The Power in YES

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV): “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” There is untold power in the most lovely word, “Yes.” It affirms, deepens, encourages, rewards, inspires and just plain […]

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President’s Connections booklet

I hope you enjoy this collection of my writings in Connections during my first year in office, and it gives you some idea of where I see FPU headed. As we move forward, let us keep the words of Jesus in Matthew 26 in our minds and hearts: “For mortals it is impossible, but for […]

Persistence

Ultimately, who wins when retention is strong and students are graduating within four-six years? First to second year retention and persistence towards graduation are truly important issues that universities are struggling with and always trying to improve. Like many institutions, Fresno Pacific University employs many best practice initiatives that we feel strengthen our persistence efforts […]

Planted by the Water, Reaching Toward the Sun

Some time ago I was traveling through the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and had a bit of time to spare. Like many airports, this one has a chapel and I stopped in for a few moments. My attention was caught by an exhibit of weavings done by a nun, Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux. The display […]

Envisioning the Future Part II 2018-19

You have heard the adage by Benjamin Franklin: “those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Functional plans keep us on target; they guide us to an outcome and provide a roadmap to what we hope to accomplish. Proverbs 3:5,6 encourages us to: “commit our plans to the Lord and he will direct our pathway.” […]

Service is Our Middle Name

When I came to what was then Fresno Pacific College as a student back in the late 1980s, registration was held out in the Special Events Center (SEC), where miles of cables had to be run and computer terminals had to be moved from individual offices across campus out to the SEC in order to […]

Justice

The statement that all men are created equal is not true, at least not in a literal sense. Even if we give the framers of The Declaration of Independence a pass on their masculine assumptions, the hope that each baby has an equal start on life is still not true. I am writing this reflection […]

Ready to Serve

The goal of the Campus Safety Office is to ensure a safe and secure environment for students, staff, faculty and members of the community while at Fresno Pacific University. This is our mission statement, and we work hard every day to ensure that statement is a reality on our main and regional campuses. For results, […]

Ordinary Days = Extraordinary Things

The alarm goes off. Another day begins. We commute. We work. We perform daily tasks, carry out responsibilities and interact with people. Ordinary day follows ordinary day. Are we really about kingdom work? Does my job matter? Is what I do even a part of FPU’s mission? Alumni are here to tell you YES! In […]

Possible Happens Here through Faith, Hope and Love

“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 1:3). As we embark on another year in our journey of possibilities, this prayer in I Thessalonians is very appropriate in our intercessions for […]