Monday, May 7, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


President's Spring Forum and Reception

The President's Spring Forum will be Tuesday, May 8, in Brougham Pavilion, 9:30-10:30 a.m. SPU community members will be honored during this annual event, and a reception will follow. All campus offices will be closed during the forum. Plan to come and celebrate!

Mars Rover Engineer on Campus

Dr. Eddie Tunstel, senior robotics engineer with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will offer a firsthand introduction to the Mars rovers on Saturday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The event is designed for students in grades 6-12 and accompanying adults. Admission is $7, with group rates available for 12 or more. For more information, call 206-218-6576

SPU Hosts the Ken Foreman Invitational

It's the last chance to post NCAA qualifying marks when SPU hosts the Ken Foreman Invitational Saturday, May 12. Field events get underway at 9 a.m. and races begin at 10 a.m. at West Seattle Stadium. Admission is free. For entry forms, directions, and updated schedules, visit the Falcons Online. More

SPU Gospel Choir in Concert

Don't miss the year-end concert featuring SPU's award-winning Gospel Choir on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The choir is directed by Assistant Professor of Music Stephen Newby. The concert is free and open to the public.

Time to Make a Fall/Winter Reservation at Camp Casey

Full-time, regular SPU faculty and staff: Now is the time to submit your request for a fall/winter weekend at Camp Casey. June 1 is the deadline for placing your online request to stay at one of the Victorian-style officers' houses on Whidbey Island, September 14-January 31. These turn-of-the-century houses were once a part of the coastal military fortress known as Fort Casey. They are available for your personal vacation for a nominal booking fee of $35. The fee includes a weekend house rental for you and your guests, the use of our gym, the beach, and other amenities at the conference center. When you make your request, please indicate five different dates. Results will be available by June 15. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family and friends to enjoy a memorable weekend 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. Please direct any questions to Maralie Johnson, administrative assistant at Casey Conference Center, at, or call 866-661-6604. To see photos and to register, visit the Camp Casey website. More

Music Faculty in Concert

The SPU Music Department will present an exciting evening of vocal and instrumental music featuring faculty members and guest artists on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Free Methodist Church. Among the featured works will be the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with clarinetist and adjunct music faculty member Mary Kantor and guest string players. Adjunct music (guitar) faculty member Julian Catford will perform a selection of guitar favorites. SPU's new voice professor and adjunct faculty member Andrew Parks (bass-baritone) will perform songs for voice and piano by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and others. Professor of Music Wayne Johnson will conclude the program with a selection of tangos, waltzes, and other piano music by the esteemed Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. The recital is free.

Bret Lott Receives Levertov Award

Best-selling writer Bret Lott, author of the Oprah Book Club selection Jewel, will receive the fourth annual Denise Levertov Award on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum. Lott's fiction explores the beauty and dignity of ordinary things and ordinary people. The Levertov Award, established in 2004 by Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and the SPU Department of English, is presented annually to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. This event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert reception. More

What's New on iTunes U? Catford, Ellis, and Centennial Video

Recent Features
Caprice in Passacaille. Music adjunct faculty member Julian Catford performs a classical guitar solo at a faculty recital. February 12, 2006. (3:52)

What Knowledge Is of Most Worth? Professor of Education Arthur Ellis discusses the ideas found in Herbert Spencer's essay “What Knowledge Is of Most Worth" published in 1859. Online course lecture. (33:23)

SPU Classics
People of a Growing Vision. This 1991 SPU centennial video showcases university faculty, students, and alumni and the difference they are making in the world. (13:14)

Visit the iTunes U website for these recent additions and more recommendations. More

Autumn Quarter Registration

Registration for Autumn 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 seek to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 14. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 21. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

The Kindlings Muse @ the C.S. Lewis Centre

The Kindlings Muse, in cooperation with SPU, is hosting a series of talks about the life and writings of Christian theologian C.S. Lewis in The Burke Museum Café at the University of Washington. The Kindlings Muse, hosted by veteran talk show host and SPU adjunct faculty member Dick Staub, is a weekly event and podcast before a live audience. It offers roundtable discussions of ideas, beliefs, and values shaping life today. On Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m., the guest is Jerry Root, editor of The Quotable Lewis. These events are free, but reservations are required. Visit the website for more information. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“A true SPU dog at heart, Emma took one look at the UPS frisbee I bought for her at a recent conference I attended and quickly realized the letters were in the wrong order. She did a great job of tearing them apart, but unfortunately, buried, swallowed (we hope not), or shredded her prize a bit too much to put it back together again the 'right' way. When this spunky 1-and-a-half-year-old isn't busy swimming, fetching, or destroying, she can be found curled up next to one of ‘her people' watching TV or napping." Heidi Seivert, student accounts program coordinator, Student Financial Services. Select the link for a larger photo of Emma. 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, May 10. The next bulletin will be published Monday, May 14.


Hartnett Keynote Speaker

Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, was recently the keynote speaker at the Spokane Community College Spring Communications Conference. The title of her presentation was "Hopeful Communication."

Labrecque's Article Published

Kristen Labrecque, senior undergraduate academic counselor, recently published an article titled “Flannel on My Back and Slippers on My Feet: How Cultural Cues Have Informed My Management Style." Labrecque serves on the Writer's Team for the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO), which serves 1,500 members at regionally accredited schools. The principles and lessons Labrecque highlights in her article can be applied to most relationships, not just to those between supervisors and employees. You can read her story online at the PACRAO's Writer's Team website under “Staff Development." More

Sharpe Travels to Norway as Delegate

Laila Sharpe, associate director of alumni and parent relations, has been appointed as a delegate for the newly formed Norwegian Expatriate Parliament. She is traveling to Norway in June to attend a dinner with King Harald of Norway and will meet with the Norwegian parliament to address issues related to expatriates and people of Norwegian descent.

Welcome, Susan and John

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Susan Petersen as the new coordinator of housing and meal plan administration in University Services, and John Valiton as a maintenance mechanic II in Building Maintenance. Contact information can be found online in the SPU White Pages.


Faculty Positions

Lilly SERVE Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Instructor of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing: Adult Health Specialization
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Associate or Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Instructor or 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

Admissions Counselor I, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Athletic Trainer (10-months), Athletics
Communications Specialist, University Communications
CIS Help Desk Assistant, Computer and Information Systems
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Administration and University Relations
Office Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Route Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Senior Designer, Response magazine Designer, University Communications
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the website 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 #34, Issue #18 | Published by: University Communications

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