Monday, July 26, 2021 Seattle Pacific University

From the President

Peter Mejares
Video: Greetings from Interim President Pete Menjares

In case you missed it, Interim President Pete Menjares gave a brief video greeting to faculty and staff last week.

Campus News & Events

Take control of your inbox

Join Computer and Information Systems on Thursday, August 5, 10 a.m. and learn some best practices when it comes to managing your email inbox. This session will be recorded so you may watch it at a later date if you’re unable to attend. Contact with any questions or to let CIS know you want to be notified when the recorded session is available. In the meantime, find more information on the CIS Training Program.

SPU Campus Bookstore
SPU Bookstore closed Aug. 9–13

The SPU Bookstore will be closed for an electrical panel replacement Monday–Friday, Aug. 9–13. If you need to reach Bookstore Manager Christine Perkins during that time, please email her at

Student ID Card
Need a replacement Falcon card?

As faculty and staff begin to return to working on campus, Falcon Card Services would like to remind you of the process to obtain a replacement Falcon Card if you have lost your card. The Falcon Card Services website FAQ page contains instructions on “What do I do if my Falcon Card is lost or stolen?,” including completing an online request form and scheduling an appointment to collect your new card. Contact Falcon Card Services at with any questions.

Camp Casey Conference sign, surrounded by foliage
Camp Casey Campground reopening

Camp Casey is slowly reopening and the campground will have limited availability this summer to self-contained RVs for faculty, staff, and alumni groups. There will be no bathroom access, so only dry camping is permitted for trailers and RVs. If you’d like to book, please send us an email to The rate is $30 a night and has a two night minimum. In case you have a four-legged family member, pets are not permitted.

Self-attestation no longer required when coming to campus

As announced in the email from the Senior Leadership Council on July 16, 2021, students and employees are no longer required to submit online self-attestations before coming to campus. However, anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should still contact Health Services and avoid coming to campus. For the most up-to-date information, visit the campus COVID-19 health and safety expectations.

Faculty/Staff Bulletin on summer schedule

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year and every other week during the summer. The Bulletin is now on a summer schedule. The next deadline is Thursday, Aug. 5, and the next issue will be published Monday, Aug. 9. 

If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible with an image or graphic to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity.

Faculty & Staff News

Laurie Murphy
Murphy named June Staff Member of the Month

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Laurie Murphy, assistant director of University Services, was nominated by her peers and selected by Staff Council as the June Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Laurie! Learn more about Laurie and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

Peg Achterman
Achterman named to board

Peg Achterman, assistant professor of journalism and communications, has been named to the board of directors for Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Julie Antilla
Antilla's article published

An article by Julie Antilla, associate professor of educational leadership, titled “Autistic at the IEP Table,” was published in the July 2021 issue of the award-winning journal Educational Leadership.

Paul Youngbin Kim
Kim’s article published

Paul Youngbin Kim, professor of psychology, had his article “Internalized model minority myth, God representations, and mental health among Christian Asian Americans” published recently in the peer-reviewed journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. This article describes an empirical study examining the intersection of racialized experiences of Asian Americans and their religious experiences, and how the combined experiences might influence mental health outcomes.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro presents at conference

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, delivered a paper at a virtual conference titled “In Vigilia Sancti Iohannis Babtiste: St. Vicent Ferrer on the Vigil of John the Baptist in a Catalán Sermon.” Dominican Culture, Dominican Theology, The Order of Preachers and Its Spheres of Action (1215–c. 1600). The presentation was part of the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (IGTM) June 29–July 2, 2021, with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. It is anticipated that select papers will be published after a peer review. The most fascinating topic of the sermon is Vicent’s exposition on the "Good Thief," who he believed went straight to paradise with Jesus, the first of the entire human race.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming the following new staff members:

  • Celiz McClish, program manager, Center for Career and Calling
  • Morgan Wallace, external relations, revenue generation and corporate sponsorship manager, Athletics

SPU in the News

Tom Trzyna
Trzyna’s opinion piece in The Seattle Times

An opinion piece by Tom Trzyna, professor emeritus of English, titled “Grieving America’s racial and ethnic history,” was published on July 16, 2021, in The Seattle Times.

Volume #48 , Issue #27 | Published by: University Communications

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