Monday, October 6, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Day of Common Learning Oct. 15

Faculty, staff, and students will participate in SPU's seventh annual Day of Common Learning on Wednesday, October 15. (SPU offices will be closed from 9:45 a.m. until 11 a.m.) This year's theme is “Beauty." Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, emeritus professor of philosophical theology at Yale Divinity School, will give the morning's keynote address in Brougham Pavilion titled “Beauty, Love, Justice, and Worship." The afternoon sessions include “Beauty and the Bible," “Dr. Seuss and the Poetics of Beauty: Why the Grinch, Sneetches, and Lorax Matter Today," “The Beauty of Diversity: Fostering a Positive Learning Environment," “Enduring Beauty Amidst Fractured Landscapes: The Columbia River Wanapum Indian Experience," and many others. Visit the website for the complete list of seminars. More

Upcoming Political Programs for Students

Please encourage your students to attend these upcoming programs sponsored by Student Programs, the Political Science Department, and student political clubs.

Tuesday, October 7, Demaray Hall, room 150, 5:30 p.m. Presidential Debate Viewing Party. Students will have the opportunity to view the presidential debate, followed by a faculty panel discussion.

Sacred Sounds Group Discount Deadline Extended

Group tickets for the 4 p.m. performance of SPU's Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert are sold out, but we've extended the deadline for group discounts for the 7 p.m. performance to faculty and staff. The deadline for group tickets is Friday, October 10, at 5 p.m. These are orchestra-level seats. If you're thinking of attending the concert, you can't afford to pass up this deal. Individual orchestra-level seats (purchasable through Ticketmaster) are now $20 plus a $4.85 convenience fee for each ticket. Through October 10, you can get 10 or more tickets for $12 each, with no surcharge. That means for the price of five individual tickets, you can get 10 tickets and have enough left over for lunch! To order group tickets, contact External Relations Program Manager Bobbie Taylor at or 206-281-2723. (Please plan to pay with one check, Visa or Mastercard, or cash). More

Library Hosts SPU-Author Readings

Don't miss “Thursday Food for Thought," brought to you by the SPU Library. Bring your lunch to the Library Reading Room on Thursdays and hear SPU authors share from their latest works. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies of books will be available for purchase. During Autumn Quarter, the series runs October 16–November 20, 12:30–1:15 p.m. Professor of History Bill Woodward leads off the series on October 16 with his presentation, “Runs, Hits, and ‘Eras,'" the story of Major League Baseball and its connection with the larger American culture. For more information, visit the website. More

Office of University Communications Closed Oct. 8

The Office of University Communications will be closed Wednesday, October 8, for an off-campus planning meeting. In case of an emergency, call News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen at 206-963-9779. If you are currently working with UC on a project, your communications specialist will ensure that the closure does not cause any delays. Please call your communications specialist or Julia at 206-281-2051 if you have questions or concerns prior to October 8.

Welcome Prospective Students and Families on SPU Visit Days

October 3, 10, 17, and November 7 are “SPU Fridays," which are one-day visits for prospective students and their families. The day includes a campus tour, classroom visits, student/faculty panel, financial aid and admissions information, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. Be sure to look for these students on Fridays and say “hi."

Physics Department Receives $3.7 Million Grant

The Physics Department received a five-year, $3.7 million National Science Foundation grant to investigate student thinking about energy from childhood through college, and to study how teachers learn to assess student thinking. Congratulations!

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.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Donate to Date Auction

Date Auction is an event put together by the Student Union Board (STUB) every year to raise money for a local charity as well as SPU's SPRINT program. Contrary to popular belief, the Date Auction does not auction people as dates, but auctions entertaining packages for students to experience together with friends. STUB also holds a silent auction in which students bid on items of interest. This year's Date Auction is Friday, November 7, and will also include a dessert auction. This year's charity is Urban Impact, a non-profit organization based in Seattle's Rainier Valley. Urban Impact offers after-school tutoring programs for struggling students, an affordable health and fitness club, and several other ministries serving the local community. STUB would like to invite faculty and staff to be a part of donating toward the Date Auction. Perhaps you have a passion for boating or enjoy cooking and baking for others? Maybe you are a movie buff or have extra tickets to the Seahawks, Mariners, or Seattle Sounders? We would love the SPU faculty and staff to help out STUB by getting involved and being creative by thinking outside of the box! Associate Vice President of Student Life Jeff Jordan is a prime example of an appreciated donor. Last year, he rented a big screen television and hosted a Super Bowl Party for 20 students. Donations need to include the name of the activity, time, date, place, and number of students (at least two or more). STUB would also welcome any donations for the Silent Auction, such as gift cards, theme baskets, movie passes, or donations for the Dessert Auction. To donate, or if you have any questions, contact Campus Program Coordinator Andrea Ide at or Kristin Unti at by Friday, October 24.

Medina Lectures on “Parenting With the Brain in Mind"

SPU Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research John Medina will give two lectures about early childhood development and learning as part of University Presbyterian Church's "Parents Learning Together" series. The lectures are October 15 and October 22 at University Presbyterian Church, located at 4540 15th Avenue NE, 7-8:30 p.m. His lectures will focus on what parents should know about their children's development and learning. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and the author of Brain Rules.

Stationery Orders Between October 9-17

If you plan to order stationery during early October, note that owners of Vision Press, the printing company responsible for SPU stationery products, will be on vacation from Thursday, October 9, to Friday, October 17. If you placed an order that was processed on Tuesday, September 30, and gave quick approval to the proofs faxed to you on Tuesday, September 30, you will receive your order Wednesday, October 8. Orders processed on Tuesday, October 7, and approved by noon on Wednesday, October 8, will be delivered Monday, October 20. Orders placed by Tuesday, October 14, will be processed and delivered with the orders processed Tuesday, October 21.

Important Academic Deadlines

Other Registration Deadlines. Students wishing to take a course pass/no credit or register for an internship, independent study, dissertation, or individual instruction in music may do so in Student Academic Services, located in Demaray Hall 151, until 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 10.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is my dog ‘Teek.' He is sooooooo cute and the best dog in the world. He loves playing games and going on walks and such." Amy Eller, daughter of Melissa Eller, administrative assistant, Seattle Pacific Foundation. Select the link for another picture of Teek. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursdays. 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, October 9. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 13.


Davis' Article Published

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis'article, "An Uncertain Trumpet: The Cold War Diplomacy of Raymond Aron," appears in the October issue of Review of International Studies, published by Cambridge University Press.

Ferreiro's Book Reviews, Articles Published

Two book reviews by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro have been published in the journal Francia 35, (2008), a publication of the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Paris. He reviewed André Bonnery La Septimanie au regard de l'histoire, (Editions Loubatières, 2005), and John H. Moorhead's Gregory the Great (Early Christian Studies, Oxford University Press, 2005). Alberto's articles "Adoptionism," "Isidore of Seville," "Visigothic Hispano-Roman Councils," "Priscillian," "Mozarab Rite," "Reconquest," and "Martin of Braga" were published in The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History (Westminster-John Knox Press, 2008). Also, his keynote address for the “Sacred Steps" photo-art exhibit earlier this year of the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela in St. James Cathedral, Seattle, will be published in its expanded form in Iacobus (Centro de Estudios Jacobeos, Spain).

McKenna's Book Published

Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Rob McKenna's book titled Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World has just been published. The book is written for leaders in businesses, churches, and other organizations as a reflective guide into the pressures and realities that leaders face every day on the job.

Keuss' Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss titled “Breathing Lessons: A Vision for Campus Ministries in the Twenty-First Century" was recently published in The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology and Culture (Issue #12: Education Issue, September 26, 2008). The article revisits Steven Garber's work from The Fabric of Faithfulness, and argues for a four-fold realignment of campus ministry foci at Christian liberal arts colleges and universities as they enter the 21st century. The article is available online. More

Koskela's Essays Published, Elected to FM Board

Five “Theological Themes" essays on the Gospel of Matthew by Assistant Professor of Theology Doug Koskela were published in Lectionary Homiletics in June 2008. Doug was also elected to the Ministerial Education and Guidance Board for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

Strong Gives Keynote Address

School of Theology Dean Doug Strong was the keynote speaker at the United Methodist Transgenerational Korean-American Convocation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in August.

Hanson Lectures at Seattle Symphony

Professor of Music Eric Hanson presented the preconcert lectures to the Seattle Symphony audience in Benaroya Hall, September 25-28. His presentation was titled "Symphony of a Thousand: The Will Posits a Goal," and demonstrated how Mahler posited the goal of the striving will, the “Eternal Masculine," to be first the Holy Spirit and then the “Eternal Feminine."

Vogt's Grammar Books Published

Three grammar books written by Associate Professor of Spanish Eric Vogt were published by the tradebook division of McGraw Hill in August 2008. His volumes are part of a series called Practice Makes Perfect, available via The books are The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close, Spanish Pronouns Up Close, and Past Tenses in Spanish Up Close. According to his editor, the subjunctive book has been rated number one in its category in

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 online SPU White Pages.

Julie Glavic, administrative assistant, University Ministries and Center for Worship
Mollie Morse, administrative assistant, Facility and Project Management


Grant on NPR

Director of Student Financial Services Jordan Grant was interviewed by NPR on a story about paying for college during the financial downtown. The story ran October 2 on the NPR program “Day to Day" on NPR affiliate KUOW (94.9 FM). More

Durasoff, Ediger, Scott Interviewed by KUOW-FM

Political science faculty Douglas Durasoff and Ruth Ediger, and Assistant Professor of Communication Shannon Scott were interviewed by KUOW (94.9 FM) following the vice presidential debate on October 2.

Scott Interviewed by KOMO-AM

Assistant Professor of Communication Shannon Scott was interviewed live on KOMO (1000 AM) following the vice presidential debate on October 2.

Downing on KOMO-AM

Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing was interviewed by KOMO (1000 AM) on October 3 following the U.S. House of Representative's passage of the financial bailout bill.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Two positions)
Associate Dean for the School of Theology Graduate Program
Assistant Professor 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 (.5), Physical Education and Exercise Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Administrative Assistant, Residence Life
Administrative Assistant and Data Management Assistant (.8), Information and Data Management
Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (Interim), Athletics
Athletic Director, Athletics
Computer Services Manager I, Student Financial Services
Coordinator, Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service, University Services
Lead Maintenance Painter, Building Maintenance
Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Manager, Conference Services for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Manager, University Fund, Annual Giving
Office Manager, Academic Affairs
Security Officer (.8), Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Representative, 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 #33 | Published by: University Communications

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