Monday, December 12, 2011 Seattle Pacific University


Autumn Quarter Grades Due Dec.19

Autumn 2011 grades are due in Student Academic Services by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 19. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before December 19, they need to contact SAS at so that the grades can be rolled to academic history. If there are challenges when grading students, contact SAS PRIOR to the grading deadline, for we may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp at 206-281-02636 or

Retirement Readiness Seminar Feb. 28

Save the date: The second annual Retirement Readiness Seminar is Tuesday, February 28, 6–8 p.m. If you are between the ages of 45 and 75, then plan now for the retirement you want soon. Come learn more about the issues that will affect you in retirement, the benefits that may be available, and why it's important to keep saving. Spouses are welcome, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Space is limited so an RSVP will be required. More information to come as the event date nears.

SFS Closing Early Dec. 13

Student Financial Services will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, for their annual Christmas lunch. The office will reopen on Wednesday, December 14. If you have any questions, call 206-281-2061.

“Becoming Soul Mates" Marriage Seminar

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is pleased to sponsor "Becoming Soul Mates" — a fun, thought-provoking, and practical marriage enrichment and preparation seminar, on Saturday, February 4, 2012. This year the event will be held at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington. SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrott, and Marriage and Family Therapist Leslie Parrott, two of America's leading relationship experts, will lead this event. The seminar will include two special lunchtime sessions: “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts," for engaged and newlywed couples; and “Marriage Mentoring," for couples interested in being mentors. Between now and January 3, 2012, the early-bird rate is just $79 per couple (which includes a best-selling book by the Parrotts). For more information and to register, visit the seminar website. More

Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It's not too late to get a flu shot at the Health Service Center in Watson Hall. Protect yourself this flu season. Bring your SPU Premera card for a FREE shot. If you're not covered by Premera, the flu shot costs $25. Open to all staff, faculty, students, and dependents over 15. Call and schedule today 206-281-2231.

Campus Dining Hours During Christmas Break

Falcon's Landing
December 8–January 3, closed
Wednesday, January 4, normal hours

December 9–December 23, weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
December 24–January 2: closed
Tuesday, January 3, normal hours

December 9–December 23, weekdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
December 24–January 2, closed
Tuesday, January 3, normal hours

Weter Coffee Kiosk
December 9–December 23, weekdays 7:45–11 a.m.
December 24–January 2, closed
Tuesday, January 3, normal hours

Christmas CD by Music Faculty Member Julian Catford

A CD by adjunct music faculty member Julian Catford titled “Christmas Eve Live: Fingerstyle Jazz on the Classical Guitar" is now available. All proceeds go toward SPU guitar scholarships. The CD is a jazz mix of secular and sacred music, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing," “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," “Silver and Gold," “Good King Wenceslas," “We Three Kings," “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," “O Come All Ye Faithful," “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," “Deck the Halls," “White Christmas," “Silver Bells," “The Christmas Song," and “What Child Is This?" The CD is $10, and available in the Fine Arts Office in the Crawford Music Building, the SPU Bookstore, and Rosewood Guitar at 8402 Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle. For more information and to listen to some of the music, visit the website. More

Upcoming Falcon Home Games

Tuesday, December 13
Men's basketball vs Dominican University of California, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 19
Women's basketball vs Pacific Lutheran University, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 29
Women's basketball vs Western Oregon, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 31
Women's basketball vs Saint Martin's, Brougham Pavilion, 4 p.m. More

Latest on iTunes U: Reinsma Reads Chaucer

SPU English Professor Luke Reinsma reads Chaucer's The Miller's Prologue and Tale in its original dialect. More

Pet Photo of the Week

"Attached is a photo of my male parakeet, Green Guy, (dressed up for Halloween). He is much dumber than his spouse, Scout, but he is very sweet. Unfortunately, he is also classified as ‘obese' by my bird vet. I have tried putting him on a diet, but he likes to chow down and I have now nicknamed him 'Howard Taft.'" Kathleen Braden, professor of geography. Select the link to see a larger photo of Green Guy. 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 last Bulletin for December will be published Monday, December 19. The deadline is Thursday, December 15. The first Bulletin for Winter Quarter will be published Monday, January 9.


Thoburn Receives Humanitarian Award

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn was selected for the American Psychological Association (APA) 2012 International Humanitarian Award in recognition of his "sustained and enduring humanitarian services to underserved populations." APA's committee on International Relations in Psychology will formally present this award to John at the next annual convention in August 2012 in Orlando. Congratulations, John!

Wilson's Article Published

An article by Professor of Clinical Psychology Beverly Wilson titled "Children's responses to entry failure: Attention deployment patterns and self-regulation," was recently published in the Journal of Genetic Psychology. Co-authors were alumni of SPU's clinical psychology program, including Holly Petaja '08, Arianne Stevens '08, Margaret Mitchell '06, and Kari Peterson '07.

SOE Faculty Present in Taiwan

Professors Art Ellis, Rick Eigenbrood, and Cher Edwards presented papers at the National Academy for Educational Research and at the Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan last month. Art presented on the topic of "Theory and Research in Reflective Assessment," Rick on "Five Trends in U.S. Teacher Education: Implications for the Sustainability of Current Models," and Cher on "School Counselors and Special Education: Collaboration for Student Academic Success." The National Academy for Educational Research provides consultation, research, development, training, investigation, dissemination, and information services as a national-level educational research institution. Taipei Municipal University of Education began as the Academy of Language in Taipei Chih Shan Yen in 1895. Within its 113-year history, the university has gone through different stages transforming itself into an "art and sciences university with an emphasis on teacher education."

Holsinger Gives Sermon on Famous Sermon

Professor of History Don Holsinger gave a sermon titled “A Sermon for All Seasons: Anton Montesino's ‘Voice Calling in the Desert'" on December 4 at the Seattle Mennonite Church. Five hundred years ago this Advent season, a group of Dominican friars on the island of Hispaniola appointed their most eloquent preacher Anton Montesino to deliver a blistering condemnation of the abusive encomienda system set up by Columbus following 1492. Montesino's Advent sermon, echoing calls from Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, has inspired movements for truth and justice for the past 500 years.

Cannavan's Article Published

An article written by Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan titled “Lack of effect of moderate-duration static stretching on plantar flexor force production and series compliance" was published in Clinical Biomechanics (in press). Select the link to read the abstract. More

Lustyk, Students Paper Published

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that a paper written by Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk titled “Cardiovascular responses to a laboratory stressor in women: Assessing the role of body awareness" was published in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. Kathy would like to recognize her co-authors Winslow Gerrish and Jacob Bentley, Ph.D., who received their doctorates in clinical psychology from SPU in 2011; and 2009 SPU graduate Haley A.C. Douglas, who is now a doctoral student in the UW clinical psychology program.

Alsbury Gives Presentations

Professor of Educational Leadership Thomas Alsbury gave five presentations at the annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration in Pittsburgh last month. The organization is an invitation-only association whose membership includes the top 70 research universities with educational leadership programs. Each of these presentations were selected through a blind, peer-reviewed process. The titles of the presentations were:

“Evaluating Superintendency Leadership Preparation: Superintendent Effectiveness Through the Eyes of Their Board Members"

“Multinational Superintendent Roles and Implications on Leadership Preparation" (presented at Special Session: International Community Building)

“An Analysis of Educational Governance Structures, Decision-Making Pathways, and Centralized verses Decentralized Control of Education: How Governance Can Support Leaders and their Learning."

“Democratic Education at Risk? Policy Implications From the First National School Board Survey"

“Voices From the Field: Perspectives of Principals and Superintendents on School Leadership" (presented at the Innovation Session)


Welcome, Penelope Kay Steiner

Penelope Kay Steiner was born Wednesday, November 23, to Melody Steiner, access services technician in the library, and her husband, Ryan Steiner, currently in the MA-TESOL program at SPU. Penny weighed 7 lbs, 7 ounces. Melody says, “We are doing fabulously. The nights are an adjustment — she is wide awake and ready to play at around 3 a.m. But I'm catching up on sleep during the day, and she is just too cute for words!" Select the link for a larger photo of Penny. More


Faculty Positions

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

For 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

Associate Graduate Director & Budget Manager, School of Business and Economics
Computer Services Manager, Graduate Center
Computer Services Manager, Undergraduate Admissions
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Shuttle Bus/Van Driver (.5, temporary), Office of Safety and Security
Systems Analyst/Administrator--Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Technical Accountant, Finance Office
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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