Monday, September 30, 2013

Work by MAS Journalism Alum Bryce Lungren

Bryce Lungren, a member of the alumni of MAS Journalism and a 2012 graduate of Mount Angel Seminary, recently published an article in the Denver Catholic Register.  Bryce was installed as a lector on September 14 and wrote about the event.

Bryce explained that when the Denver Catholic Register was looking for someone to write about the installations he was "well-equipped for the task from [his] Mt. Angel journalism experience."

He explained that while the article was simple, he "sure enjoyed getting back into journalism."

Readers may find his article in the online; follow the link and turn to page 8 for Bryce's story, which is entitled "Seminarians Step Toward Ordination."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Introducing Romple Emwalu

An interview with one of their journalism classmates is the first assignment for our journalism students this semester.  In our first interview, Nicolas Facile introduces Romple Emwalu.

From a Tiny Island to Do Great Things! - An Interview with Romple Emwalu
Story and Photo by Nicolas Facile

Romple Emwalu is a College IV student at Mount Angel Seminary and one of our new writers in the journalism class.  He is with the Diocese of Honolulu, from "a tiny island in Micronesia."  He is thirty-one years old, and he is studying to be a priest for those people who live in Hawaii but have different cultural backgrounds and need a pastor of souls that can speak their same language.

Romple Emwalu

Why did you choose journalism?
During the journalism conference last year, I was touched by the testimony of one of the students. [Editor's note: This conference was part of the Theology on the Hill series that was offered last school year.]  Then I decided to study journalism to be able to write my own article or small stories about my faith and to share my faith with others.  I see in that an opportunity to enrich the people who need the Good News.  Also, I think that it is a good way to improve my English, to write and speak better.  The teacher is very helpful.  I took several classes with her, and she helped me a lot with my writing skills.  I'm very thankful for that!

Do you have work experience in this area?
Well, I have my personal journal!  I write whatever I do there.  I see that as a very good instrument for improving my writing skills, and also it makes me appreciate life, especially when I go back and read an old one and I can see my vocation story and how my life in God affects me today.

Did you write for someone else?
I do that, especially within my parish.  I write short stories and share a little bit about my faith, and I put it in the bulletin.  Journalism class will help me to share with the people, as I do in my personal life.

What do you think are your challenges in this subject and in this job?
I think the challenges are how to write, what kinds of words to use, how to ask good questions, and how to interview some people one-on-one.  The interview is different; it's more formal than a simple conversation.

Which are your favorite topics?
I'm the most interested in the seminarian's life: how is our life and what are our challenges?  Also, I'm very interested to write about seminarian's activities.

Do you want to comment something else?
Just one thing that I want to say about this seminary: this is a very wonderful seminary.  Every person who comes to this seminary will really benefit his life.  Speaking about education, it is very good because the staff is full of hard workers.  They work with you to know and understand what you are doing.

About the spiritual part, here we have a really deep faith, different from the common life in the church.  It helps you understand and keep a clear mind, to be able to relate well to the people, and at the same time, how to respect others.  And of course, love! . . . They teach you how to love others in a very good manner and in a respectful way.  That is what the church wants to teach us!

Monday, September 16, 2013

MAS Speech Center - Fall 2013

Post and photo by Jim Sisley

Beginning its second year, the Speech Center at the seminary is now open and ready for students.  Our four assistants this year are Zani Pacanza, Emilio Gonzalez, Blake Sheeley, and Gregory Snyder.

Blake Sheeley, Zani Pacanza, Emilio Gonzalez, and Gregory Snyder

The Speech Center offers assistance to all students for any type of oral assignment - speeches, liturgical readings, homilies, and most commonly pronunciation activities. Students interested in seeking assistance can sign up for an appointment time on the schedule located outside the Speech Center (Anselm 102).  Times are available throughout the day and into the early evening.

For further information about the Speech Center or how we can support your classroom activity, contact Speech Center director, Jim Sisley.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Four Stories Emerge from Inaugural Press Conference

Story by Daniel Miller
Photos by Sister Hilda Kleiman, O.S.B.

What do the Library Administrator, Aikido instructor, Director of Admissions, and Interim Vice Rector of Mount Angel Seminary have in common? The four took part in the first press conference for the journalism students on Friday, September 13, and each shared about stories that impact the seminary and greater community.

From left to right: Father Ralph Recker, Father Terry Tompkins, Jim Sisley, and Victoria Ertelt

First, Library Administrator Victoria Ertelt described the new eBook program which will be accessible in 2-3 weeks. The eBooks will increase the library's holdings by 30,000 titles. Particularly for those seeking relevant, newly published research and those studying the liberal arts and social sciences, the new eBooks collection will be a valuable resource available anywhere with an internet connection, Ertelt said.

Dressed in a "gi" meant for the sport, Mr. Jim Sisley spoke about the Aikido class he teaches at the seminary. Aikido is a Japanese martial art focused on peaceful resolution to conflict. "We do not learn how to punch. We do not learn how to kick," Sisley said. "We learn how to deal with those attacks coming at us." Aikido is an elective students are expected to attend two of the four times it is offered per week.

Fr. Ralph Recker, O.S.B., opened with humor. "A little over a year ago, I was approached about a trip to Turkey," Recker said. "I thought, November, Turkey…it's got to have to do with Thanksgiving dinner, right?" Rather, Recker will journey to the country of Turkey to lead 31 pilgrims to Biblical landmarks such as Antioch, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. Why Turkey? "Because (the apostle) Paul chose to go to Turkey," Recker said. The pilgrimage lasts from November 4-17.

Fr. Terry Tompkins spoke last, revisiting his recent appointment as interim Vice Rector of the College. Tompkins said he was asked to assume the role as a result of Fr. Paschal Cheline's (O.S.B.) reassignment to other duties, included by but limited to serving as Junior Master of Mount Angel Abbey.  Whereas Fr. Paschal used to additionally serve as Director of Spiritual Formation, that position is now filled in an interim capacity by Fr. Paul Thomas, O.S.B.  Tompkins explained that he has more administrative responsibilities in this role but is also glad to continue teaching and serving as a Human Formation Director for the Theology II seminarians. "In some ways, it’s a Pauline focus," Fr. Tompkins said. "I have to try to be all things to all people."

Journalism students Daniel Miller, Nicolas Facile,
Romple Emwalu, and Jose Morales during the press conference

As these stories develop, the Mount Angel Seminary Journalism class will keep watch and post updates as needed on this blog. Two more press conferences are planned for our journalism students to share the good news of happenings on the hilltop in the coming months.

Editor's Note: As of 2:45 p.m. on September 17, 2013, the portion of this story pertaining to Father Terry Tompkins has been revised.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reporting Resources - Sport Rules

The MAS Journalism blog has a new page that features additional reporting resources for our journalism students.  The first three entries explain the rules of various sports played by the seminarians.

The sets of rules include indoor soccer by Nicolas Facile, volleyball by Frank Villanueva, and table tennis by Brother Marinus Kim, OSB.

Watch the MAS Journalism blog for stories about MAS sports throughout the school year.

Monday, September 2, 2013

MAS Writing Center - Fall 2013

The Mount Angel Seminary Writing Center begins holding appointments for the new school year on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Three seminarians are serving as writing assistants: Daniel Miller, Paul Grandi, and Alex Woelkers.

Daniel Miller, Paul Grandi, and Alex Woelkers

The Writing Center is located in Anslem 126, and scheduled appointments and walk-ins are welcome.  The Writing Center serves all seminary writers at any stage of the writing process.

During their opening meeting, Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB, the coordinator for the Writing Center, distributed the new business cards for the Writing Center that feature two Scripture verses that guide the work of the assistants:

As each one has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. - 1st Peter 4:10

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. - Hebrews 10:24

Business cards are available below the appointment schedule in the writing center, and questions about the writing center may be directed to Sister Hilda.