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.



  • 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.

  • Flag at half-staff

    Mar 28, 2019

    The campus flag is at half-staff in memory of Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty on March 19, 2019. 

  • Introducing a new podcast

    Mar 27, 2019

    SPU Voices podcast is dedicated to telling the inspiring and compelling stories of Seattle Pacific community members. The first three podcasts feature Professor of Music Stephen Newby talking about his personal journey of reconciliation; alumnus Bobby Martin and his organization helping young men leave gangs; and alumna Cami Ostman, author of the memoir, Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents.

  • Falcons in NCAA Tournament

    Mar 11, 2019

    The GNAC champions and No. 2 seed men’s basketball team heads to the NCAA Division II tournament on Friday, March 15. They will face No. 7 seed Chaminade in San Diego.


  • Seattle Pacific Offers Scholarship to Art Institute Students

    Mar 8, 2019

    Seattle Pacific University is offering a special scholarship for students leaving the Art Institute of Seattle, which closed on Friday, March 8.


  • Falcon Men’s Basketball Team in Playoffs

    Mar 7, 2019

    The Falcons (19-6) are the No. 2 seed in the GNAC championships and play in the semifinals on Friday, March 8, in Bellingham.

  • New Transfer Promise for Seattle Community College Students

    Feb 20, 2019

    Beginning in 2020, Seattle Pacific University will offer 50 percent off tuition for eligible community college students in the City of Seattle’s new Seattle Promise program. SPU is the first university to announce a direct pathway from community colleges to enrollment.

  • SPU on Regular Schedule for Thursday 2/14/19

    Feb 13, 2019

    SPU plans to operate on its normal schedule on Thursday 2/14/19. 
    Please continue to exercise care when walking or driving near campus as surfaces may be slippery.

  • Late Start for Campus Wednesday 2/13/2019

    Feb 12, 2019

    Due to icy conditions, the campus will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13. Classes before 11 a.m. are cancelled.

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.