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Just married

Fred Gregory (G66) and Viola Artikova, May 6, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C.

Melinda Lathrop (G98) and Juan Garcia, July 25, 2009, in Star, Idaho.

Rachel Barrong (n99) and Aaron Aazzerah, Dec. 20, 2008, in Oregon City, Ore.

Carrie Richmond (n00) and Patrik Martinet, Aug. 16, 2008, in Yakima, Wash.

Sharia Hays (G02) and Adam Brock, Nov. 8, 2008, in Tacoma, Wash.

Brent Hiebert (G02) and Katie Edwards, May 24, 2009, in Westlake Village, Calif.

Randy Kluver (G02) and Gina Coolen (G05), July 25, 2009, in Aumsville, Ore.

Shari Fransen (MAT04) and Brian Alvis, July 12, 2008, in Tacoma, Wash.

Lori Schlott (G04) and Alex Russell, June 29, 2008, in Portland.

Stephanie Selid (G04) and Andy Ostrom, Oct. 11, 2008, in Portland.

Tobias McClaughry (SPS05) and Carrie Gebhardt, March 7, 2009, in Bozeman, Mont.

Amara Sheppard (G05) and Albert Lai, May 2, 2009, in Fremont, Calif.

Zachery Smith (G05) and Melissa Mathias (n06), March 28, 2009, in Forest Grove, Ore.

Ryan Sprunger (G05) and Holly Hicks, Sept. 6, 2008, in Yakima, Wash.

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

Rebekah Shelton (G06, MEd08) and Steve Harris, July 26, 2008, in Pepperwood Forest, Roseburg, Ore.

Jessica Sweeney (G06) and Ryan Wuest, March 21, 2009, in Portland.

Philip Heu-Weller (G07) and Whitney Kolb (G08), July 18, 2009, in Dayton, Ore.

Mylee Hylton (MAT07) and Bruce Card, Sept. 13, 2008, in Florence, Ore.

Evan Burt (G08) and Lacey Smith (G09), Aug. 15, 2009, in Aurora, Ore.

Luke Stillinger (G08) and Jordan Weiss (G08), July 17, 2009, in Turner, Ore.

Ben Burgess (G09) and Abby Courson (G09), July 24, 2009, in Independence, Ore.

David Burkhart (G09) and Emily Tschiegg (G09), July 12, 2009, in Dallas, Ore.

Michelle Gale (G09) and Sam Bornfleth, May 24, 2009, in Portland.

Baby Bruins

Brian Gardner (G89) and Christy Gardner, a boy, Daniel Paul, June 3, 2009, in Naperville, Ill.

Paul Huizinga (G91) and Maureen Huizinga, a boy, Joshua Mason, Jan. 12, 2009, in Glen Allen, Va.

Melissa (Bullock) Thomas (G92) and Webb Thomas, a girl, Leigh Anderson, April 13, 2009, in Portland.

Tory Johnson (G95), and Dana Johnson, a girl, Alexandra Evanee, April 14, 2009, in Portland.

Diane (Marr) Longmire (G96) and Lance Longmire, a boy, Jonah Aaron, March 22, 2009, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Kyle Chowning (G97) and Kristy Chowning, a boy, Caleb Douglas, Jan. 9, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.

Jennifer (Low) Edwards (G97) and John Edwards, a girl, Hannah Grace, April 17, 2009, in Clackamas, Ore.

Kailea (Curtis) Hunt (G97) and Edward Hunt IV, a girl, Olivia Serene, Jan. 9, 2009 in Fairfax, Va.

Scott Wade (G97) and Jill (Meyers) Wade (n99), a boy, Jackson Ray, Aug. 12, 2008, in Wellsville, N.Y.

Shannon (Killeen) Lilienthal (G98) and Chris Lilienthal, a boy, Finn Christopher, April. 13, 2009, in Camp Hill, Pa.

Hans Schneiter (G98) and Rebekah (Crover) Schneiter (G99), a boy, Aren Peter, Feb. 4, 2009, in Albany, Ore.

Beth (Ehli) Smart (G98, MAT02) and Peter Smart (G99), a girl, Amelia Joy, Jan. 25, 2009, in Waco, Texas.

Holly (Goodin) Hesselgrave (G99) and Brad Hesselgrave, a girl, Aurora Kathryn, Aug. 9, 2008, in Bellevue, Wash.

Jeffrey Wells (G99) and Jana (Swindler) Wells (G02), a boy, Brandt Richard, July 8, 2009, in Oregon City, Ore.

Brennan Koch (G00, MAT02) and Jolene (Hurlbert) Koch (G00, MAT01), a boy, Cooper Jerome, Oct. 16, 2008, in Missoula, Mont.

Jim Marr (G00) and Stephanie (Taylor) Marr (G00), a boy, Wyatt Paul, May 30, 2009, in Portland.

Jeffrey Swanborough (n00) and Tracy Swanborough, a boy, Lachlan Neil, Jan. 8, 2009, in Salem, Ore.

Jocelyn (Kennedy) Wallbaum (G00) and Nathan Wallbaum, a girl, Savannah Joy, March 24, 2009, in Oregon City, Ore.

Barbara (Brewer) Zuercher (G00, MAT02) and Kevin Zuercher (SPS08), a girl, Alexa Lee, May 2, 2009, in Portland.

Jon Austin (G01) and Rachel (Kremiller) Austin (G01), a girl, Adelaide Lily, Aug. 26, 2008, in Portland.

Katie (McCoy) Christensen (G01) and Alex Christensen, a boy, William Daniel, April 13, 2009, in Puyallup, Wash.

Jeremy Comstock (G01) and Emily (Fagenstrom) Comstock (G02), a girl, Lydia Grace, April 4, 2009, in Great Falls, Mont.

Lisa Fisher (G01) and Chris Fisher (PsyD06), a boy, Lincoln Christopher, Feb. 12, 2009, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Nigel Hunter (G01) and Nicole Hunter, a boy, Daniel Jay, Oct. 9, 2008, in Wenatchee, Wash.

Ilse (Friberg) Kryemadhi (G01) and Abaz Kryemadhi, a girl, Rovena Charlotte, March 21, 2009, in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Adam Lapp (G01) and Melissa (Crawford) Lapp (G03), a girl, Aubrey Leigh, April 29, 2009, in Puyallup, Wash.

Karyn (Starr) Meier (G01) and Paul Meier, a boy, Philip Samuel, Aug. 18, 2008, in Portland.

Lisa (Roberts) Singleterry (G01) and Matthew, Singleterry, a girl, Tirzah Michelle, July 17, 2009, in Portland.

Heidi (Stuelpnagel) Amrine (G02) and Nick Amrine, a boy, Wyatt Michael, March 4, 2009, in Everett, Wash.

Kyle Pfeiffer (G02) and Rama Pfeiffer, a boy, Jaden Arman, Feb. 17, 2009, in Portland.

Jill (Kennington) Randol (G02) and Orin Randol, a girl, Nyah Noelle, born Oct. 16, 2008 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, adopted March 27, 2009, in Troutdale, Ore.

Bethany (Cates) Tibbs (G03) and Matt Tibbs (G04), a boy, Lucas Matthew, July 16, 2009, in Portland.

Elizabeth (Patton) Waters (G03) and Christopher Waters (G04), a boy, Ethan Ashton, Feb. 24, 2009, in Pasadena, Calif.

Mandi (Zollman) Cannon (G04) and Brian Cannon, a boy, Zane Allan, July 27, 2009, in Portland.

Don Jenkins (G04) and Sarah (Schmidt) Jenkins (G04), a girl, Kenna Joy, Feb. 19, 2009, in Vancouver, Wash.

Gabriel Pinski (MDiv04) and Lisa Pinski, a boy, Micah Anthony, Aug. 5, 2008, in Alexandria, Va.

Trevor Combs (G05) and Mandy Combs, a boy, Seth Trevor, March 10, 2009, in Portland.

Elizabeth (Rodman) Larson (G07) and Evan Larson, a boy, Liam Evan Ryker, May 11, 2009, in McMinnville.

Aaron Potratz (MA07) and Melissa Potratz, a boy, Emmanuel Michael, Dec. 29, 2008, in Portland.

Jessica (Sauer) Spencer (MA07) and Jason Spencer, a girl, Hannah Marie, April 14, 2008, in Newberg.

Joanna (Magee) Shepherd (MA08) and Matt Shepherd, a girl, Nora Marie, Oct. 17, 2008, in Milwaukie, Ore.

Vladimir Tkach (G09) and Violetta Tkach, a boy, Samuel Vladimir, March 9, 2009, in Vancouver, Wash.

Brook (Puckett) Payton (G03) and Adam Payton (G04), a girl, Michaela Faith, Aug. 8, 2009, in Tigard, Ore.

In memory

Rosa (Aebischer) Hester (G29), July 12, 2009, in Newberg.

Lela (Jones) Morrill (n33), May 7, 2009, in Newberg.

Vera (Hicks) Cochell (G39), July 1, 2009, in Boise, Idaho.

Charles Smith (G41), Dec. 7, 2008, in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Nadine (Fodge) Mulkey (G50), May 7, 2009, in Silverton, Ore.

Erma Broyles (n57), Feb. 11, 2009, in Woodburn, Ore.

Ralph Hostetter (n60), May 3, 2009, in Silverton, Ore.

Esook (Chung) Synn (G62), Dec. 15, 2008, in Torrance, Calif.

James Holton (n65), April 5, 2009, in Pacific City, Ore.

Frank Carstens (G67), Nov. 12, 2008, in Portland.

Diana (Jackson) Hansen (G78), March 31, 2009, in Sherwood, Ore.

Jeffrey McCombs (SPS91), July 9, 2009, in Tigard, Ore.

Joan Virgin (SPS92), Nov. 26, 2008, in Newport, Ore.

William Bland (SPS97, MBA99), Feb. 2, 2009, in Vancouver, Wash.

Signe Brunner (MA02), April 10, 2009, in Beaverton, Ore.

Vern Brightup (G49), Aug. 4, 2009, in Salem, Ore.

Anna (Watson) Weitzel (n62), Aug. 8, 2009, in Eugene, Ore.

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n Traditional nongraduate
SPS School of Professional Studies graduate
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


Harvard bound

When Ron Davis (G02) walked on the Harvard Law School campus Aug. 27 and sat down in a classroom, he became a first for George Fox University. He is believed to be the first Bruin ever admitted to the 192-year-old institution, according to Ron Mock (G77), associate professor of political science and peace studies, who himself has a law degree.

When accepted to Harvard last fall, Davis e-mailed his former George Fox professor and within hours Mock had replied back: “Share in your joy? Absolutely. Although my joy is laced with a rather large dose of vindictive ‘I told you so’ . . . I have been waiting years for this.”

Harvard accepted Davis in its first round. It was just the first of several nationally known law institutions to select Davis, who was also accepted at Yale, Georgetown, Boston and New York University. The chief deciding factor for Davis was the fact wife Trina (Christensen) Davis (G03) would attend medical school at nearby Boston University Medical School.

Ron and Trina Davis 

“I love my wife more than I love Harvard,” he said. When she was accepted at Boston, that settled it. Boston’s medical school has the most applications of any in the nation, with Trina chosen for one of 150 slots from 11,000 applications. “Funny enough, (Boston University Medical School) is twice as hard to get into” as Harvard, Ron said. “I’m pretty proud of her.”

The pair enter their classrooms after a yearlong world adventure that took them to 16 countries in 362 days: Ireland, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Turkey, back to the U.S. for interviews, then Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and India. In India, they worked at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta, before both became sick. Trina was hospitalized for an E. coli infection. They finished in Mexico, where they wrote the first draft of a book on their adventures, and are working on a “how to” book.

After graduating from George Fox with a degree in history and philosophy, Ron earned a master’s degree in education leadership from the University of Oregon. He then went into the professional world, working for a title insurance company. Trina received her degree in business then worked for four years as marketing manager with Integrated Services Incorporated, in Portland, before leaving in 2007 to prepare for medical school by taking prerequisites at Portland State and spending a summer at the Oregon Health and Science University Heart Research Center.

“Absolutely thrilled” is how Davis reacts to attending Harvard. “There is something about the Harvard brand, which doesn’t have to be explained.”

Nunez named to Council on Civil Rights

Alumna Celia NunezCelia Nunez (G99, MBA05) was called “a perfect choice” as the State of Oregon named its new Council on Civil Rights. The Wilsonville, Ore., resident and Newberg businesswoman is one of 25 appointed to the agency, which is charged with protecting Oregonian’s civil rights in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian called Nunez to ask her to be involved. “It’s a group that I see really making a difference across the state,” she said. The council will fight unlawful discrimination and represent interests of minority communities in the state.

Nunez, who worked in the public sector for more than a decade, said, “It is nice to be involved with statewide issues again, and I am honored to be a part of this group.” Her experience includes being a policy advisor for a Portland city commissioner; serving as director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs in Salem; being an ombudsman for Portland Mayor Vera Katz; and coordinating caucus policy for the Senate Democratic Leadership Office in Salem.

Boise bash

George Fox's first degree completion cohort in Boise, ID
Back row, left to right:  Ernie (Earnest) Harper ’97, Mark Little ’02, MA’04, Herb Jennings ’97, David Moorhouse ’97. Front row, left to right:  Ken Stewart ’97, Kirstin Ahern ’97, Dee Iverson ’97, MA’06

While Herb Jennings was recovering from lymphoma last year, he mentioned to former classmate Kirstin Ahern that it would be nice to see the rest of the students in their 1997 Boise cohort – George Fox University’s first degree-completion class in Idaho.

“I didn’t know how long I’d be in remission,” he says, and added jokingly that a reunion would be better “while we’re still alive.” That sparked an idea, and the pair instigated the March 7, 2009, gathering on the Boise campus. Seven of the 12 Idaho residents attended, with five classmates spread out from Ohio to California.

Attendees toasted themselves and their classmates with sparkling apple cider and spent the afternoon reminiscing. “It was really great to get together,” said Jennings, who is in full remission after a transplant of adult stem cells.