Monday, October 11, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: Genesis

At this week's Chapel on Tuesday, October 12, Celeste Cranston, director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, will speak on the topic "And they were naked, without shame," based on Genesis 2:4-3:24. Chapels are Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

Thursday Food for Thought: Suzanne Wolfe

You've heard the “he-said" part of St. Augustine's Confessions. Here is the “she-said" version – told in the first-person by his concubine of many years. English faculty member and executive editor of Image journal Suzanne Wolfe reads from her novel in progress, The Pear Tree. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the SPU Library's “Thursday Food for Thought," October 14, Library Reading Room, 12:30–1:15 p.m. More

New Exhibit at Art Center Gallery

The Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery presents “Ripe," a group show on contemporary experiments in the still-life genre. Many of the paintings feature fruit, or other objects that are swelling, bursting, or decaying. The idea is to affirm the special character of the organic and the physical in a digital age that can seem cut off from the brute material facts of birth, life, woundedness, ecstasy, decay, and death. Artists include SPU art adjunct faculty Zack Bent and Natalie St. Martin, Seattle artists Eric Elliot and Christian van Minnen, and artists Linda Hutchins, Gregory Jacobsen, and Steven Levin. The exhibition is open through December 3. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 15, 7–9 p.m. at the Gallery. The Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona Street, and gallery hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website. More

An Evening of Indonesian Dance

Enjoy an evening of traditional and new dances from Indonesia on Friday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., in the E.E. Bach Theatre. The performance will also feature new dances from West Java and East Java. The event is free and open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible.

Faculty, Staff Needed as Cadre Leaders

“My name is Lindy Pearson, and I'm the administrative assistant and budget manager for the Office of University Ministries and the Center for Worship (OUM/CFW). Part of my job includes managing the Cadres program. I am delighted to be a part of such a great program. My goal is to encourage faculty and staff members to get involved and lead a Cadre. You will have a chance to delve into your passions and interact with students who have similar interests. If you would be interested in meeting with students and journeying through a special topic or specific area of interest throughout the year, contact me at 206-281-7242. Below are some frequently asked questions about Cadres.

What Is a Cadre?
Cadres are designed to be an educational experience for full-time undergraduate students. They provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact with one another and celebrate what it means to be a faith community. Cadres are groups of students led by a faculty or staff member, and they explore the implications of the Christian faith for personal and contemporary issues, academic disciplines, or vocation (some involve Bible study, but this is not essential). Cadres are also an excellent opportunity for students who are exploring the Christian faith, but haven't made a faith commitment.

Who Can Lead A Cadre?
Any SPU faculty or staff member can be a Cadre leader. Often, students are appointed by the Cadre leader to help coordinate. However, the expectation is that the faculty or staff member is present at each Cadre meeting.

How Will Students Hear About My Cadre?
All Cadres are listed on the OUM/CFW website. OUM/CFW will also distribute Cadre flyers at the beginning of chapel and group services. They can also be listed in the weekly OUM/CFW newsletter and the e-newsletter for students, “Loopy."

How Are Cadres Reviewed and Approved?
Cadre proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
Cadre content reflects the SPU mission statement, community standards, and the doctrinal statement of the University.
An outline stating the purpose of your Cadre and the specific things you plan on studying is requested.
Cadre goals support Christian community formation by involving SPU faculty, staff, and students.
OUM/CFW reserves the right to approve or disapprove any Cadre proposals based on the degree to which the proposal reflects the above criteria.
Contact me today to receive a proposal form and further information including days, times, and location information. Lindy Pearson at or 206-286-7242."

Free Screening of America the Beautiful

Join the Student Counseling Center along with Remuda Ranch for a free screening of the movie, America the Beautiful (PG-13), with special guest Darryl Roberts, the film's director, writer, and producer. This event is Friday, October 15, 6:30–10 p.m., in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church. Join us for food and festivities followed by a special presentation of this provocative documentary that asks the question "Is America obsessed with beauty?" The movie will serve as a springboard for a panel discussion held immediately after the film with director Darryl Roberts. Contact Stef Shaffer at or 206-281-2697 with questions. Seating is limited, so register today. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Campus October 19

Find out how SPU is helping you save for health care needs in retirement. Current contributions to eligible employee accounts are $73 per month – $876 per year! On Tuesday, October 19, an Emeriti Health Solutions representative will be on campus to explain how these contributions provide both reimbursement and guaranteed health care retirement benefits. For those approaching retirement in the next 1 to 10 years, the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. sessions will address Emeriti insurance options and how they relate to Medicare. For those planning to retire more than 10 years from now, the session beginning at 9:45 a.m. will address reasons you need to save for retiree health care, unique tax advantages of the Emeriti program, options available under the program, and how to make your own contributions. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be held in Otto Miller Hall 227. Although the meetings focus on different audiences, you're encouraged to attend whichever session your schedule allows. Questions may be directed to Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676.

Spread the Word About the Christian College Fair

On Monday, October 18, 7–9 p.m., nearly 50 colleges from across the country will attend the National Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle at the Bear Creek School in Redmond. SPU will also be at the fair. This is a great opportunity for students and families to get information from Christian schools around the country. In addition, there will be workshops on how to pay for college, and on making a great college application. For more directions and more information, visit the website. More

Latest on iTunes U: “Minor Poetics"

Senior English major Nate Knapp, whose literary interests tend toward the romantics and American poetry from 1940-1970, discusses various aspects of poetry in this series of podcasts. Summer 2010. More

WebMD: Could You Use $50

Earn 50 points between October 1 and December 31 by logging in to your WebMD Personal Health Manager and earning rewards. Every 50 points equals $50 into your flexible spending account for 2011–12. Click on your points next to "Current Rewards." See the actions you can do to earn points on the website. Consider participating in a Lifestyle Improvement Program related to exercise, stress, emotional health, weight management, nutrition, or smoking cessation. You'll have daily readings and activities to help encourage you toward a healthy lifestyle. If you prefer to do something that isn't computer-interactive, you may certify that you have completed a myriad of other activities that carry various point values. Feel free to create your own activities determining appropriate points values using this list as a guide. Links to both WebMD and the rewards activities can be found on the HR main website. More

Church Leaders Forum October 12

You're invited to attend a Church Leaders Forum Tuesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. “Every Nation, Tribe, People, and Tongue: Leadership in Global Christianity" features keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. Joab Lohara, director of AIM Asia and Free Methodist Bishop of the Immanuel Conference, Northern India. Bishop Lohara will discuss leadership in the face of an evolving global Christianity. Cost is $13 and includes lunch. To register and for more information, visit the website. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join Alums and Friends at Taproot Theatre

The Taproot Theatre Company will perform “Wedding Belles" on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. for an SPU-only audience event to support the Young Alumni Endowment Scholarship. Faculty and staff are invited to join SPU alums and friends as they gather for a wonderful night at the theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the website. More

Intentional Conversations About Race

[In Context], a new discussion series sponsored by the ASSP Intercultural Director DeHeavalyn Pullium, is open to students, faculty, and staff who would like the opportunity to engage in honest and intentional conversations about race. This is not simply to equip participants to help the “other," but also to challenge, strengthen, and possibly revise participants' preconceived understandings. Space is limited to 10–15 participants, and the registration deadline is October 21. There will be other sessions offered throughout the year, but the Autumn Quarter session will focus on “The Colorblind Mentality" and will be held every Thursday, 9:30–10:30 a.m., October 29–December 2. If you are interested in participating in an [In Context] discussion group, email DeHeavalyn at

Sign Up Now for Retirement Plan Workshops and Individual Appointments

October 1 was the date that all new retirement contributions transitioned to our new provider, Diversified Investment Advisors. For more information, you can attend a Diversified workshop, which will be repeated a number of times between October 18–22 and October 25–29. You can also go online to schedule an individual appointment with a Diversified representative to review your investment allocations and arrange to transfer existing balances. To schedule an appointment, go to To see the complete list of workshops in October, visit the "SmartMoves" newsletter posted on the Human Resources website. More

Home Athletic Games This Week

Thursday, October 14
Men's soccer vs. Grand Canyon, 4:30 p.m., Interbay Stadium
Women's soccer vs. Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m., Interbay Stadium

Saturday, October 16
Volleyball vs. Central Washington, 2 p.m., Brougham Pavilion
Men's soccer vs. University of Mary, 7 p.m., Interbay Stadium More

Sacred Sounds Tickets on Sale

This year, there are two “Sacred Sounds of Christmas" concerts: Monday, November 29, and Tuesday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Benaroya Hall. Don't miss SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other groups performing sacred and traditional Christmas music. Tickets are only $17 and $20. (an $8 fee per transaction applies). To purchase fewer than 10 tickets, call 206-215-4747. To purchase 10 or more tickets, call 206-215-4818. You can also purchase group or individual tickets in person at the Benaroya Hall Box Office, with no transaction fee. Visit the website for more information. More

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.

New Heartbeat Ministry

Join us on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in Martin Square for Heartbeat, an event to unite our campus in prayer. There will be times of guided prayer, worship, and several stations with opportunities to experience different ways to pray. It will be an evening of connecting to God's heartbeat together. This event is sponsored by Relinquish, a ministry of the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific and the Office of University Ministry and the Center for Worship. For more information contact Mark Tegtmeier at

Community Prayer Times

Luke 18 is a community who passionately seeks God together in a setting of prayer and worship. It's a place for encountering God and praying for world change. Come join us Friday nights in the SUB Collegium, and Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo room as we journey to know God together! These events are sponsored by Relinquish, a ministry of Associated Students of Seattle Pacific and the Office of University Ministry and the Center for Worship.

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

“I am writing to submit our cat, Max (or as we sometimes call him, 'Maximum Destruction'), for the Pet Photo of the Week. My husband and I got Max when he was just 8 weeks old as our first pet as a couple. We were drawn in by his calm, reserved demeanor as he would watch his kitten siblings roughhouse and get into all sorts of mischief. Little did we know that he was just saving his crazy personality for us! He is now a little over 2-and-a-half years old (picture to right), and enjoys playing with rubber bands, Starbucks stir sticks, and pencils." Whitney Forck, program manager of grants and scholarships, Student Financial Services. Select the link to see a photo of Max as a kitten. More

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 possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at, or submit an item directly from the Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, October 14. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 18.


Downing Completes Book Revision

Douglas Downing, associate professor of economics, recently completed a revised version of E-Z Calculus, published by Barron's Educational Series. The book was originally published in 1982 and tells the story of a group of fantasy characters that develop ideas of calculus during the course of a series of adventures.

Hanson Lectures for Seattle Symphony

On September 23–26, Professor of Music Eric Hanson presented the preconcert lectures for the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. His paper, "Brahms' Third Symphony and the Unrequited Theme," demonstrated how Brahms creates musical narrative through structure and inter-textual allusion.

Thorpe's New Book

Professor of English Doug Thorpe will have his book Wisdom Sings the World: Poetry, Creation and the Way of Dwelling published next summer by Codhill Press and distributed by SUNY (State University of New York) Press. Much of the book is informed by Doug's work in the classroom over many years, dealing with a diversity of texts including The Divine Comedy, The Brothers Karamazov, the work of Charles Williams, and Native American novelist Leslie Silko's Ceremony. This autumn and winter he is also serving on the Episcopal bishop's seven-person Leadership Core team as St. Mark's Cathedral begins the search for a new dean. Prayers are welcomed!

Faculty, Staff Involved in New Book, The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God

Many SPU faculty and staff members were involved with the new book The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Books, 2010). The editor of the book is Leslie Leyland Fields, a member of the M.F.A. faculty. Contributors were Hannah Notess, managing editor of Response magazine; Suzanne Wolfe, English faculty; Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Image journal managing editor and adjunct faculty; Gina Ochsner and Jeanne Murray Walker, both with the M.F.A. faculty; and M.F.A. alumni Brian Volck, Denise Frame Harlan, and Alissa Herbally Coons. In addition, alumnus Andrew David did the line editing for the book.

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.

Sharon Barr-Jeffrey, mental health counselor, Student Counseling Center
BeckyJo Bourgeois, graphic designer, University Communications
Whitney Broetje, administrative assistant, Student Programs
Stacia Cumberland, administrative assistant, Residence Life


Robert's Interviewed for Writing It Real

Writing and literacy adjunct professor Jan Vallone Roberts was recently interviewed in Writing It Real, a premium content website for those who write from their personal experience. In the interview, Jan speaks about writing and about her memoir, Pieces of Someday, which was published earlier this year. During October through December, she will donate all her proceeds from the memoir to Page Ahead, a children's literacy program. Read the interview online. More

Davis in Seattle Times

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was quoted in a story in The Seattle Times on October 9. The story was about Washington state senatorial candidate Dino Rossi. More


Welcome, Jordan Mae Daligcon

Cross Country Coach Erika Daligcon, and her husband, Assistant Soccer Coach Nate Daligcon, are the proud parents of Jordan Mae Daligcon. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches at birth. Erica says, “I have attached a picture with Jordan, and Nate wearing his men's soccer shirt. (Select link below.) However, she has already attended three cross country meets and only two soccer games, so we know where her loyalty lies!" More


Faculty Positions

School of Business and Economics, Business Ethics
School of Health Sciences Positions
School of Theology, Christian 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
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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