The university has received a major gift from the Lemmons family that will give the new football program a firm footing when it kicks off in 2014 – literally.
John Lemmons, founder of Pacific Fibre Products, and Larry Lemmons, the company’s president, together made a gift of $600,000 to George Fox University. Most of the gift will go toward the construction of Lemmons Family Field, a synthetic turf football field that will be located on the north side of campus.
“It is a privilege to invest a portion of what we have in ministries that positively impact our world and reflect our Christian values,” John and Larry expressed in a shared statement. “We count the education of George Fox as one of these ministries.”
While this is the single largest gift George Fox has received from the Lemmons, it’s certainly not the first. Other investments include the Lemmons Center, Bruin athletics and the Annual Fund. The university is now 74 percent of the way to its $7.2 million fundraising goal for the construction of Stoffer Family Stadium.
Visit georgefox.edu/StofferStadium to learn more.
When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast in late October, Anna Berardi offered up her unique skill set to help.
Berardi, director of the George Fox Trauma Response Institute, joined the Red Cross’ disaster mental health team on a 12-day trip to Northern New Jersey, witnessing firsthand the physical and emotional toll the storm took on thousands of people.
Berardi participated in neighborhood canvassing, checking in on elderly and medically fragile residents who in many cases hadn’t yet received any assistance as long as two weeks after the storm. She also provided counseling services in Red Cross shelters, and accompanied residents who were finally being granted permission to visit their property for the first time. “These are highly charged experiences,” she explains. “Most residents are learning that entire neighborhoods are gone and now underwater.”
Also a professor of marriage and family therapy at the university, Berardi kept the George Fox community up to date on her activities via her Twitter account, @AABerardi.
For many aspiring educators, getting real-world teaching experience can be a challenge. Elementary education majors at George Fox have no such problems, thanks to a new partnership with Edwards Elementary School.
Last semester nine George Fox students were given free rein to design a classroom space and run an afterschool program for students at Edwards, located just minutes from campus. Starting in the fall 2012 semester, student-teachers worked with groups of fifth- and second-graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, teaching reading, language arts and math.
The space the student-teachers created included several stations designed to be both visually appealing and to spark their students’ imaginations. At the “Oceanic Shores” station, for example, students use sea-related photos to inspire them to write a short story, while “Shipwreck Beach” gives kids a chance to read aloud in their best pirate voices.
The university and elementary school plan to continue the mutually beneficial partnership through at least the spring 2013 semester.
Junior Brice Ezell (pictured left) and senior Stephen Kenyon represented George Fox at the World Universities Debating Championships in Berlin this December. The students, who planned and financed the trip on their own, debated teams from around the world over three days of competition, finishing with 13 points, just five shy of the break to elimination rounds – certainly a good showing for their first major international competition.
George Fox ranks among the top British Parliamentary debate teams in the Northwest. Junior Hannah McFarland, who spent lastsummer as a student researcher under biologyprofessor John Schmitt, was selected to speak at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Experimental Biology conference in Boston this April. McFarland’s abstract, “AKAP7 Regulates CaM Kinase Activation in MCF-7 Cells,” was selected from approximately 1,300 submissions. The selection, which also included a $1,875 travel grant, is a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate student.