Dec. 13 Steve Grant, Marcey Keefer Hutchinson
Dec. 14 Janelle Olivarez
Dec. 15 Paul Corbett-Furgal, Shaun Davis, Ben Hartley, Rick Muthiah, Cliff Rosenbohm
Dec. 17 Gary Buhler, Viki Defferding, Joe Thouvenel
Dec. 18 Carol Huthinson, Katy Turpen
Dec. 19 Anderson Campbell, Phil Smith
Dec. 20 Jennifer Hanks
Dec. 21 Dawn Ford
Dec. 22 Robin Ashford, Jenny Getsinger
Dec. 23 Rodger Bufford
Dec. 24 Jeong Ahn, Greg Allen
Dec. 25 Abby Burgess, Debby O’Kelley
Dec. 26 Jill Beals, Jan Campadore, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann
Dec. 28 Sandra Banta-Wright, Robert Simpson
Dec. 30 Cris Banton, Lori DeKruyf, Diana Koba, Paul L’Esperance, Kaitlyn Ragan
Jan. 1 Bob Harder
Jan. 2 Meghan Gifford
Jan. 3 Lenore Stewart
Jan. 4 Brenda Graf, Chris Koch, Molly Murphy, Dan van der Water
Jan. 6 Merrill Johnson
Jan. 9 Mary Cameron
Dec. 13 Steve Grant, Marcey Keefer Hutchinson
Plant Services welcomes a new custodian, Elrike Shaw, this month. For the past year she has worked as the office manager for Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services in Beaverton. Before that, she was the production manager for Victoria’s Lavender, a local retail lavender products company, for three years. Elrike lives in Newberg with her husband David, daughter Natalie and son Maximilian, and she attends Athey Creek Christian Fellowship in West Linn.
Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) presented a research report, “Children’s Visual Mediators for Integer Addition and Subtraction Open Number Sentences,” at the International Congress on Mathematics Education in Hamburg, Germany, this summer. This fall she presented two research posters, “The mathematical integrity of integer ‘pins’ on Pinterest” and “Prospective teachers’ attention to realism and consistency in a child’s temperature story,” at the 37th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, a coauthored article, “Preservice teachers’ pictorial strategies for a multistep multiplicative fraction problem,” in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, is available online and will be published in print later in 2017.
The Graduate School of Counseling was well represented at the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 10-12. Collectively, Lori DeKruyf, Steve Bearden, Anna Berardi, Chris Cleaver, Keith Dempsey, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, Jennifer Lichtenberg, Rand Michael, Beronica Salazar, Richard Shaw and Daniel Sweeney presented “Counselor Educators Lean-in to Walk the Talk: A Team Approach to Strengthening Faculty Multicultural Sensitivity.”
Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “The Shepherds” in the 10th holiday issue of Danse Macabre (Nov. 23, 2016), and his poem “Rain Song” is in the current issue of Young Ravens Literary Review: A Biannual Online Literary Journal (November 2016).
Nov. 29 Michelle Conrad
Dec. 2 Nate Goins, Dylan Hyslop
Dec. 3 Davida Brown, Brad Lau
Dec. 4 Alan Kluge
Dec. 6 Kathy Alexander, Rodney Birch
Dec. 7 Marie-Christine Goodworth, Chris Morrissey
Dec. 8 Kerry Irish
Dec. 9 Patrick Kelley, Mike Wirta
Dec. 10 Carlisle Chambers, Laurie Koehler
Dec. 11 Tatiana Cevallos, Sara Reamy
Dec. 12 John Bates, Isabelle Corneaux
Hannah Stevenson (Student Accounts) left the university in October.
Kathy Heininge (English) gave two presentations at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies West meeting in Montana Oct. 23-26. The first was titled “Emma Donoghue’s Manipulation of Genre” and the second was part of a roundtable discussion between senior scholars and upcoming scholars called “Why I Chose Irish Studies.”
Debra Worden (Business) coauthored an article, with Diane Schooley of Boise State University, that was recently published in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, the leading publication of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. The article, “Perceived and Realized Risk Tolerance: Changes During the 2008 Financial Crisis,” examines the belief that the recent financial crisis caused households to become less tolerant of financial risk, and thus modify the composition of their portfolios.
Gary Buhler (Art) is showing his urban landscape paintings at Warner Pacific College in Portland through Friday, Nov. 18. Visit the exhibit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily in the college’s Egtvedt Hall (Room 203). The school is located at 2219 S.E. 68th Ave., in Portland.
Don Powers (Biology) was awarded honorable mention recognition for his hummingbird research by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Powers was among those nominated for the Trust’s Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award at the 2016 Murdock College Science Research Conference in Spokane, Wash., Nov. 4.
Ed Higgins’ (English) flash fiction story, “Strawberry Daiquiris And A Hot Summer Night,” was reprinted in the Oct. 12, 2016, issue of the literary magazine The Drunken Llama. It was first published in 2014 in Flash Fiction Magazine. Also, two of his senryu poems, “the careless plumber” and “leftover haiku,” are in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu (Issue 11, Nov. 5, 2016).
Rick Muthiah (Director of Learning Support Services) led a session, “Field Experience Policies and Practices for Students with Disabilities,” at the fall conference of the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD) in Newport, Ore., Nov. 2-4.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) published an article, “Compassionate Concern – Seeing Truth in the Face of the Other,” in the Nov. 3 edition of the Huffington Post. Paul was also the featured speaker at the Genealogical Society of Washington County’s monthly meeting in Hillsboro on Nov. 12, speaking about Quaker founders of American ideals and culture. Specifically, he traced the influence of William Penn and early Quaker governors of the colonies upon the ethos of American democracy and society.
Brian Snider (Computer Science) published and presented a paper titled “Classification of Respiratory Effort and Disordered Breathing during Sleep from Audio and Pulse Oximetry Signals” at the 41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2016) in Shanghai, China, earlier this year. In conjunction with this, he also received a $500 National Science Foundation travel grant for the conference.
Nov. 16 Carol Jaquith
Nov. 17 Abigail Favale, Kristine Nelson, Sue O’Donnell
Nov. 18 Kathleen Jones, Gina Miller
Nov. 19 Nathanael Ankeny, Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 21 Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22 Corban Harwood
Nov. 23 Laura Simmons, Sarah Stevenson
Nov. 24 Tamara Reams
Nov. 27 Ryan Jacobson
Nov. 28 Peg Hutton
Dana Ferrin (Health and Counseling) left the university to take a position closer to her home.
Don Powers (Biology) joined with colleagues to publish an article, “Winter conditions influence biological responses of migrating hummingbirds,” in the Oct. 27, 2016, issue of Ecosphere, an open-access journal of the Ecological Society of America. The ESA mission is to “publish and make broadly available the most significant results of ecological research, particularly those that increase the understanding and applications of general ecological concepts.”
Nadine Kincaid (Security Services) was named Employee of the Month for October.
Nov. 1 Dave Johnson, Polly Peterson
Nov. 2 Tahlia Martin
Nov. 3 Karen Bowdoin, Nijay Gupta
Nov. 4 Karen Carskadon, Jennifer Farland, Tom Head, Melissa Thomas
Nov. 5 Rob Bohall
Nov. 6 Jon Schatz
Nov. 7 Natalie Harrington
Nov. 8 Rebecca Valdovinos
Nov. 9 Jack Lyda
Nov. 10 Glena Andrews, Katya Hall
Nov. 11 Rhonda Andrews, Sean Patterson
Nov. 12 Kelly Borror, Ian Sanders
Nov. 13 Kristie Knows His Gun, Hannah Stevenson
Nov. 14 Kelly Lafferty
Jeremy Doucette-Hardy has joined University Advancement as associate director of annual giving. For the past two years he’s worked at Reed College in Portland as assistant director of the annual fund. Before that, he worked as a development associate for Caldera Arts of Portland in 2014 and as a development assistant at the University of Oregon in 2012-13. Jeremy also has experience in fundraising, grant writing and portfolio management, as he did all three tasks as a development manager for KPSU Radio in Portland from 2006 to 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Portland State University (2011). Jeremy lives in Salem with his wife Danielle and their two daughters – Vienne (6) and Stella (15 months). The family attends First Church of the Nazarene in Salem.
Mail Services welcomes Jered McConaughey as a senior mail services specialist. An alumnus of the university, he has worked the past four years as a work-study student in the department. He also worked the past two years as a youth pastor at West Chehalem Friends Church in Newberg. Jered earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries from George Fox this past spring. He lives in Newberg with his wife Alyssa and attends North Valley Friends Church.
Cesar Calderon Villatoro has joined plant services as a groundskeeper this month. He worked most recently as a line cook at The Allison Inn and Spa’s Jory Restaurant, from 2013 to 2015. He gained groundskeeping experience as a groundsman for the Dennis’ 7 Dees landscaping business in Portland in 2011-12 and at Aurora Landscaping in 2013. He is currently enrolled in Portland Community College’s English as a Second Language program. Cesar lives in Newberg with his wife Amber and two youngest children, Topaz and Dario, and recently started Ministerio Hispano at Grace Baptist Church, an outreach to the Hispanic population, in Newberg.
Katherine Alexander has returned to George Fox to serve as a visiting assistant professor in the English Language Institute program.
Traci Porter (Library) left the university earlier this month to take a position closer to her home.
Greg Allen (Adult Degree Programs) was invited to be panelist speaking about leadership at the Premier CIO Forum in Portland on Oct. 13. More than 4,000 CIOs and IT managers attended the event, which brought together some of the region’s top visionaries and professionals from the IT industry to discuss and share experiences related to technology and business structure.
Howard Macy (Professor Emeritus, College of Christian Studies) published a new book, Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer’s Guide, through Cascade Books (a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers). In it, he examines humor in the Bible – why it’s there, why it matters, what it looks like, how to look for it, and what to do with it when you find it.
Richard Shaw (Counseling) was recently the invited Cessna Lecturer at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. The Cessna Lectures include a three-hour presentation to the Healing Academy of the Seminary, a presentation in chapel and a talk-back session with students and faculty. Richard’s chapel service presentation was entitled “Shame No More.” Richard graduated with a master’s degree in counseling from Asbury Seminary 25 years ago.
He was also recently in Addison, Texas, invited by Dr. Jim Sells, assistant dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, as one of 20 key higher education leaders in Christian counseling. Among those present were representatives from other Christian counselor education programs, the president of the American Association of Christian Counseling (Dr. Tim Clinton), Christian Association of Psychological Studies counselor education representative Dr. Todd Frye of Nazarene Seminary, and board representatives of CACREP accreditation. The gathering was designed to share ideas and build strategies for assisting Christ-based counselor education programs to work successfully with the CACREP accreditation organization around diversity, discrimination and sexuality issues in counselor education.
Kenn Willson (Music) just returned from Huntsville, Texas, where he performed his “Encounters with Beethoven” concert at Sam Houston State University. The concert is one Kenn has developed over the years and includes humor, pathos, cartoons, slides, and sometimes rock and roll. In short, Kenn says, “It’s not your typical piano recital.”
Oct. 20 Paul Becker, Rachael Henry, Mac Oxford
Oct. 21 Teresa Arnold
Oct. 22 Samantha Adams, Dwayne Hood, Tricia Hornback
Oct. 23 Andy Baker
Oct. 24 Ryan Dougherty, Dixie Downey
Oct. 25 Rachel Ryan
Oct. 26 Todd Curtis, Aida Ramos
Oct. 29 Roger Nam, Rusty St. Cyr
Oct. 30 Katie Sol
Oct. 31 Dane Joseph
The IT department welcomes Jeremy Bascom as an applications analyst this month. He arrives from Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, Calif., where he worked for the past 20 years as an assistant director of information technology (2012-16), a network engineer (2008-12) and as a systems support employee (1996 to 2008). He attended Citrus College in Azusa, Calif. Jeremy lives in Sherwood with his wife, Lori, and their four children – Lelia, Olivia, Elliott and Timothy. They attend Colossae Church in Sherwood.
The College of Education has hired Donna Kestek to serve as co-director of clinical practices. She is transferring to the position after working as a teacher education associate at the university since January of this year. Prior to joining George Fox, Donna worked as a computer applications/office systems instructor at Portland Community College. She also taught keyboarding and software training as a business technology instructor at Mt. Hood Community College and at Clackamas Community College. She started her teaching career in the business department at Roseburg High School before teaching at Aloha High School for 10 years. Donna holds a master’s degree in teaching from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Oregon State University. She lives in West Linn with her husband, Jeff. She has a daughter, Amy, who teaches kindergarten in Central Oregon and a son, Brett, who is an accountant working in Atlanta. Donna and her family attend Willamette Christian Church in West Linn.
Jocelyn Stein joins the university to serve as the events coordinator for the William Penn Honors Program. She worked the past five years as the director of women’s ministry at Countryside Community Church in Sherwood. Previously, she worked for the Sherwood School District as a teacher in the district’s Alternative Learning Center from 2006 to 2008. She also gained teaching experience as an English teacher at North Salem High School (2004-05) and as a language arts teacher at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Wash., (2002-2004). Jocelyn is married to Matt and they have three children: Braden, Emma and Caleb.
The Murdock Learning Resource Center has hired alumnus Jacob Vahlenkamp to work as a library assistant on a half-time basis. It marks a return for Jacob, who was a work-study student for the library all four years as an undergraduate student from 2011 to 2015. He was also an RA during his senior year in 2014-15. After graduating, Jacob spent a year working as a teller at a bank in Longmont, Colo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries from George Fox (2015) and lives in Portland. He attends Imago Dei Community in Portland.
After 25 years of service to the university, Linda Sartwell (Mail Services) retired from George Fox last week.
Kyle Pfeiffer (Alumni Relations) left the university after accepting a position at a high-tech company that recruited him.
The university recognized Gina Braden (Physical Therapy) and Kristie DeHaven (IDEA Center) as its Support Staff Employee of the Year and Administrator of the Year for the 2015-16 academic year, respectively.
Jenny Elsey (Intercultural Life) made a presentation, “Addressing Campus Climate: Student Life Programming and Leveraging Institutional Assets,” at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ 2016 Diversity Conference in New York, N.Y., in September. The presentation was highlighted under the conference category of “Pedagogy and Practice.” The conference, hosted by the CCCU Diversity and Inclusion Commission, chaired by Rebecca Hernandez (Associate VP of Intercultural Engagement & Faculty Development), reached a record number of attendees and provided space to address difficult questions and issues that arise in creating an inclusive community.
Rebekah Hanson (Music) recorded and released a musical album, Unfolded, with her orchestral rock band, The Cabin Project (June, 2016). Rebekah wrote and recorded vocal and string parts with the band over the past two years. The Cabin Project has toured throughout the United States and played in many festivals, including SXSW, Seattle’s Folklife and The Denver Underground Music Showcase.
Ed Higgins (English) published the poem “Grunion Fishing” in the Sept. 28, 2016, edition of the Peacock Journal, an online literary magazine that celebrates beauty. The poem is accompanied by Ed’s short creative nonfiction piece “on Beauty.”
Paul Otto (History) led a webinar on wampum for the America in Class program sponsored by the National Humanities Center. The presentation was part of a series of live, interactive professional development webinars the center hosts for history and literature teachers, conducted by leading scholars.
Oct. 4 Doug Beatty, Jane Wilson
Oct. 7 Cindy Howard
Oct. 8 Linda Crossland
Oct. 9 Dana Bates, Brian Doak, Caroline Wildhaber
Oct. 10 Rob Felton, Jim Smart
Oct. 11 Gary Eckerdt, Lizzy Riese
Oct. 13 Kathy Weiss
Oct. 14 Traci Porter
Oct. 15 Debra Espinor, Elizabeth Licon, Gina Worley
Oct. 16 Richard Shaw, Caleb Wheelock
Oct. 17 Ben Giudice
The registrar’s office welcomes Heidi Duckworth as a records specialist this month. For the past six years she has worked for the Gaston Public School District, serving as the elementary attendance secretary and more recently as the high school registrar, graduation coordinator and district administrator for student information systems. Prior to that, Heidi was a bookkeeper and human resources manager for the family-owned business, Psalm 1 Nursery & Landscape, and, in the 1990s, a medical bookkeeper. Heidi earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Portland Community College in 1992. She in lives in Banks with her husband, Mike, and two sons, Dylan and Lance. She and her family attend Family Life Church in Newberg.
Alumna Lizzy Riese joins the university as a part-time program coordinator and recruiter for the elementary education adult degree program. She currently also works part time as an Innkeeper at the Hillside Inn in Newberg and, previously, worked as an academic records specialist in the registrar’s office at Linfield College from 2015 to 2016. Lizzy also gained administrative experience as an office assistant in George Fox’s registrar’s office while she was a student from 2012 to 2015. Lizzy earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the university in 2015. She lives in Newberg and attends Hillside Fellowship in Newberg.
Wendy Bruton (Graduate Counseling) left the university on Aug. 31.
Sarita Gallagher (Christian studies) made three presentations and published two chapters over the summer. In August, she presented an academic paper (“God among the Philistines: Revelation and Transformation in 1 Samuel 4-7”) at the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) conference in Seoul, South Korea. IAMS, an international ecumenical conference focused on the fields of missiology and world Christianity, gathers Christian scholars and mission practitioners from around the world every four years.
Previously, Sarita presented the paper “From Mourning to Dancing: The Missiological Implications of the Barrenness Motif in 1 Samuel 1-2” at the Wesleyan Center at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego in July, and she presented “Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of Global Christianity” at the Association for Professors of Mission event in Minneapolis in June. She also published the chapter “Seeing with Church Growth Eyes: The Rise of Indigenous Church Movements in Mission Praxis” in The State of Missiology Today: Global Innovations in Christian Witness (IVP Academic, 2016) and the chapter “Worship among the Binandere of Papua New Guinea” in Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship, and Liturgy (Routledge, 2016).
Sept. 21 Heidi Thomason
Sept. 22 Kearsten McCoy, Josh Nauman
Sept. 24 Steve Leijon
Sept. 25 Darla Norgren, Marc Shelton
Sept. 26 Isaac MacDonald
Sept. 28 Aimee Frazier
Sept. 29 Robert Bredemeier
Sept. 30 Terry Huffman, Lauri Lieggi, Laurie Lorenzen
Oct. 1 Anna Berardi, Paul Chamberlain
Oct. 3 Sarita Gallagher
The registrar’s office welcomes Diana Koba as an enrollment specialist. Diana worked the past three years as the men’s department supervisor and as a sales associate at the Kohl’s department store in Sherwood. She was also employed as a hostess at The Allison Inn & Spa (2015-16) and, during her time as a student at George Fox, as the Choral Festival coordinator and student accompanist in the school’s music department (2013-15). Diana earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the university in 2015. She lives in Newberg and attends Newberg Foursquare Church.
Creagh Schoen (Health and Counseling) is leaving George Fox Sept. 9 to work as a nurse practitioner for the Oregon Kidney and Hypertension Clinic, comprised of a group of doctors who specialize in treating patients with kidney disease. She had been with the university for 12 years.
Deb Mumm-Hill has resigned as the director of student success in the IDEA Center, as she will be assuming the role of OMSI’s vice president of learning experiences. She thanks the wonderful George Fox community for their support and prays the coming year will continue with collaborative conversations, the sharing of innovative ideas and of inspiring the students to fulfill the promise of an exceptional life outcome. “The IDEA Center team is an incredibly impressive group of professionals who are dedicated to the mission and will continue to keep the work and conversations moving forward without missing a beat. Blessings ahead!”