Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Library's Creative Conversations: Open Blogging Platforms

School of Education professors David Wicks and Andrew Lumpe will present "bPortfolios: Using an Open Blogging Platform for Reflective Learning." The presentation, part of the Library's Creative Conversation series, will be Thursday, November 14, 12:10-12:50 p.m. in the SPU Library Reading Room. David and Andrew will show how blog portfolios, or bPortfolios, can be a workspace for students and professors to reflect on current learning, and how they can serve as a final showcase of achievements during a program. Do you have a question or a comment about how blogging can be part of a student's experience, or an instructor's? You're invited to join the conversation. More

Invite International Students to Thanksgiving

If you are willing to include international students at your Thanksgiving gathering, contact Susan Okamoto Lane, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, at solane@spu.edu with how many you can host, your home address, and contact information. (Note: Students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student. Campus housing will remain open during the Thanksgiving weekend.)

N.T. Wright Public Lecture on November 13

Bishop N.T. Wright, one of the world's leading Bible scholars, comes to campus on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion. He will talk about his newest book, The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential, and make an argument for why Christians must “read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms." The lecture is free and open to the public. Please invite family and friends to this special event. Be sure to arrive early. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) The event is sponsored by The Center for Biblical and Theological Education. More

A Cornucopia of Instrumental Music on November 15

Come enjoy an autumn concert featuring a variety of SPU's talented music ensembles on Friday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert's repertoire is a celebration of 19th century German composer Richard Wagner's bicentenary. This concert is free and wheelchair accessible. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Sign Student Petition

A message from Laura Nile, theology senator, with Associated Students of Seattle Pacific. "Student Senate recently passed a grassroots petition for members in the SPU community to sign, pledging to refrain from media that perpetuates rape culture. We believe this is important because this kind of media can trigger memories of sexual assault for former victims, and refraining from this music is an important part of making SPU a safe space. The petition goes into further details and we would love your support. Consider signing the petition and engage in conversations about the issue with fellow staff and students. We will have a community forum on Monday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Weter Lounge. Contact me at nilel@spu.edu if you have questions." Read the petition online. More

Nominate a Colleague for “Staff Member of the Month"

Did you notice a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty this month? SPU staff council is now accepting nominations for Staff Member of the Month. Both faculty and staff members can nominate people using this online form. More

Academic Counselor Drop-In Appointments

The academic counseling team in Student Academic Services (SAS) 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 Winter 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: Wednesday, November 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, November 14, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday, November 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Invite Prospective Students to Pizza With the President

Will you be going to Tradition this year on Friday, December 6? Do you have a high school student who is thinking about college choices? Then please invite that student to join President Martin for “Pizza With the President," a new pre-Tradition tradition. Guests will have the chance to see the newly renovated Falcon Club, chat with President Martin, and enjoy a slice or two of pizza. Admission is free with RSVP. Sign up online. More

Presenting and Preserving Your Scholarship With Digital Commons

Learn about self-archiving and how Digital Commons @ SPU can help you present and preserve your scholarship. The workshop is Wednesday, November 13, 12-1 p.m. in the Library Classroom on the main floor, and lunch will be provided. Register online by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12. Select the link to register. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Latreia Service Day

Join Latreia for their quarterly service day that brings together students, faculty, and staff to serve around the community at several different places. It is an ideal opportunity to get off campus and get involved in different organizations and sites, such as homeless shelters, environmental organizations, or food banks. Faculty and staff can either sign up for a service day, or let your students know about the dates. The first one is Saturday, November 16. Learn more online. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Edcamp on November 16

Edcamp Seattle is a free professional development opportunity for teachers, provided by teachers. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead and come with the anticipation of a full day of learning. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices, or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators. The day will begin with time to meet other teachers over coffee. There will be an empty session board where you and all attendees can post session titles. Over the course of the day, you will have the opportunity to attend up to three sessions. The rule of the “unconference" is to "vote with your feet." If a session doesn't meet your needs, simply get up and move on to another room. You will learn something new, maybe make a new friend, and receive information that you can immediately apply in your classroom and professional life! Edcamp Seattle is Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Bertona Hall. Learn more about the event and register online. 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.

Order Pumpkin Pies by November 15 to Support Summer SPRINT Teams

This summer, SPRINT will send eight student-led teams to learn and serve alongside local Christian leaders around the globe. Support the summer SPRINT teams by purchasing 12-inch pumpkin pies for $10 each. To order, email student Daniel Lee at Leed13@spu.edu with the number of pies desired and your on-campus delivery location. Pies will be delivered Monday, November 25, and the deadline to order is November 15. Payment will be collected when pies are delivered. Learn more about the summer SPRINT teams. More

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Thursday, November 14
NCAA women's soccer tournament — SPU vs. Sonoma State (in Bellingham), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 15
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic basketball (all Brougham Pavilion)
Women: Central Washington vs. Point Loma Nazarene, 1 p.m.
Men: Central Washington vs. Dixie State, 3 p.m.
Women: Montana Tech vs SPU, 5 p.m.
Men: Colorado Christian vs SPU, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 16
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic basketball (all Brougham Pavilion)
Women: Central Washington vs. Montana Tech, 1 p.m.
Men: Central Washington vs. Colorado Christian, 3 p.m.
Women: Point Loma Nazarene vs SPU, 5 p.m.
Men: Dixie State vs SPU, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

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 fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, November 14. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 18.


VanZanten Chairs Panel Discussion

At the recent national Lilly Fellows Network Conference held at the University of Scranton, Professor of English Susan VanZanten chaired a panel discussion on faculty mentoring programs. Her book, Joining the Mission: A Guide for (Mainly) New College Faculty, received an honorable mention in the biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award program, which was won by Mark Noll's Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind. The award "honors an original and imaginative work from any academic discipline that best exemplifies the central ideas and principles animating the Lilly Fellows Program. These include faith and learning in the Christian intellectual tradition, the vocation of teaching and scholarship, and the history, theory, or practice of the university as the site of religious inquiry and culture." Susan also recently published "Off-Kilter Everywhere," a review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel, Americanah, in the November/December issue of Books & Culture.

MacDonald's Entry Published

A entry written by Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Don MacDonald titled "Diversity Education in Psychology" was published in the 2014 edition of the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty Give Presentations

Several members of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) faculty recently gave presentations. Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition Daniela Geleva gave a presentation titled “Kenya at the Crossroads: A New Nutrition Status Influencer in HIV/AIDS Patients in Nairobi" at the international, interdisciplinary Food Studies Conference in Austin, Texas, in October.

FCS professors Raedene Copeland, Sandra Hartje, and Sharleen Kato recently gave presentations at the joint meeting of the Washington Association of Family and Consumer Sciences/Family and Consumer Science Educators Association annual conference in Vancouver, Washington. Raedene's session was titled “What's Your Brand?" Sandra presented on “FCS and Public Policy — Back to the Basics," and led a discussion session following the screening of the documentary “American Winter." Sharleen led a workshop titled “No Place to Call Home: Helping Youth in Crisis Achieve Academically."

Pope-Levison Presents Paper

Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison recently presented a paper at the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies. The paper was titled “Fissures in Chicago Methodism in the Progressive Era: Three Mission Strategies." Priscilla was also named to the planning committee for the next institute in 2018.

Cannavan Gives Lecture

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan recently gave a lecture at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference in Arizona. The presentation was titled "The Scientific Foundation of Stretching; Implications for Sports Performance and Muscle Growth." Other presenters included the renowned Olympic Power Coach Dan Pfaff and the NFL Players Association Director of Performance Mark Verstagen. Dale reports that his lecture was well received.

Langford Gives Presentation

Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Michael Langford gave a presentation at Open Seattle 2013, a youth ministry conference co-hosted by the School of Theology and held at SPU on October 26. The presentation was titled “Subhuman: Thinking About Disability and Youth," and showed how attitudes toward youth and people with disabilities bear a striking similarity based upon what we consider to be “human."

Brown Presents at Conference, Co-authors Book

Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown presented a paper titled “How Service Learning Impacts the Development of Students' Social Justice Attitudes" at the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement conference in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this month. Her research was conducted with student service learners in her social psychology courses, and examined features of service-learning sites that predicted attitude change. Margaret is currently co-authoring a book manuscript on service learning and psychology titled Psychological Literacy, Service Learning, and the Public Good, to be published in 2014 by the American Psychological Association.

Mezulis' Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis, along with SPU alumnus Jordan Simonson PhD and external colleagues, was recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The title of the article is "Affective, Biological, and Cognitive Predictors of Depressive Symptom Trajectories in Adolescence." At this pre-printed stage, the article is available online. More

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalan Sermon on St. Martin of Tours" was published in Hispania Sacra, a publication of the CSIC (Barcelona-Madrid). St. Martin of Tours was one of the most widely venerated saints in the Middle Ages, and the St. Martin of Tours cult continues to this day in many parts of the world. In the Middle Ages, he became as popular as the other major saints such as Thomas Becket, Santiago de Compostela, and the Virgin Mary. St. Martin's cult became very prominent in the Iberian Peninsula before and after the emergence of the cult of Santiago de Compostela. In St. Vicent Ferrer's voluminous sermons, the Catalán sermon is dedicated to this most venerated Gallic saint. The most important late ancient and early medieval sources that form the background of this sermon are by Sulpicius Severus- the "Gallus" and "Vita Sancti Martini." In the high Middle Ages, however, his cult was popularized through the "Legenda Aurea" written by the Dominican Jacobus of Voragine, who synthesized Sulpicius' two works on St. Martin. Moreover, St. Vicent preached not to make any major doctrinal breakthroughs — his main interest was to evangelize, not to write academic theology. He nevertheless exhibited great creativity. The object of Alberto's study is St. Vicent's Catalán sermon Alius Sermo Sancti Martini, CXXXIV.

Steinke Gives Presentation

Professor of Management and Information Systems Gerhard Steinke, along with alumnus Andrew Williams '13, recently gave a presentation titled "Evaluating the Use of Social Media in the Banking Industry." The presentation was made at the 24th annual conference of the International Information Management Association at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, in October. Andrew is a graduate of the School of Business and Economics' MASSM program (Master of Arts-specialization in Social and Sustainable Management.)


Murg on KING-5 News

Adjunct political science faculty Bradley Murg was interviewed by KING-5 news (Channel 5) about the recent elections in Washington state. Read the interview online. More


Your Pet Featured Here

The "Pet Photo of the Week" feature is accepting submissions. Send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Bulletin editor at fsb-editor@spu.edu. Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin.

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