Monday, January 27, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


SPU Theatre Presents “The Miracle Worker"

The SPU Theatre Department presents the moving story of the relationship between Helen Keller, a young, deaf and blind student, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, in “The Miracle Worker." Performances are January 30-February 1, and February 6-8, with Saturday matinees on February 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website. More

“Latin Verse by Women" — Marston Lecture With Professor Owen Ewald

In this year's C. May Marston Lecture, Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will explore Latin verse by women. While literacy among women was rare for many centuries, some women not only read but also composed poetry in Latin. Many of their surviving poems blend pagan mythology, especially nymphs, with Christian theology in creative ways, or adapt an ancient language to a medieval or modern context. The lecture on Tuesday, February 4, at 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn will explore some examples of how women writing in Latin created innovative works for new purposes, despite having few predecessors or contemporaries on the same path. More

Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading With Professor Jennifer Maier

Professor of English Jennifer Maier will read from her new book of poems Now, Now at the annual Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading on Friday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery. Maier's book is the latest offering in the prestigious Pittsburgh Poetry Series. The reading is part of the Fan Mayhall Gates Writers Series honoring longtime SPU English Professor Fan Gates (who, rumor has it, will be present at the reading). The event is free and wheelchair accessible. More

Questions About Your Medical Plan? Ask Someone Who Knows: Cigna One-on-Ones.

A representative from Cigna will be on campus Tuesday, February 4, to meet with faculty and staff. Have you been putting off going to the doctor or getting medical procedures because you are nervous about using your plan? Wonder how to find information on the Cigna website related to your particular plan? Have an issue or concern that is requiring multiple calls or causing frustration? Not sure where to go to get something answered? Bring these questions to a session with a Cigna representative on Tuesday, February 4, in the Library Study Room 2. Twenty-minute sessions will be offered 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. To sign up, call 206-281-2809.

Encourage Students to Attend the Study Abroad Fair

Encourage your students to attend the Study Abroad Fair on Friday, January 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Weter Lounge. This comprehensive information event is for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting study abroad opportunities available. Information about SPU's own programs, as well as hundreds of independent programs, will provide a one-stop-shopping experience. Students can bring their questions to ask SPU staff and student alumni who have already been abroad. The Study Abroad Fair is the perfect place for students to begin their search.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join Students at Next Latreia Service Day

It's that time again! Join Latreia on Saturday, February 8, for their next service day, which brings students, faculty, and staff together to serve around the community. It's an ideal opportunity for students to get off campus and get involved in different organizations and sites, such as homeless shelters, working with the environment, or food banks. You can either sign up for a service day or let your students know about the date. Meet in the SUB Gazebo Room at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, for a pancake breakfast, and return to SPU at 3:30 p.m. Learn more about Latreia at their website. More

World Vision: Hope for the Holy Land

Advocates from relief organization World Vision will talk about the Israel-Palestine peace process and American opportunities for constructive engagement in reconciliation at a special presentation on Friday, January 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The event is sponsored by the SPU Israel-Palestine Club.

New Online Business Devotional

The Center for Integrity in Business is publishing a new online weekly devotional under the title "Business Parables," written by Assistant Professor of Business Ethics Bruce Baker. The devotional delivers fresh content every Wednesday in the form of a one-page reflection upon Scripture in the style of Oswald Chambers' classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest. Read the devotional on the CIB website. More

SPU Scholars Competitions Coming Up

On Monday, February 10, Undergraduate Admissions (UGA) will welcome 50 outstanding applicants to campus to compete for the SPU Scholar Award (full-tuition scholarship). These students will participate in a number of interviews and discussions while also experiencing campus life through tours, class visits, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. UGA will also host a second competition with 50 additional students on Friday, February 21. Please join us in welcoming these students and their families to SPU. If faculty would like to participate in the competition by interviewing candidates, contact UGA Visits and Events Coordinator Mikki Running at

Complimentary Tickets to Homecoming Basketball Game

SPU faculty and staff are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday, February 1, at 4 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion. The men's basketball team will face Western Oregon. Tickets can be picked up in the Athletic Office, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until Friday, January 31. Tickets can also be claimed at the Brougham Pavilion ticket booth on game day. For more information, call Athletics at 206-281-2085.

2014-15 Upper Gwinn Calendar Open for Reservation Requests

Reservation requests for Upper Gwinn Commons for the 2014-15 academic year are now being accepted. Please note that by completing this online form you are only requesting the space. Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email that includes information regarding the availability of the space (a “hold email"), and instructions on how to confirm your reservation. Dates sent to Conference Services via email will not be accepted. If you have any questions, call Conference Services at 206-281-2187. Request your preferred dates with supporting information by filling out the Upper Gwinn Request Form online. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Graduate Programs Open House on January 28

The Graduate Center is hosting an All-Graduate Programs Open House Tuesday, January 28, 4:30-7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. All 39 graduate programs will be represented. Prospective students will get the chance to speak with faculty and learn how they can advance their careers with a graduate degree or certificate. Learn more and RSVP online. More

SPU Symphony Orchestra With Violinist, Alumnus Jason Moody

The SPU Symphony Orchestra, along with the SPU String Quartet and Brass Choir, will perform Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert will feature a special guest appearance by Spokane Symphony violinist and SPU alumnus Jason Moody. He has soloed with symphony orchestras across the Pacific Northwest, and is a substitute violinist with the Seattle Symphony. Moody has also appeared on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion" and NPR's “From the Top." The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Collaboration Tools-Video Conferencing on January 29 for Faculty, Staff

Are you interested in having a guest speaker present to your class but the speaker lives in another state? Would you like students to work on group projects, but don't know what tools are available to help them? Plan to attend one of the following sessions to learn about the most popular video collaborative tools that might help you in the classroom — Google Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, and Adobe Connect.

Wednesday, January 29, 12-12:30 p.m., Library classroom with Julie Antilla, Education
Wednesday, January 29, 6:15-6:45 p.m., ETM Workspace with Jenny Tenlen, Biology

Have a Health Savings Account (HSA)? Sessions About Filing Your Taxes.

A message from Human Resources: Did you know that you need to do something special when you file your taxes this year? You will be receiving forms from Chase bank to help you complete your taxes. Human Resources is offering several sessions for you to find out what the forms are, why you will receive them, what they look like, and the information they contain. All sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room. No RSVP necessary. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Monday, February 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4. 9-10 a.m., 12-1 p.m., and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Soul Change to Social Change: Racial Reconciliation and the Church 2014

On Saturday, February 22, the Center for Biblical and Theological Education will host a one-day conference on racial reconciliation with Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor of reconciliation studies. Faculty and staff are invited to attend, and are encouraged to invite others from their various networks (church, friends, family). For more information and to register, visit the website. More

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Thursday, January 30
Men's basketball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 31
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Invitational, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 1
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Invitational, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 8:30 a.m.
Men's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 4 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons 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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 3. The next deadline is Thursday, January 30.


Rand Receives Grant

Executive in Residence Jim Rand received a grant from the Ed Wells Foundation to train 35 senior Boeing supply chain engineers during the month of December. His responsibilities included assisting them in designing their negotiation strategies for the supply chain management for the Boeing 777X, 787, and the Tanker project. Upon completion of their training and design of their strategic negotiation initiatives, they will be prepared to take the certified professional negotiator (CPN) exam. This exam is offered to senior negotiators with 10 or more years experience in negotiations and provided through the Strategic Learning Alliance.

Holsinger Gives Lecture

Professor of History Don Holsinger recently gave a lecture at the University of Washington (UW) titled "The 14th Century Travels of Ibn Battuta: Exploring the Divergent Paths of Islam and the West." The event was sponsored by the Acacia Foundation, an educational, charitable, social, and cultural nonprofit organization founded by Turkish-Americans in Washington state; and the UW student organization Intercultural Forum.

Brown Hosts Session

Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown hosted a “Participant Idea Exchange" titled “Fostering the ‘Citizen' in the Psychologically Literate Citizen" at the annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. The institute took place in January in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The session was connected to the topic of her upcoming book Psychological Literacy, Service-Learning, and the Public Good: Theory, Research, and Practice, to be published by the American Psychological Association.


Meet Otis, Fan of the Seahawks

"My name is Otis. I am a very loveable over 3-year old Chihuahua mix, who Teresa Lewis in the Finance Department adopted in 2012 at Christmastime for her parents. I love to play, go on walks, take naps, snuggle with my mom, and oh, yeah, I LOVE the HAWKS! This is a picture of me showing my 12th pup pride in my new Seahawks jersey that I got for Christmas in 2012 and I wear every day. ‘Woof woof, ruff' translates into ‘Go Hawks, Seahawks!'" Teresa Lewis, accounting assistant, Finance Office. Select the link for more photos of Otis. More


1965 Homecoming

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier. "A banner in the loop welcomes SPC alumni to Homecoming, circa 1965." Select the link to see the photo. More

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