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.
“When people start talking about the ROI for an MBA, it’s a tough one. It’s like going out and spending thousands on a Brooks Brothers suit and then wondering about the ROI. It depends so much on where you go in that suit, what you do with it, who you are in that suit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Kathryn Hubbell
There are many reports out there telling older workers that no one wants them, or that they will have a lot of difficulty finding a job. One such report in U.S. News two years ago listed misconceptions about older workers, such as short terms on the job if they planned to retire soon, higher salary expectations and reluctance to report to younger bosses.
Fortunately, a number of articles since than have refuted the myths, advocating why hiring older workers is a very good idea. Brian Solis, an expert in social media public relations and whose work I frequently use in my classes, reminds us that one of the things Baby Boomers bring to the office is a “raw work ethic.” He gives an excellent guide to Millennials navigating the workplace in this article and advocates for mutual respect between the generations.
I teach a lot of older workers, and I’m one myself. Let me weigh in for a moment on some of the great, practical attributes older workers bring to their jobs – and by “older,” I don’t just mean Baby Boomers. I also mean workers aged 35 to 70 or so, encompassing at least a couple of generations.
by Margaret Allee
And so the adventure begins…
“This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow.” Archbishop Oscar Romero.
As our 2014 Wells 390 Village Team prepares for departure tomorrow, I am reminded of the profound teaching of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero. Our team of 40 healthcare and dental providers from around the country, but the majority from the Portland area, will depart on Friday, March 7th to serve the people of Guatemala.
Originally published on January 30, 2014 in Sightline Daily.
by Anna Fahey
As I listened to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I admit I was encouraged and moved at times. But I couldn’t help giving each sentence Anat Shenker-Osorio’s passive-voice test.
Shenker-Osorio is author of “Don’t Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy.” She’s a language researcher and consultant and one of my favorite messaging gurus.
As she wrote in the Boston Globe a while back, when Obama—or anybody—uses the passive, they invariably fail to say who is to blame or why the challenges and problems and outrages they’re describing exist in the first place. This failure, in turn, leaves us with no good clues about viable solutions. If we don’t know how we got here, it’s hard to figure out how we get where we want to go.