Seattle Pacific University - Parents and Families In the Loop

Winter 2010 | Volume 4, Issue 1

Sunny With a Chance of Sleet

Jeff JordanFrom snow to rain, brutal cold to balmy inversions, Christmastime can bring constantly changing weather patterns. The same can be said for a student's college experience.

"The convergence of finals, term papers, and endless reading may have created a recent drought of sleep for your student," says Jeff Jordan, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of students.

Additionally, your student may have experienced some stormy weather over the past few months. He or she has been making decisions. Some of these decisions have worked out well. Some may have not.

Often the comforts of home are an anticipated antidote. But as your student comes home, remember: There have been changes since the last time you were together.

Read the rest of the article and discover Jeff Jordan's tips for avoiding "inclement weather" at home.

Video Icon Video Extra: Jeff Jordan discusses changing traditions.

The Importance of This Place

President Philip EatonAs we enjoy this wonderful holiday season, it's hard to believe we've wrapped up another academic quarter and the end of the calendar year is upon us.

Looking back on Autumn Quarter, I realize I've never been more energized about what's going on all across our marvelous campus. Something very exciting is in the works.

Faculty members are digging into their work and making a tremendous difference. Staff members are involved in comprehensive planning for the future of this place. Students are engaged and curious.

Great things are happening here. Indeed, as I have been saying all quarter: Seattle Pacific is the place where world change begins.

Continue reading and find out what's happening at SPU that delights President Eaton.

Reconciliation 101

Kerry Dearborn teaches her classAt the heart of the Christian story is reconciliation -- the restoration of relationship with God and one another through Jesus Christ.

Starting in Autumn Quarter 2010, reconciliation will also play a key role in Seattle Pacific's academic story.

"Our new minor in reconciliation studies will combine interdisciplinary classes rooted in our School of Theology with practical experience through our partnership with SPU's John Perkins Center," says Kerry Dearborn, professor of theology. "It's a holistic, biblical, theological, and applied approach to training in reconciliation."

It's also a timely degree. Skills and understanding in issues of reconciliation are crucially needed in our world today, adds Dearborn. "We want to equip students in their chosen fields to participate
in this work."

Learn more about faculty and student involvement in the
reconciliation minor.

Video Icon Video Extra: Kerry Dearborn discusses why the reconciliation minor is important for SPU to offer.

An Interview With SPU's First Lady

Sharon EatonFor 14 years, SPU First Lady Sharon Eaton has served the Seattle Pacific community alongside her husband, President Philip Eaton, with hospitality and grace. And often from behind the scenes. Now she graciously takes center stage to share insights from her life at SPU.

What do you enjoy most about being SPU's First Lady?

I enjoy the people I get to meet and know. Our students are wonderful, and we have the best faculty and staff in the world! I feel very privileged to be in this place.

Can you tell us some ways you are involved in the SPU community?

I do a lot of entertaining for the University. We have students, faculty and staff members, board of trustee members, friends, guest speakers, and others into our home and on our campus for various events. Phil and I also meet with couples who might be interested in donating to the University, and we represent SPU at meetings across the country. It is a wonderful role.

Read more from this exclusive interview with SPU First Lady
Sharon Eaton.

SPU Moms Share the Journey

SPU Mom's DayOn November 7, SPU's Parent Council hosted its first SPU Mom's Day. The theme for the day? "Sharing the Journey."

One hundred and twenty moms joined their students for a day of learning and laughing. From brunch with SPU First Lady Sharon Eaton to residence hall and athletic events, visiting mothers got a glimpse into the journeys their students are on at
Seattle Pacific.

"We were thrilled with the response to this first-ever SPU Mom's Day," says Linda Rowan, parent council president. "We're grateful for this opportunity to build community among SPU parents."

Read more about the event, including ways faculty members and students contributed.

Financial Aid Resolutions

Jordan GrantWith 2010 fast approaching, it's time to think about your New Year's resolutions.

Jordan Grant, director of SPU's Student Financial Services office, offers five financial aid-related resolutions you may want to add to your list.

Resolution #1: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA form is available starting on January 1, 2010. Even if your student doesn't feel he or she will qualify it's important to file the form. SFS wants to make sure they can provide all available resources
to students.

Read more tips for financing your student's education.

In Our Next IssueParents of SPU students

The Gift of Giving

Many parents of students are giving -- generously -- to Seattle Pacific University, the place where world change begins. What is their motivation? Find out in the March 2010 issue of In the Loop.

Questions or Comments?

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President Eaton's Blog

Check out Saturday Morning From My Study for a collection of President Eaton's writings and videos about "things that matter" -- how the Christian gospel speaks into today's culture. Recent posts include "It Isn't That Easy Being Green" and "Is This a Season of Worry?"

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Becoming Soul Mates
January 16, 2010

This New Year's, resolve to transform your relationship! Attend Becoming Soul Mates, SPU's premier marriage seminar led by noted relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott. It's an entertaining, thought-provoking day on SPU's campus. Just $125 per couple (lunch provided). Register today!

SPU Family Weekend
January 28-30, 2010

Mark your calendars for SPU's Family Weekend, and join your student on campus for a host of fun activities. Held in conjunction with Homecoming, this year's list of events includes SPU Theatre's production of "The Women of Lockerbie"; men's and women's basketball games against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks; the popular Student Talent Show; the President's Luncheon; and Thalia Symphony's homecoming concert. And don't miss specific parent sessions including the parents' prayer meeting, the family reception, and a special interest session on study abroad. Learn more.

Parents' Prayer Meeting
January 29, 2010; 9–10 a.m.

As part of Family Weekend activities, plan to join other SPU parents to pray for our students and the campus. The meeting will be led by Stephen Newby, director of University Ministries and The Center for Worship, and Ina Bhatt, chair of parent council prayer. Learn more.

SPU's Honor Roll of Donors

Thousands of donors help SPU provide student scholarships and rigorous academic programs. Take a moment to learn more and visit the new Honor Roll of Donors, which thanks those who have given to the place where world change begins. Read the president's message, and watch a short video taken during Ivy Cutting. Best of all, when you visit, $1 will be given toward student scholarships by an anonymous donor. Check it out!

Commencement 2010

Commencement 2010 will be held Sunday, June 13, 2010, at 2 p.m. The location will again be Safeco Field, which provides unlimited seating and can guarantee we'll stay dry if it rains. For more information, contact

How Alert Is SPU?

In the event of a campus-wide emergency, the SPU Alert system sends email, text, and voice messages about the situation to the university community. But this only works if people are signed up to receive them. Right now 57 percent of continuing students, 61 percent of new freshman, and 44 percent of new transfer students have signed up. Can you help? Just remind your student to sign up in the Banner Info System.
Learn more.

A Variety of Events!

Hear lectures by world-renowned speakers. Enjoy music from award-winning choirs and symphonies. Experience plays in one of the city's finest small theatres. SPU proves you don't have to travel far or pay high prices to enjoy some of the best entertainment in the city. To receive emails about upcoming events, sign up at Engage Events Updates.

Seasonal Tweets

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Are These Dates on Your Calendar?

When are grades available to view? (Answer: December 22). What is the last day my student can register for classes? (Answer: January 11). Find out more important dates.

Cascade Yearbook

Help your student make his or her SPU memories last with the gift of a yearbook. You can even place ads for your grads in the book. Contact Alex Hancock at for more information.

Got High School Students?
Check Out etc Magazine

SPU's etc magazine serves as a bridge between the SPU community and high school and college students by telling the stories that make us uniquely SPU. It's fresh, fun, and award-winning. Check it out!

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