Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule-at-a-Glance

Wednesday, August 19 | Thursday, August 20 | Friday, August 21 | Saturday, August 22 | Sunday, August 23


Starting at Orientation (as "Workshop Groups") and continuing through the fall semester until the week after fall break, the First Year Workshop helps all first year students understand the dexterity needed for academic success in higher education. Taught by an upperclass student in a similar major, the workshop classes are "cohorted"—students will find that their peers in the workshop class are also in one of their introduction courses, and generally one or two additional classes. This allows for great opportunities for students to interact and form social and academic connections from their first weekend on campus. Please note that all workshop groups will be virtual during Orientation week and in the Fall.

Workshops meet at 6:10 p.m. or 7:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the fall semester. If you don't know what time your Workshop is offered, please view your class schedule.

Direct weblinks to Orientation events listed on the schedule below will be made available to first-year students through the Moodle page related to your workshop. Transfer students will receive this information directly from the Transfer Student Coordinator. 

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (PST).


Wednesday, August 19

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Workshop Session 1a

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Transfer Student Check In

Join your Transfer Student Coordinator Hannah Farley for this introduction to Orientation. Meet other transfer students and learn about transfer specific events offered throughout the day. We will be covering basics of on campus resources such as tutoring centers and safety centers, how to get an ID, and how to pay fees like tuition. This meeting will include a Q&A and discussion like ice breakers. 

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
President's Welcome

The President’s Welcome officially opens Orientation. You will hear from President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. and learn about the University’s academic mission from our new Provost, Dr. Herbert Medina. 

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Mental Health & Wellbeing at UP
The global COVID-19 pandemic presents a variety of challenges to the learning environment. Meet some of the University Health and Counseling Center team and learn about ways to care for your mental wellbeing during college. Staff members will provide for you an overview of the programs, services, and resources available, online and in person, to support your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

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3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Transfer Session 1: Technological Resources at UP

Join your fellow transfer students in this informative session about resources available at the University of Portland. Brad Kerr from Information Services will share about technological resources and answer any questions you might have about access or connectivity. 

4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Maximizing Your Academic Experience: Helpful Tips from your Professors
You may be wondering what your college courses will be like or what your professors will expect in terms of attendance, participation, and performance. We’ve asked a lively and experienced cross-section of faculty members to share their thoughts and answers to your questions. Join us for this golden opportunity to find out more about academic life in the online environment. Zoom webinar link provided in Moodle.

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4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Transfer Session 2

Join your fellow transfer students in this informative session about resources available at the Clark Library. Diane Sotak, reference librarian will present and answer your questions.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Workshop Session 1b

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Transfer Daily Wrap Up

Thursday, August 20

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Workshop Session 2a

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Pilots Are
What are Pilots?  
  • Pilots are caring,  
  • Pilots are welcoming,
  • Pilots are diverse.
  • In short, Pilots are many things. This session introduces you to the rich array of students, staff, and faculty who make UP a special community. You’ll learn about the diversity of the incoming class and about how the values of inclusion and equity are part of our institutional identity. Finally, you’ll have a chance to hear from a panel of recent alumni. Their stories of struggles and success will serve as examples for you to bring your authentic selves to campus and to welcome others you meet on The Bluff.
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3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Health & Wellness at UP
Meet some of the UP Primary Care and Wellness teams and learn about health care resources available to you, wellness programs and services at UP, and how we work to create a community of wellness & care. 

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4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Academic Sessions

Whether you are a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Pamplin School of Business, School of Education, School of Nursing, or the Shiley School of Engineering, you will have the opportunity join leadership from the academic unit and meet faculty members in their respective area of concentration. Undeclared students are part of the College of Arts and Sciences and should choose the break out session that aligns closest with your area of interest. 

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Workshop Session 2b

Friday, August 21

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Workshop Session 3a

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Optional Sessions A

What to Expect From Your Language Class 
International Languages and Cultures (ILC) faculty will provide helpful information and answer questions about all levels of language study (introductory, intermediate, and advanced) in order to prepare students for success in our fully immersive classrooms. 

How is College Writing Different From High School Writing? 
At UP, everyone writes—whether you are a Nursing, Business, Engineering, or any other major, you’ll have classes that assign writing. Come to this session for tips on how to navigate the transition from what worked in high school to what’s expected in college writing. 

Studies Abroad 101 
UP traditionally offers many opportunities for students from all majors and diverse backgrounds to study abroad. In this Orientation session, the Director of Student Abroad will provide an overview of the status of the programs provided this year and the process for students to get involved, with particular attention to curricular integration, intercultural development, health/safety, financial aid, and housing. 

Pre-Health 101 
Being a pre-health student means that your goal after UP is to get into a professional health program like medical school, dental school, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc. Come learn about what being pre-health student at UP is all about, what kinds of things professional programs will expect you to accomplish while you are in undergrad, and what kind of support UP has to offer you as a pre-health student. What you do at UP matters to professional health programs, so we want to help you get started on the right foot! 

Use the Learning Commons as a Learning and Writing Strategy  
Join Arielys, Rebecca, Emily, and Caroline for a brief panel presentation and a lively interactive discussion about how their work as tutors and writing assistants in the Learning Commons. Learning Commons tutors and writing assistants are trained in their crafts and in how to manage online tutoring and writing assistance sessions. This session is a great opportunity for you to discover how you can use the Learning Commons as an effective learning strategy for reaching your course and academic goals. 

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3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Optional Sessions B

Intramural and Recreational Opportunities 
Staff from Recreational Services will lead this session on how to participate in the many opportunities available including intramural sports, outdoor pursuits, fitness classes, and more! 

What you need to know about Calculus at UP 
Do you want to know what to expect from calculus at UP? This session will include an overview of precalculus through calculus courses as well as a discussion of how to get the most out of your experience. A panel of former calculus students will give advice on how to succeed and answer questions. This session is for any UP student planning on taking precalculus, calculus I, calculus II, or vector calculus.  

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Accommodations, Now What? 
Representatives from Accessible Education Services will share about University services for students who qualify to receive accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and give an opportunity for students to ask questions. 

Queer Resources on Campus 
Leadership from the Gender and Sexuality Partnership (GSP) is hosting an optional orientation session to welcome new LGBTQIA+ students into the UP community. The session will answer commonly asked questions and provide fellow students with all of the knowledge related to intersectionality as a queer student on the University of Portland campus. 

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Getting Involved at UP Outside of the Classroom 
Meet with representatives from Student Activities, the Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP), and the Campus Program Board (CPB) to learn about a variety of ways you can get involved in campus life virtually this semester and have your voice heard. 

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4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Optional Sessions C

Technology Resources at UP 
The session will include important information regarding online communities, distance learning, and technology resources. Learn about how to get connected, access web-based tools and content, and connect with support specialists. We'll talk about the Parents Portal--where students can share personal academic information such as grades and tuition with their families. 

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BIPOC Collective Through Diversity & Inclusion Programs (DIP) 
Diversity and Inclusion Programs and BIPOC student leaders at the University of Portland will be hosting an optional Orientation session to participate in a dialogue with incoming first-year students. This session will discuss students’ leaders experiences with navigating UP as a BIPOC student, and will include advice on how to build community and personal wisdom to help ensure success, and answer questions. 

Successful Strategies for First Generation (FGEN) College Students 
First generation (FGEN) students are those students at UP where neither parent or guardian has previously earned a 4-year college degree. This session is designed for all new FGEN students to gather as a community, meet one another, and meet current UP FGEN students. An informal panel of students will reflect upon their UP experience, offer advice, and answer questions that might be on the minds of all. 

Active Minds 
Come to this to meet the leadership of Active Minds and to learn what the organization has to offer to the student body.  Members will share success stories and local resources available. There will also be time for questions. 

What to Expect in Your Physics Class 
If you are planning to take General Physics during your first year (PHY204 or PHY205) be sure to come and listen to a panel of physics faculty and experienced students discuss tips for success. Questions will be welcomed! 

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Workshop Session 3b

8:00 p.m.
Virtual Magician: Michael Kent!

Magician, Michael Kent, will wow you with some virtual magic! Join us at http://michaelkentlive.com/portlandmagic/

Saturday, August 22

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Can I Kiss You?
Mike Domitrz presents the one-person show sharing how-to skills for: asking first (verbal consent), being a friend (bystander intervention), and opening a door (properly supporting survivors and helping more survivors come forward). The presentation takes an interactive and inclusive approach. 
The aim of the program is to: 
  • reduce the incidence of sexual assault;
  • improve support systems for survivors on campus; and
  • increase the number of bystanders who will intervene. 
This event is hosted by Title IX and the Office of Student Affairs. For more detailed information about Title IX, confidential support services, and resources both on and off-campus, please visit our website at www.up.edu/titleixFor quick reference, some resources include:  
  • University of Portland Health & Counseling Center: (503) 943-7134
  • ProtoCall, UP’s after-hours mental health support: (503) 943-7134, option 3
  • Call to Safety (support and information about resources related to sexual assault and domestic violence): (888) 235-5333
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Hotline): (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678-678
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 

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9:00 p.m.
Virtual Bingo Night!

Join your Pilots After Dark event coordinators in some Bingo! Win prizes and have fun! Register on Engage!

Sunday, August 23

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Orientation Mass
University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will preside as we join together in prayer to welcome and bless the Class of 2024. All faiths are welcome to this celebration of Catholic Mass. 
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