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Graduates Reflect on Years Well Spent

Spring term has now come to a close. Last Friday night graduates walked across the stage, accepted their diplomas and tossed their hats into the air in celebration. I sat down with several of our exceptional graduates from our college, graduate school and seminary to hear more about their experiences and the impact a Multnomah education has had on them. 

 

GradFall2014_3Name: Danae Cowan

Hometown: Sweet Home, Ore.

Majors: Bachelor of Arts

Favorite MU memory: “During a late-night study session with my roommate in Memorial Hall, we were struggling to stay awake. Every hour on the hour, without a word, we’d drop our books and run one lap around our dorm. By the second and third time, we were laughing so hard we couldn’t stop.”

Dream job: “I’d love to work with women who are hurting and are in need of healing.”

Favorite professor: Dr. Val Clemen, who taught her Gender in Ministry class. “I love the way she connected with her students. She has such a huge love for Jesus and her students.”

Local perks: “I went to the Portland Art Museum this year and loved it. I also enjoy just walking through the city and people watching.”

Lesson learned: “Multnomah is a place where I learned about grace.”

 

GradFall2014_4Name: Ethan Knudson

Hometown: Renton, Wash.

Majors: Bachelor of Arts

Favorite MU memory: One night during his junior year when he and his friends were playing soccer. “My friend Charlie said to us, ‘If I make this next goal, you have to copy me and do whatever I do next. Deal?’ He made the goal, and then we all had to run through the sprinklers, which had just come on. That was a fun night.”

Dream job: After earning a master’s degree in teaching, Ethan hopes to become a theology professor and team teach alongside his fiancée. “I want to be in a position that allows me to connect with students and mentor them.”

Favorite professor: Dr. Karl Kutz, his Hebrew professor. “He’s brilliant. He cares about the heart and soul care of each student. He prepares you to face tough questions and tough seasons in life.”

Local perks: Eating at Salt and Straw and food carts like Thai Garden. “I love going to Townshend Tea with my fiancée and reading.”

Lesson learned: “Being at MU has been the most life-defining experience I’ve had. I’ve learned to be OK with not having all the answers, whether it’s about theology or life in general. That’s been freeing and has allowed me to enjoy life.”

 

GradFall2014_2Name: Clarissa Smith

Hometown: Golini, Kenya

Majors: Bachelor of Arts

Favorite MU memory: “One night Danae Cowan and Kayla Thomas and I dressed up and went out to dinner in Portland. It’s was pouring rain. You should have seen us balancing umbrellas in our heels trying to find the restaurant. We had a blast. After dinner, we went to Fred Meyer and bought roses to bring to Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital. While we were at Fred Meyer, our car broke down! After we got it running, we took the tram up to the hospital and delivered the roses to nurses. That was super fun. The women I’ve become friends with at MU are wonderful. Together we laugh, cry, go on adventures and share what God has been doing in our lives.”

Next job: She’s moving to China to teach English for one year. “Only the Lord could take a girl who grew up in a tribal village in Kenya and send her to the big cities in China to teach English.”

Favorite professor: Dr. Ray Lubeck, who taught her Old Testament and Biblical Theology class: “His ability to take big concepts and present them in a way that’s understandable and relatable is unique. He gives his students a curiosity to learn for the rest of their lives.”

Local perks: “I love going to Monty’s Café for chai tea or Palio’s for a late-night study session. Another favorite activity is going to get frozen yogurt at YoCream (frozen yogurt.) Also, the international food scene here in Portland is really good.”

Lesson learned: “To live my life with open hands.”

 

GradFall2014_1Name: Jason Cybulski

Hometown: Burlingame, Calif.

Degree: M.A. in Pastoral Studies/Christian Leadership

Favorite MU memory: Jason, who lives in married housing with his wife and two daughters, spoke highly of the Multnomah community. “There’s nothing better. It’s great to meet new people and live life together with our families.”

Next job: Teaching Pastor at Potter’s Hands in Tigard, Ore.

Favorite professor: “That is an unfair question. One of my favorites is Prof. Tom Schiave, who taught my Theology of Community in Ministry class. He took time away from academia to shepherd those of us who wanted to go into vocational ministry.”

Local perks: He and his family enjoy discovering new places to eat. “The food here in the city of Portland is great.”

Lesson learned: “It’s important to cultivate the mind of a scholar, but that’s not worth anything without a pastor’s heart that can shepherd people.”

 

GradFall2014_5 Name: Rie Doss

Hometown: Kyoto, Japan

Degree: Master’s in Divinity, Chaplaincy track

Favorite MU memory: Rie remembers the MU community fondly. “I enjoyed learning from my classmates.” The M.Div. program is so rigorous that Rie stressed the importance of the support she found at MU. “We encouraged each other.”

Next job: Chaplain Fellow at Portland VA Medical Center

Favorite professor: Dr.  Roger Troutmann, her advisor. “He was a great mentor — always there for me and very encouraging.”

Local perks: Hiking in the Gorge during the spring and summer and snowshoeing in the winter opened doors for her to enjoy God’s creation.

Lesson learned: “Trust in God. Keep working. At the beginning, I felt very scared. But I took one week at a time and one class at a time.”

 

Multnomah Education Provides Solid Foundation for This Fall’s Graduates

Last Friday, 58 students walked across the graduation stage and received their diploma. Graduation was held at Central Bible Church on NE Glisan.

We sat down for a little Q & A with several outstanding graduates to hear more about their time at Multnomah and the impact it’s had on them.
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The Art of Being

The Art of Being

Message from the Alumni Director

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Dr. Luis Palau (Grad Cert ’61),  our 75th anniversary commencement speaker, encouraged this year’s graduates, faculty, and staff alike, as he considered his Multnomah experience and shared how God had used his time at Multnomah to prepare him for the ministry of evangelism he is involved in today.

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Letter From The First Graduating Class

Comments Off Written on February 16th, 2012 by
Categories: 75th Anniversary, Alumni, General, Pray For MU, Students
Letter From The First Graduating Class

As you can imagine, tracking down students who were here from our founding class in Fall 1936 and graduated with their diploma in Spring 1939 is quite challenging. Many are not well enough to travel, but in this very special 75th Anniversary homecoming week we are celebrating, we are so thankful for the special letter we received from one of these very alum! See what the Class of 1939 has to say to you today!

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First Education Majors Graduate

First Education Majors Graduate

The following is adapted from a monthly letter sent in June 2011 to donors and friends of Multnomah.
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May, with its wonderful commencement celebration, is the most exciting — and the busiest — month of the year for Multnomah University.

It’s when we witness the fruit of our labors, 200 graduates, cross the stage to receive their diplomas and our congratulations. It’s when we replay the stories of the quiet yet relentless grace of God in the lives of malleable students who will extend our mission and vision.

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Gifts for Grads

Comments Off Written on April 27th, 2011 by
Categories: Alumni, Students
Gifts for Grads

When we hired Grossenbacher Bros. to help us with our gift to the newest batch of MU grads, we had no idea it would be done by a single person at a hand-operated leather press. In fact, when Michelle Peel and I visited Grossenbacher's facility we expected to see a room full of large machines and a fully automated process. We couldn't be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Things To Know About Student Debt

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Categories: Alumni, General, Students

As our December grads prepare to move on from Multnomah - some with student loans and other debt - we'd like to encourage you to take smart steps. The Financial Aid Department thinks that you'll find the following list helpful as you begin to consider your finances and loan repayment in the coming months.

Ten Things To Know

The Project on Student Debt is doing some good work - they made this list. We've only listed the headers from the list here (you know, plagiarism is a big issue, so we don't want to steal all their work!). Read the rest of this entry »

Adult Degree Completion’s 1st Grads!

Our very successful Adult Degree Completion Program has just recently graduated its first cohort - what a wonderful acheivement! I recently asked Prof. Holley Clough to reflect on these last two years.

Reflections from the Director

000125364Graduation for students in a degree completion program is the  joyous achievement of a lifetime goal.  This fall, Multnomah is pleased to celebrate the completion of such goals for

students that are graduating from the Alpha, Beta and Gamma Cohorts.  The students in these cohorts are the first graduates for Multnomah University’s Degree Completion Program.  As the Director of the Program, it is a highlight of my job to see this event occur.  The goal is accomplished one step at a time, earning credit, bonding with fellow students, leaning on God for the tenacity to face the challenges of being in class, raising families and working at the same time.

For Me Personally

As I reflect on the last two years, I can see the growth of individual students as they have thought through what they want to do with this degree. For me personally, I know I have achieved my calling to this program when I can say that I resonate my faith by creatively helping others discern and develop their God-given potential.  Every day that I come to work, I can see the hand of the Lord in students’ lives as their eyes and their words reveal God’s active ministry to their hearts as He releases who they are through the learning in this program. Some individuals want to attain the degree as the goal itself, which is fantastic.   Then other students decide to take their learning into new areas such as graduate school to attain seminary, teaching or counseling degrees.  There are others yet, that are moving into foreign missions and church service.

Do You Like Your Job?

Lastly, recruiting students is a primary responsibility in my role.  Recently a potential student randomly asked me, “Do you like your job?”  I was taken by surprise, but laughed and replied, “Yes, I love my job.  It is like a giant puzzle.”  I get to help adults think through all the pieces of their lives, look at their priorities and dreams and help them figure out how their dreams might be possible.”  After the student comes into the program and then graduates as the Alpha, Beta and Gamma cohorts are this fall, I get to realize the dreams with the students and rejoice in what the Lord has done and will continue to do in their lives.

“ To God be the glory great things He has done…  Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.”

It doesn’t get any better than that!