Tell Us More
Each spring, a section of lawn on the Newberg campus is transformed into a campground. What is this university tradition and what are your memories of it? Ever get caught in a storm or wake up to find a fellow camper had pulled a prank on you? What pranks did you pull on others? We’d love to hear your stories.
Submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Journal, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian St. #6069, Newberg, OR 97132. All responses will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the University Store.
At the turn of the 20th century, Pacific College (the forerunner of George Fox University) used nearby Newberg Friends Church as the location for many major events. On March 10, 1905, many of the state’s top orators paid a visit to Newberg for the Oregon Collegiate Oratorical Contest — a competition captured in a “Tell Us More” photo we published in our Spring 2008 issue.
Several readers correctly identified the sanctuary of Newberg Friends Church as the site of the big event — and a few of you shared your oratorical memories. “I remember an extemporaneous competition held at Pacific College in ’35,” wrote Esther McVey (G37). “The general topic was communism. I was a 17-year-old and I had to speak on communism in the ranks of labor. One of the bright moments of my life was when I was announced the winner. I was offered a college scholarship to Willamette University — which included pipe organ lessons — but I had to turn it down because, as my father pointed out, “What would people think if the daughter of a Friends minister in Newberg went to a Methodist university in Salem?’”
Congratulations to Gary Brown (G68), whose response to the “Tell Us More” photo contest was selected at random. He will receive a $50 gift certificate to the George Fox University Store.
Submit entries to email@example.com or mail them to Journal, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian St. #6069, Newberg, OR 97132