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In the Loop

September 2013  |  Volume 7, Issue 8


A Message From President Martin

Your student will be back on campus in just a few days, and we are looking forward to the beginning of the academic year with great anticipation. Faculty and staff have been in preparation mode. We are setting our expectations high as we work to equip students for academic success. Read more.

Check This Out

Welcome Week

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now for Sacred Sounds of Christmas
It’s only September but we are hard at work on the 2013 Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert. An annual tradition now in its 14th year, this is a regional favorite and consistently sells out quickly. Enjoy an evening of sacred music performed by SPU musicians, including the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Early bird individual tickets are $16.50 and group tickets (8 or more) are available for $13.50. Beginning October 1, prices will increase. To purchase fewer than 8 tickets (fees apply), visit ticketmaster.com. For group seats (8 or more), call 206-428-6304 or email Jaigner@aegworldwide.com.

This is one of the most inspiring ways to begin the Christmas season. For more information visit spu.edu/sacredsounds.

Save the Date
Karen Altus

Mom’s Day on November 2
SPU Mom’s Day is November 2 and it is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your son or daughter. Explore Seattle through your student’s eyes and enjoy your son’s or daughter’s home away from home. Highlights include:

  • A talk by alumna Margo Engberg, owner of PinkaBella cupcakes
  • Brunch with Pam Martin, wife of President Dan Martin
  • A Falcon women’s soccer game
  • Student musician performances

Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

Summer Socials

Join the Parent Prayer Network

Share prayer requests, participate in a prayer time on campus throughout the year, and receive the monthly prayer email that shares specific ways to pray for our students, faculty, and staff. Praying for our students -- whether you are near or far -- is a great way to deepen your connection with SPU. Email us at parents@spu.edu.

Falcons on the Road

Make Your Plans Now
Don’t miss this year’s 2013-14 “Falcons on the Road” series of Falcon men’s and Falcon women’s basketball games. From November to March, and from the Wells Fargo Sports Complex at the University of Alaska-Anchorage to Maples Pavilion at Stanford University, the Falcons will unleash their thrilling style of play. Join alumni, students, and parents by taking in a game and special reception. Learn more.

Faculty in the News
SPU Basketball

Terrill's Article Published
An article written by Center for Integrity in Business Director John Terrill titled “Messy Motives and Good Work: Lessons for Labour Day” was published in Comment, an online theology journal based in Canada. Terrill explores how Branch Rickey, former president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, demonstrated that a desire for profit can coexist with a desire for justice. Read the article online.

Marie Anderson

Alsbury Appointed to Seattle Task Force

Thomas Alsbury, professor of educational leadership, has been appointed to the Seattle School Board Task Force. The task force is a group formed by the Alliance for Education, an independent nonprofit supporting Seattle Public Schools. It collects, reviews, and shares practices for effective school boards.



Arabian's Chapter Published

A chapter co-written by Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computer Science Adam Arabian was recently published in Equine Locomotion, 2nd ed., Elsevier, 2013. The chapter was titled “Modeling, Simulation and Animation.” The co-authors were Jonathan Merritt, Franca Jonquiere, Antonie Van den Bogert, and Hilary Clayton.


Keuss' Edited Volume Published
Jeff Keuss, professor of ministry, theology, and culture, edited a volume of the recently published Oxford University Press journal Literature and Theology, celebrating the 100th anniversary of French philosopher Paul Ricoeur. This edited volume is the culmination of three years of meetings for the Paul Ricoeur section of the American Academy of Religion, which Dr. Keuss chairs. Titled “Paul Ricoeur and Interdisciplinarity,” the volume collects essays and papers seeking to overcome disciplinary isolation in today’s modern university, and forging a renewed vision of collaboration in scholarship and mission.



Day of Common Learning: “Helping Youth Flourish”
Thomas Maridada, director of national education policy, practice and strategic initiatives for the Children’s Defense Fund, comes to campus October 16 for SPU’s Day of Common Learning. This special event is a campus in-service day during which faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to participate in a learning community outside traditional classrooms.

“Helping Youth to Flourish” will explore the topic of partnering with families, public-policy, education, religious institutions, and community involvement to develop the talents, strengths, and potential of youth. Dr. Maridada’s keynote address will be at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion.

Prior to working for the Children's Defense Fund, Dr. Maridada was the superintendent of the Pontiac Michigan school system, where he was named Michigan “Superintendent of the Year” by the National Association of School Administrators.

The afternoon sessions, held from 1 to 3 p.m., will focus on public-private partnerships that are committed to helping youth thrive locally, nationally, and globally. Global Washington and First Free Methodist Church will present the film, Girl Rising, a 2013 documentary on the struggles for girls across the globe to receive education and on the organizations such as World Vision that are committed to making these dreams a reality.

The public is invited to all sessions. Learn more.

The Martin Family

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