Monday, October 10, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


House Higher Education Committee Holds Meeting in Seattle

The Washington State House of Representatives Higher Education Committee is having a special meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Seattle University. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to discuss the important role higher education plays in meeting the needs of our population and our regional economy. The meeting will focus on student completion; the role of higher education in meeting the needs of local industries; and an interactive discussion with audience members on the top priorities in higher education. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit the website. More

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Requests

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 available are January 2 through June 11, 2012. Reservation requests are due by November 4. The academic year requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. These are open to full-time faculty and staff. Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Thursday Food for Thought Resumes

You are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the library on Thursdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. to hear SPU faculty and staff authors read from their latest books and writings. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On October 13, Katie Kresser, assistant professor of art history, shares from her book manuscript, The Art and Thought of John La Farge: Representing the Real. Katie will discuss the questions, “Can a fiction tell the truth?" “How can a copy be ‘real'?" Learn how one painter answered these questions at the dawn of the media age. More

Printable Version of 2011-12 Fac/Staff Directory

An updated version of the Fac/Staff Directory in PDF format is now available on the Web. The most accurate version of this data can be found in the online SPU White Pages. Select the link for the directory. More

Spread the Word About the Christian College Fair

On Monday, October 17, 7-9 p.m., nearly 50 colleges from across the country will attend the National Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle at the Bear Creek School in Redmond. SPU will also be at the fair. This is a great opportunity for students and families to get information from Christian schools around the country. In addition, there will be workshops on how to pay for college, and how to navigate the college search. For more directions and more information, visit the website. More

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Carol Clement, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at 206-281-2533.

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

Alumnus Eugene Peterson on Campus

The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a 1954 alumnus of SPU and author of the 2002 award-winning best-seller The Message, returns to campus. On Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m., in Royal Brougham Pavilion, he will give a public lecture titled “St. Mark: The Basic Text for Christian Spirituality." He will talk about the importance of Scripture in spiritual formation.

Good Seats Still Available for Sacred Sounds

Don't miss out on SPU's 12th annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas, featuring SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir and Wind Symphony, along with the SPU Orchestra, Men's and Women's Choirs, and Chamber Singers, performing sacred and traditional Christmas music from around the world. Again we are offering two performances: Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in magnificent Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $17 and $20 and can be purchased online at or at the Benaroya Hall Box Office. 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

Latest on iTunes U: Biochemistry

Listen and watch as Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland begins his Autumn Quarter biochemistry class and walks students through topics such as the chemical properties of biological compounds, the metabolism, and the integration of the metabolism. More

Lunch Hour Circuit Training

Lunch hour circuit training began this week. Join us in the upper balcony gym from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. All fitness levels are welcome!

Free Yoga Sessions on Thursdays

Are you stressed, tired, or tense? Do you spend most of your day seated or in one position? Kathy Stetz, professor of nursing and registered Hatha yoga teacher, along with the Wellness Committee, invite you to weekly yoga sessions on Thursdays in the First Free Methodist Church gymnasium. Sessions are September 29–December 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (some date exceptions apply). All experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, towel, or mat. Give yourself five WebMD points each month you participate. Do a variety of other healthy activities and once you earn your 50 for the quarter, you get $50 in your 2012-13 flexible spending account.

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

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

New Retention Website

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

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 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

Monday, October 10, Volleyball vs British Columbia, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
Volleyball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Women's soccer vs Simon Fraser, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 15
Women's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Monet was adopted from the pound. She's half chihuahua and Boston terrier. She's 2 years old, and she loves to cuddle." Rich Kim, senior designer, University Communications. Select the link for a larger photo of Monet. 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 13. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 17.


Castelo, Wall's Article Published

An article titled "Scripture and the Church: A Precis for an Alternative Analogy" by Daniel Castelo, associate professor of theology, and Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, was recently published in the Journal of Theological Interpretation, 5.2 (2011): 197-210.

Overstreet at Laity Lodge; Film Book in Christianity Today's Top Five

University Communications specialist Jeffrey Overstreet attended the 2011 Laity Lodge Writer's Retreat, where he taught a fiction workshop for the second year in a row. He also gave a lecture about the importance of writing as a discipline of concentration and attention called “The Witness." Jeffrey's book Through a Screen Darkly, a memoir of “dangerous movie-going," was included in the September issue Christianity Today's “Top Five Books About TV and Movies." More

Edwards, Grauf-Grounds Present at National Conference

Marriage and family therapy professors Scott Edwards and Claudia Grauf-Grounds gave a presentation at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 23. Their presentation, "Sitting With ORCA: View From the Therapist's Chair," was the first seminar in a new conference track of “Innovative Ideas in Educations and Training." ORCA, a signature and distinctive of the marriage and family therapy program here at SPU, stands for openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability to social power. It is a relational and clinical stance the program values and attempts to embody in its training and relationships.

Lim's Article Published

An article titled “In Search of a Narrative: The (Post-)Exile for Asian American Biblical Interpretation and Theology" by Assistant Professor of Old Testament Bo Lim was published in the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies Journal, 3 (2011): 23-36.

Keuss Appointed to Editorial Board, Theology Projects

Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss gave presentations at two theological forums for the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention in San Diego, September 30 and October 1. The forums were titled “What does it mean to be a person?" and “What role does practical theology play in interpreting popular culture?" Jeff was also appointed to the editorial board for the “Rock and Theology" project with Liturgical Press, which will publish a series of texts on the interplay of music, musicianship, and theology. Finally, an article on Augustine's Confessions by Jeff was published as a source book for effective youth ministry in the September/October issue of Immerse Journal.

Karns Participates in Conference

In August, Professor of Marketing Gary Karns served as facilitator for 28 Brazilian entrepreneurs who attended the Global Leadership Development Conference in Seattle. The weeklong workshop included presentations from business leaders on a range of business topics and visits to several companies.

Vogt's Book Published

The McGraw-Hill Tradebook Division has published the sixth book in the past three years by Professor of Spanish Eric Vogt. His recent publication, Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Problem Solver Up Close, is his fifth book dealing with specific areas of difficulty for audiences with various levels of proficiency, as defined by The American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistyr
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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