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.

  • World Premiere: "Symphony of Psalms"

    May 31, 2017

    Professor Emeritus of Music Eric Hanson composed “Symphony of Psalms” for the commemoration of SPU's 125th anniversary celebration this year.

  • We Remember

    May 29, 2017

    Alumnus and Marine 1st Lieutenant Nicholas Madrazo ‘05 died September 9, 2008, in Afghanistan.

  • Service at Veterans Memorial Cemetery

    May 26, 2017

    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps will perform at the annual Memorial Day service at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle.

  • Percussion Ensemble Concert May 30

    May 26, 2017

    The Percussion Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre. The ensemble is directed by Dan Adams, director of percussion studies.

  • Black Student Union BBQ and Night of Beats

    May 25, 2017

    The Black Student Union will host its second annual BBQ on Friday, May 26, 3-5 p.m. in Martin Square. The event will be followed by the Night of Beats in Upper Gwinn.

  • Memorial Day Ceremony on May 25

    May 24, 2017

    This annual event will be held in Tiffany Loop at the flagpole on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

  • Consider a Sociology Degree

    May 23, 2017

    Students in this major find jobs in government, business, industry, private research agencies, and many other fields.

  • Multicultural Night of Worship

    May 22, 2017

    This student-led event, filled with diverse expressions of worship, prayer, and dance, is Tuesday, May 23, 7-8 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church adjacent to campus.

  • Blinking Lights on the Great Wheel?

    May 19, 2017

    SPU is marking its 125 anniversary with a special light show on the Seattle Great Wheel on Sunday, May 21. What do the blinking lights mean?

  • Celebrating Two Quasquicentennials

    May 19, 2017

    An op-ed by President Dan Martin and Seattle University President Steven Sundborg was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Both institutions are marking their 125 anniversary.  (A subscription is required to read the full article.) 

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.