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Tom’s Wrap-Up: Global Ministry Conference 2009

Comments Off on Tom’s Wrap-Up: Global Ministry Conference 2009 Written on March 5th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Missions, Students


Dr. Tom Kopp

Multnomah recently completed its 69th annual Global Ministries Conference emphasizing the theme "No Reserves.  No Retreats. No Regrets" - words penned by William Borden who died of spinal meningitis in Cairo, Egypt as he was studying Arabic in preparation to minister to Muslim groups in China.  He was just 25 years old - in the age category of many Multnomah students!

During the conference, the lives of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Lottie Moon, Bill Borden, and Fanny Crosby were dramatized to demonstrate God's extraordinary passion for the world as seen through the lives of ordinary people committed to pursuing, and participating in, His global purposes. Live international phone calls were made to Multnomah graduates ministering in South Africa, Morocco, and Malaysia.  Over 35 workshops were offered (many of which you can now listen to online) dealing with topics such as Animism & world religions, spiritual warfare, challenges and struggles in missions, the persecuted church, and maintaining moral purity or avoiding burnout in ministry.  One evening was given to an exposure of cultures, foods, and ministry opportunities from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the S. Pacific presented by current international students at MU.  Wrapping up the GMC were various outreaches into the Portland area that had been organized by both college and seminary students.

Responses from students, faculty, and missionary guests attested to the conference's positive influence.  While the missionary guests are brought in to minister to the Multnomah family, the Multnomah family ministered to them as well.  "Among all the conferences I attend," commented one mission representative, "the Multnomah conference is the top one!"  Another said, "We have been greatly encouraged by the students here.  Their passion for the Lord, their insightful comments, and their thought-provoking questions have blessed and encouraged us."  All three alumni

families ministering overseas that were contacted by phone mentioned the significant role that the annual missions conferences had played in their being on the field.

Reflecting on the Lord's interaction with us all, we can genuinely echo Borden's words: No Reserves.  No Retreats.  No Regrets.

- Tom

P.S. - Be sure to check out the Audio Recordings page to hear many of the plenary sessions and workshops from the conference.

Congratulations Roger!

3 comments Written on January 16th, 2009 by
Categories: General

Roger PorretWe posted a little bit ago about Roger Porret, our faithful volunteer, when we were writing about tradition. You tend to shape the culture a bit when you have been around as long as he has. We celebrated Roger's 30th anniversary on Thursday. Roger is a volunteer in the cafeteria at MU and has certainly made an impression.

Roger Porret has had an impact at Multnomah since I was a student. I remember a special chapel when Roger was deputized as the "official" sheriff of Multnomah. His position came with a badge and a bunny blaster. He was thrilled and so was the student body. I was and am thankful to be a part of a school that would take the time to honor a special volunteer like Roger!
-Pam Middleton, MU Alumni and employee

An article from the 1980 Ambassador Magazine -

Article about Roger

We at Multnomah are sure thankful for Roger's spirit and his service. He sets a mighty good example. Here is to thirty years that Roger helped make great. Congratulations!

A Bearded Faculty

2 comments Written on November 12th, 2008 by
Categories: General

In this final of 3 installments that began with (1) Cinco De Mustache, and continued with (2) Great Mustaches of Multnomah Past, you'll be treated to some of Multnomah's most notorious beards. As is the case with the venerable mustache, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not everyone can grow a "Grizzly Adams" or "Kenny Rogers", but not everyone has to.

After a little more digging through Multnomah's archives, here's what we found:

Dr. Al Baylis
(Seminary Prof)

If there were an award for the longest-standing beard among Multnomah's faculty, Dr. Baylis would win, hands down (at least as far as we can prove).

Then (1976, 1982, 1987, and 1990)
Baylis 1976
Baylis 1982Baylis 1987Baylis 1990

Baylis 2006

Dr. Garry Friesen
(College Prof)

Before he wore the mustache featured in the Mustache post, Dr. Friesen had one of the fullest beards on campus for several years.

Then (1982, 1983, 1985, and 1987)

Friesen 1982Friesen 1983
Friesen 1985Friesen 1987
I've dubbed the last photo "Scary Gary." You do NOT want to turn in his assignments late!

Friesen 2006

Dr. Philip Johnson
(Seminary prof and Librarian)

I've always been impressed by Dr. Johnson's stately goatee.

Then (1998)
Johnson 1998

Johnson 2006

Dr. John Terveen
(Seminary prof)

Through my research, I saw only two (non-consecutive) years during which Dr. Terveen wore a beard, but who's counting?

Then (1993)
Terveen 1993

Terveen 2006

Dr. Dale Wheeler
(College prof)

Make no mistake, this is an impressively timeless beard!

Then (1990 and 1993)
Wheeler 1990Wheeler 1993

Wheeler 2005

Notable Mentions

I couldn't locate any old photos of Dr. Calvin Blom, but he has a beard worthy of tribute.
Blom 2006

Dr. Scalberg, who made an appearance on the Mustaches post, astounded me with his wide range of style over the years. While I never found photos of him with a true beard, I found these two "almost" beards.

The "soul patch" (1982)
Scalberg 1982

The "fake" beard (1987)
Scalberg 1987
(I'd love to hear the story behind this one)

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed this stroll down Multnomah's "memory lane" - a true tribute to Cinco De Mustache.


Link to:
part one | part two

Great Mustaches of Multnomah Past

4 comments Written on November 7th, 2008 by
Categories: General

As mentioned in Wednesday's post, Cinco De Mustache inspired us to conduct a "treasure hunt" of sorts to uncover some of Multnomah's most notorious faculty mustaches. Here's what we found.

Dr. Rex Koivisto

Then... (1985 and 1987)

Now... (2005)

Dr. Daniel Scalberg

Then... (1984, 1985, and 1986)

Now... (2006)

Dave Jongeward

Then... (1985, 1986, and 1993)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Ray Lubeck

Then... (1993 and ?)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Garry Friesen

Then... (1993)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Wayne Strickland

Then... (1993 and ?)

Now... (2007)

Dr. Daniel Lockwood

Then... (1982, 1985, 1986, and 1987)


Now... (2007)

As you can see from the "then" and "now" photos, some of Multnomah's historical mustaches don't strictly reside in the past; some of our distinguished faculty still sport them today. While mustaches do have their place in the history books, growing one is the same, God-given talent it's always been. All that's changed is the way they're worn.

Keep an eye out for our final installment in this three-part series. In the meantime, I'll sign off with this 2003 photo of current faculty member Tom Hauff...



Link to:
part one | part three

Cinco De Mustache

17 comments Written on November 5th, 2008 by
Categories: General

The tradition started in the fall of 2003, thanks to Multnomah alumnus and former RA Devin Chapman. Every November 5th, the men of Multnomah Bible College celebrate the sacred holiday "Cinco De Mustache." Ok, it's not really sacred, but Cinco De Mustache does take more preparation than most holidays. During the month of October, men of Multnomah abstain from shaving to allow the maximum amount of facial hair to grow...

...raw material that lays an important foundation for a truly impressive mustache.

The Shaving Party
On the night before November 5th, they hold a "shaving party" where they trim away excess facial hair in order to sculpt the perfect 'stache.

Before the Shave

After the Shave

It is customary, after forming their mustaches, to sing the Cinco De Mustache song outside the women's dorm:

Aye, yai, yai, yai
Cinco De Mustache
The men who are hip
They wear hair on their lip
They don't use a razor
They don't give a rip
It grows and grows and grows
So let your mustache show
Aye, yai, yai, yai
Cinco De Mustache (2x)

The Big Day
On Cinco De Mustache, participants (and some faculty) all sit together in the JCA for the "Gentleman's Lunch," raise their glasses for the "Milk Mustache Toast," and sing the Cinco De Mustache theme song again. This usually brings a lot of laughs (and strange looks) from the ladies, staff, and faculty. The guys don't mind, though, because a mustache is something to be proud of.

Special Thanks to student Kaitlin Handley (who hopes to scrub this from her memory soon) for the above vid!

And another version from a cell phone on Multnomah's YouTube Channel:

Paying Homage
They even pay homage to faculty member Ray Lubeck, who has become an icon (maybe even a mascot) of sorts, due to his own impressive mustache. He's a real-life example of mustache longevity.

1993the early 2000s2006

In other facial hair news...coincidence?
It seems this time of year is the best time to think about facial hair. It is a little-known fact that November is National Beard Month, where men across the nation are encouraged to prepare for the cold, winter weather by growing a beard. In fact, just as I was preparing for this post on Monday, I discovered another blog that decided to pay tribute to the "20 manliest mustaches and beards in facial hair history."

Cinco De Mustache, National Beard Month, and the above mentioned tribute to facial hair got us feeling nostalgic. In keeping with tradition, we're preparing a couple of special followup posts in the same vein. As always, stay tuned... you won't want to miss this!


Link to:
part two | part three

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!
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