Monday, April 22, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Spring Quarter Updates

I hope you are doing well as we move through the final quarter of the year. These are busy days for our faculty and students, and I certainly keep both near the top of my prayer list for strength, endurance, and perhaps especially pertinent as we move through the Spring Quarter, focus!

If you find time in your schedule, please keep in mind all of the wonderful activities offered on campus – symposiums, lectures, plays ("Letters to Sala" is amazing if you are able to see it this weekend), ensembles, choral productions, senior recitals, art shows, and so much more. We are blessed to have such wonderfully talented people in our midst.

Our tenth day enrollment numbers for Spring Quarter are very strong. There are 3,093 undergraduates and 822 graduate students registered. Both numbers meet our budgeted goals.

The Strategic Planning Sessions are going well. Beyond the ten current Blackboard groups that are in conversation regarding questions about our future, I am holding "Coffee and Conversation" times that are open to all faculty and staff (the next one is Monday, May 6, at 9 a.m. in Upper Gwinn), and I am also visiting various constituent groups and conducting focus group sessions. The current topic relates to our future, and we are on the cusp of thinking about the four emphases I mentioned in my inaugural address:

1. Academic excellence and relevance
2. Transformative and holistic student experience
3. Vital Christian identity and purpose
4. Resource development and attainment

Well, before we know it, Commencement will be upon us. In that regard, I am not sure we have announced it, but I am pleased that Rich Stearns will be our speaker. Rich serves as president of World Vision U.S. and is a member of the SPU Board of Trustees. The following is his bio as found on the World Vision website:

"Prior to joining World Vision, Rich served as CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox. He holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a sense of God's call on his life, he resigned his position at Lenox in 1998 to become World Vision's U.S. president, where he puts his faith into action by working every day to improve the lives of the poor.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich authored The Hole in Our Gospel, named the 2010 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and a new book titled Unfinished. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, and PBS, and written pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and other media outlets. He is a frequent international speaker at churches, conferences, denominational gatherings, and universities."

I know Rich's words will have great meaning and challenge for our graduates.


Bookstore Launches New Website for Faculty

The SPU Bookstore has launched a new faculty support website called “FacultyEnlight." It was developed after Barnes & Noble conducted research including input from faculty across the country. While the process of adopting textbooks is very similar to our current site, the new website will give faculty the ability to research materials, read and write reviews on textbooks, as well as compare cost to students and view format availability. Adoptions will still be submitted by visiting the Bookstore website and clicking on the faculty tab. The only difference will be that the new FacultyEnlight website will launch once the faculty tab is selected. This link takes you to a brief overview of the site and its features. We're excited about this new website and we hope you will be too! More

SPU Sophomore, Published Novelist Danielle Myers at Thursday Food for Thought

During her freshman year at SPU, Danielle Myers sold her first novel to RainTown Press. Now the book is available in hardcover. On Thursday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m., bring your lunch to the Library Reading Room, meet Danielle, and hear her read from The Last Burning of New London, in which a band of underground resistance fighters strive against an oppressive regime. More

Annual Benefits Fair Is Tuesday, April 30

Online Open Enrollment will run April 29 – May 17, and where there's Open Enrollment there's Human Resources annual Benefits Fair! The Human Resources staff would love to have you join us at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Please take a few moments to come by and say hello, stroll around, and enjoy some snacks. This will be an excellent opportunity to run some numbers with the new Cigna team as well as discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Representatives from other featured vendors will also be present: BAC (administrator for our health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts); Washington Dental Service; VSP (our vision plan); and many more. These representatives provide information, answer questions, and bring give-aways. And don't forget the PRIZES! Put it on your calendar. We would love to see you there! Reminder: Pay careful attention to all communications from Human Resources during this Open Enrollment season.

President's Spring Forum Is May 7

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion, with a community reception immediately following. Offices will be closed during that time to encourage everyone to attend.

Join an SPU Bike-to-Work Team

If you are interested in biking to work in May as part of the Commute Challenge, join an SPU team in your area. Teams need a minimum of four riders, and a maximum of 10. Team members can ride together or separately. Contact the team organizer for your area to get started and learn more.

SPU Northenders (North Seattle, Shoreline, Richmond Beach, Edmonds, and south Snohomish County). Team captain: Tracy Norlen at
SPU Sharrows (Seattle, Kenmore, Bothell). Team captain: Jobe Korb-Nice at
SPU Southenders. Team captain: Bryan Jones at
SPU Psychlers. Team captain: Lynette Bikos at
Bike Profs. Team captain: Bill Purcell at

Visit the website to learn about the Commute Challenge. More

Support SPRINT Through Zumba

Support SPRINT's Dominican Republic SPRINT team through Zumba dance! The Neon Dance Party takes place Friday, April 26, 7 p.m., in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The cost is $5 with and SPU ID, $10 without. For more information, contact Lily Gaffney at More

New Circuit Training Class

A new circuit training class is now offered 8-9 the Brougham Pavilion gym. The other classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., also in Brougham.

Summary Annual Report for Health Plan

SPU is required to file certain information about its health and welfare plan on an annual basis with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This provides the annual notification of SPU's filing. To view the Summary Annual Report, visit this link. More

Need a Department Retreat Location? Come to Camp Casey!

Remember the Camp Casey Conference Center for your department retreats (rates as low as $15 per person), or as part of a church or community organization in which you belong ($22-25 per person). Family events are also welcome. Plus, there is a campground at Casey as well. To book a retreat, or schedule a tour, contact the Camp Casey Conference Center at 866-661-6604 or

2013 Summer Housing for Student Employees

A message from University Services: As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188 or

SPU Theatre Presents “Letters to Sala," Special Exhibit Accompanies Play.

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Letters to Sala," based on the book Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner. The play will run April 25-27, at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage in McKinley Hall on the SPU campus. In conjunction with the play, a traveling exhibition of letters, photographs, and documents from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection will be displayed in Kreider Gallery in McKinley Hall until April 30. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the website for more information. More

Women's Self-Defense Class

A women's self-defense class for faculty and staff will be held Tuesday, April 30, 12-1 p.m. (Location TBD.) Learn basic self-defense techniques and safety strategies. The event is hosted by the Wellness Committee.

Social Security Seminar May 8

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 RSVP as soon as you can. More

Campus Retail Specials This Week

Celebrate Earth Week with these great campus specials!
Grill 155: Black Bean Veggie Burger with Sweet Potato Fries, $5.89
Medley in the SUB: Fresh Spinach Salad, $5.99
Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Spring Fling Orange Creamsicles (Italian Soda) 20 percent off
And ALL REFILLS just 79 cents per reusable cup (Monday-Wednesday)

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, May 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 6.


Forshey Presents Paper

Susan Forshey, adjunct instructor of Christian formation, presented a paper titled "(Re)learning How to Read in the Internet Age: Some Lessons from Neuroscience and Lectio Divina" at the biennial conference of the International Academy of Practical Theology at Emmanuel College in Toronto on April 13.

Bikos, Doctoral Student Article Published

An article by Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos and doctoral advisee Julianne Kocheleva Tillman was recently published in the Journal of Career Development. The title of the article was "Life Role Salience and Well-Being Among American Expatriate Spouses in Turkey."

Saunders Article Accepted for Publication

Leland Saunders, assistant professor of philosophy, had an article accepted for publication. The article, "What is Moral Reasoning?" will be published in the journal Philosophical Psychology. The article argues that current conceptions of moral reasoning within moral psychology are inadequate, and offers a robust and positive account of moral reasoning that avoids the shortcomings of current views.

Lee Articles Published

Two articles by Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee were recently published in the Journal of Fashion Information and Technology, Volume 9. One article was titled “The Significance of Technical Design in the Global Fashion Industry" (pp.56-65). The second one, co-written with Dr. Jinhee Lee, was titled “Recommendations for Clothing and Textiles Curriculum Changes for Preparing Global Fashion Professionals" (pp. 66-71).

Sawers Presents Paper

Associate Professor of Accounting Kim Sawers presented a paper titled “The Effect of Active Learning Spaces and Teaching Philosophy on Professors' Instructional Practices" with co-authors David Wicks, director of instructional technology services; Nyaradzo Mvududu, associate professor of education; Lane Seeley, associate professor of physics; and Raedene Copeland, assistant professor of textiles and clothing. Kim presented the paper at the annual “Emerging Technology for Online Learning" conference in Las Vegas, April 9-11.


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