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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1 | Athletics
Basketball Teams Start Strong

FOR THE FIRST TIME in the 25-year existence of the womenís basketball program, the Falcons broke into the top five of the national rankings in mid-December. Thanks to several lopsided victories, plus a win over North Dakota State, another nationally ranked team, Seattle Pacific University shot up to No. 2. Center Kelley Berglund and forward Kristin Poe each earned a tournament MVP honor in the first two weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, the menís team has also started strong in its first season under Coach Jeff Hironaka. Seattle Pacific won the Vitamilk Tip-Off Classic and proceeded to post a pair of impressive road w ins to begin Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Two of the triumphs came at the expense of rival Central Washington. Yusef Aziz, who exploded for 32 points in the first win over the Wildcats, is averaging nearly 20 points per game.

Both teams face nationally ranked teams at Brougham Pavilion in February. The men will host Humboldt State, the No. 1 team in the nation on February 20. The Falcon women, who have won 26 straight at home, battle Western Washington February 22.

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From the President
SPU aims to take its vision to new spheres of influence and effectiveness. "I love finding those strategic, economic levers that allow us to allocate, align, realign and increase our resources ó so that our vision might bear fruit,Ē says President Philip Eaton.

Homecoming 2003!
On Homecoming weekend, SPUís campus lights up with music, theatre, high-flying hoops, the Talent Show and much-anticipated class reunions. [Campus]

An SPU Icon
Danna Wilder Davis completed what few others ever did at Seattle Pacific: Between 1924 and 1939, she went from first grade to college graduation in consecutive years. [Alumni]

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation
Three faculty-led initiatives received SPUís 2002-2003 Faculty Grants for Theology and Vocation. The grants support projects that weave vocational themes into the curriculum. [Faculty]

My Response
ďIím the father of an AIDS orphan,Ē says Tim Dearborn, dean of the chapel at SPU, as he recounts his teenage daughterís trip to Uganda. There she visited an AIDS orphan sponsored by the Dearborn family.