Archive for July, 2018

Fall textbooks available online

Sunday, July 22nd, 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.

Check out Campus Public Safety’s Facebook page for important info

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Did you know that Campus Public Safety has a very active Facebook page filled with safety tips, parking information, road closure alerts, weather alerts, and much, much more?

We also post photos of things that aren’t usually seen by the majority of staff and students because we are here 24/7! This week alone we’ve posted tips on how to choose the proper life jacket for your summer water activities, hot weather tips for your car, road closures due to the Substation Fire on Highway 97 and I-84, etc.

Last year alone we posted more than 125 posts about safety/traffic/weather/construction alerts/closures, etc., so check us out to be in the know! Just click the link above or type in “George Fox University Campus Public Safety” into your Facebook search bar and see what you’ve been missing after liking our page.

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

Thursday, July 19th, 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 with any questions. See you there!

Join colleagues at all-employee meeting on July 25

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Make plans to attend the all-employee meeting set 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 ( or 503-554-2188).

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.

Residential Parking Permit Information

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

If you are a sophomore, junior or senior and are planning on registering for a residential parking permit when the vehicle registration portal opens for your class level, please look at the online parking brochure on the Campus Public Safety website before choosing whether you want a Resident West, Resident East or Morse lot permit. For example, Villa Road House has moved from the east side of the campus to the west side, and you’d want a Resident West permit if that was your housing assignment.

Hess Creek is the rough dividing line between Resident East and Resident West housing designations. Once the Resident East parking permits are allotted, then your choices would be the Morse lot on the east side of campus or a Resident West permit until those are assigned.

Questions? Contact Nadine Kincaid at or call 503-554-2090 during business hours.

Sign up to walk in the Old Fashioned Festival Parade

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Want to walk with George Fox University in the Old Fashioned Festival parade on the morning of Saturday, July 28? Affinity Marketing is looking for students, employees and their families to walk alongside the Bruin Bus while handing out candy and football postcards. We have 20 free T-shirts left for volunteers to wear in the parade.

Anyone is welcome, and if you do not receive a T-shirt and still want to walk, wear George Fox gear or navy blue shirts. Meet-up will be at Renne Field on East 9th Street at 9 a.m. on July 28. We are the seventh spot in the parade and should move through the parade streets rather quickly.

Please email Mckenna Tillotson to sign up:

Carlton Way by Edwards will be closed on certain upcoming days

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Carlton Way will be closed by Edwards Hall today (Thursday), Monday (July 23) and Wednesday (July 25) while they pour concrete. Through traffic will not be permitted until the afternoon on these dates, so please use alternate routes.

Thank you!

Help educate students as they make parking permit decisions

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

If you know of sophomore, junior or senior students who plan to register for a residential parking permit when the vehicle registration portal opens, please encourage them to look at the online parking brochure before they choose a Resident West, Resident East or Morse lot permit. There have been some changes on campus, such as the Villa House move, and we want students to be aware of those changes before making a parking permit request.

Hess Creek is the rough dividing line between Resident East and Resident West housing designations. Once the Resident East parking permits are allotted, then the choices are the Morse lot on the east side of campus or a Resident West permit until those are assigned.

Questions? Contact Nadine Kincaid at or call 503-554-2090 during business hours.

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

New Mexico is today’s stop on Bon Appetit’s culinary road trip

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

We’re visiting New Mexico today (Wednesday) on our culinary road trip along Route 66! Stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for lunch and enjoy some pork carne adovada along with traditional side dishes, dessert and a beverage for $6.95.

We’ll be on the patio outside Klages for the remainder of our “journey.” Remember to bring your punch card, as those who have four or more punches will be entered into a raffle for a fun prize at the end of the road!

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

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kasondra Silva at

Be aware of tree work being done on campus this week

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Plant Services continues to do tree work this week in Hess Creek Canyon. Barricades will be used to mark off the work areas. For your safety, do not walk inside the barricaded areas. Intermittent tree work will continue in the quad as well.

Thank you,
– Plant Services

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 16th, 2018

After a four-year absence, Becky Jensen has returned to George Fox to work as an executive assistant in the College of Education. She has worked the past three years as an accounting specialist for ProAmpac of Portland, a global flexible packaging company. Before that, she worked at George Fox for six years (2008-14) as an administrative assistant in the College of Business. Becky earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from Multnomah University in 1986. She lives in Newberg with her husband, David. They have three sons – Nathanael, Zachary and Nicholas – and two daughters-in-law, Liz and Maya. Becky and David attend Crossridge Church in Sherwood.

Nancy Schifferdecker joins the university this summer as an executive assistant to Joseph Clair, the newly named dean of the College of Christian Studies, Liberal Arts, and Honors Program. She arrives from working as the program coordinator for the Columbia Basin Federal Caucus, a consortium of 10 federal agencies working on complex regional issues involving natural resources. Nancy has decades of experience in the performing arts, most recently working with high school students as a choral and musical theater director at Horizon Christian High School in Tualatin. She is well versed in event planning, writing and meeting facilitation. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and music from Linfield College and is a proud fourth-generation Oregonian. She has two grown children – Sam, a 2014 alumnus of George Fox, and Kate – and lives in Sherwood with her husband Jack, a corporate finance attorney.

Mindy Mickelson joins the athletics department as a compliance officer and office manager. A 1996 alumna of the university, she has worked most recently as a substitute instructional assistant at Middleton Elementary School in Sherwood since December. Previously, she was a training administrative assistant at Metro in Portland (2016) and a training operations specialist (2013-15), facility coordinator (2011-13) and traffic coordinator (2009-11) at A-dec in Newberg. She also held management and logistics positions at companies in Portland and Lake Oswego from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. Mindy earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from George Fox, and she was a competitor on the school’s track and cross country teams. Her maiden name was Fox, and she has three ancestors – a grandfather, great-grandfather and a great-great-grandfather – who were named “George Fox.” She lives in Sherwood with her husband Steve, a 1995 George Fox graduate, and two children, Kendall and Isac. The family attends Horizon Community Church.

Jesse Luke Richards has joined the IDEA Center as an employer relations manager. His most recent work experience is relevant to his new position. While completing his master of philosophy degree at Oxford in 2017, he served as a Junior Dean for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, where he advised and mentored students and put on workshops for undergraduate students regarding best practices for applying to graduate school, jobs or internships. Jesse also gained employer networking experience with Children of the Nations in Seattle, for which he networked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create internship opportunities for college students. He has extensive experience networking with private and public entities to enhance the reputation of an organization and to streamline opportunities for students. He states he is passionate about developing career and internship opportunities for students and would enjoy thinking creatively, and networking widely, to create avenues for George Fox students to find their lifelong vocational calling. Jesse holds master’s degrees in theological disciplines from Western Seminary, Acadia University and the University of Oxford. He lives in Newberg with his wife Carissa and their new daughter, Sarina (11 months).

The Office of Plant Services has hired Matt Williams as a groundskeeper. He served previously in the infantry with the U.S. Army, working as a rifleman and radio telephone operator (2015-18). Before that, he was employed in the summers of 2012 through 2015 as a grounds maintenance worker for Camp Yamhill in Yamhill, Oregon. He lives in Newberg with wife Cassidy and attends the Newberg Church of Christ.

After 40 years of service to the university, Clyde Thomas (Plant Services) retired at the end of June. He plans to continue conducting native plant research studies in his beloved Hess Creek Canyon and looks forward to doing more mountain climbing and spending time with his wife Carol. He will remain connected to the university as a volunteer.

Karen Carskadon (Education), David Green (Marketing Communications), Randy Dalzell (Head Cross Country Coach), Sandra Banta-Wright (Nursing), Kearsten McCoy (SpIL), Janet Ellis (Employee Empowerment), Michelle Kang (PsyD), Patty Findley (Athletics) and Chuck Conniry (Academic Affairs) have left the university. Kearsten has left the SpIL office but will remain at the university until mid-September to assist with Serve Day planning.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Steve Tillery, who has served as a visiting professor in the elementary education degree-completion program, has been hired as the director of the School of Education’s clinical practice office.

Helen Morse has transitioned from the English Language Institute and world languages into an administrative assistant position in the William Penn Honors Program.

About Our People

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Melanie Mock (English) released a book, Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else (Herald Press) in April. According to the publisher, the book “sifts through the shape and weight of expectations that press Christians into cultural molds rather than God’s image. By plumbing Scripture and critiquing the 10-billion-dollar-a-year self-improvement industry, Mock offers life-giving reminders that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Aida Isela Ramos (Sociology/Student Success Coordinator) has published two coauthored peer-reviewed articles this year, “The Growth and Diversity of Latino Protestants in America” in Religion Compass and “Latinx Conversion and Miracle Seeking at a Buddhist Temple” in the International Journal of Latin American Religions. She also authored a book chapter, “A Changing Landscape: A Sociological Perspective,” in A Plentiful Harvest: Practices for Effective Ministry among Latinos (Pathway Press) and an article, “The Rise of Latino Protestants,” in Sojourners magazine. Last year, she published a lead peer-reviewed article, “The Contexts of Conversion Among U.S. Latinos,” in the Sociology of Religion and a book, Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Sunggu Yang (Christian Studies) recently published book chapters in two books. “A Three-Fold Homiletic Lesson from Dr. King’s Pastoral and Prophetic Preaching on Violence” was published in Preaching Prophetic Care (Wipf & Stock) and “The Promised Land: A Postcolonial Homiletic of Promise in the Asian American Context” was published in Homiletic Theology Project Vol. 3 (Wipf & Stock). Yang also delivered sermons at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church in Portland in July.

Elizabeth Roark and Stephanie Matthew (Nursing) were asked to present at the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University on June 19. The event featured a variety of presentations and posters demonstrating how universities merge Christianity and nursing to improve practice. Stephanie and Elizabeth presented their original research on “Navigating Mismatched Expectations on an International Nursing Service-Learning Trip,” sharing about their service-learning experiences in Kenya, Haiti, Nicaragua and India, where they utilized their nursing skills to mentor students and community members. Each country has unique needs, which presents a challenge and results in personal and professional enrichment for faculty and students alike.

Mark Pothoff (Student Life) was part of the leadership team that facilitated the New Professionals Retreat as part of the Association for Christians in Student Development’s (ACSD) annual conference, held at Biola University in La Mirada, California, June 4-7. Joining him at the conference were Brad Lau, Rebecca Hernandez, Jenny Elsey, Bryce Coefield, Kristi Welker, Min Choi, Elizabeth Anderson, Kristina Van Der Eems and Stephanie St. Cyr.

At the conference, Elsey (Intercultural Life) and Hernandez (Chief Diversity Officer) presented a workshop, “Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education,” featuring a panel of select authors who wrote the book Diversity Matters.

Erik Comfort Bay (Plant Services) recently passed the exam required to be a licensed journeyman electrician.

Ed Higgins (English Faculty Emeritus) published two poems, “Adam Names the Animals” and “Imago Dei,” in the April 25, 2018, issue of Statement Magazine, a journal of creative writing and art published each spring by the English Department, the College of Arts and Letters, and Associated Students, Inc. at California University, Los Angeles. Also, his poem “Blue Heron” appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of Terrene, an online literary magazine “dedicated to an earth worth writing for,” according to the publisher.

Grant Burns, Jenny Elsey and Dave Johnstone (Student Life) published an article, “The motivation of students of color for pursuing leadership positions at faith-based universities,” in the Spring 2018 issue of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. It was the result of conversations and surveys with student leaders of color from across the U.S.


Monday, July 16th, 2018

July 17            Kasondra Silva
July 18            Corey Haverda
July 19            Matthew Williams
July 21            Gordon Aarness, Brittany Baker, Jeff Houck, Daniel Kang, Vicki Piersall
July 22            Carl Anderson, Courtney Elrod, Luann Foster
July 23            Donna Kestek, Mark Stone
July 25            Muh Bi Lin
July 26            Bob Dexter
July 27            Randy Woodley
July 29            David Hansen
July 30            Dale Isaak, Ron Mock, Liz Simmons
July 31            Lindsay Knox, Gary Spivey
Aug. 1             Jason Brumitt, Rob Westervelt
Aug. 3             Nancy Thurston
Aug. 4             Jered McConaughey, Nick Whitaker
Aug. 5             Michelle Shelton, Linda Warberg
Aug. 6             Elizabeth Anderson

Carlton Way by Edwards will be closed on certain upcoming days

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Carlton Way will be closed by Edwards Hall today (Tuesday), Thursday (July 19), Monday (July 23) and Wednesday (July 25) while they pour concrete. Through traffic will not be permitted until the afternoon on these dates, so please use alternate routes.

Thank you!

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 ( or 503-554-2188).

Be aware of tree work and other projects going on around campus

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Plant Services will be doing tree work the week of July 16 in Hess Creek Canyon (July 16-20). Barricades will be used to mark off the work areas. For your safety, do not walk inside the barricaded areas. Intermittent tree work will continue in the quad as well.

In addition:

  • Today (Monday), the Wheeler Bridge will be closed as crews work on trees nearby.
  • Monday and Tuesday work will occur on the south end of Canyon Commons, and traffic will be routed to the north end of the building. Crisman Crossing may be closed intermittently during that time. Flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic. For your safely, please obey the flaggers and avoid all marked areas!

Thank you,
– Plant Services