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CIS virtual session: Taking back control of your inbox

Join CIS on Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. or Thursday April 16, at 1:15 p.m. to learn some best practices when it comes to managing your inbox. RSVP here to receive a link to a virtual Microsoft Teams meeting. Contact Allison Pincus in CIS at with any questions, and find more information on the CIS training program here.

Staff Council
Deadline extended: Staff of the Year nominations due April 2

The nomination period for Staff of the Year awards has been extended to Thursday, April 2. Each spring, one non-exempt and one exempt staff member are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council as Staff of the Year. We encourage you to nominate a colleague to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the SPU community.

Human Resources
Human Resources staff working remotely

Human Resources will again be working remotely March 30–April 3. HR staff will be in the office very briefly to check mail and faxes during the week. Contact them at, 206-281-2809 to leave a message, or call/email the specific staff member you need to reach.

Brougham Pavilion, Wallace Field closed until April 6

A message from Athletics: Brougham Pavilion and Wallace Field are closed through April 6. This includes the locker rooms and the cage in Brougham.

$5 spring break lunch
$5 lunch specials for faculty and staff

A message from Dining Services: We are offering a $5 lunch to-go meal for faculty and staff through April 10. Stop by the Gwinn Commons Dining Hall, 12–1 p.m. Check out the online menu.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) during the academic year. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 6. The deadline is Thursday, April 2. 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.

Faculty & Staff News

Ryan Ellis Portrait
Ellis wins award for article

Ryan Ellis, assistant professor of music and director of choral music, won the 2019 Rocco Dal Vera Graduate Research Award from Voice to Speech Review for his article “Shaping Words: From Speech to Song, Linguistic Principles and Rhythmic Expressivity in Choral Performance.”

Middeljans’s article published

An article by April Middeljans, associate professor of English and cultural studies, was published in Studies in American Indian Literatures (Fall–Winter 2019, pp. 84–115). The article is titled “The Secret of the Twig: Salish Adaptation, Jesuit Inculturation, and Spirit-Matter Relation in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded.” In The Surrounded, McNickle (who was both a novelist and an anthropologist) depicts a curious moment in history when the Salish of Montana actively solicited Jesuits to minister to their society. April's article explores how our typical assumptions about colonization and conversion are complicated by this historical moment, by McNickle’s own theories of cultural adaptation, and by the Jesuit philosophy of “inculturation,” which requires missionaries to adapt to the societies they are serving.

Mischa Willet
Willett's new book of poems published

Mischa Willett, instructor of writing and English, has published a new book of poems, The Elegy Beta, that thinks through the force and work of angels.

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Welcome, new staff members

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming the following new staff members:

Violet Andrews, administrative assistant to the assistant vice president for financial affairs and to the controller, Financial Affairs.
Emily Bergstrom, senior advancement officer, Major Gifts
Abagail Parker, customer service specialist/housekeeper, Casey Conference Center
Kevin Ticen, prospect development manager, Advancement Services

From the Archives

SPU's nursing program and Lydia Green

SPU’s nursing program had its beginnings in the 1930s, but really took off when Lydia Green (pictured) came to campus in 1952. Green championed a four-year, accredited nursing program (previously, students had begun their program at SPC, but then transferred to the University of Washington to finish) and her vision became a reality in 1964. The School of Nursing was accredited in 1968, and has continued training caring and competent nurses ever since. One hospital supervisor described SPU graduate nurses as “hand embroidered,” a testament to the thorough training delivered by Green and all SPU nursing faculty. The program is currently known as the Lydia Green School of Health Sciences. Learn more about Lydia Green and the School of Health Sciences in the SPU History wiki.

Volume #47 , Issue #13 | Published by: University Communications

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