Student in classroom wearing a face mask.

A new reality: As news of the spread of COVID-19 became more prevalent, students began practicing social distancing and other safety precautions in the classroom. In late March, campus was closed to comply with Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” mandate.

Road Sign about COVID-19

Sign of the times: A traffic sign on highway 99W reminds drivers coming into Newberg to avoid large group gatherings.

Bruin Community Pantry

Strength in community: While campus was closed, the Bruin Community Pantry food bank remained open, with enhanced safety protocols, to ensure that no George Fox student went hungry.

Social Distancing

Social distancing: A student sits alone in the university’s outdoor amphitheater. As students moved home to begin remote learning, sights like this around campus became much more common.

Zoom meetings

Meeting of the minds: The university leadership team, including President Robin Baker, connects via Zoom to discuss how best to care for students in a remote learning environment.

Deep cleaning

Deep cleaning: A Jani-King employee disinfects one of the residence hall bathrooms.

VEnglish professor Jessica Ann Hughes

Home/work: English professor Jessica Ann Hughes leads class from a makeshift home office.

Virtual classroom

Virtual classroom: Biblical studies professor Brian Doak finds a creative way to engage with students.

Sign of hope

Signs of hope: George Fox alumna Jessica (Lavarias) Brittell (’06), co-owner of MOB Signs, created this display outside the Providence Newberg Medical Center to show appreciation for doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jake Thiessen and Moses Hooper from the marketing communications department pray before a virtual meeting

The university that prays together… Jake Thiessen and Moses Hooper from the marketing communications department pray before a virtual meeting.