December 2007

From the Executive Director
You are receiving this newsletter two weeks after a tragic accident occurred, involving four George Fox University students. As you must know by now, the accident claimed the life of Cara Moran, a senior history major who would have graduated this month. Three other senior women were severely injured and hospitalized. More...

From the Parent Council
They say that "home is where the heart is." But to get to "the heart of the matter," what will your student(s) find when they return home for the Christmas holiday break? As parents, the status of our hearts goes a long way to determining how a brief two to three weeks will play out in our homes, our lives, and the lives of our student(s). Will they enjoy their time, longing to return, or will they long for the break to be over so they can return to their friends? More...

Career Corner
A Day in the Life of the Your Student's Career Services Director
I came in this morning contemplating yesterday's successful Professional Preview Day. We had great weather and minimal traffic for our trip into Portland. We transported 37 students to the Portland Center to meet with several professionals (alumni and parents) for the better part of the day at their places of employment. Some of the job titles included distribution manager, event coordinator, therapist, social studies teacher and department head, general manager, trade marketing manager, pastor, internal business consultant, RN and clinical manager, software integration engineer, senior tax accountant, elementary school counselor, IT associate, director of administration, founder/director, engineering information manager, and licensed professional counselor. Most of the students reported learning new things from this exposure and made some great networking connections. More...

December Graduation Information
Is your student graduating on December 15, 2007? Families of graduates are invited to a special luncheon prior to the commencement ceremony in honor of our graduates. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register online at Comprehensive Information for Midyear Commencement is available on the George Fox University web site at:

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

Winter Serve Trips
Please pray for George Fox students who will be organizing into teams to serve in the following locations between December 30 and January 5.

  • Portland/Salem: Serving the homeless right here in Oregon
  • Seattle: Partnering with city teams and other local ministries
  • Twin Rocks: A discipleship-centered trip to Rockaway, Ore.
  • Bellingham, Wash.: Serving on projects that will help make the ultimate camping experience possible
Parent's Day of Prayer
Parents of George Fox University students are invited to gather on Saturday, March 15, 2008, either on the Newberg campus or at regional sites to pray for their students and the university. Parents who live in the Portland Metro area can attend a worship and prayer time on the Newberg campus from 9 a.m. - Noon in Kerschner Lecture Hall (Hoover 105). Parents who don't live locally may be able to lead or participate in a prayer gathering in the home of a George Fox parent. For more information and to register online, go to

Mom's In Touch - College-style
Many George Fox University Moms have continued to gather in their original Moms In Touch prayer groups to pray for their college students. Four of those Moms invite you to join them for prayer with their groups if that is of interest to you.

Carolyn Smith Castro Valley, California (Bay Area)
Cathy Peterson Sherwood, Oregon
Catherine Seybold Grants Pass, Oregon
Tamas Baker Beaverton, Oregon

In addition, if you are interested in locating or starting up a group of Moms who pray on a consistent basis for their college students, contact the Moms In Touch coordinator in your state. Be aware that moms who pray for college students usually represent several colleges.

Moms In Touch State Coordinator list

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

Wallet-sized Winter sports calendars are available in the University Relations office. Contact Amy Lorenz at if you would like to receive a copy

Dec. 7 Fall semester classes end
Dec. 7-9 Christmas Concert
Dec. 10 Study day
Dec. 11-14 Final exam period
Dec. 15 Residence halls close, 1 p.m.
Dec. 15 Mid-year Commencement
Dec. 15 Spring semester payment deadline

Jan. 6 Residence halls open for all students, 1 p.m
Jan. 6 Registration confirmation of all students
Jan. 7 Classes begin, 8 a.m.
Jan. 9 Late registration/confirmation fee begins
Jan. 9 Registration change fee begins
Jan. 18 Last day to add/drop
Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

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 .

Dec. 3

Tom Johnson
Professor, Biblical Theology

Dec. 5

Sarah Thomas Baldwin
Campus Pastor

Dec. 7

Christmas Gathering with President Robin Baker

Dec. 10


Dec. 15 - Jan. 7

Holiday break

Jan. 7

Sarah Thomas Baldwin
Campus pastor

Jan. 9

Robin Baker
University President

Jan. 14

Missions Week
Samuel Kamaleson
Pastor, evangelist, international speaker, and author

Jan. 16

Missions Week
Samuel Kamaleson

Jan. 21

MLK Jr. Holiday - NO CHAPEL

Jan. 23

Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel
Pastor Matt Hennessee
Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church

Jan. 28

Spring Theological Conference
Frederica Matthewes-Green
Author, speaker

Jan. 30

Spring Theological Conference
Frederica Matthewes-Green

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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