Monday, October 13, 2003 Seattle Pacific University


Autumn Quarter Enrollment Update (unofficial)

After the first week of classes, SPU appears to be on track to meet its enrollment goals. The following reflects registration activity through October 3, 2003, and includes enrollment in research and development programs.

HeadcountFall 2003 Fall 2002

Faculty Art Show Reception on October 16

The Art Department invites you to view this year's exhibition of work by the art faculty. The exhibition will be on display in the Art Center Gallery until October 17 and includes work by Professors Laura Lasworth, Roger Feldman, Suzanne Brooker, Liza Halvorsen, Virginia Causey, Susan Harris, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, Scott Karman and Michael Caldwell. There will be a special reception in the gallery to meet the artists and discuss their work on Thursday, October 16, at 7 p.m.

University Player's Preview October 16

Faculty and staff are invited to the University Players' preview of their high school touring show titled "The Call" on Thursday, October 16, at 1 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, lower McKinley Hall. The play was written by SPU and University Players alums Danny Walter '93, Afarin Morgan '93, Eric Morgan '93 and Esther Williamson '98. Refreshments will be provided.

New Student Employee Orientation October 16

The Office of Student Employment and Student Payroll will be conducting a “New Student Employee Orientation" on Thursday, October 16, at 2 p.m in the Library Seminar Room. Topics covered include, Who/What/Where is the Office of Student Employment?, student employment paperwork, work study employment vs. non-work study, the student employee handbook, general dos and don'ts of student employment and electronic payroll procedures. The session will be approximately 45 minutes. Students who attend should be paid for this time. Contact Bob Yohnka, student employment coordinator, at (206) 281-2047 or with questions.

Play Some Basketball or Volleyball During Lunch

The NBA (Noon Basketball Activity) and VIM (Volleyball Inside Most-of-the-Time) invite staff and faculty to join us for some grace-filled community in Brougham Pavilion. Basketball games are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the upper gym from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (or whenever enough people show up to start). Contact Bill Woodward at (206) 281-2163 or Volleyball games are Tuesdays in the lower gym beginning at 11:30 a.m. Contact Tim Gatlin at if interested.

Compass Theme House Looking for Mentors

The Compass Theme house is looking for faculty and staff members who have a desire to mentor SPU students. The ministry seeks to facilitate intentional mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and its students. Such relationships provide students a chance to benefit from your wisdom, knowledge and experiences while you invest into the campus community on a very personal level. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, contact us for more information. Training materials will be provided, and mentoring will begin Winter Quarter. We can be reached at or contact Christine Chaney, assistant professor of English, at To see more about our ministry, visit the Web site. More

Intercultural Bridge Retreat at Camp Casey

On October 17-18, members of the SPU community from various cultural backgrounds will come together to explore and celebrate their uniqueness. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us at Camp Casey for food, fellowship and fun as we reflect and dialogue about the impact of culture on our personal identity and relationships with others. Cost is $10 per person. Meet in SUB Gazebo Room at 5 p.m. on October 17. Sign up in the ASSP office.

Dramatic Reading by Rendleman

The G.K. Chesterton Society presents a dramatic reading by Associate Professor of Communication Todd Rendleman titled “The Action of Mercy: A Flannery O'Connor Performance Hour" on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm. The event will be held in Casey Commons, Casey Hall at Seattle University. All attendees are invited for refreshments and discussion after the lecture.

Amnesty International Letter-Writing Campaign

Amnesty International (AI) is an independent, international movement working impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, for fair and prompt trials for political prisoners and for an end to torture and execution. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, AI consists of over one million members and supporters in more than 150 countries around the globe. SPU's chapter of AI has been active for many years, sponsoring letter-writing campaigns and campus events related to human-rights activism. This quarter, AI is hosting the letter-writing table immediately before and following GROUP, on alternate Wednesdays, beginning October 8. For faculty and staff who desire to participate in the letter-writing campaign, model letters will be distributed to mailboxes. If interested, contact AI faculty advisor Mícheál Roe at (206) 281-2252 or In addition, AI will host a kick-off faith-and-learning forum on the Christian's call to human rights activism later this month. Please consider acting on behalf of persons unjustly imprisoned. Your efforts truly can make a difference. For further information, contact AI's student leaders Lori Chase at or Lindsay Jensen at

Come Cheer on the SPU Trivia Team October 22

For a great night out, you can't beat the annual Washington Literacy Trivia Bee, Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall in downtown Seattle. The SPU Dream Team of Academe (Eric Hanson, professor of music; Steve Perisho, SPU librarian and learning consultant for theology, humanities and fine arts; and Tim Surdyk, SPU alum and wife of Associate Professor of Economics Lisa Surdyk) will compete with 20 other trivia teams from local companies and organizations. Enjoy hilarious emceeing by NPR's Bill Radke. This event is a fundraiser for Washington Literacy, which supports literacy services throughout Washington state. SPU has had a team in this event for the last three years. For tickets ($20), contact Tracy Cooper, news and media relations manager, at (206) 281-2977 or

New Service Allows Access to Millions of Books for SPU Community

Summit, the regional catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, is a new service available for SPU faculty, staff and students. More than 22 million books and other materials can be requested from academic libraries in Oregon and Washington. The alliance includes all public four-year universities and colleges in the two-state region, as well as 11 private colleges and two community colleges. Books may be requested for two- to three-day delivery to the SPU library. On-site borrowing is also available at any alliance library with the presentation of a valid SPU I.D. For further details, go to the SPU Library's Web page or read the alliance's news release. More

Weekly Time of Prayer

As the new school year begins, make plans to attend the 30-minute liturgical service of prayer and communion every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Alexander Chapel. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come and pray for the SPU community and the world.

Spanish Language Table on Thursdays

Please join in conversation at the Spanish language table on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the SUB. This is great practice for students, faculty and staff interested in improving their conversational command of Spanish! It's informal and listening is ok.

Free Tickets for Faculty and Staff

The Falcons invite all faculty and staff to join us for another exciting year of SPU athletics, and it won't cost you a dime. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion and -- if using the Interbay Shuttle -- home soccer games as well. Simply show your staff I.D. at the Brougham Pavilion ticket window or on board the shuttle to Interbay Stadium.

Tell High School Students About the Christian College Fair on October 22

The Seattle Christian College Fair is Wednesday, October 22, from 6-9 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church adjacent to the SPU campus. Admissions professionals representing more than 55 regional and national Christian colleges and universities will answer questions about Christian higher education, financial aid and scholarships. Refreshments will be served. High school and transfer students and their families are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (206) 281-2021.

Staff Payroll Change?

\The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Lindsey Peterson, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at (206) 281-2533.

Church Retreats Welcome at Camp Casey

Churches from all over Puget Sound choose Camp Casey for their youth, men's and women's retreats. Camp Casey Conference Center is available year-round for your church, school or service organization. Relax, recreate and renew at our amazing location on Whidbey Island. Call the Camp Casey office toll-free at (866) 661-6604 or email to request an information packet for yourself or someone you know.


Nemtchinova Publishes Paper

A paper written by Katya Nemtchinova was recently accepted for publication in the volume titled Best Practices for Using Technology to Teach and Learn in the Foreign Language Classroom. Katya is an assistant professor of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Russian. The title of her paper is "Creating Original Language Teaching Materials With Presentation Software."

Uomoto Invited to NIDRR Conference

Jay Uomoto, professor of graduate psychology, was recently invited to deliver a presentation titled "Multicultural Perspectives in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation" in Washington, D.C., to the “Rehabilitation Interventions Following TBI: State-of-the-Science 2003" conference. The conference was sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The presentation will be published by Oxford University Press in a book chapter that contains other presentations from the conference.

Maddox Wrapping Up Wesley Anniversary Lectures

Randy Maddox, the Paul T. Walls professor of Wesleyan Theology, is wrapping up his year speaking at events celebrating the 300th anniversary of John Wesley's birth. He was part of a celebration at Asbury Theological Seminary, October 1-3, where he gave a presentation on “Wesley Studies in the 21st Century: Controversies, Challenges and Hopes." He then went to Central Christian College, a sister Free Methodist school in McPherson, Kansas, to deliver its Wesley Lectures on October 6.

West's Essay on Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

John West, associate professor of political science, recently published an essay commemorating the 150th anniversary of the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin in a special Civil War issue of the July/August 2003 edition of Books and Culture. The essay, titled "Going Back to Uncle Tom's Cabin," explored the Christian political rhetoric of evangelical novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Welcome, Jodie Bullock

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Jodie Bullock as the new administrative assistant in the information and data management office.

Shelton Sings with Dickens Carolers

Tiffany Shelton, office representative in the admissions and academic counseling office, has been chosen to spend this season singing with the Dickens Carolers. Adorned in Victorian dress, each a cappella quartet consists of two ladies in velvet and two gentlemen wearing tailcoats and top hats. Holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony. The sights and sounds of the Dickens Carolers are indeed a holiday treat. If you act now, you may be able to book Tiffany's quartet! For more information on how to book a quartet, visit the Web site. More


Mourtzanos' New Son

Manny Mourtzanos, assistant director of residence life, and his wife, Laurel, have been blessed by their first child, Samuel Henry Mourtzanos. "Sammy" was born on Saturday, September 27. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Sammy sports a full head of hair, which Manny admits he must have inherited from his mother. Congratulations to the Mourtzanos family!


Faculty Positions

For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the Web site at or call (206) 281-2508 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential faculty members to SPU.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of French
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy
Assistant or Associate Professor of Philosophy
Associate Professor or Professor of Graduate Psychology
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization

Staff Positions

For more information on all current staff vacancies, access the following resources: , the job line at (206) 281-2065, or stop by the HR office. Call Kathleen Abbott at (206) 281-2591 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential employees to SPU.

Application Processing Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions: Marketing and Communication, Undergraduate Admissions
Communications Specialist, University Communications
Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development, School of Education
Director of Student Financial Services, Student Financial Services
Graduate Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Graduate Admissions Counselor-Education (20 hrs/wk), Graduate Center
Graduate Admissions Counselor—School of Health Sciences (20 hrs/wk), Graduate Center
Maintenance Mechanic II, Plant Services
Medical Assistant (10-months), Health Services
Multi-Skilled Trades II, Plant Services
Processing Assistant (temporary, 8-months), Admissions
Women's Residence Hall Maintenance Technician, Plant Services

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