In the Loop

January 2021

President Martin responds to events at U.S. Capitol

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, SPU President Dan Martin sent an email to the campus community about the rioting at the U.S. Capitol earlier that day. Read his complete statement.

New virtual 360 Campus Tour

What’s it like here on the Seattle Pacific campus? We hear that question a lot. This new virtual 360 tour lets you see campus for yourself in a whole new way. Take the tour and explore the Seattle Pacific campus and several of our favorite Northwest highlights. 

Autumn Quarter 2020 Dean’s List now available

The Dean’s List quarterly honors were recently awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who completed at least 12 credit hours at Seattle Pacific University and attained a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average. Check out the Dean’s List here.

Response: Becoming Brave with Brenda Salter McNeil

Years before George Floyd’s death ignited protests across the country and around the globe, Seattle Pacific University Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies Brenda Salter McNeil was working on her fifth book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now. Read the Response Q&A about her challenge to readers.

Coming to your mailbox soon — 2020 IRS form 1098-T

The 1098-T is a tax-related document that shows all account charges and financial aid payments that occurred in tax year 2020 for your student. Forms will be mailed by Jan. 31 to each student’s permanent address. The form can also be accessed electronically through the Banner Information System.   

You can find more information regarding the 1098-T and other educational tax benefits on the Student Financial Services website. Please contact SFS if you have questions about your student’s 1098-T form once it’s received.

Handshake: A helping hand for student job searches

If your student is looking for employment while in college, Handshake is ready to help. This 24/7 online hub includes on- and off-campus jobs, internships, and career resources. Once students graduate, Handshake is still available to them as alumni. It also gives students access to global opportunities. 

Resources for students

Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing a variety of resources to students so they can start and finish strong this Winter Quarter — both in and out of the classroom. Here are just some of what SPU offers: 

  • Resource Hub: The portal for students (and their families) to find links to academic support services, career resources, student life services, and wellness resources.  
  • Study-Skills Resources: When your student wants tips on time management, assistance with remote learning, help with writing assignments, and more, the Center for Learning can help.  
  • Affordable Laptop Program: Computer and Information Systems offers a limited number of refurbished Dell XPS 13" touchscreen laptops to students. 
  • SPU Stay Smart newsletter: During this academic year, which is still affected by COVID-19, undergraduate students receive a newsletter each Thursday with a variety of timely information. 
  • Swipe Out Hunger: SPU is partnering with Sodexo again this year to help students experiencing food insecurity. The Swipe Out Hunger program allows students to receive meals through campus dining.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for residential students

All residential students were required to take a COVID-19 test during the first week of Winter Quarter. Residential students received email with their assigned time to be tested, and testing stations were set up in the lowest level of the Dravus Parking Lot. Test results were available within 30 minutes, and Residence Life was onsite and ready to assist students who tested positive. Read the Office of Student Life’s email to students about the testing process.

Online Homecoming and Family Hub

As mentioned in December’s In the Loop newsletter, in lieu of gathering for our on-campus Homecoming and Family Weekend traditionally held in February, we’re working on an exciting new virtual experience — an online Homecoming and Family Hub. It’ll feature interactive opportunities to engage with the SPU community. Watch for an email coming to you soon, giving you the date and more information.

Upcoming events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 18

Campus offices closed. Monday-only evening classes must meet.

Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel
Tuesday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m.
UM YouTube

You are invited to this year’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel, which focuses on “Carrying the Legacy Through the Stories of Black Women.” Watch the virtual Chapel on the University Ministries YouTube channel.

Virtual Career Treks
Registration deadlines extended to 24 hours before each event
$5 per career trek

Students should visit Handshake for a complete list of companies organizations, as well as to register. Students for whom cost is a barrier should email The treks will take place between now and Jan. 28, 2021.

“Justice and Shalom” Second Annual OIEX Diversity Lecture 
Tuesday, Feb. 2
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence invites you to its second annual Diversity Lecture, featuring panelists Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and Dr. Randy Woodley. Learn more about this event.

Daytime classes cancelled
Wednesday, Feb. 10

Classes beginning at 3 p.m. or later must meet.

Presidents Day 
Monday, Feb. 15

All classes meet. Campus offices open.

Joint Virtual Career Fair 
Wednesday, Feb. 24
12–4 p.m.

Students are encouraged to attend this virtual fair. They will have the chance to interact with the employers on a 1:1 and group basis. Information is available to students on Engage.

Academic calendars

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