Love and power--can these two major human drives go together, in this political season, or at any other time? Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Fresno Pacific University business faculty and member of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, says yes and explains how in this week's Scholars Speak.
The Reading Wars, who wins? All phonics vs. No phonics. While adherent advocates fight it out in schools and legislatures around the country, what do kids learn? Rene Mendel Lebsock, a reading specialist on the faculty at Fresno Pacific University, says its time to blur the battle lines and teach meaning as well as making sounds. Learn about her peace plan this week in Scholars Speak.
After years in the minors, art is becoming a major player at FPU.
This fall the university upgraded its art minor to a full major, with concentrations in art administration, graphic arts and studio arts. Faculty members are Rebecca McMillen and Chris Janzen.
More working adults are completing their bachelor's degrees at FPU, according to fall 2008 enrollment figures. Graduate attendance also remains strong, but a soft economy has had its effect on the number of traditional undergraduate students.
A total of 2,377 students began classes this fall, the same number as fall 2007. The shift came in the kind of students. The 16-day census saw 733 in bachelor's degree completion programs, up from 652 at the same time in 2007. Graduate students were up three to 784, while 860 traditional undergraduates begin classes, compared to 944 at the same time in 2007.
Judeo-Christian values have been expressed as written laws for thousands of years. The empires of Rome and Great Britain, as well as the United States of America have seen themselves as carrying forward these laws as a moral and legal code, affecting life in the public square as well as inside the church. But is a code of behavior all, or even most, of what higher law is? Not to Quentin Kinnision, professor of contemporary Christian ministries at Fresno Pacific University, who makes his point in this week's Scholars Speak.
Grades--parents and schools offer cash, prizes and threats to encourage or scare students into achievement. Children are trained early that As guarantee a successful life. School systems are judged successes or failures based on test scores. But are good grades really the holy grail of education? In this week's Scholars Speak Scott Key, education professor at Fresno Pacific University, points out that some famous names never appeared on an honor roll, and that the emphasis we put on grades determines the kind of citizens we get.
Pastors, youth workers--anyone interested building a new generation of church leaders in today's multicultural society--is invited to RELOAD Fresno October 11 at Fresno Pacific University.
"Emergent" congregations. "Missional" churches. Worship practices that go well beyond praise songs and electric keyboards. New ways to reach the unchurched, or heretical universalism? Tim Neufeld, director of the contemporary Christian ministries program at Fresno Pacific University, makes the case for inclusion in this week's Scholars Speak.
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!