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January 22: Diversity Lecture, 5 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons

A reminder from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: You are invited to the inaugural ODEI diversity lecture with author, historian, and speaker Jemar Tisby this Wednesday, January 22, 5–6:15 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. For more information about Tisby's work and the lecture, visit the event page. We look forward to seeing you there!

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January 30–31: 2020 Schoenhals Visiting Artist, jazz great Joseph Daley

Joseph Daley, a prominent jazz musician and trailblazer, will be the guest artist hosted by the Music Department on January 30–31. He will give a lecture on Thursday, January 30, at 11 a.m. in Nickerson Studios, then perform in concert on Friday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist ChurchBoth events are free and open to the public.

At Thursday’s lecture, Daley will speak on integrating his faith into his music and work. Friday’s concert will feature music from Daley’s acclaimed CD, The Seven Deadly Sins, which "mined the same rich vein of musical expression as that of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and George Russell." When first released in 2011, it made several Best of Year lists.

Daley comes to SPU as the 2020 Schoenhals Visiting Artist. The Lawrence R. and Ruth E. Schoenhals Christian Lectureship in the Fine and Performing Arts Endowment that serves to celebrate Christian artists and scholars who have risen to prominence without compromising either their artistic integrity or their faith.

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Composer to use SPU students’ recording on his website

Christopher Hanson, director of music education and orchestral activities, and students from the SPU Orchestra recently performed Chofki': Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion by Chickasaw music composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. Said Christopher, “Words cannot express my joy to share this recording and video facilitated by the one and only Ron Haight (director of music technology) and his remarkable students at Nickerson Studios. I am honored that we were able to bring this music to life and celebrate American Indian classical music. The composer is going to use our recording on his website to promote the piece! Please feel free to explore some of his other works (they are extraordinary). These students are truly amazing, and I am so honored to serve with you all in encouraging and promoting their talents and success. Thank you to (music faculty) Danny Helseth, Brian Chin, Dan Adams, and Ron Haight for helping me realize this incredible project in my first quarter. Please enjoy this video and share it with others!"

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January 30–February 8: Mainstage production Urinetown: The Musical

The SPU Theatre Department presents the award-winning Urinetown: The Musical on January 30–February 1 and February 6–8, in McKinley Hall Theatre on campus. The play hilariously critiques the legal system, capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of matinee performances on Saturday, February 1, and Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 60 and over) and students (age 25 and under) with a valid ID.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at the theatre box office, or by calling 206-281-2959. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

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No Limits, No Boundaries event on Feb. 5

SPU’s Disability Support Services present their annual "No Limits, No Boundaries" event on Wednesday, February 5, 5:30–7 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. The evening will include films and discussion regarding diversity and inclusion of various types of abilities. Light refreshments will be served. The annual event focuses on increasing campus and community awareness of disability. Please contact for accommodations.

Parents and families in the loop
January 2020 In the Loop parents e-newsletter

Nearly 3,000 SPU parents and families members received the January In the Loop e-newsletter last week, which included a link to the Autumn Quarter Dean’s List, a story about the upcoming 2020 Schoenhals Visiting Artist, jazz great Joseph Daley, information about Homecoming and Family Weekend, and more.

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Speed networking event for students on Jan. 29

A message from the Center for Career and Calling: Invite your students to meet and engage with employers here on campus on Wednesday, January 29, 4–6 p.m. in Emerson Hall. Speed networking is a fun way to interact with professionals interested in knowing more about them, and a chance for them to learn how to make a lasting first impression. Students will be teamed up with two other students, and will meet up to ten employers in about an hour. They’ll spend 5–7 minutes at each table before moving to the next table. They’ll quickly learn how to introduce themselves, ask questions, and answer questions about themselves. After speed networking, they can visit any of the employers they didn't get a chance to meet.

Students MUST preregister for this event as space is limited to 120 students.

Learn about the SPU Wiki and documentation

RSVP to join Computer and Information Systems for a brief training session on how to use the SPU wiki for effective documentation. They will provide an overview of the wiki’s basic features, show you how to create or edit wiki articles, and demonstrate some creative examples of how the wiki is used. Two trainnings will be held on Wednesday, January 29, at 8:30 a.m. or Thursday, January 30, at 11:15 a.m. Please contact Allison Pincus in CIS at with any questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Blood Drive
Blood drive January 23–24

Bloodworks Northwest will host a blood drive on campus January 23–24, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) during the academic year. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 27. The deadline is Thursday, January 23. 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.

Faculty & Staff News

Scott Edwards
Edwards honored by WAMFT

Scott Edwards, chair, program director, and associate professor of marriage and family therapy, was honored by the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) on December 6, 2019, for his ongoing contributions to the family therapy profession, members, and students over the past two decades. As the highlighted member during the awards banquet, he was recognized for the impact he has had in Washington state on student scholarships, awards committee, support of professional development, creation of association programs, and forming of associate licensure laws for counselors (i.e., marriage and family therapists, social workers, and mental health counselors).

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro publishes paper and gives guest talk

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of history, recently published a paper, “Response to Visigothic Symposium 3” in  Visigothic Symposium 3 (2018–19) 206–217. The symposium had included 10 essays, asking contributors to also respond to the nine other essays. The essays were on late antiquity in Spain and Portugal, covering a wide range of disciplines. Alberto was also invited to give the talk, “Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic,” for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bothell.

Al Erisman
Erisman's new book released

Al Erisman, executive in residence emeritus, had his new book, The ServiceMaster Story: Navigating Tension Between People and Profit, released by Hendrickson Publishers this month. His book tells the story of a company in the services business (i.e., janitorial, pest control, lawn care), which is generally characterized by “low-cost labor” where people are treated as tools of production. ServiceMaster looked at things differently, rooted in its first two objectives: “To honor God in all we do,” and “To Help People Develop.” Between 1954 and 2001, the company grew from $1 million in revenue to a publicly traded global company in 40 countries with revenues of $6 billion. The practices of servant leadership and valuing the worker caused the company to stand out, leading to recognition by Forbes, Fortune, and The Financial Times.

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Lemcio’s poem published

Grey’s Anatomy,” by Eugene Lemcio, emeritus professor of New Testament, has been published in the current issue of God and Nature Magazine.

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Welcome, Tamara Lysaker

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Tamara Lysaker, account coordinator, in Conference Services.

Volume #47 , Issue #3 | Published by: University Communications

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