Staff Council

Staff Recognition

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 September 2014

Cheryl Michaels

Associate Director of Safety and Security

How long have you been at SPU? Thirteen Years

How does your faith impact your work?
In Acts 13:36, Paul makes a reference to King David, saying that “He served God’s purpose in his generation.” That sentence really resonates with me, even though I’m taking it out of context. I think the work I do, the work the security department does, has an important place in the body of Christ and in supporting the mission of SPU. SPU is about education but I don’t believe education can take place if an individual is afraid for their safety. And there are so many things that can threaten us – whether it’s a fire, a crime against property, an unexpected medical event or an evil act of violence like we experienced in June. My faith in Him and the desire to fulfil His purpose for my life motivates me to serve others, especially on the hard days. And I find deep satisfaction when I can help someone who’s been threatened or harmed so they can resume fulfilling God’s purpose for themselves in their generation.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Absolutely it’s the people I work with and serve at SPU! I am so blessed to work with a wonderful team at OSS and OPA. Also, the relationships I’ve built with fellow employees and students at SPU. There is great joy in finding synergy with others who are working for the same goals. I could also add empowering women to know how to protect themselves – whether it’s teaching a self-defense class or responding to a scary or threating situation. And, catching bad people!

What’s something that few people know about you?
In 1999 I was a surrogate mother for a close girlfriend. We’ve been friends since college. She was unable to carry a child because of cancer but I knew she and her husband would make wonderful parents. God blessed us on the first try and it was an amazing journey. Drew turned 15 in July.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Read – just about anything and everything! Though I’m a total geek and I love Sci-Fi / Fantasy, and I will indulge in a marathon movie session on occasion (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Firefly). I also have three children so I would be remiss if I didn’t add spending time with them; we love to go glamping in the summer.

What is the strangest job you had before coming to SPU?
Before I joined SPU I managed security for Raytheon. The division I worked for built underwater mine-hunters and torpedoes. The highlights were private tours of navy submarines and the occasional aircraft carrier.

If you could live in any other place, where would that be?
I would love a small 1-2 acre homestead in eastern Washington or Idaho or anywhere with a water view. But it wouldn’t really matter where, as long as I am near my closest girlfriends (we’ve been friends for twenty+ years, raised our children together, met every other week for bible study).

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?
That my door is always open if you are concerned about your safety or the well-being of another.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Cheryl Michaels as Staff of the Month!