Monday, December 11, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


IRS Standard Mileage Increase

Please note that the IRS standard mileage rate will increase as of January 1, 2007. The new rate will be 48½ cents per mile for standard business transportation. Please feel free to contact Payments Department Lead Marci Walden in the Finance Office at 206-281-2527 with any questions.

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by January 4

The peer advisor selection process for 2007-08 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 Administrative Assistant Sonja Whitaker in the Office of Residence Life at no later that January 4, 2007. Thank you in advance for your help

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.

Autumn Quarter Grades Due Dec. 18

Autumn Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of 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 18, they need to contact Coordinator of Student Records Kelli Knapp at so she can roll the grades to academic history. 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 at 206-281-2636 or at

Faculty, Staff Discount Coupons for Campus Dining

SPU faculty and staff received coupons in campus mail from SPU's Dining Services. These coupons can be redeemed at Noah's Bagels, Freshens Smoothies, and Academic Perks, located in Falcon's Landing in the SUB, or at Subway, located in the Corner Market Place off Martin Square.

Advent Banners in SPU Library

Four large Advent banners are now on display in the interior stairwell of the SPU Library. The banners were made for the library by the University Presbyterian Church banner team. The banners will be in the library until January 6

Do You Have Family or Friends in Denver?

The SPU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Denver, Colorado, and surrounding areas during Spring Break, March 17-25, 2007. The choirs are now finalizing their tour. If you have friends or families in the Denver area, please ask them if they would like to have the choirs perform in their church or school, or it they would be willing to provide a home stay for some of the students. For more information, contact Kyle Feldman, performing groups coordinator, at 206-281-2933 or To learn more about the Concert Choir, visit the website. More

Do You Have Family or Friends in Phoenix?

University Players, a six-member drama troupe of SPU students, will visit Phoenix, Arizona, during Spring Break, March 16-26, 2007. If you have friends or families in the Phoenix area, please ask them if they would like to have the Players perform in their church or school, or it they would be willing to provide a home stay for some of the students. For more information, contact Kyle Feldman, performing groups coordinator, at 206-281-2933 or For more information on the Players, visit the website. More

Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD Available

“The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" CD, featuring SPU's acclaimed choral and instrumental ensembles, is now available. The CD offers an eclectic collection of readings and traditional and lesser-known Advent and Christmas music spanning several centuries. Proceeds benefit SPU performing groups. CDs can be purchased for $15 (includes tax) from Performing Groups Coordinator Kyle Feldman in University Communications in Lower Weter Hall. Cash or checks are preferred. CDs can also be purchased in the SPU Bookstore or through the website ($2.95 shipping charges apply). More

Pet Photo of the Week

“I just discovered the pet picture section of the Fac/Staff Bulletin and I am so excited! My desk staff enjoys pictures of my dog Skooter, and he's posted on the bottom of most of their memos. This is because he is the cutest dog I have ever seen. He is a 1½ year-old cockapoo that is full of energy. Here is a picture of his most common posture–asking to play. Enjoy!" Sefani Shaffer, administrative assistant, Center for Learning. Select the link for a bigger picture. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays. The deadline for submitting information is Thursday. If you have information or event news, 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 14, and the final bulletin before Christmas Break will be December 18. The next bulletin will be published January 8.


Farewell Party for Joel Ertsgaard

Please join the Office of University Communications for a farewell party for Assistant Art Director and Art Director for Response magazine Joel Ertsgaard on Thursday, December 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the UC Lobby in Lower Weter Hall. Among his many accomplishments during the past 10 years was imagining and executing a design revolution that transformed the SPU magazine Response into one of the most outstanding collegiate alumni magazine in the nation. Come wish Joel well in his exciting new adventure as a senior designer for REI.

Harris Completes Degree, Publishes

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Pamela Harris, assistant professor of special education, recently completed her Ph.D. at Arizona State University. She also is the first author of an article published in the peer-reviewed Education and Treatment of Children. The article is titled “Integration of Culture in Reading Studies for Youth in Corrections: A Literature Review."

Bond and Bjork Publish

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Suzanne Bond, associate professor of educational leadership, and Lisa Bjork, associate professor of educational leadership, have recently published articles in discipline-related publications. Bond's article titled “Shared Values, Shared Success" was published in American School, the American School Board journal. Her article provides guidelines for developing a set of operational principles for the effective functioning of school boards. Bjork's article titled “Driving Rules for Principals" was published in Principal, published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Her article outlines ten elements necessary fro strong school leadership.

SOT Faculty Attend AAR/SBL

Several members of the School of Theology attended the 2006 annual joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), November 17-21, in Washington, D.C. The AAR/SBL are North America's two principal academic guilds for all those teaching or preparing to teach religious studies in secular and sectarian settings. During the conference, Assistant Professor of Theology David Wilhite contributed the paper, “Tertullian's Images of Self and Other: The Rhetorical Construction of Ancient North African Christianities." Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures Bo Lim contributed the paper, “Images of High/Low and the ‘Way of the Lord' in Isaiah." Professor of Christian Scriptures Rob Wall presided over a lively panel discussion of two recently published theological commentaries on Pauline letters.

Capp Attends Ethnomusicology Conference

Myrna Capp, adjunct music faculty, attended the 51st annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 15-19.

Parrotts New Book

Your Time-Starved Marriage is the title of a new book by Les and Leslie Parrott, co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development. The book examines how couples can maximize their time. At the heart of this book is the Internet-based "Time-Style Marriage Assessment," which helps couples recognize their time styles. Learn more about this book at their website. More

Welcome, Susan

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Susan Park, coordinator of housing and meal plan customer service, in Housing and Meal Plan Services.


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing: Adult Health Specialization
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Assistant or Associate Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Theology
Dean, School of Theology
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, Annual Giving
Administrative Assistant, Art (.5), College of Arts and Sciences
Administrative Assistant, Family & Consumer Sciences (.8), College of Arts and Sciences
Admissions and Academic Counseling Office Representative (.9), Undergraduate Admissions
Coordinator for Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service, University Services
Graduate (MSN) Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Housekeeper/Custodian (Customer Service Specialist), Camp Casey Conference Center
Maintenance Mechanic II, Building Maintenance
Manager of Administration (budget manager), University Services
Manager University Fund, Annual Giving
Processing Assistant (temporary), Undergraduate Admissions
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
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

Volume #33, Issue #42 | Published by: University Communications

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