Monday, May 7, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: 1 Corinthians 7:1-40: “Called to Bloom Where We Are Planted"

During this week's chapel, we continue our exploration of 1 Corinthians on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The speaker is Professor of Christian Ministries and Education and Lectio guide Bob Drovdahl.

Farewell Reception 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. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Come share memories and to 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. More

Annual Benefits Fair: Tuesday, May 8

It's that time again! Drop by the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome to attend. Along with information and giveaways, you will have direct access to representatives of companies who provide your benefits. Come and get your questions answered. Providers of product and service discounts will also have representatives available. Enjoy snacks, visit with co-workers, and enter to win one of the $200 cash door prizes, plus many other great company-provided prizes. Don't miss it! Reminder: Online Open Enrollment runs May 1–20. Log in, make your changes, and/or enroll for flexible spending accounts, and check it off your May to-do list!

Blood Drive on Campus May 10-11

The Puget Sound Blood Center will be on campus for a blood drive Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (closed 2-3 p.m.). Look for the Bloodmobile at Tiffany Loop. For questions regarding medical eligibility, contact the Puget Sound Blood Center's scheduling specialists at or call 1-800-DONATE-1. Schedule an appointment time online. More

Thursday Food for Thought With Food!

At the next Thursday Food of Thought on May 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room, Sharleen Kato and Mia Hays from Family and Consumer Sciences will share from the commemorative SPU alumni cookbook, Head, Heart, and Soul: 70 Years of Building Healthy and Sustainable Families. They will talk about how trendy foods from years ago have reflected and shaped our attitudes and values. Food will be available for tasting. Sharleen is professor and director of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), and Mia Hays is the FCS administrative assistant and editor of the cookbook. The FCS cookbook will be available for sale at the reduced rate of $15 after the talk. More

Called and Gifted: Panel Discussion About Women in Ministry

The role of women in the church is the topic of a panel discussion on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109. The panelists include Rev. Gail Song Bantum from Quest Church, Scott Gronholz from Bethany Presbyterian Church, SPU theology professors Sara Koenig and Dave Nienhuis, and Caenisha Warren with SPU's Perkins Center. The event is co-sponsored by the School of Theology and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education.

Jazz Concert May 10

The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Camp Casey Fall Reservations

Fall reservation requests are now being taken for Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are September 24, 2012, through January 2, 2013. Reservation requests are due by June 1. The fall/winter requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Spring 2012 Census Information Available

The Spring census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. 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.

SPU Memorial Day Observance May 29

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, and features 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. Nic Madrazo ང, 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.

Friday Morning Prayer and Communion

Assistant Professor of Business Ethics Bruce Baker will lead the service at this week's communion at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 in Alexander Chapel.

Online Open Enrollment: This Is It!

Open Enrollment is the only time of year you can make changes to your benefits – with very few exceptions. You will have until May 20 to make these changes through the online system. If you need to consult with your spouse, consider completing the Online Open Enrollment together from your home computer. Please do not put this off until the last moment. If you would like help with the Online Open Enrollment system, contact Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or Reminder: The annual Human Resources Benefits Fair is Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn.

Lunch, Listen and Learn: American Heart Association on May 22

Have you been paying closer attention to your activity level? Are you wondering where to find resources to help give you the best chance at a longer life, prevent heart disease, and feel stronger and healthier now and well into the future? Bring your lunch to the next “Lunch, Listen, and Learn" session on Tuesday, May 22, at noon in the Library Seminar Room. Learn how the "Simple 7" can radically change your physical health. The session will be approximately one hour in length. RSVP's prior to the event are greatly appreciated (but not required). Feel free to invite your spouse to attend with you if they are able. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at or 206-281-2676. You can give yourself two WebMD points for attending the Lunch, Listen, and Learn session, and two points for packing your lunch. Learn more about the “Simple 7." More

No Pet Photos of the Week

We're still accepting pet photos of the week. Just send two photos 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 Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, May 10. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 14.


Alsbury Elected to Educational Organizations

Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury was selected to serve on the University Council of Educational Administration Education Law Center's national advisory board. He was also elected chair of the American Educational Research Association's “Research on the Superintendency" special interest group, and co-chair of the organizational theory special interest group.

Article by Stewart, Doctoral Student Published

An article by Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology David Stewart and clinical psychology doctoral candidate Jenell Effinger was recently published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. The title of the article is "Classification of co-occurring depression and substance abuse symptoms predicts suicide attempts in adolescents."

Lemcio's Book Published

A pedagogical aid by Emeritus Professor of New Testament Gene Lemcio titled Navigating Revelation: Charts for the Voyage was recently published by Wipf and Stock. Displays followed by leading questions and statements enable teachers and students to discover the means by which St. John adopted, adapted, and arranged his images. The focus is on showing how, rather than telling what. Gene has recently completed a companion volume, which a mid-summer projected date for publication. The volume is titled Travels With St. Mark: GPS for the Journey. A Pedagogical Aid.

Preciado Gives Presentation

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Jorge Preciado recently gave a presentation to classroom teachers and student teachers regarding evidence-based practices to improve literacy outcomes for at-risk and culturally diverse learners in K-6. He made the presentation at the Teaching Equity Conference 2012 held at Highline Community College. This education conference is for future teachers looking to increase their understanding of how to effectively work in today's diverse classrooms, as well as for people of color interested in finding out if careers in education are for them. Both groups participated in informative workshop sessions that highlighted major issues impacting today's schools. Workshops on cultural competence, state requirements, job placements, funding, and many more were available to conference participants.

Paulus Presents Paper

University Librarian Michael Paulus presented a paper “Special Collections and the Future of the Academic Library" at the Northwest Archivists (NWA) annual meeting and Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem, Oregon. With the conclusion of the meeting, Michael completed his term as president of NWA. Earlier this year, at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Michael represented NWA on a panel titled “E Pluribus Unum? SAA and the Regionals." Comments presented at that panel appear in an online supplement to SAA's journal, American Archivist.

Lee Elected to Professional Organization

Associate Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences Jaeil Lee was elected as vice president of education of the International Textile Apparel Association (ITAA), the foremost academic organization in clothing and textiles discipline. The position is a three-year term, January 2012–December 2015. Learn more about ITAA at their website. More

Krentz's Article Accepted

An article written by Assistant Professor of Psychology Ursula Krentz and alumna Rachel Kincade ‘11 (who was recently accepted in the school psychology doctoral program at the University of Washington), was recently accepted by the American Psychological Association's Journal of Psychology, Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. The article, “Baby as Beholder: Adults and Infants Share Preferences for Original Art," was based on the research project featured in Response magazine last winter. Ursula and Rachel plan to present their findings at the International Conference on Infant Studies in June.

VanZanten Gives Presentation

Professor of English Susan VanZanten recently attended (along with 2,000 other avid readers) the bi-annual Festival of Faith and Writing held at Calvin College. At the festival, she gave a presentation on "How to Read Poetry Devotionally," and conducted a public interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an award-winning Nigerian novelist and closing speaker for the festival. In a pre-festival academic conference sponsored by the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Susan delivered a paper called "Headstrong Historians: Adichie's New African Narrative."

Mason, Craft Present Paper

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, and Baine Craft, associate professor of psychology and biology, presented a paper at the ninth annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, held April 23-24 in Milwaukee. The paper is titled "Comparing Traditional and Blended Learning: Evidence From the Classroom."

Welcome, Jane Hur

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Jane Hur, a new web designer in University Communications.


Alsbury in Charlotte Observer

Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury was quoted in a news story in the Charlotte Observer on March 11. The story dealt with private investment in public education and giving donors a role in how schools are run. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

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

Admissions Counselor for International Students (.5), Undergraduate Admissions
Alumni and Parent Relations Coordinator, Alumni
Area Coordinator, Campus Houses and Apartments, Residence Life
Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, Chemistry
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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