Monday, March 3, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia on Campus Mar. 4

The School of Theology and Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development are honored to have Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia as the 2008 Alfred S. Palmer Lecturer. Metropolitan Kallistos is one of the world's foremost Orthodox Christian authors, teachers, and scholars. He is best known for his books The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way. Born in England and raised an Anglican, he embraced the Orthodox faith while in his mid-20s. He became a monk, ordained priest, and bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2007, he was elevated to metropolitan. For 35 years, he was the Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and continues to be a leading translator of liturgical texts. His eminence is a gifted speaker who frequently lectures on Eastern Christianity to Western audiences. He will speak in chapel on Tuesday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. His topic is “What Is Prayer?" He will give a second talk at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons on “Salvation in Christ: The Orthodox Approach."

Student Directed One-Act Plays

The SPU Theatre Department presents student directed one-act plays, March 4-8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Lower McKinley Hall. The first play is This Is a Test by Stephen Gregg and directed by Ryan Putnam. It centers on a ticking clock with 60 minutes to complete an important predictor of your future. The second play, Curtains, is written by Gloria Gonzales and directed by Stephen Bauman. The moment that her theatre critic husband returns from writing his opening night review for a Broadway show, Marcia senses that something is terribly wrong. Her fears are confirmed when, on the late night news, it is announced that "the theatre" is dead – and her husband has been accused of its murder. General admission is $6. Children under 5 not permitted. No refunds or exchanges. Call 206-281-2959 for tickets or more information. More

Please Donate Blood on Mar. 7

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be parked on Third Avenue West by Tiffany Loop on Friday, March 7. You can donate blood from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. (except from 2:15 p.m. until 3 p.m.). You can now make an appointment online to donate at a specific time. More

Faculty, Staff Campus Dining Discount

Sodexho and Campus Dining Services are offering a new dining discount plan for faculty and staff called “CINCH." It starts by getting a CINCH card from the Upper Gwinn Commons cashier. Every time you purchase a meal in Upper Gwinn Commons, present your CINCH card to the cashier for a special CINCH stamp. For every three meals you purchase at full price, you'll qualify for a fourth meal absolutely free. It's your choice when you redeem your free meal. You may opt to enjoy your free meal after every three purchases, or you may want to save your free meal for use at a later date. When you purchase nine meals, you qualify for a special 20 percent discount on future resident dining meal purchases and other special membership incentives. It's your choice once again! Ask your cashier for a membership card today.

Falcon Women's Basketball Games

The women's basketball team is heading into their last home games of the season. The women are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II. For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online. More

TIAA-CREF Representatives on Campus Mar. 4-6

TIAA-CREF will offer personal, financial counseling sessions on campus March 4-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. TIAA-CREF representatives will help faculty and staff review and develop long-term individual retirement investment strategy, find the right allocation mix, and provide information about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-732-8353 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., call 1-877-209-3142.

Online Personal Health Manager Now Available

Employees and spouses covered by Premera now have access to a “Personal Health Manager" through WebMD. The easy-to-use, online Personal Health Assessment takes only 20-25 minutes to complete. Employees who complete the assessment prior to March 21 will receive $75. Results are immediate and you will receive an evaluation of your health, including an overall "wellness score," information about lifestyle health risks, suggestions on how to reduce or eliminate your lifestyle health risks, and a summary to share with your doctor, if you choose. Individual responses are not shared with SPU. Visit the Human Resources webpage under “WebMD Personal Health Assessment" for logon information. More

Discount for Women's Workout Facility

Curves, a women-only workout facility located three blocks east of campus on Nickerson Street, is offering a corporate discount rate for women faculty and staff. The monthly rate is $34 (instead of the regular price of $44), as well as a sign- up fee of $39 rather than the full price of $149. Curves is a workout designed specifically for women that allows a full-body workout through strength training, aerobics, and flexibility training in a 30-minute circuit. Full continuous training and personal trainers are part of the program. Curves also offers a weight-management program, as well as a full line of workout clothing and nutritional supplements. (Scholarships may be available at Curves. Ask for Jennie at 206-281-7115.) Please be encouraged to stop by, take a look inside, and try it out free for a week. For more information, visit the Human Resources website. More

Fremont Bridge Nighttime Closures Mar. 3-7

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the Fremont Bridge to vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, March 3-7. The closures are required to continue work on the replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems. SDOT's contractor will provide a shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. between the north and south ends of the bridge (from North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North to Nickerson Street and Fourth Avenue North) every 20 to 30 minutes.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Meet Gracie (aka ‘fur ball'). Gracie is a Himalayan Persian that I adopted from PAWS when she was just a few months old. She turned 5 years old on Valentine's Day. She weighs only about 8 pounds, but with all the fluff if looks like she weighs 20! She is addicted to treats – she has been known to open kitchen cabinets in search of her ‘greenie' treats and will meow at the top of her lungs until she gets one. She's a bit spoiled but such a sweetie! Gracie loves to spend her time sleeping – that usually takes place in shoe boxes, on the heaters, in the bath tub, and on my clothes. Needless I say, I have to buy the Costco pack of lint rollers on a regular basis! She is also an avid bird watcher." Jenny Krumbholz, senior Student Financial Services counselor. Select the link for a larger photo of Gracie. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

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, March 6. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, March 10.

Concert Choir, Chamber Singers in Concert Mar. 7

On Friday, March 7, the SPU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free. For more information, call 206-281-2411.

Jazz Ensemble in Concert Mar. 6

SPU's Jazz Ensemble will give a benefit concert for the downtown Seattle street ministry “Operation Nightwatch" on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Please bring a pair of men's white athletic socks (any adult size) to donate to Operation Nightwatch. The concert is free.


Holmes Named Washington State Music Educator of the Year

Professor of Music Education and Chair of the Music Department Ramona Holmes was named “Music Educator of the Year" by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). The award states “WMEA recognizes Ramona Holmes as the 2008 WMEA Music Educator of the Year for Higher Education in grateful appreciation for outstanding teaching and contribution to music education in the state of Washington." Congratulations, Ramona!

Feldman's Installation for Friesen Galleries

Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department Roger Feldman created a site-specific installation for the Friesen Galleries at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, called "Resonance." The installation included curved and planar walls with overall dimensions of 38' x 14' x 7'4". The content explored the relationship between the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, the Golden Mean Rectangle, and examples of these proportions found in nature, including sea shells, thus begging the question of order in nature confirmed by mathematics. Participants walked through and into the structures to experience the proportions in relation to their own bodies.

Skidmore, Doctoral Student Present Poster

Professor of Clinical Psychology Jay Skidmore and doctoral student Elizabeth Freeman recently presented the poster "Training Psychologists to Understand the Needs of Traditional Men" at the annual conference of the National Council of Schools & Programs in Professional Psychology. The conference was held in Austin, Texas.

Article by Ellis Published

“Service Learning in American Higher Education," an article by Professor of Education Arthur Ellis and adjunct faculty members Gregory Bianchi and Kathy Shoop, has been published in the March 2008 issue of the research journal Higher Education Forum. The HEF journal is published by the Institute for Research in Higher Education of Hiroshima University, with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Ediger Presents Research

Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography Ruth Ediger attended the annual American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, February 22-24. She presented research titled “Assessing the Usefulness of Extra-Textbook Materials."

Schermer-Sellers Guest Speaker at UPC Event

Tina Schermer Sellers, director of Medical Family Therapy in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy and a licensed family therapist and certified sex therapist was the guest speaker for University Presbyterian Church Marriage Ministry's Valentine's event. Her topic was "A New Covenant Approach to the Gift of Sexuality: A Portal Into God's Powerful and Mysterious Love."

Thorpe Book Reading on Iowa Public Radio

Professor of English Doug Thorpe gave a book reading and met with students and faculty for an informal conversation about his book, Rapture of the Deep at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He also did a reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, one of the best independent bookstores in the country. This reading will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio. He was also interviewed by The Gazette newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


SOE Model of Excellence Award Highlighted in Mercer Island Reporter

An article in the February 27 issue of the Mercer Island Reporter highlights the partnership between the School of Education and the Mercer Island School District. Read the story online. More

Overstreet's Review Published

Response Contributing Editor Jeffrey Overstreet's review of the Joe Henry album, Civilians, is featured on page 83 of Christianity Today (March 2008).


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Associate/Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Teacher Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in History
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Assistant/Associate Professor of Management
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

Accounting Technician II, Finance
Administrative Assistant, Residence Life
Assistant Residence Life Coordinator (.8), Residence Life
Career Counselor (.5), Career Development Center
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Facility Management
Manager of Customer Service for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Managing Editor of Response Magazine, University Communications
Nurse Practitioner (.8), Health Services
Office Assistant/Contract Coordinator (.2), School of Health Sciences
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Systems Analyst-Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
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.

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