Make a swish
Joanna Johnson attended the National Basketball Association’s All-Star game in Phoenix thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in February.
So how does it feel to have a wish come true?
Johnson traveled in stretch limos, slept in four-star hotels and hung out with the stars. Her favorite moment from the weekend was spending time with the Boston Celtics’ Big Three: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Garnett, her favorite player, even let her wear his championship ring.
“It was pretty rad,” said Johnson, a sophomore. “I could not have picked a better wish.”
She also has dozens of photographs of her with other celebrities: American Idol’s Jordin Sparks, Terrell Owens, Chris Tucker, Chamillionaire, Ludacris ... the list goes on.
Johnson suffers from Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. Her father and her doctor nominated her to the Make-A-Wish Foundation about three years ago.
In January, a film crew followed Johnson on George Fox’s campus as part of a television segment that will air on NBA TV. Film and camera crews trailed her during the All-Star weekend as well, and Johnson said she eventually got used to the constant entourage.
An avid basketball fan, Johnson said she may use this experience to pursue another wish – if her health will allow it: trying out for the George Fox women’s championship basketball team next year.
Faith and politics
As both evangelical and progressive, U.S. senator Mark Hatfield demonstrated courage and convictions that often infuriated high officials in both political parties.
Lon Fendall’s (G64) new book, Stand Alone or Come Home (Barclay Press), recounts the career of a man whose spiritual convictions guided his public policy positions. Hatfield may be best known for opposing the Vietnam War — he stood alone against it at the 1965 governors’ conference — but Fendall goes beyond detailing Hatfield’s place in history.
Fendall, director of George Fox’s Center for Peace and Justice, explores Hatfield’s consistent value of human life, his concern for the environment, and his work for social justice.
“My hope in writing this book is that we would more fully understand people who aren’t easily labeled and consider their values and courage worthy of following today.”
How do Christians respond to the needs of the poor around the world? To what extent do they first concentrate on physical needs before ministering to spiritual needs?
These were among the questions posed at the inaugural Transformational Development Conference, cosponsored in August by George Fox and Food for the Hungry, a Christian missions and humanitarian organization. Bryant Myers, professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Walking With the Poor, was the keynote speaker, and President Robin Baker contributed as a plenary speaker and panelist.
Nearly 150 leaders in academia, relief and development, missions, and philanthropic giving attended the event.
Samek returns to lead School of Education
Linda Samek returned in July to George Fox — where she taught from 1996–2000 — to serve as dean of the School of Education. But in some ways, she never really left.
“I stayed connected to George Fox’s wonderful people since leaving in 2000 to work for the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission,” Samek says. “I felt called to return to programs I had left in the early stages of development at that time.”
Samek served six years at Corban College previously, where she was provost the last two years and dean of graduate studies, director of teacher education, and professor of education and mathematics from 2002–2006.
At George Fox, she assumes leadership of a School of Education that this spring gained accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
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