Monday, April 28, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


SPU United Way Campaign Ends Today

April 28 is the last day to contribute to the SPU United Way campaign and be entered in a drawing to win a ZUNE. Pledge any dollar amount through United Way by 5 p.m. on April 28 and be entered to win! Don't miss out. 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

C.S. Lewis and Mysticism

Learn about C.S. Lewis' teachings on mysticism, and its applicability for today, at a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This lively evening will be led by Earl Palmer, University Presbyterian Church senior pastor; Kim Gilnett, SPU fine arts marketing associate; and Mike Macdonald, SPU professor emeritus. This event is a joint effort between SPU Fellows and adjunct theology faculty member Dick Staub, and is part of “The Kindlings Muse," which are live, local events taped for podcast featuring roundtable discussions of ideas, beliefs, and values shaping life today.

Thursday Food for Thought: John Medina

For “Thursday Food for Thought" on May 1, SPU Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research John Medina discusses his new book, Brain Rules. “Thursday Food for Thought" is a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30-1:15 p.m. A brief question-and-answer time will follow, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. More

Blood Drive May 2

The Puget Sound Blood Center bloodmobile will be on the SPU campus at Tiffany Loop Friday, May 2, 12-6 p.m. Sign up for an appointment time online, or just stop by when it's convenient for you. 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.

Autumn Quarter Registration

Registration for Autumn Quarter 2008 is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 12. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 19. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Benefits Fair and Open Enrollment Coming Soon

Do you have benefits questions you keep forgetting to ask, or a spouse who would like to know more about his or her benefits? Everyone is welcome to attend the annual Benefits Fair on Thursday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. We will have benefits vendors providing all the information you need. Come and enjoy snacks, popcorn, and visit the tooth fairy. There will also be several opportunities to win cash and door prizes. Cash and door prizes total $400, not including vendor-provided gifts. Open Enrollment runs May 1-30 this year. Human Resources also announces a change from a previous announcement. Human Resources was planning to conduct this year's open enrollment via a new online open-enrollment program in Banner. After a great deal of work and testing, it was decided the new program will not be ready in time for this year's open enrollment period. Instead, SPU employees will receive an open enrollment packet around May 1. This packet will have information on all the available benefits (including the new vision plan), and will include an enrollment form for indicating changes or new benefit elections. This enrollment form needs to be turned into Human Resources by May 30.

University Pension Plan Fund Rates and Returns

The rates and returns for the funds available under the University Pension Plan are now available for the quarter ending March 31, 2008. For more information about fund rates and returns, visit the website. More

Fan Gates Literary Reading: Marie Howe

Poet and winner of the National Poetry series Marie Howe will give the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary reading in the Collegium in the SUB on Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Howe's poetry explores the themes of relationship, attachment, and loss. Howe is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Good Thief, and What the Living Do. Her third volume of poetry, Kingdom of Ordinary Time, is forthcoming. Howe has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and New York University. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie Mullins, director of programs, at 206-281-2988 or

Bookstore Closed May 3

The SPU Bookstore will be closed Saturday, May 3, for inventory.

Lingua Unveiling May 12

Lingua, SPU's student journal for art, writing, and music, will be unveiled Monday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in Weter Lounge. Faculty and staff are invited to the unveiling. There will be free refreshments and live performances. Journals will be available for $16.

Spring 2008 Census Information Available

The spring 2008 census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public, but only SPU staff and faculty can view the autumn, winter, and spring censuses. If you have comments or questions about the information emerging on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

No More Nighttime Closures for Fremont Bridge. Trail Opens May 5

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) contractor has nearly completed replacing the electrical and mechanical drive systems on the Fremont Bridge, and plans no further nighttime closures for traffic crossing the bridge. The contractor still has some work remaining, which will require occasional single lane closures. SDOT plans to open the Ship Canal Trail under the south end of the bridge on May 5. SDOT's crews recently paved areas of the intersections at each end of the bridge, and will be applying permanent markings to these areas when weather and work schedules allow. SDOT also recently changed the turning restriction for northbound traffic from the bridge when turning left at North 34th Street. Left hand turns are now allowed except during peak traffic times on weekdays between 3 and 7 p.m. For more information about the project, visit the website. More

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.

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. Together we will explore the question 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

Exercise Science Majors Can Help You Get in Shape

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.

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 Tuesday brown-bag lunch series discussing reconciliation, 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 and the Perkins Center.

Pet Photo of the Week

“These are my pets, Coco and Snag. Coco is a 12-year-old Brittany spaniel and golden retriever mix. He is a great dog, and will stay in our yard off-leash even when we go out. Snag is a 4-year-old king salmon. Snag has a bad tendency to flop out of the yard and down the street to the nearby pond. We have been experimenting with electronic collars to keep Snag in the yard, but he keeps slipping out of them. Our other dog, “Peek-a-Boo," is a 3-year-old Brittany. She was busy chasing birds in the back yard when the photo was taken. We also have a rabbit, a guinea pig, a turtle, and a school of gold fish spread across three tanks and an outdoor fish pond. We don't have any chickens, though I wish we did. I bought a bag of crickets last month and released them under the house so that I could fall asleep to their chirping at night, but I haven't heard them lately and don't know where they are. Maybe Snag got to them." Gerard Duguay, assistant director, Computer and Information Systems. Select the link for a larger photo of Coco and Snag. 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, May 1. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, May 5.


Thoburn, Doctoral Students Present Paper

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Zeba Ahmad, Jake Bently, Kristen Perry, and Meghan McBrearty, recently presented the paper "Psychological Effects of Man-Made Disasters on Children Worldwide" at the Western Psychological Association Conference.

Ferreiro Teaches Seminar on Modern Papacy

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro recently taught a four week seminar on the modern papacy to a group of graduate students at the University of Sacramento, California. The seminar, "The Modern Papacy: From Pope Pius XII to Benedict XVI," explored the major contributions of the pontiffs, the continuity and discontinuity of Vatican II Council, and the current contributions of Pope Benedict XVI. Alberto has met the current pope twice in private venues.

Levison Receives Grant, Publishes Chapter

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison received a Shohet Scholars grant from the International Catacomb Society on the topic "The Historical Roots of Early Christian Pneumatology." The grant will be directed with Professor Jörg Frey of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich. Also, Levison's chapter titled "Holy Spirit" was published in the Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. (Routledge, 2008, pp. 291-93.) It was edited by Craig Evans.

Wall Lectures at Southern Adventist University

In March, Professor of Scripture Rob Wall presented the Gerhard Hasel lectures at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Meissner Receives Award

Adjunct education faculty member Whitney Meissner received the 2008-09 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leader Award. This award comes with a travel and registration stipend to attend the 2008 PDK annual summit in San Antonio, Texas, this November. Congratulations, Whitney!


Prins, Students in Seattle P-I

SPU students Reed Probus, Kevin McFarland, Ryan Tilton, and Laura Hanes were featured in the business section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on April 21. The students finished in second place in Microsoft's annual Imagine Cup contest. Associate Professor of Computer Science Philip Prins was the faculty mentor for the team. Read the story online. More


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
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
Operations Coordinator-Center for Profession Education, School of Education
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
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
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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