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Daryl Tate
Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Technology

Dr. Daryl Tate, internationally acclaimed educational technology expert and ordained Baptist minister, will lead a workshop and present a lecture on Thursday, October 8. The workshop will focus on specific ways in which faculty can seamlessly integrate curriculum, pedagogy, and technology into their classrooms; the lecture will explore opportunities to promote character, competence, grace, and wisdom in student/teacher interactions. For more information, visit the Educational Technology & Media website.


Professor Witham with nursing students in Guatemala in summer of 2015
Guatemala Nursing Study Abroad Presentation

In September, 10 senior nursing students traveled to Guatemala and partnered with Students International to serve the communities of Magdalena and complete their community health clinical practicum. Students will share stories and pictures of their experience at a special presentation on Monday, October 12, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Marston/Watson Hall, room 5.

Cigna HSA Bank Transition Information Session and 2016 SPU Contributions

The administration of SPU Health Savings (HSA) account will transition from JPMorgan Chase (Chase) to HSA Bank on October 24. Cigna and HSA Bank are working together to build a fully integrated solution with enhanced features to the HSA account. To help with questions and concerns about the transition, a Cigna representative will be on campus for a one-hour presentation on Wednesday, October 7, 12:30 p.m., in the Library Seminar Room. In addition, Human Resources will announce SPU’s contributions into HSA and the IRS limits for the 2016 calendar year.

Photo: SPU sign on campus
Welcome These Visitors in October

Hundreds of prospective students and their families will be on campus this month for SPU Friday Plus. Undergraduate Admissions is hosting three overnight events October 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23. High school juniors and seniors will stay overnight in the residence halls on Thursdays; then they dine in Gwinn, attend informational sessions, and visit classes on Friday. Look for these students and their families and make them feel welcome.

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.


Give Blood October 8-9

Bloodworks Northwest (formerly the Puget Sound Blood Center) will host a blood drive on campus October 8 and 9, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. (closed 1:30-2:30 p.m.) near the entrance of Tiffany Loop. Schedule an appointment online.


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 and 2 Samuel led by Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig.


Stationery Orders Due October 6

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, to have stationery order(s) delivered on October 16. Stationery orders are now delivered once a month. Stationery orders made after 10 a.m. on October 6 will be delivered 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

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.

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, October 8
Women's soccer vs Concordia, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 10
Volleyball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

For the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website.


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 8. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 12.

Faculty & Staff News

Jobe Korb-Nice
Korb-Nice Named September Staff Member of the Month

The SPU Staff Council named Jobe Korb-Nice, senior director of recruitment and admissions, as the September Staff Member of the Month. Jobe oversees the undergraduate and graduate recruitment and admissions areas, which include the welcome center, international students, visits, and enrollment communications. Congratulations!


al erisman
Erisman Book Signing October 11

Executive in Residence Al Erisman will read from his new book, The Accidental Executive, at the downtown Bellevue Barnes & Nobles on Sunday, October 11, 1-3 p.m. The bookstore is located at 106th Ave NE in Bellevue.


School of Business, Government, and Economics
SBGC Faculty Lead Workshop

In August, School of Business, Government, and Economics faculty members Denise Daniels, Randy Franz, and Kimberly Sawers presented a workshop titled “B Corp: Movement of Mainstream?” at the Academy of Management in Vancouver, B.C.

Peg Acheterman
Achterman Participates in Conference

Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism Peg Achterman participated as an ONA (Online New Association) newsroom mentor at their annual conference in Los Angeles. The newsroom is made up of about 20 students selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the world. Peg’s mentee was from Hyderabad, India. To learn more about the students' work, visit the website. Select the link to see a photo of Peg and her mentee.


Bo Lim
Lim Lectures at North Park Theological Seminary

University Chaplain and Associate Professor of Old Testament Bo Lim recently gave the Old Testament Lund Lectures at North Park Theological Seminary. The lectures were titled “A Tale of Romance or Spousal Abuse? Love and Violence in the Book of Hosea” and “Prophetic Ministry Among Exiles: The Contribution of Asian and Latino/a American Biblical Interpretation.”  In addition, he presented the paper “The Lynching of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah: Death at the Hands of Persons Unknown” for the Symposium of Theological Interpretation also held at North Park.


School of Theology
Commentary by Castelo, Lim Published

A commentary on Hosea by School of Theology professors Bo Lim and Daniel Castelo was recently published in the Two Horizons Commentary series by Eerdmans. Learn more about the book. 


Kathleen Braden
Braden’s Article Published

The Earth Island Journal published a popular version of Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden’s research article on illegal hunting by power elites in Russia. Read the article online. 


Mike Hamilton
Hamilton Presents Paper

Professor of History Mike Hamilton recently presented a paper titled “Whoring after the Gods of Babylon? Or Lusting after the Fleshpots of Egypt?” at the biennial meeting of the Western Regional Conference on Faith and History in Los Angeles, California. The conference theme was “The Historian’s Craft and the Church.”

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.

Meranda Clausen, student and young alumni engagement coordinator, Alumni and Parent Relations
Jake Cramer, access services (temporary), Library
Beth Schaafsma, assistant director, advancement services, University Advancement

Library Connections

ebooks Available through the Library

(This new feature is written by library staff members who will highlight a different resource available to faculty and staff to help in research and teaching). In addition to the physical books at Ames Library, faculty and staff have access to a growing collection of ebooks. One recent addition is ebrary’s Academic Complete – a multidisciplinary collection of over 120,000 scholarly titles. The beneficial features of ebooks vary, but many are available 24/7, accessible by multiple simultaneous users, and downloadable to mobile devices. Some ebooks may also be suitable for use as class texts or reserve readings. To locate and access ebooks, search SPU Primo on the Library home page, noting titles that indicate Online access or select the ebooks format to refine your search. For additional information or assistance, contact a reference librarian

Volume #43 , Issue #33 | Published by: University Communications

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