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Threshold 2016 - Required for All Incoming Masters Students

Note to masters students who start in spring 2016: You are required to attend Threshold in August even though you will have already been attending classes.


As a new student, Threshold is your first step into knowing and being known at Portlandl Seminary. This is your first opportunity to interact with faculty and your fellow new students; your first opportunity to tell your story and hear stories told. Threshold seeks to set the foundation of your seminary experience by fostering community and providing you with the tools and information necessary to successfully navigate through your time at Portland Seminary.

Attendance at Threshold is mandatory for all Local Learning Community (LLC) and Online Learning Community (OLC) students that are enrolled in master’s-level programs. Students who have started classes the 2016 Spring semester are required to attend as well.

Note: Doctor of Ministry (DMin) students have a separate orientation.


Before arriving on campus, please complete the Digital Orientation on FoxTale. Digital orientation opens after August 1st. For those so inclined, also feel free to start connecting with your fellow students the Community Life Facebook Group and like the Seminary Facebook page!

Threshold Sessions:

Meet & Greet: Start off your Threshold experience with an informal meet & greet session hosted by your Community Life Coordinators, Kristin and Sherwood!  

Faculty Presentations: This is your chance to get to know all the fantastic faculty members of George Fox Evangelical Seminary on a personal level beyond the classroom.

The Spiritual Journey: You’re embarking on a new journey of self-discovery and growth; we’ll spend a session preparing your for the personal growth that’s ahead.

PDX in PIX: Whether you’re a Portland native, or this is your first time in our fair city, this event will include something for everyone.  Discover new secrets in the city and capture stories of your teammates and some of Portland’s eclectic residents.  

The Nitty-Gritty: You’ll get the rundown on  the Registrar, Financial Services, the library and many other great services and offices here to help you sort out the details of your seminary journey.

And so much more…

What to Bring

  • Business casual clothing for 70-90 degree weather. (If you’re coming from the east coast, Portland’s “business casual” includes nice jeans.)
  • Laptop (a tablet will not be enough)
  • Walking shoes for several outdoor events.


Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

@ George Fox University's Portland Center 12753 SW 68th Ave. Room 285 Portland, OR 97223 Directions / Campus & Parking Map


Check in & Open House. (Arrive at any point in this timeframe)

  • Course advising available

  • Tour the building

  • Get your ID card

  • Meet student leaders

  • Light snacks served

  • Lunch for purchase at Simmer Down Cafe


Welcome & Overview

  • Meet the Dean

  • Introductions

  • Overview of student services



  • City-oriented team activity

  • Dinner at Portland’s famous food carts


Symposium Coffee House

  • Dessert  
  • Alumni presentation


Optional Team-Building Experience


Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

@ Life Change Church 3635 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97227



Breakfast & Devotional


Faculty Presentations


Lunch with Advisors


Faculty Presentations


Linked-In Workshop


Dinner & Group Activities

@ Dawson Park


Optional Team-Building Experience


Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

@ Riversgate Church 7634 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219



Breakfast & Devotional

  • With MaryKate Morse


Preparing for your GFES experience




Preparing your Spirit

Closing Thoughts

  • With A.J. Swoboda

*details subject to change


Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and lodging.

Meals provided are:
  • Tuesday - dinner
  • Wednesday - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Thursday - breakfast and lunch

Event Contacts

John Regier
Associate Director of MA Programs
Phone: 503-554-6035

Sara Reamy
Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Dean
Phone: 503-554-6150

Kristin Hamilton
Student Life Leader

"Sherwood" Sherwood
Student Life Leader
Phone: 503-554-6035

Please RSVP for Threshold: