George Fox becomes first West Coast Christian college to offer civil engineering
A new concentration in civil engineering will allow George Fox graduates to pursue engineering service projects that address the fundamental needs of people in the United States and developing countries.
Civil engineers design solutions for public facilities and infrastructure – from clean water supply and wastewater treatment plants to highways, bridges and buildings.
“Adding a program like civil engineering fits our university’s mission, which calls for participation in our world’s concerns,” said Bob Harder, engineering department chair. “It’s also in direct alignment with our departmental objectives – to prepare engineers who are technically competent, broadly educated and understand responsible service from a Christian worldview.”
The university’s engineering program also offers concentrations in computer, mechanical and electrical engineering. It is one of only 13 Council for Christian Colleges & Universities schools nationwide that offer a four-year engineering program with accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineering is projected to experience an 18-percent employment growth during the decade of 2006-2016.
Read more about the engineering program at engineering.georgefox.edu.
Daniel Brunner is passionate about the ecological health of our planet. This conviction helped land Brunner, professor of Christian history and formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a selection to the GreenFaith Fellowship Program last fall.
The program aims to mobilize people of diverse spiritual backgrounds for religiously based environmental leadership. Brunner is in a class of 20 fellows representing more than 10 religious denominations.
As a fellow in the program, Brunner will attend sessions in ecologically varied settings — urban, rural and suburban — and receive education and training in eco-theology, “greening” the operation of institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice.
“I’m becoming more and more convinced that the ecological/environmental crisis is the social justice issue of our day,” Brunner said. “Other concerns, as important as they are, are going to pale in comparison in the decades to come.”
Brunner is also finding a new outlet for sharing his faith. “It’s an honor to be the only outspokenly evangelical Christian in my cohort,” he said. “We are united by our passion for the brokenness and healing of our planet. In sharing my own journey, I’m able to talk about why my biblical faith in Jesus Christ motivates me in this whole arena.”
'Escaping the Devil's Bedroom'
Although Dawn Herzog Jewell painted a grim picture about men and women enslaved by international sex trafficking, her message was one of possibility.
“We don’t live without hope,” she said.
In a Feb. 16 chapel at George Fox, Jewell (G94) told numerous stories of how God rescued women and children from horrific situations both abroad and in the United States.
One story was about a young Asian girl named Moon who was sold and forced to work as a sex slave by the time she was a teenager. She was raped more than 100 times before Christian missionaries came to her aid. Moon is one of the women featured in Jewell’s book Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom, published last July.
Sex trafficking is the world’s third-largest criminal trade behind drugs and arms dealing. More than 2 million children each year become victims of sexual exploitation. Jewell said Christians are often guilty of placing these workers into two categories – the victims and the volunteers – and often pity the first and scorn the latter.
“But we don’t see the invisible chains,” Jewell said. “Sixty-five to 90 percent of women in strip clubs were abused as children. Portland has more than 50 strip clubs. Who is reaching these women?”
Jewell said that it can be difficult to reach out to men and women trapped in the sex industry, but Christians must get involved.
“We cannot succeed in being God’s hands and feet if we don’t have Jesus’ love in our hearts,” she said.
Jewell became interested in this area of ministry while working as publications manager for Media Associates International. She prayed that God would give her a topic to write about so she could encourage writers in the developing world. As she traveled, she saw Christians effectively rescuing men, women and children from the sex industry. She saw the transformation of lives.
“My purpose for writing the book was to show that God is already at work in this issue,” Jewell said. “Satan isn’t in control.”
Recalibrating Concepts of the Church
Five authors gathered in February for what George Fox Evangelical Seminary Dean Chuck Conniry calls “one of the most impactful Ministry in Contemporary Culture seminars to date.”
Len Sweet, Dan Kimball, MaryKate Morse, Alan Hirsch and Frank Viola joined forces to discuss “Recalibrating Concepts of the Church.”
“What are we missing?” Kimball asked. “What needs to be recalibrated?”
Kimball and the other speakers addressed that question by rethinking everything from evangelism to leadership to the vision of the church as a whole.
Kimball, pastor and author of They Like Jesus But Not the Church, questioned why Christians spend the majority of their time with other Christians instead of reaching out to nonbelievers. Futurist and theologian Len Sweet discussed his book So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life in the Church. Frank Viola spoke of the inspiration behind his popular books Pagan Christianity and Reimagining Church. Alan Hirsch, a missional leader, educator and strategist, discussed “Reactivating the Missional Church.”
MaryKate Morse, professor of leadership and director of hybrid and special programs at the seminary, addressed influence through power, a topic she tackles in her book, Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence. Morse contends that God instills a “neutral power” in each person for the purpose of being his kingdom of priests in the world.
Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies, published “The John, Jesus, and History Project: New Glimpses of Jesus and a Bi-Optic Hypothesis” in the “Zeitschrift fur Neues Testament.” Anderson also presented “The Mission of the Christ-Centered Quaker College” at the Quaker Theological Discussion Group in Boston, Mass.
Robin Ashford, distance librarian, and Scot Headley, professor of educational foundations and leadership, delivered a presentation at the EduCause Learning Institute in Orlando, Fla., about how Second Life can serve the needs of distant students.
Ginny Birky, associate professor of education, presented “High school reform: Stories that inspire future teachers to embrace, promote and initiate change” at the American Education Research Association.
Bill Buhrow, dean of Student Services, is serving on a task force on college student gambling. The task force is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Center of Addiction. George Fox is the only Christian college on the task force. The task force produced an executive summary and suggested policies for colleges and universities in time for March Madness.
Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament, spent most of January in Ethopia where he helped digitize 1,120 ancient Ethiopic manuscripts at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies. The work required taking more than 101,000 photographs in 22 days. Jeremy Brown (G08) and Erik Young (G07) helped with the work.
Mark Allen Eaton, adjunct professor of theatre, returned to Cairo, Egypt, the last week of February to teach a playwriting series at the Arab World Evangelical Minister’s Association’s Drama Conference.
Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover distinguished professor of political science, had his book America’s Forgotten Founders published by Butler Books.
Tom Head, professor of economics and international studies, gave a lecture in November titled “Envisioning a Moral Economy” at Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center near Philadelphia. His lecture asked how economic arrangements can best serve human needs and challenged listeners to envision an economy that is balanced, healthy and just.
Ed Higgins, professor of writing/literature, published several poems, including “There is nearly always” (JMWW, Spring 2009); “her plum-black hair” (Haiku Reality, April 2009); “Polyphemous Remembers the Taste of Greeks” (Tattoo Highway, March 2009); “We two” (Earthshine, March 2009); “Desk Drawer Labyrinth” (The Centrifugal Eye, February 2009); and “ìIda’s Parmesan” (Haibun Today, Jan. 19, 2009).
Kerry Irish, professor of history, published his article “Cross-cultural Leadership: Dwight D. Eisenhower” in a book titled The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell.
Chris Koch received a grant from the American Psychiatric Society to create online videos highlighting how skills that psychology majors learn are used in various jobs.
Rhett Luedtke, associate professor of theatre, delivered a presentation in August titled “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue Between Theatre and Conservative Constituencies at a Quaker School” to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s national conference in Denver.
MaryKate Morse published her book “Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence.” She also wrote two articles: “Jesus’ Use of Social Power in Honor-Shame Conflicts: A Model for Male-Female Interactions” for The Crucible and “They Yeast Factor” for The Well.
Paul Otto, professor of history, had his review of “Peoples of the River Valleys: The Odyssey of the Delaware Indians” published in the Journal of American History.
Steve Sherwood, assistant professor of youth evangelism and discipleship, had his article “Majoring in Stress” published in the January issue of Youthworker Journal.
Laura Simmons, associate professor of Christian Ministries, had her article “Dorothy L. Sayers: A Writer and Theologian for Today” published in E-Quality.
Kent Yinger, associate professor of New Testament, had his article “Paul and Asceticism in 1 Cor. 9:27a” printed in the Journal of Religion and Society.
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