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An Ideal Husband theatre play, 2016
An Ideal Husband

The SPU Theatre Department presents this Oscar Wilde comedy that tackles themes of blackmail, corruption, and potential scandals. Come join the dinner party at Sir Robert and Lady Gertrude Chiltern’s wealthy London home and learn their secrets. Performances are February 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre. Visit the McKinley Theater Box Office for more information and to order tickets.


“Classics and Popular Music” — Marston Lecture on February 7

A message from Margaret Brown, director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development: The annual Marston Lecture is rapidly approaching! This year we will be learning about “Classics and Popular Music.” Please encourage students to attend on Tuesday, February 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m. in Demaray 150. Our own Associate Professor of Classics Owen Ewald is the speaker. Owen has taught Latin, Greek, classical literature, ancient history, and art history at SPU since 2001 and was named to the C. May Marston Professorship in 2005. His lecture will examine the popular music of the last six decades, which has been inspired by classical literature in surprising ways. Four ancient genres — epic, tragedy, philosophy, and historical writing — have the most influence on English-language music in all styles, from Bob Dylan to Sarah Dougher. Learn more online.


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Falcon Night and SPU Friday

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting hundreds of prospect and admitted students on campus with their families for SPU Friday and Falcon Night, February 2-3. Students will stay the night in the residence halls and attend programming all over campus. All guests will be dining in Gwinn, attending informational sessions, visiting classes, taking tours, and more. Look for these students and families and make them feel welcome.


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Distinguished Scholars Award Competition February 6

The next Distinguished Scholar Award competition, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and University Scholars, will be Monday, February 6. Sixty of SPU’s top admitted students will be on campus competing for five, full-tuition scholarships through presentations, interviews, and discussions with staff and faculty, and participating in a majors fair. Please look for these students and their guests and make them feel welcome.

Van Pool
VanPool, Vanshare Riders Needed

Attention all faculty and staff commuters. Would you like to have less stress from your commute? Get to know other SPU staff and faculty while commuting and help save gas and fuel emissions by ride-sharing. We have some current available spots in our vanpools and vanshares, specifically on the Eastside! If you are interested in finding out more about one of our valuable commuting options, contact Transportation Coordinator Heather Eide at for more information.

Zumba Fitness Class
Faculty, Staff Invited to Fitness Classes

A message from Intramural Manager Adam Finch. Skip traffic with intramural fitness classes. Give it a try with ZUMBA on Mondays or Thursdays or R.I.P.P.E.D. (a new class combining strength training, music, and dance) on Wednesdays. All classes begin at 5:15 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion lower gym. Just show up and sign in at your first class — it’s free!

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Weight Room, Fitness Center, and Locker Rooms in Brougham Pavilion

The weight room and fitness center in Brougham Pavilion are available to faculty and staff. If you are interested in using these facilities and need locker room access in Brougham, contact Madi Velling, office manager in Athletics, at 206-281-2085 or The cost for locker room access is $6 per month, paid through payroll deduction.

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Nominate a Student for 2017-18 ASSP Officer and Senator Roles

A message from Office of Student Life: Students consistently tell us that the reason they apply for campus leadership positions is because someone told them they thought the student would be a good fit. This is your chance to encourage a student to get involved by taking one minute to fill out a nomination form. Students will receive an email inviting them to apply for the 2017-18 ASSP officer and senator roles (applications are due February 13). Nominations will be accepted until Friday, February 10, at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at


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Stationery Orders Due February 7

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, to have stationery order(s) delivered on February 17. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on February 7 will be delivered March 17. 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

10th of the month
Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

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 Mardeth Hughes in HR at 206-281-2816.

School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Adolescent Sleep Challenges Across the Developmental Spectrum

Maida Chen, University of Washington professor of pediatrics and director of the Sleep Disorder Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will give a lecture on campus about adolescent sleep challenges (and opportunities) across the developmental spectrum. The lecture is Tuesday, February 7, 7-8:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The event is presented by SPU’s Initiative for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community Advisory Board. Please let others know who might be interested.

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Faculty, Staff Invited to Alumni Awards Luncheon

Seattle Pacific University and the Alumni Association are pleased to announce the 2017 alumni award recipients — Alumnus of the Year Jeff Hussey '83; GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year Jerrell G. Davis '14; and Medallion Award Honorees Sheila Houston '02, Jennifer Best '94, and Eric Best '95. We invite you to attend the presentation of awards and hear their inspiring stories at the Alumni Awards Luncheon during Homecoming and Parents Weekend on February 11, 11:30 a.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Get your tickets today!


Homecoming and Parents Weekend, Feb. 10-11, 2017

You are invited to join the SPU community February 10-11 for Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Participate in all the favorite Homecoming traditions, plus gather for a special celebration of Falcon athletics. There is now a new and much easier way to register! Purchase an ALL ACCESS PASS for yourself or an ALL ACCESS FAMILY PASS for up to six family members and enjoy all of what Homecoming and Parents Weekend has to offer. For one low price, an ALL ACCESS PASS includes: Talent show, parent sessions, tours, academic sessions, one play performance, double header basketball game, Homecoming choir concert, and the All Athletics Reunion. Falcon Hall of Fame Induction Brunch and Alumni Awards Luncheon sold separately. See the whole schedule of events and register today.


Campus Dining Specials This Week

All month: Make sure to enter this week's Cocina del Sol Raffle! Three winners will be chosen to win a free burrito or bowl.

Monday, January 30: Check out today's special at Falcon Grill ꟷ Korean stir-fried vegetables and tofu over rice.

Tuesday, January 31: BITE Download. Grab you smartphones and download the new free BITE app that shows the nutritional information for Gwinn Commons. Visit our table 12:15-2 p.m. today.

Thursday, February 2: QBOT Download. Receive rewards and discounts from Einstein’s, Falcon Grill, Academic Perks, and Common Grounds. Visit our table today 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the SUB.

Friday, February 3: Happy $5 Friday! Check out all of our retail locations for today's $5 specials.

Falcon Home Games

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the website.

Saturday, February 4
Women’s gymnastics vs Air Force, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.


Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly 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, February 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 6.

Faculty & Staff News

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SPFC Faculty, Students Return to India

School of Psychology, Family, and Community faculty members Rob McKenna and Joey Collins and a team of graduate students from the Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology returned to Hyderabad, India, as part of a continuing partnership with Immanuel University. Immanuel was launched several years ago as a graduate school providing education to the Dalit population in India. Formerly known as “the untouchables,” the Dalit are people who exist outside of the caste system and rarely have access to education. The team will provide leadership training to graduate students, facilitate a leadership conference with 200 pastors, and visit with a community of Christians with leprosy. Joey was the Commencement speaker at Immanuel’s graduation ceremony on January 28. Select the link to watch a video about the university.


Robert Baah
Baah Serves as Interpreter

Professor of Spanish Robert Baah served as Spanish interpreter at the Global Ministers and Wives Conference held in Accra, Ghana, January 9-15. The conference was attended by 5,000 participants from 90 countries, including Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Equatorial Guinea. The theme of the conference was “I Am an Example of Christ in My Generation.” Sub-themes included Christ in leadership, politics, business, and family life; language and culture; music; and interpersonal relationships. All 16 plenary session presentations were interpreted by Robert.

Roger Feldman
Feldman Invited to Space at Art Space Closing Ceremony

Professor of Art Roger Feldman received a high honor when he was invited by the board of Suyama Space to be one of six artists to make remarks at the Space’s closing on January 14, 2017. Suyama Space was one of the premier art installation spaces in Seattle, with work by more than 66 artists during 19 years, including Roger. The event, titled "Suyama Space Closing Party,” included remarks from Board President Richard Andrews (former National Endowment for the Arts director), George Suyama, and curator Beth Sellars.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Gives Lectures

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro gave a series of lectures at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. The lectures were about the Paschal mystery, four marks of the church, belief in God, and the eucharist.

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Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new staff members. Contact information can be found in the online SPU White Pages.

Kevin Mason, maintenance mechanic II, Building Maintenance
Cameron O’Brochta, mail clerk-counter service, Mailing Services
Charis Tobias, enrollment operations coordinator, Student Financial Services

SPU in the News

Eigenbrood Interviewed in Politico

School of Education Dean Rick Eigenbrood was quoted in a Politico article on January 30, 2017, about Betsy DeVos, nominated by President Trump for secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Politico is a political journalism online and print medium that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally.


Leep Featured in Seattle Times

Grant Leep talked about his first year as coach of the Falcon men’s basketball team in a feature story in The Seattle Times on January 25, 2017.


From the Archives

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Applying to Seattle Pacific, 1926

A message from Adrienne Meier, University Archivist: Applying to Seattle Pacific was much simpler 90 years ago. This application form, included in the 1926-27 catalog, required no reflective essays or lists of activities, sports, and volunteer work. Instead, prospective students were required to give the names and address of two “responsible persons who are acquainted with you and who will vouch for your character.” The application is contained on one side of one page — quite a bit different from today! Select the link to read the entire application.


Volume #44 , Issue #5 | Published by: University Communications

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