Monday, July 13, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Eaton's Blog Posts

In his new blog, President Eaton discusses the insatiable demand for news and asks the question, “With this speed of changing attention, is there anything of permanence?" More

Office of University Communications Closed July 13–15

The Office of University Communications will be closed for in-house organization and planning, July 13–15. Although the office will be closed, the UC staff will be on site and available in emergencies. In the case of an emergency, call Office Manager Julia Weir at 206-281-2051, and she will connect you with the appropriate staff member. If you are currently working with UC on a project, your communications specialist will ensure that the closure does not cause any delays. Please call your communications specialist or Julia if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us prepare for a new academic year!

SFS Office Closed August 5

Student Financial Services will close at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, for their annual summer office retreat. The office will re-open on Thursday, August 6. If you have any questions, call 206-281-2061.

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Bible Reading: Proverbs

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon (except July 14) as we take turns reading Scripture aloud. On July 21, we will start Proverbs. We begin reading about 12:10 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we have plenty of Bibles so you don't need to bring one. If you have questions, call or email Kathy Henning at 206-281-2329 or

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.

Two SPU Teams Participate in “Bike to Work" Month

During May, two SPU teams participated in the 2009 Group Health Commute Challenge “Bike to Work" month. The challenge involved 10,369 cyclists (comprising 1,612 teams) from around the region. The teams took 76,890 work-related commuting trips and logged 1,157,995 miles. Of those miles, SPU faculty, staff, and doctoral students made a significant contribution. The SPU Chainring Gang, led by Team Captain Jobe Korb-Nice, included Phil Prins, Neal DeWitt, Rick Hebron, Tracy Norlen, Bryan Jones, Jerry Essenpreis, Robert Mbugua, Frank Kinard, and Rich Kim. The SPU Psychlers, led by Team Captain Lynette Bikos, included Margaret Diddams, Winslow Gerrish, Michael Helfer, Larissa Mancil, Amanda Hataway Smith, Nicola DePaul, Sean Whitney, and Stef Shaffer. The Chainring Gang logged 2,453.4 miles; the Psychlers 865.6. According to the final statistics published by the event, the SPU cyclists alone saved 3,319 pounds of carbon dioxide during the month-long event. Select the link to see some of the SPU bikers! More

Perkins Center Lunchtime Speaker Series

You're invited to join the John Perkins Center for a “Summer Speakers Lunchtime Series" in July and August. The series will run every other Wednesday from 12–1:30 p.m. in SUB 207. Bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided. The series includes conversations with local leaders in reconciliation and community development. Attendance is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot by emailing Owen Sallee, coordinator for global and urban involvement, at series includes:

Wednesday, July 22. Director of the Perkins Center Tali Hairston and a cohort of participants in this spring's Institute on Reconciliation at Duke University will talk about their experiences and outcomes from the Institute. Note: This week's presentation will take place in the SUB Collegium.

Wednesday, August 5. Patricia Talton, Northwest Leadership Foundation. The Northwest Leadership Foundation is a faith-based intermediary that moves individuals and organizations from good intentions to effective outcomes.

Wednesday, August 19. Brent Christie, Jubilee Reach Center. The center provides educational, emotional, and spiritual enrichment to underserved youth in Bellevue's Lake Hills community.

Pura Vida Extends Summer Hours

Pura Vida in Weter Hall is now open 7:30–11 a.m., Monday–Friday. Stop by for your morning espresso and a pastry to get the day started right!

New Prices for SPU Stationery

To help keep costs down, Vision Press, SPU's stationery provider, now delivers orders once every two weeks. If you have questions, call Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552. For your convenience, here is the delivery schedule for the next three months:

July 7 orders will be delivered July 17.
July 21 orders will be delivered July 31.
August 4 orders will be delivered August 14.
August 18 orders will be delivered August 28.
September 1 orders will be delivered September 11.
September 15 orders will be delivered September 25.
September 29 orders will be delivered October 9.

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

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, July 23. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, July 27.


Ide Elected Secretary of ACSD

Student Programs Campus Program Coordinator Andrea Ide was recently elected to serve as secretary on the executive committee for the Association for Christians in Student Development. Andrea will serve a two-year term.

Snedker Attends Workshop

Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker attended a weeklong workshop on spatial and multilevel modeling at Penn State University. The workshop was a part of a partnership series with UC Santa Barbara on advanced spatial analysis. Karen was invited to attend this workshop after a competitive application process.

Welcome, New Employees

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found through the online SPU white pages.

Krista Haxton, coordinator of housing and meal plan customer service, University Services
Dyana Herron, program coordinator, Master's of Fine Arts
Kathy Stegman, office manager/event coordinator, School of Business and Economics
Cynthia Strong, liaison librarian, Library


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
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
Administrative Assistant/Budget Manager (Temp), Perkins Center
Admission Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Coach-Gymnastics, Athletics
Coordinator of Schedule and Publications, Student Academic Services
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Student Loan Coordinator, 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

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