Monday, May 24, 2004 Seattle Pacific University


Honor Convocation, Offices Closed

The annual “Ceremony of Light" Honors Convocation, highlighting the many achievements and awards of SPU graduating seniors, will be Thursday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. in Brougham Pavilion. Celebrate the accomplishments of seniors who are outstanding scholars and whose lives have made a difference in our community. The Ceremony of Light concludes as the torch is passed to the newest alumni through the lighting of candles. All campus offices and departments will be closed during this time so SPU community members may attend.

SPFC Research Conference May 26

The School of Psychology, Family and Community will host its second annual research conference on Wednesday, May 26, in Upper Gwinn from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 70 students from undergraduate psychology, marriage and family therapy and graduate clinical psychology will present their research. The morning will consist of poster sessions, and the afternoon will be comprised of three student symposiums beginning at 1 p.m.

Bring the Kids for Green Eggs

Two short operas and songs written by Dr. Seuss and composed by Robert Kapilow will be performed by students in SPU's Theater department, May 25-28. “Green Eggs and Ham" and “Gertrude McFuzz" will be held in the Backstage Theatre of McKinley Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. (There is a special matinee on May 29 at 2 p.m.). School-age students and parents are welcome. Ticket prices are $6 and can be reserved by calling the McKinley Theatre Box Office at (206) 281-2959. The performances are directed and designed by Don Yanik, professor of theater; and music direction is by Jackie Koreski.

Outstanding Seniors Wanted

“This is my annual request for names of SPU's outstanding seniors from this year's graduating class. These students and their achievements will be pitched to local media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page. Please send me the name(s) and two or three sentences as to why the student is outstanding. (I need more information than "top student in class.") Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, involved in community service projects or innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction or did something really interesting for a graduating senior. Basically, anything that would make a good story! I will then follow up with the student and get permission to use their profile. Please send information to me by email at as soon as possible. Thanks in advance." Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager.

Percussion Ensemble in Concert on June 1

The SPU Percussion Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

SPRINT Teams Need Your Help

Seattle Pacific ReachOut International (SPRINT) is a short-term missions program dedicated to providing students with opportunities to serve in cross-cultural settings. This summer, SPRINT will send eight mission teams to Fiji, Dominican Republic, Peru, Russia, Guatemala, China, Indonesia and Malawi. Each team needs supplies for their trips – everything from Band-Aids to hammers and nails. SPRINT teams are currently asking for monetary donations to help buy the supplies. If you would like to donate, send a check (made out to SPU) to SPRINT, Seattle Pacific University, Office of Campus Ministries, 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 200, Seattle, Washington 98119. For more information on the Summer SPRINT teams, visit the SPRINT Web site or call Jacinda at (206) 281-2258. More

Bike to Work Month Is Here

The 2004 Group Health Commute Challenge, May 21-June 19, is one of the biggest bike commuter events on the West Coast. If commuting by bicycle is a new experience for you, this is a great program to help get you started. For seasoned bike commuters, this is your chance to test your bike-commuting mettle by riding to work as often as you can during the month. Challenge yourself, challenge your workmates and challenge other local businesses to be a part of the challenge. Just commute five times or more (round-trips) during the 30-day period and be eligible for great prizes. Cascade Bicycle Club offers classes in “urban cycling techniques" to get you started. If you're interested in joining an “SPU Team" for the bike-to-work month, contact Jessica Kernan at Visit the Web site for more information. More

Camp Casey Fall/Winter Reservations Due June 1

Full-time faculty and staff members: Would you like to escape to Whidbey Island for a weekend this fall or winter? June 1 is the deadline to submit a request to be entered into the lottery drawing for a chance to be offered a weekend in an historic officers' house at SPU-owned Camp Casey. The total cost to use a house (for up to six nights!) is only $35! You may view photographs of the houses and the Camp Casey at Click on the link at the end of this paragraph for the rental policy and submission form. If you are one of the fortunate 40 people to get offered a weekend reservation, invite some friends, pack your groceries and sleeping bags and head out to the beach for some recreation and relaxation on a weekend between September 9, 2004, and January 31, 2005. While at Camp Casey you can walk on the beach, explore the natural beauty of Central Whidbey, tour the Island County historical museum, catch up on some reading or ride your bicycle. Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate a loved one's birthday or anniversary. For more information, email Elizabeth Anema, Camp Casey administrative assistant, at More

SPU's Garden Tour on June 5

Tour award-winning campus landscapes and explore select residential gardens at SPU's second annual Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day includes lectures by Seattle Post-Intelligencer garden columnist Marty Wingate and garden writer and SPU alum Debra Prinzing ‘81, as well as tours of several SPU gardens and six private gardens on Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 with pre-ordered van service on a space-available basis. Order tickets by calling (206) 281-2138 or visit the Web site. More

Special Faculty, Staff Rate for Christian Writers Renewal This Weekend

Jerry Jenkins, president of Christian Writers Guild, has written and published numerous books, several of which have been on The New York Times best-seller list. He will speak three times to the SPU Christian Writers Renewal, May 28-29. The conference also features 22 writers' workshop options and access to literary agents and publishing reps from Focus on the Family Books, Harvest House, Jossey-Bass and Zondervan. SPU faculty and staff members may attend the full conference for just $65 -- almost half price. If you prefer to hear Jerry only, single tickets for the Friday evening event are $12 (includes dessert). For conference registration at this special rate or tickets to the Friday night event, contact Bobbie Taylor at or call (206) 281-2723.


Ward's Article Published

Janet Ward, associate director for information and data management, had her article “The Business of Higher Education: Understanding Institutional Decision Drivers" published in May by the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO). The article provides the context for understanding the decision drivers for public policy and institutional decisions.

Uomoto Presents at Trial Lawyer's Conference on Brain Injury

Jay Uomoto, professor of graduate psychology, was an invited speaker at a conference titled "Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case," sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Washington and held at the Washington State Convention Center on May 14. Jay spoke on the topic "Update on the Medical Literature in Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury" and "Tests of Malingering and Symptom Validity." About 100 attorneys from the Pacific Northwest were in attendance.

Kelly Pens a New Novel Series

Clint Kelly, university communications specialist, has sold the first two novels in a five-book series based on the human senses to Zondervan Publishing. The Dixon Documents, Book I: SCENT, is set in the mega-billion dollar fragrance industry. Part jungle adventure, part corporate intrigue, the story brings husband and wife protagonists, Nicholas and Cassandra, into a life-and-death struggle against greed, deceit and the cult of superficial beauty.

SPU Welcomes Linda Wendling

The Milton Center at Image, a program dedicated to fostering excellence in creative writing by Christians, is pleased to award its 2004-05 postgraduate fellowship in writing to Linda Wendling of St. Louis, Missouri. She will also be an adjunct English professor at SPU next year. Linda is a “Best New Writers of the South" winner, a Ploughshares Emerging Writers nominee, and a finalist for the William Faulkner Prize for the Novel, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and the Bellwether Prize for the Novel. She has won the Heartland Fiction Prize and was a finalist for Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops Anthology and the Associated Writing Programs Writers Award. Her stories and novel excerpts have appeared in River Styx, Microfiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories (W.W. Norton) and New Stories From The South: The Year's Best (Algonquin Press). Her story “Inappropriate Babies," which she will expand into a novel during her year at the Milton Center, was singled out in reviews of New Stories for the South in Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, the Dallas Times and The Southerner. She holds a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the Univeristy of Missouri and an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. In addition to being an editor, instructor, writing coach and consultant, she has taught writing and editing courses at the University of Missouri for the past 10 years and fiction courses at the St. Louis Writer's Workshop since 2000. A resident of the Maryland Heights neighborhood, Linda is an active member of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship. She co-founded the Mennonite group Flat Mountain, which encourages artistic spiritual expression.

Welcome, Janine

SPU welcomes Janine Geho as the new office coordinator for the Graduate Center. She can be reached at (206) 281-2091.


Davis Featured in Seattle Times, Fox News

Reed Davis, associate professor of political science and a candidate for U.S. Senate, was featured in The Seattle Times on May 18 and on Fox News on May 24. Both stories dealt with the Washington State Republican Party barring Reed from speaking at the upcoming state convention for failing to sign a pledge not to “speak ill" of fellow Republicans. See the Fox news story and video online. More

Overstreet Quoted in News Story on Movie Violence

Jeffrey Overstreet, university communications specialist and a critic and columnist for, was recently quoted in a syndicated story by Gannett News Services on violence in movies. The story appeared in newspapers throughout the country, including Florida Today. Jeff reports he was misquoted in the story, and his actual quote was "I'm trying to point them back toward looking at art holistically, not judging something by particular elements right off hand, but looking at how those elements are used in the whole piece and seeing how they can be interpreted in context and whether they're gratuitous or not." Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Instructor of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Associate Professor or Professor of Graduate Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Teacher Education
For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the Web site or call (206) 281-2508 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential faculty members to SPU. More

Staff Positions

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Student Life, Academic Affairs
Manager of Budget and Information Systems, School of Education
Professional Certification Program Associate (20 hours/wk), School of Education
Student Mental Health Counselor-Eating Disorder Specialist, Student Health Center
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the Web site or stop by the human resources office. You can also call Kathleen Abbott at (206) 281-2591 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential employees to SPU. More

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