In the Loop April 2018

SPU Jazz Ensemble to perform live on KNKX-FM

SPU Jazz Ensemble

Take a lunch break on Thursday, April 19, and listen to SPU’s Jazz Ensemble perform live in Nickerson Studios or online on KNKX (88.5 FM), beginning at 12:15 p.m.

When Music Department chair and Associate Professor of Music Brian Chin invited the station’s DJ Abe Beeson and Joey Cohn, station general manager, to speak with SPU students about their careers in radio as part of the Futures in Music series, Beeson suggested having the live performance while he was there.

“This is the first time SPU students have performed live on KNKX, or any other station that I'm aware of,” says ensemble director Dan Kramlich. They’ll play music by jazz saxophonist and composer, Hank Mobley, as well as a bossa nova piece by Antionio Carlos Jobim. The session is open to the SPU community and handicapped accessible.

The day to combine gifts


On Wednesday, May 9,  Seattle Pacific University will be part of GiveBig 2018, a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by the Seattle Foundation. Gifts made on the GiveBIG day will go directly to the University Fund and supports campus programs such as

  • Scholarships
  • Library books and instructional technology
  • Study abroad programs
  • Student research and service projects

Beginning April 26, gifts can be scheduled ahead of time, and GiveBig gifts must be made through the Seattle Foundation site in order to count. In May 2017, SPU supporter contributions and a matching gift combined for a total of $182,766. This year’s goal is to have 400 total gifts come in during this event.

SPU Voices: A student researcher talks about TC3

Micailah Moore

I’d been interviewing Tent City 3 residents for a research project when Bill’s 6-year-old daughter told me her daddy was sick. When the ambulance came, seeing that Lily was comfortable with me, I was asked to take her to the hospital. In a perfect world, someone would have been there to watch her. However, there was no protocol in place for this situation. It was up to me to step up and be a neighbor. I’m so glad I was there. Read the full story.

Video: Always something going on

Seattle Pacific students talk about why they love intramural sports, the Hues of SPU Run, March to the Match, and being fans at Falcon soccer games. As one student says, “We pretty much have something going on every single day.”

Winter Quarter 2018 Dean’s List

Quarterly honors are awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who have completed at least 12 credit hours of work at Seattle Pacific and attained a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average in a given quarter. The Winter Quarter 2018 Dean’s List is now available. View the Dean’s List now.

National Student Worker Appreciation Week

Kristen Lewis

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) designates one week each year for universities and colleges across the country to recognize the substantial contributions of students who work on campus. This year that week was April 9–13.

At SPU, over 900 students are employed by the university, playing a key role in the success of our University. Student employees work hard to balance school and work, all while learning valuable skills for the future. This week-long celebration provides our campus community with the opportunity to recognize, praise and thank our student employees for all of their contributions.

This year’s Student Employee of the Year is Kristen Lewis (pictured left). Lewis works in University Admissions as the Welcome Team graduate assistant, and she is now a graduate student studying Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Honoring SPU veteran graduates

When SPU’s 2018 graduates gather for Ivy Cutting and Commencement, 30 students will be wearing special veteran stoles with their graduation regalia.

Paid for by donations from faculty and staff, the stoles recognize their service in the military and will be worn by undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral graduates. Faculty members who are also veterans will likewise wear the stoles with their regalia.

This will be the second year stoles will be worn by SPU’s graduating veterans and, although other honors are sometimes given by other universities, SPU’s graduating veterans recommended this option.

Veteran stoles

DPN pathway: Clinical Nurse Specialist

Practicing BSN- or MSN-prepared nurses with at least 12 months experience as a registered nurse can now pursue the Doctor of Nursing Pathway: Clinical Nurse Specialist. For nurses committed to improving clinical outcomes, advancing direct care through care coordination, evaluating quality indicators, and collaborating with the health care team, this degree has become a popular option.

Students can complete the program's 93 credits to earn this degree either as full-time or part-time students. The application due date is June 1, 2018. Learn more.

Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP

New dean for the School of Education

Nyaradzo Mvududu

Provost Jeff Van Duzer announced that after a nationwide search, Professor of Education and Director of Doctoral Programs Nyaradzo Mvududu was appointed dean of the School of Education.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Mvududu received an MBA from the University of Washington in 1996 and an EdD from SPU in 2002. She became an SPU faculty member in 2003, and her teaching and research focuses on both statistics and research.

Dean since 2008, Professor of Education Rick Eigenbrood is returning to a teaching faculty role within the School. Mvududu will begin her new role July 1.

Upcoming events

Business and Government Mega Meet-Up
Wednesday, April 18
2:30–5 p.m. | Weter Hall lounge

Encourage your student to attend this career fair-meets-networking event. Students and alums will meet employers and alumni working in business and government. Learn more.

Live Studio Session with KNKX (88.5 FM)
Thursday, April 19
12:15 p.m. | Nickerson Studios

The SPU Jazz Ensemble performs live (and online) on local public radio station KNKX (88.5 FM). The event is part of the Music Department’s Futures in Music series. The public is invited.

Theatre: Love’s Labor’s Lost
April 19–21; April 26–28
7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinee April 28
James Leon Chapman Stage, McKinley Hall
Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students, with valid ID; $12 seniors (age 60 and over)

The SPU Theatre presents Love’s Labor’s Lost, a comedy by William Shakespeare about a king and his court who vow to abstain from earthly pleasures — sleep, food, and the very sight of women — for three full years. No sooner is the oath sworn than the Princess of France (and her ladies-in-waiting) arrive to negotiate an old treaty. Tickets are available through the Box Office, online, or by calling 206-281-2959.

21st Annual Downtown Business Breakfast
“A Path Appears: How an Individual Can Change the World”
Friday, April 20
7–8:45 a.m. | Westin Seattle
Tickets: $50, seating is limited

New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof draws from his book A Path Appears at this event. More information.

13th Annual John Perkins Lecture
Tuesday, April 24
11:10 a.m. | First Free Methodist Church

John Perkins, one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, and Michael Emerson, provost of North Park University and renowned scholar on race and religion, will speak on faith, race, and evangelicalism.

Faculty Concert: Chamber Music From the Baltics and Scandinavia
Friday, April 27
7:30 p.m. | Nickerson Studios

National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 3

Autumn Quarter registration begins
Monday, May 14

Students can choose from 69 majors and 55 minors, including the newest majors Mechanical Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice and Cultural Studies.

Commencement events
June 8–9

Ivy Cutting, Baccalaureate, Falcons Forever BBQ, Commencement, and more will happen during Commencement weekend. Find schedules and more at