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Women Who Rock, Mary Lyons

Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D., became president of the University  of San Diego in July, 2003.  During her extensive career in education, Lyons has enjoyed rich and varied  experiences as a teacher, professor and administrator. Before taking the helm at USD, Lyons was president of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.  Earlier in her career she was the academic dean and professor of Rhetoric and Homiletics at the Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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Commencement 2012

The May 10 ceremonies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross recognized 62 graduates who completed their degrees in Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. Thirty-six students graduated with a Master of Arts degree, five received a Master of Arts with a concentration in Biblical Languages, and twenty-one received the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

GTU Alumnus Gregory E. Sterling named Dean of Yale Divinity School

Yale University announced the appointment of Gregory E. Sterling, currently Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Notre Dame, as Dean of the Divinity School. Sterling earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a specialization in the New Testament from the Graduate Theological Union in 1990.

Students to Present at SBL International

Two GTU doctoral students in Biblical Studies were recently selected to present papers at the Graeco-Roman Society and the New Testament section of the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Amsterdam in late July.

Louis Weil receives Berakah Award

The 2012 Berakah Award was presented to the Rev. Dr. Louis Weil (CDSP) at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy. This award is given each year to honor an outstanding contributor to liturgical scholarship.

Interreligious Studies at the GTU

Something new is happening at the GTU: a new M.A. area of concentration in Interreligious Studies (IR) will begin in fall 2012. Applications are due February 1 for the first class of students.

Alumna Laurie Zoloth elected Vice President of AAR

Laurie Zoloth (Ph.D. '93) is Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Religion and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society at Northwestern University and GTU's Alumna of the Year for 2005.

GTU hosts delegation from China

On Saturday, October 8, the GTU Asia Project was pleased to welcome thirteen distinguished Christian leaders from the People’s Republic of China. The group had come to the U.S. to attend a Bible exhibition in Washington, D.C. and to visit theological seminaries in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Los Angeles before coming to the GTU. A welcoming reception and roundtable conversation was hosted by GTU Dean Arthur Holder, Professor Thomas Cattoi from the Jesuit School of Theology, GTU Ph.D. students Pui Fong Wong and Mary Mee-Yin Yuen, and CDSP D.Min. student Chun Wai Lam.

Eric Alexander, New VP for Advancement

The GTU is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Alexander as its new Vice President for Advancement.
GTU President James Donahue said of his appointment, “I am delighted to welcome Eric to the GTU. His range of experience in advancement, his understanding of our mission and context, and his personal qualities and energy will be an enormous addition to the leadership of the GTU.”

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In Memoriam: Jane Newhall, Trustee Emerita

Jane Newhall (born October 4, 1913), a generous benefactor to the Graduate Theological Union and GTU member school San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), died July 27 in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, at the age of 97. Newhall suffered a stroke in early July and then contracted pneumonia. A memorial will likely take place at Calvary Presbyterian Church at a date to be determined.

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