Monday, February 9, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought" – Rob McKenna and “Sacrificial" Leadership

On February 12, Rob McKenna, associate professor of industrial/organizational psychology, reads from his book, Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World. Written as a reflective guide into the pressures and realities that leaders face every day on the job, the book is ideal for current and emerging leaders at all levels and in all arenas, from businesses to churches and beyond. Even if you're not in a formal leadership role, you should check this out. Find out why Rob argues that great leadership necessitates sacrifice when you attend “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, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

“Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution"

Dr. Karl Giberson, professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene and director of the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College, will present a lecture on Tuesday, February 10, titled “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution." The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. He is an authority on the intersection between faith and science, particularly on the topics of evangelical Christianity and evolutionary mechanisms. He has written a number of books including the recently published Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution and Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story. The lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and University Scholars.

SDOT Work on Nickerson Street Corridor

To improve safety, pedestrian access, and bicycle usage, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will soon make changes along the Nickerson Street corridor between the Ballard Bridge and West Florentia Street. SDOT will be receiving public comments about the project until February 20. Email comments to or call 206-684-7583. Learn more about the improvements by visiting the website. More

Winter ‘09 Census Information Available

The winter census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information emerging on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: Homecoming Chapel

2009 SPU Alumna of the Year Marti Ensign '52 encourages Christians to believe that God cares for his people even when a situation looks tragic. January 29, 2009. (31:57) More

Registration for Spring Quarter

Registration for Spring 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 need to meet with their faculty advisor(s) prior to their appointment time. Spring registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, February 23. Spring registration for graduate students begins Monday, March 2. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Percussion Ensemble Concert Feb. 17

The SPU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, in the E.E. Bach Theatre. The concert is free.

International Musician to Perform at SPU

Renowned international musician Li Bo, one of the world's most accomplished performers of a rare two-string Mongolian fiddle called the morin khuur, will play a special concert at SPU on Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre. Admission is free, and the concert is wheelchair accessible. Bo's visit is part of the annual Lawrence and Ruth Schoenhals Symposium, an endowed program that enables Free Methodist colleges and universities to host Christian artists of national stature. Lawrence Schoenhals served for 28 years in a variety of administrative positions at Seattle Pacific, including chair of the Music Department.

Wind Symphony Concert Feb. 20

The SPU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free. The repertoire includes the mid-20th century band classic “Rhythm of the Winds," student Ashley Porter on piccolo performing “Cleopatra Polka," excerpts from the British folk series “Lincolnshire Posy," “Confession" by J. Eric Schmidt, and “Jupiter" from the “Planet" series by Holtz. The concert will lift up your spirits and help cure the winter blues.

International Education Scholar Speaks on Spiritual Development in Public Schools

Dr. Julian Stern, dean of education and theology at York St John University in York, England, will give two lectures at SPU about children's spiritual development in public schools. Stern spent 14 years as a school teacher in the south of England, and is the author of 11 books and several dozen articles. Recent books include Schools and Religions: Imagining the Real (2007), Teaching Religious Education: Researchers in the Classroom (2006), and Involving Parents (2003). His lecture on Wednesday, February 11, is titled “The Spirit of the School: Why and How Public Schools Help Children's Spiritual Development." His second lecture on Wednesday, February 18, will address “Spirited Professionalism: Professional Approaches to Spiritual Development by Counselors and Other Educators in Public School." Both events are from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in SPU's Library Seminar Room. Teachers and educational professionals are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Professor of Education Chris Sink at 206-281-2453.

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.

Food Drive Continues

“Thank you for your generous contributions to the Ballard Food Bank throughout the holiday season! Because our neighbors in the Queen Anne, Ballard, and Magnolia neighborhoods are still in need, as more jobs are lost and food bank reserves continue to be low, the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Department invite you to participate in a monthly food donation drive. Donations of nonperishable food items and cash and checks will be collected in the FCS office (located in Peterson Hall), and delivered to the Ballard Food Bank at the end of each month. As each month comes to a close, remember your neighbors who are struggling to meet this very basic need."

SPU's Stationery Products Printer on Vacation

Vision Press, the printer that does SPU stationery products, is closed February 6-13. Orders that were placed February 3 will be delivered on Monday, February 16. February 10 orders will be combined with the February 17 orders and will be delivered on February 27. Contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552, if you have any questions.

Get in Shape With Help From Exercise Science Students

Exercise Science students are looking for guinea pigs ... no, only kidding. If you have ever wanted to start an exercise program, but aren't really 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 and Exercise Science Office in Brougham Pavilion and sign up.

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.

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

“This is Chrissy the black lab, who lives with Les Martin, adjunct music faculty member, and his wife, Laura. Chrissy is one of the happiest dogs on the planet. Chrissy recently turned ‘sweet sixteen," and in lieu of a new car, Chrissy opted to have a birthday party and raise money to support her friends in OldDog Haven, a nonprofit organization that cares for and places older dogs into loving homes, and also provides assisted living and hospice care as needed. Chrissy invited 30 of her closest two-legged friends to her birthday party in November, and raised $350, which was enough to sponsor at least four older dogs at the haven. You can see the dogs that Chrissy chose to sponsor by going to their website at" Les Martin, adjunct music faculty member. Select the link for a photo of Chrissy schmoozing at her party. 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. Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, February 11. The next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, February 17.


Gatlin's Article Published

An article written by Associate Registrar Kenda Gatlin appears on the Pacific American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers website. The article is titled “A game plan for when your office starting lineup ends up on injured reserve." Read the article online. More

Keuss Presents Paper at Cambridge

Jeff Keuss, associate professor of Christian ministry, presented a paper titled “St. Augustine of Hippo and the sacred mobility of subjectivity in youth culture" at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry conference, January 2–4, at Ridley Hall, Cambridge University, U.K. Additionally, Jeff was interviewed on “The Kindlings Muse" broadcast about the vampire mythology and Christian theology in the Twilight young adult novels and films.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Business/Social Science Librarian
Education/Remote Services Librarian
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Two positions)

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

Housekeeper/Custodian (temp), Casey Conference Center
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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