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.



  • Legendary Coach Ken Foreman Passes Away

    Dec 23, 2018

    A memorial service for Ken Foreman, regarded as the patriarch of the Seattle Pacific athletic program, will be held Sunday, January 27, 2 p.m., at Royal Brougham Pavilion. Foreman passed away on December 23 at the age of 96. He was a legendary track and field coach whose accomplishments stretched from Seattle Pacific all the way to the United States Olympic team. During his five decades with the Falcons, he coached track, cross country, and basketball and served as the athletic director from 1952–57.

  • Flag at Half-Staff

    Dec 3, 2018

    The campus flag is at half-staff in memory of former United States President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on November 30 at the age of 94.

  • Seattle Pacific Receives Three Donations to Expand Nursing Program

    Nov 26, 2018

    Seattle Pacific University announced three donations totaling more than $1.9 million in an ongoing campaign to expand its nursing program. The Norcliffe Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Lynwood and Karin Swanson, parents of two SPU alumni, made the commitments to help meet the growing demand for increasingly skilled and clinically competent nurses across the region.

  • Alumnus Eugene Peterson, 1932-2018

    Oct 22, 2018

    Eugene Peterson, longtime pastor, professor, and author of more than 30 books including The Message, a paraphrased Bible translation, was a graduate of the Class of 1954 and a beloved member of the Seattle Pacific community. SPU President Dan Martin comments on the legacy he leaves behind.

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.