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.



  • COVID-19 updates

    Mar 30, 2020

    SPU is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Check the SPU Office of Health Services webpage for the latest information.

  • Seattle Pacific will complete Winter Quarter classes online

    Mar 6, 2020

    Seattle Pacific University will complete Winter Quarter classes and finals online beginning Monday, March 9, through Thursday, March 19. Campus offices and services will be open and on their normal schedules. This is a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the Seattle area.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

    Feb 28, 2020

    At SPU, our students’ and community’s health is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Seattle Pacific Giving Day: March 4, 2020

    Feb 25, 2020

    This 24-hour fundraising event lets donors support the areas of the University they care about the most, from scholarships and aid to academics, athletics, Christian faith formation, and more. Together we can make a difference in the lives of current and future SPU students.

  • SPU welcomes new provost

    Feb 20, 2020

    Dr. Laura Hartley, associate provost for student academic success and dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at George Fox University, has been named SPU’s new provost. 

  • Seattle Pacific reaches out to Concordia University-Portland students

    Feb 13, 2020

    Seattle Pacific University will offer students at Concordia University-Portland special scholarships and an expedited application process to help them finish their degrees. Eligible Concordia undergraduate students can receive up to $7,000 in transfer scholarships if they apply by April 1. Concordia, located in northeast Portland and one of the largest private universities in Oregon, announced this week that they will cease operations in May 2020 in addition to other merit and need-based financial aid. 

  • Tech Camps for high school students

    Jan 27, 2020

    SPU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers on-campus summer day camps for 9th–12th graders (as of autumn 2020). Students can jump-start a tech career at hands-on programs focused on video game creation, mechatronics and 3D printing, and programming fundamentals. No coding experience necessary. They’ll earn college credit and a $1,000 SPU scholarship. Learn more and register.

  • AI and Faith Faculty Research Group

    Dec 2, 2019

    A cross-disciplinary faculty research group is exploring artificial intelligence, faith, and the future. A major outcome of their work will be a volume of essays that will consider AI and faith from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including business, computer science, education, neuroscience, philosophy, and theology.

  • Pilot program addresses student food insecurity

    Nov 26, 2019

    SPU will be a part of a nationwide first-of-its-kind program to help students lacking resources find affordable, nutritious food. The university’s food service provider Sodexo, in partnership with Swipe Out Hunger — a leading national nonprofit group committed to reducing food insecurity on college campuses — selected 13 universities around the country to pilot the new program.

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.