Monday, April 12, 2004 Seattle Pacific University


The Wesley Apartments (Correction)

In the April 5 edition of the Fac/Staff Bulletin it was reported that the Wesley Apartments would be available to out-of-town-guests of the University. That statement was incorrect. The Wesley Apartments are primarily for single undergraduate students attending the university. If Lorig Management Services is unable to fill the building with single undergraduate students, then apartments will be leased to family, graduate, adult-learner students and ultimately faculty or staff until the apartments are fully leased. Conference Services does offer an apartment for rent for guests of the University on a short-term basis. Contact Judy Bruce, conference services manager, at (206) 281-2058 if you have the need for such accommodation.

It's Celebration Week

Each year after Easter, the Office of Campus Ministries and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific present "Celebration Week," a time to reflect and respond to Christ's resurrection. This week, various campus departments and residence halls are offering interactive "stations" where one can go to find the "risen Christ." A campus map and explanation of the interactive stations are online at the Celebration Week Web site. The SPU community is invited to participate in this special Celebration Week program. More

Farewell for Jackie Lesken

You are cordially invited to join Student Academic Services in wishing a fond (and reluctant) farewell to Jackie Leksen, undergraduate academic counselor, poet-at-heart, purveyor of optimism and grace and seeker of knowledge and truth, as she leaves us to pursue graduate study. Please stop by Demaray Hall, first floor lobby, on Tuesday, April 13, between 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Those wishing to contribute toward her farewell gift may give funds to Debbie Crouch in DH 120.)

Suzanne Wolfe Reads From Her New Book on April 13

Suzanne Wolfe, instructor of English and executive director of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, will read from her new book titled Unveiling on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the SUB. Called by Publisher's Weekly "dark and lovely," this is Suzanne's first novel, though she has three other books to her credit as a writer. Of this novel, Annie Dillard has written, "With an imaginative vision akin to that of Dante, Unveiling probes the myriad layers of meaning in art, the human soul and ultimately the great world itself. To read this novel is to be reminded that explorations at this depth are inevitably accompanied by uncertainty, suffering and the piercing joy of revelation."

Encourage Students to Attend the Majors Fair on April 14

Please strongly encourage your students to attend the Majors Fair on Wednesday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. This event is for students who are still undecided about their major or anyone who's decided but not yet applied to the major of choice. All application forms will be available for students to complete and turn in. Faculty representatives from every SPU major and career counselors will be available for advice as well.

Summer Housing for Students

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please remember that on-campus summer housing for students is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by Friday, May 7. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they want to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at (206) 281-2188 or

Catch the Arts at SPU

On-campus arts events abound all spring at SPU. SPU's Theatre Department presents its third Mainstage play of the season, "Antigone," by Sophocles and a free film festival explores the theme of diversity. May is packed with music events on campus. Catch the arts with the latest issue of SPU ArtsGuide online. If you like what you see, subscribe for free and get ArtsGuide delivered to your email inbox. And don't miss scrolling through the ArtsGuide Calendar, where you'll find upcoming events grouped under headings of visual art, theatre and film, music, writing and other arts. More

Weight Watchers Open House on Campus

Weight Watchers has a history of helping people lose weight and get ready for the summer. Come to a free, informational open house to find out more about how the “Weight Watchers at Work" program can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it for your lifetime. The open house is Thursday, April 15, from noon-1 p.m. in Bertona Classroom Building 1. We've already had 11 weeks of weight loss success on campus and we want to have 11 more! Contact Mary at with questions.

Nominations Needed for Student Leaders

You are invited to nominate students and student groups for the awards ceremony as part of this year's Leadership Celebration. The Leadership Celebration is an annual event hosted by the Office of Student Programs that seeks to thank and honor SPU students who have served on campus during the current academic year. We honor individuals, groups and advisors who have been nominated by their peers, staff and faculty. You can pick up a nomination packet at the front desk of the Office of Student Programs, located in the SUB. Please return your nominations to Student Programs by Friday, April 30.

A Response Book Forum on April 14

The SPU magazine Response is hosting an on-campus forum to discuss Frederick Buechner's book, Now and Then. Buechner's book is part of the SPU Common Curriculum and was featured in the Autumn 2003 Response. The forum is Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Science Building, room 112. SPU Instructor of Theology Doug Koskela will give a special presentation. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling (206) 281-2051.

Submit Your Copy Requests Online at DocStore

Central Copying Services (CCS) and Kinko's announce an updated service for faculty and staff called DocStore. Copying requests can now be sent electronically via the CCS and Kinko's Web site. For a limited time, all jobs submitted electronically through DocStore will be delivered via the Campus Mailing Services, free of charge. Contact Frank Kinard at or (206) 281-2663 for assistance using this service. Information brochures are available from CCS. More

Great Prizes for a Commuter Challenge This Week!

Commute to SPU at least two days between April 5-16 and you could be eligible to win a Starbucks gift card or $25 to spend at your local Barnes and Nobles bookstore. Commuting options include carpool, vanpool, bus, commuter train, biking or walking. Participating in this campaign also qualifies you for eligibility into Washington Rideshare's grand prize drawing: a five day trip for two to Hawaii. Many other prizes are available as well. For more information, visit the Web site. More


Seattle Pacific Reachout INTernational (SPRINT) is looking for people to debrief nursing mission trip team members. Debriefing is simply spending an hour with a student listening to stories, looking at pictures and discussing how their life is different because of their trip. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the life of a student in the SPU community. There are many incredible stories to be told! If you are interested, email Kevin Lakey, SPRINT member-care coordinator, at

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.

Barnabas Servant Leadership Nominations Due by April 16

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership and will be a senior during the 2004-05 school year? If so, nominate this student (or students) for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in the name of the recipient to a charity of his or her choice. Online nominations are due by Friday, April 16, and can be found on the Office of Campus Ministries home page. More

Last Week to 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


Gilnett Gives Keynote Speech at Lewis Conference

Kim Gilnett, marketing associate for fine arts, was the banquet speaker for the fourth annual Frances White Ewbank Colloquium and C.S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. His banquet talk was titled “The Restoration of the Kilns." He reprised his article “The Kilns Dedication" for Wheaton College's An Anglo-American Review, volume 19.

Fitch Attend Genetics Conference

Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology, attended the 45th annual Drosophila Genetics Research Conference in Washington, D.C., March 24-28. Cindy and her undergraduate-student researchers currently conduct research projects using Drosophila melanogaster (the pesky fruit fly). The focus of the research meeting was to learn about new methods and advances in genetics using the fruit fly as a research tool.

Hartnett Presents at Education Conferences

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, recently gave presentations at state and national education conferences. She made a presentation on the topic "Legacy and Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Equal Education Opportunity for All" at the Washington Alliance for Black School Educators conference held in Bellevue. Her presentation titled "No Teachers Left Behind Ensures No Students Are Left Behind" was given at the National Association for Teacher Educators Conference in Spokane.

Ferreiro Attends Medieval Meeting

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, attended the 79th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy, April 1-3, in Seattle. He was chair of a session on iconography and texts. The papers focused respectively on penitential psalm books in Old English and their iconography, and the Irish voyage of St. Brendan in late medieval German texts and their iconography, particularly in woodcuts. He says he also had the good fortune of visiting an SPU alum who now works for a publisher of medieval books.

Skidmore Publishes Chapter, Gives Presentation

Jay Skidmore, professor and chair of graduate psychology, recently published a chapter about psychological aspects of chronic pain in the Pain Medicine Manual, (January 2004), a medical textbook widely used in England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the United States. Additionally, he recently gave an invited presentation at the Pain Society of Oregon's state medical conference on "Spiritual and Philosophical Issues in the Treatment of Patients With Chronic Pain."

Welcome, Michael!

SPU welcomes Michael Dunphy, SPU Class of 2001, as the new helpdesk assistant in Computer and Information Services. Contact information for new employees can be found on the SPU Web site.


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
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 and Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Teacher Education
For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the Web site or call (206) 281-2508 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential faculty members to SPU. More

Staff Positions

Assistant Residence Life Coordinator(32 hr/wk), Residence Life
Assistant Volleyball Coach (temporary, part-time), Athletics
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Student Life, Academic Affairs
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan- Administration, University Services
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan-Customer Service, University Services
Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development, School of Education
Office Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
Residence Life Coordinator (female), Residence Life
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the Web site or stop by the human resources office. You can also call Kathleen Abbott at (206) 281-2591 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential employees to SPU. More

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