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Bushnell University School of Music and Performing Arts Spring Performances (Photo) - 02/29/24

EUGENE, Ore. - Bushnell University’s School of Music and Performing Arts is pleased to invite the community to spring performances by the University Choir, Bushnell Jazz Ensemble, Bushnell Chorale, and The Grove Collective, the school’s traveling worship ensemble.  

The events will take place at several locations, including on campus in Ross Evans Chapel, as well as at First Baptist Church of Eugene, local high schools, and various churches throughout the region. 

Our opening Spring Performance Hour will occur on March 15th at 2:00PM at Ross Evans Chapel, located on Bushnell’s campus. This performance will showcase the music of students enrolled in private lessons and will feature a variety of musical styles, from lyrical classical arias to contemporary popular favorites. On the evening of April 12th at 7PM, please join us at Ross Evans Chapel for The Greatest of These is Love, a performance of music, spoken word, and movement highlighting the theme of God’s love for all of us and our love for each other. We close the season with our beautiful Spring Concert, April 27 at 7PM at First Baptist Church in Eugene. This concert finale brings all the music students together in a program including exciting contemporary choral pieces, meaningful classic and contemporary worship songs, and a selection of classical and contemporary jazz repertoire. 

In addition to these performances, The Grover Collective is leading worship at churches in the region: 

Lebanon Mennonite Church: March 3 

Salem Academy Christian School: March 6 

First Baptist Church Eugene, Women’s Retreat: March 9 (event registration required) 

Friendly Street Church of God: March 10 

Village Church: April 7 

Florence Christian Church: April 21 

These Bushnell events are free to the public and open to all ages. 

Program subject to change.  

LOCATIONS: Ross Evans Chapel, First Baptist Church of Eugene, and schools and churches in the region 

Tickets: Free  

Interview & Media Opportunities: High-resolution photos are available upon request. For interviews, contact Emily Weinkauf Kidder at 541-521-6568 or ekidder@bushnell.edu. 

IG: @bushnellmusic 

FB: @bushnellperformingarts 

About Bushnell University's School of Music and Performing Arts
Bushnell School of Music and Performing Arts is a nonprofit, 40+ student music school based in Eugene, Oregon led by Associate Dean, Dr. Kelly Ballard. The school provides students with fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills, marked by innovation, creativity, and high academic standards. Digital content is offered through its social media channels. More at www.bushnell.edu/music. 

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Schlabach Scores 2000th Point in Regular Season Finale (Photo) - 02/26/24

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Senior Stevie Schlabach completed a milestone that no Bushnell player has accomplished in 33 years on Saturday as he scored his 2000th career point in a 93-86 loss to Eastern Oregon University in the final game of the regular season.

Schlabach, who currently has 2,008 points, is the third player to break through the elusive barrier, and the first since Mat Sand scored the Bushnell all-time record of 2,296 in 1991. Jon Willis, who is second on the list has a recognized scoring total of 2,064.

Head Coach Eddie Alexander said, “I am very proud of Stevie and his personal accomplishment. He is a very humble young man that has grown so much in our program these past five years. I wish everyone knew him the way I do. He deserves these accolades for his hard work on and off the court. What he has accomplished is not by accident. Commitment, loyalty, perseverance, and accountability are all words that come to mind when I think of where he started as a student-athlete and where he is today as a young man. I’m very proud of him!”

As for the game, coming into the night the Beacons had already secured the No. 6 seed for the CCC tournament and were not in danger with the loss, but it still wasn’t the way they wanted to end the regular season.

“Our goal was to build momentum heading into the quarterfinals,” said Alexander. “Our conversation post game was all about details that we can collectively control. It’s a life lesson I’m praying our guys take seriously as we move our program forward. EOU was hungry for a win and played extremely well. I give them credit as they executed offensively very well.”

Eastern (12-16, 11-11 CCC) established an early lead in this one, and never let the Beacons establish a foothold, matching nearly shot-for-shot for most of the game. EOU shot 54% with the Beacons shooting 48%. Bushnell was an impressive 25-for-29 at the free-throw line in a physical game that saw 41 total fouls.

The Beacons (15-13, 12-10 CCC) were led by senior Spencer Hoffman who scored 26 points, including 22 in the second half, along with a game-high 15 rebounds. He was 9-for-13 from the field and 8-for-9 on free throws. Coach Alexander said, “Spencer had a great game, especially in the second half. He was taking a physical beating and played through it. His growth as a leader has been enormous and it showed tonight.”

Schlabach followed with 18 points, shooting 7-for-10, and Kaden Sand scored 17 points with a team-high six assists. Alexis Angeles was also in double-figures with 11.

The Mounties had four players in double-figures as well, led by 26 from Garrett Hawkes. Jonny Hillman scored 21 points and seven assists before fouling out late, Preston Chandler scored 14 and Brennen Newsom came off the bench to add eleven.

Both teams are off to the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament and will both be on the road in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. No. 7-seed EOU visits No. 2-seed Lewis-Clark State while the Beacons head to Klamath Falls to take on the No. 3-seed Oregon Tech. In the other quarterfinal matches, No. 1-seed College of Idaho hosts No. 8-seed Northwest and No. 4-seed Southern Oregon plays host to No. 5-seed Corban.

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Bushnell University School of Music and Performing Arts Spring Performances and Events (Photo) - 02/23/24

EUGENE, Ore. - Bushnell University’s School of Music and Performing Arts is pleased to invite the community to spring performances and events by the students in University Choir, Bushnell Jazz Ensemble, Bushnell Chorale, and The Grove Collective, the school’s traveling worship ensemble.  

The performance events will take place on campus in Ross Evans Chapel, First Baptist Church of Eugene, high schools, and various churches throughout the region. On March 15th at 12PM, Spring Performance Hour will showcase the music of students enrolled in private lessons and feature a variety of repertoire from lyrical classical arias to contemporary popular favorites. Join us the evening of April 12th at 7PM for The Greatest of These is Love, a performance of music, spoken word, and movement highlighting the theme of God’s love for all of us and our love for each other. We close the season with our beautiful Spring Concert, April 27 at 7PM, at First Baptist Church in Eugene, bringing all the music students together in a program including exciting contemporary choral pieces, meaningful classic and contemporary worship songs and a selection of classical and contemporary jazz repertoire. 

Join Grove Collective as they lead worship at churches in the region: 

Court Street Christian Church: February 25 

Lebanon Mennonite Church: March 3 

Salem Academy Christian School: March 6 

First Baptist Church Eugene, Women’s Retreat: March 9 (event registration required) 

Friendly Street Church of God: March 10 

Village Church: April 7 

Florence Christian Church: April 21 

See more at bushnell.edu/calendar. The Bushnell events are free to the public and open to all ages. 

Program subject to change.  

LOCATIONS: Ross Evans Chapel, First Baptist Church of Eugene, and schools and churches in the region 

Tickets: Free  

Interview & Media Opportunities: High-resolution photos are available upon request. For interviews, contact Emily Weinkauf Kidder at 541-521-6568 or ekidder@bushnell.edu.  

IG: @bushnellmusic 

FB: @bushnellperformingarts 

About Bushnell University School of Music and Performing Arts
Bushnell School of Music and Performing Arts is a nonprofit, 40+ student music school based in Eugene, Oregon led by Associate Dean, Dr. Kelly Ballard. The school provides students with fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills, marked by innovation, creativity, and high academic standards. Digital content is offered through its social media channels. More at www.bushnell.edu/music. 

Attached Media Files: Photo by Lucas Pauly
Bushnell University Hosts Visiting Lecturer Dr. Vince Bantu to Explore "Is Christianity a Western Religion?" - 02/23/24

EUGENE, Ore. — Bushnell University will host renowned scholar Dr. Vince Bantu on the subject of Christianity’s origins and its global identity. The conference, scheduled for February 27th and 28th, will explore the diverse narratives that shape our understanding of the Christian faith.  

Keynote speaker Dr. Vince Bantu is a leading voice in uncovering the global roots of early Christianity. His impactful work, including the book “A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity” (IVP, 2020), emphasizes the need to dispel the misconception that Christianity is exclusively a Western religion. Dr. Bantu contends that by rediscovering the ancient African, Asian, and Middle Eastern roots of Christianity, we can overcome obstacles to evangelism, particularly in Black, Asian, and Latinx communities. 

The event kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 11 AM during the University Chapel at the Morse Center with Dr. Bantu’s keynote address, “Reimagining the Christian Story.” Attendees will be challenged to broaden their understanding of Christianity’s global journey. In the evening at the Ross Evans Chapel, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, there will be a screening and discussion of the documentary “Unspoken,” available on Tubi, a free streaming service located at https://tubitv.com

On Wednesday, Feb. 28th, the thought-provoking sessions continue with a keynote lecture by Dr. Bantu from 10-11:30 AM, titled “Is Christianity a Western Religion?” This session will provide insights into the rich and varied historical roots of Christianity. Following this, from 12-2 PM, there will be a community lunch open to local clergy, featuring a panel discussion on “Connecting God’s Global Story to A Multitude of All Peoples.” 

The conference aims to encourage a reevaluation of Christianity’s cultural narrative and foster a shared understanding of the faith’s diverse heritage. As we collectively explore the prayer “your kingdom come,” we invite pastors, church leaders, and the community to join us for this insightful event. 

Bushnell is pursuing meaningful conversations about how the Gospel nurtures present and future hopes of, in the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “the creation of the Beloved Community.” It is in this spirit, and with this hope, that we continue Bushnell’s commitment to calling and Christ-centered reconciliation by hosting Dr. Bantu on campus.  

For further information, please contact: Lars Coburn, Director of University Relations 541-684-7320 and lacoburn@bushnell.edu.  

Registration and More Information:  

*Limited seating is available; registration is required to reserve your seat. For registration and more information about “God’s Global Story” event please visit https://Bushnell.edu/gods-global-story and to see some of the past events you can visit Bushnell.edu/churchrelations. 

Sponsorship: 

Individuals, corporate partners, and local churches are invited to sponsor these events and participate in these no-cost experiences. In gratitude, the University will provide appropriate thanks and useful exposures to encourage and bless our friends who share in the leadership and impetus surrounding this important topic. For more information about sponsorship please visit: Bushnell.edu/sponsor.    

About Bushnell University

Founded in 1895 Bushnell University helps students discover and answer God’s call on their lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment, Bushnell encourages students to grow in wisdom, informed by faith, leading to lives of service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell.

Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant University District. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies through course formats on campus, online, and hybrid. More information about the University is available at www.bushnell.edu.  

About Dr. Vince Bantu:

Dr. Bantu (Ph.D., 2015, The Catholic University of America) is a leading voice in excavating the global roots of Christianity in its earliest expressions. He has partnered with the Jude 3 Project in public events such as “Is Christianity a White Religion?” (Lisa Fields, CEO and Founder of the Jude 3 Project, was one of our guests for the November 2023 “Becoming the Beloved Community” event.) Dr. Bantu is the author of several books, including A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity (IVP, 2020) and Those for Whom the Lamp Shines: The Making of Egyptian Ethnic Identity in Late Antiquity (Univ. of California Press, 2023). Dr. Bantu is a dynamic speaker, in demand as both a lecturer and preacher. He has been hosted at numerous colleges and universities, including Regent College (Vancouver, Canada), Biola University, and Wheaton College. Dr. Bantu’s message is that, to reach the world with the Gospel, we must dispel the myth that Christianity is a European, white religion. Christianity didn’t become global with colonialism, but its earliest expressions were nurtured in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Additionally, the recovery of ancient global Christianity enables white, European-heritage Christians to remold their own narrative as well. Christianity isn’t a cultural inheritance only of white Americans and Europeans; it’s a shared heritage with “a multitude of all peoples.” Recovering that story—God’s global story—will support Bushnell University mission of aiding students in finding their calling, assisting in the work of reconciliation.  

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Hoffman Adds National NAIA Weekly Award (Photo) - 02/07/24

EUGENE, Ore. – For the second time in his career, senior Center Spencer Hoffman has been named the NAIA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the association on Tuesday.

Hoffman had a huge weekend for the Beacons as they won both of their games on the Washington CCC road swing, defeating Northwest (101-93) and Evergreen State (97-81). He averaged 28 points and 16.5 rebounds per game over the weekend while shooting 76% from the field.

In the win over Northwest, Hoffman played 39 minutes, scoring 26 points on 13-for-16 shooting, adding 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

Hoffman nearly had complete double-doubles in each half against Evergreen, posting 16 points and nine rebounds over the first 20 minutes along with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the final frame. It was the second 30/20 game in school history and first in six years. His 21 rebounds were a career-high and just two shy of the Beacon single-game record.

This second career honor comes 13 months after his first, which was also after a weekend of dominance against Northwest and Evergreen. This is the fourth NAIA National Player of the Week honor for Bushnell men’s basketball and the first this season for any Bushnell student-athlete.

The Beacons (13-9, 10-6) return home this weekend and will have a big test on their hands Friday night when they tip off against Lewis-Clark State College (16-6, 14-2) at 7:30 pm.