Monday, November 30, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Festival of Lessons and Carols

SPU's annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols" is Thursday, December 3, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This chapel is a unique adaptation of the annual service from the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Taproot Theatre Performs Staged Readings on Campus

Actors with Taproot Theatre will perform two staged readings of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol," December 4–5 in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Taproot, founded by SPU alumni, was damaged by fire in October. Tickets will be available on a pay-what-you-can basis at the door, and proceeds will go to the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund.

Families Invited to Tradition

The annual student-designed event called “Tradition" is Friday, December 4, 7-11 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. The evening features music, crafts, a live nativity, photos with Santa, hot drinks, storytelling, and much more. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas sweater! Bring your friends, family, and children to enjoy a fabulous Christmas celebration.

Eatons Invite Faculty, Staff to Christmas Celebration

President and Mrs. Eaton invite all faculty and staff to a Christmas celebration on Tuesday, December 8, 5–8 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Come enjoy fellowship and food at this annual celebration. RSVP to the Office of the President at 206-281-2111, or to Administrative Assistant Kristin Hovaguimian at

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 7

The peer advisor selection process for 2009–10 is coming fast, and we need help obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. However, if you know students who rise above – leaders among leaders – we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Office of Residence Life Administrative Assistant Patricia Parsons at no later than January 7, 2010. Thank you in advance for your help.

Saving for Retirement Health Care: Emeriti Health Solutions Annual Sessions

On Thursday, December 3, an Emeriti Health Solutions representative will be on campus. Did you know SPU's current contributions to eligible employees' accounts are $71 per month? That's $852 per year! Employees who have worked at SPU one year in a regular half-time or above position, and are at least 35 years old, are eligible. 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. 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 benefits. Sessions are 1.5 hours long and will be held in the Library Seminar Room. Although the sessions have been targeted to focus on different audiences, you are invited to attend any session. 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, please contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. 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.

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 Offered at SPU

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

Friday, December 4. SPU Tournament. Men's basketball vs. Carroll College, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion.
Saturday, December 5. SPU Tournament. Men's basketball vs BYU-Hawaii, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“The Levison/Pope-Levison family adopted Maggie, a black labrador mix, in July, 2008, five days before she was scheduled to be put down. Maggie is lively and loving, always playful, and lives to retrieve tennis balls. She also loves to ride in the car and looks out the window as if she is a human." Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theological studies. Select the link for another photo of Maggie. 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, December 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, December 7.


Snedker's Paper Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker's paper “Neighborhood Contextual Effects and Adolescent Substance Use: Exploring the Moderating Role of Neighborhoods" will be published in the December issue of Social Science Quarterly. This is a special issue on population health. Her coauthors are Jerald Herting, University of Washington research associate professor, and Emily Walton, doctoral candidate at the University of Washington.

FCS Professors Give Presentations

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Sandra Hartje recently gave a presentation titled "Educational Videos to Enhance Teaching Sustainability and Other Social Justice Issues in Housing, Interiors, and Related Courses" at the Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) national meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The co-authors of the presentation were Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Sharleen Kato and Instructor Beth Miller. This project ranked more than 100 visual resources. Also, Sharleen gave a presentation on "Faith and Vocation: A Visual History of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics) at Seattle Pacific University, 1939-2009" at the Washington Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting this past month in Wenatchee in honor of the national association's centennial celebration.

Roberts' Memoir To Be Published in December

Jan Vallone Roberts, adjunct professor of writing, literature, and education, will soon publish her first book Pieces of Someday through Gemelli Press and plans to donate all her sales proceeds to several charitable organizations. One reviewer describes the book like this: “Pieces of Someday is a beautifully-written account of fathers and daughters, teachers and students, successes and failures—the wonderful offspring of what Roberts calls her ‘dominant ponder gene.' Holding up a defiant hand against the cynicism that has come to mark so much of America's story, she insists that the greatest success may be measured, not in the things we accumulate, but in the lives we touch." For a full book description and details about donations, visit Jan's website. More

Gill Elected Chair of National Statistical Education Group

Brian Gill, associate professor and chair of the mathematics department, has been elected chair of the Statistical Education Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (SIGMAA). He will serve as chair-elect of the Stat-Ed SIGMAA in 2010, chair in 2011, and past-chair in 2012.

Lustyk Presents at Conference

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk recently presented her research at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference in New York. Kathy participated in the symposium titled "Mindfulness-Based Interventions: How and for Whom?" with co-presenters Dr. James Carson of Oregon Health and Science University, Drs. Sarah Bowen and Alan Marlatt of the University of Washington, and current University of Washington graduate student in clinical psychology Sharon Hsu.

Woodward Chairs FAR Meeting

As chairman of the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Council of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), Professor of History Bill Woodward conducted the fall meeting of the council, held in St. Louis in November. The meeting was held in conjunction with the annual symposium of the Faculty Athletics Representative Association (FARA). At the FARA session, Bill presented ideas on how to bridge athletics and academic communities on a campus, citing SPU's mutually supportive environment as an ideal (for which he thanks his colleagues).

Devlin Manuscript Accepted for Publication

A manuscript by Assistant Professor of Counselor Education James Devlin, R.L. Smith, and C. Ward titled “The Adlerian alliance supervisory model for school counseling" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of School Counseling.

Yost's Chapters Published

The Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Paul Yost has published two chapters in the newly published Industrial/Organizational Practice Series book, Strategy-Driven Talent Management. The first chapter explores talent management practices at Microsoft. The second discusses how organizations can build employee networks and provide tools that help people leverage and capture the lessons of experience.


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)

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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