Monday, August 16, 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 antislave 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

We Want News About YOU!

The "Milestones" section of the Fac/Staff Bulletin is a way to celebrate personal news of interest to the SPU community. Items such as births, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, marriages, adoptions, awards or athletic accomplishments are welcome. (Or anything else you'd like the whole campus to know!) Photographs are also accepted. Items may be submitted online by selecting the "Submit Bulletin Items" at the top of the Fac/Staff Bulletin main page.

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 26, for the August 30 publication.


Adams, Ward Present at Enrollment Professionals Institute

On July 26-27 at Seattle University, Ruth Adams, university registrar, and Janet Ward, associate vice president for information and data management, presented sessions at the Emerging Professionals Institute sponsored by the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Janet presented an overview of the profession along with key career building blocks. Ruth facilitated various sessions on policy, process and relationship building that are central to becoming effective registrars. The institute was attended by more than 60 professionals from the Pacific region.

Steele Visits Booth College

Rick Steele, professor of moral and historic theology, served as a visiting professor during the week of August 2-6 at the William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Booth College is affiliated with the Salvation Army. Like the Free Methodist Church, Booth is one of several Wesleyan holiness denominations that emerged in the 19th century. Like SPU, Booth College is eager to maintain its Wesleyan identity. Wesleyan Rick taught a course titled, "Personal and Social Holiness: The Moral Theology of the Wesleys."

Wall, Levison Attend International New Testament Meeting

Professor of Christian Scriptures Rob Wall and Professor of New Testament Jack Levison attended the annual meeting of the international Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in Barcelona, Spain, from August 2-5. Rob, who co-chairs one of the society's 15 working seminars, read a paper titled, "The Priority of James." In the paper he argues that St. Irenaeus was the first to use the book of Acts as Scripture. He says this is strategic to our understanding of the role the Letter of James (and of the collection of so-called "Catholic Epistles" that James introduces) performs within the New Testament canon. Rob notes that also at this meeting, “SPU alum Chris Mount '84, who now teaches Scripture at DePaul (Chicago), read a stimulating (!) paper on the earliest reception of the Pauline letters in the second century. What a pleasure it was to see Chris flourishing as a person and scholar!!"

Hoyt Wins at Masters Championships

Jack Hoyt, SPU head coach of track and field, won the men's over-40 title in the high jump and was runner-up in the pole vault at the recent USA Masters Championships in Decatur, Illinois. Hoyt, a 1987 SPU alum and former All-American and Olympic hopeful in the decathlon, cleared 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches (1.92m) and won the high jump on a tiebreaker. Congratulations, Jack!

Kelly Speaks at Christian Writer's Conference

Clint Kelly, University Communications specialist, spoke at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, August 12-14. He presented the kick-off plenary address titled “Faithfully and Boldly Proclaiming His Word." He also taught a six-and-a-half hour continuing class on writing fiction titled “Get Paid for Telling Tantalizing Tales!" At press time, it was not known how many Philly cheese steak sandwiches, if any, he consumed.

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.

Mike Clark, communications analyst/systems administrator, Computer and Information Systems
Marlene McCurly, administrative assistant, Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development
Kristin Smith, office coordinator, Student Financial Services
Ronda Reid, student payroll technician, Finance Office
Stephen Newby, minister of worship, Campus Ministries
Carrie Dickison, program coordinator-organizational psychology, School of Psychology, Family and Community
Paula Green, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Nephtalin Drummer, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Amy Soter, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Susie Becker, interim residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Ivonne McClurg, administrative assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences
Kyle Erickson, student mental health counselor, Student Counseling Center


Kenney Quoted in Puget Sound Business Journal

Director of Admissions Jennifer Kenney was quoted in the August 6 edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal. The article, titled “State Colleges Packed, Private Schools Await," examined how private universities have been affected by the state schools decision to limit transfer students. Read the story online. More

Overstreet Quoted in Time Magazine

Jeffrey Overstreet, university communications specialist and a movie critic and columnist for, was quoted in the August 9 edition of Time magazine in an article titled “The Gospel According to Spider-Man." The article explores how Christian leaders are using movies as theological teaching tools. Read the story online. More

Overstreet Responds to Time Magazine Article

In his weekly column titled “Film Forum" for Christianity, University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet responds to the recent Time magazine article in which he was quoted. Read the story online. More

Vokos Quoted on Greek-American Relations in Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Stamatis Vokos, associate professor of physics and native of Greece, was quoted in the August 11 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The article, written by sports columnist Art Thiel, examined the relations between the two countries before the start of the Olympics. Stamatis recently returned from a visit to Greece. Read the story online. More

Alum and Family of Musicians Featured in Seattle Times

SPU alumna Marilyn Overman '76 and her family were featured in the August 11 edition of The Seattle Times. Marilyn is the matriarch of the Overman Family Musicians, a 10-member family musical group that is gaining wide attention in the Puget Sound. The article says, “(Music) and their faith are the glue that helps keep family members living under one roof." Read the story online. More

Kelly Featured in Seattle Times

University Communications specialist Clint Kelly, who is the author of several books of Christian fiction, was featured in The Seattle Times on August 16. The article, titled “Righteous Reads: Retailers are riding the wave of popularity of Christian-themed books," explored the new trend in Christian fiction and interviewed local Christian authors. Clint says, “People of faith are now seeing it (Christian fiction) as another way of coming at our faith — it's OK to ask questions. It's not heretical." Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization

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
Administrative Assistant, Physical Education
Admissions and Academic Counseling Office Representative, Undergraduate Admissions
Admissions and Academic Counseling Office Representative, Undergraduate Admissions (36hrs/wk)
Admissions Counselor-Multi-ethnic Student Recruiting, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Director for Student Financial Services Counseling, Student Financial Services
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach (32 hrs/wk), Athletics
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
Performing Groups Coordinator, University Communications
Professional Certification Program Associate (20 hrs/wk), School of Education
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst, Administration Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator-Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems

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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