Monday, January 24, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Author of The New Jim Crow Comes to Campus

The Perkins Center is partnering with several other organizations to bring professor and author Michelle Alexander to Seattle. The New Jim Crow is Alexander's detailed and concise look into mass incarceration in America as legal segregation disproportionately targeting African-Americans. It's eye-opening and challenging to all who care deeply about justice. Reviewers have said, “her critique is informative and analysis brilliant." Alexander joined the Ohio State University faculty in 2005. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as director of the Civil Rights Clinic. There are two public events, including one on campus.

Community Lecture
Monday, January 24
Mount Zion Baptist Church
7 p.m.

Question-and-Answer Session
Tuesday, January 25
Cascade Room, Upper Gwinn Commons
1 p.m.

Alexander's book was recently reviewed in the Winter Perkins Perspective. More

Race, Theology, and the Church

The 2011 Palmer Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Theology, will be Thursday, January 27. Dr. J. Kameron Carter, associate professor in theology and black-church studies at Duke Divinity School, will be the guest lecturer. Dr. Carter will address issues of race, theology, and the church as he discusses "Post-Racial Religion: or, The Question of the Neighbor in the 21st Century." The SPU campus is invited and encouraged to attend two events on January 27: the Palmer Chapel at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, and the Palmer Lecture at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Contact Kelsey Holloway at or 206-281-5415 with further questions.

Thursday Food for Thought: Writers of The Spirit of Food

Suzanne Wolfe, Mary Kenagy Mitchell, and Hannah Notess read excerpts from a new anthology. "The Spirit of Food" features 34 essays on food and the life of the spirit, edited by memoirist Leslie Leyland Fields. Come learn about food, faith, and the writers' most memorable recipes. Bring a brown-bag lunch if you wish. A question-and-answer time will follow the presentation, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. “Thursday Food for Thought" is sponsored by the Library. More

Leading Scholar of Biblical Interpretation on Campus February 2

Stephen Fowl, Ph.D., presents a lecture on “Reading Scripture in a Divided Church," Wednesday, February 2, 12:30–1:20 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Fowl is professor of New Testament at Loyola College in Maryland, and author of Engaging Scripture, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, and Philippians in the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series. He is one of the world's leading scholars on the topic of the theological interpretation of the Bible.

Get Your Flu Shot on Campus

Are you prepared for the flu season? Do you still need your flu shot? Flu shots are still available at the Health Center, located in Watson Hall. Call and make an appointment at your convenience at 206-281-2231. Employees, students, and family/dependants over age 15 are welcome. More

Latest on iTunes U: Arms Control Negotiations as an Act of Faith

Guest speaker Keith Hansen, senior arms control negotiator with the U.S. Department of State, shares his experiences and insights with History Professor Bill Woodward's and Political Science Professor Reed Davis' students. October 14, 2010. More

SPAC Gallery: “Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer"

The latest artwork by Kayo Nakamura, SPU adjunct art faculty member, is now on display at SPU's Art Center Gallery. The exhibit is titled “Don't Fall in Love With A Dreamer" and features 3-D art pieces and time-based media. The exhibit will run until February 11. Admission is free. The gallery is located at 3 West Cremona and is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday. More

Latest From Campus Dining

“You're in luck, because Nigel is extending the deal on his famous street tacos for only $3.99. Looking for something healthy? Go over to Medley's – this week only EVERYTHING is 20 percent off. And, beginning February 1, all Subway foot-long sandwiches are $5 (excluding premium sandwiches). You're sure to find something affordable and equally delicious."

Upcoming Home Athletic Games. Men's Basketball Game Televised

Wednesday, January 26
Men's basketball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 6 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on FSN Northwest. It's "Whiteout Night" in Brougham–fans are encouraged to wear white in show of unity.

Friday, January 28
Indoor track and field: SPU at UW Invitational, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 29
Indoor track and field: SPU at UW Invitational, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 9 a.m. More

Retirement Planning: Individual Consultations and Group Meetings

Retirement Plan Individual Consultations
Diversified Investment Advisors Participant Counselor Scott Jozefowski will be on campus to meet with faculty and staff, February 8-10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. Schedule an appointment online at Here are the dates and times.
Tuesday, February 8, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 9, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.
Thursday, February 10, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.

Retirement-Plan Group Meetings If you are interested in learning more about "Understanding Investing," "403(b) Basics," or the "Economy & Markets," plan on attending one of the three group meetings scheduled this week. No appointment is necessary. Seating is limited to 50 people in Bertona 6 and 115 people in Otto Miller 109.
Tuesday February 8, “Understanding Investing," Bertona 6–103 West Bertona, 11 a.m.–noon
Wednesday February 9, “403(b) Basics," Bertona 6–103 West Bertona, 3-4 p.m.
Thursday February 10, “Economy & Markets," Otto Miller 109, 1-2 p.m.
Here are the instructions on how to register online for individual appointments with Scott Jozefowski
1. Go to
2. Select "click here" to register.
3. Complete the required information including setting up a user name and password - Then select the "NEXT" button on the lower right side of the screen.
4. Select the “Make Appointments" tab in the upper left corner of the screen. Select the “Meeting Type" (One-On-One), “Meeting Location" and “Room. 5." Once the calendar appears, you'll see a "Look for" box. Select morning or afternoons, and then select the time you would like to meet. You will receive an email confirmation of the appointment you set.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here is a photo of my ‘grand-pug,' Brutus, on the night that our daughter, Jessica, and her husband, David, set up their Christmas tree. I'm still not sure what David did to get Brutus to pose for this picture, because sitting calmly isn't something Brutus does well or often! This is also the only picture of the Christmas tree that doesn't have a baby gate in front of it, because the next day when his “parents" weren't home, Brutus un-decorated the tree, chewed through one string of lights and broke multiple ornaments! But all of this is good practice for Jessica and David, who will need the baby gate next year for their son, Micah, who is due in March and will be 9 months old next Christmas! Just think of all the havoc Brutus and Micah can wreak together!" Melanie Whitehead, coordinator of campus planning and development, Facility and Project Management. Select the link for a picture of Brutus enjoying the recent snowfall. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

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 possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, January 27. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 31.


Close's SERVE Grant Gives National Exposure to Learning Assistants

The Physics Department is pleased to note that Assistant Professor of Physics Hunter Close recently oversaw a SERVE grant that allowed students Heidi Rowles and Michael Willcockson, physics learning assistants (LAs), to give presentations at the 2011 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) winter meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. Heidi's presentation received an award from the Society of Physics Students for “Outstanding Student Presenter." More information about this grant can be found on the Physics Department's blog. More

Braden's Review Published

A review of Laura Henry's book Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia by Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden was published in the January 2011 issue of The Russian Review.

Reception for Hovick

A retirement reception for Jackie Hovick, cataloging technician in the Library, will be Thursday, February 3, 3-4 p.m., in the Library Seminar Room. Jackie has worked at SPU for 23 years.


First Lady Uses Alumnus' Quote

In a recent speech, first lady Michelle Obama read a quote from alumnus Jason Williams '09 about a study abroad trip he had taken to China. She spoke at the "100K Strong" state visit event at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on January 19. “100,000 Strong" is a program to increase the number of Americans who have the opportunity to study in China. Obama spoke to more than 1,000 students about the importance of building relationships with their peers in China and around the world. Read Jason's quote in Obama's speech. (Ninth paragraph from the bottom.) More


Faculty Positions

School of Health Sciences Positions

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

Budget and Records Analyst, Facility Management
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Administration, University Services
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services
Web Communications Manager, 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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