Parent Perspectives - A Monthly Newsletter for George Fox Parents

October 2012



Homecoming & Family Weekend Just A Few Weeks Away
Evangeline Pattison, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
It's hard to believe that fall is here and we're already cruising our way through October. We're just three weeks away from Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 26-28. This is the first year we've combined the two events into one weekend, bringing together families of George Fox students and alumni to campus for a weekend of great activities and meaningful times to connect with one another. With more than 30 activities to choose from, your family will find something to fit everyone's interests. We hope that you are able to join your student and other families on campus for the festivities. More...


"One of the few chances your life will offer..."

David M. Johnstone, Associate Dean of Students   

Some years ago walking onto campus with orientation events swirling around me, I noticed a young man sitting under a tree by himself. At first I thought he just needed some space to process this sensory overload. But as I looked closer, I could see the anxiety and shock on his face. He was immersed in a new environment with a myriad of unfamiliar things unfolding around him. As the classic Watership Down describes rabbits facing danger, this young man had gone "tharn." He was paralyzed and unsure. More...  


Fall Sports Update

Craig Taylor, Director of Athletics 

While the more relaxed rhythm of summer break has given way to a more frenetic fall semester pace, it is great to have our students back on campus. Approximately 300 student-athletes will make up fifteen sports teams during the 2012-2013 academic year. New head coaches Randy Dalzell (Men's and Women's Cross Country) and Luis Del Rio (Men's Soccer) have joined the Bruin family and have already begun investing in the lives of our student-athletes. More...

Supporting Student Success: Focus on Learning, not Grades 

Rick Muthiah, Dean of Learning Support Services  

I frequently meet with students who express high anxiety over test-taking, either because they have difficulty learning course content or because they experience a mental block when they sit down to take the test.  Our conversation generally winds its way to one of my most repeated phrases: Focus on learning, not on grades.  I drive home this point with any individual or group I meet with to talk about academic success:  Whether on tests, papers, homework, or projects, I practically beg students to exert their effort on the learning process and to let go of any fixation on grades.  A funny thing happens for those who invest in learning - they generally end up with good grades, too.  Conversely, students can get an A in a class without learning much from the course. More...
Books on the Nightstand


Hank Helsabeck
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences 

Prayer: Does it make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey. Yancey speaks into my condition in so many of his writings. In Prayer, he faces into the challenges of praying faithfully and with faith. As I experience the disappointments of unanswered prayer, Yancey helps me go deeper in my prayer life. Prayer has become a very important part of my faith walk.


Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. Rohr's Falling Upward also speaks to my current condition. He articulates the two halves of the life of faith in which the first half is the time in which we define ourselves and achieve and perform, and the second half is when the challenges and failings and sufferings encourage us to go deeper. Rohr gives his reader an understanding that these heartbreaks and disappointments are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.  


The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan ChittisterChittister's Gift of Years was an ideal follow-up to Rohr's book. She invites her readers to embrace the blessings of older age. She presents a compelling case for how deeply rewarding this chapter of life can be, both for the aging person and the world around her as she enriches others by sharing her wisdom. These are the "capstone" years and a time of becoming more fully alive than ever. As I face retirement, I am both encouraged and challenged by her words.

Sarah Gibson  
Assistant Professor of Media Communications 

Movie: Blue Like Jazz (2012)

During a crisis of faith, nineteen-year-old Don Miller (Marshall Allman) leaves his conservative Christian life in Texas to attend Reed College in Oregon. Deemed the most godless campus in America, Reed College gives Don an escape from his Christian background and forces him to reevaluate his own faith. Based on the book by Donald Miller and directed by Steve Taylor, this coming to faith film is now available on DVD. Rated: PG-13  


Brenda Burg
Executive Assistant to the Dean of Instruction

The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila LukinsI love this national acclaimed  cookbook especially for its chocolate recipes, and historic, and fun tips.

Cooks Illustrated, America's Test Kitchen
This is a more scientific way of cooking that gives chemical reasons for why things work or don't as well wonderful recipes. It also compares products like Consumer Reports does. There are no advertisements. The illustrations are hand drawn in black and white. The cover is always beautifully drawn usually in color. Our entire household looks forward to the day this arrives in the mail each month.

Finding the Hearts True Home by Richard FosterThis book has been very encouraging for me by helping me understand how, why and when I pray. It's sensitive and tender, as well as teaching and helping the reader understand their own experiences of prayer. It has places to practice new forms of prayer from the simple one word prayer of 'help' to unceasing prayer. This book is one to be read again and again.



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.


The Servant of Two Masters
by Carlo Goldonit
The George Fox University Theater Department's Fall Classic Comedy
Fun for the whole family

Directed by CarlosAlexis Cruz

Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. 

Buy Tickets


Christmas Concert "Star of Wonder, Star of Light"
December 7-9
Welcome the Christmas season with the festive sounds of the George Fox University music department's annual Christmas concert, "Star of Wonder, Star of Light." More than 175 student musicians celebrate the Christmas season through the singing of familiar carols, new arrangements of traditional Christmas music, narration, and Scripture reading.
Dec. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Buy Tickets 


Important Dates


Mid-Semester Holiday (no classes)
October 12, 2012

Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 26-28, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22-23, 2012
Christmas Holiday
December 15, 2012 - January 13, 2013

George Fox Day of Prayer
March 9, 2013
Bruin Madness 3
February 2, 2013
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.



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. 
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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,
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