University is hiring graduate students as academic mentors

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Rick Muthiah, director of Learning Support Services, is recruiting three or four graduate students to work as academic mentors for high-risk students on the Newberg campus during the fall 2022 semester.

Academic mentors will work seven to 10 hours per week, and will be paid $14.75 per hour. Students can find more details and application information on the HandShake position posting. The position is open to any George Fox graduate student, including incoming students.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Academic mentors will have the opportunity to continue in the spring semester based on their availability and ongoing need for the program.

Past success coaches 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+mentor@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

Check out the university library’s updated website!

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

We’re excited to share that the library website has a new look! Visit us today to find all of our excellent resources and services (and maybe a few new things) in the new design at library.georgefox.edu.

If you have questions about where to find information, resources, or services, please contact us at 503-554-2410 or email researchhelp@georgefox.edu. You can also watch our short introduction video here.

Questions? Contact researchhelp@georgefox.edu.

Be aware of phishing attempt emails

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

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. The most recent attempt is a notification of a shared Google Doc titled “IT WORK ORDER REQUEST DOCXX.pdf.”

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:

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

  • If you receive an email that you suspect is a phishing attempt, you should forward it to servicedesk@georgefox.edu.
  • You should not click any links or open any attachments.
  • When Google identifies that an email may be phishing or suspicious, they might show a warning or move the email to Spam.
  • If an email wasn’t marked correctly, follow the steps below to mark or unmark it as phishing.
  1. On a computer, go to Gmail
  2. Open the message
  3. Next to “Reply <–“, click “More” (represented by three dots vertically stacked)
  4. Click “Report Phishing”
  • Request that anyone who has been emailed via the attempt also report it as phishing in their inbox.
    If you did not click on any links or reply, you do not need to do anything further.
  • 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 my.georgefox.edu (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 if you would like help walking through these steps.

University is hiring graduate students as academic mentors

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

Rick Muthiah, director of Learning Support Services, is recruiting three or four graduate students to work as academic mentors for high-risk students on the Newberg campus during the fall 2022 semester.

Academic mentors will work seven to 10 hours per week, and will be paid $14.75 per hour. Students can find more details and application information on the HandShake position posting. The position is open to any George Fox graduate student, including incoming students.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Academic mentors will have the opportunity to continue in the spring semester based on their availability and ongoing need for the program.

Past success coaches 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+mentor@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

Act now if you want a summer semester book

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Unsold summer semester books are headed back to their publishers soon. Shipments begin on June 27, so if you need a summer text from the Bruin Store, don’t wait.

Questions? Contact Laura King at lking@georgefox.edu.

University closes Monday to observe Juneteenth

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

All university offices will be closed this Monday, June 20, to observe the Juneteenth holiday. The Murdock Library will be closed, although access to the 24/7 space will remain available. The Bruin Store will be open for its regular hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Reminder: Several campus offices are closed this afternoon

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Today (Wednesday), the following offices will close at noon for a team-building event:

  • Finance Office
  • Human Resources
  • IT Service Desk
  • Plant Services
  • Student Accounts

In response to the “Steps Toward Thriving” initiative, Vicki Piersall’s finance and operations group is gathering together at noon. This is our first gathering as a group overseen by the CFO, so we appreciate your understanding as we spend time in fellowship and a bit of friendly competition, getting to know each other a little better.

All offices involved will reopen on Thursday morning.

Several offices will close tomorrow afternoon for team-building event

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the following offices will be closed at noon for a team-building event:

  • Finance Office
  • Human Resources
  • IT Service Desk
  • Plant Services
  • Student Accounts

In response to the “Steps Toward Thriving” initiative, Vicki Piersall’s finance and operations group is gathering together at noon tomorrow. This is our first gathering as a group overseen by the CFO, so we appreciate your understanding as we spend time in fellowship and a bit of friendly competition, getting to know each other a little better.

All offices involved will reopen on Thursday morning.

Know high schoolers interested in STEM? Tell them about engineering camps this summer

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

George Fox Engineering is running STEM camps for high school students this summer. Students will spend a week in the Maker Hub working on creative and customized projects, using state-of-the-art equipment and making friends!

For more information, visit the Maker Camp registration page here. Questions? Contact Tamara Wytsma at twytsma@georgefox.edu.

Sign up for this Friday’s healthcare workers summit

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

Healthcare workers are burned out and leaving their noble work – and the suicide rate in this demographic is alarming and a longstanding problem. We need to take care of our healthcare workers so they can take care of us! Let’s start healing together.

We in the Interprofessional Primary Care Institute invite you to join us for a continuing medical education course (CME), “Healthcare Worker Wellness Summit: From Demoralization to Remoralization in OUR Work,” via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

You will receive CME and strength through sharing stories and learning skills to bring back joy in our healthcare work.

For more information and the registration link, go here.

Swing by Murdock Library tomorrow to say farewell to Rachel Thomas and Jenny Bruxvoort

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Please stop by Murdock Library tomorrow (Thursday) between 2:30 and 4 p.m. to join us in saying goodbye to two of our faculty members.

Rachel Thomas has served as the university archivist for the past eight years, growing our collections and working diligently to engage with our alumni and local community.

Jenny Bruxvoort has been a research and instruction librarian for three years, supporting many undergraduate programs and the new Cornerstone Core.

Refreshments will be served, and a time of sharing will happen around 3 p.m. We hope you’ll come help us celebrate their time with us and wish them well on their new adventures.

Questions? Contact Kate Wimer at kwimer@georgefox.edu.

University closes Monday for Memorial Day holiday

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

All university offices in Newberg and at regional sites will be closed this Monday, May 30, to observe the Memorial Day holiday.

Portland Writing Center is open for summer appointments

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

The Portland Writing Center is open to meet with undergraduate, graduate and adult degree students this summer!

Read our newsletter for our latest updates, and email us at wc@georgefox.edu with any questions.

Join healthcare workers summit on June 10 via Zoom

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Healthcare workers are burned out and leaving their noble work – and the suicide rate in this demographic is alarming and a longstanding problem. We need to take care of our healthcare workers so they can take care of us! Let’s start healing together.

We in the Interprofessional Primary Care Institute invite you to join us for a continuing medical education course (CME), “Healthcare Worker Wellness Summit: From Demoralization to Remoralization in OUR Work,” via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

You will receive CME and strength through sharing stories and learning skills to bring back joy in our healthcare work.

For more information and the registration link, go here.

Burnout prevention and treatment workshop available for Christian women

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

For my PsyD dissertation at George Fox, I have created a workshop to prevent and treat burnout in Christian women. There is not currently any published program for burnout specifically for women in ministry, and I am passionate about creating one.

The workshop is free for women to join, and they will receive evidence-based treatment that may otherwise be expensive (approximately a $350 value). The time commitment is one hour weekly over Zoom for six weeks, between May 25 and July 2. The study is open to all women who are part of formal and informal ministries such helping professionals, teachers, medical professionals, caretakers, wives, mothers, social workers, etc.

I am finishing up the first series of this workshop now and have initial evidence that it is effective in reducing symptoms of burnout in Christian women. I am running the workshop again to reach more women and am needing a larger group of participants to meet the research goals of the project.

More information about the study can be found at ministryburnout.com. I also made a short video that introduces the workshop and my heart behind it. Please consider participating or sharing with anyone you think may be interested. I am needing more participants and will be thankful for any help!

Please call me at 971-221-0940 if you have any questions!

– Lydia Marvin, Doctoral Student of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University

Gather for prayer today, tomorrow for victims of violence

Monday, May 16th, 2022

George Fox is a Christ-centered university in the tradition of the Evangelical Friends (Quakers). As such, we believe that a diverse community is a gift of God and its flourishing is a theological imperative for the people of God.

We denounce racism and systems of oppression, and proactively work with the Holy Spirit to eradicate those evils from our institution and society. To that end, we offer this prayer for the victims of violence.

As members of our Christ-centered community, we lament the senseless racially and ethnically motivated slayings that took place in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, and Laguna Woods, California, on May 15. Please join us for a special time of prayer today (Tuesday) at 10:30 a.m. in the Barclay House, as we partner with spiritual life pastors to lament the precious lives lost and pray for their families.

An additional opportunity for prayer and reflection will be offered via Zoom tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 p.m.

If you are interested in resources and support, or ways to become a source of strength for others during this difficult time, please contact Katrina Johnson, dean of student belonging and equity, at katrinaj@georgefox.edu; D’Metri Mattocks, director of intercultural life, at dmattocks@georgefox.edu; or a spiritual life pastor at spirituallife@georgefox.edu.

Learn how to strength train at home

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Performing strength training exercises helps to maintain function and reduce the risk of injury. It is recommended that we strength train at least two days a week. However, only about 20% of people meet this recommendation.

In a free 30-minute course offered through the College of Physical Therapy, you can learn how to strength train at home without owning specific gym equipment. Get all the details here.

Interested? Email Jason Brumitt at jbrumitt@georgefox.edu to participate.

Join healthcare workers summit via Zoom on June 10

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Healthcare workers are burned out and leaving their noble work – and the suicide rate in this demographic is alarming and a longstanding problem. We need to take care of our healthcare workers so they can take care of us! Let’s start healing together.

We in the Interprofessional Primary Care Institute invite you to join us for a continuing medical education course (CME), “Healthcare Worker Wellness Summit: From Demoralization to Remoralization in OUR Work,” via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

You will receive CME and strength through sharing stories and learning skills to bring back joy in our healthcare work.

For more information and the registration link, go here.

Summer hours posted for Murdock Library

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

The Murdock Library will be closed on weekends starting this Saturday, April 30. Our summer hours will be Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 24-hour space will remain open throughout the summer.

Questions? Contact Mary Cameron at mcameron@georgefox.edu.

Come say farewell to Andrea Byerley this afternoon

Monday, April 25th, 2022

A farewell reception will be held for Andrea Byerley, assistant director of Disability & Accessibility Services, today (Tuesday) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Murdock Library (Room 101 & 102). A brief time of sharing will begin at 3 p.m.

Andrea has served in multiple roles at George Fox over the past 17 years and will be sorely missed at the university. Join us in wishing Andrea farewell. Contact Rick Muthiah at rmuthiah@georgefox.edu with any questions.