Archive for April, 2017

Volunteers needed to help serve soup at First Friday on May 5

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

For students who will be in Newberg during the first week of summer break, there is a volunteering opportunity available on the first Friday in May.

Subterra, a local restaurant, will be hosting its “group soup” event in downtown Newberg, in which they give away free soup to anyone attending the First Friday art walk in an effort to make the event more accessible to those with limited resources.

Subterra needs anywhere from two to four George Fox students to help set up, serve soup, etc. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

If you are interested, please contact Zack Tewksbury at

Let the IDEA Center know what your plans are for the summer

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Summer is just around the corner! Many of you have exciting things planned in the coming months, and the IDEA Center wants to know about them. Please fill out this three-minute survey to tell us what your job and internship plans are for the summer of 2017!

Summer Plans Survey

– The IDEA Center Team

Bon Appetit releases Friday and Saturday hours in Canyon Commons

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Our hours of service will change slightly as we finish up the school year …

  • On Friday, April 28, dinner will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • On Saturday, April 29, breakfast will be from 9 to 10 a.m., and lunch (last board meal of the school year) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bon Appetit posts summer hours

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Bruin Den, Bruin Bites and Bridge Café will all be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The Bruin Den will reopen on Tuesday, May 2, with our summer hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bruin Bites and Bridge Café will be closed for the summer.

Thanks for your patronage and support this past year, and congratulations to all who are graduating this weekend!

Come wish Craig Taylor well at farewell reception May 21

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Join us to celebrate Craig Taylor as he retires after 43 years of leadership and service to George Fox University.

This open-house reception will be held in Canyon Commons on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

There will be cards available at the reception if you would like to write him a note. If you would prefer to send a greeting card or photos of Craig, please email them to Patty Findley or mail them to 414 N. Meridian St. #6149 Newberg, OR 97132.

Swing by Stevens Center today for Pat Vandehey’s farewell reception

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

After 14 years of service to the George Fox music department, Pat Vandehey will be leaving us at the end of the academic year. Come wish him well at a farewell reception today (Thursday) from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium.

Refreshments will be served, and both employees and students are welcome.

Applications still open for Bridge Scholars program

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life is excited to announce the launch of the pilot Bridge Scholars program, designed to prepare first-generation students for a successful transition from high school to college and establish a strong foundation for college success.

In order to be eligible for the program, students must be a first-generation student and have demonstrated financial need. A first-generation student is defined as being the first in their family to attend a four-year university, and neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

Aspects of the Bridge Scholars program include the following:

  • A two-week, on-campus summer program July 21- Aug. 4, 2017
  • Peer mentorship
  • Cohort-style classroom experience utilizing LIBA 100

The program is the result of eight months of research and development made possible by the Innovation Grant.

If you know of any entering freshmen who might meet the eligibility requirements, please recommend them to apply to the program or refer them to our office. Applications are due May 15, and space is limited to 20 students.

For more information, feel free to check out the Bridge Scholars webpage or email Connor Smalling at

FoxTALE End-of-Semester Reminders

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

If you used the FoxTALE grade book for any of your FoxTALE course sites, back up your 2017 Spring grade book to a spreadsheet that is saved outside of FoxTALE. See the instructions here for backing up grades. You will want to keep an archive of your course grades that cover the last five years.

Use your new, empty 2017 Summer (or Fall) sites as the sites in which you will teach. You may import content from another course site. See the instructions here for importing.

Summer 2017 sites are currently hidden from student view. When you are ready, you can share the sites with your students. Here is a quick guide on how to make the courses available: FoxTALE Making Courses Visible to Students.

If your course site is set to Weekly format, your course might show incorrect dates. To change the dates, go to Administration> Edit settings on the course home page. Scroll down to the Course start date, and change it to the first day of your 2017 Summer course. Scroll to the bottom of the page and “Save changes.”

Visit the FoxTALE for Faculty webpage for guides, resources and the new features coming in the August 2017 FoxTALE Upgrade.

If you have questions or need assistance using FoxTALE, please contact the IT Service Desk at or 503-554-2569.

Newberg intra-campus faculty courier service suspended

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The library’s intra-campus faculty courier service will be suspended during summer break. The service will resume on Monday, Aug. 28.

Contact Patty Vanier ( if you have any questions.

Phase II returns as semester comes to a close

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

At the end of every school year many students have good reusable items that they do not want to take home over the summer, including blankets, clothing, kitchen supplies, small appliances, radios, room decorations, furniture, etc.

In an effort to keep the dumpsters from overflowing and to be better stewards of the resources, Phase II was initiated. We are happy to receive reusable items that students do not want to take home starting on April 22 and going through May 2 at 4 p.m.

The items gathered are sorted and made available to summer students and staff, with the remainder of the items being given to different organizations in the local area, such as Rescue Mission, Unwed Mothers Homes, Love Inc., and Goodwill.

Barrels will be placed in or near central living areas …

  • On the porches or patios of Weesner, Riley, Chapman, Hoskins, Armstrong, Campbell, Fulton St., Villa Rd., Gail, Kershner, Barclay and Wilder houses
  • In the dorm lobbies of Edwards, Pennington, Gulley, Le Shana, Brandt, Hobson, Macy and Sutton
  • Outside of the first floor of Beebe, Carey and Willcuts
  • Near Woolman 2-3, Winters 201-2 and Newlin apartments
  • In Lewis and Weesner Village laundry rooms

Please look for and use these barrels as you prepare to leave at the end of school.

  • Please do not place trash in the barrels labeled “Phase II.”
  • Please do not donate undergarments, socks, damaged or soiled items
  • Do not donate large appliances or furniture such as couches, arm chairs and beds
  • Do not place food or chemicals in the barrels. Place these items in a box or bag next to the barrels.

There are large drop boxes for your trash located strategically on campus. By law, computers, monitors and TVs cannot go into the trash. They can be place beside the barrels. Please note if it is broken.

Questions? Contact Dwayne Astleford (

Thank you,
Phase II Committee

Community Garden offers internships for students this summer

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

We are looking for several students to work as interns for the university’s Community Garden this summer. These internships will be based on projects related to your major or minor. In addition to joining us for gardening and a potluck once a week, these internships will take two to four fours per week May through August.

Interested applicants should send an email with a concise description of any relevant experience, why they are interested in the job, and summer availability to Cherice Bock ( by Sunday, April 30.

Compost & Garden Health Intern: Collect compostable materials from local businesses and individuals and maintain a compost pile (hot compost). Monitor the compost, as well as attending to the health of other aspects of the garden, researching and implementing organic mitigation strategies (pests, disease, soil health, or other areas of interest/expertise). Biology or other science major preferred.

Food Access & Community Connection: Coordinate the harvest and distribution of extra produce, connecting the food with Newberg residents who need food. Build connections with local individuals and organizations dealing with food security/food sovereignty and create and implement strategies for getting people connected with learning how to grow their own food with us. Social sciences or Christian ministries major preferred.

Garden Structures: If you have experience and enjoy engineering and building things, we have several structural projects on our list for this year, from researching, creating/purchasing, and implementing structures for plants to working with the compost intern to structure a compost area. Engineering major or someone with a strong construction background preferred.

Documentation: This one could go a few different directions (all of these would have the possibility of developing your social media skills if you’re interested in sharing about our work on our social media sites) …

  • A science major could document the scientific processes occurring in the garden (planting dates, various treatments, harvest dates and amounts, and so forth).
  • An English major could document our work in a narrative style, sharing about our garden on our blog.
  • An art major could use photography and other artistic mediums to document our work.

Come support Simeon Brown at violin recital Friday afternoon

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Join us for Simeon Brown’s final undergraduate violin recital before he heads off to the University of Oregon to get a master’s degree in violin performance. He will perform at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at North Valley Friends Church, 4020 N. College St.

Simeon is an incredible violinist and has contributed so much to George Fox University and the Newberg community. Let’s show him how much we appreciate his hard work and generosity.

Contact Rebekah Hanson with any questions (

Accounts Payable Year-End Deadlines

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Fiscal Year End 2016-17 is quickly approaching, and the Finance Department would appreciate your help in ensuring a smooth and timely year-end close. Please review and note the following deadlines for Accounts Payable requests:

1) Submission of the following FY2016-17 requests must be received by Finance on or before Friday, July 7, 2017:

  • Check Requests
  • Invoices
  • Expense Reimbursement Requests
  • Petty Cash Logs for expenses through June 30, 2017 ONLY

2) All cash advance requests for FY2016-17 expenses must be received by Finance on or before Monday, June 12, 2017.

3) For departments that will not be on campus for the summer, please turn in all petty cash funds by Friday, May 12, 2017.

Please refer to this “Fiscal Year-End Deadlines & Procedures” page of the Finance Department website for additional details.

Please contact Jennifer Klapp at or ext. 2170 with any year-end accounts payable questions.

Thank you!
The Finance Team

Book your CPR/First Aid/AED/BLS training classes now

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Did you know that you can get your CPR/First Aid/AED/BLS training right here on campus? Mark Stone, our certified senior security training officer, can take up to eight people (minimum of four to hold the training) per class and can also customize the times to fit your schedule.

We recommend having one person (at a minimum) certified in each department, and the BLS training is required for nursing and doctor of physical therapy students. Please arrange for your training now to take place this summer.

Please contact Mark at 503-554-2090 or email him at to set up your classes!

Summer mailbox information

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Will your mailbox be open during part or all summer? Only if you requested it to be open part or all summer. You could have done this by responding to summer address information emails.

If you need your mailbox to be open and you have not taken care of this, please email Jered McConaughey at

Important information on mailbox keys

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Following is important information regarding mailbox keys …

Returning students: Keep your mailbox key all summer. You will have the same box next fall.

Graduating or withdrawing students: Return your mailbox key by end of finals week to avoid a $15 non-returned key fine – charged to your student account.

Where do I return the mailbox key?

There are key return envelopes on the counters at all post offices. Fill out the envelope and seal the key inside the envelope. Drop the envelope into the Campus Mail slot. You can also bring the key to Mail Services (where you pick up packages).

Contact Jered McConaughey at with any questions.

What happens to returned class papers?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

If you get class papers returned to your mailbox after you leave for the summer …

Returning students: Your class papers will stay in your campus box until you return in the fall.

Graduating seniors: Mail Services will hold your class papers for one month for you to pick them up. After that time, the papers will be shredded.

Class papers will be available for pick-up the second week of May.

Contact Jered McConaughey at with any questions.

No student mail delivery after noon on Friday, April 28

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

There will be no delivery of student mail or class papers after noon on Friday, April 28.

This allows time for Mail Services to convert mailboxes from spring semester to summertime use. Mail delivery to campus mailboxes that have been requested to remain open will begin on Monday, May 1. Forwarding of U.S. Mail for all other students will also begin next week.

Contact Jered McConaughey at if you have any questions.

Reservations are closed for this Saturday’s anniversary celebration

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Reservations for this Saturday’s 125th end-of-year celebration are closed. We are at full capacity. We have had a wonderful response and wish we had a space large enough to accommodate everyone; unfortunately, that is not the case.

Thank you!

Interested in developing your leadership skills?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Do you want to grow and develop as a leader? Is growing your leadership presence part of your performance goals or faculty growth plan for 2017-18?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you may want to consider applying for the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI). The program welcomes both women and men who are current George Fox employees who desire to grow in their current role or seek to prepare themselves for future leadership roles.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 cohort and are due by May 1, 2017. For more information and to access the application, please fill out the Leadership Development Initiative Application.

If you have questions, please contact a member of the LDI planning team: Emily Call, Rebecca Hernandez, Susanna Steeg or Missy Terry.