Monday, January 13, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel With Special Guest Juan Huey-Ray and Sound of the Northwest

SPU's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel will be Tuesday, January 21, at 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The program will feature readings from Dr. King's book Letter From a Birmingham Jail, and music will be led by Juan Huey-Ray and Sound of the Northwest. Offices and departments will be closed during that time for faculty and staff to attend.

Metalworking: Then and Now

Seattle jewelry artist Aran Galligan and local art collector Bob Corson are featured in "Precious Metals," the current exhibit at the Seattle Pacific University Art Center Gallery (SPAC). The exhibit runs January 13-February 14, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m. Corson will give a lecture in the gallery at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22. The gallery, reception, and lecture are free and open to the public. The SPAC Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More

Have a Health Savings Account (HSA)? Sessions About Filing Your Taxes

A message from Human Resources: Did you know that you need to do something special when you file your taxes this year if you have a Health Savings Account? You will be receiving forms from Chase bank to help you complete your taxes. Human Resources is offering several sessions for you to find out what the forms are, why you will receive them, what they look like, and the information they contain. All sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room. No RSVP necessary. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Monday, February 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4. 9-10 a.m., 12-1 p.m., and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This Week's Chapel: Reflection on John 9

Jeff Keuss, associate dean of the seminary and professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture, will share reflections from John 9 on Tuesday, January 14, at 11:10 a.m. during the weekly Gather service at First Free Methodist Church. Gather services are featuring the current Lectio series.

Get in Shape During Lunch. New Times for Yoga and Zumba

SPU's Activity 4 Life classes of circuit training, yoga, and Zumba are offered during the lunch hour.

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, (new time) 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church gym. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Winter Quarter.
Thursdays, (new time) 11-12 p.m. in the lower gym in Brougham Pavilion. Cost is $6 per session, or $50 for Winter Quarter.

Visit the SPU Wellness Program section on the Human Resources website to register and pay online. More

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

"Soul Change to Social Change: Racial Reconciliation and the Church 2014"

On Saturday, February 22, the Center for Biblical and Theological Education will host a one-day conference on racial reconciliation with Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor of reconciliation studies. Faculty and staff are invited to attend, and are encouraged to invite others from their various networks (church, friends, family). For more information and to register, 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 public lecture 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.

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Saturday, January 18
Indoor track & field at University of Washington Indoor Preview, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 9 a.m.
For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Host Families for International Students Still 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

Brownbag Lunch to Learn About Sitecore, 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 brownbag lunch will be Thursday, January 16, 12-1 p.m. in the University Communications conference room located in Lower Weter Hall. Bring your lunch 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

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, January 21. The next deadline is Thursday, January 16.


New Book by VanZanten

Reading a Different Story: A Christian Scholar's Journey From America to Africa by Professor of English Susan VanZanten has recently been published by Baker Books. The second book in the Turning South series (the first is by Nicholas Wolterstorff), Reading a Different Story is an academic memoir tracing Susan's growth and development as a scholar with a passion for the global south. The narrative follows her childhood and intellectual awakening in Lynden, Washington, life at Westmont College and Emory University, the embrace of Christian feminism at Covenant College, and the move into the life of the teacher-scholar at Calvin and SPU. Marilyn McEntyre calls it "a rich weave of memoir and theological reflection [that] makes a compelling argument for curricular globalization."

Perez Quoted in Book

Dean of Students for Community Life Joel Perez was quoted in the epilogue to Edward Gilbreath's Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church. He was interviewed about how King's letter relates to the current struggle in seeking immigration reform. The book was published by InterVarsity Press.

Kato Gives Presentation

Sharleen Kato, professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave two presentations at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) national meeting in Las Vegas. One presentation focused on integrating core curriculum, and one focused on incorporating STEM concepts into teaching life span development. ACTE members include career and technical educators, administrators, and guidance counselors at the secondary and postsecondary levels. At the conference, the publisher of Goodheart Willcox introduced two new supplementary materials authored by Sharleen including the Instructor's Annotated Workbook and the Workbook for the Lifespan Development textbook released earlier this year.

Overstreet on Top 10 Chapel Speakers List, Talks About Film on "Live From Seattle"

Covenant College, located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, highlighted Contributing Editor for Response magazine Jeffrey Overstreet as one of their Top 10 Chapel Speakers of 2013 for his October presentation titled "Christian Storytelling and a Failure of the Imagination." Jeffrey also was a guest on KGNW radio's "Live From Seattle" show, hosted by Doug Bursch, on December 20, 2013, to talk about how to become a more discerning moviegoer. Bursch invited Jeffrey back to the program on January 3, 2014, to discuss his favorite films of 2013 and controversy surrounding the film, "The Wolf of Wall Street." Select the link to see Covenant College's "Top Ten" lists. More

Denton's Article Published

An article by David Denton, assistant professor of teacher education, was published in the journal of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education. The article was titled "Responding to edTPA: Transforming Practice or Applying Shortcuts, Discusses Implications of Adopting a Commercially Scored Performance Assessment as a Requirement for New Teacher Certification."

Ferreiro's Book Translated Into Chinese

The Twelve Prophets: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was recently translated into Chinese. The book was published by InterVarsity Press in 2003, and has already been translated into Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Korean.

Franz Presents Paper

Randy Franz, associate professor of management, presented a paper “An Exercise in Theological Imagination: Missing Constructs and Management Implications" at the Christian Business Faculty Association conference in October at Olivet Nazarene University.

Correction: Mason Part of New Study Abroad Program

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, will co-lead a new student study abroad program this summer. It is not hosted by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as was stated in the last Faculty/Staff Bulletin.

Welcome, Chris

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Chris Reed, assistant coach of cross country/track & field in Athletics.

Volume #42, Issue #2 | Published by: University Communications

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