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September 2012

Investing in Students 

Robin Baker, President

This past weekend we welcomed almost 600 new students to the George Fox University campus! For the faculty and staff of George Fox this is our most exciting time of the year. We consider our work here a sacred trust. You have invested for many years in the formation of your daughters and sons and then you place them in a university setting where you want them to mature in their academic work and their faith. We take your investment seriously and it is our mission to hone your student's academic skills and to refine and mature their faith. We want to treat every student like he or she were our own child. More...

New Beginnings 

Dave Maurer, Parent Council 

This year I helped my son Zach get settled in Sutton Hall for his first year at George Fox. It has been fun to watch him adjust his plans while trying to meet his life goals. Maybe for the first time in his life he is making serious life-changing decisions on his own. He has made plans that didn't work out. He's gotten excited about rooming with some friends from high school. Zach has the opportunity to start his adult life, and I've been excited to watch and help him along that journey. More...  

Accreditation Alphabet Soup 

Patrick Allen, Provost 

In addition to our institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), George Fox University holds accreditation in 11 specific disciplinary programs: education, music, athletic training, social work, engineering, nursing, clinical psychology, business, counseling, physical therapy, and our seminary. Offering 11 accredited programs is a bit unusual for a university our size, and they are expensive to maintain. So, why do we do this? More...

Serve Day 

Meredith Dougherty, Serve Day Coordinator 

The 14th annual Serve Day occurred on Sept. 5 with 1,700 members of the George Fox community heading out to 84 service sites! From Portland to Independence, Newberg employees and students worked together to live out this year's Serve Day theme: "Simply Love." More...


Brian Gardner

Vice President of University Advancement

Wikinomics by Don Tapscott. From his study of both emerging and mature companies, Tapscott describes business and social enterprise where innovation occurs not only by collaboration within the organization, but also by external stakeholders who source and consume what the organization produces. Gaining outside perspective en masse is enabling faster, cheaper, and better products and services that is redefining competition and business process.  

Giving & Getting In The Kingdom by Mark Dillon. Dillon, my former boss at Wheaton, describes giving and asking in ways that encourages both the donor and the fundraiser's work and helps the reader understand how God values both the generous steward and the gracious solicitor in helping complete his earthly work through ministry organizations.  

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton. This makes my list in part because it makes the list of my 3-year old, Daniel, and because there is a super-fun interactive iPhone app by the same title that he and I enjoy reading together!

Lindsay Peterson  

Director of Undergraduate Admissions 

McKnight by David Wehr. The author is the parent of Alumna Caitlyn Littrell! It's been a great page-turner for the summer.  

The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.  

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer 

Steve Sherwood

Assistant Professor for Youth Evangelism and Discipleship

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Two African-American young men grow up less than a mile from one another in inner-city Baltimore. One goes on to be a Rhodes Scholar and the other is serving a life sentence in prison. They become friends and this is their stories.

Forsaken: The Trinity, The Cross and Why It Matters Where is God the Father as Jesus suffers on the cross? 
by Thomas McCall. This book explores how a robust understanding of the Trinity helps us better understand God's saving work at the cross.

You Lost Me by David Kinnaman. In spite of the high numbers of young people involved in the church as adolescents, over 50% have left by their late 20s. This book explores, via sociological research and interviews, some of the factors that lead to this and what the church could do about it.



Hall of Fame - September 15 

Three outstanding male athletes, an entire team of female athletes, and the "voice" of Bruin athletics make up the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012, the 17th group selected by the GFU Sports Hall of Fame Committee, which will be inducted in ceremonies on the Newberg campus on Saturday, Sept. 15. More... 


Homecoming & Family Weekend - October 26-28  

Sharing Our Stories


You are invited to come back to campus for a completely re-imagined weekend with both alumni and parents. The weekend will be filled with some exciting events, including the Coronation & Variety Show, reunions, lectures by current professors, the annual Family Weekend Luncheon with President Robin Baker, a kid-friendly tailgate party at the soccer games, the Alumni Awards Banquet, theatre and music performances, Family Weekend Bingo and much more! Whether you are coming back to campus to visit with old college friends, spend time with your student, or both, it will be a fun-filled weekend your whole family will enjoy. Click here to learn more.



Mid-Semester Holiday (no classes)
October 12

Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 26-28

Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22-23






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.





Parent Council Positions Available 
There are two freshmen parent representative positions still available in the Parent CouncilIf you would like an opportunity to have your voice heard on important issues relating to your student's university education, consider applying for membership to be on the Parent Council. To view the application click here.
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.

Fall Sports Calendars 
Wallet-sized fall season sports calendars are available and can be sent to you in the mail. To receive your copy, contact Mary Monahan at or 503.554.2134
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. 

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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