Parent Perspectives - A Monthly Newsletter for George Fox Parents

november 2012



Be Mindful of How the Lord Has Blessed You This Thanksgiving

Ruth Baker, Parent Council
I want to introduce myself and let you know how thankful I am to be working with the Parent Council this year. My name is Ruth Baker, and I have two kids here at George Fox - a senior and a sophomore - along with a senior in high school who is planning on attending GFU next year. I also happen to be married to the president of the university, Robin Baker. When I was asked to help with the newsletter I was hesitant because my passion is teaching elementary school. I substitute teach in kindergarten through fifth grade in Newberg when I have the chance, but writing has never been something I enjoyed. Typically, I ask others in the GFU community to write articles to contribute, but this month it was my turn. More...



When 'Over the River and Through the Woods' is Too Far Away

Jere Witherspoon, Executive Assistant, Student Life 

My first year of college was spent in Southern California. Cottage Grove, Ore., was too far away for a visit home over that short holiday weekend. Luckily, I had an aunt and uncle who lived a short distance from Azusa in Thousand Oaks.

I was thrilled to get an invitation for a home-cooked meal. Not only was she a fun aunt, she was a fantastic chef. As I recall, we feasted on homemade couscous and goose that Thanksgiving. I also recall that, during my high school years, my parents hosted international college students in our home during the holidays. It is a memory that will stay with me for a lifetime. More...  




Greetings from the Spiritual Life Office

Rusty St. Cyr, Associate Pastor for Ministry and Service

I'd like to share some info on our Summer Serve program, which consists of four distinct "SpiLgrimages" - three- and four-week trips that are heavily exposure-based and discipleship-oriented in their design. These experiential ministry opportunities are not intended as "work projects to solve poverty" or to "convert the world." What we seek is to experience and serve Christ through cultural immersion, come-alongside-partnerships, and mutual spiritual transformation opportunities for student "pilgrims," for the reputable Christian organizations we work with, and for the indigenous hosts we come alongside. We are essentially seeking through the Summer Serve program to "love God and our global neighbors in the name and in the way of Jesus." More...

Why All the Emphasis on 'Diversity'? 

Joel Perez, Dean of Inclusion and Student Leadership Programs,
Chief Diversity Officer

"Diversity" has been a buzzword for a long time in higher education. I am sure that many of you have heard that term being used. What does it mean and why is it so important? Diversity can mean a lot of things to different people. When we use that term at George Fox, we are talking about ethnic/racial, first generation, socio-economic status, gender, and seen and unseen disabilities.  More...



Students Have an Advocate in the Health and Counseling Center 

Bill Buhrow, Dean of Student Services, Director of Health and Counseling 

The GFU Health and Counseling Service (HCC) is focused on providing the university community with integrated, expert medical and mental health services that promote physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health, so students may achieve their highest personal growth and intellectual success leading to graduation. More...

Books on the Nightstand


Ted Allen
Executive Vice President of Finance Operations 

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. 

Jesus Calling is a daily devotional that continually helps me deal with the everyday ups and downs of life. There have been many times when the devotionals and Scripture for the day have inspired me through challenging circumstances.


Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring. Christensen and Eyring provide an interesting perspective on how to view higher education in a new light. They address issues such as how do we continue to do what we do well while we also explore new ways of operating more efficiently and effectively.


Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. This is a fascinating historical look into the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination and the long-term impact that this event has had on America. 



Sarita Gallagher  
Assistant Professor of Religion

God's Smuggler by John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill and Brother Andrew.

A fascinating true story, God's Smuggler shares the journey of a young Dutch factory worker who was led to courageously transport Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. An ex-soldier who gave his life to Christ, Brother Andrew's story displays the miraculous ways in which God leads individuals and communities to share the good news of Christ around the world.


A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle.

If you love good food, the warm sun and France, you will love this book. Witty and heartfelt, Peter Mayle introduces the reader to the delightful quirks of daily living in rural Provence.


A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

Simply a good read, Bryson's book about adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail allows you to enjoy the author's wildlife encounters, strange trail fellows, and arduous mountain climbs without the normally required three-month hike!  



Cheri Hampton
Administrative Assistant, Visual Arts Department

Sanctuary of the Soul, Journey into Meditative Prayer by Richard J. Foster. This book describes in many ways the path for deep spiritual connection of our heart to the heart of God. Foster uses Scripture, personal experiences and teachings of those who have gone before us to develop as the title of one chapter describes as, "A Familiar Friendship with Jesus." The book is clearly written and aptly titled as to draw us into a place of rest and renewal.


The Other Wes Moore, One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. 

I wanted to read this book because it was recommended to the incoming students to George Fox this year. I found it intriguing and respectful to both Wes Moore families. He intertwined the two stories and, after an epilogue, included a call for action. The book made me feel sad, yet hopeful with how vision and resources are being directed to create greater awareness and promise.


Seeking the Heart of God Reflections on Prayer by Mother Teresa & Brother Roger. 

I'm in the middle of this devotional book featuring alternated writings by Mother Teresa and Brother Roger (from the Taize community). They complement each other in teaching both the love of Christ with the inward life and work of the heart and the call of Christ with the outward life and work of the hands. 




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 
Midyear Commencement Lunch - December 15
11:30 AM - 1 PM Klages Dining Room, Newberg Campus
If you have a student graduating this December, you and your family are invited to attend the special Midyear Commencement Lunch just prior to the graduation ceremony. Your graduating student's ticket is complimentary from the Alumni Association. All other guest tickets are $12 each. It will be a special time of reflection, sharing and fellowship for graduates, families and faculty in honor of the December graduating class of 2012. A formal invitation for this event will be coming to you in the mail shortly. If you have specific questions, contact Alumni & Parent Relations at 503.554.2134 or
Oregon Ballet Theatre's: The Nutcracker   Nutcracker
Discounted GFU Ticket Night - December 15 
7:30PM Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
Come watch the Nutcracker with the George Fox Community. All seats are in the front rows of the middle sections of the first balcony. Tickets are $58 each (40% off the retail price of $102.70). Visit to buy your tickets. Last day to purchase is November 11, 2012. 
Important Dates


Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22-25, 2012
Midyear Commencement Ceremony
December 15, 2012 at 2 p.m.
No tickets are required; however, graduates are asked to limit guests to no more than 10. 

Christmas Holiday
December 15, 2012 - January 13, 2013

MLK Jr. Holiday
January 21, 2013

Bruin Madness III
February 2, 2013

George Fox Day of Prayer
March 9, 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.

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.

Winter Sports Calendars 
Wallet-sized winter 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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