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Nursing Program

Nursing Grads Impress on National Licensure Exam

George Fox nursing graduates showed they were fully prepared to enter the workforce in 2011, recording a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

In just its sixth year, the program easily bested the 82.77 percent national pass rate for the exam, as all 31 graduates made the cut.

“We’re very proud of our students and the fact they have been consistently successful,” said Carla Hagen, director of the nursing program. “This is a testament to the quality of students who are joining our program.”

The program will increase its incoming class size from 40 to 48 beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. This is due in part to the high projected demand for registered nurses, which is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2018 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – much faster than the average for all other occupations.

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Act Six Program

New Act Six Scholars Bring Diversity, Leadership to Campus

A new cadre of Act Six scholars is set to join George Fox for the 2012-13 academic year. The group comes in with an impressive average GPA of 3.65 and includes students of Mexican-American, African-American, Romanian, Laotian and Nicaraguan descent.

More than 200 applicants took part in a rigorous three-month competition, but in the
end seven students were chosen to receive four-year, full-ride scholarships based on leadership, academic potential and a commitment to making a difference in
their communities.

The university’s sixth cadre of Act Six scholars all come from Oregon high schools, and five of the seven are first-generation college students.

Launched by the Portland Leadership Foundation, Act Six seeks to develop future urban leaders. Over the course of five years, 45 of the 49 scholars originally selected for the program at George Fox are still enrolled or have graduated, a rate that far exceeds national averages.

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Millage Leaves Lasting Legacy

Millage Leaves Lasting LegacyFormer Vice President of Finance Don Millage died Feb. 17. A fixture at George Fox for 30 years, Millage didn’t stray far from campus following his retirement in 2001. He was named the university’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year for his dedicated service as the men’s basketball scorekeeper – a post he held through more than 300 total games.

Millage won’t soon be forgotten, thanks in part to the Virginia Millage Memorial Endowment that will be funded by his estate. Named in honor of his late wife, the endowment will provide several sizable scholarships to students majoring in
elementary education.

Alex PerezThis George Fox freshman may be young, but he’s already making a difference in his community

Most 18-year-olds might feel out of place in a room filled with vice presidents, directors and chief marketing officers. But for George Fox freshman Alex Perez, it’s business as usual. After all, Perez sits side-by-side with these community leaders on the board of directors for Hacienda CDC, a nonprofit organization that develops affordable housing for low-income Latino families.

“At first I was intimidated,” admits Perez, an Act Six scholar who has spent the past 12 years living with his family in Hacienda housing, but only a matter of months on its board. “I know my contribution might be small, but it has an impact at the same time.”

As it turns out, Perez has quite a knack for impacting his community – and he’s only getting started. Regular volunteer commitments include greeting patrons in Legacy Good Samaritan’s emergency room and serving food to the homeless at the Blanchet House in northwest Portland, the latter of which really hit home.

“That was a humbling experience . . . ” recalls Perez. “I saw people whose addictions took over their lives and their families and destroyed everything. I see that reflected in my family, but we didn’t get to that extreme.”

The oldest of five – including two special needs children – and son to a father who has long battled addiction and often wasn’t present, Perez is no stranger to the effects
of poverty.

“It’s been challenging for me,” he admits. “But I feel like God put me in those places because he wants to see me grow, and I’m very optimistic about the future. I know the Lord is going to work in wonderful ways.”

For Perez – the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition Act Six scholarship – future plans include a bachelor’s degree in accounting followed by a master’s in business administration, inspired in part by his experience on the Hacienda CDC board.

“I saw how everything works together, how a nonprofit benefits from our contribution,
and I was like ‘Wow, I want to be in the business field and serve my community that way,’”
he says. And while the specifics of Perez’s future plans may very well change,
one thing won’t.

“I’ve known people who grew up in the same situation I did, but after they made money they left,” he says. “My goal is to get an education, but go back. I’m not going to leave my people the way they are. I want to help them to make a better life.”

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