October 2007

From the Executive Director
I just finished a fantastic book called The Shack by William P. Young. It was just released in May 2007 so you may not have heard of it yet. Since you're technologically savvy, I'll encourage you to visit Amazon.com and search for information about the book. The editorial reviews and personal comments are astounding and will whet your appetite for this novel.
Without giving away any details of the plot, this story is about a man who is wrestling with unspeakable pain and tragedy, and how he becomes healed and transformed by God's love. Reading this book is a spiritual experience - like prayer or meditation. It is a story that brings you into the story in a way that captivates and changes you. Since I started reading it, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.

From the Parent Council
Do you ever wonder what your kids do at college? Want to find out? Wonder whether it really rains in Newberg in November as much as they say it does?
Come join the university's Parent Council for the 27th annual Family Weekend Nov. 2-4, 2007... Explore, Participate, Worship.

From the Campus Pastor
Lessons from a New Old House
We moved this summer from Dundee - a little town four miles from campus - to a 100-year-old home about two blocks from campus. I can see my office building from my porch and could probably make it halfway to it while holding my breath. This is the first house that I have loved as we are moving into it. I have always loved our houses, but I loved them because our life happened there and the living rooms and kitchens took on our personality. This is a house that you love because life has already happened there in the uneven, creaky floorboards and the window seats and poorly placed bathroom. The bathroom is on a landing in the stairwell with the toilet facing the front door directly. The front door has a large square window, and unless the bathroom door is closed every moment, our guests are greeted with the stately commode as the first thing they see. Now that's a welcome! More...

Career Corner
Early Preparation for Grad School
Many students begin thinking about graduate school as early as their freshman year in college. Getting an early start puts your student in an excellent position to begin preparing for admission. There are a number of factors involved in the grad school admissions process, regardless of the discipline. More...

As a Christ-centered institution and department, we are committed to providing co-curricular opportunities that will nurture students and encourage their personal and professional growth. Our ultimate goal is that students would be fully devoted and fully developed followers of Jesus Christ who understand the complexities of living out a genuine and authentic Christian faith in a fallen world. This month students will be focusing on:


· substance abuse

· depression

· support services

· prescription drugs

· addictions

George Fox Theatre, Fall 2007
October 25 - 27 and November 1 - 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 and November 4 at 2 p.m., Wood-Mar Auditorium.
Whatever Kindles, by Trisha Gates Brown
Trisha Gates Brown's new (un-produced) play Whatever Kindles is about the lives of individuals who volunteer for the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT began in 1987 as an effort of Mennonites, Quakers, and Brethren to explore alternatives to war. CPT sends individuals trained in methods of nonviolent intervention into areas of conflict around the world. In its short history, CPT has done violence reduction work in five of the seven continents, and has grown to include hundreds of trained corps members, ordinary people dedicated to honoring life by doing the risky work of Christian peacemaking. Whatever Kindles is a fictional play based on the stories of actual events in the life of CPT.

Family Weekend - November 2 - 4, 2007
Parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to attend one of the biggest events of the year! What's on the agenda? Theatre, concerts, faculty lectures, Sunday worship, as well as an opportunity to have lunch, family-style with the University President. Please plan to join us for this fun-filled weekend. For schedule information and to register online, go to www.georgefox.edu/parents/events/.

Where to stay in Newberg
Where should you stay in Newberg while visiting the George Fox campus for Family Weekend and other events? Check out the list of recommended local hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, some of whom offer discounts to George Fox families. http://www.georgefox.edu/about/newberg/

Auxiliary Bazaar
During Family Weekend the George Fox University Auxiliary offers a wonderful holiday bazaar to raise money for student scholarships. If you would like to donate handcrafts or artwork to the bazaar, or sell on consignment, please contact Danya Ochsner by October 26, 2007 dochsner@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2121.

Hosting International Students
We are privileged to have about 50 undergraduate international students attending George Fox University this year. Twenty of the new students are from the People's Republic of China. They add so much to our campus life, and we are excited to have them.

As you can imagine, there are many challenges to attending school in a foreign country. One of the challenges our students face is the closure of on-campus housing during vacation breaks. Many of these students who live on campus have few options during these breaks. Christmas is quickly approaching, so we are looking for people who may be interested in having one or two international students stay with them for all or a portion of the Christmas break. The dates of Christmas break are December 15 - January 6. Would you prayerfully consider having an international student stay in your home for a period of time during Christmas break?

If you would like share your home and your lives with international students during Christmas or would like more information please contact Alex Pia (503-554-2643, apia@georgefox.edu) or Dianna McIntyre (503-554-2649, dmcintyre@georgefox.edu).

Thank you for your willingness to consider this opportunity. Many of you have hosted international students in the past and have been a great blessing to the students and to George Fox University.

Oct. 12 Mid-semester holiday
Oct. 26 Last day to withdraw from class
Oct. 25-28
Nov. 1-4
Fall Theater, Whatever Kindles
Nov. 2-4 Family Weekend

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 http://media.georgefox.edu/chapel/ .

Oct. 1 JoAnn Lyon, director, World Hope International
Oct. 3 Sarah Thomas Baldwin , campus pastor
Oct. 8 Christ & Culture Series: Ron Sider
Founder & President, Evangelicals for Social Action
Author: Christians in an Age of Hunger
Oct. 10

Christ & culture Series: Craig Detweller
Associate Professor and Chair of Mass Communication at
Biola University; Author, Finding God in Pop Culture

Oct. 15

"You shall know the truth..."
A multimedia conversation

Oct. 17

"...and the truth shall set you free."
Testimonies from our community

Oct. 22

Brittany Quinn and Kelly Reichers, GFU alumni
World Changing in thailand: Helping Women out of the Sex Trade

Oct. 24

May and June Serve Teams presentation

Oct. 29

Commoners and Kings
Spoken Word Artists from Los Angeles

Oct. 31

From Our Perspective
Experiences of Culturally Diverse Students at George Fox University

For a listing of the complete Spiritual Formation calendar online, go to: http://www.georgefox.edu/offices/student_life/campus_ministries/index.html 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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