Office of the Provost


Faculty Retreat                                                 

September 9-10, 2013

Camp Casey Conference Center                      

Online Registration

Breakout Sessions



Dear Colleagues:

As we continue to enjoy the sunshine of this beautiful Seattle summer, I’d like to send you an update on our first official community event of the fall. On September 9 and 10, we will once again have the chance to gather at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island for Faculty Retreat.

The retreat planning committee (Margaret Diddams, Amy Mezulis, Ryan Ferrer, and I) is delighted to announce that the theme of retreat this year is "Looking to the Future: SPU's Values and Vision in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education.” We will gather together for worship at Coupeville United Methodist church on Monday morning, followed by a salmon BBQ lunch and plenary session at Camp Casey with President Martin. There will be a second plenary session by Provost Van Duzer on Tuesday morning. Last year the President and Provost spent a significant amount of time and energy in conversation and data-gathering with various constituencies around campus, and the retreat will provide them with an opportunity to discuss their vision and strategic plan for the coming years. 

Monday afternoon there will be an hour of break-out sessions related to the retreat theme. We are sending out an electronic registration form, and you’ll have the chance to choose a break-out session. Please register at your earliest convenience. We are again offering book clubs as a part of the break-out sessions. If you choose a book club, after registration we will send you the book in campus mail (for print options), or information on accessing the book electronically (for e-book options) so you can read it in preparation for discussing it at retreat. The list of break-outs is posted online with this letter so you can see what a great line-up of faculty and topics you will be able to choose from.

Of course, we’ll have some time to simply enjoy each other’s company on Whidbey Island. Late Monday afternoon is set aside for free time.  Monday night after we have dinner in the completely remodeled mess hall, multiple activities will be offered:  an Improv comedy show put on by Taproot Theatre Company, board games, star gazing (weather permitting), and camp fire snacks.

One result of the fact that we have grown over the past year is that our numbers exceed the point where the facilities at Camp Casey can accommodate most faculty families. As a result, we must continue the policy instituted two years ago and focus the retreat on faculty. If you have family or childcare circumstances such that this will create hardship for you, please let OAA know.

Detailed information is available by clicking on the links at the top right of this page.  Please register by Friday, August 23. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me.


Margaret Brown

Faculty Chair, 2013-2014


Faculty Retreat Schedule

(Please note that the schedule is subject to change.)


Monday, September 9

9:00 am Early check-in - Camp Casey
10:00 am Worship - Coupeville United Methodist Church (see directions below)
11:30 am Welcome & Introductions
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Plenary Session: President Dan Martin
2:30-3:30 pm Breakout Sessions
3:30-5:30 pm Free Time
5:30 pm Dinner (Mess Hall A)
After Dinner Improv Comedy Show/Board Games/Stargazing

Tuesday, September 10

7:00 am Coffee Available (Mess Hall B)
8:00 am Breakfast (Mess Hall A)
9:00 am Junior Faculty Servant Award and SPU Budget 101
10:00 am Coffee Break - New Faculty Meet and Greet
10:30 am Plenary Session II: Provost Jeff Van Duzer
11:30 am Closing Remarks
11:45 am Sack Lunch

Directions to Coupeville United Methodist Church

NE 7th & 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

  • Sleeping bags, bedding, pillows, blankets
  • Reading light
  • Alarm or clock radio
  • Bath towels, wash cloths, bath soap
  • Water bottle

Yellowjacket & Bee Warning

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