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Local nonprofit creates unique internship opportunities for business students

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Business Department Chair Lee Sellers is passionate about integrating practical experience into his students’ education. So when Andrew Stone at Kingdom Ministries needed interns to help support his young nonprofit, an on-going partnership was created.

“It seemed like a good opportunity to give young people real world experience while helping the organization grow more efficiently,” says Stone, who started the Portland nonprofit with his father, Multnomah alumnus Kevin Stone. Joined by their families, the father-son team equips ministries in Italy by connecting them to volunteers who serve in their summer camps, English classes and city festivals.

Mike Kamlade, Lindsey Weaver, Miranda Schmillen, Grant Warner and Lucia Morud are the interns supporting this mission. Over the course of the school year, the five business majors have diligently worked in finance, marketing and project management roles to promote, arrange and fund this year’s summer camps. They’ll see the culmination of their work in June when they travel with other Kingdom Ministries volunteers to Italy.

Although they’ve encountered a number of hurdles throughout the planning process, the interns say the hiccups are undeniably constructive. “It's teaching me to adapt to my surroundings and be open to learning new things,” says finance intern Mike Kamlade.

Project management intern Lindsey Weaver had to adapt too. “Once you get out of the classroom and deal with people in real life, it changes things,” she says.“I looked for this kind of opportunity in high school, but nothing ever came up.” Weaver’s duties include liaising with contacts, coordinating schedules and planning trip logistics.

Miranda Schmillen, who’s responsible for tracking donations and budgeting, admits the internship would be much harder if she was unequipped. But luckily she has a semester of accounting under her belt. “My accounting class totally helped me,” says the finance intern.

Stone’s instruction has only built upon students’ knowledge, and his attentiveness has inspired them to do their best. “He’s super ambitious and has these huge ideas, but he’s also hands-on and shows you how to do things,” says Schmillen.

Stone has simply created an optimal space for trial, error and learning.“They’re getting experience they won’t get anywhere else,” he says. “It’s a very safe environment to learn in.”

It may have been safe, but it wasn’t easy. The interns have bonded through shared struggles and successions — and they’ve emerged stronger than ever. “This internship has blessed me more than I expected because of the relationships I've built with the other interns and the Stone family,” says Kamlade. “They are all great people.”

For more information about this internship and Kingdom Ministries, visit BuildingTheKingdom.org.

Spring Thaw unites, inspires local youth groups

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Spring Thaw kicked off last weekend, and attendees filled MU’s campus with the contagious energy only 650 high school students could bring. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the weekend was packed with activities, including a comedy show, paintball, a game truck, sports tournaments and a photo booth.

For the past six years, Multnomah has been hosting a weekend-long retreat for local high school youth groups. The theme changes from year to year, but there’s always dynamic speaking and teaching, interactive games, and limitless space for students to experience God outside their usual routine.

This year’s theme, PDXperience, brought almost every Portland stereotype onto one campus. A swarm of camping tents were pitched in the North Bradley lawn, an array of food carts circled the gym parking lot, and the main stage was propped with iconic Portland symbols like the White Stag sign. At night, Roger’s Cafe was transformed into a hipster coffee shop. A live piano filled the room with jazz while students fueled up on caffeine before competing in Nerf challenges and Library Laser Tag.

“It’s super fun; the whole thing is enjoyable,” remarked Julia, a student from Grace Point Community Church in Tigard, who said there wasn’t one thing she didn’t like.

Youth Ministry Department Chair Dr. Rob Hildebrand has been running Spring Thaw since he dreamt it up in 2010, but he decided to take a well-deserved hiatus this year. Luckily for youth groups everywhere, Director of Auxiliary Services Bobby Howell stepped in to fill Hildebrand’s shoes. A team of volunteers from the Multnomah community and Central Bible Church worked hard alongside him to produce this year’s event.

When students weren’t noshing on food cart fare or darting around the pitch-black library with plastic laser guns, they were soaking up the wisdom of A.J. Swaboda, a local pastor, professor and author who served as the event’s main speaker. Swaboda pushed the high schoolers to examine their faith more deeply by candidly explaining what following Jesus really requires. The students thought he was relatable and straightforward.

“It’s nice that A.J. is addressing what it’s like to be a Christian,” said Kaylea, a sophomore from Grace Community Church in Gresham. “He’s addressing a reality.”

Brianne, who’s also from Grace Community, agrees. “I like how honest A.J. is,” she said. “He doesn’t sugarcoat things.”

Youth ministry major Brian Hall has been involved with Spring Thaw for the past four years. Aside from garnering skills and experience vital to his field of study, he truly enjoys seeing the impact the retreat has on students. “They’re getting real life stuff from people other than their youth pastors,” he said. “And it’s a fun time for the Kingdom.”

Youth Director Michael Calquhoun from Gladstone First Baptist brings his youth group back every year for that very reason. And because they don’t stop talking about it once they’ve left. “It’s a good way to build community,” he said “We get to know each other better and share common experiences. And we fall more in love with God.”

Words like that are music to Howell’s ears. “We wanted to provide a setting with quality teaching, where any youth group from any denomination could attend and enjoy the camaraderie of being with other youth groups,” he said. “I want students to be energized to take up the cross past this event — to take it back to their everyday lives. I want them to be the light of Christ.”

Register for the April 6 info session

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Seminary students selected third year in a row for internships at Oxford

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The polished halls of Oxford University have been steeped in centuries’ worth of scholarly culture. Their crevices contain manuscripts, statues, engravings and echoes of the past. What better place for world-renowned biblical experts and students to gather?

For the third year in a row, a handful of Multnomah seminary students has been selected to attend the Logos Conference, a two-week internship in June sponsored by the Scholars Initiative. Any students who have worked on Scholars Initiative projects are invited to apply to the workshop. Scholars from more than 60 schools in North America submit applications, but only 30 students are chosen for the trip.

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 ‘Shocked and overjoyed’

Oxford3_blogChad Woodward had his eyes on Oxford ever since his classmate Daniel Somboonsiri was selected two years ago. “It was a goal I’d set for myself,” Woodward says. “I was on the edge of my seat waiting, and when I heard I was chosen, I felt validated as a Hebrew scholar.”

Alyssa Schmidt is equally enthusiastic. “I’m really excited to be around people who are passionate about God’s word, and to have so much opportunity for learning within two short weeks,” she says.

Ruben Alvarado received his invitation two weeks later than his classmates. He thought he hadn’t made it in. When he finally heard the news, he was ecstatic. “I couldn’t sleep that night,” he says. “I was shocked and overjoyed.”

 ‘Engaging and exploring’

Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz encouraged Woodward, Alvarado and Schmidt to apply for the intership. “We really enjoy our students and are proud of them,” he says. Kutz will join his students at Oxford for three days of the conference.

The conference schedule is packed with activity. There will be excursions to Winchester Abbey and Tyndale House, evensong services at Christ Cathedral, lectures from renowned scholars, tours to the Bodlian and Parker Libraries, and discussions around pots of tea. Guests will even be lodging in an ivy-cloaked Victorian house up the lane.

“This seminar is helpful for two reasons,” Kutz says. “First, students will be able build friendships with peers in the same position. Second, they will be exposed to key scholars who have figured out what it’s like to live as a Christian in the academic world.”

Dr. Rebekah Josberger, who teaches Hebrew at Multnomah, is thrilled to see how her students will grow through this opportunity. “Learning isn’t about ‘arriving’ and knowing everything,” she says. “It’s about engaging, asking questions and exploring. This all happens at the conference.”

Needless to say, this environment of exploration will boost the future careers of attendees. “It’s continued exposure to what I love and enjoy,” Woodward says. “It will bring my studies to a different level.”

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 ‘A community of excellent teachers’

All three students are brimming with praise for the quality of Multnomah’s Hebrew program. “Our professors have created a program that’s different,” says Schmidt. “It’s not just classes, but a community of excellent teachers.”

Kutz prioritizes time with his students during the trip. While other professors wander off on their own adventures, he joins his group in a pub to discuss the highlights of the conference.

“The Hebrew community is a family,” says Woodward. “It’s not just instructive; professors take an active role in our lives and come alongside us as friends.”

Alvarado wholeheartedly concurs. “It’s been the experience of a lifetime to study under Dr. Kutz and Dr. Josberger,” he says. “They teach us the language and teach us how to live life.”

Although the two weeks are crammed with scholastics, MU students are also looking forward to sightseeing. Schmidt will be stopping by Paris on her way home. Alvarado will visit several of London’s tourist attractions like the British Museum, the Tower of London and the National Gallery.

Woodward is planning to take full advantage of the international experience. It’s his 10th wedding anniversary, and he just bought a plane ticket for his wife so they can explore England together after the conference. “It will be a good balance between work and play,” he says. Cheers to that.

Interested in counseling? Attend our April 7 info session.

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Are you or anyone you know interested in a career in counseling?

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On Thursday, April 7, our MA in counseling program is hosting an info session for anyone curious about becoming a certified counselor. Come talk with faculty and current students, sit in on a class, explore financial aid options, and develop a vibrant vision for your future. The info session is from 4:30 to 7:30/8 p.m. 

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Remember: When you visit campus, you’ll qualify for our $500 Campus Visit Scholarship!

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You’re invited to the March 30 info session

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Are you or anyone you know interested in teaching English to non-native speakers?

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On Wednesday, March 30, our MA in TESOL program is hosting an info session for anyone curious about a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Come talk with faculty and current students, sit in on a class, explore financial aid options, and develop a vibrant vision for your future.

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Remember: When you visit campus, you’ll qualify for our $500 Campus Visit Scholarship!

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MU initiates Encouragement Week, supports students during midterms

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Midsemester often finds students buried in flashcards, wading through pages of reading and  furiously typing out last-minute papers. It’s the perfect time for some encouragement from MU staff and faculty.

Associate Dean of Students Rich Ward was inspired to coordinate a new event — Encouragement Week — because he wanted each student to feel supported and loved during one of the most stressful times of the semester. “When people know that they matter, they feel that they belong,” he says.

If you walk down the hall of the JCA Student Center, you’ll notice posters with inspirational messages littering the walls. If you take a peek into the business office,  you’ll be treated to a table of donuts and handwritten Bible verses. Just around the corner at the registrar’s desk, a bowlful of green apple lollipops is flanked by signs that say, “You rock”.

“It’s a great way for staff to connect with students,” says Chris Thiessen, who works in Advancement. “We don’t have that opportunity as often as the faculty do.”

Ward planned surprises for each day of the week: bracelets on Monday, designated prayer for students on Tuesday, intentional time during lunch on Wednesday, gift packages and notes from alumni on Thursday, and fist bumps on Friday. “I wanted to incorporate all five love languages throughout the week,” he says.

Bible and theology major Jennifer Kildal is one of the many students who appreciates the thoughtfulness. “It’s cool to be at a school where they actually appreciate their students,” she says.

Campus happenings

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MU ranked No. 2 on list of safest colleges, universities in Oregon

The 2016 Safest College Campuses national rankings, published by niche.com, are based on key statistics and student reviews.
Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs and alcohol usage. “We watch out for each other and take care of each other,” said Director of Campus Safety Josh Harper. “This is a large part of making our campus safe to live, work and learn in.”

MU celebrates 10 years of providing free English classes to local immigrant communities

For 10 years, MU’s TESOL program has been offering free weekly ESL classes to its diverse neighbors. “ESL meets a practical need in our community,” says TESOL Director Kristyn Kidney. “It brings the world together through dialogue and friendship.”

Lions team up with Tim Tebow Foundation, local church for Night to Shine

The women’s basketball team joined with the Tim Tebow Foundation and Central Bible Church to present Night to Shine, a prom
for people with special needs. More than 100 churches around the world were chosen to host Night to Shine events on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Roger’s Café celebrates five years of coffee and community

Five years ago, students voted to name MU’s new coffee shop after Roger, a beloved community figure who has been cleaning tables, arranging napkins and befriending students as a faithful volunteer for more than 35 years. The café has been a irreplaceable fixture on campus ever since.

Students collect food for Giving Tuesday, donate proceeds to Oregon Food Bank

Through the month of November, students, faculty and staff added non-perishable foods to large white barrels stationed around campus. The food drive culminated in a celebratory chapel on Giving Tuesday (December 2), a globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. The full barrels were then given to the Oregon Food Bank.

Reflecting on God’s faithfulness and anticipating the future: Person to Person, Winter 2016

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Michelle Underwood is Director of Alumni Relations at Multnomah.

Earlier this month, alumni, friends, faculty and staff gathered together to celebrate God’s faithfulness at our 80th anniversary homecoming event. Guests had traveled from as far east as Massachusetts, as far north as Alaska, and as far south as southern California. Some even came all the way from China. We saw a remarkable representation of alumni spanning the years 1944 to 2015. It was a beautiful reunion, a wonderful time for reflecting, reminiscing and remembering all God has done since our founding in 1936.

Our theme for the evening was “Celebrating God’s Faithfulness” — apropos for commemorating our 80th anniversary. As Professor Emeritus David Needham led us in prayer, we were reminded of the Lord’s great faithfulness and steadfast love. What a consolation it is to know that God never changes. What he was yesterday, he is today and will be tomorrow. He is faithful.

In the midst of a changing world, the reality of this truth is comforting and reassuring. We closed our time together with the familiar hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” declaring that in every season of life — winter, spring, summer and harvest — we can attest to the witness of his great faithfulness, mercy and love.

As we look ahead, anticipating what God might have for us these next 80 years, my prayer is that he would continue to give us grace to look away from ourselves and move toward a deeper dependence on him.

Homecoming 2016

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Homecoming is about tradition. It’s a time for reconnecting with old friends and establishing new. It’s about nostalgia. It’s about  remembering our rich heritage with wistful affection as we seek to carry on the MU legacy. It’s about uniting the past with the present as we aim to provide an opportunity for every constituent of the university to come together and celebrate as a whole. 

Traditions, nostalgia, legacy…in essence, Homecoming is all about coming home!

You're Invited

We invite you to join us February 12-13 as students, staff, faculty, friends and alumni join together to commemorate MU’s 80-year anniversary. Come help us celebrate God’s faithfulness as we rejoice over all he has done since our founding in 1936.

Whether it’s been years since you’ve been on campus or just months since you graduated, we are looking forward to seeing you again and celebrating the MU legacy together — a legacy you have not only helped build, but one you continue to lead.

Special Events

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, David Needham will be our special guest speaker for Friday night’s Homecoming dinner celebration. Other special events will include: class reunions, class visits, a campus tour, a MU community fun run/walk, volleyball alumni mixer and scrimmage, alumni basketball open gym, women’s and men’s basketball games, and more!

Come home and reconnect with classmates, professors, former roommates and friends. Rediscover your favorite things about MU!

Continuing the MU legacy while uniting alumni and friends,

Michelle Underwood
Director of Alumni Relations

P.S. To secure your spot for Friday night’s Homecoming dinner celebration, please contact Michelle Underwood  or 503.251.6458. Space is limited. RSVP is required.