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From the President

President Dan Martin
Thank You for Your Project Cool Donations

Although the weather did not fully cooperate, it was great to open Hillford House for an autumn afternoon of fellowship and food. I want to thank all those who assisted in making it a special event.

The event was extra special as we took the opportunity to partner with Project Cool in a drive to replenish school and hygiene supplies that they distribute to hundreds of homeless Seattle children and teens. We were pleased to be able to collect:

122 spiral notebooks
58 packages of notebook paper
74 packages of pencils
39 packages of pens
44 boxes of highlighters
30 boxes of colored pencils
62 boxes of crayons
25 boxes of markers
145 glue sticks
120 erasers
5 binders
4 pencil boxes
4 pairs of scissors
3 backpacks
115 tubes of toothpaste
225 toothbrushes
47 packages of dental floss

Thank you for your generosity. One of our next opportunities to gather as a community and assist others at the same time will be on November 18 when Tent City 3 moves to our campus. I hope to see many of you there —lots of hands are needed. Thank you in advance for welcoming our new neighbors. If you would like to volunteer for TC3 move-in, email or sign up at the TC3 volunteer webpage.

Campus News & Events

CCC’s Mega Meet-Ups for Students

Last fall, the Center for Career and Calling launched the “Mega Meet-up,” a hybrid event that is part career fair and part networking event. These targeted recruiting events give students an opportunity to learn about relevant jobs and companies in particular industries while connecting with professionals in a more casual environment. The first Mega Meet-up is Wednesday, November 8, 2:30–5 p.m. It features companies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and will take place in the Otto Miller and Eaton Hall lobbies. Professionals (many are SPU alumni) will be in attendance from over 25 companies. Visit the website to see who is coming.

Regardless of the theme, Mega Meet-ups are great opportunities for all students to practice networking and explore careers with employers and alumni. Please encourage your students to attend! The next Mega Meet-ups are February 7, 2018 (social justice and human services), and April 11, 2018 (business and government).

LeRoy McCullough
Dean’s Speaker Series Welcomes Judge LeRoy McCullough

The 2017–18 School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean’s Speaker Series starts off with invited guest King County Superior Court Judge LeRoy McCullough on Monday, November 6, 11 a.m., in the Library Seminar Room. Judge McCullough will talk about his life, work, and path to the judicial bench. The event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

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The Hatmaker’s Wife

Seattle Pacific’s Theatre Department will present The Hatmaker's Wife November 9–11 and 16–18 in the McKinley Hall Theatre. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 18. Written by playwright Lauren Yee,  The Hatmaker’s Wife is about a newlywed expecting domestic bliss, but finding conflict and confusion. Her strange new home seems determined to help when former tenants come to life. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students with a valid I.D. Tickets are available for purchase online at the theatre box office, or by phone at 206-281-2959

Jazz/Percussion Concert on November 7

SPU’s Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble will share the stage for this event led by adjunct music faculty members Dan Kramlich and Dan Adams. The concert will feature highlights of modern percussion music and a jazz repertoire in a variety of styles. This event is Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

SPU Wellness
Dating Violence and “Red Flags”

From the Wellness Initiative: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Safety and Security participated in the Red Flag Campaign. Dating violence and “red flags” can be a common occurrence in relationships among college students. What are student perceptions of domestic or dating violence? There are ways that faculty and staff can support students who may be victims of domestic violence or dating violence. To learn more, visit the Wellness blog. 

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Stationery Orders Due November 7

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, to have stationery orders delivered on November 13. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on November 7 will be delivered December 15. 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

Tent City 3 at SPU
Want to Get Involved With Tent City 3?

Preparations are underway for Tent City 3’s encampment at SPU from November through February. As in 2012 and 2015, volunteers are welcome to join one of our three committees: Food, Services, and Auxiliary; Campus Programming; and Church and Community Programming. Please email if you are interested. All volunteers are welcome to help on move-in day on Saturday, November 18. If you’d like to do something other than lifting and carrying, we welcome contributions of lasagna, salad, or dessert for move-in dinner with Tent City 3. More information to come.

All-Choir Concert on November 3

Come hear the best in Seattle Pacific choral music at the All-Choir Concert on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert features the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. 

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Campus Dining Specials

October 30–November 11: FALL 2017 DINING SERVICES SATISFACTION SURVEY. Take a quick survey about dining services and enter to win $100 in Falcon Funds.

Gwinn Commons Dining Hall

  • Tuesday, October 31: Our mad scientists are cooking up a Thriller Halloween Dinner, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1: “Oo La La Creperie” during lunch. Get two crepes (Bananarama & Turkey Mornay) for one meal swipe plus $5.

Retail Dining Locations

Wednesday, November 1:Wicked Wings Wednesdays, 5–7 p.m. at Bertona Street Grill. The grill will close and turn into a Wing Station

  • Flavors: Teriyaki BBQ, Buffalo Chicken, or Sweet Thai Chili Sriracha
  • Menu: 10 wings for $7.79; 15 wings for $9.99, or 30 wings for $19.99
  • All orders come with carrots, celery sticks, and choice of dipping sauce
  • November Happy Hour starts November 1, 5–7 p.m. at Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Get a tall plain latte for only $.99.C-Store Gold Rush: Spend $10 or more at the C-Store and receive a gold coin worth $1 off your next purchase. Exclusions may apply, please head to the C-Store for more information.

          Thur$day Deal$ at Cocina del Sol: Cheese quesadilla and a fountain drink for only $3.99.

          Friday, November 3, Specials

  • Subway’s World Sandwich Day. Buy a sub and 30-ounce drink and get a free sub of equal or lesser price. Subway will also give a meal to Feeding America. Exclusions may apply; head to SPU Subway to find out more information.
  • $5 Friday: Check out this month’s $5 specials at our retail locations.

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Upcoming Falcon Home Games

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online.

Saturday, November 4

Exhibition women's basketball: George Fox at Seattle Pacific, Brougham Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every week 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, November 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 6. 

Faculty & Staff News

Jody Johnson
Staff Member of the Month: Jody Johnson

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Jody Johnson, employment manger in Human Resources, was nominated and selected as the October Staff of the Month. Jody’s colleagues noted that she is appreciated as a “kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic, faithful, and gracious person who goes above and beyond to make everyone she comes in contact with (both within and outside the SPU community) feel heard and appreciated.” Congratulations and thank you, Jody! Learn more about Jody and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

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Tom Gives Presentation

Assistant Professor of Sociology Joshua Tom presented a research paper at the "Race and Religion in the 2016 Election Season" conference on October 13. This was part of the 2017 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Joshua presented the paper with co-authors Brandon Martinez (Providence College) and Todd Ferguson (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). They analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of white Americans from August 2016 to compare religious and racial explanations for support for President Trump. They found that 1) among white Americans, Trump support is associated with intensity of dissatisfaction across a broad spectrum of social grievances, rather than clustering thematically by content, and 2) white support and approval of Trump at that point in the election season was most strongly predicted by racial resentment, and to a lesser extent evangelical Protestant affiliation.

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Vogt’s Book in Second Edition

The second edition of Professor of Spanish Eric Vogt’s book The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close was recently published by McGraw-Hill. Originally published in 2008, the publisher states it "has established itself as the most effective resource for intermediate and advanced learners."

Misha Willett 2017
Willett’s Review Essay Published

A review essay by Writing Instructor Mischa Willett titled "About that Albatross…" about the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was published in the journal Mere Orthodoxy.

Scott Edwards
Edwards, Whitney Give Conference Presentation

Scott Edwards, chair and associate professor of marriage and family therapy (MFT), and MFT Alumnus Shawn Whitney, M.S. gave a presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in Atlanta on October 8. Their presentation, Mentoring MFT Ambassadors, explored qualities and aspects of their 16-year mentor/mentee relationship, and presented a conceptual model for professional mentoring across time within numerous professional contexts of academia, supervision, clinical, legislative, research, personal, and the professional association AAMFT. Shawn, an AAMFT-approved supervisor, presently teaches and supervises as an adjunct faculty in Colorado State University master's MFT  program and has a thriving private practice. 

Jeff Keuss
Keuss' Chapter Published

A chapter by Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture Jeff Keuss titled "David Friedrich Strauss and Ludwig Feuerbach: The Rise of Sturm und Drang in Biblical Scholarship" was published in the recent volume of Eerdmans A History of Biblical Interpretation series. The most current volume in this series spans critical scholarship from the Enlightenment through the late 19th century, addressing the changing norms of reading scripture up to the dawn of the 20th century.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Presents Paper

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro presented the paper, in Spanish, “The Image of Babel and Pentecost in the Novus Ordo Ritus Hispano-Mozarabici: An Influence From Leander of Seville’s Homelia laude ecclesiae?” at the VII Congreso Internacional de Latín Medieval Hispánico, Universidad de Salamanca, October 18-21, 2017. This was part of the 800th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the University of Salamanca (1218-2018).

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Welcome, Kelly Johnerson

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome Kelly Johnerson, the new administrative assistant in Student Counseling Center.

SPU in the News

Joey Collins
Collins Mentioned in Forbes Magazine

Joey Collins, assistant professor of industrial-organizational psychology, was mentioned in a Forbes magazine article titled "The Quiet Price of Entrepreneurship" on October 18.

Volume #44 , Issue #38 | Published by: University Communications

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