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.



  • Undergraduate Research Conference

    May 7, 2019

    This annual event on Friday, May 10, showcases research and design projects by 180 students, mentored by faculty in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, physics, and sociology.

  • Student designer fashion show at MOHAI

    May 7, 2019

    View the future of Seattle fashion at this interactive presentation at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), featuring SPU’s MODE Fashion Group on Friday, May 17.

  • SPU joins other universities to declare Affordable Housing Week, May 13-17

    May 7, 2019

    The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges, including Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin, have joined forces to declare May 13-17, 2019, as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses.

  • Digital Equity and Inclusion in Seattle

    May 3, 2019

    Come hear what the Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle, and other organizations are doing to close divides related to digital access and digital literacy. This panel discussion on Tuesday, May 7, is hosted by SPU's Information Studies Program and Friends of the Seattle Pacific University Library.

  • Memorial service for Sarah Pantip Wong

    Apr 30, 2019

    Seattle Pacific University will host a memorial service for student Sarah Pantip Wong on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Avenue West and adjacent to campus. The service is being planned by SPU’s University Ministries, Faith Bible Church of Seattle, and Sarah’s family and friends. The event will be livestreamed.

  • Statement from the Wong family

    Apr 29, 2019

    We want to thank the communities of Seattle, Washington, and South Pasadena and San Marino, California, and beyond for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received in honor of our daughter, Sarah Pantip Wong. Known by many as Sarah and by her family and many others as Pantip, we acknowledge the impact she has had on the people God has placed in her life path. More.

  • Statement on Sarah Wong

    Apr 28, 2019

    We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our students passed away in the crane accident in Seattle on April 27. Sarah Wong was in a car on Mercer Street when the crane fell. She was a freshman with an intended major in nursing and lived on campus. More.

  • Welcome back, Dr. John Perkins

    Apr 25, 2019

    The co-founder of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development and the author of the new book One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love returns to campus for two lectures on Tuesday, April 30.

  • Flag at half-staff

    Apr 24, 2019

    Campus flags staff are at half-staff in honor of Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin DeRosier, who died in the line of duty on April 13.

  • Falcon Wins National Title

    Apr 15, 2019

    Gymnast Darian Burns won the gold medal in the all-around competition and two silver medals in individual events at the recent USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships. With one more year to compete, she has now won 10 All-America certificates and two national titles.

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.