Monday, November 28, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


Bring Your Family to Tradition

SPU's annual Christmas celebration known as "Tradition" is Friday, December 2, 7- 10 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. Tradition activities include music, crafts, a live nativity, photos with Santa, hot drinks, storytelling, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, family, and children to enjoy a fabulous Christmas celebration! For more information, call 206-281-2496, or email Christine at

It's Snowing! Is SPU Open?

The quickest way to learn if SPU is closed or running late due to inclement weather is to call the SPU Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800. The phone line will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany Meditations

The SPU Library has put together a current shortlist of Advent, Christmastide, and Epiphany meditations. The list is available on the Library Web site. More

Come Cheer on Falcon Hoops This Weekend

Bring your family and cheer on the SPU basketball teams this weekend. The Falcon men's basketball team hosts the Oak Harbor Freight Line Challenge, December 1-3, in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The men play Hawaii Pacific at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. The Falcon women's basketball team hosts Lewis-Clark State at 5 p.m., also on Saturday, December 3. For all your latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. 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.

Poet John Terpstra Reading on Nov. 30

Canadian poet John Terpstra will read from his poetry and prose on November 30 (originally scheduled for December 1) at 7:30 p.m. in the SPU Art Center Gallery as part of his West Coast book tour with Gaspereau Press. His spare, lyrical new release, The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter, is an unsentimental prose elegy for his wife's three brothers, each of whom suffered from muscular dystrophy and died in his early twenties (an excerpt appears in Image Journal #47). Author of the poetry collections The Church Not Made with Hands and Disarmament, Terpstra has been short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award. He works out of his own shop in Hamilton, Ontario, as a cabinetmaker and carpenter.

We Need to Know About Upcoming Campus Events

The Office of University Communications is now finalizing the list of SPU-sponsored events for 2006. We are especially interested in events or programs during Winter and Spring Quarters that are open to the general public. Events will be considered for the next "Engage" brochure, which is sent to more than 40,000 alumni, friends, and Seattle neighbors. If you are planning an event of interest to the public, forward the information to Tracy Norlen at If you've already sent information, please make sure it's up to date. We are also interested in any possible events you may be planning, so please send that information as well. If you have questions, contact Tracy at 206-281-2977.

Lilly Service Internship Fund Applications Due Nov. 30

Do you know a student who is interning with a nonprofit organization this winter? Encourage him or her to apply for a Lilly-funded stipend. Stipends are available to students interning at qualifying nonprofit organizations. Application deadline is November 30. For more information, visit the Web site. More

Final Reminder on SFS Undergraduate Scholarships

This is a final reminder about the Student Financial Services (SFS) Undergraduate Scholarship reference forms that faculty and staff may have received from students. We will accept applications and reference forms in SFS until Friday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. Anything turned in after the deadline will not be accepted, including reference forms. Please turn these in as soon as possible to ensure the student has a complete application. Note–please do NOT send reference forms in campus mail. It is best to drop the reference off in SFS to ensure that it reaches the office by the deadline. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Kruse, program manager of grants and scholarships, at Thank you!

Pet of the Week Photo

“Here is a picture of my cat, Kalli. She is lounging on the bed, obviously queen of all she surveys." Kay White, coordinator of office campus registration, Student Academic Services.

Is Your Pet as Cute as Kalli?

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, December 1. The next publication date is Monday, December 5.


Keuss Presents Two Papers at American Academy of Religion

Jeff Keuss, associate professor of Christian ministry, presented two papers at the recent American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature national meeting in Philadelphia. Jeff was part of a panel on Paul Tillich and public theology. His paper, titled "The Emerging Church and Neo-Corelational Theology after Tillich's Theology of Culture," addressed some recent discussions with members of “emerging churches." Jeff also chaired a panel for the “Arts, Religion, and Literature" section. The panel looked at the reception history and theological questions of “religion as performance" found in Tony Kushner's 1985 play and recent HBO film "Angels in America."

Collins Performs at Woodwind Symposium

Shelley Collins, adjunct music faculty in flute, was invited as a guest artist to Delta State University's (DSU) Woodwind Symposium on November 19. Shelley taught two master classes for DSU students and area high school musicians. Her recital included music by Telemann, Faure, Delibes, a premiere by Northwest composer Jennifer Grady, and a work inspired by the guitar music of Jimi Hendrix.

Wall Participates on Acts Panel

Rob Wall, professor of Christian scriptures, attended the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia and participated in one of its sessions on a panel of recent interpreters of Acts. Rob presented a reading on Acts 15 to illustrate his canonical approach to biblical interpretation, which is the interpretive strategy used in his book New Interpreter's Bible Commentary on Acts (Abingdon, 2002), and in his forthcoming book (with Anthony B. Robinson) titled Called To Be Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day (Eerdmans, 2006).

Torrence, Granger Involved in New Seattle Health Care Clinic

Liz Torrence, associate professor of nursing and director of the master of science in nursing program, and Theresa Granger, family nurse practitioner and instructor of nursing, have been involved in a community effort to open a new health care clinic serving the underserved populations living in the north Seattle area. The clinic will be organized under the aegis of the North Helpline Food Bank. After several years of planning with Executive Director and Board President of the North Helpline Food Bank Rita Anderson, the clinic is scheduled to open late winter. Rita is also an SPU alumna and Health Sciences advisory board member. The clinic will also be a potential practice site for undergraduate, graduate nursing students, and faculty.

Ward Featured Speaker at National Conference

Janet Ward, associate vice president for information and data management, was a featured speaker at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers' annual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference, held November 13-16, in Chicago. Janet presented two sessions during the conference, “Data-Driven Decisions: Using Data to Inform and Influence Decision Makers," as well as a seminar for new professionals.

Campbell Selected for NASPA Panel

Kimberlee Campbell, director of residence life and SPU's chief judicial officer, was selected to participate in a program featuring experienced female student affairs professionals at the recent National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Western Regional Conference in Tucson, Arizona. The selected panel of women will provide a “listening ear" to entry-level professionals seeking guidance in the field of student affairs.

Welcome, New Staff Members

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

Greg Heydel, security officer in Safety and Security
Chris Luca, security officer in Safety and Security
Jordana Ross, risk management and insurance specialist in the Finance Office


Wolfes Featured in The Seattle Times

Gregory Wolfe, and his wife, Suzanne, were profiled in the Northwest Life section of The Seattle Times on Thursday, November 24. The story's headline was ‘Faith, art, and opposites attracting: A love story." Greg is publisher and editor of Image journal, director of SPU's M.F.A. program in creative writing, and writer in residence. Suzanne is an English instructor. Read the story online. More

Gilnett Featured in C.S. Lewis Documentary

Kim Gilnett, marketing associate in fine arts, was featured in a documentary on the restoration of C.S. Lewis's home in England. The documentary ran November 28 on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Kim has spent many years studying Lewis and helping restore Lewis' home known as “The Kilns." 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
Audio Video Production Specialist, Instructional Technology Services
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Systems
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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