Monday, September 28, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Welcome to SPU's Fac/Staff Bulletin

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. All faculty and staff receive the Bulletin, and most items are submitted by its readers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information to the Bulletin at, or by selecting “Submit Bulletin Items" from the Bulletin itself. The Bulletin is published on Mondays, and the deadline to submit information is Thursdays. The editor is Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager in University Communications. The Bulletin is divided into five main sections.

Announcements highlight the major news and events on campus. Only events related to SPU will be accepted. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, academic deadlines, campus events, and guest speakers. Digital photos and graphics are especially welcome. When possible, event information will be published two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting information. Included in the Announcement section is the “Pet Photo of the Week."

   Pet Photo of the Week features pet photos submitted by faculty and staff. You are encouraged to send photos of your pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the pictures, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at If your pet has already been featured, you are welcome to submit another picture and story. Preference will be given to those pets not yet featured.

Faculty and Staff News is for professional news related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, book or articles written or published, presentations made, awards received, research completed, or a new title or position. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

SPU in the News lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty and staff. If you've been used as a resource for a reporter, please let us know by submitting it to the Bulletin.

Milestones is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, adoptions, marriages, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, awards, and athletic accomplishments. (Or anything else you'd like the whole campus to know!). Digital photos are always welcome.

Current Job Openings lists the most current information on open faculty and staff positions at SPU.

Finally, be sure to visit the SPU Classifieds for items to sell or buy, ridesharing, apartments or rooms for rent, lost and found, and volunteer opportunities. The SPU Classifieds can be accessed from the SPU home page under “Online Services."

Special Concert by Tuvan Throat Singers

Chirgilchin, recent winners of the Tuvan National throat-singing competition, will be on campus for a special concert Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre. Chirgilchin delight audiences with their unique vocal talents while playing traditional instruments. Tuva is a tiny republic whose culture combines a unique blend of Russian and Asian influences. Located in the heart of central Asia, this Russian province is home to a unique type of ancient folk music known as throat-singing. The art of throat singing requires one singer to simultaneously produce two or more voices. The resulting harmonies create a richly-layered form of music. Tickets are $17 advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call 206-281-2205. Tickets are available online at More

SPU Blood Drive October 2

The Puget Sound Blood Center will have their bloodmobile on campus for the first campus blood drive of the academic year on Friday, October 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. You can make an appointment online or stop by the bus at your convenience. For more information, contact Tamera Kennedy in the Student Programs Office at or 206-281-2247. Make an appointment online. More

Academic Deadlines for Autumn Quarter

Waitlist ends on Thursday, September 24. The SPU waitlist policy is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. The waitlist operates on a first-on, first-off approach. If space opens up in a waitlisted class, Student Academic Services will contact students via email who have been registered from the waitlist. If you would like to accommodate specific students into your waitlisted course, contact Registration Coordinator Stephanie Malin at in Student Academic Services.

Increasing class enrollment ends Friday, October 2. If you would like to accommodate more students into your course, and the room capacity of the classroom would not be exceeded, contact coordinators Tiffany Shelton or Lee Staman ( in Student Academic Services by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 2, to have your class enrollment increased.

Last day to add or drop a class is Friday, October 2. Students are able to register, add, and drop courses until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2. After this time, web registration is no longer available for Autumn Quarter. This is the last day to register for classes, including those that meet once a week.

Other registration deadlines. Friday, October 9 – Students wishing to take a course pass/no credit or register for an internship, independent study, dissertation, or individual instruction in music may do so in Student Academic Services in Demaray Hall 151 until 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 9.

Undergraduate Academic Counselors Accepting Drop-In Appointments

The undergraduate academic counselors in Student Academic Services will be available to meet with students on a first-come, first-served basis during the first week of the quarter. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Autumn 2009 scheduling and registration issues, or who are on academic probation. Students should have already met with their faculty advisor, as these meetings do not result in the removal of the faculty advisor hold. Students may check in at the front desk of the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Counseling Office in Demaray Hall 120. Drop in hours are as follows:

Monday, September 28, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 29, 8:30–9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Preventive-Care Screenings Covered 100 Percent

From the Office of Human Resources: “Preventive screenings obtained in-network are covered at 100 percent – no deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance are required. The following screenings are covered: musculoskeletal disorder (osteoporosis bone-density study); metabolic, nutrition, and endocrine (glucose/blood sugar) testing; anemia (iron deficiency/hemoglobin); heart and vascular disease (cardiovascular lipid panel and hypertension lipoprotein); cholesterol; cancer screening (colorectal occult blood, cervical, PAP smear and human papillomavirus-HPV); and prostate specific antigen (PSA). Don't forget – you have $750 per calendar year for your preventive annual physical and immunizations. Here's to your health!"

Discounted Tickets Available Until Sept. 30 for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Begin the Advent season with the annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on Monday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., in Benaroya Hall. SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other groups will perform sacred and traditional Christmas music. Through September 30, individual tickets can be purchased at the discounted rate of $15 (an $8 fee per transaction applies), and 10 or more tickets are only $12 (with no transaction fee!). To purchase individual tickets (fewer than 10), call 206-215-4747. To purchase 10 or more tickets, call 206-215-4818. You can also buy tickets in person (cash and checks only) at the Benaroya Hall Box Office at Third Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle. Beginning October 1, tickets will be $17 and $20. More

Lynnwood Vanpool Riders Wanted

Would you like to lower your stress financially, physically, and emotionally? If so, join the vanpool from Lynnwood to SPU. Contact Budget and Accounting Analyst Chris Cope at for more information.

Stationery Provider on Vacation

Vision Press, SPU's stationery provider, will be on vacation from September 23 to September 30. Orders placed by September 15 will be delivered October 1. Orders placed by September 29 will be delivered October 9. If you have any questions, contact Hope McPherson, online communications specialist, at 206-281-2552.

Tell Us a Story

Know a good story about SPU faculty, staff, students, or alumni? Submit story ideas about academic research, global engagement, interesting careers, etc, to

Swedish Ballard Emergency Room Physicians In-Network

Swedish Medical Center-Ballard emergency room physicians have signed an agreement to rejoin the Premera Blue Cross provider network, effective August 1. This means that emergency room services performed by a doctor at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard will now be considered in-network. These doctors have agreed to accept the contracted amount determined by Premera, and will no longer be "balance billing" the difference between what they charge, and what they receive from the SPU plan. The amounts they receive from the SPU plan are Premera's payments directly to the provider and your payment for any eligible deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. Please be aware, however, that Swedish Emergency Physicians who work on First Hill remain out-of-network. Premera continues to work on a plan to bring Swedish First Hill back into the network. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676.

Pet Photo of the Week Resumes October 5

The “Pet Photo of the Week" will resume in October. Please send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Fac/Staff Bulletin.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year. 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, October 1. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 5.


Roe's Research Article Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to note that Mícheál Roe, professor of psychology and dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, recently learned that his article “Meanings, functions, maintenance, and reproduction of present-day Scotch-Irish social identities: The role of symbolic ethnicity" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies. His co-authors were psychology alumni Jordan Gutierrez '08 and Torin Schaafsma '08. This article is the most recent in a series of empirical studies of Irish Diasporan relationships with the political conflict in Northern Ireland.

Wall Edits Collection of Essays

Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, teamed with Dr. Professor Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr of Frederick Schiller University in Germany to edit a collection of essays on The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition: A New Perspective on James to Jude (Baylor University Press). Among the 16 studies prepared by an international panel of scholars and presented initially to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas are four authored by Rob on the Catholic epistles. Another study was produced by Dave Nienhuis, associate professor of New Testament studies, titled “The Letter of James as a Canon-Conscious Pseudepigraph." Copies of this monograph are available for your reading enjoyment in the SPU Library. As always, Rob (206-281-2167) and Dave (206-281-2156) are available to discuss their work on the Catholic epistles with their colleague friends!

Marshall-Brown's Article Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Margaret Marshall-Brown is the co-author of a paper recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. The article is titled “Gender Differences in Language Acculturation Predict Marital Satisfaction: A Dyadic Analysis of Russian-Speaking Immigrant Couples in the United States." Margaret would like to recognize the first author, SPU clinical psychology alumna Dr. Paulina Kisselev '05.

VanZanten's Essay on Globalization Published

A recent book titled The Gospel and Globalization: Exploring the Religous Roots of a Globalized World, includes an essay by Susan VanZanten called "Imagining Globalization as a Christian Literary Critic." Susan is professor of English and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. Published by Regent College Publishing, The Gospel and Globalization includes 20 essays analyzing globalization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Vogt's Spanish Phrasebook Published

Professor of Spanish Eric Vogt published Perfect Phrases in Spanish for Confident Travel to Mexico: The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip with McGraw-Hill. It is being sold in several major airport bookstores as well as in a few bookstores in Seattle in their travel section.

Adeney Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Associate Professor Global Ministries Miriam Adeney was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award" by Christians for Biblical Equality. Miriam's forthcoming book, Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity, has been selected to be the “Book of the Day" for opening day at the 2009 Urbana InterVarsity Mission convention.

Bantum's Article Published

Assistant Professor of Theology Brian Bantum published his first article, “Why Christians Can't Be Post-Racial: Christian Existence in the Murky Waters of Race and Place," in The Other Journal. More

Castelo's Article Published

Assistant Professor of Theology Daniel Castelo has published an article titled, "Perfecting One Another: Friendship and the Moral Implications of Wesley's Small Groups," in the Asbury Journal (Spring 2009).


CityQuest Featured in Local Community Blogs

This year's CityQuest was featured in numerous community blogs. More than 800 students, faculty, and staff volunteered at 32 community organizations around Seattle on September 26. More


Faculty Positions

College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Position
College of Arts and Sciences, History Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science Position
School of Business and Economics Position
School of Education, Counselor Education Position
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position

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 to the Vice President for Administration and University Relations, Office of the Vice President for Administration and University Relations

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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