New online Presidential Appearance Request Form created

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The Office of the President has developed a Presidential Appearance Request Form that will assist in managing the president’s schedule. The president strives to accommodate as many engagement requests which support the mission of the university as possible. The completion of this form is required for anyone desiring the president (and spouse) be present and/or participate at an event.

We appreciate your patience with scheduling the president’s complex calendar. The link to the form can also be found on the President’s Office contact page and will be posted on the “Resources for Current Employees” and “Resources for Faculty” pages as well.

Please note: It is expected that the requestor has followed procedures and obtained the approval of their administrator prior to submitting the request.

Important Fitness Center Information

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Only weeks remain before the opening of the new Hadlock Student Center (HSC)! Assuming everything continues on schedule, the fitness center portion of the facility will be open with limited hours (tentatively 4 to 9 p.m.) beginning Monday, Aug. 27, so that student staff can be adequately trained on the new equipment and protocols (anticipated grand opening and full hours will begin Monday, Sept. 3). This is subject to change if there are unexpected delays in construction.

If you use the current fitness center in Wheeler, you’ll notice that much of the older equipment has been moved out. Sometime in August, the large portion of the space will be remodeled for athletics’ use in light of the addition of women and men’s swimming and the continued growth in the number of student-athletes (currently 20 percent of our undergraduate student population). The smaller portion of the current facility (the free weight area) will be remodeled into a classroom during the fall semester.

Please note that because of remodeling and construction of new space, there will likely be a two- to three-week time frame in August when there will be no fitness center available for general campus use. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience for those who are regularly using this space and trust that the new space in the Hadlock Student Center will make it worth the wait!

Questions? Contact Brad Lau at blau@georgefox.edu.

Be aware of statewide transit tax

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

As of July 1, 2018, you’ll see a new item on your paystub for Oregon’s statewide transit tax. The tax is one-tenth of one percent (.001) — or $1 per $1,000. Your employer will be automatically withholding the tax – just like the personal income tax – so you don’t have to do or change anything. Unlike the personal income tax, there’s no withholding exemption for this tax.

Revenue from the statewide transit tax will go to expanding public transportation throughout Oregon. For more information on how the tax revenues will be used, check out “HB 2017 Funding Package” under “Projects & News” on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website.

To learn more about the tax itself, visit the Department of Revenue online at oregon.gov/dor.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kasondra Silva at ksilva@georgefox.edu.

All-employee meeting set for July 25; nominate coworkers for ‘shout-outs’

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

This month’s all-employee meeting has been moved from this week to next. The meeting will now be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, in Canyon Commons (live streaming in PDS 160).

Do you know someone who deserves special shout-out recognition at the meeting? Please take a moment to nominate a colleague using this form by noon on Tuesday, July 24. Include a short summary (two to three sentences) of their recent success!

Questions? Contact Darby Thiessen (dthiessen@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2188).

Employees: Mark your calendars for all-community meeting on Aug. 15

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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 Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Canyon Commons dining hall on the Newberg campus. Coffee and danishes will be served beginning at 8 a.m., with the program to follow, and the event concludes with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting will include a time of worship and devotions, ​an update from President Robin Baker and the VP team​​, and employee service awards. This year, service award recipients will be honored with the gift of your words. Please take a few moments to scroll through the list and create a card to say thank you or share a favorite memory by adding a comment under their name. We’ll print the comments on cards and present them at the meeting.

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

Important Fitness Center Information

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Only weeks remain before the opening of the new Hadlock Student Center (HSC)! Assuming everything continues on schedule, the fitness center portion of the facility will be open with limited hours (tentatively 4 to 9 p.m.) beginning Monday, Aug. 27, so that student staff can be adequately trained on the new equipment and protocols (anticipated grand opening and full hours will begin Monday, Sept. 3). This is subject to change if there are unexpected delays in construction.

If you use the current fitness center in Wheeler, you’ll notice that much of the older equipment has been moved out. Sometime in August, the large portion of the space will be remodeled for athletics’ use in light of the addition of women and men’s swimming and the continued growth in the number of student-athletes (currently 20 percent of our undergraduate student population). The smaller portion of the current facility (the free weight area) will be remodeled into a classroom during the fall semester.

Please note that because of remodeling and construction of new space, there will likely be a two- to three-week time frame in August when there will be no fitness center available for general campus use. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience for those who are regularly using this space and trust that the new space in the Hadlock Student Center will make it worth the wait!

Questions? Contact Brad Lau at blau@georgefox.edu.

Be aware of statewide transit tax

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

As of July 1, 2018, you’ll see a new item on your paystub for Oregon’s statewide transit tax. The tax is one-tenth of one percent (.001) — or $1 per $1,000. Your employer will be automatically withholding the tax – just like the personal income tax – so you don’t have to do or change anything. Unlike the personal income tax, there’s no withholding exemption for this tax.

Revenue from the statewide transit tax will go to expanding public transportation throughout Oregon. For more information on how the tax revenues will be used, check out “HB 2017 Funding Package” under “Projects & News” on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website.

To learn more about the tax itself, visit the Department of Revenue online at oregon.gov/dor.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kasondra Silva at ksilva@georgefox.edu.

Turnitin services unavailable from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Turnitin services will be temporarily unavailable during a scheduled maintenance update today (Tuesday) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT.

In FoxTALE Assignments that are using Turnitin, instructors are encouraged to check Submission Due Dates to make sure no assignments are due on the Turnitin July 10 maintenance day. All other FoxTALE services will operate as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Contact the Service Desk with any questions: 503-554-2569 or servicedesk@georgefox.edu.

Turnitin will undergo maintenance on July 10

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Turnitin services will be temporarily unavailable during a scheduled maintenance update on Tuesday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Assignments with Turnitin enabled, instructors are encouraged to modify assignment submission due dates to fall the day before or after this maintenance day. All other FoxTALE services will operate as usual.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Contact the Service Desk with any questions at 503-554-2569 or servicedesk@georgefox.edu.

Be aware of statewide transit tax

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

As of July 1, 2018, you’ll see a new item on your paystub for Oregon’s statewide transit tax. The tax is one-tenth of one percent (.001) — or $1 per $1,000. Your employer will be automatically withholding the tax – just like the personal income tax – so you don’t have to do or change anything. Unlike the personal income tax, there’s no withholding exemption for this tax.

Revenue from the statewide transit tax will go to expanding public transportation throughout Oregon. For more information on how the tax revenues will be used, check out “HB 2017 Funding Package” under “Projects & News” on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website.

To learn more about the tax itself, visit the Department of Revenue online at oregon.gov/dor.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kasondra Silva at ksilva@georgefox.edu.

University closes Wednesday for July 4 holiday

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The university’s offices and libraries on the Newberg and Portland campuses will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Bruin Store will also be closed that day.

Share thanks or favorite memories of milestone employees

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

This year we’d like to recognize our service award recipients by creating a gift of your words. Please take a few moments to scroll through the list and create a card to say thank you or share a favorite memory by simply adding a comment under their name.

We will print the comments on cards and present them at the all-community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Click here to access the award recipient list.

If you have questions, contact Darby Thiessen at dthiessen@georgefox.edu or ext. 2188.

Note: You may submit more than one entry, so if you start but don’t finish, go ahead and submit what you have then start another response later.

Free Bruin Sports Day returns to campus Aug. 22

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

The university’s athletics department and Chehalem Parks and Recreation are excited to announce the fourth annual Bruins Sports Day on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Girls and boys entering the second through eighth grades in the fall will have the opportunity to pick one of 10 sports to participate in at an afternoon clinic (12:30 to 3 p.m.), free of charge.

The afternoon will be spent learning basic skills from members of the George Fox athletic teams and coaching staff. Invite your kids or siblings to enjoy a fun-filled day on the beautiful campus of George Fox University!

Registration is open at this link. Questions? Contact Elise Trask at etrask@georgefox.edu.

25Live upgrade is happening next week

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

25Live, our event scheduling and calendar software, will be undergoing an upgrade by our vendor July 2-3. 25Live will be going down at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, and it will be available again Thursday, July 5.

Our vendor has requested two working days to perform this update. Note that no event requests can be submitted or viewed during this time, so please plan accordingly.

Final Reminder: Accelerated Deadline for June Time-Off Reports & Time Sheets

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

All administrator June time-off reports and staff June time sheets are due no later than the end of business day on Monday, July 2.

Questions? Contact Beth Hampton (bhampton@georgefox.edu) or Janet Ellis (jellis@georgefox.edu).

Affinity marketing tailgates are planned; submit your ideas

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The alumni office is hosting a tailgate party before the homecoming football game against Whitworth University on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. If your department or affinity group would like to host a tent during the 2018 Homecoming Affinity Tailgate party, please let Mckenna Tillotson in the alumni office know as soon as possible.

We are looking for five to seven affinity groups or departments to have a tent where they can invite alumni and current students back to campus to reconnect and hang out before the game. Please email a short paragraph of your idea for a tent, and it will be considered to receive a small budget to help with the purchase of food.

Please send your ideas to Mckenna at mtillotson@georgefox.edu.

Turnitin will undergo maintenance on July 10

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Turnitin services will be temporarily unavailable during a scheduled maintenance update on Tuesday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Assignments with Turnitin enabled, instructors are encouraged to modify assignment submission due dates to fall the day before or after this maintenance day. All other FoxTALE services will operate as usual.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Contact the Service Desk with any questions at 503-554-2569 or servicedesk@georgefox.edu.

Expect major construction delays in Portland

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

If you travel through Portland regularly to get to work at the Newberg campus or Portland Center, or take classes at either campus, you need to be aware of major construction closures occurring during July and August on the I-5 and I-84 interchanges by the Moda Center.

Please go to this website for all of the specifics, and plan now for alternate routes, as back-ups are expected to be lengthy during ramp and lane closures.

Tripcheck.com is another good source, as it has current webcams all over the state as well as a listing of potential closures or delays on roads you might be traveling for summer vacations.

25Live upgrade is coming in early July

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

25Live, our event scheduling and calendar software, will be undergoing an upgrade by our vendor July 2-3. 25Live will be going down at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, and it will be available again Thursday, July 5.

Our vendor has requested two working days to perform this update. Note that no event requests can be submitted or viewed during this time, so please plan accordingly.

Share gift of words with milestone anniversary employees

Monday, June 25th, 2018

This year we’d like to recognize our service award recipients by creating a gift of your words. Please take a few moments to scroll through the list and create a card to say thank you or share a favorite memory by simply adding a comment under their name.

We will print the comments on cards and present them at the all-community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Click here to access the award recipient list.

If you have questions, contact Darby Thiessen at dthiessen@georgefox.edu or ext. 2188.

Note: You may submit more than one entry, so if you start but don’t finish, go ahead and submit what you have then start another response later.