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.”

Birthdays

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Jan. 16             Kelly Friesen
Jan. 17             Christine Austin, Linda Dallof
Jan. 18             Dwayne Astleford, Robin Baker, Matt Dyment
Jan. 19             Paul Fodge, David Liu
Jan. 22             Jamie Adams, John Smith
Jan. 23             Bill Buhrow, Rick Cruz, Mike Foster, John Johnson, Kris Molitor, Pete Rusaw
Jan. 24             Matt Stump
Jan. 26             Celeste Jones, Matt Sargent
Jan. 27             Shannon Johnson, Rick McNeal
Jan. 29             Elrike Shaw, Leslie Wuest

Comings and Goings

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Corey Haverda joined the university’s advancement office as a gift and database specialist last month. Previously, he worked for White Lodging Services, and later Young Life, as a hospitality professional. His roles included night audit supervisor and night audit manager for the JW Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas (2015-16); front office manager for the Denver Marriott South in Denver (2016); and most recently housekeeping manager for Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Oregon (2016-17). He holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of North Texas (2012). Corey is married to Ji, recently hired as an account specialist at the university, and the couple lives in Newberg.


Daniel Winn has started work as an electrician apprentice in Plant Services. He worked most recently at Precision Machining Excellence in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was a lathe and mill operator in 2016 and 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a whitewater raft and zip line guide for Roe Outfitters of Klamath Falls, Oregon, (2015) and as a construction worker in Pendleton, Oregon, during the summers of 2012 and 2014. He earned an associate of applied science degree in civil engineering technology from Blue Mountain Community College in 2014. Daniel lives in Newberg and is looking for a church home in the area.


Luis Del Rio (Soccer Coach) has left the university. He announced his resignation as coach of the men’s soccer program earlier this month after heading the team for six seasons.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Andrea Byerley, who has worked as a temp for the university’s Oregon Writing Project as an administrative assistant for the past two and a half years, is transitioning to work part time as a learning support services coordinator in the disability services office.

About Our People

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Don Powers (Biology) and five colleagues – two of whom are former George Fox students –   published an article, “Hovering in the heat: effects of environmental temperature on heat regulation in foraging hummingbirds,” in Royal Society Open Science on Dec. 6. The piece shows that when the temperature of the environment is higher than hummingbird body temperature, they begin to actively regulate their heat load likely by shuttling in-and-out of shaded vegetation. Thus, vegetative microclimates might be necessary for hummingbirds to function during high-temperature extremes.

Bob Gilmore (Faculty Emeritus) published a book of poems, titled Through the Years in Sunshine and Shadows, now available for purchase at bookstores and on Amazon. It is described on Amazon as “an inspirational book of poetry to which everyone can relate. Poems from My Life in Sunshine and Shadows are an uplifting read, with many compositions on life, love and happiness.”

Birthdays

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Dec. 12           John Bates, Isabelle Corneaux
Dec. 13           Steve Grant, Marcey Keefer Hutchison, Brett Papineau
Dec. 14           Janelle Olivarez
Dec. 15           Paul Corbett-Furgal, Ben Hartley, Rick Muthiah, Cliff Rosenbohm
Dec. 17           Gary Buhler, Viki Defferding, Joe Thouvenel
Dec. 18           Carol Hutchinson, Katy Turpen
Dec. 19           Anderson Campbell, Phil Smith
Dec. 20           Jennifer Hanks
Dec. 21           Dawn Ford
Dec. 22           Robin Ashford, Jenny Getsinger
Dec. 23           Rodger Bufford, Jenny Vuksich
Dec. 24           Jeong Ahn, Greg Allen
Dec. 25           Abby Burgess, Debby O’Kelley
Dec. 26           Jill Beals, Jan Campadore, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann
Dec. 28           Sandra Banta-Wright, Abigail Hortegas, Robert Simpson
Dec. 30           Cris Banton, Lori DeKruyf, Paul L’Esperance, Adam Puckett, Kaitlyn Ragan
Jan. 1             Bob Harder
Jan. 3             Callista Lin, Lenore Stewart
Jan. 4             Brenda Graf, Chris Koch, Dan vanderWater
Jan. 5             Courtney Anderegg
Jan. 9             Mary Cameron
Jan. 10           Grant Burns, George Byrtek, John Regier
Jan. 12           Jeff Cameron, Tim Rahschulte, Shannon Scott
Jan. 13           Kim Rapp
Jan. 14           Li-Zandre Philbrook, Jonathan Ramse, Jim Steele
Jan. 15           Janeen Dillow, Debbie Hawblitzel, Holli Paskewich

Comings and Goings

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Lynn Andrews (Advancement) is leaving the university at the end of this month to start a new position as the leader of development for her parish, as well as to establish a new foundation for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Portland. A farewell reception for her is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium.

Christy Smith (Library) left George Fox earlier this month.

About Our People

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Ben Hartley (College of Christian Studies) recently published three chapters in two different books. “Mission: Agnes C. L. Donohugh, Early ‘Apostle for Ethnology’” was published in On Knowing Humanity: Insights from Theology for Anthropology (Routledge). The chapter argues that Donohugh was the most important Christian anthropologist involved in the training of missionaries in America between the world wars. The volume also reprinted an article previously published in Current Anthropology that Ben coauthored with four Eastern University colleagues, entitled “Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue.” Finally, a chapter he coauthored with Kirsten Oh and Glen Alton Messer, entitled “‘Get on the Cart!’: Wesleyan Discipleship in an Age of Endemic Incarceration,” appears in Thinking Theologically about Mass Incarceration: Biblical Foundations and Justice Imperatives (Paulist Press). The chapter was the result of Ben’s participation over the past few years in the National Council of Churches’ Convening Table on Faith and Order.

Brent Weaver’s (Music) three-movement suite “Singing at the Fire” for organ, based on poems by Sarah Klassen on stories from the early Anabaptist book Martyrs Mirror, was presented by organist Shirley Sprunger King on Nov. 5 at Bluffton College in Ohio. The concert was part of a month-long series of art, music and literature events surrounding an exhibition of art and stories from Martyrs Mirror.

Elise Trask (Athletics), Jen Macnab (Registrar), Nichole Drew (Employee Empowerment), Elizabeth Anderson (Residence Life), Matt Dyment (Residence Life), Dave Johnstone (Residence Life), Kristi Welker (Commuter Life), Brad Lau (Student Life) and Mark Pothoff (Student Life) attended the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Investigator Training Oct. 25-27 in Salem.

Rachel Thomas (Library/Archivist) has been named president of the Newberg Area Historical Society. She has served as vice president of the society for the past two years, during which time she presented historical lectures, connected George Fox students and faculty to the organization, successfully instituted student membership rates, conducted historical trolley tours of Newberg, and been instrumental in continuing efforts to document the history of downtown Newberg through signage.

Brent Wilson (Computer Science) presented a published paper, “Teaching Security Defense Through Web-Based Hacking at the Undergraduate Level,” at the Rocky Mountain Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference at Utah Valley University in October. The paper was published in the Journal for Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) is lead author of a chapter, titled “An Illustration of Scholarly Inquiry from the Cognitive Perspective: The Development of an Integer Activity for Prospective Elementary or Middle School Teachers,” in the book Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods. The book is the product of collaborations among over 40 mathematics teacher educators who teach mathematics methods courses for prospective PreK-12 teachers in many different institutional contexts and structures.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “Floating Lightly Through” in the October 2017 issue of the online literary journal The Magnolia Review.

Rae Casey (DPS), Jennie Harrop (DPS), Michelle Shelton (DPS) and Britny Scholz (Registrar, DPS) attended the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 2017 International Conference in San Diego Nov. 15-17. Rae, Jennie and Michelle presented a workshop titled “Knowles, Kolb, & Google: Prior Learning Assessment as a Model for 21st-Century Learning,” in which they presented George Fox’s model for Prior Learning Assessment. Grounded in andragogical theory, the university’s PLA process moves from Malcolm Knowles’ 1970s emphasis on the importance of experience, self-concept and relevance in a student’s journey to a focus on the experiential learning cycle of David Kolb: experience, reflection, theory-building and application. The three argued that George Fox’s Knowles/Kolb-focused PLA program serves as a model for education in a 21st-century Google age where information is instantaneous and creative reflection is essential.

Paige Parry (Biology) published two papers this year in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Forest Service: “Towards an improved conceptual understanding of North American tree distributions” in the journal Ecosphere, and “Species interactions weakly modify climate-induced tree co-occurrence patterns” in the Journal of Vegetation Science.

Matt Stump (Biology) collaborated with colleagues on an article, “Upregulation of functional Kv11.1a isoform expression by modified U1 small nuclear RNA,” in the journal Gene in October. The study was performed in collaboration with Zhengfeng Zhou and Qiuming Gong in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.

Birthdays

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Nov. 28           Peg Hutton
Nov. 29           Michelle Conrad
Dec. 3             Davida Brown, Brad Lau, Branden Thompson
Dec. 6             Kathy Alexander
Dec. 7             Marie-Christine Goodworth, Amy Lutz
Dec. 8             Kerry Irish
Dec. 9             Patrick Kelley, Mike Wirta
Dec. 10           Carlisle Chambers, Laurie Koehler
Dec. 11           Tatiana Cevallos, Lisa Cleath, Sara Reamy

Comings and Goings

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Josh DeGraff joins Plant Services this month as a groundskeeper. A landscape specialist with nearly 15 years of experience, he worked the past year doing landscaping projects and clean water services work for various pump stations throughout Washington County. Before that, he worked for 13 years as a landscape foreman and technician for Winterbloom Inc., serving as a crew leader, foreman and technician for various residential projects that included all phases of landscape construction and maintenance. Josh is a licensed landscape construction professional (2005-present) and earned landscape technology credentials at Portland Community College in 2003. He lives in Beaverton with wife Kristin and has three girls: Miriam (12), Eliza (10) and Lia (8). The family attends Sonrise Church in Hillsboro, where he plays drums on the worship team. Outside of landscaping, Josh has a passion for bicycles. Currently, he is a part-time bicycle mechanic and has experience working full time at a bike shop in Portland.


Plant Services welcomes James Dezellem as a custodian this month. For the past two years, he worked as youth director at Yamhill Christian Church, planning and leading events and programs and mentoring teenagers in the community. He also worked in 2015 as a carpenter for All Building Construction, working with a team building everything from decks and fences to full-fledged remodels and new custom buildings from the ground up. Previously, James worked as a line trainer for TriMet (2013-15) and was an assistant director for a small nonprofit, Empowered Kids. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University. James lives in Carlton with his wife Marie and attends Yamhill Christian Church.


The student accounts office has hired Ji Haverda as an account specialist to serve students whose last names begin with A through K. For the past three years, she has worked as an office manager and as head wedding photographer for Imogen Works Photography. Prior to that, she was a challenge course facilitator in the guest services department of Washington Family Ranch, a Young Life camp based in Antelope, Oregon, in 2013-14. Ji gained higher education experience as an office specialist and web designer for the Campus Ministries Department at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, from 2009 to 2013. She also worked as a travel photographer for The New York Times’ online publications in 2011-12. Ji lives in Newberg with her husband, Corey.


About Our People

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Rae Casey (DPS), Jennie Harrop (DPS), Carol Hutchinson (DPS) and Michelle Shelton (DPS) presented a talk, titled “Breaking Down Silos: Technology, Teamwork, and Transformational Learning,” at the 2017 Magna Teaching with Technology Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Oct. 7. The group grounded their discussion in andragogical learning theory, focusing on (1) how transformational learning is possible in local and distance learning environments, (2) that meaningful learning communities must be created with intention, (3) that academic silos must be broken down to allow for relationships, and (4) that effective technology demands faculty teamwork.

Kevin Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) published two articles this fall on two different, but relevant, topics. In October, Kevin, along with coauthor James Briscoe from James Madison University, published “Mortification and Apodiorizo: Re-framing Apologia” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review. The essay challenges conventional methods of apology speeches and creates a new theory for seeking forgiveness for a transgression. Kevin also published “The Integration of Faith and Learning in the Communication Classroom” in the Journal of Christian Teaching and Practice. In that essay, he draws upon more than 30 years of teaching experience to provide a servant-leadership teaching model for the Christian communication classroom.

Brent Weaver’s (Music) composition Two Intermezzos was performed in September by “Rising Star” Sam Hong. The piece was inspired by the Intermezzos of Brahms, with a musical connection with American musical styles such as jazz, folk music and more recent popular styles. Brent is one of 12 local composers commissioned by Portland Piano International/SOLO to compose new works for solo piano, to be performed by young “Rising Star” pianists from across the globe. The works premiere in free, interactive concerts in Portland and around Oregon, and will be recorded for release in 2018.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “Monday” in the online publication Ascent Aspirations Magazine on Oct. 17. Ed’s piece was among those selected for the magazine’s “Friday’s Poems” segment. Ed also had a flash fiction piece, “Boil,” published in the October 2017 issue of the online literary journal Clockwise Cat.

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) presented “Stability and Oscillatory Analysis of Numerical Partial Differential Equations,” one of two invited addresses at the annual Oregon Liberal Arts Mathematics Colloquium on Oct. 21 in Forest Grove. The other invited address, “Diagonalization of Algebraic Structures over the Integers,” was given by Michelle Walty, a 2010 George Fox mathematics graduate who is a visiting professor at Pacific University after earning her PhD in mathematics in August from Texas Tech University.

Birthdays

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Oct. 31            Rachael Fissell, Dane Joseph
Nov. 1             Dave Johnstone, David Martinez, Christopher Parks, Polly Peterson
Nov. 2             Tahlia Martin
Nov. 3             Karen Bowdoin, Nijay Gupta
Nov. 4             Karen Carskadon, Jennifer Farland, Tom Head, Young-Il Kim, Melissa Thomas
Nov. 5             Rob Bohall, Michelle Kang
Nov. 6             Alexandra Harrington, Jon Schatz
Nov. 8             Rebecca Valdovinos
Nov. 9             Jack Lyda
Nov. 10           Glena Andrews
Nov. 11           Rhonda Andrews, Sean Patterson
Nov. 12           Kelly Borror, Ian Sanders
Nov. 13           Kristie Knows His Gun
Nov. 14           Kelly Lafferty
Nov. 16           Carol Jaquith
Nov. 17           Abigail Favale, Kris Nelson, Sue O’Donnell
Nov. 18           Kathleen Jones, Gina Miller
Nov. 19           Nathanael Ankeny, Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 20           Jeremy Doucette-Hardy
Nov. 21           Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22           Corban Harwood
Nov. 23           Laura Simmons, Sarah Stevenson
Nov. 24           Tamara Reams
Nov. 27           Ryan Jacobson

Comings and Goings

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Andrea Abernathy joins the university this month as a reference librarian in the Murdock Learning Resource Center. She recently moved to Oregon from Alabama, where she worked as a librarian and assistant professor of library resources (2014-present) and as a librarian and instructor (2010-14) at Judson College. Previously, she worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Montevallo Middle School in Montevallo, Alabama, from 2005 to 2008. At Judson, Andrea was instrumental in promoting literacy in Marion, Alabama, through the Little Free Libraries program, helping establish two free libraries in areas of the city in need. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Alabama in 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English language arts from the University of Montevallo (2003). Andrea lives in McMinnville and is in search of a church home.


George Fox alumna Alexandra Weatherford has joined the School of Social Work as an administrative assistant this month. For the past year, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale, Washington, while also spending the latter part of 2016 working as a teacher assistant at Chapel Hill Preschool in Gig Harbor, Washington. Alexandra earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design and fashion merchandising from George Fox in 2015 and worked in the university’s advancement office in 2014 and 2015 as a phonathon supervisor. She lives in Hubbard with her husband Justin, a 2014 George Fox mechanical engineering alumnus, and their two dogs, Tucker and Winston. The Weatherfords attend Zion Mennonite Church.

About Our People

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Bob Harder (Engineering) was recently interviewed by Big Beacon Radio about what makes George Fox’s engineering program unique, the role that the university’s Christian orientation plays in creating a transformative educational experience, and how entrepreneurially minded learning is shaping higher education. You can listen to the podcast here.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) has been busy of late. Recently, he hosted The People’s Supper on “Race and Justice” at his farm in Newberg. The People’s Supper is a national program that aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse. He also published a blog for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning on “The Race to End Racism: Is the Academy in the Race?” In addition, he presented at the Indigenous Wisdom: Pathways to Deeper Awareness Summit held at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland. He was also honored, with his spouse Edith, at the NAYA Pow Wow with a necklace and recognized as a community elder. Finally, he was featured on the national podcast “Replacing Church,” on which he talked about the “Native American Harmony Way and its Relationship to Shalom,” and was featured on the “Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries Webinar” (Ched Meyers), sharing on “The Columbus Quincentenary as A Turning Point in the Decolonization Struggle.”

Cherice Bock (Seminary) is representing Portland Seminary’s Creation Care Program at the Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education: Implications for Teaching, Learning and Seminary Life, held at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio Oct. 17-18. The event is an invitation-only gathering for collaboration and learning about incorporating creation care into theological curricula. Cherice also recently gave a talk on “Introduction to Watershed Discipleship” at the conference Blessing of the Waters of Life: Justice and Healing for Our Watershed. held in Corbett, Oregon, Sept. 25-26.

Birthdays

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Oct. 17               Min Choi, Ben Guidice
Oct. 18               Shereen Hullum
Oct. 20               Paul Becker, Wendy Flint
Oct. 21               Teresa Arnold
Oct. 22               Samantha Adams, Dwayne Hood, Tricia Hornback
Oct. 23               Andy Baker
Oct. 24               Ryan Dougherty, Dixie Downey
Oct. 25               Rachel Ryan
Oct. 26               Lorie Brubaker, Todd Curtis, Aida Ramos
Oct. 27               Kristina Van Der Eems
Oct. 29               Roger Nam, Rusty St. Cyr
Oct. 30               Katie Sol

Comings and Goings

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Nichole Drew, a talent development manager the past four years with Enterprise Holdings Inc. who has 13-plus years of management and human resources experience, joins the university as its first director of employee empowerment. She will be a key leader in the university’s new Innovation and Empowerment division, which aligns employee empowerment (formerly HR), information technology, data analytics, strategic planning and innovation. As the employee empowerment leader, Nichole will give special focus to talent development and hiring. She will also oversee the main HR functions of the university. She joins George Fox after overseeing talent development and leadership training efforts with Enterprise Holdings Inc. for Oregon and Southwest Washington since May of 2013. Previously, she worked for five years as an area rental manager for Enterprise Rent a Car, overseeing 60 employees at eight locations. Nichole earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Portland State University in 2003 and was a four-year student-athlete at the university, earning a scholarship in softball and serving as a team captain. She lives in Newberg with her husband Chad and their children Austin (7) and Avery (2). The family attends Family Life Church in Newberg.


Michelle Kang joins the PsyD department as a program coordinator this fall. She worked previously as an office manager for Kang and Associates Physical Therapy Inc. of Ventura, California, from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that, she was director of conference services for the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, California, in 2003. Michelle earned a bachelor of business administration degree in economics from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in 2000. She lives in Newberg with Daniel Kang, an assistant professor in the university’s doctor of physical therapy program, and their three daughters, Lauren, Claire and Grace.


The library on the Newberg campus has hired Christy Smith as a part-time public service library assistant. For the past year she volunteered at Homeward Bound Pets, an animal shelter in McMinnville. She also volunteered in the past in the Vancouver Public Schools system (2011-12) and at Eisenhower Elementary School (2009-10) in Vancouver, Washington. Christy lives in McMinnville with her husband Ken and their children Michael and Jasmine. The family attends Family Life Church.


The university welcomes Anna Sophia Ziton as an executive assistant in the president’s office. For the past two years she has worked as the head secretary for the Woodburn Academy of Art, Science & Technology in Woodburn, Oregon, where she did both clerical work and helped organize major events. Previously, she did some voice acting work in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Moscow, Russia, in 2014-15. She also taught Spanish and Russian as an assistant teacher in Kenyon College’s Department of Modern Languages and Literature from 2011 to 2014. Anna Sophia earned a bachelor’s degree in modern languages and literature from Kenyon College in Ohio in 2014. She lives in Woodburn and attends St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Beaverton.


After nearly 11 years working directly with alumni and donors, Robby Larson is leaving George Fox to become the vice president of advancement at Multnomah University in Portland. In parting, he shared these thoughts: “Serving the George Fox community for this past decade has been a true privilege. I am immensely grateful for all the incredible alumni and friends who support this place. It’s exciting to think of how God might work through each of these people to impact the next 125 years at George Fox.” Robby’s last day at George Fox is Thursday, Oct. 5.

Ashley Walker (MBA Programs Coordinator) is leaving George Fox on Oct. 11. She will be working at the University of Oregon’s Portland campus as an event coordinator.

About Our People

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Joseph Clair (William Penn Honors Program) published an article, “The Lost Purpose of Learning,” in the Sept. 26 edition of First Things. The piece is a foretaste of his forthcoming book in Bloomsbury’s new Reading Augustine series, due out in November. The book, titled On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, claims, like the article, that Augustine’s Christian vision of higher education is worth recovering and works out a practical roadmap for reconnecting the intellectual enterprise of learning to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others on college campuses today.

Birthdays

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Oct. 3              Sarita Gallagher
Oct. 4              Doug Beatty, Jane Wilson
Oct. 7              Cindy Howard, Maranda Turner
Oct. 8              Linda Crossland
Oct. 9              Brian Doak, Caroline Wildhaber
Oct. 10            Rob Felton, Jim Smart
Oct. 11            Gary Eckerdt, Lizzy Riese
Oct. 12            Tyler Weiss
Oct. 15            Debra Espinor, Gina Worley
Oct. 16            Richard Shaw, Caleb Wheelock