University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland hosts Constitution Day presentation, part of innovative “Vote UP” program, Monday, Sept. 17

The University of Portland Political Science department will sponsor a talk, “The Constitution and the Election,” 7 p.m. Monday, September 17 at St. Mary’s Student Center lounge on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

 The presentation, given by political science professors William Curtis and Gary Malecha, will center on campaign finance reform and the upcoming November election.

The presentation marks the second program in the innovative “Vote UP” program, which is a collaboration between University of Portland faculty, staff, and students to increase on-campus voter turnout, engagement, and dialogue in the weeks leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. The program will include voter registration drives, weekly panel discussions about key issues, debate and election-watch parties, and a post-election wrap-up. Each panel will be followed by discussions facilitated by TOLCS (Teaching Our Leaders Civil Discourse and Service), students trained by the Communication Studies department in civic discourse and public dialogue.

All “Vote UP” events are free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Locations are subject to change – please check the official Vote UP website at  for the most up-to-date information.



Sponsoring Group



Panel: Health Care


St. Mary’s Lounge


Panel: Immigration


St. Mary’s Lounge


Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Panel: Economy/Budget

College Repubs/Dems

St. Mary’s Lounge


Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Panel: Women's Issues

Feminist Discussion Group

St. Mary’s Lounge


Panel: International/Foreign Policy

International Club

St. Mary’s Lounge


Election Watch Party

Student Activities

The Cove (5 p.m.)


Panel: Post-Election Implications

Roosevelt Institute

St. Mary’s Lounge

Vote UP is being sponsored by The New York Times as well as the University of Portland Political Science department, Student Activities, and the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership.

Contact Jeromy Koffler, Student Activities director, with questions at  or 503-943-7470.

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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