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A Leader in Reconciliation Studies
Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor and director of reconciliation studies, appears on the cover of the October 2012 Christianity Today magazine as one of "50 Women to Watch: Those Most Shaping the Church and Culture." The article about her work in reconciliation is titled "Brenda Salter McNeil: Reconciler." "Her work," writes the author of the article, "has shaped the policies of Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries across the country and the world."
Environmental Research at SPU's Blakely Island Field Station
SPU has a fantastic wilderness environmental research campus in the San Juan Islands. At the Blakely Island Field Station, science students get to study lush kelp forests, eelgrass meadows, spectacular undersea rock walls, freshwater lakes, as well as the habitat for river otters, herons, kingfishers, bald eagles, and ospreys, and diverse fauna. Besides a great story, this is a photographer’s dream!
Mar 21, 2017
Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin joined other college presidents in asking President Trump to allow DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students to continue working and studying in the United States as Congress debates new legislation on their status.
Mar 17, 2017
Dr. Sandra Richards Mayo from Azusa Pacific University has been named the new vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Seattle Pacific University. This new senior leadership position is part of SPU’s ongoing plan to strengthen diversity and reconciliation efforts on campus. She will begin her new role on July 1, 2017.
Nov 16, 2016
"While today’s verdict marks the end of the criminal trial related to June 5, 2014, it does not mark the end of the impact this act of violence has had on our campus."
Oct 20, 2016
How does the emergence of DNA testing affect social issues around race? Since 2003, Dr. Alondra Nelson has studied the ways DNA and race intersect, and has written about her findings in the recently published book, "The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome." She will give a public lecture on Wednesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus.
Sep 23, 2016
Before classes begin at Seattle Pacific University, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff, will spend Saturday, September 24, cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in local creeks, and working in homeless shelters as part of SPU's commitment to community engagement.
Jun 13, 2016
“We are disappointed by the release of the surveillance videos of the June 5, 2014, shooting on our campus. We, along with others, have pursued legal action to stop the videos' release in order to protect individual privacy and prevent the emotional distress these images will have on our community. Seattle Pacific University remains strong and resilient as a result of God’s faithfulness to us. Our foremost concern continues to be the welfare and safety of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but of the victims and witnesses of the tragedy.”
Jun 9, 2016
Seattle Pacific University will hold its Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 1 p.m. at Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street, in Seattle. The event will be streamed live. More than 1,200 students will graduate from SPU this spring.
Jun 8, 2016
More than 90 years of tradition will continue at Seattle Pacific University on Friday, June 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m., as hundreds of graduating seniors and their families take part in the annual Ivy Cutting ceremony held in Tiffany Loop on campus. Ivy Cutting marks the start of graduation activities at SPU. The Ivy Cutting ceremony, Graduate Commencement, and Undergraduate Commencement will be live streamed.
Apr 15, 2016
Seattle Pacific University will unveil two rare paintings by African American artist Charles Ethan Porter on Tuesday, April 19. The paintings are being donated to SPU by local couple William Sacherek and Liselotte Lamerdin in appreciation of the reconciliation work of SPU’s John Perkins Center. They will join SPU President Dan Martin and Dr. John Perkins at a presentation beginning at 10:15 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus at 3200 3rd Avenue West.
Oct 1, 2015
“Our hearts break for Umpqua Community College. As our community was blessed by those who provided comfort and aid, we immediately offer our prayers of comfort and will look for ways to support UCC in the coming days.”
Sep 25, 2015
More than 700 Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and staff, will take part in a day of community service on Saturday, September 26, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. They will volunteer at more than 25 locations around Seattle, cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in local creeks, painting rooms in homeless shelters, and working on countless other projects. This annual event called “CityQuest” introduces new students to SPU’s commitment to community engagement.
Jun 2, 2015
On the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Seattle Pacific University, two events will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Mar 6, 2015
“The Seattle Pacific University community is thankful for the release of alumna Phyllis Sortor, and for the many people who worked to secure her freedom. May God continue to bless her life’s work and ministry with the people of Nigeria.”
Feb 24, 2015
“We are shocked and saddened by the kidnapping of Seattle Pacific University alumna Phyllis Sortor in Nigeria. Phyllis, a 1964 graduate of Seattle Pacific and Free Methodist missionary, has dedicated her life to serving others overseas. We are proud of her untiring service to God and the people of Nigeria, and are earnestly praying for her safety and immediate release.”
Feb 12, 2015
At first glance, it might seem like a student protest is taking place at Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian institution in an affluent Seattle neighborhood. In the middle of campus is a cluster of about 20 tents, blue tarps, and board walkways, encircled by a metal fence with an American flag at the entrance. But this is actually a homeless camp of almost 80 residents, invited by SPU to live on campus until March 7, 2015.
Dec 13, 2014
Local pastors, Christian leaders, and people of faith from around Puget Sound will gather on Monday, December 15, 2014, for a time of worship and reflection about racial justice. Titled “Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice,” the event is sponsored by Seattle Pacific University
Dec 3, 2014
For the second time in three years, the campus of Seattle Pacific University will host Tent City 3 (TC3), a roving community shelter of men and women experiencing homelessness. TC3 will set up their tents on the northeast lawn of the Student Union Building (corner of West Bertona Street and Third Avenue West) on Saturday, December 13, and stay through March, 7, 2015.
Sep 4, 2014
To help educators and those who support them become leaders in the ever-changing world of educational technology, Seattle Pacific University is now offering a graduate program in digital education leadership.
Jun 9, 2014
The following is a statement from Jon Meis, the Seattle Pacific University student involved in the campus shooting on June 5. Jon is requesting privacy and will not speak to the media at this time.
Jun 7, 2014
The following is information about Seattle Pacific University student Paul Lee, who died in the shooting on campus on June 5, 2014.
Jun 7, 2014
The Seattle Pacific University community has endured a senseless act of violence resulting in the death of one of our precious students and the injury of two others. We have been shaken deeply. I have no words to adequately convey the grief we feel about this event, or how it has affected each of us -- students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Mar 20, 2014
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will speak at Seattle Pacific University’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 14, at Key Arena in downtown Seattle.
Feb 28, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will speak on the Seattle Pacific University campus on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Albright is America’s first woman secretary of state (1997-2001), the former ambassador to the United Nations, and a former member of the Cabinet and National Security Council.
Oct 10, 2013
Every year, the students, faculty, and staff of Seattle Pacific University set aside a day to study one topic, and the public is invited to join the conversation. This year’s theme for the “Day of Common Learning” on Wednesday, October 16, is “Helping Youth Flourish,” and will focus on community partnerships between families and institutions that help young people thrive.
Sep 27, 2013
More than 800 Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and staff, including SPU President Dan Martin, will take part in a day of community service on Saturday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jun 20, 2013
Dr. Joseph Williams, a Microsoft executive and former professor at Colorado State University, has been named the dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics.
Jun 7, 2013
Seattle Pacific University will hold its Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at Key Arena.
Mar 26, 2013
Seattle Pacific University will hold the presidential inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Martin on Tuesday, April 2, in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Martin is SPU’s 10th president in its 122-year history.
Nov 26, 2012
Jeff Van Duzer, dean of SPU’s School of Business and Economics, has been named provost.
Sep 24, 2012
For the third straight year, Seattle Pacific University will not only welcome the largest incoming class in its 120-year history, but also its most diverse group of new students. And, for the first time in 16 years, a new president will greet them. President Daniel J. Martin, who took office July 1, will welcome 4,193 students to campus, a record enrollment. The new student class is made up of 34 percent ethnic minorities—another record. Autumn Quarter begins Monday, September 24.
Apr 10, 2012
The Seattle Pacific University Board of Trustees today elected Dr. Daniel J. Martin as the 10th president of SPU. Martin, currently president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Ohio, will assume his duties on July 1, 2012. He will succeed President Philip W. Eaton, who announced his retirement last September.
Jan 21, 2012
Tent City 3 (TC3) comes to Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, January 21, for a nine-week stay. TC3 will be located on Wallace Field, east of Royal Brougham Pavilion on West Nickerson Street, from January 21 to March 24. This will be the first time SPU has hosted the group.
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the NASA Hubble Space telescope, is the keynote speaker for Seattle Pacific University’s annual Day of Common Learning on Wednesday, October 19. The public is invited to hear her talk at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion titled “Stars, Galaxies, Planets, and Life: An Amazing Universe to Behold.”
Oct 14, 2011
Rev. Eugene Peterson, Bible translator of the award-winning book The Message and Seattle Pacific University alumnus, will speak on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in Royal Brougham. In his lecture titled "St. Mark: The Basic Text for Christian Spirituality," he will explore the importance of Scripture in spiritual formation.
Sep 20, 2011
Dr. Philip W. Eaton has announced his decision to step down from his role as president of Seattle Pacific University, effective July 1, 2012.
Sep 14, 2011
For the second straight year, Seattle Pacific University will not only welcome the largest incoming class in its 120-year history, but also its most diverse group of new students.
Sep 27, 2010
A record 4,120 undergraduate and graduate students make up the largest incoming class in the history of Seattle Pacific.
Sep 1, 2010
Seattle Pacific University receives high rankings in the 2011 college rankings in U.S. News & World Report.
May 18, 2010
More than 2 million children in the United States are being raised by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member.
Feb 5, 2010
Basin City resident Delbert Wisdom, owner and CEO of Judel Marketing International Inc., was honored as Seattle Pacific University’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year during homecoming celebrations on campus, January 28-30.
Sep 25, 2009
They haven't started school yet, but the Class of 2013 at Seattle Pacific University is already breaking records.