Monday, May 24, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


SPFC Research Conference May 26

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community research conference is Wednesday, May 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The conference features the work of undergraduate students in psychology and graduate students in marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology. More

Chapel: Theology of Work

At the next chapel on Tuesday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, Assistant Professor of Business Law Grant Learned will talk about "Capitalists Glorifying God."

Looking for Outstanding Graduates

University Communications needs help identifying outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page during the summer. Please send the name(s) of the students and a short description about why you are recommending them. Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, are involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! We will follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Send information by email to News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen at

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Bible Reading: Joshua

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we take turns reading through books of the Bible. This Tuesday, May 25, we're starting Joshua, one of the most thrilling books in the Bible. We begin reading about 12:10 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we have Bibles so you don't need to bring one. If you have questions, call or email Kathy Henning at or 206-281-2329. In the meantime, be strong and very courageous!

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.

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.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

The next Percussion Ensemble Concert is Tuesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre. The concert will feature “Model Piece #2" by Daniel Sabanovich; “Coral Reef" by Scott Michaelsen; “Head Talk" by Mark Ford, “Jazz Variants" by John Beck, and “Insurgency" by Rickie Malgren. Also featured is traditional drumming of West Africa. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

The Latest From Campus Dining

After a long search for the most delicious and unique drink creations, we have narrowed our search down to four drinks, and now we want your opinions. Stop by Pura Vida to vote. Also, Campus Dining has revised hours for the Memorial Day weekend. All regular hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1.

Friday, May 28–Falcon's Landing will close at 3 p.m. Subway, the C-Store, and Pura Vida will close at 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 29–Subway, C-Store, and Pura Vida will be open 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, May 30-Subway, C-Store and Pura Vida will be open 2–7 p.m.
Monday, May 31–Falcon's Landing closed. Subway and the C-Store will be open 11 a.m.–11 p.m., and Pura Vida will be open 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Edward P. Blair School of Theology Scholarship Endowment

Seattle Pacific University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Edward P. Blair School of Theology Scholarship Endowment. SPU's Senior Gift Planning Specialist, Marlon Sandlin, worked with John and Jan (Fosberg) Reinmuth to establish this endowment in honor of Edward P. Blair. Dr. Blair had a long history with SPU, starting as ASSP president in 1928. He taught religion at Seattle Pacific and served as dean of the religion department from 1949 to 1951. He taught at New York Theological Seminary, and for 29 years served as professor of biblical interpretation and New Testament at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He was also ordained in both the Free Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. John and Jan Reinmuth desired to join with others in honoring Dr. Blair by establishing this endowment to support students studying in the School of Theology.

The Latest on iTunes U: Reflective Learning With Electronic Portfolios

“bPortfolio Background"–Henry Algera, assistant professor of education, provides background information on the use of electronic portfolios. March 23, 2010.

“Metacognition: Reflective Thinking Strategies"–Art Ellis, director of the Center for Global Curriculum Studies, discusses strategies for promoting student reflection on their learning process. March 23, 2010.

“Using Blogs (bPortfolios) to Integrate Reflective Learning Into Instruction"–David Wicks, director of Instructional Technology Services, discusses how to incorporate student reflections via bPortfolio postings into courses. March 23, 2010. 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 this fall! 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

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

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!

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

“The thing that first drew me to my kitty was the black dot on her white chin. Her original name was Dolly, but after seeing that beauty mark, I knew she had to be ‘Dotty.' From there, my roomie and I schemed up the perfect full name for our soon-to-be cat: The Future Secretary of State, the Reverend Dr. Dorothy Gale Jr. We have great expectations for Dot. She's smart, sassy, and will someday make a great leader. Until then, she's preoccupied with her feather toy and maintaining her Twitter account." Allie Fraley, interim web content editor. Select the link for another photo of Dotty. 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 27. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Bulletin will be published Tuesday, June 1.


Oppenlander, Stewart Meet With Officials From Central Asia

Mark Oppenlander, the director of the School of Business and Economics' Center for Applied Learning, and Ross Stewart, professor of accounting, met with small business owners, government officials, and nongovernment organization managers from Central Asia on May 21 through a program of the World Affairs Council. The delegation consisted of officials from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan. The group was interested in learning about American colleges and universities and business education, as well as teaching entrepreneurship and SPU's Social Venture Plan Competition.

Ferreiro Book Reviews Published, Makes Presentation

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro gave a presentation for the North American Catalan Society titled “St. Mary Magdalene in Vicent Ferrer's Catalan Sermon on Saint Mary Magdalene" at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. In addition, three of his book reviews in Spanish were published in the Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia, (Universidad de Navarra). The books reviewed were Thomas L. Knoebel's Isidore of Seville: De Ecclesiasticis Officiis, Ancient Christian Writers, no. 61. New York, The Newman Press, 2008; Leila Rodrigues da Silva's Monarquia e Igreja na Galiza segunda metade do século VI. O modelo de monarca nas obras de Martinho de Braga dedicadas ao rei suevo, Coleção Estante Medieval, volume 4. Niterói/RJ, Editora da Universidade Federal Flumiense (Brasil), 2008; and Isabel Velázquez's Vidas de los Santos Padres de Mérida, Madrid: Editorial Trotta, 2008.

Ed Smyth's “Last Lecture"

The Ivy Honorary presents “The Last Lecture of Dr. Ed Smyth." Ed, professor of educational ministry in the School of Theology, will speak on “Thinking and Doing: Living With Purpose." The lecture will be held Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m., Otto Miller Hall 109. The concept of a “Last Lecture" is based on a 2007 lecture and 2008 book by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2008. In subsequent Last Lectures, professors reflect on what matters most and what wisdom they would hope to share with others. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

Hanson Named Principal Conductor of Northwest Mahler Festival

Eric Hanson, professor of music, was recently named principal conductor of the Northwest Mahler Festival for the 2010 season. He also has been asked to provide the program notes for the Vermont Mahler Festival.

Diddams, Students Present Research Project

Professor of Industrial/Organization Psychology Margaret Diddams and her graduate students Julia Kocheleva, Richard Kobayashi, and Anne McKenzie, presented a research project titled "Take Your Vacation: Work, Vacation, and Respite from Job Stress" at the April meeting of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists in Atlanta, Georgia. Regardless of the nature of one's job, people are more rested when they return from vacations that allow them to detach from work, choose what they want to do while on vacation, and have a sense of personal competence around vacation activities.

Adjunct Faculty Member Denton Selected as Principal of Jefferson High School

Education adjunct faculty member Marsha Denton has been selected as the new principal of Jefferson High School in Federal Way. Besides teaching at SPU, she is also assistant principal at Liberty High School in the Renton. A brief article on Marsha's selection appeared in the More


Scheuerman Quoted in Great Fall

Assistant Professor of Education Richard Scheuerman was quoted in a story in the about the Millan Road, an historic wagon road between Montana and Washington. More

Dockendorf in Horizon Air Magazine

Assistant Track and Field Coach Carly Dockendorf was mentioned in a news brief about the Oregon Relays in the April issue of Horizon Air magazine. Carly set a new Canadian indoor women's pole vault record in February.


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

Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center

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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