Monday, November 23, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Thanksgiving Chapel on November 24

The annual Thanksgiving Chapel is Tuesday, November 24, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This chapel marks the end of a quarter-long study of the book of Mark. Guest speaker Rev. Bonnie Brann will look at Mark 16 and the story of the resurrection of Jesus – the true foundation of our thanksgiving. The SPU Gospel Choir will also perform. Donations will be accepted for the Campus Benevolent Fund, which provides emergency assistance to members of the SPU community.

Saving for Retirement Health Care: Emeriti Health Solutions Annual Seminars

On Thursday, December 3, an Emeriti Health Solutions representative will be on campus. Did you know SPU's current contributions to eligible employee's accounts are $71 per month? That's $852 per year! Eligible employees have worked at SPU one year in a regular half-time or above position, and are at least 35 years old. Come learn how these contributions provide both reimbursement and guaranteed health care retirement benefits. For those planning their retirement needs, the session beginning at 12 p.m. and will address reasons you need to save for retiree health care, unique tax advantages of the Emeriti program, options available under the program, and how to make your own contributions. The 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions are for those approaching retirement in the next 1-10 years, and will address Emeriti insurance options, and Medicare and the Medicare Part D benefit. Sessions are 1.5 hours long and will be held in the Library Seminar Room. Although the meetings have been targeted to focus on different audiences, you are invited to attend any. Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Fall Census Information Available

The fall census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public, others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

What's New on iTunes U: Semantic Web Technology

Evaluation of the Use of Semantic Web Technology in a Collaborative Learning Environment. Andrew Lumpe, professor of education, and David Wicks, director of Instructional Technology Services, share their research findings at the SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning. In this study, a semantic web tool called “Twine" was used in a graduate level course for K-12 educators. It was found that collaborative teams using the semantic web application developed higher levels of expertise. October 29, 2009. (32:20) 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. The donation drop-off locations are in Weter Hall Lounge and the SUB. Those who donate will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

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.)

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

Becoming Soul Mates Seminar Early Registration Ends Dec. 5

This entertaining and practical seminar for couples of “any age and any stage" is led by two of America's leading relationship experts: SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrott and marriage and family therapist Leslie Parrott. The seminar is Saturday, January 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This seminar will make a great Christmas gift for couples. Early-bird registration is $89 per couple if you register by December 5. Visit the website for all the information. More

Upcoming Home Athletic Events

Tuesday, November 24. Women's basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion.

Pet Photo of the Week

“We adopted Kaya on October 9 when she was 8 weeks old. She's an Australian Labradoodle, a combination of two water dogs (Lab and Poodle), who doesn't particularly care for the rain. We've taught her to ask to go outside using a bell we hung on the door, but she quickly learned we were obligated to take her out whenever she rings it, so she rings it all the time. She loves to carry leaves around, some half as large as she is. Although she has plenty of toys of her own, her favorite toy is a cat toy, and our two cats aren't thrilled with her choice or with her. Kaya loves to chase them, a habit we hope wears off soon so we'll have peace restored to the house. Other than that, she's a joy!" Lorri Sheffer, Web Communications Manager. Select the link for another photo of Kaya. 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. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 30.


Wicks Makes Presentation

David Wicks, director of Instructional Technology Services, was invited to make a presentation discussing SPU's iTunes U at the Academix 2009 conference at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Watch the presentation online. More

Woodward Makes Presentation at SABR and Other Updates

The Northwest Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) held its fall meeting in the SPU Library on November 7. The event was hosted by Professor of History Bill Woodward and his “History of Baseball" University Seminar class. Pat Gillick, former general manager of the Mariners, Phillies, and Blue Jays, was the featured speaker. Bill, in his presentation titled “Runs, Hits, and Eras in Recent Baseball History," showed correlations since 1977 between developments in major league baseball and American culture in general. Also, at the request of Bellingham alternative high school Explorations Academy, Bill recently hosted 25 students in an on-campus session on “The American Dream." He also preached on “The Mission of God" at North Seattle Alliance Church on October 25.

Judd's Article Published in Revista Neuropsicología, Neuropsiquiatría y Neurociencias

Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology Tedd Judd and colleagues recently published the manuscript "La Neuropsicología en América Central" in the journal Revista Neuropsicología, Neuropsiquiatría y Neurociencias. The article presents a brief summary from each of the Central American countries of the history of neuropsychology and the current state of practice and instruction.


Woodward Interviewed by Seattle Times

Professor of History Bill Woodward was interviewed for a story in The Seattle Times on November 16 about political memoirs. Read the story online. 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, Economics
School of Business and Economics, Management
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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