Perspectives | March 2009

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MARCH 2009





Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

You will notice, from two of the articles included in this issue of Parent Perspectives, that many George Fox students are preparing for serve trips that will take place during spring break and the month of May. Opportunities to serve other people, whether abroad or in our own country, give special shape to our students’ George Fox experiences. More significantly, many alumni whose first missionary journeys took place as students devote their lives to missionary ministries. More…

From the Parent Council
Bob Bletscher, Parent Council Chair-elect

"Every student is saying they are overwhelmed this semester," is the word we got as parents. The stretch between the start of the semester in January and spring break, with no days off, is a long haul and stressful. Whatever the source of stress, now is a great time to encourage our students. Keep connecting with them by way of encouraging notes, phone calls, e-mails and coffee shop gift cards. It is amazing how much campus life takes place in the many Newberg coffee houses. More…

Career Corner
In this world, but not of it…
Linda L. Miller, Interim Associate Director, Career Services

As we think and pray about our students entering the job market in the current economy, many things come to mind. But learning to hold in tension the two worlds we face is at the forefront: God’s Economy vs the World’s Economy! More…

Connecting in an Emergency
Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

It is always a privilege to connect with parents about various things happening on campus. Serving your students and seeing the growth that occurs in their lives is always a great honor, and I’m grateful for the many ways you encourage your sons and daughters throughout the year! This article is a little different than some of the past ones I’ve written because I wanted to update you on a new feature that has been added at George Fox University related to emergency preparedness. More…

May Serve 2009
This May, 17 students and two leaders will head to South Africa for three weeks of service and relational ministry as part of the university’s May Serve Program.

The team will work with Monte Christo Ministries (MCM). The focus of MCM is to meet people first at their place of need. They also engage young individuals in programs, projects and training to grow, disciple and release the next generation of South African youth and leaders. More…


Spring Comedy
The Triumph of Love
by Pierre Carlet de Marivaux
March 5-7 & 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.
March 15 at 2 p.m.

Wood-Mar Auditorium
Directed by Rhett Luedtke

This delightful, 18th-century romantic comedy is filled with all the confusions and complexities of love. Princess Leonide’s world turns upside down when she falls in love with a young man who can rightfully usurp her kingdom. Unfortunately, her love interest is being tutored by an over-rational philosopher who hates love and has taught the young man to hate women. So Leonide and her maid, Corine, dress up as men, invade the philosopher’s estate and try to prove to the men that love conquers all. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter in this enchanting comedy in which reason and love battle to the death.

Box Office sales: 503-554-3844

Spring Serve Trips
During Spring break, March 21–29, student teams will be serving in Washington, Utah, and California. These trips can be life changing and challenging for our students. Please pray for safety and individual growth as they travel. Read more about each trip.

Parents’ Day of Prayer, March 14, 2009
Parents who want to pray collectively for George Fox University have three opportunities to be involved.

  1. Parents who live near campus can attend the campus prayer gathering in the Cap and Gown Rooms between 9am and noon. Campus pastor, Sarah Thomas Baldwin, will lead us in a time of worship along with the university’s worship band. We will also be taking a campus prayer walk, so dress warmly!

  2. Five regional locations throughout Washington and Oregon will host regional prayer sites for parents. Find out if there is a gathering in your area.

  3. Be involved in praying with us wherever you are. You may submit your prayer requests to us and we will pray for you on March 14th. You may also request the list of gathered prayer requests to be sent to you by sending an e-mail request to Sheri Philips.

For more information and to register online, go to

Spring Sports Schedules Available
The Spring sports schedules for men’s and women’s tennis, softball, baseball, and men’s and women’s track and field are available online and in a wallet-sized card format you can take with you wherever you go! To request a mini-calendar, e-mail and provide your mailing address. We will send it to your home.

Graduation information for parents of Spring graduates
Graduation information is available online for parents of undergraduate students who will be graduating May 2, 2009.

One of the most favorite events for families of Fox graduates is the First Reunion event that will be held on Friday night, May 1st. This evening includes a program to celebrate our seniors, followed by a Paris themed buffet dinner in the dining room. Families and friends of all traditional graduating seniors are invited to attend. The seniors attend free of charge as guests of the alumni association. Online registration can be found on the commencement web site.

Student Health 101
As a service to our families, we are providing a subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly online health and wellness magazine just for college students and their parents. Go to Student Health 101 to read the February issue, filled with great articles specifically written for parents. To read the student issue, click here.

Save the date for these great summer events
June 6 — Mariner’s Game at Safeco Field
Join us for the popular George Fox University night at Safeco Field, when the Mariner’s take on the Minnesota Twins. Join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. First pitch is thrown at 1:10 p.m. For more information contact Danya Ochsner at 503-554-2121.

July 14 — George Fox University Golf Tournament
The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club — Aloha, Ore.
George Fox University is seeking sponsors for the fourth annual golf tournament to support student scholarships. Last year, more than $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 5-7, 12-14, 15
Spring Theatre Production

March 14
Parent’s Day of Prayer

March 20
Last day to withdraw from class

March 21–29
Spring vacation (residence halls closed Saturday at Noon)

March 30
Classes resume

All athletic events are located at

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


March 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.

March 2Seven Deadly Sins
Sarah Thomas Baldwin, Campus Pastor

March 4Faculty Journeys
Kathy Heininge
Dwight Kimberly
Ron Mitchell
Sue O’Donnell
Byron Shenk

March 6–8All-Campus Retreat, Twin Rocks Camp

March 9Woolman Peacemaking Forum
Victor Nakah, President, Theological College of Zimbabwe

March 11Don W. King
Professor of English, Montreat College

March 16President Robin Baker

March 18Worship and the Arts with Mark Terry
Asst. Professor of Art

March 30Seven Deadly Sins
Sarah Thomas Baldwin, Campus Pastor

April 1Pat Gelsinger
Senior VP, Intel Corporation

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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