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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

Halftime! For some reason, my mind goes immediately to football as soon as I write those words. (My family members are big Oregon Duck fans, so you might imagine that we’ve watched a LOT of football over the past several months). Halftime is also where we are in the academic year. Just a few weeks ago your student returned to Fox for the classes, challenges and opportunities that will carry him or her through this semester and into April. And now that we have passed the Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we are on the longest “no time off” stretch of the year; your child won’t get to come up for breath until spring break in March! More...

From the Campus Pastor...

Sarah Baldwin

As I have been studying Ecclesiastes for our Wise/Wounded series this semester, I have been struck by the call of the teacher to live fully in the gift of the present day. The teacher tells us that there is nothing that we can pursue – not pleasure, not hard work, not even wisdom – that can anchor us in life. God is the one who endures forever; humans and the human experience are finite and brief – a vapor. Our anchor of reality is deep in God, not in accomplishments, vacations, or even in “right living” and “right thinking.” God gives us the precious gift of life – to be experienced, enjoyed and realized as precious. More...

From Career Services…

Bonnie Jerke

He left the top of the small snow-covered, icy hill with his sled underneath him and was picking up speed. All of a sudden, the sled stopped (caught on a rock) and the rider went on without it. Well, I guess there’s more than one way to get to the bottom, but the latter method brought fear, bumps and bruises along with a shorter, less exhilarating trip. And so it could be with the job search when the odds are against you and your ride becomes a little less comfortable and ideal. More...

From Parent Council…

Whenever parents of George Fox students get together, they naturally talk about their kids at Fox. The conversation goes something like this: “Yeah, we had two of our kids at GFU last year, but the oldest graduated . . . Oh, she is a junior, majoring in el ed . . . and what about your son?” Last September I had a conversation with a mother whose daughter recently started at Fox as a freshman. She breathlessly rattled off how much her daughter was enjoying the time and meeting new friends and involved in all kinds of activities. Then, after a brief pause, she said, “I hope she goes to class sometime.” More...


Bruin Madness

Saturday, February 5, 2011
Alumni, students and parents have always been the biggest fans of Bruins basketball. So we’ve created Bruin Madness to bring these groups together to cheer the teams on to victory!
Bring your family and join the community for amazingly delicious tailgate fare and exciting activities at the Indoor Tailgate Party and KidZone. Then head off to Miller Gymnasium to cheer on the Bruins as they take on conference power Lewis & Clark College in a doubleheader.
Don't miss your best chance to catch this year’s Bruins basketball teams in action; all while you connect with hundreds of George Fox alumni, parents and students at this all-new event!

From Student Financial Services

It is that time of year to think about getting the FAFSA filed for the 2011-12 academic year.  Have your FAFSA PIN’s handy and go online to to complete the application  for the 2011-12 year.
Oregon residents who have received an Oregon Opportunity Grant (or think they will qualify in the 2011-12 year)  need to file as soon as possible because there will be significant budget cuts to this program for 2011-12.  Since we do not know when the cut-off will be, please have your student(s) file the FAFSA form as soon as possible. You can always estimate your income information and correct it later when your taxes have been filed.
If your student is getting married please encourage them to meet with their financial aid counselor before filing the FAFSA.  Those that wait can file as independent students and are able to file without parent tax information.   
Students who advanced a grade level after the Fall semester may be able to increase their Stafford loan for the Spring semester.  In addition to covering a balance, these additional funds can help lower a monthly payment or reduce a PLUS or alternative loan. Students need to contact their financial aid counselor if they think they may qualify.
Oregon students can apply for scholarships for 2011-12 through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission at:  The deadline is March 1. 
The 2011-12 Scholarship Application for returning GFU undergraduate students is not yet available.  Please look for an announcement about this on E-nnouncements as well as other methods. 
Our office will often use student E-nnouncements to communicate important information.  Check with your student to be sure they are signed up to receive them.   Also he/she can sign you up as well.  This can be done via their home page at
When contacting Student Financial Services, please remember that your student must have a signed release form on file with our office in order for us to answer questions specific to your student.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts our office from releasing personal information without a student’s consent.  The FERPA release form is available either online at or in the Student Financial Services Office.  All release forms are kept on file from year-to-year unless replaced with a new one from the student.  While we are eager to speak with parents to address any questions they may have regarding financial aid or their student’s account, it is up to the student to allow us to have this conversation.  Please be aware that there is a separate release form for the Registrar’s Office.
To contact your Financial Aid Counselor:

A-G        Chris Schlarbaum   
H-O        Marla Sweningson 
P-Z         Terri Crawford         
To contact your Student Account Specialist:
A-K         Sandy Cherchanko
L-Z          Dinah Steig               


This note is to inform you about a change to the sign up process for on campus housing placements for students returning to George Fox University in the Fall of 2011.  A $150 non-refundable housing deposit must be paid by March 11, 2011 for students to participate in housing selection. The housing deposit arises from the need to have a more accurate picture of how many returning students will be living in campus housing for each academic year. This will enable us to provide better service to both returning students seeking to secure their preferred housing and new students coming in each fall.
Details about the housing deposit:

  • Students will be able to pay housing deposits beginning in February. It will need to be paid by March 11, 2011 in order to go through housing selection.
  • Students will need to have a current account (as determined by Student Financial Services) in order to pay their housing deposit.
  • The deposit may be refunded if students withdraw it prior to housing selection or do not go through housing selection. If students withdraw their deposit prior to selection, then you will not be permitted to go through selection.
  • Once students have received a housing assignment their deposit will be held and applied to fall charges.
  • The housing deposit will be forfeited if students cancel their housing after receiving an assignment.
  • If students will be living with an RA or are chosen by an RA to live in a house they  will need to submit your housing deposit before March 11th as well.

If you have any questions about this deposit, please contact the Student Life Office at


By John Patrick Shanley
Feb. 3-5 & 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

Wood-Mar Auditorium
Buy Tickets Online
Caleb Thurston
1964. The Bronx, New York. Iron-willed Sister Aloysius, head of St. Nicholas Catholic School, suspects that Father Flynn is having an improper relationship with a student. The well-being of a young boy, the reputation of the school, and the fate of a popular priest are all at stake. Though lacking evidence, Sister Aloysius follows her convictions with singular focus. But what must be compromised in pursuit of the truth? is the truth more complex and more costly than first believed? With deeply drawn characters and taut dialogue, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores the human discomfort with the gray areas of life.  Mature Content

Gift Baskets for Valentine's Day and Finals Week

A senior capstone project has launched a new business and is offering parents the opportunity to purchase gift baskets for their students during special events this semester.  For more information go to Beyond the Basket.


The annual Kaleo conference for people who engage with youth will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011.  Nationally known speaker, and director of the Fuller Youth Institute, Kara Powell, will be speaking about Sticky Faith.  Kara will be joined by co-presenter Jon Furman, a local pastor who spent 15 years in youth ministry. 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 to register online, go to  

Parent’s Day of Prayer – March 12, 2011

Parents of George Fox University students are invited to gather on Saturday, March 12, 2011, either on the Newberg campus or at one of four 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:

  • Grants Pass, Ore.
  • Klamath Falls, Ore.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Diablo, Calif.

For more information and to register online, go to

Is your student graduating this spring?

Check out the commencement schedule and ticket information on the updated commencement web site.

Save the Date for George Fox University’s Annual Golf Tournament

July 14, 2011
 Join fellow golfers for the Annual George Fox Golf Tournament at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore.  The tournament helps provide scholarship money for George Fox undergraduate students, supports George Fox athletics through the Bruin Athletic Association, and gives the university and the Portland-area business community the opportunity to become better acquainted. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and registration information visit  Hope to see you on the course in July!

Student Health 101

Student Health 101 is a monthly online health and wellness magazine just for college students and their parents. Each issue contains valuable information that will help your student make better decisions while in college, and can help you with a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students. Go to Student Health 101 for the December issue with great articles about the college experience. You can also read the student issue here

The Student Support Network (SSN)

Provides practical and intentional support for students who are struggling academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, or personally.  If you would like to refer a student to the SSN please fill out the Intervention Alert Form found at  If you have further questions or concerns please see the contact information on the SSN home page.


Last day to exercise pass/no pass option
February 4
Bruin Madness
February 5
Winter Jazz Concert
February 22
Winter Band Concert
February 24
Kaleo conference
February 26


Rusty St. Cyr
Director of Spiritual Formation

February 2

Spring Theological Lecture Series
Theology of the Land Week

February 7

Spring Theological Lecture Series
Theology of the Land Week

February 9 

Relationship Retreat

February 11-13

Justice Conference in Bend, Ore.

February 11-12

Shane Claiborne
Simple Way
Chris Lahr
Mission Year

February 14

Gregg Koskela
Lead pastor of Newberg Friends Church

February 16
Grace Fabian
Wycliffe Bible Translators
February 21
Koby Miller
Dean of Students
Mid-Continent University
February 23
Steve Sherwood
Assistant Professor for
Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
February 28

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.

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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