Perspectives | February 2009

Perspectives | A monthly e-newsletter for George Fox University Parents






Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

George Fox University students have a unique impact on our world. Having served in the area of alumni and parent relations for nearly 12 years, I now have a history of seeing talented George Fox students become alumni who impact God’s kingdom in amazing ways. Many of them stay in touch and share their lives with faculty and friends at the university – so we get to hear about the wonderful ways they are spending their lives. More...

From the Parent Council
Chuck Florio, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair

When our daughter was accepted to George Fox, we knew God had answered our prayers. As the school year unfolded, we were reminded that God desires us to pray and uplift our children before him. As new parents to the George Fox community, we were invited to attend the Day of Prayer. We came away from that morning knowing that God’s hand was on this community of believers. More...

Career Corner
Career Power Tool Proves Its Worth
Christee Wise, Interim Associate Director, Career Services

One year, hundreds of resumes and cover letters, dozens of practice interviews, skills assessments and e-portfolios later, students are beginning to catch on to the power and ease of Optimal Resume. Career Services is celebrating the first anniversary of making this online tool available to our students at a minimal fee. More...

Bruins For Life
Robby Larson, Director of Alumni Relations

"You are going to be a student here for the next few years. But, you will be a George Fox Bruin for the rest of your life!" That is the message that I, as the director of alumni relations, hope to communicate to every student at George Fox University. It is a simple truth, but is often difficult for our students to process. Nevertheless, I continue to communicate the fact that as students they are a part of something so much bigger than their student years. More...



The annual Kaleo conference for people who engage with youth will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009.  Nationally known speaker, Shane Claiborne, will be speaking about Ordinary Radicals.  Anyone who works or engages with youth – including youth pastors, church lay leaders, para-church youth workers, social workers, and parents – would benefit from this conference because its aim is to affirm and bless youth workers and to offer practical training to sharpen their skills.  Encourage the youth workers in your life to attend this conference, and be encouraged to attend it yourself!  For more information about the conference content and registration, go to


Homecoming 2009
Taking place on campus Feb. 20-21, Homecoming 2009 is a great opportunity for all alumni to return to George Fox and reconnect with old friends. If you are an alumnus, make plans now to come home to your alma mater and join in the exciting homecoming festivities. Activities include the Winter Music Concert, basketball games, reunions, and the Homecoming Celebration Brunch honoring the 2009 Honored Alumni Award Recipients.

Class reunions will be held for the classes of 1939, 1949, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989 and 1999. Special affinity reunions will also take place for anyone associated with the George Fox football program and for all alumni who went through a business program at either the graduate or undergraduate level. For more information, including a full schedule, award recipients bios, and registration forms visit

2009 Honored Alumni Award Recipients
During Homecoming 2009 (February 20-21), six alumni will be recognized with the Alumni Association's Honored Alumni Awards. This year's recipients are: Barry Hubbell ('64), Heritage Award; Todd Miller ('84), Outstanding Alumnus; Timothy Williams ('02), Outstanding Recent Alumnus; David ('93) and Debby (’94) Thomas, Christian Service Award; and Rear Admiral Robert Burt (GFES '81), Seminary Alumnus of the Year. Short biographies of each of the award recipients are available here. The awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Celebration Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 21. To register for the brunch and other Homecoming activities, click here. To find out more about Honored Alumni Awards, including past winners, selection criteria, and nomination forms, click here. Nominations for the 2010 Honored Alumni Awards may be submitting by using the online nomination form.

Players Presents
The Other Shore
University Players, Drama Ministry Team
Feb 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium
Director: Rhett Luedtke

Join us for a full evening of theatre featuring the profound and moving work of the university’s theatre ministry team. Experience ministry in action as the University Players explore how truth comes alive through the latest artistic developments in mime, narrative, movement, song, dialogue and story.

Senior Graduation Information
Parents of seniors graduating on May 2, 2009 can check out the commencement schedule online. Hotel rooms are already booking up, so make your plans early!

Parent’s Day of Prayer, March 14, 2009
Parents of George Fox University students are invited to gather on Saturday, March 14, 2009, either on the Newberg campus or at one of five 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 the Cap and Gown rooms, in the Student Union Building.

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, or pray on their own. Prayer gatherings will be held in Bend, Ore., Klamath Falls, Ore., Grants Pass, Ore., Federal Way, Wash. and Vancouver, Wash.

For more information and to register online, go to

Student Health 101
Go to Student Health 101 to read the January issue, filled with great articles specifically written for parents. To read the student issue, click here.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your student!
Bon Appetit offers a great gift basket delivered directly to your student. To order online, go to

Valentine's Day — We Love You
Price: $18.75

  • Valentine’s Card
  • Candy Kisses
  • Fresh Carnations
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
  • 1 Dozen Heart-Shaped Homemade Cookies


February 6
Last day to exercise pass/no pass option

February 7
Kaleo conference

February 13-14
Scholarship competition for incoming students

February 20
Winter Concert, department of performing arts

February 20-21

All athletic events are located at

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


February 2009 Chapel Schedule

Chapels are held from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. in Bauman Auditorium.
Chapel and other programs can be found online in MP3 format.

February 2Thy Kingdom Come
Leroy Barber, President of Mission Year

February 4Thy Kingdom Come
Leroy Barber, President of Mission Year

February 7Kaleo Conference
for people who minister to youth
Shane Claiborne, A Simple Way Community

February 9Shane Claiborne
Author, Irresistible Revolution

February 11Winter Serve Reflections
Andrea Crenshaw, Director of Outreach and Service

February 16Dawn Herzog Jewell ‘94
Author, Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom: Sex Trafficking, Global Prostitution and the Gospel’s Transforming Power

February 18Sarah Thomas Baldwin, Campus Pastor
Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

February 23Dan Kimball
Author, They Like Jesus But Not the Church

February 25Ash Wednesday Service
Mark Benjamin, Director of Discipleship and Worship

To view a complete chapel schedule, visit the Office of Spiritual Life’s website and click on Spiritual Life 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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