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Miller on mentors

As a young man, Don Miller’s father left his family and checked out of his son’s life. Consequently, Miller (left), author of Blue Like Jazz, To Own a Dragon, and other books, grew to understand the pivotal role mentors can play in young people’s lives.

Don MillerStudies show that 85 percent of people in prison grew up without a father. Without the benefit of male role models and mentors who stepped in at key moments in his life, Miller says he too might have ended up in prison.

At this year’s Kaleo conference, Miller will advise mentors of youth by drawing on his own experiences of helpful and unsuccessful mentoring relationships. In its third year, the conference targets people who work with youth - pastors, parents, teachers, and friends.

Miller, keynote speaker, will share how mentors can turn experiences - good or bad - into opportunities that show young people how to bring Christ into their struggles. He also will encourage people of all ages to seek mentors for themselves.

"Even today, I meet with men who pray for me and challenge me," says Miller, who lives in Portland. "These men have been called specifically by God to act as father figures in my life, and I accept their love and encouragement as provision from God."

Last year’s Kaleo conference drew about 180 people. The upcoming event, to be held in Bauman Auditorium, is expected to draw an even larger crowd.

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Getting on board

The university’s board of trustees welcomes five new members this fall.

Pat Anderson is the retired provost of Fresno Pacific University and Azusa Pacific University. She holds a doctorate from Claremont Graduate School.

Scott Conant, human resources manager for SP Newsprint in Newberg, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Thomas College and attended Houston Graduate School of Theology.

Greg Goodwin of Vancouver, Wash., is president and chief executive officer of Kuni Automotive, which operates 10 auto dealerships in four Western states.

Truman Stone, an attorney with Brown, Tarlow, Bridges and Palmer in Newberg, has been active on the boards of Chehalem Youth and Family Services and the university’s Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries.

David Woolsey, owner of Mainstream Motors in Newberg, earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from George Fox in 1968 and did postgraduate work at University of Oregon.

By the numbers

The second-largest freshman class in history helped the university set a record for traditional undergraduate enrollment (1,633) this fall. The total represented a 3 percent hike over the fall of 2005 and propelled George Fox to its second-largest overall enrollment total in history (3,185).

Including the degree-completion students, the university enrolled 1,873 undergraduates. Another 1,312 were enrolled in graduate programs.

A freshman class of 417 students came from 19 states and four countries, and 22 percent were from non- Caucasian ethnic backgrounds. The majors most popular among freshmen are elementary education, business, nursing, engineering, and biology.

New boss in Boise

The retirement of Glenn Moran last summer resulted in administrative changes at the Boise Center.

Christina Linder, an assistant professor in the center’s MAT program, assumed Moran’s position as director. She has been at George Fox as an adjunct instructor since 2003, when she became primary instructor for the Management and Organizational Leadership Program.

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