November 2015 | Volume 9, Issue 9
President Dan Martin had these words to honor veterans at the November 10, 2015, Chapel service:
“I would like to welcome you this morning as we gather together to recognize and honor our country’s veterans. Of course, as we do every year, classes are canceled tomorrow in recognition of the official federal holiday honoring those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Even beginning this time at 11 a.m. carries special meaning as it reflects Armistice Day and Remembrance Day — both recognize the formal end of World War I at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918. Read more.
Most of us probably think of finding a tutor when our students are struggling. SPU’s Center for Learning is a great source for connecting students with tutors. Led by Mary Jayne Allen, coordinator for learning services, Center for Learning peer tutors are selected not only for their subject knowledge, but also for their interpersonal skills and their passion for helping others learn. Peer tutors go through training, set goals, and staff study tables several days a week based on class schedules. Read more.
One of the highlights of Orientation, CityQuest allows incoming SPU students to engage the culture through community service. So on Saturday, September 26, CityQuest 2015 began at 9 a.m. with a gathering in Martin Square that included a guest speaker, musical entertainment, worship, and prayer. Then new students, faculty, and staff boarded buses and embarked on an eye-opening, community-serving adventure in service to Seattle-area nonprofit organizations. View photos from CityQuest 2015.
And the winner is ... TK Threads
Last year’s runner-up winner of the SPU Social Venture Plan Competition, TK Threads, participated in the 2015 Social Venture Partners (SVP) Fast Pitch Seattle competition. And we really should not be surprised that TK Threads was the first-place winner in the university venture category. Their $5,000 prize, sponsored by Microsoft, is a testimony to their vision, hard work, and manifest talent. Congratulations, and thank you to the TK Threads team for representing SPU and the School of Business, Government, and Economics so well.
SPU Theatre Department presents Elephant’s Graveyard
The SPU Theatre Department presents the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee. Elephant’s Graveyard runs November 19–21, 2015. Learn more.
Parent’s Weekend @ Homecoming
January 29–30, 2016
Homecoming and Parents Weekend is the quintessential amalgamation of alumni, students, and parents in celebration of all things SPU — a full weekend of theatre, concerts, sports, worship, food, and more. Learn more.
Pizza With the President
Friday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Falcon Club Lounge (upper level of Royal Brougham Pavilion)
Do you have a high school student who is thinking about college? Then join President Dan Martin for Pizza With the President. You’ll get the chance to chat with President Martin and enjoy pizza and fellowship with other parents. Admission is free with your RSVP.
Graduation events June 2016
Is your student graduating this year? If so, be sure to save the following dates:
- Ivy Cutting
- Friday, June 10, 2016
- 9:30 a.m.
- Tiffany Loop (on campus)
- Friday, June 10, 2016
- 7:30 p.m.
- Royal Brougham Pavilion (on campus)
The 2016 Commencement website, available as of November 25, is a helpful resource to assist you in making plans to attend these graduation celebration events. See more events.
- Saturday, June 11, 2016
- 1 p.m.
- Key Arena
Looking for the Parent Handbook?
This year we combined the Orientation and Parent handbooks into the 2015–16 Resource Guide. You’ll find parent and guest resources, Student Services, University Ministries, and other important information — including how to make sure your student is signed up for SPU-Alert, our emergency notification system. There is space for three email addresses and phone numbers in SPU-Alert, so your student is welcome to add contact information for family members. Check under “Safety Tips” on page 20.
Career events and classes for your student
Life After College Week
January 11–14, 2016
Life After College week is an annual offering of the Center for Career and Calling that features presentations from professional career coaches, marketing managers, professors, recruiters, and more, on topics ranging from marketing yourself to managing your money. Details are in the making, but you can read about last year’s Life After College Week for an idea of what’s in store for your student at this free weeklong event.
Center for Career and Calling classes
Winter Quarter registration has begun, and your student can register for one of the classes offered by the Center for Career and Calling for help with finding a vocation, career exploration, choosing a major, planning a career, and more. Learn more.
Help for finding part-time jobs and internships
Your student can log in to SPULink to search and apply for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities; request a mentor; find out about and register for upcoming career events; schedule an on-campus interview; explore the career resource library; and more.
As a parent, you can sign up through SPULink to be a mentor, speak at an event, or help with an event. Learn about all the ways you can support your student in his or her career journey.
Staff spotlight: meet Meranda Clausen
Student and Young Alumni Engagement Coordinator Meranda Clausen ’15 is the newest member of the Alumni Office leadership team. Meranda has a deep appreciation for the many donors who give to SPU in order for more students to be able to attend SPU and go out and make a difference in the world. Learn more.
Student spotlight: meet Ariana Andres
Ariana Andres is a fashion merchandising major who pursues everything with her own signature style. Find out what really inspires her. Read more.
SPU payment plan is online
The 2015–16 Winter Quarter Three Installment Payment Plan application is available to all students online through their Banner Information System account after they’ve registered for their Winter Quarter courses. The payment plan divides a student’s quarterly charges into three equal installments for the quarter. The application deadline is December 4, 2015. Read more about payment options and methods.
Social media spotlight: Twitter
SPU has two Twitter accounts: @SeattlePacific is our primary twitter account for SPU, and @SPUnews is for general news, information, and breaking news from SPU. Follow us on either or both, and catch up on all the latest Seattle Pacific news, happenings, and photos!