Monday, June 12, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Deana Porterfield
June 13: Roberts Wesleyan commissioning service for Dr. Porterfield

Roberts Wesleyan and Northeastern Seminary will hold a service of worship and commissioning for Dr. Deana Porterfield on Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. EDT. They have invited the SPU community to join virtually via this livestream link.

Phyllis Sortor
SPU Voices podcast: "Kidnapped Redemption" with alumna Phyllis Sorter '64

Phyllis Sortor, SPU 's 2023 Alumna of the Year, served as a missionary with Free Methodist World Missions in Nigeria working for 10 years when she was kidnapped by a terrorist group hoping to end her work with the Fulani, an indigenous nomadic people group. A new feature-length film has recently been released documenting her kidnapping and time in Nigeria. She immediately returned to Nigeria and built Schools for Africa, an organization providing schools, primary healthcare, grazing reserves, and water and grass restoration for the Fulani people.

Listen to the SPU Voices podcast.

Apple pie
Staff Council All-Star Bake-Off

The 2023 Staff Council Bake-Off is Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in Tiffany Loop, Staff Council is preparing for the annual spring event featuring a new and improved all-staff bake-off. This year’s event will see the return of the annual pie eating contest, as well as lawn games, music, and of course, the bake-off! Have questions? Reach out to and they will be happy to answer them for you.

Faculty/Staff Bulletin on summer schedule. Next deadline: June 22

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. The next deadline is Thursday, June 22, and the next issue will be published Monday, June 26.

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

School of Education
Henrikson, Baliram article published

An article by School of Education associate professors Robin Henrikson and Nalline Baliram titled "Examining voice and choice in online learning" was published in the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 20, 31.

SPU Arch
Welcome, Sarah Goux

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Sariah Goux, accounting assistant in the SPU Foundation office.

SPU in the News

grad holding ivy
Ivy Cutting photo feature in Seattle Times

SPU's annual Ivy Cutting ceremony was the subject of a photo feature in The Seattle Times on June 9.

Karen Snedker
Snedker quoted in Seattle Times

Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker was quoted in The Seattle Times on June 9 in a story titled "Seattle’s tiny homes get a big upgrade." Karen talked about creating community in homeless populations based on her research in tent cities.

Volume #50 , Issue #23 | Published by: University Communications

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