Monday, February 4, 2013 Seattle Pacific University



It is hard to believe how fast the year is going. It seems like yesterday we were beginning Autumn Quarter!

I really enjoyed all of the Homecoming activities, and want to extend my thanks to everyone across campus whose planning and participation ensured it was a successful weekend. It was fun to interact with so many alumni and hear their stories of how SPU impacted their lives.

The Board of Trustees winter meeting will be held February 13 and 14, and we have been busily preparing for the sessions. Some of the substantive issues we will be addressing are the consideration of tenure candidates, and presenting the University's 2013-14 Guideline Budget.

Perhaps the project I have been most engaged in over the past few weeks has been designing the framework and content for our strategic planning process. I am grateful for the nearly 50 responses I received to the initial Fac/Staff Bulletin question regarding our mission.

Here is the February community question: What institutional values should be represented in the "ideal" Christian university?

Simply email your response to

Your thoughts are extremely valuable as we solidify our understanding of our mission and purpose to ensure they remain at our core even while we consider our hopes for the future.


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

Torch Quartet Concert With Brian Chin

Trumpeter and SPU Assistant Professor of Music Brian Chin presents a recital by his new chamber music ensemble, Torch, on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. The quartet's original compositions are poised between progressive jazz, post-rock, and contemporary classical music. “Torch" is a reference to Thomas Mann's aesthetic mantra, “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life's terrible depths." The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Autism Researcher Dr. Bernier to Speak at SPU

Autism has become a prominent focus when it comes to children's health, but it is a disease difficult to understand. SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) presents "From Genes to Behavior: What Causes Autism?" with guest lecturer Dr. Raphe Bernier. The lecture is Tuesday, February 5, 7-8:30 p.m., in room 109 of Otto Miller Hall. Dr. Bernier is a licensed clinical psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of clinical services at the University of Washington Autism Center. He is interested in bridging the gap in understanding genetic events and neurological deficits in social cognition. He is the author of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, and is actively involved in clinical research in etiology, the brain, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. This event is free and part of SPFC's Initiative for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. For more information, visit the website. More

Thursday Food for Thought: Hannah Notess

Hannah Notess, editor of SPU's Response magazine, will give an inside look at the award-winning publication and website in the Library Reading Room on Thursday, February 7, at 12:30 p.m. She will talk about the work of telling SPU stories through words and images, and about the role of print magazines in our digital culture.

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

Oscar Talk With Keuss, Chaney, and Overstreet

Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture Jeff Keuss; Professor of English Christine Chaney; and Response Contributing Editor Jeffrey Overstreet will join show host Jennie Spohr to record a new episode of “The Kindlings Muse" podcast on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m. at Hale's Ales Brewery and Pub. They will discuss the theological implications of this year's Oscar nominations in front of a live audience. The event is sold out, but you can still get your name on a wait list. Visit the website for more information. More

Community Kitchen Fundraiser: "Finals Fuel"

SPU's Community Kitchen program is offering "Finals Fuel" bags on March 4 and 5. The bags are a fundraiser for the Community Kitchen. They are offering meals for two in a reuseable nylon bag customized with the Community Kitchen logo. Meal bag options are $25 and dessert bag options are $10.

Meal Option 1:
- Veggie Mac and Cheese (one quart)
- Bread from Tall Grass Bakery
- Winter root slaw (one pint)

Meal Option 2 (dairy- and gluten-free)
- Algerian Tomato Soup (one quart)
- 4 corn muffins
- Winter root slaw (one pint)

Dessert Option 1:
- Chocolate chip banana bread (one mini loaf)

Dessert Option 2: (dairy- and gluten-free)
- 4 large chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons

Faculty and staff can place orders by emailing They are accepting orders until February 22. Bags will be available for pickup on March 4 and 5, 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. in the Foods Lab in the basement of Peterson Hall. Please pay by cash or checks made out to SPU at time of pickup.

New $500 Scholarships Through SPU's MoneyWise Program

All faculty and staff are urged to inform students that they can become eligible for $500 scholarships by participating in Moneywise, SPU's online financial literacy program. MoneyWise uses CashCourse — an online financial education resource provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education® — and other resources to provide a breadth of financial education assigned by class level. Student Financial Services notifies students by email about the assignments to complete. Students who complete each of the assignments for their 2012–13 MoneyWise course will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a $500 scholarship. Two scholarships per undergraduate class level will be awarded by random selection on May 20. Visit the website for more information. More

Latest From Campus Dining

Campus Dining Retail is now offering new items and savings. Remember to use your QBOT for purchases in any of our retail locations.

Medley: Cold Somen (Noodle) Salad with Chicken, $5.99 (beginning Tuesday, February 5)

Grill 155: French Dip Sandwich, $4.69, or make it a combo for $6.69.

Einstein Bagels: Medium coffee and bagel with shmear, $3.99; or medium coffee and egg white bagel thin sandwich, $5.

Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Now featuring Salted Caramel Mochas

Subway: February $5 foot-long extravaganza!

Art Center Gallery Presents "Student Showcase"

The SPU Art Center Gallery is now showcasing the works of student artists. The works on display include sculpture, print, charcoal drawings, and more. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m -5 p.m. There will be a closing reception on Tuesday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m., where guests may talk with students and their professors. Refreshments will be provided. The gallery is located at 3 West Cremona. Visit the website for more information. 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 permanent health and wellness exhibit at Pacific Science Center's “Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness." f 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.

Local Athletic Events This Week

Friday, February 8
Indoor track and field. SPU at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington, 4 p.m.
Women's gymnastics vs San Jose State, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 9
Indoor track and field. SPU at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington, 8 a.m.

Sunday, February 10
Indoor track and field. SPU at UW Indoor Open, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington, 9 a.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, February 7. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 11.


Alsbury Debates Relevance of School Board

Professor of Educational Leadership Thomas Alsbury was part of debate on the relevance of school boards at an event sponsored by the National School Board Association (NSBA) on January 28 in Washington, D.C. Before an audience of 700 school board members, legislators, and others, Thomas debated the question, "Are school boards still relevant today?" He argued in favor of school boards, while Cynthia Brown, past presidential appointee as assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Civil Rights, argued against them. Also in the debate was Tom Gentzel, executive director of NSBA. The debate was moderated by a reporter from the National Journal.

The debate was followed by remarks from U.S. Department of Secretary Arne Duncan. Thomas also signed copies of his book after the debate. Members of the audience took the information presented by Thomas to draft a letter to Congress discouraging national interference with local governance of schools. In addition, 600 members of the audience used the information presented to discuss the issue with congressional members in a "Day on the Hill" event held the following day.

Article by Denton, Wicks Published

An article by Associate Professor of Teacher Education David Denton and Director of Instructional Technology Services David Wicks was published in the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. The article was titled “Implementing Electronic Portfolios Through Social Media Platforms: Steps and Student Perceptions." The article can be read online. More


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