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Spring 2005 | Volume 28, Number 1 | Alumni

A Homecoming to Remember

Alumni and Families Enjoy a Spirited Celebration

TRIVIA QUIZ: Is “Of Wildcats and Lumberjacks” (a) the title of an American folk tale or (b) a reference to Seattle Pacific University’s Homecoming basketball game?

Seniors Kevin Lakey and Lindsey White were crowned Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the menís game.

The Central Washington University Wildcats (men) and the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks (women) know all too well that the answer is “b.” They visited SPU during the February 3–5, 2005, Homecoming and Family Weekend, only to lose to the Falcon men and women by a combined 29 points before a highly partisan Brougham Pavilion crowd.

The University’s sports teams were not the only ones feeling supercharged. Under the theme of “To Whom Much Is Given …,” hundreds of alumni, friends, and students’ family members attended a full slate of activities designed to reunite friends and celebrate Seattle Pacific’s steady emergence as one of the nation’s premier Christian universities.

“We have so much to be thankful for at SPU,” says President Eaton, “including outstanding facilities, world-class faculty and staff, and bright and engaging students. But Scripture says that ‘to whom much has been given, much is required,’ and so we ask ourselves: In everything we do, how can we best be obedient and faithful to God’s call for this institution, in this place, for this time, and for the future?” Those gathered for the President’s Luncheon on Saturday heard Eaton address this question and articulate a bold blueprint for the future of Seattle Pacific.

The Homecoming festivities began, however, with the Alumna of the Year Chapel and Luncheon on Thursday. Both events honoredMarilyn Meberg ’61, a Women of Faith conference speaker who in the past 10 years has addressed 2.5 million people with a blend of humor and the truth of Jesus Christ. Meberg was also recognized at the President’s Luncheon along with three alumni Medallion Award winners (see page 34) whose artistic accomplishments have given them a platform for cultural engagement.

Throughout the weekend, Homecoming audiences applauded the ambitious theatre presentation of “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt. The Tony Award-winning play dramatizes the crisis of conscience that arises between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, a loyal subject and man of God.

The traditional Student Talent Show on Friday night presented an array of student acts that included singers, dancers, and an unforgettable one-man performance with multicolored glow sticks. By halftime of the men’s game the next day, Brougham Pavilion was awash in spotlights, balloons, tuxes, and gowns as students crowned their Homecoming queen and king, SPU seniors Lindsey White and Kevin Lakey. Prior to the start of the game, this year’s Falcon Legends Hall of Fame inductees received a rousing cknowledgement.

Class reunions, classroom visits, concerts, and a community worship service provided other opportunities for visitors to renew old ties and experience today’s SPU. “It’s not too early to begin planning to attend next year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor. “Mark your calendars for January 26–28, 2006.”

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