Monday, April 21, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought" Returns April 24–May 22

Don't miss “Thursday Food for Thought," brought to you by the SPU Library. Bring your lunch to the Library Reading Room each Thursday and hear SPU authors read selections from their works. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. During Spring Quarter, the series runs April 24 – May 22, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Read more details at the website. More

“Thursday Food for Thought:" Image Journal Editor Greg Wolfe

On April 24, editor of Image journal Greg Wolfe reads from Intruding Upon the Timeless, his collection of essays that explore the intersection of art, faith, and mystery. “Thursday Food for Thought" is a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30-1:15 p.m. A question-and-answer time will follow, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. More

Walls Lecture With Robert Wall

“John's John: The Tenor of Scripture in a Wesleyan Key" is the title of this year's Paul T. Walls Lecture on Tuesday, April 29, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The lecture will be given by the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture Robert Wall.

Brass Ensemble Concert

The SPU Brass Ensemble will perform a spring recital Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

A Forum on Writing With Milton Fellow Jessie van Eerden

“Contemplation and Action in the Writing Life" is the subject of a University Ministries forum with Milton Center Fellow Jessie van Eerden Thursday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The Milton Center at Image journal is a program dedicated to fostering excellence in creative writing by Christians. Van Eerden will discuss the question, “What happens when writers are honest about the tensions they feel when writing a story at their desk when they could be spending those hours cooking meals in a soup kitchen, protesting an unjust war, building houses for refugees, or otherwise engaging in activities that seem to bring about a tangible outcome in the world?" Van Eerden is currently in residence at SPU as the 2007-08 Milton Center postgraduate fellow. She holds an M.F.A .from the University of Iowa, and spent two years in Washington, D.C., living in intentional community with Mennonite Voluntary Service. Her essays have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Geez, Riverteeth, and elsewhere. This event is free and open to the public. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to “Greening the Church: Stewardship as an Act of Worship" Workshop

University Ministries is hosting a worship workshop for Seattle area worship and lay leaders on Thursday, May 1. The workshop will explore why people of faith should care for creation and how to weave this awareness throughout congregational life. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the full workshop, and especially the main forum at 9:30 a.m. with guest speakers Fritz and Vivienne Hull or the special eco-focused worship service at 1 p.m. Please RSVP by April 24 if you plan to attend the full workshop. All workshop-related events will be held in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church. For more information, visit the website. More

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 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 insurance, 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. Open Enrollment packets will be sent at the end of May.

We Need More Completed CTR Surveys

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 61 percent responses, and are still looking for additional surveys to be returned. The survey is required to comply with our Flex Pass contractual agreement. The Commute Trip Reduction Act is a Washington state law that requires employers of 100 or more persons to survey employees every year to learn commute habits, attitudes, and work schedules. Every survey counts; if you need another form, contact Program Assistant Rebecca Taylor-Richardson at 206-281-2821 or

Stationery Orders Between April 23-28

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. An administrative assistant 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.

Last Week to See “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 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, and the English Department and the M.F.A program in Creative Writing at SPU. 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 on Tuesdays discussing reconciliation, 12-1 p.m. in the Science Building Lounge. (The April 22 brown bag lunch will meet in Weter Lounge.) The series runs until May 20. The event is sponsored by SPU's John Perkins Center and the Ignite Collaboration Team.

Final Week to Make an Online Pledge to United Way and Be Entered to Win a ZUNE

The SPU United Way campaign is now underway until April 28. This is the last week to make an online pledge to support organizations in King County, and enter 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

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here is our 4-year-old Golden Retriever, Audrey, with a rawhide balanced on her nose waiting patiently for us to say ‘ok' so she can flip it up and catch it. She then runs off with it!" Cindy Fitch, associate professor of biology. Select the link for a larger picture of Audrey. More

Just a Few More Pet Photos!

The “Pet Photo of the Week" will go on summer hiatus June 9. Submit your photos now, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at A big thank you to all who have participated!

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 24. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, April 28.


Levison Receives Summer Stipend

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison received a summer stipend from the Louisville Institute to write the book, For Snake Handlers and Sacramentalists: An Essential Introduction to the Holy Spirit.

Lumpe Re-Appointed Associate Editor

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Andrew Lumpe, professor of curriculum and instruction, has been reappointed as associate editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education. This appointment will be Andrew's second, five-year term.

Fitch Wins Award for Pre-Med Advising

Earlier this month, Associate Professor of Biology Cindy Fitch won the Founder's Award for top pre-med advising at the annual banquet for the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (NWOMF). The Founder's Award is one of the most prestigious awards given annually at the banquet, and is awarded to “those that promote and support the furtherance of the osteopathic medicine profession and education in the Northwest." NWOMF serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana to increase awareness and support for osteopathic medical physicians and medical students in the Northwest. Congratulations, Cindy!

Wilson, Doctoral Students Present at Human Development Conference

Professor of Clinical Psychology Bev Wilson, along with doctoral students and colleagues, presented two posters and a paper at the Conference on Human Development in Indianapolis, Indiana. The title of the three presentations were "The Role of Attention in the Social and Academic Competence of Aggressive/Rejected and Nonaggressive/Popular Children," "Meta-Emotion Coaching Predicts Children Self-Regulation Skills," and "Attention and Academic Performance in Developmentally Delayed Boys."

Krentz Presents at Conferences

Ursula Krentz, assistant professor of psychology, presented a poster at the International Conference of Infant Studies and a paper at the Western Psychological Association earlier this month. The paper was titled "The Language Bias in Infancy Is Not Speech Specific: Hearing Infants Preference for American Sign Language and Non-Linguistic Biological Motion." The poster was titled, "The Role of Language Exposure on Preference for American Sign Language in the First Year of Life: Preliminary Clues From Deaf and Hearing Sign-Exposed Infants."

Schermer-Sellers Presents at Conferences

Tina Schermer Sellers, licensed family therapist, certified sex therapist and director of SPU's Medical Family Therapy program, presented a paper on April 10 in San Diego at the CCCU sponsored conference, "Conversations Toward Wholeness – Creating and Sustaining Climates in Which Women and Men Can Flourish in Christian Higher Education." The title of her presentation was "Nurturing the Professional in the Modern World." While in San Diego, she also presented a paper at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. The title of her presentation was "Working With Couples Whose Sex Isn't Working – Factors in Modern Life Diminishing Couples' Sexual Satisfaction."


Grams in Seattle Times

Head Athletic Trainer Bob Grams was featured in the Seattle Times on April 16. For 32 years, Bob has been evaluating injures, providing emergency care, and supervising rehabilitation for Falcon athletes. Bob will retire from SPU in June. More

Medina Featured in Journal Newspapers

In April, Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research John Medina was the cover story for the community newspapers published by Journal Newspaper Group, based in Lynnwood, Washington. The Journal produces community newspapers in South Everett, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Northgate, North Seattle, Ballard, and the University District. Medina and his new book, Brain Rules, were featured. More

Reid on KOMO-AM

Director of Safety and Security Mark Reid was interviewed by KOMO radio (1000 AM) for a story about campus safety. The story ran on April 16, the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.


Faculty Positions

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant or Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Special 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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