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From the Editor

Update to the Bulletin

Two messages from President Martin were not included in yesterday's Bulletin. These messages are included in this updated issue. I apologize for the omission.

Tracy Norlen
Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor

From the President

President Dan Martin
Upcoming Forum to Continue Discussions on Diversity

Students for Change along with myself and the Senior Leadership Team would like to invite you to an upcoming campus forum to continue our discussions around racial reconciliation and diversity. “A Necessary Conversation: Confronting Issues of Diversity and Accountability at SPU” will be held Tuesday, March 1, 4–6 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This is a collaborative effort between students and the administration, and we want to thank the many SPU community members who have participated in previous forums and are continuing the discussions around campus. This is an important step in our journey toward healing division and creating a healthy community. We invite all students, staff, and faculty to join us on March 1.

Speakers for Year-End High Ceremonies

I am pleased to announce the speakers for our year-end high ceremonies. More information about each speaker can be found online on the Commencement website.

Phyllis CampbellThe Undergraduate Commencement speaker is Ms. Phyllis Campbell, chairman, Pacific Northwest, for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho across businesses, representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level to clients. 

Larry NylandThe Graduate Commencement speaker is Dr. Larry Nyland, superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools. He leads Washington State’s largest K-12 school district, with 8,000 employees and 52,000 students. He has a long history with SPU, including serving as a faculty member from 1993-97, when he founded the Superintendent Preparation Program, as well as teaching in an adjunct position for many years.

brian chinThe Ivy Cutting faculty speaker is Dr. Brian Chin, SPU associate professor of music. As the head of Instrumental Music, he coordinates the instrumental performance programs and teaches mostly music core classes. He directs an innovative Learning Assistant Program connected to music fundamentals courses that is helping to redefine how we teach the development of talent in higher education.

Campus News & Events

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil in Chapel

As part of the Church Leaders Forum, Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies Brenda Salter McNeil will speak in chapel on Tuesday, February 23, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. She is director of SPU’s reconciliation studies, as well as an author, speaker, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. She teaches undergraduate and seminary students to become more effective leaders in diverse, multiethnic churches, communities, and organizations. She has also lectured extensively at numerous Christian colleges and universities across the United States and Africa, and is an ordained clergy person in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is the author of several books, including her most recent publication, Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice (2016). For more information on the forum, visit the website.


Talon in the library with two readers
Get Involved in NAP (Night Against Procrastination) on February 24

The first-ever Night Against Procrastination (NAP) will be Wednesday, February 24, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. in the Library. NAP events have been happening across Europe and the U.S. The goal is to get as many students as possible in the Library working on end-of-the-quarter papers, projects, and exam prep — and to avoid procrastination and have fun getting their work done. There will be hourly drawings for gift cards, pizza and snacks, and yoga and Zumba study breaks. Tutoring and study tables will be available, as well as faculty and reference librarians. If faculty or staff are interested in getting involved — perhaps sitting at a study table for an hour, helping with advertising and promotions, or working at the check-in desk — contact Assistant Professor of English Peter Moe at


Library’s Creative Conversations With Kerry Dearborn

Reconciliation is a miracle. It is the creative work of God. It requires the creation of imaginations that can forgive and love even the enemy. At the Library’s next Creative Conversation event, we will probe the ways in which the Holy Spirit transforms imaginations to foster reconciliation between individuals and communities. Join us Thursday, February 25, 3– 3:50 p.m. to hear Professor of Theology Kerry Dearborn read from her recent book, Drinking from the Wells of New Creation: The Holy Spirit and Imagination in Reconciliation.


Shepherd Family Chiropractic logo
Free Chiropractic Scanning for Faculty, Staff March 4

Join the Falcon Athletic Department in welcoming Dr. Ed and Cheryl Shepherd of Shepherd Family Chiropractic to campus Friday, March 4. Dr. Shepherd will offer free chiropractic scanning for faculty and staff in the Hendrick’s Falcon Club at Royal Brougham Pavilion, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The scan measures muscle tension in key stress areas along the spine, and can help identify how your body is working to deal with the stresses of daily living. Shepherd Family Chiropractic is located on Nickerson Street, and they treat many current SPU community members, as well as being the proud parents of two SPU alumni. Come by during your lunch — the scan takes only a few minutes! To learn more about the clinic, visit the website.


Body Positive SPU
Tell Your Students About Body Positive Week

This week, activities for “Body Positive Week 2016” are taking place in a large tent set up in Martin Square from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come visit us and encourage your students to visit us as well. Try the mini mindful eating exercise and learn more about the following topics:
• Debunking the five most common diet myths
• The true relationship between weight and health
• How to cultivate a healthier, happier relationship with food and your body
• Tips for cultivating better balance in physical, emotional, and mental self-care
• The importance of self-compassion in wellness
• Eating-disorder resources
There will also be opportunities to win gift cards to local grocery stores. For inquiries, contact Mya Kwon at, registered dietitian and nutrition counselor in the Student Counseling Center. 

Barnabas Award winners
Nominate a Student for the 2016 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, we encourage you to 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 11, and can be found on the University Ministries Student Leaders website.


Free Reserved Seating for Faculty, Staff at SPU vs WWU Game February 25

The Falcon men’s basketball team will host rival Western Washington Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. As always, faculty and staff are eligible to receive four complimentary general admission tickets to the game. As an incentive to pick up tickets early, all faculty and staff who come to the Athletics Office, or call, prior to Thursday morning, will have their general admission tickets upgraded to reserved seating, free of charge (limit to the first 50 tickets)! The SPU Students Section will participate in the “Black Out Brougham” promotion, so all fans are encouraged to wear black to the game as well. To reserve your seats, call the Falcon Ticket Office at 206-281-2085.

Falcon Gymnastics to Host Faculty, Staff Appreciation Night

The Falcon gymnastics team is excited to say thank you to all faculty and staff during the Friday, February 26, home meet beginning at 7 p.m. The Falcons are hosting their first-ever Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night, and are hoping to see many of you there. The team will have baked good from our partners at Byen Bakeri available to faculty and staff. Be sure to watch the team march out, as they’ll be accompanied by some of your colleagues. Bring the whole family for a night of fun!

Stationery Orders Due March 1

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, to have stationery order(s) delivered on March 11. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on March 1 will be delivered April 15. 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

Stained Glass
Online Resources About Diversity, Race, and Reconciliation

The Library has created a basic subject guide with resources related to issues of diversity, race, and reconciliation. The guide was created from suggestions by SPU faculty and staff following the recent Faculty/Staff Forum. If you have suggestions for additional resources, contact Liaison Librarian Cindy Strong at


Nursing student
Tell Your Interested Students About the Nursing Career Fair February 26

On Friday, February 26, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) will host a special day for Western Washington nurse recruiters and nursing students. From 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn, recruiters will host a traditional career fair. Although the focus will be on nursing-related jobs, all undergraduate and graduate students (nutrition, exercise science, psychology, business, etc.) interested in health care employment are invited and welcome. Please encourage your interested students to attend. For more information, contact Julie Ann Harrington in SHS at

camp casey
Camp Casey Summer Reservations

Summer reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at SPU’s Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are June 13-September 26, 2016. Summer requests are based on years of service to SPU and past summer stays at Casey. Employees are ranked by their years of service as verified by Human Resources. Once the ranking is developed, the past summer stay history is cross checked. If you have stayed at Casey during the summer, your ranking is replaced with the years it has been since your stay at Casey. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Online reservation requests are due by March 15, 2016.


Brass Ensemble
Winter 2015 Concert Series

The SPU Music Department is hosting a series of concerts during Winter Quarter featuring choral and instrumental ensembles. The next event is the Jazz Ensemble Concert on Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. in the Nickerson Studios. Visit the website for information on more upcoming concerts.


SPU Campus Bookstore
Bookstore Closed on Saturday, February 27

The SPU Bookstore will be closed Saturday, February 27, for inventory.

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, February 25
Men's basketball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. 

Friday, February 26
Gymnastics vs Alaska Anchorage and San Jose State, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 27
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier meet, Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington, 4 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

For the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. 


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 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 29, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Katie Bennett
February Staff Member of the Month: Katie Bennett

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Katie Bennett, administrative assistant for the graduate nursing program, was nominated and selected as the February Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations, Katie! Read about Katie online, and visit the Staff Council website to submit a nomination for someone you think should be recognized as a future Staff Member of the Month.


Katya Drozdova
Drozdova’s Book Published

A book by Katya Drozdova, assistant professor of political science, was recently published. Quantifying the Qualitative: Information Theory for Comparative Case Analysis was published by SAGE. The book uses information theory to lay out a new methodology for systematic comparative case studies.


Professor June Hyun
Hyun Elected Vice President

Associate Professor of Counselor Education Jung Hyun was elected vice president of Asian American/Pacific Islander Concerns, part of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). Her term begins July 1, 2016. AMCD is a division of the American Counseling Association and seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Learn more about AMCD online.


Volume #44 , Issue #8 | Published by: University Communications

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