| Hughes Leads Roster of 2002–03
Standouts; Women’s Crew Gains Attention
IN A YEAR THAT will long be associated with
the storybook women’s basketball season, that
squad’s sparkplug guard, Kerie Hughes, reaped several major year-end awards.
Hughes took home both the Seattle Pacific University Athlete of the Year and
Falcon Award for Excellence from the annual Athletic Awards Banquet May 28. In
addition, she was voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Female
Athlete of the Year.
The gritty point guard shrugged off injuries to help lead
SPU to a record-setting season in which it won the GNAC crown with an undefeated
record and ascended to the No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division II for five consecutive
weeks. Hughes was voted the Conference Player of the Year after leading the team
assists and steals and finishing No. 2 in scoring.
Hughes was among a group of four distinguished
seniors who received the Falcon
Award for Excellence, the highest honor given
by Seattle Pacific for career achievement in
athletics, academics and leadership. Also
receiving the award from SPU President
Philip Eaton were gymnast Rachael Anderson
and track and field standouts Sarah Kraybill
and Laura Widman.
Kraybill became the University’s first Verizon Academic All-America selection
in four years, capping a fantastic final season for the native of nearby Ballard.
After finishing fourth in the NCAA Indoor Championships, Kraybill was third
in the 800 meters at the outdoor national meet. Earlier, she claimed two GNAC
titles (800 and 1500) and took second in the 400. She was voted the West Region
Athlete of the Year.
While Kraybill and Widman, a two-time All-American and recipient
of a 2003 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, were mainstays in the SPU program, the
tradition of excellence
shows every sign of continuing. Danielle Ayers-Stamper, a freshman, was the GNAC
Track Athlete of the Year and, along with
men’s decathlete Chris Randolph, was chosen as Freshman of the Year. Ayers-Stamper
won three events (100 hurdles, long jump and heptathlon) at the conference level,
took second in the NCAA heptathlon and second in the USA Junior Championships.
The latter earned her a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Am Junior Championships
The Falcons were unable to retain the conference
women’s team title for the fourth year in a row, but Kraybill and Ayers-Stamper
did help SPU finish tied for 16th nationally.
Track and field has long been
a strength of
Seattle Pacific, and women’s rowing is rapidly gaining a national reputation
as well. The Falcons’ varsity four and lightweight four crews each captured national
titles in 2003, raising
the program’s total to six in the last four years. The lightweights won the Dad
Vail Regatta in Philadelphia May 10, with the varsity four following suit the
next day at the ECAC National Invitational Championships in Camden, New Jersey.
SPU has won varsity
four crowns in three of the last four seasons.
The men’s varsity pair advanced to the semi-final round at Dad Vail.
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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
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]
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]
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.