From President Dan Martin
September 22, 2014
In a few days, your student will be here on the Seattle Pacific University campus. We are busy getting ready for your son's or daughter's arrival. We just concluded our faculty retreat, and there was a tremendous amount of energy and excitement as we talked about the upcoming year. I know this will be a great year in the life of the University, and I trust it will be in your student's life as well.
As we approach Autumn Quarter, I can say more than ever that this is a remarkable and inspiring community, and I can't wait to greet your son or daughter personally. Yes, we've had times of grief, but we've mainly had times of joyous celebration and growth. This is a community that gathers together to pray, to learn, and to care for one another and the world around us in meaningful ways.
News for Parents and Families
The Sacred Sounds of Christmas
It might be a little early to be thinking of Christmas, but here at Seattle Pacific University we have been working for many months to plan the 2014 Sacred Sounds of Christmas –– now in its 15th year. Hundreds of SPU vocalists and instrumentalists perform in this major celebration. Perhaps your student will be participating.
Or perhaps Sacred Sounds is something you’d like to plan to enjoy together with your student as concert-goers.
This inspiring concert ushers in the Christmas season with a wide range of sacred music from different time periods and genres. New this year will be a performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
When: Monday, December 1, 2014
Where: McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
Time: 7:30 p.m.
This concert sells out earlier every year. Last year, all tickets were gone by the first part of October. Early-bird rates end September 30. Learn more.
The Alexander Hall Campaign
Alexander Hall is central to the story of Seattle Pacific — past, present, and future. SPU’s story began in 1891 with a vision for outstanding Christian education that would equip students to do good in the world. Set on an uncultivated plot of land in early Seattle, Alexander Hall — the University’s first building — brought that vision to life. Learn more.
Day of Common Learning
Parents are invited to the 12th annual Day of Common Learning, an all-day event in which the University suspends classes and gathers as a community to explore a significant idea or interest. This year's event is on Wednesday, October 22, and features keynote speaker Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today. This year's theme is "The Promise and Perils of Power: Fostering Human Flourishing in a Broken World." Learn more.