Seattle Pacific University's location in a thriving, world-class city is a tremendous asset for students. Seattle is a major trade center, popular tourist destination, and gateway to Canada and the Pacific Rim. The city is surrounded, by water and mountains, making seagulls, bridges, ferryboats, and snow-capped peaks part of everyday life.
The region is also home to corporate giants such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Nintendo, as well as home to the headquarters of World Relief and World Vision, and site of the renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A strong multicultural flavor is the result of business ties and exchanges with nations including Japan, Korea, and Russia.
Known as an “arts” town, Seattle has the highest live-theatre attendance per capita of any major city. It is also the only Northwest city to field teams in all three major league sports: the Seattle Storm, regular WNBA playoff contenders; the Seattle Mariners, American League West baseball pennant winners; and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Combining classroom education with practical experience is often the best way to master a discipline – and Seattle's urban opportunities offer students that critical link.
As part of their educational program, many SPU students work 10 to 20 hours per week for a wide array of businesses and organizations such as Microsoft, Boeing, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, KING 5 TV, the Empty Space Theatre, the State Attorney General's Office, the Seattle Opera, and elsewhere. [Maps]
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Because of its natural assets, the Pacific Northwest offers unparalleled recreational opportunities: hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, and scuba diving, to name a few. One of the most popular ways to tour the 2,000 miles of Puget Sound shoreline is by ferryboat. And day trips from campus can lead you to waterfalls, ice caves, steam trains, totem poles, tide pools, and floating bridges.
At SPU's two island campuses, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest provides rest and research possibilities. At seaside Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, retreats and workshops are conducted in the rustic setting of a former military fort. On a 965-acre environmental preserve on Blakely Island, students study life above and below the sea.
In 1891, delegates to the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church voted to establish a school in Seattle where students would be educated and trained for missionary service by teachers whose lives represented the highest in Christian values. Nils Peterson, a homesteader living on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill, deeded five acres of his property to begin what would be called Seattle Seminary. Hiram Pease, another Queen Anne resident, volunteered most of the capital and much hard work to erect the school's first structure, the four-story “red brick building” later to be named Alexander Hall after the school's first principal (and later president) Alexander Beers.
Seattle Seminary opened with two faculty members, Alexander Beers and his wife, Adelaide. In the first term of operation, the seminary registered 34 students in a college preparatory curriculum that included primary and intermediate grades. In 1905, a new administration building was added, later named Peterson Hall after founder Nils Peterson. College-level courses for freshmen entered the curriculum in 1910, and the school's name was expanded to “The Seattle Seminary and College” in 1913. Two years later, the school's name was changed again to Seattle Pacific College, with five students comprising SPC's first graduating class.
In the 1920s, the College established a normal school for teacher training. During this time, the College began to look beyond its campus into the city to communicate its programs to a wider audience, anticipating its role as a liberal arts college. Enrollment climbed from 40 to more than 400.
Efforts to raise the standards and stature of the College were the focus of the 1930s. The first summer school program opened in 1931, and SPC's three-year normal school was accredited in 1933. Full accreditation of the College's four-year liberal arts program came in 1936 by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Following World War II, the College grew from about 400 students to 1,400. In 1949, a School of Recreational Leadership was launched, paving the way for increased physical education programs and ultimately intercollegiate sports. During this time, the building of Royal Brougham Pavilion was begun, built to serve not only College interests but also used as a means of outreach to city youth as well. From its founding to 1944, the school had built only four permanent buildings; between 1944–59, five more were constructed for academic purposes. In 1955, SPC acquired 155 acres on Whidbey Island called Camp Casey. It provided new opportunities for field study and outdoor education.
The 1960s became the College's golden age of expansion, especially in terms of facilities. In nine years, 15 new buildings and/or facilities were completed; major remodeling to 10 existing buildings created new, usable space; more than 70 real estate acquisitions were recorded; and improvements were made to Camp Casey, including a new swimming pool.
In the 1970s, curricular renewal and reorganization took center stage. A new curriculum focused on the individual and the learning process, and the “scholar-servant” model soon took form. The SPIRAL program was launched in 1975, which would grow to be the model program in the state for in-service teacher education. In 1976, Seattle Pacific received a gift of 965 acres on Blakely Island in the San Juans, which would become the site for an innovative research station. Overall, faculty developed higher professional levels of competence through an academic reorganization that followed a university model. Ultimately, on June 5, 1977, the College officially became Seattle Pacific University.
During the 1980s, Seattle Pacific sought to focus on building a sense of community on campus and in the surrounding community while strengthening its ties with the Free Methodist Church and the evangelical community at large. An Intercultural Institute of Missions was established in 1984 to refocus the University's historic missionary emphasis.
The 1990s saw Seattle Pacific University grow into a premier Christian university of arts, sciences, and professional studies. In 1991, SPU celebrated the Centennial of its founding in 1891. Academic strength was high with 85 percent of full-time faculty members holding doctorates or the highest degree in their field. In 1994, as part of its successful $25 million capital campaign, SPU opened a $10 million Library that now serves as the heart of the academic program. A unique “Common Curriculum,” an innovative approach to general education, was launched in Autumn Quarter 1998.
By 2000, the University had put into effect a Comprehensive Plan for the 21st Century. That plan brings together planning streams for education, enrollment, endowment, and facilities to ensure the Seattle Pacific's success for its second hundred years.
In Autumn Quarter 2003, a 64,000-square-foot Science Building opened, and the Otto Miller Hall (formerly the Miller Science Learning Center) underwent a major renovation. Both now enable undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty members in state-of-the-art facilities.
Today, SPU offers 56 undergraduate majors, 14 master's degree programs, and three doctoral programs. The University remains as committed as ever before to graduating students who demonstrate both academic competence and personal character — and who will change the world.
|Presidents of Seattle Pacific University
A. Beers, Ph.B., M.A.
Le Shana, Ph.D.
W. Eaton, Ph.D.
New Student Convocation. This academic ceremony has its roots in a 1932 convocation where new students and faculty gathered to celebrate the opportunities and challenges of the new academic year that lays ahead. Today's New Student Convocation has a similar thrust, with faculty, family, and friends gathering in the Tiffany Loop prior to the beginning of the academic year to support new students as they embark on their SPU journey.
Opening Convocation. This academic ceremony includes the entire SPU community when we gather to welcome new and returning students at the start of each academic year. The SPU president challenges the audience to embrace the opportunities ahead.
Day of Common Learning. This annual event embodies the best of interdisciplinary learning, explains Vice President for Academic Affairs Les Steele, who initiated the Day of Common Learning in 2002. "It holds up the vision that we are going to engage the culture with important issues. The Seattle Pacific community comes together to learn, and that is something we value highly."
Christian Faith Exploration. Community worship, concerts, presentations on special topics, and evensong services are all part of Seattle Pacific University's extensive Christian Faith Exploration program. Evensong is Monday evenings; Chapels – featuring a variety of leading Christian speakers – are Tuesdays; the student-led service, group is on Wednesday nights; forums are on Thursdays; and cadres/small groups typically meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Homecoming. The first official Seattle Pacific “Homecoming” was instituted in 1935 at the school's 42nd Commencement. Since then, Homecoming has moved to early Winter Quarter, separated from graduation weekend. Class reunions, athletic events, drama and music productions, a student talent show, and a variety of other gatherings between alumni, students, faculty, and staff make this weekend a highlight on the University's yearly calendar.
Tradition. Begun in the late 1980s, Tradition is a campus and community-wide event that takes place in the Tiffany Loop during the first week of December. In addition to the Christmas-tree lighting, activities include carol singing, sleigh rides, readings of the Christmas story, and other traditions designed to focus attention on the season of Christ's birth.
Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Master's degree recipients are invited to participate in the Hooding Ceremony before the Ivy Cutting Ceremony. Master's students are recognized for the completion of their advance degrees and are hooded by their school dean and the graduate faculty. Master's students then take their place behind the faculty for the Ivy Cutting procession. Doctoral students may attend but are hooded during Commencement.
Ivy Cutting. Ivy Cutting has been a part of spring graduation rites since 1922, when the first Ivy Planting ceremony was introduced. Now, more than 85 years later, graduates participate in an Ivy Cutting ceremony where each senior receives a cutting from a long, connected ring of ivy. The ceremony symbolizes the senior's tie to the University and its many alumni, as well as a newfound independence that comes with becoming a graduate.
Baccalaureate. The Baccalaureate service is one of worship and reflection, planned by members of the senior graduating class and featuring student speakers. It occurs the Friday before Commencement and held in Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Commencement. Commencement is a time-honored ceremony that recognizes the scholarship, service, and Christian growth of graduating seniors. It is a celebratory service, where students, faculty, staff, parents, relatives, and friends congratulate the graduates on their “new beginning.” Degrees are awarded to graduates who have successfully completed the requirements to obtain their baccalaureate or graduate diplomas. The number of SPU graduates has grown from five in 1915 to more than 800 in recent years.
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ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATION
The history of the growth of Seattle Pacific University is linked to the educational community of which it is a part. In successive steps from 1921 to 1937, the University was accredited by the Washington State Board of Education. Since 1936, the University has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). It is on the approved list of the American Council on Education and Board of Regents of the State of New York, and its credits are recognized by members of the various regional associations and by leading graduate schools throughout the country.
Seattle Pacific is a charter member of the Christian College Consortium and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The University is approved by the U.S. government for education of veterans and their dependents under the applicable public laws.
Business and Economics
The business programs (undergraduate and graduate) in the School of Business and Economics are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The dietetics specialization in the food and nutritional sciences program is granted approval by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. This means a graduate of SPU, with dietetic specialization, is eligible to apply for a dietetic internship in another institution. After the dietetic internship is taken elsewhere, the student is “RD Eligible.” The student can then take the registration examination. If passed, the student becomes a registered dietitian.
The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at both basic (undergraduate) and advanced (graduate) levels. The University is a member of the Association of American Colleges and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. It is fully accredited by the Washington State Board of Education for preparation of elementary and secondary teachers and the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board. The School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and now has a chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.
The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Seattle Pacific 's music program is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and Washington Music Educators.
The undergraduate nursing curriculum is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Seattle Pacific's School of Theology meets the requirements of the Commission on Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church for preparation of ministers and missionaries and is also approved by the Department of Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church and other denominations for the collegiate preparation of ministers. The NWCCU acknowledges Seattle Pacific’s graduate program as Seattle Pacific Seminary.
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OUR RESOURCES FOR LEARNING
Seattle Pacific University students enjoy aesthetically pleasing learning spaces. Spread over the 45-acre Seattle campus, the buildings, recognized by their traditional brick or modern faces, are also known for the many ways in which they meet students' educational needs.
The University Library
The University Library provides book, journal and media collections, databases, information services, instruction, technology, and space for study and research. Six librarians provide personal service and information literacy instruction for each subject area. The University Library has approximately 200,000 volumes, and 1,300 journals and databases. Most of the electronic resources are available to students, faculty and staff from on or off campus.
SPU patrons may borrow materials from the 36 academic libraries in Washington and Oregon that are part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The University Library has 14 small rooms for study and meeting, a graduate-student reading room, and a seminar and conference room. There are 70 networked computers in the Library, and wireless access throughout the building. For more information, visit http://spu.edu/library or call 206- 281-2419.
The Center for Learning
Located in Lower Moyer Hall, the Center for Learning offers tutoring for a variety of undergraduate courses, individual learning consultations, a Writing Center providing assistance in improving papers for class assignments, and quarterly learning seminars and study-skill courses. Services and support for students with disabilities are also available through the Center for Learning.
Student Computer Labs
Student computer labs are located across the campus. Some of the computer labs are highly specialized for specific academic programs while other labs are more general purpose. In most of the student labs, a standard set of academic software tools are provided that include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, statistical software, programming languages, and database software. All of the general-purpose computer labs also provide full access to the Internet, color laser printers, and other local and remote networked resources.
Art Center: This lab has 11 high-end Macintosh computers for instructional use in visual communication and fine arts. Peripherals include a data projector, flatbed and slide scanners, as well as printers.
Library: There are presently two computer labs in the Library – an instructional classroom with 20 PC computers and an open lab with 30 PC computers and two Macintosh computers with digital video-editing capabilities. The Library also has computers for database searching, as well as a computer for special and assisted use. In addition, there are a number of network ports for students to use their own computers in the Library, and the building is a “hot spot” with wireless capability.
McKenna Lab: The Qwest Computer Lab in the School of Business and Economics contains 25 computers for open-lab and business-class use. A small networking lab is attached. An instructional classroom has 24 computers.
Otto Miller Hall: Numerous computer labs are located in Miller Hall serving the specialized needs of the departments of computer science, engineering, math and physics. A computer science lab contains 30 current-technology (FY03-04: P4/2.2 GHz) Windows® workstations for general student use. Students may also bring their own laptops into the building and connect them to the campus Ethernet using either a wired or wireless (802.11b) connection.
Music Keyboard Lab: The Music Technology Lab in Beegle Hall is equipped with eight high-end Macintosh computers connected to Roland RD-600 multi-timbre MIDI keyboards. In addition, the lab contains another high-end Macintosh computer capable of 16-track digital recording, using a Yamaha O2R Digital Recording Console, ADATs, Kurzweil K2500XS keyboard, and the industry standard ProTools software.
Student Union Building: Several computers are now available for student use in kiosks in the SUB.
Weter Hall: Ten computers are available for student use on the first floor of Weter Hall, and the building is a “hot spot” with wireless capability.
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Faculty have a wide range of technology available in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. More than 90 percent of all classrooms feature large-screen projectors, Windows PCs, and VCR/DVD players. Most classrooms also have wireless network access available for students, and three classrooms feature a hands-on lab format with a desktop for each student.
Additionally, Computer and Information Systems has audio/visual equipment (video cameras, projectors, laptops, and sound systems) available for checkout to faculty and students for academic projects.
Internet Access/Electronic Mail
Network connectivity and access to the Internet is available throughout campus. All students, faculty and staff use email and other electronic communication tools. Access to campus resources and databases through the Web is widespread. Many courses make use of an online course management system (Blackboard) for document repository, electronic grade books, online discussion and online assessments. The Internet also provides access to libraries, databases and information resources throughout the world. All faculty are provided late-model computers and high-speed network connections. Students can get access to the Internet from student computer labs, from their residence hall rooms, or from wireless “hot spots” in major common/study areas. Off-campus students have access to email from campus-provided modem connections. Many routine student transactions (registration, class schedules and access to grades) can be completed via the Web (Banner) at an individual student's time and convenience.
Instructional Technology Services
Located on the lower level of the Library, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) helps faculty produce Web-based and multimedia learning resources. It also manages the Library's computer labs and satellite downlinks. With digital, audio, and video equipment, ITS helps bring new learning adventures to the SPU campus.
Technology Services in the Residence Halls
All of the campus residence hall units are provided a full complement of technology resources that include network connections to the local campus network and the Internet (a connection for each student) and cable TV connections in each room.
Technology Instruction and Assistance
The use of computers and networked resources is an important part of the academic program at SPU. Resources available to students include free antivirus software; discount software through the Microsoft-campus license agreement; the GetConnected program offering assistance in the first week of Autumn Quarter; and the Help@Home service, which provides assistance on an ongoing basis to students living in residence halls. Student assistants are available in all of the computer labs; and Computer and Information Systems provides a central computer HelpDesk and comprehensive Web-support site at www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk.
The University provides a wide range of general purpose and specialized computer resources on campus, but for the most effective learning and use of computers, students are strongly encouraged to purchase their own computer. Seattle Pacific University supports both Windows and Apple Macintosh computers in our student lab environments and the residence halls. The choice of computers and software is left to the individual student.
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