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Spring 2011

The Ultimate Road Trip
Speaker Series Event
Central Oregon Paddle & Putt
Management Workshop
Mariners Game

Dirk Barram named SB Dean
Reconnect with your cohort
Waived application fee
School of Business Intern
Alumni Travel
Alumni Benefit


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 change 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 or 503.554.2131 to share your ideas!

Speaker Series Event - Friday, June 3, 2011
Topic:           The Human Side of LEAN / The Harada Method
Presenter:  Norman Bodek, CEO of PCS Press

Norman BodekOver the past 20 years, Norm Bodek has worked tirelessly to bring the best of Japanese management theory to America. He is credited with discovering and publishing the works of Dr. Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno, the inventors of the Toyota Production System. His knowledge has been gleaned from taking more than 70 trips to Japan and visiting 250 plants. Believing that you must see the process in action, Bodek has conducted 50 study missions for inquisitive executives. He has published 100 Japanese management books on subjects including kaizen blitz, SMED, TPM, QFD, hoshin kanri, poka-yoke and visual factory, which have been indispensable tools in the continuous-improvement movement.
        Friday, June 3, 2011
                        7:30-9:30 a.m.
         Where:        Portland Center, George Fox University
                        12753 SW 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97223 Directions
         R.S.V.P.      by May 27 at this link
                There is no charge for the event, and coffee and pastries will be served         

The key ingredient currently missing in many businesses is consideration of the employee. The Harada Method, which is the second pillar of Lean, focuses on the employee. What if we told the employee that we were interested in their personal progression? What if we simply planted a foundation for personal growth, whether intellectual or physical, or a creative combination of the two? Would this new, more-focused, better-skilled employee be an asset? Of course!

Join us for a discussion on the role of individuals in industry:
•     How do we humanize industry?
•     How we can create a more focused and better skilled employee?
•     How does employee respect and trust affect quality and outcomes?

Central Oregon Paddle & Putt - June 25-26, 2011 
Alumni Adventures Alumni, 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. Registration and details available here or call 503-554-2134.

Strategic Human Resource Management Workshop - June 29-30
Specifically aimed toward HR managers, directors, and leaders responsible for strategic planning and resource management

Using Organizational Development, Organizational Change Management,
and Talent Management

to Create High Performance Organizations

This highly interactive, two-day workshop engages participants in the practical use of business tools to diagnose the use and effectiveness of human resources. When diagnosed properly, the high-performance organization can be planned and created. This workshop prepares managers and leaders to enact organizational changes that move the HR function from an administrative cost center to a strategic business partner. Covering everything from recruitment to retention to retirement, the workshop addresses the HR concerns associated with employee performance in every phase of work necessary to earn HR a seat at the executive table.

Jim Steele, Tim Rahschulte, and Paul Shelton will help participants learn to:

•  Diagnosis organizational performance in order to create the high performance organization
•  Develop value for recruitment, retention, retirement process
•  Describe and promote performance intervention strategies
•  Relate practical aspects of HR theory to high performance work systems
•  Apply organizational change strategies with HR strategies

The workshop is available to you at a 50 percent discount - costing only $500 for the two days (including lunch both days).
To register now, contact Tim Rahschulte at 503-569-3193.

Mariners Game – July 16
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 or 503-554-2131


Dirk Barram named dean of School of Business
Dirk BarramWe’re delighted to announce that Dr. Dirk Barram has been hired as dean of the university’s School of Business after serving in the role on an interim basis.

“Business schools today face significant challenges,” Barram said. “The domestic and international business culture is facing rapid change and challenges. Ethics, innovation and relevancy must characterize our business curricula.”

“As far as we are concerned, our mission is clear: The George Fox School of Business must produce graduates who are ethically grounded, professionally competent, socially responsive and acutely aware of the global environment. Yet, we also want our graduates to have the unique capacity to be innovative and trusted leaders, all within the scope of nurturing and developing people. This is how we want to be known.”

For more information, go to this link.

Would you like to reconnect with your cohort?
If you’d like to gather the e-mails or contact information for your cohort, we would be glad to host an evening with a professor for your group! We’ll schedule a talk and provide coffee and the opportunity to network with your fellow “cohortions” (a term coined by one of our professors). Contact Amber Russell, MBA director, if you’d like to get started!

We’ll waive the application fee for applicants referred by GFU MBA alumni
We appreciate your referrals, as they are our best source of qualified new students. We’ll waive the application fee when an applicant provides your name as the alumnus/alumna who referred them. We’ll also give them an outstanding experience throughout the application process, and beyond!

Part-time MBA contact: Robin Halverson at or 503-554-6123
Full-time MBA contact: Patrick Kelly at or 503-554-2223

Is your company interested in having a School of Business intern?
Are you interested in having a School of Business senior or Full-Time MBA student serve as an intern for your company? Deb Sepich, assistant professor of business, and Jeff VandenHoek, Full-Time MBA director, are building partnerships and connections with employers to develop additional internship opportunities. Contact Becky Jensen (GFSB administrative assistant) at or 503-554-2821 to share your interest in this opportunity.

Alumni Travel with the GFU School of BusinessAlumni Travel Why should current students have all the fun?
GFU MBA students and guests visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, 2008 For years we've heard from alumni that they're interested in traveling with alumni and faculty. We'd like to gather more specific information about your level of interest and preferences in a brief, 12-question survey you can read here.

The GFU School of Business is looking at the possibility of conducting alumni travel beginning in the summer of 2012. Alumni travel would be open to GFU School of Business graduates, their spouses or guests, and, as space is available, other alumni or supporters of the university. Trips and all financial arrangements would be handled through an outside agency. A School of Business faculty member will accompany the group, in addition to local guides.

Jim Steele, EdD, GPHR, SPHR

Associate Professor of Management
George Fox University
Mobile 503-784-4929

The School of Business continues to make progress toward obtaining professional accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Schools seeking ACBSP accreditation do so in an effort to gain external validation for the quality of their programs and for their commitment to continuous improvement. The entire business faculty has been involved this year with the assessment of learning, and the process of measuring and documenting that we deliver on the promises we make to our students with respect to learning outcomes. If all goes as scheduled, a site visitation team will be on campus to review our programs in March 2012 and the school will be accredited shortly thereafter.

Alumni Benefit
As a George Fox MBA or DBA alumnus/alumna, you’re eligible to audit non-cohort graduate or undergraduate courses for only $50 per credit! For more information about the alumni audit policy and to apply, click here.

Stay Connected on LinkedIn
Join the George Fox School of Business Alumni LinkedIn group today to stay connected with other alumni and faculty members. To join the group, click here.


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