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Shiley School of Engineering students compete in local competitions

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering recently sent student teams to compete in the 2016 Pacific NW Regional Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming contest as well as the William C. Kloos Traffic Bowl this past month.

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Alumni profile: Mark Pillers ’83, ’86

Engineering

Alumnus Mark Pillers ’83, ’86 never imagined he would spend the better part of his successful engineering career, going on 35 years, in the “frigid Midwest.” The University of Portland graduate (B.Sc. ME 1983, M.Sc.ME 1986) is the Vice President for Cab Sales and Marketing at Crenlo, Inc., in Rochester, Minnesota, a company best known for designing and manufacturing industrial and agricultural vehicle cabs for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) clients such as Caterpillar and John Deere.

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Shiley School of Engineering students awarded local scholarships

Engineering

Senior civil engineering majors Antonia Molina and Jacob Whitfield each received a 2016 Douglas P. Daniels/Coral Sales Company Scholarship.

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Shiley School of Engineering professor Mehmet Inan interviewed about Japan earthquake

Engineering

Civil engineering professor Mehmet Inan was interviewed by KOIN channel 6 about the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan on Monday, Nov. 21.

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Rhodes Scholar finalist Parkes Kendrick '17

Scholar-athlete Parkes Kendrick '17 selected as finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics

Awards and Rankings

Athletics

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

University of Portland senior Parkes Kendrick has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. If successful, Kendrick will become the first University of Portland student to be named a Rhodes Scholar.

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UP students win top honors at Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium

Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Two University of Portland science students brought home the top two awards in the Earth & Environmental Sciences category at the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium Nov. 4.

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School of Nursing to add new master's programs

Nursing

The School of Nursing will add two new master's programs: a master’s of science in innovation in health systems and a master’s of science in quality and safety in health systems. Both master’s programs, which will begin during the Fall 2017 semester, can be completed in five semesters, including one summer session, with online courses and several on-campus immersion sessions.

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ROTC cadets at Veterans Day ceremony

University of Portland hosts Veterans Day 24-hour vigil and commemoration ceremony on Friday, November 11

The Praying Hands/Broken Wall Memorial on the University of Portland campus is the site of the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

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UP alumna Monica Enand ’05, MBA receives Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Alumni

Business

UP alumna Monica Enand ’05, MBA in finance, received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award during the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network's 2016 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards on October 26. Enand was one of 20 finalists chosen from 141 nominees.

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Eric Daniel Arakawa '02 receives professional achievement award

Alumni

Engineering

Eric Daniel Arakawa '02 has been presented with the 2016 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement.

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Dan Wieden

University of Portland to host Bauccio Lecture Series speaker Dan Wieden, Wed., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Franz Center

The University of Portland and the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will welcome Dan Wieden, co-founder & chairman of Wieden+Kennedy, on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bauccio Commons on campus.

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Stempel family

Alumnae profile: Mary '78 and Katie '15 Stempel

Nursing

For mother/daughter pair, Mary and Katie Stempel, the University of Portland is more than just a university; it’s where they both found their passion for helping others. Not only did Mary ’78 and Katie ’15 both graduate from UP’s School of Nursing, they happen to both work in women’s services and volunteer their time with the organization Faith in Practice.

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Portland women win the team and individual WCC Championship titles, while men take second

Athletics

The eighth-ranked Portland women's team won the 2016 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championship on Friday, while junior Lauren LaRocco ran away from the field to win the individual title at Mission Bay Park. The No. 12 Portland men also had a solid showing at the WCC's, finishing second only to No. 4 BYU.

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Fr. Richard Berg, CSC

Fr. Richard Berg, CSC's "Scars" adapted into stage play, premieres January 24

Development

After interviewing a group of nine active duty military veterans undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Fr. Richard Berg, CSC wrote a fictional story incorporating the soldiers’ stories and his own research. The resulting novel, Scars, was published by Corby Books, Lakeville, Ind., in 2013. The book has converted to a stage play by scriptwriter Roccie Hill and producer John Beaulieu and will be premiered on January 24, 2017, at 7 p.m., during the Fertile Ground Festival, held January 19-29 at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Ore.

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Dr. James Covert

Dr. James Covert, UP professor emeritus in history, passes away

College of Arts and Sciences

History

Alumni

James Thayne Covert, Ph.D., professor emeritus in history at the University of Portland, died at his home on Thursday, October 13, of complications from a stroke. He was 84 years old.

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Michael Williamson '18

Michael Williamson '18 competes at University Start Up World Cup

Business

Franz Center

University of Portland senior finance major Michael Williamson was awarded runner up in his category for his business venture, Sentri Performance, at the finals of the University Start-Up World Cup, held Friday, October 7, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

Shiley School of Engineering continues to surge in Northwest

Engineering

The University of Portland's Shiley School rises in prominence among schools of engineering as it builds a reputation for drawing women and underrepresented minorities.

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2016 Service Plunge at Peninsula School

University of Portland listed on annual President's Service Honor Roll for 8th Year

Moreau Center

Awards and Rankings

The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the 2015 award winners for the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the University of Portland has been named once again.

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Circle of four women cross country runners

Women’s cross country ranked no. 5 nationally

Athletics

The Pilot women's cross country team notches its highest national ranking in program history.

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Taylor Zehren '16 awarded Fulbright to Argentina, brings student Fulbright total to seven for 2016

Awards and Rankings

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Taylor Zehren '16 was awarded UP's first student Fulbright to Argentina. He is the seventh UP student to accept a Fulbright award for 2016-2017.

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Shiley School of Engineering hosts Summer Project Showcase

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering held a Summer Project Showcase in September to highlight industry-based research projects completed by students.

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Illustration of University of Portland athletic P logo.

Pilot Student Athletes Excel in the Classroom

Athletics

Pilot student athletes demonstrate academic excellence, with 39% of all Pilot athletes earning Dean's List recognition in the fall of 2016, with representatives from every UP athletic team.

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Shiley School of Engineering research team completes innovative ecoroof project

Engineering

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Cara Poor, civil engineering professor, and her team of two students recently finished their project “Sustainability of Ecoroofs: An Evaluation of Runoff Water Quality from Ecoroofs in the Portland Area.”

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University of Portland ranked 7th in the West

University of Portland ranked 7th in the West by 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

Engineering

Education

Nursing

Business

Awards and Rankings

For the 22nd consecutive year, the University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The University is 7th out of 124 institutions listed in the “Regional Universities – West” classification.

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University of Portland Welcomes Class of 2020: second-largest and among most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history

Admissions

University of Portland welcomed the Class of 2020 as freshmen moved into the dorms on Thursday, August 25. It is among the largest, most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history.

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2016 Zahm Lecture features Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF on "Cosmology, Catholicity, and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters"

Garaventa Center

The 2016 Zahm Lecture in American Catholic Education will take place on Thursday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, a Franciscan Sister and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, will present “Cosmology, Catholicity and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters” on Thursday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The Zahm Lecture is free and open to all.

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Kyle E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship receives new $1.5 million pledge

Development

Alumni

The family of the late Kyle E. Johnson ’05 has expanded their bequest to a memorial scholarship named in his honor. Keith Johnson and his wife informed the University of an additional gift of approximately $1.5 million to the Kyle E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The funds will be held in trust and will transfer to the University as part of Keith Johnson’s estate.

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University of Portland School of Nursing ranked no. 4 in the West

Nursing

Awards and Rankings

UP nursing program ranked no. 4 in the West, no. 46 in US by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.

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Donald T. Galarneau ’49

University of Portland alumnus and longtime benefactor Donald T. Galarneau ’49 passes away

Alumni

Physics

Engineering

Development

University of Portland alumnus and longtime benefactor Donald T. Galarneau ’49 passed away on Saturday, August 20 after a sudden illness. A Portland native, Don generously gave the University $1.5 million during his lifetime, including matching gifts from General Electric (GE), for whom he worked his entire career.  

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Over 150 University of Portland students volunteer at schools, parks and non-profits across the city as part of public service project, August 23-24

Moreau Center

More than 150 students volunteer at 11 local Portland service agencies as part of University of Portland Moreau Center's annual Service Plunge.

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Jennifer Snow Mayo

University of Portland graduate Jennifer Snow Mayo named 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Education

Jennifer Snow Mayo, a 2016 graduate of the University of Portland’s School of Education doctorate program, was recently named a 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Mayo is one of 13 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers chosen from throughout the nation to receive the esteemed fellowship.

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Robert W. Franz

Robert W. (Bob) Franz, member of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents and long-time donor to the University, passes away on August 9

Development

Alumni

Robert W. Franz, longtime regent, friend, and donor leaves his legacy as philanthropist for Franz Hall, Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Franz Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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Matthew Rygg named associate vice president for student affairs

Student Affairs

Matthew Rygg joins UP as associate director for student affairs, overseeing residence life, student activities, the Moreau Center and Career Center.

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University of Portland ranks no. 18 in “Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016” by Forbes.com

Mathematics

Biology

Engineering

Physics

Awards and Rankings

Chemistry

UP ranks no. 18 in Forbes.com's list of top STEM schools.

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University of Portland named best Oregon college for value by MONEY Magazine's annual Best Colleges 2016-2017

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland has been named the best college in Oregon for value in a ranking released today by MONEY Magazine, a Time Inc. publication. MONEY’s annual Best Colleges rankings and search tools are designed to help families find a great college at a great price.

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University of Portland alumnus Riley Clark wins Northwest Emmy Award

Alumni

Athletics

Riley Clark ’16 won a Northwest Emmy Award for his video, “University of Portland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Raises Money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.”

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Earle M. Chiles

Businessman and philanthropist Earle M. Chiles, member of the University of Portland Board of Regents, passes away at age 83

Development

Athletics

Portland businessman and philanthropist Earle M. Chiles passed away on Thursday, June 23 after a long illness. He was 83. Chiles was a longtime supporter of the University of Portland and had been a member of the University’s Board of Regents since 1975.

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Portland Pilots receive All-American honors at track & field national championship

Athletics

Reid Buchanan, Woody Kincaid and Lauren LaRocco win All-American honors at NCAA track & field championships.

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Xan Arch named new dean of University of Portland’s Clark Library

Library

Xan Arch joins University of Portland as dean of the Clark Library, replacing Drew Harrington who retired after 10 years at UP.

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Alumnus Mike Merzenich ’64 awarded prestigious neuroscience award by the Norwegian Academy of Science

Alumni

Education

University of Portland alumnus Mike Merzenich ’64 has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience by the Norwegian Academy of Science for his work in documenting the fundamental plasticity of the human brain.

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University of Portland alumni awarded teaching assistantships in France

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Awards and Rankings

International Languages and Cultures

Kealey Johnson '16 and Douglas Blair '15 were awarded French Teaching Assistantships by the French Ministry of Education

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Allen and Kathleen Lund honor family, faith and formation with a new gift to the University

Residence Life

Development

A new gift commitment from Allen and Kathleen Lund brings their lifetime commitment to the University of Portland to $10 million. In recognition, the new residence hall will be named Lund Family Hall.

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University of Portland alumnus Dennis Hartmann '71 elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Alumni

Engineering

Dennnis L. Hartmann, a 1971 graduate of the University of Portland's mechanical engineering program and a professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington, is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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Over 1000 graduates to participate in 2016 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 1

Commencement

Tim Boyle and Fedele Bauccio will give Commencement addresses; Allen and Kathleen Lund will receive the Christus Magister medal; and honorary doctorates will be presented to Eleanor Blum,Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., Cathy Rush, Steve Shepard, and Ron Thomas.

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Political science professor Lauretta Frederking appointed associate provost of University of Portland

Lauretta Frederking has been named associate provost effective July 2, 2016. She will work in the areas of Title IX, faculty contracts and support, special projects, and summer school administration while serving on the Dean’s Council and the President’s Leadership Cabinet.

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Six University of Portland students and one alumnus awarded prestigious 2016 Fulbright grants to work and study abroad

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Awards and Rankings

Seven Fulbright finalists have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) in Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, and Turkey.

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Sentri Performance and Pro Social take top honors at the University of Portland’s 2016 $100K Challenge Venture Competition

Franz Center

Sentri Performance wins the for-profit venture competition with an innovative outdoor hoodie and Pro Social wins the social enterprise category for its focus on connecting non-profits with potential volunteers via social media.

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University of Portland’s School of Nursing takes pledge on opioid education in national effort to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse

Nursing

As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, the University of Portland’s School of Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

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University of Portland student newspaper, The Beacon, amasses awards, student internships

Student Affairs

Awards and Rankings

Student Activities

The University of Portland’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Beacon, has won four regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and advances to the national competition in the following categories: General News Reporting, In-Depth Reporting, Online Sports Reporting, and Photo Illustration.

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University of Portland’s Bonnie Parks receives 2016 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Awards and Rankings

Library

Collections technology librarian Bonnie Parks has been named the 2016 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award for her distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services division of the American Library Association makes the award each year to a leader in the field.

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University of Portland announces 2016 Commencement speakers and honorees

Commencement

Allen and Kathleen Lund head the list of honors at the 2016 Commencement ceremonies. The Lunds will receive the University's highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal.

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University of Portland is a national top producer of Fulbright students and faculty

English

Awards and Rankings

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Sociology

University of Portland ranks fourth among peer institutions for number of student Fulbrights and ties for second among peers for faculty Fulbrights.

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Gift from University of Portland engineering alumnus establishes Richard and Diane VanGrunsven Professor of Engineering

Engineering

Development

University of Portland has received a gift from engineering alumnus Dick VanGrunsven '61, for $30,000 to establish a new term professorship in the Shiley School of Engineering. Over the three-year term of the project, mechanical engineering professor Timothy Doughty will have the title “The Richard and Diane VanGrunsven Professor of Engineering.”

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University of Portland hosts National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Auditions; sends 7 UP students to regional finals

Some 160 high school and college students competed in the regional competition. Seven UP students qualified for the regional finals, including three students who placed first.

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UP ranked top university in Oregon in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values: Private Universities” 2015-16

Awards and Rankings

For the sixth consecutive year, University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in its private universities category. University of Portland was ranked 51st nationwide among all private universities, up from 65th in 2014-2015.

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University of Portland Nursing Professor Amber Vermeesch selected for National Faculty Policy Intensive Program

Nursing

Nursing professor Amber Vermeesch has been selected as one of eight participants from around the nation for the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Policy Intensive program. She will also be recognized as an AACN Faculty Policy Fellow.

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University of Portland receives three grants totaling $45,000 from The Alliance to fund collaborative undergraduate research in environmental and sustainability issues

Engineering

University of Portland Shiley School of Engineering has received three separate grants totaling $45,000 for undergraduate student research projects dealing with environmental and sustainability issues. The research involves collaboration with other schools and organizations, and each project is funded by a $15,000 grant from the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance) and the Katherine Bisbee II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

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Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., to be celebrated on Jan. 20; Karen Eifler, co-director of Garaventa Center, to receive Spirit of Holy Cross Award

Awards and Rankings

Campus Ministry

Garaventa Center

Karen Eifler, co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture will receive the Spirit of Holy Cross Award for her contributions to the work of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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University of Portland accounting students place second in national competition, held in Durham, North Carolina

Business

Awards and Rankings

Isaac Mansuetti, Lance Chee and Connor Ward finished second in the 2015 AICPA Accounting Competition, held recently in Durham, North Carolina. The UP students’ finish earned a $3,000 award for the University and a $10,000 award to be split among team members.

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UP partners with other groups to secure $75,000 grant to help youth prepare for high-needs careers in Multnomah and Washington counties

Mathematics

University of Portland, working with Impact NW and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership, has secured a $75,000 grant from Work Systems, Inc.

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UP business professor Sam Holloway receives Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management

Business

Awards and Rankings

Sam Holloway, a professor in the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business, has received the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.

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Recent University of Portland graduates join Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Five recent University of Portland graduates have signed on for one-year service positions with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest.

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UP biology professor Elinor Sullivan awarded $3.7 million grant from National Institute of Mental Health

Awards and Rankings

Biology

University of Portland biology professor Elinor Sullivan has been awarded a $3.7 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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University of Portland’s Laura A. McLary, a professor of German, named Oregon Professor of the Year by Carnegie Foundation and CASE

Awards and Rankings

International Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Sciences

Laura McLary, professor of German at the University of Portland, was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the national Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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Two UP students named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation

Engineering

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Two University of Portland engineering students have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation.

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University of Portland announces appointments of Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., and Rev. John Donato, C.S.C., to new vice president positions

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University of Portland President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., has announced the appointments of Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., as vice president for University relations, and of Rev. John Donato, C.S.C., as vice president for student affairs.

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University of Portland professor Alice Gates wins 2015 Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award

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Sociology

Social Work

Alice Gates, a faculty member of the University of Portland’s sociology and social work department, is this year’s winner of the Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Organizations and Social Administration (ACOSA) and Taylor & Francis Publisher.

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University of Portland professor Martin Monto wins Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence

Sociology

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University of Portland sociology professor Martin Monto has received the Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence

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University of Portland announces Sandy Chung as new human resources director

Human Resources

Sandy Chung has been appointed director of human resources for the University of Portland, according to Alan Timmins, vice president for financial affairs.

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University of Portland Announces Transformational Gift for Academic Support from Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold '63

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Dundon-Berchtold Institute

Development

University of Portland President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., announced a $15 million commitment from Board of Regents member Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63.

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Karen Eifler, co-director of University of Portland Garaventa Center and education professor, receives 2015 Spirit of Holy Cross Award

Garaventa Center

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Karen Eifler, a professor in the University of Portland’s School of Education and co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at UP, has received a 2015 Spirit of Holy Cross Award.

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UP civil engineering professor, associate dean Mark Kennedy receives Oregon Engineer of the Year Award from American Society of Civil Engineers

Engineering

Awards and Rankings

Mark Kennedy, University of Portland civil engineering professor and associate dean for the Shiley School of Engineering, has received the 2014-2015 Oregon Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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U.S. News & World Report ranks UP 7th in West; among top ten for 21st consecutive year

Awards and Rankings

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For the 21st consecutive year, University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its “2016 America’s Best Colleges” publication.

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Alumna Margaret Trout '97 appointed director of the Health Center for University of Portland

Health Center

Margaret Trout ’97 has been appointed director of the Health Center for the University of Portland, announced Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs.

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University of Portland's Class of 2019 is the second-largest and one of most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history

Admissions

University of Portland welcomed the Class of 2019 as freshmen moved into the dorms Thursday, August 27.

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UP environmental science professor Robert Butler receives 2015 Neil Miner Award from National Association of Geoscience Teachers

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Environmental Studies

University of Portland environmental science professor Robert F. Butler has received the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

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More than 100 University of Portland freshmen and transfer students to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 25-26

Moreau Center

More than 100 University of Portland freshmen and transfer students to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 25-26.

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University of Portland announces plans for new residence hall

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Residence Life

University of Portland has announced plans to construct a new residence hall with room for approximately 270 students.

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University of Portland alumnus John Becic '52 gives $100,000 to establish professorship in accounting and help with upgrades of Joe Etzel Field

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Business

Athletics

University of Portland has received a $100,000 gift from alumnus John N. Becic, who graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting.

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University of Portland and Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education announces launch of Catholic School Leadership Initial Administrator License program

Education

University of Portland and the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) are launching the Catholic School Leadership Initial Administrator License program this summer.

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UP alumnus Donald T. Galarneau '49 gives $50,000 to Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, resulting in $50,000 match from GE

Engineering

Development

University of Portland alumnus Donald T. Galarneau, a 1949 University graduate, has donated $50,000 to the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering for the purchase for a high speed camera.

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Joane Moceri begins tenure as dean of School of Nursing

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Beginning July 1, Joane Moceri is now serving as dean of the University of Portland’s School of Nursing.

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University of Portland receives $75,000 from Elizabeth Cebula to help fund the Entrepreneur Scholars Program and the Dean’s Leadership Initiative

Business

Development

Franz Center

The University of Portland has received a $75,000 gift from Elizabeth Cebula, whose family has long and supportive ties to the University. Cebula’s gift will help fund the Entrepreneur Scholars Program and the Pamplin School of Business (PSOBA) Dean’s Leadership Initiative.

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University of Portland receives $100,000 for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

Recreational Services

Development

University of Portland has announced a $100,000 gift from Dick Ebersol to help fund the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, currently under construction and named in recognition of President Emeritus Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.

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Columnist, author, and TV commentator David Brooks to speak at UP on March 16, 2016

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, analyst on PBS’ Newshour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, frequent contributor on Meet the Press, and author of The Road to Character, will speak at the University of Portland on March 16, 2016.

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Pamplin School of Business Launches second online course, Marketing Intelligence, as part of continuing education certificate, Master Strategist Certification: Craft Beer Business

Business

Students anywhere in the world can now learn the art and science of marketing by studying the craft beer industry through the second online course offered by the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business.

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Eduardo Contreras, Jr., appointed Director of Studies Abroad for University of Portland, effective July 1

Study Abroad

Eduardo Contreras, Jr., has been appointed Director of Studies Abroad for the University of Portland, announced Thomas G. Greene, Provost and Professor of Education.

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UP named one of America's "Green Colleges" for sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review

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Awards and Rankings

University of Portland is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

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University of Portland students awarded teaching assistantships in France

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

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University of Portland French studies students Britta Geisler, Rubama Nasir, and Julia Maynard have been granted teaching assistantships in France, according to French instructor Trudie Booth, international languages and cultures.

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University of Portland's renovation of the Pilot House begins; set to be complete during Fall semester

Development

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The University of Portland has begun renovation of the Pilot House, which historically housed the campus bookstore and a small dining area and lounge.

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University of Portland professors John Orr and Nick McRee awarded Faculty Fulbrights to teach abroad

Sociology

Awards and Rankings

English

Two University of Portland professors have received prestigious Fulbright grants to teach overseas, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Larree Renda, University of Portland 2015 commencement speaker, tells graduates that attitude can help overcome adversity

Commencement

Addressing graduating students at the University of Portland 2015 spring commencement Sunday, Larree Renda, former executive vice president of Safeway, Inc., stressed the importance of attitude in responding to positive and negative moments in the future.

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UP students Nick Ost and Paul Dilley win $100K Challenge Venture Competition with their business Townie Shades, a regionally inspired brand of sunglasses

Franz Center

University of Portland students Nick Ost and Paul Dilley placed first in the for-profit business category of the $100K Challenge Venture Competition, an expanded business plan competition hosted by the University’s Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.

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University of Portland receives $500,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

Recreational Services

Development

University of Portland has announced a grant of $500,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, currently under construction and named in recognition of former University President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.

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Six UP students awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad

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Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

History

Communication Studies

English

University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars for several years, has announced that six students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad.

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University of Portland ranked 14th nationally among peers in students studying abroad

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Study Abroad

University of Portland is ranked 14th nationally among its peer institutions in students studying abroad for a long-term duration, defined as more than one academic semester.

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University of Portland to hold undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 3; Larree Renda, former executive of Safeway, Inc., and member of UP Board of Regents, to speak

Commencement

University of Portland will hold its 2015 spring commencement exercises on Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

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Chika Eke, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, awarded prestigious three-year research fellowship from National Science Foundation to study at MIT

Engineering

Awards and Rankings

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Chika Eke, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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The Beacon named nation's best newspaper for colleges/universities with fewer than 5,000 students

Student Activities

Awards and Rankings

University of Portland student newspaper, The Beacon, won the Apple Award for "Best Newspaper" for colleges/universities with fewer than 5,000 students.

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Shiley School of Engineering is one of 122 schools nationwide to pledge support for solving engineering's “Grand Challenges”

Engineering

University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is one of 122 schools who signed a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama announcing a plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

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University of Portland president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., to give his first annual “State of UP” talk; tickets sold out for Tuesday, March 17 event

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University of Portland president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will give his first annual “State of the University” address and present the 2015 Alumni Awards on Tuesday, March 17.

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University of Portland ranked 20th nationally among peer schools in number of Peace Corps volunteers

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Awards and Rankings

University of Portland is ranked 20th nationally among its peer institutions in producing Peace Corps volunteers, according to a study released today. The University has regularly placed among the top 20 since 2010.

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Rev. James Gallagher, C.S.C., appointed Director of Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Rev. James Gallagher, C.S.C., has been appointed Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Portland, effective July 1, 2015.

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University of Portland accounting team advances to national finals

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Business

Four University of Portland accounting students won the regional round of the KPMG Case Competition, held in Chicago, Ill., January 17-18.

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UP ranked the top private Oregon university, 65th nationally in Kiplinger's 2014-15 Best Value Private Colleges

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Awards and Rankings

For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private colleges and universities.

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