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In Context
Engage in Conversations Around Race Relations; Series Begins October 19

Engage in conversations that unpack and unveil some realities of race relations, and its intersections and impact on our stories, during the Autumn Quarter In Context series. In Context will take place Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., for six weeks starting October 19 through November 23. Register online through Tuesday, October 18. If you have questions, contact Tsion McNichols at


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What Is OrgSync?

A message from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership: OrgSync is a one-stop connection to student life. It’s a campus community portal that enables you to explore student organizations, connect with students, and stay up-to-date with everything that is happening on campus. SPU students are using OrgSync as their main mode of accessing information on student groups and campus events. On OrgSync you'll find:

• Campus events calendar

• Campus news and announcements

• Student government (Associated Students of Seattle Pacific)

• More than 85 clubs and organizations

• Resources and connections OrgSync has to offer. (You can join as many groups as you like.)

To get started, go to, and complete the sign-in and login with your SPU credentials. Make sure to join the Looped In page to get up-to-date information on campus events. You can also update your profile and upload a photo. If you have any questions, email the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at or call 206-281-2247.


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Nurtured Heart Approach Workshops Offered for Working With Youth

Workshops designed to build skills in managing violent and angry behavior in youth will be offered at First Free Methodist Church, November 4-5, 2016. The workshops are being offered in collaboration with the SPU chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

The workshops feature Alastair Gardiner, director of the United Kingdom’s Nurtured Heart Approach. He is an expert in working with treatment facilities, foster care, parent support agencies, therapists, and educators in training adults on how to manage behaviors without using restraint, containment, or other similar negative tools in order to bring about transformation in behavior and self-regulation. These workshops are being offered in only four U.S. cities, including Seattle.

Please forward this information to students, colleagues, clinicians, and therapists interested in this interactive and powerful tool. Discounts are provided for registration of three or more, and the registration deadline is October 31. If you have questions, contact Tammy Fisher, doctoral student in counselor education, at 425-221-0171 or

One-day registration and information.

Two-day registration and information.

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Student e-Newsletter Loopy Is Now Looped In

Loopy, SPU’s weekly campus e-newsletter for students, is changing to Looped In. Looped In will still help promote on-campus events and programs hosted by SPU academic departments, ASSP-affiliated student groups, and registered student organizations. However, Looped In will only be posted in an OrgSync portal and emailed to the SPU community every Monday morning. Make sure to join OrgSync to stay in the loop.

To submit an event:

• Fill out the online OrgSync submission form

• Submit the event before Thursday at 5 p.m. Any event submitted after this time will not be listed on the next issue of Looped In.

• Once submitted, the Looped In editor will review your submission.

• All submissions are also subject to review by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

If you have questions, contact Looped In Editor Heather Maguire at

Sheryl Turner
SBGE Dean’s Speaker Series: Alumna and CPA Sharlyn Turner

The School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean’s Speaker event will be Tuesday, October 25, at 9 a.m., in the Library Seminar Room. SPU alumna Sharlyn Turner, a CPA and Partner at Peterson Sullivan, LLP, will share about her career journey and also talk about the changing face of the public accounting industry. All are welcome, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Center for Applied Learning at or call 206-281-2942.

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Printable 2016-17 Faculty/Staff Directory

The most current data for the Faculty/Staff Directory is always in the SPU online White Pages. The Office Directory (office phone numbers, fax machine numbers, mailstops, and contact service providers) section has been updated for 2016-17. The Employee Directory (by last name and grouped by department) section is refreshed every day. If you would like to print the directory, visit the website.


Mistletoe Market
Mistletoe Market Benefits Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarships

Faculty and staff (and their family and friends) are invited to the Mistletoe Market on Friday, October 28, (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday, October 29, (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. The market features year-round home décor, hostess gifts, accessories, gift certificates, one-of-a-kind SPU items, and much more. This special fundraising event will benefit scholarships in Family and Consumer Sciences, and is sponsored by Sigma Rho, a philanthropic organization of FCS alumni and friends. To see photos of some of the items for sale, visit the website.


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Sitecore/Contribute Brownbag Thursday, October 20

Join us for the October brownbag on Thursday, October 20, 12-1 p.m. in the Lower Weter large conference room. Please email Kathy Henning in University Communications at if you plan to attend. If possible, please bring a laptop computer. Sitecore/Contribute Brownbags occur the third Thursday of most months. If you would like help with any changes you need to make to your site, bring them with you on Thursday and we’ll walk you through them.

Circuit training
Circuit Training for Faculty, Staff

Need a support group to help you get in shape? Want to strengthen your core and get some exercise over lunchtime? Join us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:10-1 p.m. in the upper gym in Brougham Pavilion (or the turf field, weather permitting) for a team-lead circuit training class. Email Lynn Anselmi in University Communications at for details.

Zumba Fitness Class
NEW TIME for Zumba on Wednesdays

Professor of Education Nyaradzo Mvududu is leading a free Zumba class in the lower gym in Brougham Pavilion. The class will now begin at 12:30 p.m. instead of 12 p.m. It will be offered on Wednesdays during Autumn Quarter and open to all faculty, staff, and alumni of all fitness levels. Nyaradzo, a licensed Zumba instructor, says the class is “fun and beginner-friendly. Money back guarantee! Let the beat carry you through this energetic dance workout set to international music tracks. Zumba is designed to feel like a party so that the hour flies by.” If you have questions, email Nyaradzo at or Intramural Manager Adam Finch at

Falcons at Home

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the website.

Thursday, October 20
Women's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 22
Women's soccer vs Montana State Billings, Interbay Stadium, 1 p.m.


Thursday deadline
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 20. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 24, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Randy Beavers
Beavers Presents Papers

Randy Beavers, assistant professor of finance, attended the joint Academy of Business Education and Financial Education Association conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 29-October 1. He presented three papers titled “Using the Adventure Capitalist Application as a Simulation;” “Fairness Surveys in the Business Classroom,” and a paper coauthored with Assistant Professor of Economics Geri Mason, “Does Delivery Format Matter? Evidence from a Business Finance Course.”

Karen Snedker
Snedker’s Article Published

An article co-written by Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker and University of Washington Professor of Sociology Jerald Herting titled “Adolescent Mental Health: Neighborhood Stress Effects on Emotional Distress” was published in Youth & Society 48(5): 695-715.

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Welcome, Samantha Krejcik

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome Samantha Krejcik, the new administrative assistant in the John Perkins Center.

This Month in the Garden

New Poplar Tree
A New White Poplar

From SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley: We are so blessed to have the collection of large canopy trees adorning Tiffany Loop, creating the park-like setting we all enjoy. Standing tall among those giants is our white poplar, the first of the majestic group to greet community visitors as they pass through the arch entrance announcing “Seattle Pacific University.”

Our grove of tall trees speaks to the longevity of the university. Twelve of the trees, including our white poplar, are recognized as the largest of their species (height and circumference) in the city of Seattle. Four of the 12 are the largest of their kind in the state of Washington, having been written up in three different arboreal publications. Our white poplar, Populus alba, from the Latin Populus (poplar) and alba (white), is named for the whitish underside of its leaf. It is also known as “Bolleana,” named for Dr. C. Bolle, who was an arboriculturist during the time the tree was first introduced to the United States in 1872.

When young, the Bolleana poplar is very conical in its growth habit. As it gets older, the structure of the crown assumes the shape of a gigantic goblet, and this is what we see today. Most likely our trees were propagated and grown on the East Coast then shipped out west by steam engine when they were young.

The tall trees in Tiffany Loop caught the eye of President Martin when he first arrived on campus in July 2012. Looking toward the 125th anniversary year, he requested that a tree be propagated from the original white poplar. In the fall of 2012, I harvested several cuttings from the parent tree, which ultimately yielded our viable genetic offspring. During the Grand Reunion on October 8, 2016, a small but hearty group of alumni, faculty, staff, and students joined President Martin and me on the lawn in front of Peterson Hall to ceremonially dedicate the newly planted second white poplar.

Just as our founders previously planted trees in Tiffany Loop for our generation to enjoy, so the planting of the new white poplar is our gift to a future generation to care for, enjoy, and celebrate the heritage and longevity of a vibrant university. (Select the link to see more images of the current white poplar.)


Volume #44 , Issue #35 | Published by: University Communications

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