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.”

About Our People

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Ben Hartley (Christian Studies) received a three-year $20,000 grant from the Louisville Institute to facilitate travel to archives in the eastern U.S. and Europe for a biography book project about 1946 Nobel Peace Prize laureate John R. Mott. The project’s working title is “World Christianity’s Emissary: John R. Mott and the Creation of a Global Church.”

Mark Terry (Visual Arts) published an article, “On Pottery,” in Christians In the Visual Arts’ journal, SEEN. Under the broader theme of “practice,” his article discusses the key role of the “incarnational prayer” of makers in culture care. Mark is also currently exhibiting his work at a show, “Of Sticks and Stones,” along with Kathleen Jones (Library), at the Art Elements Gallery in Newberg. The exhibition features the final work fired at the Noble Hill Anagama, the kiln that was both the center of Mark’s work and a site for creative inquiry since 2001. It features a series of both fully ceramic and mixed media compositions that speak into the idea of transition – monuments to time and place, as well as works that evoke both whimsy and mystery. Kathleen’s woodland-inspired paintings and Mark’s ceramic works share natural themes and speak the language of shared history and design elements. The exhibit is on display through March 3 at 604 E. 1st St.

Stephanie Fisher Matthew (Nursing), Eloise Hockett (Nursing) and Linda Samek (Provost) recently published an article, “Learning Cultural Humility Through Stories and Global Service-Learning,” in the Journal of Christian Nursing. The piece is based on their ongoing service trips to Western Kenya with George Fox nursing students.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) has been busy of late. In the last three months, he served as keynote speaker and workshop leader for the United Methodist “Why Water Matters” Summit in Minneapolis-St. Paul; hosted a daylong workshop at Eloheh Farm in Newberg for 30 Intervarsity Christian Fellowship national urban leaders; was interviewed on podcasts by theologian Thomas J. Oord (on “The Love of God”) and public theologian Doug Pagitt (on Randy’s children’s book The Harmony Tree); presented at the Portland Architect’s Salon on “Indigenous Values and Light and Darkness in Biophillic Design”; hosted at Eloheh Farm a tour and workshop on “The Spirituality and Ethic of the Land” for 25 delegates from the Society for Christian Ethics (joint program with Society for Muslim Ethics and Society for Jewish Ethics); presented on “Climate Change” with eco-theologian and ethicist Larry Rasmussen at The Society for Christian Ethics; presented to the Mt. Hood Cherokees in Portland “My Journey with Evan Jones and Jesse Bushyhead, Cherokee Missionaries;” participated in the 12th annual Drum Majors for Justice Ecumenical Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church in Portland; and wrote a piece, “The World from a Porch Swing,” featured on the Evangelical for Social Action magazine’s website.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “You Can Tell” in the Jan. 8 issue of The Pangolin Review, a bimonthly literary publication based in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. In addition, two of his visual poems, “tabula rasa” and “Bad Day,” as well as his poem “Homonyms,” were posted in Issue 2 (January 2018) of the surrealist art/poetry magazine Angry Old Man: A Magazine of Experimental Art & Poetry.

Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) preached at Northside Community Church on Jan. 20 on the topic “The Life of the Trinity.” Also, from Jan 26-28, he spoke at Lake Grove Presbyterian (Lake Oswego) High School’s winter retreat.

Rebecca T. Valdovinos (English Language Institute) has been selected from the 12,000 TESOL members representing 160 countries – and more than 100 worldwide affiliates – as one of 10 TESOL International Association reviewers for the Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. (TESOL) is an independent professional organization established in 1966. The organization was created out of professional concern over the lack of a single, all-inclusive professional organization to bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Birthdays

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Jan. 31          Paul Shelton, Missy Terry
Feb. 1            Andrea Byerley, Tanya Erskine, Bruce Owen
Feb. 2            Dave Adrian, Emily Call, Maco Hamilton, Matt Hammar
Feb. 3            Mark McLeod-Harrison
Feb. 4            Kristie DeHaven, Gloria Doherty
Feb. 5            Barbi Doran
Feb. 6            Stephen Howell, David Kerr
Feb. 8            Stephanie Matthew
Feb. 9            Audrey Lichten, William Stevens
Feb. 10          Debbie Cash
Feb. 11          Danae Allen, Alex Rolfe, Lynn Scott, Sarah Southworth, Kristi Welker, Cindy Zablotny
Feb. 12          Paul Shew

Comings and Goings

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Plant Services has hired Jamie Adams as a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. She comes to George Fox with 13 years of experience with commercial HVAC and HVAC/building controls systems, working most recently as an HVAC control technician for Oregon Health & Science University in Portland (2014-present). Previously, she was a facility energy tech for the Oregon Department of Corrections in Wilsonville (2004-10). In addition to her HVAC credentials, she has six years of experience working with low-pressure boiler systems. Jamie has universal refrigerant certification and has brazing certification through the Oregon Air Conditioning Contractors Association. She lives in Gervais with her daughter Sophia and attends St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville.


Alumna Allie Duncan has joined the university as the MBA program coordinator. She arrives from Amica Mutual Insurance, for whom she worked as an account representative in both Lake Oswego (2016-17) and in Littleton, Colorado, (2016). Before that, she was a photographer for the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado, in the winters of 2014-15 and 2015-16, and a stables reservationist and wrangler for the resort in the summer of 2015. Allie also worked as a reservationist for the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Moran, Wyoming, in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from George Fox in 2011 and an MBA from the university in 2012. She lives in Beaverton and enjoys hiking, climbing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Connie Holland has joined George Fox as a public services assistant working in the Murdock Learning Resource Center. For the past 22 years, she has worked as a database technician and project assistant with Amec Foster Wheeler, a company that specializes in delivering project, engineering and technical solutions to energy and industrial markets. She also worked as a database specialist for EES Environmental Consulting in 2012-13. Connie has also been an active volunteer, serving on the Newberg Booster Club STEM Scholarship Committee, as treasurer for the Newberg Booster Club STEM, as a STEM parent representative in the Newberg School District, and as a Newberg High School robotics team assistant, among other positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Portland State University. Connie lives in Newberg and has three adult children: Alyssa, Anthony and Mikayla.


After a 16-year hiatus, Rob Simpson rejoins the student life office this month to work as director of campus recreation. He arrives from Simpson University in Redding, California, where he has been an associate professor of outdoor leadership since 2015. Prior to that, he directed Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Semester Program, designed to offer students an alternative learning setting in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, from 2005 to 2015. He also worked previously as the director of outdoor leadership at Point Loma University (2002-05) and as an area coordinator in the student life office at George Fox (1999 to 2001). Rob holds both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1992) and a master of education degree in student affairs (2003) from Azusa Pacific University. He lives in Newberg with his wife Cammie and his children, Alek (22) and Sophie (14).


Mark Smith has been hired as a new electrician in Plant Services. For the past two years he’s worked as a maintenance technician for the Friendsview Retirement Community, handling maintenance requests for Friendsview’s health center and memory care units. He has worked at Friendsview since 2012, first as a dining supervisor (2012-13) and later as a night security officer (2013-14), facilities use coordinator (2014-15) and, since 2015, in his current maintenance role. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from George Fox in 2012. He lives in McMinnville with his wife Anna, and the couple attends Newberg Friends Church.


Alumna Sydney West joins the university as an undergraduate admissions counselor this month. A 2016 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned bachelor’s degrees in organizational communication and business management, she has worked as an admissions counselor at Central Washington University since the summer of 2016. Previously, she gained public relations experience as a PR intern with Pamela Lau’s Real Life Real Image business (2016), and during her collegiate experience she worked as a visit and events intern in the undergraduate admissions office in 2015-16. Sydney also worked in the university’s sports marketing division from 2014 to 2016. She recently moved to Newberg and is excited to be returning to the George Fox community.


Abby Burgess (Undergraduate Admissions) is leaving the university Jan. 16 to stay at home full time with her children.

Tim Jaquith (Plant Services) has left the university.

Movers and Quakers

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Keisha Gordon has been promoted to assistant director of athletic recruiting in the undergraduate admissions office.

Kera Hallman has transitioned out of the Employee Empowerment department to Plant Services, where she is now a custodian. She made the move in order to return to school and pursue her passions in biblical studies and art. It also affords her the opportunity to work hours that better accommodate her family life and work side-by-side with students.

About Our People

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Mark McMinn (PsyD) was honored in Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards – those books the publication deems “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought and culture.” Mark was honored for his book The Science of Virtue, which received an Award of Merit in the Spiritual Formation category.  In the book, he argues that positive psychology can be thought of as the contemporary science of virtue and shows how the basic tenets of this movement – gratitude, wisdom, humility, forgiveness, grace and hope – could shape more relevant and effective ministry for pastors and counselors.

Rebecca Hernandez (​Academic Affairs​), Jenny Elsey (Intercultural Life) and Rebecca Valdovinos (English Language Institute) contributed to the book Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press). Hernandez served as a co-editor, and she and Valdovinos wrote chapters, while Elsey wrote a section of a chapter. The book addresses the need for institutions to have meaningful conversations about race and ethnicity and offers leaders a roadmap as they think through how their campuses can serve all students well.

Ed Higgins’ (Emeritus, English Department) poem “Santa’s Stuck” was reprinted in a holiday anthology, Weihnachtsmarkt: A Danse Macabre Holiday Anthology, in December.
In addition, his poem “affair” was published online on the literary site Turn A Page Or Two (Dec. 31, 2017).

Nicole M. Enzinger (School of Education) published an article, “Base-ten block challenge,” in Teaching Children Mathematics, with colleagues Barbara Swartz (McDaniel College) and Sararose Lynch (Westminster College). The article highlights a mathematical challenge for teachers to share with their students, offers a space for teachers to share their experiences with implementing the task, and facilitates use of “complex instruction” as a tool for promoting equity in mathematics teaching.

Paul Anderson (Christian studies) presented papers at the Boston meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Quaker Theological Discussion Group: “Paul, the Philippians, and Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy – A Cognitive-Critical Biblical Analysis,” and “Primitive Christianity Revived – The Original Quaker Vision.” He also published “Identity and Congruence – The Ethics of Integrity in the Johannine Epistles” in Biblical Ethics and Application: Purview, Validity, and Relevance of Biblical Texts in Ethical Discourse (Mohr/Siebeck), and published Ernst Käsemann’s monograph, The Testament of Jesus, with a new introduction, “John 17 – The Original Intention of Jesus for the Church,” as Volume 6 in the Johannine Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock). His tributes to John Punshon include “The Formative Spirituality of John Punshon – 1935-2017” (Quaker Studies 22) and “Remembering John Punshon (1935-2017), Distinguished Alumnus of Brasenose College (B.A. 1957) and the Oxford Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A. 1959)” (Brazen Notes & News, Oxford University). Paul also published two Spotlight essays for the Oikonomia Network: “The Spirituality of Jesus as a Calling, Parts I and II.”

Birthdays

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Jan. 16             Kelly Friesen
Jan. 17             Christine Austin, Linda Dallof
Jan. 18             Dwayne Astleford, Robin Baker, Matt Dyment
Jan. 19             Paul Fodge, David Liu
Jan. 22             Jamie Adams, John Smith
Jan. 23             Bill Buhrow, Rick Cruz, Mike Foster, John Johnson, Kris Molitor, Pete Rusaw
Jan. 24             Matt Stump
Jan. 26             Celeste Jones, Matt Sargent
Jan. 27             Shannon Johnson, Rick McNeal
Jan. 29             Elrike Shaw, Leslie Wuest

Comings and Goings

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Corey Haverda joined the university’s advancement office as a gift and database specialist last month. Previously, he worked for White Lodging Services, and later Young Life, as a hospitality professional. His roles included night audit supervisor and night audit manager for the JW Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas (2015-16); front office manager for the Denver Marriott South in Denver (2016); and most recently housekeeping manager for Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Oregon (2016-17). He holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of North Texas (2012). Corey is married to Ji, recently hired as an account specialist at the university, and the couple lives in Newberg.


Daniel Winn has started work as an electrician apprentice in Plant Services. He worked most recently at Precision Machining Excellence in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was a lathe and mill operator in 2016 and 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a whitewater raft and zip line guide for Roe Outfitters of Klamath Falls, Oregon, (2015) and as a construction worker in Pendleton, Oregon, during the summers of 2012 and 2014. He earned an associate of applied science degree in civil engineering technology from Blue Mountain Community College in 2014. Daniel lives in Newberg and is looking for a church home in the area.


Luis Del Rio (Soccer Coach) has left the university. He announced his resignation as coach of the men’s soccer program earlier this month after heading the team for six seasons.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Andrea Byerley, who has worked as a temp for the university’s Oregon Writing Project as an administrative assistant for the past two and a half years, is transitioning to work part time as a learning support services coordinator in the disability services office.