Seattle Pacific University: Parents and Families In the Loop

Winter 2009 | Volume 3, Issue 1

Season's Changes

Jeff JordanThis summer, I returned to my alma mater for my 25-year college reunion. So many had aged! Not me, of course. The reunion was a fascinating time of reintroductions to former roommates and old friends. We've changed in many ways over 25 years.

But it doesn't always take years for change to occur. Sometimes just a few months in a new environment with new experiences instigate change. And so it is with your student who comes home changed by academics, friendships, and experiences ...

Read the rest of the article by Jeff Jordan, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of student life, and learn ways he says parents can help with their students' changes.

Headin' to Camden

Students playing at CamdenForward SchoolDuring Christmas Break, while most Seattle Pacific students are enjoying a much-needed rest, senior Klarrisa Frank and five other SPU students will head back to the classroom -- in Camden, New Jersey.

Why Camden? As part of a winter service project sponsored by SPU's Urban Involvement program December 13–21, the six students will volunteer at CamdenForward School to support at-risk students in an area considered to be one of the poorest in America.

"I'm particularly interested in learning how education can make a difference in people's lives," says Frank, an international business major. "My global development classes are helping me see that education is important in the process of people getting out of poverty."

Find out more about the trip -- and what else the SPU students hope to learn.

Meet Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson, Director of Student Programs at Seattle Pacific UniversityAs the director of student programs at Seattle Pacific University, Dale Anderson oversees a variety of student activities, from major campus events to student-funded clubs. But he says it's his role as an advisor to student leaders that keeps him busy.

"The development and learning and character-building that come from leadership opportunities are important," Anderson explains. "So I take my role seriously."

Along with his many duties, Anderson works to create opportunities for student leaders to grow. "I see myself as an educator," he says. "It's my job to establish a safe environment in which student leaders are empowered to learn."

Read more about Dale Anderson and why he says it's important for students to get involved.

Tips for Flu Season

Christine Carlson, a nurse practitioner in Seattle Pacific's Health Services, offers the following tips to help your students during cold and flu season.

  • Do the basics. Fine-tune your immune system with plenty of rest and good nutrition.

  • Think hygiene. Practice good hand-washing, and cover your coughs.

  • Already sick? If you have a cold or flu, antibiotics won't help; your body will fight the virus on its own. Push fluids, get extra rest, and take Tylenol for the fever.

For more tips, including when to consult a doctor, visit the parents and families website.

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National Soccer Champions

The women's soccer team won the NCAA Division II championship game on December 6, defeating previously undefeated West Florida and finishing a spectacular season with a 22-1-2 record.
Read more about their victory.

Autumn Quarter Grades

Students will be able to view grades online beginning on December 20. Parents will not be sent their students' grades; the decision to share grades rests with each student.

Holiday Hours, Start of Winter Quarter

SPU will close for the holidays at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24. The campus reopens Friday, January 2, 2009. Students return to classes Monday, January 5, 2009.

Celebrate Family Weekend at SPU

Mark your calendars for SPU's Family Weekend, January 29-31, 2009, and plan to join your student on campus for a slice of SPU life, including favorite activities such as the campus-wide Talent Show and a Falcon basketball game or two. Family Weekend is held in conjunction with Homecoming, and most events are open to parents, alumni, and students.

Commencement 2009

Will you have a student graduating in 2009? Get the information you need at SPU's Commencement 2009 site.

Are These Dates on Your Calendar?

What is the last day your student can register for classes? When are the Winter Quarter 2009 tuition refund deadlines? Find out these and other important dates.  

Your Student's Vocation Is Calling

Help your student make career choices and explore his or her calling with great tips from the Career Development Center. And for graduating seniors, make sure they attend the Senior Survival event on February 26, 2009.

iTunes University

Heard any good lectures lately? Check out SPU's iTunes University to download and hear SPU faculty lectures, guest speakers, chapels, music, sporting events, and more.

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