Perspectives | March 2008

From the Executive Director
The Scriptures are so good at depicting Jesus' friends Martha and Mary that most of us are confident we understand who these women were. Martha was a "do-er" - she loved to achieve, coordinate, serve, and get things done. Mary was a "be-er" - she loved to learn, think, ponder, and live in the moment. More...

From the Parent Council
"God of wonders, beyond our galaxy..." So the praise song goes. Have you ever really thought about that? We live on a small planet that hurtles around our parent star at more than 60,000 miles per hour. It takes years for us to send a spacecraft to one of the outer planets in our solar system. The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is still so far away that none of us could make it there and back in one lifetime, let alone many lifetimes. It's nine years round trip at the speed of light... and that's just to the closest star. More...

Career Corner
Why students should attend our April 3 First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair
Donny Miller, a senior business major and current professional activities intern in our Career Services office, attended our First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair ( last year as a junior; he still raves about his experience at the fair: "As a student who needs to get a job within six months of graduating, First Avenue is one of the best chances George Fox students have to captivate the attention of many of the best local/regional/national companies and organizations." More...

Student Serve Trips
By Andrea Crenshaw
A team of 12-24 will serve in Lapwai, Idaho. The trip will be a refreshing mix of physical labor and interaction within the community. The team will be working at the Lapwai Church of God doing work such as painting, grounds work, and roof work during the day. Throughout the week, the team will also be providing outreach opportunities for the local children. It is a great relationship building experience, both with team-members and with members of the Lapwai community. More...

Presidential Inauguration
Make plans to join the George Fox University community for the inauguration of Dr. Robin Baker as the 12th president of George Fox University, taking place March 6-7. This momentous event in the history of the university will include the formal installation ceremony, a formal banquet, a special worship service, an academic symposium, and a number of other events. All alumni are invited to attend the installation ceremony and many of the other inaugural events as well. For more information, including a full schedule of inaugural activities, click here.

Parent's Day of Prayer
March 15, 2008
The George Fox University Parent's Day of Prayer will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008. Parents who want to join in prayer have three options:

  1. If you live locally, you can come to the campus between 9 a.m. and Noon. Our prayer gathering will be held in the Hoover Academic building, room 105. We will pray for George Fox students, worship together, and take prayer walks all over campus (this may be a new experience for some, but it is a lot of fun).
  2. Join parents in one of our ten regional sites throughout Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska. The site hosts will hold their prayer gatherings at various times, so please check with them if you're interested.
  3. Pray for George Fox University students on your own. The office of university relations will send you a list of prayer requests so you can join us at your convenience on March 15.

You can find more information about the Newberg event, find a list of regional sites, and register online at

Parent Prayer Partners
Have you ever thought you would like to pray with someone about your student's or family's needs? Several members of the Parent Council are available to you as a prayer partner. If you would like to pray with a caring George Fox parent, who will be supportive and confidential, please contact one of the following Parent Council members:

Chuck and Linda Florio
Bob and Sue Bletscher
Beverly Durbin
Winslow Thurston

Information for Parents of Graduating Seniors
Comprehensive information and online registration for commencement events is now complete and available at Please plan to attend the First Reunion event for graduating seniors and their families and friends on Friday, April 25th. This wonderful event includes a senior program and a great buffet dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to meet other George Fox families and friends. If you have any questions concerning commencement details, please contact Andrea Byerly at 503-554-2141.

In February, Life@Fox is going to address Christianity and culture. Life@Fox is the name of a co-curricular program designed to initiate campus-wide conversations through ASC and student leadership programs, and in resident halls, multi-cultural events, chapel, and small group gatherings. In February, the items to be addressed will include:

  • Christian worldview
  • issues of social justice
  • racial reconciliation
  • in the world, but not of it
  • movies and Hollywood
  • pop culture
University Players
The University Players theatre troupe will be on tour throughout California during Spring Break, March 22 - March 30, 2008. For a list of performance locations, go to

Spring Sports Calendars
The Spring sports schedules for men's and women's tennis, softball, baseball, and men's and women's track and field are online, and available in wallet-sized format so you can carry then with you wherever you go! To request the mini-calendar email with your name and address. We'll send it right out to you.

Parent Fund Committee
This spring parents will have a couple of opportunities to financially support important ministries on campus and off. First, a letter will be going out soon asking your help in supporting the annual May Serve trip which this year will be ministering in Thailand and for the annual Serve Day, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this coming fall! Also, later in the spring there will a request to support the Student Emergency Fund which the Parent Council began a few years to assist students and their families in emergency situations that present themselves each year. This fund has been accessed for over $3,000 this year, the most ever. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities as they present themselves this spring.

George Fox University Golf Tournament - July 17, 2008
The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club - Aloha, Ore.
George Fox University is seeking sponsors for the fifth annual golf tournament to support student scholarships. Last year, almost $40,000 was raised. Many sponsorship levels are available - please visit the following links for more information. Sponsorship levels and information. General tournament information.

March 7 Last day to withdraw from class
March 8 & 13 Winter Concert
March 15 Parents Day of Prayer
March 21 Good Friday holiday
March 22 - 30 Spring vacation
March 31 Classes resume

All athletic events are located at

See the University calendar at for a comprehensive list of athletic and performing arts events.

Chapels are held from 10:40 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. in Bauman Auditorium. Check out Chapel Online at .

March 3

John Woolman Peacemaking Forum
Lisa Schirch, Professor of Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

March 5

Sarah Thomas Baldwin
Campus Pastor

March 7

An Inaugural Service of Worship
Commemorating the inauguration of George Fox University's twelfth president, Dr. Robin Baker

March 10

Paul Marshall
Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom

March 12

Faculty Journeys
Scott Rueck, Kris Kays, Michael Everest, Ruth Baker, Kendra Irons
Located in classrooms throughout campus

March 17

Ben Gowan
Student Chaplain

March 19

Stations of the Cross
Worship through contemplative prayer, art and music

March 21

Good Friday
George Fox University is on holiday break

March 23-28

Spring Break

March 31

Mark Benjamin
Director, Discipleship and Worship Arts

For a listing of the complete Spiritual Formation calendar online, go to: and click Spiritual Formation Calendar.

Send your student a care package
Bon Appétit Management Company provides food service at George Fox University. It also offers a wonderful selection of special packages for your student to honor birthdays, holidays, study breaks, or just to send a special hug from home. To find out more, click here.

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