February is a significant month for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it’s known as the month of love since Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th. The second thing February is known for is Black History Month as we celebrate the achievements of and recognize the role of African-Americans in U.S. history.
After eight beautiful years, King University’s president, Alexander Whitaker, will retire after the 2023-2024 school year. President Whitaker has served a very respectful term at King. He has shown astounding leadership while contributing to the community around him. Mr. Whitaker’s contributions will be forever etched into the history of King University. Let’s take a look back at his tenure.
Don Michael Hudson was a faculty member in the King College of Arts and Sciences and was also the Bible and Religion Department Chair. Throughout his life, Dr. Hudson accomplished various feats. He co-founded the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 1996, and at King, he developed an innovative class titled Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. He also served as a visiting professor at various universities across the globe, including Perth; Australia, Vienna, Austria; Kiev, Ukraine; Monterrey, Mexico, and many others. Dr. Hudson authored, co-authored, or edited five books and written over 50 essays and articles in journals such as Imagiato et Ratio, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Mars Hill Review, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Inklings, The Everyday Study Bible, Sojourners, and Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.
Senior graduating students in the Digital Media Art and Design (DMAD) program create a senior thesis series of work that results in an exhibition rather than a cumulative test. The work created is a personal project that introduces the student to the world of exhibitions as they prepare to graduate. The exhibition also allows them to showcase their work to the public and put their name out there as artists. This semester a group of four students is graduating and having a large, combined exhibition featuring photography, graphic design, illustration, and videography.
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February and continues, is at its heart an effort to recreate the glory of the Soviet Union, which formally collapsed in 1991 after decades of over-spending on its military and the sheer failure of Marxist ideology. Within a decade, Russia would default on its debt—it was so cash-strapped that it was unable to pay state employees, fail to keep NATO from kicking Serbians (a Russian ally) out of Kosovo, watch former allies join NATO, lose a war in Chechnya, and become a bastion of corruption. Putin, a former KGB (Soviet intelligence) officer, resented the shame heaped upon Russia, and in a 1999 speech to the Duma he spoke of “strengthening the vertical chain” of power domestically, and go on to say “Russia has been a great power for centuries, and remains so. It has always has and still has legitimate zones of interest…we should not drop our guard in this respect, neither should we allow our opinion to be ignored.”
Black History Month has been a staple in American education since its first federally recognized observance in 1976. It has since gone on to be observed and celebrated in Canada, the UK, and Ireland, though in the two latter countries it is observed in October as opposed to February. President Gerald Ford, in his recognition of Black History Month, stated that it provided an “Opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The deaths of four women have been linked to one perpetrator, nicknamed the Shopping Cart Killer because of how he leaves his victims in or around shopping carts. The police have arrested suspect Anthony Robinson of Washington D.C., and have charged him with the deaths of the four women found at two separate locations in Virginia. Police also believe that he is responsible for a fifth victim as well.
When Jewel Bell arrived at King College in 1952 with only sixty-six cents in her pocket, she never dreamed that a two-week job filling in for a maid would turn into a seventy-year-long career. Throughout her time at King, she has been a maid, a switchboard operator in Parks Hall, supervisor of the women’s dorm, and an executive administrative assistant for communications. Her current office has resided in the E.W. King Building since 1990, where she helps countless people find their way around campus and serves as gatekeeper to the president’s office, along with the president’s assistant, Holly Stevens. All the while, she offers a signature smile that everyone loves.
*Republished from the February 2017 issue of The Kayseean