Monday, May 13, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

The academic counseling team in Student Academic Services will be available for drop-in questions in the lobby of Demaray Hall during the week of registration. This opportunity is for students with questions regarding Autumn Quarter registration only. Academic counselors cannot remove faculty advisor holds, so students must meet with their faculty advisor first. The question table will be open during the following hours: Tuesday, May 14, 12-3 p.m.; Wednesday, May 15, 12-3 p.m.; Thursday, May 16, 9:30-11 a.m.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert May 17

“American Scenes," a concert by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, will be held at First Free Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Accompanying the Ensemble will be the Brass Choir, Flute Choir, and Clarinet Choir. The concert is directed by Gerry Marsh, and this will be his last concert before retiring in June. The repertoire includes Marsh's own “Skookumchuck: A Symphonic Poem," as well as “American Salute" by Morton Gould; “Cake Walk From the Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Russell Bennett; “Every Morning New" by David Holsinger; and “Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

“Last Lecture" With Professor Eric Long

Associate Professor of Biology Eric Long will present the annual “Last Lecture" on Thursday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend. The concept of a “Last Lecture" is based on a 2007 lecture and 2008 book by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who died from pancreatic cancer. In subsequent Last Lectures, professors reflect on what matters most and what wisdom they would hope to share with others. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

Alexander Hall Being Considered for Landmark Status

A public hearing will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Seattle Department of Neighborhood's Landmarks Preservation Board to determine whether Alexander Hall should be nominated as a City of Seattle Landmark. The 120-year-old Alexander Hall is the oldest building on campus. You can send comments to Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator Erin Doherty at Find out more information online. More

Sitecore and Contribute Users Brown Bag Lunch

Are you using Sitecore or Contribute? 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, May 16, noon-1 p.m. in the Lower Weter Conference Room.

Image Journal Honors Luci Shaw

Join Image Journal on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. for the 2013 Denise Levertov Award, honoring Luci Shaw, a poet continually engaging the intersections of art, faith, and the created world. Luci will read from her work, and discuss it with the audience. There will be a cash bar and dessert. Image presents the Levertov Award annually to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the 415 Westlake in Seattle. More

Thinking About Retiring? Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions Webinar May 14

If you've been thinking about retiring, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the nationally portable group medical, prescription drug, and dental plans available through SPU's Emeriti Plan. Learn more about the Emeriti Retiree Health Insurance options on Tuesday, May 14. There will be two sessions for your convenience, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reserve your space now in order to join the teleconference on May 14 by calling 1-855-373-1916.

Retirement Plans: Individual Consultations

Transamerica Retirement Solutions Investment Advisors Participant Counselor Candy Eiler will be on campus Thursday, May 23, in the Human Resources Conference Room, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To schedule individual consultations, select the link on the Human Resources website under Retirement Plan Information titled “Schedule appointment with Transamerica Rep 5/23." Click on to find an open time slot, then select a time by clicking on the select button; enter first name, last name, and phone and email address. Click on to finalize the appointment. 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 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.

The Book of James: A One-Day Introduction

SPU faculty and staff are invited to a free one-day introduction to the Book of James taught by School of Theology Professor and Summer 2013 Lectio Writer Dave Nienhius. The course will be offered Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Upper Gwinn and includes lunch. To register, email by June 11. External guests are also welcome for $20 per person, so please help us spread the word among your networks. Interested guests can email for a registration link.

Image Journal Looking for Interns

For 25 years, Image journal, founded by SPU professor Gregory Wolfe and located on campus, has been publishing the best art and writing that engages with faith and mystery. The journal is looking for interns for the 2013-14 school year who share their vision for the place art has in the life of faith, and who are also diligent, meticulous, and responsible about the daily details. Just like the editors, the interns have a balance of grunt work (daily processing) and glory work (more interesting ongoing projects). Grunt work includes tasks like sorting the mail, responding to emails, and sending out book orders. The glory work for next year's interns includes things like choosing images for the daily Good Letters blog; reading back-issue content in order to tag it for the redesigned website; creating original graphics for social media; and content writing for the online newsletter ImageUpdate, social media, or the website. If you know students who might be interested, have them email Taylor Olsen at with their current resume and a cover letter detailing why they are interested. Staff members will interview all interested candidates, and will begin scheduling interviews the week of May 27.

Camp Casey Fall/Winter Reservations

Fall/Winter reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center. The dates of stay are September 23, 2013, through January 6, 2014. Reservation requests are due by June 1. The fall/winter requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Summer Courses Open to Church, Marketplace Leaders

This summer, SPU's Center for Integrity in Business and Center for Biblical and Theological Education are joining forces to offer two courses at very reasonable prices to church and marketplace leaders, taught by professors Bruce Baker, Daniel Castelo, and Jeff Van Duzer. Topics include a faith-based approach to business, workplace theology, and effective cultural engagement in the public sphere. Please help us spread the word to any who might be interested. For more information, visit the website. More

Medical Plan Changes Hint #4

Online Open Enrollment ends Friday, May 17. If you paid deductible for your Premera Opt 1 or Opt 2 plan April-June, those amounts will also apply to your new deductible in the Cigna OAP-PPO plan. With the HSA/HDHP plan, your deductible restarts with no carryover from prior months. Did you select the new HSA/HDHP plan? Be sure to open your HSA bank account to receive SPU contributions. Visit for more info - ID and password info on the Human Resources website. More

Faculty, Staff Must Complete Open Enrollment

All benefit-eligible employees (unless they have waived medical insurance) must complete Online Open Enrollment which continues through May 17. Why should you complete Online Open Enrollment? This allows you to choose your new medical plan. If you do not make this choice, we will automatically default you (and any dependents you are covering) into the high deductible health plan (HDHP). As a result, you will not receive a Health Savings Account (HSA) or SPU funds until you have satisfactorily answered the eligibility questions in Human Resources. Another reason to complete Online Open Enrollment is to enroll or re-enroll in flexible spending account(s) and designate monthly amounts for your HSA account. You can also adjust family members covered on your medical, dental, and vision, as well as get information about long-term care insurance, additional voluntary life insurance — for which there is a guaranteed issue during Open Enrollment only — and accident insurance (accidental death and dismemberment). Please refer to your Open Enrollment packet of information that was sent to your campus address for guidance and instructions. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources with questions at 206-281-2676 or

Documentary "Rape For Profit" Screening

As a part of its "Go First" Leadership Campaign, the Center for Leadership & Research Development (CLRD) will host the pre-iTunes screening of "Rape For Profit" on Saturday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Created by three former SPU students, this film documents the true stories of women being trafficked in the Seattle area, where more than 500 girls are trafficked each night in the form of sex slavery. The Huffington Post calls the documentary, "disturbing and provocative. A gritty look at Seattle's growing problem with human trafficking." CLRD is joining with Mew Films to actively engage the culture by bringing leadership and social action together. Visit the website for more information. More

Campus Retail Dining Specials

Medley: Fiesta Chicken Chicken Salad, with pico de gallo, tortilla strips, black olives, and cheese, $5.99
Grill 155: It's Back! The classic French Dip,$4.69, or make it a combo for $6.69
Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Look out for these new drinks courtesy of the "Best in Cup: SPU's Next Top Drink" contest. Try a Samocha, with caramel, coconut, and mocha; or a Nutty Irishman, featuring hazelnut, Irish cream, and light mocha sauce; and a third surprise drink announced on Monday. 20 percent off grandes.
Einstein's: Try our new Bagel Thinwiches: Toasted Bacon & Cheese, and Bacon Thin Club. Try one with a medium coffee or medium drink for just $5.49
Subway: $3 Oven-roasted chicken 6-inch sub; or $5 meatball marinara footlong

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 16. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 20.


Faculty, Staff Receive Honors and Years of Service Awards

At the recent President's Spring Forum, faculty and staff were honored for their many years of service to SPU. The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific named Associate Professor of Political Science Ruth Ediger as “Professor of the Year." The Oral V. Hembry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award was given to Multi-Skilled Trades II Mike Cawlfield in Building Maintenance. The Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award went to Michael Potratz, foundation accountant for the Seattle Pacific Foundation. Faculty and staff who have served SPU for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years were also honored.

Lumpe's Doctoral Student Selected

A message from Professor of Education Andrew Lumpe about one of his doctoral students. “Current doctoral student Daihong Chen was selected to participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Database Training Seminar, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Education. The three-day advanced studies seminar focuses on the use of the NAEP database, also called the “Nation's Report Card," for education research and policy analysis. The main NAEP database contains nationally representative achievement scores on 4th, 8th, and 12th graders from public and non-public schools in a variety of academic subjects. Selection to participate is competitive, and the seminar is aimed at faculty and advanced graduate students from colleges and universities. The seminar will take place June 12-14, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia." Find out more information online. Congratulations, Daihong! More

Alsbury's Article Published

An article by Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury and colleagues providing empirical measures of how principals enact prescribed leadership standards into practice was published in the international, peer-reviewed International Journal of Educational Management 27(1), 74-90, 2013. Using Q-methodology and factor analysis, the findings determined three factors; collaboration focus, policy focus, and vision focus that accounted for 38 percent of the variance in the study measuring effective leadership in schools.

Welcome, Amanda

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Amanda Stubbert, assistant director of admissions, campus experience and events, in Undergraduate Admissions.


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



Meet Molly

“Molly is a 13-week-old sweet and adorable little Shetland sheepdog, or “Sheltie" for short. She is already in training (and doing very well, if I do say so myself) to become a therapy dog to work with children with special needs and visit children in the hospital. Molly is a ‘ball of energy' one minute, and getting better at being able to be a calm, gentle snuggling puppy the next. Molly loves people and life, although I must admit it is somewhat like having a toddler in the house right now. The picture in the link demonstrates Molly's growth in relationship to my niece's porcelain rabbit." Debby Hudson, assistant professor and chair of special education. Select the link for more photos of Molly. More

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