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OFBA on Modified Schedule July 26

Departments reporting to the Office of Finance and Business Affairs will have modified schedules and/or operate with limited crews on Thursday, July 26, for their annual summer event. If there is an urgent need during department closure times, contact Safety and Security at 206-281-2922 to reach department personnel.

Departments listed below will be CLOSED at 11 a.m.: 
  • OFBA Vice President’s Office
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Financial Affairs Offices (Controller’s Office/Budget and Finance)
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management
  • University Services
    • Campus Cards
    • Housing and Meal Plans
The departments listed below will be OPEN but with a limited crew:
  • Conference Services
  • Facility and Project Management
  • Mailing and Copying Services – Mail will be delivered to offices in the morning between 10 and 11 a.m. They will be open to process any outgoing mail, or for pick-up of mail and packages received after 10 a.m. 
The departments listed below will be OPEN:
  • Bookstore
  • Camp Casey Conference Center 
  • Campus Dining Services (regular summer hours)
  • Office of Safety and Security

10th of the month
Staff Payroll and Benefit 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.

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Nickerson Repaving Continues: Expect Commute Delays

The Nickerson Repaving project will return for its third segment of construction. This will affect primarily the area leading up to the Ballard Bridge area around 14th and 15th Streets. Please expect delays and detours between August and October, and plan your commute to SPU accordingly to allow for extra time. Visit the Seattle Department of Transportation website for more information.

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Donors Needed for Blood Drive August 10

Bloodworks Northwest will host a blood drive on campus Friday, August 10, 9 a.m.3 p.m. near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.

Stationery Orders Due Tuesday, August 7

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, to have stationery orders delivered Tuesday, August 14. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on August 7 will be delivered in September. Due to the upcoming University rebranding, 2017–18 stationery prices will remain in effect throughout the summer. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

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 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, August 6. 

Faculty & Staff News

josh kanehen
Kanehen Named July 2018 Staff of the Month

In recognition of his service to the SPU community, Josh Kanehen, director of business systems in Computer and Information Systems, was nominated by his peers and selected by Staff Council as the July Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Josh! Learn more about Josh and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

ben mcfarland
McFarland’s Paper Published

A paper by Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland titled “Measuring Novel Protein-Protein Binding with Surface Plasmon Resonance in the Physical Chemistry Lab” was published as Chapter 2 in Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry, edited by Craig M. Teague and David E. Gardner. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1279, pp. 1531.

Karen Snedker
Snedker’s Book Published

A book by Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker titled Therapeutic JusticeCrime, Treatment Courts and Mental Illness was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book examines mental health courts within a socio-legal framework, and places these courts within broader trends in criminal justice.

Max Hunter
Hunter Participates in Panel Discussion, Appointed Liaison

Assistant Professor of Biology Max Hunter participated in the 2018 National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions meeting titled "'Capitalizing' on Health Professions Advising: A Monumental Job!" He was on the panel "Minding the GAPS: Supporting the Growth Mindset and Aspirations for Minority Pre-health Students." He was also appointed as liaison to COSDA (Committee on Student Diversity Affairs) for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

eugene lemcio
Lemcio’s Article, Poem Published

An article by Professor Emeritus of New Testament Gene Lemcio titled "The Prophet Daniel in the Septuagint: An ‘Historical’ Sign of Both the Eschatological Son of Man and Ancient of Days (God Most High)?" was published in the most recent issue of The Canadian-American Theological Review. Also, his poem "I Could See Where This Was Going" was published in the current issue of God and Nature magazine. The poem explores his experience as a fourth-grader confronted with the teacher's question, "Are humans plants or animals?"

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Welcome, Erica Williamson

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome Erica Williamson, payroll supervisor, in the Controller’s Office.

SPU in the News

SPU, Bishop Featured in Seattle Times

A Seattle Times news story about race and diversity of undergraduates studying to become teachers featured Seattle Pacific University and an interview with Assistant Professor of Education Dan Bishop. The story was published July 21 and was titled “Washington state’s colleges lead the nation in training more teachers of color, study finds.”

Volume #45 , Issue #27 | Published by: University Communications

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