Archive for April, 2019

Come by engineering students’ Makers Competition tomorrow

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Join our first-year engineering students as they compete for awards in a Shark Tank-style Makers Competition! 

The makers will compete tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 a.m., and Thursday, May 2, at 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in Klages Maker Hub. The theme this year is “Smart Baby/Child Products.”

Questions? Contact Adina McConaughey at

Important information about tuition remission

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Eligible employees may now apply for tuition remission for themselves or spouse as a part-time or special (non-degree seeking) student for the 2019-20 academic year. Click here to apply.

If you have already applied for and received approval for the 2019-20 academic year during our annual enrollment for tuition remission, please do not apply again.

The time to request tuition remission for full-time dependent students has passed. This process is available each year in October during an open enrollment period. However, if you missed this opportunity you may file an exception request, which the university will review and approve on a resource-available basis.

Questions about the tuition remission benefit? Visit the tuition remission webpage, email or call 503-554-2180.

Information about bicycles for the summer

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Campus Public Safety will be conducting its annual bicycle roundup starting Monday, May 6. If you are staying on campus over the summer and plan to keep a bike here, please come to Campus Public Safety to get a sticker ID so your bike will not be removed.

  • At the end of the spring semester, a university-wide bicycle cleanup is done. Bicycles that are illegally parked, unregistered or inoperable are impounded. Bicycle racks need to be cleared to do routine maintenance to the bicycles racks and surrounding areas.
  • Bicycles may not be stored on the campus during the summer semester. Bicycle claims can be made at the Campus Public Safety office.
  • Students using their bikes during the summer must move their bikes to the nearest rack of their summer housing.
  • Bicycles not picked up from the impound lot within 60 days will be forwarded to local charities at the discretion of the Campus Public Safety office. Junk bicycles will be recycled.

Questions? Contact Ed Gierok at

About Our People

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Stephanie Matthew, Elizabeth Roark (School of Nursing) and Eloise Hockett (College of Education), coauthored “Christ-Focused Service-Learning: Learning to Receive Ministry in Humility” in the April/June 2019 issue of Journal of Christian Nursing. Since 2015, Eloise, Stephanie and Elizabeth have been collaborating with the nursing and education programs to engage students and faculty in cross-cultural partnership work in Kenya through a service-learning model.

In March, Joe Thouvenel met the requirements to become a Certified Career Services Provider from the National Career Development Association’s credentialing commission. Joe is assistant director of the IDEA Center and a job and internship coach.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) was recently interviewed, along with Roy Carlisle (editor of Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline), by Carrie Carlisle Palmer and Joshua Lindley on Tablethink, a site dedicated to providing inspirational information, innovative ideas and community connection. Paul also reviewed the last four episodes of the “Jesus: His Life” series for The Bible and Interpretation site: “Jesus: His Life from the Perspectives of Judas and Pilate” and “Jesus: His Life from the Perspectives of Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter.”

Jim Weller, who recently retired after working as an adjunct in the Adult Degree Program, is releasing a book, Flying Solo, that is now available for preorder at Barnes & Noble’s website ( The book tells the story of Chris, who, months before receiving his aeronautical engineering degree in preparation for a career in aviation as an airline pilot, faces tragedy. Every part of his life is changed, including his relationship with the woman he loves. 

The following employees were recognized with shout-outs at last Thursday’s all-employee meeting: John Shaw (IT), commended for helping financial aid troubleshoot its automated disbursement system; Jordan Nelson (Financial Aid), who came up with a creative, automated solution to fix a lot of manual work in PeopleSoft; Andrew Fleming (IT), who responded quickly to assist a coworker to print critical documents; and Mari Ortega (Intercultural Resource Center), who assisted the financial aid office with a Spanish-speaking parent. You can read summaries of all the shout-outs here.

Information about FoxTALE end-of-semester tasks

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Faculty: As we approach the end of the term, The Libraries Digital Learning would like to share a few reminders.

You will want to keep an archive of your gradebooks that includes all courses taught for the last five years. See the guide “Downloading the Gradebook” for a demonstration on how to download this term’s gradebooks as spreadsheets for your storage.

Your 2019 summer and 2019-20 academic year course sites are now accessible to you in FoxTALE. They will remain hidden from students until you are ready to make your courses visible. See the guides at “FoxTALE Course Life Cycle” for information on how to locate courses, adjust course start and end dates, import content from previous courses, and make your courses visible to the students.

You will find additional guides at “Digital Learning” and “FoxTALE for Faculty.” We welcome your inquiries at

Swing by Bruin Den today for billboard photo shoot, free candy

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Want a chance to be on a George Fox billboard? How about some free candy? If either of these appeal to you, swing by the Bruin Den today (Monday) between noon and 2 p.m.

A photographer from the university’s marketing communications department will be taking pictures for potential use on a billboard, and he will be handing out candy. Take a few minutes to swing by!

Questions? Contact Jeremy Lloyd at

New printing information

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

We are currently transitioning our printing to Allegra Printing. You will need to plan ahead, as their turnaround time is not as quick as Print Services.

We will continue to give you information as we move further along with this new process. In the meantime, please note the following instructions for submitting jobs to Allegra Printing:

  • Email PDF files (only) to Shoshannah Smith at
  • Include your full department chart of account string
  • Include full contact information
  • Allow two to three days for your job to be ready
  • All projects will be delivered to Mail Services and written up as a package

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Silver at

Bruin Community Pantry summer hours start today

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Starting today (Monday), the Bruin Community food bank will be on summer hours.

The food bank in the Roberts Center will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made by contacting the student life office at 503-554-2310.

If you have questions, please contact Jere Witherspoon at 503-554-2316 or

Meet new basketball coach at introduction event this Friday

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The university has hired a new women’s basketball coach! Michael Coppolino joins us from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, where he coached the women’s program the last six seasons. Over the last two years, his teams went 35-1 in conference play. You can read more details about his background here.

This Friday, May 3, we will host an introduction event for coach Coppolino at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E. Sheridan). It begins with a press conference from 2:30 to 3 p.m., followed by a community meet-and-greet time from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the gallery (refreshments provided).

Come join us and extend a welcome to our new coach! Questions? Contact Elise Trask at

Sign up for direct deposit before end of the semester

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Do you want your paycheck to automatically be in your bank account on payday? Come by the Employee Empowerment office anytime Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sign up for direct deposit before you leave for the summer!

You can bring a voided check or a printed direct deposit form from your bank that includes your account and routing number. Many banks have these forms available to print through their online banking.

If you aren’t able to sign up for direct deposit, just remember that your paycheck will be mailed out on payday to the mailing address on file. You can update your mailing address on MyGFU under the “Self Service” tab.

Questions? Contact Employee Empowerment at

Reserve a faculty study room for fall semester

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The library has three faculty study rooms which may be reserved for one semester at a time for those needing a quiet area for study and research. If you are interested in requesting a room for next year, please fill out this form.

Requests will be prioritized on a first come, first served basis. Please note the form requires a George Fox email address.

Questions? Contact Mary Cameron at

Stop by the ARC to write a thank-you note for a mentor

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Is there someone at George Fox who has made a difference in your college experience? Did someone ignite a spark that made you want to learn more than you thought you could, someone who walked alongside you during a difficult season, or a person who has been a mentor?

Take a moment to write an email, e-card, or traditional thank-you card to that professor, coach, RA, tutor, supervisor, or other influential person. Stop by the ARC in the library to pick up a free blank card, or send or create your own.

Questions? Contact Julia James at

Volunteer to plant trees in Hess Creek Canyon today

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Do you enjoy the beautiful trees on campus? Would you like to learn how to successfully plant a tree?

Today (Monday) we are having a volunteer tree-planting day in the Hess Creek Canyon area from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to come and go, but be sure to dress appropriately.

Meet below the Crisman Crossing bridge at 9 a.m. If we have a large number of volunteers, we may also do some invasive removal.

Any questions can be directed to the Plant Services office at ext. 2010.

Claim lost items at Campus Public Safety office before end of the semester

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

If you have lost something, be sure to come to the Campus Public Safety office as soon as possible, because all remaining unclaimed items will be donated to Phase II at the end of the semester.

Anything found in the student residences when they are deep-cleaned will be kept until Friday, May 31, before it is all donated to charitable causes, so be sure to double-check your residence before moving out!

If you work out in Wheeler, Duke or Hadlock, check for your lost items in those buildings before leaving school as well.

Questions? Contact Nadine Kincaid at

Learn to make hanging baskets on May 8

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Mark your calendars to make gorgeous hanging baskets to grace our quad! You can learn this valuable lesson on how these beauties are assembled and help us in the process.

Join us Wednesday, May 8, starting at 9 a.m. The session will last approximately four hours, and you are welcome to join at any time. We will meet in the Thomas Center’s lower patio area at 1101 Villa Road.

Please contact the Plant Services office at 503-554-2010 for more information.

Murdock Library faculty office courier suspended for summer

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The Murdock Library faculty office courier will be suspended during summer break. The service will end on Friday, May 3, and resume on Monday, August 26.

Questions? Contact Patty Vanier at

National Day of Prayer event update

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The Newberg community prayer team is hosting a prayer gathering on the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, May 2, at 6:15 p.m. at River Street Church of God, 715 S. River Street. Join with Newberg pastors, leaders and community members for this annual time of prayer.

Contact Di Endicott at or the Office for Spiritual Life at if you have questions.

Donate leftover items to Bruin Community Pantry

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Please consider donating your leftover household items or non-perishable food to the Bruin Community Pantry.

Contact Jere Witherspoon at 503-554-2316 or to for more information.

Faculty development opportunity: Accessibility workshop

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

You are invited to join our Accessibility Ambassadors for an accessibility workshop to be held next Monday, May 6, in Roberts Center 168, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This is a hands-on morning that will start with a breakfast buffet, hosted by The Libraries Digital Learning. We will open our laptops to work on making digital content accessible for our students.

Would you like to work on your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files? Make images and tables accessible? Caption videos? Learn how to give an individual student extended time on a FoxTALE quiz? Join us for any amount of time during the morning.

The session satisfies up to three hours of faculty development.

Questions? Contact Gloria Doherty at

Claim your lost items before May 17

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Have you lost or misplaced your computer power cord, adapter, or USB stick? Stop by the IT or library desk at the Portland Center to claim your lost items.

We will be donating the items after Friday, May 17. Some of these items date back to the summer of 2018.

Questions? Contact Andy Lockhart at