From the Dean


Fall is definitely in the air and on the ground, and winter is upon us.  Autumn is my favorite season in Oregon with its unpredictability, beautiful colors and constant change. Seems much like life! 

In my last letter I promised to tell you about some of the traveling that has been occurring in the School of Education.  We are busy people, and I won’t be able to do justice to all the wonderful things that are happening, but here are a few.

Recently I attended, along with Scot Headley, Kristin Dixon and Carol Brazo, the “International Engagement Workshop – Basic Understandings” at Northwestern College near Minneapolis.  We had the opportunity to interact with about 50 colleagues from Council for Christian Colleges & Universities institutions from around the United States. We considered many reasons why we travel outside the U.S., but perhaps the most important is for the opportunity to serve. The updated George Fox University vision statement says, “Our vision is to become one of the most innovative and engaging universities in the western United States known for academic excellence and for connecting the message of Jesus Christ to the global challenges and opportunities of the future.”

Thank you for being part of the George Fox School of Education family, and we invite you to join us in service to our neighbors here at home and wherever we travel in the future.

Linda Samek, Dean
School of Education