Monday, May 5, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought::" Frank Spina

On May 8, SPU Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina reads from Faith of the Outsider, his examination of exclusion and inclusion in the biblical story. “Thursday Food for Thought" is a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30-1:15 p.m. A question-and-answer time will follow, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Welcome, Fifth Graders

More than 65 fifth graders from Dearborn Park Elementary School and Zion Preparatory Academy are "going to college" at SPU on Wednesday, May 7. Students will attend a science class, go on a book hunt in the SPU Library, take a music class, participate in a physical education course (otherwise known as gym class), and eat lunch in Gwinn Commons. Working with them one-on-one will be 40 SPU students and numerous faculty and staff. The day concludes with a brief presentation titled “College Is a Plan, Not a Dream." This event is a sponsored by SPU's School of Education.

Annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference May 9

SPU's sixth annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is Friday, May 9, in Otto Miller Hall. SPU alumnus Larry Wall ྈ will give the keynote address at 4:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, room 109. Wall is most widely known for his creation of the Perl programming language. Student presentations and posters will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 206-281-2140.

Gospel Choir Concert May 13

The SPU Gospel Choir will perform in concert Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Choir is directed by Associate Professor of Music Stephen Michael Newby. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2411.

Wind Symphony Concert May 16

The SPU Wind Symphony presents their spring concert Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Symphony is directed by Instructor of Music Gerry Jon Marsh. The concert will also feature SPU's Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, and Brass Choir. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Student Loan Exit Counseling: Students Not Expected to Miss Class

Student loan exit counseling must be provided to all graduates who have received federal student loans. These sessions provide information about loan-repayment rights and responsibilities and are open to all students. Please note that students are not encouraged or expected to miss class in order to attend an exit-counseling session. Students are welcome to schedule individual exit counseling sessions if they are unable to attend one of the scheduled sessions or have additional questions about their loans that were not addressed in the exit counseling sessions. All sessions are held in the Library Seminar Room. Please contact Student Loan Coordinator Kristen Ross 206-281-2530 or or Student Financial Services Assistant Director of Program Management Debbie Bristol 206-281-3534 or if you have questions about these sessions.
Thursday May 8, 3:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.
Saturday May 10, 1 p.m.
Monday May 12, 10 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 5 p.m.; 7 p.m.
Tuesday May 13, 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday May 14, 2 p.m.

Commute Challenge Team Forming

Ever wondered what it would be like to commute to work on your bike? Looking for ways to stay healthy without carving out extra time to visit the gym? Want to find a new way to enjoy our spring weather? If you answered “yes" to these questions, consider joining a team for the 2008 Group Health Commute Challenge during Bike to Work Month (May). The main goal is for team members to commit to bicycle commuting at least five times during the month of May. Team members will be entered to win some great prizes, plus receive great health benefits! If you're interested in joining a team from SPU, come to a bring-your-lunch informational meeting in Weter Lounge on Wednesday, May 7, at noon, or contact University Fund Manager Kristi Nelson at Visit the website for more information about the Commute Challenge. More

Fall/Winter Camp Casey Reservations Now Being Accepted

Two officers' houses at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island are available for the personal use of regular full-time faculty and staff members. Reservations are now being accepted for stays between September 15, 2008–January 31, 2009. The houses include Faculty House East and West. Reservation requests may be submitted during the month of May. The deadline for this scheduling period is May 31.

Policies and Procedures
1. Full-time, regular faculty and staff are eligible for a weekend stay. Additional uses may be requested, based on availability.
2. Please submit your request online by May 31 at the following link:
3. A non-refundable booking fee of $35 is required to confirm you reservation.
4. Only personal, vacation use of the houses is allowed under this courtesy benefit. The full-time faculty or staff person or his/her spouse must be present with the party using the house at Camp Casey.

There are other facilities at Camp Casey that may be reserved for personal use by SPU faculty and staff. These include the Firehall, Alumni West, and the Fort Casey Inn. To learn more about these opportunities, call the Camp Casey office 866-661-6604. For more information or for further clarification of the policy, call toll free at 866-661-6604, or email For information about the Fort Casey Inn, visit the website. More

C.S. Lewis and Mysticism

Learn about C.S. Lewis' teachings on mysticism, and its applicability for today, at a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This lively evening will be led by Earl Palmer, University Presbyterian Church senior pastor; Kim Gilnett, SPU fine arts marketing associate; and Mike Macdonald, SPU professor emeritus. This event is a joint effort between SPU Fellows and adjunct theology faculty member Dick Staub, and is part of “The Kindlings Muse," which are live, local events taped for podcast featuring roundtable discussions of ideas, beliefs, and values shaping life today.

Autumn Quarter Registration

Registration for Autumn Quarter 2008 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 be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 12. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 19. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Benefits Fair and Open Enrollment

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 annual Benefits Fair on Thursday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. We will have benefits vendors providing all the information you need. Come and enjoy snacks, popcorn, and visit the tooth fairy. There will also be several opportunities to win cash and door prizes. Cash and door prizes total $400, not including vendor-provided gifts. Open Enrollment runs May 1-30 this year. Human Resources also announces a change from a previous announcement. Human Resources was planning to conduct this year's open enrollment via a new online open-enrollment program in Banner. After a great deal of work and testing, it was decided the new program will not be ready in time for this year's open enrollment period. Instead, SPU employees will receive an open enrollment packet around May 1.This packet will have information on all the available benefits (including the new vision plan), and will include an enrollment form for indicating changes or new benefit elections. This enrollment form needs to be turned into Human Resources by May 30.

Fan Gates Literary Reading: Marie Howe

Poet and winner of the National Poetry series Marie Howe will give the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary reading in the Collegium on Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Howe's poetry explores the themes of relationship, attachment, and loss. Howe is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Good Thief, and What the Living Do. Her third volume of poetry, Kingdom of Ordinary Time, is forthcoming. Howe has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and New York University. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie Mullins, director of programs, at 206-281-2988 or

Lingua Unveiling May 12

Lingua, SPU's student journal for art, writing, and music, will be unveiled Monday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in Weter Lounge. Faculty and staff are invited to the unveiling. There will be free refreshments and live performances. Journals will be available for $16.

Exercise Science Majors Can Help You Get in Shape

Senior students majoring in exercise science are available to assist faculty and staff in exercise and fitness services. If you have questions or need help in anything fitness related, whether it be creating a workout plan or even learning proper lifting techniques, call the Physical Education Office at 206-281-2081 and sign up for the Exercise Science Practicum. An administrative assistant will help you fill out a practicum card. An exercise science student will contact you shortly. Any other questions about the project can be directed to Kate Carlson, physical education and exercise science administrative assistant, at 206-281-2391.

Reconciliation Brown-Bag Lunch Series

Still wondering exactly what reconciliation is and what it can look like in your daily life at SPU and beyond? If so, plan to join a Tuesday brown-bag lunch series discussing reconciliation, 12-1 p.m. in the Science Building lounge. The series runs until May 20. The event is sponsored by SPU's Ignite Collaboration Team and the Perkins Center.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is ‘Ripley' and, yes, that name derives from his registered name ‘CH.Rush Hill's Beelieve It or Knot." He recently turned 5 years old even though everyone still thinks he's a puppy by his continual playful nature. Not only is he golden in color, but golden in spirit as well (except when he went through the ‘Terrible Twos')." Julia Gill, administrative assistant, Washington School Research Center. Select the link for a larger photo of Ripley. More

Just a Few More Pet Photos!

The “Pet Photo of the Week" will go on summer hiatus June 9. Submit your photos now, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at A big thank you to all who have participated!

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, May 8. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, May 12.


Reception for Nuesch-Olver May 15

After 10 years of faithful and distinguished service to the School of Theology, Associate Professor of Theology Delia Nuesch-Olver is leaving SPU to take a position as the area director for Latin American missions in the Free Methodist Church. Through the years, Delia has taught many courses on global and urban ministry, through which hundreds of students have benefited from her passionate instruction. Additionally, she is a preacher, pastor, internationally known speaker, and leader in urban ministry. A reception for Delia will be held Thursday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "Senseless Superstition or Powerful Devotion? A Look at the Veneration of Relics" was published in The Catholic Answer, 22, 2 (2008) 26-28. The article explores the biblical-patristic roots of the veneration of relics that to this day flourishes in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Oriental churches worldwide. It also explains the deep incarnational spirituality that developed with the practice.

Young Speaks at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education Sharon Young spoke at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Salt Lake City in April. The title of her presentation was "Are You Asking the Right Questions?"

Brown Receives Award; Director for "More at The Moore"

Assistant Professor of Music Carlene Brown was recently honored with the 2008 “Top Prof" award by the Ivy Honorary chapter of Mortar Board. Carlene's address to the current and newly officiated members was titled "Able to Do All Things." She is also the project director for “More Music @ The Moore," on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Theatre and produced by the Seattle Theatre Group (the Paramount and Moore theatres). As project director, Carlene brings together the region's most talented young musicians for a "surround-sound experience" performance. This year, Professor David Anderson and the SPU Concert Choir will be featured performers. Tickets for the show may be purchased thru Ticketmaster, at The Moore box office, or contact Carlene at 206-281-2920. Visit the website for more informatin. More

Overstreet's Book Nominated for Christy Awards

On April 19, nominations for the 2008 Christy Awards were announced, and Response Contributing Editor Jeffrey Overstreet's novel Auralia's Colors received two nominations. The book, which is the first in a fantasy series called The Auralia Thread, was nominated in the “Best First Novel" category, and in the “Visionary" category. Award winners will be announced July 12. Visit the Christy Awards online. More

Thorpe's Contributions to “Healing Our Planet Earth" Conference

Professor of English Doug Thorpe served on the executive committee for the recently completed environmental conference, “Healing Our Planet Earth." The conference was a national Episcopal Church event featuring the Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, Bishop and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School Stephen Charleston, theologian Sallie McFague, and others. He also wrote “The Story of the Land" for the conference, an exploration of the history of the land which is now the Olympic Sculpture Park. Accompanied by nationally known improvisation dancer Betsey Beckman and her husband, composer and musician Charlie Bommarito, this presentation preceded a public address from the presiding bishop and comments from representatives from the Seattle Art Museum and the Trust for Public Land, which helped purchase the land. More information can be found at the website. More

Phelan's Article Published in Journal of Physical Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry Gregory Phelan's recent article, "Complexes of Osmium With the 2-[(Diphenylphosphanyl)-methyl]-pyridine Ligand," was accepted for publication and appears online in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C. The article deals with research on metal complexes containing osmium and their application to pressure sensing technologies.

University Communications Receives Awards

Seven staff members from the Office of University Communications (UC) traveled to Portland this spring to receive a total of 13 awards from CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District VIII. District VIII includes all public and private schools in the Northwest United States and Western Canada. This is the largest number of CASE awards UC has ever won in one year. The awards include:

Grand Gold: etc magazine (swept the entire “student/recruitment and alumni publications" category). Editor: Julia Nicholls; Art Director: Dale Kegley; Writers: Jeffrey Overstreet, Kathy Henning, Hope McPherson, Clint Kelly, Allie Fraley.
Grand Gold: etc magazine (swept the entire “writing" category).
Gold: “Can a University Change the World? Ad Series/Christianity Today. Writer: Jennifer Gilnett; Designer: Rich Kim.
Gold: “Can a University Change the World? Ad Series/Campus Life. Writers: Jennifer Gilnett, Julia Nicholls; Designer: Dale Kegley.
Gold: Multicultural Brochure. Writer: Jennifer Gilnett; Designers: Dale Kegley, Brian Glassco.
Silver: Response magazine (“institutional magazines" category). Editor: Jennifer Gilnett; Art Director: Rich Kim; Contributing Editor: Jeffrey Overstreet; Senior Writer: Clint Kelly; Contributing Writers: Reece Carson, Kathy Henning, Tracy Norlen; Contributing Web Editor: Hope McPherson; Web Developer: Brian Mazzarello.
Silver: Visit Packet. Designer: Brian Glassco.
Silver: Orientation Package. Writer: Kathy Henning; Designer: Brian Glassco.
Silver: “Are We Biblically Illiterate?" Response article. Writer: Jeffrey Overstreet. Bronze: etc magazine (“institutional magazines" category). Editor: Julia Nicholls; Art Director: Dale Kegley.
Bronze: Response Global Christianity Illustration Series. Illustrator: Leon Zernitsky; Art Director: Rich Kim.
Bronze: “Found in Translation" Response article. Writer: Clint Kelly.
Bronze: “Why Do We Sleep?" Response article. Writer: John Medina.

The National Admissions Advertising Awards also recently announced the following national award for UC: Silver: etc magazine.

Welcome, Crystal

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Crystal Jaren as the new processing lead in Mailing Services.


Parrott Quoted in story

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was quoted in a story titled “Do You Mommy Your Husband?" The story was written by former Assistant Editor of Response magazine Sarah Jio. Read the story online. More

Medina Interviewed for ABC News

Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research John Medina was interviewed by a reporter with ABC-TV's “World News With Charles Gibson." The segment deals with time management. It will air Tuesday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. on KOMO-TV (Channel 4).


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Management
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant (2) or Associate Professor of Sociology
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 (.7), temporary, Career Development
Assistant Director for Research and Systems, Advancement Services
Custodian II, Facility Management
Gift Planning Officer, University Advancement
Mailing Services Processing Lead, Mailing and Copying Services
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Facility Management
Managing Editor of Response Magazine, University Communications
Nurse Practitioner (.8), Health Services
Operations Coordinator-Center for Profession Education, School of Education
Residence Hall Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Security Officer (.8), Safety and Security
Stores Manager, Building Maintenance
Systems Analyst-Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
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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