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 December 2014


Elonna Visser

Associate Director of Housing & Meal Plan Services

What is your hometown?
I was born in Paterson, New Jersey, but grew up in Tacoma. I lived in Chicago for a while after college and consider that a second home.

How long have you been at SPU?
21 years – Hard to believe!

Tell us about your education:
I received my undergrad degree from Calvin College (French and Math) and my K - 8 teaching certificate and M.Ed. from SPU. I get to take classes in any discipline to keep my teaching certificate current and have recently taken some great Art classes at SPU!

Who are the people (other than your parents) who have had the greatest impact on your faith and why?
A few people come to mind, but the kindergarteners and first graders I teach in Sunday school always end up teaching me a lot in return. Their faith is simple, but not simplistic, and so naturally full of wonder.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I read a lot of design magazines and spend too much time on Pinterest.

What books have been most impactful to you?
To Kill a Mockingbird – It’s the only book I’ve read more than once. Also, All the King’s Men – I’m not sure I would have read it if it wasn’t required reading in Dr. Drovdahl’s Values and Ethics class, but I’m glad it was!

Do you have any funny roommate matching stories?
We received a nice note from a concerned mom after roommate assignments went out this summer. She said her son’s roommate was “an older man” (she sent us a picture to prove it) who, based on his Facebook profile, had already been to college and owned his own business. She thought it was wonderful that he was returning to school…just not as her son’s roommate. Much to her relief, we discovered that they were looking at someone with a slightly different name and that her son’s roommate was another first-time freshman. They’re continuing as roommates for winter quarter, so we hope it was a good match!

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Elonna Visser as Staff of the Month!