Monday, April 26, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Theology of Work

The next chapel on Tuesday, April 27, is titled “Theology of Work: “My Grace Is Sufficient for You." The speaker is Steve Bell, president and CEO of Pacific Crest Industries. Chapel starts at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

Tuition Freedom Day Is Tomorrow!

SPU will celebrate its third annual Tuition Freedom Day on Tuesday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Weter Lounge. This date signifies the point in the year when the money that students pay to attend SPU “runs out," and the rest of the year is paid for by other revenue streams, including a large portion of donations to the University. The Office of Development is sponsoring this event to celebrate the significant impact of donors in offsetting the costs that students pay to attend SPU. There will be tables with balloons, food, and thank you cards for students to fill out for donors. Please encourage your students to stop by, learn about donor support, and enter the raffle for an iPod Shuffle. For more information contact University Fund Manager Katie Binz at 206-281-2690 or

Thursday Food for Thought with Ken Himma

This week's guest author in the Library's Spring Quarter “Thursday Food for Thought" is Professor of Philosophy Kenneth Himma. He will read from his essay “The Obligation to Help the Poor," which was included in the book How to Achieve Heaven on Earth, alongside contributions from President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Pulitzer Prize-Winners Leonard Pitts and Nicholas Kristof, and Nobel Prize-Winner Thomas Friedman. The event takes place on April 29, 12:30–1:15 p.m. in the Library Reading Room on the main floor of the library. You are encouraged to bring your lunch. A question-and-answer time will follow. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Passionate Faith: Bible, Youth, and Culture Conference

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the “Passionate Faith: Bible, Youth, and Culture Conference, May 6–7, on campus. The conference will address some of the most critical issues in youth ministry today – including teen faith, biblical literacy, identity formation, and reconciliation. The fee for attending the entire conference is $16. Also, there are free events associated with the conference that you are welcome to attend without registering.

Thursday, May 6
9:30 a.m.: Chapel at First Free Methodist Church, with keynote speaker Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
6:30 p.m.: Selah Worship and Evening Lecture. Worship by Jeff Johnson, and lecture by Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Friday, May 7
9 a.m.: Plenary Address with Romanita Hairston

For more information and to register, contact CBTE Administrative Assistant Kathryn Widell at 206-378-5415 or visit the website. More

SPU Retirement Plan Upgrade Forums

The University is pleased to announce important improvements to the SPU retirement plans. These changes, which will be available beginning August 1, will allow plan participants to choose from a broad menu of reviewed and monitored investment choices, utilize new tools and technologies to better manage their retirement accounts, and access a "brokerage window" for those SPU employees who want to be proactive and more self-directed in their investment choices. For more information, contact Human Resources at 206-281-2837. Please plan to attend one of the following faculty and staff forums to learn more.

Wednesday, April 28, 12:30–1:20 p.m. in Demaray 150
Thursday, April 29, 1–2 p.m. in Otto Miller 109
Tuesday, May 4, 3–4 p.m in Demaray 150

Online Open Enrollment: Important Dates and Information

Faculty and staff will receive an Open Enrollment packet through campus mail by May 3. TAKE NOTE: Open Enrollment runs May 1–21 this year. Once again, your benefit selections will be made through an online system. Remember the Benefits Fair will occur on May 4. There will be drop-in online enrollment and informational sessions on May 12 and May 13. Please stay tuned to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for more information in the weeks ahead. Instructions for access are in the Open Enrollment packet, or available on the Human Resources website. More

Food, Fun and Benefits Q&A: Tuesday, May 4

Join us for the Human Resources (HR) annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome. The HR staff will be there to greet you (Rice Krispie treat in hand!). We'll answer your questions, or direct you to each company's “expert." It's a great opportunity to get questions answered face-to-face. Representatives offering service discounts and products will also be available. While you're at the company tables, check out the door prize they are providing. If you're interested and feel lucky, go ahead and fill out a ticket and drop it in the bag. There will be a drawing for the prize at the end of the fair. You don't have to be present to win — we'll notify you if we draw your name. Good luck! Remember: Online open enrollment is May 1–21. The fair is a great way to get ready!

CIB Lunch With Walden Media President Micheal Flaherty

On Tuesday, May 4, the Center for Integrity in Business will host Micheal Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden Media. Walden produces film, books, and interactive programs that tie directly into school curricula. Past award-winning films include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Charlotte's Web and Amazing Grace. We welcome SPU students, faculty, and staff to join us for Flaherty's insights on “good business and good storytelling." The seminar will be held in the Library Seminar Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and the cost to faculty and staff is $7.50 (regular price is $15 for the general public). The discount to faculty and staff is provided by the School of Business and Economics. Space is limited, so register early for this event. If you are interested in attending, email by April 29.

President's Spring Forum, May 11

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Offices will be closed during that time so everyone can attend.

Get in Shape for Summer and Earn $50

Senior exercise science majors are available on a limited basis to faculty and staff to provide physical fitness assessments, exercise instruction, and even personal training for a period of time. Call 206-281-2081 to request the desired service(s), identify the best days and times to receive them, and leave contact information. WebMD reward points are also available. Call to be matched with a student (give yourself 2 points), train with them and perform the recommended activity 3 times per week (give yourself 5 points), use a weight tracker to track your weight at least twice (10 points), visit the Health Management sites for exercise and weight (10 points), and participate in the Lifestyle Improvement Programs for even more. If you earn at least 50 points per quarter, you'll receive $50 for your flexible spending account 2010-11. Make money while you sweat!

WebMD: Don't Pass Up Your $75 Reward

April 30 will be the final day for Premera-covered employees and their spouses to complete the WebMD Personal Health Assessment — HealthQuotient. Employees can receive a reward of $75. The more specific your answers, the more accurate your wellness score. If you have a preventive exam or routine physical scheduled, consider requesting your blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, components of cholesterol (HDL and LDL) and body mass index (BMI) for the most accurate wellness score. Encourage your Premera-covered spouse to complete the assessment as well. To see what this is all about, visit the Human Resources website and select "Wellness Program through WebMD." Your individual responses are not shared with SPU.

European Studies Symposium

SPU's annual European Studies Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will be held April 28-29 on campus. This year's theme is “A Tapestry of Languages and Cultures." The schedule of events are:

Wednesday, April 28
9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1:30–4:30 p.m., Library Seminar rooms and Library Computer classroom. Student presentations.

Thursday, April 29
6–6:30 p.m., Demaray 358. Reception for major and minor foreign language and literatures students
6:30 p.m., Demaray 359. Movie presentation, Indigènes/ Days of Glory (2006).

Brass Ensemble Exposition

Featuring both solo and ensemble performances, the Brass Ensemble concert will be held Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. It's free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2205.

Senior Art Work on Display

During Spring Quarter, the SPU Art Center will showcase the work of graduating seniors in the studio art, visual communications, and illustration/new pictures programs. Visit the website for information on the latest show. More

GospelFest10 Concert May 1

An unforgettable mass gospel choir will pay tribute to the heart and soul of African American culture at a special concert in Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday, May 1, 7–9 p.m. The evening features two hours of gospel music with some of the region's finest gospel choirs, including JudahSong, SureHouse, The Sound of the Northwest, SPU's gospel choir, and gospel choirs from Antioch Bible Church and University Presbyterian Church. A souvenir booklet will also be available for purchase. The concert is part of GospelFest10, a two-day educational symposium on gospel music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The event is wheelchair accessible. GospelFest10 is sponsored by SPU's Center for Worship and Music Department, McDonald's corporation of Western Washington, GIA Publications, and First Free Methodist Church. For more information, call 206-281-2966 or visit the website. More

SPU Theatre Presents “Is He Dead?"

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre presents “Is He Dead?" adapted from a recently-discovered Mark Twain comedy written in 1898. After an impoverished French artist stages his own death to increase the value of his paintings, he then assumes the identity of his own twin sister, the widow Tillou. The story combines elements of social satire about fame, greed, and the value of art. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 29–May 1, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on May 1. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for 20 or more. The theater is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2959. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors and can be purchased online. More

Estate-Planning Essentials: A How-to Seminar on April 27

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and hear from two of the region's foremost experts on estate-planning essentials. Andrew Toles and Thomas Rodda, lawyers with Ellis, Li & McKinstry of Seattle, use an engaging, role-playing format to help prepare you to create or update your estate plan. Topics include wills, durable powers of attorney, health care directives, trusts, charitable giving techniques, and more. You'll be glad you came! The event is Tuesday, April 27, noon–1:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 206-281-2810 or emailing

Biblical and Theological Education Grants – Apply by May 15

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE) provides grants to empower eligible faculty and staff to receive and conduct biblical and theological education (BTE), to explore BTE's intersections with specific academic disciplines, and to enable related consultations. Faculty or academic units may examine how the biblical text and broader theological implications affect or may be applied to their discipline, curriculum, or research. For more information on eligibility, grant criteria, guidelines, and application, download information from the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development website, or contact Celeste Cranston in the CBTE at 206-281-2464. Applications are due May 15 for awards August 1, 2010. Select the link for more information. More

Mentoring Collegium Sponsored by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education

Faculty and staff are invited to this free lunch and introductory discussion, led by Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeffrey Keuss and Director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE) Celeste Cranston on Thursday, May 20, 12:30–2 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The event will explore the development of mentoring relationships. We will hear from some of those on campus already involved in intentionally sharing life with students, discuss the many shapes these kinds of relationships can take, and come together to support one another in the process. Please RSVP by May 7 by contacting CBTE Administrative Assistant Kathryn Widell at or 206-378-5415.

The Latest From Campus Dining

GRILL 155 in the SUB has a deal for you. Select the link below and print the coupon to find out your free special. Also, this week is Appreciation Week (Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30) at Pura Vida and Academic Perks. You can save a $1 off any of the featured specials. Take advantage of this special offer. Our student baristas are waiting to serve you! More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Buster is our soon-to-be 7-year-old boxer. He has been my sidekick and friend throughout the years. I cannot image life without his bark! Buster is also a very fast dog. When we lived in California, Buster managed to catch a squirrel by sticking his head into a bush (bad dog!). Two weeks later his luck turned on him when he stuck his head into a different bush that contained a rattlesnake! Thankfully he survived that attack. Buster continues to bring joy to my fiancé and me by living his life like he is still a puppy. He hasn't skipped a beat yet!" Katie Binz, University Fund Manager. Select the link for a photo of Buster and his puppy. 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, April 29. The Bulletin will be published Monday, May 3.


Brown, Students Attend Music Conference

Carlene Brown, assistant professor of music and director of the music therapy program, accompanied five students (Leanne Riddle, Andy Zook, Laura Frank, Betsy Pinney, and Jason Crocker) to the 2010 American Music Therapy Association, Western regional conference in Las Vegas, April 8–10. Leanne, Andy, Laura, and Bellevue-based music therapist Wendy Woolsey (an SPU practicum site supervisor) gave a presentation titled "The Importance of Music Therapy Services in Post-Adoption Follow-Up Services." The students travel expenses were supported by the undergraduate scholars conference grants from the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

Daley Passes Master Gardener Certification

SPU head gardener Jeff Daley recently completed the Washington State University Master Gardener Certification test. He is now working to complete the two-year master gardener internship requirement, which includes 90 hours of community service, before he is officially certified as a master gardener. His first assignment is with the Burien Library, working with a Master Gardener program designed for elementary schools. Jeff describes the program: “I'm going to my youngest son's elementary school in West Seattle and talk about seed germination, growing plants, and sustainability. I will also be helping them plant some small raised garden beds at the school." In addition to the Master Gardener Certification, Jeff is also 12 credits away from completing his A.A. degree in horticulture at South Seattle Community College. Jeff has been working on the grounds at SPU since 1991, and is now with Northwest Landscaping Services. He is a certified arborist through the International Society of Arbor Culture, a certified professional horticulturalist with the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and is licensed with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Nemtchinova's Chapters Published

Katya Nemtchinova, associate professor of TESOL and Russian, contributed two chapters to a recently published volume of The NNEST Lens: Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL, edited by A. Mahboob (Cambridge Scholars Press). One chapter, of which she is the author, is titled “The “'Who's Worth More?' Question Revisited: MA TESOL Practicum Host Teachers' Perceptions of NES and NNES Teacher Trainees." The other chapter, of which she is the leading author, is titled “Training Non-Native English-speaking TESOL Professionals."

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "St. Braulio of Zaragoza's Letter 21 to Pope Honorius I Regarding Lapsed Baptized Jews" was published in Sacris Erudiri, (a journal on the inheritance of early and medieval Christianity) 49 (2009) 75-95. The letter reveals that the bishops in Iberia were divided on what to do with lapsed baptized Jews. One group advocated a hardline crackdown. The other, led by Braulio, suggested a patient pastoral approach through preaching. The latter view prevailed. Alberto's article is the first study to do an in-depth review of Braulio's biblical exegesis and his use of biblical/classical imagery, typology, and metaphor to make his case to the pope.

Adams Presents at Northwest Percussion Festival

Dan Adams, director of percussion studies, presented a clinic, "Historical Rope Drumming, Stylistic Considerations, and the Moeller Method," at the Northwest Percussion Festival on April 3. The Northwest Percussion Festival is an annual gathering of university percussion ensembles from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, and Western Canada. This year's festival was hosted by Dave Jarvis and the Washington State University percussion ensemble, with special guest Dame Evelyn Glennie. Dan was assisted by SPU percussionists Aaron Dunham and Mitch Haldeman. The SPU Percussion Ensemble also performed a concert featuring historical rope drumming on authentic instruments, contemporary works by John Beck, David Kechley, and David McBride, and traditional selections of the Susu Ethnic Group of Southwest Guinea, West Africa.


Davis on KING-5 Television

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was interviewed by KING-TV (Channel 5) on April 22 about the upcoming Washington state gubernatorial campaign.


Faculty Positions

College of Arts and Sciences, Clothing and Textiles
College of Arts and Sciences, Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences, Physical Education/Exercise Science Position
School of Education, Curriculum & Instruction Position
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Psychology, Family, and Community, Industrial/Organization Psychology Position
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Marriage & Family Therapy Position
School of Psychology, Family and Community, Psychology 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

Administrative Assistant, Student Counseling Center
Central Systems Team Manager, Computer and Information Systems
Employer Relations and Technology Manager, Center for Career and Calling
Grant Assistant, Development
Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Office and Placement Assistant, School of Education
Office Assistant (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Program Coordinator, Center for Career and Calling
Program Coordinator, Clinical Psychology (.8), School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Registered Dietitian (26 hours/week, 10-month), Student Counseling Center

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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