Category Archives: Academics

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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My Be Known Story

April 3, 2014

By Jared Larson (’15), psychology major

Being known academically is a promise that our university holds to high standards. When I think back to when a professor has academically challenged, encouraged and pushed me to my limits, I think of Sue O’Donnell.

Sue is a psychology professor at George Fox. Her main focus is on developmental psychology. Some of the classes she teaches are Child Development, Adolescent Development and Research Methods.
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Senior business majors got a heavy dose of real-world experience this semester at i-Day, an event where they pitched their Senior Business Capstone projects to a panel of judges consisting of highly successful business executives. On the line was a share of $12,000 (split between 16 teams) with which they would fund real businesses during their final year at George Fox.

But the money would not be split evenly. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, the panel of executives would decide how much money each team got based on their presentation. The panel consisted of five “sharks” who had already made their mark on the business world: Phil Autrey (Partner, Kitchen Sink Holdings, LLC), Dave Barram (former CFO of Apple), Ruth Bennett (former CFO of Bonneville Power), Laurie Koehler (Consumer Campaigns Activation Manger, Intel) and Walt Truelson (Founder, Truelson Associates).

What was it like to swim with these “sharks”? We asked three students to share their experiences.
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By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

The best part about college, among many other fabulous things, is the chance to get out of my comfort zone and dive right into new cultures and experiences. The latest opportunity to escape my comfort zone was to attend a service at a Jewish synagogue.
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My Be Known Experience

March 26, 2013

By Tracy Berg, Class of 2013

Very few universities connect students with faculty like George Fox does. I’ve had insightful late-night conversations with professors, and even been invited over for Thanksgiving when I didn’t have anywhere else to go. Recently, I was shown once again just how committed the faculty at George Fox is to meeting students where they’re at.
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Heather (second from left) and members of the Crescent staff enjoy the sights in San Francisco.

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

Big things are happening for the George Fox Crescent. We recently launched our own website, gfucrescent.com, back in January, and even more recently got the chance to head to the Association of Collegiate Press Mid-Winter conference in San Francisco to learn about the latest things happening in the field of journalism.
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Professor Paul Anderson presents “A Bi-Optic Hypothesis” at the most recent Intellectual Feast.

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

Intellectual Feasts happen about twice a month at George Fox’s Newberg campus. Typically, an Intellectual Feast is an event where a faculty member from the Religious Studies Department – or occasionally a guest speaker – gets the opportunity to share their research or hypothesis with their colleagues, students, and anyone else who wants to join in and feast on new knowledge and theory.
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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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My Internship Experience

November 13, 2012

Bailey at work with Carpe Viam Group

When senior Bailey Dekker needed to hone her public relations skills, she turned to Bruin Boards, where she landed an internship with Portland-based marketing company Carpe Viam Group. Bailey recently wrote the following blog post about the invaluable experience she’s getting with the company, and like a true marketer, gave a plug for one of her company’s charity events at the end. You’re a PR pro already, Bailey!

The hunt for an internship can be rough at any time, so when I was in Costa Rica on a study abroad semester and trying to find an internship in the Portland area to fulfill my graduation requirements, I thought I was doomed. Luckily, Cindy Aggson, founder and managing partner of Carpe Viam Group, came through for me. Carpe Viam Group is a small marketing firm based in the Portland area.
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