Monday, February 24, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


I Love SPU Week: February 24-28

This week, students will declare their love for SPU during "I Love SPU Week" — a chance to pause and learn about our school's history, connect on campus, and support fellow SPUers in need. Faculty and staff are welcome to join the fun. Learn more on the Facebook page, and use #ilovespu in your social media posts. More

Creative Set Design With Don Yanik

His theatre sets have transported audiences for years. Now Don Yanik, SPU's Theatre Department chair, lifts the curtain on creative set design, from concept to execution. He's the next speaker in the Library's "Creative Conversations" series this Thursday, February 27, noon-12:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. During the conversation he plans to show set models from "The Miracle Worker" and "Hedda Gabler." More

SPU's Gospel Choir Showcase Concert

The SPU Gospel Choir will give a special concert on Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., at University Presbyterian Church. The choir is celebrating 10 years under the direction of SPU Associate Professor of Music Stephen Newby. The concert will feature special guests including Gospel Worship and Praise Ensemble from Faithful Central Bible Church; and Jimmy Fisher and Contagious Praise. The choir will present gospel songs, spirituals, and African hymns by Dr. Raymond Wise, William Dawson, and James Weldon Johnson. This event is free and open to the public. University Presbyterian Church is located at 4540 15th Ave NE in the University District near the University of Washington.

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 socially just policy changes for which we might advocate." Learn more about Urban Involvement. More

SPU Dining Services Presents "Stone Steakhouse"

From SPU Dining Services: "Stone Steakhouse returns to Gwinn Commons on Wednesday, February 26. They will serve ribs between 5-8 p.m. Add ribs to your meal for just $5 (cash or points)." More

Symphony Orchestra Concert March 6

SPU's Symphony Orchestra will perform on Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Symphony Orchestra is directed by SPU's Professor of Music Eric Hanson. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Men's and Women's Choir Concert March 7

SPU's Men's Choir and Women's Choir will perform on Friday, March 7, 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. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week — Balancing the Scales

SPU students and departments are joining together this week to raise awareness on eating disorders and body image. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 23-March 1. Visit the website for the schedule of events, and learn about a panel discussion and informational display. 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 Due March 15

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

Planning a Department Retreat? Church Getaway? Family Reunion?

If you are looking for a retreat location, consider Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. Rates are as low as $15 per person for an SPU department, or $20-26 per person for a church or community organization in which you belong. For family events, consider the Fort Casey Inn or the campground at Camp Casey. If you are on Whidbey Island and would like a tour, contact the Camp Casey Office at 866-661-6604 or

Hire a SPRINTer for Your Spring Cleaning Project

This summer, the John Perkins Center's SPRINT program will send eight student teams to learn and serve alongside local leaders around the globe. Hire a SPRINT student or a team to help around your house with spring cleaning, yard work, or other chores to help them raise money for their trip. The rate is $10 per student per hour. For more information, contact student Daniel Lee at or visit the website. 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

Health Care Career Fair for Students

On Friday, February 28, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) will host a traditional career fair for Western Washington nurse recruiters and nursing students. Although the focus will be nursing related jobs, all undergraduate and graduate students (nutrition, exercise science, psychology, business, etc.) interested in health care employment are invited and welcome. The fair will be held 12-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Please encourage your interested students to attend. For more information, contact Kelly Marley in SHS at or 206-281-2964.

Falcon Home Games, Races This Week

Thursday, February 27
Women's basketball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 1
Indoor track & field. SPU Final Qualifier, Dempsey Indoor (University of Washington), 4 p.m.

Women's basketball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. (Last regular home game of the season, and graduating seniors will be honored.)

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 3. The next deadline is Thursday, February 27.


Baah Gives Presentation

Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature Robert Baah gave a presentation on "Free Will, the Problem of Evil, and Moral Responsibility: Views From Miguel de Unamuno's Abel Sánchez" at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences held in Honolulu.

Erisman Joins Theology of Work Project

Executive-in-Residence Al Erisman was elected vice chairman and treasurer of the board, and co-chairman of the steering committee for the Theology of Work Project. In January 2014, the Theology of Work Project completed the approval of the final documents for its commentary on the Bible and what it has to say about the daily work of Christians. At the steering committee meeting in Boston on January 30, the group selected a board of directors for phase 2 of the project, along with co-chairmen of the steering committee. Learn more about the Theology of Work Project online. More

Kato's Book Now in Second Edition

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Sharleen Kato's new and revised book Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences: Careers Serving, Individuals, Families and Communities, 2nd edition, was released by Goodheart Willcox Publishers this month. This second edition was co-authored by Dr. Janice Elias at Youngstown State University in Ohio. FCS Professor Sandra Hartje was a contributing author as well.


Scheuerman's Featured in Washington State Magazine

Associate Professor of Education Richard Scheuerman, who has written several books about the history of the land and people of Washington, was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Washington State, published by Washington State University. The article is titled “Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End—Recollecting Washington's Landscapes." Read the article online. More


Campus Photo, 1913

The Administration Building (later Peterson Hall) and Girls' Hall (later Tiffany Hall) lie under a blanket of snow in March 1913. More

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