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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Alumni
Is a Fulbright in Your Future? SPU Can Help You Clear the Hurdles

applying for a Fulbright grant, you may be interested to know that your alma mater can lend a hand.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad. Established in 1946, the program awards approximately 4,500 new grants each year, and alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court justices and CEOs.

With a limited number of opportunities available, the application process can be highly competitive. That’s where Seattle Pacific University comes in. Prospective applicants who are not enrolled at an academic institution are considered at-large applicants and may apply on their own, or through their alma mater.

If they choose the latter, the process is as follows: The applicant applies online at, indicating his or her affiliation with Seattle Pacific; the University contacts the applicant and schedules an interview (interviews are given to all candidates); and upon successful completion of the interview, the University writes a letter of support on behalf of the applicant.

"This letter of support gives applicants an added advantage in the application process,” says Susan VanZanten Gallagher, director of SPU’s Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. “This is just one of many programs the Center sponsors that encourage scholarship in our community.”

For more information, call the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development at 206/281-2003.

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From the President
Americans today are searching for a new tone for their lives. “We are talking here about another set of values — not the giddy sense of entitlement that emerges out of exuberant times,” says President Philip Eaton.

A Gift at Any Age
Young alumni are supporting The Campaign for SPU with the Young Alumni Endowment. They will provide scholarship support to students engaging the culture. [Campaign]

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson
On June 7, 80-year-old Sheldon Arnett finally received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific. His grandson, Jeremiah Johnson, earned his SPU bachelor’s degree the same day. [Campus]

The Retiring Class of 2003
Five professors, with a combined 162 years in the classroom, retired this year. They tell of their careers and the impact students had on them. [Faculty]

Second Wind
A marathoner, wife, mother and business alumna, Claudia Shannon came back after tough times. As a 45-year-old senior, she was on the SPU cross country team that ranked 14th in the nation. [Athletics]

My Response
After 25 years, Joyce Quiring Erickson, retiring professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, reflects on glossy brown chestnuts, home and the Promised Land.