Attend The Friends Association of Higher Education’s virtual seminar

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

The Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series will present a Zoom conversation Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on “Care in Times of Conflict: Cultivating Vulnerability and Resilience.”

Sign up here to register.

Questions? Contact Paul Anderson (panderso@georgefox.edu).

Updated policy on face coverings (including face shields)

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

George Fox has updated its face-covering policy to meet new state guidelines.

Students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors must use face coverings when in the following locations:

  • Enclosed public and common areas
  • Outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained

“Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Appropriate face coverings include two-layered face masks or gaiters.

The following are not approved face coverings because they allow droplets to be released:

  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation
  • Lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material
  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation

“Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face. Mini face shields that only cover the mouth are not permitted.

Face shields may be used:

  • When presenting in front of a class or audience so long as you maintain six feet of distance at all times.  If you are closer or likely to be closer than six feet, you must wear a face mask.
  • For employees who have work spaces that are cubicles or in common areas without a door, provided they maintain at least six feet of distance from others (they must put on a face mask when working with another individual in their workspace or if they leave their workspace).
  • If you have a medical condition preventing masks
  • If you are working with the hearing impaired so they can lip read

Employees and students should switch back to face masks when not in the above four circumstances.

Thomas Center equipment yard is closed to foot traffic

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

To create the safest environment possible for our employees and local pedestrians, we are closing the equipment yard at the Thomas Center to pedestrian foot traffic.

This also applies to the Thomas Lane service road that connects to Fulton Street. Thomas Lane will be closed to foot traffic past the batting cages.

If you wish to walk to the Thomas Center, please use the walking path that extends between Fulton Street and the Thomas Center (by the Morse practice field), or use the Villa Road sidewalk.

Questions? Contact Dixie Downey (ddowney@georgefox.edu). Thank you.

Academic Resource Center opens next week! Semester calendar resource

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Check out the ARC’s semester calendar to see if it might be of use to your students as they plan projects for their classes! This calendar prints out to one page and is a handy tool for keeping track of deadlines and scheduled holidays!

For more time management and learning resources, refer students to our Learning Tools.

Please contact Julia James (jjames@georgefox.edu) if you would like the ARC to initiate Academic Coaching consultations with any of your students.

Bruin Community Pantry hours for spring semester

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Bruin Community Pantry will be open during the following hours for the spring 2021 semester:

Monday: 8 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-noon,  1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Bruin Community Pantry is closed during all university holidays.

Find out more information, check out the website.

Financial Aid Office continues to serve students remotely

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Financial Aid Office is currently closed for in-person meetings. We are ready to serve students throughout the current COVID-19 situation and meet needs in a variety of ways:

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Learning Support Services open house and thermal mug giveaway

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) and Disability and Accessibility Services (formerly DSO) have come together under one roof! The entire Learning Support Services (LSS) team is now located on the first floor of the Murdock Library. If you’ve been to the ARC, you know where we are.

To celebrate, we’re hosting a prize drawing for all employees as part of our rolling open house. The LSS open house will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Friday, Jan. 29. Stop by to enter to win a thermal mug, get acquainted with the space and say hi! We look forward to seeing you.

We are also pleased to announce that the “Disability Services Office” name has been changed to Disability and Accessibility Services (DAS). We hope this new name will more accurately reflect the work we do both to serve students with disabilities and to increase accessibility across campus, including:

  • Physical building accessibility
  • Universal design for learning in courses
  • Education and advocacy across campus
  • Opportunities for students to connect around diagnoses, conditions, or symptoms that impact their lives

You can contact Disability and Accessibility Services at das@georgefox.edu or visit georgefox.edu/das for information. Our old email and web addresses still work. Note that our syllabus statement linked to from the Resources for Faculty web page includes the updated name and contact information.

Please contact any of the Learning Support Services team if we can be of service to you or your students:

Outdoor recreation rental center offering pick-up service

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Hadlock Student Center’s outdoor equipment rental center is currently open for reservations and pick-ups! In the winter, the most popular rentals are snowshoes, trekking poles, gaiters, backpacks, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.

Students, staff and faculty must reserve equipment online in advance and select a time and day they would like to check the equipment out and a time that they can bring it back.

The rental center is located in the Hadlock Student Center and is one of the services we are able to offer, uninterrupted, using this reservation system. Please note that the Hadlock Student Center is closed and that walk-in service is not an option during this time.

For rental center pricing and to make a reservation, please visit this webpage. Have questions? Please email studentcenter@georgefox.edu.

Info on how to register a formal complaint

Monday, January 18th, 2021

While most student concerns and complaints can and should be resolved informally, there is a formal general complaint procedure described in the “Support for Students” section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook as well as on this website.

Note that these procedures cover complaints of a general nature and do not supersede specific policies involving special cases such as grade appeals, sexual harassment, etc., which are covered elsewhere in the Student Handbook, catalog or Graduate/DPS Policies.

For more information, contact the student life office (studentlife@georgefox.edu).

Hadlock Student Center remains closed

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Unfortunately, the Hadlock Student Center remains closed for open recreation and fitness activities due to guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

Our outdoor recreation rental center is now open for for walk-in service Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Online reservations are highly encouraged.

Campus Recreation is preparing to be able to reopen quickly, when the time comes, while also working to develop virtual and outdoor recreation offerings for students, staff, and faculty for the spring semester. Watch a video update on reopening and our preparations.

Remember to utilize the online class schedule

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Class.georgefox.edu is a great resource for anyone needing to look up details on a class, including meeting times and location, teaching modality, enrollment limit and waitlist numbers, course description, instructor info, and often textbook listings, too (click the book icon after clicking on a course to expand its info).

All invited to join MLK event today via live stream

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day event today (Monday). Several George Fox employees and students have been involved in the planning of this important event. SpiL credit is offered for those who attend.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this will be a fully live-streamed event. Details for connecting to the live stream will be posted to the MLK Day event web page. The pre-show music and slide show begins at 5:45 p.m., with the main program beginning at 6 p.m.

Go online early enough to ensure you have your live stream set up and working.

Safety and service reminders from Campus Public Safety

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

Campus Public Safety would like to remind the George Fox community of a few helpful safety tips. Because, while the Newberg campus is located in what is considered a generally safe location, we know that, unfortunately, crimes and emergencies can occur in any location and at any time of day.

We encourage everyone to program Campus Public Safety’s phone number into your cell phone right now so that it is available in case you need it. We are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 503-554-2090.

The following are some of the reasons why you may want to give us a call:

  • If you feel unsafe, please call our office so that we can escort you to your destination. Safety escorts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • In case of an emergency, first, call 911, and then call CPS; we can coordinate with emergency first responders to help direct them to your location.
  • Roadside assistance: We are happy to assist in unlocking your car or giving you a jump start if your battery is dead.
  • Locked out of your room? Campus policy requires that you first try calling a RA from your living area if you are locked out of your room. If you are unable to reach an RA, then you are welcome to call CPS and we will make our best effort to respond as soon as we are available.
  • Reporting crimes and accidents: If you need to report a crime or accident, we can connect you to the proper George Fox department or off-campus agency to complete and file a report.

A victim of a crime is never at fault and should not be blamed for his or her actions. For those who would like to know what precautions they can take in order to reduce the risk of victimization, we offer the following tips:

  • Let someone know where you are going, your expected travel time, and how long you plan on being in that location.
  • If you are running or walking in the evening, wear bright or reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers and to help someone spot you faster in case of an emergency.
  • Also, if you are running or walking in the evening, go with someone or a group of people you trust. (If you choose this option, be sure to wear the appropriate face coverings.) Stay in well-lit, highly visible areas. Stay in familiar areas and avoid shortcuts.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and walk with purpose. Distractions like using your cell phone while walking can make you particularly vulnerable.
  • In regards to electronics, be sure that your phone is charged before traveling. Wear only one earbud while you walk and keep your volume low.
  • Do not leave valuable items in your car in an open view. Park in well-lit areas where it will be safe for you to return to at night. Take note of where you park so that you can easily locate your car again.

Questions? Call Campus Public Safety at 503-554-2090 or email Elrike Shaw at eshaw@georgefox.edu. Campus Public Safety officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year!

Join MLK event Monday via live stream

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 18. Several George Fox employees and students have been involved in the planning of this important event.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this will be a fully live-streamed event. Details for connecting to the live stream will be posted to the MLK Day event web page. The pre-show music and slide show begins at 5:45 p.m., with the main program beginning at 6 p.m.

Go online early enough to ensure you have your live stream set up and working.

Join time of prayer on Inauguration Day via Zoom

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Students and employees are invited to join the university pastors on Zoom for a guided time of prayer the morning of the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

If you would like to join us for this virtual time of prayer, please fill out this form and we will send you the Zoom link. Please direct any questions to the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2320.

Murdock Library offers courier service

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The library is pleased to deliver library material for participating faculty to their offices on the Newberg campus. All library material must be signed for by the faculty member or persons authorized to sign.

If you have used this service in the past or if you are signing up for the first time, please fill out the request form on this page. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Vanier at pvanier@georgefox.edu or ext. 2425.

Academic Resource Center: Help your students get off to a strong start

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is here to help students with writing, study skills, test taking strategies, time management, and more. Here’s what you can do to help your students get off to a strong start:

  1. Before major papers are due
  2. Recommend academic coaching as a way to get support with accountability, time management, study skills, and more
  3. Consider requiring a visit to the ARC for one of your papers.

If you are requiring ARC appointments for your students, please email Julia James (jjames@georgefox.edu) to make sure the ARC schedule and consultants are prepared to meet your students’ needs!

If you have any questions, contact Julia James (jjames@georgefox.edu).

Be sure to remember chart of account string on packages

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Please remember: When sending packages out for a department, a chart of account string must accompany the package or mail pieces.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Silver (rsilver@georgefox.edu).

University seeking director of undergraduate admissions

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Are you a passionate and highly motivated leader interested in working in a fast-paced, innovative and collaborative work environment? Do you know someone who would be great in this role? The university’s admissions team is seeking such an individual to serve as director of undergraduate admissions!

The director will be called upon to successfully cast a vision, devise a strategy, and motivate our admissions team toward improving traditional undergraduate enrollment. He or she will oversee the entire recruitment process with a team of committed and vibrant professionals who have had a track record of success.

The ideal candidate will be ready to work with the team on engagement and sales techniques that move students toward enrollment and work with our visits and events team to create the best visit experience available to prospective students.

Interested? Know someone who would be great for this role? To learn more and apply, visit or send this link.

Free leadership training for students offered through NAE

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is hosting the 65th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference, an opportunity for college students who care deeply about today’s pressing issues to learn and consider how to engage in public policy. The theme of this year’s conference is “Healing a Divided America.”

This year, the conference will be held virtually on two days, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and is completely free (a savings of $680). Students can register at NAE.net/cslc.

For more information, please email Jennifer at jhaglof@nae.net.