Monday, September 25, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Deana Porterfield
Sept. 26. Chapel

A message from University Ministries: Join us for Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church as we worship together and hear a word from President Porterfield. Chapels will held weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9 at First Free Methodist Church to worship and grow in fellowship with one another.

COVID reminder

A message from the COVID Decision Group (CDG). As we enter into the fall season, we want to remind employees:

  • Don’t come to work if you are sick but please contact your supervisor.
  • If you test positive for COVID, contact your supervisor and Human Resources.
  • If you need more information about COVID, please visit the Health Services website.
  • Don’t come to work if you are sick.
  • For free COVID tests, please visit
  • Lastly, CDG encourages all community members to get the COVID booster shot and the flu shot. Employees should contact their healthcare provider. Students should make an appointment via Health Services.
  • Again, please don’t come to work if you are sick. 😊

Jack and Priscilla Levison
Spina Lecture: “Can Women Speak in Public? How Early American Women Outmaneuvered Complementarians in Their Day”

Can Women Speak in Public? How Early American Women Outmaneuvered Complementarians in Their Day” is the topic of the 2023 Frank Anthony Spina Lectureship on Christian Scripture. The lecture is Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Renowned abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sarah Grimké once wrote of women, “I am inclined to think, when we are admitted to the honor of studying Greek and Hebrew, we shall produce some various readings of the Bible a little different from those we now have.” Join church historian Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and biblical scholar Dr. Jack Levison as they unearth early American women’s fascinating interpretations of Paul’s mandate for women to keep silent in churches (1 Corinthians 14:34-35). Levison and Pope-Levison, former professors at SPU, will explore some of the earliest treatises on this topic written within a generation of the Revolutionary War. This event is free and no registration required. The lecture will be livestreamed.

ETM workshops on Panopto, Poll Everywhere

Educational Technology and Media is offering the following workshops for faculty and staff. No registration is needed.

Panopto 101, Wednesday, Sept 27, 10:40–11:40 a.m. in the ETM offices (Library lower level).
Poll Everywhere 101, Wednesday, Oct 4, 10:40–11:40 a.m. in the ETM offices (Library lower level).


Campus merchandise shows on laptop
Check out the Online Bookstore

University Services is excited to announce the launch of our new Online Bookstore. Beyond the branded merch available in our store with new items arriving daily, you’ll find an even wider array of products, color choices, sizes, and styles at our Online Bookstore. Everything is printed on demand and shipped directly to the address of your choice. If you’re looking for some fresh SPU gear, check it out! We will be releasing new and limited-time offer products on an on-going basis so check back regularly. All requests for department logo branded items (i.e., Computer and Information Systems polos or School of Theology sweatshirts), design submissions, and group or department ordering should be sent to

Seattle Pacific Greenhouse plant sale
Plant sale to support the Sustainability Club

The Sustainability Club is hosting a plant sale on Thursday, Sept. 28, 12–3 p.m. in the Eaton Hall breezeway. There will be small succulents and a few larger desk-friendly plants. Cash only. Proceeds will support the Sustainability Club.

University Communications
Please review your department contact pages

A message from University Communications: As we start another academic year, we are asking all departments, offices, and organizations to review their contact webpages. If you need help updating your webpage, please complete this short online form.

Becca Worl
SPU Voices podcast: "A Woman's Place" with Pastor Becca Worl '02

The latest SPU Voices podcast features alumna and Pastor Rebecca Worl. She was born and raised as a missionary kid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After returning to the states, she finished school in Bellingham and went on to receive her undergraduate degree in theology from Seattle Pacific. Becca then earned her master’s in Theological and Biblical Studies at Fuller and subsequently served as associate pastor on staff at Cedar Creek Covenant in Maple Valley. In 2022, she joined the Pine Lake Covenant Church team as student ministries pastor, in addition to being a retreat speaker and itinerant preacher in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Listen or read online.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year, or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday. The next deadline is Thursday, Sept. 28. The next issue will be published Monday, Oct. 2.

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

nathaniel weston
Weston's article published

An article by adjunct history faculty member Nathaniel Weston titled, "Photographs of Jewish Clothing in Nazi Germany and the Shoah: Visual Records of Economic Assaults, Exploitation, and Plunder," was published in the Sept. 2023 issue of Textile: Cloth and Culture (no. 3, vol. 21).

Jason Thornberry
Thornberry's essay published

An essay titled "Free Beer" by Jason Thornberry, office coordinator in the School of Education, was published by Parentheses Literary magazine.

SPU Arch
Welcome, new staff members!

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

Rhymel Dacquel, event coordinator, Conference Services
William Douthit, seminary writing tutor, SPU Seminary
Frank Stephan, multiskilled tradesman, Casey Conference Center
Cody Sugai, Hawaiian ministries liaison, School of Theology
Kenzie Waltar, assistant rowing coach, Athletics

Volume #50 , Issue #32 | Published by: University Communications

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