Monday, November 7, 2022 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Frank Spina
Nov. 9: Spina Lecture: “Multiplying Divisions: A Divided Israel, a Divided Church, a Divided University”

Professor Emeritus Frank Spina will offer his inaugural lecture for the Frank Anthony Spina Lectureship on Christian Scripture, titled “Multiplying Divisions: A Divided Israel, a Divided Church, a Divided University," on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Upper Gwinn. In it, he will reflect on this biblical material in the light of the propensity of the church to become divided. In his reflection, he will also examine how we dare not ignore the centrifugal forces that plague institutions such as universities and seminaries that are sponsored by the Christian church. The lecture is hosted by the School of Theology. This lecture will not be livestreamed, but a video recording will be available as soon as possible afterward.

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Nov. 9–10: Student research poster exhibit, Guantanamo Bay: Past, Present, and Future Issues

You’re invited to see the poster exhibit from students taking HIS 1734 and JRN 2255. This research poster exhibit, titled “Guantanamo Bay: Past, Present, and Future Issues,” will be available Wednesday–Thursday, Nov. 9–10, in the Hill Hall Lounge. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m., Alissa Walter, assistant professor of history, and Sara Shaban, assistant professor of communication, will give remarks.

Nov. 12: “Canticle of Peace and Valor”

Bring the veterans in your life to this special afternoon concert, “Canticle of Peace and Valor,” in Benaroya Hall, featuring the SPU choirs, Cascade Youth Symphony, and ChoralSounds Northwest. The concert features Gustav Holst’s dynamic “Mars: The Bringer of War;” Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia;” and moving and inspirational patriotic music sung by the choirs. The concert is Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $25/general admission.

Veterans Day
Veterans Day: Wall of Honor

From SPU’s Veteran Navigator, Jordan Brown: Greetings SPU faculty/staff. This Friday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. This year we have an online “Veterans Day: Wall of Honor” to recognize and show appreciation for either yourselves (if you identify as a veteran) or those you know who served or are currently serving in the military. Please follow this link to add to the Veterans Day: Wall of Honor.

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SPU Voices Podcast: “Elephant in the Room,” with Philip Jacobs ’07

Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs ’07 is a modern-day renaissance man as an entrepreneur, award-winning hip-hop artist, speaker, author, consultant, and inventor. He was the first executive director of Washington Employers of Racial Equity or WERE, a coalition of 80 plus companies in Washington state committed to making the region equitable for Black Washingtonians and all people of color. We caught up with him to talk about his latest book, Elephant in the Room: A business parable about race and equity conversations in the workplace. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Nov. 16 and Nov. 18: Badges 101

In this workshop from ETM, we’ll explore the basics of badges and their use in education. This will be not only a review of how you currently can use them at SPU, but also a chance to discuss what they might be good or less good for in your course, clubs, and beyond. This workshop will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2–3 p.m., in the ETM offices, Library lower level. It will also be Friday, Nov. 18, 10–11 a.m. online at

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A message from SPU Dining Services

Did you know that you could use the GET App to dine on campus? Use the GET App to access your dining account and enter Gwinn Commons! You can also use the app to order from our newest concept, Serrano Grille’s burritos, bowls, and quesadillas. Or order your favorite Starbucks beverages from Academic Perks and Common Grounds or a sandwich at Einstein Bagel Bros. Use your credit card or Falcon Funds to make purchases through the GET App. Learn more here.

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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:

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Volunteers needed for NCAA Fall Festival, Nov. 29-Dec. 3

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.

10th of the month
Monthly deadlines for payroll, benefits changes

The 10th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to add or remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. Changes might include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc.

Additionally, any changes to your 403b account may take up to seven days to be provided to SPU for processing, so please contact Transamerica by the first of the month prior to your requested change. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions at 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.–6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Cherylin Shdo in HR at 206-281-2816.

Thursday deadline
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, Nov. 10, and the next issue will be published Monday, Nov. 14.

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

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SOT and SPFC faculty and students publish article

Katherine Douglass, associate professor of educational ministry and practical theology, Brittany Tausen, associate professor of psychology, and SPU students Caitlyn Thomas, Bella Rivera, and Rebecca Hodges published their article, “Dining against Dehumanization: A Mixed-Methods and Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessing the Humanizing Effects of Sharing a Meal with Individuals Experiencing Homelessness,” in the Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Cher Edwards
Edwards co-edited new book

Cher Edwards, professor of counselor education, was the co-editor of the new book, Foundations of School Counseling: Innovation in Professional Practice, published by Springer Publishing Connect.

Lunderman presented paper

Shelby Lunderman, assistant professor of theatre, presented the paper, “An Attack on Pride in Coeur d’Alene: White Christian Nationalism, White Supremacy, and LGBTQIA+ Rights,” at the American Society for Theatre Research in New Orleans, Louisiana, in early November.

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Walter presented paper at conference in Baghdad

Alissa Walter, assistant professor of history, presented a research paper, “The Shaping of Urban Development in Baghdad (1979–2003)” on Oct. 29 at a conference held in Baghdad, Iraq. The theme of the conference was “Urban Iraq during the 20th Century.”

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro published article

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of European history, has published “Francisco de Vitoria (1483–1546):A Voice Crying in the Wilderness’ Needing to Be Heard in Our Time” in the magazine Inside the Vatican. Francisco de Vitoria was a Dominican in the monastery of San Esteban of Salamanca. He was founder of the group of intellectuals (all Dominicans) of what came to be called the “School of Salamanca.” He and two other Dominicans, Anton Montesinos and Bartolome de las Casas, led the intellectual fight to denounce the injustices of their fellow Spaniards in the New World, which resulted eventually in the dismantling of the entire slave trade system of the Spanish. Francisco is considered to be the first to propose the idea of universal human rights and international law, all cutting-edge propositions that influenced Hugo Grotius, John Locke, Voltaire, and others. He is honored for this work at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, with a bust in the former and a hall named after him in the latter.

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Welcome, new staff members

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming the following new staff members.

Chris Fuller, worship coordinator, University Ministries
Wayne Hetland, food service equipment tech/LV electrician, Facilities
Alycia Linton, student financial services coordinator, Student Financial Services

Drawn Out Puns

Nate Hoover
Wheat Varieties

For his monthly cartoon, Nate Hoover, program coordinator in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, explains this month’s feature: Sometimes a pun is funny to one person and not to another. I can’t help laughing at this one, though most people I’ve told it to merely smirk. See what you think. To see more of my cartoons, follow me on Instagram: @hoovernathaniel.


Volume #49 , Issue #39 | Published by: University Communications

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