Comings and Goings

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Drew JacobsThe university welcomes Drew Jacobs as the new associate vice president of human resources. Drew comes to George Fox from Select Mechanical of Livermore, Calif., where, since last summer, he served as vice president of HR and organizational development for the commercial HVAC, sheet-metal fabrication, installation and service contractor. Previously, Drew was senior vice president of talent and organizational development for Pacific Foods of Portland for 11 years. He holds a master’s degree in organizational development from Simpson University and a bachelor’s degree in Bible education from Multnomah University. He lives in Tualatin and attends Westside Community Church in Beaverton.


Emily GigouxA former student employee, Emily Gigoux, has joined the university’s advancement office as coordinator of advancement events. Emily graduated this spring from George Fox with a degree in studio arts and has worked the past month as an assistant photographer for Bryan Rupp Photography in Dundee – a job she will continue to do through the summer. While a student at the university, she worked for three years as a photographer in the marketing and communication department. She also worked as a student employee for the alumni and parent relations office all four years of college. She and her husband Alex, a current George Fox student, live in Newberg.


Carl AndersonAlumnus Carl Anderson has joined the university as a carpenter and certified arborist. For the past 21 years, he’s worked as the property manager for Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries, overseeing all aspects of maintenance and improvements for the 93-acre camp. Also, since 2002, he has been an adjunct faculty member at George Fox, specializing in outdoor ministries classes. Carl earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Fox in 1994 and also holds an MBA from the university (2011). He lives in Newberg with wife Julie and daughters Grace and Susannah, and attends Newberg Friends Church.


Trey WattTrey Watt has joined the plant services team as a groundskeeper. It marks a return to George Fox for Trey, who served as an assistant baseball coach at the university from 2012 to 2015. More recently, he was an assistant baseball coach with the University of Portland for the past year. He also worked as a behavior coach with the Newberg School District from 2012 to 2015. Trey holds a master’s degree in education from Concordia University in Portland (2014) and a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific Lutheran (2010). He lives in Tualatin with wife Brianna and daughter MaggieMae, and the family attends Solid Rock Church in Portland.


Holly KirbyHolly Kirby, a former George Fox employee who had served previously at the university as an inquiry/applications coordinator from 2004 to 2013 – and most recently as an administrative assistant in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (2013-14) – has returned to the university to work as an administrative assistant for the College of Engineering. While she was away, Holly worked part time as an administrative assistant at Eaton Corporation and became an Institute for Integrative Nutrition-certified health coach.


Joyce Engberg (Engineering) left the university in May. She and her family have moved to Bend, where her husband has gotten a new job.

Julie Green (College of Education) left George Fox at the end of April for a position as a contract administrator with the Bonneville Power Administration.

Patti Fitzgerald (Registrar) retired from the university after working at George Fox for the past 13 and a half years. She plans to spend more time with her husband and family.

Caroline Jovanovich (Advancement) left the university in early May. Her husband accepted a job at RH2 Engineering in Tacoma, Wash., and the couple is moving to that area to be closer to family as they plan to start a family of their own in September.

The following faculty members are departing the university this summer to retire or pursue other opportunities: Craig Johnson (Business), Larry Metzger (English Language Institute), Loren Wenz (Music), Wendy Bruton (Counseling), Ken Badley (Education), Debbie Berho (Spanish), Susan Newell (Social Work), Marcia Bogert (Nursing) and Jeff Birdsell (Communication Arts).

About Our People

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Members of the 2016-17 Leadership Development Initiative cohort include the following individuals: administrators Danae Allen, Dwayne Astleford, Ryan Backman, Grant Burns, Tiona Cage, Megan Janes, Darla Norgren, Chris Pulver, John Regier, Darby Thiessen and Jane Wilson; staff members Jesse Dillow and Joel Schutter; and faculty Rae Casey, Brent Weaver and Donna Webb.

Greg Allen (Adult Degree Programs), in his role as part of the inaugural Applied Information Management Board of Directors at the University of Oregon, will speak as a panelist to about 2,500 CIOs at the Premier CIO Forum this October in Portland.  He will speak on the topic “10 keys for Successful Leaders.” The opportunity to speak came from alumni recommendations and connections from other boards Greg serves on.

Paul Otto (History) gave the commencement address at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, Calif., where his daughter graduated, on May 7. The title of his address was “Building in God’s Kingdom: Architects, Builders, and Fixers.” Paul was also recently appointed coeditor of the Journal of Early American History, published by Brill Press.

The third volume of the Friends Association for Higher Education “Quakers and the Disciplines” series has been published, and George Fox professors are featured prominently in the publication, titled Quakers and Literature. Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) serves as the series editor, and English professors Bill Jolliff and Ed Higgins are featured as authors. Jolliff’s essay, titled “The Practice of Writing: A Quaker Poet’s Perspective,” grew out of his keynote address at the FAHE conference. Ed’s essay was titled, “Going Naked as a Sign: Quaker Utopianism and the Alien Other in Joan Slonczewski’s A Door Into Ocean.”

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem, “Mermaid Tale,” was featured in the April 2016 edition of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles. He also published a flash fiction story, “Henny Penny on Why She Crossed the Road,” in the British quarterly Tigershark Magazine (Issue 10, May 12, 2016).

Paul Anderson (Christian studies) presented a paper, “Why the Gospel of John is Fundamental to Jesus Research,” at the Princeton-Prague Symposium on the Historical Jesus at Princeton Theological Seminary in March. George Fox graduates at Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School attended the session, which focused on “Illustrating How to Use the Gospel of John in Jesus Research.” In addition, Paul’s television interview with “Salt & Light,” on David Gibson’s book Finding Jesus, recently aired in Toronto. Paul also preached at the Scottsdale First Baptist Church in March and has spoken at four churches in Oregon recently, displaying The Saint John’s Bible and speaking on biblical themes. Finally, Paul organized a public event this spring at the Chehalem Cultural Center, “Not in the Name of My Religion!,” in which he and Harris Zafar challenged the yoking of Christianity and Islam to violence.

Cherice Bock’s (Seminary) paper, “Climatologists, Theologians, & Prophets: Toward an Ecotheology of Critical Hope,” appeared in the May 2016 issue of the journal Cross Currents, and she presented a poster on the topic at Harvard Divinity School’s Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture Conference. She also reviewed “Rewilding the Way,” which will appear in the June 2016 issue of Sojourners magazine.

Birthdays

Monday, June 6th, 2016

June 8            Jeannine Graham, Adam Haldorson
June 9            Mark Terry
June 10          Tim Goodfellow
June 11          Jing Hao, Ty Sohlman
June 12          Tiona Cage, Beronica Salazar
June 13          Robby Larson
June 14          Loren Wenz
June 15          Karen Hamlin, Jennifer Lichtenberg, Gary Tandy
June 16          Craig Taylor
June 17          Neal Ninteman
June 18          Michelle Foster, Sherri Moore, Donna Webb
June 19          Kristi Bronkey, Tim Jaquith, Mark McMinn
June 20          Janet Herron
June 21          Jamie Johnson, Susanna Steeg
June 22          Megan Clark, Penny Martin, Alyssa Rands, Dinah Steig, Daniel Sweeney
June 23          Rachel Thomas
June 24          Terri Crawford, Patty Vanier
June 25          Mike Rader
June 27          Darby Thiessen, Kipp Wilfong
June 28          Michael Meek, Dan Schutter
June 29          Mary Peterson, Nathan Slegers
June 30          John Heitz
July 1             Nancy Fawver
July 4             Jill Downing
July 5             Megan Janes
July 6             Lisa Burton
July 8             Jesse Dillow, Sue Richie, Linda Samek
July 9             Eloise Hockett, Sidney Tafflinger, Kenn Willson
July 10           Laurie Fair
July 11           Mary Schmitt, Jillian Sokso

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Carlos OrdonezCarlos Ordonez joined the university as a graduate admissions counselor for the MBA and DBA programs last week. He arrives from Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville, where he worked as an admissions officer for the past three years. Before that, he was a senior admissions advisor at Carrington College in Northern California from 2010 to 2013. He also has experience working as a high school admissions advisor with Heald College and as a high school representative with Wester Career College in California. Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix (2010). He lives in Keizer with wife Tiffany and 3-month-old daughter Myla and attends Horizon Community Church in Tualatin.


Alexandra Rhizor (Plant Services) has left the university to take a new job closer to home. She will be working as a claims analyst at Epiq Systems in Beaverton.

About Our People

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Melissa Thomas (Registrar) became president of the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers at the organization’s annual business meeting on April 19.

Rand Michael (Graduate School of Counseling) was the keynote speaker for “Shattering Stigma with Stories,” a conference at New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley that addressed the interface of the church and mental health/illness. Rand’s keynote title was “From Stigma to Style: Choosing Our Life Narrative.” The conference, which took place Saturday, April 23, was presented for mental health professionals as well as clergy and church laity.

A Philippines-based literary print journal, Metaphor, published Ed Higgins’ (English) poem “If you could only” in its April 2016 issue. In addition, Ed’s flash fiction story, “What She Left Unsaid,” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Donut Factory, a literary print-only journal based in Berkeley, Calif.

Stephen Howell (Data Analytics) was named Employee of the Month for April.

Birthdays

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 4              Sarah Reid
May 5              Robert Bonner, Emily Palkert
May 7              Cory Hand
May 8              Molly Hickok, Brent Wilson, Deb Worden
May 10            Chris Meade
May 12            Marla Sweningson
May 13            Jenny Elsey, Rob Leslie
May 14            Kathi Becker, Tim Galuza, Don Powers
May 15            Dirk Barram
May 16            Britny Scholz, Trevor Woods
May 17            Paul Anderson
May 18            Gregg Boughton, Paul Otto
May 20            Gabe Haberly, Teresa Lamm
May 22            Clifford Berger, Bree Stairs
May 23            Chuck Conniry, Adam McGuffie
May 24            Brenda Morton
May 26            Elise Trask
May 27            Virginia Lundquist
May 28            Beth LaForce, Steve Sherwood
May 29            Steven Classen, Kandie Comfort, Mike Magill
May 30            Stephen Bearden, Amy Dee, Roger Newell
May 31            Jessica Hollen
June 3             Paula Hampton, Jamison Loop
June 4             Nadine Kincaid
June 6             Keisha Gordon, Joyce Staats, Alan Thurston

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Dexter BallardDexter Ballard has joined plant services as a custodian this month. He arrives from Aldersgate Camps and Retreats in Turner, Ore., where he was a maintenance assistant. Before that, he worked various jobs in Santa Cruz, Calif., primarily at Mission Springs Camps and Conference Center. Dexter holds a bachelor’s degree in history and social studies from Warner Pacific College (2012). He recently moved to Newberg with his wife, Courtney.


Kyle Wattenbarger (Plant Services) left the university in early April after serving at George Fox for 12 years. He left to stay home and take care of his three children.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Matt Sargent has moved from enrollment manager for the adult degree program and the Master of Social Work program to the position of associate registrar. Britny Scholz has moved out of the College of Business, where she was the program coordinator for the MBA and DBA programs, into the enrollment manager role that Matt vacated.

About Our People

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Kathy Heininge (English) presented her paper, “Paul Murray and W. B. Yeats: Sprezzatura for a Modern Ireland?,” at the national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies at Notre Dame University the first weekend of April. In addition, her book review on Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives came out this month in the Irish Literary Supplement. She also wrote an article, “Once: Ulysses Revisited,” that is forthcoming in a book on intercultural adaptations of theater in Ireland, and her article on “James Joyce and the Habitual Present Tense” was accepted, pending some revisions, for publication in the James Joyce Quarterly, the major Joyce journal. Finally, Kathy’s book Reflections: Virginia Woolf and her Quaker Aunt, Caroline Stephen should be released by Peter Lang within the month.

John Bennett (Art and Design) was selected as a professional reviewer for Portland Photo Month. In that role, he is giving portfolio critiques of Northwest photographers for Photolucida, a nonprofit organization that, every other April, hosts an international set of photographers and reviewers in Portland for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops and exhibitions. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. By providing a venue for in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants, Photolucida promotes the culture of photography locally, nationally and internationally.

Glena Andrews (Director of Clinical Training – Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology) will present at the Eastern Oregon Psychological Association’s 31st annual Wallowa Lake Conference on May 21. The title of her presentation is, “Neuropsychology: Frontal Lobe Dysfunction, Difficult Diagnoses, and Use of Screening Tools.”

Carmen Imes (College of Christian Studies) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Wheaton College on April 1. Her project is entitled, “Bearing YHWH’s Name at Sinai: A Re-examination of the Name Command of the Decalogue (Exod 20:7).” She will graduate with a PhD in biblical theology – Old Testament.

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem “Jalapeños” was selected to be included in the “EAT: A Literature + Photography Installation” exhibit scheduled to open in May at Centre College in Danville, Ky. Out of over 150 entries, Ed’s submission was one of 11 selected. His piece will be paired with a photographic interpretation by Kentucky photographer Sarah Jane Sanders. In addition, First Class Literary Magazine posted Ed’s poem “Sisyphus” on its website, and, in a Caribbean-based (Trinidad) online poetry journal (Random Poem Tree), three of his poems were published in March: “April Touch,” “A Poem Should Always” and “Tensions.”

Birthdays

Monday, April 18th, 2016

April 19            Jeff Tatum, Rebecca Williams
April 21            Stephanie Bugas
April 25            Terri Beecroft, Valerie Sherwood, Richard Silver
April 26            Dana Ferrin, Emma Glennen
April 27            Pat Vandehey
April 28            Danny Cross
April 29            Jeff Woods
May 1               Patrick Allen
May 2               Dwayne Worden

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Cropper Russel Emily GraceEmily-Grace Cropper-Russel has joined the advancement office as a gift and database specialist. She worked most recently for Youth Outreach as a job development specialist and as a site director for YouthWorks, a missions trips ministry for teenagers. Prior to that, she gained office experience as a work-study student and tutor at George Fox while she was a student between 2009 and 2013. Emily-Grace earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the university in 2013. She lives in Newberg with her husband Caleb and daughter Ellery and attends North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.


Emily PalkertEmily Palkert has joined the university as the new women’s volleyball coach. A four-year American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., Palkert was named National Freshman of the Year in 2007 and ended her career as the all-time career kills leader at Concordia. She also led her team to four straight NCAA Division II national championships. She holds a bachelor’s degree in child learning and human development (2011), and upon graduating from Concordia she played professionally in Finland (2011) and Spain (2012). More recently, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she also worked as a health and physical education instructor while working toward a master’s degree in business.


Lenore StewartThe university welcomes Lenore Stewart as an accounting specialist (general ledger) in the financial affairs office. She has worked as a teller at the US Bank in Tualatin since last August and previously worked as a National Instant Criminal Background check outfitter at Cabela’s in Tualatin (2014-15). Lenore also worked in accounts payable, handling vendor payments, for the Irwin Hodson Company of Portland from 2011 to 2014. She lives in Tigard with her husband Randy and their children Britta, a sophomore at George Fox, and Jared, a junior at Tigard High School. They attend Grace Point Community Church in Tigard.


Steve Wasson (IT/Media Services) left the university late last month to accept a position in the Midwest.

About Our People

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Lori DeKruyf (Counseling) co-presented with masters in school counseling alumna Catherine Davis and current masters in school counseling student Jill Williams at the Innovations in School Counselor Preparation Conference in Athens, Ga., Feb. 28 to March 1. The three presented “Key Field Experiences that Prepare School Counseling Students to Be Known as both Educational Leaders and Mental Health Professionals.” Lori also collaborated with Dr. Diana Gruman from Western Washington University and Dr. Laurie Carlson from Colorado State University on a presentation titled “Fostering a Balanced Professional Identity for an Agile Response to Equity Issues.”

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has named Deborah Berhó (Spanish) director of the Latin American Studies Program, a Council for Christian Colleges and Universities BestSemester program. She and her family will be moving to Costa Rica this summer to work for the interdisciplinary program. “During my 19 years at George Fox I have come to understand many components necessary for a solid study abroad experience as I have worked with Spanish majors and minors. Though I am having a hard time saying goodbye to my students and wonderful colleagues, I am excited to bring that knowledge to bear on this program, and to use other components of my PhD in Latin American Studies that have been set aside as I have focused on Spanish language acquisition.”

Amy Dee (Education) published an article, “After Cancer, Looking Forward Gratefully,” in the March/April issue of Coping magazine. In it, Amy writes about her personal experience related to her journey after a cancer diagnosis.

Kris Kays (Psychology) and student Bekah Miles presented a seminar, “Facebook Self-disclosure and other Conversation Starters,” at the 2016 International Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) conference March 10-12 in Pasadena, Calif. Kays, Miles and Chris Koch (Psychology) also presented a poster, “Is Social Media Like an Onion? Exploring the Social Penetration Theory as an Explanation for Viral Responses to Intimate Self-disclosure,” at the same conference.

Jeannine Graham (Christian studies) contributed the chapter “‘The One for the Many’ Theme in James Torrance’s Theology” in the recently published Trinity and Transformation: J. B. Torrance’s Vision of Worship, Mission, and SocietyRoger Newell (Christian studies) also contributed a chapter entitled “The Stuttgart Declaration of 1945: A Case Study of Guilt, Forgiveness and Foreign Policy.”

Paul (Business) and Michelle (Professional Studies) Shelton teamed with a colleague from another university to present a paper, “Group Potency and Virtual Teams,” at the 2016 Academy of Business Research Conference in New Orleans March 23-25. The paper won the “Best Paper Award” in the session.

Terry Huffman (Education) received word that his new book, Tribal Strengths and American Indian Education: Voices from the Reservation Classroom, has been accepted for publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Gary Tandy (English) recently presented two writing skills workshops for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board staff in Salem. The workshops focused on Email Etiquette, Difficult Messages, and Grammar and Punctuation. The OEBB administers health care benefits for K-12 teachers and community college employees in Oregon.

Jim Smart (Biology) collaborated on a research paper with scientists from both Oregon Health & Science University and from Jena University in Germany. The paper, titled “RHEB1 Expression in Embryonic and Postnatal Mouse,” was published in a recent edition of Histochemistry and Cell Biology. The piece reveals the role of the RHEB1 protein in normal development of the early embryo. George Fox biology graduate Wesley Bollinger (2012) also contributed to the project as a Richter Scholar. Wesley is currently in a PhD program at the FAU/Max Planck Institute in Florida, where he is studying the molecular basis for sleep and memory formation.

Caroline Wildhaber (Nursing) was named Employee of the Month for March.

Birthdays

Monday, April 4th, 2016

April 5              Paul Holman, Vicki Tschan
April 6              John Kaye
April 8              Joel Kelley
April 10            Cheri Hampton
April 11            Janelle Freitag
April 12            Dylan Harris, John Shaw
April 13            Britt Hoskins, Susan Newell, Sarah Taylor
April 14            Nell Becker Sweeden, Kathy Rosenbohm
April 15            Mike Campadore, Christine Green
April 18            Judy Deale

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Sara ReamySara Reamy joined the university earlier this month as executive assistant to the vice president of the seminary. She worked previously for nine years as the executive director of KUZA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training students in Uganda to be leaders through higher education and leadership development. Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington in 1996. She lives in Portland with her husband, Derek, and their four teenagers. The family attends Riversgate Church in Portland.


Kristi Hagen (Advancement) has left the university, moving out of the area with her family.

Karlyn Fleming (Seminary) left George Fox on March 4 to take time to finish her master’s degree and enjoy her daughter’s wedding planning.

Rachel Gerig (Admissions) left the university this month to relocate to Bend, Ore.

About Our People

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Greg Allen (Adult Degree Programs) has accepted a seat on the advisory board for the University of Oregon Applied Information Management (AIM) master’s degree program. The AIM advisory board was recently established to provide advice and support to the program’s director, providing input into curriculum, assisting in areas of personal interest, and serving as advocates for the program.

Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Of Light” in the March 11, 2016, online edition of the Dublin, Ireland-based literary journal Idler.

Birthdays

Monday, March 21st, 2016

March 22          Terry Peters
March 24          Loren Kerns, Mary Monahan
March 25          Heather Groenlund
March 26          Jeff Birdsell, Nick Willis
March 27          Wendy Bruton, Yune Tran
March 28          Kathy Harris, Charles Kamilos, Jeremy Lloyd, Steve Petzold
March 29          Lynn Andrews, Vetta Berokoff
March 31          Melodee Powers
April 1              Jen Klapp
April 2              LuAnn Anderson
April 3              Steve Delamarter, Dale Journey
April 4              Deb Mumm-Hill

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Leah Blake (Computer Support Specialist/Portland Center) left the university in February to work with the IT department at Spirit Mountain Casino.

After nearly eight years as a full-time web designer at George Fox, Cary Griffith (Marketing Communications) left the university on Feb. 29. He plans to work full time for the design and marketing firm, Griffae Design, that he and wife Kayin own. Kayin will continue to work as director of housing at the university.

Dot Miranda (Undergraduate Admissions) has left the university after working the past eight years in the admissions office. She has accepted an account manager position at CollegeNET in Portland, a company that builds online applications for several schools around the nation.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Ty Sohlman has transitioned out of her graduate admissions counselor role in the College of Business to take the graduate admissions counselor position for George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

About Our People

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Steve Delamarter (Seminary) led a team that digitized the images used as part of a multimedia concert featuring the professional female vocal ensemble In Mulieribus. The concert, titled “Horae: A Musical Book of Hours,” was presented three times over the March 4-6 weekend in three Portland-area locations. The images were inspired by the Book of Hours, a prayer book used by the laity for private devotion throughout the late Middle Ages. The projected images were pulled from the rare manuscript collection at Mount Angel Abbey in Mt. Angel, Ore.

Rhett Luedtke (Theatre) was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Denver. Only one teacher in each region receives the award each year. According to the Kennedy Center website, it is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education. As a reward, Rhett will go to Washington, D.C., in April.

Nicole Enzinger (Eduation) was selected as a STaR Fellow for the 2016-17 year by The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. She is one of 30 early-career faculty selected across the United States. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Fellowship is an induction program for early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators provides a professional home for the program as one of the mentoring programs for members.

Carlisle Chambers (Chemistry) is part of a team of scientists at George Fox University, the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and Western Washington University who received a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust for a collaborative research project. The project, “A Materials Science Research Alliance in the Pacific Northwest: Advancing Renewable Energy and Building Research Capacity at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions,” is funded at $360,000 over three years.

Joseph Clair (William Penn Honors Program) was awarded a Veritas Riff Fellowship for the next two summers in Boston. Every two years, the Veritas Forum selects a cohort of 12 young academics who are aspiring Christian public intellectuals and helps train them in the art of writing op-eds and giving TED-style talks about issues of faith and culture. Joseph will travel to Boston July 11-14 this year to work on crafting op-ed pieces with editors from USA Today and Christianity Today. Next year, he will travel to New England to focus on public speaking and developing talks that integrate his faith with his areas of expertise.

A poem written by Ed Higgins (English), “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbeard,” is up for the annual Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award, an honor in science fiction poetry that compares to the Hugo Awards annually given for the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year. The piece will be published in the association’s annual Rhysling anthology. Nominations come from editors of various science fiction journals and magazines who are also members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Jillian Sokso (Art and Design) is currently exhibiting in “The Other: Nurturing a New Ecology in Printmaking” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla. The exhibition, which runs through April, includes work by major artists of the 21st century, including June Wayne, Kiki Smith, Swoon and Alison Saar. Jillian is also showing in a solo exhibition entitled “In the Shadow of the Mountain; As if the Sea Were Nothing” at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Later this month, she will open an exhibit at Chase Gallery in Spokane, Wash.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published a review of the six episodes of the “Finding Jesus” series that is airing on CNN between now and Easter. The reviews have been posted on The Bible and Interpretation website. The episodes will be aired on Saturday, March 26, in preparation for Easter. Also, his essay, “Second John and Women,” was posted in the “Ask A Scholar” section of Bible Odyssey (March 2016), and his essay, “Testimonies of Truth, What Quakers Have Believed though 350 Years,” was published in Christian History 117 (February 2016: pages 12-14). Finally, his coauthored essay with Jaime Clark-Soles, “Glimpses of Jesus Through the Johannine Lens – An Introduction and Overview of John, Jesus, and History, Vol. 3.,” was published on The Bible and Interpretation website (December 2015).

Davida Brown (Chemistry) received word that a collaboration involving her lab and one at the University of Portland was funded by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities. The proposal, “Solar Thermal Energy Production,” is funded for $15,000.

Jing Hao (Chemistry) learned the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will fund her  natural sciences proposal, “Facile synthesis of thermo-responsive biodegradable micelles for drug delivery applications,” at $58,800 over two years.

Kenn Willson (Music) adjudicated and judged the Portland Oregon Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival at the Portland Piano Company in January. Also that month, he performed his “Encounters with Beethoven” presentation for the Music Teachers Association District in Roseburg. Finally, in February, he presented a Monster Piano Concert on the Bauman Auditorium stage with 18 pianists ranging from George Fox alumni to 13-year-olds from his private piano studio. According to Kenn, the event drew the largest audience for any piano event the university has hosted – between 600 and 700 attendees.

Birthdays

Monday, March 7th, 2016

March 10            John Spencer
March 12            Theresa Schierman, Brent Weaver
March 13            Carol Brazo, Karen Buchanan, Sandy Cherachanko
March 14            Keelan LoFaro, Piper Parks
March 15            Caitlin Corning, Stephanie St. Cyr
March 17            Bryan Boyd, Saurra Heide
March 19            Marty Hunter
March 20            Heidi Cuddeford
March 21            Kevin Copple