SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for June 2013
Custodian II, Housekeeping
It’s been said that if Glen Prindle was asked to go to the moon and back, he would do it without stopping for water. He is a patron saint of SPU cleaning crises—no spill is too sticky, no disaster too daunting to dampen the Housekeeping staffer’s cheerful spirit. And he always, always gives glory to God for his many jobs well done. Staff Council has selected Glen as June’s Staff of the Month.
Glen, tell us how you spend your days here at SPU?
I’m a supervisor for the housekeeping department, so I start my day at 8 a.m. at the Facility Operations Center, and then move on to Hill Hall. My goal is to treat the shared spaces (the lobby, movie lounge, study lounge, etc.) like a five-star hotel until it’s looking really fabulous. I clean it and make sure it’s a welcoming place, and we work to maintain all SPU property to preserve health and wellness for everyone on campus. Next, I move on to checking on our team of student employees. I supervise a staff of 14 wonderful students who clean SPU’s residence halls, and they do great work. I’m proud of them, and I spend most of my day making sure they have what they need to be successful.
Our goal is to help create a fabulous, welcoming, blessed place for everyone; and to be a blessing to the Lord and others.
You’ve been around SPU a long time—more than 20 years! What was your first campus job like?
A pastor friend told me about SPU. I had earned my engineering degree at the University of Washington, but I wanted to work in an academic Christian community, so I was excited about getting hired at SPU. We started our days with a staff meeting at 4 a.m. and prayed together. I’m still in contact with our supervisor, Peter Young. He’s a strong Christian and I’m glad we’ve remained friends.
I have enjoyed classes here at SPU, at Fuller Seminary Extension (on Nickerson Street), and at my church. I have been blessed to study Biblical Hebrew Language and Deep Level Healing (hands on training and experience in the Christian healing ministry), and modern Hebrew language from a friend. All of these connections and opportunities have come about thanks to that very first campus job.
Residence Halls at SPU have seen some pretty messy pranks. Do you have any urban housekeeping legends to share?
One year, Ashton residents transformed a men’s bathroom into a sandbox. Complete with sand, obviously, and a Dungeness crab. That was a first for me! In my daily tasks, I try to remember the passage from Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” It helps me keep a cheerful spirit.
What do you like about working at SPU?
I love to help others. I love to see students on our team blossom, thrive, and learn here, and then get their dream jobs, and find the Lord’s calling for their lives. I’ve stayed so long because I enjoy working in a Christian academic community. I’m really grateful that Seattle Pacific Seminary exists, and I’m praying about pursuing a master of divinity, or a similar degree, in the future. I want to be used by the Lord, and I know I am at SPU.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Glen Prindle as Staff of the Month!