Scholarship Competition

George Fox University hosted its annual scholarship competition this month, preparing to award over $490, 000 of financial aid in the form of academic and leadership scholarships to prospective students.

As such competitions are known to be extremely competitive, eligible applicants must currently hold a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0, must have completed an admissions application, must vow to uphold at least a 2.5 while attending the university and even so may only participate in scholarship competitions after receiving a personal GFU invite.

Selected participants and their families were invited to join the GFU student body, on campus, for a selected weekend where they took part in leadership and academic interviews in hopes of being one of the many selected for a four year, potentially renewable scholarship.

With scholarships specified by subject area, students were able to choose one of the 41 different academic competitions based on their unique academic interests before even arriving on campus.

While awards are typically based on a student’s intended field of study, they are not revoked if one changes majors as long as a student’s academic standing is upheld.

Scholarship winners are yet to be announced but the results are said to be determined and mailed out to participants early March as rewards come into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.

To learn more about the scholarship competition or to see if you may be an eligible participant contact Admissions Counselor Mandee Wilmot, or go online to http://www.georgefox.edu/college-admissions/scholarships/scholarship-competition/index.html.

 

 

Tent City!!

JUNIORS ABROAD LOTTERY AND TENT CITY SIGN UP RULES

Due to the popularity of Juniors Abroad and the demand for certain trips, George Fox Associated Student Ccommunity will use a lottery system to determine your position for Tent City and the order for registration. If you have and questions please contact:

Wesley Jones (ASC President) at ascpresident@georgefox.edu

or

 

Jessica Stanton (ASC Vice President) at ascvicepresident@georgefox.edu

The Rules:
1. Gather a group of no more than five people and designate a group leader. You may not be signed up with more than one group.

2. Fill out the online form and submit it no later than March 12
Your information will be gathered and will go through a random selection process. This list will provide your position to sign up for Juniors Abroad.

The form that will be used for signing up will become available on March 6 after the informational meeting. The form will be found on the home page of the ASC website: .www.asc.georgefox.edu

3. After a master list has been compiled, that list will be placed on the door of the ASC offices and a link will be placed on the main page of the ASC website.

4. You may begin setting up your tents at noon on March 14.

5. Each group’s tent must be set up and continuously manned from 10 p.m. March 14 until 8 a.m. on March 15.

6. Tent checks can occur at any time after 10 p.m.

7. If a tent check occurs on your tent and no one is present, then your group will be placed in the back of the line.

8. Inclement weather is no excuse to abandon Tent City.

9. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. March 15 in front of Stevens with the Registrar’s Office. Donuts, coffee, and other breakfast items will be provided.

10. Students in the same group do NOT have to sign up for the same trip.

Miss J: 7 ways to pay attention in a not-so-exciting class

Dear Miss J,

The classes that I am taking this semester are ones I am not excited to be enrolled in. Most of them deal with science and philosophy, subjects that are not apart of my forte. I find myself in these classes either daydreaming or drifting off. But, I want to be alert and awake in order to receive good grades this semester. Can you give me advice on ways I can pay attention in my classes?

Miss J’s Answer: I sometimes have that same problem. Math and science are not my strong suit. On top of that, it is so hard to pay attention in a class in which I have no interest. But, there are a couple of pointers I try to follow in order to keep my attention maintained on the subject. Choose one of these tips that you feel would best fit your style and make sure you always ask questions if you find yourself not understanding the class material.

1. Make sure you always eat breakfast before class.

Research shows that breakfast is the most important part of your day. Energize yourself in the morning by snacking on a granola bar or eating an apple. Your brain will thank you for it later.

2. Sit close to teachers when they are teaching.

This is not to say you have to sit in the very front row. Just sit close enough to where you will be able to hear and see what the material your teacher is presenting to the class.

3. Stay involved in class activities

Not only will you understand what the class material is about, but you will be connected with students who know the material as well. Ask them about what’s going on in the class.

4. Read over your notes before and after class; connect with other students and look over their notes.

If you read over your notes before class, you will probably get a better understanding of what the teacher has explained so far. In addition, whatever you don’t understand in your notes, you know the questions to ask in class

5. Take small breaks from listening.

It’s okay to take breaks from listening to your teacher. All that information they are filling your head with could make you explode. Take a five minute break from listening and then try to listen for a full ten minutes. Repeat.

6. Doodle about what you hear the teacher lecturing about.

If you’re a doodler, then this tip could really benefit you. When you doodle in class, doodle images about what your teacher is lecturing. This is a creative and artistic way of taking notes.

7. Go to class with a list of question already prepared.

You may just be plain confused about the material you are learning in the class. After completing the assigned reading or homework, write down several questions to ask your teacher during the next class time.

Financial Diversity

Financial differences between students is not something usually addressed in the George Fox community.  Not surprisingly, with the cost of tuition, most people do not think about those who are less financially stable.

There are students on campus, like myself, who have to carry two or more jobs in order to afford tuition and pay bills.  Money cannot be splurged on fast food and new gadgets.

However, there are other students who are blessed to not have to experience the burden of lack of finances.  They can spend money in more recreational ways and not worry about how spending money will affect them.

This can create a divide between students because those who are not financially stable enough to go out and have fun are left behind.  Since they cannot afford to go out, they miss out on ample bonding time which can lead to not being able to form stronger relationships.

I personally experienced this with some friends last year.  Since I was not financially stable to spend money on recreation, I missed out on many bonding events that were planned.  I felt as if I did not get to know them as well as I could have because, in all honesty, I could not afford to hang out with them.

Financial instability not only affects relationships, it can also affect school work and social life as a whole.

School work can be affected due to the fact that students have to take time away from homework and studying to go to work, unless they are fortunate enough to find a job that allows them to do homework during down times.

A student’s whole social life can be affected due to the stress that is felt to get tuition or a bill paid on time.  The stress alone can make a student draw away from friends, because they are trying to figuring out solutions to their troubles.

Financial differences among students is overlooked because it is not something everyone experiences.  However, it is there and can cause a rift in community life.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Christian Duty to Uphold It

The importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is on the rise in the business world today. Many social and environmental movements are pushing forward with their efforts and continue to force companies to become more transparent and responsible for their operations.

CSR, in short, can be described as companies taking the initiative to do what is “right” and ethical in all areas of operation. For example, a pharmaceutical company that dumps its waste into the nearest river is a bad example of a company being socially or environmentally responsible. A company committed to only buying raw materials from manufacturers who treat their workers fairly and responsibly is, on the other side, a good example of social responsibility from a company.

With the increasing number of business scandals (i.e. Enron), the rise of the quality of living in third-world countries, the increasing number of NGO voices, governmental regulation, etc., it makes sense that the average consumer is naturally becoming more conscious about what they are buying and is more aware of how the things they put in their shopping cart can affect the lives of others overseas. Being socially responsible is becoming the trend and its the “cool” thing to do. I hope that it is a movement that sticks and doesn’t fall into the pit with the countless number of past fads.

CSR encompasses areas such as the environment, working conditions, customer satisfaction, human rights, etc. Even where companies get raw materials is an area where they can choose to either practice CSR or not. Taken from Starbucks’ website, this quote represents a step they are taking as a company to be more responsible in their operations:

We take a holistic approach to ethically sourcing coffee through responsible purchasing practices, farmer loans and forest conservation programs. – Starbucks

Social issues have been around for a long time, but not much attention or effort has been put in to change certain issues because the society at large hasn’t seen it as a problem. Think of Henry Ford and how he ran his assembly line; working conditions were sub-par and child labor was used. Thankfully, there are much better working conditions as a whole in America and the use of child labor banned. However, instead of abolishing these conditions and issues, companies saw a way to still reduce costs by pushing all these same problems overseas.

Modern day examples would be Apple outsourcing manufacturing to Foxconn and having a hands-off attitude and approach to how the manufacturing work conditions and workers were treated. Another example would be the plethora of complaints being filed by employees against Wal-mart for being forced into slave labor and harsh working conditions.

We used to live in the era where the best way to capture a strong presence in the market was to offer products that were “better, faster, and cheaper.” However, the shift from a customer base that had once been predominantly apathetic to social issues and unaware of where their products came from, to a customer base who are increasingly aware of social issues and more knowledgeable about where and how the products they buy are produced, is making it more important for companies to restructure their organizational structure and how they operate. Maybe there is some truth in the theory that the free market will flow along the lines of what is best for society at that moment.

Christian Duty

In Christian higher-ed we have the concept of stewardship, that God has given us responsibility for maintaining the sustainability of His creation.  He does not say “as long as it remains profitable,” but instead makes this an unqualified priority for mankind.  – E. Alan Kluge, PhD (George Fox University School of Business)

Stewardship is defined as the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. As Christians the thing that God has made us responsible for is the earth. Business schools are beginning to react to the market and the need for employees well versed in CSR skills. Institutions such as George Fox University, and other Christian faith-based institutions, should seek to educate their students in a manner that prepares them to do what is right at all times even when it is not the trend. If CSR becomes a principle ebbs and flows in the business world, Christian business people should be the ones who are always seeking to lead the movement of CSR regardless of incentive to do so.

The big difference is this. I think we (GFU and the like) should be teaching that doing the socially “right” thing should be done even if it is not rewarded by free markets.  Essentially, the motto then becomes just “Do good.”  This approach is transformational and lasting because it is not reciprocal in any way.  Christ often calls us to a life of paradox and there is nothing paradoxical about current-day CSR…it is completely rational. – Ryan Halley, PhD (George Fox University School of Business)

Indeed, it seems that the CSR movement is one that Christians can be a part of without being “of this world.” Jesus, in many of his teachings,  does tell us to live in a way that may seem as a paradox, and in a way the motive to move forward to CSR for a Christian should be different from that of other business people. The majority of the business world sees a CSR as a thing that is currently needed in order to sustain and increase shareholder wealth. What happens when is no longer a force that will “increase shareholder wealth?” Do we then abandon ship and abandon our social responsibility as business people?

CSR is more than just corporate programs created to “give back” – even if doing so just to improve moral of  the potential customer and, therefore, the bottom line – it is also internal commitments and programs to ethical behavior, making the right choices on behalf of the company, brand, products, and shareholders, etc.  In my opinion, CSR starts internal/within the company long before it goes outside to consumer based “socially responsible” programs. – Laurie J. Koehler (Consumer Campaigns Activation Manager, Intel Corporation)

To create a lasting impact on the business world in regards to social responsibility, it is important that changes are made within the company first, rather than hoping that programs and “socially responsible” marketing ploys will actually change the direction of companies for the better.

What to Do

I suppose one way to put it is this: “What would Jesus do if he ran a school of business?”  Oh, wait a minute!  He does run a school of business!  It’s right here and we are part of it.  How well are we doing? – Thomas F. Head, MS, MA (George Fox University School of Business)

Take advantage of the education you are being provided with here at George Fox University. Business major or not, make sure that you do not separate your faith from how you learn or from your future career. Instead, use your faith in God to your advantage and to the betterment of others. If you stick to your morals and your beliefs no matter what the consequences or benefits may be, you stay true to yourself and you honor the God that we are to serve with all our hearts, mind, and bodies.

If you’re sitting in a lecture and you question what you’re learning and how you can apply your faith to it … raise your hand! Staff and faculty here at George Fox University should be more than willing to give examples of how your faith can and is relevant in the career path you choose to go down.

It may seem an economic disadvantage when you try to stick to your faith, but then again did Christ promise a life full of economic wealth if we follow him? No. Make sure to not live of this world and be entrapped by its riches, but make sure that you live in this world with a sense of stewardship in all that you do. If God rewards you financially, then so be it. However he rewards your faithfulness, there is a 100% satisfaction guarantee that comes with it.

—A special thanks to the people quoted above for their contribution to this issue.

LACI Lecture Sparks Emotions

Last Monday, in the Liberal Arts and Critical Issues (LACI) lecture, Reverend Dr. Robert Rayburn shared his view of the future of the American church.  However, his speech was not as embraced by the George Fox community as previous speeches have been.

Rayburn discussed a variety of topics that Christians eventually have to come to face such as marriage or the cremation of loved ones.

Rayburn’s main focus was on how the Western world has become more accustomed to culture through cremation, not dressing nice enough for church, and lacking transcendence.  He even went as far to say “birth rates are dropping . . . due to gay activists and feminists.”

The main points of Rayburn’s speech upset a number of students in attendance at the lecture.  Walking out of the lecture hall, I personally heard students say they were “glad that’s over” and it was “the worst speech ever.”

“His uneducated attack on what he called ‘gay activists and feminists’ was entirely unsupported and ungrounded,” political science and history senior A.J. Mendoza said.  “He might have dressed it up with a polished vocabulary, but at its core it is the same kind of sexism and homophobia that we encounter every day.”

I admit, I was also offended due to some of the things that Rayburn discussed during his speech.  He stated that Christians should not practice cremation because it is equated with eternal damnation based off of depictions from the Bible.

I was upset by that statement because my grandmother was cremated after she passed away, and I am sure I am not the only person who has had a loved one cremated after death.  I personally felt as if my grandmother’s memory was trying to be tarnished based on the fact that she was cremated.

However, I was not the only student who found Rayburn’s statements offensive.

“I was mostly stunned for the majority of his speech,” Mendoza said.  “I honestly did not think I would encounter perspectives that seemed so detached from reality, especially in an academic environment.

“I was disappointed because I felt like the future of the church could have been an amazing conversation with a lot of depth,” Mendoza continued, “but instead was reduced to three points that were nonsensical and borderline offensive.  It amazed me that we could have an hour long lecture of the future of the church and not mention the character and life of Jesus even once.”

Discussions that spark up emotion are great, but not when majority of the audience finds the content offensive.  I guess in this case the George Fox community will agree to disagree with Rayburn’s views on the future of the American church.

 

Miss J: Black History Month generates discussion

This month, if you didn’t already know, marks the celebration of African American history. Black History Month is a time to reminisce and acknowledge the many accomplishments and efforts of black people who made a difference. People like Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Rosa Parks, and Franklin Douglas are honored for their efforts in achievements and are respected for their influence on others. I received a number of questions relating to this topic of ethnicity, race, and African Americans. Being that there are students of color attending George Fox, I, Miss J, thought it would only be right to do an article in honor of this month. Listed below are a few questions that I thought I should share with you to meditate and reflect on.

 

Dear Miss J,
I come from a town where African Americans weren’t really present. In high school, there was only one African American male who attended, but the rest of the students were predominantly white. Coming here to George Fox, I noticed that there are more people of color here than in my own home town. I am interested in hanging out with them and would like to build a friendship with them. Is there a certain way I should approach the students who are a part of the African American community here at George Fox? What’s the best way I can befriend an African American student?

Miss J’s Answer: I understand where you are coming from. You want to acquaint yourself with another culture, but you feel like you should learn how to best introduce yourself without looking like you’re trying too hard. When I want to spend time with someone of a different ethnicity than me, I feel as if I should act a certain way in order to be accepted into their community. But, if there is any lesson I have learned from interacting with other races, it is to continue being myself. If you would like to be friends with a group of people whose ethnicity is different from yours, it’s best to remain true to yourself. People will appreciate you more for your genuine character than your role as a person trying to hard by acting in a certain way. In addition, people are more open to you when you continue being you. With that said, don’t attempt to act a different role when you’re around a group of people who are different ethnicity-wise. Be yourself and everything else will fall into place.

 

Dear Miss J,
I am an African American student and I think that there needs to be more exposure for the black people who don’t really receive recognition all that much. Every year for Black History Month, we always talk about the same historical African American people who were advocates in making a difference: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcom X. It’s the same people every year. Don’t get me wrong; I still look up to these people who have made a huge impact in history. But, I would like to hear of more African Americans, who are more recent and up to date, who are currently accomplishing something today. Who are some other people I can add to my list of African Americans who make a difference and advocate for a cause?

Miss J’s Answer: I’ve never pondered that before. Yes, it’s true that Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks get brought up whenever the subject is related to Black History Month. But, that’s because the accomplishments that they’ve made created a really HUGE impact on not only the history of African Americans, but the U.S history, as well. However, I can give you the names of three African Americans who are currently making history today through their efforts and their passion:
• Norma Sklarek- April 15, 1928- February 6, 2012
– Sklarek is the first African American woman to become a licensed architect in the United States.
-Although deceased, she made a way for other people of color to enter into the field of architecture.

• Barack Obama- August 4, 1961 – Present
-Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States
-He is currently an example to other African Americans about being a positive influence in politics and within the government

• Tracy Reese -February 12, 1964 – Present
-Reese is one of the top fashion designers in the fashion world.

 

Dear Miss J,
As an African American attending a predominantly white school, I feel as if it is difficult for me to connect with other students. The music that I listen to, the shows that I watch, the activities I enjoy engaging, I feel as if all my interests would be looked down upon if I introduced them to a Caucasian student. I feel like I can’t motivate myself to become interested in the things that majority of students here like. I find that the jokes most Caucasian students tell are not as funny to me, and the shows they watch don’t entertain me. How can I feel more comfortable as a student of color within the predominant culture?

Miss J’s Answer: This is a very deep question; I feel like it touches on the feelings that most students of color here on the George Fox campus have. First of all, it’s important that you understand the interests you have are what make you unique, just like the interests other students have make them unique, as well. It’s important to be acquainted with the unique interests of others because once you leave college, you’ll be entering a world that is more diverse than George Fox. You’ll have to get used to their ideas of entertainment or the type of music they listen to. With that said, Miss J thinks you should continue interacting with students of different ethnicities; continue being genuine with them. You’ll find other students from different ethnicities wanting to be open with you as you are open and real with them. This is your time to spread your wings and get your feet wet. Don’t be afraid to make a new companion.

The Intern

Résumé Writing

Ah, résumé writing. This facet of the internship hunting experience is not the most glamorous, but having working knowledge of what needs to be on that document is crucial to gaining a hiring intern coordinator’s attention.

If you go into George Fox University’s Career Center, you’ll likely be told that your résumé should be one page and not one bullet point past margin. Well, I’ve tested that advice and here’s what I’ve found: hiring directors don’t care. They really don’t care if your résumé is one or two point five or three pages. However, what is important to know here is that the information you provide should be written as succinctly as possible; you don’t want to use full sentences because you have extra space you thought you didn’t before.

As students, our résumés are typically shorter than the average professional because we have had less time to accrue a working background. While we have been in school, we may merely list our extra-curriculars (athletics, charity, clubs, student government) and internships that we have done in a short period of time. These activities, theoretically, are not supposed to take up that much white space. But, if you’ve done them, then by all means, bullet point your specific duties and achievements. Your résumé is your report card for intern directors.

One more small note regarding the structure of your résumé: you can structure it however you want provided it makes sense (logistical and grammatical!) to another reader; your name, email address, phone number, company you worked for, the dates, the places you worked at, etc., can all be placed on the page according to your tastes while still obeying the consideration above. And you can make multiple copies with slightly different formats in case you get bored of just one. I’ve even added my initials and put them in an elegant scroll font to “head” my paper. Details like these give your résumé that special dose of personality that without, may not give the person looking at your résumé a hint to your personality. Never underestimate the impressions font can give a reader!

For illustrative purposes, here’s a small piece of my own résumé.AG

As you can see, I’ve added my initials in a font that I feel represents who I am (in a very basic way). Too, my name, address, cell phone, and email address are centered right instead of center top. These changes are simple efforts that give an intern director the impression that you’ve taken the trouble to turn a boring space into something that reflects you; instead of pitching yourself as a number candidate with a skim-worthy application, you’ve added detail and separated yourself from others who follow a traditional (contact info on the top; Times New Roman font; no initials or relevant symbol) résumé format. Personalizations like these can help you stand out in a competitive intern league!

Remember: the tragic traditional résumé does not have to be your tragic traditional résumé. Curate your document to reflect your tastes, and that of the company you’re applying to, and you’ll stand out from the Times New Romans of the world. Keep it succinct; keep it classy.