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In the Loop

October 2011  |  Volume 5, Issue 9

Day of Common Learning Spacer Focus On:
SPU's Day of Common Learning

Each Autumn Quarter, SPU closes offices and suspends classes for one day so that faculty, staff, and students can gather together to learn about a common topic. The public is also welcome. The event, called the "Day of Common Learning," embodies the best of interdisciplinary learning, explains Les Steele, senior vice president for academic affairs. "It holds up the vision that we're going to engage the culture with important issues. That's something we value highly."

The 10th Annual Day of Common Learning, held on October 19, focused on the intersection of science and faith. Attendees heard astronomer Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Wiseman discussed the magnitude of the universe our newest technology reveals, and how science can inspire worship and praise. "We're part of a mind-blowing universe," said Wiseman. "The more you discover, the more amazed you get by thinking about God." A rich assortment of 22 afternoon seminars led by SPU faculty, students, and staff also helped attendees explore such topics as "Faith and Science: Perspectives From Christian Biologists" and "Exploring Art and Beauty Through the Lens of Developmental Science."

SpacerSpacer Check out the complete list of seminars and topics.
SpacerSpacer Starting in November, free video and podcast recordings of DCL sessions will be available at SPU's iTunes U channel.
SpacerSpacer Review the SPU Library's recommended reading list on science and faith.

Check This Out

Metro Spacer Getting Around Seattle: No Car? No Problem.

The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific offers students free bus passes that can be checked out for up to five hours with a student ID card. SPU's Safety and Security office offers 35-45 discounted ORCA (One Regional Card for All) cards on a three-month, quarterly basis. Applications for Winter Quarter start mid-November, and are accepted via a student's Banner account. Learn more.

Lectio Spacer Study Joshua and Judges With Us

Autumn Quarter's free Lectio: Guided Bible Reading series focuses on the Old Testament books of Joshua and Judges, perhaps two of the least-read books in the Bible, yet two of the most theologically rich. Read or listen online, and use the comments feature to respond, ask questions, and explore the text further with others.

On Track Degree Planner Spacer Keep "On Track" to Graduate

SPU's new On Track: Degree Planner site details the steps students must take each year to stay on course to graduate on time. Encourage your student to use this tool as a guide for his or her progress. Learn more.

Turkey dinner Spacer Looking Ahead: Thanksgiving

The residence halls will remain open during the Thanksgiving break. However, campus dining services will be closed. If your student is unable to return home during the holiday, Residence Life staff can help find meal options. Just have your student talk with his or her peer advisor.

Featured Event

SPU Mom's Day - November 5

Mom's Day Spacer

Mom's Day gives you a snapshot of SPU's campus life and culture -- and the big picture on your student's life at SPU.

Spacer Enjoy brunch with SPU First Lady Sharon Eaton.
Spacer Gain insights from our guest speaker, relationship expert Leslie Parrott.
Spacer Go on a fun photo safari throughout the surrounding area.
Spacer Attend our pre-game "tailgate party" to get ready to cheer the Falcons on to victory in soccer!

Reconnect with your son or daughter, and meet other moms and their students. Register now.

Other Events

Finding Internships
November 1

This session, led by SPU's Center for Career and Calling, helps your student explore career interests, professional skills, and what employers look for when hiring. No student should leave college without an internship. Encourage your student to attend. Learn more about this and other events.

Twelve Angry Women
November 10-12, 17-19

Twelve jurors deliberate the fate of a young man accused of his father's murder in this stage adaptation of the television show and film Twelve Angry Men. As the jurors' perspectives clash, you decide: Is the young man guilty or innocent -- and what is the truth? Produced by SPU's Theatre department. $12 general admission/$10 students and seniors. Purchase tickets.

The Sacred Sounds of Christmas
November 28 and 29

Don't miss this popular holiday concert! Now in its 12th year, this Christmastime tradition features SPU's nationally acclaimed Concert Choir and Wind Symphony, the SPU Orchestra, and other groups in performance at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle Symphony. Tickets are $17 and $20. Hurry! This concert is selling out fast. Learn more.

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