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December 2009-January 2010

Greetings from the Executive Director...
Back to Basics
By Sheri Philips

Sheri PhilipsOur students will be returning home for the holidays, so it is a good time for parents to think about how we communicate with our kids. In most cases, communication between George Fox parents and their students has gone well this semester, but it can always get even better.

Most likely, there will be a lot of exciting things your student will want to talk about and process with you. During fall semester they have had successes and failures, and they have learned a lot. Now, they are coming home! Whether your student is a first-year student, or well down the college road, I’m sure you will notice growth and maybe hear some surprising revelations! Here are some practical reminders and tips for good communication: More...

Career Corner
Social Media: A Strategy for Success?

By Angela J. Doty, MA, GCDF, Associate Director of Career Services

“Can you hear me now?” New gadgets and technological toys appear on the market daily. Cell phones that used to only make calls now include features like texting, cameras and picture messaging, e-mail, and web browsers. They’re even being marketed as “robots.” You can download a plethora of “apps,” or applications, that allow you to access specific information in real time. At your fingertips are turn-by-turn directions to every Starbucks in the neighborhood. (Actually, I wouldn’t mind that app.) More...

Parent Council
Bob Bletscher, Chair
Stuck. I have been reading a book that was given to me by my sister-in-law, written by Stan Simmons (Billings, Mt.), entitled Stuck? I have read it in light of the rapid changes we experience daily in every area of our living. How do you keep up? How do you keep current and keep from getting stuck in the past? How do you keep from failing to move ahead with the rest of the world around you?
One of the things we have enjoyed about our two kids attending George Fox University is that they have given us new ways to keep moving and keep in touch with life. Just being on campus for Family Weekend was invigorating. To see a new generation moving with time, applying new ways to touch others and connecting with life and its rapid pace was energizing. More...


Bingo raised over $2,700 for the Student Emergency Fund!
The efforts of the Parent Council and ASC paid off during Family Weekend as 450 George Fox parents, students, and family members gathered to play BINGO to benefit the Student Emergency Fund. The fund exists to provide compassionate assistance to students in emergency situations (i.e. family emergency or unexpected medical emergency where insurance coverage and/or GFU Health Center offerings are inadequate). Thank you to all who participated. And, thank you to the Parent Council for providing fantastic prizes for our guests!

H1N1 Vaccine update
To date, the George Fox University Health and Counseling department have administered 251 doses of the H1N1 vaccine to students who are in the targeted populations. The State of Oregon is indicating that George Fox University will receive more H1N1 vaccines which will be made available to all GFU community members that meet the state’s protocols. For more information on the State’s targeted populations and protocols, click here.

Student Financial Services update
Changing grade levels after fall semester can often increase Federal Stafford loan eligibility. Students who move from below 31 credits earned (freshmen) to 31 or greater (sophomore) can have a loan increase from $3500 to $4500 for the year. Students who move from under 62 credits to 62 or above (junior) can see an increase from $4500 to $5500. Independent students who move between sophomore and junior levels can also have a $1000 increase to the unsubsidized Stafford loan. Loan increases do not happen automatically. Once the fall term credits are posted, students wishing to increase loan amounts for spring, will need to make this request for additional funds in writing via email or campus mail.

A reminder regarding scholarship opportunities: For Oregon residents is live and ready to receive applications. Other sites to log onto are, and There will be an opportunity for returning students to apply for 2010-2011 George Fox scholarships after the first of the year. Our office will get the word out via e-announcements and email.

Filing the FAFSA for 2010-2011 academic year is coming up. Beginning January 1, 2010 will be activated to receive your application. NOTE: Please have your student make an appointment with his/her Financial Aid Counselor if they are planning to be married during the 2010 calendar year prior to filing the FAFSA. Financial Aid can be impacted if this is the case. This is very important to have a quick review of current aid versus aid that may or may not be available as an independent married student. Marital status cannot be changed once the FAFSA has been filed.

To contact your Financial Aid Counselor:

A-G      Chris Schlarbaum
H-O      Marla Sweningson
P-Z      Terri Crawford 

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 online at, or at the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844.

For additional information contact: Debbie Hawblitzel, 503-554-2620

For Parents of December Graduates
Is your student graduating on December 19, 2009? Information is available on the George Fox University web site at:

Winter Musical Revue
Rogers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing
7:30 p.m
., Wood-Mar Auditorium, Various Prices
Thirty-six of Rogers and Hammerstein’s most memorable romantic ballads comprise this delightful evening of theatre. The arc of Grand Night takes the audience on a musical journey through all the emotional stages of love. From “Oh What A Beautiful Morning”(Oklahoma), “We Kiss in the Shadows” (The King and I) and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” (South Pacific) to “A Lovely Night” (Cinderella), “My Little Girl” (Carousel) and “Maria” (The Sound of Music), this evening of theatre is sure to delight and inspire.
To pre-order tickets, visit or call the box office at 503.554.3844. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni, seniors and students, and $6 under 12.

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

Parent Day of Prayer
Parents of George Fox University students are invited to gather on Saturday, March 13, 2010, 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.

Eugene, Ore.

Seattle, Wash.

Vancouver, Wash.

Diablo, Calif.

For more information and to register online, 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 14: Study day
December 15
: Spring semester payment deadline
December 15: Final exam period
December 18: Fall semester classes end, 5 p.m.
December 19: Residence halls close, 1 p.m.
December 19: Midyear commencement, 2 p.m.
January 3: Last day to complete online enrollment confirmation before first aid disbursement
  Enrollment confirmation form will be available 2 to 3 weeks prior
January 4: First disbursement of financial aid for Spring term
January 10: Residence halls open for all students, 1 p.m.
January 11: Classes begin, 8 a.m.
January 11: Spring term payment deadline, late registration fee ($50) begins at midnight
January 14: Registration change fee begins
January 15: Last day to add classes without instructor signature
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
January 22: Last day to drop classes


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.

To view a complete chapel schedule, visit the Office of Spiritual Life’s website and click on Spiritual Life Calendar.

December 2009/January 2010 Chapel Schedule

December 2
Worship with your living community
in places all over campus

Deecember 4

December 7                            
“The Big Reveal”
Sarah Baldwin, University Pastor

December 9                             
Community Christmas Chapel
President Robin Baker

December 11                           

January 11
President Robin Baker

January 13
Sarah Baldwin

January 20
MLK Jr. Celebration

January 25
Making Room for Leadership
MaryKate Morse, Professor of Spiritual Formation and Leadership
At George Fox Evangelical Seminary

January 27
For Guidance: How to Discover God’s Will”
Ron Kincaid
Pastor, Sunset Presbyterian Church and author of “Praying

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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