Richard L. Caulkins Annual Lecture

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The man behind the March 30 Richard L. Caulkins Lecture may not be a familiar face to many, but his voice is well known to Beaver fans everywhere.

Mike Parker, the voice of Oregon State University football, basketball and baseball, will present “Talking Sports, Faith and Other Things That Make Life Worth Living” at Corban University. 

“It really is a presentation about my life as a sportscaster, Christian and family man,” Parker said. “I hope to be able to communicate how each person’s faith can be present in all areas of the life they live. I want to share how you can have great experiences regardless of what you choose to do in life.”

Parker was a sports talk radio host in Portland from 1990 to 1998 before moving to Corvallis, Ore. in 1998. He is in his twelfth year as the Voice of the Beavers and a five-time winner of the Oregon Broadcaster of the Year Award. He has done sports play-by-play on the radio since he was 16 years old. He has been married for 26 years and has two daughters.

The Richard L. Caulkins Annual Lecture Series was born in 2003 of a desire to reflect the diversity of education that its namesake, a 54-year veteran of the University, encouraged as a member of both the faculty and administration. The Caulkins series is designed to tap into a broad variety of Christian subjects and has included actors and artists, ethicists, theologians, philosophers, experts in Christian literature and more.

The presentations will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. A formal discussion will follow the evening presentation. Both are free and will be held in the Psalm Performing Arts Center on Corban University’s Salem campus, 5000 Deer Park Drive SE. For more information call Assistant History Professor John Scott at 503-589-8170 or e-mail him at

  • Mike Parker 

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