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.



  • "The Spitfire Grill: A Musical"

    Apr 28, 2016

    The Theatre Department presents this award-winning production about a new parolee and her adventures at the only eatery in a struggling, small town.

  • New Film Studies Major

    Apr 27, 2016

    Alumnus Joe Miller ‘13 created a self-designed major in film and is now a film producer in Los Angeles. SPU will offer a new film studies major in September.

  • Writing a Personal Essay

    Apr 27, 2016

    Image Milton Fellow Camellia Freeman discusses writing a personal essay, which is “at once intimate and public, personal and political," at the library's next Creative Conversations event.

  • Recent Donation Featured

    Apr 25, 2016

    A local newspaper featured William Sacherek and Liselotte Lamerdin, who recently donated rare paintings to SPU in appreciation of the reconciliation work of the John Perkins Center.

  • An Exhibit of Student Art

    Apr 25, 2016

    The work of graduating seniors in studio art is featured in SPU’s Art Center Gallery through April 29.

  • Come Visit

    Apr 23, 2016

    SPU Fridays include class visits, a student and faculty panel, financial aid information, and lunch in Gwinn Commons.

  • And the Winners Are..

    Apr 22, 2016

    Read about the amazing winners from this year’s Social Venture Business Plan Competition, a unique event designed to encourage students from all majors to develop entrepreneurial projects that can make a difference in the world.

  • Special Music Concert

    Apr 21, 2016

    "Works for Two Pianos by Living Composers of Israel, USA, and Lithuania" will be performed by Dainius Vaičekonis, assistant professor of music, and his wife and music staff member, Asta Vaičekonis.

  • Rare Paintings Donated to SPU

    Apr 18, 2016

    A special ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 19, to unveil two paintings by African American artist Charles Ethan Porter. The paintings are being donated to SPU by William Sacherek and Liselotte Lamerdin in appreciation of the reconciliation work of SPU’s John Perkins Center.

  • John Perkins in Chapel

    Apr 16, 2016

    The co-founder of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development returns to campus for his annual lecture.

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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