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Parents and Families In the Loop, Seattle Pacific University

October 2016   |  Volume 10, Issue 8

SPU’s Sacred Sounds of ChristmasEnjoy the Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Each year, Seattle receives a special gift from Seattle Pacific University — The Sacred Sounds of Christmas. Showcasing performing groups from SPU’s Music Department, this concert, now in its 17th year, is a much-anticipated event.

Sacred Sounds offers the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, including traditional Advent and Christmas carols, performed by our nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. As a special part of SPU’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, this inspiring concert ushers in the Christmas season. Concertgoers come from around the region to enjoy a wide range of high-quality sacred music from different time periods and genres.

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: McCaw Hall at Seattle Center

The performance features the following choral and instrumental ensembles, along with other SPU musicians and readers:

  • Concert Choir
  • Gospel Choir
  • Men’s Choir
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Women’s Choir
Tickets are on sale now, and, since this event always sells out early, parents should act quickly if you would like to attend — particularly if you have a student performer. We hope to see you on November 29. Let’s launch the Christmas season together among Seattle Pacific friends at McCaw Hall!

An Ivy Cutting scene from “Video: Celebrating 125 Years at SPU” on YoutubeVideo: Celebrating 125 Years at SPU

When Free Methodist founders broke ground for Seattle Pacific, they planted a powerful dream that young graduates would help change the world. This dream is still very much alive today.

An SPU Student and his momRegister for Mom’s Day

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Commons

Enjoy time with your son or daughter — and gain insights into your student’s campus life — by attending Mom’s Day 2016. Hosted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, this is the perfect reason to come to campus and enjoy lunch and great Seattle attractions with your student.

Highlights include a gourmet lunch and live music. Register early; this events sells out quickly!

A Freshman at City QuestFreshmen Engaging the Culture, Changing the World

One of the highlights of Orientation, CityQuest inspires incoming SPU students to engage the culture through community service. New students spent Saturday, September 24, serving dozens of Seattle-area nonprofits. View photos from CityQuest 2016

From Undergraduate Admissions

A student at her laptop

Early Application Deadline November 15

If you have a student planning to apply to SPU for Autumn Quarter 2017, be sure he or she applies by November 15 to receive priority consideration for financial aid. The FAFSA is available now for you and your student to fill out. The regular deadline for applying for admission for Autumn Quarter 2017 is February 1. You can also schedule a visit and experience SPU firsthand!

Faculty News

Don MacDonald

MacDonald Co-Writes Article

Don MacDonald, professor of marriage and family therapy, co-wrote an article published in the summer 2016 edition of Philosophy and Religion. His co-authors are Esther McIntosh of York St. John University (UK) and Chris Sink of Old Dominion University. The article, titled “Macmurray on Relationality: A Tool for Systems Theory,” looks at how a systemic worldview and positive psychology are embedded in the philosophy of John Macmurray, and argues that conceptual barriers between philosophy and social sciences are more perceived than real.

Margaret BrownBrown Presents Research

Assistant Provost and Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown presented a paper titled “Self-Determination, Intrinsic Motivation, and Civic Identity in Service Learners” in New Orleans at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement. The paper was co-authored by alumna Cierra Cooper ’16, and examined the intrapersonal factors that motivate the formation of civic identity among students who participate in service learning.

Campus Events

Dr. Alondra NelsonTracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories

Wednesday, October 26
Dr. Alondra Nelson, dean of social science at Columbia University, will discuss material from her recent book, The Social Life of DNA, as part of SPU’s annual Day of Common Learning. She will examine genetic genealogy as a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues of social inequality.


November 10–12; 17–19
The SPU Theatre Department presents this modern retelling of the famous Greek love story of Orpheus from the point of view of his wife, who is living in the underworld with her father. A new twist to the story is revealed as Orpheus makes his way to bring Eurydice back to the world of the living.

Bryan StevensonChanging the Conversation About Race

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University School of Law, Bryan Stevenson has received national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller and memoir Just Mercy, which personalizes his many fights against injustice. He comes to Seattle as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series, and his talk is presented by Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington.

Orientation 2016 Resource Guide Available

The Orientation 2016 Resource Guide (PDF) offers you and your students an overview of services and resources SPU provides, as well as our educational philosophy and department contact information.

SPU History Book Available in Bookstore

Rooted in Mission: The Founding of Seattle Pacific University, 1891–1916 is now available in the SPU Bookstore. The book, by Howard Snyder, traces the early history of Seattle Seminary and the critical roles of founders Nils Peterson, Hiram Pease, John Norton, and Alexander and Adelaide Beers, as well as Benjamin “B.T.” Roberts, the founder of Free Methodism. The book is $11, and available for sale only at the bookstore.


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