Chat about ChatGPT (and potentially more!) on Feb. 2

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Are you fascinated by ChatGPT? How about chatting some more about it? Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Daley invites anyone interested in looking at the interface of AI and universities to an informal discussion (potentially free Coke Zero will be provided) to determine if the community would like to make any further exploration steps. This is an open invite, for faculty and staff across all departments.

We’ll meet at noon on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Hoover AAO conference room.

Please email Shawn at to let him know that you’re planning to attend.

Please submit your December Concur reports ASAP

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Hello everyone! Your Concur reports for the month of December were due on Jan. 10. Please get them submitted to avoid any disruption with your card access.

If you have any questions or would like one-on-one help, please give Kathi Becker a call at 503-554-2166.

Pick up your January birthday treat today

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

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

If your birthday falls in January, we would like to celebrate you. Please stop by the Academic Affairs Office on Friday, Jan. 20, 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 in Suite 230.

Portland Center employees may pick up their birthday treats at the front desk.

Wellness tip: Foods for a cold

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

What should I eat or drink when I have a cold?

Read this interesting article to find out which nourishing and comforting foods and drinks will actually help you recover from a cold and why.

Join the upcoming Trauma-Informed Teaching training

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Faculty are reminded and encouraged to join the Trauma-Informed Teaching training with Dr. Michelle Deeg-Davis and Dr. Erin Johnson to learn how to help our students who are dealing with trauma.

The first online discussion will take place this Friday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

This discussion will cover the materials provided in both the December, “Understanding Trauma,” and January, “Neuroscience of Trauma,” sessions. All study materials, a detailed schedule and the Zoom link can be found here.

Submit your questions to Robin Baker

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Is there anything you are curious about or would like answers to in regard to the university? What questions would you like university President Robin Baker or the Executive Leadership Team to answer?

Dr. Baker will use some time at the next all-employee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to answer questions you submit by Friday, Jan. 20, through this form. Submissions will remain anonymous.

Want to donate to Bruin Community Pantry? Here’s what we need

Monday, January 16th, 2023

One way people can support the food bank at the Bruin Community Pantry is to order items off the Amazon wish list.

Follow this link to find items to donate.

When prompted, use this address for mailing:
Bruin Community Pantry
414 N. Meridian St. Box 6148
Newberg, OR 97132

Please contact Jere Witherspoon at if you have any questions.

Register for RESONATE 2023

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Join us for RESONATE 2023 to see and savor the goodness, truth and beauty of Christianity. The Apologetics Initiative is partnering with Reasons to Believe, Confident Christianity, Ratio Christi and more to explore why the Christian story continues to compel and allure us.

Authors, scientists, musicians and philosophers from around the country will join us for this two-day event on George Fox’s campus.

RESONATE 2023 kicks off Friday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by singer-songwriter Jon Guerra and with our emcee Dominic Done introducing our speakers.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, our three speakers will give lectures followed by moderated discussions. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the first lecture begins at 9 a.m. in Canyon Commons.

Here are your RESONATE 2023 speakers and their topics:

Register here for free!

Check out LifeBalance featured deals for January

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Providence Health Plan Members, check out January’s LifeBalance featured deals:

  • Portland Art Museum: Save $2 on adult general admission to the museum.
  • Oregon Symphony: Enjoy 20% savings on tickets to select Oregon Symphony concerts.
  • Atypical Wellness: Score 20% savings on the simple six-week nutritional therapy package.
  • Alo Moves: Enjoy a 14-day free trial and 50% savings on an annual membership.
  • Calm: Tackle sleep, stress, anxiety and more with a 57% savings on a one-year Calm membership.
  • Factor: Save 70% on initial Factor orders.
  • Kind Laundry: Score 15% savings on products.
  • Mayo Clinic Diet: Trying to build healthy habits? Save 20% on Mayo Clinic Diet plans.

Help basketball teams welcome local youth Jan. 28

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

George Fox University is hosting a Local School Night out and offering local youth (K-8) free admission to our basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The women’s team tips off against Linfield at 4 p.m., followed by the men at 6 p.m.

Join us for fun activities such as sign making, Pennington and Mac the Wildcat dance offs, photos with the giant Pennington parade balloon and more!

Sign up for a Wilderness First Aid course held on the Newberg campus

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

University Recreation is hosting a Wilderness First Aid course from Saturday, March 4, to Sunday, March 5, at the Hadlock Student Center (Newberg campus). This course is open to students, employees and the public.

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is specifically geared toward people that enjoy spending time outside, so that they can be better prepared to respond to situations that may occur when adventuring, playing or working in the outdoors. The course is taught by Mark Whitaker, a professional instructor with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

To register for the course and to read more details, please go here.

If you have questions, please reach out to AJ Heil (

All invited to safety training event this Friday in Room 160

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Throughout a typical work day, you participate in a wide range of activities. Whether you’re moving boxes, standing in front of a class or planning lessons at your desk, your body must adjust to what it is asked to do.

Safety In Motion is a training event that teaches simple and practical applications to improve the way we reach, lift, carry, push and pull. You are invited to attend this event Friday, Jan. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 160 at the Portland Center.

If you need more information, please reach out to Kim Knoernschild at

Remember to utilize the online class schedule

Monday, January 9th, 2023 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 add/drop deadlines. Just click on a class to see all the details.

Join the Master Chorus at rehearsals starting tonight

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Please join the university’s Master Chorus in a performance of sacred works for chorus, brass, and organ featuring Gloria by John Rutter. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in Ross 208 and begin tonight (Tuesday).

The performance will be on Sunday, April 23. The group is free and open to anyone in the community! So you can familiarize yourself with it, here is a recording of Gloria. Questions? Contact Danielle Warner at

Join spiritual life office for a day of service on MLK Day

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

On the first day of our “Think Outside the Fox” Week emphasis on serving with passion (Jan. 16-20), the spiritual life office would like to invite students and employees to join together for a day of learning and service alongside Doing Good Things! and SOLVE in Portland.

The event is set for MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 16. Please complete this form to register. The day plan will be as follows:

  • 9 a.m.: Continental breakfast and departure from SpiL House
  • 9:45 a.m.: Meet at Irving Park in Portland for service and learning orientation
  • 10 a.m.: Join SOLVE for MLK Day service project
  • Noon: Lunch and discussion on houselessness and litter/garbage service
  • 1-2 p.m.: “Walkabout” (prayer walk, distributing hot cocoa and socks, practicing presence and humanity with our unhoused neighbors)
  • 2 p.m.: Debrief and drive back
  • 3 p.m.: Arrive back at SpiL/Newberg campus

Undergraduate students who participate will be eligible for five SpiL/chapel elective attendance credits.

Contact Rus St. Cyr at for more information.

Free ‘Basics of Personal Finance’ webinar available Jan. 10 or 19

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

From managing daily expenses to investing for retirement, this “Basics of Personal Finance” webinar session will help participants set personal finance goals, learn the basics of smart money management, and build a solid financial foundation for the future.


  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

You can register here. Contact Aga Luptak at with any questions.

Watch this webinar for tips on how to sell your home

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Want to sell your home? Register for this Canopy webinar to learn the top-10 things a home seller should do to prepare their home and create a great first impression. Plus, learn about your Employee Home Ownership Program, its benefits and how it can save you money.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. Contact Aga Luptak at with any questions.

‘Cultivating the Heart Qualities’ series begins Monday online

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These four qualities are used as tools to cultivate a mind and heart of ease and wellbeing that benefits not only oneself but all of those around us.

Today, contemporary research studies are showing that practicing these qualities on a daily basis “increases one’s positive emotions and one’s degree of satisfaction with existence. The subjects feel more joy, kindness, gratitude, hope and enthusiasm, and the longer their training was, the more marked were the positive effects” (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology).

A seven-session series on the topic begins on Monday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and runs through April 3. The class meets online the second and fourth Monday of the month.

Click here to learn more and register, and contact Aga Luptak at with any questions.

Check out Providence’s ‘New Year’s Guide’ for health perks

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Looking to get healthier, try a new activity, or make time for relaxation in 2023? LifeBalance has great savings for Providence Health Plan members.

Explore the 2023 New Year’s Guide for great discounts on wearables, health club memberships, fitness apparel, and more. Check out some highlights.

Take advantage of Active & Fit program to find your fitness

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Get ready for a new year of fitness with Providence’s Active&Fit Direct™ program! Between January and March, Active & Fit is waiving the $25 enrollment fee for the standard gym network. This includes over 11,000 locations and 9,000-plus on-demand videos. Act now, as prices increase to $28 per month on April 1.

Have questions? Contact Aga Luptak at or visit this Active & Fit FAQ page.