News

What’s happening at SPU? This is where you’ll find the latest news about research, events, activities, achievements, and milestones in the life of SPU and its people.



  • "SPU leadership hears you." A message to our students.

    May 31, 2020

    In an email to the community on May 31, SPU President Dan Martin and Senior Leadership acknowledge how recent acts of racial trauma and violence are having a disproportionate impact on students of color. "In this time, when things seem more disruptive than ever, when the campus community remains physically distanced and less able to engage each other’s stories, we have an opportunity and responsibility to create new pathways for cultivating deep listening and bringing healing and repair. We believe in our capacity to do so, and take responsibility to ensure that we become better than ever."

  • Standing in solidarity: Statement from President Dan Martin

    May 30, 2020

    In an email to the SPU community on May 30, President Dan Martin addressed the growing unrest in the country over the tragic death of George Floyd. “I join those on our campus who are grieving and angry. At Seattle Pacific, we stand in solidarity and mourning with our students, faculty, and staff who are part of the communities most affected by this tragedy.”

  • Behind the scenes with President Martin

    May 19, 2020

    In this first of a series, President Dan Martin interviews key University leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on campus operations, remote learning, and resuming full campus operations in the summer and fall.

  • Reduced rates for summer sessions

    May 19, 2020

    To give current undergraduate students more options to meet their academic goals on time, Seattle Pacific is offering an expanded selection of summer classes at a reduced cost. Courses are in a variety of disciplines and most count toward general education requirements.

  • Ethan Miller: The fabric of the fashion industry

    May 19, 2020

    The alumnus and professional talent manager started The Fabric, a networking community that gives black creatives the opportunity to make connections in the rather homogenous terrain of the fashion industry.

  • ACT/SAT scores not required for 2020 and 2021 admission

    May 19, 2020

    Due to the difficulty of taking college entrance exams and meeting high school graduation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, SPU is waiving the ACT and SAT requirements for undergraduate students seeking admission in autumn 2020, or winter, spring, or autumn 2021.

  • Seattle Sounders FC social media manager and alumnus Danny Ciaccio

    May 19, 2020

    Learn how alumnus Danny Ciaccio got his job managing social media for the Seattle Sounders FC.

  • Online event with bestselling author Julie Otsuka

    May 7, 2020

    The NEA Big Read: King County event with New York Times bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Julie Otsuka will take place online Tuesday, May 19, 7–8:15 p.m. via Zoom. The event, co-sponsored by SPU, will be hosted by Tom Ikeda, executive director of Densho, a local nonprofit preserving and sharing the history of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Register online.

  • Online Resources for Students, Faculty

    May 5, 2020

    The Spring Quarter 2020 website has all the tools and resources needed for remote learning and teaching, as well as an updated academic schedule.

  • Earth Day heroes: Alumni Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg

    Apr 22, 2020

    Alumnus Jamie Shattenberg spearheads reforestation efforts as international director of the Madagascar branch of Eden Reforestation Projects, a U.S.-based international organization that restores forests and other natural landscapes lost due to deforestation in developing countries. Jamie prepared for his role with an undergraduate degree in biology from SPU. He and his wife, Alissa, founded the ministry Red Island Restoration with the goals of bringing health and healing to impoverished areas of Madagascar and supporting Malagasy leaders. Learn more about the 2020 SPU Alumni of the Year.

Dr. Christopher Jones and a young patient

Holistic Health Care in the Rainier Valley

Dr. Christopher Jones ’94 hopes the families in his medical practice never need to ask: “Is my kid sick enough that I should pay for a doctor’s visit?” Medical director of HopeCentral, a nonprofit health center, he and his team have adapted the concept of concierge medicine to a diverse Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders

What Makes Us Moral?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders earned a $10,100 Graves Award in Humanities for his research project, “The Structure of Moral Judgement: Philosophical Perspectives.” His research responds to recent arguments that human beings’ concepts of morality are just a quirk of evolution and don't connect to anything deeper.