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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

Tuition Freedom Day was held on Feb. 15 to educate students about the importance of philanthropic giving to George Fox University. All students and parents know that the cost of college education is significant and we honor the investment all George Fox families make! However, if it were not for the generous gifts of alumni, donors and friends of the university who fund scholarships, brick and mortar campaigns, new programs, equipment, and the university’s endowment fund, tuition at George Fox University would cost more than it does. More...

From Spiritual Life...

Andrea Crenshaw

Every year as I begin to write the update for the coming May Serve trip, I always take a few minutes to reflect on the previous year. Most of the students have no idea how the trip will impact them. Time and time again, we are blown away by how the Lord moves and works among and through our students. We have them fill out a pre-trip evaluation and a post-trip evaluation. Here are some of the comments that the students from last year’s Swaziland trip had to say. More...

From Career Services…

Angela Doty

With the advancement of technology, including search engine optimization, teleconferencing, and video chat, the landscape of recruiting has changed. Much of the information job seekers need to know about companies are clearly posted on their websites. Other sites, like LinkedIn, provide company profiles. However, there is something to be said for interaction with a real-life recruiter or talent acquisition manager. More...


Spring Serve Trips, March 2011

A team of 12 will serve at The Flying H. Ranch.  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. 

A team of 12 will serve with Center for Student Missions (CSM) in Los Angeles.  CSM’s focus is partnering with local churches and organizations to help meet the needs of urban communities. When serving in the urban center with CSM you will be coming alongside ministries that focus on serving people. Whether you’re serving food at a homeless shelter or playing with children at an after-school program, you will be cultivating relationships throughout your entire trip.

A team of 24 will serve at several different ministries in Seattle including 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.

A team of 24 will travel to Neah Bay in Washington to work on the 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 clean up. 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 these 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.

Parent’s Day of Prayer – March 12, 2011

Next week, over 100 George Fox parents will gather together to pray for their students and for the university.  The largest prayer gathering will be on the Newberg campus from 9 a.m. – Noon in the Cap and Gown rooms of the Student Union Building.   If you plan to join us, please dress warmly for the one-hour campus prayer walk! 
Additional gatherings will be held for parents who live in the following areas:

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

To contact the parent hosts in those areas click here.
For more information and to register online, go to

George Fox parents would like to pray with you!

Several members of the Parent Council expressed a desire to pray with and for George Fox parents.  If you would like to share a prayer request in confidence, please contact any of these parents:
Bob Bletscher –
Sue Bletscher –
Winslow Thurston –
Julie Kriz –

Spring Sports Calendars

Wallet-sized spring season sports calendars are available and can be sent to you in the mail. To receive your copy, contact Amy Lorenz at or 503-554-2134.

From Student Financial Services

The Student Financial Services office is busy these days gearing up for the 2011-12 academic year.  Some brief points to remember…
The 2011 scholarship application for students returning for 2011-12 is available as of February 15th.  Students will have until March 15th to complete the application.  Students can access the application through the MYGFU portal.

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 2010 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 April 30th and have borrowed a Federal Stafford or Federal Perkins loan, or taken the Federal Teach Grant, they will need to do Exit Counseling prior to graduation.  Information will be provided at the Exodus sessions for graduating seniors on March 9th and 10th.
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

George Fox University Blazer’s Night – April 12, 2011

BlazersOn April 12, watch the Blazers take on the Memphis Grizzlies in their final home game of the season. Join other alumni as well as current and future Bruins as we cheer the hometown team on to victory. The discounted group tickets are $20 each and there are a limited number of tickets available. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here (requires Adobe Reader).

The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
April 7-9 & 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.
April 10 & 17 at 2 p.m.

Wood-Mar Auditorium
Michael O'Neill
The wealthy merchant Baptista has a problem. His youngest daughter Bianca wants to get married, but according to custom Bianca can’t get married until her older sister Katerina is wed. Unfortunately, Katerina has no desire to get married. Her sharp wit, biting tongue, and fiery disposition have successfully scared all her suitors away. But when the free-spirited and rebellious Petruchio arrives on the scene, Katerina finds her match and a most extraordinary courtship begins.
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Is your student graduating this spring?

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

First Reunion - April 29

The George Fox University Alumni Association invites families and friends of the Graduating Class of 2011 to attend First Reunion, a special time of reflection and celebration.    

Friday, April 29
6 p.m.  Program in Bauman Auditorium
7:30 p.m.  Buffet dinner with live music in Klages Dining Room, Heacock Commons

Semiformal, by reservation only. Graduating seniors are free, guests are $16 each, $12 for children 12 and under. Invitations will be mailed in late March and online registration is available at  Please contact Alumni Relations at 503.554.2131 with questions.

Save the Date for George Fox University’s
Annual Golf Tournament - July 14, 2011

GolfJoin 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.


Parent’s Day of Prayer
March 12
Last day to withdraw from class
March 18
Spring vacation (halls close Saturday at Noon)
March 21 - 25
Classes resume
March 28


Dr. Stephen Newby with the SPU Gospel Choir
Director, University Ministries & the Center for Worship at Seattle Pacific University

March 2
New Abolitionists: Global Faith & Film
Tom Davis
Tom’s Children Hope Chest
March 7
New Abolitionists: Portland
Stephanie Mathis
Director, Spiritual formation at Warner Pacific University and Activist, Oregon Center for Christian Values
March 9
Dr. Jamie Noling-Auth
Associate Campus Pastor, Azusa Pacific University
March 14
Worship with your living area
March 16
Spring Break
March 21-25
Dwight Friesen
Assoc. Professor of Practical Theology
Mars Hill Graduate School
March 28
Wise/Wounded Series from the Psalms
Sarah Jobson
Area Coordinator, HMS
March 30

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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