Monday, January 19, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Presidential Inauguration Viewing Jan. 20

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to watch the presidential inauguration in Upper Gwinn Commons on Tuesday, January 20, 8:45-10:30 a.m. Overflow seating will be available in Demaray Hall 150. The campus event will begin with songs and prayer, followed by watching the live inauguration events in Washington, D.C. This event is sponsored by the Office of University Ministries and the Center for Worship.

Hope Through the Eyes of Faith: A Music and Worship Celebration

A celebration service remembering the life of Martin Luther King Jr., honoring the accomplishments of today, and celebrating the hope for tomorrow will be held Tuesday, January 20, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Featured music groups are the SPU Gospel Choir (directed by Professor Stephen Michael Newby), the University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir (directed by Elias Bullock), the SPU Brass Ensemble (directed by Instructor of Music Brian Chin), and the SPU Worship Arts Ensemble (coordinated by student Nate Berends). An original composition by Professor Newby will be performed by the SPU Brass Ensemble. Following the service, a candlelight memorial march will take place to Martin Square on the SPU campus. A reception will follow in Upper Gwinn Commons. The worship service is sponsored by the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific, Multi-Ethnic Programs, the Office of University Ministries and the Center for Worship, and Student Programs.

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Clint Kelly and Delicacy

On January 22, SPU Communications Specialist Clint Kelly reads from Delicacy, the third novel in his “Sensations Series." What happens when a couple starts a program to teach the homeless the culinary arts? Murder and mayhem, of course! Find out more about this “thriller of taste and terror" when you attend “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. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Free Homecoming Basketball and Gymnastics Tickets

All SPU faculty and staff are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the Homecoming basketball doubleheader and gymnastics meet on Saturday, January 31. Tickets may be picked up in the Athletics Office, January 26-30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SPU ID is required. Call the Athletics Office at 206-281-2085 with questions.

Get in Shape With Help From Exercise Science Students

Exercise Science students are looking for guinea pigs ... no only kidding. If you have ever wanted to start an exercise program, but aren't 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 and Exercise Science Office in Brougham Pavilion and sign up.

Blood Drive on Jan. 23

The Puget Sound Blood Center will hold a blood drive on campus on Friday, January 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked on Third Avenue by Tiffany Loop. For more information, contact Tamera Kennedy in Student Programs at or 206-281-2247. You may sign up for a specific time to donate blood by visiting the website. More

Nurse Practitioner Program Request for Children and Pregnant Volunteers

The School of Health Science will conduct a nurse practitioner student workshop from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, in the Nursing Skills lab on the second floor of Marston Hall. The students are looking to perform limited and non-invasive exams on children and pregnant volunteers. Parents of children can make appointments between 9 a.m. and noon for age-specific exams, which will provide pediatric clinical assessment experience for second-year graduate nurse practitioner students. A family, personal, and social history will be completed, as well as a developmental assessment and physical exam. All families will receive a written summary within two weeks of the findings. The students are also looking for pregnant volunteers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to perform a history and limited (non-invasive) exam, including listening to baby's heart tones, measuring the size of the abdomen, and feeling baby's position. For further information and to make an appointment, contact Professor of Nursing Eileen Owen-Williams at

SHS Emergency Kits Fundraiser

The faculty of the School of Health Sciences(SHS) is selling emergency kits as a fundraiser for SHS student scholarships. The kits are designed for two people and come in a backpack. The kit includes emergency blankets, safety goggles, dust masks, moist towelette wipes, rubber gloves, tissues, light stick, small first aid kit, working gloves (with leather palms), emergency ponchos, waterproof matches, 12 water packets, whistles, flashlight with batteries, can opener, and large garbage bag. The kits are $32. Proceeds go toward SHS student scholarships, and you or loved one will have an emergency kit ready to go. Checks can be made out to the SPU School of Health Sciences, and emergency kits can be picked up at the SHS office.

Relay for Life Kickoff

The student team coordinating SPU's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society are inviting staff and faculty to the event kickoff on Wednesday, January 28, 7-8 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Relay for Life is a 24-hour walkathon fundraiser, May 2-3, 2009, to raise money for the American Cancer Society and its programs in Seattle at organizations such as the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The event takes place at SPU's Wallace Field. You can support the event in a variety of ways.

Work with your department to form a team to participate in the event
Form a team with students in your department
Donate money to a student team
Help with breakfast on the morning of May 3 as the event wraps up. (Contact Urban Program Coordinator Owen Sallee at

for Life is a fun event, and it's a great way to connect with our students. If you have more questions, come to the January 28 kickoff, send an email to Owen, or visit the website. More

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

SPU on iTunes U Recommendations: Biochemistry Course

Biochemistry Course Lectures: Part Two: In this second quarter of a three-part biochemistry series, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland introduces the integration of the chemical knowledge gained about biological systems from Autumn Quarter biochemistry. The major topic, metabolism, is discussed starting with biosignaling and continuing through catabolism, anabolism, and regulation of biochemical pathways. 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

“While my daughter is spending her junior year with Gonzaga University's Florence-Italy, program, I am taking care of her betta fish, Pierre. He is a really inquisitive little fellow and loves to watch me at my home desk while I am grading those student papers! I am amazed a fish can have so much personality. He tries to influence me to give students a break, but I am holding the line on academic rigor! Kathleen Braden, professor of geography. Select the link for a bigger picture of Pierre. 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, January 22. The next Bulletin will be published on Monday, January 26.


Scheuerman's New Book Published

A new book by Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Richard Scheuerman titled Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot was published by WSU Press. The book is co-authored with Michael Finley. The book was done in cooperation with the tribal education committee of the Colville Confederated Tribes, and recently awarded the Robert Costo Medallion for contributions to research on Native American studies. The book was also the subject of a two-day November symposium sponsored by the Columbia Plateau Indian Studies Center at Washington State University.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of 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

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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