Perspectives | September 2008

From the Executive Director
Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet many new George Fox parents as families gathered on campus for Orientation, Aug. 28-29. The students and families who became part of the George Fox family this fall are a tremendous blessing to the university.

After Brad Lau (vice president for student life) and I presented on student and parent transitions, several parents wanted to talk about the change in student-parent relationships during the college years. In the case of most freshmen parents, the concept of trusting that our children can function as independent adults is foreign and frightening – after all, some of our students still haven’t demonstrated the ability to get out of bed and to class on time! More...

From the Parent Council
My Wednesday morning men’s Bible study is doing The Shack, going through it a chapter per week. We just finished Lewis’ The Pilgrim’s Regress and Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress before starting this one.
Without really giving anything away, The Shack basically is about dealing with loss and about true relationship with the living God. I ended up jumping ahead and finishing the book while away a couple weekends ago. This book has had a profound impact on me over the past week, especially in terms of dealing with the terrible abuse I suffered as a child at the hands of an ex-stepmother whom I now know I need to forgive. Well, I’ve done that, but I now have to figure out how to communicate that to her. More...

Career Corner
Bonnie Jerke, Director, Career Services
What kinds of things could motivate me to begin my 29th year at George Fox University? Being a “seasoned professional” who continues to seek meaning and opportunity in my calling at George Fox, I am exploring this question. Time has changed many things, including me, but I remain one who primarily relies on hope and God’s grace to make the way. More...

Roommates: Conflicts and Joys
Tim Goodfellow, Director of Housing

One of my most interesting memories from my time as a student at George Fox was walking into my apartment to find my roommate sitting on the couch, homework spread out around him, casually holding an open umbrella as if he needed protection from some unseen monsoon. More...

Selah Women’s Conference
Attention all mothers of George Fox students: The fifth annual Selah women’s conference will be held at George Fox University on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. This year the conference is called “True North – Where is Life Taking You?” The conference is about aligning ourselves with the Spirit of God. As women our aim is not perfecting ourselves, but on setting our compass on Jesus Christ – our True North – the direction by which we align ourselves, our families, our work and our friendships. Speakers include author and speaker Nancie Carmichael and ministry leader Bo Stern. Students, alumni, parents and friends are welcome! For information and registration, please go to

Family Weekend
George Fox University’s Family Weekend is Nov. 7–9, 2008. Come and enjoy the Bruin community and experience the campus life your student enjoys. For schedule information and to register online, go to

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. Visit

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, please contact Danya Ochsner by Oct. 31, 2008. or 503-554-2121.

Fall Sports
Wallet-sized fall season sports calendars are available and can be sent to you in the mail. To receive your copy, contact Amy Lorenz at or 503-554-2134.

Thought About Going Back to College?
As you probably know, George Fox University offers many great graduate and degree-completion programs. To find out more, please visit the Graduate Programs website or the School of Professional Studies website.

Student Health 101
As a service to our families, we are providing a subscription to Student Health 101 for both you and your student. Student Health 101 is a monthly online health and wellness magazine just for college students and their parents. Each issue contains valuable information that will help your student make better decisions while in college, and can help you with a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students.

Each month in George Fox University’s parent e-newsletter Perspectives, you will receive the link to the latest issue of the parents-only Student Health 101, along with the Student Health 101 issue that your student will receive. Please take a few minutes to read the issues each month, as we believe that they can be a valuable resource for you and your family.

Go to Student Health 101 for the September issue that has some great transition-related articles for parents including:

  1. Roommate Survival Guide
  2. Build Fitness Into Your Daily Life
  3. Sexual Assault: What Women – and Men – Need to Know
  4. Mastering the College Juggling Act: Great Grades and Good Times
  5. Food Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At
  6. Healthy Living Spaces
  7. Student Services: Knowing What Your School Offers
  8. And much, much more!

You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101 issue for students:
Student Health 101 (student)

And if you haven’t seen it, you can also access the special Back-to-School parent issue, online at: Back to School.

September 3 Honors convocation
September 10 Serve Day
September 10 Church Connection event
September 12 Last day to add/drop course
September 26 Last day for pass/no pass option
September 27 Selah women’s seminar

All athletic events are located at

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

September 2008 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 at

Sept. 22

Christian Life Week
JD Walt
VP of Community Life and Dean of the Chapel
at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.

Sept. 24

JD Walt

Sept. 27

Selah Women’s Seminar

Sept. 29

Irv Brendlinger
Professor of Religion, George Fox University

For a listing of the complete Spiritual Formation calendar online, go to: 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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