Monday, September 23, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Graduate Programs Open House

Come learn about SPU graduate programs on Tuesday, October 1, 4:30-7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. You will have a chance to meet faculty and staff from various schools on campus, and learn about programs of interest, requirements, and application deadlines. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. The event is free, but RSVP online or call The Graduate Center at 206-281-2091. More

Help for Troubled Teens

On Saturday, October 12, the School of Psychology, Family, and Community will host a community conversation for parents, counselors, and youth workers to share stories on adolescent depression, substance abuse, and recovery. Leading professionals and experts in clinical child psychology will talk about how to recognize the warning signs in troubled teens, and offer proven strategies to help them survive and thrive. This free event will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons, 1-4:30 p.m. Please consider inviting your friends and neighbors. Find out more by visiting the website. More

"Becoming Soul Mates" Seminar With the Parrotts

Whether seriously dating, engaged, newlyweds, or married for decades, this seminar is for all couples. This entertaining, thought-provoking, and practical all-day seminar is led by nationally recognized relationship expert and SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrot, and his wife and marriage and family therapist, Leslie Parrott. Now in its 19th year, the seminar will be held Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th Street in Kirkland, Washington. All attendees will receive a copy of The Good Fight, written by the Parrotts. Lunch is not included. A discount is given to couples who register before September 30. For questions, email or call 206-281-2759. To register, visit the website. More

Spread the Word About the Christian College Fair

On Tuesday, October 15, 6–8 p.m., SPU will be one of more than 40 Christian colleges and universities participating in the Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle, held at the Bear Creek School in Redmond. Stop by the Undergraduate Admissions office to pick up a few postcards to help promote Christian higher education at your church. This is a great opportunity for students and families to connect with Christian schools around the country. In addition, there will be workshops on how to pay for college and on the college search process. For directions to the fair and more information, visit the website. More

Cigna Hint #2. Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your Next Appointment

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 when able 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."

September 30 Deadline for Sacred Sounds of Christmas Early-Bird Tickets

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. 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, our 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, check out our 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 Science 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. 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!

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Thursday, September 26
Men's soccer vs Northwest Nazarene, Interbay Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Women's soccer vs Montana State Billings, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
Volleyball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 28
Women's soccer vs Northwest Nazarene, Interbay Stadium, 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 5 p.m.
Men's soccer vs Montana State Billings, Interbay Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

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Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday during the academic year. 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 26. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, September 30.


Kresser's New Book Published

A new book by Associate Professor of Art Katie Kresser titled The Art and Thought of John La Farge: Picturing Authenticity in Gilded Age America was recently published by Ashgate Press. The book shows how the Franco-American artist John La Farge strove to capture the true essences of his subjects in an age full of fakery and deception.

Erisman Speaks at International Conferences

During the summer, Executive in Residence Al Erisman spoke at two separate conferences near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, giving three talks at each conference. The first was a Lausanne Regional Consultation on the Teaching of the Theology of Work, where he introduced the documents from the Theology of Work project, found online at The second was the East Asian Graduate Conference "Challenging Workplace, Challenging Times," where he spoke on "Case Studies in Business Ethics" and "Business Leadership From the Life of Joseph." Select the link to learn more about the Lausanne conference. More

Welcome, New Staff Members

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming the following new employees. Contact information can be found on the SPU online White Pages.
Richard Cleveland, interim accreditation assistant, School of Education
Melissa Jones, mental health counselor, Student Counseling Center
Johanna Krogh, budget manager and administrative assistant to the university librarian, University Library
Zachary McNay, access services specialist, Library
D'Andre Mongtomery, assistant athletic director for compliance, Athletics
Christina Nofziger, access services specialist, Library

Volume #41, Issue #31 | Published by: University Communications

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