Monday, October 31, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Choral Concert November 4

Don't miss an evening of outstanding choral music, featuring SPU's nationally recognized Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the Men's Choir, and the Women's Choir, on Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Veterans Day Forum Nov. 10

A Veterans Day forum will be held at First Free Methodist Church on Thursday, November 10, 9:30-10:20 a.m. This forum will recognize the service and sacrifice of the veterans and military-affiliated personnel in the SPU community. Chaplain and SPU alumnus Rob Sterling (U.S. Army) will speak. The forum will also feature a color guard of SPU's ROTC students. The event is sponsored by the Veteran and Military Support cadre, and is open to the public.

SFS Closed on November 7

Student Financial Services will be closed on Monday, November 7, in order for the SFS staff to hold their annual all-day planning meeting. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, November 8.

Screening of Bullying Documentary “Finding Kind"

SPU's school counseling honor society chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, will host a screening of the documentary “Finding Kind" on Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. In this documentary, two young women from Orange County take a road trip across the country to bring awareness of “the severity of the negative and lasting effects resulting from girl-against-girl bullying." A reviewer writes, “The thing that sets ‘Finding Kind' apart from most other films is its ability to evoke self-reflection, a very powerful attribute for a film to have. Throughout the entirety of the film, I found myself reflecting on all the times I was mean toward another girl and hoping to be able to redeem myself for those horrible actions. I believe this was (Director) Parsekian's exact intention when filming the documentary, so it was inspiring to be able to experience a film fulfilling its purpose." Sigma Phi Upsilon is a chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, 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. Part of the proceeds will support the Sigma Phi Upsilon chapter projects. Tickets can be bought online. More

African Music Festival Tonight

An African music festival will make its Seattle debut at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, in First Free Methodist Church. The SPU music department is helping with the concert. The performance, titled “An African Festival," is produced by Sankusem, a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance and promotion of African music written for classical instruments. A group of notable international artists will perform. General admission is $18 and $12 for students.

Vocation and Spiritual Formation Retreat

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the “Vocation and Spiritual Formation Retreat: Our Unique Place in God's Renewing Work in the World" with Dr. Gordon T. Smith, professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. The forum is November 4-5 at First Free Methodist Church. Smith is author of several books, including Courage and Calling and Listening to God in Times of Choice. General admission is $50, and $25 for students. ($20 student scholarships are available from the Center for Biblical Theology and Education.) For more information and to register, visit the website. More

Thursday Food for Thought: President Eaton

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. On November 3, SPU President Philip Eaton reads from his new book, Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World. The book is about engaging a secular culture's deepest presuppositions. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. More

Brahm's “Requiem" Concert to Benefit FFMC Music Ministry

“Brahms' ‘Ein deutsches' Requiem" will be presented at First Free Methodist Church (FFMC) on Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. It will feature SPU faculty and staff members Elaine Weltz, Wendy Moy, and Jeff Jordan, and collaborative contributions from SPU, University of Washington, St. Mark's Cathedral, and FFMC. The suggested donation is $15 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors. The proceeds will benefit the FFMC music ministry program. For more information, contact adjunct music faculty member Wendy Moy at 480-442-4676 or visit the website. 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 - $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

Winners of the Campus Dining Survey

Housing and Meal Plan Services wish to thank all those who participated in the Campus Dining Survey. The winners of the Sodexo-provided prizes are Richard Sohn, student, iPad, cover and screen protector sheets; Brie Piedmonte, staff, $400 airline voucher; Kristen Schmitt, student, Nook Reader, cover and extended warranty; and Jannie Box, student, $50 of Advantage Points.

Sending a Package to Those Serving Overseas?

A message from Manager Frank Kinard in Mailing and Copying Services: “If you are sending a Christmas package to someone serving overseas, refer to the USPS website (link below) for dates for packages to arrive by December 25. Thank you, and I know those who are serving will thank you as well." 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.

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Request Due Nov. 4

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

Latest on iTunes U: Professor Geri Mason and

Assistant Professor of Economics Geri Mason identifies a number of great uses of which she shares in this workshop. More

Tickets Still Available for Sacred Sounds

Don't miss out on SPU's 12th annual The 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

Falcon Games This Week

Friday, November 4
Men's basketball at Washington (exhibition), Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs George Fox, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 5
Women's soccer vs Central Washington, 1 p.m. Regular-season finale, last game before NCAA tournament.

Men's soccer vs Saint Martin's, 7 p.m. Regular-season finale, last game before NCAA tournament. More

From the Archives

“This 1912 scrapbook photo is captioned ‘Girl's Dorm,' but the building would later be named Tiffany Hall, after Grace Tiffany, wife of Seattle Pacific's second president. Tiffany Hall was built in 1909, and spent most of its life as a women's dormitory, although the building also housed a snack bar and recreation room in the basement during the middle decades of the 20th century. In its later life, Tiffany housed faculty offices and Safety and Security before being demolished after the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The Science Building now stands where Tiffany used to be." Select the link to see the photo. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“Emma, a grey calico, was picked up as a starving stray in Kent last spring. We brought her home from the Humane Society to keep our other cat, Buddy, company. She eats like a horse and loves to be petted – but not to be picked up. If you do pick her up, she'll squeak, so around our house, you may be reminded ‘don't squeak the cat.'" Hope McPherson, online communications specialist, University Communications. Select the link for another photo of Emma. 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, November 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 7.


Articles by MFT Faculty Members Published

Two articles by marriage and family therapy (MFT) faculty members Scott Edwards, Claudia Grauf-Grounds, and Hee-Sun Cheon were published in Family Therapy magazine, 2011, 10(5). The recent issue, published by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, highlighted innovations in MFT training from programs across the U.S. and Canada. Their two articles, “An Innovative Ritual: Honoring Trauma" and “Competencies With an ORCA Stance: Developing the Self of the Therapist," showcase innovative distinctives and a signature of SPU's nationally recognized MFT program. The first article describes how SPU's MFT program attends to secondary trauma students experience while sitting with client families and listening to their stories. The second article describes a relational stance of “openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability" to social power in which the MFT program values, teaches, and attempts to embody in relationships.

Wong, Alumnus Co-Author Paper

Kenman Wong, professor of business ethics, and Donovan Richards, a 2011 School of Theology M.A. in theology graduate, co-authored a paper titled "Usury or Just Price? A Christian Ethical Evaluation of Interest Rates in Commercialized Microfinance." The paper was co-authored as part of an independent study during Spring 2011. Donavan presented the paper at the 18th annual International Business Ethics Conference held in New York City, October 26-28.

Faculty, Staff Members Win Award

A paper written by SPU professors David Wicks, Andrew Lumpe, Henry Algera, and Kris Gritter; adjunct faculty member Helen Barrett; and staff member Janiess Sallee recently won the 2011 Sloan-C Effective Practice Award, given by the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). The paper titled, “bPortfolios: Blogging for Reflective Practice," deals with blogging portfolios as an integral learning tool for students enrolled in a university program. Several academic bloggers picked up on the Sloan award, which led to a number of posts and tweets about bPortfolios. The Sloan Consortium is an association of individuals, institutions, and organizations of higher education committed to quality online education. Congratulations! Read more about the award and read the paper online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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
Data and Systems Manager-Research Analyst, Information and Data Management
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
Shuttle Bus/Van Driver (.5, temporary), Office of Safety and Security
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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