Monday, May 16, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


President's Symposium Chapel on May 19

The Right Reverend N.T. Wright, bishop of Durham, England, is the guest speaker for the President's Symposium Chapel on Thursday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. His topic is "The Bible and Christian Imagination." Campus offices will be closed so faculty and staff can also attend this special chapel.

Decoding The Da Vinci Code

Conspiracy theories and naive incredulity abound in today's culture. How does the Christian faith take us from fantasy to freedom and faithfulness? Come hear N.T. Wright, Anglican bishop of Durham and one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, talk about the popular book The Da Vinci Code on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. His talk is titled "Decoding the Da Vinci Code: The Challenge of Historic Christianity to Post-Modern Fantasy." This event is part of the President's Symposium on the Gospel and Cultural Engagement, and is free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information. More

God Verses Evil

In a world of calamity, uncertainty, and terror, where is the God of the Christian gospel to be found? "God, the Tsunami, and 9/11: The New Problem of Evil" is the title of a lecture by N.T. Wright, Anglican bishop of Durham and one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This event is part of the President's Symposium on the Gospel and Cultural Engagement, and is free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information. More

Faculty Recital Featuring David Shockey

SPU Associate Professor of Music David Shockey is the featured artist at the next faculty recital on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Professor Shockey will sing songs from 19th and 20th century French composers Debussy, Faure, Massenet, and others. He will be accompanied by his wife, Eleanor Shockey, on the piano. This event is free and open to the public.

SPU's Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

SPU' Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is Thursday, May 19. Student presentations and posters will run from 2-9 p.m. in the Miller Hall. The public is invited. For more information, call (206) 281-2150.

Your Own Tuscany Garden

As part of SPU's "Gardening With the Experts" series, well-known Northwest horticultural expert Marianne Binnetti will give a special lecture on Thursday, May 19, at 7:15 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Her lecture is titled "Classic Garden Ideas Inspired by Tuscany." Binnetti is the author of Best Garden Plants for Washington and Oregon and writes a weekly question-and-answer column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The lecture will provide basic, practical advice on plants, gardening techniques, and garden design. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered online by visiting the SPU Garden Tour Web site More

The Thalia Symphony Concert “What Love Tells Me"

“What Love Tells Me" is the theme for the next series of concerts by SPU's orchestra-in-residence, the Thalia Symphony. The symphony, completing its 56th season, will perform the love songs of Mozart, Schumann, and Mahler on Saturday, May 21, at Rainier Beach Performing Arts Center, and Thursday, May 24, at First Free Methodist Church. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $12 general admission, and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit the Web site. More

Writing as a Vocation on May 24

Milton Center Fellow Linda Wendling will present "Why Are You Kicking Me? A Second Look at Writing as Vocation" at a forum Tuesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall, room 150. Wendling, a fiction writer, will share her view of how a writer of faith might look at writing as a vocation from both spiritual, creative, and practical standpoints. The session will include a reading from her novel-in-progress, and questions are encouraged.

Annual “Night of Beats" on May 20

MOSAIC welcomes you to its annual “Night of Beats" on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. There will be many great hip hop performances featuring SPU students and community groups. Tickets are $5. The MOSAIC Club is a student-led group active in creating multicultural appreciation on campus.

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.

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

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

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 19.


Ferreiro's Academic Year Highlights

Professor of History Alberto Ferreiro reports on his activities during the last several months: Several of his articles on Episcopal authority in the sixth and seventh centuries have been published in Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum (Germany); Studia Patristica (Oxford), and Francia (Paris/Berlin). Several of his articles have been published in encyclopedias, including one in Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought; 12 in International Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (UCLA-Brepols), and nine in The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. His book reviews have appeared in Church History and Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia. He has two books at the press titled Simon Magus in Patristic, Medieval, and Early Modern Traditions and Late Antique and Visigothic Iberia and Gaul, a bibliography with more than 9,200 entries with subject and author indices. He led a Bible study on the Gospel of John (September to February) and then on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans (February to May.) He taught three modules of four hours each on pre- and post-Reformation church history for the Archdiocese Catechetical Certification Program in Mount Vernon, Lynwood, and Seattle. He gave four talks for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults for catechumens who entered into full communion on Easter Vigil. He has been asked to write for the Archdiocese the official booklet celebrating 150 years of Catholic schools in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, he is taking 24 students to the University of Salamanca, Spain for the 16th consecutive summer, including two Point Loma Nazarene students.

Mvududu, Edwards Present at Students of Color Conference

Nyaradzo Mvududu and Cher Edwards, assistant professors in the School of Education, recently made a presentation at the Washington State Multicultural Services Directors Council 14th annual Student of Color Conference. Their presentation was titled "Breaking Down Communication Barriers," which focused on cross-cultural communication skills.

Fitch Elected to Board

Cindy Fitch, assistant professor of biology, was recently elected as member-at-large to the executive board for the Western Regional Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (WAAHP). This regional board works together with the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. Cindy also serves on the National Communication Committee.

Cole's Authors Cover Story in Adjunct Advocate

Brian Cole, coordinator of student programs, wrote the May/June cover story for the part-time faculty trade magazine, Adjunct Advocate. The article is titled "Breaking Into Textbook Publishing: The Field Is More Level Than You Think." Read the story online. More

Wolfe Speaks to White House Christian Fellowship

Gregory Wolfe, SPU writer in residence and director of the new M.F.A. in creative writing, just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where he spoke to the White House Christian Fellowship and the Faith and Law Luncheon on Capitol Hill. His topic on both occasions was the importance of learning from the tradition of Christian humanism in our ideologically driven society.


Eaton's Op-ed in The Seattle Times

An opinion piece by SPU President Philip Eaton appeared in The Seattle Times on May 15. He begins his editorial with these questions – "Is it possible that all of our universities, the American academy, both religious and secular, might have something to learn from that great Christian philosopher, poet, and leader of the people, Pope John Paul II? Preposterous? Far too much intrusion of religion into the halls of higher learning where secular freedom must reign? Let's think about this." Read his editorial online. More

Parrott Quoted in the Star Ledger

Les Parrott, professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Relationship Development, was quoted in the cover story in the features section of the Star Ledger, a daily newspaper based in Newark, New Jersey. Les talks about “control freaks." Read the story online. More

Students Mentioned in Seattle Times Editorial

SPU students were mentioned in a May 12 story by Seattle Times columnist Nichole Brodeur. The students, along with students from Seattle University, the University of Washington, and Seattle Central Community College, formed the Coalition for Global Concern (CGC) and put together "Darfur Awareness Week." Read the column online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
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
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics
Campus Ministries/SPRINT Budget Manager and Administrative Assistant, Campus Ministries
Coordinator of Global Involvement, Campus Ministries
Data Management and Office Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Student Counseling Center, Student Life
Head Women's Volleyball Coach, Athletics
Manager of Administration and Card Services, University Services
Manger of Conference Services, University Services
Office Manager for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs
Program and Budget Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
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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