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.



  • Flags at Half-Staff

    Jul 23, 2019

    The campus flag is at half-staff in memory of retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stevens, who passed away on July 16 at the age of 99.

  • Davis named chair of SPU Board of Trustees

    Jul 1, 2019

    Cedric Davis, senior philanthropic advisor with the Seattle Foundation, is the new chair of the board of trustees at Seattle Pacific University.

  • Falcon Youth Sports Camps

    Jun 17, 2019

    It’s not too late to register for summer camps in youth soccer, basketball, running, volleyball, and gymnastics.

  • New majors and minors at Seattle Pacific

    Jun 14, 2019

    Pursue a career in a high-demand field with one of our new programs. From criminal justice to mechanical engineering, you will receive expert faculty instruction in a wide variety of fields — no matter your path.

  • New Transfer Promise for Seattle Community College Students

    Jun 13, 2019

    Beginning in 2020, Seattle Pacific University will offer 50 percent off tuition for eligible community college students in the City of Seattle’s new Seattle Promise program. SPU is the first university to announce a direct pathway from community colleges to enrollment.

  • Coach of the Year

    Jun 13, 2019

    After guiding the Seattle Pacific women's track team to its second straight outdoor championship and the tenth in the history of the program, Karl Lerum has been voted as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year.

  • Flags at Half-Staff

    Jun 3, 2019

    Campus flags are at half-staff in memory of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on May 31.

  • It Begins With Ivy Cutting

    May 28, 2019

    Hundreds of graduating seniors and their families take part in SPU’s annual Ivy Cutting ceremony on Friday, June 7. The event will be livestreamed.

  • Students Participate in Memorial Day Service

    May 23, 2019

    The Seattle Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps will perform at the annual Memorial Day service at the Evergreen Washelli Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seattle on Monday, May 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

  • “EVOLVE” Senior Art Show

    May 22, 2019

    The exhibit now in SPU's Art Center Gallery features the work of 16 visual communications graduating seniors.

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.