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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Features

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future

Dedication Day for Tiffany Loop and Science Building

ANYONE WHO VISITED Seattle Pacific University on September 24, 2003, knew there was a celebration in the forecast. Oversized balloon topiaries swayed in the late morning breeze, and hundreds of people poured into the center of campus for the Tiffany Loop and Science Building dedication ceremonies.

Hosted by President Philip Eaton, the day’s events began with the introduction of three special guests: Alice Horton and her daughters, Charlotte Smyth ’91 and Rose Malsed. Horton is the great-granddaughter of former Seattle Pacific President Orrin Tiffany and Dean of Women Grace Tiffany.

As if a page had been torn from history, the three women arrived in a 1928 Ford Model A. They were dressed in turn-of-the-century attire to honor the legacy of Tiffany Hall, razed in 2001 to prepare for the new Science Building. Smyth says that the day was preceded by much prayer. “It was very hard to see Tiffany Hall taken down, but through prayer, God told me to see a greater picture — the vision of President Eaton for expansion of the University’s scientific programs.”

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting officially marked the naming of Tiffany Loop. “We’re honored that the name has transferred to The Loop, which is a very special place in itself,” says Smyth.

Afterward, guests were treated to an old-fashioned picnic, followed by yet another celebration: the dedication of the new Science Building. “This is a huge moment for the SPU community,” said Eaton. “This is a project that fits our vision to engage the culture and change the world. We already have alumni scientists all over the world; we also have science educators who are making a difference. Now we look to the future. Think of the research and the graduates who will come out of this building!”

Vice President for Academic Affairs Les Steele added, “The location of the Science Building on Tiffany Loop completes the circle of education, the arts, the professions and the sciences.”

The story had come full circle in more ways than one. Following the festivities, Smyth noted with a bemused smile, “I just learned that Tiffany Hall held SPU’s first science lab.”

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