Monday, October 27, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Economic Crisis Forum With SPU Faculty, Administrators

In a matter of weeks, the stock market has lost more than a third of its value. Unemployment rates are on the rise. All of the major investment banking firms have virtually disappeared. Governments around the globe have proposed massive bailouts, and many have described the current crisis as the worst since the Great Depression. How did this happen? What does it mean to SPU and you? And what difference does our Christian faith make in moments like these?

“Economic Crisis 101: Why It Happened and Why It Matters to You" is the title of a campuswide forum Wednesday, October 29, 3–5 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Designed to help SPU community members understand the financial crisis and its impact on SPU, the forum will be moderated by School of Business and Economics Dean Jeff Van Duzer. The forum will begin with an historical overview of the banking system by Associate Professor Douglas Downing. Van Duzer will then examine the current financial market and related loss of credit. Vice President of Business and Planning Don Mortenson will talk about the economic crisis' impact on SPU, and Director of Student Financial Services Jordan Grant will give an update on student loans as well as future employment opportunities. Van Duzer will conclude the forum by talking about the role of Christians in the midst of the crisis. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the School of Business and Economics, Associated Students of Seattle Pacific, and the Office of Student Life.

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Suzanne Wolfe and Unveiling

On October 30, SPU Instructor of English Suzanne Wolfe reads from her novel Unveiling, a subtle love story about an art restorer and her spiritual recovery. Join Professor Wolfe at “Thursday Food for Thought," 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 for purchase. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library.

Residence Halls Open for Trick or Treating

Faculty, staff, and SPU neighbors are invited to visit the Ashton, Hill, Moyer, and Emerson residence halls on Halloween, October 31, 5–7 p.m. for trick or treating. Children and parents are encouraged to come in costume and go door-to-door to receive treats and enjoy carnival games in some residence hall lobbies. Students will greet visitors at building entrances. This event is sponsored by the hall councils. If you have questions, contact Assistant Director of Residence Life Sharon Barr-Jeffrey at or 206-281-2478.

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Bible Reading

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we take turns reading chapters of the Bible aloud. On Tuesday, October 28, we're beginning with Isaiah 40. We usually begin reading about 12:10. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we have lots of Bibles so you don't need to bring one. If you have questions, call or email University Communications specialist Kathy Henning at 206-281-2329.

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots are available through Health Services. The cost is $28. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231. Supplies are limited.

New Content on iTunes U

SPU Professor of Education Andrew Lumpe addresses the theoretical and practical issues of curriculum design, including philosophies of curriculum, curricular goals and objectives, alternate conceptions and designs of curriculum, process and content possibilities, planning with respect to scope and sequence, and the role of educators in the selection and development of curriculum materials. The following lectures can be heard on SPU's iTunes U.

Social Forces - Discusses the relationship between social forces and school curriculum. October 8, 2008. (8:09)

Curriculum Design Processes - Addresses the curriculum alignment processes, including horizontal and vertical, pacing guides, and the role of textbooks. October 13, 2008. (9:53)

Curriculum and Instruction - Examines the relationships between what is taught and the instructional methods used. Examines the role of recent school reform efforts including the reading and math wars. October 17, 2008. (7:44) More

SPU Choirs in Concert November 7

Enjoy an eclectic selection of music from SPU's Concert, Chamber, Men's and Women's Choir. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7 at First Free Methodist Church. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Estate Planning Seminar Oct. 30

The Seattle Pacific Foundation cordially invites you to attend our fall seminar, "Reframe Your Thinking – Leave a Legacy, Not Just an Inheritance," on Thursday, October 30, 7-8:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Hear what estate planning attorney Bruce Bickel has to say about legacy planning. A popular and entertaining speaker, Bruce will suggest ways to help the younger generation learn the character, principles, and values appropriate to handle their inheritance. How much is too much? Is it fair to treat your children differently? These topics and more will be covered in this free seminar. Dessert and beverages will be provided. RSVP by calling 206-281-2702 or email

Long-Term Care Insurance Enrollment and Guaranteed Issue

Studies show that 40 percent of those receiving long-term care are working-age adults. Interested in learning more about how to protect yourself? Consider locking in a long-term care insurance policy and rate. Eligible employees are those who work a minimum of 20 hours per week. In addition, if you were hired between 11/1/2007 and 10/31/2008, a guaranteed issue long-term care policy may be granted without completion of a medical questionnaire. A spouse, adult children, siblings, parents, and grandparents (including in-laws) of eligible employees may also apply for insurance with completion of a medical questionnaire. If you would like to learn more about this voluntary benefit, come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676.

Faculty/Staff Volleyball Resumes

If the Olympic Games didn't inspire you to rediscover your inner athlete, perhaps a simple invitation will. Please come to the lower gym on Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. for faculty and staff volleyball. This is a great way to meet others from around campus while improving your bump, set, and spike – and maybe your waistline, too. If you haven't played in a while you are in luck. Neither have we! We've been on an all-star break (or maybe just a bye) for the last 18 months! For more information or to be added to the volleyball email list, contact School of Business and Economics Office Manager Lindsey Peterson at 206-281-2992 or

Sacred Sounds of Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. Sold Out, Tickets Available 7 p.m.

Begin the Advent season with SPU's ninth annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert Sunday, November 30, in Benaroya Hall. Featuring SPU's nationally acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other groups, this stirring performance of music and narrative tells the story of God's promise of a Savior, and the fulfillment of that promise in the birth of Jesus. This year, by popular demand, a second performance has been added, however, the 4 p.m. concert is now sold out. Reserved seating is $17 and $20; tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 206-292-ARTS or, or in person (cash and checks only) at the Benaroya Hall Box Office. The Sacred Sounds of Christmas sells out earlier every year, so don't delay! More

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is Charlie (full name, Charles Valentino). He may look like a tough cookie, and you'd be right in thinking so. Charlie boldly swats at my golden retrievers — and they take it. He also acts as my cul-de-sac's resident security guard, making sure no strays wander their way onto our quiet street. But deep down, Charlie is full of love. You can tell by the way his purrs resemble the sound of a motorboat. He's especially loving when he's hungry – which happens to be all the time." Allie Fraley, web content editor, University Communications. Select the link for a photo of Charlie on duty. 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 30. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 3.


Ward's Article Published in National Journal

Janet Ward, associate vice president for Information and Data Management, had an article published by College and University, a journal from the American Association of Collegiate Registrar's and Admissions Officers. The article, “Understanding the Business of Higher Education: Creating Context for Your Staff Development Plan", encourages supervisors to gain a broader perspective of higher education's value and the administrative pillars that support the learning enterprise. More

Hanson Interviewed on “Classic Vermont"

On October 19, Professor of Music Eric Hanson was the guest on "Vermont Notes" on “Classic Vermont," WCVT radio (101.7 FM) in Stowe, Vermont. He was interviewed on his upcoming appearance as conductor of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, and the historical significance of Mahler and the Fifth Symphony. On October 4, Eric adjudicated the American String Teachers Association state contest.

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.

Nick Jacobson, maintenance mechanic, Building Maintenance
Patricia Parsons, administrative assistant, Residence Life
Donte Quinine, interim assistant athletic director for compliance, Athletics
Eddie Strickler, assistant track coach, Athletics


Braden's Commentary in the Seattle P-I

A commentary written by Professor of Geology Kathleen Braden appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on October 10. The commentary was titled “Students Anything But Naïve." More


Dwyer Accepted Into Mensa

Jenn Dwyer, administrative assistant in the Student Counseling Center and graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy, was recently accepted into the high-IQ society, Mensa. As an organization, American Mensa provides intelligent individuals an opportunity to meet other smart people at local, regional, and national levels. Mensans interact at entertaining events and exchange ideas through a variety of publications. Mensa members also work to help others in their communities by providing scholarships and volunteering for community-oriented activities. Congratulations, Jenn!


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, School of Theology
Administrative Assistant, Art (.5), College of Arts and Sciences
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, Office of Student Life
Athletic Director, Athletics
Lead Maintenance Painter, Building Maintenance
Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance
Manager, Conference Services for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Office Assistant (.4), Academic Affairs
Program Assistant, MATESOL (.8), College of Arts and Sciences
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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