Movers & Quakers

Monday, April 9th, 2018

At the university’s board of trustees meeting in March, the board voted to award tenure and promotion to the following candidates effective with their 2018-19 contracts. Tenure: Glena Andrews (PsyD), Muh Bi (Toby) Lin (Social Work) and Josh Sauerwein (Business); promoted to professor: Kelly Chang (Psychology), Muh Bi (Toby) Lin (Social Work), Roger Nam (Seminary), Paul Shelton (Business), Nathan Sledgers (Engineering), Jillian Sokso (Art and Design), Jim Steele (Business), Cindy Zablotny (Physical Therapy), Chengping Zhang (Business); promoted to associate professor: Karen Bowdoin (Art and Design), Joseph Clair (Christian Studies/William Penn Honors Program), Isabelle Corneaux (French), Todd Curtis (Engineering), Marcey Keefer Hutchison (Physical Therapy) and Paul Shew (Physical Therapy).

About Our People

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Brent Wilson (Computer Science) and many of his students helped the Oregon Computer Science Teacher’s Organization (OCSTA) host its Oregon High School Programming Contest and SuperQuest Teacher Conference on campus on March 17. The programming contest included nearly 40 teams with approximately 120 high school students. At the concurrent SuperQuest Teacher Conference, about 100 teachers from across the state, the largest group ever for the event, participated in a total of 17 separate classes and workshops focused on computer science education. OCSTA is committed to increasing and improving the computer science and digital literacy educational opportunities in the state’s K-12 schools.

Terry Huffman (Education) published his book, Tribal Strengths and Native Education: Voices from the Reservation Classroom, through the University of Massachusetts Press. Basing his account on the insights of six veteran American Indian educators who serve in three reservation schools on the Northern Plains, Terry explores how Native educators perceive pedagogical strengths rooted in their tribal heritage and personal ethnicity. He recounts their views on the issues facing students and shows how tribal identity can be a source of resilience in academic and personal success.

Ed Higgins’ (Faculty Emeritus, English Department) poem, “were you still here now,” was published in the March 12, 2018, issue of the journal Furtive Dalliance Literary Review. He also had two poems, “Mermaid Tale” and “Disposable Pleasures,” appear in Raw Journal of Arts, Issue II (March 29, 2018) and a micro-flash story, “Searching for Mr. Bharath Seshardi,” get published in the February/March 2018 issue of WORDPEACE.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) delivered presentations on the theological, historical, and literary riddles of the Fourth Gospel at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem for three Sunday evenings in March, and his essay on “John: The Mundane Gospel and its Archaeology-Related Features” was translated into Spanish and published in the April issue of Arqueología e Historia as “Juan. El evangelio terrenal y la arqueología.” Paul also served as an external evaluator for a PhD viva at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and delivered lectures at the Evangelical Theological Faculty of Leuven (Belgium) on “John Among the Gospels – A Bi-Optic Approach” and “The Spirituality of Jesus – An Inclusive Quest.”

Gary Tandy (English) published an article, “C. S. Lewis’s Ambivalence toward Rhetoric and Style,” in The Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society. The article uses research into Lewis’s literary criticism and letters to argue that Lewis had concerns that an overemphasis on rhetorical technique and literary style could overshadow more important concerns about content and truth and that Lewis, in his later writings, preferred imaginative, fictional presentations of the gospel over argumentative/apologetic approaches.

Don Powers (Biology) cowrote a paper, “Integrating morphology and kinematics in the scaling of hummingbird hovering metabolic rate and efficiency” that was published in Royal Society Proceedings B. The work was done in collaboration with Ken Welch (University of Toronto) and Bret Tobalske (University of Montana).

Birthdays

Monday, April 9th, 2018

April 10              Cheri Hampton
April 11              Janelle Freitag
April 12              Dylan Harris, John Shaw
April 14              Jekabs Bikis, Kathy Rosenbohm
April 15              Mike Campadore, Katie Mastropaolo
April 17              Sonia Legg
April 18              Judy Deale
April 19              Rebecca Williams
April 20              Kacy Hughson
April 21              Stephanie Bugas
April 22              Michael Underriner
April 23              Connie Holland

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 26th, 2018

John Regier, formerly associate director of masters programs at the seminary, is now the associate director of graduate admissions.

About Our People

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Leah Payne and Erica Ramirez (Seminary) published an article in the March 21 edition of The Washington Post’s online “Perspective” section: “The Christian sect that has always cheered for Donald Trump: Why Donald Trump’s biggest Christian champions love him so much.” Leah was also a plenary speaker at the Foursquare Education Symposium held at Life Pacific College in San Dimas, California, March 19-21.

Brenda Morton (Education) and Anna Berardi’s (Counseling) book chapter, “Creating a Trauma-Informed Rural Community: A University-School District Model,” in R. Martin Reardon and Jack Leonard’s book Making a Positive Impact in Rural Places, is their third publication detailing their work helping school districts shift to trauma-informed school programming. Morton is currently a Fulbright scholar teaching trauma-informed school programming to educators at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Berardi and Morton are continuing to teach Trauma Response Institute courses as part of the Trauma-Informed School Initiative with a cohort of K-8 educators in the Tillamook School District. Deep into the implementation process, the educators are now gathering data on the process and efficacy of their trauma-informed transformation process.

Greg Allen (Adult Degree Program) had the opportunity to serve as a faculty consultant for the American Council of Education in association with the Department of Defense earlier this month. Faculty consultants provide an independent assessment of the course materials to establish whether the professional military education is equivalent with university-level scholarship and thoroughness. The virtual review consisted of five courses concentrating on leadership skills and operations management for officers and enlisted Marines preparing for deployment.

Mark McMinn (PsyD) was interviewed on the topic of positive psychology and his recent book, The Science of Virtue, by ORBITER, a Templeton-funded online magazine that explores the intersection of science and meaning. The interview and a short video of Mark are featured here.

A number of employees received “shout-out” recognition at the all-employee meeting on March 19. The following were honored: Belinda Creighton (Finance) for her helpfulness and kind heart in doing her job; Carol Jaquith (Undergraduate Psychology) for her hard work in supporting so many departments and programs; Courtland Sherreitt (Media Production Services) for his work in helping create an inviting atmosphere in chapel; Darla Norgren (Portland Center Coordinator), for her enthusiasm and care for the employees and students at the Portland Center; Dinah Steig (Student Accounts), for being a “rock star” in helping sophomore students participate in Tent City and register for Juniors Abroad trips; Janet Herron (Financial Aid), for assisting an ADP student who was worried about a failing grade having an impact on her aid; Kim Rapp (Social Work), for her work in coordinating the recent Field Fair event; Kipp Wilfong (Graduate Admissions), for taking on EdD admissions and PsyD admissions while down a team member; Matt Sargent (Registrar), for his thoughtfulness and help in the retrieval of data; Molly Hickok (Health and Counseling Services), for her dedication and for work as an advocate of students at the Health and Counseling Center; Sonia Legg (Plant Services), for covering the office single-handedly with multiple people out sick; Tyler Susmilch (Data Analytics), for curating an apples-to-apples data set of census-day enrollment history spanning about 15 years.

Birthdays

Monday, March 26th, 2018

March 27           Ryan Ingersoll, Yune Tran
March 28           Kathy Harris, Charles Kamilos, Jeremy Lloyd, Steve Petzold
March 29           Vetta Berokoff, Sydney West
March 30           Tyler Welker
March 31           Melodee Powers
April 1               Cesar Calderon, Trevor Daimler, Jen Klapp
April 2               Lu Anderson
April 3               Steve Delamarter, Melissa Ramos
April 5               Maddie Lowen, Vicki Tschan
April 8               Joel Kelley

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Darla Tillman-Samuelson (Seminary) has left her full-time position at George Fox. She will continue to fulfill her adjunct teaching role for the seminary this semester and is looking forward to new opportunities.

Adam McGuffie (Seminary) has left the seminary. He plans to expand his independent consulting work in web design, social media and photography. He is also continuing to teach in the university’s adult degree program.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Marc Shelton (Education) is now officially dean of the College of Education. Formerly the “interim dean,” Marc has agreed to lead the College of Education for at least the next two years, according to Provost Linda Samek.

About Our People

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) published an article, “Descriptions of the Integer Number Line in United States School Mathematics in the 19th Century,” in a Mathematical Association of America journal, Convergence. The article describes the evolution of the number line in school mathematics and includes implications for contemporary mathematics educators.

Wendy Flint (IDEA Center) wrote a piece for an article, “2018’s Happiest Cities in America,” featured in the March 12 issue of WalletHub, a personal finance website. In it, Wendy addresses the question, “What tips do you have for someone who is unhappy with their career?”

Rebecca Hernandez (Associate Provost of Local and Global Engagement/Chief Diversity Officer) was featured in The Christian Post’s March 4 online edition. In an article titled “Christian Higher Ed Becomes Less White, More Diverse in Effort to Reflect God’s Kingdom,” Rebecca shares how George Fox and other CCCU schools are making their campuses more welcoming to minority students. “As we think about welcoming students, part of the issue that has been around is the idea of having students change to meet the way our institutions are,” she said. “Our work has been more about how we expand the doorways and change how we do things to be more receptive to all students.”

Ed Higgins’ (Emeritus, English Department) poem, “Meaning’s Heft,” was featured in the Feb. 9 issue of the online poetry journal Whispers (Inge Wesdijk, poetry editor). In addition, two of his science fiction haiku pieces were included in the February 2018 print issue of Scifaikuest.

A number of George Fox representatives presented at seven sessions at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ 2018 International Forum in Dallas Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Presenting were Debra Espinor, Linda Samek, Anna Berardi, Gloria Doherty and Robin Ashford (“Building a Sustainable Model for Developing Digital Fluency in Higher Education Faculty (on a Shoestring Budget”); Robin Baker, Rob Westervelt and Bob Sevier of Stamats (“Thoughtful Innovation and Deliberate Change in Turbulent Times”); Laura Hartley, Rebecca Hernandez and Linda Samek (“Advancing the Academy: System Changes to Increase Underrepresented and Ethnic/Racially Diverse Faculty”); Kelly Chang, with four others (“Best Practices for Integrating First-Generation Latino Students: Theoretical Framework, Lessons Learned, and Theological Foundations”); Yune Tran and Rebecca Hernandez (“Future Directions in Supporting Underrepresented Faculty: Examining the Role of a Faculty of Color Mentorship Program”); Jenny Elsey, with two others (“One Size Does Not Fit All: Shared Stories of Managing a Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Program”); and Brad Lau and Linda Samek, with 11 others (“Campus Life: In Search Of Community at Christian Colleges and Universities”).

Kenn Willson (Music) organized, produced and directed the highly successful Monster Piano Concert at George Fox in February. About 200 donors were in attendance to see the guest piano duo of Eduard Gavril and Sorin Frisan, current George Fox students, alumni, and potential piano recruits perform. The performers played for a nearly sold-out house as six additional pianos – four Bosendorfers and two Yamahas – were added to the Bauman Auditorium stage. Kenn also held a masterclass – mini-lessons with students in front of other performers, parents and teachers – with 10 pianists in Vancouver, Washington, on March 3.

Sunggu Yang (Christian Studies) was invited to write an article for the International Handbook of Practical Theology on the topic of “Preaching, Hermeneutics and Rhetoric, and Religious Speech.” Fifty-plus leading scholars around the world in various fields of practical theology will contribute to this ambitious multinational and interdisciplinary piece. De Gruyter (Berlin; Boston) will handle the publication under the joint editorship of Birgit Weyel (Tübingen), Wilhelm Gräb (Berlin), Emmanuel Lartey (Atlanta) and Cas Wepener (Pretoria).

Birthdays

Monday, March 12th, 2018

March 13         Carol Brazo, Erica Ramirez, Karen Buchanan
March 14         Keelan LoFaro, Lynette Elwyn, Piper Parks
March 15         Bill Jolliff, Caitlin Corning, Stephanie St. Cyr
March 16         Glory Lehman, Jim Bray, Patty Findley
March 17         Bryan Boyd, Saurra Heide
March 19         Marty Hunter
March 20         Annie Lunt, Heidi Cuddeford, Javier Garcia
March 21         Courtland Sherreitt, Kevin Kopple, Michelle Dawson
March 23         Kris Kays
March 24         Loren Kerns
March 25         Heather Groenlund
March 26         Carrie Hall, Jim Russell, Nick Willis

Comings and Goings

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Biniam Afenegus has been hired as head coach of the university’s men’s soccer program. He arrives from Southern Oregon University, where, in 2017, he coached the Raiders to a 14-7-1 record – and a Cascade Collegiate Conference-best 11-1-1 mark – in leading the team to its first appearance in the NAIA playoffs. The accomplishment came only three seasons into his tenure at Southern Oregon, which launched men’s soccer in 2015. His squad went 10-8 in its first season and 11-3-3 in its second before capturing a conference title and making the postseason last fall. Prior to coaching at Southern Oregon, Biniam spent eight seasons in the same role at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where he amassed a 123-27-16 record, won one Northwest Athletic Conference championship, and claimed five NWAC South Region titles. He was the NWAC South Coach of the Year five times and the NWAC Coach of the Year twice. As a player at Concordia University in Portland, he earned NAIA first-team all-region honors in 1998 before receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He also obtained a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Concordia. A native of Eritrea, Africa, he moved with his family to Spokane, Washington, when he was a child. He and his wife, Irene, have three children: Ahmon, Cierra and Elijah.


Corwynn Beals (Christian Studies) has left the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Chuck Conniry has stepped down as vice president and dean of Portland Seminary and as head of the College of Christian Studies. He remains at the university as a special assistant to the provost. Roger Nam is now the interim dean of the seminary, and Joseph Clair has been named dean of the College of Christian Studies, Liberal Arts, and Honors. Also assuming a new position is Abigail Favale, who has been named director of the William Penn Honors Program.

Ji Haverda has moved to the Portland Center and is now a specialist IV in the Office of Student Accounts.

About Our People

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Gary Tandy (English) recently contributed a chapter on one of his musical heroes, Jackson Browne, to the book Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018).

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) published a chapter, “Steady and Stable: Numerical Investigations of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations,” in Foundations for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics through Springer publishing. The book contains accelerated introductions to 11 areas of mathematics by researchers who have worked extensively and successfully with undergraduates. At the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego last month, Corban co-organized two sessions on “Modeling in Differential Equations” to encourage an active, inquiry-based pedagogy, and gave a talk on “Minimizing the Logistics of Integrating Projects into Differential Equations Curriculum.”

Sunggu Yang (College of Christian Studies) started his service as book review editor of the practical theology section for the Journal of Homiletic. Homiletic is one of top-rated journals in the field of homiletics published biannually by the Academy of Homiletics. Previously, he served the same journal as managing editor (2011-2015).

Matt Ingalls (College of Christian Studies) published an article, “Christian Unity in Ashes,” in Christianity Today’s online edition on Feb. 13, 2018. In a follow-up to his CT article, he was interviewed on Word FM of Pittsburgh for its drive-time show. In addition, he traveled to Anderson University, his alma mater, last week to speak three times for a special chapel series, “Impact Your World Week.”

The following employees received special “shout-out” recognition for a job well done at the Feb. 21 all-employee meeting: Kenton Miller (Data Analytics), for adding student contact information to one of the university’s data lists, saving enrollment counselors hours of time; Lisa Leslie and Peg Hutton (Event Services), for offering outstanding customer service; Dan van der Water and Alan Thurston (Plant Services), for their work on making adjustments before a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection; Barbi Doran (Information Services), for her enthusiasm and ministry in her role; the entire Plant Services team, for staying on top of so many work orders; Jordan Nelson and Marla Sweningson (Financial Aid), for conducting a successful FAFSA awareness campaign; Peter Crackenberg (Marcom), for adding weather closure information to the university website on a Sunday night; and Courtney Elrod (ADP), for her work in redesigning a new student orientation packet for ADP students.

Birthdays

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Feb. 28           Stephanie Bestland
March 1          Andrew Fleming
March 2          Justin Johnson, Winston Seegobin
March 3          Joseph Clair, Kayin Griffith, Rhett Luedtke
March 4          Tyler Cuddeford
March 5          Jeremy Bascom
March 6          Chris Casey, Stephen Winterberg
March 7          Andy Lockhart, Lecia Retter
March 10        John Spencer
March 12        Theresa Schierman, Brent Weaver

Comings and Goings

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Janet Ellis joined the Office of Employee Empowerment this month as a payroll specialist. She brings with her 18 years of payroll experience. For the past three years, she has worked as a senior payroll specialist and payroll supervisor for Xenium Resources in Tualatin. Prior to that, she spent more than nine years as the payroll and benefits manager for ProGrass Inc. in Wilsonville, as well as six years as a payroll specialist for Hollywood Entertainment Corporation. She has also been volunteering as the treasurer for a local ministry, Lutheran Latino Ministries, since 2008. She studied accounting and business administration at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Janet lives in Sherwood with her husband, Dan, and stepson Eric. She attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.


Spencer Hadduck joined the university last month as a media specialist in the IT department. Since 2015 he has worked as the creative director for Walk Creative, a Christian media company that specializes in video content for churches and other religious organizations. In addition, he has worked as an AV technician for GCA Services Group, responsible for setting up equipment and facilitating audio-visual needs in the primary meeting space for Cambia Health Solutions in Portland. Previously, Spencer was a part-time AV technician for the Red Lion Hotel in Jantzen Beach (2015-16) and a sound designer, production mixer and metadata specialist for Funnelbox Productions of Oregon City (2012-15). He holds a bachelor’s degree in film and video production from Pacific University (2010). Spencer lives in Oregon City and has two children, Vivienne (5) and Asher (3).


Plant Services welcomed Crista Kiefiuk Yates as a custodian last month. For the past year and a half she worked as an administrative assistant for the East Salem Seventh-day Adventist church, where she attends church with her family. Prior to that, she worked for two and a half years as a food service worker at an elementary school in Salem (2013-16) and worked for more than 11 years as a gymnastics coach in Salem (2002-13). Crista earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in music, from Western Oregon State College in 1996. She lives in Keizer with her husband Corey, and they have two children: Caleb, a freshman at George Fox, and Caitlyn, a sophomore at McNary High School.


Barbara Bokenyi (Adult Degree Program) is retiring from the university. Her last scheduled day at George Fox is Feb. 28.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Beth Hampton has transferred from her custodial position in Plant Services to work as a payroll specialist in the Employee Empowerment office.

Dan van der Water has transitioned into the role of safety specialist and project manager in the Plant Services office.

About Our People

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Cherice Bock (Seminary) published a study, “Watershed Discipleship: communicating climate change within a Christian framework, a case study analysis,” in the book Handbook of Climate Change Communication, Vol. 3: Case Studies in Climate Change Communication (Springer, 2018). On March 10, 2018, she will be the speaker for Quaker Heritage Day at Berkeley Friends Church in Berkeley, California, where she will speak on the topic “Quakers & the EcoReformation.”

Doug Campbell (Professor Emeritus, Art) published his book Tree Story and Other Poems in mid-January through Oblique Voices Press. Tree Story is the second book of poetry released by the author following his stroke in 2012, which subsequently left him with a language disorder called aphasia. According to the publisher, the book “challenges us to see through a different lens, one that clarifies and sharpens the natural world, and that places humans as supporting actors in the grand drama nature gives us.”

After several years of research and conducting thousands of interviews with leaders – including industry executives, coaches, government administrators and world-renowned academics – Tim Rahschulte and Ryan Halley (College of Business) captured leadership advice, lessons learned, and rules to follow that enable individual, team and organizational success in their latest book, My Best Advice: Proven Rules For Effective Leadership (IntelliPress Media). Also contributing to the book was Russ Martinelli, founder and president of Innovation InSites and a senior program manager at Intel.

Jennie Harrop (Department of Professional Studies/Adult Degree Program) published the university’s first open textbook last month. The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st Century is available as a free download in the Open Textbook Library, a peer-reviewed collection of textbooks used by hundreds of universities. As 21st-century writers are asked to embrace a variety of mediums in an internet-connected world, basic writing skills are increasingly more critical for effective, efficient communication. With section titles such as “The Sentence Equation” and “The Paragraph Equation,” the book outlines the basics of linguistic structure and mechanics in clear, simple terms. Other sections emphasize the importance of purpose, audience, and intentionality, and a subsection titled “12 Rules to Forget” names basic grammar rules that have changed over the years. The book is free, easy to access, and applicable as a primary or secondary resource for students from high school through doctoral level.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) has published a number of poems of late. His “What I Learned About Death While Eating Dark Chocolate” appeared in the literary journal Cacti Fur on Jan. 1, and his piece “Backyard” appeared in riverbabble 32 on Feb. 4. In addition, his poem “the rutting quop” was published in Scifaikuest (online version) in February, and his flash fiction piece “Odysseus Remembered” recently ran in the online journal Cafe Aphra.

Birthdays

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Feb. 14            Barbara Bokenyi, Monika Kadarmanto
Feb. 15            Brooks Lampe
Feb. 16            Danielle Warner
Feb. 19            Sue Corbett-Furgal, Kelly Hughton, Cristina Schmitt, Jere Witherspoon
Feb. 20            Gina Braden, Scot Headley, Bethany Stoller
Feb. 21            Adina Briggs McConaughey, Jon Hall
Feb. 22            Mark Hall
Feb. 23            Jeongah Kim, Taylor Wayment, Mark Weinert
Feb. 24            Corwynn Beals
Feb. 25            Andrea Abernathy
Feb. 26            Daniel Winn

Comings and Goings

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Courtney Elrod has joined the adult degree program as a department coordinator. She arrives from Young Life in Antelope, Oregon, where she worked as a store supervisor for the past four years. Before that, she worked as a summer intern for Young Life in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2011. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2013. She lives in Newberg with her dog Kane and attends Family Life Church.


The Employee Empowerment office welcomes Kara Holcombe as an employment recruiter. For the past three years she has worked in Beaverton as a senior recruiter for The Adecco Group, a temp staffing organization. Before that, she worked from 2008 to 2015 as an academic advisor for the University of Phoenix. Kara earned a bachelor’s degree in business hospitality management from the University of Phoenix in 2012. She lives in Sherwood with her husband Daniel and daughter Kensington.


Note: Bios of other recently hired employees will be featured in the next issue of e-Colleague.

Caleb Howlett has transitioned from a temporary position to work full time as a groundskeeper for athletic facilities.

Megan Janes (Graduate Admissions) did not return to the university after her maternity leave so she could stay home with her two children.

Debby O’Kelley (Plant Services) retired from the university last month after working at George Fox for 25 years. She is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and doing some traveling.

Sarah Small (Marketing Communications) left the university on Jan. 23. She plans to work part time with an organization that assists Syrian refugees in Salem, close to her home, and continue graduate studies in George Fox’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Alex Harrington (Student Accounts) has left the university.

Movers & Quakers

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Jesse Dillow (Plant Services) has been promoted to grounds superintendent.

Fred Smith (Plant Services) has switched job titles. His new title is “diesel mechanic.”