There was a little something for fans of all ages at George Fox University’s all-new “Bruin Madness” event Feb. 5. The event, hosted in lieu of an annual homecoming celebration that will now take place in the fall, featured an indoor tailgate party, activities for children, a basketball doubleheader against Lewis & Clark College, and a postgame young alumni gathering at a local pizza restaurant. George Fox is moving homecoming to the fall in order to expand its schedule of homecoming events and to prepare for the university’s addition of intercollegiate Division III college football in the fall of 2013.
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Making Faith Stick
Each year more than half of graduating high school students ditch their faith. At this year’s Kaleo conference, speakers addressed why this is such a common trend. Keynote speaker Kara Powell, from Fuller Youth Institute, presented research to provide clues as to why some students lose their faith while others stay connected to Jesus. Powell and co-presenter Jon Furman provided practical ways to keep students of all ages engaged with their beliefs so they can build a faith that sticks.
The conference was held on the university’s Newberg campus on Feb. 26 and drew 400 people.
Sarah Gibson, an assistant professor of media communications, finished working on the motion picture set of Blue Like Jazz as the assistant to the director. The film, directed by Steve Taylor, is based on the New York Times Best Seller by Donald Miller. It is slated for release in the fall.
Joel Perez, dean of transitions and inclusion, was part of a panel presentation on current trends in diversity research on CCCU campuses at the 35th Annual CCCU Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C., in January.
Professor of history Paul Otto’s essay, “Wampum: The Transfer and Creation of Rituals on the Early American Frontier,” appeared in Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, Vol. 5: Transfer and Spaces, released in December of 2010 by Harrassowitz Books.
Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science, presented “Did America Have a Christian Founding?” at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., in December. The event was taped by C-SPAN and was broadcast in early February. He also recently learned that Oxford University Press will publish his next edited volume, Faith and the Founders of the American Republic.
Jan Lefebvre in the advancement office returned to Haiti in January, one year following the earthquake she experienced there in January 2010. “I observed great and wonderful work being done by God’s servants to a people who are resilient and loving and still in need of our prayers,” she said. “The highlight personally was to help dedicate the home for my sponsored family for which God truly provided the funds.” Jan will be coordinating some projects with her church’s sewing ministry for a children’s home to be built this year.
Tim Timmerman, an associate professor of art, showcased his work in a show entitled “Keeping Vigil” at the University of Portland’s Buckley Center Gallery in January and February. The artwork included oil paintings and sculptural medias such as assemblage, kiln-worked glass, clay, and bronze casting.