Monday, November 19, 2007 Seattle Pacific University


Thanksgiving Chapel Nov. 20

"Even So, We Will Give Thanks" is the title of this year's annual Thanksgiving chapel on Tuesday, November 20, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. SPU community members will share stories of gratitude.

Christmas Celebration With the Eatons

President and Mrs. Philip Eaton request the gift of your company at a Christmas Celebration for all SPU faculty, staff, and spouse or guest on Tuesday, December 4, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at their home, Hillford House, located at 600 West Dravus Street and across the street from Ashton Hall. Please RSVP to Mindy in the Office of the President at, or 206-281-2111, or by returning the RSVP card that you received in the mail at your home address.

New Hospital Sketches on Display at Art Center Gallery

Local artist Craig Rizzo's latest work is now on display in an art show titled “Chapel: Process Sketches, St. Anthony Hospital" at the SPU Art Gallery. The exhibition includes development sketches (ink and pencil on tracing paper) for the chapel in the new St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, which will open in early 2009. The chapel will be nestled in a wooded hillside overlooking adjacent waterways, with references to native natural context and subtle references to the maritime. Originally from Los Angeles, Rizzo recently relocated to the Seattle area from Phoenix, and works for a local architectural office. The show will run until December 7. The SPU Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 206-281-2079.

What's New on iTunes U? How Tolkien, Lewis, and L'Engle Help Us Hope; Latreia; Thanksgiving Stories

SPU's iTunes U has a redesigned website. Here are featured contents for the week.
Recent Features
“We Gotta Get Outta Here" – How Tolkien, Lewis, and L'Engle Help Us Hope. Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet talks about growing up with fantasy and fairytales as a source of spiritual truth-telling in a realistic world. 2007 Day of Common Learning. October 24, 2007. (42:53)
Latreia: Worship Through Service. SPU Latreia provides opportunities for students to connect faith, action, and community building through one-time service projects. Watch SPU students in action as they participate in Latreia's November 2007 service day. November 3, 2007. (5:25)
SPU Classics
Thanksgiving Gathering: Sharing Our Stories. Senior Events Coordinator Rebecca (Webb) Wilhite, Professor of Theater George Scranton, and SPU student Kim Proctor share their personal stories of thanksgiving. November 21, 2006. (18:12)
Visit the iTunes U website for these recent additions and more recommendations. More

Blue in Green Film Screening With Ron Austin

Join Image journal for an evening with renowned screenwriter and producer Ron Austin on Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The evening will feature a screening of the film Blue in Green, created by Unica-a collective Austin helped found that is bringing a fresh, improvisational approach to filmmaking. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session. In Blue in Green, Colleen throws a birthday party for herself to introduce her friends to her new beau, Dan, who she has determined is the love of her life. None of her friends have met Dan and they eagerly await his arrival. They wait and wait and wait, until Dan's conspicuous absence begins to have an unexpected effect on the party. A veteran Hollywood writer and producer, Austin has acted for Charlie Chaplin, written episodes of Mission Impossible and Charlie's Angels, produced powerful documentaries, and spoken before Vatican officials at large international events. Most recently, his new book, New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts, is full of wisdom for budding filmmakers (and film-watchers) interested in linking the cinema with faith. More

Staff Bible Study

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 bible study meets on Wednesdays,12-1 p.m. in Bertona classroom #5. If you have questions, contact Deb at

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 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.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Lucy joined our family four years ago. She is a mix of golden lab and husky, and was 1½ years old when we adopted her. Most of her life up to that time had been spent in a shelter waiting to be adopted. Lucy is loved by the entire family and is very much a part of our family, so much so that she suffers terribly when we leave her. Also, Lucy usually cries when we return home to let us know that we were missed during our absence even if it was only for five minutes. The good times with Lucy do surpass the challenging times. She loves us unconditionally." Chris Cope, budget and accounting analyst, Finance Department. Select the link to see what happened one evening when Lucy was left home alone. Chris says, "The blind was already slated to be replaced." 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. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 21. The next publication date is Monday, November 26.

Women's Soccer Team Headed to Semifinals!

The SPU women's soccer team will play in the NCAA Division II semifinals on Thursday, November 29, at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Alabama. They hold the nation's longest winning streak in collegiate women's soccer at 23 games. Follow the Falcons as they head national championships! More

Pixler Wins Nationals, Falcons Second Overall

Jessica Pixler won her first-ever NCAA Division II cross country national title, helping lead the Falcons to a second place finish. Pixler has been named the 2007 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. The second place finish was the highest ever for the Falcon program, which finished sixth last year. Pixler, who finished with a time of 20:29.1 over the 6,000 kilometer course, and teammate Jane Larson (8th overall), both earned All-American honors by finishing in the top 30. Read more about the Falcon cross country team at the Falcons website. More


Hitchcock Wins Professional Development Scholarship

Kathy Hitchcock, associate director of alumni and parent relations, received the 2008 Professional Development Scholarship from the National Educational Alumni Trust (NEAT). Hitchcock was one of 15 winners selected by the scholarship committee. Scholarships were awarded to enable recipients to attend a professional development conference in 2008. NEAT is a not-for-profit organization that provides insurance and financial services to constituents of its 140 member associations. Congratulations, Kathy!

Schermer Sellers, Grauf-Grounds, and Edwards Present at CFHA

Marriage and Family faculty members Tina Schermer Sellers, Claudia Grauf-Grounds, and Scott Edwards, along with physician colleague Jose Bayona from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, presented a paper titled “Taboo Topics in Health Care: Spirituality, Sexuality, and Physician Burn-Out" at the ninth annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association in Asheville, North Carolina, on November 10.

Quek Presents at NCFR Conference

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is pleased to announce that Karen Quek, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy, co-authored and presented papers at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, November 7-11, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her papers included "The Role of Marital Conflict and Disclosure in Singaporean Wives' Satisfaction," "Marital Dynamics of Relational Power Among Collectivist Couples With Young Children," and "Working Through My Ups and Downs." Two of her marriage and family therapy students, Sean Orpen and Jason Victor, participated in one of her presentations. She also chaired a symposium on the experiences of Asian female professors in predominantly white classrooms.

Lee Presents at ITAA Meeting

Associate Professor of Textiles and Clothing Jaeil Lee recently made two presentations at the International Textiles and Apparel Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles. She co-led a special topic session titled “Are We Really International? How Can We Make Ourselves Truly ‘International'?" She also co-presented a poster session titled “Korean-American Consumers' Cultural Consumption and Shopping Behavior."

Bikos' Articles Published

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos was the first author of companion manuscripts published in the September issue of the Journal of Career Development. The special issue, devoted to expatriation to a foreign country, included Bikos et al. articles "A Repeated Measures Investigation of the First-Year Adaptation Experiences of the Female Expatriate Spouse Living in Turkey," and "A Longitudinal, Naturalistic Inquiry of the Adaptation Experiences of the Female Expatriate Spouse Living in Turkey."

Welcome, New Staff Members!

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members. Contact information is available in the SPU White Pages.
Chris Kennedy, graphic designer, University Communications
Jamie Thrams, program coordinator, psychology


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

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
Manager of Customer Service for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Professional Education Operations Coordinator, Center for Professional Education
Records Assistant, Facility and Project Management
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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