Monday, July 23, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Thursday Food for Thought Survey Thank You

A big thank you to faculty and staff members who took the recent Thursday Food for Thought (TFFT) survey. “We received many great comments and suggestions about TFFT," said SPU University Librarian Michael Paulus. “The TFFT committee is considering them for next year's offerings." The five Starbucks gift cards have been distributed.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Brown Bag Lunch With First Free Methodist Church Staff on July 25

The First Free Methodist Church staff would like to continue to meet with SPU faculty and staff during lunch for a time of connection, encouragement, and worship. The next lunch is Wednesday, July 25. Plan to join them at noon in the Fine Center with your lunch. Feel free to invite others to come along. The next Wednesday lunch date is August 29.

SFS Closed August 1

Student Financial Services will be closed on Wednesday, August 1, for their annual summer office retreat. The office will re-open on Thursday, August 2. If you have any questions, call 206-281-2061.

Lynnwood Vanpool Looking for Riders

Would you like to commute to SPU for FREE and save money plus lower your stress financially, physically, and emotionally? Do you live in north Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, or Everett? If so, please join us for a test ride. Contact Robin Maass in the Library at or 206-281-2413 for details.

Looking for a Retreat Location for Your Church or Nonprofit Organization?

Plan your next nonprofit or staff retreat at Camp Casey. If you are a part of a church or community organization, rates are as low as $19 per person, per night during the winter. Rates for your department retreat are $15 per person, per night. If you are on Whidbey and would like a tour for your event, just contact the Camp Casey office at or 866-661-6604. More

Follow the Summer SPRINT Teams

This summer, more than 40 SPU students are learning and serving in communities around the globe as they participate in a SPRINT trip. Students are in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Russia, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam. SPRINT participants are stepping out of their comfort zones, experiencing and encountering God, learning from the faith and example of others, and engaging in models of reconciliation and community development that demonstrate the wholeness of the Gospel. Each team has a blog page with updates for family and friends. Visit the SPRINT website for pictures and stories from each team. More

Summer Cleaning in Your Office? Don't Forget the SPU Archives.

Doing some summer cleaning in your office? The SPU Archives wants your materials! If you have any items that show the history of the university or your department's part in it, please consider sending those items to the archives. Examples of archival materials include (but aren't limited to): department meeting minutes and agendas; department publications; photographs and memorabilia. If you have something to donate, or have any questions, contact University Archivist Adrienne Meier at or 206-281-2422.

Mailing Services on Summer Schedule

Mailing and Copying Services is now on its summer hours schedule. There will be one mail delivery and pickup time in the afternoon. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you will be out of the office for an extended period of time, let Mailing Services know so that they can hold your mail for you until your return. If you have any questions or concerns, call 206-281-2077.

SPU's Online Classifieds

Don't forget SPU's free, online classified ads. You'll find ads for apartments, houses, and rooms; ridesharing; general items for sale; vehicles; lost and found; housing or roommates wanted; volunteer opportunities; and free items. More

Pet Photos on Summer Hiatus

“Thanks to everyone who submitted pet photos this year. I'm pretty sure it's the most popular feature in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. We'll start again in October. Have a great summer with your favorite animals!" Tracy Norlen, Fac/Staff Bulletin editor.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Now on Summer Schedule

During the summer, the Fac/Staff Bulletin will be published every other week. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, August 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, August 6.


McFarland's Paper Accepted for Publication

A new paper by Associate Professor of Biochemistry Benjamin Farland has been accepted for publication in the journal Protein Science. The paper's title is “Combining different design strategies for rational affinity maturation of the MICA-NKG2D interface." The student and alumni co-authors are Samuel Henager '12, Melissa Hale '12, Nicholas Maurice '11, Erin Dunnington '11, Carter Swanson '10, Megan Peterson '10, Joseph Ban '10, David Culpepper '10, Luke Davies '09, and Lisa Sanders '09. This team of students led others in biochemistry classes over a four-year study comparing the effects of protein mutations as measured in the lab to the predictions made by computers. Benjamin and students eventually found a set of mutations, predicted by computer programs, when applied to the human immune system protein MIC-A, increased its affinity for its receptor NKG2D by a factor of 50. This may be used as a trigger to turn the immune system on or off in cancer or heart disease.

Welcome, New Employees

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

Travis Canell, multiskilled trades, Casey Conference Center
Tyler Phelan, security office, Office of Safety and Security


Robyn Gets Married

Robyn Wynn, manager of conference services for Camp Casey, married Rob Myers on June 16 on Ebey's Landing near Camp Casey. She is now Robyn Myers and her email is Come visit her and her new family! (See attached photo.) More

Memorial Service for Wesley Walls on July 29

A memorial service for long-time SPU faculty member and academic leader Wesley Walls is Sunday, July 29, 3 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Professor Walls died June 29 at the age of 96.

Georgia Wash Passes Away

Georgia Wash, wife of Professor Emeritus Hubert Wash, died at Northwest Hospital on June 22. Condolences can be sent to Professor Wash at 2692 168th S.E., Bellevue, WA, 98008.


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical 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, Art Department
Administrative Assistant (.5), Health & Human Performance
Administrative Assistant (temporary), Office of Residence Life
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life, Office of Student Life
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions-Marketing, The Graduate Center
Employer Relations Manager, Center for Career and Calling
Loan and Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Office Assistant, School of Theology
Program Coordinator, Office of Development
Skills Lab Coordinator (.5, 9 months), School of Health Sciences
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions

Volume #40, Issue #26 | Published by: University Communications

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