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August 2011


From the Director
From an Admissions Counselor
From the Alumni Board

Enrique’s Journey
Professor Discovers Queen’s Book
Elementary Education Adult Degree Program
‘Captain America’ Comic Book Artist

Boise Hawks Game
Serve Day
Greece Tour

Journal Online
Sports Camps at GFU


From the Director
Sooner Than You Think
By Robby Larson, Director of Alumni Relations

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! More...

From an Admissions Counselor
 By Mandee Wilmot '08
Mandee WilmotSummer is one of my favorite times of year in the Admissions Office. Although it is the end in a lot of ways (the end of the school year, the end of the fiscal year, the end of a recruiting cycle), it also marks a big beginning for approximately 600 new students. More...

From the Alumni Board
Reminisce and Reconnect

By Jamie Boutin
Jamie BoutinOne of my fondest memories of George Fox was being slapped by a professor.  Surprised?  Even the thought of a professor slapping a student would make the most liberal human resources professional cringe.  But it happened. More...


Enrique’s Journey 
Enrique's JourneyThis year, George Fox is re-instituting a common book program for incoming undergraduate students. A committee consisting of Melanie Mock (English), Tom Head (Business), Phil Smith (Philosophy), Waneen White (Education), Kelly Chang (Psychology), Jeff Duerr (Biology) and Joel Perez (Student Life) selected Enrique’s Journey. Pulitzer Prize-winning Sonia Nazario authors the book, which chronicles the journey of a boy from Honduras who travels to the U.S. to search for his mother.

The committee selected Enrique's Journey to promote discourse about an area of diversity – in this case, the issue of immigrants coming to the U.S., and more specifically, young immigrants. The committee’s desire is to facilitate discourse that will educate students and model civil discourse about an issue that tends to divide our country: illegal immigration.

This book was chosen as part of the first-year seminar program and will be a text used for that course and the writing courses. We invite you to pick up a copy at your local bookstore and read along with our new students.

Old Testament professor Delamarter discovers queen’s book
Old Testament Professor Steve Delamarter has come across yet another remarkable find: an illustrated copy of the four Christian Gospels that belonged to a former Ethiopian queen. Delamarter, who has tracked down more than 900 rare books as the founder and director of the Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project, recently made the discovery while working through a manuscript. In it, he came across a notation that the book was created for Queen Zewditu, who ruled Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930. Click here to read more.

Elementary Education Adult Degree Program
Ten educators representing Salem, Woodburn, Sherwood and Newberg, Ore., celebrated as the first graduating class of George Fox University’s elementary education adult degree program in late June. With this degree, they are now eligible for the Initial Teaching License issued by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon to teach multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms for preschool through eighth grade. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.

‘Captain America’ movie kindles interest in Schomburg
The release of Captain America: The First Avenger, a motion picture homage to the Marvel comic book hero of the 1940s and ’50s, is rekindling interest in one of the comic book cover artists who brought the character to life more than a half century ago. Alex Schomburg, who designed hundreds of Marvel comic book covers during the medium’s heyday in the World War II era, moved from New York City to Spokane, Wash., in 1954 and, eight years later, relocated to Newberg, Ore. He remained in the suburban Portland, Ore., area until his death in 1998. Even after moving to Oregon, Schomburg remained active as an artist, recreating some of his comic book covers into paintings that were sold to collectible dealers. He continued to create art into his 80s, and he was known to guest lecture at George Fox. Click here to read more.



Boise Hawks Game – August 17
Boise HawksBring the whole family and join fellow George Fox Bruins for a Boise Hawks game! For more information and to register, click here or call 503-554-2131.

Participate in Serve Day
HomecomingAlumni are invited to participate in the university’s 13th annual Serve Day celebration taking place September 7. Once again this year, more than 1,500 member of the George Fox community are expected to visit more than 70 sites. Acts of service will range from painting and cleaning to pulling weeds and construction projects. Teams will serve in Yamhill, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. To participate, please email coordinator Rachel Lee at rlee06@georgefox.edu and let her know you are an alumnus.

Alumni living outside the Newberg/Portland area are encouraged to serve in their local communities on the same day as a part of a broader George Fox effort to serve others. .

Homecoming: Fall Back to Fox – October 7-9, 2011
HomecomingNow is the time to Fall Back to Fox! After 40 years, our traditional homecoming celebration is returning to the fall with an all-new look. And we want you to be a part of the festivities! Our expanded Homecoming schedule includes reunions, theatre, student/alumni networking, Bruin athletics, a kid-friendly tailgate party, a young alumni gathering, and our first ever Homecoming Gala. There is something for each and every alumnus, no matter when you graduated. We invite you back to your alma mater for Homecoming 2011! For more information, click here or call 503-554-2131.

Footsteps of Paul Greece Tour – May 27-June 8, 2012
greeceAlumni Relations invites you to journey with us to Greece in early-summer 2012! This tour offers you an outstanding opportunity to explore Greece and learn more about the early development of the Church as we follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. For more information and to register, click here or call 503-554-2131.


George Fox Journal Online
The summer issue of the George Fox Journal recently landed in your mailbox. If you haven’t had time to pick it up yet, try the Journal online. Like always, this recent issue contains great articles and stories about what’s going on in the broader George Fox community as well as many alumni updates. And while you’re thinking about it, why not submit your own alumni update? Do you have a new job, marriage, child, or other news to share? We would love to celebrate with you. To submit an update, click here.

George Fox invites youths to campus for sports camps
Spring and summer means sports camp season at George Fox. Youths of all ages are invited to participate in any number of events on campus, among them a girls basketball camp with Michael Meek (right), who guided the Bruins to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III tournament this spring. Click here to read about what camps are offered this summer. You can also visit our Children of Alumni page to find out other ways your child can be involved with George Fox.

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