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Veterans Day Observance Today

The annual campus Veterans Day observance is Monday, November 10, 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Eaton Hall 112, with a reception to follow. The featured speaker is retired Master Chief Petty Officer Robert (Chili) Hicks, current senior manager at Boeing, who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy. Please save the date, invite your friends and family, and plan to join us in honoring the sacrifice and service of veterans and active duty military personnel. This event is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Veteran and Military Support Cadre. Contact Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown at if you have questions.

Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness

The Tent City 3 Host Committee is sponsoring a series of community education forums around the topic of homelessness. The next event is a community discussion titled “Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness” on Thursday, November 13, 11:10-12:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Representatives from Seattle Stand Down, whose mission is to aggressively prevent and eliminate homelessness among veterans, will participate in the event. Seattle Stand Down Program Director Rebecca Murch, Services Section Leader Jaime Yslas, and formerly homeless vet David Blais will speak during the panel discussion and Q&A session.

Movies, Meaning, and Magical Cigars
Image journal hosts an event on Tuesday, November 18, with Northern Irish storyteller Gareth Higgins, who will talk about Celtic spirituality, cinematic landscape, and the power of stories. More

Host International Students on Thanksgiving

A message from Lori Honts Tongol in Student Academic Services: “If you are interested in hosting an international student (or students) at your Thanksgiving gathering this year, contact me at and tell me how many students you would like to host, your home address, and contact information. Also, let me know if you are able to provide transportation for the student(s) you host – some have access to a car, but many do not. (Please note: Students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student. Graduate students may have family members in the U.S. with them – some with children. Campus housing will remain open during the Thanksgiving weekend.) I will connect students with you to make arrangements for the holiday hosting experience. Please contact me no later than Friday, November 17.”

Invite Prospective Students to “Pizza With the President”

Do you know a high school student who is thinking about college? Invite them to join President Dan Martin for “Pizza With the President” on Friday, December 5, 6 p.m. in Falcon Club (upper level of Royal Brougham Pavilion). This Undergraduate Admissions event before the annual Tradition celebration is a chance for prospective students to meet President Martin and learn more about SPU. Admission is free with an RSVP.


A Night of Instrumental Music

Enjoy a night of instrumental music with the SPU Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble on Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Interested in Business Graduate Programs?

Get the facts about the MBA, MS-ISM, and MAM degrees offered by the School of Business, Government, and Economics at the next open house on Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall.


Long-Term Care Insurance Sessions November 18

What is long-term care insurance and why is it important? Already have a policy with Unum (SPU’s plan) and wish to ask questions one-on-one? A representative will be available on Tuesday, November 18, in the Walls Advancement Center Conference Room. The two group sessions will be 10-11 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. Individual one-on-one sessions will be held 11-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. (Reminder: Employees hired between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014, have access to a guaranteed issue ― no medical questionnaire required for approval up to certain limits ― through November. All other eligible employees and family members have access to the plan or may make changes to the plan with additional medical underwriting. All questions may be directed to LTC Solutions at 1-877-286-2852 or Sign up for the Unum group meetings and/or one-on-one sessions by selecting “Reserve Your Spot.” 


Order a Pie and Support SPRINT

November is here and that means it's time for Thanksgiving and all things apple and pumpkin. You can enjoy these seasonal flavors and support the Summer 2015 SPRINT teams by purchasing pre-baked 12" pumpkin pies or 10" apple pies for $10 each. This summer, SPRINT will send eight student-led teams to learn and serve alongside local Christian leaders around the globe. Profits from the pie fundraiser will go toward scholarships for these students. The deadline for ordering pies is Friday, November 14, and they will be delivered on Tuesday, November 25. To order, contact student Maddy Petrowski at with the number of pies desired and where you would like your pie delivered. Payment (cash and check only) will be collected when pies are delivered. For more information on SPRINT, visit the website.


“Unconference” Edcamp Coming to SPU

Edcamp is coming to SPU on Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Edcamp is an “unconference,” which means that participants have the power to propose topics, lead discussions, and contribute to the collective learning of the group. Registration is free, and clock hours are available. Learn more and register on the Edcamp Puget Sound website.


Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

The 10th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. It must be submitted to HR by the 10th of the month, prior to your dependent's access to new coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might also 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 you wish to make to your 403(b) account contributions must be made by the 10th of the month. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions 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 Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at 206-281-2676.

Falcon Home Games This Week

The men’s soccer team is in the NCAA Division II playoffs. For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online.

Friday, November 14, Sodexo Tip-Off Classic in Brougham Pavilion

Women's basketball 
Western Washington vs. Humboldt State, 1 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Fresno Pacific, 5 p.m.

Men's basketball 
Central Washington vs. Minnesota Crookston, 3 p.m
Seattle Pacific vs. Academy of Art, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 15, Sodexo Tip-Off Classic in Brougham Pavilion

Women's basketball 
Western Washington vs. Fresno Pacific, 1 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Humboldt State, 5 p.m.

Men's basketball 
Central Washington vs. Academy of Art, 3 p.m
Seattle Pacific vs. Minnesota Crookston, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 15

Men's soccer -- NCAA Division II Tournament: Seattle Pacific vs. Opponent TBA, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.


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 Bulletin will be published Monday, November 17. The next deadline is Thursday, November 13.

Faculty & Staff News

Baah’s Article Published

An article by Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature Robert Baah has been published by the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies (Vol. 15, No. 1). The article on an unreliable storyteller is titled "Variations on and the Teleology of Unreliable Narration."

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

An article by School of Psychology, Family, and Community faculty members Youngbin Kim, Dana Kendall, and Marcia Webb was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. The article, “Religious Coping Moderates the Relation Between Racism and Psychological Well-Being Among Christian Asian American College Students,” empirically examines the role of religion in coping with the detrimental mental health consequences of subtle racism.

School of Education
SOE Faculty Participate in Conference

Several School of Education faculty members presented research papers at the 20th annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, Florida. Participating in the presentation “High Versus Low Collaboration Courses: Impacts on Learning Presence, Community of Inquiry, and Social Networking” were David Wicks (lead presenter), Baine Craft, Andrew Lumpe, Robin Henrikson, and Nalline Baliram. Participating in the presentation “Using a Community of Practice to Enhance Online Pedagogy Professional Development” were David Wicks (lead presenter) and Robin Henrikson.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Is Guest Speaker

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was the guest speaker on November 2 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program for those preparing for baptism and/or confirmation and first Eucharist. His talk was on “Images of God.” The topic was explored briefly and historically (iconoclasm in the East and West), including biblical images of God, followed by personal stories by all participants who shared their conception of God (mental images) throughout their lives and the role of sacred images in their spiritual formation.

Bruce Baker
Baker Participates in Business Symposium

Bruce Baker, assistant professor of business ethics, spoke at the Symposium on Common Grace in Business at Calvin College in October. Bruce offered a theological reflection based on Abraham Kuyper's works and how entrepreneurship serves to sustain economic shalom.


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Welcome, Kate Frisbie

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Kate Frisbie, project planner/architect in Facility and Project Management.

Volume #42 , Issue #38 | Published by: University Communications

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