Monday, December 15, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


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 Until Dec. 19

The faculty of the School of Health Sciences (SHS) are offering a last-minute Christmas gift to show you care. 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 the emergency kits can be picked up at the SHS office. Thanks to all of you who have purchased kits. You will receive a receipt noting your portion of the donation from University Advancement.

Inclement Weather? Is SPU Open?

The quickest way to learn if SPU is closed or running late due to inclement weather is to call the Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800 or visit the SPU home page. The phone line and home page will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD Available

The Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD, featuring SPU's acclaimed choral and instrumental ensembles, makes a great Christmas gift. The CD offers an eclectic collection of readings and traditional and lesser-known Advent and Christmas music spanning several centuries. Proceeds benefit SPU performing groups. CDs can be purchased for $15 (includes tax) from Performing Groups Coordinator Kyle Feldman in University Communications in Lower Weter Hall. Cash or checks are preferred. CDs can also be purchased in the SPU Bookstore or through the website ($2.95 shipping charges apply). More

On-Campus Weight Watchers Group Begins Jan.13

A 10-week Weight Watchers session begins on campus January 13 and runs through March 17. It's a terrific program for successful weight loss and good health. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon in OMH 124. Registration is required. To register and for additional information, contact Dana Anderson, campus program coordinator in Student Programs, at 206-281-2689 or

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.

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.

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

“It was Christmas Eve and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for a rat! This is our Freia, daughter of a hairless and dumbo rat breed. We love to snuggle with her because she has the softest, fuzziest fur! Her favorite past times are climbing up to the highest possible place in the house, snuggling under the covers, wrestling with daddy, and getting into trouble. One time she squeezed into in the fireplace (it wasn't on) and she became a black rat for a while. In this photo, I caught her climbing the Christmas tree. Silly Freia!" Dejah Simunds, biology lab coordinator. Select the link for a larger photo of Freia. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Resumes January 5

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. Due to Christmas break, the next deadline is Friday, January 2. The Bulletin will resume publication on Monday, January 5.


SAS Fall Professional Activities

Student Academic Services staff members Ruth Adams, Kenda Gatlin, Debbie Crouch, Kristen Labrecque, Annette Rendahl, Donna McIntosh, Serena Severance, Ben Weins, Ingrid Steele, and Stephanie Malin attended the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO) conference in Portland, Oregon, in early November. Debbie Crouch and Kenda Gatlin led a session titled "Twelve Principles for Surviving and Thriving," based on John Medina's new book, Brain Rules. Kristen Labrecque served on a panel addressing the topic, "Have You Given at the Office Lately?" Kristen also co-presented the session "Your Office: The Next Generation," along with Stephanie Malin, and led the session "Getting Involved With PACRAO" with Andrew Anderson of Seattle University. Ruth Adams was elected PACRAO vice president for professional development for the coming year, and Kristen Labrecque was appointed chair of the PACRAO Writers Team. Ben Weins' article "Organizational Theory: Evaluating Departmental Effectiveness" was published on the PACRAO website in October. The case study for the article is Student Academic Services at SPU.

Lundahl's Article Published

An article written by Academic and Advancement Grant Writer Laura Lundahl was published in the Fall 2008 edition of the Journal of the American Association of Grant Professionals, Vol. 6, No. 1. The article, “Moving Out of the Stranger Pile: Relationship Building for Grant Writers," is targeted toward the nonprofit sector. Laura has had several articles published online before, but this is the first one published in a printed journal.

Edwards Elected to AAMFT National Board

Scott Edwards, associate professor of marriage and family therapy, was elected to the national board of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), one of the five core mental health professions recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Following 13 years of consecutive service with AAMFT at the state level (Alabama, Virginia, Oregon, and Washington), Edwards will begin serving on the national level beginning in January. In addition to being one of only 12 AAMFT board members for the U.S. and Canada, he is chair of the AAMFT council of divisional presidents, a governing body comprised of state and Canadian provincial leaders. To learn more about AAMFT, visit the website. More

VanZanten's Essay Published

Susan VanZanten's essay on the range, impact, and implications of the Lilly Endowment's national “Programs in the Theological Exploration of Vocation" (PTEV) was recently published on the website, Resources for American Christianity. Susan is professor of English, director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, and the director of SERVE, SPU's Lilly-funded PTEV. Read Susan's essay "The Stories of Our Lives: The Theological Exploration of Vocation in Colleges and Universities" online. More

Welcome, Angelina

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Angelina Nalivayko, R.N. to B.S. program assistant, School of Health Sciences.


Eaton Interviewed on KUOW's “Weekday"

On December 11, SPU President Philip Eaton joined three other college presidents to discuss the economic downturn's impact on higher education. Eaton was one of five invited guests for the daily radio public affairs show “Weekday," a live program from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Seattle's NPR affiliate KUOW (94.9 FM). Joining Eaton in the interview were University of Washington President Mark Emmert, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert, South Seattle Community College President Jill Wakefield, and Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Charlie Earl. Listen to the program online. More

Davis in Seattle Times

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was one of four Republicans interviewed by Seattle Times editorial columnist Bruce Ramsey. Reed is the former chair of the King County Republican Party and former candidate for U.S. Senate. The column was titled “Four local Republicans discuss the party's future." Read the story online. More


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