Monday, April 4, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


SPU Music Faculty Showcase Baroque Music

Enjoy a special evening of baroque music played on baroque instruments by SPU music faculty on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Performers include Meg Brennard (cello), Brian Chin (trumpet), James Denman (harpsichord), Catherine Haight (soprano), Kim Zabelle (violin), and the Seattle Trumpet Consort. This event is free and open to the public.

Thalia Symphony Performs Twice This Weekend

Thalia Symphony, orchestra-in-residence at SPU, will perform a concert on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. They will also perform Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Performing Arts Center, 8815 Seward Park in Seattle. General admission is $12, and $8 for students and seniors. This concert's theme is “Music for Heroes" and highlights include pianist George Fiore playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor," and SPU's Minister of Worship Stephen Newby narrating Aaron Copland's “Lincoln Portrait." The Thalia Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Eric Hanson, SPU professor of music. For more information, visit the Web site. More

Annual Image SPU Film Festival

The fourth annual Image / SPU Film Festival will be held on campus April 8-10. This year's theme is “The Bread of Angels: A Taste for Film and Food." The five films that will be screened are “Babette's Feast," “Tampopo," “Big Night," “Garlic Is as God as Ten Mothers," and “Eat Drink Man Woman." All screenings will be followed by panel discussions with SPU faculty, students, and staff. Refreshments will be provided. CFE credit is available to students who attend two screenings and panel discussions. For information on movie screening times and locations, visit the Web site. More

Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?

Join California State University historian Richard Weikart as he addresses this provocative question in a lecture based on his recent book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. Dr. Weikart will examine the role played by Darwinism in Germany in the rise of eugenics, euthanasia, infanticide, and racial extermination. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Geography as part of its "Science and Public Policy" lecture series. CFE credit is available.

Nominations for President's Awards for Excellence

The 2005 President's Awards for Excellence will recognize one faculty member and one staff member who have shown exceptional commitment to SPU's mission this year. President Eaton will announce the recipients at the annual President's Recognition Chapel on Tuesday, May 3, in Brougham Pavilion. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 check as a tangible expression of recognition and gratitude for their significant achievements and service to SPU. Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 15. You can nominate fellow colleagues for the president's consideration online, or contact Jan Higbee at More

Service Learning Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students involved in service learning or other volunteer work within the United States. Students should visit the “Students in Service" (SIS) Web site at and complete the preservice orientation to see if their volunteer work meets the scholarship guidelines. Assistant Professor of School Counseling Cher Edwards is facilitating a “Students in Service" scholarship orientation on April 13 at 3 p.m. in Peterson Hall, Room 303. Students may contact Cher directly for more information at (206) 281-2286. Due to the response to the initial scholarships, AmeriCorps SIS program has more than doubled the scholarships allotted to SPU. The more scholarships we use, the more we will be allotted. Please tell your students about this wonderful opportunity for student scholarship.

Great Prizes for a Commuter Challenge This Week

If you commute to work at least two times April 4-15, you will be eligible for some great prizes, including a Starbucks or Barnes & Noble gift card, a Starbucks thermos, an iPod Shuffle, or the grand prize of a Caribbean cruise! Commuting options include carpool, vanpool, bus, commuter train, biking, or walking. Wheel Options is a statewide campaign presented by the Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO). For more information, contact SPU's Employee Transportation Coordinator Justin Langhofer at (206)281-2821 or, or visit the WSRO's Web site. More

We Need Stories About Your Student Workers

As part of the Student Employee Celebration on April 27, student employees will be recognized for their hard work and unique contributions to the SPU campus. Please take a moment to share one or two stories from your department. You may recognize individuals or groups of students. The goal is to get a snapshot of the work that students do across campus. Contact SPU Student Employment Coordinator Bob Yohnka with any questions at Submit stories online by April 20. More

“First Thursday" Monthly Luncheon: C.S. Lewis and “The Kilns" Restoration

SPU's Staff Council hosts monthly luncheons for faculty and staff to hear interesting speakers and get to know each other. This month, Fine Arts Marketing Associate Kim Gilnett will present pictures and tell of his experience restoring the home of author C.S. Lewis in Oxford. Drawing from old photos and personal interviews with living contemporaries of Lewis, Gilnett and Professor of Theatre Don Yanik helped restore “The Kilns" back to its original setting and bring it alive with the Lewis' personality. The luncheon is Thursday, April 7, at 11:45 a.m. in the Lake Union Room in Gwinn Commons. Buy your lunch in the main dining hall and join us in the Lake Union Room, located in the northwest corner. There is limited seating, so come early. No registration is required.

Tell Your Students About Financial Life 101

Student Financial Services is sponsoring a basic financial management session for students on Tuesday, April 5, at 1 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. This free session will cover how to manage credit wisely, how different banking accounts work, and how to create a budget as a college student. This is a great resource for students who have questions about money management.

Tell Your Students About the Majors Fair

The “Majors Fair" is an excellent chance for students to explore majors and career interests and talk with professors. Please encourage your students to attend the Majors Fair Thursday, April 7, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Students will also have an opportunity to attend workshops such as "Choosing a Major" and "What to Do With a Liberal Arts Degree." Visit the Career Development Center Web site for details. More

Tell Your Students About a Networking Workshop

“Networking With Integrity and Ease" is a workshop for students as part of the Career Development Center's “SpringBoard: Explore Your Major, Vocation, and Career." SPU alumnus Chris Frickel ‘99, director of tournament marketing for the Professional Golfers Association of America-Pacific Northwest section, will lead the workshop on Tuesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in Demaray 261. For more information, visit the SpringBoard Web site. More

Tell Your Students About the Falcon Career Lunch

Students have a chance to meet informally with SPU alumni and other professionals to learn more about specific career fields on Thursday, April 14, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Advertising, public relations, information technology, performing arts, event planning, and marketing are just a few of more than 15 areas represented. Encourage students to register by visiting the SpringBoard Web site. More

Nominate a Student for the Barnabas Scholarship

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and will be a senior during the 2005-06 school year? If so, we encourage you to nominate this student or students for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in the name of the recipient to a charity of his or her choice. Online nominations are due by April 22 and can be found on the Office of Campus Ministries home page. More

Climb Mt. Rainier and Support Students

The SPU Society of Fellows is sponsoring “Summit Challenge 2005," offering a chance to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington state while raising money for student scholarships. Climbers will scale Mt. Rainier, June 18-19, and be guided by Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI) on the Disappointment Cleaver route from Camp Muir. The program begins with the first fundraising and lecture series on Wednesday, April 6. Plan to come and learn more about this adventure. For more information and to register, visit the Web site. More

Campus Compact Conference Coming Up in Portland

The eighth annual Campus Compact Continuums of Service conference, "Building Bridges: Values, Knowledge, and Skills for Vibrant Communities and Campuses," will welcome more than 500 colleagues to Portland, Oregon, April 11-13, 2005. SPU is a member of the Washington Campus Compact. Attendees from the Western Region and beyond will explore multiple perspectives on the relationships between higher education and communities, and the roles service-learning and civic engagement can play in invigorating them. The conference has become a national model for professional development among service-learning practitioners including faculty, administrators, students, and community partners. The conference provides practitioners opportunities to publicly present their work and network with service-learning professionals from the Campus Compact Western Region. Choose from more than 50 engaging concurrent sessions, including three strands: faculty roles and rewards, student leadership, and community partnerships. Visit the Web site for detailed session information. More

Faith and Mental Health Care

The School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community are sponsoring a half-day conference titled “Supporting the Mental Health of Youth and Families in the Community: The Interplay of Faith and Culture" on Tuesday, April 12. The conference is from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Panel sessions include “Meeting Mental Health Needs Within a Faith Community" and “Incorporating Spirituality and Faith Into Culturally-Based Care." The conference is part of SPU's Living Well Initiative, a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions. This conference is open to the public, and the registration fee is $10. For more information and to register, visit the Web site. More

Nominate Someone for Staff of the Year by April 15

Want to appreciate a staff member? Act now by nominating them to SPU's Staff Council for one of the "Staff of the Year" awards. Two staff members (one exempt and one non-exempt) will be awarded $1,000 in appreciation of their contribution to the SPU community. Deadline for nominations is April 15. Take a few moments right now to complete the online nomination form. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Weekly Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published on Mondays, and deadlines to submit information are Thursdays. Only news directly related to the SPU community will be published. Be sure to send your announcements and news as early as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy C. Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, April 7.


Ward Wins AACRAO Award

Janet Ward, associate vice president for information and data management, received the Elbert W. Ockerman State and Regional Professional Activity Award at the annual meeting of the American Associate of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on March 28 in New York City. This award recognizes up to three outstanding state and regional professional activities such as program sessions, projects, workshops, and publications. The award went to PACRAO (Pacific Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers) for “The Writers Team." The team was conceived and executed several years ago by Janet as a way of engaging PACRAO members—especially those with public speaking anxiety or lacking resources to attend annual meetings—in development and publication of written professional development materials. Congratulations, Janet!

Grauf-Grounds Presents at Conference

Claudia Grauf-Grounds, associate professor and chair of the marriage and family therapy master's degree program, recently made a presentation at the 25th anniversary of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicines Conference on Families and Health at Amelia Island, Florida. Her topic was titled “Referral Patterns Between Family Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Clergy in Washington State." Claudia is also serving a four-year term on the steering committee for this conference.

Farewell Party for Sig Swanstrom

A farewell party for Society of Fellow's Director Sig Swanstrom will be held Tuesday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Walls Advancement Center. Sig was recruited in 1999 to re-engineer The Society of Fellows organization. He is also an SPU alumnus, Class of 1973. His last day at SPU is April 15.


Parrott in Financial Times of London

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was quoted in an article about the upcoming marriage of Prince Charles in the Financial Times of London on April 1. The article was titled “Saying ‘I do,' Part Two." Les was quoted extensively as were portions of his book, Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts.

West on PAX-TV April 9

Associate Professor of Political Science John West will debate Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State on the “Faith Under Fire" newstalk show with Lee Strobel. The show airs on PAX-TV on Saturday, April 9, at 10 p.m. PST. The topic is the teaching of evolution. More

SPU Alumnus Highlighted in Pacific Northwest Magazine

SPU alumnus Bob Ekblad is highlighted in the April 3 issue of The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine. The ministries started by Bob and his wife, Gracie, provide services and counseling to thousands of migrants in Skagit County. Read the story online. More


Wood-Vetersneck's New Baby Boy

Margo Wood-Vetersneck and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born October 31, at 12:16 p.m. Michael James weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth. Welcome, Michael!

Wetzel's New Baby Boy

Sara Wetzel, previous program coordinator for Disability Support Services and her husband, Nate, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Eli James Wetzel. Eli was born February 25 at 6:35 a.m. He was 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches at birth. Welcome, Eli!


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant or Associate Professor of Christian Ministry
University Librarian and Director of Learning Resources
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nutrition
Assistant or Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology(.5 FTE)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Science 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

Administrative Assistant, Camp Casey
Associate Director of Human Resources, Human Resources
Assistant Director of Residence Life (anticipated opening), Residence Life
Custodian II, Facility Management
Director of Student Programs, Student Life
Manager of Conference Services, University Services
Professional Certification Program Associate (.5), School of Education
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Security Officer I, (.8, interim), Safety and Security
Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems

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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