Monday, January 14, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Steps for the two factor authentication
Duo 2FA required by January 28

A message from Computer and Information Systems: Thank you to the 56 percent of faculty and staff who have already secured their account by enrolling in Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). As announced last month, all faculty and staff will be required to enroll in Duo early this quarter. The enrollment deadline is Monday, January 28. If you have not enrolled by the end of the day on January 28, you will be automatically enrolled, and your next login will require you to complete the account setup process. You are strongly encouraged to self-enroll prior to that date.

CIS is once again offering several options to help you and your colleagues get 2FA set up before the deadline:

  • Self-Service: DIY enrollment using these step-by-step instructions (including a video walkthrough), with the CIS HelpDesk just a phone call away if you have any questions.
  • Department house calls: We’ll come to your department! Coordinate with CIS to schedule someone to come to your area before, during, or after a department staff meeting or at other time so people can get enrolled at their own desks. CIS can be onsite to walk folks through the process and answer any questions.
  • Duo & Donuts: Drop-in and have a donut and coffee while you get 2FA configured on your account (you are strongly encouraged to bring your SPU laptop, if you have one).
    • Tuesday, January 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Marston-Watson 3
    • Wednesday, January 16, 8–9 a.m., Marston-Watson 3

For more details on why 2FA is being required, see our blog post describing the impact. For more details on 2FA, see our blog post announcing this service.

Van Share
Commuters wanted for SPU vanshare

A message from Safety and Security: We are specifically looking for new vanshare riders for our King Street Station location. We have had several riders make alternative arrangements because of the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. If you are interested in trying one of our vanshares that meets at the King Street Station, please review the times below and contact Office and Transportation Manager Heather Eide at to get connected:

  • King Street Station (2nd & King St). Leaving at 6:45 a.m. and arriving to begin work at 7:20 a.m. Leave SPU at 3 p.m.

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UC Recommended Vendors

University Communications has created a Vendor List of trusted vendors for apparel, stickers, awards, and other items. Campus departments are free to use whatever vendors they’d like to use, but these vendors are familiar with SPU’s color and logo requirements.

Alaskan Way Viaduct
Traffic alert: Viaduct now closed; tunnel opens in February

The “Seattle Squeeze” has begun now that the Washington State Department of Transportation has permanently closed the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The new SR 99 tunnel will open in early February, initially with no tolling.

If you are interested in looking into alternative modes of transportation such as one of the SPU vanpools or vanshares, contact Transportation Manager Heather Eide at Additional ways to manage the impact:

  • Come in earlier or later. Most people commute in the morning between 7–9 a.m., and in the afternoon between 3–6 p.m. Talk to your supervisor about changing the hours you work.
  • Leave your car at home. Try biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, or public transit.
  • Give yourself extra travel time. Traffic will be slower and will last longer throughout the day.
  • Visit for the tools and information you need to get around during the #Seattle Squeeze.
  • For live camera images:
  • Or visit these websites:

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Lyft and Uber reduce fares during Seattle Squeeze

To help commuters during the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and before the new tunnel opens in February, Lyft and Uber are reducing their fare by $2.75. In essence, when you use Lyft in combination with a bus route, your $2.75 bus fare is covered. Lyft and Uber will take riders to/from various transportation hubs. 

  • Lyft discount code: REALIGN99
  • Uber’s discount code: COMMUTESMART

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Donors needed for blood drive January 24 and 25

Bloodworks Northwest will host a blood drive on campus January 24–25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.

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New York comes to Gwinn Commons

A message from Campus Dining: Join us for a New York-themed lunch in Gwinn Commons on Wednesday, January 16, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. While you’re there, check out Gwinn’s plant-based station, Avant Garden, which has been extended this quarter and incorporates local food products from the Puget Sound Food Hub, a farmer-owned cooperative that distributes food from farms to restaurants, universities, and more. Be sure to check it out!

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Get ready for Homecoming and Family Weekend, February 1-3

Homecoming and Family Weekend is February 1–3. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this fun weekend for the entire SPU community. Purchase a single ($20) or family ($45, up to six passes) All-Access Pass and enjoy Homecoming events including reunions, art, music, and theatre performances, and the Student Talent Show. Plus, don’t miss the Alumni Awards Dinner recognizing six outstanding alumni and the Falcon Hall of Fame Dinner celebrating eight distinguished athletes. Events include:

Academic and Activity Reunions: The Office of Alumni, Parent, and Family Relations is hosting 15 events, including academic department and activity reunions. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and invite current students to meet and network with alumni. See the full list of academic reunions and activity reunions.

Alumni Awards Dinner: The Seattle Pacific University Alumni Association annually presents alumni awards to individuals who stand out in the areas of vocational accomplishment, leadership, community service, and Christian commitment. Join us for this year’s inspiring event as we honor Alumna of the Year Jenette Ramos MBA ’94, Alumnae of the Year Natalie Closner Schepman ’09, Allison Closner ’11 and Meegan Closner ’11 (The Band Joseph), and Medallion Award Honorees Philip Jacobs ’08 and Allie Griffith Roth ’03. The dinner is Saturday, February 3, and tickets are required.

Mileage allowance reimbursement for 2019

The University reimburses employees for official travel by private automobile using the standard mileage allowance. The new standard mileage rate for 2019 is 58 cents per mile, up from 54.5 cents per mile in 2018. Effective for travel beginning January 1, 2019, please update Request for Reimbursement form templates you are using or visit the Finance Office website to download an updated template reflecting this rate change.

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"News & Nachos" with the History Department January 17

Tired of  “fake news” and punditry? The History Department is hosting a new brownbag series, “News & Nachos.” Move past sound bites and headlines for substantive conversations about current events in historical perspective. The first meeting is Thursday, January 17, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in the first floor Alexander Hall conference room. The first topic is “The Islamic State,” facilitated by Assistant Professor of History Alissa Walter. Chips and salsa will be served. The series is for students, faculty, and staff, and all are welcome! 

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"The Land as Kin: Renewing Our Imagination"

Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, will deliver this year’s Palmer Lecture on Monday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Her lecture is titled “The Land as Kin: Renewing Our Imagination.” More information about the lecture can be found at

The annual Palmer Lecture is hosted by the School of Theology. SPU faculty are invited to a free luncheon with Dr. Davis from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., February 4, in Upper Gwinn Commons. Please RSVP to Nate Hoover at by January 28.

Art Exhibit Bratton
Local artist’s solo exhibit at SPAC opens this week

The Seattle Pacific Art Gallery will present a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Colleen RJC Bratton, January 14ꟷMarch 8. There will be a reception with the artist on Thursday, January 17, 5ꟷ7 p.m. at the gallery.

Bratton lives and works in Seattle. She graduated with a degree in visual arts and philosophy from Seattle University, and is a member of SOIL Gallery, a collective and nonprofit gallery established, supported, and managed by Seattle artists. Her sculptural paintings are influenced by the emotions and energies found in revelatory moments the artist has experienced or witnessed. They act as personal therapy and social commentary in a topsy-turvy world.

About her site-specific work, Bratton says, "To bask in those first rays of sun after a long winter and feel the presence of a new season­­ — has this lingering hope come to fruition? Empirical sun transports glimpses of a bright future into the present gray with texture, temperature, color, and light. Underlying comedic elements point to the possible absurdity of such an intense optimism and offer an alternative: the first rays don’t signal hope but instead signal fire."

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every week 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 17. Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the next Bulletin will be published on Tuesday, January 22.

Faculty & Staff News

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Wright named Staff of the Month

In recognition of his service to the SPU community, Daniel Wright, biology laboratory coordinator and adjunct professor in the Biology Department, was nominated by his peers and selected by Staff Council as the January Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations, and thank you, Daniel! Learn more about Daniel, and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

susan okamoto and steve maybell
Upcoming retirements in Student Life

From the Office of Student Life: Dean of Multi-Ethnic and Wellness Programs Susan Okamoto Lane and Director of the Student Counseling Center Steve Maybell will retire at the end of June 2019. We are extremely appreciative of their years of service and the significant impact they have on students, staff, and faculty. We will celebrate Susan and Steve and their good efforts in Spring Quarter. Next steps for each of the departments are underway.

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Lim's chapter published

Bo Lim, associate professor of Old Testament, recently had the chapter titled "A Theological Interpretation of the Cyrus Passages in Isaiah," included in Interpreting the Old Testament Theologically: Essays in Honor of Willem A. VanGemeren, edited by Andrew Abernathy (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018).

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro gives talk

During Christmas break, Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, gave the talk, “4 Marks of the Church,” for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bothell. He spoke about what each [mark] affirmation — One, Holy, Catholicism, and Apostolic — specifically mean in the Catholic Church/Orthodox churches and ecumenically in other ecclesial confessions.

Volume #46 , Issue #2 | Published by: University Communications

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