Monday, April 28, 2014 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

“The Book of Revelation in the Present Tense”

Learn more about the truths of Revelation in contemporary text with Robert Wall, SPU’s Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, at the annual Walls Lecture on Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church.


Kimberly Segall
Library’s “Creative Conversations”

Professor of English Kimberly Segall will talk about her new book Performing Democracy as part of the next Creative Conversations series hosted by the Library. The event is Thursday, May 8, 12-12:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. Kimberly has worked as an activist and volunteer in Middle Eastern and African communities for more than two decades.


Pleiades, the Seven Sisters
ID or Evolutionary Creation: A Forum on Origins

Professor of Biochemistry Benjamin McFarland and Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick McDonald will participate in a special panel discussion about the origins of the universe hosted by University Presbyterian Church and the Discovery Institute on Friday, May 9, 7 p.m. in the U-District.


Creative Conversations Schedule Change

Professor of English Jennifer Maier’s talk for the Library’s Creative Conversations series has been rescheduled from May 1 to May 22. The time and location (3 p.m., Library Reading Room, Main Floor) of the free event remain the same. Jennifer will share selected poems from her book Now, Now.


Open Enrollment Benefits Guide Error

Human Resources is aware of a small error in the Benefits Guide brochure which was enclosed in the Open Enrollment packets sent to faculty and staff. The rate for the HDHP/HSA plan (high deductible health plan) for Employee + Spouse was inaccurately listed as $324/month. The amount should have been listed as $314/month. Please make this adjustment on your personal copies.

Lecture by Fiction Writer, Milton Fellow Nathan Poole

Nathan Poole, fiction writer and 2013-14 Milton Fellow for Image journal, will give a lecture on "American Penance: The Tradition and Technique of Guilt in Fiction” on Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. at the Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery. He will examine the foundation for acts of penance as dramatic catharsis in fiction, and the development throughout the 19th and 20th centuries of this technique in America, leading up to writers like Peter Orner, Jamie Quatro, and others. This event is free and open to the public.


Student Recommendations for Campus Tour Guides

Do you know a dynamic student who would be an excellent representative of SPU to prospective students and their families? Undergraduate Admissions is looking for excited and energetic students to convey the quality of life at SPU through the power of storytelling. If you have students to recommend, email Visit and Events Coordinator Mikki Running at

Autism Lecture on April 30

For Autism Awareness month, Assistant Professor of Special Education Debby Hudson will give a lecture on “Conversation Skills of Young Children with Autism to Improve Socialization” on Wednesday, April 30, 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The lecture is one of several events held in April by the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.


Advancement Core Is Recruiting for Next Academic Year

Do you know students who maintain a strong ability to interact professionally with others and possess a deeply-rooted love of Seattle Pacific? The Advancement Services Office would like to talk to them and present them with the opportunity to serve as the face of the University as a member of the Advancement Core. The Core members act as a bridge between current SPU students and the growing network of alumni scattered across the globe. Students attend high profile events on campus, host tables at the annual President’s Circle Dinner, mingle and network with powerful alumni, gain valuable experience in planning and implementing events (most notably the annual “I Love SPU Week” campaign,) and foster a spirit of passion and philanthropy among students and alumni alike. It’s extremely rewarding work, and looks fantastic on a resume. Please recommend a student you know today by contacting Eric Melch in Advancement Services at 206-281-2631 or

Camp Casey Conference Center on Facebook

The Camp Casey Conference Center Facebook page has more than 10,000 likes. If you know a group looking to have a retreat that might include lodging and meals, have them contact the Camp Casey Conference Center office at 866-661-6604. Visit the Facebook page.


SPU Theatre Presents Hedda Gabler

The SPU Theatre Department presents this classic drama by Henrik Ibsen about a new bride constrained by a patriarchal Victorian society and desperate for more control. Evening performances are May 1-3, with a matinee on Saturday, May 3.


Student Art Featured in Art Center Gallery

Work by graduating seniors in illustration and new pictures is now on display in SPU’s Art Center Galley. The exhibit titled "Light and Dark runs until May 14.


Annual Benefits Fair on May 9

May is coming quickly and that means online Open Enrollment is right around the corner. Along with Open Enrollment comes the annual Benefits Fair. The Human Resources staff would love to have you join us at the fair on Friday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Please take a few moments to come by. We hope you’ll enjoy some snacks and connecting with co-workers. The fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about SPU’s two medical plans, as well as discuss questions or concerns you may have. Representatives from other featured vendors will also be present, including Delta Dental of Washington, VSP (our vision plan), Long Term Care Solutions, BAC (administrator for our health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts), and many more. These representatives will provide information, answer questions, and bring give-aways. There will also be prizes. Look for more information from Human Resources in the next few weeks.

Cigna Medical Plan Refresher

Open Enrollment is May 1-23. Now is a good time to be reminded of the similarities and differences between SPU’s plans. Attend a meeting to learn what you can do to “run the numbers” for yourself and your family. Get a quick refresher on where to go to learn about navigating within Sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room on the following dates and times. Plan to attend one of these sessions if you have questions about how to access or utilize your plan. No RSVP is needed. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or

4/30       12–1 p.m.
5/2         9-10 a.m.
5/6         4-5 p.m.
5/14       4-5 p.m.

Self-Defense Class for Women

This April, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office of Safety and Security will host a free self-defense class for faculty and staff women on Tuesday, April 29, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Demaray 354. The class will cover safety techniques for home and public safety, as well as basic physical defense. Those who are interested can register online.


Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 5. The next deadline is Thursday, May 1.

Faculty & Staff News

Virginia Causey
Causey Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Virginia Causey, adjunct art professor, was given a lifetime achievement award from Seattle Metals Guild. Virginia is an SPU alumna and has been teaching in the Art Department since 1995. Read more about Virginia and the award on the Seattle Metals Guild website.


myna capp
Capp Presents Workshop

Myrna Capp, adjunct music professor, recently presented a workshop for the Skagit Music Teachers Association. The title of her presentation was “We are MORE than Music Teachers: Psychological Issues in the Piano Teaching Studio.”

From the Archives

May pole
The 1920 May Pole

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier. This lovely May photo shows the 1920 May Pole in Tiffany Loop.


Volume #42 , Issue #17 | Published by: University Communications

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