Monday, April 15, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Reconciliation Summit: Engaging Our Campus, Changing the World

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this four-day summit to gather as a community and collectively address questions of reconciliation, diversity, and intercultural competency on our campus. The summit is April 14-17. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for a complete list of events. 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

Editors of The Falcon and Rick Jackson at "Thursday Food for Thought"

At the next "Thursday Food for Thought" on April 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room, the editors of SPU's student newspaper — The Falcon — will be joined by Rick Jackson, assistant professor of journalism, in a presentation about life behind the scenes of their weekly publication. Learn about the challenges the editors, writers, photographers, and designers face in finding, capturing, and communicating the day-to-day stories of life at SPU. Find out how the practice of journalism is changing in the digital age. More

Gregory Wolfe to Speak at Friends of the Library Lecture

Gregory Wolfe — writer in residence at SPU, founder and editor-in-chief of Image, and founding director of SPU's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program — is this year's featured speaker for the annual Friends of the Library lecture on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Greg will talk about “Presenting Culture: The Curator as Steward, Critic, and Provocateur." Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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 the Center for Applied Learning. Contact or visit the website. More

2013 Summer Housing for Student Employees

A message from University Services: As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Please advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188 or

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

Women's Self-Defense Class

A women's self-defense class for faculty and staff will be held Tuesday, April 30, 12-1 p.m. (Location TBD.) Learn basic self-defense techniques and safety strategies. The event is hosted by the Wellness Committee.

Updated Contact Information for Alumni?

Does your office receive updated contact information for SPU alumni? If so, please send any updated alumni information you receive to Jessica Jenkins at in Advancement Services so she can update SPU's alumni and donor database. You can also direct alumni to the SPU online alumni directory to update their contact information. Select the link for the alumni directory. More

Witness to History?

The next Response magazine will explore Christian engagement in a changing world. The magazine is asking readers to respond to this question, “What world-changing event have you witnessed up close?" You can submit your answers online. 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

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 Thursday, April 18, noon-1 p.m. in the Lower Weter Conference Room.

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

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

Teams Are Forming for "Bike to Work" Month

The month of May is the annual Commute Challenge, sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. The challenge "inspires thousands of new commuters to start bike riding, and challenges experienced riders to commute more." To participate, you need to sign up, commute a minimum of four days in May, and track your trips online. Several SPU teams are forming to participate. Some of the SPU benefits include:

-Temporary locker room access in Royal Brougham Pavilion
-Access to an ORCA card to complete your commute by using public transportation if needed
-A guaranteed free ride home if you become sick, have an emergency, or unexpectedly need to work late at the request of your supervisor

More information is coming in the next Fac/Staff Bulletin. Learn more about the Commute Challenge. 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.

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

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: Mary Fry Sandwich, featuring ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayo on thick-slice wheat, $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 25. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, April 29.


Alsbury Works With Oregon School Leaders

On April 6, Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury led a four-hour workshop for school board members selected by the Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) as participants in their 2013 Oregon Leadership Program. The school board members were selected from across the state to receive advanced training in effective district governance. The training was held at the OSBA headquarters in Salem. The workshop, "School Boards: Making the Case for Existence and Relevance," was designed to train board members on how they can support and even lead school improvement efforts in their district. Recent international and national research was shared on how school boards can increase their influence to affect student achievement gains. In addition, board members were trained on the political effects of board destabilization, and how to recoup and sustain consistent and coherent leadership through chaotic times.

Paulus Presents Paper

University Librarian Michael Paulus presented a paper at the spring meeting of the American Society of Church History in Portland, Oregon. His paper, titled “The Hand of Myron Eells in the History of the Pacific Northwest," explores the life of an early Northwest collector, and highlights his theological motivations for creating a collection that became a significant source for Pacific Northwest history.

Orton Co-Authors Article

Valorie Orton, instructor in the School of Health Sciences, co-authored an article about parish nursing titled "Faith Community Nurses and Brown Bag Events Help Manage Older Adults Manage Meds." The article was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Davis Chairs Panel

Reed Davis, chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography, chaired a panel on "Statesmanship and Power" at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, California, on April 4.


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



Meet Magoo

“Magoo has been part of our family for only about two months. My husband, Eric, and I adopted him from the Humane Society. While he may look mean and tough, he is nothing but a lap dog in a 60 pound Labrador/pit bull body. He loves to sit on my lap when riding in the car. We weren't quite sure we wanted to keep his name, but after spending a few days with him, we realized that Magoo fits him perfectly! He becomes easily distracted on walks by other dogs, and cannot stop staring at them. He's found himself running into a pole or two." Katie Siverson, Building Maintenance. Select the link to see more pictures of Magoo. More

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