Monday, December 2, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


“Tradition" on December 6

SPU's annual Christmas celebration “Tradition" is Friday, December 6, 7-10 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. Created and designed by students, the evening includes Christmas carols, crafts, warm drinks, and much more. This is a great event for all ages, and families with young children are especially welcome.

It's Snowing! Is SPU Open?

The quickest way to learn if SPU is closed or opening late due to inclement weather is to call the Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800. The phone line will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

Eastsiders Looking to Start a Van Pool

Do you live on the Eastside and drive alone every day? Tired of paying the 520 bridge toll and want to add more than $225 to your wallet each month? We'd like to find people like you to start an Eastside van pool. Van pools are 100 percent paid for by the SPU Commute Trip Reduction Program, so there are no expenses to riders. We're hoping to meet at the newly remodeled Houghton (South Kirkland) Park and Ride at 7:25 a.m. each day so that we can work an 8 a.m.-5.p.m. schedule. If you are interested (even part time), email Lynn Anselmi in University Communications at We need a few more riders to make this happen!

Employee Benefit and Payroll Changes Due by the 15th of Each Month

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. 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, associate director of Human Resources, at 206-281-2676.

Focus on Formative Assessment Workshop for Faculty

A "Focus on Formative Assessment" workshop will be held Wednesday, December 11, 12-1 p.m. in the Library classroom. This workshop will cover the basics of formative assessment, why it is important and how it can be used, in addition to discussing a few tools that can be incorporated into your assessments, including ePortfolios and the Poll Everywhere free account. Learn more and register online. More

Urgent and Extended Hours Care: Know Before You Go

When you need urgent care, you have choices. Want convenient hours? Lower costs? Shorter wait times? Quick appointments? Look for the urgent care information on the Human Resources website, and file the information away for future reference. Please note that the myCigna smartphone app does not display these urgent care centers. Use the information found on the Human Resources website or contact Cigna at 1-800-Cigna24. You may also call the 24-hour Health Information Line (Nurseline) directly at 1-800-564-9286. Review the urgent care information online. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions: Summary Annual Report

Every year, SPU is required to provide a Summary Annual Report of the Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions plan. The report includes basic financial information for the Emeriti plan. View the report online for the plan year January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. More

Help SAS “Fill the Bucket"

Student Academic Services (SAS) is hosting a “Fill Their Buckets!" drive benefitting Wellspring Family Services. From December 2 through 13, visit the Registration and Records lobby in Demaray 151 to drop off donated items. If you have questions, contact Kristen Labrecque in SAS at The Wellspring Winter Wish List can be found online. More

Jingle Trail 5k at Camp Casey. Special Rate for Faculty/Staff at Fort Casey Inn

The Camp Casey Conference Center is sponsoring a trail run/walk 5K (all ages) and 1K for kids on Saturday, December 7, at Camp Casey. All proceeds will benefit the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce. Camp Casey is offering a nightly special to faculty and staff of $115 a night (no minimum) at the Fort Casey Inn. If interested, call the office at 866-661-6604. Find out more about the run online.

Invite Prospective Students to Pizza With the President

Will you be going to Tradition this year on Friday, December 6? Do you have a high school student who is thinking about college choices? Then please invite that student to join President Martin for “Pizza With the President," a new pre-Tradition tradition. Students and parents have the chance to see the newly renovated Falcon Club, chat with President Martin, and enjoy a slice or two of pizza. Admission is free with RSVP. Sign up online. More

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Thursday, December 5
Men's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 7
Men's basketball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 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 Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, December 5. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, December 9.


Yost's Book Published

A book coauthored by Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Paul Yost titled Experience-Driven Leader Development was recently published. The book includes contributions from SPU faculty and staff members Dana Kendall, Rob McKenna, John Terrill, and nine industrial/organizational graduate students and alumni. The book provides a collection of models, tools, and resources to help people maximize on-the-job learning.

Baker Presents Paper

Bruce Baker, assistant professor of business ethics, presented a paper at the Henry Kaufman Forum on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, hosted at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His paper was titled “Setting the Story Straight: The Role of Narrative in Establishing the Moral Imperatives of Capitalism." Learn more about the forum online. More


Your Pet Featured Here

The "Pet Photo of the Week" feature is accepting submissions. Send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Bulletin editor at Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin.

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

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