Monday, November 12, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Newby in Chapel Nov. 13

Director of University Ministries and the Center for Worship and Associate Professor of Music Stephen Newby is the guest speaker in chapel on Tuesday, November 13. His topic is “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs."

SPU Theatre Presents “The Loman Family Picnic"

SPU's Theater Department presents the classic comedy “The Loman Family Picnic," November 15-17, in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Written by Donald Margulies, the play alternates between fantasy and reality as a middle-class family searches for the American dream. Performances start at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 17. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Call the McKinley Theatre Box Office at 206-281-2959 for tickets.

Staff Bible Study Begins Nov. 14

Discover what it means to be a grace-filled person in the workplace, in your home, and beyond. Staff Council member Deb Nondorf from the Office of University Ministries will be leading a weekly Bible study for SPU staff members this quarter. Using The Companions in Christ series, Deb will focus on the book The Way of Grace, which looks at eight biblical characters who discover God's grace through their encounters with Jesus. The first study is Wednesday, November 14, 12-1 p.m. in Bertona classroom #5. If you have questions, contact Deb at

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.

Long-Term Care Insurance Open Enrollment, Nov. 1 - Dec. 14

Studies show that 40 percent of those receiving long-term care are working-age adults. Consider locking in a long-term care insurance policy and rate. If you were hired between 11/1/2006 and 10/31/2007, a guaranteed issue long-term care policy may be granted without completion of a medical questionnaire. Eligible employees must work a minimum of 20 hours per week. In addition, the spouse, adult children, siblings, parents, and grandparents (including in-laws) of employees who work the minimum hours and were hired before 11/1/2006 may also apply for insurance with completion of a medical questionnaire. If you would like to learn more about this voluntary benefit, join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, November 15, in the Library Seminar Room at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Light snacks will be provided.

Flu Shots Available Nov. 15

Health Services is offering flu shots for faculty, staff, students, and dependents over the age of 15. The shots cost $28. The Health Services office can now bill your insurance provider if you bring your SPU employer insurance card. (They can provide a receipt to those without non-SPU employer insurance.) Flu shots will be available Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m.– noon. If these times do not work for you, call the Health Services office at 206-281-2231 to make an appointment.

Finding the Right Investment Strategy

A seminar titled “Finding the Right Investment Strategy" will be held Tuesday, November 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. This seminar will help you as an investor understand stocks, bonds, and short-term investments, combine investment types to match your style, and manage your portfolio to meet your long-term goals. It's a great opportunity to take a closer look at your investment mix and learn how to be better prepared to make investment choices. To make the most of this workshop, bring a copy of your current workplace savings account statement. Space is limited. Register online at After locating SPU, select the “workshop" tab to register for Tuesday, November 20. (Make sure to check the workshop tab.) Another investment strategy seminar will be held January 15.

One-on-One Financial Consultations With TIAA/CREF, Fidelity

Upcoming financial consultations are a perfect opportunity to discuss your goals for savings, your current savings plan, or discuss a savings "tune-up." Consultations with a TIAA/CREF representative will be Wednesday, November 21, in the Human Resources conference room. Appointments must be scheduled at . All appointments must be made online. In addition, upcoming one-on-one consultations with Fidelity Insurance will be Tuesday, November 20. To make an appointment with a Fidelity representative, go to Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Women's Soccer Team Headed to Playoffs

The No. 2 ranked SPU women's soccer team finished its regular season undefeated. They hold the nation's longest winning streak in collegiate women's soccer at 20 games. Follow the Falcons as they head to the playoffs! More

Basketball Classic This Weekend

The men's and women's basketball teams kick off their first home games with the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic, November 16-17, in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Faculty and staff receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion. Simply show your staff I.D. at the pavilion ticket window. For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons Online. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“These are my amazing animals! Oreo is 7 years old and Rufio is 2 years old. They are both really eccentric and feisty cats. Oreo has an excessive drooling issue when he purrs. They both love chasing flies! Our doggy, Abraham, (Chow-Australian-shepherd mix) is an awesome, happy, loving dog who wags his tail constantly. He is also known as 'puppo szizzo papagayo budubudu' by me. He loves to chew on rawhide bones and be petted. He also enjoys hanging out with his best friend, Lucy (my mom's dog). All of our animals were abandoned at one point (Abraham was found in a box at the Redmond post office, Rufio poked his head out of a shopping cart in Issaquah, and Oreo was given to the local veterinary hospital). I am so glad, because now we get to love them!" Carlie Curlee, Student Financial Services representative. Select the link for a picture of Oreo and Rufio, who was just waking up. More

Send Us Some Pet Photos

Show off your pet by submitting a photo to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for the “Pet Photo of the Week." Faculty and staff are encouraged to send photos of their pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Community Forums

Check out the Community Forums available from the SPU home page under "Online Services." This is a great way for SPU community members to collaborate, share information, and exchange opinions and ideas. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Publication Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursday. 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, November 15. The next publication date is Monday, November 19.


Eppler's Article to Be Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Associate Professor of School Counseling Christie Eppler has been informed that her article titled "Exploring Themes of Resiliency in Children After the Death of a Parent" will be published in the February edition of Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association.

SOE Faculty, Students Travel to West Virginia

The School of Education (SOE) partners with Vision Appalacia/World Vision in Philipi, West Virginia, to assist in raising the reading level of school children in the area. The average reading ability of adults in the area is at the third-grade level. A team of faculty and students recently traveled to West Virginia to assess the reading proficiency of children in area schools. The results are being used to develop reading strategies for use by individuals who tutor these children. SOE faculty participants were Debby Espinor (teacher education), Scott Beers (education, literacy), Kris Gritter (education, literacy), and Pam Harris (special education). Judith Tuvey, a student teacher supervisor, and students Ryan Neary and Troy Welker were also members of the team.

Campbell, Green Present at NASPA

Kimberlee Campbell, director of Residence Life and chief judicial officer, and Paula Green, Residence Life coordinator, presented at the Western regional National Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference in Las Vegas on November 2. Their presentation was titled “Millennials at Work: The Changing Face of Student Affairs Professionals." This discussion highlighted the impact of the millennial generation's learning styles as they enter the higher education workforce, focusing on tips for managing these professionals.

McKenna, Yost Publish Article on Pastoral Learning Agility

Associate professors of industrial/organizational psychology Rob McKenna and Paul Yost, along with doctoral student Tanya Boyd, published an article in the Fall 2007 issue of the Journal of Psychology and Theology titled "Learning Agility in Clergy: Understanding the Personal Strategies and Situational Factors That Enable Pastors to Learn From Experience." The article is the second publication that highlights their ongoing research on the development journey of more than 100 senior pastoral leaders across the United States.

Grauf-Grounds, Schermer-Sellers Present at AAMFT

Marriage and Family Therapy faculty members Claudia Grauf-Grounds and Tina Schermer Sellers presented at the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy last month in Long Beach, California. They also presented with colleague Angela Lamson, Ph.D., from East Carolina University. The title of their presentation was “Nurturing the Professional Woman: Redefining Success."

McFarland, Students Publish Paper

In October, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland published a paper with undergraduate students and co-authors Candace Lengyel, Patrick Mann, and Lindsey Willis in the Journal of Biological Chemistry titled “Mutations Designed to Destabilize the Receptor-Bound Conformation Increase MICA-NKG2D Association Rate and Affinity."


SPU's iTunes U in Washington Post

SPU's iTunes U was mentioned in a story in the Washington Post on November 4 titled “Is iTunes U for You?" Read the story online. More

Women's Soccer Team Highlighted in Seattle P-I

The SPU women's soccer team, currently undefeated as they head for the playoffs, was featured in the sports section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on November 3. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Teacher Education
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Assistant/Associate Professor of Missional Theology
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 (.125), Engineering National Science Foundation Grant
Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director, Athletics
Associate Director/Director, Center for Integrity in Business, School of Business and Economics
Communications Specialist/Fundraising, University Communications
Director, Multi-Ethnic Programs, Office of Student Life
Maintenance Foreman, Building Maintenance
Professional Education Operations Coordinator, Center for Professional Education
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Systems Analyst-Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Transportation Worker, Building Maintenance
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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