Comings and Goings

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Lynn Andrews (Advancement) recently left the university. She had this to say about her departure: “It is with much sadness that I let you know I am resigning for personal reasons … to slow the pace of my life and take better care of my health. It is my hope and belief that the advancement team will continue to build on the work we’ve accomplished together. Thank you for welcoming me with open hearts and minds. I know that God has a plan for each one of us, and I am very grateful He caused our paths to cross!” The university will seek a replacement for the position. In the meantime, Scott Philips is providing advancement leadership on an interim basis.

Sarah King (Enrollment and Marketing/Analytics) has left the university after seven years of service. She was hired by Nike to work as a senior planning business analyst with the company’s emerging markets team.

Keith Schneider’s (Student Life) last day at George Fox is this Friday, Jan. 30. A farewell reception for him is set from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium. He has worked at George Fox since the summer of 2007.

Ron Shaw (Plant Services) is retiring after 16 and a half years of service to the university. An open house in his honor will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium.

About Our People

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Lori DeKruyf (Counseling) recently received the 2014 Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Publication Award in recognition of contributions made to counselor education and supervision literature. Among the contributions were collaborative pieces, with Richard Auger from the University of Minnesota, Mankato, and Shannon Trice-Black from the College of William and Mary, for a two-part special issue for Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal for the American School Counseling Association. Their co-editing culminated in 14 peer-reviewed articles contributing to the professional literature on the role school counselors play in meeting students’ mental health needs.

Chengping Zhang’s (Business) paper, “Incorporating Powerful Excel Tools into Finance Teaching,” was published in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue (Vol. 40, No. 3/4) of the Journal of Financial Education. The paper demonstrates how to effectively use Excel tools to teach key finance concepts, such as financial statement analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, portfolio theory and financial derivatives.

Ed Higgins’ (English) poem, “Poem for the betraying Lover and his new Love,” was published in the Pea River Journal (Vol. 3, Fall 2014). In addition, his flash-fiction piece “Couth” appeared in the recent online British journal The Short Humor Site on Dec. 26.

Saurra Heide (Education) was named the university’s Employee of the Month for January.

Birthdays

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Jan. 29          Tabitha Becker, Leslie Wuest
Jan. 30          Belinda Creighton, Chad Stillinger
Jan. 31          Paul Shelton, Missy Terry
Feb. 1            Andrea Byerley, Bruce Owen, Tanya Rooney
Feb. 2            Dave Adrian, Emily Call, Maco Hamilton, Matt Hammar
Feb. 3            Mark McLeod-Harrison
Feb. 4            Kathy Campobasso, Kristie DeHaven, Gloria Doherty
Feb. 5            Barbi Doran
Feb. 6            David Kerr, David Pollock
Feb. 8            Stephanie Fisher, Marcie Gowan
Feb. 9            Bill Stevens

Comings and Goings

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Erik BayErik Bay joined the university as an electrician apprentice this month. He worked in the same capacity for Compass Electric of Vancouver, Wash., over the previous three years, and prior to that was an electrician apprentice for Mr. Electric of Clark County in 2010-11. Erik earned bachelor’s degrees in youth ministry and biblical studies from George Fox in 2010 and, as a student, worked as a mail clerk in mail services from 2007 to 2010. He lives in Newberg with his wife Alison and attends Newberg Friends Church.


Elaine Smith (Nursing) retired from the university on Dec. 19 and plans to spend more time with grandchildren and family.

Tyler Robertson (IT) left the university in mid-December.

Birthdays

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Jan. 13            Kim Rapp
Jan. 14            Jim Steele
Jan. 15            Janeen Dillow, Debbie Hawblitzel
Jan. 16            Kelly Ward
Jan. 17            Christine Austin
Jan. 18            Dwayne Astleford, Robin Baker, Matt Dyment, Dorothy Miranda
Jan. 19            Paul Fodge, David Liu
Jan. 20            Caroline Jovanovich
Jan. 22            John Smith
Jan. 23            Ted Allen, Bill Buhrow, Mike Foster, John Johnson, Kris Molitor
Jan. 24            Matt Stump
Jan. 26            Celeste Flachsbart, Matt Sargent

About Our People

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Ed Higgins’ (English) published his ghazal, “Momentary Snake,” in the December issue of the online ezine The Ghazal Page. A ghazal is a traditional Persian-Arabic poetic form composed of couplets, five or more, following a strict rhyme and rhythm pattern. He also published a flash fiction story, “Mom’s Blue-Green Eyes,” in a recent issue of Crab Fat Literary Magazine, a site dedicated to flash fiction, short stories and poetry.

Andrea Byerley (Registrar’s Office) was honored as the university’s November Employee of the Month.

Birthdays

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Dec. 17            Gary Buhler, Viki Defferding, Joe Thouvenel
Dec. 18            Carol Huchinson, Katy Turpen
Dec. 19            Anderson Campbell, Kimberley Hergert, Phil Smith
Dec. 20            Jennifer Hanks
Dec. 22            Robin Ashford, Jenny Getsinger
Dec. 23            Rodger Bufford
Dec. 24            Jeong Ahn, Greg Allen
Dec. 25            Abby Burgess, Debby O’Kelley
Dec. 26            Jill Beals, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann
Dec. 28            Robert Simpson
Dec. 30            Cris Banton, Lori DeKruyf, Paul L’Esperance
Dec. 31            Sherrie Frost
Jan. 1              Bob Harder
Jan. 3              Julie Green, Sarah Marvin, Brianna Provoast
Jan. 4              Brenda Graf, Chris Koch, Dan van der Water
Jan. 6              Merrill Johnson
Jan. 9              Mary Cameron
Jan. 10            Grant Burns, George Byrtek, John Regier, Keith Schneider
Jan. 11            Ginny Birky
Jan. 12            Jeff Cameron, Tim Rahschulte, Shannon Scott

About Our People

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Jim Steele (Business) has been elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors for the Human Resources Certification Institute, the leading certification provider for the global HR profession with 135,000 HR professionals in 100-plus countries. In addition, he’s been named secretary-treasurer elect for 2015-16. The secretary-treasurer is an officer of the nonprofit corporation and also serves on its executive committee.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) wrote an article, “How to Acknowledge Native Americans this Thanksgiving,” that appeared in online issues of Time and The Tufts Daily in late November.

Kevin T. Jones (Communication Arts) presented seven papers at the National Communication Association’s annual convention in Chicago Nov. 20-23. He presented the paper “Walking on Eggshells: Exploring Creativity Versus Crisis Management as Pedagogy for High Anxiety in the Basic Course,” in which he shared the insights and activities he uses in the classroom to reduce communication anxiety. Next, Kevin presented “The Past, Present and Promising Future of the Undergraduate Capstone Course at Small Colleges and Universities,” which featured his research on the effectiveness of service learning in the senior capstone course. He followed that with a presentation on “Demonstrating Effective Audience Analysis through Analysis of Presidential Crisis Rhetoric Speeches,” using Ronald Reagan’s Challenger disaster speech and George Bush’s Columbia disaster speech to argue how Reagan used effective audience analysis to turn a negative event into a positive event while Bush engaged poor audience analysis and failed to move his audience.

Kevin then presented “Mortification and Apodiorizo: Re-framing Apologia,” in which he presented an image management theory he created based on Tiger Woods’ 2010 sex scandal speech. Next, Kevin served on a panel and presented “Who is Responsible for Student Learning,” in which he shared his pedagogical strategies to engage students more in the learning process in each course. He then presented the paper “The Presence of Communication Learning Outcomes in General Education Assessment.” Finally, as the former president of the Religious Communication Association, Kevin was invited to present a paper titled “Past Presidents’ Reflections for the Present and Future,” in which he shared his perspective on his tenure as president and what the future holds for the organization. Kevin was also invited to serve as the chair and respondent to a panel titled “Bringing Insights of Interpersonal Communication Theory into Conversation with Other Subfields.”

Birthdays

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Dec. 3              Davida Brown, Brad Lau
Dec. 4              Alan Kluge
Dec. 6              Rodney Birch, Carlos Taloyo
Dec. 7              Marie-Christine Goodworth, Chris Morrissey
Dec. 8              Kerry Irish, Peggy Kilburg
Dec. 9              Patrick Kelley, Mike Wirta
Dec. 10            Carlisle Chambers, Jennifer McCollum
Dec. 11            Tatiana Cevallos
Dec. 12            John Bates, Isabelle Corneaux
Dec. 13            Steve Grant, Marcey Keefer Hutchison
Dec. 14            Janelle Olivarez
Dec. 15            Paul Corbett-Furgal, Rick Muthiah, Cliff Rosenbohm

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.