CommUnity programs are offered Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Walla Walla University Church and are open to the public. Some CommUnity programs which do not occur on Tuesday include: Week of Worship, MLK Jr. Day, The Weekend, and Awards Celebration. Please see the CommUnity schedule for more information about CommUnity programs.
(Listen to past CommUnity programs at iTunes University.)
Presenting: May 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Jason Wells graduated from Walla Walla College in 1996 after a three-year adventure which included editing the Mountain Ash, leading as captain of the men’s FCA flagball team, and serving as President of Adventist Intercollegiate Association. After graduating from Walla Walla College in 1996, Jason Wells moved to Hillsboro, Oregon to teach at Tualatin Valley Junior Academy where he formed the internationally acclaimed handbell group, Ring of Fire. They performed at events in 18 states and seven countries, including two presidential inaugurations and on stage in Symphony Hall in a nationally televised performance with the Boston Pops. After eight years of teaching, Jason transitioned to health care, moving to Florida where he served as director of marketing for Florida Hospital.
Jason and his wife Heather (who me met at WWC) now live in North Carolina where he serves as vice president of physician services at Park Ridge Health. His responsibilities include executive oversight of employing 141 providers, 42 physician practices operating in 31 different specialties. Jason and Heather have three children, Sidney (9), Landon (5), and Hayden (3).
Presenting: "Gihembe 2015: The Last Chapter of the Rwandan Genocide" May 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Shoshon Tama-Sweet is the director for global impact at These Numbers Have Faces, an organization committed to investing in Africa’s brightest students to lead and empower their countries. In this role he oversees programs to support leadership, entrepreneurship, and education in Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa.
Previously, he was the executive director of The Oregon Center for Christian Voices, a public policy and advocacy organization located in Portland, Oregon. In this role he successfully spearheaded efforts to create the Oregon Anti-Human trafficking day and pass six new laws in Oregon fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children. For his work fighting human trafficking he was featured on the cover of Christianity Today and was the subject of a short documentary called "This is Our City." He lives with his family in Hood River, Oregon, where he enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, and surfing.
Presented: April 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Jason Satterlund is the award winning producer/director and owner of Big Puddle Films, a full service film production company established in 2001. Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years, filming underwater sea life in the tropics, high end political candidates in the United States and Russia, street children in third world countries, and top country music artists in Nashville, TN. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera.
Satterlund has done extensive work for clients such as Warner Brothers, Bon Jovi, CNN, ABC, the country of Jordan, and more. He is creator and director of the award winning feature film, The Record Keeper, which was accepted into the Raindance Film Festival in London. His short film Splinter Cell Extraction was nominated for a 2014 Geekie Award and won the Spirit of Comicon Award. Satterlund currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he produces commercials, documentaries, music videos, and feature films.
Presented: March 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
The presidential panel at CommUnity will feature the three college and university presidents from the Walla Walla valley: Whitman College President George Bridges, Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle, and Walla Walla University President John McVay. Moderated by Walla Walla University University Church Senior Pastor Alex Bryan, the panel will discuss higher education in the valley.
Presented: February 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Aisha Fukushima is a singer, public speaker, educator & self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). As leader of the ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project, Aisha raises social awareness through connections between global hip hop & social justice. Since 2007 she has engaged in hip hop communities from France to Morocco, Kazakhstan, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark & beyond.
Aisha's ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured by Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED, The Seattle Times, and more. Aisha holds an honors degree in Rhetoric & Film Studies from Whitman College (2009) and currently lives in the California Bay Area where, in addition to performing, she works with youth everyday as Youth Coordinator at BAVC. Learn more about Aisha and RAPtivism by visiting www.aishafukushima.com.
Presented: "Privacy and Personality in the Digital Age" February 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Alex Alben has played a leadership role in the field of digital media and has shared his expertise in both teaching and journalism. He helped launch ESPN.com and ABCNews.com, and served for six years in senior management at RealNetworks. Alben worked as a researcher for CBS News in 1980 and went on to work for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports. In the 1990s, Alben worked as an entertainment lawyer for Orion Pictures and Warner Bros. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from Washington State's 8th Congressional District in 2004.
A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Alben writes for The Seattle Times and other publications on the intersection of media, technology, and politics. He is the author of both fiction, Our Man in Mongoa, a novel, and Analog Days—How Technology Rewrote Our Future. Alben currently lives in Seattle.
Presented: "Think Outside the Shoe" January 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church
Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all, she earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association and the Guinness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet. Yet, her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.
Presented: January 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church
Brooke Vick is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Whitman College. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied the causes and consequences of perceiving prejudice from both the perpetrator’s and target’s perspectives. Trained broadly on the psychology of prejudice and social stigma, Dr. Vick has examined the effects of experiencing prejudice and having a marginalized social identity on academic performance, motivation, physiological reactivity, and social perception. Her research has also investigated strategies that can help reduce the negative effects of prejudice, including self-acceptance, confrontation, and allyship. Her work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science.
Presented: "God's Love Story" January 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church
Joe Castillo is the premier sand story-teller in the world today. Using "SandStory" Joe forms and reforms sand on a light box into ever changing shapes and images that tell visually powerful stories. Choreographed to music these images inspire, challenge and motivate in a captivating way.
A native of Mexico City, Joe grew up surrounded by art and the cosmopolitan culture of an international city. In his teenage years he moved to Florida, attended Ringling School of Art, and graduated from Florida Bible College. Starting his career as a Christian businessman, he founded The Advertising Library, an agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. After 21 years in advertising, he returned to school and received a M.A. in Biblical Studies and M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He pastored a church for five years. Now with his wife Cindy, Joe travels speaking and performing full time.
Presented: November 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Dale Partridge is an entrepreneur and founder of Sevenly.org, a socially conscious e-commerce company based in Los Angeles, California that partners with one qualified nonprofit each week, donating $7 from every product sold to support the charity's cause. Sevenly was named “The Most Social Media Driven Company in America” by Mashable and one of the fastest growing social good start-ups in the country by Forbes.
Dale started his first company while still a teenager and has partnered and launched a number of successful multi-million dollar organizations since. His personal mission is to lead a generation toward generosity and empower business leaders through the teaching philosophy that people matter. Dale is best known for his expertise in consumer trends, branding, marketing, and social media. He has presented at Facebook, Adobe, Panasonic, Invisible Children, and many more, and has been featured by Forbes, Christianity Today, INC Magazine, FOX News, NBC and other media. Dale is author of the upcoming book People Over Profit.
Learn more about Dale by visiting his life and business blog, The Daily Positive.
Presented: November 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
In May of 2013, Chris Bailey graduated from university with two full-time job offers, but he decided to decline them both to dedicate a full year of his life to following his passion: productivity. For a full year he did anything and everything to become more productive. That included conducting productivity experiments on himself, like living in total isolation for 10 days, only using his smartphone for an hour a day, waking up at 5:30am every morning, and working 90-hour weeks.
His work has received national and international media attention from outlets like Fox Business, The Street, Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, foundr magazine, CBC, CTV, TED, and many others. A Year of Productivity has been read over one million times by hundreds of thousands of people from almost every country around the world, and in a recent interview, the prestigious TED organization said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet".
You can read Chris's work at A Year of Productivity and A Life of Productivity. Chris has also put together a PDF for WWU of the highlights from his CommUnity presentation with some practical, tactical ways to get more done every day.
Presented: October 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church
Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for three decades. She has concentrated on photographing women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. From a village in Kosovo in which only the women and children survived the war; to the streets of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where women march to demand investigations of the murders of young female factory workers, Allen has documented women's determination in the pursuit of freedom, truth and justice. What makes Allen especially unique is her long-term approach to her subject matter, documenting many of her subjects for more than two decades.
Allen presently teaches a course at the International Center of Photography in New York City called, Why Am I Photojournalist? Her photographs have been widely published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Oprah Magazine, among others. Visit www.paula-allen.com for more information on her photographs and books.
Last update on May 27, 2015