University of Portland
Contact: Joe Kuffner

University of Portland launches new promotional campaign

The University of Portland (UP) is launching a new set of promotional spots profiling successful students and alumni. Continuing the “Heroes” and “Rise” themes from its Fall 2010 first-ever promotional campaign, the spots will profile people from the University who exemplify the University of Portland values of Teaching & Learning, Faith & Formation, Service & Leadership. UP students and alumni are leaders in the classroom and the boardroom, in business and nonprofits, from the University’s athletic fields to cities across the world.

As the summer Olympics approach, the focus is on a few of the University’s many talented student-athletes. All of the featured students excel in many areas of their young lives: in the classroom and in their fields of play, through volunteer work and service, all while competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics.

UP has a long history of both athletic and academic excellence for its student-athletes. This month, 135 Portland Pilots student-athletes were named to the West Coast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes possessing at least a 3.0 GPA. In addition, all 16 Pilots sports rated high on the Academic Progress Rates (APR) scale, with six teams recognized by the NCAA for scoring among the top 10 percent nationally.

By the numbers, UP has had 29 Academic All-Americans, 484 Academic All-Conference members, 11 WCC scholar-athletes of the year, six WCC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients since that award’s inception in 2004, and two student-athletes earning prestigious Fulbright grants in 2011.

Showcasing UP’s legacy of athletic excellence, four former Pilots are participating in the summer Olympics for their respective countries. Christine Sinclair (Canada/Soccer), Sophie Schmidt (Canada/Soccer) and Derek Mandell (Track/Guam) are each making their second Olympics appearance after competing in Beijing in 2008, while Megan Rapinoe is making her first Olympics appearance for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

The student-athletes being featured in the current promotional campaign include:

Kendall Johnson ’13 : Hometown girl. State champion at Lincoln High School. All-American. Communication major. Soccer star extraordinaire and volunteer for Harper’s Playground, an organization whose mission is to build playgrounds accessible to all children. Loves the passionate and supportive Pilot fans at Merlo Field.

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Jared Bassett ’12 : Oregon born. The first cross country state champion from Marshfield High School since Steve Prefontaine, NCAA All American on the track, and member of Team USA. Cross country standout, steeple chaser, nurse-to-be and a star in the university choir. Loves the sense of community at UP.

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Steven Evans ’14 : Oregon 6A State Champion at Central Catholic High School. Freshman All-American in 2010. National Player of the Week in 2011. First in his family to go to college. Always wanted to go to UP. Member of the U-23 Timbers developmental team, studying business and hopes to make a positive impact with all he learns at UP. Loved being part of a clean-up effort in the St. John’s neighborhood.

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Sarah Bridges ’14 : All-American and State Player of the Year at Jesuit High School. Starting central defender for the Pilots. Political science major pursuing a career in public service. Volunteer for Harper’s Playground and Children’s Cancer Association, and intern for U.S.  Senator Jeff Merkely. Loves being challenged by her professors and enjoys the small class size experience at UP.

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These spots were created by the University’s small in-house team and will be distributed through University of Portland social media channels, on KGW-TV, and in selected print publications. The goal of the spots is to raise awareness of the University of Portland and its students among the regional community.

University of Portland offers a rich resource for the community through educational opportunities, research, experts, in addition to a host of community offerings such as athletic events, cultural events, speakers and lectures. UP students and alumni are resources for research, internships, and full-time employment. More than half of University of Portland’s 31,000 alumni reside in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate School. Enrollment at the 111 year-old institution is at an all-time high. The University is currently conducting a $175 million comprehensive fundraising campaign known as “Rise: the Campaign for University of Portland.” More than $135 million has been raised toward this goal.

Dollars generated from the fundraising effort have already provided a new engineering building, two new residence halls, a vastly expanded and updated dining hall, and a landmark bell tower. A complete remodel of the Wilson W. Clark Memorial library is currently underway and expected to be completed in 2013, a major expansion and renovation of the Chiles Center will finish in two months, and plans for a startling new student recreation center are in progress.

In addition to campus improvements, the campaign also focuses on scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, the establishment of a fund to provide for the study of moral formation and applied ethics, faculty research opportunities, campus ministry and much, much more. For a list of Rise Campaign priorities please visit

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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