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Monday, March 2nd - Friday, March 20th

SAMC Art + Design - Sea to Heaven: The Photography of James Jeong

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

God created the sea on the third day.
Many nights and days have come and gone since that day.
How are we to live in consonance with this sea, that open expanse of life and death which is as old as the world?
TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture is proud to host Sea to Heaven, a collection of works by visiting artist James Jeong.
Bring your curiosity to this meditative exploration of the sea in all its vast, mystical glory.
Jeong is a Professor at Keimyung University in South Korea. A studio and commercial photographer, he has worked with companies such as Samsung and LG. More of his artwork can be seen at jamesjeong.com.
This public exhibition and Artist Talk (March 4th) provide a platform for artistic and educational exchange with our academic colleagues in South Korea. All are welcome.

For more info, visit twu.ca/samc

Tuesday, March 3rd

2015 Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture Series
Dr. William M. Whelan, Department of Physics, University of Prince Edward Island
"Optoacoustic Imaging: Lightning and Thunder in Tissues"

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Neufeld Science Centre, Room 41

The topic is highly interdisciplinary and relevant to biology, physics, chemistry, and medicine.

ABSTRACT: For centuries, humans have been mesmerized by the light and sound display during a lightning and thunderstorm. In 1880 Alexander Graham Bell observed a similar phenomenon in his lab, generating sound waves by exposing selenium cells to a modulated beam of light. He called his discovery, the photophone, and although this was the first-ever wireless sound transmission, Bell focused his efforts on another invention, the telephone.  Today 135 years later, with advances in photonics, ultrasonics and nanomaterials, the production of sound by optical interactions at the nanoscale is being used to develop new medical imaging technologies, referred to as optoacoustic imaging.

Think lightning and thunder in tissues. First nanosecond pulsed laser light is sent into tissues and absorbed by tissue chromophores such as hemoglobin (the lightning strike). This results in thermal expansion of the target and subsequent generation of sound waves (thunder) that travel back through the tissue and are collected by transducers. By measuring the time delay between the lightning and thunder, one can locate the target (eg tumour) inside the body. By measuring the frequency of the sound waves, one can distinguish between healthy tissues and diseased tissues, such as cancers. Yes, recent studies demonstrate that cancer emits unique sound frequencies. This talk will lead you on an international expedition of new optoacoustic imaging technologies and their medical applications, all of which are positioned to have a significant impact on health care.

Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Physicists

BIO: Bill Whelan grew up on PEI and received a BSc (Physics) degree from the University of Prince Edward Island - UPEI, and MSc and PhD degrees (Medical Physics) from McMaster University. Immediately after graduate school he joined the faculty at Ryerson University in 1996.  Then in 2008 he accepted a Tier II Canada Research Chair appointment at UPEI. Currently he is a Professor with the Departments of Physics and Biomedical Sciences at UPEI. Dr. Whelan’s research interest is in the field of biomedical optics with a focus on optoacoustic imaging and near infrared optical spectroscopy for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring. He has served as Chair of the Division of Medical and Biological Physics and Director of Communications for the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), and he is currently Chair of the CAP-NSERC Liaison Committee. In the community, Dr. Whelan is Chair of the PEI Science Fair, he Co-Chaired the Canada Wide Science Fair in 2012 and he served as a Director of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Contact Arnold Sikkema for more information. 

Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning Lecture
Rudy Wiebe
"Faith and Death"

Following a reading from Wiebe’s recent book, Come Back, the award-winning Canadian and Mennonite author will engage themes related to faith, death, and writing in a discussion lead by Lynn Szabo, former Professor of English at Trinity Western University. All are welcome and warmly invited!

7:30 pm
Northwest Auditorium

Contact Myron Penner for more information.

Wednesday, March 4th

SAMC Art + Design - Opening Reception and Artist Talk -  Sea to Heaven: The Photography of James Jeong

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
President’s Gallery, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture is proud to host Sea to Heaven, a collection of works by visiting artist James Jeong.

Bring your curiosity to this meditative exploration of the sea in all its vast, mystical glory. 
Jeong is a Professor at Keimyung University in South Korea. A studio and commercial photographer, he has worked with companies such as Samsung and LG. More of his artwork can be seen at jamesjeong.com.

This public exhibition and Artist Talk provide a platform for artistic and educational exchange with our academic colleagues in South Korea. All are welcome.

For more info, visit twu.ca/samc.

Politics and Philosophy Night 
Dr. Grant Havers, Philosophy, TWU; Dr. Chris Morrissey, Catholic Pacific College
"Who Should Judge the Limits of Free Speech?"

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northwest Auditorium

What is freedom of speech? Should we have the freedom to say whatever we like? How much freedom of speech should be tolerated in a democracy? These are some of the most pressing questions of our time. In this public lecture, two of Trinity Western University’s philosophers will provide some answers to these questions that shed light on the proper meaning and usage of free speech in our turbulent times. Dr. Grant Havers of Trinity Western University will speak on “Is Freedom of Speech an Absolute?” and Dr. Chris Morrissey of Trinity Western University’s educational partner Catholic Pacific College will speak on “Does Error Have Any Rights?” with ample time for vigorous audience interaction and abundant free speech.

Contact Grant Havers for more information.

SAMC Chamber Singers - "Songs of the Night: Awaiting the Dawn with Hymns of Hope"
Andrea Tisher and Cindy Aalders

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mountainview Alliance Church
7640 - 200th Street, Langley
By Donation ($10 suggested)

Conducted by Dr. Joel Tranquilla, these meditative and joyful concerts feature well-known pieces such as “Abide with Me,” a hymn by Jars of Clay, and a special treat: a selection of songs by collaborating composer Andrea Tisher. Tisher uses rich texts by 18th Century Baptist hymn writer Anne Steele, a contemporary of Charles Wesley, to create music that is both haunting and hopeful. 

Cindy Aalders is a featured guest at both concerts, providing musical commentary throughout the evening. Aalders is a historian specializing in 18th Century spirituality and is the foremost living scholar of Anne Steele’s writing.

(Also performing on March 6th in Vancouver.)

Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Thursday, March 5th

Userve Community Connection

11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Main Cafeteria, Reimer Student Centre

Trinity Western University is pleased to welcome local helping organizations to our campus to promote student engagement in our community. Agencies will have an opportunity to share with students, faculty, and staff about their organization including their volunteer, practicum, and employment opportunities. 
Sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact Alexandra Dueck for more information.

Faculty Development at TWU
Faculty ProD
 Workshop 
"
Taking Stock of the Past,  Thinking about the Future"

1:10 pm - 2:25 pm
Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

With the possible amalgamation of student and faculty services under one unit, and the stepping down of Bill Strom as Associate Director of Faculty Development, there is opportunity to reflect on the function and activities of FD at TWU, and the possible ways forward.

This session opens the conversation to interested faculty who have comment or critique of past practices, and who may offer thoughts regarding future approaches and services. Attendees will participate in a round table discussion around the following issues and others as relevant.

  1. What is the purpose of faculty development in a Christian liberal arts university?
  2. What is the purpose of faculty development at TWU?  What could it be?  Should it be?
  3. What activities of the past eight years have advanced faculty interests best? Less well?
  4. What new systems, processes, and/or activities should be established to improve faculty development at TWU?
  5. What models exist at other institutions that may be borrowed, modified, or enhanced for application at TWU?
  6. Does the New Era document bear relevance for faculty development in meaningful ways?    

RSVP: Beverly Van Rooyen (in for Colleen Hansen this week) 
For TWU/ACTS faculty only.

Friday, March 6th

SAMC Chamber Singers - "Songs of the Night: Awaiting the Dawn with Hymns of Hope"
Andrea Tisher and Cindy Aalders

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Baptist Church
969 Burrard Street, Vancouver
By Donation ($10 suggested)

Conducted by Dr. Joel Tranquilla, these meditative and joyful concerts feature well-known pieces such as “Abide with Me,” a hymn by Jars of Clay, and a special treat: a selection of songs by collaborating composer Andrea Tisher. Tisher uses rich texts by 18th Century Baptist hymn writer Anne Steele, a contemporary of Charles Wesley, to create music that is both haunting and hopeful. 

Cindy Aalders is a featured guest at both concerts, providing musical commentary throughout the evening. Aalders is a historian specializing in 18th Century spirituality and is the foremost living scholar of Anne Steele’s writing.

(Also performing on March 4th in Langley)

Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Monday, March 9th

DMin Dissertation - Michael Mawhorter - "Leveraging Church Culture: How Understanding a Church’s Culture Enhances Ministry and Community Engagement”

Supervisor:  Dr. Lyle Schrag
Second Reader:  Dr. Randy Wolff
Third Reader:  Dr. Archie Spencer
Exam Chair:  Dr. Daryl Busby
Time:  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location:  Fosmark Building, Deckroom (#231)

Abstract

This study looked at organizational culture in a church context, to explore whether understanding and leveraging a church’s culture can help focus its ministry and maximize its effectiveness. The research used What Is Your Church’s Personality, by Philip D. Douglass, in the ministry context of Ladner Baptist Church, Ladner B.C. The result of this project demonstrated that the survey accurately identified the church’s personality and the supplemental material on each personality in the book gave valuable insights into how to leverage that culture for greater effectiveness. 

Tuesday, March 10th - Saturday, March 11th

SAMC Theatre, Spring Musical - The Drowsy Chaperone

“Only the self-importantly serious and the chronically depressed will fail to enjoy this preposterously entertaining evening.” –The Daily Telegraph, UK

Join the Theatre and Music students of SAMC for a high-flying, tap-dancing musical comedy! Remember how hard it was to get tickets for Fiddler on the Roof? You’ll want to book early for this spectacular musical event.

Lights up on a woman in a chair. She’s lonely, but she doesn’t know it. When she puts on her recording of The Drowsy Chaperone, an explosion of song, dance, and silliness transports her out of her sadness and into...the Roaring ‘20s!

Angela Konrad directs this spoof romantic comedy and says: “It celebrates all the things you love about musicals, while poking fun at the rest. Mistaken identities, zany plot twists, catchy song-and-dance numbers—I dare anyone not to have a good time!”

Freedom Hall
7:30-9:00 pm, Saturday Matinee 2:00-3:30 pm

Special rates 2-for-1 Tuesdays, discounted matinees! High schoolers can get in free to one special night in the run – email samc@twu.ca to inquire. TWU Alumni receive the student discount. See website for detailed pricing.
For more information contact Diana Squires.

Wednesday, March 11th

Gender Studies Institute Annual Lecture 
Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD. Clinical Professor in the Graduate Family Therapy Department, Seattle Pacific University
"You are Beloved and Sex is Good: What Does a New Covenant Understanding of Sexuality Look Like?"

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Northwest Auditorium

Contact Robynne Healey For more information.

Thursday, March 12th

Full Professor Inaugural Lecture - Dennis Venema
"Endless Forms Most Beautiful: A Christian Exploration of Evolution"

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northwest Auditorium
RSVP: Colleen Hansen 
Reception to follow

SUMMARY: One hundred and fifty years after Darwin, evolution continues to be a subject of discord and debate among evangelical Christians. Do humans share ancestry with other forms of life? Do we descend uniquely from a primordial pair, or from a population? Is the evidence for evolution suspect, or strong? Is it possible for an evangelical Christian to accept evolutionary theory and hold a high view of Scripture?

Join Dr. Dennis Venema for his inaugural public lecture as a full professor at Trinity Western University as he explores these topics with a view to staying faithful to Scripture, and to science.

SPEAKER: Dennis Venema is professor of biology at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He holds a B.Sc. (with Honours) from the University of British Columbia (1996), and received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003. His research is focused on the genetics of pattern formation and signaling using the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Dennis is a gifted thinker and writer on matters of science and faith, but also an award-winning biology teacher—he won the 2008 College Biology Teaching Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. He and his family enjoy numerous outdoor activities that the Canadian Pacific coast region has to offer. Dennis writes regularly for the BioLogos Forum about the biological evidence for evolution.

For more info on Dennis Venema, Professor of Biology, Trinity Western University.
Biologos 

Contact Dennis Venema for more information.

Thursday, March 19th

Fireside Apologetics Lecture 
Dr. Paul Chamberlain
"William Wilberforce: A Success Story in the Battle for Social Justice"

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fosmark Building, Room 130/131

William Wilberforce, a member of Great Britain's parliament for forty-five years, made a decision to follow Christ and it resulted in a radical change of not only his heart, but also the heart of an entire nation. He led the fight against one of the modern era's most atrocious and notorious crimes against humanity – slavery. Because of him and his sense of justice, slavery in the British Commonwealth was ended. Come and hear Dr. Paul Chamberlain explore why Wilberforce was successful in changing hearts and what we can all learn from his life and his struggle for justice.

Contact Anna Sivertsen for more information. 

Wednesday, March 25th

Science and Christianity: A Guest Lecture

Joel Duff
"Stories that Fossils Tell: Revealing the Diversity of God's Creation through Time"

7:30 - 9:00 pm
Block Hall, Room 148, Neufeld Science Building

ABSTRACT: We are filled with wonder and as we gaze out into the seemingly infinite universe we marvel at the diversity and complexity of life on Earth today.  God’s creation seems to get larger and more amazing the more we study it.  But God’s creation extends not simply outward in space and inward in detail but also extends backward in time.  Fossils are one witness of that creation and they have some amazing stories to tell us about God’s boundless creative capacity. Facebook event page

SPEAKER: Joel Duff is a plant biologist and has been a professor of biology at the University of Akron since 1999.  He received his B.S. in biology from Calvin College, and his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Tennessee. He has worked on numerous plant and animal systems using molecular methods to understand biological diversity.  An author of more than 40 articles in science journals he has also published in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith and maintains a blog, Naturalis Historia where he writes about the intersection of science and faith.

Sponsored by: Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, Vancouver Area Science & Religion Forum, Solid Rock Lectures, The BioLogos Foundation 

Contact Arnold Sikkema for more information.

Thursday, March 26th

Geneva Lecture
Kevin Flatt,  Associate Professor of History at Redeemer University College  

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Northwest Auditorium

Contact Arnold Sikkema for more information.

Upcoming Events in April

Wednesday, April 1st

SAMC's Festival of the Arts, Media and Culture - Pieces of Us

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Instrument Hall, Music Building
FREE

Young composers + TWU's digital recording studio = new pieces premiered right here on campus!

Experience the next generation of classical composers, film score composers, and singer-songwriters. SAMC Music’s composition and digital recording students present brand new, completed works. The informal setting allows for audience response and questions. Take a musical escape from the end-of-semester madness with these live performances and recordings by talented student musicians.

Presented as part of SAMC's Festival of the Arts, Media and Culture. See the full festival line-up at www.twu.ca/samc.

Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Chamber Music Night

7:30 pm
Instrument Hall, Music Building
By Donation ($5 suggested)
Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Saturday, April 4th

Spring Choral Concert

7:30 pm
Willoughby Church
20525 – 72nd Avenue, Langley
Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Wednesday, April 8th

Jazz Night

7:30 pm
Instrument Hall, Music Building
By Donation ($5 suggested)
Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Friday, April 10th

SAMC Orchestra Concert - Italy Amore

7:30 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
20097 72nd Ave, Langley
By Donation ($10 suggested)
(Also performing on April 11th in Abbotsford)
Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.

Saturday, April 11th

SAMC Orchestra Concert - Italy Amore

7:30 pm
Peace Lutheran Church
2029 Ware Street, Abbotsford
By Donation ($10 suggested)
(Also performing on April 10th in Langley)
Contact Shayna Leenstra for more information.


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