In the Loop

November 2018

An SPU student gets help at the Center for Career and Calling

Center for Career and Calling empowers students for the future

Should parents worry if their students are undecided on their academic major? Should students just wait to see what major piques their interest? If your student chooses a major in the liberal arts, are his or her career prospects doomed?

The Center for Career and Calling at Seattle Pacific University has answers to those questions, as well as other common questions and myths about academic majors. Recently named a 2018–19 Career Development College of Distinction by, Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Career and Calling serves hundreds of students and alumni every year as they work toward their career goals.

With countless available resources, the CCC allows students to integrate career exploration with their courses. It provides accessible programs and training, and its trained staff members are available for one-on-one appointments. The Center for Career and Calling also holds multiple events throughout the academic year such as on-campus interviews, job postings, and career events. In fact, upcoming events include three employer “mega meet-ups” between late November and February.

To find out what the Center for Career and Calling can offer your student, visit

SPU students worship together

SPU Voices: How to find a church while in college

When students move to a new city for college, how do they find a church home-away-from-home? SPU Voices asked these students how they did it — and what they recommend for others.

A student uses the mystudentaid app on an iPhone

2019–20 FAFSA form’s new mobile options

Now you can complete the 2019–20 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app on your mobile device. Download the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play. The myFAFSA component, which you can use to complete the FAFSA form, is the app’s featured function. Learn more here.

An SPU student uses the Virtual Scholarship Notebook on her laptop

Find scholarship info online — and apply now for 2019–20

Incoming and current students can find outside scholarship information online at any time through the Virtual Scholarship Notebook through SPU’s Student Financial Services. Scholarship opportunities are available for students in specific majors or for those who have specific areas of interest.

Scholarships are also available for military veterans, students who have been in foster care, first-in-the-family college students, and many more. You can search through available scholarship opportunities by using keywords. Find additional scholarship resources, including outside scholarship search sites on the SFS website, too. You can also find major scholarship search website information online as well.

Eugene Peterson

SPU Voices: Eugene Peterson ’54, beloved SPU author and alumnus, dies at 85

Famed pastor, theologian, and author Eugene Peterson ’54 died October 22, 2018, at age 85 due to complications related to heart failure and dementia, a week after entering hospice care. According to his family, he was smiling and joyful throughout his last days, with “Let’s go” among his final words. “During the previous days, it was apparent that he was navigating the thin and sacred space between earth and heaven,” his family wrote. “We overheard him speaking to people we can only presume were welcoming him into paradise.” Read the story in SPU Voices

The School of Health Sciences building at 4 Nickerson

Video: Tour the Nursing program’s new home

This Autumn Quarter, the Nursing program, as well as the administrative offices of SPU’s School of Health Sciences, moved to 4 Nickerson. With this move, the undergraduate nursing program expects to increase enrollment by 50 percent by Autumn Quarter 2020. The Nursing program is the third most popular undergraduate program, according to SPU Facts. The graduate nursing program will likewise expand.

The renovated building includes a new clinical learning laboratory, classrooms, and more. This expansion was made possible by a large gift from the Norcliffe Foundation, a Seattle-based organization that provides funding to nonprofits doing work in health care and other civic projects.

Take a tour with Dean Lorie Wild.


Jorge Preciado teaches a class of graduate students

Educators are moving their careers to the next level

If you’re an educator considering a graduate program, SPU’s School of Education has more than a dozen graduate programs from which to choose. Principal Certification? An online accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching? School Executive Leadership program? An endorsement in theatre, mathematics, or language arts? Explore how you can take your career as an educator to the next level.

Upcoming events

Last day of classes

Friday, November 30


Friday, November 30
5–11 p.m. | Tiffany Loop

Families are invited to enjoy the annual Tradition Christmas celebration in Tiffany Loop. Don your ugly Christmas sweater and come for hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, and fun for all. Learn more.

Final exams

December 4–6

Residence halls close for Christmas Break

Friday, December 7 | 10 a.m.

Christmas Break

December 7–January 2

Residence halls open

Wednesday, January 2 | 1 p.m.

Winter Quarter 2019 begins

Thursday, January 3

2019 Homecoming and Family Weekend

February 1–3, 2019

Parents and families, save the date! come and experience campus life with your student. Enjoy a weekend at Seattle Pacific, and attend a student success Q&A, theatre performance, Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, Student Talent Show, and more. Save the date and find out how you can get an All-Access Pass.