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SPU Choir Singing Remotely
Concert Choir performs "Ava Maria"

A message from Ryan Ellis, assistant professor of music and director of choral music. I’m so proud of our singers in Concert Choir who quickly engaged with this beautiful choral motet by R. Nathaniel Dett. I'm happy to release this in time for a birthday commemoration on October 11...I can imagine Nathaniel faced discriminations and oppressions in the classical music field. As I listen to this music, it amazes me that one could endure such injustice and still sit down to compose this beautiful choral prayer. He artistically fuses European traditions with indigenous harmony and melody to create a distinctive compositional voice. Happy birthday, Nathaniel!

Cyber Security
October 27 or 29: Cybersecurity at Work and Home

Join CIS on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1–1:45 p.m. or Thursday, Oct. 2910–10:45 a.m. for a training session on best cybersecurity practices at work and at home. RSVP here to receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link. Contact Allison Pincus in CIS at with questions, and find more information on the CIS training program. Please give your feedback on their training program by taking this 1-3 minute long survey.

John Perkins Center
Subscribe to the weekly John Perkins Center newsletter

During each academic quarter, the Perkins Center sends out a weekly newsletter focusing on areas of reconciliation, justice, and community engagement, with a hope of motivating reflection and conversation and ways to create connection. Each week includes a brief reflection by a SPU community member and a collection of events and opportunities to engage in community, develop awareness, or experience new cultures. You can sign-up for this weekly resource by emailing Here is last week's newsletter as an example.

Benefits Open Logo
Open Enrollment and Virtual Benefits Webinar Series in October

Open enrollment is Oct. 15–30, for the benefit plan year that begins Jan. 1, 2021. This is your opportunity to make changes to your benefit elections — including medical, dental, vision, and flexible-spending accounts for the 2021 benefit plan year. For more information, select What’s New in 2021?

Join us for the upcoming Virtual Benefits webinars (password spu):  

Ask an Aetna representative about your specific circumstances or get advice on how to best prepare for any changes. Sign up for an Aetna one-on-one meeting on Oct. 19 or Oct 20.

These webinars will give you opportunities to ask questions and learn more about our new benefits providers.

Pollard Fellowship Speakers
Bridging Theory and Business Practice: Pollard Fellowship Online Presentations

The "Best Paper” winners from the 2019 Bill Pollard Faith & Business Research Fellowship are Dr. Helen Chung, assistant professor of industrial-organizational psychology at SPU, and Dr. Marcus Brauer, professor at Estacio de Sa University and Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. They will introduce their papers and have a dialogue about their findings on Tuesday, October 27, 1–2:30 p.m. via Zoom. More information and registration can be found online.

The Bill Pollard Faith & Business Research Fellowship was developed to help bridge the gap between the work of academic business scholars and business practice. Learn more about Bill and the C. William Pollard Papers in the online Digital Commons @ SPU.

Swedish Breast Care Express Truck
Swedish Mobile Mammography Coach on campus Oct. 23

Mammograms save lives. To help make these essential tests convenient for women in the SPU community, SPU is hosting the Swedish Mobile Mammography coach on Friday, Oct. 23. Schedule your appointment by going to Swedish Breast Center Online Scheduler. Bring your medical history form from the online scheduling link, your insurance card, and photo ID. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, and face coverings are required. The coach will be near Tiffany Loop on 3rd Avenue West. For more information, contact Cherylin Shdo, Human Resources benefits specialist, at

Faith in U
Video: University’s Faith in U campaign

As part of the University’s Faith in U campaign, a new brand video was released last week. Learn more about what current SPU students Felix, Jordan, Alexandra, and Kayla, have faith in. If you know or happen to see any of these students around campus, be sure to give them an "air high five" and a kind word for representing SPU in our latest campaign.

Office of Inclusive Excellence
Oct. 15: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop

The Office of Inclusive Excellence invites you to join us Thursday, Oct. 15, 12–1 p.m., for Diversity 102: Understanding Our Social Identities in the Context of Christian Community. Learn more and sign up here.

TV Photo
Unused TV? It’s needed by Oct. 15

A message from Amanda Stubbert, director of Alumni and Parent Relations: This year’s Sacred Sounds of Christmas will be a virtual experience and, for one of the very cool numbers, we need 10–12 TVs by Oct. 15. It can be any model/era (the more diverse the better) and it doesn’t matter if it works or even has a screen. We can get it back to you or dispose of it after the event. If you have one or more, please contact Amanda Stubbert at

Stained Glass Cross
Oct. 20: Virtual forum on race, faith, and the future of the church

In the wake of a movement against anti-Black racism and police brutality, a global pandemic, and an historic U.S. presidential election close at hand, the church faces numerous challenges and opportunities. Church leaders, community members, and students are invited to “For Such a Time as This,” on Oct. 20, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). An interactive virtual forum hosted by Seattle Pacific Seminary and featuring leaders in Christian reconciliation, community development, and congregational care.

2020 International Photo Contest

The Office of Global Engagement invites students, staff, and faculty to submit photos from their journeys around the world in the 2020 International Photo Contest. 

  • Photos must be the original work of the person submitting the photo and must have been taken in a country outside the United States. 
  • Each photographer can submit one photo in each category, for a total of up to three photos. 
  • Categories include People, Places, and Culture. 

Photos can be submitted Oct. 5–29. Get more information and submit a photo.

Office of Inclusive Excellence
Diversity action plans (staff)

This is a reminder that the Office of Inclusive Excellence is available to support operational departments in the development of their Diversity Action Plans. By June 2021, all operational departments are required to develop a Diversity Action Plan that outlines specific steps that will be implemented to contribute to SPU’s universitywide diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, with an emphasis on concrete actions to advance the overarching goals. The Diversity Action Plan is a critical step in bringing the work of diversity to the core of institutional functions, ensuring that it informs everything we do. Learn more about Diversity Action Plans on the OIEX website, or email with questions.

School of Business, Economics, and Government
SBGE Shareholders: Diversity and inclusion

The latest issue of the Shareholders e-newsletter from SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics focuses on diversity and inclusion at SPU and beyond, with practical insight, book reviews, and more. View the October issue here.

Health Services
A COIVID-19 reminder from Health Services

A message from Health Services: Students and employees should contact SPU Health Services at 206-281-2231 right away if:

  • They are feeling sick and experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea). For this purpose, fever is a temperature of 100.4°F or higher.
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days. If you are unsure whether your exposure constitutes “close contact,” contact SPU Health Services to discuss. 
  • If you test positive for SARS CoV2, with or without symptoms.

If you have questions, contact Health Services.

Office of Inclusive Excellence
Diversity Seed Grant Application open until Nov. 1

A message from the Office of Inclusive Excellence (formerly the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion): The Office of Inclusive Excellence offers diversity seed grants up to $1,500 to support departmentwide initiatives that advance one or more of the University’s strategic diversity goals. Seed grants are awarded quarterly, with the autumn application cycle open now and closing Nov. 1. Learn more and apply online, and contact us with any questions!

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, Oct. 19, and the deadline is Thursday, Oct. 15. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible with an image or graphic to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity.

Faculty & Staff News

Matthew Benton
Benton's book review published

Matthew Benton, assistant professor of philosophy, published a book review of John Pittard’s Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment (Oxford University Press, 2020), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which is available here.

Jeff Keuss
Keuss presents paper

Jeff Keuss, professor of Christian ministry, theology and culture, presented a paper titled “The Just University: Paul Ricœur and the Hope of Higher Education” at the Society of Ricoeur Studies conference on Oct. 7 hosted at McGill University, Montréal, Quebec. The paper is drawn from Jeff's upcoming book in December from Rowman & Littlefield, addressing themes from Paul Ricoeur’s later ethical treatise titled, The Just, as applied to the future of the liberal arts and universities. In the paper, Jeff argues for higher education to reimagine itself as the “Just University” whose central purpose as an institution is found in people who author their own agency, conversationally tied to their friendships with other authors and creators of meaning in a spirit of humility and justice. As co-creators within a just university, our ability to produce and construct moral statements establishes us as moral agents, and also as morally culpable individuals. In this we can underscore that to be friends in the just university is also to be moral for the sake of the other in society.

Peter Moe
Moe's essay published

Peter Moe, assistant professor of English and director of campus writing, had his essay, “To Flense,” published in the latest issue of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.

School of Education
SOE faculty, doctoral candidate present talk

Munyi Shea, associate professor of counselor education, David Wicks, associate professor of digital education leadership, and School of Education doctoral candidate Elizabeth Ebersole collaborated with Ira Rasikawati, a faculty member of Krida Wacana Christian University, Indonesia, to present a talk titled, “Identifying Promising Practices in Remote/Online Learning During and Following the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2020 Virtual Conference on Global Learning.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff!

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Adrienne Hamann, senior international student services coordinator, Global Engagement.


Passing of Dorothy Balch, wife of emeritus professor

Dorothy Balch died Oct. 17, 2019, at the age of 96. Wife of the late Wayne Balch, professor emeritus of music, Dorothy was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to second-generation Swedish immigrants and graduated from North Park Junior College and the University of Minnesota. A talented pianist and poet, Dorothy was a longtime member of Evangelical Covenant Church. Preceded in death by Wayne, her husband of 57 years, Dorothy is survived by a sister, daughter, Canidia Balch Tepke, son Peter Balach ’77, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Drawn Out Puns

Nate Hoover
Tore a Dactyl

For his monthly cartoon, Nate Hoover, associate director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, explains this month’s feature: The past tense of pterodactyl. This cartoon is available as a birthday card for someone you know who is getting older this year.


Volume #47 , Issue #35 | Published by: University Communications

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