Monday, May 19, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


“Thursday Food for Thought:"Jennifer Maier

On May 22, Associate Professor of English Jennifer Maier reads from Dark Alphabet, her award-winning collection of poems that reveals the everyday mysteries of our common experience. “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 her book will be available. More

SPU Closed for Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, SPU will be closed on Monday, May 26.

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.

Center for Professional Education Open House May 20

You are invited to come and help celebrate our new name as we transition from the Continuing Education Department to the Center for Professional Education. There will be an open house on Tuesday, May 20, 2-4 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Peterson Hall. This new department title more effectively reflects the level of quality programs offered as our scope and department continues to grow. We'd love for you to visit us and learn more about the programs we offer and the K-12 educators we serve. Come say hello and enjoy a delicious slice of strawberry shortcake.

Women's Studies Spring Celebration May 21

The Women's Studies Program invites you to their Spring Celebration on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Collegium in the SUB. We will have refreshments and hear from several of our graduating seniors about their work on their independent projects, and from the Sophia Club about their “Body Project." Please join us!

Senior Art Now on Display

Artwork by graduating seniors is currently on display at SPU's Art Center Gallery, located at Third West Cremona Street. The show runs until Friday, May 23. The Art Center Gallery is open Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Guest Speaker, Former SPU President David McKenna at SPFC Research Conference

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community will host its fourth annual research conference on Wednesday, May 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Students from undergraduate psychology, marriage and family therapy, and graduate clinical psychology will present their research. The conference also includes the annual Faith and Professional Practice lecture at 2 p.m. This year's speaker is former SPU President David McKenna, who will talk about “Faith at Work: A Lifetime of Learning." He will offer insights from his personal journey as a leader in higher education, and share what he sees as the current and future trends in the area of faith integration, professional practice, and learning.

Children's Theatre

SPU Theatre presents the children's production, “Dogbrain." The show runs May 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. in the McKinley Backstage Theatre. Young Nicholas gets into hot water when his imaginary friend Dogbrain, whom he blames for his bad behavior, comes to life and wreaks havoc in the family. “Dogbrain" is perfect for children age 5 and older. Tickets are $8. Contact the McKinley Box Office for tickets at 206-281-2959 or online. More

Student Fashion and Interior Design Show

Faculty and staff are invited to see the latest designs in clothing, textiles, and interiors by graduating seniors on Thursday, May 22, 4-7 p.m. in the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. Admission is free.

SPU Jazz at The Triple Door

The SPU Jazz Ensemble, directed by music faculty member Bill Park, will perform a variety of contemporary big band jazz music on Sunday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Triple Door. The guest artist is nationally renowned talent Richard Cole, saxophonist and composer. Cost is $15. The Triple Door is located at 216 Union Street in downtown Seattle. For tickets, visit or call 206-838-4333. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

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.

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.

Choirs in Concert

Enjoy 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.

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.

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 the following link: 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 Ends This Week

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

“Bunter, like most cats, knows a good box when she sees one. The 8-year-old kitty (with a mondo attitude) especially enjoys using a box as her headquarters to plan and execute ambushes of any passersby." Hope McPherson, Online Communications Specialist, University Communications. Select the link for a larger photo of Bunter. More

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 22. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published on Tuesday, May 27.


Van Beek Speaks at “Life and Sports" Event

Women's basketball coach Julie van Beek was a featured speaker at Calvary Fellowship's “Forum on Life and Sports" on May 2. Other speakers included University of Washington Men's Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington football player Jake Locker, University of Washington basketball player Jon Brockman, and SPU basketball player Beth Christensen.

Ferreiro Presents at International Congress on Medieval Studies

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro presented "St. Braulio of Zaragoza's Letter 21 to Pope Honorius I Regarding Baptized Lapsed Jews" at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in March. He also chaired a session for the International Medieval Sermons Society.

Lumpe's Article Published

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Andrew Lumpe has learned that a manuscript he co-authored with one of his former doctoral students has been published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology. The article is titled "Student Use of Scaffolding Software: Relationships With Motivation and Conceptual Understanding."

Snedker's Chapter Published

A chapter co-written by Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker will appear in the book Geography and Drug Addiction by Springer Publishing. The chapter is in collaboration with Jerald Herting and titled “The Spatial Context of Adolescent Alcohol Use: Assessing the Role of Alcohol Availability and Neighborhood Disadvantage." Karen will also attend a competitive workshop in advanced spatial analysis on geographically weighted regression. The National Institute of Health sponsored workshop will be held in June and is hosted by Penn State and the Population Research Institute.

Phelan Grant Application Selected for Funding

A grant application co-authored by Associate Professor of Chemistry Gregory Phelan was selected for funding. The application, with the National Science Foundation, deals with the use of new two photon materials for use in a three dimensional printer. The work will be done in conjunction with the University of Washington and Auma Laboratories.


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

Volume #35, Issue #20 | Published by: University Communications

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