Accelerated payroll deadlines in place for this month

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Here are a couple of Employee Empowerment items to make note of  …

December Deadlines

  • All payroll items such as temporary employee time cards, check requests, adjunct contracts and W-4 and direct deposit changes are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in order to be effective for December.
  • Any benefit change and/or enrollment forms are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in order to be effective for December’s payroll.
  • Temporary employee time cards should be filled out through Dec. 13 and returned to Employee Empowerment by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.

Updating Your Personal Information and Consent for W-2

  • Make sure your mailing address is correct for year-end reporting. You can check it and update if necessary in MyGFU > Self-Service > Campus Personal Info.
  • You can also elect to have your W-2 available via MyGFU rather than mailed. To sign up or check to see if you already have, go to MyGFU > Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent.

Questions? Contact Employee Empowerment at ee@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2180.

Employee Opinion Survey: Welcoming a New Child

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Employee Empowerment would appreciate feedback on your experiences as a working parent welcoming a new child. If you would like your voice to be heard as we evaluate our policies designed to support our working parents, take 10 minutes to respond.

Please respond by Friday, Dec. 15. Thank you!

Survey: Welcoming a New Child

How to register a formal student complaint

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

While most student concerns and complaints can and should be resolved informally, there is a formal general complaint procedure described in the “Support for Students” section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook as well as on the Graduate/DPS Policies page of the website.

Note that these procedures cover complaints of a general nature and do not supersede specific policies involving special cases such as grade appeals, sexual harassment, etc., which are covered elsewhere in the Student Handbook, catalog or Graduate/DPS Policies.

For more information, contact the student life department (studentlife@georgefox.edu).

Have a coworker you’d like to honor at this Thursday’s all-employee meeting?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Do you know someone who deserves special recognition for awesome work at our next all-employee meeting (Thursday, Dec. 14)? Please send an email to Employee Empowerment (ee@georgefox.edu) by end of day today (Tuesday) with a short summary (two to three sentences) of their recent success!

You are also welcome to come to the meeting early and add additional “shout-outs” to the board.

The meeting is set from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Canyon Commons. A live stream will be shown in Portland Center’s Room 160.

Questions? Contact Darby Thiessen (dthiessen@georgefox.edu).

adidas Employee Store discount available to George Fox students and employees

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The adidas Employee Store is sharing its employee discount with all George Fox University employees, staff/faculty and students. To access the store during the shopping period, To access the store during the shopping period, please show your staff/faculty ID badge or fall 2017 term schedule and a valid Photo ID at check-in.

The student/faculty member must be present for the entire party to enter the store (maximum five persons). Access is unlimited from Dec. 13, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2018. Shop the newest adidas technology, apparel and accessories for all types of winter weather.

The adidas Employee Store is located at 5060 N. Greeley Ave., in Portland. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 24 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Dec. 25 (closed), Dec. 31 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jan. 1 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Contact the store at 971-234-8536 with any questions.

Note: The employee discount of 50 percent off is only valid at the adidas Employee Store located at 5060 N. Greeley Ave. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupon, discount, or promotion except as otherwise expressly permitted. Not valid for purchases of gift certificates. Offer has no cash value.

adidas reserves the right to change terms and conditions, substitute offer of equal or greater value, end offer at any time without notice, and decline offer to any consumer adidas believes, in its sole discretion, may resell adidas product. Additional restrictions and exclusions may apply; see store for details. Void where prohibited. ©2017 adidas America, Inc.

FoxTALE End-of-Semester Reminders

Monday, December 11th, 2017

FoxTALE Open Labs are available this week. You can view dates and times here.

If you used the FoxTALE grade book for any of your FoxTALE course sites, back up your 2017 Fall 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 2018 Spring sites as the sites in which you will teach. You may import content from another course site. See the instructions here for importing.

2018 Spring 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 start and end 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 2018 Spring course. Also, add the course end date. Scroll to the bottom of the page and “Save changes.”

Visit the FoxTALE for Faculty webpage for guides and resources and to see the new features coming for the Spring 2018 FoxTALE Upgrade!

Questions? Email servicedesk@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2569.

Don’t get locked out of your account while traveling abroad

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Are you leaving the country for the break or traveling outside the U.S.? Has it been a while since you changed your account password?

The IT department recommends that you change your password before heading to a foreign time zone or an area where internet and phone service is less accessible.

Should you need any assistance, the Service Desk will be available from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday over the break. The university will be closed Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 1.

Questions? Contact Piper Parks (pparks@georgefox.edu).

Love to sing? Consider joining Master Chorus

Friday, December 8th, 2017

The Master Chorus will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 20. If you want to sing beautiful and energetic settings of Psalms 100, 108, 2, 23, 131, and 133 in Hebrew, please email Danielle Warner at dwarner@georgefox.edu.

Practices will meet in Ross 208 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights during the spring semester.

Here is a link to a recording of the work.

Employees are invited to join Master Chorus this spring

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Master Chorus will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 20. If you want to sing beautiful and energetic settings of Psalms 100, 108, 2, 23, 131, and 133 in Hebrew, please email Danielle Warner at dwarner@georgefox.edu.

Practices will meet in Ross 208 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights during the spring semester.

Here is a link to a recording of the work.

Search Advocate Training session for faculty set for Jan. 3-4

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Attention faculty: Sign up now for a special session of Search Advocate Training!

Rebecca Hernandez and Laura Hartley will offer a two-day training session Jan. 3-4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided both days! Join us and learn about the changing legal landscape in hiring, equitable hiring practices, and how you can better prepare yourself to be on a search committee.

If you’re interested, please click on this link. For more information, please contact Rebecca at rhernandez@georgefox.edu or Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu.

Tips for ordering business cards

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Marketing Communications has included guidelines for what information should and should not be included on your business cards. Please review this information before submitting your business card requests.

Questions? Contact Danette Newkirk (dnewkirk@georgefox.edu).

Bruin Store hosts sale today

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The Bruin Store’s two-day December sale, which ends today, is your last chance to save on all George Fox apparel and gifts!

Get 25 percent off:

  • Nike, Champion, League apparel
  • All headwear (excluding cold-weather headwear)
  • All drinkware (mugs, tumblers, water bottles)

Sale is valid in-store and online at georgefoxshop.com.

Accelerated payroll deadlines in place for this month

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Here are a couple of Employee Empowerment items to make note of  …

December Deadlines

  • All payroll items such as temporary employee time cards, check requests, adjunct contracts and W-4 and direct deposit changes are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in order to be effective for December.
  • Any benefit change and/or enrollment forms are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in order to be effective for December’s payroll.
  • Temporary employee time cards should be filled out through Dec. 13 and returned to Employee Empowerment by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.

Updating Your Personal Information and Consent for W-2

  • Make sure your mailing address is correct for year-end reporting. You can check it and update if necessary in MyGFU > Self-Service > Campus Personal Info.
  • You can also elect to have your W-2 available via MyGFU rather than mailed. To sign up or check to see if you already have, go to MyGFU > Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent.

Questions? Contact Employee Empowerment at ee@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2180.

Faculty: Sign up now for special Search Advocate Training session

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Attention faculty: Sign up now for a special session of Search Advocate Training!

Rebecca Hernandez and Laura Hartley will offer a two-day training session Jan. 3-4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided both days! Join us and learn about the changing legal landscape in hiring, equitable hiring practices, and how you can better prepare yourself to be on a search committee.

If you’re interested, please click on this link. For more information, please contact Rebecca at rhernandez@georgefox.edu or Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu.

State of Oregon vehicle registration fees going up on Jan. 1

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

If you have purchased a car in Oregon this past summer or fall, and have yet to register it with the State of Oregon DMV, please do so before Dec. 31, as registration and title fees are rising on Jan. 1!

If it has already been 30 days since you’ve purchased a vehicle and you have yet to register it, the DMV adds a $25 late fee. If it has been more than 60 days since you purchased the vehicle and you haven’t registered it, the late fee is $50 plus the registration fee and title fee. So, save yourself some money and get your cars registered within 29 days after purchase, and take care of it before year’s end.

– Security Services

Bruin Store hosts two-day sale today and tomorrow

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The Bruin Store’s December two-day sale is your last chance to save on all George Fox apparel and gifts!

Get 25 percent off:

  • Nike, Champion, League apparel
  • All headwear (excluding cold-weather headwear)
  • All drinkware (mugs, tumblers, water bottles)

Sale is valid in-store and online at georgefoxshop.com.

Note: The Bruin Store will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 6, for annual inventory and will reopen on Dec. 7. If you desire to shop and save on Dec. 6, shop at georgefoxshop.com!

Mark Your Calendar: Debby O’Kelley’s Retirement Party

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Please mark your calendar to attend Debby O’Kelley’s retirement party on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. Debby started working for George Fox in the university’s mail room 25 years ago, but most people know her as the former office manager for Plant Services.

Feel free to swing by Canyon Commons to thank Debby for her 25 years of service.

Faculty: Sign up for special Search Advocate Training session

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Attention faculty: Sign up now for a special session of Search Advocate Training!

Rebecca Hernandez and Laura Hartley will offer a two-day training session Jan. 3-4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided both days! Join us and learn about the changing legal landscape in hiring, equitable hiring practices, and how you can better prepare yourself to be on a search committee.

If you’re interested, please click on this link. For more information, please contact Rebecca at rhernandez@georgefox.edu or Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu.

Come wish Lynn Andrews well at farewell reception this afternoon

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The university community is invited to a farewell reception for Lynn Andrews, vice president for advancement, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today (Monday) in the Stevens Center’s Duke Atrium.

Lynn is leaving the university to start a new position as the leader of development for her parish, as well as to establish a new foundation for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Portland. Swing by to wish her well!

Free Advent readings available

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Barclay Press and College of Christian Studies faculty Anderson Campbell and Steve Sherwood are offering free Advent readings to aid in your waiting and worship this season. Readings are excerpted from Praying for Justice (Barclay Press, 2017), a four-year lectionary of verses that address God’s call for us to turn our attention always to the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. It is an invitation to entreat God daily to address the pain and brokenness that is all around us. But it is also an invitation to hope.

As we move toward Christmas this year, we hope these Advent selections will help you navigate the darkness as we wait for the Light. If you find this resource useful, please pass it along to others. It is our gift to you and is meant to be shared. You might also consider purchasing the full Praying for Justice lectionary through Barclay Press or wherever books are sold. It contains more than 200 weeks of daily readings from more than 1,400 biblical passages about justice.

The free Advent readings are available for download at this link.