| Problem Solved: FieldTurf Installed
Stadium in Time for First Home Matches
MUD WILL NO LONGER be a factor in the Falcons’ home soccer matches.
That’s because Interbay
Stadium’s playing grass surface was replaced with FieldTurf this summer. Both
Pacific University men’s and women’s teams will begin training on the state-of-the-art
artificial surface in August, with the first home games in September.
has been the home of SPU since 1997, and while the stadium portion of the facility
has been the envy of many college soccer programs, the original field was unable
to endure the wear and tear, particularly during the latter stages of each season.
FieldTurf, the same surface that was previously installed at Husky Stadium and
Seahawks Stadium, will ensure optimal field conditions throughout the year and
enable more community youth teams to have access to Interbay.
Both Seattle Pacific soccer teams could be playing games at Interbay well into
November, when the NCAA tournament gets underway. The women Falcons, who were
champions and 13-4-2 in their second year of
play, welcome back 10 of 11 starters, including
their top four scorers. New coach Chuck Sekyra signed four recruits, two of them
Cliff McCrath begins his 34th year as men’s coach needing just five wins to
soccer’s all-time victory leader. McCrath enters the season tied at 541 wins
Joe Bean. SPU also retains the nucleus of
last year’s team, which went 11-6-2.
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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
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
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]
Missionary bush pilot Roald Amundsen ’41 founded
Missionary Aviation and Repair Center (MARC) — becoming an
explorer just like the famous Norwegian for whom he was named. [Alumni]
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.