Monday, November 21, 2016 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

People of Promise
Nominate a Student for “People of Promise”

For the first time, faculty and staff can nominate an undergraduate student for the 2017 People of Promise Award. Is there a student you know who shows true promise and commitment to SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world? Take a moment to nominate them for this year’s award. Students will be honored in Response magazine and during various events at Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Criteria and the nomination form can be found online. Nominations will be accepted November 27 through December 1. Email Sha’terika Perkins in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at with questions about this award or process.


Sacred Sounds
Sacred Sounds of Christmas Special Ticket Offer

A limited number of close-up seats are available to faculty and staff for the Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on Tuesday, November 29. These modified view seats are located in the first three rows of the McCaw Hall stage. Here’s your opportunity to both see and “feel” the wonderful music provided by SPU’s outstanding choral and instrumental ensembles. Tickets may be purchased at the UNI-COM desk in the SUB.

united way
Give to United Way TODAY to Help End Homelessness

SPU’s United Way Campaign ends today, November 21. Stand with your fellow faculty and staff and donate to United Way’s work to end homelessness. Giving is fast and easy, and you can designate your gift to United Way’s “Ending Homelessness” efforts, or give through United Way to a particular organization of your choice.


Photo: SPU sign on campus
SPU Hosts Honors NW Research Symposium

On November 5, the University Scholars program hosted this year’s Honors NW Research Symposium. This is an annual conference of current scholarship from students in the honors programs of Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of Puget Sound. Twenty students were chosen from submitted proposals from the four programs and reviewed by the directors representing the four universities. Panels were interdisciplinary in scope and included research areas in the social sciences, humanities, education, economics, STEM, and business.

PBVC Finals, 2016. Larger images
SPU Places Second Runner-Up in PBVC Finals

A team of students in the School of Business, Government, and Economics finished second runner-up at the Private Business Valuation Challenge held at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta, Georgia, over Veterans Day weekend. They competed against other universities, including Georgia State, Mississippi College, Northern Iowa, Southern Indiana, Tennessee, and Wharton. The challenge founder, Professor Emeritus Herb Kierulff, was also honored at the event. Pictured from left to right are team members Bailey Rivas, Zach Dedekind, Allison Galvan, Daniel McConnell, and advisor Assistant Professor of Finance Randy Beavers. Select the link to see a larger image of the photo.


School of Business, Government, and Economics
New Certificate Programs in Digital Marketing and Business Analytics

The School of Business, Government, and Economics has officially launched two new continuing education certificate programs — one in digital marketing and one in business analytics. In just two quarters of study and meeting on campus once per week, course participants can gain technical skills to help them gain a competitive edge in their existing careers or transition into new work. The first cohort begins Winter Quarter — so if you know anyone who may be interested, let them know.


Wow Bao
“Wow Bao” Tasting on November 30

A message from Campus Dining. Faculty and staff are invited to taste bao, a healthy steamed Asian bun, on Wednesday, November 30, 12:15-1 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Try a bao and give your opinion to receive a 10 percent off coupon for a drink at Academic Perks (excluding Frappuccinos).

Stationary envelopes
Stationery Orders Due December 6

You have until 9:59 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, to have stationery order(s) delivered on December 16. Stationery orders are delivered once a month. Orders made after 10 a.m. on December 6 will be delivered January 13. To see more deadlines and delivery dates, visit the “Create an Order” stationery page in Banner. For more information, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at

Cocina Del Sol
Cocina del Sol November Specials

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 celebrate 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.


Women’s Basketball at Home This Week

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

Tuesday, November 22
Women's basketball vs Evergreen State, 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. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 23. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 28, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News

Rick Hebron
Retirement Party for Rick Hebron

In October, Rick Hebron retired from his position as a multi-skilled trade employee for Facility and Project Management after 18 years of service. Rick has been responsible for many repairs across campus, ranging from plumbing to electrical. Not only is Rick a skilled employee, you may know him for his linguistic expertise — he was a teaching assistant for Hebrew for many years and also speaks several languages, which he is happy to impart on those willing to learn. A retirement party for Rick will be held Wednesday, November 23, 3 p.m. in the Hendricks Falcon Club in Royal Brougham Pavilion.

Katherine Nesse
Nesse Presents Paper

Katherine Nesse, assistant professor of sociology and Urban Studies program director, organized two sessions on the future of demographic methods at the North American meetings of the Regional Science Association. In one of the sessions, she presented her paper titled “A Search for a Relationship Between Neighborhood Disorder and the Demographic Characteristics of the Residents.”

Christine Chaney
Chaney Presents Paper

Professor of English Christine Chaney recently gave a peer-reviewed conference paper at the University of Westminster in London on the topic of “Aurora Leigh,” the novel-length Victorian poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that has become central for 19th-century studies in recent years. Her talk focused on the intersection of ethics, testimony, and narratology in the work. She has been invited to join a follow-up book volume on the same topic.

Margaret Brown
Brown’s Article Published

Assistant Provost and Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown’s co-authored article titled “Enhancing the Psychology Curriculum Through Service Learning” was published in the November issue of Psychology Learning and Teaching. The article provides evidence that service learning is the most potent pedagogy for developing well-rounded, psychologically literate citizens capable of meeting the goals for the undergraduate psychology major. Read the article online. 

jaeil lee
Lee Presents Paper

Jaeil Lee, professor of apparel design and merchandising, co-presented two papers at International Textile and Apparel Association annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, last week. The first paper, titled “Coauthorship in Clothing and Textiles Research,” investigates ethical applications of co-authorship practices in clothing and textiles research. The second paper, titled “Who Are Social Entrepreneurs? Connecting the Stories of Women in the Global Textile and Apparel Industry,” is a conceptual paper with case studies of social entrepreneurship supporting women in Myanmar and Barbados.

SPU Arch
Welcome, Gideon Klumper

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome Gideon Klumper, maintenance operating engineer, in Building Maintenance.

SPU in the News

Brad Murg
Murg on KIRO-TV Facebook Live

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradley Murg was interviewed about the Electoral College during a Facebook Live video broadcast on November 11.

Brittany Tausen
Christian Interviewed About Latest Research

Brittany Christian, visiting assistant professor of psychology, was recently interviewed on 3AW Breakfast, an Australian radio show, about her research suggesting that using imagination and adopting different visual perspectives can help people restrict calorie intake. Several print publications in the United Kingdom and Australia also covered this research, including the Daily Express.

Volume #44 , Issue #40 | Published by: University Communications

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