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April 2012

Nancy Almquist

Great Expectations
By Nancy Almquist - Director of Parent Relations

Have you ever had an expectation – to find that all you'd hope for and dreamed about was nothing like what you then experienced? I can remember when our twins started 1st grade. I was in some way expecting this to be easier – finally – a bit of a break in my day with two of our three kids gone for the day, I could maybe get caught up on projects at home. Then, they started learning how to read. I can remember when they came home and I learned we needed to read with each child for 30 minutes each night. Here we were practicing their words, reading aloud and being read to. This, times two. I honestly remember asking myself, I finished school, and I didn't know I would have homework yet again. Silly, I know, but I remember my expectations being different. I was disappointed in myself for my thoughts, and my ridiculous, selfish expectations. More...


Is college worth the big bucks?
By Terry Christopherson - Parent Council Member

What is the return on investment from the university experience? What do mom, dad and student get for the thousands of dollars they spend? It depends on what you are looking for. There is, of course, the parchment certificate that places a person in a pool of candidates with improved odds of surviving the screening process during a job search. One would hope that the time and money spent was more than an expensive entrance fee, yet there are those who see college as little more than some letters after a name; for them any institution is adequate. More...

Michael Meek

From the Sidelines – A Coaches Perspective
Mike Meek - Women's Basketball Coach

What an incredible season! I couldn't have been any more proud of the students on our team this year.  I was so proud of the heart, determination and dedication that our players showed through-out the season. Coming into the season our coaching staff and players both felt this could be a special season. We had great players in every position and depth to go along with each position. This team had a senior group that was committed to excellence, but maybe the most important quality of this team was that they had a willingness and determination to play with a tremendous team spirit. More...

Brian Gardner

The George Fox Experience
Brian Gardner - Vice President of Advancement

While I am not yet the parent of a college student, I am of a nearly three year-old boy.  I've been told time and again to enjoy these years as they go by quickly.  Before I know it, Daniel will, Lord willing, become a young adult looking for a college experience that will prepare him for the rest of his life. What constitutes such an experience? From this parent's perspective, it is an education that would help him understand how the truth and beauty of art, science, music, literature, and the Bible can help him live a more meaningful Christian life. More...

Dirk Barram

A Unique College Business Class
By 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 the senior business strategy class I was ready to try a new approach. Something had to give!  I had heard about some colleges requiring business student's start their own businesses. More...

Sarah Baldwin

Abundant Life
By Sarah Baldwin

If you are a facebook friend of mine, you already know that at the end of February I posted an ultrasound picture and the words "And Sarah laughed..." from Genesis 12. Yes, it means that we are expecting a surprise baby in the middle of September!  What you probably do not know is the rest of the story... More...


You might be interested to know what some of our administrators and faculty members are reading these days. So, we bring to you: "Books on the Nightstand" to let you in on a few books you might want to check out. 

President Baker
Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes and Bonhoeffer
The Future is Better than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Kris Kays, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Undergrad Professor of the Year - 2011
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 
Have a little faith & For one more day by Mitch Albom
To know as we are known by Parker Palmer

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life:
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
Hip Hop Redemption: Finding God in the the Rhythm and the Rhyme by Ralph C. Watkins
Thoughts Matter: The Practice of the Spiritual Life by Mary Margaret Funk


“The Broken” Theatre Performance

The BrokenWritten & devised by the ensemble & design team

April 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 22 at 2 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium

To Purchase Tickets online

One of our theatre department's most ambitious productions in years, The Broken, will show in Wood-Mar Auditorium. An original play created by George Fox students, the plot centers on the tensions that develop in Papua New Guinea after a conflict arises between a missionary and a New Guinean. The thought-provoking story, based on true events, is sure to engage you as we tackle issues of globalization and faith in a postmodern world.

Spring Concert - April 20, 7:30pm

GFU ChoirPerforming Arts

The concert will consist of performances by the University Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and Orchestra.

Symphonic Band under the direction of Pat Vandehey will perform the: David Maslanka, Symphony No. 4 for Symphonic Wind Ensemble
This piece is a musical example of a spontaneous force that gives rise of the impulse to shout for the joy of life.

The George Fox University Concert Choir and orchestra (under the direction of Loren Wenz) join forces to present Joseph Haydn's Missain Angustiis, (Mass in Times of Trouble) more commonly known as the Lord Nelson Mass.

Soloists for this work will be George Fox University voice faculty members: Ms. Maggie Daane, Ms. Cynthia McGladrey and Mr. Matthew Hayward. Tenor Soloist: will be Mr. Matthew Dolphin.

Spring Commencement Ceremonies - April 28

First ReunionCommencement is a great celebration time. For more information on our ceremonies this spring: Commencement Ceremony Information

Spring Bruin Athletics Schedule

GolfCome out and support Bruin Athletics and our players during our spring sports games. To see a list of all the games click here.

Golf Tournament - July 11

Golf TournamentJoin fellow golfers for the annual George Fox golf tournament at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. We are seeking sponsors and players for the tournament, which supports George Fox Athletics. Many sponsorship levels are available. For more information, visit


April 27th - Last Day of Exams

April 27th – For more information and to register online click here.

first reunion
Aspecial time of reflection and celebration
for the families and friends in honor of the
Graduating Class of 2012

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

Semiformal, by reservation only

April 28th – For more details on spring commencement click here.

Student FinancialServices – to watch for in April:

  • Returning student financial aid awards will begin to be available toview on MyGFU.
  • Complete required verification paperwork.
  • Graduating students need to complete Exit Loan Counseling for PerkinsLoans, Stafford Loans and the Teach Grant.
  • Accept your financial aid online at MyGFU.
  • Seminary students may apply for seminary scholarships through theapplication online.  Deadline is June 1.

Looking Ahead to the Fall:

August 27, 2012 – Fall Semester Starts

November 2-4, 2012 October 26-28, 2012 *NEW DATE* – Family Weekend

December 15, 2012-January 13, 2012 – Winter Break

January 14, 2012 – Spring Semester Starts

You might bookmark the university calendar for your own reference: click here.


To view a complete chapel schedule, click here.

April 2012

Spiritual Life Calendar for April

Chapels on Monday's and Wednesday's 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.
Chapel and other programs can be found online in MP3 and video format.


Where to Stay

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

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 Nancy Almquist at or 503.554.2114.

The Student Support Network

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 Prayer Group

Join us on campus to pray for our students, Thursday mornings 10am-11am, in the Hoover Hatfield Library (Hoover 104). (Thursdays except for: February 23rd, March 22nd, March 29th and April 19th.)

Sign up to receive the SFS News!

The Student Financial Services Office wants to give you access to all the information you need to successfully navigate through the financial aid and student payment process. To accomplish that goal, we have established the SFS News; a list of email addresses to whom we send brief alerts and announcements such as SFS due dates, financial aid policy information, calendar reminders, time-sensitive alerts, and other notifications.
Don't worry about our selling your email information or "spam". Our goal is succinct, timely and relevant communication and you can unsubscribe without any hassles!
By the way, if you choose to not subscribe, please be aware that with the beginning of this academic year, this is the primary communication tool SFS will be using. If you choose to not participate, you may miss out on critical information.

Click Here to Register!

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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