Monday, May 14, 2018 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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SPU Joins Other Universities to Support Affordable Housing Week, May 14-18

Seattle Pacific University joined three universities and colleges to declare May 14-18, 2018, as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. President Martin, along with Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, interim president of Highline College; Steven V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity. The higher education institutions join King County and 20 King County cities, including Seattle, in recognizing the benefits of affordable housing to everyone in the community.

Record Number of Student Fulbright Awards

Message from Sharleen Kato, senior international officer and director of Global Engagement: Under Assistant Professor of Political Science Brad Murg’s expert and committed guidance, we have a record number of students receiving Fulbright awards to study abroad this year:

  • David Dovgopoly, CAS, Arts and Humanities, history major (Ukraine)
  • Rachel Long, SBGE, Global Development major (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Abby Jensen, SBGE, Global Development major (Jordan)
  • Rachel Weeks, SBGE, Global Development alumna, who was a finalist and is now an alternate for Laos.

It has been a very good Fulbright year for SPU. Thanks to all of you who supported, edited, reviewed applications, and wrote reference letters.

Graduates at Commencement 2015
Looking for Outstanding Graduates in the Class of 2018

University Communications needs help identifying outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to media outlets prior to Commencement, as well as for promotional purposes. Please send the name(s) of the students and a short description about why you are recommending them. Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, were involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! We will follow up with the student and get permission to use their profile. Send information by email to Director of Public Information Tracy Norlen at

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School of Theology Book Celebration May 16

Join the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, School of Theology, and Seattle Pacific Seminary for a special event highlighting faculty authors and professors Daniel Castelo, David Nienhuis, J.J. Johnson Leese, and Rob Wall on Wednesday, May 16, 3–4:15 p.m. at the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church.

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ASSP Ministry Council Prayer Walk May 17

The ASSP vice president of ministries and the ASSP Student Ministry Council invites staff and faculty to participate in a prayer walk on Thursday, May 17, in Tiffany Loop. Come and go as you are able between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join student leaders at eight different prayer stations, each focusing on a different topic for the SPU community and beyond. For more information, email

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How to Fund Your Research

Faculty members Amy Robertson and Leland Saunders, and Jenn Wilson with the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, will discuss "How to Fund Your Research" in the next "How to Do Scholarship" event in the Library's Reading Room on Thursday, May 17, 12–12:50 p.m. This series is hosted by the Writing Program, Ames Library, and Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. Speakers from across campus will address the difficulties and delights of writing and publishing. If faculty attend three of the five panels, they will receive credit for a FLAGG. Light refreshments are provided.

Celebrate Memorial Day With Our Veterans

Seattle Pacific’s annual Memorial Day celebration will be Tuesday, May 29, at 12:30 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. Military service members who have given their lives in the line of duty will be honored and remembered, and SPU community members who serve or have served will be recognized. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. in the Gazebo Room.

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Percussion Ensemble Concert May 29

The SPU Percussion Ensemble and soloists will present their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theater in McKinley Hall. The ensemble is directed by Dan Adams, director of percussion studies and the Percussion Ensemble. Works by John Cage, Lynn Glassock, Ernesto Lecuona, William Kraft, Claude Debussy, Mitchel Peters, John Beck, Ney Rosauro, Stephen Reich, and Jason K. Nitsch will be featured on the program. Also featured will be solo performance by students Colin Boutin, Morgan Vassiljev, Laura Shigeta, Arie Martinet, and Nicholas Burton. The concert is open to the public, free of charge, wheelchair accessible, and will be livestreamed.

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Symphony Orchestra Concert May 24

The Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert is Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Under the guidance of Director of Orchestra Julia Tai, the concert will features Ralph Vaughan Williams’ "Flos Campi," violist Amber Archibald-Sesek, and combined choirs. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible. The event will be livestreamed.

All-Choirs Concert May 15

The final all-choir concert of the year features the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs together in song for an impressive evening of choral music. The concert will held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible, and will be livestreamed.

Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble Concert May 22

The SPU Jazz Ensemble's Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street. The concert features music from throughout the history of jazz, from swing to cool jazz to fusion. Join Instructor of Jazz History and Jazz Piano Dan Kramlich, the Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble as they explore some of America’s original music from the 20th century. The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and will be livestreamed.

Camp Casey Open House June 19

Seattle Pacific University’s Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, a historic military fort built at the turn of the 20th century, will host an open house on Tuesday, June 19, 12–4 p.m. The open house will feature

  • Free admission to the Sea Lab, a marine biology teaching facility.
  • Free admission to the swimming pool during the open house.
  • Tours of the barracks and mess hall (with complimentary snacks/coffee) 
  • Tour of the Fort Casey Inn, a row of cottages formerly used as officer’s housing just before World War I.
  • Guided tour of the Colonel’s House, which is used predominately as a retreat space for SPU leadership and special groups. The tour begins with a historical lecture by SPU Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., with tours led by Casey History Expert Steve Kobylk at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
  • Guided walking tour of Fort Casey State Park and gun batteries will begin at 3:15 p.m. with History Professor Woodward.
  • The Admiralty Head Lighthouse located in the park will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours. 
Camp Casey, originally known as Fort Casey, opened in 1890 by the U.S. military. Fort Casey, along with Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, became part of the “triangle of fire” to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington State, housing ten officers and 428 enlisted men. Fort Casey was decommissioned after World War II, and SPU purchased the property in 1956. The buildings have been updated and renovated to house school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes.

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Vanshare and Vanpool Riders Needed

A message from Heather Eide, office manager of safety, security, and transportation: We are currently in need of both part-time and full-time Vanshare and Vanpool riders. If you’re looking for alternative commuting options, we have groups that leave King Street Station between 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., or Vanpools that pick up across various points around Seattle, like Kirkland, Shoreline, and Mountlake Terrace. Contact with your work schedule to coordinate a ride.

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Falcon Youth Sports Camps

The Athletics Department hosts 20 different youth sports camps over the summer. Faculty and staff members receive a 25 percent discount when registering. To receive the discount, email Madi Velling, internal operations coordinator for athletics, at

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Fall and Winter Reservation Requests for Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey

Fall and winter reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island for full-time faculty and staff. The dates of stay are September 24, 2018, through January 2, 2019. Reservation requests are due by June 1, 2018.  The fall and winter requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. Please remember if you will be away from your SPU email to indicate an alternate email for contacting you, should your name be drawn. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation.

Graduation Stole for Veterans
Thank You For Honoring Our Graduating Veterans

Seattle Pacific has 30 students who are veterans and graduating with their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Thanks to your generosity, all our graduating student veterans will wear special stoles designed for them with their regalia.

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Estate Planning Seminar Offered for Faculty, Staff

The Endowment and Gift Planning Office, in partnership with Human Resources, will offer a “Provide and Protect” estate planning seminar on Monday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The seminar will be led by attorney, SPU alumnus, and current parent Steve Waltar and Director of Endowments and Gift Planning Marlon Sandlin. It will provide you with everything you need to know to create a plan that reflects your goals and dreams. You will learn how to make good decisions to help your family in the future and avoid common mistakes. You will also receive SPU’s new estate planning guide, Planning Your Legacy. A light lunch will be provided. RSVPs are required by registering online.

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May Is “Bike Everywhere” Month

The 2018 Bike Everywhere Challenge challenges team members to commute by bicycle during the month of May. Sign up with an SPU team to participate, then join us Friday, May 18, for Bike Everywhere Day.

Join an SPU bike to work team today.

  • Select the blue “Register Here” button.
  • Join as a participating member of Seattle Pacific University.
  • Sign in or create a new account and follow the prompts.
  • Once logged in, navigate to “My Org” and select the SPU team you would like to join.

Start biking, win prizes, and get to know other SPU bike riders. Also, stop by a bagel stop while biking to work on Friday, May 18.

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Picnic for Faculty, Staff Bike Riders on May 18

A message from Heather Eide, office manager of safety, security and transportation: Friday, May 18, is the Faculty/Staff Bike Rider’s Picnic! Ride your bike to work at least four days in the month of May, and then sign up for the Faculty/Staff Biker’s picnic. Sign up by joining a SPU bike team on the Love to Ride website. A light lunch will be served for those that bike to work on Friday, May 18, in the Weter Lounge on the third floor. Sign up on the Love to Ride website, then email Heather Eide at to RSVP for the luncheon.

David Wicks
Applications Open for the Master of Education in Digital Education Leadership

Applications are now open for the Master of Education in Digital Education Leadership program’s Fall 2018 cohort. Are you interested in the role technology can play in learning? In the MEd in Digital Education Leadership program, you’ll explore research theories, discover new digital resources, and develop best practice strategies for using technology as an effective and revolutionary tool in education. The program is highly flexible and can be completed while continuing in a full-time job. With a project-based learning model, the coursework is immediately applicable in your professional context. You can find testimonials about the program online. Apply by the early action deadline of June 1 and have your application fee waived! Please contact Graduate Enrollment Counselor Katie Clum with any application questions, or Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks if you’d like to talk further about the program and how it can best fit with your personal and professional goals.

Thursday deadline
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, May 17. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 21.

Faculty & Staff News

Lee Jaeil
Lee Wins Fulbright Award

Jaeil Lee, professor of apparel design and merchandising in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was awarded a 2018–19 Fulbright Award to teach in Burma. Congratulations, Jaeil!

Bo Lim, 2016
Thank You Reception for Bo Lim

Please come to a reception on Tuesday, May 29, 2–3 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room to honor and thank Dr. Bo Lim for his four years of outstanding service as University Chaplain. There will be a short program starting at 2:15 p.m., and cake and punch will be served. As you may know, Bo will return to his faculty role in the School of Theology this summer.

SPU in the News

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Snedker, McKinney Editorial in Chronicle of Higher Education

An op-ed by sociology professors Karen Snedker and Jennifer McKinney was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on May 6 as part of a special report titled "Campus Spaces: Flexibility for the Future." The op-ed, titled "Hosting a Homeless Encampment Changed Our University," looks at the homelessness issue in Seattle, how sanctioned tent cities work, and TC3’s impact on Seattle Pacific.

Volume #45 , Issue #20 | Published by: University Communications

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