Spring 2015, Volume 8, Issue 2

 

Highlighting Homecoming 2015


SPU Cheer Team pulls for their favorite Falcon athletes.

Alumni by the droves warmed up their February at Seattle Pacific University’s Homecoming 2015, “Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon!”

At the Homecoming Luncheon, President Dan Martin brought a warm welcome. Moving testimonies of God’s faithfulness followed, shared by Medallion award honorees Jeanette DeBlois Fiess ’02 and Gordon Werkema ’80, Young Alumna of the Year Kristen Eddings Tetteh ’06, and Alumnus of the Year Rick Reynolds ’75. A Distinguished Service Award was presented in honor of former University Communications Director Jennifer Johnson Gilnett ’81, who died of a sudden illness last September. Hear the testimonies.

Singers, dancers, a comedian, and two hosts on a tandem bicycle kept things lively at the Student Talent Show on Friday night. The basketball doubleheader on Saturday drew close to 2,000 fans. Alumni and students converged on the tailgater before the games in the Otto Miller Hall parking lot for juicy burgers and live music.

The Alumni and Parent Night at the Theatre was a sellout for “King Lear.” The draw of beloved Professor George Scranton in the title role proved irresistible to alumni from California, Texas, and beyond. Former cast members of his, including students who had toured under his direction in Chancel Players, came to reminisce once more before he retires from a 40-year career in June. Taste of SPU in Upper Gwinn Commons created a delicious dish of class reunions and savory morsels from a variety of food stations. The family-friendly event allowed alumni from across the years to connect with one another and meet each other’s families. Plans are afoot for the 2016 Homecoming and reunion gatherings.

Check out the fun and reconnection in this year’s Homecoming photos. Director Bryan Jones ’99 and his team in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations thank all who came and participated in the festivities. “Plans are already underway for next year’s Homecoming,” says Jones. “Keep an eye out for an announcement of the date and the exciting features that are planned. We always look forward to seeing you back on campus and hearing your stories of what God is doing in your lives.”



Street Stories Honors Alumnus of the Year

Not only has Rick Reynolds ’75 received 2015 Alumnus of the Year honors and the accolades of family, friends, and associates, but he was surprised at the Homecoming Luncheon with the first copy of Street Stories, a book complete with his byline. The compilation of years of his blog entries (seattlehomeless.blogspot.com) captures life in the camps, doorways, and bars often frequented by the Seattle homeless population to whom he has devoted his life and work as director of Operation Nightwatch.

Presented by President Dan Martin and Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Bryan Jones, the book was planned, edited, and designed by the Office of University Communications, originally under the encouragement and support of its late director, Jennifer Gilnett.

In a street story titled “Under the Freeway,” Reynolds, an ordained Free Methodist chaplain, writes, “One of the fun things I get to do is to introduce new priests and ministers to my world. I love going someplace rough. Colorful. A little scary. Just to see what they’re made of.”

Part story, part prayer, part poetry, dozens of observations reveal Reynolds’ sense of humor and deep love for those without permanent housing. Compassionate relief and spiritual care are his gifts to a community others may choose not to see. As hard as the streets can be, Reynolds has witnessed real transformation and says, “Once you’ve seen the dead come to life, once you have one guy stop you on the street and tell you he’s back to work, back with his family, full of faith and hope, it keeps you going a long time.”

Street Stories is available in paperback at amazon.com. All proceeds go to Operation Nightwatch.

Now is the time for you to nominate SPU alumni whose lives exemplify the ideals and vision of the University. The Alumni Awards Nominations Committee depends on your recommendations! There are no restrictions on the number of nominations that can be submitted by one individual, so make your nominations today.





Falcons in Action Capped by a “Dog Fight” With Air Force

Through soccer, basketball, and gymnastics seasons, alumni came by invitation to cheer their favorite “Falcons in Action.” The special event series of the same name featured receptions, food, friendship, and free alumni swag at select soccer, basketball, and gymnastics events, while strengthening alumni community ties from Washington to Idaho.

On February 27, 2015, in the final FIA event, the Falcons gymnastics team swooped down on the team from the U.S. Air Force Academy, posting SPU’s highest mark of the season, 193.050. That it fell short of the opponent’s score by a scant .075 of one point added to the night’s high emotions.

It was Senior Night in Royal Brougham Pavilion and the final meet for six SPU gymnasts. Sydney Clark, Shannon Escarra, Teryn Loland, Cara Lord, McKenna Page, and Amanda Willingham were honored with bouquets for their legacy of high performance. It was also a night to honor 40 years of SPU gymnastics, every one of them coached by Laurel Tindall ’75. Her program includes 33 national finishes in the past 34 Aprils.

In honor of the 40-year milestone, 40 alumni gymnasts, many of them All-Americans and national champions, lined the floor of Brougham before a packed house.



SPU War Memorial



Alumni are invited to visit the Seattle Pacific University war memorial on the second floor of Alexander Hall. The recently installed memorial is in honor of Seattle Pacific College and Seattle Pacific University veterans who died in foreign wars. The remembrance currently lists the names of 14 men who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty and justice for all:

Chaplain David Youngdahl, U.S. Army
North Atlantic, 1943

Technical Sergeant Robert S. Wren, U.S. Army Air Forces
New Guinea, 1943

Technical Sergeant Herald “Herlie” E. Liese, U.S. Army
Alaska, 1944

Technical Sergeant Glenn O. Hardeman, U.S. Army Air Forces
Germany, 1944

Lieutenant P. Allan Fisher, U.S. Army
France, 1944

Technical Sergeant Dean R. Rose, U.S. Army
France, 1944

Lieutenant Owen Lee Graham, U.S. Army Air Forces
Germany, 1944

Chaplain Frank Tiffany, U.S. Army
South China Sea, 1944

Private C. Benton Peterson, U.S. Army
The Philippines, 1945

Corporal G.W. Endicott, Unites States Marine Corps
Iwo Jima, 1945

Lieutenant Wilson B. Haslam, United States Army Air Forces
The Philippines, 1945

Sergeant Robert V. Damon, United States Marine Corps
Korea, 1951

Chief Warrant Officer Larry A. Harke, U.S. Army
Vietnam, 1967

Lieutenant Nicholas A. Madrazo, U.S. Marine Corps
Afghanistan, 2008



The Run to Remember

ROTC cadets at Seattle Pacific University have organized the Wear Blue: Run to Remember monthly 5k run. The runs are meant to honor the service and sacrifice of the American military. The fun event promotes exercise and community connection among the families of the fallen, active-duty military personnel and their families, and the civilian community.

The hope is that the effort will expand into Wear Blue chapters near each major military installation across the nation. The founder of the Seattle chapter is junior Chane’l Menges, who is in her third year of ROTC at the University of Washington. Before each run, the exercise science major says the runners take turns saying the name of a soldier who died that week followed by the name of the person in whose memory they will run that day.

Menges’ brother is Ryan Menges, a 2014 SPU graduate now deployed in Afghanistan.



Beloved Theatre Maestro Takes Final Bow

Professor of Theatre George Scranton was both attracted to and repelled by the role of King Lear in the Shakespeare work of the same name. He was attracted to the character in part because it was the last opportunity on the Seattle Pacific University stage for him to interpret one of the great tragic figures in literature; he wss repelled by the character because of having to memorize “that many of Shakespeare’s lines in meter.”

The truth is there were a couple of instances of panic in performing the title role in this winter’s “King Lear.” He would be in the middle of one line and know that the next line had left his mind altogether. “Oh yes,” says Scranton, the shock of the moment still with him. “You’re ranting along and you make eye contact with the person you’re yelling at and what’s next goes right out of your head.” Fortunately, the other character saved his professor by mumbling a prompt, just as Scranton has done for other panicked actors.in a 40-plus-year SPU career spanning more than 50 acting roles, more than 105 directorial roles, and the writing of a number of original plays.

Retiring after this long teaching is bittersweet for Scranton. Most of his wall full of theatre books will go to SPU’s Ames Library. Then there are the photos, the masks, the rose vase of peacock feathers — but nothing as indelible as the memories made onstage in E.E. Bach Theatre or in the Scranton office in McKinley Hall.

“Years back I would come down to the office (from his Queen Anne hilltop home) at 5:30 a.m.,” says Scranton, a 1969 SPU graduate. “One day a student saw my light on, knocked on my door, and asked if we could talk. She sat there and told me her father and twin brother had been shot to death by a neighbor that week. When you’re allowed inside the lives of others like that, sometimes your work is to just show up and shut up.”

Known for his heart, his art, and a wide streak of playfulness, Scranton derives greatest pleasure from the creation of an ensemble team around each play. The former director of the touring Chancel Players (1970s) believes the process is as important as the product. “You have to treat the process carefully with a great deal of love.”

Scranton’s last turn as director of an SPU play is the Spring Quarter production of “As It Is in Heaven” by Arlene Hutton. From there, he’d like his legacy to be summed up in the Eugene Peterson book title, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. Or maybe, he suggests with customary bonhomie, people might be so kind as to think of him in retirement as “Not dead yet!”



Music Department Expands to Nickerson

Strike up the band; the buildings immediately west of the SPU Human Resources Office on Nickerson Street will soon house expanded and improved space for the Music Department.

Once completed later this spring, the renovated space will include six faculty offices, two ensemble practice rooms, and a choir/recital facility. As well, the recording studio and piano lab in Beegle Hall will be relocated to the new facility.

Here’s the architect’s rendering of the planned exterior:





Two Alumni Whose Artistry Accents the Lives of Others

Much More Than Paper

Paper Moss on Beacon Street is just a couple of blocks from the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. Behind its walls, custom-designed stationery and letterpress wedding invitations are created and crafted — high-end, fine-quality, by appointment only. Two to three months for design and production. Paper Moss clientele may be found in the U.S. and abroad, including Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland.

The founder and creative director is Emily Fadenrecht Hostetler ’06. The music major switched to the then-new visual communication major her junior year.

“Thanks to Professor Roger Feldman, summer school, and a maxed-out class schedule,” says the former music major, “I managed to graduate on time to pursue my dream of becoming a graphic designer.”

Three days after graduation, she placed much of her belongings in storage, moved to New York City for a graphic design internship, and learned everything she needed to know to start her own business. Nine years later, Paper Moss has been in business for seven of them.

Along for the adventure is business partner and fellow SPU graduate Anna Berglund ’06, who says SPU helped her realize she wanted to seek out a way to honor and glorify God through her work. “Going into every business meeting and networking event with prayer has given me a peace and confidence about each outcome.”

Perhaps the toughest part of launching their business, says Hostetler, was coming up with the name. She quickly ruled out using either her married name or her maiden name. It was when she saw the word “moss” on one of her sketches that things fell into place. The sound, the letters, the brevity, not to mention the texture and color of actual moss. “There it was,” she says, a name that sounded “catchy and intriguing at the same time.” A luxury stationery design firm was born.

The partners find it a constant challenge to maintain their distinct identity in an ever-more-crowded marketplace. When some brides requested a more budget friendly option, a ready to order line was added to the mix.

But it was the luxury side of the house that attracted a first feature about Paper Moss in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Spotlighted were premium wedding invitations with flashes of gold foil for a client in London, England. White ink on double-thick white cotton paper letter pressed to sufficient depth to cast just enough shadow to be legible. Challenging as it was, such unique personal visions have earned the company copious attention from top wedding and bridal magazines and blogs.

“There is something incredibly powerful about encouragement and I believe I received just enough help from SPU to make me take the final plunge to move to the East Coast,” says Hostetler, who offers a 5-percent discount on any 2015 stationery order to SPU alumni. “I can’t believe I’m admitting to this, but I also think the dreaded art class critiques were pivotal.”

How Do You Find the Word That Means Moorea?

Moorea Seal ’09 distills the sleek, chic, metropolitan city of Seattle, and the adventuresome spirit and rustic surroundings of the Pacific Northwest, into popular jewelry and other fashion accessories. How popular? Moorea Seal the brand has more than 925,000 followers on Pinterest and another 18,400 on Instagram. The brand’s founder, designer, and head buyer recently returned from MAGIC, the biggest fashion focused trade show on the West Coast, with scads of orders.

“I’m a nurturer at heart,” says Seal, who has a storefront in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood in addition to the busy online marketplace. “The harder I work and the more I achieve, the more good I can do for others.”

That good includes donating 7 percent of the company profits to various nonprofits involved in social causes, including those which address children’s needs, health and wellness, and the humane treatment of animals.

“I want to build a life that will be a great example to my future children, if I am lucky enough to have kids,” says Seal, who notes her career skills have been well applied lately in planning her own wedding. “I hope to be an example to anyone who is struggling or suffering.” She says that young women especially are inspired by her personal story of the hard work of handwork, and the sacrifice and pursuit of kindness in business. In some respects, Moorea Seal the business is a philosophy of career and lifestyle as much as it is a retail venture providing beautiful fashion accessories. “It’s a way to inspire others to be their best and to live thoughtful, beautiful lives.”

The pragmatic Seal has worked to meet the aesthetic of a visual and focused age. “My success on Pinterest and Instagram can be attributed to a balance of utilizing social media platforms from an early start, having a clear vision of what my aesthetic and our brand’s vibe are, and promoting a lifestyle rather than pursue traditional marketing methods.”

It has taken considerable struggle and grit over six years to build a business with a staff of 14 people and a global following, and that makes success all the sweeter. Joining forces with Seal are SPU graduates Jenette Donovan ’09, operations manager and buyer; Haley Larson Booker ’09, graphic designer; Allie Fraley ’08, blog editor, copy editor, and sales associate; and Lizzie Anema ’14, sales associate and event coordinator. Seal also mentors SPU sophomore and intern Carlie Penning, whose focus is on paper goods and administration.



Two Alumni and Their Organizations Battle Ebola

Dick Frederick ’63
Executive Director – Washington
Medical Teams International


The fight to stop the spread of Ebola does not rest. Taking a leadership role among NGOs, Medical Teams International has shipped Personal Protective Equipment kits, gloves, and body bags to Liberia, where Medical Teams International workers on the ground train health care personnel and whole communities in how to protect themselves and others.

“Last August, there was a 615 percent increase in Liberian Ebola cases,” says MTI’s Dick Frederick, former associate director and director of alumni, 1985–96, at Seattle Pacific University. The Liberian Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization requested MTI’s expertise.

Under an onslaught of health care precautions and a consequent slowing of the virus, hospitals and clinics have reopened and new cases have dropped more than 600 percent. “MTI is in a new position to help shape the health system in West Africa that will hopefully make a lasting impact,” says Frederick. MTI is now at work in all of the country’s 15 counties.

He urges Seattle Pacific alumni to volunteer with MTI, and to pray for the people affected by the disease and the health care workers on the ground. For reliable weekly situation reports, he recommends the World Health Organization’s website.

Eric Zimmerman ’02
Senior Program Management Specialist
International Programs Groups
World Vision


For three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, psychology major Eric Zimmerman was on the ground with World Vision in Freetown, Sierra Leone, another Ebola hot zone. Through 16-hour days and weekends, he helped develop programs between Western governments — including the U.S., U.K., and Ireland — and the government of Sierra Leone to link outside government funding to in-country Ebola response priorities. He also helped coordinate the nationwide fleet of Ebola response vehicles (i.e., ambulances, burial trucks, and volunteer transport).

Among the obstacles were vehicle breakdowns, fuel theft, virus contamination, and the management of safe and dignified burial teams. “Staying healthy was a challenge even in that short period of time,” says Zimmerman, who has been with WV since graduating from SPU. A shortage of nutritious food safe to eat and the risk of exposure to Ebola and other diseases kept stress levels high. At stake in addition to millions of lives were decades of development work, and the social, political, and economic progress and stability of entire nations.

Besides being a major force in disaster relief in the region, Zimmerman says that World Vision supports social mobilization across Sierra Leone’s 12 districts. In consortium with other agencies, WV is focused on equipping faith leaders to spread improved community knowledge about Ebola and how to better protect themselves going forward.

“Pastors … are powerful allies,” says Zimmerman. “We are leveraging places of worship to facilitate the distribution of personal protective equipment and home disinfection kits.” Working through churches also combats myths, fears, and general misinformation about the disease, a big factor in how rapidly Ebola spreads.

“It was at SPU that I realized Jesus might just want me to be about other people. This was a pretty radical shift in my thinking,” says Zimmerman.



Letters: Oh, No We Didn’t Start Then

As I was reading the Winter 2015 issue of Connections, I found an error as to when the women’s basketball program started. It wasn’t in the ’75–’76 season as stated. I was actually the head coach of the women’s team from ’72–’74. 1972 was the year Seattle Pacific decided to establish an upgraded women’s basketball program using a “starting five” rather than the previous “starting six” that had been the rule in our women’s program going back many years.

I also coached the lady Falcons a third year (’77–’78) when we upset the heavily favored women’s team from Seattle University. Our team that year was built around Sharon Barker, Lynne Nutley, Barb Engebraetsen, Shannon Holland, Lisa Snider, and Patty Schrag. We started the season with a four and eight win-loss record and went on to win nine of our last 10 games to post a 13-9 win-loss record. Just wanted to set the record straight.

Steve Gough ’70
Renton, Washington

Editor’s Note: Consider it set, Steve. According to Mark Moschetti, assistant director of sports information, women’s basketball became an official varsity sport in 1975–76. Prior to that, it was considered a club sport and played mostly local schools (Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks being the exceptions).



Hope Is Part of Alumna’s Job Description

Since August 2014, Kristi Woolum Nelson ’02, MBA ’08, has been director of philanthropy at Boys & Girls Club of King County. She and her colleagues serve more than 17,000 students each year through BGCKC’s 12 clubs, two teen centers, and 27 early learning and child care centers.

You may remember Nelson from her 12 years working for Seattle Pacific University, where she served as an admissions and academic counseling representative, an admissions counselor, the University Fund manager, and a senior development officer. In fact, she got her start in philanthropy as a student on the SPU Telemarketing Team.

“Throughout my time at SPU, I learned how all the different facets of development work can and should work together,” says Nelson. That has made her an asset in helping BGCKC create brighter futures for kids and youth.

She believes the mission of BGCKC is an extension of her work helping students who didn’t feel able to access an SPU education because of life circumstances such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English proficiency, or family situations. “We’re here to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens,” says Nelson. That means making sure they graduate from high school with the confidence and the skills they need to be successful at a university.

Even though BGCKC has no political or religious affiliation, Nelson says her faith inspires her to be a person of hope every day. How inspired? “It’s not an exaggeration to say that BGCKC saves lives,” she says.



From Your Alumni Director

Dear Fellow Seattle Pacific Alumni,

Can you believe we are approaching our 125th year as an institution? I’m so thrilled that our University values our history and mission as the foundation for God’s plan for our future. It has been a little over a year since The Campaign for Alexander Hall was launched to restore and renovate this original and most revered of our alma mater’s buildings. The recently completed project is magnificent, and it stirs my heart to know that Alexander Hall will be at the heart of our campus and mission for generations to come.

So far $4.4 million has been raised. However, with a goal of $6.2 million by the end of the fiscal year this June 30, we still have some work to do to raise the remaining $1.8 million. My wife, Kristen Goetz Jones ’01, and I are so grateful for all that Seattle Pacific has meant to us and our families, and we are thrilled the University has restored and renovated this significant building that represents SPU’s past, present, and future. We also recognize that, if the Campaign reaches its goal, dollars will not have to be taken from other university funds that are so vitally needed for operating expenses or student scholarships. So we are pledging $1,000 to the Campaign for Alexander Hall. Will you join Kristen and me, and make a gift to the Campaign for Alexander Hall before June 30? Learn more about the project and make your gift.

Did you know that Alexander Hall was designated a City of Seattle historic landmark last summer? If you haven’t had the chance to walk through the newly restored building, I encourage you to do so the next time you’re on campus. Let me know when you’re coming; I’d love to show it to you myself! Of course, if you have any questions about The Campaign for Alexander Hall, or I can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

May God continue to bless you,

Bryan Jones ’99
206-755-1453
bryan@spu.edu
 

Did You Know?

Spring intramural activities include fitness classes in Pilates, Yoga, and Zumba, as well as Spikeball, Wiffle ball, and men’s and women’s ping pong — 23 offerings in all! Alumni are welcome to participate. See the entire lineup, and sign up at spu.edu/intramurals.

In Autumn Quarter, the student branch officers of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Club at SPU won first place in the IEEE Code of Ethics competition at their regional meeting in Portland, Oregon. Teams from the western states and Alaska and Hawaii were given an ethics case study and tasked with proposing a solution and making a PowerPoint oral report. The SPU team took home a first prize of $400.

Music Therapy Summer Camp is June 22–26, 2015, at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. The program for children ages 6–14 on the autism spectrum, or with related developmental disabilities, is a partnership between SPU’s Music Therapy Program and EMP Museum. For details, call 206‑281‑2411 or email mtcamps@spu.edu.



Founders Reunion: Class of ’65 Turns 50

If you graduated from Seattle Pacific 50 years ago, it’s time for you to celebrate like it’s 1965. You remember the year, when gas was 31 cents a gallon, the Beatles were #1 on the pop charts, and Gemini 3, America’s first two-man space flight, was launched. Those were the days!

Seattle Pacific University wants to honor you with a full day of events and reminiscence. You are invited to join the Founders Circle by gathering with your classmates on campus on Friday, June 12, 2015. And what a great day it will be, kicking off with Ivy Cutting and the joyous sight of more than a thousand newly minted SPU graduates gathered in Tiffany Loop.

Under a theme of “Reconnect & Reflect: Between the Bookends,” you will enjoy lunch, dinner, and fellowship times together, plus experience the “50-Year Ring” presentation in which you are officially named, pinned, and entered into the Founder’s Circle. Don’t miss this one‑of‑a‑kind reunion. Register online today at spu.edu/1965reunion.



Give Your Biggest on May 5


GiveBIG is back! On May 5, every dollar given to Seattle Pacific during GiveBIG will be partially matched by a stretch pool provided by corporate sponsors. Last year the GiveBIG stretch pool provided an additional $3,000 for scholarships and programs at Seattle Pacific beyond what our generous donors gave on that day. Every gift counts!

SPU students are also getting involved with GiveBIG this year. In addition to a challenge matching gift made by one of SPU’s recent graduates, donations made for the Senior Gift project on May 5 will also be partially matched by the Seattle Foundation’s generosity. It’s a win, win!

How you can be involved: Start by following Seattle Pacific on Facebook and Twitter to learn more and keep updated on the day. Then, on May 5, be a champion for SPU by giving through the link above and using #GiveBIG2015 to share your reason why you and your friends support Seattle Pacific.



Alumni Welcome to Attend CCC Events

The Center for Career and Calling invites all alumni to attend the following free event:

Spring Employer Panel — History, Sociology, and Philosophy

Thursday, May 7, 5:30–7 p.m.
Demaray 150

Hear success stories, get job-search tips, and network with professionals who majored in liberal arts and found careers they love.



Anelecia Hannah Brooks:
“Keeping Time”

May 9–25
WaterWorks Gallery
Friday Harbor, Washington

Brooks ’05 celebrates her 30th birthday with a show of her contemporary realism paintings in celebration of the gallery’s 30th anniversary.



Sounders FC: SPU Exclusive Offer

At 7 p.m., Saturday, May 23, the Seattle Sounders take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field. Through special arrangement, the Sounders are offering SPU Sounders fans $30 seats for $23 each. Buy now and enter the code SPU2015.



Feeling Close to SPU? Gallup This

According to a 2014 national study of 30,000 U.S. college graduates with Internet access, 29 percent of those who remain emotionally attached to their alma mater report they are thriving in their well-being. Only 4 percent of those actively unattached to their colleges say they are thriving in their well-being. The Gallup-Purdue Index Inaugural National Report, released May 2014, was conducted by Gallup Inc. in collaboration with Purdue University and Lumina Foundation.



Scholarships Double for New Students Next Fall

Alumni Scholarship. Scholarships for newly enrolling children of parents who graduated from SPU have doubled from $1,500 to $3,000.

Free Methodist Scholarship. Scholarships for children of parents affiliated with the Free Methodist Church have doubled from $2,000 to $4,000 and are no longer limited in quantity.

Ministry Service Award. Scholarships for children of parents employed full-time by a Christian church, mission, or parachurch organization have increased from $1,500 to $3,000.

Check out all scholarship increases and links to apply.



Gettin’ the Ol’ Gang Together at Casey

One way Kristi Spengler ’95, her family, and a small group of their Seattle Pacific University alumni friends keep the SPU torch burning brightly in their lives is by throwing a summer get-together at Camp Casey every year — something they’ve been doing since 2010. They rent the Alumni House for four days and just let the fun roll on.

And they remember the great times they spent there as students.

“The kids love Camp Casey and start planning what they will do months in advance,” Kristi says. “We swim in the pool, play volleyball on the grassy area in front of Alumni House, the kids use their scooters on the sidewalk, and we have a beach bonfire, eat s’mores, and sing praise songs together.”

Not only are the play options plentiful, but parents feel safe letting their children roam free.

Hiking in the woods, building driftwood forts on the beach, flying kites in the field ... a wonderland of possibilities await at Casey. Start your own family tradition at Casey Conference Center by calling toll-free 866‑661‑6604.



Alumni Bookshelf

In the Time of Dragon Moon

In the Time of Dragon Moon
(Kathy Dawson Books, 2015)
by Janet Lee Carey ’81

$13.49 (hardcover)
More details and to order

Street Stories

Street Stories
(CreateSpace, 2015)
By Rick Reynolds ’75

$10 (softcover)
More details and to order

Four Windows: Seattle

Four Windows: Seattle (in four parts)
(fourwindowsbooks.com, 2015)
edited by Jessie Kwak ’05 and Christine Smith ’05

$20 all four (e-book)
More details and to order



Prayer Corner

Your prayers help sustain faculty, staff, and students year-round. Would you please remember these requests in your prayers:

Phyllis Sorter ’64, Free Methodist missionary, Nigeria. Phyllis works to provide schools for the children of Fulani herdsmen and negotiates grazing projects to ease tensions between herdsmen and farmers. Praise God for her safe release from kidnappers. Pray for her security and that of her co-workers going forward, also for peace of mind for her family members and others profoundly affected by the experience. Watch Phyllis Sortor’s interview at First Free Methodist Church.

SPU students, especially the Class of 2015, transitioning into graduation, jobs, and their life paths. May God be with them and may the Holy Spirit light their way.

June 5, one year later. For the students, professors, and their friends and families most profoundly touched by the tragic shooting a year ago. Pray for the Lee family in remembrance of their son, Paul, and for the campus community, which continues to heal.



Campus Jobs

Administrative Assistant. Provides office assistance and administrative support for University Advancement and serves as the initial point of contact for in person, phone, or e-mail inquiries.

Advancement Officer. Responsible for cultivating relationships with alumni, parents, and friends of the institution who are capable of making current major gifts and deferred gifts to the university and soliciting their support on behalf of the university.

Assistant Director, Annual Giving. Responsible for the design and implementation of increasingly segmented engagement strategies and communications plans inviting university constituents into deepening commitment and loyalty.

Business Intelligence and Systems Analyst (Assistant Director, Advancement Services). Responsible for data integrity and security of Advancement systems in adherence to appropriate department and University guidelines. Provides data analysis and reporting.

Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer. Secures, facilitates and strengthens strategic corporate partnerships and foundation relationships for Seattle Pacific University and executes proposals to gain substantial philanthropic support.

Prospect Development Analyst. Works closely with the Assistant Director of Prospect Research and Management to provide strategic intelligence for University Advancement leadership and development officers.

For more information and to apply for these and other open positions at SPU, visit spu.edu/jobs.



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