Monday, September 24, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Welcome to SPU's Fac/Staff Bulletin!

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. All faculty and staff receive the Bulletin, and most items are submitted by its readers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information to the Bulletin at, or by selecting "Submit Bulletin Items" from the Bulletin itself. The Bulletin is published on Mondays, and the deadline to submit information is Thursdays. The editor is Tracy Norlen, news and media relations manager in University Communications. The Bulletin is divided into five main sections.

Announcements highlight the major news and events on campus. Only events related to SPU will be accepted. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, academic deadlines, campus events, and guest speakers. Digital photos and graphics are especially welcome. When possible, event information will be published two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting information.

   Pet Photo of the Week features pet photos submitted by faculty and staff. You are encouraged to send photos of your pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the pictures, to Fac/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at If your pet has already been featured, you are welcome to submit another picture and story.
   From the Archives is a new monthly feature showcasing photographs from the SPU Archives provided by University Archivist Adrienne Meier. The feature runs the last week of each month.

Faculty and Staff News is for professional news related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, book or articles written or published, presentations made, awards received, or research completed. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

SPU in the News lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty and staff. If you've been used as a resource for a reporter, please let us know by submitting it to the Bulletin.

Milestones is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, adoptions, marriages, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, awards, and athletic accomplishments. (Or anything else you'd like the whole campus to know!). Digital photos are always welcome.

Current Job Openings lists the most current information on open faculty and staff positions at SPU.

Finally, be sure to visit the SPU Classifieds for items to sell or buy, ridesharing, apartments or rooms for rent, lost and found, and volunteer opportunities. More

New Lectio Series Begins

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education invites the SPU community to join us in our latest study of Scripture as we begin our new series on Isaiah, led by Associate Professor of Old Testament Bo Lim. You can follow along by becoming a subscriber to the weekly emails or podcasts, or simply find the latest reading on our website at Lectio is a free resource aimed at helping people encounter, explore, and embrace the Christian story. Please be sure to pass it along to anyone who might be interested. It's a great tool for small groups, Sunday School classes, or personal study. More

Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services will take drop-in appointments for students during the first week of the quarter in Demaray Hall. These brief appointments are intended for students with Autumn Quarter scheduling issues or who are on academic probation. Drop-in appointments will be available during the following hours: Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, September 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, September 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday, September 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free Circuit Training for All Levels Starts Oct 1

Do you sit all day? Feel lethargic? Need to get moving but want a little guidance? Join Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan along with advanced-level trained students for circuit training classes beginning October 1, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in the upper balcony gym. Classes are suitable for all fitness levels, and while intended to "make you work," they will also be fun. No RSVP required – just show up. In addition, if you participate for a month or more, you will be able to give yourself five WebMD Rewards points. You're that much closer to earning your quarterly 50 points to be converted to $50 flexible spending in 2013-14. You have to earn all 50 points to get the $50 - so get started! The event is brought to you by the Wellness Committee. If you have questions, contact Dale at Find out more about circuit training. More

Opportunities for Faculty, Staff Lectio Bible Studies

Interested in going deeper with your colleagues and co-workers as you study Scripture together? Then consider joining one of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education's Lectio groups, providing an opportunity to build relationships and immerse yourself in the Word of God. Groups will be studying this quarter's Lectio series on Isaiah written by Associate Professor of Old Testament Bo Lim. Contact the leaders directly if you are interested in joining.

Faculty Groups
Thane Erickson, details TBD
Don Lee, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays (starting October 3), Kingswood House at 303 W. Dravus
Dana Kendall, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursdays (starting September 27), Marston Watson #128
Michael Paulus, 1:30-2:30 p.m., every other Friday (starting October 5), Library Conference Room
Lyle Peter, 9-10:20 a.m., Thursdays (starting October 4), Peterson Conference Room

Staff Groups
Women's Brownbag Gathering, led by Kathy Henning in University Communications; noon-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Lower Weter Conference Room

Lunch, Listen, and Learn on Oct. 9: Stress Less!

Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you don't sleep well? This leads to feeling tired, and then the more tired you are, the more stressed you feel, and the harder it becomes to sleep. This vicious cycle is called the "sleep-stress paradox" and is a major contributor to stress, exhaustion, illness, depression and anxiety. At the next "Lunch, Listen, and Learn" session on October 9, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Amy Mezulis will share simple but powerful techniques you can quickly learn to improve your sleep and break out of the sleep-stress cycle. The session is Tuesday, October 9, in the Library Seminar Room, 12noon–1 p.m., and is brought to you by SPU's Wellness Committee. Remember, you can give yourself two WebMD points for attending. Earn those quarterly 50 points to be converted to $50 flexible spending in 2013-14. You have to earn all 50 points to get the $50 – so get started! Find the instruction on the Human Resources website. More

Globetrekker Prizes: Come and Get Them!

Those of you who participated for a majority of the Globetrekker challenge (six or more weeks) during last Winter and Spring Quarters are eligible to receive small participation prizes. The items selected were chosen for their particular health and wellness purpose: a star reflector with flashing light to use when walking or riding your bike in the evenings; and a chameleon cup which changes color when you drink cold liquids and a fun way to increase your water intake. Please come down to our office to pick these up. Prizes will be at the counter. Feel free to pick up for others in your office who participated as well. Finally, tell us about your experience with Globetrekkers this year. Complete this short survey. More

Early-Bird Tickets for Sacred Sounds of Christmas Available Until Sept. 30

Begin the Christmas season at The Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on Sunday, November 25, at 4 p.m. in McCaw Hall. Sacred Sounds features SPU's nationally recognized Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra, along with many other outstanding SPU musicians. You'll hear the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, including traditional Advent and Christmas carols. Early-bird discounted tickets are available until September 30 and are priced at $15 per ticket; groups of 8 or more are $12 per ticket. To purchase fewer than 8 tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit (A per-ticket fee applies for purchases of fewer than 8 tickets.) For 8 tickets or more, call 206-428-6304 or email (A per-transaction fee of $5 applies for purchases of 8 or more tickets.) You can purchase tickets in person at the McCaw Box Office with no fees for individual tickets and a per-transaction (not per-ticket) fee of $5 for groups. Buy your tickets early! This event sells out quickly. More

Home Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, September 27
Women's volleyball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Women's volleyball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 2 p.m.
Women's soccer vs Saint Martin's, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
For all the latest Falcon information, visit the Falcons website. More

Yoga Is Here. $50 for Autumn Quarter

Kathy Stetz, professor of nursing and registered Hatha yoga teacher, leads a weekly yoga session on Tuesdays in the First Free Methodist Church gym, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sessions runs until 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, which is $6 per session or $50 for 10 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 the Human Resources website at and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find the ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for the 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 10 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 the Human Resources website at and select "Give Yourself WebMD points" to find the ways you can earn points within WebMD. Select the link to sign up for the Zumba classes. 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 and click on "Manage My Portfolio."

Pet Photos Begin October 1

The "Pet Photo of the Week" will resume October 1 in the Bulletin. Please send two photos of your pet with a brief story explaining the photos to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Everyone is free to submit new photos of their pets if they have been previously featured in the Bulletin. (The dog to the right is Wimsey, owned by Web Editor Hope McPherson. Wimsey passed away last year, and was the first pet featured in the Bulletin)

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 27. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 1.


Levison's Local Book Readings

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison will read from his new book Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life at three venues in Seattle and Portland. The readings will be Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m. at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park; Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Powell's City of Books in Portland; and Monday, October 1, at 7 p.m. at University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel in the U-District. (This event is sponsored by the University Book Store event). Learn more about the readings and the book. More

Maier's Poetry Collection Accepted for Publication

The second poetry collection by Professor of Education Jennifer Maier has been accepted for publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press for its prestigious “Pitt Poetry Series." It was chosen by longtime series editor Ed Ochester from among 1,500 manuscripts submitted annually. The collection, whose poems explore themes of time and memory, will be published in the Fall 2013. Learn more about the Pitts Poetry series. More

Professional Updates from Ferreiro

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was a summer visiting professor at the University of Salamanca in Spain, where he taught students from SPU and Western Washington University, and middle school teachers from Rhode Island. Excursions included the cities of Segovia, Avila, Madrid, Toledo and Aveiro, Portugal. One highlight was watching the Spanish national football team "La Roja" defeat Italy 4-1 in the Eurocup, making them the only team to win three major tournaments in a row. (Eurocup 2008, World Cup 2010, and this one.) This was the 23rd year of the University of Salmanca summer program, which reached the milestone of taking close to 800 students to Spain.

Recent Publications by VanZanten

An article by Professor of English Susan VanZanten titled “'Bridges Often Go:' Emily Dickinson's Bridge Poems" was recently published in The New England Quarterly (Fall 2012), the leading peer-reviewed journal in 19th century American studies. She also served as the guest editor for a special issue of Christianity & Literature on the topic of African narrative and the Christian tradition (Vol. 61, 2012), which includes her introduction "Storytelling and Identity."

Cannavan's Article Published

The Department of Health and Human Performance is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan's article "Leg Stiffness in Human Running: Comparison of Estimates Derived from Previously Published Models to Direct Kinematic–Kinetic Measures" has been published in the Journal of Biomechanics, Volume 45, Issue 11, pages 1987-1991, 26 July 2012. Read the abstract online. More

Brown Presents Paper

Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Margaret Brown presented a paper this month on "Learning Partnership With Aboriginal Communities: The Benefits and Challenges of Indigenous Community-Based Education" at the International Association for Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference in Baltimore. The paper came from a research project funded by the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

Lee's Book Translated into Korean

Professor of Family and Consumer Science Jaeil Lee recently translated into Korean her textbook Technical Sourcebook for Designers, published by Fairchild Publications in New York. The translated textbook was published by Sigma Press in Seoul, Korea. Jaeil says, "The English textbook is currently used at many leading fashion universities, such as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Iowa State University, Florida State University, and many others. I am excited that many professors in Korea have shown their strong interest in the book."

Stewart's Article Wins Award

An article written by Professor of Accounting Ross Stewart titled "Farmers, Politics, and Accounting: The History of Standard Values – An Accounting Convenience or Political Arithmetic?" was awarded the 2011 "Best Article" award from the Accounting Historians Journal. Ross has been teaching and studying in Kenya on a Fulbright scholarship.

Welcome, New Employees

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

Brandon Cal, access services technician, Library
Joy Drovdahl, administrative assistant, Health & Human Performance
Jennifer Enger, receptionist, Health Services
Whitney Garner, communications and processing coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
Julie Kolbo, skills lab coordinator, School of Health Sciences
Iona Parker, nurse practitioner, Health Services
Lynn Russell, administrative assistant, Residence Life
Holly West, loans and collections coordinator, Student Financial Services


Memorial Service for Breitenbach

Gustave Breitenbach, professor emeritus of German, passed away earlier this month. He came to SPU in 1964 and retired in 1981. His memorial service will be Saturday, October 6, at 3 p.m. at Warm Beach Free Methodist Church, 20815 Marine Drive in Stanwood.

Welcome, Zoë Nicole Siemens

Zoë Nicole Siemens was born at 6 a.m. on June 7 to etc magazine editor Julia Siemens and her husband, Darren Siemens. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches in length. The photo is her famous "monkey chair wink" taken at two and a half months. Select the link to see a photo of Zoë in her flower coat, taken at almost three months old, and a photo of a three-week-old Zoë and her bunny taken by SPU student and photographer Ava Van. More

Welcome, Teagan Lynae Foster

Teagan Lynae Foster was born June 12 to Assistant Athletic Director Amy Foster and her husband, Chris Foster. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches in length. She joins brothers Isaiah, CJ, and Myles. Select the link for more photos of Teagan. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education

For information on 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 Director of Graduate Admissions-Marketing, the Graduate Center
Dayporter, Facility and Project Management
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
Multi-Skilled Trades II-Carpentry/Finish Carpentry, Building Maintenance
Security Officer 1, Office of Safety and Security
Senior Admissions Counselor for Multicultural Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
Systems Analysts/Administrator—Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems

For more information on 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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