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Refer a future Falcon
Keep Submitting Names to "Refer a Future Falcon"

Undergraduate Admissions is hard at work recruiting next year’s new class of SPU Falcons, and they would love your help. If you know someone who was born to be a Falcon, invite him or her to apply for Winter, Spring, or Autumn 2016 quarter — then let us know. You could receive a gift! Here’s what you need to do.

First, submit the student’s name at If he or she applies and lists your name in the application, you will receive $25 in Falcon Funds.

When the student fills out the Common Application, in the SPU member section under "Contacts," tell the student to list that he or she heard about SPU from you. Once we receive your submitted form and the student's application, you’ll get $25 in Falcon Funds. The deadline is February 1, so make sure to invite students to apply before then. If you have questions, email or call 206- 281-2021.


Camellia Freeman
Award-Winning Writer on Campus Tonight

Image journal hosts a reading with Camellia Freeman, the 2015-16 Milton Fellow, on Monday, January 11, 7 p.m. at the Art Center Gallery. She is a senior lecturer from Ohio State University, and her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Image, Indiana Review, and Cream City Review. She will read from a series of essays integrating personal experience, memory, and imagination with larger histories of American science, violence, and racial politics. Through these essays, she seeks to identify her own shortcomings and complicities as a means to explore the complicities and limitations of the broader national, diasporic, and faith communities she inhabits. This reading is free and open to the public, and a free dessert will follow.


Spires exhibit
Art Exhibit by Professor Zack Bent

Assistant Professor of Art Zack Bent has spent time visiting and photographing a parcel of forest fire land near Cle Elum, Washington, seeking to study the silence and death left by the fires. An exhibit of his photographs and sculpture pieces created to honor the landscape is now on display at the SPU Art Center Gallery until February 26. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, January 21, 5-7 p.m.


Life after college. Prepare now, don't just spin the wheel!
Encourage Your Students to Attend Life After College Events This Week

Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend a series of workshops this week on topics including “Faith, Work, & Community” (Jeff Keuss, professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture); “Graduate School” (Margaret Diddams, director for the Center of Scholarship and Faculty Development); and “How to Nail the Interview” (Serena Manzo, coordinator in Multi-Ethnic Programs). Panels include young alumni working in human resources and recruiting who will share tips about getting hired, and other alumni who will talk about their experiences working internationally. Encourage your students to attend three or more workshops to receive a free portfolio from Alumni Relations.


Becoming Soulmates Seminar
Response Magazine Looking for Coffee-Related Stories

A message from Hannah Notess, Response magazine managing editor: Calling all coffee stories! Coffee is a signature Seattle drink. It is also a ministry outreach tool, a global commodity, and it fosters a culture of connection and community. We want to tell Response readers about the ways SPU uses this beverage to engage the culture and change the world. Are you teaching a class or conducting research that involves coffee — its production, its culture, its history, or other aspects of Seattle’s signature drink? Do you know students doing innovative work with coffee production or service? Do you have former students who started their post-college lives as baristas — whether they’ve moved on or are still in the role? Do you just have a great coffee story to tell? We’re looking for student and faculty stories to feature in the upcoming issue of Response, so please send any and all ideas to

Updated: Zumba Offered for Faculty and Staff

Professor of Education Nyarazdo Mvududu will lead a free Zumba class for faculty and staff on Tuesday, January 12 and 19, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the main gym in Brougham Pavilion. The class will then be offered on Fridays, 12-1 p.m. in the main gym beginning January 29. Nyarazdo is a licensed Zumba instructor, and says the class is “fun and beginner-friendly.”

Spanish Conversation Table on Fridays

Meet students and colleagues and make new friends as you improve your Spanish at the Spanish Conversation Table, meeting Winter Quarter on Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Marston Hall 252. The sessions are open to anyone who wants to converse with others in Spanish, and beginners are welcome. If you want help on vocabulary or how to figure out Spanish reflexive verbs, plan to join us. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time ― just bring your lunch and join us. If you have any questions, email adjunct faculty member Vilma Illanes at

Distinguished Scholars Faculty Interviewers Needed February 8 and 19

A message from Undergraduate Admissions: At the Distinguished Scholars Competition (formerly the SPU Scholars Competition), we invite around 100 of our top applicants to campus to compete for five full-tuition scholarships. We need faculty who are willing to do half-hour interviews with scholarship candidates between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8, and/or Friday, February 19, in Upper Gwinn. Faculty interviews are an integral part of the competition process, and are a chance for faculty to interact with our strongest applicants to help determine whether the student is a good fit for SPU. Faculty interviewers will be given interview questions to follow and a score sheet to rate the applicant. It is an exciting opportunity, as many students fly in from around the world for this prestigious event! If you are interested, email your availability to Visits and Events Coordinator Myra Veltkamp at

Sitecore/Contribute Brownbag Moved to January 28

Normally, Sitecore/Contribute brownbags are the third Thursday of the month, but because of a conflict, this month’s brownbag is Thursday, January 28, noon–1 p.m. in the Lower Weter large conference room. If you need help in the meantime:

  • If you’ve been trained in Sitecore, call Kathy Henning in University Communication at 206-281-2329 and she’ll arrange for someone on the Web Team to help.
  • If you need help with Contribute, call Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552 Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sitecore Tip of the Month 
Here’s a question we get a lot: How can I turn a double return into a single return? Put your cursor at the end of the line before the double return and delete the return so that the paragraph break disappears. Then hit shift + return. Voila! Single return.

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, January 14
Women's basketball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Central Washington University, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 16
Indoor track & field ─ Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Indoor Preview, Dempsey Indoor, 9 a.m.
Men's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Women's basketball vs Western Washington University, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

For the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. 


Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, January 14. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Koenig’s Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig titled “Make War Not Love: The Limits of David’s Hegemonic Masculinity in 2 Samuel 10-12” was published in November in the journal Biblical Interpretation 23 (2015) 489-517.

Rebekah Rice
Rice’s Article to Be Published

An article by Associate Professor of Philosophy Rebekah Rice titled “Divine Action: A Dilemma” will appear in Free Will & Theism: Connections, Contingencies, and Concerns. (Eds. Kevin Timpe and Daniel Speak, Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Learn more about the book online.


SPU in the News

Sund Interviewed on Q13-FOX TV

Adjunct psychology professor and marriage counseling expert Heather Sund was interviewed on Seattle’s Q13-FOX news on January 7 for its campaign “Small Changes, Happier Families.” Heather talked about how to nurture healthier relationships. Watch the story online.


Volume #44 , Issue #2 | Published by: University Communications

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