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Resuming campus operations website

Be sure to visit the Resuming Campus Operations website, which includes current information and plans for Autumn Quarter. This website provides instructions related to health and safety expectations while on campus, as well as separate webpages for employees and students. More information will be added, so check the website often. If you have information to add or questions, contact Tracy Norlen in UC at

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Meet the Class of 2020 website

To faculty and staff: Thank you for your Class of 2020 student recommendations. Many of these students are featured on the Meet the Class of 2020 website, which also includes videos from the Commencement celebrations, online galleries of final senior art projects, information on University Scholars final projects, and profiles of our retiring faculty.

July 21 or 22: Organize and prioritize work with Jira

Want to organize tasks and keep them visible, find important details without rummaging through your inbox, and look up what was done last time so that you can use it this time? Want to delegate tasks and monitor their progress without micromanaging? Jira can help! RSVP for a Teams link to Computer and Information System’s online training for task management via Jira, offered Tuesday, July 21, 10–10:45 a.m., or Wednesday, July 22, 2–2:45 p.m. Contact Allison Pincus in CIS at with questions, and find more information on the CIS training program.

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SPU Library: Contactless pickup

While our building remains closed, the SPU Library is piloting Contactless Pickup of library materials to the SPU community. Go to Primo to place requests for SPU owned print materials. Requests entered by 10 a.m. on Monday and Thursday will be placed on the hold shelf. Patrons will receive an “On Hold Shelf” email notification when the item is ready for pickup.

Contactless Pickup is currently available Mondays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Please follow the guidelines below to ensure a secure and healthy pickup experience for staff and patrons alike:

  • Wear your mask.
  • Go to the front entrance of the Ames Library building.
  • Tap your SPU ID to enter.
  • Locate the items you requested on the cart.
  • Your items are already checked out to you — you’re ready to go!

If you have questions, or if you would like to arrange curbside pickup in the Dravus lot, please email or call 206-281-2228 (phones are answered during pickup hours).

We apologize that we cannot accommodate on the spot requests or welcome you into the building at this time.

Diversity Equity And Inclusion
New from the ODEI

The June ODEI Connections contains information about workshops, books, and articles that deepen understanding of systemic racism and provide tools for engaging the work of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. We hope this will promote further reflection and action now and through the summer.

Additionally, our summer book giveaway has ended and we are excited to announce the winners: Heather Maguire, Allison Groseclose, Rachel Johanson, Erla Champ-Gibson, Erica Largent, Joel Jin, Bethany Rolfe Witham, Karmen Baldwin, Kara Gray, and Alison Howard. Thanks to all who participated!

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Monthly deadlines for staff payroll and benefits changes

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 to your 403b account may take up to seven days to be provided to SPU for processing, so please contract Transamerica by the first of the month prior to your requested change. 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 Cherylin Shdo in HR at 206-281-2816.

Faculty/Staff Bulletin on summer schedule

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin, published weekly during the academic year, will be published every other week during the summer until September 7. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, July 13, and the deadline is Thursday, July 9. 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.

Faculty & Staff News

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Baah’s article published

Professor of Spanish Robert Baah’s article “Divine Providence: Part III” was published in the 2020 edition of Pentecost Fire USA. The article spells out the practical implications of the doctrine of divine providence.

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Welcome, Shana Hainzinger

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Shana Hainzinger, field placement assistant, School of Education.

SPU in the News

REST blog commends SPU senior nursing students

REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) is a local Christian organization partnering with the School of Health Sciences as well as other departments. In the June 24, 2020,  REST blog post, REST community advocate Emily Ishiki commended SPU senior nursing students and Mihkai Wickline, the adjunct faculty lead for students.

Volume #47 , Issue #25 | Published by: University Communications

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