Monday, May 9, 2005 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 3.

President's Awards for Excellence (chosen by President Eaton)
Faculty: Stamatis Vokos, associate professor of physics
Staff: John West, executive director of corporate, foundations, and major gifts

Staff Members of the Year (selected by Staff Council)
Oral B. Hemry Award (non-exempt staff member): Agnes Baah, custodian II in Housekeeping
Exempt Staff Member: Sue Perrin, certification advisor in the School of Education

Faculty Member of the Year (selected by students and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific)
Kevin Bartlett, assistant professor of chemistry

High School Juniors Coming to SPU

On May 12 and 13, more than 150 high school juniors and their parents will be on campus as part of “Junior Preview." These students will visit classes, eat in Gwinn Commons, stay the night in a residence hall, and learn about the many SPU programs. Be sure to say “hi" and welcome these students to campus.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Performs May 16

SPU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform their Spring Concert on Monday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Martin Square. The concert is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. In case of rain, the event will be held at First Free Methodist Church.

Literary Award Given by Image and SPU English Department

Franz Wright is the 2005 recipient of the Denise Levertov Award, established in 2004 by Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and the SPU Department of English. The award is given annually to an artist or creative writer whose work “exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition." Wright's poetry has been called “bracingly intelligent, weirdly funny, and sharp as cut glass." He will be presented the award at a special reception on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Seattle Art Museum Lecture Hall. For more information, visit the Image Web site. More

Join the Nordic Club in the 17th of May Parade

Seattle has a rich Scandinavian heritage and this year we are celebrating Norway's Centennial. The annual Constitution Day Parade on May 17 ("Syttende Mai") is the largest parade outside of Norway with thousands of people lining the streets. The SPU Nordic Club will again represent SPU and we'd like to invite everyone to join us for this special occasion. Bring your family and friends to commemorate this historic event. For more information, contact Club Advisor Laila Sharpe at, or visit the Web site. More

Senior Art Now on Display

The annual Senior Art Exhibition is currently on display at SPU's Art Center Gallery, located at 3 West Cremona Street. A reception for participating students is Wednesday, May 12, from 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy a Special Evening of Flute Music

Shelley Collins, director of SPU's Flute Ensemble and an adjunct faculty member, is the guest performer for the next Faculty Recital on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Don't miss this incredible evening of music. The event is free and open to the public.

May 20 Is Bike to Work Day

The WRQ Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. Thirty-seven commuter 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 20. For more information and the complete list of bike-to-work stations, visit the Web site. More

May Is National Bike Month

The 2005 Group Health Commute Challenge is May 2-29. This 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 this month and be eligible for great prizes. The 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 team captain Kristi Nelson at, or Justin Langhofer at Visit the Web site for more information. More

Ken Foreman Invitational at Husky Stadium

Haven't had the chance to see the track team compete this season? SPU is hosting the 19th annual Ken Foreman Invitational Track and Field Meet at Husky Stadium on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, visit the Falcons Online. More

Lilly Funded Stipends for Students

Do you know a student who is interning with a nonprofit organization this summer? Encourage them to apply for a Lilly-funded stipend. They are available to students interning at qualifying nonprofit organizations. Application deadline is May 16. For more information visit the Web page. More

Time for Casey Fall and Winter Reservations

Full-time faculty and staff members are eligible to make reservations to stay at SPU's Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. June 1 is the deadline to submit a request to be entered into the lottery for the chance to stay in one of the historic officer's houses. The total cost to use a house (for up to six nights) is only $35. View photographs of the houses and the Camp Casey area at The rental policy is explained by selecting the link at the end of this paragraph. If you are one of the fortunate 40 people to get offered a weekend reservation, invite some friends, pack your groceries and your sleeping bags, and head out to the beach for some recreation and relaxation between September 15, 2005, and January 31, 2006. While you are staying at Camp Casey, you can explore the natural beauty of Central Whidbey, tour the Island County historical museum, walk on the beach, or catch up on some reading or writing. Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate a loved one's birthday or anniversary! If you have questions, email Maralie Johnson, Camp Casey administrative assistant, at More

Autumn Quarter Registration Begins May 16

Registration for Autumn Quarter is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 16. Autumn registration for graduate students begins on Monday, May 23. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at (206) 281-2031, or

Get in Shape for Summer

Senior exercise science majors are available on a limited basis to provide a variety of physical fitness and exercise services. These can be as simple as the assessment of a single component of fitness or instruction for a specific exercise. You can also get a complete fitness assessment and exercise prescription, or have a personal trainer for a period of time. If you are interested, call (206) 281-2081 and give the receptionist the information needed to match you with an appropriate student.

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 Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, May 12.


Hanson's Preconcert Lectures for the Seattle Symphony

Professor of Music Eric Hanson gave preconcert lectures for the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, April 28-30. Eric's paper, titled "Beethoven, Schumann, and Heroic Vision," investigated what constitutes heroism in musical terms and compared the heroic vision of Beethoven to the vision of the anti-hero in Schumann's treatment of Byron's Manfred.

Wood, Nelson Receive Grants

The Department of Biology would like to announce the funding of two grants. Derek Wood, assistant professor of biology, recently received a $45,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable trust to define the role of newly identified virulence-regulated genes in the biotechnology agent Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Professor of Biology Tim Nelson and Western Washington University collaborator Kathy Van Alstyne received a $450,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study geographic distribution, environmental effects, and toxin production of ulvoid algal blooms. Both grants will involve substantial undergraduate research, including paid summer positions for up to 10 SPU students working on these projects over the next several years.

Hartje Presents Research Paper in Universal Design

Sandra Hartje, associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, presented a research paper at “Design for Diversity," the 36th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), April 27 - May 1, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her paper was titled "Features and Products Essential to Universal Design in New Single-Family Housing." EDRA is an international, interdisciplinary organization whose purpose is the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive to human needs.

Welcome Back, Maralie

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Maralie Johnson as the new administrative assistant in the Casey Conference Center. Maralie previously worked as a telecommunications specialist in Computer and Information Systems.


Parrott Quoted in USA Today, News Tribune

Les Parrott, professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Relationship Development, was quoted in two recent stories on runaway brides. On May 3, Les was quoted in story titled “Real runaway brides are rare, but inclination isn't" in USA Today. On May 9, he was quoted in a story titled “Calling it off without faking an abduction" in The News Tribune (Tacoma). Read the USA Today story online. More

SPU Mentioned in Seattle Times Editorial

SPU was one of three local universities mentioned in a May 4 editorial column by Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey about the national trend of more women attending college than men. The column was titled “Fellas, they're kicking our butts." Read it online. More

West Quoted in Online National Geographic

John West, associate professor of political science, was quoted in a story titled “Does ‘Intelligent Design' Threaten the Definition of Science?" in the online on April 27. John is the associate director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and an advocate of the institute's "teach the controversy" approach to teaching evolution in U.S. public schools.


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Librarian, Business and Social Sciences
University Librarian and Director of Learning Resources
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nutrition
Assistant or Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology(.5 FTE)
Assistant Professor of Science Education
Associate Professor of Special 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 (.5), Center for Learning Associate Director of Human Resources, Human Resources
Director of Student Counseling Center, Student Life
Head Women's Volleyball Coach, Athletics
Manger of Conference Services, University Services
Office Manager for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs
Security Officer I, (.8, interim), Safety and Security
Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Work Control Assistant, Facility and Project Management

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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