Monday, February 23, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Pure in Heart

Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of the History of Christianity Doug Strong is the guest speaker in chapel on Tuesday, February 24, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. He will continue the study of the beatitudes.

Marston Lecture “The Myth of Orpheus: Love and Music"

For the 2009 C. May Marston Lecture on Tuesday, February 24, Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will discuss the Greek myth of Orpheus, who used music to bring back his wife Eurydice from the underworld - only to lose her when he looked back too soon. He will trace the myth's use through the ages, from its appearance in Roman poetry to its appeal as a popular subject in classical operas. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150, and refreshments will follow the program. Owen is the C. May Marston professor of classics at SPU. His articles have appeared in Athenaeum, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. Since 2001, he has taught Latin, Greek, classical literature, ancient history, and art history at SPU. He was named to the C. May Marston professorship in 2005. C. May Marston served Seattle Pacific College from 1902 until 1947. Over the years, she awakened thousands of students to a love for language through her classes in Latin, Greek, French, German, and English. Professor Marston is remembered for her scholarship, her sense of humor, and her deep concern for students.

Ash Wednesday Service Feb. 25

An Ash Wednesday service will be held February 25 at 12:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Professor of Moral and Historical Theology Rick Steele will give the homily. The service is sponsored by University Ministries and the Center for Worship.

Night of Worship: Experience Taize, March 1

University Ministries and the Center for Worship is hosting a “Night of Worship: Experience Taize" on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This special evening of worship will be led by the SPU Worship Arts Ensemble, SPU Gospel Choir, SPU Wind Symphony, and the First Free Methodist Church Choir.

European Studies Symposium, Feb. 24-26

Join us at the 26th annual European Studies Symposium titled “Coming to America," February 24-26. On Wednesday, February 25, at 4 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150, keynote speaker Dr. Mirek Sztajno will share his emigration experience from Poland to West Germany in 1983 and later emigration to the United States. His presentation will contain personal and family experience covering his academic study in Cracow and Warsaw from 1973-1983 during the communist regime, and will focus on his experience during martial law in Poland from 1981-1983. Dr. Sztajno is author and co-author of 30 scientific papers in the area of astrophysics. He is currently studying to be ordained as a Catholic deacon. Be sure to check out the Foreign Languages and Literatures website for times and locations of other faculty and student presentations throughout the week. All events are free and open to the public. More

Thursday Food for Thought: Claudia Grauf-Grounds and “Why Couples Fight"

On Thursday, February 26, SPU Professor and Chair of Marriage and Family Therapy Claudia Grauf-Grounds presents “Understanding ‘Why' Couples Fight — and What to Do About It." In this session based on her upcoming book, Grauf-Grounds will identify three fight patterns common to couples, then offer professional and self-help strategies to manage those patterns more effectively. “Most couples fight; it's what they learn from them that makes a difference," says Grauf-Grounds. Come learn more at “Thursday Food for Thought," a brown-bag lunch event held in the Library Reading Room, 12:30 p.m. A question-and-answer time will follow. This event is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Encourage Seniors to Attend “Senior Survival"

Please encourage graduating seniors to attend “Senior Survival: Popping the SPU Bubble" on Thursday, February 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. Students will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and recent SPU graduates about vocation, money, and succeeding in the job market. Students will also be able to gather valuable resources and information from several on-campus departments and off-campus organizations who will be present. The cost of the event is $5 and students may register at the Career Development Center, 2nd floor of the SUB. For more information, visit the website. More

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Campus Events

More than 8 million people struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, February 23-27, is a week to raise awareness, provide education, and encourage a change in SPU as well as American culture's definition of beauty. Join us for these events.

Monday, February 23. Cooking demonstration with the Nutrition Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Peterson 104.
Tuesday, February 24. Screening of the movie Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness by Jean Kilbournne, followed by a panel discussion. 7-9 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109.
Wednesday, February 25. “Mind of an Eating Disorder," walk-through exhibit in Emerson Lobby. All day.
    Energy Bars: Unwrapped, 12-3 p.m. in the SUB
    “Where Are You? Exploring the Mind of an Eating Disorder," with guest speaker Julie Church. 7-8:30 p.m. in Demaray 150
Thursday, February 26. “Release, Relax, Progress to Understanding Your Body" with Shaun McMichael. 1-2 p.m. in Weter Hall, room 202.
    “Breaking Free: Loosening the Chains of Body and Food Obsession in Your Life and at SPU." Speakers include Registered Dietitian Sara Rehberg and Student Counseling Center therapist Erinn Koerselman. 7-9 p.m. in the Emerson Hall Seminar Room.
Friday, February 27. Healing vigil with experiential prayer stations. Guest speaker is Professor of Theological Studies Priscilla Pope Levinson, 3-4:30 p.m. in Alexander Chapel.

Jazz Ensemble Concert on Feb. 27

The SPU Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27, at First Free Methodist Church.

The Latest on SPU iTunes U

“How Business Contributes to Human Flourishing." Dean of the School of Business and Economics Jeffrey Van Duzer discusses the role of business and the way that business should run to further God's purpose in the world. January 5, 2009.(35:46) More

"Becoming Soul Mates" Marriage Seminar with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott, and his wife and marriage family therapist, Leslie Parrott, are two of America's leading relationship experts. Together they co-founded SPU's Center for Relationship Development. They will be hosting their popular “Becoming Soul Mates" seminar on Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This fun seminar is for relationships of any age or any stage: newlyweds, dating couples, engaged couples, and those who have been married for decades. The price is $125 for couples, and includes lunch and a Parrott book. (Scholarships are available.) Learn more by visiting the website or call 206-281-ALUM. More

Undergraduate Academic Counselors Accepting Drop-In Appointments

The undergraduate academic counselors in Student Academic Services will be available to meet with students on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, February 25, and Friday, February 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Thursday, February 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Spring Quarter scheduling and registration issues, or who are on academic probation. Students should have already met with their faculty advisor, as these meetings do not result in the removal of the faculty advisor hold. Students may check in at the front desk of the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Counseling Office in Demaray Hall 120.

Sharpen Blessed Box Available

Have a great biblical conversation at your next meeting, coffee, or lunch. University Ministries invites staff and faculty to check out a “Blessed Box Bible study," available at the front desk of the Library. With insights from the early church, reformation and modern scholarship, the Blessed Box is a creative, intuitive Bible study on the Beatitudes. It works well on its own, or to get the most out of chapel.

Seattle Department of Transportation's Work on Nickerson Street Corridor

To improve safety, pedestrian access, and bicycle usage, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will soon make changes along the Nickerson Street corridor between the Ballard Bridge and West Florentia Street. SDOT will be receiving public comments about the project until February 20. Email comments to or call 206-684-7583. Learn more about the improvements by visiting the website. More

Registration for Spring Quarter

Registration for Spring Quarter is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will need to meet with their faculty advisor(s) prior to their appointment time. Spring registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, February 23. Spring registration for graduate students begins Monday, March 2. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Food Drive Continues

The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Department invite you to participate in a monthly food donation drive to benefit the Ballard Food Bank. 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." The Family and Consumer Science Department.

We Need 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 a picture of my cat, Baby. She was sitting on her heated cat mat window perch, watching the snow fall in December. Right before I snapped this picture, a confused bird had flown directly into the window where Baby was sitting (don't worry, the bird wasn't hurt). I believe Baby is licking her lips because she was fantasizing about the bird flying into her mouth instead of into the window. In the second picture. Baby fell asleep. It takes a tank to wake her up, so I took the opportunity to place stuffed friends around her. When she woke, she glanced at me with a look that said, ‘What in the world is going on?'" Emily Zeimet, marriage and family therapy intern. 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 26, and the next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 2.


Davis Presents Paper

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis presented his paper, "Apocalypse Now: Samuel Huntington and the Resurrection of Muscular Christianity" at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in New York City on February 16. Reed is also chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography.


Faculty Positions

Dean, School of Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Business/Social Science Librarian
Education/Remote Services Librarian

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
Program Coordinator, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
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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