Monday, March 13, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Staff Forum on March 15

The theme for the next SPU Staff forum on Wednesday, March 15, is “Can a University Change the World Through Its Graduates?" The keynote speaker is Nancy Murphy, an SPU alumna and executive director of Northwest Family Life. Come and hear her testimony, learn about her role and history with Northwest Family Life, and hear how SPU equipped her to engage the culture and change the world. The forum will meet in Upper Gwinn Commons from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. There will also be a time of worship and community fellowship with drinks and snacks provided. We hope to see you there! For more information about Staff Council or to contact us, visit the Staff Council Web page. More

SPU Welcomes WJSHS

On March 16-17, more than 100 Washington high school students and teachers with a special interest in science, mathematics, and technology research will be at SPU for the annual Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WJSHS). It is one of 47 similar regional programs conducted by the Academy of Applied Science, under contract with the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Fifteen high school students have been selected to present their science research, and the Washington winners will receive a total of $4,500 in scholarships. Additionally, the first and second place winners will present their papers at the national symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in late April to compete for an additional $16,000 scholarship. The students' poster presentations will be set up in the Otto Miller Hall lobby. Faculty and staff are invited to view them on Thursday, March 16, after 3 p.m. through Friday, March 17. You also are invited to attend the oral presentations in room 109 in Otto Miller Hall, 7:15-9 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. If you would like more information, contact Stamatis Vokos, associate professor of physics, at 206-281-2385 or any other member of the physics department.

John Medina to Give Plenary Talk at WJSHS

John Medina, director of the SPU Center for Brain Research, will give the plenary talk at the annual Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Thursday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in room 109 of Otto Miller Hall. Medina is an internationally acclaimed developmental molecular biologist and founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based brain research organization. He was the speaker at the 2005 SPU President's Symposium on “How the Brain Learns."

It's Never to Early to Nominate Someone for Staff of the Year!

Want to show your appreciation for a staff member? Act now by nominating him or her to SPU's Staff Council for one of the 2006 "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

Faculty, Staff Discount at SPU Christian Writers Renewal

If you're interested in publishing your writing in the evangelical Christian market, you are urged to join authors and publishers for a day-and-a-half of excellent instruction and inspiration. SPU faculty and staff receive a special, discounted price for the conference of $75, which includes the closing banquet with keynote speaker Dr. Calvin Miller, author of The Singer Trilogy. Choose from 22 workshop sessions in fiction, nonfiction, magazine writing, storytelling, C.S. Lewis and writing, and much more. Meet publisher representatives and published authors. For a brochure or to register, contact Bobbie Taylor in the SPU Fellows office at or 206-281-2723.

Win Prizes for Commuting

SPU's Office of Safety and Security (OSS) is participating in "Wheel Options," a statewide commuting campaign organized by the Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO). You can participate in Wheel Options by carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, or riding the bus or train. If you commute using a method other than driving alone twice during the week of March 13-24, you are eligible to win prizes from WSRO, including a trip to London for two and other great prizes and getaways. As an additional bonus, you can also register to win one of several prizes from OSS, including an iPod Shuffle mp3 player, gift cards from Barnes & Nobles and Starbucks Coffee, and vouchers good at REI and other locations. To register for the drawing from OSS, contact Employee Transportation Coordinator Justin Langhofer at 206-281-2821 or You can download an OSS Wheel Options entry form by going to the OSS Web page and selecting “parking." To register for the state drawing and learn more about Wheel Options, visit the Web page. More

Spring Faculty and Staff On-Campus Weight Watchers

Feel better and look great for summer and beyond. SPU employees have lost from 10 to 100 pounds on this realistic and successful program. The spring on-campus Weight Watchers series runs Tuesdays, March 28 through June 6 (no meeting on April 11), noon – 1 p.m. in SUB 207. The cost is $120 for the 10 session series. For more information or to register, email Laurie Collins, Career Development Center publicity and events coordinator, at by Friday, March 24. Registration is also open to non-SPU students, family, and friends.

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Meditations

SPU Librarian Steve Perisho has created a bibliography of readings for this Lenten and Easter season titled “Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Meditations." You can review the list online. More

Three Generations of Chinese Art

Don't miss an extraordinary exhibit at SPU's Art Center Gallery. The exhibit features paintings by Chinese artists, including Teng Chiu, considered to be one of the first modern Chinese painters. The collection is owned by SPU Professor of International Business and Economics Joanna Poznanska and her husband, Kazimierz Poznanski. The exhibit runs until March 29. The Art Center Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Taking a Sunday afternoon nap can get ‘interesting' when Lucy, our 19-month old Newfoundland, decides to join me! She is our gentle giant." Kathy Hefner, administrative assistant for biology and chemistry.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. If you have information or event news, please send it as soon as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, March 16. The next publication date is Monday, March 20.


Lubag Performs Around Northwest

Reuel Lubag, director of the SPU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and jazz piano instructor, recently finished a series of performances and clinics around the Northwest. He joined a short mini tour to Central Washington University in Ellensburg featuring Mel Bay senior editor and guitarist Corey Christiansen, Lionel Hampton Big Band bassist Christian Fabian, and Origin Arts executive drummer Matt Jorgensen. The group also performed at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant for three evenings, and presented clinics at Roosevelt High School in Seattle and Ellensburg High School. Reuel has been serving as a piano consultant for the music department at Central Washington University, and may be involved this next year as a part-time instructor in their newly established jazz degree program. Reul also recently served as a clinician and adjudicator for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He performed with Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Bob Hurst, Claudio Roditi, Benny Green, Russell Malone, Kristin Korb, and others. In March, he performed and led a clinic for the Snohomish School District, which was sponsored by the Pacific Jazz Institute. He also recently performed with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Ernestine Anderson at Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performing Arts Center.

Braden Presents Paper on Russia

Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden presented a paper on Russian tourism and regional development at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago on March 9. She focused on the puzzling aspects of why it is so hard to attract international tourists to Siberia.


Johnson and Merriam Wedding

Professor of Music Wayne Johnson was united in marriage to Claire Merriam on March 7 in Alexander Chapel on the SPU campus. Rev. Cathy Barker of Magnolia United Church of Christ officiated at the private ceremony. The couple will honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas over Spring Break to enjoy some sun and surf.


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art (Visual Communication)
Assistant Professor of Art History
Visiting Instructor of Biblical Studies
Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Two positions)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Associate Professor of Special Education
Director of Engineering Programs
Assistant Professor of English
Business and Social Sciences Librarian
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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

Career Counselor, Interim (20-32 hrs/wk), Career Development Center
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
Network/Communications Technician, Computer and Information Systems
Nurse Practitioner (20hrs/wk, Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Program Coordinator, Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, Family and Community
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications
Work Control Assistant, Building Maintenance
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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