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2017 Highlights

Photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for Dundon-Berchtold Hall.

Groundbreaking for University of Portland’s new academic building, Dundon-Berchtold Hall, took place in September. Board of Regents member Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold 63 made the $15 million lead gift commitment for construction of the hall. This gift also funded the Dundon-Berchtold Institute for Moral Formation and Applied Ethics, which will be housed in the new building. The new academic center will also add over 63,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, offices, and the Brian Doyle Lecture Hall.


Image of a series of stars listed on a chalkboard with a hand checking off the lists.
University of Portland received top rankings on several national lists:
Photo of male professor pointing to computer monitor with female student seated at computer keyboard and male student standing behind her.

UP received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve teaching environments for undergraduate students in STEM classes.

The grant-funded project will work to expose faculty to innovative, active learning instruction methods. Faculty members in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science will be participating in the three-year project.


Photo of professional female soccer player, Christine Sinclair dribbling the ball when she played for the Pilots.

Former Pilot soccer powerhouse Christine Sinclair ’06 was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, for “her legendary contributions to women’s soccer in Canada, and for her leadership on and off the playing field.”

Sinclair’s career on The Bluff spanned 2001 to 2005, and she was a pivotal team member for both NCAA national championships won by the Pilots in 2002 and 2005.


Photo of bioethics team members with their faculty advisor smiling and holding their Bioethics Bowl trophy.

UP's bioethics team took first place in the Bioethics Bowl, a national competition. The University team was comprised of students from various majors including biology, chemistry, philosophy, nursing, computer science, math, and sociology and was coached by Paddy McShane, assistant professor of philosophy.


Photo of donors, Michael '76 and Arlette Nelson smiling.

Portland businessman Michael E. Nelson ’76, a member of the University's Board of Regents, and his wife Arlette made a $10 million gift to enhance the campus infrastructure and support academic programs.

The $10 million commitment includes a lead gift for the construction of a new physical plant facility on UP's lower property. Additionally, the gift will support academics and scholarships within the School of Nursing and the Pamplin School of Business.


Photo of members of the Pilot men's X-country team holding trophies and smiling on the awards stage.

The Portland Pilots cross country program added to its remarkable history by finishing second as a team at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Pilots were led by All-America individual performances from Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse ’20, Jeff Thies ’17, and Nick Hauger ’18.

This result marked the second podium finish for coach Rob Conner's program, which made its 18th team appearance at the national meet. The Pilots' previous best was a third-place showing in 2014.

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UP students continued to receive offers for post graduate studies:
Photo of Lynn S. Lee '11, entrepreneur and sports marketer holding boxing gloves.

Entrepreneur and sports marketer Lynn S. Le ’11 (photo by Isaac Lane Koval) was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30 Retail and E-Commerce Class of 2018.” Le launched Society Nine, a high-performance boxing glove business exclusively for women after she discovered that apparel built for fighting sports was designed for men only.


Photo of theater students performing in a UP production.

Three students from UP's Department of Performing & Fine Arts were awarded national fellowships at the 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held in Washington, D.C.

Adele Kennedy ’17, Megan Macker ’18, and Maddie Nguyen ’20 were each awarded the top honor in their area of study, taking three out of the top eight individual student awards, and earned the opportunity to work or study with national theaters or institutes this coming summer.


Photo or Pilot men's tennis player, Michael Pervolarakis competing at the ITA National Championships.
University of Portland men's tennis team earned these top honors:
Photo of Mohammed Hasan Alwan MBA '08

Author Mohammed Hasan Alwan MBA ’08 was awarded the international prize for Arabic fiction for his historical novel A Small Death. The novel is a fictional account of the life of a Sunni scholar, following him from his birth in Spain in 1165 to his death in Damascus in 1240.

Hasan Alwan took home a $50,000 award for his novel and was honored for "striking artistry."