Fort Casey Lighthouse

Seattle Pacific University alumni know that Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island is one of the University's great treasures. They know, too, of its historical prominence in the early part of the 20th Century as part of Fort Casey, one of the vital links in a first line of military defense for Puget Sound. They have explored its bunkers and imagined its immense 10-inch recoiling guns firing out to sea.

SPU's annual Casey Alumni Weekend at the Conference Center, August 18-20, has taken the theme "Casey Salute!" in honor of the 10 officers and 428 enlisted men who lived and worked at Casey guarding the shipping lanes so that high-demand US Navy vessels didn't have to. Alumni, families and friends of SPU will enjoy a weekend of beachcombing, special interest classes, barbecued salmon and sports.

Earlier in the summer, on June 10, the 100th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army artillery fort will take place at Fort Casey State Park. Activities, which run from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., feature military veterans, an Army Reserve marching band, barbershop quartets, vintage autos and the Ft. Lewis Army Color Guard. Event planning is being spearheaded by John Willson and Kathleen Hoff Willson, both 1966 Seattle Pacific graduates.

For additional information on Casey Alumni Weekend 2000, watch for the next issue of Response and the brochure to be mailed soon, or call 206/281-ALUM.


The Seattle Pacific University Alumni Association will soon be making a credit card available to qualified SPU alums.

For those who use a credit card as a tool to manage their finances, an alumni card may be an attractive option. Not only will it offer a competitive interest rate and terms, a certain percentage of card expenditures will go to support student scholarships at SPU. Watch for more information in your mail soon -- or call 206/281-ALUM.


Nearly 50 Seattle Pacific University alumni, Fellows and friends met in sunny Arizona for a round of golf, a Seattle Mariners spring training game, and a game-day barbecue March 3-4. They joined President and Mrs. Philip Eaton, Vice President for University Advancement Bob McIntosh and Alumni Director Doug Taylor for the two-day getaway.

"It was a lot of fun," says Eaton. "I'm already working on my golf game for next year!"

The SPU Alumni Association and Society of Fellows plan to host a "Spring Zing" again in 2001. Watch for details in your mail!

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