Monday, July 22, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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New stationery vendor

Seattle Pacific University has a new stationery vendor, Quality Press. Through Quality Press, you will access a “Storefront,” allowing 24/7 ordering. Business cards ordered by Thursday at 6 p.m. will be delivered the following Wednesday. Allow five to seven days for all other orders. Note: Orders will be delivered to Mailing Services and delivered to your office via your normal mail delivery. As before, go to Banner >> Employee Menu >> Stationery Products Menu >> Create an Order.

Managing your wiki space

A message from Computer and Information Systems: Are you interested in learning more about creating and managing Wiki spaces, using OneNote, navigating SharePoint, or similar software? Join us for a 30-minute, CIS-led survey of university productivity tools on Wednesday, August 28, or Thursday, August 29. RSVP here.

Van Pool
Kirkland vanpool looking for new riders

Live on the Eastside? Tired of paying the Highway 520 toll? Our Kirkland vanpool is looking for at least one new rider to meet the 5-person minimum. We meet at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, located at 10610 NE 38th Place, at 7:05 a.m. Monday–Friday, and work a 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. schedule. We leave campus at 4:35 p.m. for the return trip. Van pools are paid for by the SPU Commute Trip Reduction Program, so there are no expenses to riders. If you are interested or have questions, email Eastside vanpool driver Lynn Anselmi in University Communications at

king country metro
Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries out of service July 22–28

Due to the Seattle dock closure, neither Kitsap Fast Ferries nor King County Water Taxi will operate during the week of July 22. These services are anticipated to resume on Monday, July 29. During the service disruption, riders who typically take the Bremerton Fast Ferry can ride the Bremerton-Seattle Washington State Ferry; those who ride the Kingston Fast Ferry can ride Bainbridge-Seattle Washington State Ferry. To pay for their WSF fare, riders who are currently using the Kitsap Fast Ferries should see a Kitsap Transit Marine Services Ambassador inside the main WSF terminal at Colman Dock to obtain a free ticket.

Parents and families in the loop
June 2019 In the Loop parents’ newsletter

More than 4,300 SPU parents and family members received the June In the Loop parents newsletter after the close of this academic year. They checked out the Spring Quarter deans List, met the Class of 2019, learned about September Sessions, got a recap of last year’s study abroad programs, found tips from Student Financial Services, and more.

New Nurse Building
Summer 2019 issue of Nursing Praxis

The School of Health Sciences celebrated the first graduate of its Doctor of Nursing Practice program, 10 MSN graduates, a commissioning ceremony, and one of the largest Bachelor of Science in Nursing classes ever. Read more in the Summer 2019 issue of Nursing Praxis.

University Services
Simply-To-Go meals offered in Corner Place Market

A message from University Services: To better meet summer dining needs, we have closed Cocina del Sol and replaced it with our Simply-To-Go (STG) meal program. STG, which is typically discontinued in the summer, is now offered Monday–Friday in the Corner Place Market. A variety of STG salads, sandwiches, and side dishes will be offered daily.

University Advancement
July 24: University Advancement closed

The University Advancement office will be closed Wednesday, July 24, for their annual staff team-building event. If you have an urgent need that day, call 206-281-2108.

taproot improve team
Improv in the Loop on July 24

Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter for the whole family featuring the Taproot Theatre improv team in Tiffany Loop on Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. Sponsored by First Free Methodist Church, this event includes a bake sale, benefiting the Queen Anne Helpline. Grab a picnic dinner and enjoy lawn games and the bake sale at 6 p.m. The improv performance begins at 7 p.m.

10th of the month
Staff payroll and benefits changes due August 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 August 5.

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, August 1. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, August 5.

Faculty & Staff News

professor Scott cairns
Cairns new book

Anaphora, a book of poems by Professor of English Scott Cairns, was just published by Paraclete Press. Scott is the author of nine poetry collections, and his poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Republic.

McFarland gives presentation

Ben McFarland, professor of biochemistry, presented “The Power of Dissipative Cycles for Chemical and Biological Explanation” at the peer-reviewed lecture at the first international conference on Bridging the Philosophies of Biology & Chemistry, University Paris Diderot, June 25–27, 2019.

Portrait of Professor Alissa Walter
Walter testifies as expert witness

Alissa Walter, assistant professor of history, testified as an expert witness in two separate cases in late June, both involving Iraqi asylum-seekers. For the first case, she testified remotely on June 24 on behalf of an Iraqi asylum-seeker in Houston, Texas, who was appearing before an immigration judge. She also provided a written statement that was submitted to the court on behalf of her claim. For the second case, she testified in person on June 26 at the Immigration Court in Seattle on behalf of an Iraqi asylum-seeker. She also submitted a written statement to the court on behalf of his claim. In both cases, the judges’ decisions on their asylum claims are still pending.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members

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

  • Keffrey Fazio, assistant coach, men’s basketball, Athletics
  • Emily Holt, administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Eva Kim, project planner/designer, Facility and Project Management

Volume #46 , Issue #26 | Published by: University Communications

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