Frank Vargas

Meet Frank

Admissions job: As a Transfer Admissions Counselor, I use my experience in education to help guide and support students’ academic goals. Working in education for nearly two decades has enabled me to understand what students need through active listening, participation, guiding and counseling.

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Education: Eastern Washington University, BA Marketing and Design

Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue.

A trip I’d like to take: Barcelona, Spain; Italy; and Ireland

Family: My wife Ella and I have been together for over ten years and we have four kids between us! I have two children, Lauren (19) and Alex (16). My daughter is a junior at Eastern Washington University majoring in psychology who hopes to someday become a child psychiatrist. My son is a junior in high school who has been interested in computer graphics since the age of 11! He plans on working as a Motion Graphic Designer/3D generalist. I also have two stepchildren, Nika (22) and Daniel (20). Nika works as a marketing manager for Ferrari of Bellevue and Daniel works as drone technician for Autel Robotics.

Books reading now: Awaken the Giant Within You

Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come, and Fight Club

Favorite thing about SPU: My favorite thing about SPU is the deep-rooted Christian values.

Advice for high school/transfer students: Though academics is an important aspect of life for personal and professional growth, I would encourage students to also live life to the fullest! Take advantage of all the opportunities that are available all around you! Travel and meet new people so that you can learn outside of your world and more about the world around you!

Hobbies & Fun Facts: Often my wife and I will explore our beautiful state by finding hidden walking trails, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, and exploring coffee shops! I enjoy driving, architecture, cars, home remodeling, building model cars, marketing design, music, and art. Fun fact: Both my wife and I have a dream about opening our own coffee shop and serving European-style pastries – perhaps one day!