Monday, August 4, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Temporary Closure of Nickerson/Emerson Northbound On-ramps to 15th Ave. W.

Seattle's Department of Transportation will be working on the Nickerson/Emerson Street northbound on-ramps to 15th Avenue West during the month of August. Work includes a paving project for the southbound lanes of 15 Avenue West, signal and other electrical work, curb ramps and sidewalks, and more. Detours are West Emerson Street to West Dravus Street to southbound on-ramps to 15th Avenue West, and West Garfield Street to Magnolia Bridge southbound on-ramp to Elliott Avenue West. Visit the website for more information. More

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Carol Clement, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at 206-281-2533.

What to Do If You're Contacted by a Reporter

Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager in University Communications (UC), is responsible for handling all media contacts with SPU. When a reporter calls UC to request an interview or come to campus, Tracy contacts the appropriate people ahead of time to get permissions and make arrangements. Although most reporters do call UC first, some will contact offices directly or simply come to campus. If you are contacted by a reporter, please refer them to Tracy at 206-281-2977. If Tracy is not available, contact Director of University Communications Jennifer Gilnett at 206-281-2974. Also, if you see reporters, photographers, or camera people on campus without a staff or faculty member present, please call Tracy immediately. If you have any questions, contact Tracy at

Student Financial Services Closed Aug. 8

Student Financial Services will close at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 8, for their annual summer office retreat. The office will re-open on Monday, August 11. If you have any questions, call 206-281-2061.

Let Us Know About Your Campus Events for 2008–09

Twice a year, the Office of University Communications publishes a community events brochure titled “Engage," highlighting a sampling of campus events of interest to the public. Previous brochures have invited neighbors to campus lectures, symposia, concerts, athletic events, gallery showings, theatre productions, etc. This brochure is sent to more than 45,000 alumni, friends, and Seattle neighbors. We are now collecting event information for the 2008–09 academic year, especially for Autumn and Winter Quarters. If you are planning an event of interest to the public, please forward the information to Tracy Norlen in University Communications at We are also interested in any possible events you may be planning, so please send that information as well. If you have questions, contact Tracy at 206-281-2977.

SPU's Online Classifieds

If you have items to sell, rooms to rent, opportunities to volunteer, or things to give away for free, visit the SPU online Classifieds. More

Perkins Center Announces Summer Speakers Series

Share a meal with colleagues at a local restaurant while hearing inspirational journeys of local Christian community development and ministry leaders as part of the John Perkins Center Summer Speakers Series, July 8–August 19. The events are:
Tuesday, August 5: Harvey Drake with Urban Impact (Ethiopian restaurant in Rainier Valley)
Tuesday, August 19: Hala Mana'o with New Horizons (Restaurant TBD in Belltown)
Faculty and staff are invited to come to one or all of these events. Meet at the SUB at 5 p.m. to carpool to the restaurant. Bring cash to pay for your meal (about $15). RSVP to Owen Sallee, coordinator of Urban Involvement, at More

Is Gwinn Commons Open?

To find out the summer hours for Gwinn Commons, check the SPU Campus Master Calendar. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Summer Schedule

The Fac/Staff Bulletin will be published every other Monday during the summer. 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, August 14. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, August 18.


Overstreet Review (and Reviewed) in Christianity Today, Plus Another Book

University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet wrote a rave review of the new Sam Phillips album “Don't Do Anything" in the latest issue of Christianity Today. On the very same page, Mark Moring, the editor of Christianity Today's movie website, reviewed his top five favorite movie-related websites, and Jeffrey's site was one of them.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey's new novel, Cyndere's Midnight, the second story in “The Auralia Thread," arrives from WaterBrook Press on September 16. A reading/book signing will take place at Third Place Books at 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park on September 25. The book is available for pre-order on most bookstore websites. John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture, writes, “With Cyndere's Midnight, Jeffrey Overstreet fulfills the promise of Auralia's Colors: he has created a fully realized imaginative world, at once utterly distinctive and hauntingly familiar. I can't wait for the next volume." And Dick Staub, author of The Culturally Savvy Christian, writes, “When the Inklings (C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien) met at the ‘Bird and Baby' Pub each week they would read excerpts from their work, then critique and improve it. With Cyndere's Midnight, the inventive and imaginative Jeffrey Overstreet delivers another well-crafted, artful work of fantasy, rewarding the thoughtful reader and reminding us that the spirit of the Inklings is alive and well and at least one living writer could have held his own at their table!"

Ellis Gives Inaugural Address

Professor of Education Arthur Ellis presented the invited inaugural address, “New Advances in Change and Innovation in Educational Centres," to the fifth quadrennial International Congress on Management of Educational Centres. The congress was held July 7-10 at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain.

Steele Teaches at Hope Africa University

Professor of Theology Rick Steele taught a two-week intensive course on Christian ethics in the master of arts in theological studies program (MATS) at Hope Africa University (HAU) in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 7-18. HAU was founded in 2000 by the Free Methodist Church in East Africa, and was originally located in Nairobi, Kenya. It moved to Bujumbura in 2004. Its total enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs is fast approaching 2,000 students – so swift a growth that some classes are being held in buildings that are still under construction. The MATS program was launched in 2006, and is mostly staffed by visiting faculty from the United States. Rick is the first SPU faculty member to teach at HAU, although a delegation consisting of Professor of Educational Ministry Bob Drovdahl, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences Chris Henshaw, and Director of the Perkins Center Tali Hairston was sent in the summer of 2007 to pave the way for cooperation between these two sister institutions.

Quek Presents Papers

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Karen Quek co-authored two paper presentations titled "An Asian American Couples' Challenge: Interplay of Individualism and Collectivism Traditions" and "Exploring Conflict Patterns Among Husbands and Wives in Greece: The Role of Values, Self-disclosure, and Relationship Satisfaction" at XIXth International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, July 27-31, in Bremen, Germany. The first paper was funded by an 2006-07 SPU faculty grant and was presented by two marriage and family therapy graduates, Deborah Rue ‘86 and Claudia Alabiso '07.

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members. Contact information can be found through the SPU White Pages.
Jason Durocher, head athletic trainer, Athletics
Kristi Oya, certification coordinator, School of Education
Lee Staman, interim acquisitions technician, Library


Lee Featured in The Korea Times

Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Jaeil Lee was featured in The Korea Times (Northwest Edition), “Person and People" section on July 22. This is a popular Korean daily newspaper distributed in the Northwest area. The article was titled "I Design Dreams Everyday." Jaeil's life story included SPU and especially the textiles and clothing program. Jaeil says, “It was a great opportunity to introduce SPU and the clothing and textiles program to the Korean community in the Northwest." The online version is in Korean. More

Wolfe in Seattle Times

Writer in residence and editor of Image journal Greg Wolfe was quoted in a Seattle Times news story on August 2 about a new, handcrafted Bible now on display at the Tacoma Art Museum. More

Hanson, Haight in Seattle Times

Professor of Music Eric Hanson and adjunct music faculty member Catherine Haight were featured in The Seattle Times “Ticket" section on July 18 about the recent Northwest Mahler Festival. More

Gilnett, Cornells on British TV at The Kilns

Fine Arts Marketing Associate Kim Gilnett, currently in Oxford, England, as part of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, can be seen in a TV feature story about C.S. Lewis' home “The Kilns" on the British TV show, “ITV Local." Also in the clip are Assistant Vice President of External Relations Ken Cornell, his wife and adjunct faculty member in the School of Education, Rona, and their daughters, Skye and Sarah. Both daughters were interviewed for the story. View the clip online. More


Woodward, Diddams Participate in Northwest Passage Relay

Rigorously pursuing the scholarship of application, Professor of Organization Psychology Margaret Diddams and Professor of History Bill Woodward ran in the Myomed Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay on July 25-26. The relay started in Blaine and ended 190 miles later in Langley on Whidbey Island. Running three separate legs of the course as members of two different 12-person teams, they actively studied the effects of social support under conditions of acute stress and sleep deprivation on physical performance, comparing their results to historical data sets gathered under similar conditions. Out of more than140 finishing squads, Margaret's team, "The Rum Runners," finished 41st overall and eighth in the “mixed open" category in 25 hours, 41 minutes, and averaging 8:05 minutes per mile. Even more successful, Bill's "Red Carpet Warriors" (which also included three SPU alumni, a former staff member, and a current student) finished 33rd overall and ninth in the “open" category in just over 25 hours and averaging 7:59 per mile. In debriefing, it was clear that Bill and Margaret hid their true intentions from their teammates in just over 25 hours, effortlessly blending their roles as scholars and athletes.


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Two positions)
Instructor of 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 (.8, 10-month), Center for Learning
Administrative Assistant to the Director of University Ministries and the Center for Worship, University Ministries
Admission Representative, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Coach, Gymnastics, Athletics
Assistant Sports Information Director, Athletics
Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs, Office of Student Life
Fellows Development Officer, External Relations
Manager, University Fund, Annual Giving
Managing Editor of Response Magazine, University Communications
Program Coordinator, Disability Support Services, Center for Learning
Residence Hall Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Security Officer (.8), Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services Student Loan Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Systems Analyst-Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
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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