Unplugged: Boppell Coffeehouse

Boppell Coffeehouse provided students with a relaxing way to decompress before finals week, and saw a large turnout of students. “It’s so lively here,” sophomore Ashley Yang said.

The event, a Boppell tradition, drew students in with the promise of free coffee and student performances.

“Who can say no to free coffee?” Boppell senator Norma Heredia said about why some students came to the event.

Along with the coffee provided by Boppell, the night featured live performances by Whitworth students.

“Whitworth students are always good at wanting to express their talent, which is great because everyone is so talented,” Heredia said.

Karina Dautenhahn, a junior, attended the event in order to support some friends who were showcasing their talents.

“It’s like a talent show,” Dautenhahn said.

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Amidst the rumble of the crowd and the music, the event offered students the ability to learn about the importance of mental illness awareness. Boppell leadership teamed up with the HEAT, Whitworth’s health organization, to put on events simultaneously. The HEAT provided free popcorn, displayed pieces of art and contributed slam poetry to the coffeehouse performances to facilitate discussion about mental health awareness.

Through the help of Off the Page, a poetry club, the HEAT was able to bring in performers for the coffeehouse event who shared slam poetry about the topic. The partnership of the two events provided an atmosphere for students to come and feel comfortable, following the theme of “finding your shalom.”

“The HEAT is doing amazing things on campus and had a truly positive impact on our event,” Heredia said.

Although the recent windstorm caused some setbacks in the advertisement of the event, Boppell was able to recruit many performers for the event.

“It just goes to show how amazing Whitworth is,” Heredia said. “When someone is in need the community comes together to help each other out.”

Unplugged events, such as the Boppell Coffeehouse, provide students an opportunity to showcase their talents in a comfortable atmosphere.

“These kinds of events helped build confidence within the little family that you already have built here,” Heredia said.

Providing a chance for students to either express themselves, or enjoy the talents of others, was the main goal of the event.

“The talent on our campus is just unbelievable,” Yang said. “It is all too great to leave. It’s just really nice, warm and relaxing.”

Boppell residents appreciated the event as well.

“It’s just like Whitworth is one big family,” Heredia said.

Melissa Voss

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Environmental activism through art: "John Holmgren: Selected Works" explores how humans affect the environment

The new art exhibit, "John Holmgren: Selected Works," in the Lied Art Building’s Bryan Oliver Gallery consists of works that encourage students to start a dialogue about their relationship with the world around them.

Artist John Holmgren works at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he teaches a variety of courses on photography, mixed media and printmaking. roughout his art career, Holmgren has compiled an extensive portfolio consisting of five main series of work. Holmgren’s selected works at Whitworth portray photographs of the environment in various states of destruction combined with other art media such as screen printing to create works that show many perspectives on a location.

“[Holmgren] explores these places like an archaeologist would,” said senior lecturer and gallery director Lance Sinnema.

The first series of works, titled “Man Camps of North Dakota,” was a collaorative effort between Holmgren and the North Dakota Man Camp Project at the university of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The project documents temporary settlements, called man camps, on the Bakken oil field in North Dakota associated with fracking oil. Holmgren uses photographs from work sites and inkjet prints of archived documents to create pieces that demonstrate what life is like for miners living in these towns.

“Many of them are like ghost towns now,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren’s “Man Camp” project serves as a springboard for discussion about human trends of consumption. The camps depicted exist for the sole purpose of mining oil which is used for human consumption, although they also contain life.

“We need to come to grips with the damage that we are doing to the earth and to people,” Sinnema said. “The camps are not a very sustainable way of living in the same way that reliance on oil and gas is not sustainable.”

Holmgren’s interest in environmentalism was piqued by the dams on the Columbia River near his hometown of Lakewood, Washington. Another of his collections, “River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River Dams,” depicts the dams along the river. Holmgren, in collaboration with artist Nick Conbere, uses photos from the dams and Conbere’s drawings to construct pieces that show the history and the present state of the dams and their impact on the environment.

“We ask how aesthetic relationships can offer compelling ways to consider human constructions that alter natural forces, re-shaping the flow of a river,” Holmgren said.

The gallery also features Holmgren’s work from his collection “District of the Penguins.” This body of work utilizes photographs from Holmgren’s time stationed on the Polar Sea as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I am reappropriating my own archives of Antarctica,” Holmgren said. “These photos were never really intended to be artwork.”

Holmgren used innovative photography techniques to create intricately layered art.

Holmgren’s art exhibits human impact on the world and works to start a dialogue that may ask questions about how people can work to create change, Sinnema said.

“Today’s students are the ones that really need to lead the charge, to stand up and say we need a change,” Sinnema said. In order to help create a healthier relationship with resources, Sinnema recommended that all people be involved in researching and voting which work to tackle the issues.

Holmgren’s works will be on display until Jan. 29. The gallery is integral to the art department as it provides art students with a place to interact with a variety of art forms and collaborate with artists, Sinnema said.

While on campus during the opening of the art exhibit, Holmgren gave a lecture pertaining to his works and creative process. He also was able to spend some time with art students in constructive critique groups.

“This presents an opportunity for students to have an experience in the arts that is outside of their regular classes,” Sinnema said. “Art is about communication. It is about questioning and raising questions and getting people to start to think about stuff.”

The exhibition is an important part of the community at Whitworth, both in its impact on art students and in its message for students and the world as a whole, Sinnema said.

 

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Students flock to U-Rec for Winter Carnival

A bounce house, bubble ball, an inflatable obstacle course and free popcorn were brought into the University Recreation Center (U-Rec) basketball courts to create a winter carnival aimed at getting students more familiar with the U-Rec facilities. On Friday night, students were invited to visit and familiarize themselves with the U-Rec while having a lot of fun in the process.

“We wanted to bring all of these things into a controlled, safe environment so students could have some fun,” said Todd Sandberg, director of the U-Rec. “There are a lot of activities that students may not particularly participate in just out of hesitation or reservation but hopefully this can reduce some of those anxieties.”

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The carnival featured a crate stacking competition where students were harnessed and had to climb and stack crates on top of each other in the middle of the basketball courts. Many students were eager to try the activity and found it to be an exciting challenge.

“Crate stacking was very hard,” freshman Nate English said.

Freshman Kaitlyn Halsted attended with a group of friends and found the event to be extremely rewarding.

“We have definitely been entertained well,” Halsted said.

Also offered at the carnival was bubble ball, a game which puts students in inflatables and lets them serve as human soccer balls.

“I didn’t know that I needed bubble ball in my life until I tried it,” freshman Joe Spencer said.

Friday’s carnival was the first event of its type hosted by the U-Rec.

“Because it was the first time we’ve ever done this it was really unknown how many students were going to come,” Sandberg said. “I think it has been really successful.”

Sandberg was first presented with the idea of the carnival at a recreation conference at Montana State University over the summer.

“They did something similar and it was really successful, so that spurred the idea,” Sandberg said.

The carnival helped to bring students into the U-Rec who may not usually use the facilities.

“We wanted to do something different and try to reach all students to bring them into the U-Rec,” Sandberg said.

Students were provided with information about the programs put on by the U-Rec, including Outdoor Recreation activities, while at the carnival.

“Hopefully we can get them on to the climbing wall or out into intramurals,” Sandberg said.

Along with providing a free, fun Friday night event, Sandberg hopes that the carnival helped alleviate some people’s fears about using the rec center.

“The U-Rec shouldn’t be intimidating,” Sandberg said. “Ultimately, about two-thirds of the student population come in here for one reason or another but our goal is always to bring more people in.”

 

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Alumni musicians perform

Many Whitworth graduates have gone on to find success in unexpected places. Tyson Motsenbocker graduated in 2009 and is now touring all around the country with his friend Mike Edel and their band.

Motsenbocker left Whitworth with a degree in English and a passion for music. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, he was able to share that passion with an audience of Whitworth students.

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During his time at Whitworth, Motsenbocker wrote for The Whitworthian and started a band with a group of friends. Their band, “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,” was originally formed just for fun.

“We would play on the porch of the Village,” Motsenbocker said.

Eventually, the band became a popular part of the Whitworth campus culture, Motsenbocker said. During a performance at the Imperion, many Whitworth students went out to show their support for Motsenbocker and his band.

“It was like the whole college came,” Motsenbocker said. “It was really an amazing moment.”

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” and many other musicians from the class of 2009 had the opportunity to play in the multipurpose room of the Hixson Union Building toward the end of their senior year. The turnout for the event was extensive, Motsenbocker said.

“You couldn’t fit anyone else in here,” Motsenbocker said.

Several years after his final performance as a Whitworth student, Motsenbocker was able to return to Whitworth and share his musical talents.

Bringing successful Whitworth alumni back to campus to share their success is extremely important for students.

“They can just encourage students and show them the awesome things they are doing with their lives,” freshman Skyler Boehnke said. “They encourage us that we can do cool things like that too.”

Motsenbocker did not always intend to become a musician.

“After college I thought I was done [with music],” Motsenbocker said. “Until someone basically wrote me a check to make a record.” Despite pursuing a career not directly related to his major, Motsenbocker is extremely grateful for his degree and his time at Whitworth.

“I use what I learned every day, the way I am as a person is infinitely different because of Whitworth,” Motsenbocker said.

The band, led by Motsenbocker and Edel, played original songs, many of which were written about events in their lives. His Foundations of Christian Leadership professor Kent McDonald inspired his first song, Motsenboker said.

“Kent [taught] me that it's OK to question the things that you believe,” Motsenbocker said.

"College isn't just a piece of paper; the knowledge and experiences and people mean everything," Motsenbocker said.

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Students create fiber-based projects with 'Devil is in the Details' featured artist Joetta Maue

“The Devil is in the Details” art showcase in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts houses a rotating gallery that changes twice a semester. Along with the galleries, the art department occasionally hosts classes to coincide with the featured art.

In a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10, students had the opportunity to work with Massachusetts-based artist, Joetta Maue, to create unique textile art.

“We are working autobiographically with stitches,” Maue said. “Working from ourselves.”

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The workshop taught students stitching techniques in order to create their fiber-based projects.

Textiles and fabrics, which some students brought or were provided in the workshop, served as their canvas upon which to create their projects.

They used embroidery thread, water soluble markers and even buttons to create their vision on the textiles.

“I discovered that stitching and textile art is cool and easy,” junior Annette Peppel said. “You can do it anywhere, even in a dorm room.”

Working with textiles and embroidery, or “drawing with thread,” as the artist called it , was a new experience for some students.

“It is peaceful and therapeutic,” senior Olivia Newman said. “Very calming.” Newman worked to create a piece reflecting on the experience of relationships, and the struggles that go along with them.

“Embroidery and textile is a cool way to create,” senior Kolina Chitta said.

Students were encouraged to find inspiration through meaningful words or concepts for their projects, each finding a vision that was unique to them.

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They spent time brainstorming and mapping out these words as well as how the colors, images and senses associated with them, may be interpreted into their art.

“We are pulling from our own experiences,” Peppel said.

Peppel’s project, a skirt, was inspired by the loss and mess of high school relationships and friendships, and the feelings that go along with it.

Each student that participated in the workshop chose to tell his or her story differently.

Junior Annika Stough’s project was a clock with gears in it to represent the chaos of experiencing anxiety.

"I'm trying to make the concept of anxiety with a physical representation" Stough said.

“I am working off the theme of ‘Where is Home’, which is a big question for people, especially in college,” Chitta said.

The goal of the workshop, as well as for the art exhibit in the gallery, was influenced by the grant that helped to fund it.

"The theme of the grant was ‘Making as Knowledge’," Art professor Katie Creyts said, "We wanted to make an exhibit where handicraft played a role with contemporary materials."

Maue taught students unique ways to create, and encouraged them to work from within themselves.

“Your intuition is a really powerful thing,” Maue said.

Students in the workshop were exposed to new art forms and concepts that are not the most common ways to create. The workshop as a whole supplied students with the opportunity, skill and mindset to create their personalized projects and communicate their own message through them.

“The goal of an artist is to communicate,” Maue said.

This is the goal that she taught students to embrace in their art.

“As an artist, I celebrate, question, and reveal beauty in the sloppiness of our lives,” Maue said in her artist statement in the art gallery.

"The Devil is in the Details" art gallery will be on display in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts until Oct. 30.

 

Melissa Voss

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Homecoming parade revisits old traditions

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This year an old tradition was revived for Whitworth Homecoming: a parade. For many students Oct. 3 was a new experience, but the Homecoming parade was once a yearly tradition among the Whitworth community. The Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) came up with the idea of a Homecoming parade after looking in old yearbooks from Whitworth’s past.

“The goal is to give the whole cam- pus opportunities to be involved,” ASWU executive vice president Chase Weholt said.

The parade included 10 floats decorated by each dorm community and off-campus students. From a pirate ship to a camping scene, the dorms were creative with their decorations.

President Beck Taylor and his wife Julie were also a part of the Homecoming parade. They rode at the back of the parade in a convertible chauffeured by Ballard and McMillan resident director, Matthew Baker.

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“It’s a reintroduction of an old tradition,” Taylor said.

Taylor was excited about the addition of the homecoming parade as a way for students to be more involved in the Homecoming festivities, he said.

“It’s great to see alumni and current students,” Taylor said.

Some alumni were on campus for Homecoming after being away from Whitworth for decades.

“We love seeing old friends,” said Beth Wentworth-Strickland, class of 1985. The parade was a great way to welcome Whitworth alums back to campus.

“This was a really cool idea,” senior Cass Busch said. “It’s cool to see different people take on decorating their float.”

Students and alumni voted for their favorite float after the parade, which proceeded along the loop road and ended in front of the Hixson Union Building. Each person put a voting slip in the box of their favorite float to vote for the best one. Junior Bailey Vallee helped hand out slips.

“This creates a cool activity for alumni and students to be a part of,” Vallee said. “There is a sense of camaraderie.”

The vote resulted in BMac’s pirate ship taking home the win as the crowd favorite float.

The parade took the place of a Homecoming dance which had been put on for several years. Instead of the dance this year, the committee decided to create an activity that any student could be a part of.

“Not everyone wants to go to a dance,” Weholt said.

The parade allowed students to celebrate Homecoming creatively and inclusively, Weholt said.

 

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Students hypnotized by professional hypnotist during Homecoming week

As part of this week’s Homecoming festivities, Jerry Harris, a noted hypnotist and author came to Whitworth and hypnotized eight willing Whitworth students. The Sept. 30 show was just under two hours and had the audience laughing the whole time.

Harris randomly selected eight eager audience members to go up on stage and be hypnotized.

He also encouraged any other members of the audience to perform the relaxation in order to become hypnotized as well.

A few audience members became hypnotized and Harris gave them a post-hypnotic suggestion which led to them to stand up and chant his name when he introduced himself saying, “My name is Jerry Harris!”

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Many of the volunteers who were hypnotized on stage performed hilarious activities that Harris suggested.

“They respond to suggestions however they feel appropriate,” Harris said.

At one point in the show, volunteers believed that paper napkins were actually $100 bills. Harris convinced the volunteers to store their cash somewhere on their person, which for many, meant straight down their pants.

After the show, sophomore Jake Elder was very confused about the large stash of napkins he had stored in the pockets of his shorts.

“I have no idea why they are there,” Elder said.

Throughout the evening, the volunteers performed as Miley Cyrus and her backup dancers, Russian ballerinas who spoke fluent Russian–or what they believed was Russian–and even strutted their stuff as fashion models.

Freshman Joe Spencer, one of the volunteers, had been hypnotized before.

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“It felt pretty much the same and I remember everything...I knew what was going on,” Spencer said.

Despite being aware while hypnotized, Spencer still responded to Harris’s suggestion that he was “Tinker Bell, King of the Sugarplum Fairies,” a title which he defended by flapping his arms like they were wings.

“It was kind of embarrassing,” Spencer said.

Many students attended the event in order to celebrate homecoming and take a break from studying.

Freshman Dillon King was impressed with the show.

“It was really interesting,” King said. “Hypnotism is different than you think.”

Harris made sure to keep the show PG-13 and respected the volunteers on stage at all times.

“We become a team,” Harris said. “I would never suggest something that I wouldn’t do myself.”

That meant that Harris assured students before the hypnosis that they would not remove any clothing, would replace curse words with foods and would not, under any circumstances, be told to make animal noises.

Harris made the hypnotism process look easy.

He played calming music to relax his subjects and made sure that they main- tained eye contact with him while he slowly talked them through a relaxation exercise. This was meant to encourage their brain to produce alpha waves, which creates an environment similar to the state of mind prior to sleep, Harris said.

“All it is relaxation,” Harris said. “One hour under hypnosis is equivalent to getting eight hours of quality sleep,” Harris said. After their time under hypnosis, the participants verified this statement.

“I really feel well rested,” Elder said, despite the extensive amount of activity he performed, including dancing and singing.

Harris’s career in hypnosis began in 1988 with his wife Linda after he had a major health scare.

“Hypnosis really saved my life,” Harris said.

Hypnosis is medically proven to relieve stress, said Harris, who has authored 24 self-help and hypnotherapy books.

Students believed that the participants were really in a stage of hypnosis as well.

“The brain is so susceptible to anything,” freshman Mae Curtis said. “It’s fun and scary.”

Whitworth students were glad to welcome Harris to campus in order to kick off Homecoming with some “good, clean, quality fun!”

 

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Students flock to library for live jazz music and free ice cream

Students lounged outside of the Harriet Cheney Cowles library for an event combining free ice cream and jazz music on Thursday, Sept 24, . ice cream

“Jazz music is essentially perfect and ice cream is essentially perfect, so they go really well together,” freshman Jesse Denton said.

Ice cream and Jazz is an event that the library puts on every year in order to familiarize students with the library.

“It’s always really appreciated. People vote with their feet and this is clearly very popular,” said Amanda Clark, director of the library, about the extensive student turnout.

Many students came throughout the afternoon to sample the delicious offerings. The flavors of ice cream ranged from chocolate to huckleberry to mint chocolate chip which offered students many options for their sweet indulgence.

Sophomores Shari Scott and Kim Cook stopped by the event to take a break from studying.

“I told her there is ice cream, and we are going to go,” Scott said.

Clark said that the event is something that she “inherited” when she took over the position a few years ago. She hopes that students are able to experience an “atmosphere of welcome and study” when they come to the library.

Over the past few years, the library has undergone many changes to make it a more comfortable and conducive space for students to study and hang out. A white board wall, more dedicated quiet zones and study rooms, comfortable furniture and a fireplace are among the new additions, Clark.

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“I love that people can come and meet and casually enjoy ice cream and jazz; it’s a really sweet way to relax,” freshman Alana Fujimoto said.

Students appreciated the environment that the event provided.

“It has a really classy and relaxed feeling,” freshman Maddie Gregory said.

As an opportunity to advertise for available and helpful library resources, the event seemed to be successful.

Not only was there a great turnout of students, but for some it was their first time experiencing the library.

“It worked, because this is the closest I’ve been to the library,” Denton said.

Students enjoyed the music as well. The jazz helped to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere for students to chat and enjoy their ice cream with friends while also being able to appreciate the musical talent of their fellow students.

“The jazz is one of the best parts, our student musicians are phenomenal,” Clark said.

Ultimately, the event was a successful and fun way to kick off the beginning of the year, say goodbye to summer and celebrate all that the library has to offer, agreed students and library staff.

 

Melissa Voss

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The Qadim Ensemble promotes unity through music

Melissa Voss Staff Writer

When people think about the Middle East, they first think of the political turmoil that frequents the news. However, On Friday night, Sept. 18, the Qadim Ensemble showed a different perspective of the Middle East that is often overlooked.

The Bay Area-based music group performed ancient, soulful music of the Near East in the HUB Multipurpose room. Their repertoire included music spanning several centuries. From traditional Andalucian music written over 700 years ago to modern Arabic style music incorporating western and flamenco influence, the trio’s array of music was as wide as it was beautiful. Similarly, the band performed music from many Middle Eastern regions: Morocco, Iraq, Yemen and Turkey being among the nations represented.

The Qadim Ensemble offers an important look into the Middle Eastern culture. The trio, comprised of Eliyahu Sills, Bouchaib Abdelhadi and Faisal Zedan, are all from distinctly unique cultural and religious backgrounds, a fact that they were open about throughout their performance. Despite their differences, they come together to make incredible music.

Whitworth senior Marianne Sfeir attended the event and was enthusiastic about the message and the music that the ensemble had to offer to Whitworth students and the world. Due to her half-Arab identity, Sfeir said the music reminded her of back home.

“Given the political conflicts in the Middle East, the common pleasure of music to unite religions in important for the Middle East,” Sfeir said.

The event was put on by the Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) cultural events coordinator, senior Kaysee-Li Tomkins.

“The goal of the event was to destigmatize diversity by showing students how we are all diverse,” Tomkins said. She also lauded the ensemble for their ability to express religion through music, stating that people often overlook religion as something that makes us diverse.

“Everyone is diverse,” Tomkins said. “From race and religions to hair color and eye color.” Tomkins hopes the event helped students to expand their horizons on what it means to be diverse, as well as give them an opportunity to listen to good music.

Not only was their message inspiring, the Qadim Ensemble also provided an exciting performance. The band was very involved with the audience, encouraging them to clap, sing and even dance along to the music. They played numerous exotic Middle Eastern instruments including a Riqq, which is similar to a tambourine, an Oud, the predecessor of guitars, and several reed flutes known as Ney, each with distinctive regional identities.

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In Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Turkish, the word Qadim means “ancient,” but it is also commonly taken to mean “moving forward”, Sills said. The ensemble embodied this meaning in their artful of ancient music and instrument, making music that connects the past with their goal of moving forward into the future, as well as providing a picture of global unity through the increasingly divided world of the Middle East.

Local Spokane author with ties to Whitworth publishes his first novel for young adult readers

Melissa Voss Staff Writer

Guy L. Pace, a Spokane author whose wife graduated from Whitworth, published his first novel on Aug. 12. In this novel, Pace begs to answer the question, “Can youth and faith defeat evil?” Pace’s novel, titled "Sudden Mission," takes place in a dystopia setting and follows three teenage friends as they face a cunning enemy. The enemy they are up against is Satan.

"Sudden Mission" integrates Christian themes into a thrilling plot and relatable characters that appeal to a young adult audience.

“I wrote a book I would have wanted to read when I was 11, with lots of action and excitement,” Pace said. The novel’s protagonists, Paul, Amy and Joe, are called on to help restore reality after Satan–called “the Adversary” throughout the novel – throws the world into chaos. Throughout the course of the novel the friends are challenged by “everything from zombies to Samurai,” Pace wrote in the novel’s synopsis. Their biggest challenge, however, is staying strong in their faith through their numerous struggles.

Before retiring in 2011, Pace served in the Navy, worked as a journalist and spent 20 years working in higher education and information technology. After his retirement, Pace threw himself into a newfound passion.

“As a Christian, it felt like a natural flow,” Pace said, on why he decided to write a Christian -based novel. He believes that there are important spiritual values in keeping faith in every aspect of your life, a concept that played a key role in his novel.

For Pace, the writing process was unique. As a former journalist Pace said he was used to working under a deadline and therefore decided to write his novel in one month. For inspiration Pace turned to National Novel Writing Month, often referred to as NaNoWriMo, a non-profit and month long event that occurs every November. NaNoWriMo challenges writers to write a novel over the course of the month, a challenge that, in 2012, Guy Pace accepted.

“I’ve always been a hard worker,” Pace said. After setting up some preliminary character sketches and setting details, Pace began the writing process and had the first draft of his novel completed by the end of the month. Although he had put in time to plan beforehand, “the outline didn’t last long once the character took over,” Pace said. After work shopping the novel with friends and editors, as well as sending it around to many publishers specializing in Christian literature, Pace finally found a publisher in Vox Dei Publishing, an imprint of BookTrope Editions. Pace was able to work directly with the people at Vox Dei throughout every step of the publishing process. From editing to cover design, his approval and input was valued by the publishers. For that reason, he feels fortunate to have worked with BookTrope, he said.

“Traditional publishing often takes a couple of years to finally result in a finished product,” Pace said. “Working with agents and many layers of publishers would make the process less personalized.” "Sudden Mission" was released last month and Pace is very excited about the future of his novel. His hope for "Sudden Mission" is for it to get out for kids to read as a positive example of an action novel in a dystopian real-world setting, Pace said.

“I want to become a New York Times best-selling billionaire,” Pace said jokingly. However in the meantime, he is glad to have the book inspire young readers. The author is already working on the second installation to his book series, which he hopes will be released next spring. Pace will hold a book reading and signing at Indaba Coffee on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.