Monday, May 22, 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Class of 2017 Senior Gift

A message from the Office of Student Life: This year’s Senior Gift Committee, made up of several SPU students and sponsored by ASSP, chose to focus on fundraising "to commemorate the lives of Paul Lee and Erin Kimminau." The tragic events of June 5, 2014,  impacted the entire SPU community, and the Senior Gift Committee would like to commemorate Paul’s life and honor the many who were affected. Students, faculty, and staff are working with the Lee family on a memorial installation for campus which will evoke peace, reflection, movement, and life.

This past fall, the SPU community also lost Erin Kimminau, who passed away in a fatal car accident on her way back from protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Erin traveled across the country to Standing Rock for the sake of justice, life, and water. Erin will be honored through an endowment set up by her family, supporting servant and social justice scholarships at SPU.

If you would like more information, or to participate by giving, please email student Felicia Perez or the Office of Student Life.

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Memorial Day Ceremony May 25

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held in Tiffany Loop at the flagpole on Thursday, May 25, starting at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by an ice cream social. The event is sponsored by the SPU Student Veterans Association and the student SPU Political Union. Faculty and staff are invited to join the ceremony to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve our nation.


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Fall, Winter Reservation Requests for Camp Casey

Fall and winter reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. Requests can be made by full-time faculty and staff. The dates of stay are September 25, 2017, through January 2, 2018. Reservation requests are due by June 2, 2017. The fall and winter requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. Please remember, if you will not have access to your SPU email, please indicate an alternate email so we can contact you in case your name is drawn. Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. If you have questions, contact the Camp Casey Conference Center Office at 866-661-6604 or We look forward to seeing you this winter or sooner!


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Multicultural Night of Worship May 23

This student-led event, filled with diverse expressions of worship, prayer, and dance, is Tuesday, May 23, 7-8 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church adjacent to campus.


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Black Student Union BBQ, Night of Beats May 26

The Black Student Union will host its second annual BBQ on Friday, May 26, 3-5 p.m. in Martin Square. This BBQ is a time for community fellowship and a chance to take a break from the stresses of finals. There will be great food, music, and games. Following the BBQ will be the Night of Beats in Upper Gwinn, 6-10 p.m. Now in its 16th year, this event is a hip hop showcase sponsored by the student group Mosaic. It’s a celebration of culture through singing, rapping, DJing, dance, and spoken word. This event features SPU student artists as well as local artists.

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Percussion Ensemble Concert May 30

The Percussion Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre. The ensemble is directed by Dan Adams, director of percussion studies.

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Falcon Youth Summer Camps

Registration for Falcon Athletics Summer Camps is now open. All faculty and staff receive a 25 percent discount on camp registration fees for children entering grades 3-8 this upcoming Fall 2017. To receive this discount, contact Madi Velling, Athletics Department office manager, at Go Falcons!


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New Student Exhibits in Art Center Gallery

The work of graduating art students in visual communication design will be featured May 24-June 9 in SPU’s Art Center Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 1, 5-7 p.m.The gallery is located at 3 West Cremona. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Campus Dining Specials This Week. Ho'olaule'a on May 24

A message from Campus Dining: Join us for Happy Hour at Common Grounds and Academic Perks, May 22-25 2-5 p.m., and receive 20 percent off a beverage, excluding Frappuccinos.

Monday, May 22: Social media deal: Follow @SPUDining on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, show it to a cashier, and receive 10 percent off your purchase at a participating SPU retail dining location.

Tuesday, May 23: $1.99 tacos for Taco Tuesday at Cocina Del Sol, and Gwinn’s Haute Dogs Hot Dog Bar for dinner.

Wednesday, May 24: Ho’olaule’a (Hawaiian celebration), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Gwinn. E Komo Mai! Taste delicious Hawaiian food and enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula.

Thursday, May 25: Falcon Grill’s is serving up bratwurst.

Friday, May 26: Check our special hours of operation signs at our dining locations to see what’s open during Memorial Day weekend.

It’s $5 Friday, and here are our specials! 
  • Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Huckleberry Lemonade and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  • Cocina Del Sol: Cheese quesadilla with three toppings plus a churro
  • C-Store: $5 ice cream pint
  • Falcon Grill: Bratwurst
  • Bertona Street Pizza: Falafel Pizza

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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, May 25. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, May 30. 

Faculty & Staff News

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Staff Member of the Month: Jason Herrman

In recognition of his service to the SPU community, Jason Herrman, director of marketing technology in University Communications, was nominated and selected as the May Staff of the Month. Jason’s colleagues note his hard work, talent, and positive attitude in tackling challenges, as well as his intentionality in passing on valuable skills and knowledge to student employees. Read more about Jason and submit a nomination for someone you think should be recognized as a future Staff Member of the Month.


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Faculty, Staff Receive Honors and Years of Service Awards

At the annual Celebration of Service ceremony on April 27, faculty and staff were honored for their many years of service to SPU. The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific named Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradley Murg as Faculty Member of the Year. The SPU Staff Council awarded the Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award to Jenn Wilson, program coordinator for the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. The Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award went to John Glancy, director of SPU’s 125 Anniversary Celebration. Faculty and staff who have served SPU for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years were also honored. Receiving awards for 40 years of service were Professor of Finance Dan Hess and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Don MacDonald. Congratulations!

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Ferreiro Give Lecture, Attends Conference

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro gave the lecture, "The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes," for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bothell on May 7. He also attended the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10- 13, at Western Michigan University. He chaired and led discussions on "Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in Middle Ages," and for the International Medieval Sermons Studies Society. 

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Murg Appointed to Board

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Development Studies Bradley Murg has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of "Forum des Idées pour le Québec," a think tank affiliated with the governing Parti Libéral du Québec. He will also address its annual conference on the province's economic and social development in Saint-Hyacinthe in September.

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SPFC Faculty, Students Attend Conference

School of Psychology, Family, and Community faculty and students presented multiple times at the Western Psychological Association in April in Sacramento, California. Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos was a distinguished speaker, presenting the talk “Re-entry from Abroad: Plotting the Pathway Home.” She also chaired the symposium, “Internationalizing the Campus and Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned from the Macro to the Micro.” Her doctoral advisees Clara Roberts, Lindsay Moore, Lauren Hirsch, and Thomas Pankau gave a presentation titled “See Our Campus GLO: Curriculum and Course Mapping of Global Learning Outcomes;” and Kaitlin Patton, Caitlin Coyer Desta Gebregiorgis, Thomas Pankau, and Lauren Hirsch gave a presentation titled “Global Engagement: Realizing Global Learning Outcomes Through Local Service Learning.” (Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition Daniela Gheleva was a co-faculty sponsor for this presentation). The Global Engagement symposium received first place in the student-first-author contest of presentations with international content. Lynette’s students also presented two posters, “Changes in Sexual Assault Coping Self-efficacy as Moderated by Legal Advocate Social Support and Age” (Clara Roberts, Desta Gebregiorgis, and Caitlin Coyer); and “Calling Trajectories as a Function of Exposures to Global Service Learning and a Campus Shooting.” This poster won first-place in the above-mentioned contest.

Students of David Stewart, chair and professor of clinical psychology. presented the poster “The Alcohol and Drug Use Consequences Questionnaire: An Analysis of Structural Validity.”

Students of Thane Erickson, associate professor of clinical psychology, presented the poster, “Loneliness and Stress: Examining the Roles of Negative Social Evaluation and Dispositional Mindfulness” (Christina Quach and Hannah Reas).

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Brittany Christian was co-author of the poster, “It Wasn’t Me: The Role of Perspective in Self-perceptions of Agency and Responsibility.” Colleagues from the University of Aberdeen were her co-authors.

Associate Professor of Psychology Paul Kim was co-author of the poster “Preliminary Findings from the Professional Help-seeking Attitudes of Korean and Korean American Students Study.” A colleague from Sogang University in South Korea was the co-author.

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Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new employees.

Joseph Lam, coordinator, Student Financial Services
Very Mosiychuk, student accounts and loan collections manager, Student Financial Services

SPU in the News

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Martin Op-Ed in Puget Sound Business Journal

An op-ed by President Dan Martin and Seattle University President Steven Sundborg was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal on May 19. Both institutions are marking their 125 anniversary.  (A subscription is required to read the full article.) 


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McKinney in Christianity Today

Professor of Sociology Jennifer McKinney is quoted in the May 2017 issue of Christianity Today. Jennifer comments on new research from Canada that shows Canadian conservative mainline churches are growing, echoing research she conducted on mainline congregations in the U.S. (A subscription is required to read the full article.) 


Volume #44 , Issue #21 | Published by: University Communications

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