FROM PRESIDENT MARTIN
|Autumn Celebration. Coffee and Conversation, Campus Master Plan, Strategic Planning|
Here's an update about upcoming events, the Campus Master Plan, and strategic planning. I appreciate the responses I received last week and welcome any and all contributions.
Autumn Celebration – Hillford House
Please stop by for fellowship, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts as we celebrate this season as a community.
Thursday, October 17
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
600 West Dravus Street
Coffee and Conversation
The first strategic planning Coffee and Conversation of this academic year is this Thursday, October 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. It is open to all SPU faculty and staff and will be held in the President's Dining Room in Upper Gwinn. Please join us for coffee, refreshments, and good conversation with fellow colleagues. No reservation is needed.
Campus Master Planning Process
We are beginning a process this fall to review and revise our Campus Master Plan. The plan will be intended to complement and support the developing Strategic Plan as well as incorporate the properties we have acquired this last year.
As we get further into the planning process, I'm reminded how important key partnerships will become to help us achieve our Strategic Plan's goals and objectives. One such partnership involves First Free Methodist Church (FFMC). This may seem obvious given our proximity and history together, but I don't want to take it for granted.
As the SPU Master Plan takes shape, we will continue to consider and accommodate our proximity and shared purpose. This also includes shared physical space. Years ago, FFMC used McKinley Auditorium as a meeting place when the current sanctuary was being built. More recently, SPU has utilized the church's facilities for chapel, concerts, special events, and even classroom space.
As we move forward, we will continue to explore joint use of current facilities, and any future property acquisition options that would be mutually beneficial. Strengthening this partnership to achieve our mutual educational and ministry goals will keep us both strong into the future.
I have been thinking a lot about the sermon that Dr. Bill Woodward gave the first day at Faculty Retreat as well as the address that Dr. Kathleen Braden gave at the Opening Chapel. Both of them spoke to our identity as an institution and the type of community we intend to be – on-campus and in our world. I thank them for their challenging and inspirational messages. To me, their messages represented two concepts: privilege and opportunity.
Privilege: Bill spoke about making a concerted effort to be engaged with the campus community beyond one's role. We truly are blessed with such an energetic, thoughtful, open, and welcoming campus community. Each week there are a variety of events to attend – symposiums, plays, concerts, service projects, athletic events, conference sessions, research presentations, poetry and literature readings, recitals, book club, Bible study, and a host of other opportunities. I asked our returning students earlier this year what advice they would have for the incoming students. Matt Garcia suggested they should look at the school calendar and attend one activity/event each week – events like the above. Not only are the events personally enriching, but our attendance makes SPU an even stronger and more vibrant place.
Opportunity: Kathleen's address challenged me to think about the nature and future of SPU. What type of place do we want to be, and what impact or influence should/could we have in our world? To me, Kathleen offered several insights that represent a tremendous opportunity for us. I'm still processing my thoughts, but I have been seeking to align them with the current draft and developing strategic plan. Our Strategic Planning process represents an opportunity for us to think together and offer our own responses to our identity as an institution. It is an opportunity to build on our rich history and achieve our future as we define it rather than being buffeted and shaped by the tremendous external influences and pressures we face.
To that end, here is another opportunity for you to give input into our future plans, identity, and direction. If you have thoughts and ideas, please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might even want to make the Strategic Planning questions a part of your weekly departmental or staff meeting and then offer a collective response. All responses are valued and will be informative as we finalize the draft for the Board's consideration at the November meeting.
As I mentioned before, I appreciate the responses I received last week and welcome any and all contributions.
Here is the Strategic Goal for this week's responses.
GOAL 2: TRANSFORMATIVE AND HOLISTIC STUDENT EXPERIENCE
1. Ensure student experience is shaped through seamless integration of academics, student life, and university ministries.
2. Enhance and increase opportunities for student engagement in order to enrich the overall living and learning experience, strengthen student's identification with the university, and increase persistence.
3. To be developed through further campus engagement and conversation this fall.
1. What feedback or thoughts would you offer on the objectives listed above?
2. Post-November, we will be developing strategies and action steps to support the fulfillment of each objective. Are there any you would offer for consideration at this point?
3. What additional objective(s) would you offer for us to achieve the goal of Transformative and Holistic Student Experience?
Simply email your responses to email@example.com
CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS
|Faculty Invited to "Thank A Prof 2013"|
SPU's Young Alumni Council invites all faculty to attend "Thank a Prof 2013" on Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Here's a message from the Council. "We have learned that one common thread among our alumni community is an abiding affection and gratitude for the faculty at Seattle Pacific. So we're planning a night to reconnect! Over the coming weeks, you may have received personal invitations from young alumni who are eager to reunite. During the evening, you'll enjoy a 'Wonka-like' dessert buffet, reconnect with former students who are coming to say, 'Thanks for everything, you made such a difference in my life,' and leave feeling wholly appreciated!" To RSVP, contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the website. More
|Winter, Spring Reservations at Camp Casey|
Winter and spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 6, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Reservation requests are due by November 5, 2013. The winter/spring 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 email@example.com. Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More
|Day of Common Learning, "Helping Youth Flourish," on October 16|
Faculty, staff, and students will participate in SPU's annual Day of Common Learning on Wednesday, October 16. (SPU offices will be closed 9:45–11 a.m.) This year's theme is "Helping Youth Flourish." Dr. Thomas Maridada II, director of National Education Policy, Practice, and Strategic Initiatives for the Children's Defense Fund, will give the morning's keynote address in Brougham Pavilion. His talk is titled "Transforming Our Youth – Transforming Our Nation: Partnering in Service to Invest in the Lives of Our Nation's Youth."
This year, the afternoon showcases will highlight SPU's partnerships with local organizations to transform the lives of youth. Also, there will be a special screening of Girl Rising. This 2013 documentary tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries who have fought for their right to education. Visit the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development website for more information. More
|Looking for Story Ideas for Response Magazine|
"Helping Youth Flourish" is the theme of the next issue of SPU's Response magazine, which will tie into this year's Day of Common Learning. The magazine will be telling stories about efforts to help young people thrive and achieve their full potential. Are you doing work related to this theme? Or do you know someone in the SPU community (faculty, staff, student, alumni, or donor) who has a story to tell related to this theme? If so, send your story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Free Flu Shots Available|
Flu shots are now available in Health Services, located in Watson Hall. Current staff, faculty, and dependents (age 15 years and up) who have Cigna coverage through SPU may receive their annual flu shot free of charge as part of the preventive care benefit. For those not covered by Cigna, the cost is only $25. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231.
|Jamba Juice on Campus|
Jamba Juice, now sharing a space with Sandella's on 3rd Avenue West, is having a grand opening Tuesday, October 15, 3-4 p.m. Enjoy a free sampling of all the smoothies, a raffle for prizes, and coupons for $1 off purchases at Jamba Juice.
|Commuting to SPU Via Downtown Seattle?|
If your commute to SPU involves a transit connection in downtown Seattle, you may be a good candidate for participation in Metro's Van Share. A Van Share is a way to more efficiently close the gap between your train, ferry, or bus and your workplace. SPU already has two Van Shares that commute between King Street Station and campus, and if there's sufficient interest another van could be added. The desired schedule for the new van would be to arrive on campus at 7 a.m. and depart campus at 4:05 p.m., although this is open for discussion among the riders. If this sounds like it might suit your needs (roundtrip or one-way), or if you want more information, contact Lindsey Peterson in Information and Data Management at email@example.com or 206-378-5094. Van Share is an option within the Commute Trip Reduction program, and fee information is available online. More
|Retirement Plan Individual Consultations October 16 and 17|
Scott Jozefowski, Transamerica Retirement Solutions participant counselor, will be on campus Wednesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 17. Here are some reasons you may want to meet with the participant counselor.
1. You are interested in learning about the effects of pre-tax savings.
2. You are 20 years from retirement and wonder why you need to think about it now.
3. You are 5-10 years from retirement and wonder if you will be able to retire.
4. You would like to consolidate a retirement plan from a former employer to your Diversified account. NOTE: If you are considering consolidating, please bring the most recent copy of your account statements from your other retirement plan(s) to your meeting to assist with these services.
Scott will be meeting with plan participants in the Human Resources Conference Room. Schedule an appointment to meet with him and review your investment options and make sure you are on track to meet your retirement goals. More
|Get in Shape During Lunch With Circuit Training, Yoga, or Zumba|
SPU's Activity 4 Life classes of circuit training, yoga, and Zumba are offered during the lunch hour.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the main gym. The cost is $5 for one week of classes, whether you attend one, two, or three. The online process of paying for this class has not been activated.
Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church gym. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Autumn Quarter.
Thursdays, 12-1 p.m. in the main gym. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Autumn Quarter.
Visit the SPU Wellness Program section on the Human Resources website to register and pay online. More
|Christian College Fair on October 15|
On Tuesday, October 15, 6–8 p.m., SPU will be one of more than 40 Christian colleges and universities at the Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle at the Bear Creek School in Redmond. Stop by the Undergraduate Admissions office to pick up a few postcards to help promote Christian higher education at your church. This is a great opportunity for students and families to connect with Christian schools around the country. In addition, there will be workshops on how to pay for college and on the college search process. For directions to the fair and more information, visit the website. More
|Cigna: Now What? Session on October 22|
From Human Resources: Did you receive your Cigna ID card(s)? If you signed up for the HDHP/HSA, did you receive your debit card(s)? Be sure to start your registration at www.mycigna.com. Your user ID and password should be the same as those used to complete the health assessment (survey) in May. If you don't recall your user ID and password, use the "Forgot" links. If you never registered, use the button "Register Now." Add the mobile app "mycigna" to your Android or iPhone.
Finally, attend a session on Tuesday, October 22, at noon in the Library Seminar Room with a representative from Cigna. The portion applying to both plans runs about 30 minutes, and includes information about mycigna.com with its tools and resources as well as tips or techniques for how to get the most out of your plan. For HDHP/HSA participants, you will receive an additional 30 minutes of information specific to your HSA.
|Upcoming Home Athletic Games|
Thursday, October 17
Volleyball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19
Volleyball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More
|Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines|
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 Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, October 17. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 21.
FACULTY & STAFF NEWS
|Williams' Article Published|
School of Business and Economics Dean Joseph Williams recently contributed an article to Unified Communications Strategies titled "UCaaS and the Channel: Part I – The Vendors." UCStrategies is an industry resource for unified communications enterprises, communications vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing unified communications arena. Read the article online. More
|Lee's Paper Published|
A research paper co-written by Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee was recently published in the Korean Design journal. The paper was titled "The Discussion of Fashion Design Copyright Law and the Perceptions of Fashion Industry Professionals in the U.S." The paper was co-written with Dr. Yoon-Jung Lee from Korea University in Seoul, Korea. They interviewed apparel designers, merchandisers, and product developers in the Seattle fashion industry to understand their perceptions of fashion design copyright law and ethical design and product development.
|Sawers Completes Term as President, Chair|
Associate Professor of Accounting Kim Sawers recently served as president and chair of the executive board of the Accounting Behavior and Organization's (ABO) section of the American Accounting Association. One of her accomplishments as president was to update the ABO bylaws and present them for member approval. Her term as president and chair ended August 31, 2013.
|Welcome, New Staff Members|
The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found on the SPU online White Pages.
Rhea Connors, program coordinator, MA-TESOL, College of Arts and Sciences
Yuliya Minina, staff accompanist, Music
Jason Suchan, staff accompanist, Music
SPU IN THE NEWS
|Hamilton Quoted in Religion News Service Story|
Associate Professor of History Michael Hamilton was quoted in a story by Religion News Service titled "Analysis: Billy Graham's legacy is fading ‘into the mists of history.'" The story was published in many publications around the country. Read the story online. More
PET PHOTO OF THE WEEK
"My family wore me down, and I finally gave in to the idea of bringing home a dog. When this cute little Havanese/Bichon Frise puppy came home, I honestly thought they had purchased a black and white guinea pig. Lyla has been part of the Daley family for just about a year now. She has become daddy's little shadow and follows me everywhere I go, inside or out. She especially likes to help me in the garden. She enjoys demonstrating her digging skills and loves to rearrange plantings in my flower beds. Going on walks, playing with her squeaker toys, and tasty doggie treats are high on her priority list. The boys have taught her to sit up, shake hands, and lay down. Rolling over is a little more difficult. Thankfully she is not all that big because she likes to sleep curled right up next to me. But, hey, at least we're sleeping through the night now!" Jeff Daley, SPU Master Gardner. Select the link for more photos of Lyla. More