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A change of pace
Dr. Daniel Lockwood, president of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary, will be on sabbatical from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31. Dr. Lockwood hopes to finish writing a book in the midst of his busy schedule, which includes several speaking engagements, writing commitments, traveling abroad and recovering from surgery.

While it is unusual for a college president to go on sabbatical, Dr. Lockwood will contribute a large amount of his time to Multnomah. He will continue writing for Multnomah Message magazine and the President’s Report, and will attend a meeting with the Association for Biblical Higher Education. He is also scheduled to speak at several conferences.

Dr. Lockwood will utilize his time to prepare for big changes that are on the horizon for Multnomah. “The time off will provide me with an opportunity to reflect on where Multnomah is going and focus on what our long term goals are,” said Dr. Lockwood. He also plans to take a philanthropy class at Indiana University, with the hope of applying what he learns to Multnomah’s fundraising needs.

His traveling commitments include a two-week visit with his daughter in New Zealand, as well as a “reformation tour” which he will be leading in Germany and Switzerland.

Aside from speaking engagements, planning and travel, Dr. Lockwood will get some rest and relaxation. He plans to use this time to write, as well as recover from a surgery, which will take place in early August. Dr. Lockwood intends to work on two books that have been in progress for years. He hopes to finish a book on Hebrews 11, which is tentatively titled “Profiles of Faith,” by the end of his sabbatical.

In his absence, the academic dean of the college, Dr. Wayne Strickland, will function as chairman of the President’s Council. “Everything is in place for the smooth operation of the school while I’m gone,” said Dr. Lockwood

Plesiu gets nod
School is about to begin again which means the Gateway Elks Lodge has resumed selection of Teenager of the Month. Selected for the September honor is outstanding scholar, musician and student scientist, Adeline Plesiu. A senior at David Douglas High School, Plesiu carries a GPA of 4.0.

She is a serious and dedicated student. She has completed numerous advanced and college courses. Among those are advanced chemistry and trigonometry, classes that demand basic knowledge and analytical skills. Maintaining a perfect grade point average in these classes demonstrates exceptional work and concentration.

To augment her high school experiences, Plesiu has also been involved in diverse activities. She is on the soccer team, and she serves as treasurer and assistant concertmaster of the school orchestra.

Plesiu displays her dedication to others by being actively involved in the Dream Club that works to help those in need. She serves on the Link Crew, assisting newcomers to school.

This busy teen also serves as a math tutor and teaches violin to young children.

Plesiu bolsters her interest in science with involvement in the school’s Science Club and Earth Club, and is a member of the Portland Youth Conservatory orchestra, the Romanian Baptist Church Orchestra, and the Romanian Baptist Church Choir. She also volunteers at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.

Recognition for her scholarship and leadership was demonstrated when she was named Student of the Month in February 2003. She was also designated Most Dedicated orchestra member and Academic All Star Science School winner.

Ioan Brisc, pastor of the Romanian Baptist Church, describes Plesiu as “an example of kindness, diligence and dedication to others.”

While her plans for college are not, as yet, compete, Plesiu will prepare for a career in medicine.

She lives with her parents, Otilia and Cornel Plesiu.

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