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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As always, Spring quarter is a bittersweet time as we celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduating majors and minors while simultaneously wishing them goodbye. We have also had to wish goodbye, temporarily, to Professor Ana María Pineda, who will be departing for Omaha, Nebraska this summer to begin her term as Vice President for the West Midwest Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. But these goodbyes need not be final; we would love to hear from any of our alumni, and include updates in the Alumni section of future issues of Perspectives. If you have any news that you would like to share, please email us

David Gray
Chair, Religious Studies Department


Department News
Ana Maria Pineda Ana María Pineda, RSM: Elected to Sisters of Mercy Leadership and Recent Accomplishments.

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RELS Bystander Intervention Religious Studies and other campus departments sponsor Bystander Intervention Training in response to hate incidences.

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Living Religions Collaborative A preview of the new Living Religions Collaborative website.

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Fred Parrella Fred Parrella served as MC at this year's Spring Reception.

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AIMES Banquet 2018

Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) Spring Banquet

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RELS SF Giants game 2018 Religous Studies faculty and friends visit AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants game.

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Faculty Publications & Updates
Akiba Lerner Akiba Lerner: Past Talks and Future Plans.

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Thao Nguyen, S.J. Thao Nguyen, S.J.: New articles and a talk in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

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David Gray

David Gray: Promotion and New Work.


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Mohan Iyer Janet Giddings Brings in Guest Speakers for Religious Ethics in Business Class.

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Gary Macy table Gary Macy: New Article and Current Hobby.

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Karen Peterson-Iyer Karen Peterson-Iyer Welcomes Trafficking Survivor in "Human Trafficking and Christian Ethics" Class.

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Teresia Hinga Teresia Hinga and Sarah Robinson-Bertoni Hold Panel at 2017 Catholic Theological Society of America Meeting.

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Sarah Robinson-Bertoni

Sarah Robinson-Bertoni's Scholarship and Involvement with Environmental Ethics.

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David DeCosse David DeCosse: Talks and Essay.

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Roberto Mata at conference

Roberto Mata: Harvard Panels & Seattle University Presentations.

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Teresia Hinga at conference. Teresia Hinga Speaks at University of Chicago Conference.

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Student Highlights
Nick Nagy

Nick Nagy published an article in Bearings 

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RELS #MeToo talk with students

Students and Faculty Discuss Christianity and the #MeToo Moment 


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Religious Studies Major Cameron Heon and Faculty Member Sarita Tamayo-Moraga Present at  AARWA


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2018 Student Award Winners
Katherine Meyer

Katherine Meyer
Theodore Mackin Senior Thesis Award

   
Katherine Tarrant

Katherine Tarrant
Religious Studies Major Prize

   
Grace Zimmerman

Grace Zimmerman
Joseph A. Grassi Social Justice Award

   
Nick Nagy

Nicholas Nagy
Catherine Bell Award

   
Alana Beaton & Grant Pustelnik

Alana Beaton & Grant Pustelnik
Tennant Wright, S.J. Minor Prize

   
  RELS Class of 2018

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

Majors: 

Katherine Meyer
Katherine Tarrant
Grace Zimmerman 

Minors:

Alana Beaton
Charlotte Hayward
Connor Holttum
John Hynes
Luke Miller
Grant Pustelnik
Emily Stewart


Alumni Update
Amia Nash

Amia Nash ‘15, Religious Studies minor, was recently crowned Miss Silicon Valley 2018.

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Illuminating Justice by Jonathan Homrighausen

Jonathan Homrighausen ‘15, Religious Studies and Classical Studies, completed his MA in Biblical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and is headed to Duke Univeristy to begin a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

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Alumni Engagement Initiative

In January, the Religious Studies Department launched an alumni engagement initiative, entitled "Where Are They Now?" The project aims 1) to find out more about the amazing things Religious Studies alums have achieved in their lives after SCU and 2) to build an active, engaged community of Religious Studies alumni. This work will provide the basis for a number of new departmental projects, including public lectures and events, networking and mentoring initiatives for current RS majors and minors, and more. To date, faculty members have reviewed a list of alumni that spans five decades, and we have discovered so much incredible work that RS alumni have done in service, scholarship, law, medicine, media, education, and numerous other fields. Our plan is to reach out via phone and email in the coming months to find out more about what our alums are doing and to discuss how our alumni might contribute to the ongoing work of the RS department—whether they're a year or many years past graduation.

And we would love to hear from you! If you have any news or memories to share (tell us your best RS story!), would like to update us about your current life and work, or have any ideas for RS programs and initiatives, please email religionteam@gmail.com. You might include a story or photo of a recent event, or just let us know about your current location, career, or thoughts.

Religious Studies faculty 2018
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vgonzalez@scu.edu

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