Genesis: The Beginning of Being Known

Two weeks ago George Fox University successfully hosted the first two days of Genesis. Thursday and Friday consisted of about 100 new incoming students each day to participate in the one-day event that is designed to prepare students for the upcoming school year. These two days were filled with vital information such as finances, work-study jobs, residence life, and academics. On top of that, students also registered for classes, picked up ID cards, and became familiar with future classmates. This event that is intended for new students’ to build relationships with advisers, faculty, and other students while getting on track for their first year at George Fox. Genesis is the perfect event to experience Being Known at George Fox, which is one of the University’s most important promises to students.

Haven’t signed up for Genesis yet? Sign-up at

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!

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Meet all of the George Fox Admissions Counselors!

Family of Ambassadors

“Ohana. Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind” (Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch). Here at George Fox, University Ambassadors has been a family for Tracy Berg and me! We have been in this group for two years now and our group has only grown stronger.

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A Leap of Faith

It rains a lot in Oregon. That’s just something we deal with here at George Fox University. When it rains, the ground tends to get a little soggy and muddy. Some days, though, the sun comes out and dries everything up, and the grassy areas become firm instead of squishy.

I like to take a shortcut across the grass when I walk to work, but if it’s just rained, I can’t always tell how the ground is going to feel. It cuts a solid minute off my walk, and sometimes I risk it when I’m running just a tad late, but I hate it when I’m part way through the grass, and then it gets soggy. There’s no way of knowing whether or not the grass in the middle of the field is going to be soft or firm without taking that risk and walking out into it.

This may sound a little cheesy, but that’s exactly how I felt choosing a college. I really couldn’t tell what I was getting myself into until I was halfway into it. No matter how many times you visit a school, or look at its website, or talk to current students, you just can’t know for sure how it will be for you. And that’s where that element of trust comes in.

When I first visited George Fox, I knew it felt right, and I thought it was where the Lord wanted me, but that feeling wasn’t tangible until I was actually here. I took those steps to come to George Fox without really knowing what the middle of the field looked like. But you know what? From where I’m standing now, right in the center of it, I can tell you that for me, this is a pretty solid grassy field.

Are you willing to have some faith and step out of your comfort zone to find the right school for you?

International Adventures

The International Student Service Office is sponsoring a photo contest allowing students to submit photos they have taken while abroad.  SO COOL!

Last year I spent a semester abroad (in Cuernavaca, Mexico) and also participated in Juniors Abroad, traveling to Tunisia, Italy, England and Spain.  So, although I am by no means a photographer, I do have a plethora of international photos taken with my 7.1 megapixel Cannon Powershot. Yes I bought that camera because of the Maria Sharapova Powershot commercials.

The competition rules state that students can upload up to five photos in three different categories: People, Landscape and Architecture, and Culture. Read More

Meet Tracy!

Name: Tracy Berg

Birthday: April 23rd, 1991

From Corvallis, Oregon

Sophomore – Business management major

Favorite place in Newberg: Bald Peak State Park

I chose to come to George Fox because after I visited the school my junior year of high school, every time I’d say the word “college” I would picture myself walking across the quad here. It just felt right.

Random fact: The only item on my bucket list is to visit every continent. So far I’ve crossed off North America, Europe, and Africa.

Meet Natalie Campos

: February 24, 1990

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Major/Year in school: Pre-Nursing, Business Management Minor/ Sophomore

Favorite place in Newberg: Chapters, I didn’t want to be  just another Fox student that went to Chapters coffee place…but it happened.  It’s a great place to chill.

Why you chose George Fox: One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “What in the world are you doing in Newberg?” because being from Los Angeles I usually meet people that leave to go to school in California.  On the other hand, I did just the opposite and decided that I needed a break from the big city of L.A.  I found out about George Fox University through a scholarship program, and then when was given the chance to fly to the school and tour the campus. I fell in love with it.  I had never seen so much green in my life, but aside from campus, I enjoyed the idea of going to a smaller institution.  I must admit that it has been a real transition, in terms of academic rigor, culturally, and the weather!  Nonetheless, despite sometimes feeling that I am very different, I happen to make a place for myself at Fox.  I enjoy the slower-paced feeling I get from the small town of Newberg as opposed to Los Angeles.  I get the chance to focus on my studies and George Fox has really given me a chance to gain much self-insight.

Meet Bailey

Name: Bailey Ann Dekker

Birthday: July 5, 1991

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Major/Year in school: Sophomore, Organizational Communications & Spanish

Favorite Place in Newberg: I love going to the docks on the Willamette River.

Why you chose George Fox: When I visited during my senior year of high school I felt so welcomed at George Fox. Everyone was really nice and the atmosphere just felt right.

One fun random fact about you: I went to Swaziland, Africa with the May Serve 2010 Team.

Weekend engagements

Even though Newberg is a smaller town, there are tons of things to do both in and around the city. With Portland only 35 minutes away, there are countless ways to spend your free time. With a little creativity, the possibilities are literally endless.

This past weekend, my two roommates and I were taken to the mall by three of our friend-girls.  We would have never guessed what they had planned for us that day… Read More

Meet Courtney Wollan

Name: Courtney Wollan

Birthday: July 5, 1991

Hometown: Danville, California

Major/Year in school: Elementary Education/Sophomore

Favorite place in Newberg: Dairy Queen

Why you chose George Fox: There are many reasons as to why I chose George Fox; from silly reasons such as the school year lasting from August-April, to more serious reasons such as the excellent elementary education program that can be completed in four years! One of the main reasons that I chose George Fox was because I felt like this was a place that I could belong, a place that could be my “home-away-from-home.” I felt like George Fox would provide the opportunity and support for me to grow academically and spiritually. I can say with confidence, that my experience has been exactly, if not more, than that!

Random Fact: Over Thanksgiving break of my freshman year, I found out that I was related to one of my really good friends that I met at Fox!