Covid-19 at George Fox

The year 2020 will forever be remembered for the novel coronavirus that ravaged the world. The details are still a bit unknown, but it is believed that Washington state had the U.S.’s first case on Jan. 20. About five weeks later, Oregon reported its first case, and soon after Gov. Kate Brown announced that schools would close starting Monday, March 16. That was followed by a stay-at-home order on March 23. Students at George Fox went on spring break March 20-27 and were asked not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

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A Welcome Weekend to Remember

At George Fox, we love rolling out the red carpet for new students! It’s our way of welcoming you to the George Fox family. That’s why each year, we go all out for Welcome Weekend. Take a look!

Right when you arrive on campus, a welcoming committee gathers around your car and gets you moved into your room within minutes. Then, it’s time to meet everyone in your dorm and explore campus. Welcome home!

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Tour the Hadlock Student Center

Healthy body, healthy mind. At the Hadlock Student Center, our beautiful new 48,000-square-foot fitness facility, we help George Fox students “find their fit” with a variety of activities like…

Rock climbing! This indoor climbing facility features five roped lines on a 40-foot wall in addition to 1,000 square feet of bouldering space.
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Video & Time Lapse: New Bridge Installed at George Fox

Aug. 12, 2015 – The installation of a 220-foot pedestrian bridge provided quite a spectacle on the Newberg campus of George Fox University.

It took about two hours for two massive hydraulic cranes to lift the 29.5- and 36.5-ton preassembled bridge halves into place so they could be joined to span the Hess Creek Canyon in the middle of the campus.

The Liebherr LTM 1500/8.1 and Grove GMK7550 mobile cranes each have booms over 250 feet and each can lift more than 550 tons.

The clear-span timber bridge will connect a new 30,000 square-foot dining facility (to be completed summer 2016) on the east side of the canyon with the primarily academic west side. Anderson Construction Company is overseeing both projects.

The bridge project is projected to cost about $600,000. Pedestrians should be able to use the bridge by Aug. 27.

Meet the Class of 2014: 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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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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The sights and sounds of Christmas on campus

By Victoria Nelson (’16)

Victoria (left) and friends get ready for the holidays.
Walking through the quad, I can’t help but feel a wave of peace wash over me. My last class over and done with, I trek through the frosty grass, leaving ephemeral footprints as reminders of my presence. My breath forms little wispy clouds as it leaves my mouth. The clock tower serenades me with a tune of Christmas cheer, and all the lights on the buildings seem to sing along with a rhythmic twinkling.
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Closing out the semester with a little Christmas cheer

By Rebekah Binderim (’16)

As school draws to a close the air grows crisper and the days shorter, students are overwhelmed by the feelings of elation that only Christmas can bring. Dorms are filled with the smells of fresh pine, warm sugar cookies, and hot chocolate. Carols are heard echoing down the halls accompanied by the tinkling of bells. Chapel services are filled with the stories of Jesus’ birth and classic Christmas songs. Our school’s president can be seen reading The Night Before Christmas to a group of students sitting anxiously at his feet, their eyes are filled with wonder as they reminisce about Christmases past.
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Barbi Doran’s most memorable phone calls

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014
Photos by Shekinah Davis, Class of 2015

Sit anywhere in the Stevens Center and you will be able to hear a calming voice relentlessly answering the phone saying, “George Fox University,” and then proceeding to direct the caller to the right place.

Barbi Doran, information services coordinator and switchboard operator extraordinaire, is that calming voice. While she gets a never-ending supply of phone calls each day, she manages to answer the phone in the typical cheerful Barbi fashion every time.
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Ministry Opportunities at George Fox

Students pose for a quick photo before heading out to a James Project location.
By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

One of the great things about George Fox is the university has several different ways students can serve right here in the local community. There’s something for everyone, whether you can commit to an hour a week or a few hours on the occasional weekend, and whether you prefer working with the elderly, children, the homeless or just contributing some manual labor.
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