Monday, October 26, 2015 Seattle Pacific University

From the President

Kim Sawers
New Board of Trustees Members

I am excited to announce we have recently elected four new Board of Trustees members who will be joining us at our upcoming meeting in November:

Ken Dixon

Ken Dixon

Ken is a respected member of the accounting community, having spent his 32-year career with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in the nation, Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He worked for various branches in Chicago; Osaka, Japan; and Seattle, and was responsible for audit and accounting, taxation in various jurisdictions, compliance requirements, national recruitment, and much more. He earned a BA from Spring Arbor College in Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Washington. Since 2014, Ken has served as a board member of the Warm Beach Senior Community, offering his financial expertise as their treasurer. He also serves as a member of the Global Business Advisory Board at the University of Washington, and a monthly advisor to UW MBA students. He and his wife, Carol, attend Shoreline Free Methodist Church. 

Dean Kato

Dean Kato

After receiving a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Washington, Dean has led a successful career in various firms as vice president of sales, business development manager, and most recently as a consultant for OneAccord Partners in Kirkland. Dean has also served as a board member for Kids International Ministries from 2012 to 2014, an international mission agency that operates orphanages and offers humanitarian aid in the Philippines. While on this board, he was a member of the development committee which was responsible for promoting sustainable growth and sponsorships. His wife, Sharleen, is professor and co-director of SPU’s Family and Consumer Sciences. They attend Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue.

Pete Menjares

Pete Menjares

Pete has led a successful career in higher education for the past two decades, 17 of those years spent at Biola University as associate professor of education, education department chair, associate provost for diversity leadership, and vice provost for faculty development. He also served as the 11th president of Fresno Pacific University from 2012 to 2014. He now uses his wealth of knowledge working as an independent higher education consultant, and was recently appointed as the senior fellow for diversity for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Pete received a BA from Vanguard University; an MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a PhD in language, literacy and learning from the University of Southern California. Pete and his wife, Virginia, attend Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, California.

Deborah Wilds

Deborah Wilds

Deborah comes to us as an expert in the field of higher education, having received a BA in speech pathology and audiology from California State University, San Diego; an MA in education administration and supervision from Howard University; and a PhD in education policy, planning and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Deborah has spent her career advocating for the needs and rights of higher education, working as senior research associate, assistant director, and associate director for the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 2000. She has also served as a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; president and chief operating officer of the College Success Foundation; and currently serves as a senior fellow at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Deborah worships with From the Heart Church Ministries based in Maryland.  

Campus News & Events

Nate Mouttet
Enrollment Update

A message from Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Nate Mouttet: Here is the tenth day enrollment report. Our new freshmen class was under our goal of 740, but grew only slightly over last year’s fall enrollment to 688. The number of transfer students grew to 245. Our total undergraduate enrollment was lower than our goal, and that was most significantly impacted by a second year of smaller new student classes as compared to previous years. We retained more students than we had set as our goal. So, our overall undergraduate enrollment was improved by new transfer students and a strong number of returning students. Additionally, we achieved nearly 99 percent of the undergraduate credit goal.

Overall, our graduate programs met most of our individual program goals. We are at our highest level of graduate students in four years at 947 students, yet we are slightly below our targeted goal for total graduate students of 957. Finally, the graduate student credit volumes matched our goal of 7,306.

The results of this past year remind us that we have to work hard each year to achieve our enrollment goals, and we all play a part in the enrollment success of SPU. Work is underway to provide new strategies to improve the enrollment outcome for the coming year. We appreciate everyone’s involvement when asked to participate in enrollment-related planning and efforts.

Headcount Totals Autumn 2012 Autumn 2013 Autumn 2014 Autumn 2015
Undergraduates 3,267 3,395 3,290 3,228
Graduates 828 875 927 947
Total Headcount 4,095 4,270 4,217 4,175

Inside Gwinn Commons
Dining Services Fall Satisfaction Survey

To faculty and staff: Hopefully you received an email invitation to participate in the annual Dining Services Fall Satisfaction Survey. You can also enter a drawing to win an iPad or Falcon Funds. The survey link will be open from October 26 through November 11, and you can complete a survey for each of the dining locations listed.  Thank you for your support and feedback.

Art Center exhibit Fall 2015: Color Forms
Now Showing in the Art Center

SPU’s Art Center Gallery is currently featuring “Color Forms,” a multimedia exhibit which includes knitted fabrics, wood panels, acrylic paints, watercolor, as well as other mediums. The pieces in the show seek to explore the vocabulary of color through a variety of forms. The exhibit runs through November 27, and the gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is located on 3 West Cremona Street. 


Wind Symphony
Autumn 2015 Concert Series

The SPU Music Department will feature a series of concerts in Autumn Quarter featuring choral and instrumental ensembles and faculty. The first event is the Small Ensembles Concert on Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. in the Nickerson Studios. The concert will feature the Clarinet Choir, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Saxophone Quintet, and String Quartet.


camp casey
Camp Casey Winter/Spring Reservations

Winter and spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 4-June 13, 2016. Reservation requests are due by November 5, 2015. The winter and spring requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by previous summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation.


President of Holland America Line on Campus

The next School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean’s Speaker event will be Tuesday, October 27, 9 a.m., in the Library Seminar Room. Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, will tell his personal story, discuss his industry, and talk about ideas from his book, Talentism. Faculty and staff are invited, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Center for Applied Learning at or 206-281-2151.


Gwinn Halloween Dinner and Carved Pumpkin Contest October 30

A message from Campus Dining Services: Chef Joe Russo has created a Ghoulish Dinner menu for you to experience. Come join us for dinner on Friday, October 30, 4:30-8 p.m. Vote on your favorite carved pumpkin from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and stay for the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

Student Financial Services Closed November 9

Student Financial Services will be closed Monday, November 9, in order for the SFS staff to hold their annual all-day office planning retreat. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, November 10.

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots are now available in Health Services, located in Watson Hall. Current staff, faculty, and dependents (age 15 years and up) who have Cigna coverage through SPU may receive their annual flu shot free of charge as part of the preventive care benefit. For those not covered by Cigna, the cost is $25. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231.

Falcon Home Games This Week
Thursday, October 29
Men's soccer vs University of Mary, Interbay Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Women's soccer vs Western Oregon, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
Volleyball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 31
Women's soccer vs Carroll College, Interbay Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
Men's soccer vs Montana State Billings, Interbay Stadium, 4 p.m.
Volleyball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

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 29. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 2.

Faculty & Staff News

Samantha Davis
Davis Named October Staff Member of the Month

The SPU Staff Council named Samantha Davis, graphic designer in University Communications, as the October Staff Member of the Month. Sam works with recruitment and enrollment, and other offices on campus. She most recently redesigned the Admissions Viewbook. Congratulations, Sam!

Randy Beavers
Beavers Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of Finance Randy Beavers recently presented a paper titled “Director Overconfidence” at the annual meeting of the Financial Management Association in Orlando, Florida.

Bradley Murg
Murg Presents Paper

Bradley Murg, assistant professor of political science and director of global development studies, presented a paper titled "A Different Type of Resource Curse: Foreign Direct Investment and the Political Economy of Civil Court Reform in Kazakhstan.” He gave the presentation on October 16 at the Central Eurasian Studies Society annual conference at George Washington University.

School of Education
SOE Faculty Present Paper

School of Education faculty members Andrew Lumpe, David Wicks, Robin Henrikson, and Nalline Baliram presented the paper “Semantic Text Theme Generation in Collaborative Online Learning Environments” at E-Learn 2015: World Conference on E-Learning, presented by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. They gave the presentation on October 20 in Kona, Hawaii. The paper’s abstract states, “Online students' ability to self-regulate led to focused attention and time on-task. Given a need for more theoretical work in this area, as well as the potential practical benefits, we sought to compare differences between high- versus low-collaboration teams in an online assignment to determine if higher levels of student-to-student collaboration lead to higher levels of semantic writing.”

dale cannavan
Cannavan, Alumna Give Presentation

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance (HHP) Dale Cannavan and alumna Andrea Sonk ’14 gave a poster presentation at the International Fascia Conference in Washington, D.C. The poster title was “The Effectiveness of Ligament Influenced Fascial Technique (LIFT) on Hamstring Flexibility.” LIFT is a new therapeutic modality that is starting to receive a lot of acclaim in occupational and physical therapy.

From the Archives

The Ross Marche

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: The Ross Marche stood at the corner of Third Avenue West and West Bertona Street for much of the 20th century. The building housed, at various times, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a hardware store, a café, a soda-fountain, overflow student housing for SPC students, and a storage facility for the college. SPC purchased the building from the Oakes family in 1957. The area is now the Ross Parking Lot. An image of the building in the early 1900s can be seen on Digital Commons.


Volume #43 , Issue #36 | Published by: University Communications

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