Monday, December 3, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Autumn Quarter Grades Due Dec. 17

Autumn Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 17. 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 17, 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 Knapp at 206-281-2636 or

Festival of Lessons and Carols Chapel

SPU's annual chapel titled “Festival of Lessons and Carols" is Tuesday, December 4, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This chapel is a unique adaptation of the annual service from the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England.

Student Art on Campus

Students in Art 1203 3-D design class have been working on a final project to take a small object and make it large, or a large object and make it small using cardboard, wood, insulation foam, paper mache', wire, etc. The purpose is to enhance the meaning of the object by its placement in a context that might inform the reading of that object. Projects will be located around campus, including three in or near the Library, Martin Square, Emerson Lobby, Peterson Hall, and Tiffany Loop. The pieces will be up from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4.

Camp Casey House Rentals

All house rental reservations at Camp Casey for February 1 through mid-June have been assigned. If you did not get an email with an offer to stay at Camp Casey's faculty house, then you are on the wait list. When cancellations occur, you will receive a group email. The first person to respond gets the reservation. If you have any questions, contact Maralie Johnson at the Camp Casey Conference Center at

Mileage Rate Increase in 2008

The IRS announced that they will be increasing the standard business mileage rate for reimbursing business travel expenses beginning January 1, 2008. The new rate for 2008 will be 50.5 cents/mile, which is 2 cents more than the 2007 rate of 48.5 cents/mile. For more information on mileage reimbursement, visit the Finance Office website or contact Controller Steve Whitehouse at 206-281-2319.

PDAs, Cell Phones, and Data Breaches

SPU faculty and staff should be aware of the risks involved with storing sensitive information on increasingly popular cell/data phones and PDAs. These mobile devices pose a significant security risk because they offer very little protection of data in the event of theft or loss. A few guidelines will go a long way in mitigating the risk these devices pose. (1) Do not store sensitive personal information (for you or anyone else) on your mobile device; (2) Password protect your device to prevent unauthorized use; and (3) Avoid sending sensitive personal information via email messages or attachments. If you have any related questions on information security, or to report a potential security breach, please contact Computer and Information Systems at 206-281-2982.

Christmas Break and Student Employees

On-campus student employees are eligible to work up to 40 hours per week during Christmas Break (December 8-January 2). Please contact the Office of Student Employment at with any questions.

What's New on SPU iTunes U?

Recent Features Thanksgiving Chapel: Sharing Our Stories. SPU student Greg Johnson, Student Loan Coordinator Kristen Ross, and Director of University Ministries Stephen Newby share testimonies of personal trials, hardship, and the hope and joy God provides. November 20, 2007. (28:38)

Refugee Project. SPU Refugee Project participants explain the cross-cultural importance of this experience. November 15, 2007. (6:06)

SPU Classics
Genetic Control and Human Values. Elvig Anderson asks “Does the value of human life lie in one's genetic makeup or in other factors?" and “How should Christians respond to technological advances in genetics?" February 9, 1976. (40:46)

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

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 and home page will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

Looking for the Perfect Christmas gift? How About HONK! Tickets?

Tickets to SPU's Theatre Department's production of HONK!, a delightful musical comedy adaptation of The Ugly Duckling, will make a unique and affordable gift for anyone on your list. Friends, family, and extended family will enjoy this award-winning version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale of being different, growing up, leaving the nest, and finding home. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for seniors and students. HONK! runs Thursday through Saturday, January 24-26, and January 31-February 2. For tickets, call 206-281-2959, or visit the McKinley Box Office website. More

Do You Have Family or Friends in Eastern Washington?

The SPU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Eastern Washington and surrounding areas during Spring Break, March 15-18, 2008. The choirs are now arranging bookings for their tour. If you have friends or families in the Eastern Washington area, please ask them if they would like to have the choirs perform in their church or school, or if they would be willing to provide a homestay 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

Do You Have Family or Friends in Northern California?

University Players, a six-member drama troupe of SPU students, will visit Northern California during Spring Break, March 15-20, 2008. If you have friends or families in the Bay Area, please ask them if they would like to have the Players perform in their church or school, or if they would be willing to provide a homestay 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

Christmas Celebration With the Eatons

President and Mrs. Philip Eaton request the gift of your company at a Christmas Celebration for all SPU faculty, staff, and spouse or guest on Tuesday, December 4, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at their home, Hillford House, located at 600 West Dravus Street and across the street from Ashton Hall. Please RSVP to Mindy in the Office of the President at, or 206-281-2111.

New Hospital Sketches on Display at Art Center Gallery

Local artist Craig Rizzo's latest work is now on display in an art show titled “Chapel: Process Sketches, St. Anthony Hospital" at the SPU Art Gallery. The exhibition includes development sketches (ink and pencil on tracing paper) for the chapel in the new St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, which will open in early 2009. The chapel will be nestled in a wooded hillside overlooking adjacent waterways, with references to native natural context and subtle references to the maritime. Originally from Los Angeles, Rizzo recently relocated to the Seattle area from Phoenix, and works for a local architectural office. The show will run until December 7. The SPU Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 206-281-2079.

Staff Bible Study

Discover what it means to be a grace-filled person in the workplace, in your home, and beyond. Staff Council member Deb Nondorf from the Office of University Ministries is leading a weekly Bible study for SPU staff members this quarter. Using The Companions in Christ series, Deb is focusing on the book The Way of Grace, which looks at eight biblical characters who discover God's grace through their encounters with Jesus. The Bible study meets on Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m. in Bertona classroom #5. If you have questions, contact Deb at

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is a photo of 'Boop the Great.' I am her person. The fruit bowl is her throne." Beth Miller, instructor of interior design. Select the link for a larger picture of Boop on her throne. More

Send Us Some 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 photos of their pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Community Forums

Check out the Community Forums available from the SPU home page under “Online Services." This is a great way for SPU community members to collaborate, share information, and exchange opinions and ideas. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Publication Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursday. 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, December 6. The next publication date is Monday, December 10.


Bret Lott Joins the Faculty of MFA Program

We are delighted to announce that Bret Lott is joining the creative writing faculty of SPU's MFA program. Lott will serve the SPU MFA core faculty in fiction beginning Winter Quarter. He is the author of 11 books, most recently the story collection The Difference Between Women and Men, the nonfiction book Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer's Life, and the novel A Song I Knew by Heart. He is also the author of the best-selling novel Jewel, which was selected for Oprah's book club in 1999. Lott has taught in the MFA programs at Bennington and Vermont College, and is the former editor of The Southern Review. Welcome, Bret!

Wolfe Co-Edits Book on Christmas

Writer in Residence and Image editor Gregory Wolfe has co-edited a newly released book titled God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Paraclete). The book contains meditations for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by some of the leading spiritual writers of our time, including Eugene Peterson, Kathleen Norris, Luci Shaw, Scott Cairns, Richard John Neuhaus, and Emilie Griffin. It is available from the Image office in Marston Hall or the Image website. More

Holmes Presents at NASM

Professor of Music Education Ramona Holmes was invited to be on a panel titled "Successful Collaborations With Schools of Education" at the National Association of Schools of Music conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 19. The invitation came in part due to the commendations for collaboration received by SPU's School of Education (SOE) from their accrediting organization, NCATE. The presentation highlighted several innovative programs built on SOE's encouragement of cooperative work. Holmes also moderated the "Women Executives Roundtable" with a series of questions by decade that she borrowed from School of Health Science Dean Lucille Kelley.

Webb Published in Journal of Social Psychology

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Marcia Webb and colleagues recently published a manuscript in the Journal of Social Psychology. The article was titled "Dispositional Forgiveness and Adult Attachment Styles."


Jones Quoted in Seattle P-I

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Bryan Jones was quoted in a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on November 22 about the growing trend of students using consultants when applying to college. Read the story online. More

Parrott in Today's Christian Woman

Co-Director of the Center for Relationship Development Leslie Parrott was interviewed for a story on the power of prayer in Today's Christian Woman magazine. Read the story online. More


Faculty, Staff Run in Seattle Half-Marathon

Professor of History Bill Woodward, Professor of Industrial/Organization Psychology Margaret Diddams, Associate Professor of School Counseling Christie Eppler, Instructor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig, Mailing Services/Customer Services Melvin Lu, Professor of Biology Tim Nelson, News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen, and Campus Dining Services Director of Operations Loida Arabia-Kennedy all ran in the Seattle Half Marathon on November 25. Any other Seattle Marathon runners? Please let the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor know. Congratulations to the runners!


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Teacher Education
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Assistant/Associate Professor of Missional Theology
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 (.8), Family and Consumer Sciences
Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director, Athletics
Associate Director/Director, Center for Integrity in Business, School of Business and Economics
Director, Multi-Ethnic Programs, Office of Student Life
Manager of Customer Service for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
Security Officer (.8), Safety and Security
Systems Analyst-Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Transportation Worker, Building Maintenance
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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