Monday, December 10, 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

Staff Forum on Dec. 11

The Autumn Quarter Staff Forum is Tuesday, December 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Director of University Ministries Stephen Newby and the Office of University Ministries staff will share about ministries on campus. Stephen will also lead the staff in Christmas caroling, and refreshments will be provided

Campus Cards for Faculty, Staff

SPU faculty and staff are issued a campus card at no charge during their orientation period. The campus card is used for the following purposes: (1) photo identification (2) meal-plan access (3) building entrance (4) SPU Library privileges, and (5) admission to, or discounts on, certain SPU-sponsored events (sporting events, theater productions, etc.). If necessary, a faculty or staff member may obtain a replacement campus card for a $20 fee at the Office of University Services during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. If you lose your card or it is stolen, please notify University Services immediately so that your card can be given inactive status to ensure your security. If you have misplaced your card, you may purchase a three-day, temporary card for $5. It will allow you the faculty/staff meal rate at Gwinn Commons and access to the Library, but it is not valid for accessing Advantage and SPU Points. If you do not have a valid SPU campus card or a temporary card, you will be expected to pay cash at all food-service locations on campus. A campus card is for only your use. If you allow another person to use your card to access food service, building entrance, or identification, both parties will be subject to disciplinary actions. For more information, contact University Services, located at 3220 Sixth Avenue West or

Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD Available

“The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" CD, featuring SPU's acclaimed choral and instrumental ensembles, makes a great Christmas gift. 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

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 4

The peer advisor selection process for 2008-09 is coming up fast, and we need your help in obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. If you know students who rise above — leaders among leaders — we would greatly appreciate you nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Renee Sproull in the Office of Residence Life at no later than January 4, 2008. Thank you in advance for your help.

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 to stay. 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 increase 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 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 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.

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.

What's New on SPU iTunes U: Keuss, Abbott, Campolo

Recent Feature
Darkness on the Edge of Town: The Gospel of Hope According to Bruce Springsteen. Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss looks at the way in which Springsteen's Catholic heritage re-imagines the virtue of hope throughout his musical career. 2007 Day of Common Learning. (37:42)

Expressing Gratitude: In the Light and in the Dark. First Free Methodist Church Pastor Mark Abbott identifies hardship as part of the Christian life. He encourages listeners to receive God's love and respond with authentic gratitude in the darkness as well as the light of life. November 18, 2007. (25:01)

SPU Classics
Jesus' Call for Jubilee. Eastern College Professor of Sociology Tony Campolo argues that Jesus calls the church to seek justice and help meet the needs of the poor, ill, and disadvantaged. October 1, 1998. (38:29)

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is a picture of my cat, ‘Pua' (this means ‘flower' in Hawaiian). Pua likes watching me get ready in the morning from the sink!" Stephanie Malin, registration coordinator, Student Academic Services. Select the link for a larger photo of Pua in the sink. 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 13. The last publication date for Autumn Quarter is Monday, December 17. The Bulletin will resume publication on Monday, January 7.


Ediger Leads Workshop on Constitution

On December 5, Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography Ruth Ediger conducted an all-day workshop on the U.S. Constitution for 55 fifth grade teachers in Ellensburg. The workshop was funded by a federal Department of Education grant.

Thoburn and Students Publish Article

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn, clinical psychology alumnus Michael Tandy '04, Ph.D., and doctoral students Jake Bentley and Amanda Stewart, were recently published in The Family Psychologist. Their manuscript was titled "Crossroads in Family and Disaster Psychology."

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members. Contact information is available in the SPU White Pages.

Katie Jeffris, records assistant, Facility and Project Management
Victoria Perkins, technician, Finance Office


Davis on KING-TV

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was interviewed by KING-TV (Channel 5) for their weekly public affairs show “Up Front with Robert Mak." The topic was religion and politics, and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's recent speech on faith in America. The show aired December 9 at 8 p.m. on Northwest Cable News and at 9:30 a.m. on KING-5 TV (Channel 5).


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Associate/Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
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
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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