Monday, November 10, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought" – Kim Gilnett and C.S. Lewis

On November 13, Fine Arts Marketing Associate Kim Gilnett presents “C.S. Lewis: A Personal Reflection," in which he discusses the many summers he spent working at the home of Lewis in Oxford, England. 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

Learn More About 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 from Oxford, England, 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

John Perkins Center Presents “Lumpers and Splitters: Racialist Thought in Early American Science"

University of Washington Associate Professor of History Bruce Hevly is the special guest for the John Perkins Center Forum on Thursday, November 20, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The history of science in British North America and the early United States may be studied with questions of broader significance in mind. For example: “who counts as an American?" – a question intertwined with scientific and political meanings, and “how are political questions elided by recasting them as scientific questions?" This presentation draws on examples from Thomas Jefferson's “Notes on the State of Virginia" (1785), and from other racial science episodes before 1850 to argue that the taxonomic question of lumping versus splitting can be used to organize our thinking about such broad questions in the context of an undergraduate survey course. For those interested in a reading to prepare for the discussion, contact John Perkins Center Assistant Director and Teaching Fellow Max Hunter at 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

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."

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.

Robert M. Curley Men's Rowing Endowment

SPU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Robert M. Curley Men's Rowing Endowment. Jann Curley wishes to honor the memory of her husband, Robert Curley, with this endowment. Robert Curley graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961 with a bachelor's of science degree in engineering, and later earned a master's degree in business administration. During his four years at UC Berkeley, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity and, because of his height and athleticism, was recruited to participate on the men's rowing, helping the team win two national championships. Among many philanthropic pursuits, Robert Curley faithfully served as a member of the Corporate/Foundation Task Force at Seattle Pacific. He was a University Fellow and supporter of the University Fund, as well as SPU's men's rowing. This endowment fund will provide resources for men's rowing operations and/or scholarships for men's rowing members.

Flu Shots Still Available

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

Biochemistry Course Lectures Available on iTunes U

In a recent addition to SPU's iTunes U, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland studies the chemical properties of biological compounds (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins, and nucleic acids), metabolism (biochemical energetics, enzymes, electron transport, and oxidative phosphorylation), and the integration of metabolism (biochemical genetics, metabolic regulation). More

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

“Lucy, our 135-pound gentle giant, loves children, and as you can see in these pictures, the feeling is mutual. ‘Newfies' (Newfoundlands) are known to be natural ‘babysitters.'" Kathy Hefner, administrative assistant, biology and chemistry departments. Select the link for another photo of Lucy. 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 13. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 17.


Castelo's Articles Published

Daniel Castelo, assistant professor of theology, recently had his article "Moltmann's Dismissal of Divine Impassibility: Warranted?" published in the Scottish Journal of Theology 61.4 (2008): 396-407. He also recently had four articles published in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, 4 vols., ed. G.T. Kurian (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). These were "Mexican Christianity" (III, pp. 1514-1517), "Jurgen Moltmann" (III, pp. 1551-1552), "Oscar Arnulfo Romero" (III, p. 2034), and "John Wesley" (IV, pp. 2497-2498).

Wall Presents at Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Thomas Wall recently presented, "Hypnosis and Treatment Planning in Clinical Practice" at the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Quek, MFT Graduates Present at National Council of Family Relations Conference

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Karen Quek, along with three MFT graduates (Kyle Isaacson '08, Claudia Alabiso '07, and Deborah Rue '07) presented three papers at the 70th National Council on Family Relations annual conference, November 4-8, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The title of the three presentations were "Relational Harmony: A New Model of Collectivism and Gender Equality Among Asian-American Couples," "Marital Satisfaction in Greek Couples: Role of Social Values, Accommodation Styles and Self-Disclosure" and "Lenses on Resiliency: Asian Female Professors Turning Their Struggles Into Empowerment."

Welcome, Cheri

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Cheri Wilke as the new administrative assistant in the Art Department.


Welcome, Jesse Alexander Krentz

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ursula Krentz and her husband, Kevin, would like to announce the birth of their son, Jesse Alexander Krentz on September 26. He was 8 pounds, 8 ounces at birth. He joins (not very) big sister Elena, age 20 months. Select the link for a picture of Jesse and Elena More

Welcome, Emma Luann Wilhite

“Emma was born August 21 at 3:33 p.m. and weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. Emma Luann is named after my great-grandmother, and Luann is my middle name. It means ‘God is with us full of grace.' Emma has a little mark on her back that is a perfect red heart. When Emma sneezes, I always say, ‘God bless you.' When she was 3 weeks old, she started mimicking my tones, so her ‘first words' have been ‘God bless you!' Thank you for all of the prayers for our little miracle; she is truly a cherished gift from God. May God bless you all." Rebecca Wilhite, senior events manager, and her husband, Jeff. Select the link for another photo of Emma. More

Overstreet Reading/Booksigning on Nov. 14

You're invited to a reading and booksigning at University Communications specialist's Jeffrey Overstreet's book release party on Friday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Café Babel in Fremont at 126 NW Canal Street. The SPU Bookstore will have copies of Jeffrey's books available. More


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

Athletic Director, Athletics
Lead Maintenance Painter, Building Maintenance
Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Manager, Conference Services for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Microsystems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Office Assistant (.4), Academic Affairs
Professional Certification Program Assistant, Center for Professional Education
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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