Monday, May 18, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought"–Tammy Van Dyken and “Singing the Gospel"

On May 21, Tammy Van Dyken, SPU's Lilly post-doctoral fellow in history, presents “Singing the Gospel," in which she discusses the relationship between gospel hymns and the development of Protestant evangelicalism in America. Come learn more 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. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Chapel: “Thriving Friendships"

SPU residence life coordinators will share their thoughts on friendship during chapel on Tuesday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church.

Movie About Christian, Muslim Women in Liberia

The Women's Studies Program is showing the film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell" – the remarkable story of the courageous Christian and Muslim Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war adn bring peace to their shattered country. “Pray the Devil Back to Hell" honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. The film will be shown Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m., Otto Miller 109. Faculty and staff are invited.

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: SHS Students, Faculty Share Their Stories

Points of Light: Annual event celebrating the success of SPU School of Health Sciences faculty and students. February 5, 2009. (32:01) More

Recommend an Outstanding Graduate

“This is my annual request for names of SPU's outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to local media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page during the summer. Please send me the name(s) of the students and two or three sentences as to why the student is outstanding. I'll need more information than ‘top student in class.' Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, are involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! I will then follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Please send me information by email at as soon as possible." Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager.

Senior Visual Communication Art Show

Artwork from senior visual communication students will be on display May 28–June 5, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., in the SPU Art Center Gallery, located at 3 West Cremona Street. The portfolio night for these seniors is Thursday, May 28, 5–8 p.m., at the gallery.

Thalia Symphony in Concert

SPU's orchestra-in-residence, Thalia Symphony, presents music from Russia, Europe, and Asia on Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at First Free Methodist Church. Special guest Li Bo will play the morin khuur, a Mongolian fiddle. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased 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

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 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

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 health care, 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

Campus Closed for Memorial Day

SPU offices will be closed and day classes will not meet on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day. Evening classes will be held.

Correction: What It Means to Be White in America

The student group, Emerson Bridges, sponsored last week's “The Born Identity" exhibit in Emerson Hall lobby, and not the student group, Abolition, as was published in last week's Fac/Staff Bulletin.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Coby is 11 years old and loves to cuddle, as you can see. He is our little dumpster cat that was found next to a Safeway dumpster when he was only 3–4 months old. He has been with us ever since, and is the king of the household (at least he likes to think so). He hasn't always been this docile; in fact, he was a bit of a terror when he was younger. Now, however, he is the sweetest cat and absolutely loves to be around people. The moment we sit down on a couch he wants to be in someone's lap snoozing." Alicia Shocki, Student Financial Services representative, and Jeannene Shocki, Finance Information Systems Business Analyst, Finance Office. Select the link for another photo of Coby. 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 21. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, and the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, May 26.


Long, Shelton, Mansfield Receive Honors

At the recent President's Spring Forum, one faculty member and two staff members received awards. The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific named Associate Professor of Biology Eric Long as “Professor of the Year." Student Academic Services Coordinator of Schedules and Publications Tiffany Shelton received the Oral V. Hembry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award, and Associate Director of Building Maintenance John Mansfield received the Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award. 35-Years of Service recipients were Gary Fick, librarian for the sciences and psychology; Kim Gilnett, marketing associate in Fine Arts; Gene Lemcio, professor of New Testament; Jim McFarland, engineer in Building Maintenance; and Bill Woodward, professor of history. Receiving a 40-Years of Service Award was Associate Professor of Nursing Mary Fry. Also honored were faculty and staff who have served at SPU for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.

Ferreiro Attends Medieval Studies Conference

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro attended the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 7–10. He presented a paper titled “A Catalan Sermon on St. James the Greater by Vicent Ferrer," for the International Medieval Sermons Society.

New Book by Parrott

A new book of Professor of Psychology Les Parrott titled Crazy Good Sex: Putting to Bed the Myths Men Have About Sex was highlighted in the “Book" section of The Seattle Times on May 12. More


Killingsworth Interviewed on KVI-AM

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Russ Killingsworth was interviewed on KVI radio (570 AM) on May 11 by host Kirby Wilbur. Russ was responding to issues regarding the recent Seattle Public Schools high school mathematics textbook adoption.

Smith-Bates Quoted in Seattle Times

Director of the Career Development Center Jacqui Smith-Bates was quoted in a Seattle Times story about college graduates looking for work this summer. Read the story online. More

Parrott on KOMO-TV

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was interviewed by KOMO-TV (Channel 4) about a new trend in online dating – choosing a date based on a credit score. Watch the story online. More

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