Monday, May 1, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


President's Spring Forum

The President's Spring Forum will be held Tuesday, May 2, in Brougham Pavilion, 9:30-10:30 a.m. SPU community members will be honored during this annual event, and President Philip Eaton will share reflections about his recent study leave. There will be a community reception following the event. All campus offices will be closed during the forum. Plan to come and celebrate!

Special Chapel With Calvin Miller

The SPU community is invited to a special chapel with well-known author Calvin Miller on Thursday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Miller is the author of The Singer Trilogy and professor of divinity at Samford University. His presentation is titled “Living Your Story."

Public Policy and Community Mental Health

As part of SPU's Living Well Initiative, CEO of Highline Mental Health Dr. David M. Johnson will speak on "Public Policy Issues and Clinical Models at the Advent of a Recovery-Wellness Orientation in Community Mental Health." This free event is Friday, May 5, at 8 a.m. in Weter Hall 202, and is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. SPU's Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions. The program is co-sponsored by the School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community. For additional information, visit the Web site. More

SPU's Garden Tour on June 3

Tour award-winning campus landscapes and explore select residential gardens during SPU's annual Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour, Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day includes a lecture by award-winning garden designer and SPU alumna Lorene Forkner, Class of 1981. Then enjoy guided tours of several SPU gardens and private gardens on Queen Anne and Magnolia. Tickets are $18 per person in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Order tickets by calling 206-281-2138 or visit the Web site. More

Do You Know an Outstanding Senior?

“This is my annual request for names of SPU's outstanding seniors from this year's graduating class. These students and their achievements will be pitched to local media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page. Please send me the name(s) and two or three sentences as to why the student is outstanding. (I need more information than 'top student in class.') Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, were involved in community service projects or innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that will make a good story! I will then follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Please send information to me by email at by Friday, May 5. Thanks in advance." Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager

2006–07 Undergraduate Catalog Online

The new 2006–07 SPU Undergraduate Catalog is now an online publication. You'll find descriptions and requirements for all SPU majors and minors for enrolled students, as well as program descriptions and academic policies. Also check out the redesigned online Time Schedule. More

Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Participate in "Respect Your Body Week," May 8-12

SPU's Student Counseling Center (SCC) is sponsoring a week of expression, action, and education regarding food and body issues. This year's theme is "Miserably Perfect -- At What Cost?" integrating the theme of perfectionism into talks, panel discussions, and events. We have some ideal events for staff to enjoy and for faculty to promote to students in a variety of disciplines, including business, fashion design, Latin American studies, and youth ministry. The first event is a “Body Fair," Monday, May 8, from 1-4 p.m. in the Science Building. There will be massage, food, a rock wall to climb, and more. Every event during the week is free. Faculty members are encouraged to contact Julie Church in SCC at or 206-281-7101 to lean about the specific content of events and how they relate to your discipline and students. Review all the week's events at the Web site. More

Research on Teen Image

A research presentation by Dr. Alexia Giblin titled “Teen Talk: Appearance Evaluation, Pressure, and Coping," will be held Tuesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in McKenna Hall 118. Giblin's talk is part of a series of events focusing on food and body issues as part of the Student Counseling Center's “Respect Your Body Week." Review all the events online. More

Fall/Winter Camp Casey Weekend Requests Due June 15

Attention all full-time SPU faculty and staff. June 15 is the deadline to submit an online request for a fall or winter weekend in a Victorian-style officers' house at Camp Casey Conference Center, SPU's historical beach property located on Whidbey Island. The circa-1900 houses, once a part of the Fort Casey coastal military fortress, are available for your extended weekend. A $35 fee allows you and your guests to use the four-bedroom house for two to five days. You may also use the gym, private beach, and other amenities at Camp Casey. To see photos, visit the Camp Casey Web page at Requests will be accepted for stays between September 18, 2006, and January 31, 2007. Please indicate three to five possible weekend dates. Results will be distributed by July 10. If you are offered a spot, you will find that Camp Casey provides a wonderful setting to enjoy the rural, historical beauty of Whidbey Island. Go for walks, bicycle around Crockett Lake, fly a kite, go out for dinner, and shop in Langley, Coupeville, or Port Townsend. Direct questions to Maralie Johnson, administrative assistant at Camp Casey, at or call toll-free 866-661-6604. All requests must be submitted online by June 15. More

Order SPU Note Cards

Have you already discovered the classically tasteful SPU note cards? You can purchase a minimum order of 50 sets (note card on fine white card stock with matching envelope) for just 55 cents per set. For orders of 100 sets or more, the price drops to just 50 cents per set. A note-card sample and ordering instructions are available online via Banner under “Employee Menu," then select “Stationery Products Menu."

Student Art on Display

SPU's Art Center Gallery is now featuring works by freshman, sophomore, and junior art students. The exhibit runs until May 3. The gallery is located at West Cremona Street and Queen Anne Avenue North, near the SPU campus. It's open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here is a photo of Indy – short for Indiana Jones. He turned 5 this past February. He is truly an amazing dog. He is adjusting very well to having a newborn around, and he is an awesome older brother. He wags his tail every time Cher or I talk to our 2- month-old son, Chase. Scott Edwards, Director of Internships and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.

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, May 4. The next publication date is Monday, May 8


Gallagher, Fields Participate in Festival of Faith and Writing

Two SPU faculty members participated in the Festival of Faith and Writing held at Calvin College, April 20-22. Festival keynote speakers included Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Alice McDermott, Walter Wangerin Jr., and Luci Shaw. Leslie Leyland Fields, an adjunct faculty member in the M.F.A. program, participated in two sessions: "Writing Against the Odds," in which three authors discussed how to overcome obstacles to the writing life, and "Writing the Wild," in which Fields and Paul Willis from Westmont College read from their work and talked about being Christian nature writers. Fields also did a pre-festival reading. Susan VanZanten Gallagher, professor of English and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, led participants in meditating on three poems by Emily Dickinson in a session called "Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions With Dickinson." Also, with Andy Crouch from Christianity Today, she reflected on the questions, themes, and issues of the festival in a wrap-up session called "After the Feast."

Keuss' Curriculum Published

Jeff Keuss, associate professor of Christian ministry, has published an integrated character education curriculum for students in grades three through eight titled “Character in Motion!" Jeff was the lead researcher on the project. The Character in Motion! program draws on primary research from the Search Institute's 40 developmental assets for building strong character in children, writers in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, and educators from schools throughout California, Washington, Virginia, and Texas. Utilizing a method of “dynamic literacy," where children learn about key character traits through compelling narratives that develop state-standards based reading comprehension outcomes, the Character in Motion! integrated curriculum is being adopted in school character education programs nationwide.


Nelson in the Skagit Valley Herald

Tim Nelson, director of the Blakely Island Field Station, was mentioned in the April 26 edition of the Skagit Valley Herald. The article discusses Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center. Tim and WWU Professor Kathy Van Alstyne have received a grant to study the causes and impacts of green algal blooms. Tim explains – “In some respects, these organisms have been thought to be ‘harmless.' However, they can foul beaches when they bloom and wash up, and can create anoxic conditions leading to fish kills. Based on work Kathy and I have done, it is now apparent that they can produce toxins. Kathy and her students will focus on identifying the toxins; my students and I will work on what causes the bloom."


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Visiting Instructor of Biblical Studies
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Two positions)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Director of Engineering Programs
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Director of Master of Science in Nursing Program
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Physics Education
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology(Two positions)
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive 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

Administrative Assistant, Office of Business and Planning
Campus Program Coordinator, Office of Student Programs
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Loan Processing Assistant (temporary), Student Financial Services
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Plant Services
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
Multi-Skilled Trades I, Camp Casey
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Program and Budget Manager, School of Psychology, Family and Community
Program Coordinator, MFA, College of Arts and Sciences
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Undergraduate Academic Counselor, Student Academic Services
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications

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