Comings and Goings

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The university welcomes Jekabs Bikis as dean of the College of Business. He joins the university after working as chair of the Business Administration Department at LCC International University in Lithuania since 2014. Before that, he spent eight and a half years at Dallas Baptist University, serving as an assistant and associate professor of business, in addition to working in a number of administrative roles, including as faculty liaison for service learning (2007-09), director of hybrid education (2009-11), interim associate dean of the College of Business (2011-12), and dean of online education (2012-14). In all, he has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience. Jekabs earned a PhD in public policy and political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas (2011), an MDiv in theology from Baylor University (2005), an MBA in international business from Dallas Baptist University (2001) and a bachelor of business administration in finance from Dallas Baptist (1999). While in Dallas, he was also on the board of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics, serving as president in 2013. He currently lives in the countryside near Scholls as his family looks for a home in Newberg. Jekabs is married to April, and they have three children: Isaac, Christian and Liva.


Adam Puckett, a 2004 graduate of George Fox and a member of its board of trustees since 2011, joined the university in June as director of athletics, taking over for retiree Craig Taylor. Adam arrives from Delap, a Portland-based accounting and advisory firm where he was a partner and worked the last 13 years as a Certified Public Accountant. He was an athlete himself at George Fox in the early 2000s, and he remains No. 4 on the school’s all-time lists in the long jump and triple jump. He earned All-American status in the long jump his senior season, and in 2014 he was honored with the university’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award. Adam has remained active at the university since graduating with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting. In addition to serving on the board of trustees, he has worked the past year and a half at George Fox as an adjunct professor teaching corporate tax classes. Adam lives in Newberg with his wife, Brook, and their two young children, Michaela and Josiah.


Ryan Ingersoll joins George Fox this summer as dean of libraries. He arrives from Seattle Pacific University, where he has been head of library technology since 2010. Before that, he spent two years as a teaching and learning spaces liaison at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Ryan worked previously as a youth and family ministry coordinator for high schoolers and adults at Zion Lutheran Church in Kent, Washington (2007-08), and he gained higher education experience as an information technology systems administrator at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington (2003-07). More recently, he taught courses on digital readiness and faculty teaching strategies at Seattle Pacific in 2015-16. Ryan earned a master’s degree in digital education leadership from Seattle Pacific (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in youth and family ministry from Trinity Lutheran College (2007). He lives in Newberg with his wife Heather and young son Theodore.


After working on a part-time basis since January, Maddy Boylan is now a full-time administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Counseling. Prior to serving in her part-time role, she was a graduate assistant in the department from November of 2015 to December of 2016. Maddy worked previously in Seward, Nebraska, where she was a sales associate for Second Closet, a secondhand store that served the local community (2014-15), and an intern and volunteer with CASA for Children, for which she served as a court-appointed advocate for children involved in family court matters. Maddy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in 2015. She lives in Portland with her husband Matthew and their two rescue pets, a cat named Simba and a dog named Nala. Maddy and Matt are still looking for a church community to call home.


Jeff Wright (IT) left the university in late May.

Thomas Peng (Admissions) left George Fox in early June.

Lizz Schallert (Social Work) left the university at the end of June.

Elise Gibson (IDEA Center) has been accepted into the university’s PsyD program. Her last day working in the IDEA Center will be Aug. 4.

Megan Gifford (Adult Degree Program) left the university at the end of June.

Dexter Ballard (Custodial) left the university in June.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The following employees have assumed new positions at the university: Rob Felton (executive director of marketing communications), Emma Glennen (associate director of undergraduate admissions), Megan Janes (associate director of graduate admissions), Patrick Kelley (director of graduate, adult degree and international admissions), Lindsay Knox (executive director of undergraduate admissions and financial aid), Rob Leslie (director of digital strategy), Sarah Reid (director of affinity marketing) and Jane Wilson (director of admissions operations).

Cheri Hampton has moved from being department assistant in the Department of Art and Design to serving as the new executive assistant to Laura Hartley, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Also changing roles is Lynn Scott, who has assumed the full-time position of assistant director for the Center for Study Abroad.

Joe Thouvenel, formerly a career and academic planning (CAP) coach, is now assistant director/career and internship coach in the IDEA Center.

Kaitlyn Ragan, formerly the IDEA Center coordinator, has taken Joe Thouvenel’s place as a CAP coach.

About Our People

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Mark Pothoff (Student Life) was part of the leadership team that facilitated the New Professionals Retreat as part of the Association for Christians in Student Development’s (ACSD) annual conference, held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. At the ACSD conference, held June 5-8, Mark teamed with Rick Muthiah (Learning Support Services) to present a workshop titled “Who Let the Dogs In? Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Campus Housing.”

Marc Shelton (Education) presented “If We Just Knew What We Know Now: A Lesson Learned for Interagency Collaboration to Prepare Leaders for Effective Inclusive Schools: Oregon Example” at the CEEDAR Center’s Cross-State Convening event in Chicago in June. He presented on behalf of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Brian R. Snider (Computer Science) published his recent work, “Estimation of Localized Ideal Oximetry Sensor Lag via Oxygen Desaturation–Disordered Breathing Event Cross-Correlation,” in SLEEP:  Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research. He also gave a presentation on the work in June at the SLEEP 2017 conference in Boston, Massachusetts. SLEEP is the premier world forum to present and discuss the latest developments in clinical sleep medicine and sleep and circadian science.

Cherice Bock (Seminary) recently served as the scholar in residence at Reedwood Friends Church. She offered a six-week series of 12 classes and a sermon on the topic “Quakers & Creation Care: Ecotheology & Action from a Quaker Perspective.”

Ed Higgins’ (English) flash-fiction story, “Latté plus,” was published in the Spring/Summer issue of The Round Up, an online literary magazine, and the Australian online literary journal, Vending Machine Press, published his poems “Later now, but” and “Imago Dei: What God’s Good For” in its June 13 issue. In addition, Ed recently published three poems in online literary journals: “Under the Eaves” is in riverbabble (June 2017); “Oh, you are not” is in experiential-experimental-literature (June 2, 2017); and a reprint of “He drank” is in Degenerates: Domestic Violence Edition (June 2017).


Monday, July 10th, 2017

July 11           Jillian Sokso
July 12           Chris Pulver
July 13           Jordan Nelson
July 14           Rebecca Yazzie
July 15           Jonathan Gemeroy
July 16           Megan Fisher
July 17           Kasondra Silva
July 21           Gordon Aarness, Jeff Houck, Daniel Kang
July 22           Carl Anderson, Luann Foster
July 23           Randy Dalzell, Donna Kestek, Mark Stone, Clyde Thomas
July 25           Muh Bi Lin
July 26           Bob Dexter, Rand Michael
July 27           Randy Woodley
July 29           David Hansen
July 30           Dale Isaak, Ron Mock, Liz Simmons
July 31           Lindsay Knox, Gary Spivey
Aug. 1            Jason Brumitt, Rob Westervelt
Aug. 3            Nancy Thurston
Aug. 4            Jered McConaughey
Aug. 5            Michelle Shelton, Linda Warberg
Aug. 6            Elizabeth Anderson
Aug. 8            Jill Sikkema
Aug. 10          Christine Saladino
Aug. 11          Colleen Sump
Aug. 12          Ken Ingram, Elizabeth Roark
Aug. 13          Kathy Heininge, Jeff Marble, Jamie Noling-Auth, Nate Peach, Jocelyn Stein
Aug. 14          Jenny Zaganiacz
Aug. 16          Casey Brooks, Lizz Schallert, Gary Sehorn, Seth Sikkema, Tyler Susmilch
Aug. 17          Saiko Mair
Aug. 19          Jim Foster
Aug. 20          Audrey Paice
Aug. 21          Nicole Enzinger, Josh Sauerwein

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The university welcomes Abigail Hortegas as a data manager for the undergraduate admissions department. She has worked at the university as a data entry specialist on a temp basis for the past year and, before that, spent a year as a design associate for Jonathan Adler, a home décor products company. While a student at Seattle Pacific University, Abigail worked as a manager at a local bookstore and coffee shop in 2014-15. She also worked as an office assistant for Seattle Pacific’s School of Health Sciences in 2013-14. She lives in Newberg with her husband Alexander and attends Door of Hope church in Portland.

Alexandra Harrington has joined the university as a student accounts specialist and veterans certifying official at the Portland Center. She has worked the past five years in the dentistry profession, working most recently as a dental assistant for a practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. Previously, she worked as a surgical assistant at two different dental practices (2013-16) after starting her career in the field as a dental assistant (2012-13). Alexandra is currently enrolled in George Fox’s management and organizational leadership program and previously studied dental assisting at Concorde Career College and applied science at Portland Community College. She lives in Aloha and attends Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Brett Papineau has transitioned from a temp position as a software engineer and programmer analyst to a full-time job as a programmer analyst for the university’s data analytics team. He has been with the university since November of last year. Brett previously worked in conjunction with the University of Idaho and its associated partners in software engineering and technical support positions in Moscow, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2014. Brett currently lives in McMinnville and likes to attend a variety of churches with various family members and close friends.

Plant Services welcomes Glory Lehman as a custodian. She has been self-employed as a house cleaner for the past 17 years. The daughter of missionaries, she spent some of her growing-up years abroad, including her high school years, as she earned a high school-equivalent diploma as a home-schooled student in Daegu, South Korea, in 2000. Glory lives in Newberg with her husband Jason and four children – Zebulun (17), Noah (15), Jonah (13) and Skye (11) – and attends Horizon Church in Sherwood.

The following faculty members are retiring from the university or are leaving George Fox this summer to pursue other opportunities: Dirk Barram (Business), Ginny Birky (Education), Kathy Campobasso (Education), Eileen Celentano (Art and Design), Sik Yin Chan (Social Work), Karen Hamlin Bezanson (Education), Rachael Henry (Education), Joshua Hren (English), Mary Johnson (Education), Alan Kluge (Business), Virginia Lundquist (Nursing), Chris Morrissey (Sociology), Roger Newell (Christian Studies), David Pollock (Engineering), Bo Sanders (Seminary), Mary Schmitt (Christian Studies), Jeff Tatum (Sociology) and Pat Vandehey (Music).

After 17 years of service to George Fox, Rich Bass (IT) is leaving the university this Friday, June 9. He plans to build websites that promote his wife Atoya’s hair stylist business and dedicate more time to his passion of painting scenic landscapes in oil pastels, oils and acrylics.

Sandy Cherachanko (Student Accounts) left the university in May.

Natalie Harrington (Women’s Lacrosse Coach) has left the university.

Holly Kirby (Engineering) left the university to make the move to California, where her husband took a job.

Sarah Taylor (Student Life) has left George Fox to transition to a full-time parenting role and to join her husband at his new job at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Merrill Johnson (Dean of Libraries) is retiring from George Fox this summer after 37 years of service to the university. His future plans include volunteer work, spending more time with his wife Candy, and doing extensive research into his family’s history.

Craig Taylor (Athletic Director) is retiring from the university this summer after serving in multiple capacities at the school for 43 years. He plans to spend more time with his wife Kathy, more time on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and do some consulting work for Division III institutions. His last day at George Fox will be June 30.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Marc Shelton will assume the title of interim dean of the College of Education beginning on July 1.

About Our People

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The following faculty members recently received tenure: Tatiana Cevallos (Education), Keith Dempsey (Counseling), Brian Doak (Christian Studies), Abigail Favale (English), Marie-Christine Goodworth (Doctor of Psychology), Corban Harwood (Mathematics), Nate Peach (Business), Paul Shelton (Business), Jillian Sokso (Art and Design), Susanna Steeg Thornhill (Education) and Yune Tran (Education).

The following faculty members recently received the title of “professor”: Carol Brazo (Education), Mike Foster (Engineering), Eloise Hockett (Education), Kris Kays (Psychology), Sue O’Donnell (Psychology), Cliff Rosenbohm (Social Work) and Jim Smart (Biology).

The following faculty members recently received the title of “associate professor”: Marie-Christine Goodworth (Doctor of Psychology), Nijay Gupta (Seminary), Elizabeth Hamilton (Doctor of Psychology), Corban Harwood (Mathematics), David Kerr (Art and Design), Kris Molitor (Education), Josh Sauerwein (Business), Shannon Scott (Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts), Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) and Chad Stillinger (Engineering).

Kaitlyn Ragan, the IDEA Center’s newest CAP Coach, represented George Fox at the 2017 Handshake User Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Monday, June 5. Other universities presenting included Stanford, Whittier, Wesleyan, Princeton, Michigan State, Auburn and BYU-Hawaii. George Fox was the first university in Oregon to implement Handshake for internship and job postings in October 2016. Fourteen other Oregon colleges and universities are joining the network on July 1. Kaitlyn has become an expert in Handshake and presented “Using Experiences to Track Internships” at the conference.

Led by the efforts of Merrill Johnson, Alex Rolfe and Rodney Birch (Library), the university’s Digital Commons is now a repository for The Christian Librarian, the official publication of the Association of Christian Librarians organization. The addition to the university’s digital archives system makes the publication discoverable via search engines and more accessible to readers worldwide.

Ed Higgins (English) spent all four Sundays in May teaching an adult Sunday school class at the First Presbyterian Church in Newberg. The title of his class was “My favorite narratives from the Hebrew Bible: Ruth, Esther, Susanna and Joseph.” In addition, Three Line Poetry featured one of Ed’s previously published poems on its Facebook page, and his poem “Via Dolorosa” was featured in a recent issue of the online literary magazine Embers Igniting. Also, Ed’s poem “Epistemology” was reprinted in the collection Peace Poems: Celebrating 60 Years of New Jersey Peace Action (1957-2017). The poem was previously a part of “Speak Peace,” a three-year national tour and exhibition sponsored by Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, which paired Vietnamese children’s art with peace-related poems by several American writers. The poem has also been published in Friends Journal, Poets Against War and the George Fox Journal.

Craig Taylor and Blair Cash (Athletics) were among seven individuals honored with the Northwest Conference’s Distinguished Service Award this month. The award goes to those with longtime associations with the conference and its member schools who either moved on to other endeavors, recently retired or announced their impending retirements. Craig is set to retire this summer after serving as athletic director at George Fox since 1988 and working at the school for 43 years. Blair formerly served as sports information director at George Fox (1999 to 2014) and took over as the assistant commissioner/SID for the NWC in 2014-15.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) preached at Whittier Friends Church (April 2), spoke on “Seeing the Word of God” for The Saint John’s Bible Exhibit and Special Lecture at Azusa Pacific University (April 18), and delivered the inaugural New Testament lecture for UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion (April 25): “The Spirituality of Jesus in the New Millennium – A Fourth Quest for Jesus.” Also, his forward to Volume 4 in the Johannine Monograph Series was published by Wipf & Stock: “Peder Borgen’s Bread from Heaven – Midrashic Developments in John 6 as a Case Study in John’s Unity and Disunity.” Paul’s essay, “The Power of the Resurrection,” was published on the Huffington Post site on Easter morning, and his sixth review of CNN’s “Finding Jesus” series, “On Thomas and Evidence – No Doubt!,” was published by The Bible and Interpretation. Finally, his review of four chapters in Early Quakers and their Theological Thought, 1647-1743, and a tribute, “Remembering Arthur O. Roberts,” were published in Quaker Religious Thought. A second tribute, “Remembering John Punshon (1935-2017),” was published in Quaker Life.

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) coauthored an article, “Examining Pinterest as a Curriculum Resource for Negative Integers: An Initial Investigation,” with Josh T. Hertel, from the mathematics department at the University Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The piece, published on the Education Sciences site, provides an overview of their research describing the mathematical integrity of integer Pinterest pins. In addition, Nicole was among seven colleagues representing five universities who collaborated on an article that describes prospective teachers’ algebraic reasoning and symbol use on a multi-step fraction word problem. It was recently published in the International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning.


Monday, June 5th, 2017

June 6              Keisha Gordon, Joyce Staats, Alan Thurston
June 8              Jeannine Graham, Adam Haldorson, Shannon Stueckle
June 9              Mark Terry
June 10            Tim Goodfellow, Carlos Ordonez
June 11            Jing Hao, Ty Sohlman
June 12            Beronica Salazar
June 13            Robby Larson
June 14            Brian Snider
June 15            Karen Bezanson, Jennifer Lichtenberg, Gary Tandy
June 16            Craig Taylor
June 17            Neal Ninteman
June 18            Sherri Moore, Donna Webb
June 19            Tim Jaquith, Mark McMinn, Kristi Wheaton
June 20            Janet Herron
June 21            Jamie Johnson, Susanna Steeg
June 22            Penny Martin, Alyssa Rands, Dinah Steig, Daniel Sweeney
June 23            Rachel Thomas
June 24            Terri Crawford, Catherine Kacalek, Patty Vanier
June 25            Mike Rader
June 27            Darby Thiessen, Debby Thomas, Kipp Wilfong
June 28            Michael Meek, Dan Schutter
June 29            Mary Peterson, Nathan Slegers, Andrew Baer
June 30            John Heitz
July 1               Nancy Fawver
July 5               Megan Janes, Natalie Di Francisco

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Joel Bock (Marketing Communications) left the university on April 28. He and wife Cherice are staying in the area. Joel is looking forward to spending more time with his boys and continuing to support Cherice as she finishes her graduate work while he takes time to consider what is next in life.

Mary Monahan (Advancement) resigned her position with the university and has accepted a position as the registrar at the new Mountainside High School in the Beaverton School District.

About Our People

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Eloise Hockett (Education) and John Muhanji published a new book, Lessons from Cross-Cultural Collaboration: How Cultural Humility Informed and Shaped the Work of an American and a Kenyan (Wipf and Stock). In it, the authors share their unique experiences of cross-cultural collaboration using the principles of cultural humility, primarily in Kenya. From Mt. Elgon, to a village in rural Kenya, to working with teachers in schools, John and Eloise describe each project through the lens and perspective of an American and a Kenyan. Within these narratives, they also share their journey of how they learned to engage and work with one another and learn from each other.

Ed Higgins (English) presented a workshop, “The Push and Pull of Poetry Writing,” at the eighth annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnvile on April 22. The annual festival is sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and held at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley branch campus. Also presenting at the event was former adjunct professor Lynn Otto, who conducted a workshop on revising poetry, “Getting to Know Your Poem.” Ed also had his micro-flash story, “To a student left out,”  published on Tiny Text’s April 24 Twitter site. The challenge was to create a story in 140 characters or fewer.

Mark McLeod-Harrison (Christian Studies) recently published Image, Incarnation, and Christian Expansivism: a Meta-Philosophy of Salvation (Cascade Books, April 2017). In the book, Mark considers what’s wrong with both narrow exclusivist and narrow inclusivist accounts of the gospel, and proposes a broad inclusivism called “expansivism.” Expansivism makes human access to the gospel unique to the individual and enables Christian theologians to provide varying, potentially conflicting yet true accounts of the theological underpinnings of the salvation provided by Christ.

This spring, Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published a chapter, “Interfaith Education and the Missio Dei: A Case Study in the Pacific Northwest,” in the book Engaging the Nations: Contours of Mission Theology in Global Perspectives (Orbis Press). She also presented an academic paper, “The Spirit of God in Enemy Camp: Cross-Cultural Mission among the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4-7,” at the 2017 Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference at Urshan College/Urshan Graduate School of Theology in Florissant, Missouri, in March.

Mary K. Schmitt (Christian Studies) published an essay, “The Communal Dimensions of Birthing Imagery in Paul’s Epistles,” in the Spring 2017 issue of the Wesleyan Theological Journal. Schmitt asserts that Paul’s birthing imagery operates metaphorically in ways that correspond to John Wesley’s phrase “new birth,” and that careful examination of birthing metaphors offer important avenues for reframing some of the conversation around new birth in the Wesleyan tradition.

Laura Hartley (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences) was one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2017-18 Senior Leadership Academy. Laura will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio in November and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., in June of 2018. She will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year. The academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division – including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement – in independent higher education.


Monday, May 1st, 2017

May 2              Beth Hampton, Dwayne Worden
May 4              Sarah Reid
May 5              Robert Bonner, Tai Harden-Moore, Emily Palkert
May 7              Ryan Forbes
May 8              Molly Hickok, Brent Wilson, Deb Worden
May 9              Jeff Wright
May 10            Heidi Duckworth, Chris Meade
May 12            Megan Hills, Marla Sweningson
May 13            Jenny Elsey, Rob Leslie
May 14            Kathi Becker, Don Powers
May 15            Dirk Barram
May 16            Britny Scholz, Trevor Woods
May 17            Paul Anderson, Brenn Borror, Cory Hand, Yongqiang Zheng
May 18            Gregg Boughton, Paul Otto
May 19            Cristi Miles
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 1             Arlene Candela
June 3             Paula Hampton, Jamison Loop
June 4             Nadine Kincaid

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Joel Schutter (Plant Services) has left the university.

Jill Downing (Advancement) has left the university.

Liz Luras (Alumni Relations) left the university to concentrate on her education in the university’s MBA program.

About Our People

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The editors of Dappled Things, a quarterly journal dedicated to ideas, art and faith, selected Abigail Favale’s (English/William Penn Honors Program) story, Obedience Lessons, as winner of the 2017 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. Obedience Lessons tells the story of a man caught unawares by the consequences of half-forgotten transgressions, and who must choose whether to let this revelation upset his comfortable, quiet life. Named for Powers, one of the most notable authors in the 20th-century Catholic literary renaissance, the contest aims to honor his legacy by awarding stories that, like the priests he wrote about in his fiction, have “one foot in this world and one in the next.” Abigail was awarded $500 for her winning submission, and Obedience Lessons was published in the Easter 2017 issue of Dappled Things.

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) published an article, “Logistics of Mathematical Modeling-Focused Projects,” in the PRIMUS journal on March 30. The article analyzed the classroom implementation of research-based projects to improve student learning while minimizing logistical overhead. One such project was based upon Corban’s article, “Simulating the Spread of the Common Cold,” which was published online in SIMIODE on Dec. 2, 2016. Any correlation with the major cold/flu outbreak this past winter is merely coincidental.

On March 29-31, Paul Otto (History) co-directed the interdisciplinary conference “Migrations and Borders in the United States: Discourses, Representations, Imaginary Contexts,” at the University Grenoble Alpes in France. He has also been chosen to participate in a week-long summer workshop, Writing Beyond the Academy, at the Collegeville Institute in Minnesota.

Ken Badley and Patrick Allen (Education) have collaborated on a second book, Echoes of Insight: Past Perspectives and the Future of Christian Higher Education, published by Abilene Christian University Press. The book, along with their first book, Faith and Learning, are being used as primary texts for a Faith and Learning Academic Symposium this spring in Boston, and at the Christian Business Faculty Association’s annual conference next fall in San Diego, where Patrick will give the keynote. He will be offering a pre-conference spiritual formation workshop using his book, Morning Resolve: To Live a Simple, Sincere, and Serene Life.

Terry Huffman’s (Education) paper, “Native American Educators and their Leadership Roles on Reservations in the Northern Great Plains,” is the winner of the 2017 Leslie Hewes Award for the best paper in social sciences published in Great Plains Research during the volume year 2016. Besides recognition, the annual award includes a certificate and cash prize.

Kristina Kays (Psychology) joined with fourth-year PsyD students David Kays and Adrian Egger to present “Bridging the Gap: Pop Media as a Narrative Tool for Working with Millennials” at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies Conference in Chicago March 30 through April 1. The seminar identified current pop media resources as a means to explore emotional issues resulting from trauma and abuse. The movie Inside Out was used as a practical example for integrating narrative therapy interventions with challenging clients resistant to exploring emotional concerns in therapy.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published a review of CNN’s Finding Jesus 2 episode about Peter, “A Few Bones to Pick: Peter and His Significance,” in both The Huffington Post and the The Bible and Interpretation websites.


Monday, April 17th, 2017

April 18            Judy Deale, Ashley Walker
April 19            Jeff Tatum, Rebecca Williams
April 20            Kacy Hughson
April 21            Stephanie Bugas
April 22            Sik Yin Chan
April 25            Terri Beecroft, Valerie Sherwood, Richard Silver
April 26            Emma Glennen
April 27            Pat Vandehey
April 28            Danny Cross
April 29            Jeff Woods
April 30            Chris Cleaver
May 1               Patrick Allen

About Our People

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

In February, Nicole Enzinger (Education) gave two presentations at the annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Orlando, Florida: “Investigating prospective teachers’ evaluations of children’s temperature stories” and “Examining Pinterest as a curriculum resource.” Also, in early March, Nicole gave an invited lecture, “Integers: A space for mathematical play,” at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club in Chicago. This invited lecture was based on her upcoming book, Exploring the Integer Addition and Subtraction Landscape: Perspectives on Integer Thinking. More recently, Nicole presented “This is not ‘New Math,’ but we can learn lessons from ‘New Math,’” for the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators Conference at the University of Portland.

Dana Bates (Athletic Training) published a study, “Perceptions from athletic training students involved in an intentional peer-assisted learning pedagogy,” in the Athletic Training Education Journal. The study investigated athletic training students’ perceptions of peer-assisted learning on both the peer-student and peer-tutor. In addition, Dana and Jill Sikkema (adjunct faculty in HHPE) published an article, “Critical-thinking skills of first-year athletic training students enrolled in professional programs,” in the March 2017 Athletic Training Education Journal. In the piece, the authors investigated critical thinking and other demographic variables across first-year athletic training students enrolled in professional bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs.

Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “To my own two feet” in the surrealist online poetry journal Uut Poetry on March 31.

David Johnstone (Student Life) wrote a review of Soong-Chan Rah’s Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times for the Christian Scholar’s Review (Winter 2017).

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published a fourth review of CNN’s Finding Jesus 2 series on The Bible and Interpretation website, titled “Herod the Great, or Herod the Terrible?” He also published an article, “Can Any Good Thing Come from Nazareth? The Childhood Home of Jesus,” on the same site and in the March 22 edition of The Huffington Post. In addition, Paul posted reviews of “Raising Lazarus: Climax or Prequel?” on the Bible and Interpretation and Huffington Post sites.

Andrew Fleming and Kaitlyn Ragan were named the university’s employees of the month for March.


Monday, April 3rd, 2017

April 5              Vicki Tschan
April 8              Joel Kelley
April 10            Cheri Hampton
April 11            Janelle Freitag
April 12            Dylan Harris, John Shaw
April 13            Sarah Taylor
April 14            Kathy Rosenbohm
April 15            Mike Campadore
April 17            Sonia Legg

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Wendy Flint has joined George Fox as director of the university’s IDEA Center. For the past four years she has worked as the chief learning officer at The Learning Oasis, a Napa, California-based nonprofit organization that provides supportive training services for universities, community colleges and adult education centers throughout California. In the six years prior (2007-13), she was senior vice president of marketing and sales for Boston Reed College in Napa, where she led a sales team of nine employees and helped the company grow in revenue from $5 million to $15 million in three years. Wendy also worked as director of professional and continuing education and workforce training at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, from 1999 to 2007. Wendy has also been a training manager in corporations in the Pacific Northwest, including Hewlett-Packard and Electric Lightwave. She holds both a PhD in education (2004) and an MBA (2008) from Capella University in Minneapolis, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Washington State University (1998). Wendy lives in Sherwood with her husband Terry, and they have three children and six grandchildren. Son Scott works at Nike as a global manager; son Todd is a paramedic firefighter for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue; and daughter Tracy is an elementary school teacher in Conway, Arkansas. Terry and Wendy attend Journey Church in Sherwood.

The university welcomes Arlene Candela as a human resource coordinator this month. She arrives from McMinnville Water and Light, where she worked as a customer service representative for the past two years. Before that, she was in active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2006, supervising customer service operations for more than 10,000 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel. During her tenure she was charged with controlling all inbound and outbound assignments for Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California. Arlene is currently enrolled in Liberty University’s Masters in Human Resource online program, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix (2010). She lives in McMinnville with husband Steve, a fire inspector with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and their three children – Julia, Eric and Andrew. The family attends Adventure Christian Church in McMinnville.

The IT department has hired Audrey Paice as a customer support specialist. For the past four and a half years she has worked as an administrative assistant for the Public Power Council in Portland. Prior to that, she worked as a personal assistant at Kent Employment Solutions in Lake Oswego (2011-12), leaving after five months to tend to her newborn baby. Audrey has also worked internationally, serving as a client services officer for Dubsat, an international publishing and broadcasting company, in Sydney, Australia, in 2009-10. She also worked as an office coordinator and administrative assistant for Omnilab Media in Sydney in 2008 and 2009. Audrey attended Hillsong International Leadership College, studying worship and creative arts, from 2004 to 2006. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband Brad and daughters Vilah (4) and Malachi (22 months), and attends Evergreen Christian Center in Hillsboro.

Courtland Sherreitt joins the university as an event production specialist. In May of 2016, he earned bachelor’s degrees from George Fox in both psychology and cinema and media communication. He returns to IT and media production services after working there as a student starting in January of 2014.

After almost six years of service to the university, Ted Allen (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer) left George Fox last week. He will continue to work for the university in a more limited capacity through April 30.

Drew Jacobs (HR) left the university on March 16.

Mac Oxford (IT/Media Production Services) has left the university. He plans to work as a freelancer, using his skills on multi-camera productions for both live events and sports broadcasting.

Emily Gigoux (Advancement) left the university to work for a mortgage company.

Amy Rusaw (Plant Services/Custodial) left the university earlier this month.

Tiona Cage (International Student and Scholar Services) is leaving the university to work as a regional international student advisor at Miami University in Ohio. Her last day at George Fox will be Friday, March 24.

About Our People

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Doug Campbell (Professor Emeritus of Art) published a book of 100 poems, Turning Radius, earlier this month. The poems featured were written throughout the years before his stroke in 2012, which subsequently left him with a language disorder called aphasia. The book reflects the process of reengaging with his former poetry and also encouraging him to share his work with the world.

Rodger Bufford’s (PsyD) article, “Dimensions of Grace: Factor Analysis of Three Grace Scales,” was published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9, 56-69. Collaborating with Rodger on the piece were Timothy Sisemore and Amanda Blackburn of Richmont Graduate University.

Kevin T. Jones (Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) and Claire Procopio (Southeastern Louisiana University) published their article, “Mentoring At-Risk Middle School Students to Reduce Communication Apprehension,” in The Journal of Mentoring and Tutoring, due out this spring. The article is part of a multi-year study using George Fox communication studies majors in their senior communication capstone course to mentor at-risk students in communication skills at a local alternative school.

Ed Higgins (English) published his flash/slipstream story, “chicken little considers the sky again (a parable for our time),” in the March 11 issue of Gravel, a literary journal hosted by the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

On March 7-9, Brian Doak (Biblical Studies/William Penn Honors Program Faculty Fellow) delivered two invited lectures as visiting fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Augustana). The first, based on one of his recent books, was entitled “Ask the Animals: Nature and Theodicy in the Book of Job;” the second was “The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education: An Essay an Justification from Christian and Secular Perspectives.”

Chris Morrissey (Sociology) has signed a contract with Routledge to publish a book, Priestly or Prophetic: Christianity Supporting and Challenging American State Violence in Iraq. Priestly or Prophetic argues the religious sphere of meaning was a crucial terrain on which the United States debated the Iraq War and that religious legitimation of the actions of the state was as strong a predictor of support for the war as any other factor. For the present and coming challenges of the 21st century, understanding and choosing between religion as priestly or prophetic vis-à-vis state violence remains an issue of utmost importance for believers and nonbelievers – both here and abroad. Publication is anticipated in the spring of 2018.


Monday, March 20th, 2017

March 21          Kevin Kopple
March 22          Terry Peters
March 24          Loren Kerns, Mary Monahan
March 25          Heather Groenlund
March 26          Nick Willis
March 27          Yune Tran
March 28          Kathy Harris, Charles Kamilos, Jeremy Lloyd, Steve Petzold
March 29          Lynn Andrews, Vetta Berokoff
March 30          Dexter Ballard, Tyler Welker
March 31          Melodee Powers
April 1              Cesar Calderon, Trevor Daimler, Jen Klapp
April 2              LuAnn Anderson
April 3              Steve Delamarter, Dale Journey, Holly Kirby

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Alumna Liz Luras has joined the university as the director of alumni and parent relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and leadership from the university and is currently completing an MBA at the Portland Center. Liz is an Army intelligence veteran and formerly served as one of the nation’s leading military advocates, having addressed Congress in Washington, D.C. and at The White House, on multiple occasions, in regards to legislation affecting veterans and military personnel, as well as regarding national security and anti-terrorism. Her work with nonprofits and government agencies earned her the honor of Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year in 2016. She brings more than 17 years of experience in government relations, business consulting, marketing and humanitarian work. Liz is an avid mountain climber and outdoor enthusiast. She believes that one brave voice speaking in truth can inspire others, and have a profound impact on the world.

The university has hired two new deans, both of whom will join the university in July. Jekabs Bikis will serve as dean of the College of Business, joining the university after working as chair of the Business Administration Department at LCC International University in Lithuania since 2014. Before that, he spent eight and a half years at Dallas Baptist University, serving as an assistant and associate professor of business, in addition to working in a number of administrative roles. In all, he has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience.

Also joining George Fox will be Ryan Ingersoll, as dean of libraries. He arrives from Seattle Pacific University, where he has been head of library technology since 2010. Before that, he spent two years as a teaching and learning spaces liaison at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

More information about both new deans will be featured after they have arrived on campus.