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December 2016

Gustavo Carbajal

Security Operations Supervisor
Office of Safety and Security
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

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How long have you been at SPU? 10 years.

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

My job allows me the opportunity to work at different events on campus, such as Student Orientation, Tradition, and Graduation. 

This last year, I was worked in the Loop during graduation and watched all of the graduates and families enjoying the event. As I was walking around, a few students that I didn’t recognize came over and introduced themselves and their families. I congratulated them on their accomplishment and then they told their families that I was one of the officers that assisted them with a need or emergency during the year. 

These small interactions brightened my whole day to the point that I really didn't mind how many more events I had to attend for the rest of the day.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

When I am home there are a few hours I get to spend by myself while my children are at school and my wife is at work. During that time, I like to relax by watching an action movie. I make a favorite meal or snack, make sure the sound system is set up properly to get the full movie experience, and mute the phone. Having the opportunity to watch a movie without interruptions is hard when everyone is home.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I come from a family of five children. I have three younger sisters and one brother. Few people know that my brother is 20 years younger.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

My favorite part of my job is having the opportunity to get to know students and staff under a normal setting and not during an emergency. When I have time, I like to walk around campus and talk to as many people as possible. It’s interesting to see them change their attitude when I tell them I am there to visit and not for an emergency.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I really enjoying working at OSS and knowing that I can make a difference in SPU the community in many ways. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Gus Carbajal as the December Staff of the Month!


November 2016

Amy Foster

Assistant Athletic Director for Business and Operations; Senior Women's Administrator for Athletics
Athletics
Hometown: Kent, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Eleven years as a full-time employee, some part time before that, and I am a ’93 alum.

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

There are so many. Watching student athletes grow and mature in their time here is one of my greatest days at work. Our athletes and coaches strive for success in the classroom and their playing arenas, and it makes for a very positive experience. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

One of the reasons to be at SPU is because I can completely live out my faith. It allows me to have God shine through me and be servant leader to those around me.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I wanted to make a transition from the public sector back to a place that felt like home. I had been praying about that transition and then was contacted by Tom Box about the Conference Services assistant director position. Coming back to campus felt like coming home. It was a great feeling.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

Playing with my kids and date nights with my husband. They are my support system and I couldn’t do what I do without them.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I grew up in a very small town. My husband calls it the town of Footloose. There were 18 people in my graduating class and we were with each other kindergarten through high school.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

It is never the same. Each day brings new challenges and new successes, so getting bored is not an option. I work with a fantastic group of people who support each other through good seasons and tough seasons — and watching student-athletes mature and grow in their time here is one of the best benefits of this job.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

My passion for my family, my God, and what I do at SPU drive me to want to be the best at everything I do. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Amy Foster as the November Staff of the Month!

September 2016

Carlie Curlee

Administrative Coordinator
Student Financial Services
Hometown: Kent, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Nine years — 10 years in April (Wow!)

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

A memorable “good day” at work would look like this: Laughing with co-workers, helping families, and some sort of unicorn magic.

If you’re wondering, “Carlie, what is unicorn magic?”, well, it is that indescribable thing that happens in offices when things just align perfectly. Everyone comes to work with joy in their heart, we are able to answer questions with ease, and our brains are on point! 

How does your faith impact your work? 

Faith is present in every facet of life, so it also informs my work in that it is a part of conversations with families and co-workers. For me, the concept of grace is so important in my every day.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was looking for a job and thought, “I like math, I like finances, I like school.” DING! A Student Financial Services representative position was open.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

There are so many things that I like to do, but if I had to narrow it down, it would be:

  • Travelling/adventuring to new places and documenting them through photography. Most recently, I have fallen in love with desert landscapes and Salvation Mountain (outside of Palm Springs). Hawaii and Alaska are on a constant travel rotation, and I’m looking forward to going to Iceland in March — best believe my Pinterest board is getting organized! 
  • Spending time with people I love, especially the love of my life — Jesse. Shout out to him for giving me the best name.
  • Spending time near water — rivers, lakes, ocean. I love it all!

What’s something that few people know about you? 

Here are two “somethings”:

My middle name is Allene, which is after my beloved gram, who is amazing! When I married my husband, Jesse, I found out that his gram’s name was Aleene too! How weird is that? Not the most common name around.

Additionally, my family called me Curly Carlie growing up, and I ended up marrying Jesse Curlee, so my gram now calls me Curly Carlie Curlee ... I’m thinking about putting that on my business cards.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Since I am new to this position, I really love learning a whole different set of skills. I love that this position supports all areas of the office, so I get to help my co-workers and friends. It also doesn’t hurt that it is a .8 position, and I have a three-day weekend, every weekend!

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I think that if there is one poignant fact about me, it would be that I am an animal-loving, unicorn-sparkling, mermaid-living, adventurer! That about sums it up. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Carlie Curlee as Staff of the Month!


August 2016

Sue Martin

Laboratory Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer; Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Chemistry
Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Rochester, New York

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How long have you been at SPU? 

20 years

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

A “memorable” day is any day I get to interact with students, whether a casual conversation in my office just for fun or experiencing the learning process before my eyes. I love those moments of discovery.

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith impacts my work tremendously. I am privileged to see the handiwork of God in chemistry and biology, the intricacies of what he created. AMAZING! I get to meet weekly with an amazing group women to share in Scripture and prayer. I will not start a lecture without prayer with and for my students, and I love worshiping with colleagues in chapel. Most of all, I believe God has me here for a purpose, so I trust in him to continue to show me his plan.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was working at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, when I was contacted by Lyle Peter, the Chemistry Department chair, about an opening they had here at SPU.

I didn’t know anything about SPU but agreed to fill out an application. When I received the application, I was surprised to find that SPU was a Christian university. At this time, Purdue University and Olivet Nazarene University were also pursuing me, but SPU brought me out here, presented me with an amazing challenge in the Miller Science Learning Center lab, and offered me a job I couldn’t refuse. Olivet even offered me my “dream job,” and I turned it down to come to SPU.

I’ll probably die here, be plasticized, and put in the Anatomy and Physiology lab — but wearing my goggles. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

My favorite thing outside of work is going to hockey games with my husband and two daughters. I can be found on the second level of Xfinity Arena waving my AgTiPS sign whenever the Everett Silvertips make a goal (Ag is the chemical symbol for Silver). Dragging a friend or colleague with me just adds to the fun. GO TIPS!!

We had a chance to see the Stanley Cup in December when it was in Seattle for the 100-year anniversary of the Seattle Metropolitans’ first game. Each family member supports a different NHL team, so there can be a lot of smack talk in our house at times. This summer, we’re going to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

Here are three “somethings”:

  1. I like to go fishing and golfing but never get to do either of them.
  2. My SPU email address is not the name of the flower; it’s the name of a giant, green, stuffed hippo. (I wonder how many will look up my email address.)
  3. I’m a Bible junkie. I can’t imagine not reading the entire thing every year. I’m always learning something new.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Interacting with the students and working with fantastic Christian colleagues. Every time I’m in chapel with the people I work with I am blessed. How many people can go to work and worship with their co-workers? LOVE IT!

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I don’t know if this is “most important,” but it may explain a lot ... I am extremely shy. I force myself to do things that make me have to meet and talk to people.

At the same time, I’m deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other, so when I’m in a group situation, I can’t hear, thus making me want to cower into a corner even more. So, if you tell me that your favorite pet hamster died and I say, “Wow, that’s great!” know that I did not hear you.

Anything else you would like to share? 

I’m thinking of Luke 17:10. I’m an unworthy servant and am only doing my job, but thank you for this honor.

I have written “Hey, God, what’s your plan for me today?” on my mirror at home. I read it each morning. It’s God’s plan that made me a chemist and got me here to SPU. My hope is that we can all follow God’s plan and certainly not be afraid to ask what it is.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Sue Martin as Staff of the Month!


July 2016

Bobbie Childers

Program Coordinator for Music and Their; Adjunct Faculty for Social Ballroom Dance Techniques
Music
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

11 years

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

In addition to the day-to-day departmental responsibilities, I help both the Music and Theatre departments, which are constantly in the midst of preparing for multiple major productions, plays, concerts, recitals, etc. There is never a dull moment; the pace is quick, and the juggling of hats is constant. I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

A memorable day is when I see it all come together and the joy in our students’ eyes as a result of their having reached new heights.

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith is at the center of everything I do and is what I answer to at the end of each day. I cherish working with others who share that faith, being able to talk about God’s Word, and worshiping with my colleagues and our students.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was working at an Orthodox Jewish school, which was a life-changing experience for me. But I was not allowed to speak of Jesus Christ, say “God,” or, as a Gentile, even use the term “HaShem” (i.e., “The Name”). 

I embraced those rules and strove to show them the love of Christ through my actions. I was accepted into their community and worked there for two years. However, that inner stirring began to grow, and I wanted to be in academia in the arts in a Christian community. I checked SPU’s website and couldn’t believe this position was open. It brought together everything I had ever done and loved to do.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

My major area of study, communication, has become a passion. And also playing my cello; training in and teaching dance, which my husband and I have done together for 39 years; spending time with my family, and watching obscure films.

Editor’s note: In June, Bobbie became an SPU alum when she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in communication. Congratulations, Bobbie!

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I was a competitive ice dancer growing up. Now my husband and I compete in ballroom dancing. 

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

I hear this all the time, but it truly is our SPU community, our mission, and what we stand for. What we have here is something very special. I love the pace and never tire of welcoming in our new students and being a part of their lives as they mature and transform in preparation of entering the world. That’s priceless. 

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I love to be stretched to my limits and encouraged to grow, and I love helping others reach their goals.

Anything else you would like to share? 

I want to encourage others to take risks and go after their dreams regardless of age. It is never too late to begin. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Bobbie Childers as Staff of the Month!


June 2016

Julie Bukowski

Warehouse Manager
Facility and Project Management
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

11 years

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

We work with many buildings that are at different stages of their lives. Some are historic while others are new, so you can imagine the large number of parts needed to keep the building functioning and looking good. 

I am always amazed when word comes to take a space and transform it. The project manager envisions the remodel; the trades demo it and rebuild it, and the custodial staff keep it clean for the staff, faculty, and/or students to live or work in.

How does your faith impact your work? 

Believing and knowing that God cares for and loves me, the details of my day fall in place, and a sense of peace comes during my day. I hope to offer that kind of love, caring, and peace to others by working hard to find the right parts and consumables that facility staff members need to do their jobs. I am a part of a great team of people with a wealth of skill and knowledge that keeps the campus running so learning can take place.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I came to Seattle Pacific University in my mid 20s to finish my degree in chemistry. It was a wonderful experience that integrated my love for science with my faith in God. It was a supportive environment to me as well as my young family. The work-study program enabled me to get a job in my field before I graduated, and I worked in the biotech field for many years. Due to the volatility in the biotech job market, I was able to get a stable job working in Facilities, which has provided for my family all these years.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

I love taking walks with my family in the many different parks in our area.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I am a twin. My sister and I were born in Seattle on the only sunny day of the 1962 World’s Fair. We were two months early, and each of us weighed a little under 3 pounds. Due to the dedication of nurses and new research regarding premature babies, my sister and I thrived. 

Also, my dad worked for Fredrick and Nelson for over 35 years, and before it closed, they featured a picture of me and my siblings in their memory corner. It was Santa holding two babies — my twin sister and me — with my two brothers standing on either side. The store holds many memories for those who grew up in the Seattle area, and it was fun to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

I enjoy the database work, writing reports, working with spreadsheets, and making sure all the parts in their boxes are accounted for. I enjoy searching, finding, and purchasing the correct part or consumable for requestor. Go figure — who would have thought I’d enjoy counting parts in boxes?

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I would like to be known for being predictable and consistent. Those are two goals that I strive for, but it’s hard for me because in my core, I am a bit random and creative.

Anything else you would like to share? 

Love the people in your life today — each person is a gift.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Julie Bukowski as Staff of the Month!


May 2016

Shawnda Antonucci

Payroll Supervisor
Finance
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Three years

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work”? 

I have found that in finance, especially payroll, I usually only hear from employees when something is wrong, therefore a quiet day in the office equals employees being paid accurately and timely and with those being my ultimate goals, quiet days are great days at work.

However, on occasion I interact directly with employees when they need guidance regarding their pay or benefits. Managing these types of issues are typically very stressful for people. When I am able to walk an employee through a specific issue, explain the options, and guide the person through the process, I put that employee at ease, which is a good day at work for me!

How does your faith impact your work? 

Each day I ask God to guide me in all things I do, in my professional and personal life. I honor God when the work I do is based on the simple values of care, competence, and consistency. I believe we are all to care about the welfare of our employees and co-workers. I keep this verse in mind: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:23-24).

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I believe I’m at Seattle Pacific through the Grace of God. I often prayed that the Lord would guide me to a day where I felt challenged, as well as fulfilled and appreciated for my work. God answers prayers and here I am!

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

I absolutely love being with my three children, Brandon, Caleb, and Emma. To watch these children grow and experience each of their very different personalities is the greatest gift of being a mother. However, some days a little peace and quiet with a good movie is pretty nice too!

What’s something that few people know about you? 

My actual age. I have been told I look much younger than I am (thank you, God). Let’s just hope that continues … I do have three kids.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

I love the processes and how clearly defined finance is. The great people and work environment at Seattle Pacific are wonderful as well.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I believe the best qualities a person can have are compassion and gratitude, and I pray for each of those everyday.

Anything else you would like to share? 

I am truly honored to be Staff Member of the Month. I know that I work with many great individuals and to be recognized among them is a blessing. Thank you.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Shawnda Antonucci as Staff of the Month!


April 2016

Andy Samuel

Developer/Analyst
Computer and Information Systems
Hometown: Effingham, Illinois

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Tell us about a “memorable good day at work.” 

Yesterday, actually, was a great day.

We had launched the Banner-to-Raiser’s Edge integration last week, everything was running smoothly, and I was both humbled by the knowledge that I get to work alongside so many gifted people who brought that project to fruition as well as proud of my portion of the work that made meaningful improvements in SPU’s ability to have relationships with our constituents and conduct business.

We also started the second phase of this project, and our team was operating like a well-oiled machine. To top it off, I met with my friends and co-workers for our weekly gathering of board games over lunch.

Any day that you get to serve humbly but proudly, make meaningful contributions via work that you enjoy, and share a meal with friends is a fantastic day at work.

Also, there were free cookies.

How does your faith impact your work? 

To a large degree I try to embody the praiseworthy attributes found in Scripture: Grant each other grace; live joyfully; use our talents in service to others. At the end of the day, I know my contributions help our younger brothers and sisters to get the skills they need to support themselves, to grow into future leaders, and experience life in a Christian community.

I love being a part of God’s work in this time and place, while also conscious that our moment is a part of God’s larger story of his relationship with humanity. These concepts, rooted in our collective faith, guide how I treat others in the office, shape my sense of belonging at the institution, and provide meaning (and therefore satisfaction) in my work.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

At my previous job, I was the lone IT-person for a 13-person nonprofit organization. I found that I needed other IT‑professionals to bounce ideas off and learn from. Also, I am a graduate of Asbury College and value the culture of a Christian university. These observations led me to Seattle Pacific, and I’m so glad they did! I have met a multitude of great people here and grown tremendously with them.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

Board games and video games. What? You’re surprised? Hey, I work in IT, after all! Pass me my propeller-hat and my pocket protector; it’s time to get my nerd on.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’m a mean cook over an open campfire. I was a camp counselor at a rustic camp for five summers and cooked for over 40 kids at a fire ring using cast iron. One kid told me that I cooked better than his mom. (Sorry, kid’s mom). It might have something to do with the fact that he had been hiking all day, and any food tastes amazing after that.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

There are lots of things about this job that I enjoy, from doing work that is fun to having plenty of opportunities to innovate and learn new things. But my favorite part of this job is the people I get to work alongside. The vast majority of them are smart, focused on doing good work, and fun to be around.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I’m allergic to beestings. If I ever get stung and fall unconscious, please seek medical attention.

Anything else you would like to share? 

Thanks very much to the folks who nominated me and to the people who sponsor and run the Staff of the Month program. I am definitely feeling the love, and I’m glad that my work is helpful to you all!


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Andy Samuel as Staff of the Month!


March 2016

Amanda McGovern

Assistant Director for Visits and Events
Admissions
Hometown: Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

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How long have you been at SPU?

Almost two years.

Tell us about a "memorable good day at work."

I love when we get to call our Distinguished Scholar Award winners and tell them that they have won a full-tuition scholarship to SPU. It is such an exciting moment in their life, and the ability to share it with them is so special!

How does your faith impact your work?

My faith impacts my work in so many different ways, but I think the most prominent way that I see my faith in action every day is in the way that I am able to respond quickly and intentionally to a wide array of audiences and changing circumstances. It is God’s grace and constant direction that allows me to do what I do each day.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?

When I was in college, I worked for an agency of student government that planned on-campus entertainment for students. It was incredible, and it led me to join the music industry as a production manager for several years after college. 

In 2008, I moved to Portland and began a career with Anthropologie. I quickly joined the ranks of management and moved to Seattle in 2011 to continue my career. That was a time in my life when I was achieving great success, but I had a deep desire to impact the world that wasn’t being fulfilled. 

In 2014, I left Anthropologie to start my own business, and was interrupted by a call from an SPU colleague encouraging me to consider a position as a Visit and Events Coordinator for Undergraduate Admissions. I was struck by SPU’s vision statement, and as I interviewed for the position and met key members of the admissions team I had no doubt that God was calling me to this place! SPU allows me to use my skills and gifts in a community of others who are seeking to live out the gospel in very real and tangible ways. What a gift!

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Oh, wow. I have a bunch of interests and I think the common thread is that they’re all outdoors! I love to ride horses, hike, snowshoe, kayak or sail, and lay out in the sun in the summer. I also love to travel! 

Whenever I get an extended break from work, I like to explore somewhere I’ve never been. On my bucket list are Morocco, Iceland, Crete — and exploring more of the outdoors around the Northwest.

What’s something that few people know about you?

I have a long-standing love of horses. I grew up riding and started working toward qualifying for the Olympics in show jumping at a really early age. I was nationally ranked by the age of 15, and then I sustained a debilitating knee injury at the age of 16 that prevented me from continuing on. After a very long hiatus, I’m back in the saddle and training for a whole new adventure.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The people that I get the opportunity to work with are, hands down, my favorite part of the job! I am lucky enough to get the chance to work with an incredible bunch of people who inspire me, challenge me, encourage me, and share life with me nearly every day. The students, in particular, have an incredible way of keeping me young and making me feel old all at the same time — It’s pretty amazing. 

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?

That’s a great question. I think that one striking aspect about me is that I’ve got a curiosity that begs to see the world and a sense of adventure that urges me to chase my curiosities. As a result, I’ve got a surprisingly eclectic set of life experiences to share and I love that! 

Anything else you would like to share?

I love to tell a good story and let my imagination run wild. If you need a break, I’m your girl. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Amanda McGovern as Staff of the Month!


February 2016

Katie Bennett

Graduate Administrative Assistant
School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Born and raised in Seattle — I’ve never lived anywhere else!

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How long have you been at SPU?

Since 2004, as a student then staff. I’ve been in the School of Health Sciences for six years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work?

My most memorable days at work are the ones when I see one of my student employees achieve a professional goal they have been working toward. I had the best mentors when I was a student employee at SPU and I love helping my students find their way in their professional journeys. 

How does your faith impact your work?

I love working for an institution that values the things I do. Being surrounded by people who “walk their talk” makes me a better person and do my work with more compassion, grace, and patience.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?

When I was in high school I thought that my next step would be to attend community college, but some very wise adults pushed me to consider applying to SPU. Likewise, my childhood neighbor, Debbie Crouch, encouraged me to apply for a student employee position in Student Academic Services. By the time I graduated in 2009 I felt such a strong connection to SPU that I decided to start my career here.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

My husband and I love DIY home improvement projects, although I tend to make the design decisions and he implements them. It’s one of the times I get to use my education in interior design most directly!

What’s something that few people know about you?

I took drivers ed at 15 and had a learner’s permit for over a year, but I don’t have a driver’s license.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I once made the mistake of saying, “I love creating order out of chaos” during a SHS faculty meeting. My colleagues took me at my word and have let me stretch my wings by taking on some pretty extensive projects. But luckily what I said is true: Nothing is as gratifying to me as putting systems into place to simplify processes and help everyone focus on the things that matter most, which in our case means our students. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Katie Bennett as Staff of the Month!


January 2016

Kyle Gough

Multi-Skilled Trades II
Facility and Project Management
 

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Tell us about your history with SPU. 

My parents met at SPU and were RLCs in Moyer. My wife is an SPU graduate. All three of my brothers are SPU graduates. I graduated in '98 with a BA in visual art. I love art, drawing, and being creative. 

[Editor’s note: You can see one of Kyle’s drawings in the Summer 2014 Response.]

I began building houses in 1998 and have been working as a carpenter/general contractor ever since. I was blessed to join the SPU facilities team in November 2012 as a carpenter tradesman. 

Could you share a highlight from your days as an SPU student, and a highlight from being on staff?

The highlight for me at SPU as a student is the many lifelong friendships that were established here. It has also been a highlight for me to rejoin the SPU community as a staff member and to further develop relationships with faculty and staff. 

What is something you enjoy about your work here at SPU? 

Three things come to mind.

  • SPU is a unique community of people who share a common hope in Christ. It is not uncommon to see faculty and staff members pray for one another, as well as encourage and inspire one another by how we live out our vocations in the day to day.
  • I've really enjoyed the team aspect of working together on the facilities department. There is a real sense of achievement in relying on each other’s strengths to work together efficiently and effectively.
  • The nature of my work is to fix things around campus, and that usually makes people happy. It makes my day to be able to make other people's day! In the construction world, when you finish a project, you move on to the next. As a maintenance person at SPU I get to see the continuing impact of the work that I do on a long-term basis, and this makes my job rewarding as well!

What is something that might surprise people to learn about you?

I was privileged to spend a summer in Madagascar on a ministry work project to build a church with a group of SPU students led by my friend, Jamie Shattenberg ‘99. Madagascar is an incredible place, and this was a transformative experience for me. Jamie and his family continue an amazing ministry there. 

How do you incorporate faith into your work? 

I strive to live out my faith in two simple ways every day. One, I want to find joy in the work that my hands find to do; and two, I want to listen and respond to the voice of God whom, I believe, is always speaking to us. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Kyle Gough as Staff of the Month!


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