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October 18, 2021

Greetings from the Dean's Office 

It's been a little busy on the admin side the past few weeks, but we want you to know we are here for you! Last week Interim Dean Ocker was on the main campus for meetings with the U of R Board of Trustees. Next week he will be out for reading week (we all need a little R&R). Please utilize open office hours on Tuesdays from 1-3 if you have anything you would like to discuss/bring forward to the Dean. Please reach out to me via email to schedule. 

Next week is reading week. We hope you take the time for you to rejuvenate, prioritize and just plain catch up!

Because of Reading Week, the WWH will be on hiatus Monday, October 25th. There will be no newsletter next week, but will resume November 1st. 

Make it a great week.


Important Dates:
October 25-29 Reading Week
November 8-19 Early Registration for Intersession and Spring 2022 (Master's Programs Only)
November 12-14 SFTS 150th Anniversary Celebration (see more here)

The Chaplain's Office & Worship Team
This Week in Chaplaincy 

Chapel Schedule
Monday, October 18th
Communion Service - Preacher Rev. Dvera Hadden  
Thursday, October 21st Sacred Time - Student Led
Friday, October 22nd Mediation Service - Poetry Reader  Rev. Lucas Walker  October 25th – 29th  No Chapel Services during Reading Week

If you would like to be a liturgical leader, provide music, preach, lead an innovative sacred time, or read poetry, please email Laurie & Paul  

Discerning Chapel Time Change: Paul and Laurie are exploring changing the time of chapel services for the Spring 2022 Semester. We want a time that best serves the community. We need your feedback.

How are you doing? On Wednesday, November 24th we will hold a virtual check-in time to share stories.         

Field Trip The Chaplaincy Office is planning a field trip to EARTHseed Farm in Sonoma County, CA. Visits are by appointment only and our hope is to visit on Saturday, November 20th followed by a time of discussion. EARTHseed Farm is a 14-acre solar-powered organic farm and orchard located in Sonoma County. The farm is operated and rooted in Afro Indigenous permaculture principles and built on the long legacy of earth wisdom traditions of people of African descent. Permaculture is a relationship-based ecological design system embedded in indigenous wisdom that elevates ecosystem health while meeting human needs. 

Job Opportunities

Are you looking for a job? Don't forget to check out Handshake. This is where current and alumni students can search for job opportunities. There is a new local opportunity from one of our community churches that was recently brought to our attention. The Redwoods Presbyterian Church is looking for a part time Office Administrator. More information can be found here

The Library

Doing Biblical exegesis can feel overwhelming. The GTU library provides excellent resources that can help you complete projects requiring an in-depth reading of particular verses. Explore these resources in the Biblical Exegesis LibGuide self-paced tutorial. You may also want to watch librarian Naw San’s short introduction to biblical exegesis

Keep requesting items from the GTU library catalog as you near project deadlines. Request a curbside-pickup appointment when you’re ready to pick your items up or show up at the library’s window on the Geneva Terrace any weekday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM to pick up your items. 

The Writing Lounge


Wednesday, October 27th (12:00 – 12:45 PT) 

Are your introductions formulaic, repetitive, or generic? Not sure what goes in an abstract and what goes in an introduction? Join us for techniques and prompts that will guide you to captivating openings, closings, and summaries of your writing projects. Also, if you missed the recent professional development webinars on resumes and job search cover letters, you can stream them at The Writing Lounge INFO link below. 
Join Webinar here 
More Info here 

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC)
This fall, the GWC will be open until Wednesday, December 8th
Mondays (online-only appointments) 2-4pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (online or in-person) 2-4pm 

Schedule your appointment now using this link (be sure to choose the Graduate Writing Center from the drop-down menu).

Student Volunteers Needed
We're Celebrating 150 Years! November 12-14
The SFTS 150th committee is looking for student volunteers to help with staffing the many events that will be happening on campus. This will be your opportunity to attend the event without the cost associated. Some volunteering opportunities (like serving at the Friday night Dinner) will come with a free meal. Opportunities are limited, so if you are interested please contact Renee via email with your interest. Once I have a core group of students who have expressed interest, I will work with the group to make assignments. To see a full schedule of events click here. I will be sending out a sign up sheet with more details shortly.
Volunteer opportunities might include:

  • Meal Service (includes free meal)
  • Information Booth Staffing
  • Check-In (various events)
  • Potential Shuttle Drivers
  • Assistance with Sign Placement
  • Set up & Decor

We're Celebrating 150 Years!
Click here for more updates and details as the celebration evolves!

Holy Grounds Community Coffeehouse

Holy Grounds is our place for advocacy, respite, and renewal for all members of the GST community. We hope you are enjoying the regular food deliveries we receive on a regular basis. Please stop by utilize the food provisions as needed. An outdoor food pantry is also available to the extended community. Please feel free to welcome others in need.

Please remember to observe the following COVID precautions:

  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit - it is located to right of the entry door 
  • Wear a mask and gloves upon entering - both are provided at the door
  • One family at a time, limiting time indoors
  • Lock up after every use - The lock is a little tricky so please make sure it's securely locked and latched when you leave
  • Check with HG manager regarding donations of clothing, furniture, and shoes

    For help or information contact:
    Holy Grounds Manager: Patrick Oconnor
    Phone Number: 334-233-4008
    Email Address: patrick_oconnor@redlands.edu