15 Minutes of Fame

If you listen to NPR on a regular basis, you may have heard the voice of Undergrad Admissions Counselor Justin Hudec on the show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! If you missed his 15 minutes of fame, you can listen to it, or read the transcript here. When the producers of the show notified him that he would be a contestant, he was disappointed to hear that they had planned his segment to be recorded at the worst possible time for a GFU admissions counselor .. Bruin Preview. Luckily, NPR was accommodating and gave Justin an extra week. After the segment aired Justin was bombarded with phone calls and Facebook messages from friends, family, and even a former classmate who hadn’t seen him since high school. Justin says, “It’s been really cool finding out how many people listen to NPR. Friends from home, friends from George Fox, faculty at George Fox .. people have come out of the woodwork saying that they like and listen to the same show that I do.” Justin was successful in answering all three limericks during his time on the show. If you see him around on campus, congratulate him for his win!

Related Link:
Meet all of the George Fox Admissions Counselors!

Event Video Class Sitcom Shoot

Today I joined the Event Video class as they worked on an in-class project. When I arrived at the media center, the Cinema and Media Communications majors had already built a set, arranged props, and were rehearsing for a sitcom taping. The story was written by a member of the class and the plot centered around two college roommates. Each person in the class played an important role in the production. There were students in the control room directing the production and mixing sound. Out on the studio floor was a director, three camera operators, a floor manager, and a boom operator. Professor Matt Meyer helped solve technical issues and was a guiding force throughout the studio. The filming process seemed to go very smoothly, and they were able to get four or five great takes of the whole scene. After the production wrapped the director had the whole crew assemble on the set for a group photo. Photos by: Natalie Daly

Shane Claiborne

I had the pleasure of listening to Shane Claiborne and Chris Lahr speak this morning in chapel. Shane Claiborne is a well known author and the co-founder of The Simple Way, a faith-based community in Philadelphia. Last March I had an opportunity to film a lighthearted interview with Shane during his visit to George Fox. Check it out below. Note: He’s no longer single! According to chapel this morning he’ll be getting married this May.

Pink Zone

Several special events during the George Fox basketball doubleheader Friday, Jan. 28. GFU fans, athletes, and coaches participated in the “Pink Zone” night, originated by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to raise breast cancer awareness and collect donations for cancer research. A portion of the proceeds from the evening went to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Fans were encouraged to contribute to a “Pink-Out” by wearing pink to the games. The women’s basketball team warmed up in pink shirts and shoelaces, and pink T-shirts were given away to fans all evening

At halftime of the women’s game, the women’s golf team was recognized for its outstanding 2009-10 campaign that carried them to their first Northwest Conference title and a first appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. A banner celebrating their NWC crown was presented to the team.

Jimmy Brown’s Time-lapses

At almost any GFU event you’ll find CMCO major Jimmy Brown and his camera. By taking thousands of pictures over time, Jimmy documents the events in a very unique way: via time-lapse. Jimmy writes, “I enjoy time-lapse photography because it allows us to see parts of life that we normally can’t, because we’re too busy, or we’re not there, or we’re just not looking. It presents long processes or events in a time-frame that our bored, impatient minds can understand more easily – allowing us to see the nuances of slow change in a manner we can comprehend. It allows us to see the clouds boil, the shadows ooze, and the entire planet turn on its axis. But at the end of the day, I really just like time-lapse because it looks cool.”

Take a look at a few of Jimmy’s recent time-lapse videos below:

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear!”

Last Saturday I had the privilege of seeing the annual Christmas concert that the music department puts on. There’s really one word that can describe the experience …epic. The concert featured many different music groups including the university’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Handbell Ringers, Symphonic Band, Strings, Chamber Singers, Brass Quintet, Early Music Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble. There were even tap dancers! Student photographer Brendon Reed got some great shots of the event.

Planning for the yearly concert begins up to 10 months in advance.

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Free the 43

George Fox University students and faculty are raising awareness this week for 43 Filipino health care workers they think are wrongly imprisoned. Melanie Newell told us in this video what students are doing to help. Read an article about Melanie’s experience in the Philippines here.

December 17th Update from Melanie:

I just wanted everyone to know that the Morong 43 have now officially been freed!!
The supreme court passed the motion filed by President Aquino yesterday afternoon. The 43 walked out of the military detention center and into the arms of relatives and friends Dec. 16 around 11:30pm (Filipino time).
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