Monday, March 20, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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2023–24 tuition and fees announced

In case you missed it: Earlier this month, Bryan Jones, interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing, forwarded to faculty and staff a copy of a tuition email sent to SPU students and their families. In it, he wrote, “In 2020, we launched Tuition Reimagined, and since then we have kept our commitment to cap future price increases to no more than 4%, making SPU one of the most affordable private universities in the region. You can view a complete breakdown of all 2023–24 tuition and fees on the Student Financial Services website. You can also see how SPU tuition compares to other Northwest universities.”

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Save the date! SPU’s annual Giving Day is April 5

The Students in Crisis Fund, veteran students, and SoulCare are just a few of the areas raising support this Giving Day on April 5. Because you are an SPU employee, we know you go the extra mile for students every day. On Giving Day, you can show your support for the programs and areas of campus that make an SPU education so great. Visit today to check out the areas that are participating. One Day. One Purpose. One Incredible Impact.

George Scranton
SPU Voices Podcast: “The Story of My Life,” with Professor Emeritus George Scranton

George Scranton, professor emeritus of theater, taught at Seattle Pacific for more than four decades. He has written or adapted a dozen plays, five of which received national awards. He enjoyed an academic and professional acting career and directed more than 90 plays in both educational and professional venues. Yet one of George’s most exciting achievements involves the hospitality he and his wife shared with both SPU and the local theatre community. George talks about his teaching career and hospitality ministry in the latest SPU Voices podcast. Listen now or read the transcript.

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Make your summer Camp Casey reservations requests now

Summer reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at SPU's Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. Full-time faculty and staff can make a reservation request for periods of stay between June 12–Sept. 11, 2023.  Reservation requests are due by Apr. 7, 2023.

Summer requests are based on years of service to SPU and past summer stays at Casey. Employees are ranked by their years of service as verified by Human Resources. Once the ranking is developed, the past summer stay history is cross checked. If you have stayed at Casey during the summer, your ranking is replaced with the years it has been since your stay at Casey. Request a reservation here. Curious about how the lottery works, or how to stay at Camp Casey with discounted faculty and staff rates? Check out the HR wiki. Questions? Contact Camp Casey at

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Until Mar. 21: 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.

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.

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.

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 23, and the next issue will be published Monday, March 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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Edwards gives presentation

Cher Edwards, professor of counselor education and doctoral programs, gave a presentation on "Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Culturally Responsive Suicide Prevention" at the Washington School Counselor Association annual state conference in SeaTac, Washington, on March 1.

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Ewald presents paper

Associate Professor of Classics Owen Ewald presented a paper titled “Classics Reloaded: Why I Changed My Curriculum” at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest. The meeting was held March 11, 2023, at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Barnes' poem published

Christy Barnes, adjunct instructor and Center for Professional Education coordinator, had her poem, “I hear the sound that could have been a gunshot,” published in the Motherhood, Literature & Art Literary Review.

Professor Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro delivers paper

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of European history, delivered a paper titled, “Mort e martiri dels sants innocens: St. Vicent Ferrer Catalán Sermon on the Holy Innocents,” at the symposium Heilige im Spaten Mittelalter: Vom Ideal zum Norm, part of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (IGTM) March 5–8 in Würzburg, Germany. He was there also for some research on a one-of-a kind manuscript at the university written by Priscillian and some of his followers (fourth century). The papers were on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The sermon touches, among other things, the afterlife for children not in the age accountability. It discusses purgatory, limbo of the righteous, limbo of unbaptized children, hell, and other aspects of the afterlife in the late 14th and early 15th century. The papers will be published in a special volume of IGTM.

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Welcome, new SPU staff members

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming these new SPU staff members:

  • Tiffany Acker, faith formation director, School of Theology
  • Kaleb Garcia, human resources coordinator/generalist, Human Resources

SPU in the News

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Gheleva featured on FOX 13 Seattle

Danni Gheleva, associate professor of food and nutrition, was featured on the "Healthier Together" segment of local TV station FOX 13 Seattle. Danni talked about the Mediterranean Diet. Watch the story online.

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Michaels interviewed by FOX 13 Seattle news

Cheryl Michaels, director of the Office of Safety and Security, was interviewed by FOX 13 Seattle News on March 17 about safety tips for stalking victims. Watch the story online.

Volume #50 , Issue #11 | Published by: University Communications

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