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More than 220 students will earn undergraduate and graduate diplomas from the Newberg school

George Fox University will host a commencement ceremony Saturday for a number of graduates from the private, Christian school. More than 220 students will earn undergraduate and graduate diplomas from GFU in a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Miller Gymnasium at Wheeler Sports Center.Schulnz

Seating for the event begins at 10 a.m. and a live broadcast of the ceremony will be available online at, starting at 10:45 a.m. While tickets are not required for the ceremony, graduates are allowed just 10 guests each due to limited seating availability.

"All told, 151 students will receive bachelor's degrees after completing study in one of George Fox's 46 undergraduate bachelor's degree majors or its adult degree programs," a release from the university stated. "Another 71 will receive a master's degree or a doctorate after completing study in one of the university's graduate programs or in its seminary. The university hosts its primary commencement event in the spring."

This winter's commencement speaker will be alumnus Ryan Schlunz, chief information officer at Profit Recovery Partners – a business consulting firm in California. Schlunz graduated from GFU in 2013 with a degree in technology management and will give an address titled "An Exceptional Life."

"(Schlunz) has more than 25 years of executive leadership and management experience, serving previously at several prestigious national law firms to lead change in how firms operate internally and how they deliver value to their clients," the GFU release said. "Schlunz is also an active volunteer, helping others with strategic planning, leadership, teamwork, technology, fundraising and general awareness of important community issues. He has coached dozens of youth sports teams, come to the aid of sports boosters in both his local community and nationally and also serves on several advisory boards, lending his experience and knowledge to benefit both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations alike."

More information on the ceremony can be found at the same link as the livestream:

School briefs

Get photos with Santa

The Newberg Public Library is hosting a "Sensory Santa" event, where Santa will provide a quiet, calm experience for children with autism, sensory issues and other special needs. The event is scheduled for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the library.

Parents can schedule a 15-minute slot for their child where they can write a message or draw a picture for Santa, have a snack, meet Santa, his elf and more.

For more information, call 503-537-0304 or email Mary Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop for adults on youth mental health

The Newberg School District will host an eight-hour workshop for adults in December to help them address youth mental health.

The mental health first-aid workshop is designed to help adults identify when a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, what to do about it and how best to meet their needs in those situations. Mental health first-aid training also aims to help adults – be they parents, teachers or otherwise – learn how to help people living with depression, anxiety, stress or substance abuse issues.

The workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the district offices on Sixth Street and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, call Zuri Lopez at 503-309-9635.

Toy & Joy application deadline coming soon

The deadline to apply for the 90th annual Toy & Joy program is coming up on Dec. 18. The program, which provides toys and other gifts to children in need in the area, is a collaboration between local entities such as the police and fire departments along with local businesses.

If you or someone you know might need assistance with gifts for children aged newborn to 15 this year, call 503-259-1500.

Applications are due at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 and can be dropped off at the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Dundee Fire Department, city hall, Krohn's Appliance or the downtown Newberg fire station.

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