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Students Convocate

Comments Off on Students Convocate Written on August 29th, 2008 by
Categories: General

Welcome, welcome, welcome... is something we have been saying a lot around here now that school is back in session. We finished up the last registration day on Thursday (8/21). Students finalized their paperwork, got their picture taken (twice!), and completed their class schedule.

Of course it didn't end there. Both Thursday (8/21) and all day Friday (8/22) students were moving into the dorms, buying books, and generally getting to know the campus and each other.

For those of us who have been on campus all summer, it is great to see students roaming around again.

Convocation Chapel was on Tuesday (8/26). This all school chapel was a good time to welcome new students. Staff and faculty prayed for the students, dedicating both the students and themselves to the learning and work that God has in store for them this school year. [Plus, it is a good opportunity for our faculty to don those cool robes.] (Convocation Chapel Program [PDF])

Reno-Tahoe Rolls into Town

3 comments Written on July 17th, 2008 by
Categories: General

As we welcomed the Reno-Tahoe campus to the Multnomah University family we received a funny little gift in the mail.

Tumbleweed Break

It's a tumbleweed. We kind of just stared at it for a while. Multnomah being in Portland means we don't see much tumbleweed in these parts. Sure, I think we all recognize these sand dwellers from the movies, but we really couldn't understand why someone would mail us one (let alone three). Then we received an email from Jason Daniels the Administrative Director of the Reno-Tahoe campus detailing some facts about our new "friend"...

  • It is sharp. (Check!)
  • It is Nevada's answer to the pet rock.

He also sent some display ideas...

  • Hang it from the ceiling.
  • Put it in your yard next to a wagon wheel!

We here at MU Portland are really excited about how our expansion east will extend the reach of Multnomah's mission. Well, we want you all to know that the Reno-Tahoe campus connection is already being felt (or seen) on campus.

Tumbleweed, don't be anxiousTumbleweed near chapel

Tumbleweed looking at Seminary buildingTumbleweed inspiration

It is obvious that Multnomah University Reno-Tahoe is going to be a fun group to work with.

Here is a question for you. What do you think would be the Portland equivalent to a tumbleweed?

The Name Change that Launched a Web Redesign

Comments Off on The Name Change that Launched a Web Redesign Written on June 10th, 2008 by
Categories: University Name Change

The official date of the change to Multnomah University looms. It was impressed on me to address the one area that I know is in the forefront of concern for all of you – Multnomah’s website.

Name Change Brings Web Change
When we first started discussing the name change we knew it would have an impact on our web presence. It really came down to a couple of options for what that would look like. We could do some touch up work on our current site (a band-aid really) or suck it up and rebuild the whole thing. Seeing how it was really about time for an overhaul, the process is now under way to come up with a brand-new look and feel as well as a new site structure.

New Challenges
A change of name for a well established institution means different things depending on who you ask. To me, university is a big name trying to bring together all that Multnomah does and is. Multnomah serves a diverse group of people all seeking very different things. We still have our traditional college and seminary students, but Multnomah has grown to offer other programs such as online education, graduate degrees in teaching, and a degree completion program. Multnomah also has a thriving alumni and contributor community. In fact, the list of those with vested interest in Multnomah is a very long one. All of these impact our decisions as we move forward on a website redesign. Our website, which is really your website, must be relevant to you.

More then just a cosmetic change, we are really striving to tailor Multnomah’s new website to meet the needs of these diverse groups, and to be quickly navigable, making the information you want easy to find.

The Wait
A fresh, new look, relevant/current information, well organized structure… it all sounds really good, doesn’t it? Well it won’t be up by July 1st. That is for certain. We are still in the beginning phases of research and analysis ([cough], the fun stuff). I am already excited to see what all the Multnomah site is going be. Now, I really don't expect you to just sit there and wait. What changes/additions to the Multnomah site could help you? Let us know what you think.