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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Alumni
Homecoming: Discover More in ’04!

awaits anyone who attends Seattle Pacific University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, January 22–24, 2004. “Discover More in ’04” is an invitation to explore the brand new Science Building and even participate in charting SPU’s future. It’s also an opportunity to rediscover old friends and enjoy a wide variety of traditional Homecoming events.

Homecoming Chapel features the 2004 Alumnus of the Year, Ed Vander Pol ’72. His regional trucking company, Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc., is known not only for successful and ethical business practices, but also for a commitment to community service. Among many honors they’ve received, Vander Pol and his staff accepted a Community Partnership Award for transporting food for the needy on behalf of Northwest Harvest. The Homecoming Chapel is followed by a luncheon where alumni and friends can pay tribute to Vander Pol and his family.

This is a reunion year for the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 1999. Special reunion events, planned by class members, are scheduled throughout Homecoming weekend.

In their annual Homecoming double-header, the Falcon men and women plan a sizzling display on the basketball court against the Western Oregon University Wolves and St. Martin’s College Saints. On the boards, the theatre presentation is “J.B.,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that delves into man’s relationship with God in a world of injustice (think Job). Concert-goers will enjoy the beautiful classics of Thalia Symphony and the contemporary Christian music of Unlimited.

At the President’s Luncheon, alumni will hear Philip Eaton discuss “A Blueprint for Excellence,” the University’s strategic planning initiative for the next 10 years. The Alumni Choir is scheduled to perform, and Medallion Awards will be given. Says the president, “I hope you’ll come ready to discover together how SPU can have the kind of influence and impact that will change the world.”

“Homecoming and Family Weekend is one of your best opportunities to get the big picture at SPU,” agrees Alumni Director Doug Taylor.

Visit for more details. Plan now to Discover More in ‘04!

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From the President
“What is a college education really worth?” asks President Philip Eaton. With universities under scrutiny today, SPU must reflect about its influence and impact.

Closing the Gap
In the final year of The Campaign for SPU, the University has strong momentum heading into the stretch. [Campaign]

A Record-Setting Autumn
SPU welcomed its largest and most academically prepared freshman class in Autumn Quarter 2003. [Campus]

Fighting for Family
The U.S. Marines asked Les and Leslie Parrott for help to strengthen the home life of soldiers returning from long Iraq deployments. [Faculty]

Basketball Down Under
The men's basketball team took a journey to the other side of the world, and Assistant Coach Dan Barfoot shares his journal of the trip. [Athletics]

My Response
“Dear Time Capsule Openers,” wrote Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bruce Congdon to SPU students, faculty and alumni in 2053. His letter is now in a time capsule in SPU's new Science Building.