Monday, May 4, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


President's Spring Forum, May 5

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. in Brougham Pavilion. Offices will be closed during that time so everyone can attend.

Tuition Freedom Day, May 5

Tuition Freedom Day will be celebrated Tuesday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Martin Square. The Office of Annual Giving is sponsoring this event to celebrate the significant impact of donors in offsetting the costs that students pay to attend SPU. Tuition Freedom Day is designed to raise student awareness of the impact of donors and the importance of giving back. This date signifies the point in the year when the money that students pay to attend SPU “runs out," and the rest of the year is paid for by other revenue streams, including a large proportion of donations to the University. There will be tables with balloons, food, and thank-you cards for students to fill out for donors. Please encourage your students to stop by. For more information, contact University Fund Manager Katie Binz at 206-281-2690 or

Thursday Food for Thought" – Katie Kresser

On May 7, SPU Professor of Art History Katie Kresser presents “Night Vision: Jacques Maritain and the Meaning of Art," in which she considers the link between art and spirit, and explores the role of art in society. 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

Understanding Islam in America

Hisham Farajallah, president of the Islamic Center of Washington, will be on campus to give a lecture titled "Understanding Islam in America: Daily Life in a Rapidly Changing World," Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. The lecture will help promote better understanding for Islam in a culture context. For more information, contact student David Ghan at or 206-240-3221.

Women's Tuesday Brownbag Bible Reading: Psalms

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we become anagnostae for an hour and read through Scripture aloud. On Tuesday, May 5, we're beginning Psalms. We usually begin reading about 12:10 p.m., and finish by 12:55 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch, and we have plenty of Bibles. If you have questions, call or email Kathy Henning 206-281-2329.

Plant Sale on Campus, May 7-8

A plant sale to benefit SPU's Organic Garden will be held in the Science Building lobby on Thursday, May 7, 12-6 p.m. and Friday, May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Buy plants for yourself, a friend, or just stop by for a tour of the SPU Greenhouse, located on the third floor of the Science Building. Plants for sale include tomato and pepper plants, assorted herbs, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, coleus, begonias, and a variety of other outdoor and indoor plants. All proceeds support the SPU Organic Garden, located on the corner of 4th and Dravus, The plant sale is sponsored by SPACE (Seattle Pacific Agriculture for the Community and Environment).

Come to More Music @ The Moore

Assistant Professor of Music Carlene Brown invites the SPU community to the eighth annual “More Music @ The Moore" show on Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Avenue in downtown Seattle. Carlene returns as project director, bringing together exceptional local young musicians of diverse music styles to collaborate, study, and perform with New York-based composer and musician Daniel Bernard Roumain. This year's performance will include three of SPU's outstanding musicians, as well as the infamous Pike Place Market buskers as guest artists. The show has received national promotion at For more information, visit The Moore theatre website. More

Pacific Northwest Microfinance and Global Poverty Conference, May 8-9

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, Upper Gwinn Commons. (The event is now full, but those interested in attending can put their name on a waiting list by sending an email to 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

Registration for Autumn Quarter

Registration for Autumn 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 be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 11. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 26. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services 206-281-2031 or

Benefits Fair: Tuesday, May 12

It's that time again! Drop by the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Upper Gwinn Commons. Spouses are welcome to attend. Along with information and giveaways, you will have direct access to representatives of companies who provide your benefits. Providers of product and service discounts will also have representatives available. Come enjoy snacks, visit with co-workers, and enter to win one of the $200 cash door prizes, plus many other great company-provided prizes. Don't miss it! Reminder: Open Enrollment runs May 1-31 and is currently available online.

Twilight Falcon 5K to Benefit Cross-Country Teams and Hope Runs

Runners and walkers are invited to the Twilight Falcon 5K on Friday, May 15, 6 p.m. Magnuson Park. Come enjoy the spring evening air and beautiful Lake Washington! You will be supporting SPU's cross-country and track teams and Hope Runs, a nonprofit organization working with AIDS orphans in East Africa. Hope Runs is committed to providing in-orphanage programs in athletics, technology, and business training to help these children break out of the cycle of poverty. It's a great cause and will be a fun time. The cost is $15 (plus $10 for a snazzy Falcon 5k T-shirt). If you have questions, contact Cross-County Coach Erika Daligcon or call 206-281-3432. Register online. More

Levertov Award Ceremony With Eugene Peterson

Join Image journal and acclaimed writer and SPU alumnus Eugene Peterson ‘54 for the 2009 Denise Levertov Award lecture and reading on Saturday, May 16, 7:30-9 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church. The evening will also include a celebration of Image's 20th anniversary. Peterson, a contributor to Image and author of the bestselling The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, will give a reading and commentary called "Intently Haphazard," about how the arts have formed his vocation as a pastor and writer. The event is free, followed by a book signing and reception. University Presbyterian Church is located at 4540 15th Avenue NE in the University District. More

A.C.E. International Symposium, May 23

On May 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Upper Gwinn Commons, Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) will host an international symposium in honor of their 35th anniversary. Experts from around the globe, including SPU faculty, will address a number of topics such as global education, international healthcare, and foreign policy. Raymond Joseph, Haitian ambassador to the United States, will deliver the keynote address. SPU faculty, staff, and students are welcome. For more information, visit the website. More

May Online Open Enrollment: Instructional Sessions

Hear about key changes to our benefits and come to a hands-on demonstration of the online open enrollment system. All benefit selections will be made this year through a new online system. The first part of the instructional sessions will include brief explanations of changes to insurance benefits. The remainder of the session will show you how to make your benefit selections, while providing real time, on-site help. You don't have to be prepared to make your selections when you attend. Online open enrollment can be done from your desk, from home (with your spouse looking on), or while attending one of the sessions. Select the link and look for "Can I Get Additional Help Completing Online Open Enrollment?" More

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: “Is Christ Divided?"

“Is Christ Divided? Locating the Possibility of the True Church." Wycliffe College Professor of Historical Theology Ephraim Radner describes the oneness of the Church in respect to historical reality and Christian truth-claims, challenging Christian witness and self-identity. March 10, 2009. More

We Need Your Input on Wellness

Wellness can include more than just physical health. It can include emotional, financial, nutritional, spiritual, and other facets of well being. To design a wellness program around faculty and staff, we're asking you to complete a 10-15 minute survey. Your answers will help us determine how to meaningfully foster overall wellness within our SPU community, and will provide the basis for future programs to benefit you. If you have any questions or comments about the survey, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or Select the link to take the survey. Thanks! More

SPU to Host Grantsmanship Center Workshop

SPU will host a training workshop designed for both novice and experienced grantseekers, June 22–26. The Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers researching funding sources and writing and reviewing real proposals. As hosts, SPU has been granted a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Following this workshop, another special session on federal grant writing will be available.

SPU SERVE Program Grants Available

Lilly SERVE will offer organizational units within the University (academic areas and campus life departments) grants of a maximum of $16,000 to sponsor vocational exploration programs for faculty, staff, and students during the 2009-10 academic year. Visit the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development website for more information on the conditions and criteria for funding. 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.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Back in 2005, I posted a picture in the Fac/Staff Bulletin of our cute, 10 week-old chocolate lab puppy named ‘Seamus.' In that picture I held him up, cupped in my two hands, with all the innocence of a new dog owner. Three years later, Seamus is 100 pounds, has dug up multiple vegetable gardens, tracked yards of dirt across our kitchen, shed more hair than a Yeti, and still doesn't always bring the ball back in a game of fetch. But like any member of the family, he is considered, akin to Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way." Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss. Select the link to see Seamus' puppy photo from 2005. 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, May 7, and the next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 11.


Nagy Inducted into Reading Hall of Fame

Professor of Education William Nagy will be inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame on May 5. Hosted by the International Reading Association, the Reading Hall of Fame is an independent organization comprised of leaders in the field who have been elected by their peers. The Reading Hall of Fame website states that a candidate for membership must have a minimum of at least 25 years of active involvement in the professional reading community, must be widely known and respected by people in the field, must have been active in scholarly pursuits such as authoring reports of significant research, holding positions of responsibility in professional organizations, presenting at scholarly conferences, organizing programs, and consulting or aiding teachers in other ways. Congratulations, Bill! More

Thorpe Speaks to Local Parishes about Recent Trip to Israel, Palestine

On April 28, Professor of English Doug Thorpe spoke at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island about his recent trip to Israel and Palestine, where he explored theological and environmental issues around water use in the Holy Land. He will speak on the same topic on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.

Henry's Article Published by Journal of Church and State

An article by Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Henry titled “Capitalism and Christianity, American Style" was published online by the Journal of Church and State, a publication providing coverage and analysis of the field of social and political science. Read the story online. More


Parrott on KOMO-TV

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was interviewed by KOMO-TV (Channel 4) news on April 30. Les provided a professional opinion on the burgeoning business of online relationship disputes.


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

Coordinator of Administration for Camp Casey, University Services
Head Coach, Men's Basketball, Athletics
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

Volume #36, Issue #18 | Published by: University Communications

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