Monday, November 3, 2014 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Free Admission for Faculty, Staff to Last Home Men’s Soccer Game

Faculty and staff are invited to watch the men’s soccer team, who clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference soccer championship, play their last home game on Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m. at Interbay Stadium. Bring the whole family and cheer on the No. 2 ranked Falcons as they face Saint Martin’s University. Come at 6:15 p.m. to watch the pre-game warm up. The free ticket package includes hot apple cider, SPU swag, opportunities to meet the coaches, players, and Talon, the SPU mascot. Get the ticket package today by calling the Alumni Office at 206-281-2586. Check out the full schedule of Falcons in Action events.


Host International Students on Thanksgiving

A message from Lori Honts Tongol in Student Academic Services: “If you are interested in hosting an international student (or students) at your Thanksgiving gathering this year, contact me at and tell me how many students you would like to host, your home address, and contact information. Also, let me know if you are 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 go with another student. Graduate students may have family members in the U.S. with them – some with children. Campus housing will remain open during the Thanksgiving weekend.) I will connect students with you to make arrangements for the holiday hosting experience. Please contact me no later than Friday, November 17.”

Celebrating 25 Years of Image Journal

An evening of ancient and modern choral works by Bach, Britten, St. Hildegard of Bingen, Pärt, Stravinsky, and others — as well as three commissioned world premieres — will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image journal on Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. Based on the SPU campus, Image is a literary quarterly that celebrates the best contemporary writing and art that engage with faith. Poetry from the pages of Image by writers such as Denise Levertov, Kathleen Norris, and Franz Wright will be interspersed with performances by the Medieval Women's Choir, Seattle Pro Musica, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, and the Women of St. James Schola. This event will demonstrate one of Image’s founding tenets: that beauty’s power to draw us closer to the divine — through music, poetry, and all the arts — is not a thing of the past, but is continually being renewed in our time. Get your free tickets online.


Art Department Hosts Creator of “Painted Desert Project” November 3

Join the SPU Art Department for an examination of art, culture, and community building on the Navajo Nation at a special lecture on Monday, November 3, 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Guest lecturer Chip Thomas is a medical doctor serving a diverse set of communities in the American Southwest, but he is also an accomplished photographer and street artist who has wheat-pasted his large-scale photographs throughout the world. Chip is currently the organizer of the “Painted Desert Project,” which invites well-known urban street artists to create pieces on the rural Navajo Nation. His visit is funded through a generous grant from an anonymous foundation.

Veterans Day Observance November 10

The annual campus Veterans Day observance is Monday November 10, 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Eaton Hall 112, with a reception to follow. The featured speaker is retired Master Chief Petty Officer Robert (Chili) Hicks, current senior manager at Boeing, who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy. Please save the date, invite your friends and family, and plan to join us in honoring the sacrifice and service of veterans and active duty military personnel. This event is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Veteran and Military Support Cadre. Contact Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown at if you have questions.

Choirs in Concert November 6

Don't miss an evening of outstanding choral music featuring SPU's nationally recognized Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Men's Choir, and the Women's Choir at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, in First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Tell Your Students About the Nonprofit/Public Service Fair November 4

Save the date and encourage students to attend the annual Nonprofit/Public Service Fair on Tuesday, November 4, 3-6 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Representatives will recruit undergraduate students from all majors, graduate students, and alumni for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Organizations at the fair include World Vision, American Red Cross, Emergency Feeding Program, Fred Hutch, Landesa, Make-A-Wish, U.S. Department of State, and Pioneer Human Services. See the complete list of employers online.


Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness

The Tent City 3 Host Committee is sponsoring a series of community education forums around the topic of homelessness. The next event is a community discussion titled “Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness” on Thursday, November 13, 11:10-12:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Representatives from Seattle Stand Down, whose mission is to aggressively prevent and eliminate homelessness among veterans, will participate in the event. Seattle Stand Down Program Director Rebecca Murch, Services Section Leader Jaime Yslas, and formerly homeless vet David Blais will speak during the panel discussion and Q&A session.

Stationery Orders Due November 4

You have until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4, to have stationery order(s) delivered on Friday, November 14. Stationery orders are now delivered once a month, and orders made after 10 a.m. on November 4 will be delivered December 12.

Encourage Students to Participate in the Social Venture Plan Competition

Encourage your students to attend the Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) organizational meeting on Thursday, November 13, 11:30 a.m. in Eaton Hall 112. Students will learn how to enter the annual competition (planned for next April) in which interdisciplinary teams create plans for sustainable businesses that meet real needs -- and make a profit. The meeting is sponsored by SPU’s Center for Applied Learning. Contact or learn more at the SVPC website.


Long-Term Care Insurance Sessions November 18

What is long-term care insurance and why is it important? Already have a policy with Unum (SPU’s plan) and wish to ask questions one-on-one? A representative will be available on Tuesday, November 18, in the Walls Advancement Center Conference Room. The two group sessions will be 10-11 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. Individual one-on-one sessions will be held 11-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. (Reminder: Employees hired between September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, have access to a guaranteed issue ― no medical questionnaire required for approval up to certain limits ― through November. All other eligible employees and family members have access to the plan or may make changes to the plan with additional medical underwriting. All questions may be directed to LTC Solutions at 1-877-286-2852 or Sign up for the Unum group meetings and/or one-on-one sessions by selecting “Reserve Your Spot.” 


Order a Pie and Support SPRINT

November is here and that means it's time for Thanksgiving and all things apple and pumpkin. You can enjoy these seasonal flavors and support the Summer 2015 SPRINT teams by purchasing pre-baked 12" pumpkin pies or 10" apple pies for $10 each. This summer, SPRINT will send eight student-led teams to learn and serve alongside local Christian leaders around the globe. Profits from the pie fundraiser will go toward scholarships for these students. The deadline for ordering pies is Friday, November 14, and they will be delivered on Tuesday, November 25. To order, contact student Maddy Petrowski at with the number of pies desired and where you would like your pie delivered. Payment (cash and check only) will be collected when pies are delivered. For more information on SPRINT, visit the website.


Student Financial Services Closed November 7

Student Financial Services will be closed Friday, November 7, in order for the SFS staff to hold their annual all-day office planning retreat. Regular office hours will resume Monday, November 10.

Camp Casey Winter/Spring Reservation Requests Due November 5

Winter/spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 5 through June 16, 2015, and reservation requests are due by November 5, 2014. The winter/spring requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey.


“Unconference” Edcamp Coming to SPU

Edcamp is coming to SPU on Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Edcamp is an “unconference,” which means that participants have the power to propose topics, lead discussions, and contribute to the collective learning of the group. Registration is free, and clock hours are available. Learn more and register on the Edcamp Puget Sound website.


SPU’s Motivate Me Cigna Wellness Program

Are you interested in learning about how your pursuit of personal wellness could impact more than your health? Find out about the incentives available to faculty and staff through the “Motivate Me” program by attending a 30-minute session in the Library Seminar Room. For more information, contact Human Resources at 206-281-2809.

Tuesday, November 4, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 1 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, 1 p.m.

Falcon Home Games This Week

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

Tuesday, November 4 
Men's basketball vs Pacific Lutheran (exhibition), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 6
Women's soccer. Seattle Pacific at GNAC Tournament, semifinals, Starfire Stadium (Tukwila), 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Volleyball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 7
Women's basketball vs Puget Sound (exhibition), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. 

Saturday, November 8
Volleyball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 1 p.m.
Women's soccer -- Seattle Pacific at GNAC Tournament, championship, Starfire Stadium (Tukwila), 1 p.m.
Men's soccer vs Saint Martin's, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.


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, November 10. The next deadline is Thursday, November 6.

Faculty & Staff News

Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT Faculty Members Present Workshop

Marriage and Family Therapy faculty members Claudia Grauf-Grounds and Tina Schermer Sellers presented a workshop at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s 20th anniversary conference in Washington, D.C. in October. The title of their workshop was “Turning Fragmented Comments Into Integrated Conversations: Addressing Sexuality and Spirituality in Clinical Care.” Claudia is a professor of marriage and family therapy. Tina is an instructor of marriage and family therapy and director of Medical Family Therapy.

tina schermer sellers
Sellers Speaks at Youth Conference

Tina Schermer Sellers, instructor of Marriage and Family Therapy and director of Medical Family Therapy, was a speaker at Open Seattle, an open-source youth ministry event sponsored by The Youth Cartel held on October 25, 2014. Her talk was titled “The Naked Truth About Purity, Shame, and God’s Gift of Sex.”

Bruce Baker
Baker’s Chapter Published

The book Theology and California (Ashgate, 2014) features a chapter by Assistant Professor of Business Ethics Bruce Baker. The chapter is titled “Silicon Valley and the Spirit of Innovation: How California’s Entrepreneurial Ethos Bears Witness to Spiritual Reality.” 


Seattle Pacific University
Welcome, Mya Kwon

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Mya Kwon, the new registered dietitian in the Student Counseling Center.

SPU in the News

SPU Community Mentioned in Seattle Magazine

The SPU community is listed in Seattle magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2014.” The article is in the November issue.


Martin, Kispert in Seattle Times

President Dan Martin and Vice President of Business and Finance Craig Kispert were interviewed by the Seattle Times for a story titled “After School Shootings, Reclaiming Scarred Space Is Part of the Healing.” The story was published on October 28.


Spina Recalls 1960 World Series in Seattle Times

Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina was interviewed for a story in the Seattle Times “Take 2,” a sports online blog. He talked about Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski's dramatic home run to beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.


This Month in the Garden

Arnett Hall’s Green Roof

From SPU Master Gardener Jeff Daley. “Arnett Hall is new and exciting for a variety of reasons, but from a horticultural perspective, one feature that stands out as particularly cutting edge is its green roof. Although green roofs are not able to fully replace ground-level gardens or naturally forested areas, they can nonetheless increase biodiversity in an urban area like our campus by providing habitat where there would otherwise be none. Green roofs attract beneficial insects and birds, and butterflies when the plants are in bloom.

The assortment of sedums and sempervivums that make up the Arnett Hall green roof were grown in a nursery, delivered by truck, and lifted to the roof top on pallets by cranes.

I think we're going to be seeing more of this style of horticulture blending with architecture with the rise of green roofs like ours. Another style is green walls, where tapestries of plants grow on mesh-covered faces of buildings. I think the possibilities for urban green spaces like these are endless. Arnett's living green roof has the special status as being the first of its kind on campus, but certainly, we hope, not the last.” Select the link for pictures of Arnett Hall’s green roof.  


Volume #42 , Issue #37 | Published by: University Communications

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