From the Director
Tis the Season
By Robby Larson, Director of Alumni Relations
This time each year there are three things that almost always happen. We gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Christ and the coming of a new year. Spending time with these people is a natural way to celebrate and provides the perfect setting for the other two things to occur. As the calendar flips from one year to the next, we reflect on the past – how we’ve grown, our favorite memories, and what we’re thankful for. And at the same time, we look with excitement to what the future holds and dream. Interestingly enough, it is these same three things that form the core of our Alumni Relations program. More…
From the Alumni Board
By Steve Hockett
When I hear the word “tradition” I have fond memories of the many rehearsal hours during college listening to the song “Tradition” from the Fiddler on the Roof musical. Now, as an alumnus of George Fox and member of the alumni board, I’ve been reflecting on traditions we had during my college years. Some traditions continue today, such as the Bruin Brawls, and new traditions have begun since then such as the Christmas on the Quad event held each December. More…
Campus Guest Article
By Craig Taylor
I look forward to the beginning of fall semester every year. Connecting with returning student-athletes, hearing about their summer experiences and meeting the new group of Bruins is energizing. As I meet with all our teams at the beginning of their seasons, one of the most important things we talk about is the Bruin history and tradition they share with those student-athletes who went before. Each team has its own way of teaching new players about what it means to be a Bruin and the obligation they have to continue the tradition. Our coaching staff does an outstanding job of sharing that history as well. More...
Degree Completion Program
By Jack Lyda
I enjoy combining useful information from different sources to figure out solutions to problems. In this case, we all are aware of the problem. According to a recent news report there are 14.8 million unemployed workers in the US. It also stated that the slack employment rate, which includes the unemployed, those marginally attached to the labor force and workers forced to work part-time, was at 17.1%. Here is the first piece of useful information... More...
Alumna Featured for Nonprofit Work
Recently, Adult Degree Program alumna Michelle Maddux (’03) was featured in an article in the Corvallis Gazette Times for her work as the executive director of Furniture Share, an organization whose mission is to redistribute quality used furniture at no cost to children, families and individuals in need. To read the article, click here.
Remembering Bill Field (’52)
C.W. “Bill” Field (’52), a former board chair at George Fox University and the school’s 1993 Alumnus of the Year, died Nov. 21, after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Field began on the George Fox Board of Trustees in 1972, served as board chairman during the mid-1980s, and later chaired the board’s finance committee. He and his wife, Ruth, also worked as co-chairs of the university’s Centennial Campaign among alumni in the early 1990s, helping the school raise more than $2 million for campus improvements, long-range planning, ongoing operations, and the college endowment. For more information, click here.
Winter Serve Trips Planned
Twenty-nine George Fox University students will join employee volunteers on service trips to two Northwest locations during the first week of January. Two teams will go out as part of the university’s 20th annual winter serve program. Faculty, staff and alumni will lead students to Tacoma, Wash., and Rockaway Beach, Ore. Participating students pay part of the trip costs, and the remainder is subsidized by the student government. A student committee plans, organizes, and implements both the university’s winter and spring serve trips. A non-student leader is still needed for one of the trips (read more below in the announcement section below). For more information about the trips, click here.
Bruin Madness 2011
With homecoming moving to the fall in 2011, Alumni Relations invites all alumni to our newest event: Bruin Madness, taking place Feb. 5, 2011. Bruin Madness brings alumni and students together to cheer for the outstanding Bruin basketball teams. The event includes a family-friendly indoor tailgate party, two basketball games, and a young alumni night at Abby’s Pizza. More information and registration for Bruin Madness will be available in the coming days. For now, make sure to save the date: Feb. 5, for Bruin Madness 2011!
Kaleo – A Conference for People Who Engage With Youth
Taking place on campus Feb. 26, the annual Kaleo conference will tackle one of the greatest questions regarding youth ministry: Why do half of believing high school graduates abandon their faith after they exit college? Using research from Fuller Youth Institute, Kara Powell, the institute’s director, and Jon Furman, a local youth pastor, will provide practical ways to keep students of all ages engaged in their faith, so that they build faith that sticks. For more information, click here.
Discounted Course-Auditing for Alumni
Are you interested in continuing your education without worrying about grades or finals? Alumni who have graduated from George Fox University have the opportunity to audit undergraduate or graduate courses at a special rate of $50 per credit hour. For more information on the discounted course-auditing program, click here. Get signed up for a class before spring semester starts on Jan. 10!
Alumni Scholarship Program
Children of George Fox alumni who are current or prospective students in the traditional undergraduate program are eligible to apply for one of 16 Alumni Association Scholarships. In total, this program distributes $17,000 annually to deserving students. Applications for current students are available now on the Alumni Relations website, while applications for incoming students are available from the student’s admissions counselor.
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