Monday, June 10, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Staff Council
June 13: Staff invited to Spring Social

Staff Council invites 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.

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 Fort Casey Inn, a row of cottages formerly used as officers’ housing 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 with a historical lecture by SPU Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and 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.

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.

CIS Service Catalog
Summer reading suggestions from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For summer reading ideas, a teaching tool for building cultural competency, and more, check out the June edition of ODEI Connections.

thank you
Thank you for taking Drovdahls’ stuff

A message from Bob Drovdahl, professor of educational ministry: “A big thank you to all (nearly 100) faculty and staff who came to our garage giveaway last Wednesday. Three really good results happened: (1) We cleared out almost all our surplus items in advance of our move; (2) many of you went home with new stuff you needed/wanted/thought you might possibly use some day; and (3) you donated nearly $300 to support the endowed lectureship honoring Frank Spina, professor emeritus of Old Testament. That’s a pretty good afternoon! Thanks again."

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.

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 fill out 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.

Faculty/Staff Bulletin on summer schedule. Next issue June 24.

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 20. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 24.

Faculty & Staff News

chloe hays
Hays named June 2019 Staff Member of the Month

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Chloe Hays, program coordinator for Marriage and Family Therapy, was nominated by her peers and selected by Staff Council as the June Staff Member of the Month. For her effective and impactful skill in creatively organizing, networking, and building connections through program events, please thank and congratulate Chloe! Learn more about Chloe and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

debra sequeria
Sequeira gives presentation

Debra Sequeira, dean of arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, gave a presentation as part of the panel, "Examining the Experiences of Racialized and Indigenous Faculty in Universities: A Cross-National Comparison" at NCORE (The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education) in Portland, Oregon, May 28-June 1. Debra was the only panel participant from the United States, sharing best practices around diversity efforts at SPU.

Randy Beavers
Beavers wins award

Randy Beavers, assistant professor of finance, received the "Best Paper Award in Pedagogy" from the editors of the Journal of Financial Education at the 2018 Financial Education Association annual meeting. His paper was titled, “Incorporating Sustainable Development Goals in an Introductory Macroeconomics Course."

Maybell contributes to journal

Steve Maybell, retiring director of the Student Counseling Center, was asked by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology to contribute an article for a special addition of the Journal of Individual Psychology. This special issue recognizing Alfred Adler’s sesquicentennial (150) year anniversary will include Maybell’s article titled, “Adler’s Original Contributions to Psychology.” The article will be published later this year through University of Texas Press. Steve will continue at SPU as adjunct faculty in the MFT program.

cheryl michaels
Michaels presents at conference

Cheryl Michaels, associate director of Safety and Security, gave a presentation at the “The Great Conversation in Security” event in Plano, Texas, on May 21. Her presentation was titled, “Critical Incident Response as a Value Stream.” She also participated in a panel discussion at the same conference titled “Creating Intelligent Communications-as-a-Service in the Building, the Campus, and the Organization.” The panel discussed why intelligent communications is needed, how it is deployed, and how the information becomes “intelligent,” thereby impacting the value, ROI, and the risk mitigation of the organization.

Headshot of Professor Shannon Smythe
Smythe presents at international conference

Shannon Smythe, assistant professor of theological studies, presented a paper at the “Karl Barth’s Romerbrief 100 Years Later: Retrospect and Prospect” conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Her paper was titled “(Only) the Necessary Beginning for the White Christian: The Future of Barth’s Romerbrief.”

eugene lemcio
Lemcio's article published

An article by Gene Lemcio, professor emeritus of New Testament, titled “Kerygmatic Centrality and Unity in the First Testament? (II): Evidence From the Deuterocanon of West and East, Including the Scriptures of Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity,” was published in the Canadian-American Theological Review 7 (2018) 114–23.

SPU in the News

Woodward quoted in Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record

Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward was quoted in the Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record about the upcoming Camp Casey open house on June 14. Bill will lead tours with a lecture titled "Those mysterious seacoast forts: Doing homeland defense the old-fashioned way." 

Volume #46 , Issue #23 | Published by: University Communications

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