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A Leader in Reconciliation Studies
Brenda Salter McNeil, associate professor and director of reconciliation studies, appears on the cover of the October 2012 Christianity Today magazine as one of "50 Women to Watch: Those Most Shaping the Church and Culture." The article about her work in reconciliation is titled "Brenda Salter McNeil: Reconciler." "Her work," writes the author of the article, "has shaped the policies of Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries across the country and the world."

Environmental Research at SPU's Blakely Island Field Station
SPU has a fantastic wilderness environmental research campus in the San Juan Islands. At the Blakely Island Field Station, science students get to study lush kelp forests, eelgrass meadows, spectacular undersea rock walls, freshwater lakes, as well as the habitat for river otters, herons, kingfishers, bald eagles, and ospreys, and diverse fauna. Besides a great story, this is a photographer’s dream!

Press Releases

June 12: SPU’s Commencement Exercises at Tacoma Dome. Livestream available

Jun 10, 2022

Seattle Pacific University will hold its Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 12, 2–4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. The event will be livestreamed.

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SPU's Ivy Cutting ceremony marks 100th year

Jun 8, 2022

Celebrating its 100th year, Seattle Pacific University’s annual pre-graduation tradition called “Ivy Cutting” will take place Saturday, June 11, 3–4 p.m. in Tiffany Loop on campus. The event will be livestreamed.

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SPU Board of Trustees Reaches Decision on Employee Lifestyle Expectations

May 23, 2022

After careful consideration of multiple and complex concerns, the Board of Trustees has reached the decision to retain SeatPacific University’s current employee lifestyle expectations regarding sexual conduct.

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Rinedahl lawsuit settlement

May 4, 2022

Seattle Pacific University and Mr. Rinedahl have agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court. SPU has no other statement about the case.

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Lecture: The War for Ukraine: A Geographical and Theological Conversation

Apr 1, 2022

The School of Business, Government, and Economics, School of Theology, Department of History, and University Ministries invite you to “The War for Ukraine: A Geographical and Theological Conversation,” on April 7, 4–5 p.m. in Demaray 150.

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New COVID testing site opens at Seattle Pacific

Jan 19, 2022

In conjunction with the City of Seattle and on-demand public health service program Curative, a new public COVID-19 testing site is now open at Seattle Pacific University.

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For the sixth year in a row, SPU named a "Best National University" by U.S. News & World Report

Sep 13, 2021

SPU’s eligibility in the national university category is due to the growth in the institution’s graduate and doctoral programs. Some new programs include undergraduate degrees in social justice and cultural studies, mechanical engineering, and criminal justice, and advance degrees in teaching, learning, and leadership, business and theology, digital education leadership, reconciliation and intercultural studies, data analytics in business, and a doctoral nursing program.

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Menjares named interim president

Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Pete Menjares, provost and senior vice president for Vanguard University in California, has been named interim president of Seattle Pacific University beginning July 1, 2021. Menjares is currently on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Pacific and is also a senior fellow for diversity with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in Washington, D.C.

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COVID-19 vaccination requirement for SPU students

May 7, 2021

As Seattle Pacific University plans to return to in-person instruction, housing, and campus activities for Autumn Quarter 2021, the administration announced on May 7, 20201, that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all undergraduate and graduate students.

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President Martin announces resignation

Mar 30, 2021

Seattle Pacific University President Daniel J. Martin announced today that he will resign his position effective April 5, 2021. Martin served as president for nine years, and is only the 10th president in SPU’s 130-year history. In an email statement to the SPU community, Martin said, “I have decided it is the right time to transition from my role as president of Seattle Pacific University. Following this resignation, I accepted an offer to serve in a leadership role at a healthcare foundation for a national health system. The nature of the role and the healthcare system’s expectations that I begin before the end of April will require me to transition prior to the conclusion of the academic year.”

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Statement on violence and hate against Asian and Asian Americans

Mar 17, 2021

A statement from the Seattle Pacific University Senior Leadership Council: We are deeply saddened by the senseless killings in Atlanta. We are hearing the hurt, outrage, and fear from many of our Asian and Asian American students, faculty, and staff, and we pledge to stand together so that our brothers and sisters do not carry this burden alone. All acts of racism are rooted in sin, and we pray for an end to these acts of violence.

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SPU Statement on Rinedahl lawsuit

Jan 14, 2021

"We are grateful for Mr. Rinedahl’s work with our students and for his service to Seattle Pacific University. We are still reviewing the facts of this case and have no further comment about this specific case at this time. We recognize that Mr. Rinedahl’s lawsuit raises questions of Christian practice which are being debated vigorously throughout the global church."

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Statement from President Martin on events of Jan. 6, 2021

Jan 6, 2021

We all witnessed and were gripped by the events and images from the day’s events in our nation’s capital – scenes that prompted a range of emotion in me from shock to grief. It was certainly a time where I spent much of the afternoon in prayer for our nation and our collective future.

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SPU honors veterans

Nov 10, 2020

For Veterans Day 2020, faculty, staff, and students at Seattle Pacific University wrote notes of thanks and appreciation to veterans at the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard, Washington.

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SPU starts master planning process

Oct 15, 2020

Seattle Pacific University has commenced a master planning process with the city of Seattle. The Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) will embody the University’s vision for growth over the next 20 years or more. The plan will contain development zoning standards designed to accommodate its growth and mitigate negative impacts of growth on the neighborhood. The process began with the University’s application and submittal of its Concept Plan in July 2020, outlining the University’s initial campus plan concept. It is intended to start a discussion regarding the preliminary draft master plan.

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Seattle Pacific University lowers tuition by 25 percent

Sep 22, 2020

Beginning autumn 2021, Seattle Pacific University will reduce the undergraduate tuition rate by 25%, restructure scholarships, and cap future tuition rate increases in an effort to attract more students to the nationally ranked private institution. The initiative, a result of extensive planning, research, and budget stewardship, makes SPU one of the first institutions in the Pacific Northwest to significantly lower the cost of tuition.

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For the fifth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report.

Sep 14, 2020

For the fifth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report.

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How to build a whale: SPU students reassemble whale skeleton

Aug 17, 2020

From August 17–September 4, a group of Seattle Pacific University students will begin a three-week summer course to assemble the skeleton of a gray whale to hang in the science building. This is the final part of a multi-year project to bring the whale to campus.

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SPU announces support for international students

Jul 13, 2020

Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin announced support for international students studying at his institution after a recent decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would bar them from remaining in the country if they take all their classes online.

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SPU hosts virtual Commencements, June 13-14

Jun 8, 2020

Seattle Pacific University will hold its virtual Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14, beginning at 4 p.m., and its virtual Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. More than 1,150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students will graduate.

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Seattle Pacific University announces plans for Autumn Quarter

Jun 4, 2020

Autumn Quarter 2020 at Seattle Pacific University will begin and end two weeks early and include a hybrid format of in-person classes and remote learning.

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Historic and systemic racism:
A message to students

May 31, 2020

In an email to the community on May 31, SPU President Dan Martin and Senior Leadership acknowledge how recent acts of racial trauma and violence are having a disproportionate impact on students of color. "In this time, when things seem more disruptive than ever, when the campus community remains physically distanced and less able to engage each other’s stories, we have an opportunity and responsibility to create new pathways for cultivating deep listening and bringing healing and repair. We believe in our capacity to do so, and take responsibility to ensure that we become better than ever."

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Standing in solidarity: Statement from President Martin

May 30, 2020

In an email to the SPU community on May 30, President Dan Martin addressed the growing unrest in the country over the tragic death of George Floyd. “I join those on our campus who are grieving and angry. At Seattle Pacific, we stand in solidarity and mourning with our students, faculty, and staff who are part of the communities most affected by this tragedy.”

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SPU waives ACT/SAT requirements for 2020 and 2021 applicants

May 8, 2020

Due to the difficulty of taking college entrance exams and meeting high school graduation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle Pacific University announced several changes to its regular application process for high school and transfer students. SPU is waiving the ACT and SAT requirements for undergraduate students seeking admission in autumn 2020, or winter, spring, or autumn 2021. These students will still receive full consideration for most merit scholarships.

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Seattle Pacific delays start of Spring Quarter

Mar 16, 2020

Seattle Pacific University will delay the start of Spring Quarter by two weeks to give faculty the time and resources they need to deliver classes remotely. Spring Quarter will begin April 13 instead of March 31. Classes will be conducted remotely and not meet on campus.

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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. This is a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the Seattle area.

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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. Following is an excerpt from a message to the SPU community from President Dan Martin.

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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 expediated application process to help them finish their degrees. 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.

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240 million trees. 1,000 mothers and babies. How two Seattle Pacific alumni are restoring trees, health, and hope in Madagascar

Feb 10, 2020

Most of the news coming from Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the hardest hit by climate change, is not good. In January 2020, the island country off the east coast of Africa experienced deadly heavy flooding; for decades the island has been devasted by deforestation and overharvesting; and several animal species exclusive to the area are facing extinction. But two Seattle Pacific University alumni are working tirelessly to bring reforestation, health, and hope to the island.

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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 — selected13 universities around the country to pilot the new program.

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SPU participates in national First Generation College Student Celebration

Nov 6, 2019

Seattle Pacific University is joining the national recognition of first-generation college students with a campuswide celebration and reception on Friday, November 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. More than a third of SPU’s students are first-generation, meaning they will be the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

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SPU Ranked a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report

Sep 9, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual best college rankings. U.S. News defines national universities as those institutions offering a full range of undergraduate major plus master's and doctoral programs, and committed to producing groundbreaking research.

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Davis named chair of SPU Board of Trustees

Jul 1, 2019

Cedric Davis, senior philanthropic advisor with the Seattle Foundation, is the new chair of the board of trustees at Seattle Pacific University.

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Cybersecurity: A popular new graduate program

May 21, 2019

With the increasing growth of hackers trying to steal, change, or destroy online information comes a parallel growth in the need for professionals in the rapidly developing field of cybersecurity trying to stop them. Seattle Pacific University will host a networking and panel discussion on Wednesday, May 22, where women interested in cybersecurity careers can connect with female cybersecurity experts working in academia, research, and industry.

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Open House at Camp Casey Conference Center

May 21, 2019

Seattle Pacific University invites the public to visit the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, a historic military fort built at the turn of the 20th century, during their open house on Friday, June 14, 12–4 p.m.

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

May 6, 2019

The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 13-17, 2019, as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. Dr. John Mosby, president of Highline College; Dr. Daniel J. Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University; Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, have signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity.

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Camp Casey Pool Closed During Summer 2019

Apr 17, 2019

The swimming pool at the Camp Casey Conference Center will not open this summer due to an unexpected and severe maintenance issue. The conference center is owned and operated by Seattle Pacific University.

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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. The SPU-AI Transfer Scholarship will give eligible AI students $3,000 towards finishing their degree at Seattle Pacific.

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Seattle Pacific and Quality Schools International Form Academic Partnership

Feb 28, 2019

An international school operating in 31 countries is working with Seattle Pacific University to explore academic partnerships for students and collaborative teaching opportunities with faculty. Quality Schools International (QSI), a nonprofit school organization founded by two SPU alumni, recently signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Seattle Pacific.

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Seattle Pacific Responds to Seattle Promise With Transfer Promise

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.

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Seattle Pacific Receives Three Donations to Expand Nursing Program

Nov 26, 2018

Seattle Pacific University announced three donations totaling more than $1.9 million in an ongoing campaign to expand its nursing program. The Norcliffe Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Lynwood and Karin Swanson, parents of two SPU alumni, made the commitments to help meet the growing demand for increasingly skilled and clinically competent nurses across the region.

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Alumnus Eugene Peterson, 1932-2018

Oct 22, 2018

Eugene Peterson, a graduate of the Class of 1954 and the 1995 Alumnus of the Year, passed away on October 22, 2018.

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SPU Joins Other Universities to Support Affordable Housing Week, May 14-18

May 14, 2018

Seattle Pacific University joined three universities and colleges to declare May 14-18, 2018, as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses.

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Remembering the Rev. Billy Graham

Feb 21, 2018

This extraordinary man of faith who engaged the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and truly changed the world received an honorary doctorate from Seattle Pacific in 1954.

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Seattle Pacific Increases Partnerships With International Universities

Feb 15, 2018

SPU recently signed memorandums of understanding with several Asian universities and education organizations to explore academic partnerships for students, as well as opportunities for collaborative teaching activities with faculty and postgraduate research internships with international scholars.

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SPU Staff Member Receives Justice Award

Jan 15, 2018

Susan Okamoto Lane, dean of multi-ethnic and wellness programs at Seattle Pacific University, received the “Vision from the Mountaintop Award” during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast in Seattle on January 15. This annual award recognizes a community, education, and business leader from the Seattle area “who demonstrates leadership and contributes in the community or business world for the furtherance of justice, reconciliation, and empowerment.”

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SPU Awards Honorary Degree to Prime Minister of Qatar

Oct 12, 2017

Seattle Pacific University has honored His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the prime minister of Qatar and the minister of the interior, with an honorary doctor of laws degree.

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Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University Declare Support for Affordable Housing Week, May 15-22, 2017

May 15, 2017

The presidents of Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University, Dr. Daniel J. Martin and Steven V. Sundborg, S.J., have declared May 15-22, 2017, as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. They join the City of Seattle, King County, and 18 King County cities in affirming the need for affordable housing.

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SPU President Pledges Support to Undocumented Students

Mar 21, 2017

Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin joined other college presidents in asking President Trump to allow DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students to continue working and studying in the United States as Congress debates new legislation on their status.

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SPU Welcomes New Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Sandra Richards Mayo from Azusa Pacific University has been named the new vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Seattle Pacific University. This new senior leadership position is part of SPU’s ongoing plan to strengthen diversity and reconciliation efforts on campus. She will begin her new role on July 1, 2017.

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Statement on Jury Verdict Related to June 5, 2014

Nov 16, 2016

"While today’s verdict marks the end of the criminal trial related to June 5, 2014, it does not mark the end of the impact this act of violence has had on our campus."

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“Not Just Fun and Games: The Social and Political Significance of 'Recreational’ Genetics'”

Oct 20, 2016

How does the emergence of DNA testing affect social issues around race? Since 2003, Dr. Alondra Nelson has studied the ways DNA and race intersect, and has written about her findings in the recently published book, "The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome." She will give a public lecture on Wednesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus.

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First Assignment for SPU students: Volunteer

Sep 23, 2016

Before classes begin at Seattle Pacific University, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff, will spend Saturday, September 24, cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in local creeks, and working in homeless shelters as part of SPU's commitment to community engagement.

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Statement on Release of June 5, 2014, Surveillance Videos

Jun 13, 2016

“We are disappointed by the release of the surveillance videos of the June 5, 2014, shooting on our campus. We, along with others, have pursued legal action to stop the videos' release in order to protect individual privacy and prevent the emotional distress these images will have on our community. Seattle Pacific University remains strong and resilient as a result of God’s faithfulness to us. Our foremost concern continues to be the welfare and safety of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but of the victims and witnesses of the tragedy.”

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SPU Commencement Is Saturday, June 11

Jun 9, 2016

Seattle Pacific University will hold its Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 1 p.m. at Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street, in Seattle. The event will be streamed live. More than 1,200 students will graduate from SPU this spring.

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Ivy Cutting Marks the Start of SPU Commencement Ceremonies

Jun 8, 2016

More than 90 years of tradition will continue at Seattle Pacific University on Friday, June 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m., as hundreds of graduating seniors and their families take part in the annual Ivy Cutting ceremony held in Tiffany Loop on campus. Ivy Cutting marks the start of graduation activities at SPU. The Ivy Cutting ceremony, Graduate Commencement, and Undergraduate Commencement will be live streamed.

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Two Rare Paintings Donated to
Seattle Pacific University

Apr 15, 2016

Seattle Pacific University will unveil two rare paintings by African American artist Charles Ethan Porter on Tuesday, April 19. The paintings are being donated to SPU by local couple William Sacherek and Liselotte Lamerdin in appreciation of the reconciliation work of SPU’s John Perkins Center. They will join SPU President Dan Martin and Dr. John Perkins at a presentation beginning at 10:15 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus at 3200 3rd Avenue West.

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Statement on UCC Shooting

Oct 1, 2015

“Our hearts break for Umpqua Community College. As our community was blessed by those who provided comfort and aid, we immediately offer our prayers of comfort and will look for ways to support UCC in the coming days.”

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First Assignment for New SPU Students: Go Volunteer on September 26

Sep 25, 2015

More than 700 Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and staff, will take part in a day of community service on Saturday, September 26, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. They will volunteer at more than 25 locations around Seattle, cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in local creeks, painting rooms in homeless shelters, and working on countless other projects. This annual event called “CityQuest” introduces new students to SPU’s commitment to community engagement.

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June 5 Remembrance Events at SPU

Jun 2, 2015

On the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Seattle Pacific University, two events will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Statement from SPU on Release of Kidnapped Alumna Phyllis Sortor in Nigeria

Mar 6, 2015

“The Seattle Pacific University community is thankful for the release of alumna Phyllis Sortor, and for the many people who worked to secure her freedom. May God continue to bless her life’s work and ministry with the people of Nigeria.”

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Statement on SPU Alumna Phyllis Sortor

Feb 24, 2015

“We are shocked and saddened by the kidnapping of Seattle Pacific University alumna Phyllis Sortor in Nigeria. Phyllis, a 1964 graduate of Seattle Pacific and Free Methodist missionary, has dedicated her life to serving others overseas. We are proud of her untiring service to God and the people of Nigeria, and are earnestly praying for her safety and immediate release.”

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Homeless Community Moves onto University Campus

Feb 12, 2015

At first glance, it might seem like a student protest is taking place at Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian institution in an affluent Seattle neighborhood. In the middle of campus is a cluster of about 20 tents, blue tarps, and board walkways, encircled by a metal fence with an American flag at the entrance. But this is actually a homeless camp of almost 80 residents, invited by SPU to live on campus until March 7, 2015.

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SPU Brings Evangelical Community Together for Worship Service About Racial Justice

Dec 13, 2014

Local pastors, Christian leaders, and people of faith from around Puget Sound will gather on Monday, December 15, 2014, for a time of worship and reflection about racial justice. Titled “Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice,” the event is sponsored by Seattle Pacific University

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Tent City 3 Returns to Seattle Pacific University

Dec 3, 2014

For the second time in three years, the campus of Seattle Pacific University will host Tent City 3 (TC3), a roving community shelter of men and women experiencing homelessness. TC3 will set up their tents on the northeast lawn of the Student Union Building (corner of West Bertona Street and Third Avenue West) on Saturday, December 13, and stay through March, 7, 2015.

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SPU Offers New Digital Learning Degree for Educators

Sep 4, 2014

To help educators and those who support them become leaders in the ever-changing world of educational technology, Seattle Pacific University is now offering a graduate program in digital education leadership.

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Statement from Student Jon Meis

Jun 9, 2014

The following is a statement from Jon Meis, the Seattle Pacific University student involved in the campus shooting on June 5. Jon is requesting privacy and will not speak to the media at this time.

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Statement from SPU About Freshman Paul Lee

Jun 7, 2014

The following is information about Seattle Pacific University student Paul Lee, who died in the shooting on campus on June 5, 2014.

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Statement from SPU President Daniel J. Martin About Shooting on Campus

Jun 7, 2014

The Seattle Pacific University community has endured a senseless act of violence resulting in the death of one of our precious students and the injury of two others. We have been shaken deeply. I have no words to adequately convey the grief we feel about this event, or how it has affected each of us -- students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

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Marian Wright Edelman Is SPU's Commencement Speaker

Mar 20, 2014

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will speak at Seattle Pacific University’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 14, at Key Arena in downtown Seattle.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Visits SPU

Feb 28, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will speak on the Seattle Pacific University campus on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Albright is America’s first woman secretary of state (1997-2001), the former ambassador to the United Nations, and a former member of the Cabinet and National Security Council.

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Community Invited to Join SPU in “Day of Common Learning”

Oct 10, 2013

Every year, the students, faculty, and staff of Seattle Pacific University set aside a day to study one topic, and the public is invited to join the conversation. This year’s theme for the “Day of Common Learning” on Wednesday, October 16, is “Helping Youth Flourish,” and will focus on community partnerships between families and institutions that help young people thrive.

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New College Students: Go Volunteer on September 28

Sep 27, 2013

More than 800 Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and staff, including SPU President Dan Martin, will take part in a day of community service on Saturday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Williams Named Dean of the School of Business and Economics

Jun 20, 2013

Dr. Joseph Williams, a Microsoft executive and former professor at Colorado State University, has been named the dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics.

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SPU’s Commencement Exercises on June 9

Jun 7, 2013

Seattle Pacific University will hold its Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at Key Arena.

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SPU Inaugurates Its 10th President

Mar 26, 2013

Seattle Pacific University will hold the presidential inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Martin on Tuesday, April 2, in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Martin is SPU’s 10th president in its 122-year history.

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Van Duzer Named Provost

Nov 26, 2012

Jeff Van Duzer, dean of SPU’s School of Business and Economics, has been named provost.

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SPU Announces Record Enrollment

Sep 24, 2012

For the third straight year, Seattle Pacific University will not only welcome the largest incoming class in its 120-year history, but also its most diverse group of new students. And, for the first time in 16 years, a new president will greet them. President Daniel J. Martin, who took office July 1, will welcome 4,193 students to campus, a record enrollment. The new student class is made up of 34 percent ethnic minorities—another record. Autumn Quarter begins Monday, September 24.

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Seattle Pacific University Announces Next President

Apr 10, 2012

The Seattle Pacific University Board of Trustees today elected Dr. Daniel J. Martin as the 10th president of SPU. Martin, currently president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Ohio, will assume his duties on July 1, 2012. He will succeed President Philip W. Eaton, who announced his retirement last September.

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Tent City 3 Moves to SPU

Jan 21, 2012

Tent City 3 (TC3) comes to Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, January 21, for a nine-week stay. TC3 will be located on Wallace Field, east of Royal Brougham Pavilion on West Nickerson Street, from January 21 to March 24. This will be the first time SPU has hosted the group.

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SPU Welcomes NASA Astronomer

Oct 14, 2011

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the NASA Hubble Space telescope, is the keynote speaker for Seattle Pacific University’s annual Day of Common Learning on Wednesday, October 19. The public is invited to hear her talk at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion titled “Stars, Galaxies, Planets, and Life: An Amazing Universe to Behold.”

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Translator of The Message Will Speak at SPU

Oct 14, 2011

Rev. Eugene Peterson, Bible translator of the award-winning book The Message and Seattle Pacific University alumnus, will speak on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in Royal Brougham. In his lecture titled "St. Mark: The Basic Text for Christian Spirituality," he will explore the importance of Scripture in spiritual formation.

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Eaton to Step Down July 2012

Sep 20, 2011

Dr. Philip W. Eaton has announced his decision to step down from his role as president of Seattle Pacific University, effective July 1, 2012.

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SPU’s Class of 2015: Largest and Most Diverse

Sep 14, 2011

For the second straight year, Seattle Pacific University will not only welcome the largest incoming class in its 120-year history, but also its most diverse group of new students.

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SPU Welcomes Record Number of Students, Strong Academics, Diversity Mark Incoming Class

Sep 27, 2010

A record 4,120 undergraduate and graduate students make up the largest incoming class in the history of Seattle Pacific.

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SPU Ranks #3 in Best Values; #14 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities”

Sep 1, 2010

Seattle Pacific University receives high rankings in the 2011 college rankings in U.S. News & World Report.

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College Students Host Event for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

May 18, 2010

More than 2 million children in the United States are being raised by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member.

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Basin City Resident Named SPU Alumnus of the Year

Feb 5, 2010

Basin City resident Delbert Wisdom, owner and CEO of Judel Marketing International Inc., was honored as Seattle Pacific University’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year during homecoming celebrations on campus, January 28-30.

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SPU Welcomes Class of 2013

Sep 25, 2009

They haven't started school yet, but the Class of 2013 at Seattle Pacific University is already breaking records.

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