Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Braden Named “Top Prof" by Ivy Honorary

Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden was honored with the “Top Professor of the Year Award" at Ivy Honorary's 2009–10 induction ceremony. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board. This honor is bestowed annually on a professor who shows excellence in scholarship, campus leadership, and service. Kathleen's work with the new global development studies major was cited as one major accomplishment contributing to her nomination. She also delivered the morning address to the new Ivy Honorary inductees on the topic of "Will We Change the World Through Scholarship or Service?" Thank you, Dr. Braden, for your passionate involvement in campus life and commitment to SPU students.

Student Advisors and Groups of the Year

Congratulations to the following students, advisors, and groups who won awards for outstanding service to SPU at the recent Student Leadership Celebration.

Club of the Year: Political Union
Outstanding New Student Leader: Tina Hayashi, Urban Involvement
Advisor of the Year: Owen Sallee, Urban Involvement, Latreia, and SPRINT
Outstanding Program: Date Auction, STUB
Organization of the Year: Chapel Core
Servant Scholar: Ellen Pew, group

Percussion Ensemble Concert June 2

SPU's Percussion Ensemble will perform traditional music of West Africa and the South Pacific at their final concert of the school year Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., E.E. Bach Theatre. The concert features special guest, Cascade Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Ian Alverez.

Jessica Reed Theater Scholarship Endowment

SPU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jessica Reed Theater Scholarship Endowment. SPU's Gift Planning Specialist Kristi Nelson worked with Jacqueline Garnett to create this endowment in honor of Jacqueline's aunt, Jessica Reed. Jessica taught theater arts and English for 34 years in Yakima, Washington. She was a gifted actress who loved and supported performance arts in Yakima and Seattle. Jacqueline also remembers her as a dear, generous, and loving aunt. This endowment will provide scholarships to serious minded, spiritually sensitive students, with a preference to undergraduate students majoring in theater.

Dalit Freedom Network Speaker on Campus

Debbie Bailey, director of volunteers for the Dalit Freedom Network (DFN), will speak about DFN Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m., Demaray Hall 150. Learn more about the Dalit people and India's caste system, as well as the steps DFN is taking to promote human rights and social justice. The DFN partners with India's Dalit people in their quest for religious freedom, social justice, and human rights. This summer, a group of SPRINT students will spend five weeks helping in schools operated by the Dalit Freedom Network in Hyderabad, India. Visit the website for more information. More

Fremont Bridge Sidewalks, Lanes Temporarily Closed

Seattle's Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews plan to close lanes and sidewalks on the Fremont Bridge while they replace traffic gates. In each case, pedestrians and bicycles will be detoured to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the bridge. The closure schedule is:

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk.

Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Southbound right lane and western sidewalk.

Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk.

Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Southbound right lane and western sidewalk

The Latest on SPU iTunes U: Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference Presentations

The Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference showcases the outstanding research contributions that SPU students make in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Students present the findings of their individual research projects.

Truth, Consistency, and the Crisis of Foundations
Ratio and Proportion
Is Sudoku NP-Complete?
Using Distance Sampling to Estimate Population Size of Black-tailed Deer on Blakely Island, Washington
oChem Hammer

FCS Department Food Drive Wrapping Up for the Year

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department (FCS) would like to thank you for your donations to the Ballard Food Bank during the past six months. Your individual efforts made an impact on our struggling Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Ballard neighbors. The donation barrel, currently housed in the FCS office in Peterson Hall, will be returned to the food bank during finals week. Please feel free to continue your donations of nonperishable items over the next few weeks. As the school year comes to a close, many families feel increased need for support as school resources are not available during summer months. Help us finish this year strong!

Recommend an Outstanding Graduate

“This is my annual request for names of SPU's outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to local media outlets and highlighted on the SPU home page during the summer. Please send me the name(s) of the students and two or three sentences as to why the student is outstanding. I'll need more information than ‘top student in class.' Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, are involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! I will then follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Please send me information by email at tcnorlen@spu.edu as soon as possible." Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager.

Senior Visual Communication Art Show

Artwork from senior visual communication students will be on display May 28–June 5, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., in the SPU Art Center Gallery, located at 3 West Cremona Street. The portfolio night for these seniors is Thursday, May 28, 5–8 p.m., at the gallery.

Thalia Symphony in Concert

SPU's orchestra-in-residence, Thalia Symphony, presents music from Russia, Europe, and Asia on Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at First Free Methodist Church. Special guest Li Bo will play the morin khuur, a Mongolian fiddle. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online. More

May Online Open Enrollment Ends This Week

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. You don't have to be prepared to make your selections when you attend. Find a session that works for you. Select the link and look for "Can I Get Additional Help Completing Online Open Enrollment?" More

SPU Theatre Presents “See Rock City"

SPU Theatre Presents “See Rock City," May 26–29, 7:30 p.m., Backstage Theatre in McKinley Hall. This play follows two newlyweds through the end of World War II. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 30. Tickets are $6. Call 206-281-2959, or visit the website. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Here are two photos of my border collie, Barclay. This head shot is one of my family's favorite expressions – the border collie is always alert. In this case, he was near the end of a snowshoe trek and a friend called his name. Not much gets by these keen observers of everything that moves. Another characteristic of border collies is the need to work. They are busy beings, night and day. In the second picture (select link), we were headed up a snowfield that leads to Snow Lake near Snoqualmie Pass." Donald Summer, clinical instructor of management, Center for Applied Learning. 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 fsb-editor@spu.edu, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, May 28. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 1.


Gill Awarded Grant

Brian Gill, associate professor and chair of the mathematics department, has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. The grant will support work on a research project with a team of four undergraduates during the 2009–10 academic year.


Parrott on “Oprah" Radio

Professor of Psychology Les Parrott was interviewed May 20 on “Oprah" radio on Sirius XM radio about his new book, Crazy Good Sex: Putting to bed the myths men have about sex.

Sodexho's “Food Trends Expo" Featured in Food Service Director Magazine

Sodexho's “Food Trends Expo" held in Gwinn Commons on March 13 is featured in the current edition of Food Service Director magazine. The article reports the top foods tasted at SPU's expo included roasted Asian chicken salad on flatbread, sautéed swiss chard with balsamic flatbread pizza, chicken and cheese flautas and funnel cake fries. Food Service Director is the premier magazine for informing non-commercial food service operators about innovations and innovators through trends, news, and insights. Read the story online. More


Welcome, Jeffrey Woolum Nelson

Jeffrey Woolum Nelson was born to Kristi and Jesse Nelson on Thursday, March 19, at 3:11 p.m. He was 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches long. Krisit is a gift planning specialist in Planned Giving. She reports that he is a “happy, little guy!." Welcome, Jeffrey! Select the link for another photo of Jeffrey. More

Jim Kim Gets Married

Undergraduate Academic Counselor Jim Kim married Rebecca Murphy on April 11 in Kenmore, Washington. Select the link for another picture of the couple. Congratulations, Jim and Rebecca! More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
School of Health Sciences positions
Instructor of Mathematics

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 Coach-Gymnastics, Athletics
Coordinator of Administration for Camp Casey, University Services
Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
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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