Monday, May 23, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


Honor Convocation, Offices Closed on May 26

The annual “Ceremony of Light" Honors Convocation, highlighting the many achievements and awards of SPU graduating seniors, will be Thursday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. in Brougham Pavilion. Celebrate the accomplishments of seniors who are outstanding scholars and whose lives have made a difference in our community. The Ceremony of Light concludes as the torch is passed to the newest alumni through the lighting of candles. All campus offices and departments will be closed during this time so SPU community members may attend.

Farewell Party for Randy and Aileen

Professor of Theological Studies and the Paul T. Walls Chair of Wesleyan Theology Randy Maddox, and his wife, Aileen Maddox, librarian specialist for social sciences and business, are leaving SPU for Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Please drop in and say farewell to them at a reception on Tuesday, May 24, 3-4 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room.

It's Course Evaluation Time!

Faculty, now is the time to sign up or opt out classes for the Banner Course Evaluations. Please log on to Banner to check the status of each of your courses. You have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, to make any changes. Students will be able to evaluate courses from Monday, May 30 to Monday, June 6, until 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Office of Academic Affairs Web site. More

SPFC Research Conference June 1

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community will host its third annual research conference on Wednesday, June 1, in Upper Gwinn, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 70 students from undergraduate psychology, marriage and family therapy, and graduate clinical psychology will present their research. The morning will consist of poster sessions, and the afternoon will be comprised of three student symposiums beginning at 1 p.m.

SPU Theatre Presents “The Inner Circle"

SPU Theatre brings the internationally acclaimed play “The Inner Circle" by Patricia Loughrey to the Backstage Theatre in McKinley Hall, May 24-27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (There is a special matinee on May 28 at 2 p.m.). When the central figure in the play discovers he has AIDS, he builds a time capsule of memories from images in his apartment. Ticket prices are $6 and can be reserved by calling the McKinley Theatre Box Office at (206) 281-2959. The performances are directed and designed by Don Yanik, professor of theater.

Brass and Flutes in Concert

A special Spring Concert featuring SPU's Brass Ensemble and Flute Ensemble will be held Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The Brass Ensemble is directed by Brian Chinn, and the Flute Ensemble is directed by Shelley Collins. This event is free and open to the public.

Problems With Darwin's Theory?

William Dembski, philosopher of science and author of such books as The Design Inference, and The Design Revolution, will give a lecture on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. His talk, titled “Unintelligent Evolution: Key Problem for Darwin's Theory," will be followed by a question-and-answer period. This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by SPU's Department of Political Science and Geography.

Holiday Hours for Campus Dining

Campus Dining Services will be open the following hours during Memorial Day weekend: Gwinn Commons will be open on Monday, May 30, 8:30-10 a.m.; noon–1 p.m.; and 5-6 p.m. Falcons Landing will be closed on Monday, May 30. Corner Place Market will be open the following hours: Friday, May 27, 7:45 a.m.– 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, May 29, 2–7 p.m. and Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

SPU's Garden Tour on June 4

Tour award-winning campus landscapes and explore select residential gardens during SPU's annual Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour on Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day includes lectures by SPU alumna Debra Prinzing ‘81, co-author of the new book Washington & Oregon Gardener's Guide: Proven Plants for Inspired Gardens. Then enjoy guided tour of several SPU gardens and seven private gardens on Queen Anne and Magnolia. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 on the day of the tour. Order tickets by calling (206) 281-2138 or visit the Web site. More

Thalia Symphony Concert “What Love Tells Me" on May 24

“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 Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. 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

2006 Europe Trip to France and Spain

Register early for the "Paris, Loire Valley, and Barcelona" tour set for July 13-24, 2006. The tour includes Paris, Versailles, Chartres Cathedral (famous stained-glass windows), grand châteaux of the Loire Valley, the Dordogne region (prehistoric cave paintings), the medieval walled town of Carcassonne, Salvador Dalî's museum in Figueras, Spain, and ends in Barcelona. The trip is open to students, adults, and friends. A $95 registration fee holds your space and, if paid by June 30, 2005, locks in current rates of $3,360 (23 or younger) and $3,785 (24 or older). Rates include roundtrip airfare, hotels, two meals a day, ground transportation, museum entrances, and a guide. Final payment is due March 1, 2006. Alternate flight arrangements may be made for an extended stay. For full details and to register online, or contact Susan Haas, adjunct professor of art history, at, or (206) 522-0693, or visit the Web site. More

Faculty, Staff Discount for Christian Writers Renewal

Stephen Bly, author of more than 90 books, ordained minister, mayor of Winchester, Idaho, and creator of the false-front Western village of Broken Arrow Crossing, will be the keynote speaker at the 2005 Christian Writers Renewal at SPU, June 3-4, 2005. At a special dessert reception on June 3, the well-known author will talk on “Dirt Trails and Distant Sunsets: The Spiritual Pilgrimage of a Reluctant Writer and Undisciplined Disciple." A special conference rate of $75 is available to SPU faculty and staff. For more information, call (425) 488-2900 or contact Visit the Web site for more information. More

Writing as a Vocation

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.

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.

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 at the Web site. 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 26.


Wolfe's Book Receives Award of Merit

Suzanne Wolfe's novel, Unveiling, has been singled out for an Award of Merit in the latest issue of Christianity Today (CT). Wolfe is an English instructor and executive editor of Image journal. In the fiction category, only one other book received a higher award (Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, which also won the Pulitzer Prize). Here's how CT describes the criteria for their book awards: “This year we received 327 nominated titles from 52 publishers. CT staff selected the top five books in each category, and then panels of judges (one panel for each category) determined the winners. In the end, we honor 23 titles that bring understanding to people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. We also include our judges' comments on the winners." Unveiling has just been issued in paperback, and the hardcover edition is available through Image journal. Congratulations, Suzanne! Read all of CT's 2005 Book Awards online. More

SOE Professors Get Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce recent publications by Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, Frank Kline, professor of education, and Bill Nagy, professor of education. Sharon and Frank had their article titled “Preventing the Fall from the 'Call to Teach': Rethinking Vocation" published in the recent edition of Journal of Education and Christian Belief. Bill's book titled Teaching Word Meanings is a volume in the well-received Literacy Teaching Series published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Capp's Spring Activity

Myrna Capp, adjunct faculty in music, recently adjudicated for the Gig Harbor chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) Scholarship Competition. She also presented a program for the South King County chapter of the WSMTA titled "Classical Pianists CAN Learn to Improvise," and gave another program titled, "We Are MORE Than Music Teachers: Psychological Issues in the Studio" for the Lewis County chapter.

Staub's New Book Published

A new book titled Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters by Dick Staub, adjunct faculty in the School of Theology, was just released. The book is available in the SPU Bookstore. The May 9 issue of Newsweek made reference to it. He and his new book were also featured in The Express Times in Easton, Pennsylvania. Read the story online. More

CORRECTION: Fitch Elected to Board

Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology, was incorrectly listed as an assistant professor of biology in the May 16 issue of the Fac/Staff Bulletin.


Steele Quoted in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Richard Steele, professor of moral and historical theology, was quoted in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer story on May 17 titled “Catholics, Anglicans reach accord on Mary." Read the story online. More

Parrott Quoted in Los Angeles Times

Les Parrott, professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Relationship Development, was quoted in a major story on “pre, pre-marital counseling" in the May 21 issue of The Los Angeles Times. Read the story online. More

Overstreet Guest on KPDQ-FM, Star Wars Review on

University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet was a guest on “The Georgene Rice Show" on KPDQ-FM, a Christian radio station in Portland, Oregon. He discussed the controversies over Ridley Scott's film “Kingdom of Heaven." Also, his review of Star Wars, Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith appears on Read it online. More

SPU Student Quoted in The Seattle Times

SPU student Karin Olsoe, who attended the recent Norwegian Constitution Day parade in Ballard, was quoted in The Seattle Times on May 18. Read the story online. More

Brennand, Zabelle Mentioned in The Seattle Times

Adjunct music faculty Meg Brennand and Kim Zabelle were mentioned in a Seattle Times story on May 18 titled “Puppets, top-notch musicians bring delightful ‘Magic Flute' to life." Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Assistant Professor of Science Education
Associate Professor of Special Education
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)
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
Admissions Counselor, Admissions
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics
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
Program and Budget Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Risk Management and Insurance Specialist, Finance Office
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

Volume #32, Issue #21 | Published by: University Communications

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