Monday, November 2, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty, Staff Invited to a Luncheon With South African Church Leaders on Friday

The John Perkins Center at SPU and the The Church Council of Greater Seattle are hosting a lunch for the Bishop Peter Storey and the Rev. Alan Storey on Friday, November 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Falcon Lounge in Royal Brougham. Bishop Storey and the Rev. Storey are both leaders in South Africa's ongoing struggle toward reconciliation after decades of apartheid. We have room only for 20 faculty and staff members, so RSVP to Perkins Center Director Tali Hairston at

Chapel on Tuesday: Mark's Gospel

The topic for this week's chapel service is “The King Teaches About His Kingdom: Mark 7:1-10:31." Chapel meets on Tuesday, November 3, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The guest speaker is Celeste Cranston, M.A., an ordained elder of the Free Methodist Church.

Thursday Food for Thought With President Eaton

At the next Thursday Food for Thought on November 5 at 12:30 p.m., President Philip Eaton talks about “The Christian University: The Place Where World Change Begins." Since some in our society question the value of higher education altogether, President Eaton will share why he believes the work of the Christian university is more important than ever before. Because we embrace the Christian story as the animating heart of who we are as a university, we are called to make the world a better place. How can we focus the considerable and powerful tools of the university to this end? The reading takes place from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. A question-and-answer is included. Audience members are encouraged to eat their lunch while they listen. “Thursday Food for Thought" is sponsored by the SPU Library. More

Winter Registration Is Approaching

Registration for Winter 2010 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. Winter registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, November 16. Winter registration for graduate students begins Monday, November 23. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Choirs in Concert

SPU's Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Men's and Women's Choirs perform their first concert of the season Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free.

Campus Blood Drive Nov. 6

The Puget Sound Blood Center's bloodmobile will be on campus November 6, 12–6 p.m. (closed from 2–3 p.m.) The bloodmobile will be located on the streetscape between Marston and Weter Halls. You may sign up online or just stop by. More

SPFC Sponsors Darwin Events

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is hosting a series of four panel discussions examining Charles Darwin's influence in a variety of fields, and exploring the application today of contemporary theories of evolution. This year is the 200 anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150 anniversary of his book, On the Origin of Species. The first event is Tuesday, November 10, 1–2:30 p.m., in Demaray Hall 150. Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology Del McHenry will talk about Darwin's life history, personality, and work; Associate Professor of History Rod Stiling with discuss On the Origin of Species in the history of science; and Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick McDonald will present “On the Friendship of Darwin, Design, and Creation." The second presentation is Thursday, November 12, 1–2:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Associate Professor of English Christine Chaney will talk about “Lady Novelists, Evolution, and the ‘Natural History' of Real Life" and Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss will discuss “Thomas a' Kempis and Darwin: Death, Life, and Evolution in Victorian Theology."

Save on Gym Memberships

If you're a Premera member, you're also a member of the Extras! Discount program. The benefits allow you to enjoy convenient and affordable access to a range of healthy living options, including memberships to GlobalFit's nationwide fitness club network. 24 Hour Fitness has just been added to the gym membership lineup with 32 percent off the direct retail rate for full-access memberships. Looking for a Curves location near you that is part of the GlobalFit network? Check out the website. More

Center of Integrity in Business' Online Magazine

The School of Business and Economics Center for Integrity in Business' magazine Ethix is now available online. The newly redesigned magazine features Bonnie Wurzbacher, a senior vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, and her thoughts about the local and global challenges of a modern global enterprise. More

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes, call Carol Clement, payroll lead in the Finance Office, at 206-281-2533.

Becoming Soul Mates Seminar Offered at SPU

This entertaining and practical seminar for couples of “any age and any stage" is led by two of America's leading relationship experts — SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrott and marriage and family therapist Leslie Parrott. The seminar is Saturday, January 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This seminar will make a great Christmas gift for couples. Early-bird registration is $89 per couple if you register by December 5. Visit the website for all the information. The event is sponsored by the School of Psychology, Family, and Community. More

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, November 5, Volleyball vs. Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, Women's basketball at Washington (exhibition), Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 6, Men's basketball vs. Simon Fraser (exhibition), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 7, Women's soccer vs. Northwest Nazarene, Interbay Stadium,1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Men's soccer vs. Northwest Nazarene, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is 8-year-old Brandy (officially Sweet Brandy Wine), a golden retriever who enjoys everyone she has ever met, Starbucks in Richmond Beach, and smelling the flowers." Vic Peirsol, associate director of security operations, Safety and Security. Select the link for another photo of Brandy. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year. 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, November 5. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 9.


Lumpe, Wicks Present at Conference

Professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction Andrew Lumpe and Director of Instructional Technical Services David Wicks recently co-presented a research paper last week titled “Evaluation of the Use of Semantic Web Technology in a Collaborative Learning Environment" at the International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida.

Surdyk Presents at Christian Business Faculty Association Conference

Associate Professor of Economics Lisa Surdyk presented a paper titled "Is Honesty Still the Best Policy? What Christians in Business Can Learn From Quaker Business Practices of Old" at the Christian Business Faculty Association conference hosted by John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, October 15-19. Papers from the conference can be found online. More

Himma's Essay Published

Professor of Philosophy Ken Himma's essay on the obligation to help the poor was included in a recent book featuring essays by President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Al Gore, and Tony Blair. The book, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, edited by John E. Wade II, is scheduled for publication in January 2010 by Pelican Publishing. Other notable contributors include Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, and Leonard Pitts.

Steinke Appointed to CLEP Test Development Committee

Professor of Management and Information Systems Gerhard Steinke was recently appointed to the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Test Development Committee. Gerhard will serve on the Information Systems and Computer Applications Committee. More than 600 faculty members from institutions across the country are involved in the CLEP test development and standard-setting processes. The development of each exam is overseen by a standing test development committee consisting of three or four faculty members, each of whom teaches the content covered in the exam. This committee reviews and shapes exam questions and specifications on a regular basis. Committee members are appointed for one-year terms, renewable for up to four years.


Kierulff on KOMO-AM

Herb Kierulff, the Donald Snellman professor of entrepreneurship and finance, was interviewed by KOMO radio (AM 1000) on October 28 about The Boeing Company's decision to build a new airplane-assembly plant in South Carolina.

McCracken Quoted in Puget Sound Business Journal

Christina McCracken, a career counselor with the Center for Career and Calling, was interviewed for a Puget Sound Business Journal story on October 30 about the increase in businesses requesting interns from colleges and universities. Christiana reports that SPU has seen a monumental increase in companies seeking business interns.


Faculty Positions

College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Position
College of Arts and Sciences, History Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Physical Education/Exercise Science Position
College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science Position
School of Business and Economics Position
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position
School of Theology, Biblical Studies

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 to the Vice President for Administration and University Relations, Office of the Vice President for Administration and University Relations (.8)
Managing Editor of Response magazine, 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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