‘You have no idea!’

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 1.35.10 PMBy Heather Kurtz (Class of 2015)

This past month I had the awesome opportunity to represent George Fox University at two college fairs for high school students and their parents. With a great table layout and a head full of relevant facts, I was ready to use my education in marketing for our school’s benefit. After answering a plethora of questions and sharing my own “Be Known” story with others, I realized something so exciting: these high school students have no idea how George Fox University will impact them.

Putting myself in their shoes, four years ago when I was a high school senior, I remember being overwhelmed with making the most important choice of where my new home would be for the next few years. Read More

My Experience: Aaron Belz Comes to Campus

Devon HalvorsonBy Devon Halvorson

This week while skimming through the Daily Bruin announcements I saw that Aaron Belz would be coming to George Fox to read from his newly published book, Glitter Bomb, and give a lecture on laughter. Aaron Belz is a social commentator and poet. I have read some of his poetry before and was excited to check out the event.

Listening to his poems and lecture turned out to be even better than I had expected. From the poems of his I have read, he seemed to be very witty and clever, but listening to him read his book in person made each poem 10 times better. Aaron was so funny and real with the audience. Many of his poems are straightforward and simple, but he was really able to capture the audience and had us all smiling and laughing.

One thing I love about Fox is that there is ALWAYS some kind of event going on. Almost every weekend there are activities that Fox’s student government (ASC) plans, and even on the weekdays there are a handful of speakers or performances to attend.

Being at college is a unique time that offers a lot of opportunity you may not otherwise have. We are given the chance to experience speakers like Aaron Belz, whose poetry had been published in journals all over the U.S. – definitely not something you get to do every day. I think it is really fun to take advantage of these chances while they are at our fingertips.

Freshman Year All Over Again

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No, I did not fail freshman year, nor am I finishing up some credits from freshman year. However, I am living in a freshman hall again. It all started last year when my roommate, Libby, applied for a resident assistant (RA) position. She had been hoping all year to get this job and we talked about rooming together again if she did. Well, at the end of February, she found out she got the position! She officially asked me to be her RAR (RA’s roommate) too! So from then on we made plans and got so excited for this year. Summer went by really quickly and we talked about how excited we were to journey with our group of girls this year. August rolled around and it was time to move back again. Read More

My Experience: C.S. Lewis Scholar Speaks on Campus

Hannah SmithBy Hannah Smith (Class of 2016)

Although students, myself included, encounter many distractions during their time in college, the central theme of a university is undoubtedly learning. Students are challenged to learn in classrooms, study groups, libraries and their own places of residence. That being said, it stands to reason that for many, this is the most opportune time to take advantage of academic resources, including extracurricular lectures. Just as a student may borrow a book from a library, or use university connections to gain access to resources, they also have numerous opportunities to learn from intellectuals outside of their academic sphere.

Recently, I was thankful that George Fox provided me with an opportunity to listen to a wise and intelligent man speak about his passion. Doctor Michael Ward, a C.S. Lewis scholar, visited campus several weeks ago to speak about his groundbreaking insight into The Chronicles of Narnia. Ward discovered that the seven books in the series, which had long been considered to be thematically unconnected, were really based upon medieval astronomy. With great interest, I listened as the speaker explained how each book correlated to a different planet and the ancient ideas associated with it. I found that this lecture was not only intellectually valuable, but also gave me a deeper understanding of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Dr. Ward’s lecture completely challenged me to think deeper than just what was on the surface. He inspired me to take something that I am passionate about and explore it wholeheartedly. The greatest things in life are difficult and challenging, but sometimes they are truly worth the struggle. I am grateful that I got to hear from an inspiring man talking about his passion in life.

The Value of Real World Experience

FullSizeRender (1)-2By Jared Larson, senior psychology major

Since the beginning of the school year, I’ve been working at Newberg High School in the Counseling Office. I have been serving under school counselor Troy Monson. I’ve known him since my sophomore year of high school when he started working at my school in St. Helens, Ore. I always knew that I wanted to serve others, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to do that.

Then, during my junior year of high school, I realized that school counseling is a field I could potentially see myself go into. After my father passed away before my senior year, I knew I wanted to pursue the field. School has always been a place where I felt comfortable enough to disclose what was going on in my home life. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be that person for someone else. At the beginning of my senior year, Troy encouraged me to work in the counseling office because he knew that I was passionate about helping others and was interested in the field. So I did. That was one of the best experiences I ever had. I learned so much about myself and my peers. Read More

Worship with Passion

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By Devon Halvorson (Class of 2017)

Recently my friends and I had the opportunity to see Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Worship Band perform on campus. Passion is a band, and also a conference, that travels around the country, encouraging student through worship and prayer. We were lucky enough to have them stop by George Fox and share in a night filled with music, dancing and prayer.

The night really began when the band started playing, lights began to flash, and students rushed to the front of the stage to dance and worship. The music was great and it was fun to see not only Fox students, but also other members of the Newberg community worshiping together. It was an awesome night shared among classmates and friends.
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The Return of Bruin Football

By Sammy Naluai (Class of 2016)

The wait is over – they’re back! The hype of football season has been building slowly for well over a year and the games have finally begun. Two games into their season and George Fox is still bustling with talk and support for our new football program. Football might be the most prevalent topic of conversation on campus right now. Not only is it exciting for us to welcome hundreds of football athletes to join the George Fox community, but they are bringing so much to the campus as well.

The largest impact they have had is in building community engagement. It was awesome going to the football games and seeing members of Friendsview Retirement Community walking across the street to come be a part of the unveiling. Recruits from different states drove out to experience the first game and see if they would want to be a part of the program. Partnering restaurants brought food carts to set up a tailgating area and thousands of fans poured into the stadium to fill our bleachers with cheers of encouragement. Read More

My Serve Day Experience

IMG_8518By Heather Kurtz, Class of 2015

Serve Day is one of my favorite times at George Fox. Every year, we dedicate an entire day to serve others around our community. Students, professors and faculty come together and work to bless others, and in my case this year, to be blessed by others too.

Three of my friends and I partnered with a team leader and Faith in Action (a local non-profit organization) to help seniors in their homes for the day. The tasks we did for these people included washing windows, cleaning carpets, weeding and hooking up a TV. We helped three individuals, and all three were so appreciative and friendly, but Marilyn stood out most to me this year. When we were weeding her garden, she chose to stay outside and talk with us while we worked, telling us stories about her kids. It was nice to serve her with our actions, but also through conversation.
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Bruin Pride

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By Tayler Main (Class of 2015)

Being a senior at George Fox has been great so far, and to top it all off, our football season has begun! On Saturday, Sept. 6, students gathered to attend the university’s first football game in 46 years! Hundreds of students showed up days before to pick up their tickets; no one was going to miss out on their chance to see history being made.

Being in the stands was a crazy event. There were faces painted and even a few full bodies. We all waited for the moment we could cheer on our team as they came running onto the new field.

George Fox has added two new sports in the last year. Women’s lacrosse played their first ever game last spring with the same support and enthusiasm from Bruin fans. Read More

There’s always something going on

1618419_350858118385315_2031761627_n-2By Rebekah Binderim (’16), social work major

At George Fox there is never a shortage of things to do.  What are some of my favorites?

There is attending a home basketball game and screaming at the top of your lungs with your fellow classmates, wearing your Blue Zone shirts. You and everyone else rise to your feet watching the final basket swish through the net and all at once the gymnasium explodes with excitement, your own voice getting lost amongst the chaos.
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