Monday, August 20, 2018 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

SPU Full Logo
New Look for SPU Homepage

The SPU homepage will be updated on Wednesday, August 22, to reflect the new brand emphasis. A major redesign of the homepage will be unveiled in the coming months.

A student looking out on Elliot Bay with the Seattle Great Wheel in the background
(Video) Seattle Pacific: Running to the Future

In a special video produced to unveil Seattle Pacific’s new rebrand, two-time Olympian Doris Brown Heritage ’64 and All-American Falcon track and field athlete Lani Taylor capture some of the big ideas behind the new brand expression.

SPU Flame
Need to Use the New Logo?

University Communications has created a wiki page explaining the do’s and don’ts of using the new visual identity, as well as a way to download the images. If you have any questions, call University Communications at 206-281-2051 or send an email to

Bookstore Clothes Rack
Bookstore Sale on September 4 for Faculty, Staff

The SPU Bookstore will have an additional 50 percent off clearance sale on Tuesday, September 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all faculty and staff. Stop by to take advantage of these great savings.

Stationery Orders Due Tuesday, September 4

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, to have stationery orders delivered Friday, September 14. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on September 4 will be delivered in October 12. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

Student ID Card
Update Your SPU ID

In light of SPU’s new brand direction, Campus Card Services is pleased to launch a new campus card ꟷ the Falcon Card! For any faculty or staff who would like to switch to the new design, we are hosting a half-price replacement week, September 10-14. Get a replacement ID for $10 (charged to your SPU account) before replacement prices increase beginning September 17. Bring your current card to our office, get a new picture taken if you’d like, and get a new Falcon Card. If your department uses an image of the campus card or refers to it in any of your departmental publications, please note this change and replace all “Sea Pac Pass” references with “Falcon Card.” If you have any questions, contact Campus Card Services at 206-281-2693 or

Library Closed August 29

The library will be closed Wednesday, August 29, for its annual staff retreat.

Image showing the construction work at Nickerson: a street filled with big trucks
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 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.

10th of the month
Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes Due September 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 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 30. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, September 4. 

Faculty & Staff News

Yohannes Abasseran
Abasseran Named August 2018 Staff of the Month

In recognition of his service to the SPU community, Yohannes Abasseran, operational engineer in Facility and Project Management, was nominated by his peers and selected by Staff Council as the August Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Yohannes. Learn more about Yohannes and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

SPU Arch
Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new staff to the University.

Courtney Gilbert, assistant director of visits and events, University Recruitment & Admissions
Caryn Ragin Johnson, contracts specialist, Risk Management
Cari Lui, budget manager and administrative assistant to the University librarian, Library
Eloise Olivar, controller, Office of the Controller
Mackenzie Russell, interim academic history coordinator, Student Academic Services
Ellen Smith, assistant gymnastics coach, Athletics
Helen Talbot, administrative assistant for Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-professional Health Sciences
Nick Ulacia, security officer, Safety and Security
Sadie Wolff, office manager, University Communications

Volume #45 , Issue #29 | Published by: University Communications

Submit News | Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines | Email the Editor | View the Archives

Copyright © Seattle Pacific University 2024