A ceremony between games highlighted the hard work by all those involved in making the fields a possibility.
Soccer Field Celebration
After years of planning and fundraising, George Fox unveiled its new NCAA soccer field, part of the planned new Austin Sports Complex, with a pair of intercollegiate soccer games in September.
The Bruin men and women played their first games on the new synthetic soccer field installed over the summer. Competition began with the George Fox University men’s team falling 3-0 to the Oregon Institute of Technology. The women played to a draw against Northwest University.
During a brief program between games, President Robin Baker honored those who have worked to make the complex a reality, including general contractor The Saunders Company and primary donors Ken and Joan Austin and Brad and Katharine Stoffer. Campus pastor Sarah Baldwin delivered an inaugural prayer.
The event celebrated a significant threshold in a project eight years in the making.
In 2002, the Austins, founders of the A-dec dental manufacturing company, pledged 23 acres of land on the corner of Crestview and Villa roads for the expansion of George Fox athletics. The project received another significant boost in July of 2009 with the announcement of a $1.2 million lead gift from the Stoffers and their Boedecker Foundation.
Since then, a $250,000 matching grant donated by an anonymous Newberg family in October of 2009 and a $300,000 donation from Pacific Fibre Products of Vancouver, Wash., this spring helped boost the project’s fundraising total to nearly $2.1 million. Fundraising continues for the complex, projected to cost $6.5 million.
Visit georgefox.edu/austin-complex for more information or to make a donation.
New Academic Programs
MBA Offers New Concentration
The university’s School of Business now offers strategic human resources management courses that can be taken as either a Master of Business Administration (MBA) concentration or as credit toward a graduate business certificate.
George Fox’s HR concentration or certificate offering is the only graduate-level program in the Pacific Northwest recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, according to the organization’s website.
The George Fox HR concentration and graduate certificate consist of three consecutive courses (nine credit hours). The first course began in late October. The concentration aims to prepare students for influential and strategic work in the field of HR, focusing on the areas of leadership, management and administration.
A restructuring of two graduate counseling degree programs will give students more freedom to specialize their degrees. George Fox now offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. The degrees replace the Master of Arts in Counseling and the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Seminary Adds Native American Program
A partnership finalized in June between George Fox Evangelical Seminary and the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) will result in a new theological education program designed for Native North Americans.
The first offering will be a master of arts in intercultural studies program, tentatively scheduled to begin in January of 2011.
Terms of the agreement call for theological education for Native North Americans and other indigenous peoples to be delivered using instructional approaches and materials developed by NAIITS, according to Terry LeBlanc, executive director of NAIITS.
The courses will be written, directed and taught by faculty of national Native scholars, and each class will incorporate Native worldview and values. The entire program is built around an andragogical (adult learning) rather than pedagogical approach, allowing for greater creativity and flexibility for students to learn in their own unique cultural and social contexts.
Full-time MBA: July 1 Part-time MBA: Dec. 1
Counseling: Feb. 28 Seminary: July 1