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In the Loop

August 2013  |  Volume 7, Issue 7


International Service‑learning and Mission Trips

This summer, seven teams of students are spending time abroad with Seattle Pacific University’s SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) program, learning and serving alongside community leaders in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Rwanda, and Vietnam. Though each trip is unique, the blog excerpts below highlight some of the themes common to all SPRINT trips: friendships, new understanding, and learning through service.

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Welcome Week

Orientation for New SPU Students
Welcome Week runs from Thursday, September 26, through Sunday, September 29, before the beginning of the academic year. This event will prepare your student more specifically for life at SPU, for academic success, and for getting involved. Your student will move in, meet friends, and make his or her mark at SPU.

Welcome Week is also a time for parents, families, and guests of new students to come to campus and learn about SPU. We invite guests to participate in all of our Welcome Week activities. Sign-ups for Welcome Week begin this month. Please join us!

Karen Altus

Advice From SPU Career Counselor -- and Parent -- Karen Altus
As the parent of two college-aged kids, and a career counselor at SPU, I can honestly say that the last thing my kids want to talk to me about this summer is their career plans. My instinct is to call a family meeting and create a goal chart. Instead, I am trying to take a softer approach this summer. See if some of these ideas might work in your family:

  1. Notice their strengths. Perhaps texting dexterity or the ability to stay up all night don’t seem like important career skills, but try to catch your son or daughter doing things well and compliment those abilities. Point out the positive energy you see when your student is engaged in enjoyable activities that draw on his or her natural gifts.
  2. Listen. Find opportunities to be together with no agenda. Never underestimate the power of the free-food offer. Once your student learns that every time he or she sees you it won’t turn into a quiz show about life plans, your young adult may just open up and share some dreams and fears. (I’ve been known to endure bizarre music and/or horrific video games to demonstrate my interest in who my kids are and what they care most about.)
  3. Stay neutral. Even if your student shares a plan for becoming a professional ice cream taster, avoid jumping in with a list of reasons why this isn’t a good idea. Show that you trust your young adult to think things through and join the conversation by asking questions rather than shutting him or her down.

Remind your student that the Center for Career and Calling is open all summer and has online resources on résumé writing, job and internship search tips, and tools for choosing a major. Our resources are also available online: spu.edu/ccc. He or she can watch the résumé webinar and create a draft to bring to the Résumé Blitz on Tuesday, October 2, in preparation for the Office of Student Employment’s job fair on October 3.


Health Forms Are Due
Please note: Your student’s Medical History Record and Student Immunization Record must be complete and turned in to Health Services now. Adult tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) is required! If you have any questions, please feel free to call the University’s Health Services department during business hours at 206-281-2231.

Immunization Record (PDF)
Medical History Record (PDF)

SPU Basketball

Join Falcon Men’s Basketball

Exhibition game at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
November 2 (for additional details email btaylor@spu.edu or call 206‑281‑2723)

Disney’s West Coast Tip-Off Classic 2013
November 8-10
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California

Don’t miss a minute of the action. Come cheer your Falcons to victory! This tournament features some of the best teams in NCAA Division II. Ticket purchase and schedule of games are available now.

Marie Anderson

The Parent Council Welcomes You!
Marie Anderson, SPU Parent Council president, is eager to connect with you as you guide your college-aged student into adulthood. Find out more in her welcome to parents.


Check It Out
Learn how parents of an SPU freshman describe Welcome Week in this short video.


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Faculty News

Holmes Presents Paper in Singapore
"Seoul Mates: A Comparative Study of Music Preferences Between Korean College Students in the United States and Korea," by Young-Youn Kim and Professor of Music Ramona Holmes, was presented at the ninth annual Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research July 17 in Singapore. The joint research compared music interests between SPU Korean students and those in Silla University in Pusan, Korea. The paper explores how this repertoire both reflects and impacts cultural identity in the two groups.

Kato's New Book Published
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Sharleen Kato's new book, Lifespan Development, was just published and released by Goodheart Willcox Publishers. This secondary level textbook will be used by career and technical education teachers in their career cluster academies. The Lifespan Development Instructor's CD and website, along with the Lifespan Development Student Workbook, will be released by Goodheart Willcox later this month.

Watson's New Book to Be Published
Seedbed Publishing has entered an agreement with Assistant Professor of Historical Theology Kevin Watson to publish his forthcoming book The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (And Essential) Small Group Experience (working title). In the book, Watson pulls a play from the playbook of John Wesley and brings it to life for today's church. "Because most small groups are built around curricular study resources, people rarely get down to the real substance of what small groups are all about — transformation, or becoming like Christ," says Watson. "Most Christians know much more than they are practicing or applying to their lives. Class meetings were essential for the first Methodists, and they are essential today because they help people grow in faith in Christ and learn how to follow Jesus with their lives." The book is scheduled for release in Autumn 2013.

Summer Socials

Summer Socials
Seattle Pacific is hosting a number of Summer Social events in various locations around the Northwest (Seattle/Eastside, Salem, Puyallup) and in Colorado. This August and early September, students and families have a chance to come together and meet others from their area who will be attending SPU this fall. It is a great opportunity for your son or daughter to build connections and hear from current students. Parents will also learn how to get involved with SPU. Check spu.edu/summersocial for dates, locations, and information on how to register.

SPU Alums Living "Dream" Jobs

Young SPU Alums Living "Dream" Jobs
A staff biologist at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, a freelance soccer reporter, and a program analyst with Amazon share their stories in the spring issue of etc magazine.

Demaray Hall

The SPU Dean’s List
Quarterly honors are awarded to students who have attained a 3.5 or higher grade-point average in a given quarter.

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