Senior Profile: Kelsey Chase

February 19th, 2015 § 0

Kelsey ChaseKelsey Chase (senior English major, University Scholar, and track and field athlete) spent part of last summer in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia living with African Christians, interviewing them and writing about their stories of faith.

 

Kelsey has loved Ethiopia since she first visited seven years ago (and not just because of the coffee) and feels it’s important that the stories of Ethiopians are told with faithfulness to their history and literary tradition.

 

So, for her senior honors project, she’s collecting the stories of Ethiopian Christians and juxtaposing these stories to Ethiopian folk tales.  Kelsey’s relying on her experience reporting for SPU’s The Falcon ,and as many English classes as she can squeeze in, to guide her in conscientiously reproducing these stories, with special sensitivity to the imagery and symbolic content of the narratives.

 

Kelsey doesn’t know yet where this project is leading but is hopeful it will allow her to return to Ethiopia or pursue graduate studies in African Literature. And if all else fails, she thinks being a librarian in a library with old books and big wide windows (preferably at Oxford University, where she studied for a semester) sounds pretty great as well.Kelsey Chase 2

MILLENIAL VOICES FOR PEACE

February 6th, 2015 § 0

MILLENIAL VOICES FOR PEACE

SPONSORED BY WORLD VISION

BROUGHT TO SPU BY

THE ISRAEL PALESTINE CLUB

 

 

In early January, five SPU students, along with English Professor Doug Thorpe, journeyed to Washington DC for an event called Millennial Voices for Peace.  Fifty young evangelicals from around the country gathered for the first time to deepen their understanding about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, to learn about advocacy, and then to visit Congressional offices.

On Thursday evening, students will  discuss their experience in D.C. and introduce the Millennial Voices idea.  They will be joined by Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Mideast Advocate, who will share a little of the group’s backstory.

 

 When: Thursday Feb. 12th @ 7:30pm

Where: The SUB Collegium

What:

short film called “My Neighborhood” by one of the organizations we heard from in D.C.

Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Senior Director for Advocacy & Outreach, sharing some of the background of MVP

Time for questions and conversation

And time to eat pita and hummus!

 

PLEASE JOIN US!

 

An event sponsored by

The Israeli-Palestine Club

Panel on Careers for English Majors

February 5th, 2015 § 0

 

The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a “Media & Communications” Employer Panel on Thursday, Feb 12, 5:30 – 6:30 pm in Demaray Hall 150, with Dr. Peg Achterman moderating the discussion.

employer panel

All students and faculty are welcome to attend.  They are also welcome to stay and network with the panelists afterwards.

Here is the panel line-up:

·         KIRO TV – Producer and Reporter, Deborah Horne

·         KOMO 4 – Director of Creative Services and Marketing, Scott Altus

·         Children of the Nations – Development Director, Fraser Ratzlaff, ’05 Communications

·         Zillow – Senior Social Media Specialist, Madison Slinker, ’11 English & Creative Writing

Gates Reading

February 4th, 2015 § 0

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A Reading with Mary Szybist

Wednesday, February 11 | 6:30 p.m.

Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery

3 West Cremona, Seattle 98119

 

Join Mary Szybist, award-winning poet, for the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading at Seattle Pacific University.

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her first book, Granted, won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark College.

SPU faculty and students established the Fan Gates reading series in 1999 to honor this well-loved professor and colleague after her retirement from the English dept. after 36 years. Funded by the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading Series Endowment, the annual event is intended to bring prominent writers to campus. 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information, call (206) 281-2988.

 

Job Opportunity for Recent English Grads

January 29th, 2015 § 0

Rick Steves Travel is looking for two Tour Sales Specialists (www.ricksteves.com/jobs) to hire by February!   Recent graduates are fine – extensive European travel is what they need.  Click on or send your browser to the above website for application information.