Monday, February 20, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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Feb. 22: Ash Wednesday service

A message from University Ministries: The campus community is invited to join in worship on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, in preparation for the upcoming Lenten season. Guided prayer stations, culminating in the receiving of ashes, will be open Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in Upper Gwinn for a self-paced time of prayer, reflection, and worship. Father Marcin Szymansk from the Newman Center at the University of Washington will be available to impose ashes for our Catholic community members.

Faith, Diversity, and Science
Feb. 28: Winter Quarter Faith, Diversity, and Science Lecture

You are invited to the Winter Quarter Faith, Diversity, and Science Lecture, “Can I get a climate witness,” with speaker Marqus Cole, JD, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11:10 a.m., in Upper Gwinn. At this special Chapel event, Mr. Cole will use his unique voice as a Black, millennial, professional, and person of faith to bridge the gap between key stakeholder communities in this climate moment. In this lecture, you’ll hear his call to train, equip, and mobilize believers to recover the Scriptural mandate to steward and care for creation. For more information, including a livestreaming link, visit the website.

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SPU Voices Podcast: “Finding Your Calling,” with Lori Brown MFA ’20

Lori Brown is the director of the Center for Career and Calling. She likes to say that she is a matchmaker at heart and loves connecting people and organizations to create win-win situations. In this episode, she helps us envision how to create some of those situations for ourselves. Listen now or read the transcript.

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Bertona Mobile Kitchen has added new merchants

A message from SPU Dining Services: We are pleased to announce that Bertona Mobile Kitchen has added not one, but TWO new merchants! Exclusively available on the GET App, Buddy V’s Cakes and Mariah’s Cookies have landed at SPU. These new merchants are available for order and pick up in the first floor of the Student Union Building (SUB). You can also use your credit card or Falcon Funds to purchase food from the GET App. Learn more here. Log in to your GET account here.

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Feb. 23: Workshop for your international students

The Center for Career and Calling asks that faculty members tell their international students about the International Student Workshop: CPT Workshop and Presentation, on Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.–noon, in the Library Seminar Room A. This practical workshop will cover navigating OPT and landing a job in the U.S. It will include information on work eligibility, paperwork, CPT, as well as best practices in the job searching and applying process.

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Feb. 21–22: Onsite biometric screenings — this week! Walk-ins welcomed!

SPU’s annual biometric screenings are this week Feb. 21–22 — and walk-ins welcomed on a space available basis. Human Resources, Aetna, and Quest Diagnostics have partnered together to offer free, confidential health and wellness screenings available to SPU employees and spouses enrolled in SPU’s health plan. The biometric screening will kick start your 2023 Aetna Wellness Incentive enrollment and enable you to start earning!

On-campus sessions are available Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 a.m.–12 p.m., Upper Gwinn, Cascade Room, or Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Library Conference Room, and more morning time slots have been added, making it easier to complete a fasting blood test. Conducted by certified health professionals, your biometric screening will take less than 20 minutes and include a brief health assessment, blood pressure screening, and blood test. Both fasting and non-fasting options available.

Bring your Aetna medical ID card to your biometric screening. To schedule an appointment, go to to set up a username and password. Note: If you have old Quest Diagnostics credentials once used with Cigna, you will need to set up a new username and password. Enter your unique ID: Aetna WID# (from your Aetna ID card); and registration key: SPU2023. If sessions are closed, walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis. Contact: Cherylin Shdo in Human Resources at with any questions.

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Swedish Mobile Mammography this week — appointment times still available!

Take advantage of this valuable, convenient service, right here on SPU’s campus! Get screened and get back to your day. SPU is hosting the Swedish Mobile Mammography coach on Wednesday–Thursday, Feb. 22–23. Schedule your appointment by going to the Swedish Breast Center online scheduler. Bring your medical history form from the online scheduling link, your insurance card, and photo ID. Face masks required. The coach will be near Tiffany Loop on Third Ave. W. For more information, contact Cherylin Shdo, human resources benefits specialist, at

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Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). The next deadline is Thursday, Feb. 23, and the next issue will be published Monday, Feb. 27.

If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible with an image or graphic to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity.

Faculty & Staff News

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Tom, Tausen awarded Lilly Faculty Fellowships

Joshua Tom, assistant professor of sociology, and Brittany Tausen, associate professor of psychology, have been awarded Lilly Faculty Fellowships. They will participate in the two-year Lilly Faculty Fellows Program, which includes four conferences in Indianapolis and Chicago. Joshua and Brittany will also receive start-up funds of $8,000 to inaugurate a Lilly Faculty Fellows Program on on the SPU campus.

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Willett poems published

Mischa Willett, assistant professor of English and writing, had two poems — “Psalms Too” and “Oh Lord, Through the Revolution”— published in the Reformed Journal. 

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Thornberry’s essay published

Jason Thornberry, receptionist in the School of Education and SPU adjunct writing instructor, had his essay, “Ubu and Addendum,” appear recently in 100subtexts Literary magazine, a journal based in the United Kingdom. Jason’s essay is about the trials of apartment living and the twin tribulations of pet adoption and landlords.

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Welcome, new staff member John Shepherd

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming John Shepherd, budget manager, School of Business, Government, and Economics.

SPU in the News

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Grant and Allison Leep featured on KING-5 TV

Grant Leep, men’s basketball coach, and his wife, Allison, were recently featured on KING-5 TV in a story titled “How sports brought this power couple together at UW nearly 25 years go.”

Volume #50 , Issue #7 | Published by: University Communications

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