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In the Loop

June 2012  |  Volume 6, Issue 6


Philip & Sharon Eaton

Message From the President

By Philip W. Eaton, President

The stacks of boxes in my office and my home are a sure indicator that this wonderful season of serving as president of Seattle Pacific University is drawing to a close. What a privilege it has been for Sharon and me to be a part of this community for nearly 17 years.

Less than two weeks ago, I handed out diplomas once again, watching our remarkable graduates parade across the Commencement stage. Some of you were there, celebrating a son or daughter. And some of you are a few years away from that milestone, but, believe me, it will be here before you know it.

Students are at the heart of what we do at Seattle Pacific, and I thank you for entrusting these wonderful young men and women to us. I’m so proud of our students, and I’m confident that Seattle Pacific — both now and in the future — will prepare them well to make a difference all across the globe. Thank you for your partnership with us as we seek to engage the culture and change the world.

May God bless you,

Philip W. Eaton

Check This Out

Graduates 2012's Extraordinary Graduates

This year’s graduates have a range of plans for their post-college careers. Kathleen Smith will be joining the Peace Corps. Daniel Dudley will be working with the neurosurgery team at Seattle Children’s Hospital, before heading to medical school. Alana Hardy will be interning with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Taylor Burgoyne is going to Israel to work on a documentary, and then on to seminary. Rediet Mulugeta is off to Houston, Texas, to work with the Mission Year organization. Chrissy Hughes will compete in the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships in Massachusetts this August. Aileen Austin is the first graduate of SPU’s new M.A.-SSM program, and has been hired by Amazon.com. Jenna Harper is going to Syracuse University Law School this autumn, after earning her B.A. in English. Carolina Bravo will start her master’s degree program in sustainable management at SPU, while working part-time as a bilingual youth counselor at Friends of Youth. Sopheap Ya was offered a full-time position at Boeing after earning his degree in electrical engineering. Kelsey Jenkins will be interning for a senator in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to the class of 2012!

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

SPU's On Track: Degree Planner details the steps students must complete each academic year to stay on course to finish their degree and graduate on time. Encourage your student to use this tool as a guide for his or her progress.

Technology Conference A New Kind of Technology Conference at SPU

The Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics is hosting The Digital Society: Rethinking the Christian Commentary on Technology for the 21st Century on the SPU campus June 22-23.

Speakers, panelists, and guests are coming from Australia, the East Coast, Texas, and across Canada for this interdisciplinary conference on technology, culture, and Christian spirituality. More information and registration details are found on the conference website.

Featured Event

New Student Advising

Be a part of it

Do you have a new student coming to SPU this autumn? Plan to attend one of the new-student advising events. The sooner students attend New Student Advising, the earlier they'll register — and the more likely they'll get the classes they would prefer. 

Choose one of the event dates and make your reservation. Space is limited, and some events may reach capacity prior to the deadline.

Questions? Email nsa@spu.edu. If your home address or phone number has changed, contact admissions@spu.edu with the new information. 

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