Archive for July, 2021

Updated information regarding students with disabilities

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Andrea Byerley is now the assistant director of Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) and has primary responsibility for working with students and faculty around accommodation needs. She is also leading initiatives to increase engagement on disability-related topics.

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other employees should email for assistance, or call the DAS office at 503-554-2448. Andrea’s role remains under the umbrella of Learning Support Services, which is led by Rick Muthiah.

Host an affinity tent at this year’s homecoming celebration

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Homecoming is Oct. 8-9, and the alumni office is looking forward to hosting alumni on campus in person this year!

Affinity reunions will be an important focus of homecoming, with the main event taking place on the quad right before the football game. If your department or affinity group would like to host an affinity reunion, sign up now!

We are looking for six to eight affinity groups or departments to host tents, invite their alumni and current students, and reconnect before the game (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 9. Now’s your chance to creatively re-engage your alumni at this fun, community-wide event! As always, Sara Reamy is available to help with communication, brainstorming and post-event follow-up!

Snag your booth today by emailing Sara at

All invited to swing dance Friday nights at Jaquith Park

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Hello dance enthusiasts! The Swing Dance Club is continuing to host our “Swing Over Summer” events from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Friday through the end of August at Jaquith Park in Newberg.

Our goal for the lessons is to kick-start our club for the upcoming academic year. That being said, both students and employees are welcome, and there is no charge to participate. If you want to have some fun, learn a new skill, and get some bonus dancing practice in before the school year starts, then this is the place for you!

There are no requirements for participation, although it’s recommended you have an athletic pair of shoes and a water bottle. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list, contact Mark Berglin at

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Jesse Cetz joins the Office of Student Life to serve as the first generation student success coordinator and Liberation Scholars project manager. A recipient of the Act Six Scholarship (Cadre 9), he graduated from George Fox in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Between the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020, he worked as a digital marketing coordinator for Adpearance, a digital marketing company based in Portland. Previously, Jesse worked as a project manager intern for Thesis Agency in Portland during the summer of 2019. As a student, he was executive vice president of the Associated Student Community from 2018 to 2019. More recently, he has spent the last year volunteering as a Young Life Leader at McKay High School in Salem, and served as the program coordinator for the Intercultural Resource Center since February 2021. Jesse grew up in Southeast Portland and currently lives in Salem with his wife Marnasha.

The undergraduate admissions office welcomes Miranda Davidson as a visit coordinator this month. A 2020 alumna of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication, she has spent the past year as the social media director for Family Life Church in Newberg, developing the church’s media strategy for Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. During her time as a student, Miranda was an admissions counseling intern (2017-20) and a visit and events intern (summer of 2018) for the undergraduate admissions office. Miranda lives in Newberg and attends Family Life Church.

The Office of Student Life welcomes Katrina Johnson as the new dean of student belonging and equity/Title IX coordinator. During the past year she has worked as the iMap program coordinator for iUrban Teen in Portland, creating and implementing training in GIS mapping, Power BI and data science for an organization dedicated to engaging inner city youth and communities underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. In the two years prior to that, she was a substitute teacher in Portland Public Schools. Katrina also gained teaching experience as an English language arts teacher (2016-18), as a mentor teacher for Reynolds Online Academy (2015-16), and as a substitute science teacher for recent immigrants (2008-15), all in the Reynolds School District in Fairview, Oregon. Her higher education teaching background includes developing curriculum for and teaching English and philosophy courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1999-00) and University of Memphis (2004-06). A licensed teacher in Oregon since 2007 and in Illinois since 1997, she arrives with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Katrina holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Memphis (2006), a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2001), and a bachelor’s degree in The Teaching of English, also from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1997). She lives in Portland with her dog True, and attends Bridgetown Church.

Brenna McGuire joins the university this month as an admissions specialist in the George Fox University Honors Program. A 2021 alumna of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she was a member of the honors program she now serves. She has worked the past year as a server at the Thai the Knot Asian Kitchen in Newberg and previously worked as an associate trainer for Panera Bread in Sherwood (2020). As a student, she was a peer advisor in the falls of 2019 and 2020, and she volunteered with Foster Parents’ Night Out during her junior year. Brenna lives in Newberg with a couple of roommates and attends Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin.

The Campus Public Safety office welcomes Josh Young as a part-time security officer. He graduated from George Fox in the spring, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a concentration in cyber security. During his senior year, he was the lead machine learning programmer with a senior design team that worked with Hampton Lumber to develop a machine-learning, computer-vision model for the company. He also worked for the public safety office all four years he attended the university. Josh lives in Newberg and attends Family Life Church.

Paul Becker (Campus Public Safety), Sarita Edwards (Theology), Keisha Gordon (Admissions), Kayin Griffith (Student Life), Alex Horn (Campus Public Safety), Victoria Holland (PA), Kelly Hughton (Admissions), Kathy Rosenbohm (Admissions), Colleen Sump (IDEA Center) and Heidi Thomason (Student Accounts) are no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Jamie Johnson (Spiritual Life) has been promoted to associate dean for worship programs.

About Our People

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Wayne Adams (Professor Emeritus of Psychology) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the School Neuropsychology Institute at the organization’s April 2021 meeting in Texas. The honor was given, in part, for Wayne’s role in creating the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning test, the third edition of which was released in late June by Pearson, the leading psychological test publisher in the U.S. The validated test was carefully normed on nearly 2,000 individuals and is intended for use in evaluating memory in clients 5 to 90-plus years of age.

Ed Higgins (Professor Emeritus of English/Writer in Residence) has published a number of poems in recent weeks. His piece “Another Dead Chicken” was featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Farmer-ish, an online journal dedicated to love of the arts and farming. He also published “O’Hare International Peoplewalk Tunnel” in the literary journal Sledgehammer Lit (June 12, 2021); “What I Learned About Death While Eating Dark Chocolate” in The Pointed Circle (Issue 37, June 2021); “Reversal” in Fare Forward, a publication dedicated to an ecumenical review of Christian ideas (Issue 11, June 2021); and “Faith Story” in The Poet Magazine: Faith (Vol. 1-USA, Spring 2021).

Eloise Hockett (Education) recently published a paper in the SN Social Sciences Journal, a multi- and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic research journal serving the broad social sciences community. The article, “Women in Leadership: A Study of Five Kenyan Principals and Their Challenges as Leaders,” continues to build on the education work Eloise has been doing in Kenya since 2009.

Plan to attend all-employee meeting Thursday in Canyon Commons

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Join your colleagues at an in-person all-employee meeting in Canyon Commons 101-103 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available at this link.

See you there!

Share your gift of words with ‘years of service’ honorees

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Please take a moment to share the gift of words with our employees who are celebrating a “years of service” milestone. Feel free to thank them or share a favorite memory by adding a comment under their name on this form.

We’ll share your gift of words on cards, and present them at the all-community meeting on Monday, Aug. 16. Please reach out to Kara Holcombe ( or ext. 2189) if you have any questions regarding the honorees.

Employees invited to shop at Nike Store this month

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Employees are invited to shop the Nike Company Store now through Aug. 1, 2021. Please download this pass for all the details and read the fine print carefully. You’ll need to take your employee ID with you, and ID for family members who accompany you.

Have fun shopping!

Questions? Contact Sara Reamy (

Water meter testing scheduled on campus today

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

The city of Newberg will be conducting what they call “large water meter testing” today (Monday). The Newberg campus has both large water meters with bypass valves and large water meters without bypass valves. Buildings being serviced by meters without bypass valves will experience a disruption in water service during testing times.

Locations of large water meters with bypass valves (that should not experience disruption in water service):

  • Roberts Center meter
  • Wood-Mar meter

Locations of water meters without bypasses:

  • Ross meter (testing scheduled for 8:30 a.m.)
  • Wheeler meter (testing scheduled for 10:30 a.m.)
  • Hobson / Macy / Sutton meter (testing scheduled for 1:30 p.m.)
  • George Fox irrigation meter, located near Wood-Mar (no testing schedule provided)
  • Morse Field meter (no testing schedule provided)

The city has stated that the testing should take about 30 minutes per meter. During that time the water may be off completely, unless it has a bypass valve. Questions can be directed to the plant services office (

Interested in going to the Oregon Coast?

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

We are looking for students who are living near Newberg this summer who would like to be a part of a photo shoot with our marketing and communications team. Grab some friends and email Missy Downs ( if you are interested in a trip over to the Oregon Coast, a chance to be on our social media, and maybe even a billboard!

If you are available on weekdays, please let us know by Friday, July 30, if you are interested in participating.

Are you an ‘expert’? Share your knowledge!

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Are you an expert in your field? Do you have any creative or interesting hobbies? Have you participated in any ministries that are unique? Have you published recently? Volunteered with the Peace Corps? Had a career in a unique industry?

Our engaged and curious neighbors at Friendsview Retirement Community are looking for presenters for their community during the 2021-22 academic year. Presentations usually run 40 minutes with a 10-minute Q&A, and can be done via Zoom or in person in Newberg.

If you’d like to be considered for a presentation, email Sara Reamy, director of alumni relations, at for more information.

Updated information regarding students with disabilities

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Andrea Byerley is now the assistant director of Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) and has primary responsibility for working with students and faculty around accommodation needs. She is also leading initiatives to increase engagement on disability-related topics.

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other employees should email for assistance, or call the DAS office at 503-554-2448. Andrea’s role remains under the umbrella of Learning Support Services, which is led by Rick Muthiah.

Mark your calendar for all-community meeting on Aug. 16

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Please join your colleagues for our fall all-community meeting in Canyon Commons from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.

We look forward to joining together with you to reflect on the challenges we’ve come through, and most importantly, center on our common purpose before the new academic year: to serve our students well and prepare them spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. You won’t want to miss this action-packed morning!

Lunch will be provided. This is an in-person event only, and there will be no livestream link. VP approval is required for those who need to be excused from the meeting.

See you there!

Bring your data-related questions to today’s Zoom meeting

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Today (Thursday), from 1 to 2 p.m., the analytics and foresight department will be offering its office hour session via Zoom.

If you have data-related questions, we’ll be available to offer our assistance. This is an open format; we will do our best to assist you during this time and provide guidance on next steps, if necessary. The session regularly meets each Thursday at the same time.

Questions? Contact Tyler Susmilch (

Wellness Wednesdays: Join us for walk this Saturday

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

As we continue our journey through the different paths of gratitude, we would like to invite you to join us on an inspirational walk this Saturday, July 17.

We will gather at 9 a.m. in the parking lot area off the trailhead at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey to walk the Camino a la Paz (“the way of peace”), pray, and reflect on gratitude in our life. Pack a light snack, get some water, and bring your family or friends (sorry … no dogs are allowed).

Reflection can be a way to express gratitude. In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, it says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus,” which reminds us not to overthink life and trust God.

This week, we are sharing ways to show gratitude through our life challenges.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at

Please avoid parking in Hoover and Stevens lots on Friday

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

The undergraduate admissions office is hosting Summer Visit Day for prospective students this Friday, July 16. Please be mindful of our guests on campus and avoid parking in the Stevens and Hoover parking lots.

If you have questions, reach out to Lauren Hill at

Come hear theology candidates’ presentations tomorrow morning

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

The university’s School of Theology invites the community to hear a pair of professor candidates tomorrow (Thursday) in Stevens 109.

At 9 a.m., professor of theology and ethics candidate Travis Pickell will speak on the topic “Re-Thinking Agency and Identity at the End-of-Life: Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, and the ‘Spirituality of Martyrdom.'” His presentation will be followed by a 10:40 a.m. talk by Christian ministries candidate Soojin Chung, who will speak on “Adopting for God: The Mission to Change America Through Transnational Adoption.”

Both employees and students are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Nancy Schifferdecker at

Who’s on Campus This Week

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

The following groups are on the Newberg campus this week (July 12-17)…

  • The NBC Basketball Camp is hosting 80 overnight campers on campus.
  • The Northwest Christian Church Soccer Outreach Camp has 130 day campers in attendance.
  • The College of Engineering is hosting its inaugural Maker Hub Bruin Camp this week, at which high school students get an opportunity to explore engineering career opportunities
  • The George Fox University Honors Program is hosting a college immersion experience for under-represented high school students for two weeks.
  • Admissions is hosting a live Summer Visit Day on Friday, July 16.
  • The College of Education is hosting its graduate in-person classes and events all week.
  • Rotary is hosting its fundraising banquet in Canyon Commons on Saturday evening.

Register by Friday for wilderness first aid course this August

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Campus Recreation is hosting a Wilderness First Aid certification course at the Hadlock Student Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 17-18. Students, employees and community members are all eligible to participate.

The course is a two-day introduction to general wilderness medicine concepts and basic life support skills. It is perfect for anyone who likes to spend time outside. This course provides relevant and realistic first-aid training and is taught by a professional instructor with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

To read more about this type of course, go to the Wilderness Medical Associates website.

You can register for this course at the Hadlock Student Center here. Please register by this Friday, July 16, if possible, to ensure the course has enough participants to run.

If you have questions about this course, please reach out to AJ Heil at