Welcome to season one of the Upwords Student Voices podcast, an initiative of Upper House. In this season of the UpWords Student Podcast, we focus on faith, work, and calling and how as students, we can live these practices out in our time on campus and after college. Our podcast is designed and hosted by students for students. We interview leaders in the work and faith movement and local practitioners who integrate work and faith in their careers. Upper House—a center for Christian gathering and learning—we welcome all who long to explore the life of the mind and the questions of the soul.
In this episode, Upper House intern Aidan Detienne interviews Chandra Crane (B.S. Education, M.A. Ministry) is the Multiethnic Initiatives Mixed Ministry Coordinator with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a member of the multiethnic Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi. In their conversation they explore the good, bad, and ugly of graduate school. She also discusses a framework and questions to ask yourself before, during and after graduate school. Growing up in a multiethnic/multicultural family in the Southwest and now happily transplanted to the Deep South, Chandra is passionate about diversity and family. She is the author of Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity from InterVarsity Press (2020) and the host of the podcast Mixed Blessing: Breaking Bread at the Multiethnic Table. Chandra enjoys reading, napping, and cheerfully defying stereotypes. Follow her random thoughts on Twitter: @ChandraLCrane.
In this episode, Upper House intern Jack Anderson interviews Rachel Zeka, who is an English and English Second Language Teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Rachel shares her journey to teaching, how teaching has formed her, hopes and dreams for students, and how her faith is lived out each day in the classroom. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We hope that you enjoy this conversation!
In this episode, Upper House intern Jack Anderson interviews Hannah Lanser, Manager and Accountant at Wegner CPAs in Madison. Hannah shares her insights, faith journey, and how her role as an accountant, that brings order to and service for God's creation. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Business Administration. We hope that you enjoy this conversation!
In this episode, Upper House intern Ilya Maro interviews Cam Anderson, Associate Director for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation and Upper House. Cam shares insights and wisdom about work and faith from his years as an artist, working in non-profit ministry and campus ministry. Before joining our team, Cam completed a ten-year term as the Executive Director of CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts. Previous to that, he served for thirty years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship—including an eight-year term as the National Director of InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. Cam holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and has completed post-graduate coursework in Art History and Aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife, Cynthia (C.K.), have two adult children and two grandchildren. They have resided in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1986.
In this episode, Upper House intern Aidan Detienne interviews Chris Reece, Meteorologist for CBS WISC-TV in Madison. Chris shares his insights, faith journey, and how his role each morning on TV shares God's love to all who watch him each morning. He is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University and shares how God shaped his life during his college years. We hope that you enjoy this conversation!
In this episode, Upper House interns Aidan Detienne and Lynsey Horton interview John Terrill, executive director for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation and Upper House. John shares his journey as an advocate in the faith and work movement, his personal faith journey, and his experiences working in bank lending, InterVarsity, and Seattle Pacific University, before coming to Upper House. Our team is grateful for John's wisdom and knowledge. We hope that you enjoy this conversation.