Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Ben HoltropName: Benjamin Holtrop
Hometown: Independence, Ore.
Major: Art (concentration in studio art – photography and mixed media)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: My experience at George Fox has been one that has deeply influenced my life. I have learned so much about community, trust and faith through faculty and friends. I can remember freshman year being so excited to be part of this community and thinking to myself, “I have four years of this!” and being super excited. I have grown so much in my decision-making; and through mistakes, papers and tests, I have found that life is short so just go for it. The grace that is shown at Fox has allowed me to really learn about myself and to honestly ask questions about life. I can’t believe that those four years are rapidly coming to a close. I will truly miss this place.
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Trevor FekkesName: Trevor Fekkes
Hometown: Camano Island, WA
Major: Accounting

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: George Fox has been instrumental in shaping my personal and career growth. My professors, specifically Seth Sikkema and Josh Sauerwein, have prepared me well for life after Fox. They have had the biggest impact on my education and knowledge in accounting, as well as being great mentors. I feel blessed and lucky to have had them as professors.

My favorite memories will come from hanging out with my friends and roommates, playing Thursday night Frisbee and watching my Seahawks go all the way. I’ve learned to have a curious mind and that success comes from doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAName: Renee Geck
Hometown: Everett, Wash.
Major: Biology (cell and molecular) with minors in mathematics and chemistry

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: My time at George Fox has enriched so many areas of my life. I have made fantastic friends, gained knowledge in diverse fields, and had unique opportunities inside and outside of my major. I was blessed with a tight-knit freshman floor, so we had a lot of fun together and some of those women are still among my closest friends. I also connected well with my major department, especially doing breast cancer research with Dr. John Schmitt. He has been a wonderful mentor to me, and those summers helped me determine what I want to do in the future.

One of the fantastic things about George Fox is all the opportunities to explore different disciplines and issues. Even with commitments to my major, I was able to take classes in math (which I love!), play in band, and be a member of the International Justice Mission Club for all four year I’ve been here. I’ve also taken “just for fun” classes in art, history and religion, as well as a spectacular Juniors Abroad trip to Greece. To me, that balance of strength in my major as well as ways to pursue other passions has created an invigorating and exciting course for my time at George Fox.
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By Jamie Johnson, PhD
Associate University Pastor and Director of the Friends Leadership Program

It must have been a moment of weakness for me. A few months ago, as the internet was obsessed with attempting to discern the sound of a fox, I cued up the viral Ylvis video, The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?), and played it for my three young children. What I assumed would be a passing fad soon turned into a daily obsession, and not a day (not a moment?) passed without hearing one of them humming the chorus or mimicking the easy-to-remember noises a fox apparently makes.
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To Be Known and Be Heard

October 29, 2013

By Keri Potter (’15)

‘Be Known’ is a George Fox slogan that is thrown around in casual conversation on campus all the time. Yes, George Fox is a place to be known. With an emphasis on small class sizes, different clubs and service projects, it is easy to be plugged in and known in the George Fox Community. But, what about being heard? Continue reading

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By Tracy Berg, Class of 2013

We were standing in the middle of the gym during halftime of the basketball game. I had my tiara on and was grinning nervously at the crowd. Next to me was the freshman homecoming prince, and past him was the rest of the court. I remember very clearly watching the senior homecoming king and queen get crowned, and thinking to myself, “Wow, seniors in college – I won’t ever be that old!” Wishful thinking that most of us do at one point or another in our lives, I suppose.
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Shekinah (center) with Asher Seevinck (left) and Dave Wilton (right) from Loud Harp, a Christian band that performed at the retreat.

By Shekinah Davis, Class of 2015

This spring retreat was held at Trout Creek Bible Camp in Corbett, Oregon. We arrived around 7 p.m. on Friday night and were greeted by a beautiful starry sky and tall pine tress all around. I went up with a small group of four friends and we arrived before everyone else.
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Students pose for a quick photo before heading out to a James Project location.

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

One of the great things about George Fox is the university has several different ways students can serve right here in the local community. There’s something for everyone, whether you can commit to an hour a week or a few hours on the occasional weekend, and whether you prefer working with the elderly, children, the homeless or just contributing some manual labor.
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What I did over winter break

January 24, 2013

Lexie Christopherson interned in Dhaka, Bangladesh during winter break.

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

George Fox students recently returned to the daily grind of classes, homework and studying after a long winter break. Here are a few students’ stories of what they did with their month off from classes. While most of us spent our breaks getting caught up with family and friends, and enjoying home cooking a bit too much, these students got out and made the most of their time off.
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By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

Recent grad Nick Largusa will join a group of George Fox students at the Urbana 2012 missions conference later this month (but his long hair will not – it’s been cut since this picture was taken).

Starting December 27 and lasting until New Year’s Eve, a group of George Fox students will head to St. Louis, Miss. to partake in Urbana 2012, a missions conference for college students. I caught up with Nick Largusa, who just graduated on Saturday, to hear about his expectations for the conference.

“Urbana is a missions conference that happens every three years,” Nick explained. “It is run by Intervarsity. It’s a Christian fellowship. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of different mission organizations. There’s different missionaries that come to speak – the big names in the missions field – all to get people fired up.”

Nick also shared what he hopes will come from Urbana and how it will impact his future. “I’d like to explore all of the different missions opportunities there are. I have a pretty good understanding, but I only know the tip of the iceberg. Urbana makes it so easy to get to know all these different organizations. I am trusting that God has something to show me. It’s going to be interesting because we will be representing Fox.”

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