Monday, September 16, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Welcome to the Redesigned Faculty/Staff Bulletin

After several years, the Faculty/Staff Bulletin has a new look. The redesign makes the campus news and events information easier to read, and highlights faculty and staff members with photos in the "Faculty and Staff News" section. You'll now find the features "SPU in the News," "Milestones," "Pet Photos of the Week," "From the Archives," and "This Month in the Garden" in the "Extras" section. Information on current job openings will no longer be included in the Bulletin, but can be found on the Human Resources website. We'd love your feedback, so email your thoughts to and let us know what you think.

Tracy Norlen
Editor, Faculty/Staff Bulletin


Early-Bird Tickets for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Begin the Christmas season at The Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. in McCaw Hall. Sacred Sounds features SPU's nationally recognized Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, along with many other outstanding SPU musicians. You'll hear the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, including traditional Advent and Christmas carols. Early-bird discounted tickets are available until September 30 and are priced at $16.50 per ticket; groups of eight or more are $13.50 per ticket. To purchase fewer than eight tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit (A per-ticket fee applies for purchases of fewer than 8 tickets.) For eight tickets or more, call 206-428-6304 or email (A per-transaction fee of $5 applies for purchases of eight or more tickets.) You can purchase tickets in person at the McCaw Box Office with no fees for individual tickets and a per-transaction (not per-ticket) fee of $5 for groups. Buy your tickets early! This event sells out quickly. Visit the website for more information. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to New Community Bible Study

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in a new opportunity for spiritual growth as we study the book of Psalms, the Autumn Quarter Lectio text. A Community Bible Study will meet Wednesdays, October 2-December 4, 6:30-8:15 p.m. in Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church. This exploration of the Psalms, sponsored by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education, will give special attention to its part in the formation of Christian life. All members of the SPU community are encouraged to sign up at no cost (unless you are taking this as a for-credit class). Please encourage students you know to consider this opportunity. For more information and to sign-up, visit the website. More

SPU Community Kitchen Fundraiser: Canning Workshop

The SPU Community Kitchen's annual fundraiser is a canning workshop on Wednesday, September 25, 6-9 p.m. in the Food and Nutrition Lab in Peterson Hall. The workshop will be led by Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Gaile Moe. Learn how to prepare (and take home a pint of), old-fashioned applesauce, pickled spiced carrots, pickled dilly green beans, brandied vanilla pears, and corn relish. Fruits, veggies, jars, canning equipment, and aprons will be provided. Free childcare will be provided. The cost is $50, and includes all supplies, expert instruction, and delicious appetizers to fuel your canning muscles and creativity. Come by yourself or bring a colleague, a friend, a spouse or your child. Participation in these fundraisers allows the Community Kitchen to exist, provides numerous learning opportunities to students, and serve more limited-income neighbors in our community. Register today by sending a message to or by leaving a message at 206-378-5409. Visit the website for more information. More

Faculty, Staff Invited to Fred Meyer Extravaganza

Welcome Week will offer the eighth annual Fred Meyer Extravaganza, and we want to invite all faculty and staff to join us. This year, the Ballard Fred Meyer will host an exciting night of games, food, and deals for the SPU community on Saturday, September 28, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Be sure to bring your SPU ID for entrance and any purchases. If you have any questions, contact Kristen Voetmann in Student Programs at We look forward to seeing you there!

Cigna Hint #2. Avoiding Surprises

From Human Resources. Try asking these questions of your doctor's office before your next appointment: Do I need any lab work or other screenings? Will I need to see a specialist for follow-up care? What hospitals are you affiliated with or what hospitals do you refer to (for some procedures)? Are these doctors or hospitals in my network? Remember, OAP: (Open Access Plus), is the name of the network for both of SPU health care plans. If referrals are out-of-network, check to see if you can be referred to another in-network provider? Even though your doctor may be in the network, it doesn't mean everyone they work with is. Look up your providers ahead of time in or use the app for smartphones titled "mycigna" (Android and iPhone). Otherwise, you could end up paying more than anticipated. Providers who are out-of-network do not have a contract with Cigna and have not agreed to accept a lower fee for their services. When a doctor or provider is out-of-network, use the claim form on the Human Resources Forms page on the Human Resources website. This gives Cigna the ability to apply your out-of-network charges to your deductibles, assess any co-insurance, and provide you with any reimbursement if entitled. If you have questions about your benefits for either plan, or questions specific to an HSA account, call 1-800-CIGNA-24. Bypass the phone tree by saying "associate."

Sitecore and Contribute Brownbag Lunch Cancelled

The monthly Sitecore and Contribute Brownbag lunch for September has been cancelled. If you need assistance with Sitecore or Contribute in the meantime, contact Web Communications Manager Wendy Jones at The next Brownbag lunch will be Thursday, October 17, in University Communications.

Have Updates on Alumni or Other SPU Community Members?

A new email has been created for Raiser's Edge (the campus alumni and donor database). Please use !RE Updates at to send the Advancement Services team updates for alumni, friends, and donors that your department receives. This can include contact or relational information. For alumni mailing or email lists, a SharePoint request form has been created. If you have an SPU-related business and need to contact SPU alumni, email Assistant Director of Donor Systems and Reporting Melissa Eller at to request access to this page.

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Here's a list of Falcon home games this week.
Thursday, September 19
Women's soccer vs Western Oregon, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

Brougham Pavilion Summer Hours

Royal Brougham Pavilion summer hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Brougham will be closed Saturdays and Sundays. Summer hours are in effect until September 27.

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin resumes weekly publication September 16. Deadlines for submissions are Thursdays. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Faculty/Staff Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, September 19. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, September 23.


Erisman Gives Presentation

Al Erisman, executive in residence in the School of Business and Economics, gave a presentation at a technology conference in Massachusetts. Al, along with David Gill, director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon Conwell Seminary, recently gave a plenary presentation titled "Is This a War or a Dance? Upside, Downside and Forward with Technology." The presentation was made at the "From the Garden to the Sanctuary: The Promise and Challenge of Technology" conference in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Sawers Gives Presentations

Associate Professor of Accounting Kim Sawers recently gave presentations across the country. She gave two presentations at the National Forum of Active Learning Classroom, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August. The first presentation, titled "How do active learning activities and active learning spaces influence student learning perceptions, satisfaction and learning outcomes?", was co-authored with Professor of Marketing Gary Karns. The second presentation, "The effect of active learning spaces and teaching philosophy on professors' instructional practices," was co-authored with SPU professors David Wicks, Lane Seeley, Nyarado Mvududu, and Raedene Copeland. She also gave the latter presentation to the sixth annual "Emerging Technologies Conference" in Las Vegas in April.

Davis Presents Paper

Professor of Political Science Reed Davis recently presented a paper at the American Political Science Association. Reed presented his paper "What May We Now Hope For? Raymond Aron and the Decline of the West" at the association's annual meeting in Chicago in August. Reed is the chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography.

Ferreiro's Summer Report

Professor of European History Alberto Ferreiro reports on his teaching and research this summer in Spain. He was a visiting summer professor at the University of Salamanca in Spain in July and August, where he taught students from SPU and Western Washington University. He also did field research in Sant Pere de Terrassa Romanesque Church (north of Barcelona) on apocryphal Simon Magus images for a future publication. He did linguistic research on the Catalan sermon by St. Vicent Ferrer, De corporis Christi, also for a future publication. Alberto's summer reading was a literary biography on Tolkien by Joseph Pierce, and the second volume of the Complete Sherlock Holmes (all 700 pages). He made significant headway on four chapters of a book he is now working on during his sabbatical. His summer highlight, however, was going twice to the Camp Nou in Barcelona to watch Barça trounce Brazil's best, Santos, 8-0, and then win the Supercopa over Atletico de Madrid, the first major prize of the season and also the debut of Brazilian footballer Neymar.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Dissertation Published

A doctoral dissertation by SPU alumnus Zeba Ahmad was recently published in Military Behavioral Health: An International Journal of Research and Community. Her co-authors included doctoral advisors and clinical psychology professors John Thoburn and Lynette Bikos, and alumna Dr. Kristen Perry. The title of the article is "The experiences of Muslim American military personnel serving in the U.S. Military." A preview of the article is available online. More


Alsbury Interviewed on KUOW

Thomas Alsbury, professor of educational leadership in the School of Education, was recently interviewed on NPR station KUOW (94.9). He talked about recent legislative proposals around the country to pay school board members, and what outcomes were achieved in improving schools and/or board member efficacy. This radio interview follows a Seattle Times article on August 25 regarding the same topic and including thoughts from an interview with Thomas. Read or listen to the story online. More


Womelsduff, Dockendorf, Woodward Compete in Ragnar Northwest Passage

Gary Womelsduff (Human Resources), Carly Dockendorf (Athletics), and Bill Woodward (History) were part of a 12-person team that successfully completed the recent "Ragnar Northwest Passage," the 200-mile running relay held July 19-20. Leapfrogging through three, 3-9 mile segments through the night, they completed the course from Blaine to South Whidbey in 27 hours, thus placing 34th of 373 finishing teams.

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