Monday, April 16, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Chapel: 1 Corinthians 3:1-6:20, “Called to Humility and Accountability"

We continue our series on 1 Corinthians on Tuesday, April 17, in Chapel. Dr. Chelle Stearns from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology will speak on 1 Corinthians 3:1-6:20. Chapel is at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church.

Spring Staff Forum: Documentary Let Justice Roll On: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins

If you missed the film première of this documentary about the life and legacy of reconciliation advocate John Perkins, here's your chance to see it. SPU staff members are invited to see this film at the Spring Staff Forum on Tuesday, April 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150.

Weter Lecture With Professor Rebekah Rice April 17

Is there life after death? Rebekah Rice, assistant professor of philosophy, will explore this idea on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus. Her lecture titled “Resurrection of the Body? Physicalism and the Possibility of Life After Death" is the Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for 2012. Rebekah's article, “Agent Causation and Acting for Reasons," was published in the American Philosophical Quarterly in October 2011. As a professor, her research primarily focuses on the issues of action theory, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind. The lecture is free and wheelchair accessible. More

Social Venture Plan Competition April 18

The “Showcase Round" of the sixth annual Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2-6 p.m. in Weter Hall and Martin Square. Twenty-one teams, comprising more than 80 students from six different academic institutions will present ideas for businesses that are both financially viable (profitable) and serve to alleviate pressing social issues. Teams will be competing for $7,500 in cash prizes. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join student competitors and guest judges from the community for the finale of this year's competition. As always, a People's Choice award will be given out, so we encourage you and your students to come out and vote for your favorite projects! This year the event has been named the Donald B. Summers Memorial Social Venture Plan Competition in honor of the late School of Business and Economics Instructor Don Summers. Don was longtime champion, facilitator, and coach for SVPC. More

Tuition Freedom Day April 18

More than 4,000 people donate to SPU student scholarships each year. April 18, 2012, is the 114th day of 150 class days this school year. That's 76 percent of the way through the academic year, which is how much of SPU's operating costs are covered by tuition dollars. This Wednesday, the SPU campus will celebrate “Tuition Freedom Day" to thank those donors who help make up much of the remaining 24 percent. Stop by Gwinn Commons, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. this Wednesday to write or record a thank you. Please encourage students to join us as well!

Justice Speaks Forum April 19

This special series once again gathers faculty, students, and area leaders to discuss ways to advance the causes of justice in today's world. The forum is Thursday, April 19, 1-1:50 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Dr. Ana Steele, president of the Dalit Freedom Network, and SPU faculty will discuss the work and reach of advocacy to promote change for marginalized people. More

Personal Health Screening April 19

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, pulse and BMI? If not, get this information free! If you receive SPU medical benefits sign up for a convenient appointment time on April 19 in the Library Seminar Room. All that is needed is finger prick. The test does not require fasting though you may. To be eligible for the $100, you must bring your SPU ID number with you to the testing. Don't forget to also take the WebMD HealthQuotient survey between April 16 through May 14, and enter your personal health screening results. If both are completed during that date range, you will be eligible for the $100. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at or 206-281-2676 with questions. Select the link to make an appointment. More

Thursday Food for Thought: A Lingua Presentation

Lingua, SPU's literary and arts journal, will be the focus of this week's Thursday's Food for Thought on April 19 at 12:30 p.m., in SPU's Library Reading Room. Heidi McElrath, Lingua's literary editor, will share selections from the journal and talk about the theme of the journal's latest zine: “Being; Becoming," in which students explored how their experience as “student writers" is shaping them into full-fledged writers. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. More

SPU Theatre Presents “Rashomon"

The Seattle Pacific University Theatre Department presents “Rashomon" on April 19-21 and 26-28, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theatre inside McKinley Hall. There will be a talk-back session following the performance on Friday, April 27, and an additional matinee on Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. When a samurai is murdered and his wife assaulted by a bandit, a mystery begins to unfold. The bandit is captured and brought to trial, but his testimony is completely different from the samurai's wife. A psychic is brought in to allow the dead samurai to tell his story, which is also completely different. Finally, a woodcutter joins the trial and confesses that he saw the whole thing, but again his version is different from the other three. Which version contains the ultimate truth? “Rashomon" will explore the nature of human weakness, virtue, and truth. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 206-281-2959 or visit SPU's McKinley Box Office. Free parking is available in Crawford, Ross, and Dravus parking lots. The theater is wheelchair accessible. More

Friday Morning Prayer and Communion

Residence Life Coordinator Mark Reynoso will lead the congregation for the Friday Morning Prayer and Communion on April 20 at 7:30 a.m. in Alexander Chapel.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Lateria Service Day

From Latreia Coordinator Rebecca Gonzalez: “We would like to extend an invitation to faculty and staff to join students in a Latreia service day on Saturday, April 21. We will meet in the SUB Gazebo room at 8:30 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, head out to the work locations at 9:15 a.m., and return to campus by 3 p.m. This quarter we will serve at World Concern, Cheasty Greenspace, Seattle Tilth Garden, Cry Out!, and Treehouse. These organizations either work internationally, in local community parks and gardens, or with youth and children. We would be delighted to have you join us in serving. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at Thank you for your time, consideration, and service to the SPU community. To sign up, or to learn more about the organizations we will serve, visit the Lateria website." More

Medical-Plan Awareness Seminars April 23 and 25

From Associate Director of Human Resource Carrie McCrimmon. “The SPU Health and Wellness Benefits survey in March brought out a few areas that should be further addressed. It is very important to know what benefits you have, how to access them, and where to locate tools and resources that could point you in the right direction. This could mean a decrease in the amount of time you spend researching medical procedures, doctors, and locations, and it might even trickle down to the bottom line of how much you pay for particular procedures. Give yourself a leg up and take a little time to learn more about what you may already have (and didn't know you had)! Choose to attend a medical-plan awareness seminar on Monday, April 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., in Bertona 5, or Wednesday, April 25, 12-1 p.m., in the Library Seminar Room. A Premera representative will be on hand."

Annual John Perkins Lecture April 24

Dr. John Perkins returns to SPU next week and will speak in chapel on Tuesday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church. One of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, Perkins is an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher. He is co-founder of SPU's John Perkin's Center. More

Friends of the Library Lecture with Rev. Earl Palmer April 24

“To Choose the Books That Change Our Lives" is the title of the Friends of the (SPU) Library special event with Rev. Earl Palmer on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. Palmer explores G.K. Chesterton's idea that “the best safeguard against bad literature is a full experience of good literature." Palmer is the former senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church of Seattle and currently leads Earl Palmer Ministries, an organization that mentors young theologians through an internship program and regular theological dialogs via live podcasts. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

New Online Library Room Reservation Form and Email

Need a library room for a small meeting or large department event? The library now has an online reservation form. If you have a complicated reservation or are having difficulty with the form, email Please remember that the form is only checked Monday–Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. If the form requires you to log into SharePoint; use your SPU username without the Here's the link to the online reservation form. More

SPU Library User Survey

Complete the SPU Library User Survey and enter a drawing to win one of two third-generation iPads, one of three $100 bookstore gift certificates, or one of 50 $10 print/copy cards. Check your email or contact for the link to the survey.

Interested in Biking to Work? Join a Team in Your Area.

The month of May is the annual Group Health Commute Challenge, sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. The challenge “inspires thousands of new commuters to start bike riding, and challenges experienced riders to commute more." To participate, you need to sign up, commute at least four days throughout the month, and track your trips online. Some of the SPU benefits include free access to Royal Brougham Pavilion during May, access to an ORCA card to complete your commute by using public transportation if needed, WebMD points, and a free BBQ on Friday, May 18. If you are interested in biking to work in May, join an SPU team in your area. Teams need a minimum of four riders, and a maximum of ten. Team members can ride together or separately. Contact the team organizer for your area to get started and to learn more about forming a team. Northwest King/Snohomish counties (Tracy Norlen at, Northeast King County (Jobe Korb-Nice at, and South King County (Bryan Jones at To learn more about the Commute Challenge, visit the website. More

Bike to Work in May and Get an Orca Pass

As participating members of “Bike to Work Month," faculty and staff can receive access to an ORCA card to help them complete their commute by using public transportation during the month of May. Just contact Garrett McGuire in Safety and Security at If you have questions about Bike to Work Month and want to join a team, contact Tracy Norlen in University Communications at

Faculty, Staff Invited to Discussion Series on Race

Faculty and staff are invited to join the [In Context] Discussion Series. The goals of this five-week group are to create a place for participants to openly and honestly discuss difficult issues concerning race and ethnicity; to expand participants' knowledge, confidence and experience; and to examine the legacy and relevance of these topics. There are two Spring Quarter topics: [The Deconstruction of Race] - the origins of “race" in America, and [The “What?" and “Why?" of the Born Identity Exhibit] – an introduction towards understanding “white privilege." Both topics will be discussed on Thursdays, 9-10:20 a.m., April 26-May 24. This program is sponsored by ASSP Intercultural Director Cristina Hernandez and her leadership team, Catalyst. Register for [In-Context}. More

Social Security “Lunch, Listen, and Learn" Session on May 9 Cancelled

The “Lunch, Listen, and Learn" session about Social Security scheduled for May 9 has been cancelled by the presenter due to scheduling conflicts. Stay tuned for another Social Security "Lunch Listen, and Learn" session in Autumn Quarter.

Time to Order Regalia for Commencement

A message from Bookstore manager Brittany Ford: “If you need to rent any regalia for either Ivy Cutting or Commencement, contact me before April 18. If you have rented from the Bookstore during Autumn Quarter, then we have your information on file. If you want a hood only, send me an email with that request. If you have never rented regalia from the SPU bookstore, I need to know the following information: height, weight, cap size (if you don't know, we can measure in the bookstore), graduation degree, major, alma mater, and where the school was located. If you have any questions, contact me at the bookstore at 206-281-2137."

Falcon Umbrellas for Sale

The SPU Athletics Department is selling Falcon umbrellas. Stay dry this spring by purchasing a large golf umbrella with the maroon Falcon logo on top. The cost is $20, and cash or a departmental charge is accepted. Select the link to see a photo. More

2012 Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188 or

Pet Photos of the Week

“This is our cat, Reece, at a recent visit to the vet. Clearly she assumed that if she found a good enough hiding spot the vet would not know she was in the room. Once the weather gets nice, Reece is outside 24/7. (Select the link) to see a photo of her sunning herself in our backyard last spring." Robin Maass, administrative assistant/budget manager, SPU Library. 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, April 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 23.


Soule Gives Presentations

A.C.E. English Language Institute's Michelle Soule gave two presentations titled "Voice Memo Applications for Language Learners" and "Using Wikis for Student Speech Portfolios" at the 46th annual TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference and Exhibit in Philadelphia on March 29 and 30. The presentations shared new methods of using technology in language learning and assessment. The Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) at SPU is one of three campus locations in the country.

Edwards' Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of School Counseling Cher Edwards titled “Christian Social Justice Advocate: Contradiction or Legacy?" was published in the April issue of the Journal of Counseling and Values. The abstract includes the following: “In this article, the relationship between Christian religiosity and the principles of social justice is explored, including the sociopolitical aspects of faith and advocacy. A particular emphasis is placed on the historical legacy and theological relationships between Christianity and social justice. The author concludes with a call for increasingly overt and intentional social justice work among counselors who self-identify as Christian."

Hanson Gives Pre-Concert Lectures

Professor of Music Eric Hanson gave preconcert lectures in April for the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. The title of his paper was "Mahler's First Symphony: The Victory of Life and Spring Over the Icy Death of Winter."

Stewart's Article Receives Award

A recent article by Professor of Accounting Ross Stewart received a “Best Article" award for 2011 from the Accounting Historians Journal. The article, “Farmers, Politics, and Accounting: The History of Standard Values – An Accounting Convenience or Political Arithmetic?" was published in Accounting Historians Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2011. The article's co-author is Dr. Jill Hooks of Massey University in New Zealand. Read the article online. More


Brown Quoted in Salt Lake City Tribune

Associate Professor of Music Carlene Brown was quoted in a Salt Lake City Tribune story on April 9. The story dealt with the effect of music on pain. Carlene is also an affiliate research faculty member at the University of Utah. Read the story online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Instructor of Mathematics (One-year)
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

Administrative Assistant (.8), Student Counselor Center
Admissions Counselor for International Students (.5), Undergraduate Admissions
Alumni and Parent Relations Coordinator, Alumni
Area Coordinator, Campus Houses and Apartments, Residence Life
Communications Specialist, University Communications
Developer/Analyst-Application Systems, Computer and Information Systems
Micro Systems Analyst—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Multi-Skilled Trades-Carpentry, Camp Casey Conference Center
Registered Dietitian (.625), Student Counseling Center

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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