Archive for December, 2022

Course reserve requests are now open

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Faculty are invited to submit requests for spring semester course reserves at the library.

Materials will be available for students to check out after the start of the spring term and can take up to five days to complete. To place a request, please fill out the Course Reserves Google Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Cameron at or call ext. 2422.

Check out new history class on technology and innovation in modern America

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

The Department of History has just added a new history course for spring 2023. It is HIST 285B: Technology and Innovation in Modern America.

The course examines the history of technological innovation in the U.S. since the late 19th century. It explores the theories and strategies of entrepreneurship through case studies in the history of planning for “Eureka!”

Travis Ross, director of the Humanities Plus program, will be teaching the course. If you have questions, please contact him at

We are also offering:

  • HIST 285A: The Cultural History of Sports
  • HIST 340: Modern Middle East
  • HIST 460: America, 1898-Present

Take part in these fun finals week activities

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

We hope your finals are going great, Bruins! We still have some exciting things in store for you this week to help you get through finals …

  • Gingerbread Decorating: Today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. in the student life office
  • Mythical Donuts: Thursday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. in the quad (first 350 get free donuts)
  • Hot Cocoa and Cider: Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. in the quad

Contact with any questions.

Make note of December deposit schedule

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

The finance office will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 for Christmas break. Deposits that need to have a December 2022 date must be brought to the finance office no later than 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22. If it arrives later, it will go into a deposit for January 2023.

Please look around your desks and file cabinets to see if there are any lingering items that need to go to the bank. If you are taking extra time off during the Christmas/New Year holiday, please send your deposits over before you leave.

If you have any questions about deposits, please contact Heather Groenlund at ext. 2173. Thank you, and have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

Wellness Wednesdays: Create Memories

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

For many of us, the holidays generate some of our most vivid memories. And it’s funny the odd things that stick with us. It’s often not at all the presents or the egg nog. Maybe it’s the memory of spying your Christmas gift under the tree as a kid? Maybe the smell of cinnamon cookies or orange peel, or the smell of your loved one’s special perfumes take you back to some of your favorite childhood memories?

Christmastime is filled with all kinds of wonderful smells. Scents can powerfully create and trigger our memories. Find out how that works and how to intentionally create an atmosphere of well-being and fond holiday memories this season.

Purchasing a new cell phone over break? Be aware of this info before you buy

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

If you get a new phone, here is what you need to know so you don’t lose access to your George Fox email, Canvas, Zoom or other apps that use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). If you only use Okta Verify or Google Authenticator, the app will transfer to your new phone but not the account information.

Before purchasing a new phone, make sure that you have one of the following methods also set up:

  • SMS Authentication (text message)
  • Voice Call Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication: Set up a Second Authentication Method

You will not be able to use Okta Verify or Google Authenticator until you go through the setup process again. Here are the directions to set up Okta Verify and/or Google Authenticator when you have a second method setup: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): I Got a New Phone.

If you got a new phone and activated it without SMS or Voice Call set up, then you must contact the Service Desk.

Questions regarding MFA? Contact the Service Desk at or 503-554-2569.

Sign up for Professor Jolliff’s spring poetry class (WRIT 370)

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Discover and develop your poetic voice! Professor Bill Jolliff is offering his Writing Poetry (WRIT 370) class this spring.

Over the years, hundreds of George Fox students have found their poetic voice in this class (many of whom didn’t even know they had one!). Jolliff’s poetry is widely published in literary journals, and his latest book of poetry, At Rest in My Father’s House, was just released this summer (Aubade Publishing).

The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Ross 140.

If this class interests you, contact Jolliff at

Survey: School breaks

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

We are collecting information to see how you feel about our school breaks. This survey might be used to implement changes to school breaks in the future.

Please use this link to take this very quick six-question survey! Thank you!

If you have any questions, contact Austin Wiebe at

Disclaimer: These surveys are student generated and are not to be associated with any official research conducted by faculty and staff at George Fox University. Any views or opinions presented in these surveys are solely those of the students and do not represent those of George Fox University. The distribution of these surveys is a service provided to George Fox University students as they prepare their research required by the curriculum. Students are required to have department approval. Any questions about these surveys should be directed to the students associated with the survey in question.

Help yourself to some free books in Minthorn

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Looking for a good book to read over break, but trying to save money? We’ve got just the thing for you!

Make your way over to Minthorn, follow the fabulous carpet up to the third-floor hallway, and take your pick from our shelves of free books and journals. Your next favorite might be waiting for you!

Books have been lovingly donated by the esteemed faculty of the Department of Language & Literature and other thought leaders in our Minthorn midst. Happy break, and happy reading!

Contact Sarah Taylor at with any questions.

Please store bike in your room over Christmas break

Monday, December 12th, 2022

If you plan to leave your bike here on campus while you are away over Christmas break, we suggest that you store it in your room. We do not recommend leaving them on the bike racks for extended periods of time.

Questions? Contact Karen Toohey at

Thank you,
The Campus Public Safety Office

Happy Birthday from the Office of the Provost

Monday, December 12th, 2022

The Office of the Provost would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

If your birthday falls in December, we would like to celebrate you! Please stop by the academic affairs office on Thursday, Dec. 15, or Friday, Dec. 16, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a sweet treat and a surprise! (Allergen-free options are available). We’re located on the second floor of Hoover, suite 230.

Portland Center employees may pick up their birthday treats at the front desk. Contact Laurie Fair at with any questions.

Return your rented textbooks ASAP

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Don’t forget to return your rented textbooks to the Bruin Bookstore!

The Bruin Bookstore’s hours this week are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. 

Wanted: Marketing interns for social media and video

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Looking for a work-study job that combines creativity with social media? Look no further than the internships in the marketing communications department!

George Fox’s marketing communications office is offering more than five different internships for creative, linear, and combination thinkers alike. Check out our open postings for social media and video positions.

Contact Jeremy Lloyd at if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Take note of some Accounts Payable holiday deadlines

Monday, December 12th, 2022

In preparation for Christmas and the university’s holiday break closure, Accounts Payable will be processing the check run on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Please take note of the following deadlines:

  • All payment requests received by Friday, Dec. 16, by 5 p.m. will be included in the Dec. 21 check run.
  • All other requests received after Dec. 16 will be included in our regularly scheduled check run on Jan. 5.

Questions? Please contact Accounts Payable at Merry Christmas!

Plant Services closed this Thursday

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Plant Services will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 15, for our monthly work day.

Volunteer to be a Life Group leader this spring

Monday, December 12th, 2022

The Office for Spiritual Life is looking for Life Group leaders for its spring 2023 Life Groups series (the weeks of Jan. 30 through March 13). Life Groups are small groups of undergraduate students who meet together for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Groups meet weekly for 60 to 90 minutes.

This spring, our groups will be either in person or completely via Zoom (this provides access for our George Fox Digital students). Life Groups led by a George Fox staff or faculty member will be SpiL-credit eligible in order to encourage students to engage in high-quality spiritual formation experiences that are participatory and offer ongoing community.

We welcome our employees, current seniors, alumni, family members of George Fox employees and students, and members of our wonderful local churches to consider leading a group.

To sign up, please fill out this form by Monday, Jan. 2.

For more information and to sign up, visit this webpage or contact the Office for Spiritual Life at

Leaving your car on campus over break? Here’s what you need to do

Monday, December 12th, 2022

If you plan to leave your vehicle on campus over the Christmas break, please do the following:

  • Fill out this “Vehicles Left on Campus Policy” form
  • Remove any personal belongings from vehicle.
  • Park in a lot designated by Campus Public Safety personnel.
  • Leave a key at the CPS office located at 212 Carlton Way.

The policy agreement form can be filled out at the Campus Public Safety office or online at the above link.

Questions? Contact Karen Toohey at, in the CPS office at 503-554-2091, or stop by 212 Carlton Way.

Have some cookies and cocoa this finals week

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Enjoy cookies and cocoa for a finals pick-me-up!

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: in the Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec 14: in the student life office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stop by Murdock 110 for an ornament painting open house today

Sunday, December 11th, 2022

Are you stressed? Would you like to paint your worries away and make gifts for family back home while vibing to Christmas music?

Join the Academic Resource Center and Disability and Accessibility Services for a Christmas ornament painting extravaganza! We will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Monday) in Murdock 110. Bring a friend!

Contact Hannah Jackson at with any questions.

Remind students to schedule PWC appointments ASAP

Sunday, December 11th, 2022

Know students who could use support on how to stay organized and study for tests as finals get closer?

Encourage them to book an appointment with the Portland Writing Center (PWC) and finish the semester strong. They need to sure to schedule early, because appointments fill up fast this time of year.

Questions? Contact Hannah Jackson at or visit our website.

For study tips, follow us on Instagram at gfwpwc.