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Winter 2006 | Volume 29, Number 1 | Alumni

Homecoming 2006 Preview: Can a University Change the World?

“CAN A UNIVERSITY CHANGE THE WORLD?” — the theme for Seattle Pacific University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, January 26–28, 2006 — is a question definitively answered in SPU’s students and alumni. Chief among those returning to campus for the celebration will be Alumni of the Year Jerry Teel ’63 and Kathi Huddle Teel ’65.

The Teels have parlayed their love for people and their business success into a family foundation that has enhanced the community and supported Seattle Pacific for years. They will speak at Homecoming Chapel and will be honored by alumni, family, and friends at a special tribute luncheon following.

Many other special events are also planned for Homecoming visitors. Reunion receptions will be held for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001. Basketball fans should brace for a classic crosstown clash between birds of prey when the Falcon men meet the Seattle University Redhawks. New head coach Julie van Beek and the Falcon women, following their best season ever, will tangle with the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves earlier in the day.

Other popular sports events include the Crew Regatta, the Row and Run (pitting student rowers against alumni runners and track and cross country students), and the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame Luncheon.

Theatre buffs may choose from several performances of “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning look at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. A parable of contemporary society, the 1953 Broadway play was written in response to Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s crusade against supposed communist sympathizers. Today, “The Crucible” remains a powerful and timely exploration of the struggle of one man with his conscience.

At the President’s Luncheon, SPU President Philip Eaton will expand on the Homecoming theme, talking about the growing influence of alumni around the world. “I’m so very proud of what’s been accomplished in Seattle Pacific’s 114-year history,” says Eaton. “So many of our alumni are devoted to living lives that fulfill the University’s vision. I look forward to meeting as many of them, and as many students and their families, as possible.”

The Student Union Board and Associated Students of Seattle Pacific are now auditioning for the student Homecoming Talent Show. From individual acts and rock bands to comedy routines, the full-blown stage production fills Brougham Pavilion to capacity year after year.

“Homecoming and Family Weekend is a great time to eat, breathe, and celebrate SPU,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor. “We’re here to help people have a good time reconnecting and experiencing Seattle Pacific at its best. I hope no one passes up this golden opportunity.”

Visit for more details. A brochure with the full schedule of events will be mailed in December.

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