Monday, December 12, 2005 Seattle Pacific University


SFS Closed Midday on Dec. 19

On Monday, December 19, Student Financial Services (SFS) will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for their annual office Christmas celebration. Signage will be posted in the SFS lobby prior to the event. Please keep this in mind when talking to students. Thank you for your support.

Autumn Quarter Grades Due Dec. 19

Autumn Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 19. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the Web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the Web before December 19, contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp at If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS prior to the grading deadline. We may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli Knapp at 206-281-2636 or

Winter On-Campus Weight Watchers Series Begins Jan. 10

The winter on-campus Weight Watchers series is looking for new members. Begin the new year with a healthy and doable eating plan with great group support. (This is not just a temporary diet.) We will meet on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., January 10 – March 14. For complete information, contact Laurie Collins in the Career Development Center at Feel free to visit our last fall series meeting on Tuesday, December 13, noon-1 p.m., in Otto Miller Hall 124 (no cost to attend).

The Facts About SPU

For basic information on SPU, including enrollment statistics based on Autumn Quarter 2005, please refer to the "SPU Facts" at If you have questions about official SPU information, contact Jerry Finch, director of institutional research, at or 206-281-2577. More

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 5

The peer-advisor selection process for 2006-07 is coming up fast and we need your help in obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. However, if you know students who rise above — leaders among leaders — we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Sonja Whitaker in the Office of Residence Life at no later that January 5, 2006. Thank you in advance for your help.

Staff Forum on Dec. 14

The SPU Staff Council invites staff members to join us at the first Staff Forum of the year, Tuesday, December 14, 9-10:30 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. We'll hear members of the health sciences department share their amazing stories and pictures from their Hurricane Katrina relief trip in September. There will also be a time of worship and fellowship as a community. Beverage and snacks will be served.

Falcon Basketball on New Year's Eve

If you're in Seattle over the holidays, come and cheer on the SPU Falcon men's basketball team on Saturday, December 31, at 1 p.m. when they host Northwest Nazarene in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The Falcon Athletic department thanks you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the game. Go Falcons! For all the news on Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. More

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

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.

Pet of the Week Photo

“This is a picture of the love of my life, McKenzie Annaliese Roz. She is a dream come true for me. She is almost 2 years old, and a Great Dane all the way. She loves to eat whatever I eat, sit wherever I sit, and sleep wherever I sleep. She has convinced me she thinks she is human. Spoiled rotten, she is my master. I love her like a child and probably treat her like one, too." Dani Kahn, work control assistant in building maintenance.

Last Fac/Staff Bulletin of the Year on December 19

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. The last Fac/Staff Bulletin of the calendar year will be published December 19. If you have information or event news for early January, please send it as soon 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 15. The next publication date is Monday, December 19.


Beers Presents at National Reading Conference

Scott Beers, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, presented a paper at the National Reading Conference in Miami on December 1. His presentation was titled "Adolescents Reading During Writing: Eye Movements, Writing, and Gender Differences."

Capp Presents at Society for Ethnomusicology Conference

Myrna Capp, adjunct faculty in music, and W.C. Nyaho, pianist from Ghana, presented a lecture and recital of “Works by Composers of African Descent: Repetitive Patterns and Their Use in Selected Piano Pieces" at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The conference was held in Atlanta, and was hosted by Emory University. Piano works by composers from Nigeria, Guadalupe, South Africa, Ghana, Jamaica, and the United States were included.

Chaney Nominated for Graves Award

President Eaton recently named Chris Chaney, assistant professor of English, as the SPU nominee for a Graves Award in the Humanities for 2005. The Graves Award is administered at Pomona College under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Forty-one institutions in California, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to submit one nominee for these awards, which are intended to encourage and to reward “outstanding accomplishment in actual teaching in the humanities by younger faculty members." About nine Graves Award winners are selected biennially. Chris' research proposal includes traveling to England to work at the British Library and the National Portrait Gallery on a project called “Self-Portraiture in Art and Literature." President Eaton himself won a Graves Award in his early years as a Whitworth College faculty member.

Welcome, Katie

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Katie Stalley as the new administrative assistant in the Alumni Center.


Gilnett Quoted in Toronto Star

Kim Gilnett, marketing associate for Fine Arts, is quoted in a newspaper story on Lucy Barfield, godchild of C.S. Lewis, in the December 9 edition of the Toronto Star. Read the story online. More

Braden's Op-Ed in the Seattle P-I

An opinion piece by SPU Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on December 6. In her piece, she states, “Perhaps democracy and civil society is not built with a multimillion-dollar grant from the World Bank, but by befriending and celebrating each Russian who works for change, one brave soul at a time." Read Professor Braden's editorial online More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art History
Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Communication
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Associate Professor of Special Education
Assistant Professor of English
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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

Audio Video Production Specialist, Instructional Technology Services
Career Counselor, Interim (20-32 hrs/wk), Career Development Center
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Systems
MicroSystems Analyst/Classroom Support, Computer and Information Systems
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk, temporary), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Receptionist (part-time, temporary), School of Health Sciences
Senior Event Manager, University Advancement/External Relations
Student Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
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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