The university years are one of the most important periods in a young person’s life. It’s a time when important and lasting change happens.
This is why we focus at Seattle Pacific University on providing a student experience that is both holistic and transformative. Many universities will talk about their academic focus. At SPU, we are equally concerned about academic excellence, but we’re also thinking about preparing students for all of life.
SPU Students Connect With Refugee Families
Cultural Companions is a ministry of World Relief that matches students from Seattle Pacific University with families who have recently arrived in the United States. Together, they share meals, practice English, and the students offer practical help with the adjustment to American life. Read more.
Seattle Ranked #2 for Today's Grads
A new study by NerdWallet examined the average income, affordability, job market, and percentage of young people living in cities around the country, and has ranked Seattle as #2 among 10. Median income for college graduates, according to this study, is $50,578, reportedly ranking it among one of the highest average incomes for recent college graduates.
Dad's Day Recap and Survey Invitation
On April 26, a sold-out crowd of dads and their sons and daughters enjoyed President Dan Martin's "Dad-isms" as well as a production from Taproot Theatre Improv. The crowd then descended on CenturyLink Field, arrayed in Sounders distinctive lime-green apparel, to cheer the team on to victory. If you attended this event, you are invited to complete a brief eight-question survey.
Do you have a graduating student? Commencement is Saturday, June 14,
1 p.m., at Seattle's Key Arena. Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund is the speaker. Tickets are available now. Be sure to check the Commencement 2014 website for the details you'll need for this celebration of scholarship, service, and Christian growth.
Social Venture Plan Competition Results
At the eighth annual Social Venture Plan Competition at Seattle Pacific, the winning project was Sound Steps, which focuses on providing amputees in developing nations with affordable lower-limb prosthetics. The proposed prosthetic foot is made from used tires. The runner up was Kinetic, Inc., which offers a product that combines LED light and UV water purification, powered by kinetic energy.
Woodward Gives Presentation
The film 42 portrays the story of Jackie Robinson's historic breakthrough as the first African-American in modern Major League Baseball. On the first anniversary of its release, and the 67th anniversary of Robinson's first major league at-bat, Professor of History Bill Woodward presented "5 Worlds of 42'" to the Northwest Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. He explained the many contexts (e.g., the early 20th-century African-American story; global geopolitics during and after World War II) that formed the backdrop to Robinson's achievement, and the manifold impact in those same wider spheres.
Bill also was a guest speaker for the Sons of the American Revolution at the Bellevue Chapter's monthly breakfast May 3, fielding questions on an array of topics.
Fritzberg on NPR
Professor of Education Greg Fritzberg was interviewed by NPR about Washington state losing its "No Child Left Behind" waiver. The interview was broadcast on NPR stations nationwide. Listen to or read the story online.
Causey Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Virginia Causey, adjunct art professor, was given a lifetime achievement award from Seattle Metals Guild. Virginia is an SPU alumna and has been teaching in the Art Department since 1995. Read more about Virginia and the award.