Perspectives | December 2008


Greetings from the Executive Director
As we approach the Christmas season, I can’t help but think of the many ways we use the word "season" when we communicate about time. There are seasons of life, seasons of joy or sorrow, seasons that must be patiently endured, and seasons that fly by too quickly. One of the benefits of growing older is that one gains wisdom! I am in the fall season of my life, but I have already lived through a spring and a summer. I’ve accumulated a few hard-learned lessons and I know some things I didn’t know during my previous seasons. One of the lessons I have learned is that tough times come along but they don’t last forever. More...

From the Parent Council
Home for the Holidays
Tony Reynolds, Parent Council Chair

"There’s no place like home for the holidays." Many of us can hum the hit song sung by Perry Como of the same title. My daughter will be coming "home" for the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, and Jackie and I look forward to having her. My daughter always looks forward to our visits too, even though "home" for her is now in Oregon. There’s another saying: "Home is where the heart is." I think we even have a plaque laying around the house to that effect… We all know that it takes more than a house to make a home. Our children grow up much too fast, but for some, going "home" is something they’d rather not do, for any number of reasons. More...

Career Corner
Liberal Arts Degrees and the Economic Downturn
Bonnie J. Jerke, Director, Career Services

I’ve talked about the liberal arts before, but this seems like a great time to bring it up again. Your student is getting a liberal arts degree from George Fox University. This undoubtedly brings up a few questions given the domestic and global circumstances, among other things. Will it serve them well in good times and bad? More...

This Chirstmas
David Johnstone, Director of Residence Life

It has been a pleasure to work and live with students who are excited about their academics, faith, and community. Both returning and new students have grown significantly since the beginning of the year. As the semester wraps up, we would like to share some thoughts from ourselves, students and other parents about what you can anticipate when your sons or daughters return home for Christmas vacation.

There is a certain ebb and flow to the semester as the students encounter various stages of growth. They have been challenged academically, socially, personally and spiritually. Some of these challenges were handled with great maturity and others with a great deal of stress. However, they have survived another (or their first) college semester. More...

December Graduation Information
Is your student graduating on December 20, 2008? Families of graduates are invited to a special luncheon prior to the commencement ceremony in honor of our graduates. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Register online at
Comprehensive Information for Midyear Commencement is available on the George Fox University web site at

International Students need a home for Christmas
As you can imagine, there are many challenges to attending school in a foreign country. One of the challenges our students face is how they spend Christmas holidays. Many of these students who live on campus have few options during these breaks. They will be permitted to stay in their campus housing, but all desire to make connections with North American families and participate in this significant season of celebrations. Christmas is quickly approaching, and we are looking for people/families who may be interested in having one or two international students stay with them for all or a portion of the Christmas break. The dates of Christmas break are December 20 – January 10. Would you prayerfully consider having an international student stay in your home for a period of time during Christmas break?

If you would like share your home and your lives with international students during Christmas or would like more information please contact Alex Pia (503-554-2643, or Dianna McIntyre (503-554-2649,

Thank you for your willingness to consider this opportunity. Many of you have hosted international students in the past and have been a great blessing to the students and to George Fox University.

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.

Give your student a well-deserved break during finals week!
Your son or daughter will be studying hard for finals beginning December 15th. Consider encouraging them with a special delivery from Bon Appétit.
Visit for ideas!

Basketball Season
Men’s and women’s basketball calendars are available in wallet-sized format. To get your calendar email Amy Lorenz at and provide your mailing address. Your calendar will be sent to you in the mail.

Parent’s Day of Prayer
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

Parent Prayer Partners
Have you ever thought you would like to pray with someone about your student’s or family’s needs? Several members of the Parent Council are available to you as a prayer partner. If you would like to pray with a caring George Fox parent, who will be supportive and confidential, please contact one of the following Parent Council members:


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

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

December 15

Spring semester payment deadline
December 15 Study Day
December 16-19 Final exam period
December 19 Fall semester classes end
December 20 Residence halls close, 1 p.m.
December 20 Midyear Commencement

All athletic events are located at

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

December 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.

Dec. 1

Mike Yankoski
Author, Under the Overpass

Dec. 3

Pam Lau
Speaker and Author of Soul Strength

Dec. 8

Sarah Thomas Baldwin
Campus Pastor

Dec. 10

All-Campus Community Worship
with President Robin Baker

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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