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Wanted and Drinking From the Wells of New Creation
Authors Read From Their New Books on Holy Spirit, Justice, and Reconciliation

SPU Professor of Theology Kerry Dearborn and Tierra Nueva's Chris Hoke will talk about their new books on the Holy Spirit, incarceration, and new creation at a forum on Thursday, February 19, 7 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109. The event is hosted by the John Perkins Center.


Dan Kramlich
Faculty Concert With Dan Kramlich on February 17

Dan Kramlich, instructor of jazz history and jazz piano, will give a special concert on Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.


The Long Night Documentary
Film Screening Inocente Followed by Discussion With Tent City 3 Residents

The Tent City 3 Host Committee is hosting a screening of Inocente, a compelling documentary about a young woman’s determination to never surrender her dream of becoming an artist while facing nine years of homelessness and the constant threat of deportation. The screening is Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m., in Emerson Hall. The 40-minute film will be followed by testimonies and storytelling by SPU students, staff, faculty and Tent City 3 residents reflecting on how they have been shaped by their experience with homelessness.

Creative Conversations With Amy Roberston and Kara Gray

At the Library’s next “Creative Conversations” event on Thursday, February 19, Physics professors Amy Roberston and Kara Gray will talk about their research in teacher knowledge in the context of energy, as well as how this research has impacted local professional development for secondary teachers of science.


Welcome Scholars and Their Families on February 20

On Friday, February 20, more than 50 top student applicants and their families will be on campus to compete for five full-tuition scholarships. Please welcome them to campus when you see them.

Next Sitecore/Contribute Brownbag Lunch February 19

Have you been trained in Sitecore or Contribute but keep putting off making changes to your site? Join members of the UC Web Team this Thursday, February 19, for our monthly brownbag Q&A. Sitecore/Contribute Brownbags occur the third Thursday of most months, noon to 1 p.m. in the Lower Weter large conference room. If you have changes you need to make to your site and you’re nervous about making them on your own, bring them with you and we’ll walk you through them. For more information, email Kathy Henning in University Communications at

Camp Casey Memories Photo Contest

The Camp Casey Conference Center is hosting a photo contest called “Camp Casey Memories."  Visit the Camp Casey Conference Center’s Facebook page and upload a photo. The photo with the most “likes” will win a free weekend at the Fort Casey Inn. The deadline to enter a photo is Friday, February 27.


Graduate Student and Faculty Ministry With InterVarsity

Lynn Gill, InterVarsity regional director for graduate student and faculty ministries, will be on campus Monday, February 23, to talk about "Being Yeast in the Academy: Graduate Student and Faculty Ministry in the West.” She will give identical presentations at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the McKenna Hall Collaboration Lab (first floor). All faculty and staff are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kathy Stegman in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at or 206-281-2992. A free copy of Steven Garber's new book Visions of Vocation will be available to the first 40 people who RSVP.

Response Magazine Question

A message from Hannah Notess, managing editor of Response magazine: “In the upcoming Response magazine, we're considering ‘the promise and perils of power.’ So tell us, what's YOUR superpower? Tell us what your hidden (or not-so-hidden) power is and how you use it. You may see your answer in the next magazine.”


Hire a SPRINTer as a Fundraiser Work Project

This summer, SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) will send eight student teams to learn and serve alongside local leaders around the world. Hire a SPRINT student to help with yard work, cleaning projects, or other household chores. Your work project helps students raise funds for summer international service-learning and mission trips. The recommended rate is $10 per student per hour. To schedule your project, email student Maddy Petrowski at Learn more about SPRINT.


Take a Tour of Tent City 3

If you’ve been meaning to visit Tent City 3 but haven’t stopped by, drop in for a group tour on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. Tour groups gather at the Unicom desk in the SUB. For more information on Tent City 3 and ways to engage, visit the website.


SPU Gospel Choir in "Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem" on February 22

The SPU Gospel Choir will participate in "Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem,” a musical oratorio by the Seattle Theatre Group on Sunday, February 22, 4 p.m. at The Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle. The event will feature more than 100 local choirs and instrumentalists celebrating the life of Fortune, an enslaved African whose body was used for medical research and remained unburied until 2013. This Seattle concert is only the second time the program has been performed. The event is free.


Loving Our Homeless Neighbors – Justice, Mercy, and Your Church

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a lunch forum on Thursday, February 26, 12 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church Fine Center. Learn about creative ways congregations are engaging homelessness, and learn how the church can expand its works of justice and mercy. The event is sponsored by SPU’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the John Perkins Center. Please extend the invitation to your pastors and/or members of your church. This event is free but space is limited and reservations are required by February 19.


Cigna One-on-One Sessions

Thirty-minute one-on-one Cigna sessions will be held in Study Room 2A on the second floor of the Ames Library on Monday, February 23. Bring your questions to SPU’s dedicated Cigna representative. Questions might include: What is covered on my medical plan? How do I find info on the site? How might I reimburse myself from my HSA? How are my claim(s) processed? Register by calling Human Resources at 206-281-2809.

Campus Dining Special This Week

Falcon’s Grill: This week the Hot Italian Sausage Sandwich is $3.99.

Medley: Stop by and pick up a refreshing Salad Sensation or one of our new crepes for 20 percent off this week.

Subway: We are still offering our $6, six-inch meal specials, and our toaster is fixed, so make sure to stop by.

Local Falcon Home Games

Thursday, February 19
Women's basketball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 21
Men's basketball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 3 p.m. (televised live on ROOT Sports)
Women's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online.


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 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 23.

Faculty & Staff News

don macdonald
MacDonald’s Article Published

A journal article by Don MacDonald, professor of marriage and family therapy, was published in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. The article is titled “Connections Between Relational Theologies, Personalism, and a Natural Systems Worldview.” It discusses how the schisms between Christian theologies, philosophies, and sciences are more myth than reality.

Photo: SPU sign on campus
Woodward, Hairston Participate in Panel Discussion

Director of the John Perkins Center Tali Hairston and Professor of History Bill Woodward recently participated in a post-production discussion about August Wilson’s play “The Piano Lesson” at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The two were invited to participate in a three-person panel discussion with the audience about themes raised in the play – both historical and contemporary. The show is one of a 10-play cycle on the African-American experience in the 20th century. Each play is set in Pittsburgh during a different decade. “The Piano Lesson” represents a family’s struggle during the 1930s  ― should a family heirloom be sold to fund a farmland purchase back home in Mississippi, or remain as a legacy of the family’s story in the home?  Bill reports, “The conversation, like the play, was robust and provocative.”

School of Education
School Counseling MEd Program Granted Initial CACREP Accreditation

The MEd in School Counseling program has been granted initial national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This is an important achievement that recognizes the quality of SPU's school counseling program, its faculty, and expertise of graduates.


Physics Department Wins Award

The Physics Department received “The 5+ Club Award” from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, a joint project of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. The award recognizes institutions for graduating five or more “well-prepared physics teachers in the last three years, and the department’s “outstanding contributions to the education of future physics teachers.”


Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalán Sermon: De corpore Christi: An Apologetic Against Tendentious Lollardism?" appeared in the Angelicum journal (2015) 731-759. The journal is published by the Dominican University in Rome, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Vicent flourished as one of the most renowned preachers who traveled widely in Spain, Italy, and France. At this time the “heterodox” teachings of the Wycliffites, Lollards, Beguines, the Free Spirit, and Hussites were repudiating the Catholic teaching of the Eucharist and corollary doctrines. This article argues that Vicent Ferrer wrote the sermon as a pre-emptive measure for his priests to train them to counter any possible infiltration of these teachings in Spain.

SPU in the News

Zurinsky’s Article in Christian Century

An article by Assistant Director of University Ministries Bob Zurinsky was featured in Christian Century on February 5. In the article, Bob writes about how telling the Christian story is part of a unifying vision at SPU.



Former Director of Student Financial Aid Janet Crombie

Janet Crombie, former director of financial aid, passed away February 3 after a long battle with lung and heart problems. Janet held a number of positions in financial aid and admissions. Her first job at SPU was as secretary to Dean of Students Cliff McCrath in 1972. Three of her four children graduated from Seattle Pacific; Richard in 1974, Donald in 1978, and Julie in 1990 ― all who survive her including another son, David, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Services were held February 12 in Burlington, Washington. You can read more about Janet at her online obituary. 


Volume #43 , Issue #7 | Published by: University Communications

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