Monday, August 2, 2004 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty and Staff Invited to Alumni Weekend

Hear some of SPU's top professors discuss “heroes of the Christian faith" at the annual SPU Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend, August 20–22, at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. “Casey College 2004" features Professors Bill Woodward, George Scranton, Colin Greene and Christine Chaney teaching on the lives of William Wilberforce, devout evangelical and leader of the British anti-slave movement; John Newton, former slave trader who became a minister and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace" and several famous 19th-century poets. The weekend also includes the Alumni Choir, a youth basketball clinic with former Falcon's coach Ken Bone, and the traditional salmon barbecue. Sign up now by calling (206) 281-ALUM.

Need a Conference Location Next Summer?

Each summer, SPU hosts numerous nonprofit organizations for retreats, seminars, workshops and conferences. Pacific Northwest Ballet, United Way, Suzuki Institute and the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders are just a few of the groups on campus this summer. For more information on facilities, lodging and dining, go to the Conference Services Web site. More

Check Out the SPU Classifieds

If you're looking for a place to live or have something you want to sell, check out the SPU Classifieds on the home page. The classifieds are free and available to anyone who wants to buy, sell or rent items. There are also sections to post items for child care, ridesharing, vehicles and lost and found. To submit an item, go the classifieds home page. More

Looking for a Past Edition of the Fac/Staff Bulletin?

All previous electronic issues of the Fac/Staff Bulletin (starting September 25, 2000) are available online. To review a previous issue, select "Archives" from any Fac/Staff Bulletin or via Campus eNews from the SPU home page.

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.

New Online Service for Meal Plan Orders

Save yourself a trek up the hill! You can now request Advantage Points, faculty/staff meal plans or block meals online through the Banner Information System. Log into Banner with your user ID and PIN number, click on Employee Menu and choose the “Meal Plan Order Form." Make your selection and submit your request. Orders will be added to your meal-plan account the following business day. Contact University Services at (206) 281-2188 if you have any questions.

New Phone Number for Camp Casey Conference Center

The Camp Casey Conference Center has switched its Seattle number to the toll-free number (866) 661-6604. Please use this phone number when calling Camp Casey or the Fort Casey Inn. The Seattle phone line (425-775-0775) has been disconnected.

Let Us Know About Your Campus Events for 2004-2005

Twice a year, the Office of University Communications publishes a “Community Events" brochure highlighting a sampling of campus events of interest to the public. Previous brochures have invited neighbors to guest lectures, symposia, concerts, athletic events, gallery showings, theatre productions, etc. This brochure is sent to more than 35,000 alumni, friends and Seattle neighbors. We are now collecting event information for the 2004-2005 academic year, especially for Autumn Quarter and Winter Quarter. If you are planning an event, lecture, speaker series, conference or anything of interest to the public, please forward the information to Tracy Cooper Norlen in University Communications at We are also interested in any possible events you may be planning, so please send that information as well. If you have questions, contact Tracy at (206) 281-2977.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Now on Summer Schedule

The Fac/Staff Bulletin will be published every other week until late September. Be sure to send your announcements and news as early as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Cooper Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. (Look for the “Submit Bulletin Items" in the upper right-hand corner.) The next deadline is Thursday, August 12, for the August 16 publication.


Steele's Article on Technology in Theology Classes Published

Rick Steele, professor of theology and 2004-05 faculty chair, has published an article titled "Some Uses of Technology in Undergraduate Theology Classes" in the Summer 2004 issue of Christian Scholar's Review (CSR). Rick argues that it is appropriate for teachers of undergraduate theology classes to engage quite intentionally in the spiritual formation of students. Three moderately high-tech teaching methods -- email correspondence, online discussion boards and data projection systems -- can be particularly useful for this. The article was very much a collaborative SPU effort: faculty colleagues Darrell Allen, Kerry Dearborn, Eric Flett, Doug Koskela and Luke Reinsma are all footnoted. The entire Summer 2004 issue of CSR, which is devoted to electronic learning in Christian higher education, was prompted by an article published in the Winter 2001 issue by Associate Professors of Sociology David Diekema and David Caddell titled "The Significance of Place: Sociological Reflections on Distance Learning and Christian Higher Education."

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information is available on the SPU White Pages or through their departments.
Jan Brown is a professional certification program associate in the School of Education.
Dianna Coile is also a professional certification program associate in the School of Education.
Joshua Meier is the microsystems analyst for classroom support in Computer and Information Systems.
Grace Peterson is the administrative assistant for MFA in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Susan Siverson is the manager of budget and information systems in the School of Education.


McCrath Highlighted in BusinessWeek Magazine

A story on the advances in knee replacement surgery, featuring Falcon Men's Soccer Coach Cliff McCrath, appeared in the August 2 edition of BusinessWeek magazine. McCrath had both knees replaced in February with the latest in joint replacement: minimally invasive surgery. The magazine story quoted Cliff as saying he was "up and at 'em and feeling great from the first day."

SPU Mentioned in Lead Testing Story in Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently reported on lead testing in the water systems at local universities. The article states “SPU reported that it didn't find any lead-contamination problems." Read the story online. More

SPU Alum Featured in Business Story

SPU alum Eric Best ‘95, founder and chief executive of Mercent, a marketing and technology-consulting company and a division of Seattle-based Morse Best Innovation, was featured in the July 26 edition of The Seattle Times. Read the story online. More


Two SPU Team Finish Mt. Rainier to Pacific Relay Race

Racing from the 90-degree “oven" of Ashford, Washington, on Friday afternoon, July 23, to the morning mist of Ocean Shores the next day, two teams largely composed of SPU staff, students and alumni completed the 150-mile Mt. Rainier to Pacific Relay Championships road race. The race pitted 70 11-runner teams traversing rural roads from Ashford and Eatonville to Rochester, Montesano, the Wynoochie and Wishkah Valleys and on to Copalis Crossing and Ocean Shores. Each runner covered three 4-5 mile legs through the night and into the morning. The “Red Carpet Warriors" of Bill Woodward (history) finished in 18+ hours (averaging a 7:20 mile pace) and finished fifth overall and second in the “Mixed Open" division. The “Slugs" of Scott Schwertly (admissions) came in about an hour later (averaging a 7:40 mile pace) and finished 13th overall and sixth in the same division. The Warriors included Erika Daligcon ‘98 (humanities and athletics), Kari Husby (finance) as well as alumni Brad Sund ‘03 and Jason Odem '96 and students Phil Woodward, Nikki Jensen and Ruth Harbaugh. Jobe Nice and Bryan Jones (both in admissions) were joined by alumna Kristen Jones ‘01 on the Slugs. Congratulations, teams.

SPU Staff Ride the STP

SPU staff members Bryan Jones, admissions counselor, Kristi Nelson, admissions and academic counseling office representative, and Tracy C. Norlen, news and media relations manager, participated in the 25th annual Seattle-to-Portland (STP) bicycle ride, July 17-18. The 206-mile STP is the largest multiday bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 8,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route goes through scenic valleys, forests and farmlands of Western Washington and Oregon. Any other SPU STP riders out there?


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Instructor of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization
Associate Professor or Professor of Psychology
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

Administrative Assistant, Student Counseling Center
Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach (32 hrs/wk), Athletics
Associate Director of Safety and Security, Safety and Security
Coordinator, Publications and Processes (32 hrs/wk), Student Academic Services
Graduate Records Coordinator, Graduate Center
Lead Security Officer, Safety and Security
Library Micro Systems Coordinator, Learning Resources
Professional Certification Program Associate (20 hrs/wk), School of Education
Program Coordinator-Organizational Psychology, School of Psychology, Family and Community
Security Officer I (32 hrs/wk), Safety and Security
Security Officer I (40 hrs/wk—anticipated opening), Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst, Administration Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Transfer Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
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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