Monday, September 26, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


Welcome to the Fac/Staff Bulletin

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. The bulletin is published on Mondays, and deadlines to submit information are Thursdays. All members of the SPU community are encouraged to submit information to the bulletin at, or by selecting “Submit Bulletin Items" from the bulletin itself. Only items directly related to SPU will be published. The bulletin is divided into five main sections.

Announcements highlight the major news and events on campus. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, academic achievements, campus events, or guest speakers. Digital photos, graphics, and Web site addresses are especially welcome. When possible, event information with be published in the bulletin two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting your information.

Faculty and Staff News is for professional news related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, book or articles written or published, presentations made, awards, received, research completed, or new title or positions held. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

SPU in the News lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty, staff, and students. If you've been used as a source for a reporter, let us know by submitting it to the bulletin.

Milestones is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, marriages, adoptions, awards, and athletic accomplishments. (Or anything else you'd like the whole campus to know!). Digital photos are always welcomed!

Current Job Openings lists the most current information on open faculty and staff positions at SPU.

Finally, be sure to visit the SPU Classifieds for items to sell or buy, child care, ride sharing, apartments or rooms for rent, lost and found, and volunteer opportunities. The SPU Classifieds can be accessed from the SPU home page under “SPU Virtual Campus." More

Important Registration Deadlines

The waitlist ends Tuesday, September 27. The SPU waitlist policy is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. The waitlist operates on a first on, first off approach. If space opens up in a waitlisted class, Student Academic Services (SAS) will contact students via email who have been registered from the waitlist. Increasing class enrollment ends Tuesday, September 27. If you would like to accommodate the students on your waitlist, and the room capacity of the classroom would not be exceeded, contact Tiffany Shelton at or (206) 281-2635 in SAS by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, to have your class enrollment increased. In order to stop the waitlist on time, the timeline for increasing enrollment needs to match the waitlist deadline. Last day to add classes is Friday, September 30. Students are able to register, add, and drop courses until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30. After this time, Web registration is no longer available for Autumn Quarter. This is the last day to register for classes including classes that meet once a week. Other registration deadlines: Students wishing to take a course pass/no credit or register for an internship, independent study, or individual instruction in music may do so in SAS, located in Demaray Hall 151, until 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 7. Thank you for meeting these deadlines.

Faculty/Staff Directory Now Available Online

The Faculty/Staff Directory will no longer be printed and distributed across campus. The most current and up-to-date information regarding employees is available through the SPU White Pages at An electronic version (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) of the directory is available for you to download and store on your office or home computer -- or if necessary, you can print a copy of the PDF version for your use. Go to to view or print the full Faculty/Staff Directory, or individual sections as you desire. Remember that you have considerable choice in the amount and type of information that you make available in the SPU White Pages. Go to the Personal Information Menu in the Banner Information System to review your directory preferences.

Mileage Rate Increase

Please note the IRS has raised the standard mileage rate effective September 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005 to 48.5 cents per mile. The Payments Department has updated the reimbursement form on its Web site for your convenience. Both the old rate and new rate will be available depending on the dates of your travel. Call the Payments Department at (206) 281-2066 if you have any questions.

Do You Need Student Workers?

The Student Financial Services office will hold their annual “Job Fair for Students" on Wednesday, September 28, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The Job Fair is a great way to meet students seeking part-time employment. The event is regularly attended by off-campus employers, but many students are looking for on-campus opportunities. If you or your department is interested is attending the Job Fair, contact Student Employment Coordinator Bob Yohnka at (206) 281-2047 or Please plan to arrive by 10:30 a.m. and stay until the event ends at 3 p.m. You may want to bring job descriptions, photos, or other materials that describe your job opportunities. Also, please bring any application forms that are required to apply for positions within your department. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for employers. If you will can't attend the Job Fair but would like to post open positions to the job board and Web site, visit Request login permission if you have not already done so. Once granted, you can post, pull, or edit job descriptions as needed.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Women of Faith Pre-Conference

SPU 2005 Alumna of the Year Marilyn Meberg invites you to a complimentary reception Friday, October 7, from 3-5 p.m. in the Seattle Center Alki Room, 305 Harrison Street in Seattle. The reception follows “God at Your Wits' End," a Women of Faith pre-conference for which Marilyn is the featured speaker. You do not need to attend the conference to attend this special complimentary reception. The agenda is simply fellowship with Marilyn, other alumni, and friends of SPU. RSVP for the special SPU reception by calling (206) 281-ALUM. For those who are interested in the conference, Marilyn is also offering a $10 discount for the pre-conference, as well as for the conference itself, which begins after the reception and continues on Saturday, October 8. (Mention “SPU" when you register). For more information on the conference and pre-conference, visit the Web site. More

On-Campus Weight Watchers Fall Series for Faculty, Staff

A new Autumn Quarter on-campus Weight Watchers series will begin Tuesday, October 11, noon-1 p.m., in Otto Miller Hall, room 124. Last year, this was a successful, encouraging, and convenient program for many SPU employees. Open to all interested faculty or staff, the 10 meeting series will run from October 11 to December 13. Registrations must be completed prior to the first meeting. For fee and registration information, email Laurie Collins, publicity and event coordinator in the Career Development Center, at

Apply for Online Parking

Faculty and staff can now apply for parking online. To update your vehicle information, apply for parking, or review your parking status, log into the Banner Information System and enter the “Parking Information and Application" menu. If you have any questions about this system, contact Justin Langhofer, program assistant, at (206) 281-2821 or

New Tour Times for Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions has new times for campus tours. Tours are available to prospective students and families, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours generally last about one hour. If you have questions, contact Catherine Seguin, assistant director of admissions, at (206) 281-2567.

New Pet Feature Coming to Fac/Staff Bulletin

Beginning in October, we will start featuring a “Pet Photo of the Week" in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. Faculty and staff are encouraged to send a photo of their pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Only pets related to SPU faculty and staff members will be accepted. (Those with multiple pets may submit one group photo or individual pet photos.) Look for this new feature in the October 3 edition.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Resumes Regular Schedule

The Fac/Staff Bulletin has resumed its regular, weekly schedule. 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, September 29. The next publication date is Monday, October 3.


Jab's Essay Published

Lorelle Jabs, assistant professor of communication, published an essay titled “Communication Rules and Organizational Decision Making" in the July 2005 issue of the Journal of Business Communication.

Dearborn Presents Paper

Kerry Dearborn, associate professor of theology, presented a paper at Baylor University on September 18 for the centenary celebration of George MacDonald, exactly 100 years after his death. The paper was on the British theological influences on MacDonald's life and work.

Ediger's Article Published

Ruth Ediger's article, “History of an Institution as a Factor for Predicting Church Institutional Behavior: The Cases of the Catholic Church in Poland, the Orthodox Church in Romania, and the Protestant Churches in East Germany," was published in the September issue of the East European Quarterly. Ruth is an associate professor of political science and geography.

Chaney's Article Published

Christine Chaney, assistant professor of English, recently published the lead article in a special issue of the Journal of Narrative Theory, edited by Jeffrey Pence of Oberlin College. The article, "Narrative Emotion: Feeling, Form, Function," discusses the rhetorical strategies of narrative emotion in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, a late 18th-century British writer.

Holsinger Featured Speaker

Professor of History Don Holsinger was the featured speaker at the first Melva Kauffman Memorial Lecture Series at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas, September 7-9. In addition to presenting three chapel and community lectures on the theme "Abraham's Triple Heritage: Foundation Stones for Middle East Peace," Holsinger spoke in two classes and conducted a faculty in-service on the topic "The West or the World? Seeking Balance in the University Curriculum." Melva Kauffman, professor of English and education at Hesston College from 1944 to 1977, developed a deep interest in the Islamic world during a term of service in Afghanistan. Her family established the Melva Kauffman Memorial Lecture Series to continue her lifelong interests in learning and the humanities.

Ferreiro's Summer Activities

Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history, accompanied 24 students to the University of Salamanca for five weeks this summer. This is the 16th consecutive summer the program has been there. Two of the students were from Point Loma Nazarene University. Highlights were excursions to Toledo, Segovia, Avila/Alba de Tormes, and two days in Portugal. There were numerous concerts of a wide variety of music, art exhibits, siestas, and tapa eating, and much more, including watching live TV coverage of Lance Armstrong's seventh consecutive Tour de France win. While in Madrid before the program, Alberto did research in the National Library and the German Archaeological Institute. He also did field research in Astudillo, Palencia, located in northern Spain, on Christian apocrypha iconograph related to Simon Magus and Simon Peter. In August his book Simon Magus in Patristic, Medieval, and Early Modern Traditions: Studies in the History of Christian Traditions was published. Also published was an article in the Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum on 'Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition in the Council of Sevilla." He also finished work for a bibliography that will include 10,416 entries that Brill will publish.

Gallagher's Essay Published

Susan VanZanten Gallagher, professor of English and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, recently published an essay titled "Reading and Faith in a Global Community." The essay appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Christianity & Literature. In the essay, she considers how globalization and the growth in world Christianity should affect our study of literature.

Sequeira Co-Authors Chapter

Debra Sequeira, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, co-authored a chapter in the recently released book Aligning for Learning: Strategies for Teaching Effectiveness. The book was edited by Don Wulff, director of the Center for Instructional Development and Research at the University of Washington. Their chapter, titled “Applying Alignment in the Faculty Reward System," is based on the application of Wulff's “alignment model," which has been used by the authors in consultation with faculty at SPU and the University of Washington.

Ellis Gives Keynote Address

Professor of Education Arthur Ellis made opening-of-the-school-year keynote presentations to faculty members and administrators of the Cashmere School District (Washington) in August, and to the Bishop Blanchet Senior High School (Seattle) in September. The theme of both presentations was “Reflective Thinking and Student Achievement." He will consult with administrators at Cashmere and Blanchet throughout the school year to assess progress as teachers apply reflective-thinking strategies in their classrooms.

Welcome, New Employees

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information is available though the SPU White Pages.

Kevin Lakey, administrative assistant for physical education and exercise science.
Carol Clement, payroll lead in the finance office.
Joel Jacobson, Student Financial Services representative.
Natalie Burgett, Student Financial Services representative.


Parrott's Article in Marriage Partnership

An article by Professor of Psychology Les Parrott, and his wife, Leslie, appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of Marriage Partnership. The article is titled “Avoiding Missteps and Misunderstandings." The Parrotts are co-directors of SPU's Center for Relationship Development. Read the article online. More

Nursing Team Featured on KIRO-TV

A nursing team from the School of Health Sciences on their way to help with hurricane relief efforts in Alabama was featured on KIRO-TV (Channel 7) on September 9 and 10. The team, all registered nurses, included Luana Joslin-Lester, R.N., A.R.N.P., a nurse practitioner on staff in SPU's Student Health Services, Colette Dahl, R.N. and M.S.N. student, Kristen Jones, R.N. and B.S.N. graduate, and Linda Robinson, R.N. and a M.S.N. student. Read about some of their experiences online. More

Sandlin's Article on Philanthropy in King County Journal

An article written by Planned Giving Officer Marlon Sandlin appeared in a Fall 2005 estate planning insert in the King County Journal. The article was titled “Teaching Children About Philanthropy."


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant Professor of Communication
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Associate Professor of Special Education
Librarian, Business and Social Sciences

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, Alumni
Administrative Assistant, Seattle Pacific Foundation
Business Service Associate, Finance Office
Career Counselor, Career Development Center
Graphic Designer, University Communications
Head Coach-Track and Field, Athletics
Help Desk Manager, Computer and Information Systems,
Manager of Conference Services, University Services
Mental Health Counselor (20 hrs/wk, 9 mos), Student Counseling Center
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk, temporary), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Event Manager, University Advancement/External Relations
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Systems Analyst, Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
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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