Marylhurst: Inspiring Change Since 1893

Inspiring change in matters of social justice

A Marylhurst University education is rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition: values of social justice, ethical leadership and service. Here are just a few examples of how we at Marylhurst, and our alumni, are embracing these values and inspiring change in Oregon and beyond.

Tim Briscoe, Business Management, MBA, Class of 2016, 2017, Marylhurst University

Think college is beyond your reach? You’ll think differently after hearing Tim Briscoe’s inspiring story.

Mary Thompson, English student, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst English student Mary Thompson was the commencement speaker for the 2017 graduating class of Humanity in Perspective. Read an excerpt from her inspiring speech.

Nancy Hiss, Interior Design, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst interior design professor Nancy Hiss is providing affordable housing to a Portland family in the accessible dwelling unit her parents once occupied.

Melissa Fisher, MBA, Class of 2012, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Melissa Fisher ’12 was promoted to Kauai program director for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii in March 2017.

Mary Haley, Class of 2016, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.Div. alum Mary Haley ’16 takes on the role of chaplain at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

Monica Smith, Class of 2014, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Monica Smith ’14 was named the executive director of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES) in April 2017.

Music Therapy in the NICU, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst music therapy student Whitney McCann and program director Laura Beer make weekly visits to the young patients in OHSU’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Kevin Lawson, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

M.Div. alum Kevin Lawson ’13 was installed as minister of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a liberal faith community in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Haoua Cheick Seip, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Haoua Cheick Seip ’13 travels often to Africa, offering business know-how to woman artisans creating goods for export.

Charlene Herinckx, Class of 1974, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Sr. Charlene Herinckx, S.S.M.O. will be presented with the University of Portland’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, at their 2017 commencement ceremonies.

David Walker, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

Portland’s Hollywood Theater celebrated Black History Month in February 2017 with its Black Film Festival, curated by Marylhurst alum David Walker ’13.

Michael Sorensen, Class of 1997, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Michael Sorensen ’97 was recently appointed executive director for Maitri Compassionate Care, an AIDS hospice and residential care facility in San Francisco.

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