Comings and Goings

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

BriggsMcConaugheyAdinaThe university welcomes the return of Adina Briggs McConaughey this month to serve as an executive assistant in the College of Engineering. For the past two and a half years she has worked as an executive assistant to the CEO at Medical Teams International in Tigard. Before that, she worked part time for the same company for two years as the executive assistant to the president and as an HR assistant. During a two-year span (2010 to 2012), Adina simultaneously worked part time as an admissions counselor for George Fox’s doctor of clinical psychology program, and in the 10 years prior to that worked in various admissions roles, including as the admissions counselor for the university’s adult degree completion program. Adina holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from George Fox. She and her husband Mike live in Newberg, and their daughter Amanda is a sophomore at George Fox in the school’s athletic training program. In her spare time, Adina is a registered yoga instructor and a Mary Kay consultant. The family attends North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.


RothJaredAn adjunct instructor at George Fox Evangelical Seminary the last three years, Jared Roth, joins the university in a part-time capacity this month as director of the Part-Time MBA program in the College of Business. In addition to his teaching at the seminary, Jared has taught on an adjunct basis at Life Pacific College the past two years while also working as the co-lead pastor at Evergreen Christian Center in Hillsboro, Ore., since 2009. He founded and ran his own business coaching enterprise for five years (2006 to 2011) and has traveled the last nine years as a denominational consultant and speaker. He also founded and serves as president of Turnaround Church LLC. Jared holds a doctor of education degree in organizational change from Pepperdine University (2011) and earned a master’s degree in leadership and church growth (1994) and bachelor’s degree in managerial leadership from Northwest Christian University (1993). He lives in Hillsboro with his wife Ann. They attend Evergreen Christian Center.

Movers & Quakers

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Darla Norgren has been hired as the Portland Center operations manager. She will begin in the position on Nov. 24.

About Our People

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Debora Herb-Sepich’s (Business) paper, “Resiliency Through Connectedness: Female Social Entrepreneurs, Self-Efficacy and the Power of Epiphanies,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 22-25. According to the organization, the acceptance is especially noteworthy given the large number of submissions the USASBE received this year. Debora’s paper is part of the “The Entrepreneur and Diverse Theories of Entrepreneurial Behaviors” session.

Jim Steele (Business) published an article, “HR Certification: Evaluating a ‘Free’ Credential by Applying What We Know,” in the Oct. 10 issue of the HR news site TLNT.com, dedicated to covering talent management and human resources.

Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published her dissertation work, Abrahamic Blessing: A Missiological Narrative of Revival in Papua New Guinea, through Pickwick Publications, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers. In the book, she compares the missional nature of the Abrahamic blessing motif in Scripture to a national revival that took place in Papua New Guinea. By identifying the shared missional patterns, she illustrates the continued fulfillment of the Abrahamic blessing through the Old and New Testaments and the contemporary Papua New Guinean church.

Abigail Rine’s (English) book Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women’s Fiction was recently awarded the 2014 Annual Book Prize from the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association. The prize is sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan. Rine’s book, published in 2013 by Bloomsbury, traces a “theology of incarnation” through the works of several prominent contemporary women novelists.

Tim Timmerman (Art and Design) is currently exhibiting several pieces of artwork in the Portland International Airport. He also had 12 sculptures featured at the Guardino Gallery in Portland in September. In October he curated the exhibit “Contesseration” at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Gallery.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) preached at Vancouver Friends Church and at South Salem Friends Church in recent weeks. He also led two Wednesday evening classes on prayer at Reedwood Friends Church and spoke four times on the Gospel of John at the Sandals Sunday School Class at Newberg Friends Church. His new book, From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament, was released by Abingdon in early November, and his co-edited volume, Communities in Dispute: Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles (for which he wrote six essays) was published that same week by SBL Press. Paul wrote the foreword for the new printing of Elton Trueblood’s A Place to Stand (HarperOne) and is leading three two-hour sessions on the New Testament for the web-based Leadership Institute hosted by Barclay College and MidAmerica Yearly Meeting.

Tom Head (Economics) traveled to Philadelphia Nov. 6-9 for a meeting of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group, on which he serves. This body exists because, in 1947, the American Friends Service Committee and the British Friends Service Council accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Quakers. As Nobel Laureates, these Quaker bodies are able to nominate a candidate for the peace prize to the Oslo committee. Each year the AFSC and Britain’s Quaker Peace and Social Witness take advantage of this opportunity through a long and careful deliberative process of discernment to select and recommend a peace prize nominee.

Tim Rahschulte (Business) presented “Aligning Execution and Strategy Through Program Management” at the Project Management Institute Global Congress 2014 – North America event in Phoenix Oct. 26-28. His breakout session focused on introducing program management as the disciplined means to create and maintain alignment between business strategy and execution. Tim was the sole presenter on the topic, and the audience included project managers, program managers, portfolio managers and academics. More than 2,200 attended the conference overall, and former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson was the keynote speaker.

Terry Huffman (Education) presented a paper, “Hope for a Better Tomorrow: A Typology of Native American Educators and the Roles they Perform,” at the Ireland International Conference on Education in Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 27-29. Additionally, Terry was invited to chair a panel discussion on “Indigenous Education: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.” The panel included scholars from Australia, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the United States. The discussion resulted in a robust conversation, especially around the issue of schools as a source of reconciliation and healing rather than an instrument of cultural repression and division.

Patrick Allen and Ken Badley (Education) recently published the book Faith and Learning: A Practical Guide for Faculty (Leafwood Publishers & ACU Press). According to the publisher, the book “summarizes the faith/learning discussion and offers a working conception of faith/integration specifically for Christian college faculty. It then outlines what deans, provosts and tenure-promotion committees typically expect faculty in Christian colleges to know and do.”

Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Too Many Leaves” in the fall issue of The Greensilk Journal, an online literary magazine.

Birthdays

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Nov. 19            Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 21            Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22            Vern Choin, Corban Harwood
Nov. 23            Sarah Hardy, Laura Simmons
Nov. 24            Tamara Reams
Nov. 26            Larry Weber
Nov. 27            Ryan Jacobson
Nov. 28            Peg Hutton
Nov. 29            Michelle Conrad

Comings and Goings

Monday, October 27th, 2014

BarberDonnaDonna Barber joined the university as interim director of intercultural life last week. She has worked since May as the Act Six Academy community coach at Warner Pacific College, where she helped facilitate retreats, led weekly training sessions with the Portland Leadership Foundation program and mentored Act Six scholars. Prior to that, she worked for a year and a half as the Cleveland city coach with the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, coordinating weekend trainings and managing on-site logistics for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based organization that specializes in urban leadership development and youth ministry. Donna has also worked, since 2005, as a self-employed trainer, coach and event planner for urban youth and urban youth program leaders, as executive director of Community Fellowship’s Youth Development Group through FCS Urban Ministries, and as worship leader for the Community Life Church in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in education from Georgia State University (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple University (1985). Donna lives in Portland with her husband Leroy, and together they have five children.


joelbockAlumnus Joel Bock joined George Fox this week as university photographer in the marketing communications department. Many in the community know Joel from his work at the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, where he served as director of communications the past four years. He’s also run his own business, Joel Bock Photography, since 2007, and he’s done photo shoots for the George Fox Journal publication. Prior to his return to Oregon in 2009, he worked as staff photographer for Princeton Theological Seminary in 2008-09. Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from George Fox (2007). He lives in Newberg with his wife Cherice, who attended George Fox in the early 2000s, and children Espen (7) and Kylan (3). The Bocks attend North Valley Friends Church.


GibsonEliseThe university hired Elise Gibson last week to serve as a career coach in the IDEA Center. Most recently, she worked as a career counselor graduate assistant at Azusa Pacific University (2013-14) and before that served as a prevention education specialist and program director at California State University, Northridge (2012-13). She also gained higher education experience at Azusa Pacific as an event coordinator graduate assistant in 2013. Elise earned a master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific in 2014 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cal State, Northridge (2012). She lives in McMinnville with her husband, Seth, and their three children: David, Grace and Fiona.


Emily Maynard (Portland Center Operations Manager) left the university on Oct. 24. She is relocating to Southern California and getting married in November. She says she enjoyed her time at George Fox and hopes to continue to work in higher education.

Marlee Zakrevsky (Print Services Coordinator) is leaving the university and plans to complete her student teaching and the MAT program.

About Our People

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Kevin T. Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts) was the keynote speaker Oct. 10-11 at a weekend retreat sponsored by Central United Protestant Church in Richland, Wash. Kevin addressed the biblical foundation for basic communication skills such as listening, the gift of language, male/female communication, conflict management and forgiveness. Kevin was also recently invited to serve as a member of the board of the Christianity and Communication Studies Network (CCSN). As a board member, Kevin will be responsible to peer review CCSN publications, including book reviews, short- and long-form essays, and short case studies and think pieces. The network is designed to serve CCCU schools and other scholars interested in questions and issues at the intersection between Christianity and communication studies.

Melanie Springer Mock (English) has coedited, with Martha Kalnin Diede and Jeremiah Webster, the book The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and More (Wipf and Stock: Cascade Books). According to the publisher, the book “explores many of the complexities inherent in adoption and its relationship to spirituality, challenging us to move beyond the common mythologies about adoption to consider the more difficult questions adoption raises about the nature of God, family, culture, loss, and joy. Rather than hearing from experts in adoption, this collection uses the narratives of birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees themselves, bearing witness to the ways adoption shapes its participants’ spiritual lives.” Other contributors include Jere Witherspoon (Student Life), alumni Beth Woolsey and Kohleun Adamson, and Kimberly Felton, a regular George Fox Journal writer and wife of Rob Felton (Marketing Communications).

Ryan Halley and Josh Sauerwein (College of Business) won the best regional presentation award at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs’ Region 7 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 22-24. They have been accepted to present at the national ACBSP conference in Philadelphia this summer. Their presentation was titled, “Building an educational bridge: Blurring the lines between higher education and business practice.”

Ed Higgins (English) published a slipstream flash fiction piece, “Strawberry Daiquiris,” in the Oct. 24 issue of Flash Fiction Magazine, an e-zine dedicated to publishing a flash fiction story daily.

Nate Peach (School of Business) published the paper “Using the Tragedy of the Anticommons to Illuminate the Value of Political Economy Perspectives” in the International Journal of Economics and Social Science (Vol. 4, 2014). The essay outlines a framework to incorporate political economy perspectives into economics courses in order to facilitate a more integrated classroom. It was written to help economists think beyond economics and is based on Nate’s lectures and a student research project in environmental economics. Nate says the motivation for the project came from his experiences rock climbing in Portland.

Birthdays

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Oct. 29             Roger Nam, Rusty St. Cyr
Oct. 30             Katie Sol
Nov. 1              Dave Johnstone, Polly Peterson
Nov. 2              Tahlia Martin
Nov. 3              Karen Bowdoin, Nijay Gupta
Nov. 4              Jennifer Farland, Tom Head, Melissa Thomas
Nov. 5              Rob Bohall
Nov. 7              Doug Campbell, Natalie Harrington
Nov. 8              Rebecca Valdovinos
Nov. 9              Jack Lyda
Nov. 10            Glena Andrews
Nov. 11            Sean Patterson, Steve Wasson
Nov. 12            Kelly Borror
Nov. 13            Kristie Knows His Gun
Nov. 14            Colleen Huffman, Kelly Lafferty, Jan Lefebvre
Nov. 16            Carol Jaquith
Nov. 17            Sue O’Donnell, Abigail Rine
Nov. 18            Kathie Hummel-Berry, Kathleen Jones

Comings and Goings

Monday, October 13th, 2014

BurnsGrantGrant Burns was hired this fall as an area coordinator for the Houses and Apartments West. He recently moved to Oregon from Minnesota, where he worked as a resident director at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul for the past two years. Previously, he worked for two years as a youth minister for Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville, Ill. Grant also worked as a ministry coordinator for the His Wheels International organization, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Wheaton, Ill.-based bicycle ministry, and as a graduate resident advisor at Wheaton College from 2008 to 2010. He holds both a master’s degree in Christian formation and ministry (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in political science (2006) from Wheaton College. Grant lives on campus with his wife Katherine and two children, William (2) and Felicity (4 months).


KlappJenniferThe university welcomes Jennifer Klapp as an accounts payable supervisor in the financial affairs office. For the past year and a half, she has worked as a senior staff accountant for Avnera Corporation in Beaverton. Previously, she served as a bookkeeper for St. Pius X Catholic Church and School in Portland. In 2010, Jennifer and her family moved to Oregon from California, where she was a staff accountant for the State of California. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University in 1995. She lives in Sherwood with her husband Jon and their two children, Michael and Emily. Jennifer attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.


McGuffieAdamA current student at the seminary, Adam McGuffie, joins the university as a hybrid learning specialist for the seminary. He arrives at George Fox from the Cross Road Assembly of God Church in Florence, Ore., for which he worked as associate pastor of youth, music and technology since early in 2013. He previously worked as a media support specialist for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo., (2011-12) and as a worship and technology pastor at Grace Assembly of God in Bel Air, Md., (2009-11). Adam began his MDiv at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary before transferring to George Fox Evangelical Seminary, where he is currently enrolled in the master of arts in ministry leadership program. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in church music from Valley Forge Christian College (2010). He lives in Sherwood with wife Kelly.


ThomasRachelRachel Thomas joined George Fox as the university archivist in the Murdock Learning Resource Center at the end of September. She most recently worked as a graduate archival apprentice in the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., (2011-12). In the four years prior to that, she was the archival assistant at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Rachel moved back to her native Oregon after completing a master’s degree in Early American and United States history from the College of William and Mary in 2013. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Puget Sound (2011). She lives in Tualatin with her husband Robert and 1-year-old daughter Catherine and attends Aims Community Church in Corbett, Ore.


WardKellyThe university welcomes Kelly Ward as an administrative assistant in the Office of Spiritual Life. She worked this summer as a youth programs supervisor at the Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore., and in the year prior to that was a barista at the Java Stop coffee shop on the campus of Oregon State University, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and writing in 2014. She also worked for two years as a youth ministry intern at her college hometown church before her departure due to graduation. Kelly lives in Wilsonville and is planning her upcoming August wedding to her fiancé, Taylor Friesen. She attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland.


Shelley Yonemura (Student Life) left the university late last month.

Darcy Mize (Nursing) has left George Fox.

About Our People

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Mark David Hall (Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics) was among the special speakers featured at the Religious Freedom Summit hosted at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, Oct. 9-10. Mark teamed up with Mark Caleb Smith of Cedarville University to present a plenary session titled “Religious Freedom and American History.” Following the session, Warren Smith of World magazine interviewed the two presenters.

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem, “Summer Sighting,” was published in the October 2014 edition of the online literary magazine Silver of Stone.

Birthdays

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Oct. 14            Traci Porter
Oct. 15            Debra Espinor, Elizabeth Licon, Gina Worley
Oct. 16            Joyce Engberg, Richard Shaw, Caleb Wheelock
Oct. 20            Paul Becker, Tiffany Caldwell, Mac Oxford
Oct. 21            Teresa Arnold, Helen Morse
Oct. 22            Dwayne Hood, Tricia Hornback
Oct. 23            Andy Baker
Oct. 24            Ryan Dougherty, Dixie Downey
Oct. 25            Rachel Ryan
Oct. 26            Todd Curtis, Linda Sartwell

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 29th, 2014

AdamsSamanthaSamantha Adams joined the university this month as an administrative assistant in the recently launched Master of Social Work program. She had been involved in several volunteer efforts, including working with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University, the Oregon Food Bank, and refugee services in Portland. She worked most recently as a barista at Starbucks in Hillsboro, Ore., and previously worked as an administrative intern with Intel in Hillsboro (2009-10). Samantha also gained administrative experience as a front desk coordinator for salons and spas both in Seattle and Portland (2007-2009). She was a professional pianist for several years and still enjoys creating music. She attended Seattle Pacific University and earned a psychology degree from Portland State University in 2010. She lives in Beaverton and attends Sunset, A Jesus Church in Hillsboro.


CreightonBelindaThe university welcomes Belinda Creighton as an accounts payable specialist in the financial affairs office. For the past eight years she has served as the business manager for St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg, handling bookkeeping, accounts receivable and payable, and monthly and annual finance reports. She also gained administrative and educational experience as an accounts payable assistant (2006) and as an educational assistant (2005-06) for the Newberg School District. Belinda holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Washington State University (1984). She lives in Newberg with her husband, Casey. They have five children – Amie, Mackenzie, Sara, Andrew and Megan – and attend St. Peter Catholic Church in town.


KokinosTommyMail Services has hired Tommy Kokinos to work on a half-time basis. He has been working part time for the university as a mail and print clerk specialist since January. He’s also spent the last two years working as a roofer for Liberty Roofing of Newberg. From 2010 to 2012, he was a direct care worker for Oregon Mennonite Residential Services in McMinnville. Tommy attended Portland Community College to study accounting. He lives in Newberg with children Brandon and Samantha and attends Newberg Seventh Day Adventist Church.


LichtenbergJenniferJennifer Lichtenberg joined the university this month as an administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Counseling. For the past two years, she has worked as a faculty administrative assistant and conference services coordinator at Warner Pacific College in Portland, where she assisted business and social science chairs, faculty and students. Previously, Jennifer served as a regional director based in Portland for the Campus Crusade for Christ organization from 2008 to 2011, supervising leaders of teams in six states as part of a collaborative team. She also worked for the same organization as a regional conference coordinator from 2004 to 2008. Jennifer holds a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (2011), a master’s degree in Christian Studies (art emphasis) from Regent College (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Alabama (1985). She is an artist and lives in Portland with her husband, Michael. She has two children, Jared, who just graduated from Mt. Hood Community College, and Lexi, a senior at Sandy High School. She attends East Hill Foursquare Church in Gresham.


McCollumJenniferThe university hired Jennifer McCollum last week as an administrative assistant in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. She worked as a vocational support specialist for Branching Out Services in Newberg in 2013 and, previously, was an art teacher and artistic coordinator for three years at Northwest Christian Elementary School in Newberg. Also, since 2004, she has been self-employed as a creative design artist and consultant. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal State University, Monterey Bay (2003). She lives in Newberg with husband Logan, who is currently enrolled in the university’s MBA program, and daughters Kyndall (7), Hailey (10) and Madelynn (12). The family attends Newberg Christian Church.


RegierJohnJohn Regier joined the seminary last week as associate director of master’s programs. An alumnus of the seminary, from which he earned a master’s degree in ministry leadership in 2010, John has worked on a part-time basis as an online facilitator and educational technologist at the seminary since 2009. He previously served for a decade as a youth pastor and lead pastor. Most recently, he worked for the public school district in Springfield, Ore., as the coordinator for a student re-engagement program. In addition to his degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, John holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Tabor College (1996). He lives in Tigard with his wife Lisa and three teenage daughters.


WassonSteveSteve Wasson joined the university as a media specialist in the IT department this fall. For the past three years he’s worked as a simulcast production manager at City Bible Church in Portland, video broadcasting services to and from four Portland-metro-area campuses and to an online campus. Before that, he worked for three years as a game operations manager for the Portland Winterhawks hockey team, serving as creative game-day director for all home games in the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. Steve has also been self-employed as a media producer for the past 14 years. He studied video production and technical theater at Portland Community College and technical theater at Portland State University. He recently moved to Tigard and attends City Bible Church.


Lori Scharton (Biology and Chemistry) left the university last week to move back to Redmond, Ore., where her husband was transferred for his job.

After six and a half years as the administrative and executive assistant in the engineering, math and computer science departments, Kristin Bontrager is leaving George Fox to pursue new ministry opportunities. A farewell reception for her is set from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Wood-Mar 201.

About Our People

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Anderson Campbell’s (Christian Studies) book, Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith, will be published in October. The book explores the intersection between faith and fatherhood, probing the resonance and dissonance created when men examine fatherhood in all its permutations, and how it is informed by and informs their faith. The book is volume five in the “I Speak for Myself” series, published by White Cloud Press. It contains 40 essays by 40 men all under 40 years of age, representing a wide variety of Christian faith perspectives and ethnicities. Several contributors have ties to George Fox: Anderson served as the editor for the volume and contributed an essay of his own, and Jamie Johnson (Spiritual Life), C. Wess Daniels, A.J. Swoboda (adjunct professors for George Fox Evangelical Seminary) and Cedrick Valrie (Doctor of Ministry student) all contributed essays to the book. It is available nationally online and in stores.

Birthdays

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Sept. 30            Terry Huffman, Laurie Lieggi, Laurie Lorenzen
Oct. 1                Anna Berardi, Paul Chamberlain
Oct. 3                Sarita Gallagher
Oct. 4                Doug Beatty, Jane Wilson
Oct. 6                Steve Gilday, Judy Keeney
Oct. 7                Cindy Howard
Oct. 8                Kristi Hagen
Oct. 9                Dana Bates, Brian Doak
Oct. 10              Rob Felton, Jim Smart
Oct. 11              Gary Eckerdt
Oct. 13              Kathy Weiss

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 15th, 2014

AllenDanaeDanae Allen joined the university last week as a recruitment and enrollment counselor for adult degree programs. She arrives from Value Based Inc. of Sherwood, where for the past year she did marketing and client relations work for the company’s enrollment methodology online course. She also worked the past six months as business relations liaison for Discover Chiropractic of Beaverton. Danae earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Simpson University in 2011. She lives in Sherwood and attends Grace Chapel in Wilsonville.


LammTeresaThe university welcomes Teresa Lamm as a custodian this fall. For the past 20 years she has been self-employed as a house cleaner and organizer. Also, since 1999 she has worked as a rental manager, maintaining a large house and apartment on a local property. Teresa is an alumna of George Fox, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1978. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Oregon Health and Science University (1980), allowing her to work as a medical technologist in the early 1980s. Teresa lives in Newberg, is married to Gregg, has three grown sons – Ryan, Jesse and Ian – and attends 2nd Street Community Church in Newberg.


MarbleJeffJeff Marble joins the university as a custodian this fall. For the past three and a half years he has worked as pastor at Garland Community Church of God in Powell, Wyo. In the three years prior to that, he worked in shipping/receiving for Composites Universal Group of Scappoose, Ore., eventually earning the position of foreman. Jeff also worked as a pastor in Wrangell, Alaska, from 2003 to 2007. He holds a bachelor of theology degree from Gardner College, with a specialization in pastoral ministries. Jeff currently lives in Gales Creek, Ore., with wife Jocelyn and children Lisa, Katherine and Joshua. The family hopes to move closer to the Newberg area. The Marbles attend Gales Creek Community Church of God.


RappKimKim Rapp joins the social work program as an administrative assistant this fall. For the past two years she has worked as a student services assistant for Portland Community College’s Newberg campus, where she worked in student services, assisting students with admissions registration and the orientation process. Previously, she worked for two years as a production manager for Victoria’s Lavender, a business that specializes in selling products at farmer’s markets. Kim also worked for four years (2006-10) as the children’s ministry director at Northside Community Church in Newberg. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Fox (1992). Kim lives in Newberg with her husband, Brian, and three boys – Collin, a sophomore at Baylor University; Josh, a senior at Veritas School; and Adam, a fifth-grader at Veritas. She attends Newberg Foursquare Church.


WheelockCalebThe university hired Caleb Wheelock as a custodian this fall. For the past year he worked with the Teach Abroad organization at the Hubei Polytechnic Institute in Xiaogan, China, where he was tasked with providing support for the TA mission by teaching English to primary-school-aged students through college students and members of the community. Previously he worked briefly for Klinger Masonry of Damascus, Ore., responsible for cleaning and prepping work sites. Caleb also has experience working as a facilities maintenance helper – for four years with the Living Hope ministry in South Africa – and as a coil fabricator with Hunt Air of Tualatin, Ore. He lives in Dundee with wife Shannan, and the couple is expecting their first child in December. They attend 2nd Street Community Church in Newberg.


After serving the George Fox community for 10 years, Jonathan and Rachel Morell are moving to San Diego to work at Point Loma Nazarene University.

After nearly 10 years at George Fox, Melissa Gilbert (Financial Affairs) left the university last Friday. She is moving to Salt Lake City, where she has family.

About Our People

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Two of Ed Higgins’ (English) poems, “Lone Star Visit” and “Morning Worship,” were published in this month’s issue of Purple Pig Lit, a poetry ezine.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) is speaking at Newberg Friends Church this month, presenting four classes on The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel.

Marc Shelton (College of Education) presided over the 68th annual summer conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration at the California State University Channel Islands campus in Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 5-9. Marc presented the State of the NCPEA address to the first general session, convened the executive board meeting, and hosted members at the President’s Reception. Marc directs the administrative licensure program and will serve as past president during the 2014-15 academic year.

Brian Doak and Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) coauthored The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt, 2014), out this fall. Brian will also publish Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and Self in Job (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014) this November. In June, he spent four days at a conference near Munich, Germany, to share ideas from his first book, The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel. The conference was titled “Tales of Giants from Qumran and Turfan: Ancient Contexts, Traditions and Influences.”

In June Roger Newell (Christian Studies) participated at the Open Table Conference on Trinitarian Theology at Multnomah University in Portland, speaking and leading seminars on the implications of Trinitarian theology for worship and ethics. Also in June he contributed an essay, “Instead of Sentimental Exegesis: The Significance of Suffering for Christ and his Church,” to Reconsidering the Relationship between Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament. The collection of essays is a Festschrift honoring his former teacher, Dr. Robert Gundry of Westmont College.

Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) spoke at three camps over the summer: Father/Daughter retreat at Tilikum in July; Grad Camp (run concurrently with high school “Surfside Camp”) at Twin Rocks in August; and Family Camp at Young Life’s Timberwolf Lake in Lake City, Mich., over Labor Day weekend. Steve also helped his daughter, Bailey, raise more than $2,000 for Mercy Corps at her “Run for Relief” 3K in August.

Phil Smith (Christian Studies) wrote a review of Virtues and their Vices, which will appear in the Spring 2015 Christians Scholars Review. He also wrote two weeks of devotionals for Fruit of the Vine, published quarterly by Barclay Press.

Birthdays

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Sept. 16              Erin Johnson, Josh Sweeden
Sept. 17              MaryKate Morse, Christee Wise
Sept. 18              Darryl Brown, Jennie Harrop, Leah Payne
Sept. 21              Heidi Thomason
Sept. 22              Josh Nauman
Sept. 24              Steve Leijon
Sept. 25              Debbie Berho, Darla Norgren, Marc Shelton
Sept. 26              Marisa Lee, Isaac MacDonald
Sept. 28              Lori Scharton, Aimee Teuscher
Sept. 29              Robert Bredemeier

Comings and Goings

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

EvansAnnThe School of Nursing welcomes Ann Evans as an assistant professor of nursing. She has worked the past six years for Silverton Health, most recently serving as clinic manager at Mt. Angel Family Medical Clinic (2013-14). Previously, she was an assistant director of nursing (2012-13) and in nursing professional development (2008-12) with the Silverton-based health organization. She also gained experience as a supervisor in the Family Birth Center at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore., (2006-08) and as a neonatal resuscitation program coordinator and instructor with Silverton Health (2001-06). Ann holds a master of science in nursing degree from Grand Canyon University (2014), a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Walla Walla University (1996) and a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Wheaton College (1977). She lives in Molalla with husband Stu, and the couple has three married daughters – Sarah, Jessica and Rebekah – and three grandchildren. The Evans attend Foothills Community Church in Molalla.


MortonBethBeth Morton joins the university this fall as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. She has spent the past year as an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at George Fox as well as a part-time instructor of chemistry at Portland Community College. Previously, she was a Department of Energy Office of Science graduate research fellow at The Pennsylvania State University (2008-13), an undergraduate researcher at the University of New Haven (2007-08) and a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates chemistry researcher at Georgetown University (2008). Beth also gained some teaching experience as a substitute lecturer at Penn State in 2012 and 2013, and during the 2008-09 academic year she served as a teaching assistant in the school’s chemistry department. She earned a PhD in chemistry from Penn State in 2013 and holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and forensic science from the University of New Haven (2008). She lives in Hillsboro with her husband, Seth, and their two cats, Lily and Simi, and attends First United Methodist Church of Portland.


PhilipsenJosiah-1After being gone one year, Josiah Philipsen has rejoined the university as a systems administrator in IT. For the past year he worked as a project manager and IT consultant with Miller Technologies of McMinnville. In the year and a half prior to that, he served as a computer support specialist at George Fox’s Portland Center. Josiah worked previously as a substitute teacher at the Mentor Graphics Child Development Center in Wilsonville and, before that, taught middle school math, science and physical education (2010-11) and third grade (2009-10) at Bethel Christian School in McMinnville. Josiah earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox in 2009. He lives in West Salem with his wife Anna, a George Fox alumna and former university employee, and their son, Landon (18 months), and a second child due this month. The family attends New Horizons Church in McMinnville.


SoksoJillianJillian Sokso joins the Department of Art and Design this fall as an associate professor of art. She comes to the university from Houghton College in New York, where she worked as an associate professor of art (2013-present) and assistant professor of art (2005-13). She also served as art department chair at the institution from 2007 until this year. In the past year alone she has earned several distinctions for her work, including being named a visual arts fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the artist in residence at both the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside in Troy, N.Y., and at the Department of Art and Art History at Birmingham Southern College. Her areas of specialization are printmaking, drawing, artists books, digital media and installation media. Jillian holds an MFA in print media from the University of Delaware (2005) and a bachelor of fine arts in two-dimensional fine arts from Moore College of Art and Design (2003). She lives in Newberg with husband James and daughters Gianna (7) and Paloma (5). The family plans to join the community at Portland Mennonite Church.


StillingerChadChad Stillinger joins the College of Engineering this fall as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. For the past three years he has worked as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and renewable energy at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Wilsonville. Since 2012, he’s served as project manager for the school’s Hydrokinetic Turbine Project, which specializes in installing hydrokinetic systems that provide energy to struggling rural communities in Tanzania, Africa. From 2007 to 2012, Chad was a research assistant in Oregon State University’s large-scale Ocean Wave Energy Converters Department. Before graduate school, he was a control systems engineer at Concept Systems Inc (2003-07). He holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Fox (2004). He lives in Salem with his wife Lauren and two cats. He is the youth worship pastor at West Salem Foursquare Church.


TowellKimKim Towell joined the university in August as director of alumni and parent relations. For the past nine years she worked as a store support and guest relations manager for Dream Dinners in Snohomish, Wash., for which she served as the primary contact between 90-plus franchisees, more than 800 store staff and the corporate office. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a donor relations manager in the advancement office at the University of Puget Sound. She also received higher education work experience as a customized training and extension program coordinator at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1994 to 1997. Kim earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Abilene Christian University in 1989. She lives in Newberg with sons Joshua (15) and Zachary (13) and attends the Newberg Church of Christ.


Jared Ocker (IT) left the university on Aug. 20.

Mindy Holland (Seminary) left the university after her position was eliminated in a redesign of the seminary’s administrative structure. She is grateful to have been part of the George Fox community and welcomes your prayers for what lies ahead.

Dee Small (Seminary) retired from the university at the end of August.

Larry Mennenga (Plant Services) retired from George Fox at the end of August after working at the university for 20 years.

About Our People

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Mark David Hall (Politics) served as an organizer and chair of a roundtable panel on “Burwell v. Hobby Lobby” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Convention in Washington, D.C., last week. Mark was also a participant on the Christians in Political Science panel at the convention, discussing the integration of faith and teaching/scholarship.

Jan Lefebvre (Development) and husband Gerry spent July 30 through Aug. 11 in Grand Goave, Haiti, with Lifeline Christian Mission. While Gerry supervised construction and maintenance projects (including the building of two homes), Jan was blessed to make many home visits in town and oversee nutrition and clothing distribution while also sharing the love of Jesus through devotions.

Kevin T. Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts) published an article, “At-Risk Students and Communication Skill Deficiencies: A Preliminary Study,” in the International Journal of Education and Human Development, due out in October. The article presents Kevin’s findings of a yearlong study of at-risk high school students tested for communication skill deficiencies. The at-risk student group was found to score well below national normative means in general areas of communication competencies. Curriculum was designed and taught to address the deficiencies with the intent of pulling the at-risk students out of the at-risk category. The study is still ongoing and more articles are anticipated.

Movers & Quakers

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Karlyn Fleming is now the executive assistant to the vice president and dean of George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Janelle Freitag is the new executive assistant to the provost in the academic affairs office. She is currently working half time in this new position as well as her former position as the administrative assistant in the School of Counseling.

Birthdays

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Sept. 5              Joel Moore
Sept. 7              Tony Longstroth, Jen Macnab
Sept. 8              Mark Pothoff
Sept. 9              Josiah Philipsen, Tim Timmerman
Sept. 11            Jeff Duerr
Sept. 12            Kelly Chang
Sept. 15            Sarah Gibson, Ron Shaw, Lauri Smith