Monday, April 29, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


"Holiness in Black and White." Walls Lecture With Priscilla Pope-Levison

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church for the 2013 Walls Lecture given by Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison. Her lecture, "Holiness in Black and White: Women, Race, and Sanctification," will draw on two decades of her research on American women evangelists. Associate Professor of History Mike Hamilton will serve as respondent. Visit the website for more information. More

Annual Benefits Fair Is Tuesday, April 30

Online Open Enrollment will run April 29–May 17, and where there's Open Enrollment there's Human Resources annual Benefits Fair! The Human Resources staff would love to have you join us at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Please take a few moments to come by and say hello, stroll around, and enjoy some snacks. This will be an excellent opportunity to run some numbers with the new Cigna team as well as discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Representatives from other featured vendors will also be present: BAC (administrator for our health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts); Washington Dental Service; VSP (our vision plan); and many more. These representatives provide information, answer questions, and bring give-aways. And don't forget the PRIZES! Put it on your calendar. We would love to see you there! Reminder: Pay careful attention to all communications from Human Resources during this Open Enrollment season.

Faculty, Staff Must Complete Open Enrollment

All benefit-eligible employees (unless they have waived medical insurance) must complete Online Open Enrollment which continues through May 17. Why should you complete Online Open Enrollment? This allows you to choose your new medical plan. If you do not make this choice, we will automatically default you (and any dependents you are covering) into the high deductible health plan (HDHP). As a result, you will not receive a Health Savings Account (HSA) or SPU funds until you have satisfactorily answered the eligibility questions in Human Resources. Another reason to complete Online Open Enrollment is to enroll or re-enroll in flexible spending account(s) and designate monthly amounts for your HSA account. You can also adjust family members covered on your medical, dental, and vision, as well as get information about long-term care insurance, additional voluntary life insurance — for which there is a guaranteed issue during Open Enrollment only — and accident insurance (accidental death and dismemberment). Please refer to your Open Enrollment packet of information that was sent to your campus address for guidance and instructions. Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources with questions at 206-281-2676 or

Open Enrollment Begins Today!

Online Open Enrollment begins today through May 17. Use information in your Open Enrollment packets and the Human Resources website to make educated decisions. Cigna provides information to use on multiple websites. is a simple and easy place to go to find a doctor and other general information. (Enrollment ID: SPU2013 and Enrollment Password: cigna) is a great one-stop-shop that's been created just for SPU. It provides tools to help estimate costs for the coming year, compares Cigna medical plan options side by side, provides benefit summaries to highlight what your plan covers, gives average costs of common procedures and diagnoses, provides access to myhealthassessment which is Step #2 in your pursuit of $100 cash (Step #1 is participation in the Personal Health Screenings on May 1, 2, or 9), and even provides links to allow you to set up and open your Health Savings Account, which you can do now if you already know you will be selecting the High Deductible Health Plan. Following Open Enrollment (4/29 - 5/17), you will receive a Cigna ID card and access to, which will provide even more personalized information including your Explanations of Benefits (EOBs). If you have questions, contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at 206)-281-2676 or

Rick Steele at Thursday Food for Thought

What can prisoners teach us about faith? At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in the SPU Library Reading Room, Rick Steele, professor of moral and historical theology and associate dean of Seattle Pacific Seminary, will talk about his new book project. It's a history of literature produced by Christian prisoners of conscience. As part of his research for the book, Steele taught courses on this literature at two Washington state correctional facilities. He will read a report of his experience of teaching — and learning from — offenders who are trying to live their Christian faith under the conditions of incarceration. 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. in Otto Miller 227. Learn basic self-defense techniques and safety strategies. The event is hosted by the Wellness Committee.

Faculty Invited to Breakfast

Faculty: You are invited to join Provost Jeff Van Duzer for the third (of three) scheduled “Provost/Faculty Breakfasts" in the Lake Union Room of Gwinn Commons on Friday, May 3, 8-9:30 am. Get your breakfast (paying with cash or using your points or meal block at the cashier's desk) and join the discussion. Feel free to come for all or part of the time.

Faculty, Staff Invited to “Night of Beats"

SPU students in “Club Mosaic" invite you to their annual hip-hop showcase event, now in its 12th year. The night mixes community and culture through love of the arts and music, and features performances of rap, song, dance as well as spoken word. SPU students and local Northwest artists will perform. Admission is $3, or $2 with donation of canned food or personal items for Bridge Care Center in Ballard. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event page. More

Faith and Science Lecture

Do today's scientific conclusions regarding an old earth or the origins of the human race conflict with the Bible? Wheaton College Professor of Old Testament John Walton comes to SPU for a special lecture, “Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes," on Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church. SPU Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina will give a response following the lecture. Walton is an author, researcher, and professor. He focuses his research on the literature and cultures of the ancient Near East and the Old Testament, with a particular interest in Genesis. Before his role at Wheaton, he taught for 20 years at Moody Bible Institute. Walton has authored many articles and books, including The Lost World of Genesis One; Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology; and Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament. His book on Genesis 2–3, The Lost World of Adam and Eve, is forthcoming from InterVarsity Press. The lecture is sponsored by SPU's College of Arts and Sciences. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Image Journal Honors Luci Shaw

Join Image journal on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. for the 2013 Denise Levertov Award, honoring Luci Shaw, a poet continually engaging the intersections of art, faith, and the created world. Luci will read from her work, and discuss it with the audience. There will be a cash bar and dessert. Image presents the Levertov Award annually to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the 415 Westlake in Seattle. More

Spring 2013 Census Information Available

The Spring Quarter census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM site are open to the public; others are available to only SPU staff and faculty. If you have comments or questions about the information appearing on the website, contact Tim Gatlin, senior systems and data manager, at or 206-281-2545. More

Know Students Who Love SPU?

Do you know any students whose passion and heart for SPU knows no bounds? Invite them to apply to Advancement Core, a student group co-advised by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Development. From dinners with alumni and donors to casting the vision for “I Love SPU Week," Advancement Core spends the academic year learning the value of a lifelong relationship with SPU. Applications are due May 15. Contact for more information or to make a recommendation.

Bookstore Launches New Website for Faculty

The SPU Bookstore has launched a new faculty support website called “FacultyEnlight." It was developed after Barnes & Noble conducted research including input from faculty across the country. While its process of adopting textbooks is very similar to our current site, the new website will give faculty the ability to research materials, read and write reviews on textbooks, as well as compare costs to students and view format availability. Adoptions will still be submitted by visiting the Bookstore website and clicking on the Faculty tab. The only difference will be that the new FacultyEnlight website will launch once the Faculty tab is selected. This link takes you to a brief overview of the site and its features. We're excited about this new website, and we hope you will be too! More

President's Spring Forum May 7

The annual President's Spring Forum honoring faculty and staff is Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion, with a community reception immediately following. Offices will be closed during that time to encourage everyone to attend.

Cascade Bicycle Club Class May 10

Each year, more and more people choose bicycling for transportation. While you may know how to ride a bike, you may wonder how to share the road with traffic, plan the best route to work, and arrive in style for that first meeting of the day. Join a certified Cascade Bicycle Club instructor for this free one-hour introductory class on Friday, May 10, at 12:30 p.m. in Weter Hall 201. In this class, you'll learn how to choose and adjust a bicycle; the rules of the road, riding safely and comfortably; planning your bike route; choosing clothing, helmets, and gear; and basic bike maintenance. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Garrett McGuire in Safety and Security at Class is limited to 40 people. This event is sponsored by the SPU Wellness Committee.

Not Too Late to Join an SPU Bike-to-Work Team

If you are interested in biking to work in May as part of the Commute Challenge, join an SPU team in your area. Teams need a minimum of four riders, and a maximum of 10. Team members can ride together or separately. Contact the team organizer for your area to get started and learn more.

SPU Northenders (North Seattle, Edmonds). Team captain: Tracy Norlen at
SPU Sharrows (Seattle, Kenmore, Bothell area). Team captain: Jobe Korb-Nice at
SPU Southenders. Team captain: Bryan Jones at
SPU Psychlers. Team captain: Lynette Bikos at
Bike Profs. Team captain: Bill Purcell at

Visit the website to learn about the Commute Challenge. More

Local Falcon Events This Week

Saturday, May 4
Track & Field: Seattle Pacific at Ken Foreman/Ken Shannon Invitational, University of Washington, 9 a.m.
Rowing: Seattle Pacific at Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships, Lake Stevens, first race 7 a.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the Falcons online. More

New Circuit Training Class on Friday

A new circuit training class is now offered 8-9 a.m. in Royal Brougham gym. The other classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., also in Royal Brougham.

Summary Annual Report for Health Plan

SPU is required to file certain information about its health and welfare plan on an annual basis with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This provides the annual notification of SPU's filing. To view the Summary Annual Report, visit this link. 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

Campus Retail Specials This Week

Celebrate the sunshine with these great campus specials!
Grill 155: The Famous CLT Sandwich, featuring crispy chicken, lettuce, and tomato on a bun with curly fries, $5.89
Medley in the SUB: Delicious Pear Gorgonzola Salad with Candied Walnuts, $5.99
Common Grounds and Academic Perks: Spring Fling Orange Creamsicles (Italian Soda) 20 percent off.
Watch for NEW Vanilla and Strawberry Crème Frappuccinos on April 30.

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, May 2. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 6.


Karns Gives Presentations

Professor of Marketing Gary Karns gave three presentations at the Marketing Educators Association conference in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month. The presentations were: The Stewardship Model of Business and Assessing Market Attractiveness;" “The Proposed New AACSB Accreditation Standards: Implications for Marketing Departments and Faculty:" and "Becoming a More Effective Marketing Educator."

Drozdova Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of Political Science Katya Drozdova presented her paper "Methods for Mining Afghan Lessons from the Soviet Era Archives with U.S. National Security Applications" at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco on April 5. The panel was titled "Archival Research on National Security Decision-Making: Comparative Perspectives and Methodological Advances."

Sellers Presents Paper

Director of the Medical Family Therapy Program Tina Schermer Sellers presented a paper titled "Improving Intimacy in Couples" at the Chinese Sexology Association Conference in Guangzhou, China, March 6-7. She was part of a 16-person U.S. delegation of sexual health experts brought to China to discuss how to improve sexual and relational health.

Thorpe's Essay to be Published

Professor of English Doug Thorpe's essay, “Something Understood: Heaven and Hell with Dante and the Evangelicals" will be published in the summer 2013 issue of Parabola magazine. Doug will also present his paper on “Blake, Ecopoetics, and the Transformation of Energy" at the conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment at the end of May.

Wilson, Doctoral Students' Article Published

An article by Professor of Clinical Psychology Beverly Wilson and doctoral students Jessica Berg, Megan Zurawski, and Kathleen King titled "Autism and Externalizing Behaviors: Buffering Effects of Parental Emotion Coaching" was published in the journal, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ferreiro Gives Lecture

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro delivered the public lecture "Golden Age Spanish Saints: Fray Luis de León, Teresa de Jesus, and Francisco de Vitoria" at the Adult Education Forum at Blessed Sacrament Parish on April 22. Fray Luis de Leon, 16th century Augustinian friar at the University of Salamanca, was a renowned theologian and lawyer whose spiritual work “On the Names of Christ" in Scripture is unequalled. Teresa de Jesus, 16th century Carmelite reformer, is one of the giants of Western spirituality and whose “Interior Castle" is a masterpiece about prayer. Francisco de Vitoria, another 16th century theologian at the University of Salamanca, was a Dominican and the first Westerner to lecture and write extensively about international law and universal human rights.


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Heni's New Book

“My cat, Henry, aka ‘Henri' the depressed French kitty, has his first book coming out April 30 from TenSpeed Press, a division of Random House. Here's a picture of the author and the new book." Kathleen Braden, professor of geography. Select the link for a larger picture. More


Alexander Hall/Dormitory

From SPU Archivist Adrienne Meier. "From its completion in 1893 until a major renovation in 1966-67, Alexander Hall was a dormitory. It served as the main men's living space on campus. Seattle Pacific College catalogs from the 1920s and 1930s refer to the building as the Young Men's Hall, Boys' Hall, and Men's Hall. Most of the rooms were occupied by two men at a time. The typical room included a bunk bed, several small desks, and shelves. Some students would also keep an often-used (and rule-breaking) hot plate in their rooms, to be used in preparing snacks and small meals." Select the link for the photos. More



From SPU Campus Master Gardener Jeff Daley. "April is the month to celebrate the tulip. These cheerful, bright and colorful flowers have captivated the hearts of many over the years and created quite a colorful history for themselves as well. I have recently found it quite interesting to learn where different shrubs, plants, and trees originate. Wild species tulips first came from Central Asia; the dry bulbs were carried along the overland trade routes to areas around the Black Sea, Turkey, and the thriving metropolis of Constantinople. Tulips appear in Ottoman art long before the mid-1500s when European botanists found them growing as garden plants and introduced them to Europe.

Different than any other flower known to Europe at the time, tulips were immediately prized and coveted. They became quite the status symbol and were traded on the Stock Exchanges of both Amsterdam and London. The price of tulips skyrocketed overnight and "tulipmania" reached its peak by 1637, when a single bulb was worth 10 times a craftsman's annual income. Eventually the prices crashed, and an economic depression followed. Who would have thought a pretty little flower could create such a fuss.

Purchase and plant tulip bulbs in the fall and be surprised the next spring. For my gardening friends with deer problems remember the "T" in tulip stands for tasty!" Select the link for more photos. More

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