Face shields are available for employees

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Face shields are available for George Fox employees. They are available in the student life office on the third floor of the Stevens Center. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please drop by if you want to pick up a face shield.

For more information, please contact Jere Witherspoon at  jwitherspoon@georgefox.edu.

Volunteer to lead a Zoom or hybrid Life Group this fall

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

As a key strategy for soul care of undergraduates during the pandemic, the Office for Spiritual Life is looking for 30 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.

Office Relocations Policy

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Office moves/relocations have a process and policy. After discussing proposals with your dean or department head, submit the relocation form located at this link.

One form per person is needed, so that specific furniture move requests can be listed. Matt Hammar, the director of Purchasing, must approve all furniture moves and furniture requests.

After the relocation form is submitted, your executive team member will then approve the relocation request. After approval, Plant Services will schedule your move. (The form allows you to enter your proposed move date, but the actual date will be set by the scheduling team.)

This move process notifies Plant Services, Information Services, Mail Services and Institutional Technology (IT), including MPS and IT infrastructure. Please refer to the website with any questions. Thank you!

All-employee meeting link available after 10 a.m. this morning

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

An all-employee meeting will be made available for viewing this morning (Wednesday) after 10 a.m. We will hear from Provost Andrea Scott and get an update on the new academic enterprise structure, from Brian Doak, director of George Fox Digital, and from President Robin Baker.

The meeting will be available at this link. As was the case last month, the password to join is provided on the meeting site.

Purchasing Policy Reminder

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

This is a reminder that all purchases, regardless of the dollar amount or funding source, must be entered in PeopleSoft as a requisition PRIOR to any spending. Once your receive a PO from Purchasing, you have approval to place your order or complete your George Fox Visa transaction.

If you need assistance, please contact Purchasing at purchasing@georgefox.edu for requisition/PO questions or Kathi Becker at kbecker@georgefox.edu for George Fox Visa questions.

The university’s purchasing policy can be found here.

All-employee meeting link available tomorrow after 10 a.m.

Monday, July 13th, 2020

An all-employee meeting will be made available for viewing tomorrow (Wednesday) after 10 a.m. We will hear from Provost Andrea Scott and get an update on the new academic enterprise structure, from Brian Doak, director of George Fox Digital, and from President Robin Baker.

The meeting will be available at this link. As was the case last month, the password to join is provided on the meeting site.

Face shields are available for employees

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Face shields are available for George Fox employees. They are available in the student life office on the third floor of the Stevens Center. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please drop by if you want to pick up a face shield.

For more information, please contact Jere Witherspoon at jwitherspoon@georgefox.edu.

New Title IX regulations soon go into effect

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

The Department of Education recently released the final regulations for implementing protections of equal access to education under Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972. As federal laws, these regulations govern how institutions are required to respond to sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment. These regulations are effective as of Aug. 14, 2020.

These regulations are significant, and we are carefully reviewing them over the coming weeks to determine what adjustments we need to make to our current policies and/or our processes for addressing reports of sexual assault and harassment.

The state of Oregon also has relevant legislation, and we need to consider how the federal and state regulations interact with one another. We will be certain to inform our community of any changes we need to make as a result of these new laws.

We recognize that many members of our community have been deeply impacted by sexual assault. It is important that you know that our commitment to preventing sexual assault, supporting those who report experiencing harm, and conducting fair, transparent and safe grievance processes for all parties continues to be a top priority for us. We remain steadfastly focused on continuing to build a supportive, safe and welcoming environment where everyone can learn, work and thrive.  

If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, you are encouraged to connect to the resources at our institution or elsewhere that can best support you. Much of this information is on our website at georgefox.edu/titleix. We also have added a new video resource specific to George Fox on our Title IX website’s home page that addresses some common questions.

Our Title IX team’s contact information is on the Title IX website under “staff.” Please contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife@georgefox.edu) if you have any questions or concerns.

Last call to register for free HICP virtual event

Sunday, July 12th, 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.

Sign up to be a Zoom or hybrid Life Group leader this fall

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

As a key strategy for soul care of undergraduates during the pandemic, the Office for Spiritual Life is looking for 30 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.

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.