Monday, November 3, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty, Staff Invited to “The Election Bash" With Students

The Office of Student Programs, the Political Union, and the Young Democrats are hosting “Count the Vote: The Election Bash" on Tuesday, November 4, beginning at 6 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to watch the election results. There will be games, food, trivia, and prizes.

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Susan VanZanten and Emily Dickinson

On November 6, SPU Professor of English Susan VanZanten presents “How to Read Emily Dickinson," in which she gives pointers on “unpacking" Emily Dickinson's poems with an eye toward personal reflection and spiritual application. Come learn more at “Thursday Food for Thought," a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30–1:15 p.m. A question-and-answer time will follow. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

SFS Closed Nov. 7

Student Financial Services will be closed Friday, November 7, in order for the staff to hold their fifth annual all-day office planning retreat. Regular office hours will resume Monday, November 10. If you have questions, contact or 206-281-2061.

Remembering, Waiting, and Hoping: The Countercultural Pursuits of Christmas – An Evening With Kathleen Norris

In anticipation of the Advent and Christmas season, Image journal invites you and a guest to an evening featuring award-winning poet, writer, and speaker Kathleen Norris on Saturday, November 8, at 7:15 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum at 1300 First Avenue in downtown Seattle. Author of the New York Times best-seller The Cloister Walk, Dakota, and Amazing Grace, Norris will give a thought-provoking talk titled "Remembering, Waiting and Hoping: The Countercultural Pursuits of Christmas." This gathering is a celebration marking the launch of an inspiring new book God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas. This volume is a tapestry of Scripture selections, master works of art, and prayer and reflections from writers such as Eugene Petersen, Richard John Neuhaus, Luci Shaw, and Kathleen Norris. The book is edited by Greg Pennoyer and SPU English faculty member Gregory Wolfe. The collection invites you to slow down and reconnect with the often overlooked meaning of Christmas. RSVP online. More

Dr. Michael Ward Offers Insights into The Chronicles of Narnia

On Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn, The Rev. Dr. Michael Ward, internationally renowned C.S. Lewis scholar, will present a free public lecture on his critically acclaimed book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, which presents a scholarly and cogent argument that Lewis secretly based the Chronicles of Narnia on the seven heavens of the medieval cosmos. Sponsored by the SPU C.S. Lewis Institute, the SPU Fellows, and the Kindlings Muse. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions Seminars Nov. 13

Did you know Medicare does not cover all your health care needs in retirement? Sad, but true! Did you know that SPU is setting aside funds toward this end? It's true! If you are benefit eligible, at least 35 years old, and with one or more years of service, SPU is contributing up to $852 per year ($71 per month) for your retirement health care needs. Did you know that you won't be taxed on those Emeriti funds when you draw them out in retirement, and that you may choose to voluntarily make contributions now on an after-tax basis (if you're at least 21 years old)? True again! For those planning their retirement needs, Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions (ERHS) is hosting a seminar Thursday, November 13, at 12 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The 90-minute session will address reasons to save for retiree health care, unique tax advantages of the Emeriti program, options available under the program, and how to make additional contributions. For those approaching retirement in the next three to 10 years, ERHS will host a 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 90-minute session addressing Emeriti insurance options, Medicare, and the Medicare Part D benefit. Although the sessions have been targeted to meet the needs of different audiences, you are invited to attend any session. Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Winter Registration Begins Nov. 17

Registration for Winter Quarter 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 want to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Winter registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, November 17. Winter registration for graduate students begins Monday, November 24. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

SPU Theatre Presents “The Alto Part"

SPU's Theatre Department presents “The Alto Part" November 13-15 and 20-22. The production revolves around a mother and daughter who fight for a singing career while dealing with a cantankerous landlady and a tough-talking aunt. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. at the E.E. Bach Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 22. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Children under age 5 are not admitted. The event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2959.

Bonhoeffer's “Cost of Discipleship" Reading Starts Nov. 3

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join a reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Cost of Discipleship beginning Monday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the end room on the second floor of the library. We'll meet each Monday and go through the book together. No preparation is necessary. Feel free to come and talk about what it means to embrace the costly grace of being a disciple of Jesus in a "world come of age."

Welcome Prospective Students and Families on Nov. 7

November 7 is “SPU Friday," a one-day visit for prospective students and their families. The day includes a campus tour, classroom visits, student/faculty panel, financial aid and admissions information, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. Be sure to look for these students on Friday and say “hi."

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.

Library's Summit Borrowing Software Upgrade

The Summit borrowing software used by the SPU Library is changing on December 1. For an unknown period of time after December 1, you will not be able to renew books reserved through the Summit borrowing software. There are two ways to keep a Summit book beyond its due date: (1) Request another copy of the same title before your copy is due, or (2) Return your copy, and request it again. To reduce the need to renew books, the Orbis Cascade Alliance library directors voted unanimously to extend the loan period from three to four weeks for Summit books. The bottom line is when you check out books via the Summit software after December 1, you will get those books for four weeks, but you can't renew the Summit books. The SPU Library staff is available to answer any questions you may have about the new Navigator software for the Summit borrowing system. Or, you can check the library website at, call the Library Circulation Desk at 206-281-2228, or visit the FAQ website. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join Amnesty International's Letter-Writing Campaign

Nobel Prize-winning, grassroots activist organization Amnesty International (AI) has more than 2.2 million members, supporters and subscribers in more than 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. AI undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights (visit SPU's chapter of AI has been active now for 19 years sponsoring letter writing campaigns and campus events related to human rights activism.

This year AI is hosting a letter-writing table immediately before group on November 5 and 19 and December 3. In addition, AI hopes to host at least one faith/learning forum each quarter related to the Christian's call to human rights activism. For faculty and staff who desire to participate in the letter-writing campaign, model letters will be distributed electronically via email. If interested, contact Dean of the School of Family, Psychology, and Community Mícheál Roe at 206-281-2252 or, or Assistant Professor of Communication Lorelle Jabs at 206-281-2128 or, or AI's student leaders Janae Detweiler at , Laura Frank at, Katie Blanksma at, or Kelsey Hudson at . Please consider joining in the work of AI this year. Your efforts truly can make a difference.

New Scholarship Endowment: Dorothy Janett Wilson Zwaduk

SPU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dorothy Janett Wilson Zwaduk Scholarship Endowment. This endowment is in honor of alumna Dr. Joy D. Staley's mother, Dorothy Janett Wilson Zwaduk. Dorothy Zwaduk's 22-year career in elementary education was made possible by a generous uncle, who gave her money after the banks closed during the Depression and she lost her hard-earned college savings. Joy Staley graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1966 with a bachelor's of science degree in zoology and chemistry, received a master's in education and counseling in 1970, and in 2006 received a doctorate in clinical psychology. She has been a long-time supporter of Seattle Pacific and desires to establish this fund, along with her husband, Edward Staley, to provide scholarships in perpetuity to deserving women studying elementary education.

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots are available through Health Services. The cost is $28. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231. Supplies are limited.

Day of Common Learning Sessions Available on iTunes U

The following sessions from the 2008 Day of Common Learning are now available on iTunes U.

Keynote Address: Beauty, Love, Justice, and Worship. Professor Emeritus of Yale Divinity School Nicholas Wolterstorff explores the base commonality between issues of beauty, love, justice, and worship. (33:29)

The Psychology of Physical Beauty: Characteristics, Consequences, and Costs. Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Marshall discusses the characteristics of physical beauty, the social consequences of physical beauty, and the psychological costs of the modern obsession with physical beauty. (38:54)

Beauty and the Beasts: How Our Ideas About Appearance Affect the Way We Relate to God's Creatures. Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden challenges how our ideas about appearance affect the way we relate to environmental conservation. (29:29)

Dr. Seuss and the Poetics of Beauty: Why the Grinch, Sneetches, and Lorax Matter Today. Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss highlights Dr. Seuss' aesthetics influence for many children and how these images address deep questions of belief and realism. (47:28)

Beauty and the Bible. Instructor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig and Professor of Christian Scriptures Rob Wall explore images of physical beauty in the biblical narrative and a theory of aesthetic guidelines in the formation of the New Testament canon. (41:56)

Beast…and the Beauty. Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet explores the attraction between the beast and the beauty as found in fairy tales, poetry, science, and modern stories and the redemption found therein. (54:50)

SPU Choirs in Concert November 7

Enjoy an eclectic selection of music from SPU's Concert, Chamber Singers, Men's Choir, and Women's Choir. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at First Free Methodist Church. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Long-Term Care Insurance Enrollment and Guaranteed Issue Information Meeting Nov. 4

Studies show that 40 percent of those receiving long-term care are working-age adults. Interested in learning more about how to protect yourself? Consider locking in a long-term care insurance policy and rate. Eligible employees are those who work a minimum of 20 hours per week. In addition, if you were hired between 11/1/2007 and 10/31/2008, a guaranteed issue long-term care policy may be granted without completion of a medical questionnaire. A spouse, adult children, siblings, parents, and grandparents (including in-laws) of eligible employees may also apply for insurance with completion of a medical questionnaire. If you would like to learn more about this voluntary benefit, come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676.

The Sacred Sounds of Christmas: November 30, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Begin the Advent season with SPU's ninth annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert Sunday, November 30, in Benaroya Hall. Featuring SPU's nationally acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other groups, this stirring performance of music and narrative tells the story of God's promise of a Savior, and the fulfillment of that promise in the birth of Jesus. This year, by popular demand, a second performance was added, however, the 4 p.m. concert is now sold out. Reserved seating is $17 and $20; tickets are available for the 7 p.m. concert through Ticketmaster at 206-292-ARTS or, or in person (cash and checks only) at the Benaroya Hall Box Office. The Sacred Sounds of Christmas sells out earlier every year, so don't delay! More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here are a couple of pictures of our adorable dog, Oscar. He's been featured in the ‘Pet of the Week' before, but I thought some staff might like to see more pictures! Oscar is now 2 years old and loves playing fetch, riding in cars, and sleeping at the foot of our bed." Lacey Henderson, campus visit and events coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions. Select the link for a photo of Oscar in his soccer outfit. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursdays. 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, November 6. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 10.


CPY Faculty, Students Participate at APA Meeting

At the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Boston, clinical psychology (CPY) faculty and students made a number of poster and symposium presentations. Associate Professor John Thoburn along with CPY alumni Garrett Gilchrist ‘08 presented "Drive for Muscularity and Reasons for Exercise Among Bodybuilders" in a symposium presentation. John also participated, along with Drs. Florence Kaslow and Margy Heldring, in the Division 43 forum on the development of an international network of disaster family psychotherapists. Professor Beverly Wilson, along with students Alesha Muljat, Tanner Oliver, Sonja Kottke, Holly Petaja, Rachael Montague, Laurel Stinar, Lindsey Kremmel, Larissa Mancil, Adrienne Stevens, and Kathleen King, presented two posters: "Family Expressiveness and Child Emotionality: Mediating Role of Inconsistent Parenting," and "Parental Rejection, Intrusiveness, and Coercion Effects on Children's Defiant Behavior." Additionally, their submission "Sustained Attention and Aggression in Developmentally Delayed and Non-Delayed Boys" was elected as a finalist, and was invited for presentation to a symposium. Associate Professor Lynette Bikos and students Julia Kocheleva and Renee Gibbs presented the poster “Toward a Career Adaptability Model of Understanding the Expatriate Transition." Additionally, Lynette and Turkish colleagues presented the symposium, "Exploring Adaptation and Acculturation Between Turkey and the U.S." and presented the poster, "An Applied, Analytic, Dialogic, Autoethnography About Counseling Psychology Collaborations Between Turkey and the U.S." Assistant Professor Amy Mezulis, doctoral student Anna Charbonneau, and University of Wisconsin colleague Dr. Janet Hyde presented the poster, "Temperament, Stress Exposure, and Stress Reactivity as Mediators of the Gender Difference in Depression in Adolescence." Additionally, students Jake Bentley and Zeba Ahmad delivered the poster, "Mental Health Perspectives Among Cambodian and Somali Refugee Populations."

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 can be found through the online SPU White Pages.

Katie Binz, university fund manager, Advancement Services
Cory Cooper, computer services manager, Student Financial Services


Lemcio's Letter in New York Times

Professor of New Testament Eugene Lemcio's letter to the editor was published in The New York Times on October 17. (Scroll down to see Gene's letter.) More

Edwards Quoted in Puget Sound Business Journal

Scott Edwards, associate professor of marriage and family therapy, was quoted in the Puget Sound Business Journal on October 24 in an article titled “State toughens standards for mental health counselors." He provided information on changes in abolishing the registered counselor credential, and the resulting impact and quality of mental health services for the public. More

Downing Interviewed by KIRO Radio

Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing was interviewed by KIRO radio (710 AM) about the impact of energy prices on the economy. The interviewed ran October 27 during KIRO's “The Big Story" program at 6 p.m.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Two positions)
Associate Dean for the School of Theology Graduate Program
Assistant Professor of 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, Art (.5), College of Arts and Sciences
Athletic Director, Athletics
Lead Maintenance Painter, Building Maintenance
Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Manager, Conference Services for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Office Assistant (.4), Academic Affairs
Senior Events Manager, External Relations Web Designer, University Communications

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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