New Advancement VP
Shari Scales begins in April as the university’s new vice president of advancement – a position she sees as an ideal fit.
“I’ve always held the conviction that my work life reflects my values and what’s important to me,” said Scales, who was director of the Providence Newberg Health Foundation for eight years. “Thus, I choose organizations whose missions carry forward the important work that Christ set out to accomplish. George Fox has a mission and goals that closely align with my own.”
Scales began in the advancement profession in 1992. She started with the Legacy Health System in Portland, where she was director of development for three foundations. In the late 1990s, she was assistant director of development for the Society of Jesus – Oregon Province.
At Providence, Scales successfully led a $5.2 million capital campaign to help fund the construction of Providence Newberg Medical Center, which opened in 2006.
One of her first projects at George Fox will be seeking funding for the Austin Sports Complex. On a broader range, Scales wants to help trustees, alumni, students, parents, faculty and employees feel increased pride in their university.
Scales said long-term goals include the building of a new student center and increased educational programming.
Scales replaces Dana Miller, who left George Fox last July to work at the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
2009 Winter Serve Trips
More than 30 George Fox University students, split into two teams, participated in the annual Winter Serve trip Jan. 4–10.
One group, led by student serve coordinator Ryan Wilmot, traveled to Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center, located on the Oregon Coast.
Students at Twin Rocks cleaned, performed trail maintenance and took part in team- building exercises. The trip was equal parts community service during the day and discipleship, worship and prayer in the evenings.
“It was an awesome trip,” Wilmot said.
“The purpose is to go help meet some needs for a week and give back,” said Andrea Crenshaw, director of outreach and service at George Fox. “Twin Rocks is an annual event. They enjoy having us come out. It’s like spring cleaning in the winter.”
Another group, led by Sara Eccleston, worked with the ReBuilding Center in Portland and with My Father’s House.
The ReBuilding Center is the nation’s largest nonprofit reuse center for salvaged construction and remodeling materials. George Fox students spent the mornings organizing and sorting piles of construction materials before heading to My Father’s House, the largest privately-funded f amily shelter of its kind in the United States.
Students painted, helped with an after-school program for children and cooked a big family dinner on their last day.
It's a beautiful life
When George Fox junior Sarah Klatt was still in high school, her best friend became pregnant and gave birth. “Seeing the ways her son changed her life and how beautiful he is just affirmed my belief that life is precious and should be protected,” said Klatt, a cinema and media communication major from Neotsu, Ore. “Her choice to give life to her baby is a big part of why I’m pro-life.”
Klatt’s decision to communicate a pro-life message in her filmmaking earned her the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation’s first Pro-life Media Scholarship. The award included a gift of $2,500 and an internship with the organization.
As part of the internship, Klatt will make short films in a documentary or promotional style. She also plans to make music videos. “My desire is to show life as it is – precious, sweet, difficult, sad, wonderful and real,” she said. “I want to write and direct projects that encourage people to think about deep questions.”
Hitting a high note
Hundreds apply, but only 30 are admitted each semester. Last fall, George Fox sent three of those students to the Contemporary Music Center in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
The off-campus study program educated Shane Walker and Jamie Griggs, senior business administration majors, and Sue Johnson, who graduated in December with a degree in cinema and media communication, about the realities of the music business. The center develops Christian musicians, technicians and music executives.
“It was a valuable, hands-on experience that stretched me beyond my comfort zone and immersed me in the world of a different type of lost, hungry and hurting people,” Walker said.
Students attended morning classes and spent afternoons in rehearsals, photo shoots and the studio.
“My passion for the music industry was ignited in a way that is hard to explain,” said Walker, who plans to move to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue his career as a music manager.
Clark Campbell, director of clinical training in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, was elected to serve as president of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology next year.
“I think it’s especially meaningful to serve in this role as a professor from a Christ-centered institution like George Fox,” said Campbell. “It indicates a willingness of some major universities to work with Christian professionals, and it fits with my personal goal of demonstrating Christ to my professional colleagues.”
The NCSPP is a national association of about 80 doctoral psychology programs in the United States and one of only three psychology doctoral training councils in the nation.
George Fox is also represented on the council by Kathleen Gathercoal, who serves as chair of the Women’s Issues Committee.
Behavioral health clinic opens
The university’s Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, with the assistance of Providence Health & Services-Oregon, opened a behavioral health clinic for residents of Yamhill County in February.
The clinic, operating at the Villa Academic Complex, helps low-income and uninsured county residents in need of mental health services, including individual and couples therapy, mental health consultation, parenting counseling, and diagnostic assessment.
“This coincides with our mission as a university – to serve the underserved around us,” said Mary Peterson, associate director of clinical training in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology.
The clinic was made possible by a $25,000 grant from Providence Health & Services-Oregon, which designated that the funds be used to “support access to mental health counseling for those unable to afford them,” said Priscilla Lewis, regional director of Providence’s community services and development.
Parents gather on campus to pray
More than 50 parents of George Fox students gathered on campus on a Saturday in March to pray for their students and the university. Participants offered thanks, took a prayer walk around campus, and petitioned God for continued blessing and mercy.
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