In the Loop

September 2019

Video: A message to students from President Dan Martin

As summer comes to a close, President Dan Martin shared this video message with Seattle Pacific University students preparing to return to campus.

Prayer Network

The Parents' Prayer Network

Hi! My name is Karin Westeren, and I am SPU’s Parent Prayer coordinator again this year.

The Parent Prayer Network is designed to incorporate parent prayer requests into a daily prayer format so that parents can uphold students, faculty, and staff throughout the year in prayer. My goal is to produce two prayer guides per quarter, one for weeks one through five of Autumn Quarter and one for weeks six through 10.

A mother to five daughters and one son, I now have one student at SPU, a senior in the UScholars program studying English with an emphasis in creative writing. I’m also mom to a 2019 SPU graduate who graduated with an BA in art in Spring 2019. (Two other daughters are married and one child is still in high school.)

I would love to hear from parents who are willing to dedicate themselves to prayer over SPU this year. If you would like to receive the prayer guides, sign up here.

Sacred Sounds

SPU Voices: Sacred Sounds of Christmas — A student's perspective

Sacred Sounds of Christmas celebrates its 20th anniversary in November 2019, again featuring student musicians in the Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Gospel Choir.

What’s it like for students to be a part of the concert as they prepare for it, and then perform in Seattle’s renowned Benaroya Hall? SPU Voices asked Lauren Estep, a senior physics major and member of the Concert Choir. Read the article.

Important Autumn Quarter info from Student Financial Services

Two helpful SFS videos for Autumn Quarter

What is FERPA, and what does it have to do with SPU parents? A representative from Student Financial Services explains in this brief video. Then find out how to receive FERPA authorization and set yourself up here as an authorized payer.

What are the advantages to students finding part-time employment? SFS student employment coordinator explains.

Flexible account payment plans

SFS has partnered with Nelnet Campus Commerce to offer flexible payment-plan options to help spread your payments out into manageable monthly installments. The deadline for the 9-month plan is October 1. For more information go to


SPU parents' private Facebook group launches

Are you on Facebook and want to join the Seattle Pacific University Parents and Families private group?

Join in and meet other SPU parents, post prayer requests, ask questions, and share tips. The Office of Alumni, Parent, and Family Relations team will moderate the group and be on hand to share important info and answer posts.

Join the group!

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SPU emergency procedures

Seattle Pacific University has developed a variety of policies and resources to guide the campus in preparing for and responding to emergencies. Emergency information summaries and emergency preparedness policies can be found on the SPU Emergency Preparedness website, and all classrooms and offices across the campus have a Stop. Think. Act. booklet, as well.

Upcoming events

New International Student Orientation 2019

Tuesday–Wednesday, September 24–25

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Visit the International Student Orientation website for a schedule and details. 

Orientation 2019

Wednesday–Sunday, September 25–29

An event jam-packed with opportunities for incoming and transfer students to meet and engage with peers; and parents and guests have their own special sessions during the event. Visit the Orientation 2019 website for complete information.

Returning-student campus housing check-in

Saturday–Sunday, September 28–29
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Autumn Quarter 2019

Monday, September 30

Classes begin.

Fall Job Fair 2019

Thursday, October 3, 1–4 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons

Join us for SPU’s Fall Job Fair to meet a variety of employers who are interested in hiring SPU students! More than 50 employers will be present with dozens of part-time openings for on-campus, off-campus, work study, and non-work study positions.

Day of Common Learning: “Bending Toward Shalom: Public Theology Through the Lens of Liturgy”

Wednesday, October 16, 10 a.m. (keynote); 1–1:50 p.m. and 2–2:50 p.m. (afternoon sessions)
Royal Brougham Pavilion; various classrooms for afternoon sessions

James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, is the keynote speaker. The DoCL is a campuswide event during which students, faculty, staff, and the public engage around a topic of focus, interest, and concern. All seminars, classes, and labs held before 3 p.m. are suspended; classes and labs after 3 p.m. are held as usual. Visit the website for more information.

Celebrating 20 years: Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m.
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle
Tickets: $22 and $25. Buy 10 or more, $20 each.

Featuring the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, Sacred Sounds includes traditional Advent and Christmas carols, performed by the Music Department’s nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. Visit the website for more information.

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 competition. Explore upcoming events and get involved.