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Building a bridge of peace between Muslims and Christians

Why is the second largest religion in the world so often misunderstood? Dr. Charles Kimball, professor and director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, began to answer this question during his November 14 talk at the second annual Bridges of Peace from Shadows of Grief event at the University of Redlands.

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Redlands in the news: October 2017

From a new partnership with Tuskegee University to faculty commentary on current events, the U of R made the news in October.

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Preparation and partnerships: symposium addresses safety in schools

On October 26, members of the University and Redlands and local communities gathered for the second annual County, School, and Campus Safety and Security Symposium to learn about the challenges that regional schools are facing. 

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U of R announces collaboration with United Technologies Corporation

Ziyou Xiong working with UTC's technology.

The collaboration will enable UTC employees to pursue graduate or undergraduate degrees offered by the University of Redlands at one of its seven campuses in California or via the University’s online MBA program.

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Spatial technology and humanitarian aid

Dr. Andrew Schroeder, speaking into the microphone about his research.

Members of the University of Redlands community gathered October 17 to hear Dr. Andrew Schroeder, a founder of WeRobotics and director of research and analysis for Direct Relief, talk about tapping the potential of spatial technology for disaster relief.

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University of Redlands and Tuskegee University forge historic agreement

Student exchange to begin in fall 2018 

In a first-of-its-kind agreement for both institutions, the University of Redlands, a private liberal arts, graduate and professional university in Southern California, and Tuskegee University, a private historically black university in Alabama, have partnered to provide expanded opportunities for students and faculty.

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School of Education alumnus named California Teacher of the Year

California Teacher of the Year- Brian McDaniel

Brian McDaniel ’11 uses innovative methods to reach middle school music students 

After four years of excelling as the director of bands and choirs at Painted Hills Middle School in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., McDaniel was named a California Teacher of the Year. 

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Civil rights activist shares his perspective on current political climate

Shaun King delivers history lesson on ‘dips’ in development of humanity

On September 27, members of the University and Redlands community gathered in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel to hear journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King speak on the current political landscape. 

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New San Diego campus advances mission to serve working professionals

U of R has a 32-year reputation of academic excellence, affordability, and accessibility in the San Diego communities, and through this new expanded facility, centrally located in Mission Valley, the University is expanding opportunities and extending its mission of personalized education for working professionals and active-duty military and veterans who are either completing undergraduate degrees or earning graduate degrees in business.

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More than ‘meats’ the eye: Jenny Brown talks animal rights

Animal advocate and author recounts personal path to activism

On September 26, members of the University of Redlands community gathered to hear animal rights activist Jenny Brown speak on her path to veganism. 

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Internship turns into paid position for international relations major

Ben Purper ’17 becomes KVCR reporter

Because of the Hall Network for Innovation in Public Policy, international relations major Ben Purper ’17 had an internship lined up before he graduated.

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From conviction to compassion: Susan Burton discusses prison recovery activism

Author an advocate for removing the barriers people face upon returning home from prison

“When I was released from prison, I was pushed back out into the world with absolutely no support,” said activist and author Susan Burton at a talk on September 19 at the University of Redlands. 

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U of R choirs perform with The Who’s Pete Townshend

Members of Chapel Singers and Bel Canto choirs stand in front of the Greek Theater sign in L.A.

Chapel Singers and Bel Canto provide backing vocals at L.A.’s Greek Theater

On Saturday, September 16, the University of Redlands Chapel Singers and Bel Canto choirs traveled to Los Angeles to perform alongside The Who’s Pete Townshend at the Greek Theater. 

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U of R student creates opportunities for Indian children

What began with her parents’ donations to a nonprofit ended with a commitment to education and a master's degree  

When Anjali Bajaj ‘18 was 14 years old, she attended a board meeting for Home of Hope, a California-based nonprofit that empowers South Asian children through education and other activities.

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Conflict, counterculture, and contracts: Johnston Center faculty reflect on program’s beginnings

Professors emeriti Bill McDonald and Yash Owada respond to students’ questions 

On September 4, the final day of New Student Orientation Week, new and returning Johnston Center for Integrative Studies students gathered in the lobby of Bekins-Holt Hall for the Johnston history brunch.

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Environmental business alumnus helms GIS department within days of graduating

Jakob Larson ’17 draws on U of R education in Wildlands Conservancy position

Six days after graduating from the University of Redlands, Jakob Larson ’17 was hired to manage the geographic information systems (GIS) operations for California’s largest land preservation system—and he says it’s all thanks to his Redlands education. 

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Alumnus humbled by prestigious U.S. Navy leadership award

Being a competent leader in the Navy goes beyond just ordering sailors around. Lt. Cmdr. Phil Menard, a U.S. Seventh Fleet Intelligence Watch Officer from Orange, California—a Redlands Business School ’00 alumnus—embraces a philosophy of being present and available for his sailors, and ensuring his team has a clear understanding of each person's role in executing the mission.

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'Major' Decisions

During this time of year, many new and transfer students are taking a big step in their lives, attending a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree. With this step comes many important decisions, from choosing a roommate and first-semester classes to deciding which extracurricular activities to join and what to major in. 

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Plaster pains

Fear of a prerequisite course leads to a newfound love

When I was double-checking the requirements for my art major last semester, the word “prerequisite” made my lip curl.

I was technically supposed to have taken all of the prerequisite courses before I got anywhere near an intermediate course, but my relatively late decision to change my art minor to a major made for a few complications. Plus, I was doing my best to avoid a certain class. I understood the logic behind it, of course: the idea of a liberal arts education is to explore a variety of subjects, even within your major. Even if that dreaded subject is sculpture.

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From ghost stories to Comedy Hour to class registration, first-year students embrace the Och Tamale spirit

Last Friday night found a group of University of Redlands orientation leaders surrounded by a rapt audience of new students listening to U of R ghost stories passed down for generations.

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U of R alumna evolves from Bulldog to Blackhawk

Jenny Megenney ’16 ’17 returns to the Redlands Unified School District

“I’m not nervous—I’m just excited to keep learning,” says Jenny Megenney '16 ’17 of the start of her career as an English teacher at Citrus Valley High School. A Redlands native and alumna of both the University of Redlands’ College of Arts and Sciences and its School of Education, Megenney will be teaching in the same school district she grew up in.

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Back to School music playlist

Welcome back, Bulldogs!

We’ve created this playlist for you to get in the back-to-school spirit. From The Jackson 5 to Green Day, this playlist features songs to accompany your new semester checklist, whether you’re lugging in bags and boxes, rearranging your dorm room, or just hanging out in the Quad.

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U of R alumni receive promotions at Redlands Police Department

Four officers reflect on how their education led to career success 

Four members of the Redlands Police Department who received job promotions this month have something in common—a University of Redlands diploma. Travis Martinez ’94, Rachel Tolber ’98, Esteban Valenzuela ’02 ’09, and Chris Mead ’14 all attribute their individual success to some aspect of their U of R education. 

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