Monday, November 14, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


President Eaton Invites Faculty, Staff to the Unveiling of 2014: A Blueprint for Excellence

President Eaton invites faculty and staff to join him for a special forum Tuesday, November 15, 3-4 p.m. in the Queen Anne Room of Gwinn Commons. He will unveil the official publication titled 2014: A Blueprint For Excellence, which outlines the blueprint for the future of SPU.

SFS Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 2

The Student Financial Services (SFS) Undergraduate Scholarship Application is now available for students to complete for the 2006-07 academic year. Students need a completed reference form to apply for this scholarship. If a student asks you to fill out a reference form, the SFS office asks that you return it no later than Friday, December 2. We received approximately 300 applications last year and it is crucial to collect all reference material on time. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Whitney Kruse, program manager of grants and scholarships, at

'Tis the Season for Course Evaluations

The faculty sign-up/opt-out period for Autumn Quarter course evaluation begins Monday, November 14. While most classes are automatically signed up for evaluation, a few are not. Please check your evaluation status on Banner to ensure all desired classes are signed up. You can also "opt-out" of courses you do not want evaluated. Faculty have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, to make any changes. If you have questions or problems, please contact Megan Swanson at

SPU Faculty, Staff Discuss C.S. Lewis's Narnia

Don't miss a special SPU faculty and staff panel presentation titled “Rediscovering Narnia: The Continuing Relevance of C.S. Lewis's Narnian Chronicles" on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The panel includes SPU Associate Professor of Theological Studies Kerry Dearborn, Marketing Associate for Fine Arts Kim Gilnett, Professor of European Studies Mike Macdonald, and Associate Professor of Political Science John West.

Last Week to See “Quilters"

SPU Theatre presents the heartwarming production “Quilters." This musical about a pioneer woman and her six daughters explores the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. The show runs November 17-19 in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall on campus. Show times are 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on November 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students and seniors. Call the Theater Ticket Box Office for tickets at (206) 281-2959.

New Connections in Faith and Art

SPU welcomes members from Common Ground, a Christian community creatively exploring the Christian faith in interaction with the music, film, and stories of today. They will host a series of events titled “New Connections in Faith and Art" on campus this week. All events are free and open to the public.

Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius, A Brush With Faith
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 9:30-10:20 a.m.
Location: First Free Methodist Church
(Formerly presented at the Seattle Art Museum)

The Wrestling God: Expanding the Human Heart
Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 8:30-10 p.m.
Location: First Free Methodist Church

Uncovering the Heart for God: Cultural Art
Date: Thursday, November 17 (includes an open discussion)
Time: 9:30-10:20 a.m.
Location: Demaray Hall 150

Free Estate-Planning Seminar

Prepare yourself and your family by attending "The Five Estate-Planning Questions Everyone Needs to Answer" seminar on Tuesday, November 15, 12-1 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Estate-planning expert Mark Albertson of the Albertson Law Group and senior counsel in estate and elder law will lead the seminar. Learn about wills, living trusts, estate taxes, community property agreements, charitable estate planning, and more. Under arrangements with the University, seminar participants may sign up for free half-hour private consultations with Albertson. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 206-281-2702, or email

Do You Know a Student Undecided on a Major?

Do you know students who are struggling with choosing a major? Would you like to help students explore their career options? Or perhaps they just need a little advice on how to handle the transition from SPU to the "real world." Registration for Winter Quarter begins November 14, and there are two classes designed to address students job and career concerns. GS 2001: Career Exploration and Planning is a wonderful resource for students looking to explore career options and those still undecided about their major choice. GS 3001: Career and Life Planning is a great opportunity to put together a résumé, learn how to launch a successful job-search campaign, and get prepared for transitioning from SPU to a vocation. Both classes are one credit. For more information on these courses, check the SPU Undergraduate Catalog. More

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 Carol Clement, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at (206) 281-2533.

Tickets Going Fast for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Begin your Christmas season with the annual “Sacred Sounds of Christmas" concert on Sunday, November 27, at 4 p.m. in Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony. SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and other groups will perform sacred and traditional Advent and Christmas music during this memorable evening. Tickets are $15 and $18, and on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS, or visiting and selecting “Arts & Theater." You can also buy tickets in person (cash and checks only) at the Benaroya Hall Box Office at Third Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle.

Pet of the Week Photo

“This is Scout, my new parakeet. I also have two cats who think Scout would be a wonderful appetizer, so I am getting into new, household-management issues. This is the first time I have owned a bird, and it is interesting to see just how passive-aggressive a personality can be contained in such a little, seemingly innocuous package. Scout is a social conservative and, I am sure, a Republican, while I believe most dogs are liberal progressives. Cats, of course, are anarchists." Kathleen Braden, professor of geography

Is Your Pet as Cute as Scout the Parakeet?

Show off your pet by submitting a photo to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for the “Pet Photo of the Week." 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 and descriptions.)

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. 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, November 17. The next publication date is Monday, November 21.


Capp Presents Paper on Zimbabwean Music

Myrna Capp, adjunct faculty in music, recently presented a paper at a symposium in Beijing, China. The symposium was titled "Africa Meets Asia: Dialogue Between China, Africa, and Halim el Dabh." Myrna's presentation focused on two themes of preserving traditional Zimbabwean music and improvisation through the life stories of 13 Zimbabwean musicians. The conference was held at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and included scholars from China and Africa, as well as the conservatory students. The range of topics included African and Chinese pianism and composition, and traditional African and Chinese music and musicians.

Dearborn Receives Research Grant

Kerry Dearborn, associate professor of theology, was recently selected to receive a 2005 Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant for research related to her forthcoming book, The Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald. The grant was given on behalf of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

Welcome, Lindsey and Brian.

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming two new staff members. Lindsey Bickel is a new communications specialist in University Communication, and Brian Glassco is a new graphic designer also in University Communications.


West Quoted in Story

Associate Professor of Political Science John West, who is also the associate director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, was recently quoted in an online story on West comments on the current controversy surrounding intelligent design. Read the story online. More

Former Student/Staff Member Highlighted in Seattle P-I

Rachelle Mee-Chapman ‘92, initiator of SPU orientation's CityQuest program, and former staff member in the Career Development Center, was highlighted in a front-page story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Tuesday, November 8. She is the “urban abbess" of Monkfish Abbey and is leading the way toward an emerging "soul-care" community. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art History (2 positions)
Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Communication
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Associate Professor of Special Education
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
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, PE & Exercise Science (20 hrs/wk), College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Manager of Conference Services, University Services
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk, temporary), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Receptionist (part-time, temporary), School of Health Sciences
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Event Manager, University Advancement/External Relations
Student Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications
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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