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Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid, Students
A BIG “Thank You!” to all Multnomah alumni and donors!
Your giving and prayers are such an integral part of the legacy and continuing work of Multnomah University. We love celebrating YOU!
What Is It?
On Tuesday, April 13, 2010 the Advancement and Alumni Departments had an opportunity to share with Multnomah’s student body what we call our student aid gap (the funds making up the difference of what it cost to educate a student at Multnomah and the amount they actually pay for Tuition) at our first annual “Tuition Free Day” celebration. We celebrated the generosity of our alumni and donors with cake, decorations, music, and give-aways. Freshman Jason Mulkin won the big doorprize – a GPS (special thank you to Fred Meyer Stores for their contribution)!
Last year, 2,160 alumni and friends of Multnomah gave to the Student Aid fund. What a blessing to each and every current Multnomah student! Thank you!
The Event Slideshow
Categories: Alumni, General, Students
With heavy student traffic coming and going from our Admissions and Financial Aid departments, the Alumni department wanted to get in on the fun of meeting Multnomah’s Amazing Students… Thus the launch of our “Round Tuit” program!
The Tuit Experience Explained
Wooden nickels with the word “TUIT” on them have started popping up all over campus as a way to encourage students to stop by the Alumni Office and meet our alumni staff!
- As students receive these wooden nickels - “round tuits” - in their mailboxes and from our staff, they are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Department when they get “around to it” (get it?).
- Upon their visit they are given an opportunity to redeem their “tuit” for a treat and our alumni department is given the privilege of meeting different members of the F.A.M. (Future Alumni of Multnomah) and hearing how God is using Multnomah to shape their lives.
Be on the lookout, should an opportunity present itself for you to get a “round tuit” today! (See pictures from some of our “Top Tuits” on Multnomah University’s facebook page)
If you're a current student, then you are probably well aware of the annual survey we, in the Multnomah administration, conduct called the "Student Satisfaction Survey". Our goal is to get an idea for how we're doing in serving our students so that we can learn what we're doing well and where we're falling short. (And then do something about it!)
This year we had a great response! Out of 891 total survey invitations sent, 364 of you completed the survey - that's a 41% response rate - which is really high!
(If you did not receive an invitation to take the survey in your email, then you should check to ensure that the address Multnomah uses for you is the one you check - and then check your spam box to make sure it wasn't blocked - but it would only help for next year, maybe...)
To thank our survey-takers we offered two prize drawings - an iPod Touch for those who completed the survey before Thanksgiving Break, and an iPod Shuffle for everyone who didn't win the first prize, but still completed the survey by the deadline on 12/2/09 (including the ones before Thanksgiving).
We did two blind drawings from all who qualified - there was a 1 in 364 chance of winning one of the prizes.
Our students mean so much to us - you all turn in to Alumni, and then we all get to hear of the amazing things God does through your life after you leave this place too! Telling us how we're doing on these surveys helps us to serve you better and to fulfill our mission in this world...
Maybe we should call it "Cinco de Multstache"...
Back, by popular demand, is the annual Cinco de Mustache celebration blog post. This year's celebration saw a record turnout of finely groomed undergrad gentlemen and some brave faculty.
We'll post more information in the coming days as more pics and vids come our way, but for now, here's this:
Stay tuned in the next week or so for our latest installment in the Cinco de Mustache series: "Multnomah Mustaches We Wish We Had."
2009 Multstache Celebration
"We Are The Champions"
Categories: Alumni, Media, Pray For MU, Students
Gordon Patterson, 1984 Graduate Certificate Alum, entered into the presence of the Savior on Tuesday afternoon, September 15, 2009. He was hit by a car while riding his bicycle home from work. He is survived by his wife Carolyn (Carrie) Grafe Patterson, 1980 Alum, and three children, Caleb (22), Julia (19) who is a freshman at Multnomah Bible College, and Jonathan (14).
Gordon was a very popular teacher at Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington - following the accident, the students there held a candlelight vigil. See video at the end of this post.
So much has been reported on this accident that we decided to give you a link to search results about it.
Public Memorial Service
- Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- 7:00 PM
- Hudson Bay High School Gymnasium
Video of Student Candle Light Vigil
Please pray with us as we consider Mr. Patterson's wife, children, and students.
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions
Dearest Faithful Prayer Supporters,
Warmest of Greetings to you from Rome,Italy. I trust that each of you are well and have enjoyed a beautiful Pentecost Sunday. It has been a busy day of travel for me - but a great one. With an early morning flight out of Edinburgh I flew into Amsterdam with the Scotland team. After saying good bye and sending them on as they headed back to the states I then boarded another plane and headed to Rome.
Arriving In Rome
Upon arriving in Rome, I was greeted by Rachel Uthmann (BS '00) and her little girl Joy Vania, as well as my dearest friend Tanya Heilman (BS '00)who is also visiting in Rome this week. What a wonderful reception after such a long day. This evening we spent some time relaxing here at the Uthmann's...what a gift it has been to be in their home. I am looking forward to spending the week together and learning more about life here in Rome and their ministry to the refugees.
Tim (BS 99) and Rachel oversee a refugee ministry in working with International Teams and have been serving refugees in Rome since September 2007. Tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and many others travel through Rome each year. Housing, food and social services are difficult to find, but one of the greatest challenges that refugees face is the climate of prejudice and fear they encounter when they arrive. The Uthmann's support several local ministries with food distribution throughout the week while befriending individual refugees in order to share Christ's love. I am looking forward to learning more and participating in their ministry this week.
Thanks for your continued prayers,
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Students
Dear Prayer Supporters,
Prayer For Kingdom Work
As we bring our time here in Glasgow to a close, it is a bit bitter sweet to say good-bye to the community we have enjoyed getting to know while being here in Scotland. What a gift it has been to be here and to witness first hand the work God is doing through the ministry of Re: Hope. As we sat in this week's prayer meeting I was challenged to remember the need for continued prayer for the Kingdom work God is doing here in Scotland. How easy it is to allow the busyness of life to crowd out the urgency and it seems that the need for prayer dissipates. I have been especially touched through our alumni community here and look forward to continuing a prayer partnership with the ministry of Re: Hope from a distance.
Memories Of Scotland
Scotland has been amazing on a number of different levels, in addition to the ministry we have enjoyed, some of the other highlights include: lots of exercise (we've walked everywhere), eating haggis and actually enjoying it (even knowing what we were partaking in - thanks to our team host Leah for the breaded Chicken she stuffed it in), driving on the left side of the street and sitting on the left side of the car as a passenger, enjoying the charming melodic sounds of the bagpipes (or at least I have) and seeing manhood expressed fully in a plaid-pleated skirt and a fur covered "man-purse" .
Fellowship, Rest, Witnessing
The past few days have provided for us opportunities to rest, work and enjoy great fellowship:
- Monday: We spent as an "Abide Day" along with Re:Hope's staff. They are intentional about taking time to rest (so good for my soul). We were able to pick up a picnic and enjoy the day, reading, journaling and walking in a near by park.
- Tuesday and Wednesday: Were spent preparing for our community outreach event: "La Nuit" (French for "The Night"). Allen, Kirsty and the band provided amazing entertainment for us with music from the 50's up to the present. As a large part of Re: Hope's ministry is relational, La Nuit provided an opportunity for the church to invite the community to experience great fellowship in a non-threatening environment. Some really great conversations were had. I personally was able to connect with a gal named Amy. As we began to share she was straight forward in telling me how she was an atheist and that the only reason she was there was because she had been invited by a friend who was a Re: Hope church member. As we discussed topics from hand lotion to travel to politics to philosophy (which is her study concentration at the University) to the work God was doing at Re: Hope! I trust that the Lord used the evening to begin to break down the barriers and remove the scales from her eyes in showing Himself to her.
- Thursday: Brian Ingraham led our team on a prayer tour through the University campus. He shared with us more about the history of how God has been at work through Re: Hope and their ongoing dependence on where He is leading them for the future. As we stopped in front of the School of Divinity to pray, he shared about the current spiritual environment of the department with regards to the faculty and curriculum. The school is currently headed by a Muslim professor and even the teachers who claim to be evangelical Christians do not necessarily believe in the inspired Word of God nor the supremacy of Jesus. This is a huge tool in the evil one's hands as Glasgow is one of the only two schools available in the whole country for young ministers in the Church of Scotland to study. So even if they come in to the school as godly believers, the heresy they are taught can warp their understanding of truth and what they will eventually teach their congregations. I am reminded of the incredible privilege it is to study at a University such as Multnomah where the Word of God is being taught uncompromised in its full power and truth.
Pray For God's Truth
- Please pray for God's truth to prevail here at Glasgow at the school of Divinity and for the ongoing ministry of Re: Hope.
- Pray as well for our team as we prepare to transition back into home life in the States.
- You can pray for Amanda as she looks forward to new community with new roommates and summer classes. Also, pray for her time in processing through our trip with those in her community as she anticipates potential future work here in Scotland.
- Pray for Katie as she makes plans for summer travel to her home in the Bay Area.
- Pray for me as I prepare for travel to Rome in connecting with alumni Tim and Rachel Uthmann and Tanya Heilman, as well as leading future mission work in Uganda and our team who will be joining me the first week of June.
Many thanks to each of you for your continued prayer support along this journey. We have valued so much your encouraging words and your prayers. They have been felt and MUCH appreciated!
Michelle for the team
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Faculty, General, Missions, Students
Anyone who has ever been on a mission trip knows that it's hard to capture all that was experienced. I was showing my wife some pictures and I said, "I wish I could have captured some of the SMELLS!" (On second-thought, maybe it's best that some things can't be captured?)
3 Days Back
I've been back from Taiwan now for about 3 days and I've been trying to reflect on my experience. It's difficult to put everything into words but I walked away with at least one big thought in mind; Multnomah students are truly unique.
MU Students Boldly Sharing The Gospel
Watching Multnomah students minister to others was probably the most amazing part of the trip. They boldly shared the gospel of Christ in words and actions. They ministered to groups of students from kindergarten through college and our students did an incredible job of being Christ to these students. Sometimes it was in words as they shared their testimonies, spoke with them, and laughed. Other times it was through acts of service or even a "high five" when the language barrier was too much. This group of students were capable, qualified, and passionate servants of Christ and I was blessed to be a part of their efforts.
And (to shamelessly toot Multnomah's horn), I can't help but think that God has used Multnomah to help shape their character and calling.
Personally, I was also ministered too. I went into this trip with just a little bit of anxiety because I hardly knew any of the students. Sure, Multnomah is small enough to know who most people are, but I felt like I only knew most of them by name or superficially. It was awesome to see a group of close, tight-knit students welcome me into their team and allow me to do ministry with them. I was encouraged and felt like I made new friends.
Also, it was a ton of fun. If you have never been on any kind of short-term missions experience, Go. It's fun, challenging, and always worth the effort.
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Students
It seems that missions work has been taking many of my coworkers away this summer! Here's another one lead by our Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Peel:
- May 17-31 serving with Re: Hope in Glasgow, Scotland alongside alumni Brian (BA '98, MDIV '01) and Kellie (BS '99) Ingraham and Michael (BS 99) and Jaelyn (BS 01) Libolt
- June 1-8 serving with Tim (BS ‘99) and Rachel (BS '00) Uthmann in Rome, Italy. Ministry is with International Tteams
- June 9-30 serving with Don and Danielle Pierce in Jinja, Uganda.
The following is a letter dated, May 17th, 2009. The PDF's that follow are subsequent updates for you to download, read, be encouraged, and pray over. We will post new ones as we get them.
Good morning faithful prayer partners,
Warmest of greetings to you in the name of our precious Lord and Savior. I trust this greeting finds you well and enjoying His richest blessings on this beautiful Sunday morning. As we prepare to take off and cross the ocean today, I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hello and to thank you again for your prayers and your support for our team as we embark on this significant time of ministry in Scotland.
Our plan is to depart PDX at 12:20 PM today and fly straight through to Amsterdam and then onto Edinburgh (arriving at 10:20 AM tomorrow morning) where we will join Multnomah Alumni Brian and Kellie Ingraham, Mike and Jaelyn Libolt, and Brian and Shawna Luse to serve along side them in the ministry of Re: Hope for these next two weeks.
Please pray for a safe flight, that our luggage would arrive in Edinburgh when we do and for God to work in and through our team in powerful ways!
Excited to get there and to be a part of what God is doing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thanks so much for your prayers!
With deepest appreciation,
Michelle (on behalf of the team)