Monday, November 18, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


SPU Theatre Presents "Death by Design"

The SPU Theatre Department kicks off their season with "Death by Design," a unique production combining an Agatha Christie mystery plot with the wit of a Noel Coward comedy. A dueling husband and wife adjourn to their country house to a bevy of unexpected and colorful guests — a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a modern dancer — who each have long-held secrets. When one guest is murdered, it is up to the feisty Irish maid to solve the crime. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website. More

"Italian Night" Event in Gwinn Commons

Sodexo is sponsoring "Crave," a restaurant style, three-course dinner on Friday, November 22, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lake Union Room in Gwinn Commons. The event features Italian specialties such as Wild Mushroom Lasagna, Steak with Arugula Pesto, Chocolate Ricotta Mousse, and more. Dinner is $19.99, or one meal swipe on the Sea Pac Pass card plus $10 plus tax. Purchase your tickets in advance in Gwinn Commons.

Faculty, Staff Invited to YRU

YRU is a two-hour event where business people, staff members, professors, stay-at-home parents, church leaders and teams, students, and others come together to engage in conversations about where they are going, and why. If you know someone at a crossroads in their career, in the midst of a life transition, or simply trying to get intentional about where they are going and why, invite them to YRU on Saturday, November 23, 6:30-9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Learn more at the YRU website. More

Forum on Homelessness With Real Change Staff

On Tuesday, November 19, the Perkins Center's Urban Involvement program will host Tim Harris, director of Real Change News, and two Real Change vendors for a forum on homelessness. Representatives from Real Change will explain the organization's economic development program. The forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109. Learn more about this event. More

“Disunity in Christ"

Social psychologist Christena Cleveland will be the keynote speaker for the 2013-14 Justice Speaks Series on Thursday, November 21, at 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Cleveland will talk about her new book, Disunity in Christ, and will discuss the reasons why unity is so difficult for members of the body of Christ. Learn more about this event. More

Fall Census Information Available

The fall census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

Learn How to Use Multifunction Printers

Computer and Information Systems is holding a training session on how to use the new multifunction printers. The session is Tuesday, November 19, 10 a.m. in the Library, Lower Level. Increase your work efficiency by learning how to use the new multifunction printers. Printing, scanning, and copying course materials, projects, and research are now easier. Karen Harms from CIS will be leading this training. Meet at the Tech Desk on the lower level. Learn more and register to attend. More

Sitecore and Contribute Brownbag Lunch: Ask Questions and Get Answers

Do you have technical questions or need a refresher on how to use Sitecore or Contribute to update your department's website? Come to the brownbag lunch and get your questions answered. You'll also get cookies! The lunch is Thursday, November 21, 12-1 p.m. in the Lower Weter Hall conference room. Bring your lunch and laptop, and you'll get one-on-one help from the University Communications Web Team. You'll also get some helpful tips on:

1. How to set up Sitecore builders
2. New Sitecore check-in/publish workflow process demonstration

Your trainers this month are: Kathy Henning, web writer; Jason Herrman, web programmer; and Hope McPherson, web editor. No RSVP needed. Can't make it this month? Look for the next brownbag lunch in December. If you need technical assistance in between brownbag lunches, contact We're happy to provide you with assistance.

Long-Term Care Insurance Sessions for All on November 20

A message from Human Resources. “What is long-term care insurance and why is it important? Already have a policy with Unum (SPU's plan) and wish to ask questions one-on-one? Wondering about the rate increase anticipated in the spring? A representative will be available on Wednesday, November 20, in the Library Seminar Room. The two group sessions will be 10-11 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. Individual one-on-one sessions will be held 11-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Reminder: Employees hired between 12/1/2012 and 8/31/2013 (and their families) have access to a guaranteed issue with no medical questionnaire required for approval up to certain limits through November. All other employees and family members have access to the plan or may make changes to the plan with additional medical underwriting. LTC Solutions will provide a recorded webinar for those that are unable to attend the sessions offered on November 20. All questions may be directed to LTC Solutions at 1-877-286-2852 or RSVP online for a one-on-one meeting with LTC solutions." More

Have an HSA? Have Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums?

A message from Human Resources. “Did you know that you can use the funds in your HSA account to reimburse yourself for premiums you have paid toward your long-term care insurance? You can! We have also provided a list of other items that are reimbursable on the Human Resources website under the “Forms" link. Remember, your HSA account belongs to you. You are encouraged to consult with a tax advisor on any questions you have about use of those funds. IRS limits can be found online at the Human Resources website. More

Host International Students on Thanksgiving

If you are willing to include international students at your Thanksgiving gathering, contact Susan Okamoto Lane, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, at, and tell her how many you can host, your home address, and contact information. (Note: Students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student. Campus housing will remain open during the Thanksgiving weekend.) More

Invite Prospective Students to Pizza With the President

Will you be going to Tradition this year on Friday, December 6? Do you have a high school student who is thinking about college choices? Then please invite that student to join President Martin for “Pizza With the President," a new pre-Tradition event. Students and parents have the chance to see the newly renovated Falcon Club, chat with President Martin, and enjoy a slice or two of pizza. Admission is free with RSVP. Sign up online. More

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Thursday, November 21
Women's volleyball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 23 (Senior Night) Women's volleyball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, November 21. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 25.


Kolbo Serves on Panel

Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo served on a panel titled "Visualizing Stories: A Conversation With Randy Bolton, Mita Mahato, and Scott Kolbo" on November 4. The panel discussion was sponsored by the Living Art: Visiting Artist series at the University of Puget Sound, and took place at Kings Books in Tacoma.

Woodward Presents at Faculty Athlete Representatives Association

Professor of History Bill Woodward presented hints on applying for NCAA scholarships at the annual convention of the Faculty Athletic Representatives Association (FARA) in Baltimore, November 7-9. Seattle Pacific student-athletes have earned 27 post-graduate scholarship awards in the last 15 years — a record that astounds other representatives. Bill credited not only a meticulous attention to helping applicants prepare their portfolios, but also the advantage that SPU coaches believe in and recruit to SPU's distinctive mission. Therefore, the SPU pool of candidates achieving excellence in athletics, academics, and service is large. It was a chance to highlight Seattle Pacific to a national faculty audience from all NCAA divisions. Bill then went on to D.C. for the weekend, where he was privileged, as a veteran, to be present at Arlington Cemetery for President Obama's Veterans Day address. (Select the link to see a photo.) More

Lee Gives Presentations

Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee gave two presentations at international conferences in Seoul, Korea. She gave the presentations with her colleague, Dr. Mi-Young Choi, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion Design at Duksung University in Seoul. The first presentation was titled "Plus-size Consumers' Perception and Consumer Behavior Regarding Appearance and Stress Being Overweight." It was presented at the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles bi-annual conference in Seoul in September. The second one was titled "An Exploratory Study of Plus-size Consumers' Body Perception: Attitudes Toward Being Overweight and Shopping Behavior." It was presented at the international conference of Korean Society of Costume in Seoul in October.

Downing Presents Paper

Douglas Downing, associate professor of economics, presented a paper "Essential Features of a Macroeconomics Teaching Model" at the Economics Teaching Conference of the National Economics Teaching Association in Austin, Texas, on October 25.

Welcome, Colleen

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Colleen Steelquist, communications specialist in University Communications.


Meet Casey the Dog

"Our sweet pug, Casey, (yes, he is named after Camp Casey) is five-and-a-half-years old, loves UPS and FedEx delivery trucks (potential treats from the drivers - see the pictures), and snuggling, regardless if there is room or not on your lap! You may spot him walking around campus and Queen Anne, and if so, a little pet and ear rub is his favorite." Linda Nolte, assistant director, Alumni & Parent Relations. Select the link to see pictures of Casey. More


Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana

So far, I have highlighted several herbaceous perennials, deciduous trees, and woody shrubs in our monthly garden feature. I think we should let the conifers have their time to shine, too. A great conifer that is evergreen, moderately slow growing, manageable with good structure, looks good in any garden, requires little maintenance, and is one of my favorites is Tsuga mertensiana, the mountain hemlock. This conifer is not to be confused with Tsuga heterophylla, the western hemlock, which is the massive timber tree that grows in the mountains and is used for building houses.

The mountain hemlock is a great tree to use in any landscape, whether it's planted in a Pacific Northwest-themed landscape with native plants and grasses, or in a perennial border with abundant color. The mountain hemlock will add structure through all the seasons. If there is enough space, consider using three trees in your mounded planting bed, interspersed with granite boulders. Tuck in a few blueberries or huckleberries for fun, and add great fall color along with some salal, ferns, and variegated hostas for texture.

There are also several varieties of weeping hemlock that can be used very effectively in the landscape. To become more familiar with conifers and to see them in a mature landscape, take a field trip and visit the dwarf conifer collection at the South Seattle Community College Arboretum in West Seattle. I'm told it's one of the nicest collections outside of England. There are many really nice dwarf conifers sold at nurseries right now, so I don't want you to miss out. There is always a place for a few conifers in the landscape.

For my gardening friends that worry about deer, hemlock does not rank very high on their menu. However, a buck might use the tree to scrape the velvet off his antlers in August, and that would pretty much destroy the tree. Don't be tempted to use hemlocks as Christmas trees, in a wreath, or on the fireplace mantel as decorations. The needles will fall off the branches within five days of cutting and leave quite a mess.

On campus, we have a couple mountain hemlocks planted. One is in front of Peterson Hall on the east side, another is at the top of the stair climb between University Services and Gwinn Commons, and a third is in front of Otto Miller Hall's main entrance. There are also two dwarf mountain hemlock varieties from Oregon planted in the large container by Demaray Hall.

Finally, you could always plant a mountain hemlock in a container. Growing conifers in a contained space slows down the growth rate. Search for "mountain hemlock bonsai" online and see some great photos of fun possibilities. More

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