Riverboat, Sandspike, StepUP to Lead: Here are ten events to look forward to this fall

By Brigid Lowney | August 24, 2018 9:28am

At last year's Student Activities Fair, members of KDUP, University of Portland's radio station, passed out free CDs to students who signed up. 

Media Credit: Julia Cramer / The Beacon

As we trade in our flip flops for rain boots and bid summer a sweet goodbye, it’s time to look ahead at the events coming up on the Bluff this fall.

Pilots After Dark 

The first Pilots After Dark event is on Friday Aug. 24 beginning at 10 p.m. in the Pilot House. Pilots After Dark events take place every Friday and Saturday night and feature fun activities like Bingo, karaoke, trivia nights and live music. 

Activities Fair 

To kick off the year, the Office of Student Activities is hosting the fall Activities Fair in the Beauchamp Rec & Wellness Center Rec Court East from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug 31. Clubs and organizations on campus will set up tables where students can ask ask questions, learn more about each club or sign up for their email list.


Riverboat begins on Friday night Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. on the Franz Campus (river campus) following the men’s soccer game against UC Santa Barbara. CPB’s first event of the year is free for all UP students and will have a live DJ, a photo booth, food and a beer garden for students 21 and older. Students attending can use the custom Snapchat #Riverboat18 geofilter throughout the night.

StepUP to Lead Conference

Students can fine-tune their leaderships skills at this year’s StepUP to Lead conference on Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Buckley Center Auditorium. The event is open to all students and mandatory for club leaders and presidents. Students can attend sessions on small group facilitation, where to start as a new leader on campus and understanding their audience to help students be successful in their leadership roles on campus.

KDP Poster Sale

The annual poster sale, put on by The School of Education’s Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), is happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday Sep. 13 and Friday Sep. 14 at the Buckley Center Patio. Students can buy posters, prints and tapestries to add some last-minute touches to their dorm rooms or off-campus houses.  

Destination: Declared Workshop Series

Destination: Declared ia a 4-week workshop series designed to help undeclared students choose a major best-suited for them. At the first meeting, students will take the Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment to help students understand how their personality impacts their future career path and major decision. The meeting dates are Thursday Sept. 20, Thursday Sept. 27, Thursday Oct. 4 and Thursday Oct. 11 and go from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Career Center. Applications open Aug. 28 and close on Sept. 16. 

Shipstad Sandspike

Open to all students, teams of four will battle it out on the Shipstad sand volleyball court for the title of Sandspike champion. The time and date for this year’s tournament is to be determined. 

Fall Dance

CPB’s annual Fall Dance will take place on Oct. 5 starting at 9 p.m. Themes of years past have been Gold Ru$h, Escape to Space and Welcome to the Zoo. This year’s theme and location will be announced by CPB at a later date. 

Encounter with Christ Retreat

“It’s really great. You should go,” is a statement that former retreatants use to describe Encounter since all participants are sworn to secrecy about the retreat’s actual events. Students can apply to attend this fall’s Encounter which begins on Friday, Oct. 26 and ends on Sunday, Oct. 28. Applications open Sep. 16 and close on Sep. 30. The application link will be provided soon, and more information can be found on the campus ministry page. 

Schoenfeldt Writers Series: Omar El Akkad

This year’s Writers Series spotlights Omar El Akkad, author of American War, who will read an excerpt from his book on and lead a discussion at Buckley Center Auditorium on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to all students, and a book signing will follow the event.

Brigid Lowney is the Living Section Editor at The Beacon. She can be reached at lowney19@up.edu.