Monday, October 22, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Your Faculty/Staff SPU Account

All faculty and staff have an account administered by Student Financial Services (SFS), even if you are not a registered student. Charges such as parking citations, Advantage Points, and Health Center charges, as well as payments received, are reflected on your account. Statements are provided online; notifications about statements are sent to your SPU email address. You can also check your account balance in Banner. You have several options for making payments for charges incurred, including online payments and payroll deductions through Banner. Please note that payroll deductions are not automatic! If you prefer to receive paper statements in addition to electronic statements, or have questions about your account, contact SFS at 206-281-2061. For more information, review the Faculty/Staff information at the SFS website. More

Trick-or-Treaters Welcome in Ashton, Emerson Residence Halls

Where are you and your family going trick-or-treating for Halloween this year? Come to the SPU residence halls on Wednesday, October 31, for a warm and safe (with only a hint of scary) experience! Residents of Ashton Hall will decorate the hallways and balcony lounges of each of Ashton's 12 floors for a Halloween experience your children will love from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Emerson Hall will welcome trick-or-treaters 5-7 p.m. to tour through the hall and collect goodies from participating rooms. This is a fun, free, safe activity for the whole family, so mark your calendars and spread the word!

Holidays Are Coming. Get in Shape Now.

There are many fitness opportunities available on campus during the lunch hour. Now is the time to get in shape for the upcoming calorie-laden holidays. Take a coworker and attend one or more of these sessions brought to you by the Wellness Committee.

Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Circuit training in upper gym in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Free.
Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Yoga in First Free Methodist Church gym. $6 per session.
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Circuit training in upper gym in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Free.
Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Zumba in the main gym in Brougham Pavilion. $6 per session.

It's easy to pay for yoga and Zumba online, so sign up today.

This Week's "Thursday Food for Thought:" Daniel Castelo

You are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the library on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. to hear SPU faculty and staff authors read from their latest books and writings. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On October 25, Associate Professor of Theology Daniel Castelo will read Holiness as a Liberal Art, a new book of holiness essays written by his colleagues in the School of Theology. More

SPU Forum on Educational Issues: Unpacking Teacher Evaluation Models

The School of Education (SOE) presents “Unpacking Teacher Evaluation Models: A Conversation With Dr. Bob Marzano" on Friday, November 2, 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. on campus. Dr. Marzano is executive director of the Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leadership Evaluation. He is a nationally recognized researcher in education, as well as a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention.
Starting in 2012, school districts in the state of Washington are required to select a “teacher evaluation instrument." Among three available choices is the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators. The forum will also include discussion with SOE faculty and staff regarding teacher evaluation model research opportunities. In addition, the forum will stimulate topic ideas for doctoral studies and include significant time for follow-up conversations. Morning sessions and lunch will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons. Afternoon sessions will be held in First Free Methodist Church. The facilitator will be SPU Professor of Educational Leadership Thomas Alsbury, who also serves as the director of the National UCEA Center for Research on the Superintendency and District Governance. Cost is $35, and registration is open to the public. The cost for students is $25. Visit the website for more information and to register. More

Early Connections Wins National Honor

Early Connections, led by SPU's Multi-Ethnic Programs, was a nominee for the national honor, 2012 Examples of Excelencia. Since 2005, Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit organization, has offered the Examples of Excelencia initiative to identify and honor programs and departments at the forefront of increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Congratulations!

Authors of New Book on Reconciliation Come to Campus

Dr. Allan Boesak of South Africa, visiting professor and theologian at Butler University, and Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University, will talk about their new book Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, on Thursday, November 1, at 1 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109. This event is sponsored by the John Perkins Center.

Winter Quarter Registration

Registration for Winter Quarter is coming soon, All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students will seek to meet with their faculty advisor(s) for advising. Winter registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Tuesday, November 13. Winter registration for graduate students begins Monday, November 19. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at

Summer Enrollment 2012 Information Available

Summer enrollment information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. 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

Emeriti Health Solutions Representative on Campus

Find out how SPU is helping you save for health care needs in retirement. Current contributions to eligible employee accounts are $78.75 per month — up to $945 per year. Check your paycheck details to see if you're already receiving it. On Wednesday, November 7, an Emeriti Health Solutions representative will on campus to explain how these contributions provide both reimbursement and guaranteed health care retirement benefits. For those approaching retirement in the next one to ten years, plan to attend the one hour session at 6 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. This session will address Emeriti insurance options and how they relate to Medicare. For those planning to retire more than 10 years from now or just generally interested in learning about the program, plan to attend the one hour session beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. This session will address reasons you need to save for retiree health care, unique tax advantages of the Emeriti program, options available under the program, and how to make your own contributions. If you wish to ask questions apart from a session, feel free to stop in the Library Seminar Room from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spouses are encouraged to attend any or all sessions. Although the meetings focus on different audiences, you're encouraged to attend whichever your schedule allows. No RSVP required. Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Reservation Requests Now Accepted

Winter and spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 2, 2013, through June 10, 2013. Reservation requests are due by November 5. The winter/spring requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. Please visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Home Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, October 25
Men's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 27
Men's soccer vs Simon Fraser, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference title is at stake!
For all the latest Falcon information, visit the Falcons website. More

Pet Photos New Location

The “Pet Photos of the Week" are now located in their own section in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. Look for them after “Current Job Openings."

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, October 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 29.

New Feature: “This Month in the Garden"

Today we introduce a new monthly feature titled “This Month in the Gardens," written by SPU Campus Master Gardner Jeff Daley. Look for it after “Pet Photo of the Week" section in the Fac/Staff Bulletin.


Lane Selected to Participate in Leadership Program

Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs Susan Okamoto Lane was selected to participate in the 2012 Leadership Development Program for Higher Education. This is the only program in the United States that combines leadership training through a unique understanding of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) cultural values with personal coaching and insights from successful API leaders in higher education.

Scherr, Vokos Present Paper

Senior Research Scientist in Physics Rachel Scherr, along with Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos; Assistant Professor of Physics at Texas State University Hunter Close; and Sam McKagan with McKagan Enterprises presented a paper titled "Understanding Energy With an Embodied Learning Activity" at the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in July. The paper describes a a learning activity called “Energy Theater" which is designed to promote a strong conceptual understanding of energy for K-12 teachers.

Robertson, Scherr, Vokos Present Paper

Assistant Professor of Physics Amy Robertson, along with SPU Senior Research Scientist in Physics Rachel Scherr; Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos; and Sarah McKagan with McKagan Enterprises presented a paper titled "Toward Assessing K-12 Teacher Responsiveness to the Substance of Student Ideas" at the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in July. The paper describes a framework for assessing how and if teachers respond to and plan next-instructional-moves on the basis of students' science ideas in the classroom.

Mason, Downing Attend International Conference

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, and Douglas Downing, associate professor of economics, attended the 2012 International Conference on Trends and Cycles in Global Dynamics and Perspectives of World Development at Southwest University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, October 13-15. Geri presented two papers: "Financial Deepening and the Wenzhou Credit Crisis: How Deep is Too Deep?"; and "Microfinance in Rural Chinese Financial Markets: Challenges and Innovations." Doug presented the paper "The Excess Reserve Surge and the Lending Slowdown at U.S. Banks," and he also was on a panel to answer questions at an assembly of students from SWUFE. Also, while they were in Chengdu, they visited School of Business and Economics students studying this fall at Sichuan University.

Erisman Gives Commencement Address

Al Erisman, executive in residence in the School of Business and Economics, delivered the Commencement address at LeTourneau University in Texas in May. He talked about technology's effects on our life and work, and how faith informs it all. Watch the video online. More

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "Discourse 'Sermons' in the Libri historiarum decem of Gregory of Tours" was published in Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 107 (2012) 49-77. The journal is published by the Catholic University of Leuven. The article was initially presented as a major paper at the XVII Symposium of the International Medieval Sermons Society in Salamanca, Spain, in 2010. The study identifies a number of sermons that Gregory imbedded into his massive Ten books of History. The sermons are directed at Arian heretics, Jews, Merovingian kings, and a variety of other audiences.

Welcome, New Staff Members

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 SPU online White Pages.

Jennifer Carreto, operations coordinator, Student Financial Services
Carla Orlando, career counselor, Center for Career and Calling


Welcome, Katherine Leah Krentz

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ursula Krentz and her husband, Kevin Krentz, announce the arrival of Katherine Leah Krentz, born August 10. Katherine weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. She is welcomed by big sister, Elena (5) and big brother, Jesse (4). Select the link for a picture of the Krentz siblings. More

Kaitlyn Broberg Gets Married

Kaitlyn Broberg, library assistant, was married to Robert Taylor Straton on September 15 in Tacoma, Washington. Kaitlyn is a 2010 graduate of SPU, and Robert graduated from SPU in 2011. Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Robert! Select the link for another picture of the newly married couple. More

Welcome, Jacob Hovan Hovaguimian

Kristin Hovaguimian, administrative assistant in the President's Office, and her husband, Serge Hovaguimian, announce the arrival of their son, Jacob Hovan Hovaguimian. He was born at 6:35 a.m. on July 4 and was 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and 19 inches long. Kristin says. "We give thanks for him! He enjoys cooing, kicking his legs, and smiling at his big sister, Hannah (age 7)." The photo to the right is a picture of Jacob at 9 and a half weeks. Select the link to see Jacob at 4 weeks old. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant/Associate Professor of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian

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, Library
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions-Marketing, The Graduate Center
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Multi-Skilled Trades II-Carpentry/Finish Carpentry, Building Maintenance
Payroll Supervisor, Finance Office
Security Officer 1, Office of Safety and Security
Senior Admissions Counselor for Multicultural Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems

Transfer Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
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


Meet Widget the Cat

"Widget, king of his universe, takes both resting and home surveillance seriously. A pacifist at heart, in minor issues of territorial intrusion he turns his extraordinarily fuzzy belly upwards in full expectation of peace and love." Beth Miller, assistant professor of interior design. Select the link for another photo of Widget. More


The Fragrant Katsura Trees

Today we introduce a new monthly feature titled "This Month in the Garden," written by SPU Campus Master Gardner Jeff Daley. This monthly feature will highlight some of the beautiful plants, flowers, and trees on campus. Jeff, a master gardener and certified arborist, has been tending SPU's landscape for more than 20 years. For October, Jeff writes about the Katsura tree.

"Warm autumn days are bringing out the candy fragrance in Martin Square. Once again, the Katsura trees delicate heart-shaped leaves are turning bright yellow and producing their pungent scent, reminding us that fall is in the air. The trees are native to Japan, but we can enjoy them right here on the SPU campus. Take a walk between the library and Gwinn Commons and enjoy the cotton candy moment of Circidiphyllum japonicum, otherwise known as the Katsura tree." Select the link for a photo of the tree near the library. More

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