Oregon Writing Project group hosts brunch Jan. 30

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Join us for free food and information regarding the OWPC (Oregon Writing Project Collaborative)! We’re hosting kickoff brunch for all College of Education faculty members and any other interested individuals. Come learn more about OWPC’s mission and programs and do some writing with us. A full breakfast/brunch will be served, so come hungry.

Date: Friday, Jan. 30
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: VAC 117

Questions? Contact Susanna Steeg at ssteeg@georgefox.edu.

Apply for spring graduation now

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Are you planning to finish your degree this spring? Have you submitted your Application for Degree? Please be sure to do so before next week to avoid a $50 late fee. If you are not certain whether your form is on record, please feel free to contact your enrollment manager in the registrar’s office.

Join us for info night on Portland human trafficking tonight

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

As some of you may know, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. George Fox is honoring this in a few ways, one of which is hosting an information night on Portland human trafficking awareness.

The event, hosted by the Social Work Club, is set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday), in Hoover 105. We will host two well-informed speakers from the Human Trafficking Division of the Portland Police Bureau: Sergeant Chuck Lovell and Detective Brendan McGuire. They will help us to see a clearer picture of trafficking in Portland and focus on awareness, prevention and action.

Snacks and refreshments will be served, and we will provide an opportunity for Q&A afterwards. Please join us in this important event, and learn what you can do about human trafficking in your neighborhood!

Questions? Contact Patty Blakeslee at pblakeslee11@georgefox.edu.

Secrets to unlocking a powerful brand shared at Friday seminar

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

What are the secrets to unlocking a powerful brand? A free George Fox University-sponsored business seminar, “Branding and the Bottom Line,” will address the question on Friday, Jan. 23.

Hosted by the College of Business, the presentation features Rob Westervelt, executive vice president of enrollment and marketing at George Fox. Four years ago, Westervelt helped the university build a brand that has seen its net revenues grow 21 percent during a time when most universities in George Fox’s category were experiencing significant declines. The Winter Speaker Series event is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Portland Center. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

As part of the presentation, Westervelt will share insights into understanding how brands are developed and destroyed. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge to improve their company’s bottom line.

To RSVP or to learn more, go to this link. Space is still available. More information is also available by contacting Jared Roth at 503-554-6179.

Australian professor speaks on freedom of religion Jan. 29

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

All are invited to a free presentation that will discuss the topic of freedom of religion on Thursday, Jan. 29, in Hoover 105. Guest speaker Nicholas Aroney, professor of constitutional law at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, Australia, will speak on the subject “Freedom of Religion as an Associational Right Under the Australian Constitution – with U.S. Comparisons.” The presentation is scheduled from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Aroney, who is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, has published multiple books and articles on a variety of subjects, including federalism, constitutionalism, religious liberty, Sharia law and Christian political thought. His presentation is co-sponsored by the George Fox University politics program and the William Penn Honors Program.

For more information, contact Mark David Hall, the university’s Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, at 503-554-2674.

Portland human trafficking awareness night is Thursday

Monday, January 19th, 2015

As some of you may know, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. George Fox is honoring this in a few ways, one of which is hosting an information night on Portland human trafficking awareness.

The event, hosted by the Social Work Club, is set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 22, in Hoover 105. We will host two well-informed speakers from the Human Trafficking Division of the Portland Police Bureau: Sergeant Chuck Lovell and Detective Brendan McGuire. They will help us to see a clearer picture of trafficking in Portland and focus on awareness, prevention and action.

Snacks and refreshments will be served, and we will provide an opportunity for Q&A afterwards. Please join us in this important event, and learn what you can do about human trafficking in your neighborhood!

Questions? Contact Patty Blakeslee at pblakeslee11@georgefox.edu.

Campuses close Monday to observe MLK Day

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 19, all offices, bookstores and libraries in both Newberg and the Portland Center will be closed that day.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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W-2 Forms now paperless: Have you consented?

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

W-2 Forms are now paperless: Have you consented?

2014 year-end W-2 Forms will be issued by Friday, Jan. 30, online in “Self Service” for all employees, including student employees. If you would like to receive this form online, the law requires that you give your consent. Those who do not give consent will still receive a paper W-2. If you consented in the past, you do NOT need to do so again.

You can verify your consent status or give consent for the first time by following the steps below. It only takes about 30 seconds, so I encourage you to take care of it as soon as possible — perhaps right now? Here’s how:

  1. Log in to mygfu.georgefox.edu
  2. From the menu at left, select “Self Service”
  3. Select “Payroll and Compensation”
  4. Select “W-2/W-2c Consent”
  5. Check your current status. Does it say “Consent Received?” If so, thank you! You’re done. If it does not say “Consent Received” …
  6. Read the statement and check the box to give consent
  7. Enter your GFU password as a confirmation of your identity and click “Continue”
  8. Click “OK”

You’ll receive a confirmation email of your decision shortly after completing this process. And just to be clear, you will only have to do this once — not every year.

Thanks very much. Let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Sol
Human Resources
ksol@georgefox.edu

All are invited to ‘Saint John’s Bible’ sessions this spring

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The university community is invited to a series of guest lectures, faculty presentations and weekly “Turning of the Page” sessions about the historic Saint John’s Bible. The “Spring into Illumination: Seeing the Word Through The Saint John’s Bible” events begin on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and run through mid-April.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey (Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.) since the invention of the printing press. The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible is the full-size fine art reproduction of the original. Measuring two feet tall by three feet wide when open, it is the exact size of the original manuscript.

Following is a schedule of guest lectures and faculty presentations:

Tuesday, Jan. 27
“The Artist as Preacher – Illumination in The Saint John’s Bible
Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs at Saint John’s University
Hoover 105, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
“Light from the Hebrew Scriptures”
Howard Macy and Mark Terry, George Fox University faculty presentations
Hoover 105, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
“The Vision and Making of The Saint John’s Bible
Bill Cahoy, dean of the Saint John’s Theological Seminary
Hoover 105, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Monday, April 13
“Light from the New Covenant”
Paul Anderson and Karen Bowdoin, George Fox University faculty presentations
Hoover 105, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Turning of the Page: Leafing through the Saint John’s Bible
Every Friday afternoon between Jan. 16 and April 24 all are invited to come browse through the pages of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible – Vol. 6, The Gospels and Acts, and hear Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies, share about the meaning and significance of the text and artwork on display the following week. Sessions will be in the Murdock Learning Resource Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

Questions? Visit this page or contact Anderson at panderso@georgefox.edu.

Info on formal way to register complaints

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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.

Please 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.

W-2 Forms now paperless: Have you consented?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

W-2 Forms are now paperless: Have you consented?

2014 year-end W-2 Forms will be issued by Friday, Jan. 30, online in “Self Service” for all employees, including student employees. If you would like to receive this form online, the law requires that you give your consent. Those who do not give consent will still receive a paper W-2. If you consented in the past, you do NOT need to do so again.

You can verify your consent status or give consent for the first time by following the steps below. It only takes about 30 seconds, so I encourage you to take care of it as soon as possible — perhaps right now? Here’s how:

  1. Log in to mygfu.georgefox.edu
  2. From the menu at left, select “Self Service”
  3. Select “Payroll and Compensation”
  4. Select “W-2/W-2c Consent”
  5. Check your current status. Does it say “Consent Received?” If so, thank you! You’re done. If it does not say “Consent Received” …
  6. Read the statement and check the box to give consent
  7. Enter your GFU password as a confirmation of your identity and click “Continue”
  8. Click “OK”

You’ll receive a confirmation email of your decision shortly after completing this process. And just to be clear, you will only have to do this once — not every year.

Thanks very much. Let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Sol
Human Resources
ksol@georgefox.edu

Info on formal way to register complaints

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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.

Please 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.

Register for MLK Day of Service this week

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

On Monday, Jan. 19, George Fox students, staff and faculty will, for the sixth straight year, join with more than 1,000 students from Portland-area colleges and universities to commemorate the life, ideals and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a “day on” of voluntary service and reflection.

The MLK Day of Service is a collaborative effort of Portland-area universities and colleges facilitated by the Oregon Campus Compact, and we are always proud of how well George Fox is represented each year at this event. Annually, it is the largest mobilization of college students in the country to serve on MLK Day!

Volunteers will gather at Concordia University and serve in the Cully neighborhood of northeast Portland. Transportation from George Fox will be provided.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Schools, Thriving Communities.” In order to receive a free T-shirt and participate in this day of serving activities you must register at this link before Jan. 9, 2015.

Questions? Contact Rusty St. Cyr at rstcyr@georgefox.edu.

FoxTALE unavailable for three hours on Tuesday

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

FoxTALE will be unavailable from 6 to 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, Dec. 30, for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

- IT

FoxTALE maintenance scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 30

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

FoxTALE will be unavailable from 6 to 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, Dec. 30, for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

- IT

Correction to IT contact information

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

This is a correction to contact information for the IT Service Desk. We published the wrong email address in an announcement yesterday. The correct email to contact the IT department is servicedesk@georgefox.edu.

We apologize for the confusion.

- IT

Register for MLK Day of Service before Jan. 9

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

On Monday, Jan. 19, George Fox students, staff and faculty will, for the sixth straight year, join with more than 1,000 students from Portland-area colleges and universities to commemorate the life, ideals and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a “day on” of voluntary service and reflection.

The MLK Day of Service is a collaborative effort of Portland-area universities and colleges facilitated by the Oregon Campus Compact, and we are always proud of how well George Fox is represented each year at this event. Annually, it is the largest mobilization of college students in the country to serve on MLK Day!

Volunteers will gather at Concordia University and serve in the Cully neighborhood of northeast Portland. Transportation from George Fox will be provided.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Schools, Thriving Communities.” In order to receive a free T-shirt and participate in this day of serving activities you must register at this link before Jan. 9, 2015.

Questions? Contact Rusty St. Cyr at rstcyr@georgefox.edu.

FoxTALE unavailable for three hours Monday morning

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

FoxTALE will be unavailable from 5 to 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, Dec. 22, for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Questions? Contact IT at it@servicedesk.edu.

New library system in place starting tomorrow

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 18), George Fox University libraries will transition to a new library system. We are in the fourth and final group as the 37-member Orbis Cascade Alliance transitions from stand-alone library systems to one shared library system.

The new system will improve the research experience for our students and faculty and allow us to better manage our resources. However, please be aware that there will be some bumps along the way as we make this migration. As one example, Summit Borrowing will be routed through interlibrary loan (a slower process) until Jan. 20. More information can be found at this link.