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20 ways the RISE Campaign has already made UP better

Launched in 2010, the University of Portland’s RISE Campaign has already raised more than $161 million of its $175 million goal, making it one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Northwest private college or university. Though much work remains to be done, here are 20 ways the RISE Campaign has already made UP a better place for its students and faculty.

1. Clark Library

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To be completed in August 2013, this complete renovation and remodel provides a sparkling and innovative new library that meets the needs of today’s students. The Clark family, longtime supporters of the University, provided lead gifts for this project, which was also supported by many grants and generous donations. Click here to see more pictures of the new Clark Library.

2. Shiley Hall and Shiley School of Engineering

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The late Donald Shiley ’51 and his wife Darlene have been tremendous supporters of the University, donating a total of $20 million – the largest gift in University of Portland history – for the expansion and renovation of the engineering building (now Shiley Hall) and for providing engineering student scholarships and faculty research and development opportunities. Dedicated in 2009, Shiley Hall is now the largest academic building on campus and one of the only LEED Platinum buildings on a college campus nationwide. Shiley Hall is home to the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering (so named in 2010 after an additional gift from Darlene Shiley). A lead gift for the expansion of Shiley Hall also came from Sharon and Ed Sweo ’56. Click here to learn more about Shiley Hall and the Shiley School of Engineering.

3. Rise for Scholarships

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This landmark event took place on May 10, 2012 and raised a startling $1.3 million for student scholarships in one night through sponsorships and gifts including $250,000 gifts from Joseph and Helen Allegretti and from Ralph and Sandi Miller; a $100,000 matching gift from Tim and Mary Boyle; and a $30,000 anonymous matching gift. Click here to see all the videos and photos from this spectacular event.

4. Molly Hightower Endowed Scholarship

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Following the tragic death of Molly Hightower ’09 in the earthquake in Haiti, the University community rallied together to create an endowed scholarship in her name that is awarded to a junior or senior student who, like Molly, is committed to making the world a better place through service to others. Sizeable support has come from the 2010 Senior Class Gift, Jim Sinegal, and the George and Virginia Schneider family. Click here to learn more about this scholarship, and here to watch a video of Rachel Prusynski ‘09 telling the story of how Molly, UP, and Jean-Francois Seide ‘16 (pictured) are all connected.

5. $1.5 Million Grant for School of Education

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A $1.5 million grant from Portland based Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) to UP’s School of Education will establish the Multnomah County Partnership on Education Research. The partnership will support research that informs educators and policy makers on issues related to best practices that enhance student learning and improve teacher practice. Click here read an Oregonian article about the grant.

6. Bauccio Commons

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Dedicated in 2010, this expansion and remodel of the University’s dining facility was made possible by the generosity of Fedele Bauccio ’64 ’66, founder and CEO of Bon Appetit Management Co. A commitment to sustainable practices is evident throughout, including using locally-sourced and organic food, using only ethically-caught fish, reducing food waste, composting, reducing meat and cheese to help limit carbon output, and ensuring purveyors support farm worker rights. Click here to learn more about Bauccio Commons.

7. $4.8 Million for Scholarships

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In 2011, UP received a gift of $4.8 million from the estate of James ‘40 and Marie Riopelle. The funds have been placed into an endowment for student scholarships, specifically for students with financial needs, making it one of the largest such gifts in the history of the University.  Creating scholarship support is one of the vital priorities of the Rise Campaign. Click here to learn more. 

8. Dundon-Berchtold Initiative in Applied Ethics

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Thanks to the generous support of Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63, the Dundon-Berchtold Initiative in Applied Ethics – which pairs students with faculty to research ethical implications in their respective fields of study – launched in 2012 to help ensure that the University meets its aspirations both to form the moral character of its students and to conduct sustained ethical reflection in applied aspects of business, science, engineering, education, health care, and the arts. Click here to learn more.

9. Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls

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Dedicated in 2009, Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls house 320 students on campus thanks to a $6 million gift from the late longtime University supporters Fred and Suzanne Fields. The halls are LEED Gold certified and feature 24-hour common space lounges, study rooms, workout room, kitchenettes, chapel, outdoor plaza, and basketball court. Views from the new halls include the Willamette River, St. Johns Bridge, and Mt. Hood. Learn more about the halls here.

10. Bell Tower and Marian Garden

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D. Allen Lund, chairman of the University’s Board of Regents, and his wife Kathleen bestowed a $1.4 million gift that financed the tower to inspire past, present and future generations of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Bluff. The bell tower realized a longtime vision by University benefactors and administrators to both showcase the University’s Catholic character and serve as a landmark symbol for the campus community. The Marian Garden, supported by the generosity of the Galati family, has been a favorite place of prayer and respite for many years. It lies adjacent to the bell tower and was re-structured during its construction. Click here to hear the belltower ring out, and here to learn more about the Marian Garden.

11. $100K Challenge

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Thanks to the generous support of Rich Baek ’93 ’02 and other members of the Launch Pad Fund investment committee, as of 2011 the University’s annual business plan competition now awards $100,000 of cash and support services to the winners, after 12 years of offering $16,000. Teams can also now compete in a non-profit track and are eligible for a $2,500 grant and professional services award. Learn more about the $100K Challenge here.

12. Chapel of Christ the Teacher

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The Catholic spiritual center of the University and home to the Campus Ministry department, the Chapel of Christ the Teacher has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to the support of Jim Price ’63 and Rich Baek ’93 ’02. After the completion of a two-phase project in 2012 and 2013, the Chapel now features a beautiful new altar, parquet wood floor, ceiling, lighting, sound equipment, and sanctuary. Click here to see more photos from the dedication ceremony.

13. Chiles Center

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The University’s athletic and convocation facility was renovated in 2012, creating new and expanded spaces for athletic training, strength and conditioning, locker rooms, and administrative office space. The renovation was spearheaded by a $2 million gift from Earle M. Chiles, president of the Chiles Foundation and a member of the University’s board of regents, as well as a $500,000 gift from graduates Joe Hollman ’64 and Travis Hollman ’92. A four-sided, center-hung video board was installed in 2010. Click here to learn more about the Chiles Center renovation.

14. Brian Doyle Humor Scholarship

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Thanks to support from John Beckman ’42 and his wife Patricia, seven students have now been awarded scholarship for showing off their sense of humor. These Humor Scholarships – named after Portland Magazine editor and all-around funny guy Brian Doyle – provide $3,333.33 to a student with the only requirement that they create and publicly share a project of some sort that “brings the community together in laughter, acts as a statement that the cultural bias to cruel humor and constant irony is shallow, promotes helpless giggling, and insists gently that true humor is a weapon against violence and greed.” Watch a TV news report and read an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about these scholarships.

15. Scholarships for Executive MBA in Non-Profit Management Students

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As part of a $500,000 gift to the University, Andy and Nancy Bryant have created fellowships for selected students accepted into the EMBA program, which helps facilitate the development of essential skills needed by managers to lead non-profit organizations. Through the Bryants’ generosity, the Pamplin School has the ability to help a number of EMBA students in upcoming cohorts meet part of their financial obligations. Click here to learn more.

16. River Campus clean-up

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In 2012, the University began work on 35 acres of formerly industrial riverfront property adjacent to the main campus it purchased in 2008. The University worked closely with the EPA, state DEQ, and City of Portland to craft a remediation plan that has already dramatically rehabilitated the property. Hundreds of tons of potentially hazardous material has been removed, thousands of native plants have been planted, and the shoreline has been re-graded to help provide resting places for migrating salmon. Watch this video slideshow tour to learn more about this project.

17. BC Auditorium

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The University’s primary convocation hall, Buckley Center Auditorium, was remodeled in 2012 with the installation of brand new seating, carpets, lighting, and electrical equipment. BC Aud hosts everything from large classes, choir concerts, orchestra and band performances, and weekly movies to readings, lectures, and athletics watch parties. See more photos of the remodel here.

18. Romanaggi Hall

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Dedicated in 2010, Don V. Romanaggi M.D. Hall – formerly known as Old Science Hall – was renovated and remodeled thanks to the generosity of Don Romanaggi ‘59 and his late wife Agnes. Their gift helped fund new windows throughout, renovation of the third floor, roof improvements, the first thorough cleaning of its masonry in seventy years, construction of handicapped access venues, and an elevator. The Romanaggis also made an estate planning gift to provide continued maintenance of the building. Click here to learn more.

19. School of Nursing Grant

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In 2013, the School of Nursing was awarded $960,000 by the Helene Fuld Health Trust to establish scholarships for BSN students who have a prior bachelor’s degree in another field. Financial issues are often the biggest barrier for students transferring to UP to complete an additional bachelor’s degree. Half of the funds are for annual scholarships, the first to be awarded fall 2013. The other half will create an endowment, with the first scholarships awarded in the 2016-17 academic year. Click here to learn more.

20. Trading Room and Finance Center

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Established in 2010, the Trading Room and Finance Center is the largest of any university in the West. With its nine trading Bloomberg terminals, the Trading Room introduces students to real-time analysis and historical research of business and financial securities, greatly enhancing their skill set before they graduate. The Trading Room is also a valuable research tool for faculty, a resource not available anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. Click here to learn more.

Coming Soon: A New Recreation and Wellness Center

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A new Recreation and Wellness Center is central to the University’s belief that an education includes the mind, body, and spirit. The time has come for a new, modern facility that would allow the University to enrich the lives of students by offering an environment that nourishes and supports them. The University hopes to break ground on this landmark project soon, but we still need your help to make this dream a reality.

If you are interested in supporting this project, please click this link and designate your gift to the Recreation and Wellness Center. Gifts of any size could help install a climbing wall, bike shop, day lockers, indoor track, yoga studio, an indoor gym, and so much more.