Monday, August 18, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Summer Grades Due September 12

Summer grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before September 12, they need to contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp at so she can roll the grades to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, please contact SAS prior to the grading deadline. We may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli at 206-281-2636 or at

Finance Office Closed August 19

The Finance Office will be closed Tuesday, August 19, for an in-house retreat. Contact Controller Steve Whitehouse at 253-691-8625 with any emergency questions or concerns.

OBP on Limited Schedule August 27

The Office of Business and Planning (OBP) will operate on a skeletal crew on Wednesday, August 27, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. due to the annual OBP summer event held off campus. The following offices will be closed. However, in an emergency, you can call Annual Giving at 206-281-2131 and they will forward the information.

Vice President's Office
Human Resources
Seattle Pacific Foundation
University Services

The following offices will be minimally staffed for urgent matters.

Computer and Information Systems: HelpDesk at 206-281-2982
Facility Services: 206-281-2330 or 206-281-2597

The SPU Mail and Copying Services will operate only until 12 p.m. Mail and package deliveries and pickups will be made in the morning instead of the usual afternoon times. Stamped mail can be dropped in the blue USPS box outside of the SUB (on Bertona Street). Pick up time is 4 p.m. The bookstore will remain open during normal business hours. Safety and Security will be staffed to respond to emergencies.

New Website for School of Theology

The School of Theology's new graduate program received approval on July 10. On July 15, a refreshed School of Theology website launched to help prospective students find answers to questions about the new advanced degrees. In addition to graduate program information, the site also updated the school's undergraduate programs section. The site also includes upcoming events, faculty profiles, quick facts about the university, beautiful photography, and interesting quotes. Members of University Communications' Web Team worked with School of Theology Dean Doug Strong, Administrative Assistant Teresa Elenbaas, and the Graduate Center to launch the site. More

Falcon Golf Classic September 5

Entries are now being accepted for the 29th annual Kirtley-Cole Associates and Enviromech Falcon Golf Classic, held at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo on Friday, September 5, beginning at 7 a.m. The Classic, which benefits the SPU men's basketball scholarship fund, is supported by numerous sponsors. The individual cost for golfers is $200, which covers green fees, continental breakfast, buffet BBQ, carts, and individual and team photos. Space is limited, so make your reservation now by calling 206-281-2085.

Upcoming Campus Events for “Engage" Brochure

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 free, SPU online Classifieds. More

Perkins Center's 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 last event is:
Tuesday, August 19: Hala Mana'o with New Horizons (Dinner at Belltown Pizza)
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 28. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, September 2.


Thorpe's Essay in Parabola Magazine

Professor of English Doug Thorpe's essay “A Just Measure," which explores the aesthetics of the idea of justice, is forthcoming in Parabola magazine's issue devoted to justice. His book, Rapture of the Deep, is reviewed in the Summer 2008 issue of Orion magazine, which consistently has some of the best environmental and natural history writing in the country.

Steele Publishes Article on Faculty Searches

Professor of Theology Rick Steele published an article titled "Faculty Searches at a Christian University: Ethical and Practical Considerations" in Christian Higher Education, Vol. 7, No. 4 (2008). The article describes the new faculty search process developed by the SPU School of Theology in 2006-07. It argues that a successful search depends on three things: (1) the articulation of a clear set of criteria for determining what will count as a "good mission fit"; (2) the compilation of a variegated array of informative documents, which address the aforementioned criteria; and (3) the utilization of a prearranged search protocol, with a clearly delineated division of labor among the stakeholders and an efficient method of collecting, synthesizing, and reporting all that is learned along the way.

McFarland Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland presented a paper titled "Designing Proteins: The Creative Potential of Enthalpy and Entropy" at the American Scientific Affiliation's national meeting at George Fox University, August 1-4. An audio version can be downloaded. More


Ewald Interviewed by Hartford Courant

Associate Professor of Classics Owen Ewald was interviewed by the Hartford Courant (Connecticut) newspaper for a story about ancient humor titled “Ancient Cultures Had Own Brand of Humor." The story was published on August 14. Read the story online. More

Parrott in Shape, Today's Christian Woman Magazines

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was quoted in the August edition of Shape magazine. A new book by Les and his wife, Leslie Parrott, titled Trading Places, was highlighted in the August edition of Today's Christian Woman.


Welcome, Carter Smith

Student Financial Services Computer Services Manager Kristen Smith and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of Carter Jackson Smith, born May 30. He was 22 inches long and 8 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. Select the link for another photo of Carter. More


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

Volume #35, Issue #28 | Published by: University Communications

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