Monday, December 8, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Falcons Are National Champions!

Seattle Pacific's women's soccer team won the NCAA Division II championship on December 6 in Tampa, Florida. The Falcon's Janae Godoy scored the only goal with 2:13 left in the final overtime for a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated West Florida. Congratulations! Read more about the exciting game. More

Art Class Designs in Library This Week

Student projects created by Professor of Art Roger Feldman's Design Studio-3 Dimensional class will be on display in the SPU Library through Friday.

Autumn Grades Due Dec. 19

Autumn grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m, Friday, December 19. 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 19, they need to contact Student Records Coordinator 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 at 206-281-2636 or at

SHS Emergency Kits Fundraiser

The faculty of the School of Health Sciences(SHS) is selling emergency kits as a fundraiser for SHS student scholarships. The kits are designed for two people and come in a backpack. The kit includes emergency blankets, safety goggles, dust masks, moist towelette wipes, rubber gloves, tissues, light stick, small first aid kit, working gloves (with leather palms), emergency ponchos, waterproof matches, 12 water packets, whistles, flashlight with batteries, can opener, and large garbage bag. The kits are $32. Proceeds go toward SHS student scholarships, and you or loved one will have an emergency kit ready to go. Checks can be made out to the SPU School of Health Sciences, and emergency kits can be picked up at the SHS office.

Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 9

SPU's annual chapel titled “Festival of Lessons and Carols" is Tuesday, December 9, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This chapel is a unique adaptation of the annual service from the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England

FCS Food Drive

The Family and Consumer Sciences department is working with the Ballard Food Bank to collect nonperishable food items. Collection boxes are located in Peterson Hall.

SFS Closed Dec. 15

Student Financial Services will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for our annual Christmas lunch. If you have any questions or concerns, call us at 206-281-2061, or send an email to Merry Christmas!

Staff Forum on Dec. 10 Features the Seattle Children's Choir

Step out of your office and into the sounds of the season on Wednesday, December 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons for a special performance by the Seattle Children's Choir. The performance, sponsored by the SPU Staff Council, will feature “Arioso," a treble choir of some 30-40 girls and boys, ages 11-18. All SPU staff members are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 8

The peer advisor selection process for 2009-10 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. However, if you know students who rise above — leaders among leaders — we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Office of Residence Life Administrative Assistant Patricia Parsons at no later than January 8, 2009. Thank you in advance for your help.

Exercise Science Students Need Volunteers

Attention faculty and staff: Exercise science students are looking for guinea pigs ... no, only kidding. If you have ever wanted to start an exercise program, but really aren't sure where to start, now is your chance. Exercise science students will be available on a limited basis to help you design a program that is just right for you. If you are interested, stop by the Physical Education/Exercise Science office in Brougham Pavilion and sign up.

Nominate a Student for a SPRINT Trip

Is there a student that you think could really benefit from a SPRINT trip? SPRINT sends students on short-term mission trips for five-six weeks during the summer. This year we hope to send trips to 11 different countries. Trips also have different focuses from health to education to business. If you have a recommendation for a great future "SPRINTer," email Klarrisa Frank at

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here's my pup. Intelligent as he is, Rocky has his fair share of neuroses including, but not limited to, obsessions with squirrels and reflected lights on the ceiling. He also has indiscriminate taste buds and a cast iron stomach that has handled Kleenex, ribbons, and even a dime. Rocky's abundant energy helps keep a fast pace on walks, and there is never a lack of amusement when he is around. Stand Rocky up against fellow Jack Russell terriers, and I'm sure you will find him the cutest of the bunch -- my unbiased opinion, of course." Anna McCollough, customer services coordinator in Housing and Meal Plan Services. Select the link for another photo of Rocky. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines. Last Bulletin Dec. 15

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, December 11. The last Bulletin for December will be published Monday, December 15.


Steele's 2004 Weter Lecture Published

A revision of Rick Steele's 2004 Weter lecture, now titled "Transfiguring Light: The Moral Beauty of the Christian Life according to Gregory Palamas and Jonathan Edwards," was recently published in St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 53:3-4 (2008): 403-39. Rick, professor of moral and historical theology, argues that there are close and surprising affinities between the theological programs of Palamas, a 14th century Greek Orthodox monastic, and Edwards, an 18th century American Puritan revivalist.

Thoburn Elected President of Society of Family Psychology

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn was recently elected president-elect of the Society of Family Psychology, Division 43, of the American Psychological Association. His tenure as president will be for the year 2010. Additionally, the Society of Family Psychology elected John a fellow of the American Psychological Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science and profession of psychology. Approximately 10 percent of members of the American Psychological Association hold fellow status.

Segall Presents Paper at Middle East Studies Association

Associate Professor of English Kimberly Segall presented a paper "Trans-National Identifications in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon." The Middle East Studies Association conference was held in Washington, D.C. Kimberly has also organized a panel on Iraqi refugees on campus on December 5.

Brown Presents Paper at National Association of Schools in Music

Assistant Professor of Music Carlene Brown was invited to present a paper titled "Audio Culture: Teaching the iPod Generation" at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music in Seattle last month.

Welcome, Eric

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Eric Asmus as the new maintenance technician in Building Maintenance.


Davis on KOMO Radio

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was interviewed by KOMO radio (1000 AM) on December 1. The subject was President-Elect Barack Obama's choices for his defense and foreign policy teams.


Welcome, Seth Dene Langford

Instructor of Theology Mike Langford and his wife, Kelly, were blessed with the birth of their son, Seth Dene, on November 12 at 2:05 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 ounces and was 18 inches long. Mike reports “big sister Hannah (21 months) is adjusting well, as is mommy." Mike explains, “In Scripture, Seth, of course, was the one through whom the world was blessed with life after Cain would not and Abel could not carry the burden of this blessing. The name ‘Dene' (pronounced like ‘Dean') is a family name; Seth is the fourth or fifth generation in a row -- first sons of first sons -- to have that name. Seth also has a big head and looks like a bobble-head doll sometimes." Select the link for a photo of Seth and his parents. 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

Microsystems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Professional Certification Program Assistant, Center for Professional Education
RN to BS Program Assistant (.5), School of Health Sciences
Senior Events Manager, External Relations Transportation Worker, Building Maintenance
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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