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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

Here we are, more than halfway into the semester. Your students have survived midterm assignments and tests and most likely, they are tired and ready to enjoy a long Thanksgiving break this month! But until that point, I thought it would be helpful to address some of the things we see students struggle with at this point each year: Many students are battling colds and flu symptoms. How can parents help? More...

From the Vice President of Student Life…

Brad LauIn her book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton writes, “Spiritual transformation is the process by which Christ is formed in us for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives and for the sake of others” (p. 16). At George Fox, it is a great joy for me to observe this process happening regularly in the lives of our students as they grow in their knowledge of God, understanding of themselves, and service to others. There are so many opportunities that can help facilitate this process. Whether students are being mentored and/or influenced by faculty members, staff members, or fellow students, the rich tapestry of college life allows genuine questions and exploration to lead to deep and transformative places within a supportive environment. More...

From Career Services…

Bonnie JerkeOld-fashioned networking remains the best foolproof job search method there is: meeting people face-to-face and sharing information. Visualize sitting at a soda fountain counter eating ice cream and someone sits down beside you. Do you connect or don’t you? We can update this encounter in one way or another by adding an “elevator” speech and a business card so that one is better prepared for these chance or scheduled meetings. For the most part, simply being cordial provides the strongest foundation for this beneficial meeting. I can attest to the benefits, having frequently networked on airline flights and receiving information for our computer science and engineering majors just by greeting and meeting passengers. More...

From the Parent Council…

You may have heard by now that the theme for George Fox this school year is “Be Known.” You can see it on the website and President Robin Baker wrote about it in the September Parent Perspectives. Recently, Mark Pothoff, dean of community life, said that this new theme is well received by the students. In the past, the theme would be repeated a few times at the beginning of the year but was soon forgotten. This theme seems to have struck a chord. People want to be known. More...


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.

Christmas Concert – “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
Welcome the Christmas season with the festival sounds of the George Fox University music department's annual Christmas concert, "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear". More than 175 student musicians representing membership in five university music ensembles (Concert Choir, Chorale, Symphonic Band, and Strings) celebrate the Christmas season through the singing of familiar carols, new arrangements of traditional Christmas music, narration, and Scripture reading.
Bauman Auditorium
Friday, December 10 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 ~ 2:30 p.m. matinee
preconcert music begins approximately ½ hour prior to the beginning of the concerts
Adults $10
Seniors/GFU Alumni $8
Students/Children $6
All tickets are reserved seating and may be purchased online immediately at
or at the University Box Office two weeks prior to the event by calling 503-554-3844.

For Parents of December Graduates
Is your student graduating on December 18, 2010?  Information is available on the George Fox University website here

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 registration, 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 –

Parents Known for Joyful Giving
The George Fox University Telephone Outreach team is a group of students who annually call those connected to George Fox University in order to update records, to keep people informed of current happenings on campus, and to provide an opportunity for joining in philanthropic interests. As a parent of a current student, you will receive a phone call from one of our student team members in November inviting you to participate in a Parent Fund project developed by the Parent Council.

This year, the Parent Council has chosen a specific project for parents to partner in--two automated external defibrillators, one for Bauman Auditorium and one for the Edward Stevens student services building. George Fox is known for a variety of events and activities throughout the year, both student-focused and community-focused. We currently have only a few defibrillators on campus, Wheeler Sports Center and the Student Union Building to name two, and there are a number of gathering places for students and university guests where a defibrillator could help save lives in those moments before an ambulance arrives.      

Before you receive a call from one of our student callers, please prayerfully consider joining other George Fox parents in supporting this important project of the Parents Fund.

From Student Financial Services:
November marks the unofficial beginning of what we refer to in Student Financial Services as “Scholarship Season.”  Typically opportunities to secure external funding for college expenses run between November until late May or early June. 

The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) hosts a scholarship drive website at  The website is already open for business and closes March 1, 2011.  This year there are over 400 scholarships for Oregon residents who will be attending Oregon schools.  We encourage you to have your student take a look.  For the 2010-11 year, 61 GFU students have secured scholarships through OSAC totaling $132,476.

Two free national scholarship search websites are  and  We, in Student Financial Services have seen students be successful in their attempts to win scholarships through these web sites. More...

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 students can withdraw from class
November 5
Family Weekend
November 5–7
Thanksgiving vacation
November 25–28
Classes Resume
November 29


Global Issues Forum

November 1

Robin Baker
University President

November 3

Family Weekend Worship Service
Sarah Baldwin
University Pastor 

November 7

Howard Macy
Professor of Religion and Biblical Studies

November 8

Jamie Johnson
Director of Friends Leadership Program

November 10

Cultural Celebration Week

November 15, 17

All-campus retreat at Twin Rocks

November 19 – 21
Sarah Baldwin
University Pastor
November 22
Thanksgiving Testimonies
With hot cider and donuts
November 24
John Mark Comer
Teaching Pastor at Solid Rock Church
November 29

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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