Johnson Runs to a National Track Title
Irene Johnson became the third George Fox athlete to earn an NCAA Division III individual title by running the 100-meter hurdles in 14.51 seconds at the 2011 Track and Field National Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in May.
Johnson earned All-America status and joined men's javelin throwers Matt Gassaway in 2004 and Joel Krebs in 2007 as Bruins who have won NCAA track and field national events.
Johnson's winning time was actually half a second slower than the day before, when she had qualified for the finals with a school-record time of 14.21 that was the fourth-best mark in the preliminaries. Everyone ran a slower time on Saturday due to some strong headwinds measured at 3.5 mph at the time of the race.
Second place went to Portia Jones of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose 14.13 in the Friday heats had been the best time.
"It actually was an amazing race for Irene," George Fox head coach John Smith said. "In addition to the headwind, she slipped momentarily coming out of the starting blocks and ran most of the race in third or fourth. She really turned it on over the last three hurdles to win in dramatic fashion."
Johnson and the Bruins' David Dillow, who placed sixth in the men's decathlon, earned All-America honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their efforts.
The World as Classroom
More than 200 students embarked on international study trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and New Zealand in May.
The college study abroad tours are part of the university's Juniors Abroad program. Since 1987, the program has sent third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. Excursions have reached every continent except Antarctica.
This year, students visited Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Greece, China, Tibet, Ecuador, Nicaragua and South Africa.
MBA Goes to China
A group of 15 students, two faculty members and six guests traveled to Beijing, China, in May to represent the university's School of Business as part of an international residency class that annually gives program participants the opportunity to study business abroad.
Since the program's inception in 2004, nearly 200 George Fox business graduate students have made the weeklong trips to locales including Brazil (2004-06), Shanghai, China (2007-09) and Beijing and Tianjin, China (2010-11). The trips are offered through Global Environment, a class in the university's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.