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Together in Texas

Counterclockwise from upper left (unless noted, all positions at Baylor): Kevin Dougherty (G93), assistant professor of sociology; Sharia Hays (G02), director of Brooks Flats Community (student residence); Scott Wade (G97), director of student activities; Jeff Bilbro (G07), graduate student in English; Peter Smart (G99), director of Penland Residence Hall; Kelsie Dalke (G07), MEd graduate student; Karin Klinger (G97), assistant director for Student Organization Development; Jill (Meyers) Wade (n99), director, Curves, International; Beth (Ehli) Smart (G98, MAT02), Professional Development School coordinator; Charity Joecks (G05), assistant director of North Russell Residence Hall; Kim (Cain) Dougherty (G95), teacher and full-time mother; Melissa Noyd (G07), MEd graduate student. Not pictured: Ian Sheppherd (G07) and Lacey (Holman) Sheppherd (G07).

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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


Together in Texas

together in texas
Longing to spend an evening without hearing "y'all" or "fixin'," Waco, Texas, residents Peter Smart (G99) and his wife, Beth (Ehli) Smart (G98, MAT02), had an idea. They began contacting George Fox alumni in the area, creating an unofficial reunion of relocated Northwesterners now 1,700 miles from their alma mater.

The Nov. 17 gathering brought together 14 recent-era classmates (several of them also former George Fox employees) who now have something else in common: Baylor University. All but two are employees or students at the Big 12 university. They met at the home of Sharia Hays (G02).

Around a potluck dinner, they spent the evening "sharing how the Lord led us all to Baylor," according to Beth Smart. Mostly they reminisced: Bruin brawls; roomies; chapels; and the variety of activities in which they participated, including DaySpring, University Players, Spring Serve, Winter Serve, student government, cheerleading, athletics.

Was it a success? Will they repeat? "Hopefully this spring," says Beth.

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Power of the pen

Phyllis Nissila
Phyllis Nissila (G96) continues to publish devotionals on — the latest outlet for her creative and inspirational writing. She's been published locally and nationally since the 1980s, with humor columns in the Eugene Register-Guard and The Springfield News and devotionals in Virtue and other magazines. "I believe my ministry is encouraging people," she says. "When it comes to writing, devotionals are my first love, inspirational features my second, and the occasional humor project keeps me sane." She also teaches high school writing and literature for HomeSource, a home school resource center, and adult classes at Lane Community College.