Monday, October 18, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Genesis

At this week's Chapel on Tuesday, October 19, Pastor Gail Bantum of Quest Church will speak on “Corruption and Covenant: Genesis 4:1–6:22." Chapels are Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

Camp Casey Winter and Spring Reservation

Winter and spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 3 through June 13, 2011. Reservation requests are due by November 5. The winter and spring requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact the Camp Casey main office at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Not Too Late for “SPU Night" at Taproot Theatre

Taproot Theatre Company will perform “Wedding Belles" on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. for an SPU-only audience event to support the Young Alumni Endowment Scholarship. Faculty and staff are invited to join SPU alums and friends as they gather for a wonderful night at the theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the website. More

Thursday Food for Thought: Luke Reinsma

Luke Reinsma, professor of English and director of University Scholars, will show slides of his recent monthlong hikes through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. He will talk about the psychological and spiritual benefits of going for a good, long walk. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the SPU Library's “Thursday Food for Thought," October 21, Library Reading Room, 12:30–1:15 p.m. More

Conference on Urban Renewal

"Seek the Welfare of the City" is a two-evening conference sponsored jointly by the Heritage Foundation and the Department of Political Science and Geography. The conference is October 18-19, 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus. The keynote speaker for Monday evening is Jay Richards, author, producer, and a senior fellow of Seattle-based Discovery Institute, who will talk about "Why Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough." After a question-and-answer session, there will be a panel discussion with the Rev. Eric Jacobsen, SPU Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Henry, and Dr. John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. Richards and the panelists will talk about issues related to urban renewal. Tuesday evening's keynote speaker is Bob Woodson, entrepreneur and activist, who will talk about "Local Institutions and Urban Renewal." Panelists for the roundtable include Jeff Kemp of Stronger Families, and Trent England of The Evergreen Freedom Foundation. The conference is free and open to the public.

Dean's Speaker Series Oct. 25

President and CEO of Umpqua Bank Ray Davis, author of Leading for Growth: How Umpqua Bank Got Cool and Created a Culture of Greatness, will share his story on Monday, October 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room as part of the School of Business and Economics' Dean's Speaker Series. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mark Oppenlander, director for the Center for Applied Learning, at or 206-281-2942. More

Academic Preview Is Coming, and Looking for SPU Alumni

On October 28-29, more than 150 prospective students, plus their parents, will be visiting SPU for Academic Preview event. This is an overnight event where high school juniors and seniors are invited to live in the residence halls, visit classes, learn about academic departments, hear from alumni, taste the delicious on-campus food, and experience life as an SPU student. Please help us welcome these potential SPU students to campus through genuine hospitality and service. If you, or someone you know, are an SPU alumnus and would like to join our alumni panels, contact Visit and Events Coordinator Lisa Nelson at for more information. Thanks for showing these visiting students what SPU is all about!" More

Breakfast Event for Christians in the Marketplace

SPU's Center for Integrity in Business and Kiros welcomes Kristen Waggoner, a partner in the law firm of Ellis, Li & McKinstry, on Thursday, October 21, at 7 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Her talk is titled “"Lessons Learned the Hard Way," and she will discuss a few of the more challenging cases in which she has been involved, the role of calling in daily life, and some of the more difficult lessons she is learning during her journey. Faculty and staff are invited. More

New Exhibit at Art Center Gallery

The Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery presents “Ripe," a group show on contemporary experiments in the still-life genre. Many of the paintings feature fruit, or other objects that are swelling, bursting, or decaying. The idea is to affirm the special character of the organic and the physical in a digital age that can seem cut off from the brute material facts of birth, life, woundedness, ecstasy, decay, and death. Artists include SPU art adjunct faculty Zack Bent and Natalie St. Martin, Seattle artists Eric Elliot and Christian van Minnen, and artists Linda Hutchins, Gregory Jacobsen, and Steven Levin. The exhibition is open through December 3. The Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street, and gallery hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Campus October 19

Find out how SPU is helping you save for health care needs in retirement. Current contributions to eligible employee accounts are $73 per month – $876 per year! On Tuesday, October 19, an Emeriti Health Solutions representative will be on campus to explain how these contributions provide both reimbursement and guaranteed health care retirement benefits. For those approaching retirement in the next one to 10 years, the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. sessions will address Emeriti insurance options and how they relate to Medicare. For those planning to retire more than 10 years from now, the session beginning at 9:45 a.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. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be held in Otto Miller Hall 227. Although the meetings focus on different audiences, you're encouraged to attend whichever session your schedule allows. Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

WebMD: Could You Use $50?

Earn 50 points between October 1 and December 31 by logging in to your WebMD Personal Health Manager and earning rewards. Every 50 points equal $50 into your flexible spending account for 2011–12. Click on your points next to "Current Rewards." See the actions you can do to earn points on the website. Consider participating in a Lifestyle Improvement Program related to exercise, stress, emotional health, weight management, nutrition, or smoking cessation. You'll have daily readings and activities to help encourage you toward a healthy lifestyle. If you prefer to do something that isn't computer-interactive, you may certify that you have completed a myriad of other activities that carry various point values. Feel free to create your own activities determining appropriate points values using this list as a guide. Links to both WebMD and the rewards activities can be found on the HR main website. More

Retirement Plan Workshops and Individual Appointments Offered This Week

October 1 was the date that all new retirement contributions transitioned to our new provider, Diversified Investment Advisors. For more information, you can attend a Diversified workshop, which will be repeated a number of times between October 18 –22 and October 25–29. You can also go online to schedule an individual appointment with a Diversified representative to review your investment allocations and arrange to transfer existing balances. To schedule an appointment, go to To see the complete list of workshops in October, visit the "SmartMoves" newsletter posted on the Human Resources website. More

Home Athletic Games This Week

Saturday, October 23
Women's volleyball vs. Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 1 p.m.
Men's soccer vs. Montana State Billings, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sacred Sounds Tickets Still Available

This year, there are two “Sacred Sounds of Christmas" concerts: Monday, November 29, and Tuesday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Benaroya Hall. Don't miss SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other groups performing sacred and traditional Christmas music. Tickets are only $17 and $20. (an $8 fee per transaction applies). To purchase fewer than 10 tickets, call 206-215-4747. To purchase 10 or more tickets, call 206-215-4818. You can also purchase group or individual tickets in person at the Benaroya Hall Box Office, with no transaction fee. Visit the website for more information. More

Sign Up for Lectio

Starting in Genesis, this online weekly reading program allows you to explore God's Word with the guidance of School of Theology professors. The first Lectio was posted September 27, but you can sign up for notifications and begin reading anytime. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Kaya is a 20-pound, 1-year-old Australian Labradoodle. Being part lab and part poodle, she's supposed to be a water dog, but she hates to swim. However, she is a great hiking dog and sailor. She loves people, most animals, and dried up leaves. Click to see a photo of her contemplating life while sailing." Lorri Sheffer, Web Communications manager. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursdays. 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, October 21. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 25.


McFarland Lectures at Scientific Meeting

This summer, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland presented a lecture titled “The Chemicals Pour Forth Speech: Teaching Origins With a Biogeochemical Narrative" at the American Scientific Affiliation meeting in Washington, D.C. The lecture is available online. More

Sawers Chairs Conference

Kim Sawers, associate professor of accounting, served as conference chair for the American Accounting Association – Accounting, Behavior and Organizations section conference in Denver, October 7–10.

Ellis Is Keynote Speaker, Received Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Professor of Education Art Ellis was the keynote speaker for two recent events: a meeting of the Cashmere Public School District (faculty, staff, and students); and the University of the Russian Academy of Education (faculty). In addition, he received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of the Russian Academy of Education. The degree was based on his book Research on Educational Innovations, which won “Education Research Book of the Year" (2008) in Russia, as well as his work on doctoral committees and publications in various Russian journals.

Scheuerman's Book Receives Award

A book written by Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Richard Scheuerman titled Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot was named a “2009 CHOICE Significant University Press Title" by the Journal of Scholarly Publishing (Vol. 4, No. 1, October 2009).

Center for Integrity in Business Hosts Retreat

The Center for Integrity in Business hosted a retreat October 14–17 for approximately 30 of the foremost scholars and business leaders from around the world who are working on a biblical approach to business. The meeting was held in partnership with the Laity Renewal Foundation, and took place at Laity Lodge in the Frio Canyon of Texas. More

Welcome, Katherine McKinney

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Katherine McKinney as the new budget and records manager in Facility and Project Management.


Brennand in Seattle Times

The Onyx Chamber Orchestra, including adjunct music faculty member Meg Brennand, was featured in The Seattle Times on October 14. More

Jones in Alaska Airlines Magazine

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Bryan Jones was quoted in a story titled “Finding the Right College" in the October issue of Alaska Airlines magazine. The story is on page 131. You can view the entire magazine online. More


Faculty Positions

School of Business and Economics, Business Ethics
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Theology, Christian Ministry 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

Assistant Director of Admissions, Communication and Processing, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Director of Campus and Casey Conference Services, University Services
Campus Program Coordinator (.8, 10-months), Student Programs
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Microsystems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Office Assistant (.5, 10-months), Office of Academic Affairs

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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