Perspectives | October 2008

From the Executive Director
George Fox University began the 2008 academic year with an incident that will change the university forever – hopefully in good ways. You have received information about the incident over the past two weeks, so there is no need to recount the details. I just want to share with you some insights I have gained in the past several days. More...

From the Parent Council
October is a great month in the Pacific Northwest! The days and nights are cooler and the autumn leaves begin to appear. My wife, Jackie, grew up in Brazil. For her, fall is the best season of the year. She is always dazzled by the colors. A drive in the countryside can be like riding in a kaleidoscope, with the colors seeming to change around every corner. More...

Career Corner
Jennifer Pop, Graduate Assistant, Career Services

“I am considering graduate school because my professors recommend it.” 
“I want to go to graduate school because I can’t get a job with my undergraduate degree.”
“If I don’t go to graduate school now, I might not ever go.”
“I want to go to graduate school, but can’t afford it.”

Upon graduating from an undergraduate institution there are many who move directly into the workforce and become successful professionals. However, there are others who seek advanced degrees for various reasons such as greater skill development, a love of learning, career advancement, specialized study, or an opportunity for increased pay. Deciding on whether or not to enter graduate school is an important and challenging decision. How can one know if this is the best choice? There are some questions that parents can ask their young adult children in order to better examine this option. More...

’80s Dance brings back the memories
Krissy Findley

Madonna, big hair, leather jackets, parachute pants, cassette tapes, fall of the Berlin Wall, the presidential era of Ronald Reagan, 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the launching of MTV, Pac-Man, the Delorean, and the movie Back to the Future. All these icons represent something from the 1980s. More...

George Fox University breaks enrollment record

Princeton Review names George Fox to ‘Best in the West’ list

Family Weekend
George Fox University’s Family Weekend is November 7 – 9, 2008. This is always a wonderful weekend to make fun family memories and enjoy life on the George Fox University campus. Events include concerts, family meals, theatre, faculty lectures, shopping to support student scholarships, and a good old-fashioned family Bingo night!

For complete schedule and event 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.

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

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

Travel with GFU to Alpine Europe, Summer 2010
George Fox University is excited to announce our tour of alpine Europe to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany, in early-summer 2010. Open to all parents, alumni and friends of George Fox, our 11-day tour, departing May 31, will include visits to the beautiful alpine European cities of Frankfurt and Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; and Lucerne and Interlaken, Switzerland. Among many other highlights, the tour will include travel through the Rhine Valley, Black Forest, as well as the Swiss, Austrian, and Bavarian Alps. Additionally, visits are planned to Neuschwanstein and Heidelberg castles, and Rothenburg, Germany's best-preserved medieval town. The highlight of the trip will be the Passion Play, an inspiring one-day play, dating back nearly 375 years, which is performed for sold-out audiences every 10 years in a magnificent outdoor covered amphitheater with the Bavarian Alps as a backdrop. To read the full itinerary, request more information, and register for the trip, click here.

October 13 Mid-semester holiday
October 20-24 Quaker Heritage Week
October 27-31 Cultural Celebration Week

All athletic events are located at

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

October 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.

Oct. 13

Fall Break - No Chapel

Oct. 15

Mark Benjamin
Director of Discipleship and Worship Arts

Oct. 20

Celebrating the Spiritual Disciplines
Howard Macy
, Professor of Religion and Biblical Studies

Oct. 22

Celebrating the Spiritual Disciplines
Becky Ankeny
, Professor of English

Oct. 27

Celebrating Culture and the Arts with the University Players

Oct. 29

Pete C. Menjares
Associate Provost for Diversity Leadership, Biola University

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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