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Tweets aren’t always digital

This essay, by Marylhurst Postmaster Mark D. Smith, first appeared on the United States Postal Service blog. We thought our readers would enjoy it in the spirit of the season.

One morning in late summer 2012, I arrived at my job as Postmaster Relief at the Donald, OR, Post Office in Oregon’s rural Marion County. It’s a quiet little town with a quiet little Post Office, but this day there was a new sound – something familiar but often ignored. Birds, chirruping and twittering. But these were no digital tweets. This was real life.

A good number of Donald’s customers work in farming, and this morning’s singing telegram was a shipment of infant turkeys belonging to a local man planning to raise them for Thanksgiving. I phoned him at the number listed on the carefully-prepared Priority Mail packaging, and he arrived an hour later to collect his musical treasures. Before he arrived, I went about my morning tasks of sorting and distributing the day’s mail. But there was something more than just birdsong in the air. Something almost meditative stirred my soul, reconnecting me to the larger, natural world that gets no notice in the Information Age.

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Natalie Serber: Beyond the Margins

Natalie Serber shares excerpts from an essay she recently wrote for Beyond the Margins, a blog about the craft of writing and the business of publishing.

Write On Through to the Other Side: When Your Character’s Diagnosis Becomes Your Own
I clearly remember the day I gave my character, Mona Brown, her breast cancer diagnosis. I’d been writing a novel about Mona and her family, a husband and twin daughters, who moved from Portland to the rural community of Boring, Oregon in the hopes that they could protect their girls from the perilous teen trifecta—drug use, early sexual activity, and bullying. Since life and novels are rife with complications, you can imagine that things don’t turn out as Mona hoped.

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Kathryn Hubbell on the Advantages of Online Education

Communication studies faculty Kathryn Hubbell’s opinion piece on online education first appeared in The Oregonian on October 18, 2014. Here’s an excerpt:

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 In My Opinion column, Online Courses Shortchange Their Students, I would like to defend online learning. I have taught both online and on-campus classes at Marylhurst University for the past six years.

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Tea and Light: A Lunch Hour with Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes began teaching at Marylhurst in 2010 as an adjunct professor for our department of Art and Interior Design. At the beginning of this month, she was highlighted at our Faculty Tea for her previous and current art installations.

Hughes plays with light and color as they already move through and exist in a given space.Currently she has an installation in the skylights of the Hawthorn Commons Room, right next to the cafeteria. Her piece there is called Angles of Incidence, and it involves stripes of colored gel paint in the skylights to play with the natural projection of the light that filters into the room.

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My True Passion

By David Walker After more than a year in development, and several decades of wishful thinking, it was announced that I am writing the upcoming “Shaft” comic book series for Dynamite Entertainment. “Shaft” was originally written by Ernest Tidyman, who followed with six other books and a popular series of films in the 1970s. Translating […]

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What do you want?

By Stephanie Lillegard

“What do you want to study?”

That was one of the first questions, of course, Marylhurst University’s Admissions office wanted to know. The forms asking for a declared major wanted to know. The people who heard I was going back to school wanted to know. And I didn’t blame them. I wanted to know. For a long time, all I knew was that I wanted to go back to school, and this time I wanted an accredited degree.

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Marylhurst Partnerships: Building a Community

by Darwin Riviere

Our university has solid partnerships with PCC, Mt. Hood Community College, the American Association of University Women, and our neighbors at Mary’s Woods. These partnerships help us expand the community of learners and educators that we live in. Broadening what we can do for our students, faculty, and alums in providing them with a holistic education.

Our partnerships with community colleges help us make school more affordable for future and current students. Double-enrollment and easier credit transfers mean that going from a community college to Marylhurst can be a smooth transition. I didn’t know about Marylhurst’s partnerships with community colleges in and surrounding Portland, but when I transferred from PCC Cascade and Sylvania in 2011, all but ten of my credits transferred with me and I hadn’t even completed my Associates transfer degree. This made the rest of my four-year degree go very quickly as there were no credits I had to retake once at M.U.

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MU Students Witness the Liberation of a River and the Return of Life

by L. J. Frech*

On July 7th of this year, 8 students from Marylhurst University left campus for a four day exploration of Olympic National Park, recognized as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. There are over 20 plants and animals in the Olympics found nowhere else on Earth, and National Marine Sanctuaries protest 3,310 square miles of ocean life.

This field studies course was designed to gain an understanding of the largest dam removal in the world and the most extensive river restoration effort in Pacific Northwest history. The primary purpose of the dam removal is to restore anadromous stocks of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead to the Elwha River, which have been denied access to the upper 65 miles of river habitat for more than 95 years by two dams.

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Barry Bennett on the Benefits of Unions

Marylhurst MBA faculty member Barry Bennett writes about the need for unions in this recent Oregonian article:

“The “union wage premium” — the amount by which wages of unionized employees exceed those of non-unionized employees — is about 14 percent. In addition, unionized workers are 28 percent more likely than non-unionized workers to have employer-provided health care and 54 percent more likely to have employer pension plans.” Bennett writes.

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