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Marriages

Keep us up to date on what is happening in your life! Let us know about births, deaths or marriages via email at alumni@multnomah.edu, or you can fill out a short update form here.

HasenkampGarrett and Mindy Kate

Garrett and Mindy Kate ‘11 (Rawlins) Hasenkamp were married on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Langdon Farms in Aurora, Oregon. Garrett is currently the activity director at an assisted living community, and Mindy Kate is the director of Admissions at Multnomah University.

 

CorrellLucas and Natalie

Lucas and Natalie ‘16 (Tidswell) Correll were married on Friday, October 9, 2015, at The Aerie at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley, Oregon. Natalie works as the campus visit coordinator in the Admissions Department at Multnomah University, and Lucas is a student at MU. The Corrells are part of the Bridgetown Church Community in downtown Portland. They are both pursuing vocations in local church-focused ministry.

WoodhurstAnthony and Carly

Anthony and Carly ‘16 (Nicholson) Woodhurst were married on Saturday, October 08, 2016, at First Evangelical Church in Vancouver, Washington. Carly is currently working for the Pioneer Catering Company at Multnomah University. After graduation, Anthony wants to join the Portland Police Department, and Carly plans to pursue a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in church history.

PerryKevin and Rachel

Kevin and Rachel ‘16 (Piñon) Perry were married on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Multnomah University on North Bradley Lawn. After Kevin graduates, the Perrys are possibly moving to Austria to work with Muslim refugees alongside other missionary couples.

The Perrys say they are so thankful for how the Lord has orchestrated their lives so far — they can’t wait to see what’s next, and how the Lord will use them as a couple!

Births

Keep us up to date on what is happening in your life! Let us know about births, deaths or marriages via email at alumni@multnomah.edu or you can fill out a short update form here.

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Peter ‘12 and Molly ’12 (Callaway) Holmes welcomed son Callaway Bennett Holmes on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 8:10 a.m. He arrived 11 days early, but weighed seven pounds, six ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Anna Joy Brock

Greg ’01 and Carolyn ’01 (Olson) Brock welcomed their fourth baby into the world on August 13, 2015. Anna Joy was born at 1:45 a.m. She weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Robin RinneRobin Claire Rinne

Nathan ’14 and Kaitlin ’12 (Handley) Rinne welcomed daughter Robin Claire Rinne on January 30, 2016. Robin weighed six pounds, four ounces. Nathan and Kaitlin are living in the Spokane area while Nathan is working on his aviation internship at Moody Aviation.

Araina BellAraina Bell

Curtis ’16 and Annie ’14 (Partridge) Bell welcomed daughter Araina Bell on July 28, 2016, at 11:30 p.m. Baby Bell weighed seven pounds, three ounces. Araina is a sister to big brother Odin.

Amalia VelasquezAmalia Rose Valasquez

Carlos ’01 and Christine ’01 Velasquez welcomed daughter Amalia Rose Velasquez on October 13, 2016. Baby Amalia weighed eight pounds and six ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Kaylin BedlionKaylin Noelle Bedlion

Ben ’13 and Leanne ’13 (Gish) Bedlion welcomed daughter Kaylin Noelle Bedlion on July 17, 2016, at 6:11 p.m. Baby Kaylin weighed nine pounds and measured 20 ¾ inches long.

In Memoriam

Keep us up to date on what is happening in your life! Let us know about births, deaths or marriages via email at alumni@multnomah.edu or you can fill out a short update form here.

Ryan Mark Franklin

Ryan Mark Franklin ’05 was born October 4, 1981, and died May 18, 2016. Ryan was born in Eugene, Oregon, to Mark and Margaret Franklin. He was soon joined by his two younger brothers Kevin and Aaron. He attended Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and played basketball as a Multnomah Ambassador. When he didn’t skip class, he worked toward a bachelor’s degree in education. He graduated in 2005. He met Amie at Multnomah, and in July of 2004 they were married at her home ranch in Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Amie, three daughters and 12-month-old son.

Leah Johnson

Leah (McInnelly) Johnson ’60 was born on August 06, 1938, and passed away on May 21, 2016, in Plano, Texas. Leah is survived by Neil Johnson, her loving husband of 49 years. They were married in Tacoma, Washington, on July 1, 1967. Leah is lovingly remembered by her children: Keven Johnson and his wife Katrina of Van Alstyne, Texas; Janelle Johnson Hyde of Fairview, Texas; and Rebecca Hiza of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She is missed by her grandchildren: Kayla Brazeal, Bronwyn Brazeal, McInelly (Elly) Hyde, Gemma Johnson, Rylan Johnson, and Samantha Padilla. She is also survived by her siblings: Steve McInelly of Pinetop, Arizona; Jeanie Standley of Los Alamos, New Mexico; and V. Don McInelly of Scottsdale, Arizona. Leah is predeceased by her father Ruebuck McInelly, mother Alice McInelly, and daughter Melani Corrine Padilla.

Betty Jean Wellsfry

Betty Jean (Vrieling) Wellsfry ’56 was born on January 10, 1935, and passed away on January 30, 2016. God chose Betty on September 27, 1952. She was 17 years old. From that moment on, she had a hunger for the Word, a love for Jesus, and a desire to obey. Howard and Betty met at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon in 1953.

Seymour Waldo Baybrook

Seymour Waldo Baybrook ’51 was born on February 17, 1926, and peacefully entered eternal life on April 14, 2016. He came to Oregon in 1942 to finish high school and attend Oregon State University. After graduating with a B.A., Seymour went on to get an M.A. at Eastern Oregon State. He also attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his brother George W. Baybrook, his sister-in-law Margie (nee Young) Baybrook, his nephew Stephen Baybrook, nieces Grace Takamura and Becky Baybrook (married to Jim Heckenbach), as well as two grand-nephews, Mark and Jon Takamura.

Richard Carl Ryder

Richard Carl Ryder ’60 was born on March 27, 1939, and passed away on March 7, 2016. He attended Ceres High School, Multnomah University and Biola University. Richard proudly served in the US Army. He is survived by his loving wife, Dixie Ryder (Froggatte).

Yaoki Peter Iijima

Yaoki Peter Iijima ’62 was born August 31, 1932, and passed away September 9, 2016. In 1961, he came to Portland, Oregon, for a one-year Bible course at Multnomah School of the Bible. He met Geneva Cobb at an area church, and they were married August 25, 1962. Yaoki is survived by his daughters Robin Clement of Aloha, Oregon, and Crystal Kfir of Jerusalem, Israel, and his sons Stephen Iijima of Tokyo, Japan, and Timothy Iijima of Alexandria, Virginia. Yaoki has eight grandchildren: Jonathan Rohr, Grace Iijima, Sofia Iijima, John Iijima, Leo Iijima, Antonio Iijima, Itay Kfir, and Liron Kfir.

Virgil Owen Vater

Virgil Owen Vater ’60 was born on November 5, 1926, and passed away on May 6, 2016. In 1945, Virgil met Martha Ellen Jones (Marty). They married in Seattle on June 25, 1948, and they shared 64 years until Marty passed away in 2012. Virgil is survived by sons Roger (married to Kathy) of Marysville; Randy (married to Bonnie) of Sultan; Ron (married to Jana) of Burlington; and daughter Renee (married to Lou) of Peoria, Arizona. Grandchildren include: Laura (Vater) Elsing, Leah Usack, David Vater, Daniel Vater, Simon Vater, and Jake Farley, as well as great-granddaughter Summer Elsing. Virgil also leaves behind his sisters Jackie Warner and Pauline Wharton, and his brother Raymond (married to Jeanette). He was preceded in death by his wife Marty and his sister Betty Florence.

Marlene Virginia Geraud

Marlene Virginia Geraud ’57 was born on October 25, 1936, and passed away on August 27, 2016. She graduated as valedictorian from Grand Coulee High School in 1954, and Multnomah Bible School in 1957. She is survived by her sister, Beverly Durstan of Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada; nephew, Brian Durstan of Salmon Arm, British Columbia; and three nieces: Connie Johnson of Steinbach and Kathy Elias and Leanne Allison of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was preceded in death by her parents.

V. Deane Keller

V. Deane Keller ’52, ’55 was born on December 19, 1929, and passed away on February 26, 2016. Deane received his diploma from Multnomah School of the Bible in 1952. He also received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Multnomah in 1955. He also taught at Multnomah from 1976 -1978. After he retired, he was an Elder at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles, where he led Wednesday night Bible studies before moving to Arizona. He is survived by three children: Tim Keller, Ruth Ann Lash, and Marilee Ade. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris.

Marvin Thiessen

Marvin Thiessen ’50 passed away on November 24, 2016.

Samuel Teeny

Samuel TeenySamuel Teeny was born October 10, 1924, and passed away on October 27, 2016. Sam attended Multnomah Bible College and followed God’s call to Lebanon, traveling there multiple times. He married Minerva Ghossian on July 10, 1949. In 1964, Sam and Minerva opened Middle East Bakeries, coined the name Pocket Bread™, and shared God’s love by putting a Bible verse on every bag of bread. Sam is survived by his wife of 67 years, Minerva Teeny and their five children: Parry (married to Alexa), Suezette (married to Craig), Rick (married to Debbi), Scott (married to Kelly), and Andrea (married Dan). The Teenys have been blessed with 11 grandchildren: Rebecca (married to Wayne), Andrew (married to Jeanette), Mark, Nathan, Naomi, Daniel, Isaiah, Tonia, Theo, Kaetha, and Erika. They also have four great-grandchildren: Joelle, Timothy, Luke, and Peter.

Alice Sturz

Alice Sturz ’54 was born on May 7, 1926, and passed away on January 1, 2015. She spent many years serving the Lord in Ivory Coast, West Africa, as a missionary nurse with the Conservative Baptists. She moved to Denver when she retired and then moved to California shortly before the Lord took her Home. The night of her Home-going, she asked her caregiver to draw a bath and to put clean sheets on her bed. When she was ready, she lay down, saying, “I’m going to meet my Bridegroom.” And, in her sleep, she did.

Campus Happenings, Winter 2017

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MU to change name of pastoral ministry major

Multnomah University is changing the name of the pastoral ministry major to church leadership. The revision will take effect at the start of the 2017 spring semester. “In many ways, the two titles are synonymous,” says Practical Theology Division Chair Dr. Hildebrand. “The heart of the program will remain the same, and the training will largely remain the same.”

Dr. Derek Chinn selected as dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Dr. Derek Chinn has accepted the position as dean for the School of Biblical and
Theological Studies and dean of the Seminary on December 6, 2016. “Dr. Chinn’s experience as a pastor and academic administrator combined with his M.B.A. and seminary degrees uniquely qualify him for this new role,” said University President Dr. Craig Williford. “His outstanding leadership as our interim dean over the past few months also affirmed that he is our best choice.”

Veterans Resource Center

Multnomah University celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day. Veterans can shop at the center’s food pantry, browse pamphlets for off-campus resources, and connect with other veterans. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Veterans Resource Center, contact Matthew Comprix at mcomprix@my.multnomah.edu. You do not need to be a veteran to volunteer.

Fall graduation

Multnomah University celebrated its fall graduation ceremony at Central Bible Church on December 12, 2016. Friends and family looked on as 73 graduates crossed the stage and received their diplomas.

Dead Sea Scrolls event

Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz and a number of his students presented their recently published research on several Dead Sea Scrolls fragments on October 10, 2016, at Multnomah University. In addition, the Museum of the Bible from Washington D.C. brought the fragments themselves for an exhibit in the university’s upper library. Research on these Dead Sea Scrolls fragments has been ongoing at MU since 2014 as part of the Scholars Initiative program, a research arm of the Museum of the Bible. The Scholars Initiative provides opportunities for students to work closely with mentor-scholars in research of ancient texts provided by the Museum Collection, one of the largest private collections of biblical texts and artifacts in the world.

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 1 of 3): Faith Raising, Winter 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

When it comes to giving generously, we can often feel inadequate. But the Bible has great lessons about people who lived attainable, generous lives on a daily basis. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to men and women, both mature and immature in their faith. He describes both real and fictional characters engaged in very normal activities, and still they manage to live abundantly generous lives.

The Unsuspecting Giver

Luke 8:1-3 tells us about some of the early actions of the 12 disciples and several ladies. These early recruits were newbies in the faith, straight out of the marketplace. On top of that, the women are described as formerly having evil spirits, diseases and demons. Still, these early adopters, who are taking their first steps of faith, are said to be supporting Jesus “out of their own means,” and Jesus wants to make sure we know them. There are no high and lofty requirements to generosity — you just need to give.

The Called Giver

Luke 9:3 and 10:4 introduce us to an extreme giving request of Jesus. He called His early disciples, over 80 of them, to give up everything for the sake of a short-term mission trip. He sent them all out into the harvest, to share the good news and help people with their needs. Jesus called them to go while taking nothing with them, not a dime or a change of clothes, not even a snack. We are called to support Jesus at times by giving up all that we have. Don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person Jesus asks or sends out — just one of many who have learned to enjoy the adventure.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, which will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Saying farewell after many years of service: Person to Person, Winter 2017

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To everything there is a season and a time for every matter and purpose under heaven …
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Michelle

Michelle Underwood is Director of Alumni Relations at Multnomah University.

There’s something invigorating about the freshness of a new year: time unmarked, a new beginning, a fresh start. This season marks not only the beginning of a new year, but for some of our most recent alumni, it marks the beginning of a new journey. We welcomed 73 new graduates into our Alumni Association this past month at our winter commencement ceremony. It was a significant celebration for me in that my step-daughter Meredith was among those graduating with master’s degrees. Significant as well was that it marked my final commencement ceremony and season of serving as Multnomah’s alumni director.

There are no words to express the gratitude in my heart for the honor it has been to serve Multnomah and our alumni these past 11 years. Thank you for the ways that you represent Multnomah and its mission and most importantly our Savior. As we usher in new seasons of life, we trust God with each new step along the way, and in doing so, we learn a deeper dependence upon Him.

In January, I will begin serving in my new role as human resources director, supporting our family businesses. I am excited for this new opportunity and for learning deeper ways of growing in dependence. I’m excited as well for what God will continue to do in and through Multnomah. This isn’t goodbye — only farewell, as I’m sure our paths will cross again.

Michelle

Reflecting on a year of growth and progress

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Greetings from Multnomah University.

We continue to experience God’s presence and empowerment as we work together to build a sustainable path for growth and increased mission fulfillment. Watching the Holy Spirit complete His work in the lives of our students through their MU experience encourages and reminds me that God persists in His effort to raise up godly leaders for His kingdom work.

Like Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah and Ezra, we believe God will place our students in unusual places where they can influence society for the sake of the gospel. How does the saying go? “Good acts produce goodwill that produces conversations to share about the Gospel of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

We finished the 2015/16 fiscal year strong, exceeding our revenue goals while keeping expenses below budgeted amounts. We welcomed new and returning financial partners and exceeded our annual student scholarship goal.

This fall our undergraduate student body increased by around 11 percent. Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s student body also grew slightly. Graduate school enrollment did see a decrease, which we are addressing. We rejoice that our enrollment is growing now and is projected to keep increasing.

We continue to work on crafting more intentional and comprehensive strategies to mature our students’ faith and character. Saturating the entire MU educational experience with our biblical and theological understandings remains at the heart of what we do. We also recently gained accreditation approval to begin offering new majors in environmental science and exercise science in the fall of 2017.

Thank you for your prayers, financial support, encouraging emails, and for recommending MU to prospective students.

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

Connecting with Student Life (Winter 2016)

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Being involved is one of the best ways to maximize the college experience.

As the parent of a Multnomah student, you may have mixed feelings. You might being saying to yourself, “My child is gone, and I am freaking out!” — or you might be saying, “My child is gone...finally some alone time!” Either response is normal and expected.

Rich

Rich Ward is the Associate Dean of Students. You can read his full bio here.

In Student Life, our sole purpose is to create opportunities outside classroom to enhance the college experience. We walk hand in hand with the faculty and provide opportunities for students to learn about themselves, develop leadership skills, and enjoy co-curricular activities that help them feel like they matter. This ultimately provides a deep sense of belonging at Multnomah.

It has been statistically proven that students who are involved and working are more likely to excel in the classroom. We have many ways your student can be involved at Multnomah. From the many spiritual formation events, to athletics, to student leadership activities, our community has something almost daily for students to engage in.

Encourage your student to join in. You are the most influential person in your son or daughter’s life. You have the opportunity to encourage them to maximize their time here at MU. In the same way, pray with us for your son or daughter to grow and deepen their relationship with Christ. All of us here in Student Life are excited to be walking with your student, and we know that we are in this together!

Thank you for being a part of the Multnomah Family!

Rich Ward, M.A.

Associate Dean of Students/Dir. Of Residence Life

News You Can Use (Winter 2016)

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Reminders from the Business Office

  1. Spring Term tuition due date is December 15
  2. Students with Fall balances will not be able to register for Spring Term until balance is paid.

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Financial Aid tidbits

Study abroad

For students interested in studying abroad for a semester, parents will be glad to know that students’ financial aid will remain intact during their international education. As long as students select a participating program (Best Semester, GO ED, Veritas), the organization will bill Multnomah directly and MU will reimburse the program costs. Students register for a study abroad “course,” and financial aid will be disbursed as though the student is still enrolled on the Portland campus.

Space is limited, so be sure to apply early! Shorter trips may also be eligible to be covered using financial aid funds, if a student has not yet exhausted their annual loan allotment. For more information, visit the Study Abroad webpage and contact the lead faculty member or call the Director of Financial Aid at 503-251-5337.

FAFSA

The FAFSA is now available as of October 1! It is no longer necessary to wait until the New Year to a file a FAFSA.  Returning students will file the 2017-18 FAFSA using 2015 tax data, which can be easily imported using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

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From the Registrar

Do you need a “good student” discount letter, or an enrollment letter for your health or auto insurance policies for your student? Your student has access to these certifications by signing into their Self-Service account and clicking on the grades tab, then clicking the tab for enrollment verification. Your student will be redirected to the National Student Clearinghouse, where they will be able to obtain enrollment certificates and proof of enrollment, in addition to student loan deferment notifications.

This functionality is available to your student 24/7. For more information or questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at 503-251-5370 or registrar@multnomah.edu.

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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 advancement@multnomah.edu.

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This holiday season, bless Multnomah University through AmazonSmile

Did you know that while you are purchasing items from Amazon you can also be supporting the University every time you shop at no extra cost to you? At smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, a vast selection, and a convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to the charity of your choice. Multnomah University is a registered charity, so it’s easy to begin. Visit smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.” Thanks for supporting your MU student!

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Important dates to remember

  • 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 for new students – January 13
  • Move-in date for returning students – January 14

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Building Strong Alumni (Winter 2016)

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As Alumni Director, I consider it a great privilege and joy to have the honor of walking alongside our students. Multnomah is all about life change, and this is certainly a season of life where A LOT is changing as they continue to grow and mature as young people. I love being an eye witness as God uses both written curriculum (things they’re learning in the classroom) and unwritten curriculum (life that happens in between classes) to shape them in beautiful ways.

MichelleAs an Alumni Department, we are committed to the success of your student. We believe that in order to ensure the success of our alumni, the journey begins the moment your student steps onto Multnomah’s campus. While they may not see themselves as alums at that moment, we do. We like to call them “alumni in the making.” Our goal is to do all that we can to help them cross the graduation day finish line.

Our Building Strong Alumni program was initiated with this goal in mind. We believe that it not only fosters an affinity among our students, but that it also helps support their overall MU experience.

As incoming freshman, we welcome students into the “F.A.M.” (Future Alumni of Multnomah) with a fun F.A.M. t-shirt. We briefly introduce them to the history of MU, and we also let them know about the alumni community they’re becoming a part of. As sophomores, our students enjoy a special Sophomore Mugging Event at our president’s home, where they’ll receive their very own sophomore mug as a touch point of encouragement along their journey. During their junior year, our goal is to provide career networking opportunities as they anticipate life beyond MU. In their final year, as seniors, we celebrate their success and welcome them into Multnomah’s Alumni Association.

What I love most about Multnomah is that it truly is more than an academic institution experience. Your student is not only receiving a diploma or degree; they are becoming a part of a great community characterized by some amazing men and women that have gone before them.  Our graduates really do become family, as well as a part of an amazing legacy that has been lived out through the lives of men and women for more than eighty years.

Many of our alumni have achieved great things in life and in their careers, and they are committed to supporting the ongoing work of Multnomah, which includes supporting your student today. Through their gifts of time, talent and treasure, they ensure that your student — as well as those who follow in their footsteps — will always have the benefit of the best opportunities available during their time at Multnomah and beyond.

Our prayer for your student today is that they would not only grow in academia, but also in the knowledge of God’s Word, and that as they create lasting bonds of friendship among their peers, they would find their place within this amazing community as they continue to fall deeper in love with the Savior!

Building Strong Alumni,

Michelle Underwood

Director of Alumni Relations

Helping Students Succeed (Winter 2016)

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Below you'll find two articles about supporting your student over the holidays. The first is written by Lisa Wold, the director of the MU Student Counseling Center, and the second is written by Christy Martin, Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Support. We hope you'll find these tips helpful as you welcome your student home for Christmas break.

Six tips for welcoming your student home this Christmas

The upcoming Christmas break is a wonderful opportunity for you to reconnect with your student after a busy semester at school. Life at Multnomah can be challenging as students balance the demands of academics, work, and relationships. For some students, this challenge feels difficult but manageable; for others, it may feel a bit overwhelming.

Coming home after an intense semester can also be challenging as students and parents navigate the changes that are occurring in their relationship. For many parents, it can be difficult to know how to support their student while at the same time allowing them to develop greater independence.

Here are a few practical ways to help:

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    Lisa Wold is the Director of the MU Student Counseling Center. You can read her full bio here.

    Ask open-ended questions. Express interest in and ask questions about what your student has learned and how they are doing. Listen non-judgmentally and focus on working to understand where your student is coming from. Be a safe person for your student to share with openly.

  2. Expect change. Your student experienced many opportunities to grow and change during the past semester. They may not be quite the way you remembered them. Allow your student space to be different and celebrate the ways in which they have grown.
  3. Highlight your student’s strengths. Encourage them regarding the things they accomplished and the challenges they overcame this semester. Let them know how proud you are of them. Encouragement from you can go a long way!
  4. Pay attention to warning signs. Many mental health issues first emerge during early adulthood and can be brought on or exacerbated by stress. Be aware of any changes in behavior that are concerning, such as expressions of hopelessness, low mood, increased anxiety, significant changes in weight, or indications of self-harm.
  5. Encourage your student to seek support. If you notice your student is struggling, sit down and share your concerns with them in a supportive, non-judgmental manner. Then work together to discuss options for additional support.
  6. Enjoy your student. Finally, take some time over the busy Christmas season to enjoy time with your student. Celebrate all that God has done and is continuing to do in their life!

Wishing you a merry Christmas,

Lisa Wold

Director, MU Student Counseling Center

Five ways to help a discouraged student during the break

As the semester comes to a close, many students are discovering whether or not they were able to meet the academic expectations they had of themselves. Some may have done better academically than they thought they would, but many will feel they did worse.

Here are five helpful things you can do for your student over the break if they ended the term feeling discouraged:

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    Christy Martin is the Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Support. You can read her full bio here.

    Normalize the experience. College and grad school is HARD! Remind them that it’s likely they have peers who feel discouraged too. Encourage them to reach out to friends and talk about how they feel.

  • Promote a growth mind-set rather than a fixed one. It’s easy for us as humans to talk in very concrete terms to ourselves about our abilities. We may tell ourselves things like, “I can’t write” or “I’m not good at math.” While these may be legitimately more difficult for one student than the next, it is important to acknowledge that we are all capable of growth and learning. Sometimes we learn without even realizing it.
  • Look at the positive. Because we are all capable of learning, it is likely that your student is, even in the smallest of ways, more prepared to succeed next term than they were for this current term! They have one more semester under their belts, which helps them understand their environment better and what it takes to succeed. Help them be aware of these new advantages!
  • Direct them to helpful resources. If they are confused about their major, or career direction, have them check in with Career Services for free career coaching.
  • Encourage self-efficacy in your student. If you hear your student giving external forces (such as a particular teacher or one particular event) credit for his/her perceived success or failure, validate the challenge or positive influence that factor had, but ask good questions about how your student chose to respond as well. Try to foster in your student a healthy willingness to own their own reactions and behaviors, both in their triumphs and their struggles.
  • Invite them to partner with us. Encourage your student to use the semester break to partner with Multnomah’s Student Success Center and work on strategies for success in the spring term EARLY! We are open over the break (except for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day). We can meet with your student in person, by phone, or by video chat to discuss their goals, their perceptions of the previous term, and their strategy for feeling better about their success in the new semester!

Christy Martin

Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Support

Parent to Parent (Winter 2016)

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Dear Parent,

Polivka2_blogOur twins, Joseph and Jonathan, are not our first children to head to college. They are actually our fourth and fifth to choose a collegiate path after high school. But even though I've been down this path before, this time was different. These boys are just different. The two of them added so much life to our home.

Being twin brothers, they are not the same at all, and even had opposite activities while at home; however, they uniquely love each other, and they truly love and respect me as their Mom. I've received much joy from their day-to-day presence. They added a sense of normalcy and fun to our home.

Polivka4_blogEven though they are not far away from home while attending MU, we don't see either of them very often. The adjustment for me has been harder than I expected. I'm very excited and hopeful for this new chapter in their lives, but I miss those two boys immensely. I also struggled a bit with how this 'new chapter' would affect the two of them as close brothers.

In all their 18 years of life, they've never NOT shared a room together. But at MU, they chose to room separately and have roommates. I was encouraged by their choice and also concerned as to how this would weaken or possibly strengthen their relationship.

The latest report from one of the boys is, "I believe our relationship is stronger now than ever. We are proactive about staying connected and checking in." This makes my Mama heart very happy. God is good!

Polivka5_blogAs far as their involvement on the MU campus, the boys took to the college life like ducks to water. There have been adjustments like time management, study commitments, sleep schedules, and balancing a job and a social life, which may or may not include girlfriends. Overall, they each have expressed a love and joy for being at MU and all it offers.

Each has individually shared how great certain professors are and the individualized attention they've received. One even expressed he has a 'team' of people who are spurring him on and keeping him accountable.

There is one activity in which the twins are involved that my husband and I are very excited and hopeful about. And not only are they involved, but one of them — Jonathan — is the instigator and creator of this new group.

Polivka3_blogThe boys are part of an accountability group for young men who desire to keep their personal lives pure and free from lust and sin. They meet once a week and discuss these specific areas most men struggle with, young and old. They read scripture, pray, and verbally encourage one another throughout the week. They even give personal testimony in their gathering times of how each have had victory in Jesus over a particular sin. There is now quite a committed following on the MU campus.

This is so exciting and brings such joy! They are organically being used exactly where God has placed them for His kingdom and His purposes. To Him be the glory!

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

We praise God for Multnomah and for His provision in allowing our boys to be in this wonderful community. We pray Joseph and Jonathan will grow in wisdom and stature. We know all these gifts are from the Lord.

Jana Polivka

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).

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