In the Loop

Autumn Quarter 2023

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Photo by Jeff Evans/WWU

Falcons earn 10th GNAC title with 2-0 win over Vikings

For the 10th time in program history, SPU's women's soccer team secured the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship with a 2–0 win over Western Washington on Thursday night. 

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Orientation 2023

We had a great time welcoming students and their families to SPU during Orientation 2023! Watch our orientation video on our SPU YouTube channel.


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Outdoor Recreation Program

Is your student looking for a way to explore the Pacific Northwest? SPU's Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) has gear to rent, trail info, and planned group excursions. They have hiked Mt. Defiance, Heybrook Lookout, and more. Information at SPU ORP

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Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (SFS) is the one-stop place to get information on bills and loans, payments, financial aid info, and student employment. Find out when payments are due and pay them online at the SFS website


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Study Abroad: Twenty Meters Under the Sea

In 2022, SPU students and professors traveled to the island of Bali, Indonesia, to study marine life and help rejuvenate the island's valuable coral reefs. Students can join the next study abroad program to Bali in the summer of 2024. 


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Join the SPU Facebook Family Group

The SPU Parent and Families Facebook group can help answer questions about your student's campus experience or important deadlines. You'll also get answers from SPU staff moderators. Join the group here

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NWCCU Affirms Accreditation

 SPU received accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This marks the 90th year SPU has been accredited by the NWCCU. 


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Gift Expands Student Ministry Program

Seattle Pacific received a $125,000 gift from two alumni to expand the University's student ministry outreach program. 

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New SPU Leaders

President Porterfield announced the vice president for University Advancement, the vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing, and SPU's interim chief academic officer as her leadership team takes shape



Upcoming events

All times noted below are Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

SPU Autumn Choir Concert

Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. First Free Methodist Church

Don't miss this autumn choir concert, featuring the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Director of Choral Music Ryan Ellis, and the Treble Choir under the direction of Beth Ann Bonnecroy. The event is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. 

Women's Soccer vs. Simon Fraser

Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. Interbay Soccer Stadium 

Fresh off their Thursday night GNAC Championship win over the Vikings, the women's soccer team will celebrate eight seniors at senior night before the Falcons play Simon Fraser at Interbay Stadium. Ticket can be purchased online.

SPU Theatre presents The Christians

Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. McKinley Hall

Pastor Paul has a major announcement for his congregation. He thinks everyone will be happy with what he has to say. He's wrong. 

A play about faith (and faithfulness) in America — and the trouble changing your mind. Directed by Richard Lorig. Written by Lucas Hnath, who won the 2016 Obie Award for excellence in playwriting for The Christians. Tickets are available here

Mark Abbott Lecture on Preaching

Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. First Free Methodist Church

Join us for a special, all-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a public lecture following the conference at 6 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the conference and evening lecture is the Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and the professor of biblical preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additional keynote messages from the Rev. Dr. Scott Dudley, senior pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church; preaching from the Rev. Peter Chin, senior pastor at Rainer Avenue Church; and a panel discussion framed by the Rev. Michael Thomas, senior pastor at Radiant Church. Additional breakouts will be led by Dr. Stephen Newby and the Rev. Ashley Skinner Creek.

All University Chapel: Pastor Peter Chin

Nov. 7 at 11:10 a.m. First Free Methodist Church

Join us for worship and hear Pastor Peter Kim of Rainier Avenue Church speak on "Reconciliation and Revival: The Centrality of the Holy Spirit's Role in the Work of Reconciliation."

SPU Symphony Orchestra's Autumn Concert

Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. First Free Methodist Church 

Under the direction of Director of Music Education and Orchestral Activities Christopher T.F. Hanson, the acclaimed SPU Symphony Orchestra performs in their first concert of the year. This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Veterans Day Observed (holiday)

Friday, Nov. 10

Men's Soccer vs. Western Oregon

Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Interbay Soccer Stadium

SPU's men's soccer team plays Western Oregon on the Falcon's Senior Night at Interbay Soccer Stadium. Purchase your tickets at the door or online. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for schedules, tickets, news, and more. 

Women's Volleyball vs. Western Oregon Wolves

Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. Royal Brougham Pavilion 

The Women's Volleyball team takes on the Western Oregon Wolves in this GNAC matchup on the Falcon's Senior Night in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Purchase your tickets at the door or online here. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for schedules, tickets, news, and more.

Autumn Quarter Final Exams

Nov. 16–21, 2023

Christmas Break for Students

Nov. 22, 2023–Jan. 2, 2024

Academic calendars

SPU academic calendars, including important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2023–24.