Monday, April 14, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Employee Benefits Fair May 8

Important information regarding SPU faculty and staff employee benefits will be available at the Benefits Fair on Thursday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Take a few moments to enjoy some popcorn and take a stroll around the fair. You'll have the opportunity to talk with representatives from featured vendors Premera Blue Cross, BAC (administrator for our health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts), Washington Dental Service, VSP (the new vision plan), and many more. A representative from The Standard will also be there. (The Standard provides life, accidental death, dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance policies, as well as our Employee Assistance Program and Emergency Travel Assistance.) There will be chances to win cash or other vendor-provided door prizes. A total of $400 in cash prizes will be awarded. Please note that Open Enrollment will run May 1 – 30 this year, instead of being held in June. Also, stay tuned for more information from the Office of Human Resources.

FYI for Stationery Orders: Vision Press Vacation

If you plan to order stationery during late April, note that owners of Vision Press, the printing company responsible for SPU stationery products, will be on vacation Wednesday, April 23 – Monday, April 28. If you place an order that's processed on Tuesday, April 22, please be prepared to give a quick approval to the proofs faxed to you on Tuesday, April 22. Additionally, orders that would have been delivered Friday, April 25, will instead be delivered, Tuesday, April 29.

Exercise and Fitness Services

Senior students majoring in exercise science are available to assist faculty and staff in exercise and fitness services. If you have questions or need help in anything fitness related, whether it be creating a workout plan or even learning proper lifting techniques, call the Physical Education Office at 206-281-2081 and sign up for the Exercise Science Practicum. The administrative assistant working will help you fill out a practicum card. An exercise science student will contact you shortly. Any other questions about the project can be directed to Kate Carlson, physical education and exercise science administrative assistant, at 206-281-2391.

Robert Swan Environmental Lecture

Student Programs and the Environmental Awareness Club will host a free lecture by Robert Swan, a renowned environmentalist who travels the world studying climate change and renewable energy, on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the SUB's Gazebo Room. For more information, call 206-281-2689.

Tuition Freedom Day Celebration

“Tuition Freedom Day" will be celebrated Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Weter Lounge. The Office of Annual Giving is sponsoring this event to celebrate the significant impact of donors in offsetting the costs that students pay to attend SPU. “Tuition Freedom Day" is designed to raise student awareness of the impact of donors and the importance of giving back. This date signifies the point in the year when the money that students pay to attend SPU “runs out," and the rest of the year is paid for by other revenue streams, including a large proportion of donations to the University. There will be tables with balloons, food, prizes, and thank you cards for students to fill out for donors. Each thank you card that a student writes to a donor will enter them into a raffle to win an iPod shuffle and other prizes. Please encourage your students to stop by! For more information contact University Fund Manager Kristi Nelson, 206-281-2313 or

Fiorina Lecture April 17

Carly Fiorina, the first woman to head a Fortune 20 company and one of the most recognized leaders in business, comes to campus for a free public lecture on Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Fiorina will give the keynote address at SPU's invitation-only Downtown Business Breakfast also on April 17.

SPU Theatre Presents “You Can't Take It With You"

SPU Theatre presents “You Can't Take It With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and directed by Professor of Theatre George Scranton. The play runs April 17 – 19, and 24 – 26, with a matinee performance on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Regular performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. This American classic is one of the most popular and successful comedies of modern times. Entrenched in carpe diem themes, the play's affectionate portrait of the eccentric Sycamore family demonstrates that family is something that can't be taken from you — no matter how hard you try. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Group rates are available for 20 or more. Children under 5 are not permitted. For tickets call 206-281-2959 or visit the website. More

Women's Studies Lecture April 21

Historian Margaret Bendroth, Ph.D., presents "Do Women Matter? Why Christians Should Care About Gender Justice" for the annual SPU Women's Studies lecture on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Bertona Classroom 1. Bendroth is the executive director of the American Congregational Association, and has written several books, including Fundamentalism and Gender 1875 to the Present; Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children and Mainline Churches; and Fundamentalists in the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885 – 1950. The event is free. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women's Studies program Jennifer McKinney for additional information at 206-281-2595.

Author, Poet Thomas Lynch April 22

Hear a reading and lecture by American Book Award winner Thomas Lynch, best known for The Undertaking, on Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue in Seattle. Lynch will receive the fifth annual Denise Levertov Award, presented by Image journal, the English Department, and the M.F.A program in Creative Writing. The Levertov Award is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Past recipients include poets Madeline DeFrees and Franz Wright, nonfiction writer Kathleen Norris, and fiction writer Bret Lott. Lynch is the author of The Undertaking, a collection of essays on the spiritual undercurrents of his work as a funeral home director, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He also wrote Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. For more information, contact Julie Mullins, director of programs for Image, at 206-281-2988 or or visit the website. More

Get Your Bike Checked Out on April 22

Are you interested in alternative transportation methods? Or maybe you just need your brakes tightened? Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their bike to work on Tuesday, April 22, for a special event for “National Bike to Work Month." Cascade Bicycle Club, Transportation Choices, and SPU's Safety and Security will be on hand to answer questions and check out your bike. The event begins at 1 p.m. between the Science Building and the SUB. For more information, contact Cory Deppe at

Reconciliation Brown Bag Lunch Series

Still wondering exactly what reconciliation is and what it can look like in your daily life at SPU and beyond? If so, plan to join a brown bag lunch series discussing reconciliation on Tuesdays, 12 - 1 p.m. in the Science Building Lounge. The series runs until May 20. The event is sponsored by SPU's Ignite Collaboration Team.

Enter to Win a ZUNE With an Online Pledge to United Way

The SPU United Way campaign is now underway until April 28. Please make your pledge today to support local organizations. Thanks to those who have done so already. Your online pledge during the campaign will enter you in a drawing to win a Microsoft ZUNE digital media player. When you donate online, use your SPU email address (without “") to logo, and use SPU2008 as the password. Please change your password when you log in for security purposes. If you have questions, contact the administrative assistant in Annual Giving, Ashley Barrett, at 206-281-2131 or Select the link below to make an online donation. More

College Civics Week Is April 14 - 18

Student Programs, and student groups, the Young Democrats and the Political Union, are sponsoring “College Civics Week," April 14 – 18. Various events are planned throughout the week to engage students politically and civically, including lunch with student senators, the opportunity to hear from different political science professors, a movie night featuring Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and trivia with Washington state Secretary of State Sam Reed. Check the SPU master calendar for more details. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the events, and encourage students to attend as well. Contact Campus Program Coordinator Dana Anderson in Student Programs for more information at 206-281-2689 or

Copy Center Open House April 15

The SPU Copy Center and CCS Printing will hold an open house in Upper Gwinn Commons on Tuesday, April 15, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Come by and sign up to win a free Garmin eTrex Venture GPS device, eat some food, see samples, and learn about the services of the Copy Center. CCS Printing's main office and manufacturing facility is located in Bellevue. CCS is a locally owned provider of commercial offset printing and high-speed laser printing and has been in business for 20 years. They bring a wide array of expertise to the Copy Center. CCS has been operating in the Copy Center for six months, and is looking forward to meeting you and answering any question about their services. If you have questions, contact Copying and Mailing Services Manager Frank Kinard at 206-281-2663.

Nominate a Student for the Barnabas Award

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and will be a senior during the 2008-09 school year? If so, we encourage you to nominate this student or students for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in their name to a charity of choice. Online nominations are due by April 25 and can be found on the University Ministries/Center for Worship website. More

Staff of the Year Nominations Due April 15

Do you know a co-worker who “engages" the SPU vision – someone who exemplifies a grace-filled attitude, displays competence on the job, and models Christian character? If so, take a few minutes and submit your nominee for consideration. There are two categories for nominations – one for non-exempt staff (the Oral V. Hemry Award), and one for exempt staff. The staff members ultimately selected will each receive a $1,000 honorarium from the University, and be honored at the President's Spring Forum on May 6 in Brougham Pavilion. The online nomination form only takes a few minutes. The SPU Staff Council will do all the necessary follow up. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 15. More

Fremont Bridge Nighttime Closures April 14 - 18

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the Fremont Bridge to vehicles from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, April 14 - 18. The closures are required to continue work on the replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems. The bridge may close periodically to pedestrians and bicyclists during this time. SDOT's contractor will provide a shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists when needed between the north and south ends of the bridge (from North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North to Nickerson Street and Fourth Avenue North).

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here are some photos of our kitty, Baz, who recently turned 3 years old. He has a real personality and is completely a part of the family. He lets his presence be known in the house by meowing when he enters each room, as if he expects us to greet him back, and we do which creates bad habits. He snubs any kind of typical cat treats but goes wild anytime we make fruit smoothies, even to the point of jumping on the counter and watching as the smoothie is made, so he can dive in as soon as possible. He can be known to get into trouble now and then as well. In the picture to the right you will see how cute he was as a kitten. Select the link to see what a cute troublemaker he is now." Bryan Mazzarello, Web designer/developer. More

We Still Need 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 (and they don't have to be a cat or dog!) including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

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, April 17. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, April 21.

Please Complete Your CTR Survey

To those of you who have turned in your Commute Trip Reduction Employee Survey, thank you for your time and your effort to help us meet our goal of 70 percent responses. We are currently at 51 percent responses, and are still looking for an additional 120 surveys to be returned. The Commute Trip Reduction Act is a Washington State law which requires employers of 100 or more to survey employees every year to learn commute habits, attitudes, and work schedules. The survey is also required to comply with our Flex Pass contractual agreement. Every survey counts. If you need another form, contact Program Assistant Rebecca Taylor-Richardson at 206-281-2821 or


Edwards Attends Bill Signing

Scott Edwards, associate professor of marriage and family therapy, attended Governor Christine Gregoire's signing of 2SHB2674 on March 25. The new law modifies credentialing standards for counselors and abolishes the registered counselor credential. During his leadership role in the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Scott was a key architect of the legislation, and worked collaboratively over the past two years with the governor's office, the legislature, and mental-health stakeholders. This law creates new categories that (1) raise education and experience standards of providers;(2) more accurately describe services provided; and (3) ensures mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are provided in Washington state by trained professionals who are licensed or working toward licensure under supervision. The previous law allowed anyone to pay $40 and become a registered counselor with no education requirements, and to practice without supervision. Edward says this new law is monumental and will greatly enhance the protection of the public.

Capp's New Book

Adjunct music faculty member Myrna Capp's new book, Keeping the Embers Alive: Musicians of Zimbabwe, includes interviews by Myrna and photographs by her daughter, Kristin Capp. Published by Africa World Press and The Red Sea Press, the book features interviews with the musicians in their homes, workplaces, and performance venues. The photographs by Kristin Capp include images of each of the musicians, and of Zimbabwe at large. Two themes of the book that emerged from the interviews were the importance of preserving traditional Zimbabwean music, and the role of improvisation in the work of the musicians. The book launches in New York and Seattle will be announced soon.

Vokos Appointed to National Task Force

In recognition of the national role that SPU's Physics Department is playing in preparing teachers of physics, Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos has been asked to chair the national task force on the professional preparation of physics teachers. This task force is a joint effort of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics.

Lumpe's Article Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Andrew Lumpe, professor of curriculum and instruction, has published an article in the Journal of Science Teacher Education titled "No Science Teacher Left Behind."

Dearborn Publishes Chapter

Professor of Theology Kerry Dearborn published a chapter in Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings' Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy, now available through Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Other authors in this book include Thomas Howard, Rolland Hein, Tom Shippey, and David Neuhouser. Kerry's chapter is titled, “The Sacrament of the Stranger in C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald."

Ferreiro Teaches in Local Churches

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro recently taught a seminar on “Apostolic Succession, Scripture, Sacraments, and Creeds" at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Arlington, Washington. The class of 45 catechists was studying for the Catechesis Certification for the archdiocese of Seattle. He also taught another seminar on Acts 2:42-47 (as a model for Christian living) and Mary and the saints in devotional life to a group of 25 adults as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults post-Easter “Mystagogue" at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell.

Schlee Wins “Best Paper"

Regina Schlee, professor of marketing, received the 2008 Marketing Educators Association's “Best Proceedings Paper" award. The award was given for her paper, “Building a Marketing Curriculum to Support Courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Competitions." She will be formally recognized for receiving this award at the Marketing Educators Association awards dinner on April 24 in Salt Lake City. Congratulations!

Nemtchinova Presents at TESOL Conference

Katya Nemtchinova, associate professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Russian, participated in two presentations at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages convention in New York. One presentation, “Teaching Style Through a Cultural Lens," compared instructional practices of American and Czech Republic teachers of English as a second language. Another presentation, “Preparing Mainstream Teachers to Work With English Language Learners," discussed the use of technology in the primary-level English as a second language classroom. Katya will also serve as a chair of non-native English speakers in the TESOL caucus in 2008-09.

Bikos, Doctoral Students Present Poster

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Michael Klemens and Renee Gibbs, recently presented a poster at the International Counseling Psychology Conference in Chicago. The title of the poster was, "First-Year Adaptation of International Missionaries and Humanitarian Workers."


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Management
Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Assistant (2) or Associate 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 (.7), temporary—Career Development
Administrative Assistant, SP Foundation
Assistant Director for Research and Systems, Advancement Services
Custodian II, Facility Management
Gift Planning Officer, University Advancement
Mailing Services Processing Lead, Mailing and Copying Services
Maintenance Operating Engineer, Facility Management
Managing Editor of Response Magazine, University Communications
Nurse Practitioner (.8), Health Services
Residence Hall Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Security Officer (.8), Safety and Security
Stores Manager, Building Maintenance
Systems Analyst-Administrative Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Women's Residence Hall Maintenance Technician, 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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