Monday, June 26, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Successful Benefits Fair and the Door-Prize Winners

The staff of Human Resources would like to thank everyone who attended the recent Benefits Fair. The goldfish went to good homes, the tooth fairies granted good wishes, and hopefully your benefits questions were answered all in one place. Congratulations to the door-prize winners! There were 16 lucky employees who won door prizes. The grand prize winners ($200 cash each) were Cherry Gilbert from Finance and Murray Lawson from University Services. Please congratulate all the winners.
Frank Kinard, Mailing Services: Wellness prize donated by Human Resources
Curt Jacobsen, Building Maintenance: Tully's gift basket donated by Premera
Robin Kundert, Computer and Information Systems: Mariner's tickets donated by Benefits Administration Company
Wai Lau, Mathematics: Barnes and Noble gift card donated by Washington Dental Service
Mike Portraz, Seattle Pacific Foundation: canvas bag/fleece blanket donated by TIAA/CREF
Sue Martin, Science Lab: Starbucks gift card donated by LTC Solutions
Kendra Dye, University Advancement: set of four water bottles donated by Costco
Frank MacDonald, Athletics: canvas bag/fleece blanket donated by Fidelity
Ted Hiemstra, Graduate Center: gift basket from AON
Jordan Grant, Student Financial Services: Starbucks gift card donated by Unum
Jaclyn Stockton, Student Financial Services: massage donated by Monroe Massage
Kevin McMahan, Student Life: consultation and x-rays donated by Sound Chiropractor
Lyle Peter, Chemistry: three month gym membership donated by Pure Fitness
(Bank of America will contact the winner of the $50 Macy's gift card)

Open Enrollment Ends June 30

Human Resources is now offering an improved Open Enrollment form. This form can be used to change who is covered on your insurance, selecting PPO Plan-Option 2, or enrolling or re-enrolling in flexible spending account programs. Improvements have been made to the form to make it easier for you to indicate your benefit elections. Please contact Human Resources at 206-281-2809 if you have questions. Review the new form online. More

Mariners Ticket Deadline June 30

Join SPU faculty, staff, students, alums, friends, and family at Safeco Field on Friday, August 4, to watch the Seattle Mariners play the Oakland A's. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Make checks payable to SPU. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, June 30. However, tickets usually sell out before the order deadline date. To purchase tickets, contact Julia Weir in University Communications, Suite 116, at 206-281-2051 or

Campus Events for Next Year?

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.

New Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines for Summer

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every other Monday during the summer. 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, July 6. The next publication date is Monday, July 10.


Surdyk and Diddams Publish Sixth Article

Lisa Surdyk, associate professor of economics, and Margaret Diddams, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Family, and Community, have published an article in the Spring 2006 edition of the Christian Business Academy Review, a new publication of the Christian Business Faculty Association. The article is titled "Mammon Worship in America: Challenging College Students' Perceptions About Consumerism and Affluence." This is the sixth article they have co-authored together.

SPU Teams Wins Poster Award

The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development is pleased to announce an SPU team was given the “Judge's Choice" award for a poster at the New Media Consortium conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, June 7-10. The poster is titled "Using Wikis to Promote Student Learning: Moving From Information Assimilation to Knowledge Construction." The poster reported on work conducted by Director of Instructional Technology Services David Wicks, Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden, and Physical Education Instructor JoAnn Atwell-Scribner. The graphic design was done by Dominic Williamson in Instructional Technology Services. This project grew out of a 2006 SPU Teaching and Technology Grant titled "An Open Source Approach to Collaborative Learning via Blackboard," originated by Braden. The award-winning poster can be seen on the first floor of the SPU Library, directly to your left as you enter the building. Congratulations!


Eaton's Editorial in The Seattle Times

An editorial by President Philip Eaton appeared in the June 18 edition of The Seattle Times. Eaton comments on the popular book and movie The Da Vinci Code. In the editorial, he states, "We have trouble in our time distinguishing between fact and fiction. Christians, informed by good scholarship, consider the 'facts' of The Da Vinci Code to be ludicrous, dangerous if taken seriously, and pure fiction. On the other hand, Brown and those outside the Christian tradition may consider our whole story nothing but fiction. And so how do we have meaningful discussion between fiction and fiction?" Read the complete editorial online. More

Church Profiled in The Seattle Times

Julie Church, eating disorder specialist in the Student Counseling Center, was featured in a new section of The Seattle Times titled “Gender: F." Church talks about her role at SPU and the annual “Respect Your Body" week. Read the story online. More

Hamilton Quoted in Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Associate Professor of History Michael Hamilton was quoted in the June 19 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a story on the upcoming Jehovah's Witness convention. Hamilton, who teaches on American religions, talks about the difference in beliefs of Jehovah Witnesses and Orthodox Christians. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

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
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Physics Education
Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor of Political Science
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dean, School of Theology 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

Acquisitions Technician, University Library
Administrative Assistant (20 hrs/wk), School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Administrative Assistant and Budget Manager, University Library
Administrative Assistant, Humanities (32 hrs/wk), College of Arts and Sciences
Admissions Counselor I, Admissions
Coordinator of Conference Services Customer Service, University Services
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University Relations
Endorsement Coordinator/Certification Assistant, School of Education
Graduate (MSN) Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Plant Services
Multi-Skilled Trades I, Camp Casey
Nurse Practitioner (32 hrs/wk), Health Services
Office/Administrative Assistant, Physical Education
Performing Arts Technical Director, College of Arts and Sciences
Program Assistant, Safety and Security
Program Coordinator, Organization Psychology
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Student Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications

Volume #33, Issue #24 | Published by: University Communications

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