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January 28: Chapel in Hill Hall

A message from University Ministries: During Winter Quarter, we will alter Chapel locations between Upper Gwinn (first and third Tuesdays) and residence halls (second and fourth Tuesdays). Chapels are held on Tuesdays at 11:10 a.m. Please refer to the online Chapel schedule for location information. Chapels held in residence halls will be hosted by the respective hall.

The next Chapel speaker on Tuesday, January 28, in Hill Hall will be Priscilla Ozodo, minister of worship in University Ministries.

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Free concert with jazz great Joseph Daley and students

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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January 30: News & Nachos, "Why classical music isn't boring"

The History Department invites you to their next News & Nachos event on Thursday, January 30, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Eaton Hall 112. Christopher Hanson, assistant professor of music and director of music education and orchestral activities, will speak on “Why classical music isn’t boring: The effects of historical context on our listening.”

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Marston Lecture on February 4: World Domination and Universal History

For this year’s C. May Marston Lecture on Tuesday, February 4, C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will discuss universal history, reviewing examples from several ancient Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Chinese historians. These histories, often a response to attempts at world domination (either to describe what has been conquered or what remains independent) can provide modern people with insights for how and how not to attempt to write universal history. The lecture begins at 3:15 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150.

Learn about OneDrive for Business on February 11 or 12

Google Drive and DropBox will need to take a back seat to OneDrive. Learn why at a Computer and Information Systems training event on Tuesday, February 11, at 1:15 p.m., or Wednesday, February 12, at 11:15 a.m., and begin storing, sharing, and accessing documents securely, wherever you are. Please RSVP here and contact Allison Pincus in CIS at with any questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

SPU Tech Camps
Summer tech camps for high school students

SPU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science will offer on-campus summer day camps for 9th–12th graders (as of autumn 2020). Students can jump-start a tech career at hands-on programs focused on video game creation, mechatronics and 3D printing, and programming fundamentals. No coding experience necessary. They’ll earn college credit and a $1,000 SPU scholarship. Learn more and register at

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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.

Learn about the SPU wiki and documentation on January 29 or 30

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 trainings 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.

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Speed networking event for students on January 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.

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No Limits, No Boundaries event on February 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.

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Staff payroll and benefits changes due February 10

The 10th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to add or remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. Changes might include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you wish to make to your 403(b) account contributions must be made by the 10th of the month. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions at 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.–6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Cherylin Shdo in HR at 206-281-2816.

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, February 3. The deadline is Thursday, January 30. 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

February 11: Gail DeBell’s retirement celebration

Join us for a retirement celebration to honor Gail DeBell on Tuesday, February 11, 3–4:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Gail has served more than 11 years as SPU’s Study Abroad director. Light refreshments will be served.

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Bentley’s article highlighted in APA press release

Jacob Bentley, associate professor of clinical psychology, and his research team’s journal article titled “Healthcare Coverage and Utilization Among Caregivers in the United States: Findings From the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System” was highlighted by the American Psychological Association in a press release. The original journal article is currently in press and will be published in an upcoming issue of Rehabilitation Psychology.

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Murg edits three-volume series

Cambodia 2040: Economic Development was published by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and officially launched last week. This is the first in a three-volume series edited by Brad Murg, assistant professor of political science. Utilizing a foresight methodology, the book explore the policies necessary in order for Cambodia to reach upper middle-income status over the next 20 years. The next two volumes in the series, examining social and foreign policy, will be released in March and June 2020.

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Walter receives grant

Alissa Walter, assistant professor of history, received a grant from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). This grant will fund a research trip to the Middle East this summer in support of her book project, Becoming Baghdad: How Wars, Sanctions, and Authoritarian Rule Transformed Life in Iraq’s Capital City, 1950–2010.

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Castelo serves as plenary speaker

Daniel Castelo, professor of dogmatic and constructive theology, was the plenary speaker at the Los Angeles Theology Conference, January 16–17. The title of his address was “Spiritual Enlightenment: Contributions of a Pneumatological Epistemology.”

Amy Mezulis
Mezulis’ research published

A research article titled, “Gender Differences in Depression: Biological, Affective, Cognitive, and Sociocultural Factors” written by Amy Mezulis, professor of clinical psychology, was recently published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The article uses an affective, biological, and cognitive model within a vulnerability-stress approach to inform personalized interventions for individuals, particularly women who are experiencing depression.

Mischa Willet
Willett’s new poem published

Past Participle,” a new poem by Instructor of Education, English, and Writing Misha Willett from his forthcoming book, The Elegy Beta, has been published in the new issue of The Cresset.

Roger Feldman
Feldman creates site-specific sculpture

Roger Feldman, professor emeritus of art, worked with the Washington State Arts Commission and Marysville/Pilchuck High School to create a site-specific sculpture called “Hope Gate” for their campus. The dedication was Friday, January 24.

Volume #47 , Issue #4 | Published by: University Communications

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