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MU students travel to Israel

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Multnomah University was selected to participate in a new program called Passages Israel, which enabled 40 MU students to tour Israel for 10 days this summer.

Sponsored by the Philos Project and the Museum of the Bible Foundation, Passages points students to the roots of their biblical faith and introduces them to the complex landscape of modern Israel, with the goal of building bridges of understanding and friendship between our two countries.

Multnomah students enjoyed visiting famous biblical sites and hearing lectures from a diverse set of speakers and locals, who assisted them in understanding Israeli culture, government and economy, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Upon their return, participants had opportunities to build upon their trip experiences by engaging in further leadership training, with an end goal of being an informed voice for both their Christian faith and for Israel.

Enjoy the photos taken by one of our MU students during this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Multnomah University accepted into SARA initiative to serve online students

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PORTLAND, Ore. — On July 10, 2017, Multnomah University became an official participant in SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which helps provide access to students taking postsecondary, online courses across state-lines. By participating in SARA, Multnomah drastically expands its ability to serve online students all over the country.

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MU’s data administrator wins awards, helps organize PowerCampus conference

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Aaron Kryger has a busy couple days ahead of him. The data administrator will be running five of the 18 workshops offered at the Western Region PowerCampus Users Group Conference June 28 and 29. Designed specifically for colleges and universities, PowerCampus is an integrated student management system that improves processes to help institutions lower costs and boost performance.

Kryger, who sits on the conference planning committee, has been working with PowerCampus since he started serving Multnomah’s IT Department in 2007. “Over the years, I keep learning more and more about it,” he says. “In order to support people, I need to know the product as well as I can.”

His knowledge has already earned him recognition within the PowerCampus user network. Ellucian, the company producing PowerCampus, hosts an online community for the product — it’s a great place to troubleshoot, learn tips and garner support from other PowerCampus users. Community members are granted points for answering peoples’ questions, and members who accumulate the most points are given awards. For two years in a row, Kryger has received an Outstanding eCommunities Contributor Award for “excellence in community-building and support of peers and colleagues.”

“I really like being able to help people,” he says. “I enjoy learning, and I like the challenge of figuring out how to make information understandable to others.”

At the conference this week, Kryger will get to help even more people when he covers session topics such as maintaining security and generating faculty contracts. The day-and-a-half event will join PowerCampus users from Oregon, Washington, California, New Mexico, Minnesota and even Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the South Pacific. More than 225 schools worldwide use PowerCampus; eleven will be represented at the conference.

Kryger says the regional event, which was launched last year, is a cost-effective way for users to learn more about their product. Whereas the national PowerCampus conference costs $1,000 per ticket, the regional conference sets attendees back $30.

“I’m glad the conference has grown this year,” says Kryger. “But more than that, I’m happy some of the Ellucian PowerCampus team will be here to host workshops and answer questions. This is a great opportunity for those who aren’t able to make it to the national conference.”

The event’s opening session will include an update presented by an Ellucian product manager, who plans on sharing what users can expect from PowerCampus in the future.

Whatever that future holds, Kryger is ready to help people make the most of it. In the meantime, he anticipates the conference will forge important connections between institutions. “My hope is that the attendees would all come away with a better knowledge of PowerCampus,” he says. “Since it’s such a broad system, there’s always more to learn.”

Global Evangelism students learn valuable skills during 10-day intensive

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The following post was written by Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani, a student in the Global Evalgelism track of Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program. 

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If a textbook conclusion to a Multnomah Biblical Seminary course is possible, Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students experienced it Friday, June 16, 2017.

Leading up to the beginning of the 10-day intensive, Track Instructor Dr. Tim Robnett had pitched the classes as “MUST” attend. He never talked about the exhilaration awaiting students, but quietly built keen interest for the coursework.

As an evangelist, Dr. Tim has reached over two hundred thousand individuals in over forty-five countries over the past decade proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the applause was spontaneous when he counselled, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation,” at the end of this year’s session.

For the duration of the two five-day classes, the atmosphere was lively and energizing. As hopeful evangelists, we eagerly welcome proven skills of proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ worldwide.

From day one, it was quite evident that students would get more than their money’s worth. There were no dull moments as the lineup of evangelists and presenters imparted their knowledge to students. Indeed, “all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) became a reality. Clearly, the overarching theme was the preaching of the cross of Jesus Christ followed by an invitation to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Dr. Tim held the attention of students for seven hours and thirty minutes each day during the first five days. Every session increased eagerness for the next.

Before we knew it, one week had gone as Dr. Tim imparted valuable lessons on the theology of evangelism in the Bible. Then came other evangelists linking the dots for the cohort. Dr. Wingfield hammered home the inevitable truth that the Cross must always be the center of an evangelist’s message. Evangelist Mike Silva of Promise Keepers fame honed-in on the point that an evangelist’s role is like that of a ‘striker’ in soccer whose primary responsibility is to score goals. We are strikers for Jesus whose main goal is to get the ball into the net. Leading up to the final class, author David Sanford offered to be a “Barnabas” to those with interest in publishing, and Brad Butcher, Dr. Tim’s TA, expounded on the immeasurable social media platforms currently available.

In Dr. Tim’s summation, first came the advice to narrow our area of interest. There must be no doubt about the evangelist clear mission from God. Recounting his experience as a carpet cleaner salesman earlier in life, he explained that his boss told him to master the company’s sales manual and “stick to the script.” His final words were, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation.” Deprived of an open invitation to Christian Discipleship, a proclamation is anything but the undeniable gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, it was a textbook conclusion for Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students.

Sola Gratia,

Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani

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MAGDJ students empower Bhutanese refugee community

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The following post was written by Fabi Colmenarez, a student in Multnomah's Master of Arts in Global Development & Justice (MAGDJ) Program.

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As part of the Applied Research Methodology course for the MAGDJ program, and in partnership with Beaverton Foursquare Church, a team of students (including myself) was formed to work with an amazing group of refugees from Bhutan during the 2017 spring semester.

Through the research project, we developed strong relationships with the refugees and heard their personal stories. The research process provided us opportunities to walk alongside them in discovering the challenges that they face as they resettle in the United States.

June blog photo 3We incorporated a Participatory Approach (PA), which included a host of methods that focused on empowering the resettled refugees to identify the primary challenges they were facing, reveal the root causes of those challenges, and pinpoint the impact of these challenges that were affecting their lives on various levels.

The PA tools that were used assisted them in creating a safe environment where men and women from different generations could work together; thus, leading them to a consensus in understanding their current situation. We learned that this is the first step toward finding a solution to complex situations.

Through this experience, we were witnesses to the transformational power of the PA methodology. As a team, we were able to witness first-hand the role that research plays in empowering a community to transform their reality in meaningful ways by using their own resources.

As MAGDJ students, this project gave us the opportunity to live what we're learning in our courses: to be agents of transformational development who can go beyond this course and into future careers focused on development and justice.

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Global studies, MAGDJ students study abroad in Costa Rica

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The following post is written by Giovanni Gravino, a student in MU’s MA in Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) program.

Pura Vida! Over spring break from March 22 to April 3, students from the undergraduate Global Studies program and the graduate MAGDJ program set out on a short-term study abroad opportunity to Costa Rica. Our team was led by Dr. Greg Burch, director of Global Studies Department, who had previously lived and worked in Costa Rica for numerous years. His experience and relationships provided us with extensive insight into the Latin American society.

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On the grounds of La Montaña Christian Camps with the active Arenal volcano in the distance.

This trip, which is part of a course for both undergraduates and graduates, focused on youth and children in the Latin American context, as well as engaging in some of the cultural and recreational activities Costa Rica has to offer. We were exposed to effective ministry models, and it was a joy to learn from professionals who have a deep understanding of the context in which they are working. It was valuable to see these positive examples of what is working well with these organizations.

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Morning lecture with Alexander Cabezas and Mark Padgett.

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Basilica de los Angeles, a well-known Roman Catholic Church located in the city of Cartago.

Costa Rica is a respected and beautiful country, as well as being considered one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. It is known as an environmentally sustainable country as well as a tourist destination that offers numerous activities and sights to see. The collectivist and polychronic culture was refreshing to be a part of. It was a good reminder of the importance of relationships. Being submersed into the language and culture was fun for us all.

Our cross-cultural experience began in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, and each day consisted of lectures, site visits, and/or cultural and recreational activities. All of the lectures better equipped us in understanding the Latin American context within regard to youth and children, culture, religion, human rights and economic systems, and government policies. Along with lectures, we partook in site visits of a few Christian non-profits and learned from their models. Finally, being exposed to cultural and recreational activities provided us with great insight into the culture as well as memories that will be with us for a long time. These activities included visiting the Basilica de los Angeles, Volcán Irazu, Doka coffee plantation, Orosí valley, and even some Latin dance lessons, just to state a few.

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A trip to the beautiful Orosí Valley.

Two non-profit organizations we visited that stood out to us were Roblealto Child Care Association and Casa Viva. Casa Viva is one of the only Latin American organizations that centers on a healthy foster care program. MAGDJ student Amy Brownell highlighted that she was significantly impacted by these two organizations.

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Pamela Scianna, Development Director of Roblealto, giving a tour of the grounds.

Roblealto and Casa Viva are two organizations which have transitioned into a more just model of ministry with children at risk,” she said. “Instead of building orphanages and perpetuating the cycle of abandonment, these organizations assist families in working through their challenges and provide foster families for children who need to temporarily live apart from their families while they do the necessary work to become healthy and whole families once again. The holistic model these organizations provide help families and children in their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.”

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Learning about campaigns and the need to promote Jesus-like tenderness in our families, communities and society from World Vision Latin America’s Marcela Ballestero.

The local church also plays a pivotal role in this process. It was great to hear about so many cases leading to family reunification. “It was exciting to visit these organizations and learn about their work keeping families intact,” Brownell concluded. There is great importance in children living in a family unit. These models provided such great insight and enhanced our education regarding at-risk children as we learned from those working in this context.

Other organizations and speakers included ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies), La Montaña Christian Camp, World Vision Latin America, evangelical theologian Don Juan Stam, ESEPA Bible College and Seminary, and PANI (Costa Rica’s Child Protective Services). We gained knowledge from each of these various organizations and speakers, leaving us with much to reflect on.

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Dr. Greg Burch (left) and our Costa Rican contact, Alexander Cabezas (right) with Don Juan Stam (center) during our visit to his home as he passionately spoke on theology and mission.

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Getting ready for the Superman zip line over the cloud forest.

This educational trip also included eco-tourism, which plays a huge role in sustaining Costa Rica. We had the opportunity to explore the cloud forest in Monteverde and were able to tour butterfly gardens, hike, and zip-line through the vibrant and lush forest. One of our MAGDJ students, Jessica Resendiz, reflected, “In the cloud forest, I experienced the creativity and perfection of the Lord. His fingerprints were everywhere. It drew my heart to worship Him and refreshed my soul.” I believe all of us felt a divine connection with God at some point during this trip.

Our trip concluded with a debriefing time at the warm and sunny beach on the Pacific coast, before coming back to a rainy Portland, Oregon. Global Studies student, Tessa Shackelford explained that the end of the trip was incredibly relaxing. “It enabled me to simply pray and also reflect on what I learned over the past two weeks…I had a profound experience at the sheer magnitude and greatness of God”, as she spoke on the vastness of the ocean she stood in.

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In awe of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean during one of our last nights in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country. We had the opportunity to soak in all the flora and fauna, mountains, volcanoes, the beach, the people and the culture. God is the greatest artist and we were graciously astounded by the masterpiece of His creation. This experience was truly captivating as well as a joy to learn about and be engaged in the wonderful culture of Costa Rica.

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The lush and magnificent cloud forest in Monteverde.

The Global Studies Department offers a Global Immersion course (IS310) for undergrads and Topics in Global Development and Justice (IS660) for graduates. These courses include a guided trip to Costa Rica or Israel, with future study abroad trips being planned. Next spring, the course will be heading to Israel. For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Fancher directly at kfancher@multnomah.edu.

Two Hebrew students selected for research trip in Israel

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Multnomah seminary students Chad Woodward and Alyssa Schmid will embark on a one-of-a-kind research excursion this summer in Israel. The two Hebrew students will partake in several archaeological digs, take various tours of the Holy Land and learn about Israel’s history from the Bronze and Iron Ages up through the modern day.

Woodward views the trip as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “It’s always been my desire to experience the Holy Land and see the places mentioned in Scripture,” he says. “I think this trip has a great mix of work and sight-seeing.”

The month-long expedition is made possible by the Scholars Initiative, the research arm of the Museum of the Bible, one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Multnomah has been connected with the Scholars Initiative since 2013, when Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz was chosen to translate a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with four of his students.

Since then, MU has been trusted with even more research projects, which opened the door for students to apply for trips sponsored by the Scholars Initiative. Over the past three years, seven Hebrew students have been selected to attend the Logos Conference, a two-week internship at Oxford. Similar to the Oxford internship, the Israel trip is limited to students working on Scholars Initiative projects.

Kutz couldn’t be more proud of his students. He views the trip as a great addition to Woodward and Schmid’s academic experience.  “The chance to work on a dig is a tremendous opportunity,” he says. “The students will get to see firsthand how the archaeological process works and learn from scholars who have devoted their lives to this area of study.”

The trip, which starts in Jerusalem in mid-June and ends in Bethlehem in mid-July, will be an immense privilege for Woodward and Schmid, who are already so familiar with the ancient Near East. As the two students travel, they will take with them all the passions and skills gained during their time at Multnomah.

“I’m honestly humbled by this,” says Woodward. “I think the Hebrew program really supports their students well and creates amazing opportunities.”

Multnomah University launches six-year Doctor of Chiropractic program

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The path to a career in medicine just became a little less daunting for biology majors at Multnomah University.

MU is teaming up with University of Western States to offer an accelerated program that allows students to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in six years. The program involves three years of biology at Multnomah and three years of study at UWS, saving students an entire year of academic work and tuition compared to the traditional DC route.

“This is a first for us – this is a new day,” said Dr. Daniel Scalberg, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Multnomah. “It means that we’re now in the same league as Portland State and Oregon State, who have the same agreement. For students who are motivated, they can be a fully certified DC six years from the time they arrive at MU.”

Under the agreement, MU students will be admitted to UWS when they complete the pre-chiropractic program with a minimum 3.25 GPA. They’ll finish their fourth year of undergraduate work at UWS to earn their biology degree, and then they’ll be poised to wrap up the DC program two years later.

Multnomah students will have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment at UWS, which offers numerous degree options for aspiring allied health professionals. Students also will have access to the admissions staff at UWS to ensure a smooth transition between schools.

“Our students will be able to call their Admissions office anytime, and their folks will be excited,” Scalberg said. “They will welcome our students as their own.”

For more information, visit the Doctor of Chiropractic page.

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About Multnomah University

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with a teaching site in Reno, Nevada. 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.

About University of Western States

University of Western States, located in Portland, Oregon, offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program; master’s programs in Exercise and Sports Science; Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine; and Sports Medicine; master’s and doctoral programs in Sport and Performance Psychology; and a Massage Therapy certificate program. The university also provides health services in four Portland locations through the Health Centers of UWS clinic system.

Hebrew, Th.M. student accepted to Ph.D. program at Wheaton

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Master of Theology and Hebrew student Daniel Somboonsiri has been accepted to the Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies program under Dr. Daniel Carroll Rodas at Wheaton College. Congratulations, Daniel!

What does this opportunity mean to you?

I'm really still in shock over having been chosen. I knew a few years ago that Dr. Carroll Rodas was the mentor who could best equip me for the research I want to do. I started reading his books, and the books he had read. We started emailing back and forth so that I could do whatever it took to be mentored by him.

After years of preparation, I was the one person chosen this year to work with Dr. Carroll Rodas. While I still do not know how God will provide for my family during my Ph.D. studies, I am overjoyed to have been selected. I had a rough childhood. To be where I am today is the miraculous grace of God, for which I am gratefully undeserving.

How has MU’s Hebrew program helped get you to where you are now?

Multnomah has one of the best Hebrew programs in the world. Though it is a smaller university, our Hebrew program is highly esteemed by those in academia who know of it. During the interview process, I was never asked to prove my capability with Hebrew. It seemed as though my Ph.D. supervisor was well aware of the language training I had received. Beyond the nuts and bolts of knowing the biblical languages, I was given the opportunity through Multnomah to co-author three papers on three unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls. While there was a lot of "on the job" learning for these projects and help from my academic mentors, those projects are now listed on my CV and likely helped me get noticed in the highly competitive Ph.D. application process.

My Ph.D. research will also lean heavily on what I have learned through The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. My research will integrate cultural studies and the Hebrew Prophets. Dr. Paul Metzger has been instrumental in training me to be an astute student of cultural issues and their relevance to biblical studies. Through my work with New Wine, I was given the opportunity to serve as editor on "Prophetic Lament" by Soong-Chan Rah, which also contributed to my development and application for Ph.D. studies. During the Ph.D. interview process, I was asked about my involvement with New Wine on issues such as interfaith dialogue and advocacy for the poor. In all, it is the overall development process, both academic and spiritual, which has prepared me to move on to study and teach at the highest level.

What are the highlights of MU’s Hebrew program?

We, the MU Hebrew family, do life together. We bond through learning the Hebrew Scriptures. We learn and pray together. This probably wouldn't happen at a larger university. The classroom size allows Dr. Becky Josberger and Dr. Karl Kutz to really invest in our lives and foster community.

Dr. Kutz, with the help of Dr. Josberger, has put together a method for teaching biblical Hebrew that is unlike anything else. They teach Hebrew in a way that brings the language to life and allows it to stick without memorizing hundreds of rules and charts.

What are you hoping to do with your Ph.D.?

My emphasis will be on social ethics in the Hebrew Prophets. My research proposal is to look at Micah through the lens of the social sciences and literary analysis to show how Micah can in part be recognized as social theory. In Micah, God condemns an wicked society that fosters poverty and oppression of all sorts. In contrast, Micah envisions a future world ruled by God in which nations live together in community without war and oppression.

While my Ph.D. work will focus on the book of Micah in its ancient context, my life's goal is to research, teach, and write on how the biblical prophets can serve to shape the life of the Church and the Church's engagement of culture in ever changing contexts.

Want to read more student stories? Check out our student stories page!

MU celebrates fall graduation

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Last Monday, 73 Multnomah students gathered with friends and family members at Central Bible Church to celebrate graduation. As each student walked across the stage, they shook hands with University President Craig Williford and received their diplomas.

Below are some pictures taken from that night. Well done, graduates! We are very proud of you all.

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