Monday, August 5, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Staff Invited to Mini-Course on Wesleyan Theology

On Thursday, September 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., staff are invited to attend a free, one-day mini-course on Wesleyan theology, co-sponsored by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development (CSFD). The course will be taught by School of Theology Professor Kevin Watson, and will introduce participants to the historical context and biography of John Wesley, his major contributions to Christian theological understanding and practices, and how the Wesley DNA continues to influence SPU. RSVP to Anna Miller in CSFD at by August 23. Spaces are limited.

New Date for Study on James

SPU faculty and staff are invited to a free one-day introduction on the Book of James, taught by School of Theology Professor and Summer 2013 Lectio Writer Dave Nienhuis. The course (which was originally scheduled for June) will now be offered Friday, September 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Bertona 1 and includes lunch. To register, email by August 30. We hope you'll join us for what will no doubt be a great day of biblical engagement! External guests are also welcome for $20/person, so please help us spread the word among your networks. Interested guests can register online. More

What's Your Answer to Response's Next “Question"?

In the next issue of Response, we'll take a look at SPU's involvement – spanning a broad range of academic disciplines and many different countries – in the important field of global health. So we're curious: How do you connect with parts of the globe other than your own? Write to us, and you could see your answer in the next print and online issue. More

Gwinn Hours This Week

Monday, August 5. Open for breakfast, 7:15-8:15 a.m. Open for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open for dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6. Open for breakfast, 7:15-8:15 a.m. Open for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open for dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7. Open for breakfast, 7:15-8:15 a.m. Open for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open for dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 8. Open for breakfast, 7:15-8:45 a.m. Open for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open for dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
Friday, August 9. Open for breakfast, 7:15-8:45 a.m. Open for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open for dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Need a Department Retreat Location? Come to Camp Casey!

Remember the Camp Casey Conference Center for your department retreats (rates as low as $15 per person), or as part of a church or community organization in which you belong ($22-25 per person). Family events are also welcome, and there is a campground at Casey as well. To book a retreat, or schedule a tour, contact the Camp Casey Conference Center at 866-661-6604 or

Brougham Pavilion Summer Hours

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

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. The next deadline is Thursday, August 15. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, August 19.


Holmes Presents Paper in Singapore

"Seoul Mates: A Comparative Study of Music Preferences Between Korean College Students in the United States and Korea" by Young-Youn Kim and Professor of Music Ramona Holmes was presented at the ninth annual Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research, July 17, in Singapore. The joint research compared music interests between SPU Korean students and those in Silla University in Pusan, Korea. The paper explores how this repertoire both reflects and impacts cultural identity in the two groups.


Williams in the Seattle Times

School of Business and Economics Dean Joseph Williams was featured in the Seattle Times in the “On the Move" section on July 29. More

Alsbury in Seattle Times

Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision Thomas Alsbury was quoted in the Seattle Times on July 22 in a story about the Seattle School Board. More

Eveland's Son Featured in The Herald

Nick Eveland, son of Assistant Professor of Marketing Vicki Eveland, was featured on the front page of The Herald on July 19. The article was titled “Teen with autism finds his place in the crowd." More


Memorial Service for Esther Helsel

A memorial service for Esther Helsel, wife of late professor emeritus Walter Helsel, will be Saturday, August 10, at 2 p.m. in Beachwood Lounge at the Warm Beach Senior Community, 20420 Marine Drive in Stanwood, Washington. Esther was a 1939 alumna of Seattle Pacific and a longtime supporter and donor.


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




From SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley. "For a glorious highlight of summer, let me share with you what I like to call my signature plant. You might notice an abundance of bright yellow rudbeckia, the coneflower or black-eyed Susan all across campus. This is one of our great native North American flowering plants that is fun yet versatile to use in the landscape. Planted in the center of a container or in mass plantings in flower beds, their daisylike yellow flowers with a chocolate cone make a bold dazzling display.

There is something to be said about choosing plants that are inexpensive and easy to grow. Rudbeckia fulgida, a true perennial and rudbeckia hirta, considered to be a biennial or short-lived perennial are just that. Both have long-lasting flowers, blooming from mid-summer on into the fall. If left untouched, the dried seed heads provide food for small birds like goldfinches, chickadees, and sparrows in the early months of winter. All are deer-resistant once the leaves become coarse, but they may get nibbled when they are tender and young.

The variety that you see most on campus is rudbeckia fulgida goldsturm, a prolific bloomer year after year and virtually pest free. As always with new plants, keep well watered the first season. Once established they will be more drought resistant. Minimize any powdery mildew on leaves by planting in full sun, not watering leaves in the evening, and thinning plants to allow for good air circulation. Rudbeckias are beautiful in flower arrangements by themselves or arranged with other summer blooming plants like dahlias, crocosmia, echinacea, gladiolus, and liatris. Tuck in a few ornamental grass seed heads or baby's breath and you will have a bouquet that will brighten any room of the house." Select the link to see photos of rudbeckia around campus. More

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