Monday, May 23, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: “Being Christian Community"

On Tuesday, May 24, Celestin Musekura, president and founder of the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, will speak in chapel at 9:30 a.m., in First Free Methodist Church. He will be joined by SPU's Wind Symphony, Worship Arts Ensemble, and the Gospel Choir who will perform excerpts from “Reconciled." The service will focus on Romans 14:1-15:13.

Prize Winners from the Benefits Fair

The staff of Human Resources would like to thank everyone who attended the recent Benefits Fair. Hopefully, your benefits questions were answered all in one place, and you enjoyed the food and visited with co-workers. Congratulations to the 22 lucky employees who won door prizes! We really appreciate our vendors providing these prizes – they are very generous, and really care about and enjoy our employees. The Grand Prize winners ($200 cash each) were: Steve Whitehouse, Finance Office, and Marlon Sandlin, Development. Please congratulate all the winners, and see you next year!

Julie Bukowski, Building Maintenance: iPod shuffle donated by AON
Serena Severance, Student Academic Services: Mariners' tickets donated by Benefits Administration Company
Nicole Pennebaker, TESOL Graduate Program: Free night at Fort Casey Inn donated by Casey Conference Center
Mike Taylor, Casey Conference Center: Golf umbrella donated by Diversified
Amanda Panotes, Student Counseling Center: Golf umbrella donated by Diversified
Shawn Whitney, Student Counseling Center: Golf umbrella donated by Diversified
Bev Zat, Casey Conference Center: Golf umbrella donated by Diversified
Kristen Labrecque, Student Academic Services: Wellness prize donated by Human Resources
Kay Knierim, Student Academic Services: Starbucks gift pack donated by LTC Solutions
Robin Kundert, Computer and Information Systems: Starbucks gift card donated by Premera
Brad Gjerding, Electrical Engineering: iPod nano donated by Safety & Security
Cherylin Shdo, Business and Planning: Blanket and umbrella donated by The Standard
Garrett McGuire, Safety and Security: Cooler donated by Travelers Insurance (Mike Strathy – Independent Insurance Agent)
Dick Smith, Education: Visa gift card for $50 donated by Travelers Insurance (Mike Strathy – Independent Insurance Agent)
Mike Clark, Computer and Information Systems: Visa gift card for $50 donated by Travelers Insurance (Mike Strathy – Independent Insurance Agent)
Sarah Adams, Academic Affairs: Visa gift card for $50 donated by Travelers Insurance (Mike Strathy – Independent Insurance Agent)
Geri Mason, Business and Economics: Visa gift card for $75 donated by U.S. Bank
Sue Martin, Chemistry: Duffel bag donated by Vivacity
Donna McIntosh, Student Academic Services: Blanket and thermos donated by VSP
Laurie Mendes, Science and Engineering: Sonicare toothbrush donated by Washington Dental Service

Faculty: Are You Conducting a Research Project With a Student?

etc magazine is looking for stories about student and faculty research from all disciplines. Please send an email to etc Editor Julia Siemens at about the project, and the student or students who are or will be working with you. Thank you!

Now at the Art Center Gallery: Annual “Senior Studio" Shows

The latest artwork by SPU students is now on display at SPU's Art Center Gallery. The annual “Senior Studio" shows feature oil paintings, illustrations, photographs, mobile sculptures, and interactive installations. The students, all seniors, are majoring in illustrations/new pictures and studio art. Admission is free, and the gallery is wheelchair accessible. The Art Center Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona, close to campus. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. To contact the Art Center Gallery, call 206-281-2079. More

Forum on Haiti May 24

"We're Still Here," a student-led forum to raise awareness about the current need in Haiti, will be held Tuesday, May 24, 7–8 p.m. in Demaray Hall 258. SPU students, staff, and alumni will talk about their recent trips to Haiti. Before the forum, students will organize a fundraiser called "Pennies for Pure Water." Water bottles will be placed around campus (specifically in the residence halls) to collect spare change. The donations will go toward the construction of a water filtration system in Haiti. If you would like more information, contact Madison Allen at

“Last Lecture" by Ben McFarland

Seattle Pacific University's Ivy Honorary presents “The Last Lecture of Dr. Ben McFarland" on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, room 109. McFarland, associate professor of biochemistry, will speak on “The Sounds of New Creation." Light dessert will be provided. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend. The concept of a “Last Lecture" is based on a 2007 lecture and 2008 book by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2008. In subsequent Last Lectures, professors reflect on what matters most and what wisdom they would hope to share with others. Ivy Honorary is SPU's chapter of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

Wind Symphony Performs at Memorial Day Service

SPU's Wind Symphony will perform during the annual service at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park on Memorial Day, May 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m. More

Percussion Ensemble Concert May 31

SPU's Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, in the E.E. Bach Theater inside SPU's McKinley Hall. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

SPU Orchestra Concert June 2

The new SPU Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Choral Concert June 3

SPU choirs will perform on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Hire a SPRINT Team for Your Spring Cleaning Project

This summer, SPRINT will send 11 teams to learn and serve in 10 countries around the world. You can support the teams' fundraising efforts by hiring a team to help with landscaping, housecleaning, or other work projects around your house. We suggest a donation of $10 per hour per student. Funds go directly to students' trip accounts. Projects can be scheduled any time before graduation. For more information, contact Michelle Suh, SPRINT fundraising coordinator, at or Owen Sallee, John Perkins Center staff advisor, at

Fall Reservation Requests for Camp Casey

Full-time faculty and staff are now able to make fall reservation requests for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are September 26, 2011, through January 1, 2012. Reservation requests are due by June 5, 2011. The fall requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. If you have questions, contact the Camp Casey office at 866-661-6604 or We look forward to seeing you this fall or sooner! Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Eastside Van Pool?

Tired of rising gas prices and thinking about the toll that will soon be assessed to cross the 520 bridge? Now is the perfect time to consider saving money and joining a vanpool! Currently there are not any vanpools between the Eastside and campus, but we are looking into the possibility of starting one. At this point, we are thinking of meeting at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, but based on response may consider meeting at the Bear Creek Park and Ride in Redmond with a stop at the South Kirkland Park and Ride. Our work hours are 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in joining, email Heidi Lin in Student Financial Services at In your email, please indicate if you are interested in being a driver, bookkeeper, or rider, and which of these park and rides would work better for you. If there is enough interest, we will look at what the next steps are for trying to get this started.

Theatre Department Presents The Fantasticks

The SPU Theatre Department presents The Fantasticks, May 24–27, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. The play starts off with neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love with each other by staging a feud and placing a wall between their houses. One of the fathers hires an actor to fake Luisa's abduction so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa. Once Luisa and Matt realize their fathers' intentions, they both reject their love match and go off to explore.

The play is directed by SPU theatre alumni Candace and Sam Vance. Candace is also an adjunct theatre faculty member at SPU. Tickets are $6. Group rates are available for 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit Free parking is available in Crawford, Ross, and Dravus parking lots. The theater is wheelchair accessible. More

The Latest on iTunes U: 2011 Perkins Lecture

John Perkins gives his annual Perkins Lecture on April 26 at SPU. More

Cascade Yearbook Available

The Cascade yearbook has finally arrived. Get your copy in Gwinn or in the SUB throughout the week. See posters around campus for details. Pick up the yearbook you've already purchased or buy your copy on the spot!

Last Call 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, were 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

Online Open Enrollment: Don't Put It Off!

Online Open Enrollment ends May 31. Be sure that you have made all your selections including any flexible spending account elections. To access Online Open Enrollment, follow instructions in your open enrollment packet, visit the Human Resources website, or contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or More

Latest From Campus Dining

Medley: Get a fresh salad creation or salad wrap with a cool fountain drink for only $6.29 (chicken and tuna priced regularly)

Grill 155: Grab some Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wraps with fries for $4.39 — add $1 and get a drink with your meal!

Einstein's Bagels: Grab a bagel with schmear and grande coffee for only $2.99 after 2 p.m. (iced coffee excluded).

Academic Perks: The weather is getting warmer, so cool off with a Tazo Iced Tea drink — "Tazo Tea" Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to close. When you purchase two grande iced teas, ask your barista about an exclusive discount card (while supplies last).

Pura Vida: SPU's Top Barista contest has come to a close. Thanks to all who voted. You can still come into Pura Vida and try the nominated drinks: Marisa Mault's “Hazelnut Kiss Mocha," Michael Piper's “Fuzzy Peach Latte," or Michaela Orzechowski's “Hug 'n a Mug Mocha." SPU's Top Barista will be announced this week!

Pet Photos of the Week on Summer Hiatus

“Thanks to everyone who submitted pet photos this year. I'm pretty sure it's the most popular feature in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. We'll start again in October. Have a great summer with your favorite animals!" Tracy Norlen, Fac/Staff Bulletin editor.

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 26. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, May 31.


VanZanten's Second Article Published

A second article by Professor of English Susan VanZanten appeared in the web publication Inside Higher Education on May 16. Titled "Religious College Interviews," the article advises faculty job candidates about the kinds of questions they might face when interviewing at a religious college. Susan's first Inside Higher Education piece was called "The Religious Option." Read the latest article online. More

Doctoral Student Wins “Outstanding Dissertation" Award

The Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) has awarded doctoral student David Denton the “Outstanding Dissertation for 2010." Professor of Education Art Ellis was committee chairperson for the dissertation. The purpose of the award is to recognize exemplary research by doctoral students related to improving K-12 education. The title of his dissertation is “The Effects of Reflective Thinking on Middle School Students' Academic Achievement and Perceptions of Related Instructional Practices: A Mixed Methods Study." David and Art will receive the award and present the results of the dissertation at the WERA State Assessment conference in December.

SPFC Faculty, Students Attend Western Psychological Association

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) was well represented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, April 28–May 1, in Los Angeles. Seven faculty members along with 17 doctoral students in clinical psychology, 11 undergraduate students in psychology, one doctoral student in industrial/organizational psychology, and three SPFC alumni were represented in 16 papers, symposia, and poster presentations.

Professor of Clinical Psychology Jay Skidmore and student co-authors presented two posters titled “Psychosocial effects in sedentary behavior in kids: Systematic review," and “Cognitive appraisal and coping in cancer patients."

Assistant Professor of Psychology Baine Craft and students presented posters titled “Food deprivation causes contrast effects in rattus norvegicus," and “Reward quality causes difference in self-controlled choice bias in rattus norvegicus."

Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown and student co-authors presented the poster “Priming generosity reduces social dominance attitudes and behavior."

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis and doctoral students co-presented their poster “Brooding and cognitive style: Mediating temperament and depression in college students."

Doctoral advisees of Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Marcia Webb presented the poster “Doubt resolution and religious maturity."

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos and students presented the pair of posters “Globetrekking: Quantitative results 9 months post-re-entry," and “Student perspectives on their learning experiences overseas: Difficulties, triumphs, and lack of re-entry support." Lynette also chaired a symposium titled “International immersion learning experiences in higher education: Program outcomes and recommendations." In that session, her students gave a presentation titled “Advocacy for international immersion learning experiences in doctoral psychology curricula." Also, Lynette and students presented the poster “Evaluation of a career development intervention for youth in residential treatment."

Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk and co-authors participated in a paper session in health psychology titled “Sleep and menstrual cycle effects on hemodynamic reactivity in women."

Doctoral advisees of Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn presented the posters “Commitment, relationship experience, and mate preferences of women," and “A systems approach to reconciliation and recovery for clergy sexual misconduct."

Doctoral students of Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Marcia Webb presented the posters “Religiosity and recovery from severe mental illness," and “Suffering with God, anger style, and post-traumatic growth: Loved ones response to brain injury."

Behind the scenes, SPU faculty members were involved in the conference administration. Kathy Lustyk continues to serve on the Council of Representatives. Lynette Bikos was the program chair for international presentations.


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
University Librarian
One-Year Instructor of Mathematics

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

Customer Service Specialist/Housekeeper, Casey Conference Center
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Director of Advancement Services, Development
Major Gifts Officer, University Advancement
Nurse Practitioner (.8, 9-month), Health Services
Prospect Research Manager, Office of Development
Student Employment Coordinator, Student Financial Services

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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