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.



  • 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.

  • Professor’s Research Featured in The New York Times

    Sep 20, 2018

    Research by Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler and alumna Leah Bouterse '17 revealed cultural differences in the way men and women move.


  • A Progressive Constitution?

    Sep 17, 2018

    In honor of Constitution Day on September 17, Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward continues his examination of four transformative amendments during the Progressive Era.

  • A “Best National University”

    Sep 10, 2018

    For the third year in a row, Seattle Pacific is the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make the U.S. News & World Report's Best National Universities list.

  • Flag at Half-Staff

    Aug 27, 2018

    The campus flag is at half-staff in memory of U.S. Senator John McCain, who died on August 25.

  • Meet First Generation College Students and Graduates

    Aug 13, 2018

    In these short videos, six students, alumni, and faculty share their journeys of being the first members of the family to attend college. 

  • Q&A With an Engineering Student

    Aug 13, 2018

    Student Courtney Shaw talks about her experience studying mechanical engineering at SPU and her internship opportunities.


  • How We Talk

    Aug 10, 2018

    What are "discourse markers" in conversation? Is texting a "new language"? Professor Emeritus of Languages and Linguistics Kathryn Bartholomew explains in an interview with local NPR station KUOW.

  • Record Number of Fulbright Scholars

    Jul 20, 2018

    A record number of Seattle Pacific University students and alumni received Fulbright awards to study abroad this year.

  • Falcon Youth Sports Camps

    Jul 15, 2018

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

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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