Archive for August, 2020

Sign up for a Life Group to earn SpiL credit

Monday, August 31st, 2020

It’s time to sign up for a fall semester Life Group!

Life Groups are offered by the Office for Spiritual Life as a weekly time of Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Groups led by a graduating senior or a post-college leader and are all male, all female or co-ed.

Fall groups are nine weeks in length, starting the week of Sept. 7. This fall all Life Groups will be either Zoom groups or hybrid groups. Hybrid groups will meet via Zoom or may occasionally meet outdoors as the weather, state and university regulations and participant comfort permit.

Throughout the pandemic, students can earn SpiL credit for participating in Life Groups through the Office for Spiritual Life in order to encourage engagement in high-quality spiritual formation experiences that are participatory and offer ongoing community.

Life Groups are overseen by the Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life, which is passionate about providing students the opportunity to be spiritually nurtured in intentional communities focused on intimacy with God and spiritual formation.

Questions? Email

Come say farewell to Ryan Dougherty and family Thursday

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 3, as we celebrate Ryan Dougherty for his 20 years of service to the university. He and his family will join us at the Alumni Plaza (between Bauman Auditorium and the football field) for socially distanced snacks and well wishes. We’ll have a basket available if you’d like to drop off a card. Face coverings required!

Suggested visit times:

  • Admissions: 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Registrar & Marketing: 10:30-11 a.m.
  • George Fox community and friends: 11 a.m. – noon

Please contact Lindsay Knox or Sarah Reid with questions.

ARC is open for the fall semester

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Need help writing a paper, staying on top of your assignments, or preparing for tests? Come to the Academic Resource Center (ARC), where you will find students helping students. Through one-on-one consultations, trained peer consultants can help you become a better reader, writer, and learner.

We are now open for appointments Monday through Thursday between 1 and 10 p.m. and Friday between noon and 4 p.m. This semester we are offering both physically distanced, in-person appointments and virtual appointments over Zoom.

All appointments occurring after 7 p.m. will be over Zoom AND all appointments with Gabriela or Hannah will be over Zoom. If you would like an in-person consultation, be sure to make an appointment before 7 p.m. with any other consultant.

You can see our availabilities and schedule an appointment online at

Questions? Contact Julia James at

Sign up for virtual trivia night

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Join Student Activities this Friday, Sept. 4, for a session of virtual trivia via Zoom for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! There will be four 15-minute rounds beginning at 7 p.m.

Sign up here. Please contact with any questions.

Join Catholic Campus Fellowship for s’mores Sept. 10

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Come by the Campfire Pavilion in the canyon between HMS and the suites Thursday, Sept. 10, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy Catholic fellowship and build connections within your community!

We will have a campfire going with s’mores and the ability to meet other Catholic students for a ride to Mass or opportunities for serving our community through St. Peter Parish.

Contact Kirsten Van Dyke at for any questions.

All invited to weekly outdoor Bible studies

Monday, August 31st, 2020

George Fox’s Cultural Enterprise is hosting a weekly outdoor Bible study on Wednesdays in September and October at noon in the amphitheater. The first gathering is tomorrow (Wednesday).

Joseph Clair and Dominic Done, pastor of Westside: A Jesus Church and professor of applied theology at George Fox, will be diving into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: a stirring call to faith and faithfulness and the formation of a radically new kind of community in Christ.

This event is open to anyone. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, so please wear your mask and observe distancing guidelines.

Find Your Fit: Employee Health and Fitness Program

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Do you want an exercise program tailored toward your health and fitness goals? Do you want an exercise program that you can safely do at home?

Exercise science students will create a two-month customized exercise program for you based on your goals, preferences, and identified barriers.

We can only serve the first 20 people this semester, so don’t wait! Help us, help you “Find your Fit.”

Email Mary Imboden at for more information!

Expense coding required for purchases related to COVID-19

Monday, August 31st, 2020

For any purchase made that relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, please include “COVID-19” in the “chartfield one” field in the coding string. This field can be entered for purchase requisitions, check requests, petty cash vouchers, or selected in Concur. Expenses would include personal protection equipment like masks, signage for keeping distance, cleaning equipment, computer software, etc.

Unfortunately, only one “chartfield one” can be used per transaction, and the COVID-19 code must take priority over another department designation.

If you have any questions about using this code with purchase requisitions, please contact Matt Hammar at ext. 2006 or For any other questions about this coding, contact Cris Banton at ext. 2167 or

View Academic Convocation and President Baker’s sermon

Monday, August 31st, 2020

The Office for Spiritual Life and the Academic Affairs Office are eager to share the video of the Aug. 25 academic convocation, an annual academic ceremony to mark the beginning of the school year.

Additionally, President Baker’s sermon, which was intended to be a part of the convocation service, was recorded separately, and you are invited to view it here.

We hope you will find time to watch these videos as we kick off a new academic year. Blessings!

Come say farewell to Austin O’Donnell today

Monday, August 31st, 2020

The Office of Student Life would like to extend a special thanks to Austin O’Donnell for his continual good work in caring for this community, specifically in his role as our summer RA.

We would like to invite you to drop by the student life office (entrance located on the side of Hadlock) today (Tuesday) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to say farewell.

COVID-19 care, concerns and reporting

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

As we all work and live together, it is especially crucial that everyone understands the processes for reporting concerns and cases related to COVID-19.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these processes:

Questions? Email

Please avoid dumping garbage in recycling bins

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The sunny yellow lids on the bins in the outside enclosures are for recycling only. Please avoid dumping garbage in the recycling bins because it contaminates the entire bin. If trash has been mixed into the recycling, the entire bin must be taken to the landfill.

The recycling bins are a commingled service, so recyclables can be mixed together. View the full list of what can be recycled

Recycling not only reduces the use of raw resources, it also reduces what is taken to landfills and saves the university money in garbage fees. Thank you for making a positive impact on our world!

Apply for student government positions

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Student government is looking to fill positions for the upcoming year, including:

  • Marketing director
  • Senior class representative
  • Four freshman class representatives

To apply, fill out this Google Form. Applications close on Sep. 1.

If you have questions, please drop by the student government office in the Hadlock Student Center (room 116) or email Meredith Green ( or Mark Giese (

New Adirondack chairs placed on the quad

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

To allow for more outdoor seating, new Adirondack chairs have been placed on the quad. Please leave the chairs where you found them, and do not move them.

Final call for stationery orders

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

This is the final call to order university stationery for the large fall order. The collective order helps keep costs low – the higher the volume, the lower the cost. Consequently, it is most economical to overestimate needs and store a small surplus.

Orders can be placed on the Marketing Communications website and will be accepted through Friday, Sep. 4.

Continue to purchase all non-departmental stationery (including “second-sheet letterhead”) through the university’s Office of Mail Services.

Questions? Email Jamison Loop at

Eat tasty snacks and meet great people at open house event this week

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Students, we’re so excited to have you on campus! A number of academic departments and offices are hosting open houses on weekdays from 3 to 4 p.m. through this Friday, Sept. 4, so students can meet professors and staff and enjoy some awesome snacks.

The George Fox community is full of incredible people, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them! Check out the open house map here.

Learn to use new FoxTALE features online

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Join the Libraries and Digital Learning for a web conference that demonstrates new features in FoxTALE, including:

  • Zoom integration, which allows you to schedule Zoom meetings and automatically share the meeting recordings in FoxTALE
  • Expanded grading capabilities in forum discussions

Join the 30-minute web conference on Zoom on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. or Sep. 1-4 at 11 a.m.

Questions? Email Gloria Doherty at

Attend an info session about studying abroad next year

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Veritas Christian Study Abroad is hosting weekly info sessions throughout September and October that provide an overview of their study abroad programs for 2021-2022.

Questions? Contact the Center for Study Abroad at Thank you!

Wanted: Undergrad or grad students who do not weight-lift

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Undergraduate and grad students who do not weight lift are wanted for an eight-week strength training study.

Your time commitment: pretest session, training program twice a week for eight weeks (approximately 20 minutes per session), and a post-test session. A small honorarium will be offered for completing the study.

Contact Jason Brumitt ( for details.

Make sure to register for or update your parking permit

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

All vehicles brought to George Fox University or the surrounding neighborhoods must be registered with Campus Public Safety within one week of campus activity.

New employees can register for their first parking permit for free. Changes to a vehicle or license plate will require an update of your vehicle registration information. To update your vehicle registration information, email Elrike Shaw in Campus Public Safety at An additional permit can be purchased for $5 in cash.

Full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff will be issued a gold hang tag permit. Permits must be displayed from the inside rear view mirror and must be visible to Campus Public Safety staff.

Adjuncts who are coaching assistants, teaching assistants, and current undergraduate students are required to register their vehicles as students and park in the designated areas as assigned by their student permit.