Archive for April, 2017

Students excited to perform in recital and choir concert

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Multnomah University Music Department is presenting the Spring 2017 Student Recital and Chamber Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Bradley Hall recital space. Read the rest of this entry »

Tudor-Stuart England class travels to London

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Categories: Programs, Students

The following post was written by Kari Johnson, a history major at Multnomah University. 


I recently returned from a short-term study abroad trip to London. I was in a class called Tudor-Stuart England, and we spent this semester studying about the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, which lasted from 1485-1714. We read a book about daily life in Tudor England, a biography of Queen Elizabeth I, and a history of the King James Bible. We studied maps, took tests, and listened to lectures. We watched a great documentary by Simon Schama about the Tudors and Stuarts. Then the day finally came when all that studying came alive for us. As a class, we traveled to England, where we got to actually see the places we had been learning about.  It was amazing! Read the rest of this entry »

Writing tutors encourage students, inspire confidence

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For several years now, certain MU students have dedicated hours to assisting their peers with writing. English Professor Dr. Domani Pothen sought to formalize this practice by initiating a writing tutor program with the blessing of university administration. With the initiation of the Academic Support Center, the writing tutor program was officially supported and formalized.

At the end of the fall 2016 semester, the writing tutors Pothen had a vision for scored quite high in student satisfaction surveys. To see why students appreciated their work so much, one of the tutors gave us insight into what they do for the MU community.

Senior English major Hogan Schaak is a writing tutor who believes writing is how we often manifest our thoughts to the world. He has been tutoring under the supervision of Pothen since he began his sophomore year at MU. “When people show up who really want to be here, it’s great to see how they think and what makes them excited,” says Schaak. “Improvement in critical thinking through writing makes you more confident in yourself and gives you the ability to engage readily with others. This is probably the most fun job I have had.”

Pothen took this opportunity to acknowledge the character of the writing tutors under her tutelage: “The tutors have always been caring and lowly people,” she says. “They are willing to meet their students, hear them, see how they express themselves and then encourage them.”

With humble students encouraging their peers to develop skills that will give them more confidence throughout life, it’s no surprise that the writing tutors ranked high in student satisfaction surveys. As the end of the semester approaches with hordes of final papers and projects, the writing tutors will undoubtedly be the encouragement needed by many to make it through these last few weeks.


This post was written by Marketing Assistant Meghan Ward.

Grounds crew keeps campus beautiful, builds community

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Blossoming flower trees, green grass and warmer weather are slowly pushing winter away. As the campus begins to welcome spring, one department stands out for their effort in the welcoming — the grounds crew. The grounds crew scored high in last semester’s satisfaction surveys. Their work to keep the campus beautiful has been noticed and appreciated by many.

Bible and theology major Michael Len works as a member of the grounds crew. He has been a member since his first semester at Multnomah two years ago. Some of the work Len could possibly do on any given day includes raking leaves, trimming rose bushes, mowing lawns and doing general cleanup around campus.

However, what makes this job fun to Len is the community around it. There are normally five other grounds crew members working alongside him throughout the year. “The community built when we talk about life while we do something like raking leaves with each other is great,” says Len. The grounds crew, he adds, enjoys playing small pranks on each other. And they all love their boss, Grounds Manager Ron Casey. “He treats us like family and genuinely cares about us,” says Len.

Casey’s favorite part of working as the grounds supervisor is getting to know the students and interacting with them, especially in the summer time. “Over the summer, we have a good routine where we meet in the morning and pray and read Scripture together for 20 minutes,” says Casey. “It is great to see answered prayers come around when we are together.”

With solid leadership and a close-knit community, the grounds crew is able to keep the campus of MU beautiful and welcoming. The individuals who work there find enjoyment in doing some of the “dirty work” on campus as they spend time in their Bibles and with each other. The hard work has not gone unnoticed, and the MU community is quite thankful for the daily tasks completed by the grounds crew.


This post was written by Marketing Assistant Meghan Ward.

News you can use (spring 2017)

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Connecting through the new MU App

The new MU app is available from the App Store. Type “Multnomah University” for it to show up. Cruise around the App to connect to Social Media, Athletics, the MU Calendar, New Wine New Wineskins, Parent Resources, Prayer, Daily Verses, a Bible and more! Questions? Contact the Advancement Department at



Fill out this form to refer a friend to MU by email. When you submit this form, your friend will receive a code to apply to Multnomah for free.

And don’t forget to pass this along to your kid/s: If your friend is among the first 50 students to apply and you are a current student at Multnomah, you will receive a $15 gift card good at both Roger’s and the Campus Store!

You can refer as many friends as you like, and win up to three gift cards. Refer a friend today!


Payment plan information

At Multnomah, we offer a variety of payment plan options to assist you with the payment of your student account. For a small fee, a payment plan can be set up with automatic payments to manage your student account balance. Visit our student accounts page here, or call us directly at 503-251-5345.


Veteran’s education/Army tuition assistance benefits

If you are utilizing one or both of these benefits, please contact the VA Representative at Multnomah by calling 503-251-5372.


Important dates to remember

Fall 2017 Registration opened Monday, April 10, for current seniors.
Each day over the next two weeks, different groups of students within their class standing will have the opportunity to register. The Fall 2017 Course Schedule can be found here.

May 8-12 – College Final Examinations


Attention, parents of seniors!

MU’s Baccalaureate Chapel will be held on Friday, May 12, at 10 a.m.


Central Bible Church
8815 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220

The Commencement Ceremony will also be held on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.


Rolling Hills Community Church
3550 SW Borland, Road
Tualatin, OR 97062

This ceremony is open to all graduating students’ friends and family members. For any questions regarding arrival times for graduates, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 503-251-5370 or at


Important links

Multnomah University Campus Store
Order a gift basket for your student
MU Lions athletic schedules

Creative financial aid resources

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Dear MU Parent,

With kids only one year apart in school, I face the financial impact of paying two college tuitions simultaneously with some trepidation.  Fortunately, my work in the Financial Aid Office has taught me a lot about the variety of funding options available.

We are rounding the corner on deadlines for outside scholarships, but I encourage all students to seek additional resources.  Our Outside Scholarship page is a great place to start.  We also have a Scholarship Notebook in the Financial Aid Office, full of opportunities; and we are happy to assist students in their search process.  One hour of essay writing can yield a $1,000 scholarship – that’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me!


Stephanie Pollard is the director of financial aid at Multnomah University.

As we head into summer, be sure to have your student check out the Student Employment page on our website so they can secure a job at Multnomah prior to arriving on campus.  Work-Study funds are paid directly to the student in the form of a monthly paycheck (for hours worked, usually 10-20, multiplied by Oregon state minimum wage).  Having a job on campus maximizes working time; eliminating the hassle of a commute, enabling students to schedule their shifts in between classes, and offers a channel to demonstrate their Lion pride.

If we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, please contact me for an appointment so we can map out a plan of how to make your student’s goal of a college degree financially feasible.

Stephanie Pollard | Director of Financial Aid

Student athlete profiles (spring 2017)

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Maile Kam (Volleyball and Track & Field)

MaileKam_squareAs Maile Kam was going through the college recruitment process, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to stay in the Portland area or go out-of-state to continue her academic and athletic career. A graduate from a smaller Christian high school, Maile’s desire was to find a university that had that same unified spirit and community support. Multnomah was a perfect fit for her.

“I have found a family here at Multnomah that will last a lifetime,” she says. “I’m excited to be part of the beginning stages of growing the athletic program and hopefully be a catalyst for growth in all programs. I love this community because it allows for genuine personal relationships. Being in both volleyball and track, I have been able to observe and develop relationships with numerous coaches. They display the qualities I aspire to have in my coaching opportunities — their Christian character, their ability to inspire and their love for each athlete as an individual.”

Maile, who currently coaches club volleyball, plans to focus her academic career in the field of Exercise Science, which is a new major Multnomah will offer in fall 2017.

“My dream is to coach underprivileged children in the surrounding Northeast Portland neighborhood, since community outreach is something both Multnomah University and I value,” she says. “I want to use my skills to display what it means to be an athlete and coach for God.”

To see Maile and her teammates in action, visit to learn more about upcoming Track & Field events.

Robert Kochis (Soccer and Track & Field)

RobertKochis1_squareWhen Robert Kochis was considering his options for college, he discovered that Multnomah University checked all his boxes. “What originally brought me to Multnomah was the fact that my brother Michael and I could play soccer together,” he says. “Then, when looking closely at the university, I found out it was a Christian college, and since I was raised in a Christian home it was really the one thing that made my decision clear. I wanted to come here to play sports and to grow in my faith as well as receive a degree. It was the perfect combination.”

Robert, who’s double majoring in History and Bible & Theology, attended two other colleges prior to coming to Multnomah. “I attended a college in Massachusetts and a junior college in Arizona, so Multnomah is my third college in a few years. What makes Multnomah unique is the community of believers; there’s no better environment. The staff and students are so caring and kind; it’s amazing. My coaches have really had an impact on my life too. They are showing me how to really care for people, even while competing in a physical sport like soccer. Or, in Track/Cross Country, how to win or lose and still care at the end of a race about everyone and say, ‘Good job.’ Most importantly, though, they are showing me how to live a Christian life on and off the field.”

Robert’s hope for his future includes both sports and education. “I plan to get my MA in Teaching so I can help educate youth and spread the love of Christ,” he says. “I am blessed by my family and friends’ support. Without them, I wouldn’t be here!”

To see Robert and his teammates in action, visit to learn more about upcoming Track & Field events.

Michael Escobedo (Basketball)

MichaelEscobedo_squareMichael Escobedo knew he wanted to play basketball at the college level and was thrilled when God opened the doors for him to play sports and continue his education at Multnomah University. “Everything just fell into place,” he says. “It was an easy decision.”

The smaller class sizes were a plus for Michael. “We see the same people every day, which enables us to get to know one another on a more personal level,” he says. “At a large university, that would not be as easy to do. The professors are personable and know everyone by name and even personality. My basketball coach really influenced me to build my relationship with the Lord. Before every single practice, he touched on God’s Word; before each game, he would lead us in a devotion. He truly cares about his players and treats us as brothers in Christ. He understands that there are more important things in life in comparison to basketball.”

Michael graduates this coming May with a degree in Business Administration, as well as Bible & Theology. His hope for the future is that God makes his next steps very clear. “I want to know what God wants me to do with my life,” he says. “For now, it’s about getting to the finish line and finishing strong.” Currently, Michael has opportunities to be an assistant basketball coach at the university or junior college level, and he is considering playing professional basketball in eastern Europe. We wish Michael all the best as he closes out his time with Multnomah this month!

Connecting with Student Life: The summer transition and student success

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The summer transition


Kim Stave is the dean of Student Life at Multnomah University.

For those of you who have a son or daughter living on campus during the academic year, you may be counting down the days until summer vacation when you get to have them back at home! However, remember…things most likely will not be the same as they were the last time they were living at home.

Since they’ve been away, they’ve gained more independence and may struggle with some of the family expectations that await them at home. Our encouragement is to sit down with them soon after they arrive and make sure you’re on the same page with expectations. And be sure to let them share some of their hopes for how their time with family might look. A little bit of clear communication can make a big difference!

Kim Stave | Dean of Student Life


Student success

The Student Success Center is geared up for the second half of the term! We have several ways that your student can access the tools they need to reach their academic goals:

Multnomah Career Services

Multnomah Career Services provides career coaching, testing, resume and cover letter writing/review, as well as resources for part-time student jobs and full-time careers.  Encourage your student to drop by. We’re located in the Student Success center.

Study Hall

Show up for Study Hall! This is a time when students can come to The Study, know they're going to get homework done, and have a staff member available to ask questions to when they come to a road block.


Make a tutoring appointment! Our writing tutors are amazing at reading students' papers and helping students improve them. If your student wants to maximize their grade on their final papers, be sure to send them to the writing tutors!


Meet with a staff member! If your student is struggling at all, especially if he or she is on academic probation, encourage them to come meet with a staff member. We can look at their grades so far, help them understand what needs to happen to pass their courses, and strategize ways to make it happen!


Parent to Parent: What I wish I had known about my college student

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The following post was written by Kim Vestal, parent of two Multnomah alumni, Tabitha Vestal and Samantha (Vestal) Dorsch, and one current student — Patrick Vestal.


What I wish I had known about my college student

I’ve had five kids leave home and go to college, or the other way around. When kids are not living at home, they experience life through a different lens and come home changed. They come home — adults.  As each of my kids left home and returned, I learned. Sometimes I got it right. Sometimes I totally blew it!


Kim Vestal is a proud parent of five, including two Multnomah alumni and one current MU student.

As my kids became adults, I had to learn to respect them and give them room to grow, as well as allow myself to grow into a different relationship with them. I prayed that God would give me insight, discernment, wisdom and creativity so that I would be able to approach situations in a new way. Also consider, transitions are messy. Life is messy. Adult kids will naturally pull away from you as they establish themselves. They may even pull away from the faith and the lifestyle in which they were raised.  They may even see you, the parent who has loved them, stood up for them, and cared for them, as the enemy. They may blame you, judge you and list your shortcomings. This stings. This can knock you flat, but hold fast! You cannot stand toe-to-toe with your adult child, arguing your point without losing some ground. Instead, take it to the Lord and remember: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve” (James 5:16b, CEB)!

Here are a few things I wish I had known:

  • Things won’t be the same.

When my college kids came home for the summer, I needed to realize that they’ve had a school year of independence. They had not had to tell anyone where they were going or when they would be back; whether or not they had breakfast, skipped class, called in sick to work, or stayed up all night to write a paper. They had embraced autonomy! Getting back into family routines and schedules were sometimes rocky.

My son sold his car when he left for college and had to adjust. He felt uncomfortable having to ask to use a car or ask for rides when he came home. My oldest daughter, after being away at college, started putting her name on food that she had purchased. It became an issue. I was surprised and offended. It was weird. I expressed to her, we are a family here; everything in the kitchen is for you to help yourself, like we’ve always done it. Ah, those famous last words – like we’ve always done it. I wish I would have known to approach the situation with a sense of humor and grace.

  • Priorities may look different.

When my son came home from college for the summer, I looked forward to weeks of shared family activities, only to find that he had volunteered to work at a camp two hours away for the entire summer.  I was disappointed; summer was not going to be what I had expected.

  • You can connect on a new level.

I never asked my kids to share their grades with me; that was their business. I didn’t need to add pressure; I knew they were already stressed enough. Instead, I would ask questions like:

  • How do you feel you did on that paper or test? I know you worked hard in preparation for it.
  • Which professor do you like best?
  • Which class do you feel you are learning the most from? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about your new friends.

Patrick Vestal, Kim's youngest child, is a current student at Multnomah who is majoring in youth ministry.

As your adult student prepares to come home for the summer, first realize that they may want to sleep for an entire week! Second, include them in decisions about summer before hand. Have an email, phone call or FaceTime discussion about their expectations as well as yours.

Respect their new status; give them latitude to establish this new adult relationship at home. We want our adult kids to feel comfortable around us, to open up to us. If they feel we are chasing them or have our thumb on them, they will shut down and avoid us. Hold them with an open hand. Your “job” of raising a child is done, now is the time to establish the next level relationship. The most important thing is open communication and mutual respect.

Remember: Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:6, NLT).

University to Parent: New Beginnings

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Hello! My name is Natalie. I have the distinct privilege of serving you as our university’s new director of alumni & parent relations. I’m looking forward to meeting you and encouraging you to live out your Kingdom identity as a parent of an MU student!

I’m writing to let you know a little more about me, so we can have a head start in getting to know each other. Over the last eight years, Multnomah has played a leading role in my life story. The faculty, staff and student community created space for me to identify passions that led to a deeper understanding of my life calling. I started to anticipate and love learning within the tensions of life, when I felt as if I was without answers to my biblical and theological questions. Faculty, such as Ray Lubeck and Dan Christiansen, created safe places for me to learn from their own spiritual journeys. One of the biggest truths I realized was how to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice and respond with faithfulness and worship.

As an alum, I can confidently say that God will continue to guide Multnomah into a new territory where we can develop an increased aptitude for learning and engaging the world around us. I’m beyond excited to discover creative ways of resourcing and partnering with our parents in the coming years.

If you’re able to come by, please consider yourself warmly invited! I’m looking forward to creating new memories and new beginnings with you soon.

Natalie Correll | Director of Alumni & Parent Relations