Monday, November 24, 2014 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Thanksgiving Chapel Tuesday, November 25

The annual Thanksgiving Chapel is Tuesday, November 25, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Campus offices will be closed for this event. Director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development Margaret Diddams, senior theatre major Joshua McBrayer, and Residence Life Administrative Assistant Lynn Ernsting will share their stories of thankfulness. Recording artist Jeff Johnson will lead worship. Donations to the SPU Benevolence Fund will also be collected (cash or checks written to Seattle Pacific University). The fund is managed by the Office of University Ministries, and provides emergency assistance to students, staff, and faculty in times of personal crisis. Please consider serving your community with a donation this year.

Seminar: The Gospel of Matthew
Special Event to Kickoff Next Lectio Series

Faculty and staff are invited to a special evening seminar on the Gospel of Mathew by Associate Professor of New Testament Studies David Nienhuis on Tuesday, January 6, 6-9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The evening includes dinner. Matthew’s gospel is the next series in SPU’s Lectio, beginning January 5, 2015. This event is free to SPU faculty and staff by registering with Kelsey Rorem in the Center for Biblical and Theological Education at or 206-378-5415. External guests are invited to register through the website ($20).


April 2015
Update to SPU Master Calendar for April 6, 2015

For planning purposes, please note that the morning of Monday, April 6, 2015, is not a University-wide holiday, as previously noted in the Master Calendar. Classes will be cancelled during this time to allow for students traveling back to campus from Spring Break, but offices will be open during regular hours.

Library Hosts “Copyright for Educators” on December 1

How does copyright relate to faculty work as educators and scholars? Find out by attending the “Copyright for Educators” session on Monday, December 1, noon-1 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Learn about the exclusive rights of copyright holders and how exceptions to those rights, such as fair use, guide our in-person and online classroom use. Copyright’s role in publishing and journal policies will also be discussed. The instructors are Kristen Hoffman, psychology and scholarly communications librarian, and Michael Paulus, university librarian. Lunch will be provided. Please register online.


Fall Census Information Available

The fall census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545.


Do You Have Family Photos Taken at Camp Casey Conference Center?

A message from Robyn Myers, manager of conference services, Camp Casey Conference Center. “Calling all Casey visitors. Please submit your family photos from your time at Casey to be considered for the annual Camp Casey Christmas card. Send them via email to”

Story Ideas Needed for Next Response Magazine

The next issue of SPU’s Response magazine will address “the promise and perils of power,” following this year’s Day of Common Learning. Do you have story ideas about faculty, staff, students, or alumni that relate to this theme? Please send them to

Next "Creative Conversations" With Professor Roger Feldman

Professor of Art Roger Feldman is the next speaker in the Ames Library “Creative Conversations” series on Thursday, December 4, 3-3:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room.


Screening of Documentary Without a Home With Director

A special screening of Without a Home, a powerful award-winning documentary film about homelessness, will be held Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Hall. Director Rachel Fleisher will be on hand to answer questions. The documentary follows the lives of six homeless individuals and families. Through rich personal stories, this film succeeds in challenging preconceived notions about people who are homeless. Rachel’s own journey illustrates the power of caring and getting involved with people who do not have a home. This event is supported by SPU’s SERVE Program (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration) and the Tent City 3 Host Committee.

Staff Member of the Month Nominations

Do you have a colleague who has gone above and beyond this month? Nominate her or him for the Staff Member of the Month Award, sponsored by SPU’s Staff Council. Learn more about the award at the Staff Council website.


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.


Falcon Home Games This Week
Wednesday, November 26
Women's basketball vs San Francisco State, Brougham Pavilion, 5 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons website.


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, December 1. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 26.

Faculty & Staff News

Julie Heisey
Heisey Inducted into Hall of Fame

Women’s Basketball Head Coach Julie Heisey was inducted into the Trevecca Nazarene University Hall of Fame earlier this month. Julie, who previously served as coach for the Lady Trojans, restarted the Trevecca Nazarene women's basketball program 18 years ago and took the team to six national tournaments. Congratulations, Julie! Read more about Julie’s career online.


Jennifer McKinney
McKinney Presents Paper

Professor of Sociology Jennifer McKinney recently presented her paper “When Strictness Fails: Limits to When Strict Churches Can Be Strong” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion/Religious Research Association conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Priscilla Pope-Levison
Pope-Levison Joins Methodist, Catholic Commission

Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison was asked to join the Joint Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church. The group met in October in Assisi, Italy. Commission members discussed holy living and presented draft chapters on the topics of Christian anthropology, Christology and grace, church and sacraments, and eschatology. The Methodist-Catholic dialogue began in 1967 and has produced reports every five years since that time. The reports are presented at the quinquennial gatherings of the World Methodist Conference, and also to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. They will prepare a final report for the 2016 meeting of the World Methodist Council in Houston, Texas.

Peg Acheterman
Achterman Participates in Panel

Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism Peg Achterman recently participated in a panel presentation at the National Communication Association conference in Chicago. The panel, “Building, Maintaining, and Evaluating Communication Internship Programs,” looked at Internet-based assignments to monitor students’ progress and collect evaluative data; using structured peer-to-peer feedback activities to help students build teamwork skills, and other areas of internship programs.

Mike Hamilton
Hamilton’s Chapter Published

A chapter written by Michael Hamilton, associate professor and chair of the Department of History, was recently published in American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History. The chapter was titled “The Interdenominational Evangelicalism of D.L. Moody and the Problem of Fundamentalism.” The book, edited by Kurt Peterson, Thomas Kidd, and Darren Dochuk, was published by University of Notre Dame Press in October.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro’s Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled “St. Vicent Ferrer’s Catalán Sermon on St. Thomas Becket” was published in Estudios de Filología e Historia en Honor del Profesor Vitalino Valcárcel. 2 vols. Veleia Anejos Series Minor, vol. 32. Vitoria - Gazteiz: Universidad del País Vasco, 2014, I: 285-301, 1 figure. Professor Valcárcel is one of the most preeminent scholars of hagiography (saint’s lives), and the festschrift is on the occasion of his retirement from teaching. The article identifies the sources that Vicent used to craft this sermon directed at clergy and how Becket was proposed as a role model. Thomas Becket was one of the most celebrated martyrs of the English medieval church who became a symbol of the freedom of the Church from secular encroachment, a fame he still has today. Vicent proposed him as model bishop for his piety, austerity, and fearlessness in the face of the persecution from King Henry II. All of the papers were by invitation.

Seattle Pacific University
Welcome, Lori Brown

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Lori Brown, interim employer relations manager, Center for Career and Calling.

From the Archives

Tiffany Hall

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier. "Kitchen and dining room workers gather for a group photo on the steps of the Women’s Dormitory, later named Tiffany Hall. The building housed the campus dining room from its construction in 1908 until the completion of Watson Hall in 1946. Tiffany Hall was demolished in 2001 to make way for Eaton Hall. This photo is dated Spring 1910."


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