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 History of Scripture at SPU

    Apr 28, 2017

    Building on Howard Snyder’s historical book on Seattle Pacific’s founding, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall will talk about the purposeful pairing of Scripture’s instruction with Seattle Pacific’s mission during the annual Walls Lecture.

  • A “Best National University”

    Apr 28, 2017

    Seattle Pacific is the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Universities list.

  • A Musical Showcase

    Apr 27, 2017

    To celebrate SPU’s 125 anniversary, the Music Department will feature finalists from the SPU Concerto Competition, along with the Jazz Ensemble, Brass Choir, and a preview of music from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

  • Poet Mischa Willett

    Apr 26, 2017

    SPU’s writing instructor will read from his new book of poems during the annual Gates Reading, named for Professor Emerita of English Fan Mayhall Gates.

  • Celebration of Service

    Apr 25, 2017

    On Thursday, April 27, the SPU community will gather to honor faculty and staff who are celebrating milestone years of commitment and service.

  • John Perkins in Chapel

    Apr 22, 2017

    The co-founder of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development and the author of the new book Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win returns to campus for his annual lecture.

  • Autism Lectures, Resource Fair

    Apr 21, 2017

    This special event features discussions from experts and families living with autism and a resource fair to connect individuals who have ASD and their families with community programs in Washington state.

  • Professor on KNKX

    Apr 21, 2017

    Bruce Congdon, dean of the division of STEM and social sciences, talks to local public radio station KNKX about why he is participating in the March for Science.

  • Come Visit Us This Summer

    Apr 21, 2017

    Summer is a great time to visit campus, learn about financial aid and scholarships, and meet students and faculty.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences

    Apr 20, 2017

    This department offers the only comprehensive Christian program in the Pacific Northwest with partnerships with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Interior Design) in Los Angeles.

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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