Attend The Friends Association of Higher Education’s virtual seminar

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

The Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series will present a Zoom conversation Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on “Care in Times of Conflict: Cultivating Vulnerability and Resilience.”

Sign up here to register.

Questions? Contact Paul Anderson (panderso@georgefox.edu).

Updated policy on face coverings (including face shields)

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

George Fox has updated its face-covering policy to meet new state guidelines.

Students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors must use face coverings when in the following locations:

  • Enclosed public and common areas
  • Outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained

“Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Appropriate face coverings include two-layered face masks or gaiters.

The following are not approved face coverings because they allow droplets to be released:

  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation
  • Lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material
  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation

“Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face. Mini face shields that only cover the mouth are not permitted.

Face shields may be used:

  • When presenting in front of a class or audience so long as you maintain six feet of distance at all times.  If you are closer or likely to be closer than six feet, you must wear a face mask.
  • For employees who have work spaces that are cubicles or in common areas without a door, provided they maintain at least six feet of distance from others (they must put on a face mask when working with another individual in their workspace or if they leave their workspace).
  • If you have a medical condition preventing masks
  • If you are working with the hearing impaired so they can lip read

Employees and students should switch back to face masks when not in the above four circumstances.

Information sessions on becoming a tutor

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Would you like to help other students learn through one-on-one tutoring? Consider becoming a tutor in the spring 2021 semester! As an independent tutor, you can help other George Fox students while earning a little extra money.

Learning Support Services is hosting four information sessions about Tutor Matching Service, a marketplace that facilitates connections between tutors and those seeking tutoring!

Join us for one of these Zoom information sessions:

  • Friday, Jan. 22 at noon
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.

We’ll discuss how to sign up, participate in training to earn approval badges and much more.

Questions? Contact Julia James at jjames@georgefox.edu.

Come use the Maker Hub this semester

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

The Maker Hub is a makerspace located in the Klages Center at the Newberg campus. What exactly is a makerspace? Put simply, it’s a design and creative space that supports numerous disciplines such as woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, electronics, textiles and art.

The Maker Hub is a resource that is available to all Fox students. One of the main reasons it exists is to add value to your educational experience here at Fox in both academic contexts and in the context of recreational or personal projects. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to build something and learn new skills. It’s a fantastic remedy for stress and stir-crazy feelings if you are looking for something to do here on campus.

The main “Hub” area is already open, and the technical shops (machine shop, wood shop, etc.) are scheduled to open next week. If you would like to get connected, email Nick Sullivan at nsullivan@georgefox.edu for more info.

Financial Aid Office continues to serve students remotely

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Financial Aid Office is currently closed for in-person meetings. We are ready to serve students throughout the current COVID-19 situation and meet needs in a variety of ways:

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

Info on how to register a formal complaint

Monday, January 18th, 2021

While most student concerns and complaints can and should be resolved informally, there is a formal general complaint procedure described in the “Support for Students” section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook as well as on this website.

Note that these procedures cover complaints of a general nature and do not supersede specific policies involving special cases such as grade appeals, sexual harassment, etc., which are covered elsewhere in the Student Handbook, catalog or Graduate/DPS Policies.

For more information, contact the student life office (studentlife@georgefox.edu).

Remember to utilize the online class schedule

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Class.georgefox.edu is a great resource for anyone needing to look up details on a class, including meeting times and location, teaching modality, enrollment limit and waitlist numbers, course description, instructor info, and often textbook listings, too (click the book icon after clicking on a course to expand its info).

All invited to join MLK event today via live stream

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day event today (Monday). Several George Fox employees and students have been involved in the planning of this important event. SpiL credit is offered for those who attend.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this will be a fully live-streamed event. Details for connecting to the live stream will be posted to the MLK Day event web page. The pre-show music and slide show begins at 5:45 p.m., with the main program beginning at 6 p.m.

Go online early enough to ensure you have your live stream set up and working.

Join MLK event Monday via live stream

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 18. Several George Fox employees and students have been involved in the planning of this important event.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this will be a fully live-streamed event. Details for connecting to the live stream will be posted to the MLK Day event web page. The pre-show music and slide show begins at 5:45 p.m., with the main program beginning at 6 p.m.

Go online early enough to ensure you have your live stream set up and working.

Join time of prayer on Inauguration Day via Zoom

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Students and employees are invited to join the university pastors on Zoom for a guided time of prayer the morning of the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

If you would like to join us for this virtual time of prayer, please fill out this form and we will send you the Zoom link. Please direct any questions to the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2320.

Free leadership training for students offered through NAE

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is hosting the 65th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference, an opportunity for college students who care deeply about today’s pressing issues to learn and consider how to engage in public policy. The theme of this year’s conference is “Healing a Divided America.”

This year, the conference will be held virtually on two days, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and is completely free (a savings of $680). Students can register at NAE.net/cslc.

For more information, please email Jennifer at jhaglof@nae.net.

Remember to utilize the online class schedule

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Class.georgefox.edu is a great resource for anyone needing to look up details on a class, including meeting times and location, teaching modality, enrollment limit and waitlist numbers, course description, instructor info, and often textbook listings, too (click the book icon after clicking on a course to expand its info).

Join annual MLK event via live stream Monday

Monday, January 11th, 2021

The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 18. Several George Fox employees and students have been involved in the planning of this important event.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this will be a fully live-streamed event. Details for connecting to the live stream will be posted to the MLK Day event web page. The pre-show music and slide show begins at 5:45 p.m., with the main program beginning at 6 p.m.

Go online early enough to ensure you have your live stream set up and working.

All are welcome to time of prayer via Zoom on Inauguration Day

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Students and employees are invited to join the university pastors on Zoom for a guided time of prayer the morning of the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

If you would like to join us for this virtual time of prayer, please fill out this form and we will send you the Zoom link. Please direct any questions to the Office for Spiritual Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2320.

Academic mentors needed on Newberg campus this semester

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Learning Support Services is recruiting two or three graduate students to work as academic mentors for high-risk students on the Newberg campus during the spring 2021 semester.

Academic mentors generally work seven to 10 hours per week, and are paid current minimum wage. Students can find more details and application information on the HandShake position posting. The position is open to any George Fox graduate student. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Past academic mentors have commented on how much they grew through the experience, especially through their one-on-one sessions with high-risk students. The role is not a formal counseling role, but has similarities that can be especially helpful for graduate students who will be entering helping professions.

Please contact Rick Muthiah (rmuthiah@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

Info on how to register a formal complaint

Monday, January 4th, 2021

While most student concerns and complaints can and should be resolved informally, there is a formal general complaint procedure described in the “Support for Students” section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook as well as on this website.

Note that these procedures cover complaints of a general nature and do not supersede specific policies involving special cases such as grade appeals, sexual harassment, etc., which are covered elsewhere in the Student Handbook, catalog or Graduate/DPS Policies.

For more information, contact the student life office (studentlife@georgefox.edu).

Academic mentors needed on Newberg campus this spring

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Learning Support Services is recruiting two or three graduate students to work as academic mentors for high-risk students on the Newberg campus during the spring 2021 semester.

Academic mentors generally work seven to 10 hours per week, and are paid current minimum wage. Students can find more details and application information on the HandShake position posting. The position is open to any George Fox graduate student. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Past academic mentors have commented on how much they grew through the experience, especially through their one-on-one sessions with high-risk students. The role is not a formal counseling role, but has similarities that can be especially helpful for graduate students who will be entering helping professions.

Please contact Rick Muthiah (rmuthiah@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

Some common spring financial aid questions to address

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Spring semester 2021 begins soon! As you make plans to pay for spring, sometimes your financial aid may not look as you expect.

If your anticipated aid on your MyGeorgeFox Financial Account tile is less than you expected, or some aid isn’t displaying on your Student Accounts invoice under Pending Aid, here are a few common reasons:

  • You are not fully enrolled, enrolled full time, or are on the wait list for one or more courses. You must be enrolled full time for institutional aid, and at least half time for federal aid.
  • You have some missing documents to complete. Check your MyGeorgeFox to-do list for any outstanding documents.
  • If you have a private loan, the funds may have not yet arrived. Once the funds arrive, your pending aid will be updated to reflect this amount.

If you have any questions, let us know!

– George Fox Financial Aid (fa@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2302)

Student Accounts offers three refund tips

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Following are some refund tips from the Office of Student Accounts.

Tip #1: Have you granted ‘Financial Aid Permission?’

If you have not completed a “Financial Aid T4 Permission Form,” please understand that federal funds cannot pay course fees and fines without your permission. This may result in an unpaid charge and a credit balance at the same time. When that happens, we have to audit the account to be sure the refund is valid. That takes time and slows down refunds significantly. 

To grant “permission,” please sign into My.GeorgeFox.edu and go to your task tile, or follow the steps at this link. The federal rule is that you complete this before your financial aid disburses.

If your loans have already disbursed for the semester, you will need to complete two steps: 1. Complete the form, and 2. Email studentaccountrefunds@georgefox.edu this week to authorize us to pre-date the effective date of your permission form.

Tip #2: Session Start Dates Impact Refund Timing

If your first session this spring begins after Jan 19, your aid disbursement will be delayed until at least 10 days prior to session start, resulting in a refund delay. Please do everything else you can to help us expedite your refunds. (Click link and scroll down to “Refunds”.)

Tip #3: Participation in Student Account Direct Deposit is now Mandatory!

If you have not signed up for Student Account Direct Deposit (DD), you must do so immediately.  (Employment and Student Accounts DD enrollments are two entirely separate processes.)

Please sign into My.GeorgeFox.edu and go to your task tile to complete this requirement. Failure to do so will result in refund delays.

Questions? Contact Marcy Nielsen at mnielsen@georgefox.edu.

Student Accounts offers three refund tips

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Following are some refund tips from the Office of Student Accounts.

Tip #1: Have you granted ‘Financial Aid Permission?’

If you have not completed a “Financial Aid T4 Permission Form,” please understand that federal funds cannot pay course fees and fines without your permission. This may result in an unpaid charge and a credit balance at the same time. When that happens, we have to audit the account to be sure the refund is valid. That takes time and slows down refunds significantly. 

To grant “permission,” please sign into My.GeorgeFox.edu and go to your task tile, or follow the steps at this link. The federal rule is that you complete this before your financial aid disburses.

If your loans have already disbursed for the semester, you will need to complete two steps: 1. Complete the form, and 2. Email studentaccountrefunds@georgefox.edu this week to authorize us to pre-date the effective date of your permission form.

Tip #2: Session Start Dates Impact Refund Timing

If your first session this spring begins after Jan 19, your aid disbursement will be delayed until at least 10 days prior to session start, resulting in a refund delay. Please do everything else you can to help us expedite your refunds. (Click link and scroll down to “Refunds”.)

Tip #3: Participation in Student Account Direct Deposit is now Mandatory!

If you have not signed up for Student Account Direct Deposit (DD), you must do so immediately.  (Employment and Student Accounts DD enrollments are two entirely separate processes.)

Please sign into My.GeorgeFox.edu and go to your task tile to complete this requirement. Failure to do so will result in refund delays.

Questions? Contact Marcy Nielsen at mnielsen@georgefox.edu.