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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.

Developing the Digital Dimension of Your Course

The Educational Technology and Media Office is hosting a workshop on Thursday, May 24, 1–2 p.m. titled “Developing the Digital Dimension of Your Course.” This workshop will discuss approaches to using Canvas and other digital tools to support teaching and learning. We’ll share some tips about course design in Canvas for blended, hybrid, or online courses and share some home page designs ETM is working on. We'll also review other digital tools that SPU provides and how to evaluate digital tools you'd like to use. All are welcome to attend. If you would like lunch, register by emailing Library Budget Manager Alison Sigrist at  by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23.

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Annual Ho'olaule'a on May 23

A message from Campus Dining: Join us at our annual Ho'olaule'a Hawaiian Celebration on Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in Gwinn Commons Dining Hall. Celebrate the Aloha Spirit with “onolicious” food, live Hawaiian music by Sound of the Islands, and more! Try kalua pork, guava cake, milk tea with boba, and more.

Leadership Celebration
New Leadership Studies Minor

Do you know students currently serving in leadership roles or students who’ve expressed interest in being a leader in the future? Starting Autumn Quarter, the Office of Student Life will offer a new minor in leadership studies open to all students. The Leadership Studies minor offers students a holistic view of leadership within various disciplines. Students will explore foundational theories and models, consider personal development, hone tangible skills, and deepen understanding of vocation as a leader for the common good. Details and requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please encourage interested students to contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

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Swedish Mobile Mammography Coach on Campus May 24

Mammograms save lives when they are used to screen women for breast cancer. To help make these essential tests convenient for women in our community, SPU is hosting Swedish’s Mobile Mammography coach on Thursday, May 24. Schedule your appointment by going to Swedish Breast Center online scheduler. The coach will be in front of Tiffany Loop on 3rd Avenue West. Please bring the breast history form from the online scheduling link and your insurance card and photo ID. For general questions about this event, contact Cherylin Shdo, Human Resources benefits specialist, at  For mammography results or to make a follow-up diagnostic appointment, call the Breast Center at 206-215-3900.

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"How to Be a Productive Scholar"

Professors Daniel Castelo and Cara Wall-Scheffler will discuss "How to Be a Productive Scholar" in the final "How to Do Scholarship" event in the Library's Reading Room on Thursday, May 24, 12–12:50 p.m. This series is hosted by the Writing Program, Library, and Center for Scholarship & 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.

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Theatre Department Presents I and You

The Theatre Department presents Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, May 22-26 in the Backstage Theatre in McKinley Hall. Assistant Director of Theatre Richard Lorig says "the play has a familiar young adult literature feel to it with a pair of mismatched students forced to work together on a poetry project for Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass… If you’re a fan of books and movies like The Fault In Our Stars or Everything, Everything, then this show is definitely for you."

Senior Student Visual Communication Show May 23–June 8

Works by graduating seniors in visual communication will be on display at the Art Center Gallery beginning Wednesday, May 23. On opening reception will be held Thursday, May 31, 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. The show is titled "Momentum." 

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

University Communications needs help identifying outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from this year's graduating class. 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

Percussion Ensemble
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 Theatre 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 performances 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.

Symphonic Orchestra
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 feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi with violist Amber Archibald-Sesek, and combined choirs. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible. The event 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) 
  • Tours of the Fort Casey Inn, a row of cottages formerly used as officers' housing just before World War I.
  • Guided tours of the Colonel’s House, which is used predominanty as a retreat space for SPU leadership and special groups. Tours 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 tours 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.

Van Pool
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.

Camp Casey
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. If you will be away from your SPU email, please 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.

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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, May 24. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, May 29.

Faculty & Staff News

Clint Kelly
Kelly Named Staff Member of the Month

In recognition of his service to the SPU community, Clint Kelly, communications specialist and senior Response writer in University Communications, was nominated by his peers and selected by Staff Council as the May Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Clint! Learn more about Clint and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

Don Mortenson
Reception for Don Mortenson

Please join us at a reception for Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration Don Mortenson on Wednesday, May 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. There will be a brief program at 1:45 p.m. As announced previously, Don will be retiring at the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2018. Please join us as we honor him for his 38 years of excellent service to Seattle Pacific and wish him well.

Jean Brown
Retirement Celebration for Jean Brown

If you’ve ever received a flu shot in the SPU Health Center, thank Jean Brown! Please join us as we celebrate Jean Brown, director of Health Services, in a retirement celebration on Thursday, May 24, 3–5 p.m. in the Eaton Hall Lobby. A brief program will begin at 4 p.m. Stop by to honor and thank Jean for her 35 years of service to the SPU community. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Rob Wall, 2016
Wall’s Essay Published

An essay by Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, titled “What if No 2 Peter?,” is included in the collection Der zweite Petrusbrief und das Neue Testament (Wolfgang Grünstäudl, Uta Poplutz and Tobias Nicklas, eds., Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 397, Mohr-Siebeck, 2017). In his essay, which helps to frame the entire volume, Rob argues that, although the canonicity of 2 Peter has been challenged from antiquity to modern criticism (even if for different reasons), the letter performs an important role in completing the New Testament’s witness to God. The practical effect of deleting 2 Peter from the NT, then, would be to shortchange Scripture’s inspiring performances in worship, catechesis, mission, and personal devotions.

Robin Henrikson
Henrikson’s Article Published

An article by Professor of Education Robin Henrikson titled “Superintendent Evaluation Frameworks for Continuous Improvement: Using Evidence-based Processes to Promote the Stance of Improvement” was published in the spring edition of AASA’s Journal of Scholarship and Practice.

J.J. Johnson Leese
Leese’s Book Published

A new book by Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures J.J. Johnson Leese titled Christ, Creation and the Cosmic Goal of Redemption was published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Read more about the book.

Rolin Moe
Moe’s Article Published

An article by Rolin Moe, assistant professor and director of academic innovation, was published in Inside Higher Education on May 16. Titled "Making Academic Innovation Meaningful," Rolin takes a nuanced look at the hype around academic innovation, stressing a need for the focus of nationwide efforts to remain on developing students of competence and character.

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Tom Interviewed About Recent Publication

Assistant Professor of Sociology Joshua Tom was interviewed by SAGE Publications regarding his recent publication "Social Origins of Scientific Deviance: Examining Creationism and Global Warming Skepticism." Listen to the podcast.

Matthew Benton
Benton’s Article Published

An article by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Matthew Benton titled "Knowledge, Hope, and Fallibilism," was just published in the journal Synthese.

Volume #45 , Issue #21 | Published by: University Communications

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