How long have you been at SPU?
30 yearsOne year in May.
Tell us about a memorable good day at work.
To be a “teller” of SPU stories is one of the best jobs in the world. A good day at work is when I can interview a student, a donor, or a faculty/staff member, see them light up at what God has been doing in their lives, and then capture the story in 500 or 1,000 words or more.
Strange to hear, probably, but I am especially captivated by the Footnotes section of Response magazine where in 75 words or less, I must provide snapshots of some pretty amazing lives — and passings. Obituaries are fertile ground for storytellers. I’ve had the honor of interviewing dozens of interesting Falcons, including POW Jake DeShazer, data scientist Christalyn Steers McCrum, and, posthumously, Kassa Wolde-Mariam, secretary to King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Not to be cheesy, but every day in the office is a good day! I immensely enjoy working with everyone here at SPU; it truly is a “grace-filled community.” The faculty in both my departments have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome, and my fellow staff members have been graciously patient and encouraging as I learned the ropes at SPU. I did not have admin experience before I came to this job, and it has been fun learning new skill sets and knowledge.
How does your faith impact your work?
Part of SPU storytelling is drawing out the various ways that the Holy Spirit moves in people’s lives, be they Harold Crawford, the carrot king, or Bonnie Prather, Broadway wardrobe assistant. To handle the historic letters of one-time slave trader John Newton or hear hair-raising tales of jungle medicine from career missionary Marti Ensign, is to tell God’s story through his human agents.
My faith allows me to write as boldly as they tell their stories. To share that faith with all of them, and with all my co-workers — through weekly devotions and prayer — is an unbelievable blessing in this secular and chaotic world. My faith is the reason I applied to SPU. I had wanted to work in an authentic Christian community and SPU is exactly that! I wholeheartedly believe in our mission of providing a Christian liberal arts education; it was during my college years on a Christian campus that I encountered Christ, both in the classroom and in the professors and students. It radically changed my life. My university experience gives me an understanding of how crucial a Christian education are for college people. This appreciation imbues meaning into day-to-day tasks of my work.
Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?
Before I was freelance writing and producing Northwest Christian News, a monthly for churches in Snohomish County, when I attended a writers conference at SPU. A fellow writer friend and SPU grad, Alice Kalso, was at that conference, told me about the job opening in University Communications, and urged me to apply. My only degree was an associate’s degree, and that in forestry, and my portfolio of published articles seemed all-too-thin. But I applied and, after running a gauntlet of interviews, was hired by John Glancy, who then was director of UC. came to SPU I was in the food industry and I desired to leave it. A friend saw the ad on the SPU website and encouraged me to apply – and I’m very glad I did!
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Read, sit on the dock of the bay, and spend time with my four kids and six grandkids. I guess that’s three things, but they sometimes merge.
I was recently in the shadow of Harborview Hospital with my daughter and two of my grandkids watching 120 goats clear six acres of weeds and tall grass. Did you know that a goat is considered “an old goat” at about 13 years? Same age as my grandson! Somehow it made me feel better. I am a reader, and I love discussing and chewing on ideas and having (most often impassioned) discussions with my friends and family. Being in the mountains is my other favorite thing.
What’s something that few people know about you?
I and a team of others ran a 24-hour marathon and set a world record for the most collective miles run in one place in one day as recognized by Runner’s World magazinehave four sisters who are my dearest friends and the joy of my life. Three of them live on Bainbridge Island, and I feel like I won the lottery in having such a close family.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with my talented and creative UC teammates. Among them are graphic design, web design, and web development experts; management gurus; editorial geniuses; grammatical wizards; and social media savants who are just plain fun and inspirational to be around.
My favorite part of my job is being in an academic environment. My college experience was highly enjoyable, and it's interesting to see what makes a university run.
And it has been highly enjoyable learning so many new things (from generic admin duties to SPU’s internal workings) in this position.
What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?
That God is my rock, my shield, and my deliverer. Almost half my life has been spent at SPU and it has been the Lord’s immeasurable blessing all the way.
Anything else you would like to share?
Will work for baconIn an ideal world, I would be a student for life. I would love to go back to school and continue studying the humanities.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Clint Kelly Renee Corcoran as the May 2018 April 2019 Staff of the Month!