2/3/20 Veritas Forum with Dave Evans (Stanford University)

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Monday evening February 3rd, students and faculty were at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center to hear from Dave Evans (Stanford) on “Designing Your Life Worth Living”. The large four sided graffiti board (above) was on campus the week before, engaging students with four questions: “What Gives You Purpose in Life?” “What’s A Good Habit That Brings You Joy?” “What Defines Worthwhile Work?” and “If God Exists, How Would That Impact Your Life?”

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Dave Evans is an entrepreneur who led the design of Apple’s first mouse, and co-founded the company “Electronic Arts” before becoming a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford. He and his colleague Bill Burnett co-authored the Designing Your Life (#1 New York Times Bestseller) and co-teach a class by the same name, considered the most popular class at Stanford.

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The Veritas Forum is an annual event at Cal Poly, committed to “engaging students and faculty in discussions on life’s most important questions, and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.” Above, Cal Poly Philosophy of Religion Professor Dr. Stephen Lloyd Moffett interviewing Dave Evans. Questions from the student/faculty audience included:

Have you found that secular people are just as satisfied with their “purpose” as people of faith?

When do you know when it is the right decision to leave your current path and pursue another purpose?

What has been your reason for staying with Christianity after “running out of gas” [how Dave Evans described his experience] 4-5 times?

How did you accept Jesus into your life and how did your life change after that?

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Dave Evans interacting with students afterwards. Which apparently continued outside even after the PAC was closed for the evening (with a smaller follow up meeting for interested students the next day).

Many thanks to Dave Evans for coming to speak, and for the many students and faculty that worked to make this evening happen.

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Faculty Bridges and InterVarsity faculty conferences

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A couple of upcoming opportunities for faculty include the February 29, 2020 Winds of Change conference for Christian faculty in Seal Beach (Southern California) sponsored by Faculty Bridges, and the March 14, 2020 InterVarsity Christian Faculty Conference in Moraga (Northern California). These are unique opportunities to connect with Christian faculty from other universities, and work through what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ public university.

 

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Veritas Forum Feb 3, 2020: Dave Evans (Stanford University)

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Please join us as the Cal Poly Veritas Forum presents:
Dave Evans (Stanford University)
Designing Your Life Worth Living”
Monday evening February 3, 2020 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (the PAC)
Free, and open to students, faculty, and members of the Cal Poly community.
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Save the Date: 2/3/20 Veritas Forum

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Please save the date and plan on joining us as the Cal Poly Veritas Forum presents:

Dave Evans (Stanford University)
Designing Your Life Worth Living
Monday evening February 3, 2020 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (the PAC)
Free, and open to students, faculty, and members of the Cal Poly community.

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Dave Evans teaches “Designing Your Life” – Stanford University’s most popular class. He is an entrepreneur who led the design of Apple’s first mouse, and co-founded Electronic Arts before becoming a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford.

Professor Evans has given similar presentations as TED talks both in the US and abroad. We’re excited to host him here at Cal Poly and hope you, as well as your colleagues and students can join us. 

The Veritas Forum is an annual event at Cal Poly committed to engaging students and faculty in discussions on life’s most important topics, and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.

 

 

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1/18/20 “A Common Call” conference

Please join us for

“A Common Call” Christian faculty conference 

Saturday January 18, 2020 – Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Enjoy times of interaction, networking, and fellowship with other faculty and graduate students (future faculty) from around the West Coast.

*A Common Call conference 1-18-20*

Featuring:

  • Dr. Charles Lee (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Susan Siaw (Cal Poly Pomona)
  • Renee Begay (Nations staff)
  • Dr. Buff Furman (San Jose State)

“I’m delighted to provide a strong endorsement for A Common Call. As a Christian biology professor at a public university, rarely am I around others who are like-minded in their prayerful desire to be salt and light on the university campus. A Common Call’s focus on practical ministry ideas is important, especially among a group that struggles with connecting heads and hearts.” Jeff Hardin, Ph.D.

The conference is open to faculty, spouses, and graduate students (future faculty). Overnight accommodations are also available at a special reduced rate. Sponsored by Faculty Commons, the faculty ministry of Cru.

Registration and more information: www.ACommonCall.org

 

 

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G-3’s = groups of three

A G-3 is a group of three or more faculty members meeting regularly three times a quarter for community, growth, and prayer. A G-3 is committed to:

• community: a chance to share with a few others about life – what’s going on, challenges and opportunities, both on and off campus. 

• growth: G-3’s are committed to spiritual growth, and to taking time to discuss a passage of Scripture or short article together.

• prayer: praying together about these things, and for other needs and concerns. 

G-3’s are open to faculty wherever they’re at in their spiritual journey: whether interested in exploring Christianity or growing in their faith … and how Jesus Christ impacts all of life.

G-3’s are relational, connecting you with other faculty members on campus, either in your department, your college – or with those in completely unrelated fields. It’s a safe place to work through your faith journey, build friendships, and explore the question: “why has God called me to a public university campus?”

The groups are are designed to work around faculty members schedules, and the smaller format makes it easier to find a time when a group can meet.  If you’d like to be in group, here’s a link to pass along your availability for Winter Quarter 2020 scheduling. We’re guessing six or seven G-3 groups will be meeting during Winter Quarter. 

Please contact us if you have questions. 

 

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11/19/19 New Faculty Welcome Lunch

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We had a great time meeting each other this past Tuesday at our “New Faculty Welcome Lunch”.

If you weren’t able to make it, we’re planning on having similar informal connection times in the future. Please contact us, and we’ll be sure to include you in future updates. 

 

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