Monday, November 24, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


Thanksgiving Chapel Nov. 25.

The annual SPU Thanksgiving Chapel is Tuesday, November 25, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. An offering for the Campus Benevolence Fund, which provides emergency assistance to students and other members of the SPU community, will be taken. Campus offices and departments will be closed from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Autumn Quarter Data-Quarterly Trends Now Available Online

Have you wondered how many students have been admitted to your department's major and/or minor? What the student demographics are for your graduate program? How many student credit hours an undergraduate department or graduate program is generating? What the student profile is for residential versus commuter students, or by residence hall? Have you needed to find SPU's student or employee FTE? You can now get the answers to these questions by viewing "Census Trends" on the Information and Data Management website. You can also view the pages for academic, enrollment, or employee information. There are many changes to the census web pages, with most information available in Microsoft Excel format. The site has also added a "Meta Data Dictionary," which contains the terms and approved definition and metrics for use in internal and external reporting. If you have comments or questions about the information emerging on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. Visit the IDM website for more information. More

“Urban Involvement Experience" on iTunes U

SPU students Sarah Lindell and Marissa Ukosakul share their experience with Mekong Kids, a tutoring program in Seattle's Rainier Valley. October 25, 2008. (3:52) More

Exercise Science Students Need Volunteers

Attention faculty and staff. Exercise science students are looking for guinea pigs ... no, only kidding. If you have ever wanted to start an exercise program, but really not sure where to start, now is your chance. Exercise science students will be available on a limited basis to help you design a program that is just right for you. If you are interested, stop by the Physical Education/Exercise Science office in Brougham Pavilion and sign up.

Nominate a Student for a SPRINT Trip

Is there a student that you think could really benefit from a SPRINT trip? SPRINT sends students on short-term mission trips for five-six weeks during the summer. This year we hope to send trips to 11 different countries. Trips also have different focuses from health to education to business. If you have a recommendation for a great future "SPRINTer," email student Klarrisa Frank at

Women's Brownbag Bible Reading

“Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching." 1 Timothy 7:14. Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we read through the Bible aloud. We just finished Isaiah, and this week we begin Jeremiah. The reading starts about 12:10 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch. We have lots of Bibles (ESV), so you don't need to bring your own unless you want to. If you have questions, email or call Kathy Henning at or 206-281-2329.

SPU's Library Summit Borrowing Services Changes

The SPU Library's Summit borrowing service will change software December 1. It will be complicated for all 34 Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries close out one system and move to a new system at the end of Autumn Quarter. Because the renewal feature is not yet ready, the Orbis Cascade Alliance library directors recently voted to extend the loan period for Summit books from four to six weeks. Here are some dates of importance for this transition to the new software.

November 20–December 1. The due date for Summit books checked out between November 20 and December 1 is December 12, 2008.

December 1. This is the first day you can request items using the new Summit software. Requests placed using the new software will be due six weeks from check out and cannot be renewed.

December 1–12. Please return any Summit books you are no longer using before December 12. All the libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance expect an avalanche of books being turned in on December 12.

December 12. All Summit books checked out on the “old" system will be due.

Not Too Late to Buy Sacred Sounds of Christmas Tickets

Tickets are still available for 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 was added, however, the 4 p.m. concert is sold out. Reserved seating is $17 and $20; tickets are available for the 7 p.m. concert through Ticketmaster at 206-292-ARTS or, or in person (cash and checks only) at the Benaroya Hall Box Office. More

Send Us Some Pet Photos

Show off your pet by submitting a photo to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for the “Pet Photo of the Week." Faculty and staff are encouraged to send photos of their pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the picture, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Pet Photo of the Week

“On a recent, damp, cold Sunday morning, Mardukas (front) and Zooey (back) greeted a surprise newcomer to the neighborhood through the window of our house. Six-year-old Mardukas, whose white fur has black tips, is enormous and ‘all muscle' (according to the vets). Two-year-old Zooey, who was once the traveling companion of a homeless man, is under the illusion that she is still a feisty kitten." Jeffrey Overstreet, Response contributing editor and University Communications specialist. Select the photo for a photo of Mardukas and Zooey checking out the new neighborhood cat. 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. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the next deadline is Wednesday, November 26. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, December 1.


Trzyna, Perisho Travel to Oman

Professor of English Tom Trzyna and Humanities/Theology Librarian Stephen Perisho traveled to Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman, to evaluate the libraries and learning resources of Sultan Qaboos University and its law and medical schools. They were assisted by Nancy Press from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The trip was organized by David Woodward of the American Cultural Exchange and Rashid Al-Kiyumi, senior advisor to Sultan Qaboos University, who earned his M.B.A. at SPU. The visit was hosted and coordinated by Her Highness Dr. Mona Fahad Al-Said.

Ferreiro's Articles Published

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro's article “‘El Camino:'" A Timeless Metaphor of the Christian Journey to God" was published in Iacobvs 23-24 (2008) 495-504. Another article, "The Papacy and Apostolic Succession," was published in Inside the Vatican,16, 8 (October, 2008) 44-46.

Keuss Presents Article, Has Article Published

Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss presented a paper titled “Is White a Color?: Effective Approaches to the Taboo Subject of Race in Youth and Family Ministry" at the National Association of Professors of Christian Education conference in Atlanta last month. Also, his article titled “The Emergent Church and Neo-Correlational Theology after Tillich, Schleiermacher, and Browning" was published in the latest issue of Scottish Journal of Theology, vol. 61, no.4, pp. 450-461. The article is available online. More

Thoburn, Doctoral Student Present Paper

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn and clinical psychology doctoral student Winslow Gerrish recently presented a paper on incarnational psychotherapy at the annual Society for Christian Psychology conference in Chicago.

Lee Presents at ITAA

Associate Professor of Textiles and Clothing Jaeil Lee presented a special session with a colleague at the Curriculum Development Committee of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) in Chicago earlier this month. The presentation was titled “ITAA Four-Year Baccalaureate Program Meta-Goals for the Current and Future of Textiles and Clothing/Apparel Programs." The topic was related to an assessment of four-year clothing and textiles programs. Jaeil reports there were a lot of interest in the presentation and it was well received.

Koskela, Wall Contribute to Book

A book co-edited by Assistant Professor of Theology Doug Koskela was recently published by Eerdmans Publishing. Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith is a volume of essays in honor of former SPU Professor William J. Abraham. Two current faculty members in the School of Theology contributed essays: Rob Wall, Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies, contributed the chapter “A Theological Morphology of the Bible: A Prescription for ‘Spiritually Disabled' Students." Doug contributed a chapter titled “The Healing Practice of Ecclesial Reconciliation."


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

Athletic Director, Athletics
Manager, Conference Services for Camp Casey and Fort Casey Inn, University Services
Microsystems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Office Assistant (.4), Academic Affairs
Professional Certification Program Assistant, Center for Professional Education
RN to BS Program Assistant (.5), School of Health Sciences
Senior Events Manager, External Relations Web Designer, University Communications

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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