Monday, April 1, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Updates, and Second Blackboard Session Begins

Greetings on the heels of what I hope was a very meaningful Easter for you.

It is hard to believe we are already in Spring Quarter. It has been a real pleasure to experience the year unfolding from a newcomer's perspective. Attending academic symposiums and presentations, student events, music and theatre productions, athletic contests (intercollegiate and intramural), key institutional events, and so much more illustrates that we are truly blessed to be part of such an energetic and vibrantly intellectual and engaged community.

These characteristics have certainly been evident throughout our Strategic Planning to date. It has been a privilege leading the nine Blackboard focus groups. The questions I posed to the groups generated responses that were very thoughtful and helpful. The level of collegiality and respect within the groups has fostered a great environment for both honest responses and creative, boundary-pushing ideas.

The second session of our Blackboard strategic planning process began today and will last until May 13. Whereas the first session focused on our mission, this session will focus on our vision — the future of SPU. The format will be similar in that I will pose questions to each group and invite responses and encourage conversation.

Currently we have ten groups established, but I would certainly welcome others to participate. Simply email Addie Davis in the Office of Academic Affairs at, and she will be able to facilitate your participation.

Accessing Blackboard is easy (through our main website with your SPU ID). It is relatively straightforward to understand the Blackboard environment if you haven't worked in it before. If you are unsure of how to use it, we have some great personnel and tutorial resources that will help you get up to speed in no time.

If there was ever a time you had a thought or idea of what you believe could, or should, be in SPU's future, this is a great opportunity to offer it for our community to consider.

Thank you for all you do each and every day across campus. I'm looking forward to advancing into our future together. Great days ahead…


Inauguration Day Events on April 2

Commissioning Service
9:30-10:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Office closure: 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Inauguration Ceremony
2-3:30 p.m.
McCaw Hall
Office closure: 12-5 p.m.
Class Suspension: 12:30-4:30 p.m. (evening classes remain on schedule)
Visit the website for more information. More

Faculty Invited to Provost Breakfasts

Faculty are invited to join Provost Jeff Van Duzer for the second of three scheduled "Provost/Faculty Breakfasts." The next one will be in the Lake Union Room of Gwinn Commons on Wednesday, April 3, 8-9:30 a.m. Get your breakfast (paying with cash or using your meal block at the cashier's desk) and join the discussion. Feel free to come for all or part of the time.

Faculty: What Do You Do When You're Not in Class?

Julia Siemens, the editor of etc magazine, is collecting stories of faculty with interesting hobbies. Maybe you decorate cakes, fly trapeze, or sail in regattas. Your hobby does not have to be related to your discipline. Email Julia at

Blood Drive on Friday

The Puget Sound Blood Center Bloodmobile will be on campus Friday, April 5. (Note that this month's blood drive will be only one day, rather than the typical two days.) The bloodmobile will be open from noon until 6 p.m., and closed 2-3 p.m. Individuals can reserve donation times online. More

Recycling on Campus

All offices and classroom buildings have designated areas to recycle paper, plastic, metal, and glass. These items can be deposited in any recycle container on campus — no sorting necessary. If you would like more information about recycling in your area, email For a complete list of what is recyclable, visit the Facility and Project management website. More

Lunch, Listen, and Learn on May 8: Social Security Administration

What will early retirement do to your Social Security benefits? What are survivor benefits and how can they help your family? How can you get the most out of your Social Security benefits? Learn all the answers by attending this seminar on Wednesday, May 8, 10-11:15 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Feel free to invite your spouse and any others you think would be interested. Simply RSVP online by adding your name and pressing “save." We must meet an enrollment target of 20 in order to hold this event, so Please RSVP as soon as you can. More

Changes to Your Payroll?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Are you dropping your spouse or any dependents from your health care plans? Be sure you have completed the appropriate form by the 15th of the month prior to the date family dependents will start other coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might include events that are expected to impact your benefits, such as your spouse or children have gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you have made to your 403b account contributions must be made by this date. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions (Transamerica-Diversified) at 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.-6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources, at 206-281-2676.

Yard Project? House cleaning? Other Chores? Hire a SPRINTer!

This summer, seven teams of SPU students will learn and serve around the world through the SPRINT program. You can help students raise money for trips by hiring a SPRINTer or a team to handle yard chores, house cleaning, or other labor projects around the house. $10 per hour, arranged to fit your schedule. Email student Daniel Lee for more information.

Employee Assistance Program through HorizonCare

Need help dealing with debt? Want to understand your financial and legal options? Find support for your legal and financial issues, access online information and calculators, and even prepare a will through HorizonCare's 24-hour telephone access. There are also three, face-to-face assessment and counseling sessions to address emotional well-being, personal growth, life changes, relationships and family, and addictions. Contact HorizonCare through SPU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Find their contact and login information online. More

Campus Retail Specials This Week

Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Spring Fling Orange Creamsicles (Italian Soda) 20 percent off
Medley in the SUB: Pear Cranberry Salad, $5.99
Grill in the SUB: Ultimate Grilled Cheese, featuring cream cheese, Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes (plus bacon for 50 cents!) $4.69

Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services (SAS) will take drop-in appointments for students during the first week of the quarter in Demaray Hall. These brief appointments are intended for students with Spring Quarter scheduling issues or who are on academic probation. Drop-in appointments will be available during the following hours: Tuesday, April 2, closed for the inauguration; Wednesday, April 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Employee Appreciation Week April 8-12

All departments are encouraged to show appreciation for their student employees sometime during Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 8-12. The Office of Student Employment will host an "Appreciation Table" on Wednesday, April 10, in Gwinn Commons, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Please encourage your students to stop by to receive a token of appreciation and enter a drawing to win a gift card.

Autism Lecture on April 2

University of Washington Professor Wendy Stone will discuss “Early Detection of Autism: Opportunities and Challenges" on Tuesday, April 2, 7- 8:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall Room 109. Dr. Stone will describe the early behavior features of autism, the challenges of early identification, and potential strategies for facilitating detection and improving outcomes in children. The lecture is presented by SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community Advisory Board. Visit the website for more information. More

Swedish Mobile Mammography Services This Week

Human Resources and the SPU Wellness Committee have arranged for Swedish Medical Center to send a mobile mammography vehicle to perform private mammograms outside the SUB on April 4. If you're scheduled for a mammogram or past due, consider the convenience of having the screening performed here at SPU. Remember to bring your insurance card and primary doctor's name and address with you. Cancellations will be charged $25. Sign up online. More

The next Response Magazine Theme: Christian Engagement in a Changing World

In the Summer 2013 Response, stemming from this year's Inaugural symposium, we'll be looking at how Christians can engage a changing world. Is the work you do related to this theme? Or do you know someone in the SPU community (faculty, staff, student, alumni, or donor) who has a story to tell related to this theme? Send your story ideas to

Summer's Coming! Get in Shape During Lunch.

There are many fitness opportunities available on campus during the lunch hour. Take a co-worker 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.
Tuesday, 12-1p.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 10 sessions. Links to make your payments for either or both are found on the Human Resources website under “Wellness." More

Reduced Admission to “The Thorn"

Faculty and staff are eligible for reduced admission to “The Thorn," often described as “The Passion meets Cirque du Soleil." The production takes place April 5 and 6 at the Christian Faith Center in Federal Way. Visit the website for more information and to order tickets. The code for discounted tickets is SEA2013. More

Order Spring Tulips by April 5

SPRINT students are taking orders for spring tulips, to be delivered Friday, April 12. Orders are due by Friday, April 5. If you'd like to purchase a bunch of 10 assorted-color cut tulips for $10, email Coordinator for Global and Urban Involvement Owen Sallee at or contact a SPRINT student. To learn more about SPRINT, visit the website. More

Local Athletic Events

Saturday, April 6
Track & Field, Seattle Pacific at JD Shotwell Invitational, Baker Stadium (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma), 10 a.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online. 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, April 4. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 8.


Edwards, Hyun, Students in Olympia

Counselor Education faculty Cher Edwards and June Hyun joined school counseling students in Olympia last month to meet with state senators and representatives regarding upcoming legislation impacting the school counseling profession and K-12 students. This event marked the Washington School Counselor Association's (WSCA) fourth annual "Day on the Hill." The main talking point focused on the January 2012 Washington State Supreme Court ruling known as the "McCleary Decision," aimed at fully funding K-12 education. Accompanying Cher in the photo to the right is graduate student Robert Knaus.

Braden's Chapter to Be Published

Kathleen Braden's chapter “Environmental Governance, Property Rights, and Judeo-Christian Tradition" was accepted for publication in the forthcoming collection The Changing World Religion Map, Springer Publications, Stan Brunn, editor. Kathleen is professor of geography.

Alsbury Debates on Organizational Governance

On March 15, Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury debated the topic "Are School Boards Still Relevant Today" to city and government administrators at the annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) conference held in New Orleans. Thomas debated public administration professors from Louisiana State University, as well as the president of ASPA. He was selected for the debate after being recommended by the National Policy Council to ASPA organizers as the primary national expert on school governance.

Hyun Gives Presentation

June Hyun, assistant professor of counselor education, gave a poster presentation titled "Self-Concept of Male Pacific Islander High School Students: Implications for School Counselors" at the annual conference of American Counseling Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 23.

Wong's Book Reviewed

Professor of Business Ethics Kenman Wong's book Business for the Common Good (co-authored with Scott Rae) was favorably reviewed in the January 2013 volume of Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading journal in its field. Since the book's publication, it has received favorable reviews in a number of academic and reflective practitioner journals including Studies in Christian Ethics, Journal of Markets and Morality, Faith in Business Quarterly, The Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Denver Journal of Theology, Comment, and Themelios.


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