Aleida Polanco (Registrar’s Office) left the university on Friday, Nov. 15.
Ed Higgins’ (English) poem, “Explaining to A Dog” was published in the Fall 2013 edition of Glassfire Magazine, an online literary journal. Also, his parody poem “This Is Just To Say (with apologies to William Carlos Williams)” is in the current print journal Parody (Vol. 2 Issue 2, Oct. 31, 2013).
Nov. 26 Larry Weber
Nov. 28 Peg Hutton, Clella Jaffe
Nov. 29 Michelle Conrad
Nov. 30 Melanie Hulbert
Dec. 3 Davida Brown, Brad Lau
Dec. 4 Alan Kluge
Dec. 6 Rodney Birch, Jeremy Brown, Carlos Taloyo
Dec. 7 Marie-Christine Goodwirth, Amy Lutz
Dec. 8 Chris Brown, Kerry Irish, Peggy Kilburg
Dec. 9 Patrick Kelley, Mike Wirta
Kipp Wilfong joins the admissions team as a graduate admissions counselor this week. Kipp will primarily serve as a counselor for the MAT and EDFL programs. He arrives from the North Dakota State College of Science, where he served as recruitment coordinator, and before that as an outreach coordinator and regional admissions representative for the University of North Dakota. Kipp earned his master’s degree in communication/educational leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2008, and taught several undergraduate courses as a graduate teaching assistant. Kipp also holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from the University of North Dakota. He currently lives in Oregon City and attends Prince of Life.
Nancy Gard (School of Education) left the university on Oct. 31, as she is moving to South Beach, Ore., to help her husband run his automotive repair business.
Mandria Montplaisir (Development) left the university earlier this month to pursue other endeavors.
Gary Buhler’s (Art) watercolor “Morrison Steel” was accepted into the Kansas Watercolor Association’s National Competition. It is a depiction of the Morrison Bridge on-ramp just off Nato Parkway in downtown Portland.
Melanie Springer Mock (English) published an article, “The Real Complexities of the Simple Life,” in the Nov. 4 online edition of Christianity Today. It is primarily a review of Shirley Showalter’s memoir, Blush, but also an explanation of the ways an evangelical commodification of Anabaptism (mostly through Amish kitsch, Amish and Mennonite romance novels, and the like) has misrepresented the most important theological tenets of Anabaptism, including nonresistance and nonconformity. Showalter’s Blush provides a more authentic portrayal of Anabaptism because those doctrines are foundational to her faith journey.
Lori DeKruyf (Graduate Counseling) attended and co-presented with masters in school counseling students Andrea Parra and Dixie Lee at the Oregon School Counseling Association Conference in Bend Oct. 11-12. Their presentation was titled “Ethical and Legal Issues Booster Session for Professional School Counselors.”
Keith Dempsey and Lori DeKruyf (Graduate Counseling) attended and presented at the national conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Denver Oct. 17-20. Lori’s presentations were titled “Educational Leader and Mental Health Professional: Training for a Balanced School Counselor Identity” and “The Equity Imperative: School Counselor Educators, Common Core State Standards, and College and Career Readiness.” Keith’s presentation was titled “What is Your Membership Grade? Assessing Your Effectiveness as a Counselor Education Faculty Mentor from Underrepresented Populations.”
Howard Macy (Professor Emeritus, Religion) has a chapter, “Quakers and Scripture,” in the newly released The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Arthur O. Roberts (Professor at Large) also has a chapter in the same volume, “Evangelical Quakers, 1887-2010.”
Mark McLeod-Harrison (Religious Studies) published the book Incarnations of the Heart through Wipf and Stock Publishers. The book is a collection of poems and creative nonfiction essays that portray the beauty, truth and mystery of the communion of the saints. Drawn largely from the author’s life, the scenes presented and reflected point us not just toward the particularities of one person’s history but toward the incarnation of God and the “second incarnations” that we are as we live amongst those who love us.
MaryKate Morse (Seminary) published A Guidebook to Prayer: 24 Ways to Walk with God. She wrote it out of two desires. The first was to share the prayer stories of her students and others she’s met in ministry settings. The second desire was to approach prayer as a love relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Beginning in Genesis and ending in the Epistles, MaryKate presents various attributes of God and suggests a prayer experience which would help us relate to God through that attribute. The prayer experiences are tailored for individuals, prayer partners or groups.
Sophia Tegart (Music) gave a flute master class in the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., where she worked with several undergraduate and graduate flute students on Oct. 16. Later that night, she gave a guest artist recital featuring rarely performed flute works. The concert and master class were well received and highly attended.
Jason Schwanz (IT) was named Employee of the Month for October.
Nov. 12 Kelly Borror, Aleida Polanco, Ian Sanders
Nov. 13 Kristie Knows His Gun
Nov. 14 Colleen Huffman, Kelly Lafferty, Jan Lefebvre
Nov. 16 Carol Jaquith
Nov. 17 Sue O’Donnell, Abigail Rine
Nov. 18 Kathie Hummel-Berry, Kathleen Jones, Shary Wortman
Nov. 19 Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 21 Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22 Vern Choin, Corban Harwood
Nov. 23 Laura Simmons
Nov. 24 Tamara Reams
The undergraduate admissions office welcomes Kathy Rosenbohm, an alumna of George Fox, to work as operations coordinator. Kathy has worked several jobs since graduating from the university with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2003, not limited to but including as a wrangler of horses and cattle (2007-10), as a personal assistant (2007-10) and as a kitchen manager (2008-10) at McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch in Montana; as a traffic manager at a Montana broadcasting company representing five radio stations (2011-12); and, for the past year and half, as a barista at Chapters Books & Coffee in Newberg. She lives in Dundee with her son and attends Grace Baptist Church. She is the daughter of social work professor Cliff Rosenbohm.
Vangie Pattison (Alumni and Parent Relations) is leaving George Fox on Nov. 6. She has accepted a position with Wild Canyon Games, a nonprofit in Portland.
Anna Philipsen (Advancement) is leaving George Fox on Nov. 6. In addition to spending more time managing a screen-printing and design business, she will also be starting an events business doing weddings, corporate events, etc. She is also looking forward to devoting more time to raising 8-month-old son Landon.
Paul Anderson’s (Religious Studies) college group, the Boanerges (Sons of Thunder), sang at the homecoming of Malone University Oct. 11-13, and Paul was honored as distinguished alumnus. His essay, “The Community That Raymond Brown Left Behind: Reflections on the Johannine Dialectical Situation,” was published on the Bible and Interpretation website, where his essay on “The John, Jesus, and History Project-New Glimpses of Jesus and a Bi-Optic Hypothesis” (Feb. 2010) continues to be among the most viewed essays – the most viewed last June. Also, Paul’s essay, “‘Come and See!’—Philip as a Connective Figure in the Fourth Gospel in Polyvalent Perspective,” appeared in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel. Later this month, Paul will present a paper at the Vatican conference on The Gospels: Historical and Christological Studies on the topic, “The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith, and the Gospel of John.”
Kenn Willson (Music) performed a solo concert at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., on Sunday, Oct. 20, and worked with pianists in a master class on Oct. 19. Kenn is also the Oregon State Music Teachers National Association competition chair. The MTNA will host a competition this Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Ross 208, Ross 210 and Bauman Auditorium. It is open to the public at no cost. The winners from this competition advance to the divisional round, and from there, to nationals. A recital at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday will feature the winners from the competition.
Rodney Birch (Library – Newberg) was re-elected by the membership to serve as vice president on the board of directors of the Association of Christian Librarians during the ACL’s 57th annual conference this summer. Rodney was also recognized for his seven years of voluntary service on the Financial Advisory Committee, which involves budget preparation and finance-related policies. Also, Rodney and Jane Scott (Library-Newberg) co-presented a workshop, “Employing Pedagogical Imagination with Open Educational Resources,” at the same annual conference, hosted at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
Jennifer Kepler (Academic Affairs) and her husband Richard welcomed a son, Nathan Michael, on Oct. 15. He was born at Providence Newberg Hospital and weighed 7 pounds while measuring 20 inches. Nathan joins an older brother, Jonathan.
Oct. 29 Roger Nam, Rusty St. Cyr
Oct. 30 Katie Sol
Nov. 1 Dave Johnstone, Polly Peterson
Nov. 2 Tahlia Martin
Nov. 3 Karen Bowdoin
Nov. 4 Jennifer Farland, Tom Head, Melissa Thomas
Nov. 5 Rob Bohall, Jared Ocker
Nov. 7 Doug Campbell, Natalie Harrington
Nov. 8 Rebecca Valdovinos
Nov. 9 Jack Lyda
Nov. 11 Sean Patterson
Human resources welcomes Kera Hallman as a payroll specialist this month. She arrives with more than eight years of management experience and more than 11 years of administrative support experience. Most recently, she worked the past four years as a human resources assistant for Chehalem Youth and Family Services of Newberg. Before that, she was an administrative assistant to the lead pastor at Element3 Church in Tallahassee, Fla. (2007-09). Her community involvement has included organizations such as Faith in Action (board of directors), the Newberg Fire Department (auxiliary member) and the Newberg Chamber of Commerce (volunteer). She and her husband, Les, live in Newberg with their two children, Mitchell and Reid. The family attends Newberg Christian Fellowship.
Jennifer Kepler joined the academic affairs office as an administrative assitant this month. For the past six years she has worked as a program coordinator at Oregon Health & Science University, providing administrative support for a research training program and assisting in the preparation of grant proposals. Before that, she spent two years at the University of California, San Diego, as a laboratory coordinator. Jennifer also gained higher education experience as a faculty research assistant at Oregon State University from 2001 to 2005. She holds a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from OSU (2001). Jennifer lives in Newberg with her husband Richard. They have a 4-year-old son (Jonathan) and are looking forward to the arrival of their newest addition (a boy) later in the fall. The family attends Newberg Christian Church.
The graduate admissions team at the Portland Center welcomed Kelly Lafferty as an inquiry and applications coordinator last week. As a student in the George Fox’s Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program, Kelly worked as a student employee in graduate admissions this summer. Previously, from 2008 to 2012, she served as an education assistant for the Clackamas Education Service District in Clackamas, Ore. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Portland State University (2008). She lives in Estacada with children KC (21), Kristina (19) and Kaden (14) and attends Estacada Assembly of God.
A two-part special issue that Lori DeKruyf (Graduate School of Counseling) and two colleagues from across the country have been collaborating on has been published in the American School Counseling’s flagship journal, Professional School Counseling. Part 1 of “School counselors and student mental health” was published this past June; Part 2 just came out Oct. 2. Lori coauthored two articles within Part Two of the special issue. The lead author on one of the articles is George Fox school counseling alumna Jacinta Nafziger, who is now a school counselor in her home state of Ohio. In addition, Lori was selected as an Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Fellow for 2013-14.
Ed Higgins’ (English) flash fiction story “My dark job history” was published in the Fall 2013 issue of the online journal Sanity not Guaranteed. Also, his poem “As A Vampire” is in the Autumn 2013 issue of Star*Line, the quarterly journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Oct. 15 Debra Espinor, Elizabeth Licon, Gina Worley
Oct. 16 Clint Baldwin, Richard Shaw
Oct. 20 Paul Becker, Tiffany Caldwell
Oct. 21 Teresa Arnold, Helen Morse
Oct. 22 Dwayne Hood
Oct. 23 Andy Baker
Oct. 24 Ryan Dougherty, Dixie Downey
Oct. 26 Linda Sartwell
Oct. 28 Michelle Eave
Karen Bowdoin joins the university this fall on a full-time basis to work as a visiting associate professor of art. She has worked at George Fox as an adjunct instructor since 2005. Previously, she served as vice principal of Open Bible Christian School in Newberg from 1988 to 1994 and taught art at the same school for eight years (1986 to 1994). Karen holds an MFA from Azusa Pacific University (2013) and a BFA from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland (2004). She lives in Dundee with her husband Steve. They have three grown children – Heather Capell, Justin Bowdoin and Mandy Bowdoin – and four grandchildren.
Laurie Lieggi joins George Fox as a library assistant and interlibrary loan coordinator this fall. She comes to the university from the Newberg Public Library, where she’s worked as a library assistant for the past 12 years. Previously, she was employed at George Fox as a reference librarian and an assistant professor from 1997 to 2000. She also gained librarian experience overseas, working in that capacity at the International Christian School in Hong Kong from 1995 to 1997. Laurie earned a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwest Nazarene University in 1985. She lives in Newberg with husband John and children Jakin and Isabella. They attend Newberg Christian Fellowship.
Trena Worthington joins plant services this fall as a custodian. For the past eight years she has run her own cleaning service out of her home. Previously, she worked for 14 years (1985 to 1999) as a rehabilitation therapist, using her training in music therapy to assist adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge, Calif. Trena earned a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Willamette University in 1980. She continues to stay active in music activities, participating in the hand bell choir with Newberg Friends Church and playing in the Newberg Community Band the past 14 years. She lives in Yamhill with her husband Chuck and daughter Elise.
Beth Molzahn’s (Graduate Admissions) final day at George Fox is this Friday, Oct. 4. She has served at the university for 18 years (plus four years as a student employee). She plans to work with her husband Rob in his real estate business and start a ministry helping those who need assistance with projects around the house. Her first regular employee assignment with George Fox was as an administrative assistant for humanities, then as an executive assistant in academic affairs. She has spent the last 11 years in graduate admissions, primarily serving MAT faculty and students.
Paul Anderson (Religious Studies) recently published the book Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice through Barclay Press. It describes the essence of Christian discipleship from a Quaker perspective. Paul also presented two papers at the International Society of Biblical Literature Conference at St. Andrews in Scotland: “A Bi-Optic Hypothesis” and “Identity and Implications – The Ethics of Integrity in the Johannine Epistles.” His essay, “Incidents Dispersed in the Synoptics and Cohering in John—Dodd, Brown, and Johannine Historicity,” appeared in Engaging with C.H. Dodd on the Gospel of John – Sixty Years of Tradition and Interpretation (Cambridge University Press). The John, Jesus, and History Project, of which Paul is a founding member, has organized an international symposium at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore later this fall to discuss the book and its implications.
Dwayne Astleford (Plant Services) and Keith Schneider (Student Life) were named the university’s Employees of the Month for September.
Oct. 1 Anna Berardi, Paul Chamberlain
Oct. 3 Sarita Gallagher
Oct. 4 Doug Beatty
Oct. 5 Vangie Pattison
Oct. 6 Steve Gilday, Judy Keeney
Oct. 7 Cindy Howard
Oct. 8 Kristi Hagen
Oct. 9 Dana Bates, Brian Doak, Ben Kulpa
Oct. 10 Rob Felton, Jim Smart
Oct. 13 Jason Schwanz, Kathy Weiss
After working as an adjunct professor at George Fox for the past six years, Tricia Hornback joins the university’s Department of Professional Studies as an assistant professor of professional studies on a half-time basis. Her previous duties included developing the undergraduate curricula for the university’s project management program, assisting in the development of the technology management major, and teaching courses ranging from organizational communication and ethics for managers to human resource management and strategic management. Tricia was also a visiting professor of computer science for DeVry University (online) from 2007 to 2012. In the early 2000s, she was an assistant vice president for the National Compliance Training Program at Wells Fargo Bank in Beaverton, Ore. Tricia holds a doctor of philosophy in organization and management, a master’s degree in computer information technology from Regis University (2005), and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Simpson University (1993). She lives in Newberg with her husband, Don, and youngest son, Gabriel, and serves as an elder while attending Tigard Community Friends Church.
The university hired Marisa Lee as an enrollment counselor in the newly created student success center. For the past three years she has worked as an assistant director of financial aid for Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. Prior to that, she served in Lower Columbia’s finance office as an office assistant (2008-10) and worked two years as a student enrollment services rep, admissions assistant and registrar’s assistant at Prairie Bible Institute in Canada (2006-08). Marisa earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University in 2013 and holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Washington State University-Vancouver (2009) and Christian studies from Prairie Bible Institute (2008). She lives in Newberg and his married to Joel, who is finishing his final year of his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of the Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas.
The university welcomes Kirstie Richman as a visiting assistant professor of English this fall. Before joining the university she worked as an adjunct writing instructor at Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville and, before that, was a writing center tutor at Portland Community College in Hillsboro from 2008 to 2010. Kirstie also gained higher education experience as a writing course assistant at Portland State (2009-10) and worked in the Warner Pacific College library from 2005 to 2009. She has also done freelance editing on the side. Kirstie earned a master’s degree in writing from Portland State University in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in English from Warner Pacific College in 2007. She lives in Aurora with her two cats and is still getting settled into the area and looking for a home church.
Cindy Zablotny will periodically travel from her home in New York to work at George Fox as an associate professor of physical therapy. She has spent the past 22 years in Ithaca College’s Department of Physical Therapy – Rochester Center in Rochester, N.Y., serving as an associate professor (2004-present), assistant professor (1998-2004), adjunct assistant professor (1994-98) and adjunct clinical professor (1991-93). Also during that same time span, she served as a physical therapist for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Unity Health System/St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Cindy served as an adjunct clinical faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of South California (1990-91) and practiced at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, Calif., (1979-91). She earned a post-professional doctor of physical therapy degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2007 and holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from USC (1987). She lives in Fairport, N.Y., with her husband, Ken, and has three children – Jen, Matt and Angie. She attends the Church of the Assumption Parish in Fairport, N.Y.
Stephanie St. Cyr is back at the university in a full-time capacity, serving as director of student activities. She worked consistently through the summer as coordinator of Welcome Weekend and will continue to oversee ASC and student activities.
Tyler Amy (Center for Peace and Justice) left the university at the end of August. He and his wife moved to Pennsylvania, where “their roots and hearts are,” according to Tyler.
Stephanie Pollard (Adult Degree Program Admissions) left the university in early September.
An article co-written by Charles Choi (Communication Arts), “Intergnerational Communication and Age Boundaries in Mongolia and the United States,” will be published in the December 2013 issue of Communication Reports. The article – the second publication from his dissertation – deals with the interactions that young adults have with older adults. The findings indicate a cultural difference in the way older adults are perceived and treated.
Brian Doak’s (Religious Studies) peer-reviewed essay, “The Fate and Power of Heroic Bones and the Politics of Bone Transfer in Ancient Israel and Greece,” was recently published in the major journal Harvard Theological Review. Another of his essays, “Ezekiel’s Topography of the (Un-)Heroic Dead in Ezek. 32:17-32” is forthcoming in the Journal of Biblical Literature. In addition, he recently received a contract to publish a volume on Job, Narratives of Nature and the Self in the Book of Job, with Fortress Press.
Two of Ed Higgins’ (English) poems, “Take, for instance, the surprise” and “love’s burden,” are in the Sept. 16, 2013, issue of Connotation Press, an online poetry, fiction and drama journal.
Sept. 17 MaryKate Morse, Christee Wise
Sept. 18 Darryl Brown
Sept. 20 Robert Melendy
Sept. 21 Claudia Hirsch
Sept. 22 Josh Nauman
Sept. 25 Debbie Berho, Eric Mortinson, Darla Norgren, Marc Shelton
Sept. 26 Isaac MacDonald
Sept. 29 Robert Bredemeier
Sept. 30 Terry Huffman, Laurie Lorenzen
After working at the university on a temporary basis in career services since February, Corina Burke joins the institution on a full-time basis to work as an enrollment and career assistant in the student success center. Prior to her work at George Fox, Corina served as a project coordinator with Spirit Media of Happy Valley, Ore., where she managed multimedia production, website development and marketing/market research for the creative marketing agency in 2012-13. She also worked previously as an administrative assistant at New Song Community Church in 2011 and 2012. Corina earned a bachelor’s degree in cinema and media communication from George Fox in 2009. She lives in Newberg with her husband Ethan, who works at George Fox as a media production specialist. They attend New Song Community Church in Portland.
Paul Fodge, who has worked at the university part time the past eight years as both a carpenter in plant services and as a math instructor, has been hired full time to teach mathematics and do carpentry work. Prior to his employment at George Fox, Paul taught high school math in the Yamhill-Carlton School District for 33 years, from 1977 to 2010. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Western Oregon College of Education (1983) and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from George Fox (1977). He lives in Newberg with his wife Becky, who is also a George Fox graduate. They have three children – Stacy, Laura and Tim. Tim is the youngest and will graduate from George Fox this December. The Fodges attend Newberg Friends Church.
The university welcomes Bree Stairs as an area coordinator this fall. She’s worked the past two years as a youth pastor at River Life Covenant Church in Sacramento, Calif. Before that, she served as a children’s, youth and college pastor at West Hills Covenant Church in Portland. Bree gained higher education work experience as a resident director at North Park University in Chicago from 2006 to 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox in 2001 and holds a master’s degree in Christian formation (emphasis in youth ministry and camping) from North Park Theological Seminary (2008). Bree lives in Sutton Residence Hall.
Rebecca Valdovinos joins George Fox this fall to serve as an assistant professor for the English Language Institute. For the past two years, she has worked as a full-time faculty member with the academic program for international students at Oregon State University. Previously, she taught in the Intensive English Program for international students at South Puget Sound Community College (2008-10) and taught floral merchandising and design at Clover Park Technical College (2004-06). She also gained teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington, Azusa Pacific University and Washington State University at Centralia College. Rebecca earned a master’s degree in education (emphasis on Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1981. She lives in Newberg and has four adult children: Valarie (married to Nick Filer), Bobby and her twins Desiree and Dominique.