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Greetings from the Executive Director…

Sheri Philips

A month ago, more than 1,400 family members gathered on campus for the university’s annual Family Weekend. Our campus could hardly contain the energy of so many welcomed guests! All of us on campus really enjoyed our time together! One of the most popular events of the weekend was the faculty lecture overview for the Juniors Abroad program given by the program director, Paul Chamberlain. It quickly became obvious that we should have held this session in our largest lecture hall, as many parents who wanted to hear the presentation were unable to fit into the classroom. Please accept my apology for this. And know that the interest is duly noted! More...

From the Athletic Director...

Brad Lau

When I stop to think about it, my George Fox experience now spans nearly four decades! I arrived at George Fox College as a student-athlete in the fall of 1971 with no faith and sports at the center of my universe. God changed all of that when I accepted him in the spring of that year through the prayer and investment of many in the George Fox community. As a young coach, professor and now, the athletic director at George Fox University, I’ve had the chance to give back to the place that actually saved my life. I am continually amazed at how the lives of our students are transformed as God loves and shapes them through my coworkers, in the classroom, in their living areas, and through athletics. More...

From Career Services…

Bonnie Jerke

Nike. Starbucks. Apple. What do these three companies have in common? Companies that hire our graduates? True, but the answer I’m looking for is actually strong brands. Each of these companies has invested significant time, energy and resources to create a unique brand. When you see or hear Nike, perhaps you immediately think of the tagline, “Just do it,” or the “swoosh” that accents their shoes and apparel. Starbucks conjures up images of a customized coffee beverage in a white cup with a green circular logo. For Apple, you may envision the iconic apple emblem on your child’s university-issued computer or your own iPhone. These brands are more than just products; they represent an experience. More...

From Parent Council…

What a glorious time of the year! We are in the middle of a blaze of color and looking forward to a season of winter and the joyous holidays that occupy those months.As I was thinking on what to share this month – my heart was drawn towards priorities, the un-cluttering of life so that we can concentrate and devote time to the essentials. In anticipation of the upcoming holidays and of our students returning home, our hope as parents is that we can keep it simple. We recognize that time has flown by – our toddlers in footed pajamas are now men and women with schedules and lives of their own. If we could just slow down the clock over the next few weeks in order that we might devote time and attention to the things that matter. More...


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 will need to be paid by March 11, 2011 in order 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

Family Weekend Bingo raised over $2,700 for the Serve Day Fund!
The efforts of the Parent Council and ASC paid off during Family Weekend as 450 George Fox parents, students, and family members gathered to play BINGO to benefit the Serve Day Fund.  Thank you to all who participated.  And, thank you to the Parent Council for providing fantastic prizes for our guests!

From your SFS Student Account Specialists:
Payment for spring semester is due the first week of January. We recommend you review your "Payment Estimator," if completed previously or you can complete one now at For educational tax benefits we recommend you wait until January to make payment. (If paying monthly, although your first payment is scheduled for December, remaining payments generally are more than enough to maximize tax benefits for a given year. If concerned, you may pay your "December" payment, January 1st and your second payment by January 15th.) More...

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 web site 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

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

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 three 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:

  • Bend, Ore.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Diablo, Calif.

For more information and to register online, go to

Gift Baskets for Finals
A senior capstone project has launched a new business and is offering parents the opportunity to purchase gift baskets for their students during finals week.  For more information go to Beyond the Basket.

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.


Study Day
December 13
Final exam period
December 14-17
Residence halls close, 1 pm
December 18
Midyear Commencement
December 18
Residence halls open for all students, 1 pm
January 9
Late registration fee begins ($50), 5 pm
January 10
Classes Resume
January 10
Registration change fee begins
January 12
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
January 17
Last day to add/drop
January 21


Ed Higgins
Professor of English
"The Last Lecture Series"

December 1 

Worship with Your Living Area

December 6 

All-Campus Christmas Chapel
Robin Baker

December 8 

Robin Baker

January 10

Sarah Baldwin
University Pastor

January 12

MLK Holiday

January 17

MLK Jr. Chapel

January 19
Debby & David Thomas
Missions Fair
Thy Kingdom Come Week 
January 24
Debby & David Thomas
Thy Kingdom Come Week
January 26
Sarah Baldwin
University Pastor
January 31

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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