Monday, September 28, 2015 Seattle Pacific University

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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 the Bulletin at 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. 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, academic deadlines, campus events, and guest speakers. 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. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

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 it to the Bulletin.

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

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, and trees on campus. This feature contains photos taken by Jeff and a description of the plants. This feature is not published during the summer months.

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 This new feature appears the first week of the month in the Bulletin, but will not be published during the summer.

Campus News & Events

Photo: SPU sign on campus
Opening Chapel on September 29

The SPU community gathers to celebrate the beginning of a new school year at Opening Chapel on Tuesday, September 28, beginning at 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. All offices and departments will be closed during this time.

New Lectio Series

Lectio is a free online weekly reading program that allows you to explore God’s Word with School of Theology professors. Autumn Quarter features a study on 1 & 2 Samuel led by Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig.


Study Abroad Open House

The Study Abroad office has moved to Lower Moyer Hall. Come to an open house on Wednesday, October 7, 2-4 p.m. to see the new space and learn more about study abroad programs.


Pickup Soccer and Basketball Games

A message from Adam Finch, intramural and equipment manager: Monday and Wednesday soccer continues this year. Here are the details ― this is a very friendly game (all skill levels are TRULY welcome). We play a simple small-sided pickup game on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with staff, faculty, alumni, and students on Wallace Field (as it’s available). If you would like to join us, contact me at and I will add you to the email list. I also help organize weekly basketball games, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sometimes on Fridays. If you are interested in this form of exercise and community, email me as well and I’ll add you to the list. I look forward to including more of you in these activities.

Sacred Sounds
Sacred Sounds of Christmas Early-Bird Tickets on Sale Through September 30

Early-bird 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 is Monday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Sacred Sounds of Christmas features the best of traditional Advent and Christmas music from around the world, performed by the Music Department's nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. For the first time, SPU’s Gospel Choir will participate in the concert. Buy your tickets online.


2014 Alumni Survey

The 2014 alumni survey results are now available on Information and Data Management’s website under the Faculty & Staff page. Under “Unique Reports," select the box titled “University Research/Surveys."


Faculty, Staff Get Free Tickets to SPU Home Athletic Events

The Falcons invite all faculty and staff to join us for another exciting year of SPU athletics, and it won't cost you a dime. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children up to a maximum of four tickets) 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.

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, October 1
Women's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 3
Women's soccer vs Northwest Nazarene, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.


Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly 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, October 1. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 5.

Faculty & Staff News

hannah notess
Notess’ Review Published

Response Managing Editor Hannah Notess reviewed Map: Collected and Last Poems by Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska for the September/October issue of Books and Culture. A preview of the article is available online.


jaeil lee
Lee’s Paper Published

A research paper by Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Jaeil Lee titled “Acculturation for Fashion Consumer Behavior: A Case of Korean-American Families” was published in Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, Volumne 6, Issue 4, pp.278-291. The abstract is available online.


doug downing
Downing Presents Paper

Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing presented a paper titled "Measuring Multicollinearity in Multiple Regression" at the Western Economics Association International conference in July in Honolulu.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Update from Summer

For the 26th year, Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was privileged to teach students from SPU and other universities at the University of Salamanca as summer visiting professor. He also led and organized a Carmelite pilgrimage August 16-29 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Teresa of Jesus’ birth. Participating in the pilgrimage were 30 Third Order Carmelites from five states, a Carmelite priest as chaplain, and his family. They stayed in Carmelite monasteries in Salamanca, Avila/Alba de Tormes, Segovia, and Toledo. He also launched the first, three-week program of intense Italian language and culture in Tropea (Calabria), Italy, in which 10 students participated. A friend and colleague acted as onsite director on his behalf.

Alberto presented the paper “Sancte Agnetis, màrtir e verge: A Model Virgin for Laity and Clergy in St. Vicent Ferrer’s Catalán Sermon” at the XV North American Catalán Society Colloquium in Barcelona. It is now being prepared for publication in the Catalan Review (Liverpool University). He also presented “Sufficit septem diebus: Seven Days Mourning the Dead in the Letters of St. Braulio of Zaragoza” at Studia Patristica, XVII International Conference on Patristics. This presentation will be published in Studia Patristica (Oxford-Leuven).

He submitted final proofs for other articles. The first one, “A Little More than the Angels:” Anthropology and the Imitatio Christi in a Catalán Sermon by Vicent Ferrer on St. James the Greater,” is for On the Shoulders of Giants: Essays in Honor of Glenn Olsen, Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. The second one is “Sanctissimus idem princeps sic venerandum concilium ad loquitur dicens: King Reccared’s Discourses at the Third Council of Toledo (589)” for Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 46 (2014).

He has submitted for publication “Apocryphal Images of Simon Magus at Saint Pere de Terrassa (Seu d’Ègara), Catalunya by Lluís Borrassà” for a volume of essays on Heresy, Brepols; and “St. Braulio of Zaragoza’s Letters on Mourning in their Greco-Roman and Biblical-Patristic Context,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. His two recent book reviews were published ― “Aires A. Nascimento. Vida de São Teotonio. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 2013,” Lusitania Sacra 30 (2014) 195-196; and “Ian Wood ― The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages,” Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. History: Reviews of New Books 43, 3 (2015) 102-103.

Alberto travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a week because he has always wanted to go there and touch Hadrian’s Wall. He visited some friends and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, which coincided with the Fringe Festival. His summer readings included Silmarillion, the Dominican Francisco de Vitoria’s; Doctrina sobre los Indios; and Historia de la Lengua Española.

Seattle Pacific University
Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members.

Brooks Bolsinger, undergraduate admissions counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Paul Soo Kim, interim coordinator for global & urban ministries and small group programs, Perkins Center
Kai Tindall, gymnastics instructor, Athletics

From the Archives

Tiffany Hall
New Space for the Music Department in 1934

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: The Music Department found itself in need of more space, and so remodeled an existing space for use in music instruction. The year wasn’t 2015, but 1934, when an apartment in the ladies’ hall (later known as Tiffany Hall) was converted into “facilities for the members of the faculty.” Select the link to read the notice given in the September 1934 SPC Bulletin.


This Month in the Garden

Crape Myrtles
Lagerstroemia indica, the Crape Myrtle

From SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley: There is no question, we have just experienced fantastic summer weather in Seattle. Our long warm summer has rewarded us with a generous amount of blossoms to enjoy on our Lagerstroemia trees, more commonly known as Crape Myrtles. In the Pacific Northwest, these heat-loving trees bloom near the end of summer, but only if conditions are just right. I think this year we've had the largest number of flowers ever on our Crape Myrtles since they were planted in 1994. I remember the cool summer of 2011 when not even a single bud opened to flower (rather disappointing, I might add). But even still, here is a tree that has a lot to offer in the garden. A multiple trunk with graceful branching structure that looks incredibly dramatic in the evening with landscape up lighting, exfoliating bark that looks like puzzle pieces glued to the trunk, beautiful fall foliage color that leans toward burgundy and deep orange hues. Then, when warm summer weather permits, a fun display of blossoms. The tree is native to China and Korea and can be seen on our campus along the ramp leading from the C-Store toward Gwinn Commons.

I've noticed the city has planted a few Crape Myrtles recently on the top of Queen Anne Hill along Queen Anne Avenue between Smith Street and McGraw, and along West Galer on the south side of the hill. To view a nice selection of different varieties that are also tagged for easy identification, visit the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. They've planted Lagerstroemias in their parking lot and right now they are spectacular!


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