Monday, October 3, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Middle East Peacebuilder Visits SPU

Author, historian, and peace activist Kathleen Kern will speak in Cremona 102 on Monday, October 10, 1:30-2:50 p.m. Kern has worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) around the world since 1993. She has experience with CPT in Hebron, a West Bank city that is a flashpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among her many publications are a general history of CPT, and a history of CPT's work in the West Bank. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Her talk is sponsored by the Department of History and the Reconciliation Studies program in the School of Theology. For more information, contact Professor of History Don Holsinger at

Blood Drive This Week

Whose life will you save today? SPU is hosting a blood drive on campus Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, 12–6 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked at Tiffany Loop on 3rd Ave W. Contact Student Programs Administrative Assistant Sarah McMurray for more information at 206-281-2247. Reserve a time online. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to CIB Events

Are you tiring of the negative tone permeating our public discourse? The Center for Integrity in Business cordially invites faculty and staff to a series of events on October 13-14 featuring Dr. Gideon Strauss, senior fellow at the Center for Public Justice. Dr. Strauss will discuss the ways in which government, business, and other mediating institutions of culture can be better partners. For more information, visit the website. More

Good Seats Still Available for Sacred Sounds!

Don't miss SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir and Wind Symphony, the SPU Orchestra, the Chamber Singers, and the Men's and Women's Choirs performing sacred and traditional Christmas music from around the world. The 12th annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas takes place Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $17 and $20 and can be purchased at For more information, visit the website. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Young Alumni Endowment Dinner on Oct. 13

The annual “Beyond Nickerson" Young Alumni Endowment Dinner is Thursday, October 13, at the Bathhouse in Golden Gardens in Ballard. The keynote speaker is President Philip Eaton, who will speak on “The Upside-down University." The 2011 Young Alum of the Year award will go to Julie Bodine Washburn '06, executive director for Washington Food Coalition. The recipient of the YAC scholarship for 2011 is senior Chris Welter. Tickets are $30 per person. Come for a night of special music, a cool urban setting, and a chance to catch up with alumni. For additional information and to RSVP, call 206-281-ALUM or visit the website. More

Faculty, Staff Discounts

Take a look at the Human Resources page titled "Product and Service Discounts Provided by Other Companies." Check out discounts available to SPU employees. More

Recycling on Campus

All offices and classroom buildings have designated areas to recycle paper, plastic, metal, and glass. These items can be deposited in any recycle container on campus -- no sorting necessary. If you would like more information about recycling in your area, email For a complete list of what is recyclable, visit the Facility and Project management website. More

Latest on iTunes U: Introduction to Joshua

Join Nijay Gupta, assistant professor of biblical studies, as he begins the Autumn Quarter Lectio series with an introduction to the book of Joshua. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join Intramural Teams

Faculty and staff are invited to join intramural teams throughout the year, hosted by the SPU Athletics Department. Here are the Autumn Quarter intramural events.

Men's and women's football, started October 1.
Men's and women's 3on3 basketball, starts October 3.
Men's and Women's basketball, starts October 4, 5, and 6.
Co-ed's football, starts October 9.
Men's and women's cross country, starts October 15.
Co-ed's Turkey Trot, starts November 19.

For more information, visit the intramurals website. More

Heavenly Treasures Gift Fair

SPU will host a “Heavenly Treasures Gift Fair" on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Heavenly Treasures is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination. The organization assists craftsmen in developing countries find self-sufficiency and hope through their God-given abilities and talents. One hundred percent of all sale proceeds are reinvested back into their livelihood projects. It's never too early to start your Christmas shopping, and this year you can change a life by purchasing your gifts from Heavenly Treasures! To learn more about Heavenly Treasures, visit their website. More

No Yoga This Week

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday, October 13, at the First Free Methodist Church Gymnasium, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

On Track: Degree Planner Now Available

Faculty and staff who advise students can now encourage students to visit and use SPU's new retention site, On Track: Degree Planner. This site details the steps students must take each year to stay on course to graduate on time. You're encouraged to reference the site when advising students, using the list of tasks for their academic year as a guide for their progress. More

Faculty, Staff Receive Free Falcon Athletic Tickets!

The Falcons invite all faculty and staff to join us for another exciting year of SPU athletics, and it won't cost you a dime. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion and Interbay Stadium. Simply show your staff I.D. at the Brougham Pavilion ticket window.

Know a Lawyer, Financial Advisor, or Accountant?

University Advancement will host a luncheon meeting at noon on Monday, October 24, in Upper Gwinn. The luncheon will feature Vice President for Academic Affairs Les Steele as keynote speaker, sharing his thoughts on “The Personal and Public Good of Higher Education." The Professional Advisor's Network is a group of attorneys, financial advisors, accountants, and other professionals who support SPU's mission. For more information or to recommend an advisor to be invited, call or email Development Administrative Assistant Ami Archibald at 206-281-2237 or

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, October 6
Volleyball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 8
Volleyball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Chloe is the sweetest little cat in the entire world. I know there may be other contenders, but I don't think so. She is just a sweetheart." Kim Gilnett, marketing associate for Fine Arts. Select the link for a larger photo of Chloe. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. 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 Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, October 6. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 10.


Feldman's Summer Updates

Professor of Art Roger Feldman worked on a site-specific sculpture installation on the grounds of Freswick Castle on the northeast tip of Scotland at the spot the Vikings landed and invaded. The castle's foundation and first structure were built around 1000. The current structure was built in the 16th century on the Viking foundation. Roger's installation uses stone that fell from some of the original walls, and is re-constituted into this installation. "Ekko " is Norwegian for “echo," and alludes to the historical and social intersection of the Picts, Celtic influences (including Christian), Viking, and Scottish Highlanders.

Also, Roger was accepted to the Jentel Foundation Artist Residency in Wyoming, and spent a month working on his maquettes (scale models), which may one day result in full-scale interactive sculpture installations. The Jentel Foundation funds four artists and two writers for one-month sessions and provides a studio along with room and board near the base of the Big Horn mountains just outside of Sheridan.

In August, Roger's work was included in an exhibition of 36 international artists called “Cristianos en el Arte Coemporaneo" (Contemporary Christian Art: International Exhibition), sponsored by the Vatican in conjunction with World Youth Day held in Madrid, Spain. Also this summer, Roger built a large-scale installation on the campus of Wheaton College, relating to the traveling "Charis" exhibition, where he was one of seven North American artists who worked with Asian Christian artists around the theme of "contextualization in art." His piece will remain on Wheaton's campus for the next three years

Finally, Assistant Professor of Theology Brian Bantum and Roger received grants from the Center for Theological and Biblical Education to work with students in dialogue around Winter Quarter's Lectio series, resulting in a site-specific sculpture for the SPU campus at the end of Autumn Quarter.

Professors: How Does Seattle Benefit Your Students?

etc magazine is looking for stories of how SPU's location helps enhance academic programs. Do you teach a class that utilizes the city in ways that a rural school could not? Or is there something about our location in the Northwest that benefits students academically? We want to go beyond internship opportunities, and look at how the city is being used in the classes. Please email examples to etc editor Julia Siemens at

Welcome, Claire!

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Claire Takahashi, administrative assistant in the John Perkins Center.


Former Faculty and Staff Member Della Tiede Passes Away

Former faculty and staff member Della Tiede passed away August 27 in Everett, Washington. She began working at SPU in 1966, and was appointed director of the School of Nursing in June 1972. She served in dual roles as a faculty member and an administrator for 15 years until her retirement in June 1981. A memorial service for Della will be held Monday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at the Warm Beach Free Methodist Church in Stanwood. Her obituary appeared in the Stanwood/Camano News. More

Welcome, Aleida Middeljans!

John Middeljans in Student Financial Services and Assistant Professor of English April Middeljans welcomed their daughter, Aleida Wren, into the world on July 18. She was baptized at First Free Methodist Church on September 18. Select the link for a picture of Aleida and her parents. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Obstetrics
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

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

Computer Services Manager, Undergraduate Admissions
Customer Service Representative (.25-.375, variable), Casey Conference Center
Events Manager, University Relations
Lead Groundskeeper, Casey Conference Center
Maintenance Mechanic, Building Maintenance
Manager, OUS Administration, University Services
Senior Systems and Data Manager–CRM, Information and Data Management
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Web Designer II, 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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