Comings and Goings

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Rebecca-HernandezThe university welcomes Rebecca Hernandez as associate vice president for intercultural engagement and faculty development. Rebecca, who will also serve as the school’s chief diversity officer, arrives from Goshen College, where she was associate dean of intercultural development and educational partnerships for the past two years. Prior to that, she was director of Goshen College’s Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning and an assistant professor of nursing (2008-12). Rebecca has also worked at Oregon Health and Science University as an assistant professor of nursing (2006-08) and as a research associate (2004-06). She holds a doctorate in human development and family studies from Oregon State University (2005), a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University (1996) and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social studies from Lakeland College (1989). Rebecca has also worked in several nonprofit organizations in Oregon focused on the health and well-being of Latino and other diverse communities. Rebecca lives in Tualatin with her niece Jordan and attends Mid Valley Community Church in Woodburn.

 

Schmitt_CristinaThe university welcomes Cristina Schmitt as a graduate admissions counselor at the Portland Center, where she will specialize in serving students applying to the doctor of physical therapy and new master of social work programs. She arrives from the Stephenson Children’s Care Association, for which she served for the last six years as an on-site director for the Jackson Club, a middle-school-age after-school program and summer camp in Portland. Before that, she worked for a year as a teacher at The Children’s House Academy in Lake Oswego, Ore. Cristina earned a bachelor’s degree in educational ministries from Multnomah University in 2007. She lives in Portland and attends Village Baptist Church in Beaverton.

 

Dan Predoehl (ADP admissions) is leaving George Fox on July 22. He has accepted a position as the new director for the Emeritus Instructional Program at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Dan had served in ADP admissions for five years, the last three as associate director.

Blair Cash (Athletics) left the university June 30 after 15 years as sports information director. He will continue to teach at the university on an adjunct basis in the Christian studies department. He is also the official scorer for the Hillsboro Hops baseball team.

Kathi Gatlin (IDEA Center/Registrar) is leaving George Fox on July 11. She says she’s ready for life’s “next adventure,” wherever that will take her.

Corina Burke (IDEA Center) left the university last month.

Caleb Wirth (Custodial) left the university last month.

Jan Amerson (Financial Affairs) has left George Fox after eight years at the university. She has taken an accounting position with Harvest Farms of McMinnville.

Trena Worthington (Custodial) left the university last month, moving back to California to take a job she held previously for many years.

About Our People

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Laura Gifford (History) presented a paper, “Piercing Leathered Hides and Stultified Thinking: Tom McCall and the ‘Third Force’ of the Watergate Era,” at the Institute for Policy History’s Policy History Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 4. She also chaired and commented upon a panel titled “Forging Conservative Coalitions in Modern America.”

Birthdays

Monday, July 7th, 2014

July 8            Jesse Dillow, Sue Richie, Linda Samek
July 9            Eloise Hockett, Sidney Tafflinger, Kenn Willson
July 12          Kimberly Forbes, Chris Pulver
July 19          Patti Fitzgerald
July 21          Gordon Aarness, Jeff Houck, Daniel Kang, Gregg Palmer
July 23          Randy Dalzell, Mark Stone, Clyde Thomas
July 26          Bob Dexter, Rand Michael
July 27          Emily Maynard, Randy Woodley
July 29          David Hansen
July 30          Dale Isaak, Ron Mock, Thomas Peng
July 31          Lindsay Knox, Gary Spivey
Aug. 1           Darcy Mize, Rob Westervelt
Aug. 3           Nancy Thurston

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Barnett-Scott ecolleagueScott Barnett, a 2011 graduate of George Fox, has returned to his alma mater to work as an admissions counselor in the undergraduate admissions office. He arrives from Baylor University, where he’s been an admissions counselor for the past two years. Previously, he spent the first half of 2012 as a human resources intern with Invisible Children of San Diego, working on a voluntary basis. Prior to his graduation from George Fox, Scott was a resident assistant (RA) at the university for three years (2008-11), and in 2010 he was named the Northwest Conference’s Sportsman of the Year as a men’s tennis player. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in writing and literature from George Fox. He lives in Newberg and attends Northside Community Church.


Shaundrea-HirengenShaundrea Hirengen joined the university in May as a financial aid loan specialist. She has worked as a writing consultant in George Fox’s Academic Resource Center for the past year and, before that, was a new accounts manager for Parr Lumber in Hillsboro, Ore., from 2007 to 2013. She also gained office manager experience with a body shop in Hillsboro from 2004 to 2007. Shaundrea earned a bachelor’s degree in English from George Fox in May. She lives in Carlton with her husband Matt and attends A Jesus Church (formerly Solid Rock) in Portland.


O'Doherty_AshleyAshley O’Doherty joined the university in late May as an administrative assistant for adult degree programs, a position in which she has served as a temp since January. Prior to that, she was in Brazil for four months as a teacher and tutor with Excellent Global English School. Previously, she worked with clients as a personal assistant at Mid-Valley Rehabilitation Center in Amity, Ore., in 2011-12. She also spent time overseas in 2010-11, working as an intern with Stockholm Vineyard Church in Stockholm, Sweden. Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from George Fox in 2009 and is working toward a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages through Azusa Pacific University. She lives in Newberg and attends Family Life Church in town.


Provoast_BriannaThe physical therapy program welcomes Brianna Provoast as an administrative assistant. For the past three years she’s been employed as an office administrator at Newberg Foursquare Church. Also, since 2012, she’s worked as a wedding coordinator with Champagne Wedding Coordination of Portland. She has also worked the last five months as a sales associate for Pulp & Circumstance, a gift boutique in Newberg. Brianna earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox in 2008. She lives in Newberg with husband Sam and their yellow lab, Macy, and attends Newberg Foursquare Church.


TeuscherAimeeThe university welcomes Aimee Teuscher as a recruitment and enrollment counselor for adult degree programs at the Portland Center. For the past two years she’s worked as a student success coach with InsideTrack, an organization dedicated to working with colleges and universities to improve student and institutional success. Also, since 2009, she worked for Youth Dynamic Adventures as a whitewater rafting guide who used outdoor trips to help participants draw closer to God. She also has experience as a sales manager and personal trainer, and in 2010-11 she worked at Warner Pacific College as director of communications as part of student government. Aimee earned a bachelor’s degree in health from Warner Pacific in 2012. She lives in Portland with roommates and attends A Jesus Church (formerly Solid Rock) downtown.


Trask-EliseAn alumna of George Fox, Elise Trask, returned to her alma mater last week to serve as associate director of athletics. For the past three years she has worked as the assistant director of operations for the Oregon State University women’s basketball program, assisting former George Fox and current OSU coach Scott Rueck. Among her duties were developing new branding strategies; coordinating community relations for staff and athletes; creating marketing material for recruits, fans, alumni and donors; and orchestrating the planning, logistics and execution of high-profile events related to the program. A member of the 2009 Division III national champion women’s basketball team at George Fox, Elise earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the university in 2010. She is married to former All-Northwest Conference baseball catcher Brent Trask. The couple plans to move to Newberg.


Ethan Burke (IT) left George Fox on June 3 to pursue work as a freelance cinematographer and camera operator. He plans to work on films, do broadcast multi-camera production and create market videos for businesses.

Steve Outslay (Development) left the university on May 22.

Larry Shutts (Plant Services/Custodial) left the university last week.

About Our People

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Paul Otto (History) published an article, “Christian, Providential, and Ecclesiastical: Graphic Christian Perspectives on History,” in the Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Fides et Historia, a semi-annual peer-reviewed academic journal that concerns the intersection of Christian faith and historical inquiry.

Mark Pothoff (Student Life) presented and facilitated a dialogue titled “Transgenderism Roundtable Discussion” at the Association for Christians in Student Development’s (ACSD) annual conference at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., June 2-5. The presentation focused on how institutions are responding to transgender students and how campuses are engaging in the dialogue and also shared emerging best practices. Rick Muthiah (IDEA Center) and Mark also presented “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up: Institutional Approaches to Reach Struggling Students,” a workshop that focused on identification and intervention of students who are at risk and ways to help students thrive intellectually, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

On his second Fulbright Specialist Visit to Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands), Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) recently presented the lectures “The Spirituality of Jesus,” “The Johannine Situation” and “The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel.” He also presented a paper in Groningen, the Netherlands, at the European Association for the Study of Religion on “Expansive Parabolic Construction from Jesus to John and Luke” and presented lectures at the University of Mainz (Germany) on “From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament,” “Metaphors and Parables in Bi-Optic Perspective” and “Contextual Issues in Corinth.” His book, Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice, received four reviews in the latest issue of Quaker Religious Thought, to which Paul contributed a response. Paul also contributed a review of The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies in that same issue. Finally, Paul was quoted by Ruth Haley Barton, author and founder of the Transforming Center, in her article “Pursuing God’s Will Together: When the Resurrected Christ Leads His Church,” published on the Transforming Center’s website.

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem “Icarus” is in the 2014 spring issue of shufPoetry, a biannual Southern California-based journal of experimental poetry and mixed media. In addition, he published his poems “The Young Couple in the Stairwell I Passed on My Way to Teaching Medieval World Literature Class,” “Poetry Lesson” and “Noon Campus” in the Spring 2014 issue of Oregon English Journal. More recently, his piece “stone silence” appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Shot Glass Journal, an online journal devoted to short poetry.

Birthdays

Monday, June 9th, 2014

June 10          Tim Goodfellow
June 11          Ty Sohlman
June 12          Aaron Dort
June 13          Robby Larson
June 14          Loren Wenz
June 15          Gary Tandy
June 16          Craig Taylor
June 17          Neal Ninteman
June 18          Sherri Moore
June 19          Kristi Bronkey, Timothy Jaquith, Mark McMinn
June 20          Janet Herron
June 21          Jamie Johnson, Susanna Steeg
June 22          Megan Clark, Daniel Sweeney
June 24          Terri Crawford, Patty Vanier
June 25          Mike Rader
June 26          Rachel Powell
June 27          Kipp Wilfong
June 28          Michael Meek, Dan Schutter
June 29          Mary Peterson
June 30          John Heitz
July 1             Nancy Fawver
July 4             Jill Downing
July 5             Megan Janes
July 6             Lisa Burton

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Clark_MeganMegan Clark recently joined the marketing communications office as a video producer. She will be a senior this fall working toward a bachelor’s degree in cinema and media communication. Since August, she has worked as a CMCO work-study student and has produced a number of videos currently used on the university’s website, including the “FoxTalks” segments on the College of Christian Studies site. Formerly, she served as a media production assistant in IT (2011-13) and worked as a resident assistant and summer RA (2012-13). Megan lives in Newberg and attends Door of Hope in Portland.


Forbes_KimberlyThe university welcomes Kimberly Forbes as an accounting specialist. She arrives from St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg, where she served as director of religious education and as a youth minister from April of 2013 until February of this year. Previously she worked as an office manager at the Grant Murphy State Farm office in Hillsboro, Ore., from 2010 to 2012. She has many years of banking and finance experience. Kim studied biology at Western New England College in the early 1990s. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband, Brian, and their four children: Katie, Tim, Michael and Ellie. She and her family attend St. Peter Catholic Church.


Oxford_MacMac Oxford joined the university in late April as a media production specialist, a position he’s held at the university on a temporary basis since December of 2013. Previously, he worked as an associate manager for Regal Entertainment Group (2013) and as a videographer for Hybrid Moon Video Production (2012). He currently owns a video production company with two other George Fox alumni called Blue Anchor Films. Mac earned a bachelor’s degree in cinema and media communication from George Fox in 2012. He lives in Portland with his wife Kimberly and son Josiah (1) and attends Calvary Chapel Southeast.


Andy Dunn (Financial Affairs) left the university on April 30.

Alene Horney (ADP) left George Fox on April 21 in order to stay home with her newborn son Duke.

About Our People

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The university honored four faculty members as its 2013-14 Professors of the Year. Awards went to the following:

  • Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching: Nick Willis, associate professor of mathematics
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching: Katy Turpen, assistant professor of education (MAT program)
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship: Brian Doak, assistant professor of biblical studies
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship: Rodger Bufford, professor of psychology

Martha Iancu (Faculty Emerita) was recently presented with the Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in Nonpublished Pedagogical Material at the 2014 TESOL Annual Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Ore. The award was given for teaching materials she wrote to accompany the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord. The award recognized Martha as a leader in the TESOL field who has helped advance opportunities for English learners and their educators. To support whole-language techniques in reading classes, Martha has created teaching materials for 30 fiction and nonfiction books.

In the Family

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Rob Felton (Marketing Communications) and wife Kim welcomed their second child, Natalie Lucia, in the early-morning hours of May 8 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. Natalie was born in the pregnancy’s 31st week and was 3 pounds, 15 ounces, while measuring 16 1/2 inches long. She joins an older sister, Madeleine (2). The Feltons wish to thank members of the George Fox community for their prayers over the last few weeks.

Rusty (Spiritual Life) and Stephanie (Student Life) St. Cyr welcomed their third child, Jack Henri, on April 9. He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was born at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He joins sisters Ella Sophia (5) and Matea Frances (2).

Birthdays

Monday, May 12th, 2014

May 13          Ethan Burke, Rob Leslie
May 14          Kathi Becker, Don Powers
May 15          Dirk Barram
May 16          Trevor Woods
May 17          Paul Anderson
May 18          Paul Otto, Cynthia Weston
May 20          Dan Predoehl
May 22          Heather Ayala, Clifford Berger, Bree Stairs
May 23          Chuck Conniry
May 24          Brenda Morton
May 26          Trena Worthington
May 28          Beth LaForce, Steve Sherwood
May 29          Kandie Comfort, Mike Magill
May 30          Rebecca Addleman, Stephen Bearden, Amy Dee, Roger Newell
May 31          Jessica Hollen
June 3           Paula Hampton
June 4           Nadine Kincaid
June 5           Tyler Robertson
June 6           Keisha Gordon, Joyce Staats, Alan Thurston
June 8           Jeannine Graham
June 9           Mark Terry

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 28th, 2014

CorvinoTrenton2014An alumnus of the seminary, Trenton Corvino, joined the university this month to serve as a graduate admissions counselor for the seminary. Since graduating with a master’s degree in ministry leadership in 2012, Trenton has worked as a program director for the Portland After School Tennis and Education program, leading a year-round after-school nonprofit operation for 60 at-risk children. He worked for the same organization as a tennis academy director, coach and tutor from 2010 to 2012, and, before that, as a ministry staff member from 2007 to 2010 at the Onyx House, a college-age church outreach in Eugene, Ore. While a student at the University of Oregon, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2006, Trenton was a resident assistant in housing from 2004 to 2006. Trenton enjoys playing tennis and is a certified professional tennis instructor. He lives in Portland and attends Theophilus Church in Portland.

 

Sheila Bartlett’s (Seminary) final day at George Fox Evangelical Seminary is April 30. She is retiring from the university after 21 years of service. She and husband Doug will be redoing their kitchen cabinets as part of a remodeling project. She also plans to have a weed-free garden and care for her 90-year-old mom.

Chris Schlarbaum (Student Financial Services) is leaving George Fox after 31 years of service. Her final day at the university will be this Friday, May 2. She plans to spend her summer traveling and playing with her grandchildren.

Carrie Bohl (Advancement) is leaving the university this week after 16 years of service. She plans to concentrate on building her home-based business. A farewell reception for her is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the advancement office at Coyote Place (700 Deborah Road).

Eilene Newman (Portland Center Library) is retiring from the university after working at George Fox for 22 years. Her final day at the school is April 30. She and husband Bob plan to enjoy a slower pace, more road trips, more gardening, pool time and family fun.

Clint (Center for Peace and Justice) and Sarah Baldwin (Spiritual Life/Campus Pastor) are leaving the university and moving to Kentucky, where Sarah has accepted the position of vice president of student development at Asbury University. The Baldwins arrived at George Fox in 2005. A farewell reception for them is set from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium.

The following faculty members are leaving the university this summer to retire or pursue other opportunities: Wayne Adams (Graduate Psychology), Michael Bevis (English Language Institute), Lisa Bingham (Nursing), Charles Choi (Communication Arts), Michele Eave (Counseling), Melanie Hulbert (Sociology), Clella Jaffe (Communication Arts), Gary Kilburg (Education), John Knox (Religious Studies), Michael MacLeod (International Studies), David Manock (Counseling), Robert Melendy (Engineering), Debra Penkin (Social Work), Kirstie Richman (English),  Jane Scott (Library), Shary Wortman (Education) and Kent Yinger (Seminary).

About Our People

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Kevin T. Jones (Communication Arts) and Carol Brazo (Education) published “Cultivating a community of truth through critical pedagogy when faced with resistance: teaching my gender students how to “ride the bus”” in the March 2014 edition of the International Journal of Innovation, Education and Research, published in the United Kingdom. The essay explores how to face resistance from students in the classroom on controversial topics through critical pedagogy.

Kevin also took five communication arts students to present research papers at the Northwest Communication Association annual conference April 17-19, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Junior Zach Baker presented his essay “Using LMX Theory to examine group experience and trust.” Juniors Ariel Hortert and Allison Walsh presented their paper on “Recognition of non-verbal warmth, self-disclosure and the effect on closeness in various relationships.” Jones served as critic and responded to a panel titled “Rhetorical agents of change.” Also attending the conference were sophomore Bethany Widdicombe and first-year student LaQuae Aughtman.

Two of Ed Higgins’ (English) poems, “To Do Reminders“ and “the dung beetle,” are published in the April issue of Gutter Eloquence, an online poetry journal.

Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) wrote a blog post, “The Anointing at Bethany and the Internet Age,” for the Missio Alliance’s website, appearing on April 16.

Birthdays

Monday, April 28th, 2014

April 29          Jeff Woods
May 1             Patrick Allen
May 2             Elaine Smith
May 3             Wendy Ackley
May 4             Sarah Reid
May 5             Robert Bonner
May 7             Cory Hand
May 8             Molly Hickok, Brent Wilson, Deb Worden
May 10           Christopher Meade
May 12           Marla Sweningson

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Lisa-Mariea-FithianThe university welcomes Lisa Mariea Fithian, DNP, MSN, RN, as director of the School of Nursing. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the nursing profession. Most recently, Lisa served as a Clackamas County Health Centers’ nursing supervisor (2012-14), where she assisted in opening a new primary care clinic at Sunnyside Health & Wellness Center in Clackamas. Previously, she managed CareOregon’s CareSupport Department (2009-12) and worked for four years as a night shift charge RN and neonatal resuscitation RN at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas. She taught in and chaired the nursing department at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City (1994-2004) and was a professor of nursing at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. (2005-06). Lisa held positions as a nurse manager, chief nurse executive, staff RN and nursing faculty in Ohio, Utah and California during the 1980s and early 1990s. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing in nursing administration from the University of California, San Francisco (1994), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University (1982), and a bachelor’s degree in biology from John Carroll University (1979). Lisa has four adult children ranging in age from 20 to 29. East Hill Foursquare Church in Gresham has been the church home of Lisa and her family since 1994. She will be on campus part time until July 1, when she will assume the full-time director role from Darcy Mize, who is serving as interim director through June.


Fleming-AndrewAndrew Fleming joins the university this month as a computer support specialist in the IT department. Andrew has spent the past two years doing computer and video freelance work, and has also been the computer support technician at Camp Tilikum. While a student at the university between 2009 and 2012, he worked part time during the academic year and full time during the summers as a service desk support employee in IT. He is the son of Jim and Karlyn Fleming and lives in Newberg. He enjoys photography, video production and wood working in his free time. Andrew attends West Salem Foursquare Church, where he volunteers as a youth group leader and supports a variety of church ministries.


Brian Gardner (Development) left the university in late March to serve as vice president for university advancement at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. Reporting to the CEO of residential education, Brian will oversee the university advancement division, work closely with President David Wright (a George Fox alumnus), and serve on the President’s Executive Council.

About Our People

Monday, April 14th, 2014

An article that Deb Drecnik Worden (Business) coauthored with Diane Schooley-Pettis, professor of finance at Boise State University, was recently published in the Financial Services Review (Vol. 22), the journal of the Academy of Financial Services. The article, titled “Accumulating and Spending Retirement Assets: A Behaviorial Finance Explanation,” stems from their research, which examines which individuals choose to participate in pension plans or set aside additional retirement funds in IRAs. A recent report from The Investment Company Institute reported that 33 percent of Americans have neither an IRA nor an employer retirement plan.

Gary Buhler (Art) is the featured artist in the current issue of Triggerfish Critical Review (#12), an online journal. In addition, his watercolor, “Morrison Steel,” was accepted into the Emerald Spring Juried Show in Springfield, Ore., a national exhibition that will be on display in the Emerald Art Center for the month of May starting May 3.

Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Escaped Poems” in the April 2014 issue of Contemporary Haibun Online. The piece also includes commentary/analysis from one of the editors, Ray Rasmussen, who is highly regarded in haiku/haibun circles. Included also are links to some of his other pieces and the republication of two of Ed’s haibun pieces from other journals. In addition, Ed’s poem “Wasps” appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of the Irish literary/arts journal The Linnet’s Wings.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) has been appointed Professor Extraordinary of Religion at the North-West University of Potchefstroom, South Africa, as a means of bringing credibility to the university and helping faculty and students conduct and publish their research from afar. Paul will also be a Fulbright Specialist Visiting Professor at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in Netherlands this May. Finally, as founding coeditor of the Johannine Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock), Paul recently wrote the foreword to Volume 1 in the series, A Commentary on John, by Rudolf Bultmann, arguably the most significant New Testament book in the 20th century.

John Knox (Christian Studies) published an article, “Future Emphasis of the Church in the Pacific Northwest,” this month in Christ and Cascadia, an online journal sponsored by the Fuller Institute of Theology and Northwest Culture.

Birthdays

Monday, April 14th, 2014

April 15             Terrie Boehr, Mike Campadore
April 17             Eilene Newman
April 18             Judy Deale
April 19             Rebecca Williams
April 22             Laura Fisk, Jeff VandenHoek
April 23             Terrance Steele
April 25             Terri Beecroft, Mark Ocker, Valerie Sherwood, Richard Silver
April 26             Dana Ferrin, Emma Glennen
April 27             Pat Vandehey

About Our People

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Randy Woodley (Seminary) visited Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., March 12-13, speaking on the concept of “shalom” and discussing his decades-long ministry among Native Americans. Randy was a guest of the university for its Augsburger Lecture Series.

Phil Smith (Philosophy and Christian Studies) will participate in a debate and group discussion at Portland State University on April 9. Titled “Does Anything Supernatural Exist?,” the event will tackle the question of which worldview is superior: supernatural or natural. Phil will argue a supernatural worldview, while Bernie Dehler, president of The Center for Philosophical Naturalism, will argue a naturalistic view. Details on the event are available here.

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem “sf” was published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Common Oddities, a science-fiction fantasy e-zine.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) published a review of the film Noah, “Will Noah Sink or Swim? The Buoyancy of the Latest Bible Film,” in the religion blog section of The Huffington Post on March 28.

Ethan Burke (IT) and Tyler Robertson (IT) were named March Employees of the Month.

Birthdays

Monday, March 31st, 2014

April 3             Steve Delamarter, Dale Journey
April 4             Deb Mumm-Hill
April 5             Paul Holman, Jared Kamimae-Lanning, John Newberry, Vicki Tschan
April 8             Joel Kelley
April 10           Leah Blake, Cheri Hampton
April 11           Janelle Freitag
April 13           Michael Bevis, Sarah King, Sarah Taylor
April 14           Nell Becker Sweeden, Kathy Rosenbohm

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Downing_JillJill Downing joins the university this month as director of university events. She brings more than 15 years of experience in leading the planning and implementation of domestic and international events, ranging from corporate executive programs to nonprofit conferences. Since November, she’s served as sponsorship fulfillment coordinator for the Portland-based Drupal Association. She also worked as a travel director for the ITA Group of Des Moines, Iowa, since October of last year. In other recent assignments, Jill was a program coordinator and conference manager for Willamette Valley Development Officers (2011-13), an events manager for Portland’s Essential Health Clinic (2012-13), and the BizGrowth Summit exhibit manager for the Portland Business Journal (2011-12). Previously, one of her most memorable assignments was coordinating with the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., the arrangement of the Festival of American Folklife exhibition on the National Mall in 1996. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1984 from the University of Iowa. She lives in Portland and enjoys cooking, attending the weekly PSU Farmer’s Market, visiting art museums and hiking in the beautiful Oregon outdoors.


L'Esperance-PaulThe nursing department welcomes Paul R. L’Espérance this semester as a visiting assistant professor of nursing. Paul has been a registered nurse for the past 10 years with a broad clinical background. He has worked as a staff RN, a clinical training associate at Oregon Health and Science University, and as a nurse manager both at OHSU and at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. As a nationally certified critical care nurse, he has medical, cardiac and end-of-life clinical nursing expertise. Paul will graduate with a Master of Nursing degree in nursing education from OHSU this year. Prior to becoming a nurse, he worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor working with abused children and families at Namaste, Inc., and with the State of New Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico (2004), a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Webster University in St. Louis (2000), and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Mexico State University (1997). Paul lives in Tigard with his wife, Erica, son Lucas (13) and daughter Jordan (6). They attend St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard.


Holly Kirby (Physical Therapy) left the university in late February to spend more time with family while transitioning to a new opportunity.

Kelsey Bennett (Financial Affairs) left George Fox in late February when another opportunity arose for advancement in accounting.

Justin Hudec (Undergraduate Admissions) left the university last Friday. He is joining the Knights of Columbus as his next career opportunity. He wished to thank his friends at George Fox for “an incredible decade at the university.”

About Our People

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The university’s board of trustees affirmed the following faculty promotions during the general board meeting March 8. New titles will take effect in the 2014-15 academic year.

For Tenure: Carol Brazo, associate professor of education; Amy Dee, associate professor of education; Roger Nam, associate professor of biblical studies; Susan O’Donnell, associate professor of psychology

Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor: Lorraine DeKruyf, professor of counseling; Ryan Halley, professor of finance; Mary Peterson, professor of clinical psychology; Winston Seegobin, professor of clinical psychology; Randy Woodley, distinguished professor of faith and culture

Promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor: Sarah Gibson, associate professor of media communications; Seth Sikkema, associate professor of accounting

Jim Smart (Biology), currently on sabbatical as a visiting scientist for the Department of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University, collaborated on a research paper with scientists from OHSU, the Netherlands and Georgia Institute of Technology. The paper, titled “STRAD Pseudokinases Regulate Axogenesis and LKB1 Stability,” was published in the most recent edition of Neural Development, an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal.

Phil Smith (Philosophy) published the book Why Faith Is a Virtue, in which he builds on the work of Alasdair MacIntrye and Robert Adams to argue that faith contributes to human excellence. To make the argument, Phil sorts through conflicting possible “faiths” and shows how some of them are not virtues at all. Nevertheless, he argues that faith, properly understood, contributes to crucial human practices: scientific research, social reform and parenting. The book was published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers of Eugene, Ore.

Ed Higgins (English) published three poems – “Thessaloniki Summer Visit,” “Icarus” and “Dido” – in the current issue of Mediterranean Poetry, a Sweden-based online journal. Ed also published one of his haikus in the Winter 2013 issue of the British quarterly Poetry Haiku Journal.

Rodger Bufford (PsyD) chaired the American Psychological Association accreditation site visit at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, Fla., March 2-4.

Mark David Hall (Politics) published a guest opinion piece, “Oregonians Should Support Business Owners’ Religious Freedom,” in the March 8 issue of The Oregonian. It can be read on the OregonLive site.

Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published an article in the Spring 2014 International Journal of Pentecostal Missiology, a peer-reviewed online journal. The title of her piece was “In the Times of Elijah and Elisha: The Universal Mission of God in the Narratives of the Sidonian Widow and Naaman the Aramean.”

Corwynn Beals (Christian Studies) taught the course “God and Nature” as part of the Creation Care Study Program’s study-abroad program in Belize March 10-14. Hosted by the Center for Environmental Leadership, the Belize curriculum offers “academically rigorous courses to consider what it means to live in right relationship with God, creation, others and ourselves,” according to the program website.