Category Archives: Summer 2016: The Risk of Reaching Out

Across All Barriers: Choosing Risk & Vulnerability Over Differences

“The world has never been an easy place, but the past decade has been traumatic for so many people that it’s made changes in our culture. From 9/11, multiple wars, and the recession, to catastrophic natural disasters and the increase in random violence and school shootings, we’ve survived and are surviving events that have torn at our sense of safety with such force that we’ve experienced them as trauma even if we weren’t directly involved … “ … Worrying about scarcity is our culture’s version…

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Returning to India

My education has undoubtedly shaped me into who I am today, but I did not fully realize the power of an education until I stood in a classroom on a warm spring day in India two years ago. The classroom was full of 10-year-old girls who recited their classroom commandments to me. With sparkling eyes and booming voices, they declared: I am not inferior to anyone. I shall be the leader wherever I am. I shall do what I love and be different. I shall always think…

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The Gift of Music: Fostering Hope Through Jazz

When he was 17, Dr. John Reynolds (03) waited eagerly backstage in a venue in Santa Rosa after a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He stood in a line of fellow trumpet players about to meet Wynton Marsalis, the famed trumpeter, composer, and teacher. When it was finally his turn to have Marsalis share his autograph, Reynolds took the opportunity to wrest a bit of advice on playing his instrument more effectively, not exactly sure what to expect. “Marsalis hands me his…

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Risk and the Entrepreneurial Mind

Not only did Jeremy Swift (03) not get paid for his internship at a startup email marketing company, but it also cost him. Every day on the job, he bought a downtown parking spot and a Starbucks latte for the boss as part of his internship agreement. “I didn’t care,” Swift said. “I wanted to be part of something that was bigger than me and had potential for success.” He was a junior at the time and was eager to become part of the PLNU founding team of…

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Restoring the Past, Healing the Present

Last year, PLNU psychology professor Dr. Dan Jenkins was invited to preach at a Thanksgiving Day service. Considering what to share, he felt prompted to write a letter of gratitude to his father, to then read during the service. “Dear Dad,” Jenkins began, his father beaming in the second row. “I have never written a letter of gratitude to you before.” Jenkins thanked his father for blessings great and small. He thanked him for wrestling together on the living room or when Jenkins was a…

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Q&A with Sam Kwapong

Sam Kwapong, director of the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, oversees the programming and leadership development of all the MOSAIC student affinity clubs on campus, as well as the personal development of all international students. Recently, he played a key role in planning the student-led diversity forum, an annual campus event. We sat down with Sam to learn a little more about his work with students. Q: What experiences in your life led you to this role? A: To be in this role,…

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Athletics: Summer 2016

Q&A with New Head Coach for Women’s Basketball Lisa Faulkner exudes confidence when it comes to basketball and player development. Coming off her fourth season as Boston College’s assistant coach, PLNU’s new head coach for women’s basketball seems as enthused as ever about becoming part of the community, developing the team, and planning on winning the PacWest Championship. Below is an excerpt from a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the Viewpoint. Q: Tell me how you got started in coaching? A: When I was a senior…

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