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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Campus
Admissions Professionals Launch Season of Major Conferences on Campus

1,000 students enrolled in summer classes, Seattle Pacific University has played host to several major conferences since the end of Spring Quarter. From June 11–14, 500 undergraduate and graduate admissions officers and high school counselors came to campus for the annual National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel (NACCAP) conference. NACCAP’s membership includes 120 Christian colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

“It was like holding an open house,” says Jennifer Kenney, SPU director of undergraduate admissions. “Our guests found out that Seattle is not just about rain and coffee — that it’s an inviting city with phenomenal natural beauty. They also heard from President Eaton and came away with a strong sense of SPU’s vision to engage the culture.”

From June 19–21, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) sponsored its annual Critical Issues for Higher Education conference at Seattle Pacific. The summer’s largest event was the 2003 Free Methodist General Conference, which brought more than 1,000 delegates and friends to campus from around the world June 27– July 4 (see page 23). Other organizations visiting SPU this summer range from the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders to United Way.

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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]

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]

Second Wind
A marathoner, wife, mother and business alumna, Claudia Shannon came back after tough times. As a 45-year-old senior, she was on the SPU cross country team that ranked 14th in the nation. [Athletics]

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.