Monday, November 5, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Personal Safety Workshop for Women

The Office of Safety and Security is offering a “Personal Safety Workshop" for women on Monday, November 5, 12noon-1 p.m. in Falcon's Lounge in Brougham Pavilion. This interactive workshop is a place to discuss strategies for safety in the home, at work, and out and about. Come and learn about practical physical techniques and safety topics including how your intuition can save your life, predatory behavior, blitz vs. con attacks, stalking, safety in public places, and creating a safe home and work environment. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Reservation Requests Due Nov. 5

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

“Messiah" Sing-a-Long in Chapel Nov. 6

The Music Department and University Ministries and the Center for Worship are offering a “Messiah" sing-a-long in chapel on Tuesday, November 6, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Excerpts from choruses based on passages from Isaiah will be sung. An optional rehearsal with musicians is Monday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church sanctuary. Bring your own score or one will be provided. Whether you have sung this oratorio before, enjoy listening to it, or have never sung in a “Messiah" sing-a-long before, join us in singing this celebratory work!

Encourage Students to Participate in SVPC

The next Social Venture Plan Competition organizational meeting is Tuesday, November 6, 3 p.m., in the Library Seminar Room. The theme is “service that profits, profits that serve." Encourage your students to attend. Students at this meeting will learn how to enter the yearly competition (planned for next April) in which interdisciplinary teams create plans for sustainable businesses that meet real needs—and make a profit. The event is sponsored by SPU's Center for Applied Learning. Contact or visit the website. More

Veterans Day Forum Nov. 8

A Veterans Day Forum will be held in Demaray Hall 150 on Thursday, November 8, 9:30-10:20 a.m. The forum will recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans. It features a panel of SPU student veterans and active military personnel who will talk about their experiences and what God is calling them to now. The forum is a unique opportunity for the SPU campus to be educated about student veterans, and shed light on their different faces and stories. Please come and support our students. This event is sponsored by the Veteran and Military Support cadre, and is open to the public. Contact Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown at if you have questions.

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.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Church Leaders Forum

"Catalytic Leadership for Challenging Times" is the title of the next Church Leaders Forum with Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor and director of reconciliation studies. Brenda will provide practical ideas for how church leaders can give perspective and guidance to the communities they serve during difficult times. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation, Brenda was recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top “50 women to watch" for in her work shaping the church and culture. Faculty and staff are invited to this lunch forum on Wednesday, November 7, 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Cost is $12. Register online. More

SFS Closed Nov. 6

The Student Financial Services office will be closed for its annual day of planning on Tuesday, November 6.

This Week's “Thursday Food for Thought": Karen Gutowsky

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. On November 8, Karen Gutowsky, professor of art--visual communication design, will discuss the power of visual literacy and its impact on visual messaging and meaning, as well as a reading from Donis A. Dondis' book, A Primer of Visual Literacy. More

SPU Theatre Presents “Nunsense"

The SPU Theatre Department presents the musical comedy “Nunsense" beginning November 8 in McKinley Hall. The play follows the misadventures of nuns trying to raise money to bury their dearly departed sisters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, with matinees at 2 p.m. on November 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 students/seniors. To reserve tickets, call 206-281-2959 or contact For more information, visit the website. More

Home Athletic Events This Week

Friday, November 9
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Women's basketball, Central Washington vs. Western State, 1 p.m.; SPU vs. Illinois Springfield, 5 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Men's basketball, Central Washington vs. Azusa Pacific, 3 p.m.; SPU vs. Academy of Art, 7 p.m.; Brougham Pavilion.

Saturday, November 10
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Women's basketball, Central Washington vs. Illinois Springfield, 1 p.m.; SPU vs. Western State, 5 p.m.; Brougham Pavilion.

Sodexo Tip-Off Classic: Men's basketball, Central Washington vs. Academy of Art, 3 p.m.; SPU vs. Azusa Pacific, 7 p.m.; Brougham Pavilion.
For all the latest Falcon information, visit the Falcons website. 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 for your December payroll check, call the Finance Office at 206-281-2533 and speak to Tim Maass, who will be temporarily covering for Carol Clement in Payroll, November 9-December 10.

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

Help Your Students Graduate on Time

Faculty and staff who advise students can now encourage students to visit and use SPU's new retention site, On Track: Degree Planner. This site details the steps students must take each year to stay on course to graduate on time. You're encouraged to reference the site when advising students, using the list of tasks for their academic year as a guide for their progress. More

Reception, Artist's Talk with Art Professor Scott Kolbo

A reception and artist talk with new SPU Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo will be Wednesday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. in SPU's Art Center Gallery. Scott's current exhibit, a multimedia installation including drawings, animation, and live-action film, is now on display in the gallery. The exhibits explore issues of identity, aging, loneliness, and community. His two exhibits are “Escalation," a video project lampooning America's political rhetoric, and “Untitled," an ambitious multimedia project exploring the impact of urban spaces on the childhood imagination. This serio-comic exhibition also features characters from Scott's past oeuvres, including the artist's alter ego, “Heavy Man." For more information, visit the website. More

Energy Security and Climate Change Presentation

The Washington Policy Center and the Energy and Enterprise Initiative present a panel discussion on energy and climate policy Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, Room 109. “Changing What We Tax: Prospects for a Free-Enterprise Solution to Energy Security and Climate Change" will feature Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment with the Washington Policy Center; Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative and director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative; and Mike Wallace, University of Washington professor of atmospheric science. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. This event is sponsored by SPU's Department of Engineering and Computer Science.

Learn About Copying Services/FedEx Office Print Options

SPU Copying Services, in partnership with FedEx Office, will host a one-hour coffee break/seminar on Monday, November 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The SPU online copying services will be featured, using FedEx Office Print Online. There will be an overview of the website, tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the website, and also a time for questions. If you are new to SPU, this seminar will help with your online copy orders. Space is limited, so please sign up early by emailing Frank Kinard, manager of mailing and copying services, at

Seminar on Social Security Benefits

What will early retirement do to my Social Security benefits? What are survivor benefits and how can they help my family? How can I get the most out of my Social Security benefits? Learn all the answers by attending a seminar about Social Security on Tuesday, November 20, at noon in the Library Seminar Room. The seminar will be about one hour in length. Feel free to invite your spouse and any others you think would be interested. A minimum of 20 people are needed to hold this seminar, so RSVP as soon as you can by selecting the link. More

Latest on iTunes U: Amy Mezulis

Amy Mezulis, assistant professor of clinical psychology, discusses the sleep-stress paradox and shares five steps to sleeping better. 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, November 8. Due to the Veterans Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, November 13.


Baker's Article Published

An article written by Assistant Professor of Business Ethics Bruce Baker was published in Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice. The article is titled, “Human Dignity and the Logic of Caritas: the Source and Direction of Economic Justice." The article is available online. More

Paulus Presents Paper, Article Published

University Librarian Michael Paulus recently presented a paper at the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture. This year's theme was “Technology and Human Flourishing," and Michael's paper — “Becoming a People of the Library: Reconceptualizing the Church's Technology for Texts, Transmission, and Transformation "— considered the role of libraries in shaping and preserving the Bible. An article by Michael was recently published in the Journal of the Book Club of Washington. The article, “The Library as Place — Really Early in the Morning," explores a 21st-century archival record at Whitman College that reveals student perceptions about the enduring value of the academic library as a physical place.

Lustyk, Students Paper Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that a paper by Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk titled "Hemodynamic and Psychological Responses to Laboratory Stressors in Women: Assessing the Roles of Menstrual Cycle Phase, Premenstrual Symptomatology, and Sleep Characteristics" was published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.10.009. Kathy would like to recognize her co-authors; current University of Washington graduate student Haley Douglas; SPU alumna Betsy Shilling; and University of Washington School of Nursing faculty member Nancy Woods.

Davis' Book Review Published

A book review by Reed Davis, chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography, was published in the current issue of International Studies Review. The book review is titled "The Chastened Cosmopolitan."

MFT Faculty Present “ORCA, a program distinctive" at AAMFT National Conference

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) faculty Scott Edwards, Claudia Grauf-Grounds, Hee-Sun Cheon, and Shawn Whitney gave a presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference on September 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. During their seminar “Sitting with ORCA: Views from the Therapist's Chair," they expanded on one of the MFT program's distinctives, ORCA, which stands for openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability to power. ORCA is a relational stance and therapeutic posture developed in the program, grounded in Christian faith. One participant commented at the end of the seminar that every participant was engaged and how it was refreshing to see no one use a smartphone, tablet, or other device during the seminar.


Former Business Adjunct Faculty Margaret Sampson Edgell Passes Away

Margaret Sampson Edgell died October 17, 2012, of cancer. The former adjunct professor in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) was also a former professor of business at Calvin College, worked for the U.S. Treasury, and was a co-founder of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Margaret Edgell Faith at Work Prize Endowment for SBE students putting their faith to work in business. To make a contribution, contact Senior Gift Officer Kristi Nelson at 206-281-2313 or


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

Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
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 Kimbi the Bat Dog

“This is Kimbi Johnson (male) on his way to a 'Dog-o-ween' contest wearing his Bat Dog costume. The green eyes make him look possessed, but it's just the camera reflection. Kimbi is our 2-year-old 'Bikki Bear,' a Shi Tzu/Bichon Frise mix. He is very sweet and cuddly, and loves all dogs and adores people. He is quite indignant that we have allowed it to rain after months of sunshine! He refuses to go out for a walk until he can't hear any active rain. This sometimes happens at 3 a.m.! We love him anyway and can't imagine life without him." Wayne Johnson, professor of music, and Claire Johnson, former School of Health Sciences staff member. Select the link for more photos of Kimbi. More

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