Monday, October 7, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Updates on New Board Members, Enrollment, and Strategic Planning

I hope you are enjoying a great start to the academic year and sense the excitement and energy the undergraduates have brought with them. Even the recent rains haven't dampened their spirits! I continue to pray for all of our students and our collective work together as a community. May God richly bless SPU this year.

At the end of this message you will find an opportunity to engage and offer your thoughts and ideas around the Strategic Plan's First Goal and Objectives; but, first, I thought I would take a moment to update you on a couple of things.

New Board Members
I am pleased to announce four individuals have been elected to join the Board of Trustees this November. They are:

• Ellen Boyer, COO/CFO, Wesley Homes
• Becky Gilliam, Retired/Investment Executive
• Leslie Ruiter, Attorney, Stokes Lawrence
• Mike Quinn, VP/Sales Management, Microsoft Corporation

Although the numbers are not yet official, as of September 30, we currently have 4,250 students registered for Autumn Quarter.

   3,370 enrolled
   2,311 continuing students (87% persistence rate – freshmen to sophomore)
   772 freshmen
   225 transfers
   50 students - RN to BS Program
   12 non-matriculated students

Post Baccalaureate:
   27 students

   853 enrolled

Strategic Planning
Goal 1: Academic Excellence and Relevance

   1. Shape student, faculty, and administrative profiles and structures to reflect, move toward, and sustain our strategic and academic vision for the future.
   2. Seamlessly connect curricular and co-curricular experiences to ensure that graduates have the intercultural competencies, worldwide perspectives and global knowledge to function effectively in a global society, as well as to engage with the broader community in addressing local, national, and global issues.
   3. Seek to understand trends and issues in higher education in order to inform the university's efforts and proactive responses through innovation and program development.
   4. To be developed through further campus engagement and conversation this Fall.

   1. What feedback or thoughts would you offer on the objectives listed above?
   2. Post-November we will be developing strategies and action steps to support the fulfillment of each objective. Are there any you would offer for consideration at this point?
   3. What additional objective(s) would you offer for us to achieve the goal of Academic Excellence and Relevance?

Simply email your responses to


Day of Common Learning With Dr. Thomas Maridada: “Helping Youth Flourish"

Faculty, staff, and students will participate in SPU's 12th annual Day of Common Learning on Wednesday, October 16. (SPU offices will be closed from 9:45 a.m. until 11 a.m.) This year's theme is “Helping Youth Flourish." Dr. Thomas Maridada II, director of National Education Policy, Practice, and Strategic Initiatives for the Children's Defense Fund, will give the morning's keynote address in Brougham Pavilion. His talk is titled “Transforming Our Youth – Transforming Our Nation: Partnering in Service to Invest in the Lives of Our Nation's Youth." This year, our afternoon showcases will highlight SPU's partnerships with local organizations to transform the lives of youth. Also, there will be a special screening of “Girl Rising." This 2013 documentary tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries who have fought for their right to education. Visit the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development website for more information. More

Commuting to SPU via Downtown Seattle?

If your commute to SPU involves a transit connection in downtown Seattle, you may be a good candidate for participation in Metro's Van Share. A Van Share is a way to more-efficiently close the gap between your train, ferry, or bus ride and your workplace. SPU already has two Van Shares that commute between King Street Station and campus, and if there's sufficient interest another van could be added. The desired schedule for the new van would be to arrive on campus at 7 a.m. and depart campus at 4:05 p.m., although this is open for discussion among the riders. If this sounds like it might suit your needs (roundtrip or one-way), or if you want more information, contact Lindsey Peterson in Information and Data Management at or 206-378-5094. Van Share is an option within the Commute Trip Reduction, and fee information is available online. More

Retirement Plan Individual Consultations

Scott Jozefowski, Transamerica Retirement Solutions participant counselor, will be on campus Wednesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 17. Here are some reasons you may want to meet with Scott. 1. You are interested in learning about the effects of pre-tax savings.
2. You are 20 years from retirement and wonder why you need to think about it now.
3. You are 5-10 years from retirement and wonder if you will be able to retire.
4. You would like to consolidate a retirement plan from a former employer to your Diversified account. NOTE: If you are considering consolidating, please bring the most recent copy of your account statements from your other retirement plan(s) to your meeting to assist with these services.

Scott will be meeting with plan participants in the Human Resources Conference Room. Schedule an appointment to meet with him and review your investment options, and make sure you are on track to meet your retirement goals. More

Get in Shape During Lunch

SPU's "Activity 4 Life" classes resume this week. Circuit training, yoga, and Zumba will be offered. Circuit Training
Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the main gym. The cost is $5 for one week of classes, whether you attend one, two, or three. The online process of paying for this class has not been activated.
Tuesdays (beginning October 8), 12-1 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church gym. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Autumn Quarter.
Thursdays, 12-1 p.m. in the main gym. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Autumn Quarter.
Visit the SPU Wellness Committee section on the Human Resources website to register and pay online. More

SPU's New Rotaract Club

Are you interested in global and local community service to help change the world? The School of Business and Economics is sponsoring a new rotary club called "SPU Rotaract Club." Faculty, staff, and students 18-30 years of age are invited to join. There will be an information session (with free pizza and soda) on Tuesday, October 8, 7-8 p.m. in McKenna Hall, 2nd floor Conference Room. For more information, contact graduate student Zac Reichert at

Faculty/Staff Directory Updated

A printable version of the SPU Faculty/Staff Directory is available. The front section of the directory (offices and departments) has been updated for this academic year. The employee section (alphabetical by name, or alphabetical by department) is updated nightly and is also available. Go to for access. The most current and complete employee information is available from the online SPU White Pages. More

Rates and Returns for Transamerica Retirement Solutions

The rates and returns for Transamerica Retirement Solutions as of June 30, 2013, are available online. For more current rates and returns, go to and log into your account. Select Review, and then select Fund and Fee Information. You may select the most current data by quarter or month, choose to review a single page of data, or select and review the full fund prospectus.

“Romancing the Steinway" Featuring Professor Wayne Johnson on October 11

On Friday, October 11, Professor of Music Wayne Johnson will present a solo piano recital titled “Romancing the Steinway."The program will feature many of his personal favorites from the romantic era including music by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, de Falla, Sibelius, and others. This will be Wayne's last recital at SPU before he retires at the end of this school year. This free event will be held in the E.E. Bach Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

"Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body" Exhibit at Art Center Gallery Opens This Week

From October 8 through December 3, SPU's Art Center Gallery will host "Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body," an exhibit in which five contemporary artists explore the space between "the hiding and the revealing of the human form." A reception will be held Tuesday, October 8, 5-7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.The SPAC Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The photograph is often used to reveal what is hidden not only to the eye, but also to the mind. In this exhibit, Ariana Page Russell, Lia Chavez, Maggie Carson Romano, Kent Anderson Butler, and Zack Bent explore how the photograph reveals the body, which is often covered and ornamented. Each artist's contribution explores different aspects of the body and how it is presented in photographs. "Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body" is generously funded by the Lilly SERVE program at SPU. Learn more by visiting the website. More

Open Seattle 2013: Everything Youth Ministry

On Saturday, October 26, a youth ministry event comes to SPU's campus. Open Seattle 2013 is a gathering of local and national youth pastors and other youth ministry workers that celebrates innovation in youth ministry and inspires participants to reach students in new ways. The event will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons. Open Seattle is free for students, and the cost for non-students is $25 until October 20. For more information and registration, visit the website. More

Help for Troubled Teens Community Conversation October 12

On Saturday, October 12, the School of Psychology, Family, and Community will host a community conversation for parents, counselors, and youth workers to share stories on adolescent depression, substance abuse, and recovery. Leading professionals and experts in clinical child psychology will talk about how to recognize the warning signs in troubled teens, and offer proven strategies to help them survive and thrive. This free event will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons, 1-4:30 p.m. Please consider inviting your friends and neighbors. Find out more by visiting the website. More

Spread the Word About the Christian College Fair on October 15

On Tuesday, October 15, 6–8 p.m., SPU will be one of over 40 Christian colleges and universities that will attend the Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle at the Bear Creek School in Redmond. Stop by the Undergraduate Admissions office to pick up a few postcards to help promote Christian higher education at your church. This is a great opportunity for students and families to connect with Christian schools around the country. In addition, there will be workshops on how to pay for college and on the college search process. For directions to the fair and more information, visit the website. More

Cigna: Now What? Sessions October 14 and 22

From Human Resources. Did you receive your Cigna ID card(s)? If you signed up for the HDHP/HSA, did you receive your debit card(s)? Be sure to start your registration at Your user ID and password should be the same as those used to complete the health assessment (survey) in May. If you don't recall your user ID and password, use the "Forgot" links. If you never registered, use the button "Register Now." Add the mobile app "mycigna" to your Android or iPhone. Finally, attend one of the sessions held on Monday, October 14, noon and 3 p.m., or Tuesday, October 22, at noon. All sessions will be in the Library Seminar Room with a representative from Cigna and are for both Cigna plans. The portion applying to both plans runs about 30 minutes, and includes information about with its tools and resources as well as tips or techniques for how to get the most out of your plan. For HDHP/HSA participants, you will receive an additional 30 minutes of information specific to use of your HSA.

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Saturday, October 12
Men's soccer vs Saint Martin's, Interbay Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Women's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, October 10. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 14.


Notess Wins Poetry Award. Special Reading on October 14.

Hannah Notess, managing editor of Response magazine, won the 2013 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award for poets in Washington state. She will read from her new chapbook of poems Ghost House on Monday, October 14, at 7 p.m. at Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle. Everyone is invited to attend. The event is free. More

Overstreet Speaks at Nashville Conference, Covenant College, Lee University

On October 11 and 12, Response Contributing Editor Jeffrey Overstreet will speak at the Hutchmoot 2013 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. He will then accompany his wife, Anne, to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where they have been invited to co-teach a creative writing course as writers-in-residence. Jeffrey will speak to film classes there. On October 15, Jeffrey will go to Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, to give a lecture on movies, faith, and cultural discernment based on his book Through a Screen Darkly. Read more about the Overstreets visit to Covenant. More

Holmes Presents Workshop in Japan

Professor of Music Ramona Holmes presented a workshop on "Multicultural Music Education Materials" at Saga University in Saga, Japan, on September 30. She has been in Saga observing music education classes and working with music education students as part of a grant from the Japanese government with Saga University Professor of Music Education Harumi Aramaki.

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Faculty Give Presentations at APA

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community was well represented at the 2013 convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown presented the posters "Life's Not Fair: Helping Others Reduces the Belief in a Just World" and "Self-enhancement Bias in Partner Choice: My Ideal Partner Is Me (only more so)." SPU student Stephanie Vis-Brown (with Margaret as co-author) presented the poster "Repealing ‘Don't Ask Don't Tell': Impact on Unit Cohesion in the United States."

Associate Professor of Psychology Baine Craft presented the poster "Lever Pressing as a Predictor of Choice in Risk Sensitive Foraging Procedure," and presented the paper "Describing Risk-Sensitive Foraging Using Behavior Systems." SPU student co-authors included Sarah Ballard, Adam Michell, and Juliana Garcia.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Paul Kim presented the poster "Emotional Self-Control, Loss of Face, Etiology Beliefs, and Willingness to See a Counselor Among Asian American College Students: A Test of a Multiple Mediation Model" at the Asian American Psychological Association Convention, a conference within the APA convention. Co-authors included SPU students Katie Stutts and Cassi Teel.

Associate Professor of Psychology Thane Erickson, along with Penn State colleague Dr. Michelle Newman and SPU clinical psychology doctoral students Erin Siebert, Jessa Carlile, and Gina Scarsella, presented the poster "Differentiation of Depression, Social Anxiety, and Worry Using the Interpersonal Circumplex."

Dr. Jayme Fergoda, recent alumna of the clinical psychology program and and former student of Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Marcia Webb, presented her doctoral dissertation research with the help of Marcia's research team (Erin Siebert, Jessa Carlile, Heather Rodney, Laurel Stinar, Stephanie Willis, and Jessica Peterson). The poster was titled "Individuals With Severe Mental Illness Have Overly Nurturant Interpersonal Styles."

Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos presented the paper "The Contribution of International Immersion Learning to Citizenship in the Global Village" at the International Council of Psychologists, a conference within the APA convention. Co-authors included doctoral students Julianne Tillman, Rebekah Forman, Mari Yamamoto, Elizabeth Dykhouse, and Stephen Boutin.

Maria Dal Maso, Jessa Carlile, and Noel Clark, doctoral students of Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn, co-presented the poster "Courage and Perceived Quality of Interpersonal Relationships." Additionally, SPU alumna Kira Mauseth and Professor Thoburn presented the symposium "International Perspectives on Intervention and Recovery Following Violence and Disaster."

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found on the SPU online White Pages.
Christina Barrows, mental health counselor, Student Counseling Center
Karen Engle, administrative assistant, Advancement Services
Kristen Jones, nurse practitioner, Health Services
Paul Lee, lab technician, Engineering
Brad Waidelich, financial analyst, Finance


Pet Photos Begin October 14

The "Pet Photos of the Week" will resume October 14. Please send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin. (The dog to the left is Wimsey, owned by Web Editor Hope McPherson. Wimsey passed away two years ago, and was the first pet featured in the Bulletin.)

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