Monday, September 30, 2013 Seattle Pacific University


Information About SPU's Faculty/Staff Bulletin

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is the weekly, internal newsletter for SPU faculty and staff. All faculty and staff receive the Bulletin, and most items are submitted by its readers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information to the Bulletin at, or by selecting "Submit News" at the end of the Bulletin. The Bulletin is published on Mondays, and the deadline to submit information is Thursdays. The editor is Tracy Norlen, manager of public information in University Communications. The Bulletin is divided into three main sections.

Campus News & Events highlight the major news and events on campus. Only events related to SPU will be accepted. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information, including department news, academic deadlines, campus events, and guest speakers. Digital photos and graphics are especially welcome. When possible, event information will be published two weeks prior to the event. Remember to plan ahead when submitting information.

Faculty & Staff News is for professional news related to your position at SPU or in higher education. Items of interest are conferences attended, book or articles written or published, presentations made, awards received, or research completed. Please don't be shy! We especially would like more professional news from SPU staff.

Extra includes several sub-sections, and these sections will only appear when there is content.

   "SPU in the News" lists most of the print or broadcast media appearances by faculty and staff. If you've been used as a resource for a reporter, please let us know by submitting it to the Bulletin.

   "Milestones" is for personal news of interest to the SPU community, including births, adoptions, marriages, anniversaries, church service, mission trips, awards, and athletic accomplishments. Digital photos are always welcome. This section is also used for death announcements and memorial service information.

   "Pet Photos of the Week" feature pet photos and information submitted by faculty and staff. You are encouraged to send photos of your pet, including the pet's name and a couple of sentences explaining the pictures, to This feature is not published during the summer months.

   "From the Archives" is a monthly feature showcasing photographs from the SPU archives provided by University Archivist Adrienne Meier. The feature is published the last week of each month during the academic year, and is not published during the summer months.

   "The Month in the Garden" is a monthly feature written by SPU Campus Master Gardner Jeff Daley, highlighting some of the plants, flowers, and trees on campus. This feature contains photos taken by Jeff and a description of the plants. This feature is not published during the summer months.


"Romancing the Steinway" Featuring Professor Wayne Johnson

On Friday, October 11, Professor of Music Wayne Johnson will present a solo piano recital titled "Romancing the Steinway." The program will feature many of his personal favorites from the romantic era including music by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, de Falla, Sibelius, and others. This will be Wayne's last recital at SPU before he retires at the end of this school year. This free event will be held in the E.E. Bach Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

"Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body" Exhibit at Art Center Gallery

From October 8 through December 3, SPU's Art Center Gallery will host "Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body," an exhibit in which five contemporary artists explore the space between "the hiding and the revealing of the human form." A reception will be held October 8, 5-7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The SPAC Gallery is located at 3 West Cremona and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this exhibit, Ariana Page Russell, Lia Chavez, Maggie Carson Romano, Kent Anderson Butler, and Zack Bent explore how the photograph reveals the body, which is often covered and ornamented. Each artist's contribution explores different aspects of the body and how it is presented in photographs. The exhibit is generously funded by the Lilly SERVE program at SPU. Learn more by visiting the website. More

Open Seattle 2013: Everything Youth Ministry

On Saturday, October 26, a youth ministry event comes to SPU's campus. "Open Seattle 2013" is a gathering of local and national youth pastors and other youth ministry workers that celebrates innovation in youth ministry and inspires participants to reach students in new ways. The event will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons. Open Seattle is free for students, and the cost for non-students is $25 until October 20. For more information and registration, visit the website. More

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, 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

Faculty, Staff Invited to New Community Bible Study Beginning October 2

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

Academic Counselors Available for Students

The academic counseling team in Student Academic Services will be available for drop-in questions in the lobby of Demaray Hall during the first week of the quarter. These brief appointments are intended for students with Autumn Quarter scheduling issues or who are on academic probation. The question table will be open Tuesday, October 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, October 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, October 3, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday October 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Need to Reserve Rooms? Use the Conference Services Room Request Forms

The Conference Services website has online event request forms for your event needs. Students, faculty, and staff can use the online forms to request a space. If you have any questions, email Conference Services at or call 206-281-2187. Learn more by visiting the website. 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

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 that will attend the Christian College Fair of Greater Seattle 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: Now What? Sessions October 14 and 22

From Human Resources. Did you receive your Cigna ID card(s)? If you signed up for the HDHP/HSA, did you receive your debit card(s)? Be sure to start your registration at Your user ID and password should be the same as those used to complete the health assessment survey in May. If you don't recall your user ID and password, use the "Forgot" links. If you never registered, use the button "Register Now." Add the mobile app "mycigna" to your Android or iPhone. Finally, attend one of the sessions held on Monday, October 14, noon and 3 p.m., or Tuesday, October 22, at noon. All sessions will be in the Library Seminar Room with a representative from Cigna and are for both Cigna plans. The portion applying to both plans runs about 30 minutes, and includes information about with its tools and resources, as well as tips or techniques for how to get the most out of your plan. For HDHP/HSA participants, you will receive an additional 30 minutes of information specific to use of your HSA.

Upcoming Home Athletic Games

Thursday, October 3
Men's soccer vs Simon Fraser, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 5
Volleyball vs Montana State Billings, Brougham Pavilion, 1 p.m.
Men's soccer vs Western Washington, Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.
For all the latest in Falcon sports, visit the website. More

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays 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, October 3. The next Bulletin will be published Monday, October 7.


Wall Contributes to CEB Study Bible

Theology Professor Rob Wall contributed the introduction and study notes to the three Johannine Letters for the Common English Bible (CEB) Study Bible with Apocrypha, just released by Abingdon Press. Since publication in 2011, the CEB has become one of the world's best-selling English translations of the Bible. It combines a rigorous approach to translation and linguistic accuracy with an inviting readability that enables even young readers to understand biblical texts. Rob was a member of the translation team that produced the CEB (he worked on the Pauline letters, 1-2 Timothy, and Titus) and now again as a member of an international, interdenominational team of scholars who produced this massive (2,230 pages) and engaging study Bible. Rob is the Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies.

Capp's Book Re-Published

Adjunct music faculty member Myrna Capp's book Namibian Soundscapes: Music of the People and the Land has been re-published by Trafford Publishing (2013). The book has a new cover and is now available at, both in print and as an e-book. The interviews in the book tell the musician's fascinating stories of growing up in rural and urban Namibia. They capture the extreme difficulties and rewards of carving out musical careers in a beautiful, desert-like country of immense diversity. Read more about the book. More

Keuss' Chapter Published

A chapter written by Theology Professor Jeff Keuss titled “Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Martin Heidegger: On Singing of the God Who Will Not Be Named" was published in Sacred Music and Sacred Theology (Liturgical Press, 2013). The book was edited by Tom Beaudoin at Fordham University. It is the culmination of the two-year “Rock and Theology" project funded by Liturgical Press, bringing theologians and working musicians together to discuss how their respective work and interests can inspire and challenge one another. Part of the ongoing dialogue of the project can be found in the blog “Rock and Theology," where Jeff is an editor and contributor. More

School of Education Faculty Give Presentation

Faculty members Dan Bishop, David Denton, Amy Vaughn, and David Wicks, along with doctoral student Daihong Chen, gave a presentation about the School of Education's electronic portfolio assessment system at the University of Washington Bothell ePortfolio Symposium. The presentation titled “Methods for Enhancing ePortfolios as an Assessment of Professional Competence" was delivered to educators from a variety of institutions across the Northwest.

Lee's Paper Published

A research paper co-written by Professor of Clothing and Textiles Jaeil Lee was recently published in the journal Fashion and Textile Research. The paper titled, “A cultural comparison of sex role identity and attitude toward grooming and recreational apparel shopping behavior among male consumers," is a cross-cultural study of American and Korean male consumers' fashion behavior. The paper was co-written with colleague Y. Lee from Korea University.

Skidmore's Abstracts Published

Two abstracts written by Professor of Clinical Psychology Jay Skidmore were recently published in Annals of Behavior Medicine. The abstracts were titled, "Examining the relationship between depression and catastrophizing in a multidisciplinary treatment program for chronic low back pain;" and "Disentangling the relationship between pain quality and depression in a multidisciplinary treatment program for chronic low back pain." Doctoral student co-authors included Alex Koenig and Amy Kupper.

Article by Erisman, Daniels Published

An article by School of Business and Economics faculty Al Erisman and Denise Daniels was published in the August 2013 edition of Christian Business Review.. The article was titled "The Fruit of the Spirit: Application to Performance Management." Read the article online. 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.
Eric Melch, program coordinator-annual giving, Advancement Services
Rachel Robins, office manager/administrative assistant, Facility Management


Welcome, Hanna Sosina “Sosi" West

Loans and Collections Coordinator Holly West and her husband, Paul, announce the adoption of their daughter, Hanna Sosina “Sosi" West. Sosi was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 5, 2012, and came home to her forever family on August 17, 2013. Holly says, “We are so humbled and blessed to have such a precious miracle as our daughter! Our 5-year-old son, Nathaniel (adopted from Ethiopia in June 2008) is Sosi's biggest fan, and she is pretty smitten with him as well." Select the link for more pictures of Sosi and family. More

Volume #41, Issue #32 | Published by: University Communications

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