8 Employee Privileges and Services

In this chapter:

8.1 Faculty, Staff and All Employee Lunches

An opportunity to visit with colleagues, hear announcements, and meet new employees is available on a regular basis throughout the school year. Lunch for faculty and administrators is held periodically on designated days at noon, and support staff attend a support staff lunch on designated days at noon. In addition, combined lunches to include both groups are held on occasion. Lunches are subsidized by the university to reduce the employee cost.

8.2 Health and Human Performance Facilities and Services

Several facilities in the Wheeler Sports Center are available for use by employees, spouses, and dependent children. These include a fitness center, racquetball courts, and a ballet room. Employees can access Wheeler Sports Center using their ID cards during hours of operation. Fitness center use for employees and their dependents is allowed within the following requirements:

  • The fitness center may be used only during hours posted for public use.
  • Employees, spouses and any dependents at least 18 years of age are required to show ID cards to be admitted to the fitness center. (A spouse and/or dependents, age 18 or older, can each obtain an ID card for a fee. They are not allowed to use the employee's ID card unless accompanied by the employee.)
  • The university employee must accompany dependent children under the age of 18.
  • Users must carry a towel provided by the fitness center to wipe down weight machines after each use.
  • Users must put away all weights or other equipment used.
  • Users must follow any other directions given by the fitness center supervisor on duty.
  • Personal music devices may be used only with earphones.
  • Failure to abide by these policies may result in loss of fitness center privileges.

Other employee services available through the Department of Health and Human Performance are body fat testing with electronic impedance equipment and assistance with exercise prescription.

8.3 University Libraries

The George Fox University Libraries facilities and services are available to all employees. Employees can check out library materials from both the Murdock Library (Newberg campus) and the Portland Center Library using their employee ID card and can request items online via the library's discovery system, Primo. Through Primo and over 150 licensed databases, employees have access to thousands of full text of journal articles, streaming video content, and more. The library's digital collections also include 350,000+ ebooks and an open access repository of archival materials and university scholarship, the Digital Commons.

George Fox University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of 39 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Employees can request and access physical materials via the consortial borrowing program called Summit. Summit books can be requested via Primo and will be delivered to the patron's choice pick up location, either the Portland Center or Newberg campus. In addition, by presenting a valid George Fox University ID card, employees may check materials out directly from any Alliance Library.

Library materials not available in the George Fox collection or through Summit may be requested by submitting an online Interlibrary Loan request form.

Additional information on library resources and services can be found at library.georgefox.edu.

8.4 Prayer Chapel

The Prayer Chapel is available for employee use and can be accessed using an ID card.

8.5 Chapel Attendance

Support staff and administrators generally are not expected to attend chapel programs except when required as part of their normal duties. Offices will be closed, however, at the discretion of the President’s Executive Leadership Team for special services such as honors convocation when attendance is required. In addition, support staff and administrators may attend two chapels per semester with supervisor approval.

8.6 Mail Services

The university Mail Services provides outgoing mail and package service, stamp purchases, packing and shipping supplies purchases (including envelopes, tape, packing “peanuts,” and labels), fax service, and reference information for postal requirements and ZIP code information.

8.7 Discounts at University Stores

Employees and immediate family members receive 10 percent off all GFU imprinted merchandise, art supplies, greeting cards, gifts and school supplies as well as a 20% discount off trade books.

8.8 Admission to Athletic Events

By showing their George Fox employee ID cards, admission to regular-season home athletic events is free to employees, their spouses, and dependent children. Single employees may bring one guest at no cost.

8.9 Drama/Music Productions

Each employee is provided a free ticket for some drama and musical productions.

8.10 Printing Services

Employees may use designated copiers in the Print Room for personal photocopies. Payments are to be put in the designated container in the department. Employees are encouraged to contact the Print Room for a handbook and personal instruction.

8.11 Career Services; Vocation and Calling Fitness

The career center office houses resources including books, reference materials, and internal sites related to career development (i.e. career calling and planning, occupational research, internships, employment and job search, graduate school, and labor market information). These resources, consultations and networking contacts are available to George Fox employees. The JobConnect employment postings database is accessible through the Bruindata menu. Other services include an online computerized career planning system and resume critiques (among other contemporary job search tools) through the online Optimal Resume system – also available via the “My Data” tab on Bruindata. Employees can go to careers.georgefox.edu for more information.

8.12 Declining-Balance Meal Card

Employees may purchase “Bruin Bucks” at the Bon Appetit office and put them on their George Fox ID card to be used like a debit card at the Bruin Den, Villa Café, and Klages Dining Hall. The cost of each meal is deducted from the balance remaining on the card. Ten percent will be added to any card purchase of $50 or more.

8.13 Check Cashing

Student Financial Services will cash personal checks for employees for amounts up to $50. The check must be presented in person before 4 p.m. weekdays. A service fee is charged for checks returned due to insufficient funds.