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Looking Back and Looking Forward

Of the many activities held during commencement, our 50-year alumni society event has traditionally been one of my favorites. This year was no different. We inducted 24 members from the class of 1964 into Multnomah’s 50-year alumni society, and I was, once again, struck by the significance of this half-century mark that underscores the legacy of a Multnomah education. I believe it is a tangible expression of our rich heritage that demonstrates God’s faithfulness throughout the generations and the importance of a vital daily relationship with Him.

"Our years of training at Multnomah have resulted in much fruit, both here and abroad," said 50-year society member Dr. Tim Aldrich. The former faculty member was encouraged by the reunion with his former classmates — and by meeting MU's new president, Dr. Craig Williford, at the event.

"During the last 50 years, Multnomah has changed in response to the needs of a changing world by adding facilities, new majors and faculty members," Aldrich said. "And yet, at its core is a solid commitment to the transforming power of the Word. Having met Dr. Williford, I am confident that he will continue the Multnomah tradition and its commitment to the Word of God."

Anticipating What is Ahead

It is an honor and a great joy to be a part of the ongoing legacy of Multnomah. As I reflect back on our history, in anticipation of what is ahead, I am excited for the future. While admittedly it has been a challenging season, I have never been more encouraged to see God at work in such amazing ways.

It has been a season of prayer, as we’ve collectively sought the Lord for the man or woman who would lead the ministry of Multnomah in this next chapter. Thank you for the part you’ve played in partnering with us here. God has far exceeded our expectations and we are humbled by His graciousness in His selection of Multnomah’s new president.

I’m excited for you to meet Dr. Craig and his wife Carolyn. I think you’ll find that beyond the wealth of experience in higher education, leadership and pastoral ministry that Craig brings, he and Carolyn both have a heart for the Savior and a recognition of  their deep dependence upon Him.

A Man of Humility and Prayer

“We humbly take our place within the distinguished line of former and current trustees, faculty, staff, administration and presidents who served so sacrificially,” Craig said in response to the board of trustee’s invitation to serve as Multnomah’s fifth president. In reading his latest book, "How to Treat a Staff Infection — Resolving Problems in Your Church or Ministry Team", I’ve been encouraged to see his heart for people and ministry, as well as his incredible insight and vision for leadership. His obvious dependence on the Lord, his humility and his heart for prayer is most inspiring.

In closing, I want to leave you with the charge Craig gave to his readers: “May you always lead with godliness, humility, wisdom, courage, grace, mercy, respect, and love. As under-shepherds who report to the Head Shepherd — Christ himself — how else will we mobilize others to serve in God’s kingdom with distinction? What an awesome responsibility!”

What an awesome responsibility indeed, and what a privilege it is to serve and be a part of what God is doing this side of heaven.

In awe of God’s grace,

Michelle M. Peel-Underwood,  B.A. '00, M.A. '10

Director of Alumni Relations

Multnomah University


Of Traditions, Rabbits, And A Guy Named Roger

8 comments Written on November 3rd, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni

Entering the student center dining area on the first day of each month, it is customary to be greeted with enthusiasm by this two syllable word from Roger Porret, one of our food services volunteers.

This game - for more than three decades now - has provided an opportunity for faculty, staff and students alike to engage in a regular activity of camaraderie and silly fun. The game of “Rabbits” began in the mid 70’s by a group of former students [a very good source tells me it was Cheri (Halverson) Jackson, Randy Brown, and Sue (Andvik) Forsythe] and continues on to this day. You may have even participated in a game or two of Rabbits yourself during your time at Multnomah. At one of our recent “Rabbits Day” celebrations, one of our college students came to lunch sporting a 6-foot rabbit costume! Much to Roger’s delight (and sustained personal effort)…the tradition still continues.

Rules of the Game

  • Show up to the Cafeteria, where Roger works, on the first day of the month.
  • Spot Roger.
  • "Tag" him by calling out "RABBITS!" before he does.
  • You win. (Which is hard to do because Roger has this game on lockdown!)
  • Note: Technically, you could "rabbits" anyone - nowadays I hear that people get "rabbited" via text messages!

Who is this Roger, Anyway?
Roger Porret has been serving in our dining services program as a volunteer for more than 30 years. He is described by his peers and supervisors as one of our most dedicated employees. He shows up everyday on time, in a good mood, and always happy to greet you…especially on the first day of each month with an enthusiastic “RABBITS!” 

Tell Us About Your Traditions!
Comment below and keep your tradition going...

Lasting Friendships

1 Comment » Written on October 16th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni

We see it all the time here. Lasting true friendships. If you're an alum or "future alum" then you probably know what I'm talking about. There just seems to be a real connection between brothers and sisters who become close while at Multnomah - praise God for that!

An Email to the Alumni Department:

Hello Multnomah Alumni Dept. (that means you Michelle and Farrah!),

Hope y'all are doing well. I always enjoy getting the Multnomah update in my email box. I do hope things are going better for you healthwise Michelle. Please know you have been prayed for today!

Attached is a picture from the Disneyland Half Marathon this past August. I think the picture captures the love between friends...friendships that were made during our Grad Year 2004-2005 and still continue to this day. Toby Yuen and myself (Ed Murphy) did the race, and Brinton and Allison Hinz (who met and were married that Grad year) came out to cheer us on. It was a fun reunion time we had together.

During the months I was training and preparing for the race, I really wasn't thinking about the race itself but I was more focused on how excited I was to see my friends again. It was a huge blessing for all of us to reconnect that weekend. Although we are not living next door to each other anymore in the single seminary student housing, we still have the friendships that were made while we were part of the Multnomah community. And we still are part of the Multnomah community! 🙂 These are the people who helped spur me on in my relationship with God during school, and they continue to do so now. I'm thankful for friends, like these and others, that I made while in seminary. I'm thankful that the Lord allowed me the blessing to attend Multnomah.

Anyway, I was just counting my blessings tonight and wanted to share them with you.  God Bless you guys!


(Reprinted with Ed Murphy's permission)

By the way, as a matter of coincidence...Ed (far left) is also on a bus!

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