Monday, June 2, 2014 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Kim Sawers
Sawers Receives Hope Professorship

The School of Business and Economics is pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Accounting Kim Sawers is the recipient of the Hope Professorship for the coming three-year term. The Hope Professorship of Leadership and Ethics was established in 1993 to enhance the mission of SPU by providing our students and the business community with state-of-the art teaching, scholarship, and contribution in leadership and ethics. Kim is wonderfully deserving of this honor for her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

Kim primarily teaches managerial accounting; she also teaches intermediate accounting and spirituality in business, and has recently developed an undergraduate accounting research course. In addition, she provides extensive advising to undergraduate accounting students regarding the academic and professional requirements of an accounting career and the requirements for the CPA exam.

Kim’s research focuses on decision-making within a managerial accounting context and draws on theories from accounting, economics, psychology, and organizational behavior. She has received academic accolades, including the American Accounting Association’s 2002 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, SBE Scholar of the Year Award (2011), and SBE Teacher of the Year Award (2012). Kim is very involved with the American Accounting Association, serving most recently as the president of its Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations section. 

Previous Joseph C. Hope Professor of Leadership and Ethics recipients:

Alexander D. Hill           September 1993–June 1996

Gary Karns                    September 1996–June 1999

Ian C. Stewart                September 1999–June 2002

Kenman Wong              September 2002–June 2005

Denise Daniels              September 2005–June 2008

Ross Stewart                September 2008–June 2011

Randy Franz                  September 2011–June 2014

Music Department Presents Oratorio

Join SPU musicians for the season's final concert featuring Te Deum, a magnificent hymn of praise to God.


Gulf View Drive
Do You Have a Summer Reading Recommendation?

SPU’s Response magazine is looking for summer reading recommendations from faculty and staff. As one of the magazine’s web stories, the editors would like to feature faculty and staff book picks to share with the broader SPU community. Send your suggestions, including a 100-word blurb about the book, to Response Managing Editor Hannah Notess at by June 11.

Record-Setting Year for Bike-to-Work Teams

During “Bike-to-Work” month in May, SPU had six teams consisting of 46 riders. The riders were as close as Queen Anne Hill and Fremont, and as far as Kent and Mill Creek. The results are still coming in, but the teams rode more than 4,200 miles. SPU offers incentives to bike commuters. If you are interested in biking to work, contact Garrett McGuire Tabb, office and transportation manager in the Office of Safety and Security, at or at 206-281-2821. Select the link for a picture of some of SPU’s bike commuters.


Deadline Is June 5 for Fall/Winter Reservations at Camp Casey

Fall and winter reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are September 29, 2014, through January 5, 2015. Reservation requests are due by June 5. The fall/winter requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation.


Students Present "The Fifth Phase"

The work of seniors in visual communications is 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. 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.


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 consists 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.

Last Chance to Hire a SPRINTer

This summer, the John Perkins Center’s SPRINT program will send eight student teams to learn and serve alongside local leaders around the globe. Hire a SPRINT student or a team to help around your house with spring cleaning, yard work, or other chores. Cost is $10 per student per hour. For more information, contact student Daniel Lee at or visit the website.


Get Help With Your Cigna Questions

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.

Hungry? Here Are This Week’s Campus Dining Deals

Common Grounds/Academic Perks: Try our new drink, the Hazelnut Macchiato. The grande is on special this week for $3.49. It can be served hot or cold, so it’s the perfect drink no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Falcon’s Grill: This week we are offering Jalapeno Poppers, onion rings, and a small fountain drink as a combo for only $4.99.

Subway: In June, we are offering the tuna sandwich for $6 for a footlong; and the ham sandwich is $3 for a six-inch.

C-Store: Buy two Mountain Dew Baja Blast sodas and you’ll be entered into a drawing on June 9 for a free Kindle. Also, Deep River potato chips are on special, two for $2.

Sandella’s: Stop by and try the delicious new Buffalo Chicken Wrap for $5.99. We are also participating in the Baja Blast Kindle giveaway.

Einstein’s Bagels: Until the end of the school year, 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.

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 9. The next deadline is Thursday, June 5.

Faculty & Staff News

Articles by Williams Published

Two articles by School of Business and Economics Dean Joseph Williams were recently published. In the first article, “Angela Yochem: Promoting Innovation,” Joseph interviewed Angela for the May/June 2014 issue of IT Pro. Computerworld magazine recently named Angela one of the “100 Premier IT Leaders” (Class of 2014). Joseph was also editor for the May/June 2014 special issue of IT Pro on Mobile Commerce, and co-authored the introductory article “Mobile Commerce.”

School of Education
SOE Members Article Accepted for Publication

An article by Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Kris Gritter, Certification Specialist Kristi Kanehen, and doctoral student Xu Bian was accepted for publication in The ALAN Review. The article, “Contextualizing Metaphors of Literacy for Adolescent and Adult Protagonists in Recent Award-Winning YA Literature (2000-2013),” appeared in the Winter 2014 issue.

Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro Presents Paper, Gives Lecture

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro recently presented a paper titled "St.Vicent's Catalán Sermon: De corpore Christ: An Anti-Lollard Apologetic?" at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. The paper is now under review by the prestigious Dominican journal Angelicum. It argues that St. Vicent anticipated and rebuked the objections of the Wycliffites and Lollards against Catholic eucharistic theology. Alberto also gave a lecture titled "The Papacy Before the Great Schism (1054): The Example of the Iberian Peninsula" at the Blessed Sacrament Adult Forum in May. It was an overview of the book he is writing. The focus of the talk was on how the Catholic Church and Orthodox/Eastern churches can come into full communion again by looking at the ecclesiology before 1054, when they were in full communion.

Volume #42 , Issue #22 | Published by: University Communications

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