Monday, April 20, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Ministers-in-Residence Week: Pastors on Campus to Talk About Marriage

In Tuesday's chapel, Vineyard Community Church Pastors Rose and Rich Swetman, who also serve as the School of Theology ministers in residence, will share their thoughts about marriage. Chapel is Tuesday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Later on Tuesday, the Swetman's will talk about "Men and Women Partners in God's New World" from 12:30–2 p.m. in Falcons Club Lounge in Brougham Pavilion. On Wednesday from 5:30–7 p.m. in Falcons Club Lounge, their topic is "The Practicing Church – If Your Church Left the Neighborhood, Would Anybody Notice?"

Final Week to Support Local Organizations through United Way

The SPU United Way Campaign ends April 30. This is the last full week to join us in making a pledge to support organizations here in King County, and be entered to win a Seahawks autographed football if we raise more money than last year! Contact Annual Giving Administrative Assistant Ashley Barrett, 206-281-2131 or, if you have any questions. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to give back. Find out more and make your gift online by visiting the website. More

SPU Theatre Presents “Dancing at Lughnasa"

SPU's Theatre Department presents “Dancing at Lughnasa" in the E.E. Bach Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 23–25 and April 30–May 2, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on May 2. During the Lughnasa festival in 1936 Ireland, three disturbances threaten to destroy the family relationships between a son, his mother, and his four maiden aunts. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students/seniors and can be purchased at Children under 5 not admitted. The theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2959. More

Political Economist Robert Shiller on Campus

Robert Shiller, New York Times best-selling author and professor of economics at Yale University, is recognized worldwide for his brilliant forecasts of financial bubbles and insights into market dynamics. He is the keynote speaker for SPU's annual Downtown Business Breakfast, and will speak on campus Monday, April 27, 1-2:45 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

2009 Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by Friday, May 8. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188 or

Annual Benefits Fair May 12

Do you have benefits questions you keep forgetting to ask? Would your spouse like to know more about his or her benefits? Everyone is welcome to attend our annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. We will have benefits vendors providing all the information you need. Enjoy some snacks, visit with friends, and fill a bag with lots of vendor giveaways! Don't forget, you will also have several opportunities to win cash or other door prizes. Cash door prizes total $400, and the vendors provide gifts too! Also, open enrollment begins May 1-31. The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that enrollment will be available online this year. Look for all the details in your open Enrollment packet – coming your way through campus mail at the end of this month.

Pacific Northwest Microfinance and Global Poverty Conference

The School of Business and Economics Center for Integrity in Business is hosting and co-sponsoring a first-ever “Pacific Northwest Microfinance and Global Poverty Conference," May 8–9, in Upper Gwinn Commons. Featured speakers include Matt Flannery, founder and CEO of Kiva; Tamara Cook, program officer at the Gates Foundation; Peter Bladin, executive vice president of the Grameen Foundation; and Skip Li '66, SPU alumnus and founder of Agros International. Other organizations represented include Global Partnerships and World Vision. The goals of the conference are to deepen knowledge and mobilize action. To register at a special rate of $25 for SPU faculty and staff (which includes dessert on Friday and lunch on Saturday), bring a check to the SBE front desk, on the second floor of McKenna Hall. For more information about the conference, contact John Terrill at the Center for Integrity in Business at or Professor Business Ethics Kenman Wong at or visit the conference website. More

Get in Shape With Help From Exercise Science Students

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.

Welcome Prospective Students and Families on SPU Visit Days

Every Friday in April is an “SPU Friday," which is a one-day visit 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."

Staff Member of the Year Nominations Deadline Extended Until April 21

Do you know a co-worker who engages the SPU vision? Someone who exemplifies a grace-filled attitude, displays competence on the job, and models Christian character? If so, please take a few minutes and submit your nominee for consideration. There are two categories for nominations – one for non-exempt staff (the Oral V. Hemry Award), and one for exempt staff. The staff members ultimately selected will each receive a $1,000 honorarium from the University, and be honored at the President's Spring Forum on Tuesday, May 5, in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The online nomination form only takes a few minutes. The SPU Staff Council will do all the necessary follow up. The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 21. To nominate a coworker for this year's Staff Member of the Year awards, complete the online nomination form online. More

Nominate a Student for the Barnabas Scholarship by April 24

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and will be a senior during the 2009–10 school year? If so, we encourage you to nominate this student (or students) for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in their name to a charity of his or her choice. Online nominations are due by April 24, and can be found on the University Ministries/Center for Worship Student Leaders website. More

Lynnwood Vanpool Has Openings

Seats are available in the King County Metro vanpool from Lynnwood to SPU for an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule. You need to commit to only an average of three days a week. Contact Finance Office Budget and Accounting Analyst Chris Cope at ccope@spu.ed, for more information.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Leo is a friendly house cat who divides his time between sleeping and practicing for the ‘world's loudest cat' contest. He likes to put his nose very close to the camera lens so it appears broader and he can pretend he is a cougar. I spend many hours at the computer doing research in astronomy via the Hubble Space telescope. This is with a wireless keyboard on my lap, and it is slightly encumbered because I have to reach over and around a sleeping Leo to use the keyboard. Leo is a great helper in reducing stress." Karl Krienke, professor emeritus in physics, mathematics, and astronomy and dean emeritus of natural and mathematical science. Select the link for a larger photo of Leo. 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, April 23, and the next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 27.


Lustyk's Paper Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk recently had her paper titled “Mindfulness Meditation Research: Issues of Participant Screening, Safety Procedures, and Researcher Training," accepted for publication in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. Kathy would like to recognize her co-authors: current University of Washington graduate student in clinical psychology Neha Chawla; University of Washington Professor of Psychology Alan Marlatt; and therapist in private practice Roger Nolan.

Updates from School of Theology Faculty

Associate Professor of Global Ministries Miriam Adeney's chapter "Is God Colorblind or Colorful? Gospel, Globalization, and Ethnicity," was published in the recent edition of Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. Another chapter written by Miriam titled "The Myth of the Blank Slate: A Check List for Short-Term Missions" was published in Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing It Right by Robert Priest.

Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss' chapter “Turning a Blind Eye: Emmanuel Levinas, John 9, and the Blindness of Responsibility" was published in The Bible in World Christian Perspective by David W. Baker and W. Ward Gasque (Vancouver, B.C.; Regent College Publishing, 2009).

Instructor of Theology Mike Langford's article “The Challenge and Opportunity of Adolescence: A Theological Diagnosis and Response" appeared online in the Winter 2009 edition of Reformed Review, a theological journal of the Western Theological Seminary.

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison, along with Professor of New Testament Jörg Frey at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, received a TransCoop grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the research project titled “The Historical Roots of the Holy Spirit." The TransCoop grant provides matching funds for the Shohet Grant, which Jack and Jörg received earlier in the year from the International Catacomb Society.

Professor of Theological Studies Priscilla Pope-Levison's chapter "Hospitality Amidst Hostility: An Exhortation to the Persecuted Church," was published in The Review of Faith & International Affairs (Spring 2009).

Dean of the School of Theology Doug Strong's chapter “Relevance of the 19th-Century Holiness Paradigm" was published in The Church That God Intends: Reconsidering the Reformation Heritage of the Church of God by Barry L. Callen.

Professor Christian Scriptures Rob Wall is the New Testament editor of the new Wesley Study Bible. A chapter by Rob titled “The Wisdom of James" was published in Where Wisdom Is Found 30th edition by Robert Kruschwitz, Heidi Hornik, Norman Wirzba, and William Shiell.

Okun Presents Paper

Adjunct professor in the School of Education Matthew Okun presented a paper at the College Music Society Conference, Pacific Northwest region, on April 11 in Cheney, Washington. The paper was titled "Diversity and Social Justice in the Music Classroom."


Parrott Featured on

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott will be a regular contributor to's new website titled “Mind & Money." The first segment was published April 15. More


Faculty Positions

School of Health Sciences 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

Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Housekeeper/Custodian (temp), Casey Conference Center
Mental Health Counselor, Interim (.8), Student Counseling Center
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Office Manager/Event Planner, School of Business and Economics
Technical Accountant, Finance

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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