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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

The subject of prayer is close to my heart right now. Not only have we been busy planning the Parents Day of Prayer for George Fox University parents on March 13, but I’m also taking a class on prayer right now at the seminary. I’m learning about the history, practice and purpose of prayer.

There are people who have the gift of prayer and find it the most natural thing to do. Then there are the rest of us (probably most of us) who, if we are completely honest, really struggle with prayer. We know we are supposed to pray often but we don’t, so we feel guilty. More..

Career Corner
Nonstop. 24/7
By Bonnie Jerke, Director of Career Services

I can’t easily imagine your student desiring career-related services at 2 a.m. in the morning, but then one never really knows. Being one of those baby boomers who grew up in a rural setting, I remember what it was like to have stores closed early and not open on Sundays. In fact, this past Christmas, due to confusion about dinner plans, I found myself looking for an open restaurant around 6 p.m. on Dec. 25 in that rural small town and found not one. It made me think about how we’ve grown to expect most things to be available conveniently and quickly. More...

Parent Council
Winslow Thurston
One of the things I like about George Fox is the very intentional emphasis on community. Community is an essential part of our growth and development as people and as Christ followers. Not only is that sense of community extended to students, faculty and staff, it is offered to us as parents as well. One of the places we can experience the community of the university is the Parents Day of Prayer on March 13, 2010. More...

Fresh beginnings can also bring stress
By Kristina Findley, Associate Dean of Student Leadership

Cycles and seasons are part of the beauty and bother of working in education. As each semester begins, you also know in 15 weeks it will be ending. These beginnings and endings can bring great excitement as well as incredible stress for anyone on campus. More...


Parents Day of PrayerParent 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 seven 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 are able to participate in a prayer gathering in the home of a George Fox parent, or pray on their own. On March 13th, regional 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

From Student Financial Services:
For parents of returning students, it is that time of year to think about getting the FAFSA filed for the 2010-11 academic year. The FAFSA form has been revamped with a new format that will make filing easier. Be sure to have the correct PIN numbers to electronically sign. Using the wrong PIN or not including the parent PIN on the FAFSA can cause delays in receiving your financial aid award. More...

Parents of 2010 Spring Graduates
Information about spring commencement is available online. Local hotels and restaurants fill up quickly so planning ahead pays off!


Winter Musical Revue
Rogers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing
February 4 – 6 and 11 -13 at 7:30 p.m.
February 7 at 2 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium

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 University PlayersPlayer’s Presents
February 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium

(This photo does not represent
the current 09/10 University Players)

This year the University Players will be focusing on the moments on our journeys when we pause in the doorway of the threshold of change.
Suggested donations are $3, tickets are available at the door.

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. George Fox parents are invited to attend as well! For more information about the conference content and registration, go to

The Fourth Annual Bösendorfer Artist Series
Valentina LisitsaFeaturing internationally known and Portland favorite Valentina Lisitsa, this fourth concert in the series will take place on the Bauman Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. The concert marks a return to Oregon for Valentina, who performed in Portland and Salem two years ago to sold-out audiences. To read more about her, visit

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/alumni, and $6 for students/children. To purchase tickets to the concert, click here.

In addition to the recital, which will feature all 24 Chopin Etudes, Valentina will be working with students from George Fox in a Master Class on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4-6 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium. This is a free event, and is open to the public.

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament
The university will host its annual golf tournament on both courses of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha on Thursday, July 15, 2010. We are seeking sponsors and players for the tournament, which supports student scholarships and the Bruin Athletics Association. Many sponsorship levels are available. Click for additional golf tournament information.


February 4 – 7, 11 – 13:
Theatre production “A Grand Night for Singing”
February 5: Last day to exercise pass/no pass option
February 5 – 6: George Fox University Homecoming
February 11:
Symphonic Band Concert
February 12 – 13:
Scholarship competition for prospective students
February 20:
Kaleo Conference
February 22:
Chamber Concert
February 23:
Chehalem Symphony Concert
February 25:
Bosendorfer Artist Concert Series
February 26 - 27: University Players Presents
March 1: All donor-funded scholarship applications

Please visit the university’s athletic web site for a complete calendar of athletic events.


February 2010 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.
To view a complete chapel schedule, visit the Office of Spiritual Life’s website and click on Spiritual Life Calendar.

February 1
Winter Serve Team updates

February 3 
Luke 9:51-11:54
Steve Sherwood, Associate Professor of Youth Ministry

February 8
Luke 12:1 – 13:35
Sarah Baldwin, University Pastor

February 10
Woolman Peacemaking Forum
Dr. John Perkins, Founder, John M. Perkins
Center for Reconciliation & Development

February 15
Phil Smith, Professor of Philosophy

February 17
Tim Timmerman, Associate Professor of Art
with guest artist JJ Heller

February 20
Kaleo Conference – for people who minister to youth
Chap Clark and Steve Sherwood

February 22
Terry Stokesbury, Senior Program Director, Murdock Foundation & Young Life

February 24
Luke 14:1-16:31
Rusty St. Cyr, Director for Spiritual Formation

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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