Monday, May 11, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought"–Rob Wall and “The Book of Acts"

On May 14, Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, explores patterns for ministry in his presentation “The Book of Acts for Today." Come learn more at “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 the presentation. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Benefits Fair: Tuesday, May 12

It's that time again! Drop by the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Upper Gwinn Commons. Spouses are welcome to attend. Along with information and giveaways, you will have direct access to representatives of companies who provide your benefits. Providers of product and service discounts will also have representatives available. Come enjoy snacks, visit with co-workers, and enter to win one of the $200 cash door prizes, plus many other great company-provided prizes. Don't miss it! Reminder: Open Enrollment runs May 1–31 and is currently available online.

“Last Lecture" by Doug Downing

Seattle Pacific University's Ivy Honorary presents “The Last Lecture of Dr. Doug Downing." Downing, associate professor of economics, will speak on “Hope and Fear," discussing reasons for being both optimistic and pessimistic, and provide general comments on economics. The lecture will be held Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. The concept of a “Last Lecture" is based on a 2007 lecture and 2008 book by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2008. In subsequent Last Lectures, professors reflect on what matters most and what wisdom they would hope to share with others. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

Bike-to-Work Day Is May 15

Frustrated with driving? Missed the bus again? Want to find a better way to get to your work? Why not try riding your bike? It's fun, easy, healthy, and contagious! The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is sponsoring the annual Starbucks Bike-to-Work Day, Friday, May 15. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on May 15, more than 44 bicycle-commuter stations throughout Puget Sound will be open for bike riders to stop and pick up free water bottles, snacks, maps, or bicycle commuting information, or to get a free bike checkup. For more information and the complete list of bike-to-work stations, visit the website. More

What Is Wellness?

Wellness can include more than just physical health. It can include emotional, financial, nutritional, spiritual, and other facets of well-being. We're wondering about which areas interest you most. To design a wellness program around you, we're asking you to complete this 10–15 minute online survey. Your answers will help us determine how to meaningfully foster overall wellness within our SPU community. Answers provide the basis for future programs to benefit you. Questions or comments about the survey may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon, at 206-281-2676 or Take the survey online. More

May Online Open Enrollment: This Week

Hear about key changes to our benefits and come to a hands-on demonstration of the Online Open Enrollment system. All benefit selections will be made this year through a new online system. You don't have to be prepared to make your selections when you attend. Find a session that works for you. Select the link and look for "Can I Get Additional Help Completing Online Open Enrollment?" More

What It Means to Be White in America

The student group Abolition is sponsoring “The Born Identity" exhibit, May 13-15,in Emerson Hall lobby. The visual and interactive exhibit is about white identity and white privilege. The purpose of the exhibit is to educate the SPU community (and beyond) about what it means to be white in America, and the subsequent privileges that come with whiteness. In understanding white privilege, we are better equipped to understand race and racism, and thus able to participate in the work of racial reconciliation.

Wind Symphony Concert May 15

The SPU Wind Symphony will perform Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free.

Join the SPU Nordic Club for the Norwegian May 17 Celebration

The student Nordic Club will again represent SPU during the annual Norwegian May 17 celebration and parade in Ballard. You and your family are invited to join the Nordic Club in the parade. This event has been celebrated in Seattle for 120 years. The highlight of the celebration is the Ballard parade, which is the largest parade outside Norway, with more than 2,000 participants and up to 10,000 spectators. Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S. Wegger Chr. Strømmen is this year's Grand Marshal and special guest. Laila Sharpe, associate director of alumni and parent relations, is the chairperson for this year's event. The parade begins at 4 p.m.; additional events are listed on the website. More

Testimonies and Un-Testimonies: Rewriting Your Spiritual Story

University Ministries is sponsoring a forum with Hannah Notess, the 2008–09 Milton Center postgraduate fellow at SPU, on Thursday, May 21, 1 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. Her writing has appeared in Image, The Christian Century, Slate, and Crab Orchard Review, among other journals. She will discuss her search for unconventional stories of faith as a writer and as editor of Jesus Girls, True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical, a collection of essays forthcoming from Cascade Books in 2009. More

Spring '09 Census Information Available

The spring '09 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

SPU Theatre Presents “See Rock City"

SPU Theatre Presents “See Rock City," May 26–29, 7:30 p.m., Backstage Theatre in McKinley Hall. This play follows two newlyweds through the end of World War II. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 30. Tickets are $6. Call 206-281-2959, or visit the website. More

SPU Jazz Ensemble Concert at The Triple Door

SPU's Jazz Ensemble will perform at The Triple Door in Seattle Sunday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Director Bill Park will join jazz artist and Assistant Professor of Music Stephen Michael Newby for an evening of dinner and jazz. The concert features a collection of modern big band and traditional jazz favorites. The Triple Door is located at 216 Union Street in downtown Seattle. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 206-838-4333. This annual concert has sold out the past two years, so get your tickets early.

Time to Make a Fall/Winter Reservation at Camp Casey

Full-time, regular SPU faculty and staff: Now is the time to submit your request for a fall/winter weekend at Camp Casey. June 1 is the deadline for placing your online request to stay at one of the Victorian-style officers' houses on Whidbey Island, September 14, 2009–January 31, 2010. These turn-of-the-century houses were once a part of the coastal military fortress known as Fort Casey. They are available for your personal vacation for a nominal booking fee of $35. The fee includes a weekend house rental for you and your guests, access to the gym, and beach, and other amenities at the conference center. When you make your request, please indicate five different dates. Results will be available by July 15. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family and friends to enjoy a memorable weekend in the quiet, rural, historical beauty of Camp Casey. Collect rocks on the beach, fly a kite, dine out, shop, and explore Coupeville and Port Townsend. Please direct any questions to Pauline Orunburn, coordinator at Casey Conference Center, at, or call toll free 866-661-6604. To see photos and to register, visit the Camp Casey website. More

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution"

Eastern Nazarene College Professor of Physics Karl Giberson discusses the conservative perspective on the theory of evolution and his own journey from that perspective to evolutionism. This talk is available in audio and video. February 10, 2009. More

Falcon Twilight 5K to Benefit Cross-Country Teams and Hope Runs

Runners and walkers are invited to the Falcon Twilight 5K on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. in Magnuson Park. Come enjoy the spring evening air and beautiful Lake Washington! You will be supporting SPU's Cross-Country and Track teams and Hope Runs, a non-profit organization working with AIDS orphans in East Africa. Hope Runs is committed to providing in-orphanage programs in athletics, technology, and business training to help these children break out of the cycle of poverty. It's a great cause and will be a fun time. The cost is $15 (plus $10 for a snazzy Falcon 5k T-shirt). If you have questions, contact Cross-County Coach Erika Daligcon or call 206-281-3432. Register online. More

SPU to Host Grantsmanship Center Workshop

SPU will host a training workshop designed for both novice and experienced grantseekers, June 22–26. The Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers researching funding sources and writing and reviewing real proposals. As hosts, SPU has been granted a limited number of scholarships. Interested faculty should contact Grant Writer Laura Lundahl at or 206-281-2589 for further details. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Following this workshop, another special session on federal grant writing will be available.

SPU SERVE Program Grants Available

Lilly SERVE will offer organizational units within the University (academic areas and campus life departments) grants of a maximum of $16,000 to sponsor vocational exploration programs for faculty, staff, and students during the 2009-10 academic year. Visit the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development website for more information on the conditions and criteria for funding. More

Levertov Award Recipient Eugene Peterson

Join Image journal and acclaimed writer and SPU alumnus Eugene Peterson ‘54 for the 2009 Denise Levertov Award lecture and reading on Saturday, May 16, 7:30-9 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church. The evening will also include a celebration of Image's 20th anniversary. Peterson, a contributor to Image and author of the bestselling The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, will give a reading and commentary called "Intently Haphazard," about how the arts have formed his vocation as a pastor and writer. The event is free, followed by a book signing and reception. University Presbyterian Church is located at 4540 15th Avenue NE in the University District. More

A.C.E. International Symposium, May 23

On May 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Upper Gwinn Commons, Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) will host an international symposium in honor of their 35th anniversary. Experts from around the globe, including SPU faculty, will address a number of topics such as global education, international healthcare, and foreign policy. Raymond Joseph, Haitian ambassador to the United States, will deliver the keynote address. SPU faculty, staff, and students are welcome. For more information, visit the website. More

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Bible Reading: Psalms

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we become anagnostae for an hour and read through Scripture aloud. We usually begin reading about 12:10 p.m., and finish by 12:55 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we have plenty of Bibles. If you have questions, call or email Kathy Henning at 206-281-2329 or

Registration for Autumn Quarter

Registration for Autumn 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 be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 11. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 26. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services 206-281-2031 or

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is Dakota, our 11 month old lab/golden mix. Dakota was a rescue puppy who joined our family in September after our old spaniel passed away. He became quickly attached to our similarly aged kitten, Joey, and they have been best friends ever since (that's Joey in this picture). Besides his kitty, Dakota loves his ball, our family, his ball, peanut butter, his ball, visitors, his ball, snow, his ball in the snow–I think you get the picture. Basically, Dakota is 55 pounds of love and enthusiasm. He's a great cure for even the worst day." Pam Christensen, graduate administrative assistant, School of Health Sciences. Select the link for a photo of Dakota in the snow. 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, May 14, and the next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 18.


Woodward Invited to MOHI Planning Meeting

As the Lincoln Bicentennial continues in 2009, the sesquicentennial (2011-15) of the American Civil War itself looms. A gathering of representatives of agencies and interest groups met at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry on April 29 to brainstorm how commemorative activities might be developed and coordinated in the Pacific Northwest. Professor of History Bill Woodward was an invited participant.

Recent Professional News From SOT Faculty

Associate Professor of Global Ministries Miriam Adeney was the John P. Woods Distinguished Lecturer in Religion and Society at the Dubuque Theological Seminary, April 14–15. Her lectureship was in tandem with Luke Timothy Johnson, who delivered the David I. Berger Distinguished Lectures in Theology. Miriam's addresses were on the topic "Kingdom Without Borders: Global Christianity in the 21st Century," with particular focus on Africa and China.

Assistant Professor of Theology Daniel Castelo was named to the steering committee of the Pentecostal Charismatic Movements Consultation of the American Academy of Religion for 2009-12.

Instructor of Theology Mike Langford's article “The Challenge and Opportunity of Adolescence: A Theological Diagnosis and Response" was published in Reformed Review, Winter 09, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 3-19.

Professor of Theological Studies Priscilla Pope-Levison recently delivered the Marie NeSmith Fowler Lectureship, sponsored by the Christian Women's Leadership Program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

School of Theology faculty Daniel Castelo, Sara Koenig, and Mike Langford presented papers at the regional American Academy of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University on April 24.

SPFC Faculty, Students Participate in Western Psychological Associate Convention

School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) faculty and students led 22 poster, paper, and symposium presentations at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA) in Portland, April 23–26. Of particular note was the SPU-hosted symposium, "Bridging Science and Practice in University/Community Nonprofit Program Evaluations," where clinical and industrial/organizational psychology doctoral students from Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos' research team reviewed research designs, results, and challenges of such collaborations. SPU faculty and students also presented two papers.

Students from Assistant Professor of Psychology Baine Craft's research team co-presented, "Self-Control in Male Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Spendens)" with colleagues from the University of Montana. Additionally, Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk co-presented "Can Premenstrual Symptoms Explain Luteal Phase Increases in Stress Reactivity" with doctoral student Winslow Gerrish. SPFC congratulates undergraduate psychology student Ben Carson, first author of a poster titled "Children's Negative Emotionality and Social Problem: The Mediating Role of Empathy." The WPA Program Committee selected Carson to receive one of nine Western Psychological Foundation Student Scholarships. Co-authors on the poster were students Kayla Pippit, Kyle Dehnert, Alesha Muljat, and faculty sponsor Professor of Clinical Psychology Bev Wilson. Additional SPFC faculty who presented at WPA included Margaret Marshall, Jay Skidmore, John Thoburn, and Marcia Webb. Student authors and co-authors included students and recent alumni from the Psychology Department, Clinical Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Ferreiro Guest Speaker at Local Parish

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was the guest speaker for the mystagogy group at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell on May 3. His presentation, “The Acts of the Apostles: Walking in Their Footsteps Today," was an exposition of Acts 2:42 as a model for a sacramentally centered life of discipleship.


Marsh Featured in Edmonds Enterprise

Wind Symphony Director Gerry Marsh was featured in the Edmonds Enterprise newspaper on May 6. Gerry was recently honored for his 25 years as director of the Cascade Youth Symphony. Read the story online. More

Feldman, Students Featured in Shoreline Enterprise

Professor of Art Roger Feldman and students in his advanced sculpture class were featured in the Shoreline Enterprise on May 6. The students built and installed outdoor sculptures for the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

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

Coordinator of Administration for Camp Casey, University Services
Head Coach, Men's Basketball, Athletics
Housekeeper/Custodian (temp), Casey Conference Center
Mental Health Counselor, Interim (.8), Student Counseling Center
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Technical Accountant, Finance

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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