Archive for July, 2018

Come out to the quad to celebrate National Watermelon Day Friday

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

National Watermelon Day is approaching. To mark the occasion, join us in the quad on Friday, Aug. 3, between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in front of Minthorn for some watermelon fun. Fresh watermelon, refreshments, lawn games and yummy takeaway treats will be provided.

A big thank you to Bon Appetit for helping us make this happen. See you there!

New temporary hire process now in place

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Are you looking to hire a temporary employee and wish the hiring process could be shorter? Well, your prayers have been answered. Employee Empowerment has produced a shorter hiring timeline for new temporary hires. We can now get a new temporary employee hired in as few as 48 hours.

Please use the supervisor checklist to ensure you are expediting each step of the process, and make the Recruiting and Onboarding Data Wiki page a favorite to access recruiting and onboarding tools.

As always, I am a resource and available to answer your questions. Please reach out any time if you need help.

– Kara Holcombe (503-554-2189;

Hadlock Student Center information meeting is today

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

In a few short weeks, the Hadlock Student Center will open with a number of new programs and services for students and employees. We are excited to share this beautiful new facility with the campus community and wanted to provide a venue to share more about our vision for this space and answer any questions you might have.

The final information session is scheduled for today (Wednesday) from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Canyon Commons meeting rooms. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us! Contact Rob Simpson ( with questions.

Newly Updated Fitness Center Information

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We trust you are excited about 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 (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 fitness center in Wheeler, you’ll notice most of the space has been cleared in anticipation of remodeling it for athletics’ use since the HSC will be opening soon. Due to this upcoming remodeling of the Wheeler fitness center space, some equipment has been moved into the adjacent dance studio space (Wheeler 211) for general student and employee use until the HSC opens. The squat racks are also still available for use and are in their original spot.

There are more limited hours for this interim space in Wheeler, as it will now be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday). We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience during this transitional period and trust that the new space in the HSC will make it worth the wait!

Questions? Contact Rob Simpson ( regarding the HSC or Adam Puckett ( regarding the Wheeler Sports Center space.

Host families needed for international students during orientation in mid-August

Monday, July 30th, 2018

This fall, George Fox is expecting a number of international students to join our student body. Their first point of contact with the school is international student orientation, which begins a week before the general new student orientation.

Our desire is to place all our incoming international students with host families during international orientation. What better first impression could they get than to experience the hospitality of an American Christian family? The students will be attending orientation sessions during the day but need a place to stay during the nights.

Would you be willing to host a new international student? The students will be arriving on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 and be in orientation for a week. If our undergraduate students stayed on campus during this time, they would not be staying with their American roommates. Graduate students would not live on campus at all.

If interested, please contact Alex Pia ( for more information.

California is final stop on culinary journey along Route 66

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We’ve reached the end of the road on our culinary journey along Route 66. Our last stop is tomorrow (Wednesday), and we’ll be featuring California. We have a fantastic menu planned: California grilled fish tacos with traditional toppings, melon salad, and jicama slaw, along with dessert and a beverage, for just $6.95. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the patio outside the Klages Center.

We’ll also have our raffle drawing after lunch, so be sure to bring along your punch card. Anyone with four or more punches is eligible to enter, and we have a fun prize for the lucky winner.

See you Wednesday!

Register for Search Advocate training

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Join us for our next Search Advocate training to learn how to promote equitable hiring practices in the workplace and further encourage the Be Known promise. The workshop series establishes a theoretical foundation of current research about implicit bias and diversity, information about the changing legal landscape in hiring, and an overview of inclusive employment principles.  Rebecca Hernandez and Laura Hartley will teach this two-day session Monday-Tuesday, August 13-14 from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more about becoming a Search Advocate, visit this link.

For questions, contact Rebecca Hernandez ( or Laurie Fair (

New online Presidential Appearance Request Form created

Sunday, July 29th, 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.

Do you have kids and need clothes for them?

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

With the school year approaching, many parents are starting to consider school clothes for this next year. What is your level of interest in a children’s clothing swap? Bring a bag, take a bag of good condition clothing ready for a new home.

If your family would participate, indicate your interest by completing this form. If enough are interested, we will make arrangements for an event in August before the start of the K-12 school year.

Questions? Contact Nichole Drew (

Important Vehicle Registration and Parking Information for Commuters

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

With the new academic year comes new changes in parking policies. This letter is to inform you of those changes ahead of time so you can act accordingly.

All changes mentioned in this email begin with the 2018-19 academic year. The university, not Campus Public Safety (formerly Security Services), has elected to bill all commuters for your annual parking permit automatically.

Your student account will be charged each semester through Student Financial Services. Additionally, there is an increase in the cost of the parking permit: $100 per semester ($200 annually).

When you go online to register your vehicle on MYGFU, under “GFU Resources,” click on “Vehicle Registration.” There will be no cost shown, and you will enter your vehicle information.

Complete instructions on vehicle registration can be found on Campus Public Safety’s website. Once you have completed the vehicle registration process, your permit will be mailed to you in 14 to 21 days at the mailing address you provided during the vehicle registration process.

For those who live nearby and would rather walk or ride a bike to campus, an online form will be available to request a refund for the permit charge. Please read the form thoroughly to understand the conditions of your refund. Information on where to access this form will be announced in an upcoming Daily Bruin.

Those of you living in the Good Neighbor area, when you bring in the required proof of residence to receive your free parking permit, your information will be submitted to Student Financial Services for a refund of permit charges. Details about parking off-campus can be found on the Off-Campus Parking website.

Please watch this summer for any changes regarding parking policies or permits. Check your George Fox email regularly or you might miss something important.

If you have any questions, please call Campus Public Safety at 503-554-2090. Details about the university’s parking policies can be found on the Campus Public Safety website: Parking 101.

Access road closed during construction

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The access road that runs in between Gulley Hall, Brandt Hall and Le Shana Hall is now closed for construction of the new residence hall. Access to the Le Shana parking lot is from Fulton St. only. Access to the North St. parking lot for staff and graduate students will continue to be from Villa St. via North St. Pedestrian access between the Le Shana and North St. parking lots is still accessible.

Questions? Contact Nadine Kincaid (

Fall textbooks available online

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Looking to get a jump start on your fall classes? Rent and/or purchase your textbooks, supplies and swag at today! Select in-store pick-up for free shipping and simply pick up your order when you arrive in the fall. Or ship them to your home or business address for a flat rate.

Email Michael Simmons at with inquiries.

Don’t wait to register your car

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Juniors and seniors, if you are bringing a car to campus, go to myGFU and register for your commuter or residential parking permit before Monday when the registration portal will open to sophomores. Commuter permits aren’t limited but residential permits are, so don’t delay.

Questions? Out-of-the-box car situation? Contact Campus Public Safety at 503-554-2090 during business hours or email Nadine Kincaid at

Important Fitness Center Information

Wednesday, July 25th, 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

Hadlock Student Center information meeting today

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

In a few short weeks, the Hadlock Student Center will open with a number of new programs and services for students and employees. We are excited to share this beautiful new facility with the campus community and wanted to provide a venue to share more about our vision for this space and answer any questions you might have. These information sessions are scheduled for today (Thursday) from 3 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, August 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Canyon Commons meeting rooms. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us! Contact Rob Simpson ( with questions.

All-employee meeting set for this afternoon

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Make plans to attend the all-employee meeting set from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Canyon Commons (live streaming in PDS 160).

See you there!

Submit your business card orders

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Marketing Communications will be processing the next business card order on Friday, August 3. Submit your request for business cards directly with B&B Print Source before Friday, August 3.

Questions? Contact Danette Newkirk at

Route 66 barbecue today outside Klages

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Our culinary journey along Route 66 is stopping in Arizona today (July 25)! Come over from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and join us for lunch on the patio outside the Klages Center where we’ll be grilling up Sonora-style bacon-wrapped hot dogs served on a house-made roll with your choice of toppings. We’ll also have southwestern potato salad, nopales salad and strawberry cheesecake chimichangas — all for $6.95. See you there!

Questions? Contact Lisa Miles at

Nominate colleagues for ‘shout-outs’ at this week’s meeting

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Make plans to attend the all-employee meeting set from 3:30 to 5 p.m. this 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 ( or 503-554-2188).

Who’s on Campus this Week

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Following is a rundown of who is on campus this week …

  • The Northwest Yearly Meeting is here through Wednesday, July 25, for its annual business meetings, workshops and worship.
  • The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns are teaming with Providence Health for a soccer clinic at Austin Field on Monday, July 23.
  • The Chinese Evangelical Church is hosting its annual church retreat July 27-29 on the Newberg campus. Approximately 300 people will be in attendance.