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Tim Wise speaking
Tickets now available for special event with Tim Wise and SPU faculty

Tim Wise, nationally acclaimed speaker and author of the best-selling memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, will give a lecture on campus, Friday, March 1, 7–9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. His talk about politics in America today will be followed by a panel discussion with SPU faculty and a book signing. The event is free, but faculty, staff, and students can get tickets from the ASSP Office in the SUB to ensure seats for the event.

Happy National Employee Appreciation Day
Celebrate National Employee Appreciation Day!

Friday, March 1, is National Employee Appreciation Day, and SPU Dining Services and Staff Council want to thank you for all that you do. This promotion is connected to a staff member’s Good Idea submitted to Staff Council. On Friday, March 1, show your SPU Faculty or Staff Falcon Card to receive:

  • 20 percent off one pizza or salad at Bertona Street Pizza
  • 10 percent off one BBQ bacon cheeseburger at Bertona Street Grill
  • One rice bowl for $5 at Cocina del Sol

Art Exhibit Bratton
Local artist’s solo exhibit at SPAC ends March 8

A solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Colleen RJC Bratton currently at the Seattle Pacific Art Gallery will end March 8. Bratton lives and works in Seattle. She graduated with a degree in visual arts and philosophy from Seattle University, and is a member of SOIL Gallery, a collective and nonprofit gallery established, supported, and managed by Seattle artists. Her sculptural paintings are influenced by the emotions and energies found in revelatory moments the artist has experienced or witnessed. They act as personal therapy and social commentary in a topsy-turvy world.

About her site-specific work, Bratton says, "To bask in those first rays of sun after a long winter and feel the presence of a new season­­ — has this lingering hope come to fruition? Empirical sun transports glimpses of a bright future into the present gray with texture, temperature, color, and light. Underlying comedic elements point to the possible absurdity of such an intense optimism and offer an alternative: the first rays don’t signal hope but instead signal fire."

First Friday
Seeking Justice: Colloquium Series March 1

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the First Fridays Colloquium series presented by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies major. The next two events are Friday, March 1. For more information, email Professor of English Kimberly Segall at

Racial Microaggressions
12:30-1:20 p.m.
Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

What are microaggressions? What do racial microaggressions look like on a Christian campus? How can we recognize and discuss these microaggressions in order to build more inclusion? Join host Sandra Mayo, SPU vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Paul Kim, SPU associate professor of psychology.

"The Politics of Fear"
7 p.m. 
Upper Gwinn Commons

Nationally acclaimed speaker Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racist essayists and author of the best-selling memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, comes to campus for this special event. His talk about politics in America today will be followed by a panel discussion with SPU faculty and a book signing. 

Bloodworks Northwest logo
Donors needed for blood drive March 7-8

Bloodworks Northwest will host a blood drive on campus March 7–8, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.

10th of the month
Staff payroll and benefit changes due March 10

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 you wish to make to your 403(b) account contributions must be made by the 10th of the month. 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 Mardeth Hughes in HR at 206-281-2816.

SPU notecards with SPU Logo
Stationery orders due Tuesday, March 5

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, to have stationery orders delivered Monday, March 18. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on March 5 will be delivered in April. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

black history month
Black Business Meet-ups in honor of Black History Month

In February, the Center for Career and Calling is celebrating Black History Month by connecting and highlighting the lives of local black business owners and professionals. Each week, owners will be on campus to share with students about their career journey. They are eager to share their success and the racial issues they have encountered. The meet-ups are located in Weter 202, 3–4 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, February 26: The final Black History Month event speakers are Alex Brooks, founder of Entreprov (IT business) and Chris Bailey, owner of MindSeekers, LLC (staffing company). Don't miss this opportunity to connect and learn about their journey. 

Spu's game creation studio for beginners
Game Creation Studio for beginners

Offered by SPU’s Engineering and Computer Science department, this one-week summer camp, July 15–19, introduces ninth to 11th graders to the world of game development. No coding experience necessary!

Participants will learn basic development techniques, explore computer science as a career, and hear from professionals in the entertainment software development industry. Each camper will create a game of their own guided by SPU students and professors. Participants who enroll at SPU will qualify for a $1,000 tuition scholarship and one University credit ($753 value). Register by March 1 for early-bird discount. Find out more and register.

Body Positive SPU
Body Positive Week this week

A message from the Body Positive Committee: Come join Body Positive Week, February 25–28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in Martin Square. We will de-bunk myths about weight and health, combat weight stigma, declare our own authentic beauty, and raise awareness about disordered eating and negative body image. Stop by our Instagram booth, make your own body positivity button, practice mindful eating, enter to win gift cards, or just come warm up with some hot tea. All are welcome, and we would love to see you there.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @BodyPositiveSPU #SPUAreEnough #BodyPositiveSPU.

Dr. Arnett Portrait
Speaker series event “ADHD and the Brain” on February 26

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community and the Initiative for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities invites you to the Speakers Series with Anne Arnett, Ph.D., on "ADHD and the Brain," Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m., Eaton Hall Room 112. The event is free and open to the public. CE credit is available.

Arnett is an attending clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s hospital and conducts research on neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. She will talk about current research on childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including an overview of the clinical symptoms, cognitive profile, genetic origins, and neurobiological differences. She will discuss her ongoing research and provide an overview of what we know, what we are learning, and where researchers are heading with this work in the future.

Register your high school student for SPU Immerse

Immerse is the School of Theology’s youth discipleship academy on July 14–20, 2019. The first 25 students to register will get over 50 percent off tuition ($386 instead of $827). Immerse students who later enroll at SPU also receive $1,000 off their first year of undergraduate study. Visit for details and to register.

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 28. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, March 4.

Faculty & Staff News

jamie coles burnette
Goodbye reception for Instructor of Biblical Studies Jamie Coles Burnette

A message from School of Theology Dean Doug Strong: Instructor of Biblical Studies Jamie Coles Burnette has accepted a position as the principal of Halifax Christian School in South Boston, Virginia. This new position allows Jamie to be in the same town as her widowed mother and other relatives. Her husband has also accepted a job as worship director in a nearby church. While we’re very pleased for Jamie (and Elliot), we will miss her wonderful contributions to the SPU community. Please join us for an informal drop-in reception in honor of Jamie on Tuesday, March 5, 12–1 p.m. in the Alexander Hall Conference Room. 

heidi monroe
Monroe's article published

An article by Assistant Professor of Nursing Heidi Monroe was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The article was titled "Nurses’ professional values: Influences of experience and ethics education."

rolin moe
Moe’s article published

A paper authored by Rolin Moe, assistant professor and director of academic innovation, and Robert Farrow of the Open University of the United Kingdom was published in a special issue of Teaching in Higher Education titled "Rethinking the role of the academy: cognitive authority in the age of post-truth."

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members

The Office of Human Resources would like to welcome new employee, Shanetta Javae Motley, senior student financial aid and loan coordinator, Student Financial Services.

Volume #46 , Issue #8 | Published by: University Communications

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