CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS
|Complimentary Tickets to Homecoming Basketball Game|
SPU faculty and staff are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday, February 1, at 4 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion. The men's basketball team will face Western Oregon. Tickets can be picked up in the Athletic Office, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during Homecoming week, January 27-31. Tickets can also be claimed at the Brougham Pavilion ticket booth on game day. For more information, call Athletics at 206-281-2085.
|2014-15 Upper Gwinn Calendar Open for Reservation Requests|
Reservation requests for Upper Gwinn Commons for the 2014-15 academic year are now being accepted. Please note that by completing this online form you are only requesting the space. Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email that includes information regarding the availability of the space (a "hold email"), and instructions on how to confirm your reservation. Dates sent to Conference Services via email will not be accepted. If you have any questions, call Conference Services at 206-281-2187. Request your preferred dates with supporting information by filling out the Upper Gwinn Request Form online. More
|Faculty, Staff Invited to Graduate Programs Open House|
The Graduate Center is hosting an All-Graduate Programs Open House on Tuesday, January 28, 4:30-7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. All 39 graduate programs will be represented. Prospective students will get the chance to speak with faculty and learn how they can advance their careers with a graduate degree or certificate. Learn more and RSVP online. More
|SPU Theatre Presents "The Miracle Worker"|
The SPU Theatre Department presents the moving story of the relationship between Helen Keller, a young, deaf and blind student, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker," January 30-February 1, and February 6-8, with matinees on February 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website. More
|SPU Symphony Orchestra With Violinist, Alumnus Jason Moody|
The SPU Symphony Orchestra, along with the SPU String Quartet and Brass Choir, will perform Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert will feature a special guest appearance by Spokane Symphony violinist and SPU alumnus Jason Moody. He has soloed with symphony orchestras across the Pacific Northwest, and is a substitute violinist with the Seattle Symphony. Moody has also appeared on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion" and NPR's “From the Top." The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.
|Collaboration Tools — Video Conferencing for Faculty, Staff|
Are you interested in having a guest speaker present to your class but the speaker lives in another state? Would you like students to work on group projects, but don't know what tools are available to help them? Plan to attend one of the following sessions to learn about the most popular video collaborative tools that might help you in the classroom — Google Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, and Adobe Connect.
Wednesday, January 29, 12-12:30 p.m., Library classroom with Julie Antilla, Education
Wednesday, January 29, 6:15-6:45 p.m., ETM Workspace with Jenny Tenlen, Biology
|Metalworking: Then and Now|
Seattle jewelry artist Aran Galligan and local art collector Bob Corson are featured in "Precious Metals," the current exhibit at the SPU Art Center Gallery (SPAC). The exhibit runs until February 14. Corson will give a lecture in the gallery at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22. The gallery and lecture are free and open to the public. The SPAC Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More
|Have a Health Savings Account (HSA)? Sessions About Filing Your Taxes.|
A message from Human Resources: Did you know that you need to do something special when you file your taxes this year? You will be receiving forms from Chase bank to help you complete your taxes. Human Resources is offering several sessions for you to find out what the forms are, why you will receive them, what they look like, and the information they contain. All sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room. No RSVP necessary. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at email@example.com or 206-281-2676.
Monday, February 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4. 9-10 a.m., 12-1 p.m., and 5:30- 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
|Soul Change to Social Change: Racial Reconciliation and the Church 2014|
On Saturday, February 22, the Center for Biblical and Theological Education will host a one-day conference on racial reconciliation with Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor of reconciliation studies. Faculty and staff are invited to attend, and are encouraged to invite others from their various networks (church, friends, family). For more information and to register, visit the website.
|Upcoming Home Athletic Games|
Thursday, January 23
Women's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Friday, January 24
Gymnastics vs Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 25
Women's basketball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons website. More
|Five More Host Families Needed|
The American Homestay Network (AHN) is looking for five more families to temporarily host international students coming to SPU as part of the MIE University Study Tour. The students are often in their final years of high school (ages 15-18), and are considering attending college in the United States upon graduation. AHN will pay a hosting fee and provide online training and orientation, a 24-hour professionally staffed hotline, interpreter services, and many other amenities. Visit the website for more information. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 27. The next deadline is Thursday, January 23.
FACULTY & STAFF NEWS
|Drozdova's Articles Published|
An article written by Assistant Professor of Political Science Katya Drozdova and Kurt Taylor Gaubatz titled "Reducing Uncertainty: Information Analysis for Comparative Case Studies" was published in the International Studies Quarterly (2013), 1-13. Another article by Katya, titled "War in Afghanistan" was published in Encyclopedia of Military Science, Sage (2013), vol. 4, pp. 1598-1609.
|Lee Lectures in Korea|
Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee was invited to give lectures at several universities in Korea. She spoke at Hanyang University, Catholic University, Sangmyung University, Chonbuk National University, Mokpo National University, Chungbuk National University, Wonkwang University, and Kongju National University. Her lectures were on global apparel product development and technical design. She was on sabbatical during Autumn Quarter, and was a visiting professor at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.
|Pope-Levison's New Book|
Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison's new book Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, 2014) "takes our understanding of gender and American religion to the next level," says American church historian Peggy Bendroth. Included in the two dozen women featured in the book is Emma Ray, a Free Methodist, African-American evangelist in Seattle with close ties to SPU and First Free Methodist Church. Priscilla wrote about the book in a blog post for Christian History Institute. Read it online. More
|Ward Selected to Serve on Board|
Janet Ward, associate vice president for information and data management, has been invited to serve on the editorial board for SEMQ, an American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers publication focused on strategic enrollment management issues in higher education.
|Steinke Gives Keynote Presentation|
Last November, Professor of Management and Information Systems Gerhard Steinke gave the keynote presentation at the National Symposium of Selected ICT Problems. His presentation was titled "IT Governance and Management Perspectives for the Future." He gave the presentation at Dai Hoc Duy Tan University in Danang, Vietnam.
SPU IN THE NEWS
|Notess Interviewed in Chronicle of Philanthropy|
Response Managing Editor Hannah Notess was interviewed for an article titled “Results and Values, More Than Religion, Drive Young Donors" in the January 13 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthrophy.
PET PHOTO OF THE WEEK
|Any "12th Pet" Photos?|
The "Pet Photos of the Week" feature is accepting submissions, and for the next few weeks we'd like to feature your pets showing their support of the Seattle Seahawks. Send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Bulletin editor at email@example.com. Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin.
THIS MONTH IN THE GARDEN
|Fragrant Sweet Box Sarcococca|
From SPU Campus Master Gardener Jeff Daley. A walk through your lifeless winter garden on an overcast January day might seem depressing enough to make you want to head indoors to a warm fire and your pair of comfy slippers. You may feel like you don't want to venture out until the spring thaw, but I want to encourage you to persevere. Don't miss out on the fun, exciting horticultural events that are about to happen as we head closer toward spring. If you're new to the Puget Sound area, you might notice that plants start to come back to life earlier in the year than in most areas; I just noticed the witch hazels (see my column from a previous Faculty/Staff Bulletin at http://www.spu.edu/news/eNews/FacStaff_Online.asp?id=876#a14160) are starting to bloom, and this is really early for them.
This is an important time to get in your garden and do a winter clean-up of last year's old foliage before new shoots start to emerge. There is nothing more difficult and time-consuming than trying to cut out old, unsightly herbaceous foliage that has interwoven itself with new foliage. If that doesn't entice you to come away from the warm fire and get back into the garden, how about the sweet smell of spring? The Sarcococca, common name Fragrant Sweet Box, has a wonderful scent. I have mine planted near the entrance to my home, and the inconspicuous little white blooming flowers pack a big punch. Who would expect there to be an incredibly fragrant flowering shrub which would bloom when we need it most during those overcast, cold months of January and February?
This great plant presents itself really well all year long in the landscape, and has many benefits — dark, evergreen leaves which bring structure to your landscape design, and either little red or black berries which provide winter interest. It thrives in shaded conditions, where it is sometimes hard to find good plants to grow. When established, it can handle drier soil conditions, so you can plant Sarcococca under taller trees whose branches might block the rain. As a bonus, seedlings that might germinate under the plant can be replanted in your garden or, do as I do, and share them with friends. During planting, you really don't need to do much besides adding a little fertilizer and some organics to the soil.
There are three varieties of Sarcococca easily found in our local nurseries. Sarcococca ruscifolia is the tallest and has red berries. Sarcococca confusa is a mid-range grower with black berries, and Sarcococca hookeraiana humilis is the more compact variety that can be used effectively as a ground cover. All varieties are deer resistant and have a wonderful sweet vanilla fragrance. A friend of mine once told me, "The fragrance reminds me of a Swedish bakery!" Select the link to see the locations of this sweet springtime fragrance on campus.