I was very impressed with the camaraderie and unity expressed by students and personnel as we conducted the annual lovely Thai traditional blessing ceremony (rote naam dam hua) for our presidents and most senior administrators, on the 21st of April.  Thank you to the committee and all who prepared so many things, making the ceremony moving and beautiful.  I had the chance to talk with our past presidents and senior guests and they all expressed that they were delighted that respect which Payap folks have for them is undiminished. In Northern Thai we call this  piti su-ma karawa sa’ klao dam hua (a respectful pouring of water on heads)  referring to the fact that younger persons ask to be forgiven for whatever lapses of respect they may have committed physically,...
Easter is the time when Christians celebrate the day of the Lord Jesus Christ being raised from death.  Christians believe that Jesus was born a human being, lived life as an ordinary human being, and carried out a diverse mission as is recounted in the Bible, until at the end of his life he yielded to death on the cross to atone for all humankind.  He was interred in a grave shut with a thick stone, but on the third day he was resurrected.  The grave was empty.  He is the Victorious Lord God.     Easter is set by the lunar calendar, so the date changes every year.  This year Easter fell on April 16.  Easter celebrations are being held around the world.  Payap University will hold an Easter service in the Henry Luce Chapel at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday...
This year Payap University and Mae Jo University are hosts of the 7th inter-varsity Sports Tournament going on from March 10 to April 7, 2017.  There are 12 Chiang Mai higher education institutions competing in two sports: men’s football and women’s volleyball.  The football games are being played at Mae Jo while the volleyball games are at Payap.  The institutions are divided into 2 divisions.  Payap University is in division 2. The results so far for the football contests have Payap on top with first place in the division after three games and three wins.  There are several games left to play.  On March 28 at 4 p.m. Payap will play against Mahamakutrajawitalai University on the Mae Jo football field. Our women’s volleyball team has wrapped...
All of us who are at Payap University, as well as alumni and acquaintances who respected Dr. Konrad Kingshill were saddened to be informed that he died at his residence in California on February 28, 2017.  He was a central figure in the establishment of Payap.  He served as a Presbyterian missionary in Thailand from the United States for 41 years, beginning in 1947.  He was a model broad-minded thinker, determined to succeed, transparent in his work, trustworthy, and never critical of anyone.  His legacy includes the development of educational quality from the primary level through higher education.  He was the originator of a retirement pension plan for personnel of the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand.  Not only that, he was a blessing in the lives...

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I want to thank all staff and students who cooperated in two activities of the university recently.  First was the walking and running Mini-Marathon on February 5 with staff and students participating.  This year more than 900 participants signed up to compete.  This certainly made the walking and running event very lively and crowded. The second activity was the annual Founders Day worship service on February 16.  This year we were honored to have the Treasurer of the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand representing the church to preach the Gospel.  In addition, Dr. Boonthong Phoocharoen, a past president, expressed congratulations.  On this occasion the university was able to welcome retired personnel and alums who joined in the worship.  Thanks...
The first month of the New Year has passed quickly.  We are already into the second month, which is a tranquil month but very meaningful for our university in that February 16 is recalled as the founding date of the university.  This is the date that the committee met and took action to establish an educational institution called “Payap Christian College”.  When this was proposed to the Ministry of Higher Education [now a unit of the Ministry of Education] they had us drop the word “Christian” and use the name “Payap College” for our establishment. Following tradition, we have large celebrations every 5 years, and we have our own worship services for the other anniversaries.  This year we will have a worship service for the 43rd anniversary...
The university invited all students and personnel to contribute funds to help our brothers and sisters in the south deal with the flood disaster.  The Office of the President has been informed that a total of 25,590 baht was collected.  I want to thank all who generously had a part in this effort.  May God bless you. On this past Wednesday January 25, 2017 the first Payap University worship service of the year was held.  It is too bad that so many missed the opportunity to receive a blessing from this service.  During the service on that day the Religious Affairs Unit took the special opportunity to honor the Rev. Dietrich Treping, a missionary from Germany who has joined in work here at Payap for the past 25 years and is now retiring and will return to his homeland...
Now, as folks in many southern provinces are undergoing a major flood disaster, the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand has sent a letter soliciting donations from affiliated organizations to provide relief.  I invite personnel and students to contribute money as you are moved, to be sent to supplement operations providing help to our brothers and sisters down there, since we live rather too far away to be able to go ourselves.  It is good that the Church of Christ in Thailand has volunteered to undertake this effort.  Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  I hope that we at Payap will demonstrate our good will in this concrete way. You can contribute through the head of your unit to be collected and brought to the office of the president,...
Welcome all students and personnel to the New Year along with the second semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.  I hope all of you are returning refreshed after your extended rest.  Some people had a chance to travel to other provinces or other countries.  Thanks be to God for all who returned safely while many Thai brothers and sisters were involved in accidents that took their lives over the New Year holiday season.  I want to apologize if I caused anyone distress all last year for any reason.  Please be assured that I did everything with good intentions.  Not every decision could have pleased everybody.  The executive committee and I tried to choose that which provided the greatest benefits to the university and which had deleterious impact on the...
This week Payap University is conducting two main activities.  The first is a meeting of all personnel on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dr. Boonthong Poocharoen Assembly Hall.  This is an opportunity for the President to report on operational outcomes in the past and to make announcements on various topics for general information as well as a chance for anyone to make suggestions or to ask questions about matters that are unclear or in doubt, so that better understanding might lead to greater cooperation and higher productivity for every unit.  I therefore call on all personnel to willingly attend. On December 16 the university will be holding our Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This year Christmas coincides with a period of mourning for His...