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Categories: Events, Programs
Categories: Events, Faculty, Programs, Seminary, Students
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.
‘Shocked and overjoyed’
Chad 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.”
‘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.
Are you or anyone you know interested in a career in counseling?
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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Are you or anyone you know interested in teaching English to non-native speakers?
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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Categories: Events, Students
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.
Categories: 80th Anniversary, Alumni, Events
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!
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.
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,
Director of Alumni Relations
Categories: Athletics, Events, Students
The MU women’s basketball team is used to collaborating on the court. But since their recent partnership with Central Bible Church and the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Lions are unifying to present Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs.
More than 100 churches around the world were chosen to simultaneously host Night to Shine events Friday, February 12, 2016. Central Bible was one of three churches in Oregon selected for the honor.
“This is so exciting because it’s such a unique chance to serve our community,” says Tim Bieri, who coaches women’s basketball at MU. “We’re honored to be part of shining Christ’s light in this way.”
As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with an instruction manual, financial support, individualized staff guidance, and a prom kit complete with decorations and gifts for attendees.
On the big night, guests will enter the church on a red carpet while friendly paparazzi snap photos. Inside, volunteers will provide VIP treatment: hair, makeup and corsages for the girls, and shoe shining and boutonnieres for the boys. Karaoke and dancing will round out the evening. During the crowning ceremony, every attendee will be declared prom king or prom queen.
But something more than the glittery tiaras, shimmery dresses and spiffy shoes will shine on that night. God’s love will be gleaming, reflected by the many volunteers who have poured their hearts into this special event.
During Night to Shine 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 people with special needs. This year, host churches worldwide are expected to serve more than 20,000 prom kings and queens. At Central Bible Church, a minimum of 100 volunteers will work with more than 75 guests.
A production of this size will require some dedicated workers. Fortunately, the basketball team is no stranger to commitment. The Lions are wholly responsible for planning and organizing the event, which includes coordinating vendors, sending invitations and reminders, managing volunteers and donations, and setting up and tearing down decorations.
Even though their lives are brimming with basketball, school and jobs, the women are enthusiastic to tackle this new mission. “It’s a challenge for us as a team,” says sophomore Michaela Weller. “But it’s pushing us out of our comfort zone, and that’s important. It’s a blessing to be a part of God’s work in this.”
Valerie Wakefield agrees. “It’s a great opportunity to work with Central Bible and other churches in the area,” says the sophomore. “One of my favorite things is seeing so many people come together as the body of Christ.”
The Lions didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, so they’ve deemed Night to Shine their championship game. For Nicole Verrett, the prom is a more impactful opportunity in comparison. “It’s something that will last,” says the senior. “I think (the guests) will know that people care about them and want to serve them.”
If you want to volunteer for Night to Shine, contact Tim Bieri at 503.251.6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Categories: Events, Students
There's always chapel on Tuesday, but today was a special kind of gathering. Today was the culmination of MU's food drive in observance of Giving Tuesday, a globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back.
Since mid-November, students, faculty and staff have been adding non-perishable foods to the large white barrels stationed around campus. And today, those barrels — full to the brim — were brought to the front of the stage for a celebratory chapel before they were given to the Oregon Food Bank.
"We asked ourselves, 'What can we do to give to the Portland community?'" says Vice President Steve Cummings. "We came up with this idea for a food drive. We want to give back because we want to reflect the character of God."
Senior Drew Schinderwolf agrees. "It shows that we care," says the pastoral ministry major. "And it shows that we're not set apart, living in a bubble — we're a part of the community."
Freshmen and fellow history majors Ivory Linger and Hannah Aguirre were excited when they heard about about the initiative, and they're delighted the food drive is being established as a Multnomah tradition.
"It's the simplest acts that make a difference," says Linger. "This is something small we can do that does make a difference and shows people you care about them."
Aguirre concurs. "If you can give, it brings you closer to others," she says. "I know God's going to use this to reach people."