University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

Garaventa Center receives $50,000 RISE Campaign gift from Richard and Nancy Green

University of Portland has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $50,000 from Dr. Richard Green, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Vancouver, Wash, and his wife Nancy. The gift is in support of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.

Green, an alumnus of University of Notre Dame, is a surgeon at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery. He and his family moved to Southwest Washington in 1996 and soon began attending women’s soccer games at the University, primarily due to a hometown connection to then-player and current assistant coach Lisa Sari Chambers. Feeling a kinship with UP and its connection to the Congregation of Holy Cross, he began attending Garaventa Center events. He has enjoyed how Garaventa Center lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings encourage intellectual curiosity and focus on faith.

“A lot of people are eager to grow intellectually in their faith,” said Green. “That’s what the Garaventa Center can do for us, and I’m excited to help the Center grow.”

Green is especially interested in getting more people involved with the Garaventa Center and points out how easy it is to get involved with the University of Portland community – Green is also a season ticket holder for Pilots men’s basketball.

“I strive to be a life-long learner, and Garaventa Center events are important not just for my faith but for my work in medicine,” said Green. He specifically recounts a Spring 2012 lecture by Thomas Plante that focused on the connection between faith and health.

Over the past three years, the Garaventa Center has hosted an array of renowned Catholic intellectuals, artists and musicians, among them Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services; John Allen, Vatican analyst for NCR and CNN; Sr. Joyce Rupp, spiritual writer and retreat leader; George Weigel, Catholic intellectual and author; Fr. Michael Joncas, theologian and composer; Patty O’Hara, former dean of the Notre Dame Law School; Elias Chacour, Archbishop of Galilee; Makoto Fujimura, artist and author; and John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America.

Last month, approximately 1,000 people attended the Garaventa Center’s annual Red Mass lecture, where Sr. Helen Prejean, internationally famous author of Dead Man Walking, was the featured lecturer. The Red Mass and lecture is jointly hosted by University of Portland and Archbishop John Vlazny and the Archdiocese of Portland for the legal community in the greater Portland area.

The gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million over the next several years. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $138 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.

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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