Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Seattle Pacific University


Instrumental Concert Nov. 16

Seattle Pacific University's Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble present a "Cornucopia of Instrumental Music" Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Home Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, November 15
Women's volleyball vs Western Washington, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Saturday, November 17
Women's volleyball vs Simon Fraser, 7 p.m., Brougham Pavilion
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Reception, Artist's Talk with Art Professor Scott Kolbo

A reception and artist talk with new SPU Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo will be Wednesday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. in SPU's Art Center Gallery. Scott's current exhibit, a multi-media installation including drawings, animation and live-action film, is now on display in the gallery. The exhibits explore issues of identity, aging, loneliness, and community. His two exhibits are “Escalation," a video project lampooning America's political rhetoric, and “Untitled," an ambitious multi-media project exploring the impact of urban spaces on the childhood imagination. This serio-comic exhibition also features characters from Scott's past oeuvre, including the artist's alter ego, “Heavy Man." For more information, visit the website. More

Faculty Invited to “Edcamp"

SPU faculty are invited to the first Seattle “EdCamp" on Saturday, November 17, at SPU. EdCamp is a group of “unconferences" held across the country, putting educators in control of their own learning. In an unconference, attendees brainstorm their interests and needs to make a giant Post-It note schedule of the day's sessions. Speakers may have a presentation prepared, or volunteers facilitate the conversations so learning happens organically. This event is free. For more information, visit the website. More

Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services will take drop-in appointments for students during the week of registration in Demaray Hall. These brief appointments are for students with questions regarding Winter Quarter registration. Academic counselors cannot remove faculty advisor holds, so students must meet with their faculty advisor first. Drop-in appointments will be available during the following hours: Tuesday, November 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, November 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, November 15, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, November 16, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Host a Student for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to extend hospitality to international students or other students whose homes are far away. If you are willing to include students in your Thanksgiving gathering, email Susan Okamoto Lane, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, at solane@spu.edu and let her know how many you can host. (Note: Students generally feel more comfortable if they can go with another student. (Campus housing will remain open over the Thanksgiving weekend.)

Energy Security and Climate Change Presentation

The Washington Policy Center and the Energy and Enterprise Initiative present a panel discussion on energy and climate policy Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, Room 109. “Changing What We Tax: Prospects for a Free-Enterprise Solution to Energy Security and Climate Change" will feature Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment with the Washington Policy Center; Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative and director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative; and Mike Wallace, University of Washington professor of atmospheric science. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. This event is sponsored by SPU's Department of Engineering and Computer Science.

Learn About Copying Services/FedEx Office Print Options

SPU Copying Services, in partnership with FedEx Office, will host a one-hour coffee break/seminar on Monday, November 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. The SPU online copying services will be featured, using FedEx Office Print Online. There will be an overview of the website, tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the website, and also a time for questions. If you are new to SPU, this seminar will help with your online copy orders. Space is limited, so please sign up early by emailing Frank Kinard, manager of mailing and copying services, at kinard@spu.edu.

Seminar on Social Security Benefits

What will early retirement do to my Social Security benefits? What are survivor benefits and how can they help my family? How can I get the most out of my Social Security benefits? Learn all the answers by attending a seminar about Social Security on Tuesday, November 20, at noon in the Library Seminar Room. The seminar will be about one hour in length. Feel free to invite your spouse and any others you think would be interested. A minimum of 20 people are needed to hold this seminar, so RSVP as soon as you can by selecting the link. More

Activity 4 Life: Yoga and Zumba Payments

If you need to make yoga and/or Zumba payments for Autumn Quarter sessions, please visit their respective links on the Human Resources website. Watch the Fac/Staff Bulletin for an upcoming link to all wellness activities and programs. More

The next Response Theme: At the Table

In the Winter 2013 Response, we will use “the table" as a metaphor to look at gathering and dialoguing with those who may be different from us. The table is a place where friends gather, families gather, and even enemies can meet and find common ground. We'd like to explore these tables and the meeting of minds and hearts that happens there. Is the work you do related to this theme? Or do you know someone in the SPU community (faculty, staff, student, alumni, or donor) who has a story to tell related to this theme? Send your story ideas to response@spu.edu.

Latest on iTunes U: Day of Common Learning 2012: Modeling Civic Engagement

Ramona Holmes, Mary Sherhart, Michele Anciaux Aoki, and Nedim Hamzic present “A Common Song: Musical Reconciliation in the Balkans." More

Final Week for “Nunsense"

The SPU Theatre Department presents the musical comedy “Nunsense" this week in McKinley Hall. The play follows the misadventures of nuns trying to raise money to bury their dearly departed sisters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 15, 16, 17, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 17. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 students/seniors. To reserve tickets, call 206-281-2959 or contact spu.edu/boxoffice. For more information, visit the website. More

Staff Payroll Change?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make adjustments or additions to your staff payroll check. If you have any changes for your December payroll check, call the Finance Office at 206-281-2533 and speak to Tim Maass, who will be temporarily covering for Carol Clement in Payroll, November 9-December 10.

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."

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 fsb-editor@spu.edu. Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, November 15. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, November 19.


Craft Named “Alumnus of the Year"

Mississippi College recently recognized alumni who have brought exceptional honor to the departments in which they studied. Among those receiving an award was Associate Professor of Psychology Baine Craft, a graduate of the Mississippi College Department of Psychology and Counseling. Baine was recognized as the department's distinguished “Alumnus of the Year" during the university's homecoming festivities in October. More than 300 guests attended the award presentation at a dinner on October 26. Congratulations, Baine!

FCS Faculty Present Workshop

At the Washington Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Washington Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators joint annual conference, Family and Consumer Sciences Professors Sharleen Kato and Sandra Hartje presented a workshop "Growing Up Homeless: The Crisis of Affordable Housing." Assistant Professor Raedene Copeland presented a workshop "The Power of Dress and Appearance: External Keys for Success." The conference was held in Vancouver, Washington, October 29-30.

Holmes Participates in Conference

Professor of Music Education Ramona Holmes represented the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) at the joint SEM, American Musicology Society, and Association of Music Theory conference on November 2 in New Orleans. She was a part of the panel discussion on "The Music Course in General Education: Eliciting Student Enthusiasm and Investment."

McCabe's Essay Noted in 2012 “Best American Anthology"

An essay by MFA Program Coordinator Tyler McCabe published in Ruminate magazine last fall was recently awarded a notable mention in the 2012 “Best American Essays" anthology. The essay “Something Carries Through" is in issue 21 of Ruminate. Read it online. More

Ferreiro Guest Speaker

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro was a guest speaker at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell where he spoke in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. The topic was "Images of God." He spoke about the two major iconoclast outbreaks in the Greek churches in the ninth century and in the Protestant Reformation. Images of God in Scripture were also discussed, and participants shared how their image of God has changed from childhood to the present.

Wolfe Selected as Mentor

Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image journal and director of the MFA in creative writing program, has been selected to mentor a small group of creative writers through the “Generations in Dialogue" program at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

Denton's Article Published

An article by Assistant Professor of Teacher Education David Denton was published in the International Journal of ePortfolio. The article is titled “Improving the Quality of Evidence-Based Writing Entries in Electronic Portfolios." Read the article online. More

Poznanska Presents Paper

Professor of International Business Joanna Poznanska presented a paper on "Rising China's Regionalism:" Trade and Capital Flows" at the International Trade and Finance Association conference in Pisa, Italy, in May.

Terrill Contributing Author

John Terrill, director of the Center for Integrity in Business, was a contributing author to Disciplines, a book of daily devotions for 2013, published by Upper Room Books. Learn more about the book at amazon.com. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

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

Lakeisha Fusi, associate director for graduate admissions marketing, The Graduate Center
Kyle Gough, maintenance mechanic, Building Maintenance
Okyo Kim, dayporter, Building Maintenance


Levison Featured Author With Huffington Post

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison is now a featured author with the news website, Huffington Post. Read some of this latest posts online. More


Faculty Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
Assistant/Associate Professor of Education
Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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

Coordinator of Housing and Meal Plan Customer Service
Micro Systems Analyst-Technology Support Services, Computer and Information Systems
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

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


Meet Puppies Kilkenny and Kilronin

“You've seen my older three Shih Tzus: Dublin, Guinness, and Londonderry. Here are Londonderry's pups born May 24, Kilkenny and Kilronin. They are full of puppy energy and dog-size appetites. Keeping them entertained is a full-time job; otherwise they are chewing, piddling, or trashing furniture, railings, socks, slippers, paper, or my fingers. Luckily I have four doggie toy boxes in the house, full of appropriate distractions. This picture is caught at a moment of sweet innocence. Two minutes later they were teething on the oven door." Ruth Adams, University Registrar. Select the link for a larger photo of Kilkenny and Kilronin. More


Actaea Plants

This new monthly feature, written by SPU Campus Master Gardner Jeff Daley, highlights some of the beautiful plants, flowers, and trees on campus. Jeff, a master gardener and certified arborist, has been tending SPU's landscape for more than 20 years.

“About the time you memorize a plants botanical name and are feeling good at your accomplishment, like this month's featured plant Cimicifuga racemosa, they change the name to Actaea and confuse us all. It has several common names like black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, and fairy candle. This is a nice summer foliage plant that adds color and texture, with tall flower spikes shooting high above the leaves creating a natural sculpture. It blooms in late summer and fall, adding a delightful fragrance to the garden. The leaves are a stunning jet black. When planted in contrast with plants that are yellow or have lighter color variegations, the plant really stands out. We have Actaea planted at the entrance to University Communications in lower Weter Hall. With the warmer fall we have experienced, it's just starting to bloom and is waiting for you to come and smell its sweet fragrance. The yellow grass plant under the Actaea is Hakonechloa macra aureola, or Japanese forest grass. Enjoy your walk through our SPU gardens!" Select the link for more photos of Actaea on campus. More

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