Monday, December 1, 2008 Seattle Pacific University


SPU's Christmas Celebration a Double Sellout!

More than 4,500 people attended "The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" concerts on November 30. SPU's Concert Choir, under the direction of David Anderson, performed several selections, including "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Conductor Gerry Jon Marsh led the Wind Symphony in various arrangements, including “Angels From the Realms of Glory." The Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and String Orchestra also performed. Selected Advent and Christmas texts were read by Assistant Professor of Music Carlene Brown, students Aristides Diamant '10 and Ben Wynant '10, and alumna Sarah Moser '05.

Faculty, Staff, and Families Invited to “Tradition"

SPU's annual, student-produced Christmas celebration called “Tradition" is Friday, December 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Tiffany Loop. The whole family will enjoy musical and theatrical performances, food, face painting, photos with Santa, and the presentation of the Christmas story. The event is free and open to the public. Families with children are especially welcome. For more information, call 206-281-2977.

Staff Forum Features the Seattle Children's Choir on Dec. 10

Step out of your office and into the sounds of the season on Wednesday, December 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons for a special performance by the Seattle Children's Choir. The performance, sponsored by the SPU Staff Council, will feature “Arioso," a treble choir of some 30-40 girls and boys, ages 11-18. All SPU staff members are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Jean Myrick Scholarship Endowment

SPU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jean Myrick Scholarship Endowment. This gift is given by Jean Myrick, who received three undergraduate degrees in general studies '90, history '95, and political science '99. Jean wishes to demonstrate her appreciation for the free tuition offered by SPU to individuals 65 years of age and older, which immeasurably enriched her later years. Three of her children and three of her grandchildren are also graduates of Seattle Pacific. Jean intends this fund to assist undergraduate students pursuing either a major or minor degree related to missions or other Christian ministry.

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.

The Latest on SPU's iTunes U

SPU recently hosted the 18th annual Lilly Fellows National Conference. The theme for the conference was “beauty." A few of the conference sessions are now available on SPU's iTunes U.

“Beauty and Truth" by SPU Associate Professor of English Christine Chaney. (1:12:06) (Audio and video)

“Beauty and Suffering" by Calvin College Assistant Professor Benita Wolters-Fredlund. (1:07:59) [Audio and video)

“Beauty: What's Justice Got to Do With It" by Yale Divinity School Professor Emeritus Nicholas Wolterstorff. (Audio and video) More

A.C.E. Events for Students

On November 4 and 10, the SPU men's and women's basketball hosted two Jordanian basketball coaches to observe basketball practices. The two coaches came under the auspices of the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, which set up a series of observations. The American Cultural Exchange Language Institute (A.C.E.), the English language institute on the SPU campus, arranged for one of the Saudi students studying here to help interpret for the Jordanian coaches. On November 20, A.C.E. hosted an "Intercultural Games Day" in the SUB Gazebo Room. SPU students got to play a variety of international games taught by A.C.E. students from abroad. The games included: Mahjong (Taiwan), Go-stop (South Korea), Yutnori (South Korea), and Baloot (Saudi Arabia). A.C.E. organizers said SPU students who came had a great time.

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 8

The peer advisor selection process for 2009-10 is coming up fast, and we need your help in obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. However, if you know students who rise above — leaders among leaders — we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Office of Residence Life Administrative Assistant Patricia Parsons at no later than January 8, 2009. Thank you in advance for your help.

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? Or what are 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 and more 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

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 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 Klarrisa Frank at

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

“Meet Mocha, our three-legged Himalayan cat. Also known as MoMo (which means ‘peach' in Japanese), she misses the warm sun. So much so that on a recent day when a stray beam made its way into our bedroom, MoMo scrunched as much of herself into its path as possible. Despite what the picture shows, she's not the brightest cat on the planet. To point, her three-legged status came from an unfortunate dive she took off a three-story balcony a few years back trying to catch a bee. Yet, what she lacks in respect for gravity, she makes up for with her sweet and gentle nature. Affectionate to a fault, she regularly interrupts our reading at night. So we've decided to include her, as the second picture shows." Reece Carson, communications specialist in University Communications. 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, December 4. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, December 8.


Ward Presents at National Conference

Janet Ward, associate vice president for information and data management, presented a session at a national strategic enrollment management conference for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in Anaheim, California, last month. Janet's topic was titled “Enrollment Planning and Outcomes Assessment." Janet was also a panelist during another session where the topic focused on the future of strategic enrollment management.

Adeney Contributes Two Chapters

Associate Professor of World Christian Studies Miriam Adeney contributed a chapter titled "A Wake-Up Call to Become Global Christians" to the series, Islam: Christianity Today International Study, 2008. The chapter was written the afternoon of September 11, 2001, and was the lead story for online the next day. It also appeared in a subsequent editorial section in Christianity Today magazine, and has been reprinted in other places. Another chapter written by Miriam titled "Dancing With the Elephant: Multi-Ethnicity and Maritime Ministry" appears in The Way of the Sea: The Changing Shape of Mission in the Seafaring World.

Hanson Conducts Maher's Fifth Symphony

Professor of Music Eric Hanson was in Vermont, November 14-20, conducting the Green Mountain Mahler Festival. He also conducted the Vermont Youth Orchestra and lectured at the University of Vermont.

Thomas Wall Lectures at Harborview

During October and November, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Thomas Wall lectured at the Department of Psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center. The topic of his presentation was the psychodynamic model of hypnosis.

Woodward Chairs Faculty Athletics Representatives Council

In his role as SPU's faculty athletics representative (FAR), Professor of History Bill Woodward has rotated into the chair of the FAR Council of the Great Northwest Athletics Conference (GNAC). (President Philip Eaton and Athletics Director Erin O'Connell concurrently chair their respective GNAC councils.) Bill participated in a joint GNAC Athletics Directors-CEOs planning workshop in Seattle last month. He then chaired the GNAC FAR Council faculty meeting held in conjunction with the annual symposium of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association in San Diego, November 12-15.

Braden Serves on Fulbright Panel

Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden traveled to Washington, D.C., in November to serve as one of four faculty panelists to make recommendations on faculty scholar awards for research or teaching in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova under the U.S. Fulbright exchange program.

Edwards, Grauf-Grounds, Quek, and Schermer Sellers present Seven Presentations in Two Weeks

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) faculty have been busy this quarter with five different presentations to professional associations within a two-week period. In late October, Tina Schermer Sellers crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Salzburg, Austria, where she presented "The Surprising Sex Life of the Elderly, Disabled, and Chronically Ill" to the Inter-Disciplinary Net Fourth Global Conference on the Erotic. The same week, Scott Edwards and colleague Michael Chafin presented "The Ethics of Self-Disclosure in Experiential Psychotherapy" at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The following week, Tina attended the Inter-Disciplinary Net Fifth Global Conference on Persons and Sexuality, also in Salzburg. Her presentation was titled "Working With Couples Whose Sex Life Isn't Working: Current Cultural Factors Diminishing Couples' Sexual Satisfaction." That same week, Karen Quek was in Little Rock, Arkansas, presenting three papers with MFT graduates at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference. The presentations were titled "Relational Harmony: A New Model of Collectivism and Gender Equality Among Asian-American Couples"; "Marital Satisfaction in Greek Couples: Role of Social Values, Accommodation Styles, and Self-Disclosure"; and "Lenses on Resiliency: Asian Female Professors Turning Their Struggles Into Empowerment." Also during the first week of November, both Claudia Grauf-Grounds and Tina attended the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 10th annual conference in Denver, Colorado, where they offered a workshop on "A Family's Wisdom-20 Years With Multiple Sclerosis." Don MacDonald held down the fort in Seattle during these two weeks.

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 on the SPU online White Pages.

John Larson, lead maintenance painter, Building Maintenance
Marla Martin, mental health counselor, Student Counseling Center


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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