Archive for January, 2018

Reminder: Plant Services implements new project review and approval process

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

To manage existing maintenance needs and project requests, Plant Services is implementing a formal project review and approval process beginning Thursday, Feb. 1.

The Plant Services Operating Budget is for maintaining facilities and equipment to their designed state. Any additions or improvements that alter existing space or asset are considered projects and are not funded by the maintenance department.

A Project Review Committee (PRC) has been formed that will review submitted projects to establish adherence to the university’s mission, priority and funding. All projects must be approved by the appropriate dean or department head before being considered by the PRC.

The PRC will meet monthly between September and March, or more frequently as needed. Anything submitted after March 1 will not be considered until the following school year to be budgeted during the capital planning process.

A project request is to be submitted to the dean or department head using the “Project Request Form,” located on the Plant Services webpage under “Quick Links.” This form must be fully completed and include the signatures of the appropriate academic dean or department head, and building monitor. Once the signatures are collected, the Project Request Form is then routed to Plant Services and the PRC.

If the PRC approves the project and funds are available, the requestor will be informed, and the request will be submitted to the Plant Services director for management and scheduling.

The full policy and a summary of maintenance versus project requests is available here.

Please contact Dan vanderWater (dvanderwater@georgefox.edu) with any questions about the project approval process.

Questions about faith discussed Wednesdays in Alpha

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Got questions about faith? Come participate in Alpha, a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. We will provide food, a video to watch and the opportunity for a conversation afterward. It will also give you a chance to meet new people and find a safe space to talk about this topic.

The program will run for 10 weeks, so come and invite your friends. Everyone is welcome. We’ll meet in Stevens 208 at 5 p.m. every Wednesday beginning today. This will count as a chapel elective, too.

You can sign up here. If you have questions, please email Maricruz Arias at marias15@georgefox.edu.

All are invited to annual Circle of Peace Seminar on Feb. 5

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Can we find common ground in our polarized world? Join us for an interfaith panel discussion highlighting practical ways in which the Abrahamic faiths are moving toward finding peace and unity across our political, cultural, and religious divides.

The seventh annual Circle of Peace Seminar is set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, in Canyon Commons 101. Sharing the stage will be our brilliant speakers Rabbi David Kosak of Neveh Shalom in Portland, Arif Humayun, president and cofounder of Circle of Peace, and Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox.

Contact Kaleb Puckett (puckettk16@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Nominate George Fox community members to share their stories

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The Student Collective is looking for diverse people to highlight in this year’s publication. Nominate your most beloved George Fox community members to share their stories. Complete the form on our website. Deadline is Sunday, Feb 11.

Contact Tyler Sloan (tsloan16@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Be courteous to Scholarship Competition guests when parking Feb. 1-2

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The undergraduate admissions office will be welcoming hundreds of students to campus Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2, for our annual Scholarship Competition event. Please be courteous of our guests by avoiding parking in the Stevens and Hoover parking lots. George Fox staff and faculty are free to park in the commuter parking lot at the corner of 99W or are free to utilize street parking as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kelly Friesen at kfriesen@georgefox.edu or ext. 2248.

Don’t forget to sign up for a Life Group

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Spring semester Life Groups are open! Life Groups provide an outlet for students to gather for a weekly time of discussion and prayer. Groups are all male, all female or coed, and meet weekly for 60 to 90 minutes. Groups are facilitated by staff, faculty and other post-college leaders who love Jesus.

Spring groups meet for six weeks starting the week of Feb. 11 and concluding the week of March 18. Students can sign up using this link.

Contact Kearsten McCoy (spiritualllife@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

Mu Kappa hosts free bowling outing this Saturday

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Join us for a free bowling event! Mu Kappa, a club for missionary kids, kids who have lived overseas, or people who are interested in international travel, is hosting a bowling outing from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 3, at Tigard Bowl. We’ll eat, have fun, hang out and bowl.

If you are interested in coming, please email Cayla Smith at smithc15@georgefox.edu for more details!

Don’t forget tomorrow’s Student Concert in the FoxHole

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Come support your peers at the Student Concert set for 8 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in the FoxHole! Hot drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the evening!

Contact Alaina Hill (asc@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Don’t forget Friendsview’s half-off garage sale this Friday and Saturday

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Friendsview Retirement Community is hosting a garage sale and would like to invite George Fox students to come out and take advantage of a special “half-off sale.”

Swing by Friday, Feb. 2, or Saturday, Feb. 3. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All items will be free for George Fox students after noon on Saturday, Feb.3. It will include furniture, clothing, household items and more.

Have questions? Contact Kathryn Saunders at ksaunders@georgefox.edu.

Comings and Goings

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Courtney Elrod has joined the adult degree program as a department coordinator. She arrives from Young Life in Antelope, Oregon, where she worked as a store supervisor for the past four years. Before that, she worked as a summer intern for Young Life in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2011. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2013. She lives in Newberg with her dog Kane and attends Family Life Church.


The Employee Empowerment office welcomes Kara Holcombe as an employment recruiter. For the past three years she has worked in Beaverton as a senior recruiter for The Adecco Group, a temp staffing organization. Before that, she worked from 2008 to 2015 as an academic advisor for the University of Phoenix. Kara earned a bachelor’s degree in business hospitality management from the University of Phoenix in 2012. She lives in Sherwood with her husband Daniel and daughter Kensington.


Note: Bios of other recently hired employees will be featured in the next issue of e-Colleague.

Caleb Howlett has transitioned from a temporary position to work full time as a groundskeeper for athletic facilities.

Megan Janes (Graduate Admissions) did not return to the university after her maternity leave so she could stay home with her two children.

Debby O’Kelley (Plant Services) retired from the university last month after working at George Fox for 25 years. She is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and doing some traveling.

Sarah Small (Marketing Communications) left the university on Jan. 23. She plans to work part time with an organization that assists Syrian refugees in Salem, close to her home, and continue graduate studies in George Fox’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Alex Harrington (Student Accounts) has left the university.

Movers & Quakers

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Jesse Dillow (Plant Services) has been promoted to grounds superintendent.

Fred Smith (Plant Services) has switched job titles. His new title is “diesel mechanic.”

About Our People

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Ben Hartley (Christian Studies) received a three-year $20,000 grant from the Louisville Institute to facilitate travel to archives in the eastern U.S. and Europe for a biography book project about 1946 Nobel Peace Prize laureate John R. Mott. The project’s working title is “World Christianity’s Emissary: John R. Mott and the Creation of a Global Church.”

Mark Terry (Visual Arts) published an article, “On Pottery,” in Christians In the Visual Arts’ journal, SEEN. Under the broader theme of “practice,” his article discusses the key role of the “incarnational prayer” of makers in culture care. Mark is also currently exhibiting his work at a show, “Of Sticks and Stones,” along with Kathleen Jones (Library), at the Art Elements Gallery in Newberg. The exhibition features the final work fired at the Noble Hill Anagama, the kiln that was both the center of Mark’s work and a site for creative inquiry since 2001. It features a series of both fully ceramic and mixed media compositions that speak into the idea of transition – monuments to time and place, as well as works that evoke both whimsy and mystery. Kathleen’s woodland-inspired paintings and Mark’s ceramic works share natural themes and speak the language of shared history and design elements. The exhibit is on display through March 3 at 604 E. 1st St.

Stephanie Fisher Matthew (Nursing), Eloise Hockett (Nursing) and Linda Samek (Provost) recently published an article, “Learning Cultural Humility Through Stories and Global Service-Learning,” in the Journal of Christian Nursing. The piece is based on their ongoing service trips to Western Kenya with George Fox nursing students.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) has been busy of late. In the last three months, he served as keynote speaker and workshop leader for the United Methodist “Why Water Matters” Summit in Minneapolis-St. Paul; hosted a daylong workshop at Eloheh Farm in Newberg for 30 Intervarsity Christian Fellowship national urban leaders; was interviewed on podcasts by theologian Thomas J. Oord (on “The Love of God”) and public theologian Doug Pagitt (on Randy’s children’s book The Harmony Tree); presented at the Portland Architect’s Salon on “Indigenous Values and Light and Darkness in Biophillic Design”; hosted at Eloheh Farm a tour and workshop on “The Spirituality and Ethic of the Land” for 25 delegates from the Society for Christian Ethics (joint program with Society for Muslim Ethics and Society for Jewish Ethics); presented on “Climate Change” with eco-theologian and ethicist Larry Rasmussen at The Society for Christian Ethics; presented to the Mt. Hood Cherokees in Portland “My Journey with Evan Jones and Jesse Bushyhead, Cherokee Missionaries;” participated in the 12th annual Drum Majors for Justice Ecumenical Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church in Portland; and wrote a piece, “The World from a Porch Swing,” featured on the Evangelical for Social Action magazine’s website.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “You Can Tell” in the Jan. 8 issue of The Pangolin Review, a bimonthly literary publication based in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. In addition, two of his visual poems, “tabula rasa” and “Bad Day,” as well as his poem “Homonyms,” were posted in Issue 2 (January 2018) of the surrealist art/poetry magazine Angry Old Man: A Magazine of Experimental Art & Poetry.

Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) preached at Northside Community Church on Jan. 20 on the topic “The Life of the Trinity.” Also, from Jan 26-28, he spoke at Lake Grove Presbyterian (Lake Oswego) High School’s winter retreat.

Rebecca T. Valdovinos (English Language Institute) has been selected from the 12,000 TESOL members representing 160 countries – and more than 100 worldwide affiliates – as one of 10 TESOL International Association reviewers for the Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. (TESOL) is an independent professional organization established in 1966. The organization was created out of professional concern over the lack of a single, all-inclusive professional organization to bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Birthdays

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Jan. 31          Paul Shelton, Missy Terry
Feb. 1            Andrea Byerley, Tanya Erskine, Bruce Owen
Feb. 2            Dave Adrian, Emily Call, Maco Hamilton, Matt Hammar
Feb. 3            Mark McLeod-Harrison
Feb. 4            Kristie DeHaven, Gloria Doherty
Feb. 5            Barbi Doran
Feb. 6            Stephen Howell, David Kerr
Feb. 8            Stephanie Matthew
Feb. 9            Audrey Lichten, William Stevens
Feb. 10          Debbie Cash
Feb. 11          Danae Allen, Alex Rolfe, Lynn Scott, Sarah Southworth, Kristi Welker, Cindy Zablotny
Feb. 12          Paul Shew

Encourage students to attend Kaiser rep’s info session Feb. 6

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Know students looking for summer internships? Kaiser Permanente has an excellent summer internship program in Oregon and Washington that offers paid positions for students in accounting/finance, mental health, IT, marketing, engineering and more!

LaTasha Brumfield, a recruiter for the program, will be on campus for an info session and to meet with interested students. Encourage students to join us in Hoover 105 from 5 to 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to learn more about this opportunity! Several alumni and current George Fox students will be there to share about their experiences as well.

Contact Grace Packer (gpacker@georgefox.edu) for more information.

Kaiser rep on campus to share about internships Feb. 6

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Looking for a summer internship? Kaiser Permanente has an excellent summer internship program in Oregon and Washington that offers paid positions for students in accounting/finance, mental health, IT, marketing, engineering and more!

LaTasha Brumfield, a recruiter for the program, will be on campus for an info session and to meet with interested students. Join us in Hoover 105 from 5 to 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to learn more about this opportunity! Several alumni and current George Fox students will be there to share about their experiences as well.

Contact Grace Packer (gpacker@georgefox.edu) for more information.

Come support theatre’s ‘Tongue of a Bird’ production this week

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Join us for the final performances of George Fox theatre department’s production of Ellen McLaughlin’s Tongue of a Bird this week (note: the production does have mature themes).

Student tickets are free on Thursday, Feb. 1. Bring your student ID to the door, and please note that the name on the ticket needs to match the ID of the person attending the show. Employees are provided with one complimentary ticket for any of the shows.

The show runs in Wood-Mar Auditorium Feb. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and will also include a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 4Reserve your seat online and bring your George Fox ID with you to show at the door. You may also purchase additional tickets online. Tickets are also available for pick-up at the box office in the Bruin Store (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information, visit this page. See you at the show!

Don’t forget to pick up your Oregon Symphony tickets this week

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

George Fox will host the Oregon Symphony for its 31st appearance in Bauman Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. The concert is a gift from George Fox honorary board member Ken Austin, cofounder of A-dec, with his late wife Joan Austin.

A limited number of tickets have been provided for George Fox half-time and full-time employees. Tickets are limited to two per employee on a first-come, first-served basis starting tomorrow (Thursday) in the Event Services Office, 1109 E. Hancock. Reservations may be taken for Portland Center employees only.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, remaining tickets (limited to two per person) will be available to those who sign up on the waitlist. If you find you are not able to attend, please return your tickets for another employee’s use.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Dawson at mdawson@georgefox.edu or ext. 2029.

Be aware of Plant Services’ new project review and approval process

Monday, January 29th, 2018

To manage existing maintenance needs and project requests, Plant Services is implementing a formal project review and approval process beginning Thursday, Feb. 1.

The Plant Services Operating Budget is for maintaining facilities and equipment to their designed state. Any additions or improvements that alter existing space or asset are considered projects and are not funded by the maintenance department.

A Project Review Committee (PRC) has been formed that will review submitted projects to establish adherence to the university’s mission, priority and funding. All projects must be approved by the appropriate dean or department head before being considered by the PRC.

The PRC will meet monthly between September and March, or more frequently as needed. Anything submitted after March 1 will not be considered until the following school year to be budgeted during the capital planning process.

A project request is to be submitted to the dean or department head using the “Project Request Form,” located on the Plant Services webpage under “Quick Links.” This form must be fully completed and include the signatures of the appropriate academic dean or department head, and building monitor. Once the signatures are collected, the Project Request Form is then routed to Plant Services and the PRC.

If the PRC approves the project and funds are available, the requestor will be informed, and the request will be submitted to the Plant Services director for management and scheduling.

The full policy and a summary of maintenance versus project requests is available here.

Please contact Dan vanderWater (dvanderwater@georgefox.edu) with any questions about the project approval process.

All-employee lunch is today in Canyon Commons

Monday, January 29th, 2018

All-employee lunch is today (Tuesday)! Join your colleagues for lunch in Canyon Commons anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Cost is $3 per plate.

Hope to see you there!

Study abroad reps on campus today in Canyon Commons

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Are you interested in studying abroad in Rwanda or Thailand? Come visit the GoEd representatives for more information. David and Rachel Reid will be on campus today (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swing by their table in Canyon Commons for more information!

Questions? Contact Lynn Scott (lscott@georgefox.edu).