Monday, April 3, 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Daniel Castelo
“The World Is Our Parish:” Annual Weter Lecture with Professor Daniel Castelo

For the annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship on Monday, April 10, Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology Daniel Castelo examines the question “What would be involved for western Christians to change course and truly believe, as they confess, that they are part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church?” The lecture is 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons.


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Admitted Student Preview, April 6-7

On Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host Admitted Student Preview. This annual event will bring hundreds of students to campus, all admitted for Autumn Quarter 2017, as they participate in a two-day, comprehensive preview experience to see what life is like as a Falcon. Guests will attend informational sessions, visit classes, dine in Gwinn, participate in on and off-campus activities, attend a Majors & Co-curricular Fair, stay overnight in the residence halls, hear from notable alumni, and more! Please look for these students and guests and make them feel welcome.

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SPU Hosts USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships

Seattle Pacific is hosting the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships. April 7-9 in Brougham Pavilion. The women’s gymnastics team competes in team preliminaries on Friday, April 7, 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website.


Shep Films
Inaugural Film Studies Lecture April 6

The Film Studies program is hosting its first public lecture on Thursday, April 6, 7-8:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. “Film Speak” will feature alumnus Zeek Earl ’11, who co-founded the Seattle-based production company Shep Films with several SPU alumni. The company is producing its first feature film. This lecture is in honor of former SPU art student Richard Sohn, who died in a bus accident during Christmas break in 2013. He was a student of Professor of Art Roger Feldman. Roger says, “I had him as a student during Autumn Quarter and met with him when I heard that his primary interest was to go into film in some capacity. This lecture is in honor of his desire to be involved in this industry, before we had the film studies major.” 

Robert Audi
“Faith, Belief, and the Problem of Evil”

The SPU Department of Philosophy and the Eli Lilly Foundation present the inaugural C. Stephen Layman Lecture in Philosophy on Thursday, April 13, 4 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The guest lecturer is Robert Audi, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests focus on ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, religious epistemology, and philosophy of mind and action.

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Interactive Art Event: The Elements

“The Elements,” an interactive event with Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo and the contemporary chamber music ensemble TORCH with Associate Professor of Music Brian Chin, will be presented on Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The four elements of earth, fire, wind, and water will be depicted through music and brought to life with moving canvas imagery. The event is free.

Voices of Autism
Voices of Autism: Public Event Hosted by SPFC

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the School of Psychology, Family, and Community once again presents Voices of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals. This free community event on Saturday, April 22, features a panel discussion, resource fair, and presentations from leading experts in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants will gain practical instruction, up-to-date insights, and new perspectives from others whose lives are impacted by ASD.


John Perkins
2017 Perkins Lecture Series

Dr. John Perkins, co-founder of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development, returns to campus for the 12th annual John M. Perkins Lecture and Chapel on Tuesday, April 25, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.


Multi-Ethnic Programs
Support Group for Undocumented Students

A message from Susan Okamoto Lane, dean of multi-ethnic and wellness programs: Multi-Ethnic Programs is hosting weekly, confidential meetings for undocumented students to gather for mutual support and share concerns and questions. Students are welcome to come to any or all of these meetings as their schedules allow; a weekly commitment is not needed. Invitations have been emailed to undocumented students that include this quote from an SPU junior.

"Having to tell or explain that I'm undocumented creates a feeling of shame and fear; having to lie to people or divert their questions has always made me feel like I was doing something wrong. At SPU, the feeling of isolation after the presidential election really hit me, as I thought I was the only one to understand what it meant for people like me and other immigrants. It is easier to write a research paper and learn about people who are undocumented than it is to live it. When I was able to open up to professors and find another student at SPU that understood the constant thoughts of fear and isolation, it reassured me to know that I was not alone."

If you know students who would like to get connected, contact Susan at or 206-281-2598. 

SPU Wellness
Wellness Initiative: Student Relationship Problems

From the Wellness Initiative: College is a time when students are juggling many different relationships, and about one-third of students report that they are having relationship problems. Some relationship problems can be solved through gaining some skills in effective communication. Other students may have difficulty with social communication. Still other students may be in abusive relationships. As faculty and staff, you can help students who are struggling in their relationships. To learn more, visit the Wellness blog.


Zumba Fitness Class
New Times for Intramural Fitness Classes. Faculty, Staff Invited

During Spring Quarter, Intramurals is offering fitness classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3:30 p.m. in the Brougham Pavilion lower gym. These free classes are open to faculty and staff. Zumba is offered on Mondays: RIPPED (a new class combining strength training, music and dance) is offered on Wednesdays; and Zumba Toning is offered on Fridays. In addition, there is a strength training class in the Brougham Pavilion weight room at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Sign up online.


Paul Angone
Best-Selling Author, Millennial Expert Paul Angone

The Center for Career and Calling is hosting best-selling author and millennial expert Paul Angone for a special “Life After College” presentation on Thursday, April 6; 3-4:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. He will talk aboutHow to Thrive After College: Embrace Transition, Fail Magnificently, and Find Your Purpose in the Most Unexpected Place.” He is the author of All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job! and 101 Secrets for Your Twenties. Visit the CCC website for more events.


Events and the SPU Master Calendar

Welcome to Spring Quarter! As you plan your spring events, be sure to consider whether you want them to appear in the SPU Master Calendar. There are two ways that you can ensure that your event gets on the master calendar:

Via Roomfinder (preferred method)

Manual submission through Master Calendar

The SPU Wiki has step-by-step instructions for both methods. Please review these before submitting your next request in Roomfinder. You might publish an event without realizing it! Conversely, if you don’t choose the appropriate settings, your event could go unnoticed by your intended audience. The documentation explains how to choose the audience that should see your event, or let the system determine it automatically. Once an event is submitted, it is still subject to approval by a calendar manager before being posted.

Join the SPU Community on Switchboard

Faculty and staff are invited to join SPU Switchboard, a new online tool exclusively for the SPU community. You can either "ask" for what you need or "offer" what you have to share, ranging from job and internship opportunities or listings, advice, housing, and more. Sign up online.


Wheaton College
Possible Tuition Exchange Program with Wheaton College

The Senior Leadership Team is evaluating the impact of a possible tuition exchange program with Wheaton College (Illinois). They would like to know how many faculty and staff have dependents who may be starting at Wheaton in the fall of 2017. Please send an email to Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration Don Mortenson at if you have dependents starting at Wheaton.  

School Supply Drive for Haiti
Haiti School Supply Drive Ends April 5

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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Campus Dining Specials This Week

A message from Campus Dining: Spring into April with a shower of savings. Check your mailboxes for our April Retail Dining Value Pack. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @SPUDining for information on the latest specials, deals, events, sweepstakes, and more.

Tuesday, April 4
Taco Tuesday at Cocina Del Sol: Start your week off with our Taco Special for only $1.99. Taco ‘bout a good deal! 

Wednesday, April 5
Wild Wednesday” at Cocina Del Sol: It’s getting wild on Wednesday with 20 percent off your order at Cocina Del Sol. 

Bodacious Burgers in Gwinn Commons Dining Hall: During dinner service, get a freshly made burger for one-meal swipe and $5 during dinner service.

Thursday, April 6:
“Thirsty Thursday:” Get 10 percent off any bottled beverage in the C-Store.

Friday, April 7. $5 Friday:
Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Any tall beverage with a Crispy Cream Cinnamon Roll (except Frappuccinos)
Bertona Street Pizza: Popcorn Chicken Calzone
Cocina Del Sol: Cheese nachos and jarritos
Einstein’s: California Nova Lox
Falcon Grill: Six Buffalo Wings and celery sticks

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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, April 6. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 10.

Faculty & Staff News

Denise Daniels
Daniels Receives Grant

Professor of Management Denise Daniels and Elaine Howard Ecklund from Rice University received a $1.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to conduct a four-year study of Christian faith in the workplace. This research, which includes a survey, focus groups, and interviews, will be the largest study ever conducted of faith in American workplaces. It will examine how people from different racial, socio-economic status, and faith perspectives understand the connection of faith to work, as well as experiences of religious discrimination. Congratulations, Denise!

School of Education
Henrikson, Bishop Present Research; Article Published

School of Education professors Robin Henrikson and Daniel Bishop recently presented their research at the international conference of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Using an application programming interface (API), this follow-up study examined the content of documents shared and archive by schools within an interactive cloud-based system. The study determined the extent to which the content of meetings, plans, and activities aligned with the goals of a large-scale professional learning project,  and the viability of using API as an evaluation tool. Their article titled, “Using Cloud Based Resources to Leverage Professional Collaboration within P-12 Schools,” was published in the Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 1002-1009). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE

Misha Willett 2017
Willett’s Book Published

Phases, a book of poetry by English Writing Instructor Mischa Willett, was recently published by Cascade Books. The book is available online.


Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Gives Lecture

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro gave a talk on “Popular Piety” in the Rite for the Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell on March 22. The talk defined what popular piety means in the Catholic tradition, the nexus between that piety and the sacraments, and the role it plays in deepening the relationship with Christ and the church.

Daniel Castello 2016
Castelo’s Recent Publications

An article by Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology Daniel Castelo titled "Charisma and Apophasis: A Dialogue with Sarah Coakley's God, Sexuality, and the Self” was published in Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 26, (2017):10-15. This article is an engagement with the latest work by Coakley, the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Coakley responded to this and other articles in the journal issue. Also, a multi-year project edited by Daniel was recently published. Embodying Wesley's Catholic Spirit (Pickwick, 2017)  shows how Wesleyan theology is a robust theological tradition that can engage other voices within Christianity both fruitfully and critically. This publication was supported by the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

Jeff Daley
Daley’s Upcoming Gardening Lectures

SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley will give a series of gardening lectures at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville. On Saturday, April 15, 12-1 p.m., he will give a lecture on "Right Plant, Right Place,” and on Saturday, May 13, 12-1 p.m. he will give a lecture on "Growing Wine Grapes.”


Memorial Service for Bob Whitlow

A memorial service for Bob Whitlow, former alumni director and director of personnel, will be Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at Edmonds Open Bible Church in Edmonds, Washington. An internment service will be held Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville. Bob passed away on February 19, and his obituary appeared in the Whidbey News-Times on March 28.


Volume #44 , Issue #14 | Published by: University Communications

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