Press Archive

Press Archive

Statement on Release of June 5, 2014, Surveillance Videos

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.”

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SPU Commencement Is Saturday, June 11

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.

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Ivy Cutting Marks the Start of SPU Commencement Ceremonies

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.

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Two Rare Paintings Donated to
Seattle Pacific University

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.

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Statement on UCC Shooting

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.”

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First Assignment for New SPU Students: Go Volunteer on September 26

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.

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June 5 Remembrance Events at SPU

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.

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Statement from SPU on Release of Kidnapped Alumna Phyllis Sortor in Nigeria

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.”

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Statement on SPU Alumna Phyllis Sortor

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.”

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Homeless Community Moves onto University Campus

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.

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SPU Brings Evangelical Community Together for Worship Service About Racial Justice

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

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Tent City 3 Returns to 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.

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SPU Offers New Digital Learning Degree for Educators

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.

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Statement from Student Jon Meis

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.

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Statement from SPU About Freshman Paul Lee

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.

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Statement from SPU President Daniel J. Martin About Shooting on Campus

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.

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Marian Wright Edelman Is SPU's Commencement Speaker

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.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Visits SPU

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.

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Community Invited to Join SPU in “Day of Common Learning”

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.

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New College Students: Go Volunteer on September 28

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.

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Williams Named Dean of the School of Business and Economics

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.

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SPU’s Commencement Exercises on June 9

Jun 7, 2013

Seattle Pacific University will hold its Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at Key Arena.

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SPU Inaugurates Its 10th President

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.

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Van Duzer Named Provost

Nov 26, 2012

Jeff Van Duzer, dean of SPU’s School of Business and Economics, has been named provost.

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SPU Announces Record Enrollment

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.

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Seattle Pacific University Announces Next President

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.

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Tent City 3 Moves to SPU

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.

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SPU Welcomes NASA Astronomer

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.”

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Translator of The Message Will Speak at SPU

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.

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Eaton to Step Down July 2012

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.

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SPU’s Class of 2015: Largest and Most Diverse

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.

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SPU Welcomes Record Number of Students, Strong Academics, Diversity Mark Incoming Class

Sep 27, 2010

A record 4,120 undergraduate and graduate students make up the largest incoming class in the history of Seattle Pacific.

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SPU Ranks #3 in Best Values; #14 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities”

Sep 1, 2010

Seattle Pacific University receives high rankings in the 2011 college rankings in U.S. News & World Report.

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College Students Host Event for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

May 18, 2010

More than 2 million children in the United States are being raised by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member.

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Basin City Resident Named SPU Alumnus of the Year

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.

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SPU Welcomes Class of 2013

Sep 25, 2009

They haven't started school yet, but the Class of 2013 at Seattle Pacific University is already breaking records.

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Music Therapy

The Music of Recovery

SPU's new music therapy program is the first of its kind in Washington state.

Using Business Expertise to Give Back

Bryan Papé was named 2010 Young Alum of the Year. The 2007 alum uses his business acumen to improve the lives of others.