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Events this Week

Monday, November 24th - Friday, January 9th

Exhibition - Package Deal: Local Artists in the President’s Gallery
Diana Durrand, Claire Moore, Jo-Ann Sheen

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: President’s Gallery, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

Take a visual exploration of consumerism, convenience, and the cultural impact of packaging with this special guest artist exhibition on campus.

Discover what happens when hand-crafted Japanese kimono art converges with 21st Century mass-produced packaging. Rediscover ordinary, discarded items from your everyday life – extraordinarily transformed into collagraphs and reliefs. Feel the spark of recognition as you connect with labels and images that elicit emotion, sentiment, and nostalgia.

Click here for more information about the artists.

Tuesday, November 25th

Thesis Defence - Master of Science in Nursing
Marti Harder - "Discerning Success of Indigenous Health Students in Community-based Programs"

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: President’s Reception Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

Abstract: Post-secondary educational institutions have partnered with Indigenous groups to provide community-based healthcare programs. In a qualitative study, eight participants from a northern British Columbia community were interviewed about their descriptions of success, and its influencing factors in a community-based healthcare program. The core theme of courage and categorical themes of nurturing the learning, owning the learning, and discerning success for learning emerged from the data, which revealed changes in students’ lives as they moved through their schooling. Conclusions were: 1) Courage was needed to overcome fears and barriers during students’ education; 2) Receiving nurturing through a whole-person approach promoted success; 3) Students’ journeys were fostered through the support of others; 4) Students learning to believe in themselves was a key element of success; and 5) Collective community success was experienced when students were successful in a program. The importance of community voices may contribute towards planning future healthcare programs.

Tuesday, November 25th - Saturday, November 29th

SAMC Theatre - Butterfingers Angel

Time: Tuesday - Saturday 7:30 - 9:30 pm; Saturday matinee 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Centre
Cost: Adults $16-$18, Seniors $13-$15, Students $13-$15
Special rates: Discounted Tuesdays & matinees! TWU Alumni receive the student discount.
Tickets: or 604-513-2121 ext. 3872

O Little Town of Bethlehem, you’ve never seen such chaos.

SAMC Theatre’s fast and funny Nativity play is full of surprises. This imaginative twist on tradition includes a narcissistic Pear Tree, a sinister tyrant king, and “wise” men who are anything but. Meanwhile, Mary and Joseph are hardly a match made in heaven...or are they?

This holiday hit explores both light and darkness, crazy antics and heart-warming hope. With all the beauty and struggle of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, Butterfingers Angel takes a fresh look at the greatest story ever told. Biblical accuracy is not guaranteed. Laughter definitely is.

This is the last week to see the show!

Sponsored by Great-West Life. For more information contact Diana Squires at

Wednesday, November 26th

Colloquium for Graduate Students and Faculty
Mr. Tyler Harper - "Being Human: The Christological Anthropology of Karl Barth"

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 120, Fosmark Centre

Barth’s theological impact cannot be doubted, yet his theological conceptions of humanity are often overlooked or misunderstood. While Barth changed his emphasis in relation to humanity throughout his career, he never shifted the theological core of this understanding, that being the person of Jesus Christ. As a result, Barth’s Christological description of humanity provides a framework of understanding humanity that is both consistent with broad theological traditions as well as human experience generally, all with the goal of being truly human.

For more information contact Brian Rapske at

Chamber Music Night

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Instrumental Hall, Music Building
Cost: Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

SAMC's intimate Chamber Music Night features piano, violin, and cello performing all four movements of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101. This piano trio is coached by Vancouver Opera violinist Heilwig von Koenigsloew. Under the direction of Dr. Jon Thompson, the SAMC Renaissance Singers will perform the 16th Century Missa Pange Lingua, one of the most famous mass settings by Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez.

For more information contact Shayna Leenstra at

Thursday, November 27th

Lunch and Learn Series at ACTS
Kent Anderson and Paul Chamberlain - "How To Write a Book and Why Anyone Would Want to"

Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Location: Room 132, Fosmark Centre

In this session, Paul and Kent share what they’ve learned about the book writing and publishing process, telling a bit of their own stories, what has helped, what hasn’t, and some unexpected benefits that come from authoring books, etc., and then have some Q & A as well. Issues discussed will include:

• Benefits of writing a book (personal & academic)
• Practical suggestions: getting started, finding focus, setting aside time, etc.
• Steps to follow in the process of writing and organizing material
• Securing a publisher
• Common obstacles

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Forum
Dr. Daniel Falk, Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, The Pennsylvania State University - "From Fear to Faith: Penitence and Transformation in the Qumran Thanksgiving Hymns"

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Lynn Szabo Atrium, 2nd floor, Robert N. Thompson Centre

Please email Marty Abegg at for a copy of the text to be discussed as well as an outline of the talk.

Coming Events in November

Sunday, November 30th

Christmas at the Chan

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver
Cost: Orchestra Level $25, Everywhere else $22.50

In his first season at the helm of SAMC’s choral program, award-winning conductor Dr. Joel Tranquilla brings together four choirs and full orchestra in an exquisite program spanning centuries of Christmas music. Join us for a glorious Advent celebration as we anticipate the coming of Christ with joy and wonder.

Our annual Christmas at the Chan Centre concert is a collaborative gift to the wider community from the Chan family, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and Trinity Western University, and is made possible through the generous assistance of the Chan Endowment Fund of the University of British Columbia.

For more information contact Shayna Leenstra at

Coming Events in December

Wednesday, December 3rd

Jazz Night

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Instrumental Hall, Music Building
Cost: Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

Kicking off our ever-popular Jazz Night, the new SAMC Jazz Quintet makes an encore appearance after their debut at the Township of Langley’s Until Everyone Comes Home. This fun, retro ensemble is gearing up to perform in SAMC’s swinging spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone (mark your calendars, that's coming up in March!). Joining the quintet onstage for some beloved jazz standards is songbird Charlotte Elgersma, the musical’s leading lady.

Closing out the night is the SAMC Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Tony Gallo. Their program encapsulates the music of the ‘60s and early ‘70s including artists such as Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, and Herbie Hancock. Influences of jazz guitar greats Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt figure prominently as well.

For more information contact Shayna Leenstra at

Thursday, December 4th

Thesis Defence - Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
Joelle Alhadef Lake - "YHWH, The Ineffable Name: Avoidance, Alternations and Circumventions in the Non-Biblical Manuscripts at Qumran"

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

Abstract: In the period of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) was so sacred that it had become an ineffable name. This thesis studies alternations to the Tetragrammaton in the non-biblical manuscripts at Qumran through an analysis of scriptural quotations from the Torah to the Neviim in the Dead Sea Scrolls citing the Tetragrammaton. As a result, thirty-three distinctive divine name alternations were identified. Additionally, a list of divine name alternation types and of Qumran non-biblical manuscripts featuring alternations were compiled.

Distinctive groups of scrolls were identified at Qumran: some exhibited no alternation to the Tetragrammaton, others circumvented the name. Our study focuses on determining alternations in square script and in writing traditions in the second group: El, Tetrapuncta and paleo-El. Two applications are investigated: the use of alternations to help determine the origins of scrolls and the distribution of divine names in paleo-Hebrew in these scrolls.

Monday, December 8th

Thesis Defence - Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
Kyle Biersdorff - "Translation and Interpretation in the Septuagint Version of the Balaam Account"

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

Abstract: Two aspects of the Septuagint translation of the Balaam account are relatively unique in the LXX and important indicators of the translator's interpretation of the text. First, the translator frequently represents the Hebrew yhwh with the Greek theos, a departure from the normal LXX translation practice. This has sometimes been interpreted as reflecting an anti-Balaam bias on the part of the translator. Second, the translator gives unusual renderings for portions of Balaam's oracles. These are often cited as evidence of Septuagintal messianic interpretation. This thesis reexamines these two issues in the context of translation practice elsewhere in the Septuagint, other literature of the period, and interpretive history.

Wednesday, December 10th

Thesis Defence - Master of Science in Nursing
Glenda King - "Registered Nurses Providing Dignity: Caring for Older Persons Living in Residential Care"

Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Board of Governors’ Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

Abstract: Older persons comprise an intricate component of society and, managing their care needs in a manner that demonstrates dignity, is an important element of nursing care. This qualitative study interviewed 11 registered nurses working in a residential care facility, to explore how they provided dignity to older persons. Data analysis revealed three themes: 1) Supporting Dignity included the sub-themes; caring for the whole person, respecting, encouraging independence and being remembered, 2) Dignity Care incorporated; doing, value-giving care, building relationships and, balancing/negotiating and, 3) Structural Context for Dignity comprised; time, nurses’ voice, physical setting and barriers created by policy/procedures. The findings demonstrated a unique linkage of self-identity and legacy to supporting dignity for older persons, the influence of structural contexts on nurses’ ability to provide dignity care to older persons in residential care and, the importance of respecting.

Coming Events in January

Thursday, January 15th

Full Professor Inaugural Lecture - David Squires

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre
RSVP: Colleen Hansen at

Reception to follow.

Thursday, January 22nd

Faculty ProD Workshop - "Family in the classroom"

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre
RSVP: Colleen Hansen at

For TWU/ACTS faculty only.

Coming Events in February

Thursday, February 12th

Faculty ProD Workshop - "International Students in the Classroom"

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre
RSVP: Colleen Hansen at

For TWU/ACTS faculty only.

Coming Events in March

Thursday, March 5th

Faculty ProD Workshop - "Faculty and the New Era 2: Keeping the conversation going"

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre
RSVP: Colleen Hansen at

For TWU/ACTS faculty only.

Thursday, March 12th

Full Professor Inaugural Lecture - Dennis Venema

Time: 1:10 - 2:25 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre
RSVP: Colleen Hansen at

Reception to follow.


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