Comings and Goings

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Rachel-GerigThe undergraduate admissions office welcomes Rachel Gerig to serve as an admissions counselor. She arrives from Whitworth University, where she was a resident assistant the past two years. Prior to that, she served as a student ambassador for Whitworth’s institutional advancement office during the summer of 2013 and was a dorm representative during her sophomore year at the school (2012-13). Rachel graduated this spring with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications. She lives in Newberg and is seeking out a church home.


Jamison-LoopThe university welcomes Jamison Loop as an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. An alumnus of George Fox, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2009, he arrives from Germany, where he has worked the past three years as a guidance counselor at the Black Forest Academy in the city of Kandern. In the two years prior to his assignment in Europe, Jamison worked for a year and a half as a community support coordinator with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, as part of a team that specialized in supporting children with high-need mental health difficulties. He lives in Sherwood with his wife Jennifer, and they are expecting a baby boy in mid-August. They plan to attend Colossae Church.


Kaitlyn RaganKaitlyn Ragan joined the university in July to serve as office coordinator for the IDEA Center. Since February, she has worked as a skills trainer at Trillium Family Services in Portland, working with children who require inpatient mental health treatment. In the two years prior to that, she was a middle school English teacher in Daegu, South Korea. During that time, Kaitlyn was able to enjoy traveling throughout Asia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology (youth and family studies) from Corban University in 2011. Kaitlyn lives in West Linn, where she attends Athey Creek Christian Fellowship.


Hannah StevensonHannah Stevenson has joined the university as a student accounts specialist at the Portland Center. She has worked the past two years as a purchasing agent for MyBinding.com of Hillsboro, an online book binding equipment vendor. Before that, she spent a year as a microeconomics tutor at Eastern Oregon University, where she also served as a mathematics tutor from 2011 to 2013. Hannah gained office experience as an office assistant with Burns Capital Investment Advisors of Newberg from 2008 to 2010. A native of Newberg, she graduated from Newberg High and went on to Eastern Oregon University, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2013. Hannah lives in Beaverton with her husband Brian.


After 17 years of service, John Newberry (Portland Center Building Manager and Events Coordinator) retired from the university on July 1.

Shaundrea Hirengen (Financial Aid) left the university in mid-July when she relocated out of the area with her family.

Brian Snider (Data Analytics) resigned from his position on July 24 to spend more time with his wife and young children, finish his PhD dissertation at Oregon Health & Science University, and prepare for teaching computer science courses this fall as an adjunct instructor at George Fox.

Kimberly Forbes (Financial Affairs) left the university on July 22, saying she plans to retire.

Scott Barnett (Undergraduate Admissions) is leaving the university on Aug. 7 to attend graduate school at San Diego State University, where he plans to pursue a master’s degree.

Tommy Kokinos (Mail Services) left the university as of July 24.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Kelly Ward has transitioned into a new role as the assistant director of visitor experience in the undergraduate admissions office.

The following employees were promoted to their respective positions on July 1: Rob Leslie (associate director of digital marketing); Kristie DeHaven (senior CAP coach); Piper Parks (IT Service Desk manager); Kandie Comfort (education tech specialist IV); Jeong Ahn (web designer); and Janelle Olivarez (graphic designer II).

About Our People

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Randy Woodley (Seminary) contributed a chapter in the just-released book Strangers in this World: Multireligious Reflections On Immigration, published by Fortress Press. Woodley’s chapter is entitled, “Native American Hospitality and Generosity: Old Symbols of American Welcome.”

Gary Buhler (Art & Design) will exhibit pieces from his urban landscapes collection at an upcoming show, Urban PDX, at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave., in Portland. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and is free and open to the public. The images feature many recognizable historic buildings and spaces in Portland. The exhibit will be open through Sept. 29.

Birthdays

Monday, July 27th, 2015

July 29         David Hansen
July 30         Dale Isaak, Ron Mock, Thomas Peng
July 31         Lindsay Knox, Gary Spivey
Aug. 1          Jason Brumitt, Rob Westervelt
Aug. 3          Nancy Thurston
Aug. 5          Linda Warberg
Aug. 6          Elizabeth Anderson
Aug. 9          Jennifer Kepler
Aug. 12        Cary Griffith, Ken Ingram
Aug. 13        Kathy Heininge, Jeff Marble, Jamie Noling-Auth, Nate Peach
Aug. 14        Jenny Zaganiacz
Aug. 16        Casey Brooks, Gary Sehorn, Seth Sikkema
Aug. 17        Saiko Mair
Aug. 19        Jim Foster
Aug. 21        Josh Sauerwein, Creagh Schoen
Aug. 23        Erik Bay
Aug. 24        Scott Barnett, Joel Bock, Jane Sweet

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Karen CarskadonKaren Carskadon joined the College of Education in June as executive assistant to the dean. She was formerly employed for seven years at Portland State University, as assistant to the director/office manager in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning; as administrative assistant for field placement & licensure in the Graduate School of Education; and as office coordinator for the Department of Economics. Karen was additionally employed at PSU as certification officer for six years in the School of Education and five years as the marketing department secretary before she left to dedicate time to family: daughter Lindsay (24) and son Jake (soon to be 21). She attended Willamette University for two years before earning a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Portland State in 1980. Karen lives in Wilsonville with her children and attends Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

 

Virginia LundquistVirginia Lundquist joined the university this summer as interim director of the School of Nursing. She worked most recently at the Providence Portland Medical Center, where she was nursing education manager from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, she spent 16 years as the staff development director at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City. She has worked in the nursing profession since 1969, when she began as an emergency department RN staff member at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. (1969-74). She was later employed as a nursing supervisor, critical care staff RN and emergency department RN at Willamette Falls Hospital (1975-93). Virginia holds a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Portland (2003), a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Walla Walla University (1993) and a diploma in nursing from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland (1968). She lives in Damascus with her husband of 46 years, Gregg. They have three married daughters and nine grandchildren, one of whom lives in heaven. She and her husband attend Damascus Community Church in Damascus, Ore.

 

Lynn Andrews rejoins the university this week to lead the development office as vice president for advancement. She returns after departing George Fox late last year due to health concerns. Lynn was originally hired in December of 2013 after serving as VP for university advancement at Marylhurst University the previous three years. She has more than 20 years of experience in the development field.

Cynthia Weston (Development) is leaving George Fox this week after 11 years of service to the university. She says she is following the Lord’s call to be available for other ministry opportunities.

Sarah Marvin (Enrollment) left the university in June.

Marisa Lee (IDEA Center) left George Fox in June to spend more time with her newborn daughter.

Donna Barber (Spiritual and Intercultural Life) left the university in late May after her one-year interim role as director of intercultural life ended.

Sondra Creason (College of Education) left George Fox after serving at the university for 12 years. She has accepted a part-time job in banking, the field she worked in prior to George Fox, and plans to spend more time with family, especially her grandchildren. She says she is grateful for the years she spent at the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Christee Wise is now program coordinator for the university’s College of Education.

Chris Pulver is a student account specialist and is moving from the Portland Center to the Newberg campus.

Sidney Tafflinger is a CAP Coach (Career & Academic Planning) in the IDEA Center.

About Our People

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The Association for Christians in Student Development approved a $750 research grant to Dave Johnstone (Student Life) for the purpose of conducting a study, through surveys and interviews, with current students of color at five Council for Christian Colleges and Universities on the West Coast. The study will allow students to share their leadership journeys, and, ultimately, their reflections will provide data that will be valuable in drawing more students of color into leadership roles.

Ed Higgins (English) published two haiku poems in Issue #34 of the online journal hedgerow: a journal of small poems.

Rodger Bufford and Mark McMinn (PsyD) published articles in the Summer 2015 issue of the Journal of Psychology & Theology. Rodger’s article, cowritten with three authors from other institutions, was titled “Preliminary Analyses of Three Measures of Grace: Can They Be Unified?” Mark’s, cowritten with Paul McLaughlin, was titled “Studying Wisdom: Toward a Christian Integrative Perspective.”

Birthdays

Monday, July 6th, 2015

July 8            Jesse Dillow, Sue Richie, Linda Samek
July 9            Eloise Hockett, Sidney Tafflinger, Kenn Willson
July 11          Mary Schmitt, Jillian Sokso
July 12          Kimberly Forbes, Chris Pulver
July 17          Kasondra Silva
July 19          Patti Fitzgerald
July 21          Gordon Aarness, Jeff Houck, Daniel Kang, Gregg Palmer
July 23          Randy Dalzell, Mark Stone, Clyde Thomas
July 25          Ann Evans
July 26          Bob Dexter, Rand Michael
July 27          Randy Woodley

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Stephen HowellSoftware engineer Stephen Howell joined the university’s analytics team in May. He graduated from George Fox this spring with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. During his junior and senior years on campus, he worked as a computer science lab assistant, and in 2014 he served as an intern doing research and development projects for the A-dec dental equipment company of Newberg. He also gained experience as a support technician at CMIT Solutions of Tacoma (Wash.) in 2012-13. Stephen lives in Tualatin and attends Newberg Church of Christ.


Stephanie BugasIn May, the university welcomed Stephanie Bugas to work as a capital campaign manager in the development office. She arrives from the Young Life organization, for which she served as a regional administrator serving Oregon and Southwest Washington from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, she was a student staff member with Young Life Portland West in 2008-09. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Portland in 2009. She lives in Portland with her dog, Grizzly, and attends The Well Community Church in Portland.


Coleen OshiroColeen Oshiro joined the university as associate registrar in May. She has worked the previous seven years as an assistant registrar at Pacific University in Forest Grove and, before that, served as the financial aid director at Pioneer Pacific College in 2007. Coleen previously lived in Hawaii, where she was a financial aid director at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu (2003-07) and a financial aid counselor at Chaminade University of Honolulu (1997-2003). She holds an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu (2000) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1996). Coleen lives in Newberg with her husband James, director of financial aid at George Fox. They have a son, Bralan, and attend Newberg Friends Church.


Dylan HarrisRecent graduate Dylan Harris was hired as a print services specialist last month, joining the university on a full-time basis after being employed as a work-study student in the Office of Print Services the past three years. He’s also worked as a club technician at Golfsmith in Tualatin since last summer. Dylan graduated from George Fox in May with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication. He lives in Newberg and attends Newberg Christian Church.


The following faculty members are leaving the university to retire or pursue other employment opportunities: Wendy Ackley (Nursing), Rebecca Addleman (Education), Heather Ayala (Biology), Terrie Boehr (Family and Consumer Sciences), Lisa Presnall (Nursing), JoEllyn Fountain (Politics and International Studies), Sarah Gibson (Cinema and Media Communication), Sue Harrison (Education), Deb Herb-Sepich (Business), Judy Keeney (Education), Beth Morton (Chemistry), Mark Ocker (Adult Degree Programs) and Gary Tiffin (Education).

Jared Kamimae-Lanning (Custodial) left his position at the Portland Center in May. He and his wife Ashley, both of whom are alumni of George Fox, are moving to Cambridge, England.

Pam Clem (Advancement) left the university in a full-time capacity in May. She will continue working with advancement on an interim part-time basis this summer.

Mandee Wilmot (Admissions) will not be returning full time to her position following the birth of her baby, Levi Everett.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Abby Burgess has been promoted from admissions counselor to assistant director of undergraduate admissions.

Tim Goodfellow has been promoted from executive director of IT to chief information officer.

Andrea Byerley has transitioned from her job as associate registrar to a part-time position as the administrative assistant for the Oregon Writing Project in the College of Education.

About Our People

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Melanie Springer Mock (English) was honored last month with an award by the Associated Church Press. Her review of the book Shaken in the Water appeared in Mennonite World Review and won third place (honorable mention) in the category “Critical Review, All Media” in the ACP’s annual contest. The results were announced at the Best of the Christian Press Awards Banquet in Toronto on May 1.

In May, Melissa Thomas (Registrar) was elected by the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to serve on its executive committee in a three-year term as president-elect, president and past president.

Isabelle Corneaux (French) was selected as a 2015 honor roll recipient by the Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching organization. The honor is reserved for teachers or language professionals who have made significant accomplishments or contributions to both the teaching of language and the field of language acquisition and instruction. Honor roll members are submitted as candidates for Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Darryl Brown (Marketing Communications) earned recognition for his design work on Geez magazine of Canada. His work on the Winter 2014 issue won a first-place Award of Excellence in the “Art/Design/Graphics: Magazine/Journal Design: Entire Issue” category from the Associated Church Press. In addition, Darryl and Creative Director Aiden Enns won first place for the same Winter 2014 issue in the Canadian Church Press’ “Edition Layout & Design, Magazine, Circulation up to 9,999” category. Geez also received first place for general excellence from the Canadian Church Press and second place for general excellence from the Associated Church Press.

Karen Bowdoin (Art & Design) was among a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a week-long seminar on “Teaching European Art in Context.” She will be attending the seminar on “The Art of Storytelling in French Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1850” at the Portland Art Museum July 20-24. Karen was one of 23 faculty members chosen to participate in the event, designed to strengthen the teaching of art history at smaller colleges and universities.

Ed Higgins’ (English) flash fiction story, “Haying,” was published in the April 30, 2015, edition of Thrice Fiction Magazine.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published an article, “Second Criticality – An Interdisciplinary Approach to the New Testament and its Contexts,” on the website The Bible and Interpretation, a site dedicated to delivering the latest news, features, editorials, commentary, archaeological interpretation and excavations relevant to the study of the Bible for the public and biblical scholars.

Birthdays

Monday, June 1st, 2015

June 3              Paula Hampton
June 4              Nadine Kincaid
June 6              Keisha Gordon, Joyce Staats, Alan Thurston
June 8              Jeannine Graham, Adam Haldorson
June 9              Mark Terry
June 10            Tim Goodfellow
June 11            Jing Hao, Ty Sohlman
June 13            Robby Larson
June 14            Brian Snider, Loren Wenz
June 15            Karen Hamlin, Jennifer Lichtenberg, Gary Tandy
June 16            Craig Taylor
June 17            Neal Ninteman
June 18            Michelle Foster, Sherri Moore
June 19            Kristi Bronkey, Tim Jaquith, Mark McMinn
June 20            Janet Herron
June 21            Jamie Johnson, Susanna Steeg
June 22            Megan Clark, Daniel Sweeney
June 23            Rachel Thomas
June 24            Terri Crawford, Patty Vanier
June 25            Mike Rader
June 27            Darby Thiessen, Kipp Wilfong
June 28            Michael Meek, Dan Schutter
June 29            Mary Peterson, Nathan Slegers
June 30            John Heitz
July 1               Nancy Fawver
July 4               Jill Downing
July 5               Megan Janes
July 6               Lisa Burton

Movers & Quakers

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Keisha Gordon has made the transition to the position of admissions counselor for recruited athletes in the undergraduate admissions office.

About Our People

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Sue O’Donnell (Psychology) earned the university’s Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching, while Melanie Springer Mock (English) received the Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. In addition, Andrew Meszaros (Physical Therapy) was recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching, and Lorraine DeKruyf (Counseling) was chosen for the Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship.

Paul Otto (History) will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle, N.C. As a Fellow, he will be writing a book on the history of wampum, tracing its prehistoric origins among Native Americans to present-day battles over cultural patrimony.

Kathy Heininge and Gary Tandy (English) accompanied seven English majors who presented their creative and scholarly writing at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Convention in Albuquerque, N.M., March 18-21. Student presenters were Emily Lund, Mackenzie Adix, Jordan Nelson, Heather Harney, Elizabeth Cranston, Ryan Lackey and Mikaela Bray. Lund won a second-place award (and $300) in the Literary and Film Criticism category for her paper on film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, and Adix won a third-place award (and $250) in the Pedagogy category for her paper on children’s literacy and book marketing.

Ed Higgins (English) published his short poems “Hell For Poets” and “Derelict Words” in late-April editions of the online journal One Sentence Poems. Ed also had his poem “That Old Mirror” published in the “Freaky Fairy Tale” issue (Issue 8: April 2015) of Ealain, a South African online literary and art magazine.

Jenny Matheny (Biblical Studies) presented a paper, “Herem: Answerability and Borders in Joshua 6 and 7,” at the Northwest Evangelical Missiology Conference held at George Fox University on April 11. Matheny was also the conference speaker for the Aloha Faith Center’s women’s retreat April 24-26.

Megan Clark (Marketing Communications) and Johanna Schweitzer (Student Financial Services/Financial Aid) were named employees of the month for the months of March and April, respectively.

Birthdays

Monday, May 4th, 2015

May 5              Robert Bonner
May 8              Molly Hickok, Brent Wilson, Deb Worden
May 10            Chris Meade
May 12            Marla Sweningson
May 13            Rob Leslie
May 14            Kathi Becker, Don Powers
May 15            Dirk Barram
May 16            Britny Scholz, Trevor Woods
May 17            Paul Anderson
May 18            Gregg Boughton, Paul Otto, Cynthia Weston
May 20            Gabe Haberly, Teresa Lamm, Lisa Presnall
May 22            Heather Ayala, Cliff Berger, Bree Stairs
May 23            Chuck Conniry, Adam McGuffie
May 24            Brenda Morton
May 26            Elise Trask
May 28            Beth LaForce, Steve Sherwood
May 29            Steven Classen, Kandie Comfort, Mike Magill
May 30            Rebecca Addleman, Stephen Bearden, Amy Dee, Roger Newell
May 31            Jessica Hollen

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