Monday, March 13, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Flu shots available

A message from Health Services: Due to a supply surplus, Health Services is offering flu shots free of charge to staff, faculty, and students through June 1, 2023. Call to make an appointment at 206-281-2231.

An SPU student plays the marimba | photo by Chris Yang
Mar. 14: Winter Percussion Ensemble Concert

The SPU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dan Adams, will present their winter concert on Tuesday, Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m., in the E.E. Bach Theater in McKinley Hall. The concert will include works by James Rago, Anthony Cirone, Earl Hatch, and Mark Ford along with traditional marimba selections of Guatemala and West African drumming from the Baga Ethnic Group of West Guinea. Admission is free.

Study Hall March 12 - March 15, 4-11PM
Tell your students: Study hall at First Free Methodist Church

First Free Methodist Church is hosting a study hall for students through Thursday, Mar. 16, 4-11 p.m. There will be a FREE dinner Wednesday, Mar. 15, at 6 p.m.

Finals Week goodie bags
Tell your students: UMin finals week goodie gags, coffee, and cookies

A message from University Ministries: Please tell your students, if they need a little treat and some coffee and tea, to come to the upper level of the SUB by the John Perkins Center and UMin offices to grab a goodie bag and take a short breather! Students can stop by Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

School of Education
SOE EdTalk: Young Adult Literature and Spirituality

The next School of Education monthly EdTalk is Wednesday, Apr. 12, 4–5:30 p.m. The title is "Young Adult Literature and Spirituality: How to Unlock Deeper Understanding with Class Discussion." Kristine Gritter, professor or curriculum and instruction, and Xu Bian, assistant professor of Chinese, teamed up with two colleagues to write a book about how middle school and high school students can look at young adult literature as examples of types of prayer — prayers of anger, thanksgiving, lament, confession, reconciliation, joy, and more.

Dr. Bill Boerman-Cornell from Trinity Christian College will elaborate on the book’s description of a series of approaches pioneered by ancient, medieval, and modern biblical scholars that allow for discussion to be centered on the text more than usual in classroom discussions. This Zoom event is free, but you must register here to receive the link.

Art students put up their sculpture exhibit in Ames Library
Student art on display in library

Works by students in Assistant Professor of Art Alison Stigora’s sculpture studio class are now on display in the Ames Library. The exhibit of sculptures, titled “Push and Pull,” will be on view through Thursday, Mar. 16.

A small plant grows out of the dusty floor of a desert
March 16: Retreat for faculty, staff

A message from University Ministries: The wilderness is a rich biblical theme that repeats in the story of Israel and in the life of Christ, inviting followers of Jesus to slow down, simplify their lives, and look to Christ for our sustenance in the midst of challenging, painful seasons of life. In this season of Lent and in the lead up to Holy Week, pause with us on retreat and be reminded of the presence of Christ with you in your sufferings and struggles, and be refreshed by his sustaining presence.

Retreat: “Sustaining in the Wilderness: Walking with Jesus to the Cross”

Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Register online.

Lenten Reflections
Weekly reflections for Lent

A message from University Ministries: If you are looking for a weekly Lenten reflection, check out the UMin Instagram page.

staff council
Staff Members of the Year nominations now open!

Staff of the Year nominations are now open! Each year Staff Council recognizes one exempt and one non-exempt staff member for their outstanding contribution to the SPU community. Help us find our 2023 winners by submitting your nominations today! Nominations will be open through Tuesday, March 21.

Thursday deadline
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, March 16, and the next issue will be published Monday, March 20.

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

Headshot of Professor Newby
Newby participates in symposium

Stephen Newby, professor of music, will participate in a concert and community gospel sing titled "My Tribute: The Life and Legacy of Andraé Crouch" at Baylor University, Mar. 15-18. Stephen will lead a community gospel sing on Mar. 16, and participate in a concert honoring Crouch the following day. Both events are part of Baylor's Pruit Memorial Symposium. Andraé Crouch was an award-winning gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Headshot of Professor Koskela
Koskela wins book award

Professor of Theology Doug Koskela’s book The Radiance of God received the 2022 Smith/Wynkoop Book Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society. This award recognizes a recent publication of distinction in a research area related to the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition. The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting in Wilmore, Kentucky, on March 3. Congratulations, Doug!

Laura Lasworth
Lasworth’s artworks featured in exhibition

Several works by Laura Lasworth, professor emerita of art, are included in the exhibition, “Beyond the Meadow,” selected specifically for Taproot Theatre’s production of As It Is in Heaven, from March 20 to April 29, 2023.

Misha Willett 2017
Willett's new poem published

A new poem by Mischa Willett, assistant professor of English and writing, titled “Dead Shall Rise" was published in the North American Anglican.

SPU in the News

Graphic showing the falcon logo in a circle
Falcon coaches interviewed by The Seattle Times

Karl Lerum, Falcon track and field head coach, and Chris Reed, associate head coach, were interviewed by The Seattle Times for a feature story on SPU track star Vanessa Aniteye, who competed in the recent NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. The article was titled “Mom, student and maybe national champ? SPU track star is racing toward her goals." Vanessa went on to win the national title in the 800 meters and set a new school record!

Volume #50 , Issue #10 | Published by: University Communications

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