Monday, April 8, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Coffee Conversation on April 10

You are invited to join the third Coffee Conversation, which will be held this Wednesday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room in Upper Gwinn. This round-table discussion will focus on "envisioning the future." No reservation is needed — just come join us in Upper Gwinn for an hour of coffee, colleagues, and good conversation.


Student Employee Appreciation Week April 8-12

All departments are encouraged to show appreciation for their student employees sometime during Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 8-12. The Office of Student Employment will host an “Appreciation Table" on Wednesday, April 10, in Gwinn Commons, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Please encourage your students to stop by to receive a token of appreciation and enter a drawing to win a gift card.

Scranton, Yanik, and Gilnett at “Thursday Food for Thought"

At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the SPU Library Reading Room, Fine Arts Marketing Associate Kim Gilnett, Professor of Theatre George Scranton, and SPU Theatre Department Chair Don Yanik will take us behind the scenes of SPU's upcoming stage production of “Letters to Sala." They will discuss Arlene Hutton's play — which runs April 18-20, 25-27 — and the special exhibition that accompanies the event. More

Tell Your Students: Job and Internship Fair April 11

SPU's annual Job and Internship Fair is Thursday, April 11, 3-6 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. The Center for Career and Calling anticipates 50-60 organizations at the fair who are interested in recruiting SPU students for their open positions. The center will also be hosting an all-afternoon “Resume Check-Up" in their offices on Tuesday, April 9, 12-4 p.m. Please encourage your students to attend — all students, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome. Further information, including a list of employers attending and information on how students may prepare for the fair, can be found online. More

Update Your Undergraduate Catalog Links

The 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog is now available. Many schools and departments link to the catalogs on their web pages. If your site does link to the online catalog, please update those links so students don't get outdated information. Some links to the catalog are several years out of date, so thank you for checking your site today. (The Graduate Catalog will be live in early May.) More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Reconciliation Summit Events

Reconciliation Summit 2013, a four-day event addressing the question of intercultural competency in our increasingly diverse community, will be held on campus April 14-17. The summit will feature community leaders and SPU faculty, staff, and students, and will include a night of worship, as well as panel discussions. Joining in the conversation will be international reconciliation advocate John Perkins, co-founder of SPU's John Perkins Center. All the events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend. The summit is presented by the SPU School of Theology Reconciliation Studies program. Visit the website for more information. More

Annual John Perkins Lecture on April 16

The co-founder of SPU's John Perkins Center returns to campus next week. John Perkins will give his annual lecture on Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. An internationally known author, speaker, and teacher, John is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. More

SPU Theatre Presents “Letters to Sala." Special Exhibit Accompanies Play.

The SPU Theatre Department presents “Letters to Sala," based on the book Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner. The play will run April 18-20 and 25-27, at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage in McKinley Hall on the SPU campus. Following the April 19 performance, playwright Arlene Hutton and author Kirschner will discuss the play and answer questions from the audience. In conjunction with the play, a traveling exhibition of letters, photographs, and documents from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection will be displayed in Kreider Gallery in McKinley Hall until April 30. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the website for more information. More

Bonhoeffer Biographer Gives Talk on Campus

New York Times best-selling author and Bonhoeffer biographer Eric Metaxas comes to campus for a special lecture on Monday, April 22, 3-4 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Metaxas is the 2013 keynote speaker for SPU's Downtown Business Breakfast. More

Encourage Students to Vote for Their Favorite SVPC Entry

For months, interdisciplinary teams have been working on plans for sustainable businesses that meet real needs — and make a profit. Entries for the seventh annual Social Venture Plan Competition will be on display from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Weter Hall lounge and Martin Square. Encourage your students to review the entries; their vote will determine the $500 “People's Choice Award" winner. Sponsored by SPU's Center for Applied Learning. Contact or visit the website. More

A Personal Health Screening Is the First Step to $100

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, pulse, and Body Mass Index (BMI)? If not, get this information free! If you receive SPU medical benefits, sign up for a convenient appointment time on Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 a.m. -12 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room, or Thursday, May 2, or Thursday, May 9, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. in Weter Hall 202. The fasting test will be a finger prick, so you get the most accurate results. As with prior years, you will also have a health assessment to complete for the $100 incentive. Information on accessing the health assessment will be forthcoming. Select the link to make an appointment. If you have problems setting up an appointment, contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at or 206-281-2676. More

WebMD Wellness Site No Longer Active

A message from Human Resources: “The WebMD contract ended on 3/31/2013. As part of our transfer of medical plans to Cigna, we will also utilize their wellness resources. As of today, we do not yet know whether information stored within the WebMD site is transferable to you as the individual, or whether there is a possibility to transfer information into the Cigna site. As we learn more, we will keep you posted. In the meantime, please watch the Fac/Staff Bulletin and messages sent from the Human Resources office in the weeks and months ahead. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources with any questions at or 206-281-2676."

Faculty: What Do You Do When You're Not in Class?

Julia Siemens, the editor of etc magazine, is collecting stories of faculty with interesting hobbies. Maybe you decorate cakes, fly trapeze, or sail in regattas. Your hobby does not have to be related to your discipline. Email Julia at

Recycling on Campus

All offices and classroom buildings have designated areas to recycle paper, plastic, metal, and glass. These items can be deposited in any recycling container on campus — no sorting necessary. If you would like more information about recycling in your area, email For a complete list of what is recyclable, visit the Facility and Project Management website. More

Lunch, Listen, and Learn on May 8: Social Security Administration

What will early retirement do to your Social Security benefits? What are survivor benefits and how can they help your family? How can you get the most out of your Social Security benefits? Learn all the answers by attending this seminar on Wednesday, May 8, 10-11:15 a.m. in the Library Seminar Room. Feel free to invite your spouse and any others you think would be interested. Simply RSVP online by adding your name and pressing “save." We must meet an enrollment target of 20 in order to hold this event, so RSVP as soon as you can. More

Changes to Your Payroll?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Are you dropping your spouse or any dependents from your health care plans? Be sure you have completed the appropriate form by the 15th of the month prior to the date family dependents will start other coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might include events that are expected to impact your benefits, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you have made to your 403b account contributions must be made by this date. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions (Transamerica-Diversified) at 1-888-676-5512 (5 a.m.-6 p.m. PST), or 1-800-755-5801. If you have any other benefits-related changes, call Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources, at 206-281-2676.

Falcon Sports This Week

The gymnasts are at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. PDT; April 13 at 5 p.m. PDT, and April 14 at 11 a.m. PDT. Visit the Falcons website for information and links to live webcasts and live results. More

SPU Medical Plan Is Changing. Hint #1

Both the new High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) and the new PPO utilize Cigna's "Open Access Plus" (OAP) network of providers. Trying to find your doctor or medical facility within Cigna? You can do this by visiting and selecting “Find a Doctor" toward the top of the screen. If you perform your search and see "OAP" or “OAP-PPO" next to your provider or facility, they are in the Cigna network. If you do not see “OAP" or “OAP-PPO," your provider is not in the network. If you encounter a “Cigna-PPO" designation, this is not our Open Access Plus network. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at to have Cigna contact any provider outside the OAP network to invite them to join. More

Campus Retail Specials

Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Spring Fling Orange Creamsicles (Italian Soda) 20 percent off
Medley in the SUB: Pear Cranberry Salad, $5.99
Grill in the SUB: Ultimate Grilled Cheese, featuring cream cheese, Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes (plus bacon for 50 cents!) $4.69

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, April 11. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 15.


New Book From Wall, Nienhuis

Walls Professor of Wesleyan Theology Rob Wall and Associate Professor of New Testament Studies David Nienhuis have written a new book,Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping & Shape of a Canonical Collection(Eerdmans, Nov. 2013). Through a detailed examination of the historical shaping and final canonical shape of seven oft-neglected New Testament letters — James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude — the book introduces readers to the historical, literary, and theological integrity of this indispensable apostolic witness. It is the only treatment of the Catholic Epistles that approaches these seven letters as an intentionally designed and theologically coherent canonical collection.

Thoburn Serves Syrian Refugees in Jordan During Spring Break

Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn spent Spring Break working with Syrian refugee families in Jordan. John and his colleagues also trained nonprofit staff and community volunteers in Amman, Jordan, in their Health Support Team Curriculum. The information is designed to train indigenous volunteers in providing psychosocial support to friends and family following natural or man-made disasters.

Notess Contributes to “Writers on the Classics"

Hannah Notess, managing editor for Response magazine, has a blog post in the "Writers on the Classics" series on Englewood Review of Books, in which she recommends some of her favorite books of poems by dead people. More

Lemcio Broadcasts Bilingual Easter Greeting

Gene Lemcio, emeritus professor of New Testament, broadcast bilingual Easter greetings during two three-minute segments on KONTAKT, a Ukrainian Canadian television network that serves Canada's 1.6 million residents of Ukrainian descent.

Daniels' Paper Accepted

A paper by Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Professor of Management Denise Daniels, along with co-authors Mark Bolino and Anthony Klotz, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Managerial Psychology. The paper is titled “A Lasting Impression? The Impact of Repeated Impression Management Over Time."

Bikos' Study From Turkey Published

An article by Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos and her colleagues at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, was recently published in the Journal of Educational and Instructional Studies in the World. The title of the manuscript was "Field Testing the College Student Experiences Questionnaire in Turkey." A full-text version of the article is available online. More

Lee Gives Two Speeches

Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee spoke at the Department of Fashion Design, Graduate School of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, on March 20. Her topic wa global fashion careers in the fashion industry and higher education. She also spoke at the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kongju National University in Kongju, Korea, on March 19. Her speech was titled “Global Apparel Product Development and Technical Design."

Erickson Co-Authors Article

Associate Professor of Psychology Thane Erickson recently co-authored an article titled "Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Review and Theoretical Synthesis of Evidence on Nature, Etiology, Mechanisms, and Treatment." The article was published in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

Overstreet Interprets the Movies of the Coen Brothers

When Matt Zoller Seitz, television critic for New York magazine and founder of the film-review websites “Press Play" and “The House Next Door," decided to discuss theology and morality in the movies of the Coen Brothers, he turned to Jeffrey Overstreet, contributing editor for SPU's Response magazine and blogger at Their conversation “O Coen Brothers, Where Art God?" was published on March 31 (Easter Sunday) online at “Press Play." More

Alsbury Trains State School Board Members

On March 23, Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury led a four-hour workshop to school board members selected by the Washington State School Board Directors Association (WSSDA) as participants in their 2013 WSSDA Leadership Program. The school board members came from across the state, and were selected to receive special training as well as recognition for receiving advanced training in district governance. The training was held at the WSSDA headquarters in Olympia. The topic of the workshop, "Leadership for Influence," trained board members on whether they have influence at a national, state, and local level and how they can increase their influence to affect student achievement gains. In addition, board members were trained on how to diminish inter-board member conflict.

Welcome, Megan

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Megan Miller, assistant director of admissions, communication and processing, Undergraduate Admissions.


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



Meet Lucy the Newfoundland

“This is Lucy (aka Baby), my 160-pound, nine-year old Newfoundland. Roaming through our backyard, she could almost be mistaken for a bear. This breed is known as the 'Gentle Giant' and was the original 'Nanny' in Peter Pan." Kathy Hefner, administrative assistant, biology and chemistry. Select the link for more photos of Lucy. More

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