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January 2011 | Volume 5, Issue 1

Three Keys to an Exceptional Education

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By SPU President Philip Eaton

Education -- at all levels -- is a hot topic right now.

Debates are raging about school reform, education budgets, which academic subjects are most important, the value of higher education, and more. I've been involved in many such conversations, and recently served on a lively panel with the Seattle City Council on ways to prepare high school students for college.

With all these opinions swirling around, what makes me so confident that the education we offer at SPU is both exceptional and cutting edge?

Let me share a few of my convictions: at Seattle Pacific we are innovative, teaching is a priority, and we have stellar faculty. Read more.

Blurring the Lines

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By Jennifer Perrow
Contributing Writer

It seems Stephen Michael Newby does a little bit of everything.

As the director of University Ministries and the Center for Worship at Seattle Pacific University, he oversees the University's many worship and discipleship activities.

An associate professor of music at SPU, Newby directs the Gospel Choir and the Worship Band, and teaches several courses in the Music Department each quarter.

And as an internationally recognized gospel/jazz vocalist and pianist, he writes award-winning compositions, records music, and performs in a variety of venues.

So is Newby overwhelmed by all the hats he wears? Not at all.

"The lines are blurred for me between the classroom and ministry," explains Newby. "I lecture, I'm in the practice studio with students, I record music, I pray, I go into my office. It's all ministry."

As one of SPU's many proponents for integrated learning and collaboration, Newby relishes opportunities to get students involved in innovative projects, such as the recent student-created Psalms: Laments and Meditations CD. Read more.

In the Loop Recommends

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From doing cross-disciplinary research to creating majors that blend multiple academic areas, SPU faculty members are blurring the traditional lines of learning and service. With the Living Well Initiative, SPU's School of Health Sciences and SPU's School of Psychology, Family, and Community created a program that equips students to better study, understand, and treat people who suffer from mental illness. Learn more with this video, and watch for updates on other innovative collaborations at SPU.

Read more at In the Loop online.

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Explore Matthew's Gospel With Us

During Winter Quarter, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies David Nienhuis leads a study of the Gospel of Matthew as part of SPU's popular and free Lectio: Guided Bible Reading. In this series, Nienhuis discusses how Matthew's gospel not only teaches us how to follow Jesus, but also challenges the notion that the Old Testament is obsolete. You can read the Lectio, listen to a podcast, or both. Sign up today to receive weekly notifications of readings and podcasts.

Check This Out

It's Scholarship Season
Encourage your student to begin to research scholarship opportunities. Check the SFS scholarship site and visit, which is a clearinghouse for scholarships that matches Washington state students and students attending Washington state schools to applicable awards.

Watch Falcon Sports at Home
In late January and early February, you can watch SPU men's and women's basketball games on the Fox Sports Northwest TV channel. You can also view select SPU sporting events online. Televised games are:

January 26 (Men):
  against Western Washington, 7 p.m.

February 2 (Women):
  against Western Washington, 6 p.m.

February 9 (Men):
  against Central Washington, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Family Weekend
January 20-22

Homecoming and Family Weekend is almost here! Check the Family Weekend 2011 schedule for a complete list of activities. Suggested events for parents include the Parents' Prayer Gathering (January 21, 8:30 a.m.), the Parent and Family Reception (January 21, 10 a.m.), Lectio Live! (January 21, 1 p.m.), SPU Study Abroad (January 21, 2 p.m.), and the President's Luncheon (January 22, 11:30 a.m.). All luncheon attendees will receive a complimentary worship CD created by SPU students. Join us!
January 20-22, 27-29

"Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" Join SPU's University Theatre for its inspiring production of Godspell, one of the biggest Broadway musical successes of all time. Based on Matthew's gospel, the show is a contemporized telling of Jesus' parables and last days. Learn more and purchase your tickets today.
Palmer Lecture
January 27

Hear J. Kameron Carter, associate professor in theology and black-church studies at Duke Divinity School, address issues of race, theology, and the church in his presentation "Post-Racial Religion, or the Question of the Neighbor in the 21st Century." This free lecture occurs at 7 p.m. on SPU's campus. Learn more.


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