In the Loop

December 2019

Video: President Martin spreads Christmas joy

Get a sneak peek at some of President Martin’s Christmas preparations — and see how unsuspecting SPU students reacted when he surprised them before final exams.

Faith & Co. offers free class

Just released, season two of the Faith & Co. documentary series considers how Christian faith shapes the way organizations engage with and manage employees. Filmed at eight companies across the United States, these films feature stories of people wrestling with the practical challenges of implementing faith-based principles in the workplace.

And on January 13, its newest course, “Serving Employees,” begins and runs for eight weeks. Offered online and taught by SPU professors, you can take it for free or for credit.

These films may just change the way you think about your employees — or about being an employee. Check out the new films and sign up now for the course.

serving drinks in the community kitchen

Community Kitchen combines learning, service, and great food

What do you get when you bring together creative and caring SPU students, area neighbors, and great food? SPU's Community Kitchen, a unique opportunity to serve individuals in need of affordable food, cooking and meal planning skills, and more. 

Established in 2011, the Community Kitchen has given students in the Food and Nutrition program a way to explore their vocation as future dietitians or professionals in the food and nutrition industry, marketing, public relations, or community development fields. It also gives them a chance to love their neighbors and share a passion for nutritious food. Visit the website to learn more — and find the recipes.

danielle presenting at harvard

SPU Stories: Design student creates art among science in Harvard University laboratory

Last summer, Danielle Gamboa, senior visual communication major, found herself working in a Harvard University bioengineering laboratory: The solo design student. She joined STEM students as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Discover how that happened.

Students find jobs using “Handshake”

Is your student looking for a job? They can find available full-time and part-time positions on SPU’s job board, Handshake.  

Handshake is intuitive, mobile-friendly, and a great way for your student to find employment and career-centered positions all through the year. Students can log into SPU Handshake at any time and utilize these great features: 

  • Apply for on- and/or off-campus jobs through the iPhone app or mobile site.
  • RSVP for events.
  • Request a career counseling appointment quickly and easily.
  • Follow new postings by your favorite companies.

We are seeing new postings every day, and your student will find many great opportunities for Winter Quarter.

If you or your student have any questions, contact the Office of Student Employment at 206-281-2047 or

Two reminders from Student Financial Services

  • Did you miss the annual payment plan? Sign up for the Winter Quarter payment plan by January 1.
  • Winter Quarter payments are due Friday, January 10, 2020.

Video: Homecoming and Family Weekend

Seattle Pacific’s biggest weekend for families, Homecoming and Family Weekend is right around the corner. Make plans to attend and enjoy a fun experience at SPU with your student, February 7–8.

Purchase a family All-Access Pass ($45, up to six people) and get admission to all of Homecoming and Family Weekend’s paid events and more (tickets sold separately for the Alumni Awards Dinner).

View the full schedule of events and purchase your All-Access Pass today!

Upcoming events

Christmas Break

Dec. 13–Jan. 4

Residence halls closed. Campus offices closed December 24–January 1.

Falcons Basketball v. Alaska Fairbanks

Saturday, January 4
2 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The women’s and men’s basketball team takes on Alaska Fairbanks in back-to-back games. Tickets and more information.

Residence halls reopen

Sunday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m.

First meal served in Gwinn Commons 4:30–6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 20

Offices closed; evening classes will meet.

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Friday–Saturday, Feb. 7–8

Join your student to attend the Talent Show, Urinetown: The Musical, men’s and women’s basketball games, and much more. See the complete schedule.

Presidents Day

Monday, February 17

All classes meet as scheduled, and offices are open.

Academic calendars

SPU academic calendars include important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2020–21.

Engage Events

Renowned national and international speakers, some of Seattle’s most engaging theatre performances, memorable concerts, outstanding athletic competitions. Explore upcoming events.