Monday, May 3, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Theology of Work With Walden Media President Micheal Flaherty

The next chapel on Tuesday, May 4, on the theology of work is titled “Prospero's Books: Using Film to Lead People Into a Transformational Love of Literature." The speaker is Micheal Flaherty, president of Walden Media. Chapel starts at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

Registration for Autumn Quarter

Registration for Autumn Quarter 2010 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. Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 17. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 24. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Annual Benefits Fair: Tuesday, May 4

Faculty and staff are invited to drop by the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome to attend. Along with information and giveaways, you will have direct access to representatives of companies who provide your benefits. Come and get your questions answered. Service and product representatives will also be available. You can enjoy snacks, visit with co-workers, and enter to win one of the $200 cash door prizes, plus many other great company-provided prizes. Don't miss it! Reminder: Online open enrollment runs May 1–21. Go to the Human Resources website, log-in, make changes and/or enroll for flexible spending accounts, and check it off your to-do list! More

Plant Sale in Greenhouse

Student club Seattle Pacific Agriculture for the Community and Environment is hosting its annual plant sale Tuesday, May 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Science Building Greenhouse. The greenhouse is located on the third floor of the building. The sale includes a variety of cuttings from the permanent greenhouse collection, as well as flowers, tomatoes and other starts for your upcoming garden project. This is a great opportunity to pick up a gift for mom, or just to stop by and enjoy the beauty of the greenhouse. Proceeds from this year's sale will support the Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW), a nonprofit organization that allows homeless and at-risk youth in the Seattle area to have an opportunity to garden and learn how to grow their own food. More

Tuvan Throat Singers on May 4

Seattle Pacific University is pleased to welcome Chirgilchin, recent winners of the Tuvan National throat-singing competition, to campus for a special concert Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Chirgilchin, a group of three men and one woman, delight audiences with their unique vocal talents while playing traditional instruments. Tickets are $17 in advance, and $20 at the door. The church is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2205. Tickets are available online. More

Thursday Food for Thought with Leslie Parrott

This week's guest author in the Library's Spring Quarter “Thursday Food for Thought" is Leslie Parrott, co-director of SPU's Center for Relationship Development. Through original poetry and honest reflection, Leslie draws surprising insights from the Seattle landscape that will take you to a place of discovery, growth, and new life. Visit a place where you can sense the presence of God all around you through something as simple as a single drop of rain. The event takes place on May 6, 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

The Latest From Campus Dining

“Einstein's is going tropical with mango bagels and muffins. Head down to Falcon's Landing for a free sample. Or buy a bagel and shmear this week between 3 and 6 p.m., and we will treat you to a free cup of coffee! And, because we appreciate you all so much, we have decided to extend Appreciation Week. Stop by Pura Vida or Academic Perks for round two of Appreciation Week. Also this week, all Simply To Go items are 10 percent off. Simply To Go is the perfect meal when you are on the go, offering fresh sandwiches, salads, and fruit and vegetable cups that are made daily."

Looking for Summer Research Projects

etc magazine would like to include a list of research projects that faculty and students will work on over the summer. This information is for the Autumn 2010 issue. If you are doing a research project with a student, email a short description of it to by May 28. Thanks!

Upper Gwinn Reservations Now Open

Conference Services is now taking reservations for the use of Upper Gwinn for the 2010-11 academic year. Email your requests to In your request include date, time needed, name of event, and a contact person's name, email, and phone number. Please note the email request is only a hold on the space. Once your hold has been processed, you will receive a hold email that includes information about how to confirm your reservation. If you have any questions, call Conference Services at 206-281-2187.

SBE Dean's Speaker Series

The School of Business and Economics Dean's Speaker Series event for Spring Quarter is Thursday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The speaker is Elisabeth James, general manager of The Westin Seattle. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference May 14

The annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference is Friday, May 14, 3–9 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. The conference will showcase the outstanding research contributions from students in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. The keynote speaker Douglas Diekema, M.D., M.P.H., from the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. His topic is “The Case of Vaccine Refusal: Medical Science, Parental Conviction, Child Welfare, and Community Good." All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information. More

Passionate Faith: A Bible, Youth, and Culture Conference

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the “Passionate Faith: A 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 the Center for Biblical and Theological Education 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.

Tuesday, May 4, 3–4 p.m. in Demaray 150
Wednesday, May 5, 12:30–1:20 p.m. in Demaray 150 and 4–5 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall 109

Online Open Enrollment: Important Dates and Information

Online Open Enrollment: Important Dates and Information Faculty and staff should have received an open enrollment packet through campus mail. Open enrollment runs through May 21. Once again, benefit selections can be made online. Did you know that you will be unable to claim over-the-counter items through your health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) effective January 1, 2011, as part of the new Health Care Reform? Hear about other key changes to our benefits, and see a demonstration of the online open enrollment system, on Wednesday, May 12, 12:30–1:20 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150, or Thursday, May 13, 8–9 a.m. in Demaray Hall 254. Online open enrollment can be performed through May 21 from work or from home. Additional questions may be directed to Human Resources at 206-281-2676, or Associate Director for Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at Visit the Human Resources website for more information. More

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!

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

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 CBTE

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.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Although he has been featured previously, here are two pictures of our dog, Othello. He is a black lab/chow mix and is almost nine years old. Othello has always been a great dog, but we've grown to appreciate his mellow nature even more this past year with the addition of our one year old son, Jeff. Othello is very protective of Jeff, even though Jeff is constantly trying to pull himself up using Othello's fur as a handle! The second picture (select the link) features Jeff and Othello keeping an eye on our neighborhood." Kristi Nelson, senior gift officer, University Advancement. 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, May 6. The Bulletin will be published Monday, May 10.


Rock Retires After 26 Years

Nancy Rock, computer services manager in University Advancement, is retiring after 26 years of service to SPU. Please join University Advancement on Wednesday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the second-floor foyer of Demaray Hall (just outside the Executive Offices) to honor Nancy.

Himma Nominated for Award

Professor of Philosophy Kenneth Himma was nominated for a 2010 World Technology Award for Ethics by World Technology Network, in association with Time Inc., CNN, Fortune magazine, Science magazine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Castelo's Article Published

Daniel Castelo, assistant professor of theology, recently published an article "An Apologia for Divine Impassibility: Toward Pentecostal Prolegomena" in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology 19/1 (2010): 118-126. Daniel narrates his intellectual and spiritual journey as to how he stumbled upon the theme of divine impassibility, one that he feels is crucial for any theological movement that privileges worship and spirituality as vital modalities for apprehending truthful knowledge of God.

Ward Presents at AACRO

Janet Ward, associate vice president of Information and Data Management, presented two sessions at the annual meeting of American Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers, held in New Orleans April 21-24. The session on “Forecasting Enrollment Using Historical Trends" was also recorded as part of the virtual annual meeting, a webinar format that expands access to those unable to attend the conference. The webinar featured selected sessions covering best practices, idea, and techniques from leaders in the field. The second session titled “Student Retention: Using Pivot Tables to Analyze Who Stays and Who Leaves" focused on demonstrating a new technique utilized at SPU for analyzing new-student cohorts progress toward degree completion.

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalan Sermon on St. Mary Magdalene" was published in Anuario de Estudios Medievales (Barcelona-CSIC) 40 (2010) 393-411. The article's abstract states: “Vicent Ferrer is without question one of the most compelling and prolific Dominican preachers of the fourteenth century. Although his preaching mission transpired in many places, he carried out much of it in France. In France we witness, particularly in Provence, the emergence of the cult of Mary Magdalene that was vigorously promoted by the Dominicans. Ferrer not surprisingly dedicated this Catalan sermon to Mary Magdalene, whom he proposed as a model of the 'Imitatio Christi' for all Christians to follow, not just women in particular. This article seeks to situate this sermon in its fourteenth century context in order to unpack the theological and moral messages that Ferrer sought to convey to his audience."

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Karen Tausher as the new central systems team manager in Computer and Information Systems, and Cheryl Tee, a new accounting assistant in Finance.


DeBell on KING-5 Television

Gail DeBell, coordinator for Study Abroad programs, was interviewed by KING-TV (Channel 5) for a story on summer travel and airfares. Watch the story online. More


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, Development
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
Visit and Events Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions

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 #38, Issue #18 | Published by: University Communications

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