Monday, February 23, 2015 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Open House at Educational Technology & Media and New On-Campus Recording Studio

The Department of Educational Technology & Media (ETM) is celebrating the opening of their on-campus recording studio with an open house on Tuesday, February 24, 12-3 p.m. in their offices on the lower level of Ames Library. The open house is an opportunity to reconnect with ETM, meet new staff, and tour the state-of-the-art faculty recording studio, designed entirely for faculty to use in conjunction with their teaching practice. ETM staff members David, Dom, Robbin, and Rolin will be available to discuss how the studio, and ETM in general, is working alongside faculty to support and develop unique and innovative teaching and learning practices. Refreshments will be served.  Please stop by for a tour and conversation.

Frames to Filters
Frames and Filters: An On-ramp to Multicultural and Multiethnic Engagement

Faculty and staff are invited to a racial reconciliation summit hosted by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church on Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. This event will be led by Tali Hairston, director of the John Perkins Center. He has worked with a number of churches, schools, and organizations providing leadership in racial reconciliation and multiethnic engagement. The program will explore ethnic diversity through personal and societal lenses. Through a guided-process, leaders will explore "framework forming filters" on issues of diversity and race. The event is free, but registration is encouraged.


Christine Chaney
Creative Conversations With Christine Chaney

At the Library’s next “Creative Conversations” on Thursday, February 26, Professor of English Christine Chaney will discuss the new writing program and the upcoming changes in SPU’s Core Curriculum. 


Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

The SPU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Director of Bands Danny Helseth, will perform on Friday, February 27, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert features classic Russian works and “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance. Other works include “After the Thunderer” from Ira Hearshen’s symphony “Themes of Sousa,” and David Del Tredici’s “In Wartime.” The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

SHS Hosts Career Fair. All Students Invited.

On Friday, February 27, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) will host western Washington nurse recruiters and nursing students. A health care career fair will be held 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Although the focus will be nursing-related jobs, all undergraduate and graduate students (nutrition, exercise science, psychology, business, etc.) interested in health care employment are invited and welcome to attend. Please encourage your students to attend. For more information, contact Julie Ann Harrington in SHS or

Book of Romans With Daniel Castelo

The next Lectio series beginning March 30 will study the book of Romans. Enjoy a special dinner and lecture with Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology Daniel Castelo on Tuesday, March 24, 6-9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Register online by March 16. For more information, call the Center for Biblical and Theological Education at 206-378-5415.


Alumni Show at the Art Center Gallery Until February 27

The SPU Art Center Gallery is hosting the first Alumni Show, featuring recent work from SPU graduates in visual communication design, studio art, and illustration/new pictures. The show runs until Friday, February 27. Admission is free. The Art Center Gallery, located at 3 West Cremona Street, is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stationery Orders Due March 3

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, to have stationery order(s) delivered on March 13. Stationery orders are now delivered once a month. Stationery orders made after 10 a.m. on March 3 will be delivered April 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

Faculty, Staff Invited to Professional and Social Etiquette Dinner

The Center for Career and Calling and the School of Business, Government, and Economics are co-hosting the 2015 Professional and Social Etiquette Dinner on Tuesday, March 3, in Upper Gwinn. Participants will enjoy an elegant three-course dinner while learning the finer points of business etiquette from the very entertaining and informative speaker, Mary M. Mitchell. The dinner is mainly for students, but faculty, staff, alumni, and guests can register for the dinner at $27 per person. Registration closes on Wednesday, February 24. 


Camp Casey Memories Photo Contest Ends February 27

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.


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.”


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.


Local Falcon Home Games

Thursday, February 26
Men's basketball vs Central Washington University, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 27
Women's gymnastics vs Air Force, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 28
Indoor Track & Field -- Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier, Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington, 3:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 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 26. The next Bulletin will be published Monday March 2.

Faculty & Staff News

Margaret Diddams
Diddams Continues as Director of Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development

A message from Provost Jeff Van Duzer: “Good news! After further discussions and reflection, Margaret Diddams has decided to rescind her notice of retirement in June. While in the interim we had accumulated applications from a set of interesting candidates for the position, conversations this quarter with Margaret about the future of the center and her strong performance in this role made it an easy choice for me to ‘accept her rescission’ and terminate the search process. I am delighted that Margaret will continue her work as assistant provost and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, and look forward to collaborating closely with her in the years ahead.”

Students at Homeless Advocacy Day
Hartje, McKinney, Snedker and Students in Olympia

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Sandra Hartje and Sociology Professors Jennifer McKinney and Karen Snedker took a group of sociology students to the Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on February 17 in Olympia. At this all-day event, students learned about advocacy training and housing-related issues in the morning, then met with legislators from their district in the afternoon. The group also met up with SPU alumni who were at the event.


Scheuerman’s New Book

A new book by Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Richard Scheuerman has been published by WSU Press and will be available in March. River Song: Naxiyamtáma (Snake River-Palouse) Oral Traditions from Mary Jim, Andrew George, Gordon Fisher, and Emily Peone records the stories of four Naxiyamtáma Indian elders. Here is one review from Rodney Frey, professor of American Indian studies and anthropology at the University of Idaho. “An invaluable treasure of indigenous insights and experiences not previously publically shared, River Song is a wonderful entry into what is most cherished within the homes of four Naxiyamtáma family traditions.”

Rob Wall
Wall’s New Book

The most recent book by Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, is titled Why the Church? (Abingdon Press, 2015) and attempts to give an account of the New Testament’s idea of the church. Here’s what the Press says in announcing the publication of Rob’s book: “Given the way many in the West have read the New Testament in the last century, the church might be regarded as an afterthought at best. But at worst, it can be viewed as an unnecessary, perhaps even problematic, institutionalization of genuine faith especially in our post-denominational context. These perspectives fly in the face of the robust ecclesiological concerns and commitments of the New Testament documents when read as witnesses from, to, and for congregations of God’s people. Wall responds to this theological problem by responding to the question it occasions. Why the church? — because this peculiar fellowship of saints, whose loving communion is with the risen One, has been appointed by the triune God as God's herald. With its sacred vocation, every demonstration of the church’s oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity — each eschatological mark enabled and brought to maturity by God’s grace — is the concrete means to address our theological crisis.”

Jeff Daley
Daley’s Upcoming Garden Lectures

SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley will give a series of spring garden lectures. The first one is Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. at City People’s Garden Store in Madison Park. Subsequent lectures are Sunday, April 5, 1 p.m. at West Seattle Nursery, and Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. at Furney's Nursery in south Seattle. These participating garden centers will offer a 20 percent discount to attendees on the day of the lectures. The lectures are free, but contact the garden stores to see if reservations are needed. 


Programs from Hayner Memorial Service Available

Programs from the recent memorial service for Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Hayner, former SPU vice president of student affairs, are available in University Communications in Lower Weter Hall. Steve passed away on January 31, 2015.

From the Archives

Lydia Green Hall
Lydia Green Hall

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: “Lydia Green Hall, home of the School of Health Sciences and Student Health Center, is shown here soon after its completion in 1960. The building was named for Professor Lydia Flesher Green, SPC faculty from 1952-72, whose leadership led to the establishment and accreditation of the School of Nursing (later Health Sciences). The building was demolished in 2001 to make way for Eaton Hall, and the School of Health Sciences moved to its current location in Marston Hall." Select the link for larger picture of Green Hall.


This Month in the Garden

Southern Magnolia

From SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley. "Some of the earliest blooming trees on campus that help usher in spring are the deciduous magnolias. The first to bloom in this lineup of show stoppers is Magnolia stellata, the star magnolia. The light lemony fragrance of this medium-sized flower delights the senses. Pure white star-shaped flowers seem to hold onto bare branches like little flags on a flag pole. Personally, I like to think of them as representative of winter's surrender. We have several of these across campus that brighten the pathways. 

The saucer magnolia, Magnolia soulangeana, is the next one to bloom. Flowering larger than the star magnolia, these saucer-shaped flowers resemble large tulips. This is why some refer to Magnolia soulangeana as the "tulip tree.” Some of these varieties have been hybridized, making stunning blossoms of white, yellow, pink, wine-colored, and almost red. A mature saucer magnolia with hundreds of blossoms catching the sun's light is just beautiful.

These, as did all deciduous magnolias, originated in Asia. The evergreen magnolias are mostly from North America. One evergreen known as the Southern Magnolia or Magnolia grandiflora, though originally from the southern United States, grows well in our Pacific Northwest climate. We have two of these on campus that bloom from July through October. Their extremely large white flowers have a pungent citrusy scent and make a stunning display in the tree and in floral arrangements.

An interesting fact, Magnolia trees were named in the 17th century after a French botany professor named Pierre Magnol. Select the link to see photos of magnolia trees around campus. A special thank you to Linda Meerdink in the School of Health Sciences for letting me use a couple of her photos."


Volume #43 , Issue #8 | Published by: University Communications

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