Monday, August 6, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Community Forums

Check out the Community Forums available from the main SPU webpage. This is a great way for SPU community members to collaborate, share information, and exchange opinions and ideas. More

Library Hosts SPU-Author Readings

Don't miss “Thursday Food For Thought," brought to you by the SPU Library. Each Thursday, you can bring a brown-bag lunch to the Library Seminar Room and hear SPU authors read from their latest books. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. This month, enjoy a suspense-thriller, an acclaimed short story, a baby bunny who gets a tattoo, and more. The series continues Thursday, August 9, 12-1 p.m., with readings from The Fragile Champion, the biography of SPU Track and Field Coach Doris Heritage, a five-time world cross county champion, two-time Olympian, Olympic coach, and inductee into the Track & Field Hall of Fame. Coach Heritage will be in attendance! More

“Thursday Food for Thought" on August 9: Two Legends

In the early 1960s, Seattle Pacific Head Track and Field Coach Ken Foreman began training a young woman named Doris -- helping her become a five-time world champion and two-time Olympian. Don't miss the story of SPU's Doris Heritage in Foreman's book, The Fragile Champion. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the SPU Library's “Thursday Food for Thought," August 9, Library Seminar Room, noon to 1 p.m. Books will be available for purchase, and Doris will be available to answer questions. More

“Thursday Food for Thought" on August 16: A Bunny and a Tattoo?

On August 16, don't miss Professor of English Tom Trzyna reading Baby Bunny Gets a Tattoo, part of his ongoing series about a bunny who has unlikely adventures. Bring a brown-bag lunch, discover an unusual protagonist, and ask questions of the author. Books will be available for purchase. “Thursday Food for Thought" is held in the Library Seminar Room, noon-1 p.m. More

Let Us Know About Your Campus Events for 2007-08

Twice a year, the Office of University Communications publishes a community events brochure titled “Engage," highlighting a sampling of campus events of interest to the public. Previous brochures have invited neighbors to guest lectures, symposia, concerts, athletic events, gallery showings, theatre productions, etc. This brochure is sent to more than 35,000 alumni, friends, and Seattle neighbors. We are now collecting event information for the 2007-08 academic year, especially for Autumn and Winter Quarters. If you are planning an event of interest to the public, please forward the information to Tracy Norlen in University Communications at as soon as possible. We are also interested in any possible events you may be planning, so please send that information as well. If you have questions, contact Tracy at 206-281-2977.

SPU Musicians Available to Visit Your Church

Unlimited is Seattle Pacific's rhythm and vocal ensemble comprised of 10 student singers and instrumentalists. The group chooses music from the best of contemporary Christian music and delivers it with a unique style and vitality. Members regularly perform at churches and private schools throughout greater Seattle. The group is now accepting bookings after October 7. For more information on Unlimited, including booking information, contact Performing Groups Coordinator Kyle Feldman at 206-281-2933 or visit the website. More

SPU's Drama Troupe Available to Visit Your Church

The University Players, a six-member drama troupe of SPU students, perform original dramas in churches and private schools. The Players are known for their dramatic excellence and theological richness and have performed all over the country. Their programs engage the audience by exploring conflicts and difficult issues that everyone faces in daily life. The group is now accepting bookings after October 22. For more information on the University Players, including booking information, contact Performing Groups Coordinator Kyle Feldman at 206-281-2933 or visit the website. More

What's New on SPU's iTunes U? Spina, Van Duzers, Erickson

Recent Features
Faith in the Lives and Work of SPU Faculty. Professor of Christian Scriptures Frank Spina, Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer McKinney, and Professor of Art Laura Lasworth discuss the role of faith in their scholarly work and personal lives. April 18, 2006. (48:33)

Beloved in the Wilderness. Dean of the School of Business and Economics Jeff Van Duzer and former SPU chaplain and spiritual director Margie Van Duzer examine Luke 3:21-22 and 4:1-13, emphasizing that our identity comes from God and he delights in who we are. November 1, 2006. (22:27)

SPU Classics
Many Little Stories = 1 Story. Emeriti Professor of English Joyce Erickson encourages students to use times of doubt about their faith as opportunities to grow, recognizing that their story is part of God's larger story. May 11, 1983. (20:39)

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

New Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines for Summer

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, August 16. The next bulletin will be published Monday, August 20.


Skidmore and Colleagues Review National Grant Applications

Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department and Professor of Graduate Psychology Jay Skidmore has been invited to serve as a scholarship reviewer on behalf of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. In this capacity, he and departmental colleagues are reviewing a national pool of 2007-08 “graduate research scholarships" that will be awarded by the American Psychological Association's Science Directorate.

Steele Publishes Essays

Professor of Moral and Historical Theology Rick Steele recently published four short essays in “Lectionary Homiletics," an online service for preachers who use the three-year “Ecumenical Lectionary." Rick was asked to write the "theological themes" section for the featured texts for August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2007.

Overstreet's First Novel Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly recently reviewed the debut fantasy novel Auralia's Colors by SPU communications specialist Jeffrey Overstreet. The review hails Auralia's Colors as "a powerful myth," and says, "Overstreet's writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told. Readers will be hungry for the next installment." And John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, writes, “The late John Gardner said that a good story should unfold like a vivid and continuous dream. With Auralia's Colors, Jeffrey Overstreet has crafted just such a story, one that will leave readers ready to dream with him again." Auralia's Colors is available for pre-order at, and it arrives in bookstores in September. The book is the first of four Overstreet novels to be published by Random House's WaterBrook Press. Jeffrey's inviting everyone to celebrate with him at a book-release party on Saturday, September 15, at 7 p.m., at The Next Chapter bookstore in La Conner, Washington. Another party will be held Saturday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. He will read from the book, give proper credit to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other inspirations, answer questions, and sign copies. Jeffrey will also read from his nonfiction book about “dangerous movie going" titled Through a Screen Darkly at the August 30 “Food for Thought" in the Library Seminar Room at noon. Read the Publisher's Weekly review online. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming new employees to SPU. Contact information can be found in the SPU White Pages.

Elizabeth Gordon, undergraduate coordinator in Business and Economics Systems
Rich Kim, senior designer/Response designer in University Communications
Jon McGough, Student Financial Services representative
Cherylin Shdo, administrative assistant in Business and Planning


Parrott Featured in Seattle Times

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott and his new book 3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice were featured in The Seattle Times on July 29. He was also featured in the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, California. Read the Times article online. More

Hamilton Quoted in Christianity

Associate Professor of History Michael Hamilton was quoted in story in Christianity on the recent death of Tammy Faye Messner. More

Fitch Attends “Navy Educator VIP Breakfast"

Associate Professor of Biology Cindy Fitch participated in "Navy Educator VIP Breakfast" on August 2 aboard the USS Bunker Hill. She was one of 16 educators from the Seattle invited to enjoy breakfast and a tour of the ship with Rear Adm. Robert O. Passmore, vice commander, Naval Reserve Forces/deputy commander, Navy Region Northwest. Joining her was pre-med student Kalani Snyder. Read more online. More


Seeley Wins Whisky Dick Triathlon

Assistant Professor of Physics Lane Seeley won the 25th annual Whisky Dick Triathlon in Ellensburg, Washington, on July 22. He crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 38 minutes, and 39 seconds. It was the Whisky Dick's fastest winning time in five years, and one of the fastest ever. A story about Lane was published in the Yakima Herald Republic on July 23. Congratulations! More

Welcome, Christopher James!

Manager of Conference Services Amy Foster, and her husband and Athletics staff member Chris Foster, are the proud parents of Christopher James, born July 27. Christopher weighted 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long at birth. Welcome, Christopher! Selct the link for a bigger picture. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Instructor of Physics
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Instructor of Spanish
For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the website 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/Budget Manager, School of Theology
Communications Specialist/Fundraising—University Communications
Director of Center for Learning, Student Life
Graduate Program Manager, School of Education
Maintenance Foreman, Building Maintenance
Program Coordinator, Career Development Center
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Undergraduate Academic Counselor, Student Academic Services
For more information on all current staff vacancies, visit the website or stop by the Human Resources office. You can also call Employment Manager 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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