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Parents and Families: In the Loop

December 2011  |  Volume 5, Issue 11

Merry Christmas

Message From the Dean:
The Signs of the Time


By Jeff Jordan, Dean of Student Life

It's December and we see the signs of Christmas all around. The decorations; the music; the Christmas letters arriving in our mailboxes from all over the country.

Yes, our family sends one of those letters. In that letter, we share the main signposts of the year -- new adventures, interesting places we visited, challenges, and accomplishments. Read more.

Check This Out

Tent City 3

SPU Campus to Host Tent City 3

Tent City 3 will be coming to SPU on January 21, 2012, and leave on March 24, 2012. They have been operating since 1990, giving safe shelter to up to 100 people. It is well-organized and operates with a strict code of conduct. Tent City 3 will be located on Wallace Field next to Royal Brougham Pavilion. Please visit SPU's Tent City 3 web page for all the latest news and information.


Sign Up for FAFSA Soon!

To receive the best possible federal financial aid offer, students should submit their FAFSA online as soon as possible after January 1, 2012. If you miss the deadline, file a FAFSA anyway; SPU's Student Financial Services will always consider students for the best aid available. For more information about FAFSA and financial aid in general, visit Student Financial Services.


An Important Message From the President

Autumn Quarter is wrapping up, and I’d like to share some highlights with you. We celebrated a record enrollment (more than 4,200 students), all five of our athletic teams advanced to NCAA post-season play, and our online, weekly Scripture reading program (Lectio) reached more than 3,000 people. These indicators of success are part of what makes us a premier, national, Christian university. Read more.

Downtown Seattle

School of Business & Economics Launches New Graduate Program

Is your student graduating this year with a non business degree? Would a year of business education and professional development prepare your child for the job market? SPU is now accepting applications for its AACSB-accredited Master's of Social and Sustainable Management Program. This one-year program uses a problem-based approach supported by business leader "coaches" and a career advisor. It includes leadership boot camp, study abroad trip to India and China, business plan competition, and a quarter-long, in-company project. For more info, contact Daniel Hallak (dhallak@spu.edu).

Featured Event

Chat Over Lunch With Retiring President Philip W. Eaton! - January 28

President Eaton

He is the voice of SPU's vision for engaging the culture and changing the world. More than 12,000 alumni graduated under his watch, leaving SPU with the challenge to make their corner of the world a better place. Now President Philip Eaton is retiring. Please join other parents for a very special luncheon to celebrate President Eaton and Sharon Eaton, and their 17 years of leadership.


You'll enjoy:

• Music from SPU's Gospel Choir
• Reminiscences from SPU alumni
• Alumnus of the Year Alec Hill
• A glimpse into the future of SPU from President Eaton titled "Sing Us a Song of Joy"

President Eaton will also sign copies of his new book, Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World (available for the discounted rate of $10). Cost: $20. Register or call 206-281-2586.

Other Events

Palmer Lecture
January 12

John Swinton, chair in divinity and religious studies and professor in practical theology and pastoral care at King's College of the University of Aberdeen, presents this year's Palmer Lecture, "Without Words? Learning to Know God Through the Lives of People With Profound Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities." Learn more.

January 26-28

Homecoming is almost here! Check the Homecoming 2012 schedule for a complete list of activities. Suggested events for parents include the Falcon Men's basketball game (January 26, 7 p.m.), the Student Talent Show (January 27, 7:30 p.m.), the President's Luncheon (January 28, 11:30 a.m.), and the Theatre Department's Much Ado About Nothing (January 26-28, 7:30 p.m.). Join us!

Becoming Soul Mates Marriage Seminar
February 4

Don't miss this entertaining, thought-provoking, and immeasurably practical seminar -- now in its 18th year -- with two of America's leading relationship experts: SPU's own Professor of Psychology Les Parrott and Marriage and Family Therapist Leslie Parrott. The first 100 couples to register by January 3 will receive 3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice (book and CD). Learn more.

Marston Lecture
February 7

What is beauty? This year's Marston Lecture will address this question with ideas proposed by Plato in the Hippias Major and examine them in light of other philosophers and theologians, art and architecture, and recent research in psychology. Presented by Owen Ewald, C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics. Learn more.

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