Monday, April 30, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


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 the 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.

Brass Ensemble Concert

The Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

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.

Thursday Food for Thought: Robert Drovdahl on 1 Corinthians

At the next Thursday Food of Thought on May 3, Professor of Christian Ministries and Education Robert Drovdahl will talk about his Lectio guided Bible reading on 1 Corinthians, chapter 11. The reading starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. What do short hair, head coverings, and potlucks have to do with proper worship in the church at Corinth? Come hear the answers. A question-and-answer time will follow. More

“Last Lecture" With Suzanne Wolfe

Seattle Pacific University's Ivy Honorary presents “The Last Lecture of Suzanne Wolfe" on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room (second floor of the Library). Suzanne is an instructor in the English Department. A light dessert will be provided. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend. The concept of a “Last Lecture" is based on a 2007 lecture and 2008 book by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who died from pancreatic cancer. In subsequent Last Lectures, professors reflect on what matters most and what wisdom they would hope to share with others. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

Farewell Event for the Eatons

Faculty, staff, and their spouses and guests are invited to a special farewell event for President Philip Eaton and Sharon Eaton on Wednesday, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Come share memories and say thank you to the Eatons for their 17 years of inspired leadership and service. Enjoy delicious appetizers and desserts along with music and tributes.

Music Therapy Symposium This Week

The Music Department and the Music Therapy Association of Washington are sponsoring a music therapy symposium titled “Emerging Trends in Research and Clinical Applications," May 4-5 on campus. The keynote guest presenter is Dr. James Gardiner, a neuropsychologist in Rapid City, South Dakota, who practices psychotherapy, teaches wellness classes on improving mental skills, plays piano professionally, and leads community drumming circles. His research is on how music affects brain functioning and the development of musical treatments for neurological injuries. The SPU community is invited to attend. Find out more at the event website. More

SPU Memorial Day Observance

There will be a flag retirement and remembrance ceremony at the flag pole in Tiffany Loop on Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. to honor Memorial Day. This event is sponsored by the Veteran and Military Support Cadre. Faculty, staff, and student veterans will retire SPU's current U.S. flag and raise a new one. SPU students and alumni killed in the line of duty since World War II will be remembered. Alumnus Nic Madrazo'08, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, will also be honored. All are welcome to attend. Contact Psychology Professor Margaret Brown at if you have questions.

Congratulations to SPU's 2011-12 Student Employees of the Year

The 2011-12 Student Employees of the Year are Grace Vander Ark (on-campus recipient), and Lauren Rogers (off-campus recipient). Grace worked in Undergraduate Admissions, 2008-11. She finished her studies in March with a degree in psychology. In accepting her award, Grace said, "Working for a professional Christian organization such as SPU Admissions for the past four years has been a true blessing. I have built meaningful relationships, learned professionalism and how to live out the love of Christ to others in the workplace. I thank God for my experience and the people."

Lauren, a senior studying interior design, has been an intern with Treehouse since 2008. Treehouse is a nonprofit organization supporting foster children. In accepting her award, Lauren said, “For the past four years I have had the privilege of being a student employee at Treehouse. This opportunity has taught me innumerable lessons about entering the business world. My experience at Treehouse has been fundamental in supplementing my college education by providing practical, real-life experience, which has taught me lifelong lessons. As the administrative aide, I work alongside Treehouse's administration as well as other departments in the organization, helping out with fundraisers and even back-to-school shopping! I have been blessed with the opportunity to build many amicable relationships with all kinds of people while working behind the scenes of a nonprofit organization. Thank you Treehouse and SPU!"

Congratulations to Grace and Lauren!

Student Representatives Wanted for SPU

Do you know students who maintain a strong ability to interact professionally with others and possess a deeply rooted love for Seattle Pacific? The Office of University Advancement would love to talk to talk to them and present them with the opportunity to serve as the face of SPU in interactions with alumni and friends. Please recommend a student you know today by contacting University Fund Assistant Justin Miedema at 206-281-2631 or

The Latest From iTunes U: Center for Career and Calling

The Center for Career and Calling has created a series of lectures touching on topics such as graduate school or working at a nonprofit company to help students navigate the difficult decisions after college. Watch and listen to these lectures on SPU iTunes U. More

Friday Morning Prayer and Communion

First Free Methodist Church Executive Assistant Pastor Bonnie Brann will lead the service at this week's communion at 7:30 a.m. on May 4 in Alexander Chapel.

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 Seminars This Week

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 who 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.

Food, Fun, and Benefits Q&A at the Benefit Fair May 8

Please join us for Human Resources' (HR) annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome. The HR staff will be there to greet you (Rice Krispie treat and fruit in hand!). We'll answer your questions, or direct you to a representative. It's a great opportunity to get your questions answered. 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! Remember, online open enrollment is 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 checked only 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

No Pet Photos (or Videos) of the Week

We're still accepting pet photos or videos. Just send two photos or the video link and a description to

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, May 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 7.


Maier Wins Poetry Award

Professor of English Jennifer Maier is the winner of the 2012 Poetry Society of America's (PSA) Emily Dickinson Award. The society gives this award to honor the memory and poetry of Emily Dickinson and “for a poem inspired by Dickinson though not necessarily in her style." The PSA's annual awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets. They are given to poets at all stages of their careers, and recognize everything from a single poem to the society's highest honor, the Frost Medal, which celebrates lifetime achievement in poetry. Jennifer will receive the award on May 8 at the 102nd PSA annual awards ceremony at the National Arts Club in New York City. The PSA posted one of Jennifer's poems online. More

Article by Diddams, Doctoral Student Published

Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Margaret Diddams and industrial/organizational doctoral graduate Glenna Chang's article titled "Only Human: Exploring the Nature of Weakness in Authentic Leadership" was recently published in Leadership Quarterly.

Paulus Chapter Published

University Librarian Michael Paulus contributed a chapter in the new book Past or Portal?: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning Through Special Collections and Archives, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Michael's chapter, “What Is Primary: Teaching Archival Epistemology and the Sources Continuum," introduces a model that helps students conceptualize and analyze sources of knowledge.

Ferreiro Invited Speaker

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was an invited speaker at a symposium in Lisbon, Portugal, sponsored by the Center of Classical Studies, University of Lisbon, April 12-13. The symposium on Galicia and Portugal was titled “Culture and Culture Before D. Afonso Henriques." His paper was titled "The See of Dumium/Braga Before and Under Visigothic Rule." Since pre-Roman times, Galicia (northwestern Spain) and Portugal have had a close relationship bound by identity, culture, language, and the Christian faith up to our time. The paper explores, drawing from Iberian conciliar sources from the fourth to seventh centuries, how the church survived several political and religious upheavals by focusing on the Episcopal See of Dumium/Braga, who held the primacy for several centuries in that region. The papers of the symposium will be published in a special volume.

Overstreet Speaks About Movies on Moody Radio, Elsewhere

On Wednesday, April 25, Moody Radio's “Midday Connection" program featured an hour-long interview with University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet about movies, faith, discernment, and his book Through a Screen Darkly. The program was suggested by a student at Biola University, where the book is used as a text in film classes. Jeff continues to speak on the subject of film and faith, recently giving presentations at The Lantern Community Church in Calgary, Alberta, and at Dick Stub's Kindlings WinterFest on Orcas Island. He will teach fiction workshops at Gove Hill in Vermont in July, and speak about storytelling at Laity Lodge in September. Listen to the Moody Radio interview online. More

Castelo Lectures in Scotland

Associate Professor of Theology Daniel Castelo lectured at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland on April 23. He was hosted by Professor John Webster. The title of his lecture was "Canon and Creed as Creaturely and Pneumatological Prompts of the Christian Imagination."

Karns Presents Paper

Gary Karns, professor of marketing, presented a paper "A Problem-based Approach to the Marketing Management Course" at the proceedings of the Marketing Educators' Association, April 19-21 in Long Beach, California. Gary also led a faculty development workshop titled “Becoming a More Effective Marketing Educator."


Baker's Op-ed in Seattle Times

An opinion piece by Assistant Professor of Business Ethics Bruce Baker appeared in The Seattle Times on April 26. The piece, titled “A Moral Realism Grounded in Faith," deals with recent comments from SPU's Downtown Business Breakfast speaker and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Read the article online. More

Rendleman's New Book Featured in The News Gazette

A new book by Associate Professor of Communications Todd Rendleman was featured in The News Gazette on April 29. His new book, Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies, analyzes the style and influence of movie critic Roger Ebert. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
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
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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