Monday, February 13, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Black History Celebration Chapel: Offices Closed

The Black History Celebration Chapel is Tuesday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Rev. Robert Jeffrey Sr., pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, will speak on “The Cross of Discipleship" from Mark 8:22-10:52. As a part of the celebration of Black History Month, the service will feature special music by the SPU Gospel Choir and a presentation by members of the Black Student Union. All campus offices will be closed during the chapel so SPU community members may attend.

SAS Counselors Accepting Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services will take drop-in appointments for students during the week of registration in Demaray Hall. These brief appointments are for students with questions regarding Spring Quarter registration. Academic counselors cannot remove faculty advisor holds, so students must meet with their faculty advisor first. Drop-In appointments will be available during the following hours: Tuesday, February 14, 10:30 a.m.-4.p.m.; Wednesday, February 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, February 16, 10 a.m-4 p.m.; Friday, February 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Evangelicals and the Challenge of Secular Knowledge"

Karl Giberson, co-author of the Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, will give a lecture on Tuesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. His lecture is titled “Evangelicals and the Challenge of Secular Knowledge." Giberson is an internationally known science-and-religion scholar, speaker, and writer. He has written nine books and more than 200 articles, reviews, and essays on science and religion. His books include Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion; Saving Darwin, a Washington Post “Best Book of 2008;" and The Language of Science & Faith (with Francis Collins). This event is sponsored by the SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday Food for Thought: David Leong

David Leong, assistant professor of missiology, reads from his forthcoming book Street Signs at the next Thursday Food for Thought on February 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. He will discuss the local neighborhood context of the Rainier Valley that is shaping his ongoing research on missional engagement in the city. Bring a brown-bag lunch if you'd like. More

Connect With SPU on Facebook

SPU's official Facebook page ( contains news, information about events, and posts on topics related to faith and culture. The Alumni Facebook page ( is the place to connect with friends, find an event, photos, and tag friends in the “blast from the past" images. Visit the Facebook pages to learn more.

Donate to “Be a Match" Registry

Leukemia kills more children in the United States than any other disease, which is why SPU students are taking action to help find patients of leukemia and other bone and blood disorders the match they need. Students are hosting “Give a Spit About Cancer" campaign on Wednesday, February 22, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. in the SUB. Volunteers will swab the inside of your cheek for a salvia sample. After three to four weeks, all donors will be tested and automatically added anonymously to the Be The Match Registry®. A simple swab is all it takes to register as a bone marrow donor and possibly save the life of a bone or blood cancer patient. Learn more at the website. More

Faculty Concert Feb. 15

SPU music faculty will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in the E.E. Bach Theater inside SPU's McKinley Hall. Music faculty Julian Catford and Robert Swan will perform, with guest performances by Miriam Shames and Marjorie Talvi. The concert will feature piano, guitar, cello, and violin. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

“Homelessness: A Crisis of Affordable Housings"

An educational forum on “Homelessness: A Crisis of Affordable Housings" will be held Thursday, February 16, 1-2 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The forum is part of the activities surrounding the visit of Tent City 3. More

SPU Scholar Award Competition

On Friday, February 17, the Undergraduate Admissions (UGA) office will welcome 50 outstanding applicants to campus to compete for SPU Scholar Awards (full-tuition scholarship). These students will participate in a number of interviews and discussions, while also experiencing campus life through tours, class visits, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. UGA will also host a second competition with 50 additional students on Monday, February 27. Please warmly welcome these students and their families to SPU. If faculty would like to participate in the competition by interviewing candidates, contact Visit and Events Coordinator Carly Hanson at

Art Center Gallery Exhibit Ends February 17

SPU's Art Center Gallery currently features an “otherworldly" installation of 3-D images and time-based media by adjunct art faculty member Kayo Nakamura. The exhibit runs until February 17. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. More

Friday Night Prayer

Friday night prayer is an opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the community to gather and intercede for SPU. We meet every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. in “The Room" at First Free Methodist Church.

Retirement Readiness Seminar for Those 45 and Older

The Office of Human Resources invites faculty and staff to the second annual Retirement Readiness Seminar on Tuesday, February 28, 6-8 p.m. in the Queen Anne Room in Upper Gwinn Commons This evening is filled with information and resources to help plan now for the retirement you want later. Spouses are welcome, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to HR's Pension and Data Specialist Jackie Belz at, and indicate if your spouse will be joining you. The seminar will review Medicare, retirement income and expenses, investing through Retirement, Social Security, Emeriti Health Solutions program, long-term care, and life insurance.

Walking/Activity Challenge: SPU Globe Trekkers on the Way!

From Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon: “We're aiming for a March 5 start date for this year's ‘SPU Globe Trekkers.' Mark your calendars and lace up those athletic shoes. Last year, 167 faculty and staff signed up. As a group, we walked, ran, biked, pumped iron, did aerobics, and participated in yoga or martial arts for 19,751 miles during an eight-week period. We didn't quite make it around the world – but we were super close. I know we can absolutely hit the mark this year. This eight-week walking and activity challenge helps you track and report your steps/miles walked, along with other physical activity. It's then combined with other SPU Globe Trekkers. Totals move us farther around the world and reveal interesting facts about a new location in the world. Could you use a little support? Have you thought about creating your own team? Teams can compete with one another – you just need a team name. Challenge each other for bragging rights or come up with your own prize(s). We need everyone – and that means you! The more people participating, the further we travel. All faculty and staff at all fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Pedometers are coming! Keep watching the Fac/Staff Bulletin for more information!"

Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

When was the last time you completed a beneficiary form? A beneficiary form tells SPU (and the life insurance company) who should receive funds from your life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance should you pass away. Your primary beneficiaries receive the funds first, but if one or more of them pass away before you do, then your contingent beneficiaries would receive the benefits. If you cannot remember the last time you updated this information, select the link at the end of this announcement. Complete the form and bring it in to Human Resources. Please do not put this information in campus mail! If you have question, contact Human Resources Associate Director Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or More

Latest from Campus Dining

“In the SUB, come try the Medley ‘Salad of the Week'– the Chipotle inspired ‘Baja Bowl.'"

Could You Use $50

Earn 50 points between 1/1/12–3/31/12 by logging into your WebMD Personal Health Manager and earning rewards. Go to the Human Resources website and select “Wellness Program Through WebMD." Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Rewards page to learn what you can do to earn points on the website. Additionally, you may certify that you have completed a myriad of other activities that carry various point values. Also, visit “Other Ways to Earn Rewards." This list is not exhaustive – feel free to create your own activities and determine appropriate points values using this list as a guide. If you earn 50 points, you will receive $50 in a health care flexible spending account to be used 2012-13. You must earn the full 50 points to receive any funds in your account. Start earning now for your health! More

Summary Annual Report for Health Plan

SPU is required to file certain information about the university's health and welfare plan on an annual basis with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This provides your annual notification of SPU's filing. To view the Summary Annual Report, visit this link. 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.

Latest on iTunes U: Luke Reinsma

Luke Reinsma, professor of English and director of University Scholars, presents “Working with Students to Write Effective Scholarship" in a recent workshop hosted by the School of Theology and Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. More

Upcoming Falcon Games

Friday, February 17
Gymnastics: Seattle Pacific at University of Washington, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Men's basketball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Koji, (8 weeks old in the picture, now 6 months), belongs to Dave (CIS) and Laurel (Athletics) Tindall. He is still a teenager and therefore a little too energetic, but he also knows how to mellow out." Dave Tindall, assistant vice president for technology services. Select the link for more photos of Koji. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at The next deadline is Thursday, February 16. Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, February 21.


Thoburn Named "Family Psychologist of the Year"

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn has been named the “Family Psychologist of the Year" for 2012 by the Society for Family Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 43). This is in recognition “of [his] outstanding sustained contributions to the field of family psychology, especially through [his] humanitarian work." He will be presented with the award at the presidential reception of the society at the APA Convention in Orlando this August. Congratulations, Professor Thoburn!

Brown Receives Grant

Associate Professor of Music Carlene Brown received a $10,000 grant from the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, administered by the American Music Therapy Association. The funds will support SPU's music therapy program. Brown is also the director of the music therapy program. Congratulations, Professor Brown!

Van Duzer Keynote Speaker

Jeff Van Duzer, dean of the School of Business and Economics, was a keynote speaker on February 4 at the “Believers in Business" conference in New York City. The conference was sponsored by the Yale School of Management Christian Fellowship and Intervarsity in partnership with The Kings College (NYC) Rivendell Institute, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New Canaan Society, CMF Partners, and Regent College. Visit the website and learn more about the lecture series. More


Davis on KING-5

On February 8, Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was interviewed by KING-TV about the upcoming Washington state governor's race. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Nursing: Adult Medical Surgical
Assistant Professor of Physics/Science Education

For 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

Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Housekeeper/Customer Service Specialist, Camp Casey Conference Center
Security Officer I, Office of Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst/Administrator-Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
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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