For the true scientist, faith is something that must be simultaneously held at arm’s length and embraced. Being in a field where knowledge is tested, retested and tested again forces the scientist to stand at a certain distance from what he or she knows. Some scientists who are perched in that place see faith as a distraction, or at worst a limitation. Some, however, see their faith as precisely the force that gives them courage to delve fearlessly into the mysteries of life. Dr. Sarah Gall, chair of the biology department at MU, is this latter type of scientist. Read the rest of this entry »
Categories: Faculty, Feature, General, Programs
New Student Orientation begins this week, and we're thrilled to welcome a new batch of undergraduate students to our campus. The festivities — which kick off Thursday — include a Tonight Show, a commissioning service with the university president and a Portland-themed Instagram hunt. You can view the full orientation schedule here. If you have any questions about orientation, contact the Student Life Department at 503-251-5311 or email@example.com.
Steve Cummings, Vice President of Advancement
503.251.6464 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah University is a Christ-centered institution of higher education. For 80 years, we have held firm to our founding values based on historic, orthodox Christian views.
In February of 2015, Multnomah University asked the Department of Education for clarification regarding its Title IX exemption due to some recent presidential executive orders. The university has held this exemption since May of 1989. Our goal is to ensure our constitutional right to freely practice our religious beliefs.
Multnomah University does not discriminate on the basis of how students identify themselves sexually. We ask that all of our students be in alignment with our core values and doctrinal statement. In addition, every student at Multnomah is expected to abide by the university’s human sexuality understanding, which is aligned with our core values and doctrinal statement.
The university recognizes that some students may deal with issues surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation. We believe that members of our learning community are best supported if they are able to share their questions, struggles or self-understanding with trusted faculty, administrators and staff. In all such personal issues, MU will respond with compassion, respect and grace while remaining consistent with the university’s core values, doctrinal statement and community life standards.
Currently, dozens of colleges similar to Multnomah are dealing with a lack of clarity related to recent presidential executive orders. Until the Department of Education explains how these orders should be universally applied, it would be premature to comment further on this issue.
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, Washington. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.
Categories: Faculty, General
The Multnomah community grieves the tragic loss of nine of our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Once again we find ourselves mourning because of a senseless and evil act of racially targeted violence. Our hearts are broken.
HOUGHTON, N.Y. – In frigid and snowy conditions, sophomore Nathan Meeker ran his best cross country race of the year and won the NCCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday, November 15. Read the rest of this entry »
Counseling. Say the word to anyone, and pop-culture stereotypes abound. The Freudian therapist. The clingy client. The exorbitant fees. Many think counseling is a waste of time — or only for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Master of Arts in Counseling student Riley Hall disagrees. “The needs people bring to counseling take on many forms,” he says. “Compare it to physical illness. Sometimes you get a cut on your finger that takes a few days to heal. But other times you might have a more serious issue that can cause harm if not treated. It’s the same with counseling.”
Hall is an intern at MU’s newly opened Community Counseling Center. Sandwiched between Sutcliffe Hall and Montavilla Park, the center meets two vital needs: training MAC interns and serving local community members with low-cost therapy.
Counseling Center Coordinator Chris Cleaver helped his interns develop a sliding scale that charges session fees based on clients’ household incomes. Cleaver says the scale makes counseling affordable for people who might not otherwise be able to pay for therapy. “I see this center as a gateway to our community,” he says. “Our interns have great training, and we’re passionate about serving people.”
The best way to serve, says Hall, is by building strong relationships with clients. “You don’t get nearer to someone’s heart than in a counseling room,” he says. “We’re here to provide a nonjudgmental ear and a place for them to give voice to their sorrows.”
Fellow intern Chelsea Thurlow agrees. “Unfortunately, it can be rare to have a relationship in which you feel heard without being judged,” she says. “Counseling is a safe relationship focused on you. It gives you accountability to set goals. It’s also helpful to talk with someone who’s not personally involved in your situation.”
Although Multnomah is a biblical university, the counseling center doesn’t cater to Christians exclusively. “We are still under the counseling code of ethics, which means we will never impose our beliefs on clients,” says Thurlow. “We’re not the authority in their life. Their values will be the weight in the room.”
Approaching counseling can seem defeating or embarrassing to some, but Thurlow feels honored to walk with people through their troubles. “I find joy in empowering them to take steps toward the changes they desire,” she says.
Hall concurs. “When left in the dark, issues can destroy someone’s life,” he says. “Counseling works because relationships are healing. It gives people their lives back.”
On Friday, October 17, Multnomah University formally ushered Dr. Craig Williford into his role as president with an inauguration at Rolling Hills Community Church. Students, alumni, staff, faculty, MU's board of trustees and delegates from local universities attended the event.
In his inaugural address, Williford shared his vision for creating a global campus, closing the gap between those who can afford higher education and those can't, and empowering students with biblical wisdom and love of service. "Society needs Christians who have been restored in their weaknesses," he said. "Thank you all for working with me to build upon the legacy of Multnomah."
Congratulations, Craig and Carolyn! We are so happy — and so blessed — you're at Multnomah University!
Categories: General, Press Releases
PORTLAND, Ore. — Steve Cummings has been selected as vice president of Multnomah University’s Advancement Department.
In light of Dr. Dan's passing, we've created a special page honoring his life and time at Multnomah.
On our Tribute to Dr. Dan page, you can:
- Share your favorite memories of Dr. Dan
- See how Dr. Dan has touched the lives of others
- Watch his last chapel recording
- View the official press release
- Listen to Dr. Dan's memorial service recording
- Read our commemorative story
Categories: General, Press Releases
PORTLAND, Ore. —The Cascade Collegiate Conference approved Multnomah University’s membership application this week, moving the Lions one step closer toward conference participation during the 2015-16 season. Read the rest of this entry »