Monday, May 2, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


President's Spring Forum May 3

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion, with a community reception immediately following. Offices will be closed during that time to encourage everyone to attend.

Theatre Department Presents “Our Town"

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Our Town," May 5-7, 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall on SPU campus. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Written by Thornton Wilder, “Our Town" explores the lives of people living in a small, classic American town. The play is divided into three acts of the human experience of life, love, and loss. Wilder received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 for this play. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Group rates are available for 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit The theater is wheelchair accessible. More

Thursday Food for Thought: Nienhuis and Wall

Bring a brown-bag lunch and join “Thursday Food for Thought" in the reading room at the SPU library. Enjoy lunch with SPU faculty and staff authors as they discuss their latest books on Thursdays, April 14-May 19, 12:30-1:15 p.m. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On May 5, Rob Wall, professor of theology, and David Nienhuis, professor of theology, will read from their book The Church's Guide for Reading the Catholic Epistles. More

SBE Dean's Speaker Series

Bill Chapin, director of marketing & partnership development for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC, is the speaker for the next School of Business Dean's Speaker Series on Thursday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mark Oppenlander, director of the Center for Applied Learning, at or 206-281-2942. More

Autumn Registration Approaching

Registration for Autumn 2011 Quarter is coming soon. All continuing students have been assigned an appointment time, and have been notified via email. Students not admitted to a major will be seeking to meet with their faculty advisor prior to their appointment time in order to remove the "Faculty Advisor Hold." Autumn registration for currently admitted undergraduate students begins Monday, May 16. Autumn registration for graduate students begins Monday, May 23. If you have questions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Spring 2011 Census Information Available

The spring census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available only to SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

Looking for Outstanding Graduates

University Communications needs help identifying outstanding students from this year's graduating class. This request is for undergraduate and graduate students. These students and their achievements will be pitched to media outlets prior to Commencement. Please send the name(s) of the students and a short description about why you are recommending them. Examples would be students who overcame obstacles to graduate, are involved in community service projects, participated in innovative research, started a new venture, took a class that changed their career direction, or did something really interesting. Basically, anything that would make a good story! We will follow up with the student and get permission to use his or her profile. Send information by email to News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen at

Sam Phillips to Receive Levertov Award

Critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sam Phillips is coming to Seattle to receive the 2011 Denise Levertov Award from Image journal on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union. The event is co-sponsored by the SPU English Department, SPU's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and Union Church. Visit the website for more information and to register. More

Campus Preview May 12-13

Do you have a junior or sophomore high school student at home interested in potentially attending SPU? Campus Preview, May 12-13, will be a great chance for them to kick-start their college search. This overnight event will give them the opportunity to sleep in the residence halls, attend numerous classes, experience campus life ( plus an evening concert), meet professors and current students, discover more about our majors and extracurricular programs, and more. They'll be able to experience SPU life for themselves. Contact Visit and Events Coordinator Lisa Nelson at for more information. Check out the schedule and register at the Campus Preview website. More

Wind Symphony Concert

The SPU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in the First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

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.

Documentary: Race to Nowhere

SPU's honorary society Sigma Phi Upsilon will host a showing of the documentary Race to Nowhere on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The documentary explores the impact of the "high-stakes, high-pressure culture" in schools. A reviewer writes, "This remarkable new film shines a light on the price young people pay for this ‘race to nowhere.' High-stakes testing has replaced meaningful teaching and learning. Cheating is commonplace. Stress-related illness, depression, and burnout are rampant. Many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired." Sigma Phi Upsilon is a chapter of Chi Sigma, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. Its mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling. Tickets should be bought online at Part of the proceeds will support the Sigma Phi Upsilon chapter projects. Check out the upcoming screening of Race to Nowhere at SPU. More

Home Athletic Events

Saturday, May 7
Windermere Cup, Montlake Cut. Both the men's and women's crew teams will be participating. First races begin at 10:20 a.m.

Track and field: SPU at Ken Foreman-Ken Shannon Invitational, Husky Stadium. First events begin at 9:30 a.m. More

Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference May 13

The ninth annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Friday, May 13, 3–9 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall. Join us for oral presentations and posters from our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students, a keynote address from Tom Lyster, inventor of the AED (automated external defibrillator), a door prize drawing, and some dessert. Details can be found on the conference website. More

WebMD: Don't Pass Up Your $75 Reward!

May 15 will be the final day to complete the WebMD Personal Health Assessment - HealthQuotient to receive a reward of $75. You must be Premera-covered in order to access the HealthQuotient. The more specific your answers, the more accurate your wellness score. Encourage your Premera-covered spouse to complete the assessment as well. Visit the Human Resources webpage and select "Wellness Program through WebMD" to login. Your individual response is not shared with SPU. More

Online Open Enrollment: Important Dates and Information

You will be receiving your open enrollment packet through campus mail by May 2. Open enrollment runs May 1–31 this year. Once again, your benefit selections will be made through an online system. Instructions for access are in your open enrollment packet or available on the Human Resources website. The Benefits Fair is Tuesday, May 10. Think you might need help completing online open enrollment? If so, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at to schedule an appointment for one-on-one enrollment help. Watch the Fac/Staff Bulletin for more information about open enrollment and the Benefits Fair in the weeks ahead. Visit the HR website for more information. More

Annual Benefits Fair May 10

Human Resources is busy with final details, preparing for our annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Spouses are welcome to attend. We will have representatives from our benefits vendors available to provide all the information you need. We hope you will stop by with questions, enjoy snacks, visit with friends, and fill a bag with lots of vendor giveaways! Don't forget, you will also have several opportunities to win door prizes provided by Human Resources ($200 cash!) and vendors. Important reminder: Online Open Enrollment has started! It runs May 1-31. Look for details in your Open Enrollment packet which you should have received.

Donate Old Eyeglasses to VSP® and Eyes of Hope℠ at Benefits Fair

More than one billion people around the world need eyeglasses but can't afford them. A gift of donated eyeglasses can change the lives of those in need. Seeing clearly for the first time means they can do basic things like succeed at school or work, and care for their families. Eyes of Hope℠, VSP® Vision Care's eyewear donation program, is an easy way you can help. Helping others see well is easy.

• First, find those unused glasses and dust them off. VSP needs complete sets of eyewear. Any of the following would be great:
o Prescription glasses
o Readers
o Sunglasses
o Plastic and metal frames are both accepted
o Cases can be used if they are donated with the glasses inside
• Second, consider asking around. You might have friends or family who have been looking for an opportunity to donate as well.
• Third, mark your calendar to drop off your glasses at the Benefits Fair on May 10.

VSP® ensures that the glasses are recycled and distributed to children and adults throughout the world. Together we can help people see well and stay healthy.

Faculty, Staff Invited to CBTE Conference Events

On May 10, the SPU community is invited to attend most of the events of the one-day Center for Biblical and Theological Education conference, “Embracing the (W)hole Gospel: Putting Faith Into Action." The conference features Richard Stearns and Steve Haas of World Vision. These free events include chapel (9:30–10:20 a.m.), breakout sessions (1:45–2:45 p.m. and 3–4 p.m.), a panel/roundtable discussion (4:15–5:30 p.m.), and the plenary lecture (7–8:30 p.m.). For more information call Kelsey Holloway in CBTE at 206-378-5415 or visit the website. More

Latest From Campus Dining

Medley: Try the new Salad Wrap. $1 off this week only.

Grill 155: Get a tasty Mushroom Swiss Angus Burger for only $4.29--add $2 more and make it a combo meal! Now, when you buy a combo meal at Grill 155, you can substitute fries for a side salad from MEDLEY — a great healthy option!

Einstein's Bagels: Afternoon break for a bagel and schmear for $2 after 2 p.m..

C-Store: Save money and ask your cashier for the brand new C-Card.

Subway: This month's $5 foot long: the new Double Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Flatbread Sandwich

Pura Vida: The Top Barista Contest is back! Submit your own drink recipe and win prizes if your drink is chosen - enter today.

More Pet Photos Needed

If you've ever wanted your pet featured in the Fac/Staff Bulletin, (the first step to worldwide fame), now's the time. Send in two photos and a brief explanation to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at

Pet Photos of the Week

“Dublin Kells will be 5 years old on May 17, and we wanted to see how he would look if we didn't get his usual six-week puppy cut. Here is our little Shih Tzu after 12 weeks without his trim and his morning “bed head." We changed his name to Fuzzy Face about four weeks ago because we couldn't see his eyes or mouth or nose anymore. Here he is freshly bathed and groomed. (Select the link below.) But he gets chilled without all the extra hair and our still cold days." Ruth Adams, University Registrar. 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, May 5. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 9.


Karns Presents at Conference

Gary Karns, professor of marketing, wrote a paper titled "Designing the Marketing Component of an Integrated Problem-Based M.A. in Social and Sustainable Management" and co-authored "A Study of Adoption of Electronic Textbooks in Marketing Classes" with colleagues at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Both articles were presented at the Marketing Educators' Association Conference in San Diego, April 21-23.

Yost, Students Present at Conference

Paul Yost, professor of I/O psychology, presented three papers at the Society of Industial/Organizational Psychology's annual conference. Presentations included "Leadership Lessons of Experience," "HR Interventions That Go Viral," and "Making On-the-job Development a Foundational Pillar in an Organization's Talent Management System." Doctoral students Jillian McLellan, Chris Roenicke, and Glenna Chang co-presented and co-authored two of the papers.

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 is available through the online SPU White Pages.

John Middeljans, the new operations coordinator in Student Financial Services
Jessica Jenkins, the new administrative assistant in the Office of Development
Wendy Jones, web communications manager in University Communications


Professors, Alumni Featured in Seattle Times

Several members of the SPU community were featured in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine on April 24. The cover story was titled “Seeking a Higher Power," and examined the intersection of faith, art, and culture in the Northwest. Read the story online. More


Welcome, Elizabeth Gupta

Instructor of Biblical Studies Nijay Gupta, and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of Elizabeth Gupta, born April 3. She joins Simryn, age 4, and Aidan, age 2. Select the link for a photo of all the Gupta children. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Assistant/Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
University Librarian

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, Center for Learning
Administrative Assistant, Family and Consumer Science
Customer Service Specialist/Housekeeper, Casey Conference Center
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Director of Advancement Services, Development
Nurse Practitioner (.8, 9-month), Health Services
Prospect Research Manager, Office of Development
Visits and Events Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions

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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