Monday, June 15, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Spring Grades Due June 22

Spring grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 22. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before June 22nd, they need to contact Associate Registrar Kenda Gatlin at so that she can roll the grades to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS PRIOR to the grading deadline for we may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kenda at 206-281-2569 or

Medical Deductible: Fourth Quarter Carry-over

From the Office of Human Resources: 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 pay any part of your 2009 deductible in the final three months of 2009, these amounts will be carried over to offset any required deductible in 2010. 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

First Free Methodist Church Pilgrimage to Israel

Spaces are available for a two-week (November 3–16) pilgrimage to Israel led by First Free Methodist Church and University Pastor Mark Abbott and SPU alumnus Gary Edwards '67. This is not a “quickie, touristy trip," but a genuine pilgrimage focusing on opportunities to learn and grow. For information and a brochure with complete itinerary and pricing details, contact or

SPU Stationary Provider on Vacation

Vision Press, SPU's stationery provider, will be on vacation June 24–30 and back in the office July 1. Orders placed June 16 will be delivered on July 1. Orders placed June 23 will need to be approved by the end of the day, and they will be delivered on July 3. If you have questions, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552.

New Dental Cards: Are You Ready to Use Them?

Due to the change in dental plan (from Delta Dental Premier to Delta Dental PPO), new cards were enclosed in your Open Enrollment packet of materials in April 2009. If you cannot locate your card(s), contact the Human Resources office or come by to receive new ones. If you dropped your own dental coverage during Online Open Enrollment, the dental card you received in your packet is not activated and you may discard it. Remember, if you see a Premier dentist rather than a PPO dentist, you should be prepared to pay $50 individual deductible ($150 family) for any Class II or Class III services performed. If you see a PPO dentist, you do not have to pay a deductible on these services.

The Latest on SPU iTunes: Vertebrate Biology and “What It Means to Be Human"

Associate Professor of Biology Eric Long examines vertebrate life in an evolutionary context through the study of adaptations, comparative anatomy, paleontology, and natural history. Spring 2009.

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Psychology. Assistant Professor of Psychology Bain Craft talks about the evolutionary model he uses to understand animal behavior and what determines animal and human choices. (3:22)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Philosophy. Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick McDonald expresses that reason is an important part of human distinctiveness. (5:46)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Scripture. Professor of Christian Scriptures Rob Wall claims that the Bible is prepared to give a valuable part of the whole truth in a discussion on humanity as co-creators with God, but it cannot give an accurate scientific perspective. (9:30)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Evolutionary Biology. Associate Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler describes the need to identify which stage of development a specific fossil within the evolutionary process is in order to locate specific, survival enhancing traits. (4:13)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Animal Behavioral Biology. Associate Professor of Biology Janet Bester-Meredith draws connections between certain human behaviors and non-human animal behaviors. (11:15)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Questions and Answers. SPU professors answer student questions about the role of humanity in a scientifically informed Christian worldview. (42:34) More

Pet Photo of the Week

“I'm in my last year as an residence life coordinator, and my husband and I decided to get a new puppy as a ‘housewarming' gift to ourselves as we move out of the residence halls and into our house in North Bend, Washington. This is Bentley Arnage Wetzel, a 3-month-old Pocket Beagle. He's about 7 pounds right now, and won't get any bigger than 15 pounds. He'll have several babysitters until we move out next week, but we're spending as much time with him as we can! We have another dog, a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix named Nikki, and we're hoping they'll become great friends once Nikki comes back from her ‘vacation' in Portland. Paula Wetzel, residence life coordinator, Residence Life. More

Pet Photo of the Week on Summer Hiatus

The “Pet Photo of the Week" is taking a summer hiatus and will resume in October. A big thanks to everyone who submitted photos and stories. Feel free to submit again Autumn Quarter. Have a great summer with your wonderful pets!

Fac/Staff Bulletin on Summer Schedule

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. 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 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 29.


Marshall's Article Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Margaret Marshall recently had her article titled “Learning From Service: The Effect of Helping on Helper's Social Dominance Orientation" accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. This article came out of research she conducted on the required service-learning experiences in her courses – a big thanks to Owen Sallee in the John Perkins Center for his help in coordinating the students' service-learning placements.

Thorpe Presents at Conference

Professor of English Doug Thorpe presented a paper titled “Inheriting the Earth, Possessing the Land: Israel/Palestine and the War With Literalism" at the recent conference sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in Victoria, B.C. Twenty-six countries were represented at the conference.

Lee Selected as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Chungnam National University

Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Jaeil Lee was selected as “Distinguished Visiting Scholar" at Chungnam National University in Korea. The university is one of the 100 most outstanding universities in the world, and a major national university in Korea. Jaeil will teach an intensive course titled "Ready-to-Wear Analysis" from June 17 to July 13. During that time, she will also join a study tour with a team of faculty and students from Ohio State University and Chungnam National University to visit apparel manufacturing facilities and fashion schools in Korea, China, and Hong Kong. Congratulations, Jaeil!


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
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

Access Services Technician, University Library
Assistant Coach-Gymnastics, Athletics
Assistant Coach-Volleyball, Athletics
Coordinator of Administration for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Coordinator, International Student Records, Student Academic Services
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Program Coordinator (.5), MFA in Creative Writing
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services

Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator for Central Systems, 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

Volume #36, Issue #24 | Published by: University Communications

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