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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

I love it when life provides the opportunity to meet new friends! I met a wonderful new friend last week while joining my husband at one of his national meetings. Liann Smith is a parenting expert who holds a certificate in parenting coaching from the Parent Coaching Institute in partnership with Seattle Pacific University. She is the mother of three adult daughters and has worked with families and children as a ministry director, teacher and coach for more than 17 years. Liann and I talked about how important it is to have healthy parenting principles when our children are small because they serve us well when we move through the empty-nest years into adult-to-adult relationships. More...

A message from the Dean...

The decade of life from 18 to 28 years of age can be one of the most formative periods in a person’s life. Decisions made during these years can significantly shape and impact who we are and who we’ll become. I know this has been true in my journey. How I came to work at George Fox, who I married, how I spend discretionary time, my convictions, my passions, my worldview, what I’m investing my time in – all these things are directly related to the choices I made during that decade of my life. This is why I love ministering to college students, and why I feel privileged to be one of many who are walking alongside them at this stage of their journey. More...

From Parent Council: "Involvement"

Well, it probably has sunk in by now. The laundry is a little less in quantity, the groceries are a little less expensive, the house seems to stay a little more organized and clean, and hopefully your spouse and you are able to carry on some conversations without quite so many interruptions. Ahhhhh! But you’ve probably also noticed that there is a small piece missing – something out of place. In my life I call that the “ache of change and transition.” It is a mixture of joy, as God opens up new and wonderful avenues for our child, as well as heartache, as we miss the noise, spontaneous conversations and hugs, and yes, even the mess (at times) – basically the direct involvement in our child’s life. More...

From Career Services: "Graduate School as an Option"

Is your student pondering graduate school as the next step? Are you feeling that you have limited resources to help them in this process? Graduate school application can be a daunting experience, and with the economic recession schools are inundated with an increasing number of applications each year. As a parent, you likely want to assist your student in not only applying to graduate school, but also in deciding if this is the best option for them. There are many factors to consider in answering both of these questions. More...


Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Parent Loan information:
Federal Direct Stafford and PLUS loans may be assigned a loan servicer other than Direct Loans.  You may receive a mailing addressed to your student, or to you if you are a PLUS loan borrower, from somewhere other than Direct Loans.  Please watch for mailings from one or more of the following:

  • Great Lakes Higher Education
  • ACS
  • Sallie Mae
  • Nelnet

These are loan servicers the government has contracted with.  Please be sure to open all correspondence from these organizations as important information may need your review.

If you are interested in deferring payments of your Federal Direct PLUS loan you may do so by submitting an “in-school deferment” request.  You may read more about this and download the form at :

As always, we are here to help with your financial aid questions.  Our contact information is:

A-G        Chris Schlarbaum   
H-O        Marla Sweningson 
P-Z         Terri Crawford         

Family Weekend
George Fox University’s Family Weekend is November 5 – 7, 2010, and there is still plenty of time to register!  The easiest way to register is online.  If you prefer not to submit credit card information online or want to register your attendance but don’t plan to purchase tickets, please register using the form included in the mailed brochure. 

Family Weekend is always a great time to make fun family memories and enjoy life on the George Fox University campus.  Events include concerts, family meals, theatre, faculty lectures, shopping to support student scholarships, and a good old-fashioned family Bingo night!    For complete schedule and event information, and to register online, go to Valley Trolley Tour is SOLD OUT.

Where to stay in Newberg
Where should you stay in Newberg while visiting the George Fox campus for Family Weekend and other events?  Check out the list of recommended local hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, some of whom offer discounts to George Fox families.

Auxiliary Bazaar
During Family Weekend the George Fox University Auxiliary offers a wonderful holiday bazaar to raise money for student scholarships.  If you would like to donate handcrafts or artwork to the bazaar, please contact Evangeline Pattison by October 29, 2010 at or 503-554-2121.

Theatre Presentation – Ion by Euripides
Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Wood-Mar Auditorium
As a young maiden, Kreousa is raped by the god Apollo and bares his child.  Not wanting to bring shame on her family, Kreousa hides her pregnancy and then abandons her baby in a cave hoping that Apollo will protect his offspring.  Sixteen years later Kreousa arrives at Apollo’s temple in Delphi and meets a young boy named Ion who serves as one of the temple’s servants.  Will Apollo allow Kreousa and Ion to recognize each other as mother and son, or will he keep his crime a secret and lead the play to a tragic end? The play’s ending promises a surprise. Translated by Dr. Paul D. Streufert, directed by Rhett Luedtke, and musical composition by Cameron Dewhit.

Purchase tickets online at or through the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844. 
$12 general admission
$8 seniors and GFU alumni,
$6 for GFU students and children under 12
Tickets for the theatre presentation will be available at the Box Office after October 21st. 

JAZZ CONCERT- Allan Chase, saxophonist
Friday, November 5, 2010
7:30 p.m., Bauman Auditorium
Allan Chase will be the featured artist performing with the Jazz Ensemble and a faculty trio at the fall jazz concert.  Allan is on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is chair of the Ear Training department.  In addition, Allan leads the Allan Chase Trio and Allan Chase Quartet, and is a soloist on 35 jazz recordings, with artists including Rashied Ali, Joe Morris, Gunther Schuller, and John McNeil.

Purchase advance tickets through the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844 or on the night of the concert in Bauman Lobby.
For ticket prices and information contact Debbie Hawblitzel at 503-554-2620. Tickets for the jazz concert will be available at the Box Office after October 21st.

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 October 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.


Mid-semester Holiday
October 8
Last day to register for Family Weekend
October 29
Last day students can withdraw from class
November 5
Family Weekend
November 5-7


Andrea Crenshaw
Director of Outreach and Service
May Serve

October 4

Ed Gilbreath
Author, Reconciliation Blues

October 6

Richard Shaw
Assoc. Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Author, Shame No More

October 11

Relationship Panels
Hoover 105, EHS 102, Lemmons 8, Stevens 207

October 13

Nathan Foster
Associate Professor, Social Work Spring Arbor University
Author, Wisdom Chasers

October 18

Sarah Baldwin
University Pastor

October 20

Relationship Retreat for Couples

October 22-24
Efrem Smith
Pastor The Sanctuary Covenant Church, MN
Author, The Hip Hop Church
October 25
Guest Musical Artist: Gungor
“God’s Plan/Your Choice”
October 27

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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