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Summer 2011 | Volume 5, Issue 7
All the World's a Classroom
By Brittany Carlson, Study Abroad; and Debbie Crouch, Student Academic Services
U.S. students are studying abroad in record numbers -- and Seattle Pacific University students aren't missing the boat.
From China to Belize to the Galapagos Islands, SPU students are taking their learning overseas. And while experiences vary, most agree that studying abroad is a significant part of their college experience -- and an opportunity they'll remember and draw on for the rest of their lives.
During Autumn Quarter, SPU's Study Abroad office will add two programs to its growing list of options. The first is Go Guatemala, a quarter-long, cross-disciplinary program that requires students to complete an internship in fields such as agriculture, education, engineering, health care, and microfinance.
The second option is a two-week, service-learning trip to the Philippines that takes place during Christmas break 2011. In this program, students will work with children living in orphanages and extreme poverty, and on community service projects and feeding programs.
In addition, a new program to India in partnership with the Counsel of Christian Colleges & Universities will give SPU students an opportunity to experience India's beliefs, cultures, and needs firsthand.
Why Study Abroad? A Mom's Response
By Melody Carlson, Mother of Brittany Carlson '08
I'm an advocate for study abroad. It was absolutely the best educational investment I made for my daughter Brittany. It was so great, now my other two children will also be going abroad.
My daughter's time abroad helped her to develop maturity and independence, to expand her knowledge of the world, and to increase her intercultural sensitivity and awareness. All of which is extremely valuable for her personally, and for preparation for graduate school and the working world.
From one parent to another, encourage your student to study abroad and explore the rich cultures and histories of other countries. You'll be surprised by and proud of the growth your child goes through in his or her time abroad. A cautionary word though: Once they discover the world, you may have a hard time holding them back!
Do you have stories to share about your student's or your own study abroad experiences? We'd love to hear from you.
In the Loop Recommends
What was your favorite class as a freshman? We asked current students and recent graduates to share some of their top picks for new SPU students. From logic to interpersonal communication to animal biology, these classes will give new students useful skills and understanding -- and maybe even help students find their focus. "I wish someone would've told me that it's okay to take classes just because they're interesting to you," says Katie Cress, a 2009 graduate in interior design. "I think I might've found my interests and passions a lot sooner." Explore the list.
Read more at In the Loop online.
Welcome Week 2011
During Welcome Week, SPU welcomes its new and transfer students -- and their parents and families -- into our community. It's a great way for students to get started right socially, academically, and spiritually, and for parents to learn more about the SPU community and how we're here to help your student and you. Learn more about our Parent and Family Orientation held on September 22-23, and check out our Parents' Welcome Week Survival Guide.
Check This Out
Is your student's financial aid file complete? Have your student check on any outstanding requirements in the "Financial Aid Requirements" section of the Banner Information System. Also, SPU's payment plan deadline is September 9. Make sure your student completes an application online in the Banner system. Review payment options and more at SPU's Student Financial Aid site.
Tech Prep for Autumn
Get your student's computer ready for campus with these tips from SPU's Computer and Information Systems office. Find out how to set up accounts, download software, and get ready to get connected during Welcome Week. Learn more.
On-Campus Housing Calendar
Need to know when the residence halls open and close to make travel arrangements for your student? Want to be aware of important housing deadlines? Download a 2011–12 housing calendar (PDF).
Meal Plans for Commuters
Does your student live in a campus apartment or commute to campus? Campus Dining has meal plans that combine the convenience of eating on campus with the flexibility your student needs. Block 25, Block 50, and Advantage Point plans can be used as needed, and unused balances will roll to the next quarter. Learn more. (PDF)
We're coming to you! The start of school is just around the corner, so we're giving you a chance to connect with the SPU community at a summer social in select areas of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Space is limited, so sign up now if you are a newly admitted student, current student, or SPU alum.
Parent Connections Dessert
Plan now to join President and Mrs. Philip Eaton and the Parent Council for this special time of live music, dessert, fellowship, and connection with the SPU community during Welcome Week.
The Sacred Sounds of Christmas
November 28 and 29
It's never too early to starting thinking about this Christmastime tradition! Now in its 12th year, this popular holiday concert featuring SPU's acclaimed Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and other outstanding SPU musicians sells out fast! Between now and September 30, you can purchase individual tickets for $15, and groups of 10 or more for $12 per ticket. Don't wait -- or "Yule" be sorry! Learn more.