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Service with a smile: Students build friendships off campus

A cloudy sky and thin veil of rain greeted more than 130 Multnomah University students as they left campus to participate in Day of Outreach on September 23.

Once every spring and fall, students volunteer at several locations in the Portland community in need of their time and energy. A volunteer site can be anywhere: a nonprofit organization, a school, a community center. Even a neighbor's home. MU cancels classes for the day so students can devote their whole morning to service.

OutreachFall2014_1"Now we get to give"

The living room at ElderPlace Laurelhurst, a care facility for seniors on Glisan Street, is a bright space filled with round tables where students talk and laugh with elderly men and women over cups of juice and coffee. Colorful flags hang from the ceiling and a giant white teddy bear looks down from an old piano.

Senior Olivia Morud is chatting with Phyllis, a curly-haired woman with blotchy hands and tiny glasses. The two have just finished playing a card game. Morud, an English major from Scappoose, Ore., says she loves being able to listen. "They have so much to say, so many stories," she says. "As students, we are given so much in the classroom. Now we get to give."

Volunteering is important, she says, because Jesus was a servant. "He would be doing this if he was here today," she says."It's close to his heart."

OutreachFall2014_2"A real picture of the Gospel"

Volunteers at Harrison Park School on 87th Avenue, their shoes caked with soil, are constructing a community garden. Some students build raised garden beds while others clear away debris and pull weeds.

Freshman Kimberly Marshburn and junior Maggi Schlosser are filling a garden bed with dirt. Marshburn, a Bible and theology major from Bakersfield, Calif., has been attending MU for only a month, but she's excited to serve the community so soon.

"I was talking to some students the other day who were concerned that we'd become secluded at MU," she says. "But this day shows me that we're living what we say we are. School is the practice zone and then we get to go out and live life together. It's a real picture of the gospel."

"A desire to serve"

OutreachFall2014_4Just a few blocks from campus, senior Cory Howatt is starting a lawnmower in front of a small pink house. Dotty, an wispy woman with hunched shoulders and worn moccasins, looks over her property.

"I've lived in this house for 66 years," she says. "My husband died 30 years ago, and this yard is too much for me to keep up." She smiles. "You guys have been coming to see me for a long time now."

Several volunteer sites, including those featured in this story, are permanent fixtures on the sign-up sheet. That way, students can nurture
friendships over time.

OutreachFall2014_3Howatt, a pastoral ministry major from Koloa, Hawaii, says the day shows people who Christ is through students' service. "Who we get to work with is the best part," he says. "I get to meet people like Dotty."

"We serve out of a desire to serve," he adds. "We may not benefit from any compensation, but we benefit from building relationships."

MU Hosts Seminar for MAT Students and Certified Teachers

education_mainMultnomah is hosting a development seminar for MAT students and teachers on May 31. PPS principal Emily Glasgow will speak on how to connect with all families in your school community. Come ready to be challenged, enlightened and educated on how to reach diverse populations and better serve the kids in your classrooms. Attending this seminar will earn you 4 CEUs.

Learn how and why to positively engage all families in their children's education.

Get ready to:

  • Develop a shared understanding on why family engagement is a critical component in student success and what types of family engagement matter the most.
  • Deepen understanding and empathy for our children’s families — view family engagement from their perspective.
  • Discuss and problem-solve around common obstacles to family engagement in urban public schools.
  • Leave with concrete tools and action steps to deepen and maximize your relationship with your students' families.

Emily Glasgow, our featured speaker, brings a rich history of experience with her:

  • Principal of Vestal K8 School in PPS
  • Principal of K8 School in the Boston Public School District for 7 years
  • Masters in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education

Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Register today.

When: Saturday, May 31

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Cost: $25 if you pre-register, $30 at the door, $20 for Multnomah Alumni and $10 for current MU students and faculty

Where: Multnomah University
8435 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.
Mitchell Library, Room #108

Refreshments will be provided.

Email Kathy McKee at kmckee@multnomah.edu if you have any questions. And spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

Frank Ocampo: Living Joyfully in the Present

frank_mainFrank Ocampo's goal is to open a community center for at-risk youth in his hometown of London, England. MU's Master of Arts in Counseling program is preparing him with rigorous classes and hands-on experience so he can fulfill his dreams.

"I've learned what it means to live joyfully in the present since I've been at Multnomah," he says. "If you have the joy of Christ in you, no one can rob that but yourself." Read his story.

Dead Sea Scrolls Expert Speaks at MU

Dr. Robert Duke, noted Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, spoke before a crowd of students, alumni and faculty on Wednesday, January 15, on the Multnomah University campus. Duke, who graduated from MU in 1996, credits Multnomah with sparking the passion for biblical languages that led him to a career focused on analyzing ancient texts."Multnomah is a very special place to me," he said. "It was my springboard."
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Thinking Beyond Ourselves

Comments Off Written on September 25th, 2013 by
Categories: Faculty, Students

A gray sky and thin veil of rain greeted more than 180 Multnomah University students as they left campus to participate in Day of Outreach on September 24.

Once every spring and fall, students volunteer at several locations in the Portland community in need of their time and energy. A volunteer site can be anywhere: a nonprofit organization, a nursing home, a school, a community center. MU cancels classes for the day so students can devote their whole morning to service. Read the rest of this entry »

Love Story – A Homecoming Reflection

Love Story – A Homecoming Reflection

Message from the Alumni Director

“I in them and You in Me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” John 17:23

This past month, we commemorated Multnomah’s 75th anniversary with a special Homecoming Week celebration. Traveling from California, Colorado, Canada, and even some as far away as Uganda, hundreds of alumni returned home in celebration of this significant milestone in Multnomah’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

Alumni Service Event Wrap-up

Comments Off Written on August 19th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General

The Portland Alumni Chapter service event went very well. Alumni gave of their time, Portland Public Schools saved some bucks, and local school children will have better-looking classrooms to sit in this Fall. Hopefully, above all, Jesus was glorified and His message communicated to those who needed it.

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Supply Donations

Perhaps most amazing was the response from local businesses who donated over $1200 in new supplies for the event! Even though they didn't ask for recognition, here they are in no particular order:

  • Rodda Paint – Glisan location
    11980 NE Glisan
  • Sherwin-Williams Paint – Rose Qtr location
    30 NE Broadway
  • Purdy Brush Company
  • Birch Gleaners

Multnomah People, Local Community Needs You

Comments Off Written on August 13th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Students

Join the Alumni PDX Chapter Event by serving this Saturday, August 15th.

Sign Up

Several companies and donors have stepped up with supplies (praise God!) and many of you have stepped up with a commitment to serve, but we still need more! It's a big job.

Why?

Rigler Elementary in NE Portland is going to open for classes in a few weeks. Look at the pictures below and know that there is a lot to do before our community's kids show up.

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Official Press Release

(Oh yeah, there will be food and drink - especially at the BBQ afterward!)