Monday, December 10, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Autumn Quarter Grades Due

Autumn Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 17. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before December 17, they may contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp at so grades can be rolled to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS PRIOR to the grading deadline; they may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli at 206-281-2636.

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 4

The peer advisor selection process for 2013-14 is coming up fast and we need your help in obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. If you know students who rise above — leaders among leaders — we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Lynn Russell in the Office of Residence Life at no later than January 4, 2013. Thank you in advance for your help.

Campus Retail Stores Holiday Hours

Below are the holiday hours for campus retail stores.
Subway: 10 a.m.–3.p.m. until Friday, December 21. (closed weekends)
C-Store: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. until Friday, December 21. Open Monday, December 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (closed weekends)
Common Grounds/Weter Coffee Kiosk: 7:30 a.m.–11 a.m. through Monday, December 24. (closed weekends)

Flu Shots Still Available

It's not too late! Flu shots are available in Health Services, located on the first floor of Watson Hall. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231. The cost is $25. Current staff, faculty, and dependents (age 15 years and older) who have Premera coverage through SPU may receive flu shots on campus free of charge as part of the preventive-care benefit.

Faculty Invited to “Space Matters: The Impact of Active Learning Classrooms"

Faculty are invited to attend “Space Matters: The Impact of Active Learning Classrooms" with Dr. D. Christopher Brooks on Tuesday, December 11, noon–1:30 p.m. in Cremona 101. Lunch will be provided for those who register. D. Christopher Brooks is a research fellow in Educational Technology Services at the University of Minnesota where he conducts empirical research on the impact of educational technologies on teaching practices and learning outcomes. Since 2008, he has served as co-principal investigator on the University of Minnesota's Active Learning Classroom (ALC) Research Project. His research has appeared in the Journal of Learning Spaces, British Journal of Educational Technology, Journal of Faculty Development, American Biology Teacher, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, and many others. He is co-editor of a forthcoming (2014) volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning that features research projects on learning spaces. Dr. Brooks will be available to meet with schools, departments, and researchers on December 10 and 11. If you're interested in scheduling a meeting with Dr. Brooks, contact David Wicks in Instructional Technology at 206-281-2290 or Register to attend the lunchtime meeting on December 11. 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.

Home Athletic Events in December

Monday, December 17
Men's basketball vs Warner Pacific, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 31
Women's basketball vs Dixie State, Brougham Pavilion, 2 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcon sports, 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. Last 2012 Bulletin Dec. 17

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, December 13. The last Bulletin for December will be published Monday, December 17.


Tenlen's Article Published

A peer-reviewed research paper by Assistant Professor of Biology Jenny Tenlen titled "RNA interference can be used to disrupt gene function in tardigrades" was just published online in the journal Development Genes and Evolution. This paper reports the first analysis of gene function in tardigrades, a new model system in evolution-of-development studies. Read the article online. More

Faculty Contribute to New Book

Four SPU faculty contributed to a new book titled Sex, Gender, and Christianity (Cascade Books, 2012), based upon the 2010 Lilly Fellows Seminar on Gender and Christianity held at SPU. Two faculty co-led the seminar and co-edited the book: Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theology and assistant director of women's studies; and Jack Levison, professor of New Testament. Four articles are written by SPU faculty: Assistant Professor of Theology Brian Bantum's "Discipleship and Identity: A Theological Consideration of Race, Gender, and the Human Situation"; Levison's "Ideology and Experience in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve"; Pope-Levison's "Separate Spheres and Complementarianism in American Christianity: A Century's Perspective"; and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Tina Schermer Sellers' "Beloved Sex: Healing Shame and Restoring the Sacred in Sexuality." These faculty will be reading from the book at "Thursday Food for Thought" on January 24.

Alsbury Participates in Education Conference

Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury participated in the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) annual conference in Denver in November. UCEA is the national professorial guild with 85 institutional members. Membership requires an application and site visitation. He attended the conference in three capacities: 1) director for one of seven UCEA national research centers; 2) presenter, chair, and journal editorial board member; and 3) national chair of the 2012 conference.

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Stephanie Rubesh, access services technician, Library; and Ron Haight, interim director of music technology. Contact information can be found on the SPU online White Pages.


Pope-Levison on KTOO Radio

Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison was interviewed for a radio story on KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska. The story dealt with "Juneau Fest" and the Great Awakening Tour by Revival Ministries. She talked about evangelism done with integrity and how it differs from proselytism. Read the story online. More

Levison on “HuffPost Live"

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison was part of a live interview show on called “HuffPost Live" on December 5. The show was titled “Heretical Christianity." Listen to a tape of the show online. More


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Business and Economics
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant/Associate Professor of Education
Assistant Professor of History-Asia/Pacific Rim
Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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

Administrative Assistant-Temporary, School of Theology
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Office Assistant (part-time), Human Resources
Payroll Supervisor, Finance Office
Security Officer 1, Office of Safety and Security
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


Meet Ruby

“Ruby is our Vizsla puppy, who is 5 months old. Vizslas are nicknamed “Velcro Dogs" because they follow you everywhere and Ruby is no exception. When she sees you, she can't keep her feet on the ground or rear end from shaking. Her favorite places to relax are a warm lap, fireplace, heater, or a basket of clean clothes – just pulled from the dryer. She loves to run, pounce, and play, but she is also great at cuddling up next to you on the couch." Carly Hanson, administrative assistant, Student Counseling Center. Select the link for more photos of Ruby. More



This monthly feature, written by SPU Campus Master Gardner Jeff Daley, highlights some of the beautiful plants, flowers, and trees on campus. Jeff, a master gardener and certified arborist, has been tending SPU's award-winning gardens for more than 20 years.

"Let me introduce you to my choice for December's plant of the month: the beautyberry, callicarpa bodinieri variety, also known as 'Profusion.' This is a great small-to-medium-sized shrub that has so much to offer. Small lavender pink summer flowers, a bronzy yellow fall leaf, and — what it's best known for — glorious clusters of intensely brilliant purple-colored berries providing fall and winter interest. Berries hang on bare branches for a long time before they ripen and are edible for hungry birds. There are no real pests or diseases to worry about with this plant. You can use the branches with clustered berries to create gorgeous accents in floral arrangements. Plant callicarpa in your front yard and be the envy of the neighborhood! You can find this plant in SPU's ornamental grass and perennial garden in the north Weter Courtyard." More

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