Archive for November, 2020

Join in fun of Student Activities’ holiday Instagram challenge

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Join Student Activities for our holiday Instagram challenges each Thursday leading up to Christmas! 

By 11:59 p.m. two days before the challenge, DM your photo submission to @gfuactivities on Instagram.

  • Dec. 3: Most Festive Pet – Send us a photo of your pet dressed up for the holidays! (Deadline: Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m.)
  • Dec. 10: Best Christmas Craft – Have you made your own ornaments, cards, or creative Christmas DIYs? Send them to us! (Deadline: Dec. 8 at 11:59 p.m.)
  • Dec. 17: Best Gingerbread House – Put your decorating skills to the test and let us see your best gingerbread house! (Deadline: Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m.)
  • Dec. 24: Ugliest Christmas Sweater – Create or buy your own Ugly Christmas Sweater and send it to us to judge! (Deadline: Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m.)

Questions? Contact us at

Student Activities is hiring for spring 2021!

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Student Activities is hiring event staff for spring 2021! If you’re looking for a way to get involved on campus in a fun, high-energy environment, consider applying for a Student Activities position.

Find out more information here. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 4, at 11:59 p.m.

Need help navigating FAFSA? Make an appointment with financial aid office today

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Apply for financial aid by completing your 2021-22 FAFSA ( Filing early is best, as some funds are limited.

The 2021-22 FAFSA is needed if you plan to attend next year (fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022). If you need assistance, one-on-one FAFSA help sessions are available! Schedule your personal session here.

Questions? Contact the financial aid office ( or 503-554-2302). You can make Zoom and phone appointments by clicking the above link.

Join colleagues for a restorative mini staff conference Dec. 9

Monday, November 30th, 2020

The Staff Development Committee would like to invite all employees to a mini virtual Fall Staff Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. We will spend an hour of restorative time after a long, stressful semester and give thanks to our God for bringing us through it. 

During this time, we’ll hear from:

  • Celeste Jones, PsyD, associate professor/director of clinical training in our Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, who will share on stress management in a talk titled, “Psychologist’s Tips for Surviving and Thriving with Record-Breaking Stress Levels”
  • Jamie Johnson, associate university pastor, who will share a devotional

This event is open to all employess! To access the Zoom link for your calendar, please complete this RSVP form and the link will be provided in the confirmation message.

Questions? Contact the Staff Development Committee at

Study abroad virtual info sessions offered Jan. 20-22

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Have you thought about doing a global internship or studying abroad? Living and Learning Study Abroad is hosting several virtual sessions regarding studying at their programs in Ecuador and Italy, as well as global virtual internships. Interested participants will need to click the registration link ahead of time to join. 

Global Virtual Internship Session
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, 11 a.m.
Register here 

Ecuador Semester Session
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, 11 a.m.
Register here

Italy Semester Session
Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, 11 a.m.
Register here

Questions? Contact Lynn Scott in the Center for Study Abroad (

Parking waiver form information for commuters

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Starting today (Dec. 1), George Fox commuter students who do not plan to bring a vehicle to campus for the spring term can request an exemption from being automatically charged the parking permit fee by completing the parking waiver form, available on this page.

This form must be filled out no later than Jan. 31, 2021 in order to be considered. Please read the waiver form thoroughly as you fill it out.

By signing this form you agree that you will not bring a vehicle and park on George Fox’s Newberg campus or the surrounding Good Neighbor areas (as specified in the parking policies) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

If your vehicle is found parked on campus during these times, the following will occur:

  • You will be automatically issued a parking permit, your waiver will be revoked which will reinstate your permit fee, and you will be fined an additional $75 for parking an unregistered vehicle. These citations are not eligible to be appealed.
  • You will be required to pick up the permit from Campus Public Safety and an officer will assist you in the proper placement of the permit.

Note: There may be additional fines for any other violations according to the parking policies of the university.

Questions? Call our office at 503-554-2090 during business hours, or email Elrike Shaw at

Join the university’s ‘Dressember’ team this December

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Hey everyone! I am inviting you all to participate in my “Dressember” team this December!

“Dressember” is a fundraiser to help prevent, intervene and protect the lives of trafficking victims and survivors worldwide. Ladies, by wearing a dress every day of the month of December, you create awareness and the opportunity for conversation in your community. Men, you can participate, too, either by simply spreading the word or wearing a dress shirt and tie every day in the month of December.

Not all of us will be in Newberg this month, but that makes for even more widespread conversation. To participate, please go to and create your personal page, then look for the team “GFU for change” and join the team!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email Carissa Bixler ( Also, if you want to be part of a Facebook group, please fill out this Google survey.

All invited to join Exercise Science Club’s December Fitness Challenge

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Looking to stay active over Christmas break? Then join the Exercise Science Club’s December Fitness Challenge!

To participate, create a free Strava account, join the “George Fox Exercise Science Club,” and upload any physical activity you did in the month of December. The top three people with the most minutes of activity will recieve a sweet prize!   

Questions? Contact Hunter Dieter (

Last week for construction work along Meridian Street

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The city is continuing its water line project and will have an impact today (Mondaythrough Wednesday, Dec. 2. Thank you for avoiding this area as the city updates its water and drain lines.

Construction schedule:

  • Monday, Nov. 30
    • The Hoover parking lot entrance North of Franklin Street will be closed. This entrance will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 2.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1
    • Meridian Street will be closed at the North Street intersection again. Traffic will not be allowed through.

Questions? Contact Dixie Downey (

Advent reader available

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The Office for Spiritual Life invites the George Fox community to observe the Advent season with our 2020 Advent Reader.

This year’s reader includes Bible passages along with music selections created by students in the George Fox music program. We pray you have a blessed Advent season as your prepare your hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

View Richter Scholars’ work through video presentations

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The Richter Committee is pleased to let you know that a series of video presentations from our 2020-21 Richter Scholars is available for viewing on YouTube. In lieu of a poster symposium during fall semester, we asked each participant to record a five- to eight-minute presentation of their research.

You are encouraged to view the videos and send your thanks, encouragement and questions to the individual scholars. Their work is outstanding, and we would like to celebrate this achievement with them. You can access the videos at this link.

Be on the lookout for a second cohort of scholars to present later in spring semester.

Live history and learn about Alexander Hamilton’s World!

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Are you young, scrappy and hungry, just like your country? Then you should consider enrolling in HIST 458 (3247), Making of the American Republic, which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays spring semester from noon to 1:15 p.m.

This specially designed course delves deep into the world of the founders using role-playing games that explore conflict and peace in Pennsylvania’s frontier during the Seven Years’ War, patriotism and loyalty in New York City on the eve of the Revolution, and the writing of a new Constitution in Philadelphia. 

Students play historical characters such as Delaware chief Teedyuscung, tavern keeper Lady de la Montagne, African-American laborer Joseph Bartlet, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and  . . .  Alexander Hamilton. This is it – don’t throw away your shot!

Questions? Contact Paul Otto at

Take an advanced acting course online this spring

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

This spring, George Fox’s theatre department is offering an online version of its advanced acting course, THEA 300: Acting 3: Contemporary Scene Study, to anyone who has taken an Acting 1 course at any university, at any point in time.

So, if you want to brush up on your acting skills, leap over Acting 2, and join us for Acting 3. All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact the instructor, Cristi Miles, at

Advent devotional video available for viewing

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Every Sunday of the Advent season a new Advent devotional video will be released by the Office for Spiritual Life. There will be five total videos, with devotionals offered by the George Fox pastoral team and President Robin Baker. 

This week’s devotional is on “Hope” and is given by University Pastor Jamie Noling-Auth. Watch it here.

Take psychology club’s survey for chance to win $50 Amazon gift card

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Would you like to assist the newest psychology club on campus, and have an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card?

Help us help you by taking this short survey for Sources of Strength. Your answers will help to maximize the efficacy and reach of the program, and provide us with information on how to support students over the upcoming break.

The survey will be open until Monday, Nov. 30, at midnight. Questions? Contact Lauren Herman (

Advent reader available

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

The Office for Spiritual Life invites the George Fox community to observe the Advent season with our 2020 Advent Reader.

This year’s reader includes Bible passages along with music selections created by students in the George Fox music program. We pray you have a blessed Advent season as your prepare your hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. 

Complete your donor-funded scholarships application!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Our donor-funded scholarships application is now open for traditional undergraduate students! Through “Student Resources” in your MyGeorgeFox portal you have access to complete just one application and essay for the opportunity to be matched with over 200 of our donor-funded scholarships.

Our donor-funded scholarships range from $500 to $15,000! These scholarships have a variety of criteria – from academic major and grade level, to background and financial need. Once your application and essay are submitted, you are put in the running for the scholarships you qualify for. It’s that easy! 

If you’re looking for a way to fill the gap for the 2021-22 academic year, this is a great opportunity! There’s no better time than during the holiday break to settle down and complete some scholarship applications. 

Deadlines and dates to remember: 
Feb. 17: Application closes 
Feb. 19: Letters of Recommendation due (when applicable) 

Questions? Reach out to our Scholarship Resource Center at

President Baker speaks in fall’s last chapel today

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Please join us for our last chapel of the fall this morning (Tuesday). It will go live at 11 a.m., but you can watch it on demand whenever your schedule allows at this link.

You can also watch any chapel and Monday Morning Devotional (MoMoDeVo) from the semester at the above link, including our final MoMoDeVo of the semester with Pastor Gaby Viesca.

Questions? Contact the Office of Spiritual Life (

University closes Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

All university offices and libraries on the Newberg campus and at the Portland Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, the Bruin Store will be closed Thursday through Sunday.

The 24/7 space in the Murdock Library will be open during the closure.

Remote ARC appointments available during finals week

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Want help with a paper? Looking for support on how to stay organized and study as finals get closer? 

There are still appointments available this week at the ARC! The ARC is also offering remote appointments Monday through Thursday of finals week. To make an appointment, go to Or, email us at for assistance.

This week’s ARC newsletter focuses on remote learning and studying in light of this transitional period of the semester heading into the Thanksgiving holiday and finals week! Check it out here.

Questions? Contact Julia James at