Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


Graduate Commencement Speaker

I am pleased to announce that the Honorable Ron Sims, former King County executive, will serve as our Graduate Commencement speaker on Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m. Sims served as the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2009 till 2011. Prior to his appointment at HUD, he served for 12 years as King County executive. Sims has been nationally recognized for his work on the integration of environmental, social equity, and public health policies that produced groundbreaking work on climate change, health care reform, affordable housing, mass transit, environmental protection, land use, and equity and social justice. We are eager to welcome Ron Sims to campus!


Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert February 21

SPU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m., at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is directed by Director of Bands Daniel Helseth, and will feature “Commando March" by Samuel Barber, “Sleep" by Eric Whiteacre, and “Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Creative Conversations With Myrna Capp

Take a musical journey to Namibia, where music has played a role in the struggle for freedom from apartheid. Myrna Capp, instructor of piano, is the next speaker in the Library's "Creative Conversations" series. She will read from her new book Namibian Soundscapes: Music of the People and the Land, on Thursday, February 20, 3-3:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Creative Conversations website. More

SPU's Dining Services Presents a "Taste of France"

Don't miss a dinner celebration of French cuisine on Wednesday, February 19, 5-8 p.m. in Gwinn Commons. SPU's Dining Services Chef Ric Menegat will prepare meals for a “Taste of France," including French pastries, tartlets, Croque Monsieur, cassoulet, and several other dishes. Ric was named “Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Association-Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon. More

Hire a SPRINTer for Your Spring Cleaning Project

This summer, the John Perkins Center's SPRINT program will send eight student teams to learn and serve alongside local leaders around the globe. To help them raise money for their trip, you can hire a SPRINT student or a team to help around your house with spring cleaning, yard work, or other chores. The rate is $10 per student per hour. For more information, contact student Daniel Lee at leed13@spu.edu or visit the website. More

Buy a Pie and Support SPRINT Trips

This summer, the John Perkins Center's SPRINT program will send eight student teams to learn and serve alongside local leaders around the globe. Purchase a 10-inch pre-baked apple or cherry pie to support students participating in SPRINT. The cost is $10 per pie. Orders must be collected by Friday, March 7. For more information, email student Daniel Lee at leed13@spu.edu.

SHS Career Fair Open to Students Interested in Health Care

On Friday, February 28, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) will host a traditional career fair for Western Washington nurse recruiters and nursing students. Although the focus will be nursing related jobs, all undergraduate and graduate students (nutrition, exercise science, psychology, business, etc.) interested in health care employment are invited and welcome. The fair will be held 12-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Please encourage your interested students to attend. For more information, contact Kelly Marley in SHS at kmarley@spu.edu or 206-281-2964.

Brownbag Lunch to Learn About Sitecore, Contribute

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. The next brownbag lunch will be Thursday February 20, 12-1 p.m. in the University Communications conference room located in Lower Weter Hall. 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 how to set up Sitecore builders, and the new Sitecore Check In/Publish workflow process demo. If you need technical assistance in between brownbag lunches, contact ucwebteam2@spu.edu.

Winter 2014 Census Information Available

The winter 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 tgatlin@spu.edu or 206-281-2545. More

Scholar Competition on February 21

On Friday, February 21, Undergraduate Admissions 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. 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 mikki@spu.edu.

Update on Personal Health Screenings

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, pulse, and BMI (body mass index)? Are you covered by one of SPU's medical plans? If you don't know these numbers and you have SPU coverage, there are two ways to get this information: (1) Sign up for the onsite personal health screenings in the Library Seminar Room, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 4 or 5 at http://tinyurl.com/well14 Summit Health will once again provide the onsite screenings. The screening will involve a finger prick. Or,(2) schedule an appointment with your doctor to get the same information. If you are using your doctor, schedule your appointment soon. Your doctor will need to provide your results to Summit Health via a special fax by March 31. The fax form is located on the Human Resources website under "SPU Wellness Program." Watch your mail and the Faculty/Staff Bulletin for additional information. Both methods will require that you fast at least eight hours before the screening (except for water, black coffee, or medications). Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at mccric@spu.edu or 206-281-2676 if you have questions. As with prior years, you will also have a health assessment to complete to receive the $100 incentive. Information on access and dates of the assessment will be forthcoming.

Home Athletic Events This Week

Friday, February 21
Gymnastics vs UC Davis, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. (Final home meet of the season, and the senior gymnasts will be honored.)

Saturday, February 22
Men's basketball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. (Final home game of the regular season, and the senior players will be honored.)

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 fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 24. The next deadline is Thursday, February 20.


Bikos' Article Published

An article by Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos, along with doctoral advisees Elizabeth Dykhouse, Steven Boutin, Melissa Gowen, and Heather Rodney, was recently published in The Career Development Quarterly. The article is titled "Annual Review: Practice and Research in Career Counseling and Development-2012."

William's Paper Published

A conference paper by School of Business and Economics Dean Joseph Williams was recently published in Fifth Annual Canadian Quality Congress. The paper, “Sustainable Enterprise Excellence: Innovation Enabled Organizational Resilience, Robustness & Resplendence," was co-written by Rick Edgeman. Read the paper online. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming new staff members in Mailing and Copying Services — Sam Battaglieri, mail clerk, and Debbie Wilkins, senior mail clerk. Welcome!


Beautiful Nomad Cat Seeks Permanent Home

"We recently took in a stray Siamese-type cat and have been unsuccessful in finding his humans. I took him to our veterinarian, and the cat does not have an ID chip, and we think he is between 12-18 months old. He is super, super sweet. If we could have three pets, who'd keep him in a heartbeat, but our complex has a two-pet limit, and we've already met the limit. If you're interested in adopting him, contact hmpherson@spu.edu or 206-281-2552." Hope McPherson, Web editor, University Communications. Select the link to see more photos. More

Volume #42, Issue #7 | Published by: University Communications

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