Monday, October 17, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Alumnus Eugene Peterson on Campus October 20

The Rev. Eugene Peterson, SPU Class of 1954 and author of the 2002 award-winning best-seller The Message, returns to campus. On Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m., in Royal Brougham Pavilion, the Center for Biblical and Theological Education presents a free public lecture by Peterson titled “St. Mark: The Basic Text for Christian Spirituality." He will speak of the importance of Scripture in spiritual formation. Doors open at 6 p.m.; no registration necessary. Invite your friends, family, and church! More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Campus November 2

Find out how SPU is helping you save for health care needs in retirement. Current contributions to eligible employee accounts are $75 per month, or $900 per year. On Wednesday, November 2, 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 one to 10 years, attend a “Thinking About Retirement" session which will address Emeriti insurance options and how they relate to Medicare. For those planning to retire more than 10 years from now, try a “Still Working" session to 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. Most sessions are quite short (about 30 minutes) and will be held in the Library Seminar Room. Although the meetings focus on different audiences, you're encouraged to attend either one. No RSVP is required. If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Human Resources Carrie McCrimmon at or 206-281-2676. A complete schedule can be found at this website. More

Thank You for Your Fiscal Year 2011 Gifts to Seattle Pacific!

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who made a gift in our last fiscal year, (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). To view a short video thanking you for your support, please follow the link below. Our contributions to Seattle Pacific demonstrate that we, who know the University best, are dedicated to ensuring a future of continued excellence. Not only do we affect the quality of our programs and opportunities for our current and future students, but faculty and staff giving increases external support, which in turn creates more regional and national prestige. Giving to SPU, in any amount to any program, is easy through payroll deduction. Log onto your Banner account and select “Giving to SPU" under your employee payroll tab. You can also make a gift online by going to Thank you in advance for your dedication and generosity for this 2012 fiscal year! More

Thanks for Participating in the Blood Drive

The Department of Student Programs would like to thank everyone who participated in the SPU Blood Drive on October 6-7. 64 people gave blood at the blood mobile, which will help 190 people in western Washington! Join us for the next on-campus blood drive on Thursday, November 10. For questions, contact Sarah McMurray, administrative assistant in Student Programs, at 206-281-2247. Make an appointment online. More

Flu Shots 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 $25. Current staff, faculty, and dependents (age 15 years and older) who have Premera coverage through SPU may receive influenza shots on campus free of charge as part of the preventive care benefit.

Library Open House

Come visit the lower level of the SPU library on Wednesday, October 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come see the new Tech Desk, a place where students can work with the latest tech tools; and the Archives, a place to explore SPU's past. Come discover, create, and share. Light snacks will be available.

Faculty, Staff Invited to SBE Dean's Speaker Series

Faculty and staff are welcome to the first School of Business and Economics Dean's Speaker event of 2011-12. The guest is Brandon Pedersen, CFO of Alaska Air Group. He will speak on the subject of “Success in the Airline Industry: How Alaska Is Weathering the Storm." The lecture is Wednesday, October 26, at 11 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mark Oppenlander, director for the Center of Applied Learning, at or 206-281-2942.

Center for Career & Calling Welcomes New PCAs

The Center for Career & Calling (CCC) is very excited to announce our new Peer Career Advisor (PCA) student leadership program. PCAs are exceptional student volunteers who play a valuable role in supporting the CCC. You may have already seen them promoting the CCC during Welcome Week, and they are available to visit classes to explain CCC programs and services. In addition, the PCAs will assist SPU students with beginning career development services such as résumé and cover letter reviews, and use of CCC online resources. Students are encouraged to stop by CCC, located on the second floor of the SUB, Monday through Thursday, 2-4 p.m. to meet our new team and take advantage of their assistance. Please join us in welcoming Chloe Sandvik, Allie Moore, Julz San Martino, Kirsten Aranas, and Karmen Baldwin to our team.

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Request

Winter and Spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates available are January 2 through June 11, 2012. Reservation requests are due by November 4. The academic year requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. These are open to full-time faculty and staff. Visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Thursday Food for Thought: Nijay Gupta

You are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the library on Thursdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. to hear SPU faculty and staff authors read from their latest books and writings. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On October 20, in a presentation called “The Edge of the Sword and the Tree of Shame: Reading Joshua in Light of the Cross," Nijay Gupta, SPU's Lectio guide for Autumn Quarter 2011, considers how Christians can understand the violence, warfare, and bloodshed of the book of Joshua through the lens of the cross. More

Good Seats Still Available for Sacred Sounds

Don't miss out on SPU's 12th annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas, featuring SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir and Wind Symphony, along with the SPU Orchestra, Men's and Women's Choirs, and Chamber Singers, performing sacred and traditional Christmas music from around the world. Again we are offering two performances: Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in magnificent Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $17 and $20 and can be purchased online at or at the Benaroya Hall Box Office. For more information, visit the website. More

Latest on iTunes U: Eaton and the State of the University Address

Listen as President Philip Eaton addresses the SPU community and outlines his vision for the 2011-12 school year. More

Lunch Hour Circuit Training

Do you sit all day? Feel lethargic? Need to get moving but want a little guidance? Join Dale Cannavan, assistant professor of exercise science, for circuit training classes Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the upper balcony gym. Classes are suitable for ALL fitness levels, and while intended to "make you work" they will also be fun. No RSVP required - just join us! In addition, if you participate for a month or more, you will be able to 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 2012-13.

Know a Lawyer, Financial Advisor, or Accountant?

University Advancement will host a luncheon meeting at noon on Monday, October 24, in Upper Gwinn. The luncheon will feature Les Steele as keynote speaker, sharing his thoughts on “The Personal and Public Good of Higher Education." The Professional Advisor's Network is a group of attorneys, financial advisors, accountants, and other professionals who support SPU's mission. For more information or to recommend an advisor to be invited, call or email Development Administrative Assistant Ami Archibald at 206-281-2237 or

Falcon Home Games This Week

Thursday, October 20
Men's soccer vs University of Mary, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m. More

Pet Photos Needed

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

Pet Photo of the Week

“Our family cat, Lucy, was rescued as a kitten after her one-eyed mother met her untimely death on a busy street. Small and sick, our family diligently nursed her back to health, and she has since become a large and somewhat lethargic cat who rules the roost. Although she's fluffy and cute, many won't dare get close to her, as she's not a fan of much else beyond mandarin oranges, my parents, and a comfy couch to lounge on. For example, some of her favorite pastimes include running when guests try to pet her, ignoring people when talked to, and hissing at those who won't quit trying. At the end of the day, we have an unconditional love for this Flame Point Siamese cutie pie." Kristen Ross, office and budget manager, The Graduate Center. Select the link for a photo of Lucy and Kristen. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. 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 Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, October 20. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 24.


Lee Participates in Conference

Jaeil Lee, associate professor in family and consumer science, participated in the "2011 Future Korean Leaders Conference" in Korea earlier this month. Jaeil was selected as one of the “100 Future Leaders of Korea 2011" by the Overseas Korean Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Korea. She says, “It was a highly honorable recognition, as they only selected 100 leaders globally and I am one of only 25 U.S. delegates." Some activities during the conference involved meeting the prime minister of Korea, participating in forums and lectures by influential leaders of Korea, and networking between local Koreans and Korean oversees.

Rice's Article Published

An article titled "Agent Causation and Acting for Reasons" by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rebekah Rice was published in the American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 4 (2011): 333-346.

Bikos, Doctoral Students' Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos and seven doctoral students in the industrial/organizational psychology program was recently published in the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice. The article was titled "Investigating the Utilization of Research Evidence in the 4-H Youth Development Program." The project was completed in a qualitative research methods class in Summer Quarter 2010.

McKenna's Article Published

An article by Rob McKenna, chair of the department of industrial/organizational psychology, and Victoria Campbell, doctoral student in industrial/organizational psychology, was published in the Journal of Values-Based Leadership. The article, "The Character X Factor in Selecting Leaders: Beyond Ethics, Virtues, and Values," highlights that in order for leaders to lead with character, they must be aware of the tension between two seemingly positive traits of conflicting virtues. Specifically, they must be aware of the tensions between humility and conviction, reluctance and courage, and vulnerability and integrity. The article concludes with considerations of how to interview and select leaders with this Character X factor.

Ferreiro's Article Published

An article by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro titled "St. Paul and Apostolic Succession" was published in Inside the Vatican 19 (2011) 46-49. The article is the result of a gathering in Rome in 2009 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross during what Pope Benedict XVI called “The Year of St. Paul." Alberto also participated in a documentary about St. Paul.

Welcome, New Staff Members!

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found in the online SPU White Pages.

Ben Eisenreich, security officer, Safety and Security
Kellie Lewis, admissions counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Preston Park, admissions counselor, Undergraduate Admissions


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistyr
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
Assistant/Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

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

Computer Services Manager, Undergraduate Admissions
Customer Service Representative (.25-.375, variable), Casey Conference Center
Events Manager, University Relations
Lead Groundskeeper, Casey Conference Center
Maintenance Mechanic, Building Maintenance
Manager, OUS Administration, University Services
MFT Program Coordinator (.8), School of Psychology, Family & Community
Senior Systems and Data Manager–CRM, Information and Data Management
Web Designer II, 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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