Monday, April 16, 2018 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Nate Mouttet
Ross and Otto Miller Parking Lots Reserved for Guests April 19-20

A message from Nate Mouttet, vice president for enrollment management and marketing: We have received very positive responses to the second of our two April Admitted Student Preview events and anticipate hosting 250 families on our campus on April 19–20. This special event is a key strategy in our new student enrollment efforts. As the name implies it is just for admitted students: it includes an overnight stay in the residence halls, campus tours, and Seattle adventures. Parents are also invited to their own events to learn more about life at SPU.

We want our guests to have a great experience, and finding parking to start the event is an important part. We are asking for your help as we reserve portions of the Ross and Otto Miller Hall Parking Lots on April 19 and 20.

Here’s how you can help:

  • If you can take mass transit and leave your car at home, that would help save a parking spot.
  • If you don’t already, consider carpooling to reduce the number of cars on campus those days.
  • If you are driving and parking, please fill up the Dravus, Emerson, and McKenna parking lots — and all of the parking into or farther away from campus. This means more spots will be available for guests near Otto Miller Hall and First Free Methodist Church, where programming will take place.
  • Note: Please avoid parking in the First Free Methodist Church parking lot, as they need those spaces for events at the church.

Thank you in advance for helping us accommodate our guests for one of the biggest campus events this year.

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Dr. John Perkins Returns to Campus for 2018 Perkins Lecture Series

Dr. John Perkins, the co-founder of Seattle Pacific’s John Perkins Center, will speak in chapel on Tuesday, April 24, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church as part of the annual John M. Perkins Lecture Series. He will be joined by Dr. Michael Emerson, scholar and author on race and religion and provost of North Park University in Chicago. At 1 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Dr. Emerson will moderate a panel discussion on “Faith, Race, and Evangelicalism” with Bo Lim, university chaplain, and Sandra Mayo, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Celebration of Service April 26

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Celebration of Service on Thursday, April 26, to honor Seattle Pacific University faculty and staff members with milestone years of dedicated employment (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45). The event will be held in Brougham Pavilion at 11:10 a.m. Come support your colleagues and express your appreciation for their committed service. The professor and staff members of the year will also be announced. There will be a community reception immediately following the event, and all offices are closed during the celebration so faculty and staff members can attend.

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Faculty, Staff Silent Retreat

The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a silent retreat for faculty and staff, May 4–6 at Camp Casey Conference Center. The retreat will be in the Ignatian Tradition, and led by Carla Orlando, vocational discernment counselor in CCC, and a small team of off-campus spiritual directors. This time of renewal and reflection is funded by a SERVE grant from Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. A few remaining spots are available, so register now by emailing Carla at

Ross Stewart
UN Chief Information and Technology Officer to Visit Campus

A message from Ross Stewart, dean of the School of Business, Government, and Economics. We have the exciting opportunity to host the United Nations Chief Information and Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General Atefeh Riazi, on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Ms. Atefeh Riazi, a U.S. national born in Iran, will be in Seattle to talk about the Sustainable Development Goals and how data and technology can help advance shared objectives. This event also includes an interview with the assistant secretary-general by Technology Access Foundation Executive Director Trish Millines Dziko to talk about efforts to bring more women and girls into the technology field.

Please consider coming yourself and inviting your students to this special event, which provides us with the opportunity to engage with partners such as Tableau and Global Washington. Please register online.

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The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project will be displayed in Martin Square through April 30. This awareness campaign displays T-shirts, designed by SPU community members, to serve as a way to educate and unite the community against sexual assault and gender-based violence. There will be opportunities to decorate shirts on Tuesday, April 17, in Martin Square. The decorated shirts will all be hung around Martin Square through the month of April.

McKinley Hall
Theatre Department Presents Love’s Labour’s Lost

Seattle Pacific’s Theatre Department will present Love’s Labour’s Lost April 19-21 and April 26-28 in the McKinley Hall Theatre. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance will be held Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. Under the direction of local guest director Carol Roscoe, Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of William Shakespeare’s earliest comedies about four best friends who swear off love, and vow to abstain from earthy pleasures for three years. They plan to devote all their time to academics, until a princess arrives to negotiate an old treaty. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors (age 60 and over) and students (age 25 and under) with a valid I.D. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at the theatre box office or by calling 206-281-2959.

Alexander Hall
Seeking Service-oriented and Christian Discipleship-minded Students for Falconettes and Centurions

A message from the advisors for Falconettes and Centurions: As advisors to the SPU Centurions and Falconettes Clubs, we would greatly appreciate your nomination for juniors and seniors for induction in our clubs. SPU’s Centurions and Falconettes are the two oldest student clubs on campus. Falconettes started in 1936 as the Women’s Service Club, but were quickly dubbed Falconettes because of the falcon patches displayed on their club blazers. Centurions, founded in 1959 by the late History Professor Roy Swanstrom, is the second longest standing student lead organization on campus. 

Undergraduate students (current sophomores and juniors) who take service, scholarship, and Christian character development seriously should be nominated for membership in the Falconettes and Centurions clubs.

Email your recommendations by Wednesday April 18, to Julie Antilla ( for Falconettes recommendations, or to Ryan LaBrie ( and Bryan Jones ( for Centurions recommendations. Each student you nominate will receive an invitation from us to apply to the clubs.

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Time to Update Undergraduate Catalog Links

Most school and department websites have links to Undergraduate Catalog pages. Now that the 2018-19 catalog has been updated online, those links should be updated to ensure students and prospective students get the latest information. If you aren’t sure how to update the link(s), contact your communication specialist in University Communications.

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2018 Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer employment, please remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please advise your student employees to complete an application in the Housing Portal by Friday, May 11, if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206- 281-2188 or

Business & Government Mega-Meetup
Tell Your Students About Business & Government Mega Meet-Up on April 18

Do you know any seniors looking for work? Any sophomores or juniors needing internships? Both can be found at our Business & Government Mega Meet-up this Wednesday, April 18, 2:30–5 p.m. in Weter Lounge. It’s a great place for freshman to see what kind of work exists in the world and to help formulate their own interests.

Who’s coming? Nordstrom, Porch, POSSIBLE, Sabey Corporation, King County Metro, Washington State Auditor’s Office,  Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Sounders, and more. See the full list of companies here.

Students from all majors are invited. Graduate students are welcome too!

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Farm-to-Table Event in Gwinn Commons April 18

A message from Campus Dining: Celebrate Earth Week and our recent partnership with the Puget Sound Food Hub at Gwinn Commons Dining Hall's Farm-to-Table Event on Wednesday, April 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Meet six local farmers/owners and taste the great menu created by our chef, Angela Shultz. The menu highlights the farms' fresh produce such as Ralph's Greenhouse Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, Sauk Farm's Apple Thyme Roasted Pork Loin, and Bow Hill Blueberries New York-Style Cheesecake.

Futures in Music
Live Studio Session With KNKX-FM

The SPU Jazz Ensemble will perform live (and online) on local public radio station KNKX (88.5 FM) in Nickerson Studios on Thursday, April 19, at 12:15 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Music Department will host the next Futures in Music series with KNKX General Manager Joey Cohn and Jazz Host Abe Beeson talking about their careers in radio.

In Context
Join a Discussion on Race, Diversity, and Reconciliation

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the quarterly discussion series, In-Context. In-Context meets every quarter for six weeks to talk about race, diversity, and reconciliation. Discussion is focused around two topics: the deconstruction of race and white privilege. Join other faculty, staff, and students to unpack the intersections and impact of race relations on our stories. Meetings will be every Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m. in Otto Miller, April 24- May 29. Register online. More information is available on the John Perkins Center website.

Creative Conversations
"How to Pitch a Book Proposal"

The library’s next Creative Conversations features faculty members Katie Kresser and Ben McFarland discussing how to pitch a book proposal. The event is Thursday, April 19, 12-12:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room.

The library is hosting a series of events on "How to Do Scholarship," produced by the Writing Program, Library, and Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. Speakers from across campus will address the difficulties and delights of writing and publishing. If you attend three of the five panels, you'll receive credit for a FLAGG (Faculty Learning and Growth Group). Light refreshments will be provided.

Meghan Sullivan
"Time Biases and Valuing Afterlives"

The Department of Philosophy, Division of Arts and Humanities, Office of the Provost, and Eli Lilly Foundation present the annual C. Stephen Layman Lecture in Philosophy on Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. This year’s lecture will be given by Meghan Sullivan, professor of philosophy and the Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame. The title of her talk is "Time Biases and Valuing Afterlives.” The Layman Lecture is in honor of Professor Emeritus Steve Layman, who was a member and chief architect of the Philosophy Department from 1986 to 1996, and served as chair from 1996 to 2016. 

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Updated: SPFC Hosts “Voices of Autism” Event for Individuals, Families This Weekend

Learn about the latest research in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and find out about local resources available to individuals and families at “Voices of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals” on Saturday, April 21, 1–4:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. The event will feature a community resource fair, a keynote lecture on advocacy from an adult on the spectrum, and a staged reading of Neurotistic — a brand new musical about a young adult with autism as he tries to adapt to a new home, a new school, old problems, and a fleeting sense of normalcy. The play is by Nichols Eveland, with music and lyrics by Kris Bjarke and Nichols Eveland. The event is hosted by the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.

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Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every week 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 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 23.

Faculty & Staff News

Donna Coombs
Staff Member of the Month: Donna Coombs

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Donna Coombs, communications officer/dispatcher in the Office of Safety and Security, was nominated by her peers and selected by Staff Council as the April Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Donna! Learn more about Donna and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

Raphael Mondesir
Mondesir Presents Paper

Instructor of Sociology Raphael Mondesir presented a paper titled "To Give or To Do: A Closer Look at Participation in Community Development in Indonesia” at the Pacific Sociological Association annual conference held in Long Beach, California.

School of Business, Government, and Economics
Schlee, Eveland Receive Award

Marketing professors Regina Schlee and Vicki Eveland received the “Best Conference Paper” award from the Marketing Educators' Association for their manuscript titled, "Effects of Social Styles on Student Attitudes About Team Projects: Changes Between 2005-07 and 2017." Professor Katrin Harich from California State University, Fullerton, is a co-author of the paper. They will receive the award at the annual Marketing Educators' Association conference in Santa Fe, April 19-21. Congratulations!

MA-TESOL Faculty Present at Convention

The SPU MA-TESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program was well represented at the 52nd annual TESOL convention in March in Chicago. Professor of TESOL (Russian) Katya Nemtchinova presented at sessions titled "Effective Listening Instruction for L2 Learners: Research and Strategies" and "Supervising Academic Writing: Issues, Challenges, and Possible Solutions." Eli Hinkel, Ma-TESOL adjunct faculty member, spoke at the sessions "Unpacking the TESOL Encyclopedia: Answers from Across the TESOL Community;" "Building on the Building Blocks of Language;" "Current Trends and Future Directions in English Language Teaching," and "Building Academic Language." A group of four MA-TESOL students — Tessa Roche, Allison Johansen, Wing Shuen Lau, and Grace Rowan — led by MA-TESOL Practicum Coordinator and program graduate Amy Ephrem, were in charge of the Master’s Student Forum, a student-run mini-conference held in conjunction with the convention.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "Conversio Sancti Pauli: Paul’s Conversion as a Call to Conversion in a Catalán Sermon by Vicent Ferrer" was published in La Ciudad de Dios 231 (2018) 49-70. This journal of history and theology has been published for 231 years at the Royal Augustinian Monastery in El Escorial (the monastery was founded by Phillip II in the 16th century). This is Alberto’s ninth published article on the Catalan sermons of the Dominican Saint Vicent Ferrer (1350-1419).

Bill Woodward
Woodward Participates in Conference

Emeritus Professor of History Bill Woodward participated in a March Festschrift conference at the University of Notre Dame honoring Mark Noll, distinguished and prolific historian of American Christianity. Others present included Martin Marty, David Bebbington, Nathan Hatch, George Marsden, Molly Worthen, and Joel Carpenter, plus colleague Mike Hamilton. Papers ranging from colonial to contemporary American Christianity were presented by an array of young historians, many of them Mark’s former graduate students. A closing panel on "The Evangelical Mind" (the focus of two of Mark’s books) wrestled with the distance between the "intellectual" and "anti-intellectual" wings of the evangelical movement (and regretted the limited influence the former may have in and out of the church despite the faithfulness of Christian universities), yet found the "evangelical" label still clear and essential for historical analysis. Discussion centered on the continued usefulness of Bebbington’s classic "quadrilateral" description of the movement, as well as the mystery of white evangelicals’ supposed embrace of Donald Trump.

SPU in the News

Mike Macdonald
Macdonald’s Op-ed in The News Tribune

An opinion piece by Emeritus Professor of European Studies Mike Macdonald about the legacy of Rev. Billy Graham appeared in The New Tribune (Tacoma) on March 31.

Volume #45 , Issue #16 | Published by: University Communications

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