Monday, April 30, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Catalyst at SPU

Catalyst is a new, student-initiated weeklong program exploring issues of ethnic identity and reconciliation. It begins with Ignite a night of worship in Martin Square on Monday, April 30, and concludes Friday, May 4, with the annual hip-hop show “Night of Beats" in Brougham Pavilion. There will be forums and interactive exhibits focusing on race, identity, and reconciliation with God and humanity throughout the week.

A Heart for Racial Justice

The Reverend Brenda Salter-McNeil will lead two events about social justice on Tuesday, May 1. She is the guest speaker for chapel at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. She will also lead a special forum at 1 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. Her chapel talk is titled “How Soul Change Leads to Social Change."

Rent Regalia for Ivy Cutting, Commencement By May 1

If you need to rent regalia for Ivy Cutting and Commencement, contact SPU Bookstore manager Elizabeth Reed before Tuesday, May 1. If you've rented from the Bookstore in the fall, just tell Elizabeth you will need to rent these items again. (Let her know if you only need to rent a hood.) If you have never rented regalia from the SPU bookstore, please provide the following information to Elizabeth – height, approximate weight, cap size (she can help you with this measurement), degree, major, college or university you graduated from, and the location (state) of the college or university. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth at the Bookstore at 206-281-2137.

Rev. Rick Reynolds in Forum

Rev. Rick Reynolds, director of Operation Nightwatch and a 1976 graduate of SPU, is the special guest on forum on Thursday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Operation Nightwatch is an outreach center to the homeless in downtown Seattle. Read Reynold's blog at

Let's Talk About Race

The MOSAIC cadre is hosting a forum to talk about white privilege and affirmative action. The forum is Thursday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 358

Music Faculty in Concert May 7

The SPU Music Department will present an exciting evening of vocal and instrumental music featuring faculty members and guest artists on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church. Among the featured works will be the Brahms clarinet quintet with clarinetist and adjunct music faculty member Mary Kantor and guest string players. Adjunct music (guitar) faculty member Julian Catford will perform a selection of guitar favorites. SPU's new voice professor and adjunct faculty member Andrew Parks (bass-baritone) will perform songs for voice and piano by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and others. Professor of Music Wayne Johnson will conclude the program with a selection of tangos, waltzes, and other piano music by the esteemed Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. The recital is free.

President's Spring Forum and Reception May 8

The President's Spring Forum will be held Tuesday, May 8, in Brougham Pavilion, 9:30-10:30 a.m. SPU community members will be honored during this annual event, and a reception will follow. All campus offices will be closed during the forum. Plan to come and celebrate!

Bret Lott Receives Levertov Award

Best-selling writer Bret Lott, author of the Oprah Book Club selection Jewel, will receive the fourth annual Denise Levertov Award on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum. Lott's fiction explores the beauty and dignity of ordinary things and ordinary people. The Levertov Award, established in 2004 by Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and the SPU Department of English, is presented annually to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. This event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert reception. More

Mars Rovers Engineer to Speak at SPU

A robotics engineer with NASA's Mars rovers program will give a lecture on Saturday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Dr. Eddie Tunstel, senior robotics engineer with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will offer a firsthand introduction to the Mars rovers. The event is designed for students in grades 6-12 and accompanying adults. Admission is $7, with group rates available for 12 or more. For more information, call 206-218-6576.

What's New on iTunes U? Koenig, Lasworth, and Schools Without Failure

Recent Features
A Fall From Grace: Part 1, The Fall. Instructor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig examines 2 Samuel 11, which charts David's fall from grace when he commits the sin of adultery with Bathsheba. April 17, 2007. (18:47)
Demonstration of Illustration Techniques. Professor of Art Laura Lasworth demonstrates basic illustration techniques in this video presentation. February 2, 2006. (58:57)
SPU Classics
Schools Without Failure. Former Dean of the School of World Missions at Fuller Seminary Arthur F. Glasser discusses ways in which to motivate students to learn and develop into responsible citizens. June 2, 1970. (50:11)

Visit the iTunes U website for these recent additions and more recommendations. More

Autumn Quarter Registration

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 seek to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 14. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 21. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Brass Choir in Concert May 1

“The Brass Exhibition at SPU," featuring SPU's Brass Choir and student soloists, will be held Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. This event is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible.

The Kindlings Muse @ the C.S. Lewis Centre

The Kindlings Muse, in cooperation with SPU, is hosting a series of talks about the life and writings of Christian theologian C.S. Lewis in The Burke Museum Café at the University of Washington. The Kindlings Muse, hosted by veteran talk show host and SPU adjunct faculty member Dick Staub, is a weekly event and podcast before a live audience. It offers roundtable discussions of ideas, beliefs, and values shaping life today. This week's guest is University Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Rev. Earl Palmer. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Next week's guest is Jerry Root, editor of The Quotable Lewis. These events are free, but reservations are required. Visit the website for more information. More

Ordering SPU Stationery, Business Cards April 27-May 7

Vision Press, the printer for SPU's stationery and business cards, will be closed April 27-May 7. Orders placed before 10 a.m., April 24, were processed if Vision Press received prompt approvals on April 24. Those orders will be delivered May 7. Orders received May 1 won't be processed until May 8, and the May 1 and May 8 orders will be delivered on May 18. If you have questions, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552.

Christian Writers Renewal, May 4-5

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 Publishers, and Harvest House Publishers. There will be 22 workshop sessions in a wide variety of subjects, 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

Pet Photo of the Week

“The picture says it all. This is our beloved dog, Jack, otherwise known as 100 pounds of goofball fun in a Lab/Golden Retriever mix. The photo was taken on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, right before he made an ill-advised sneak attack on the holiday leftovers and then scared himself to death when he sent the platter of food flying across the kitchen." Associate Professor of English Chris Chaney.

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, May 3. The next bulletin will be published Monday, May 7.


Grauf-Grounds, Edwards Publish Article

The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is pleased to note that Claudia Grauf-Grounds, chair and associate professor, and Scott Edwards, assistant professor, recently had their article titled "A Ritual to Honor Trauma: A Training Community's Witness" published in the Journal of Systemic Therapies, Spring 2007, 26(1). The article describes a ritual developed in the MFT program to honor students' experiences of listening to their clients' traumatic stories.

Sink, Edwards, and Weir Publish in Professional School Counseling

Chris Sink, professor and chair of the Department of School Counseling in the School of Education; Cher Edwards, assistant professor of School Counseling; and Sarah Weir, doctoral student in the Department of School Counseling, published an article titled "Helping Children Transition From Kindergarten to First Grade" in the journal Professional School Counseling, February 2007. Professional School Counseling is the peer-reviewed flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association.

Jazz Piano Instructor to Perform

Jazz piano instructor Reuel Lubag will perform a live recording and concert at the Seattle Drum School's "LAB" performance space on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. This will feature his new trio performing a range of different jazz standards and popular songs. Admission is $7 at the door, and all proceeds go towards the Seattle Drum School. On Saturday, May 5, Lubag will perform live in concert with the Cab Calloway Orchestra and the Mills Brothers at the Strand/Capital Theatre in York, Pennsylvania, as part of a series of concerts called "A Tribute to the Cotton Club." Lubag's jazz piano lessons are offered in the course catalog each quarter, including summer. More

Dinner for “Tent City 4" Hosted by SPU Students and Professor

On Sunday evening, April 22, the current 75 residents of "Tent City 4" (currently located at St. Jude Catholic parish in Redmond, Washington) were treated to a home-cooked meal by 15 SPU biology and pre-health students and their advisor, Associate Professor of Biology Cindy Fitch. They planned, prepared, and served the meal, and then visited with the residents before cleaning up.

Diddams Co-Publishes Article With Former Doctoral Student

Margaret Diddams, professor of organizational psychology, recently had the privilege of co-authoring a journal article with her former student, Dr. Joan Kimball. The article, titled "Affect Regulation as a Mediator of Attachment and Deliberate Self-Harm," was published in the Spring 2007 edition of Journal of College Counseling.


Welcome, Elia Illan!

Elia (my God has answered me) Illan (sun and warmth) Kim (gold) was born at midnight on April 20 to Virgil Kim, assistant manager of Copying and Mailing Services, and his wife, Lisa. She weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 18 inches long. The proud father says, “She decided to come two weeks ahead of schedule. Tiny, delicate, but strong! Yes, and so adorable!" Welcome, Elia! Select the link for a picture of Elia's first ride home. More


Faculty Positions

Lilly SERVE Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
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
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Instructor or 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

Admissions Counselor I, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Athletic Trainer (10-months), Athletics
Communications Specialist, University Communications
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Administration and University Relations
Maintenance Mechanic II, Building Maintenance
Office Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Designer, Response magazine Designer, University Communications
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the website 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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