Monday, April 13, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Secretary of State Sam Reed on Campus

As part of Washington state's fourth annual College Civics Week, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is joining college students around the state to promote the agency's new effort “Find Your One Thing." The weeklong event, from April 13 to 17, will focus on getting young people to take small steps toward civic engagement. Reed will be on the SPU campus on Tuesday, April 14, 6-7 p.m. in Weter Lounge. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Joining Reed will be student leaders from various student clubs and organizations to talk about the one thing that has challenged them to lead a more service-oriented life.

Pacific Northwest Microfinance and Global Poverty Conference

The School of Business and Economics Center for Integrity in Business is hosting and co-sponsoring a first-ever “Pacific Northwest Microfinance and Global Poverty Conference," May 8–9, in Upper Gwinn Commons. Featured speakers include Matt Flannery, founder and CEO of Kiva; Tamara Cook, program officer at the Gates Foundation; Peter Bladin, executive vice president of the Grameen Foundation; and Skip Li '66, SPU alumnus and founder of Agros International. Other organizations represented include Global Partnerships and World Vision. The goals of the conference are to deepen knowledge and mobilize action. To register at a special rate of $25 for SPU faculty and staff (which includes dessert on Friday and lunch on Saturday), bring a check to the SBE front desk, located on the second floor of McKenna Hall. For more information about the conference, contact John Terrill at the Center for Integrity in Business at or Professor Business Ethics Kenman Wong at or visit the conference website. More

Chapel: Resurrection Celebration

“Resurrection Celebration" is the theme for the weekly chapel service on Tuesday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Jeff Keuss and “Cinematic Theology"

On April 16, SPU Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss reads from his book, Cinema Divinite: Religion, Theology, and the Bible in Film. Jeff will use the time to explore the cinematic theology of acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick. Join him at “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, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

FFMC's “3rd Thursday Luncheon"

First Free Methodist Church's “3rd Thursday Luncheon" on April 16 will feature Women's Basketball Coach Julie van Beek and the women's basketball team. The monthly luncheon speaker series is open to faculty and staff. This month's lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Center at the church. A $5 donation for lunch is suggested. RSVP by calling 206-281-2240.

Weter Lecture: Mental Illness and the Church Community

For the annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture, Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology Marcia Webb will examine contemporary views of mental illness within the church community. The lecture is Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to the Senior Gift Committee's Bingo Night

Bingo Night, hosted by the student Senior Gift Committee, is Thursday, April 16, 7–9 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room. Proceeds will go to this year's senior gift, which will help develop a village in Mexico through Agros International. There will be live music and prizes, Faculty and staff are invited. Admission is $2, and includes two free bingo cards. Free admission if wear your SPU 2009 T-shirt (or if buy a T-shirt there for $10). You can also get a freebingo card after admission if you have an old cell phone to donate. Additional bingo cards are only 25 cents per card. If you have questions, email Annual Giving Administrative Assistant Ashley Barrett at

Support Local Organizations Through United Way

The SPU United Way Campaign is underway (April 1–30). Please make your pledge today to support local organizations. Your online pledge during the campaign will enter you in a drawing to win a Seahawks autographed football if SPU raises more money than last year. Instructions for logging on to the giving site were emailed on April 1. Thanks to those who have already contributed to United Way! Contact Annual Giving Administrative Assistant Ashley Barrett, 206-281-2131 or if you have any questions. Find out more and make your gift online by visiting the website. More

Social Venture Planning Competition April 15

For the third year, the School of Business and Economics is hosting a “Social Venture Plan Competition." Student teams design nonprofit organizations to help solve social problems. The competition takes place Wednesday, April 15, 3-6 p.m., in Weter Hall and Martin Square on the SPU campus. Prizes of $2,500, $1,000, and $500 will be awarded. Visit the website for more information. More

Get in Shape With Help From Exercise Science Students

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.

Image Journal Nominated for Utne Reader Independent Press Award

Image journal has been nominated for a 2009 Utne Reader Independent Press Award in the "Spiritual Coverage" category. More

Welcome Prospective Students and Families on SPU Visit Days

Every Friday in April is an “SPU Friday," which is a one-day visit for prospective students and their families. The day includes a campus tour, classroom visits, student/faculty panel, financial aid and admissions information, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. Be sure to look for these students on Fridays and say “hi."

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.

WebMD: Don't Pass Up Your $75 Reward!

April 30 will be the final day for Premera-covered employees to complete the WebMD Personal Health Assessment- HealthQuotient to receive a reward of $75. The more specific your answers, the more accurate your wellness score. If you have a preventive exam or routine physical scheduled, consider requesting your blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, components of cholesterol (HDL and LDL) and body mass index (BMI) for the most accurate wellness score. Encourage your Premera-covered spouse to complete the assessment. To see what this is all about, visit the Human Resources webpage and select "Wellness Program through WebMD" for information. Your individual responses are not shared with SPU. More

Staff Member of the Year Nominations Due April 14

Do you know a co-worker who engages the SPU vision? Someone who exemplifies a grace-filled attitude, displays competence on the job, and models Christian character? If so, please take a few minutes and submit your nominee for consideration. There are two categories for nominations – one for non-exempt staff (the Oral V. Hemry Award), and one for exempt staff. The staff members ultimately selected will each receive a $1,000 honorarium from the University, and be honored at the President's Spring Forum on Tuesday, May 5, in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The online nomination form only takes a few minutes. The SPU Staff Council will do all the necessary follow up. The deadline for nominations is April 14. To nominate a coworker for this year's Staff Member of the Year awards, complete the online nomination form online. More

Barnabas Scholarship Nominations Due April 24

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and will be a senior during the 2009–10 school year? If so, we encourage you to nominate this student (or students) for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in their name to a charity of his or her choice. Online nominations are due by April 24, and can be found on the University Ministries/Center for Worship Student Leaders website. More

The Latest on SPU iTunes: John Perkins-The Gospel, the Church, and Its Mission

John Perkins, president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, presents the gospel story as the source of God's mission for the Church. Perkins says reconciliation requires love and service in action and involves the entire church, not just isolated individuals. April 7, 2009. (35:35)

Lynnwood Vanpool Has Openings

Seats are available in the King County Metro vanpool from Lynnwood to SPU for an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule. Join us to lighten your stress financially and physically. You need to commit to only an average of three days a week. Contact Finance Office Budget and Accounting Analyst Chris Cope at for more information.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Since I think I have submitted photos of just about every other critter in my household, thought I would send one of my cat, Mabel. She is about 10 years old and was adopted as a kitten from a family in Auburn. Mabel is the matriarch of the four cats in our household and is the eternal optimist who thinks she can actually fit in this basket." Kathleen Braden, professor of geography. Select the link for another photo of Mabel. 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, April 16, and the next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 20.


Nemtchinova Presents at TESOL Convention

Associate Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/Russian Katya Nemtchinova made two presentations at the 43th annual TESOL convention March 26–28 in Denver, Colorado. She participated in a colloquium titled "TESOL Teacher Education in Online/Distance Environments: Challenges, Successes, Tips" and presented at a forum titled “Examining Perceptions and Assumptions on Mentoring Prospective TESOL Professionals." Katya will also serve as the immediate past chair of Non-Native English Speaking Professionals Interest Section within TESOL. Three SPU MA TESOL students–Leslie Keller, Ben Bailey and Amy Ephrem–presented at the Graduate Student Forum, a student-run mini-conference held in conjunction with the convention. Leslie's presentation “Practice Multiple Reading Strategies Using Interconnected Games" was selected for the additional “Best of the Graduate Student Forum" session.


Wolfe Interviewed by Christian Century

Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image journal and director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing, was interviewed in the current issue of Christian Century magazine. Part of the interview dealt with the 20th anniversary of Image journal.

Wall-Scheffler Featured on KOMO-AM, KING-TV

Assistant Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler was interviewed by KOMO radio (1000 AM) for its daily feature “Life Beat" about her recent research on running. The feature aired on April 11. Cara was also interviewed by KING-TV (Channel 5) for the daily feature called “HealthLink." The story ran on April 13. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
School of Health Sciences 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

Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Housekeeper/Custodian (temp), Casey Conference Center
Mental Health Counselor, Interim (.8), Student Counseling Center
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Office Manager/Event Planner, School of Business and Economics

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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