WaterFront 2020 - Orientation for all incoming Masters Students


Welcome! As a new student, WaterFront is your first step into the Portland Seminary community, a community who will be supporting you over the next few years of your educational journey. Our prayer is that you experience the university's Be Known Promise from the time you first step foot on campus. This three day event is full of opportunities for you to connect with faculty and fellow new students, to get a taste of what to expect during your studies, and to participate in spiritual formation activities. WaterFront is structured to take place at the Portland Center Campus and at various locations around the city.

Attendance at WaterFront  is mandatory for all Distance AND Local Seminary students enrolled in masters-level programs. Students who may have started classes during the 2020 spring semester are required to attend as well.

Note: Doctor of Ministry (DMin) students have a separate orientation.


Wednesday, August 19 - Friday, August 21, 2020

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Start connecting with your fellow students by joining the Community Life Facebook Group and like the  Seminary Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for emails for the "Seminary 101" zoom chat sessions. These sessions will go over student basics like how to register for classes, finding book lists for classes, how to apply for scholarships and how to navigate important university websites.

What to Bring

  • Business-casual clothing for 70- to 90-degree weather (if you’re coming from the East Coast, Portland’s “business casual” includes nice jeans)
  • Walking shoes for several outdoor events
  • An open disposition

Where to Stay

*For an optimal WaterFront experience all students are encouraged to stay at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego

14811 Kruse Oaks Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Reservations: 503-624-8400


There is no cost to attend WaterFront and participate in required activities. (Some cost may be associated with optional evening activities.)

Most meals are provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please communicate with event coordinator, Rachael Fisssell.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and lodging.

Event Contact

Rachael Fissell
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Phone:  503-554-6151
Email:  rfissell@georgefox.edu

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday 8/19/19

Location: Portland Center, Tigard

Thursday 8/20/19

Location: First Baptist Church  Downtown Portland, Oregon

Friday 8/21/19

Location:  The Grotto S.E. Portland

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