Biology in Boiler Bay

Sea Monster! (or a crab)

Biology students spent the day on the Oregon coast during a field trip to Boiler Bay. During low tide, the remaining tide pools are a wealth of life. We couldn’t take a step without finding some kind of cool critter. We discovered sea slugs, sea urchins, starfish, blood stars, sea lemons, kelp crabs and much, much more. We also found out that algae hates people and tries to make them fall down a lot.

Professors Jeff Duerr, Jim Smart and Dwight Kimberley led the trip, and they seemed to have memorized the Latin name for every living creature on the planet. I’d find something, hold it up and ask Dwight what it was. He’d say, “Oh, that’s a (something in Latin).” I’d respond, “Can I just call it a purple crab?” He’d smile.

Boiler Bay is named after a large boiler that still resides in the bay. Once upon a time a ship wrecked there, and all that’s left is this hulking piece of slowly decaying steel.

The weather was perfect for our trip, and we were all disappointed when the tide started coming back in. That signaled the end of our exploration. Here’s a photo slideshow of our day.

Biology Field Trip – Images by George Fox University

Friday Night in the Foxhole

Lucas Tomlinson and his band, "Mariner," perform Friday night in the Foxhole.

On Friday night, the Foxhole was the place to be. Students crowded into the popular on-campus hangout spot to watch their fellow classmates perform. Lucas Tomlinson, a senior Christian Ministries major, and his band, “Mariner,” were the third act to perform. Here’s a video and an interview with Lucas and band member Morgan Davie, a senior Studio Arts major.

Dorm Room Deja Vu

Freshman Andrew Janzen has a unique living situation. He resides in Pennington Room 205, which happens to be the exact same room his father, Tim Janzen, lived in for two years (1979-80).

“Dad and I didn’t figure out that we had stayed in the same dorm until a couple of weeks after school started,” Andrew said. “It shows that each room has a lot of history behind it. The funny thing is that I was assigned the other side of the room from where dad was. I guess we have taken over both sides of the dorm room now.”

Tim Goodfellow, the Director of Housing, said Andrew’s room assignment was pure coincidence. Interesting circumstances like this happen occasionally, he said, but never on purpose. “If we actually tried to do things like that, we’d never succeed,” he said.

Experiential Ministries: Mt. Hood

Part of Saturday's group poses for a photo on a Mt. Hood snowshoe trail. After a rainy start, the weather turned bright and sunny.

Experiential Ministries is a recently-formed organization that takes students into nature in order to experience the beauty of creation and the Creator. Paige Copenhaven, the Experiential Ministries Chaplain, led a group of students on a snowshoe adventure on Mount Hood on Saturday. During lunch, students shared how natural experiences had taught them lessons about God. Micah Schuler spoke about how detail God put into nature, right down to the design of tree bark, and Nick Largusa shared how inspiring it was to escape the busyness of every day life and enjoy the calm beauty of the forest.

It was a great day! Check out the video and photo slideshow below.

Experiential Ministries: Mt. Hood – Images by George Fox University

Saah Joseph: Liberian war survivor

When the war came to Liberia in 1989, Saah Joseph was just 14 years old. Rebels shot both of his parents. He escaped, and walked for nine days to a refugee camp in Sierra Leone. Joseph lived in the camp for 10 years.

Then the war came to Sierra Leone. Rebels attacked the refugee camp, looking for young boys to capture and turn into soldiers. Joseph fled again and escaped to Guinea. But the war came to Guinea, too. His life was a blur of West African countries and refugee camps.

When he returned to Sierra Leone, he was arrested for being a Liberian. Government officials couldn’t tell who was a rebel fighter or who was a refugee so they threw them in jail indiscriminately. Joseph, who became a Christian when he was young, began leading morning devotions. Prison officials made him the Chaplain, which got him out of his cell more often.

“I was happy to go around because I got to feel the cool breeze on my face,” he said.

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Cultural Celebration

Best. Event. Ever. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the Cultural Fair in the Bruin Den on Tuesday was a lot of fun, and the food was incredible. International students set up table displays with information about their home countries. They also brought a delicious and dazzling array of dishes for students to sample.

Students received a “passport” at the entrance, which they took to the numerous tables. They had to figure out how to write “I love you” in the different languages represented.

The Cultural Fair was part of Cultural Celebration Week on campus, which is meant to inspire cross-cultural interaction between students, staff and faculty. On Monday, chapel speakers Ben Sand and Anthony Jordan – Portland Leadership Foundation Executives – spoke about “Stepping into Each Others World.” There was a Coffee and Culture meeting that evening. The Cultural Fair was Tuesday. On Wednesday, Ben and Anthony spoke at chapel again, which was followed by a Talk Back session. Joel Perez, the Dean of Transitions and Inclusion, spoke about “Reflecting the Diversity of God’s Kingdom at GFU” during an afternoon meeting. There was also a World’s Got Talent show in the WoodMar Theater. The Cultural House held and open house on Thursday, and the weekly Shalom gathering focused on spiritual formation and reconciliation.