Find out important information about midterm grades

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Midterm grades are important indicators of how you are doing in your classes. While they are not a part of your permanent record, it is critical that you pay attention to midterm grades. In some cases, midterm grades represent about half your grade in the course. If you have questions, you should check with your professors. It is vital to know where you stand in each of your classes.

Midterm grades are meant to encourage you to get in touch with others: your professor, your advisor, your CAP Coach (Career & Academic Planning Coach). The WORST thing to do about midterm grades is to ignore them or to assume you can improve them on your own. Professors DO want to meet with you. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with each of them.

Midterm grades are due this Sunday, Oct. 21. It would be best if you planned to check your midterm grades after this date.

To check your midterm grades in MyGFU:

  • Click on “self-service”
  • Click on “enrollment”
  • Click on “view my grades”
  • Click on the correct term
  • Click on the “midterm grades” tab

(If you do not see a midterm grades tab then it is likely none of your professors have entered any midterm grades for you. Please contact your professors to find out what your grades are.)

Now you need to determine what to do next: 
contact your professors. The faculty is not required to enter midterm grades. You are advised to check with each of your professors about your status in their class. Consider whether to withdraw from one or more courses if it looks likely that you will get an “F” (or maybe even a “D”). Withdrawal results in a “W” on your transcript but does not factor into GPA. If you were to get an “F,” it would impact your GPA.

The last date to withdraw is Sunday, Nov. 4 (without grade responsibility). You can usually go below being enrolled in 12 credit hours (at this point in the semester) without impacting your financial aid or housing. To be sure, contact representatives in these departments:

Dave Johnstone, Resident Life, (
Student Financial Services (

Helpful tips:

  • Confirm any thoughts of withdrawing from classes with your advisor
  • Meet with each professor, especially those teaching courses you’re struggling in
  • Even if your professor does not post midterm grades, find out from the professor what your grade is
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss options
  • Use labs, help sessions, and the ARC
  • Plan well for the spring semester. Contact your CAP Coach to get advice about the spring semester.

If you think you might have a learning disability, plan to have some assessment done. Contact the Health and Counseling Center at 503-554-2340 or stop by their office on River Street.

Not sure how to take the next step? Contact the Office of Student Life ( or Jere Witherspoon ( or 503-554-2316).

Auditions for winter musical, ‘Jane Eyre,’ will be this Monday

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

University theatre auditions for the winter musical, Jane Eyre, are coming up!

The general audition will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in Wood-Mar Auditorium. Call-backs will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. both Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 in the same location.

Prepare a fully memorized and rehearsed 90-second dramatic monologue and one minute of a Broadway song of your choice for the general audition (bring sheet music to the audition). Call-backs will feature cold readings, dance auditions and vocal work.

There is a cast of nine women, six men and six children (ages 10-17). Sign up for an audition time slot on the theatre call board in the Lemmons Center!

Contact Director Rhett Luedtke ( for more information.

Bring a younger sibling by admissions office Friday for free meals

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

If you have a younger sibling attending Family Weekend this upcoming weekend, the undergraduate admissions office would love to pay for their meals while they are here!

Come by with your sibling to the admissions office anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) to pick up meal cards for the weekend for your sibling and a free George Fox lanyard! Go Bruins!

Questions? Contact Kelly Friesen (

Join Bruins Lead this morning with guest speaker Jekabs Bikis

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Join us this morning (Thursday) from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in Wheeler 208 as we welcome the dean of the College of Business, Jekabs Bikis, to speak at Bruins Lead.

Jekabs will reflect on what it means to lead while living in grace and truth.

Interested in engineering? Hear from CEO of CADENAS PARTsolutions

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Hear from Tim Thomas, CEO of CADENAS PARTsolutions, about why design for assembly requires a strong reuse strategy in engineering. This event will take place in EHS 125 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Adina McConaughey (

Faculty, please alert your students to this opportunity.

Alumnus invites university community to Great Turkey Fumble event Nov. 22

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

A George Fox alumnus invites the university community to join in the Great Turkey Fumble 5K/1K run this year on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. This event is a benefit for Newberg FISH. Last year, the event raised about $3,000 and 280 pounds of nonperishable food for Newberg FISH.

Here are the details …

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Location: Newberg High School’s football field
  • Time: 8:45 a.m.
  • Cost: $28
  • All entries receive a free football and T-shirt!

Volunteers are also needed. If you are interested in volunteering, or wish to learn more, contact Brady Mordhurst at

Make plans to go to MOD Pizza this Sunday to support theatre program

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Want an excuse to go get MOD Pizza this weekend? Support the university’s theatre department and attend their fundraiser at the Sherwood MOD Pizza this Sunday, Oct. 21.

Come in at any time during their open hours and show the George Fox Theatre flier located on the Facebook event page; part of your purchase will go toward the theatre department.

Contact Brooke Larson ( for more information.

Want to know more about the banking industry? Attend session tonight

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

This evening (Thursday) at 6 p.m. in Stevens 209, the Business Bridge is bringing George Fox alumnus Ron Wolfe to campus!

Wolfe has spent several years in the banking industry, including time as a VP at First Federal here in Newberg. Join us for sandwiches, a discussion with Wolfe about his experiences, and information on what he looks for in students he hires.

Questions? Contact The Business Bridge (

Support Students for Life Club at meeting tonight

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Come join the Students for Life Club meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Villa House. Come be an advocate for the voiceless from conception to natural death. This week we will be discussing Measure 106 and 40 Days for Life.

Contact Savanna Poston ( for more information.

Don’t miss game night and ice cream tailgate party happening this week

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Don’t miss game night this Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hadlock Student Center. Hang out and eat or play video games, board games and Nerf Wars for prizes. Grand prize is a $75 gift card.

You also won’t want to miss out on enjoying some ice cream at the Linfield football tailgate party on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Bauman parking lot.

Next week, come watch Ant Man or hang out in the Hadlock Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 to 11 p.m. Popcorn and snacks will be provided.

Plan also to attend Fall Fest at Heiser Farms on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. Pumpkins, a corn maze and food are included. Sign up here for a bus ride and ticket.

Lastly, it’s not too late to be considered to be a part of the Lip Sync competition on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.! Compete for a $500 prize and make memories with your friends. This is event is always fun! Do it!

Questions? Write

University community invited to worship night Oct. 27

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

George Fox’s own Marina Alcala, a co-leader of the youth ministry at Christian Church of Hillsboro (CCH), invites the university community to a night of worship at CCH at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. 

The service will be hosted by the youth and young adults group at CCH and Iglesia de Cristo Agape. Rev. Steve Jackson, the church’s senior pastor, will give the message that night. He recently joined CCH after serving as a missionary in Zambia for several years.

The church is located at 540 N.E. Edison St., in Hillsboro. Come worship with us!

Contact Marina at for more information.

Important info for Saturday’s home football game

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Our Family Weekend football game against Linfield is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 20! Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. 

Be sure to move your cars out of the Bauman parking lot and the tennis court parking lot on Friday evening. This space will be dedicated to football fan parking, activities and vendors on Saturday. No parking will be permitted in these lots.

Tailgate Activities
Join us in the Bauman parking lot at noon for fun Family Weekend tailgate activities!

Entrances to the Football Game
There will be two entrances into the game, and both are located in the Bauman parking lot directly behind the stadium.

Wheeler Sports Center Closed
The Wheeler Sports Center will be closed from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This means the basketball gym, racquetball courts and locker rooms will be closed. There will be security officers who will ask you where you are headed; just let them know that you are going to work out.

Bauman Walkway
The sidewalk located between the football stadium and Bauman will be closed. Please walk around the building and do not move the barricade.

Circle Parking Lot
The circle parking lot near Wheeler will be closed for the day. This space is reserved for officials to park in. Officials will arrive as early as 10 a.m.

Sideline Passes
No one will be granted field access without a sideline pass. Sideline passes are issued to those who are required to work and/or have official business during the game.

Students and staff can show their ID cards at the gate to get into the game free of charge. In addition, all George Fox alumni who check in at the Information Table will receive free admission to the game.

Additional tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Or, visit the athletics ticket website.

We hope to see you at the game at 1:30 p.m. and the tailgates prior to that!

Feeling stressed? Attend free stress management class

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Feeling stressed? Consider attending “Facing The Real World: A Stress Management Class” beginning this month. Sessions begin Thursday, Oct. 25, and meet each Thursday through Nov. 15 for an hour each time (5 to 6 p.m.) in the Health and Counseling Center.

The class is free. Come learn strategies to manage and overcome your stress and anxiety! Develop the skills to be free from unnecessary worry and fear.

Contact Molly Hickok ( for more information.

Enter debate competition for a chance to win Amazon gift card

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

All are invited to participate in a debate competition known as the “Policy Debate” on campus on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Hoover lobby. The team check-in, opening ceremony and coaching session will take place between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The first debate round will commence at 1:45 p.m., and the final will finish at 8 p.m.

This event will focus on chosen topics that teams of four will debate on over the course of three preliminary rounds, plus a final round. Participants will be expected to attend the full event, including debates, meals and ceremonies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served to all participants throughout the day.

No previous experience in a debate is required. Each individual person on the winning team will receive $125 Amazon gift cards. Smaller amounts will be given to other participants who place lower.

Sign up here and get our schedule here. In order to compete, you must register individually or as a team by Friday, Oct. 26. If you sign up individually, you will be placed on a team and notified by Oct. 26. If there aren’t enough individual sign-ups, you will not be placed on a team.

Please email Anna Marshall ( or Benjamin Fox ( if you have any questions.

This tournament is made possible by the generous support of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Join Students for Life Club meeting tomorrow night

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Come join the Students for Life Club meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Villa House. Come be an advocate for the voiceless from conception to natural death. This week we will be discussing Measure 106 and 40 Days for Life.

Contact Savanna Poston ( for more information.

Plan to get your flu shot either Nov. 8 or Nov. 15

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The Health and Counseling Center will be joining forces with the School of Nursing for two flu shot clinics on campus.

Get your flu shot for $20 (free for students on PacificSource student insurance plan) on either Thursday, Nov. 8, or Thursday, Nov. 15, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Nov. 8 session will be in Canyon Commons; the Nov. 15 clinic will be in Roberts 117.

Nursing students will administer the vaccinations while under the direct supervision of nursing faculty as well as the university’s school nurse. Come support our nursing students!

Contact Molly Hickok ( for more information.

Join in fun of fencing tonight in Hadlock Student Center

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

For those of you who don’t know, the Fencing Club is open to all levels of experience in fencing, from novice to “grown up with a sword in their hand.”

The purpose of the club is to have fun learning how to fence and to get a chance to have fun every Wednesday sword fighting. We supply the equipment, but if you already have equipment that you would like to use feel free to bring it along.

Join us tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. in Hadlock 014. Contact Laurelle Ramsey ( for more information.

Come hear student musicians at free Family Weekend concert Friday

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

All are invited to a free Family Weekend concert showcasing George Fox’s Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir and Symphonic Band this Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a wide variety of symphonic, chamber, choral, and band music.

Admission is free! Contact Danielle Warner ( with any questions.

Want to know more about the National Society of Leadership and Success? Join info meeting

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Have you joined the National Society of Leadership and Success? Wondering what you need to become an inducted member on Friday, Nov. 16? Please email to get help with this information.

The next speaker broadcast, which is free and open to the campus community, will be on MondayOct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Canyon Commons 101 and 102. Light snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Any questions should be directed to Kristi Welker by emailing or calling 503-554-2308.

Free tacos served today for commuter lunch

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Join us for commuter lunch in Canyon Commons today (Wednesday) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tacos will be served. We hope to see you there!

Any questions should be directed to Kristi Welker by emailing or calling 503-554-2308.