Monday, September 27, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Welcome to the Fac/Staff Bulletin

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. All faculty and staff receive the Bulletin, and most items are submitted by its readers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information to the Bulletin at, or by selecting “Submit Bulletin Items" from the Bulletin itself. The Bulletin is published on Mondays, and the deadline to submit information is Thursdays. The editor is Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager in University Communications. The bulletin is divided into five main sections.

Announcements highlight the major news and events on campus. Only events related to SPU will be accepted. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, academic deadlines, campus events, and guest speakers. Digital photos and graphics are especially welcome. When possible, event information will be published two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting information. Included in the Announcement section is the “Pet Photo of the Week."

   Pet Photo of the Week features pet photos submitted by faculty and staff. You are encouraged to send two photos of your pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the pictures, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at If your pet has already been featured, you are welcome to submit another picture and story. Preference will be given to those pets not yet featured in the Bulletin.

Faculty and Staff News is for professional news related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, book or articles written or published, presentations made, awards received, research completed, or a new title or position. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

SPU in the News lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty and staff. If you've been used as a resource for a reporter, please let us know by submitting it to the Bulletin.

Milestones is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, adoptions, marriages, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, awards, and athletic accomplishments. (Or anything else you'd like the whole campus to know!). Digital photos are always welcome!

Current Job Openings lists the most current information on open faculty and staff positions at SPU.

Finally, be sure to visit the online SPU Classifieds for items to sell or buy, ridesharing, apartments or rooms for rent, lost and found, and volunteer opportunities. The SPU Classifieds can be accessed from the SPU home page under “Online Services."

Faculty, Staff Accounts With SFS

All faculty and staff have an account administered by Student Financial Services (SFS), even if you are not a registered student. Charges such as parking citations, Advantage Points, and Health Center charges as well as payments received are reflected on your account. Please take a moment to review your SFS account statement when you receive notification from SFS that your online account statement is available. You have several options for making payment for charges incurred including online payments and payroll deductions through Banner. Please note that payroll deductions are not automatic. If you prefer to receive paper statements in addition to electronic statements, or have questions about your account, contact SFS at 206-281-2061. For more information review the Faculty/Staff information on the SFS website. More

New Office Hours for Undergraduate Admissions, Student Academic Services

The new hours for the Undergraduate Admissions Office are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The office hours for Student Academic Services are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Please note: Drop-in hours for SAS, as stated in this week's Fac/Staff Bulletin, will remain the same for the first week of the quarter.

Women's Brownbag Bible Readings: Genesis

Join us in the Lower Weter conference room on Tuesdays at noon as we read through Scripture aloud. On September 28, we'll read Genesis 1:1–2:3 in conjunction with the Lectio's reading for the following week, and then begin reading 1 Kings. Reading begins about 12:10 p.m. and ends by 12:55 p.m. Bring your lunch if you like, and we provide the Bibles. For more information, contact Kathy Henning at 206-281-2329 or

Reminder About Pets on Campus

From Human Resources. “As we begin a new academic year, here is a friendly reminder of SPU's policy about pets on campus.

‘Pets in the workplace may pose concerns related to liability, work distractions to the owner and others, health issues (fleas and allergies), etc. In order to minimize potential problems and to maximize the productivity of all University employees, the practice of bringing pets into the workplace on a recurring or lengthy basis is impermissible. Employees who have questions in regard to this policy should speak with their manager or the Office of Human Resources.'

For more information, visit the Human Resources 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 during the first week of the quarter. These brief meetings are intended for students who have Autumn 2010 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 with an academic counselor, located at the check-in table in the lobby directly outside of Demaray Hall 150. Drop in hours are as follows:

Monday, September 27, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 28, 8:30.–9:20 a.m., 10:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 30, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 1, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Important Registration Deadlines

Increasing class enrollment ends Friday, October 1. If you would like to accommodate more students into your course, and the room capacity of the classroom would not be exceeded, contact Tiffany Shelton at or Lee Staman in Student Academic Services by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 1, to have your class enrollment increased.

Last day to add or drop classes is Friday, October 1. Students are able to register, add, and drop courses until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 1. After this time, web registration is no longer available for Autumn Quarter. This is the last day to register for classes, including those that meet once a week.

Other registration deadlines. Friday, October 8: Students wishing to take a course pass/no credit or register for an internship, independent study, dissertation, or individual instruction in music may do so in Student Academic Services, Demaray Hall 151, until 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 8.

Sign Up for Lectio

Starting in Genesis, this online weekly reading program allows you to explore God's Word with the guidance of School of Theology professors. The first “Lectio" was posted September 27, but you can sign up for notifications and begin reading anytime. More

Pet Photo of the Week Resumes Next Week

The “Pet Photo of the Week" will resume in the October 4 edition of the Fac/Staff Bulletin. Please send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin. (The dog to the right is Wimsey, owned by Web Editor Hope McPherson.)

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines are Thursdays. 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 Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, September 30. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 4.


Huber Retires After 34 Years

Associate Athletic Director Bob Huber recently retired after 34 years of service to SPU. Since arriving on campus in September 1976, Bob filled a number of roles. His lengthy list included associate dean of students, acting vice president for student affairs, and executive director of auxiliary services. All the best, Bob! Read the online press release about Bob's long tenure. More

Foster Is New Assistant Athletic Director

Amy Foster, who previously worked in the Seattle Pacific athletic department in events management, has returned to athletics as the new assistant athletic director in charge of business and operations. Amy has served the last five years as Seattle Pacific's assistant director for conference services. She takes over for Bob Huber, who recently retired after a 34-year career at SPU. More

Alec Hill Visits SPU on Oct. 4

Alec Hill, former dean of the School of Business and Economics and current president of InterVarsity, will be on campus Monday, October 4. There will be an informal, bring-your-own-lunch gathering in McKenna Hall Conference Room from 12-1 p.m. for anyone interested in connecting with Alec.

Middeljan's Article Published

This past summer, Assistant Professor of English April Middeljans's article “‘Weavers of Speech:' Telephone Operators as Defiant Domestics in American Literature and Culture" was published in the Journal of Modern Literature as part of special issue on “Female Agency: Development, Resistance, Revision" (Spring 2010). The article examines how popular culture imagined the female operator as both a machine and a maverick — while telephone companies trained her to be an automaton. The technology itself gave her an autocratic power to eavesdrop, impersonate, break connections, redirect calls, and even solve a murder or two.

Ferreiro Summer Updates

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was a summer visiting professor at the University of Salamanca, where he taught students from SPU and Western Washington University. He also took two R&R (research and relaxation) trips to Prague (four days) and southern France (six days). He presented the paper "Discourse 'Sermons' in the Libri historiarum decem of Gregory of Tours" at the XVIIth symposium of the International Medieval Sermons Society in Salamanca. Alberto also helped organize the symposium with colleagues from England, France, and Spain. He also wrote two book reviews for the Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford) and the Journal of Early Christian Studies. Other articles published this summer include "St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalán Sermon on Saint Mary Magdalene" for Anuario de estudios medievales (Barcelona) 40/1 (2010) 415-433, and "The Theology and Typology of the Third Council of Toledo (589)" for Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum (Paderbo rn) 40 (2008 [2010]) 61-84. He also researched and wrote drafts for the following papers; "St. Martin of Tours in a Catalán Sermon by St.Vicent Ferrer," (in preparation for Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, 2011), and "Pope Siricius and Hirmerius of Tarragona (385): An Example of Provincial Papal Intervention in the Fourth Century," (in preparation for Oxford Patristics Conference, 2011). But the highlight of the entire summer was watching Spain win the World Cup – while in Spain! VIVA LA ROJA!

Physics Department Energy Project

The SPU Physics Department's Energy Project was well represented at the Summer 2010 American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Portland, Oregon. SPU physics faculty and affiliated researchers presented several talks and workshops. Several of these talks were documented at the sciencegeekgirl blog. More

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 online in the SPU white pages.

Elizabeth Hall, office coordinator, Admissions
Lois Lee, administrative assistant, Facility and Project Management
Nicole Pennebaker, program assistant, MA-TESOL
Zeke Shellberg, assistant rowing coach, Athletics


Spina on KGNW Radio

Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina was recently interviewed by radio host Doug Bursch on KGNW (820 AM). Frank talked about the new Lectio online guided Scripture reading by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education. More


Faculty Positions

School of Business and Economics, Business Ethics
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Theology, Christian Ministry Position
School of Theology, Global & Urban Ministry 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 to the Dean, (Temporary), College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Director of Campus & Casey Conference Services, University Services
Budget and Records Manager, Facility Management
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Microsystems Analyst-Technology Support Services, 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

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