Monday, April 25, 2022 Seattle Pacific University

From the President

Peter Mejares
Reminder: Employee forum on Wednesday, April 27

As we approach the end of April and look to the month of May, I am keenly aware of the workloads that many individuals in our community are carrying and of the challenges of meeting the demands of each week. I am grateful for the commitment to the conversations that are underway and for the grace and care I see extended.

We previously shared a desire for regular in-person forums. Although we have been providing periodic written updates, we know that there is also value for you to hear from senior leaders in person and we are returning to that format for this update. To provide this opportunity, we have scheduled an employee forum on Wednesday, April 27, 3–4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. An Outlook calendar invite will also be sent. In this forum you will receive updates on enrollment, budget, fundraising, and the various work groups that have been operating the past few months. We hope also to share at that time additional information on further opportunities for engagement that are in development and soon to be announced for the near future.

The forum on April 27 will be available via this Zoom link for individuals who are not able to attend in person.

Campus News & Events

John Perkins
April 26: The 16th annual Perkins Lecture

The 16th annual John Perkins Lecture Series welcomes the CCDA Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, “Imagine CCDA,” to campus on Tuesday, April 26. At 11 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Joyce del Rosario, a Filipina American scholar, practitioner, and assistant professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. The evening plenary at 6:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn welcomes Lenore Three Stars (Oglala Lakota), a retired Seattle civil rights leader who will reflect on a theology of place from an indigenous worldview.

The CCDA, a national organization co-founded by Dr. John Perkins, is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. The morning plenary and evening plenary sessions are free and open to the campus community. The full conference is also open to the public at a cost of $49 per person, which includes workshops and lunch. You can find more information and register for the full conference online.

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Azure MFA migration

 A message from Computer and Information Systems: As part of ongoing efforts to better protect campus and reduce administrative costs, CIS has licensed Microsoft Azure multi-factor authentication (MFA) for current Duo 2FA users in addition to extending that protection to all students, all at a lower cost than our current employee-only coverage through Duo 2FA.

As a current Duo 2FA user, you are eligible to migrate immediately, following these instructions: Enrolling in Azure MFA. CIS recommends migrating as soon as you are able to and at a time convenient to you, rather than waiting until the last minute. Your account may be required to move as early as May 6, so enroll now! See our blog post for more information.

Jamila Conley
F5 vice president next SBGE Dean's Speaker on May 4

You are invited to the School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean's Speaker Series event on Wednesday, May 4, with Jamila Conley, F5 vice president for business transformation. Conley is a proven and accomplished executive holding a CPA license, a MBA in Management Information Systems, and is a Certified Information Security Auditor. In her current role, she is a merger and acquisition integration leader focused on value realization and change management throughout the integration process. She has successfully created and led the integration function and the overall program management activities for over $2 billion worth of acquisitions at F5.

The event will be held Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. in the Ames Library, 2nd floor seminar Room. RSVP at

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COVID-19 testing: Updated hours of operation

Curative, the company providing COVID-19 testing in the Student Union Building, has changed its hours of operation: COVID-19 testing on SPU’s campus will be available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Testing on Saturdays will be available 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. To make an appointment, please visit the Curative site or navigate directly to the appointment page.

Lauren Pattie
SPU Voices Podcast: “Why Young People Aren’t Going to Church,” with Lauren Pattie

Lauren Pattie ’09 serves Seattle Pacific University as a content manager for Pivot NW, a team that works with Seattle-area faith communities to better understand the experiences of young adults by working with them to design, launch, and evaluate new ministries. In the latest SPU Voices podcast, Laurie discusses why young people aren’t going to church and what to do about it. Stream online now or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

Churches for Middle East event
April 28: Churches for Middle East Peace — A discussion on the Palestine and Israel conflict

The Social Justice and Cultural Studies program is sponsoring “Churches for Middle East Peace: A discussion on the conflict between Palestine and Israel” on Thursday, April 28, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 356. The guest speakers are Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Tala AlRaheb. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Celebration of Service
This week! The Celebration of Service is Thursday, April 28

Don’t forget! We will gather again for the 2022 Celebration of Service, on Thursday, April 28, to honor Seattle Pacific University faculty and staff members with milestone years (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40) of dedicated employment. This in-person celebration will be held in Brougham Pavilion at 11:10 a.m. Come support your colleagues and express your appreciation for their committed service. We will announce Staff Members of the Year, as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty of the Year. Following the event, light snacks will be available. All offices will be closed so faculty and staff members can attend.

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Upcoming specials in Gwinn Commons

Upcoming lunch and dinner specials in Gwinn Commons.

  • Tuesday, April 26: Pretzel Day — Hot pretzels and cheese at lunch.
  • Wednesday, April 27: Baked potato bar — Baked potato bar at lunch.
  • \Thursday, April 28: Pay It Forward — PB&J Drive at lunch with a sandwich station for students to make sandwiches to donate to charity.
  • Friday, April 29: Pasta Bar at dinner

Upcoming specials in SPU’s retail locations.

  • Monday, April 25–Friday, April 29: Common Grounds and Academic Perks offer half-off pastries during their last hour.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year. The next deadline is Thursday, April 28, and the next issue will be published Monday, May 2.

If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible with an image or graphic to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity.

Faculty & Staff News

School of Education
Antilla-Garza, Jalalian-Chursky give presentation

Julia Antilla-Garza, associate professor of educational leadership, and Krystle Jalalian-Chursky, assistant professor of special education, gave a presentation at the CUNY Neurodiversity Conference in March. The presentation titled, “Thriving in the Liminal Space of Student Teaching as a Neurodivergent Intern," discussed the personal challenges, legal protections, and disclosure strategies that can make the difference between an unsuccessful and successful student-teaching experience for neurodivergent interns.

Krystle Jalalian-Chursky
Jalalian-Chursky, undergraduate students give presentation

Krystle Jalalian-Chursky, assistant professor of special education, and special education major students, Taryn Campbell and Payton Lester, gave a presentation at the 20th annual Northwest PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Conference, "Still Connected: Relationships, Resilience, and Belonging." Their presentation, titled "Developing and Implementing Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) for All Learners: Practical Strategies for Effectiveness,” provided practical strategies for effectiveness for educators with current research and knowledge to effectively provide support for students with challenging behaviors from all backgrounds.

Janet Hauck
Hauck's chapter published

Janet Hauck, business and social sciences librarian, has had a book chapter titled “Managing Your Management Information Literacy: A Focus on Interdisciplinary Research” published in Teaching Business Information Literacy. The book is a 2022 publication of the American Library Association, and Janet’s chapter may be viewed here in SPU's Digital Commons.

Rebekah Rice
Rice’s book published

Rebecca Rice, associate professor of philosophy, had her book, Death and Persistence, released in April 2022 by Cambridge University Press and is available for free download.

School of Education
Baliram, Koetje, and Huff give presentation on latest research

School of Education faculty members Nalline Baliram, Kirsten Koetje, and Emily Huff recently published “Virtual Learning Environments and a Needs Assessment of K–12 Teachers” (PDF) in the AILACTE Journal. They also presented this work at the Hawaii International Conference in Education in January 2022.

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Tom’s article now available

Joshua Tom, assistant professor of sociology, and co-authors Brandon Martinez (Providence College) and Joseph Baker (East Tennessee State University), had their article, “Flowing Across With Demonic Hate: Belief in Supernatural Evil and Support for Stricter Immigration Policy,” published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Willett gives presentation

Mischa Willett, assistant professor of English and writing, gave a presentation at the Conference on Christianity and Literature hosted by Biola University in La Mirada, California, on the topic of “Highland Tourism and Holy Ghosting.”

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro's articles accepted

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, has had four articles accepted for publication in the ongoing series on Bishop Caesarius of Arles (sixth century) for the “Aux Sources de la Provence” research group of which he is a member. Ten volumes will eventually appear titled, Caesarius and the Five Continents. Four volumes have appeared and Alberto has published in one already. All essays are published in French and English. The essays accepted are “Caesarius of Arles’ Sermons; Martin of Braga’s De Correctione Rusticorum and Venantius Fortunatus’ Poem V, 1 and 2;" “The Petrine Primacy according to Caesarius of Arles;" “A Possible Influence From the East: Ephrem the Syrian in two sermons of Caesarius of Arles on Jonah;" and “The Theology and Practice of Preaching in the Sermons of Caesarius of Arles.”

eugene lemcio
Lemcio status renewed

Gene Lemcio, professor emeritus of New Testament, recently learned that the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington have renewed his affiliate professor status in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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Welcome, new staff member Jason Rhine

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming new SPU staff member, Jason Rhine, head women’s volleyball coach, Athletics.

From the Archives

Jake Deshazer
Jake DeShazer and the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: This month marks the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan, the United States’ answer to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the raiders who bombed Tokyo was Jake DeShazer, whose bust can be seen in the stairwell of Ames Library. DeShazer and his crewmates were taken prisoner by the Japanese and held as POWs for the duration of the war.

While in the Japanese prison, DeShazer received a Red Cross Bible and became a Christian. He felt God calling him to forgive the Japanese and to share the Gospel with them after the war, so DeShazer trained to be a missionary at Seattle Pacific College after he came back to the United States. While at SPC, he met Florence Matheny and the two were married. After they graduated, Jake and Florence went to Japan in 1948 as Free Methodist missionaries. The DeShazers remained in Japan until 1977, sharing the Gospel and Jake’s story with the Japanese. They made many friends and touched countless lives, like the members of the Bible class pictured here with Jake and Florence in 1952. (Select the link to the see the photo). 


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