Monday, December 4, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Autumn Quarter Grades Due Dec. 18

Autumn Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before December 18, they need to contact Coordinator of Student Records Kelli Knapp at so she can roll the grades to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS PRIOR to the grading deadline. We may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli at 206-281-2636 or at

Flu Shots Still Available

Don't get caught with the flu this winter. Get a flu shot at the SPU Health Center. Shots are $20 (cash, check, or SFS account). Make an appointment today at 206-281-2231. Students, staff, faculty, and immediate family members over age 13 are eligible. A receipt can be provided for insurance and/or flexible spending accounts.

Staff Forum on Dec. 7

The next Staff Forum is Thursday, December 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Sara Koenig, instructor in biblical studies in the School of Theology, will talk about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the importance of this monumental discovery. She will present the exciting story behind the discovery, how the Scrolls give us new insight into specific books of the Bible, and how they help us understand the times in which Jesus lived. All SPU staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty, Staff Discount Coupons for Campus Dining

SPU faculty and staff received coupons in campus mail from SPU's Dining Services. These coupons can be redeemed at Noah's Bagels, Freshens Smoothies, and Academic Perks, located in Falcon's Landing in the SUB, or at Subway, located in the Corner Market Place off Martin Square.

Advent Banners in SPU Library

Four large Advent banners are now on display in the interior stairwell of the SPU Library. The banners were made for the library by the University Presbyterian Church banner team. The banners will be in the library until January 6.

Inclement Weather Coming?

The quickest way to learn if SPU is closed or running late due to inclement weather is to call the Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800 or visit the SPU home page. The phone line will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

Faculty, Staff Christmas Celebration With the Eatons

President and Mrs. Philip Eaton cordially invite you to a Christmas Celebration in their home for all SPU faculty, staff, and spouse or guest on Tuesday, December 5, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hillford House, 600 West Dravus. The invitation was sent to your home address. Please RSVP with the reply card.

Levison Lectures on Dead Sea Scrolls Dec. 6

In conjunction with the Pacific Science Center's exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, SPU Professor of New Testament Jack Levison will give a special lecture Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, located at Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street in downtown Seattle. Levison is one of 11 speakers for the center's Distinguished Lecture Series. Tickets are $15. Visit the website for more information and to order tickets. More

Do You Have Family or Friends in Denver?

The SPU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Denver, Colorado, and surrounding areas during Spring Break, March 17-25, 2007. The choirs are now finalizing their tour. If you have friends or families in the Denver area, please ask them if they would like to have the choirs perform in their church or school, or it they would be willing to provide a home stay for some of the students. For more information, contact Kyle Feldman, performing groups coordinator, at 206-281-2933 or To learn more about the Concert Choir, visit the website. More

Players Tour in Phoenix in 2007

University Players, a six-member drama troupe of SPU students, will visit Phoenix, Arizona, during Spring Break, March 16-26, 2007. If you have friends or families in the Phoenix area, please ask them if they would like to have the Players perform in their church or school, or it they would be willing to provide a home stay for some of the students. For more information, contact Kyle Feldman, performing groups coordinator, at 206-281-2933 or For more information on the Players, visit the website. More

Computer Science Information Night Rescheduled

If you know students considering a career in computer science, tell them about a computer science information evening on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. "Future Potential in Computer Science" will offer information on career choices, classes to take, internships and project opportunities, industry networking, and more. This event is sponsored by Microsoft and the Northwest Region Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. For more information and to register, visit the Web page. More

2007 Retirement Contributions Limitations

The IRS has issued the new limitations for contributions to pension plans for 2007. These limitations apply to the Employee Savings Plan – 403(b)(7), whereby you can make individual contributions on a pre-tax basis to the retirement vendor of your choice – either TIAA/CREF, Vanguard, or Fidelity Investments. The limit for 2007 has increased to $15,500. Additional catch-up contributions are available for those over 50 years of age in the amount of $5,000, for a total maximum contribution of $20,500. If you have completed over 15 years of service, you may also be eligible for an additional catch-up contribution. If you have any questions regarding the Employee Savings Plan, or if you are interested in contributing the maximum amount, visit the Human Resources website or email Pension Specialist Caryn Church at

2007 Entertainment Books on Sale

The 2007 Entertainment Books are on sale in the SPRINT office. Books are $35, and part of the proceeds will support SPRINT. Additional SPRINT donations are also appreciated. To purchase your copy, contact Robb Willett, SPRINT community relations coordinator, at or 206-281-2491.

Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD Available

“The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" CD, featuring SPU's acclaimed choral and instrumental ensembles, is now available. The CD offers an eclectic collection of readings and traditional and lesser-known Advent and Christmas music spanning several centuries. Proceeds benefit SPU performing groups. CDs can be purchased for $15 (includes tax) from Performing Groups Coordinator Kyle Feldman in University Communications in Lower Weter Hall. Cash or checks are preferred. CDs can also be purchased in the SPU Bookstore or through the website ($2.95 shipping charges apply). More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here is one of my favorites. This was taken this summer with my bull terrier, Abe, in his little lifejacket. Abe doesn't like swimming (despite my coaxing). On the other hand, my chocolate lab, Benny, loves the water and can be seen swimming away in the background to get his ball. Hope this brings a smile for you like it does for me." Sarah Zarelli, adjunct faculty member in Family and Consumer Science. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays. The deadline for submitting information is Thursday. If you have information or event news, 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, December 7.


Farewell Reception for Ivonne McClurg and Mindy Patras Dec. 7

Please join us for a reception of cake and refreshments as we honor College of Arts and Sciences administrative assistants Ivonne McClurg and Mindy Patras. Both have diligently served the SPU community for many years and are now moving on to new horizons. The reception is Thursday, December 7, 1-2 p.m. in the Science Building Lobby.

Parrotts Named Alumni of the Year

Les and Leslie Parrott, co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development, received the “O" Award at Olivet Nazarene University on November 11. Each year, the “O" Award is given to one ministerial individual and to one layperson who are chosen from nominations submitted to the alumni board. These individuals must represent the ideals of the Olivet Nazarene and must have distinguished themselves in their professional fields. Les is also a professor of psychology. Congratulations, Les and Leslie! Read the press release online. More

Fitch Article Published

Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology, and Bryant Webber, ‘06 graduate and first-year medical student at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, published the article "Paradox Confronted: Exploring Christ's Teaching in the Debate on Embryonic Stem Cell Research" in the December 2006 issue of Journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

Cheyney Named School Nurse of the Year

School of Health Sciences adjunct faculty member Barbara Cheyney was honored as school nurse of the year by the School Nurse Organization of Washington at its state conference held in October. She works as a school nurse in the Darrington School District, and is part of the School Nurse Corps program that provides nursing services to school districts that would otherwise have little or no nursing services available. Cheyney teaches family and community nursing one quarter a year in the SPU North Consortium, based at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. Read the news story online. More

Welcome, Lorri

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Lorri Sheffer, web communications manager in University Communications.


Killingsworth on KING-5 TV

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Russ Killingsworth was interviewed on the KING-5 TV program “Up Front With Robert Mak" on December 3 regarding the changes in mathematics education in Washington state and the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing: Adult Health Specialization
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Theology
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

Administrative Assistant, Art
Administrative Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences
Admissions and Academic Counseling Office Representative, Undergraduate Admissions
Computer Services Manager, Computer and Information Systems
Computer Services Manager I, Computer and Information Systems
Coordinator for Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service, University Services
Graduate (MSN) Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Housekeeper/Custodian (Customer Service Specialist), Camp Casey Conference Center
Manager of Administration (budget manager), University Services
Manager University Fund, Annual Giving
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
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

Volume #33, Issue #41 | Published by: University Communications

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