Debbie Berhó (Spanish) was selected to participate in a three-year national research fellowship, the Latino Protestant Congregations Project. Funded in part by the Lilly Endowment, the project will bring together 10 fellows and two directors for a week each June at Calvin College for three years. Each research fellow will complete ethnographic research on five Latino congregations, including 10 to 14 congregational events and interviews of 10 to 12 key leaders of each congregation. These visits and interviews will focus specifically on worship and liturgy. Multiple products will be created and shared, including conference presentations, articles and books, as well as essays on the conference website. The findings will be useful not only for scholars, but also for church leaders and popular audiences.
Loren Wenz (Music) was honored the weekend of Jan. 18 at the Oregon Music Education Association state meeting with the John C. McManus Distinguished Teacher Award, presented to honor those with a lifetime of service to music education with a highly distinguished record of professional accomplishment.
Laura Gifford (Scholar-in-Residence/History) was appointed to the board of directors of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. LCSNW is the branch of the Lutheran Community Services nonprofit social service agency that serves Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Charlie Kamilos (Library–Portland Center) and Rodney Birch (Library–Newberg) coauthored an article, “Library Research Instruction for Doctor of Ministry Students: Outcomes of Instruction provided by a Theological Librarian and by a Program Faculty Member,” published Jan. 15 in Theological Librarianship, a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the American Theological Libraries Association (ATLA).
Paul Anderson (Religious Studies) will join more than 60 authors to discuss the search for meaning on issues of spirituality, faith and social justice at Seattle University’s “The Search for Meaning Book Festival” Feb. 15. Launched in 2009, the festival features a veritable who’s who of the literary and scholarly worlds, with best-selling authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. The annual one-day festival offers general sessions, keynote presentations, book signings and interactive experiences. The diverse group of guest authors represent a range of belief systems and faith traditions. At the meeting, Paul will develop the subject of one of his next books, The Spirituality of Jesus. In addition, Paul’s essay, “The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith, and the Gospel of John,” was published in the Vatican’s two-volume collection, Jesus and the Gospels: Historical and Christological Research.
The university’s senior security officers all engaged in training on the MLK holiday (Jan. 20) to learn tactics for dealing with an active shooter situation on campus. They also practiced hand-to-weapon takedown methods.
Senior security officer Mark Stone began giving CPR/First Aid/Automated External Defibrillator/Basic Life Saving (for health care professionals) training in August, and to date more than 71 staff and students have been certified. Security’s desire is for every department on campus to have, at a minimum, one staff/faculty certified in CPR/First Aid/AED. Classes can be taught when it is most convenient for your department’s schedule; contact Mark (email@example.com) if interested.
Lisa Leslie and Peg Hutton (Event Services) were named January Employees of the Month.