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Kayla Byers, Class of 2016, Marylhurst University

Global Connections: Rural Sociology & Food Systems and Society

by Kayla Byers ’16, M.S. in Food Systems and Society

Under the sweltering sun, thanks in part to the sweating crops, the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology conference took place in Toronto, Canada this August. The 2016 conference theme was “Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities” and with that theme, it seemed fitting to apply to present my thesis research “Not-So-Free Trade Agreements: Discursive Framings of Food Systems Benefits and Burdens Around Free Trade Agreements.”


A Science Communicator in the Making

by Tara Campbell My dad set up our first computer in the kitchen when I was eight years old. It was beige with a dark green screen and a keyboard that made the most wonderful clacking sound—a sound to this day that I find soothing. From the first time the text-based game Zork loaded, I […]


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 […]


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.


David Walker: “The Invisible World of Black Comic Creators”

David Walker is a recent Marylhurst graduate and an accomplished creator.

“I got my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Text: Image.” Writes Walker. “Currently, I’m working on my second novel, and writing comic books. I have two series out right now, The Army of Dr. Moreau and The Supernals Experiment, and several other top secret projects that will be announced soon.”


From beginning to beginning again

by Donna D’Orio I do not remember a time when I was not drawn to utilitarian, traditional art forms. The texture of handwoven dishtowels, crockery bowls out of kilns from Kentucky and North Carolina, and hand-hewn axe blades were part of my everyday childhood world. It did not go by me unnoticed, the difference, when […]


A Marylhurst romance

by Jenna Preston My husband Zack and I can only be described as “music nerds.” Or at least that’s what we jokingly call ourselves. We met in music theory class at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Although we barely shared two words for the first six months of our acquaintance, we soon became […]


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We’re celebrating contemplation and gratitude all week long. Read more Thanksgiving reflections, by students, faculty and alumni, at The Gero-Punk Project.

by Erica Wells

Have you ever sat down with a box of photos, old letters or childhood possessions? Most of us come across these time capsules every so often, either during an intentional exercise to clean out storage space, or accidentally, such as that time you were trying to find your very important documents that were kept in a very safe place, which happened to be right next to some high school yearbooks…at least that what happens to me.