Archive for February, 2018

Physiologist to speak on isotopes and adaptive radiations on March 8

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The university’s Department of Biology invites you to a special guest lecture presented by Dr. Carlos Martinez del Rio, professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming, on Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m. in Hoover 105.

Martinez del Rio has published more than 150 papers on physiological ecology and natural history and has received wide recognition for his substantial contributions to stable isotope ecology. He has explored how birds disperse mistletoe seeds, why hummingbirds can digest table sugar but robins cannot, and why variable temperatures make hawkmoths uncertain pollinators.

Most recently, he’s studied stable isotopes to find out how much white-winged doves depend on saguaros and why there are so few marine songbirds. The title of his presentation is “From isotopes to adaptive radiations: A cyborg’s perspective.”

This lecture is open to the university community and the public. Please contact the biology department (ext. 2710) with any questions.

New parental leave policy takes effect on March 1

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

On March 1, a new parental leave policy will go into effect for eligible George Fox University employees. The new parental leave policy provides paid leave for both the primary and secondary caregiver for a newborn or newly placed adopted child.

Here is a brief overview:

Primary Caregiver

  • Eight weeks 100 percent paid leave
  • Four-week phase back (upon return)

Secondary Caregiver

  • Two weeks 100 percent paid
  • Two-week phase back (upon return)

The policy and procedure for requesting paid leave will be published to our Employee Handbook on March 1, 2018.

Please review the full policy carefully for detailed information about eligibility and procedures. Please contact Nichole Drew ( or Darby Thiessen ( with any questions.

Game Night Club now meeting every Monday in the FoxHole

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Game Night Club has switched to meeting every Monday between 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the FoxHole! All are welcome to join in on the food and games this coming Monday night!

Contact Anna Kennedy ( with any questions.

Plan ahead for spring commencement

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Spring commencement plans are underway for traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree program students. Have questions? Check out

BSU featured at Koinonia tonight

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Tonight (Friday) is the next meeting of the monthly event series Koinonia! At Koinonia, we learn about and celebrate the many cultures represented in our student body. This month we will gather for rich discussions, delicious food, and awesome activities in partnership with the Black Student Union (BSU).

The mission of BSU is to create space for Black culture on campus through discussion, events and guest speakers. Please join us for Koinonia in Canyon Commons from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Together we can bring the culture and learn the culture!

Elective chapel credit is available! Contact Kevin Tshilombo ( for more information.

Get your Peer Advisor application in by 5 p.m. today

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Peer Advisor applications are due at 5 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 23)!

Find applications online on this page. Email completed applications to Polly Peterson at

Join colleagues at all-employee lunch this Tuesday

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

February has flown by, which brings us to another all-employee lunch. Join your colleagues on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Canyon Commons 101 and 102. Lunch is only $3 and is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

ARC accepting applications for 2018-19 consultants

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for 2018-19 ARC consultants.  If you know students who write well, are thoughtful learners, and desire to support peers in their academic success, please encourage them to apply.

Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply; representation from multiple disciplines strengthens the ARC’s ability to support a wide range of students. Completed materials are due by Friday, March 9.

Send names of promising candidates to Maddie Lowen (; she will notify students that they were recommended as a candidate and will invite them to apply.

Application instructions are available at the ARC Application page.

ARC accepting applications for 2018-19 consultants

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Do you like showing others ways to be a more effective and efficient student?  Do your friends always come to you to look over their papers before they turn them in?  Do you have a GPA above 3.0?

If you answered yes to these questions, you might have a future as an ARC consultant in the Academic Resource Center. We are interested in students from any major, not just English.

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are due by Friday, March 9. Application instructions and additional information are available at the ARC Application page. Contact Maddie Lowen ( if you have questions.

Tomorrow’s i3 Challenge provides prime networking opportunity

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Get a chance to network with industry members from high tech, technical marketing, branding, publishing, nonprofits and more at tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Innovative Industry Idea (i3) Challenge.

The doors open at 2:30 p.m. for presentations in Hoover 105, with a networking reception to follow. The first 20 in attendance will receive a Dutch Bros gift card. Students, employees and the general public are welcome.

Contact Maggie Plater ( with any questions.

Healthy soups on menu for next cooking class on Tuesday

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Come join Nutrition Matters as Emily Forbes from “Love and Plants” gives a cooking demonstration on how to make healthy and delicious soups. Join us at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Canyon Commons 101. Free food is available afterwards, and credit is available for nutrition classes.

Contact Kelsey Herschberger ( with any questions.

All invited to swing dance in Wheeler this Sunday

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Coast to Coast swing dance club is hosting our live jazz band in the Wheeler Sports Center this Sunday, Feb. 25! There will be snacks, fun and live jazz music provided by our very own George Fox band. Come anytime between 6 and 9 p.m.

We hope to see you all there!

Contact Justin Chang ( for more information.

Be Known for writing home!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Would you like to connect with family and friends in a fun and creative way? Stop by Information Services, on the first floor of the Stevens Center, and pick up a free, vintage-looking, George Fox postcard to send to someone special!

Bring your handwritten postcard back to Information Services, and we’ll put a stamp on it and mail it for you! So fun! So easy! Stop by today and send some love!

Contact Barbi Doran ( with any questions.

Survey: Game Consoles

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Do you spend your free time playing PUBG or other video games? Then we are looking for you! We are a group of George Fox MBA students exploring the game console industry and the reasons behind purchasing a specific console.

This survey will take about a minute to complete. To participate, click on the link below.

Game Console Survey

Thank you for your feedback!
– David Guild (

These surveys are student generated and are not to be associated with any official research conducted by faculty and staff at George Fox University. Any views or opinions presented in these surveys are solely those of the students and do not represent those of George Fox University. The distribution of these surveys is a service provided to George Fox University students as they prepare their research required by the curriculum. Students are required to have department approval. Any questions about these surveys should be directed to the students associated with the survey in question.

SpIL has number of openings; apply by March 9

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Ever wanted to be part of the Spiritual and Intercultural Life offices? Ever wanted to be involved with the amazing things going on over at the IRC (Intercultural Resource Center)? Ever wondered how chapel runs or what goes on behind the scenes of it?

If so, the SpIL offices are looking for your help! We will be accepting applications for a bunch of different positions until March 9, you can apply at Handshake.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Free show, ‘Of Ebony Embers,’ celebrates Harlem Renaissance on March 3

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

George Fox  will serve as the venue for a special musical theatre presentation, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, presented by guest Core Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, in Wood-Mar Auditorium. The show is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, Of Ebony Embers examines the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.

Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with Mikael Darmanie on piano. The script was written by Akin Babatunde, who also serves as the show’s director.

The Core Ensemble performs music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

The production is being hosted by George Fox’s music and theatre departments, in partnership with the offices of diversity and intercultural life.

Contact Jenny Elsey ( for more information.

Cheer on peers at i3 Challenge this Saturday in Hoover 105

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The Innovative Industry Idea (i3) Challenge is coming this Saturday, Feb 24! Though registration has closed, you are invited to play a special role. Come listen to your friends present and compete with their competitive ideas!

Cheer on their hard work in Hoover 105 at 2:30 p.m. Dutch Bros gift cards will be given to the first 20 in attendance!

Contact Maggie Plater ( with any questions.

Join today in national Collegiate Day of Prayer

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Today (Thursday) is the national Collegiate Day of Prayer. Join the campus pastors for a guided time of prayer for the university between 1 and 2 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel.

Parent and family programs, together with the campus pastors, have put together a prayer liturgy to guide parents, students, and employees in prayer today. You can find it here.

Regardless of how, where, or when you pray, we invite you to join us in interceding for the university on this Collegiate Day of Prayer.

Housing rental available immediately

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

University Housing has a temporary rental available for graduate students or staff members looking for a short-term housing solution. It’s a two-bedroom, two-bath house near the Newberg campus available immediately through the end of July.

Please contact University Housing for more details:

Princeton professor Donald Drakeman speaks on Newberg campus March 8

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The William Penn Honors Program invites you to hear biotech entrepreneur Donald Drakeman on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Edwards-Holman Science Center. The lecture is free and open to all.

Drakeman is a distinguished research professor in the Constitutional Studies Program at Princeton University and a venture partner with Advent Venture Partners. He has cofounded two highly successful biotechnology companies that have created new treatments for cancer.

He will be speaking on the intersection between the sometimes polarizing fields of the humanities and the life sciences in a lecture entitled, “Death Sentence for the Life Sciences? The Humanities and the Future of Medicine.”

If you have questions, please contact Jocelyn Stein at