About Our People

Guadalupe McCall’s (English) book, All the Stars Denied, landed on the “2018 Best Multicultural Children’s Books” list created by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature. In it, Guadalupe tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.

David Rawson (College of Business) recently published his book, Prelude to Genocide: Arusha, Rwanda, and the Failure of Diplomacy. Rawson, a former U.S. ambassador to Rwanda, was an active participant in the peace talks in the early 1990s and gathered his own materials from those years for the benefit of future historians. David will present his collection of primary sources from the Rwandan genocide, civil war and peace talks on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of the Murdock Library.

Justine Haigh (College of Business) made a presentation, “An entrepreneurial training model for a workplace that is becoming increasingly neurodiverse,” at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ Region 7 Fall Conference in Hawaii in October.

Annette Nemetz (College of Business) presented “Chinese Entrepreneurship and Cross Cultural Management: An innovative summer program developed to engage Chinese students in learning the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, innovation and cross-cultural management” at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ Region 7 Fall Conference in Hawaii in October. She also had a paper, “Methods for Teaching Ethics and CSR,” presented at the Marketing Management Association’s Fall Educators Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September. Annette also recently returned from Chongqing, China, where she was a visiting scholar at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. While in China, she presented “The Global Strategic Imperative of Sustainable Development Thinking for Business Model Planning” at the Entrepreneurship Industry Conference: Xi’an International Innovation Ecosystem Forum, in Xi’an, China.

Chengping Zhang (College of Business) presented “Equipping Students with Advanced Excel Skills in the Classroom – Building Flexible, Robust, and Self-Adaptive Financial Models” at the Financial Education Association’s annual conference this fall.

Jim Steele (College of Business) presented “Navigating the New China” at the Northwest HR Management Association’s fall conference in Portland in October.

Sarah Southworth (College of Business) had a journal article, “U.S. consumers’ perception of Asian brands’ cultural authenticity and its impact on perceived quality, trust, and patronage intention,” published in the most recent edition of the Journal of International Consumer Marketing.

Paul Shelton (College of Business) made a presentation, “Virtual teams and cohorts: Group potency in virtual teams,” at the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Conference last summer in Grenada, Spain.

Jennie Harrop (DPS), Rae Casey (DPS), Carol Hutchinson (DPS) and Michelle Shelton (DPS) offered a discussion, titled “Ensuring Excellence: Training, Mentoring, & Affirming Adjunct Faculty in Degree Completion Programs,” at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) 2018 International Conference in Cleveland Nov. 13-16. The four discussed the importance of proper training and affirmation of adjunct faculty in order to ensure consistency, rigor and excellence. George Fox’s degree completion team relies on more than 50 adjunct faculty, so the department formed an Adjunct Faculty Management Team in early 2016 that developed a multi-module online training course, systematized regular observations, and launched a mentorship program – all with only a handful of full-time faculty available to help.

Ron Clark (Seminary) presented two papers at the national American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Denver Nov. 16-20. The first, “The Lucan Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus: Wondering How to Respond to My Neighbors in Portland, Oregon,” was presented in the “Poverty and the Ancient World” session, while a second, “Sweeping the Strangers and Outsiders in Your City: Luke’s Rich Man, Lazarus, Boundaries, and Houseless Humans in Portland,” was presented in the “Practical Theology” session. In addition, his book Freeing the Oppressed: A Call to Christians Concerning Domestic Abuse – formerly used as a textbook at Portland Seminary – will be translated into Russian in January of 2019 to be used with Russian-speaking advocates, clergy and law enforcement in Portland.

Ed Higgins (English Faculty Emeritus) published a poem, “after solstice,” on the Raw Dog Press site this month. The site began publishing postcard poetry in 1972 and will be including Ed’s piece on postcards. Ed also published a micro-flash piece, “From This Distance,” in the Dec. 3, 2018, online edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine.

Jillian Sokso (Art and Design) is included in a group exhibition, “Stellar Small Prints 2,” curated by Karen Kunc, on view from Dec. 1 through Jan. 26 at Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition, she was recently accepted into the 2019-21 “Traveling Member’s Exhibition” of the Southern Graphics Council International, juried by Jane Hammond. That show will travel nationally for three years to 25 venues after debuting at The Gallery at UTA on the campus of The University of Texas Arlington.

The following employees received “shout-outs” from their colleagues at the Nov. 29 all-employee meeting: Cesar Calderon (Plant Services), who recently passed his citizenship test and is now a U.S. citizen; Mike Meek (Athletics), who was commended for his work with supporting student-athletes; Phil Smith (Christian Studies), who recently volunteered his time on a weekend to promote George Fox and give a presentation on apologetics at Canyonville Christian Academy in Canyonville, Oregon; Cheri Hampton (Academic Affairs), who was complimented for being helpful and accessible; Colleen Sump (IDEA Center), who was thanked for consistently lecturing in a Senior Portfolio class; Tiona Cage (Seminary), who has been critical to assisting students integrate into masters programs at the seminary; Kevin Kopple (Athletics), who did an outstanding job with game-day management for a recent nine-team basketball tournament; Cory Hand (Athletics), who has consistently invested in the lives of student-athletes; Dwayne Worden and Dan Van Der Water (Plant Services), who have responded with speed, humor and grace to EHS’s quirky building issues; Mary Imboden (Exercise Science), who has worked tirelessly to develop and implement the “Find Your Fit” program; and Janet Herron (Financial Aid), who was thanked by a parent for taking the time to pray, listen, counsel and work with them.

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