Faculty Retreat 2018

Camp Casey in the Sun


You are invited to register for our 2018 Faculty Retreat experience.

Please watch this video message from Faculty Chair Raedene Copeland.


What: SPU Faculty Retreat

Where: Camp Casey, Whidbey Island
ate and time: September 10-11, 2018

Optional Day: September 9, 2018

Who: SPU Faculty

Description: A two-day retreat for faculty to commune and ramp up for the upcoming academic year. It is a time of fellowship and strategic thinking where we explore the overall theme for the academic year and assess the current and future state of faculty affairs at the university.

Mission: To strengthen faculty culture through strategic faculty engagement and community building activities. Key objectives include:

  1. Celebrating the opportunity to live out our Christian faith through our vocational calling.
  2. Socializing new faculty through clear communication of our cultural and academic values as an institution.
  3. Deepening relationships of faculty through familiarization and team building activities.
  4. Exploring key issues regarding faculty affairs and development in regards to teaching, research, and service.

Vision: Cultivating a cohesive, faith-centric faculty community through purposeful engagement

Rationale: At SPU we believe that the time spent at faculty retreat is integral to the positive health of our faculty community. Every year our community grows with the matriculation of new faculty and provides us with the invaluable opportunity to welcome and share the multifaceted meanings and experiences of what it means to be faculty at SPU. We believe this shared experience of anticipating the opportunities, challenges, and excitement of transitioning into a new academic year provides invaluable and memorable moments that last a lifetime. Our hope is that this time together nurturing our faculty bond will increase our satisfaction and effectiveness as faculty by providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary partnerships, innovative thinking, and supportive engagements.


Please note that this year we are pleased to partner with Nate Mouttet of Enrollment Management Marketing to get t-shirts sponsored for our retreat.


SPU Faculty Retreat 2018

"Building a Stronger Faith Community"

Sunday, September 9 - Camp Casey, Whidbey Island - OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT

1:00 pm Check-In

 *Auditorium A 
TBD Possible Optional Activities:
   *Fort Casey Tour  *Guided Forest Meadow Walk
   *Colonel's House Tour  *ORCA Network Talk
   *Native American Storytelling  
Dinner Non-hosted - on your own, in nearby Coupeville
8:00 pm Evening Options: 
   *Campfire & S'mores at BBQ Fire Circle (weather permitting) s'more fixings provided
   *Games & Snacks at Faculty Cafe (Mess Hall B) Bring your own games - snacks provided
   *Stargazing (weather permitting) SPU Telescope behind Quartermaster's Building

Monday, September 10 - Camp Casey, Whidbey Island

8:00 am Continental Breakfast

 *Faculty Cafe (Mess Hall B) 
10:00 am Worship Service

 *Coupeville United Methodist Church
11:30 am Welcome/New Faculty Introductions

 *Auditorium A
12:00 pm Salmon BBQ Picnic

 *BBQ Fire Pit/ Picnic Area
1:30 pm Faculty Chair Check-in
1:45 pm Report Presentation
   *Auditorium A
2:00 pm Report Presentation
   *Auditorium A
2:30 pm Breakout Group Sessions (Various Locations) 
4:00 pm Coffee Break and Free Time Options (Mess Hall B) 
  *Walk around Crockett Lake (approximate 5-mile walk) on your own
   *Beachcomb on your own
5:30 pm Dinner
   *Auditorium A
7:00 pm Breakout Group Check-in
After Program Return to Seattle

Tuesday, September 11 - Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University

10:00 am Welcome & Opening Prayer
   *Raedene Copeland, Faculty Chair
10:15 am Report Presentation
10:45 am Q&A
11:15 am Early Servant Award
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Report Presentaion
1:30 pm Q&A
2:00 pm Group Activity Presentations
3:00 pm Group Award Announcements & Dismissal

Directions to Coupeville United Methodist Church

NE 7th and N. Main St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

  1. Take the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry to Clinton.
  2. Continue straight onto WA-525 (22 mi) to WA-20.
  3. Slight right at WA-20 (5.5 mi).
  4. Turn right at N. Main (.4 mi).

What to Bring

  • Bedding 
  • Linens
  • Toiletries 
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothing, warm layers
  • Walking shoes
  • Optional: Bicycle, athletic attire

Yellowjacket & Bee Warning

It’s possible that yellowjackets and bees will be out in force, so be aware and be prepared.


Seattle Pacific University is truly a community where faculty, staff, and students daily show their commitment to the values of this institution. We work together to make the learning experiences of all our programs a preparation for service and compassion.

Bruce Congdon
Interim Provost