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Tent City 3 at SPU
From Charity to Change: A Christian University Responds to Homelessness

The Library’s next Creative Conversations event will feature sociology professors Karen Snedker and Jennifer McKinney discussing their research around the temporary residency of Tent City 3 on campus earlier this year. The event starts at 3 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. 


Digital Wisdom
Digital Wisdom: Conversations at the Intersection of Technology, Theology, and Culture

Faculty and staff are invited to attend this three-part series featuring theologians discussing issues related to living in the digital age. The series begins Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m. in the Ames Library Seminar Room. The series is funded with support from the Provost Innovation Fund, SERVE, and the SPU Library.


Non Profit Fair
Nonprofit and Internship Fair November 5

Encourage your students to attend this Center for Career and Calling event featuring more than 50 nonprofit, public service, and government organizations. This is a great opportunity to learn about internships, employment, and volunteer opportunities. 


Urban Preview
Welcome Urban Preview Visitors November 8-9

Hundreds of prospective students and their families will be on campus November 8-9 for Urban Preview 2015, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This preview event is for seniors who are from diverse high schools, low-income, first-generation, or backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. The students will participate in a college essay workshop, take tours, stay in the residence halls, dine in Gwinn Commons, attend informational sessions, and visit classes. Look for these students and their families and make them feel welcome.

Camp Casey
Camp Casey Winter/Spring Reservations Due November 5

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.


Only a Few Tickets Left for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

If you're planning on attending SPU's annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas, get your tickets now. This event sells out every year. The concert is Monday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Sacred Sounds of Christmas features the best of traditional Advent and Christmas music from around the world, performed by the Music Department's nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. For the first time, SPU’s Gospel Choir will participate in the concert. Buy your tickets online.


Tickets Now on Sale for Elephant’s Graveyard

The SPU Theatre Department presents the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee. Set in September 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence, and revenge. Elephant’s Graveyard runs November 12-14, and 19-21, 2015.


Stationery Orders Due November 3

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, to have stationery order(s) delivered on November 13. Stationery orders are now delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on November 3 will be delivered December 11. 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

Dining Services Fall Satisfaction Survey Due November 11

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.

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. 


Small Ensemble and Choirs Concert This Week

The SPU Music Department will feature a series of concerts Autumn Quarter featuring choral and instrumental ensembles and faculty. The first events are the Small Ensembles Concert on Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. in the Nickerson Studios, and a Choirs Concert on Friday, November 6, in First Free Methodist Church.


Updates: Student Financial Services Closed NOVEMBER 10

Student Financial Services has changed the day of their annual all-day planning retreat and will be closed on Tuesday, November 10. Regular office hours will resume Thursday, November 12, after the Veterans Day holiday.

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.

Local Falcon Games This Week
Tuesday, November 3
Volleyball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 5
Exhibition men's basketball, Seattle Pacific at Washington, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 7
Exhibition men's basketball vs Evergreen State, Brougham Pavilion, 2 p.m.
Men's soccer vs Saint Martin's, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

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


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, November 5. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 9.

Faculty & Staff News

Bethany Davis
Davis Gives Presentation

Sustainability Coordinator Bethany Davis recently gave a presentation titled “Using Retro-Commissioning to Increase Climate Action Plan Resiliency” at the annual conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She gave the presentation with Thulasi Narayan of Paladino & Co. 

Bo Lim
Lim’s Essays Published

Two essays by University Chaplain Bo Lim titled “Hosea 1:9: I Am Not I Am” and “Lamentations 3:22-24: A Rhythm of Grief and Hope” have been published in Devotions of the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct, Milton Eng & Lee Fields, eds. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2015).

Professor VanZanten
VanZanten Gives Presentation

Professor of English Susan VanZanten recently gave a plenary presentation on “Mentoring for Leadership in Mission” at the 2015 Lilly Fellows Program Workshop for Senior Administrators, held at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Article by SPFC Faculty Published

An article by School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) faculty Dana Kendall and Paul Youngbin Kim was recently published in the official peer-reviewed journal of the Asian American Psychological Association, Asian American Journal of Psychology. The article, titled “Emotional Self-Control, Interpersonal Shame, and Racism as Predictors of Help-Seeking Attitudes among Asian Americans: An Application of the Intrapersonal-Interpersonal-Sociocultural Framework,” provides an empirical examination of factors underlying the mental health service utilization of Asian American college students. Dana and Paul would like to acknowledge their co-author and recent SPFC/Marriage and Family Therapy Program graduate Liz Chang.

Bradley Murg
Murg Named Affiliate Faculty Member

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradley Murg is an affiliate faculty member of the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.

Seattle Pacific University
Wall-Scheffler, Lustyk Give Presentation

Associate Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler and Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk recently co-presented their women’s health research along with other women’s health experts at the Society for Psychophysiology Research conference in Seattle. Their presentation was titled “Psychophysiology Measures in Women’s Health Research: Challenges and Creative Solutions.” Cara and Kathy would like to recognize their co-presenters Dr. Lori Zoellner from the University of Washington Psychology Department, Drs. Nancy Fugate-Woods and Monica Jarret from the University of Washington School of Nursing, and University of Washington clinical psychology graduate student and SPU alumnus Haley Carroll.

Library Connections

ProQuest Central

With funds from the Friends of the Library Endowment, the SPU Library recently took advantage of a deeply discounted package of electronic resources offered through our library consortium, the Orbis Cascade Alliance. This package, anchored by the cross-disciplinary research tool ProQuest Central, provides SPU researchers with access to 37 databases in subjects such as business, psychology, and religion. The ProQuest platform and content, already familiar to many patrons, is fully integrated with SPU’s discovery system. These resources can be accessed also at Articles and Research Databases. For additional information, please contact a reference librarian.

SPU in the News

Alsbury Quoted in Denver Post

Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision Thomas Alsbury was quoted in a story in the Viva Colorado on October 30 about bullying in school board elections. Viva Colorado is a weekly insert in the Denver Post.



Jack Lattin
Emeritus Professor Jack Lattin

Emeritus Professor Jack Lattin passed away October 18, 2015, at the age of 94. Jack taught accounting from 1977 until 1986. He was also named SPU Teacher of the Year. His obituary was published in The Seattle Times


Volume #43 , Issue #37 | Published by: University Communications

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