George Fox already has a reputation for academic rigor, but beginning in the fall of 2014, students will be presented with a new challenge.
Modeled on the Socratic tutorial style, the William Penn Honors Program will hone students’ critical thinking skills by exposing them to classical texts and using discussion as the primary mode of instruction. Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage their culture meaningfully at the deepest levels – and do so in a humble and gracious manner from a Christian perspective.
Courses will be both writing and literature intensive. As students are presented with some of the great pieces of literature that have influenced Western civilization, they will be tasked with exploring how these works inform contemporary thought, and how they harmonize – or fail to harmonize – with the teachings of Christ.
Visit georgefox.edu/HonorsProgram to learn more.
When Bob Moore visited George Fox in October, it gave aspiring entrepreneurs on campus the opportunity to rub shoulders with a nationally renowned executive. It also brought full circle a story that had been 35 years in the making.
Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill, presented a public lecture as part of the School of Business Executive in Residence Day. His visit also included a Q&A session with business students and a classroom visit in which he critiqued students’ business plans.
“I love your students,” said Moore, 83, who came dressed in his signature red blazer and ivy cap. “I wish I had some of that youthful energy.”
But Moore’s association with George Fox amounts to much more than a one-day visit. Back in 1978, he moved to Portland so he could attend seminary classes at Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Evangelical Seminary). Part of his routine was to walk around the seminary neighborhood with his wife, Charlee, reciting Greek and Hebrew passages. It was on one of those walks that he happened upon an old feed mill that would later become the company’s first headquarters.
Today, Bob’s Red Mill produces more than $153 million in annual sales. On his 81st birthday, Moore made national headlines by giving his employees total ownership of Bob’s Red Mill through an employee share ownership program.
Visit georgefox.edu/BobMoore to see a video interview with Moore.
It was no surprise that cinema and media communication major Cameron Smith packed a video camera before embarking on a Juniors Abroad trip to India last summer. What may have caught the aspiring filmmaker off guard was the exceptional footage he was able to get as he and a group of 20 other George Fox students and professors experienced the country’s culture, religion and people.
The result of those experiences was a short documentary in which Smith captured the group as they visited an orphanage, provided medical care for residents of a remote village, marveled at the Taj Mahal and navigated jam-packed city streets, where something as simple as crossing the road can be a harrowing experience.
“You learn very quickly that you never know what to expect from this country,” noted Smith in the documentary. But one thing is certain: the experiences he and his group had will have a lifelong impact.
Visit georgefox.edu/India to watch the documentary.
Students in the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives program at George Fox Evangelical Seminary are located around the globe and most often interact with each other online. So, when they do meet face-to-face, they make sure the experience is a memorable one.
Last summer a group of 40 doctoral students and 12 staff and faculty met in Seoul, South Korea, one of three international advances they will participate in over the course of the three-year program.
Highlights of the experience included visiting the largest Methodist church in the world, getting a private tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and taking in the sights, sounds and people of Seoul, a city with a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years.
For professor MaryKate Morse, the people she met during the advance “inspired me to think differently about my life and faith.” Student Sharenda Roam was also deeply impacted by the individuals she encountered. “Passion for a world beyond my own flourished as my heart embraced the Korean people,” she wrote. “ This experience changed me forever.”
Visit georgefox.edu/Seoul to read more from Morse and Roam, and to view a photo gallery and video from the trip.