Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Casey SiuniakHometown: Santa Paula, Calif.
Major: Engineering (electrical)

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

A: I will remember my engineering professors, and how they all were great role models of how to be a Christian in a secular-dominated field. I think that there are many people who believe that Christianity and science do not go together; you can either be a believer of science or a Christian. However, my professors have shown me that is not true – you can be a great physicist, scientist or engineer and still be a strong Christian.

My freshman year roommate, Jessica Spivey, has had a big impact on my life. We have lived together three out of four years during our time here, and I could not have asked for a better friend and roommate. I am so thankful that we were placed together as roommates – otherwise I don’t think we would have ever even become friends. She has been a great example to me of what it is to be a Christian. She is truly one of the most honest, hardworking, Christ-loving, loyal people I have ever met. She has really served as an inspiration to me during my time here, and I believe that she will be a life-long friend, long after Fox.
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fall 2012 headshots-024Hometown: Battle Ground, Wash.
Major: Theatre (concentration in acting/directing)

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

A: Not to be cliché, but my experience at George Fox has been life changing. I’ve never felt more loved and known within a group of people than I have in the theatre department. I love that the faculty want to know me, and they encourage me. Rhett Luedtke and Bryan Boyd have probably impacted me more than anyone at Fox. They have been there to support me in my craft of theatre as I strive to be a servant storyteller.

Q: How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A: Since coming to Fox, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be an example of Christ, especially in a secular art such as theatre. I look back at who I was my freshman year at Fox and can’t help but appreciate God’s work in my life. He took an insecure girl with no guidance, turned her into a woman of confidence and instilled a passion for storytelling in her heart. He constantly shows Himself through theatre, faculty, friends and the atmosphere at Fox. I remember my first time on the Wood-Mar stage, and finally feeling like I was home, that God had a purpose for me at Fox and in theatre.
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IMG_6923Name: Jessica Rose Jocoy
Hometown: Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Major: Nursing

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

A: I am so grateful to have had the experience to complete my nursing education at George Fox University. I originally was uninterested in attending Fox because I had lived in Oregon my whole life. However, in the fall after high school graduation, I found myself in Newberg and surrounded by Christian professors and students; I fell in love with the school. I had the privilege to meet students from many different locations and be part of a tight-knit group of friends. One of the things that I will remember the most is the beauty of the quad, whether it be the flowers in the summer, green grass in the winter, daffodils in the spring, or the melodious chimes of the clock tower. The professors at this school have also had a big impact on my life. They taught me how to think independently, be committed to a life of learning, and have shown me how to apply the knowledge that I have obtained. My nursing school experience is one that I will never forget. It tested me in every way possible but I feel that it has prepared me for my practice as a nurse and it has made me continually reach to be a better person. I will never forget all of the memorable moments that I have made at George Fox University.
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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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