Monday, February 6, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Marston Lecture on Feb. 7

What is beauty? This year's Marston Lecture will address the question with ideas proposed by Plato in the Hippias Major, and examine them in light of other philosophers and theologians, art and architecture, and recent research in psychology. C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald will give the Marston Lecture on Tuesday, February 7, 2 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. His topic is “Real Beauty in Plato? Sifting the Hippias Major." More

"Perspectives on Challenging Child Behaviors: Understanding the Role of Sensory Processing"

Dr. Tracy Jirikowic, assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington, will give a lecture on Tuesday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, room 109. Sensory processing differences occur at a high rate among children with different types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Understanding how children overreact or underreact to the everyday sensations of touch, sound, sight, and movement can provide unique insight into some challenging behaviors. Dr. Jirikowic will present current clinical practices that are used to identify and treat sensory processing disorders, along with research that is shaping our understanding of these problems and how they impact children in their daily life activities. This event is sponsored by the SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community. The event is free and open to the public. More

“Women and Homelessness"

An educational forum on “Women and Homelessness" will be held Wednesday, February 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. The forum is part of the activities surrounding the visit of Tent City 3. More

FedEx Open House at Mailing and Copying Services

FedEx Office will host an open house in Mailing and Copying Services on Thursday, February 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty can now submit personal copy jobs to the FedEx Office and pay for them when they are returned back to SPU. This allows students, faculty, and staff to capitalize on the SPU negotiated pricing for copying, which is cheaper than retail cost. Snacks will be served. Come by and check out the new service.

One-Man Play: A View From the Tent

Local actor Dan Niven performs a one-man play based on the book, View From the Tent: Thoughts From a Homeless Man on Friday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. The book is compilation of letters written to M. Barrett Miller over several years by a homeless man named Atreus, who had lived in various shelters and on the streets of Seattle. The performance is free, and donations will be accepted for SPU's Tent City 3 Fund.

Relinquish Community Prayer Event Feb. 10

On February 10, Relinquish is hosting the first weekly community prayer event at First Free Methodist Church, 7–9 p.m., in “The Room" (Cremona side entrance). God is moving at SPU, and it's becoming clear that there are many people on and off campus who have a burden and calling to pray for SPU and our city. This will be a time when all of us — students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community — can pray in unity. God has plans and blessings and callings and salvations to bring, and prayer is an indispensable part of it. Learn more. More

Yoga and Tent City 3 Beginning Feb. 7

The Tuesday yoga class is pleased to invite Tent City 3 to join them on Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the First Free Methodist gym. If you are attending the class, or have just been considering attending, please think about bringing an extra towel or yoga mat to share with a Tent City 3 neighbor. As a reminder, this particular practice is Hatha-based and suitable for all levels.

Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

When was the last time you completed a beneficiary form? A beneficiary form tells SPU (and the life insurance company) who should receive funds from your life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance should you pass away. Your primary beneficiaries receive the funds first, but if one or more of them pass away before you do, then your contingent beneficiaries would receive the benefits. If you cannot remember the last time you updated this information, select the link at the end of this announcement. Complete the form and bring it in to Human Resources. Please do not put this information in campus mail! If you have question, contact Human Resources Associate Director Carrie McCrimmon at 206-281-2676 or More

Could You Use $50

Earn 50 points between 1/1/12–3/31/12 by logging into your WebMD Personal Health Manager and earning rewards. Go to the Human Resources website and select “Wellness Program Through WebMD." Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Rewards page to learn what you can do to earn points on the website. Additionally, you may certify that you have completed a myriad of other activities that carry various point values. Also, visit “Other Ways to Earn Rewards." This list is not exhaustive – feel free to create your own activities and determine appropriate points values using this list as a guide. If you earn 50 points, you will receive $50 in a health care flexible spending account to be used 2012-13. You must earn the full 50 points to receive any funds in your account. Start earning now for your health! More

Summary Annual Report for Health Plan

SPU is required to file certain information about the university's health and welfare plan on an annual basis with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This provides your annual notification of SPU's filing. To view the summary annual report, visit this link. More

“Evangelicals and the Challenge of Secular Knowledge"

Karl Giberson, co-author of the Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, will give a lecture on Tuesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. His lecture is titled “Evangelicals and the Challenge of Secular Knowledge." Giberson is an internationally known science-and-religion scholar, speaker, and writer. He has written nine books and more than 200 articles, reviews, and essays on science and religion. His books include Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion; Saving Darwin, a Washington Post “Best Book of 2008;" and The Language of Science & Faith (with Francis Collins). This event is sponsored by the SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community. The event is free and open to the public.

Donate to “Be a Match" Registry

Leukemia kills more children in the United States than any other disease, which is why SPU students are taking action to help find patients of leukemia and other bone and blood disorders the match they need. Students are hosting “Give a Spit About Cancer" campaign on Wednesday, February 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the SUB. Volunteers will swab the inside of your cheek for a salvia sample. After three to four weeks, all the donors will be tested and automatically added anonymously to the Be The Match Registry®. A simple swab is all it takes to register as a bone marrow donor and possibly save the life of a bone or blood cancer patient. Learn more at the website. More

Concert Recital

SPU music faculty will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in the E.E. Bach Theater inside SPU's McKinley Hall. Music faculty Julian Catford and Robert Swan will perform, along with guest performances by Miriam Shames and Marjorie Talvi. The concert will feature piano, guitar, cello, and violin. The concert is free and wheelchair accessible.

Cancelled: Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Jazz Ensemble concert for February 7 has been cancelled.

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.

Tent City 3 Survey

Faculty and staff are invited to take a brief survey about Tent City 3 (TC3) now at SPU. This is a valuable opportunity to express your opinions about TC3. Thank you for your participation. If you have questions, contact Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Snedker at with any questions. Take the survey online. More

Now Showing at the Art Center Gallery

SPU's Art Center Gallery currently features an “otherworldly" installation of 3-D images and time-based media by adjunct art faculty member Kayo Nakamura. The exhibit runs until February 17. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. More

Thursday Food for Thought

New York Times best-selling author John Medina, director of SPU's Brain Center for Applied Learning Research and faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine, reads from his book Brain Rules for Baby at this week's “Thursday Food for Thought" on February 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. He will share what science says about raising smart, moral, and happy children through age 5. More

Latest on iTunes U: Les Steele

Les Steele has nearly 90 talks available on SPU iTunes U. While we can't list every lecture here, we thought we would provide you links to several of them to highlight his dedication and involvement in the SPU community. More

Upcoming Falcon Home Games

Thursday, February 9
Men's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 10
Men's basketball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 12
Indoor Track & Field, SPU at University of Washington Indoor Open, Dempsey Indoor at U.W.), 9 a.m. More

Pet Photo of the Week

“This is Slugs, my boyfriend's 4-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, adopted from Angel Paws Pet Rescue. Because of a spinal injury that occurred prior to her adoption, Slugs' back legs and hindquarters are mostly paralyzed (she moves a bit like a seal or a slug, hence her name). Despite this setback, Slugs is full of love for anyone she encounters. She enjoys giving kisses and stretching out on her back. I enjoyed dressing her up as a mermaid for Halloween, but I'm not sure she shared the sentiment." Allie Fraley, interim web content editor, University Communications. Select the link for another photo of Slugs. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at The next deadline is Thursday, February 9. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, February 13.


Mason Presents Paper

Geri Mason, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper “Sustainability, Experimentation, and Microfinance in China" at the 8th international conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Vancouver, B.C., on January 11.

Alsbury Presents Workshops

On January 27, Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury presented a workshop to the 17-member State School Directors Association Board of Directors and the association staff in Olympia. The workshop, “Creating Strategic Board Relationships," was directed at identifying and dealing with individual views on motivation for board service, decision-making preference, use of voice, and conception of power and how that can lead to conflict on boards. Thomas led the association board in the development of vision, mission statements, and goals for the 2012-15 strategic plan.

Cannavan's Paper Published

A paper co-authored by Dale Cannavan, assistant professor of physical education and exercise science, was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology (January 2012). This paper investigated the effects of stretching on reciprocal inhibition of human dorsiflexor muscles. Here's a link to the abstract. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Nursing: Adult Medical Surgical
Assistant Professor of Physics/Science Education

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

Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Housekeeper/Customer Service Specialist, Camp Casey Conference Center
Security Officer I, Office of Safety and Security
Systems Analyst/Administrator-Central Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Student Financial Services Coordinator, Student Financial Services
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.

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