Perspectives | September 2009

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September 2009  





Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

Every time a school year begins, a milestone is passed and we’re on to a new stretch of road. As I watched new and returning George Fox families move their students onto campus in August, I was aware of the tremendous legacy each family brings to our community. Every one of our students comes to Fox with a special mix of experiences and perspectives. More…

A message from the president
Robin Baker We have been in school for just about a week now and it has been a very good start to the year. About 530 new students joined us this fall – a great number! This is the 11th time I have welcomed an incoming class to George Fox University and the third time as President of the university. I know that each student comes with visions and dreams for the future and we know that we are at least partial caretakers of those dreams. I hope you are aware by now that we take seriously our role in the spiritual, social and intellectual development of your son or daughter. More…

From the Parent Council
By Bob Bletscher

Another year at George Fox University has begun! For us, only two more years and both kids will have graduated from George Fox University. It is hard to believe. More…

Career Corner
Is Career Services on Your Student’s Radar?
By Bonnie Jerke, Director Career Services: Vocation and Calling Fitness

The size of our blip on the radar screen varies from person to person, but I would venture to say our office may not generate an immediate sense of urgency when it comes to students investing in what we have to offer. Although creating a career crisis might be useful, it would be better, it seems, to see the advancing meteorite and take measures early on to deal with it. More…


Forbes ranks George Fox University as America’s top Christian College

Selah Women’s Conference
Attention all mothers of George Fox students: The sixth annual Selah women’s conference will be held at George Fox University on Saturday, September 26, 2009. This year the conference is called Reimagine – Embracing change, trusting God, and moving forward. We live in an era of accelerating change, but our timeless and changeless God has a plan for our lives that is beyond our imagination. Come and join us as we hear from speakers Sarah Thomas Baldwin, Linda Lucas, and Bo Stern. Students, alumni, parents and friends are welcome! For complete information and online registration, please go to

Family Weekend
George Fox University’s Family Weekend is November 6 – 8, 2009. 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 October 30, 2009 at 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.


September 2: Honors Convocation

September 3: Registration change fee begins

September 7: Classes meet on Labor Day

September 9: Serve Day

September 11: Last day to add/drop course

September 25: Last day to exercise pass/no pass option

September 26: Selah women’s conference

All athletic events are located at

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


September 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 and video format.

September 7
Hearts/Hands (1 John 1:3)
Sarah Baldwin, University Pastor
Brad Lau, V.P. for Student Life

September 9
Serve Day
Chapel cancelled

September 14
Identity Crisis (Exodus 2 - 3)
Sarah Baldwin

September 16
How did we end up here? (Genesis 3)
Steve Sherwood, Assoc. Professor of Youth Ministry

September 21
Hurt Like…Heaven (I Cor. 12:12-27)
Corey Beals, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy

September 23
To Write Love on Her Arms
Jamie Tworkowski, Founder

September 28
Richard Twiss
Wiconi International

September 30
Richard Twiss

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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