Monday, June 6, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


Offices Closed for Ivy Cutting on June 10

Hundreds of graduating students and SPU faculty members don their academic garb and assemble in Tiffany Loop for SPU's annual Ivy Cutting ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. After a brief formal ceremony, each graduate receives a sprig of ivy. The ceremony, a part of SPU graduation rites since 1922, represents both the student's tie to SPU and the independence that comes with graduation. Light refreshments follow for graduates, parents, and faculty in Tiffany Loop. SPU offices will be closed from 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Graduate Hooding Ceremony on June 10

Graduating master's degree students are invited to the Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 8:45 a.m. in Martin Square. Program directors and deans will hood their students. The students will then process with the faculty and participate in the Ivy Cutting ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Tiffany Loop.

Baccalaureate Service on June 10

The annual Baccalaureate service, an informal worship time shared by graduates and their families, friends, and professors, will be held Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Special music is included and a reception follows in Upper Gwinn Commons. This event does not require tickets and is open to all.

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Lindsey Peterson, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at (206) 281-2533.

Spring Grades Due June 20

Spring grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 20. Grades can be submitted to SAS via the Web; in person; placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151); mailed; or faxed to (206) 281-2669 (with the original mailed or submitted as soon as possible). Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes, such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verifications. If instructors want grades to appear on the Web before June 20, they need to contact SAS to roll the grades to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS prior to the grading deadline, because we may be able to assist with resolving the situation (for example, if the course is set up with an incorrect grading mode, we can fix it prior to the grade deadline.) If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli Knapp at (206) 281-2636.

Spring Staff Forum Deals With Reconciliation

The last Staff Forum of the academic year is Wednesday, June 15, at 9 a.m. in the Queen Ann Room in Upper Gwinn Commons. Staff members will share they own reconciliation stories, and Minister of Worship Stephen Newby will lead a time of worship and praise. For more information, visit the Staff Council Web page. More

Farewell to Jen Hutchings and Brian Cole

Come celebrate and bid a fond farewell to Jen Hutchings, director of the Student Counseling Center (SCC), and Brian Cole, coordinator of student programs, on Friday, June 10, noon-2 p.m. at the canal. Jen is the founding director of the SCC, which began in 2002. Her husband, Brian, joined SPU a year later in the Office of Student Programs. They will be moving closer to family in Michigan with their young daughter, Gracie (and a menagerie of pets). Light refreshments will be provided. Gracie will be in attendance!

SPU Librarians Take You Beyond Google

SPU librarians Carrie Fry and Jenifer Phelan will give a presentation titled “Beyond Basic Google: Keeping Ahead of the Search Engine Curve," on Thursday, June 9, 9-10 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room, This Internet searching presentation goes beyond basic Google and includes lesser-known Google searching features and how to use them effectively. While Google continues to index the largest portion of what is available on the Internet, other search engines rank and sort their results differently. This presentation will provide both Google searching tips and tricks, as well as address alternatives to Google including the strengths of some other search engines. Suggestions for keeping current with Internet searching will be covered.

SPU Teams Compete in Bike to Work Month

Congratulations to the two SPU teams who participated in the 2005 Group Health Commute Challenge during Bike to Work Month. Team “SPU All Stars," (Grace Peterson-captain, Keri Dearborn, Jack Hoyt, Frank Kinard, Matthew Koenig, Patrick McDonald, Bill Purcell, Lane Seeley, Doug Thorpe, and Marie Van Norman,) ended the challenge with 47 round trips and 49 days biked for a total of 351.8 miles. Team “SPU Spinning Past U," (Kristi Nelson-captain, Jerry Essenpreis, Bob Drovdahl, Marvin Gray, Rick Hebron, Bryan Jones, Dan Olson, and Bob Weathers,) ended with 92 round trips and 101 days biked for 1,305.4 miles. Combined, SPU's teams rode their bikes for 139 round trips, 150 days, and 1,657.2 miles during May! Great work everyone!

Summer Institute for Artists, Writers

The Glen Workshop, sponsored by Image: A Journal of Art and Religion, is an innovative and enriching program for artists and writers combining the best elements of a workshop, arts festival, and conference. The workshop will be held July 31–August 7 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Classes at “The Glen" are led by nationally known authors and artists. Small class sizes allow the faculty to pay close attention to each participant -- whether he or she is a beginner or well advanced in his or her craft. The Glen is also an illuminating conference on the relationship between art and religious faith, where participants practice and strengthen their craft and vision in community. Now published at SPU, Image is one of America's leading literary and arts journals, and explores the relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art. For more information on The Glen, visit the Web page. More

2006 Europe Trip to France and Spain

Register early for the "Paris, Loire Valley, and Barcelona" tour on 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 it 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. Please note that the trip is facilitated by the American Council for International Study and not sponsored by SPU. For full details and to register online, contact Susan Haas, adjunct professor of art history, at, or (206) 522-0693, or visit the Web site. 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, June 9.


Still Receives D.M.A.

Tamara Still, instructor of music, successfully defended her dissertation titled “Paul Fritts, Organ Builder: The Development of the Mechanical Organ in Twentieth Century America With Special Emphasis on the Organs of Paul Fritts" at the University of Washington, School of Music. Tamara will receive her doctorate in musical arts, a D.M.A. Congratulations, Tamara.

Feldman's Drawing Chosen for New Museum

A drawing by Professor of Art Roger Feldman, will be included a show called "The Next Generation" at the new Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, opening on August 20. Feldman is one of 44 artists selected for the exhibition. In addition, the work and a brief review is contained in the exhibition catalogue.

Welcome, Sandy

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Sandy Calhoun as the new manager of conference service in University Services. Welcome, Sandy.

Faculty, Staff Earn Graduate Degrees From SPU

The following SPU faculty and staff members will receive academic degrees during SPU's Commencement on June 11.
Susan Gilbert, adjunct faculty member in education. Ed.D. Dissertation, “A Longitudinal Study of Student Performance on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning – Reading Test, 1999-2002."
John Glancy, director of the graduate admissions and marketing. Ed.D. Dissertation, “Moral Reasoning and Its Relationship to Participation in Extracurricular Activities on a Christian University Campus."
Debby Lierman, assistant professor of education. Ed.D. Dissertation, “A Comparison Study of Adolescent Faith Maturity in Guatemalan and Washington State Christian Schools."
Emmanuel Mourtzanos, assistant director of residence life, Ed.D. Dissertation, “Exploring the Relationship between Collegiate Environment and Residential Satisfaction: A Cross-Institutional Comparison and a Psychometric Evaluation of the Resident Survey."
Gordy Nygard, executive director and treasurer of the Seattle Pacific Foundation. M.B.A.
Bob Yohnka, student employment coordinator. M.B.A.


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 Manager of Mailing and Copying Services, University Services
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics
Associate Director of Human Resources—Human Resources
Budget Manager and Assistant to the Dean, School of Health Sciences
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
Mail Clerk, Customer Service, University Services
Mail Clerk, Processing, University Services
Manager of Administration and Card Services, University Services
Program and Budget Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Program Coordinator, Career Development
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

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