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SPU Welcomes Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, whose pioneering work challenging racial discrimination has led to historic changes in the criminal justice system, will be the guest speaker in chapel on Tuesday, March 28, 11:10 a.m. in Brougham Pavilion. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller Just Mercy and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.


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Haiti School Supply Drive

Students and staff in the Center for Professional Education are traveling to Haiti in April. They are collecting school supplies, including pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notepads, sticky notes, stickers, college-rule paper, stamps, and stamp pads. Items can be dropped off in the donation bin on the second floor lobby of Peterson Hall by Wednesday, April 5.

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Camp Casey Summer Reservations Request

Summer reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are June 12 through September 25, 2017. Online reservation requests are due by March 24.

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, with a summer reservation request fulfilled, your ranking is replaced with the years it has been since your stay at Casey. Confused?  Call the conference center office at 866-661-6604 or email


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College Planning Day March 22

On Wednesday, March 22, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host College Planning Day. This event, taking place all over campus, will include 350-400 high school students as well as other Washington college representatives. Students will attend college presentations and plan their higher education options. Look for these students and make them feel welcome!

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Stationery Orders Due March 28

Because Vision Press will be unavailable April 3-12, you have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, to have stationery order(s) delivered on April 14. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on March 28 will be delivered May 12. 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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Looking for a Summer Location for Department Retreats?

A message from the Casey Conference Center. Camp Casey is available for your department retreats (rates as low as $16 per person) or as part of a church or community organization in which you belong ($20-29 per person). Do you have a family event planned? We have a campground at Casey as well. We love to share Casey with the entire extended SPU community! If you’re on Whidbey and would like a tour, give us a call at 866-661-6604 or email to set up a visit in advance.


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Transfer Open House March 27

Prospective transfer students will be on campus Monday, March 27, for Transfer Open House. Students and their guests will take campus tours, visit with counselors, and learn more about the transfer admissions process at SPU. Please look for these guests and make them feel welcome!

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Nominate a Colleague to be Staff of the Year

The SPU Staff Council invites your nominations for the 2017 Staff of the Year awards. Each year, two staff members are selected to receive recognition for their outstanding contributions to the SPU community. One exempt and one non-exempt recipient will be selected on the basis of their spiritual commitment, positive engagement with colleagues and students, leadership at SPU and beyond, and professional competence and expertise. Visit the Staff Council website to learn more about each award and submit a nomination. Thank you to those who have already submitted a nomination. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 23. The Staff of the Year recipients will be announced at the annual Celebration of Service, held this year on April 27 at 11:10 a.m.


Hire SPRINTers for Their Workshare Fundraiser

This summer SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) will send four teams of SPU students to learn and serve with local leaders around the world. To support their fundraising, we invite you to hire SPRINT students to help with yardwork, cleaning, or other projects. Your work project helps these students raise funds for their summer immersion learning trips. The recommended rate is $10 per student, per hour. To request a Workshare Request Form or find out more information, email SPRINT Student Fundraising Coordinator Elizabeth Bartholomew at, or John Perkins Center Administrative Assistant Samantha Krecjik at

Benefits of Using Zipcar

Have you seen Zipcar’s stations and vehicles around campus? Have you been interested in alternative modes of transportation? Check out some of these stats from last year, on why Zipcar is a great transportation method!

• Zipcar now offers for vehicles at two locations on campus.
• More than 3 percent of students are active car sharers.
• SPU Zip-riders helped reduce over 200,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere in 2016 alone.
• At least 52 personally owned vehicles have been taken off the road due to SPU’s Zipcar program.

To learn more about Zipcar benefits to full-time staff and faculty or to sign up, visit the website. To learn more about Zipcar, visit the website.


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Nominate a Student for the 2017 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 them 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 27 and can be found on the University Ministries Student Leaders web page


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From the Wellness Initiative: College Students and Stress

College students are experiencing more stress now than in the past several decades. To deal with this stress and the negative emotions that accompany it, students turn to a wide range of emotion regulation strategies. Some strategies are healthy, while others are unhealthy. To learn more, visit the Wellness blog.


Multi-Ethnic Programs
New Group for Undocumented Students

Multi-Ethnic Programs is starting a group for SPU undocumented students who desire a place of mutual support and accurate, up-to-date information and advice. If you know students who would like to get connected, contact Susan Okamoto Lane, dean of Multi-Ethnic and Wellness Programs, at or 206-281-2598. For more information on how to support undocumented students, Susan recommends a recent article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education titled “We Have Your Back: How Educators Can Support Undocumented Students."


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Campus Dining Specials This Week

Here are the dining specials during Spring Break, March 20-24.

• Get $1.00 off your purchase from Cocina del Sol
• Get $0.50 off any drink from Common Grounds

Falcon Sports This Week

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the website.

Saturday, March 25

Track & field -- Doris Heritage Distance Festival, West Seattle Stadium, field events 10 a.m., running events 12 p.m. 


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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 23. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 27.

Faculty & Staff News

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Article by Hyun, Ediger, Lee Published

An article by professors June Hyun, Ruth M. Ediger, and Donghun "Don" Lee was recently published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(1), 108-118. The article was titled "Students' Satisfaction on Their Learning Process in Active Learning and Traditional Classrooms." June is an associate professor of counselor education; Ruth is an associate professor of political science; and Don is associate professor of management.

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Baker’s Chapter Published

Bruce Baker, associate professor of business ethics, wrote the introductory chapter for the new book Economic Wisdom for Churches: A Primer on Stewardship, Poverty and Flourishing. The chapter was titled "The Economic Story."


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Welcome, Martín Jiménez

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome Martín Jiménez, program manager for the Pacific NW Faith Innovation Team in the Center for Biblical and Theological Education.

SPU in the News

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Hairston on KCPQ-TV

Director of the John Perkins Center Tali Hairston was interviewed by local news station KCPQ-TV about the rise of hate crimes in Seattle. The story aired on March 14.


Volume #44 , Issue #12 | Published by: University Communications

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