Monday, June 7, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


SPU Library Shares in Archival Grant

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting arm of the National Archives and Records Administration, has awarded $123,188 in direct funds to the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Administered through the Alliance's Northwest Digital Archives program, the project will assist seven small liberal-arts colleges in Oregon and Washington, including SPU, with archival program development and expose basic information about their collections to researchers. The project will involve a consulting archivist to work with existing staff to complete collection surveys of materials, produce catalog records and finding aids for collections, and make that information available to researchers.

SHS Emergency Kits Fundraiser

The faculty of the School of Health Sciences (SHS) is selling emergency kits as a fundraiser for SHS student scholarships. The kits are designed for two people and come in a backpack. The kit includes emergency blankets, safety goggles, dust masks, moist towelette wipes, rubber gloves, tissues, light stick, small first aid kit, working gloves (with leather palms), emergency ponchos, waterproof matches, 12 water packets, whistles, flashlight with batteries, can opener, and large garbage bag. The kits are $32. Proceeds go toward SHS student scholarships, and you or loved one will have an emergency kit ready to go. Checks can be made out to the SPU School of Health Sciences, and emergency kits can be picked up at the SHS office. If interested contact SHS Administrative Assistant Linda Meerdink at

What's Your Secret to Good Health?

Response magazine wants to know: What's your secret to good health? Share your thoughts by sending an email to by June 15, and you may see your answer printed in the Autumn 2010 issue of Response.

June 8 Is Last Chance for 2009–10 Stationery Orders

Do you need university stationery ordered before yearend? If so, you MUST order your stationery items by Tuesday, June 8, before 10 a.m. to be invoiced this fiscal year. Orders placed after that will not be delivered until July 2 and will fall into the 2010-11 fiscal year. If you have any questions, call Hope McPherson, University Communications, at 206-281-2552. Stationary orders are made through Banner.

Senior Gift T-shirts Now Available

The 2010 Senior Gift Committee has T-shirts for sale to help raise money and awareness about this year's class gift – study abroad scholarships. T-shirts cost $20.10, and are available in the Walls Advancement Center. Contact Katie Binz, senior gift advisor, at if you would like to order your shirt today! For more information about this year's senior gift, visit the website. More

Pet Photo of the Week on Summer Hiatus

The Pet Photo of the Week will resume in October. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and stories. Enjoy the summer with your pets, and take more photos!

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines. Summer Schedule Begins June 14

The Fac/Staff Bulletin will begin an every-other-week publishing schedule on J une 14. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at, or submit an item directly from the Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, June 10. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, June 14, and then again on Monday, June 28.


Retirement Party for Bob Weathers

A retirement party for Professor of Physical Education Bob Weathers will be held Thursday, June 10, 1:30–3:30 p.m. in Falcon Lounge. Bob is retiring after 32 years at SPU.

Faculty, Staff Participate in Bike-to-Work Month

May was Bike-to-Work month, and members of the SPU community contributed 4,162 miles of the 1,061,718 that were logged in the Group Health Commute Challenge. In fact, SPU ranked 50th of 683 organizations that logged miles.

SPU was represented by four teams. The SPU Sharrows led the way with 2,033 miles. Riders included Jobe Korb-Nice, Scott Beers, Neal De Witt, Gerard Duguay, Jerry Essenpreis, Bryan Jones, Richard Kim, Nicola Parker, Phil Prins, and Lane Seely. The SPU Psychlers claimed 1,151 miles. Logging miles for the Psychlers were Lynette Bikos, Jordan Simonson, Twyla Campbell, Thane Erickson, Shawn Whitney, Nicola Chism, and Kara Pegram. The SPU Falcons rode 708 miles. Riding with the Falcons were Kristi Nelson, John Terrill, Bruce Congdon, Bob Weathers, Hannah Notess, Tim Nelson, Lorelle Jabs, Carol McFarland, and Bruce Baker. This year, a new team emerged: the SPU SCIclers (Janet Bester Meredith, Tim Nelson, and Ryan Ferrer), who contributed 268 miles. Also participating in bike-to-work month were Kathy Fitzsimmons, William Purcell, Kerry Dearborn, and Allie Fraley. Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are Bob Weathers, Jerry Essenpreis, Lynette Bikos, Scott Beers, and Gerard Duguay.

Dearborn Presents at Conference

Kerry Dearborn, professor of theology, spoke at the Women of Vision Conference on June 5 in Gig Harbor. The conference was titled "Break the Chain Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery," and Kerry's plenary address was “Release to the Captives, the Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me."

Hudson Presents at Conference

Assistant Professor of Education Debby Hudson gave a presentation at the Conference of The Association of Behavior Analysis International in San Antonio on May 31. Her presentation title was “Increasing Social Interaction of Young Students with Autism: Effectiveness of the Conversation Flip Book. She was part of a four-section symposium with researchers from the University of Washington, Ohio State University, and the University of Montana.

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new staff members. Contact information can be found in the SPU online White Pages.

Nicole Mead, administrative assistant in Development
Billy Vo, director of the Asian-American ministry program in the School of Theology


Hanson in Seattle Times

Professor of Music Eric Hanson and the Thalia Symphony were highlighted in the The Seattle Times on June 2. Eric conducted the symphony for the last time on June 3. More

Lasworth's Art Reviewed in Art in America Magazine

A series of 18 allegorical seascapes titled “The Western Wall" by Professor of Art Laura Lasworth were reviewed in the June/July issue of Art in America. Reviewer Michael Duncan says, “Lasworth is a rare lyrical voice in contemporary art, and uses her masterful control of form to convey rich content and genuine feeling." More

Erisman Featured in Christianity Today

The School of Business and Economics executive-in-residence Al Erisman is interviewed about technology's impact on spreading the Gospel in the current issue of Christianity Today. Read the interview online. More


Faculty Positions

College of Arts and Sciences, Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences, Physical Education/Exercise Science Position
School of Business and Economics, Management Position
School of Education, Curriculum & Instruction Position
School of Education, Teacher Education 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

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

Lifeguard (temporary), Casey Conference Center
Microsystems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Systems Analyst/Administrator-Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems

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 #23 | Published by: University Communications

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