As a new science building is under construction at Seattle Pacific University, it seems particularly fitting that Rick Delamarter has been selected the 2002 Alumnus of the Year. Double-majoring in chemistry and biology while at SPU in the 1970s, Delamarter has gone on to a celebrated career in orthopedic medicine. And he credits Seattle Pacific with providing a strong academic and Christian foundation for his achievements. His story is testimony to the powerful ways in which a scientist who is a Christian can influence individuals and society for good.

In this issue of Response, you'll also meet the Class of 2005, the freshmen who began their studies at SPU this fall. The single largest group of these students, 18.7 percent, plans to choose majors within the fields of science and engineering. And all 647 freshmen will require the knowledge of science that is vital to live as informed and productive citizens in the 21st century. I believe this affirms SPU's commitment to provide first-rate science facilities and a high-quality science curriculum taught from a Christian worldview.

If you come to campus for Homecoming January 31-February 2, you will have the opportunity to congratulate Rick Delamarter, see the brick-and-mortar evidence of Seattle Pacific's science initiative, and meet the next generation of students. I hope you'll take advantage of that opportunity.

In the Autumn 2002 issue of Response, I invited you to submit 500-word essays with your perspective on what it means to "engage the culture" with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This kind of engagement can happen in any profession and within the community, the church, the home, the mission field and all other places where SPU alumni and friends are living out their faith. You don't have to have a public profile to tell your story.

To participate, send your essay to Response, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle, Washington 98119, or via e-mail to The deadline has been changed to May 1. Selected essays will be published in the Summer 2002 Response and Online Response. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Johnson Gilnett

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