Debora Herb-Sepich’s (Business) paper, “Resiliency Through Connectedness: Female Social Entrepreneurs, Self-Efficacy and the Power of Epiphanies,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 22-25. According to the organization, the acceptance is especially noteworthy given the large number of submissions the USASBE received this year. Debora’s paper is part of the “The Entrepreneur and Diverse Theories of Entrepreneurial Behaviors” session.
Jim Steele (Business) published an article, “HR Certification: Evaluating a ‘Free’ Credential by Applying What We Know,” in the Oct. 10 issue of the HR news site TLNT.com, dedicated to covering talent management and human resources.
Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published her dissertation work, Abrahamic Blessing: A Missiological Narrative of Revival in Papua New Guinea, through Pickwick Publications, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers. In the book, she compares the missional nature of the Abrahamic blessing motif in Scripture to a national revival that took place in Papua New Guinea. By identifying the shared missional patterns, she illustrates the continued fulfillment of the Abrahamic blessing through the Old and New Testaments and the contemporary Papua New Guinean church.
Abigail Rine’s (English) book Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women’s Fiction was recently awarded the 2014 Annual Book Prize from the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association. The prize is sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan. Rine’s book, published in 2013 by Bloomsbury, traces a “theology of incarnation” through the works of several prominent contemporary women novelists.
Tim Timmerman (Art and Design) is currently exhibiting several pieces of artwork in the Portland International Airport. He also had 12 sculptures featured at the Guardino Gallery in Portland in September. In October he curated the exhibit “Contesseration” at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Gallery.
Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) preached at Vancouver Friends Church and at South Salem Friends Church in recent weeks. He also led two Wednesday evening classes on prayer at Reedwood Friends Church and spoke four times on the Gospel of John at the Sandals Sunday School Class at Newberg Friends Church. His new book, From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament, was released by Abingdon in early November, and his co-edited volume, Communities in Dispute: Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles (for which he wrote six essays) was published that same week by SBL Press. Paul wrote the foreword for the new printing of Elton Trueblood’s A Place to Stand (HarperOne) and is leading three two-hour sessions on the New Testament for the web-based Leadership Institute hosted by Barclay College and MidAmerica Yearly Meeting.
Tom Head (Economics) traveled to Philadelphia Nov. 6-9 for a meeting of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group, on which he serves. This body exists because, in 1947, the American Friends Service Committee and the British Friends Service Council accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Quakers. As Nobel Laureates, these Quaker bodies are able to nominate a candidate for the peace prize to the Oslo committee. Each year the AFSC and Britain’s Quaker Peace and Social Witness take advantage of this opportunity through a long and careful deliberative process of discernment to select and recommend a peace prize nominee.
Tim Rahschulte (Business) presented “Aligning Execution and Strategy Through Program Management” at the Project Management Institute Global Congress 2014 – North America event in Phoenix Oct. 26-28. His breakout session focused on introducing program management as the disciplined means to create and maintain alignment between business strategy and execution. Tim was the sole presenter on the topic, and the audience included project managers, program managers, portfolio managers and academics. More than 2,200 attended the conference overall, and former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson was the keynote speaker.
Terry Huffman (Education) presented a paper, “Hope for a Better Tomorrow: A Typology of Native American Educators and the Roles they Perform,” at the Ireland International Conference on Education in Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 27-29. Additionally, Terry was invited to chair a panel discussion on “Indigenous Education: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.” The panel included scholars from Australia, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the United States. The discussion resulted in a robust conversation, especially around the issue of schools as a source of reconciliation and healing rather than an instrument of cultural repression and division.
Patrick Allen and Ken Badley (Education) recently published the book Faith and Learning: A Practical Guide for Faculty (Leafwood Publishers & ACU Press). According to the publisher, the book “summarizes the faith/learning discussion and offers a working conception of faith/integration specifically for Christian college faculty. It then outlines what deans, provosts and tenure-promotion committees typically expect faculty in Christian colleges to know and do.”
Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Too Many Leaves” in the fall issue of The Greensilk Journal, an online literary magazine.