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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."


GTU partners with Berkeley Rep

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

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 -
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come to the discussion on these evenings.

More information about the August 24 -
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In Memoriam: 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 -
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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

"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


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

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."


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.

Among the classes offered are: Introduction to Mormonism -
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Upcoming Events

Called to Serve: Faith Traditions Reaching Out to Those in Need -
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

Jewish Peoplehood: A Jerusalem-Berkeley Conversation -
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,

GTU Welcome Reception for New Students and Faculty -
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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