Meet the Class of 2014: Alex Inzhirov

IMG_6996Hometown: Woodburn, Ore. (born in Izyum, Ukraine)
Majors: Accounting and Finance

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: George Fox provided me with great experiences and opportunities for learning. These four years have gone by fast but they were filled with memories and growth both spiritually and academically. I have been prepared for life after Fox thanks to my professors, who were effective in teaching and taking time out of their busy schedules to sit down and talk about things beyond education and career. I appreciate the time spent here, and a special thanks to Josh Sauerwein and Seth Sikkema for making accounting fun while still teaching me what I will need to know for my career.

I will remember the Christ-like environment and community that I have really enjoyed at Fox, as it will be different in the business world. I’m thankful for all of my friends and family who supported me and were there in the difficult times. Being at Fox has taught me to continue learning and growing, always.
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Meet the Class of 2014: Casey Siuniak

Casey SiuniakHometown: Santa Paula, Calif.
Major: Engineering (electrical)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: I will remember my engineering professors, and how they all were great role models of how to be a Christian in a secular-dominated field. I think that there are many people who believe that Christianity and science do not go together; you can either be a believer of science or a Christian. However, my professors have shown me that is not true – you can be a great physicist, scientist or engineer and still be a strong Christian.

My freshman year roommate, Jessica Spivey, has had a big impact on my life. We have lived together three out of four years during our time here, and I could not have asked for a better friend and roommate. I am so thankful that we were placed together as roommates – otherwise I don’t think we would have ever even become friends. She has been a great example to me of what it is to be a Christian. She is truly one of the most honest, hardworking, Christ-loving, loyal people I have ever met. She has really served as an inspiration to me during my time here, and I believe that she will be a life-long friend, long after Fox.
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Meet the Class of 2014: Madelyn Larson

fall 2012 headshots-024Hometown: Battle Ground, Wash.
Major: Theatre (concentration in acting/directing)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: Not to be cliché, but my experience at George Fox has been life changing. I’ve never felt more loved and known within a group of people than I have in the theatre department. I love that the faculty want to know me, and they encourage me. Rhett Luedtke and Bryan Boyd have probably impacted me more than anyone at Fox. They have been there to support me in my craft of theatre as I strive to be a servant storyteller.

Q: How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A: Since coming to Fox, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be an example of Christ, especially in a secular art such as theatre. I look back at who I was my freshman year at Fox and can’t help but appreciate God’s work in my life. He took an insecure girl with no guidance, turned her into a woman of confidence and instilled a passion for storytelling in her heart. He constantly shows Himself through theatre, faculty, friends and the atmosphere at Fox. I remember my first time on the Wood-Mar stage, and finally feeling like I was home, that God had a purpose for me at Fox and in theatre.
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Meet the Class of 2014: Jessica Jocoy

IMG_6923Name: Jessica Rose Jocoy
Hometown: Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Major: Nursing

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: I am so grateful to have had the experience to complete my nursing education at George Fox University. I originally was uninterested in attending Fox because I had lived in Oregon my whole life. However, in the fall after high school graduation, I found myself in Newberg and surrounded by Christian professors and students; I fell in love with the school. I had the privilege to meet students from many different locations and be part of a tight-knit group of friends. One of the things that I will remember the most is the beauty of the quad, whether it be the flowers in the summer, green grass in the winter, daffodils in the spring, or the melodious chimes of the clock tower. The professors at this school have also had a big impact on my life. They taught me how to think independently, be committed to a life of learning, and have shown me how to apply the knowledge that I have obtained. My nursing school experience is one that I will never forget. It tested me in every way possible but I feel that it has prepared me for my practice as a nurse and it has made me continually reach to be a better person. I will never forget all of the memorable moments that I have made at George Fox University.
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Meet the Class of 2014: Benjamin Holtrop

Ben HoltropName: Benjamin Holtrop
Hometown: Independence, Ore.
Major: Art (concentration in studio art – photography and mixed media)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: My experience at George Fox has been one that has deeply influenced my life. I have learned so much about community, trust and faith through faculty and friends. I can remember freshman year being so excited to be part of this community and thinking to myself, “I have four years of this!” and being super excited. I have grown so much in my decision-making; and through mistakes, papers and tests, I have found that life is short so just go for it. The grace that is shown at Fox has allowed me to really learn about myself and to honestly ask questions about life. I can’t believe that those four years are rapidly coming to a close. I will truly miss this place.
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Alumna, student collaborate on poetry book

By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

Junior Erin Kays, a double major in studio art and graphic design, got the opportunity some artists only dream of this past summer – she became a published illustrator. And not just any published illustrator, but the illustrator for alumna Sarah Katreen Hoggatt’s book of poetry titled In The Wild Places. Hoggatt graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a master’s degree in 2006 and finished a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship in 2007.
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What I did over winter break

Lexie Christopherson interned in Dhaka, Bangladesh during winter break.
By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014

George Fox students recently returned to the daily grind of classes, homework and studying after a long winter break. Here are a few students’ stories of what they did with their month off from classes. While most of us spent our breaks getting caught up with family and friends, and enjoying home cooking a bit too much, these students got out and made the most of their time off.
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Mikaela Alexander’s Semester Abroad Experience in Rwanda

By Heather DeRosa (’14)

Mikaela Alexander is a senior Christian ministries major with an emphasis in missions. Mikaela is one of those people who constantly bring joy and love to those around her; her contagious laughter and energetic personality make her someone worth getting to know. She spent time studying abroad this spring in Rwanda, and recently shared about her time abroad and how it has impacted and changed her.
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Meet Your Homecoming King and Queen

By Heather DeRosa (’14), photo by Emily Jackson (’16)

Meet Joe Djanga and Tracy Berg, this year’s Homecoming king and queen. Joe is from Beaverton, Ore., and is an athletic training major. Tracy is a business major from Corvallis, Ore. Tracy will graduate this spring, and Joe will graduate once he finishes the athletic training program in a few years. Interesting fact: Tracy was a Homecoming princess her freshman year, and now homecoming queen her senior year. Tracy’s roommate described her experiences on homecoming court as bookends to her time at George Fox.
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