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spring 2014

Marylhurst University Trustees

A letter from the Interim President

Board Chair Andrew MacRitchie

Dear Alumni and Friends of Marylhurst,

Secretary-Treasurer Xandra McKeown William Barr Ruth A. Beyer Scott Bolton '02 Eileen Brown, SNJM '55 Stephen Brown Mary Burke, SNJM '65 Larry N. Choruby Rebecca DeCesaro Roswitha Frawley, SNJM '68 Sylvia Giustina '56 Judie Hammerstad Jane M. Hibbard, SNJM '69 Greg Hogensen Diana Pierce Knox '73 Janina Kokorowski, SNJM Kirk Mouser '12 Cecilia Ranger, SNJM '55 Martin Ringle Sam W. Shoen Patricia Smith Kristin Stathis Chip Terhune Lynda Thompson, SNJM '65 Edward J. Vranizan Stephen P. Zimmer

I have sincerely enjoyed meeting members of the Marylhurst University community and moving this institution forward since I arrived this past summer. Marylhurst has a bright future, and I look forward to seeing what the next chapter brings. As you know, Marylhurst is currently in the process of searching for a new university president. The search has been ongoing since December. A search committee consisting of university trustees, faculty, staff and alumni has been formed, and executive search firm 180one, based in Lake Oswego, is assisting with this national process. You can get updates and learn about search criteria and process by visiting Our goal is to complete the search this spring and have the new president join us this summer, ideally by early July. Inquiries and comments can be directed to Greg Togni at 503.699.0183 or Marylhurst has much to be proud of—our thriving new MBA programs in health care and real estate, our unique food systems and society master’s program, our award-winning alumni, faculty and students, and as you’ll read in this edition of Marylhurst Unlimited, much more! Even as the field of higher education faces challenges, Marylhurst is proving itself as the resilient, resourceful, successful institution we know it to be. We are continually grateful for your part in our success and hope we are helping you with yours! Blessings,

Jerry E. Hudson Interim President

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In This Issue On the Cover: An artist from TurtleDove Clemens created this image of Marylhurst's iconic cupola in December 2013. Posters (11x17 in.) are available for purchase at the Marylhurst Bookstore. To learn more about Marylhurst throughout the years, see page 20.



Office of University Advancement Marylhurst University 17600 Pacific Highway PO Box 261 Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261 Phone: 503.534.4059 Toll-free: 800.634.9982 Nicola A. Sysyn Vice President for University Advancement 503.699.6309 Kelly Ann Chee Editor, Marylhurst Unlimited Alumni & Communications Program Manager 503.534.4059 Sandy Pittenger Office & Donor Stewardship Manager 503.699.6251 Rebecca Burkeen Advancement Associate 503.699.6327



4 Short Features In the News, Chorale to Carnegie Hall, Reunion Weekend, Professional Development Center and more... 12 Bambuza Two Marylhurst students manage studies, marriage, the restaurant business and more 17 Alumni in Focus: Robert Boyer '77 Former Oregon State Senator Robert Boyer '77 is living a life of diverse service 18 Art in a Day's Work Meet the new Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion 20 Marylhurst University: A 120-Year Retrospective Celebrate 120 years of Marylhurst education, service and accomplishments 26 Class Notes Find out what our alumni are up to…

Contributing Writers Rebecca Burkeen Kelly Ann Chee Pamela Clem Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJM '69, '12 Magazine Design Side x Side Creative

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in the news New Vice President for University Advancement


e are pleased to introduce Nicola Sysyn, Marylhurst University’s new Vice President for University Advancement. She comes to us from The Freshwater Trust where she served as Senior Director of Development and Communications. Prior to that position she was Director of Strategic Advancement at the Portland Japanese Garden from 2007 through 2011. In 2007 Sysyn served as the Director of Development at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for seven years. Her earlier career includes positions as the Director

Jay Ponteri, writing professor in the English Writing and Literature department, was awarded the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction Oregon Book Award for his work, Wedlocked. He has published numerous essays and short stories; Wedlocked is his first book. You can read more about Ponteri in the next edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.

Sr. Joan Saalfeld, SNJM, Ph.D. ’64, Vice President for Mission Integration, will accept an honorary Saalfeld Doctorate of Laws degree at the graduate commencement exercises of Gonzaga University this May.

Marylhurst University sophomore Jordan VanSise will represent the United States in the World Photography Organization’s 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. VanSise, a 24-year-old who served seven months as a Marine in Iraq, will compete as one of the 10 finalists from around the globe. He originally created his winning

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of Major Gifts at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and as the Director of Corporate Relations at the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. She received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Sysyn will lead our advancement staff from her office on the third floor of B.P. John Administration Building and looks forward to meeting the Marylhurst community! She can also be reached at 503.699.6309 or

image for a class assignment on self portraits. "I thought of the different 'versions' of myself that I wanted to depict," he said in a statement released by Marylhurst. When the time comes, VanSise plans to focus his thesis on veterans returning to society.

Self Portrait. Jordan VanSise. Photograph.

Members of the Marylhurst Chorale will perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015. Under the direction of Justin Smith, Marylhurst's director of choral activities, and along with university choruses from throughout the country, the combined choirs will join with a professional orchestra to perform Mozart's "Solemn Vespers." While in the area, the Marylhurst Chorale is also planning to perform at several Manhattan venues after its debut at Carnegie Hall. The chorale will also feature Marylhurst’s second operatic production, this year of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 at St. Anne’s Chapel. Tickets can be purchased in advance at


IIDA Oregon Chapter

Interior design students Katie Dennett, Whitney Olson Davenport and Yvette Weeks were among the winners of the 2014 Student Design Charrette Awards, hosted by the IIDA Oregon chapter. The competition is designed to showcase "the best and the brightest students" in a hands-on, one day design charrette. Teams comprised of students, from different schools and years, came together to solve design problems. Each team presented their solution to a jury of designers, architects and industry leaders.

Guthrie Music composition student Ian Guthrie won first place in the Music Teacher National Association's (MNTA) Young Artist Piano Performance Competition for the state of Oregon in November 2013. As the state winner, he represented Oregon at the MTNA Northwest Division Competition in Portland in January, competing against the state winners from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming for the opportunity to advance to the national finals in Chicago.

Barry Bennett, business faculty, was appointed to the City of Portland's Committee on Socially Responsible Investments in February 2014. Appointed by Mayor Charlie Hales, the members of this temporary advisory committee are charged with making recommendations to the city council about incorporating socially responsible criteria for the city's direct investments. Bennett was selected for his expertise in corporate ethics.


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osmose design

Andee Hess ’04, interior design alumna and principal owner of Osmose Design, was named one of the Best of 2013 by Interior Design Magazine for her firm's design of Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon's "farm-to-cone" ice cream shop. Osmose Design was a finalist in the best of 2013 in the hospitality: bakery/coffee shop category; Salt & Straw was the only honoree in the United States.

Dr. Jim Davis, human sciences faculty, has been appointed to a statewide steering committee to develop a plan to improve and strengthen Oregon's system of long term care for adults. The SB 21 Steering committee's final report will be presented to the Oregon legislature by February 1, 2015. This plan will include items such as strategies to serve seniors in their own communities and coordination of these efforts with the health care system.


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Joanne Kollman ’12 was awarded an Artistic Focus Grant through the Regional Arts and Culture Council. From January-July 2013 she worked on figurative paintings under the umbrella theme: NW Neighbors Who Are We? Kollman painted strangers, people she knows and those she got to know through the painting process. Kollman said, "My subjects are portrayed in their in-between moments in daily life where individual personality is expressed through gesture and attire. I am concerned with the body language that speaks about the energy of the individual." Kollman was also the guest artist for the Blackfish Gallery's Guest Window Fishbowl Two for the month of May featuring two paintings from the series. Her work can be seen at in the ‘paintings’ section.

Mary Ann Schwab ’02 was awarded the Spirit of Portland Award in November 2013, nominated by Commissioner Amanda Fritz for

Just Listen, 2013. Joanne Kollman. Oil painting. the Right 2 Dream Too award. A long-time active Portland resident, Schwab’s latest service activities include serving on: the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA) Board, Southeast Uplift Board of Directors, SNA Emergency Preparedness Committee, City’s Crime Prevention Committee, City’s Liquor License Advisory Committee, City-Wide Land Use Committee, No Apartment Parking Task Force, and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Advisory Committee Exterior Area Package (food carts). Schwab has also fought to protect the iconic salmon runs and to maintain funding levels for several community resources and programs.

The Professional Development Center at Marylhurst Offering practical learning opportunities for working professionals


arylhurst University has a rich legacy of serving the academic needs of working adults. We offer respected undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help our students define their lives and careers. We serve this core academic mission of the university with excellence. However, Marylhurst has not been a leader in professional development programs for those working adults— until now. We are excited to introduce the Professional Development Center at Marylhurst University. Launched in spring 2013, the Professional Development Center offers highly practical, noncredit courses and programs that are open to the public. Courses are typically one to three days in length, or several evening sessions, and cover topics like Lean Six Sigma, supervisory management, workplace communications and negotiation skills.

Our flagship offering is the Mini-MBA, a thirty-hour look at the essentials of an MBA curriculum for individuals not ready now, if ever, to embark on a full MBA degree program. Business leaders tell us again and again that their personnel are technically brilliant but need help with business sense to drive change in the workplace. The Mini-MBA looks to do just that, teaching the management and leadership skills necessary to bring about change, giving individuals who might never consider an MBA program the chance to experience that kind of learning. The center also offers workplace training directly onsite at organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We take any of our professional development courses to companies, as-is or customized in whatever way our clients need. We also deliver customized training on topics we have expertise in but don’t currently offer to the public. We also work on a consulting basis with organizations to go beyond the classroom. Already we’re working with one organization to improve sales and marketing processes, applying what we teach in our classes to help our clients on an even deeper level. We even provide one-on-one and group coaching for managers, leaders, staff trainers

or anyone else who needs help in a workplace setting. Our professional development programs are led by Vincent Fritzsche, who came to Marylhurst to launch the center and add to our ability to serve the learning needs of adults. Fritzsche worked for several years developing and managing professional development programs for Portland State University, and prior to that was an Fritzsche associate editor for Jossey-Bass Publishers in San Francisco. This spring, the Professional Development Center offers its widest selection of offerings yet. A series of daytime seminars including Supervision Essentials; Improving Workplace Communications, with DiSC; Technical Presentation Skills; Workplace Resiliency; and more. The latest cohort of the Mini-MBA started on April 8. Registration for all sessions is available online at No admission to the university is necessary for Professional Development Center offerings.

Noted poet and author, Madeline DeFrees '48, was inducted into the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communications' Hall of Achievement in November 2013. DeFrees has published several

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Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients Four alumnae were recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, held during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, October 26.

Service to Marylhurst Sister Jane Ellen Burns, SNJM ’48 Honoring the promotion of the Marylhurst mission through volunteer involvement on campus and/or as an ambassador of Marylhurst in the community

From left: Sister Jane Ellen Burns, SNJM '48, Sister Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM '62, Tina Admire '13, Linda Clarry Barber '63

Service to Society Sister Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM ’62 Honoring exemplary community involvement and service Sister Mary Rita Rohde served as a high school teacher and principal in Seattle, and went on to teach at Fort Wright College in Spokane. After missionary work in Nicaragua, she participated in the founding of Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation; its mission is to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations which have been educationally isolated. She remained for a number of years at Heritage as both a professor and Vice President for College Advancement. In 2002 Sister Mary Rita founded Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside, Washington, an educational ministry serving the needs of immigrants, and annually educating hundreds of Latina women.

Nancy Wilgenbusch Distinguished Professional Linda Clarry Barber ’63 Honoring significant contribution and achievement in career After 31 years with Portland Public Schools (PPS) as a teacher and administrator, Linda co-authored a how-to book for teachers on classroom management and presented workshops for educators and parents on handling difficult behaviors. She contracted with PPS to write grants to provide in-home training for parents in low-income areas focusing on language development for preschool children. After postgraduate training she served as principal in an adolescent psychiatric treatment. Returning to her teaching roots, she taught U.S. government and history and African-American literature in an alternative high school. Since her third retirement in 2010, she continues serving as a volunteer in a variety of capacities.

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Sister Jane Ellen taught high school in The Dalles, Salem, Portland, Spokane and Seattle. She came to Marylhurst College in 1959 as a professor in the Department of English and guided journalism students on the college newspaper and yearbook. She went on to serve as department chair. In 1974 she left Marylhurst to teach English in Kagoshima, Japan, and Hong Kong. Returning to the U.S., she joined the faculty of Oregon’s Mt. Angel Seminary. Now retired, she continues to contribute her writing talents to the quarterly publication of the Sisters’ Foundation Office. She lives at Mary’s Woods where she volunteers, prays for her former students and welcomes visitors.

Distinguished New Graduate Tina Admire ’13 Honoring academic excellence and leadership as a student and possessing a high potential for future success Tina Admire, an Interdisciplinary Studies graduate, deepened her understanding of psychology and business while at Marylhurst and shares her knowledge through service. A full-time single mother, she understands the importance of education and being a role model. While at Marylhurst, she helped develop the Marylhurst Psychology Association and founded the Nervous Speaker Support Group. Tina is pursuing her M.A. in Counseling-Psychology, Ecopsychology at Prescott College and works as a horticultural therapist at Cornerstone Care Option. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Family to Family program, the Willamette Falls Hospice and serves on the board for the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Tina was previously development coordinator for the Clackamas Service Center, where she was praised for her initiative and positive demeanor.

We need your nominations! Send in your nominations for all four awards for 2014. Visit or contact Kelly Ann Chee at 503.534.4059 or

2013 Reunion Class Giving Class years ending in ‘3’ and ‘8’ *Gifts April 1-December 31, 2013 1938—$100 1943 – $1,590 1948—$350 1953—$2,180 1958 -$640 1963—$5,180 1968—$1,600 1973—$8,695

1978—$0 1983—$425 1988—$225 1993—$1,345 1998—$230 2003—$1,550 2008—$90 2013—$2,661

Congratulations to the Class of 1973, whose class had the largest giving total; your gifts to the 2013 reunion class giving challenge totaled $8,695! Congratulations are also welldeserved for the classes of 1963, 1968 and 1953, for having the highest amount of participation. Every gift made a difference, and overall the giving challenge raised $26,861 to support scholarships,

recruit and retain outstanding faculty and upgrade campus facilities. Thank you reunion classes, your legacy continues! Classes ending in ‘4’ and ‘9,’ you’re up next! As you prepare to celebrate your Marylhurst milestones and memories this year at Reunion Weekend, please consider making a Reunion Class gift. Your gift helps to ensure that current and future Marylhurst students are offered the same opportunities for an excellent education that you once had. All Reunion Class donors who make a gift by December 31, 2014 will be recognized in the spring 2015 edition of Marylhurst Unlimited. For more information about graduation class giving, please contact Kelly Ann Chee at kachee@ or 503.534.4059.

May • May 22—Professional Development Center Seminar: Negotiation Skills • May 30—Student Digital Video and Animation Festival Screening

June •J  une 2—Annual Dinner • June 7—Annual Spring POPS Concert • June 7 & 8—Pirates of Penzance in Concert • June 13—Baccalaureate Mass • June 14—Commencement

July • July 12­—Summer on the Green: Anthony & Cleopatra • July 18—Summer on the Green: 5 Guys Named Moe • July 25—Summer on the Green: Patrick Lamb Band • July 29—Charter Day


2013 Honoring Achievement Graduation Class Giving *Includes gifts through December 31, 2013 Camille P. Dubois '13 Rachel Fox '13 Thomas A. Henderson II ’13 Kevin Lawson '13 Yona Lunken '13 Gary M. Repp, Jr. '13 Maureen Simmonds '13 Courtney Vanderstek '13

University Events

• August 2 - Summer on the Green: Midsummer Night’s Dream • August 8 - Summer on the Green: Pepe and the Bottle Blondes • August 16 - Summer on the Green: Taming of the Shrew • August 18—Marylhurst University Golf Classic (celebrating 30 years!)

Many thanks to the Class of 2013 — you have exceeded your $1,000 goal, raising a total of $2,336 to support Marylhurst University and its students!

September • September 30—Fall term begins

October • October 21—Founder’s Day • October 24-26—Reunion Weekend


lass of 2014, congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We invite you to celebrate this achievement and honor your time at Marylhurst by making a donation in the name of the Class of 2014. Your 2014 Honoring Achievement graduation class gift continues the legacy of Marylhurst and helps provide funding for scholarships, support upgrades to technology,

• October TBA—Mass of the Holy Spirit

library and classroom resources, and helps keep tuition low. Most importantly, your support shows students that others have traveled these paths, and they can succeed in their goals and achieve their dreams as well. For more information about graduation class giving, please contact Kelly Ann Chee at kachee@ or 503.534.4059.

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Lois Ball’s Legacy


n education major who graduated from Marylhurst in 1951, Lois Ball’s life was always about giving back. She began her teaching career in her native Oregon in Verboort, Cascade Locks and Rockaway Beach. She lived in Japan for some time and even taught in the Virgin Islands. Wherever her travels took her, she and her beloved husband of 50 years, Ed, sought ways to promote their love of education by volunteering their time and funding scholarships so that students at all stages of their education could succeed. Her students and colleagues will remember her kindness and caring ways and Marylhurst University is eternally grateful for the devotion she demonstrated by leaving Marylhurst in her will. The Lois and Edwin Ball Endowed Scholarship was created with the generous gift left by this amazing alumnus with a gift of $145,000. When you remember Marylhurst in your estate plan, you become a member of the 1893 Legacy Society. If you are considering a planned gift, Marylhurst offers a variety of free resources and expert planning assistance to alumni. You may also be interested in learning about a gift annuity that will benefit both you and Marylhurst. Gene Christian, our representative, is well-versed in the technical aspects of retirement and estate planning. Whether your estate is large or small, he can help you. For more information, please call 503.534.4059.

Reunion Celebrating in style! R

eunion Weekend 2013 in October celebrated Marylhurst’s 120 years in style, bringing alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members together. Alumni had a wonderful time reconnecting and reminiscing. 13 members of the Class of 1963 celebrated their 50-year reunion with great joy, and six members of the Class of 1953, celebrating their 60-year reunion, provided enough energy for everyone else! We were fortunate to have faculty member Kyle Dittmer inform us with his seminar, Pacific Northwest

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Climate Change, Declining Salmon, and Earthquakes, and founder and president of Cast Iron Studios, Lana Veenker, inspire us with her talk Casting for Success: Shapeshifting a Hollywood Career from Oregon and Beyond. Events such as Tea with the Sisters, the Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon and Dessert Reception, Alumni Art Exhibit, Sunday concert and Student Work Showcase made the weekend one to remember. Planning for Reunion Weekend 2014 is already underway. Be sure to save the date for Reunion Weekend 2014,

Friday-Sunday, October 24-26. There’s no need to wait “for your year” — all alumni and friends are welcome every year, and we appreciate your help in recognizing reunion classes celebrating special milestone years. This year, they are all classes ending in ‘4’ and ‘9.’ We also need your nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Awards! Details about Reunion Weekend can be found online at reunionweekend or by calling Alumni Relations at 503.534.4059.

Golf Classic 2014 is our 30th anniversary. Celebrate with us! Marylhurst University Golf Classic Monday, August 18, 2014 Oswego Lake Country Club

Registration at 10:00 a.m. Shot Gun Start at Noon Banquet and Awards Program at 5:30 p.m. The Golf Classic is one of the most highly regarded tournaments in Oregon and known for its loyal corporate following. Network with regional area leaders on a beautiful course followed by a lovely dinner banquet. For the 30th Anniversary, there will be special opportunities to win fabulous prizes to include golf at the region’s most prominent links. Reserve your foursome today as we expect to sell out! To register your team, visit or call University Advancement at 503.699.6251. Proceeds benefit Marylhurst University and support our students.

Brought to you, in part, thanks to our generous Presenting Sponsors Bon AppĂŠtit Management Co., Columbia Bank and Aequitas Capital Management, Inc. | Marylhurst Unlimited




By Rebecca Burkeen

he restaurant business. Eighty-hour work weeks. Minimal time with family and friends. The chances of success, 50-50. There’s usually not a good backup plan so after all of the time, effort and enormous investment, failure is still very possible. Yet, there is a Marylhurst couple in Portland, Oregon who have been making these sacrifices and more because it is their calling. While other eateries are closing their doors, the owners of Bambuza Vietnam Bistro are in construction mode right now, getting ready to add to their existing restaurants. Daniel Nguyen and Katherine Lam say they “eat, sleep and drink Bambuza,” because above all, it is their passion. The first Bambuza broke ground in Seattle, Washington in 2002, serving authentic Vietnamese recipes that husband and wife team, Nguyen and Lam, learned working alongside Nguyen’s mother, Lan Quach. The first two years in the business were a struggle and the restaurateurs had to evaluate where they were, consider all of the good and the bad and be realistic about their expectations. What they found to be a great help was to have each other as mentors, as sounding boards. Being married and business partners allowed Nguyen and Lam to learn from each other, discuss issues and analyze as a team. They also found some of their customers to be mentors and gained much useful information from those who they were sharing their passion with. Bambuza held strong during its first few years of struggles and kept the restaurant in the family when they moved to Portland to be closer to Lam’s family. They opened two bistros, one in Portland and one in Tualatin.

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Later, a third Bambuza was established in Tanasbourne. Construction is currently underway for a location in Tigard, set to open during the summer of 2014, and another opening is slated for Lake Oswego in 2015. All of these locations are family-run with Nguyen and Lam leading the way in the kitchen and on the business end of things. Bringing the authentic flavors of Vietnam to life in Oregon is no small endeavor. Bambuza maintains a set menu of items to choose from such as coconut curry chicken, salad rolls, pho noodles, sandwiches, lemongrass beef and sautéed tofu. They also offer specials depending on what local ingredients are available. Local, organic and seasonal elements are utilized as much as possible while other ingredients can be found at a Chinese herb store or can be shipped from California. An exciting new addition to the Bambuza restaurants is that after a yearlong process, they are now 100% MSG-free and have a gluten free menu. As head of the kitchen and a selftaught chef, Lam knew that attaining this goal meant there would be differences in the taste of her foods as well as cost issues to contend with. She played with the ingredients and held staff tastings until she was happy with the results. Next she asked her regulars, customers who dined at the bistro more than once a week, to sample the new recipes. The reviews were all positive. In fact, patrons and staff agreed that the food tasted even better than before. It wasn’t as simple as creating new recipes though. To finalize the process, Lam and Nguyen had to work on branding and marketing their new menu and update their website.

After working in the family business for seven years Lam decided she wanted to go back to school. She and Nguyen had both obtained their undergraduate degrees in private institutions and they sought a private school for their MBA. Their research helped bring them to Marylhurst University where they both enrolled. As an immigrant from Vietnam, Lam knew she always wanted to advance her education and she was attracted to the fact the Marylhurst provides flexible schedules, online learning options, small class sizes and an inviting and supportive environment where she has felt comfortable contributing to class discussions. The professors are knowledgeable resources who are currently working in their fields, so students are making valuable connections and are engaging in networking throughout their studies. Lam describes how through her classes she has had the opportunity to analyze other businesses and update her technological skills, which have benefitted her in her own business. She understands that having a successful restaurant isn’t just about serving good food; it’s about the relationships with employees and vendors, the marketing, the ambience, and much more. Through the MBA program the couple have sharpened their public speaking skills; they have learned how to invest their money; they have been able to develop a business plan and solidify their vision; they have learned how to stand out from their competitors and stay sustainable; they have learned how to write contracts, and have learned about so many other things they never even thought about before. Running a business, having two young children and earning an MBA at the same time has not been an easy undertaking. Lam and Nguyen have had to take turns taking classes at Marylhurst and have had to enlist the help of employees while they are studying. Time for themselves or to spend with family and friends has been minimalized even further. The program has been a big investment, in terms of finances and time but it has all been worth it; an investment in themselves and their future. Lam explains that a four-year degree seems obsolete these days. An MBA is truly essential in the business world and she strongly feels that an education opens many doors and provides countless opportunities. As a business owner, your resume is very limited so having that additional degree and all of the experience that comes along with earning it, can go a long way in securing future positions. Lam and Nguyen are testaments to the hard-working adults that come to Marylhurst to earn their degrees. Set to graduate in June of 2014, Lam explains that it’s

Marylhurst MBA students, husband-and-wife team and owners of Bambuza Vietnam Bistros, Daniel Nguyen and Katherine Lam. not all about getting that diploma. The essence of learning is more important than earning a degree. It is about the bigger picture, the journey. As she puts it, it is about contributing. Lam loves to cook and enjoys cooking at home for her family when not at Bambuza. She especially enjoys making meals for friends and for church celebrations. She obtains satisfaction by serving others. Lam and Nguyen are also quick to recognize all of the different people that have helped Bambuza become the success it is today. It is a team effort which includes the dedication and loyalty of the whole crew: the cooks, managers, bistro employees, their realtor, construction subcontractors and everyone else who has hung on during the tough times. 

Marylhurst would also like to thank Katherine Lam, Daniel Nguyen and Bambuza | Portland—South Waterfront for hosting an off-campus networking event this past January. We hope to continue to work with alumni and student entrepreneurs to encourage Marylhurst connections through these events. For networking event updates, visit the ‘Networking Opportunities’ page at, or see the ‘Quick Memos’ section at the top of the monthly Alumni E-News. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Olivia Yeung, Alumni Network & Communications Coordinator at 503.534.4064 or To support Bambuza, you can visit: BAMBUZA | Portland—South Waterfront (In South Waterfront District, next to OHSU) 503.206.6330 | 3682 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97238 BAMBUZA | Tanasbourne (Next to Whole Foods Market and Jared Jewelers) 503.747.5882 | 19300 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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alumni in Focus

Living a Life of Service Robert Boyer '77

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By Kelly Ann Chee

Oregon State Senate


arylhurst University is known for its focus on social justice; it is a unique factor that brings students here. Often we discover that students already have extensive experience in the arena of social justice and service before they even enroll. Alumnus and former senator Bob Boyer ’77 is one such student. By the time he arrived on campus, Boyer had already served his country, started his family and was working full-time. After an honorable discharge from the U.S.

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Air Force, and with the help of the GI Bill, Boyer pursued an associate of arts degree from Portland Community College (PCC) before deciding to attend Marylhurst. What was it that helped Boyer decide to attend Marylhurst once he graduated from PCC? He says the advice of the business administration program director at PCC brought him to look for a local institution that would transfer in all of his college credits and he was “happy to find that Marylhurst did just that.” Marylhurst

had the ability to transfer in his previous credits, and Boyer said, “in addition, the curriculum at Marylhurst was recommended by top management where I worked.”

"We are people who are going somewhere." Not only was Marylhurst recommended, but his assignments involved some very real life applications —including the opportunity to work with some of Marylhurst’s budget. As part of an assignment for a marketing class, Boyer and his classmates were given a budget from the Marylhurst board of trustees, and then tasked with developing a marketing strategy to market Marylhurst to the broader community. His class developed a strategy that included photos of their class members and the tagline “We are people who are going somewhere.” After their marketing plan was fully coordinated and finalized, the ads were printed, dispersed and displayed on buses, brochures, mall kiosks and newspapers in the Portland metropolitan area. Aside from real-life knowledge, Boyer found that being equipped with a bachelor’s degree in supervision and management led him to pursue other interests, including a variety of paid and non-paid positions in the private and public sector. These positions have included working in the Portland shipyards, for Southern Pacific railroad, on the waterfront for the James River Corp and most recently, for Portland Public Schools as facility manager at King Neighborhood Facility. He and his wife have also run their own family business for over 30 years. Throughout it all, Boyer has maintained his unwavering commitment to civics, civil rights and leadership, and has infused each position with his energy and passion. During most of his time in Portland, Boyer served as a labor union activist and in the 1980s was elected to serve two terms as president of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific—the first African American to serve in that position. On the community front, he advocated for low-income, minority and other disenfranchised citizens of Oregon. He volunteered with several War on Poverty programs including the Albina Action Center, Model Cities Program, Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee and several neighborhood associations. He also served as president of the Concordia Neighborhood Association and chair of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.

On the civil rights front, Boyer served as the Portland chapter president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, an organization that supports civil rights, strong antidiscrimination measures, decent minimum living standards for all and more. Boyer and his team have helped to organize voter education/registration drives, candidates’ fairs, ballot measure forums and helped give voters rides to and from polls before the Oregon accepted mail-in ballots. Civically, Boyer has also served as a political activist in Portland and the State of Oregon for many years, active with many national, statewide and local political campaigns. After the death of Oregon Senator Bill McCoy in 1996, Boyer was unanimously appointed by the Multnomah Board of County Commissioners to serve the remainder of Senator McCoy’s term. Currently Boyer serves as a board member for the Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which is a nine-week construction training program that helps participants develop an understanding of the construction trade and opportunities that are available to them. Construction Hope serves low income, minorities and individuals with legal histories to learn a trade.

"Once you choose Marylhurst, take advantage of the opportunities they have to offer. Your Marylhurst degree will take you far; remember, the sky is the limit!" Boyer also advocates for the National Association for Black Veterans, helping veterans file their disability claims. Now as a “proud senior citizen,” he is active in both regional and local chapters of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). He may be technically retired from working, but his social and civic engagement is certainly still in full swing. From the U. S. Air Force, to leadership in numerous civil rights, labor, political and community organizations, to congress, and into a well-deserved “retirement” it is very clear to us that Boyer did, in fact, “go somewhere” as the marketing campaign he and his classmates created for Marylhurst decades ago stated. What is even better about his story, though, is that in true Marylhurst fashion, he is also helping countless others along the way. 

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students in Focus Making the Most of Marylhurst Darwin Riviere '14


arwin Riviere is worth showing up for. A junior in the English Literature and Writing department, and recipient of the Joyce N. Furman Scholarship, she is incredibly grateful to be at Marylhurst University. Riviere has humble beginnings. Growing up poor in Oregon meant opportunities were more difficult to come by, but that didn’t stop her creativity from progressing. Always writing, she began posting poetry online at by the time she was 13, and through the site was able to receive feedback from many readers and sometimes even published authors. Riviere decided to leave Salem for Portland for greater access to resources and opportunities. Living as a street youth, she became involved in New Avenues for Youth, an organization dedicated to offering programs and services that empower homeless youth to exit street life. Riviere had attended community college prior to Marylhurst, but it was a struggle. She changed majors frequently searching for one that was practical, was amassing debt and felt like she was one of many students to look after. Once her case manager at New Avenues for Youth told her about Marylhurst, the Joyce N. Furman Scholarship and Marylhurst’s English Literature & Writing program, Riviere was ready to jump in. She knew right away she wanted to pursue creative writing while at Marylhurst. Both her parents are creative writers and Marylhurst has a program specifically focused on creative writing. Riviere had previously felt that “following your passion was impractical—but with the financial factor removed—that made it so much easier.” Once at Marylhurst, she recalls being surprised that her advisor remembered her name outside of class; that Marylhurst was a close-knit enough community for that to happen. “I’ve learned I’m worth showing up for,” she says. “In a lot of other environments, it didn’t seem that way.” Supportive instructors and a mutual feeling of investment and excitement created the energy and time for Riviere to flourish and hone her craft. Her hard work is paying off. Two summers ago, she participated in the Sledgehammer Writing Contest with fellow Marylhurst classmates Carrie Padian and Holly Dickinson. A lively and unique writing adventure, the contest is part writing challenge, part scavenger hunt. Participants are given clues and must hunt through

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Portland to find all four of their writing prompts. Participants are given 36 hours to find their prompts and then create the best piece of fiction they can that includes all the elements of the prompts. Their team did exceptionally well, earning first place in the team contest with their short story Life in Knots. Riviere says she considers herself a student who “got lucky after being handed some not-great cards” and worries about others left behind. “It’s not about hard work,” she elucidates, “because if it was about hard work every street kid would not be on the street...everyone deserves to be here (pursuing higher education) and deserves to be told they are worth something.” As she goes forward with her studies, she hopes to continue to surround herself with a community of learners and creators in her daily life, especially after she graduates from Marylhurst. She also seeks to approach issues from a collaborative standpoint to try to bring more opportunities to others left behind. It’s clear that Riviere absorbed the message “you are worth showing up for” while at Marylhurst and she is taking advantage of that fact. As she would advise incoming students, she’s “making her education work for her, and not the other way around.” It doesn’t hurt that she also loves being a part of the creative community the English Literature & Writing Department nurtures. Yes, she is showing up for Marylhurst in full force, with pen ready in hand.  Darwin Riviere is the recipient of the Joyce N. Furman Scholarship. The Joyce N. Furman Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the late Joyce Furman. She was a cofounder and board member of New Avenues for Youth and a beloved figurehead of philanthropy in the state of Oregon and beyond. Furman also served as a Trustee and Life Trustee of Marylhurst University for over a decade. This scholarship is awarded to students who are participants in the New Avenues for Youth program and/or display financial need and merit. New Avenues for Youth is an organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to offering programs and services that empower homeless youth to exit street life. Learn more at

Blake Shell

Art in a Day’s Work Meet the new Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion A conversation between guest contributor Pamela Clem and Blake Shell

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n December 2013, founder and long-time director/ curator of The Art Gym, Terri Hopkins, retired. Marylhurst was delighted to bring Blake Shell to Marylhurst in January 2014 as The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Director & Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion. Shell most recently worked as project manager for the Stroemple Art Collection in Portland, managing a collection of 1,700 artworks. She also provided curatorial assistance at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College. Previously, Shell spent three years as director of the Archer Gallery at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and three years as director and curator of the Joseph Gross and Lionel Rombach galleries at the University of Arizona, where she also taught gallery management and photography. Shell earned her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in photography, and her B.A. in studio art from University of the South. We sat down to ask her about her experiences, Marylhurst, art and more.

Why did you go to the University of the South (Sewanee)? I was looking at a lot of schools, but I really wanted a liberal arts education because I wanted to study different areas. I drove up the mountain to visit Sewanee the first time—my mother grew up on a mountain—and I was sold on the drive in. The campus is 10,000 acres. It is a beautiful school and a great environment for learning.

Have you always been interested in art? Art was always something we did. We did a lot of things. Horseback riding, art classes, tennis, swimming, camp, but art was always in my life. I didn’t know I could work in art professionally until I went to Sewanee. I was good at science and thought I would make art on the side. But when I declared my major, I realized I didn’t want to declare science…the whole time I was trying to decide between science majors, I was consistently taking art classes. Greg Pond, from Portland, was my video professor. He was very influential. I exhibited his work in my first exhibition that I curated at the Archer Gallery, a great show called Vantage. My relationship with Greg at Sewanee was very important because he showed me I could be an artist and have a life doing that.

What type of art do you do? My MFA is in photography. I don’t always use a camera. I often appropriate text and imagery and use it in some

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way. The media varies—2 D work, video or sound. I make a lot of work around language and technology. Recently I have been working primarily with text—from vinyl words on a wall, painted words, or designed posters with text. I’ve always been interested in digital work and photography; and I have always thought of technology as one part of the fabric of contemporary art.

Why did you decide to be a curator? It’s an interesting story. In graduate school, I knew I wanted to teach and make art. One day a friend took me to a gallery run by graduate students. They asked who was interested in taking over, as the directors changed every year and I raised my hand. It seemed interesting but I had no idea what I was getting into. We had to have a show every week to pay for the rent. All the staff volunteered. We’d hang a show every Thursday night and have a reception on that Saturday. I really enjoyed it. I would not do it again, but I’m glad I did it. It was a whirlwind and I learned a lot. At Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, I first became one of their member artists. When they were looking for new directors, I thought I’ve done this before and without pay! I went to the gallery the first day it was posted as a position and immediately called all of the board. The current directors probably shouldn’t have given out those phone numbers, but I was eager and convincing. I got the job. After that, I moved to The University of Arizona’s galleries, which I really enjoyed because education has always been important to me. When I moved to Portland, I worked as an adjunct instructor for a number of schools before I became the curator at the Archer Gallery at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I’m most excited now because The Art Gym is such an important resource for contemporary art and I’m honored to be part of it. This is a dream position for me.

What is one of your favorite exhibitions that you curate to date? The Infectious Corruption of Color, one of the last group shows I did at the Archer Gallery. It was about artists using color in really different ways. Three artists, Calvin Ross Carl, Laura Hughes (a Marylhurst adjunct) and Amanda Wojick were from the region. The exhibition had two artists from outside the region, Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Mike Womack. Sara is in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial this year, which is one of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary

art. It is exciting that these regional artists were in a show with her and that she went on to that. Curating a show that connects different artists’ ways of thinking about things—artists have been dealing with color forever—is exciting for students so that they can see how color is being used in all of these different approaches in various media.

What is the most difficult show you’ve curated? It was in that first space in Savannah. The artists ripped big long lines out of the walls with double-sided sticky tape instead of using easily removable sticky putty. We had the next exhibition to install that night. It was four in the morning and we still had to dry the spackle; I had to beg and plead for volunteers to stay and help me— volunteers get scarce after midnight. We were hanging the last work as the food came in for the reception. Then I made a list of materials you couldn’t use on gallery walls. I learned my lesson.

Why did you come to the Pacific Northwest? A little bit randomly. I was in Tucson and was in the best position possible with an MFA. There was no place to move up. It was also too hot in Tucson! I didn’t want to spend another summer there. I looked on the west coast, first at San Francisco. Someone suggested Portland and I have a former roommate from Sewanee who lived here so I came to visit. Just like Sewanee with the drive up, I was sold getting off the MAX in January in the rain. My friend said if you like it now you will like it year-round. It felt like home. There was a warm and welcoming arts community. Everyone wanted to meet and talk to me when I had nothing to give them. They were keeping me in the loop in a fun, gracious way.

Did you meet Terri and then come to The Art Gym or vice versa? Someone brought me to The Art Gym my first summer in town, 2008—I was just amazed at the space. I think I met Terri then. I came back every time I could; I loved The Art Gym. It happens to people. You just have to come here once and then it is always on your list of favorite spaces. Later, Terri created a collaboration between academic spaces, a series of exhibitions called Perimeter. She came to meet with me and asked me to curate one of the shows at the Archer Gallery. It was great to get to work with her on that project.

What would be your dream exhibition? That’s hard. I don’t want to slip and tell any of my programming plans until I am ready to announce them.

What is the favorite museum you’ve visited recently? The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. My sister lives in D.C. and of course her favorite museum is the only one that doesn’t have free admission. It is a great museum that shows modern and contemporary art. A lot of the charm is in the intimate setting; the collection is in the former Phillips family home. I really enjoyed seeing Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series depicting African Americans moving north to find work; it is beautiful and powerful and impressive that it was done in the 40's.

How does it feel to follow in Terri’s footsteps? Wonderful; she’s made me welcome in every way. I know she’s been so great in this position so it could be daunting—she’s not making it daunting. She gives support in everything that I am doing, including making changes as I see fit. She’s really a dream mentor.

How will you make your mark? Well, my curatorial vision will be somewhat different from Terri’s in any number of ways. I’m interested in continuing this rich history of contemporary art but contemporary art will shift. That is a question that time will tell—how will the Pacific Northwest change? I’m also going to work on color promotional materials. I’d like to podcast artists’ talks in the gallery. One series of exhibitions will include a mixture of regional artists and artists who are outside the region, to show a greater context of contemporary art.  The Art Gym Gallery Hours Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public

Many thanks to The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation for their $1.25 million grant, of which $1 million is a challenge to endow The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion! Help us reach our million dollar goal by making a gift to The Art Gym. Visit and select "The Art Gym Endowment Challenge" on the giving form, or call 503.699.6251.

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Marylhurst University:

A 120-Year Retrospective By Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJM, '69, '12 In late 2013, Marylhurst University celebrated 120 years of educating the whole person and serving the underserved. Here are some things you might not have known about what it was like throughout the decades‌

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1929 Blessing of site for anticipated Marylhurst College and groundbreaking for three buildings.

1930 In May the cornerstone for the Administration Building of college at Marylhurst is set in place.

1930 Imelda John Condon ’34, daughter of B.P. John, is first registrant for first term at Marylhurst, the Sisters’ new four-year liberal arts college.

1931 Aerial circa 1928



The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary arrive in Portland and Pacific Northwest. Annual Founder’s Day: October 21.

President William Howard Taft addresses students at St. Mary’s Academy and College.


The Sisters establish Marylhurst Normal School, a teacher-training program and state-approved coinstitution with St. Mary’s College.

The state of Oregon grants Sisters a charter to confer baccalaureate degrees creating St. Mary’s College in downtown Portland, the first liberal arts college for women in the Northwest. Annual Charter Day: July 29.

1896 Pearl Gillespie is first graduate of St. Mary’s College. 


The Sisters create the name “Marylhurst” for their Oswego property. (“Mary” for the Mother of Jesus; “hurst” for woods, and an “l” to make it more euphonious).



The Sisters purchase property near Oswego for site of new college campus.

1933 Marylhurst fountain is completed. 


St. Mary’s College becomes a twoyear program, continuing in Portland as St. Mary’s Junior College until 1930.


Marylhurst College earns accreditation from Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.

Pierce vs. Society of Sisters. U.S. Supreme Court declares 1922 Oregon Compulsory School Law unconstitutional, thereby upholding parents’ right to choose their children’s education.

1935 Pentland Trophy (later Joan of Arc Award) is given for first time to Isabel Schultheis. Initiated by Mary Pentland, journalist with The Oregonian, award honored senior displaying outstanding character and scholarship.

1935 Formal opening of 3-hole golf course on college campus. (See photo on page 27)

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First issue of student newspaper, The Tower, published.

Marylhurst College students begin cadet teaching in Portland Public Schools.

Marylettes, Marylhurst’s synchronized swim team, perform for Parents’ Day. 

1936 Shrine of Our Lady of Marylhurst constructed through donations of alumni and students. 

1942 Marylhurst becomes a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, a national Catholic Honor Society.

1942 Victory Board appointed by Student Council to coordinate college war effort. 

1937 New residence hall named in honor of Mother Mary Flavia Dunn, founder of Marylhurst College.

1940 Marylhurst Post Office opens. 



Teachers College at Marylhurst (formerly Marylhurst Normal School) merges with Marylhurst College.

Opera composed by student Lou Spears under direction of Sister Mary Teresine earns praise from Hilmar Grondahl, The Oregonian’s music critic.

1952 Sister Mary Laurentia Kellogg, director of Med. Tech. program, honored for her contributions to medical technology in Pacific Northwest.

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1954 Portland Art Museum features solo exhibition by art faculty member Sister Miriam Clare Murphy.



Sister Miriam Theresa Gleason, sociology chair, named among 100 women of achievement in Oregon history for her work in passage of first enforceable wage and hour law for women in the United States and her continuing contributions to labor relations and education.

French philosopher Gabriel Marcel visits Marylhurst campus.

1966 Mary DeMartini and Women’s Committee sponsor the first annual Financial Seminar for Women.

Philosopher Mortimer Adler visits Marylhurst campus.


1959 Roger Wagner directs centennial choir celebrating Holy Names Sisters’ 100 years in Pacific Northwest.

1961 Art Department opens Mayer Gallery exhibition program with works by Carl Morris.

1961 As senior project, art student Judith Sawyers, under direction of Sister Noreen Elizabeth O’Leary, designs and constructs scale models of mosaic panels to be installed on east façade of Commons.

Newly constructed Shoen Library is dedicated in memory of Marylhurst alum Anna Mary Carty Shoen ’47, who with her husband, Sam, founded U-Haul Company. 



Marylhurst College is separately incorporated under control of board of trustees

1968 Milton Bell named first lay board member.

1967 Marylhurst is number one in nation for applications to Peace Corps for size of student body.




Poet William Stafford reads his work in Flavia Salon.

1968 Dedication of St. Anne’s Chapel built through generous donation of Miss Julianne Roller. 

Entrance to Marylhurst College from Highway 43 constructed. Students convert former library stacks in Administration Building to Marylhurst Coffee House, The Stacks.

1971 First graduate program, Master of Education, inaugurated at Marylhurst College.

1972 U.S. Representative Edith Green receives honorary doctorate from Marylhurst College.


1962 Sister John Mary Lane, philosophy and theology chair, receives the Watzak Award for her work in ecumenical dialogue.

Sister Anne Cecile Daigle named Northwest Woman Composer of the Year.

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With discontinuation of women’s college, Futuring Force assembles to brainstorm Marylhurst’s new direction. Institution adopts name, Marylhurst Education Center, with no break in accreditation.

1975 Marylhurst pioneers prior learning program with establishment of the Center for Lifelong Learning.


1994 Leadership transitions to Dr. Nancy Wilgenbusch, first laywoman and longest-serving president. (1984-2008).

Marylhurst College publishes book of poetry, Orchards, Gardens, and Pieces of Sky, by longtime English professor, Sister Helena Brand.

1992 Gift of Phil and Penny Knight endows Knight Opportunity Scholarship, largest single gift in Marylhurst history. 

First degrees under redesigned college program, Marylhurst College for Lifelong Learning, awarded to Paulette Henkel, B.Mus., and Winston Morrow, B.A., Science, first male graduate.

1994 Fred and Maybelle Clark Macdonald fund installation of 19th-century French Romantic organ in St. Anne’s Chapel.

1996 A computerized carillon is added to Marylhurst tower.



The Art Gym Gallery exhibition program is established.

1981 Sister Veronica Ann Baxter, Marylhurst president, named one of Oregon’s 100 most powerful women by Oregon Magazine.

1993 College celebrates its hundredth anniversary at outdoor concert with folk legends Peter, Paul, and Mary. 

Kathy Paul of the prior learning program offers first online courses.

1983 Marylhurst inaugurates M.S. in Management, its first master’s degree in business.

1986 Oldest continuing graduate degree, M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling, is added with Christine Turner as program chair.

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Peter, Paul, and Mary




Accrediting body authorizes Marylhurst’s designation as a university.

Marylhurst launches graduate and undergraduate degrees in sustainable business chaired by Paul Ventura.

2004 Marylhurst’s prior learning program receives CAEL award for best practices, one of six in nation.

2005 The Art Gym under direction of curator Terri Hopkins receives Governor’s Award. 

2011 Vice president and CFO Michael Lammers is honored with Lake Oswego Award for Historical Preservation.

2012 Through generosity of long-time music faculty member Lajos Balogh, Marylhurst adds outdoor performance shell. The first Summer on the Green series is hosted there that summer. 

Jay Ponteri of Department of English Literature & Writing receives Oregon Book Award for nonfiction.

Special thanks to Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJM, '69, '12 for her research and archival expertise in the creation of this article.

2007 In memory of beloved science chair, Larry Hanson Meteorological Station is brought online.

2007 Graduate degree in education is again available at Marylhurst with reintroduction of Department of Education.

2009 Sisters of the Holy Names honored for 150 years of educational ministry in the Pacific Northwest.

Lajos Balogh

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class notes Sr. John Maureen Backenstos, SNJM ’45, has recently published a collection of her poetry called Heart & Soul. Mary Anne Gard ’74 was ordained an Episcopal priest at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Portland, Oregon, on January 4, 2014. Linda Ross Swanson ’81, '05, MAAT, presented her seminar, Entrepreneurship for Seniors: Make your Next Act Better, Smarter, Richer, at the Aging in America Conference in San Diego this past March. Stephanie Robison ’00’s work was included this past summer in the an exhibition titled RISK at the Berkeley Art Center, in Berkeley, California. Madeline Allen ’01, wrote an article "Animal Abusers Need to Go to Jail," which was published in the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings on January 30, and the Wilsonville Spokesman on February 6. The article discusses the ways that animals are being mistreated. Allen hopes the article will make others aware of the horrendous things that are occurring to animals, and encourages people to write to their state and federal representatives to change the laws.

David A. English ’03 was appointed Assistant Professor in the International Language Center at Gacheon University in Seongnam South Korea. Gay Mitchell ’05 presented a workshop on Art Therapy to professionals in Nicaragua in January through the JFR Foundation. With no art therapists in the country, Mitchell presented the history and philosophy of Art Therapy to psychologists, social workers, doctors and teachers. Following that, she demonstrated two art therapy projects for elderly people in assisted care, with discussion afterwards, using an interpreter. All art materials were donated to the care facility and professionals promised to use them. A return visit for her was requested.


Devon Gidley '10, recently published Luna Waxing: Book 1 of the Luna Cycle, a novel that twists recognizable vampire clichés completely around. With the first of the three books published in January, the second book of the series, Luna Waning: Book 2 of the Luna Cycle, was released at the end of March. You can read synopses, purchase books and visit Gidley's author page at Bruce Murray ’10, ’12 wrote an article for the winter edition of the journal of the International Society of Organization Development. The Challenge of Simultaneous Management and Creativity offers a critique of John Kotter’s idea to share governance between senior managers and network of volunteer change agents. The journal is subscription based, but Murray's article can be read at www.brucemurrayconsulting. com/Articles.html. Jeremy Taylor '13 started a new job as environmental educator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shortly after graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business. Taylor serves as the editor of Conservationist for Kids, available to all fourth grade classrooms in the state of New York.

In Memoriam Mary Lu McDonald Rappleyea ’45 February 4, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR

Sr. Kathleen St. Martin, SNJM ’55 March 18, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR

Geraldine Carvalho ’73 July 22, 2013, Wailuku, HI

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Utz Culligan ’48 May 26, 2013, Portland, OR

Charlie Crawford, husband of Dolores Preuitt Crawford ’58 June 13, 2013, McMinnville, OR

Shannon Pannell ’73 August 2011, Portland, OR

Consuelo ‘Connie’ Dinneen Meurlott '50 March 2, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR Sr. Mary Hugh Copenhaver ’53 (Alice Catherine Copenhaver) February 15, 2014, Conrad, MT

Ethelyn ‘Lynda’ Moore Griffith '58 June 20, 2013, San Antonio, TX Helen Bedney ’64 March 4, 2014, Portland, OR

Don Drain, husband of Josephine Anzalone Drain ’53 February 29, 2014, Milwaukie, OR

Dolores Gabrish ’64 (formerly Sr. Michele Therese, SNJM) January 2, 2014, Mill Valley, CA

Shirley Morin Lynch '53 September 29, 2012, Vancouver, WA

Dianne Carvalho Fiebelkorn ’65 January 7, 2014, Medford, OR

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James Clare, husband of Agnes Clare ’81 December 27, 2013, Portland, OR Janice Staver ’87 August 14, 2013, Rowena, OR Einar Nordahl, life trustee and board member (1977-1983) September 27, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR Sherman Severin, former chair, Business School November 21, 2013, Portland, OR

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