Study Abroad Options

One of the greatest things about George Fox, in my opinion, is the many study abroad options. If you have a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures, like I do, then George Fox has opportunities for you! One extremely rewarding trip that George Fox offers is May Serve.

May Serve is a three week long mission trip to another country. The location changes most years and is a great way to serve the Lord all over the world. There is an application process and only about 20 students are able to go on the trip.

Last year about 18 students, including myself, were lucky enough to go to Nsoka, a tiny town in Swaziland, Africa. Through ministering to the people of Nsoko, we learned a lot about parts of the world that we so often forget about, experiencing things we had never dreamed of. It was incredible. Not only did I get the opportunity to love God’s people in ways that I never thought possible, but I learned a lot about the woman that God is making me into.

The May Serve 2011 team has been meeting all semester and they are gearing up for their upcoming trip to Peru. I will be praying for them and can hardly wait to hear how God shapes their trip.

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Meet Bailey

Name: Bailey Ann Dekker

Birthday: July 5, 1991

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Major/Year in school: Sophomore, Organizational Communications & Spanish

Favorite Place in Newberg: I love going to the docks on the Willamette River.

Why you chose George Fox: When I visited during my senior year of high school I felt so welcomed at George Fox. Everyone was really nice and the atmosphere just felt right.

One fun random fact about you: I went to Swaziland, Africa with the May Serve 2010 Team.

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Weekend engagements

Even though Newberg is a smaller town, there are tons of things to do both in and around the city. With Portland only 35 minutes away, there are countless ways to spend your free time. With a little creativity, the possibilities are literally endless.

This past weekend, my two roommates and I were taken to the mall by three of our friend-girls.  We would have never guessed what they had planned for us that day… (more…)

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Meet Courtney Wollan

Name: Courtney Wollan

Birthday: July 5, 1991

Hometown: Danville, California

Major/Year in school: Elementary Education/Sophomore

Favorite place in Newberg: Dairy Queen

Why you chose George Fox: There are many reasons as to why I chose George Fox; from silly reasons such as the school year lasting from August-April, to more serious reasons such as the excellent elementary education program that can be completed in four years! One of the main reasons that I chose George Fox was because I felt like this was a place that I could belong, a place that could be my “home-away-from-home.” I felt like George Fox would provide the opportunity and support for me to grow academically and spiritually. I can say with confidence, that my experience has been exactly, if not more, than that!

Random Fact: Over Thanksgiving break of my freshman year, I found out that I was related to one of my really good friends that I met at Fox!

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Meet Tyler VanderZanden

Name: Tyler VanderZanden
Birthday: 5-25-89
Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
Major/Year in school: Organizational Communications/Senior
Favorite place in Newberg: Anywhere my friends are and/or Underground Coffee Shop
Why you chose George Fox: I wanted to stay relatively close to home, so Fox was one of my options. When I came to visit campus, there was something about it that felt right. Even though I got more scholarships for another local school, George Fox had a quality about it that really became obvious when I visited the campus.
One fun random fact about you: I could list off the winners of at least the last 12 male and female grand slam tennis tournaments. Probably more.

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Meet Jacquie Pickett

Name: Jacquie Pickett

Birthday: June 10th

Hometown: Arroyo Grande, California

Major/Year in school: Communications Major/second year at Fox

Favorite place in Newberg: Freddies. I never heard of it until I came
to Fox. It is one of the best stores in the world. It has everything!

Why you chose George Fox: The community, everyone was so warm and
friendly that it felt like home.

One fun random fact about you: I am 4 foot 10 inches… so in
California I am legally a midget. Every single day of my life, someone
comments on my height.

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Shane Claiborne

I had the pleasure of listening to Shane Claiborne and Chris Lahr speak this morning in chapel. Shane Claiborne is a well known author and the co-founder of The Simple Way, a faith-based community in Philadelphia. Last March I had an opportunity to film a lighthearted interview with Shane during his visit to George Fox. Check it out below. Note: He’s no longer single! According to chapel this morning he’ll be getting married this May.

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Meet Dani

Name: Dani Dickerson
Birthday: December 28, 1989
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Major/Year in school: Elementary Education/ Junior
Favorite place in Newberg: Chapters! (Coffee shop and Bookstore)
Why you chose George Fox: It felt like home, and I felt complete peace from God when I made my decision. I was actually planning on going to SPU but changed my decision at the last minute!
One fun random fact about you: When I am genuinely laughing, I always fall to the ground

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Swing Dancing the Night Away

Dan Kephart, me (Tracy Berg), Sarah Roberts and Spencer Eager after dancing the night away.

There are a lot of perks to being a part of a small college. For example, at George Fox we only have one cafeteria, and that fits everyone just fine.

When you have a fairly small student body (1,800 undergrad students), your whole school can attend the same dance. Freshman and seniors, blowing up the same dance floor. Gotta love it!


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Bruin Madness

This past Saturday was the first ever “Bruin Madness,” an event created to bring George Fox fans together to cheer on and support the Bruin Basketball teams to victory, which they did. Before the game was a tailgate party where Fox fans could make signs, paint their faces, spray their hair blue, and of course chow down on the best food the Bon has to offer; tater tots (and other good stuff). The atmosphere during the games was incredible as fans screamed excitement, hissed bad judgment and of course, did the wave. From shirts to painted faces, this blue zone crowd made it almost feel like we were in a state school. Go Bruins!  After the games students clamored to the post-game blowout to eat food, rock loud music and celebrate the Bruin victories.

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