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In the Loop

November 2013  |  Volume 7, Issue 10

Sarah Welton

Clinical Psychology Graduates Help Veterans Heal

Sarah Welton PhD ’12 is the first SPU graduate to have a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. “War is a spiritually derailing experience,” says Welton. “Some veterans come back with a deep-seated shame and guilt, feeling like they have turned on humanity.”

The U.S. Veterans Administration in Washington state set up the Seattle Deployment Health Clinic for soldiers’ post-combat evaluations once home. Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression may include a doctoral candidate — or graduate — from the Clinical Psychology program in SPU’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC).

“Our students are eager to serve veterans who, for this generation of doctoral students, are often peers,” says David Stewart, associate professor and chair of clinical psychology. Read more.

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The new philanthropy program benefits any nonprofit of your choice, including Seattle Pacific University. At no added cost to you, the company donates 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the University.

How does it work? Go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may even want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it easier to return and start shopping!

Moms Day

Mom’s Day Was a Hit
Nearly 270 moms and students filled Upper Gwinn Commons on November 2 to enjoy SPU's fifth annual Mom's Day, featuring student emcees, student musicians, and speaker Margo Engberg '89, owner of PinkaBella Cupcakes. School of Business and Economics Professor Ross Stewart gave an overview of the Entrepreneurship minor that provides students with tools needed to innovate and avoid the pitfalls that can prevent well-meaning business ventures from succeeding.

We hope SPU moms will join us next year for another fun-filled Mom's Day. Watch for information in the coming months on Dad's Day. A date will be announced after the release of the Seattle Sounders' spring schedule.


Video Contest Winners
Last autumn, the University invited incoming students to submit short video entries answering the question, "Who Am I?" Winners were selected for the People's Choice, Best Comedy, and the Grand Prize.

Meet three of SPU's freshmen from the class of 2017:

People's Choice: Sterling Tanner

Best Comedy: Ian Gephart

Grand Prize: Lillian Rachel Taft


Christmas Care Packages
Each year during finals week in December, the SPU Residence Life staff distributes care packages to all students living in residence halls, campus houses, and campus apartments. A letter inviting parents or guardians to write a personal note to their student, and to contribute $4 toward the cost of the care package, should already have arrived at your address.

If your student is living in a residence hall, campus house, or campus apartment and you have not received a letter but would like to participate, please email your student's full name and housing location (if known), along with a brief message, to russel@spu.edu. The deadline for participation is Monday, November 25. Questions? Just call the Office of Residence Life at 206-281-2043.


Cascade Yearbook Pre-Orders
Give the gift of memories by pre-ordering a yearbook for your student. Email cascadespu@gmail.com for more information.


You and Your Family Are Invited to “Tradition”
SPU's annual Christmas celebration, "Tradition," is Friday, December 6, 7-10 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. Created and designed by students, the evening includes Christmas carols, crafts, storytelling, hot cider, and much more. This is a great event for all ages, and families with young children are especially welcome. For more information, call 206-281-2977.


SPU Payment Plan Is Online
The 2013-14 Winter Quarter Three Installment Payment Plan application is available online to all students through their Banner Information System account, after they've registered for their Winter Quarter courses. The payment plan divides a student's quarterly charges into three equal installments for the quarter. The application deadline is December 6.

Faculty in the News

VanZanten Chairs Panel Discussion

At the recent national Lilly Fellows Network Conference held at the University of Scranton, Professor of English Susan VanZanten chaired a panel discussion on faculty mentoring programs. Her book, Joining the Mission: A Guide for (Mainly) New College Faculty, received an honorable mention in the biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award program. VanZanten also recently published "Off-Kilter Everywhere," a review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel, Americanah, in the November/December issue of Books & Culture.


Pope-Levison Presents Paper

Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison recently presented a paper at the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies. The paper was titled "Fissures in Chicago Methodism in the Progressive Era: Three Mission Strategies." Pope-Levison was also named to the planning committee for the next institute in 2018.


Cannavan Gives Lecture

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan recently gave a lecture at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference in Arizona. The presentation was titled "The Scientific Foundation of Stretching; Implications for Sports Performance and Muscle Growth." Renowned Olympic Power Coach Dan Pfaff and the NFL Players Association Director of Performance Mark Verstagen also presented.


Steinke Gives Presentation
Professor of Management and Information Systems Gerhard Steinke, along with alumnus Andrew Williams '13, recently gave a presentation titled "Evaluating the Use of Social Media in the Banking Industry." The presentation was made at the 24th annual conference of the International Information Management Association at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, in October. Williams is a graduate of the School of Business and Economics' Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Social and Sustainable Management program.



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