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Just Married

Julie Bitar (G91) and Ryan Zook, Dec. 29, 2007, in Portland.

Josie Smith (G98) and Glover Weiss, June 28, 2008, in Leavenworth, Wash.

Rachel Huang (G00) and Wen-Cheng Tseng, Feb. 23, 2008, in Taoyvan, Taiwan.

Kelly McCabe (G01) and Ted Hansen, Oct. 20, 2007, in Seattle.

Julia Smith (G01) and Nathan Cooley, Feb. 23, 2008, in Portland.

Jennifer Gale (G02) and Scott Angus, Sept. 22, 2007, in Portland.

Kendra Heinrichs (G02, MEd06) and Mark Jones, Nov. 9, 2007, in Beaverton, Ore.

Pamela Mattson (G02) and Jonathan Melot (G02), Dec. 1, 2007, in Vail, Colo.

Kyle Pfeiffer (G02) and Rama Miller, March 26, 2008, in Maui, Hawaii.

Heidi Stuelpnagel (G02) and Nick Amrine, May 9, 2008, in Kings Beach, Calif.

Sarah Dorsey (G03) and Charles Parsons, Sept. 22, 2007, in Portland.

Matthew Burg (G04) and Megan Ankeny, June 21, 2008, in Newberg.

Katherine Grabner (G04) and Micah Briedwell, Jan. 18, 2008, in McMinnville, Ore.

Matthew Johnson (G04) and Sarah Jackson, Dec. 15, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash.

David Panther (G04) and Cami Davis, April 5, 2008, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Daniel Predoehl (G05) and Jennifer Harlow, March 8, 2008, in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Haley Stapleton (G05) and Josh Liston, June 23, 2007, in McMinnville, Ore.

Cory Crooks (G06) and Andrew Imhof, June 30, 2007, in Salem, Ore.

Holly Dobbeck (G06) and Greg Giesbrecht, May 23, 2008, in Newberg.

Arlund Kunz (SPS06) and Wanda Callahan, June 7, 2008, in Bend, Ore.

Travis Lund (G06) and Eva-Lynn Johnson (G07), July 20, 2008, in Colton, Ore.

Kayla Morgan (G06) and Joshua Mitchell, Dec. 28, 2007 in Beaverton, Ore.

Stefanie Philips (G06) and Michael Stern, July 13, 2008, in Silverton, Ore.

Matthew Steenslid (MAT06) and Arin McCoy, July 28, 2007, in Keizer, Ore.

Zachary Bascom (G08) and Lindsay Waring (G08), June 7, 2008, in Bend, Ore.

Kathryn Galloway (G08) and Dennis Caudle, May 25, 2008, in Eugene, Ore.

Kelsie Howell (G08) and Shawn McKenzie (G08), June 7, 2008, in Tualatin, Ore.

Melissa Marek-Farris (G08) and Andrew Martin (student), May 31, 2008, in Salem, Ore.

Baby Bruins

Debbie (Luther) McMillin (G91) and Phil McMillin, a boy, Joshua Lee, Dec. 15, 2007, in Portland.

Jennifer (Brownlee) Sinclair (G91) and Pete Sinclair, a boy, Samuel John, July 25, 2007, in Portland, and a girl, Kayla Leloney, born June 8, 2005, in Seattle, adoption being finalized.

Megan (Heasley) Cutter (G92) and Denis Cutter, a girl, Esther Elizabeth, Dec. 30, 2007, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Tammy (Morris) Heerwagen (G92) and Eric Heerwagen, a boy, Timmy Myeong-bo, Oct. 22, 2007, in Seoul, South Korea, adopted May 30, 2008, in Beaverton, Ore.

Sergio Mendoza (G92) and Adriana Mendoza, a girl, Vanesa Nicté, June 1, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Mark Pothoff (G93) and Olivia (Fromdahl) Pothoff (G00), a girl, Kaselyn Rose, Oct. 23, 2007, in Clackamas, Ore.

José Vargas (G93) and Angela (Bixel) Vargas (MA06), a girl, Araceli Rose, April 10, 2008, in Newberg.

Jenny (Davis) Duquette (G94) and Jon Duquette, a girl, Lucy Jean, Dec. 16, 2007, in Portland.

Dana (Wright) Klinkner (G94) and Shawn Klinkner (G97), a boy, Josiah Seth, Dec. 15, 2007, in Portland.

Sally (Johnson) Moore (G95) and Kent Moore, a boy, Finley Patrick, March 7, 2008, in Newberg.

Tomoko (Araki) Mori (G95) and Yoichi Mori, a boy, Kishin Joyous, June 13, 2008, in Newberg.

Bryan Boyd (G96) and Kim (Tirrill) Boyd (G96), a girl, Sara Uriza, May 25, 2008, in Key West, Fla., adopted May 28 in Key West, Fla.

Sara (Scanlon) Brown (G96) and Roby Brown, a boy, Kieran ­­­­Scott, May 13, 2008, in Austin, Texas.

Amy (Smith) Karjala (G96) and Aaron Karjala, a girl, Abigail Lynn, June 24, 2008, in Newberg.

Lori (Mills) Thune (G96) and Derrick Thune, a boy, Zachary Raymond, June 17, 2008, in Portland.

Ryan Chaney (G97) and Kristin (Oelrich) Chaney (G98), a boy, Treyson Micah, June 8, 2008, in Salem, Ore.

Alison (Kilpatrick) Craker (G97, MA02) and Brian Craker (G08), a boy, Tyler Edson, Jan. 19, 2008, in Portland.

Laura (Johnson) Joubert (G97, MAT98) and Michael Joubert, a girl, Katelyn Marie, Aug. 30, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash.

Melissa (Thomas) Laninga (G97) and Nathaniel Laninga (G97), a boy Niekolaas “Cole” Thomas, Aug. 1, 2007, in Silverton, Ore.

Jennifer (Hawkins) Maurer (G97, MAT98) and Bernard Maurer, a boy, Benjamin Ian, July 24, 2007, in Raleigh, N.C.

Elissa (Anderegg) Vanlandingham (G97, MAT00) and Robert Vanlandingham (n99), a girl, Amelia Hope, Sept. 10, 2007, in Corvallis, Ore.

Caleb Williams (G97) and Kara (Fouts) Williams (G98, MAT01), a girl, Elisabeth Autumn, March 19, 2008, in Salem, Ore.

Tabitha (Hewitt) Burgtorf (G98) and Marshall Burgtorf, a boy, Noah Brennan, June 23, 2007, in Bend, Ore.

Kimberly (Johnson) Evans (G98, MAT00) and David Evans, a boy, Jack David, Jan. 18, 2008, in Kirkland, Wash.

Ken Gilmore (G98) and Corrie (Hoenhous) Gilmore (G99), a girl, Kylie Elizabeth, Nov. 25, 2007, in Hillsboro, Ore.

Felicia (Marsolini) Handley (G98) and Trevor Handley (G98), a girl, Jillian Louise, May 5, 2008, in Bellevue, Wash.

Tim Hanson (G98) and Jennifer Hanson, a boy, Cole David, Oct. 26, 2007, in Corvallis, Ore.

Josh Howery (G98) and Sherilyn (Gerig) Howery (G00), a girl, Eva Gabriella, May 28, 2008, in Newberg.

Stephanie (Jones) Teahn (G98) and Munty Teahn, a girl, Samantha Kristine Favor, May 21, 2008, in McMinnville, Ore.

Kelly (Lyda) Alvarez (n99) and Alejandro Alvarez, a girl, Analia Jeanne, Sept. 3, 2007, in Hillsboro, Ore.

Nate Kuske (G99) and Jenny (Freeman) Kuske (G01), a girl, Anna Marie, Dec. 28, 2007, in Silverdale, Wash.

Michael Moody (G99) and Carolynn Moody, a girl, Eliana ­­­­Grace, March 4, 2008, in Kirkland, Wash.

Cory Morgan (G99) and Tiffany (Smith) Morgan (G00), a boy, Isaac John, Jan. 11, 2008, in Portland.

Marshall Pickens (G99, MAT00) and Stacy (Frazier) Pickens (G00), a boy, Liam Jesse, Jan. 8, 2008, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Benjamin Smith (G99) and Heidi Smith, a girl, Grace Elizabeth, Oct. 2, 2007, in Germany.

Jonathan Williams (G99) and Carol (Walter) Williams (G01), a boy, Eilam Wendell, Feb. 21, 2008, in Big Rapids, Mich.

Eric Beasley (G00) and Kareena Beasley (G02), a girl, Alina Elizabeth, April 22, 2008, in Newberg.

Teddi (VanHooser) Bledsoe (G00) and David Bledsoe, a boy, Colt McCray, Jan. 23, 2008, in Boise, Idaho.

Heather (Irvine) Borin (MAT00) and Brian Borin (MDiv01), a girl, Kenna Lee, Feb. 19, 2008, in Clackamas, Ore.

Nate McIntyre (G00) and Kim McIntyre, a boy, Calum Michael, Feb. 19, 2008, in Portland.

Melissa (Heuberger) Nisly (G00) and Ryan Nisly, twin girls, Adie Lee and Eliza Mae, Nov. 25, 2007, in Salem, Ore.

Wendy Pool (G00, MAT01) and Marc Pool, a boy, Bain Emerson, Dec. 10, 2007, in Brownsville, Ore.

Debra (Ross) Taylor (G00) and Seth Taylor, a boy, Joel James, April 7, 2008, in Madras, Ore.

Sarah (Rush) Van Dermyden (G00) and Kevin Van Dermyden, a boy, Boyd Harold, April 9, 2008, in Visalia, Calif.

Janet (DeYoung) Wright (G00) and Aaron Wright (G01), twin boys, Thomas Nelson and Benjamin Howard, Dec. 12, 2007, in San Diego.

Amy (Forbes) Arnold (G01, MA03) and Forrest Arnold (G01), a boy, Ephraim Alvis, April 4, 2008, in Renton, Wash.

Megan (Luginbill) Fisher (G01) and Troy Fisher, a boy, Asa Troy, Feb. 14, 2008, in Boise, Idaho.

Erin (Shank) Kingsley (G01) and Matthew Kingsley, a girl, Sylvia Grace, May 28, 2008, in Lone Tree, Colo.

Neil Cantrall (G02) and Kelsey (Baron) Cantrall (G03), a boy, Elliott Edward, Dec. 14, 2007, in Lima, Peru.

Travis Creason (G02) and Traci (Dawson) Creason (G03), a boy, Gabriel Travis, Dec. 24, 2007, in Beaverton, Ore.

Ryan Dearinger (G02) and Jessica (Nelson) Dearinger (G04), a girl, Taylor Ann, April 8, 2008, in Salt Lake City.

Betsy (Walker) Dixon (G02) and Kyle Dixon (G02), a girl, Brooklyn Kate, Oct. 11, 2007, in Eugene, Ore.

Katherine DuPriest (MA02) and Matthew DuPriest (MA02), a girl, Naomi Grace, March 27, 2007, in Portland.

Benjamin Friesen (G02) and Angela (Nichols) Friesen (G03), a girl, Elizabeth Ann, May 7, 2008, in Moscow, Idaho.

Carly (Page) Greenland (G02) and Nate Greenland (G02), a boy, Caleb Adrian, Sept. 5, 2007, in Everett, Wash.

Nathan Paisley (G02) and Melissa (McKenzie) Paisley (G03), a girl, Megan McKenzie Rose, July 3, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sarah (Powell) Sanders (G02) and Phil Sanders, a girl, Keilah Naomi, July 25, 2007, in Salem, Ore.

Tanis (Culver) Trapp (G02) and Scott Trapp, a boy, Dylan Lewis, Nov. 21, 2007, in Snohomish, Wash.

Emily (Martinez) Brent-Fulps (G03) and Evan Brent-Fulps, a boy, Brandon Russell, May 30, 2008, in Portland.

Abigail (Foster) Harris (G03, MAT05) and Andrew Harris (G04), a girl, Adelaide Ann, April 14, 2008, in Portland.

Ben McGarry (G03) and Chelsea (Philips) McGarry (G04), a boy, Alek James, March 19, 2008, in Bend, Ore.

Angela (Woods) Pearson (G03) and Lewis Pearson, a boy, Samuel Kiyoshi, March 19, 2008, in Waco, Texas.

Ursa Shaw (MAT03) and Jay Shaw, a boy, Henry Jay, June 12, 2008, in Newberg.

Corrine (Buttrick) Strandy (G04) and Zach Strandy (G04), a girl, Abigail Cynthia, May 8, 2008, in Spokane, Wash.

Casey Baker (MAT05) and Angela Baker, a boy, Harold Thomas Audubon, May 25, 2008, in Lincoln City, Ore.

Robert Gaslin (G05) and Josey (Hilton) Gaslin (G06), a boy, Harris Robert, Jan. 11, 2008, in Salem, Ore.

Troy Snyder (G05) and Rebecca (Wahls) Snyder (G06), a girl, Aubrey Joy, May 29, 2008, in Portland.

Christopher Ball (SPS06) and Meredith Ball, a girl, Marissa Davis, Dec. 26, 2007, in Newberg.

Arwen (Presley) Weisser (G06) and Samuel Weisser, a boy, Zephaniah Phillip, Feb. 12, 2008, in Portland.

In Memory

Dora (Bales) Cronyn (n37), Jan. 21, 2008, in Newberg.

Marjorie (Otis) (Hadley) Newkirk (G38), May 23, 2008, in Portland.

Walter Schaad (n41), June 27, 2008, in Newberg.

Jean Chase (n43), Feb. 11, 2008, in Portland.

Glenn Moor (G50), Feb. 9, 2008, in Newberg.

G. Caroline Engle (G51), Feb. 2, 2008, in Newberg.

Bonita (Barnes) Richardson (n53), April 28, 2008, in Portland.

Alice (Hodson) Clark (G54), Aug. 8, 2008, in Gresham, Ore.

Regina (Deibele) Mainwaring (n65), March 9, 2008, in Medford, Ore.

Andrea Bales (G71), March 16, 2008, in Portland.

Ronald Crecelius Jr. (n71), June 12, 2008, in Boise, Idaho.

Timothy Voth (G76), Feb. 18, 2008, in Portland.

Richard Benham (n79, MA96) May 31, 2008, in Newberg.

Gilbert Ablard (GFES81), Jan. 3, 2008, in Sheridan, Ore.

Bonita (Anderson) Crumley (G84), March 14, 2008, in Estacada, Ore.

Sharon (Shari) Gillaspie (n89), May 1, 2008, in Newberg.

Janet (Ker) Porter (SPS89), July 8, 2008, in Welches, Ore.

Joyce (White) Gibson (SPS92, MBA98), April 23, 2008, in Portland.

Terry Woods (SPS94), April 24, 2008, in Salem, Ore.

Benjamin Hawkins (G04), March 30, 2008, in Newberg.

Neil Grant (SPS06), July 3, 2008, in Sherwood, Ore.

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n Traditional nongraduate
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GFES Seminary graduate
PsyD Doctor of psychology graduate
MAT Master of arts in teaching graduate
MBA Master of business administration graduate
MA Master of arts graduate
MEd Master of education graduate
MS Master of Science
MDiv Master of Divinity
EdD Doctor of education

Wordstock Reunion

Gina Oschner

Two of George Fox’s most acclaimed alumni writers reunited this fall at the Pacific Northwest’s largest annual book and literary festival. Former classmates Rolf Potts (G93) and Gina Ochsner (G92) shared their insights on writing as guest speakers and workshop leaders at Wordstock (, held Nov. 8-9 at Portland Convention Center.

Dubbed “Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age” by USA Today, Potts has reported from more than 60 countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine and Slate. Although he has a farmhouse in rural Kansas, his adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, and driving a Land Rover from Sunnyvale, Calif., to Ushuaia, Argentina. The award-winning author of Vagabonding (Random House, 2003), Potts’ newest book is Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer.Rolf Potts' newest book - Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer

Keizer, Ore. resident Ochsner’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other magazines. Her first two books — The Necessary Grace to Fall and People I Wanted to Be — both won the state’s top award for short fiction at the Oregon Book Awards. In support of her first novel — due out this spring — she has received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Picture perfect

Scott Jensen
The praise was effusive: “It just left you with the ‘wow’ factor.” And, “This was truly a magnificent piece of art.”

The glowing comments honored the work of the nation’s top television photographer for 2008, Scott Jensen (G96). The National Press Photographers Association awarded Jensen the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year title.

This is not the first award for Jensen; he also won the top award in 2003 in the annual Best of Photojournalism contest.
This year Jensen, photojournalist at KTUU-TV, Anchorage, won specific praise for “A Far Off Wild Place” in the in-depth/series category. “‘Wild Place’ is an awesome, mesmerizing story about brown bears in the McNeill River,” judge Bob Gould said.
To get to the top prize, Jensen received first place in the team entry category (“The Cliffs at Mt. Marathon”), third in the in-depth/series category, honorable mention in the general news category (“Iditarod on the Yukon”), and honorable mention in the deadline news category (“Totem Teardown”). Judges said Jensen “had to deal with more obstacles when covering all of his stories.”

Jensen has been at KTUU-TV in his hometown since 2005, after working at KARE-TV in Minneapolis from 1996 through 1999. He has won more than 100 awards, including four Edward R. Murrow Awards and five Emmy Awards.

Loving life in Latvia

Liva FokroteLiva Fokrote (GFES 00) is now dean of academic affairs at Baltic Pastoral Institute (BPI) in Riga, Latvia. The institute, which opened with 13 students in January, trains pastors for church planting in the Baltic region.

A native of Latvia, Fokrote returned there after completing a master’s degree in theological studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She taught at Latvian Christian Academy and Riga International Bible Institute, then joined Josiah Venture Latvia as its first national missionary, eventually becoming administrative director.

Frustrated with the shortage of new pastors and youth leaders with the character, competence and knowledge needed for ministry, Fokrote’s team at Josiah Venture came alongside the Baptist Union of Latvia to jointly develop the pastoral institute.

“This country needs God’s called leaders who not only have a heart for ministry but are also trained for ministry,” says Fokrote. “I am glad to be part of it.”