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Myrtle Lands in Admissions


Sarah Thompson SAPA Myrtle award


Myrtle flew to Sarah Thompson’s office to deliver an important message:

“Those of us in the School of Education appreciate the hard work of Sarah Thompson and her role in admissions.  Sarah continues to work closely with students who are interested in pursuing teacher certification.  She is diligent and detailed in her work to make sure these students are set up with the correct courses based on the area in which they would like to certify.  Sarah has been intentional about meeting with School of Education personnel to learn more about the teacher education program so that she can address questions from prospective students and their parents about our program.    I appreciate Sarah’s hard work in recruiting students to Spring Arbor University.  Thank you, Sarah!”

12/5 | SAPA/Faculty Christmas Buck Lunch

12/5 | SAPA/Faculty Christmas Buck Lunch

Gary’s festive tie only hints at the fun had today at our SAPA/Faculty Christmas lunch. Thanks to everyone who made it such a success and a special thanks to all our musicians!

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11/1 | Growing in Fun | SAPA Committee

11/1 | Growing in Fun | SAPA Committee

10:03 am – Welcome/SAPA Announcements Rhonda Saurbek

10:05 – 10:15 am – Opening Prayer/Devotions Gary Mason

10:15 – 10:20 am – Announcements from groups

10:20 – 10:40 am – Minute to Win It Steve NewtonLorie Cornell

10:40 – 10:55 am – Trivia Game David Goodrich

10:55 am – Closing Prayer Steve Newton

10/4 | Growing with Students | Sam Riggleman & students

Thanks to those of you who came out for our October SAPA meeting! Over 70 of you were there to enjoy the fellowship, food and fun and receive a challenging and encouraging message from Sam Riggleman and three of SAU’ athletes. A brief outline of that meeting is below, but you can connect to our new SAPA site for more information and pictures. Check out the tabs for detailed minutes, prayer requests and more. Connect at:

The Mystery Baby Photo was of John Beck. Six of you guessed correctly and Duane Skene is our winner this month!

Winner of the prize drawing from our sites was Hope Taylor from our Detroit Site! Thanks for connecting with us….and for your patience as we work through the kinks to improve this.

SAPA Meeting – Oct 4, 2011

Our new President, Rhonda Saurbek, called our meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

Devotions were led by Gary Mason, followed by a time of prayer around individual tables.

( 1 ) Lorie Cornell gave a brief update on budget meetings. Rhonda Saurbek will now begin attending these meetings to represent SAPA.
( 2 ) Lorie also reported formation from Student Government Association.
( 3 ) David Goodrich gave a debut on our new SAPA web page.

Speaker Sam Riggleman shared about “Growing With our Students”. Three of SAU’s athletes, Ashley Stelter, Taylor Lange and Steven Kolb also shared testimonials related to their experience here at SAU.

Prize Drawings and Closing Prayer by Steve Newton.

Next Month’s meeting is November 1st, 2011 with the theme “Growing in Joy”. Mark your calendars and come out for a time of fellowship and extra special fun!


SAPA Agenda Oct. 4, 2011

SAPA Agenda Oct. 4, 2011

  • 10:03 am – Welcome/SAPA Announcements | Rhonda Saurbek
  • 10:05 – 10:10 am – Opening Prayer/ Devotions | Gary Mason
  • 10:10 – 10:15 am – Announcements from groups Budget Update from Monday’s meeting | Lorie Cornell
    • Student Government Update | Lorie Cornell
  • 10:15 – 10:50 am – Presentations
    • Intro Sam Riggleman | Rhonda Saurbek
    • Growing with Students | Sam Riggleman
    • Testimonies Student athlete(s)
  • 10:50 am – Prizes & Closing Prayer | Steve Newton
“Growing Our Campus” Recap | Sept 20, 2011

“Growing Our Campus” Recap | Sept 20, 2011

Thank you to those of you who came out for our first SAPA meeting of the year!!  Over 80 of you were present!! You can see an archive of parts of the meeting here while the technology cooperated and don’t miss the pictures from our time together here!

Many of you left your finished ballots with us already for the SAPA presidency. If you still need to send us your vote then stop by the office of Donna Bentle (Business Office), Marie Slisher (Academic Affairs Office), or David Goodrich (Technology Department ) to vote in person by end of the day on Friday, Sept 23rd.

Don’t miss the Power Point from Tuesday’s meeting that has the Mystery Photo so you can vote on it if you haven’t already:

SAPA Meeting – Sept 20, 2011 (Detailed minutes are available for download in the “Minutes” page)

  • Marie Slisher called our meeting to order and introduced the current SAPA Executive team.
  • Presented Gordon Eccles and Rhonda Saurbek as our nominees for SAPA President. Ballots were distributed.
  • Recognized new employees who were present.
  • Items we will institute throughout this year in SAPA. * BYOM, *Live Streaming, *Diversity Table, *Table Talk and *Mystery Baby Photo.
  • Prayer and Devotion given by Gary Mason
  • Upcoming Opportunities presented: (1) Student Success Initiative by Kim Hayworth, Brooke Harris and Robin Smith.
  • (2) Planned time of regular prayer presented by David McCallum. (3) Biggest Loser starting back up this fall by Marie Slisher. First meeting Wednesday, Sept 21 at 2:00 pm. (4) Special Extended SAPA meeting Thursday, Sept 22 at 2:00 with representatives from the E-team. Taking place in Ralph Carey Forum.
  • Speaker Bobby Pratt shared about “Growing Our Campus”.
  • Prize Drawings and Closing Prayer by Steve Newton.

Next Month’s meeting is Oct 4, 2011 in Ralph Carey Forum with Sam Riggleman – Growing with Students.

Pics from “Growing Our Campus” SAPA Meeting | 9.20.2011

Pics from “Growing Our Campus” SAPA Meeting | 9.20.2011

SAPA selects the 2011-2012 verse of the year

The 2011-2012 SAPA verse of the year will be:

If being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care–then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. —Philippians 2:2 (MSG)

Meeting Dates

Greetings to all SAPA members,
Dates have been set for 2011-2012 SAPA meetings.  Meetings will take place from 10am to 11am in the Ralph Carey Forum. 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Meeting dates:
Tuesday, September 20th
Tuesday, October 4th
Tuesday, November 1st
Monday, December 5th (SAPA Buck Lunch Christmas Party)
Tuesday, January 17th
Tuesday, February 7th
Tuesday, March 6th
Tuesday, April 3rd
Tuesday, May 1st
Tuesday, June 13th (SAPA Picnic)

Thanks to those who attended the 2011 SAPA Picnic

Thank you to everyone who came to and helped out with the 2011 SAPA picnic.

Click here for pictures

It was a blessings to have time to share food and fellowship with the amazing people that work at Spring Arbor University.

Introducing your new SAPA Committee

2011-2012 SAPA Executive Committee

We look forward to a great year with your leadership!

Stephanie Bartell, President
Marie Slisher, Vice President
Donna Bentle, Secretary
Steve Newton, Benefits Chair
Gary Mason, Benefits Chair Elect
David Goodrich, Faculty Representative
Lorie Cornell, SGA Representative

Congratulations to Steve Reed

Steve Reed, the 2011 Punch Prize Winner

SAPA’s 2011 Punch Prize goes to Steve Reed of Financial Aid.  Grand Prize was a $50 Gift Card to Red Lobster.  Congratulations Steve – and the 7 other SAPA members who had perfect attendance at all of our meetings this year!
SAPA meetings were well attended throughout the year, with an average of 60 staff present at monthly meetings.  The SAUToid contest was a hit – and produced 8 winners throughout the year – thanks for joining in the fun! 
Several offices worked together to provide refreshments for our meetings – the spread of delicious snacks were always a welcome sight! Thanks to each of you who donated and baked, organized and arranged the refreshment table.
SAPA continued to provide door prizes this year – with the most annoying prize being a pack of disposable razors!  (we finally got rid of them all).  The most appreciated prizes were the Sacred Grounds coupons – and most valuable prizes were the books that followed the theme of each meeting.
I’d like to express a special thanks to the following committee members who made each meeting come together with success:  Lorie Cornell, Carol Ann Bunnell, Terry McClintic, Steve Newton, Rob Kingsley, and Stephanie Bartell.

Listening is a Spiritual Thing

On May 3rd, we will welcome Mary Darling, Associate Professor of Communication, to our last SAPA meeting of the year. Mary will share thoughts about listening from her latest book, Connecting Like Jesus, which she co-authored with well-known communicator, Tony Campolo. Something you may not know:  Connecting Like Jesus was a required text in the COR 100 sections this year.  A few quotes from the book to get you thinking…

“We can learn to ‘listen in the moment’ no matter what is going on in our lives.”

 “Jesus listened, not for what he needed to hear, but for what others needed to   say and have him hear.”

“When we listen to the deepest needs and concerns of another’s soul, we affirm his or her very personhood.”

A copy of Connecting Like Jesus, courtesy of Shar Fortress in the Bookstore, will be given away during the meeting.

Visit Mary’s website….

Announcing….the 2011-2012 SAPA Committee

Stephanie Bartell (Admissions)

Vice President
Marie Slisher (Academic Affairs)

Donna Bentle (Business Office)

Benefits Chair
Steve Newton (Student Development)

Benefits Chair Elect
Gary Mason (Admissions)

Faculty Representative
David Goodrich (Technology Services)

Student Government Association Representative
Lorie Cornell (Student Development)

Be sure to extend your congratulations!

SAPA nomination form

Download your SAPA nomination form here:

Please submit the form to Carol Ann Bunnell by Tuesday, March 22nd.

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SAUs Precious Gem

Our March keynote is Dr. Garnet Hauger from the mathematics department.  Her many professional roles on campus have given her the opportunity to hone her skills pertaining to her topic “Dealing with Difficult People.”  She has the integrity to teach this topic from the perspective of godly virtues of leadership, as well as lessons learned through mistakes.

Garnet is in her fortieth consecutive year of teaching at SAU and currently carries the title of Emeritus Faculty in Mathematics.  Although, now trying to scale back her campus responsibilities as a pseudo-retiree, she has held the following positions:  Chair of the Natural Science Division, Chair of the Math/Computer Science/Physics
department, and Dean of the school of Arts and Sciences.
Garnet brings a wealth of knowledge to her job both from her experience and her education, including her BS and MA in Mathematics from Illinois State University, A second Masters in Probability and Statistics from MSU and her PHD in Educational Psychology from MSU. 
So what does Garnet do in her free time?  She reads novels to widen her experience with people in other times, cultures, and circumstances, enjoys Sudoku puzzles and considers herself a “minesweeper” expert.  She is very involved at her church as treasurer, and part of the worship team (where she sings Alto, in case anybody wondered).  She enjoys her daily walks, and walking through life with her husband John.  She keeps life relatively simple, with a focus on family, faith and modeling the role of a life-long learner.

Please help me welcome Shawn Rutan

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty with some highly practical tips about our desk phones and email accounts!
Please help me welcome Shawn Rutan at our next SAPA meeting, a member of the SAU Help Desk Team, who will be our feature on Tuesday, February 1st at 10:00am in the Ralph Carey Forum.
Don’t forget SAPAs monthly highlights:
·         Prizes
·         Delicious goodies
·         Sacred Grounds coffee, hot tea and cocoa
·         Smiles, new friends, old friends
·         Refreshment!


NEEDED: All kinds of laundry items – new and/or partly used items are welcome!
From now until Spring Break
Contact: Jill Raymond at SAU

• detergent
• bleach
• dryer sheets

The SAU Jackson Missions Team is collecting items for our Community Laundry Day that will be held during spring break. We provide underprivileged Jackson residents with free washing, drying and laundry detergent at a Laundromat downtown. THANKS for your HELP!


March 12 – 19th
Contact: Jill Raymond at SAU

The Jackson Missions Team is looking for volunteers who would be willing to provide our team of 12 with dinners during our trip. The dates for the trip are Friday, March 12th through Saturday, March 19th.

We will be staying at The Salvation Army in Jackson, which is fully equipped with a kitchen. So, you’d be able to cook right on site if you’d like to. Or if it is easier for you, we are willing to come to your home for dinner.

You don’t have to be a great cook, just willing! And we will be happy with whatever you cook or bring for us to eat. And…please bring your families along and even stay for worship afterwards if you’d like.

It’s my pleasure to introduce…


I’ve personally been waiting for the January SAPA meeting (18th).  Early this fall, our committee chose to include the session “living out our faith at work” based on the feedback we had received from you (surveys and comments), and with which we agreed was a rich and appropriate topic for our meetings.  Then – having Robin Smith agree to present the session was like ‘frosting on the cake’.
A few words that come to mind when I think of Robin:  energetic, busy, fun-loving, adventurous, serious, committed, shining light. [You can add your own words as a “comment” below]
For seven and a half years, Robin has been a member of the Spring Arbor Community; first as a Financial Aid Counselor, and then in the Student Development Office.  She is also an adjunct instructor for GPS, teaching ORM 533 Spirituality in the Workplace.
Robin has served on the SAPA Benefits Committee – enjoying the chance to work with other SAU employees, ask questions and clarify policy.  She is a huge NFL fan, cheers for the Colts, loves to read, be outdoors, go to the beach, and visit Mexico.  
Family:  Husband, Homer, who works in University Advancement; Jenna 24, who lives in Indiana with her family, Ryne 22, who is the Mongolian Chef in the Dining Commons. [She says Ryne gets his tattoos from her]
Job Title:  Director of Student Success and Freshman Programming
Favorite thing about working at SAU:  “The community…LOVE IT!!!”
Something we wouldn’t know:  She has a metal rod in her back that holds her spine up straight
Most embarrassing (“horrifying”) moment:  Mistakenly calling the parent of a deceased student to discuss a loan application…right name, wrong ID number.  Yikes!  “…taught me a valuable lesson about ALWAYS checking the details in CARS.”
When asked what she’d like to say to the SAPA members, she replied:  “OWN IT”, which happens to be the 2010 New Student Orientation theme.  “Therefore, prepare your minds for action.” I Peter 1:13.  OWN IT. 

SAPA serves up ELF, cocoa and Christmas goodies

The Christmas Open House for SAU students on December 13th was a success!  
 Many thanks to those of you who contributed ingredients for hot cocoa and treats for students stopping in for a late evening “study break”.   
The movie ELF was on the big screen, the fireplace was glowing, the espresso machine was chugging away, and Rob even showed up in his elf costume!
Nathan Randall cranked out the hot cocoa, Duane Skene took care of the movie, Gary Mason and Greg Bentle made their way to several buildings on campus – personally inviting students to the event.  
Many other SAPA folks helped set up, visited with students and each other during the event, served goodies, and helped clean up. 
Thanks to everyone for participating – it was a great way to say Merry Christmas to our students!

Lunch (and more) for a buck

On Tuesday, December 7th, SAPA sponsored a Buck Lunch for its members.

Over 100 folks signed in at the Dining Commons, paid $1, and carried their food to the Ralph Carey Forum to meet with others for lunch.

This year the Faculty Forum, led by President John Williams, joined with SAPA for a 2-hour, come-and-go lunch in a festive atmosphere.

Carol Ann Bunnell trimmed the tables with greens and candles, and arranged musical performances from our very own students and staff!

Steve and Lorie brought a Christmas tree, and awarded door prizes throughout the event.

A big thanks to all who participated!

Let us know what you enjoyed about the event by leaving a comment below.


SAPA members were well-represented at the November 20, 2010 Commencement ceremonies.  We are proud of you –colleagues and SAPA members – for completing your degree!
Bachelor of Arts

Sharon McCarrell – Registration & Records

Susan Panak – White Library Archives
Dawn Reynolds – White Library
Ashley VanHeest – Jackson
Master of Arts
Chrissandra Caldwell, MA
Liz Dusseau – Campus Admissions
Rachel Jolly – Lansing
Jim Madden – Kalamazoo
Emily Mitchell – Admissions
Regina Richardson – Toledo

SAPA Buck Lunch on Tuesday, December 7th

Join us for the:
SAPA Buck Lunch
(in conjunction with Faculty Forum)
Tuesday, December 7
Ralph Carey Forum
Pay $1 and sign in with the cashier in the DC.
Get your food and drink and come downstairs.
Relax and enjoy fellowship in a festive Christmas atmosphere.

Introducing…Betty Videto

Betty Videto is our first “Member Feature”. Check out the Tab and read more about this remarkable lady!


• A computer with an Internet connection
• Friends who are also on Facebook & Twitter
• An e-mail address (one where you do not mind receiving Facebook & Twitter e-mails)

1. Go to: Fill out the registration form displayed on the right hand side of the screen; all of the fields must be completed in order to continue.
2. Find Friends by sharing your e-mail account and password. Facebook will use e-mail addresses stored in your e-mail account address book to find friends that may be on Facebook.
3. Fill out some of your profile info such as what company you work for and where you went to school. Again, this is completely optional.
4. Add a profile picture. People will see this and recognize it as your profile photo.
5. Start surfing around. Write a status update, search for high school friends and work colleagues, upload and share photos. Just have fun.

1. Go to: Click on “sign up” on the right hand side of the page.
2. Fill out the registration; all of the fields must be completed in order to continue. You will need to create a username.
3. Browse Interests for which you may want to follow people. Follow folks that sound interesting to you.
4. Add friends. Similar to Facebook, Twitter helps you find friends when you share you e-mail account and password.
5. Search for anyone. Seriously, anyone in the world. Twitter allows you to follow just about any friend or celebrity you can imagine.
6. Start surfing around. Look for famous folks, write updates, and create lists. Have fun.

• To sign back on to Facebook or Twitter go to or and enter your e-mail address and password in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Twitter asks you to click “Sign in.”
• Learn how to change your privacy settings. Privacy settings allow you to limit the information others see on your profile.
• Not everyone will see your profile, but everyone can.

SAPA is Live Streaming

If you are unable to attend a SAPA meeting, you can still enjoy the speaker for the day. Listen and watch here…

Minutes of 9/21 are posted

To see minutes from our September 21 meeting, click on the “Minutes” tab above.

First SAPA meeting for the 2010-2011 academic year

SAPA is pleased to announce our first meeting of the 2010-2011 school year.  Details are…

When:  Tuesday, September 21st

Time:  10 – 11am

Where:  Ralph Carey Forum

Topic: 3 ways into the lives of students

Speaker:  Steve Newton

Come for food and prizes.  Stay for the SAPA community.