Monday, January 28, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

New Nurse Building
SHS building dedication and more on February 1

The School of Health Sciences has moved to the 6 Nickerson Building on the eastside of W. Nickerson Street. Come see the redesigned building with state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for nursing students. Enjoy tours and refreshments during the event, with remarks at 3:15 p.m.

Friday, February 1, 3–5 p.m.
6 Nickerson Building, 36 Cremona Street

Remembrance and Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline
Viewing reception for Remembrance & Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline January 31

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to a viewing reception for Remembrance & Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline on Thursday, January 31, in the Weter Student Lounge. Come by between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to grab a snack and spend an afternoon break networking with colleagues and viewing key moments in Seattle Pacific’s history that inform our current diversity efforts. Brief remarks will be offered at 3:15 p.m., and ODEI staff will be available to answer questions about the project.

International Student Services Office
Learn about the home countries of international student leaders

A message from International Student Services: SPU’s international student leaders will display information about their home countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, China, and Hong Kong, in the SUB Gazebo Room on Lunar New Year's Day, Tuesday, February 5, 12–1:30 p.m. Some tables will have food samples as well.

First Friday
Seeking Justice: Colloquium Series February 1

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the First Fridays Colloquium series presented by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies major. The next two events are Friday, February 1. For more information, email Professor of English Kimberly Segall at

Health Crisis in the Middle East
12:30-1:20 p.m.
Otto Miller Hall, Room 109
Host: Lori Wilde, Dean of Health Sciences
Special guests:
Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician and author of Condition Critical
Dr. Mary Segall, Ph.D. in nursing and an M.S. in Public Health. Worked with United States Agency for International Development and non-governmental organizations in Jerusalem, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen. 

Artistic Design as Activism for Social Justice
3-4 p.m., SPU Art Center
Special guests:
Laura Lasworth, SPU professor of art
Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, SPU professor of art-visual communications

Tim Wise speaking
Save the date: "The Politics of Fear" — Special event with Tim Wise, SPU faculty

Tim Wise, nationally acclaimed speaker and author of the best-selling memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, will give a lecture on campus Friday, March 1, 7–9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. His talk about politics in America today will be followed by a panel discussion with SPU faculty and a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Roger Meece Portrait
SBGE Dean’s Speaker Series welcomes former U.S. Ambassador Roger Meece

The Center for Applied Learning presents the second installment of the School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean’s Speaker Series. Roger Meece, a former U.S. diplomat who served as both the U.S. ambassador to Malawi and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will speak on Monday, February 4, at 3 p.m. in the Ames Library Seminar Room. Ambassador Meece will discuss his 30-year career in foreign service, development on the African continent, and the state of U.S. diplomacy. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Space is limited, so RSVP in advance by emailing

Gwinn Chicago Dinner
Chicago dining in Gwinn Commons, Thursday, January 31

A message from Campus Dining: Come join us for a Chicago-themed dinner in Gwinn Commons. Our executive chef, Chris Studtmann, is a Chicago native and excited to showcase what he does best.

The Cityscapes Chicago Dinner
Thursday, January 31 | 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Gwinn Commons Dining Hall

The Power and Practice of Personal Story Telling.
Storytelling in ministry with Mark Yaconelli

Pivot Northwest, in partnership with Office of University Ministries and School of Theology, is hosting a training in personal storytelling in ministry with Mark Yaconelli on Thursday, February 7, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Through presentation, contemplative exercises, theological reflection, and a variety of narrative practices, participants will encounter the power of personal storytelling for spiritual formation, outreach, social justice, and other ministries. SPU faculty, staff, and students can sign up for free using code "spu." Coffee and breakfast pastries will be available. RSVP and find more information online. Additional information can be found at

Home Coming and Family Weekend Logo
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 2, and tickets are required.

Five Dollars
Dinner specials offered by Staff Council and Campus Dining

Staff Council and Campus Dining Services are pleased to offer on-campus $5 dinner options for faculty and staff during the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure, and before the new tunnel opens. Please show a valid SPU faculty and staff Falcon card to the cashier to redeem this special. One per person per day. Add-ons and extras are not included. This deal cannot be combined with other specials or discounts. The deals are available on weekdays in January from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

  • Bertona Street Grill in the Student Union Building: One burger and a fountain drink
  • Cocina del Sol in the C-Store: One rice bowl or one salad

Peace, Justice, and Human Services Mega Meetup Logo
Careers for the common good at the Peace & Justice Mega Meet-up

A message from the Center for Career and Calling: Do you have students looking for jobs or internships in places that allow them to use their gifts of compassion? The Peace, Justice, and Human Services Mega Meet-up on Wednesday, February 6, 2:30–5 p.m. in Weter Lounge, hosted by the Center for Career and Calling, is the place for students to connect with organizations looking to hire people with those exact skills. Encourage your students to attend, and drop by to say "hello" to some of our alumni hosting employer tables.

Spu's game creation studio for beginners
New summer camp for youth: Game Creation Studio for Beginners

SPU’s Engineering and Computer Science Department will offer a new summer program for youth titled "Game Creation Studio for Beginners." This one-week summer camp introduces ninth to 11th graders to the world of game development. No coding experience necessary! Participants will learn basic development techniques, explore computer science as a career, and hear from professionals in the entertainment software development industry. Each camper will create a game of their own, complete with a storyline and graphics editing, guided by SPU students and professors. Participants also will qualify for a $1,000 SPU tuition scholarship and one University credit ($753 value). Find out more and register.

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DSS honors local architect with award

Disability Support Services presents the annual No Limits, No Boundaries event on Tuesday, February 5, 6:30–8 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. This evening is focused on increasing campus and community awareness of disability and honoring an individual whose life, spirit, and work reflect their commitment to access, inclusion, and reconciliation.

This year’s speaker and recipient of the No Limits, No Boundaries Award is local architect Karen Braitmayer FAIA. Since 1989, Karen has been at the forefront of the disability civil rights movement  and has been a pioneer in inclusive and universal architectural design. As a policymaker, advocate, and wheelchair user herself, Karen has made a unique contribution to the built environment. Her leadership as an accessibility consultant is recognized both regionally and nationally, as is her vision to find creative ways through design to give people of all abilities access to their full potential, their communities, and the greater world at large.

Admission to the event is free. Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, please contact Disability Services in advance of the event at 206-281-2272, TTY 206-281-2224, or

Before the Eclipse cast
The Theatre Department presents Chekhov's Before the Eclipse

The Theatre Department will present Before the Eclipse, January 31–February 2, and February 7–9, in McKinley Hall Theatre on campus. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., with the addition of one matinee performance Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m.

Under the direction of Professor of Theatre Andrew Ryder, a small group of actors revels and rails at the comedy of life as they portray characters from some of Anton Chekhov's funniest short plays. From proposals to town meetings, from family squabbles to ceremonies and celebrations, these "jokes," as Chekhov called them, capture the foibles and frustrations of the modern world.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors (age 60 and over) and students (age 25 and under) with a valid I.D. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at the Theatre Box Office or by calling 206-281-2959.

picture of ms davis
"The Land as Kin: Renewing Our Imagination" on February 4

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. 

Parents and families in the loop
January 2019 In the Loop parents’ e-newsletter

More than 3,000 SPU parents and family members received the January 2019 In the Loop parents’ e-newsletter, which included an SPU Voices article about Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina’s upcoming retirement, information about a new course surrounding SBGE’s Faith & Co. documentary series, the Autumn Quarter Dean’s List, 2019 Homecoming news, and more.

SPU notecards with SPU Logo
Stationery orders due Tuesday, February 5

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, to have stationery orders delivered Tuesday, February 19. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on February 5 will be delivered in March. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

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 31 . The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 4.

Faculty & Staff News

Matthew Benton
Benton's article published

An article on the definition of lying by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Matthew Benton was recently published in The Oxford Handbook of Lying, edited by Jörg Meibauer (Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 2019). The article is titled "Lying, Belief, and Knowledge."

School of Education
Baliram and Ellis' article published

An article titled "The impact of metacognitive practice and teacher feedback on academic achievement in mathematics," by Nalline Baliram, assistant professor of teacher education, and Arthur Ellis, professor of education and director of the Center for Global Curriculum Studies, was recently published in School Science and Mathematics (2019;00:1-11).

Rolin Moe
Moe provides plenary session at conference

Rolin Moe, assistant professor and director of SPU's Institute for Academic Innovation, was an invited plenary speaker at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Seattle on January 28. The session, sponsored by ALA’s Symposium on the Future of Libraries, engaged Rolin's work not only as a leading scholar and practitioner for academic innovation but also as a leading voice as a critic of digital literacy solutionism, as evidenced by his essay "All I Know Is What’s on the Internet," chosen as an ALA must-read in 2017.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro gives talk

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, gave a talk titled "The Paschal Mystery" as the third in a series of five for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bothell on January 20. He discussed its place in the creeds, discipleship, and the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist where the risen Christ is encountered in the most profound way.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff member

The Office of Human Resources would like to welcome Sophia Ross, field placement and partnership assistant in the School of Education.

SPU in the News

Hansen in Shoreline Area News

Traynor Hansen, instructor of writing and English, and his family were included in a Shoreline Area News article about the recent rededication of Berean Bible Church in Shoreline, which completed a $1 million renovation.

Newby in The Marysville Globe

Stephen Newby, professor of music, director of composition, and director of the Center for Worship, was the guest speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly at Marysville Getchell High School on Friday, January 18. He sang and talked about King, the history of American gospel, its influence on the orator’s life, and how the music told a story of enslavement and oppression deeply rooted in black society. His visit was featured in The Marysville Globe.

Volume #46 , Issue #4 | Published by: University Communications

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