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.
In Summer our campus, for the most part, is quiet and still. However, for the past three days it has been host to a flurry of creativity.
Our English Literature and New Media (ELNM) students, who do a majority of their work online, have just completed one of their on-campus residency weekends. The residency is when our ELNM students fly, drive, and bus in to participate in an intense twenty-four hours worth of multimedia courses.
Originally published on June 12, 2014 in Coffee and Curiosity.
A photo essay by Katie Pippel
Hello, dear readers. Believe it or not, I think of you often. But graduate school has demanded most of my writing-energy and time, so I’ve been away from my WordPress. Luckily, my professors seem to like my writing as much as you do, reader, and that means a lot to me. I’m halfway through my program, and it’s been a whirlwind. Here are a few glimpses.
We’re celebrating contemplation and gratitude all week long. Read more Thanksgiving reflections, by students, faculty and alumni, at The Gero-Punk Project.
by Philipos Ghaly
I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, and became a participant of the American story in my early adulthood. All my memories of family gatherings, annual holidays, and festal cuisines are native to Coptic (native Egyptian Christian) culture. This meant that I could make little personal meaning for a holiday like thanksgiving, for unlike my American friends, I had no family stories to tell of past thanksgiving days, nor did I have memories of the smell of my aunt’s turkey or the taste of my grandmother’s pumpkin pie. Over the years however, I acquired memories that helped incorporate me into the American collective experience of the holiday, beyond the opportunity of dietary indulgence and exaggerated alcohol consumption.
by Cody Jo The English Literature & New Media cohort of fall 2013 gathered at Marylhurst University last weekend to orient ourselves with the material and technology we’ll encounter throughout the program. We were issued fresh-off-the-assembly-line iPads and asked to create a brief video to describe some of our educational goals and visions we had […]
This fall, we’re welcoming our first cohort into the MS in Food Systems & Society program. The graduate students hail from Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts, California and Minnesota. Their research interests and community activities range from environmental sustainability to labor laws, food insecurity to nutrition, food banking to farmers’ markets. Learn a little more — […]
by Candyce Scott Most people have experienced a feeling of elation in listening to music or watching the surf from the beach. There are visual experiences — such as watching a vibrant sunset or gazing at a beautiful piece of artwork — that causes an emotional response. These responses, in and of themselves, can be […]
by Nancy Wolske Schooner was a retired guide dog and, from the first moments of meeting him, my life journey began changing in unpredictable ways. Preparing to adopt a retired service dog is complex. Your home is inspected, you sign a contract and agree to do and not do a variety of things related to […]
Eleven Marylhurst students arrived in Rome last week. Led by Dr. Meg Roland, they will spend two weeks of September studying, traveling and exploring this magnificent, ancient city. Follow their travels and writings at their individual blogs: Amy Guyer: http://twoweeksinrome.wordpress.com Elizabeth Moscoso: http://spcgoestoroma.wordpress.com Carrie Padian: http://dolcepepita.wordpress.com Ken Schultz: priamusviator.wordpress.com Amy Webber: http://vitaeccitante.wordpress.com Nate Wilkerson: wilkersonnate.wordpress.com Jessica Zisa: http://avventurearoma.wordpress.com For a taste […]