Monday, November 13, 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Tent City 3 Move In
Tent City 3 Move-in Day November 18

A message from the Tent City 3 Committee: Join us on Saturday, November 18, to help residents of Tent City 3 move onto campus. Sign up for a specific time slot online. Also, you can check out the Tent City 3 Meal Calendar to find an open date that works for your department to sign up and provide a meal. Kitchen access is available on most Wednesdays for faculty and staff to reheat food prepared at home. Email if you have any questions or to confirm your date selection.

Logo for multicultural night of Worship
Multicultural Night of Worship November 21

The Multicultural Night of Worship (MNOW) will be held Tuesday, November 21, 7-8:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. MNOW is chance for students, staff, and faculty from diverse cultures and backgrounds to express how they experience diversity and Jesus in their lives. The evening’s theme is Together at the Table, and will focus on the inclusion and belonging of all people. It will be a night filled with great worship, interactive artwork, and international bread tasting. Come to the table and enjoy this special night by experiencing the Kingdom of God in action. 

Excellence in Teaching Award
Excellence in Teaching Award

SPU teaching faculty are encouraged to apply for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award. On behalf of the provost and the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development (CSFD), the Faculty Development Committee has opened the application period for the Excellence in Teaching Award. This one-year fellowship is awarded each spring to a SPU faculty member who demonstrates teaching excellence. The award provides up to $2,000 for attendance at a teaching-focused conference of the recipient’s choice, as well as a $500 stipend. Applications are due December 19. The recipient of the award will be announced at the end-of-year Faculty Inservice on June 4. Staff members who wish to recommend specific faculty members for this award are welcome to contact the individuals directly and encourage them to submit an application through CSFD. For more information on applying for the Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, visit the CSFD website.

SPU Master Calendar “How To” Session November 14

Confused on how to add your event to the SPU Master Calendar? Come to a “how to” session on Tuesday, November 14, 10–11 a.m. in the Lower Weter Conference Room. Bring your events and questions, and the SPU calendar managers will help you figure it out. Space is limited, so RSVP to Ruth Adams, associate vice president of student success, at if you plan to attend. 

Baja Car
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Baja SAE Team

The SPU Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) team is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, November 16, 6-8 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. This is an excellent opportunity to come support SPU’s automotive engineering team, have some great food, and learn more about the upcoming competition. SPU’s SAE Baja Racing team, or “Falcon Racing,” is a group of more than 20 students primarily studying engineering but also business and art. The team annually designs and fabricates an off-road dune buggy-type vehicle, adhering to rigorous safety and technical requirements established by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) through which they learn design, business planning, sourcing, fabrication, and testing of complex systems. The team is primarily funded through student-led fundraising. They annually receive a small contribution from the engineering department through an existing endowment, and are supported through faculty expertise and resources, but the vast majority of their costs are covered through outside contributions. Annual cost for operating the team is approximately $5000. The nationally competitive engineering team was founded and is operated almost exclusively through the passions of students. This program is part of an overall commitment to provide students unique opportunities in a second-to-none engineering education environment. RSVP online or donate online.

Faculty, Staff Invited to ASSP State of the Association

The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) Core invites faculty and staff to join students for the first SOTA (State of the Association) of the year on Thursday, November 30, 5-7 p.m. in Demaray 150. SOTA was an event that Core began last year in order to increase communication between the student body and their student government. The goal is to spread more awareness of what ASSP is doing as elected officers, and be completely transparent in their work. Students, faculty, and staff can submit questions on OrgSync. All attendees will also have the chance to ask questions during a designated Q&A time. ASSP Core hopes to see you there, and feel free to spread the word. Watch the promotional video online

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Instrumental Concert November 17

The SPU Symphonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert features a variety of classical works, including a sneak preview of some of the music that will be featured at this year’s Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on November 26 at Beneroya Hall. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. 


Jingle Trail Run & Walk
Special Rate for Fort Casey Inn for Jingle Trail Run

A message from Robyn Myers, manager of conference services at Camp Casey Conference Center: Faculty and staff can stay at the Fort Casey Inn for $115 on Friday, December 1, if they are planning to participate in the annual Coupeville Chamber of Commerce Jingle Trail Run on Saturday, December 2. Also, Fort Casey Inn is available after Christmas during the holiday break.

World Kindness Day
Campus Dining Specials, World Kindness Day PB&J Drive

A message from Campus Dining: Give one hour to make an impact on 1,000 people! Join us on Tuesday, November 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Gwinn Commons Dining Hall to make 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to Operation Sack Lunch and Tent City 5. To thank you a “latte,” receive a free grande gift certificate for helping. If you are interested in attending, please reserve a spot by emailing Jayna Funakoshi, Unit Marketing Manager, at

Also, check out this week's dining specials online.

A Cornucopia of Poetry Featuring SPU Poets

The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development is hosting a poetry reading with Seattle Pacific poets on Tuesday, November 21, 12–1:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. These poets will read from their work:

  • Scott Cairns, Professor of English; Director of the MFA in Creative Writing
  • Eugene Lemcio, Professor Emeritus of New Testament
  • Jennifer Maier, Professor of English; Associate Editor of Image Journal
  • Hannah Notess, Writer; Former Editor of Response Magazine, 2010–2017
  • Doug Thorpe, Professor of English, Lingua Faculty Advisor
  • Mischa Willett, Instructor of Writing

Arthur C Brooks
SBGE Hosts Arthur Brooks on Campus November 15

Faculty and staff are invited to hear Arthur Brooks, bestselling author, social scientist, and president of the American Enterprise Institute, on Wednesday, November 15, 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Here’s a summary of his presentation: “American free enterprise is not primarily about starting a business and generating massive financial returns. It is about seeing your own life as a dignified, exciting new enterprise with near-limitless horizons that you own to build, shape, and create. To be sure, public policy and cultural shifts would make it easier for Americans to live start-up lives. But would true entrepreneurs sit back and wait for a more hospitable climate? Of course not. All of us can rebuild our start-up society by building our own start-up lives.” 

Amber Archibald-Sesek
Cancelled: An Evening of Viola

The November 18 concert with Amber Archibald-Sesek, an SPU adjunct professor of viola, has been cancelled.


SPU Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development
New Student Course Feedback Evaluation System

A message from the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development (CSFD): Faculty, the new student course feedback evaluation system will launch on Thursday, November 16. On this day, you will have access to add additional questions to your student feedback evaluations. CSFD and Educational Technology Media are offering drop-in hours to help you with the new system. Feel free to drop in on November 16, 8:30–11:30 a.m., or Monday, November 20, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., in Demaray 349. 

Office of Global Engagement Open House

The new Office of Global Engagement invites faculty and staff to an open house on Tuesday, November 21, 12–2 p.m. in lower Moyer Hall. Along with the Study Abroad office, enjoy holiday snacks and beverages. Drop in anytime!

The Hatmaker's Wife
The Hatmaker’s Wife

Seattle Pacific’s Theatre Department will present The Hatmaker's Wife November 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

Graphic showing the falcon logo in a circle
Upcoming Falcon Home Games

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

Friday, November 17

Men's basketball: Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Central Washington vs. Hawaii Hilo, 4:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific vs. Concordia Irvine, 7 p.m.; Brougham Pavilion.

Saturday, November 18

Men's basketball: Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Central Washington vs. Concordia Irvine, 5 p.m.; Seattle Pacific vs. Hawaii Hilo, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion.

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 16. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 20. 

Faculty & Staff News

Zack Bent
Bent’s Work Included in Local Art Exhibit

Work by Assistant Professor of Art Zack Bent is included in the Photographic Center Northwest’s current exhibit titled "Notions of Home." His work and the exhibit were featured in The Seattle Times on November 8. The exhibit runs through December 10.

Rebecca Hughes
Hughes Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of History Becky Hughes presented her paper titled "'Grandfather in the Bones:' The Limits of Equality in Missionary Discourse on Uganda, c. 1910-1930" at the North American Conference of British Studies in Denver on November 4.

Ben McFarland
McFarland’s Chapter Published

A chapter by Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland titled "How the Periodic Table of Available Elements Shaped Natural History" was published in the book Elements Old and New: Discoveries, Developments, Challenges, and Environmental Implications in the American Chemical Society Symposium Series.

doug downing
Downing Co-Authors Book

Associate Professor of Economics Douglas Downing is one of the co-authors of Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms. The 12th edition has just been published by Barron’s Educational Series.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Chapter Published

A chapter by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled “The See of Dumium/Braga Before and Under Visigothic Rule” was published in Euphrosyne 45 (2017) 97-115. He gave a version of this study as an invited speaker at the symposium, "Gallaecia e Portugal: Cultura e Identidade antes de D. Afonso Henriques," Universidade de Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Clássicos, April 12-13, 2016, in Lisbon. 

Mike Hamilton
Hamilton’s Article Published

An article by Michael Hamilton, professor emeritus of history, titled "The 'Religious Affections' of Billy Graham's Evangelism" was published in the online edition of Christianity Today magazine on November 7. It is excerpted from his chapter in Billy Graham: American Pilgrim, edited by Andrew Finstuen, Anne Blue Wells, and Grant Wacker (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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