Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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.

Benefits Fair
Winners From the Benefit Fair

The Human Resources (HR) staff would like to thank everyone who attended the recent Benefits Fair. Hopefully, your benefits questions were answered and you enjoyed the food and visiting with co-workers. Congratulations to the 36 lucky employees who won door prizes. We really appreciate the vendors for providing these prizes! The four grand prize winners ($100 cash from HR) are: Dani Richmond, Kristin McGunnigle, Lindsey Peterson, and Serena Severance. Please congratulate all the winners, and hope to see you next year!

Teresa Lewis, Finance Office: Starbucks card and water bottle donated by AON
Isabel Mancini, Student Financial Services: $10 Starbucks Gift Card donated by Transamerica
Mike Potratz, SP Foundation: $10 Starbucks Gift Card donated by Transamerica
Kim Cavanaugh, Development: $50 Amazon Gift Card donated by Cigna: Medical/HAS
Marci Walden, Finance Office: $50 Amazon Gift Card donated by Cigna: Medical/HAS
Mike Clark, Computer and information Systems: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Robin Kundert, Computer and Information Systems: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Ashley Kortman, Conference Services: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Laurie Fryett, Education: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Jordan Grant, Student Financial Services: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Karen Eisenhut, Academic Affairs: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Emily Kelly, Health Sciences: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
John Middeljans, Student Financial Services: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Jonathan Rehaeuser, University Advancement: Fitbit donated by Cigna: Motivate Me
Taylor Miller, Housing and Meal Plan Services: Insulator bag donated by Cigna: Life/AD&D
Teylar Greer, Diversity, Equity and inclusion: T-shirt donated by Athletics
Emily Kelly, Health Sciences: T-shirt donated by Athletics
Kevin Magill, Casey Conference Center: T-shirt donated by Athletics
David Wicks, Education: T-shirt donated by Athletics
Becky Paulson, Library: Gift Bag donated by Safety and Security
Alexis Cruikshank, University Services: Sunglasses donated by VSP
Autumn Parks, Casey Conference Center: $25 Amazon Gift Card donated by LTC Solutions
Debbie Taylor, Casey Conference Center: Sonicare toothbrush donated by Delta Dental
Cherry Gilbert, Financial Affairs: Mariners Tickets donated by BAC
Gerhard Steinke, Business, Government, and Economics: Cup, Pen, Journal, Decal donated by Bookstore
Julie Harrington, Health Science: Pre-paid mailing box donated by Mailing
Gerardo Rubio Pascual, Building Maintenance: Hotel stay at Fort Casey Inn donated by Casey Conference Center
Natalee Vick, Library: CD donated by Music/Theater Department
Teylar Greer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: CD donated by Music/Theater Department
Alison Sigrist, Library: CD donated by Music/Theater Department
Lynn Ernsting, University Services: CD donated by Music/Theater Department
Jason Thornberry, Education: Falcon Funds donated by University Services

Opening Reception May 31 for Senior Student Visual Communication Show

Works by graduating seniors in visual communication will be on display at the Art Center Gallery through Friday, June 8. On opening reception will be held Thursday, May 31, 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. The show is titled "Momentum." 

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 eideh@spu.edu with your work schedule to coordinate a ride.

Youth Soccer
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 vellingm@spu.edu.

Camp Casey
Fall and Winter Reservation Requests for Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Due June 1

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 campcasey@spu.edu. Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation.

Stationery Orders Due June 5

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, to have stationery orders delivered on June 15. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on June 5 will be delivered in July. To see deadlines and delivery dates for the remainder of the fiscal year, visit the “Create an Order” stationery page in Banner. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at hmcpherson@spu.edu.

10th of the month
Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes Due June 10

The 10th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to add or remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. Changes might include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you wish to make to your 403(b) account contributions must be made by the 10th of the month. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions at 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.–6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Mardeth Hughes in HR at 206-281-2816.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline. Summer Schedule Begins June 11.

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 fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, May 31. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 4. Beginning June 11, the Bulletin will be published every other week until September 17.

Faculty & Staff News

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.

Robert Baah
Baah’s Article Published

An article on divine providence by Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies Robert Baah appears in the 2018 edition of Pentecost Fire, pp. 28-29. This is the first in a series of reflections on the same topic. In February, he gave a presentation titled "Building Culturally Relevant Ministries" at the Pentecost Leadership Conference held in Wayne, New Jersey. In April, he participated in a series of ecumenical roundtables on the theme "Let Mutual Love Remain" (Hebrews 13:1), organized by the Global Christian Forum in Bogota, Colombia.

Adam Arabian
Arabian’s Work Included in Museum

A prosthetic hand designed by Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science Adam Arabian is part of the exhibition titled "The Future Starts Here — 100 Projects Shaping the World of Tomorrow" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The hand was designed for a Yemeni refugee boy who was badly burned. It was part of a collaboration with a small international team of designers and artists in conjunction with a nonprofit in Jordan.

Rachell Sumpter
Sumpter’s Work in Art Gallery

A solo exhibition featuring new works by adjunct art faculty member Rachell Sumpter is now on display at the Foley Gallery in New York City until June 8. The exhibition is titled "Winter Sun."

Tina Schermer-Sellers
Schermer Sellers Gives Presentation

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Tina Schermer Sellers gave a presentation at the She is Called 2018 Christian Women’s Leadership Conference in Denver, May 17–19. Her talk was titled "Sex and Power: The Sacred Feminine Politic."

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Chairs Session

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro chaired sessions and led discussions for the Ibero-Medieval Association of North America and International Medieval Sermon Studies Society at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10–13, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

SPU Arch
Welcome, New Staff Members

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

Renee Corcoran, administrative assistant for sociology and history, College of Arts and Sciences
Justin Juzwick, assistant controller, Controller’s Office

From the Archives

Ivy Cutting 1958
The History of Ivy Cutting

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier. I have a student intern this quarter who has done some great research and written a wiki entry (including photos) on the history of Ivy Cutting. You can see her work online

Volume #45 , Issue #22 | Published by: University Communications

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