Provost Samek among guest speakers at Oregon Nutrition Day event

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

George Fox Provost Linda Samek is among the guest speakers at the third annual Oregon Nutrition Day seminar, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium.

The event features representatives from organizations working to develop, implement and advocate for nutrition programs in their communities. Attendees will learn about “veggie prescriptions” and community-supported agriculture programs, nutrition as a preventative measure, and advocacy to prevent food insecurity.

The event is open to anyone interested in nutrition as a foundation for building healthy communities. The $20 registration fee includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch.

Preregistration is required and can be done at ohsu.edu/mooreinstitute or by calling 503-494-5829. The auditorium is located at 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Road, in Portland.

End-of-Year Reminder for Deposits and Petty Cash Reconciliations

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

End-of-the-fiscal year deposits to be included in this year’s budget must be in Finance no later than Friday, June 30. Checks dated prior to June 30, 2017, must be deposited in the current fiscal year.

Please look around your desks and file cabinets to see if there are any lingering items that need to go to the bank. If you are taking vacation during the July 4 holiday, please send your deposits over BEFORE you leave. If you should have any questions about deposits, please contact Heather Groenlund at ext. 2173.

Final petty cash reconciliations for this fiscal year are due in Finance no later than Friday, June 30. Please remember to submit all receipts, cash, and reconciliation reports before this deadline. Please plan ahead and send these over before you leave, if you will be taking vacation over the July 4 holiday. If you have questions about petty cash protocols, please contact Jen Klapp at ext. 2170.

TIAA consultant appointments available at no cost

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

TIAA individual consulting appointments are coming up at the Newberg campus May 23 and 24, and the Portland Center on May 25.

No matter where you are in life – just getting started or planning for retirement – a session with Braden Danielson can help you create a unique plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?
  • How do I plan for short-term goals such as saving for a house or education expenses?
  • How do I manage debt, save money and balance various financial priorities at the same time?

To schedule your one-hour appointment, click on this link. The on-site appointment slots fill quickly, so don’t delay! Take advantage of this excellent resource!

You can also visit Advice and Guidance to access online tools and resources that can help you stay on track and save even more for retirement.

If you would like to make a change to your retirement account contribution amount or have questions about your George Fox University benefits, please contact Darby Thiessen at 503-554-2188 or dthiessen@georgefox.edu.

Samek among guest speakers at Oregon Nutrition Day seminar on May 19

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

George Fox Provost Linda Samek is among the guest speakers at the third annual Oregon Nutrition Day seminar, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium.

The event features representatives from organizations working to develop, implement and advocate for nutrition programs in their communities. Attendees will learn about “veggie prescriptions” and community-supported agriculture programs, nutrition as a preventative measure, and advocacy to prevent food insecurity.

The event is open to anyone interested in nutrition as a foundation for building healthy communities. The $20 registration fee includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch.

Preregistration is required and can be done at ohsu.edu/mooreinstitute or by calling 503-494-5829. The auditorium is located at 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Road, in Portland.

Clarification on this week’s 125 Days of Wellness Challenge

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Just a clarification for this week’s “Go meat-free for two days” challenge: During this challenge, seafood/freshwater fish is not considered “meat,” so please feel free to enjoy some fish/seafood as a meat replacement this week.

– Brought to you by the Staff Development Committee

Accounts Payable Year-End Deadlines

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Fiscal Year End 2016-17 is quickly approaching, and the Finance Department would appreciate your help in ensuring a smooth and timely year-end close. Please review and note the following deadlines for Accounts Payable requests:

  1. For departments that will not be on campus for the summer, please turn in all petty cash funds by Friday, May 12, 2017.
  2. All cash advance requests for FY2016-17 expenses must be received by Finance on or before Monday, June 12, 2017.
  3. Submission of the following FY2016-17 requests must be received by Finance on or before Friday, July 7, 2017:
  • Check Requests
  • Invoices
  • Expense Reimbursement Requests
  • Petty Cash Logs for expenses through June 30, 2017 ONLY

Please refer to this “Fiscal Year-End Deadlines & Procedures” page of the Finance Department website for additional details.

Please contact Jennifer Klapp at jklapp@georgefox.edu or ext. 2170 with any year-end accounts payable questions.

Thank you!
The Finance Team

This week’s 125 of Wellness Challenge: Go meat free for two days

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Go meat free two days this week and take an additional 125 extra points, total, in this week’s 125 Days of Wellness Challenge.

All invited to Craig Taylor’s farewell reception on May 21

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Join us to celebrate Craig Taylor as he retires after 43 years of leadership and service to George Fox University.

This open-house reception will be held in Canyon Commons on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

There will be cards available at the reception if you would like to write him a note. If you would prefer to send a greeting card or photos of Craig, please email them to Patty Findley or mail them to 414 N. Meridian St. #6149 Newberg, OR 97132.

Reminder: FoxFiles will be shut down on May 8

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

FoxFiles has been scheduled to be decommissioned today (Monday, May 8). We have been working with active users for the past few months to help them transition to a new system.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this transition, please contact the IT Service Desk by email (servicedesk@georgefox.edu) or phone (503-554-2569).

Call for business card orders

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Now is the time to submit your request for business cards. Marketing communications will be processing the next business card order on Thursday, May 11. Place your order directly with B&B Print Source before Wednesday, May 10.

Questions? Contact Danette Newkirk at dnewkirk@georgefox.edu.

Come to MLRC today for Merrill Johnson’s farewell reception

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The George Fox community is invited to celebrate 37 years of dedicated service by Merrill Johnson, dean of libraries. Come wish him well in his retirement adventures today (Thursday) between 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the Murdock Learning Resource Center on the Newberg campus.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be formal remarks around 2:15 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Please contact Sue Richie (srichie@georegfox.edu or 503-554-2422) with any questions.

University announces two internal-only open positions

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

George Fox has the following internal-only open positions:

  • Executive Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences (.875 FTE)
  • Career and Internship Coach, IDEA Center

To view these position announcements or to apply, visit this link. If you have questions, contact Kera Hallman at khallman@georgefox.edu.

Important End-of-Year PO Deadlines and Visa Transactions Information

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

End-of-Year Purchase Order Deadlines

The last day to place orders using the purchase order system is May 31, 2017, for FY2016-17. This includes all requisitions which must be budget checked, approved and converted to purchase orders. This helps ensure all products or services ordered via purchase order will be received by June 30, 2017.

Fiscal year 2017-18 Purchase Orders will need to wait until July 1.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Matt Hammar by email (mhammar@georgefox.edu) or call ext. 2162.

Important year-end information for those using university Visa cards

To ensure a clean cut-off between FY2016-17 and FY2017-18 spending, the last day to use your George Fox University Visa card for FY2016-17 purchases is Friday, June 23, 2017. Please refrain from using your card for any purchases after this date.

If you will be traveling for business during this time, please contact Matt Hammar or Kathi Becker to discuss arrangements on how to handle travel after June 23. Credit card purchases for FY2017-18 can begin on or after July 1, 2017.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Matt at ext. 2162 or Kathi at ext. 2166.

This week’s 125 Days of Wellness Challenge: Sensitivity Challenge

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

In today’s society it is easy to pass unholy entertainment off as a “social norm.” As you watch TV/movies this week, listen carefully to what the message in the show is. If it is a message that contradicts your Christian beliefs, turn it off or change the channel.

Do this every day for a week and earn 125 extra points. At the end of seven days, reflect over the week and see how this one activity improved your week. Were you more at peace, less stressed, happier, etc.?

Update your vehicle registrations now

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Staff and faculty: Now that the dust is settling from the spring semester, it is a great time to update your vehicle registrations!

Need an updated permit?
If you are still using an all-white staff permit, it has been void for two years. If you still have an orange adjunct permit, it expired at Christmas. If you have yet to initially register your vehicle, please do so at your earliest convenience on MyGFU. Be sure to have your DMV vehicle registration slip in front of you, as the database will ask for some information on it.

Adjunct permits
We switched all adjunct permits (orange) over to staff permits last Christmas, so if you’ve yet to switch, please bring your expired permit and any updated vehicle information to the security office. We will do the switch-over and hand you your new staff permit.

Change in vehicle?
If you are currently registered and have the new staff permit that was introduced two years ago, but have a change of vehicle, bring the vehicle information to the security office or email it to Nadine Kincaid at nkincaid@georgefox.edu to update your information if you aren’t in Newberg.

Need a second permit?
Tired of switching your gratis permit from car to car? It’s only $5 cash to purchase a permit for your second car! Bring your money to the security office and we can issue you a new permit dedicated to your second vehicle.

Have a new car?
Did you purchase a new car but don’t have the new plates yet? No problem! We can register it using the temporary permit on the back window and then update it later when you email your new plate numbers to Nadine.

Portland Center info
If you work at the Portland Center but make frequent visits to the Newberg campus, we need you to register your vehicle as well and to park in the staff lots.

Please don’t wait until September to do these updates, as the line then stretches out the security office door!

Questions? Out-of-the box situation? Call Nadine at 503-554-2090 during office hours.

End-of-Year Reminder for Deposits and Petty Cash Reconciliations

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

End-of-the-fiscal year deposits to be included in this year’s budget must be in Finance no later than Friday, June 30. Checks dated prior to June 30, 2017, must be deposited in the current fiscal year.

Please look around your desks and file cabinets to see if there are any lingering items that need to go to the bank. If you are taking vacation during the July 4 holiday, please send your deposits over BEFORE you leave. If you should have any questions about deposits, please contact Heather Groenlund at ext. 2173.

Final petty cash reconciliations for this fiscal year are due in Finance no later than Friday, June 30. Please remember to submit all receipts, cash, and reconciliation reports before this deadline. Please plan ahead and send these over before you leave, if you will be taking vacation over the July 4 holiday. If you have questions about petty cash protocols, please contact Jen Klapp at ext. 2170.

Don’t forget to say farewell to Merrill Johnson at reception Thursday

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The George Fox community is invited to celebrate 37 years of dedicated service by Merrill Johnson, dean of libraries. Come wish him well in his retirement adventures on Thursday, May 4, between 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the Murdock Learning Resource Center on the Newberg campus.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be formal remarks around 2:15 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Please contact Sue Richie (srichie@georegfox.edu or 503-554-2422) with any questions.

PT clinic remains open all summer

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The physical therapy department is excited to announce that our PT clinic is open all summer long, Monday through Friday, to serve your needs.

We are a participating provider for Regence and offer self-pay options for those not on Regence. Our pro-bono clinic is available this summer as well.

Please call Li-Zandre at 503-554-2479 with any questions. Have a great summer!

Application deadline nearing for Bridge Scholars program

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life is excited to announce the launch of the pilot Bridge Scholars program, designed to prepare first-generation students for a successful transition from high school to college and establish a strong foundation for college success.

In order to be eligible for the program, students must be a first-generation student and have demonstrated financial need. A first-generation student is defined as being the first in their family to attend a four-year university, and neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

Aspects of the Bridge Scholars program include the following:

  • A two-week, on-campus summer program July 21- Aug. 4, 2017
  • Peer mentorship
  • Cohort-style classroom experience utilizing LIBA 100

The program is the result of eight months of research and development made possible by the Innovation Grant.

If you know of any entering freshmen who might meet the eligibility requirements, please recommend them to apply to the program or refer them to our office. Applications are due May 15, and space is limited to 20 students.

For more information, feel free to check out the Bridge Scholars webpage or email Connor Smalling at csmalling@georgefox.edu.

FoxTALE End-of-Semester Reminders

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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

Summer 2017 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 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 2017 Summer course. Scroll to the bottom of the page and “Save changes.”

Visit the FoxTALE for Faculty webpage for guides, resources and the new features coming in the August 2017 FoxTALE Upgrade.

If you have questions or need assistance using FoxTALE, please contact the IT Service Desk at servicedesk@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2569.