Monday, February 2, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn…Blessed Are the Meek"

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig will speak in chapel on Tuesday, February 3, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Her topic continues the study of the beatitudes and is titled “Meek and Mourn."

“Thursday Food for Thought" – Mike Macdonald and “Tantalizing" Europe

On February 5, Mike Macdonald, emeritus professor of European studies, will read from his book Europe: A Tantalizing Romance. For both travelers and non-travelers, the book provides a practical synthesis of what Europe stands for and has to offer its visitors. Find out more about Macdonald's “50-year love affair with all things European" 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

Poetry Reading at Art Center Gallery

Hannah Notess, recipient of the Milton Center Fellowship at Image journal, will read from her poetry manuscript "The Disaster Tourist" beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, in the Art Center Gallery, Notess's poems come from a posture of humility, and are enlarged, rather than limited, by the religious sensibility. Neither prescriptive or preachy, they are full of great affection for the people she encounters, and for the land and community. Her work has been published in The Christian Century, Ruminate, Slate, and more. This event is free and open to the public. More

International Education Scholar Speaks on Spiritual Development in Public Schools

Dr. Julian Stern, dean of education and theology at York St John University in York, England, will give two lectures at SPU about children's spiritual development in public schools. Stern spent 14 years as a school teacher in the south of England, and is the author of 11 books and several dozen articles. Recent books include Schools and Religions: Imagining the Real(2007), Teaching Religious Education: Researchers in the Classroom (2006), and Involving Parents (2003). His lecture on Wednesday, February 11, is titled “The Spirit of the School: Why and How Public Schools Help Children's Spiritual Development." His second lecture on Wednesday, February 18, will address “Spirited Professionalism: Professional Approaches to Spiritual Development by Counselors and Other Educators in Public School." Both events are from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in SPU's Library Seminar Room. Teachers and educational professionals are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Professor of Education Chris Sink at 206-281-2453.

“Thank you for a Tremendous SPU Blood Drive"

“Please spread the word of the success and appreciation for the recent blood drive around campus. The students, staff, and faculty of the university are a powerful community working for all of us, and they deserve tremendous thanks for the responsibility they take on by being such consistent donors. Bloodmobiles at SPU saw 78 donors registered and 67 successful units of blood collected, creating a potential support for up to 201 different patients in our community of Western Washington. That's a lot of lives that have been touched and helped by SPU folks. Our next bloodmobile visit is on Friday, March 6. I know a few folks could not be accommodated Friday because we were so busy, but we'll have both bloodmobiles out there again next time. The folks who recently donated will not be eligible to donate again by March 6, so we encourage the folks who got turned away to make an appointment or just drop in on March 6." Scott Concinnity, donor resources representative, metro-Seattle, Puget Sound Blood Center.

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.

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 More

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 that were 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.

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.

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

“'Always wear your life jacket when sailing,' says our dog, Mickey. He learned his lesson the hard way, falling in a couple times when jumping from dock to deck. He likes being on the water, but not in it. All that fur pulls him under quickly, so we made sure his life jacket had a handle on it so we can pull him up." Lorri Sheffer, Web communications manager, University Communications. Select the link for another photo of Mickey, hard at work handling the sheets and halyards. 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, February 5. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 9.


Welcome, Aaden Kristofer Dobelstein

Sarah Dobelstein, and her husband, Kristofer, would like to announce the birth of their son, Aaden Kristofer, on October 29. He weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces, and was 21 inches long at birth. Sarah is the employer relations and technology manager for the Career Development Center. Sarah says, “Aaden is a gentle, spirited boy who loves to smile and make conversation, we are blessed to have him in our lives!" More


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)

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

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