A $400,000 renovation of the university’s dining facility, conducted between May and July, increased the serving area in the building’s Klages Dining Room by 30 percent. Workers installed new carpet in the Bruin Den, improved lighting and updated the facility’s aesthetics with new wall paint and ceiling work.
The extra dining room space allows food service provider Bon Appetit to increase its menu options with the addition of a woodstone pizza oven, a food-demonstration island and an expanded deli counter.
“It’s a definite improvement, and I know a lot of people who have commented on how much they like the new pizza oven,” junior Lucas Tomlinson said. “They’ve also removed trays, which can make getting your food more challenging, but I’m totally on board with why they did it – to save money and not waste so much food.”
The renovation project comes during the 10th anniversary of Bon Appetit’s contract as the campus food supplier. Bon Appetit donated $200,000 of the total, with the project’s remaining balance coming from the university ($150,000) and the Associated Student Community ($50,000), the student organization that administrates activities on campus.
Denny Lawrence, general manager of Bon Appetit on campus, approached the university’s administration last fall with the idea of taking on the renovation. With undergraduate enrollment reaching all-time highs, students needed more room.
“Now, we’ve got more than 1,600 on campus. Ultimately, this will be key to helping the university with recruitment and retention,” Lawrence said.
Art educator of the year
Mark Terry’s passion to inspire the artists of tomorrow got the attention of the Oregon Art Association, which named the assistant professor its 2010 Oregon Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.
Terry, beginning his 26th year as a full-time teacher and 14th year at George Fox, earned the award both for his work at the university and for his efforts to facilitate art education at public schools throughout the region. George Fox’s art major, launched just 12 years ago, has become one of the largest on campus with more than 100 students.
“We are missional about bringing light to the world through art and understand that seeds need to be planted and nurtured long before students reach the university if we are to be successful in preparing young artists for careers in the arts,” he said.
The university regularly sends teachers and undergraduate students into elementary schools to conduct art programs, and alumni from the program have become teachers themselves in more than a dozen middle and high schools in the area. George Fox also hosts art shows on campus that feature the work of high school students and art teachers.
In addition to his teaching load, Terry oversees the university’s connection with the Noble Hill Anagama kiln in Forest Grove, Ore., the focal point of the school’s ceramics program since it was first fired in April of 2004. He was presented the honor at the state art association’s fall conference in Redmond, Ore., in October.
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Human rights award
The Oregon Counseling Association recognized Rand and Phyllis Michael last year with its Human Rights Award “for demonstrating an exemplary level of commitment in the areas of human rights and the advancement of human dignity.”
Through the organization they founded, TELOS international, inc., the Michaels and their teams of Christian mental health professionals have provided culturally sensitive, holistic mental health services and training in more than 25 countries.
Last year, the Michaels and their organization tutored family therapists in East Asia; equipped trauma responders in China following the devastating May 2008 earthquake; taught an intensive pastoral counseling course in the Balkans; and trained nurses in central India in effective listening skills.