Monday, June 29, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Perkins Center Lunchtime Speaker Series

You're invited to join the John Perkins Center for a “Summer Speakers Lunchtime Series" in July and August. The series will run every other Wednesday from 12–1:30 p.m. in SUB 207. Bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided. The series includes conversations with local leaders in reconciliation and community development. Attendance is limited to 20 people, so reserve your spot by emailing Owen Sallee, coordinator for global and urban involvement, at series includes:

Wednesday, July 8. Marvin and Jeanette Charles of D.A.D.S (Divine Alternatives for Dads Services) D.A.D.S supports fathers in their quest to overcome barriers preventing their participation in their children's lives.

Wednesday, July 22. Speaker to be announced.

Wednesday, August 5. Patricia Talton, Northwest Leadership Foundation. The Northwest Leadership Foundation is a faith-based intermediary that moves individuals and organizations from good intentions to effective outcomes.

Wednesday, August 19. Brent Christie, Jubilee Reach Center. The center provides educational, emotional, and spiritual enrichment to underserved youth in Bellevue's Lake Hills community.

Response Online Exclusives

A former Falcon defending for Wolves and the next step for alums with FareStart are some of the exclusives found at Response magazine online. More

Pura Vida Extends Summer Hours

Starting Monday, June 29, Pura Vida in Weter Hall will be open 7:30–11 a.m., Monday–Friday. Stop by for your morning espresso and a pastry to get the day started right!

A.C.E. Welcomes Korean Teachers

Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cross-cultural communication and education. A.C.E., with an office on the SPU campus, is hosting 21 elementary school teachers from Gangwon Province in Korea for an eight-week teacher-training program. The teachers are taking courses in research and American culture as well as visiting summer school programs and summer camps around Seattle.

New Prices for SPU Stationery

To help keep costs down, Vision Press, SPU's stationery provider, will deliver orders once every two weeks beginning with the July 7 orders. If you have questions, call Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552. For your convenience, here is the delivery schedule for the next three months:

July 7 orders will be delivered July 17.
July 21 orders will be delivered July 31.
August 4 orders will be delivered August 14.
August 18 orders will be delivered August 28.
September 1 orders will be delivered September 11.
September 15 orders will be delivered September 25.
September 29 orders will be delivered October 9.

Medical Deductibles: Getting the Most Out of Your Plan

As you know, both of SPU's medical PPO plans, Option 1 and Option 2, now have deductibles for in-network and out-of network usage. Here are some tips about medical deductibles.

Tip 1:– Deductible payments in the final quarter of 2009 will carry-over to offset your new calendar year deductible in 2010.

Tip 2:– Your preventive care office visits, when performed in-network, will not require a deductible, copayment, or co-insurance. You can walk in and out without touching your wallet! Preventive office visits are routine physicals/well-person exams and well-baby visits. Be clear at the time of scheduling and registration at your doctor's that this is a preventive care visit. This informs the provider's staff that different billing codes apply for such an appointment.

Tip 3: – Your in-network office visits are also not subject to deductibles. Your standard copayment and co-insurance will, however, apply.

Use these tips to get the most out of your health plan. Refer to the summary highlights for your medical plan option (Option 1 or Option 2) to see which services require you to first meet your deductible. More

Changes to Benny Card for Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Important changes are coming July 1, 2009, that may affect your ability to use your prepaid benefit Card (Benny Card). This impacts only purchases made in pharmacies and drug stores. To continue enjoying the convenience of your card, visit the website on the back of the card to look at the merchant lists of stores, or call your plan administrator to find out where you can use your card for prescriptions and over-the-counter products. There are two separate merchant lists (IIAS and 90% Rule). According to IRS rules, if you go to a pharmacy or drugstore which is not on either of the merchant lists, your card may be declined and you will need to provide another form of payment. Always keep your receipts. In most cases, when you use your card for a purchase in a store on the IIAS Merchants List, you will not be asked to provide a receipt at a later date. However, purchases made with the card at merchants on the 90% Rule Merchants List require verification of eligibility, and you may receive a letter requesting an itemized receipt. For more information, contact Human Resources at 206-281-2809.

First Free Methodist Church Pilgrimage to Israel

Spaces are available for a two-week (November 3–16) pilgrimage to Israel led by First Free Methodist Church and University Pastor Mark Abbott and SPU alumnus Gary Edwards '67. This is not a “quickie, touristy trip," but a genuine pilgrimage focusing on opportunities to learn and grow. For information and a brochure with complete itinerary and pricing details, contact or

SPU Stationery Provider on Vacation

Vision Press, SPU's stationery provider, is on vacation June 24–30 and back in the office July 1. Orders placed June 16 will be delivered on July 1. Orders placed June 23 will need to be approved by the end of the day, and they will be delivered on July 3. If you have questions, contact Hope McPherson in University Communications at 206-281-2552.

New Dental Cards: Are You Ready to Use Them?

Due to the change in dental plan (from Delta Dental Premier to Delta Dental PPO), new cards were enclosed in your Open Enrollment packet of materials in April 2009. If you cannot locate your card(s), contact the Human Resources office or come by to receive new ones. If you dropped your own dental coverage during online Open Enrollment, the dental card you received in your packet is not activated and you may discard it. Remember, if you see a Premier dentist rather than a PPO dentist, you should be prepared to pay $50 individual deductible ($150 family) for any Class II or Class III services performed. If you see a PPO dentist, you do not have to pay a deductible on these services.

The Latest on SPU iTunes U – “The Politics of Budgeting"

“Accounting for the Governor: The Politics of Budgeting." Victor Moore, director of the Washington state Office of Financial Management, and Marty Brown, legislative director of the Governor's Office, discuss the legislative and executive sides of what politics realistically looks like when making a budget. The two budget experts were guests in Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Henry's “UCOR 2000: The West and the World" course. May 27, 2009. More

Pet Photo of the Week on Summer Hiatus

The “Pet Photo of the Week" is taking a summer hiatus and will resume in October. A big thanks to everyone who submitted photos and stories. Feel free to submit again Autumn Quarter. Have a great summer with your wonderful pets!

Fac/Staff Bulletin on Summer Schedule

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every other week during the summer. 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, July 9. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, July 13.


History Professors Attend ROTC Commissioning

History professors Darrell Allen, Rod Stiling, and Bill Woodward attended the commissioning of Air Force ROTC cadets on June 12 at Seattle University. Bill reports: “Four of the 23 commissionees were SPU students: Mark Boatman, Bryan Tilos, Cody Vanderpol, and Paul Whitaker. Also, one of the 16 commissionees from the University of Washington is the wife of SPU alumnus (now Lieutenant) Adam Starkey '08. (Seattle University students numbered but three, even though they hosted.) Not only were the three historians publically recognized as distinguished guests at the ceremony, they apparently were the only faculty from any of the three universities to attend, prompting some genuine thanks. It is perhaps of interest to note that most of the commissionees had family ties to the military, and many represented ethnic minorities, perhaps recent immigrant groups. A recent study confirms an increasing insulation of the American armed forces from the American people, which the demographic makeup of this class of new Air Force officers seems to confirm. Pulitzer Prize nominee Christian Davenport (As You Were, 2009) writes of the post-Vietnam era, ‘The line between those who served and those who did not had become one of the great fault lines in American society along with race, class, and religion.' Only one percent of the American population, all of them volunteers, has carried the burden in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Chaney Contributes Chapter

Associate Professor of English Chris Chaney contributed a chapter to the book Romantic Autobiography in England, published in June by Ashgate Press. The volume features many leading scholars of Romanticism discussing the widespread phenomenon of "self-writing" in the period. Chaney's chapter, "The Intimate Familiar: Essay as Autobiography in England," focuses on Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt (an author recently featured in The New Yorker).

Quek Publishes Article

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Karen Quek's article titled "Relational Harmony: A New Model of Collectivism and Gender Equality among Chinese American Couples" has been accepted for publication in the special edition of Journal of Family Issues on Asian American Families. This research was funded by a 2006–07 SPU faculty research grant. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2008 National Council on Family Relations annual conference. Karen would like to recognize her co-authors and MFT graduates Deborah Rue and Claudia Alabiso.

O'Leary on Seattle Math Adoption Committee

Associate Professor of Mathematics Robbin O'Leary served on the Seattle Public Schools High School Math Materials Adoption Committee. She was one of three family and community representatives, and the only member of the committee with a doctoral degree in mathematics. Robbin reviewed almost 50 texts and feels confident that the materials adopted by the district (chosen by consensus of the committee) will support teachers' and students' efforts to increase mathematical learning all across the district.

Welcome, New Employees

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found through the online SPU white pages.

Michielle Ayala as the new technical accountant in the Office of Finance
Grant Leep as the new ssistant men's basketball coach
Ryan Looney as the new head men's basketball coach


Scheuerman on TVW

David Nicandri, Washington state historian and director of the Washington State Historical Society, interviewed Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Richard Scheuerman and Michael Finley on their book Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot at the State Capitol Museum in Olympia. The one-hour program was recently televised on TVW. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Health Sciences positions
Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
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

Access Services Technician, University Library
Admission Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Assistant Coach-Gymnastics, Athletics
Assistant Coach-Volleyball, Athletics
Coordinator, International Student Records, Student Academic Services
Coordinator of Schedule and Publications, Student Academic Services
Micro Systems Analyst, Computer and Information Systems
Program Coordinator (.5), MFA in Creative Writing
Student Financial Services Representative, Student Financial Services

Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator for Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
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 #25 | Published by: University Communications

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