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Good Friday Worship Service April 14

Campus Ministries invites you to a short, contemplative worship service focused on the events of Good Friday on April 14, 12:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. In remembering the death of Jesus, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the resurrection.

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This Week Is Student Employment Appreciation Week

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) designates one week each year for universities and colleges across the country to recognize the substantial contributions of students who work on campus. At SPU, over 900 students are employed by the university, playing a key role in our success. Student employees work hard to balance school and work, all while learning valuable skills for the future. This weeklong celebration provides you with the opportunity to recognize, praise, and thank your student employees for all of their contributions. The Office of Student Employment is having a Student Employee Appreciation event on Thursday April 13, 12–2 p.m. and we would love for student employees to join us for popcorn and raffle prizes.

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“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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Deadline to Rent or Purchase Regalia

A message from the Office of Academic Affairs: The deadline to order regalia whether you are renting or purchasing, is Friday, April 14.

To rent regalia: Email Corinne Fisher in the Bookstore with the following information by April 14. (Note that all rental orders will be fulfilled as the full package (cap/tam, gown, and hood).

  1. If you have rented before, you can say “same as last year.”
  2. Your height
  3. Your advanced degree
  4. The institution from which you earned your advanced degree
  5. Your choice of cap or tam (for doctoral regalia only)

To purchase regalia: Attend the Grad Fair on Tuesday, April 11, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Our representative from our (new) regalia vendor, Herff Jones, will be on hand to give you pricing information, answer questions, take your measurements, and assist you with the ordering process. Or, you can fill out this form (using instructions for cap and regalia measurements) and email it to Corinne Fisher in the Bookstore by April 14.

If you have any regalia-related questions, contact Corinne in the Bookstore. If you have any ceremony-related questions, contact We are happy to assist you.

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Prospective Students, Families on Campus April 14

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting hundreds of prospective and admitted students on campus with their families for SPU Friday April 14. Prospective and admitted students and their guests will dine in Gwinn, attend informational sessions, visit classes, take tours, and more. Guests will also be invited to attend the Good Friday chapel service at First Free Methodist Church. Look for these students and families and make them feel welcome.

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Personal Safety Forums

Staff Council will host two Personal Safety Forums this month. The first forum will be a brown-bag session led by Cheryl Michaels, associate director of safety and security, on Wednesday, April 19, 12–1 the Library Seminar Room. All staff members are welcome to attend. The second forum (for women only) will also be led by Cheryl, and will be Thursday, April 20, 12–1 p.m. in the lower gym in Brougham Pavilion. Staff Council will be raffling off personal safety alarms and a highly recommended book, The Gift of Fear, by Gavin De Becker. Look for more information next week.

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“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.

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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.

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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.


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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. 

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Wellness Initiative: Student Relationship Problems

From the Wellness Initiative Committee: 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.


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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.


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Campus Dining Specials This Week: Pre-Order Cinnamon Rolls for Easter

A message from Campus Dining: With Easter around the corner, SPU Dining has EGGcellent Deals this week and a FUN event in Gwinn! Also, pre-order Easter cinnamon roll (nine rolls for $5) for pick up on Friday, April 14. (Order by April 13.) These freshly-baked cinnamon rolls are drizzled with cream cheese frosting. Pre-order now at Common Grounds, Academic Perks, Gwinn Commons, or the C-Store. Pick up is Friday, April 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in Gwinn Commons dining hall. Please hold onto your receipt to collect your cinnamon rolls! Be on the lookout for signs at our dining locations for Easter weekend hour of operations.

April 10-16: EGGcellent Deals for $3.99!

Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Grande latte and chocolate egg 

C-Store: A Calypso drink and Peeps

Cocina Del Sol: Egg burrito

Falcon Grill: Egg burger

Einsteins: Egg bagel with your choice of Sausage, Ham, Bacon, or Cheese 

Wednesday, April 12: Battle of the Chefs, Pike Place Market Edition
From 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., head to Gwinn Commons Dining to watch our chefs go head to head to create a Pike Place Market inspired-dish and to win your vote to become the next Battle of the Chefs winner.

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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 13. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 17.

Faculty & Staff News

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Newby Composes Music for Free Boy

Associate Professor of Music Stephen Newby was commissioned by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre to compose a children’s musical theatre production based on the novel, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master, about an African-American slave who ran away to Canada. The musical is on tour until the end of May, in schools across Washington state. Based on the book by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry historian-emeritus Lorraine McConaghy and Seattle historian Judy Bentley, the musical tells the tale of young Charles Mitchell, brought to Washington Territory as a slave in 1855, and his escape to British Columbia. “With engaging music and powerful lyrics, it is a story of hope, risk, and perseverance that tells a little-known and important piece of Civil War era history in the Pacific Northwest.” (From the musical’s playbill.) 


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Article by McKinney, Snedker Published

An article by Professor of Sociology Jennifer McKinney and Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker titled “Hosting a Tent City: Student Engagement and Homelessness” was published in the journal, Teaching Sociology. The article analyzes student interactions and responses to doing research on homelessness during Tent City 3’s visit to campus in Winter 2015.


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Bibliography by Ferreiro Published

The Visigoths in Gaul and Iberia (Update):A Supplemental Bibliography, 20132015 by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was published in Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World, 63. E. J. Brill. 2016. xxxiv-303 p. The book has 1,915 entries that are cross-indexed and with subject and author indexes. It is the sixth volume of the updates.

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Lemcio Leads Lent Service, Give Presentation

On April 1, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Gene Lemcio expounded his published poem, "The Lion-Lamb of Lviv (a fantasy in verse)" at the Northwest Regional Conference of the University of Washington's Russia, East European, and Central Asian Studies Program. Reed College in Portland, Oregon, hosted the event. During Lent, Gene led a five-week series titled "Enwatering: The New Baptism" at Ascension Episcopal Church in the Magnolia neighborhood, where he and Diane live, worship, and serve.

Volume #44 , Issue #15 | Published by: University Communications

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