Homecoming Weekend draws crowd
More than 650 people gathered on campus in February for SPU’s 66th Homecoming and Family Weekend. Among the highlights, academic and activity reunions were held across campus, SPU Voices Podcast host Amanda Stubbert led a live recording of the show, and a student talent show showcased music and dance performances. Students in the Theatre Department performed Urinetown: The Musical. Four outstanding SPU graduates were feted for their professional success and commitment to service at the Alumni Awards Dinner, and crowds cheered both the women’s and the men’s basketball teams as they played a doubleheader.
Podcast shares stories and wisdom
The SPU Voices Podcast, which began in March 2019, has produced 33 episodes, with compelling guests ranging from entrepreneurs to seminarians. The twice-monthly podcast has been heard over 6,000 times in 633 cities and 45 countries, and on five continents.
Co-Alumni of the Year: Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg
Alumna of the Year Alissa Wuertz Shattenberg ’00 is a licensed midwife, family nurse practitioner, and founder and director of Madagascar’s Sarobidy Maternity Center. She and her team provide prenatal, labor and birth, and postpartum care. Her spouse, Alumnus of the Year Jamie Shattenberg ’99, is the international director of Eden Reforestation Projects for Madagascar, where he leads community-based efforts to plant over 240 million trees and create jobs. The couple, along with the Medallion Award honorees, were honored at Seattle Pacific’s Alumni Awards Dinner in February.
Medallion Award winners honored
Two alumna were chosen as this year’s Medallion Award recipients. Julieta Altamirano-Crosby MEd ’18 is the founder and president of WAGRO Foundation and a member of the Lynnwood City Council. She has long advocated for the voiceless in education and government settings. Terresa Davis ’07 used her background in accounting and law and enriched the community with the Seattle-area eateries she co-owned: Steelhead Diner, Blueacre Seafood, Orfeo, Zane and Wylie’s, and Tempesta Coffee and Donuts.