Monday, June 24, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Gwinn Hours This Week

Monday, June 24. Closed.
Tuesday, June 25. Closed.
Wednesday, June 26. Closed.
Thursday, June 27. Open for breakfast. 7:30-8:15 a.m. Closed for lunch.
Friday, June 28. Open for breakfast, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Closed for lunch.

Watch Your Mail: Cigna ID Cards Are Coming!

Please pay attention to mail delivered to your house during the next several weeks as you receive information from Cigna, and for those signed up for the High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) plan, from Chase. Cigna began mailing ID cards on June 4. If you have not seen your ID card(s), contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or More information and sessions will be coming from Cigna and Human Resources in July and again in September to help answer questions. Look for messages in the Fac/Staff Bulletin and emails from Human Resources for details.

Brougham Pavilion Summer Hours

Royal Brougham Pavilion summer hours continue until Friday, September 27. The hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Brougham will be closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. Due to the 4th of July holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, July 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, July 8.


Ferreiro Receives Service Award

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was awarded the "Spark Plug Award" by the Boy Scouts of America, Tillikum District, Pack 18, for being an outstanding service unit leader. Among other activities, he led a workshop for cub scouts on abstract art (in college, Alberto was an art major for two years and sold one abstract piece to a collector). He led a second workshop on fossils and geology (Alberto was also a geology/paleontology major for two years, and has a nice collection of fossils from the field).

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members.

Kevin Reiman, assistant coach for men's soccer
Becky Tindall, registration coordinator in Student Academic Services


Alexander Hall Featured in Queen Anne News

Alexander Hall, which has been nominated for landmark status by the city of Seattle, was recently featured in the Queen Anne News. The article was written by Michael Herschensohn, president of the Queen Anne Historical Society. Read the story online. More

Parrotts on KING-TV

Les and Leslie Parrott, co-founders of SPU's Center for Relationship Development, were interviewed on KING-TV (Channel 5) news on June 18. They talked about their new book, The Good Fight. Watch the video online. More


Visit the Human Resources website for the latest job openings at SPU




(From SPU Master Gardner Jeff Daley). Gardening in shaded areas can be quite challenging—let me introduce you to one of my favorite herbaceous perennials that is shade tolerant, fairly low maintenance, comes in many different varieties, and can make a bold statement in any garden. The hosta, or plantain lily, is the name of this exciting plant. If you're not familiar with this beauty, oh boy have you been missing out!

Choosing plants that have variegated leaves or a lighter-colored foliage help to brighten shaded areas of the garden. These types of plants often require low light conditions because they don't have large, green leaf surfaces that allow for photosynthesis. Some of the variegated varieties of hostas are just stunning when planted in groupings along with other complementary perennials. See the attached photos of the green and yellow variegated hosta with the yellow Japanese forest grass, Hakonechloa macra aureloa, planted along the sidewalk at Alexander Hall. Also, the white variegated hosta with the white astilbe blossoms on the east side of Eaton Hall. Both are great examples of complementary plantings.

Hostas prefer a well-drained soil rich in organic material to help increase water retention. They don't like drying out, and prefer morning sun compared to the hot afternoon sun. Plant hostas in shade or partial shade. The bluish hostas are not as tempting to slugs as are the green varieties. Deer, on the other hand, would enjoy eating any hosta, so be advised. When hostas get larger, it's fun to divide them and share with fellow gardeners. You have heard it said, "one person's trash is another person's treasure"?—all of the large silver-blue sieboldiana hostas on campus originally came from my neighbor in West Seattle! He dug up his hostas when he built a deck in his backyard and I rescued them from his trash pile.

Select the link for photos of hostas around campus. More

Volume #41, Issue #24 | Published by: University Communications

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