Monday, June 3, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

interior design elements
June 4: FCS presents the seniors’ Portfolio Show

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will present its annual senior Portfolio Show, featuring the work of interior design, apparel design, apparel merchandising, and costume design and production majors, on Tuesday, June 4, 4–7 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Please come see the exhibits of our talented seniors!

Visual Communication Senior Show 2019 Evolve
Last chance: “EVOLVE” Senior Art Show

This is the last week to see the Visual Communications senior show “EVOLVE” in the SPAC Gallery in the Seattle Pacific Art Center at 3 W. Cremona. The show, featuring the work of 16 visual communications graduating seniors, closes June 7. Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

TESOL Certification & Ell Endor
TESOL Intensive program

Do you know someone who’s considering teaching abroad? Invite him or her to join the 2019 summer cohort to earn TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in just four weeks. Candidates will learn in a hands-on learning environment while completing 12 graduate-level credits. The Center for Professional Education is partnering with Interlink International Institutes to provide candidates with practical experience in an ESL classroom where “students are developing superior English and academic skills, as well as cultural sensitivity and understanding.” Those who complete the program are eligible to apply credits toward a K–12 ELL endorsement. For more information, visit the program page.

SPU notecards with SPU Logo
June 4: Last chance to order stationery in current fiscal year

Your last opportunity to order stationery items in this current fiscal year is 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Order by June 4 to receive your stationery order Monday, June 17, and billed in this current fiscal year. Orders made after 10 a.m. on June 4 will be delivered July 15, and billed in the next fiscal year. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

Camp Casey
June 5 deadline to make fall/winter requests for Camp Casey

Fall/winter reservation requests are now being taken for Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island for full-time faculty and staff. The dates of stay are September 30, 2019, through January 6, 2020. Reservation requests are due by June 5, 2019. The fall/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 over the summer, provide an alternate email to contact you, should your name be drawn.

Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. Questions? Contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or We look forward to seeing you this winter or sooner!

The Colonel's House at Camp Casey Conference Center
June 14: Camp Casey Open House

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 Friday, June 14, 12–4 p.m. The open house will feature

  • Free admission to the Sea Lab, a marine biology teaching facility.
  • 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 predominantly as a retreat space for SPU leadership and special groups.
  • Tours begin 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.
  • 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.

Staff Council
June 13: Staff invited to Spring Social

A message from Staff Council: We invite you to celebrate with us at the Spring Social on Thursday, June 13, 12:30–2 p.m., in the SUB Gazebo Room. Don’t miss the cupcakes (including gluten free), lawn games, door prizes, and fellowship with your SPU colleagues! We look forward to seeing you there.

June 20: Diversity 101 @ SPU

What do we mean by “diversity” at SPU and why does it even matter? With a focus on building individual and institutional capacity, Diversity 101 @SPU provides a shared language and framework for employees to move forward productively in the work of diversity. Registration is open to all, while priority will be given to new employees. Lunch will be provided for those who sign up by Thursday, June 13. Register using Skillsoft. Diversity 101 @ SPU: Thursday, June 20, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Ames Library Seminar Room.

gift gallery
Coming in October: Gift Gallery

Family and Consumer Sciences is hosting a fundraiser in October called "Gift Gallery" featuring gifts from a selection of talented vendors. They are looking to partner with artisans and vendors who offer unique gift items. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in a booth, please submit the online application form. If you have questions, contact organizers Mia Hays or Pam Martin

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 starts June 10.

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. 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, June 6. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 10, and will be first issue in the summer schedule. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 24.

Faculty & Staff News

Lee Jaeil
Lee receives award for textbook

Jaeil Lee, professor of apparel design and merchandising, received the Lee Heung Soo Author Award for her college textbook, Technical Sourcebook for Designers. The award was created by the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles to honor the late professor Dr. Lee Hung Soo, who made significant contributions to clothing and textile education and industry in Korea. The award is given to authors who have an outstanding impact on clothing and textile education and industry in Korea through a rigorous review process. The second edition of Jaeil’s book was selected for the award. Congratulations!

Matthew Benton
Benton receives grant

Matthew Benton, assistant professor of philosophy, recently received a three-year grant ($99,774) from the John Templeton Foundation for ongoing research on Knowledge and God. This grant will support summer research and also fund a workshop devoted to bringing psychologists, philosophers, and theologians to campus to present work on the topic.

Katya Drozdova
Drozdova presents at National Endowment for the Humanities events

Katya Drozdova, associate professor of political science, spoke at the National Endowment for the Humanities Washington chapter event, co-organized with the Broadway Center for Performing Arts and the Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Titled “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in an Age of Misinformation,” this event took place in Tacoma in December 2018. She was then invited for an encore presentation at a community event titled “The Speed of Deceit — The New Era of Online Lies and Misinformation” in Bellingham in April 2019. Both of these civic engagements were part of Humanities Washington statewide series in partnership with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes. These conversations with experts at the front lines of information wars involved sold out audiences of more than 100 community members. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro's book released in paperback, research group participation, and article published

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of history, has had his book, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets, (Book 14), IVP Academic (2003) reissued in paperback. All of the books in this series have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Chinese, and this series has been IVP’s most successful series ever published.

He is also part of a research group in France called “Aux Sources en Provence.” They will eventually produce six volumes on the life and legacy of Saint Caesarius of Arles, sixth century, who left an enormous body of writings, especially sermons. Because Ferreiro has published quite a bit on Caesarius, he was invited onto the team. Recently the Archbishop of Arles has asked Pope Francis to begin the process to make Caesarius a Doctor of the Church. Alberto has have been invited with others to be a postulator for the cause. A postulator will write to Pope Francis a letter citing reasons and evidence to persuade him to declare Caesarius a Doctor of the Church.

Finally, an article by Alberto titled “St. Braulio of Zaragoza’s Letters on Mourning,” was published in Augustinianum 59 (2019) 157–192. The journal is one of the leading academic journals on early Christianity published by the Institute of Patristic Studies in Rome. The article profiles seven letters that deal with pastoral care for those mourning the dead.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members

The Office of Human Relations would like to welcome the following new employees:

  • Clara Krathwohl, weekend coordinator of Conference Services and Fort Casey Inn, Casey Conference Center
  • Douglas Kusumi, security officer, Safety and Security

SPU in the News

Myers quoted in Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record

Robyn Myers, conference services manager at Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, was pictured and quoted in the Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record about the upcoming Camp Casey open house on June 14.

Grant on KUOW-FM

Jordan Grant, associate vice president for enrollment operations and Student Financial Services, was interviewed by KUOW (94.7 FM) about the Washington College Grant recently passed by the Washington state legislature. The story appeared online on May 28.


professor wells
Professor Emeritus Raymond Wells

Raymond Wells, who served as professor in religion and philosophy for 26 years, passed away on May 24. He was an alumnus of Seattle Pacific, Class of 1946. During his time at SPU, he led several groups on European Quarter and was known by students for his popular classes, including “Values, Faith, and Meaning.” Upon his retirement in 1993, Response printed a short tribute, including this excerpt. “A Free Methodist family and a dairy farm upbringing produced a hardworking man of faith. Wells attended seminary after SPC and pastored a Free Methodist church for three years. The call to education took him to Scotland where he enrolled in the University of Edinburgh and gained his PhD.” A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m. at the Beachwood facility located at the Warm Beach Senior Community.

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