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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Athletics
Problem Solved: FieldTurf Installed at Interbay Stadium in Time for First Home Matches

be a factor in the Falcons’ home soccer matches. That’s because Interbay Stadium’s playing grass surface was replaced with FieldTurf this summer. Both the Seattle Pacific University men’s and women’s teams will begin training on the state-of-the-art artificial surface in August, with the first home games in September.

Interbay has been the home of SPU since 1997, and while the stadium portion of the facility has been the envy of many college soccer programs, the original field was unable to endure the wear and tear, particularly during the latter stages of each season. FieldTurf, the same surface that was previously installed at Husky Stadium and Seahawks Stadium, will ensure optimal field conditions throughout the year and enable more community youth teams to have access to Interbay.

Both Seattle Pacific soccer teams could be playing games at Interbay well into November, when the NCAA tournament gets underway. The women Falcons, who were conference champions and 13-4-2 in their second year of play, welcome back 10 of 11 starters, including their top four scorers. New coach Chuck Sekyra signed four recruits, two of them Division I transfers.

Cliff McCrath begins his 34th year as men’s coach needing just five wins to become collegiate soccer’s all-time victory leader. McCrath enters the season tied at 541 wins with Wheaton’s Joe Bean. SPU also retains the nucleus of last year’s team, which went 11-6-2.

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From the President
Americans today are searching for a new tone for their lives. “We are talking here about another set of values — not the giddy sense of entitlement that emerges out of exuberant times,” says President Philip Eaton.

A Gift at Any Age
Young alumni are supporting The Campaign for SPU with the Young Alumni Endowment. They will provide scholarship support to students engaging the culture. [Campaign]

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson
On June 7, 80-year-old Sheldon Arnett finally received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific. His grandson, Jeremiah Johnson, earned his SPU bachelor’s degree the same day. [Campus]

The Retiring Class of 2003
Five professors, with a combined 162 years in the classroom, retired this year. They tell of their careers and the impact students had on them. [Faculty]

Still Exploring
Missionary bush pilot Roald Amundsen ’41 founded Missionary Aviation and Repair Center (MARC) — becoming an explorer just like the famous Norwegian for whom he was named. [Alumni]

My Response
After 25 years, Joyce Quiring Erickson, retiring professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, reflects on glossy brown chestnuts, home and the Promised Land.