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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

My daughter, Chelsea, and her husband have three little boys under the ages of 5. That’s right! They’re 4 ½, 3, and 6 months old, and these parents have their hands full! It is a joyous, demanding job and I couldn’t be more proud of how they are parenting these little ones. The other day, Chelsea and I were talking about the big goal of parenting – what she wants for her children at the end of the day. More...

From the Career Services...

Bonnie Jerke

Many of our students rely on parents and relatives as a dependable source (partner) for help in making career decisions. One recently told me his father knew him better than he himself did and so could credibly recommend suitable career directions. Not surprising, but what exactly is that role in this very important aspect of development? Many parents and relatives serve as career role models... More...

From the School of Business Dean...

Dirk Barram

In the fall of 2004, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with our senior business majors, many of whom had seemingly already checked out of college. These were not the same junior business majors who regularly came to class with enthusiasm and anticipation. As the primary faculty member for Business Strategy, the final class that senior business majors take, I was ready to try a new approach. More...

From Parent Council…

Every month I enjoy receiving in my in-box the monthly Parents Perspectives newsletter from George Fox. It is another “link” to the goings-on in my students’ lives (yes, I have more than one). I check out the latest calendars to know what will be shared in chapel, how our sports teams are doing, and what reminders need to be on my personal calendar. I love to hear from the administration – new plans and goals for the university and funny and heartwarming stories about people and events on campus. More...


Check out the new Parent Web site at George Fox! 

The university has updated the web site for parents of George Fox students and we would love for you to visit and provide your feedback! For the first time this year, we will not print the parent handbook you typically receive in the mail. Instead, it will be online in an interactive version and in a download-able PDF format.

From Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services has been hard at work preparing aid packages for the 2011-12 academic year. To date we’ve sent out over a thousand new student award offers. We expect to have financial aid packages ready for returning students in April. Once their award is completed, the student will receive an email notification that it is ready to view online instead of a mailed letter. Please remind your students to be on watch for this email. They can then accept or decline their awards through their portal.

One of the things that can delay an award being prepared for a returning student is if their FAFSA record is chosen for verification. If your student is selected for verification, our office will need to complete this process prior to preparing the aid package for next year. If this is the case, the verification worksheet can be found on our website at: Look in online forms. With this worksheet, we will need a signed copy of both parent and student 2010 Federal 1040.

Also on our website we have a list of outside scholarships that we are aware of. Check here to see if your student might be eligible for one or more of them.

Students not planning on returning next year should come to our office to take care of exit loan counseling and matters associated with their student account.

As always we want you to know we are here to serve you. Student Accounts and Financial Aid are combined to make up Student Financial Services. Please see below how to contact us.

For Student Account related issues such as questions about your account, monthly payment plan etc, please contact:

A-K Sandy Cherachanko 503-554-2237
L-Z Dinah Steig 503-554-2299

For Financial Aid issues such as questions about award amounts, verification documents, special circumstances etc, please contact:

A-G Chris Schlarbaum 503-554-2234
H-O Marla Sweningson 503-554-2294
P-Z Terri Crawford 503-554-2231

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.
Tickets may still be available - Buy Tickets Online

First Reunion

Friday, April 29, 2011    |    George Fox University Newberg Campus
6:00 p.m. - Program in Bauman Auditorium    |    7:30 p.m. - Buffet dinner with live music in Klages Dining Room
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. Semiformal, by reservation only. Graduating seniors are free, guests are $16 each, $12 for children 12 and under. Please contact Alumni Relations at 503.554.2131 with questions. Click here to Register for First Reunion online

Is your student on a Junior’s Abroad  trip?

Check out the information about the 2011 trips on Some faculty advisors may be posting tour updates. If so, you’ll want to ask your student how you can access them.

Ultimate Road Trip

Alumni Relations is hitting the road to bring a piece of George Fox University to you! The first-ever Ultimate Road Trip leave Newberg on May 4, 2011, and concludes in San Francisco with a Giants game on May 10. It’s your change to come together with other alumni, parents, and friends of George Fox who live along the route. You will even be able to follow along as our roadies keep a travel blog of their adventures. We need you to help design the route! Which towns should our roadies visit? Where should they host gatherings? What is a definite “don’t miss” in your area? Contact or 503.554.2131 to share your ideas!

The Central Oregon Paddle & Putt

Alumni AdventuresJune 25-26, 2011 
Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to take on the whitewater of the Deschutes River on Saturday and the challenging greens of Juniper Golf Course followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception on Sunday. It’s the quintessential Central Oregon weekend! Participate in any of the three separate events, or do them all to prove your mettle. Registration and details coming soon to or call 503-554-2134.

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!

Mariner’s Game, July 16, 2011

Watch the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers with other members of the George Fox Family. Dinner in the Lookout Landing area of Safeco field begins at 5:30pm and the game starts at 7:10pm. Cost is $42 for the game and dinner. For more information, visit or 503-554-2131

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.


Good Friday holiday
April 22
Study day
April 25
Final exam period
April 26 - 29
Spring semester classes end
April 29
Spring commencement
April 30
Residence hall close, noon
April 30
Student housing closes for graduates, noon
May 1


Dr. Robin Baker

April 4
Faculty Journeys
April 6
Brad Lau
VP for Student Life
April 11
Woolman Peacemaking Forum
Father Emmanuel Katongole
Author & Priest, Director of Duke Center for Reconciliation
April 13
Dwight Kimberly
Professor of Biology
April 18
Celebrating Seniors and Undergraduate Faculty of the Year
April 20

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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Please let us know what you like about Perspectives, or what you would like to see in upcoming issues.