Bruin Notes

Kimball Brings Focus on Connecting Youth with the Church

A familiar face can be seen back on campus this fall, and he’s bringing with him some new ideas on how the church can better connect with young people.

Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus But Not the Church and the forthcoming Adventures in Churchland, joined George Fox this fall as professor of missional leadership and as leader of a new center focused on the future faith of young Americans.

Kimball, a graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program, formed a friendship with university President Robin Baker during his time as a graduate student. The two soon discovered that they had a common passion for helping emerging generations connect with the message of Jesus and see their careers as a calling.

Out of that relationship came the idea for a center that would focus on future generations and the mission of the church. The center, yet to be named, will conduct research on churches that are effectively engaging college students and young adults with the gospel. It also will serve to create opportunities for church leaders to collaborate, learn and share ideas.

Kimball, who lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he is a pastor at Vintage Faith Church, will work at George Fox on a part-time basis.

photos from Serve Day

Serve Day: 13 Years and Counting

Nearly 1,800 students and staff put in approximately 10,000 hours at 80 different sites on Sept. 7, shoveling barkdust, trimming blackberry bushes, painting murals, visiting the elderly and much more at the university’s 13th annual Serve Day.

First instituted in 1999 by then-President David Brandt, this year’s Serve Day saw students and staff visit nine schools, six elderly care facilities, 13 churches and 15 homes, not to mention sites like the Oregon Zoo and Portland Rescue Mission. But the real impact of the day came from the positive relationships forged between George Fox students and the people they were serving.

This year’s theme, “Be Known by Love,” was based on John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

News Bits

Books and Film

48 hour film projectIn August, a crew of 10 past and present film students got together to conquer a unique challenge: write, shoot and edit a short film in under 48 hours. The result, titled 271, was submitted to the Portland 48 Hour Film Project and won awards for Best Actor, Best Writing and Best Film. Next up, the film will advance to national competition at Filmapalooza 2012 in March.

Junior studio art major Allegra Villella’s photo will grace the cover of the coming-of-age novel Love & Leftovers, set to be released Jan. 1. Villella was contacted after the author’s agent saw the photo on Flickr.

Alumnus David Nevue (G87) composed the soundtrack for the recently released movie Saving Winston, the story of a troubled teen (Victoria Emmons, Come What May) who discovers an abandoned horse and realizes a newfound love of God.

Professor Mark David Hall recently had two books accepted by Oxford University Press. The first will be titled Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic. The second is Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, co-edited with Daniel Dreisbach.

Around Campus

iPadThe university’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Management and Organizational Leadership programs (hybrid format) both announced that students will be given an iPad 2 as part of their tuition.

In June, Ted Allen was hired as executive VP for finance and business operations. Allen, who brings nearly 25 years of senior management experience to the job, replaces Mike Goins, who retired after 10 years with the university.

In August, George Fox joined about 200 universities nationwide in committing to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The initiative encourages colleges and universities to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus.

Two George Fox women’s basketball players were honored as preseason All-American picks by Junior center Hannah Munger was a second-team selection, while Keisha Gordon was named to the third team.

Around the Globe

Kenyan officials are expected to launch the peace curriculum that members of the university’s School of Education developed for Quaker high schools in the spring of 2012. George Fox professors have made several trips to Kenya to develop and promote the curriculum dating back to 2009.

Orphanage in EcuadorThe Master of Arts in Teaching program organized a fundraising effort to purchase mattresses, sheets and pillows for an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. Each year the MAT department arranges a serve trip to the orphanage.

Professor Mark David Hall visited China in June for an international faculty development seminar. The seminar, called Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law, focused on a variety of issues, including how China can achieve legal reform for the sake of religious freedom.

President Robin Baker was in Oxford, England, this past July for a C.S. Lewis Foundation seminar, held at the restored home of the well-known Christian author.

Baker also embarked on a late-October trip to China to visit with the parents of several international students and gain a better understanding of their needs. To read President Baker’s reflections on the works of Lewis and his trip to China, visit his blog at

George Fox Recognized by National Media

What do Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review have in common? They have all recognized George Fox as a top-tier university.

Kiplinger'sMost recently, Kiplinger’s ranked George Fox among the top 80 “Best Value” private universities in the nation, including a No. 4 ranking among schools in the 113-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

US NewsThe university also received a first-tier regional ranking and “Best Value” listing from U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, and landed a spot on the publication’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list. Additionally, U.S. News ranked George Fox among the top 40 schools in the nation in study abroad participation, with 53 percent of the university’s traditional undergraduates participating.

ForbesPrinceton Review Finally, Forbes ranked George Fox among the top 20 Christian colleges and universities in the nation, while The Princeton Review honored the university as one of its “Best in the West” schools in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” edition.

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