WaterFront 2018 - Required for All Incoming Masters Students

Note to masters students who started in spring 2018: You are required to attend WaterFront in August even though you will have already been attending classes.


As a new student, WaterFront is your first step into knowing and being known at Portland Seminary. This is your first opportunity to interact with faculty and your fellow new students; your first opportunity to tell your story and hear stories told. WaterFront seeks to set the foundation of your seminary experience by fostering community and providing you with the tools and information necessary to successfully navigate through your time at Portland Seminary.

Attendance at WaterFront is mandatory for all Distance Seminary (SemD) and Local Seminary (SemL) students that are enrolled in masters-level programs. Students who have started classes during the 2018 spring semester are required to attend as well.

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


Before arriving on campus, please complete the Digital Orientation on FoxTale. Digital orientation opens after Aug. 1. For those so inclined, also feel free to start connecting with your fellow students via the Community Life Facebook Group and like the Seminary Facebook page!

WaterFront Sessions:

Meet & Greet: Start off your WaterFront experience with an informal meet-and-greet session hosted by your Community Life Coordinators!

Faculty Presentations: This is your chance to get to know all the fantastic faculty members of Portland Seminary on a personal level beyond the classroom.

The Spiritual Journey: You’re embarking on a new journey of self-discovery and growth; we’ll spend a session preparing you for the personal growth that’s ahead.

The Nitty-Gritty: You’ll get the rundown on the registrar and financial services offices, the library and many other great services and offices here to help you sort out the details of your seminary journey.

And so much more …

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)
  • Laptop (a tablet will not be enough)
  • Walking shoes for several outdoor events


Monday, August 20 - Wednesday, August 22, 2018**



Monday, August 20- Wednesday, August 22**

*For an optimal WaterFront experience all students are encouraged to stay at

Crowne Plaza in Lake Oswego

14811 Kruse Oaks Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

**Tenative dates

Monday 8/20

Location: Portland Center, Tigard

12-1pm Check in: Lobby & Room 155

1-3:00pm Opening Session: Introductions, Portland Center Resources, Connections

3-4:30pm Session Two: Going Deeper

5:30-7:30 Back-to-School Dinner with current students and new students & families

Tuesday 8/21

Location: First Christian Church, Portland, Oregon

8:00am Meet at Crowne Plaza to carpool to location

9-10:15 Faculty presentations

10:15 PDX Surprise Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Faculty presentations

11:30 Presentation by New City Initiative

Noon Lunch with Advisors

1-5:30pm PDX Immersion Experience & Debrief

5:30-7:00 Dinner

Optional downtown adventure

Wednesday 8/22

Location: First Christian Church, Portland, Oregon

7:30am Meet at Crowne Plaza to carpool to location

9-12pm Session Three: Cohort Experience and Spiritual Formation

12-1pm Lunch

1-3:00pm Personal Assessment

3:30pm Session Four: WaterFront Closing Ceremony 


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

Meals provided are:


Event Contacts

John Regier
Associate Director of Master's Programs
Phone: 503-554-6035
Email: jregier@georgefox.edu

Rachael Fissell
Administrative Assistant of Master's Programs
Phone: 503-554-6151
Email: rfissell@georgefox.edu