Monday, May 12, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought:" Kathleen Braden

On May 15, come hear Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden explore the amazing parallels between two great countries as she shares from her web book, Beyond Borders: The Real Geography of America and Russia( “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. More

Student Research on HIV/AIDS

SPU students will present original HIV/AIDS research related to their major on Tuesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150 and Thursday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 358. The presentations center on the pandemic of AIDS and the response to AIDS in the world.

Door-Prize Winners of Human Resources Benefits Fair

Thank you to everyone who attended the benefits fair on May 8. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed meeting with vendors. Congratulations to the following door prize winners and thanks to the companies!

Human Resources: $200-Amy Ulrich, $200-Marilyn Mortenson, Rancher's Grill-Wai Lau
AON: iPod-Robin Kundert
Standard: Blanket-Scott Beers
Long Term Care Solutions: $50 Mariners' gift card-Jordana Ross
Premera: Picnic Backpack-Andrea Ide
Washington Dental Service: $20 Starbucks gift card-Lindsey Peterson
BAC: Mariners tickets-Ramona Holmes
VSP: Duffle bag-Mark Miles
TIAA-CREF: Boat bag-Karen Jacobson
Fidelity: Duffle bag- Rene Shafar
Costco: Truffles-Kathy Hitchcock
Zipcar: $100 Zipcar credit-Maryann Shaw
Bank of America: DVD player; Hope McPherson
Curves: Hat, T-shirt, and one-month membership- Sue Perrin
Metro Transit: Picnic blanket-Cherylin Shdo. Water bottle-Mat Hemme
Enterprise Rent-a-Car: Mariners' tickets-Karen Altus

TIAA-CREF Personal Financial Counseling Sessions

On-campus consultations with TIAA/CREF representatives are scheduled for May 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives will help faculty and staff review and develop long-term individual retirement investment strategy, find the right allocation mix, and provide information about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-732-8353 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. After those hours, call 1-877-209-3142.

Donate Used Cell Phones, Ink Cartridges

As part of the 2008 SPU senior gift fundraising efforts, the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific are conducting a “phone raiser" campaign. By donating old cell phones and ink cartridges, you can contribute to this year's senior gift. The campaign ends Friday, May 16. Your unwanted cell phones and cartridges will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and reused. Drop off your donations at the ASSP Office in the first floor of the SUB. Contact Daniel Miller with questions at or 206-281-2494.

Sing in the Faculty/Staff Choir on May 13

All SPU faculty and staff are invited to sing "How Firm a Foundation" at chapel next Tuesday, May 13. No RSVP is necessary – just arrive at First Free Methodist Church sanctuary for rehearsal at 8:30 a.m. on May 13 if you wish to join the choir for this one-time event (no commitment required!). If you like, you may pick up a copy of the music outside the door of SUB 202 anytime before May 13. Contact Director of Unlimited Bobby Jacky with questions at

Learn Better Interviewing Techniques

Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter Eric Nalder will be on campus Tuesday, May 20, to talk on "Loosening Lips, the Art of the Interview." His presentation is from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room, and will be followed by a question-and-answer time. Nalder is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. This event is sponsored by University Communications.

Make your Commute Easier, Quicker, and Cheaper

If you commute through downtown Seattle via public transit, there is an SPU van share looking for you. It leaves King Street Station (the Seattle stop for the Sounder commuter trains) at 7:35 a.m., and the Coleman Dock (Seattle Ferry Terminal) at 7:45 a.m. to arrive at SPU at 8 a.m. The reverse commute is also quick and easy. What's more, if you are already an SPU employee, commuting via public transit and the van ride is free! For information, call Mark Miles at 206-281-2631 or Steve Whitehouse 206-281-2319.

Percussion Ensemble Concert May 27

SPU's Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The Ensemble is directed by music faculty member Dan Adams. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Thalia Symphony Presents “Bohemian Rhapsody"

SPU's orchestra-in-residence, Thalia Symphony, presents its spring concert titled “Bohemian Rhapsody," Thursday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Free Methodist Church. The concert will feature works by Stamitz, Mahler, and Dvorak. The symphony is directed by Professor of Music Eric Hanson. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students/seniors. For more information, call the Thalia box office at 206-281-2048.

All-Choir Concert

Come join the SPU campus for a night of music with SPU's Concert and Chamber Choirs, Men's Choir, and Women's Choir, Friday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Student Game Night

Come play card games, board games, group games, and video games, eat free food, and spend some time with friends at an SPU Game Night on Friday, May 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. This event is open students, faculty, and staff. Take a night to come have fun and spend some non-work time with the members of your community. This event is in partnership with Blue Highway Games. More

YouTube Debate

The International Business Awareness Club will be hosting a YouTube debate about current international events and business issues, including ethical business practices. The debate will feature School of Business and Economics professors as the respondents, and there will be free pizza and refreshments for all in attendance. The debate will be Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo room.

Gospel Choir Concert's “An Evening of Spirituals"

The SPU Gospel Choir will perform in concert Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Choir is directed by Associate Professor of Music Stephen Michael Newby. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2411.

Wind Symphony Concert May 16

The SPU Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents their spring concert Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. The Ensemble is directed by Instructor of Music Gerry Jon Marsh. The concert will also feature SPU's Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, and Brass Choir. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Student Loan Exit Counseling: Students Not Expected to Miss Class

Student loan exit counseling must be provided to all graduates who have received federal student loans. These sessions provide information about loan-repayment rights and responsibilities and are open to all students. Please note that students are not encouraged or expected to miss class in order to attend an exit-counseling session. Students are welcome to schedule individual exit counseling sessions if they are unable to attend one of the scheduled sessions or have additional questions about their loans that were not addressed in the exit counseling sessions. All sessions are held in the Library Seminar Room. Please contact Student Loan Coordinator Kristen Ross 206-281-2530 or or Student Financial Services Assistant Director of Program Management Debbie Bristol 206-281-3534 or if you have questions about these sessions.

Tuesday May 13, 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday May 14, 2 p.m.

Fall/Winter Camp Casey Reservations Now Being Accepted

Two officers' houses at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island are available for the personal use of regular full-time faculty and staff members. Reservations are now being accepted for stays between September 15, 2008–January 31, 2009. The houses include Faculty House East and West. Reservation requests may be submitted during the month of May. The deadline for this scheduling period is May 31.

Policies and Procedures
1. Full-time, regular faculty and staff are eligible for a weekend stay. Additional uses may be requested, based on availability.
2. Please submit your request online by May 31 at
3. A non-refundable booking fee of $35 is required to confirm you reservation.
4. Only personal, vacation use of the houses is allowed under this courtesy benefit. The full-time faculty or staff person or his/her spouse must be present with the party using the house at Camp Casey.
There are other facilities at Camp Casey that may be reserved for personal use by SPU faculty and staff. These include the Firehall, Alumni West, and the Fort Casey Inn. To learn more about these opportunities, call the Camp Casey office 866-661-6604. For more information or for further clarification of the policy, call toll free at 866-661-6604, or email For information about the Fort Casey Inn, visit the website. More

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

“This is Charlie – the newest addition to the Barnes family. He is a very contemplative little fella. Instead of getting himself into normal ‘puppy trouble,' we usually find him quietly observing the antics of our family from a safe distance. Lucy, our other Boston Terrier, has accepted him grudgingly. Charlie, on the other hand, is constantly out to prove that there's a new sheriff in town. Together, they are more entertaining than any “Must See TV." Kandace Barnes, associate director of marketing, The Graduate Center. Select the link for a photo of Charlie and Lucy. 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 15. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, May 19.

Looking for Outstanding Graduates

The Office of University Communications is looking for SPU's outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to local media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page. Please send the name(s) of the students and two or three sentences as to why the student is outstanding to News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen at Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! We will follow up with the student and get permission to use their profile. If you have questions, contact Tracy.


Koskela Publishes Book

A book by Assistant Professor of Theology Doug Koskela was recently published by Marquette University Press. Ecclesiality and Ecumenism: Yves Congar and the Road to Unity explores the contribution of Dominican theologian Yves Congar to ecumenical engagement on the nature of the church. Other recent publications by Koskela include "'Crucified to the World': Suffering, Itinerancy, and Transitions in American Methodist Ecclesiology" in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, and a chapter titled "The Authority of Scripture in Its Ecclesial Context" in Canonical Theism: A Proposal for Theology & the Church (edited by William J. Abraham, Jason E. Vickers, and Natalie B. Van Kirk. Eerdmans Publishing).

Woodward Participates in History Conference

Professor of History Bill Woodward chaired a session at the annual Pacific Northwest History Conference, held in April at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The session included a grab bag of papers, including explorer Alexander Mackenzie's observations about global warming, a public-private venture in retooling a warship as a factory fish-processing vessel, and the love-hate relations between Puget Sound civilian officials and the American armed services. No, Bill did not attempt a synthesizing commentary, though he noted how many historians are now paying attention to histories of resource management and environmental impact.

Beers' Article Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Scott Beers, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, has been notified that his article on the topic of reading during writing will be published in the December issue of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. His article is titled, "Reading During Writing and Adolescent Students' Writing Competence: An Eye-Tracking Study."

Keuss Presents Paper at Regional AAR/SBL Conference

Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss presented a paper, “John 4:5-30 as Materialist Reality Writ Large after Slavoj Žižek," at the New Testament and Hellenistic Religions section of the Pacific Northwest Region annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature at George Fox University, May 2-4. The paper addressed the issue of Christian materialism exemplified in a critical reading of John 4:5-30 through the lens of continental theorist and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek. John's Gospel is reputed to represent a turn to the mystical in the early Christian community. This paper counters that assertion by locating the key hermeneutical questions for John's Gospel not in an abstraction of the physical in favor of the spiritual, but in a radical call toward encountering the multi-valiant aspect of the Real in particularity and imminence – what Žižek eludes to as the “the core of Christianity."

Heritage's Retirement Reception May 16

Doris Heritage, longtime head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach, will pass her baton after 42 years of service to SPU. An open-house retirement reception will be held Friday, May 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Faculty and staff are invited to stop by to visit Doris and join friends, family, colleagues, and past and present athletes in honoring her exemplary service to our community.

Hanson Lectures at Seattle Chamber Music Festival

On April 28, Professor of Music Eric Hanson delivered the pre-concert lecture at for the Cascade Symphony. His presentation was titled "Thus Fate Knocks at the Door: Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony." On May 5, he lectured to the Seattle Chamber Music Festival as part of the "Educate Your Ear" Lecture Series. His paper was called "From Crisis to Crisis: Beethoven's Style Changes in Opp. 16, 53, and 110."

Ward's Article Published in AACRAO Publication

An article written by Associate Vice President of Information and Data Management Janet Ward was published online by American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The article, “When Enrollment Strategies Cross Traditional Boundaries: Opportunities and Challenges," outlines an approach to strategy development and implementation that relies on creating partnerships across traditional departmental lines to both confront challenges and exploit opportunities that may emerge on the way to goal attainment. Read the article online. More

Reception for Nuesch-Olver May 15

After 10 years of faithful and distinguished service to the School of Theology, Associate Professor of Theology Delia Nuesch-Olver is leaving SPU to take a position as the area director for Latin American missions in the Free Methodist Church. Through the years, Delia has taught many courses on global and urban ministry, through which hundreds of students have benefited from her passionate instruction. Additionally, she is a preacher, pastor, internationally known speaker, and leader in urban ministry. A reception for Delia will be held Thursday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.


School of Education's “Fifth Graders Go to College" Event Featured in Seattle P-I

Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos, librarian Jenifer Phelan, and Assistant Professor of Physics Eleanor Close were quoted in a Seattle P-I feature story on May 8 about fifth graders visiting SPU for a day. Read the story online. More

Espinor on KOMO-AM Radio

Assistant Professor of Education Debra Espinor was quoted in a story on KOMO-AM radio on May 8 about the School of Education's event featuring fifth graders visiting SPU for a day.

Parrott Quoted in Hartford Courant

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was quoted in a story titled “Does Online Counseling Really Click" in the Hartford Courant (Connecticut). Read the story online. More


Former Staff Member Eunice Watkins

Eunice Watkins ‘38, an SPU alumna and former manager of the Information Center at Seattle Pacific College, passed away on April 15 at the age of 92.


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
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

Accounting Assistant II, Finance
Administrative Assistant (.7), temporary, Career Development Center
Assistant Director for Research and Systems, Advancement Services
Custodian II, Facility Management
Head Athletic Trainer, Athletics
Mail Clerk-Customer Service, 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
Student Financial Services representative, Student Financail Services
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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