Concerned about political polarization? Attend George Fox Civility Project

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

The first presidential debate is history. Did it make you more or less worried about the effects of polarization in our country? 

If political polarization concerns you, you can do something about it by connecting with the 2020 George Fox Civility Project.

The opening session of the 2020 George Fox Civility Project is this Monday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in Bauman Auditorium (and Zoom).

It will be starting with a talk by Professor of Politics Emeritus Ron Mock on what civility is, its grounding for Christians in basic elements of our faith, and its roots for political leaders in their fundamental duty to be stewards of our political culture.

Those who attend will have a chance to evaluate excerpts from political debates for their civility. Feedback collected from attenders will help in creating a political civility inventory that citizens can use to hold candidates and political leaders to account for whether their communications and actions strengthen or destroy our political culture.  

You can attend in person at Bauman Auditorium or via Zoom. Attendance in person will be limited. Those who arrive after the room reaches its 100-person COVID capacity will be asked to attend via Zoom. Zoom attendees can access the session at the above link.

Questions? Contact Ron Mock (

Spring textbook adoptions are due Oct. 30

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Spring 2021 textbook adoptions are due Friday, Oct. 30, and the Bruin Store is looking forward to making this as smooth of a textbook adoption process as possible!

All textbook adoptions will need to be submitted through Follett Discover Adopt, which is the new adoption system that was implemented in February of 2020.

If you are inputting adoptions on behalf of your department, you can access Discover by clicking here. Please use your university email and the password that you originally created.

If you are teaching (or are linked to) a course, you can access Discover by going to your FoxTALE account and clicking on the “Follett Textbooks” link. You will be automatically logged into the site.

If you are unable to view certain courses, having trouble logging in, or need a refresh on how to input textbook adoptions, please reach out to Paige Jacobs ( or Katie Villanueva ( at the Bruin Store.

The Bruin Store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Quick and easy flu shots

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Last week we talked about the importance of taking a flu shot this year. Our Wellness Wednesday message for today is, “Don’t waste fall by being sick. get a flu shot! It’s super quick.”

Remember it takes around two weeks for the body to build immunity in order to provide protection, so plan it now.

Here are your quick and easy options to get a flu shot this year:

  • Find your closest locations online
    • Confirm the type of vaccine you need and put your ZIP code in, and you will get an instant list of all options in your area.
    • If you live in Newberg
  • For Kaiser flu shots:
    • Kaiser drive-through and walk-up flu shot clinics are available from Oct. 3 to Oct. 31, with no appointment necessary.
    • Search by your city or ZIP code here.
  • For employees covered by George Fox health plans:
    • We will have an on-campus flu shot clinic event in mid-October.
    • You will receive an email with more information soon.
    • Please note that availability is limited due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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

  • Does the flu shot protect against COVID-19?
    • 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. During 2018-19 flu vaccination prevented an estimated 58,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected of confirmed COVID-19?
    • 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.

Be well! Questions? Contact Aga Luptak (

The Christian’s role in protest discussed tonight

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

What is protest? How has the church been involved in protest? Should Christians protest? These are all topics that will be discussed at the Intercultural Resource Center’s first Mathetes event, which will be hosted over Zoom at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday).

Come hear from Rusty St. Cyr, Keisha Gordon, Victoria Prieto, and Mercy Love about their protest experiences and integration with faith. Chapel credit is available on the iAttended app.

You can RSVP here. Questions? Contact Hannah Lee (

All invited to join in George Fox Civility Project

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Do you wish there was something you could do to help overcome America’s increasing  polarization before it tears our country apart?

You can! Connect with the 2020 George Fox Civility Project. The 2020 GFCP has three elements: two events and a project.

  • The first event will be an introductory session on Monday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium (limit: 100 occupants) or Zoom. Participants will learn a new way of thinking about how political leadership should act, and help create a political civility inventory for assessing whether politicians and others strengthen our political culture or destroy it when they communicate about their different views.
  • The second is a project: a field test of the political civility inventory while you watch the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and/or the presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 15.
  • The closing event on Monday, Oct. 19, will feature George Fox professors Mark Hall and Phil Smith in a (hopefully civil!) debate about who should get our vote for president.

You do not have to participate in all three elements. You can attend either event, or both. If you want to participate in the project, you should attend the first event.

Don’t miss this chance to get in on the ground floor of an important university initiative, and help your community and our nation deal with controversial issues more constructively!

If you want  to come in person, plan to be at Bauman a few minutes before 7:30 p.m. If you want to attend via Zoom, keep watching the Daily Bruin – we’ll post the link soon!

Contact Ron Mock ( with any questions.

Sign up for Critical Conversations book group

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Just a reminder to sign up for a book discussion group, beginning Monday, Oct. 5, for Is Christianity a White Man’s Religion?: Why the Bible is Good News for People of Color. 

Find the day and time that works best for you, and sign up for a group on the Critical Conversations FoxTALE site by Sunday, Oct. 4.

These 11 groups are available:

  • Monday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Rebecca Hernandez
  • Monday, 2:30 to 4 p.m., with Nichole Drew
  • Tuesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., with Audrey Lichten
  • Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., with Heidi Thomason
  • Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, with Missy Terry
  • Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, with Melanie Mock
  • Thursday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., with Elizabeth Simmons
  • Thursday, 1:30 to 3 p.m., with Jamie Johnson
  • Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m., with Rebecca Hernandez
  • Monday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., with Dawn Ford

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Hernandez at

Purchasing requisitions updates and reminders

Monday, September 28th, 2020

To staff and faculty who are placing a requisition that is based on a bid or quote provided to the university from the supplier, please do not forget to attach the quote in your requisition request.

Instructions on how to do this are described on page 9 of the requisition tutorial posted on the finance page.

Please make sure you are referring to the requisition tutorial that was last updated as of Sept. 25, 2020. The tutorial in PDF format can be downloaded on the finance page or viewed as a Google Drive document.

Visa Reminder: Visa purchasing requests no longer need to go through the requisition process unless otherwise required by your department.

For questions on purchase orders or Visa purchasing, please email University Purchasing at

Come shop at Fred Meyer for George Fox Day Saturday

Monday, September 28th, 2020

This Saturday, Oct. 3, will be George Fox Day at Fred Meyer (3300 Portland Road, in Newberg). Bring your George Fox ID and receive 10 percent off of your purchase. Some restrictions may apply.

In the grocery department, 10 percent will be taken off only the Kroger and Simple Truth products. Gas, alcohol, tobacco, and money orders will not be discounted. 

Questions? Contact Jennifer McCollum at

Don’t forget to shop at the Adidas Employee Store

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

The Adidas Employee Store is excited to announce our reopening, and we are ready to welcome George Fox employees and alumni back! Employees have access to the store daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. between today (Monday) and Oct. 14, 2020.

Health and Safety Precautions
Your  health and safety  are at the heart of our reopening strategy.

We’re abiding by the guidelines of our federal and local government to create a safe shopping experience for our guests and employees, and we’ve put several precautionary health measures  in place to ensure a safe experience for all.

What You Get
Access to employee pricing (typically 50 percent off regular retail pricing).

Instructions on how to Participate
This invite is non-transferable, but you can bring your family and friends with you (up to TWO additional guests per person, per visit).

  • Bring the invite with you to the store reception desk (or show the invite on your mobile phone) for entry and again at checkout. Show your George Fox University employee ID.
  • We recommend all guests to schedule an appointment to guarantee timely entry, the Fast-Track. To schedule your appointment, scan the QR on this invitation. Click this link to download or print the pass.
  • If you want just to show up and shop, there will be a first-come, first-serve line; however, the Fast-Track line has priority.

Location and Hours
Adidas Employee Store
2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Suite 209, Portland
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please contact the human resources office at 503-554-2180 or for assistance with these or any of your George Fox benefits.

Mathetes: What is the Christian’s role in protest?

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

What is protest? How has the church been involved in protest? Should Christians protest? These are all topics that will be discussed at the Intercultural Resource Center’s first Mathetes event, which will be hosted over Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Come hear from Rusty St. Cyr, Keisha Gordon, Victoria Prieto, and Mercy Love about their protest experiences and integration with faith. Chapel credit is available on the iAttended app.

You can RSVP here. Questions? Contact Hannah Lee (

Annual Ladies Luncheon being postponed to spring

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Changing leaves and changing times means the Ladies Luncheon has been postponed until spring. 

Keep a lookout for future announcements regarding its return.

Questions? Contact Michelle Dawson at

Watch all-employee meeting this afternoon

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

An all-employee meeting will be made available for viewing today (Thursday) after 3 p.m. The meeting will be posted at this link. Like previous meetings, the password to join is provided on the meeting site.

Wellness Wednesday: Flu Vaccinations

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

It is time for another Wellness Wednesday! We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the clear air and sunshine. Today we would like to talk about the importance of getting a flu vaccination this year.

Flu shots reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses and severe complications. Please find out more about the importance and benefits of getting a flu shot here.

We are planning flu shot events for covered employees in October. More to come soon!

Stay healthy and keep our campus safe!

Do you feel overwhelmed by the surplus of information in the world?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Join us for Fox @ the Fireside: Navigating the Information Wilderness Part 1, an online panel from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) with Bryce Coefield (Director of Intercultural Life), Amber Nelson (Clinical Psychology), Brian R. Snider (Engineering & Computer Science) and John Spencer (Education).

We will discuss the challenges of our often overwhelming information environment and consider practical ways to sort through everything we read, see and hear.

We hope that attendees will leave encouraged and empowered to face the information wilderness with confidence and wisdom.

No registration is required. Click here to learn more.

Did you miss the Lunch N’ Learn benefits presentation?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

If you missed the Lunch N’ Learn session this week about employee benefits, don’t worry! We recorded Aga Luptak’s presentation about the lesser-known benefits that HR provides to employees.

Access the recording and other helpful documents here.

Survey: Compost and Landfill Management

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Hello! As part of our Servant Engineering research, we are looking for responses from anyone who has two minutes to spare.

This survey is intended to improve our understanding of a broad range of demographics and will be used in reducing the waste that ends up in a landfill. Click here to complete the survey. 

Questions? Contact Malachi Tamminga Thank you for your time!

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.

Watch all-employee meeting after 3 p.m. Thursday

Monday, September 21st, 2020

An all-employee meeting will be made available for viewing Thursday, Sept. 24, after 3 p.m. The meeting will be posted at this link. Like previous meetings, the password to join is provided on the meeting site.

Learn about the Deaf community: Deaf Awareness Month

Monday, September 21st, 2020

The Disability Services Office is recognizing Deaf awareness in the month of September. The Deaf community has made amazing contributions to our culture, such as American Sign Language (ASL), a language of its own, which has allowed for communicative doors to be opened.

Did you know there are at least 70 signed languages in the world? Click here to learn more about Deaf culture.

Please note new CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The CDC recently changed its guidelines requiring all individuals who: a) spent at least 15 minutes with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and b) was closer than six feet apart to be quarantined for 14 days, regardless of if you had a face covering on.

Therefore, if you want to stay healthy and keep your freedom, stay six feet apart!

Contact with any questions.

How has COVID-19 shaped your life? Share your story!

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

If you could teach someone about COVID-19 and the quarantine 100 years from now, what would you share? What records and artifacts would you give them to learn from? In 100 years where would historians find these records?

The George Fox University Archives invites submissions from students and employees that share your COVID-19 story. Some questions to reflect on may include:

  • How has this pandemic impacted your life?
  • What has this experience been like for you?
  • Do you have photos or videos that show what life has been like during this time?

Sharing your experiences now will help people in the future understand what life was like during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our dedicated page to learn more about submitting your story.