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Information about SPU's Faculty/Staff Bulletin

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal e-newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. All faculty and staff receive the Bulletin, and most items are submitted by its readers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information to or by selecting “Submit News” at the bottom of the Bulletin.

The Bulletin is published on Mondays, and the deadline to submit information is the preceding Thursday. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The editor is Tracy Norlen, director of public information in University Communications. The Bulletin is divided into several sections.

Campus News & Events highlights the major news and events on campus. Only events related to SPU will be accepted. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, campus events, or guest speakers on campus. Digital photos and graphics are especially welcome. When possible, event information will be published two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting information.

Faculty & Staff News is for professional information related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, books or articles written or published, presentations made, awards received, or research completed. We especially would like more professional news from staff.

Library Connections, written by library staff members, highlights different resources available to faculty and staff to help in research and teaching. This feature appears the first week of the month in the Bulletin, but is not published during the summer months.

From the Archives is a monthly feature showcasing photographs and stories from the SPU archives provided by University Archivist Adrienne Meier. The feature is published the last week of each month during the academic year, and is not published during the summer months.

This Month in the Garden is a monthly feature written by SPU Campus Master Gardener Jeff Daley, highlighting some of the plants, flowers, trees, and landscaping on campus. This feature contains photos taken by Jeff and a description of the plants. This feature is not published during the summer months.

SPU in the News lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty and staff. If you've been used as a resource for a reporter, let us know by submitting the information to the Bulletin.

Milestones is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, adoptions, marriages, anniversaries, church services, mission trips, awards, and athletic accomplishments. Digital photos are always welcome. This section is also used for memorial service information.

Campus News & Events

Sandra Mayo
A message from Sandy Mayo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Please join me at a meet-and-greet reception on Tuesday, October 10, 3–4:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and hear a vision for the work of diversity at SPU in the year ahead. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. The event begins with informal networking and refreshments. A brief program with remarks from President Martin and myself will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity for us to meet.

Project Cool
Project Cool Supply Drive

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Project Cool’s drive for school supplies for homeless students ages 14-18. Project Cool is one of SPU’s previous CityQuest partners, and has supported more than 30,000 homeless students since its founding 28 years ago. This will be a great moment to restock Project Cool’s supplies as they provide backpacks, school supplies, and basic health items to hundreds of homeless children and teens.

Here is a list of items Project Cool has requested. The items will be collected at the Autumn Celebration and Open House at Hillford House on Thursday, October 19.

Crayola crayons (box of 24)
Crayola colored pencils (box of 12)
Thick colored markers (box of 10)
Pens (black and blue)
#2 Pencils
Pink erasers
Glue sticks (non-toxic)
Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
Floss (containers of 40 yards+)
Wide- and college-ruled filler paper
Wide- and college-ruled 1-subject notebooks
Wide- and college-ruled composition notebooks

Faculty, Staff Receive Free Tickets to Home Athletic Events

A message from Falcon Athletics: The Falcons invite all faculty and staff to join us for another exciting year of SPU athletics. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children up to a maximum of four) to all regular-season home events in Brougham Pavilion and home soccer games at Interbay Stadium. Simply show your staff I.D. at the ticket window.

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Nickerson Street Construction

During the summer, Seattle’s Department of Transportation has been conducting major repairs on Nickerson Street. When classes resume on Monday, September 25, the focus of construction on Nickerson Street will be immediately east of 3rd Avenue West. Faculty and staff may want to schedule additional time to their commute to and from campus due to potential delays on Nickerson. The DOT website on this project provides more information.  


What Have You Published Recently?

A message from Response Editor Ruth Moon Mari: "Faculty members ― Has your research been published in a book or academic article this spring or summer? The next Response magazine will include mention of some faculty research. We are especially interested in collaborative projects with students. Please send details to me at"

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Updated Athletics Website

The Seattle Pacific Falcons athletics website has a new look. The new site features larger photos, sharper graphics, move videos, and a clean, crisp appearance. Visit the website for the latest information in Falcon sports, and follow them on Twitter @SPUsports, Instagram @spusports and on Facebook @spusports.

Stationery Orders Due October 3

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, to have stationery order(s) delivered on October 13. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on October 3 will be delivered on November 13. To see deadlines and delivery dates for the remainder of the fiscal year, visit the “Create an Order” stationery page in Banner. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

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Earn Wellness Incentives by Participating in Upcoming Walk/Run

A message from Human Resources: SPU is adding its support to the 2017 American Heart Association Heart and Stroke 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 14, at Seattle Center. In addition to raising vital funds for heart disease and stroke research, the family- and pet-friendly Heart Walk also promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. SPU employees may also earn wellness incentives by participating. Join the SPU team to support an amazing cause while earning healthy rewards. If you have questions, contact Alie Dorsey, Human Resources benefits specialist, at 206-281-2816 or


Grand Reunion
Academic Reunions During Grand Reunion Weekend

Faculty and staff are invited to join the 15 academic reunions happening on campus during Grand Reunion, October 6–7. Also, don’t miss the Family and Consumer Science Department’s Warehouse Sale of clothing and household items benefiting the Sigma Rho Honorary Society in Peterson Hall. Visit the website for the complete schedule of academic reunions, locations, and how to register. There’s no cost to attend.


Spanish Conversation Table
Spanish Conversation Table Starts for Autumn Quarter

The Spanish Conversation Table will be available Autumn Quarter to anyone who wants to speak with others in Spanish. Beginners are welcome. Meet your classmates and colleagues, make new friends and improve your Spanish. If you want to get some help on vocabulary. come see us. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time; just bring your lunch and join us. The table meets on Fridays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in Marston Hall, Room, 252. If you have questions, email adjunct faculty member Vilma Illanes at

Sacred Sounds
Tickets on Sale for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Tickets for SPU’s annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert are now available. This event sells out every year, so buy your tickets early. The concert returns to Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, and will be held Sunday, November 26, at 7 p.m. Sacred Sounds of Christmas features the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, performed by the Music Department's nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. Buy tickets online.


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Campus Dining Specials for Faculty, Staff

Here are this week’s welcome back specials from Campus Dining for faculty and staff.

Through September 29, show your Faculty/Staff ID at Subway and receive a foot-long Cold Cut Combo and a 21-ounce beverage for only $6.

Through September 29, receive 20 percent off hot or iced venti beverages at Common Grounds or Academic Perks.

Don’t forget to try the new Bertona Street Grill (formerly Falcon Grill) in the Student Union Building, featuring Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich and Teriyaki Turkey Burgers.

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Upcoming Falcon Home Games

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online.

Tuesday, September 26
Volleyball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 5
Volleyball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. 

Saturday, October 7
Volleyball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published 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 Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 28. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 2. 

Faculty & Staff News

Kevin Neuhouser
Neuhouser’s Article Published

An article by Professor of Sociology Kevin Neuhouser was recently published in Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 2017, 13 (article 8). The article is titled "Strict but Not (Gender) Conservative: Refining the Strict Church Thesis in Light of Brazilian Pentecostalism."

Professor VanZanten
VanZanten's Essay Published

An essay by Professor of English Susan VanZanten was published in the September 19 issue of Bearings Online, a publication of the Collegeville Institute. The essay, exploring Jane Austen’s timeless appeal on the 200th anniversary of her death, is titled “Beyond Breeches, Buckles, and Balls: Celebrating Kindness with Jane Austen at 200.” Read the essay online.


David Wicks
Wicks Elected to NCCE Board

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks was elected to the board of directors for the Northwest Council for Computers in Education (NCCE). He will serve as the higher education representative for the next three years. NCCE is a professional learning organization that hosts an annual conference for thousands of Northwest educators each spring.

Peter Moe
Moe’s Book Review Published

A book review by Assistant Professor of English Peter Moe was published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 41, no. 1, Sept. 2017, pp. 115-20.  Peter reviewed Stanley Fish's Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom.

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Tom’s Article Published

An article by Joshua Tom, assistant professor of sociology, was published this month in Sociological Spectrum. The article, titled "Social Sources of Community Solidarity in U.S. Congregations," was coauthored by Todd Ferguson (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Samuel Stroope (Louisiana State University), Brita Andercheck (Southern Methodist University), and Brandon Martinez (Providence College). 


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Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new employees. Contact information can be found on the online SPU White Pages.

Vanessa Coker, graduate enrollment counselor, Graduate Admissions
Mary Dominguez, certification advisor, School of Education
Carmen Garcia, student financial services coordinator, Student Financial Services
David McLeod, assistant strength and conditioning coach, Athletics
Chris Smith, systems support manager, University Advancement

From the Archives

“Get Acquainted Week” 1934

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: The first New Student Orientation, titled “Get Acquainted Week,” was held in September 1934. Activities included religious programs, intramural athletic contests, and social events. The three main social events were a “dormitory get-together” with introduction of student officers and residence hall traditions; a formal reception and general mixer, which included a speech by then college President C. Hoyt Watson; musical numbers by music department faculty; and hikes to local beaches. High school students went to Lincoln Park in West Seattle, and the college students to Golden Gardens in Ballard, where they enjoyed a bonfire and picnic supper. 

Intramural baseball games between teams of former students and new students were held most afternoons. The religious programs included morning and evening devotions in the college dining room, a students’ meeting on Wednesday evening with prayer and testimony, and the convocation at First Free Methodist Church (referred to here as the College Church) on Sunday morning given by the college pastor. “Everyone agreed that along the religious line the spiritual tide is high and that the school year had started in a most encouraging way,” (Seattle Pacific College Bulletin, September, 1934). Select a link to see students gathered at Lincoln Park for their hike.


Volume #44 , Issue #33 | Published by: University Communications

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