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Faith in U
New campus banners and Faith in U

A message from Nate Mouttet, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. As I noted in the Faculty/Staff Bulletin on August 24, 2020, we are initiating a campaign called, Faith in U! This is an opportunity for us to give students an insight into the hope of our Christian faith and the faith we have in them. This week, the campaign takes on a creative and more symbolic expression as we install new banners and signs around campus. The banners, designed by Senior Design Manager Sam Davis, feature the Faith in U logo along with the first names of all our students in the background. Our hope is that students will see their name on the banner and feel a part of the Seattle Pacific community. This reflects not only faith in our students as we begin a new year, but our collective faith as a university that sets us apart from other institutions.

We will also have similar self-standing banners at Orientation for photo opportunities. Please look for these new banners, but most importantly, look for students and family members this week and welcome them to our community. 

Health Services
Reporting symptoms of COVID-19

A message from Health Services: SPU Health Services facilitates health and wellness for our students. However, all SPU students and employees should report symptoms, exposures, and positive test results for COVID-19 to Health Services as soon as possible and stay separate from others until evaluated by a health care provider.

Students and employees who live off campus should stay home and call Health Services as soon as possible if symptoms develop while off campus, if they have been tested for COVID-19, or if they have been notified of a close contact with COVID-19. If new COVID-19 symptoms develop while on campus, the individual should go home immediately and then call Health Services to report the symptoms.

Resident students (who live on campus) should stay in their residence and call Health Services as soon as possible to report their symptoms, tests, or exposures. If Health Services is not available, they should leave a message and students in the residence halls should notify their RA.

SPU Facemask
SPU-branded face masks now available

Reusable face masks featuring the SPU flame are now being distributed in offices, departments, residence halls, and at campus events. If you don't receive a face mask by the end of the week, contact University Communications at Remember, as part of Washington state's Safe Start plan, face masks must be worn indoors, and outdoors in public spaces if a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. This is a practical way to care for others.

SPU Podcast
SPU Voices Podcast: Achieving academic excellence with Cindy Price

In a new SPU Voices podcast, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Cindy Price talks about preparing for the upcoming school year and the best way to help college-aged people handle change.

Virtual Job Fair
Virtual student job fair

The Office of Student Employment will hold a virtual job fair on Thursday, September 17, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Student will be able to connect with work study, non-work study, off-campus, and on-campus employers. Please tell your students about this opportunity. They can register on Handshake at

Signature Block
Reminder: Updating your email signature block

A reminder from University Communications: With the rebrand in 2018, SPU faculty and staff are asked to adopt the same email signature convention. This will provide more consistency across campus. UC has provided instructions on how to update your email signature to the newly branded signature. Because graphics cannot be consistently delivered through email on mobile devices or when an email is forwarded, UC is not recommending use of the SPU flame for email signatures. UC is also recommending “Arial” as the default font for email correspondence. If you have any questions, contact UC at 206-281-2051 or

Falcon Golf Classic
Join Athletics for the 42nd annual Falcon Golf Classic on September 25

Love to golf? Want to help support the Falcons during this unusual time? Join SPU Athletics for the 42nd annual Falcon Golf Classic tournament at Harbour Pointe Golf Club on Friday, September 25Tee times will be assigned starting at 7 a.m. Registration is $600 for a foursome or $150 for a single player which includes 18 holes, a Falcon swag bag, snacks, and a chance to win fun prizes! Grab your co-workers or family and friends and help the Falcons raise valuable funds for COVID-19 testing throughout the year. For more info or to register, contact Stefanie Kosco in Athletics at or 206-281-2855.

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.

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.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, September 14, and the deadline is Thursday, September 10. 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

Alison Estep
Estep named September Staff Member of the Month

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Alison Estep, assistant vice president for University Communications, was nominated by her peers and selected by Staff Council as the September Staff Member of the Month. Congratulations and thank you, Alison! Learn more about Alison and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

Munyi Shea
Shea authors AAPA bullying awareness campaign

A message from Nyaradzo Mvududu, dean of the School of Education: Asian Americans continue to be blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic. A July 2020 report from the Pew Research Center found that Asian and Black Americans are more likely than other groups to report negative experiences because of their race or ethnicity since the coronavirus outbreak. Munyi Shea, associate professor of counselor education and author of the Asian American Psychological Association Bullying Awareness Campaign, collaborated with Division 45 of American Psychological Association Anti-Asian Discrimination Task Force to publish a set of public service announcements, including infographics and short films, for APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) coping with COVID-19 related discrimination.

The full set of infographics (available in simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Bengali, Urdu, and Hindi) and the accompanying short videos are available on the Division 45 website. Munyi is featured in the “Use Your WITS” video.

Way to go Munyi! We are so proud of your contribution.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members!

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

  • Megan Gurdine Thornberry, graduate program advisor/coordinator, School of Business, Government and Economics
  • Caitlin McClain, head women’s rowing coach, Athletics
  • Amelia Morgan, certification specialist, graduate teacher education, School of Education
  • Tanhia Spohn, student financial services coordinator, Student Financial Services

SPU in the News

Salter McNeil interviewed in The New Yorker, KUOW, and other media outlets

With the release of her new book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor of reconciliation studies, has been interviewed in numerous media outlets and blogs, including The New Yorker, KUOW-FM, and The Christian Post.

Peter Moe
Moe, students featured on KIRO-TV

Peter Moe, assistant professor of English and co-teacher of the September Session Whale Skeleton Articulation course, and students were featured on KNKX-FM on September 1 and KIRO-TV on September 3. Both stories highlighted the assembly of the 29-foot grey whale skeleton that now hangs in the lobby of Eaton Hall.


David Dickerson
Public viewing, memorial service for former Vice President of Academic Affairs David O. Dickerson

A message from the family of David O. Dickerson: Due to the pandemic, we are opting to postpone dad's memorial for the time being and until such time we can be celebrate properly with our entire FFMC and SPU family. We are quick to include our extended family which dad created wherever he went, be they elsewhere in the U.S., England, Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, China...

There will be public viewing hours for any who wish to drop by the Arthur A Wright Chapel located on the grounds of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill.

Public Viewing: Wednesday September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Butterworth Funeral Home Chapel, 520 W Raye St, Seattle, WA 98119.

There will be a private family interment service the Friday following. We are very sorry that we are limited to 25 persons and very much wish it otherwise.

We very much appreciate the outpouring of love, concern, and prayer; both now and always. We give thanks to God and celebrate the blessing that dad was to us, and everyone who knew him. Given the size of that community we are opting to delay a celebration of dad's life until we can do it properly — in community with those who loved and respected him during the course of his long and fruitful life. Remembrances should be given to RAFIKI where he invested so much of his time and energy after his retirement, or Schools for Africa and Phyllis Sortor which held a special place in his heart.

With profound gratitude which we are unable to put into words,

David Ray, Geoff, & Lisa

Volume #47 , Issue #30 | Published by: University Communications

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