Monday, February 26, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty, Staff Invited to Buffet Dinner, Reception

SPU faculty and staff are invited to a light buffet dinner and reception before George Weigel's lecture on Tuesday, February 27. The buffet dinner will be held in the Upper Gwinn Commons foyer, 5:30-7 p.m. This meal is free of charge, and faculty and staff may drop in at any time. Please RSVP online. More

Weigel Headlines Community Convocation

George Weigel, widely regarded as one of America's leading experts on the role of Christianity in world politics, religious freedom, just-war tradition, and Roman Catholic theology will give the keynote address for the next Community Convocation on Tuesday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. He will talk about “What the Church Asks of the World." Campus offices and departments will be closed from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This convocation is part of the President's Symposium on Knowing and Understanding Our World: A Christian Response to the 21st Century. Learn more about the symposium. More

Weigel Headlines SPU President's Symposium

George Weigel, widely regarded as one of America's leading experts on the role of Christianity in world politics, is the keynote speaker for SPU's President's Symposium on Knowing and Understanding Our World: A Christian Response to the 21st Century, February 27-28. Weigel's nearly 20 books include the acclaimed Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II and The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God. For more information, visit the website. More

A Look at Writing as Vocation

On Thursday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m. in Demaray Hall 150, author and Milton Center Fellow Jessica Murphy will talk about her two consistent longings: to write and to deepen her faith. Murphy is currently in residence at SPU as the 2006-07 Milton Center postgraduate fellow. Her fiction has been published in Memorious, and her nonfiction has appeared in Poets & Writers magazine and The New York Sun. She regularly interviews authors for The Atlantic online. The Milton Center, based at Image journal, exists to nurture writers of Christian commitment and literary excellence.

Christianity and the Holocaust

Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, a senior program officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience, will be on campus Thursday, March 1. She will give a lecture titled “Christianity and Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany" at 9:30 a.m. in Otto Miller Hall, room 109. This event is free and open to the public.

Special Faculty Lunch With Brown-Fleming

Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, a senior program officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience, will discuss her current research on Vatican and German relations (1922-1939) during a faculty no-host lunch on Thursday, March 1, 11:30 am-1 p.m., in the Lake Union Room of Gwinn Commons. There will be a question and answer session following her presentation.

Welcome, Nursing Recruiters and Students

SPU's School of Health Sciences will host a special day for Western Washington nurse recruiters and nursing students on Thursday, March 1. Keynote speaker SPU Professor of Management Denise Daniels will talk about recruiting and retaining workers from various generations.

Nursing Career Fair at SPU

SPU's School of Health Sciences will host a career fair Thursday, March 1, 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons for nurses or those interested in working in the health care field. Nursing recruiters from around Puget Sound will be on hand to meet with nursing and pre-nursing students. Although the focus will be nursing-related jobs, all undergraduate and graduate students (nutrition, exercise science, psychology, business, etc.) interested in health care employment are invited and welcome. Please encourage your interested students to attend. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Nursing Chris Henshaw at or 206-281-2612.

Blood Drive on March 2

The Puget Sound Blood Center's bloodmobile will be located on Third Avenue West near the SPU campus on Friday, March 2, 12-6 p.m. (They will close from 2:15-3 p.m.) The blood center sends their thanks and appreciation for the fantastic turnout they always receive at SPU.

Student Directed One-Act Plays

The SPU Theatre Department presents three student-directed one-act plays next week. The performances take place March 6-10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in McKinley Hall. Tickets are $6, and can be ordered by calling 206-281-2959.

The “Free" in Free Methodist

Robert Wall, the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, will present the annual Walls Lecture on Thursday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. His lecture is titled “A ‘Free' Methodism: The Importance of SPU's Religious Legacy." This event is free and open to the public.

Men's and Women's Choirs in Concert

The SPU Concert Choir and Chamber singers, under the director of David Anderson, will perform Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

2007 Writers Renewal Special Rate for Faculty, Staff

SPU faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual SPU Christian Writers Renewal, May 4-5, at the reduced rate of just $75 for faculty and staff (regular $129). The renewal's theme for this year, “God Allows U-Turns: Find New Purpose for Your Writing Career," is presented by the SPU Fellows and features keynote speaker Allison Bottke, author and founder of the international outreach God Allows U-Turns. Also at the renewal will be literary agent Chip MacGregor and editors from Jossey-Bass Publishing, Cook Communications, Bethany House Publishing, and Harvest House Publishers. There will be 22 workshop sessions in a wide variety of subject, from the elements of powerful nonfiction and how to write for children to “Publishing Meaningful Ideas in an Entertainment Age" with broadcaster Dick Staub. For a brochure or to register, email Bobbie Taylor in External Relations at

Ordering SPU Stationery, Business Cards March 14-20

Vision Press, the printer for SPU's stationery and business cards, will be closed March 14-20. Orders placed before 10 a.m., March 13, will be processed if Vision Press receives prompt approvals on March 13. Orders due for delivery on March 16 (i.e., received March 6) will be delivered March 21. If you have questions, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552.

Looking for Exceptional Juniors, Seniors

Do you know an SPU student who exceeds academically, is actively involved as a volunteer in the Seattle community, and will be a senior next year? The Young Alumni Council of SPU has established a scholarship for SPU seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement and a commitment to volunteer service off campus. Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and in the community. Applications are due Friday, March 30. Encourage qualified students to apply for this great scholarship! Current juniors may apply by downloading the application. More

Mattix's Artwork on Display

The latest paintings by Christen Mattix, assistant professor in drawing and painting, are now on display in the Art Center Gallery. The show, titled “Blue Sky Paintings," features artwork described as “spare, narrative paintings of hands, windows, trees, butterflies, and an all-encompassing blue sky." Her show will run until March 1. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 206-281-2079.

Windows Vista and Office 2007: Testers Wanted

Microsoft has released a new version of the Windows operating system, Vista, as well as a new version of Microsoft Office, Office 2007. Both releases have a completely new interface and many new features faculty and staff will find useful. The micro team is seeking volunteers to be part of a “beta" group of users, willing to upgrade to both Vista and Office in advance of our first rollout this summer. We'd like to begin our testing at the end of February. If you'd like to be part of this group, email Microsystems Manager Eric Deister at

Percussion, Flute Ensembles in Concert

SPU's Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dan Adams, and the SPU Flute Ensemble, directed by Anna Woodward, will be in concert Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. This event is free and handicap accessible.

We Need More Pet Photos!

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here's a photo of my fiancée, Jacqi, and my cat, Oso, doing some ‘wedding planning.' Oso means ‘bear' in Spanish. He's a lot like a little bear – his fur gets golden brown in the summer sun. He was actually adopted as a ‘science project.' In sixth grade, my science teacher wanted us to observe behavior patterns in animals and then create some environmental change and see the difference. I convinced my parents to let me get two kittens to see how they would interact with my geriatric dog, Fremont, a golden retriever." Daniel Rodriguez, Student Financial Services representative. 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, March 1. The next bulletin will be published Monday, March 5.


Hanson Lectures at UW President's Piano Series

On February 20, Professor of Music Eric Hanson gave the pre-concert lecture for the University of Washington President's Piano Series, part of the UW World Series. The title of his presentation was “Mozart, the Enlightenment, and K. 331," in which Hanson argued why the A major sonata was uniquely untouched by Enlightenment rationalism.

Welcome, Beth

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Beth Van Camp as the new School of Health Science graduate admissions counselor in the Graduate Center.


SPU Counseling Center, Maybell in the Seattle P-I

SPU's Counseling Center and center director Steven Maybell were featured in a front page news story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on February 22. The story dealt about the rising number of college students seeking counseling. Read the story online. More


Welcome, Jack Parriera III

Wendi Parriera, senior systems analysts and webmaster in Computer and Information Systems, and her husband, Jack, are the proud parents of Jack Louis Robert Parriera III. Jack was born in Guatemala City on September 5, 2006, and adopted by the Parrieras on January 13. Welcome, Jack Jr.!


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education
Instructor of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing: Adult Health Specialization
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Theology
Lilly SERVE Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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

Admissions Counselor I, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Coach, Women's Volleyball, Athletics
Computer Services Manager I, Student Financial Services
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Administration, University Services
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Administration and University Relations
Endorsement Associate (.8), School of Education
Maintenance Mechanic II, Building Maintenance
Manager of Administration (full-charge bookkeeper), University Services
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
Residence Life Coordinator (Campus Houses and Apartments), Residence Life
Residence Life Coordinator (male preferred), Residence Life
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Senior Designer, Response magazine Designer, University Communications
Student Financial Services representative, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst-Web Programmer, Computer and Information Systems
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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