In the Loop

November 2020

Video: One Good Thing

Even with COVID-19 impacting the nation and world, good things are happening at Seattle Pacific University. These SPU students, faculty, and staff share One Good Thing blessing them right now.

Students still connecting with mentors

Social distancing hasn’t stopped students from cultivating real connections with mentors in these virtual times. Seattle Pacific’s Mentor Program is connecting students with customized mentors to talk about students’ professional futures. Student Ann Lam tells us about her experience during Autumn Quarter.

Video: Behold! A Sacred Sounds of Christmas sneak peek

On Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. PST, Behold! A Sacred Sounds of Christmas Virtual Experience is coming to your living room. This short preview video, featuring opera singer Katy Malik ’02, gives you a sneak peek of this upcoming joyous Christmas celebration filled with inspiring performances and compelling stories from some of our most gifted alumni, students, and faculty. RSVP now to receive a free downloadable viewing packet, and a link to Behold!


Parents Prayer Network: Prayer requests

The Parents Prayer Network, led by SPU parent Gretchen Stehr, invites SPU families to join them in praying for students and campus life at SPU as Autumn Quarter nears its end. Here are specific prayer requests, as well as a link to a brand-new Parents Prayer Network web page on the Parents and Families website.

  • For students to receive clear direction for each day, following God’s leading.
  • That students are able to connect with other students and not feel isolated during this year affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • To protect our SPU students, and help family members be an encouragement to them.
  • For God’s strength for student leaders, especially the resident advisors (RAs) in residence halls as they help build community among students.
  • Help us and the campus community to “count our blessings” in the midst of everything we face right now.

Visit the Parents Prayer Network page for short prayers that you can join in saying for SPU students. To join the Parents Prayer Network, sign up here to receive two emails a quarter, listing specific ways to pray during each week of the quarter.

First-generation students celebrate and share their thank you's

More than a third of SPU students are first-generation, meaning they will be the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Each November, SPU celebrates these students and the families who support them on their SPU journeys.

In a year affected by social distancing and the pandemic, SPU moved the celebration online — which means it’s easier than ever for families to check out this special First-Generation Celebration page. Students are posting their thank-you messages to the families and other individuals who’ve helped them during this important time in their lives. Visit the First-Generation Celebration gratitude tree.

Notes from Student Financial Services

Now’s the time to file the 2021–22 FAFSA

All students must submit a new FAFSA each academic year. The 2021–22 FAFSA will ask families and students for 2019 tax and income information, as well as current investment and asset information as of the date your student’s FAFSA is filed. Find complete FAFSA information on SFS’ web page, How to Apply for Aid.

SFS Christmas Break hours

Students leave for an extended Christmas Break in late November, but you’ll still find SFS staff available until Dec. 23:

  • Monday–Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

If you or your student need to come to SFS in person to make a payment, drop off documentation, or ask questions, the SFS office lobby will be open by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To make an appointment, email or call 800-737-8826. All campus offices will be closed Dec. 24–Jan. 3.

Payment plans

Student Financial Services offers flexible payment plan options to help spread tuition payments out into manageable monthly installments. You can still sign up for the Quarterly Plan by January 1. Learn more.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang talks to SPU about the future of work

Read why former presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang told the SPU community we are heading into a fourth industrial revolution, marked by breakthroughs in emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. “We’ve seen 10 years’ worth of change in the last 10 weeks,” said Yang. “Forty-two percent of the jobs lost during this crisis are not returning.” Read the article in SPU Stories.

Bonus SPU Voices podcast: “Coming Home”

In this short bonus SPU Voices podcast, Seattle Pacific University Vice Provost for Student Formation and Community Engagement Jeff Jordan shares his best advice on how parents of college students can relate to their children when their students return home for the holidays. Listen now.

Upcoming events

Final day of instruction 
Wednesday, Nov. 18

Note: Thursday–Tuesday, Nov. 19–24, will be the final exam or last meeting for evening classes.

Autumn Quarter final exams  
Friday–Tuesday, Nov. 20–24

Residence halls close for Christmas Break  
Wednesday, Nov. 25

Move-out deadline is 10 a.m.

Thursday–Friday, Nov. 26–27

Campus offices closed.

Christmas Break for students
Nov. 26–Jan. 4

Behold! A Sacred Sounds of Christmas Virtual Experience
Saturday, Dec. 12
7 p.m. PST

You are invited to this joyous interactive celebration of Christmas, filled with intimate and inspiring performances and compelling stories from some of our most gifted alumni, students, and faculty. RSVP now to receive a free downloadable viewing packet and a link to Behold! 

Christmas Week
Thursday, Dec. 24–Monday, Jan. 4

Campus offices closed.

Academic calendars

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

Engage Events

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