Monday, May 17, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Thursday Food for Thought With Eric Long

This week's guest in the Library's final Spring Quarter “Thursday Food for Thought" is Assistant Professor of Biology Eric Long. He will talk about his research on deer, and why animals may travel long distances, over dangerous terrain, to establish home ranges far removed from where they were born. The event takes place May 20, 12:30–1:15 p.m. in the Library Reading Room on the main floor of the library. You are encouraged to bring your lunch. A question-and-answer time will follow. More

Image Journal Honors Ron Hansen

Join Image journal and acclaimed writer Ron Hansen for the 2010 Denise Levertov Award lecture and reading on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mars Hill Graduate School of Theology. Hansen, a contributor to Image is the author of Mariette in Ecstasy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Hitler's Niece, Atticus, Exiles, and editor of several anthologies of contemporary short stories. He teaches literature, film, and creative writing at Santa Clara University, and serves as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of San Jose. This event is free and open to the public. More

Fall, Winter Reservations at Camp Casey

Fall and winter reservation requests are now being taken for Faculty Staff House at SPU's Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are from September 27, 2010, through January 4, 2011. Reservation requests are due by June 5. The fall and winter requests are selected by random lottery. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to make a reservation. We look forward to seeing you! More

Spring 2010 Census Information Available

The spring census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) web page. 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

Online Open Enrollment Ends This Week

Online Open Enrollment ends Friday, May 21. Be sure that you have made all your selections including any flexible-spending account elections by May 21. To access online open enrollment, follow instructions in your open enrollment packet, or visit our Human Resources website. More

Children's Theatre Production

The SPU Theatre Department presents “The Stinky Cheese Man, and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales," a wacky tour of plot twists and crazy endings of famous fairy tales. The performances are May 25-29 in the Backstage Theatre in McKinley Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m., except on Saturday, May 29, when the performance will be at 2 p.m. only. Tickets are $6, and children under 5 are not admitted. Visit the website for more information. More

SPU Wellness Committee Presents “Body Weight Indicators: Big Fat Lies?"

The SPU Wellness Committee invites the SPU community to a presentation by Professor of Physical Education Bob Weathers titled “Big Fat Lies?" on Wednesday, May 26, 12:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 258. Bob will explore the evidence on the use of body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) as indicators of body composition, health, or physical fitness. Bob argues these indicators are less important to health than are the behaviors (dietary and physical activity patterns) often associated with them. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation.

Next Staff Council Forum Features Les Steele

Staff Council invites you to the Spring Staff Forum with Les Steele, vice president for academic affairs, on Wednesday, May 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m. in Room 260A in the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. The staff forums focus on the signature commitments of SPU, and this forum will highlight Signature 3, “Seattle Pacific University will be a place that masters the tools of rigorous learning, becoming a vibrant intellectual community." All SPU staff members are invited; and refreshments will be served.

Senior Gift T-shirts Now Available

The 2010 Senior Gift Committee has T-shirts for sale to help raise money and awareness about this year's class gift – study abroad scholarships. T-shirts cost $20.10, and are available in the Walls Advancement Center. Contact Katie Binz, senior gift advisor, at if you would like to order your shirt today. For more information about this year's Senior Gift, visit the website. More

The Latest From Campus Dining

“If you enjoy the taste of apples and chicken, Subway has a brand new sandwich called, Orchard Chicken, and it's only $5 for a foot long! Also, Pura Vida and Academic Perks are offering great deals on specialty drinks between 10–11 a.m. and 3–4 p.m."

Looking for Summer Research Projects

etc magazine would like to include a list of research projects that faculty and students will work on over the summer. This information is for the Autumn 2010 issue. If you are doing a research project with a student, email a short description of it to by May 28. Thanks!

Upper Gwinn Reservations Now Open

Conference Services is now taking reservations for the use of Upper Gwinn for the 2010-11 academic year. Email your requests to In your request please include date, time needed, name of event, and a contact person's name, email, and phone number. Please note the email request is only a hold on the space. Once your hold has been processed, you will receive a hold email that includes information about how to confirm your reservation. If you have any questions, call Conference Services at 206-281-2187.

Get in Shape for Summer and Earn $50

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. Call 206-281-2081 to request the desired service(s), identify the best days and times to receive them, and leave contact information. WebMD reward points are also available. Call to be matched with a student (give yourself 2 points), train with them and perform the recommended activity 3 times per week (give yourself 5 points), use a weight tracker to track your weight at least twice (10 points), visit the Health Management sites for exercise and weight (10 points), and participate in the Lifestyle Improvement Programs for even more. If you earn at least 50 points per quarter, you'll receive $50 for your flexible spending account 2010-11. Make money while you sweat!

Senior Art Work on Display

During Spring Quarter, the SPU Art Center is showcasing the work of graduating seniors in the studio art, visual communications, and illustration/new pictures programs. Visit the website for information on the latest show. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Our new dog, Buddy, is exceptionally well-mannered, loyal, and loving. His future was looking a bit insecure, as his previous owners were giving him up for a number of reasons. Thanks go to Frank Spina who directed us to a family who was keeping him temporarily. Once we met him, we fell in love with him and took him home. Buddy is a 4 year-old standard poodle and a very gentle dog, but he sticks up for himself if other dogs provoke him. He is great with kids, and very devoted." Daniel Castelo, assistant professor of theology. Select the link for another photo of Buddy with his new best friend. 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 to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, May 20. The Bulletin will be published Monday, May 24.


Gutowsky-Zimmerman, Henning, Maass Receive Honors

At the recent President's Spring Forum, one faculty member and two staff members received awards. The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific named Associate Professor of Art Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman as “Professor of the Year." The Oral V. Hembry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award was giving to Library Administrative Assistant Robin Maass, and the Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award went to Communications Specialist Kathy Henning. Additionally, 35-Years of Service recipients honored were John Glancy, director of The Graduate Center; George Scranton, professor of theatre; Dave Tindal, associate vice president of technology services; and Laurel Tindall, gymnastics head coach. Also honored were faculty and staff who have served at SPU for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "The Sueve-Visigoth Iberian Kingdoms in Gregory of Tours" was published in Annales Theologici 24 (2010) 279-291. This study was originally delivered in March 2008 in Rome at a conference sponsored by the theology faculty of the Universita Pontificia della Santa Croce. The theme was '"Twenty Centuries of Ecclesiastical Historiography, Balance, and Perspective." This study carries out a thorough study of Gregory of Tour's citations on Iberia in his massive 10 books of history. It is an attempt to ascertain the function and place of this material in salvation history as set forth by Gregory.

Krentz Presents at Conferences

Ursula Krentz, assistant professor of psychology, gave a talk titled "The Fine Line Between Hand-holding and Coddling in Undergraduate Psychology Courses: What 'Generation Me' Students Want vs. What They Need" at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in January. In March, Ursula, along with Rachel Kincade, a pre-med honors student, presented a poster titled "Beauty and the Baby: 6-to 8-Month-Old Infants' Preferences for Artistic Masterworks in Original and Altered Form" at the International Society of Infant Studies in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lisa Klein Surdyk Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Seattle Pacific University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Lisa Klein Surdyk Memorial Scholarship Endowment. SPU's Major Gift Officer, Kristi Nelson, worked with Tim Surdyk to establish this endowment to honor Lisa, a member of the School of Business and Economics for more than 18 years. Chosen School of Business and Economics Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 1997. Lisa pursued her profession with zeal. She challenged and nurtured countless students interested in this discipline. Tim Surdyk wishes to continue this wife's legacy by establishing this endowment to support students interested in the field of economics who may be facing financial challenges.


Faculty Positions

College of Arts and Sciences, Clothing and Textiles
College of Arts and Sciences, Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences, Physical Education/Exercise Science Position
School of Business and Economics, Management Position
School of Education, Curriculum & Instruction Position
School of Education, Teacher Education Position
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family, and Community, Industrial/Organization Psychology Position
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Psychology 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

Administrative Assistant, Development
Employer Relations and Technology Manager, Center for Career and Calling
Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Visit and Events Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions

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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