Monday, June 11, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Benefits Fair for Faculty, Staff

Do you have benefits questions you keep forgetting to ask, or a spouse who would like to know more about his or her benefits? Everyone is welcome to attend the Office of Human Resources annual benefits fair on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room and the lobby of the Science Building. Medical, dental, retirement, and flex spending vendors will be available to provide information on SPU benefits. Come for fun, popcorn, and a chair massage. Visit the “tooth fairy" and consider a free spinal screening and chiropractic consultation. Faculty and staff will also have several opportunities to win cash or other door prizes totaling $400. The open enrollment period runs June 1-29.

Spring Grades Due June 18

CORRECTED VERSION: Spring grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 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 June 18, 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. They 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

Nighttime Fremont Bridge Closures This Week

The Fremont Bridge will close to all motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., June 11-14. Buses will be rerouted during these closures. The bridge will reopen to all traffic after 6 a.m., June 12-15.

Database of Local Churches

The Office Human Resources would like your help in developing a database of Seattle-area churches to use in future staff recruiting efforts. You can help by providing your church contact information to Employment Manager Kathleen Abbott at 206-281-2591 or

Summer Camp for Runners

The Falcon Running Camp will host runners of all ages at SPU's Casey campus on Whidbey Island, July 22-27. The camp is directed by Doris Heritage, SPU head cross country coach and Hall of Fame long-distance runner. Runners will learn about schedule building, mental preparation, injury prevention, nutrition, strength and flexibility training, and much more. Runners will also enjoy the miles of wooded trails, open fields, and beaches. Cost is $360, and space is limited. For more information, visit the website. More

Summer Institute for Artists, Writers

The Glen Workshop, sponsored by Image: A Journal of Art and Religion, is an annual conference on the relationship between art and religious faith. This year's them is “God of the Desert: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Through the Prism of Art." Classes at “The Glen" are led by nationally known authors and artists, and small class sizes allow the faculty to pay close attention to each participant. The workshop will be held July 29–August 5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now published at SPU, Image is one of America's leading literary and arts journals, and explores the relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art. More

Youth Sports Camps

This summer, SPU will offer youth sports camps in soccer, basketball, volleyball, running, track and field, and gymnastics. The camps are led by Falcon coaches and emphasize individual and team fundamental skills. Players are divided by age and ability so that each can compete at his or her own level. For registration and other information, visit the website. More

Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF Consultants on Campus

Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF consultants will be on campus to offer one-on-one financial counseling sessions to help faculty and staff review and update individual retirement investment strategy. Consultations with TIAA/CREF are scheduled for June 11 and 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You can schedule an appointment at the TIAA/CREF website at (Be sure to select “SUBMIT" to receive a confirmation of your appointment, or call toll free 877-209-3142, option 4.) Consultations with Fidelity Investments will be Monday, June 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. You can schedule an appointment with Fidelity by calling 800-642-7131. Don't miss the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, June 12, for fun, food, give-aways, and lots of information regarding benefits.

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.

What's New on SPU's iTunes U? Eaton, Sine, and “Six Stories" Video

Recent Features
Can Christians Really Change the World? SPU President Philip Eaton challenges faculty, staff, and students to think deeply about the purpose of a Christian university and its influence in the world. November 1, 2005. (25:48)

Six Stories: People Who Are Changing the World. This promotional video showcases how SPU faculty, students, and alumni are engaging the culture and changing the world. (15:40)

SPU Classics
Your Future as Opportunity. Author and Mustard Seed co-founder Tom Sine challenges students to pursue careers and lifestyles that are committed to God's vision and purposes rather than chase the materialistic American dream. May 8, 1992. (43:14)

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

New Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines for Summer

The Fac/Staff Bulletin will be published every other week during the summer. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, June 21. The next bulletin will be published Monday, June 25.


Witiw, Close Win Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Physics Mike Witiw and Assistant Professor of Physics Eleanor Close for receiving a $40,000 grant from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies' Earth System Science Education Alliance. This will facilitate the teaching of earth sciences at SPU to better prepare elementary and secondary science teachers.

Van Duzer, Stewart, Vortman Receive Grant for Social Venture Competition

Congratulations to School of Business and Economics Dean Jeff Van Duzer, Professor of Accounting Ross Stewart, and adjunct business faculty member Sheila Vortman for receiving a $60,000 grant from the Herbert Jones Foundation to help support the annual SPU Social Venture Competition.

Ward's Article Published

An article written by Associate Vice President of Information and Data Management Janet Ward titled “Forecasting Enrollment to Achieve Institutional Goals" was published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in their publication College & University. Read the story online. More

Gallagher's Article Published

The May/June issue of Change, a leading magazine about higher education, includes an essay called "Speaking of Vocation in an Age of Spirituality" written by Professor of English and Director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development Susan VanZanten Gallagher. The essay provides an overview of the national Lilly Programs in Theological Exploration of Vocation, including several references to the SPU SERVE program.

Welcome, Michael

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Michael Tesfay as the new warehouse manager in Building Maintenance.


Keuss Quoted in Seattle P-I

Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss was quoted in a news story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on June 4. The story dealt with the merger of Quest Church and Interbay Covenant Church. Read the story online. 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 Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Sociology
Instructor of Spanish
For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the website 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, Athletics
Administrative Assistant, Finance
Admissions and Academic Counseling Office Representative, Undergraduate Admissions
Admissions Counselor I, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Athletic Trainer (10-months), Athletics
Communications Specialist/etc Editor, University Communications
CIS Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Systems
Coordinator of Global Involvement, John Perkins Center
Director of Center for Learning, Student Life
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Administration and University Relations
Maintenance Foreman, Building Maintenance
Office Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Periodicals Technician, University Library
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Designer, Response magazine Designer, University Communications
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services
Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Business and Economics
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the website or stop by the Human Resources office. You can also call Employment Manager 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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