University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

School of Education to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday, June 27, 2013

The University of Portland School of Education will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala reception and dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2013, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Individual tickets are $50 ($35 for graduates of the past decade), and tables of 10 are $500, and can be reserved by following a link on the School of Education website at or by contacting Amy Kwong-Kwapisz at or 503.943.7752. A portion of each ticket sold will be applied to the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, to be used in support of the next generation of teachers and school leaders to benefit from an education on The Bluff. Sponsorships in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000, and $1,000 are also available.

The 6 p.m. Meet and Greet Reception will feature open bar hospitality and the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, alumni, faculty members, administrators, and friends. Dinner will feature alumni greetings, celebrations, and special announcements. James Popham, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will deliver the dinner keynote address. Popham, a nationally recognized authority on educational assessment, teaching and leadership, earned his bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Portland in 1953 and his master’s degree in 1954.

Free childcare is available for children between the ages of 2 and 12 during the dinner, but children must be registered by Friday, June 14. Please contact Amy Kwong-Kwapisz at or 503.943.7752 to arrange childcare.

The School of Education has graduated more than 7,500 teachers since it separated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1962. Through its alumni and distinguished faculty, the School of Education professional network has a far-reaching impact in the region. This includes alumni Bonnie Robb and Laurie Espenel, recent winners of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award; alumna Anne Storm, recipient of the 2010 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award; and education professor Karen Eifler, recognized as Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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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