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.



  • Alumni Medallion Award Recipient Joshua Van Eaton

    Jun 27, 2018

    Legal counsel and trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Josh was head of the legal team that successfully prosecuted Volkswagen for auto emissions fraud.

  • Seattle Pacific Increases Partnerships With International Universities

    Jun 25, 2018

    SPU recently signed memorandums of understanding with several Asian universities and education organizations to explore academic partnerships.

  • A Unique Retreat Location for Sport Camps

    Jun 22, 2018

    Seattle Pacific University’s conference center on Whidbey Island offers acres of versatile and well-groomed field space for sport team retreats.


  • Take a Class this Summer

    Jun 20, 2018

    Undergraduate and graduate sessions are offered during the summer. The next session begins July 9.

  • Free Concerts by the Manhattan String Quartet

    Jun 18, 2018

    The quartet will perform free concerts on Wednesday, June 20, and Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to campus.

  • Camp Casey Open House June 19

    Jun 15, 2018

    Seattle Pacific's Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, a historic military fort built at the turn of the 20th century, will host an open house on Tuesday, June 19.

  • Meet the Alumna of the Year

    Jun 13, 2018

    In this short video, Beth Thompson Kawasaki ’81 talks about her passion to help women restart their careers and how it connects to her family and her time at Seattle Pacific.

  • Transfer Open House June 18

    Jun 11, 2018

    If you’ve completed college coursework after high school, plan to attend this afternoon event on Monday, June 18. 

  • Ivy Cutting Featured in Seattle Times

    Jun 8, 2018

    Seattle Times photographer Alan Berner covered Seattle Pacific’s Ivy Cutting on June 8, and a gallery of some of his photos are online. Begun as an "Ivy Planting" ceremony in 1922, this long-honored tradition involves graduating seniors dressed in caps and gowns circling a rope of ivy, surrounded by family, friends, faculty, and staff.

  • New Leadership Studies Minor

    May 30, 2018

    The Leadership Studies minor offers students a holistic view of leadership within various disciplines. Students will explore foundational theories and models, consider personal development, hone tangible skills, and deepen understanding of vocation as a leader for the common good.

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.

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