Monday, March 28, 2016 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Doris Kerns Goodwin
SPU Hosts Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian comes to Seattle as part of SPU’s Downtown Business Breakfast. She will give a free public lecture on Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion. At this event, Goodwin will reflect on presidents from Abraham Lincoln to the Roosevelts, describing their paths to leadership. Michael Hamilton, associate professor of history, will moderate the event, as well as a host a Q&A with Goodwin. There will be an opportunity to purchase books, as well as a time for Goodwin to autograph books.


Michael Langford
What Does Reconciliation Mean?

"Reconciliation” has different meanings to different people. It can mean intimacy with God, or being nice to other people, or as an ambiguous concept of justice. During the annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship on Tuesday, April 12, Associate Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry Michael Langford will look at reconciliation from a theological perspective.


Rob Wall
Next Lectio: Book of Hebrews With Professor Rob Wall

The next Lectio series features the Book of Hebrews. This online guided Bible reading is led by Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall.


Spanish Conversation Table
Spanish Conversation Table Starts April 1

The Spanish Conversation Table will be available Spring Quarter to anyone who wants to chat with others in Spanish. Beginners are welcome. Meet your classmates and colleagues, make new friends and improve your Spanish. If you want to get some help on vocabulary or figure out how those reflexive verbs work, come see us. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time; just bring your lunch and join us. The table meets on Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Marston Hall 252. If you have questions, email adjunct faculty member Vilma Illanes at

Blood Pressure Check
Annual Biometric Screenings April 5 and 6

Come to the annual biometric screening April 5 or 6. You can earn activity points toward your wellness incentive and $75 through the myCigna Motivate ME program. Human Resources, Cigna, and Summit Health are offering these free, confidential health and wellness screenings. On-campus sessions will be held Tuesday, April 5, 7:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room; and Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Falcon Club in Brougham Pavilion. Plan on arriving five to 10 minutes prior to your appointment to complete some general paperwork.

Screenings will be done by skilled nursing staff and certified health professionals. Personal screenings will include a brief health-risk questionnaire, as well as tests to determine height, weight, waist circumference, cholesterol levels, glucose levels, blood pressure, and body mass index. You will need to fast from food, beverages (with the exception of water), and personal medications for at least eight hours prior to your appointment. Make sure to bring your Cigna card with you to be able to process your $75 incentive through myCigna Motivate ME program. Contact Alie Dorsey in Human Resources at with any questions. Sign up online at Summit Health Appointment’s confidential website and register as a New User, regardless of whether you have used this site in the past.


Career Fair
Tell Your Students About the Career Fair April 6

All faculty and staff are invited to the annual Career Fair, Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Encourage your students to attend, and stop by for a free headshot for your LinkedIn profile.


Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Workshop on Inclusivity in Learning Environments

Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, educational technologist and author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, will offer a workshop for SPU faculty and staff on Thursday, March 31, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in the Ames Library Seminar Room. Dr. Pacansky-Brock currently serves the California State University system as a specialist in innovative pedagogies, and is a nationally respected author and speaker on how classroom environments can promote inclusivity and diversity. The workshop will explore the question, “How do culturally constructed notions of what it means to be a professor conflict with fostering inclusivity in higher education?” Participants will consider this question and explore why vulnerability is an essential characteristic for instructors to discover the human potential of blended and online learning. If you are interested in the workshop, email for registration. Registration is open to all faculty and staff. The event is sponsored by Education Technology and Media and the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.


Geneva Gay
Lecture on Epistemology With Expert in Multicultural Education

Join the School of Education for a "Ways of Knowing" panel and discussion featuring Dr. Geneva Gay, an internationally known expert in multicultural education, on Friday, April 1, 9 -11 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Dr. Gay and several other scholars will explore and reflect on ways people know (epistemology) and how that affects us as college educators and learners.


Baby Birds
Gymnastics Announces Baby Birds Program for Toddlers

The Falcon Gymnastics Center is excited to announce the addition of a parent and baby gymnastics program beginning in April. The Baby Birds program is for toddlers between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. All children must be accompanied by one adult. The cost is $70 for each six-week program. The sessions are Tuesdays (April 19 and 26, May 3, 10, 17, and 24) 11-11:45 a.m.; and Wednesdays (April 20 and 27, May 4, 11, 18, and 25), 9-9:45 a.m. Email for more information.

Hamburger and fries
Campus Retail Dining Promotions

Here are the Campus Retail Dining Services promotions for March 28 through April 3.

Common Grounds/Academic Perks: Grande Iced Peachy Green Tea Lemonade for $2.89.

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

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

Medley: 5-Topping Salad for $5, or a 3-Topping Salad for $3.

Subway: 6-inch Chicken Breast Sandwich for $3.99. Visit Subway for daily selections of the 6-inch Sub-of-the-Day.

Sandella’s: Any Sandella’s panini is $6. Limited Time Offer beginning April 1-Gourmet Chicken Salad Wrap for $5. Add a 21-ounce fountain drink for $1 more.

Einstein’s Bagels: Medium coffee and coffee cake for $3.89.

Grill: Bacon-Blueberry Pancakes for $4.99.

C-store: Matador Beef Sticks for $1, while supplies last. “Extra” gum for $1.

$5 Friday Retail Dining Promotion:

Medley: 5-Topping Salad including beef topping

Grill: Two chicken tacos

Einstein’s Bagels: Bagel Dog and 21-ounce fountain drink

Sandellas: Any Sandella’s wrap

Subway: Footlong Cold Cut Combo Sandwich

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

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.


Thursday deadline
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 31. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 4, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Amanda McGovern
March Staff Member of the Month: Amanda McGovern

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Assistant Director for Visits and Events Amanda McGovern was nominated and selected as the March Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations, Amanda! Read about Amanda online, and visit the Staff Council website to submit a nomination for someone you think should be recognized as a future Staff Member of the Month.


Rob Wall
Wall Presents Research

Rob Wall, professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, presented his research titled “New Birth in the Letter ‘To the Hebrews:’ A Wesleyan Theological Reading” to the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Reed Davis
Davis Presents Paper

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis recently presented his paper "Lamarck's Ghost: Classical Realism, Scientific Naturalism, and the Biological Foundations of Leadership" at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia.

Paul Youngbin Kim
Kim’s Article Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that an article by Associate Professor of Psychology Paul Y. Kim was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. The article, titled “Religious Support Mediates the Racial Microaggressions-Mental Health Relation Among Christian Ethnic Minority Students,” is an empirical study identifying the harmful correlates of racial microaggression experiences among students of color.

SPU in the News

Students, President Martin Interviewed on KUOW-FM

Two students with SPU’s Justice Coalition and President Dan Martin were interviewed for the KUOW-FM (94.9) public affairs program “The Record.” The show aired March 22.


Baker Interviewed in Religion & Liberty

The cover story for the Winter 2016 issue of Religion & Liberty magazine features an interview with Bruce Baker, assistant professor of business ethics, titled “Land of Milk and Honey: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Silicon Valley.”


Volume #44 , Issue #13 | Published by: University Communications

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