Monday, January 6, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


Tell Your Students About Senior Week

Please tell your students about “Senior Week," a series of workshops hosted by the Center for Career and Calling to help students prepare for life after college. Although the title is “Senior Week," the presentations are open to all students and alumni. The guest speakers include several nationally recognized experts, including Dr. Bryan Dik from Colorado State University, Carol Vecchio from Centerpoint Institute, and Richard Dahlstrom from Bethany Community Church. Please encourage students to attend, and feel free to join us. More

Community Bible Study Begins January 8

SPU faculty and staff are invited to the 2014 Winter Community Bible Study on Wednesday nights beginning January 8. The study will be taught by Assistant Professor of New Testament Laura Sweat. Each week's class will consist of lecture, contemplative reflection, and intergenerational small groups focused on application of the text. For more information and to sign up, visit the website. More

"Career Guidance From Spider-Man, the Puritans, and a Hospital Janitor"

Award-winning researcher, author, and speaker Bryan Dik will give a public lecture as part of the Center for Career and Calling's "Senior Week." Dik, associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University and an international expert in vocational psychology, will give a lecture titled "Web-Slinging and World Changing: Career Guidance from Spider-Man, the Puritans, and a Hospital Janitor" on Thursday, January 16, 7-8:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. He is the co-founder of jobZology, a scientifically rooted, internet-based assessment system that matches employers and job seekers. His research is primarily in the area of career development, especially perceptions of work as a calling, the role of faith in career decision-making and planning, career counseling interventions, and measurement of vocational interests. The lecture is free and open to the public. More

Employee Benefit and Payroll Changes Due by the 15th of Each Month

The 15th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. It must be submitted to HR by the 15th of the month, prior to your dependent's access to new coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might also include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you wish to make to your 403b account contributions must be made by the 15th. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions 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, associate director of Human Resources, at 206-281-2676.

Do You Use Sitecore or Contribute?

Do you have technical questions or need a refresher on how to use Sitecore or Contribute to update your department's website? Come to the brownbag lunch and get your questions answered. The next lunch will be Thursday, January 16, 12-1 p.m. in the University Communications conference room. Bring your lunch (cookies will be provided) and laptop, and you'll get one-on-one help from the University Communications Web Team. You'll also get some helpful tips on how to set up Sitecore builders, and the new Sitecore Check In/Publish workflow process demo. If you need technical assistance in between brownbag lunches, contact

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Thursday, January 9
Men's basketball vs Alaska Fairbanks, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 10
Women's gymnastics vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 11
(Televised game on ROOT Sports.) Women's basketball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 3 p.m.
(New start time.) Men's basketball vs Alaska Anchorage, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Host Families Needed

The American Homestay Network (AHN) is looking for families to temporarily host international students coming to SPU as part of the MIE University Study Tour. The students are often in their final years of high school (ages 15-18), and are considering attending college in the United States upon graduation. AHN will pay a hosting fee and provide online training and orientation, a 24-hour professionally staffed hotline, interpreter services, and many other amenities. Visit the website for more information. More

It's Snowing! Is SPU Open?

The quickest way to learn whether SPU is closed or running late due to inclement weather is to call the Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800. The phone line will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

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 Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, January 13. The next deadline is Thursday, January 9.


Langford's Article Published

An article by Assistant Professor of Theology Michael Langford was published on Patheos, one of the leading websites for online discussion of religion. The article was titled "A Faith of Their Own," and deals with parents passing faith on to their children. Read the article online. More

Mason Part of New Study Abroad Program

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, will co-lead a new student study abroad program hosted by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. The program, "Liberty and Free Markets in England," will be held this summer and is funded by a recent grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. More

Castelo Teaches in El Salvador

Daniel Castelo, associate professor of theology, recently taught a weeklong course in Ahuachapan, El Salvador, for the Methodist Church in Central America through the Course of Study Program supported by Duke Divinity School. Daniel taught students from Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. His class was titled "Theology and Suffering."

Schermer Sellers Work Featured

The unique integration of spirituality and sexuality that marks the work of Tina Schermer Sellers, director of the Medical Family Therapy Program, was featured in the cover article "In Pursuit of Sacred Sex" in the July/August issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. Couples from Tina's "Passion for Life Intimacy Retreat" were interviewed for the story.

Welcome, Kate

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Kate Barker, office coordinator in Undergraduate Admissions. More


Maier's Book Listed in Seattle Times

The new poetry book by Professor of English Jennifer Maier was included in the weekly “NW Books" column in the Seattle Times on December 17. More

Volume #42, Issue #1 | Published by: University Communications

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