Monday, September 17, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Early-Bird Tickets for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Begin the Christmas season at The Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on Sunday, November 25, at 4 p.m. in McCaw Hall. Sacred Sounds features SPU's nationally recognized Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra, along with many other outstanding SPU musicians. You'll hear the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, including traditional Advent and Christmas carols. Early-bird discounted tickets are available until September 30 and are priced at $15 per ticket; groups of 8 or more are $12 per ticket. To purchase fewer than 8 tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit (A per-ticket fee applies for purchases of fewer than 8 tickets.) For 8 tickets or more, call 206-428-6304 or email (A per-transaction fee of $5 applies for purchases of 8 or more tickets.) You can purchase tickets in person at the McCaw Box Office with no fees for individual tickets and a per-transaction (not per-ticket) fee of $5 for groups. Buy your tickets early! This event sells out quickly. More

Welcome Week 2012

Welcome Week is Thursday, September 20, through Sunday, September 23. Before you know it, the campus will be alive with new students and their parents. For more information contact Campus Program Coordinator Whitney Broetje at A full Welcome Week schedule can be found online. More

What's the Difference Between OSE and CCC?

The Office of Student Employment (OSE) assists students with on-campus, work-study, non-work study, and non-professional positions. The Center for Career and Calling (CCC) assists students with choosing a major, writing resumes, practicing interviewing, searching for jobs, and locating internships and professional positions related to their degree.

Annual Student Employee Supervisor Training September 20

The annual supervisor training is Thursday, September 20, for those who supervise student employees on campus. Come and learn (or refresh your memory) about the hiring process, posting a position, required forms, timesheets, and payroll. We will hold three sessions on September 20: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. in Eaton Hall (formerly known as the Science Building) 112.

Electronic Hiring for Student Employees

Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) for student employees are now online. Supervisors will no longer fill out paper work referral forms, and will now hire students through the Banner Information System. There will be training sessions on the following dates and times. Contact Katie Washington, student employment coordinator, at if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 18: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Demaray Hall 150
Thursday, September 20: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m., Eaton Hall 112

New Online Library Room Reservation System

The library now has a new online room reservation system that will allow you to self-reserve rooms. To reserve a room, visit If you have questions about the new system, contact

Home Athletic Events This Week

Wednesday, September 19
Women's soccer versus Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 22
Cross country at Saint Martin's Invitational, Lacey, Washington, 10:30 a.m.
Women's soccer versus Central Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7:30 p.m. More

Yoga Returns. $50 for Autumn Quarter

Kathy Stetz, professor of nursing and registered Hatha yoga teacher, will again lead a weekly yoga session on Tuesdays in the First Free Methodist Church gym, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sessions run September 18-November 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. All experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, towel, or mat. SPU is contributing at least half the instruction cost for these "Activity for Life" classes. Employees will provide the second half of the instruction cost. Starting September 25, yoga will be available for $6 per session or $50 for 10 sessions (a savings of $10). Pay for your sessions now or as you go. Don't forget to get your $50 in flexible spending dollars by participating in the WebMD Wellness Program. Go the Human Resources website at and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find the ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for the yoga classes. More

Zumba Is Coming! Only $50 for Autumn Quarter

Join instructor Alicia Likkel on Thursdays for Zumba beginning September 27, 12-1 p.m. in the main gym in Brougham Pavilion. All experience levels are welcome. Zumba combines dance and aerobic elements like hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to dance your way to wellness. This is one of several different activities throughout the year offered by the Wellness Committee for a minimal cost. SPU is contributing at least half the instruction cost for these "Activity for Life" classes. Employees provide the second half of the instruction cost. Come to the FREE session on Thursday, September 27, to try Zumba. Beginning October 4, Zumba will be available at a cost of $6 per session, or $50 for 10 Autumn Quarter sessions (a savings of $10). Pay for your sessions now or as you go. Don't forget to get your $50 in flexible spending dollars by participating in the WebMD Wellness Program. Go the Human Resources website at and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find the ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for the Zumba classes. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions Fund Transfers

If you are regularly employed, over age 35, and have been working for SPU for at least a year, then you are receiving monthly contributions into an "Emeriti" account. In January 2012, these funds were transferred from Fidelity Freedom Funds to TIAA/CREF LifeCycle Funds. Your accounts were deposited into the TIAA/CREF LifeCycle fund that corresponded closely to a retirement age of 65. If you had previously changed your fund placements (back when they were in Fidelity), and you wish to maintain the same, you will need to contact TIAA/CREF. Otherwise, employer and employee voluntary contributions will continue to be directed to your default-age appropriate fund. You may also make fund transfers among investment options at any time in amounts of $1,000 or more or the full value of a mutual fund position (if less than $1,000). To do so, call the Emeriti Service Center at 1-866-EMERITI (1-866-363-7484) and select option #3, or log into the Emeriti Health Account at and click on "Manage My Portfolio."

Lynnwood Vanpool Looking for Riders

With gas prices rising, would you like to commute to SPU for FREE and lower your stress financially, physically, and emotionally? Do you live in North Edmonds, Lynnwood, Millcreek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, or Everett? If so, please join us for a test ride. We are now meeting at the Ash Way Park & Ride off of 164th. Contact Robin Maass in the Library at or 206-281-2413 for details.

Pet Photos Resume in October

The "Pet Photo of the Week" will resume October 1 in the Bulletin. Please send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin. (The dog to the right is Wimsey, owned by Web Editor Hope McPherson. Wimsey passed away last year, and was the first pet featured in the Bulletin.)

Fac/Staff Bulletin Resumes Normal Publication

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 20. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, September 24.


Eigenbrood's Article Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Dean and Professor of Education Rick Eigenbrood's article "Current Trends in Teacher Preparation in the United States" has been published in the spring issue of the Journal of Humanities Education, a publication of the Russian Academy of Education. The article is an expanded version of a paper he delivered at the 2011 Conference on Comparative Higher Education in Sochi, Russia.

Downing Presents Paper

Earlier this summer, Associate Professor of Economics Douglas Downing presented a paper on "The Excess Reserves Surge: Evidence From Bank Annual Reports" at the Western Economic Association International convention in San Francisco.

Feldman Completes Installation in Scotland

Professor of Art Roger Feldman returned from Scotland in late August after completing a large stone installation called "ekko" at Freswick Castle in Caithnes. Student intern John Howard helped Roger complete the installation. Roger reports, "I was able to bring the final piece to his desired 8'4" height, and the sound component works well, allowing the sounds of ocean waves into the open interior space. Local estimates are that the piece will last for hundreds of years if not longer." Select the link for a larger image of the installation. More

Alsbury's Chapter Published

A chapter co-written by Professor of Educational Leadership Thomas Alsbury titled "Pressure of Outside Forces, Stress, and Finding Balance' was published in Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century: Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community. (2012. Editors In W. Place, M.A. Acker-Hocevar, J. Ballenger, A.W. Place, G. Ivory.) The chapter was co-written with K.S. Whitaker.

Welcome, New Employees

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

Carly Dockendorf, assistant gymnastics coach, Athletics
Kathleen Putnam, registered dietitian, Student Counseling Center
Ashley Reece, coordinator, Multi-Ethnic Programs


Welcome, Grace Eden Hallak

Grace Eden Hallak was born September 1 to School of Business and Economics Professional Development Specialist Daniel Hallak, and his wife, Kristin Hallak. Grace weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches at birth. Welcome, Grace! Select the link for a picture of Grace and her parents. More


Faculty Positions

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

For information on 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

Access Services Technician (Overdue & Fines Coordinator) (.8), Library
Communication and Processing Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
Loan & Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Senior Admissions Counselor for Multicultural Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
Security Officer 1, Office of Safety and Security
Skills Lab Coordinator (.5, 9 months), School of Health Sciences
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems

For more information on 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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