WaterFront 2019 - 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 2019 spring semester are required to attend as well.

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


Monday, Aug. 19 - Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Register Here


Before arriving on campus, please complete the Digital Orientation on FoxTale. Digital orientation opens June 15, 2019.

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

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

Monday 8/19/19

Location: Portland Center, Tigard

  • 2-3 p.m. Check in: Seminary Office & Room 155
  • 3-4 p.m. Opening Session: Introductions & Getting to know your Cohort
  • 4-6 p.m. Session Two: Going Deeper
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Back-to-School Dinner with faculty
  • 8:00 p.m. Optional Activity

Tuesday 8/20/19

Location: First Baptist Church  Downtown Portland, Oregon

  • 8:00 a.m. Meet at Crowne Plaza and carpool to location
  • 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast
  • 9-11:30 a.m. Session Three: Faculty Presentations
  • 11:30-1 p.m. Lunch with focus groups
  • 1-3 p.m. Session Four: Program Details and Panel
  • 3-5 p.m. Session Five: Community & Ministry
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner

Wednesday 8/21/19

Location:  The Grotto S.E. Portland

  • 8:00 a.m. Meet at Crowne Plaza and carpool to location
  • 9-12 p.m. Session Six: Spiritual Formation & Assessment 
  • 12-1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-3:30 p.m. Session Seven: Knowing Self, Knowing God
  • 3:30 p.m.  WaterFront Closing Ceremony
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