Monday, April 25, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Première of Documentary About John Perkins April 25

Faculty and staff are invited to the Monday, April 25, première of Let Justice Roll On: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins. The evening begins with pre-film appetizers exclusively for faculty and staff beginning at 6 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. A pre-screening panel with John Perkins, Tali Hairston, and filmmaker Michael Eaton begins at 7 p.m., followed by the film. The premiere is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Demaray Hall 150 will be available if Upper Gwinn reaches capacity. Learn more by visiting the website. More

Brass Ensemble Concert April 25

The SPU Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the First Free Methodist Church. The concert includes 20 student soloists, showcasing what they've learned this past year. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Chapel: “Law and Spirit"

Dr. John Perkins, president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, is speaking in chapel on Tuesday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. He will speak on Romans 7-8.

Theatre Department Presents “Our Town"

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Our Town," April 28-30 and May 5-7, 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall on SPU campus. Two matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, May 7. Written by Thorton Wilder, “Our Town" explores the lives of people living in a small, classic American town. The play is divided into three acts of the human experience of life, love, and loss. Wilder received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 for this play. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Group rates are available for 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit The theater is wheelchair accessible. More

Thursday Food for Thought: John Perkins

Bring a brown-bag lunch and join “Thursday Food for Thought" in the reading room at the SPU library. Enjoy lunch with SPU faculty and staff authors as they discuss their latest books on Thursdays, April 14-May 19, 12:30-1:15 p.m. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On April 28, John Perkins reads from his world-renowned autobiography, Let Justice Roll Down. Despite being born into poverty in Mississippi, Perkins has grown to become an inspiration to people around the globe, an outspoken leader in civil rights demonstrations, and an influential teacher on racial reconciliation and Christian community development. More

Winners of the Social Venture Plan Competition

Below are the official winners of the 2011 Social Venture Plan Competition. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who participated.

Grand Prize ($2500)–Pterofin
Pioneer Prize ($1500)–Spektrum
Honorable Mentions ($1000 each)–Fideos de Mutti; Static Flow Analytics; and SwiftCycles
People's Choice Award ($500)–Nourish More

Latest on iTunes U: Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland, associate professor of biochemistry, walks students through a survey of physical chemistry topics, such as thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy, including life science applications. Spring 2011. More

President's Spring Forum May 3

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion, with a community reception immediately following. Offices will be closed during that time to encourage everyone to attend.

Online Open Enrollment: Important Dates and Information

You will be receiving your open enrollment packet through campus mail by May 2. Open enrollment runs May 1–31 this year. Once again, your benefit selections will be made through an online system. Instructions for access are in your open enrollment packet or available on the Human Resources website. The Benefits Fair is Tuesday, May 10. Think you might need help completing online open enrollment? If so, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at to schedule an appointment for one-on-one enrollment help. Watch the Fac/Staff Bulletin for more information about open enrollment and the Benefits Fair in the weeks ahead. Visit the HR website for more information. More

Benefits Fair: Food, Fun, and Benefits Q&A: May 10

Please join us for Human Resources' (HR) annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome! The HR staff will be there to greet you (Rice Krispie treat in hand!). We'll answer your questions, or direct you to each company's “expert." It's a great opportunity to get your questions answered face-to-face. Providers of product and service discounts will also have representatives available. While you're at the company tables, check out the door prize they are providing. If you're interested and feel lucky, go ahead and fill out a ticket and drop it in the bag. There will be a drawing for the prize at the end of the fair. You don't have to be present to win; we'll notify you if we draw your name. Good luck! Remember: Online Open Enrollment runs May 1-31. The fair is a great way to get ready!

Donate Old Eyeglasses to VSP® and Eyes of Hope℠

More than one billion people around the world need eyeglasses but can't afford them. A gift of donated eyeglasses can change the lives of those in need. Seeing clearly for the first time means they can do basic things like succeed at school or work, and care for their families. Eyes of Hope℠, VSP® Vision Care's eyewear donation program, is an easy way you can help. Helping others see well is easy:
First, find those unused glasses and dust them off. VSP needs complete sets of eyewear. Any of the following would be great:
o Prescription glasses
o Readers
o Sunglasses
o Plastic and metal frames are both accepted
o Cases can be used if they are donated with the glasses inside
Second, consider asking around. You might have friends or family who have been looking for an opportunity to donate as well.
Third, mark your calendar to drop off your glasses at the Benefits Fair on May 10. VSP® ensures that the glasses are recycled and distributed to children and adults throughout the world. Together we can help people see well and stay healthy.

2011 Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications, including location and price, are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188 or

Embracing the (W)hole Gospel Conference

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education is pleased to present “Embracing the (W)hole Gospel," a one-day conference and Church Leaders Forum inspired by Richard Stearns' book The Hole in Our Gospel. On Tuesday, May 10, Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. and Steve Haas, vice president and chief catalyst for World Vision, will be on campus to discuss themes revolving around the cause of social justice. We encourage you to spread the word across campus, particularly as you interact with students. Faculty, please consider how you might include this event in your spring syllabi. Contact the CBTE at or 206-378-5415 with any questions. More

Latest From Campus Dining

Medley: Try the new Salad Wrap; healthy and delicious.

Grill 155: Grab a tasty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla for only $3.99 this week.

Einstein's Bagels: Afternoon break for a Bagel & Schmear for $2 after 2 p.m. Starting April 27, the all new Grilled Chicken Philly will be available, and sourdough bagels will be offered.

C-Store: Save money and ask your cashier for the brand new C-Card.

Subway: This month's $5 foot long: the new Double Bacon, Egg and Cheese Flatbread Sandwich

Pura Vida: The Top Barista Contest is back! Submit your own drink recipe and win prizes if your drink is chosen -- enter today.

Academic Perks: Cool off this week and get $.50 off all iced beverages exclusively at Academic Perks!

New Feature: From the Archives

(This is a new monthly feature, showcasing photographs from the SPU Archives provided by University Archivist Adrienne Meier.)

Labeled as the “first ever picture of students and faculty," this photograph dates from 1895, four years after the founding of Seattle Pacific. At the time, Seattle Pacific was known as Seattle Seminary, and offered the equivalent of a K-12 education, which is why many of the students in the photo seem a little young for college. Alexander Beers, the first president, can be seen on the far left, looking off into the distance and holding his hat at his side. His wife, Adelaide, who taught classes in math and music, is next to him, along with Clark W. Shay, professor of foreign languages and science. Select the link to see the photograph. More

More Pet Photos Needed

If you've ever wanted your pet featured in the Fac/Staff Bulletin, (the first step to worldwide fame), now's the time. Send in two photos and a brief explanation to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Pet Photos of the Week

“I recently took in Tupac. Patty Farmer had sent out her email asking if anyone could give him a new home. I was looking for a cat of my own after moving away from my old apartment building, and Tupac was just what I was looking for. He is a sweet little guy with a bit of a shy streak. He can't get enough of his catnip, or the laser pointer, but he also loves a good snuggle on the couch. A big thank you to Patty for giving me such a sweet and wonderful cat." Kathleen Cifu, loans and collections coordinator, Student Financial Services. Select the link for another photo of Tupac. 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, April 28. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 2.


Article by McFarland, Alumni Published

An article co-authored by Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland titled "Preparative Protein Production from Inclusion Bodies and Crystallization: A Seven-Week Biochemistry Sequence" was published in the Journal of Chemical Education. The article was co-authored by alumni Megan Peterson '10 and Kalani Synder '08, and by staff member Shelley Westerman. The article describes a seven-week series of experiments adapted from the research lab that take place in the BIO/CHM 4362 teaching lab.

Brown's Article Published

Margaret Brown, associate professor of psychology, has an article out this month in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology titled “Learning From Service: The Effect of Helping on Helpers' Social Dominance Orientation." The article reports the results of an experimental study examining the effect of engaging in service learning on students' attitudes toward intergroup relations.

Ferreiro's Book Reviews Published

Several book reviews by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro have been published. Ulrich Nonn's "Die Franken." (Urban Taschenbücher, vol. 579), Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2010. 185 p, in Francia 38 (2011) - online book reviews and Sylvain Jean Gabriel Sanchez's "Priscillien, un chrétien non conformiste." Théologie historique, vol. 120. Beauchesne, 2009. 523 p, in Journal of Early Christian Studies,19 (2011) 147-148.

Farewell Reception for Lundahl, Miles

The Office of University Advancement would like to invite the SPU community to attend a farewell reception to honor and thank Mark Miles and Laura Lundahl on Tuesday, April 26, 3:30–5 p.m. in the Walls Advancement Center. Mark has been at SPU for 12 years and currently serves as the director of Advancement Services. He will become the senior director of development at Biola University, his alma mater. Laura has been at SPU for more than four years and serves as assistant director-grants. She will be directing the grant assistance program in the Pacific Northwest for Polycom, a major global communications provider.


Keuss on KING-TV

Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss was interviewed on KING-TV (Channel 5) about his curriculum for “Rachel's Challenge," a program to stop bullying in schools. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Assistant/Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
University Librarian

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, Center for Learning
Customer Service Representative (.34), Casey Conference Center
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Director of Advancement Services, Development
Nurse Practitioner (.8, 9-month), Health Services
Visits 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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