Monday, November 9, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel on Tuesday: Exploring God's Word in Mark's Gospel

Chapel meets on Tuesday, November 10, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The guest speaker is First Free Methodist Associate Pastor Jason Groenink.

Thursday Food for Thought With Stephen Newby

At the next Food for Thought on Thursday, November 12, Stephen Michael Newby, director of University Ministries and the Center for Worship, presents “Freedom and Spiritual Fantasies: Exploring the Music of African-American Composer Frederick Tillis." Little is known about the development and proliferation of concert music by black Americans. Newby will consider the concert music of Frederick Tillis and argue that Tillis's work belongs in the canon of 20th-century concert music. The reading takes place 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

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, and it is a great opportunity to welcome international students into your home. If you are willing to include international students in your Thanksgiving gathering, email Susan Lane, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, at and let her know how many you can host. (Note: International students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student.)

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

Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 12

To honor our military veterans, a special tribute and prayer vigil will be held Thursday, November 12, 6-8 p.m. in Weter Hall Lounge. The event is organized by the Student Union Board (STUB).

Theatre Department Presents “On the Verge"

The Theatre Department presents "On the Verge," a comedy about the adventures of three fiercely independent Victorian women explorers as they spin through time from 1888 to 1955. As they embark on their trek, they encounter zany characters, unusual places, and wild discoveries. One reviewer wrote the play "is both joyfully feminist and a masterpiece of rhythm and word." The performances take place November 12-14 and 19-20, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. There will be a Saturday matinee on November 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the Fine and Performing Arts Box Office. More

Wind Symphony Concert Nov. 13

The SPU Wind Symphony's first concert of the season is Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m., in First Free Methodist Church. The symphony will be joined by the Brass, Clarinet, and Flute Choirs and the Percussion Ensemble. The groups will perform the West Coast premiere of Daniel Bukvich's “Sonata for Trumpet and Winds," featuring renowned trumpeter and music faculty member Brian Chin. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Tell Your Doctor: Medical Family Therapy Seminars at SPU

Seminars in medical family therapy are now being offered here at SPU. The seminars are for professionals wishing to expand their clinical practice to include collaboration with medical specialists. Tina Schermer Sellers, director of the Medical Family Therapy Program and a medical family therapist, certified sex therapist, and licensed family therapist, will be speaking on “Interviewing for Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Care" on Friday, December 4, in the Library Seminar Room, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The cost is $125, and five continuing education hours are available. Feel free to pass the information on to those you may know who might be interested. Visit the website for full seminar descriptions and registration. More

Long-Term Care Insurance for New Employees

Were you hired between 11/1/2008 and 10/31/2009? If so, you're eligible for a guaranteed issue (GI) of long-term care insurance. Guaranteed issue allows you to get up to certain limits of insurance without going through medical underwriting or a health questionnaire. The time period to enroll using GI is limited to applications received by December 15, 2009. Long-term care insurance is provided at group rates and at your own expense. Group rates are additionally available for your spouse, parents, in-laws, and more. Lock in your rate now! If you would like to learn more or check the rates, visit the website. More

Undergraduate Academic Counselors Accepting Drop-In Appointments

The undergraduate academic counselors in Student Academic Services will be available to meet with students on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, November 18, and Friday, November 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Thursday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and again from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Winter Quarter scheduling and registration issues, or who are on academic probation. Students should have already met with their faculty advisor, as these meetings do not result in the removal of the faculty advisor hold. Students may check in at the front desk of the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Counseling Office in Demaray Hall 120.

SPFC Sponsors Darwin Events This Week

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."

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. More

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, November 13, Women's basketball vs George Fox (exhibition), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, Men's basketball vs. Blue Angels (exhibition), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is Ralphie, named after the main character in my family's favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. Ralphie, was the runt of the litter; in fact, we had to revive him with a turkey baster because he wasn't breathing when he was born. But now he's as healthy as can be. He enjoys wrestling with his golden retriever mom, Rosie, and licking anything and everything, earning him the nickname, ‘The Tongue.'" Allie Fraley, Web content editor, University Communications. Select the link for another photo of Ralphie. 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 12. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 16.


Dietetics Program Granted Continuing Accreditation

In October, the undergraduate program in dietetics, housed in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was granted continuing accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Accreditation is granted until 2014. The program was developmentally accredited in 1997, with full accreditation awarded in 2004. Some of the great program outcomes include 80 percent acceptance rate by students into post-graduate supervised practice programs, and a 94 percent first-time pass rate on the registration exam. There are typically 40-45 juniors and seniors enrolled in the SPU dietetics program.

Husby Wins in Thesis Award Competition

Kari Husby, circulation technician in the library, was a winner in the Illinois State University, College of Arts and Sciences James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award competition. Her thesis was titled "Peritextual Power in Adolescent Literature."

Hanson Gives Lectures for the Seattle Symphony

Professor of Music Eric Hanson gave the preconcert lectures at the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall, November 5-8. The tile of his paper was "Music Which Stinks to the Ear: Historical Reception of Tchaikovsky's Beloved Violin Concerto."


Faculty Position

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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