Monday, May 10, 2004 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty, Staff Honored at President's Recognition Convocation

The following SPU faculty and staff were honored at the annual President's Recognition Convocation on May 4.

President's Awards for Excellence (chosen by President Eaton)
Faculty: Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology
Staff: Tom Box, director of athletics

Staff Members of the Year (selected by Staff Council)
Oral B. Hemry Award (non-exempt staff member): Shelley Westerman, chemistry lab coordinator
Exempt Staff Member: Brad Gjerding, computer and engineering systems analyst

Faculty Member of the Year (selected by students and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific)
Patrick McDonald, assistant professor of philosophy

Winners of the "Wheels Option" Prize Drawing

Congratulations to the winners of the SPU “Wheels Option" contest. These winners participated with other SPU employees by commuting to work at least two times from April 5-16. Commuting options included biking, taking the bus or commuter train, walking, carpooling or vanpooling. The winners are Dale Kegley, Ann Hill, Kari Husby, Jobe Nice, Donna Dahlstrom, Catherine Seguin, Erika Daligcon, Linda Krutenat and Kelley Unger. The statewide campaign is presented by the Washington State Rideshare Organization, dedicated to encouraging policy makers, employers and commuters to support the use of alternative transportation modes to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and energy consumption throughout Washington state and the Northwest. Only 36 people at SPU participated in the campaign. All participants are entered for chance to win the grand prize of a five-day Hawaiian island trip for two.

Bike to Work Day Is Friday, May 21

WRQ Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 21. Thirty-seven commuter stations and 14 school stations will be located throughout Puget Sound for bike riders to stop and pick up free water bottles, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information or to have bikes checked for free. All stations will be open from 6-9 a.m. on May 21. For more information and the complete list of bike-to-work stations, visit the Web site. More

Bike to Work Month Is Coming

The 2004 Group Health Commute Challenge, May 21-June 19, is one of the biggest bike commuter events on the West Coast. If commuting by bicycle is a new experience for you, this is a great program to help get you started. For seasoned bike commuters, this is your chance to test your bike-commuting mettle by riding to work as often as you can during the month. Challenge yourself, challenge your workmates and challenge other local businesses to be a part of the challenge. Just commute five times or more (round-trips) during the 30-day period and be eligible for great prizes. Cascade Bicycle Club offers classes in “urban cycling techniques" to get you started. If you're interested in joining an “SPU Team" for the bike-to-work month, contact Jessica Kernan at Visit the Web site for more information. More

Autumn Quarter Registration Begins May 12

Registration for Autumn Quarter is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time and notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Wednesday, May 12. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 24. Contact Student Academic Services (206) 281-2031 or if you have questions.

SBE Graduate Program Open House for Faculty and Staff

Looking for a first-class graduate business education infused with ethics and values? Do you have a desire to strengthen your current effectiveness, enhance your potential and be challenged to make a difference in your work? If you answered yes, then mark your calendar to attend the School of Business and Economics M.B.A. and M.S.-ISM Graduate Programs Open House for employees on Thursday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McKenna Hall conference room. Drop in anytime to find out how you can start classes this summer. For more information or to RSVP, contact Debbie Wysomierski at (206)281-2753 or

Welcome, High School Juniors

On May 13 and 14, please help the Admissions Office welcome nearly 150 high school juniors and their parents to campus. These students will visit classes, eat in Gwinn Commons, stay the night in a residence hall and learn about the many SPU programs. Thank you in advance for answering their questions and taking time to point them in the right direction! As faculty and staff you play a significant role in their decision to apply to SPU next fall. Please contact Catherine Seguin, assistant director of admissions, at (206) 281-2567 with questions about this event.

Jazz Ensemble Performs May 13

SPU's Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert on Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place across the street from the SPU campus at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Avenue West, in the Fine Center. The concert is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For more information, call (206) 281-2977.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Performs May 17

SPU's Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert on Monday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place across the street from the SPU campus at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Avenue West, in the Fine Center. The concert is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For more information, call (206) 281-2977.

The Vikings Are Coming on May 13

The SPU Nordic Club welcomes the SPU community to its annual "Nordic Night" on Thursday, May 13, in Gwinn Commons beginning at 5 p.m. Marriott will be serving delicious Scandinavian cuisine and entertainment will be provided by Scandinavian folk dancers, including some special guest appearances. The SPU community is invited to attend.

Author of AIDS Prevention Book on Campus

A reception for Dr. Edward Green, author of Rethinking AIDS Prevention: Learning From Successes in Developing Countries and a recent appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, will be held Thursday, May 13, from 1-2 p.m. in the SUB Fireside Room. From “Harvard Public Health NOW," Green is a senior research scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Students from “Acting on AIDS" will also talk about their plans at SPU and around the nation for next year. For more information on Dr. Green's research, visit the Web site. More

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.

Camp Casey Fall and Winter Reservations Due June 1

Full-time faculty and staff members: Would you like to escape to Whidbey Island for a weekend this fall or winter? June 1 is the deadline to submit a request to be entered into the lottery drawing for a chance to be offered a weekend in an historic officers' house at SPU-owned Camp Casey. The total cost to use a house (for up to six nights) is only $35! You may view photographs of the houses and the Camp Casey at Click on the link at the end of this paragraph for the rental policy and submission form. If you are one of the fortunate 40 people to get offered a weekend reservation, invite some friends, pack your groceries and sleeping bags and head out to the beach for some recreation and relaxation on a weekend between September 9, 2004, and January 31, 2005. While you stay at Camp Casey you can walk on the beach, explore the natural beauty of Central Whidbey, tour the Island County historical museum, catch up on some reading or ride your bicycle. Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate a loved one's birthday or anniversary. For more information, email Elizabeth Anema, Camp Casey administrative assistant, at More

Run a “Last Mile" With Coach Doris Heritage on May 15

Doris Brown Heritage, a two-time Olympian and five-time world cross country champion, is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery in June. That procedure will relieve her pain but also prevent her from pursuing her lifelong passion of running. SPU's longtime coach of cross country and track and field will be honored with a ceremonial race, the Heritage Mile, as part of the Ken Foreman Invitational meet at West Seattle's Southwest Athletic Complex on Saturday, May 15, beginning at noon. Friends, former teammates and SPU alumni runners are invited to join her on the starting line. For a minimum $25 tax-deductible contribution to the Doris Heritage Scholarship endowment, each participant gets a commemorative T-shirt and an up-close opportunity to see Heritage pull away from the field one more time. For more information, visit the Falcons Online. 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

New Literary Award by Image and SPU English Department

Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and the SPU Department of English are proud to announce the establishment of an annual event to be held Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Seattle Art Museum Lecture Hall. The Denise Levertov Award will be given annually to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The event is named for Denise Levertov, one of the 20th century's greatest poets and who moved to Seattle and embraced the landscape of the Pacific Northwest with a passion. Levertov's Christian faith became an important part of her later work, as evidenced by her collection, The Stream & the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes. The first recipient of the award is Madeline DeFrees, who will read some of her work at the event. Madeline DeFrees is the author of seven full-length poetry collections, including Blue Dusk: New & Selected Poems, 1951-2001 (Copper Canyon, 2001; winner of the 2002 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and a Washington Book Award), two chapbooks, as well as two nonfiction books about experiences from her 38 years in a Catholic convent. She has published essays, reviews and several short stories and has received fellowships in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The May 11 event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Image Web site. More

Place Your Regalia Order Early

May 24 is the deadline for SPU's faculty and staff to place rental regalia orders for June's Commencement ceremonies. There are two ways to order: Go to Herff-Jones Web site at and enter SPU's customer number 46000284000. The SPU order number is 343464. (If you ordered online last year, then select your name from the pull-down box. If this is your first online order, select "New Faculty Member" and fill out the form). You can also place an order by stopping by the SPU Bookstore and picking up a form.

SPU's Garden Tour on June 5

Tour award-winning campus landscapes and explore select residential gardens at SPU's second annual Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day includes lectures by Seattle Post-Intelligencer garden columnist Marty Wingate and garden writer and SPU alum Debra Prinzing ‘81, as well as tours of several SPU gardens and six private gardens on Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 with pre-ordered van service on a space-available basis. Order tickets by calling (206) 281-2138 or visit the Web site. More

Special Faculty, Staff Rate for Christian Writers Renewal With Jerry Jenkins

Jerry Jenkins, president of Christian Writers Guild, has written and published numerous books, several of which have been on The New York Times best-seller list. He will speak three times to the SPU Christian Writers Renewal, May 28-29. The conference also features 22 writers' workshop options and access to literary agents and publishing reps from Focus on the Family Books, Harvest House, Jossey-Bass and Zondervan. SPU faculty and staff members may attend the full conference for just $65 -- almost half price. If you prefer to hear Jerry only, single tickets for the Friday evening event are $12 (includes dessert). For conference registration at this special rate or tickets to the Friday night event, contact Bobbie Taylor at or call (206) 281-2723.


New Publication for Women Entering Christian Ministry

The School of Theology is pleased to announce the publication of Women With a Passion for Ministry: A Catechism (SPU, 2004), written by alumna Shannon Smythe ‘02 (now at Princeton Seminary) under the supervision of Rob Wall, professor of Christian Scriptures, and with the considerable help of University Communications. We give thanks to Susan Gallagher, director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, and Bob Drovdahl, professor of educational ministry, for their strong support of this project, which led to its funding by a Lilly “vocation" grant. The purpose of the Catechism is to guide women students in a process of holy discernment on God's call into Christian ministry through use of Bible study, selected readings and personal reflection.

Psychology Students Present at Conference

The Department of Psychology is pleased to note that three teams of psychology students will be presenting research posters at the annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference later this month. Students eligible to participate were awarded travel funding from the Pew Scholars Grant. The three teams are under the supervision of Margaret Marshall, assistant professor of psychology and director of the undergraduate psychology research program. The eight students making the trip are Cassie Adams and Winslow Gerrish (their research topic is “Helpfulness and Openness to Diversity"); Steven Bair, Jessica Brown and Travis Ramsey (“Unrealistic Optimism and Relationship Satisfaction"); and Erin Campbell, Melissa Stanton and Fallan Swafford (“Sleep Quality and Its Effect on Academic Performance"). In addition, Mícheál Roe, professor and chair of psychology, and colleagues had the unusual experience of publishing a biographical article in Peace and Conflict, the research journal of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence of the American Psychological Association. The article was on Rutgers Professor Emeritus Milton Schwebel, a true pioneer in the field of peace psychology.

Wilson and Doctoral Student Present Research

Bev Wilson, associate professor of graduate psychology, and graduate psychology doctoral student Stephanie Pickering recently presented their research on forgiveness in children at the Conference on Human Development in Washington, D.C. Bev presented a paper titled, “Forgiveness in First-Grade Children: Relations to Empathy and Individual Differences." Stephanie and Bev also presented a paper titled, “Forgiveness in First-Grade Children: Links to Social Preference, Aggression, Social Problems and Reciprocal Friendships."

Diddams, Surdyk, Daniels and Van Duzer Publish Papers

Margaret Diddams, associate professor of graduate psychology, Lisa Surdyk, associate professor of economics, Denise Daniels, associate professor of management and Jeff Van Duzer, dean of the School of Business and Economics, recently published an article in Christian Scholar's Review titled “Implications of Biblical Principles of Rhythm and Rest for Individual and Organizational Practices." The paper explicates their vision of incorporating a sabbath culture into organizations. Margaret, Lisa and Denise also recently published a paper titled “Rediscovering Models of Sabbath Keeping: Implications for Psychological Well-Being" in the Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Graduate Psychology Professors, Students Present Research

Several Department of Graduate Psychology faculty and students presented empirical research at the recent Western Psychological Association's annual meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona. Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology Margaret Diddams and her students Melissa Kennedy, Clotia Robinson and Trina Colburn presented a poster titled “The Content of Character: An Implicit Theory Approach." Two of Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology Beverly Wilson's students presented research based on their dissertations. Connie Craig and Beverly Wilson presented a poster titled “Adolescents With Learning Problems: Effect on Family Stress and Marital Satisfaction." Student Scott Shiebler and Beverly Wilson presented a poster titled “Sibling Influences on Adolescents With Learning Problems." There were two other poster presentations based on coursework supervised by Martin Abbott, senior researcher for the Washington School Research Center, and Margaret Diddams. These included students Lisa Godfrey-Abts, Sarah Chickering, Aleta Mattaino and Vanya Sandberg's research titled “Marital Satisfaction: Is it a Matter of ‘In Thee I See Me,'" and Paulina Kisselev, Elizabeth Cornutt, Nathan Reiss and Michelle Scallon's research titled “The Effects of Exercise on Acculturative Stress Among International Students."


President Eaton in April's Washington CEO Magazine

President Philip Eaton is quoted in the April issue of Washington CEO magazine in a story titled “Philanthropy Is Good Business." President Eaton participated in a discussion with top executives from a wide range of businesses and industries on questions of how much money organizations give to charities and how it benefits their companies. Read the story online. (Note: All articles and lists in the Washington CEO Web site and online archive are read-only PDFs.) More

SPU Community Breakfast Speaker Featured on Christianity

David Brooks, the 2004 SPU Greater Seattle Community Breakfast keynote speaker, was interviewed by Dick Staub for Christianity Read his interview online. More


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
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

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
Professional Certification Program Associate (20 hours/wk), School of Education
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Student Mental Health Counselor-Eating Disorder Specialist, Student Health Center
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

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
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

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