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Multicultural Communion Service and Chapel

A special multicultural communion service to finish the chapel series on reconciliation will be held Tuesday, March 8, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Celeste Cranston, director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, will officiate over communion, University Chaplain Bo Lim will give the homily, and the Gather Worship Team will lead worship. Faculty, staff, and students are all invited to worship together as a community. Offices will be closed for this service.

SPU Wellness
Wellness Blog Now Available

The Wellness Initiative is pleased to announce that the Wellness blog is now available for faculty, staff, and students. This month the blog features information on depression, one of the most common mental illnesses that occur among college students.


Food Truck event
Street Food Fest – Battle of the Chefs

Campus Dining is hosting a “Street Food Fest” on Wednesday, March 9, 4:30-8 p.m. in the Gwinn Commons Dining Hall. Five chefs will create their signature street-style dish for diners to sample and then vote for their favorite dish. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy the great variety of entrees.

Hire a SPRINTer as a Fundraiser Work Project

This summer, SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) will send six teams of SPU students to learn and serve with local leaders around the world. To support their fundraising, we invite you to hire a SPRINT student to help with yardwork, cleaning projects, or other household chores. Your work project helps these students raise funds for their summer immersion learning trips. The recommended rate is $10 per student per hour. To schedule your project and find out more information, email SPRINT Student Fundraising Coordinator Maddy Petrowski at Learn more about the summer SPRINT teams.


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 encourages 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.


Percussion Ensemble
Music Concerts This Week

The SPU Music Department is hosting a series of concerts during Winter Quarter featuring choral and instrumental ensembles. The last two concerts of the quarter feature the Percussion Ensemble and the Concert and Chamber choirs. Visit the website for information.


Hamburger and fries
Campus Dining Specials This Week

Here are the retail dining services promotions for the week of March 7-13, including $5 promotions on Fridays.

Common Grounds: Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. or Saturday-Sunday 5-7 p.m. – all baked items are 50 cents.

Academic Perks: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. – all baked items are 50 cents.

Medley: 5-topping salad for $5, or a 3-topping salad for $3

Subway: $6 meal deal every day. Visit for daily selections.

Sandella’s: Limited Time Offer:  Turkey Reuben Panini for $5.99. Add a 21-ounce fountain drink for only $1 more. Order any of our paninis and make it with our new Artesian Bistro Bread. Any Grilled Flatbread is $6, or make it a pizza for the same price. Order any of our flatbreads with the new Rustic Pizza Crust.

Einstein’s Bagels: Freshly brewed medium coffee for $1.50.

Grill: Ginger chicken with kale and rice for $5.99.

Our $5 Friday Retail Dining Promotion:

Medley: 5-topping salad including beef topping.

Grill: 3-piece chicken strips with a 21-ounce fountain drink

Einstein’s Bagels: Medium coffee and bagel with shmear

Sandella's: Any grilled flatbread, or make it a pizza.

Subway: Footlong tuna sandwich

C-Store: Spend over $5 and get 10 percent off

Future Scientists
SPU Hosts WJSH Symposium This Week

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.


Two Gymnastics Meets this Week

The women’s gymnastics team will compete against the University of Washington on Monday, March 7, beginning at 6 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion, and then again on Saturday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.

Follow the Falcons online.


Barnabas Award winners
Nominations for 2016 Barnabas Scholarship Due March 11

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.


camp casey
Camp Casey Summer Reservations March 15

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.


Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

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.

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 10. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 14, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Ellis’ Paper Published

A paper by Professor of Education Arthur Ellis titled “Emile Durkheim in the Context of American Moral Education” has been published as a chapter in the re-issued edition of Durkheim and Modern Education (London: Routledge). The editors are Geoffrey Walford and W.S.F. Pickering of the British Institute of Durkheim Studies, Oxford University. 

Peter Moe
Moe’s Article Published

An article by Assistant Professor of English Peter Moe was featured March 4 in Faculty Focus. The article was titled "When Students Lead the Conversation." Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom.


Seattle Pacific University
Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new staff members. Information can be found in the online SPU White pages.

Rachel Holley, administrative assistant, Center for Learning
Lyn Saunders, housekeeper, Casey Conference Center

Library Connections

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Kanopy Streaming Video Now Available

The library recently acquired access to Kanopy, a streaming video service tailored for educational institutions. Kanopy includes more than 26,000 films from producers such as PBS, Criterion Collection, The Video Project, New Day Films,, and The Great Courses. All films come with public performance rights and may be screened outside the classroom as long as admission is not charged. Faculty, staff, or students may create a personal account to make clips or playlists to include in Blackboard/Canvas. Please contact your liaison librarian with questions.



Danna Davis, Wife of Joseph Davis

Danna Davis, wife of the late Emeritus Professor of Religion Joseph Davis, passed away March 4 at the age of 97. A 1939 alumna, she completed first grade through college in 15 consecutive years — 1924 to 1939 — on the Seattle Pacific College campus. A longtime supporter of SPU, she was featured in the 2003 winter edition of Response magazine. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, Washington. 

Former Dean of the School of Religion Don Demaray

Former Dean of the School of Religion Don Demaray died October 31, 2015, in Wilmore, Kentucky. The son of former SPU President C. Dorr Demaray, he served at SPU for 14 years as faculty member, director of the School of Missions, and dean of the School of Religion. He also served on the planning committees for Weter Memorial Hall and Demaray Hall. After leaving SPU, he served 34 years at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. A memorial service was held November 6, 2015.


Volume #44 , Issue #10 | Published by: University Communications

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