Monday, January 30, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Payroll, Reimbursement Changes on March 1

The Finance Office is excited to announce new systems improvements that will benefit many faculty and staff. Effective March, 1, 2006, payment reimbursements will now be directly deposited to your account if you are currently using direct deposit for payroll. Email notification with the amount of your reimbursement will be sent to you when deposits are made. Additionally, direct-deposit remittance forms for payroll will no longer be printed; instead you will receive a link from which to log on to Banner and view your payroll remittance online. We believe these improvements will save you the time and inconvenience of getting and depositing these documents, as well as save the University significant time and money. As such, we are encouraging employees who are not currently on direct deposit to sign up for it. Beginning March 1, 2006, faculty and staff electing to maintain paper check payments over direct deposit for paychecks will be required to pick up their check directly from the Finance Office during normal business hours. Among other benefits, these efforts will also heighten the security of employee payroll information. For the complete details of these changes, please refer to the Finance Office Web site. More

The Music of Jan Krist

Singer-songwriter Jan Krist will perform originals from her gallery of albums, including her newest release “When Planets Collide," in the SPU Art Center Gallery on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. Krist's music hits the range of social satire, spiritual longing, stark truthfulness, and mischievous fun. Krist's 1993 recording “Decapitated Society" was selected by Billboard magazine as that year's best album in a (broadly defined) gospel genre. Rooted in Detroit, she has earned a devoted nationwide following in the past 15 years with expert guitar playing (including amazing open tunings), literate lyrics, and the indescribable ratio between emotion, honesty, and humor. Admission is free. The Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. The event is sponsored by Image journal.

The Left, The Right, and God's Politics

Speaker, author, and activist Jim Wallis will discuss his latest book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It during a special lecture on Monday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Wallis is one of the founders of Sojourners, a Christian ministry devoted to social justice. This event is sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministries. It is free and open to the public.

Stories About Northwest Women

As part of SPU's English Department's annual Fan Gates Reading, Northwest fiction writer Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum will read from her collection of short stories titled This Life She's Chosen on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Her book was a 2005 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The Boston Globe said, "Still and hauntingly ambiguous, these collected stories seem inspired, even inhabited, by the coastal fog of the Pacific Northwest … This is the fiction of mood and sensibility, not of incident." This event is free and open to the public.

Come to SFS and See Their New Mural

A new mural titled “Engaging the Culture, Changing the World" is now on display in the Student Financial Services (SFS) office, located in lower Demaray Hall. SFS invites the SPU community to join them on Friday, February 3, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for light refreshments and a chance to view their new mural.

Student Research Papers Wanted for AoA Symposium

The second annual “Acting on AIDS" symposium is an opportunity for students to present their original research focused on HIV/AIDS. The symposium gives students a platform to integrate their area of study or passion about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Professors are encouraged to come alongside students for an academic quarter to wrestle with the issue of this disease and faith. The symposium will be May 11 in Demaray 150, 9:30-10:20 a.m. and 1:00-1:50 p.m. Please encourage students with potential interest in this project. Contact for more information.

Men's Basketball This Week

Don't miss two exciting men's basketball games this week in Brougham Pavilion. The Falcons host Humboldt State on Thursday, February 2, at 7 p.m., and then face Western Oregon on Saturday, February 4, at 3 p.m. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion. For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. More

Last Week to See “The Crucible"

The SPU Theatre Department presents Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play, “The Crucible," February 2-4 in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Show times are 7:30 p.m. There will be matinee performance on February 4 at 2 p.m. The play is a gripping historical drama about a community in 1692 that ignites in accusations of witchcraft, hysteria, and retribution. It explores the struggle of one man with his conscience and his eventual purification. General admission tickets are $10, and $8 for students and senior citizens. Call the McKinley Theatre Box Office for tickets at 206-281-2959.

SPU Graduate Center Open House Feb. 7

If you're thinking about graduate school, attend the SPU Graduate Programs Open House on Tuesday, February 7, 4:30-7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Learn about trends in your field of interest, talk to counselors who can help you achieve your academic and career goals, find out about financial aid, and meet graduate faculty members. SPU offers a variety of quality master's and doctoral programs. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Graduate Programs Web site. More

Ordering SPU Stationary and Business Cards Between Feb. 7-21

Vision Press, the printer for SPU's stationery and business cards, will be closed February 20-24. Orders placed between 10 a.m. February 7 and 10 a.m. February 14 will be delayed one day. Orders placed between 10 a.m. February 14 and 10 a.m. February 21 will be delayed one week. If you have questions, contact Assistant Art Director Joel Ertsgaard at 206-281-2879.

February 1 Deadline for Summer Request at Camp Casey

Full-time, regular SPU faculty and staff can submit a request for a summer stay at SPU's historical beach property, Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The early 20th century houses – once part of the coastal military fortress known as “Fort Casey" – are available for your personal vacation use for a nominal booking fee of only $100. The fee includes a weeklong rental of a house for you and your guests, access to the outdoor swimming pool, gym, beach, and other amenities at the conference center. To see photos, visit The deadline is February 1 for placing your online request for between June 13 and September 10, 2006. Please indicate five date choices on your request. Results will be available by February 28. Due to high demand and the way the “Casey Point system" works, it is unlikely for a faculty or staff person to be offered a summer reservation more frequently than every third summer. But it is good to submit a request every January to get yourself placed on the summer waiting list. If you are offered a spot, this is a wonderful opportunity for your family and friends to enjoy a memorable week in the quiet, rural, historical beauty of Camp Casey. Collect rocks on the beach, fly a kite, dine out, shop, and explore Coupeville and Port Townsend, or relax by the heated swimming pool. Please direct any questions to Maralie Johnson at or call 866-661-6604.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Peaches is my parents' cat. Since I have no pets at my own place, I count Peaches as my pet as well. He was given the name Peaches because mom and dad initially thought that he was a she. By the time the veterinarian gave my folks a quick lesson in kitty anatomy, the name had already stuck. Peaches does have a talent – mom and dad can usually get Peaches to “meow" on command. He'll do it about 75 percent of the time but, hey, it's still better than the number of tricks that most cats can perform (i.e. zero)." Jim Kim, undergraduate academic counselor.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. If you have information or event news, 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, February 2. The next publication date is Monday, February 6.


Hartje Writes About Universal Design

Sandra Hartje, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, served as lead author on a chapter about universal design in housing in the text book Introduction to Housing, published by Prentice Hall in 2006. The text will be predominantly used in college housing classes throughout the United States. She also authored an article titled "Universal Design Features and Product Characteristics for Kitchens," which was published in the December 2005 edition of Housing and Society, the journal of the Housing Education and Research Association. This was a special issue on trends in kitchen and bath-design research.


Fritzberg Talks About WASL in Seattle Times

Associate Professor of Education Greg Fritzberg was quoted in a recent Seattle Times news story on the upcoming Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test for high school sophomores. Fritzberg, SPU intern Peter Russo, and alum John Wright are running a WASL prep course for students at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle. Fritzberg's partnership with Chief Sealth High School has also recently been discussed on KUOW's “Weekday" news program. Read The Seattle Times story 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
Business and Social Sciences Librarian
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Mathematics
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
Budget Manager and Assistant to the Dean, School of Health Sciences
Campus Ministries Program Coordinator, Office of Campus Ministries
Career Counselor, Interim (20-32 hrs/wk), Career Development Center
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Administration, University Services
Graduate Admissions Counselor, School of Health Sciences, Graduate Center
Housing Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
MicroSystems Analyst/Classroom Support, Computer and Information Systems
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Events Manager, University Advancement/External Relations
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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