Monday, May 8, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


SPU's Undergraduate Research Conference

SPU's fourth annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is Thursday, May 11, in Otto Miller Hall. Dr. Catherine Crouch from Swarthmore College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, will give the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 109. Student presentations and posters will run from 2:30-6 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call 206-281-2140.

Faculty, Staff Honored at President's Recognition Convocation

The following SPU faculty and staff were honored at the annual President's Spring Forum on May 2.

Staff Members of the Year (selected by Staff Council)
Oral V. Hemry Award (non-exempt staff member): Laurie Mendes, administrative assistant for science and engineering
Exempt Staff Member: Frank Kinard, manager of Copying and Mailing Services

Faculty Member of the Year (selected by students and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific)
Rod Stiling, associate professor of history

Also honored was President Eaton for his first ten years as SPU president. Congratulations!

Welcome High School Juniors to Campus

On May 11 and 12, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will welcome more than 150 high school juniors to the SPU campus for “Junior Preview." Previewers will experience the life of an SPU student by eating in Gwinn, going to classes, and spending the night in the residence halls. Please help us make these students feel comfortable and welcome on our campus. Contact Becka Lewis, campus visits and events coordinator, at or 206-281-2567 with any questions or concerns.

May Is National Bike to Work Month

The Cascade Bicycle Club has organized a campaign for the 2006 Bike to Work Month. During May, you are invited to join one of the biggest bike commuter events on the West Coast – the annual Group Health Commute Challenge. If bicycle commuting is new to you, this is a great program to get you started. For seasoned 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, your workmates, and local businesses to be a part of the solution. Just commute FIVE times or more (round-trips) during the month and be eligible for fabulous prizes. During May, riders can also stop by one of the afternoon bike rallies for information, live music, snacks, and great giveaways! If you are interested in joining an SPU team for bike-to-work month, contact Safety and Security Office Assistant Donna Coombs at or SPU Team Captain Kristi Nelson at Visit the Web site for more information. More

Bike to Work Day Is May 19

Frustrated with driving? Missed the bus again? Want to find a better way to get to your work? Why not try riding your bike? It's fun, easy, healthy, and contagious! The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is sponsoring the annual Starbucks Bike-to-Work Day, Friday, May 19. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on May 19, more than 35 bicycle commuter stations throughout Puget Sound will be open for bike riders to stop and pick up free water bottles, snacks, maps, bicycle commuting information, or get a free bike checkup. Enter the Starbuck Bike to Work Day raffle and have your bike spot-checked for free by bike shop station sponsors. Many shops have substantial discount offers for participants throughout the month. For more information and the complete list of bike-to-work stations, visit the Web site. More

2006–07 Academic Planners Now at the Bookstore

Keep your class and work schedules straight with SPU's new 2006–2007 Academic Planner. The planner includes program information, registration guidelines, SPU's important academic dates, and more. It's on sale for $11.98 at the SPU Bookstore. Makes a great gift, too!

Let Us Know About Your Campus Events for 2006-07

Twice a year, the Office of University Communications publishes a community events brochure titled “Engage," highlighting a sampling of campus events of interest to the public. Previous brochures have invited neighbors to guest lectures, symposia, concerts, athletic events, gallery showings, theatre productions, etc. This brochure is sent to more than 35,000 alumni, friends, and Seattle neighbors. We are now collecting event information for the 2006-07 academic year, especially events during Autumn and Winter quarters. If you are planning an event of interest to the public, please forward the information to Tracy Norlen in University Communications at 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.

Respect Your Body Week, May 8-12

For the fourth year in a row, SPU's Student Counseling Center (SCC) is sponsoring a week of expression, action, and education regarding food and body issues. This year's theme is "Miserably Perfect -- At What Cost?" integrating the theme of perfectionism into talks, panel discussions, and events. We have some ideal events for staff to enjoy and for faculty to promote to students in a variety of disciplines, including business, fashion design, Latin American studies, and youth ministry. Every event during the week is free. Faculty members are encouraged to contact Julie Church in SCC at or 206-281-7101 to learn about the specific content of events and how they relate to your discipline and students. Review all the week's events at the Web site. More

Research on Teen Image

A research presentation by Dr. Alexia Giblin titled “Teen Talk: Appearance Evaluation, Pressure, and Coping," will be held Tuesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in McKenna Hall 118. Giblin's talk is part of a series of events focusing on food and body issues as part of the Student Counseling Center's “Respect Your Body Week." Review all the events online. More

SPU's Garden Tour on June 3

Tour award-winning campus landscapes and explore select residential gardens during SPU's annual Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour on Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day begins with a lecture by award-winning garden designer and SPU '81 alumna Lorene Forkner. Then you can enjoy guided tours of several SPU gardens and private gardens on Queen Anne and Magnolia. Tickets are $18 per person in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Order tickets by calling 206-281-2138 or visit the Web site. More

2006–07 Undergraduate Catalog Online

The new 2006–07 SPU Undergraduate Catalog is now an online publication. You'll find descriptions and requirements for all SPU majors and minors for enrolled students, as well as program descriptions and academic policies. Also check out the redesigned online Time Schedule. More

Fall/Winter Camp Casey Weekend Requests Due June 15

Attention all full-time SPU faculty and staff. June 15 is the deadline to submit an online request for a fall or winter weekend in a Victorian-style officers' house at Camp Casey Conference Center, SPU's historical beach property located on Whidbey Island. The circa-1900 houses, once a part of the Fort Casey coastal military fortress, are available for your extended weekend. A $35 fee allows you and your guests to use the four-bedroom house for two to five days. You may also use the gym, private beach, and other amenities at Camp Casey. To see photos, visit the Camp Casey Web page at Requests will be accepted for stays between September 18, 2006, and January 31, 2007. Please indicate three to five possible weekend dates. Results will be distributed by July 10. If you are offered a spot, you will find that Camp Casey provides a wonderful setting to enjoy the rural, historical beauty of Whidbey Island. Go for walks, bicycle around Crockett Lake, fly a kite, go out for dinner, and shop in Langley, Coupeville, or Port Townsend. Direct questions to Maralie Johnson, administrative assistant at Camp Casey, at or call toll-free 866-661-6604. All requests must be submitted online by June 15. More

Order SPU Note Cards

Have you already discovered SPU note cards? You or your department can purchase a minimum order of 50 sets (note card on fine white card stock with matching envelope) for just 55 cents per set. For orders of 100 sets or more, the price drops to just 50 cents per set. A note-card sample and ordering instructions are available online via Banner. Under the “Employee Menu," select “Stationery Products Menu."

Autumn Quarter Registration Begins May 15

Registration for Autumn Quarter is coming soon! All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 15. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 22. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Pet Photo of the Week

“Introducing Soda Kenney – Soda is captured in a rare, thoughtful pose as she enjoys some sunshine. Normally, Soda is a typical mischievous, 4-year-old Beagle who spends most of her free time sniffing anything and everything. When she's smelled every scent we can offer, she settles down and cuddles with the nearest human." Jennifer Kenney, director of undergraduate admissions.

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, May 11. The next publication date is Monday, May 15.

1940s' USO Musical Review and Swing Dance

A 1940s' USO swing dance, including live music by the SPU Jazz Ensemble, will take place May 13 and 14 in Upper Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus. The event is sponsored by SPU's Cabaret Music Theatre Club. Come early for complimentary swing dance lessons! The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. Tickets are $12 per student, $20 for couples (students), $15 for non-student (single), and $28 non-student couples. Free admission to active military personnel and retired veterans. On Mother's Day, May 14, all mothers get $5 off the ticket price. Tickets are available in the ASSP office in the SUB.

Senior Art Now on Display

The annual Senior Art Exhibition is currently on display at SPU's Art Center Gallery, located at Third West Cremona Street. A reception for participating students is Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. The Art Center Gallery is open Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more about SPU's Department of Visual Art by visiting the Web site. More

What Is Shapadooah?

A spring block party? A carnival? Come find out Thursday, May 11, from 4-7 p.m. in Martin Square. Shapadooah, sponsored by the SPU Student Union Board, features free food, live music, and much more. Students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Carol Clement, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at 206-281-2533.


Adams Publishes Two Articles

An article by University Registrar Ruth Adams was recently published in Colleges and Universities, the American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers national publication. The article was titled “Financial Literacy and Retention." A second article titled “Leading the Next Generation" was published on the Pacific Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO) Web site. Ruth is a member of the PACRAO regional writers team. You can read the article online. More

Young Presents at National Meeting

Professor of Mathematics Education Sharon Young recently made a presentation in St. Louis, Missouri, at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The title of her presentation was “Good Questions + Process Standards = Discourse + Learning."

Hanson Opens Seattle Chamber Music

On May 1, Professor of Music Eric Hanson gave the opening lecture for the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. His paper, titled "Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and the Battle for Meaning," examined Stravinky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" and the Shostakovich Cello Sonata. The paper explained the battle for meaning between the autonomist/formalist position that flourished in the liberal democracies in the West, and the referentialist/realist position that flourished in the totalitarian states of the East.

Overstreet Featured as Artist of the Month

University Communications specialist and movie reviewer Jeffrey Overstreet is the “Artist of the Month" at Image, based on the SPU campus, is a critically acclaimed literary and arts journal exploring the relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art through contemporary fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, and dance. Read the feature article on Jeffrey online. More

New Book on Doris Brown Heritage

A new book has just been published about cross county coach Doris Brown Heritage, SPU's own five-time world cross county champion, two-time Olympian, Olympic coach, and inductee into the Track & Field Hall of Fame, Distance Running Hall of Fame, and the Coaches Hall of Fame. The book, titled The Fragile Champion, was written by Doris' long-time coach and former SPU track and field coach, Ken Foreman. To learn more and order the book, visit the Web site. More


Application Rates at Washington State Universities

A front page story on applications to Washington state private and public colleges appeared in the May 5 edition of the Seattle P-I. The story's headline was "State's High School Students Snubbing Public Universities." Included in the story is a graph showing in- and out-of-state application rates at state institutions. Read it online. More

Freshman Application Rates at Washington State Universities

A story on freshman admission rates to local colleges and universities appeared in the May 1 edition of the Seattle P-I. The story is accompanied by a color photo of an SPU freshman in front of Alexander Hall. There are also graphs for fall admission rates to both private and public institutions. Read it online. More


Staff Positions

Administrative Assistant, Office of Business and Planning
Campus Program Coordinator, Office of Student Programs
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Loan Processing Assistant (temporary), Student Financial Services
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Plant Services
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
Multi-Skilled Trades I, Camp Casey
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Undergraduate Academic Counselor, Student Academic Services
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications

Faculty Vacancies

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Two positions)
Director of Engineering Programs
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Director of Master of Science in Nursing Program
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Visting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Physics Education
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology(Two positions)
Associate or Professor of 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

Volume #33, Issue #18 | Published by: University Communications

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