Monday, February 27, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Community Chapel with Rev. Bernice King

In honor of Black History Month, come join The Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on Tuesday, February 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the First Free Methodist Church. Musical excerpts from "Montage for Martin," composed by Associate Professor of Music Stephen Michael Newby and Ja Jahannes, will be performed by the Gospel Choir and SPU Wind Symphony. All campus offices will be closed during the chapel so SPU community members may attend.

SBE Dean's Speaker Series

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are welcome to attend the next School of Business and Economics Dean's Speaker event on Tuesday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The guest will be Atul Tandon, founder and CEO of The Tandon Institute. Tandon, whose diverse work experience includes investment banking and nonprofits, will speak on the subject of “What God Has in Store for You." For more information or to RSVP, contact the Center for Applied Learning at or 206-281-2942.

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.

Dinner Reception for Recently Admitted Students

Recently admitted students who are from diverse backgrounds, first-generation students, and/or are students of color will join us on Sunday, March 4, 3-6:30 p.m. to celebrate their accomplishments and learn about SPU's vision for ethnic diversity. Contact DeHeavalyn Pullium, visit and events coordinator, at for more information or visit the website. More

“The Urban Plunge Experience"

An educational forum on “The Urban Plunge Experience" will be held Thursday, March 1, 1–2 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. “Urban Plunge" is a five-day immersion experience designed to give participants a taste of what it is like to be homeless and what resources are available to Seattle's homeless population. The forum is part of the activities surrounding the visit of Tent City 3. More

Orchestra Concert March 1

SPU's Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the First Free Methodist Church. The orchestra is directed by Professor of Music Eric Hanson. The repertoire includes Beethoven's Triple Concerto (featuring the Spezzatura Trio, a professional piano trio comprised of SPU alumni), Wagner's "Forest Murmurs" from the opera Siegfried, and Prelude and Allegro by Professor Hanson. Admission is free, and the church is wheelchair accessible.

Theatre Department Presents “The Good Doctor"

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre department presents Neil Simon's “The Good Doctor," a student directed one-act play, February 28-March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre inside McKinley Hall. “It is not a play at all. There are sketches, vaudeville scenes if you will, written with my non-consenting collaborator, Anton Chekhov," said Simon in an interview in 1977. “Not the Anton Chekhov of The Seagull and The Three Sisters, but the young man who wrote humorous articles for the newspapers to pay his way through medical school." Tickets are $6. The theater is wheelchair accessible. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit the website. More

Walking Challenge: Only One Week to Go Until You Become an SPU Globe Trekker

From Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon: “You signed up, right? March 5 - It's only a week away. Do you have your athletic shoes and any gear you need for your activity over the next eight weeks? What about a rain coat if you're walking outside? Have you rustled up a crew of hearty souls who will walk or participate in other physical activity with you? Named your team? What are you competing for? Let me know – it's fun to hear and I'll share the unique ideas with others on the Globe Trekker team. We have resources for you and a fun Sharepoint site to try out this year. We can't get around the globe without you! Contact me at or 206-281-2676 for more information." Select the link to visit the Sharepoint site. More

From the Archives

From University Archivist Adrienne Meier: “The SPC Band performs at a Falcon basketball game in this photo from the 1956 Tawahsi yearbook. Dr. Larry Metcalf was the band leader, and can be seen in the front with his back to the camera. Notice the band members' wonderful sweaters with their musical note insignia!" Select the link to see the photo. More

Pet Photos Needed

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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, March 1. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 5.


Farewell Party for Alumni Office's Laila Sharpe

Please join University Advancement on Tuesday, February 28, at 3 p.m. in the second-floor foyer of Demaray Hall (just outside the Executive Offices) as we honor Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Laila Sharpe for her 16 years of service to SPU. One of SPU's chief goodwill ambassadors, Laila has made a huge impact on Seattle Pacific. Personally, she is an alumna of '73, married alumnus Jonathan Sharpe '72, and raised three children, all alumni. Professionally, her relational skills and commitment to serving constituents are second to none. Who hasn't experienced Laila's sunny laugh, her sparkling enthusiasm, or seen her tear up when speaking with compassion of an alum's or a parent's difficult challenge? Please come and enjoy refreshments as we recognize Laila for being a model of service and devotion, and a woman of vision for engaging alumni and parents in fresh and innovative ways.

Robertson Presents Paper

Amy Robertson, visiting assistant professor of physics, presented a paper "Assessing a Wide Range of Instructional Goals for K-12 Teacher Professional Development" at the Winter 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Ontario, California, on February 7.

Mason Presents Paper

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper “The Budget Puzzle: Engaging Students in Macroeconomics" at the 23rd annual Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom Based Research conference. The conference was February 17 at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

Lustyk, Colleagues Contribute Chapter

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk recently contributed the chapter “Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention" to the book Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. The book is edited by Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., and Ronald D. Siegel, Ph.D., with forward written by the Dalai Lama. Kathy would like to acknowledge her co-authors: the late G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., and Sarah Bowen, the current acting assistant professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Department of Counselor Education Advocates in Olympia

School counseling faculty members Richard Cleveland and Cher Edwards and doctoral student Lauren Moore joined the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA) members in Olympia on February 15 to advocate for the school counseling profession. They met with 26 representatives, eight senators, and three legislative assistants to talk about the important role of school counselors in the academic and personal success of our students. This effort was part of WSCA's "Day on the Hill" – an annual event where members meet with state legislators to discuss specific bills that will impact the school counseling profession and issues related to education. Select the link to see the SPU delegation in Olympia. More


Parrotts Interviewed by Modesto Bee

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott, and his wife and co-director of SPU's Center for Relationship Development Leslie Parrott, were interviewed by the Modesto Bee about their “Becoming Soul Mates" seminar. More

Students, Tent City 3 Residents Interviewed on KIRO-FM

KIRO-FM reporter Rachel Belle interviewed SPU students and residents of Tent City 3, a self-managed community of homeless people currently living on campus. The interview aired on February 23 on "The Ron and Don Show." More


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
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
Undergraduate Academic Services Counselor (.5 FTE), Student Academic Services
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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