Sports and Civility

I love this Theodore Roosevelt quote (although it needs to be extended today to women) …

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly . . . 
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What Does the Future Hold for Higher Education?

It is so difficult to know what the future holds for any organization. This past week the Oregon Business Council gathered the leaders of Oregon universities, private and public, to think together about the future of higher education in the state. America has understood, perhaps better than other cultures, that advances in education are also inexorably linked to significant improvements in the economy at both a personal and broad-based cultural level. Perhaps that is why so many are concerned about the future; for the first time in American history it appears that the current generation will not exceed the educational attainment levels of their parents.
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Considering the Future of Higher Education

The Apostle Paul once reflected on the future by noting that, in this life, we see “through a glass darkly.” That has been particularly true of the state of higher education for the past five years. Since the great recession of 2007-08, American universities have undergone dramatic change and some of our basic assumptions about the future have been challenged.
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Amish Grace

Every fall the presidents of the Consortium of Christian Colleges gather to dialogue. We discuss the challenges facing our institutions and our families, and we share and seek spiritual growth as a group of Christian leaders. Ruth and I have had the opportunity to attend seven of these gatherings, and they have become more meaningful over time.
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‘Packing Light’ – Part 2


I’m not sure why I like to collect “stuff,” but I do. Perhaps some of it comes from the fact that my family moved a lot when I was growing up and having “things” seems to give me a feeling of permanence. I know you are thinking that, from a logical standpoint, that is ridiculous – things aren’t permanent. True, but when it comes to collections, I am not very reasonable.

After reading alumna (MAT program) Allison’s book I thought that I might collect “things” because I don’t really trust God. Collecting things does give me a sense of control in a world as president where I always seem to be responding to some event or crisis. I have always thought it was funny that many people believe that when you’re a president you have “control” of most of your life. The opposite seems to be the case.
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‘Packing Light’ – Part 1

OK, first a disclaimer: I need to tell you that my communications staff consistently tells me I don’t know how to write a blog – I write too much. What you must remember is that I am at heart a historian. To really tell a story takes time. So if you are one of those persons who really need to have something stated in two paragraphs or fewer, this story is not for you.

About two weeks ago I was going up the staircase in the Stevens Center and made my usual brief stop in our admissions office. I started a conversation when Mandee Wilmot asked, “Would you like a copy of my sister’s book?” Well, I really didn’t need another book to read at the moment, but Mandee was so sincere and, after all, it was her sister. So, I took the book, placed it in my bag and thought, “I will get to it sometime.”
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Taking Tara to College

This past weekend we welcomed more than 700 students to George Fox University for the fall of 2013. On Thursday evening several of us host a session with parents where we talk about their hopes and dreams and how George Fox can partner with them in achieving the goals of their student. It is never easy to leave a child at college. Although Tara is our third child (and we have done this before!) it proved to be just as hard to leave her as it was for Jacob and Rebekah.
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Thoughts on a life well lived

Funerals.

In our culture, death and the subsequent funerals are often hidden from view. We do not like to be reminded that our time on earth is limited. We are bombarded in the media with “visions” of youth, and many of us are constantly engaged in efforts to retain our youthful vigor as long as possible! In my case, I am addicted to running. I run most every day and it does help keep me relatively healthy. One disadvantage in my community (George Fox University) is that I am constantly reminded that the “distance” between me and the college students grows greater each year.
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Free Expression in the 21st-Century World

I have just returned from Dalian, China, where we were advancing our partnerships with several universities in the region. While I was away, an obscure video on YouTube that satirizes the Prophet Mohammad resulted in protests throughout the Muslim world and perhaps directly led to the death of the American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. At the very least, the video served as a catalyst for anti-American and anti-Western sentiment in much of the Arab world.
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Video: Developing Leaders to be ‘Salt’ and ‘Light’

As you know, I’m proud to be associated with an institution that is not only dedicated to an excellent education but also deeply concerned about the development of leaders – students who seek out God’s call on their lives and go into all the world to be “salt” and “light.”

Student leaders on campus are excited about what God has in store for them this coming academic year. I’d like to share a video with you that shares this vision …

YOU ARE GEORGE FOX from Ian Pratt on Vimeo.

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