Monday, March 18, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Free Lecture With Walter Brueggemann

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education and School of Theology, in conjunction with Wesleyan Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies, invite faculty and staff to "The Alternative World of the Psalms," a free public lecture by Walter Brueggemann, ThD, PhD, on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. One of the world's leading interpreters of the Old Testament, Dr. Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of more than 50 books. Be sure to arrive early, as space is limited. The church is wheelchair accessible. Visit the website for more information. More

Winter Grades Due March 25

Winter Quarter grades are due in Student Academic Services (SAS) by 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 25. Grades may be submitted to SAS via the web, in person, placed in the SAS drop box (located outside of Demaray Hall 151), mailed, or faxed to 206-281-2669. Timely submission of grades helps students and offices with important processes such as the academic dismissal process, disbursing financial aid, and processing enrollment verification. If instructors want grades to appear on the web before March 25, they may contact Student Records Coordinator Kelli Knapp ( so the grades can be rolled to academic history. If you encounter challenges when grading students, contact SAS PRIOR to the grading deadline, for we may be able to assist with resolving the situation. If you have questions concerning grading or meeting the University deadline, contact Kelli at 206-281-2636 or

Spring Tulips Support SPRINT Missions

SPRINT students are taking orders for spring tulips, to be delivered Friday, April 12. Orders are due by Friday, April 5. If you'd like to purchase a bunch of 10 assorted-color cut tulips for $10, email Coordinator for Global and Urban Involvement Owen Sallee at or contact a SPRINT student. To learn more about SPRINT, visit the website. More

The next Response Magazine Theme: Christian Engagement in a Changing World

In the Summer 2013 Response, stemming from this year's Inaugural symposium, we'll be looking at how Christians can engage a changing world. 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

Joint Meeting of Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Seattle Pacific Seminary and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education are pleased to host the 2013 joint meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies, March 21-23. These two academic guilds meet annually within their respective groups, and join together every five years for a combined meeting. We are anticipating 500-600 theologians, scholars, and pastors from around the world to join us on campus for this event, and hope you will join us in welcoming them to SPU.

Enjoy Weekly Zumba

Join instructor Alicia Likkel on Thursdays for Zumba beginning March 28, 12–1 p.m. in the Royal Brougham Pavilion main gym. All experience levels 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 a few different activities throughout the year that the Wellness Committee is able to offer for 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. Unsure if you can attend all sessions? Consider paying $6 per session as you go. Sign up today. More

New Sustainability Blog

SPU's Office of Facility and Project Management is proud to reveal its new and improved Sustainability Blog. The aim of the blog is to get students, faculty, and staff more involved in sustainability and environmental issues, both on campus and around the Seattle area. For example, new posts will center around supporting local food growers and artisans, starting a home garden, and learning about International Happiness Day on March 20. Visit the blog. More

Nominate a Student for the Barnabas Scholarship

Do you know a student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off-campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, demonstrates leadership, and is currently junior? If so, we encourage you to nominate the student for the Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a contribution of $250 given in their name to a charity of their choice. Online nominations are due by March 29, and can be found on the University Ministries/Center for Worship Student Leaders website. More

Swedish Mobile Mammography Services April 4: Sign up Now!

Human Resources and the SPU Wellness Committee have arranged for Swedish Medical Center to send a mobile mammography vehicle to perform private mammograms outside the SUB on April 4. If you're scheduled for a mammogram or past due, consider the convenience of having the screening performed here at SPU. Remember to bring your insurance card and primary doctor's name and address with you. Cancellations will be charged $25. Sign up online. More

Enjoy Weekly Yoga: Only $50 for Spring Quarter

Kathy Stetz, professor of nursing and registered Hatha yoga teacher, will continue to provide yoga sessions on Tuesdays, noon-12:55 p.m. during Spring Quarter (March 26-June 4) in the First Free Methodist Church gym. Take note that there will be no session on April 2 due to inaugural events. All experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, towel, or mat. Yoga is available at a cost of $6 per session or $50 lump sum (a savings of $10 over the remaining 10 sessions). SPU is contributing at least half the instruction cost for this Activity for Life class, and participants provide the second half of the instruction cost. Pay for your sessions now or as you go by visiting the website. More

Sitecore and Contribute Users Brown Bag Lunch

Are you using Sitecore or Contribute? Join the University Communications Web Team on the third Thursday of each month for a brown-bag question-and-answer time. Bring your questions; we'll bring answers (and cookies). The next brown-bag is March 21, noon-1 p.m. in the Lower Weter Conference Room.

Camp Casey Summer Reservation Requests Due March 22

Summer reservation requests are now being taken for the Faculty/Staff House at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates available are June 10-September 23, 2013. Summer requests are based on years of service to SPU (as verified by Human Resources), and past summer stays at Casey. Just give us a call and we'll be happy to explain the summer ranking system. Reservation requests are due by March 22 and can be made online. 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, March 21. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, March 25.

Falcons Advance to Regional Championships

The men's basketball team advances to the NCAA Division II West Region championship game on March 19. Get the latest information online. More


Schlee Presents Paper

Regina Schlee, professor of marketing, presented a paper titled "Effects of Personality Characteristics and Students' Major on Attitudes About Team Projects" at the Society of Business Research conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 14-16.


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



Pet Photos Needed

We need pet photos. Send them in to the Fac/Staff Bulletin for the “Pet Photos of the Week" feature. Just send a short description and up to two photos to



From SPU Campus Master Gardener Jeff Daley. "We have already turned our clocks, and it's staying daylight a lot longer now in the evenings. The equinox is March 20, marking the official beginning of spring. But if you listen ever so closely, you might hear the trumpets of daffodils heralding that spring has already begun! An enduring symbol of new life and rebirth, daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. I love daffodils, and it's not just because they're my birthday month flower. When I was a little boy, I would call them ‘daffydowndillies.' I could always find a few Easter eggs hidden among their leaves. For me, daffodils and spring just go together. Daffodils, the Jonquil or Narcissus, are originally from the western Mediterranean, Spain, and Portugal, and have made their way into the hearts of gardeners around the world. In Germany, they are called Osterglocken, (Easter Bells); in England, Lent Lilies; in Greece, Narcissus tazetta, (Little Tear Drop); and in China, 喇叭水仙 (Water Fairy).

Set apart by their central trumpet-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of petals, the traditional color is yellow, but hybridizers have bred many colors and variations, including doubles with multiple layers of petals or frilled petals. Daffodils naturalize nicely. That's why in English countryside photos you will see daffodils growing everywhere.

The one most important bit of advice I would give in growing daffodils or any bulb plant is this: After the flowering is over, cut off the flower and the seed ovule, do not cut back the leaves. The photosynthesis process needs the leaves to allow energy to be stored back into the bulb for next year's flower. If you leave the seed ovule on the stalk, the energy is put toward seed production. (Unless you want to propagate them from seed!). After the leaves become dried out and unsightly, cut off the foliage at ground level. The bulbs will stay dormant in the soil until next year. The bulbs are poisonous; even the flowers are slightly poisonous, making them deer-resistant. Speaking of deer, a good way to remember this is the ‘d' in daffodil is for 'deer proof.' The ‘t' in tulip is for ‘tasty,' but that's the flower for next month.

Find a fun vase, cut a few daffodils, bring them in the house, and celebrate. I call that garden sunshine in a vase!" Select the link for photos of daffodils on campus, taken by Jeff and Linda Meerdink in the School of Health Sciences. More

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