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 (ndrew@georgefox.edu) or Darby Thiessen (dthiessen@georgefox.edu) 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 commencement.georgefox.edu.

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: housing@georgefox.edu.

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 jstein@georgefox.edu.

Need a networking opportunity? Come to free Speed Networking event on March 15

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Looking for an ideal networking opportunity? Join us for a free special event, Speed Networking, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the Chehalem Cultural Center ballroom (415 E. Sheridan St., in Newberg). Although admission is free, you still need to register.

Bring your business cards! Students, alumni and professionals will have opportunities to create connections and learn about a variety of fields at this speed and social networking event. Business-appropriate attire is recommended. Appetizers and water will be served.

The event is sponsored by the university’s MBA programs and the Business Leadership Society. Faculty, please tell your students about this!

To register, and for more information on networking tips and business attire, visit this link.

Questions? Contact Allie Duncan at aduncan@georgefox.edu.

University of Cambridge professor speaks at Dalton Lecture tonight

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The university’s Department of Biology and Chemistry invites you to join us for the eighth annual Dalton Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) in Bauman Auditorium.

Dr. Simon Conway Morris, a professor at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John’s College, will speak on the topic of evolutionary palaeobiology along with the question of “Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?” Admission is free.

More information is available on the Dalton Lecture Series webpage. Questions? Call the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 503-554-2710.

Attend today’s Benefit Fair for chance to win an iWatch

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

There are several changes to benefits this year, including vision and alternative care expansions for our medical plans. Materials and a link to complete your Open Enrollment Election Form was emailed Friday to each benefit-eligible employee. If you have not received yours, check your George Fox email!

The Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair is today (Wednesday) in Canyon Commons. Stop in to enter a drawing for one of many fantastic wellness prizes, George Fox swag, and an iWatch!

Here is our schedule:

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – Presentation: “Changes to George Fox Health Plans for 2018-19.” Hear about the changes in coverage from our CFO, Employee Empowerment, our WSC benefit broker, Kaiser and Regence
  • 11-11:50 a.m. – Lifemap Presentation: “Get to know your Life/LTD and EAP benefits!”
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Benefit Fair with vendors
  • 1-1:50 p.m. – TIAA Educational Session: “Paying Yourself” (information for people approaching retirement)

See you at the fair!

We welcome your benefit questions by phone, email, or in person. Let us know how we can help as you consider changes in your benefits. Contact Darby Thiessen: 503-554-2188 or dthiessen@georgefox.edu.

Plan to attend this afternoon’s all-employee meeting

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Don’t forget to join your colleagues at an all-employee meeting this afternoon (Wednesday) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Canyon Commons. A live stream of the meeting will be shown at the Portland Center in Room 295 (note different room location).

Early registration ends soon for Richard Foster conference

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

George Fox will serve as host for the final Richard Foster conference: “Empowering Spiritual Transformation in the Local Church: Celebrating 40 Years of Celebration of Discipline.” The event is scheduled for June 10-13. The $40 early registration break expires March 1, and 50 $100 scholarships have been offered to George Fox students, faculty and staff registering before May 1.

You can learn more about the conference here. Contact Paul Anderson (panderso@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

University community invited to Bob Gilmore’s memorial service Saturday

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Bob Gilmore, who began as a professor at George Fox in 1964 and who, in recent years, was known as a Spanish tutor and the man who would sing Happy Birthday to You to employees over the phone, died on Sunday, Feb. 4. A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Newberg Friends Church, 307 S. College St.

The university community is invited to attend.

Check out website to get spring commencement info

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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

Amazon’s Ryan Russell speaks at Portland Center on Feb. 27

Monday, February 19th, 2018

We’re excited to introduce our upcoming event hosted by the George Fox College of Business and the Business Leadership Society!

Join us for …

Designing at Speed
Featuring Ryan Russell, Director of Human-Centered Design at Amazon

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Portland Center’s Room 155

Admission is free, but please register. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Ryan is currently the director of human-centered design at Amazon. He is responsible for design and branding across Amazon Operations, including Prime Now, Amazon Flex, Hub by Amazon, Amazon Locker, Transportation, Global Fulfillment and more. His group has studios in Seattle; Sunnyvale, California; Minneapolis, Austin, Texas; and Portland. He loves creating something from nothing and bringing talented people together around a shared vision.

To register, visit this link. Contact Allie Duncan at aduncan@georgefox.edu.

Open Enrollment for George Fox benefits on now until March 2

Monday, February 19th, 2018

There are several changes to benefits this year, including vision and alternative care expansions for our medical plans. Materials and a link to complete your Open Enrollment Election Form was emailed Friday to each benefit-eligible employee. If you have not received yours, check your George Fox email!

The Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair is tomorrow (Wednesday) in Canyon Commons. Stop in to enter a drawing for one of many fantastic wellness prizes, George Fox swag, and an iWatch!

Here is our schedule:

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – Presentation: “Changes to George Fox Health Plans for 2018-19.” Hear about the changes in coverage from our CFO, Employee Empowerment, our WSC benefit broker, Kaiser and Regence
  • 11-11:50 a.m. – Lifemap Presentation: “Get to know your Life/LTD and EAP benefits!”
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Benefit Fair with vendors
  • 1-1:50 p.m. – TIAA Educational Session: “Paying Yourself” (information for people approaching retirement)

See you at the fair!

We welcome your benefit questions by phone, email, or in person. Let us know how we can help as you consider changes in your benefits. Contact Darby Thiessen: 503-554-2188 or dthiessen@georgefox.edu.

Plan now for spring commencement

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

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

Get your employee recognition nominations in ASAP

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Do you know someone who deserves special recognition for awesome work at our next all-employee meeting (Wednesday, Feb. 21)? Please take a moment to nominate a colleague using this form by the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday). Include 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 our “shout-out 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 295 (note different room location).

Questions? Contact Nichole Drew (ndrew@georgefox.edu).

Space still available for technology in education conference on Feb. 24

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Interested in learning more about technology and how it applies to the educational experience? You are invited to a free conference hosted by the Oregon Technology in Education Network (OTEN) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Pacific University’s Forest Grove campus. George Fox is a founding member of the OTEN consortium.

The gathering will feature peer-reviewed presentations from university faculty and other educators from across Oregon and the Northwest. We would like to encourage faculty and staff who have been innovating with their teaching to register for the free half-day conference (8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.).

For more information, please take a look at the conference website here.

Dalton Lecture speaker to discuss ‘Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?’ this Thursday

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The university’s Department of Biology and Chemistry invites you to join us for the eighth annual Dalton Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Bauman Auditorium.

Dr. Simon Conway Morris, a professor at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John’s College, will speak on the topic of evolutionary palaeobiology along with the question of “Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?” Admission is free.

More information is available on the Dalton Lecture Series webpage. Questions? Call the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 503-554-2710.

No outgoing mail today

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Today is President’s Day. There will be no outgoing mail. Therefore, whatever mail is brought in will go out Tuesday.

Thank you,
Mail Services

Don’t forget to register now for Richard Foster conference

Friday, February 16th, 2018

George Fox will serve as host for the final Richard Foster conference: “Empowering Spiritual Transformation in the Local Church: Celebrating 40 Years of Celebration of Discipline.” The event is scheduled for June 10-13. The $40 early registration break expires March 1, and 50 $100 scholarships have been offered to George Fox students, faculty and staff registering before May 1.

You can learn more about the conference here. Contact Paul Anderson (panderso@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.