Penny Martin joined the university as an administrative assistant for both the Department of History, Politics and International Studies and the Department of World Languages, Sociology and Cultural Studies. She worked previously as a transaction coordinator and real estate assistant with Dwight Schwab, Keller Williams Realty of Lake Oswego for the past two years. Before that, she worked as an administrative assistant and office manager for NW Realty Group in Lake Oswego (2005-13) before taking time off to write a book in 2013-14. Penny lives in Tigard with her husband, Jeff. She has three children: Royce, Ashley and her youngest, Alexis Behrend, who is a freshman at George Fox. She attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland.
Bill Buhrow (Health and Counseling/GDCP) presented a three-hour lecture on “Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders” as part of a multi-day training seminar, “Understanding Psychopathology,” at PLACE (Program for Leadership Advancement & Continuing Education) in Mumbai, India, to about 30 students via Skype. Bill was invited to speak by Dr. Steve Stratton (Asbury Seminary) to be part of this ongoing counselor training ministry, an initiative of The Church at Powai in Mumbai.
Anderson Campbell (Christian studies) published the article “Serving for Goodness Sake” in the Christ & Cascadia online journal, a collaborative publication that explores the cultural challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for Christianity in Cascadia (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia).
Kevin T. Jones (Department of Communication Studies) and Bethany Widdicombe (December 2015 communication studies graduate) recently had their book chapter, “Engaging Empathy in Interpersonal Social Justice,” accepted for publication in an upcoming 2016 textbook, Teaching From the Heart and Learning to Make a Difference: Teaching the Introductory Communication Course Through Critical Communication Pedagogy. The chapter examines how to teach students to explore social justice as more than a global concern, but a problem on the local level that needs attention through an interpersonal communication lens.
Sarita Gallagher (Christian studies) published an article, “Building Bridges of Peace in the Midst of Religious Diversity,” in a special edition of the Evangelical Society’s journal Occasional Bulletin.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) has written an essay about Quakers that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Christian History magazine. The piece is part of a series of articles on the history of Quakers. Christian History magazine is a full-color, high-quality, quarterly publication “bringing the story of the church to the people of the church,” according to its website.
Feb. 9 Bill Stevens
Feb. 10 Debbie Cash
Feb. 11 Danae Allen, Lynn Scott, Cindy Zablotny
Feb. 12 Paul Shew
Feb. 14 Johanna Schweitzer
Feb. 16 Danielle Warner
Feb. 19 Sue Corbett-Furgal, Kelly Hughton, Cristina Schmitt, Jere Witherspoon
Feb. 20 Gina Braden, Scot Headley
Feb. 21 Adina Briggs McConaughey, Jon Hall
Feb. 22 Mark Hall
Feb. 23 Jeongah Kim, Mark Weinert
Feb. 24 Corwynn Beals
Feb. 27 Joel Schutter
March 1 Andrew Fleming
March 2 Winston Seegobin
March 3 Joseph Clair, Kayin Griffith, Rhett Luedtke
March 4 Tyler Cuddeford
March 6 Chris Casey
March 7 Lecia Retter
Trenton Corvino (Graduate Admissions) left his position at the university last week. He has taken a job with the United States Tennis Association as a junior competition coordinator, a position in which he will oversee all junior competition for the entire Pacific Northwest section.
Gregg Palmer (Plant Services) left the university in mid-January.
Vetta Berokoff has joined the Department of Biology and Chemistry as an administrative assistant after serving in that capacity in the Department of History, Politics and International Studies.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) published an article, “Ethiopian Lives Matter – The Social Conscience of the Saint John’s Bible III,” in the Huffington Post’s religion blog on Jan. 15.
Dick Elliott (Music) was awarded the Oregon Music Educators Association’s John McManus Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of his lifetime of service to music education. Dick was presented the award at the OMEA State Conference in Eugene, Ore., in mid-January. This is the second award Dick has received from the OMEA, as in 2006 he was recipient of the organization’s Teacher of the Year award.
Also at the conference, Pat Vandehey and Danielle Warner led George Fox ensembles in a performance that earned a standing ovation. George Fox had the honor of being the only institution of higher education whose band/choir were selected to perform in a concert hour.
Jan. 26 Celeste Flachsbart, Matt Sargent
Jan. 27 Shannon Johnson, Rick McNeal
Jan. 29 Leslie Wuest
Jan. 30 Belinda Creighton, Chad Stillinger
Jan. 31 Paul Shelton, Missy Terry
Feb. 1 Andrea Byerley, Bruce Owen, Tanya Rooney
Feb. 2 Dave Adrian, Emily Call, Maco Hamilton, Matt Hammar
Feb. 3 Mark McLeod-Harrison
Feb. 4 Kathy Campobasso, Kristie DeHaven, Gloria Doherty
Feb. 5 Barbi Doran
Feb. 6 Stephen Howell, David Kerr, David Pollock
Feb. 8 Stephanie Fisher
The College of Engineering welcomes Ben Giudice this semester as an assistant professor of civil engineering. He arrives from Sacramento, Calif., where he was a senior environmental engineer (2013-15) and a project engineer (2009-12) with Robertson-Bryan Inc., of Elk Grove, Calif. Also, during his tenure at the University of California, Davis, from which he earned a PhD in environmental and water resources engineering in 2012, Ben was a graduate student researcher for the school’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (2005-12). He also taught environmental hydrogeology for Calvin College’s engineering department in 2011. Previously, he was an engineering technician with Soil and Materials Engineers of Grand Rapids, Mich., (2004) and a writing tutor in the Rhetoric Center at Calvin College, from which he earned a bachelor of science in engineering degree in 2005. He also holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis (2007). Ben lives in Newberg with his wife Mary and children Luke (6), Vivian (4) and Eleanor (1).
Heather Groenlund, hired in February of 2015 on a temp basis, has joined the financial affairs office staff full time as an accounting specialist, specializing in deposits. While working at George Fox over the past 11 months, Heather also worked as a personal assistant. She has also been a camp host at Tilikum Retreat Center since the spring of 2014 and will continue to work there on weekends. Previously, she worked for five years as the administrative assistant at Milgard Manufacturing in Tualatin, Ore. She has also been a merchant teller and foreclosure adviser. Heather attended Mt. Hood Community College and lives in Newberg with her cat Simba. She attends Grace Baptist Church in Newberg.
The registrar’s office welcomes Elise Porter as an enrollment specialist this month. Since last August, Elise has served as the university’s Phonathon supervisor in the development office, a position she began after graduating from George Fox with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in the spring of 2015. While an undergraduate student, Elise worked as a Phonathon caller (2012-15) and served as president of the university’s Psychology Club her senior year. Upon graduating, she was awarded one of the psychology department’s top student awards. Elise lives in Tualatin with two fellow George Fox psychology graduates and attends Colossae Church in Tigard.
Terry Peters, who left the university in the fall, returned to work as an electrician in plant services in December.
Jennifer McCollum (Biology) left the university after relocating out of the area with her family.
Kenn Willson (Music) presented his “Encounters with Beethoven” concert three times in the fall – once at George Fox in September, once in Klamath Falls, Ore., in October, and finally at the Classic Piano Company in Portland in November as part of its “Classics and Croissants” series. Kenn also presented master classes at the Klamath Falls and Classic Piano Company engagements.
Lisa Graham McMinn (Writer in Residence) published her book To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Faith, and Community (Brazos Press, January 2016). An interview with Lisa was conducted by Publishers Weekly and published on its site last month.
Don Powers (Biology) published a study, “Heat dissipation during hovering and forward flight in hummingbirds,” in the journal Royal Society Open Science in December. Powers and associates, including 2011 George Fox graduate Keely Corder, discovered that the birds have “windows” for heat loss – areas around the eyes, armpits and feet where feather density is low, allowing them to maintain their constant body temperature. For years, how birds dissipate extra heat during flight has been poorly understood. An infrared thermal camera was used to make the findings. The study has since been publicized by the BBC, Science (online) and other media outlets.
Brenda Morton’s (Education) article, “Barriers to Academic Achievement for Foster Youth: The Story Behind the Statistics,” won the Association for Childhood Education International’s Journal of Research in Childhood Education Distinguished Education Research Article Award for 2015. The ACEI annually identifies a Distinguished Education Research Article from the articles published in the year’s volume of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. Taylor and Francis, the publisher of JRCE, provides $1,000 as an award to the author (or authors) of the selected article. The article is selected by the members of the JRCE Editorial Advisory Board as an illustration of superior research and excellent writing on a topic of high importance for the field.
Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Autumn Apocalypse” in December in the online issue of the journal Plum Tree Tavern.
Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published an article, “The Social Conscience of the Saint John’s Bible II – On Syrian Refugees and the Reversals of Christmas,” on the Huffington Post’s religion blog Dec. 21.
Jan. 12 Jeff Cameron, Tim Rahschulte, Shannon Scott
Jan. 13 Kim Rapp
Jan. 14 Jim Steele
Jan. 15 Janeen Dillow, Debbie Hawblitzel
Jan. 16 Kelly Friesen
Jan. 17 Christine Austin
Jan. 18 Dwayne Astleford, Robin Baker, Matt Dyment, Dorothy Miranda
Jan. 19 Paul Fodge, David Liu
Jan. 20 Caroline Jovanovich
Jan. 22 Kyle Pfeiffer, John Smith
Jan. 23 Ted Allen, Bill Buhrow, Mike Foster, John Johnson, Kris Molitor
Jan. 24 Matt Stump
Alumna Britt Hoskins (formerly Robbins) joined the university’s advancement office this month as the associate director of advancement communications and grants. Britt recently moved back to Oregon after living in Blacksburg, Va., where, for the past two years, she worked as an instructor in Virginia Tech’s English department, teaching a variety of writing courses while she finished her master’s degree in writing and rhetoric. In the five years prior to that (2008-13), she worked as a public relations professional for Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego, Ore. This marks a return to George Fox for Britt, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in business management and Spanish from the university in 2008. While a student at George Fox, she worked in the school’s admissions office as a counselor intern and student worker. She’s currently getting settled in Newberg with her husband Tyler.
Debbie Berhó (Spanish) and former George Fox communications professor Charles Choi recently published an article they coauthored, “Ethnic Identity Maintenance within the Latino-American Church: A Structuration Perspective,” in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (November 2015). Debbie also made two presentations related to her research on Spanish-speaking Protestant churches in Oregon. In October, she presented “Not Segregated: Mutual Collaboration and Shared Worship among Spanish- and English-speaking Congregations of Oregon” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and in November she presented “Cantando our own songs: Worship music in evangelical Latino churches” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
A paper cowritten by Sue O’Donnell (Psychology), Kelly Chang (Psychology) and Kristen Miller (PsyD alumna), titled “Relations Among Autonomy, Attribution Style, and Happiness in College Students, was referenced in a national piece published on the news magazine site Inc.com. The Inc.com article, titled “5 Daily Habits That Can Radically Improve Your Satisfaction with Life,” states, in Habit No. 3 (“Take control of your life”), that “researchers at George Fox University in Oregon found a relationship between people’s perceived levels of autonomy and the way they think about success or failure. In other words, the happiest people are those who feel they have control over their lives and not powerless to the things that have happened to them over time, whether good or bad.”
An article Nate Peach (Business) and alumnus Luke Petach cowrote was published in Economic Development Quarterly. Luke was awarded a Richter grant to do the research in 2012, and it has taken three years to get the final paper, titled “Development and Quality of Life in Cities,” published. Luke is now pursuing a PhD in economics at Colorado State.
Patrick Allen (Education) published the book Morning Resolve: To Live a Simple, Sincere, and Serene Life through Wipf & Stock Publishers. In addition, Patrick and Ken Badley (Education) recently sent a manuscript to Abilene Christian University Press. That book, Voices from the Past: Wisdom for the Future of Christian Higher Education, will be released next fall. It is the second book they wrote together.
Kevin T. Jones and Jeff Birdsell (Department of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) presented “Embracing opportunities to change lives: Teaching at-risk high school students communication competence skills through facework and improved self-monitoring” at the National Communication Association’s annual conference Nov. 12-16 in Las Vegas. The paper explored the results of a yearlong study of working with at-risk students and teaching them more effective communication skills to help pull them out of their at-risk status. The paper received the “Top 4 Paper” in the conference award from the Communication Apprehension and Competence Division.
Additionally, Jones presented a second paper at the conference titled “Teaching the value of narratives in speeches through analysis of presidential campaign discourse,” which explored Barrack Obama’s successful use of narratives in the 2008 Presidential election campaign to connect with the general public, helping him to his landslide victory. The paper demonstrated how John McCain failed to engage narratives in his campaign rhetoric, which contributed to his demise in the election.
Paul Anderson’s (Christian Studies) essay, “The Johannine Logos-Hymn: A Cross-Cultural Celebration of God’s Creative-Redemptive Work,” was published in Creation Stories in Dialogue: The Bible, Science, and Folk Traditions: Radboud Prestige Lectures by R. Alan Culpepper last week. In addition, Paul helped organize an international conference on John and Judaism at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta in November, at which he presented his paper “Antisemitism and Religious Violence as Flawed Interpretations of the Gospel of John.” Paul will assist Alan Culpepper in editing the papers into a book. Also, at the national Society of Biblical Literature Meetings in Atlanta, 14 years of the John, Jesus, and History Project were reviewed. Paul is a founding member of that Project and editor of eight of its 12 volumes, to be finalized over the next several years (johannine.org/JJH-2016.html). Finally, Paul’s essay, “Testimonies of Truth: Who Are the Quakers, and What Do They Believe,” was published this week in Christian History.
Joel Kelley (Data Analytics) was selected as the December Employee of the Month.
Dec. 15 Paul Corbett-Furgal, Rick Muthiah, Cliff Rosenbohm
Dec. 17 Gary Buhler, Viki Defferding, Joe Thouvenel
Dec. 18 Carol Hutchinson, Katy Turpen
Dec. 19 Anderson Campbell, Phil Smith
Dec. 20 Jennifer Hanks
Dec. 22 Robin Ashford, Jenny Getsinger
Dec. 23 Rodger Bufford
Dec. 24 Jeong Ahn, Greg Allen
Dec. 25 Abby Burgess, Debby O’Kelley
Dec. 26 Jill Beals, Jan Campadore, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann
Dec. 28 Sandra Banta-Wright, Robert Simpson
Dec. 30 Cris Banton, Lori DeKruyf, Paul L’Esperance, Kaitlyn Ragan
Jan. 1 Bob Harder
Jan. 2 Meghan Gifford
Jan. 3 Julie Green, Brianna Provoast, Alex Rhizor
Jan. 4 Brenda Graf, Chris Koch, Molly Murphy, Dan van der Water
Jan. 6 Merrill Johnson, Lawrence Metzger
Jan. 9 Mary Cameron
Jan. 10 Grant Burns, George Byrtek, John Regier
Jan. 11 Ginny Birky
Tyler Susmilch has joined the university as a data scientist on the school’s data analytics team. He arrives from Nordstrom in Seattle, where he was a data, business and systems analyst for the company’s loss prevention division for the past three and a half years. The most recent position was his fourth with the company, as he served previously as a merchandise integrity manager (2012), a loss prevention manager (2008 to 2012) and a loss prevention manager in training (2008). He has experience in database management, complex query writing, data analysis, data presentation, and business intelligence report development. Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oregon State University in 2007. He lives in Beaverton with his wife Carla, and the couple attends St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton.
Alumnus Kenton Miller joined the university’s data analytics team in late November to work as a data analyst. He worked previously at REI in Tigard, where he was a sales specialist, shop assembler and technician for the past year. Prior to that, while a student at George Fox, he was a physics lab grader and did equations and pre-calculus grading work for the school’s math department in 2012-13. Also while a student, he spent one of his summers working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as an intern. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from George Fox in 2014. He lives in Sherwood with his wife Bekah, president Robin Baker’s oldest daughter. The couple attends North Valley Friends Church.
Nathan McDaniel has joined plant services full time after working in a temp role as a groundskeeper since April. Previously, he worked for three summers with the Lake County Resources Initiative, serving as a plant specialist and researcher. He also gained experience in the botanical field as a nursery specialist for Garland Nursery of Corvallis (2012). Previously, he worked for the city of Tigard as a seasonal parks worker (2009-10). Nathan earned a bachelor’s degree in history from George Fox in 2006. He lives in Newberg and attends Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Albany.
Alumna Alyssa Rands has joined the university as the costume shop manager for the theatre department. Before graduating last spring from George Fox with a bachelor’s degree in theatre (with an emphasis in design), she spent two years as a work-study student in the costume shop. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance apparel designer and costume designer in the Portland metro area. Her recent main-stage theatre productions include Dogfight (2015) with Staged! Musical Theatre Company and the plays These Shining Lives (2015) and The Game’s Afoot (2014) at George Fox. Alyssa also showcased her work in the university’s Spring Fashion Show (2015) with a line of 1940s “Hollywood Glamour”-inspired evening gowns and menswear. Along with freelancing and managing the costume shop, Alyssa also works in sales for Oregon Worsted Company, a fabric and home décor business in Beaverton, Ore. She recently moved to Newberg to be closer to her new job and dear friends.
Jon Curtis joined plant services as a groundskeeper in late November. He spent the spring and summer working as a farm apprentice at Fern Creek Farm in Newberg, while also working part time as a photo booth operator for Bryan Rupp Photography of Dundee. He worked previously as a concierge in Portland (2013-15) and as the head of the pottery department at the Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood (2009-10). Jon attended both Linn-Benton Community College and Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Ore. He lives in Newberg with wife Elizabeth Rogers and attends Newberg Friends Church.
Vern Choin, an employee at the university from 2003 through August of this year, has returned to George Fox to serve as facilities coordinator at the Portland Center.
Dan Taylor, husband of area coordinator Sarah Taylor, is stepping up to assume her AC duties while she takes time off to care for their newborn baby Grace. He will be on the job through the end of the semester.
James (Financial Aid) and Coleen (Registrar) Oshiro are leaving the university in early December to return to their home state of Hawaii, where James has accepted a position at Hawaii Pacific University on the island of Oahu. “We always knew we wanted to someday move back to Hawaii but thought it would happen a few more years down the road. But this opportunity was presented to us, and we couldn’t let it slip away,” James said.
Kimberly Hergert (Costume Shop) has left the university.
Brenda Morton and Ginny Birky (Education) were invited to present their research on disposition development in teacher candidates to Oregon school district directors of human resources on Nov. 18.
Patty Vanier (Library) was named the university’s Employee of the Month for November.
Dec. 2 Dylan Hyslop
Dec. 3 Davida Brown, Brad Lau
Dec. 4 Alan Kluge
Dec. 6 Rodney Birch
Dec. 7 Marie-Christine Goodworth, Chris Morrissey
Dec. 8 Kerry Irish
Dec. 9 Patrick Kelley, Mike Wirta
Dec. 10 Carlisle Chambers, Jennifer McCollum
Dec. 11 Tatiana Cevallos, Coleen Oshiro
Dec. 12 John Bates, Isabelle Corneaux
Dec. 13 Steve Grant, Marcey Keefer Hutchison
Dec. 14 Janelle Olivarez
Linda Crossland has made the transition from a temporary employee to full time as an executive assistant in the College of Business. She has worked as a temp for the past six months. Before coming to George Fox, she was an administrative assistant for Countryside Community Church in Sherwood from 2004 to 2014. She and her family relocated to Oregon in 2003, after living for almost 10 years in Kuwait. Linda studied microbiology at both Texas A&M University and at California State University-Long Beach. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Callan, and daughter Alissa (17). They also have two sons, Eric and Evan, who live in Sherwood and Beaverton, respectively. The family attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) has been appointed to the New American Bible – Revised Edition translation committee, working on translating the five writings of John. This is the most widely read translation in America, and it will replace the New Testament revision published in 1986. Paul also published nine essays on The Saint John’s Bible on The Huffington Post during Pope Francis’ visit to America in September, and one of the pieces – on the need for forgiveness on 9/11 and every day – was published on Krista Tippett’s On Being website. His essay, “On ‘Seamless Robes’ and ‘Leftover Fragments’ – A Theory of Johannine Composition,” was published in Structure, Composition, and Authorship of John’s Gospel, and his review of Quakering Theology by David Johns was published in the October issue of Quaker Religious Thought.
A review essay Ed Higgins’ (English) wrote for a quarterly publication of the Science Fiction Research Association, SFRA Review, is available on SFRA’s website. The review is of an academic book, Steven Hrotic’s Religion in Science Fiction: The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction of a Genre, that explores religion in various classical-to-contemporary science fiction novels and short stories. In addition, Ed’s poem, “Green House Harvest,” was published in the Oct. 29 issue of the online poetry journal Plum Tree Tavern, which specializes in short work reflecting themes of nature, environment and ecology.
Jim Steele (Business) was the featured speaker for the Lane County Human Resource Management Association in Eugene on Nov. 17. His topic was “The Road to Strategic HR Management: Are We There Yet?”
Nov. 17 Abigail Favale, Kristine Nelson, Sue O’Donnell
Nov. 18 Kathleen Jones, Gina Miller
Nov. 19 Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 21 Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22 Corban Harwood
Nov. 23 Laura Simmons, Sarah Stevenson
Nov. 24 Tamara Reams
Nov. 26 Larry Weber
Nov. 27 Ryan Jacobson
Nov. 28 Peg Hutton
Nov. 29 Michelle Conrad
The advancement office welcomes Shannon Johnson as a gift officer. She arrives at George Fox from Warner Pacific College, where she served as assistant director for donor development and campaign activities since January of 2013. Previously she was a clinical care coordinator at Albertina Kerr Youth and Family Services in Portland from 2011 to 2013. Shannon also worked at Young Life for eight years both as field staff/direct ministry in Albany, Ore., (2004-2011) and as an assistant housekeeping supervisor at Washington Family Ranch (2003-2004). She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Seattle Pacific University (2000) and a master’s degree in counseling from George Fox (2011). She lives in Beaverton with husband Michael Johnson, stepson Kilohana, stepdaughter Maliyah and son Isaiah (9 months). They attend Imago Dei Community in Portland.
Meghan Gifford joins George Fox as an administrative assistant for the university’s adult degree programs. For the past year and a half she was a barista and shift supervisor at a Starbucks in Tualatin while also working, since October of last year, as a part-time customer service representative for Therapeutic Associates Inc. She gained higher education work experience as a resident advisor at Azusa Pacific University from 2012 to 2014. Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Azusa in 2014. She lives in Tualatin and attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland.
Jan Lefebvre (Advancement) is leaving the university on Nov. 6 after serving at George Fox for 30 years. She worked for 22 years as a database/gift specialist and the last eight years as an administrative/executive assistant, all in advancement. She will be in Germany this December and January for the birth of her first grandchild, a girl, and plans to continue working in another occupation upon her return to the states, wherever God leads her. She also plans to continue to devote time to ministry and her sewing outreach for Haitians and locals in need.