Monday, November 14, 2016 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Cocina Del Sol
Grand Opening of Cocina del Sol

A message from Campus Dining: Join us for a “Fiesta of Flavor” at the grand opening of Cocina del Sol in Gwinn Commons next to the C-Store. We will be celebrating during the month of November by offering 20 percent off all food and beverages. Cocina del Sol is open for lunch and dinner and has all of your favorite Mexican inspired dishes, such as express tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, and more. For more information on dining and our monthly specials, visit the website.


Connecting Divergent Stories
Connecting Divergent Stories: A Muslim, A Christian, and Intersectional Leadership

Urban Involvement and the Student Leadership Development Committee will host a special event examining the social issue of policing black and brown bodies through the lens of the relationship between Kimberly Segall, professor of English, and Khawla Hadi, a former Iraqui refugee and psychologist for incoming refugees. The event is Tuesday, November 15, 7-9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Watch this video to learn more about the event.


Invite an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner

A message from Lori Honts Tongol in International Student Services: American traditions and celebrations like Thanksgiving are new to many international students. Faculty and staff have a wonderful opportunity to share a meal and your holiday traditions with our students. Hosts and students who have participated in the past have enjoyed their experience. If you’re interested in hosting an international student (or students) at your Thanksgiving gathering this year, contact me at with the following information:

1)     How many students you would like to host.
2)     Your home address and contact information.
3)     Are you able to host students who may have specific food needs (Halal, vegetarian, etc.).
4)     Are you 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 attend with another student. Graduate students may have family members with them — some with children. Campus housing will remain open during the Thanksgiving weekend. I will connect students with you directly so together you can make arrangements for the holiday-hosting experience. Please contact me no later than Friday, November 18.

Sacred Sounds
Tickets Still Available for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Tickets for SPU’s annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert are still available. This event sells out every year, so buy your tickets early. The concert is Tuesday, November 29, 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. Buy tickets online.


Site core Brown Bag
Need to Send a Departmental Email? Plan to Attend a Brownbag Lunch Nov. 17

Join the University Communications Web Team for the November brownbag on Thursday, November 17, noon to 1 p.m., in the Lower Weter large conference room. This month we’re featuring a short tutorial on sending campuswide departmental emails. Also, if you would like help with changes you need to make to your site, bring them with you on Thursday and we’ll walk you through them. If you have a work laptop, be sure to bring it. Please email Kathy Henning at if you plan to attend. The next Sitecore/Contribute Brownbags will be in January.

french horn
Instrumental Concert Nov. 17

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra will join other ensemble groups for a special concert on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Faculty Concert Series 2016-2017
Fall Faculty Showcase: Music of the Americas

An evening celebrating SPU music faculty will be held Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios. The repertoire includes works by Albéniz, Bernstein, Thelonious Monk, and others. Enjoy the music of music faculty Yuliya Minina, piano; Sandra Saathoff, flute; Myrna Clapp, piano; Todd Gowers, bass; Jan Nelson, alto; Steve Treseler, saxophone; and Dan Kramlich, piano.

Stained Glass Cross
Multicultural Night of Worship Nov. 20

A Multicultural Night of Worship (MNOW) will be held Sunday, November 20, 7-9 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. MNOW is a collective worship service where various groups come together for one night to celebrate and reflect upon the vast diversity of God's Kingdom. The event is presented by the student group Catalyst. 


Bloodworks Northwest logo
Blood Drive Nov. 17-18

Donate blood to Bloodworks Northwest on November 17-18. The bloodmobile will at Third Avenue West near the entrance to Tiffany Loop on Thursday, November 17, and Friday, November 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Make an appointment online.


Eurydice theater play, 2016
SPU Theatre Presents Eurydice

The SPU Theatre Department presents Eurydice, November 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The production is a modern retelling of the famous Greek love story of Orpheus from the point of view of his wife, who is living in the underworld with her father. A new twist to the story is revealed as Orpheus makes his way to bring Eurydice back to the world of the living. Visit the McKinley Theater Box Office for more information and to order tickets.


SPU Wellness
From the Wellness Initiative: Sleep

This month’s focus on the Wellness Initiative blog is on sleep. Sleep is an essential part of life, with many benefits that help you learn, stay healthy, and improves mood. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get enough sleep while also balancing responsibilities. Faculty, staff, and students can encounter serious side effects when not getting enough sleep. To read more, visit the Wellness blog.


Falcons Home Games: Oak Harbor Freight Lines Classic, Women’s Volleyball

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the website.

Thursday, November 17
Volleyball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 18
Oak Harbor Freight Lines Classic (men’s basketball): Central Washington vs Dixie State, 2 p.m.; Seattle Pacific vs Minnesota State, 4:30 p.m., Brougham Pavilion 

Saturday, November 19
Oak Harbor Freight Lines Classic (men's basketball): Central Washington vs Minnesota State, 12:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific vs Dixie State, 3 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Volleyball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.


Thursday deadline
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 17. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 21, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Bruce Baker
Baker Presents Paper

Bruce Baker, associate professor of business ethics, recently presented a paper titled “Gleaning as a Transformational Business Model for Solidarity with the Poor and Marginalized” at the International Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Economics and Business held in Berlin, Germany.


Clint Kelly
Kelly Speaks About Writing

Communications Specialist Clint Kelly recently spoke on writing strategy to a high school fiction-writing class at Seattle Christian Schools in SeaTac. His new e-novel, The 17, is set aboard the former King County Metro Bus #17, which used to run between SPU and downtown Seattle. Clint says, “Beware. This particular #17 delivers messages from beyond.”

Peter Moe
Moe Attends Conference With Students

Assistant Professor of English Peter Moe, along with three Writing Center assistants, attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. The conference was held last week at the University of Puget Sound, the first time the conference has been held on the West Coast.

Brad Murg
Murg Participates in Conference

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Development Studies Bradley Murg was invited to attend the conference "Character and Responsibility in Ancient China and Greece," November 4-6 in San Diego, California. He served as a panelist in multiple discussions examining the work of Confucius, Aristotle, and Mencius from a comparative, cross-disciplinary perspective.

Mischa Willet
Willett Delivers Paper

Writing Instructor Mischa Willett delivered the paper "The Spasmodics' Social Anxiety Salve" at a conference this month in Phoenix, Arizona. A gathering of the North American Victorian Studies Association on the theme "Social Victorians," the conference was sponsored by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. The paper addressed the socializing function of poetry in periods of (inter)national tension.

Daniel Castello 2016
Castelo’s Chapter Published

A chapter titled "Creation and Eucharist" by Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology Daniel Castelo was published in A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist: The Presence of God for Christian Life and Ministry (Nashville: GBHEM of the United Methodist Church, 2016), 21-33. This chapter attends to the doctrine of creation within Wesleyan theology as a means of better understanding the role the Eucharist in Wesleyan-Methodist traditions. Implicit in this family of traditions is the understanding that commitments regarding the "old creation" are at work in what one goes on to say about "new creation." The chapter makes explicit those commitments and goes on to make a number of connections for both theology and practical ministry.

eugene lemcio
Lemcio Presents Paper

On October 27, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Gene Lemcio presented a paper titled "The Importance of the Deuterocanon for Deepening the Relation Between Christianity and Judaism" to a conference at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. The conference was titled "Sacred Scripture in Ukrainian Culture: The Canonical & Extra-Canonical Writings and Their Reception."

SPU Arch
Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new employees. Contact information can be found in the online SPU White Page.

Carolyn Goldade, receptionist, Health Services
Stan Lan, assessment coordinator, Institutional Research
Shelby Stueve, assistant athletic director for compliance, Athletics

SPU in the News

doug downing
Downing on KCPQ-13 News

Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing was interviewed about the possible economic impact of a Trump presidency during a live in-studio segment on Q13 Fox News. The segment aired during the morning newscast on November 10.

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