Leaders needed for fall Zoom and hybrid Life Groups

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

As a key strategy for soul care of undergraduates during the pandemic, the Office for Spiritual Life is looking for several Life Group leaders for our nine-week fall Life Groups series (the weeks of Sept. 7 through Nov. 6).

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 fall, all of our groups will be either Zoom groups or hybrid groups. (Hybrid groups will meet primarily via Zoom, but may occasionally meet outdoors as the weather, state and university regulations, and participant comfort permit.)

Throughout the pandemic, Life Groups through the Office for Spiritual Life will also be chapel credit-eligible in order to encourage students to engage in high-quality spiritual formation experiences that are participatory and offer ongoing community.

We welcome our employees, alumni, family members of George Fox employees and students, and members of our wonderful local churches to consider leading a group. Groups may also be co-led with an upperclassman student if the leader desires.

For more information and to sign up, visit this webpage or contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Devotional available for today’s Day of Prayer

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The Office for Spiritual Life invites you to engage in today’s Day of Prayer by praying and tending to your personal soul care. Please use your usual work hours today to spend some time in reflection and prayer for the spiritual well-being of the university community.

To assist you, we have created a devotional and a video, available on this webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Please submit all 2019-20 Concur reports today

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Please take the time to review your Concur account and submit ALL outstanding reports for the 2019-20 fiscal year today (Tuesday).

If you need help with this process, please contact Kathi Becker at ext. 2166 or kbecker@georgefox.edu.

Feeling anxious or depressed? Resources are available

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The COVID-10 pandemic can take a toll on our mental health. Many of us have faced isolation and long periods of unhealthy stress. George Fox wants you to invest in your health. Below is the information on counseling options for our employees:

For those who have a Regence plan:

  • Online doctor’s visits can be set up through MDLive by phone or app 24/7 for mental health concerns
  • Call member services at 1-888-367-2116 or regence.com to schedule an appointment with their family or mental health provider
  • Contact our local Providence outpatient program at 503-574-9235

For those who have a Kaiser plan:

  • Call the Kaiser mental health dedicated line (503-249-3434) to schedule an appointment and get care advice
  • Request to schedule a video or in-person appointment or get care advice at 1-503-813-2000, KP.org or by using the Kaiser phone app

We also encourage employees enrolled in the George Fox-sponsored life insurance to look into the Employee Assistance Program at ibhsolutions.com (access code LifeMap) or 1-866-750-1327. They provide many services at no cost to employees, including 24-hour crisis help, assistance with scheduling four free face-to-face in-person counseling sessions, as well as RBH eAccess to access online consultations with licensed counselors.

To find the Crisis Line for your county, please visit this website. 

Please contact Human Resources if you need assistance with accessing any of these resources: Aga Luptak at 503-554-2181 or aluptak@georgefox.edu.

Tomorrow has been set aside as a Day of Prayer

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the employee community will be observing a Day of Prayer. The two-fold purpose for this day is:  

  • To begin the new fiscal year and academic year prayerfully attentive to God’s direction
  • To encourage the spiritual well-being of the employee community

Details: 

  • Employees are encouraged to spend their usual work hours tomorrow in prayer and spiritual retreat. 
  • Employees are welcome to enjoy their prayer retreat on-campus, off-campus, in their homes, or at an alternate site.  
  • The university pastors will provide an optional video that can be used at the beginning of an employee’s prayer retreat as well as a devotional (available on this webpage) to guide employees through the Day of Prayer.

During the Day of Prayer, employees are encouraged to: 

  • Have conversation with God about their work
  • Pray for their colleagues, students and the university
  • Attend to their personal soul care, talking with God about their own lives of faith, and experiencing the ministry of the Spirit

During the Day of Prayer, employees are discouraged from: 

  • Using this prayer retreat day for team meetings/in-services
  • Doing other work (responding to emails, working on projects, meeting with people, etc.)
  • Keeping their cell phones on/active
  • Using the day as a vacation day.  This is a soul care day, which may look a lot like a vacation day (a walk in the woods, journaling, reading, etc.) but should have an intentional spiritual formation focus and be directed by God.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Register now for free HICP virtual event

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

The university’s employees and students are invited to attend a free virtual event that will discuss the topic of High-Impact Chronic Pain (HICP) on Saturday, July 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

HICP affects 11 to 20 million U.S. adults and interferes with work or other daily activities most days or every day. People with HICP often suffer from iatrogenic harms, including (but not limited to) prescription-induced opiate use disorders.

In this session, we will hear from experts representing a variety of professions to discuss the healthcare experiences of people with HICP and the evidence on what works to reduce iatrogenic harms and promote health. You don’t want to miss this interactive virtual event intended to strengthen the primary care workforce. 

Students and employees can attend for free, but you must register ASAP at this link. Please contact Tammy O’Doherty (todohert@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Save the Date: Day of Prayer set for Wednesday, July 8

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, the employee community will be observing a Day of Prayer. The two-fold purpose for this day is:  

  • To begin the new fiscal year and academic year prayerfully attentive to God’s direction
  • To encourage the spiritual well-being of the employee community

Details: 

  • Employees are encouraged to spend their usual work hours on Wednesday, July 8, in prayer and spiritual retreat. 
  • Employees are welcome to enjoy their prayer retreat on-campus, off-campus, in their homes, or at an alternate site.  
  • The university pastors will provide an optional video which can be used at the beginning of an employee’s prayer retreat as well as a devotional to guide employees through the day of prayer.

During the Day of Prayer, employees are encouraged to: 

  • Have conversation with God about their work
  • Pray for their colleagues, students and the university
  • Attend to their personal soul care, talking with God about their own lives of faith, and experiencing the ministry of the Spirit

During the Day of Prayer, employees are discouraged from: 

  • Using this prayer retreat day for team meetings/in-services
  • Doing other work (responding to emails, working on projects, meeting with people, etc.)
  • Keeping their cell phones on/active
  • Using the day as a vacation day.  This is a soul care day, which may look a lot like a vacation day (a walk in the woods, journaling, reading, etc.) but should have an intentional spiritual formation focus and be directed by God.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Please submit Concur reports today

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Please take the time to review your Concur account and submit ALL outstanding reports for the 2019-20 fiscal year today (Thursday).  

If you need help with this process, please contact Kathi Becker at ext. 2166 or kbecker@georgefox.edu.

Be aware of new state guidance on face coverings

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

We are working hard to ensure our classrooms and facilities will be safe, and we will need your help. We will need to be vigilant about hygiene, physical distancing, face coverings and self-monitoring.

If you have in-person classes, we may ask you to forgo your own convenience and comfort for the sake of your neighbors. Following a statewide mandate that goes into effect July 1, faculty, staff, students and visitors will be asked to use face coverings (e.g., face masks, cloth face coverings, face shields) when in enclosed public and common areas (including classrooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges) and outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

University closes Friday for Independence Day holiday

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The university’s offices on the Newberg and Portland campuses will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Important Return-to-Work Info

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

As you may be beginning to transition back to campus, the COVID Operations Team wanted to welcome you back and to share a few important pieces of information.  

Please review the face coverings policy that will be in place in all academic and administrative buildings on campus. If you need a face covering, there is a stock available in the Campus Public Safety office.  

Work-surface cleaning supplies and paper towels are being deployed in buildings this week; check with your building monitor for locations. Copier and shared workstation cleaning supplies are coming in the near future.

Consider ways you may be able to complete tasks without physically touching a shared piece of equipment, such as using a pencil eraser to press the buttons on a copy/fax machine.  

Barriers will be arriving in the next few days and will be installed early next week. Please observe physical distancing and face-covering guidelines as the policy reads until barriers are installed.

Please look to the Reopening Campus|Fall 2020 page for the most up-to-date information from the COT. Contact us at cot@georgefox.edu with any questions or concerns.

Bruin Community Pantry closed for holiday this week

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The Bruin Community Pantry food bank will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday, on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

Check out the website for hours of operation.

Save the Date: Day of Prayer scheduled for Wednesday, July 8

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, the employee community will be observing a Day of Prayer. The two-fold purpose for this day is:  

  • To begin the new fiscal year and academic year prayerfully attentive to God’s direction
  • To encourage the spiritual well-being of the employee community

Details: 

  • Employees are encouraged to spend their usual work hours on Wednesday, July 8, in prayer and spiritual retreat. 
  • Employees are welcome to enjoy their prayer retreat on-campus, off-campus, in their homes, or at an alternate site.  
  • The university pastors will provide an optional video which can be used at the beginning of an employee’s prayer retreat as well as a devotional to guide employees through the day of prayer.

During the Day of Prayer, employees are encouraged to: 

  • Have conversation with God about their work
  • Pray for their colleagues, students and the university
  • Attend to their personal soul care, talking with God about their own lives of faith, and experiencing the ministry of the Spirit

During the Day of Prayer, employees are discouraged from: 

  • Using this prayer retreat day for team meetings/in-services
  • Doing other work (responding to emails, working on projects, meeting with people, etc.)
  • Keeping their cell phones on/active
  • Using the day as a vacation day.  This is a soul care day, which may look a lot like a vacation day (a walk in the woods, journaling, reading, etc.) but should have an intentional spiritual formation focus and be directed by God.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Join Steve Grant’s farewell party via Zoom today

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

You are cordially invited to join the celebration of Steve Grant’s 38 years of service to George Fox today (Monday). The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. via this Zoom link.

Contact Carol Jaquith at cjaquith@georgefox.edu if you have questions. We hope to see you there!

Please turn in all deposits today

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

If you have any deposits for FY20, please bring your money over to the Finance office today (June 29). Checks dated prior to June 30, 2020, must be deposited in the current fiscal year. Please look around your desks and file cabinets to see if there are any lingering items that need to go to the bank.

If you are taking vacation during the July 4 holiday, please send your deposits over before you leave.

Also, money that needs accounting for in FY20 must be brought to the Finance office no later than 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30. If it arrives later, it will go into the FY21 budget.

If you have any questions about deposits, please contact Heather Groenlund at 503-554-2173. Thank you and have a great summer!

Virtual session on HICP is free to students and employees

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

The university’s employees and students are invited to attend a free virtual event that will discuss the topic of High-Impact Chronic Pain (HICP) on Saturday, July 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

HICP affects 11 to 20 million U.S. adults and interferes with work or other daily activities most days or every day. People with HICP often suffer from iatrogenic harms, including (but not limited to) prescription-induced opiate use disorders.

In this session, we will hear from experts representing a variety of professions to discuss the healthcare experiences of people with HICP and the evidence on what works to reduce iatrogenic harms and promote health. You don’t want to miss this interactive virtual event intended to strengthen the primary care workforce. 

Students and employees can attend for free, but you must register ASAP at this link. Please contact Tammy O’Doherty (todohert@georgefox.edu) with any questions.

Join Zoom meeting Monday to wish Steve Grant well

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

You are cordially invited to join the celebration of Steve Grant’s 38 years of service to George Fox this Monday, June 29. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. via this Zoom link.

Contact Carol Jaquith at cjaquith@georgefox.edu if you have questions. We hope to see you there!

View all-employee meeting today after 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

President Robin Baker will host a virtual all-employee meeting this morning (Thursday). The meeting will be available at this link beginning at 9 a.m. As was the case last month, the password to join is provided on the meeting site.

Join Zoom meeting to wish Steve Grant well Monday

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

You are cordially invited to join the celebration of Steve Grant’s 38 years of service to George Fox this Monday, June 29. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. via this Zoom link.

Contact Carol Jaquith at cjaquith@georgefox.edu if you have questions. We hope to see you there!

Bruin Community Pantry closed for July 4 holiday

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The Bruin Community Pantry food bank will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday, on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

Check out the website for hours of operation.