Monday, February 10, 2014 Seattle Pacific University


Black History Month Chapel

Tali Hairston, director of SPU's John Perkins Center, is the guest speaker for the annual Black History Month chapel on Tuesday, February 18, 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Offices and departments will be closed so faculty and staff can attend.

Creative Conversations With Suzanne Wolfe

Writer-in-Residence Suzanne Wolfe is the next speaker at the Library's "Creative Conversations" series. History has heard the confessions of St. Augustine. What about the confessions of his concubine? Join the Library's "Creative Conversations" event on Thursday, February 13, 12–12:50 p.m., in the Library Reading Room as Suzanne reads from her new work of fiction The Iron Ring: A Novel and answers questions about writing and research. Suzanne is also executive editor of Image journal. More

“Grumpy's Seafood Palace" Comes to Gwinn Commons

Sodexo is hosting a special steamed shrimp option with lunch on Wednesday, February 12. Just add $5 cash or points to your regular lunch price in Gwinn Commons, and enjoy a half-pound of shrimp by Grumpy's Seafood Palace. Shrimp will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. More

SBE Dean's Speaker Series: Author Dana Manciagli

Dana Manciagli, owner of DM Consulting and author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job! is the next guest in the School of Business and Economics Dean's Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 11, 1:50 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. She will talk about "Secrets to Getting Hired From an Ex-Microsoft Executive," and share her background and provide recommendations for employment success. The event is open to faculty and staff, but seating is limited. RSVP at the Center for Applied Learning at or 206-281-2942.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Winter Networking Mixer

Statistics show that 80 percent of jobs are landed through networking. Encourage students to attend the Winter Networking Mixer on Thursday, February 13, 3-5 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. The event is sponsored by the Center for Career and Calling and the SPU School of Business and Economics. Students will be given 30 minutes of instruction on how to network, and will then have the opportunity to practice with local employers and SPU alumni. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. More

It's Not Just Dinner, It's Business

Invite a group of students and join the Center of Career and Calling for the annual etiquette dinner on Thursday, February 20, 5-7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Certified business etiquette consultant and columnist for the Puget Sound Business Journal Arden Clise will help students learn to navigate dining, business, and networking with confidence and professionalism while enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. Cost is $15 per student, ($10 each if registering together for a table of six), and $25 per person for faculty, staff, alumni and guests. Purchase tickets online. More

Winter 2014 Census Information Available

The winter census information is now available on the Office of Information and Data Management's (IDM) website. Several pages on the IDM website are open to the public; others are available only to 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

Brownbag Lunch to Learn About Sitecore, Contribute

Do you have technical questions or need a refresher on how to use Sitecore or Contribute to update your department's website? Come to the brownbag lunch and get your questions answered. The next brownbag lunch will be Thursday, February 20, 12-1 p.m. in the University Communications conference room located in Lower Weter Hall. Bring your lunch and laptop, and you'll get one-on-one help from the University Communications Web Team. You'll also get some helpful tips on how to set up Sitecore builders, and the new Sitecore Check In/Publish workflow process demo. If you need technical assistance in between brownbag lunches, contact

Scholar Competition February 21

On Friday, February 21, Undergraduate Admissions (UGA) will welcome 50 outstanding applicants to campus to compete for the SPU Scholar Award (full-tuition scholarship). These students will participate in a number of interviews and discussions, while also experiencing campus life through tours, class visits, and lunch in Gwinn Commons. Please join us in welcoming these students and their families to SPU. If faculty would like to participate in the competition by interviewing candidates, contact UGA Visits and Events Coordinator Mikki Running at

Symphony Wind Ensemble Concert February 21

SPU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m., at First Free Methodist Church. The concert is directed by Director of Bands Daniel Helseth, and will feature "Commando March" by Samuel Barber, "Sleep" by Eric Whiteacre, and "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

ASSP Looking for Student Leaders

A message from ASSP President Isaac Gundersen: "Faculty and staff — Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) elections are approaching. Applications to apply for ASSP officer positions will be available February 24 on the ASSP website and are due Wednesday, March 12. If you know any students who you think would serve well in a leadership position, please let us know my emailing We will reach out to those students. Positions being elected this year are president, vice president of ministries, vice president of intercultural affairs, vice president of campus activities, executive vice president, and vice president of finance."

Women's Self-Defense Class February 11

Safety and Security is offering a women's self-defense class on Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m. in Cremona Hall 102. The class is open to all SPU women. Learn to defend against a range of scenarios using basic physical defense techniques. Topics covered include stranger and non-stranger defense, dating safety, and home safety. RSVP online. More

Educational Technology and Media Workshops

There are several Educational Technology and Media (ETM) workshops coming up, including a session hosted by Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks on how to collaborate with colleagues and students using Google Drive. In addition, Blackboard Quick sessions are designed to help you become more efficient in your use of Blackboard, increase student learning, and build your confidence in using Blackboard. All levels of experience are welcome. Please register online. More

Could You Use $100? Personal Health Screenings

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, pulse, and BMI (Body Mass Index)? Are you covered by one of SPU's medical plans? If you don't know these numbers and you have SPU coverage, there are two ways to get this information. Sign up for the onsite personal health screenings in the Library Seminar Room, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 4 and 5 (sign-up information not yet available). Summit Health will once again provide the onsite screenings. The screening will involve a finger prick. Or you can schedule an appointment with your doctor to get the same information. If you are using your doctor, schedule your appointment soon. Your doctor will need to provide your results to Summit Health via a special fax by March 31 (form not yet available). Watch your mail and the Faculty/Staff Bulletin for additional information. Both methods will require that you fast at least eight hours before the screening (except for water, black coffee, or medications). Contact Carrie McCrimmon in Human Resources at or 206-281-2676 if you have questions. As with prior years, you will also have a health assessment to complete to receive the $100 incentive. Information on access and dates of the assessment will be forthcoming.

Demaray Chapel Open for Prayer

With Alexander Chapel closed for renovation this year, some have been searching for another sanctuary for silence and prayer. Demaray Chapel in First Free Methodist Church is available to SPU community members for prayer. The chapel is located on the bottom floor of the church, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use the entrance underneath the sky bridge, directly across from the church offices. Once you enter the doors, look for signs directing you toward Demaray Chapel. For more information, contact

Staff Payroll and Benefit Changes?

The 15th of each month is the last day to make changes to your upcoming payroll check. Do you need to remove your spouse and/or children from your health care plans? If so, contact Human Resources (HR) to complete the appropriate form. It must be submitted to HR by the 15th of the month, prior to your dependent's access to new coverage. Otherwise, the change can only occur the subsequent month, and any premiums paid will not be refunded. Changes might also include events that are expected to impact your benefits and deductions, such as your spouse or children gaining or losing coverage due to employment, birth, marriage, etc. Additionally, any changes you wish to make to your 403b account contributions must be made by the 15th of the month. For changes to your 403(b) account, contact Transamerica Retirement Solutions 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.

Upcoming Local Athletic Games

Thursday, February 13
Women's basketball vs Central Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Simon Fraser, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 14
Indoor track & field. Seattle Pacific at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor (University of Washington), 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 15
Indoor track & field. Seattle Pacific at Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor (University of Washington), 8 a.m.
Women's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene, Brougham Pavilion, 5:15 p.m.
Men's basketball vs Western Washington, Brougham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 16
Indoor track & field. Seattle Pacific at UW Indoor Open, Dempsey Indoor (University of Washington), 9 a.m.
For all the latest in Falcons sports, visit the Falcons website. More

Faculty/Staff Bulletin Deadline

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 Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the next Bulletin will be published Tuesday, February 18. The next deadline is Thursday, February 13.


Physics Professors Win Award

Physics professors Rachel Scherr, Amy Robertson, Lane Seeley, and Stamatis Vokos won the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) Proceedings Paper Award by the Physics Education Research (PER) community, part of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Award recipients are selected annually by peers and by the PERC Proceedings Award Committee, and a committee selected by the PER Leadership Organizing Council. Their paper, "Content Knowledge for Teaching Energy: An Example From Middle-School Physical Science," was selected for its quality of research, readability, and impact on the PER community. The authors will be recognized at the upcoming national 2014 PER Conference in July in Minneapolis. This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

New Book by Keuss

A new book by Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture Jeff Keuss was published by Harper Collins/Zondervan Academic. Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth Culture is targeted at youth workers and pastors seeking a theological engagement with youth culture, and draws on qualitative research done with third culture youth. (Third culture youth refers to young people who grow up in cultures other than the ones their parents did. Classic examples are missionary kids whose parents are American but live in another country.) Chapters focus on how Jesus sees young people, the trends in Young Adult literature like The Hunger Games and Divergent, social media, and trends in popular music. Read more about the book online. More

Stewart's Article Published

An article by Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology David Stewart, along with doctoral advisees Brittany Hall, Chris Arger, Dylan Athenour, and Jennell Effinger, was recently published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. The article is titled "Modeling Motivation Three Ways: Effects of MI Metrics on Treatment Outcomes Among Adolescents." An advance online preview is available. More

Welcome, Jan

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Jan Pendergrass, administrative assistant in the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.


Overstreet in The New Yorker

Contributing Editor for Response magazine Jeffrey Overstreet was quoted in an article titled "The Christian Oscars" which appeared in The New Yorker blog on February 7. More


"12" Spirit at Camp Casey

The "12" spirit was evident at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island in January. Select the link to see a picture. More


New Home Wanted for Day-Z

“My husband, Darrick, and I have made the decision to find a new family for our sweet dog, Day-Z. Between raising a toddler (when did that happen?!), me working full time, and Darrick running a business, it's just too much for us to handle. We really believe she'll be happier with a family that can give her more love and attention. Also, our 1-year-old daughter loves to grab and pull on faces and hair, including Day-Z's, and while we prevent it as much as possible, we are a little worried about Day-Z losing her patience.

Ideally we'd like to find a family with slightly older kids (or no kids), so she doesn't have to go through another baby transition. And some place with a yard to handle her energy. (Or people who like to run or walk or hike). She is a really good jumper, so a tall fence is important. She is also the snuggliest dog we've ever known, so we're hoping to find a very cuddly family! She is good with boy dogs, but not so good with girl dogs. She's likely some kind of pit-mix, is 5-6 years old (we think), and is about 35 pounds or so. She loves to be warm, so she hogs the blankets and the heat vent! If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact me." BeckyJo Bourgeois, senior designer, University Communications. ( Select the link for more images of Day-Z. More

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