Patrick Allen and Kenneth Badley (Education) released their book, Echoes of Insight: Past Perspectives and the Future of Christian Higher Education, in February. Echoes of Insight offers brief summaries of 11 thought-provoking writers from the last century and encourages a new, vigorous conversation about Christian higher education.
Five of Ed Higgins’ (English) haibun were published in the annual “best of” Journeys 2017: An Anthology of International Haibun. The Journeys series is an invitation-only inclusion, with editors recommending haibun published in their various journals during the previous year (eight of Ed’s were submitted by editors from several journals). In addition, Ed was appointed copy editor for the biannual poetry journal These Fragile Lilacs.
Writers with ties to George Fox’s English department are featured in the Spring 2017 issue of The Windhover, a Xian literary journal. The issue includes Ed Higgins’ poem “When the wind/sky really is God,” Gary Tandy’s creative nonfiction piece “What Love Looks Like, As I Recall,” and Joshua Hren’s short fiction story “The Man Watching.” Also included is a poem, “Nunc Dimittis,” by English alumnus Jeffrey Bilbro, now an assistant professor of English at Spring Arbor University, and a poem, “The Life that is Ours,” by 2016 almunus Daniel Roberson. The Windhover is one of the nation’s premier Xian literary journals, published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Press. Bill Jolliff is a contributing editor.
Jennie Harrop, Carol Hutchinson and Michelle Shelton (Department of Professional Studies) delivered a talk, “From Ad Hoc to Intentional: One Department’s Online Journey,” at the Oregon Technology in Education Network’s annual conference at Pacific University on Feb. 11. When George Fox’s Department of Professional Studies offered four online courses in the summer of 2010, the faculty did not know what would come of the experiment. Six years later, the department now offers more than 25 online classes per semester, including one online major, and the program is growing. The majority of DPS students juggle families and full-time work in addition to school, and increasingly students are seeking the convenience of online offerings for both required major and general education courses. With eight regular faculty members, more than 40 adjunct faculty members, and roughly 300 adult degree-completion students, DPS faculty are working to anticipate market demands and articulate an online structure that will endure.
Don Powers (Biology) joined with colleagues to publish two research articles in the Journal of Experimental Biology (2016), 219: “Flight mechanics and control of escape manoeuvres in hummingbirds. II. Aerodynamic force production, flight control and performance limitations” and “Flight mechanics and control of escape manoeuvres in hummingbirds. I. Flight kinematics.”
Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published an article, “The Trial of Pilate – A Touchstone to the Death of Jesus,” in the March 6 issue of The Huffington Post. He also presented a lecture, “The Beast, the Antichrist, and 666: An Alternative to Speculation,” at Chapman University on Feb. 21.