Nominate colleagues for Administrator and Staff of the Year awards

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

If you have a colleague you believe is deserving of either the Administrator or Staff of the Year award for 2020-21, please take a few minutes to submit this nomination form.

This is a chance to honor those who have done exceptional work in supporting the mission and vision of the university. Nominations must include the reasons you believe the person deserves the award.

Please submit your nominations by the end of the day Wednesday, Aug. 4. Questions? Contact Nichole Drew (ndrew@georgefox.edu).

Be sure to share your gift of words with ‘years of service’ honorees

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Please take a moment to share the gift of words with our employees who are celebrating a “years of service” milestone. Feel free to thank them or share a favorite memory by adding a comment under their name on this form.

We’ll share your gift of words on cards, and present them at the all-community meeting on Monday, Aug. 16. Please reach out to Kara Holcombe (kholcombe@georgefox.edu or ext. 2189) if you have any questions regarding the honorees.

Ask your data-related questions this afternoon

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Today (Thursday), from 1 to 2 p.m., the analytics and foresight department will offer its weekly office-hour session via Zoom.

If you have data-related questions, we’ll be available for an hour on Thursdays at 1 p.m., to offer our assistance. This is an open format; we will do our best to assist you during this time and provide guidance on next steps, if necessary.

Contact Tyler Susmilch (tsusmilch@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Join Portland Seminary in saying farewell to Tiona Cage tomorrow afternoon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Portland Seminary invites you to come say goodbye and celebrate our wonderful colleague, Tiona Cage, at an open house tomorrow (Thursday) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the seminary office in the Portland Center (12753 S.W. 68th Ave.).

Please contact Rachael Fissell (rfissell@georgefox.edu) if you have any questions.

President’s Report is available

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

As announced by President Baker in last week’s all-employee meeting, employees are encouraged to review the 2020 President’s Report. Those who prefer to read the printed report are welcome to contact Karlyn Fleming via email (kfleming@georgefox.edu) or at ext. 2115.

Wellness Wednesdays: Read what others shared about gratitude

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

As we wrap up our exploration of the concept and practice of gratitude, we invite you to continue creating an atmosphere of thankfulness throughout the entire academic year. Be inspired and find out what others shared about their journey with gratitude.

You are loved and appreciated.

Questions? Contact HR at hr@georgefox.edu.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Bridge Cafe closed afternoon of July 30 through Aug. 8

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

The Bridge Café will be closed starting Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m. We will reopen on Monday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m.

Be aware of required multi-factor authentication coming soon

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Through the next month, George Fox will start requiring multi-factor authentication to sign in to university resources through Single Sign On. This change will affect signing into resources such as email and Canvas.

All employees and students are highly encouraged to opt-in to multi-factor authentication prior to the requirement date by following these instructions (you will need to log in to the data-wiki with your George Fox credentials to access the instructions).

Individuals who have not opted in by the dates below will be prompted to do so before being able to access Single Sign On:

  • Staff and Administrators: Aug. 2, 2021
  • Students: Aug. 16, 2021
  • Faculty: Aug. 23, 2021   

Please contact the IT Service Desk (servicedesk@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Group connection and facilitation opportunity

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Are you a returning student or an employee who has a chronic illness/medical condition, has celiac disease/gluten intolerance, or is on the autism spectrum? Disability & Accessibility Services is looking for leaders/facilitators for these three different affinity groups on the Newberg campus.

The goal is to provide a safe space for students with these conditions, diagnoses, and/or restrictions to connect with other students with similar experiences in order to reduce feelings of isolation and build community.

If this is something you’re interested in or would just like more information, contact Andrea Byerley (abyerley@georgefox.edu) in Disability & Accessibility Services.

Spots still open in Wilderness First Aid course this August

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Campus Recreation is hosting a Wilderness First Aid certification course at the Hadlock Student Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 17-18. Students, employees and community members are all eligible to participate.

The course is a two-day introduction to general wilderness medicine concepts and basic life support skills. It is perfect for anyone who likes to spend time outside. This course provides relevant and realistic first-aid training and is taught by a professional instructor with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

To read more about this type of course, go to the Wilderness Medical Associates website.

You can register for the course at the Hadlock Student Center here. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your spot. We have reached our minimum number of participants, so it is confirmed and running.

If you have questions about the course, please reach out to AJ Heil at aheil@georgefox.edu.

Join colleagues at today’s all-employee meeting

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Join your colleagues at an all-employee meeting in Canyon Commons 101-103 today (Thursday) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available at this link.

See you there!

Enter group reservations for Hadlock outdoor equipment in August and September ASAP

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

The Hadlock Student Center offers affordable group rentals for kayaks, paddleboards, river tubes, yard games, hammocks, and other popular equipment. If you are interested in reserving multiple items for a group outing in August or September, please do this as soon as possible to ensure equipment inventory is available and to help us prepare for your outing.

Many group coordinators have inquired for sports teams, student welcome activities, and staff bonding and residence life events. These items are also available to any students, employees or alumni for personal outings and for George Fox-related outings. However, things tend to book up fast for August and September, so please act now to ensure availability for your outing.

If you need help planning an outing, please reach out to AJ Heil at aheil@georgefox.edu for suggestions on locations and logistics.

If you are interested in making a reservation for any of our equipment, please visit our website here for pricing, availability, and to make an online reservation. If you have difficulties making a reservation, you can also call or email the Hadlock Student Center at studentcenter@georgefox.edu.

Bridge Cafe closed afternoon of July 30 through Aug. 8

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

The Bridge Café will be closed starting Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m. We will reopen on Monday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m.

Data team available to answer questions this afternoon

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

This afternoon (Thursday), from 1 to 2 p.m., the analytics & foresight department will be offering its weekly office hour session via Zoom.

If you have data-related questions, we’ll be available for an hour on Thursdays at 1 p.m. to offer our assistance. This is an open format; we will do our best to assist you during this time and provide guidance on next steps, if necessary.

Questions? Contact Tyler Susmilch (tsusmilch@georgefox.edu).

Wellness Wednesdays: Share your gratitude story

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Tell us what you think about gratitude and let us know how it has transformed your or someone else’s life. Please use this short survey to share your experience and let us know if we can share it with our George Fox community next Wednesday! (Please provide feedback by Friday, July 23.)

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Be aware of required multi-factor authentication coming soon

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Through the next month, George Fox will start requiring multi-factor authentication to sign in to university resources through Single Sign On. This change will affect signing into resources such as email and FoxTALE.

All employees and students are highly encouraged to opt-in to multi-factor authentication prior to the requirement date by following these instructions (you will need to log in to the data-wiki with your George Fox credentials to access the instructions).

Individuals who have not opted in by the dates below will be prompted to do so before being able to access Single Sign On:

  • Staff and Administrators: Aug. 2, 2021
  • Students: Aug. 16, 2021
  • Faculty: Aug. 23, 2021   

Please contact the IT Service Desk (servicedesk@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Updated information regarding students with disabilities

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Andrea Byerley is now the assistant director of Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) and has primary responsibility for working with students and faculty around accommodation needs. She is also leading initiatives to increase engagement on disability-related topics.

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other employees should email das@georgefox.edu for assistance, or call the DAS office at 503-554-2448. Andrea’s role remains under the umbrella of Learning Support Services, which is led by Rick Muthiah.

Host an affinity tent at this year’s homecoming celebration

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Homecoming is Oct. 8-9, and the alumni office is looking forward to hosting alumni on campus in person this year!

Affinity reunions will be an important focus of homecoming, with the main event taking place on the quad right before the football game. If your department or affinity group would like to host an affinity reunion, sign up now!

We are looking for six to eight affinity groups or departments to host tents, invite their alumni and current students, and reconnect before the game (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 9. Now’s your chance to creatively re-engage your alumni at this fun, community-wide event! As always, Sara Reamy is available to help with communication, brainstorming and post-event follow-up!

Snag your booth today by emailing Sara at sreamy@georgefox.edu.

All invited to swing dance Friday nights at Jaquith Park

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Hello dance enthusiasts! The Swing Dance Club is continuing to host our “Swing Over Summer” events from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Friday through the end of August at Jaquith Park in Newberg.

Our goal for the lessons is to kick-start our club for the upcoming academic year. That being said, both students and employees are welcome, and there is no charge to participate. If you want to have some fun, learn a new skill, and get some bonus dancing practice in before the school year starts, then this is the place for you!

There are no requirements for participation, although it’s recommended you have an athletic pair of shoes and a water bottle. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list, contact Mark Berglin at mberglin19@georgefox.edu.

Plan to attend all-employee meeting Thursday in Canyon Commons

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Join your colleagues at an in-person all-employee meeting in Canyon Commons 101-103 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available at this link.

See you there!