Monday, February 29, 2016 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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Reminder: Campus Diversity Forum on March 1

A message from Students for Change and the SPU administration: We’d 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 the student group called “Students for Change” and SPU’s administration. 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.


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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


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Hundreds of Prospective Students on Campus This Week

Hundreds of prospective students and their families will be on campus Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, for SPU Friday Plus. Prospective and admitted high school and transfer students will stay overnight in the residence halls on Thursday, then dine in Gwinn Commons, attend informational sessions, and visit classes on Friday. Look for these students and their families and make them feel welcome.


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SPRINT Fundraiser: Tulip Bouquets

This summer, SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) will send six teams of students to learn and serve with local leaders around the world. To support their fundraising, pre-order fresh tulip bouquets for $10 from a 2016 SPRINTer by March 4. The tulips come in bunches of ten, and will be delivered Friday, March 18. The proceeds from the sales help these students raise funds for their summer immersion learning trips. To pre-order, email SPRINT Student Fundraising Coordinator Maddy Petrowski at

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards

A message from Alumni Relations: Since Dr. Stuart Holmes ’40 was named Seattle Pacific’s first Alumnus of the Year in 1959, the SPU Alumni Association has presented alumni awards to outstanding individuals. The recipients are honored and presented with their awards during Homecoming and Commencement weekends, and at other venues. The Alumni Board urges faculty and staff to nominate alumni who have consistently lived out Seattle Pacific’s vision to engage the culture and change the world. You can nominate individuals in various categories including Alumnus or Alumna of the Year, GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), or a Medallion Award. Nominate an alumnus online.


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

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Three Music Concerts This Week

The SPU Music Department is hosting a series of concerts during Winter Quarter featuring choral and instrumental ensembles. The next events feature the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Visit the website for information.


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Ante Up Battle of the Year

The student hip-hop club Ante Up is holding its second “Battle of the Year” dance contest, Friday, March 4, 8-11 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. College students and Seattle and Pacific Northwest community members participate in this annual event. Dancers with all different styles come to compete in a freestyle session, and award-winning groups come to perform. Partners of two sign up to battle two-by-two. The winning team wins $100. The contest includes breakdancing, popping, whacking, crumping, house dancing, and more. Learn more about the event. 


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Student-Directed One Acts

The Theatre Department hosts student-directed one act plays, March 1-5, 7:30 p.m. in McKinley Studio Theatre. The four plays are directed and designed by students.


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SPU Hosts WJSH Symposium

The Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held at SPU, March 10-11. More than 100 Washington high school and middle school students and teachers with a special interest in science, mathematics, and technology research will be on campus. The symposium is one of more than 48 similar regional programs conducted by the Academy of Applied Science under contract with the U. S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. SPU has sponsored this annual WJSHS program for more than 40 years.

Sixteen high school students have been selected to present their science research at the symposium, and the Washington winners will receive a total of $4,500 in scholarships. SPU will match these scholarships if the student(s) attend SPU. Additionally, the first and second place winners will present their papers at the National JSHS program in Dayton, Ohio, in late April, trying for an additional $12,000 in scholarships.

The poster presentations will be set up in Upper Gwinn, and you are invited to view them anytime on Thursday, March 10, 1:15- 3 p.m.


Campus Dining Special This Week

Here are the campus dining specials through Saturday, March 6.

Common Grounds /Academic Perks: Early Spring Fling with our Italian Sodas for $1.75.

Medley: Get a 5-topping salad or rice bowl for $5.99. Three-topping salad or rice bowl for $3.99.

Subway: 6-inch Cold Cut Combo for $3.99.

Sandella’s: Limited Time Offer: Turkey Reuben Panini for $5.99. Add a 21-ounce fountain drink for only $6.99. Order any of our paninis and make it with our new Artesian Bistro Bread. Our super special of the week:  20 percent off any item on our menu. (Does not include Limited Time Offer items or $5 Friday Specials).

Einstein’s Bagels: Club Mex Wrap for $6.79.

Grill: Ginger Chicken with Kale and Rice for $5.99.

$5 Friday Retail Promotion:
Medley: 5-Topping Salad
Grill: Aloha Burger with a 21-ounce fountain drink
Einstein’s Bagels: Garden Egg White with Ham
Sandellas: Any grilled flatbread, or make it a pizza for the same price.
Subway: Footlong Meatball Sandwich
C-Store: Spend more than $5 and get 10 percent off.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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Give Blood March 3-4

Bloodworks Northwest (formerly the Puget Sound Blood Center) will host a blood drive on campus Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 1:30-2:30 p.m.) near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.


Local Falcon Games This Week. Men's Basketball Team in Playoffs

Thursday, March 3

Men's basketball vs. Central Washington at GNAC Tournament (Saint Martin's/Lacey), 2:15 p.m.

Friday, March 4

Men's basketball (if SPU wins on Thursday) vs. Western Oregon at GNAC Tournament (Saint Martin's/Lacey), 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

Outdoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at Puget Sound Invitational, (University of Puget Sound/Tacoma), 11 a.m.

Men's basketball (if SPU wins on Thursday and Friday) at GNAC Tournament (Saint Martin's/Lacey), opponent TBA, 5:30 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, March 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 7, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

McKenna’s Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Rob McKenna was recently published in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. The article, "Calling, the Caller, and Being Called: A Qualitative Study of Transcendent Calling," was co-written with five alumni and one current doctoral student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program. The purpose of the study was to understand individual perceptions of calling in relationship to God, as the transcendent caller, and to propose a conceptualization of calling that includes the multiple dimensions of what it means to be called.

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Kendall’s Article Accepted

An article by Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Dana Kendall and second year doctoral student Scott Campanario was accepted for the July issue of International Journal of Christianity and Education. The article, “Honoring God Through Scientific Research: Navigating the Ethics of Publishing With Our Students,” presents various challenges inherent in the scientific publishing system. These matters are analyzed through theological and social justice lenses with a special emphasis on mentoring doctoral students in thinking through them and taking meaningful action in response.

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Notess’ Poetry Book Release Party

Response Managing Editor Hannah Faith Notess will read from her debut, award-winning poetry collection The Multitude at the Elliott Bay Book Company on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Joining her will be former SPU art professor and visual artist Gala Bent, whose work “Flowering Fossil Bed” serves as the cover for the poetry collection. Gala will be present with several of her pieces installed in the reading space. The event is sponsored by Image journal. 


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Lemcio’s Poem Published

A poem by Gene Lemcio, professor emeritus of New Testament, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of God & Nature magazine. The poem is titled "Encountering Ernst Haeckel's 'Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny.’”


From the Archives

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SPU History Wiki

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: The 125th anniversary of SPU is coming up! Ever wondered about the history of your department or building? Want to know the story behind Ivy Cutting or why the mascot is a falcon? Check out the new SPU history wiki. The wiki will be updated regularly as the 125th anniversary kickoff approaches and during the anniversary year. (Requires an SPU login to access the wiki.)

Volume #44 , Issue #9 | Published by: University Communications

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