Monday, August 20, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Falcon Soccer Kicks Off This Week

The top-ranked Falcon women's soccer team hosts two home openers this week. The Falcons, ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, play Hawaii Hilo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 23. On Monday, August 27, they play Humboldt State in a rare morning game at 9:30 a.m. Visit the Falcons Online for game times and all the latest in Falcon sports. More

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 in August, 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 books will be available for purchase. The series continues Thursday, August 23, 12-1 p.m., with Image journal Managing Editor Mary Kenagy reading from her acclaimed short story, “Loud Lake." This event is free and open to the public.

Kenagy Reads Her Short Story “Loud Lake"

On August 23, Image journal's Managing Editor Mary Kenagy will read from her short story “Loud Lake" as part of the SPU Library's “Thursday Food for Thought." Kenagy's story, called “deft" and “compelling," evokes the mystery of grace through the ambivalent relationship between a 12-year-old boy and his father. Copies of The Best Christian Short Stories, in which her story appears, will be available for purchase. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the Library Seminar Room at noon. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. More

Overstreet Reads From His Book Through a Screen Darkly

Response Contributing Editor Jeffrey Overstreet regularly engages contemporary cinema and filmmakers in his work as a reviewer and columnist. Hear him read from Through a Screen Darkly – his “travel journal" about faith and moviegoing – at the next “Thursday Food for Thought" on August 30 at noon in the Library Seminar Room. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. 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 contemporary music ensemble comprised of ten versatile student musicians who are singers as well as instrumentalists. The group serves in both a worship leading capacity and as a performing group at churches and schools throughout greater Seattle. Their repertoire is diverse, influenced by and selected from many musical genres including praise and worship, classical hymnody, gospel, jazz, and world music. Unlimited has something for everyone's tastes. The group is now accepting bookings after October 17. For more information or booking information on Unlimited, 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

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 30. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next bulletin will be published Tuesday, September 4.


Surdyk Participates in Western Economic Association International Conference

In early July, Associate Professor of Economics Lisa Surdyk presented a paper at the Western Economic Association International conference titled "Bringing Problem-Based Learning to College-level Economics Courses in America." She also served as a discussant in another conference session on economics education.

Summer Update From Doug Thorpe

A poem by Professor of English Doug Thorpe titled “Of Rivers and Religion" was combined with paintings by local artist Albert Fisher and presented together at the Interfaith Creation Festival in June. Doug recently chaired a panel and delivered a paper on Wallace Stevens at the national Literature and Environment Conference in South Carolina. He's serving on the executive committee for a national conference next April that will feature the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori. She will address the church's engagement with environmental issues, in particular global warming. Doug preached at St. Mark's Cathedral in July.

Holmes Presents in Thailand

Professor of Music Education Ramona Holmes presented a paper titled "Bringing the East to the West: Chinese Music for Music Education in the United States" at the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-authors of the paper were Terese Volk from Wayne State University and Victor Fung from Southern Florida State. The conference included workshops in Thai music and dance.

Bolding, Peter, Plett at ASEE Conference

Associate professors of electrical engineering Kevin Bolding, Don Peter, and Melani Plett each presented papers at the 2007 annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Educators, held in June 2007. Melani and Don co-authored a paper on new methods for grading papers titled "Self Grading for Improved Learning." Don authored a paper on new methods of teaching electronics analysis titled "We Can Do Better: A Proven, Intuitive, Efficient, and Practical Design-Oriented Circuit Analysis Paradigm Is Available, So Why Aren't We Using It to Teach Our Students?" Finally, Kevin authored a paper on tools for teaching microcontrollers titled "Upgrading a Microcontroller Systems Course With the Cypress PSoC." Each of these papers was published in the proceedings of the conference.

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.

Jason Chivers, admissions counselor
Lynnea Common, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Levi Davenport, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Zach Hartman, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Robert Mbugua, admissions counselor
Erin Rutledge, assistant athletic trainer, Athletics
Julia Nicholls Siemens, communications specialist/etc editor, University Communications
Renee Sproull, administrative assistant, Residence Life
Scott VanderWal, residence life coordinator, Residence Life
Gary Womelsduff, director of Human Resources



Correction: Assistant Professor of Physics Lane Seeley's name was misspelled in the last edition of the Fac/Staff Bulletin. We apologize for the error.


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
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

Communications Specialist/Fundraising, University Communications
Graduate Program Manager, School of Education
Maintenance Foreman, Building Maintenance
Program Coordinator, Career Development Center
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Student Collections Coordinator, Student Financial 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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