Monday, January 12, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Farewell Reception for Lance LaFave

A farewell reception for Campus Dining General Manager Lance LaFave will be held Thursday, January 15, in Upper Gwinn, 2-4 p.m. Lance's last day will be January 16. Please join us in thanking Lance for his years of dedicated service and leadership with Sodexo and SPU. Refreshments will be served.

Submit Your Request for a Summer Week at Camp Casey

Full-time, regular SPU faculty and staff can now make an online reservation request for a summer stay in one of the Victorian-style officers' houses at SPU's historical beach property, Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The deadline for summer requests is February 1. The early 1900s houses, once part of the coastal military fortress known as Fort Casey, are available for your personal vacation use for a nominal booking fee of only $100. The fee includes a week-long rental of a house for you and your guests, access to the outdoor swimming pool, gym, beach, and other amenities at the conference center. All requests are for stays at Camp Casey between June 15 and September 13, 2009. Please indicate five date choices on your request. Results will be available by March 15. Due to high demand and the way the “Casey point system" works, it is unlikely a faculty or staff person will be offered a summer reservation more frequently than every third summer. But it is good to submit a request every January to get yourself placed on the summer waiting list. If you are offered a spot, this is a wonderful opportunity for your family and friends to enjoy a memorable week in the quiet, rural, historical beauty of Camp Casey. Collect rocks on the beach, fly a kite, dine out, shop and explore Coupeville and Port Townsend, and relax by the heated swimming pool. Please direct any questions to Coordinator Pauline Ornburn at or call 866-661-6604. See photos and make your reservation online by visiting the website. More

Welcome Prospective Students and Families on Jan. 16, 30

January 16 and 30 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."

SPU on iTunes U Recommendations: Studying the Beatitudes

Here's the latest additions to SPU's iTunes U.

Blessed Are the Hungry. Professor of Theology Randy Maddox explores the meaning of communion in relationship with Jesus' blessing of the hungry, encouraging listeners to find in Jesus “food" for the journey. October 7, 2000. (19:45)

Blessed Are the Meek. Medical missionary Christine Stine interprets the beatitudes as a call to service, to love and comfort others, especially in their hardship. October 10, 2000. (20:18)

Blessed Are the Merciful. Michael Muto explores the Gospel's understanding of mercy, arguing that compassionate mercy, not accusation, leads to and comes before genuine change. October 24, 2000. (21:01)

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart. Associate Pastor of First Free Methodist Church Bonnie Brann examines the tradition of All-Saints Day. October 31, 2000. (20:21)

Blessed Are the Peacemakers. Global humanitarian advocate Robert Seiple argues that peacemaking is an essential part of the Christian identity, including the call to reconciliation and concern for injustice. November 7, 2000. (23:37)

Blessed Are the Persecuted. Former pastor and vice president of church relations with World Vision International Steve Haas urges the Western church to embody the biblical values of the persecuted church, letting go of the need for comfort and replacing it with God's love. November 14, 2000. (16:39)

Visit iTunes U to download these lectures. More

Mileage Rate Decrease in 2009

The IRS announced that they will be decreasing the standard business mileage rate for reimbursing business travel expenses, beginning January 1, 2009. The new rate for 2009 will be 55.0 cents/mile, which is down from the 58.5 cents per-mile rate in effect during the second half of 2008.

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.

On-Campus Weight Watchers Group Begins Jan.13

A 10-week Weight Watchers session begins on campus January 13 and runs through March 17. It's a terrific program to achieve successful weight loss and good health. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon in OMH 124. Registration is required. To register and for additional information, contact Dana Anderson, campus program coordinator in Student Programs, at 206-281-2689 or

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

“This is Joey (aka The Empress Josephine or the Dumpster Diva). She was found in a dumpster at Sea-Tac by a co-worker's son who works there. She was roughly 5-6 weeks old and weighed less than a pound the day we took her home. (This is her first picture with my husband, Eric). She is now 7 months old, and barely more than 5 pounds, but don't let her small size fool you. She runs our house with an iron paw, marshalling my mom's geriatric cats and showing her best friend, our 7-month-old puppy, who's the boss. She also enjoys jumping out from behind the shower curtain and scaring whomever is in the bathroom (particularly heart-stopping at 3 a.m.). However, she does love to sit in laps and has a wonderful purr. She definitely a benevolent dictator, and we are very glad to have her." Pamela Christensen, graduate administrative assistant in the School of Health Sciences. Select the link for a picture of Joey showing her diva side in her kitty condo. More


Rendleman's Lecture Published

A revision of Associate Professor of Communication Todd Rendleman's 2007 Weter Lecture, "'I know y'all think I'm pretty square, but tuh, I believe what I believe': Images of Evangelicals in American Film," was published in the Journal of Media and Religion (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 7:4, October-December 2008). In the article, Todd explores four stereotypes at the movies: the hypocritical, the psychotic, the naive, and the insensitive evangelical.

Ellis Invited Lecturer at Otto Von Guericke University in Poland

Professor of Education Art Ellis was recently an invited lecturer at Otto Von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. His lectures were on the history of the progressive education movement in America, research on reflective assessment, and research on educational innovations.

Eigenbrood, Doctoral Student Present in Poland

The Center for Children and Adolescents With Autism in Gdansk, Poland, and Friends of Autistic People Association sponsored a scholarly seminar on December 17 at the University of Gdansk titled “Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Persons With Autism and Asperger Syndrome Therapy." The conference is a result of the Center's recent cooperation with researchers from Seattle Pacific University. The program included Rick Eigenbrood, professor of education, who gave a presentation titled “Applied Behavior Analysis and TEACCH: An Examination of Two Distinct Intervention Models for Children and Youth With Autism." Doctoral student Agnieszka Rynkiewicz gave a presentation titled “Asperger Syndrome – Mysterious Minds: How to Recognize Them – How to Teach Them?"

Mvududu's Article Published

An article written by Associate Professor of Education Nyaradzo Mvududu titled “Using Real-Life Examples to Teach Abstract Statistical Concepts" has been accepted for publication in Teaching Statistics. He co-wrote it with Gibbs Kanyongo of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Overstreet Published in Image, Curator; Lectured at Northwestern College

University Communication Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet's interview with singer/songwriter Sam Phillips is published in the new, 20th anniversary issue of Image journal. He also contributed a three-part review of his favorite 20 films of 2008 on the Image blog. Further, his examination of more than ten exciting albums of 2008 was published in The Curator, a new magazine published by the International Arts Movement. In November, Jeffrey was interviewed about Christian engagement with pop culture in the November 2008 edition of Christian Examiner. He also gave three lectures at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where he was interviewed in the school and community newspapers.

Eppler, Alumni Articles Published

An article by Associate Professor of School Counseling Christie Eppler and SPU alumna Sarah Weir '07 titled “Family Assessment in K–12 Settings: Understanding Family Systems to Provide Effective, Collaborative Services" was published in Psychology in the Schools. Christie says the paper grew out of the lack of literature regarding assessing families in the school setting. In her family advocacy class, students learn and apply these assessment concepts with a family they serve during their internship. Another article, written by Christie Eppler and SOE graduates Jacob Olsen '07 and Lory Hidano '08 has been accepted by Professional School Counseling, the journal for the American School Counseling Association. The article is titled “Using Stories in Elementary School Counseling: Brief, Narrative Techniques." Jacob and Lory are graduates of the school counseling/counselor education program. The paper explores using created and published stories in elementary school counseling. The work is an expansion of the research and practice developed for one of Christie's classes.

Miller Earns LEED Credentials

The Family and Consumer Sciences department congratulates Interior Design Instructor Beth Miller for passing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) exam last month. She is now recognized as an accredited professional for her knowledge of the LEED rating system, which provides standards for environmentally sustainable building and interior construction. The national accreditation exam is given by the Green Building Certification Institute.

Chaney's Article Published

An article written by Christine Chaney, associate professor and chair of the English Department, was published in the national, peer-reviewed journal SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 (48.4). This special issue of the Johns Hopkins Press journal, guest-edited by U.C. Knoepflmacher of Princeton University, is only the second time in the journal's 48-year history that an entire issue was devoted to the in-depth exploration of a single scholarly topic. Chaney's article, "The Prophet-Poet's Book," discusses the hybrid narrative and rhetorical strategies in a work by Victorian poet E.B. Browning.

Welcome, Robyn

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Robyn Wynn, manager, conference services, Casey Conference Center.


Ediger Interviewed by KOMO-AM

Associate Professor of Political Science Ruth Ediger was interviewed by KOMO news radio (1000 AM) on January 5 regarding the city of Seattle's snow removal procedures during the recent winter storm and its possible political affect on Seattle Mayor Greg Nichols. On January 6, she did another interview with KOMO-AM on the Israeli incursion into Gaza.


Staff Positions

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

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

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