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 November 2012
Graduate Programs Manager for the School of Education
"I love that I work in a department where I can make an impact," said Megan Hamshar. Even though Megan struggles to claim a childhood hometown, it is apparent, that the School of Education is a place Megan can call home. For this reason Megan has thrown herself into her work, going beyond expectation to streamline processes, which increase efficiency in SOE as well as to personally care for over 400 graduate students. She has even identified ways in which Banner can better work for SOE, subsequently helping the rest of the University. She has responded by creating and chairing the Graduate Coordinators Committee, which informs and equips GCs with resources to be more effective in their work.
For these reasons and more, Megan has been selected to be Staff Member of the Month for November. But there is more to Megan than just her work at SPU. (Just wait till you read what happened at her Kentucky high school!) Read on to learn more and be sure to congratulate Megan for this honor!
Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho; Benton City & Richland, Washington; Wilmore, Kentucky; Clark Fork, Idaho; and Seattle, Washington
Education: BA in sociology, and I’m currently working on an MA in theology — both from SPU
How long have you been at SPU? 10-years with a brief 18-month time away in the middle
Why SPU? After touring many other colleges, I decided to visit SPU because my dad loved the campus. He started taking seminary courses here in the early ’90s through the Fuller extension campus nearby. As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew this was the place for me. I’ve always felt like SPU is my home, and that 18-month period away confirmed that.
Who are the people (other than your parents) who have had the greatest impact on your faith and why? Perhaps not surprisingly, I consider the people I have had the privilege to work with in the School of Education over these past years to be extremely impactful on my faith. I am blessed to work with two lovely prayer warriors, Joyce Brooks and Rene Shafar. Their support and constant encouragement has enabled me to grow up, if you will, in the faith. I witness how they put their faith in action, whether in their families or in overseas ministry, and this overflows into how they approach their work.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? Read! I am a voracious reader, though I know my friends would say that I am becoming a mere collector of books. I am building a library of classic fiction, spy novels, and mysteries that I plan to devour once I am done with school.
What’s something that few people know about you? I survived a tornado that destroyed my high school in Kentucky, while I was inside. We crouched under the tables in the library, all thinking we were about to die. The windows blew out, I saw the roof lift off the library, and then come back down again. The library was the only section of the school that was left intact.
What books have been most impactful to you? Besides the Scriptures, I would mention The Hobbit and Little Women, which were some of the first books my dad read to me as a child. From childhood through adolescence some of my favorite books were To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Brothers Karamazov.
In college and beyond, I adored The Chosen and The Name of the Rose. In seminary classes, I have been challenged and strengthened by Life Together, and Eat This Book.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Megan Hamshar as Staff of the Month!