News

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.



  • Faculty Op-Ed in Chronicle of Higher Education

    May 21, 2018

    An op-ed by sociology professors Karen Snedker and Jennifer McKinney titled "Hosting a Homeless Encampment Changed Our University" looks at the homelessness issue in Seattle, how sanctioned tent cities work, and the impact of Tent City 3 on Seattle Pacific.

  • Jazz Ensemble Concert May 22

    May 20, 2018

    The SPU Jazz Ensemble's Spring Concert features music from throughout the history of jazz, from swing to cool jazz to fusion. The concert will be livestreamed.

  • Flags at Half-Staff

    May 18, 2018

    Pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, the campus flag is lowered to half-staff in solemn respect for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

  • Ishihara Named New Chaplain

    May 15, 2018

    After a nationwide search, Rev. Lisa Ishihara was selected to become the University chaplain for Seattle Pacific beginning August 1.

  • Graduate Business Programs Open House

    May 14, 2018

    Seattle Pacific business graduate programs are known for uncompromising ethics and outstanding academics. Learn about the MBAMS-ISM, and MAM degrees, talk with graduate program representatives, and get all your questions answered at the next open house on Wednesday, May 16.

  • Celebrating Faculty Authors

    May 14, 2018

    Join SPU's Center for Biblical and Theological Education, School of Theology, and Seattle Pacific Seminary for a special event highlighting their faculty authors on Wednesday, May 16, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Center in First Free Methodist Church.

  • All-Choir Concert on May 15

    May 13, 2018

    The Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs will come together in song for an impressive evening of choral music. The event will be livestreamed.

  • The Role of Technology in Education

    May 12, 2018

    In the MEd in Digital Education Leadership program, you’ll explore research theories, discover new digital resources, and develop best practice strategies for using technology as an effective and revolutionary tool in education.

  • Undergraduate Research Conference

    May 10, 2018

    This annual event showcases research and design projects of students mentored by faculty in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, and physics.

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

    May 9, 2018

    Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Danny Helseth, the SPU Wind Ensemble continues their exploration of music by women composers in their final concert of the year on Friday, May 11. The event will be livestreamed.

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.

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