Parent Perspectives - A Monthly Newsletter for George Fox Parents

december 2012



When College Students Come Home For the Holidays

Ruth Baker, Parent Council

Christmas is full of special traditions in my family, including decorating, baking and hosting a Christmas open house on the first Sunday of December. My daughters and I look forward to putting up the Dickens Christmas Village and decorating the tree, which is always quite a project. Baking Christmas sugar cookies, fudge, peppermint patties and Muddy Buddies always keep us busy in the kitchen. Hosting the open house is a wonderful time to meet with many from our George Fox community and begin the season of celebration together. But sometimes we get so busy in the celebration that we miss the true worship of the Christ child.  More...


Home Away From Home

Brandon Baker, 2007 & 2011 Alum
I came to George Fox as a freshman in the fall of 2003. I spent my entire youth in the arid state of Arizona and, before that summer, had never been away from home for more than two weeks. The summer of 2003 was supposed to be my "breaking away" moment - the pivotal situation in which I would strike out on my own and start molding my adult self. I spent the summer of that year at a conference center in northern California and, to put it mildly, I was miserable the entire summer. After two weeks away from home I was missing my parents and sister (I was lucky enough to have my brother and future sister-in-law on staff at the same camp), missing my high school friends, and missing the familiarity of my 18 years of life in Arizona. By the time I made it through the summer and met my parents to head to Oregon to start college, I was already done with George Fox. Yet, I went. More...


The Task of Feeding 1200 Students Daily

Denny Lawrence, General manager of Bon Appetit at George Fox

Bon Appétit is a national award-winning food service provider for George Fox University, charged with feeding more than 1,200 undergraduate students on a daily basis. It's a job we are so blessed and honored to fulfill. We recognize the great power and importance of food. Dining rooms are gathering places, and breaking bread together helps to create that sense of community we value so greatly here at Fox.  



After Hours Networking Event on Campus "A Great Success"

Terry Christopherson, Parent Council 

Thanks to Bonnie Jerke and her staff in Career Services, GFU students are learning the critical importance of career networking. On the Friday evening of Family Weekend, Professional Activities Intern Melissa Newton did a wonderful job organizing and conducting "After Hours: Networking for the Emerging Professional" to provide an opportunity for students to talk with parent-professionals about what it takes to succeed in today's workplace. More...  

Books on the Nightstand


Polly Peterson
Adjunt Writing Instructor

A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

A semi-autobiographical story set in America in the late 1930s/early 1940s, A Christmas Story does an amazing job of depicting the "other" side of Christmas - snow, friends, family dynamics and PRESENTS! Even though it is set in the '40s, it reminds me of my childhood in the '70s. It is timeless and funny. 


The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) by Robert FrostOne December, years back, my book group decided to read Frost's poetry instead of a novel. I loved the opportunity to experience the images and feelings of verse, rather than the demands of a novel. This particular collection is small and inexpensive, and easy to pick up and experience when time is limited.


Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition - 2006 by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer. So engrossing, I go back to it over and over again (SMILE). Actually, the way Joy of Cooking is designed fits perfectly with how I use recipes. It explains the background behind ingredients and methods, and provides a "process" rather than a "list" approach to cooking. Because I do a lot of cooking over the Christmas break, I find that using this book teaches me about the world of cooking again and again.



Debby O'Kelley  

Assistant to the Director of Plant Services

Christmas At Our House, Family Holiday Traditions written and illustrated by Donna Green. It is filled with wonderful holiday traditions, recipes, stories, poetry, and fantastic Christmas illustrations. But most of all, it is a place to keep one's own family traditions, recipes and memories. It contains open lines where you can record your favorite Christmas memory or a tradition passed down from your family history. I have received many precious hours reflecting over this book, and I'm sure it will pass down through generations to come.


A Christmas Candle by Max LucadoIt is a story about an angel's visit to a candlemaker starting in the year 1664 and continuing throughout his family. Every 25 years the angel visits and lights one candle in the shop. The candlemaker gives the candle away to someone and a miracle always follows. It is a story of hope, miracles and God's never-ending love.


One Silent Night by Janice ChaffeeIt tells of a typical mother, a pastor's wife, and the normal everyday struggles of family life, and how God gives second chances in the midst of our troubles. It reflects on those troubles that seem so much harder at Christmas time. My favorite line in this story is, "I don't have to cook and decorate well to impress God. Christmas is not about me doing stuff but about what God did for me."



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. If you have specific questions, contact Alumni & Parent Relations at 503.554.2134 or
Save The Date - Bruin Madness III - February 2, 2013
Newberg Campus - Klages Dining Room and Wheeler Sports Center
4-5:30 p.m. - Tailgate Party
5:45 p.m. - Women's Basketball Game & Senior Night
7:45 p.m. - Men's Basketball Game & Senior Night
Bring your family and join other parents, students, alumni, community members and other fans for amazingly delicious tailgate fare and exciting activities at the Indoor Tailgate Party Dinner and KidZone. Then head off to Miller Gymnasium to cheer on the Bruins as they take on Linfield in a doubleheader. Watch for more information on this exciting event soon!
Important Dates


Midyear Commencement Ceremony
December 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. Wheeler Sports Center.
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
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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Send your student a care package
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