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 October 2013
Visit & Events Coordinator
Undergraduate Admissions Office
On a normal day, you might see DeHeavalyn leading a group of excited prospective students to various events on campus, reining in a boisterous crowd of middle-schoolers, participating in a multi-cultural outreach event, or working diligently at her desk to plan an upcoming Admissions event. She does all of this with an infectious smile and a contagious laugh, signs of deeply-rooted joy. DeHeavalyn graduated from SPU in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and would eventually like to pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Time at SPU: 2 (going on 3) years
What inspires you in your job?
Event days are one of my favorite parts of my job — getting to see all of the details I’ve planned coming together. What inspires me the most is how students’ lives are changed by the short time they spend with us during events. I love walking with students through the process of deciding on a school and even helping students realize that higher education is an attainable possibility. Middle-schoolers especially are so impacted by what they experience while they’re here, and it’s awesome to see a college-bound spirit being fostered in them at such an early age. I love that I’ve gotten to the point in my job where I can be creative. Instead of just planning an event like it’s been done before, I can think about different ways to keep middle-schoolers engaged and interested with games and activities.
What do you do when you’re not at work (and not commuting to and from Tacoma!)?
I love hanging out with my family. There’s always a lot of talking over each other and good food involved when we’re together. I’m also on the praise dance team and in the choir at my church, and I love music. I play a little piano, I’m attempting to learn how to play the guitar, and love writing songs.
Who has had the greatest impact on your faith?
My mom — she has shown me what a true woman of God looks like. She is so real, and is a wonderful example of God meeting us exactly where we are. The SPU community has also had a huge influence on my faith; mentors, professors and friends have asked hard questions and have made my faith more real. For example, as a psychology major I remember Dr. Thane Erickson asking our class how we can reconcile the fact that Jesus tells us not to worry with an understanding that people truly struggle with anxiety and depression. At SPU, I’ve learned that there are not many easy answers in life and faith, but we don’t have to run away from those hard questions.
What fictional family is most like your family?
My family is a LOT like the family from the movie Soulfood. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it—it’s a great movie! It’s full of drama (the best kind), yelling, and food that always brings them together. And my grandma is exactly like “Big Mama” in that movie. It’s a good reminder that family is God’s way of continually forcing us to reconcile. You don’t have a choice with family!
What is one thing you would like the SPU community to know about you?
As much as I enjoy sitting at my computer working on logistics for events, I am a very relational person, and love meeting new people. I always have a bowl of candy at my desk, so come visit me in the Admissions Office on the first floor of Demaray! I would love to meet you.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating DeHeavalyn Pullium as Staff of the Month!