Catherine Cieminski


Elena Kaoni described the ebb and flow of Taekwondo as a "dance".

Sex, Taekwondo and rock 'n' roll: Six courses to change your life

Ask any college student and they will usually list off several classes they’re still thinking about, whether they were relevant to their major or not. With registration right around the corner, some University of Portland students share classes that changed their lives. 

Chance looks at his surroundings while staying close to owner Sabrina Baioni.

Curb your enthusiasm: Should you really pet that dog?

At UP, service dogs do not necessarily require approval to be on campus, unless their owner is living in student housing. Students with service dogs note that the approval process is not the difficult part — it’s navigating campus with students wanting to play with their dogs.

The Swindells greenhouse is currently home to research by two different professors.

Swindells greenhouse fosters research growth

Since Swindell Hall’s debut in 1999, UP students have gawked from a distance at the foggy windows of its greenhouse, wondering about the mysterious greenery inside. Many people don’t even know it exists. Tucked away down the recycling hallway, the greenhouse has remained a hidden gem on campus, but the plants it holds are the subjects of new research whose impact extends far beyond The Bluff. 

In Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Prestholdt is almost to the colony of king penguins. Photo courtesy of Tara Prestholdt.

A change in routine: Stories from sabbatical

Every seven years, University of Portland professors can apply for a semester or year-long sabbatical, which is a paid, extended break from campus duties to pursue other work related and personal goals. This often includes research, writing, volunteering, traveling and a host of other activities.