Choir Takes Stage for 9/11 Memorial in New York
When members of the Concert Choir posted a video clip of a performance on YouTube, no one imagined that it would propel them to center stage at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall – but that’s exactly what happened.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, the choir joined voices with an additional 150 singers and soloists at “A Concert of Commemoration” in New York to perform Rene Clausen’s Memorial, composed to honor the memory of those who lost their lives 10 years prior in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Conductor Loren Wenz received an invitation to participate after event organizers saw a video of the choir singing Kyrie, a portion of Memorial, on YouTube.
“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in Fisher Hall, especially in light of this important performance,” said Wenz after learning about the invitation.
Wenz noted that the choir was selected based on the high recommendation of his colleagues and its long-standing reputation for musical excellence, in addition, of course, to its stellar audition on the World Wide Web.
Enrollment Record Set ... Again
Some records were meant to be broken, and for the 23rd time in the last 25 years, an enrollment record was set at George Fox, this time topping the 3,500-student mark for the first time in school history.
Thanks to solid retention numbers and an incoming undergraduate class of nearly 600, a total of 3,519 students now attend George Fox – a remarkable growth rate of 541 percent over the last 25 years.
Meanwhile, the university’s commitment to diversity was evident within the numbers, as 30 percent of incoming undergraduate students were ethnic minorities, compared to 12 percent in 2006. Academic excellence was also a high priority, as incoming students in 2011 posted an average GPA of 3.63 and a combined average of 1,114 on the reading and math sections of the SAT.
All told, 1,893 traditional undergraduate students currently attend George Fox, with 284 more in adult degree-completion programs and another 1,342 in the university’s graduate and seminary programs.
Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2011
The 2011 George Fox Sports Hall of Fame class featured three athletes, one coach, one team and one meritorious service honoree.
Held in the fall for the first time in its 16-year history, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place at Bauman Auditorium on Oct. 1, followed by a reception in the Duke Atrium of the Stevens Center.
Perhaps the most well-known inductee was former women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck (1996-2010), who led a group of mostly inexperienced players to a 32-0 record and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2008-09.
Rueck was joined at the podium by Karli (Holub) Harshman (1998-2000), the all-time leading scorer in George Fox women’s soccer history; Sharon (Barnett) McPherson (1996-2000), who holds numerous school records in both volleyball and track and field; Katie (Greller) Lacey (1997-2001), who led the Bruins to an 80-23 record and four postseason appearances as the women’s basketball starting center; and the entire 2000-01 women’s basketball team, the first George Fox team to achieve a No. 1 national ranking in the NCAA.
Larry Gibson, a 1970 graduate who served as team captain in wrestling for two years at George Fox, was also honored for meritorious service. Gibson, a lifelong wrestling coach who has overcame a variety of obstacles – including the partial loss of his leg as a teenager – received the Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.