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School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Psychology and Faith Forum: “Anger at God”

At the next Psychology and Faith Forum on Friday, May 30, 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150, Associate Professor of Psychology Marcia Webb will discuss the psychological challenges of anger toward God. She will address biblical texts where the faithful felt betrayed by God and expressed their hurt and frustration. She will also describe psychological processes in the resolution of this struggle with God, and biblical texts that examine God’s responses to the anger of his people. Marcia is a licensed clinical psychologist, and her areas of research include religious coping, spiritual struggle, and forgiveness. The event is sponsored by the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.


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Student Work on Display at Art Center Gallery

The work of seniors in visual communications is now on display at SPU’s Art Center Gallery until June 13. The exhibit, titled “The Fifth Phase,” features interactive design, motion graphics, web design, and illustration. There will be a reception with the artists on Thursday, May 29, 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. The gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street near campus. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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SPU Theatre Presents “Tomato Plant Girl”

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre Department presents a family-friendly production for young audiences, where friendships collide and characters learn the importance of following their hearts. “Tomato Plant Girl” runs May 27-31.


Thank You for Contributing to the Shoe Drive

Message from Niki Amarantides, director of the Center for Learning: “Thank you to the SPU community for your shoe contributions for the recent public demonstration of concern. Used shoes were collected on campus to support the Real Change organization's public awareness event about the need to expand shelter and end homelessness in King County. Select the link to see 3,123 pairs of shoes representing 3,123 homeless people.”


Integration of Faith and Professional Practice Conference

The SPU community is invited to the annual Integration of Faith and Professional Practice Conference held by the School of Psychology, Family, and Community. The event on Wednesday, May 28, features student research and a lecture about spiritual approaches to therapy.


Percussion Ensemble Concert June 3

The Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, in E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall. The ensemble consist of various groups. The "ethnic group" focuses on the traditional drumming of West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the South Pacific; the "chamber groups" perform classical works by the world's most renowned percussion composers; and the "historical group" performs traditional drumming of the American Revolution and Civil War on period instruments. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible. The ensemble is directed by adjunct music faculty member Dan Adams.

Choir Concert May 29

The SPU Women’s and Men’s Choirs will perform on Thursday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Women’s Choir will sing a variety of songs including a Kenyan folk song and “Defying Gravity” by Stephen Schwartz. The Women’s Choir is directed by Instructor of Voice Beth Anne Bonnecroy, and the director of Men’s Choir is Ken Pendergrass.

Change to Cigna One-on-Ones

The final one-on-one Cigna sessions will be held in the Library (location to be provided to registered attendees) on Thursday, June 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (with a break 12-2 p.m). Bring your questions to SPU’s dedicated Cigna representative. Questions might include: What is covered on your medical plan? How would you find info on the site? How might you reimburse yourself from your HSA online? What about issues or concerns you may have related to how your claim(s) have been processed? Register for these 20-minute sessions by calling Human Resources at 206-281-2809.

Know Some Outstanding Graduates?

University Communications needs help identifying outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to media outlets prior to Commencement, as well as for promotional purposes. Please send the name(s) of the students and a short description about why you are recommending them. Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, were involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! We will follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Send information by email to Manager of Public Information Tracy Norlen at

Image Journal Looking for Interns

Image journal, founded by SPU Writer in Residence Gregory Wolfe and located on campus, has been publishing the best art and writing that engages with faith and mystery for 25 years. The journal is looking for interns for the 2014-15 school year who share their vision for the place art has in the life of faith, and who are also diligent, meticulous, and responsible about the daily details. Just like the editors, the interns have a balance of grunt work (daily processing) and glory work (more interesting ongoing projects). Grunt work includes tasks like sorting the mail, responding to emails, and sending out book orders. The glory work for next year's interns includes things like choosing images for the daily “Good Letters” blog; reading back-issue content in order to tag it for the redesigned website; creating original graphics for social media; and content writing for the online newsletter ImageUpdate, social media, or the website. If you know students who might be interested, have them email Image journal Program Director Tyler McCabe at for a full job description.

Campus Dining Deals May 26-30

Common Grounds/Academic Perks: Stop in and try the new Hazelnut Macchiato. This drink can be served warm or cold, so it’s the perfect drink to try no matter what the weather is like.

Falcon’s Grill: Have your breakfast for lunch! The Breakfast Cheeseburger is a delicious quarter-pound burger, topped with eggs and bacon on a potato bun. Come by and try it for only $5.99!

Subway: For just another week, we are offering the BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan Transfer including salami, pepperoni, and ham) footlong for only $5. The chicken breast sandwich is also on sale, $3 for a six-inch.

Sandella’s: Looking for healthy options? Don’t forget to drop by and try the delicious Jamba Juice smoothies.

C-Store: Whenever you spend $5 or more with us, we enter you into our weekly raffle. A winner is chosen every Friday and will receive a $5 gift certificate to the C-Store.

Einstein’s Bagels: We are currently offering many $5 specials, including the Bagel Dog Duo; Pizza Bagel Trio; Chicken Buffalo Wrap; Santa Fe Egg Wrap with a medium coffee; and the Southwest Turkey Sausage Egg White with a medium coffee. If you’re craving a bagel with cream cheese and a medium coffee, that combo is only $3.99.

Special Local Gym Membership

During the Brougham weight room remodel closure, the Seattle Gym in Queen Anne is offering a special monthly membership rate for faculty and staff. A one month membership is $29, and a four month membership is $99. The offer expires August 1, 2014. The Seattle Gym is located at 1530 Queen Anne Avenue North. For more information, call 206-283-2303 or visit the website.


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, June 2. The next deadline is Thursday, May 29. 

Faculty & Staff News

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Faculty, Staff Receive Honors and Years of Service Awards

At the recent President's Spring Forum, faculty and staff were honored for their many years of service to SPU. The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific named Associate Professor of Music Brian Chin as “Faculty Member of the Year." The SPU Staff Council awarded the Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award to Mia Hays, administrative assistant in Family and Consumer Sciences; and the Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award to Marci Walden, payments department lead in the Finance Office. Faculty and staff who have served SPU for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years were also honored. Receiving awards for 40 years of service were Kim Gilnett, marketing associate in Fine and Performing Arts; Jim McFarland, maintenance operating engineer in Facility and Project Management; and Bill Woodward, professor of history. Congratulations!

Paulus Presents Two Papers

University Librarian Michael Paulus recently presented a paper at the western regional conference on Christianity and Literature on “Charles Williams’ Theology of Publishing.” He also gave the keynote address at the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge on “The Library Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Culture, Collection, and Community.” Slides from both presentations are available from his SelectedWorks website, which is connected with SPU’s Digital Commons repository. Members of the SPU community interested is setting up their own site for sharing their work may contact Kristen Hoffman, psychology and scholarly communications librarian, at

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Mezulis’ Chapter Published

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis, along with clinical psychology doctoral advisees Melissa Hudson and Kaitlin Harding, authored the chapter "Temperament: Contributions to Normal and Abnormal Child Development" in the recently published book Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Theory and Application for Working with Youth (Flanagan and Hall, eds).

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Hallak, Yost Article Published

Daniel Hallak, professional development specialist, and Paul Yost, associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology, published an article titled “Learning Learning Agility,” which explores whether or not learning agility can be learned.

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Alsbury to Give Keynote Addresses

Professor of Educational Leadership Thomas Alsbury will give keynote speeches at two upcoming events. He will give the keynote address for the National School Boards Association’s joint Trainers/Policy conference in Portland, June 26-27. This involves all state association policy developers and leadership trainers in the United States. He will also give the keynote address to the Arizona School Board Association Summer Leadership Institute on July 25. This conference involves most of the school board members and superintendents in Arizona.

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Welcome, Brittany

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Brittany Yost, certification advisor, School of Education.

From the Archives

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Demaray Hall Clock Tower

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: “What do the images on the Demaray Hall clock tower mean? While they may look random, each image has meaning, and each panel has a theme. This pamphlet from 1968, when the panels were installed, describes the meaning behind each panel." View the pamphlet and download the text at Digital Commons@SPU.


Volume #42 , Issue #21 | Published by: University Communications

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