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Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Didn’t get yesterday’s What’s Bruin newsletter in your inbox? Check your spam folder. Due to an email firewall issue, the newsletter went to some inboxes and some spam folders. So, if you didn’t receive it in your inbox, be sure to look in spam, and just for good measure, be sure to mark it “not spam” for future issues.

This week’s edition has paycheck news, a Columbia Sportswear offer, helpful links to Providence resources, introductions of new employees, and updates about the work of your colleagues.

Girl athletes honored at National Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 2

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Wednesday, Feb. 2, marks National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and we would love to extend an invitation to all girls teams (youth and high school levels) to join us at our women’s basketball game that night at 6 p.m. as we take on the Linfield Wildcats.

We will be inviting youth teams onto the court during halftime, where they will be honored as our next generation of female athletes by our current collegiate athletes. We are excited to take this opportunity to recognize these girls for all their hard work and inspire them to keep pursuing their passions in sports!

If you are interested in attending, please email nknipe20@georgefox.edu with an estimated headcount and your team name. This will ensure free admission. We encourage the girls to wear their jerseys so that we can easily identify teams as they arrive.

Questions? Contact Elise Trask at etrask@georgefox.edu.

Wellness Wednesdays: Exploring Habits

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

This week in our Wellness Wednesdays series we continue exploring how habits are formed and how they can be changed. We encourage you to read more about how to live intentionally. Don’t forget to share your “one word” with us, too, if you have not already.

If you are passionate about wellness and would like to join our weekly Wellness Wednesday preparation meetings and contribute, please let us know. Email Aga Luptak at aluptak@georgefox.edu.

Be well.

Join colleagues at all-employee meeting this afternoon

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Join us this afternoon at 2 p.m. for the January all-employee meeting in Bauman Auditorium. Masks are required.

The meeting was moved to Bauman to make physical distancing easier. We encourage you to spread out through the auditorium and sit near people you already have regular interaction with. You also have the option to join by Zoom if that is more comfortable for you.

Meeting Agenda

  • Devotional – Jamie Johnson
  • Enrollment Update – Nate McIntyre
  • Thriving Employee Culture Committee Update – Nichole Drew / Brad Lau
  • COVID-19 Campus Update – Bill Buhrow
  • Strategic Direction Update – Robin Baker

‘Godspell: 2012 Revised Version’ opens Thursday in Wood-Mar

Monday, January 24th, 2022

George Fox University Theatre is pleased to announce that its production of Godspell: 2012 Revised Version opens Thursday, Jan. 27.

Performances in Wood-Mar Auditorium are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees: Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

You can purchase tickets here or by calling the performing arts box office at 503-554-2670.

All patrons must be masked – there are no exceptions. Our ticketing system will automatically place one empty seat on either side of your ticket purchase to create extra space between you and the patrons next to you. Please choose the gray seats to seat your entire party together with no spaces between you. The system will add the gray/COVID seat after your purchase is complete. We encourage all patrons to be vaccinated to help protect our actors and fellow audience members from COVID-19.

Students may acquire free tickets for Thursday night performances. George Fox faculty and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the run of the show. Both options may be selected when you purchase or select your tickets in our online ticketing system. Please use your George Fox email address when ordering.

For details or assistance, email Kathy Harris at kharris@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2670.

All invited to ‘Fox at the Fireside: Mountain Rescue’ on Feb. 4

Monday, January 24th, 2022

“During spring break in March 2013, our 23-year-old daughter, Mary Owen, a George Fox student and outdoor adventurer, went missing.”

The George Fox Library is pleased to host Shelli and Bruce Owen for a “Fox at the Fireside” presentation about their book, Mountain Rescue, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at in the Murdock Library.

Shelli and Bruce will share their story, including the true events they wrote about in their book, and the process of writing the book itself. This will be a casual conversation in the library’s fireplace commons.

Learn more about the event and the Owens’ book here.

Questions? Contact Kate Wimer at kwimer@georgefox.edu.

UREC now offering an employee-only yoga class

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Sara Reamy, director of the alumni relations office, will be teaching Hatha Yoga for employees on Mondays at 5 p.m. Dive deeper into your own personal practice as we focus on alignment and refining traditional poses. You’ll build strength and leave class focused and refreshed!

This class is free of charge, and will be offered in person and virtually. To sign up, visit this link. If you’re interested in the virtual option, sign up via IMLeagues and check your inbox for the Zoom link.

As a reminder, employees are welcome to participate in any group fitness class as a part of their benefits package.

Questions? Email Angel Glockling (aglockling@georgefox.edu).

Take survey for a chance to win $15 Amazon gift card

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

We are curious to know your thoughts! This survey is being conducted with undergraduate students and faculty in order to better understand perspectives related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Involvement includes filling out questionnaires and potentially being contacted for an optional follow-up interview.

Compensation

If you are interested in entering the optional drawing for one of four $15 Amazon gift cards, please enter your email where indicated at the end of the survey.

Confidentiality

Only the researchers will have access to the de-identified and anonymous data collected, and the data will be discussed in a secure office where no additional parties are congregating. Further, data will only be manipulated in settings with only the researchers present, or in a private setting.

Participation will be anonymous. Emails will be collected by those who choose to opt-in to a follow-up interview and/or opt-in for the Amazon gift card raffle. Names and information will be de-identified from participant data.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Amber Nelson (nelsona@georgefox.edu) or Daniel Rodriguez (drodriguez@georgefox.edu).

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.

‘The Wineskin’ is accepting submissions from all

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

The Wineskin is accepting submissions! The theme for this semester is “commonplace,” 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 employees and those who are not 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 at midnight on Friday, Feb. 25.

Questions? Contact Jaime Miller at jmiller18@georgefox.edu.

New COVID testing guidelines in effect

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

We understand that it has been a challenge to get access to COVID-19 testing. And this week, the Health and Counseling Center received communication from Yamhill County and the Oregon Health Authority instructing us to “only use tests for people with moderate/severe illness or people with high risk for complications.”

We will begin following this guidance immediately until the national testing shortage improves. In the meantime, here are some resources outside campus to consider when trying to obtain a test:

‘Godspell: 2012 Revised Version’ opens Jan. 27

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

George Fox University Theatre is pleased to announce that its production of “Godspell: 2012 Revised Version” opens Thursday, Jan. 27.

Performances in Wood-Mar Auditorium are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees: Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

You can purchase tickets here or by calling the performing arts box office at 503-554-2670.

All patrons must be masked – there are no exceptions. Our ticketing system will automatically place one empty seat on either side of your ticket purchase to create extra space between you and the patrons next to you. Please choose the gray seats to seat your entire party together with no spaces between you. The system will add the gray/COVID seat after your purchase is complete. We encourage all patrons to be vaccinated to help protect our actors and fellow audience members from COVID-19.

Students may acquire free tickets for Thursday night performances. George Fox faculty and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the run of the show. Both options may be selected when you purchase or select your tickets in our online ticketing system. Please use your George Fox email address when ordering.

For details or assistance, email Kathy Harris at kharris@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2670.

Survey: Mental Health Literacy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

George Fox University employees are invited to participate in a survey on mental health literacy among college and university educators. The survey, which is part of a dissertation study, focuses on what people know about mental health conditions, resources and treatments.

The survey is estimated to take about 20 to 30 minutes. At the end of the survey, there will be an option to enter a raffle to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. You can participate in the survey here.

Questions? Contact Danni Ewing at kewing16@georgefox.edu.

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.

Get your January birthday treat this week

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Have a January birthday? The Office of the Provost would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Please stop by the Office of Academic Affairs on the second floor of Hoover (HVR 230) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, or Friday, Jan. 21, to pick up your birthday treat.

Portland campus employees may pick up their treats at the front desk after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Wellness Wednesdays: Habit Stacking

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Today, we invite you to read this week’s wellness poster and find out about habit stacking and habit loops.

These are great tactics to help you reach your wellness goals this year.

Questions? Email Aga Luptak at  aluptak@georgefox.edu.

Sign up for an online course that focuses on emotions and relationships

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term “shadow” to refer to the parts of ourselves we hide, repress and deny. Robert Bly called the shadow “the long bag we drag behind us.” We place all that would cause us pain and conflict into the bag, but it holds incredible power to transform our lives, relationships and communities.

On Friday, Feb. 18, join Michael Simmons for an online course, “Companioning Our Shadow: Emotions & Relationships.” Simmons will explore practices and tools for companioning our shadow, particularly surrounding our emotions and how they impact our relationships. This course is a space to invite Christ to meet our hidden parts and deepen the healing process.

Simmons is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator, and he serves on the leadership team with Companioning Center and the board of Deep Water, a local community that provides tools, processes and sacred space for women and men to heal.

Simmons is a doctoral student at Portland Seminary and an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. The course will be offered via Zoom from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $39, and the Zoom link will be provided. You can register here if you’re interested.

Questions? Contact Simmons at msimmons@georgefox.edu.

Be a Life Group leader this spring

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

The Office for Spiritual Life is looking for leaders for our spring 2022 Life Groups series, which runs during the weeks of Feb. 14 through April 15.

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 (which provides access for our George Fox Digital students). Life Groups will also be SPIL-credit eligible to encourage students to engage in high-quality spiritual formation experiences that are participatory and offer ongoing community. 

We welcome employees, current seniors, graduate students, 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.

For more information, visit this web page or contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Reflections

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

President Robin Baker reflects upon times when America did not live up to its promise and the challenging words of two men, Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who stood up and fought for African-American freedom. Read his blog post here.

Swing by farewell open house for Rebecca Hernandez this afternoon

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Goodbyes are never fun, but please join the academic affairs office for an open house to wish Rebecca Hernandez well as she leaves George Fox for her next adventure!

Drop by the AAO conference room (Hoover 250) between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. No gifts please, as Hernandez will be traveling by plane and has nowhere to pack them.

Questions? Contact Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu.

A few reminders about Learning Support Services

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

As a reminder, a number of changes have taken place in the Learning Support Services area during the past six months.

Rick Muthiah, director of Learning Support Services, continues to oversee several areas related to high-risk students. These include the Academic Success program, Fox360, academic mentors, and collaboration with other units to promote student success.

Andrea Byerley, assistant director of Disability & Accessibility Services, has primary responsibility for working with students and faculty around accommodation needs. She is also leading initiatives to increase student and faculty engagement on disability-related topics. Contact Byerley to discuss specific student situations or course/program accessibility.

Hannah Jackson, coordinator for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), is providing leadership for the ARC, Open Study Table, Portland Writing Center (PWC), and Textbook Assistance Fund. Connect with Jackson to discuss classroom visits by ARC/PWC consultants, required ARC/PWC appointments for your students, or other ideas for promoting student learning through peer support.

Reach out to Muthiah at rmuthiah@georgefox.edu if you have questions or are unsure of the right person to address a topic.

Take advantage of employee benefits through UREC

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

University Recreation (UREC) offers a variety of benefits to our employee community. One opportunity that we’re especially excited to announce is an employee-only yoga class that will be taught by Sara Reamy, our director of alumni relations! You can sign up to take her class here.

Other opportunities include the following:

  • Full access to Hadlock for employees, employee spouses, and dependents ages 12-26. Dependents between the ages of 12 and 17 must be supervised by an adult. Access includes the fitness center, climbing wall, intramural involvement and on-campus workshops.
  • Free group fitness classes for all employees, employee spouses and dependents ages 12-26. Classes can be found on the IMLeagues website
  • Access to the rental center, through which employees can rent tents, kayaks, paddleboards, snowshoes and more.
Please contact Angel Glockling (aglockling@georgefox.edu) or AJ Heil (aheil@georgefox.edu) with any questions.