Comings and Goings

Monday, August 18th, 2014

AndrewsGlenaThe doctor of psychology program welcomes Glena Andrews as a professor of clinical psychology and director of clinical training. She brings more than 30 years of higher education experience, serving the past 18 years as a professor of psychology at Northwest Nazarene University. During that tenure, she was a department chair of the psychology and sociology (1999-2005), psychology (2006-08) and Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Studies (2008-10) departments. Prior to Northwest Nazarene, Glena taught psychology at Whitworth University (1993-96) and Eastern Nazarene College (1988-92). She has conducted research with undergraduate students in cognitive and neuropsychological developments of children, teens and adults with brain anomalies, attention deficit disorder and other diagnoses. Glena holds a postdoctoral degree in clinical psychopharmacology from the California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University (2006), a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary (1988) and master’s degrees in theology (Fuller, 1987) and psychology (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1983). She is moving to Newberg from Nampa, Idaho, with her husband Lester and their daughter AleAnn, who will be a junior at Newberg High School. They are also bringing their 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Rainbow.

BealsJillAlumna Jill Jamison Beals joins the university as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics this fall. A 1992 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Jill most recently taught as adjunct faculty at George Fox. Previously, she served as vice president for the reinsurance brokerage company Carvill America from 1995 to 2009. At Carvill, her duties included catastrophe risk modeling, actuarial analysis and the testing of the financial solvency of insurance companies. Before that, she taught mathematics at Portland State University (1993-95) and was a research analyst for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (1994-95). At George Fox, Jill was an eight-time NAIA All-American as a cross country and track athlete, including three times as national champion. She was a four-time academic All-American. Upon graduating, she continued her education at Portland State University, where she earned a master’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in statistics in 1995. She is married to Corwynn, an associate professor of philosophy and religion at George Fox, and the couple has two children, Jonathan (11) and Daniel (9). The family attends Newberg Friends Church.

BirdsellJeffreyThe university has hired Jeffrey Birdsell as an assistant professor of communication. He arrives from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a PhD student in communication studies the past four years. He also taught team-based communication and professional communication skills as an assistant instructor at UT from 2011 to 2014 and served as an adjunct instructor teaching the fundamentals of human communication and other courses at Concordia University Texas beginning in 2010. Jeffrey was also an intercollegiate athletics tutor and mentor at UT from 2010 to 2013. Finally, he began his teaching career as a teaching assistant at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008-09. He will complete his doctorate in communication studies this fall and holds a master’s degree in communication from San Diego State University (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational communication from PLNU (2003). Jeffrey lives in Newberg with his wife Reine, daughter Aureylia (6) and son Kenneth (2). He looks forward to finding a church home and being involved in the local community.

BrumittJasonThe doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program welcomes Jason Brumitt as an assistant professor of physical therapy. He arrives at George Fox with 15 years of clinical experience and approximately 10 years of experience educating entry-level DPT students. As a researcher he has been the primary investigator of a multi-site injury epidemiology study on collegiate athletes. He has also been researching the musculoskeletal health of migrant farmworkers in Washington and Yamhill counties. As a clinician, Jason has worked in Oregon and Washington in outpatient orthopedics, acute care and skilled nursing settings. He holds a PhD in orthopaedic and sports science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2011), a master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University (1999) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon State College (1995). He lives in Damascus with his wife and three children and attends Eastridge Church.

CampbellAndyR. Anderson Campbell, the facilitator of online education for the seminary’s doctor of ministry program the past three years, has been hired as an assistant professor of Christian studies. He taught as an adjunct at the seminary the past two years and was also a doctoral advisor in 2013-14. Prior to his arrival at George Fox in 2011, Anderson spent eight years in ministry, serving as executive director of small groups at Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, Va., (2009-11), as a campus minister for the Coalition of Christian Outreach (CCO) in Fairfax (2008-09), as metro Philadelphia area director (2007-08) and as a campus minister (2004-07) for the CCO in Philadelphia. His first book, Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith, a collection of 40 essays from 40 men under 40, is due out on White Cloud Press in October of this year. It is volume five in the “I Speak for Myself” series of books. He holds a DMin in leadership and global perspectives from George Fox University (2013) and a master’s degree in practical theology from Regent University (2004). Anderson lives in Beaverton with his wife April and their two daughters, Sydney (10) and Rylee (8). The family is part of Theophilus Church, where Anderson served as deacon of creative liturgy (2012-2014).

ClassenSteveSteven Classen joins the university this fall to serve as professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies. He brings nearly 30 years of higher education experience, most recently working as professor in the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies at California State University, Los Angeles (2010-14). Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Cal State University, San Bernardino (1995-2000), and assistant professor (2000-05), associate professor (2005-10) and associate chair (2005-07) in Cal State-Los Angeles’ Department of Communication Studies. He also taught in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts in the early 1990s and in the Speech Communication Department at Bethel College in the mid- to late 1980s. Steven holds a PhD in media and cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin (1995), a master’s degree in telecommunications and film from the University of Oregon (1985) and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Biola University (1979). He lives in Tualatin with his wife Kathleen and daughter Becca.

CrossDannyDanny Cross joins the university this month as associate director of sports marketing and director of sports information. He arrives from Arizona Christian University, where he worked the past year as director of sports information. Previously, he served as a graduate assistant in sports information at California Baptist University in 2011-12. He also gained sports-information experience as a student worker at Cal Baptist from 2008 to 2011, helping set up and tear down for home events and doing some video recording and statistics work. Danny earned a master’s degree in kinesiology/sports management from Cal Baptist in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in communications/marketing from the same institution in 2011. He lives in Tigard and attends A Jesus Church in Portland.

CurtisToddTodd Curtis joins George Fox this fall as a visiting assistant professor of physics. For the past two years he has worked as a research and development engineer for Applied Physics Technologies in McMinnville, Ore., where he built, designed and researched new electron sources for use in scanning electron microscopes. The two and a half years prior (2010-12) he was an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Community College of Denver (Colo.). Todd earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2010) and holds bachelor’s degrees in both physics and mathematics from Linfield College (2007). He lives in McMinnville with his wife Amy and dog Gus and attends Adventure Christian Church. In his free time he enjoys exploring the Oregon outdoors and playing city league and pick-up sports games.

EngbergJoyceThe university welcomes Joyce Engberg as an administrative assistant in the College of Engineering. For the past nine years she has worked as the office manager at C.S. Lewis Academy in Newberg. Previously, she was a fiscal assistant and medical billing specialist with Chehalem Youth & Family Services (2000-04). Joyce lives in Newberg with her husband, Dave, and their children Nick (23) and Hope (20). They attend Athey Creek Christian Fellowship.

EngblomDeglmannMichelleThe Graduate Department of Counseling welcomes Michelle Engblom-Deglmann as an assistant professor of marriage, couple and family counseling. For the past four years she has worked as an assistant professor and clinical training director at Simpson University, where she specialized in teaching courses on couples therapy and domestic violence, family therapy, and religion, marriage and the family, among other subjects. Previously, she taught counseling courses in 2008-09 at St. Louis University, and from 2005 to 2010 she worked as a foster care and family therapist at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Belleville, Ill. Michelle is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an approved supervisor through the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds a PhD in counseling and family therapy from St. Louis University (2009) and a master’s degree in community counseling from Saint Cloud State University (2003). She lives in West Linn with husband Adam and baby daughter Claire.

FlachsbartCelesteThe doctor of psychology program welcomes Celeste Flachsbart as an assistant professor of clinical psychology. For the past few years she has worked as a licensed psychologist working with children and adolescents at Sundstrom Clinical Services in Clackamas, Ore. Regarding her training, Celeste completed an American Psychological Association-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University’s Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. Celeste also completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from George Fox’s Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oregon State University. Celeste is also board-certified by the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Primary research interests are regarding autism spectrum disorders and pediatric psychology. Besides spending time with her husband and two young sons, Celeste enjoys outdoor activities, writing and art projects.

FountainJoEllynJoEllyn Murillo Fountain joins the university this fall as a visiting assistant professor of political science and international studies in the school’s Department of History, Politics and International Studies. In the fall of 2013, she lectured in social science at Fresno Pacific University and, after 25 years, relocated (back) to Portland in December 2013 when her husband was hired by a local NGO. She and her husband recently wrote and published a book on planning for higher education in Africa based on their eight and a half years of missionary service at Uganda Christian University (Mukono, Uganda), where she served as a social sciences lecturer (2008-12), student affairs advisor (2010-12) and financial aid officer (2004-10). JoEllyn also lectured in political science at George Mason University from 1997 to 1999. Her primary area of research is to examine the “Maturation of Democracy,” in which she used Uganda as a case study to research the post-colonial “transitions to democracy.” Additionally, she is examining human rights regimes in this multipolar age and continuing to work on higher education issues in developing countries. She holds a PhD (1998) and a master’s degree (1990) in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon (1988). She lives in Tigard with her husband of 27 years, Doug, and part time with her daughter, Alyssa (20), who is a student at Pacific Lutheran. JoEllyn attends Imago Dei Community in Portland.

GuptaNijayThe seminary welcomes a prominent New Testament scholar, Nijay Gupta, to serve as an assistant professor of New Testament. His recent teaching assignments have taken him to Northeastern Seminary in New York, where he served as an assistant professor of biblical theology and exegesis (2013-14); Eastern University in Pennsylvania, where he was a visiting assistant professor of biblical studies (2012-13); and Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he was a visiting professor of biblical studies (2010-12). He also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ohio) in 2009-10 and was an academic teaching assistant for Bishop N.T. Wright at Cranmer Hall at the University of Durham in 2009. At George Fox, Nijay will teach New Testament, Greek and spiritual formation and also advise students in the doctor of ministry program. He also blogs on theology and biblical studies at Nijay holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Durham (2009), master’s degrees in theology (2005) and divinity (2004) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (2001). Nijay is the author of 20 peer-reviewed articles as well as three books, including Worship That Makes Sense: A New Approach to the Theology of Paul’s Cultic Metaphors. He lives in Sherwood with wife Amy and children Simryn (8), Aidan (5) and Libby (3).

HamlinKarenThe university’s master of arts in teaching program welcomes Karen Hamlin as an associate professor of education. She has worked the past 23 years as a professor of education at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where she designed and taught in that school’s MAT program. Also, for the past 15 years, Karen has codirected or directed a local site of the National Writing Project, a national initiative that supports and focuses teacher knowledge, expertise and leadership on sustained efforts to improve writing for all students. Prior to her career at Willamette, Karen taught for 14 years in the Greater Albany Public School District in Albany, Ore. She holds a PhD in educational foundations from Oregon State University (1991), an MEd from Oregon State University (1982) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Willamette University (1975). She lives in Salem with her three dogs and attends First United Methodist Church.

HanksJenniferJennifer Hanks joins George Fox this month as a custodian. She worked most recently in janitorial services for Newberg Christian Church (2011-12) and, before that, worked in the Newberg School District as a recess monitor at Joan Austin Elementary School (2007-12). Jennifer holds a certified nursing assistant license, from Lewis and Clark State College of Lewiston, Idaho, and received business computer training from the Business Computer Training Institute in Tigard, Ore. She lives in Newberg with her husband Steve and their two high-school-age boys, Matthew and Ryan. The family attends Newberg Christian Church.

HaoJingJing Hao joins the biology and chemistry department this fall as an assistant professor of chemistry. She arrives from the Department of Simmons Cancer Center and Biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she’s been a postdoctoral research associate since December of 2012. Previously, she was a research mentor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas (2009-12) while earning her PhD in chemistry at that institution (2012). She also held teaching assistant positions at the school from 2008 to 2010. In addition to her doctorate, Jing holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from West China School of Pharmacy at Sichuan University in China (2008). She will be moving to Newberg from Dallas.

HardySarahThe university has hired Sarah Hardy to serve as public services librarian, assistant librarian and assistant professor. She has worked the past two years as access services assistant at the University of Western States’ W.A. Budden Library in Portland, where she oversaw all circulation services. Previously she was a graduate student library intern at Washington State University-Vancouver Library (2013), a library circulation aide at the Beaverton City Library (2012) and a library student assistant at the University of Oregon, Portland Library (2012). Sarah holds a master of library science degree from Emporia State University (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Oregon University (2011). She lives in Gresham and attends Damascus Community Church.

HarropJennieJennie Harrop joins the university this fall as an assistant professor in the adult degree program. Last year she served as an adjunct in George Fox’s adult degree program, and from 2011 to 2013 she was both an online adjunct professor of English for Liberty University and an adjunct instructor for Chemeketa Community College. Jennie’s previous teaching experience includes stints as a teaching assistant and writing center tutor at the University of Denver (1997-2000) and as a teaching assistant and writing tutor at Colorado State University (1995-97). Also, for the past three years, she has worked as a book reviewer for Portland Book Review; while living in Colorado, she wrote regular book reviews for the Denver Rocky Mountain News for more than a decade. Jennie also worked for several years as a news and crime reporter for such newspapers as The Oregonian, Tacoma’s The News Tribune, and The Chicago Tribune. Jennie holds a PhD in English from the University of Denver (2004), a master’s degree in creative writing from Colorado State University (1997) and a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Pacific Lutheran University (1991). She lives in Sherwood with husband Karl and their five children: Miles, Piper, Mattie Jo, Josie and Carson. The family attends Cedar Creek Church in Sherwood, where Jennie serves as an elder and occasionally preaches.

JacobsonRyanThe university’s doctor of physical therapy program welcomes Ryan Jacobson as a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, working on a half-time basis. He served as an adjunct in the DPT program last year and for the past two years has worked as a pediatric rehab supervisor (2013-14) and pediatric therapist lead (2012-13) with Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children in Portland. He previously worked as an inpatient physical therapist at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland (2011-12) and as a program supervisor with PRIDE for Kids in Vancouver, Wash. (2005-11). Ryan earned a doctor of physical therapy degree (2004), a master’s degree in PT (2000) and a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences/physics (1997) from the University of Puget Sound. He lives in Portland with his wife of 14 years, Stephanie, and their 4-year-old daughter, Alex, and attends St. Clare Church in Southwest Portland.

KimJeongahThe university welcomes Jeongah Kim as an associate professor of social work. Jeongah, who earned her PhD in social work from the Ohio State University (2003), has taught human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policies, social work and spirituality, program evaluation, and human diversity in both BSW and MSW programs. Her research interests have revolved around factors associated with substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Her scholarly activities also focus on addressing challenges related to various social welfare policies unique to developing nations. Jeongah’s scholarly productivity reflects her recognition of the importance of contributing to the professional literature in the areas of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and social welfare policy. She has had more than 20 publications in both national and international journals. In addition, she was chosen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as one of 14 emerging scholars to receive training and mentoring to assume a leadership role in the field of addictions and their impact on minority populations. Her current interdisciplinary research is centered on mental health, particularly among vulnerable populations who experience the disproportionate consequences of health disparities. Jeongah is dedicated to social justice and attention to spirituality in social work and related philosophical, practice and policy concerns. In addition to her PhD, she holds a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Washington University (1996) and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Seoul Theological University in South Korea (1993). She will be moving to the area from Birmingham, Ala.

KnowshisgunKristieKristie Knows His Gun, a 2013 graduate of George Fox’s doctor of psychology program, joins the PsyD department this fall as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. She worked as assistant director of clinical training in the university’s postdoctoral program the past year, responsible for the placement of PsyD students within various training programs. She also served as the assistant director of the School Based Behavioral Health program during that span. During her doctoral training, she interned with Wasatch Mental Health (2012-13) and was a pre-intern with School Based Behavioral Health in George Fox’s rural consortium. Kristie holds a PsyD from George Fox, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from George Fox (2010) and both a master’s degree (2008) and bachelor’s degree (2006) in psychology from Montana State University. She lives in Newberg with husband Joe and sons Tallan, Bryden and Caysten. The family attends Family Life Church in Newberg.

LeijonSteveThe College of Business welcomes Steve Leijon as an assistant professor of marketing this fall. Before coming to George Fox as an adjunct professor in 2013, Steve held a variety of senior staff roles in international high-technology industry, specializing in service design and marketing, business operations engineering, and business model innovation. His special interest is design thinking for business and social innovation, helping people discover opportunity and then shaping business systems to act on it. Steve earned a juris doctor degree from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from San Jose State University. He lives with his wife Joanne in Newberg and has four children: Kimberlie, Christopher, Gregory and Stuart.

LEsperance-PaulThe nursing department welcomes Paul R. L’Espérance as an assistant professor of nursing. He had served as a visiting assistant professor of nursing this past semester. 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 & 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 and daughter Jordan. They attend St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard.

MorrisseyChristopherThe university welcomes Chris Morrissey as a visiting assistant professor of sociology. For the past year he has worked as a senior research and analytics scientist with Press Raney Associates of South Bend, Ind., and prior to that was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Notre Dame. Christopher’s teaching experience includes work as an adjunct instructor for Notre Dame, Calvin College, the University of St. Francis, Saint Mary’s College and Indiana University, South Bend (2008-14). He also taught high school in the Inglewood Unified School District in Inglewood, Calif., (1999-2003). Chris holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame (2012), a master’s degree in religion and society from the Jesuit School of Theology in Santa Clara, Calif., (2005), an MEd from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000) and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Delaware (1995). He is moving to the area with wife Javaughn and daughters Darnisha, MacKenna and Christina.

NewellSusanThe university’s social work program welcomes the return of Sue Newell this fall. She will serve again as an assistant professor of social work and as director of field education. She has the special task of building and implementing the field component for the new MSW program. Sue worked previously in the undergraduate social work program at George Fox until she left the university in 2012 to help found a new nonprofit, Shepherds’ Pathway in Portland. She has volunteered as program director the last two years and been on the team of four therapists providing holistic and comprehensive mental health counseling for individuals and families regardless of their insurance or financial status. Sue began her social work career in 1995, when she worked with Portland Public Schools. She began teaching on an adjunct basis at George Fox in 1998 and went on to hold assistant professor and field education positions in a full- or half-time capacity at the school until her full-time appointment in 2004. She holds a master of social work degree from Portland State University (1995) and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Westmont College (1975). She lives in Newberg with husband Roger, who teaches religion and Christian ministries at George Fox. Their daughter Marilee (a 2004 George Fox graduate) and her husband Nate also live in Newberg; and their other daughter Melanie (who worked at George Fox from 2008-10) lives in Portland. The Newells attend St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Newberg.

PayneLeahLeah Payne joins the seminary for two years this fall as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in American Religious History/Women’s Studies. She will teach courses in Christian history and theology. She will publish her first book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century, with Palgrave Macmillan this year. In 2013, Leah completed her PhD in the history and critical theories of religion from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a master of arts degree in religion from Vanderbilt (2010), a master of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School (2006), and a bachelor of arts in music from George Fox (2001). She lives in Aloha with her husband Thomas and their foster son. She is an active member of Faith Center Aloha, where Thomas serves as senior pastor.

SchmittMaryThe College of Christian Studies welcomes Mary Schmitt as a visiting assistant professor of Bible and Christian studies. She arrives from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she taught an introduction to biblical Greek in 2014 and Greek translation in 2013-14. She was also a teaching assistant at Princeton from 2010 through 2013. Previously, Mary was an instructor at Renk Theological College in Sudan, Africa (2008) and a teaching assistant at Duke University Divinity School (2006-08). Her research interests include issues of conflict and peace in Paul’s epistle to the Romans and the portrayal and response to enemies in the New Testament and Second-Temple literature. Mary anticipates a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary (October), holds an MDiv from Duke University Divinity School (2006) and earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Southern Nazarene University (2003). She lives in Newberg, where she looks forward to maintaining her hobby of medium- to long-distance running. She also is an ordained pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.

ScottShannonShannon Scott joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of communication and director of the forensics program. For the past nine years he has taught communication courses at Seattle Pacific University while also directing that school’s forensics program, leading SPU to several team and individual awards during his tenure. Prior to his stint at Seattle Pacific, Shannon taught communication courses on an adjunct basis at the University of Washington (2005-06), Shoreline Community College (2002-05) and Highline Community College (2001-05). He holds a PhD in communication from the University of Washington (2004) and both master’s (1998) and bachelor’s (1995) degrees in speech communication from North Dakota State University. Shannon lives in Beaverton with his wife Lisa and their daughter, Soren. While living in Seattle, they attended University Presbyterian Church. They will be searching for a new church home in the Portland area.

SlegersNathanThe College of Engineering welcomes alumnus Nathan Slegers as an associate professor of mechanical engineering. He’s spent the past nine years in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as an associate professor (2011 to present) and assistant professor (2005-11). Before that, he was a research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University in 2004-05. His research focuses on improving actively controlled systems by combining modeling, unique control methods and innovative sensor systems. Nathan earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Oregon State in 2004, a master’s degree in the same discipline from OSU in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2000. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science from George Fox (1999). Nathan lives in Salem with wife Alicia and their four children – Ryann, Clayton, Adeline and Abigail.

StumpMatthewThe Department of Biology and Chemistry welcomes Matthew Stump as a visiting assistant professor of biology. Since 2008, he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, where he has worked to characterize the molecular and biochemical basis of inherited heart diseases. Matthew has instructed the biochemistry classes as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., (2011) and as a teaching assistant in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., (2004-2006). He also taught middle and high school science and math at Grace Christian School in Anchorage, Alaska (1998-2002). Matthew holds a PhD in biochemistry from Washington State University (2008) and a BS in biology from Seattle Pacific University (1997). He lives in Portland with his wife, Juli Morse (a 1998 George Fox alumna), and daughter Frances. The family attends Moreland Presbyterian Church in Portland.

TatumJeffThe sociology program welcomes Jeff Tatum as a visiting assistant professor of sociology. He has taught the past five years on an adjunct basis at George Fox and Clark College, teaching both undergraduate courses and part-time MBA classes for the former. He taught previously for six years at Calvin College in Michigan, specializing in criminology and law and society courses, and instructed similar classes at the University of Virginia as a teaching assistant in the institution’s Department of Sociology from 1995 to 1998. His research and teaching interests include law and society, the sociology of culture, criminology, the sociology of the body and biomedical ethics. He also has eight years of experience practicing law as a trial and appellate litigator in New Mexico (1987-95). Jeffrey pursued graduate studies in sociology at the University of Virginia and holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School (1987) and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas Tech (1983). He lives in Vancouver, Wash., with wife Jill. The couple has three grown sons and attends Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Wash.

Editor’s Note: More new employees will be introduced in the Sept. 2 edition of e-Colleague.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Patrick Kelley has been promoted to director of graduate and ADP admissions at the Portland Center. Emily Call will provide leadership to ADP enrollment counselors in her new role as senior enrollment counselor.

About Our People

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Sidney Tafflinger (IDEA Center) and Ryan Dougherty (Admissions) were named Support Staff and Administrator of the Year, respectively, at the all-community meeting last Friday.


Monday, August 18th, 2014

Aug. 19              Jim Foster
Aug. 20              Dee Small, Mandee Wilmot
Aug. 21              Joshua Sauerwein, Creagh Schoen
Aug. 24              Jane Sweet
Aug. 26              Elizabeth Hamilton
Aug. 27              Karlyn Fleming, Marlee Zakrevsky
Aug. 28              John Natzke
Aug. 29              Shaundrea Hirengen, Lois Mulkey, Chengping Zhang
Aug. 31              Sondra Creason

Comings and Goings

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Noling-AuthJamieThe university welcomed a new campus pastor and dean of spiritual life, Jamie Noling-Auth, in July. She comes to George Fox from Azusa Pacific University, where she served the last nine years as associate campus pastor and director for discipleship ministries. Also, for the past four years, Jamie taught Christian ministries and New Testament courses on an adjunct basis at the university. Prior to her appointment at Azusa, she was director of student ministries at Gordon College (2003-05) and served as a senior admissions counselor at Westmont College (1999-2002). Jamie holds a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007), a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Pepperdine University (1999). She lives in Newberg with husband John, who will be teaching on an adjunct basis in the university’s English department. They have two boys, Andrew (2) and Luke (5 months).

Jonanovich-HudsonCarolineThe Office of Advancement has hired a 2014 George Fox graduate, Caroline (Hudson) Jovanovich, as director of annual giving programs. For two and a half years (January of 2012 through May of 2014), she served as the student supervisor for advancement’s phonathon program, overseeing teams of student workers who called constituents to solicit support for the university. She also worked in 2013 as an intern with the city recorder’s office at Newberg City Hall. As a student at George Fox, Caroline served as the ASC special programs coordinator during the 2012-13 school year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication this spring and recently married Peter Jovanovich. The couple lives in Newberg and attends A Jesus Church (Solid Rock) in Beaverton.

ThiessenDarbyDarby Thiessen joined George Fox last week as associate director of compensation and benefits. For the past 11 years she has worked as a human resources and compliance manager for A&I Benefit Plan Administrators in Portland, where she was responsible for all HR functions, including leading organizational development initiatives, compensation and benefits, managing labor negotiations and consulting with owners and managers on strategic issues. She worked previously as an administrator in employee services at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore., (2000-02). She also volunteers as the Banks Area Committee Chair with the Young Life organization. Darby holds a master of arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from George Fox (1998). She and her husband, Randy, have been married for 18 years and have two children, Trevor (15) and MacKenzie (13). The Thiessens attend Evergreen Foursquare in Hillsboro.

AndersonElizabethThe university welcomed Elizabeth Anderson to campus last week to work as an area coordinator for Houses and Apartments West. She arrives from Ravencrest Chalet Bible School in Estes Park, Colo., where she was dean of women and a program and event coordinator for the past year. Before that, she spent one and a half years as a resident assistant at Tauernhof Bible School in Schladming, Austria. She also spent the 2012-13 school year as a substitute teacher in the Hillsboro School District. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox in 2008.

HammarMattMatt Hammar joined the university in July as director of purchasing in the financial affairs office. For the past eight years he has worked in strategic sourcing and purchasing at Stimson Lumber Company in Portland. He has also worked in supply chain roles at Inland Empire Paper, Chinook Lumber and Nicholson Manufacturing. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in forest products from the University of Idaho (2005). He lives in Newberg with his wife April and their three children – Erika, Laurel and Levi – and attends the Newberg Church of Christ.

ThouvenelJoeJoseph Thouvenel joined the university’s Idea Center this month as a Career and Academic (CAP) Coach. A 1999 George Fox graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history, Joe has worked the past 11 years as the associate director of program and spiritual formation at Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center. He also spent the 2007-08 school year as a teacher’s assistant at George Fox Evangelical Seminary while earning his master of arts in theological studies degree, completed in 2009. Previously, he worked for four years (1999-2003) as an undergraduate admissions counselor at George Fox. He will be supporting students and faculty in the following majors: art and design, biblical studies, Christian ministries, cinema and media communication, communication arts, English, history, international studies, journalism, music, music education, organizational communication, philosophy, politics, sociology, Spanish, theatre and undecided students (last names R-Z). He is married to Stephanie and has two young children, Hope (4) and Tad (1).

Ben Kulpa (Student Life) left the university in July.

Becky Jensen left the university after her position was eliminated because of a reorganization in the College of Business.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Sarah Taylor has been promoted to associate director of residence life (operations and recruiting).

Matt Dyment has been promoted to associate director of residence life (training and programming).

About Our People

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) wrote a forward to the reissued A Place to Stand, Elton Trueblood’s classic text that was released in e-book form by HarperOne last month. In his forward, Paul describes the importance of the book as a defense of “Basic Christianity,” a challenge to secularism and atheism arguing that Christ is the center of certitude for believing and knowing about God. Paul also wrote the forward to Rudolf Bultmann’s book The Gospel of John: A Commentary. Paul describes the book as “a provocative commentary that is arguably the most important New Testament monograph in the 20th century, perhaps second only to The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer.” The book is the first volume in the new Johannine Monograph Series that Alan Culpepper and Paul are editing.

Yune Tran (Education) attended the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ mixed-gender Leadership Development Institute training event at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center in Sumas, Wash., in June. Designed to strengthen leadership within Christian higher education, the institute featured the latest leadership research and literature and drew upon the experiences and best practices from cabinet-level leaders and other leadership experts.

Ed Higgins (English) published his poems “I Cut Myself” and “To Do Reminders” in the July 20, 2014, issue of Melancholy Hyperbole, an online poetry e-zine dedicated to poetry about longing. In addition, Ed’s poems “Faith Story” and “ok, ok, so I concede” are included in the Summer 2014 issue of the Blue Heron Review, an online poetry magazine specializing in mystical and spiritual verse.

Jim Steele (College of Business) will travel to Alexandria, Va., in mid-August to serve on the selection committee for the Michael R. Losey Research Award, an honor that recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the HR management field. The award carries with it a $50,000 grant from the Society for Human Resource Management. Jim’s participation is part of his scholarship, as it requires him to assess the scholarly contribution of nominees’ entire body of work.

Marc Zimmerman’s (ADP) autobiography, Mostly Momentous Minutes, Mawkish Memories, and Myopic Musings of Marc from Maine: Stories of life from the Moose State and Beyond (Kindle Edition), is now available on

Gary Tandy (English) lectured recently at Friendsview Retirement Community on “The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis.”


Monday, August 4th, 2014

Aug. 5              Linda Warberg
Aug. 9              Jennifer Kepler, Shelley Yonemura
Aug. 12            Cary Griffith, Ken Ingram
Aug. 13            Kathy Heininge, Nate Peach
Aug. 14            Jenny Zaganiacz
Aug. 16            Gary Sehorn, Seth Sikkema
Aug. 17            Saiko Mair

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.”


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.


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).


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.