Career and family is a juggling act both women and men struggle with these days. One solution is for someone to gear down on the career track and work part time. Sounds good, but is there a sphere of part-time employment beyond the phrase: "What can I get started for you today?" Nicole Linder, director of annual giving and donor relations at Fresno Pacific University, is happy to report there is. She tells how employees and employers who are willing to give a little can get a lot through job sharing in this week's Scholars Speak.
NCAA clears the record regarding FPU's professional development program/Association president says no intent to malign FPU
The National Collegiate Athletic Association today corrected the record on Fresno Pacific University's role in an investigation into rules violations.
Earlier reports "failed to acknowledge that Fresno Pacific has fully cooperated with the NCAA," according to an NCAA media release, the full text of which can be found at: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=35794.
FPU shocked and angered at misuse of professional development courses--seeks apology from NCAA for comments in report
Fresno Pacific University is shocked and angered at the manipulation of its continuing education program, and by comments made in a National Collegiate Athletic Association report.
Like the truth, the news is out there, but fewer are finding it through traditional media. This worries newspaper, TV and radio journalists and executives and has already resulted in layoffs among Valley news organizations. Beyond the bottom line lie the whole definition of news and the place of journalists in a web-connected world. When people can connect directly with experts, without need of printing presses, cameras and microphones, do they still need professional go-betweens? James Collier, community relations director at Fresno Pacific University, has grown up with new media and offers suggestions for traditional news outlets in the July Scholars Speak. A self-described Millennial and digital native, he is a former web editor who has done graduate research in online communities.
Decisions, decisions. It's a big world out there, with lots of decisions to make. It's a busy world, too, so we better make those decisions quickly, right? Not always, says Rod Reed, campus pastor and dean of spiritual formation at Fresno Pacific University. In the June edition of Scholars Speak, Reed makes the case that unhurried decisions can be the best decisions.
Graduation is a milestone, not a finish line. "I want to challenge you that while you are done with this stage, in a very real sense you are never finished," Rod Reed, campus pastor and dean of spiritual formation, told graduates during commencement May 3.
Spirits soar at Building on Excellence capital campaign kick-off--more than half the $36 million goal already pledged
The banner showed $5 million.
"Is that enough?" came the voice from the bullhorn.
"No!" yelled about 275 students, faculty, staff, administrators, supporters and community guests.
The scissor lift rose another few feet and the banner unfurled to $10 million.
The motor buzzed, the lift ascended further, passengers President D. Merrill Ewert and Sunny the Sunbird continued to wave. As the lift reached 24 feet in the sun and breeze above East Hall Green, the banner inched past $20 million.
"$20.2 million," said the man with the bullhorn, and the crowd's roar ended the quiet phase of the Building on Excellence campaign for Fresno Pacific University. The $36-million effort to build a fine arts center and School of Education Building, as well as increase scholarships, academic programs and endowments was very, very public.
Reaching new heights
Check back often for updated photos of our progress. Projected opening May 2009!
Never let it be said Fresno Pacific University President D. Merrill Ewert didn't rise to an occasion--rise, as in 30 feet off the ground in a hot-air balloon. The occasion? The kick-off of FPU's $36 million capital campaign.
Scholars Speak again goes monthly for the summer. For May, Wayne Steffen wonders what ought to be the mix of education and entertainment at the public library. Does Scary Movie 4 stand with Schindler's List? Foxy Brown with The Philadelphia Story? More important, who decides and how can we all participate?
The new summer music camp at Fresno Pacific University combines music study with personal growth.
Open to students entering grades 6-12 in the fall (ages 11-19 as of September 1, 2008) the camp offers instruction in piano, strings, brass, woodwind and vocal music. The camp runs from June 23-28, and both overnight and day-student options are available.
Audiences will hear three premiers for the price of one at the San Joaquin Chorale concert Saturday, May 3, 2008.
The chorale, under the direction of Fresno Pacific University professor Roy Klassen, D.M.A., will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
Admission, payable at the door, is $10 for general audiences and $7 students and senior citizens. Call 559-453-2267 for more information.
The federal government is giving away money! What should we do with it? President Bush and other leaders want us to spend the windfall on domestic goods and services. Call it an economic stimulus package or a tax rebate--it is a tried and true method of jumpstarting the economy. Supporters hope this short-term boost will have long-term benefits. A few others call saving the money, or at least paying down debts, more responsible. Tim Neufeld, biblical and religious studies professor at Fresno Pacific University, offers a third suggestion so far unheard in the public discussion. Find out what this is in this week's Scholars Speak.
A half dozen FPU students presented papers at the Region VII Alpha Chi Conference March 7-8, in Portland, Oregon.