Monday, November 16, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel on Tuesday: Exploring God's Word in Mark's Gospel

Chapel meets on Tuesday, November 17, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Join us for our weekly chapel service, exploring God's word in the book of Mark. The guest speaker is Matt Thomas, bishop of the Free Methodist Church of North America.

Will We Work in Heaven?

At this week's “Thursday Food for Thought," Director of SPU's Center for Integrity in Business John Terrill will explore the eternal implications of our earthly work, drawing from his recent article “Built to Last." The event takes place November 19, 12:30 p.m., in the Library Reading Room. A question-and-answer is included. Audience members are encouraged to eat their lunch while they listen. “Thursday Food for Thought" is sponsored by the SPU Library. This is the final event of Autumn Quarter. More

Staff Wanted as Faith Mentors

Many staff work at SPU because they love the vision and the students. Nevertheless, the nature of staff positions doesn't always afford the type of contact desired with students – to become friends and mentors. University Ministries can put staff members together with students interested in knowing you, your story, and what you've learned along the way about life and God. Training is provided and your mentoring relationship can fit within your work schedule. Contact Matthew Koenig, associate director of University Ministries, at for more information.

Get in Shape for the Holidays

Senior exercise science majors are available on a limited basis to faculty and staff to provide physical fitness assessments, exercise instruction, and even personal training for a period of time. If you are interested, call 206-281-2081 to request the desired service(s), identify the best days and times to receive them, and leave contact information. Students needing practicum hours will review these requests and contact you if their interests and schedules match yours.

Clothing Drive for Young Adults

On November 23 and 24, the A.C.E. Language Institute is having a clothing and blanket drive for ROOTS, a young-adult shelter in the University District. A.C.E. students will accept donations of new or slightly used socks, clothing (especially XXL sizes), and blankets at two locations on campus. Those who donate will be entered into a raffle for a prize. Look for the donation locations around campus.

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, and it is a great opportunity to welcome international students into your home. If you are willing to include international students in your Thanksgiving gathering, email Susan Lane, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, at and let her know how many you can host. (Note: International students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student.)

Winter Registration Is Here

Registration for Winter 2010 Quarter is here. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Winter registration for currently admitted undergraduate students began Monday, November 16. Winter registration for graduate students begins Monday, November 23. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Last Week to See Theatre Department's “On the Verge"

The Theatre Department presents "On the Verge," a comedy about the adventures of three fiercely independent Victorian women explorers as they spin through time from 1888 to 1955. As they embark on their trek, they encounter zany characters, unusual places, and wild discoveries. One reviewer wrote the play "is both joyfully feminist and a masterpiece of rhythm and word." The performances take place November 19-21, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. There will be a Saturday matinee on November 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the Fine and Performing Arts Box Office. More

Tell Your Doctor: Medical Family Therapy Seminars at SPU

Seminars in medical family therapy are now being offered here at SPU. The seminars are for professionals wishing to expand their clinical practice to include collaboration with medical specialists. Tina Schermer Sellers, director of the Medical Family Therapy Program and a medical family therapist, certified sex therapist, and licensed family therapist, will be speaking on “Interviewing for Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Care" on Friday, December 4, in the Library Seminar Room, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The cost is $125, and five continuing education hours are available. Feel free to pass the information on to those you may know who might be interested. Visit the website for full seminar descriptions and registration. More

Long-Term Care Insurance for New Employees

Were you hired between 11/1/2008 and 10/31/2009? If so, you're eligible for a guaranteed issue (GI) of long-term care insurance. Guaranteed issue allows you to get up to certain limits of insurance without going through medical underwriting or a health questionnaire. The time period to enroll using GI is limited to applications received by December 15, 2009. Long-term care insurance is provided at group rates and at your own expense. Group rates are additionally available for your spouse, parents, in-laws, and more. Lock in your rate now! If you would like to learn more or check the rates, visit the website. More

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 on Wednesday, November 18, and Friday, November 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Thursday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and again from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Winter Quarter 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.

SPFC Sponsors Darwin Events This Week

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is hosting a series of four panel discussions examining Charles Darwin's influence in a variety of fields, and exploring the application today of contemporary theories of evolution. This year is the 200 anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150 anniversary of his book On the Origin of Species. The third event is Tuesday, November 17, 1–2:30 p.m., in Demaray Hall 150. Assistant Professor of Biology Eric Long will discuss “Evolution, Ecology, and Endangered Species" Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland with discuss “What Good Is Evolution? How Darwin's Theory Helps Us, From Termites to Proteins" and Professor of Biology Tim Nelson will present “Endosymbiosis, a Combination of Darwinian and Non-Darwinian Evolution?" The final presentation is Thursday, November 19, 1–2:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Associate Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler will talk about “Closing Gaps in the Fossil Record? The Recent Lessons of Ardipithecus and The Emergence of Human Bipedality" Assistant Professor of Psychology Bane Craft will discuss “Evolutionary Psychology: The Role of Comparative Psychology in Understanding Human Behavior" and Dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community Míchéal Roe will address “Emergence," human behavior, and worldviews.

“An Evening With G.K. Chesteron"

John Chalberg presents a public lecture on "Dueling With Darwin: An Evening With G.K. Chesterton" on Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Drawing from Chesterton's writings about Darwinian evolution, Chalberg offers a lively look at Chesterton's assessment of Darwin. Of particular interest are Chalberg's reflections on the relationship between science and faith in Chesterton's thinking. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the student club, Political Union.

Upcoming Home Athletic Events

Friday, November 20. Sodexo Tip-Off Classic basketball in Brougham Pavilion.
Women: Central Washington vs. Humboldt State, 1 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Colorado Christian, 5 p.m.

Men: Western Washington vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, 3 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Dominican (Calif.), 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 21. Sodexo Tip-Off Classic basketball in Brougham Pavilion
Women: Central Washington vs. Colorado Christian, 1 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Humboldt State, 5 p.m.

Men: Western Washington vs. Dominican (Calif.), 3 p.m.
Seattle Pacific vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, 7 p.m.

Visit the Falcons website for all the latest information. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“One of my five cats, Rocky Balboa (ahem, ... note the poundage on this baby), does the funniest thing. He likes to drape himself over the ledge of my upstairs loft and just hang out. I mean, literally plop himself over the entire ledge. What a lug, eh?" Debbie Pope, assistant professor of communication. Select the link for another photo of Rocky. More

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, November 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 23.


Davis' Book Published

Reed Davis' new book, A Politics of Understanding: The International Thought of Raymond Aron, was published by LSU Press. Reed is the chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography.

Lustyk's Paper Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk recently learned her paper titled “Psychophysiological and Neuroendocrine Responses to Laboratory Stressors in Women: Implications of Menstrual Cycle Phase and Stressor Type" was accepted for publication in Biological Psychology. Kathy would like to recognize her co-authors: alumna Karen Olson, who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from SPU in 2007; Winslow Gerrish, a doctoral student in the SPU clinical psychology program; alumna Ashley Holder, who received her baccalaureate in psychology in 2007; and alumna Laura Widman, who received her baccalaureate in psychology in 2003.

Segall's Chapter Published

Associate Professor of English Kimberly Wedeven Segall has recently published a chapter called "Creating Contested Space through the Nervous Conditions of Postcolonial Theories." The chapter is part of the book Teaching the African Novel, published by the Modern Language Association. The book, published in November 2009, was edited and introduced by postcolonial scholar Gaurav Desai.

Ellis' Textbook Published in Korea

Professor of Education Art Ellis' textbook Exemplars of Curriculum Theory has been published in Korea with the title Curriculum Theory Goes to the Scene (Seoul, Korea. Academy Press, 2010). The text was previously translated into Chinese and is being used extensively in teacher education programs in China.

School of Education Professors Present Papers

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education James Devlin and Associate Professor of School Counseling Cher Edwards recently presented papers at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision national conference in San Diego. The title of the papers were “The Experiences of Students of Color in Counselor Education" and “Designing Research: Selecting the Appropriate Paradigm."

Ediger Gives Workshop

Associate Professor of Political Science Ruth Ediger recently presented a workshop titled “Modern Constitutional Issues/Court Cases" to 20 high school teachers and several district superintendents at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. This workshop was funded by the federal Department of Education's “Teaching American History Grant: To Preserve and Protect Our Future" for the Thorp School District. Tom Christian is the grant director.


Welcome, Maximilian Hesed Koenig

Sara Koenig, assistant professor in the School of Theology, and Matthew Koenig, associate director of University Ministries, are proud to announce the birth of Maximilian Hesed Koenig on November 1. Max weighed in at 7 pounds and was 19 1/2 inches long. His name symbolizes the "great faithfulness of God." Matthew reports, “Baby and mom are doing great!" Select the link for a larger photo of Max. 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, Physical Education/Exercise Science Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science Position
School of Business and Economics Position
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position
School of Theology, Biblical Studies

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 (.8)
Managing Editor of Response magazine, University Communications

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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