Bruin Notes

New Academic Additions

Part-time MBA

A part-time MBA program begins this fall in downtown Portland. The master of business program, already offered at the school’s Portland Center near Tigard and in Boise, Idaho, will begin classes at the Portland World Trade Center’s Building Two in September.

The 26-month, 42-credit-hour program, offered through the university’s School of Business, begins new cohorts in September. The course includes an optional weeklong international study trip and a community consulting project. (For more information)

Christian Earthkeeping

George Fox Evangelical Seminary will offer a new concentration, Christian Earthkeeping, to its curriculum beginning in the fall of 2010. The concentration, a 12-credit regimen of four courses taken over a two-year period, is designed to develop evangelical leaders who cultivate the care of creation in their communities. Course organizers cite Genesis 2:15 – a biblical reference in which God commands humankind to take care of the Earth – as the program’s scriptural foundation.

New Bachelor's Degrees

The undergraduate school of business, which is the largest program at George Fox, now offers bachelor’s degrees in entrepreneurship, finance, global business, marketing and management. We’ve found there is a demand for majors that specialize in these areas of business, said Dirk Barram, interim dean of the School of Business. We believe this will give them an even greater opportunity to succeed once they graduate.

Service Beyond Borders

Caring for Swaziland

Swaziland

A team of 17 George Fox students spent nearly four weeks in Swaziland this May serving orphans and people suffering from AIDS. Three teams of students rotated through nine separate locations called “care points” that took care of the children during the week. The groups also cleaned up areas, performed basic labor and hauled water to the care points.

In the afternoons, the students held soccer and women’s ministries. One day, they even gave Swaziland women manicures and pedicures. It was a lighthearted moment in an area ravaged by AIDS and poverty.

The trip was part of the university’s May Serve Christian service program. The students worked with AIM Ministries, an interdenominational missions organization that focuses on discipleship, prayer and developing relationships by helping the world’s poor. (For more information)

$18,000 for Haiti

Haiti

Empty Bowls: A Night for Haiti raised in excess of $15,000 in April for victims still recovering from the January earthquake that devastated the island country.

An additional $3,000 was raised at the university’s Mr. Bruin Pageant, a charity talent show that same evening, bringing the total raised for Haiti relief to more than $18,000.

At Empty Bowls, more than 800 turned out to the university’s Klages Dining Room to purchase ceramic bowls created by students, faculty members and guest professional artists. Some 1,600 bowls were thrown during a 12-hour span in early February. They were filled with soup and sold for $12 each at the April dinner, with all proceeds going toward the Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that works to provide disaster relief, build stronger communities and encourage peace.

Free Help for Children

Help for Children

The university’s Behavioral Health Clinic, thanks to grants totaling more than $270,000, will offer pediatric behavioral health services to low-income children and families throughout Yamhill County and surrounding areas this fall.

The Swindells Charitable Trust, an organization that supports educational, cultural and scientific causes in Oregon, provided capital funding for the project, while Providence Health & Services, which gave $25,000 a year ago to open the clinic, is providing additional funds.

Bilingual pediatric programs to be offered will include the Pediatric Call-In Hour (a parenting hotline), a diagnostic program that will provide assessments and evaluations, an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder program, a pediatric obesity program, and parenting classes and groups.

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