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Autumn 2007 | Volume 30, Number 2 | Campus

Homecoming ’08: January 24–26

Samuel Lin '65 chosen Alum of the Year


The SPU crowd cheers at the 2007 Homecoming doubleheader against Seattle University.
SPU swept the 2007 Homecoming doubleheader against SU.
Forty-five years ago, gasoline cost 30 cents a gallon; TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies” led the Nielsen ratings; and 290 graduates became Seattle Pacific ’s Class of 1963. Forty years later, gasoline was nearing $2 a gallon; “American Idol” was TV’s most-watched show; and 1,007 graduates became SPU’s Class of 2003.

Times change, but there’s a tradition alumni of all ages have in common: Homecoming and Family Weekend, scheduled this year for January 24–26, 2008. And with each passing year, says Laila Sharpe, associate director of alumni and parent relations, more and more people join in the action-packed weekend.

“Everything keeps mushrooming,” she says, describing the popularity of events such as the Nursing Alumni Brunch, School of Business Breakfast, Alumni Choir, and “Row and Run” — a 3-mile race pitting runners against the crew team. “We had 500 people turn out for the tailgate party before the Thursday night basketball games last year!”

This year, reunions for the Class of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003 will be held throughout the weekend. “Honk!” — a musical retelling of “The Ugly Duckling” — takes the stage in E.E. Bach Theatre, and basketball competition will fill Brougham Pavilion. At the President’s Luncheon, President Philip Eaton will brief alumni and families on SPU initiatives for the future.

Leading off the weekend is a celebration of 2008 Alumnus of the Year Samuel Lin ’65. Lin served as rear admiral and assistant surgeon general under U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. “He represents SPU’s commitment to engaging the culture through the sciences,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor ’87. “He’s had a global impact on public health.”

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Department Highlights

Accreditation for Psychology
SPU's doctoral program in psychology is now in an elite group nationwide.

A Record Freshmen Class
The largest and most ethnically diverse freshman class arrived on campus this fall.

Homecoming ’08
The action-packed Homecoming and Family Weekend is January 24-26.

Retirees Made a Difference
Four SPU faculty members retired with a combined 129 years of service.

Goodbye to Three Trees
Dying big-leaf maple trees removed from Tiffany Loop.

Planning for Casey’s Future
SPU moves ahead with a master plan for developing 82 acres.

Weter’s Legacy Lives On
The late Dr. Winifred Weter left SPU a gift of $4.83 million.