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Nate Mouttet
New marketing campaign: Faith in U

A message from Nate Mouttet, vice president for enrollment management and marketing: We are launching a campaign this fall to reach students who are considering college in the fall of 2021. The message builds on the position we have taken to portray hope in the future based on greater understanding of the Christian faith and depth of education. The position we have pursued in our brand messaging has been “Faith for the Future.” The students we will meet in the coming years (often referred to as Generation Z) are looking for hope and want to know that their work and life can make a difference.

We have developed a slogan that further extends the position of Faith for the Future by showing students that, because of our faith and hope in God, we are different from other universities. As we wrestle with tough questions and challenging times, we do it through the lens of our Christian faith. We are a university committed to that type of education. So we’ve developed a central slogan of the campaign, Faith in U.

You’ll see the slogan on letters, emails, ads, billboards, and in social media. You will hear this message on Christian radio stations in the region and digital radio. We’re taking the position that because of our faith in God we can have faith in the students. Watch for this campaign to begin in the coming days and for further announcements in the coming weeks.

Whale Skeleton Render
SPU hosts "Knowing Whales" speaker series

In conjunction with September Session's Whale skeleton articulation course, SPU is hosting four public lectures (via Zoom), with professors and local experts examining the biological, artistic, conservation, and even theological aspects of whales. The first lecture was held on August 19, and can be viewed online.

This fascinating speaker series on Eschrichtius robustus (grey whale) will air on Zoom for two more consecutive Wednesday evenings. If whales interest you at all, you won’t want to miss this series. And be sure to tell colleagues, friends, family, and students about it!

“Knowing Whales,” Part 2 [Zoom link]
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

  • “Job 41, Theodicy, and the Leviathan,” Jeff Keuss, professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture
  • “Mother’s Milk,” Gaile Moe, professor emerita of family and consumer sciences
  • “Metaphor and the Incomprehensible,” Mischa Willett, instructor of education, English, and writing

“Save the Whales,” Part 3 [Zoom link]
Wednesday, Sep. 2, 7 p.m.

  • Lynda Mapes, award-winning environmental journalist, The Seattle Times
  • Jessie Huggins, stranding coordinator for Cascadia Research Collective
  • Kristin Wilkinson, stranding coordinator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Eric Long, professor of biology

SPU Flame
New website for master plan process

As required by the city of Seattle, SPU is beginning the process of preparing a new major institution master plan (MIMP) for the University. MIMPs lay out unique, institution-specific zoning rules in order to balance institutional development with preservation of adjacent neighborhoods. Signs announcing the start of the MIMP will be going up around campus. More information can be found online.

Parents and families in the loop
August 2020 In the Loop parents e-newsletter

More than 6,500 SPU families recently received the August 2020 In the Loop parents newsletter, which included information about the Smart Start website, an introduction to the Spanish Heritage program, a reminder about the Undergraduate Resource Hub, updates from Student Financial Services, and more.

Student ID Card
For new faculty and staff: Falcon Card instructions

New staff and faculty are required to upload a passport-style photo, complete the Falcon Card Request form, and schedule an appointment to receive a Falcon Card. 

If you are a continuing staff or faculty member who would like a new photo for your Falcon card, you can do so as part of a Replacement Falcon Card ($25) by contacting to have access to the photo upload portal. The same steps will then need to be followed to upload a photo, complete the request form, and schedule an appointment to get your new card.

Smart Start
SPU Smart Start website, newsletter

As the University prepares for Autumn Quarter, a new website and weekly newsletter have been created to provide the latest information for students, faculty, and staff. The SPU Smart Start website will be updated regularly, and the Smart Start e-newsletter will be published on Thursdays. If you have information to submit or questions, contact Tracy Norlen in University Communications at

Information about transitioning to Teams Calling

Computer and Information Systems will roll out a new voice communications platform in the next few months. Microsoft’s Teams Calling phone system will be deployed to handle voice-over IP (VoIP) calling, video calling, voicemail, and more. Beginning in August, CIS will be in contact with each department and school to ensure that calling scenarios are accounted for in the migration. If your departmental needs dictate a specific migration timeline (ex. before the start of Autumn Quarter), contact James Lim at and Josh Kanehen at

Learn more and watch a three-minute video about making calls in Microsoft Teams by visiting the CIS blog.

Campus summer
Coming to campus? Online self-attestation required

All faculty and staff who come to campus must complete an online self-screening to attest that they meet certain criteria for being on campus (e.g., not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms). SPU has developed a campuswide tool through Banner and Formstack to report a daily COVID-19 self-attestation for all faculty and staff working on campus (including Camp Casey or Blakely Island). Faculty and staff members should perform the online self-attestation any day they plan to come to campus before they arrive on campus. Also, deans and supervisors will be responsible for monitoring that employees in their areas are completing the self-attestation form.

Reminder of COVID-19 training for faculty, staff

Faculty and staff members must complete COVID-19 training prior to returning to campus after working remotely. To take the COVID-19 training, log into Skillsoft and select “Learning Plan” in the top menu, and then select “Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19.” The training takes about 30 minutes. Once you complete the training, a report will be sent to Human Resources. You can also print a completion report. If you have any questions or issues about this training, contact Gary Womelsduff, director of Human Resources, at

Faculty/Staff Bulletin on summer schedule

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin, published weekly during the academic year, will be published every other week during the summer until September 8. Because Monday, September 7, is Labor Day, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, September 8, and the deadline is Thursday, September 3. 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.

Faculty & Staff News

Salter McNeil’s new book released

A new book by Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor of reconciliation studies, titled, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, was published by Brazos Press on August 18, 2020.

Ben McFarland
McFarland gives plenary session

Ben McFarland, professor of biochemistry, recently gave a remote plenary session titled, “COVID-19 and the Christian School: Key Understandings and Correcting Misconceptions,” for the Edvance Back to School Bootcamp, a conference for hundreds of Christian K–12 educators based in Ontario, Canada. Listen to a version of his talk on YouTube.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members!

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

  • Shun-Je Bhark, biology lab coordinator, Biology
  • Audrey Franks, office and transportation manager, Safety and Security
  • Lenora Myers, communications officer and dispatcher, Safety and Security
  • Emily Nelson, budget assistant, School of Education
  • Michael Pak, security officer, Safety and Security
  • Ashley Skinner, associate director, Seattle Pacific Seminary
  • Nick Terhaar, communications officer/dispatcher, Safety and Security

SPU in the News

Moe, students featured on KIRO-TV

A news story on KIRO-TV on August 17 titled, “SPU students assembling skeleton of grey whale that washed up on beach,” covered the current Whale Skeleton Articulation course and the future installation on campus. Peter Moe, assistant professor of English, spearheaded an effort to bring a whale skeleton to campus and the resulting three-week September Session course to reassemble the skeleton to hang in Eaton Hall.

Volume #47 , Issue #29 | Published by: University Communications

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