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In Context
Invitation to Join In-Context

A message from ASSP: Faculty and staff are invited to participate in In-Context, an ASSP discussion series that meets every quarter for six weeks to talk about race, diversity, and reconciliation. Discussion is focused on two main topics: the deconstruction of race and white privilege. Join other faculty, staff, and students as we unpack the intersections and impact of race relations on our stories. Meetings will be every Tuesday beginning January 23, 3-4:30 p.m. in Bertona, rooms 4 and 6. Registration is required. Find more information on the John Perkins Center website.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month
National Stalking Awareness Month. Brown-Bag Lunch Event on January 23

A message from the Office of Safety and Security: Stalking affects millions of people and can result in serious violence. Each year, SPU's Office of Safety and Security participates in National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate and provide resources to the community. As part of the gender-based violence prevention series, OSS’s next brown-bag lunch event will take place Tuesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The brown-bag lunch series provides an informal setting for students, staff, and faculty to learn, discuss, and ask questions of different speakers regarding aspects of gender-based violence. This month’s topic will focus on stalking: what it is, how to recognize it, and how to respond to it. Contact Jenna Fejervary in OSS at 206-281-2012 or with any questions or concerns. 

Study Abroad Fair Friday, January 26

SPU's annual Study Abroad Fair is Friday, January 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Weter Lounge. There are now more ways than ever for students to study abroad with SPU. Encourage students to stop by to talk with SPU faculty leaders, student ambassadors, and representatives from around the world to explore all the study abroad options available. There will also be a raffle with great prizes!

Tent City 3 at SPU
Upcoming Events Hosted by SPU’s Tent City 3 Host Committee

Homelessness Advocacy 101
Wednesday, January 24
5:30–8 p.m., SUB Gazebo Room
Have fun learning how to influence policy and fundraising at the city, state, and federal level at this engaging workshop.

  • Find out who makes decisions in Olympia.
  • How does a bill become a law?
  • What can regular people do that is effective?  

We’ll share information about key legislative proposals to create housing and shelter, increase access to services, and build a stronger Washington for us all. You’ll leave informed and inspired, with simple actions and sample messages you can really use (really!) to speak up and make a real difference. 

Poetry Workshop With Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna
Friday, January 26
9:30 a.m. –12 p.m.
Library Seminar Room
Participate in a poetry workshop with Castro Luna and TC3 residents exploring the idea of home.

JUST ADDED: Poetry Reading With Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna
Friday, January 26
Library Seminar Room
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to come and hear Castro Luna read from some of her works in progress, and also hear from residents of Tent City 3 and students.

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Jane Eyre: The Musical

The SPU Theatre Department presents Jane Eyre: The Musical  — Charlotte Brontë's classic story set to music. Follow Jane’s journey from an orphan to a woman who is determined to fight for freedom and fulfillment through life’s many obstacles. Performances are February 1–3, 8–10, with Saturday matinees on February 3 and 10. 

Student Employee on Campus
Nominate a Student Employee for Student Employee of the Year

A message from the Office of Student Employment: Each year, colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Part of this celebration is the recognition of outstanding student employees through the selection of Student Employees of the Year (SEOTY). We have some amazing student employees at SPU, and this is your opportunity to recognize them! 

How to Nominate Your Student

  •       Fill out the SEOTY form on the Student Employment website by February 15. 
  • Be sure to describe the student’s key attributes and impact on your office.
Student Eligibility
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Student must have worked at least six months.
  • One on-campus and one off-campus student will be selected.

An Evening of Classical Jazz

Music instructors Julian Catford (guitar) and Dan Kramlich (piano) will combine their talents for an evening of classical jazz from swing to bossa nova on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. This program features a wide sampling of some of the best songs from America’s original contribution to the world of music, jazz. The concert will be live streamed.

Homecoming Family Weekend
Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Attend Homecoming and Family Weekend, February 2-3

A message from Alumni and Parent Relations. Homecoming and Family Weekend is fast approaching! This year, we are calling it a “Family Weekend” to acknowledge that a student’s main support network isn’t always led by parents. We will have specific programming for families, including Student Support Sessions on Friday, February 2, and the Falcon Family Brunch on Saturday, February 3.

Faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend Homecoming events. All-access passes are available for individuals and groups and will get you in to all the regular programs, including:

  • The annual Student Talent Show
  • This quarter’s theatre production of Jane Eyre: The Musical
  • Men’s basketball games against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks
  • And more!

Tickets for the Alumni Awards Dinner on February 3 at 6 p.m. are sold separately. Find more information and register online.

Classics and Classical Music

For this year’s C. May Marston Lecture on Tuesday, February 6, C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will discuss the creative work of such classical composers as Monteverdi and Berlioz in bringing classical literature from text to musical performance. The lecture begins at 3:15 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150.

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International Food Festival February 16

A message from faculty members Jaeil Lee and Minhee Lee: The second SPU International Food Festival will be Friday, February 16, (Lunar New Year’s Day), 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Eaton Hall Lounge. Thanks for your wonderful participation and support last year. This year we are partnering with the Office of Global Engagement and we expect more fun. We would like to invite you to sign up to bring your favorite cultural dishes to share, and American dishes are also welcomed. This year, students can participate as well. Please sign up by Friday, February 2. It will be a wonderful time to get together and celebrate our beauty of diversity through our favorite cultural dishes.

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Stationery Orders Due February 6

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, to have stationery orders delivered on February 16. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on February 6 will be delivered March 16. To see deadlines and delivery dates for the remainder of the fiscal year, visit the “Create an Order” stationery page in Banner. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

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Falcon Home Games This Week

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online.

Friday, January 26
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Invitational, Dempsey Indoor at UW, 4:30 p.m.
Women's gymnastics vs Lindenwood and Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 27
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Invitational, Dempsey Indoor at UW, 9 a.m.

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 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 29. 

Faculty & Staff News

Karen Snedker
Snedker’s Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker titled “Fear of Violence During Armed Conflict: Trauma, Risks, and Resources as Determinants of Fear” was published in Social Science Research. This article is in collaboration with Nathalie Williams (University of Washington) and Dirgha Ghimire (University of Michigan). It investigates the prevalence and determinants of fear as a consequence of living through armed conflict in Nepal (1996–2006). The results highlight the enduring impact of gender roles in Nepal, and that conflict might disproportionately affect those who are already vulnerable and have greater social responsibilities. This article provides a unique comparison between fear of violence during armed conflict in a low-income country to the fear portrayed in crime literature based in high-income countries. 

Matthew Benton
Benton’s Article Published

An article by Matthew Benton, assistant professor of philosophy, was published in the journal Analysis. The article, titled "Lying, Accuracy, and Credence,” is about the definition of lying in a probability framework.

Tina Schermer-Sellers
Sellers Speaks at Conference, Presents at Institute

Tina Schermer Sellers, director of medical family therapy and associate professor of marriage and family therapy, spoke to an audience of 1,400 gay youth, young adults, and families at the Gay Christian Network annual conference in Denver. She was on a panel with Paula Stone Williams, Megan DeFranza, and Isaac Archuleta discussing "Sex, God and the Church — Is Sexual Abundance Available to Everyone?"  She was also one of eight presenters at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Winter Institute on Religion and Sexual Health. The theme of the institute was "Creating Deeper Understanding, Healing and Connection," and Tina’s presentation was titled "Has Western Religion Ever Been Sex Positive? Or Has it Always Been a Petri Dish for Sexual Shame?" On February 24, Tina will be a guest author at Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Festival. The title of her workshop will be "Sex, God, and the Conservative Church — How the Religious Right and Moral Majority Increased America’s Sexual Shame and Diminished Capacity for Intimacy." Her workshop will be at 1 p.m. in Sullivan Hall, room 110.

Emily Kelly
Kelly Earns Certification

Emily Kelly, director of the Clinical Learning Lab in the School of Health Sciences (SHS), achieved certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH). The CHSE certification recognizes her specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities in simulation education and is a marker of scholarship of practice. Emily has advanced the clinical teaching program in nursing by improving healthcare simulation, working to identify and implement best practices, and standardization. SHS Dean Lorie Wild says, “She has and will be a leader for us as we continue to evolve our simulation programs.” Congratulations, Emily.

Brad Murg
Murg's Paper Published

A paper co-authored by Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Development Studies Brad Murg titled "The 2030 ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership" was published as part of the network of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-China Think Tanks special working group conference on ASEAN-China relations. Brad was invited to participate in this project in his role as senior visiting research fellow at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). The conference was hosted in Beijing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The edited volume, co-authored with CICP colleagues and representatives of think tanks across the region, is inclusive of recommendations for improved ASEAN-China relations. It will be distributed to the foreign ministries of all participating governments.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Gives Lecture

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro gave a talk titled “Four Marks of the Church” in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Bothell, (the four marks being, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic).


Robert Larson
Emeriti Professor of Sociology Robert Larson

Emeriti Professor of Sociology Robert Larson passed away on January 1, 2018. He taught in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences for 22 years. In 1988, he became the director of Camp Casey and spent four years guiding the retreat and conference facility in a time of significant growth. Bob retired in 1992. In a Response article in September 1992, Bob said “It was the stimulating and inquisitive thinking of the students that made teaching memorable.” Information on a memorial service is not yet available. 

Volume #45 , Issue #4 | Published by: University Communications

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