Monday, January 26, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Assistant Professor of Theology David Nienhuis will discuss the first beatitude in chapel on Tuesday, January 27, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

2009 Alumni of the Year: Len and Marti Ensign

The 2009 Alumni of the Year, Leonard “Len" Ensign '51 and his wife, Marti Ensign '52, will be honored during the Homecoming Celebration chapel on Thursday, January 29, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. SPU offices will be closed during the chapel service. The Ensigns, long-time missionaries to Africa, are featured in the new issue of SPU's magazine, Response. More

It's Homecoming and Family Weekend

“People of Hope" is the theme for this week's Homecoming and Family Weekend, January 29-31. Alumni, parents, and family members will be on campus, so be sure to say “hi" and welcome them to campus. More

New Education Through the Art Scholarship Endowment

Seattle Pacific University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Margaret M. Anderson Education through Art Scholarship Endowment. This gift is given through the estate of Margaret Anderson. Margaret graduated from Seattle Pacific with a bachelor's degree in education in 1938. She worked in the Renton School District for five decades, first as a math teacher and school counselor. She established the Renton School District music department for all grade levels, heading and running the district's music department until her retirement. She was a renowned pianist and wanted to help Renton students to develop lifelong interests in music. Margaret highly valued the education offered to students attending Seattle Pacific and desired to establish an endowment fund to be held in perpetuity to provide scholarships for upper division undergraduate or graduate music majors.

SPU Theatre Department Presents "Scapin"

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Scapin," January 29-31, 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Adapted from Molière's 325-year-old farce, this comedy follows a consummate con artist as he brings two young couples together despite their fathers' objections. There will be a Saturday matinee on January 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. You can now purchase tickets online. More

New Exhibit at the Art Center Gallery

“Beautiful Terrible," a new work by artist Amanda Hamilton, is on display until February 1 at SPU's Art Center Gallery. Amanda will talk about her work on Thursday, January 29, 6-7 p.m., and a closing reception will follow. All are welcome. Amanda has based her short film and accompanying still photos in “Beautiful Terrible" on the sudden disappearance of White Lake in Bolotnikovo, Russia. Building a four-by-five-foot scale model, she reconstructed and filmed the lake's disappearance. The images then recreated an uncanny place, the shift between presence and absences, the gap between what is actual and what exists in our memory or imagination. Influenced by the American painters from the 19th century and their quest for the sublime, she has attempted to depict both the beauty and humility that nature can inspire.

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Jeffrey Overstreet and Cyndere's Midnight

On January 29, Jeffrey Overstreet, contributing editor for Response magazine, reads from Cyndere's Midnight, the second novel in the Auralia Thread fantasy series. John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture, wrote that Overstreet “has created a fully realized imaginative world, at once utterly distinctive and hauntingly familiar." And Dick Staub, author of The Culturally Savvy Christian, called it “another well-crafted, artful work of fantasy." Find out more about Overstreet's epic, and about the upcoming third volume, 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, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Image Journal Open House Jan. 27

Image journal, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program invite you to visit our new lodgings at an open house on Tuesday, January 27, 3-5 p.m., at 328A West Nickerson, next to the Human Resources offices. Please join us as we celebrate with tasty snacks and espresso drinks both our new place and our 20-year anniversary. We're offering subscriptions at $20 (half the normal price), and free back issues to those who come on the 27th, so you don't want to miss it!

Women's Basketball Game Televised on February 7

For the first time, an SPU women's basketball game will be televised live on CBS College Sports beginning at noon on Saturday, February 7, in Brougham Pavilion. The Falcons face Northwest Nazarene. Faculty and staff can receive complimentary general admission tickets (including spouse and dependent children) to all regular season home events in Brougham Pavilion. Simply show your staff I.D. at the Brougham Pavilion ticket window, but get your tickets early!

Worship Arts Ensemble Showcase at Triple Door

The SPU Worship Arts Ensemble (WAE) presents The Kingdom & The Gospel music showcase on Sunday, February 8, at 7 p.m. at Seattle's Triple Door Theatre, 216 Union Street. Doors open for dinner at 5 p.m. Admittance is limited to 300 people. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased for $20 through Triple Door at 206-838-4333. The showcase was developed by WAE students as part of a yearlong class led by Stephen Newby, director of SPU's University Ministries and Center for Worship. A recording of the concert will be available during the first week of April. For more information, contact WAE program coordinator Nate Berends at

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 this week in the Athletics Office, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SPU ID is required. Call the Athletics Office at 206-281-2085 with questions.

FCS Food Drive Continues

“Thank you for your generous contributions to the Ballard Food Bank throughout the holiday season! Because our neighbors in the Queen Anne, Ballard, and Magnolia neighborhoods are still in need, as more jobs are lost and food bank reserves continue to be low, the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Department invite you to participate in a monthly food donation drive. Donations of nonperishable food items and cash and checks will be collected in the FCS office (located in Peterson Hall), and delivered to the Ballard Food Bank at the end of each month. As each month comes to a close, remember your neighbors who are struggling to meet this very basic need."

SPU's Stationary Products Printer on Vacation

Vision Press, the printer that does SPU stationery products, will be closed from February 6 to February 13. Orders placed on January 27 will be delivered on February 5. Orders placed on February 3 will be delivered on Monday, February 16. February 10 orders will be combined with the February 17 orders and will be delivered on February 27. Contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552, if you have any questions.

It's Snowing? Is SPU Open?

The quickest way to learn if SPU is closed or running late due to inclement weather is to call the Emergency Closure Hotline at 206-281-2800. The phone line will be updated before 6 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.

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.

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is my dog, Cody, and he turned 1 year old last month. He is the best dog ever! He's just like Marley (from the book and current film Marley and Me), and is so much fun, and I love him. He's still a puppy and full of energy and mischief!" Mollie Morse, administrative assistant, assistant vice president's office, Facility and Project Management. Select the link for a picture of Cody with Mollie's son, Evan. 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 29. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 2.


New Book by Vogt

A new book by Professor of Spanish Eric Vogt titled Perfect Phrases in Spanish for Confident Travel to Mexico: The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip has been published by McGraw-Hill. This is part of McGraw-Hill's “Perfect Phrases Series."

Welcome, Karrie

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Karrie Sutkus, career counselor, Career Development Center. Contact information can be found through the online SPU White Pages.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Business/Social Science Librarian
Education/Remote Services Librarian
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Two positions)
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

Housekeeper/Custodian (temp), Casey Conference Center
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

Volume #36, Issue #4 | Published by: University Communications

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