Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Undergraduate Academic Counselors Accepting Drop-In Appointments

The undergraduate academic counselors in Student Academic Services will be available to meet with students on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, February 25, and Friday, February 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Thursday, February 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Spring Quarter scheduling and registration issues, or who are on academic probation. Students should have already met with their faculty advisor, as these meetings do not result in the removal of the faculty advisor hold. Students may check in at the front desk of the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Counseling Office in Demaray Hall 120.

Chapel: Blessed Are the Merciful

Join us for chapel on Tuesday, February 17, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church to worship and learn as a community. Musical worship will be led by the Gospel Choir and the Worship Arts Ensemble, and Associate Director of University Ministries Matthew Koenig will give a homily. We will continue our series on the beatitudes, studying the declaration that “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

Sharpen Blessed Box Available

Have a great biblical conversation at your next meeting, coffee, or lunch. University Ministries invites staff and faculty to check out a “Blessed Box Bible study," available at the front desk of the Library. With insights from the early church, reformation and modern scholarship, the Blessed Box is a creative, intuitive Bible study on the Beatitudes. It works well on its own, or to get the most out of chapel. Box #2 is especially appropriate for the upcoming chapel, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy."

Thursday Food for Thought: Cara Wall-Scheffler and “Mother-Infant Bonding"

On Thursday, February 19, SPU Assistant Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler presents “Mother-Infant Bonding," a look at how baby carrying forms special bonds between mothers and babies in both human and primate populations. Why do we think so many primates carry their babies — especially since it comes at a big cost energy-wise for the mother? As Cara says, “Bring your sling" and find out more. Learn about the benefits of carrying babies when you attend “Thursday Food for Thought," a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30 p.m. A question-and-answer time will follow. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

25th Annual European Studies Symposium, February 24-26

Join us at the 25th annual European Studies Symposium titled “Coming to America," February 24-26. On Wednesday, February 25, at 4 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150, keynote speaker Dr. Mirek Sztajno will talk about emigration from Poland to West Germany in 1983 and later emigration to the United States. His presentation will contain personal and family experience covering his academic study in Cracow and Warsaw from 1973-1983 during the communist regime, and will focus on his experience during martial law in Poland from 1981-1983. Dr. Sztajno is author and co-author of 30 scientific papers in the area of astrophysics. He is currently studying to be ordained as a Catholic deacon. Be sure to check out the Foreign Languages and Literatures website for times and locations of other faculty and student presentations throughout the week. More

Resolutions? Get Help From WebMD Health Manager

Health educators and behavior change experts recommend small, achievable steps rather than a world-class goal when making resolutions. If you are enrolled for medical benefits through Premera, you can log in to visit the WebMD Health Manager™ for more information on setting and achieving health goals. Enrolled spouses are also able to visit the site. Login and enter "goals" in the Search bar for more on this topic. If you are a first time user, look for “New User" below the Login Information and select the “Register Now" link. You must have your Premera subscriber number to continue. More

Summary Annual Report for Health Plan

SPU is required to file certain information about our health and welfare plan on an annual basis with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This provides your annual notification of SPU's filing. To view the Summary Annual Report, visit the website. More

Free Showing of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

The SPU Political Union Film host the showing of the controversial movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on Tuesday, February 17, in Demaray Hall 150 at 7 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited. This movie features Ben Stein as he explores the controversy of intelligent design, Darwinism, and academic freedom in today's society. A panel discussion will follow the film, and Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing will give a talk titled "The Economics of the Bailout." Refreshments will be served.

Seattle Department of Transportation's 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 WalkandBike@Seattle.gov 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 tgatlin@spu.edu or 206-281-2545. More

The Latest on SPU iTunes: “The Micah Challenge"

National Coordinator Brian Swarts addresses the global issue of poverty, his organization's goals for combating this issue, and ways in which the larger Christian community can join in their efforts. November 20, 2008. More

Registration for Spring Quarter Begins Feb. 23

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 sasinfo@spu.edu.

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 Performs Feb. 18 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 one more lecture 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 first lecture on February 11 was 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.

Jazz Ensemble Concert Feb. 27

The SPU Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27, at First Free Methodist Church.

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." The Family and Consumer Science Department.

SPU's Stationery Products Printer on Vacation

Vision Press, the printer that does SPU stationery products, was closed February 6-13. Orders that were placed 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.

We Need 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 fsb-editor@spu.edu.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is my cat, Inigo – as in ‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.' (If you missed the reference, watch the movie The Princess Bride.) He is about 6 years old and mischievous as can be, but he knows the way back to my heart is through some quality cuddle time. In this picture he's ‘helping' me get some work done from home." Kristi Nelson, gift planning specialist in Planned Giving. Select the link for a picture of Inigo and his sister, Fezzik." 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 fsb-editor@spu.edu, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, February 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 23.


Welcome, Jacob

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Jacob Lane, the new web developer in University Communications. Contact information can be found through the online SPU White Pages.


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

Volume #36, Issue #7 | Published by: University Communications

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