Monday, October 24, 2022 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

SPU Athletics adds women’s golf

On Oct. 20, Athletic Director Jackson Stava announced the decision to add a women’s golf program as the 13th sport offered by SPU. The program is set to compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II in the fall of 2023. The Falcons plan to join Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin's, Simon Fraser, and Western Washington as GNAC members with women’s golf. Visit the Athletics site for the full story.

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Volunteers needed for NCAA Fall Festival

SPU is honored to be the host of the 2022 NCAA DII Fall Festival — one of the flagship events on the NCAA DII calendar — Tuesday, Nov. 29–Dec. 3. About 1,500 student-athletes and coaches will come to Seattle to compete in six separate national championship events, and hundreds of volunteers will be needed for the festival.

In coordination with SPU’s Senior Leadership Team, faculty and staff can volunteer for this event during their normal work schedules without needing to take vacation or leave time, although volunteering during work hours must first be approved by your supervisor prior to registering as a volunteer. Family members, friends, youth sports clubs, etc., can also volunteer, so feel free to pass along the links. Volunteers do not need to be associated with SPU. Visit the Fall Festival Fan Information website to see events and campus and Seattle locations. Volunteers will receive NCAA Championships apparel and credentials along with snacks and meals if the volunteer shift is during a meal window. Email Hannah Murphy in Athletics at with questions, and sign up to volunteer here.

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Host an international student during the holidays

International Student Services is reviving its Holiday Homestays program. Each year, we have a handful of international students who have expressed interest in staying with a host family over the winter break to experience U.S. holiday traditions. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage cross-culturally with our students! If you have any interest in participating in this program in the future, please contact Jenny Elsey, assistant vice provost for experiential learning and student success, at We might even have a couple of opportunities for folks interested in hosting a student this holiday season!

Alumna Pam Nolte
“Improvising Memory Loss” with Pam Nolte ’76

Pam Nolte ’76, co-founder, actor, and teaching artist at Taproot Theater Company, has been teaching improv classes to Alzheimer’s patients since 2010. Not only has this work been rewarding for Pam, but her students have also been experiencing incredible results. Stream now online or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

Benefits Fair
Winners from the Benefits Fair!

Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Benefits Fair. Congratulations to the 21 lucky employees who won raffle prizes!

Neal Dewitt $50 Amazon e-Gift Card  HSA Bank 
Scott Beers  $25 Visa Gift Card LTC Solutions
Lenora Meyers Two nights Stay at Ft. Casey Inn Camp Casey
Evelyn Ampofo Gyimah Large Priority Flat Rate Box SPU Mailing Services
Robyn Myers
Yeti Mug/Starbuck Card
Dan Faires
Water Bottle/$25 Target Gift Card
Grace Seo  $25 Falcon Funds  Housing/Meal Plans 
Rebekah Johansen  $25 Falcon Funds  Falcon Cards 
Glen Prindle  First Aid Kit  Safety and Security
Kate Barker  Mini Retro Beverage Fridge  Safety and Security 
Suzanne Hsu  $50 UBER Gift Card  Transamerica 
Theresa Maloney  $50 UBER Gift Card Transamerica 
Shannon Sherman  Slim Sonic Care Toothbrush  Delta Dental 
Marci Walden  Dragon Sunglasses  VSP 
Grant Rasmussen  SPU Sweatshirt  SPU Bookstore 
Jennifer Young  Faculty/Staff Meal Plan 10  SPU Dining Services 
Tracy Norlen  Harry & David Gift Basket   Aetna  
Frank Kinard  $50 Jakes Grill Gift Card  AON  

The three grand prize winners ($100 cash) are Payton Aparicio, Camp Casey; Brad Hall, Finance; and Teresa Lewis, Finance.

Please congratulate all the winners! We hope to see you next year!

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LinkedIn photo booth for students

The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a LinkedIn Photobooth to help students prepare for the Career Fair on Thursday, Nov. 3On Wednesday, Nov. 2,  from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the center will provide free headshots for students. Please spread the word to your students and encourage them to attend. More information can be found on Handshake. Faculty: please see the email from Elle Gohr in CCC that contains a PowerPoint slide for you to use in your classes.

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Virtual Career Fair Nov. 3

A message from the Center for Career and Calling: The Virtual Career Fair for students is happening Thursday Nov. 3, 3–6 p.m. There will be 45 employers present, including T-Mobile, Seattle Children’s, and the Seattle Mariners, who are excited to meet with our students! Students can sign up for a 30-minute info session with employers, and/or schedule 1:1 appointments with recruiters for 10 minutes. Registration is now open on Handshake. Faculty: please see the email from Elle Gohr in CCC that contains a PowerPoint slide for you to use in your classes.

It's Cybersecurity Awarness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Identifying Malicious Emails

A message from Computer and Information Systems: If you’ve been following along with our weekly Cybersecurity Awareness posts, by now you have MFA enabled on your accounts and a password manager set up to store all your passwords. Those tools help to secure your account, but malicious actors have other ways to steal data or defraud users. Learn more about malicious emails and how to identify them in the CIS Technology Blog.

Oct. 26: ETM workshop on climate Justice resources

Explore topics of open data, open scholarship, and open educational resources with librarians, fellow faculty, and ETM as they relate to climate justice and more specifically, to your courses.

In person: Wednesday, Oct 26, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Library Seminar Room. Bring your brown bag lunch and we will provide cookies, tea, and coffee.
Online: Friday, Oct 28, 10– 11 a.m. Zoom link:

Human Resources
Open Enrollment through Nov. 4

A message from Human Resources: Open Enrollment is now underway and runs until Friday, Nov. 4. This is your opportunity to make changes to your benefit election, including medical, dental, vision, and flexible-spending accounts for the upcoming 2023 benefit plan year.

Oct. 26: Transamerica webinar and individual appointments

SPU’s retirement plan is among the most effective ways to help you secure the future you deserve. As part of Open Enrollment, SPU’s Transamerica representative, Ronee Dakin, will be available to answer questions about your retirement plan, Tuesday–Wednesday, Nov. 1–2. You can also attend a retirement webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 26. 

Live Webinar: “Retirement Plan Essentials”

Individual Retirement Strategy Appointments

Ronee can review your personal retirement strategy and answer any questions you may have.

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Nov. 5: Learn about young adult mentoring in the church

PACE NW, part of Pivot NW, is hosting a session on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. to share what has been learned in five years of research funded by The Lilly Endowment for connecting young adults and the greater church. Specifically, we will embark on a rhythm of encouraging, training, and networking those who care about young adults so that there is a greater spiritual safety net in the Pacific Northwest. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Contact Martin Jimenez with any questions at Register online.

Pivot NW is a research and innovation grant funded by The Lilly Endowment and based at SPU. PACE is an expansion of Pivot NW which worked within congregations from 2016-21.

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Clothing drive for Recovery Café

A group of students in Nursing Leadership in Community Engagement are working with Recovery Café to collect items they need to help their unsheltered or homeless constituents. Recovery Café offers individuals recovering from various addictions and issues a place to get food, connect to resources, and spend time with each other. The students’ goal is to promote health through education and support them in any ways they can. You can help by collecting warm clothes such as these items for Recovery Café members by Wednesday, Nov. 9.

  • Jackets
  • Oversize shirts
  • New socks
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Anything else that can fit in this category

Please drop off any clean and washed items in one of these locations:

CCC & Cider
Oct. 27: CCC and Cider

The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a “CCC and Cider” open house for faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Union Building, second floor. You’re invited to drop by for some hot cider, treats, and a chance to connect with the CCC team and learn more about what we offer your students. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year (or Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday). The next deadline is Thursday, Oct. 27, and the next issue will be published Monday, Oct. 31.

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

Professor Alison Stigora
Stigora’s sculpture on view in South Lake Union

Alison Stigora, assistant professor of art, has a new exhibition currently on view at MadArt Studio in South Lake Union. The installation, titled SALVAGE, includes a massive wave created with logs from Puget Sound, immersive light sculpture, and audio component developed in collaboration with recent SPU graduate Rachael Fasano. The exhibition is on view now through Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.

Jason Thornberry
Thornberry’s poem published

Jason Thornberry, receptionist for School of Education and an adjunct professor of writing, recently had his poem “alone together,” written at the height of the pandemic, published by The Bookends Review. Jason added that this was his 75th publication.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro led Catholic pilgrimage in Spain

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of European history, organized and led a two-week Catholic pilgrimage in Spain in September and October. The lodging was in Discalced Carmelite Monasteries. Sites visited were Salamanca (four days), Leon, Avila (three days), Segovia (three days), and Toledo (three days). The emphasis was on the role of the Catholic Church in the founding of universities, building of cathedrals, and much more. Masses were celebrated by a priest/chaplain in historic churches related to Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross. At times, the group attended Mass with the local residents. Alberto also spent a week on his own in Santiago de Compostela, visiting friends and doing research. The full month closed out in Madrid for four days visiting with friends. Dates for another pilgrimage in 2023 are set already.

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Welcome, new staff member

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Scott Finch, security officer, Office of Safety and Security.

Volume #49 , Issue #37 | Published by: University Communications

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