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George Fox University received confirmation in October of a $250,000 matching grant designated for the Austin Sports Complex, a multi-use sports facility to be shared by the university, the Chehalem Park and Recreation District, Newberg High School, local club teams and the community. The grant, from an anonymous Newberg family, will match dollar for dollar raised - up to $250,000 - toward the new sports complex. The university will use the gift to seek individual gifts and pledges not to exceed $25,000 each and must meet the match by July 1, 2010.
A breast cancer awareness video coordinated by an adjunct instructor at George Fox has become a sensation on YouTube. "Pink Glove Dance," featuring employees at Providence Portland Medical Center dancing to the song "Down" by Jay Sean, received nearly 7 million views as of late February.
Genocide and the West
Doctor James Waller, affiliated scholar with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, presented research in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies in November. Recognized as an expert by the State Department and the CIA, Waller is the author of several books, including Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. His lecture was part of "The Majority World and the West" sessions offered by the Liberal Arts and Critical Issues course, which is a required part of the general education program at George Fox.
Portland has the second-highest number of sex trafficking victims in the United States, and more than 300,000 women and young girls are enslaved every year in the United States. In an effort to combat this rapidly growing crime, George Fox hosted the New Abolitionists conference in October to raise awareness, dispel myths and encourage action. Local experts, ministry leaders and law enforcement officials spoke at the daylong event.
For the first time, students who visited campus for the university's annual Scholarship Competition in February competed for awards in every undergraduate major. A record 275-plus prospective students attended the event, which added 25 departmental scholarships from the previous year and featured new leadership awards, including a Friends Leadership Award - for those involved in Quaker church/youth activities - and a Multicultural Leadership Award.
The university is bidding farewell to longtime employees Ron and Carolyn Stansell this spring. The couple will retire upon returning from Bolivia, where they've overseen the university's South American Studies program for five years. Previously, Ron served as professor of religion with a missions emphasis for 25 years, while Carolyn worked in Student Financial Services for seven years. Prior to their tenure at George Fox, the Stansells served as missionaries in Bolivia for 18 years. They hope to continue volunteering and teaching overseas with Evangelical Friends Church International and with Evangelical Friends Mission, and Ron plans to teach at George Fox on an adjunct basis. Lon Fendall retired in January from his roles as director of both the Center for Peace and Justice and Center for Global Studies. Fendall worked at George Fox the last 10 years as well as during two stints in the late 1980s and the early 1970s. Fendall is author and coauthor of several books, the most recent of which was Practicing Discernment Together. Earlier in his career, Fendall served as legislative director and campaign manager for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. Assuming Fendall's roles is Clint Baldwin, assistant professor of international studies.