Monday, December 6, 2010 Seattle Pacific University


Eatons Invite Faculty, Staff to Christmas Celebration

President and Mrs. Eaton invite all faculty and staff to a Christmas celebration on Tuesday, December 7, 5–7 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Come enjoy fellowship and food at this annual celebration. RSVP to the Office of the President at 206-281-2111, or to

Theatre Tickets Make Great Christmas Gifts!

SPU's Theatre Department will present the musical “Godspell," January 20-22, and 27-29. Theatre tickets are a great idea for Christmas stocking stuffers. Tickets can be purchased at the McKinley Hall Box Office website before December 15, and the tickets will be mailed to your home address. Visit the website for more information. More

Staff Invited to Next Staff Council Forum With President Eaton

Join us for a time of fellowship with staff colleagues across campus and a chance to hear from President Eaton at the next Staff Forum on Tuesday, December 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Sharing from his recent readings as well as his forthcoming book, Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World, President Eaton will talk about the important role of SPU staff in the university's transforming work in the world. The forum is sponsored by the Staff Council.

Flexible Spending Accounts and Over-Counter-Prescriptions

Beginning January 1, 2011, you may no longer purchase over-the-counter medications for reimbursement using your Flexible Spending Account unless you have a doctor's prescription. (Insulin will be considered a qualified medical expense, regardless of doctor's prescription.) If you have a prescription for an over-the-counter medication or drug, pay for it using a means other than the debit card (Benefits Card), and submit your prescription along with your reimbursement form to the flexible spending administrator, BAC. If you have questions, call the Human Resources office at 206-281-2809.

Latest on iTunes U: Rick Hebron

Rick Hebron, a multi-skilled tradesmen II and teaching assistant in Professor Sara Koenig's Hebrew course, shares his language skills in this series of Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and Scripture readings from the book by C.L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (rev.ed.). More

Dining Deals This Week

Campus Dining has some great specials during finals week.

Falcon's Landing
At Grill 155, order one of Chef Nigel's favorite Street Tacos for only $3.99. At Einstein's, get a free, 12-ounce coffee with the purchase of holiday bagel poppers for $2.99. Also, a 12-ounce coffee is only $.99. At Medley, get $1 off your salad creation and receive a free, 16-ounce bottled water.

Pura Vida and Academic Perks
Get into the holiday spirit and warm up with a gingerbread, eggnog, or peppermint latte (16 ounce) for only $1.00!

Peer Advisor Nominations Needed by January 6

The peer advisor selection process for 2010–11 is coming up fast, and we need your help in obtaining nominations for qualified candidates. Our campus is blessed with many students who have exceptional academic, spiritual, and leadership gifts. However, if you know students who rise above – leaders among leaders – we would greatly appreciate your participation in nominating them for the selection process. If you would like to nominate a student, email Stacia Cumberland in the Office of Residence Life at no later than January 6. Thank you in advance for your help.

Emeriti Health Solutions: Summary Annual Report

Every year, the University is required to provide a Summary Annual Report of the Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions plan. The report includes basic financial information for the Emeriti plan. You are invited to view the plan's report for the year January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009, online. More

Circuit Training and WebMD

Have you been participating in the free circuit training classes offered by Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dale Cannavan on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Upper Gym? If so, and if you've been participating for a month or more, give yourself five points on the WebMD Rewards page. You're that much closer to earning your quarterly 50 points to be converted to $50 flexible spending in 2011–12. Visit the Human Resources website for information on the WebMD program. More

“Becoming Soul Mates" Seminar

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) is pleased to sponsor "Becoming Soul Mates" — a fun, thought-provoking, and immeasurably practical marriage enrichment and preparation seminar, on Saturday, January 15, 2011. SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrott, and Marriage and Family Therapist Leslie Parrott, two of America's leading relationship experts, will lead this event. A new feature of this year's seminar is a choice of workshops led by SPFC faculty, who are licensed and practicing clinical practitioners and nationally recognized in their area of expertise. Workshops topics are:

• Dancing in the Sheets: Claiming God's Gift of Sexual Passion in Marriage
• Married for Good: The 5 Hidden Secrets of Lasting Love
• Child Proofing Your Marriage — At Any Stage
• Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts — for Newly and “Nearlyweds"
• Becoming a Marriage Mentor Couple

Cost is $125 per couple. For more information and to register, visit the website. More

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots are now available in Health Services, located on the first floor of Watson Hall. Make an appointment by calling 206-281-2231. The cost is $20. Family members (age 15 and older) of faculty and staff who have Premera coverage through SPU may receive influenza shots on campus free of charge as part of the preventive care benefit. Flu shots obtained at other preferred providers, will be covered 100 percent (subject to the annual preventive care limit of $750). Contact Human Resources for benefit questions at 206-281-2809.

Pet Photo of the Week

“We adopted 'Charkle' two years ago shortly after our arrival to Seattle from France. My daughter, Nia, was desperately missing our other cat we had to leave behind, entrusted to our kind neighbor. On a wet and cold autumn day, we spent a whole afternoon visiting animal shelters. No cat seemed suitable for our then 9-year-old. They were either too skittish, too old, too scarred, or too aggressive. At my wit's end and after an exhausting day, we walked into one last cat adoption agency 10 blocks away from our house. The owner smiled at us, and she plopped a black kitten with white slipper paws into my daughter's arms, and the kitten instantly purred. Both our cat and daughter are very happy, and Charkle has been a most soothing, purring addition to our household." Andrea Taylor-Brochet, adjunct instructor of French. Select the link for another photo of Charkle. More

More Pet Photos Needed!

We're always looking for pet photos from faculty and staff. Send in two pictures and a brief explanation to Fac/Staff Bulletin Editor Tracy Norlen at

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 Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, December 9. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, December 13. The final Bulletin for December will be published December 20.


Schlee's Article Published

An article written by Professor of Marketing Regina Schlee titled “Knowledge and Skill Requirements for Marketing Jobs in the 21st Century" is in the December issue of the Journal of Marketing Education. Publishing company Sage has produced a podcast to promote this article. More

Feldman's Latest Work on Display at Whitworth

A large-scale installation by Professor of Art Roger Feldman is now on display at the Bryan Oliver Gallery at Whitworth University. The show runs November 17–February 11. "Bridge" (17'x 17'x 12') uses wood, mortar, sail, video/sound, and found objects to capture the essence of a dependent relationship upon realities beyond our control. This interactive piece anticipates viewer participation while inviting interpretation of visual and experiential metaphors. Roger also presented a lecture about his former works and responded to questions regarding this piece.

Overstreet Reviews Film Dictionary for Books and Culture; Prepares for Guest Lectures

University Communications Specialist Jeffrey Overstreet reviewed the latest edition of David Thomson's The New Biographical Dictionary of Film for the November/December 2010 issue of Books and Culture. Also, he continues to publish film reviews twice a month for Image journal on their blog, “Good Letters." (The latest is a review of the documentary Waste Land.) In the next few months, Jeffrey will give lectures on faith and art at Pittsburgh's Jubilee Conference; faith and movies at the Imago Film Festival at Judson University in Chicago; and storytelling at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. He will also give a lecture to the Seattle chapter of the G.K. Chesterton Society here on campus. The Ale Boy's Feast, the last volume of his four-book fantasy series, will arrive in stores in March. Read the review of Thomson's book online. More

Himma Featured Speaker at Ankara University in Turkey

Professor of Philosophy Kenneth Himma was the featured speaker at Ankara University Law School, the leading law school in Turkey. The occasion was the publication of his book Moral Criteria of Validity in Turkish, and the 85th anniversary of the law school. He gave a three-and-a-half-hour lecture to an audience of about 300 people on the topic of his book. A Spanish translation is currently in press in Colombia. Russian and Italian translations are forthcoming as well.

Ryder, Theatre Alumni Present at Theatre History Conference

Associate Professor of Theatre Andrew Ryder presented his paper “‘If You Want to Know Who We Are': Theatre Parodies in Civilian Public Service" as part of the “Power and Performance: War on Stage" working session at the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research held in Seattle, November 18–21. 1995 SPU Theatre alumnus Nathan Hedman, completing a doctorate at Northwestern University, participated in the “Performing Modernisms" working session with his paper “Performance as the Experience of the Modern in Kierkegaard's Repetition (1843)." (2003). Theatre graduate Claire Chambers, currently writing her dissertation at the University of California, Davis, presented “The Ethics of Absence: T. Kushner, E. Levinas, and Performance as Substitution" at the “Power of Absent Bodies" working session.


Drozdova's Op-ed Published

On opinion piece by Assistant Professor of Political Science Katya Drozdova titled “The U.S. Must Win This War" was published November 28 in The Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg, Maryland. Katya is also a research fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School, and principal investigator of the “Mining Afghan Lessons From Soviet Era" research program. More


Nelson Completes Her First Half Marathon

Senior Gift Officer Kristi Nelson completed her first half marathon on November 28 as part of the Seattle Marathon. Kristi says, “It was great! My goal was to finish in two hours, and my chip time was 2:00:34. It was perfect weather and a fun course. I think I might be hooked!" Select the link to see a picture of Kristi with her husband, Jesse, on the right, and friend Jesse on the left. More


Faculty Positions

School of Health Sciences Positions

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

Coordinator-Disability Support Services, Center for Learning
Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Administration, University Services
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Library Assistant, Cataloging (.8), Library
Microsystems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Web Communications Manager, University Communications

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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