Parent Perspectives - A Monthly Newsletter for George Fox Parents

January 2013



Reflections on my student's communication ...

Dave Johnstone, Associate Dean of Students
Director of Residence Life

When reflecting on student-parent communication during college years, I thought of how expectations and means have changed over the years. When I was a student, I saw my family about every few months. My other family interaction was my grandfather calling every 10 days to make sure I was eating, sleeping and alive. Nowadays, my high-school children fire out texts multiple times a day, post blogs, Skype with friends, and are active in multi-player games. I find out more about their lives through their Facebook posts. With their busy lives of classes, studies, sports, work and youth group, talking face-to-face is a treat. More...


New Semester, Fresh Start

Rick Muthiah, Dean of Learning Support Services
One of the wonderful things about the academic schedule is that there are new beginnings every few months. Students, parents, faculty and staff get to "reset," to start over, to build on what is past with hopes of even better things to come. The spring semester happens to come on the heels of turning of the calendar to a new year, often a time for reflection on the past and setting goals - or resolutions - for the future. As your child prepares for the new semester, encourage reflection on last semester, then contemplate how he or she might take step forward toward becoming more fully the person that God made him or her to be. Here are some reflection questions you might consider with your student: More...


About Career Services and Your Emerging Professional

Bonnie Jerke, Director Career Services

Sometimes it is difficult to see the road ahead.  I was blinded by wind-driven snow and darkness as I actually drove into a snow-filled ditch during a blizzard in eastern MT over semester break.  I had not been in a ditch for some time, and this was quite disconcerting.  All of a sudden, my world and thoughts became quite focused.  Of course I couldn't maneuver my way out and was less prepared for this event than I should have been.  What and where were my resources?  Although I hope the events that shape your students' lives are not quite so dramatic, it is so critical to know what and where one's resources are in order to move along the "career" road safely and in control.  Thank God, my dear nephew's home was within walking distance and he was able to rescue me.  He was well-prepared as he had rescued the Schwann man not too long before.  Think of it this way:  Career Services is within "walking distance" for your students as they encounter questions and needs related to their own career development.  I hope they will engage with us as they find their best futures.  The following is a description of what we have to offer them: More...

Books on the Nightstand


Jane Sweet
Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology


Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships by Carl Medearis


Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza


North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill


While pondering my very different book choices it struck me that there is a similarity in these books in that each deals with a divide between groups of people, whether Muslims vs. Christians, Tutsi vs. Hutus, or business owners vs. workers.  Satan, our enemy, seeks to divide, create walls, and validate reasons for discord. Lord, please "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."


Bruin Madness III - This SATURDAY - February 2, 2013
Newberg Campus - Klages Dining Room and Wheeler Sports Center

4-5:30 p.m. - Indoor Tailgate Party Dinner
4-11 p.m. - Bruin Grounds Coffee Shop open with Bruin Madness specials
5:45 p.m. - Women's Basketball Senior Night & Game
7:45 p.m. - Men's Basketball Senior Night & Game
10 p.m. - Students' PostGame Blow Out, Young Alumni Night at Abby's, Bruin Grounds Coffee Shop open until 11 p.m.
Bring your family and join parents, students, alumni and other fans for amazingly delicious tailgate fare and exciting activities at the Indoor Tailgate Party Dinner and KidZone...get your face-painted, make a poster to cheer on the team and you can even compete with a friend in the bungee basketball competition! Students on the meal plan get in with their regular meal card so it is a dinner they look forward to each year. Then head off to Miller Gymnasium to cheer on the Bruins as they take on the Linfield Wildcats in a doubleheader. This is the last conference home game for the Bruins and the annual senior night for the teams.
Pre-register for for the Indoor Tailgate Party ($8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under) and get your tickets to the game FREE! Last day to pre-register is Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Visit or call Alumni & Parent Relations at 503.554.2134. 
Important Dates


Bruin Madness III
February 2, 2013

George Fox Day of Prayer
March 9, 2013
Spring Break
March 23-31, 2013
For a look at future 2013-2014 dates click here.
Spiritual Life



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.


To view a complete chapel schedule, visit the Office of Spiritual Life's website and click on Spiritual Life Calendar.

Homecoming & Family Weekend T-Shirts 
FOR SALE - $4 EACH (includes shipping) 
We have some t-shirts from Homecoming & Family Weekend available for purchase. They are $4 each and this price includes the cost of shipping. Click on the photo to the right to view a larger picture of some of our students wearing the shirts. Click here to place your order for shirts or call 
Alumni & Parent Relations at 503.554.2134. 
Available while supplies last.
Sizes available: Youth M, L, Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL
Photos from Homecoming & Family Weekend online
Visit to view photos from Homecoming & Family Weekend. 
If you have photos from the weekend that you would like to share, feel free to post them on the George Fox Parents Facebook page. 
Where to Stay 
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. Click here.
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. 
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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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