Monday, February 7, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


President's Symposium on February 8

Internationally renowned developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina will speak about the latest developments in brain research, attention spans, and the human memory as part of the second President's Symposium for Engaging the Culture and Changing the World on February 8. His two public addresses are titled “What Did You Say? Research on Attention Spans," (9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church) and “What Educators Should Know About the Human Memory" (7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (206) 281-2111, or visit the Web page. More

Senior Preview Introduces High School Students to SPU

Please join the Admissions Office in welcoming nearly 150 seniors to campus for Senior Preview this Thursday and Friday, February 10-11. Thank you in advance for taking a moment to give directions, share your SPU story, and answer their questions. Your interaction with these students might make all the difference in the quality of their visit! Please contact Catherine Seguin with any questions at

Registration for Spring Quarter Is Coming

All continuing students have been notified via email about their assigned appointment times to register for Spring Quarter. Students not admitted to a major will need to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Spring registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Tuesday, February 22. Spring registration for graduate students begins Monday, March 7. Contact Student Academic Services at (206) 281-2031 or if you have questions.

Ash Wednesday Service

The Office of Campus Ministries will hold an Ash Wednesday service on February 9 at 12:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The SPU community is invited to attend.

Folk Singer Pierce Pettis in Concert

Known for virtuosic guitar playing, Pierce Pettis comes to campus for an evening of acoustic music on Thursday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery. As William Michael Smith has written in Rockzilla World, “Across the entire range of his styles, Pettis constantly reinforces the sensation that he is a thoughtful, sensitive, serious poet, and a man who looks deep and ponders long." This event is free and sponsored by Image journal. For more on Pettis, visit the Image Web site. More

Women's Gymnastics at Home on Saturday

The women's gymnastics team returns to Brougham Pavilion to face Oregon State on Saturday, February 12, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 for students, and $3 for youth and senior citizens. Teams can qualify for special discount rates by calling (206) 281-2085 in advance. For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. More

Wayne Johnson in Concert on February 17

SPU Professor of Music Wayne Johnson will perform a free lecture and recital titled "Musical Makeovers and Recycled Refrains" on Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre. This recital will feature seldom-heard concert arrangements transcribed for piano from orchestral works, folk music, plays, the ballet, movies, and popular song. The program opens with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach, "Ritual Fire Dance" by De Falla, and other works from the classical repertoire. The second half features American music from the 1920s and 30s, including several Gershwin arrangements, improvisations on "The Way You Look Tonight" by Jerome Kern, and Braham's jazz classic "Limehouse Blues."

Evolution and Moral Purpose?

“Can Evolution Explain Moral Purpose: Scientific and Theological Perspectives on the ‘Nature' of Ethics" is the title of a lecture presented by Westmont College Professor of Biology Dr. Jeffery P. Schloss. The event will be held Monday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. on the SPU campus in Demarary Hall 150. The lecture is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. The event is sponsored by SPU in conjunction with the Seattle Initiative in Science and Religion Dialogue. For more information, call (206) 281-2347.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Weekly Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published on Mondays, and deadlines to submit information are Thursdays. Only news directly related to the SPU community will be published. Be sure to send your announcements and news as early as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy C. Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, February 10.

Treat Your Valentine to a Cabaret!

A special “Cabaret" will be held at the “High Note Jazz Club" in Demaray Hall 150 at 7:30 p.m. on February 11 and 12. Bouncers will take your cover at $8 a person (cash only). Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, so come early. The show features the “contest winners of the Amateur Talent Show," SPU alumni Emma Jabino and Mickki Anderson, and SPU‘s own barbershop group, the “Five O'Clock Shadow." The event is sponsored by the Cabaret Music Theatre Club. For more information, contact Jacinta McLachlan-Koreski at (206) 281-2921.


Mortenson Serves as Panelist

Don Mortenson, SPU vice president for business and planning and former member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Standards Committee, was a panelist at a January 27 presentation sponsored by the Evans Center at the University of Washington. The panel discussion was titled "Accountability and Regulation in the Nonprofit Sector: What Does the Future Hold?" Mortenson responded to comments of keynote speaker, Evelyn Brody, and questions from the audience on issues surrounding proposed new regulations by the Senate Finance Committee over nonprofit organizations. The presentation is being shown a variety of times over TVW (Washington State's Public Affairs Network) and the University of Washington public service television station.

Uomoto Publishes Study in Rehabilitation Psychology

Jay Uomoto, professor of graduate psychology and director of clinical training, recently published an empirical research study titled "Explanatory Style and Perception of Recovery in Symptomatic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." The article, co-authored by neuropsychiatrist Jesse Fann, M.D., from the University of Washington, appeared in the November 2004 issue of Rehabilitation Psychology, a journal of the American Psychological Association.

Welcome, Don

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Don Jacobs. He has joined building maintenance in the multi-skilled trades II position.


SPU Student Leads the Campaign for “National Wear Red Day"

SPU student Melinda Classen appeared on various local media to tell her story for the second annual “National Wear Red Day" on February 4. The day is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and seeks to draw attention to heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women. Melinda suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on campus several years ago, and was resuscitated by an automatic external defibrillator used by a Safety and Security officer. On February 4, Melinda appeared on “Seattle Live" on KONG-TV (Channel 16), KOMO-TV News at 11 a.m. and at an AHA breakfast at Bon-Macy's. She also "flipped the switch" at the Space Needle, illuminating it in red light. Read the KONG-TV story online. More

Meberg on “Tony Ventrella Show" on KIRO-AM

SPU's Alumna of the Year Marilyn Meberg was a guest on Tony Ventrella's new talk show on KIRO-AM 710 on February 4 at 8 p.m. Marilyn spoke about her books, upcoming Women of Faith conference, and the many honors she received during SPU's Homecoming celebrations.

West in Newsweek

SPU Associate Professor of Political Science John West is quoted in an article challenging evolution in the February 7 edition of Newsweek magazine. The article, titled "Doubting Darwin," explores the "intelligent design" theory and the questions surrounding evolution. Dr. West is also a senior fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, where he directs the program on religion and civic life. Read the story online. More

Overstreet on KGNW-AM, L.A. Daily News

University Communications specialist Jeffrey Overstreet can now be heard on Sunday nights in a weekly radio spot discussing movies. Jeffrey, who reviews movies for, will be on Rev. Bill Hogg's show on KGNW AM 820. Jeff was also quoted in the L.A. Daily News last week, addressing the controversy over Clint Eastwood's movie Million Dollar Baby. (Warning: The article reveals details of the film's “surprise" ending!) Read the story online. More


Taylor Releases Second CD

Tara Taylor, budget coordinator in Facilities and Project management, has released her second CD titled "Echoes of Longing." The CD is a mix of instrumental guitar, violin, and vocal pieces. It was recorded with several SPU students. She released her first instrumental guitar CD titled “One Thing I Ask" about three years ago. She and Jenny Rose Wilson will present an evening of music and worship at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. Most of the music will be from her two albums. Anyone interested in Tara's CDs can contact her at


Staff Positions

Associate Director of Human Resources, Human Resources
Communications Specialist, University Communications
Computer Services Manager, Undergraduate Admissions
Manager of Conference Services, University Services
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Security Officer I, (.8, interim), Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services
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 or Associate Professor of Christian Ministry
University Librarian and Director of Learning Resources
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Professor of Family and Community Nursing, Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nutrition
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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