University announces changes to spring semester schedule

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus and at teaching sites during the traditional flu season, the university is altering the academic calendar for the spring semester. The change primarily affects the schedule of spring break as seen below.

Although many graduate/ADP students primarily participate remotely or online, all programs, regardless of modality, will follow a different set of academic holidays in order to ensure services are available to all students.

Graduate and adult degree students will start the semester on the date originally scheduled (Jan. 11). Spring break will be converted from a week in March to two long weekends and a midweek day of rest.

Graduate/Adult Degree 2021 spring semester (no change from current schedule) 

  • Jan. 11-April 30

Graduate/Adult Degree academic holidays

  • Jan. 18 (Monday)
  • Feb. 15-16 (Monday-Tuesday)
  • March 25-26 (Thursday-Friday)
  • April 14 (Wednesday)

Classes will be held on Feb. 19, a date previously scheduled for a holiday.

University adds ‘Day of Rest’ on Nov. 11

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

This year has been a challenging one for everyone. In recognition of your hard work, the university’s leadership has added a “Day of Rest” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, on which classes will be canceled and offices will be closed. In a year of unpleasant surprises, we hope this will provide a brief time of respite and renewal.

Today is last chance to get flu shot on Newberg campus

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Today (Thursday) is your last chance to get a flu shot on the Newberg campus. The clinic is located in Hoover 103 and is open today from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please come prepared:

A list of accepted insurance coverage is available here. For those without accepted insurance, the cost is $30 (cash or check ONLY).

Please don’t miss out on preparing well for the flu season this year!

Questions? Please contact Aga Luptak ( or call Human Resources at 503-554-2181.

Invisible Disability Week is coming up! Student and employee input needed

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Invisible Disability Week is right around the corner, Oct. 18 through 24! The Disability Services Office wants your input as we plan to highlight invisible disabilities on our Instagram.

Do you have an invisible disability that you want to be sure we mention? Please fill out this anonymous survey. We see you!

Questions? Contact Andrea Byerley (

Last day to get 25% off of hats at the Bruin Store

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Don’t forget that today (Thursday) is the last day to get 25% off of hats at the Bruin Store! Swing by between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or place an order online.

Virtual event addresses chronic health conditions

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

The Interprofessional Primary Care Institute will be hosting a virtual event via Zoom Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The event’s purpose is to cross-train primary care team members on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension. We will also explore clinical tools, workflows, and interventions that can be used in a primary care setting. 

We will dialogue with healthcare professionals about chronic conditions in Black communities, learn and practice behavioral change interventions, discuss tools to engage people in self-management, as well as explore how we can encourage people with chronic conditions to increase their physical activity.

For more information, contact Tammy O’Doherty ( or visit the events section on our webpage to learn more.

All invited to Fall Faculty Lecture featuring Jillian Sokso

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

The Faculty Development Committee invites the Fox community to the Fall 2020 Faculty Lecture this Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in Hoover 105.

Our featured speaker, and recipient of the 2019-20 Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, is Jillian Sokso, professor of art and design.

Join us as Jillian presents “Chaos Garden,” a visual examination of the impulse we humans have to control and beautify our immediate surrounding landscape, all the while contributing to and ignoring the impact of our daily lives on the larger planet. Professor Sokso will also share about her research project that involves turning native plants to paper!

Seating is limited to 34, so come early, or join via live stream here.

For additional information, contact Dawn Ford (

Showers in Hadlock are open again

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

We have great news! After you get a nice workout in at Hadlock, you can now use our showers!

Questions? Contact Kiana Rasubala (

Flu shots available on Newberg campus today

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Don’t forget to get a flu shot today! The flu shot clinic is located in Hoover 103 and is open today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please come prepared:

A list of accepted insurance coverage is available here. For those without accepted insurance, the cost is $30 (cash or check ONLY).

If you are unable to come today, the clinic will be open again tomorrow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Hoover 103. See you there!

Questions? Please contact Aga Luptak ( or call Human Resources at 503-554-2181.

‘The Wineskin’ is accepting submissions for writing, art and photography

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The Wineskin is now accepting submissions! The theme for this semester is “INTERRUPTION” so send us your best poems, stories, essays and artwork in that stream of thought; we welcome thematic interpretation.

The editors are open to a wide range of styles and subject matter, but we are particularly looking for work that pushes boundaries and surprises us with its artistic approach and perspective of the world.

All are welcome to submit, including both students and employees and those who aren’t members of the George Fox community!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Poetry and prose manuscripts must be submitted as a word document, in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please title your pieces and remove your name from the document.
  • Limit all prose to 1,000 words and send no more than five poems per submission.
  • For artwork: Files should be named as the title of your piece followed by your name. Please remove all watermarks from your work.

All work should be submitted through our website.

Submissions close Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Libby Kerns (

Hadlock is now offering self-defense classes

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The Hadlock Student Center has added a self-defense class to its group fitness program! Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

In this martial arts-based class, you’ll learn to defend yourself like a pro with our student instructor, Mason Bertrand. You will gain confidence knowing that you can protect you and your loved ones with the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces.

During the course, you’ll learn realistic tactics and techniques to take down an attacker, regardless of their size, strength, and fighting strategy. As an added bonus, you’ll also develop superior physical fitness while having a blast!

Sign up on IMLeagues to join!

Questions? Contact Kiana Rasubala (

Shop the Bruin Store’s sale and save up to 25% off hats

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Shop our hats in-store or online with 25% off of select styles! The sale begins today (Tuesday) and ends this Thursday, Oct. 15.

The Bruin Store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday, and open 24/7 online.

Questions? Contact Paige Jacobs (

Interested in political civility? Attend debate about 2020 election

Monday, October 12th, 2020

The 2020 George Fox Political Civility Project continues, looking for ways to counteract increasing polarization and alienation in American politics. 

This Monday, Oct. 19, professors Mark Hall and Phil Smith will debate about whom we should vote for in the U.S. presidential election. Attendees will be invited to use the prototype Political Civility inventory to assess levels of civility in the debate. They will also hear a brief report on how the vice-presidential debate, and perhaps others, fared in terms of civility.

Attendees will also be given a chance to comment on what next steps our university should take to promote peacemaking in politics. 

The event is open to the public via Zoom (link available later this week). Students are invited to attend the event live in Bauman Auditorium.

In compliance with social distancing regulations, when the room reaches its 100-person COVID capacity, any others who arrive will be directed to join those attending (including any off-campus guests) via Zoom. 

Questions? Contact Ron Mock (

Please be aware of Bon Appetit’s online ordering policy

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Bon Appetit would like to remind everyone to please not ask for substitutions or extra items when ordering through the app. It is not meant to replace the all-you-care-to-eat model but rather to help pull guests out of the dining hall to improve wait times in line. 

We do welcome allergen requests and will do our best to accommodate.

Questions? Contact Jason Rosvall (

The GFU Guide to Health and Wellness: Spiritual health

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Today is the last day of the GFU Health and Wellness week. Today our focus is on spiritual health!

Spiritual health the foundation of George Fox’s mission. We are here to encourage you in growing to become your most spiritually healthy self.

Click here for more information regarding on-campus resources and follow the @georgefoxnursing Instagram for updates.

Survey: Initial marketing interest

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

A group of undergraduate students is looking for willing participants to fill out a short survey for the Introduction to Marketing course.

The survey will be examining the target market’s interest in a potential product. This project is looking to bring back the 1984 Converse Startech Basketball shoes with modern age technology for everyday wear.

Whether or not you have heard of the shoe, it would be very helpful if you could fill out our very short survey. If you would like to go above and beyond, it would be greatly appreciated if you shared this survey with your colleagues and friends as well.

We are hoping to record over a hundred responses. Thank you so much for your time and we hope you have a fantastic day!

Questions? Contact Karis Lee (


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.

University closes tomorrow for mid-semester holiday

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The Newberg and Portland campuses will be closed tomorrow (Friday) for the mid-semester holiday. All offices, libraries and bookstores will be closed.

Although the Murdock Library will be closed, the 24-hour space will remain open.

Flu shots offered on Newberg campus next week

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Save the dates for flu shot clinics on the Newberg campus next week. Both will be in Hoover 103:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

The flu shots are offered to employees and students. There will be no appointments; the shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, but we ask that we do not congregate in large groups.

Regence and Kaiser health insurance are accepted. For other health insurance insurance, see this list of all the insurance groups they accept without prepayment. Family members can participate, but please note that they vaccinate children over 9 years of age with parental consent. All Kaiser members have to be 18 and over.

For those without an accepted insurance, the cost is $30. They accept cash or check. No debit or credit cards.

We expect that they will be able to administer about 25 to 30 vaccinations per hour, so please come prepared:

  • Prefill and bring the insurance form attached (they need to be completely filled out including home address, date of birth, insurance ID# and signature.) Kaiser Vaccination form; General Insurance Vaccination form
  • Bring your insurance card
  • Wear loose or flexible cuffs to expedite the vaccination process
  • Wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet distance from each other

Below are some important items to remember before you get a flu shot:

Q: Does the flu shot protect against COVID-19?
A: No. The flu shot doesn’t protect against COVID-19. However, the flu vaccine can help reduce your risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. If fewer people get the flu, care teams can focus their time and resources on providing COVID-19 patients with the care they need.

Q: Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected of confirmed COVID-19?
A: No. If you tested positive for COVID-19, or believe you might have it, it’s best to wait before getting a flu shot. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to anyone in the flu shot location, including other patients and healthcare teams.

We have included some informational guides about flu shots as well:

Be informed and be well!

Any questions? Please contact Aga Luptak at or 503-554-2181.

Join in today’s discussion about navigating the ‘Information Wilderness’

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

There’s so much information out there. How do we navigate the wilderness with confidence and wisdom?

Join us for an online panel from 4 to 5 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday), featuring Jamie Noling-Auth from Spiritual Life, Melanie Springer Mock from the English Department, and Jamison Loop from Marketing Communications. No registration is required. Learn more and join us here.

We will discuss the idea of creating meaning from information as divine work and consider our roles and responsibilities in participating in this work.

This is the second part of a two-part series. You can watch a recording of the first conversation at this link.

Interested in accessibility services? Nursing students want to provide support

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Did you know that there are hundreds of students at Fox with various disabilities and chronic conditions? We’ve created a space for you and your peers to share stories along with connecting you with helpful campus resources.

Follow @gfu.accessibility on Instagram for information, student testimonials, and events related to disability awareness at Fox.

Also, check out “The George Fox Guide to Health and Wellness,” which includes more information.

Questions? Email Haley M. Jones (