Sooner Than You Think

While most of the country is sizzling, summer seems to be only a few weeks old in Newberg. There have been a handful of days in the mid-80s, and my calendar continues to remind me that it is August. Fortunately, there is a lot of summer left, even if the Oregon weather is just starting to cooperate. But still, I have this sinking feeling that summer is flying by too quickly. In a few weeks students will return to campus for fall semester, and Alumni Relations will begin the countdown to our first fall homecoming in 40 years!

Please know, I do not mention the impending end of summer lightly. Nor is it done to upset, sadden, or otherwise discourage you. I bring it up for two reasons.

The first is to encourage you to pray for George Fox as we prepare for, and open, the new academic year. As you likely remember from your days as a student, the start of a new year is filled with excitement and great expectations. Friends are back together, the campus is alive, and new classes intrigue. But it can also be a stressful time for students, especially new students, as they adjust to life away from home, meet new people, and work to meet the financial obligations of being a student. This year we anticipate welcoming more than 600 new students to the traditional undergraduate program. Please pray for these new students and our returning students, as well as for the faculty, staff, and administrators that seek to make their experience at George Fox deeply impactful.

The second reason I bring up the waning days of summer is to once again remind you that our annual Homecoming celebration is moving to the fall. Yes, I realize that I have talked about this many, many times before. And I know that you know that Homecoming 2011 is taking place October 7-9. Still, this is such a significant change in tradition that I want to make sure that no one misses out, especially as life tends to get busy at the end of the summer. We still have two months before Homecoming, but it is sooner than you think!

I hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer and are able to get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I hope to see or hear from you soon!

God’s peace,
Robby Larson
Director of Alumni Relations