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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips Grateful …

I am always keenly aware of thankfulness during this time every year. We see the word “thankful” in printed articles, sermon titles and greeting cards – all leading to that special day in November we put aside to thank God for his blessings to our families and our country. More...

From the University Pastor
Sarah Baldwin I have been absorbing the colors and sunshine of autumn and taking time to see with fresh eyes this beautiful world that God has created for us. I have a grateful heart this fall for the way that the Holy Spirit is moving at George Fox. Everywhere I turn there are stories to hear of God is changing hearts and lives and growing young adults to be more like Jesus. This is good and exciting work to be a part of. More…

From the Parent Council
An Evening (within a weekend) to Remember
By Elizabeth Kanen

Picture if you may a room filled with people. Some acquaintances – some new friends – some related, but all from differing generations. In addition to the people, the room is pleasantly jammed with good food, poodle skirts, laughter, and an occasional Elvis sighting, as shouts of “BINGO” randomly permeate the air. This was Family Bingo Night, which was held Saturday, November 7, during Family Weekend –
an evening (within a weekend) to remember. More…

From Finacial Services
November marks the unofficial beginning of what we refer to in Student Financial Services as “Scholarship Season.” Typically, opportunities to secure external funding for college expenses run between November until late May or early June. More...

Career Corner
Networking Begins at Home
By Christee Wise

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know, “ is an old adage used to describe the job search process of yester year. This credo may have been used positively by those who had the right connections (often via parents or friends of parents) and with disgruntled frustration by those who possessed skill and expertise, but few connections. More…


George Fox University Annual Christmas Concert: "All is Calm, All is Bright
Celebrate the Christmas season with the festive sounds of the George Fox University music department’s annual Christmas concert, "All is Calm, All is Bright". 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 11th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert music begins at 7:00 p.m.)

Off campus performance at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon:
Sunday, December 13th, 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 (Monday, November 23rd) 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 20, 2010. Nationally known speaker, and Fuller Seminary professor, Chap Clark, will be speaking about When Kids Hurt. He will be joined by co-presenter Steve Sherwood, faculty member in George Fox University’s Religious Studies Department, and director of George Fox University’s partnership with Young Life. 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 Telephone Outreach Team calling Parents
The Telephone Outreach team is a group of students who call people who are 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 student 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 Automated External Defibrillators for campus. We currently have only a few defibrillators on campus – one in the Student Union Building, one in the gym, and portable defibrillators at each home sporting event. There are other gathering places for students and university guests where a defibrillator could help save lives in those moments before an ambulance arrives.

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 19, 2009? 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 – 8: Family Weekend

November 6: Last day to withdraw from class

November 26 – 29: Thanksgiving vacation

November 30: Classes resume

All athletic events are located at

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


November 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.

November 2
Global Issues Forum
Jim Waller, Professor of Psychology, Whitworth University

November 4
Lifelong Fitness (I Tim. 4:7-8)
Sarah Baldwin

November 6

November 9
Quakers & Slavery: Then and Now
Irv Brendlinger, Professor of Church History and Theology

November 11
Rich Swingle (‘91) Performs
Actor, coach, writer

November 13

November 16
Margaret Feinberg
Author, Organic God

November 18
Chuck Bomar All-Campus Retreat Speaker
Pastor, Colassae Church

November 20

November 23
President Robin Baker

November 25
Thanksgiving Chapel
Hot cider & donuts

November 30
Justin McRoberts

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 Appetit 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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