Monday, January 10, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: “Introducing Jesus"

The first chapel of Winter Quarter is Tuesday, January 11, 9:30-10:20 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Professor of New Testament Studies Dave Nienhuis will look at Matthew 1:1-4:17. His talk is titled “Introducing Jesus."

SPU Faculty, Staff Account Reminder

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 the notification from SFS that your online account statement is available. Statement notifications are sent to your SPU email address. 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

Important Registration Deadlines

Tuesday, January 18–Students wishing to take a course pass/no credit or register for an internship, independent study, dissertation, practicum, or individual instruction in music may do so in Student Academic Services (Demaray Hall 151) until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18.

Retirement Planning: Individual Consultations and Group Meetings

Retirement Plan Individual Consultations
Diversified Investment Advisors Participant Counselor Scott Jozefowski will be on campus to meet with faculty and staff, February 8-10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. Schedule an appointment online at Here are the dates and times.

Tuesday, February 8, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 9, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.
Thursday, February 10, Human Resources Conference Room, 8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.

Retirement Plan Group Meetings
If you are interested in learning more about "Understanding Investing," "403(b) Basics," or the "Economy & Markets," plan on attending one of the three group meetings scheduled this week. No appointment is necessary. Seating is limited to 50 people in Bertona 6 and 115 people in Otto Miller 109.

Tuesday February 8, “Understanding Investing," Bertona 6–103 West Bertona, 11 a.m.–noon
Wednesday February 9, “403(b) Basics," Bertona 6–103 West Bertona, 3-4 p.m.
Thursday February 10, “Economy & Markets," Otto Miller 109, 1-2 p.m.

Here are the instructions on how to register online for individual appointments with Scott Jozefowski.
1. Go to
2. Select "click here" to register
3. Complete the required information including setting up a user name and password - Then select the "NEXT" button on the lower right side of the screen.
4. Select the “Make Appointments" tab in the upper left corner of the screen. Select the “Meeting Type" (One-On-One), “Meeting Location" and “Room."
5. Once the calendar appears, you'll see a "Look for" box. Select morning or afternoons, and then select the time you would like to meet. You will receive an email confirmation of the appointment you set. More

IDM's Refreshed Website

Learn more about SPU by checking out Information & Data Management's refreshed website. Did you know:

• The total number of degrees awarded has increased by 55 percent over the past 20 years? Check this out under Quick Stats (bottom of home page) and select "Degrees Awarded." Note: Information found under Quick Stats is open to the general public.

• SPU professors (full professors) on average have 24 years of teaching experience and accounted for 33 percent of our regular faculty in 2009-10? Check it out under Quick Stats and select "Faculty Profile" (see Figure 2).

• The University's operating budget for 2009-10 totaled $117 million? Under Quick Stats – select "Financials" to learn more about revenue streams and expenditures. More

What Makes Your City Unique?

The winter issue of Response magazine will look at how people are engaging the culture and changing the world in cities, and how our urban campus gives us a distinct perspective on the challenges and joys of city life. Tell us what makes your town or city unique, and you could see your answer to the question printed in the next magazine. Answers may be edited for clarity and length. Submit your answer online. More

“Wellness Lunch and Learn"

What is "stress"? What happens in our bodies when we're stressed? How can we better manage stress? Come hear more at the “Wellness Lunch and Learn" on Monday, January 24, at noon in the Library Seminar Room. You'll learn from Amy Mezulis, assistant professor of clinical psychology. Your participation earns five points toward the quarterly 50 points in WebMD. Remember, you can apply these and other points based on healthy activities. Every 50 points you earn in a quarter equals $50 for your 2011-12 flexible spending account. Visit here to learn more. More

Senior Class T-Shirt

Help the Senior Class raise money for scholarships by purchasing the Class of 2011 T-shirt (shirts are black with white and teal letters). Visit the Senior Gift site to purchase! More

Circuit Training Mondays, Wednesdays

Circuit training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Upper Gym in Brougham Pavilion. The instructor is Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science Dale Cannavan. All faculty and staff are welcome.

Latest on iTunes U: Lectio With Dave Nienhuis

Guided Bible readings on Matthew, from the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, with Professor of New Testament Studies Dave Nienhuis. This week's reading, “Introduction to Matthew," begins the second portion of the Lectio series. More

Read or Listen to This Week's Lectio

Lectio continues Winter Quarter with Associate Professor of Theology David Nienhuis introducing the Gospel of Matthew, a book that not only teaches us how to follow Jesus, but also challenges the notion that the Old Testament is obsolete. Sign up now for this free online weekly reading program offered by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the School of Theology. Audio versions of each week's study are also available. More

Walking Challenge: SPU Globe Trekkers

Looking for a way to kick start your New Year's resolution? The SPU Wellness Committee wants to help. This quarter, you can participate in an eight-week walking challenge. Your steps/miles walked will be combined with other SPU Globe Trekkers. We'll walk around the globe – learning about places as we go. We can make it all the way around with your participation! You'll get tools and resources to help you walk and track your steps, 50 WebMD flexible spending points if you can log 30,000 steps each week, and a free small gift if you can't quite make those 30,000, but participate anyway for the positive lifestyle changes. We can do this! Stay tuned for more information in the Fac/Staff Bulletin and by email.

Flexible Spending Accounts and Over-Counter-Prescriptions

As of 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 our flexible spending administrator, BAC.

Need a Vaccine Against Flu, Adult Shingles, or Pneumococcal?

Are you having a hard time getting your flu vaccine during work hours? You can still go to any in-network pharmacy to get a seasonal flu, adult shingles, or pneumococcal vaccine. Pharmacies usually have extended or weekend hours that allow you to be immunized when it best fits your busy schedule. When you show your Premera member card at an in-network pharmacy, you will generally experience no out-of-pocket cost. However, occasionally, a pharmacist may request payment up front. If this occurs, you can submit for reimbursement from our plan. These immunizations are part of your annual $750 per year covered 100 percent at in-network providers as part of our preventive health plan through Premera. Keep your receipts and use the medical claim form found on the Human Resources website. More

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Thursday, January 13. Men's basketball vs. Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Friday, January 14. Gymnastics vs. Illinois State, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 15.
Indoor track: SPU at University of Washington Indoor Preview, Dempsey Indoor (UW), 9 a.m. (all day)
Gymnastics: SPU and Illinois State at Washington (Hec Edmundson Pavilion), 7 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m. More

Palmer Lecture Series With Dr. J. Kameron Carter

The 2011 Palmer Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Theology will be Thursday, January 27. Dr. J. Kameron Carter, associate professor in theology and black-church studies at Duke Divinity School, will be the guest lecturer. Dr. Carter will address issues of race, theology, and the church as he discusses "Post-Racial Religion: Or, The Question of the Neighbor in the 21st Century." The SPU campus is invited and encouraged to attend two events on January 27; the Palmer Chapel at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, and the Palmer Lecture at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Contact Kelsey Holloway at or 206-281-5415 with further questions.

Pet Photo of the Week

“Oliver (dark) and Bailey (crème) suffer every day from adequate food, comfortable digs, and plenty of attention. Despite vigorous donnybrooks when Oliver gets excited about the birds at the feeder outside and wildly tears into his brother (that's the way the fur flies!), these brothers get along famously. Oliver loves to have his tail pulled, and Bailey likes his water licked off his forearm under a running bathroom sink. Bailey's clear blue eyes and very fuzzy coat gets him plenty of squeezes from ‘Mom' Jo Ann." Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Don Peters. Select the link for a photo of Oliver and Bailey together. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

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, January 6. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, January 18.


Lee Named “Outstanding Professor"

Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Science Jaeil Lee was given an "Outstanding Professor Award" from the Korean Association of Human Ecology for her teaching and accomplishments in the discipline of clothing and textiles. Congratulations, Jaeil!

Summers Teaches in Vietnam

Don Summers, clinical instructor in the School of Business and Economics (SBE), taught a version of SBE's social venture planning course to 60 students at Duy Tan University (DTU) in Danang, Vietnam, December 8-18. Students focused on developing markets for poor farmers, capturing traditional culture from elders, financial counseling for rural people selling their land to the government, and progressive farming techniques for poor farmers. DTU will conduct their first Social Venture Plan Competition early this year. The two winning teams will compete in the Showcase Round here at SPU on April 13.

McFarland, Students Article Published

An article written by Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ben McFarland and alumni David Culpepper '10, Michael Maddox '09, and Andrew Caldwell '08, titled “Systematic mutation and thermodynamic analysis of central tyrosine pairs in polyspecific NKG2D receptor interactions" has been peer-reviewed and published in Molecular Immunology. This article summarizes student research spanning two summers and one honors project, focusing on the chemistry of protein-protein interactions that trigger the immune system against cancer.

Mezulis, Students Article Published

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis, along with her former academic mentor, Dr. Janet Hyde, and clinical psychology doctoral students Kristyn Funasaki and Anna Charbonneau authored an article that was published in January's issue of the journal, Cognitive Therapy & Research. The title of the research article is "Gender differences in the cognitive vulnerability-stress model of depression in the transition to adolescence."

Lumpe's Article Published

An article co-written by Associate Dean of Education Andrew Lumpe titled “Beliefs About Teaching Science: The Relationship Between Elementary Teachers' Professional Development and Student Achievement" was recently published in the International Journal of Science Education. The article reports on a large scale research study funded by the National Science Foundation in which elementary teachers' motivational beliefs about teaching science were found to be related to their level of engagement in an extensive professional development program. In addition, teachers with more confidence about teaching science tended to have students with higher science test scores. The co-authors are from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.


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

Budget and Records Analyst, Facility Management
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
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
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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