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Center for Learning study tablesStudying abroad: advice from our Study Abroad “ambassadors”
We asked two current SPU students who serve as Study Abroad “ambassadors” about their experience studying abroad, and what advice their parents would give to other parents.


Center for Learning study tablesQ&A with Center for Learning Peer Tutors
Most of us probably think of finding a tutor. SPU’s Center for Learning is a great source for connecting students with tutors.


Moore OpportunitiesYour Student and the University Years
President Martin talks about students' “holistic” experience at SPU. “It is our hope,” he writes, “that they will be renewed in their own heart and spirit and mind to be the people God has called them to be.”


Moore OpportunitiesAstronomy Class Observes the Heavens at Camp Casey
Read about Professor Downing and his astronomy class at Camp Casey.


Moore OpportunitiesMoore Opportunities
Read about Director and Professor of Music Therapy Carlene Brown's scouting and production work for Moore Theatre's annual concert for young artists.


faith-classroomBeachcombing for Data
Read about Allie Cutting (ecology major) and how she spent a summer studying local beaches with Associate Professor of Biology Ryan Ferrer.


faith-classroomClinical Psychology Graduates Help Veterans Heal
Sarah Welton PhD ’12 is the first SPU graduate to have a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. “War is a spiritually derailing experience,” says Welton. She seeks to help integrate the spiritual and mental healing process for veterans.


faith-classroomFaith in the Classroom
Students are confronted with perennial human questions, and challenged to understand themselves, their heritage and traditions, and the world from the perspective of the Christian faith.


president-martinA Message From President Martin
Read SPU president Dan Martin's message to parents as the 2013-2014 school year is about to begin.


NIA WheelInternational Service ‑ learning and Mission Trips
Summer 2013, seven teams of students have spent time in the mission field abroad with Seattle Pacific University’s SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) program.


NIA WheelShe's on a Mission to End Disease
Read the story of sophomore Mariel Rieland, who joined a SPRINT team to Malawi to work with orphans; sign up for new student orientation; learn about the Teacher of the Year awards; and more.


NIA WheelNIA Wheel Wins Social Venture Plan Competition
NIA Wheel was chosen as the grand prize winner for this year’s Social Venture Plan Competition. Powered by brain waves, this device built by engineering students enables users to move about more freely and independently.


Urban PlungeUrban Plunge
During Spring Break, 14 Seattle Pacific University students participated in Urban Plunge, an immersion-learning experience that teaches students about homelessness.


travelSPU Introduces the Parents Fund
The Parents Fund was established to provide a way for parents to actively enhance and sustain their student’s college experience. Every gift made by parents to this fund grows and strengthens the activities that take place both inside and outside the classroom.



travelSPU's Newest Study Abroad Programs
Seattle Pacific University is pleased to offer students three new study abroad programs traveling to Austria/Switzerland, Ireland/Scotland, and Israel/Palestine.



travekWinter Health Tips for Your Student
Libby Anderson, ARNP, and Iona Parker, ARNP, of SPU Health Services share essential tips to help keep your student healthy during the winter season.



travekA Worthwhile Journey
SPU's Vice President for Student Life Jeff Jordan sends a special Christmas message about students' journeys at college.



Parent CouncilSPU's Young Alumni Council Honors Student Achievers
Seniors Katie Ewton and Katie Thralls have each received this year’s Young Alumni Council Scholarship.



Parent CouncilIntroducing the SPU Parent Council
The SPU Parent Council is a group of about 18 parent ambassadors whose mission is "to create a vibrant parent community at SPU..."



TravelGreetings From the President
Read new SPU president Dan Martin's message to parents as the 2012 school year is about to begin.



TravelTwo New Programs Come to SPU's Study Abroad
This year, SPU Study Abroad introduces two new programs that take students across the globe for once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities.



EatonMessage From the 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.



ClassroomSPU Students Compete to Become Fulbright Scholars
The Fulbright Program is a prestigious scholarship that honors students who have graduated from college or who are in graduate school to study in a different country for a full year.



ClassroomStudent Scholarship: Discovery, Creativity, Performance
Each year, Seattle Pacific students continue to impress on both a local and a national scale with their academic vigor.



ClassroomRole Reversal: Faculty Become Students
Seattle Pacific is known for its outstanding academic quality, which is due in large part to the stellar faculty members who teach here.



KidsStudy Abroad: Spotlight on the Philippines
Christmas Break 2011 was an especially exciting time for 14 SPU students, who went on the inaugural study abroad service learning trip to the Philippines.



Matro FamilyQ & A: An Interview With SPU Parents Jill and Dean Matro
The Matros live in Honolulu, Hawaii, and are the proud parents of four children, two of whom have attended Seattle Pacific.



Road signThe Signs of the Time
Jeff Jordan, Dean of Student Life, writes about connecting with your student during the holidays.



FoodSPU's Community Kitchen
SPU's new community kitchen is creating healthy, fresh, and affordable shared meals with neighbors.



ArtWhat Are You Going to Do With That Major?
Read this Response magazine article about SPU's arts graduates making their creative calling a career.


StudentLeaving the Nest
Read insights from SPU's Student Counseling Center on how parents can cope with a student's transition into college.

FencingDon’t Miss This Class!
Current SPU students and recent graduates share some of their favorite classes for SPU freshmen.

Leaving the NestAll the World's a Classroom
From Guatemala to the Philippines to India, SPU students are taking their learning experience overseas.

Shaping Lives That Change the WorldShaping Lives That Change the World
SPU President Philip Eaton reflects on the hope and healing many graduating SPU students bring to the world.

French Knights and Baseball BatsFrench Knights and Baseball Bats
Learn about some of the undergraduate research spreading outside of SPU.

Serving the World by DesignServing the World by Design
Learn how SPU prepares engineers to change the world.

Avoiding the Sophomore SlumpAvoiding the Sophomore Slump
Freshman year is an exciting time for many students. Sophomore year can be challenging. Learn how to help students adjust.

How to Inspire Students? CollaborateHow to Inspire Students? Collaborate
Want students to get motivated? Connect what they’re learning to real-world needs and situations.

Blurring the LinesBlurring the Lines
How One SPU Professor Integrates Teaching, Music, and Ministry

A Taste of SPUA Taste of SPU
How do you make sense of your student's feast of experiences?

Being Faithful: Part 3Being Faithful: Part 3
Getting on the Same Page.

Being Faithful: Part 2Being Faithful: Part 2
How students on campus minister to each other.

Being FaithfulBeing Faithful: Part 1
Seattle Pacific offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore and stretch their faith.

Leading EdgeThe Leading Edge
What makes for good leadership development?

Hannah Tchobanoff and her parentsReaping the Benefits
Elementary school teacher Hannah Tchobanoff ’00 donates monthly to SPU. So do her parents.

Philip Eaton2010–11 Tuition Update: An Investment in Excellence
To help students and their families begin planning ahead for 2010–11, SPU President Philip Eaton shares the latest on SPU’s tuition rate and financial aid plans.

Jeff JordanSunny With a Chance of Sleet
A student’s college experience can be much like the winter weather: full of constantly changing patterns. Learn about these new conditions.

Jason Williams, SPU GraduateThe Win-Win-Win of Work-Study Jobs
As families search for ways to pay for college, work-study jobs are becoming an attractive option. Plus, part-time work has other benefits for students.

Jason Williams, SPU GraduateSPU Graduates: Ready to Engage
Unemployment is at a 25-year high. But these SPU graduates are poised for the challenges of the new economic landscape.

President EatonSwine Flu: What Students (and You) Should Know
SPU continues to monitor developments to help its community remain safe and healthy.

Jeff JordanThis Christmas Break, Reintroduce Yourselves
Jeff Jordan, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of student life, reminds parents to expect changes in their students when they return home for Christmas Break.

Bethany WalradSustainability at SPU: More Than a Headline
Bethany Walrad, sustainability coordinator at SPU, stresses the importance of environmental stewardship on campus.

Alumna Jessica IvaskaFive Years and Counting: One Graduate Reflects
What’s it like for SPU graduates on their journey from Commencement to career?

Professor Kathleen BradenNew Major Bridges SPU, Seattle, and the World
A light-bulb moment during conversations with students led Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden to spearhead a new major in global development studies.

Demarary HallSPU-Alert: When Every Second Counts
The SPU-Alert System is a new way for Seattle Pacific University to rapidly contact the campus community in the event of an emergency.

Campus in Fall2008–09 Tuition Update: An Investment in Excellence
We try to balance the financial pressures students face with the increasing costs associated with providing the excellent education they’ve come to expect.

Olympic Sculpture ParkOlympic Sculpture Park: Student Benefits Abound
“World-class artwork and world-class views,” says SPU Professor of Art Roger Feldman about Seattle’s new Olympic Sculpture Park.

Alexander HallBiblical and Theological Education: A Top Priority at SPU
Why does biblical literacy matter? SPU’s Response magazine recently asked Christian leaders to weigh in on this question.