Academic Open Houses and Major Discovery

Friday, October 24th, 2014

You and your parents are invited to attend academic open houses today (Saturday) from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Stevens Atrium to connect with department instructors and discover the possibilities of each major.

Professionals will be there to talk about possible directions to go with a given major. First-year seminar students may attend this event to satisfy their major discovery requirement.

Questions? Please contact Jaclyn Simmons at or visit this link.

Today is last day to submit Winter Serve applications

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Today (Saturday) is the absolute last day for Winter Serve applications! The price was reduced to $50 this week for the trips to Portland, Puyallup and Twin Rocks. The Oklahoma trip still costs $200. The trips are Jan. 3-10. If you’re interested in spending a week in any of these locations, fill out the application at this link.

Email Erika Lopez at with any questions or concerns.

Join in the fun of Midnight Madness tonight

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Anyone else getting excited that basketball season is just around the corner? You can meet our men’s and women’s teams, enjoy free food and music, win some giveaways, watch dunk and 3-point contests and much more at Midnight Madness tonight (Saturday) at 10 p.m. in the gym.

We’re excited to kick off the basketball season. Come join us!

Today’s porch sale benefits serve trips

Friday, October 24th, 2014

If you’re looking for a TV, a couch, some board games, water bottles, or even a random early Christmas gift, we’ve got it! Today (Saturday) is the fall porch sale at the Spiritual and Intercultural Life House on the corner of Meridian and Sheridan streets. Drop by between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. All proceeds go to support this year’s serve trips! Coffee and hot chocolate are available as well.

Email Erika Lopez at with any questions.

Two recruiters will be on campus next week

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Leadership Development Institution (LDI) will be here on Monday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the Student Union Building. Stop by to learn about teaching opportunities in China and the Middle East. Click here to go to there webpage.

Peace Corps will be here on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Stop by if you are interested in a career regarding international, domestic, or government service organizations. This is also an opportunity for those who want to apply to the Peace Corps as a volunteer.

Questions? Please contact the IDEA Center at

Student Concert this Saturday, Oct. 25

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The second Student Concert of the year will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Foxhole. Come listen to your fellow students as they perform covers and original songs!

Questions? Contact Moriah Kimmer at

‘Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard’ tickets available

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 p.m. in the library for the “Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard,” powered by Silent Storm and sponsored by Nerds and Geeks United. Experience a new way of dancing, a silent dance! Instead of dancing with a regular sound system, everyone listens on wireless headphones.

Buy your ticket for $1 today (Friday) in the Bruin Den during lunch to be entered in a raffle for a pair of Beats Headphones. Only 400 tickets are available, so make sure to get your ticket early. Wireless headphones will be provided for use at the dance.

Questions? Contact Sarah MacKenzie at

Passport event has been canceled

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Passport Days, originally scheduled for Nov. 5-6, have been canceled for this fall. The USPS representative had to cancel for that date.

If you need to apply or renew a passport, you can do so at the Dundee Post Office, located at 279 S.W. 5th St., in Dundee. We apologize for any inconvenience.

- Mail and Print Services

St. John’s Bible on display today on Newberg campus

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

St. John's BibleThe university community is invited to explore portions of the St. John’s Bible at a special presentation from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today (Friday) in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium. The project began in 1998 at Saint John’s Abbey and St. John’s University, which commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible.

Come see a work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. The Gospels and Acts will be on display, along with several individual art pieces from the series.

In addition, Brad Neary, representative for the project, and Paul Anderson, professor of biblical studies at George Fox, will present short talks on topics related to the Bible and its artwork.

Stop by the atrium and enjoy the St. John’s Bible!

Join us for Urban Outreach tonight

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Urban Outreach is tonight (Thursday)! We invite you to come and serve alongside us in Portland and Salem, where we will share a meal and develop relationships with those that live outside.

We will meet outside the ASC offices at 5:30 p.m. and go from there. Hope to see you there! Please contact Mikayla Greenwell ( with any questions.

Greenroom meets on Thursday nights in Cap and Gown Room

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Greenroom has a new time and place! We will meet in the Cap and Gown Room on Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. It will be an hour of singing praises in worship. All are welcome, so come, bring friends and worship with us.

Questions? Contact Amanda Kitz at

Symposium today discusses ‘Pursuing Christ in Our Conversations’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

All George Fox students and employees are welcome to attend the student life discussion series, Symposium: A Forum for Uncommon Conversations. The series will run three weeks in a row, starting today (Thursday) from 10:50 to 11:40 a.m. in EHS 102.

Our first topic will be “Convicted Civility: Pursuing Christ in Our Conversations,” and will feature panelists Ron Mock, Terry Steele, Sarita Gallagher, Jamie Noling-Auth and Michael Harris. The discussion Thursday will explore the question, “What does it mean to be a person with strong convictions, while also honoring and respecting others who might not agree with you?” Bring a friend and come join in the discussion!

Elective chapel credit is available.

Questions? Please contact Lizzy Riese at

Academic Open Houses and Major Discovery

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

You and your parents are invited to attend academic open houses on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Stevens Atrium to connect with department instructors and discover the possibilities of each major. Professionals will be there to talk about possible directions to go with a given major. First-year seminar students may attend this event to satisfy their major discovery requirement.

Questions? Please contact Jaclyn Simmons at or visit this link.

Student loan repayment workshops coming in November

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

If you received federal loans while attending George Fox, it is a federal requirement that you complete exit loan counseling. The financial aid office is offering workshops to all graduating students on loan repayment starting in November. The workshop will cover topics such as how to afford your loan payments, what to do if you can’t afford them, and loan forgiveness.

To view dates/times and sign up, visit this link.

Questions? Please contact Johanna Schweitzer at

Wheeler Sports Center closure scheduled for Saturday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Wheeler Sports Center will be closed again this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This means that the gym, racquetball courts, dance room and locker rooms will be off limits.

The fitness center will remain open, but please use the hallway entrance near the tennis courts on the field level.

Author presents ‘My Muslim Sisters’ this Monday night

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The campus community is invited to the next installment of the “Islam and the West” Liberal Arts and Critical Issues series this Monday, Oct. 27, in Hoover 105. The session runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and features Lisa Ohlen Harris, author of the Middle East memoir Through the Veil.

Harris will present “My Muslim Sisters,” in which she will share glimpses into the lives of several Muslim women who befriended her during the years she lived in Jordan and Syria. The same session is presented from 5 to 6 p.m.; however, it is recommended that the general public attend the evening session, if possible.

Questions? Contact Paul Otto at ext. 2676 or

‘Golden Age of Mexican Cinema’ presentation is Nov. 3

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Join the Department of World Languages for a free, bilingual presentation on the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Stevens Center’s Room 208. The event will include a film screening of Ahi Esta El Detalle starring Cantinflas.

Questions? Contact Julio Bautista at

Student Survey: Week of Oct. 22

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Hello fellow students! We have a survey for our LACI research and would like you to take just 30 seconds to take this very brief survey. It will help us tremendously! Thank you!

Link: Jihad Survey

Questions? Contact Josh Outslay:

Want to send a survey? Read these instructions:
Student Survey Instructions

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.

Important Midterm Grade Information – Fall 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Midterm grades are important indicators of how you are doing in your classes. While they are not a part of your permanent record, they are important to pay attention to.

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) and/or the Academic Resource Center.

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 by Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. You should plan to check your midterm grades after this date.

To check your mid-term 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

Now you need to determine what to do next:
 Contact your professors. Faculty are 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’ll get an F (or maybe even a D).

The last date to withdraw is Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

You can usually go below being enrolled in 12 credit hours (at this point in the semester) without impacting your financial aid or housing. However, you should contact representatives in these departments to be certain:

Withdrawal results in a “W” on your transcript but does not factor into GPA.
 If you were to get an F, it would impact GPA. 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 doesn’t 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.

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

Plan well for spring semester. Contact your CAP Coach (Career & Academic Planning Coach) to get advice about spring semester.

Not sure how to take the next step? Email

Interested in helping Friendsview with a Harvest Festival?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Friendsview needs volunteers for a Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.! They need help churning ice cream, helping with a dessert auction, and helping with hay rides! This will be a wonderful opportunity to interact with many of the residents at Friendsview and to serve them in a tangible way.

Contact Rebekah Harding at by Sunday if you would like to volunteer.