George Fox University invites alumni to campus for homecoming celebration Sept. 22-24

September 4th, 2017

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Events include class and affinity reunions, a tailgate party, a football game and an Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

NEWBERG, Ore. (Sept. 4, 2017) – George Fox University invites alumni to return to its Newberg, Ore., campus for the school’s annual Homecoming and Alumni Weekend event Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24.

Homecoming will include reunions for the classes of 2007, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1977 and “Classic Bruins” (1967 and earlier); a Saturday tailgate party featuring the classic rock cover band Hit Machine; a football game against Wisconsin Eau-Claire on Saturday; an Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Awards event on Saturday night; a music concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium; a Classic Bruins Supper Friday at 5 p.m. in Canyon Commons; and a special Alumni of Color Networking Reception Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in Canyon Commons.

Class reunions for the 10- through 40-year groups take place Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and noon and include a campus tour hosted by current students. Following the tour, all reunion classes will gather in the Stevens Center for a reception featuring time to browse through old yearbooks and reconnect with fellow alumni and professors over refreshments.

Also on Saturday, a tailgate party runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bauman Auditorium parking lot, and affinity reunions for accounting and pep band alumni will meet in the same location between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pep band members will have the opportunity to join in a short rehearsal before the football game and perform during the 1:30 a.m. contest against Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Those alumni members who visit the alumni tent prior to kickoff will receive a complimentary T-shirt that gains them free admission into the football game. That evening, the Sports and Alumni Hall of Fame event begins with reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. in Canyon Commons.

Saturday’s awards event will recognize the 2017 Honored Alumni Award recipients. Inductees include Tim Smith (Heritage Award, 1984), Lori Sobelson (Outstanding Alumna Award, 1997), Ben Sand (Christian Service Award, 2010), Don Staples (Meritorious Award, 1986), Craig Taylor (athletic director and coach, 1974), Perry Kimberly (Legacy Award, 1968), the 1977 men’s cross country team, Amandu Koroma (track and field, 1978), Derrick Jones (baseball, 2006), Michelle Forbes (track and field, 2005) and Todd Bos (track and field, 1991 and 1997).

Other events include a volleyball match against the University of Puget Sound at 7 p.m. Friday; a Pennington’s Playhouse event for children from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the campus quad; women’s soccer games Saturday and Sunday; and a men’s soccer game against county rival Linfield Saturday at 6 p.m.

The university is keeping homecoming simple this year: No registration is required except for a couple of limited-capacity events.

More information about the weekend is available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Sarah Reid
Director of Affinity Marketing

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