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LIFE VOL. XXIX, NO. 4 OCTOBER 1999 Service With a Smile Kirsten Kessler (left), a senior from Cottage Grove, Ore., paints the trim of a window at Hori- zon Foursquare Church in Newberg. Above, Mike Morse, a senior from Eugene, Ore., sets up some scaffolding for those SERVE DAY PHOTOS: CHIJO TAKEDA who will be installing vinyl siding on a Habitat for Humanity house. The two were part of more than 1,400 George Fox Universi- ty students, faculty and staff who spent an entire day doing volunteer work throughout the community. George Fox cancels classes, closes offices so students and employees can spend a day in service to the community H . D AV I D B R A N D T, 1 1 T H P R E S I D E N T E ven though all offices were closed the Portland metropolitan area. They take a position at Baylor University. “I and classrooms were empty the entire day at George Fox Univer- sity, September 8 might be remembered helped primarily non-profit agencies, churches and individuals needing assis- tance. Typical projects included painting, just think this is what a Christian, Quak- er institution ought to be about.” Hulme said it was a thrill to see weeks INAUGURATION GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY as one of the most productive days in the yard work for older residents, spending of prayer pay off the morning of Serve University’s history. It was on that day that staff, faculty and students from George Fox’s New- time with residents at senior care homes, or working on various church projects. For at least a week afterward, Serve Day when, after a continental breakfast and praise service under gloriously sunny skies, the many hundreds of peo- It’s Official A year into his presidency, berg and Portland Center campuses Day was the talk of not only the campus, ple departed in an organized fashion for George Fox University formally enthusiastically joined in to demonstrate but also of the Newberg area and much their local work assignments. inaugurates Dr. H. David Brandt that a Christ-centered education is more of the region. Through media coverage “There was nothing glamorous about than just book learning. It’s also serving a needy world in practical, loving ways. More than 1,400 people — from the — most notably a large feature front- page story in The Oregonian (Sept. 9) — the University’s Christian mission and the work,” said Hulme. “But people went with willing hearts, put their backs into the labor, and did it.” S triking a balance between seri- ousness and humor, pomp and festiveness, George Fox University University’s president all the way to the emphasis on service was communicated Hulme noted that, according to Cam- inaugurated its 11th president in a newest freshmen — caught the North- throughout much of the Northwest. pus Compact, a national coalition that 90-minute ceremony that added west’s attention by leaving their normal Dozens of thank-you’s flowed to the promotes community service in higher extra energy to the first day of class- routine of classes and work to spend a campus from the agencies and individu- education, Serve Day was apparently the es for the 1999-2000 academic year. day helping others. Literally thousands als who were assisted. first instance of a university shutting While several of the featured of lives were touched. “I think it was just tremendous,” said down for a day of such activity. guests and speakers drew laughter The first-ever University-wide “Serve Vice President for Student Life Eileen But it won’t be the last. George Fox with lighthearted comments, Presi- Day” saw 20-member teams going to Hulme, regarding one of her last major President David Brandt and his cabinet dent Brandt accepted with measured about 70 locations throughout Newberg activities at George Fox before she seriousness the duties of the office and other parts of Yamhill County and returned this fall to her native Texas to continued on page 6 continued on page 2 2 H . D AV I D B R A N D T, 1 1 T H P R E S I D E N T Tabor College, a Mennonite Brethren institution in Kan- INAUGURATION GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY sas, and he has an extensive track record in Christian higher education. Also participating in the ceremony were a wide range of representatives of Christian continued from page 1 institutions, regional schools of higher education, and offi- that he has already held for a year. cials from businesses and Referring to a biblical passage from state and local government. Hebrews 12, Brandt noted that the Chris- Among those who gave tian liberal arts university has always had greetings during the program “a great cloud of witnesses watching us were state Sen. John Lim, a . . . I trust you and the other witnesses to member of the University’s hold us accountable for the implementa- Board of Trustees, who repre- tion of this charge,” he said. sented the Oregon state gov- The inaugural ceremony held in Bau- ernment; Barbara Palmer, man Auditorium attracted an overflow senior vice president of Bank crowd; additional seating was made of America and also a George available in Wood-Mar Auditorium, Fox trustee, on behalf of the where members of the university com- local business community; munity watched the proceedings on Vivian Bull, president of Lin- large-screen television. Nearly 1,500 field College in neighboring watched in both auditoriums. McMinnville, representing With his wife, Melva, at his side, a the academic community; beaming President Brandt accepted the Newberg Mayor Charles symbol of office, the presidential medal- Cox; and representatives of lion, from Board of Trustees Chairman the University’s students, fac- Dea Cox and received an investiture ulty and alumni. charge from Dr. Kent Thornburg, chair- “It is with joy and expecta- ANDREW DADDIO elect and the head of the board’s Acade- tion that we welcome a new mic Affairs Committee. president to the area,” said “With this presentation, we do this Bull, who noted Brandt’s joyfully, celebrating this occasion with many years of management our George Fox family and friends,” Cox experience in higher educa- told Brandt. “We believe God has called tion. “We commend George Dr. David Brandt and his wife, Melva, accept the congratulatory applause of the audience during his inauguration as the 11th president of George Fox University. you to this task.” Fox University for its wise Before coming to Oregon, Brandt decision in calling Dr. served for three years as president of Brandt.” said, drawing laughter from the crowd. presidency of this university.” Palmer termed Brandt “eminently “In my case, that wasn’t hard at all.” Brandt spoke briefly, expressing grat- qualified” to hold the presidency and Johnson told a story about a college itude to the university’s faculty, staff and said the business community appreciates professor who used several big rocks to students for taking time to attend the cer- his interest in making the University a fill up a container and then asked his emony. key player in strengthening Oregon’s class if the container was indeed full. He emphasized that he will succeed as LIFE STAFF work force. “We are excited to work with While most thought it was, it really president only with dependence on God’s Editor you, Dr. Brandt, in the new millennium,” wasn’t until the professor added gravel, guidance, and with the support of all Anita Cirulis she said. then sand, then water to fill every possi- involved at George Fox University. “I Contributing Writers Rebecca Ankeny, professor of English ble space before the container truly could didn’t get to this point by myself, and I Anita Cirulis John Fortmeyer at George Fox University, welcomed be called full. won’t do this job by myself,” he said. “It Barry Hubbell Brandt on behalf of the faculty. “Today Johnson likened the container to the involves us all.” John Rumler we recognize you as someone we know, full plate facing a university president. He also noted the presence of many Photographers rather than as a stranger,” she said. “We “Dr. Brandt, you as an experienced longtime friends and family members, Anita Cirulis welcome you to your service here, and college president know that if you don’t including his mother, Helen, who trav- Andrew Daddio we look forward to what God will do put the ‘big rocks’ in first, you’ll never eled from Minnesota to attend. Chijo Takeda through you.” get them in at all,” Johnson said. He sug- Just a few days before her 90th birth- Designer Junior Ryan Dougherty, student body gested three symbolic “big rocks” that day, a robust-appearing Helen Brandt Colin Miller president, said the University is blessed need to be the foundation for George said she was proud of her son David. She George Fox University LIFE (USPS 859- to have Brandt as president. “In his time Fox: its Christ-centered mission, its was also pleased — but not awed — by 820) is published four times a year by here, he has already shown that he is a high-quality academics, and a “campus the inauguration. George Fox University, 414 North Meridi- man of God as well as a man of the peo- climate of service and empowerment.” “It’s certainly a lovely ceremony, but an Street, Newberg, Oregon, 97132- ple,” Dougherty said to loud and appre- “These are ‘big rocks’ — big enough being David’s mother, I’m beginning to 2697, USA. Periodicals postage paid at ciative cheers from the many students in to wrap your arms around and make them get accustomed to these things,” she said. Newberg, Oregon. Postmaster: Send the audience. the cornerstone of your presidency,” John- address changes to LIFE, George Fox Thomas F. Johnson, dean of the Uni- son said to Brandt. “David, my friend, we — John Fortmeyer and John Rumler University, 414 N. Meridian St., Newberg, OR 97132-2697. versity’s Western Evangelical Seminary, welcome you with love and support to the former president of the Uni- Please mail letters, alumni news, and versity of Sioux Falls (S.D.), address changes to LIFE, George Fox and interim president of University, 414 N. Meridian St., Newberg, OR 97132-2697 (e-mail: acirulis@ George Fox during the year georgefox.edu). Or call 503/554-2126. preceding Brandt’s arrival, gave the inaugural address. GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY Through their respective work ADMINISTRATION in Christian education, Brandt President and Johnson have known each H. David Brandt other for the past 12 years. Vice President for Financial Affairs From his own experience Donald J. Millage at two institutions, Johnson Vice President for Academic Affairs pointed out that a university Robin E. Baker presidency is an “incredibly Vice President for Enrollment Services demanding” job. He invited Andrea P. Cook Brandt to follow his own ANDREW DADDIO Vice President for Advancement proven way of dealing with Dana L. Miller people as they bring a multi- Vice President for Student Life tude of problems to him. E. Eileen Hulme “You are welcome to do Executive Assistant to the President this, Dr. Brandt: Appear to be Barry A. Hubbell totally clueless about what President Brandt presents flowers to his mother, Helen, at a luncheon following the inaugural ceremony. they are asking,” Johnson 3 Left: President Brandt enjoys a moment with Dr. Margi Macy (center), associate professor of education, and Dr. Andrea Cook, vice president for enrollment services, prior to the start of his inauguration ceremony. Below: Dressed in full academic regalia, Sherrie Schulke, assistant professor of social work; Dr. Clella Jaffe, associate professor of communication arts; and Dr. Caitlin Corning, assistant professor of history (left to right), wait for the faculty processional to begin. ANDREW DADDIO ANDREW DADDIO ANITA CIR ULIS Far left: Laying hands on David and Melva, students pray for the Brandts during an evening worship celebration that concluded the day’s activities. Left: During their time with stu- dents that evening, the Brandts took questions from the audience, including “How did you meet?” and “What was the best practical joke you ever pulled?” ANITA CIR ULIS Dr. Tom Johnson’s advice about how to be a college president draws laughter from the platform party con- sisting of Dr. Andrea Cook, vice president for enrollment services; President David Brandt; Dea Cox, chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Dr. Kent Thornburg, chair-elect of the board. ANDREW DADDIO 4 H . D AV I D B R A N D T, 1 1 T H P R E S I D E N T INAUGURATION GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY The Trustees’ Presidential Charge Chair-elect Kent Thornburg delivers the board’s hopes and dreams for George Fox University to President Brandt The following are remarks delivered by Dr. Kent Thorn- see you through the toughest of problems. Work with And last, Number Seven: Continue to nurture burg during David Brandt’s inauguration: the Board of Trustees in reaching its goal to build a lib- George Fox University as a strong Christian university eral arts university of the very highest quality. where issues of faith and learning are integrated at every P resident Brandt, faculty, students, guests and special friends of George Fox University: My task here today is to make public the expectations of the Board of Number Four: Join with the board in developing an institution whose people represent a vast array of ethnic level in the classroom. Help the University to maintain its Quaker values, including spirit-led decision making, equality of all people, honesty and integrity in all deal- Trustees as they pertain to President Brandt for his term origins. The board appreciates your track record in this ings, and international problem solving to prevent war. of office. This is the charge of the Board of Trustees. area and your current work with education in Kenya. As a tip from the board chair, Dr. Brandt, you may want As a scientist, I am more comfortable using the term to consider wearing one of those snappy black and charge as it relates to electrical charge, therefore it is my Number Five: Help George Fox University in find- white Quaker outfits to make a fashion statement on hope that my remarks here today will provide a charge ing new resources for building a strong financial base. campus . . . then again, you may not. — in the good sense of the word — to the batteries of the This will require a balance of short-term and long-term In summary, President Brandt, as you begin and new president to energize him like the famous bunny for financial goals. As you know, the Board of Trustees is become entrenched in the responsibilities of running the tremendous task he has eagerly taken on. anxious to find more support for students who come this university, please remember that the Board of When the Board of Trustees began looking for a new from families who do not have great financial wealth. Trustees is your support group. Board members will president, we generated a long list of requirements that remember you in their prayers. As a board, we are proud filled several pages. Upon reflecting on those pages, I Number Six: Develop links with other Northwest to have a man of your talent and experience as our pres- found that the job really boiled down to only two require- institutions. The Northwest is fortunate to have some of ident. And we hope that your tenure at George Fox Uni- ments. Number one: The successful candidate would be the nation’s most outstanding liberal arts institutions. versity will be, with your wife, the most enjoyable, pro- someone who could walk on water and perform many They’re represented here today. All of these institutions ductive and spiritually rewarding years of your career. other miracles . . . especially at sporting events; and num- would be enriched by further cooperation. Thank you. ber two: The candidate would be someone who, by the very nature of his or her personality, would attract enor- mous sums of money like bees to honey. In the midst of our search, we became acquainted with Dr. David Brandt. And I am happy to say that he was chosen for the job — not because he met our unrealistic criteria, but because, to the contrary, he had a track record of solving tough problems the hard way: by bringing people together. The board was impressed with his vast experience with college administration, his spiritual depth, and his tremendous love for people. President Brandt, I would like to present a list of seven wishes from the Board of Trustees that embody the hopes and dreams of those who love George Fox University. Here is our charge: Number One: Listen to students. They are our cus- tomers. They are here to prepare themselves for a life of service. Help us prepare these students for the highly technical world of the next century. Number Two: Listen to faculty (as though you could help it). They are the treasure that attract students from around the world to live and learn at George Fox University. Join the Board of Trustees in building an environment that will nurture the growth and develop- ANDREW DADDIO ment of each and every faculty member. Show appreci- ation for the high quality teaching and scholarship that is already characteristic of our faculty today. Number Three: Listen to the board. Especially the Board chair-elect Kent Thornburg welcomes David and Melva Brandt following Thornburg’s delivery of chair. Their experience and love of the institution will the trustees’ charge to the president. WES to Become ‘George Fox Evangelical Seminary’ January 1 G eorge Fox University’s Western Evangelical Seminary will begin the next mil- lennium with a new name: George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Preparations for the Jan. 1, 2000, change are already under way. “It is critical to erase the confusion with Western Seminary,” said Don Carter, chair of the seminary’s Board of Regents, in advocating the change. For the seminary, this will be its third name since its founding in 1947. It began as The name change was approved by the George Fox University Board of Trustees Western School of Evangelical Religion, and the name was changed to Western Evan- following recommendation by the seminary’s Board of Regents. The Portland semi- gelical Seminary in 1951. nary was merged into George Fox College in 1996 to create the University. For George Fox, the name change completes the merger process that began in “The name George Fox Evangelical Seminary combines in a highly visible way the 1995 and ended with an agreement for the merger and a plan that allowed the name seminary’s heritage and its new future,” said George Fox President H. David Brandt. change in January 2000. “Evangelical Seminary in the name recalls the former identity as Western Evan- The seminary now has just over 300 students from more than 30 denominations. gelical Seminary, and it further describes the theological orientation of our school,” “We welcome evangelical candidates for the ministry from any denomination and tra- he said. “By including George Fox in the name, we take advantage of the high repu- dition,” says Brandt. tation and regional visibility of the University.” Seminary administrators, faculty and board members considered a variety of The decision for a name change is the result of the most recent discussion that the options as part of the name, including Theological Seminary, School of Religion, The- name be replaced. Seminary board members and administrators for decades have ology School, Divinity School, and George Fox Seminary. periodically discussed alternatives and their concerns over the confusion with West- It is anticipated the seminary may become known as George Fox Seminary over ern Conservative Baptist Seminary, which now uses Western Seminary. time — through common usage as its “street name.” The Board of Trustees has asked “Our two seminaries have struggled for some time over confusion created by the for a re-look at the name in five years. common use of Western in their names,” said Brandt. Meantime, university administrators are considering the changes that will be need- During the presidencies of both Leo Thornton and David Le Shana at Western ed in the next few months: from stationery and business cards to promotional publi- Evangelical Seminary, discussions were held considering names that would be more cations and advertising, from building signage to communication with constituencies. distinctive in the Northwest. — Barry Hubbell 5 In Its 12th Year on Magazine’s List of “America’s Best Colleges,” George Fox University Attains Its Highest Ranking Ever G eorge Fox University has moved up to its highest ranking ever by U.S. News & World Report in its listing of offer students.” George Fox is the only Ore- gon school listed in the regional College, at 3.8, and Texas Lutheran University, at 3.7. The rankings combine sta- “America’s Best Colleges.” liberal arts colleges category’s tistical data with the results of The nation’s most popular annual top tier. That category consists an exclusive U.S. News survey review of United States colleges and uni- of more than 400 institutions of some 1,400 four-year col- versities now ranks GFU second overall which award 60 percent of bac- leges and universities. This among Western regional liberal arts col- calaureate degrees in occupa- year, 93 percent of the schools leges, up two positions from a year ago tional, technical and profession- contacted returned the ques- and from fifth the year before. al fields and which are not in the tionnaires. For those that did George Fox also moved from eighth national liberal arts colleges cat- not, as well as for those that did to second in the magazine’s “Great egory. not answer all questions, the Schools at Great Prices” listing of “Best In the separate West Regional magazine regularly uses com- Values in Colleges.” Universities category, three Ore- parable data from the U.S. Never ranked lower than third in the gon schools — Linfield College, Department of Education, the academic reputation category in 12 years the University of Portland, and Council for Aid to Education, of listings, George Fox maintained its Pacific University — are ranked the National Collegiate Athlet- third place listing again this year. among the top 15 for overall ic Association, the American “I am pleased U.S. News & World quality, as well as for best value. Association of University Pro- Report has again recognized the high Among the West’s regional fessors, and other professional quality of education received by George liberal arts colleges, George Fox sources. Fox students,” President David Brandt is listed behind only Albertson A college or university’s said. “Observation by those outside the College of Idaho for overall overall rank was determined by University is important to validate what quality. Rounding out the top totaling calculated scores for is happening on our campus. five, in order from third through various categories, including “Our goal at George Fox is to provide fifth place, are Texas Lutheran academic reputation, retention students the finest education possible University, Evergreen State Col- of students, faculty resources, within our institution’s goals and mis- lege of Washington, and Oklahoma Bap- George Fox is listed third again, this time student selectivity, financial resources sion. We are committed to continuing to tist University. with a 3.6 score out of a possible 4.0. The and alumni giving. improve the quality of the programs we In the academic reputation category, top two schools were Evergreen State Board Awards Faculty Tenure, Promotions to 14 Professors Ten George Fox University faculty members are Promoted were: Scot Headley, from assistant to associate professor of newly promoted and four have received tenure as a Donald Powers, from associate to professor of biology, education, faculty member since 1994, doctorate in result of action by the University’s Board of Trustees. faculty member at George Fox since 1989 with a doc- comprehensive vocational education from Ohio State torate in physiological ecology from the University of University. Those receiving tenure included: California-Davis. Martha Iancu, from assistant to associate professor of Irv Brendlinger, professor of religion, a George Fox English as a second language, faculty member since faculty member since 1993 who holds a doctorate in William “Bill” Jolliff, from associate to professor of English, faculty member since 1994, doctorate in Eng- 1989, master’s degree in linguistics from the University historical theology from the University of Edinburgh, of Oregon. lish from Ohio State University. Scotland. Grace Balwit, from assistant to associate professor of Kerry Irish, from assistant to associate professor of Kathleen Gathercoal, associate professor of psychol- history, faculty member since 1993, doctorate in histo- education, faculty member since 1994, doctorate in cur- ogy, faculty member since 1993 with a doctorate in ry from the University of Washington. riculum and instruction from the University of Wiscon- developmental psychology from Case Western Reserve sin-Madison. Paul Kennedy, from assistant to associate professor of University in Ohio. Carlisle Chambers, from assistant to associate pro- sociology, faculty member since 1997, doctorate in Larry Shelton, professor of Wesleyan theology, facul- sociology from the University of Southern California. fessor of chemistry, faculty member since 1994, doc- ty member since 1994, doctorate in historical theology torate in inorganic chemistry from Emory University in Debra Worden, from assistant to associate professor from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Georgia. of business and economics, faculty member since Phil Smith, associate professor of philosophy, faculty 1994, doctorate in economics from Purdue University member since 1982, doctorate in philosophy from the Kathryn Ecklund, from assistant to associate profes- sor of psychology, faculty member since 1994, doctor- in Indiana. University of Oregon. ate in clinical psychology from Biola University in Cal- ifornia. Retention, Growth of Graduate Programs Keeps Enrollment Numbers Strong for Fall Semester of 1999-2000 F or a 12th consecutive year, George Fox University has set an enrollment record. The official count for fall 1999 is 2,436 students, a 3.8 percent increase from the 2,345 tallied at this time last year. The latest figures are more than four times George Cook said an all-time-high 82 percent rate in George Fox’s retention of last year’s freshmen helped balance things out for the net increase in undergraduate enrollment. The University’s seminary, housed at the Portland Center campus, has 300 stu- Fox’s fall 1986 enrollment of 549. dents. This year’s traditional undergraduate enrollment is 1,402, a 0.9 percent increase Other graduate programs showed a big overall increase, tallying 446 students com- from last fall’s 1,388. However, the incoming freshman class was smaller this fall. pared to 376 last fall. Cook said that increase is mainly in the Master of Arts in Teach- “We had a lower number of freshmen — about 300 students, or 60 fewer,” said ing program, which has 156 students compared to 118 last year. Also contributing are Andrea Cook, vice president for enrollment services. She explained that Oregon’s a new doctoral program in education, as well as a new master’s degree program in public colleges and universities this year bolstered their marketing and financial aid organizational leadership at the Boise Center. efforts, which toughened recruiting at the state’s private institutions, including Enrollment in George Fox’s degree-completion program for working adults George Fox. showed a 3 percent drop, from 299 last year to 288 this fall. Seventy-two of those stu- “The public institutions have really competed hard for Oregon residents this year,” dents are enrolled in the Idaho site, compared to 82 this time last year. she said. 6 Thanks from the Community “Let me add my voice to the chorus of appreciative comments regarding your institution’s extremely gener- ous event: George Fox University Serve Day . . . This gesture by the University said more clearly than any pronouncements that GFU cares about Newberg and is com- mitted to community service . . . The City is proud to be in partner- ship with you and your fine institu- tion. Thank you for caring.” — Mike Soderquist, Community Development Director, City of Newberg “We commend you, the staff and students of GFU for your first annual Serve Day. It was a blessing to our church (and) community and a tribute to the very nature of our Lord . . . Receive our heartfelt thanks for your commitment to modeling the very character of Christ on and off campus. The world will truly see we are Chris- Blair Cash, sports information director, washes the windows of a bus owned by a retirement community in Newberg. tians by our love.” — Bruce Sloan, Pastor, Chehalem Valley Baptist Church, Newberg Serve Day: Event Draws Praise from Those “What George Fox University did was a tremendous service to the Who Helped as Well as from Those Who Benefited community, and the students, facul- continued from page 1 smaller program that has been undertak- Howard Macy, professor of religion ty, and staff should be proud of en at the Newberg campus the past three and biblical studies, was part of a group their accomplishment . . . Everyone have determined that Serve Day will be years. As part of their fall campus orien- that spruced up Jaquith Park in Newberg. worked hard and, better yet, those an annual fall tradition for George Fox tation, about 500 newly arrived students “I thought it was fun to do, and I enjoyed involved wanted to help. This is a University. each year since 1996 have been involved working with the faculty and students,” tremendous achievement, and it Brandt told the crowd at the morning in local service opportunities. he said. says a lot about the University in praise rally that Serve Day was appro- After putting in their hours, it became Serve Day concluded with a late-after- the community.” priate because “the community has real evident to participants that Serve Day noon celebration on campus — attended — James McMaster, Park Supervisor, needs” and because it provided an accomplished much. Not only were by those whose work-weary muscles Chehalem Park and Recreation District, opportunity for teamwork. But most of dozens of important projects tackled in weren’t too sore to keep them away. The Newberg all, he said, it was in line with the Lord’s the area, but a deep sense of self-satis- celebration included a barbecue dinner teachings. faction was derived from taking part. for the students and employees and their “GFU is to be applauded for pro- “It’s crucial that we practice what we “It’s just a good feeling to know how families, staff-versus-student softball viding such opportunities for a preach,” said Brandt, who spent Serve much you can help if you’re dedicated to games, and reports from the work teams well-rounded educational experi- Day helping prepare a local house for it,” said Allison Kessler, a sophomore on how their day went. ence that reaches far beyond aca- painting. “It’s the way of Jesus.” who helped city employees clean many Swanborough, who has coordinated demics.” “Doing this at the very beginning of of the alleys in downtown Newberg. the smaller service campaigns the past — David Beam, Economic Development school lets us show what service means “I think it was an awesome witnessing three years, said she might have been Coordinator/ Planner, City of Newberg to a Christian institution,” said Jennifer opportunity,” said Ruth Ulmer, a sopho- inclined to feel nervous about getting Swanborough, the University’s assistant more whose group did a variety of tasks such a big, expanded effort off the “Newberg FISH (Friends in Ser- director for undergraduate admissions at Living Savior Lutheran Church in ground, if not that the highest level of vice to Humanity) wants to thank and one of the key organizers of Serve Tualatin. Those projects included sorting management was consulted. each of you who distributed hand- Day. “It provides an opportunity for per- articles for a rummage sale, clearing “This whole thing was bathed in bills for us on Serve Day. Your sonal growth in the George Fox commu- blackberry bushes, cleaning gutters, prayer,” she said. efforts have already resulted in nity. And studies show that if we set a washing windows and painting. — John Fortmeyer some new contributors to our standard of serv- cause. In appreciation . . .” ice at the start of — Gwen Schwab, Newberg FISH the year, students will be more “On behalf of the Newberg Police inclined to get Department, I would like to involved in serv- express my gratitude to George Fox ice opportunities University for the exceptional com- throughout the mitment demonstrated to the New- school year.” berg community during the recent It also helps GFU Serve Day . . . My thanks to George Fox per- you, the students and faculty at sonnel to become George Fox University for your better acquainted dedication and outreach to the citi- with the many zens of Newberg.” non-profit agen- — Cindy Young-Bolek, Community cies throughout Resources/Public Information Officer, the local commu- Newberg Police Department nity and with the services they pro- “What a joy to have 30 of your vide, she said. staff and students for the day . . . the Serve Day is crew you sent us was better than an expansion of a exemplary. Thanks so much for the experience. You will be receiving notice of the church’s gift of five Gideon Bibles in honor of your stu- A massive crowd of students, faculty and staff filled the campus quad as George Fox University’s dents’ labors.” chapel band opened Serve Day with praise and worship songs. — Ronald Hotrum, Pastor, Unionvale Community Church, Dayton, Ore. 7 Serve Day Hits Front Page Thanks from B esides providing countless good works in Yamhill and Multnomah “Grandpa” Roy Hiebert for painting. The inside jump included two other photos, we are as an institution,” Miller said. Director of Special Events Danya the Community counties, George Fox University’s Sept. 8 including one of President Brandt wear- Ochsner helped coordinate Serve Day “The students did a lot of work Serve Day created quite a media buzz. ing a tie-dyed T-shirt and also working and, likewise, reported being over- around the church, as well as going The Oregonian, the newspaper with the on Grandpa Roy’s house. whelmed by a positive response. to people’s homes and doing serv- largest daily circulation in the North- In the few days following the story, “In Naps IGA, Mac Rental, and in all ices for them that they couldn’t do western United States, provided exten- Brandt said, it seemed like everyone he the stores and businesses, people were themselves. They were so excited sive coverage of the event, as did the met was talking about it. Now, nearly a excited,” she said. “One man who read about getting help it really made Newberg Graphic and the McMinnville month later, when he appears at different The Oregonian article even said he was me teary. Sometimes we tend to News-Register. functions, people are still mentioning it. going to encourage his grandson to forget how much these little things President David Brandt said he was “It was wonderful, comprehensive attend George Fox.” mean to someone who is elderly or quite surprised at the extent of The Ore- coverage, and it provided the kind of The editor of The Oregonian’s Family ill. Give my thanks to all.” gonian’s coverage of Serve Day. publicity that we want.” and Education Team, Chris Broderick, — Mardi Eggers, First United Methodist Church, “Besides being well-written and accu- Vice President for University said the Serve Day article, like all the Newberg rate, the story really got to the heart of Advancement Dana Miller said that, at a other assignments, was not originally what we are all about,” he said. The recent Parents Council meeting, many of pegged as a page one story. “I just finished reading the article extensive feature article, which ran on the parents — who read about Serve Day “The editors sat down and weighed in The Oregonian about George Sept. 9, was written by veteran reporter in The Oregonian — decided they’d like the stories of the day and compared it to Fox’s Serve Day. What a wonderful Romel Hernandez and was hard to miss. to join the students and faculty in the other local, regional and national news,” idea. Thank you for setting an It ran on the front page and was next Serve Day. he said. “It’s a pure judgement call.” example that we should all follow. accompanied by a large color photograph “We’ve also had a big response from Broderick said that on another day the George Fox is a special university, of George Fox student Joel Bock helping alumni, donors, and all of our friends. It Serve Day story might have been and your Serve Day puts an excla- prepare the home of senior citizen helped our constituency understand who “bumped” and appeared somewhere else mation point on ‘special.’” in The Oregonian, but he admitted lob- — Steven Holwerda, Chief Operating Officer, bying for its high-profile placement. Ferguson, Wellman, Rudd, Purdy, and “Besides being timely and local, it Van Winkle, Inc., Portland was fresh, interesting, and it involved a lot of people. It had all that going for it “WINNER: The George Fox Uni- — plus it is part of a larger trend.” versity campus was closed Wednes- Nationally, there is a growing com- day, but students, faculty and staff mitment by young people to community were hard at work. Nearly 2,000 of service. An annual national survey con- them spent the day doing commu- ducted by the University of California at nity service projects in Newberg. Los Angeles indicates the percentage of ‘Serve Day’ was a living lesson in college students who say they have per- volunteerism and civic responsibili- formed volunteer work has risen to a ty. It showed the university’s ties to record-high 74 percent. the community.” While more and more colleges and — Editorial Page Winner Column, Oregon schools across the nation are seeking Statesman-Journal, Salem, Oregon opportunities to strengthen ties with their surrounding communities, as Broderick “Thank you for your help in paint- pointed out, “Few go to such lengths as ing our house on Serve Day. You to involve administration and to cancel did a great job, it is appreciated so Cocav Engman, a senior from McArthur, Calif., and Carley Egelston, a senior all classes and leave phones go unan- much . . . what a great project! . . . from Gresham, Ore. (in background), spent the day as part of a work crew at Horizon Foursquare Church in Newberg. swered for a full day.” Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!” — John Rumler — Eight signers, Grandma’s House, Newberg “You did a beautiful job on the Serve Day Snapshots ramp for [the] wheelchair, and we thank you so much. We pray God’s blessing on each of your lives. Three Tons of Wood along side us also were overwhelmed by this unanticipated Have a great year at George Fox. In Group #58 had seven members who moved lumber from one blessing of music. Christian love,” location to another for Yamhill residents who have illness in “I can’t wait for the next time to see what unexpected sur- — signed by a Newberg couple their family. prises the Lord will have in store.” “We got the work done, had a wonderful day of fellowship, — Alan Kluge, Associate Professor of Business and were joyful that the Lord would allow us to be His hands to help others. We moved 3 to 3.5 tons of wood two times. No, we were not inefficient. It’s just that we loaded the lumber onto a trailer, hauled it to the new site, and unloaded it. Taking Time to Play Group #20, consisting of Edwards Residence Hall first-floor men, helped at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Newberg, Value Added cleaning windows, installing a satellite dish, sorting disaster Some would say the value of “Our site sponsor . . . encouraged us frequently and con- relief materials and organizing a library. George Fox’s Serve Day is stantly supplied us with cold drinks. She just called me today immeasurable — even priceless: and expressed her appreciation for not only moving the lumber, the help to individuals, organiza- but for reflecting Jesus through the work done in an attitude of continued on page 8 tions and community. They’re right. joy. She said it was a wonderful But a quantitative measure also encouragement to her. is possible in terms of the estimated “On Thursday we were all remind- cost of the “people-power” provid- ed of having moved 3 to 3.5 tons of ed. Based on the University’s total lumber twice, but very long, hot budget for employees for one year showers and generous doses of and dividing by the total work days aspirin took care of it!!” in a year, the value of employee — Mark Ocker, Instructor of help for one day is $57,000. Management Add to that the value of student help, based on the campus work- Singing While You Work study wage of $6.50 per hour. Vol- Group #69 helped at Chehalem Val- unteer students during Serve Day ley Baptist Church in Newberg. worked approximately six hours “Our team of 11 students and 4 each for a $39 contribution. Esti- staff members painted the sanctuary, mating 1,000 students, they accu- fellowship hall, and foyer . . . Most of mulated a value of $39,000. the day, as we painted, our students The total value of employee and sang praise music and hymns in per- student labor approached $100,000 fect four-part harmony. (It turned out — at $96,000. most of them are in the Concert Choir). It was a privilege to be there Sarah Powell, a sophomore from Turner, Ore.; Ron Mock, assistant professor and hear the music as we worked. of peace studies and political science; and Lauren Barnhart, a junior from Woodinville, Wash., (left to right) help construct a retaining wall for a new The members of the church working skateboarding facility at Ewing Young Park in Newberg. 8 “I think it says a lot when tired people can still come Serve Day Snaphots together and laugh. A truly phenomenal experience — through and through!” President and Mrs. Brandt invite you to continued from page 7 “ . . . we did more than the church had prepared for us to do! What a great bunch of guys! The church where we — Karin Klinger, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor A Public Witness Travel the Alps worked insisted we take regular breaks — which we Group #29, 18 women from the first floor of Hobson • Visit picturesque cities of Innsbruck, didn’t mind! During the breaks, all of the team would Residence Hall, helped the City of Dundee with a land- Heidelberg and Munich gather in the gym and play basketball, wall ball or tape- scaping project. • See the Neuschwanstein castle and enjoy ball baseball! Even when we had all been working hard, “The task before us was indeed arduous, shoveling a cruise on the Rhine these guys still had the energy to come together and play. dirt, raking and leveling the ground, planting shrubs and • Experience the renowned Passion Play at laying sod from the Post Office to the Oberammergau stoplight on Highway 99. The work effort and attitude of this group of stu- • Enjoy daily devotionals by Dave Brandt dents served as a powerful witness to • Optional second week available for far more people than I ever imagined. sightseeing in Italy and Switzerland They amazed the city crew members who were lavish in praise and thank- July 19 to August 2, 2000 fulness for the quality and quantity of For information and reservations, contact the work the team accomplished. Sam Farmer: (503) 554-2122 “. . . we were highly visible to the FAX (503) 554-3830 public. Drivers stopped to ask who we were and what we were doing. Others e-mail email@example.com simply took notice and gave us a big smile and thumbs up! . . . we were located directly across the street from the Dundee Elementary School, and many times little faces were looking out the windows to watch the activity Alum-Millenium Celebrating Homecoming 2000 and wonder. February 11-13 “For me, as a resident of Dundee, driving past the new grass, shrubs and Don’t miss George Fox University’s flowers brought to mind that these Homecoming 2000 featuring special reunions for: things will be here for years to come ASC Central Committe and R.A. Alumni and to remind people that George Fox Western Evangelical Seminary Alumni University touched our community. And Alumni from: The example of these young women Class of 1990 • Class of 1980 will remain with me for a long time. In Class of 1975 • Class of 1970 the midst of sweating and struggle with Class of 1960 • Class of 1950 their workload, the challenging words ‘attitude check’ were consistently met with the shout ‘Praise the Lord!’ I need to be able to do that daily.” Newberg Police Department reported one surprise: — George Byrtek, Assistant Professor “Detectives rallied as a gun thought to have been of Management used in the commission of a crime was found by two George Fox students while cleaning up the Highway Lending a Hand 99W fill area. Although the suspect has been found to Law Enforcement guilty of the crime without the gun as evidence, the President Brandt steadies a ladder while serving on a work crew Serve Day brought many results — weapon will be turned over to authorities to be included that prepared the house of Roy Hiebert, George Fox University’s some unexpected. Here’s the way the as part of the case file.” “campus grandpa,” for a new coat of paint. Dale Campbell (G60) completed the Newport Marathon for KARE television, Minneapolis, Minn. Ryan Fast (G99) and Erin Johnson (G99), July 10, in June 1999 in 3 hours, 59 minutes, placing third in his Melinda Lathrop (n98) was named 1999 Homemaker 1999, in Portland. age division. He and his wife Sharon (G98), and chil- of the Fair at the Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise, Ore. dren recently moved from Dundee to Newberg, where he Phil Smith (G98) is employed by Safeco Insurance in is opening an additional pastoral counseling practice. the Chicago, Ill., area. His wife, Jessica (Wilson) (G98), Tim Kunkel (WES83) is serving as a missionary to is teaching third grade at Christian Heritage Academy in Births Uruguay with the International Mission Board of the Northfield, Ill. Michael (n85) and Nancy (Baugh) (G88) Fawver, a Southern Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Iracema, boy, Gabriel McGaron, April 5, 1999, in Dundee, Ore. David Tuckett (MHR98) is account manager for legal will finish 10 years of service in February 2000 and will Major (n85) and Diana Inskeep, a boy, Timothy Paul, imaging services at Network One/Scan One, Portland. be in the Northwest on furlough for the rest of the year. Aug. 4, 1999, in Tacoma, Wash. Joshua Reid (G99) is the youth pastor at Cherry Grove Garold Gillham (HRM88) has been named city manag- Becky (Holman) (G89) and Eon Friesen, a boy, Aaron Friends Church, Battle Ground, Wash. er for Scappoose, Ore. Micah, Dec. 19, 1998, in Flagstaff, Ariz. Brian Gardner (G89) and his wife, Christy, reside in Duane (G90) and Elizabeth Larson, a girl, Paige Eliza- Wheaton, Ill., where he is regional director of develop- beth, Sept. 28, 1999, in Portland. ment for Wheaton College. Marriages Pamela (Steiner) (G91) and Wayne Davis, a girl, Lauren Joseph Rono (WES89) was installed Sept. 12, 1999, as Lisa Ruvo (G93) and Jeff Knipe, Aug. 15, 1999, in Portland. Brandi, June 26, 1999, in Nampa, Idaho. the bishop of the Africa Gospel Church, which has approximately 700 congregations in Kenya. Timothy Leyden (MAT94) and Susan Lambert, July 3, Patricia (Lanting) (G91) and Michael Jones, a girl, 1999, in Portland. Juliann Marie, May 29, 1999, in Oregon City, Ore. Scott Nilsen (G93) is the adult ministries pastor at New- berg Friends Church. His wife, Shannon (Hyde) (G92), Tiffany Hayes (G95) and Randall Schmidt, July 18, Pamela (Friesen) (G92) and Jeff Wilson, a girl, Gloria is the children’s pastor. 1999, in Molalla, Ore. Ruth, May 29, 1999, in Greenville, Ill. Sanford Lewis (MHR95) received a Master of Arts Denise Rutherford (MHR95) and Bert Stone, April 24, Ryan (G93) and Hannah (Smith) (G94) Kendall, a girl, degree in organizational management from the Universi- 1999, in Tacoma, Wash. Marissa June, Aug. 19, 1998, in Sharon Springs, Kan. ty of Phoenix, Portland. He is a claims representative for Heidi Dougherty (G97) and Abon Johnson, Aug. 7, Sarah (Morse) (G95) and Matthew Emerson, a boy, Kai the Social Security Administration, Portland. 1999, in Springfield, Ore. Emerson, Aug. 1, 1999, in Portland. Cletus Moore (MBA95) has been named vice president Joni Starbuck (MHR97) and Gene Glenn, May 21, Jennifer (MHR96) and David Gilroy, a girl, Claire for finance and business affairs at Warner Pacific Col- 1999, in Vancouver, Wash. Danielle, July 9, 1999, in Tualatin, Ore. lege, Portland. Travis Johnson (G98) and Melinda Dyer (n00), Dec. Scott Jensen (G96) recently received first place in the 19, 1998, in Albany, Ore. documentary category at the National Press Photogra- Matthew Saltmarsh (G98, MAT99) and Sheila Wor- phers Association conference in Denver, Colo. He and thington, June 26, 1999, in Canby, Ore. Deaths his wife, Myrna (Bonar) (G95), recently moved to Min- Kristy Burns (G99) and Brandon Ellis, Sept. 25, 1999, Marion Winslow (G27), May 14, 1999, in Newberg. nesota, where Scott is employed as a news photographer in Gladstone, Ore.
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