Monday, February 11, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Retirement Readiness for Ages 45-70+

The Office of Human Resources invites you to the third annual Retirement Readiness Seminar Tuesday, February 12, 5:30-8 p.m. in the Queen Anne Room in Upper Gwinn Commons. This evening is filled with information and resources to help you plan now for the retirement you want later. Spouses are welcome, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Jackie Belz in Human Resources at, and indicate if your spouse will be joining you. The seminar will review Medicare, retirement income and expenses, investing through retirement, Social Security, Emeriti Health Solutions Program, long-term care, and life insurance.

Academic Counseling Drop-In Appointments

Academic counselors in Student Academic Services will be taking drop-in appointments for students during the week of registration in Demaray Hall. These brief appointments are for students with questions regarding Spring 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, February 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, February 14, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Help Your Students Graduate on Time

Faculty and staff who advise students can now encourage students to visit and use SPU's retention site, On Track: Degree Planner. This site details the steps students must take each year to stay on course to graduate on time. You're encouraged to reference the site when advising students, using the list of tasks for their academic year as a guide for their progress. More

New Campus Dining Location

Sandella's Flatbread Café (located on 3rd Avenue West where Stell's use to be) is now open. This is an all new campus retail dining venue, featuring healthy and delicious options including wraps, quesadillas, salads, rice bowls, and more. Regular hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-10 p.m. Points are accepted. Visit their Facebook page for more information. More

Art Center Gallery's “Student Showcase" Closes Feb. 12

The SPU Art Center Gallery is now showcasing the works of student artists. The work on display includes sculpture, print, and charcoal drawings. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m -5 p.m. There will be a closing reception on Tuesday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m., where guests may talk with students and their professors. Refreshments will be provided. The gallery is located at 3 West Cremona. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Art History and Art Center Gallery Director Katie Kresser at 206-281-2079.

Thursday Food for Thought: Tom Trzyna

On Thursday, February 14, at 12:30 p.m., Tom Trzyna, professor of English, reads in the SPU Library Reading Room from his new book, Le Clézio's Spiritual Quest. In this book, Tom examines this Nobel Prize-winning author's attempt to create a new philosophy and a new spirituality from three marginal world traditions: Islamic Sufism, the pre-Socratic philosophy of Parmenides, and Aztec religion. More

Inaugural Year Symposium on February 26

Faculty and staff are invited to several different events on Tuesday, February 26, as part of the Inaugural Year in celebration of President Daniel J. Martin. The day will feature two lectures by sociologist, author, and professor James Davison Hunter. Known for his thoughtful analysis of culture, historical perspective, and deep Christian faith, Hunter will explore the potential influence of the Christian in the late modern world.

Community Chapel and Lecture: "Human Flourishing." Hunter proposes Christians pursue "faithful presence" to bring human flourishing.
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

Evening Lecture: "Culture Shifts: Christian Engagement in a Changing World." In his most recent book, Hunter exposes problems he sees in world-change efforts undertaken in the name of Christian engagement, largely due to a flawed understanding of the nature of culture and how it changes.
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion
Visit the Inaugural Year website for more information. More

Welcome Student Scholars to Campus

On Friday, February 15, Undergraduate Admissions (UGA) will welcome 50 outstanding applicants to campus to compete for the SPU Scholar Award (full-tuition scholarship). These students will participate in a number of interviews and discussions, while also experiencing campus life through tours, class visits, and lunch in Gwinn. UGA will also host a second competition with 50 additional students on Monday, February 25. Please warmly welcome these students and their families to SPU. If faculty would like to participate in the competition by interviewing candidates, contact UGA Visit and Events Coordinator Mikki Running at

Latest from Campus Dining, Including Valentine's Day Specials

Subway: It's February! Any regular foot-long sub only $5.
Medley: Cold Somen (Noodle) Salad, $5.99
Grill 155: Ragin' Cajun Sandwich, with turkey, pepperjack, red onion, and tomato in Cajun sauce, $4.69

Valentine's Day Specials
Medley: $2 off any salad
Einstein's: 50 percent off Cinnamon Raisin Bagels with Strawberry Schmear
Common Grounds/Academic Perks: 20 percent off White Chocolate Raspberry Mochas
Grill 155: CLT sandwich w/Buffalo Sauce, $2.79

Medical Change: The New HSA Plan

Faculty and staff can review the information about the Health Savings Account (HSA) paired with the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) posted on a separate page of the Human Resources website. View the "HSA 101" PowerPoint, or view the slides while listening to a webinar version. You will see "HSA Questions and Answers" along with several articles about consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), and the original memos from Senior Vice President for Business and Planning Don Mortenson and Human Resources which announced the coming changes. Further meetings will be scheduled once final plan design decisions are made (such as premiums, deductibles, SPU contribution amounts, etc.). More

Walking/Activity Challenge: SPU Globe Trekkers

Sign up through this week – the first week of our SPU Globe Trekking challenge. Record any steps/miles you may walk or run, as well as participation in other activities, between February 11 and April 7. Every activity level is encouraged. We'll give you tools to help you convert your activities into steps or miles. We only have 103 people signed up. Last winter we had 182 people, so we need you! Last year we walked, ran, biked, pumped iron, and did aerobics, yoga, and martial arts for 32,350 miles - well over the roughly 24,900 miles around the Earth. Human Resources (HR) has a limited supply of pedometers (more are coming). Feel free to use the tools on the Sharepoint site (located on the HR website) to help you estimate your miles/steps based on time spent participating in your activity of choice. Alternately, you may always purchase your own pedometer online or at a variety of stores. And finally, check out your Smartphone - you may have one or more free pedometer apps available to you. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Born Identity Exhibit

The “Born Identity" is a visual and interactive exhibit about white identity and white privilege. The purpose of the exhibit is to educate the SPU community (and beyond) about what it means to be white in America, and the subsequent privileges that come with whiteness. The exhibit will be held in the lobby of Emerson Hall, February 13–15, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The lobby will be set up to look like a small museum, using pipe-and-drape curtains to separate the different sections. Visitors will be able to see various images and interactive components that will help bring alive the idea of white privilege and issues of race. Feel free to attend or encourage your students or class to visit.

Swedish Mobile Mammography Services Coming April 4

Swedish Medical Center is sending a mobile mammography vehicle to SPU to perform free private mammograms. The vehicle will be at the SUB on 3rd Ave West on April 4. If you're scheduled for a mammogram or past due, consider the convenience of having the screening performed here at SPU. More information on how to sign up and what to bring will be coming. Watch the Fac/Staff Bulletin for more information.

Financial Wellness: Loans, Debt, and Interest

The SPU Wellness Committee wants to encourage your financial wellness. This brief session on Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room is designed for you to learn more about the fundamentals of loans from U.S. Bank, located on campus. Information will not be specific to products that U.S. Bank can provide, though if interested, you are welcome to request this information. Feel free to bring your spouse, and any others you think might benefit from this information. RSVP on the Human Resources website in the Wellness section. More

Community Kitchen Fundraiser: "Finals Fuel"

SPU's Community Kitchen program is offering "Finals Fuel" bags on March 4 and 5. The bags are a fundraiser for the Community Kitchen. They are offering meals for two in a reuseable nylon bag customized with the Community Kitchen logo. Meal bag options are $25 and dessert bag options are $10.

Meal Option 1:
- Veggie Mac and Cheese (one quart)
- Bread from Tall Grass Bakery
- Winter root slaw (one pint)

Meal Option 2 (dairy- and gluten-free)
- Algerian Tomato Soup (one quart)
- 4 corn muffins
- Winter root slaw (one pint)

Dessert Option 1:
- Chocolate chip banana bread (one mini loaf)

Dessert Option 2: (dairy- and gluten-free) - 4 large chocolate dipped coconut macaroons

Faculty and staff can place orders by emailing They are accepting orders until February 22. Bags will be available for pickup on March 4 and 5, 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. in the Foods Lab in the basement of Peterson Hall. Please pay by cash or checks made out to SPU at time of pickup.

Local Athletic Events This Week

Thursday, February 14
Women's basketball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15
Women's gymnastics vs UC Davis (Senior/Alumni Night), Brougham Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 16
Women's basketball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadline

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. The deadline for submissions is 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, February 14. Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, February 19.


Nelson Earns CFRE

Senior Gift Officer Kristi Nelson earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential. The CFRE is an internationally recognized credential for professional fundraisers who meet specific standards of achievement, skills, and expertise, and it symbolizes a commitment to excellence and membership in a community of fundraising leaders. Congratulations, Kristi!

DeWater Gives Invited Presentation at National Conference

Resident Master Teacher Lezlie Salvatore DeWater gave an invited talk at the 2013 American Association of Physics Teachers winter conference in New Orleans. Leslie's seminar was titled "Elementary Program Redesign II: Integrating Physics Content and Methods."

Robertson Presents at National Conference

Assistant Professor of Physics Amy Robertson gave a presentation at the 2013 American Association of Physics Teachers winter conference in New Orleans. Her talk was titled "Engaging the Implicit Structure and Decisions of the Curriculum: A Missing Element in the Development of Learning Assistants' Proximal Formative Assessment Skills."

Scherr Presents at National Conference

Project Director and Senior Research Scientist Rachel Scherr and graduate student Abigail Daane presented their work, "Conserving Energy in Physics and Society: An Integrated Model of Energy for K-12 Teachers and Students," at the American Association of Physics Teachers winter conference in New Orleans. Rachel gave an additional presentation on "Piagetian and Ethnographic Influences in Physics Education Research."

Article by Vokos, Scherr, and Graduate Student Published

An article by Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos, Senior Research Scientist Rachel Scherr, and graduate student Abigail Daane was published in the 2012 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. Their paper was titled "Conserving Energy in Physics and Society: Creating an Integrated Model of Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics."

Ward's Article Published

An article by Associate Vice President of Information and Data Management Janet Ward titled “Lessons Learned: If I Only Knew Then …" was published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers in College and University Journal, Fall 2012. Read the article online. More

Music Faculty on Tour

SPU music faculty Rodger Burnett (horn), Ryan Schulz (tuba), Kim Zabelle (violin), and Meg Brennand (cello), will travel to New York City with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra February 12-16 on their upcoming tour. Performances will be at City Center Theater. Their performance was mentioned in The New Yorker. More

Van Zanten Gives LUMEN Lecture

Susan VanZanten, professor of English, recently gave the LUMEN Lecture at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia, on "Vocation, Story, and Hitting the Wall." The twice-yearly LUMEN Lecture, sponsored by the Berry Chaplain's Office, features leading Christian scholars speaking about their faith and their discipline. Susan also gave a faculty development workshop on "Becoming a Teacher-Scholar" that was attended by about 40 Berry college faculty. Plus, she stayed in a 100-year-old log cabin on Berry's campus.

Welcome, Valerie Moser

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Valerie Moser, admissions and academic counseling office lead representative in Undergraduate Admissions. Contact information can be found in the SPU online White Pages.


Scheuerman Mentioned in The Olympian

Associate Professor of Education Richard Scheuerman was mentioned in a story The Olympian. The reporter mentioned Richard's research and new book on heirloom agricultural crops of the Pacific Northwest. Read the article online. More


Visit the Human Resources website for the latest job openings at SPU.



Meet ChiChi and Grillo

"No, we didn't shave them. They are Mexican Hairless, also called Xoloitzcuintli (SHOH-loh-eets-KWEENT-lee). They are an ancient breed, dating back thousands of years. They were considered sacred by the ancient Aztecs, who believed they aided their owners in the afterlife. My Xolos, ChiChi (orange tag) and Grillo ("gree-yo," blue tag and blue coat), are each about 20 pounds. They are miniature. (There are also toy sizes and standard sizes.) ChiChi is now 16 years old and unfortunately showing her age. Grillo is about 12 years old, and besides being a tad manic, is going strong. ChiChi is a retired, well-traveled world champion show dog - we adopted her when she was about 6. The only evidence of her former life is when she comes running towards the sound of the pet nail grooming tool. She LOVES being pampered." Sam Davis, graphic designer, University Communications. Select the link for more photos of ChiChi and Grillo. More

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