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 Members of the Month for March and April of 2015
Office Administrator, School of Theology
Before growing up in Seattle, Laurie was born in Marquette, Michigan and lived briefly in Washington, D.C. She attended SPU during her freshman year of college but finished her degree in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. Following graduation, she worked in community mental health emergency services, and later in labor relations for service employees.
Interestingly, she came to SPU to work after encouraging a friend to apply to a position here at SPU. She has served in a number of different capacities at the University over many years, from supportive roles in the Career Center, Student Programs, Athletics, Camp Casey, Counseling and her current position in the School of Theology.
Beyond early Sunday school and church attendance, her time at Lutheran Bible Institute (now Trinity Lutheran College) was very impactful on her spiritual development. Her mom and dad greatly influenced her by sharing their faith in the way they lived. In her own life, being a single parent has impacted and transformed her view of God as a Father to all of us as his children. Over her years here at the University, her experiences walking alongside people in our community has provided further meaning to the reality of the “family” of believers. Faith has impacted her work in many ways – the mutual support of students and co-workers in personal work situations, and recently trusting God to provide during necessary department restructuring.
When not at work, Laurie invests time in her family. As a recent “empty nester”, she is looking forward to participating in new volunteer opportunities, more reading and creative pursuits. Her son, Collin, a senior Business major here at SPU, will graduate next year.
While Laurie was nominated for all the seamless work and support in the changeover of Theology faculty from Alexander to Nickerson, and back into the renovated Alexander Hall in the past two years, she wants to share the thanks with Diane Young, Administrative Assistant to the Alexander CAS faculty, who also worked to bring about this successful move.
Thank you Laurie for your faithful service to SPU.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Laurie Collins as Staff of the Month of March, 2015!
Computer Records Specialist, Facility & Project Management
Hometown:   East Wenatchee, WA
Time at SPU:    I graduated in 2007 and have been working in Facilities ever since.
What brought you to SPU?    I came to for a Campus Preview visit with my best friend. She ended up deciding not to attend SPU. I loved the Christian small community feel and it wasn’t completely overwhelming for me, as shy high school student. My first job on campus was in Facility and Project Management as an Office Assistant. Once I graduated, I applied for an open position as Records Assistant and was hired! They haven’t been able to get rid of me since.
What is the best part of your job?    I have met some very wonderful people working in Facilities, including my husband, Eric.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?    My favorite pastime is spending time with my husband and our two dogs Stella and Magoo, whether we’re just going for a walk or taking a weekend trip. All three create an enormous amount of joy in my life and keep everything extremely interesting!
What is something that few people know about you?    I really enjoy playing fantasy football.
What is something you’re embarrassed to admit?     I once threw my fishing pole into Haller Lake when I was casting. It took a couple hours to finally fish it out of the lake.
What is your favorite book?    I am a sucker for a good memoir. There are so many great books out there it is hard to choose a favorite. Recently two books I have read that are fantastic are: A House in the Sky and the Nazi Officer’s Wife.
What inspires you?     Traveling for me is inspiring to see all of the beauty that God has created, both people and places. To be immersed in different cultures and beliefs and realize that someone does not have the same belief or religion to have respect for others’.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Katie Siverson as Staff of the Month of April, 2015!