Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


How to Promote Your SPU Event on Campus

Have you figured out the answer to the question, “How do I promote an event on campus"? Find out at a lively presentation on Monday, September 10, 2-3 p.m., or Thursday, September 20, 9-10 a.m. in University Communications. Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager, will lead the discussion and answer questions. We'll start promptly, and hope to be done in under an hour. Please RSVP (and submit your questions ahead of time) by contacting Tracy at tcnorlen@spu.edu.

SOE Website Redesign

On Friday, August 31, the School of Education's redesigned website went live at spu.edu/education. SOE leadership, faculty, and staff worked with the University Communications Web Team to create more than 140 new pages with photos, videos, news and resources, stories, quotes, and information about the school's undergraduate teacher certification program, three doctoral programs, seven master's degree programs, and five graduate certification programs. The entire site was built in SPU's enterprise content management system, Sitecore, which will make it easy for SOE to maintain and update its own pages.
   Phase B of the project, to be launched in September, will include the Center for Professional Education and a brand new “Choose Your Path" navigation tool. If you have comments or want to report a correction, contact Web Communications Manager Wendy Jones at jonesw1@spu.edu.

Yoga Returns. $50 for Autumn Quarter

Kathy Stetz, professor of nursing and registered Hatha yoga teacher, will again lead a weekly yoga session on Tuesdays in the First Free Methodist Church gym, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sessions run September 18-November 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. All experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, towel, or mat. SPU is contributing at least half the instruction cost for these “Activity for Life" classes. Employees will provide the second half of the instruction cost. Starting September 25, yoga will be available for $6 per session or $50 for ten sessions (a savings of $10). Pay for your sessions now or as you go. Don't forget to get your $50 in flexible spending dollars by participating in the WebMD Wellness Program. Go to the Human Resources website at http://spu.edu/depts/hr and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for yoga classes. More

Zumba Is Coming! Only $50 for Autumn Quarter

Join instructor Alicia Likkel on Thursdays for Zumba beginning September 27, 12-1 p.m. in the main gym in Brougham Pavilion. All experience levels are welcome. Zumba combines dance and aerobic elements like hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to dance your way to wellness. This is one of several different activities throughout the year offered by the Wellness Committee for a minimal cost. SPU is contributing at least half the instruction cost for these “Activity for Life" classes. Employees provide the second half of the instruction cost. Come to the FREE session on Thursday, September 27, to try Zumba. Beginning October 4, Zumba will be available at a cost of $6 per session, or $50 for the ten Autumn Quarter sessions (a savings of $10). Pay for your sessions now or as you go. Don't forget to get your $50 in flexible spending dollars by participating in the WebMD Wellness Program. Go to the Human Resources website at http://spu.edu/depts/hr and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find the ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for Zumba classes. More

Looking for SPU Students for Childcare, Housekeeping, Lawn Care?

The Office of Student Employment (OSE) and the Center for Career and Calling (CCC) merged job posting systems. SPU now posts all positions (on-campus, work-study, non-work study, internships, non-professional, and professional) on the "JobLink" website. This includes positions such as housecleaning, nanny/childcare, lawn care, etc. Have a position you'd like to post? Visit the website. More

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions Fund Transfers

If you are regularly employed, over age 35, and have been working for SPU for at least a year, then you are receiving monthly contributions into an "Emeriti" account. In January 2012, these funds were transferred from Fidelity Freedom Funds to TIAA/CREF LifeCycle Funds. Your accounts were deposited into the TIAA/CREF LifeCycle fund that corresponded closely to a retirement age of 65. If you had previously changed your fund placements (back when they were in Fidelity), and you wish to maintain the same, you will need to contact TIAA/CREF. Otherwise, employer and employee voluntary contributions will continue to be directed to your default-age appropriate fund. You may also make fund transfers among investment options at any time in amounts of $1,000 or more or the full value of a mutual fund position (if less than $1,000). To do so, call the Emeriti Service Center at 1-866-EMERITI (1-866-363-7484) and select option #3, or log into the Emeriti Health Account at tiaa-cref.org and click on "Manage My Portfolio."

The Unusual Plants by the Bookstore

If you've walked by the large plant containers near the SPU bookstore, you've seen these beautiful flowers known as “iochroma." SPU's senior gardener, arborist, and certified master gardener Jeff Daley explains. “My original intent in planting the iochroma was to create a smorgasbord for hummingbirds to enjoy and entertainment for the SPU community. As the plants started to grow, they looked wild and out of place in the containers. I wasn't sure I had made a good choice. Now that they are starting to bloom, they are beginning to complement the rest of the flowers, and I'm thinking this could be fun!" Select the link for more photos of the iochromas. More

Lynnwood Vanpool Looking for Riders

With gas prices rising, would you like to commute to SPU for FREE and lower your stress financially, physically, and emotionally? Do you live in North Edmonds, Lynnwood, Millcreek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, or Everett? If so, please join us for a test ride. We are now meeting at the Ash Way Park & Ride off of 164th. Contact Robin Maass in the Library at maassr@spu.edu or 206-281-2413 for details.

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.

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 Resumes Weekly Publication Sept. 17

During the summer, the Fac/Staff Bulletin is 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 fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 13. The Bulletin will resume its weekly publication on published Monday, September 17.


Fritzberg Receives Education Grant

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Professor of Education Greg Fritzberg and doctoral candidate Suzannah Calvery have successfully partnered with 13 Seattle public schools in obtaining a total of $340,000 in City of Seattle and Washington state grants for the academic year 2012-13. These grants will be devoted to case management, classroom assistance, and tutoring for low income and/or high-risk youth. Twelve of these 13 schools are in Seattle's south end and central area. The funding will provide approximately 75 part-time jobs for Seattle Pacific and other local university students. The grants will be funneled through the nonprofit organization University Tutors for Seattle Students, which Greg directs.

Lee Gives Lectures

Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee was the invited main speaker at a special summer seminar, “Information Technology (IT) Fusion and Training Professionals in Higher Education," at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. The seminar was sponsored by the Korean Society for Clothing Industry, I-fashion Biz Center at Kun Kuk University, the 2012 IT Fusion and Training Professionals in Higher Education Research Group, and the Graduate School of Clothing and Textiles at Seoul National University. Her lecture was titled "Globalization of Highly-Educated Korean Fashion Professionals: Technical Design and Information Technology." Jaeil also spoke at Duksong Women's University and Chumgnam National University in Korea on global apparel product development and technical design.

Trzyna's Book Published

Professor of English Tom Trzyna's book Le Clézio's Spiritual Quest has been published by Peter Lang, Berlin. This is the first English language study of the complete works of the 2008 Nobel Prize winner. An expanded version of the first chapter "Spirituality and Moral Action in the Novels of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio" will appear in the summer issue of Christianity and Literature.

Norlen Named Chairperson

News and Media Relations Manager Tracy Norlen has been named chairperson for the Communications and Public Relations Officers (CPRO) of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. She will serve a two-year term, and lead the planning for the June 2013 CPRO conference at SPU.

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.

Rick Sass, employer relations manager, Center for Career and Calling
Kristen Voetmann, campus program coordinator, Student Programs


Davis on KOMO-AM

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis was interviewed on KOMO-AM (“Newsline P.M. With Ken Schram") on August 30 about the recent Washington state gubernatorial debate.


Welcome, Caleb Matthew Shelton

Caleb Matthew Shelton was born June 16. He is the son of Tiffany Shelton, undergraduate schedule and publications coordinator, and her husband, Marcus. Caleb weighed 7 lbs, 12 ounces, and arrived at 2:27 a.m. Select the link to see a picture of Caleb with big brother, Blake. Welcome, Caleb! More


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

Access Services Technician (Overdue & Fines Coordinator) (.8), Library
Administrative Assistant (.5), Health & Human Performance
Communication and Processing Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
Loan & Collections Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Operations Coordinator, Student Financial Services
Senior Admissions Counselor for Multicultural Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
Security Officer, Office of Safety and Security
Skills Lab Coordinator (.5, 9 months), School of Health Sciences
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems

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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