Monday, February 10, 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Feb. 10–12: Send a Valentine of encouragement

The Office of Safety and Security is hosting a table at the SUB and Gwinn Commons for students, faculty, and staff to write a Valentine’s Day card of encouragement and blessings to be given to residents of three local shelters — Mary’s Place, Noel House with Catholic Community Services, and Broadview Shelter and Transitional Housing Program. OSS will deliver the Valentine’s to these shelters on February 14, and the shelters will then share these messages of love from SPU with the women and children they support. (Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. Noel House is for women facing homelessness in the Seattle area. Broadview is an emergency shelter for families and children affected by domestic violence.)

Where and when to write your encouragements:

Monday, Feb. 10
SUB: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Gwinn: 4:30–6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11
SUB: 3–4:30 p.m.
Gwinn: 4:30–6 p.m.
Weter: 7–9 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
SUB: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Gwinn: 4:30–6 p.m.

chapel on the road
February 11: Chapel in Ashton 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, February 11, in Ashton Hall will be Rev. Kelsey Rorem in University Ministries.

Falcon Night
Welcome prospective students on Falcon Night and Falcon Friday

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting hundreds of prospective students and their families for Falcon Night and Falcon Friday, February 13-14. Students will spend the night in the residence halls and attend programming all over campus. Guests will dine in Gwinn Commons, attend informational sessions, visit classes, take tours, and more. Look for these students and families and make them feel welcome. Find out more.

remembrance: japanese american incarceration
Feb. 18: Remembrance: Japanese American Incarceration – A Service of Lament

A message from University Ministries: Join the campus community as SPU takes up this critical practice of lament, with the knowledge that this heart-posture is essential for reconciliation and the restorative work set before us.

Remembrance: Japanese American Incarceration – A Service of Lament
Tuesday, February 18
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons

Learn about OneDrive for Business on Feb. 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.

queen anne chamber of commerce
Feb. 11: Athletics to host QA Chamber of Commerce

Join the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce for an after-hours networking event hosted by the Athletics Department. The event begins Tuesday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Falcon Club followed by the men’s basketball game at 7 p.m. Enter the raffle for some Falcon swag, enjoy light snacks and beverages, and meet members of the community. the cost is $15. Register online.

Music Department honors pianist Leopold Godowsky, February 13-16

Heralded as the “Buddha of the Piano” among musical giants, Polish-American pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) crafted over 400 original advanced compositions. His most notable work, “Trikontameron,” was composed while he lived in Seattle. During his life, he was a highly regarded performer, teacher, and musical theorist.

The Music Department will celebrate the work and legacy of Godowsky with three free concerts, each highlighting different aspects of his achievements.

“Happy Birthday, Leopold!”
SPU’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dainius Vaičekonis performs Leopold Godowsky’s suite “Triakontameron,” written while the composer lived in Seattle 100 years ago. Including themes from the American Northwest, Europe, and Africa, the suite culminates in an astonishing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The concert will take place on Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. on campus in Nickerson Studios.

“The Legacy of Leopold Godowsky”
Steinway Artist Antonio Iturioz performs compositions from important periods in the life of Leopold Godowsky. Prior to the concert, he will give a lecture highlighting the composer’s contributions as a piano legend who stands with such giants as Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin. This concert and lecture will take place Friday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. on campus in Nickerson Studios.

“Circle of Friends”
SPU faculty and guests showcase Godowsky’s chamber works for violin, voice, and piano. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. on campus in Nickerson Studios.

spac exhibit
Current exhibit at SPAC

The current exhibit at the Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery (SPAC) is titled At the edge of botha group exhibition curated by local artist Serrah Russell and Assistant Professor of Art Zack Bent. The exhibit presents four artists who expose the complexity of  perceptions of geography and place. Through the bending of their chosen mediums, these artists appear to turn landscape and space inside out, revealing hidden seams and edges. The exhibit runs January 13–March 6 at SPAC, located at 3 West Cremona Street. The hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Thursday or by appointment. Follow SPAC on Instagram or subscribe to our mailing list for upcoming events.

shepard family chiropractic
Feb. 11 and 18: Free chiropractic stress scan/evaluation

Once again SPU Athletics, in partnership with Shepherd Family Chiropractic, is offering all students, faculty, staff a FREE stress scan on Friday, February 28, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., in Royal Brougham’s Falcon Club. No appointment is needed, just drop in! Coffee and cookies will be provided. A 10-minute scan will measure muscle tension and identify where you are holding your stress. Scans are non-invasive and painless and quite informative. Dr. Shepherd will pinpoint areas of imbalance and provide the proper course of action. Learn more on the clinic's website. Questions about the event can be directed to Stefanie Kosco in Athletics at We hope to see you there!

Diversity Equity And Inclusion
New from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Check out this month’s ODEI Connections to learn about the School of Psychology, Family, and Community's engagement with the work of diversity, find the monthly recommended reading and teaching tool, and sign up for upcoming professional development opportunities.

barnabas student leadership scholarship
Nominate a student for the Barnabas Scholarship

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and is currently a junior? If so, nominate him or her for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in their name to a charity of their choice. Online nominations are due by March 6, 2020, and can be found on the University Ministries Student Leaders web page.

Faculty handwriting notecards to admitted students in February

A message from Undergraduate Admissions: All faculty and staff are aware that it takes more than just the admissions team to attract the next class of SPU students. We are grateful for the support of our wonderful faculty, who are handwriting several thousand notecards to our admitted students this month. Every single personal contact with this group of students counts! A big shoutout to the Sociology Department for getting the ball rolling on Friday, and to the School of Health Sciences, including Health and Human Performance, for their notecard-writing session over lunch! Please contact your chair to learn if your department or school will be gathering together (with snacks and SPU swag giveaways), or if you want to write notecards on your own this month. If you have questions, email Michelle McFarland in UGA at

10th of the month
Monthly deadlines for staff payroll and benefits 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 to your 403b account may take up to seven days to be provided to SPU for processing, so please contract Transamerica by the first of the month prior to your requested change. 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 17. The deadline is Thursday, February 13. 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

Dung Nguyen
Engineering and Admissions Partner for Community College Transfer Fair

Engineering and Computer Science partnered with Undergraduate Admissions by sending Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dung Nguyen to the Highline Community College Engineering Transfer Fair on January 24. The fair was well-attended, and it was clear that students loved interacting with a professor from within their intended field. Thank you, Professor Nguyen for your time, energy, and connection with our future students!

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.

Alexander Hall
New staff appointment

The Office of Human Resources would like to congratulate Annie Gray as the new study abroad programs manager in the Office of Global Engagement.

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