Multnomah University Updates — Winter 2014

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Presidential Search

Subsequent to Dr. Dan Lockwood’s announcement of his intended retirement, MU’s Board of Trustees formed a search committee and launched a nationwide search for a new university president. After Lockwood stepped down from the presidency November 1, 2013, the board appointed Dr. Wayne Stickland as interim president.

The Presidential Search Committee has narrowed down a large and highly qualified pool of presidential candidates to a small group of finalists. “We couldn’t be more pleased to report this to our alumni,” says Steve Mitchell, chairman of the search committee. “At the beginning of our search, we asked everyone to pray for us, and based on the quality of candidates we have to choose from, it’s clear that they did so faithfully.”

Tuition Freeze

Multnomah is freezing tuition rates for the 2014-2015 academic year, reflecting the university’s commitment to providing a high-quality education at an affordable price. Tuition for a full-time undergraduate student on the Portland campus will remain at $21,600 for the coming academic year. That’s about $7,000 lower than the national average for a year of private education.

“We want to do everything possible to ensure that students continue to have access to education and the means to complete their degree here,” says Russ Lacy, vice president and chief financial officer for Multnomah. “Providing students with the best education remains our top priority.”

New Sports

MU’s Athletic Department will be adding six new sports teams for the fall 2014 season: women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s golf. The teams will compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II.

“As a department, we’ve been dreaming of this for years,” Athletic Director Lois Vos says. “The addition of these new sports is an investment in our community and in our university. We’ve built a wonderful reputation, and this is an opportunity to expand upon that.”

Dead Sea Scrolls Project

Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz has been chosen by the Green Scholars Initiative to translate a previously unseen fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with four of his students. MU is the first school in the Northwest region of the United States to receive a fragment from The Green Collection, one of the largest compilations of rare biblical texts and artifacts in the world. The textual analysis Kutz and his students create will be published in a book tentatively titled “Early Jewish Texts and Biblical Manuscripts”.

“It’s an adventure to work on a very, very old document,” Kutz says. “There’s an excitement when the students don’t have anything to fall back on because the fragment has never been published before.”

Global Missions Conference

The 74th annual Global Missions Conference (GMC) will take place February 18-20. This will be the first conference run entirely by student volunteers.

“This event has always fit well into the fabric of Multnomah’s mission,” says Olivia Morud, GMC’s promotions and communications coordinator. “The conference provides an array of opportunities for mission work and encourages a readiness to serve. Students are given the chance to speak with missionaries and connect with agencies that interest them, and the abundance of workshops helps cultivate a global focus.”

The Justice Conference Portland

New Wine, New Wineskins at MU will host The Justice Conference Portland on campus February 21-22. The Justice Conference is a networked national conference committed to educating, inspiring and connecting a generation around a shared concern for the oppressed. Multnomah is a self-organized partner site providing a live simulcast feed from Los Angeles, pre-conference speaker sessions and exhibitors.

“We’re excited about hosting The Justice Conference here in Portland,” says Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, director of New Wine, New Wineskins. “Multnomah and New Wine’s rightful emphasis on serving the church as a transforming witness to Christ in the world requires that we integrate biblical truth with just actions. The conference proceedings will encourage and challenge all of us who gather to put our faith into action in service to biblical religion, which involves caring for the orphan and widow in their distress (James 1:27).”

Spring Thaw

MU will host the fifth annual Spring Thaw on its campus April 11-13. The weekend retreat seeks to foster a love for God and theology in high school students. Hundreds of Multnomah students and staff will volunteer at the event, which will include worship sessions, Bible teaching, theology seminars, meals, concerts and laser tag.

“Every year, we’ve been able to partner with 40 local youth ministries through hosting Spring Thaw,” says Rob Hildebrand, Spring Thaw director. “By leveraging the creativity of Multnomah students together with the assets of our campus, we’ve been able to produce an event that’s low cost, theologically deep and extremely fun.”

English Language Camp

Multnomah, in partnership with Camp Beyond, will host an inaugural English intensive language camp for Asian students on campus July 13-August 2. The camp will enable students to develop the reading and writing abilities needed to perform well in U.S. high schools and universities.

“We’re very excited to host this camp,” says Gina Berquist, vice president and chief administrative officer for Multnomah. “It coincides nicely with our mission and allows Multnomah students to utilize their intercultural and language training to impact the lives of these students from Asia. It’s a win-win both ways.”

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