Monday, January 28, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Your Participation Needed in Upcoming Blackboard Discussions

Thank you to everyone who responded to the question I posed in the January 7 Fac/Staff Bulletin. We have had nearly 40 responses, and they represent some fabulous thoughts and expressions of why SPU exists. I am in the process now of reviewing the statements, and will provide an overview for the community as we move through the strategic-planning process.

I have been working diligently to structure the Blackboard discussion groups and want to encourage your participation. Blackboard is a web-based learning management system that allows instructors to share resources, host online discussions, and much more. Even if you have never used Blackboard, I believe you will find the tool to be user-friendly. Blackboard is accessed on SPU's homepage by the "mySPU" link in the upper right-hand corner. You simply need your SPU username and password for access.

There will be two distinct Blackboard sessions available, and you can choose to participate in one or both.

Session 1: February 4–March 11: Mission, Values, Beliefs

Session 2: April 1–May 13: Vision

If you would like to participate, please send an email to and identify which session (or both) you would like to join. For the first session (Mission, Values, Beliefs), please indicate your interest by Wednesday, January 30.

The format of the sessions will be responding to various questions I will pose to the group. In an effort to extend the conversations across campus, participants will be encouraged to discuss the questions with their departments and colleagues. If you wish, entire departments can participate by having a single individual provide your department's responses to the discussion groups. The main objective is to foster conversation across campus about things that matter and that will inform our thoughts and plans for SPU's future.

Reminder: You have an open invitation to the Roundtable Coffee Conversation next Monday, February 4, 9-10 a.m. in Upper Gwinn. We will be discussing questions related to our mission and values.

I hope you can find an avenue to participate — we need your voice heard!


Theology of Violence

SPU's John Perkins Center and members from theater troupe Ted & Co. present a panel dialogue on violence in today's society on Tuesday, January 29, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The panel will include Tim Ruebke, executive director of the Community Mediation Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Rob Wall, Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies; and Tali Hairston, director of the John Perkins Center. More

Ted & Co. presents "I'd Like to Buy An Enemy"

In partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee, theatre troupe Ted & Co. presents "I'd Like to Buy An Enemy," Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. in Eaton Hall 112. This performance unpacks issues of justice, peace-building, and popular culture through humorous yet thought-provoking storytelling. “It allows us to laugh at ourselves, while engaging us to think about the place of our nation in the world, to confront the fear that is such a large part of our culture, and to consider how we can work for peace and justice in this country and around the globe." The event is sponsored by the John Perkins Center and student groups Acting on AIDS, Amnesty International, Haven, and Israel-Palestine Club.

Thursday Food for Thought: Paul de Barros

Did know that music instuctor Paul de Barros is also a Seattle Times jazz and world music critic? At the next Thursday Food for Thought on January 31, de Barros will read from his book Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. The event is 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the Library's Reading Room. More

Join the “Go Red" Campaign on Feb. 1

SPU student Jillian Roels serves as the current Miss Washington International. One of the many projects she is supporting is “Go Red for Women," a campaign through the American Heart Association that advocates for heart disease prevention in women. SPU is partnering with Jillian and Go Red for Women in this effort by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to wear red on Friday, February 1. Visit the website for more information. More

C. May Marston Lecture with Owen Ewald

“Reading the Persian Empire" is the title of this year's C. May Marston Lecture with Owen Ewald, C. May Marston assistant professor of classics. The lecture is Tuesday, February 5, at 2 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Professor Ewald will examine Persian realities and representations in ancient and modern literature. For more information about the lecture, visit the website. More

Reading with Milton Fellow Kelly Foster

Image journal's Milton Fellow Kelly Foster will read from her current manuscript on Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the SPU Art Center Gallery. Kelly, a creative nonfiction writer working with Lauren Winner during her year's fellowship at Image, will read from her manuscript "Boystown Blues." To learn more about Kelly and this event, visit the website. More

Celebrate Children's Oral Health Month at Pacific Science Center

Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service (WDS) invites faculty and staff with WDS dental coverage to experience the health and wellness exhibit at Pacific Science Center's “Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness." If you have dental coverage with WDS, you can receive one free child's admission with the purchase of one paid adult on February 9 and 10. The Tooth Fairy will also be making select appearances! Show your Delta Dental/WDS ID card when entering the Pacific Science Center.

Graduate Programs Winter Open House January 29

The Graduate Center invites faculty and staff to the Graduate Programs Open House on Tuesday, January 29, 4:30-7 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. If you are interested in pursuing graduate education at SPU, please stop by.

Latest on iTunes U: Ben McFarland

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland continues his study of the chemical properties of biological compounds (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids), metabolism (biochemical energetics, enzymes, electron transportation, and oxidative phosphorylation), and the integration of metabolism (biochemical genetics and metabolic regulation) in his series of Winter Quarter 2013 lectures. More

Emotional Well-Being Program Through HorizonCare

Could you use help addressing your emotional well-being? Are you having feelings of depression or anxiety? Needing to learn how to control anger and how to manage expectations? Could you use help coping with grief and uncertainty? Contact HorizonCare through SPU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). They offer 24-hour telephone access along with three face-to-face assessment and counseling sessions. Find their contact and login information at the Human Resources website. More

Host Homes Needed for March Conference

Host homes are needed March 21–23 to house graduate student attendees of the upcoming Wesleyan Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference, hosted by the School of Theology and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE). If you have a spare bedroom and a heart for hospitality, email Kelsey Rorem in CBTE at for more information.

SPU Theatre Presents “Bach at Leipzig"

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Bach at Leipzig," January 31–February 2 in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Set in 18th-century Germany, this comedy follows the competition for the position of organist at one of Europe's most prestigious churches. Musicians resort to corrupt behavior to secure the lucrative post while wrestling with issues of humanity, God, and art. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website. 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.

Local Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, January 31
Women's basketball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 2
Women's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 2 p.m.

Men's basketball: Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, Carver Gym (Bellingham), 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. The deadline for submissions is 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 31. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 4.


Mason Gives Presentation

Assistant Professor of Economics Geri Mason spoke at the “Values and Capitalism" faculty retreat of the American Enterprise Institute on January 19. Her presentation, “Poll Everywhere: A Student Engagement Tool," discussed ways to deeply engage students in the discussion of critical issues by providing both anonymity and accountability.

Updated: Overstreet's Last "Good Letters" Post

After four years and 93 film-related articles, University Communications specialist Jeffrey Overstreet is reluctantly signing off as a blogger for Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image journal, to write a new novel and pursue new opportunities. His farewell post, which includes reflections on Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, was published January 18. He posted a full archive of links to his Good Letters posts at his own blog, “Looking Closer." This summer, Jeffrey will teach an arts-appreciation seminar at The Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Autumn 2013, Jeffrey and his wife, Anne, will serve as visiting writers-in-residence at Covenant College in Georgia. Select the link to his archive of Good Letters' posts. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Kip Shields, micro-systems analyst in Computer and Information Systems; and Shawnda Antonucci, the new payroll lead in Finance.


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



Pet Photos Needed!

Have a favorite pet you want to show off to your colleagues? Send two photos and a short description to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor at for the next “Pet Photos of the Week" feature.


Chinese Witch Hazel Is Blooming

"For garden enthusiasts, as we look across the dreary mid-winter landscape, all might seem lifeless. Take heart — as the daylight hours lengthen, the garden is starting to awaken. I am already seeing hellebores, daffodils, crocus, and peonies breaking through the cold soil on campus. The once barren branches of the Chinese witch hazels, Hamamelis mollis have come to life. These flowers are bursting with bright yellow and rusty reddish colors, and their fragrances fill the crisp air. Yes, all is well. Spring is just around the corner, and God has set it all into motion for us to enjoy." SPU Campus Master Gardener Jeff Daley. Select the link for more photos of Chinese witch hazel blooming on campus. More

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