Monday, April 23, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


John Perkins in Chapel. Campus Offices Closed

Dr. John Perkins returns to SPU and will speak in chapel on Tuesday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church. One of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, Perkins is an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher. He is co-founder of SPU's John Perkin's Center. Campus offices will be closed during chapel.

Special Forum: Life and Experiences of African-American Men

The Perkins Center is hosting a special forum tomorrow “Holla If You Hear Me," an introspective look into the life and experience of African-American males. The forum begins at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Everyone is encouraged to share in this American story of perseverance, faith, and courage. More

“To Choose the Books That Change Our Lives"

The Friends of the SPU Library invite you to a special event with Rev. Earl Palmer on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Palmer explores G.K. Chesterton's idea: “The best safeguard against bad literature is a full experience of good literature" in this special lecture. Palmer is the former senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church of Seattle and currently leads Earl Palmer Ministries, an organization that mentors young theologians through an internship program and regular theological dialogs via live podcasts. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. More

SBE Hosts Business Ethics and Leadership Educator Laura Nash

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) Center for Integrity in Business welcomes visiting scholar Laura Nash, Ph.D. Nash is an author, educator, and consultant in business ethics and leadership for the more than 25 years. There are two opportunities for faculty and staff and the public to hear Nash speak.

Wednesday, April 25, 6-7 p.m., OMH 109 – “Faith in the Marketplace" series with SBE graduate students.

Thursday, April 26, 7:30-9 a.m., Upper Gwinn Commons – Featured speaker at Kiros Seattle breakfast on “Legacy That Lasts: Creating Real Worth in a World of Never Enough."
For more information, visit the website. More

Pizza and Politics: Hot Button Election Issues for Christians

Do you find yourself feeling weary, overwhelmed, or ill-equipped when it comes to making an informed decision in this upcoming election season? Then join us for a panel discussion featuring special guest Dr. Shaun Casey and SPU political science professors Ruth Ediger and Caleb Henry on Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church, Fine Center. The panel will focus on relevant issues for the 2012 election including health care, national debt, economic growth, Middle East peace, and more. Free pizza is included.

Premera Representative on Campus April 25

From Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon: “The SPU Health and Wellness Benefits survey in March brought out a few areas that should be further addressed. It is very important to know what benefits you have, how to access them, and where to locate tools and resources that could point you in the right direction. This could mean a decrease in the amount of time you spend researching medical procedures, doctors, and locations, and it might even trickle down to the bottom line of how much you pay for particular procedures. Give yourself a leg up and take a little time to learn more about what you may already have (and didn't know you had)! Choose to attend a medical plan awareness seminar on Wednesday, April 25, 12-1 p.m., in the Library Seminar Room. A Premera representative will be on hand."

Thursday Food for Thought: Ben McFarland on "Chemists and Poets"

Benjamin McFarland, associate professor of biochemistry, will explore his article “Built With Words: What Chemists and Poets Have in Common" at this week's Thursday Food for Thought on April 26, at 12:30 p.m. in SPU's Library Reading Room. Ben's article was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of SPU's Response magazine. A question-and-answer time will follow. More

Free! Pick Up Your Blue Like Jazz Movie Poster

In 2006, Donald Miller — the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir Blue Like Jazz—spoke at SPU. Now, Blue Like Jazz is a movie directed by Steve Taylor (who is best-known for his career in Christian music). University Communications has a stack of big, beautiful Blue Like Jazz movie posters to give away to the first ten people who visit the newly remodeled University Communications office in Lower Weter. There are only ten posters, so come pay us a visit as soon as you can! (You can read about Miller's visit to campus in this Response magazine article from the archives.) More

SPU Theatre Presents “Rashomon"

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre Department presents “Rashomon" on April 26-28, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall. There will be a talk-back session following the performance on Friday, April 27, and an additional matinee on Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. When a samurai is murdered and his wife is assaulted by a bandit, a mystery begins to unfold. The bandit is captured and brought to trial, but his testimony is completely different from the samurai's wife's testimony. Then a psychic is brought in to allow the dead samurai to tell his story, which is also completely different. Finally, a woodcutter joined the trial and confessed that he saw the whole thing, but again his version is different from the other three. Which version contains the ultimate truth? “Rashomon" will explore the nature of human weakness, human virtue, and the nature of truth. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit SPU's McKinley Box Office. Free parking is available in Crawford, Ross, and Dravus parking lots. The theater is wheelchair accessible. More

Friday Morning Prayer and Communion

Doug Strong, dean of the School of Theology and professor of history of Christianity, will lead the congregation at this week's service on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 a.m. in Alexander Chapel.

President's Spring Forum May 1

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 1, at 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.

Encourage Your Pre-Health Students to Attend Recruiter's Fair

SPU's Pre-Health Club is sponsoring a graduate school recruiters' fair on Tuesday, May 1, 2:30-6:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Encourage your pre-health students to attend this event, where they can meet and network with recruiters from medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, veterinary, and other graduate schools. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to come to the fair to represent SPU. Background music and refreshments will be offered.

2012 Walls Lecture: The Salvation of a "Sinister Kid"

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2012 Walls Lecture featuring School of Theology Professor Rob Wall and the Reverend Anthony Robinson as a respondent on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, Fine Center. Wall is the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies. The lecture will focus on Romans 7:14-25. “This passage has long been a storm center of Protestant interpretation, especially as it relates to the gospel of justification by faith alone. Does this passage realistically describe the spiritual frustration of the believer who knows what God wants but is unable to obey God? Or does the argument of Romans require a different identity of the 'I' character of Chapter 7, more in line with Wesley's "scripture way of salvation?" This year's Walls Lecture responds to these questions in a way that seeks to encourage our life with God.

Autumn Quarter 2012 Registration

Registration for Autumn Quarter 2012 is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisors for advising. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 14. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 21. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at

SPU Faculty/Staff Account Reminder

All faculty and staff have an account administered by Student Financial Services (SFS), even if you are not a registered student. Notification is sent to your SPU email address when your online statement is available to be viewed. For more information, review the Faculty/Staff information on the SFS website or contact SFS at More

Open Enrollment Is Coming!

Faculty and staff will receive their Open Enrollment packet through campus mail by May 1. Open Enrollment runs May 1-20 this year with the Human Resources (HR) annual Benefits Fair on May 8, 10:30– 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Once again, your benefit selections will be made through an online system. Instructions will be available on the Human Resources website. Think you might need help completing online Open Enrollment? Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at to schedule an appointment for one-on-one enrollment help. Visit the HR website for more information. More

Open Enrollment Changes and Choosing Option 2

From Human Resources Associate Director Carrie McCrimmon: “Please attend one of these sessions to discover how your benefits have changed. Here's a preview: Expect a reduction in the maximum health care flexible spending account election amount, and a change to the vision benefit. In addition, have you wondered whether you are paying more under Option 1 rather than under Option 2? (Option 2 is a lower monthly premium plan only available to employees that cover themselves plus at least one family member. Though it provides the same coverage as Option 1, there are differences in what is paid after the service.) Have you been thinking about switching, but nervous about taking the plunge? Learn how to apply your family's medical history to your decision making. If you are interested, come prepared to share with Aon consultants the types of medical bills you had over this last year and what you may already be expecting in the future. Explanations of benefits (EOBs) may be helpful — contact me for instructions to access online. ‘Run the numbers' to see if Option 2 might be your better choice this year." Attend a seminar on Wednesday, May 2, 1-2 p.m. in Bertona 6, or Friday, May 4, 12-1 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room.

HR's Benefit Fair May 8

Please join us for Human Resources's (HR) annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 8, 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. Good luck! Reminder: Online Open Enrollment runs May 1-20. The fair is a great way to get ready.

New Online Library Room Reservation Form and Email

Need a library room for a small meeting or large department event? The Library now has an online reservation form. If you have a complicated reservation or are having difficulty with the form, email Please remember that the form is only checked Monday – Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. If the form requires you to log into SharePoint; use your SPU username without the The link to the online reservation form is More

Teams Are Forming for “Bike to Work" Month

The month of May is the annual Group Health Commute Challenge, sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. The challenge “inspires thousands of new commuters to start bike riding, and challenges experienced riders to commute more." To participate, you need to sign up, commute at least four days throughout the month, and track your trips online. Some of the SPU benefits include free access to Royal Brougham Pavilion during May, access to an ORCA card to complete your commute by using public transportation if needed, WebMD points, a guaranteed free ride home if you become sick, have an emergency, or unexpectedly need to work late at the request of your supervisor, and a free BBQ on Friday, May 18. If you are interested in biking to work in May, join an SPU team in your area. Teams need a minimum of four riders, and a maximum of 10. Team members can ride together or separately. Contact the team organizer for your area to get started and to learn more about forming a team. Northwest King/Snohomish counties (Tracy Norlen at, Northeast King County (Jobe Korb-Nice at, and South King County (Bryan Jones at To learn more about the Commute Challenge, visit the website. More

2012 Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please 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 4, 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

Pet Video of the Week

“My son, Will, made a sequel to his “Henri 1, the French existential cat" video titled 'Henri 2, Paw de Deux.' The sequel was posted April 6 and already has more than a million hits on YouTube, and Henry has more than 11,000 fans on Facebook. We're trying not to let it go to his head, but he is getting quite demanding of 'Party Mix' treats." Kathleen Braden, professor of geography. Select the link to watch the video. 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, April 26. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 30.


Davis Presents Paper

Reed Davis, chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography, presented his paper "Anarchy and Method: Classical Realism, the English School, and Darwinian Theories of International Relations" at the April 1-4 meeting of the International Studies Association in San Diego, California.

Sigars Ordination

Congratulations to Julie Kae Sigars, music adjunct faculty member, on her recent ordination. A worship and celebration of her ordination to the Ministry of Teaching Elder Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church was held Sunday, April 22, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Lee Presents Paper

Family and Consumer Sciences Associate Professor Jaeil Lee presented a paper as a speaker to the “Special Spring Conference" held at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, April 13-14. The conference was part of the 2012 semi-annual meeting of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles. The purpose of the conference was to invite distinguished scholars of Korean origin to acknowledge their contribution to the Korean and global clothing and textiles industries and educational society. The main theme of the conference was “Korea, the Global Fashion Hub," and Jaeil's paper was titled “Global Competitiveness in Clothing and Textiles Higher Education." She also provided mentoring to young Korean scholars of clothing and textiles at the conference.

Martin Is Conference Organist

SPU organ instructor Les Martin was the organist for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia-Diocese of Spokane joint clergy conference at Suncadia in Cle Elum, April 15-18.

Welcome, Kathi Synder

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Kathi Snyder, administrative assistant in Student Programs.


Wolfe's Op-ed in Wall Street Journal

An opinion piece by SPU Writer-in-Residence Gregory Wolfe about the life and work of artist Thomas Kinkade appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 19. Read the op-ed online. More

McFarland on KCPQ-TV

Local station KCPQ-TV (Q13Fox) interviewed Biochemistry Professor Ben McFarland about plastics and its effect on food. Watch the story online. More

Hunt in Seattle Times

Kristen Hunt, employer relations and technology manager in the Center for Career and Calling, was quoted in a Seattle Times story on April 16. The story dealt with job prospects for the Class of 2012. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Instructor of Mathematics (One-year)
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

Administrative Assistant (.8), Student Counseling Center
Admissions Counselor for International Students (.5), Undergraduate Admissions
Alumni and Parent Relations Coordinator, Alumni
Area Coordinator-Campus Houses and Apartments, Residence Life
Communications Specialist, University Communications
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Micro Systems Analyst—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Multi-Skilled Trades, Carpentry, Camp Casey Conference Center Registered Dietitian (.625)—Student Counseling Center

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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