Alumni Update: Elisabeth Tissell

DSCN1597-2Recently 2014 graduate Elisabeth Tissell shared with us details about her new position with AmeriCorps. A politics major, she will lean heavily on her Spanish minor serving as a case manager for bilingual families. Here are more details from Elisabeth:

“I recently accepted an AmeriCorps position in Alamosa, Colorado! I will be working as a case manager with four or five families as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Many of the families are bilingual, so I will be using Spanish regularly. I will also have the chance to teach life skill classes, attend relevant court hearings, conduct home visits and plan numerous projects. The position starts August 1, and is a two-year commitment.

I am nervous, but excited. This job will stretch me emotionally as I confront difficult situations and problems. Fortunately, the position comes with housing; I will be sharing a house with other AmeriCorps participants, and each house includes a shared vehicle. God is good – I don’t have to find a car, an apartment or ready companions!

I want to thank Spanish professors Debbie Berho and Viki Defferding for their guidance and support throughout my last few years. Thanks to them, I feel prepared for this job and the challenges I will face.”

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Inspired to Serve

The university’s annual Serve Day makes a big difference in our local community, but one alumna has spread its impact all the way to South Africa. Rebecca Turba (’10), a teacher at Bridges of Hope Academy in South Africa, recently launched Bridges Service Day. Here’s an update from Rebecca’s newsletter:

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Alumna, student collaborate on poetry book

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

Junior Erin Kays, a double major in studio art and graphic design, got the opportunity some artists only dream of this past summer – she became a published illustrator. And not just any published illustrator, but the illustrator for alumna Sarah Katreen Hoggatt’s book of poetry titled In The Wild Places. Hoggatt graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a master’s degree in 2006 and finished a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship in 2007.

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Meet Your Homecoming King and Queen

By Heather DeRosa (’14), photo by Emily Jackson (’16)

Meet Joe Djanga and Tracy Berg, this year’s Homecoming king and queen. Joe is from Beaverton, Ore., and is an athletic training major. Tracy is a business major from Corvallis, Ore. Tracy will graduate this spring, and Joe will graduate once he finishes the athletic training program in a few years. Interesting fact: Tracy was a Homecoming princess her freshman year, and now homecoming queen her senior year. Tracy’s roommate described her experiences on homecoming court as bookends to her time at George Fox.

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Alumni Return to Old Stomping Grounds

By Heather DeRosa (’14)

This past weekend George Fox combined Homecoming and Family Weekend into one big event. Hundreds of alumni returned to the place they once called home, and current students got to show their families the campus that they have come to love. Here are two of their stories.

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Alumni Update: Paige Copenhaver (’11)

Yale and Dartmouth had both offered her a full ride scholarship, but for Paige Copenhaver the choice was clear. “I chose to come to George Fox instead of the Ivy Leagues,” she says, “and I’m really happy with that decision.”

A biology major who graduated in December of 2011 after just two and a half years of undergraduate work, Copenhaver’s 2180 SAT score and impressive high school resume allowed her the freedom to attend just about any college in the country. But in the end Paige chose to accept presidential merit and science scholarships from George Fox, which allowed her to learn about the world around her from a Christian perspective – a rare luxury in her field.

“That’s a pretty secular world,” she explains,” and I wanted to have a foundation in a Christian education before I moved off into that.”

Today, she is pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Wyoming. Read on for an update from Paige on her latest adventures in field research, and her continued commitment to bring glory to God through her work.

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Alaska Move Leads to Hollywood Ending

Brent and Liz Hoffman at the premier of Big Miracle

By Barry Hubbell

Take your watch when you see the new movie Big Miracle, which opens in theaters nationwide this spring. That way you can check out George Fox alumna Liz (Hunt) Hoffman (G96) and her husband, Brent, in their big-screen debut.

The movie premiered Feb. 3 in Anchorage, and despite a foot of new snow the Hoffmans made it from their Chugiak home to attend, along with about 1,000 other Alaskans who served as background extras and on the film crew.

“After the movie, cameras were flashing – we felt like celebrities,” recalls Liz. “It was a blast watching it.”

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A Film In 48 Hours

In early August I joined a crew of 10 GFU film alumni and current students to conquer a unique challenge: write, shoot and edit a short film in under 48 hours. As part of the Portland 48 Hour Film Project our crew was assigned a genre, prop, character, and specific line of dialogue that must be included in the final film. For us, these elements were:

Genre: Dark Comedy
Character: Mac or Meg McGill, Explorer
Prop: a wig
Line of Dialogue: “Looks like you’re in over your head.”

After drawing our genre out of a hat in downtown Portland on Friday evening, our crew of writers spent the rest of the night hashing out the script. In the morning props were located, costumes were procured, and dumpsters were arranged. Set dressing and makeup took up most of the morning, but we were finally able to start shooting at around noon. Our lead actor, GFU Adjunct Professor of Theatre Andy Copeland, did an amazing job and the shoot was a breeze. Since we were all former or current George Fox CMCO majors, it was almost like a family reunion being able to work together on a project again. The shoot lasted til about 6pm. The footage was offloaded and the sound was synced. Then around 10pm our editors got to work! By 7am, the film was in picture lock and work on sound and color correction could begin. We worked very efficiently and had the film ready to submit on a DVD around 1pm, a full six hours early! We held a private screening for the cast and crew that evening on campus. We all felt really good about the final product and about the filmmaking experience as a whole.

Next was a waiting game while the films were being judged for the awards. There were 53 accepted films and they were divided up and screened in four groups within a week of the film submission deadline. Each group had an audience choice award. For our screening group, the audience chose us! Finally the list of submitted films was widdled down to the best 14 for the awards night screening. We were elated when we were notified that we made the cut! So on August 22nd the cast and crew headed to the Hollywood Theater in Portland for the “Best Of” screening. There were some REALLY entertaining films from some of the greatest filmmakers in Portland. Finally, the awards were announced. Andy Copeland won “Best Actor”, our film won “Best Writing”, and then in a very suspenseful moment they announced our film as the “Best Film” of the entire festival! We couldn’t believe it. We were able to mingle with the other filmmakers immediately after the screening and made some valuable connections. Then the crew met up for burgers and tots as we (excuse the pun) digested the realization that we had just made the best 48 hour film in the city of Portland. Wow.

Portland 48 Hour Film Festival 2011 – Images by George Fox University

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