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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri PhilipsLast week on campus, we held the sixth annual Kaleo conference for people who minister to youth. Chap Clark, a vice provost and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, spoke to us about how mature adults help young people integrate into adult community. He used I Thessalonians 2:11-12 to illustrate his point. In this passage Paul wrote, “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” More...

Career Corner
By Angela J. Doty, Associate Director of Career Services

The Winter Olympics captured my attention this year. I don’t usually follow winter sports. However, for the past few weeks, I’ve been engrossed in the stories of athletes from around the world who have encountered endless injuries and overcome insurmountable odds to compete for the highest athletic honor – an Olympic gold medal. More...

Parent Council

Liz Kanen, Parent Council Chair-elect
"Community" was the topic of last month's Parent Perspectives newsletter. (Thank you, Winslow, for that wonderful reminder.) "Service" is an action, the fruit of a community at work. As with "community" we see that "service" is an intentional part of George Fox University's make-up. More...

Director of Outreach and Service
Andrea Crenshaw
It’s been a very full spring semester as we plan and prepare to take a team of 17 students to Swaziland for our May Serve trip this year. In the midst of this, I was so encouraged and reminded about why we do these trips during our May Serve reunion during homecoming weekend. We had a significant number of students who have previously gone on a trip return for this event. More...


Parent’s Day of Prayer
You still have time to sign up to participate in the Parent’s Day of Prayer to be held
Saturday, March 13, 2010. There are three ways to participate so don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your kids in prayer!

  1. 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.
  2. Parents who live in the following regions have an opportunity to gather with other parents to pray:
    • Bend, Ore.
    • Klamath Falls, Ore.
    • Grants Pass, Ore.
    • Eugene, Ore.
    • Seattle, Wash.
    • Vancouver, Wash.
    • Diablo, Calif.
  3. Pray on your own, wherever you are! We will send the list of prayer requests to you.

To contact a prayer site host or to register for the campus gathering online, go to

Spring Serve Trips:
Please pray for the students on these teams serving during Spring Break:

Central Washington. The Flying H youth ranch is located thirty miles west of Yakima, WA. Its goal is to minister to the troubled youth of our culture. On this trip the group will be doing physical labor as well as spending some time with the boys in worship and just hanging out. After a hard day’s work their will be time for devotions for the group and individually.

L.A. Dream Center. The Dream Center is an amazing organization that has over 200 different outreaches into inner city of Los Angeles, California. The Dream Center team will get an opportunity to work hand in hand with the organization, participating in their various ministries, and see God work in many lives. Some of the ministry opportunities include playing with kids in the projects, working with the food bank, feeding the homeless on Skid Row, hanging out with the homeless youth in Santa Barbara, and a night life outreach, just to name a few.

Seattle.Urban Impact and New Horizons Ministries. These ministries have a focus of building relationships and serving in community through the local church. The group will be doing a variety of work including working with an after school tutoring program, helping at community events, and cleaning program sites. New Horizons ministries works with runaways and prostitutes in the Seattle area, and the group will have a chance to have a facility tour and learn about what the ministry does and the impact that it is having in the local community.

Neah Bay, Washington. Makah Indian Reservation. Service will be split up into two parts. The first will be working to maintain and improve the environmental habitat on the reservation, including stream development and beach cleanup. The rest of the work will be comprised of a variety of tasks including painting a church, gardening, chopping wood, and other maintenance work. Along with the service aspect of the trip, the team will also learn about the culture and history of the Makah tribe, building relationships as they work in the local community.

University Players Spring Tour to South and Central Oregon
The University Players will be ministering in three churches during their spring break tour. You are invited to attend at the following locations:

Sunday, March 21
11 a.m.
Eugene Friends Church
3495 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402

Sunday, March 21
6:30 p.m.
Community Berean Church
512 6th Street, Grenada, CA 96038

Tuesday, March 23
6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church
4233 East Evans Creek Road, Rogue River, OR 97537

For additional information, contact

Parents of 2010 Spring Graduates
A full slate of events is planned for graduation weekend, April 30 – May 1, 2010. On Friday night, April 30th, please plan to join us for the First Reunion – a special celebration for graduates and their families including a program and a buffet dinner. Online registration and comprehensive information about spring commencement is available online. Local hotels and restaurants fill up quickly so make your plans soon!

Austin Sports Complex Update
Plans for the Austin Sports Complex, a multi-use sports facility to be shared by the university and the community, are moving forward. Construction on the complex is scheduled to begin this spring, with the completion of the soccer game field set for late summer. To date, more than $1.6 million has been raised. The university is currently working on meeting a $250,000 matching grant from an anonymous Newberg family, will match dollar for dollar raised – up to $250,000 – toward the new sports complex. As a result of the match, individual gifts and pledges between $1 and $25,000 made by July 1, 2010 are doubled. To read more about the Austin Sports Complex project, click here.

From Student Financial Services

The Student Financial Services office is busy these days gearing up for the 2010-11 academic year. A couple of brief points to remember…

Financial Aid award notifications will go out to returning students later this spring and on into summer via their GFU email.

As you file your 2009 Federal tax form, be sure to save a copy of both you and your student’s forms as our office may request them to process verification. Financial Aid awards for students selected for verification will not be made available until the verification is complete. We will let you know if this is the case via their page as well as through a missing document notice sent to the student’s email.

If you have a student that will graduate on May 1st, and have borrowed a Federal Stafford or Federal Perkins loan, they will need to do Exit Loan Counseling prior to graduation. Information will be provided at the Exodus sessions for graduating seniors on March 10th and 11th.

We’re here to serve you. Please feel free to contact your financial aid counselor anytime.
A-G      Chris Schlarbaum
H-O      Marla Sweningson
P-Z       Terri Crawford

Empty Bowls for Haiti
Potters handcraft more than 1,500 bowls in preparation for university's "Night for Haiti" fundraiser.

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


Join us at a Portland Trailblazer Game, April 12
Watch the Blazers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a battle for playoff position. Join other George Fox parents as well as alumni, current students and future Bruins, as we cheer the hometown team on to victory. The discounted group tickets are $15. Tickets are limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact alumni relations at 503.554.2131 or visit

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.

Motorcycle Rally – Save the Date!
This summer marks the return of the George Fox Motorcycle Rally! Alumni, parents, and friends of the university are invited to cruise with fellow riders from the George Fox community on the fourth installment of this favorite event. This year’s event will include new routes and a biker’s barbecue dinner on the Newberg campus. If you are interested in helping plan this event or would like more information, contact alumni relations. 503.554.2131 or


March 12: Jazz concert
March 13: Parent’s Day of Prayer
March 16: Symphonic band concert
March 19: Last day to withdraw from class
March 22-26: Spring vacation (halls closed Saturday at Noon)
March 26: Campus closed
March 29: Classes resume
April 2: Good Friday holiday

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


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.

March 2010 Chapel Schedule

March 1
The Great Spi.L. Experiment
The Spiritual Life Team

March 3
Mission Year
Chris Lahr

March 5-7
All-Campus Retreat

March 8
A Simple Way Community
Shane Claiborne

March 10
Anthony Jordan, President, Portland Leadership Foundation

March 15
Luke 17: 1 – 19:27
Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

March 17
Film: Together We Are Free!
The Invisible Children Roadies and Ugandan guests

March 22-26
Spring Break

March 29
Luke 19:28 – 21:38
Sarah Baldwin, Campus Pastor

March 31
Stations of the Cross: Luke 22:1 – 23
A service of contemplative worship through art,
music and scripture

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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