Connecting Parent to Parent
Dear MU Parent,
I am extremely fortunate that I am able to enjoy not only serving at MU as Vice President of Advancement, but also as an MU parent. Our two youngest, Jamilyn (junior Global Studies major) and Jackson (sophomore Pastoral Ministry major) attend Multnomah and live on campus. This is their second year here at MU, and they could not be any more different in how they approach school. One is a “planner” and gets the books bought, papers written and schedules time to study. The other “wings it” and has discovered how to get A’s and B’s without ever buying a single book, leaves papers till the night before and manages to do well on exams with little to no studying – which drives me absolutely nuts! But guess what? It works for him. (Oops… I spilled the beans on who I was talking about.)
Now, you need to know I am a recovering “control parent.” Ask my wife Julia; she will tell you. She is a marriage and family therapist, and I take my cues from her when it comes to raising our kids. The single hardest thing for me, as my kids come to their college years, is letting go. In the early years, I had to learn to not send the text message asking them about getting a job, buying their books, making sure they study for classes, and just about every other need that comes up.
I have come to discover that I can’t play the Holy Spirit in their life. This is where the road ends for us recovering “control parents.” If I truly have trusted my kids to the LORD, and if I truly believe they belong to Him and I am merely a steward of their lives – I have to let go and let the LORD do His work in them, even when they stumble and fall, and I see it before they do.
Remember when they were toddlers and wobbled across the room and fell and cried? They have to do the same thing now while they are in college. There is a strong community of believers here at Multnomah. My kids will find their way, and I believe they’ll come out of MU with a deeper, richer meaning that they can own because they were left to experience life themselves. In the end – they figure it out.
That brings me to the second thing I want to say.
The Multnomah campus is fertile soil for kingdom learning and the transforming power of God’s Spirit. It’s been going on for 81 years and hasn’t stopped. Talk to any alumni today from any decade, and they will tell you the same thing: The DNA of Multnomah is the community that is created here on these 25 acres, year in and year out.
Our kids could not be in a better place on this earth to fall deeper in love with Jesus and discover and live out their true identity as children of God in whatever discipline they are gifted to serve His world.
Early in Jackson’s first semester last year, he was struggling with doubts about his faith. I remember taking him to the Burgerville across the street from campus one night and just listening to his heart and not trying to “fix” him and tell him why he was off. I just sat there and listened. When he was done talking about his doubts, which would send fear into any parent’s heart that have raised their son or daughter in the faith, I told him “I’m glad you’re struggling with owning your faith, Jack. You could not be in a better pace on this earth to ask those questions and not feel out of place or judged.”
He looked at me, bewildered. It was not what he was expecting me to say. I pushed him away from me as his primary source of wisdom and encouragement toward the godly faculty at MU, who have been speaking truth into students’ lives for decades, while allowing them to ask the tough questions – all the while creating a safe environment and a “no-shame” zone to do so.
Guess what? God showed up in Jackson’s life. And because he was given that space to doubt and question and ask – he has a much deeper understanding of who God is, his identity in Christ, and he’s more passionate about fulfilling his calling in life. In a sense – he has owned it. He’s is God’s child first and Steve and Julia’s son second. I have to remember that daily.
So, moms and dads – I am here to say that I understand those of you who have a hard time letting go, or who need to send a daily text to check in on your son or daughter. Fight the urge. They are in the best of kingdom shaping hands. They will figure it out. If they don’t text back, it’s not because they don’t love you. They are getting deeply involved in the community here – and that’s a GOOD thing!
Director of Advancement
P.S. In each edition of the MU Parent Connection, we give the opportunity to one of you to reflect on something the LORD puts on your heart to say to other MU parents in the “Parent to Parent” section. If you would like to contribute something in a future edition, please contact Christine Thiessen at email@example.com. We’d love to hear your story!
Connecting with Student Life
Watch the New Student Welcome video!
As you and your student navigate this season of transition to college, scan the encouragement and tips below. This material was taken directly from the August 25th Parent Information Session during New Student Orientation on campus.
Tips for parents after launching their child to college:
- Judy Glanz, MU faculty and parent of a recent MU alum, shared wisdom from her experience, including these three gold nuggets:
- In the transition to adult relationship, let your student initiate as much as possible, and be ready to respond when they are (even if it’s a phone call at 11 p.m.)!
- MU is academically rigorous. As adults, students need to learn to advocate for themselves.
- In this transition, trust your parenting, trust God, trust us, and – most importantly – pray. Students push boundaries. It’s part of healthy growth.
- Remember that for some parents, launching a child into college is a joyous occasion. For others, it is a time of grief. Many parents experience a combination of both emotions. What is most important is to allow each of these emotions to be okay, as they are a very natural part of this transition. You don’t need to feel guilty if you’re happy, and you don’t need to mask your sadness if you’re grieving. Acknowledging and processing both ends of this emotional spectrum will also help family members and your student know that it’s okay for them to experience a wide range of emotions too.
Adjustments for Students after being launched to College:
Your son or daughter may experience a different way of living than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:
- Potentially losing their support system at home.
- The complicated dynamics of older relationships changing.
- As they anticipate new freedom and responsibilities, they may fear making errors or not knowing what to do.
- If they live on campus, they are navigating the loss of privacy, comforts of home, or the many things you did for them which they now need to do on their own.
What Multnomah provides:
- A balance of lots of support and challenge toward the goal of greater personal growth.
- A safe community in which to have open conversations about how they feel and what they are learning.
- We will remind them that they aren’t alone…they are surrounded by other students going through similar transitions who are asking similar questions.
- We will also provide many opportunities to enjoy social activities and outings, which will cultivate a sense of belonging to the Multnomah community.
What you, as a parent, can provide:
- Your listening skills (if they want to talk)
- Assurance of your love and belief in them
- Encouragement to talk to a staff member if there is a concern they need help with – we have many capable and caring personnel ready to help!
- Care packages!
Your son or daughter may experience a different way of learning than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:
- Balancing pride of being in college with fear that they may not be able to keep up with the academic demands
- Thinking they are coming to summer camp and not fully appreciating the requirement for serious study and academic discipline
- How to schedule their time and balance academic requirements with social and other responsibilities throughout the day…this is a very different pace than high school.
What Multnomah provides:
- Academically rigorous yet very personal faculty who care about each student
- Tutoring, time management and study skill resources provided through the Student Success Center
- Disability services and other accommodation capabilities
What you, as a parent, can provide:
- Encouragement, rather than nagging
- Suggestions to utilize resources available, like setting up a meeting with a professor or scheduling a study skills session in the Student Success Center
Spiritually and Personally
Your son or daughter may experience a different way of growing than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:
- The struggle to maintain their own spiritual disciplines as they spend time in the Word in classes, chapels and assignments.
- They may be challenged as they evaluate their thoughts and beliefs accepted since childhood and wrestle with deep spiritual issues.
- They may be faced with peers or faculty who have different theological perspectives that provide ways of thinking they’ve never considered.
What Multnomah provides:
- A wide range of faculty and staff willing to mentor, disciple or even just pray with your child
- A dynamic spiritually formative chapel program offering multiple venues for worship and growth
- A free counseling center, providing counsel from a professional Christian counseling staff
- An open and honest community of peers, staff and faculty, living out a shared mission
What you, as a parent, can provide:
- Prayer for wisdom, peace, personal discipline and a deep sense of God’s presence and love.
- Counsel, as appropriate.
- Respect for their decisions and reminding them that their spiritual journey is their own to discover with the Lord – and that you support them in that growth!
- Assurance that you are there for them and supportive of their good decisions. If in the process of growing they make unwise decisions, you won’t abandon or reject them.
God loves your children even more than you do. Put them back in His hands, but keep them close in your heart, and continue to reach out to them in love.
Connecting through Prayer
One of the best things about your student attending Multnomah is the support they’ll have from staff and faculty. When Moses went before the people up to Mount Sinai and received the Law from the Lord, the people grew impatient waiting for him to come down and built themselves a golden calf to worship. God was so angry that He decided to wipe them out from their very existence, but Moses pleaded before Him, and because of one man’s prayer, history was re-written.
Prayer changes things. Prayer changes lives. Prayer saves lives.
At Multnomah, we believe God hears our cries to Him. It is an honor and a joy to come before Him as staff and faculty to regularly pray on behalf of our students and their families. Please do not hesitate to submit big or small prayer requests for your family and student on the Multnomah University app (available in the App Store for iPhones or Androids) or online either by visiting our Prayer Page or by emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting through Worship: MU Chapels
At Multnomah, we highly value worshiping God in the context of our community. As we study His Word and grow in knowledge, we also seek to grow in relationship with Him by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives. Christian education is transformational and demands a response of the heart and will. Chapels provide intentional opportunities beyond the classroom for us to come together for encouragement and support so we may learn to live authentically and fully for Him.
If you are in the area, please join us for a Chapel service. Here are a few we think you’d enjoy attending:
- Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Christian Life Conference, Pastor Ben Tertin, speaker
- Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – University Chapel, Dr. G. Craig Williford, speaker
- Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Alumni Chapel, “Alumni of the Year: Tim Mackie”
- Monday, November 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving Chapel
For a complete list of Chapel offerings, please contact Student Life at email@example.com
Meet some of our student athletes
Three students have graciously shared how they have been impacted by both Multnomah and the Athletics Department.
Katherine Edmonds (basketball)
Meet Katherine Edmonds, a senior Business Administration and Bible and Theology Major AND a member of our Women’s Basketball Team. Katherine was recruited to play ball for Multnomah, but before deciding to join, she traveled up from California to visit the campus. “I fell in love with it,” she says. “From the beautiful campus to the friendly people… it felt like home immediately.”
“When I consider what I like most about MU, I would say it’s the genuine people: my classmates, teammates, professors and coaches,” she continues. “My coach, Tim Bieri, is an amazing coach and individual. Through tough personal times, Coach Tim has been a prime example for us athletes to always put God first and put our full trust and faith in him, even when it may seem difficult. I also appreciate my Business Professor, Donald Lee Sellers. He is very encouraging and supportive of student athletes and cares about our success in all aspects of our time here at MU.
Like other students, I had opportunities to go to other colleges, but I am SO GLAD I chose Multnomah. Being here has been a life-changer. It’s amazing to see what doors God opens for people, and I am thankful he opened this door for me.”
To see Katherine and her Basketball teammates in action on the court, visit www.gomulions.com for a complete schedule of games.
Manny Oliveres (soccer)
Meet Manuel “Manny” Olivares, a Multnomah University Business student and member of our Men’s Soccer team. “It was soccer that brought me to Multnomah, but it’s the support of everyone around me that has kept me here,” he says. Manny is the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college. “The community we have at this school is amazing,” he says. “My coaches and professors have influenced me to be the best that I can be, pushing me physically and mentally. Also, they have explained the Bible to me and have shown me how to become closer to God.”
Manny is grateful to his family in Las Vegas and in Mexico, to God and to his friends here at MU. “Without their support and encouragement to never give up, I would have never been able to come to Multnomah,” he says. “It’s important to pick yourself up whenever you fall, never look back, just keep looking forward.”
Manny’s dream is to play professional soccer and go around the world teaching soccer and sharing his story about what God did for him. Your prayer support of Manny and the MU Lions Soccer team is helping that dream come true.
Miranda Halverson (volleyball)
Miranda Halverson is a Multnomah University Business/Accounting student and a member of our Women’s Volleyball team. “Even though I was recruited to come play volleyball for MU, it was important to me to visit the campus before making a decision,” she says. “I wanted to love the school for its professors, classes, degrees, the people and the atmosphere. After taking a tour, I was hooked. I loved the campus! So, volleyball lead me to the school, but God called me here.”
Currently in her sophomore year, Miranda reflects on what continues to bless her about MU: “I love the Bible classes and the students the most. The Bible classes challenge me and reassure my faith. I feel stronger in my relationship with Christ. It’s also good to know that the students around me are walking the same journey as well. The coaches and professors help me to stay focused on my relationship with Christ and grow stronger as an individual. I am encouraged that God alone is good and I am in His will… that makes me successful.”
The mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Intramural Sports is to bring students, faculty, staff and alumni together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.
You, parents, are a part of that community, and we hope that you’ll be able to attend some of our sporting events to encourage your student and his or her teammates. Visit www.gomulions.com for a complete schedule of sports.
In addition, if you love watching games but have a hard time sitting on the bleachers, our Athletic Department is now taking orders for individual Stadium Chairs at a purchase price of $50/chair. Proceeds benefit the Athletic Department.
Contact Debbie Chin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-251-6400 if you want to place an order. Allow three weeks for delivery. A limited amount of chairs will also be available to rent for $5/game.
Helping Students Succeed
Student Success Center
Multnomah University is continuing to improve on the academic support that we offer to students by formalizing a Student Success Center – now open! We have provided free tutoring in the past, but we are now adding to that effort with academic coaching. This can include support and training for students in the areas of time management, study skills, writing strategies, life management, ongoing accountability and more!
We aim to maximize the learning experience of all our students. We are located in the JCA Student Center and are available by walk-in and appointment. Please encourage your student to come see us at any time!
Is your student looking for career direction? MU’s Career Services provides career coaching from the time a student enters their first year and throughout their entire time here. And these services continue to be available even when they become alumni!
Here are some areas Career Services can assist your student in:
- Are they struggling with finding the best fit in a major? Coaching in discovering who they are is strength in our department.
- Would vocational testing tools help? Strength Finder, personality testing, Spiritual gifts, and other discovery tools are available for free at any time. Strengths Finders is included in their freshman Spiritual and Personal Formation course. More specific vocational information is contained in their course on Career Development in either their Junior or Senior year.
- Service Learning and internships help in the area of practical experience and with recognizing transferable skills.
- Optimal Resume, an online service, provides an electronic job board that includes information on part-time jobs while in school, as well as full-time career positions.
- There’s a section of the Student Success Center for informal browsing through vocational information in handouts, books and notebooks full of examples of resumes, articles and other tools.
- Help in resume writing, cover letters, mock job interviews and networking is available for any stage.
Encourage your student to stop by. A casual conversation with Carley Wecks, the Career Services Coordinator with a degree in counseling and 25 years of experience at MU, might be just the next step for your student in their personal and vocational journey.
The Career Services office is located in the Student Success Center on the first floor of the JCA.
Specific webpages can be seen at www.multnomah.edu/career.
Student Employment at MU
Parents: Be sure your student brings with them original documents they will need to secure employment. Whether on campus or off, your student will need original, unexpired identification and work authorization documents in order to be hired for pay.
Samples of acceptable documents for completing the Federal I-9 form include:
- US Passport, or foreign passport with work authorization
- Social Security Card
- Driver’s License or Identification Card
- Certified Birth Certificate
- US Military Identification Card
- Military Dependent ID Card
You can also view a list of our open student employment positions here.
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 email@example.com.
Financial Aid News
- Parent PLUS Loans Originated between July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 will accrue a reduced interest rate of 6.31% (down from 6.84% for 2015-16).
- October 1, 2016: The 2017-18 FAFSA becomes available (fafsa.ed.gov) using 2015 tax data. Families are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for accuracy.
If you have further questions about Financial Aid for your student, contact us at 503-251-5335.
The Student Accounts Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have about paying for school. Please contact Student Accounts at 503-251-5345 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2017 tuition is due December 15, 2016.
Financial aid and payment arrangements, including a payment plan, need to be in place by December 15. A 1.5% monthly finance charge may be applied to all balances not covered by a payment plan or financial aid. Make a Payment.
24-hour account access: https://selfservice.multnomah.edu/selfservice/home.aspx
After logging in, go to the Finance Tab to see your account balance by semester, make an online payment or view statements.
Payment Plan Information
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.
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.
Family Education Privacy Act (FERPA)
If you would like to allow others to have access to your student account information, please fill out the FERPA form: http://www.multnomah.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/forms/
Connecting with Multnomah through AmazonSmile
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Important Dates to Remember – No classes for students
- October 14 and 17 – Fall Mid-semester Break
- November 24 and 25 – Thanksgiving Break
- December 16 – Close of Fall Term
- January 9-13 – January Term
- January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes
- January 17 – Spring Term begins for traditional students
Move in date January 13th for new students and January 14th for returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Student Store: www.multnomah.edu/store
Gift Baskets for your Student: http://multnomah.pcconline.net/index.php/service/treat-orders
MU Lions Athletic Schedules: www.gomulions.org