Monday, August 15, 2022 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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Use Falcon Funds on Grubhub

Falcon Card Services is excited to announce that students, staff, and faculty can now pay with Falcon Funds on Grubhub! This means that no matter where you are in the U.S., you can order food through GrubHub and pay with your Falcon Funds. To get started, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Log into the Grubhub app and click on the Account icon.
  2. Connect your Grubhub account to your Falcon Card by selecting “Campus Dining," find Seattle Pacific University as your campus, and add your affiliation (likely “I am faculty/staff").
  3. After you have selected a restaurant and added food to your cart, select “Falcon Card” as your payment method before placing your order. (As a reminder: You can always add Falcon Funds to your Falcon Card Account through the GET app.)

Contact Falcon Card Services ( with any questions.

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SPU Voices Podcast: “What Would You Have Us Do to Change the World?,” with Amanda Stubbert

If you are a fan of the SPU Voices podcast, you know each podcast ends with this last question; “If you could have everyone in Seattle wake up tomorrow and do one thing differently that would make the world a better place, what would you have us do?” Here are 10 of the favorite answers to that question.

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Aug. 17: Office of the Registrar will be closed

The Office of the Registrar will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 17, due to an office retreat. The office will have student employees answering phones remotely during the day.

Mailing Services
Mailing Services summer hours

Mailing Services is now operating on summer hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., with no mail and package delivery or pickup. You are welcome to come by Mailing Services to pick up your departmental mail and packages.

  • If your department will NOT have anyone pick up your department’s mail this summer, please contact Mailing Services at 206-281-2077 or (This is so we won’t try to contact the department if a lot of mail collects during the summer.)
  • If your department will be closed for more than a week, please let Mailing Services know so staff can make arrangements. If your department receives a large delivery, we would store the delivery or contact Safety and Security to be let into the department.

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. 25. The next issue will be published Monday, Aug. 29. 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. (Weekly publication resumes Sept. 6).

Faculty & Staff News

Peter Moe
Moe's essay published

Peter Moe, associate professor of English, had his essay, “Ledgers,” published in Writing on the Edge, a journal on teaching and writing published out of University of California-Davis. The essay is about snippets of life portrayed in a diary that his grandfather kept during his divorce.

Mohammad co-authors paper

Mohammad Qadam Shah, assistant professor of global development, co-authored a paper, “Can the Job Creation Law Solve the Lack of Public Participation in Indonesia’s Spatial Planning?,” published in Lentera Hukum (Journal of Legal Studies), Volume 9, Issue 2 (2022), pp. 237–262. The journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication that addresses legal issues and questions arising in Indonesia and the Global South countries.

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Monroe presents paper

Heidi Monroe, associate professor of nursing, presented a paper, “The Gap and the Gasket in Clinical Ethics” at the annual meeting of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. The paper addressed the conference theme of "Integrity and Conscience: Bioethics and the Professions" through analysis of the critical role of nurses in representation of patients’ best interests.

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Tom's paper published

A journal article co-written by Joshua Tom, assistant professor of sociology, titled, “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: Perceived Discrimination and the Paradoxes of Assimilation Among U.S. Muslims,” was published in Sociological Perspectives and now available online. The article was written with Kenneth Vaughan, Jerry Park, and Murat Yilmaz.

The authors used nationally representative data from the Pew Research Center to explore the social predictors of discriminatory experiences among American Muslims. They found that both patterns of assimilation and resistance to assimilation positively predict discriminatory experiences, suggesting that American Muslims inhabit a precarious social position: resistance to assimilation brings sanctions from the dominant culture, but assimilation also provides more opportunities to experience discrimination.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro's summer updates

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of European history, was in Spain for three weeks in July. He did research for two week at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, then gave a paper, “The Image of Caverns as the Dwelling Place of Heretics in Leander of Seville,” at the VIII International Congress on Medieval Hispanic Latin, July 12–15, at the University of Valladolid. Select papers will be published next year.

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Welcome, new staff members

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

Christian Bond, assistant director, sports communication, Athletics
Lacey Brown, studios manager, Nickerson Street Studios, Music
Lindsey Calvin, assistant women’s volleyball coach, Athletics
Hailey Clum, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Vanessa Perkinson, associate director, Center for Theological and Biblical Education
Madinah Slaise, clinical placement liaison, graduate DNP, Nursing

Alexander Hall
New employee appointments

The Office of Human Resources would like to congratulate the following community members on their new positions.

  • Desiree Hoffman, clinical placement liaison, Undergraduate Nursing (left SPU faculty role in June 2022, returning in staff role)
  • Nate Hoover, MFA Program Coordinator (left SPU staff role in June 2022, returning in new staff role)


Staff member Earl Crowley
Former staff member J. Earl Cowley

J. Earl Cowley, a carpenter and plant services manager at SPU from 1982-1999, passed away peacefully on July 9. His daughter and alumna Patricia Doyle sent in this obituary for her father.

"When I left for SPU in fall 1983, my parents waved goodbye from the front porch. Mom seemed unusually happy, but Dad's eyes teared up as I drove away. I was the last daughter to leave home. The irony is that my dad worked at SPU, so I wasn't going far. But, that was my dad. His love for his family ran deep.

Earl joined SPU's Plant Services in 1982 after a career pastoring several churches in Washington. He quickly became known as the carpenter who whistled while he worked. Often you could hear him whistling songs outside Tiffany Hall. Earl was an accomplished finish carpenter, and he oversaw the remodeling of the president and vice president's homes. He also worked with the Plant Services crew to implement high quality repairs that didn't have to be redone, saving the university thousands of dollars every year. In 1986, Earl received two awards, Classified Staff Person of the Year, and and the Oral Hemry Award. Later in his career, over half of the work orders came in with requests specifically for Earl. Then, in 1999, he was the first person to retire from Plant Services. He was pleased that, during his tenure, he contributed, in his way, to the staff and students at SPU and to God's mission there.

In life and in work, Earl wasn't concerned about building a résumé. His bigger priority — his eternal priority — was showing God's love and kindness to the people around him. He never lost his pastoral ways, and he deeply felt the transformational power of God's love. At SPU, Earl was especially devoted to mentoring his fellow carpenters and the work study students in Plant Services. He believed that people should be able to work with their hands in some capacity, and he invested in everyone he worked with. If you happened to know Earl, even outside of Plant Services, then you knew he cared about you. It wasn't just talk with him either. It was action. He freely gave his time and his labor to others.

Over the years, as I told people that my dad worked at SPU, they often assumed that Earl was a professor, and they'd ask me what subject he taught. I would reply that my dad was a carpenter who made a big impact. During my years as a student, although I made many friends, I was proud to be better known as 'Earl's daughter.'

Earl went home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2022. He constructed a remarkable legacy of showing love and kindness to everyone he met."

Volume #49 , Issue #28 | Published by: University Communications

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