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April 2011


From the Director
From the School of Business Dean
From the Alumni Board

Study Abroad
Support for Japan
New Degree Program
Commencement Speaker 
Just Moms features Alumni 

Alumni Baseball Game
Ultimate Road Trip
Paddle & Putt
Golf Tournament
Mariners Game
Hawks Game 

Save the Date
Open Board Positions
NWC Championship


From the Director
Be Known... On a Road Trip
By Robby Larson, Director of Alumni Relations

Just over a week from now, I am hopping in a car and driving to San Francisco for the Ultimate Road Trip. Why? It’s part of my job. Not the driving, mind you, but the underlying purpose. I am making the journey so that I can connect with alumni of George Fox. You see, the core function of my job is to develop and foster relationships between our graduates and their alma mater. But, too often these relationships exist over significant physical distance, resulting in a lack of personal connection. At George Fox, however, we like to use the phrase “Be Known.” And I believe this idea doesn’t stop when you graduate!  More…

From the School of Business Dean
A Senior Business Class That Gets Real
By Dirk Barram
Dirk BarramIn the fall of 2004, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with our senior business majors, many of whom had seemingly already checked out of college. These were not the same junior business majors who regularly came to class with enthusiasm and anticipation. As the primary faculty member for Business Strategy, the final class that senior business majors take, I was ready to try a new approach. I had heard about some colleges requiring business students to start their own businesses. More...

From the Alumni Board
By Margaret Drahn
Margaret DrahnIt has been an honor and an exciting privilege to serve as a representative for the ’60s decade on the George Fox Alumni Board. I am a member of the class of 1965, a class that has enjoyed a special closeness, as we gather every summer for reunions. As I come to the end of my last term, I look back to many great memories. It was a thrill to introduce Hal and Nancy Thomas for an award at homecoming several years ago, select recipients for scholarships and to speak on behalf of the alumni board at the Redmond graduation more recently. More...


George Fox send students on study abroad trips this spring
More than 200 George Fox University students will embark on international study trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and New Zealand in May. The college study abroad tours are part of the university’s Juniors Abroad program. Since 1987, the program has sent third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. Excursions have reached every continent except Antarctica. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board. Each trip holds preparation classes during the spring semester. Click here to read more about the Juniors Abroad program.

George Fox shows support to Japan earthquake victims
What can be done to encourage the people of Japan? George Fox University’s Trauma Response Institute is offering a simple but powerful way to do so. In wake of the March 11 Magnitude 9.0 earthquake, hundreds of aftershocks and subsequent tsunamis that have devastated the country, the institute is organizing a “Notes of Encouragement” campaign to reach out to the Japanese people. Many of the university’s staff and students plan to participate, and the general community is welcome to join the effort, according to TRI Director Anna Berardi. Click here to find out more and learn how you can get involved in this effort to express our care for Japan. 

George Fox adds new degree program: Educational Specialist
Oregon educators seeking to extend themselves into teacher-leader roles in their school districts are encouraged to apply for a new education degree program, the Educational Specialist degree, now offered through George Fox University’s School of Education. The degree is terminal beyond a master’s degree but is distinct from a doctorate in that it is more of a practitioner’s degree, emphasizing the application of research and the improvement of educational practices and outcomes. Click here to read more about this new program. 

Arthur Roberts speaks at commencement
A man whose legacy at George Fox spans more than five decades will speak at this year's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony. Arthur O. Roberts  a Quaker scholar, historian, professor, songwriter, minister, small-town mayor, poet, author and 1944 graduate of then-Pacific College – will speak. Among other accomplishments, he helped George Fox establish academic credibility and was instrumental in selecting its current name. His position now is professor at large – a fitting title considering his larger-than-life impact on the university. Click here to read more.

Just Moms features several GFU alumni
Bullying, sexism, greed, violence, deceit—these are not things parents wish for their children. But these things seem to find a way to get inside the homes of even the best-intentioned parents. In Just Moms: Conveying Justice in an Unjust World, 28 women share their adventures and misadventures of conveying the principles and practice of justice to young children. Their stories are poignant, honest, and sometimes witty. More…


Alumni Baseball Game – May 1
BruinsGeorge Fox University baseball coach Marty Hunter has announced plans for the Third Annual Bruin Alumni Baseball Game to be held on Sunday, May 1, at Morse Field on the Newberg campus as a part of the university’s Graduation Weekend. The festivities will begin with batting practice on the field at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by a game at 12:00 noon pitting Alumni vs. Alumni based on graduation years, Evens vs. Odds.  The barbeque will follow the game, whose length will depend on the number of participants.  Follow this link to download the participation form. For more information, contact Coach Hunter at 503-887-1086, e-mail him at mhunter@georgefox.edu, or e-mail event organizer Deb Warden at dwarden@georgefox.edu. Click here for more information.

The Ultimate Road Trip – May 4-11, 2011
Road Trip
Alumni Relations is hitting the road to bring a piece of George Fox University to you! The first-ever Ultimate Road Trip leave Newberg on May 4, 2011, and concludes in San Francisco with a Giants game on May 10. It’s your chance to come together with other alumni, parents, and friends of George Fox who live along the route. You will even be able to follow along as our roadies keep a travel blog of their adventures. We need you to help design the route! Which towns should our roadies visit? Where should they host gatherings? What is a definite “don’t miss” in your area? Contact alumni@georgefox.edu or 503.554.2131 to share your ideas!

The Central Oregon Paddle & Putt - June 25-26
Paddle and PuttAlumni, parents, and friends are invited to take on the whitewater of the Deschutes River on Saturday and the challenging greens of Juniper Golf Course followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception on Sunday. It’s the quintessential Central Oregon weekend! Participate in any of the three separate events, or do them all to prove your mettle. Click here for more information. If you have any questions contact Alumni Relations at alumni@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2131.

Golf Tournament – July 14
GolfJoin fellow golfers for the annual George Fox golf tournament at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore.  We are seeking sponsors and players for the tournament, which supports student scholarships and the Bruin Athletic Association.  Many sponsorship levels are available.  For more information, visit golf.georgefox.edu.

Mariners Game – July 16
Mariners Watch the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers with other members of the George Fox Family. Dinner in the Lookout Landing area of Safeco field begins at 5:30pm and the game starts at 7:10pm.  Cost is $42 for the game and dinner.  For more information, visit alumni.georgefox.edu/events or 503-554-2131

Boise Hawks Game – August 17
Boise HawksBring the whole family and join fellow George Fox Bruins for a Boise Hawks game. More information about this event will be coming soon to alumni.georgefox.edu/events. If you have any questions contact Alumni Relations at alumni@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2131.


Homecoming 2011 - Save The Date
Fall Back to Fox this October 7-9th for Homecoming 2011. You won’t want to miss this exciting new and re-imagined weekend. This weekend of celebration will include the first-ever Homecoming Gala, an outdoor tailgate party, redesigned class reunions, and so much more! Class reunions will take place for the classes of 2001, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1971, and 1951, while affinity reunions will be for biology and chemistry alumni and everyone that participated in University Players. If you would like to be involved in planning any of these reunions, please email alumni@georgefox.edu

Open Board Positions
The Alumni Board is currently seeking applications or nominations for positions representing alumni from the 1990s, 2000s, and the PsyD program. Service on the alumni board is a valuable way to give back to and stay connected with the George Fox community. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out the alumni board application form online. To learn more about the alumni board, click here.

NWC CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 9 Bruins Extend Lead to Win NWC Tournament, NCAA Bid
The Bruins, who are ranked ninth in the latest Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association national poll, finished with a two-day score of 303-316=619.  Their Friday round was a new school record and the lowest round ever in an NWC women’s event, while their 619 is another record for a two-day score in a conference tournament. Click here to read more.

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