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.



  • "Spires"

    Mar 9, 2016

    This exhibition of photographs and sculptures by SPU Art Professor Zack Bent draws from his experiences visiting forest fire land in Washington state.The show ends March 11.

  • Falcon Coach Wins Award

    Mar 8, 2016

    Audra Smith has been named the West Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Flags at Half-Staff

    Mar 8, 2016

    The campus flag is at half-staff in honor of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died March 6.

  • Upcoming Music Concerts

    Mar 7, 2016

    The Percussion Ensemble and the Concert and Chamber Choirs will perform this week.

  • Graduate School Deadlines Approaching

    Mar 6, 2016

    If you’re applying to one of SPU’s 40 graduate programs, review this list of application deadlines.

  • Welcome, Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Mar 5, 2016

    The world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes to SPU for a free public event.

  • Student Featured on KUOW

    Mar 4, 2016

    The local NPR-affiliate interviews Maya Swinehart, who helped SPU become the first private school in Washington state to have a food recovery program.

  • Falcons in Semifinals

    Mar 3, 2016

    The three-time defending tournament champion Falcons advance to the GNAC semifinals to meet top seed Western Oregon.

  • Falcons in Playoffs

    Mar 2, 2016

    The men’s basketball team is in the GNAC playoffs beginning March 3 in Lacey, Washington.

  • School of Psychology, Family, and Community

    Feb 29, 2016

    SPU’s psychology programs offer learning that is rooted in science, informed by faith, and applied in real-world settings.

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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