Archive for February, 2020

Join therapy group on Thursdays

Friday, February 28th, 2020

If you are interested in counseling and struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or relationship difficulties, the George Fox Health and Counseling Center is offering a therapy group on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Group therapy has proven to be one of the most effective and beneficial treatments for many students to address common issues. There is not a specific topic for each group session. Group members are welcome to bring any issue to the group, give and receive support and feedback from their peers, and work with reactions and responses to better understand themselves and others.

If you’re interested, email Chris Spromberg at

Employee Appreciation Week is next week

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Calling all George Fox employees! It’s Employee Appreciation Week from Monday, March 2, to Friday, March 6.

Stop by Human Resources on Monday, March 2, between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Margaret Lemmons House for a yummy grab-and-go breakfast of bagels, pastries, fruit, yogurt, and coffee or tea. Thank you for all you do!

Questions? Contact Kara Holcombe at

Gather for lecture on Hildegard of Bingen March 9

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

All are invited to a lecture by Bo Karen Lee, PhD, titled “The Beauty of Weakness: Hildegard of Bingen on Life with God” on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in Canyon Commons.

According to Hildegard, divine strength enters our lives through an awareness of our human weakness. Come and explore Hildegard’s theology of weakness and discover the relevance her insights have for us today. 

Bo Karen Lee is professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton University.

Questions? Contact Nancy Schifferdecker at

Come to ‘Unplanned’ film screening tonight

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Today (Friday) at 7:30 p.m., the Students for Life club will be showing the film Unplanned in EHS 102. All are welcome to come! Snacks will be provided.

This film is based on the story of Abby Johnson, who was a passionately pro-choice director of a Planned Parenthood clinic until she quit after seeing an ultrasound of an abortion. She then became a major pro-life advocate.

Questions? Contact Joanna Gunther at

Come to Open Mic tomorrow

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Do you have a desire to perform your music, poetry, comedy, dance, or anything in between? Come to the Open Mic at the Coffee Cottage tomorrow (Saturday)! We encourage everyone to try something out in our low-stakes and welcoming environment.

Sign-ups open at 6:45 p.m. and the fun begins at 7. The Coffee Cottage is located at 808 East Hancock Street.

Please note: We encourage original works all around. Due to our music license, we cannot allow any covers to be performed. We provide an amp and microphone. All other instruments must be brought by you if you need them.

Contact Araya Glancy ( with questions.

What is Lent? Participate in discussion tonight

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Join the Catholic Campus Fellowship in Stevens 109 today (Friday) at 5 p.m., to learn about and discuss the history and purpose of the season of Lent. Chapel credit is available.

Questions? Contact Claire Pierce at

Get ready for Housing Preview Night on March 10

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Housing Preview Night is happening on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.!

Come tour different houses, apartments, and our upper-class residence halls to get a feel for where you want to live next year. Meet residence life staff, win prizes for visiting certain locations (T-shirts, gift cards, and more), and connect with housing staff to ask questions and plan for housing for the 2020-21 academic year.

Start the evening at any time between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Stevens Center by picking up a card with locations to visit around campus. Then come back with your card filled out to win a prize.

Additional details regarding housing selection are posted on the housing webpage. Questions? Contact or stop by the student life office.

Check out Lacrosse Fan Day tomorrow

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Lacrosse season is right around the corner. The Bruins are working hard and are excited to see you all at the field this spring for games!

Before the games start, join us for the third annual Bruin Lacrosse Fan Day tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Austin Sports Complex. Meet the 2020 Bruin team, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, challenge a player in the fastest shot contest, and learn more about the game.

Contact Katie Brand at for more information.

Library’s 24-hour space will close for two hours tonight

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The Murdock Library will be having a student employee training event today (Friday), so the 24-hour space will not be available from 5 to 7 p.m. It will reopen for the night at 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact Patty Vanier at

Join Latin dance lessons tonight

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The Latinx Heritage Club and Student Activities will be hosting ¡Bailemos! next week. Come for dance lessons tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. in the Hadlock dance studio to learn different Latin dance styles together.

No prior dance experience is necessary. Questions? Contact

PT program’s Africa service trip hosts banquet fundraiser

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

This June, the university’s physical therapy department is taking a medical service trip to Ghana and Uganda to team up with the local healthcare organizations to treat diverse conditions in underserved communities.

To help raise funds for the trip, a banquet will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. in Canyon Commons. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and a silent auction of various basket items!

If you are interested in joining us, contact Ariana Blondo at, or come by the physical therapy department in the Roberts Center and ask for Ariana.

Apply to be a Peer Advisor

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Applications to be Peer Advisors (PAs) are now open and will be closing on Friday, March 13. Interviews take place the full week before spring break, so start your application now!

Questions? Contact Jessica Hughes at

Participate in group fitness research study

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The exercise science department is recruiting individuals over the age of 55 who are not regularly involved in group exercise in order to obtain data for a senior research project. It is a four-week-long commitment.

This study seeks to understand the impact that group fitness has on physical, mental and cognitive health. If you are interested in participating, contact Lacey Dean at

Come to lecture on aerodynamics of birds

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Join the biology department for a seminar presentation by Bret Tobalske today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. in Hoover 105. His presentation is titled “Nature’s Ultimate Flying Animals: The Biomechanics and Aerodynamics of Hummingbirds.”

Tobalske is known worldwide for his work on flight biomechanics in birds. In his work, he uses methods including high-speed video to make kinematic measurements, particle image velocimetry to measure airflow characteristics, and sonomicrometry to measure muscle activity. 

Tobalske has constructed a large wind tunnel that he uses for studies of forward flight in birds and convective heat transfer in stationary structures (e.g. nests), and also uses preserved wings attached to a motor to study how airflow across the the wing changes with wing design. 

For more information, contact Vetta Berokoff at

Submit Fox360 alert for students of concern

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

If you have concerns about a traditional undergraduate student, log into Fox360 to submit an “alert” for the student. Submit alerts for concerns in the following areas:

  • Academic – Missing multiple classes; consistently poor academic performance
  • Behavioral – Concerning or disruptive behaviors in or outside of class
  • Emotional – Mental health concerns; unusual emotional expression
  • Physical – Medical concerns; extreme changes in grooming, personal care
  • Social – Personal, social, or family concerns that are affecting well-being and performance

We ask that faculty not send an alert if a student is doing poorly in a class unless you have cause to believe the student might be performing poorly in other courses. A preferred first step is for professors to communicate directly with students who aren’t performing well.

Below are steps for submitting an alert about a student of concern:

  • Log into using your university username and password.
  • Click “Send Alert” in the upper left corner of the screen or click the life preserver on the Fox360 home screen.
  • Search for the student by name, username or ID, then click the “Send Alert” icon in the column to the right of the appropriate student.
  • Complete the alert form.
  • A member of the Student Support Network will be assigned to follow up on every student of concern.

This Fox360 Quick Guide provides a visual overview of the Fox360 system; more details about using Fox360 are available in this Google folder.

If you have questions about the process or are unsure whether to submit an alert, contact Jere Witherspoon ( or Rick Muthiah (

‘Unplanned’ film will be shown tomorrow

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Tomorrow (Friday) at 7:30 p.m., the Students for Life club will be showing the film Unplanned in EHS 102. All are welcome to come! Snacks will be provided.

This film is based on the story of Abby Johnson, who was a passionately pro-choice director of a Planned Parenthood clinic until she quit after seeing an ultrasound of an abortion. She then became a major pro-life advocate.

Questions? Contact Joanna Gunther at

Faculty development opportunity: Strategies for supporting students with ADHD

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Do you work with students with ADHD? Would you like to get some insights into the ADHD brain? Interested in strategies that can work for individuals with ADHD?

Come to a faculty presentation by Kelsey Kuperman from the University of Oregon on Wednesday, March 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Ross 140. This session, sponsored by the Disability Services Office, satisfies one hour of professional development for faculty.

ADHD is a form of neurodiversity and can show up as strengths (creativity, curiosity, passion) and frustrating challenges (lack of motivation, difficulty getting started, trouble tracking time) for individuals with ADHD. This session will explore real-life examples of what it looks and feels like to navigate college with ADHD and will cover a range of strategies for students and faculty.

Questions? Contact Andrea Byerley at

Apply to work for Campus Public Safety

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Campus Public Safety will be hiring five or six student officers for the upcoming school year. We will hire this spring and do some training before the end of the semester in preparation for the following academic year.

We are looking for dependable, responsible, committed and diverse applicants to add to our already hard-working team. The job description and additional information can be found on

Questions? Email Elrike Shaw at or call 503.554.2090.

Sign up now for summer online courses

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

If you’re interested in catching up or getting ahead on your general education requirements, taking an online course at George Fox this summer is an excellent strategy! Registration is now open.

Classes are limited to 20 students each, and they fill up fast. Basic general education options such as HUMA 205 and 290, BIBL/RELI 215, CHEM 110, many MATH options, and so much more are available.

The courses run for eight weeks during June and July, and the fee is 50 percent off normal tuition. The courses are all taught by experienced, devoted George Fox faculty members with a track record of success in online teaching.

Visit the summer online website for a course list and instructions for registration. If you have questions about the applicability of a particular class to your degree requirements, contact your CAP coach for more information. In some cases, your financial aid package can be used to cover the cost (check with Financial Aid for details).

Questions? Email Brian Doak (, director of the summer online program.

Watch ‘America Lost’ documentary Monday

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

On Monday, March 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Hoover 105, the American Enterprise Institute will be hosting a film screening of America Lost.

America Lost is a feature documentary that explores life in three “forgotten American cities” – Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California. The film reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful commentary.

Snacks will be be provided. Questions? Contact Cayla Bleoaja at