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Schedule of Events

Junior and Senior

Friday, November 1

All of Friday’s activities are open to both junior and senior families.

3–6 p.m.

Headquarters Open, UP Bookstore

  • Welcome to campus! Avoid lines later by stopping at Headquarters to pick up your registration packet and name tag. Staff will be available to help answer questions.

3:30 p.m.

Campus Tour, begins in the Office of Admissions in Waldschmidt Hall

  • There have been many exciting developments on The Bluff in the last few years. Join us for a guided tour of the beautiful UP campus! This is a perfect opportunity for any family members who may be prospective students to view campus.

Self-guided Tour, Dundon-Berchtold Hall

  • Dundon-Berchtold Hall will be open for Friday afternoon classes. Take a self-guided tour of UP’s impressive new academic building.

4:45 p.m.

Solemnity of All Saints Mass, Chapel of Christ the Teacher

  • Celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints with your family by attending this special Mass. Students and families of every faith are invited.

6–8 p.m.

Dinner on your own

  • We encourage families to explore the city and grab a bite at one of Portland’s renowned restaurants or food carts. Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurants. (Friday dinner is not included in your registration fee for the weekend.)

6–9:30 p.m.

Día de los Muertos, Bauccio Commons Dining Room

  • The Diversity & Inclusion Program in the Office of Student Activities proudly presents Día de los Muertos. Join them for a night filled with traditional Mexican food, activities, and cultural danza performances. Food and arts will be provided while supplies last.

8–10 p.m.

Welcome Dessert Social, Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

  • Enjoy sweet treats, a photobooth, and great company while connecting with roommates and friends, as well as University staff and faculty. Our welcome social is often one of the highlights of the weekend for our families. If your family has not picked up their registration packet for the weekend, they may do so at this event. (Drinks will be available for purchase.)

10–11:30 p.m.

Pilots After Dark: Karaoke Night, Pilot House

  • “Cel-e-brate good times, come on (Let’s Celebrate)!” Come enjoy our popular weekend and late-night programming series, Pilots After Dark, by singing your hearts out to a vast selection of songs, both from today and the past five decades. Or, stop by and be entertained by the talents of your peers and family members! (Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar for those 21 and over.)

 

Saturday, November 2

Please note below which activities are specific to junior or senior families.

8:30–10:30 a.m.

Headquarters Open, UP Bookstore

  • If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit Headquarters on Friday, stop by to pick up your registration packet and name tag for the weekend. Staff will be available to help answer questions.

Coffee Service, UP Bookstore

  • Stop by Headquarters for a complimentary cup of coffee before heading to one of the morning sessions.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Pilot Pathways, Buckley Center Auditorium

  • Juniors are invited to learn about experiential learning opportunities and practical steps to get engaged throughout junior and senior year to help discern paths for life after graduation including full-time employment, post-graduate service, competitive fellowships and scholarships, and/or graduate and professional school. Meet staff from the Career Center, the Moreau Center for Service & Justice, the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, as well as recent UP alumni who will share their experiences and insights.

Preparing for Life After The BluffBrian Doyle Auditorium in Dundon-Berchtold Hall

  • Seniors are invited to learn how they can make the most of senior year, prepare for graduation, and begin to plan for life after The Bluff. Learn about the many ways the Pilot network can support you as you navigate senior year and think about next steps. Meet staff from the Career Center, the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, as well as recent UP alumni who will be present to share their experiences and insights.

10:30–11:30 a.m.

All Souls Day Mass, Chapel of Christ the Teacher

  • Celebrate All Souls Day with your family by attending this special Mass. Students and families of every faith are invited.

Academic Showcase, happening at various locations noted below

  • Learn more about the academic accomplishments achieved by our juniors and seniors! Different sessions will be available for each of the academic disciplines. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the academic life of the campus.
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Buckley Center Auditorium. Come hear about the exciting academic work that some of our students do outside the classroom! The College of Arts & Sciences invites both junior and senior family members to three presentations by current UP students who have engaged in research projects in collaboration with UP faculty. Undergraduate researchers mentored by Katie O’Reilly, Professor of Biology; Lora Looney, Professor of Spanish; and Sarina Saturn, Professor of Psychological Sciences will speak on their research as well as their experience as student researchers.
  • Pamplin School of Business, Bauccio Commons Boardroom. Please join members of the Pamplin School of Business faculty and staff who will present highlights of P4 (the Pamplin Professional Preparation Program), including information about the junior year internship requirement, as well as resources for seniors conducting job searches and considering graduate school. Current Pamplin School of Business seniors and recent alumni will share their experiences and offer advice to students in the process.
  • School of EducationBrian Doyle Auditorium in Dundon-Berchtold Hall. The School of Education invites both junior and senior family members to a student and alumni panel. The panelists will discuss senior professional year experience, preparing to enter their first teaching position, post-graduate opportunities, and what to expect after graduation. There will also be an opportunity for general Q&A with the dean, associate dean, and administrative staff.
  • School of NursingBuckley Center Classroom 207 (juniors) and Buckley Center 3rd Floor (seniors). University of Portland’s School of Nursing features a newly remodeled, state-of-the-art Simulated Health Center, which provides an environment for student-centered experiential learning. Here, students learn and practice the psychomotor and cognitive skills of patient assessment and nursing intervention. Students then apply these skills in complex, simulated patient care scenarios using high-fidelity “patients” and realistic hospital equipment. Simulation provides our students with a safe and controlled space to practice and hone their clinical care throughout the nursing program. Come take a guided tour and witness this process in action! Each class year will have an opportunity to tour the space and speak with faculty. Junior families will meet in Buckley Center Classroom 207 and senior families will meet on the Buckley Center 3rd Floor.
  • Shiley School of Engineering, Shiley 301 and Shiley 319. The Shiley School of Engineering invites both junior and senior family members to watch students present capstone projects they are working on for their senior year, preview ongoing research projects, and understand the work that Shiley students are doing to address the problems of today and the future.

11:45 a.m.

Junior Families: Junior President’s LuncheonBeauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our Junior Class! This signature event for our juniors and their families includes lunch and a formal program with remarks from University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. We ask that you please arrive promptly to locate your pre-assigned seats. If your family has not picked up their registration packet for the weekend, they may do so at this event.

Senior Families: Lunch on your own

  • Enjoy some down time, get off campus for lunch, and explore the great city of Portland! Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurants. (Saturday lunch for seniors is not included in the registration fee for the weekend.)

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Music Department Family Weekend Showcase, featuring the University of Portland Choirs, Wind Symphony, and Jazz EnsembleBauccio Commons Dining Room

  • Join the Music Department for a showcase featuring the University of Portland Choirs, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble. This rapid-fire showcase on three separate stages will feature many of the UP Music Department’s premier performing ensembles, each offering short previews from their upcoming concerts.

3–6 p.m.

Headquarters Open, UP Bookstore

  • If you didn’t have the opportunity to pick up your registration packet already, stop by prior to Brewfest and the Men’s soccer game.

4 p.m.–Halftime

Brewfest at Merlo Field, Merlo Field Plaza

  • Show up in your Pilot gear and sample some great Portland food and drink. Gates open at 4 p.m. and Brewfest will run through halftime of the game. Brewfest will feature food specials and microbrews from the Pacific Northwest. To gain entry into this event, you must have a ticket to the Men’s soccer game. Please see the following section for information on tickets and entrance policies. (Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Beers are $6 and wine is $8. A chili special in a bread bowl will be sold for $8 at concessions.)

5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. San Francisco Dons, Merlo Field

  • Wear your purple and bring your Pilot spirit! Come join us for Men’s soccer Senior Day as they take on the Dons of San Francisco. All class years are welcome. Complimentary tickets are provided to all pre-registered parents and family members. If you haven’t already picked up your registration packet and tickets earlier in the weekend, you may do so at Headquarters in the UP Bookstore from 3–6 p.m. UP students will gain entry to the event with their Student ID card and do not need a separate ticket. All seats are general admission. Please be prepared for a security inspection as you enter Merlo Field. Backpacks, duffel bags, or bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6" are prohibited. No outside food or beverage is allowed. (Food and beverage will be available for purchase.)

7 p.m.

Junior Families: Dinner on your own

  • Enjoy some down time, get off campus for dinner or a post-game snack, and explore the great city of Portland! Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurants. (Saturday dinner is not included in your registration fee for the weekend.)

8 p.m.

Senior Families: Senior Soiree, The Nines Hotel

  • Senior families are invited to their very own signature event—an off-campus party at one of Portland’s premier downtown hotels. Seniors and their guests are invited to come dressed to the nines as they celebrate the countdown to Commencement over delicious food and dancing. The evening will kick off with remarks from University President, Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. If your family has not picked up their registration packet for the weekend, they may do so at this event. (Heavy appetizers will be provided, and drinks will be available for purchase.)

10–11:30 p.m.

Pilots After Dark: Team Trivia Night, Pilot House

  • Stop by the Pilot House to get a taste of our popular weekend and late-night programming series, Pilots After Dark. It’s team trivia night—so build a team of parents to play against a group of students, or put your heads together as a family to test your trivia knowledge during this fun pub-style event. “Name that tune” will be one of the categories! UP apparel and other fun items will be awarded as prizes to the winners. (Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar for those 21 and over.)

 

Sunday, November 3

All of Sunday’s activities are open to both junior and senior families, but please note specific locations for each class. Daylight Saving Time will end on November 3, so please prepare to “fall back” an hour.

10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Junior Sunday Brunch, Bauccio Commons Dining Room

  • Junior families are invited to join us before or after Mass for a traditional Sunday brunch. Families are welcome to stop by anytime during the morning.

Senior Sunday Brunch, Pilot House

  • Senior families are invited to join us before or after Mass for a traditional Sunday brunch. Families are welcome to stop by anytime during the morning. (Brunch beverages will be available for purchase.)

10:30 a.m.

Sunday Morning Mass, Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

  • Students and families of every faith are invited to celebrate Mass. University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will preside.

 


 

Please note that locations are subject to change. A program with complete details and locations for each event will be included in your registration packet and available on campus throughout Junior and Senior Family Weekend. 

Those participating in Family Weekend who may require an accommodation in order to fully participate in any of the activities should contact the Office of Student Activities as soon as possible. They can be reached at 503.943.7470 or stuact@up.edu.