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September 2010 | Volume 4, Issue 4
At the Heart of What We Do
By SPU President Philip W. Eaton
"After a quiet summer, it's a joy to see students return to campus. Our student leaders, and our faculty and staff members, are working hard to prepare for the arrival of new and continuing students. This is a wonderful time of year -- so full of promise and anticipation about the year to come."
What promising things does this academic year hold? Read President Eaton's message to learn about SPU's one-of-a-kind Center for Biblical and Theological Education, the launch of its four-year cycle of guided Bible readings, and what's at the center of SPU's work with students.
A Place to Thrive
By Mary Kay Ausenhus, SPU Parent Council president
"This year I find myself a parent of a returning SPU student -- and of a new SPU student. My oldest daughter will graduate from SPU in Spring 2011. My middle daughter begins her SPU experience this September. I'll have so much more peace dropping our second daughter off at SPU, because I now have much more insight into the University."
Continue reading Mary Kay Ausenhus' article to learn what she's discovered about SPU -- and why she is part of Parent Council.
The Latest at In the Loop Online
Discover how SPU ministers to its students, find out how one alum honored his favorite teacher, and get our gift-card recommendations for nearby campus eateries.
Read these stories and more at In the Loop online
Explore the Bible With Us
What if you could explore the Christian Scriptures along with your SPU student -- led by a guide who is not only an outstanding biblical scholar but also someone with a deeply personal Christian faith? That's what Lectio: Guided Bible Reading offers you. And it's free of charge.
Join us on September 27 (or anytime thereafter) as together we begin a guided journey through Scripture. Be on the same page with SPU students as they follow the Lectio in classes and through on-campus events and Bible studies. Sign up now.
Welcome Week 2010
During Welcome Week, students move into on-campus housing, meet with other students and professors, and get ready for school to start. And there's plenty for parents and families to do too. Check out the schedule and sign up today.
Day of Common Learning
Join the SPU community to hear Joab Lohara, one of three Free Methodist bishops in India, as he discusses the current state of global Christianity. Afternoon seminars on this theme -- led by faculty, staff, and students -- are also open to the public. The lecture is part of SPU's ninth annual Day of Common Learning.
SPU Mom's Day
Join other moms and their students on campus for a day packed full of fun activities and insights. It's a great way to experience your student's home away from home! Registration begins September 23, 2010. Find out more.
Sacred Sounds of Christmas
Get your discounted tickets to The Sacred Sounds of Christmas, SPU's premier downtown choral Christmas celebration now in its 11th year. Regular prices go into effect October 1, so take advantage of early-bird and group rates -- tickets go fast for this popular concert.