Keisha Gordon has made the transition to the position of admissions counselor for recruited athletes in the undergraduate admissions office.
Sue O’Donnell (Psychology) earned the university’s Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching, while Melanie Springer Mock (English) received the Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. In addition, Andrew Meszaros (Physical Therapy) was recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching, and Lorraine DeKruyf (Counseling) was chosen for the Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship.
Paul Otto (History) will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle, N.C. As a Fellow, he will be writing a book on the history of wampum, tracing its prehistoric origins among Native Americans to present-day battles over cultural patrimony.
Kathy Heininge and Gary Tandy (English) accompanied seven English majors who presented their creative and scholarly writing at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Convention in Albuquerque, N.M., March 18-21. Student presenters were Emily Lund, Mackenzie Adix, Jordan Nelson, Heather Harney, Elizabeth Cranston, Ryan Lackey and Mikaela Bray. Lund won a second-place award (and $300) in the Literary and Film Criticism category for her paper on film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, and Adix won a third-place award (and $250) in the Pedagogy category for her paper on children’s literacy and book marketing.
Ed Higgins (English) published his short poems “Hell For Poets” and “Derelict Words” in late-April editions of the online journal One Sentence Poems. Ed also had his poem “That Old Mirror” published in the “Freaky Fairy Tale” issue (Issue 8: April 2015) of Ealain, a South African online literary and art magazine.
Jenny Matheny (Biblical Studies) presented a paper, “Herem: Answerability and Borders in Joshua 6 and 7,” at the Northwest Evangelical Missiology Conference held at George Fox University on April 11. Matheny was also the conference speaker for the Aloha Faith Center’s women’s retreat April 24-26.
Megan Clark (Marketing Communications) and Johanna Schweitzer (Student Financial Services/Financial Aid) were named employees of the month for the months of March and April, respectively.
May 5 Robert Bonner
May 8 Molly Hickok, Brent Wilson, Deb Worden
May 10 Chris Meade
May 12 Marla Sweningson
May 13 Rob Leslie
May 14 Kathi Becker, Don Powers
May 15 Dirk Barram
May 16 Britny Scholz, Trevor Woods
May 17 Paul Anderson
May 18 Gregg Boughton, Paul Otto, Cynthia Weston
May 20 Gabe Haberly, Teresa Lamm, Lisa Presnall
May 22 Heather Ayala, Cliff Berger, Bree Stairs
May 23 Chuck Conniry, Adam McGuffie
May 24 Brenda Morton
May 26 Elise Trask
May 28 Beth LaForce, Steve Sherwood
May 29 Steven Classen, Kandie Comfort, Mike Magill
May 30 Rebecca Addleman, Stephen Bearden, Amy Dee, Roger Newell
May 31 Jessica Hollen
The undergraduate admissions department welcomes Kelly Coolen, an alumna who joins the university as a visit coordinator. She arrives from Bull Mountain Orthodontics in Tigard, where she was an appointment coordinator the past year. Before that, she lived in Florida, where she was a character/performer at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Kelly graduated from George Fox in 2013 with a degree in organizational communication. She lives in Newberg and attends Newberg Foursquare Church.
Kasondra Silva joined the human resources department as a payroll specialist this month. For the past three years she has worked as an office assistant for Brix Paving Northwest in Tualatin. Before that, she worked for three years as a testing, adjusting and balancing apprentice and office support worker for Pacific Coast Air Balancing of Newberg. Kasondra also worked those three years as a controller for Weitman Excavation of Sherwood. She is currently a student at Portland Community College, studying for her applied science in accounting degree. Kasondra lives in Carlton with her husband Dereck and two children, Kalani (16) and Kylie (12).
Melodee Powers is now the budget manager in the university’s finance department.
Kevin T. Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts) has been invited by Communication Currents, a publication of the National Communication Association, to write an essay on the role of audience analysis in presidential speeches. The essay is a “translation” of a previous article Kevin published on a similar topic, but Communication Currents’ target audience is the general public. The essay will be released June 1. Kevin also presented his paper, “I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know: At-Risk Student Self-Assessment of Communication Skill Deficiencies,” at the Northwest Communication Association’s annual conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, April 16-18. Kevin’s paper is the first in a series of essays he is publishing as part of his ongoing longitudinal study on at-risk middle and high school students and communication skill deficiencies. At the conference, Kevin was elected second vice-president and will take over as president of the organization in 2017.
Also attending the conference with Kevin was department chair Steve Classen and nine undergraduate students who presented competitive papers: Zach Baker, LaQuae Aughtman, Ellen Dahlberg, Elaine Wu, Adella Boanca, Bethany Widdicombe, Dakota Buhler, Brittany Hurlbut and Kelsey Vaughn.
Three of Ed Higgins’ (English) flash fiction stories – “Taking it Easy,” “When Mice Listen” and “Genesis Serpent’s Skin Found” – were published in the April 19 issue of the online journal Upender.
Nate Peach and Tom Head (Economics) joined with three students – Grace Friberg, Emma Newman and Victoria Freitag – to present at the Western Social Science Association’s 57th annual conference in Portland on April 11. The topic of the group’s presentation was Adam Smith’s thoughts on human behavior. The event was a culmination of an informal book club that met throughout the semester. After the presentation a professor in the audience complimented the George Fox students, saying, “You had more insightful things to say than many of my colleagues.” The event was a four-day scholarly conference that drew academics from all over the country.
Melanie Springer Mock (English) published an article, “Build Families, Not Baby Boxes: Adoption is Far More Complicated than a Drop-Off,” on Christianity Today’s website in March.
William Green (“Bill”), who taught and led at George Fox for 20 years (1972-1992), died April 13 at the age of 93. He was an academic dean and served as interim president of the school for 15 months in 1982-83. He also taught religion courses. His wife Mary, who taught mathematics at George Fox, preceded him in death in 2003.
April 23 Tommy Kokinos, Terry Steele
April 25 Terri Beecroft, Mark Ocker, 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
May 3 Wendy Ackley
May 4 Sarah Reid
The School of Nursing welcomes Molly Murphy to work as a clinical coordinator. She attended Western Oregon University the past four years, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in community health education, graduating in June 2014. While attending WOU, she was a member of the school’s track and field team. Molly has also worked with the Yamhill County Youth Livestock Association as an office manager the past four years. She lives in Yamhill. Her parents are Dawn and Randy Murphy, and her family includes a younger brother (Mack), an older sister (Danielle) and brother-in-law Wade Elliott.
Derryl McKenzie (Plant Services) retired on April 2 after 28 years of employment at George Fox.
Richard Silver has been promoted to the director of mail and print services position. He officially began his new role on April 1.
Brenda Morton (Education) presented at the Department of Human Services Independent Living Program’s policy conference on March 31. She was invited to join the education policy work group as a researcher and expert on the needs of current and former foster youth pursuing post-secondary education. The lived experiences of 35 students in Oregon, including seven from George Fox, resulted in four of the five policy recommendations and the major pilot she will present with the team. These recommendations have the potential to eliminate significant educational barriers and allow foster youth to now participate in the governor’s 40-40-20 vision for Oregon children.
Paul Anderson’s (Christian studies) review of the fifth episode of the CNN series Finding Jesus was featured in the Huffington Post’s religion blog on March 31. The title of the piece is “The Quest for the True Cross of Jesus.” More recently, Paul’s sixth column on the series, titled “On Finding Jesus … and Divorcing Mary Magdalene,” appeared in the April 6 edition.
Gary Tandy’s (English) creative nonfiction essay, “What Love Looks Like, as I Recall,” received second place in the adult nonfiction category of the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County’s creative writing contest. The essay will be published in Paper Gardens, and Gary will read his work at a celebration and awards ceremony on April 17.
April 8 Joel Kelley
April 10 Leah Blake, Cheri Hampton
April 11 Janelle Freitag
April 12 John Shaw
April 13 Susan Newell, Sarah Taylor
April 14 Nell Becker Sweeden, Kathy Rosenbohm
April 15 Mike Campadore
April 16 Terrie Boehr
April 18 Judy Deale
April 19 Ashley O’Doherty, Jeff Tatum, Rebecca Williams
Taylor Martin’s (Admissions) last day at George Fox was Friday, March 20. He left to work at his family’s farm, G & C Farms Inc., which specializes in growing marionberries, blueberries, grass seed and filberts. He wished to thank the George Fox community for the “amazing experience I had as both a student and an employee.” He had served in the admissions office for six and a half years.
Kim Towell (Alumni Relations) left the university on March 16.
Rebecca Hernandez (Associate VP, Intercultural Engagement & Faculty Development) has been appointed chair of the newly created Council for Christian Colleges & University’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. According to Rebecca, one of the commission’s primary goals this year is to facilitate the exchange of best practices among diversity officers at member institutions across the country. The other is to host a conference at the end of the summer on diversity for CCCU faculty, staff and administrators – not just for diversity officers – as a way to share information and expand ideas throughout all aspects of Christian higher education.
Abigail Rine’s (English) short story “Chaoskampf” was published in the spring 2015 issue of the Potomac Review, a prominent literary journal. “Chaoskampf” is a loose retelling of the Babylonian creation epic Enuma Elish, set at a junior high Bible camp.
In a follow-up to his piece, “I Didn’t Know Jesus was Lost,” published in the Religion blog section of the Huffington Post in early March, Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published “Finding John the Baptist (and Jesus too)” in the same publication on March 10. More recently, in the March 17 edition of the blog, Paul wrote a piece entitled “Judas – Traitor or Hero?”, in which he offers insight on the third episode of the CNN special, Finding Jesus: Fact, Faith and Forgery.
Melanie Springer Mock (English) published two articles in recent issues of Runner’s World online: “Finding a Running Partner is Risky Business” (Feb. 20) and “Creating a Tribe: The Success of Another Mother Runner” (March 11).
March 24 Loren Kerns, Mary Monahan
March 26 Jeff Birdsell, Nick Willis
March 27 Yune Tran
March 28 Kathy Harris, Charlie Kamilos, Jeremy Lloyd, Steve Petzold
March 29 Vetta Berokoff
March 30 Debora Herb-Sepich
March 31 Melodee Powers
April 1 Jen Klapp
April 3 Steve Delamarter, Dale Journey
April 4 Deb Mumm-Hill
April 5 Paul Holman, Jared Kamimae-Lanning, John Newberry, Vicki Tschan
Brian Snider joined the university last week as a software engineer for the university’s analytics team. An alumnus of George Fox, he has worked the past two and a half years as a scientist and senior research programmer for BioSpeech in Portland, a company that specializes in creating biomedical applications for those with communication challenges. He has also worked the past four years as a graduate research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University, where he is a PhD candidate in computer science and expected to graduate in 2016. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Fox in 2008. He lives in Newberg with his wife Rebecca and their two children, Hannah and Daniel, and attends Family Life Church in town, where he is a board member and technical director.
Sherrie Frost (Mail Services) retired from the university in February after serving at George Fox for 30 years.
Rachel Powell (Nursing) left the university in February. She left to spend more time with her family and wished to thank the George Fox community for the enjoyable work experience.
Melodee Powers has been promoted to budget manager in the financial affairs office. She began her new position on March 9.
Jennie Harrop (Department of Professional Studies) gave a talk titled “The Mathematics of Language: The Simple Math of Writing Well” at the Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) annual conference in Bend on Jan. 23. She presented the talk again on March 6 at the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) annual conference in Portland, and will present it at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) annual conference in Redmond on April 18. Jennie also served on a panel at Marylhurst University’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) conference on Feb. 27, where she spoke about George Fox’s process for extending university credit for prior learning.
Ed Higgins (English) published four poems – “Dürer’s Eve,” “Eve Redux,” “Job’s Faith” and “Because words are insufficient” – in the January 2015 issue of Triggerfish Critical Review, an online poetry ezine.
Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) preached at South Salem Friends Church and spoke at the Christian forum class at Reedwood Friends Church on “Discerning One’s Personal Vocation” in February. He also presented workshops on “Elton Trueblood” and “Following Jesus” at the national Summit Friends Leadership Conference in La Jolla, Calif., in December, and he has been invited to join the translation committee of the American Standard Bible. His foreword to Richard Cassidy’s The Fourth Gospel in New Perspective was published by Wipf & Stock in February, and his review of the CNN special on finding Jesus and the Shroud of Turin, “I Didn’t Know Jesus Was Lost,” was published as a featured blog post in the Religion section of the Huffington Post in early March.
Tanya Rooney (December) and Lecia Retter (February) were named Employees of the Month.
March 12 Theresa Schierman, Brent Weaver
March 13 Carol Brazo, Karen Buchanan, Sandy Cherachanko
March 14 Piper Parks
March 15 Caitlin Corning, Stephanie St. Cyr
March 17 Bryan Boyd, Saurra Heide, Taylor Martin
March 19 Marty Hunter
March 20 Heidi Cuddeford
March 21 Kim Towell
March 22 Terry Peters
Caroline Wildhaber joined the university in late January to serve as an administrative assistant in the School of Nursing. She arrives from the Dayton School District, where she was an instructional assistant in the alternative education program for the past eight years. In addition, since 2000, she has worked as the owner and manager of her own catering and event planning business. Caroline worked previously for Nike (1986 to 1999) as a global business process manager and general merchandise manager. She lives in Dayton with her husband of 25 years, Greg. They have two children: Grace and Luke, both of whom are students in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. The family attends St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville.