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Seattle Pacific University
Spring 2007 | Volume 30, Number 1 | Alumni

From Home to the World

Homecoming 2007

“It was a time to come home, refuel, and prepare for what’s next.” That’s how one alum described Seattle Pacific University’s Homecoming celebration, February 1–3, 2007. The comment was apropos for a weekend that honored 93-year-old Alumna of the Year En Ying Zhou “Lora Jones” ’43, whose roots at SPU have helped sustain her lifelong work to build the church in China. After a period of imprisonment during the Cultural Revolution, she taught English at Lanzhou University while preaching in China’s fledgling church — something she continues to do even today.

Homecoming Royalty
Seniors Rachel Ellis and Eric Mill shone as the 2007 Homecoming Queen and King.
Over and over at Homecoming, alumni and families heard stories of how their classmates are making a positive difference on a global scale. At the Alumni Awards Luncheon, three Medallion Award recipients were also recognized for their worldwide engagement. Carolyn Rosser Watson ’68 has been part of or led 52 mission teams serving the poor in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. Deanna Wallace ’80 is the founder of All As One, a nonprofit organization focusing on the critical needs of African children hard hit by AIDS, war, and poverty. Since 1988, Terrence McGill ’81 has organized scores of school-supply drives on behalf of Ugandan schools through the agency he founded, Sister Schools.

In addition to celebrating achievements and renewing friendships, Homecoming attendees enjoyed events ranging from basketball to theatre to concerts. Class reunions continue to draw more alumni than ever before, contradicting all national trends. “This is truly a community that shares a common vision,” says SPU President Philip Eaton, who hosted the annual President’s Luncheon on Saturday, February 3. “At Homecoming, we gather together to remember the past, to reconnect — but most of all to imagine how we all might contribute to a better future.”

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— Photos by John Keatley

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