Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

CIS Service Catalog
CIS Service Catalog Now Available

A message from Computer and Information Systems. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Service Catalog. This is your one-stop location to find information about technology services available to the SPU community. You can browse for services by category, select from the alphabetical listing, or search by keywords. 

The content is visible to internal and external audiences. Guests on our campus can learn how to use a multi-function printer or connect to Wi-Fi, while internal users can access eligible computing resources using their SPU login credentials. New employees can get a broad overview of the services available to assist them in their new role, and continuing employees can find additional resources they may not know existed.

We will be updating the Service Catalog regularly with new content, so check back periodically to see what’s new. Please share a link to the Service Catalog with anyone in the SPU community who may benefit from this information.

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 brand@spu.edu.

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 campuscards@spu.edu.

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. Weekly Publication Resumes September 17

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer, and every week during the academic year. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 13. The Bulletin will resume weekly publication on Monday, September 17. 

SPU in the News

Bradley Murg
Murg Interviewed by VOA Khmer

Brad Murg, assistant professor of political science and director of Global Development Studies, was quoted in Voice of America Khmer (VOA Khmer) on August 17. The article was about China and Cambodian relations. The VOA Khmer broadcasts and publishes comprehensive news and feature multimedia programs about Cambodia, Southeast Asia, America, and the world.

This Month in the Garden

Rudbeckia Flower
A Versatile, Late-Summer Flower

From Master Gardener Jeff Daley: I love when the garden comes to life around the end of summer and is full of summer annuals at their peak of growth. Among perennial plants, one in particular is my poster child for versatile late-summer flowers: Rudbeckia, the black-eyed Susan. This North American native plant from the sunflower family is a beautiful ray of sunshine in the garden. It's one of my favorites, not only because of its distinctly bright yellow color, but also because it is a consistently reliable performer in the garden. 

As you walk around campus, know that all the Rudbeckias you see originally came from only four flats of plants just a dozen years ago. This is a plant that can be easily divided and transplanted throughout your garden. Dividing them every spring can get you free plants to place everywhere, a cost-effective way to add beauty to the garden.  

Being a late summer bloomer, Rudbeckias provide many pollinators their last bit of pollen and nectar before the leaves start to fall and we head into autumn. If you leave the flower heads on the plant, it will attract birds that come to eat the seed in early winter.

There are several varieties of Rudbeckia. What we have on campus is primarily Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldstrum," a great stand-alone perennial variety you can count on to return year after year. 

At home, I grow the Rudbeckia hirta varieties. They are mostly an annual plant that produces by seed. If the winter is mild they might continue. With this variety, not only do you get a brilliant yellow color like the Goldstrum variety, but also some orange and rust-colored hues in the petals. It's fun when these flowers cross-pollinate because the seeds that germinate can turn into wild, new flowers you won't see in a nursery. Hirta varieties also have big double flowers that are absolutely gorgeous!

If you're looking for a taller variety to plant in the back of your flower bed, Rudbeckia herbstonne is an upright, clump-forming knockout that will grow from 5 to 7 feet tall, and 2 to 4 feet wide. This is the granddaddy of them all!

Rudbeckias will be happy in just about any sunny location with well-drained soil. They will tolerate drought better than they will overly moist, soggy soils. However, supplemental water during our dry months will be important. Choose a spot in the garden where your plants will receive ample air circulation, and try not to water directly on the leaves in the evening to avoid the development of powdery mildew that can form on the leaf surface. 

Black-eyed Susans bring a dash of sunshine yellow outside as well as in the home. Consider adding them to a bouquet or cut flower arrangement for a touch of summer in your everyday life. (Select the link to see Rudbeckias around campus.)


Volume #45 , Issue #30 | Published by: University Communications

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