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Community Potluck and Thanksgiving Celebration with Tent City 3

Faculty and staff are invited to bring a dish for a community potluck with our Tent City 3 neighbors on Friday, February 9, 6-7:30 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room. Come share a meal and reflect on our time with our Tent City 3 neighbors as they prepare to move off campus.

Tent City 3 at SPU
Help Tent City 3 Move on Saturday, February 10

Your help is needed on Saturday, February 10, as Tent City 3 prepares to move to their next encampment site. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts in the SUB Gazebo Room. Sign up for a three-hour shift between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please wear work clothes, gloves, and dress for the weather. Check in at the SUB Gazebo Room before each shift. For people volunteering at the next encampment site, please check in at the SUB Gazebo Room for directions and to form carpools. If you have a car and would be willing to drive people, tell the registration desk when you check in.

With Love, From MEP
With Love From Multi-Ethnic Programs: A 10-year Celebration

Join Multi-Ethnic Programs on Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-5 p.m. for “With Love From MEP,” a celebration of their 10-year anniversary serving students. Susan Okamoto Lane, dean of MEP and wellness programs, will be honored for her “Vision From the Mountaintop Award,” which she received at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast in Seattle on January 15. This annual award recognizes a community, education, and business leader from the Seattle area "who demonstrates leadership and contributes in the community or business world for the furtherance of justice, reconciliation, and empowerment." Serena Manzo, coordinator for MEP, will also be honored for recently receiving her master’s of education in student development from Seattle University. Drop by the MEP office in the SUB second floor for celebratory refreshments and fun.

Creative Conversations
Creative Conversations With Philosophy Professors

The Library’s next Creative Conversations event on Thursday, February 8, 3-3:50 p.m., features philosophy professors exploring the topic of "Thinking in the Open." Professors Rebekah Rice, Patrick McDonald, Leland Saunders, and Matthew Benton, and members of the undergraduate Philosophy Cadre will reflect on the tendency of philosophers to expose their work-in-progress to the most powerful critiques available, even before publication. They will discuss what it’s like to write for, and publish within, such a sharing but critical culture. The event takes place in the Library’s main floor Reading Room. Coffee, hot tea, and cookies will be available.

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Ash Wednesday Service

Campus Ministries invites staff, faculty, and students to join us at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, at First Free Methodist Church for our annual Ash Wednesday service. This short, contemplative time of worship serves as a launch point to our observance of the Lenten season.

Lenten devotional
SPU Lenten Resource

Campus Ministries has assembled a team of students, staff, and faculty to write a devotional for the 2018 Lenten season. Each day of Lent will include a scripture reading, as well as a reflection written by a member of our own community. Limited physical copies will be available at the Ash Wednesday service, or follow along on the Campus Ministries website. We hope you’ll join our community as we journey together through Lent and toward a celebration of Easter.

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Encourage Students to Attend Night Against Procrastination

The next Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is Wednesday, February 21, 6-11 p.m. in the Ames Library. NAP events have been happening across Europe and the U.S. and began at SPU in 2016. The goal is to get as many students as possible in the library working on papers, projects, and exam prep — and avoiding procrastination and having fun getting their work done. Please tell your students to come. There will be food, raffles, study tables, and writing tutors to help students prepare for midterms.

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Jane Eyre: The Musical: Final Performances This Week

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 8–10, with a Saturday matinee on February 10. 

Eating Disorders
Wellness Initiative: Eating Disorder

From the Wellness Initiative: With February recognizing Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26–March 4), it’s important to know how common eating disorders are among college students and the signs of disordered eating. To learn more about eating disorders, visit the Wellness blog

An Evening of Classical Jazz February 6

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.

Marston Lecture on February 6: 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, Berlioz, and Strauss in bringing classical literature from text to musical performance. The genre of opera in particular provided "new wineskins" for the ancient performance form of tragedy, and the content of ancient myths and epics. He will discuss three operas from different centuries and countries offering different ways in which classical traditions become re-invented for modern audiences. The lecture begins at 3:15 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150.

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Tell Your Students About Peace, Justice, and Human Services Mega Meet-Up on February 7

The Peace, Justice, and Human Services Mega Meet-up hosted by the Center for Career and Calling is Wednesday, February 7, 2:30-5 p.m. in Weter Lounge. The event will feature employers from World Vision, City Year, Children of the Nations, Islandwood, Intervarsity, Justice Leadership Program, Street Youth Ministries, World Relief, and many more.

Alexander Hall
School of Theology’s Winter Newsletter

The winter issue of Kingswood Chronicle, the School of Theology’s enewsletter, includes alumni stories, program updates, and upcoming events. You can sign up to receive the newsletter online.

Read SHS’s Latest Newsletter

The January issue of the School of Health Science’s enewsletter, Nursing Praxis, includes news about new learning spaces for the Nursing program and the first Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort. Sign up if you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter.

Spanish Conversation Table
Spanish Conversation Table Starts for Winter Quarter

The Spanish Conversation Table will be available Winter Quarter to anyone who wants to speak with others in Spanish. Beginners are welcome. Meet your classmates and colleagues, make new friends and improve your Spanish. If you want to get some help on vocabulary. come see us. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time; just bring your lunch and join us. The table meets on Fridays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in Marston Hall, Room, 252. If you have questions, email adjunct faculty member Vilma Illanes at

People that are eating in Gwinn
Faculty/Staff Meal Ticket Program

A message from Housing and Meal Plan Services: To encourage interaction between faculty and staff and students outside of the classroom, Dining Services provides five free meal passes each weekday that students can use to take a faculty or staff member to Gwinn Commons for a meal. Tickets are available at the Office of University Services during business hours (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Tickets must be picked up on the day they are to be used. (If a breakfast meeting is scheduled before the office opens, students may pick up a ticket the day before). The ticket is for the faculty or staff member; the student must use their own meal plan, Falcon Funds, or cash to enter the dining hall. Tickets are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Cam Anderson
Faculty, Staff Invited to Lectures and Lunch With CIVA Executive Director

A message from the Art Department: We are pleased to host Cam Anderson, longtime executive director of Christians in the Visual Arts, (CIVA), February 21-22, for several events.

Cam recently released a book which provides a history of how evangelical Christians have responded to the visual arts, and offers a number of new ways of thinking about how young artists might be “faithful” to both their professional callings and their faith. 

Anyone interested in these topics and Cam’s book are invited to to join us for a book club and discussion on Thursday, February 22, 11 a.m. in the Art Center. The department will provide copies of Cam’s book free of charge and provide a free lunch. (Participants are not expected to read the entire book, though you certainly could, but we were hoping to talk about chapters 1 and 8.) To receive the book and sign up for lunch, email Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo at

Cam will also present two lectures.

Wednesday, February 21
Lecture: Consumption, Terror, and Affection
3 p.m., Demaray 150

Thursday, February 22
Lecture: Making Art, Keeping Faith
9 a.m., Art Center Gallery

CIVA was established in 1979 by Christian college and university faculty members, artists, theologians, clergy, and other sojourners in the arts. These individuals felt alienated from their faith communities due to their involvement with the arts — and from the art world due to their public expressions of faith. Over the years, CIVA has worked to serve as a bridge between the "church world” and the "art world,” providing a place for theologians, scholars, and artists to dialogue about the issues of art and faith. 

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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.

Thursday, February 8
Women's basketball vs Simon Fraser at Seattle Pacific, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 9
Indoor track & field–Seattle Pacific at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor at University of Washington), 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 10
Indoor track & field–Seattle Pacific at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor at University of Washington), 9 a.m.
Women's basketball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 11

Indoor track & field–Seattle Pacific at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor at University of Washington), 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, February 8. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 12.

Faculty & Staff News

Russ Killingsworth
Campus Remembrance Gathering for Russ Killingsworth

A message from the Math Department: The Math Department will hold an informal gathering to remember Assistant Professor of Mathematics Russ Killingsworth on Monday, February 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, room 109. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to come and share their memories. An informal reception in the lobby will follow. Some of the Killingsworth family will be in attendance. Please join us as we remember Russ, and thank you for your continued prayers.

Housing and Homeless Advocacy Day
Professors, Students Participate in Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

On February 2, sociology professors Kate Nesse and Karen Snedker accompanied 16 SPU students to Olympia for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. This annual organized event gives advocates an opportunity to meet with elected officials and talk to them about policy issues. Almost 700 advocates from around Washington came to the state capital in this call to action around homelessness.

Caleb Henry
Henry’s Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Political Science Caleb Henry titled "Francis and the Great Society" has been published in the Journal of Church and State.

Daniel Bishop
Bishop Conducts Workshop

Dan Bishop, assistant professor in the School of Education, conducted a professional development workshop for teachers and administrators at Heritage Christian School. The topic was "Classroom Management: Student Engagement in the Learning Process."

Volume #45 , Issue #6 | Published by: University Communications

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