Estudia en Bolivia
While most George Fox undergraduates dodged cold January raindrops in Newberg, a small portion of the student body began their spring semester basking in Bolivia’s 80-degree weather.
The university launched its South American Studies Program in January, offering heavy doses of the Spanish language, South American culture, and sun. Ten George Fox students will spend four months studying at Bolivian Evangelical University in Santa Cruz. They are joined by students from other Council of Christian Colleges and Universities member institutions. With the exception of the Spanish language course, courses are conducted in English. Students live with local families and take courses in the history, geography, religion, politics, economics, and cultural diversity of South America. An emphasis is placed on Christian ministry and missions and cross-cultural relationship building. Field trips are planned to sites in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina.
‘An exemplary American and Oregonian’
Upon receiving a diploma from President David Brandt, each of the 260 graduates at midyear commencement received a handshake from one of Oregon’s most prominent citizens.
Robert B. Pamplin Jr., businessman, philanthropist, farmer, minister, and author, was the first to congratulate each new graduate.
Pamplin, president and CEO of RB Pamplin Corp., had a connection with each: He is now a fellow alumnus and new member of the Class of 2005. Pamplin received an honorary doctorate earlier in the ceremonies, prior to delivering the commencement address. Nearly 3,000 attended the Dec. 17 ceremonies. Brandt handed bachelor’s degrees to 163, master’s degrees to 83, and doctorates to 12.
Pamplin, whose familyowned company has annual sales approaching $700 million, is noted nationally for his philanthropy, including one churchoutreach program based in Newberg. He has three earned bachelor of science degrees, an MBA, two master’s degrees, and two doctorates, in fields ranging from business, economics, and accounting, to education and theology.
Pamplin was cited by Brandt for his Christ-centered leadership. “His life is guided by his Christian principles and beliefs,” the citation reads. “He recognizes the power and importance of high-quality education and he responds in a significant way to Christ’s mandate to feed the hungry.
“Dr. Pamplin is an exemplary American and Oregonian. We honor him today for his leadership and philanthropy in our nation and our state.”
In his 15-minute address, “The Importance of Education,” Pamplin challenged graduates and the audience to be lifelong learners. “Learning — really learning — is hard work,” he said.
Residence halls named for Coffin, Le Shanas
A former presidential couple and a longtime trustee will be honored this summer with the naming of the two newest residence halls at George Fox.
“The Dave and Becky Le Shana Residence Hall (under construction, right) will open this fall on the northeast side of campus. The new $7.4 million, 120-bed building is going up near University Residence Hall (above, left), which will be renamed the T. Eugene Coffin Residence Hall. The 124-bed University Hall was built in 1996, the year George Fox College changed its name to George Fox University.
Le Shana was George Fox president from 1969 to 1982, president of Seattle Pacific University from 1982 to 1992, and president of Western Evangelical Seminary from 1992 until the 1996 merger of WES and George Fox. He is now George Fox president emeritus.
Coffin was a member of the George Fox Board of Trustees from 1957 to 1987 and board chair from 1974 to 1979. He graduated from George Fox in 1935 and was 1970 Alumnus of the Year. A longtime Friends pastor and denominational administrator, he died in 1999.
Healthy start for nursing
The nursing education facilities in Hoover Academic Building won’t be ready until August, but the George Fox nursing program already is at maximum capacity. Forty students began taking nursing classes this spring. For hands-on experience, students will use the facilities at a local health and rehabilitation center. The first class of nursing students is scheduled to graduate in spring 2008.