Courier delivery service expands to five days

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Starting this week, the Office of Mail Services is increasing the courier delivery service to five days. The courier will pick up daily at 11:30 a.m. Therefore, anything that needs to go to the Portland Center has to be brought to Mail Services no later than 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Silver at rsilver@georgefox.edu.

Does your vehicle registration need updating?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Have you changed vehicles lately or gotten license plates on a new car? If you have changes in your vehicle registration since you originally registered in 2015, and you haven’t notified Campus Public Safety of the changes, please email Nadine Kincaid (nkincaid@georgefox.edu) with your current vehicle information. She can then override the system to get your registration up-to-date or check to see that what you have listed is still current.

Info needed: make, model, year, color, license plate, state and VIN number. Also, if you’ve moved or changed phone numbers recently, that needs to be updated as well.

If you are finding that you are switching cars frequently with your spouse, but only have the one gratis parking permit, it is easy to purchase a dedicated permit for each vehicle! Just bring $5 cash to the Campus Public Safety office and we can easily issue a new permit to your other car.

And, just a reminder that your staff permit is for your use only, not for your student’s use who attends here! They must register for their own permit unless you drive them to and from school each and every day.

Portland employees: If you are at the Newberg campus frequently, please go ahead and register your vehicle on MyGFU so you won’t be ticketed for non-registration. Thank you!

Have a vehicle situation that is out-of-the-box? Just call 503-554-2090 or write Nadine and we will talk through the options and find the best solution.

Free tickets to Friday’s hoops games available to everyone living in local communities

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

We’d like to invite Newberg and surrounding communities to join us for a great night of basketball this Friday, Jan. 11, in Miller Gymnasium. The Bruins will host a doubleheader against conference opponent Whitworth University, with the women’s game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game at 8 p.m.

The George Fox women are ranked No. 12 in the nation and are currently tied with Whitworth atop the Northwest Conference standings. This game will go a long way toward determining the conference champion.

The men’s game will feature our 10-3 (4-0 in conference) Bruins, who are averaging 93 points per game. Whitworth’s men are ranked No. 7 nationally, and the two schools are currently tied for first in the NWC.

This is the best combined start of season for our programs since joining the NCAA. Complimentary tickets will be offered to anyone who provides proof of address in Newberg, Dundee, St. Paul and Sherwood by showing their license.

Contact Elise Trask (etrask@georgefox.edu) with any questions. See you at the games!

Faculty invited to submit requests for spring course reserves

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Faculty are now invited to submit requests for spring semester course reserves at the libraries! Materials are processed in the order received and can take up to five days to complete, so we encourage submitting early and over break if possible!

To place a request, please fill out and submit this reserves form. If you have any questions, contact Patty Vanier at pvanier@georgefox.edu or ext. 2425.

Free estate planning workshop scheduled on campus Jan. 22

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Please join us to learn about estate planning on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon in Canyon Commons 103. The estate planning workshop will review the five documents everyone should have in place for a tax-efficient and loving estate plan.

Gene Christian, a recognized regional estate planning leader and George Fox alumnus, will present this workshop and be available for those who would like to confidentially discuss their estate plans.

A light lunch of soup and salad will be served, and there is no cost to you for either the workshop or the lunch. Please RSVP to Karlyn Fleming no later than Jan. 15 at kfleming@georgefox.edu or ext. 2115.

Space is limited, so please reserve your place early!

Farewell reception for Patrick Kelley set for Thursday at Portland Center

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Join the university community in saying farewell to Patrick Kelley, who is leaving George Fox this month after nine years of service to the university. A reception for Patrick is set from 2 to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Portland Center.

Farewell reception for Patrick Kelley set for Jan. 10 at Portland Center

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Join the university community in saying farewell to Patrick Kelley, who is leaving George Fox this month after nine years of service to the university. A reception for Patrick is set from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Portland Center. See you there!

IT: Avast anti-virus notification is valid

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Some individuals have received a notification on their computers that Avast, our current George Fox anti-virus software, will be expiring soon. This is a valid notification. Over the next 30 days, we will be transitioning all George Fox computers to a new anti-virus software application that will replace Avast.

For now, please feel free to ignore the Avast notice as the plan is to let it expire, and we will be in touch with next steps regarding the new software in the coming month.

Thank you,
– IT

Employees invited to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store this month

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

The Columbia Sportswear Company has invited George Fox employees to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Jan. 4-27.

What You Get Access To

  • Employee pricing (typically 40 to 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 four 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 (options listed on invite)

Location and Hours

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
14100 N.W. Science Park Dr., Portland
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click this link to download or print the pass.

Please contact Employee Empowerment at 503-554-2180 or ee@georgefox.edu for assistance with these or any of your George Fox benefits.

IT: Be aware of new anti-virus software application coming soon

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Some individuals have received a notification on their computers that Avast, our current George Fox anti-virus software, will be expiring soon. This is a valid notification. Over the next 30 days, we will be transitioning all George Fox computers to a new anti-virus software application that will replace Avast.

For now, please feel free to ignore the Avast notice, as the plan is to let it expire, and we will be in touch with next steps regarding the new software in the coming month.

Thank you,
– IT

Please take note of these end-of-year giving reminders

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

University Advancement is closed through tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 1). As you contemplate any calendar-year-end gifts or engage with others who might be contemplating a year-end gift, please take note of the following dates.

To make a 2018 tax-deductible donation …

  • Checks and cash must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31.
  • Credit card gifts made at giving.georgefox.edu must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31.
  • Mutual funds, stocks or securities must be received by Dec. 31. Note: Each brokerage firm has a different timeframe to process transactions; please consult with your broker and initiate any transfers well in advance of the end of the year to receive a 2018 tax deduction.

Please double-check your offices and desks to ensure all donations are delivered in a timely manner so as to honor the generosity of our donors. All members of University Advancement will be available to answer calls and emails pertaining to year-end giving, but the office itself will be closed during this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

University Advancement: End-of-year giving reminders

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

University Advancement is closed through Tuesday, Jan. 1. As you contemplate any calendar-year-end gifts or engage with others who might be contemplating a year-end gift, please take note of the following dates.

To make a 2018 tax-deductible donation …

  • Checks and cash must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31.
  • Credit card gifts made at giving.georgefox.edu must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31.
  • Mutual funds, stocks or securities must be received by Dec. 31. Note: Each brokerage firm has a different timeframe to process transactions; please consult with your broker and initiate any transfers well in advance of the end of the year to receive a 2018 tax deduction.

Please double-check your offices and desks to ensure all donations are delivered in a timely manner so as to honor the generosity of our donors. All members of University Advancement will be available to answer calls and emails pertaining to year-end giving, but the office itself will be closed during this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

FoxTALE unavailable tomorrow night through Friday morning

Monday, December 24th, 2018

FoxTALE will be upgraded during the Christmas break and unavailable for an extended time from tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. to Friday, Dec. 28, at 6 a.m. We realize this is longer than usual and apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you will be enjoying the holidays.

We also want to remind you that after the upgrade you will view past course sites (prior to 2016 Fall) on the FoxTALE-Archive site. Institutional Technology will move the oldest course sites in batches over the next few weeks until all course sites previous to 2016 Fall are moved to the Archive. We anticipate this work will be completed by the end of this week.

Questions? Email the tech team at servicedesk@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2569.

– Your Educational Technology Team

 

End-of-year giving reminders from University Advancement

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

University Advancement will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. As you contemplate any calendar-year-end gifts or engage with others who might be contemplating a year-end gift, please take note of the following dates.

To make a 2018 tax-deductible donation …

  • Checks and cash must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31.
  • Credit card gifts made at giving.georgefox.edu must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31.
  • Mutual funds, stocks or securities must be received by Dec. 31. Note: Each brokerage firm has a different timeframe to process transactions; please consult with your broker and initiate any transfers well in advance of the end of the year to receive a 2018 tax deduction.

Please double-check your offices and desks to ensure all donations are delivered in a timely manner so as to honor the generosity of our donors. All members of University Advancement will be available to answer calls and emails pertaining to year-end giving, but the office itself will be closed during this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Be aware of email phishing attempts

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

There have been a few phishing attempts that have been circulating through George Fox emails. These attempts can come in various forms, and they are sent to try to gain access to either your email account or to confidential information. So that you don’t fall victim to these attempts, please review the guidelines below.

If you feel you’ve received a suspicious email, check the following:

  • The sender’s address. If it is unrecognizable or something similar to, but not exactly, the sender’s normal email address, it could be an attempt. Please note that a similar email address does not mean the original email address has been compromised; this is called a spoofing account.

Examples of email addresses used in recent phishing attempts: “rbaker@my.com” and “mshelton.georgefox.edu@gmail.com.”

  • Any link or odd instructions. If the email directs you to click on a link (even something familiar such as iTunes, etc.) or input sensitive information, it could be an attempt to get your password or other important information. Verify with the sender personally if you are suspicious.

If you feel that you have received some sort of phishing attempt:

  1. Email the Service Desk at servicedesk@georgefox.edu.
  2. Mark the email as “spam” in your Gmail inbox, which will then make Google aware of the issue.
  3. Request that anyone who has been emailed via the attempt also mark it as “spam” in their inbox.
  4. If you did not click on any links or reply, you do not need to do anything further.
  5. If you did click on a link or send a reply with sensitive information, you’ll want to change your password as soon as you can in MyGFU (this will automatically update your email password). Then go through the Settings in your Gmail account to look for anything amiss, such as an unfamiliar forwarding address or vacation-responder that you never created.

Feel free to call the Service Desk at 503-545-2569 and press “2” if you would like help walking through these steps.

Reminder: IT department is closed over the Christmas break

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Please be aware that the IT department will be closed for the university’s Christmas break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.

If you encounter a problem at any time during the days  IT is closed, please email the Service Desk at servicedesk@georgefox.edu. One of our team members will get back to you as soon as the office reopens with full services available.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Faculty invited to submit requests for spring course reserves

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Faculty are now invited to submit requests for spring semester course reserves at the libraries! Materials are processed in the order received and can take up to five days to complete, so we encourage submitting early and over break if possible!

To place a request, please fill out and submit this reserves form. If you have any questions, contact Patty Vanier at pvanier@georgefox.edu or ext. 2425.

FoxTALE will be unavailable for portion of Christmas break

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

FoxTALE will be upgraded during the Christmas break and unavailable for an extended time from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, to 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. We realize this is longer than usual and apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you will be enjoying the holidays.

We also want to remind you that after the upgrade you will view past course sites (prior to 2016 Fall) on the FoxTALE-Archive site. Institutional Technology will move the oldest course sites in batches over the next few weeks until all course sites previous to 2016 Fall are moved to the Archive. We anticipate this work will be completed the week of Dec. 24.

Questions? Email the tech team at servicedesk@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2569.

– Your Educational Technology Team

Consider volunteering as a Life Group leader this spring

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

The Office for Spiritual Life is looking for post-college Life Group leaders for our six-week spring Life Groups (the weeks of Feb. 11 through March 22). 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 at the time and location of your choosing. Participants will select the group they wish to participate in based on the details that leaders provide.

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. Our spring leader meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

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

Finance Department: Dropbox reminder for the holidays

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

For those of you who will be working during the holiday shutdown period of Dec. 22–Jan. 1, the Finance Department would like to remind you that our dropbox is available during this time. The slot for the dropbox is located directly to the left of the front door of the Finance Department building.

The dropbox will be checked periodically during the holiday shutdown. Please feel free to use the dropbox for any correspondence, invoices, check requests, deposits, expense reimbursement requests, etc. However, please be sure to have all paperwork in some type of envelope so nothing is lost, misplaced or mixed in with someone else’s paperwork. A sealed envelope for deposits is required.

Please call Jennifer Klapp with any questions at ext. 2170.

Thank you!
– Finance Department