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Autumn 2004 | Volume 27, Number 4 | From the President

Engaging the Culture With President Eaton

Recent Outreach Activities

Washington Policy Center Annual Dinner
September 29, 2004, Seattle
President Eaton gave the invocation at the Washington Policy Center’s annual dinner at the Westin Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

KIROS Business Hour Live Radio Interview
October 6, 2004, Seattle
President Eaton was interviewed on-air for the KIROS Business Hour radio show on KGNW 820 AM. The Business Hour is a weekly radio show that explores issues of business, leadership, ethics, and faith.

SPU Chapel-Forum Address
October 7, 2004, SPU Campus
“Life Together: What Do You Mean Don’t Eat the Fruit?” was President Eaton’s topic as he kicked off a five-part Community Lifestyle Series. His address gave students a context, rooted in Scripture and Christian tradition, for the community lifestyle expectations at SPU.

Brandywine Leadership Forum Address
November 6, 2004, SPU Campus
President Eaton delivered a plenary address at the Brandywine Leadership Forum co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) and SPU. His speech, titled “Gentle Verses in the Midst of Horror,” was a reflection on the Christian response to global suffering. Eaton joined other distinguished speakers, including Ambassador Robert Seiple, founder of IGE, and John Medina, founder of the Talaris Research Institute.

The President’s Bookshelf
What books does a university president read in his “spare” time? An avid reader, President Eaton’s choices are eclectic. Here are some samples, with his comments:

David L. Kirp, Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education. This is one of the finest books of late on the landscape of higher education in America today. As the title suggests, Kirp explores, penetratingly I believe, the tension today in the academy between a deep, enduring commitment to the life of the mind on the one hand, and the pressures of the marketplace on the other. He has no easy answers but calls us all to live and work creatively within the tension. I like that challenge.

Jeremy Driscoll, “The Witness of Czeslaw Milosz,” First Things, November 2004. Czeslaw Milosz has been called one of the greatest poets of our time. He died this year, and in this beautiful tribute, we discover again the sometimes troubled but rich and nuanced Christian faith of this great Polish-American poet. Having lived through the brutal assault of the Nazis on Poland and the iron-fisted and equally brutal domination of the Soviets, this wonderful poet nevertheless can say: “Gentle verses written in the midst of horror declare themselves for life.” This was a poet who looked into the face of suffering and yet declared himself for life. I have read Milosz for many years but find myself now on a new exploration of the riches of his work.

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In Trust for the Future
Charitable trusts are benefiting students and donors. One couple, in fact, has seen their trust provide income for them, while supporting student scholarships. [Campaign]

Zorn to Largent
Sarah Zorn and Kramer Largent have teamed up as Falcons, showing the same competitive spirit as their famous NFL fathers. [Campus]

A Fabulous Time to Be Alive
Astronomy is revealing never-before-seen wonders. “We are in the process of discovering a God far greater than we’ve ever imagined,” says Professor Emeritus Karl Krienke. [Faculty]

Putting a Face on Homelessness
Two young alums are at Seattle’s Bread of Life Mission, helping to restore lives — by replacing hopelessness with hope. [Alumni]

Life Stories
A filmmaker talks about his visits with SPU students and his project to share the internment stories of Japanese Americans during World War II. [Books & Film]

Mutual Inspiration
Falcon men’s and women’s soccer teams cheered each other on to success in 2004, as both teams continued the University’s tradition of being a national force in soccer. [Athletics]

My Response
For Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, diversity reflects a piece of heaven on earth. “After all, heaven is a multicultural place,” she says.