Comings and Goings

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Kelly CoolenThe 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 SilvaKasondra 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).


Movers & Quakers

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Melodee Powers is now the budget manager in the university’s finance department.

About Our People

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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.

In the Family

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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.

Birthdays

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Molly MurphyThe 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.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Richard Silver has been promoted to the director of mail and print services position. He officially began his new role on April 1.

About Our People

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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.

Birthdays

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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.

About Our People

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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).

Birthdays

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 9th, 2015

SniderBrianBrian 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.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Melodee Powers has been promoted to budget manager in the financial affairs office. She began her new position on March 9.

About Our People

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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.

Birthdays

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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

Comings and Goings

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Caroline WildhaberCaroline 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.


About Our People

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The artwork of Gary Buhler (Art and Design) is currently on display on the second floor of the Oregon State Capitol Building. The exhibition, titled “Urban Oregon,” is the latest installment as part of the Art in the Governor’s Office Program, designed to honor practicing and professional artists in Oregon. As it is an honors program, only a few artists are honored with an invitation to exhibit through a nomination process, which occurs on a biennial basis. A selection committee, consisting of representatives from the governor’s office and the Oregon Arts Commission, selects works for display either from nominations submitted or artists directly invited.

On “Urban Oregon,” Gary said, “The urban Oregon landscape is rich in story. I connect to these stories and flesh out the characters with color, shape, contrast, texture and composition. It is my hope that they speak to your stories in new and yet familiar ways.” The exhibit is up through Monday, May 4.

Sophia Tegart (Music), an instructor of flute, presented a recital of 20th-century masterworks for two flutes with her flute duo, Cherry Street, at the Florida Flute Association Convention on Feb. 1. Cherry Street also performed at Fox Flute Fest, held in Bauman Auditorium, on Jan. 24. The music department-sponsored Fox Flute Fest hosted Krista Jobson of the University of Texas-Pan American. George Fox flute students were able to perform for Jobson in a master class setting. Fox Flute Fest was attended by numerous high school and college students, as well as local community flutists.

Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Too Far” in the Jan. 12, 2015, edition of FishFood Literacy & Creative Arts Magazine. In addition, his piece “Match Point” was published in the Winter 2014-15 issue of Red Wolf Journal.

Birthdays

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Feb. 24          Corwyn Beals
Feb. 26          Pam Clem
Feb. 27          Joel Schutter
March 1         Andrew Fleming
March 2         Winston Seegobin
March 3         Joseph Clair, Trenton Corvino, Rhett Luedtke
March 4         Tyler Cuddeford
March 6         Chris Casey
March 7         Lecia Retter
March 9         James Oshiro

Comings and Goings

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Griffith KayinThe university welcomes the return of Kayin Griffith, an alumna and former employee in the spiritual life office, to serve as the director of housing in the student life office. After graduating from George Fox in 2008, she joined the university as the assistant director of spiritual life – a position she held until early 2014. She spent the past year working as the director of advocacy and development at the international headquarters for Word Made Flesh, a nonprofit missional community based in Portland. She also co-owns Griffae Design, a graphics and web design firm, with her husband Cary, a web designer in George Fox’s marketing communications office. She and Cary live in Newberg with their daughter Anaya Rae.


Alexandra RhizorAlexandra Rhizor joined the university in January as a custodian for the plant services department. This marks a return to George Fox for Alexandra, as she graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2012. Toward the end of her college years she worked for security services (2011-12). She lives in Beaverton, but she and her husband Alexander plan to move to Newberg. They attend Colossae Church in Tigard.


Jeff VandenHoek and Colleen Huffman (College of Business) left the university on Jan. 31 when their positions were eliminated.

Marcie Gowan (Nursing) has left the university.