Monday, May 6, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


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.

SHS Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year, May 6-12, to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The week was created to show appreciation for the many nursing roles — from staff nurse to nurse educator. Join the School of Health Sciences on Wednesday, May 8, 2-4 p.m., to celebrate the nursing vocation and SPU nurse educator colleagues with a reception in the Nursing Skills Lab, located in Marston/Watson Room 256. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

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

Les and Leslie Parrott at Thursday Food for Thought

Tired of conflict? Join us at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the SPU Library Reading Room. New York Times best-selling authors Les and Leslie Parrott, co-directors of SPU's Center for Relationship Development, will discuss the counter-intuitive message of their new book — The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer— and reveal practical ways to use conflict to your advantage. More

Cascade Bicycle Club Class on Bike Commuting 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.

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.

Benefits Fair Door-Prize Winners

The staff of Human Resources would like to thank everyone who attended the recent Benefits Fair. Hopefully your benefits questions were answered and you enjoyed the food and visits with co-workers. Congratulations to the 26 lucky employees who won door prizes! We really appreciate our vendors providing these prizes – they are very generous, and really care about and enjoy our employees. The Grand Prize winners ($200 cash each) were: Kenda Gatlin, Student Academic Services, and Bob Drovdahl, Theology. Please congratulate all the winners and see you next year!

Travis Canell, Casey Conference Center: iPod shuffle donated by AON
Noelle Olmstead, Housing and Meal Plan Services: Mariners' tickets donated by BAC
Robin Maass, Library: Free night at Fort Casey Inn donated by Casey Conference Center
Robyn Myers, Casey Conference Center: Orchid donated by Emeriti
Andrea Grafmiller, Mailing Services: $35 REI gift card from Human Resources Wellness Committee
Alison Estep, University Communications: Insulated cup donated by LTC Solutions
Ken Cornell, Alumni: iPod shuffle donated by Cigna
Jim Kim, Student Academic Services: Family pack with a Subway gift card donated by Cigna
TJ Kelsey, Casey Conference Center: Family pack with a Subway gift card donated by Cigna
Ginene Ferrell, The Graduate Center: A $50 REI gift card donated by Safety & Security
Mike Taylor, Casey Conference Center: Fleece blanket donated by SECU
Kristen Hoffman, Library: Common Grounds coupon donated by Sodexo
Mike Cawlfield, Building Maintenance: Common Grounds coupon donated by Sodexo
Samantha Davis, University Communications: Common Grounds coupon donated by Sodexo
Josh Turner, Computer & Information Systems: Common Grounds coupon donated by Sodexo
Josh Kanehen, Computer & Information Systems: Subway coupon donated by Sodexo
Kaitlyn Broberg, Library: Subway coupon donated by Sodexo
Karen Jacobson, Office of the President: Subway coupon donated by Sodexo
Barbara Davisson, Student Financial Services: iPod shuffle donated by Transamerica
Gerhard Steinke, Business & Economics: iPod shuffle donated by Transamerica
Baine Craft, Psychology, Family & Community: iPod shuffle donated by Transamerica
June Hyun, Education: $50 Barnes and Noble gift card donated by US Bank
Julie Bukowski, Building Maintenance: Nautica sunglasses donated by VSP
Rod Stiling, History: Toothbrush sanitizer donated by WDS

SPU Joins Global Washington

Seattle Pacific University has been connected with Global Washington through the Center for Integrity in Business and study abroad programs. Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington. SPU is now an institutional member of Global Washington, joining 140 other organizations in the state (such as the Gates Foundation, Seattle University, and World Vision). Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden has agreed to serve as liaison and would like to form an email distribution list of faculty and staff who are interested in receiving notices of special events and programs coordinated by Global Washington. Please email her at if you would like to be included on this internal distribution list. Learn more about Global Washington. More

Medical Plan Changes Hint #3

Need to quickly compare the two medical plans side by side? Use this handy comparison table. Unsure which medical plan to choose or where to start? Visit the Human Resources main website and select the link "HSAs (Health Savings Accounts), HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) and Revised PPO." Begin by selecting from the "Resources" section "HSA 101: Webinar with PowerPoint slides (35 mins)." Next, view "Medical Plan Forum: PowerPoint (slides only) - April forums." These should give you an excellent basis from which to peruse other documents and links on this site. Learn more. More

Thinking About Retiring? Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions Webinars May 14

If you've been thinking about retiring, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the nationally portable group medical, prescription drug, and dental plans available through SPU's Emeriti Plan. Learn more about the Emeriti Retiree Health Insurance options on Tuesday, May 14. There will be two online webinars for your convenience, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reserve your space now in order to join the teleconference on May 14 by calling 1-855-373-1916. Once you call, you will be given instructions on how to view the webinar.

“Why I Bike-to-Work" by Associate Professor of Psychology Thane Erickson

“I bought a relatively cheap bike several years ago in Columbia City at BikeWorks, a nonprofit organization that recycles and rehabs old frames. However, I didn't ride it much. Fellow Clinical Psychology Professor Lynette Bikos invited me to join her ‘Psychlers' team for the May ‘Bike-to-Work' challenge a few years back. Initially, I balked, concerned that I'd be the ‘weakest link.' She wisely ‘low-balled,' suggesting that I commit to riding only a few days. Once I joined, I felt accountable to help the team with miles. Three days a week, I biked from home to work, then did a bike-bus combo to get home (‘cheating' by catching the bus for the uphill portion of the ride). After a few weeks, I was surprised to notice that I was sleeping well and less stressed. Then it dawned on me -- even academics have bodies! The combination of stress-relief, enjoying the scenery of Seattle, saving gas money, and waking up without coffee helped the habit stick (I've displaced coffee consumption to dinner time). Two years later, I'm still riding, and even sold one of our two family cars. I can't compete with the serious riders, and refuse to wear biker shorts, but am happy to have at least one healthy habit going as I enter middle age!"

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

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.

Campus Retail Specials

Medley: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our Fiesta Chicken Chicken Salad, with pico de gallo, tortilla strips, black olives, and cheese, $5.99
Grill 155: Back by popular demand! The Mary Fry Sandwich, featuring ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayo all on thick-slice wheat, $4.69
Academic Perks and Common Grounds: Look for a new drink each week courtesy of "Best in Cup: SPU's Next Top Drink" contest! 20 percent off every week in May.
Einstein's: Try our new Bagel Thinwiches: Toasted Bacon and Cheese, and Bacon Thin Club. Try one with a medium coffee or medium drink for just $5.49
Subway: Chicken Breast 6-inch Sub, $3; Meatball Sub, $5

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 9. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, May 16.


Article by Physics Faculty Accepted for Publication

Rachel Scherr, senior research scientist in physics, together with eight coauthors (H. G. Close and E. W. Close, Texas State University; V. J. Flood and M. C. Wittmann, University of Maine; S. B. McKagan, physics education research consultant; and SPU physics professors Amy Robertson, Lane Seeley, and Stamatis Vokos), had an article accepted for publication. The article, "Negotiating Energy Dynamics Through Embodied Action in a Materially Structured Environment," will be published in the journal Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. The article demonstrates that a learning activity called "Energy Theater" engages learners with key conceptual issues in the learning of energy, including disambiguating matter flow and energy flow and theorizing mechanisms for energy transformation.

Ferreiro's Article Accepted for Publication

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro has had the following invited study accepted for publication, "St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalán Sermon on St. Thomas Becket," Festschrift, Vitalino Valcarcel, Veleia, Universidad del País Vasco. Vitalino Valcarcel is one of the most prominent hagiographers in Europe, and the Festschrift honors his retirement from teaching at the Universidad del Pais Vasco (Vitoria, Spain). Thomas Becket became one of the most widely venerated saints of the Middle Ages after his martyrdom. No less than 20 biographies were written within 20 years. This study seeks to identify, among other things, the sources for this sermon. It was directed at clergy, especially bishops, to emulate the life of Becket in their ministry. This is the sixth study that Alberto will have published on St. Vicent Ferrer's Catalan sermons. More are forthcoming.

Shim Presents Paper

Bomin Shim, assistant professor of nursing, presented her research, "Finding Meaning in Caring for a Spouse with Dementia" at the annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, April 10-13, and sponsored by the Western Institute of Nursing.

Marley Accepted to Leadership Program

Kelly Marley, associate dean in the School of Health Sciences, has been accepted as a fellow for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. This highly competitive program is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging executive administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The year-long, mentored program begins with a five-day seminar this summer.

Wall's Article Published

Rob Wall's article “Waiting on the Spirit (Acts 1:4): Extending a Metaphor to Biblical Interpretation" has now been published in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology 22(2013) 37-53. Rob studies Jesus' parting instruction for his apostles to await the Spirit's baptism in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4). He looks at the compositional and canonical settings to construct a typology of biblical interpretation that includes the traditional Pentecostal practice of waiting for the Spirit's baptism/filling in prayer and worship. Rob is the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies.

Psychology Faculty, Students Present at WPA

The Western Psychological Association in Reno, Nevada, included multiple presentations from faculty and doctoral students from the Department of Clinical Psychology. Professor of Clinical Psychology Lynette Bikos chaired a symposium where her doctoral advisee, Nicola De Paul Chism, gave a presentation titled, "Perceived Quality of Life Among People Living Near Nigerian Dumpsites." De Paul Chism also presented the poster, "Modeling Expatriate Effectiveness Among Expatriate Professionals Working for Nongovernmental Organizations." Another symposium presentation co-authored by Lynette and doctoral advisees Mari Yamamoto, Elizabeth Dykhouse, and Stephen Boutin was titled, "Returning Home: Global Learning Development as a Function of Self-Efficacy for Sociocultural Adaptation and Post-Trip Debriefing." Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn's students were also at the conference. A co-authored poster by doctoral advisees Noel Clark, Maria Del Maso, and Jessa Carlile was titled, "The Moderating Effect of Courage on Shame and Perceived Quality of Family Relationships." John and doctoral advisee Heather Lucas co-authored the poster, "Evidence-based Practice in Couple and Family Psychology: Theory and Practice."


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Meet Jasper

"Jasper is part ‘brother' of sophomore and cross country runner Turner Wiley. Jasper is a ten-year old Cairn terrier who still misses Turner, and is shown here waiting patiently for Turner to come by on break to give him a hug." Charles Wiley, adjunct faculty with the School of Health Sciences, Nurse Practitioner Program. Select the link for a larger photo of Jasper. More

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