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Alexander is Advancement's new VP

The GTU is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Alexander as its new Vice President for Advancement. Alexander served as Senior Director of Development for Washington State University for the past several years and was previously Associate Director, Major Gifts for Mills College. His first development position was with Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he worked in all areas of advancement. He has prior experience in business development and marketing as well. Alexander earned his B.A. from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and his M.A. from Holy Names University.

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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GTU partners with Berkeley Rep

[Let Me Down Easy]

The GTU has been invited by Berkeley Repertory Theatre to lead panel discussions following the August 24 and 31 performances of Let Me Down Easy, a one-woman show written, conceived and performed by Obie Award-winner Anna Deveare Smith. Let Me Down Easy examines the body and the body politic through a rodeo rider, a prize fighter, an altruistic doctor, legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, supermodel Lauren Hutton, and former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Together, their voices tell a story about the vulnerability of the human body, the resilience of the spirit, and the price of care. “Run — do not walk,” says NBC’s Today show — to see the latest work from this unparalleled performer as she makes her first Bay Area appearance in 15 years.

GTU President and Professor of Ethics James A. Donahue will moderate for each panel, which will address the ethical, religious, and spiritual topics that the play engages. These discussions will take place onstage immediately following the conclusion of each 7:00 pm performance.

Save 20% (50% if you're under 30) on regular tickets for the 8 pm shows on August 19 and 20. Use promo code GTU when ordering or click here<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?GraduateTheologicalU/f35cfc4d8c/2e664141cc/bd0b9650cb/promo=GTU>. Persons who attend other nights of the performance are welcome to come to the discussion on these evenings.

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In Memoriam: Jane Newhall

[Jane Newhall]The GTU and member school San Francisco Theological Seminary lost an extraordinary benefactor with the passing of Jane Newhall, on July 27 at the age of 97. An ardent supporter of the GTU for decades, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1967, served as Board Secretary for a number of years and was named a Life Trustee (1994) and a Trustee Emerita (1999). Her legacy is most visible in the students and alumni of GTU.

In 1987, she established the Henry Mayo Newhall Fellowships<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?GraduateTheologicalU/f35cfc4d8c/2e664141cc/3dec7df175/utm_content=communications%40gtu.edu&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Henry%20Mayo%20Newhall%20Fellowships&utm_campaign=%5Binsight%5D%20Let%20Me%20Down%20Easy%20-%20GTU%20at%20Berkeley%20Rep>, which encourages doctoral students through competitive awards to engage in collaborative teaching or research with a faculty mentor. Approximately $1 million has been awarded from this endowment to at least 340 GTU doctoral students over the past several decades. Students benefit from the opportunity to develop and teach new courses, lead research, and expand the boundaries of innovative scholarship.

“The GTU has always tried to prepare our doctoral students to be excellent teachers as well as brilliant scholars. Several generations of alums have repeatedly told us that the Newhall Awards made possible through Jane Newhall's generosity were the single most important factor in their professional development at the GTU.” — Arthur Holder, Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality

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Center for Jewish Studies awarded $600,000 from Koret and Taube Foundations

GTU’s Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies has received three-year grants from two prestigious foundations in the Bay Area Jewish Community: the Koret Foundation has awarded $450,000 and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture has awarded $150,000. Together, these grants will fund student scholarships, faculty salaries, stipends and expenses for visiting scholars, travel and research grants, work in the area of Jewish Peoplehood (a Koret-Taube initiative), and interreligious programming for 2011-2014.

GTU President James A. Donahue noted, “The support of the Koret and Taube Foundations complements the distinguished scholarship, teaching, research, and community outreach of the Center for Jewish Studies. We are most grateful that this gift will enable us to continue and further our commitment to issues of Jewish Peoplehood: locally, nationally, and globally.”

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Expanded selection of weekend and evening courses this fall

Have you considered going back to school? Want to grow your ministerial resume? Interested in theology, Biblical studies, or religion in general? Does your busy schedule stand in the way? This fall semester, GTU and its member schools offer 50 classes on nights and weekends. They contour with your busy lifestyle and are a great way to ease into a Master’s degree or certificate program.

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Upcoming Events

Called to Serve: Faith Traditions Reaching Out to Those in Need<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?GraduateTheologicalU/f35cfc4d8c/2e664141cc/66e4d7e554/utm_content=communications%40gtu.edu&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Called%20to%20Serve%3A%20Faith%20Traditions%20Reaching%20Out%20to%20Those%20in%20Need&utm_campaign=%5Binsight%5D%20Let%20Me%20Down%20Easy%20-%20GTU%20at%20Berkeley%20Rep>
St. Anthony's Foundation 60th Anniversary Symposium
August 30, 7-9 pm
James Donahue, GTU President and Professor of Ethics; Rita Semel, GTU Trustee and member of the San Francisco Interfaith Council; Ameena Jandali, Islamic Network Group
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
[Deena Aranoff]

Deena Aranoff


Jewish Peoplehood: A Jerusalem-Berkeley Conversation<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?GraduateTheologicalU/f35cfc4d8c/2e664141cc/34a2642718/utm_content=communications%40gtu.edu&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Jewish%20Peoplehood%3A%20A%20Jerusalem-Berkeley%20Conversation&utm_campaign=%5Binsight%5D%20Let%20Me%20Down%20Easy%20-%20GTU%20at%20Berkeley%20Rep>
September 20, 6-9 pm
Bernard Steinberg, Shalom Hartman Institute; Ari Kelman, UC Davis; Deena Aranoff, CJS
Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

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September 21, 3:30 pm
All members of the GTU Consortium are invited to attend.
Denniston Commons, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

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