Monday, July 9, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Thursday Food for Thought Survey

The library staff is considering ways of improving “Thursday Food for Thought," its SPU faculty and staff author readings. They would like to hear from you. If you haven't already taken it, please consider responding to this brief, five-question online survey before July 10. By taking the survey, you will be entered into a random drawing for one of five $5 Starbucks gift cards. More

University Communications Closed July 9-11

The Office of University Communications will be closed for its annual in-house organization and planning time, July 9-12. Although the office is closed, the UC staff will be on site and available in emergencies. In the case of an emergency, call Office Manager Julia Weir at 206-281-2051, and she will connect you with the appropriate staff member. If you are currently working with UC on a project, your communications specialist will ensure that the closure does not cause any delays. Thank you for helping us prepare for a new academic year.

SFS Closed August 1

Student Financial Services will be closed on Wednesday, August 1, for their annual summer office retreat. The office will re-open on Thursday, August 2. If you have any questions, call 206-281-2061.

Lynnwood Vanpool Looking for Riders

Would you like to commute to SPU for FREE and save money plus lower your stress financially, physically, and emotionally? Do you live in north Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, or Everett? If so, please join us for a test ride. Contact Robin Maass in the Library at or 206-281-2413 for details.

Latest on iTunes U. Top Five Issues in District Governance Influencing Sustainable Success

Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury moderates a discussion on “Effective School Districts and Systems" as part of the School of Education's “Looking Beyond No Child Left Behind: A Public Series Pursuing Solutions for Education" series. More

Looking for a Retreat Location for Your Church or Nonprofit Organization?

Plan your next nonprofit or staff retreat at Camp Casey. If you are a part of a church or community organization rates are as low as $19 per person, per night during the winter. Rates for your department retreat are $15 per person, per night. If you are on Whidbey and would like a tour for your event, just contact the Camp Casey office at or 866-661-6604. More

Follow the Summer SPRINT Teams

This summer, more than 40 SPU students will learn and serve in communities around the globe as they participate in a SPRINT trip. Students will be in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Russia, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam. SPRINT participants will step out of their comfort zones, experience and encounter God, learn from the faith and example of others, and engage in models of reconciliation and community development that demonstrate the wholeness of the Gospel. Each team has a blog page where they will update family and friends. Visit the SPRINT website for pictures and stories from each team. More

Summer Cleaning in Your Office? Don't Forget the SPU Archives.

Doing some summer cleaning in your office? The SPU Archives wants your materials! If you have any items that show the history of the university or your department's part in it, please consider sending those items to the archives. Examples of archival materials include (but aren't limited to): department meeting minutes and agendas; department publications; photographs and memorabilia. If you have something to donate, or have any questions, contact University Archivist Adrienne Meier at or 206-281-2422.

Mailing Services on Summer Schedule

Mailing and Copying Services is now on its summer hours schedule. There will be one mail delivery and pickup time in the afternoon. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you will be out of the office for an extended period of time, let Mailing Services know so that they can hold your mail for you until your return. If you have any questions or concerns, call 206-281-2077.

Important Information About Flex Spending Benefits Cards

Our flexible spending administrator, BAC, provided new information for those who currently hold Benefits cards. If you have a Benefits card for health care flexible spending accounts related to the year 2011-12, and if you did not elect new funds for the 2012-13 planning year, your Benefits card will remain active until the end of the grace period (8/31/2012). If, however, you did elect new funds, your reimbursable purchases made on the card between 7/1/12 and 8/31/2012 will be deducted first from any balance you might have remaining from your 2011-12 planning year, and then from your 2012-13 new election. Questions may be directed to Human Resources Associate Director Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

SPU's Online Classifieds

Don't forget SPU's free, online classified ads. You'll find ads for apartments, houses, and rooms; ridesharing; general items for sale; vehicles; lost and found; housing or roommates wanted; volunteer opportunities; and free items. More

Pet Photos on Summer Hiatus

“Thanks to everyone who submitted pet photos this year. I'm pretty sure it's the most popular feature in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. We'll start again in October. Have a great summer with your favorite animals!" Tracy Norlen, Fac/Staff Bulletin editor.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Now on Summer Schedule

During the summer, the Fac/Staff Bulletin will be published every other week. 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, July 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, July 23.


Copeland Presents Session, Honored by Alma Mater

Raedene Copeland, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, presented a session titled “Transforming Students Into Corporate Leaders Through Tri-Dimensional Learning Strategies" at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also, Raedene was recently awarded the prestigious honor of being selected one of “Inaugural 40 under 40" by her alma mater, North Carolina Central University. Congratulations, Raedene!

Kato Gives Presentation

Sharleen Kato, professor of family and consumer sciences, gave a presentation on “Living Our Mission" at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also served as a Washington state senator for the conference, Washington Association of Family and Consumer Sciences president, and national membership committee member.

Hanson Conducts Mahler Festival

Professor of Music Eric Hanson recently conducted a special reading of Mahler's “Fifth Symphony" for the Northwest Mahler Festival at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.

Overstreet Re-Launches Blog, Review Published

After almost a decade of self-publishing Looking Closer — a blog about arts and faith — University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet re-launched his blog on July 1 at, after their invitation to become one of their featured bloggers. Also, Jeffrey's review of the book Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation appears in the latest issue of Books and Culture. Later this week, Jeffrey will teach a fiction workshop at the Gove Hill Writer's Retreat in Vermont, and in September he'll lead a Laity Lodge seminar on storytelling alongside author Lauren Winner, Books and Culture editor John Wilson, and SPU's own John Medina. Select the link to visit his blog. More

Kelly Provides Tips for Reading to Kids

University Communications Specialist Clint Kelly's article "Dad's Golden Story Hour" appeared in the June issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. The article urges fathers to read with their kids and offers unique ideas for how to "spice up" these precious and all-too-fleeting minutes together. Read the article online. More

Pope-Levison Updates

Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theology and assistant director of women's studies, preached the opening sermon for the Northeastern Jurisdicton Gathering of 800 United Methodist women in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Also, her article titled “Emma Ray in Black and White: The Intersection of Race, Region, and Religion" was published in the latest issue of Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Ray, an African American Free Methodist Conference evangelist, had ties to Seattle Pacific, and her funeral was held in First Free Methodist Church. Finally, Priscilla's blog post about the legacy of Pentecostal evangelist Florence Crawford was published at Read it online. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members. Contact information can be found in the SPU White Pages.

Alysha Curry, administrative assistant, Finance
Lorie Wild, dean, School of Health Sciences


Brennand Featured in Seattle Times

Meg Brennand, adjunct professor of cello and cellist with the Onyx Chamber Players, was featured in a Seattle Times article on June 22. More

Rendleman's Book Featured in Seattle Times

Associate Professor of Communications Todd Rendleman's new book, Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies, was featured in the weekly “Local Books" column in the Seattle Times on June 22. More

Eaton Profiled in Queen Anne News

The Queen Anne News profiled President Emeritus Philip Eaton on June 20. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical 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 (.5), Health & Human Performance
Administrative Assistant (temporary), Office of Residence Life
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life, Office of Student Life
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions-Marketing, The Graduate Center
Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, Chemistry
Employer Relations Manager, Center for Career and Calling
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Skills Lab Coordinator (.5, 9 months), School of Health Sciences
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Visit and Events Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions More

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