Monday, February 13, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Ancient Rome and the Middle East

“Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh: Ancient Rome and the Middle East" is the title of the annual C. May Marston Lecture on Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The lecture will be presented by SPU's C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald and is part of the 23rd annual European Studies Symposium. Refreshments will be served following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

A Special Evening of Japanese Music

In a program that moves from classical to jazz, Elizabeth and John Falconer combine the koto and shakuhachi in an elegant and meditative presentation of Japanese music on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The concert is titled “Echoes of Japan: Koto and Shakuhachi Duo En." This event is free and open to the public.

Home Basketball Games This Week

Don't miss the action when the men's and women's basketball teams play in Brougham Pavilion this week. On Thursday, February 16, the women host Western Oregon at 5:30 p.m. and the men host Western Washington at 7:30 p.m. Another double-header happens on Saturday, February 18, when the women face Humboldt State at 5 p.m. and the men take on Central Washington at 7 p.m. SPU faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion. For all your latest Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. More

Three-Point Giveaway at Feb. 16 Basketball Games

If you and your family like winning free stuff, then don't miss the Coca-Cola Three-Point Prize Giveaway at halftime of both the women's and men's basketball games on Thursday, February 16. The first four participants to make a three-pointer will receive a free backpack and sweatshirt from Falcon Athletics and Coca-Cola. Falcon women host Western Oregon at 5:30 p.m. and the Falcon men host Western Washington at 7:30 p.m. Practice your three-pointers and you could be a winner. See you at the games, and go Falcons!

Music Faculty Recital

A special evening of vocal and instrument music featuring SPU faculty members will be held Friday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. The concert features Julian Catford on guitar, Brian Chin on trumpet, Todd Gowers on bass, and tenor David Shockey and soprano Julie Kae Sigars. This event is free and open to the public.

Campus Closed for Presidents Day

SPU offices will be closed and daytime classes will not meet on Monday, February 20, in honor of Presidents Day. Evening classes will be held.

Faculty Invited to Palmer Lecture Luncheon

SPU faculty members are cordially invited to the annual Palmer Lecture Faculty Luncheon Tuesday, March 7, 12-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. The luncheon will feature Rebekah Miles, associate professor of ethics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She will talk about "Good Kids, Good Society, Good God: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Raising Moral Children." Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to by February 24 (include any dietary needs). For further information regarding the Palmer Lectures, visit the Web site at For further information regarding Rebekah Miles, visit her Web site at SMU. More

SPRINT Summer Trip Applications Due

SPRINT summer mission trip applications are due in the SPRINT Office (second floor SUB) by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17. For more information, visit the SPRINT Web site. More

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 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.

Spring Quarter Registration

Registration for Spring Quarter is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will want to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Spring registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Friday, February 17. Spring registration for graduate students begins Monday, February 27. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Storytelling Lessons From Narnia

Join University Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Earl Palmer for an evening of great storytelling on Monday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Using Lewis' Narnia as a case study, Reverend Palmer will explore elements of a good story, and why some tales are timeless. This event begins SPU's annual European Studies Symposium, and is free and open to the public.

Europe Comes to SPU

SPU's 23rd annual European Studies Symposium takes place on campus, February 13-16. Learn about European art, literature, culture, and more through presentations by faculty, students, and invited guests. The keynote speaker is SPU Professor of European Studies/German Michael Macdonald, who will discuss “European Studies: A Timeless Celebration" on Wednesday, February 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Division of Humanities, and the College of Arts and Sciences. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Web site. More

Macdonald on Europe

The keynote speaker for SPU's annual European Studies Symposium is SPU Professor of European Studies/German Michael Macdonald. He will discuss “European Studies: A Timeless Celebration" on Wednesday, February 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Macdonald is past president of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages, and the Northwest Conference on Philosophy. He was instrumental in creating SPU's study-abroad program called “European Quarter," and directed the European Studies Symposium from 1996 to 2005. For more information on the symposium, visit the Web site. More

Free Advice on How to Get in Shape

Once again, exercise science students are looking for people who want to get into shape or trying to shake up their exercise routine. Exercise science students are available on a limited basis to help you design a program that is just right for you. If you are interested, stop by the Physical Education and Exercise Science office in Brougham Pavilion and sign up.

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.

Ordering SPU Stationery 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.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is my dog, Bailey, retrieving a bird for me on a hunting trip in eastern Washington. He quickly decided he wasn't going to retrieve it to me. Instead, he decided to run a couple of hills away and play without me. It took me over an hour to get him back. Crazy puppy." Chris Wickham, transportation worker, Building Maintenance.

Pet Photos Still Needed

Thanks to everyone for sending in photos of your pets. We've had a great response! You can still 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. 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 16. Due to the Presidents holiday, the next publication date is Tuesday, February 21.


Nelson Receives Grants From NOAA, NSF

Professor of Biology Tim Nelson and a colleague at Western Washington University received research grants totaling $688,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. The grants will be used to study harmful marine algal blooms in Washington coastal waters. The research will focus on determining the causes and effects of large blooms of green seaweeds, or green tides. Read more online. More

Schermer-Sellers Leads CEU Trainings

Regence Blue Shield sponsored two Continuing Education Unit trainings for their statewide licensed behavioral health panel of providers. The topic was collaborating with physicians in the care of patients and families coping with both biomedical and psychosocial symptoms. The invited trainer was Tina Schermer-Sellers, director of SPU's Medical Family Therapy post-graduate certificate program.

Ewald, Levison Publish Paper

A paper by Professor of New Testament Jack Levison and Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald titled “Josephus and Burial of Women at Public Expense" was published in the Italian journal Athenaeum

Richards Named Vice President

On January 26, Mitch Richards, guest services coordinator at Camp Casey, was installed as board vice president of the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce. Mitch represents the Fort Casey Inn and Camp Casey with his chamber involvement. Congratulations, Mitch!

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming new staff members.

Julie Harrington, budget manager and assistant to the dean in the School of Health Sciences
Deb Nondorf, program coordinator in campus ministries


Parks Featured in Petersburg Pilot

SPU Jazz Band Director Bill Parks was featured in the Petersburg Pilot (Alaska) on February 2. Bill traveled to Alaska to teach a concert band and jazz band workshop for two area high schools. Read the story online. More

Nelsons in TV Commercials for Children's' Hospital

Sam Nelson, and his father, Professor of Biology Tim Nelson, are in two new advertisements produced by Children's' Hospital Medical Center. The footage was shot over a year ago, shortly after Sam's birth as he recovered from surgery. (Editor's note: Be sure to look for the really cute baby in each commercial. Sam and Tim's faces go by quickly!) Links to the advertisements can be found on Sam's Web site: More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of Art (two positions)
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
Director of Engineering Programs
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

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
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
MicroSystems Analyst/Classroom Support, Computer and Information Systems
Nurse Practitioner (20hrs/wk, Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
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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