Monday, February 2, 2004 Seattle Pacific University


Dr. McKenna on "Who is Jesus?"

“The Psychology of Jesus" is the topic of this year's annual Psychology and Faith Forum on Tuesday, February 3, at 1 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Dr. David L. McKenna, former SPU president and author of more than 24 books on topics from psychology, biblical commentary, leadership, history and theology, is the keynote speaker. He will focus on “Who is Jesus?" a question recently posed by Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson's new film "The Passion of the Christ."

Wolfe Reads From His Latest Book on Feb. 8

SPU writer-in-residence Gregory Wolfe will read from his latest book Intruding Upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith and Mystery at the Elliott Bay Book Company on Sunday, February 8, at 3 p.m. He is the author of several books including a biography of Malcolm Muggeridge and one on prayer and children. Greg is also the editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, based on the SPU campus. The Elliott Bay Book Company is located at First Street and South Main Street in Pioneer Square in Seattle. This event was rescheduled from January 6.

Graduate Center Open House February 10

If your goal is to obtain a graduate degree, plan to attend the Graduate Programs' Open House on Tuesday, February 10, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus. Learn about career trends in your field of interest and talk to counselors who can get you to your goal of achieving a graduate certificate or degree. SPU offers many graduate program options, from a master of art in sport and exercise leadership to a doctorate in clinical psychology. For more information on the graduate programs, visit the Web site. More

SPRINT Applications Available for Faculty,Staff

Did you know that SPRINT trips are also available to all faculty and staff? Are you looking for an exciting and fulfilling way to spend your summer? Consider a short-term mission trip with SPRINT. We have trips to Peru, China, Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Indonesia and Malawi. Applications are due February 13. For more information or to apply online, visit the SPRINT Web site. More

Witness the Unveiling of Second Essence

Second Essence, SPU's journal of the arts, invites you to attend this year's unveiling on Tuesday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church Fine Center. Selected students, faculty, staff and alumni will read their works, play their music and show their artwork. A limited number of journals will be available for purchase for $15. Come take part in the free food, interesting works and creative company as we celebrate the official release of the 2004 Second Essence.

Compass Is Looking for Mentors

Do you desire to build meaningful relationships with SPU students? The Compass Mentoring Ministry is looking for faculty, staff and alumni who are willing to mentor SPU undergraduate students. Many students have signed up and are eagerly waiting to be paired with a mentor. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. Please contact the Compass House at or visit the Web site for more information. More

Nominate Someone for Staff of the Year

Want to appreciate a staff member? Act now by nominating them to SPU's Staff Council for one of the "Staff of the Year" Awards. Two staff members (one exempt and one non-exempt) will be awarded $1,000 in appreciation of their contribution to the SPU community. Deadline for nominations is April 15. Take a few moments right now to complete the online nomination form. More

Weight Watchers Starting at SPU

Your weight loss support team is waiting for you! Join the SPU Weight Watchers “At Work" meeting, starting on campus on Thursday, February 12, at noon. Open to men and women. Enrollment is free (save $20!) and the 11-week series is $109.50 (one week free!). The group will be led by SPU graduate and current Career Development Counselor Karen Altus, an experienced Weight Watchers facilitator who lost 30 pounds on the program and has been leading successful groups for almost four years. A minimum of 20 paid members at the first meeting is required to continue. Start the journey to a healthier you with the support of your SPU colleagues.

Falcon Gymnastics on Saturday

Come cheer on the SPU Gymnastics team on Saturday, February 7, at a home meet against University of California (Davis) and the University of Alaska (Anchorage). The meet begins at 7 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion. Faculty and staff with SPU ID receive complimentary tickets themselves and their spouse and dependent children with ID.

Evening of Gospel, Worship and Praise With Stephen Newby on Feb. 6

SPU will host the upcoming “Evening of Gospel, Worship and Praise" on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. The event features award-winning composer, gospel and jazz vocalist and pianist Stephen Michael Newby and his band, Triune. Newby is pastor of music and worship arts at Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington. He also serves as worship leader for Promise Keepers and Family Life Ministries and artistic director of the Antioch Symphony Orchestra. He is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and received the Distinguished Dissertation of the Year Award at the University of Michigan for his tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. His recordings include “Delight to Do God's Will" and “Gospel Songs for Baritone and String Orchestra." Also performing with Triune are the following SPU music ensembles: Gospel Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chapel Praise Team and Group Praise Team. The concert is sponsored by the Lawrence and Ruth Schoenhals Fine Arts Symposium. Dr. Schoenhals is former president of Roberts Wesleyan College and served 28 years at SPU in a variety of administrative positions, including head of the music department. He and Mrs. Schoenhals have established a grant that enables First Free Methodist colleges and universities to bring Christian artists of national stature on campus to interact with the student body.

Invitational GospelFest at SPU on Feb. 12

SPU will host the upcoming SPU Invitational GospelFest on Thursday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. The event features noted music scholar Dr. Horace C. Boyer, gospel choirs from the Pacific Northwest and the SPU Gospel Choir. Boyer also directed the Vocal Jazz and African-American Music Ensemble at the University of Massachusetts, where he served as professor of music theory and African-American music. He is the author of more than 40 articles, as well as the book How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel.The concert is sponsored by the Lawrence and Ruth Schoenhals Fine Arts Symposium. Dr. Schoenhals is former president of Roberts Wesleyan College and served 28 years at SPU in a variety of administrative positions, including head of the Music Department. He and Mrs. Schoenhals have established a grant that enables First Free Methodist colleges and universities to bring Christian artists of national stature on campus to interact with the student body.

Christianity and Genetics

SPU will host “Changing Our Nature: A Christian Perspective on Human Genetic Intervention" on Monday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The lecture is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Dr. James C. Peterson will speak on the current explosion of genetic engineering and the benefits and questions for scientists, theologians and Christians. Peterson is professor of theology and ethics at McMaster University Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and author of Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention. He has served on the board of the Bioethics Research Group and the national Bioethics Commission of the American Scientific Affiliation. The event is sponsored in part the Seattle Initiative in Science and Religion Dialogue, the American Scientific Affiliation and the Templeton Foundation.

SPU and Washington Campus Compact

Washington's Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents, is sponsoring a nationwide conference for those in academe titled “Is Higher Education a Public Good?" These annual conferences have become a national model for professional development among service-learning practitioners including faculty, administrators, students and community partners. The next Campus Compact Continuums of Service conference is March 10-12, at the Hyatt Regency Island in San Diego, California. The conference will bring together more than 400 colleagues from the Western region and beyond to explore the multiple perspectives on the relationships between higher education and the public good, and the roles service-learning and civic engagement play in revitalizing it. Visit the Web site for additional information on the conference theme, sessions and to register. More

SPU Recycle Mugs Still Available

If you have not received your free SPU recycle mug, it is not too late. This year's redesigned mugs conveniently fit into cup holders making them an effective way to reduce waste generated by using paper cups. Additionally, certain on- and off-campus locations offer discounts on beverages when a mug is used. Pick one up at the Uni-Com desk in the SUB. Contact us at if you have questions.

Sign up for “La Belle France" Tour

Susan Haas, adjunct professor of art history, will lead a 15-day art and history tour to France, July 14-28, 2004. The "La Belle France" tour is facilitated by ACIS (American Council for International Study) and is sponsored by the Art Department. The tour is open to faculty, staff, friends, families and students. SPU students may earn three to five optional credits (cost extra) by registering for Art 4920: Readings in Art, under Professor Michael Caldwell, chair of the Art Department. The trip itinerary includes Paris, D-Day beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley chateaux, Chartres, Versailles, Nice, Vence, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Monet's home at Giverny. Trip package costs: Student rate: $2,889; Adult rate: $3,798. Package includes $95 registration fee, $125 for airport taxes, round trip airfare, Seattle to Paris, three to four star hotels, two meals daily, ground transportation, museum entrances and interpreters. The deposit of $95 is due ASAP; final payment is due March 3, 2004. Register for the "La Belle France" tour online at using "Haas" (group leader) and "48906" (group number). Or to receive a registration packet, ensure your spot on the trip and ask questions, contact Susan Haas at (206) 522-0693.


Fitch Speaks at WWU

Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology, spoke at the United Ministries organization at Western Washington University. She gave a lecture titled "The Scientific Method and Its Impact on How Science Is Done" at the Bellingham campus on Wednesday, January 28. United Ministries invites outside speakers to discuss issues related to science and faith.


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 Food and Nutritional Sciences
Assistant or Associate Professor of French
Associate Professor or Professor of Graduate Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Philosophy

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.

CIS Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Services
Graduate Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Graduate Admissions Counselor-Education (20 hrs/wk), Graduate Center
Maintenance Mechanic II, Plant Services
Marriage and Family Therapy Program Coordinator (32 hrs/wk), School of Psychology, Family and Community
Medical Assistant (10-months), Health Services
Office Assistant, Continuing Education—School of Education,
Processing Assistant (temporary), Admissions
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life

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