Bruin Notes

Hand Crafted Olive Oil Soap Label

Reaching Out from the Classroom

How can a simple bar of soap help put an end to the sex-slave industry in Lebanon? Last semester Bob Bredemeier’s Illustration class got the opportunity to find out. Students were tasked with creating a unique package design for the soap, which is marketed and sold in the U.S. by Twice Cleansed. The organization works in the country to encourage a cottage industry of soap making as an alternative to sex slavery
and prostitution.

Junior Brian May created the winning product label (top), and senior Laura Silva designed the best product packaging. A portion of the proceeds will go toward other organizations involved in fighting human trafficking in the Middle East.

Brian Gardner

Successful Alumnus Returns as VP of Advancement

After nearly 19 years away, Brian Gardner returned to George Fox in January to take the reins as vice president for university advancement.

Gardner, a 1989 graduate who also worked as a contracted admissions representative for the university until 1993, most recently made waves as director of development at Wheaton College, where he played an integral role in the school’s $260 million “Promise of Wheaton” campaign.

News Bits

Recent Recognition

University President Robin Baker was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame in March as part of the university’s homecoming festivities. Baker, who earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from Grand Canyon in 1980, is among 40 members of his immediate and extended family to have attended the school.

In February, Baker participated in the new speaker series, Nobel Peace Laureate Forum: Preventing War & Ending World Conflicts. Baker joined 1993 Nobel Peace Prize recipient President F.W. de Klerk and others in a dialogue that sought to answer the question, “Where the Leadership Will Come From to End the Korean War and Solve the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.”

Michael MacLeod

Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael MacLeod was awarded a $9,500 Canadian Studies Faculty Research Grant for his project, “Financial Investor Activism and Environmental Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis of Investor-Driven Governance Networks in Canada and the United States.

Steve Taylor (center) with Sarah and her husband, Paul.

Steve Taylor (center) with Sarah and her husband, Paul.

Sarah Gibson’s interactive documentary, “Steve Taylor’s Digital Clone,” was honored by the 2012 Broadcast Education Association, receiving the Faculty Interactive Media Best of Festival King Foundation Award. The project was made possible by a George Fox faculty grant that allowed the professor of cinema and media communication to work with four students over the summer.

Associate Professor of Art Mark Terry’s pottery was included in “West Coast Wood Fire,” an exhibit featuring wood-fired ceramics by more than 50 contemporary clay artists from California, Oregon and Washington.

In Print

ParktailsIn February, Professor of Art Doug Campbell’s new book, Parktails, was published by Wipf and Stock. Parktails is an adventure that takes place in the aftermath of a great forest fire. Once the fire is extinguished, the animals of Geyser District are forced to confront numerous difficulties.

Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies Paul Anderson’s 68-page essay on the I-Am sayings in the gospels was published in the December issue of The Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. In the essay he challenges one of the key bases for questioning John’s historicity.

Professor of Business and Economics Debra Drecnik Worden recently received the Abramson Scroll for her outstanding contribution to the National Association for Business Economics journal Business Economics. She shared the honor with coauthor Diane Schooley-Pettis of Boise State University. The two authored “Fueling the Credit Crisis: Who Uses Consumer Credit and What Drives Debt Burden?”

Professor of Biology Don Powers had a manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology entitled “Respiratory evaporative water loss during hovering and forward flight in hummingbirds.” Professor of History Paul Otto published an editorial, “Political Commitments and Doing Justice,” in Capital Commentary, a weekly current-affairs publication of the Center for Public Justice.

Professor of History Paul Otto published an editorial, “Political Commitments and Doing Justice,” in Capital Commentary, a weekly current-affairs publication of the Center for Public Justice.

Junior history major Josh Pierson self-published a book, Voices of the Veterans: Conversations with Veterans of the Second World War, in which the stories of five veterans are recalled. Pierson also recently had an article about Pearl Harbor published in The Chronicle (Lewis County, Wash.).

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