Seeing the Possibilities: Doing the Common in Uncommon Ways

Our branding theme this year is “Possibility Happens Here.” You will find the Scriptures from Matthew 19:26 accompanying our communications about possibilities. Jesus says: “with God all things are possible.” So, this year we are looking forward to expanding the possibilities for our students and growing our engagement in Fresno and the Central Valley. Years […]

The Possibility of Substantial Significance

On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, I spent a little over through three hours strolling through the Alamo. I’m one of those people who really enjoys historic sites. I tend to want to read each plaque, view each highlight and I especially like the audio walking tours that many such sites now provide. In […]

AASL 2017 National Conference Highlights

This past week I attended the American Association of School Librarians Conference to take an in-depth look at the new National School Library Standards and begin planning for how we will integrate these into the Teacher Librarian Program coursework: The opening general session keynote speaker was Jaime Casap, Google Education Evangelist.  His main point was […]

Finding the Voice We’ve Always Had

“So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace” St. Paul, to the Ephesians (6:14-15, CEB). “You know,” he said to me, “You work at the sleeping giant of the Valley!” “I […]

Efrain Tovar profile

Reinventing the Classroom

Efrain Tovar 1995 BA in Liberal Studies with a Bilingual Emphasis 2006 MA in Educational Technology 7th grade Academic Block / 7th-8th Grade Newcomers/English Language Development Teacher Google for Education Certified Administrator, Trainer, Innovator Efrain Tovar is revolutionizing his classroom—and is hoping to do the same in other schools. Currently a 7th grade Academic Block […]

FPU Board of Trustees Looks to the Future with Joseph Jones

This past week the board had its very first regular meeting with Fresno Pacific University’s new president, Joseph Jones, Ph.D. The meeting featured both “business as usual” and discussions of a very promising nature regarding future possibilities at FPU. I reported to the board that “Dr. Joe” has settled in quite quickly and has capably […]

The Reformation at 500 Years

Today, October 31, 2017, is the day that we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. 500 years ago today, Martin Luther posted his famous, and to some infamous “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Posting a list of theses on the church door announced an academic debate. Luther […]

Where We are Financially: Cause for Optimism

This has been a year of ups and downs, as is so often the case at FPU, but increases in enrollment, and therefore income, along with some hopeful trends for the future, give cause for optimism. First, we’ve been blessed with some exceptional news: grad and degree completion are each about $2M ahead of budget! […]

Core Values and Current Business Scandals

We have just finished the fall 2017 MBA course in Business Ethics, “Law, Ethics and Values in a Global Environment.” It is a challenge to complete the course in 8 weeks with depth of consideration of some large topics which require intensive discussion, but we get it done. We focus in three areas: ethical theories […]