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In the Loop

November 2011  |  Volume 5, Issue 10

Financial Aid: Paying for College Spacer Focus On:
Financial Aid

Save Student Aid: Last year the Washington State Legislature contemplated dramatic reductions in Washington State Need Grant and State Work-Study aid. Fortunately, the state legislature actually increased statewide funding of the State Need Grant, keeping the State Work-Study program alive. The state legislature begins to debate the latest funding challenges of the state budget on November 28.

If your student receives state funding or you would like to lend your support to financially needy students, add your voice to the conversation when critical funding decisions are being made. Connect with your representative by visiting SaveStudentAid.org.

Winter Quarter Payment Plan: The deadline for quarter-specific payment plans is December 9. If you are not currently enrolled in a payment plan and would like to be, please visit Student Financial Services for more details about payment option C.

Learn more about financial aid at SPU.

Check This Out

Christmas Packages Spacer 2011 Christmas Care Packages

Each year during finals week in December, the SPU Residence Life staff distributes care packages to all students living in residence halls, campus houses, and campus apartments. As a parent or guardian, you should have received a letter inviting you to write a personal note to your student and to contribute $4 to offset the cost of the various goodies included in the gift bag. If your student is living in a residence hall, campus house, or campus apartment, but you have not received your letter yet, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 206-281-2043, or Stacia Cumberland at cumberlands@spu.edu.

Cellphone Alerts Spacer Make Sure Your Student Is "SPU Alert"

In the event of a campuswide 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. During Autumn Quarter 2011, the number of new freshman signed up for alerts dropped to 52 percent. Remind your student to sign up in the Banner Information System, which is available 24/7. Learn more with SPU's Emergency Plan.

A Peer Career Advisor Spacer Introducing Peer Career Advisors!

The Center for Career and Calling is excited to announce our new Peer Career Advisor student leadership program. Peer career advisors are exceptional student volunteers who play a valuable role in supporting the CCC. The advisors will assist SPU students with beginning career development services such as resume and cover letter reviews and use of CCC online resources. Students are encouraged to stop by to meet our new team and take advantage of their assistance.

Eugene Peterson Spacer Listen to Eugene Peterson on iTunes

Ever used iTunes U? It's a free service that allows you to browse, search, and download audio and video content from SPU campus events. Listen to lectures from premier speakers such as Rev. Eugene Peterson, 1954 alumnus of SPU and author of The Message, his paraphrasing translation of the Bible. His recent lecture on Scripture in spiritual formation, "St. Mark: The Basic Text for Christian Spirituality," was given on October 20, 2011.

Student Academic Services Staff Spacer Student Academic Services on iTunes!

SPU's Student Academic Services offers tools to help your student graduate -- tools like the Academic Advising Podcast, a resource for providing information on advising-related topics to current SPU undergraduate students. Search for "Seattle Pacific University Advising" in the iTunes search bar. Find podcasts regarding:


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John Perkins Spacer Watch Let Justice Roll On

Don't miss Let Justice Roll On, a new documentary about the life of John M. Perkins, one of the foremost reconciliation advocates in the world, and founder of SPU's Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. Share Dr. Perkins' inspiring story and legacy with others by ordering your copy of the documentary for use in your church or your organization. Order now.

Watch the trailer.

Featured Event

Tradition - December 2

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Kick off the holiday season with Tradition, SPU's annual Christmas event -- now in its 26th season! Created and designed by SPU students, Tradition provides an evening of merriment, lights, and storytelling in Tiffany Loop. Hot cider, loud sweaters, caroling, face painting, and jolly Santas continue to make this event one of the most popular celebrations of the year. Come to campus Friday evening, December 2, and share in this festive time. Ho, ho, hope to see you there!

Other Events

Homecoming 2012
January 26-28

Plan now to join the entire SPU "family" of students, faculty, alumni, and other parents and families for SPU's Homecoming 2012.

Homecoming 2012 focuses on "Flourishing." It's a memorable time in which to celebrate a long era of flourishing under President Philip W. Eaton, whose era is coming to a close after 17 years of visionary leadership.

Don't miss a campus bursting with Homecoming activity.



Spacer The President's Luncheon
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Spacer The Student Talent Show
Spacer Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing

Watch for the Homecoming brochure and schedule of events mailing soon.
We can't wait to see you!

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