Monday, February 3, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


Wall, Nienhuis Offer “A Bite-Sized Introduction to the Whole Bible"

“There is really nothing like it out there." That's what Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall says about a new “bite-sized introduction to the Bible" being written by SPU faculty. On Thursday, February 6, 3-3:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room, Rob will be joined by Associate Professor of New Testament Studies David Nienhuis to read from and discuss this project, which will be published by Baker Academic Press. Their talk is part of the Library's new “Creative Conversations" series. More

ASSP Looking for Student Leaders

The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific are requesting your help in identifying student leaders. A message from ASSP President Isaac Gundersen: “Faculty and staff — Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) elections are approaching. Applications to apply for ASSP officer positions will be available on February 24 on the ASSP website and are due Wednesday, March 12. If you know any students who you think would serve well in a leadership position, please let us know by emailing We will reach out to those students. Positions being elected this year are president, vice president of ministries, vice president of intercultural affairs, vice president of campus activities, executive vice president, and vice president of finance."

Women's Self-Defense Class February 11

The Office of Safety and Security is offering a women's self-defense class on Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m., in Cremona Hall 102. The class is open to all SPU women. Learn to defend against a range of scenarios using basic physical defense techniques. Topics covered include stranger and non-stranger defense, dating safety, and home safety. RSVP online. More

Lecture on Developmental Delays in Children

Developmental delays in speech, language, and communication are common in children, but how do parents know if these problems will turn into disabilities? The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is hosting an evening lecture with speech-language pathologist James Mancini, who will explain the differences between these delays and identify developmental milestones. The lecture will be Tuesday, February 4, 7-8:30 p.m., in Otto Miller Hall 109.

Could You Use $100? Start With Personal Health Screenings

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, pulse, and BMI (Body Mass Index)? Are you covered by one of SPU's medical plans? If you don't know these numbers and you have SPU coverage, there are two ways to get this information. Sign up for the on-site personal health screenings in the Library Seminar Room, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 4 and 5 (sign-up information not yet available). Summit Health will once again provide the on-site screenings. The screening will involve a finger prick. Or you can schedule an appointment with your doctor to get the same information. If you are using your doctor, schedule your appointment soon. Your doctor will need to provide your results to Summit Health via a special fax by March 31 (form not yet available). Watch your mail and the Faculty/Staff Bulletin for additional information. Both methods will require that you fast at least eight hours before the screening (except for water, black coffee, or medications). Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at or 206-281-2676 if you have questions. As with prior years, you will also have a health assessment to complete to receive the $100 incentive. Information on access and dates of the assessment will be forthcoming.

Demaray Chapel Open for Prayer

With Alexander Chapel closed for renovation this year, some have been searching for another sanctuary for silence and prayer. Demaray Chapel in First Free Methodist Church is available to SPU community members for prayer. The chapel is located on the bottom floor of the church, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use the entrance underneath the sky bridge, directly across from the church offices. Once you enter the doors, look for signs directing you toward Demaray Chapel. For more information, contact

Educational Technology and Media Workshops

There are several Educational Technology and Media (ETM) workshops coming up, including a session hosted by Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks on how to collaborate with colleagues and students using Google Drive. In addition, Blackboard Quick sessions are designed to help you become more efficient and confident in your use of Blackboard and increase student learning. All levels of experience are welcome. Please register online.

Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

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 of the month. 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 in Human Resources at 206-281-2676.

SPU Theatre Presents "The Miracle Worker"

The SPU Theatre Department presents the moving story of the relationship between Helen Keller, a young, deaf and blind student, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, in "The Miracle Worker." Performances are February 6-8, with matinees on February 8 at 2 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website. More

“Latin Verse by Women" — Marston Lecture With Professor Owen Ewald

In this year's C. May Marston Lecture, Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will explore Latin verse by women. While literacy among women was rare for many centuries, some women not only read but also composed poetry in Latin. Many of their surviving poems blend pagan mythology, especially nymphs, with Christian theology in creative ways, or adapt an ancient language to a medieval or modern context. The lecture on Tuesday, February 4, at 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn will explore some examples of how women writing in Latin created innovative works for new purposes, despite having few predecessors or contemporaries on the same path.

Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading With Professor Jennifer Maier

Professor of English Jennifer Maier will read from her new book of poems Now, Now at the annual Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading on Friday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery. Jennifer's book is the latest offering in the prestigious Pittsburgh Poetry Series. The reading is part of the Fan Mayhall Gates Writers Series honoring longtime SPU English Professor Fan Gates (who, rumor has it, will be present at the reading.) The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Questions About Your Medical Plan? Sessions on February 4

A representative from Cigna will be on campus Tuesday, February 4, to meet with faculty and staff. Have you been putting off going to the doctor or getting medical procedures because you are nervous about using your plan? Wonder how to find information on the Cigna website related to your particular plan? Have an issue or concern that is requiring multiple calls or causing frustration? Not sure where to go to get something answered? Bring these questions to a session with a Cigna representative on Tuesday, February 4, Library Study Room 2. You can sign up for a 20-minute sessions 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. by calling 206-281-2809.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join Students and Latreia

It's that time again! Join Latreia for their winter service day, which brings students, faculty, and staff together to serve around the community. It's an ideal opportunity for students to get off campus and get involved in different organizations and sites, such as homeless shelters, working with the environment, or food banks. You can either sign up for a service day or let your students know about the dates. Meet in the SUB Gazebo Room at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, for a pancake breakfast, and return to SPU at 3:30 p.m. Learn more about Latreia at their website. More

SPU Scholars Competitions Coming Up

On Monday, February 10, Undergraduate Admissions (UGA) will welcome 50 outstanding applicants to campus to compete for the SPU Scholar Award (full-tuition scholarship). These students will participate in a number of interviews and discussions while also experiencing campus life through tours, class visits, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. UGA will also host a second competition with 50 additional students on Friday, February 21. Please join us in welcoming these students and their families to SPU. If faculty would like to participate in the competition by interviewing candidates, contact UGA Visits and Events Coordinator Mikki Running at

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? You will receive 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.

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.

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Women's gymnastics vs Sacramento State, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons 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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 10. The next deadline is Thursday, February 6.


New Book by Nienhuis, Wall

Scholars have called a new book co-authored by School of Theology professors Dave Nienhuis and Rob Wall "ground-breaking" and an "eloquent challenge to current exegetical communis opinion." Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture (Eerdmans) is a detailed examination of the historical formation, literary aesthetic, and theological integrity of an oft-neglected collection of New Testament letters, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude. While most modern scholars interpret biblical texts against the diversity of their individual historical points of composition, Rob and Dave make a different case. Reading the Bible as the church's Scripture, they argue, is better served by attending to those circumstances that occasioned the formation of these seven writings into a discrete, canonical collection designed to maximize the holy Spirit's communication of the apostolic witness of God's word to believers everywhere and at any time. As always, they would enjoy interacting about their book with members of the SPU community.

Williams Appointed Editor

Joseph Williams, dean of the School of Business and Economics, was recently appointed as the editor of the “Living in a C-Suite" section of IT Professional magazine. The magazine offers solid, peer-reviewed information about today's strategic technology issues.

Schlee's Article Published

An article by Professor of Marketing Regina Schlee and Katrin Harich was published in Marketing Education Review, Volume 23, Number 3/Fall 2013, pp 209-24. The article is titled "Teaching Students How to Integrate and Assess Social Networking Tools in Marketing Communications."

Welcome, Camille

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Camille Park, office coordinator in The Graduate Center.


Facility and Management Services Get in the Seahawks Spirit

Here are a couple photos from the Office of Facility and Project Management's "Tailgate BBQ" on Friday before the Super Bowl. Also notice a cutout on the white board in the conference room of everyone wearing their Seahawks attire. Select the link to see the photos. More

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