Perspectives | November 2008


From the Executive Director
I’m not sure if it this is only my perspective, but it seems like people are generally stressed and stretched right now. It might be attributed to the uncertainty of election time and the instability of our economy in addition to the challenges we routinely face within our homes, workplaces and ministries. There is a general sense that we are all feeling the "squeeze" right now. More...

From the Parent Council
Sue and I are looking forward to Family Weekend, but so is our daughter. The comment we heard from some parents who were getting their daughter situated in her dorm was, "Because of the distance, we won't see our daughter again until Family Weekend." We are fortunate that we live only 50 minutes from the university, but we still don’t see our daughter often enough. More...

Career Corner
Networking Your Way to an Internship
Darren Noble, Associate, Director, Career Services

“Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking – known as the ‘hidden job market.’ The likelihood of a job opening not being advertised at all increases with the level of the job. Yet, even with this knowledge, most job seekers fail to fully utilize networking for all it's worth.”
– Randall S. Hansen, PhD
Founder of Quintessential Careers

Certainly networking is a critical job search strategy. I have read numerous studies that report more than 90 percent of successful job seekers said networking made all the difference in their searches. Career professionals know that most jobs aren’t advertised, and this fact is even more severe regarding internships; therefore, it’s imperative our students utilize networking during their internship searches. More...

Simply Christian
Sarah Baldwin, Campus Pastor

This year our Spiritual Life theme is Simply Christian. Our hope is to engage students with the essential message of Jesus Christ and encourage them to grow deep in relationship with him. I am frequently reminded to stay in the basics of the Christian life both in my own place of intimacy with Christ and as I pastor and care for students. As Thomas Merton, theologian and priest, said, "We are all beginners at the spiritual life." Eugene Peterson, author and translator of The Message, calls us to prayer, Scripture and spiritual friendship as the core of the faith. In the Office of Spiritual Life, we want to teach and model these core practices of faith as we share the teachings of Jesus that are central to what we believe. More...

School of Management hosts discussion on global financial crisis Nov. 14

George Fox University Annual Christmas Concert: "O Holy Night"
Celebrate the Christmas season with the festive sounds of the George Fox University music department's annual Christmas concert," O Holy Night". 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, flute ensemble, and string ensemble to begin at 7:00 p.m.

On campus performances at Bauman auditorium
Friday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, December 13th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:00 p.m.)

Off campus performance at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon
Sunday, December 14th, 2:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 2:00 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.


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

Parents Fund calls from the Student Telephone Outreach Team
The Telephone Outreach team is a group of students who call people connected to George Fox University to update records, keep people informed, and ask for support for special projects. As a parent of a current student, you will receive a phone call from one of our team members within the next few weeks.

This year the Parent Fund Committee of the Parents Council has chosen two specific projects for the team to focus on when they call all parents during November. The first is to help fund Serve Day - a day in September when campus closes and all students and employees take the day off to participate in service projects around the community. The second project is a quality wireless microphone for Bauman Auditorium where your student goes to chapel. The one they currently have cuts out, which is distracting while the speaker is talking.

Before you receive a call from one of our student callers, please prayerfully consider joining other George Fox parents in supporting the Parents Fund and these special projects.

For Parents of December Graduates
Is your student graduating on December 20, 2008? Information is available on the George Fox University web site at:

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

November 6-9
November 12-16

Fall Musical
November 7 Last day to withdraw
November 7-9 Family Weekend
November 14-16 All campus retreat
November 27-30 Thanksgiving vacation

All athletic events are located at

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

November 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.

Nov. 3

Global Issues Forum
Love Your Enemy: Rwanda, Burundi and Congo

Nov. 5

Steve Sherwood
Asst. Professor for Youth Evangelism and Discipleship

Nov. 10

Lisa McMinn, Asst. Professor of Sociology
Mark McMinn, Professor of Psychology

Nov. 12

Lisa and Mark McMinn

Nov. 17

Robin Baker

Nov. 19

Roger Nam
Asst. Professor of Old Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Nov. 24

Sarah Baldwin
Campus Pastor

Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Testimonies
Hoover 105

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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