Perspective 2020-05-05T15:59:38+00:00

Office of Enrollment Management: Houston-Galveston Virtual Experience

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Enrollment Management As recruiters and admission personnel, “shelter-in-place” caused us to swiftly rethink outreach to prospective students. The March 26 Inside Perkins, originally planned as an on-campus event, immediately took on a Zoom meeting format. Two more Zoom meetings followed in April. Prospects from all over the globe joined in during these three sessions, from New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Nigeria, Angola, Mexico and Zimbabwe. The meetings [...]

May 5, 2020|

Office of Development Update: A Call to Action

Our world has been turned upside down. Little did we know, when the school year began, that the biggest change in the history of American higher education would take place during the second semester. One hundred percent of university students in the United States are now completing their studies online! No one knows which changes will be transitory and which will be long-lasting. What we do know is that “people are still being called to ministry,” as Margot Perez-Greene, Associate [...]

May 5, 2020|

A Look Back: Perkins is No Stranger to Hard Times

By Sam Hodges When future histories of Perkins School of Theology are written, they will need a chapter at least on the current period, with its daunting challenges. For weeks, the Perkins campus, with the rest of Southern Methodist University, has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classes have gone online – an unprecedented undertaking. Commencement was postponed until August, with no date certain for the campus reopening. Meanwhile, economists forecast a major recession for the U.S. owing [...]

May 5, 2020|

Going Remote

The transition to online learning was unexpected and rapid – but so far, Perkins faculty and students have coped with some flexibility, some innovation, some patience, and a willingness to roll with the punches.   When students left for spring break in March, most had no expectation of how quickly things would change. Spring break was extended an extra week, and when they returned, all Dallas classes had migrated to online.    Rebekah Miles is teaching two classes this semester -- United Methodist Doctrine and Spiritual [...]

May 5, 2020|

Latest News from Bridwell Library

Bridwell Quarterly – Winter 2020 The fifth issue of The Bridwell Quarterly includes a note from Bridwell Library Director, Anthony Elia, reflecting on the past few months; passages and experiences of staff; updates on the library's renovations; upcoming online exhibitions; and many more topics we hope you'll enjoy. Click to read the Fall 2019 Issue of the Bridwell Quarterly Bridwell Quill - Latest Note, November - December 2019 Read the update from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia.   Bridwell Quarterly – [...]

May 5, 2020|

Inside Perkins

Like everything else this semester, Inside Perkins has gone online – with an excellent response. Normally, Inside Perkins is the daylong program that brings prospective students to campus to attend classes and meet with faculty, staff and students. Since late March, however, three Inside Perkins events have been held via Zoom. Nine students attended on March 26; 12 attended on April 16; and a third meeting took place on April 30. “I’ve talked to my counterparts at seminaries across the [...]

May 5, 2020|
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