George Fox University unveils Hadlock Student Center this fall

July 20th, 2018

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The 48,000-square-foot facility includes three basketball courts, an elevated track, a fitness center and space for student government offices

NEWBERG, Ore. – In response to its growing undergraduate population and the need for more space for student activities, George Fox University is unveiling the new 48,000-square-foot Hadlock Student Center this fall.

The center, located on the east side of the school’s Newberg, Oregon, campus – between the Canyon Commons dining hall and the Hobson-Macy-Sutton residence hall complex – will house student leadership offices and host intramural, club and campus-wide activities.

The building includes three basketball/volleyball courts; an elevated indoor track that circles the courts; a 4,000-square-foot area designated as Associated Student Community (student government) office and club space; a fitness center with views overlooking Hess Creek Canyon; a rock-climbing wall; two yoga/dance/aerobics studios; and a student lounge. To enhance the building’s aesthetics, a team of student artists created several pieces of glass artwork on display near the front of the building, and wooden beams have been installed in the fitness center.

“Ultimately, this building was constructed to enhance the student experience – to provide students a space where they can further the relationships and experiences that make university life so rich and compelling,” said Brad Lau, vice president for student life. “We’re excited for what this means for George Fox and for the students who will use this space for everything from intramural sports to dances to club meetings. It will be a dynamic space for student involvement, engagement, activities and leadership.”

The facility will alleviate demand for the school’s current athletic facility, the Wheeler Sports Center, so intramural games – which had been held late at night in many cases – can be contested at earlier times. Currently, the Wheeler gym is often occupied during early-evening hours by the school’s intercollegiate athletic teams. The three basketball floors will also be used for campus-wide events such as concerts and dances, Lau said.

A front desk and lobby area will be monitored for safety purposes and so patrons can check out a variety of athletic equipment. There is also a designated space for outdoor recreation equipment that can be checked out (backpacks, tents, kayaks, snowshoes, stand-up paddleboards, etc.).

The center is named in honor of Bob and Camille Hadlock, George Fox alumni and longtime missionaries. Bob Hadlock, an NAIA All-American in football and track in 1969 who was drafted by the Detroit Lions, died in 1995 while leading 35 students on a missions trip to Nepal. Camille Hadlock is the country director for K.I.D.S. in Uganda, a large Christian orphanage and school in Koboko, Uganda. For their service, they were honored as the university’s Christian Service Award winners for 2015.

The facility’s basketball courts are named in memory of Willie Stoffer, a former student and diehard supporter of George Fox athletics who died of cancer in 2017.

The Hadlock Student Center is the latest in a series of building projects undertaken to accommodate the school’s growing undergraduate population. In 2015 and 2016, the university constructed the three-story, 146-bed Brandt Residence Hall, as well as a bridge to better connect the east and west ends of campus. And in the fall of 2016, it unveiled the Canyon Commons dining facility, a 30,000-square-foot structure that seats 900 and includes a dining hall, coffee shop and meeting rooms.

Looking ahead, George Fox will add a 190-bed, four-story residence hall on the east side of campus in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

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 “Best 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.


Rob Simpson
Director of Campus Recreation
George Fox University

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