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Spring 2017 Perspectives Newsletter

Spring is a time of change and regrowth, and Spring quarter is always for us a time of transformation. It is a time when our senior students graduate and move on to a new stage of life. Our annual reception in May is a time to acknowledge their successes and highlight their movement into a new stage of life. It is the end of the academic year, and a time when some faculty also chose to move on to new stages of their careers. Gary Macy will be moving into phased retirement later this year, and will also be moving to Oregon. He will continue to teach courses for our Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, but will no longer be a physical presence in the department. Jean Molesky-Poz will also no longer teach for us following Spring quarter, in order to dedicate more time to her writing. Winter quarter also saw the successful conclusion of our search in the area of Religion/Theology and Ecology. Paul Schutz, a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, has accepted our offer, and will be joining us in the Fall. We will introduce him fully in the Fall issue of Perspectives.

David Gray
Chair, Religious Studies Department


Department News

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    As Gary Macy and Jean Molesky-Poz retire, we reflect on their many years at SCU.

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    Alumnus Tom Juntunen visits Religious Ethics in Business class. 

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    Las Madras Escritoras share their stories of faith and resilience with students at SCU.

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    Buck v Bell combined music, law, and ethics in the first public performance of a new choral work.

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    Father Orobator speaks at a panel presentation at SCU hosted by Teresia Hinga.

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Student Highlights

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    Annual Spring Reception: Celebrating the class of 2017, award winners, and new Theta Alpha Kappa members.

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    UC Davis Conference: Paul Kenniston '17 and Grace Zimmerman '18 present papers based on research they began while studying abroad in India.

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    Architects of Solidarity: Students engage the local community.

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    Alana Beaton, Religious Studies minor, had a wonderful year so far, living mainly in Barcelona, Spain. She also has traveled to more than 20 countries so far including Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Morocco, Sweden, and plans to visit even more this coming summer. In June and July, Alana will be interning at Insieme in Italy as an English teacher (thanks to a posting in the RS department)!


Faculty Updates

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    Margaret McLean and Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.M. receive honors in their fields.

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    Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.M. speaks on her book Romero & Grande: Companions on the Journey.

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    Jean Molesky-Poz: Winter & Spring '17 lecturer, presenter, preacher, author, and advisor.

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More Faculty Updates from David DeCosse, David Pinault, Lynn Jencks, Karen Peterson-Iyer and Denise Carmody, Thao Nguyen, S.J., David Gray, Teresia Hinga, Sally Vance-Trembath, Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., Philip Boo Riley, and Fred Parrella.


Alumni Updates

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    Becca Hirsch ‘10, Religious Studies and Psychology double major, is still involved with the organization Interfaith Youth Core, to which she was first introduced during her time at SCU and on the Interfaith Council. Now a Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Chicago, Becca in interfaith and intercultural couples counseling. She wrote an article for the Interfaith Youth Core you might enjoy.

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    Christina Silva '08: Understanding religious diversity helps in her work at The Villages Medical Auxiliary in San Jose.

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