Monday, January 7, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty, Staff Input Needed in Strategic Planning Process

"Today we introduce a new section in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. 'From President Martin' will appear periodically in the Bulletin with messages for faculty and staff directly from President Dan Martin. He will give updates about issues affecting the campus community. You can contact him directly at ."

I have been talking with our new provost, Jeff Van Duzer, about how we can best enhance campus communication moving forward as it has always been my custom to provide consistent updates for the campus community about key activities, conversations, and directions.

So, with the beginning of the new year and so much in front of us, I thought I would provide a quick update on some of my current work and that of the Senior Leadership Team. I will conclude by asking the campus community a question to kickoff our strategic planning process.

During the last few months, the Senior Leadership Team has considered a number of operational items — our 2012-13 University Goals; various potential paths for our health care plan; and the 2013-14 Guideline Budget, which will support us through this interim period before our strategic planning is complete. We also have dedicated time this fall to our forthcoming strategic planning process — its design and timeline. We have engaged in substantive conversations regarding our mission and current capacity (and desire) to extend our programs, campus, and operations in a variety of areas. The Senior Leadership Team has provided great insights and input into a list of planning assumptions that will guide our plan's development.

As you know, part of my time was consumed by our provost search. I couldn't be more pleased with the selection of Jeff Van Duzer. He has hit the ground running, and I'm looking forward to working alongside him as we seek to serve as a resource for the campus community and our mission. Beyond that, I have spent a great deal of time designing the still-developing framework for our strategic planning process; I have been actively building relationships with current and prospective donors; and I have been identifying and recruiting potential members of the Board of Trustees to fill three current openings.

I realize that this report is a little long on generalities and a little short on specifics. I would ask for your patience, however, as there are so many frameworks, structures, and plans in development that it is hard to be more detailed at this time. More to come in the future, I promise.
Let me close by asking the first question in our strategic planning process.

In your own words, what is the mission of Seattle Pacific University?

Please respond by sending your thoughts to me at by Friday, January 11. I will review and analyze the responses and cull out the themes and concepts I see emerging from the data. I will then report these back to the community. Happy New Year!


New Lectio Series on Luke Begins Today

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education invites the SPU community to join us in our latest study of Scripture as we begin our new series today on the Gospel of Luke, led by Dr. Mark Abbott, pastor emeritus of First Free Methodist Church. You can follow along by becoming a subscriber to the weekly emails or podcasts, or simply find readings on our website at Lectio is a free resource, aimed at helping people encounter, explore, and embrace the Christian story — so please be sure to pass the message along to any who might be interested. It's a great tool for small groups, Sunday School classes, or personal study.

Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services will continue to take drop-in appointments for students during the first week of Winter Quarter. These brief appointments are intended for students with Winter Quarter scheduling issues, or who are on academic probation. Drop-in appointments will be available during the following hours: Tuesday, January 8: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, January 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

New Process for Requesting Rooms Through Conference Services

Conference Services has implemented a new way to request facility space for event requests. The new and improved Conference Services website now has “Event Request Forms" for students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, email Conference Services at or call 206-281-2187. More

Faculty, Staff Invited: Racial Reconciliation and the Church: Crossing the Credibility Divide

What would Jesus do in a world being torn apart by racial and ethnic division and strife? In John 4 we have an answer: He crossed religious, social, political, and cultural barriers to interact with a Samaritan woman. Join us on Saturday, February 9, for a one-day conference that will address the issue of racial reconciliation and the church, featuring SPU professor and nationally known speaker Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. Be sure to invite people from your local congregations — this event is sure to challenge the church! Cost is $25 by January 25; $40 thereafter (includes lunch). Visit the website to register or learn more details. More

New Year's Resolution: Get in Shape During Lunch

There are many fitness opportunities available on campus during the lunch hour. Now is the time to finally start working on that New Year's resolution to get in shape. 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.
Tuesdays, 12-1 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 both yoga and Zumba online, and you'll receive a discount if you sign up for all ten sessions. Links to make your payments are found on the Human Resources website under the “Wellness" section.

This is your final quarter to earn 50 points (converted to $50 when you reach 50 points) for next year's health care flexible spending account. Your participation in any of the above activities would qualify you for points. Instructions on how to give yourself points are also found in the Wellness section of the Human Resources website. More

Wellness: Are You Ready to Trek?

From Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon: “It's time to pull your teams together for our third annual SPU Globe Trekker challenge. Remember, you can do virtually any type of physical activity for conversion into steps/miles. We'll give you the tools. Create your team name beforehand so that members will know it for the upcoming registration. Any team size will do. Consider challenging another team for bragging rights (or more). We hope to have the site up and running by January 14. The official start date for registration and recording of activity for the teams will likely begin shortly after. Stay tuned — more to come soon!"

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Lectio Group: Kicking off Luke

Join us in the Lower Weter large conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we follow the Lectio. On Tuesday, January 8, light refreshments will be provided for the first Winter Quarter Lectio on the Gospel of Luke, written and read by Dr. Mark Abbott, pastor emeritus of First Free Methodist Church. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we'll read aloud from Luke and then listen to the Lectio as we follow along onscreen. Bibles are provided. We start at 12:10 p.m. and finish by 12:55 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Henning in University Communications at 206-281-2329 or

"Coping With Real Pain and Medical Illness"

The SPU Wellness Committee presents the next "Lunch, Listen, and Learn" session on Thursday, January 24, at noon in Weter Hall 202. The topic will be "Coping With Real Pain and Medical Illness: Where Mind and Body Overlap" by SPU Professor of Clinical Psychology Jay Skidmore. He has spent more than 25 years working with medical centers to better understand and assist people with chronic pain. Pain symptoms are the most common reason that people go to doctors and other health care providers, and may be associated with prior injuries, disease, or other conditions. Join the interactive discussion as Jay shares practical strategies for better self-care and better control of chronic or recurrent pain. Please RSVP by selecting the link in the Wellness section of the Human Resources website. More

Using Sitecore? Come to the Next Brown-Bag Lunch

Are you using Sitecore? But now you have technical questions? Join the University Communications Web Team on the third Thursday of each month for a brown-bag question-and-answer time. Bring your questions; we'll bring answers (and cookies). The next brown-bag is Thursday, January 17, noon-1 p.m.

Latest on iTunes U: Urban Plunge: Hope and Despair

Last month, 16 SPU students spent the first five days of their Christmas vacation on Seattle's streets, interacting with homeless individuals and learning from service providers. Watch as students share their reflections at the conclusion of Urban Plunge. More

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.

Home Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, January 10
Women's basketball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 12
Indoor track & field, Seattle Pacific at University of Washington Indoor Preview, Dempsey Indoor, 8 a.m.
Women's basketball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons website. More

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, January 10. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 14.


Levison to Read at Elliott Bay Book Company

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison will read from his new book Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life at the Elliott Bay Book Company on Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. Read more about the event online. More

Steinke Gives Presentation

Gerhard Steinke, professor of management and information systems, gave the keynote presentation titled “Managing Risk in the Adoption of New Technology" at the second International Conference on Emerging Technologies for Information Systems, Computing, and Management in Hangzhou, China, December 8-9, 2012.

Wall's New Commentary

A new commentary on the Pauline epistles titled 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus by Theology Professor Rob Wall was published by Wm. Eerdmans Company. His book also includes three case studies by colleague and Professor of Moral and Historical Theology Rick Steele that seek to “earth" Rob's reading of each letter in an historical sequence of Methodist revivals. Publisher Eerdmans says of this new work, “Robert Wall's theological commentary 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus powerfully demonstrates the ongoing relevance and authority of the pastoral epistles for the church today. Wall uniquely employs an apostolic ‘Rule of Faith' methodology for interpreting these texts as sacred Scripture. This innovative yet reverent volume will help revive the interest of students, pastors, and other Christian leaders in the pastoral epistles." Also, Rob's study titled “Reading Scripture: The Analogy of Faith and the Literal Sense" is included in The Word Written on Our Hearts: Wesley and Wesleyans in Scripture (J.B. Green and D.F. Watson, eds., Dallas: Baylor University Press). Rob is the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies.

Article by Mezulis, Students Published

An article by Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis and her doctoral advisees Katey Nicolai and Tyler Laney was recently published in the Journal of Youth & Adolescence. The title of their manuscript is "Different stressors, different strategies, different outcomes: How domain-specific stress responses differentially predict depressive symptoms among adolescents."

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.

Samantha Davis, graphic designer, University Communications
Garrett Johnson, security officer, Office of Safety and Security
Julie Weber, office assistant, Human Resources


Visit the Human Resources website for the latest job openings at SPU.



Meet Baby the Cat

“Our cat, Baby, loves to have her picture taken. She especially enjoyed the ‘photo shoot' of her supporting her Denver Broncos football team. Whenever she is being photographed, she purrs and purrs. Baby has many health issues that require many medications and medical treatments, but she always has such a positive attitude through it all. Even though she is a cat, she is an inspiration to me, and I hope I can take all the difficulties in life with the same loving and hopeful outlook that she does every day." Emily Zeimet, individual, couple and family therapist and office assistant, Student Counseling Center. Select the link for more photos of Baby. More

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