November 2007

From the Executive Director
Have you ever heard your college student described as belonging to the "Millennial generation?" This term is assigned to people born between 1982 and 2002. People born in 1982 likely graduated from high school in 2000 - hence the term "millennials." Millennials are an interesting generation. So far, sociologists have characterized them as optimistic, tech-savvy, collaborative and team-oriented, multicultural, confident, civic-minded, goal-oriented, multitasking, and used to having strong parent advocates. More...

From the Parent Council
You didn't send your child to go to college so that he could spend his productive working years asking, "Paper or plastic?", "Room for cream?", or "Can I super-size that for you?" We want more for our kids than we had for ourselves, and that's why they're in college; knowledge from a college degree gives your student more choices in life. More...

Quick to Listen and Slow to Speak
by Kristina Findley
Two-year-olds are excellent at saying, "Mine" or "I do it!" Sometimes 2-year-olds are astonished to think anyone would stand in the way of "their" project or toy. Does any of this mentality truly change as we age?
Recently, I was playing with my friend's 2-year-old daughter. She loves to play with her bounty of toys and also loves to have any grown up play with her. However, the moment you try to do anything different than what she wants, she immediately lets you know: "I do it!" This is her way of saying, "Look Kris, I am the boss. You're not the boss!"

Career Corner
Using an Elevator Speech to Network Effectively
While some of our students may not know the definition of an "elevator speech," they probably have given one without realizing it. Most likely, they have been asked one of the standard initial interview questions, "Tell me about yourself."
The term "elevator speech" stems from the scenario of entering an elevator and seeing the person you've been hoping to have an opportunity to meet. You want to make a great first impression, but you only have a limited amount of time while traveling in the elevator. We want our students to know that essentially an elevator speech is a brief mini-commercial, and they are selling themselves. More...

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

Christmas Concert, December 7, 8 and 9
George Fox University Annual Christmas Concert: "Let Heaven and Nature Sing"

Celebrate the Christmas season with the festive sounds of the George Fox University music department's annual Christmas concert," Let Heaven and Nature Sing". Under the direction of instrumental director Professor Pat Vandehey, and choral director Professor Loren Wenz more than 175 student musicians representing membership in five music ensembles will tell the Christmas story through well-loved carols and traditional compositions. Complementary staging, complete with authentic environmental elements, scripture reading and narration will be a special feature of this event.

Pre-concert music selected from brass ensemble, handbell choir, recorder ensemble, clarinet quartet and flute ensemble to begin at 7:10 p.m.

On campus performances at Bauman auditorium
Friday, December 7th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:10 p.m.)
Saturday, December 8th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:10 p.m.)

Off campus performance at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon
Sunday, December 9th, 2:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 2:10 p.m.)

Tickets are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased (immediately) online at, or (two weeks prior to the event) at the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844.

For additional information contact: Debbie Hawblitzel, 503-554-2620

Downtown Portland Christmas Event
President Robin and Ruth Baker invite you to join them for an evening of Christmas festivities at the Pittock Mansion from 7 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2007. The evening will include student entertainment and festive hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $21 per person and are available online at

Kaleo conference - for people who engage with youth
George Fox University's fourth annual conference for people who minister to youth will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2008. Wes Davis, pastor at NewLife Church in Kitsap, Washington, will be talking about Courageous Leadership. Drawing from the lives of Joseph and Daniel, Wes will share how we can equip youth to do more than spiritually survive. He will also share how God redeems our hurts to bring healing to others, including the young people we lead. Information will be available online beginning November 15 at

As a Christ-centered institution, 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:


  • Relationships
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Pornography
  • Sexual harassment
  • Date/acquaintance rape
  • Gender differences and similarities

December Graduation Information
Is your student graduating in December 2007? Information is available on the George Fox University web site at:

Parents Fund calls from the Student Telephone Outreach Team
The Telephone Outreach team is a group of six students who call people connected to George Fox University to update records, keep people informed, and ask for support for special projects. As a parent of a current student, you will receive a phone call from one of our team members within the next few weeks.

This year the Parent Fund Committee of the Parents Council has chosen two specific projects for the team to focus on when they call you and other parents during November. The first is to help fund Serve Day - a day in September when campus closes and all students and employees take the day off to participate in service projects around the community. The second project is the Student Emergency Fund - a reserve of money that helps students who have emergencies but can't afford what they need to help them with the crisis (e.g. getting home quickly for a family emergency, a parent who needs to come stay nearby when a student has an emergency, buying a student who is struggling financially a winter coat, etc.)

Before you receive a call from one of our student callers, please prayerfully consider joining other George Fox parents in supporting the Parents Fund and these special projects.

International students need a home for Christmas
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, or Dianna McIntyre (503-554-2649,

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.

Nov. 1-4 Fall Theatre Whatever Kindles
Nov. 2 Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2-4 Family Weekend
Nov. 3 Music Department Concert, 4 p.m.
Nov. 16 Chehalem Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving vacation
Nov. 26 Classes resume

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 .

Nov. 5

Global Issues Forum: The Stigma Project
An interactive experience of the effect of AIDS and stigma on a community

Nov. 7 Sarah Thomas Baldwin, campus pastor
Nov. 12

Matt Russell
Founder & Pastor of Mercy Street Ministries, Houston, Texas

Nov. 14

Matt Russell

Nov. 19

Ben Gowan
Student Chaplain

Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Open Worship and Open Mic
Hoover 105

Nov. 26

Richard Probasco
Pastor, New Song Community Church
Special Guests: New Song Worship Band

Nov. 28

University Players

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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