Monday, December 7, 2009 Seattle Pacific University


Student Art Projects on Display in Library

3-D art projects designed by students in Professor Roger Feldman's art class are currently on display in the library. The 10 projects are on the main, second, and third floors. Additionally, Advent banners designed by students Moriah Westrick and Sarah Malchodi are hanging in the northeast windows of the library. Please stop by the library and see the art projects of lots of talented people.

Faculty, Staff Appreciation Day at the Bookstore Dec. 8

Faculty and staff are invited to stop by the SPU bookstore Tuesday, December 8, for special discounts. Faculty and staff will receive an additional 10 percent off clothing, trade books, and gift items during the day, a new Barnes & Noble discount card for University Village, and refreshments.

SFS Closed Mid-Day Dec. 14

Student Financial Services and the Office of Student Employment will be closed 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, December 14.

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.

Autumn Grades Due Dec. 21

Autumn 2009 grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 21. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before December 21, they need to contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp at so that she can roll the grades to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, contact SAS prior to the grading deadline. SAS may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli at 206-281-2636 or

New Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Credit

Faculty and staff can receive a 20 percent parking discount for driving a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) to work. If your car qualifies (see link below), notify Parking Coordinator Tiffany Squiers at to receive the discount. Use this link to see if your vehicle qualifies. More

Sacred Sounds of Christmas CDs for Sale

The Sacred Sounds of Christmas CD, featuring SPU's acclaimed choral and instrumental ensembles, makes a great Christmas gift. The CD offers an eclectic collection of readings and traditional and lesser-known Advent and Christmas music spanning several centuries. CDs can be purchased for $10 (plus tax) in the SPU Bookstore.

Emeriti Health Solutions: Summary Annual Report

Every year, SPU is required to provide a summary annual report of the Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions plan. The report includes basic financial information. You are invited to view the report for the plan year January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008. More

Eatons Invite Faculty, Staff to Christmas Celebration

President and Mrs. Eaton invite faculty and staff to a Christmas celebration on Tuesday, December 8, 5–8 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Come enjoy fellowship and food at this annual celebration. For more information, please contact the Office of the President at 206-281-2111.

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by Jan. 7

The peer advisor selection process for 2009-10 is coming fast, and we need help obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. However, if you know students who rise above – leaders among leaders – we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Office of Residence Life Administrative Assistant Patricia Parsons at no later than January 7, 2010. Thank you in advance for your help.

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

Couples Seminar on Campus

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. The cost is $125 and includes lunch. Visit the website for all the information. More

Upcoming Home Athletic Events

Saturday, December 12. Women's basketball vs. Concordia-Portland, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Pet Photo of the Week

“We found Puma at a rescue shelter in Kirkland where he had been left outside their door in a Rubbermaid container. He loves his new house, and his favorite thing is to race us up the stairs – of course we let him ‘win'! Tied for his second favorite thing is chasing the laser pointer, and lounging on his perch where he can watch what is going on outside and supervise the goings-on inside. He's such a sweet cat, and we feel blessed that we found him!" Cindy Bonner, interim administrative assistant and budget manager. Select the link for another photo of Puma. More

Next Week Is Last Fac/Staff Bulletin for December

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. Due to the Christmas break, the last bulletin for December will be published December 14. The next deadline is Thursday, December 10. The Bulletin will resume publication on January 4.


Professor Surdyk Passes Away

Associate Professor of Economics Lisa Surdyk died December 6 after a long battle with cancer. Lisa was a 1987 SPU alumna, and a faculty member for 18 years. A memorial service will be held in January. She is survived by her husband, Tim, and four children.

Trzyna's New Book

Professor of English Thomas Trzyna's novel, Meeting God, has been published by Presses Universitaires Internationales (Asuncion/Bordeaux). The book is based on research into the Islamic immortal Al Khidr, and on conversations with colleagues in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.

Wall's Study, Essay Published

A study by Rob Wall titled “John Wesley as Biblical Interpreter" has been published in The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, (R. Maddox and J. Vickers, eds., Cambridge University Press), pp. 113-128. This collection offers a general, comprehensive introduction to Wesley's life and work, and to his theological and ecclesiastical legacy. The book promises to become the standard textbook on Wesley in universities and seminaries around the world. His essay on “The ‘Rule of Faith' and Biblical Hermeneutics" has been published in Catalyst 36/1 (November, 2009). In this piece, Rob argues the principal rule that regulates a faithful reading of Scripture is the apostolic “rule of faith," a theological grammar consisting of the church's core theological agreements. Several of Rob's exegetical studies on the Book of Acts can be found in the recently released Feasting on the Word, Year C: Lent through Eastertide (D. Bartlett and B. Taylor, eds., Westminster/John Know Press, 2009). Rob is the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies.


Hamilton in LA Times

Associate Professor of History Michael Hamilton was quoted in a story in the LA Times on December 7 about the new ministry of Ted Haggard, former pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Read the story online. More


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, Economics
School of Business and Economics, Management
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position

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)
Graduate Administrative Assistant, School of Health Sciences
Undergraduate Academic Counselor, Student Academic Services

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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