In April, the university’s theatre department lifted the curtain on perhaps its most ambitious project to date when the original play The Broken opened in Wood-Mar Auditorium.
The university’s first foray into creating an original full-length play, The Broken was inspired, in part, by theatre professor Rhett Luedtke’s experiences in Papua New Guinea. The plot centers on exploring the tensions, paradoxes and complications inherent in the clash between two cultures with different ways of expressing their faith.
Luedtke and a team of more than 30 students – including actors, designers, consultants, stage managers and tech crew members – logged more than 400 hours of work on the production, which earned four Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Photo: From left to right: Ian Rutledge, Jordan Enobakhare, Makana Shimaoka
Well over 200 George Fox students got the chance to experience a new culture during their summer break thanks to the university’s Juniors Abroad and May Serve programs.
Students embarked on professor-led Juniors Abroad trips to Africa, Europe, Turkey, Israel, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Central America and Australia in May and June, in addition to service trips to Swaziland and Romania and Moldova.
Activities included rafting the Nile and touring the streets of Paris, but for many, the experience was much more impactful than your run-of-the-mill vacation.
“My biggest takeaway from the trip was how much it strengthened my faith,” wrote senior Tracy Berg, who joined the Juniors Abroad tour through Israel, Turkey and Greece. “Being able to walk through the Old City of Jerusalem where Jesus once carried His cross was incredible.”
Since starting its Juniors Abroad program in 1987, George Fox has become a national leader in study-abroad participation, with half of its undergraduate students participating.
Visit georgefox.edu/studyabroad to read student stories and view study abroad photos.
In August, Forbes magazine ranked George Fox among the top 10 Christian colleges in the country in its annual America’s Top Colleges list. The university came in ninth among schools in the 116-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and was one of just 650 of the roughly 4,000 colleges in the U.S. to be ranked.
Forbes based its rankings on quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.
Putting Team First
It was the last day of heptathlon competi-tion at the 2012 NWC championships, and junior Alyssa Turner was having the meet of her life. Just one good race in the final event – the 800 meter run – would break her all-time per-sonal best and elevate her among the top five all-time heptathletes in school history.
But there was just one problem. The team had set a goal of finishing 1-2-3-4 in the event – which would likely lock up another conference championship – and two of her freshmen teammates would have to set personal bests in the race in order to do it.
Both Alyssa and coach John Smith knew what had to be done and agreed on a practically unthinkable plan: she would hang back to pace and encourage teammates Charity Arn and Katie Dyk rather than reach for her own personal glory.The result? A 1-2-3-4 George Fox finish in the heptathlon, of course, and a life lesson that Alyssa and her teammates won’t soon forget.
Arnold Claims Comeback Championship
Alexis Arnold came back from a 71-point deficit in the final event of the women’s hep-tathlon to claim a national championship by a razor-thin margin of just three points, becoming the fourth Bruin to win an NCAA Divison III track and field championship since 1999. Teammate Alyssa Turner, meanwhile, was named NWC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. Both were All-Americans.
Morrison Takes Swing at Player of the Year
Kelsey Morrison became the first George Fox women’s golfer to claim NCAA Division III First Team All-America honors, and was just two strokes away from being named National Player of the Year. Morrison helped the women’s golf team earn a share of its third straight NWC championship, closing out the season ranked seventh in the nation.
Ranta Throws No-No
Brian Ranta threw the fourth no-hitter in George Fox University history on March 24, leading the Bruins to a 1-0 victory over Whitman while racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts. Named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, Ranta was one of four Bruins to receive first or second team all-conference honors.