What’s happening at SPU? This is where you’ll find the latest news about research, events, activities, achievements, and milestones in the life of SPU and its people.

  • Undergraduate Research Conference

    May 11, 2017

    Students present their research in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics.

  • Student Fashion Show

    May 11, 2017

    SPU MODE Fashion Group's annual Spring Fashion Show features student designers' collections modeled by SPU students. This year, students have designed items specifically for local retailers.

  • Creative Conversations with Tina Schermer-Sellers, Marriage and Family Therapy

    May 9, 2017

    Tina Schermer-Sellers, associate professor of marriage and family therapy, will talk about her new book, Sex, God, & the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy.

  • Jazz Ensemble Concert

    May 8, 2017

    The SPU Jazz Ensemble will perform Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios.

  • “Into the Woods”

    May 3, 2017

    The SPU Theatre Department presents this Stephen Sondheim musical about a childless couple and their interactions with a witch who has put a curse on them, told through the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel.

  • Falcons Make All-Academic Team

    May 2, 2017

    Six Seattle Pacific gymnasts, including four-time All-American Kristi Hayashida, were named to the 2017 conference all-academic team by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

  • Piano Faculty Concert

    May 1, 2017

    In celebration of Seattle Pacific University’s 125 anniversary, the keyboard faculty will present an evening of musical masterpieces written during the year 1891.

  • The History of Scripture at SPU

    Apr 28, 2017

    Building on Howard Snyder’s historical book on Seattle Pacific’s founding, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall will talk about the purposeful pairing of Scripture’s instruction with Seattle Pacific’s mission during the annual Walls Lecture.

  • A Musical Showcase

    Apr 27, 2017

    To celebrate SPU’s 125 anniversary, the Music Department will feature finalists from the SPU Concerto Competition, along with the Jazz Ensemble, Brass Choir, and a preview of music from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

  • Poet Mischa Willett

    Apr 26, 2017

    SPU’s writing instructor will read from his new book of poems during the annual Gates Reading, named for Professor Emerita of English Fan Mayhall Gates.

Dr. Christopher Jones and a young patient

Holistic Health Care in the Rainier Valley

Dr. Christopher Jones ’94 hopes the families in his medical practice never need to ask: “Is my kid sick enough that I should pay for a doctor’s visit?” Medical director of HopeCentral, a nonprofit health center, he and his team have adapted the concept of concierge medicine to a diverse Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders

What Makes Us Moral?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders earned a $10,100 Graves Award in Humanities for his research project, “The Structure of Moral Judgement: Philosophical Perspectives.” His research responds to recent arguments that human beings’ concepts of morality are just a quirk of evolution and don't connect to anything deeper.