Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Homelessness, tent city
How Are You Engaging Homelessness? Join Others and Get Connected.

A message from Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker and Center for Learning Director Niki Amarantides, co-chairs of the President's Initiative for Engaging Homelessness: The President’s Initiative on Engaging Homelessness at SPU exists to encourage students, staff, and faculty to work on ending homelessness in Seattle. We do this by raising awareness, advocating for just-housing policies, collecting needed items, and hosting tent encampments at SPU every three years.

We want to meet you and learn about what you are doing — or what you want to do  —  to end homelessness. Join us on Thursday, February 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room to share your stories of engagement, let us know how we can support your efforts, and connect with others who may be interested in volunteering with you. To sign up, RSVP on our Facebook page at Engaging Homelessness at SPU.


Workshop Regarding Recent Executive Orders, Travel, and DACA

Immigration attorney Gretchen Korb-Nice will provide information and answer questions about recent and potential changes in U.S. immigration law on Monday, February 27, 4-5 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. During the session, she will answer questions on:

• Navigating travel policies in uncertain times

• Understanding the executive order restricting travel to the U.S.

• Updates and changes to DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals)

Please let your students know about this learning opportunity. The workshop will be in a Q&A format. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. 

Talon in the library with two readers
Night Against Procrastination for Students February 22

Tell your students to get a jumpstart on finals week at the Night Against Procrastination on Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m. -12 a.m. in the SPU Library. This special night of studying includes:

• Center for Learning study table groups
• Writing Center tutors
• Faculty on hand to answer questions
• Yoga and Zumba study breaks
• Pizza and snacks
• Drawings for gift cards to local coffee shops
• A grand prize drawing for lunch with President Martin

If you have questions, contact Assistant Professor of English Peter Moe at moep@spu.edu.

Creative Conversations
Library’s Creative Conversations: Alumnus Jake DeShazer’s Road to Redemption

The library’s next Creative Conversations event features a documentary about alumnus Jacob DeShazer '48 — World War II Doolittle flyer, POW, and missionary to Japan. The documentary, produced in Japan, tells the amazing story of DeShazer, one of General Doolittle’s flyers who bombed Tokyo during World War II and was forced down over Japanese-occupied China. He spent 40 months in prison, was condemned to death, but was later given a reprieve by Emperor Hirohito. After the war, DeShazer attended Seattle Pacific College. It also tells the story of Mitosu Fuchida, commander of the Pearl Harbor attack, and how these two men on opposite sides of the war came together. The event is Thursday, February 23, 12-12:50 p.m. in the Ames Library Reading Room. A discussion will be led by Senior Admissions Counselor Kim Gilnett. Light snacks will be provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch.


Upcoming Music Concerts: Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Black Compline

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Friday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. A special Black Compline featuring the Gospel Choir is Tuesday, February 28, at 9 p.m. Both events will be held in First Free Methodist Church.


Body positive logo, SPU Wellness
Body Positive Week, February 27-March 3

A note from the Body Positive Committee: In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the Body Positive Committee will host Body Positive Week, February 27-March 3. Events will be held daily in Martin Square, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Body Positive Week is a project that is a part of the campuswide Wellness Initiative, designed to promote and support total wellness for the SPU student population.

We will also host a private screening of the award-winning documentary Embrace on Thursday, March 2, 6 p.m. in Demaray 150. The screening is free, and faculty and staff are welcome. There will be a panel discussion and raffle prizes after the screening.

We encourage faculty and staff to promote this event to students and even possibly offer extra credit if students attend. Our goal is to promote a healthy and happy relationship with food, body, and exercise for all SPU students, and we need your help spreading the word.

Laub Novak Art piece
SPU Art Center Presents “A Catholic Expressionist in the Age of Vatican II”

SPU’s Art Center Gallery presents a solo exhibition by the late artist Karen Laub-Novak titled “A Catholic Expressionist in the Age of Vatican II.” This is the first scholarly survey of this artist and art educator. This selection of prints and paintings by Laub-Novak (1937-2009) encompasses her career from the reforming era of post-war America through Vatican II, and into the postmodern era of the 1990s. The exhibit runs until March 17. The SPAC Gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Dr. Ralph Watkins
“Faith in the Visual Age” – Palmer Lecture February 28

This year’s Palmer Lecture will be held Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. The speaker is Dr. Ralph Watkins, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary. The lecture, titled “Faith in the Visual Age: Can You See God?,” will explore how people of faith can share their story in a world wired for story, and how to engage the "image generation." The lecture is free and open to the public. More information can be found at online.


Free Meals With Faculty/Staff Block 10 Purchases

From now through Thursday, February 23, faculty and staff will receive two free meals if you purchase a Faculty/Staff Block 10 Meal Plan. That’s 12 meals for $77, or $6.42 per meal! (Limit one per person.) You can use the plan in Gwinn Commons any time during their service hours. Or you can use it to purchase Simply to Go meals at the Corner Place Market, Academic Perks (SUB), or Common Grounds (Weter). Meals can be used for guests, too. Plans can be purchased through Banner. Meal balances can be carried quarter to quarter as long as you are employed at the university. If you have questions, call Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206-281-2188 or email housing@spu.edu.

Five Dollar Fridays
Campus Dining Specials This Week
Here are the Campus Dining deals of the week. 

All Week:
• Get a free, 21-ounce fountain drink with any foot-long purchase at SPU’s Subway
• Slow-steeped, smooth, and refreshing! Enjoy this $2 Grande Cold Brew Special at Common Grounds
• Nan's cooking up something healthy and flavorful at Falcon Grill. Try this week's Chicken Lettuce Wrap Special.
• The C-Store is dishing out deals. Pick any three items for $5 from our "Last Chance" basket and get a fresh grapefruit for only $0.99.

Wednesday, February 22: Sweet Things Swipe Plus $5 Gwinn Dinner
• Craving something sweet? For one meal swipe and $5, you can get a special sweet treat in Gwinn!

Friday, February 24: $5 Friday Specials
• Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Grande mocha and a cookie
• Bertona Street Pizza: Caesar Salad Pizza
• Corner Place Market: KeVita drink and a KIND bar
• Cocina del Sol: Nachos with choice of one protein and five toppings
• Falcon Grill: Chili cheese dog
• Einstein Bros. Bagels: One Egg Santa Fe Wrap
• Subway: Foot-long Ham Sub

Falcon Sports This Week

For the latest information on Falcon sports, visit the website.

Thursday, February 23
Women's basketball vs Concordia-Portland, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
Women's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 2 p.m.
Indoor track & field. Seattle Pacific Final Qualifying Meet, Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington, 4 p.m.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, February 23. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 27.

Faculty & Staff News

Abbie Wright
Wright Named Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Abbie Wright, the 2015 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Assistant Coach of the Year at Biola University, has been named the new women’s head volleyball coach. Abbie takes over for Chris Johnson, who announced his retirement last month after 12 years at the Falcons helm. She becomes the fourth head coach in the 31-year history of the program. Her hiring was announced last week by Athletic Director Jackson Stava. Welcome, Abbie!


Tali Hairston
Hairston Wins Award

Each year Franklin High School hosts a Power, Justice, Freedom Summit for their students, where community leaders and organizations are invited to lead workshops for the day. SPU’s Perkins Center has participated almost every year. This year at the closing assembly, Perkins Center Director Tali Hairston was awarded the 2017 Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Award from Franklin High School Service Academy. Congratulations, Tali! Select the link to see a photo of Tali at the event and the award.


Misha Willett 2017
Willett's Article Published

A peer-reviewed article by Writing Instructor Mischa Willett has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the journal Victoriographies, published by Edinburgh University Press. Mischa’s article, “Honor the Light Brigade?: The Ugliness of Martial Conflict in Sonnets on the War,” considers a co-authored book of poems from 1855 as a progressive, anti-nationalist response to the Crimean War.

Robin Henrikson
Henrikson in Olympia

Assistant Professor of Education Robin Henrikson joined fellow school board directors and public school student representatives at “Day at the Hill” in Olympia on January 26. Robin, who is also president of the Sequim School Board of Directors, joined representatives to advocate for the needs of students and staff in K-12 education. They attended a conference where they heard Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal speak about the needs of public school systems, met Governor Jay Inslee, and had the opportunity to meet with local and state legislators to advocate for topics such as fully funding basic education and providing equitable education for all students. 

Karen Snedker
Snedker Presents at University of Washington

Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker gave a presentation at the University of Washington’s West Coast Poverty Center in their seminar series. Her talk, titled "‘We Are Homeless Not Helpless’: Voices from Inside a Tent Encampment," was based on work done in collaboration with Jennifer McKinney, professor of sociology. 

Al Erisman
Erisman’s New Book

Albert Erisman, executive in residence, has just co-authored a new book from Oxford University Press titled Direct Methods for Sparse Matrices. This completely rewritten second edition is co-authored with Iain Duff and John Reid, both at the Rutheford Lab in England.

Don Holsinger
Holsinger’s Article Published

Professor of History Don Holsinger’s article titled “Dilemmas of Desert Survival in an Age of Imperialism: Mizabi Merchants in Algeria from 1830 to 1850” has been published in The Journal of North African Studies. The article was supported by a faculty research grant from the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

Katya Drozdova
Drozdova's Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Political Science Katya Drozdova titled "A Different ‘Special Relationship" was published in the Hoover Digest2017(1), pp. 108–119. This scholarly journal for a general audience addresses critical issues in public policy and international relations. In her article, Katya argues that, whether allies or rivals, the United States and Russia have deep ties and it’s time for both nations to again pursue mutual benefit in a complex, dangerous world. A natural way to start is to apply their historical lessons of reciprocal cooperation while opposing common adversaries — such as the terrorist Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The next step is to seize mutually beneficial opportunities, which are to emerge from a stable world order — such as profiting from more secure energy relations in the Middle East and globally. 

Music department
Music Faculty Participate in Conference

The Music Department is proud to announce that three professors gave presentations at the Northwest Division of the National Association for Music Education, held February 16–19 in Bellevue. Music Department Chair Brian Chin gave a presentation on “Complete Musicianship: Training for the 21st Century.” Men’s Choir Conductor and Instructor of Instrumental Arranging Ryan Ellis gave a presentation titled “Air Quality in the Choral Classroom.” Head of Instrumental Studies and Director of Bands Danny Helseth gave a presentation titled “Brass Quintets — Beyond the Ewald.”

SPU Arch
Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to welcome the following new employees. Contact information can be found on the SPU online White Pages.

Emily Gantt, staff accompanist, Music

Gerardo Rubio Pascual, maintenance mechanic I, Building Maintenance

Volume #44 , Issue #8 | Published by: University Communications

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