Monday, March 3, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


The History of SPU

This year's Friends of the Library event features a panel of historians and archivists examining the origins of Seattle Pacific University through the history of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and educational institutions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This free event is Tuesday, March 11, 7:30-9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Visit the website for more information. More

From Muslim to Christian

Tass Saada will speak in Otto Miller Hall 109 on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Saada is the author of Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life. He was converted to Christ and now devotes his life to peacemaking and reconciliation among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. His talk is titled "From Assassin of Jews and Christians to Peacemaker: God's Transformation of a Former Palestinian Fatah Operative." The event is sponsored by the student club, Political Union.

Music Concerts This Week

SPU's Symphony Orchestra and the Men's and Women's Choirs will present their winter concerts this week. The Symphony Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music Eric Hanson, will perform on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Men's Choir and Women's Choir will perform on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Men's Choir is directed by adjunct music faculty member Kenneth Pendergrass, and the Women's Choir is directed by adjunct music faculty member Beth Ann Bonnecroy. Visit the Engage events website for more information. More

Blood Drive March 6-7

Blood donors wanted. The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be parked in front of Tiffany Loop March 6-7. Bring photo ID when you donate, and reserve a time online. More

Mobile Mammograms April 3

Swedish Hospital will have a mobile mammogram unit on campus Thursday, April 3. The mobile unit is a full-service, self contained, 64-foot mammography clinic on wheels. The clinic features the latest in digital full-field mammography technology, as well as a complete rooftop satellite system enabling the transmission of images to radiologists at Swedish. The clinic will be outside the Student Union Building on Third Avenue. Book your appointment now online. More

HSA and Tax Information

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you will need to file a 1099 form with the IRS. Cigna has mailed these forms to your home. If you did not receive a 1099 in the mail, there are three reasons why. • You did not have any HSA funds in your account in 2013, or
• You had HSA funds, but did not make withdrawals from your account (i.e., debit card, checks, auto claim forwarding, or electronic transfers), or
• You signed up to have your 1099 sent to you electronically. This was a profile selection when you opened your account.
You can still receive the 1099 by mail by visiting the Chase Bank portal at the Instructions to get into the portal and additional information about where to find the electronic 1099 can be found on the Human Resources website. More

SPU Hosts Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, March 13-14

SPU will welcome more than 100 high school students to campus as part of the annual Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WJSHS), March 13-14. These students from across Washington state have completed outstanding science, math, technology, and engineering research. They will present their work in both oral presentation and poster format both days in Upper Gwinn Commons. Faculty and staff are especially invited to come by and see the poster presentations on Thursday, March 13, 2-3 p.m. If you see students on campus who have special name tags, please give them a personal welcome. For more information, visit the WJSHS website. More

Percussion Ensemble Concert March 11

SPU's Percussion Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre located inside of McKinley Hall. The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Instructor of Percussion Dan Adams. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Read more about the repertoire on the Engage Events website. More

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Concert March 13

SPU's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Choir will perform on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is directed by Assistant Professor of Choral Music David Anderson. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. It must be submitted to HR by the 15th of the month, prior to your dependent's access to new coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might also include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you wish to make to your 403b account contributions must be made by the 15th of the month. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.-6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at 206-281-2676.

Screening of Documentary About Poverty

From Urban Involvement: "You and your students are invited to attend Urban Involvement's screening of the Sojourners documentary The Line on Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The Line documents the stories of Americans living at or below the poverty line. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from local agencies addressing poverty in Seattle. This discussion should prompt conversations not only about immediate responses, but also about socially just policy changes for which we might advocate." Learn more about Urban Involvement. More

Theatre Department Presents “The Dining Room"

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre Department presents “The Dining Room," directed by students Erin Barber and Molly Warner. The play will run March 4-8, 7:30 p.m., in the Studio Theatre in McKinley Hall. “The Dining Room," written by A.R. Gurney, takes place in one room in a typical well-to-do household and serves as the setting for generations of stories and characters. Tickets are $6 general admission. Children under 5 will not be admitted. Group rates are available for 20 or more. For tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit the McKinley Hall Box Office website. More

Camp Casey Summer Reservation Requests

Summer reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay currently available are June 16-September 29, 2014. The summer requests are based on years of service to SPU and past summer stays at Casey. Employees are ranked by their years of service as verified by Human Resources. Once the ranking is developed, the past summer stay history is cross checked. If you have stayed at Casey during the summer, your summer reservation request ranking is replaced with the years it has been since your stay at Casey. (Please call the Camp Casey Office at 866-661-6604 or if you have questions about the summer-request rankings.) Reservation requests can be made through the Camp Casey website, and are due by March 15. More

Buy a Pie by March 7 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

Falcons in Playoffs!

The men's and women's basketball teams are in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs this week at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. The women play Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., and the men play Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. For all the latest information on Falcon athletics, visit the Falcons online. 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, March 10. The next deadline is Thursday, March 6.


Reese Gives Presentation

Ashley Reese, coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs, gave a presentation at the 18th annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation hosted by Biola University. The event was titled "Reach into Your Tool Kit: Helping Students Develop Cross-Cultural Skills." The purpose of the workshop was to help students develop tangible cross-cultural tools (skills, attitudes, and awareness). Fifteen SPU students joined conference participants from Azusa Pacific, Bethel, Biola, Fresno Pacific, George Fox, North Park, Vanguard, Simpson, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Westmont, and Whitworth. Visit the website for more information. More

Pope-Levison Gives Presentations

Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theology, recently gave several presentations around the country for the United Methodist Church. She taught two, day-long certification events for United Methodist lay ministers' training, one in Des Moines, Washington, and one in Spokane. She traveled to Nashville to train study leaders for the 2014 United Methodist Women spiritual growth study, “How Is It With Your Soul?" which she co-authored with Professor of New Testament Jack Levison. Priscilla and Jack traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, to give four plenary presentations and a sermon for the winter retreat for pastors and spouses of the New England annual conference of the United Methodist Church.

Mason Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of Economics Geri Mason recently presented a paper titled "Active, Blended, or Traditional? The Effect of Classroom Structure on Learning Outcomes in Principles of Economics Courses" at the 25th annual Teaching Economics conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Professor Emerita of Music Marcile Mack Dies

Marcile Mack, professor emerita of music and the former dean of Fine Arts, died on February 21, at the age of 94. A memorial service will be held at Seattle First Covenant Church on Capitol Hill on Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m.

Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literature Frank Leddusire Dies

Frank Leddusire, professor emeritus of foreign languages and literature, died on February 5. A memorial service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, Washington, on February 9. His obituary appeared in The Seattle Times. More

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