| Light the Flame at Homecoming 2003!
Events Include Music, Theatre,
Sports, Talent and Reunions
REMEMBER THE YEAR students dressed up
the Demaray Hall clock face? Were you there when the Falcon baseball
team took second in the NCAA regionals? Perhaps you attended the
Seattle Pacific Homecoming — celebrated
at Commencement? If so, you’d be close to 90 by now!
Whether or not any of these
are yours, you’re bound to have special reminiscences of your alma mater.
2003 SPU Homecoming and
Family Weekend, January 30–February 1,
beckons you back to campus to “Light
the Flame,” a tribute to the torch of faith and learning that has become the
This Homecoming, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff
and friends will converge at Seattle Pacific for three days of all things SPU:
music, theatre, sports,
talent and reunions.
“It’s just about my favorite time of
year,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor. “To see young and old cheering on the
Falcons and marveling over what’s new at SPU reminds me of why
I love my job. I never
tire of hearing about the
experiences of graduates
and the amazing places
God has taken them.”
There are many opportunities at Homecoming for you to share
in those experiences.
At the Homecoming
Chapel and Alumni of
the Year Luncheon, you’ll hear the dynamic story of Myrna
Axelson Anderson ’61 and Steve Anderson ’64. From career success to the establishment
and teaching of Bible
Study Fellowship groups in far-flung places, the Andersons have long been
ambassadors for Christ.
The Falcon Legends Hall of Fame
Luncheon is your chance to celebrate the six charter member
athletes of the SPU
Hall of Fame. When
you hear their list of
achievements, you’ll be reminded of why Seattle Pacific athletes are so highly
regarded around the country. The Homecoming theatre production builds on a legacy
fine performances that include “Shadowlands,” “The Elephant
Man” and “Macbeth.” This year, the Theatre
Department presents “The Last Night
of Ballyhoo,” winner of a 1997 Tony
Award for best play. A wealthy Jewish family readies its daughters for the social
event of the season — “Ballyhoo” — and in the process, learns the strength of
its own heritage as a second world war is beginning.
Student talent also takes
center stage at the Homecoming Talent Show in Brougham Pavilion. Whatever your
student acts — music, singing, dancing,
comedy — they’re sure to be well-represented in this annual show of shows.
reunions are the order of the day on Saturday with more than a dozen slated,
including Founders and every fifth year between 1958 and 1998, inclusive. (The
Class of 1953 will celebrate its 50th reunion in June.) Another anticipated gathering
is the SPRINT “CORE” Reunion, an afternoon tailored to all the student administrative
teams that have
led the University’s national and international student mission efforts since
At the 11:30 a.m. President’s Alumni Luncheon, Philip Eaton will share how The
Campaign for Seattle Pacific University
is working to fund SPU’s vision for “engaging the culture and changing the
world.” Alumni awards and a special performance by the Alumni Choir combine to
make this a popular event.
In the afternoon, Falcon basketball
packs the house for some of the most
spirited competition of the year. At
1:30 p.m., the No. 2-ranked Falcon
women face off against the University of
Alaska–Fairbanks Nanooks. At 3 p.m., the Falcon men swoop down on the Northwest
Nazarene Crusaders. Half-time features the presentation of the Homecoming Court
and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.
Guided tours of the new science
building will be given continuously between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. To
be among the first to get an inside look at the new facilities, meet at the Bertona
Street entrance to the Student Union Building.
Homecoming brochures with complete
schedule and ticket information were
mailed in early January. You’ll find the same information online at www.spu.edu/homecoming.
details, or to request a copy of the brochure,
— BY CLINT KELLY
— PHOTO BY JERRY GAY
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From the President
SPU aims to take its vision to new spheres of influence and effectiveness. "I
love finding those strategic, economic levers that allow us to allocate,
align, realign and increase our resources — so that our vision
might bear fruit,” says President Philip Eaton.
An SPU Icon
Danna Wilder Davis completed what few others ever did at Seattle
Pacific: Between 1924 and 1939, she went from first grade to
college graduation in consecutive years on campus. [Alumni]
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Grants for Theology and Vocation. The grants support projects
that weave vocational themes into the curriculum. [Faculty]
Falcon Legends Hall of Fame
Six Falcon athletes become the inaugural group inducted into the
Falcon Legends Hall of Fame. Their athletic success and character
make them legendary individuals in Falcon sports history. [Athletics]
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chapel at SPU, as he recounts his teenage daughter's trip to Uganda.
There she visited an AIDS orphan sponsored by the Dearborn family.