Monday, November 21, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


SPU Campus Closed

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, SPU will be closed on November 24–25. No classes will be held and offices will be closed.

Special Faculty, Staff Thanksgiving Lunch

Campus Dining invites all faculty and staff to a "Thanksgiving Celebration" lunch in Gwinn Commons Tuesday, November 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Join us for a taste of autumn, featuring pork chops with country gravy, “Red Bliss" mashers, butternut squash enchilada, and much more. A special dessert spread will be available in the Lake Union Room featuring hot apple crisp, pumpkin bread pudding, chocolate caramel pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake, and chilled sparkling apple cider. The lunch price for faculty and staff with SPU ID is $5.20. Without an ID, the price is $6.95.

New Date for Poet John Terpstra Reading

Canadian poet John Terpstra will read from his poetry and prose on November 30 (originally scheduled for December 1) at 7:30 p.m. in the SPU Art Center Gallery as part of his West Coast book tour with Gaspereau Press. His spare, lyrical new release, The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter, is an unsentimental prose elegy for his wife's three brothers, each of whom suffered from muscular dystrophy and died in his early twenties (an excerpt appears in Image Journal #47). Author of the poetry collections The Church Not Made with Hands and Disarmament, Terpstra has been short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award. He works out of his own shop in Hamilton, Ontario, as a cabinetmaker and carpenter.

Sacred Sounds Concert SOLD OUT!

Tickets for SPU's "Sacred Sounds of Christmas" concert at Benaroya Hall on November 27 are now sold out. This event, featuring SPU's Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, Männerchor, and String Orchestra sells out earlier every year. Be sure to get your tickets early next year.

Thanksgiving Chapel on Tuesday

SPU's Thanksgiving Communion Service is Tuesday, November 22, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The theme for the service is “Sharing Our Stories of Thanks." A special offering will be taken for the SPU Benevolent Fund, which helps local youth organizations and students with unanticipated financial needs. Campus offices and departments will be closed 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving Labyrinth Walk on Nov. 23

Join students, faculty, and staff in a Thanksgiving Labyrinth Walk, a quiet way to enter into the Thanksgiving spirit, on Wednesday, November 23, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The labyrinth is an ancient tool for contemplation and prayer found in Christian churches for 800 years. The form has become popular in recent decades and is modeled on the 11-circuit labyrinth built into the floor of Chartres Cathedral early in the 13th century. The walk takes about 30 minutes to complete. For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Doug Thorpe at

We Need to Know About Your Events on Campus

The Office of University Communications is now finalizing the list of SPU-sponsored events for 2006. We are especially interested in events or programs during Winter and Spring Quarters that are open to the general public. Events will be considered for the next "Engage" brochure, which is sent to more than 40,000 SPU community members and Seattle neighbors. If you are planning an event of interest to the public, forward the information to Tracy Norlen at If you've already sent information, please make sure it's up to date. We are also interested in any possible events you may be planning, so please send that information as well. If you have questions, contact Tracy at (206) 281-2977.

Students Offer Nutrition Presentation

Junior and senior students in SPU's Family and Consumer Sciences department will offer a nutrition presentation on “Elderly and Diet" Wednesday, November 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the Food Lab in Peterson Hall (Room 104). These presentations are open to everyone.

Lilly Service Internship Fund Applications Due November 30

Do you know a student who is interning with a nonprofit organization this winter? Encourage them to apply for a Lilly-funded stipend. They are available to students interning at qualifying nonprofit organizations. Application deadline is November 30. For more information, visit the Web site. More

Surplus Computers for Sale

Computer and Information Systems has surplus computers for sale to faculty and staff for personal or home use. There are 10 desktop systems (Micron 933Mhz CPU, 15" flat panel, keyboard and mouse) and five laptops (1.2-1.8Ghz, various vendors). The desktop systems don't have modems, but some of the laptops do. They all have network cards. All of the systems are in working condition, but are offered "as is" and without support. The equipment is three to four years old. The purchase cost is $50 for a desktop system, and $100 for a laptop. Items will be made available via a lottery. If you are interested in purchasing this surplus equipment, send an email message to Dave Tindall at Indicate "desktop, laptop, or either." Requests must be received by Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at noon. Winners will be notified by November 28.

SFS Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 2

The Student Financial Services (SFS) Undergraduate Scholarship Application is now available for students to complete for the 2006-07 academic year. Students need a completed reference form to apply for this scholarship. If a student asks you to fill out a reference form, the SFS office asks that you return it no later than Friday, December 2. We received approximately 300 applications last year and it is crucial to collect all reference material on time. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Whitney Kruse, program manager of grants and scholarships, at

Pet of the Week Photo

“Ten-year-old Ginger was acquired from the Humane Society and has been with the Sleight family in Bellevue for five years. She's a bit lonely now that her mistress Annie is a freshman in Hill Hall this fall. Each of Dick and Nancy Sleight's three children selected a cat (or kitten in the case of “Diane" and her littermate “Brother"). Ginger brings sudden death to the local rat population, but has a soft spot for a soft spot, as it were." Dick Sleight, manager of information systems and instructor, School of Business and Economics

Is Your Pet as Cute as Ginger?

Show off your pet by submitting a photo to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for the “Pet Photo of the Week." Faculty and staff are encouraged to send a photo of their pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Only pets related to SPU faculty and staff members will be accepted. (Those with multiple pets may submit one group photo or individual pet photos and descriptions.)

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. Be sure to send your announcements and news as early as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 23. The next publication date is Monday, November 28.


Wolfe Attends National Book Award Gala in NYC

Gregory Wolfe, writer in residence and editor of Image journal, attended the gala banquet for the National Book Awards in New York City on November 16. He served as a judge in nonfiction for this year's awards. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Garrison Keillor, and the ceremony included an award given to author Norman Mailer by the novelist Toni Morrison. Wolfe's panel selected Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir about death and grieving, to receive the nonfiction award.

Nuesch-Olver Contributes Chapter to Journal

Delia Nuesch-Olver, associate professor of global and urban ministry, has contributed a chapter titled "Don't Make Jesus Cry: A Qualitative Analysis of Spiritual Autobiographies of Older Teenagers" to The Journal of Youth Ministry. Delia utilized principles of qualitative research to analyze spiritual autobiographies of students during their first year at SPU.

Schermer-Sellers, Grauf-Grounds Leaders in National Health Care Conference

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community partnered in supporting the Collaborative Family Health Care Association's annual national conference in Seattle, October 6-9. Tina Schermer-Sellers, director of the medical family therapy program, was the chair of this conference and presented a workshop with Emily Cooper, M.D., titled, "Reclaiming the Life of a Burned-Out Practitioner: Researched Strategies for Work and Life Balance." Claudia Grauf-Grounds, chair of the marriage and family therapy program, presented an all-day pre-conference workshop titled "An Introduction to Collaborative Care" with Alexander Blount, Ed.D., from Massachusetts, and Seattle family physician David Stoller M.D. This conference brought local and national health care leaders together to review research and clinical, financial, operational, and policy strategies to improve health care delivery, access, and cost.

Boyce Articles Published

Two articles by Ronald Boyce, emeriti professor of urban and regional studies, were recently published in Geography of the Holy Land: Perspectives (Taipei. Holy Light Seminary Press, for the Association of American Geographers). The articles are titled “Exploring the Spatial Antipodes of the Heavenly City," and “Why Jerusalem Is Special: An Examination of Sacred Space From Biblical and Geographical Perspectives." The articles are published in Chinese and English.

Welcome, Mariah

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Mariah Harding as the new administrative assistant in physical education.


Wolfes to Be Featured in The Seattle Times on November 24

Gregory Wolfe, and his wife, Suzanne, will be profiled in the Northwest Life section of The Seattle Times on Thursday, November 24. Greg is publisher and editor of Image journal, director of SPU's M.F.A. program in creative writing, and writer in residence. Suzanne is an English instructor.

Gilnett Featured in Upcoming C.S. Lewis Documentary

Kim Gilnett, marketing associate in fine arts, will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the restoration of C.S. Lewis' home in England. The documentary is scheduled to air November 28 on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Kim has spent many years studying Lewis and helping restore Lewis' home known as “The Kilns."

Downing's Letter to the Editor Published in The Wall Street Journal

A letter to the editor written by Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing was published in The Wall Street Journal on October 10. The letter's headline was titled “Curse the Darkness." Here's the letter in its entirety. “Candlemakers benefiting from tariffs at the expense of the rest of society (“Tariffs for the Rich," Review & Outlook, October 4)? This was foreseen by 19th-century French economic satirist Frederic Bastiat, who imagined the candlemaking industry petitioning the government to require that all windows be covered to increase the demand for candles during the day. The need to be vigilant against those industries seeking special protection never ceases."


Welcome, Samuel

Natalee Vick and her husband, David, are the parents of Samuel Martin, born April 26, 2005. He weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and was 18 ½ inches long at birth. Sam is six months old in this photo. Natalee is a technical services librarian.


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art History (2 positions)
Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Communication
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Associate Professor of Special Education
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
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, Alumni
Audio Video Production Specialist, Instructional Technology Services
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Systems
Manager of Conference Services, University Services
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk, temporary), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Receptionist (part-time, temporary), School of Health Sciences
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Event Manager, University Advancement/External Relations
Student Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications
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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