Ch-ch-ch-changes: Get the latest on the university’s reorganization efforts

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Did you, your department, or program go through changes with the university reorganization? Even if you didn’t, you probably work with others whose coding has changed. Please check out the new Department and Program Listing for Fiscal Year 2017-18 to find out where departments and programs are now!

All of the changes are effective as of July 1, 2017, so save yourself from getting returned forms from Finance with incorrect coding.

Campus planning for Monday’s eclipse

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

George Fox will be open Monday, Aug. 21 during the eclipse. Employees may take up to 30 minutes for eclipse viewing without taking personal time off. Please work out the details with your supervisor. Viewing the eclipse can cause eye damage. Take safety precautions and wear approved solar filters or glasses.

Traffic on state highways on the day of the eclipse is expected to be heavy. Employees who are concerned about their commute may request permission from their supervisors to work an alternate schedule or to work from home. Some students will be checking in on Monday morning. Some employees will be providing essential services and will not be eligible to work from home. For more information on travel on the day of the eclipse, see the ODOT website.

Senior administrative staff will monitor the traffic on the morning of the eclipse. If traffic in the region becomes gridlocked, an emergency closure notice would be sent out by 6:30 a.m. You may check the university’s FlashAlert webpage or sign up for alerts to be sent your mobile phone.

Know commuter students who need help getting connected?

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Office of Student Life would like to share that Kristi Welker has been hired as the director of commuter life. Her office is located on the third floor of the Stevens Center. She is excited to work with commuter students this year, and her role is to help them in their college journey at George Fox.

If you know commuter students who need help feeling connected here, feel free to email her at kwelker@georgefox.edu, stop by the student life office or call her at 503-554-2308.

Campus planning for the eclipse

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

George Fox will be open Monday, Aug. 21 during the eclipse. Employees may take up to 30 minutes for eclipse viewing without taking personal time off. Please work out the details with your supervisor. Viewing the eclipse can cause eye damage. Take safety precautions and wear approved solar filters or glasses.

Traffic on state highways on the day of the eclipse is expected to be heavy. Employees who are concerned about their commute may request permission from their supervisors to work an alternate schedule or to work from home. Some students will be checking in on Monday morning. Some employees will be providing essential services and will not be eligible to work from home. For more information on travel on the day of the eclipse, see the ODOT website.

Senior administrative staff will monitor the traffic on the morning of the eclipse. If traffic in the region becomes gridlocked, an emergency closure notice would be sent out by 6:30 a.m. You may check the university’s FlashAlert webpage or sign up for alerts to be sent your mobile phone.

Some quick facts about renting textbooks

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Faculty members: Here is some helpful information about how students are saving money by renting their textbooks through the Bruin Store.

  • Cost Effective: Our rental program is better priced and more convenient for students than Amazon.
  • Convenient: Students can highlight and write in rentals. As long as the book is still usable. they simply check in the book by the last day of finals.
  • No Risk: Rentals can be converted to a purchase by simply paying the difference between the rental and retail price.

For more information, email Michael Simmons at msimmons@georgefox.edu.

Call for stationery orders

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Now is the time to order university stationery. The collective order helps keep costs low – the higher the volume, the lower the cost. Consequently, it is most economical to overestimate needs and store a small surplus.

I will be accepting orders through Wednesday, Aug. 23. For order instructions, go to the marketing communications website. Continue to purchase all non-departmental stationery (including “second-sheet letterhead”) through the university’s Print Services.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Danette Newkirk (dnewkirk@georgefox.edu)

Remembrance event for Bonnie Jerke planned for Sept. 23

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Bonnie Jerke, longtime director of career services at George Fox, passed away over the summer after a lengthy battle with cancer. She loved the Lord deeply and served George Fox students, faculty and staff very well for many, many years before retiring six years ago. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Bonnie’s friends are organizing a celebration and remembrance of Bonnie on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at Jaquith Park in Newberg. There will be a potluck lunch at 1 p.m., and those attending are asked to bring a dish to share with others. It will be a “come-and-go” event with a time of sharing after the lunch. Those organizing this event wanted to invite Bonnie’s colleagues and friends from the university community as well. They are asking that people RSVP on Bonnie’s Facebook page under the invite post from Linda Byrd.

Please continue to pray for Bonnie’s family and friends during this time of grief and loss.

Fall semester syllabus printing reminder

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Fall semester is right around the corner! This is a reminder to not wait until the last minute, so plan ahead and get your syllabus turned into Print Services. Please submit your syllabus to Print Services by Tuesday, Aug. 22, and you can submit your syllabus to printservices@georgefox.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Print Services at 503-554-2550.

Faculty members: Encourage students to check into renting textbooks

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Faculty members: Here is some helpful information about how students are saving money by renting their textbooks through the Bruin Store.

  • Cost Effective: Our rental program is better priced and more convenient for students than Amazon.
  • Convenient: Students can highlight and write in rentals. As long as the book is still usable. they simply check in the book by the last day of finals.
  • No Risk: Rentals can be converted to a purchase by simply paying the difference between the rental and retail price.

For more information, email Michael Simmons at msimmons@georgefox.edu.

Check out the new features offered in FoxTALE

Monday, August 14th, 2017

FoxTALE will be upgraded on Friday, Aug. 18, and unavailable 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to check the “New Features” highlighted here.

Our top picks:

  • Restore Deleted Content with Recycle Bin
  • New grading page in Assignments
  • Pinned Forum Discussions
  • New Theme – Boost (mobile friendly)
  • ShareStream Links

You can also sign up for a webinar giving an overview of all new features. IT offers faculty development events prior to the start of fall semester that focus on FoxTALE features. We offer both face-to-face meetings and webinars. View the 2017 Fall Schedule of Events here.

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

– Your Education Technology Team

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Get the latest on the university’s reorganization efforts

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Did you, your department, or program go through changes with the university reorganization? Even if you didn’t, you probably work with others whose coding has changed. Please check out the new Department and Program Listing for Fiscal Year 2017-18 to find out where departments and programs are now!

All of the changes are effective as of July 1, 2017, so save yourself from getting returned forms from Finance with incorrect coding.

Reminder: All-community meeting is tomorrow morning in Canyon Commons

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Don’t forget the all-community meeting tomorrow morning (Tuesday) in Canyon Commons. All employees, half time and above, are required to attend (absences must be approved by your vice president). The meeting will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and includes breakfast. The program will start promptly at 8:35 a.m., so be sure to get there as close to 8 a.m. as possible to eat breakfast.

The session will include a time of worship, ​an update from President Robin Baker and the VP team​​, and employee service awards. Contact Missy Terry at terrym@georgefox.edu with any questions. See you there!

Helpful info regarding textbook rental program

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Faculty members: Here is some helpful information about how students are saving money by renting their textbooks through the Bruin Store.

  • Cost Effective: Our rental program is better priced and more convenient for students than Amazon.
  • Convenient: Students can highlight and write in rentals. As long as the book is still usable. they simply check in the book by the last day of finals.
  • No Risk: Rentals can be converted to a purchase by simply paying the difference between the rental and retail price.

For more information, email Michael Simmons at msimmons@georgefox.edu.

FoxTALE upgrade is coming on Friday, Aug. 18

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

FoxTALE will be upgraded on Friday, Aug. 18, and unavailable 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to check the “New Features” highlighted here.

Our top picks:

  • Restore Deleted Content with Recycle Bin
  • New grading page in Assignments
  • Pinned Forum Discussions
  • New Theme – Boost (mobile friendly)
  • ShareStream Links

You can also sign up for a webinar giving an overview of all new features. IT offers faculty development events prior to the start of fall semester that focus on FoxTALE features. We offer both face-to-face meetings and webinars. View the 2017 Fall Schedule of Events here.

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

– Your Education Technology Team

All-community meeting set for this Tuesday in Canyon Commons

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

All employees, half time and above, are required to attend the all-community meeting​ (absences must be approved by your vice president)​, scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the Canyon Commons dining hall on the Newberg campus. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.

The meeting will include a time of worship, ​an update from President Robin Baker and the VP team​​, and employee service awards.

Contact Missy Terry at terrym@georgefox.edu with any questions. See you there!

Final call for Support Staff and Administrator of the Year award nominations

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Have you made your nomination(s) for the Support Staff Member of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards? If not, be sure to do so today! If you have a colleague you believe is deserving of one of these awards, take a few minutes to submit a nomination. This is a chance to honor those who have done exceptional work in supporting the mission and vision of the university.

You only need send an email to Rob Westervelt (rwesterv@georgefox.edu) stating the reasons you believe the person deserves the award. If you have questions about who is eligible, contact Rob. Please submit your nominations by the end of today (Wednesday).

Memorial service for Sam O’Donnell is today at North Valley Friends Church

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

This past Saturday, July 29, Sue O’Donnell, a faculty member in the psychology department, lost her husband Sam. Many of you know and love Sue and may want to send a note or attend the memorial service. The service will be today (Monday) at 2:30 p.m. at North Valley Friends Church, located at 4020 N. College St., in Newberg.

In lieu of flowers, the O’Donnell family encourages donations to the George Fox Student Fund for those students in need. Donations should be made to George Fox and mailed to 414 N. Meridian St., Box 6256, Newberg, OR 97132. For these gifts, please include “in memory of Sam O’Donnell” in the subject line.

Please keep Sue and family in your prayers.

Concur training sessions run all this week

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Need some Concur Expense training? We will be offering training sessions Aug. 7-11. Please contact Matt Hammar (mhammar@georgefox.edu) to set up a 20-minute appointment between 10 a.m. and noon and 1 and 3 p.m. daily Monday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 11.

The next available training will be the week of Aug. 21-25 (times to be determined).

Submit your nominees for Support Staff and Administrator of the Year awards

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Each year the university recognizes the hard work of its employees with the Support Staff Member of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards. Do you have a colleague you believe is deserving of one of these awards? If so, please take a few minutes to submit a nomination. This is a chance to honor those who have done exceptional work in supporting the mission and vision of the university.

You only need send an email to Rob Westervelt (rwesterv@georgefox.edu) stating the reasons you believe the person deserves the award. If you have questions about who is eligible, contact Rob. Please submit your nominations by Wednesday, Aug. 9.

All-community meeting set for Aug. 15 in Canyon Commons

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

All employees, half time and above, are required to attend the all-community meeting​ (absences must be approved by your vice president)​, scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the Canyon Commons dining hall on the Newberg campus. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.

The meeting will include a time of worship and devotions, ​an update from President Robin Baker and the VP team​​, and employee service awards.

Contact Missy Terry at terrym@georgefox.edu with any questions. See you there!