How long have you been at SPU?
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”:
- I like to go fishing and golfing but never get to do either of them.
- 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.)
- 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!