Monday, October 2, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Jack and Priscilla Levison
Oct. 3: “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.

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Save The Date! SPU Open Enrollment Oct. 23-Nov. 3

A message from Human Resources. The annual Open Enrollment is Monday, Oct. 23–Friday, Nov, 3, 2023. This is the one time each year to make changes to your SPU benefits. Also, the Benefits Fair will be two days this year: Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Come and hear from your benefits providers and enter to win multiple table prizes and give-a-ways, including $100 cash door prizes!

Evacuation drill and earthquake preparedness information on Oct. 12

A message from Cheryl Michaels, director of Safety and Security and director of emergency management: Our yearly all-campus evacuation drill will occur on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. The start of the drill will include an earthquake preparedness message of "drop, cover, and hold on” before the evacuation drill message is sent. The earthquake preparedness exercise is part of the annual Great Washington Shakeout, a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes. Here are the instructions for drop, cover, and hold on. 

In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

drop-earthquake  DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby. 

cover-earthquake  COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

hold-on-earthquake  HOLD ON until shaking stops.

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands

School of Education
SOE Edtalk: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI on Education

The School of Education is hosting an online Edtalk on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. titled "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI on Education." The presenters are Michael Paulus, dean of the library and assistant provost for educational technology, and Jim Dunnigan, member of the AI Learning Futures Collaborative at Arizona State University and an alumnus of the SPU doctoral program. The event is free. Register online.

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Global Chef event on Oct. 12

From SPU Dining Services: During lunch and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12, SPU Dining will welcome Chef Joaquin Suarez from Colombia as part of the Global Chef events. Chef Joaquin, senior manager of Culinary Arts for Sodexo, will bring ingredients and techniques from his homeland. Please join us on Oct. 12 in welcoming Chef Joaquin to the Gwinn Commons Dining Hall and savor Colombian cuisine.

Upcoming ETM workshop on Poll Everywhere, collaborative learning, student assignment options

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

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

Collaborative learning, peer review, group work, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 10:40–11:40 a.m.

Student agency & assignment options, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:40–11:40 a.m.

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Get your branded merch at 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

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. (updated)

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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, Oct. 5. The next issue will be published Monday, Oct. 9.

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Faculty & Staff News

Kirsten Koetje
Koetje's article published

An article by Kirsten Koetje, assistant director of graduate teacher education, titled “Quantity of Video Analysis Positively Correlated With Teacher Performance” was recently published in the Teacher Education Quarterly journal. The article comes out of Kirsten’s dissertation work.

Professor Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro leads Carmelite Pilgrimage

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of history, organized and led the sixth Carmelite Pilgrimage, Sept.10–Sept. 24, following in the footsteps of Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross and masses were held in places founded by them. Thirteen pilgrims from seven states and one from Canada participated and lodging was in Carmelite monasteries. Father Ronald Roakham, Order of Carmelites, served as chaplain and spiritual guide. Places visited were Salamanca, Medina del Campo, Alba de Tormes, Avila, Segovia, and Toledo.

Volume #50 , Issue #33 | Published by: University Communications

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