Monday, November 20, 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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

Office of Global Engagement Open House November 21

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!

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.

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.

Arts and Humanities Exhibit Newsletter

Which new faculty member has exhibited her sculpture in Italy? Which SPU alumnus took Double Superior honors for his live production of The Grapes of Wrath? Where can you get the latest on the new Social Justice and Cultural Studies major launching in 2018? For answers to these and other probing questions about Arts and Humanities at SPU, take a look at the Autumn 2017 Exhibit Newsletter.

Camp Casey
Signup for the Camp Casey Newsletter

Each month, Camp Casey publishes an e-newsletter with information about current activities and rental opportunities for groups. You can sign up to receive the newsletter online. If you have story ideas for the newsletter, email Robyn Myers, Camp Casey manager of conference services, at Read the latest issue online.


Invite Prospective Students to Tradition

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will welcome prospective students and their families at the annual Tradition event on Friday, December 1, 7–8 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. If you know a high school student who is considering applying to Seattle Pacific, please encourage them to attend Tradition and check in with the Admissions table to receive a piece of Christmas swag and meet our staff. High school seniors who check in at the admissions table and attend Tradition are eligible for a $500 visit scholarship that will be applied to their 2018–19 financial aid package. RSVP online.

UPDATED: 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 Sunday, December 3, 7:30–9 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. SOTA began last year 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

Sign Up Now to Prepare a Meal for Tent City 3

A message from the Tent City 3 Committee: This week we do not have anyone signed up on Friday, November 24, or Saturday, November 25, to prepare a meal for the residents of Tent City 3. Please consider preparing a meal with coworkers or using it as an opportunity to start a new family post-Thanksgiving tradition. For additional open dates, check out the Tent City 3 Meal Calendar. Also, 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.

School of Theology
SOT Statement on Racial Justice Signed by Theology Faculty at Four Other Free Methodist Schools

The Statement on Racial Justice issued by the School of Theology earlier this fall has been signed by the theology faculty at four other Free Methodist schools: Azusa Pacific University, Greenville University, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Spring Arbor University. Read the Statement on Racial Justice and the list of signatories.

What Are They Serving in Gwinn Commons Today?

The Gwinn Commons Dining Hall menu is updated online every week.

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

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

Wednesday, November 22

Women's basketball vs Biola, Brougham Pavilion, 5 p.m.

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. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 22. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 27. 

Faculty & Staff News

Carla Orlando
November Staff Member of the Month: Carla Orlando

In recognition of her service to the SPU community, Carla Orlando, vocational discernment counselor and instructor in the Center for Career and Calling, was nominated and selected as the November Staff Member of the Month. Carla’s colleagues noted that she “brings care and joy to her work, blessing students with her help. She is committed to engaging students in reflections upon their faith for their life journey and in making important life decisions.” For her wonderful service and presence with students, please congratulate Carla for being selected as Staff of the Month. Learn more about Carla and nominate a colleague for recognition on the Staff Council website.

Saci Concert
Faculty Participate in Music and Dance Collaboration

SPU faculty will participate in an upcoming music and dance collaboration at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center on December 1 and 2. The collaboration includes two pieces; Saci – A Brazilian Folktale, composed by three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos-Neto; and The Greater Trumps, libretto by Professor of English Doug Thorpe and music by Igor Stravinsky. Also participating in the production are music faculty Brian Chin and Stephen Newby, and theatre faculty Karin Stevens and Sarah Mosher. The collaboration is produced by Seattle’s renowned Karin Stevens Dance and the Universal Language Project, a concert series created by Brian to produce new music and engaging programs. Find out more about the event online

Christina Barnes
Barnes Poems Published

Three poems by Christy Lee Barnes, endorsement coordinator for the Center for Professional Education, were published in the latest issue of Apeiron Review. The poems are titled "Each Friday," "Rio Grande Gorge Bridge," and "The Handless Maiden." 

Peter Renn
Renn Presents Research

Center for Professional Education Director Peter Renn co-presented findings from two pilot studies at the recent American Educational Studies Association annual conference in Pittsburgh. The first study was titled, "A Mind Can Blow the Clouds Away: Teacher Memory Suppression as a Resilience Strategy," and the second study was titled "Eating from the Forbidden Apple: Using Social Foundations to Counter Pre-Service Teachers' Nostalgic Understanding of the Teaching Profession."

Ellis' Chapter Published

A chapter written by Professor of Education Arthur Ellis titled "The Nature of Educational Innovation" was published in Reform and Innovation in Education: Implications for the Quality of Human Capital, A. Sidorkin and M. Warford, eds. (2017). New York and London: Springer.

Suzanne Wolfe
Wolfe’s Novel Republished

SPU Writer in Residence Suzanne Wolfe’s first novel Unveiling will be republished in a second edition by Paraclete Press in Spring 2018. She is also working on a series of Elizabethan mystery novels, which will be published by Crooked Lane Books in August 2018. The second book in the series is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Chapter Published

A chapter written in French and English by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled “Une source inépuisable?/ An Endless Source?” was published in Aux Sources de Provence, Césaire d'Arles Sur les Cinq  Continents/ Caesarius of Arles and the Five Continents, Orange-France. Volume 1. Aix-en-Provence: Association Aux Sources de la Provence, 2017, pp. 161-172. This book, for an exhibition in the Vatican Museums on Caesarius of Arles and the Christianization of Southern France in the sixth century, was presented to Pope Francis at the inauguration of the exhibit.

Brad Murg
Murg Gives Lecture

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Development Studies Brad Murg gave an invited, public lecture at Shoreline Community College titled "U.S.-Russia Relations: A New Cold War?" on November 16.

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 online in the SPU White Pages.

David Davidson, accounting assistant and file clerk, Controller’s Office
Wagane Diadhiou, budget and financial analyst, Finance Office
Andrea Saccoccio, senior advancement officer, Major Gifts
Elisha Warden, microsystems analyst, Computer and Information Systems

SPU in the News

Mischa Willet
Willett Featured Guest on Radio Show

Instructor of Writing Mischa Willett was the featured guest on the radio show “Talking Earth,” hosted by Patrick Bocarde and broadcast by KBOO-FM, a community radio station in Portland, Oregon. You can listen to the show online.

Volume #44 , Issue #41 | Published by: University Communications

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