Monday, October 15, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


School of Theology Book Celebration

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the School of Theology (SOT) present the SOT Book Celebration on Thursday, October 18, 3:30-4 p.m. in the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. The recent publications from SOT faculty members are:

Theological Theodicy by Daniel Castelo
Street Signs: Toward a Missional Theology of Urban Cultural Engagement by David Leong
Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life by Jack Levison
Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day by Rob Wall and Anthony Robinson

Please join us for coffee and snacks, as well as a brief overview of each book. Additionally, if you know of any pastors or church leaders who are interested in attending, have them RSVP by October 16 to Kelsey Rorem in CBTE at in order to receive a free copy of one of the books. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity to celebrate theological scholarship geared for the life of the church! More

SPU's 2011–12 Honor Roll of Donors Now Available Online

The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes the alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff who support the students, professors, and programs that make Seattle Pacific such a distinctive place to learn. SPU's 2011–12 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online. More

Printable Office/Department and Employee Directories Now Available

Printable versions of the Office/Department Directory and the Faculty/Staff Employee Directory are available. The Office/Department Directory includes department phone numbers and locations, academic coordinators, office FAX machines, contract service providers, and mailstops (PDF file updated annually). The Faculty/Staff Employee Directory lists full-time, permanent employees by last name and by department (Word document updated daily). Visit the website for more information. More

This Week's "Thursdays Food for Thought:" Jack Levison

You are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the library on Thursdays from 12:30–1:15 p.m. to hear SPU faculty and staff authors read from their latest books and writings. A question-and-answer time follows, and copies will be available for purchase. On October 18, Professor of New Testament Jack Levison will read from his celebrated new book, Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life. More

Presidential Debate Viewing Oct. 16

The Office of Student Programs and the Department of Political Science and Geography are sponsoring a presidential debate viewing on Tuesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Watch the second presidential debate on the big screen, then hear analysis and commentary from a panel of SPU faculty experts.

• Reed Davis, professor of political science
• Kathleen Braden, professor of geography
• Ruth Ediger, associate professor of political science and geography
• Caleb Henry, assistant professor of political science
Audience members will have opportunities to anonymously cast votes via text message to record who you think won the debate and how well the candidates connected with you on various issues. Faculty experts will conduct a roundtable discussion following the debate, responding to your questions and opinions and addressing topics referenced in the debate. Find more information online. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Discussion Series on Race

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in [In Context], a six-week discussion series on race, sponsored by ASSP's Catalyst, the leadership team working with the ASSP vice president for intercultural affairs. [In Context] begins October 18 and will meet on Thursdays, 9-10:20 a.m. Sign up online. More

Camp Casey Winter, Spring Reservation Requests Now Accepted

Winter and spring reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 2, 2013, through June 10, 2013. Reservation requests are due by November 5. The winter/spring requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. Please visit the Camp Casey website to request a reservation. More

Academic Preview, October 18-19

Mark your calendars for Academic Preview coming up October 18-19. The Undergraduate Admissions office is busy preparing for the arrival of approximately 180 prospective high school juniors and seniors at this overnight event. If you know of any high school students interested in SPU, please encourage them to come! We greatly appreciate your assistance in welcoming these visitors to campus. For more information and a sample schedule visit the website. More

Come to the Young Alumni Dinner

Do you miss your former students? Want to see them again? Join the Young Alumni Council (YAC) at our annual dinner on Thursday, October 18, to celebrate the 2013 Young Alum of the Year Kate (Palmen) Calamusa གྷ, hear a word from President Dan Martin, congratulate scholarship recipients Katie Ewton and Katie Thralls, and support future students through the YAC Scholarship Endowment. Come with your former students to reminisce and catch up! Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at 415 Westlake. Contact Holly Harris Wood in the Alumni Office at, or 206-281-2449, or register at

Latest from iTunes U: Opening Convocation

SPU's Opening Convocation is a ceremony celebrating the beginning of a new school year with prayers, hymns, and Scripture reading. Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina gave the Opening Convocation address “Waking Up Startled!" More

Brighten Your Future Retirement for Ages 21-45

Human Resources and Diversified Investments invites you to a “Brighten Your Future" seminar Thursday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. This will be a special evening filled with education and resources to help you and your family plan now for the retirement you want later. Highlights include how to set your savings goals; how to take advantage of tax savings; how to determine where to save; and how to forecast your retirement outlook. Spouses are welcome and pizza will be served. RSVP through the Diversified online scheduler. More

Home Athletic Events This Week

Saturday, October 20
Women's soccer vs Western Oregon, Interbay Stadium, 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.
For all the latest Falcon information, visit the Falcons website. 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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, October 18. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 22.

Pet Photos New Location

The “Pet Photos of the Week" are now located in their own section in the Fac/Staff Bulletin. Look for them after “Current Job Openings."


Denton Selected as “Emerging Leader"

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education David Denton has been recognized as an “emerging leader" by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), a global association of education professionals. The PDK Emerging Leader program recognizes top educators under age 40 from around the world for their leadership. A committee made up of PDK's past Emerging Leaders selected the 33 honorees from a competitive field of applicants, based on their outstanding professional accomplishments. In addition to being honored at an event in Washington, D.C., honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants, and participate in PDK initiatives. For more information on PDK's 2012–13 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit the website. Congratulations, David! More

Physics Department Hosts Interdisciplinary Research Institute

At the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (I-RISE), faculty, graduate, and teachers from diverse backgrounds gather to observe, document, and reflect on the innovative professional development (PD) courses offered by the Physics Department's Energy Project. This past summer, 16 scholars collaborated to analyze data and share their unique research questions, methodology, and perspectives on the literature with the Energy Project. The I-RISE is directed by Rachel Scherr, senior research scientist in the Physics Department; Sam McKagan with McKagan Enterprises; Amy Robertson, assistant professor of physics; and Abigail Daane, School of Education graduate student.

SOE Faculty, Doctoral Students Present Papers

A group of School of Education faculty members and doctoral students presented three papers at the 18th annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. “Blogging Portfolios (bPortfolios): Critical Reflection and Professional Performance in Teacher Candidates" was presented by education professors Andrew Lumpe and David Denton; Director of Institutional Technology Services David Wicks; and doctoral students Michael Msendekwa Daihong Chen. “Ten Strategies to Enhance Collaborative Learning in an Online Course" and “Improving the Quality of Evidence-Based Writing in Electronic Portfolios Through Online Instructional Strategies" were presented by David Wicks, Andrew Lumpe, and David Denton.

Robertson Presents Paper

Amy Robertson, assistant professor of physics, presented an invited talk titled "Toward Clarifying Paradigms in Physics Education Research" at the Foundations and Frontiers in Physics Education Research's Puget Sound Conference in June. The talk outlined Amy's meta-analysis of the current orientations toward research in the field of physics education research.

Scherr Presents Paper

Rachel Scherr, senior research scientist in the Department of Physics, presented a paper titled "One Physics Education Researcher's Foundations and Frontiers: Piaget and Ethnography" at the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research's Puget Sound conference in June. The paper describes a theoretical framework combining constructivist learning theory, ethnography, and perspectives from embodied cognition, and its outcomes for conducting physics education research.

Ferreiro's Book Translated Into Korean

The Twelve Prophets, Ancient Commentary on Scripture, [Old Testament,vol. 14] Intervarsity Press. 2003, written by Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro, has been translated into Korean. The book has already been published in Spanish, Italian, and Russian. A Chinese translation is forthcoming.

Langford, Keuss Participate in Youth Event

On October 6, SPU hosted "Open Seattle," a youth ministry training event co-sponsored by the School of Theology and The Youth Cartel, a national youth ministry training organization. It was attended by more than 130 youth workers. Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry Mike Langford gave a presentation titled "What Has Wall Street to Do With Emmaus? Locating Youth Ministry in the Mission of God Rather Than the Culture of Consumerism." Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss was a member of a panel that discussed "Ministering to LGBTQ Students."

SOE Professors Co-Author Article

School of Education professors Arthur Ellis, John Bond, and David Denton are coauthors of “An Analytical Literature Review of the Effects of Metacognitive Teaching Strategies in Primary and Secondary Student Populations," published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Educational Development, vol. 1, no. 1. This is a biannual journal of the National Academy for Educational Research of Taiwan.

Baker Gives Presentation

Bruce Baker, assistant professor of business ethics, was chosen to participate in the Henry Kaufman Forum on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, hosted by the University of Maryland's Center for Financial Policy in September. His presentation addressed the role of religious narrative as a foundation for financial ethics. Learn more about the forum online. More

Eveland's Article Published

An article by Assistant Professor of Marketing Vicki Eveland titled “Role of the Internet Site in the Promotion Management of Sports Teams and Franchise Brands" was published in the Journal of Promotion Management, Vol. 18, Iss: 2, 2012. Her co-authors were Steve McClung, Daniel Sweeney, and Jeffrey D. James.

Erickson's Articles Published

An article by Associate Professor of Psychology Thane Erickson was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. The article was titled "Even the Downhearted May Be Uplifted: Moral Elevation in the Daily Life of Clinically Depressed and Anxious Adults." Also, Thane's review of a new therapy workbook for anxiety, worry, and panic was published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. The review was co-authored by clinical psychology graduate student Gina Scarsella.


Levison's New Book Reviewed

Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life, a new book by Professor of New Testament Jack Levison, was reviewed by The Religious Herald on October 14. Read the review online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant/Associate Professor of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian

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

Access Services Technician, Library
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
Payroll Supervisor, Finance Office
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

Transfer Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
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


Pet Photos of the Week

“These three get along most of the time, but not usually this well. When it happens, you take pictures! Joining Dublin Kells and Guinness St James Gate is our newest member, Londonderry Donegal (Derry). She's the white and tan one and is 3 years old. Dublin and Guinness are 6 years old. On May 24, Derry gave birth to two boys; Kilronin and Kilkenny. We now have five! Both boys are good eaters and have doubled their weight in less than a week. They have crawled out of bed and made it critical that we puppy-proof our house! When we told my father we were keeping them, he said “You're going to have five?" My response was, “You had five kids and had to pay for college and weddings, I only have to pay for puppy obedience school!" Ruth Adams, University Registrar. Select the link for a larger photo of the three. More

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