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Alejandro García-Rivera

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New Video: GTU’s 2010 Alumna of the Year

Jenny Te Paa (Ph.D. ’01) is the first Maori person to earn a doctorate in theology. Her passion and work at the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand, is bicultural theological education that honors the knowledge and cultural understandings of indigenous peoples. Watch her video and others at www.gtu.edu/multimedia/video.

In Memoriam: Alejandro García-Rivera

Dr. Alejandro García-Rivera, faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, passed away Monday morning, December 13. His death is a sorrow for all, particularly for his family and the many colleagues at JST who were so attentive to him and to his wife during his illness. He leaves behind a wife, Kathryn, and two daughters, Sophia and Elizabeth.

And the Winner is… Alejandro García-Rivera

Alex Garcia-Rivera receives Sarlo award“I’m amazed,” says, Alejandro (Alex) García-Rivera, Professor of Systematic Theology and GTU Core Doctoral Faculty Member, about receiving the 2010 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award. “I had very little teaching experience when I came here, and at the start, I didn’t know what I was doing. My ‘training’ came — as in an apprenticeship — mostly from colleagues and through trial and error. What I learned along the way is that teaching is about communication, and that if I pay attention to my method of teaching, it can improve and go beyond the apprentice model.” Continuous improvement has paid off. The Sarlo Award recognizes García-Rivera as a teacher who embodies the values of interreligious sensitivity and commitment, interdisciplinary approach and content in teaching, sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and creative classroom pedagogical methods and performance.

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