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Spring 2004 | Volume 26, Number 6 | Alumni

Young Alumni and Students to Climb Two Peaks in Support of Scholarships

As an encore to last June’s successful climb, another Fellows Summit Challenge is in the works for this June and July, when a team of young alumni and current students will climb two peaks — Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier — to raise funds for student scholarships.

“The climb is a bridge to membership in the Society of Fellows,” says Phil Pletcher, climb leader and associate director of grant writing and research at SPU. “It’s exciting to work together as a team to reach the top, knowing that the effort is for an excellent cause.”

Funded by a $2,000-per-climber donation, the goal is to raise more than $25,000. Physical training and lectures on the technical aspects of mountain climbing and navigation will precede the trip. Due to limited space, those interested are encouraged to register early. For more information, visit or email

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As today’s opinion-shapers declare the Christian message irrelevant, Seattle Pacific University President Philip Eaton reminds us: “For two billion people, the resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything.”

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A new Response department reviews the best-seller The Da Vinci Code. Why is this page-turner disturbing so many Christians? [Books & Film]

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