Staff Council

Staff Recognition


SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.

Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for January 2014


Hope McPherson

Web Communication Specialist
Web Editor, Response magazine
University Relations

Hope McPherson started work at SPU in 1999, way back when the SPU website looked like this. Since that time she’s played a key role in improving SPU’s web communications on SPU’s much-improved current website. Known for her friendliness, professionalism and expertise in writing, editing, and web content creation, she is also an early adopter, attuned to ways we can work better in our fast-changing technological landscape.

A nominator wrote: “She works exceptionally hard each and every day, and gives each project or task her undivided attention to detail! She never complains and instead seems to work through the day with a light heart and passionate sense of love for God and SPU. She comes up with creative ideas to solve tricky issues. She's a master at content — making it interesting, concise, highlighting what is most important, and of high quality. She’s a joy to work with, beloved by her co-workers and colleagues throughout campus.”

What is it like to be “The Webmaster”?
I get to answer most of the questions sent to webmaster@spu.edu. I love doing it. I’ve been here long enough that I usually know the answers to the questions – or know who does. People ask all kinds of things.

What is your favorite Webmaster question you’ve ever answered?
One summer, Ben & Jerry’s asked if they could park their truck here. I did everything I could to convince them to come, but they never came!

How does your faith impact your work?
I almost think the question should be the other way around. Or, I should say, they’re co-dependent. SPU has matured my faith.

What are your favorite books?
I have a few books that I re-read every year, including the Narnia series in the proper order – not the stupid chronological order.

Another is the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I don’t think I knew about slave narratives before I was an English major at SPU, but I find them fascinating. Slave narratives were the first original American genre, and my first edition of the 1930s ex-slave narrative compilation Lay My Burden Down is like a written photograph.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I really like coming to work. I’ve talked to my daughter about this, encouraging her to find something she loves to do. I love being a part of something bigger than myself ― and it’s fun building web pages and working on Response’s online site.

And you are the keeper of the University style guide.
I have a red pen and I know how to use it.

How long should an online Q&A be, to encourage people to read it?
About 300 words ― less than 200 is even better.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Hope McPherson as Staff of the Month!