Monday, June 1, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Players Perform in Chapel

The University Players, SPU's student drama troupe, will perform in chapel Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The Players will perform “The Big Maybe," a play about a young couple trying to figure out the next step in their relationship. Caught between cultural pressures and the experiences and expectations of their friends, they must face “the big maybe" and deal with important emotional and spiritual questions surrounding sex and its consequences. Through their struggle, they see the need for purity as well the ways in which God's grace can help us move beyond our mistakes.

Senior Nursing Students Presentations

The School of Health Sciences is delighted to announce an afternoon of presentations by our senior nursing students. One aspect of their final quarter was to partner with a community organization regarding the health of community members. Their work will be highlighted Thursday, June 4,12:30–4 p.m. in Bertona 3. You are welcome to attend specific presentations or the entire afternoon.

Pete and Shirley Hammond InterVarsity Marketplace Collection Endowment

SPU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Pete and Shirley Hammond InterVarsity Marketplace Collection Endowment. SPU's Gift Planning Specialist, Dean Carrell, worked with Steve and Maxine Vasen to create this endowment. Steve and Maxine were deeply engaged with and supportive of the life and work of Pete Hammond, who donated the Marketplace Collection to the SPU Library and who desired to supplement and enlarge the collection through the purchase of books and other items. This endowment will provide funding to the University's library to expand the InterVarsity Marketplace Collection.

Flute and Clarinet Ensemble Concert June 4

SPU's Flute and Clarinet Ensembles will perform Thursday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The Flute Ensemble is directed by Sandra Saathoff and the Clarinet Ensemble is directed by Mary Kantor. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Choir Concert June 5

SPU's Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Men's and Women's Choirs will perform Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by David Anderson; the Women's Choir is directed by Neil Lieurance; and the Men's Choir is directed by Ken Pendergrass. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Earn $200 for your Flexible Spending Account

Earn up to 50 points per quarter by logging in to your WebMD Personal Health Manager and earning rewards. The quarters are 4/1- 6/30; 7/1- 9/30; 10/1-12/31; 1/1- 3/31. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section to learn what you can do to earn points on the website. Additionally, you may certify that you have completed a myriad of other activities that carry various point values. Points will be added to your flexible spending account in 2010-11. Start earning now for your health! Links to both WebMD and the rewards activities can be found on the Human Resources main website. More

Medical Deductibles Updates

Both of our medical PPO plans, Option 1 and Option 2, now have deductibles for in-network and out-of-network usage. If you have not yet paid a deductible this calendar year, and end up using your medical plan after July 1, you will need to meet the deductible before the plan "kicks in" under a variety of services. Deductibles reset every calendar year. If you use your plan after January 1, you will need to meet your deductible again for those particular services. This is the result of implementation of a deductible where there had not previously been one. These same circumstances would apply if you switched from Option 1 (a plan that previously did not have a deductible for in-network care) to Option 2 (a plan that did). Refer to the summary highlights for your medical plan option (Option 1 or Option 2) to see which services require you to first meet your deductible. More

Free Gym Trial Memberships, Reduced Corporate Rates

Take advantage of All Star Fitness and LA Fitness free trial gym memberships for SPU employees. SPU has obtained corporate discounts with both companies. Follow the link to see available product and vendor discounts. More

2009 Benefits Fair Prize Winners

Thank you to all who attended the Benefits Fair on May 12. We had a record turnout and it was great to see all of you. Many lucky employees won door prizes. Our thanks to the companies who sent representatives and for providing great prizes! Hope to see you next year!

Bill Woodward (History) - $200 from SPU
Donna Dahlstrom (Education) - $200 from SPU
Sharleen Kato (Family & Consumer Science) - floral bouquet from SPU
Jennifer Maier (English) - Floral bouquet from SPU
Christi Rafer (Student Employment) - iPod stereo from Fidelity
Bruce Congdon (Arts & Sciences) - iPod stereo from Fidelity
Sara Rehberg (Student Counseling Center) - BBQ utensil set from Fidelity
Deb Nondorf (Univ. Ministries & Center for Worship) - rain jacket from Fidelity
Megan Hamshar (Education) - White Strips from WDS
Jenny Krumbholz (Student Financial Services) - Boat Bag from TIAA-CREF
Susan Petersen (Housing & Meal Plan Services) - Camelbak Back Pack from Safety and Security
Christine Carlson (Health Services) - iPod Shuffle from AON
Jean Brown (Health Services) - travel mug, gift card, and blanket from VSP
Sarah Adams (Academic Affairs) - BBQ utensil set from Premera
Yohannes Abasseran (Building Maintenance) - thermos, gift card, coffee from LTC Solutions
Lucille Kelley (Health Sciences) - thermos from LTC Solutions
Lacey Henderson (Admissions) - thermos from LTC Solutions
Jaclyn Stockton (Academic Affairs) - thermos from LTC Solutions
Mike Cawlfield (Building Maintenance) - $50 Chinooks gift card from SP Foundation
Kelli Knapp (Student Academic Services) - tote bag and salad chiller from Curves
Cindy Herley (Admissions) - Weight Watchers cookbook from Weight Watchers
Lindsey Peterson (Business and Economics) - blanket from The Standard
Cheryl Michaels (Safety & Security) - movie tickets from Costco
Linda Meerdink (Health Sciences) - Starbuck's gift card from BAC
Erinn Koerselman (Student Counseling Center) - Tully's gift card from WebMD
Ramona Holmes (Music) - DVD Player from Bank of America
Kathy Hefner (Biology and Chemistry) - Body Ball from SPU Exercise Science
Kyara Christian (Conference Services/Card Services) - Body Ball from SPU Exercise Science
Michael Taylor (Casey Conference Center) - Body Ball from SPU Exercise Science

Percussion Ensemble Concert June 2

SPU's Percussion Ensemble will perform traditional music of West Africa and the South Pacific at their final concert of the school year Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., E.E. Bach Theatre. The concert features special guest, Cascade Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Ian Alverez.

Fremont Bridge Sidewalks, Lanes Temporarily Closed

Seattle's Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews plan to close lanes and sidewalks on the Fremont Bridge while they replace traffic gates. In each case, pedestrians and bicycles will be detoured to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the bridge. The closure schedule is:

Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk.

Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Southbound right lane and western sidewalk.

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: Mental Illness

Associate Professor of Psychology Marcia Webb addresses common theological views of mental illness and uses biblical examples of anxiety and depression as a response to Christian myths about mental illness. Winifred E. Weter Lecture. More

FCS Department Food Drive Wrapping Up for the Year

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department (FCS) would like to thank you for your donations to the Ballard Food Bank during the past six months. Your individual efforts made an impact on our struggling Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Ballard neighbors. The donation barrel, currently housed in the FCS office in Peterson Hall, will be returned to the food bank during finals week. Please feel free to continue your donations of nonperishable items over the next few weeks. As the school year comes to a close, many families feel increased need for support as school resources are not available during summer months. Help us finish this year strong!

Senior Visual Communication Art Show

Artwork from senior visual communication students will be on display until June 5 in the SPU Art Center Gallery, located at 3 West Cremona Street. The gallery is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is Mad Mardigan, the mutt puppy. My fiancé and I rescued him a couple of years ago. When we first got him, we learned he used to be a stray in Mexico. We are not sure how old he is. He has a really cute video where he dances. (Go to You and search for “Mad Mardigan Dance.") In this picture, Mad Mardigan just arrived at the A.C.E. Language Institute on the SPU to see me at work (courtesy of my fiancé). Mad Mardigan loves hanging out at A.C.E. because all of the international students are so kind to him. During our annual A.C.E. camping trip, all the Korean girls kept feeding him bacon and kimchi. He was a “chubbers" for a few days after that. In the next picture (select the link), I'm greeting Mad Mardigan after a long day of work. He likes belly rubs the most!" Alicia Briones, A.C.E. Language Institute. 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, June 4. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 8. Beginning June 15, the Bulletin will be published every other week during the summer.


Oppenlander, Smith-Bates Meet With Georgia Representatives

On May 21, Associate Director for the Center for Applied Learning Mark Oppenlander and Career Development Center Director Jacqui Smith-Bates met with delegates from several colleges and universities from the country of Georgia. The delegation came to discuss the SPU Mentor Program, internships, and other career services for students. Mark was invited to meet with the delegation at the request of the World Affairs Council, which was the host for their visit to the United States. Mark says, “It was a very interesting meeting. The contact at the World Affairs Council is an SPU alumna, which is one of the reasons she wanted to make sure they made it to our campus. We also had a couple of students speak about their experiences. I've never worked through an interpreter before!"


Van Duzer Featured in Puget Sound Business Journal

School of Business and Economics Dean Jeff Van Duzer was featured in the May 29 edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal in the paper's weekly “In Person" column. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Instructor of Mathematics

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 Coach-Gymnastics, Athletics
Coordinator of Administration for Camp Casey, University Services
Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems

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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