The MBBS Presidential Search Committee is pleased to report the
completion of the information gathering process begun in mid-November
2002. Of the approximately 700 surveys distributed, 45% were returned;
half from Canadian respondents, the other half from U.S. respondents.
During a telephone conference meeting on January 13, the committee
reviewed the data tables compiled by its consultant, Rebekah Basinger.
An extensive discussion of the results and their impact on the
presidential profile produced a preliminary profile. (Detailed survey
On September 13, 2002, Dr. Henry Schmidt announced his resignation
as President of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, effective June
15, 2003. Dr. Schmidt became the sixth president of the MBBS in Fresno,
California in 1993, having served on the faculty of MBBS for a total of
34 years. Board of Directors' Chair Cal Bergen says, "It is with
profound regret that we accept Dr. Schmidt's resignation. He has been a
strong leader over the past decade, and has reshaped the seminary,
bringing it closer spatially and philosophically to our constituencies.
Henry Schmidt, President of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary has
announced his resignation, effective June 15, 2003. Dr. Schmidt is
presently completing his tenth year as President of MBBS and his 34th
year at the seminary. The Board of Directors acknowledges with
gratitude the significant leadership and teaching gifts Henry has
brought to MBBS. He has led the seminary through a decade of monumental
change and has done it with effectiveness and distinction. The Board is
grateful to God for the many years of faithful service Henry has given
The words of a literary giant accompanied a Fresno Pacific University faculty through California capitol corridors April 23.
“Mark Twain is credited with saying there are two things one should never seen being made: sausage and legislation,” said Ruth-Heffelbower, graduate faculty and member of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Ruth-Heffelbower was in Sacramento to try and influence a bill being considered by the State Senate that would better prepare “first responders” (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians) to handle terrorist attacks.
San Diego—The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds are the 2003 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national volleyball champions, thanks to a December 6 win over Columbia of Missouri in Golden Gymnasium on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University.
National title hopes fall short in first season loss
The best men’s soccer season in Fresno Pacific University history went undefeated all the way to the national finals as the Sunbirds finished first runner-up in the National Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (NAIA).
The University of Rio Grande (Ohio), won the November 25 match 1-0. The tournament took place in Olathe, Kansas.
A new lectureship honors a lifetime of contributions to Fresno Pacific University.
In his 35 years at FPU, Edmund Janzen served with distinction and passion. Steeped in knowledge of the Scriptures, he was also full of ideas on and stories about applying its eternal truth in everyday ways. Students knew Janzen as a teacher who cared not only about the content of his courses, but also the course of their lives. Those who took Janzen up on his frequent invitations for informal discussions received thoughtful counsel on both the biblical text and the Christian life.
Setting tuition and building relationships were on the agenda when the Fresno Pacific University Board met October 24-25.
Tuition for the 2004-2005 academic year was set at $17,930. Room costs were consolidated into two rates, $1,250 and $1,400, with the higher rate for rooms with kitchens. Board rates range from $600 to $1,650, depending on the number of meals in the plan. Tuition for 2003-2004 is $17,370.
Word and music come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus in “Lessons and Carols Service: A Prelude to the Advent Season,” hosted by Fresno Pacific University.
The service is collection of songs and Scripture readings. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in First Congregational Church, 2131 Van Ness Blvd. There is no admission charge but tickets are recommended. For tickets, call the FPU Music Office at 453-2267 or the church at 227-8489. A freewill offering will be taken.
Place and program combine for a moving performance in a concert by two Fresno Pacific University ensembles.
Musica Pacifica Baroque Orchestra and Pacific Chamber Singers perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, in St. Ann Chapel on the campus of San Joaquin Memorial High School at McKinley and Fresno streets, Fresno. Admission is free.