George Fox will take part in Oregon Private College Week from July 29 through Aug. 2

Students who want to learn more about George Fox University are invited to attend campus visits during Oregon Private College Week, which runs July 29 to Aug. 2.

GFU is one of 11 private institutions around the state who will participate in the weeklong event, which provides students with an opportunity to visit the Newberg campus and look into programs of interest. Students who visit a minimum of four schools on the list will have their application fees waived if they apply to any of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., during which students and families can "learn about financial aid and academic programs (and) meet experts in admissions and tour campus," according to a release by the university. The sessions are designed for those who have not yet gone through the college application process.

Reservations have a deadline of 10 a.m. July 24, but walk-ins are also accepted by GFU. A link to register is available at

Sixteen private, nonprofit institutions make up the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

"Together, the alliance's member colleges and universities offer degrees in more than 260 fields of study, including engineering, business, law and computer science," the release stated. "Alliance institutions confer 66 percent of all education degrees in Oregon, 53 percent of all health profession degrees, 24 percent of all business and marketing degrees, and 20 percent of all public administration and social services degrees."

For more information on the various OAICU schools and their history, statistics and more, visit More information on GFU can be found on its home page,

School briefs

Organization seeking families to host students

Andeo International Homestays, a nonprofit specializing in exchange programs, is seeking families in the area to host exchange students. The three- to four-week programs occur in February, April, June, July and August. According to a flyer promoting the program, Andeo says it allows kids to make friends across cultures and for families to influence a student's perspective on life in the U.S.A.

For more information on the program, visit or email program coordinator Kaylin Preston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 503-274-1776.

JAES principal departs

Joan Austin Elementary School's principal is leaving her position for a new one just up the road. Alaina Carter is headed to the Forest Grove School District to be a district literacy and Title I coordinator.

"I'm very thankful that the Joan Austin community has embraced me as they have," Carter said in a June 14 announcement released by the Newberg School District. "I've thoroughly enjoyed serving as principal. Students and staff will hold a special place in my heart. I'm confident that the great work we've begun will move forward with a new leader. I'm looking forward to a role that lets me expand my work with elementary literacy."

The search for a new principal of the elementary school is underway.

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