Archive for January, 2018

Tickets available for theatre’s winter drama, ‘Tongue of a Bird’

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The George Fox theatre department opens Ellen McLaughlin’s drama Tongue of a Bird next week. Come join us for this thought-provoking show (note: the production does have mature themes).

Student tickets are free both Thursdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Bring your student ID to the door. Employees are provided with one complimentary ticket for any of the shows.

The show runs in Wood-Mar Auditorium Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and will also include a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 4Reserve your seat online and bring your George Fox ID with you to show at the door. You may also purchase additional tickets online. Tickets are also available for pick-up at the box office in the Bruin Store (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information, visit this page. See you at the show!

Come to Thursday’s Ministry Expo and win a $25 Amazon gift card

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Come join us for our annual “Kingdom Come Week” as we host the university’s Ministry Expo tomorrow (Thursday) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the EHS Atrium. You can enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

We’ll be hosting individuals who are doing incredible work for God’s kingdom, both around the world and right here at home. They are involved in countless professions, ranging from aviation to education, and are eager to meet with our students! This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with people in the field and to land an internship or service opportunity for the summer (or even just to ask questions and hear some cool stories).

Feel free to stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and bring your friends. A raffle will be held for those who attend. You won’t want to miss it!

Organizations that will be in attendance include (but are not limited to):

  • Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
  • Frontiers USA
  • Mission Year
  • Show Mercy International
  • Open Arms International
  • ISI Campus Ministries
  • InterAct Ministries
  • One Challenge International
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Josiah Venture
  • Lahash International
  • Every Child
  • Love Inc, Newberg
  • Home PDX

Questions? Contact Shea Krevi (

All invited to join in Wellness Challenge

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Join the Staff Development Committee for a month-long Wellness Challenge (Jan. 15 to Feb. 16)! Submit this form with your activities for points by Saturday each week! Check the Wellness Challenge each Monday for new activities to enhance your wellness. Monthly winners will receive a free staff lunch!

Questions? Contact Adina McConaughey (

Guys: Do you love to sing? Audition for Quakers and Notes

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Are you a guy who loves to sing? Come and audition for George Fox’s a cappella group, Quakers and Notes (QAN for short)!

Auditions are in Ross 221 tomorrow (Thursday) from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., so choose whichever day works best. Come prepared with a 30-second “demo” of a song of your choice to sing for us. We can’t wait to see you there!

To sign up for either Thursday or Friday, claim a time slot on this Google spreadsheet. If you have any questions, contact Alexa Aldridge at or Brent Townley at

Complimentary tickets available for the Build, Remodel & Landscape Show

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

We have complimentary tickets available to the 2018 Build, Remodel & Landscape Show coming up Feb. 2-4 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Employees can pick up two tickets each ($12 total value) at the Information Services desk in the Stevens Center. Portland and Salem employees can request tickets by calling the information desk at ext. 0.

We have a limited supply, so please request/pick them up only if you are reasonably certain you will attend.

Want to help with Fox Film Festival? Come to meeting tonight

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Fellow film geeks! Want to help put on the annual Fox Film Festival? Come to the meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. in Lemmons 4. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome!

Contact Julia Sutter ( for more information.

Need a summer job? Financial aid office is hiring

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Looking for a job in Newberg this summer? The financial aid office is currently hiring for a part-time work-study position that will transition to full time in the summer. Apply on Handshake today!

Questions? Contact Jordan Nelson at or 503-554-2297.

Volunteer ‘buddies’ needed for Night to Shine

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Night to Shine is less than a month away (Friday, Feb. 9)! Night to Shine is a prom for those with special needs. The night is complete with a red carpet entrance, limo rides, karaoke, dinner, hair and makeup, shoe shinning, and lots of dancing!

We are still in need of buddies to help our special guests have the ultimate prom experience. If you would like to sign up or have questions, visit this link or email Katlyn Kronschnabl at

Sign up now for spring break Service & Immersion Trip

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Do you want to make a positive difference in the world? Many times it is difficult to know how. Learn from and serve alongside organizations and communities who are working toward positive change.

It’s not too late to sign up for a Service & Immersion Trip over spring break (March 24-31). Opportunities include:

  • Urban Impact – Seattle
  • Flying H Ranch – Yakima, Washington
  • Camp Attitude – Foster, Oregon
  • Mending Wings – Yakama Indian Reservation, Washington
  • World Relief & Global Immersion Project,- California and Mexico
  • Home PDX – Portland, Oregon

For more information, go to Note: All deadlines have been extended through the month of January.

Study in Daniel continues tonight in Vespers

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

We excited to be diving back into Daniel tonight (Wednesday) in Vespers. We will be talking about the first chapter of Daniel; get ready to be enlightened.

We hope to see you at 7 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium for a wonderful time of worship and teaching. Come rest in God’s presence.

Sign-ups close today for student concert tryouts

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

There is something about music that creates community! If you would like to perform in a spring student concert, please fill out this Google Form! All forms are due today (Wednesday) by noon.

Tryouts are set from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Klages 232. Contact Alaina Hill ( with any questions.

Want to share your story?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

We are looking for individuals who are willing to share their experience with battling depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or have lost a loved one to suicide. We, as George Fox film students, are producing a music video for an upcoming project to help communicate a cause that we care deeply about.

The goal of the film is to show others that we are not alone in our struggles, so we are looking for as many stories as possible that we can share. Filming will take place the weekends of Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25, with exact times TBD.

For more information, please contact Gina Dodds at

Special guests the Canales Brothers join chapel this morning

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Join us in chapel this morning (Tuesday) as we start our new series studying “Vocation & the New Testament” with special guests the Canales Brothers. You will not want to miss it!

See you at 10:50 a.m. in Bauman for a time of worship and teaching!

Birthday celebration will be part of Thursday’s all-employee meeting

Monday, January 15th, 2018

This Thursday, Jan. 18, is President Robin Baker’s 60th birthday. It also happens to be the date of our next all-employee meeting, so join us as we get campus updates and celebrate Robin’s big day! We will have birthday cake for all to enjoy.

The meeting is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Canyon Commons. It will be live-streamed at the Portland Center in Room 160.

Instant library study room booking now available

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Library study rooms are now available for instant booking! Forget to book a room before the day you need it? Not a problem! Look for an open time slot on the online booking calendar, book the room instantly from your mobile device, and walk right in!

If you are in the library and find an open room, be sure to book it before going in to make sure you can keep it!

Book a study room in three simple steps:

  1. Visit the booking calendar to see today’s confirmed bookings and open time slots. Book Murdock Learning Resource Center rooms here and Portland Center library rooms at this link.
  2. Click the boxes for the room and time slots you want (up to four hours).
  3. Scroll, fill out the form and click “Submit my Booking.”

Room Use Policy and FAQs can be viewed on this page. Questions? Email

Make plans to attend veterans’ prayer meeting tomorrow

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The Veterans United Association will be meeting for our first bimonthly prayer gathering at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). We will be meeting in the side room of the ASC office in the Bruin Den. Please join us as we gather to pray for one another and for our community.

Contact Spencer Caraballo ( for more information.

Join in fun of Fencing Club tonight in Wheeler

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Don’t forget to join the Fencing Club tonight (Tuesday) as we host our first duels of the semester. Everyone is welcome to come out on Tuesday nights to the Wheeler Dance Studio between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Remember, all equipment is provided and no experience needed!

Contact MaKenna Hickey ( for more information.

Comings and Goings

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Plant Services has hired Jamie Adams as a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. She comes to George Fox with 13 years of experience with commercial HVAC and HVAC/building controls systems, working most recently as an HVAC control technician for Oregon Health & Science University in Portland (2014-present). Previously, she was a facility energy tech for the Oregon Department of Corrections in Wilsonville (2004-10). In addition to her HVAC credentials, she has six years of experience working with low-pressure boiler systems. Jamie has universal refrigerant certification and has brazing certification through the Oregon Air Conditioning Contractors Association. She lives in Gervais with her daughter Sophia and attends St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville.

Alumna Allie Duncan has joined the university as the MBA program coordinator. She arrives from Amica Mutual Insurance, for whom she worked as an account representative in both Lake Oswego (2016-17) and in Littleton, Colorado, (2016). Before that, she was a photographer for the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado, in the winters of 2014-15 and 2015-16, and a stables reservationist and wrangler for the resort in the summer of 2015. Allie also worked as a reservationist for the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Moran, Wyoming, in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from George Fox in 2011 and an MBA from the university in 2012. She lives in Beaverton and enjoys hiking, climbing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Connie Holland has joined George Fox as a public services assistant working in the Murdock Learning Resource Center. For the past 22 years, she has worked as a database technician and project assistant with Amec Foster Wheeler, a company that specializes in delivering project, engineering and technical solutions to energy and industrial markets. She also worked as a database specialist for EES Environmental Consulting in 2012-13. Connie has also been an active volunteer, serving on the Newberg Booster Club STEM Scholarship Committee, as treasurer for the Newberg Booster Club STEM, as a STEM parent representative in the Newberg School District, and as a Newberg High School robotics team assistant, among other positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Portland State University. Connie lives in Newberg and has three adult children: Alyssa, Anthony and Mikayla.

After a 16-year hiatus, Rob Simpson rejoins the student life office this month to work as director of campus recreation. He arrives from Simpson University in Redding, California, where he has been an associate professor of outdoor leadership since 2015. Prior to that, he directed Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Semester Program, designed to offer students an alternative learning setting in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, from 2005 to 2015. He also worked previously as the director of outdoor leadership at Point Loma University (2002-05) and as an area coordinator in the student life office at George Fox (1999 to 2001). Rob holds both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1992) and a master of education degree in student affairs (2003) from Azusa Pacific University. He lives in Newberg with his wife Cammie and his children, Alek (22) and Sophie (14).

Mark Smith has been hired as a new electrician in Plant Services. For the past two years he’s worked as a maintenance technician for the Friendsview Retirement Community, handling maintenance requests for Friendsview’s health center and memory care units. He has worked at Friendsview since 2012, first as a dining supervisor (2012-13) and later as a night security officer (2013-14), facilities use coordinator (2014-15) and, since 2015, in his current maintenance role. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from George Fox in 2012. He lives in McMinnville with his wife Anna, and the couple attends Newberg Friends Church.

Alumna Sydney West joins the university as an undergraduate admissions counselor this month. A 2016 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned bachelor’s degrees in organizational communication and business management, she has worked as an admissions counselor at Central Washington University since the summer of 2016. Previously, she gained public relations experience as a PR intern with Pamela Lau’s Real Life Real Image business (2016), and during her collegiate experience she worked as a visit and events intern in the undergraduate admissions office in 2015-16. Sydney also worked in the university’s sports marketing division from 2014 to 2016. She recently moved to Newberg and is excited to be returning to the George Fox community.

Abby Burgess (Undergraduate Admissions) is leaving the university Jan. 16 to stay at home full time with her children.

Tim Jaquith (Plant Services) has left the university.

Movers and Quakers

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Keisha Gordon has been promoted to assistant director of athletic recruiting in the undergraduate admissions office.

Kera Hallman has transitioned out of the Employee Empowerment department to Plant Services, where she is now a custodian. She made the move in order to return to school and pursue her passions in biblical studies and art. It also affords her the opportunity to work hours that better accommodate her family life and work side-by-side with students.

About Our People

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Mark McMinn (PsyD) was honored in Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards – those books the publication deems “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought and culture.” Mark was honored for his book The Science of Virtue, which received an Award of Merit in the Spiritual Formation category.  In the book, he argues that positive psychology can be thought of as the contemporary science of virtue and shows how the basic tenets of this movement – gratitude, wisdom, humility, forgiveness, grace and hope – could shape more relevant and effective ministry for pastors and counselors.

Rebecca Hernandez (​Academic Affairs​), Jenny Elsey (Intercultural Life) and Rebecca Valdovinos (English Language Institute) contributed to the book Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press). Hernandez served as a co-editor, and she and Valdovinos wrote chapters, while Elsey wrote a section of a chapter. The book addresses the need for institutions to have meaningful conversations about race and ethnicity and offers leaders a roadmap as they think through how their campuses can serve all students well.

Ed Higgins’ (Emeritus, English Department) poem “Santa’s Stuck” was reprinted in a holiday anthology, Weihnachtsmarkt: A Danse Macabre Holiday Anthology, in December.
In addition, his poem “affair” was published online on the literary site Turn A Page Or Two (Dec. 31, 2017).

Nicole M. Enzinger (School of Education) published an article, “Base-ten block challenge,” in Teaching Children Mathematics, with colleagues Barbara Swartz (McDaniel College) and Sararose Lynch (Westminster College). The article highlights a mathematical challenge for teachers to share with their students, offers a space for teachers to share their experiences with implementing the task, and facilitates use of “complex instruction” as a tool for promoting equity in mathematics teaching.

Paul Anderson (Christian studies) presented papers at the Boston meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Quaker Theological Discussion Group: “Paul, the Philippians, and Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy – A Cognitive-Critical Biblical Analysis,” and “Primitive Christianity Revived – The Original Quaker Vision.” He also published “Identity and Congruence – The Ethics of Integrity in the Johannine Epistles” in Biblical Ethics and Application: Purview, Validity, and Relevance of Biblical Texts in Ethical Discourse (Mohr/Siebeck), and published Ernst Käsemann’s monograph, The Testament of Jesus, with a new introduction, “John 17 – The Original Intention of Jesus for the Church,” as Volume 6 in the Johannine Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock). His tributes to John Punshon include “The Formative Spirituality of John Punshon – 1935-2017” (Quaker Studies 22) and “Remembering John Punshon (1935-2017), Distinguished Alumnus of Brasenose College (B.A. 1957) and the Oxford Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A. 1959)” (Brazen Notes & News, Oxford University). Paul also published two Spotlight essays for the Oikonomia Network: “The Spirituality of Jesus as a Calling, Parts I and II.”