Participate in Hadlock’s trick shot contest

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The Hadlock Student Center is hosting a trick shot contest! Submissions will be open from Monday, April 6, through Sunday, April 12, through our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Participants are to use the hashtag #HSCTrickshot to enter their submission in one of two categories:

  • Basketball Trick Shot Category (must be done on a regulation basketball hoop of 10 feet, either indoor or outdoor)
  • Miscellaneous Trick Shot Category (use your imagination here … indoor golf putting/chipping, soccer shots, Frisbee in the trash can, indoor over-the-door basketball hoop, ping-pong balls, socks in the laundry basket, etc.)

The top videos will be recognized during the week of April 20, and we’ll have some cool prizes for the top videos in each category. 

Competition rules:

  • All current George Fox undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty and staff, are eligible for this competition.
  • Be safe! Practice social distancing, protect yourself and others (CDC guidelines:
  • In each video, someone needs to visibly give a “Two thumbs up” to the camera (either to start or finish each video) or verbally say “two thumbs up” to indicate that this video is specifically for this competition. Without the “two thumbs up” component the video will not qualify.
  • Each contest participant can upload a maximum of two videos in total. This can be two videos for one category or one video for each category.

You can absolutely complete this solo and even in the comfort of your own home. We are not encouraging you to physically socialize in this process and do anything that might put you or others at additional risk.

Questions? Contact us at

Join virtual 5K on Monday

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Did you know that the average distance covered in a regular season lacrosse game is 3.1 miles? Come join our team on National Student-Athlete Day and make a difference for cancer patients who are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19.

Participate in the Last Shift Virtual 5K Challenge at 9 a.m. this Monday, April 6, by running anywhere (such as your neighborhood) while wearing your George Fox gear! 

Simply follow this link to register and become a part of our team. The registration fee is $20 and goes to a great cause. Be sure to click the “Join a Team” tab and type in “George Fox University.”

All who register and post a picture of themselves running on Monday with #LastShift2020 and #georgefoxlacrosse will be entered to win a free George Fox lacrosse T-shirt.

Questions? Contact Katie Brand at

Admissions office still serving students

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The undergraduate admissions office continues to serve prospective students throughout the current COVID-19 situation. Although we are not on campus, we continue to be available by phone or email. 

Prospective students and their families can schedule phone or video appointments with us here. To find out more about how admissions is handling the situation for our prospective students, please visit our coronavirus response page.

Questions? Contact Emma Glennen at

Brunner reflects on Luther’s Theology of the Cross in devotional video

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

In the latest installment of the seminary’s “Hope in the Midst of Crisis” devotional series, Dan Brunner reflects on Luther’s Theology of the Cross and on the fact an incarnational God has descended into the reality of this world. In our quiet grief, God meets us with glimmers of hope.

You can watch it here.

Join lacrosse team on virtual 5K run this Monday

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Our season isn’t over yet! Student-athletes are leading the charge and taking one last shift on National Student-Athlete Day to be the difference for cancer patients who are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19.

Want to join us? Participate in the Last Shift Virtual 5K Challenge at 9 a.m. this Monday, April 6, by running anywhere (such as your neighborhood) while wearing your George Fox gear! 

Simply follow this link to register and become a part of our team. The registration fee is $20 and goes to a great cause. Be sure to click the “Join a Team” tab and type in “George Fox University.”

All who register and post a picture of themselves running on Monday with #LastShift2020 and #georgefoxlacrosse will be entered to win a free George Fox lacrosse T-shirt.

Questions? Contact Katie Brand at

Courier service will continue

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Mail Services will be running its courier service between campuses. Deliveries will be made weekly on Wednesday morning. Anything that is going to the Portland Center needs to be brought to Mail Services by no later than 9:30 a.m.

If you have questions, contact Richard Silver at

Finance offers drop box

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Finance has a drop box located to the left of the front door that can be used for most business coming into the department. This may be more convenient for all of us while the buildings on campus are locked. We are here processing transactions, and we will check that box several times during the day.

Please be sure to secure your documents in an envelope. The information submitted should include your contact information so we can reach you if we have questions.

Questions? Contact Cris Banton at

Thank you,
The Finance Team

Mail Services is back to regular hours

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Mail Services has resumed its regular operating hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Richard Silver at

Info on keeping Zoom meetings secure

Monday, March 30th, 2020

It is critical for each of us to keep our students and fellow employees safe in our online meetings as we continue with the academic terms. Zoom has recently released this blog post with helpful information about keeping your Zoom meetings secure while providing the best experience for those you interact with.

Please contact the service desk ( with any questions about managing meetings in Zoom.

Sign up to join prayer initiative

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

The Office for Spiritual Life invites the university community to “Pray 4 Today,” a prayer initiative that begins today (Monday).

The idea is simple: We are looking for four people to sign up to pray per day for the remainder of the spring semester. How you pray, where you pray, and for what or whom you pray are up to you – but will you consider joining us?

If you are interested, please sign up here. Questions? Contact our office at Thanks!

University closed today for spring break holiday

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

All Newberg, Portland, Salem and Redmond offices are closed today (Friday) for the spring break holiday.

Commencement will be changing

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

In light of recent events, George Fox will not hold commencement ceremonies on campus on Saturday, May 2 (traditional undergraduates) or the following week (ADP/grad programs).

The university is working on plans to allow graduates to celebrate their achievements, but any decisions will be dictated by how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the coming weeks.

For more details, visit the university’s coronavirus response page.

Mail Services posts change of hours

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

As of today (Wednesday), Mail Services will be open three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. The service window will be open to hand packages to customers between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

The adjacent room for sending packages out will be open as needed. Have all outgoing packages brought to Mail Services by no later than 11 a.m. These changes take effect immediately and will resume until we revert to our regular schedule on a date to be determined.

Please contact Richard Silver ( with any questions.

Info on departmental storage clean-out

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

If you are working on campus and find yourself with downtime, consult with your supervisor and department about cleaning out and organizing your departmental storage with the goal of reducing or eliminating the need for storage space.

When going through departmental storage, please consider the following:

  • Is your storage space organized?
  • How long has an item been in storage and how often is it utilized?
  • Is it obsolete, outdated or expired?
  • Should your files or item go to another department such as Archives, Plant Services, or IT?
  • Are your files needed for accreditation or regulatory purposes?
  • Does it need more secure storage (for example, items covered under FERPA)?
  • Can your files be digitized?

Once normal operations resume, Plant Services will conduct a physical audit of all storage space on campus. Questions? Contact Dan van der Water at

Financial aid office is still here for you

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Our financial aid office is here to serve students throughout the current COVID-19 situation. While we are not available in person, we are ready to meet needs in a variety of ways:

  • Schedule a phone appointment here (or video by request)
  • Email or call our office or your financial aid counselor directly. If your counselor is unavailable, leave a message and we will return your call.
  • Submit documents online, by email (, fax or mail
  • We are available to answer questions related to family financial changes and the 2020-21 academic year
  • The Department of Education also has a helpful FAQ for students, parents and borrowers.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Gupta offers insight in new ‘Hope in the Midst of Crisis’ video

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

What are your worries? Where is your hope? Professor Nijay Gupta reflects on Matthew 6 in the Portland Seminary’s newest “Hope in the Midst of Crisis” devotional series episode. You can watch it here.

Be encouraged and be well.

Coronavirus Pandemic: New Oregon Restrictions

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Oregon’s governor yesterday issued a statewide order for citizens to stay home except when traveling for essential work, buying food and similar critical supplies, or returning to their own homes. 

As part of the “Stay Home, Save Lives” campaign, the governor issued the following guidelines …


  • Stay home as much as possible (kids, too)
  • Stay at least six feet away from others
  • Go out only for essentials (groceries, medical care)
  • Exercise outside (hiking, biking) only if you can be six feet apart from others
  • Have video and phone chats
  • Drop food off to neighbors who can’t go out


  • Gather in groups
  • Get together with friends (no drinks or dinners)
  • Have play dates for kids
  • Make unnecessary trips

Please note restriction on spending

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

In anticipation of a temporary reduction in campus services and staff working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finance and purchasing are asking for your help to cut or defer all spending that is not critical to the operation of the university. 

To assist with this goal, all purchases over $1,000 must have an authorized purchase order. Please limit all office supply orders to only include items that are critical to operate.

We are currently reviewing changes to credit card limits and availability, and we will communicate with affected departments/employees once those changes are finalized no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 

For help, please contact:

Matt Hammar, or extension 2006 for purchase order help and information.

Kathi Becker, or extension 2166 for Visa and Concur help and information.

President Baker reflects on developments of the past two weeks

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

In his latest blog post, President Robin Baker chronicles the events of the past two weeks, reflecting on the rapid developments in society as we coped with the spread of the coronavirus.

You can read the piece here. Toward the end, Robin offers a word of encouragement in a short video.

APA offering free access to materials

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Good news: APA is offering free access to the 7th edition manual and other resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access it here.

If you need online writing assistance, the Portland Writing Center is open for all graduate and degree completion students: Contact Jennie Harrop ( with any questions.