News Bits

In Print

In March, Phil Smith (philosophy) published the book Why Faith Is a Virtue (Wipf and Stock), in which he builds on the work of Alasdair MacIntrye and Robert Adams to argue that faith contributes to human excellence. Faith, when properly understood, he contends, contributes to crucial human practices: scientific research, social reform and parenting.

From Crisis to Christ

A new textbook written by Paul Anderson (Christian studies), From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament (Abingdon Press), will be released in August. In it, Anderson introduces the New Testament books from literary, historical and theological perspectives.

The Bible textbook

Brian Doak and Steve Sherwood (Christian studies) coauthored the textbook The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (Kendall Hunt), set to be released this summer. Designed for an introductory Bible course, the publication serves as a guide to those hoping to understand the Bible’s ancient context and its role for ongoing communities of readers.

Paul Otto (history) contributed a chapter, “Hudson, the Munsees, and the Wampum Revolution,” to the book The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley (SUNY Press), published in June.

A chapter contributed by Winston Seegobin (PsyD), “The Parent Child Relationship,” appeared in the book Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Foundations and Approaches (InterVarsity Press), published in April.

Nancy Thurston and Winston Seegobin (PsyD) contributed a chapter, “Psychotherapy with Evangelical Protestants,” that appeared in the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity, Second Edition (American Psychological Association), published in May.

Mark David Hall (politics) published an article in the spring 2014 issue of American Political Thought: “Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance, Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Liberty, and the Creation of the First Amendment.” He also had a guest opinion piece, “Oregonians Should Support Business Owners’ Religious Freedom,” appear in the March 8 issue of The Oregonian.

Debra Drecnik Worden (business) coauthored with Diane Schooley-Pettis, professor of finance at Boise State University, an article recently published in the Financial Services Review (Vol. 22): “Accumulating and Spending Retirement Assets: A Behavioral Finance Explanation.”

Kevin T. Jones (communication arts) and Carol Brazo (education) published “Cultivating a Community of Truth Through Critical Pedagogy When Faced with Resistance: Teaching My Gender Students How to ‘Ride the Bus’” in the March 2014 edition of the International Journal of Innovation, Education and Research.

Ed Higgins (English) published three poems, “The Young Couple in the Stairwell I Passed on My Way to Teaching My Medieval World Literature Class,” “Noon Campus” and “Poetry Lesson,” in the spring 2014 edition of the Oregon English Journal.

Faculty, students and alumni from the university’s Doctor of Psychology program contributed to two recently published articles. “The Importance of Group Cohesion in Inpatient Treatment of Combat-Related PTSD” appeared in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. “Religious and Spiritual Diversity Training in Professional Psychology: A Case Study” appeared in Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

An article by Josh Sweeden (seminary) was published in the spring 2014 issue of the Wesleyan Theological Journal: “Everyday Practice as Ecclesial Holiness: Intersections of Everyday Work, Sacrament, and Liturgy.”

Karen Buchanan and Thomas Buchanan (education) coauthored “A Visit to The Kilns: A Formative Experience for Two Christian Teacher Educators,” published in the spring 2014 issue of the ICCTE Journal.

Jim Smart (biology) collaborated on a research paper titled “STRAD Pseudokinases Regulate Axogenesis and LKB1 Stability,” published in the most recent edition of Neural Development.

Recent Recognition

Morrison Steel

Gary Buhler (art) was the featured artist in the most recent issue of Triggerfish Critical Review, an online journal. In addition, his watercolor, “Morrison Steel” (right), was accepted into the Emerald Spring Juried Show in Springfield, Ore., a national exhibition that was on display in the Emerald Art Center during the month of May.

Paul Anderson (Christian studies) has been appointed professor extraordinary of religion at the North-West University of Potchefstroom (South Africa). He will help faculty and students conduct and publish their research from afar. Anderson also recently completed his second Fulbright Specialist Visit to the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands), giving three lectures. In addition, he presented a paper in Groningen (Netherlands) at the European Association for the Study of Religion and lectured at the University of Mainz (Germany).

In March, film major Griffin Huber was named winner of the Speechless Film Festival’s Student Narrative category for his film “Draw, Don’t Speak,” which he directed prior to graduating this spring. The international competition, which judges films “on quality of work as well as use of non-verbal storytelling,” drew entries from more than a dozen countries.

Jenny Newman

Senior philosophy major Jenny Newman was awarded a de Jager prize for exceptional academic performance during her Scholars’ Semester in Oxford. Newman was recognized, in part, for a 4,000-word seminar paper on the feminist philosophy of religion, which was noted as a “well-written and erudite piece of work.”