Nordyke named university's top volunteer

Quentin Nordyke, Volunteer of the Year 2009Take a walk on George Fox University’s Newberg, Ore., campus, and you’ll notice Quentin Nordyke’s work. He isn’t a painter or a sculptor. Rather, he leaves his mark by creating the directional and identification signs on the 85-acre campus.

As a volunteer, Nordyke spends two to three days a week year-round creating the signs – work that earned him the university’s 2009 Volunteer of the Year award. He was honored with the designation at a reception on campus May 19.

“The amount of hours and money that Quentin saves the university is astronomical,” said Clyde Thomas, director of George Fox’s plant services department. “Before his volunteering, campus signage fell into a black hole. It was one of those ‘extras’ that kept getting put on the back burner and ignored. There was no one to do it consistently and we couldn’t afford to outsource it.”

Thomas estimates that Nordyke’s contribution of time equals about a quarter-time position, and if hired, the cost to the university would be about $8,000 annually. He has been volunteering in the position since 2007. “With Quentin on board, we don't even think about it anymore. He takes the job from start to finish. He’s done an amazing job for us,” Thomas added.

Nordyke’s duties include fulfilling work requests for identifying buildings and creating interior signs, traffic signs, and parking and directional signage. The work is both technical and physical. He creates the signs using computerized software before installing them in their proper locations, complying with campus and city codes.

"It's work that needs to be done and work that I enjoy," he said. "If I wasn't doing it, it would fall to someone else, so I'm happy to relieve them from the job and free them up to do other things." 

Nordyke, a 1958 George Fox graduate, also volunteers at Friendsview Retirement Community, where he lives, by providing leadership to committees and helping develop its computer lab.