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Autumn 2004 | Volume 27, Number 4 | Campus

Prepaid Tuition Plan Benefits Families

LAST YEAR, SEATTLE Pacific University joined nearly 300 other independent universities such as Stanford, Vassar, and Westmont to offer a plan for parents who want to save for their children’s college tuition on a tax-free basis.

“Independent 529 Plan allows parents to lock in future tuition at a discount from today’s prices through the purchase of tuition certificates,” says SPU Vice President for Business and Planning Don Mortenson. “It’s the most highly effective plan of its kind that I’ve seen for those families who believe that private higher education is the place to send their sons and daughters.”

For more information about the first private college-sponsored, national prepaid 529 plan, visit

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From the President
In 2000, Seattle Pacific intensified its commitment to racial reconciliation. Is it possible, asks Philip Eaton, for SPU to discover ways to tear down walls that divide?

In Trust for the Future
Charitable trusts are benefiting students and donors. One couple, in fact, has seen their trust provide income for them, while supporting student scholarships. [Campaign]

A Fabulous Time to Be Alive
Astronomy is revealing never-before-seen wonders. “We are in the process of discovering a God far greater than we’ve ever imagined,” says Professor Emeritus Karl Krienke. [Faculty]

Putting a Face on Homelessness
Two young alums are at Seattle’s Bread of Life Mission, helping to restore lives — by replacing hopelessness with hope. [Alumni]

Life Stories
A filmmaker talks about his visits with SPU students and his project to share the internment stories of Japanese Americans during World War II. [Books & Film]

Mutual Inspiration
Falcon men’s and women’s soccer teams cheered each other on to success in 2004, as both teams continued the University’s tradition of being a national force in soccer. [Athletics]

My Response
For Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, diversity reflects a piece of heaven on earth. “After all, heaven is a multicultural place,” she says.