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Yang headlines Virtual Days of Common Learning

The Days of Common Learning, a five-day virtual event in October, engaged students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the outside community in deep thought and conversation around a topic, “The Future of Work in the Age of a Pandemic, Sociopolitical Disruption, and Rapid Technological Change.” Daily thematic sessions explored an aspect of the future of work, with a culminating keynote address by Andrew Yang, American entrepreneur and former presidential candidate.

Social venture competition thrives online for second year

The School of Business, Government, and Economics held its 15th annual Social Venture Plan Competition virtually in April. The online format welcomed 20 teams from SPU and eight other universities, totaling approximately 70 students. Student teams developed solutions to real-world problems, while pitching their ideas through documents, slide decks, videos, and live video conferences. A four-student team, Souk, was the $5,000 winner of the Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize. The team proposed opening the global market to merchants and citizens in developing countries by increasing employment opportunities and revenue using an e-commerce platform that allows the sale of handcrafted, artisan goods on a global scale.

BioCORE welcomes largest-ever cohort

SPU’s BioCore Scholars program welcomed its largest ever cohort of 17 new first-year students. This innovative program supports first-generation students and those traditionally underrepresented in biological and biomedical sciences, working to build community, promote academic success, and create mentoring networks. Scholars participate in weekly study workshops, perform research in summer internships, work with peer and faculty mentors, and network with professional scientists.

Music Department pivots to virtual performances

When the pandemic limited opportunities to make music in person, music faculty and students found ways to continue performing. For instance, the SPU Orchestra’s Concert of Hope featured pieces submitted by SPU students and over 50 musicians from five states and two countries, mixed and mastered by SPU’s music technology program to produce a virtual performance. And instead of the annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert in Seattle, student and alumni musicians created the Behold! virtual experience to celebrate the season and share personal stories of God’s hand in the lives of the SPU community.