Autumn 2007 | Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to Connections!
Here is your brand new quarterly online source of news and notes of particular interest to all Seattle Pacific alumni. With each issue, we'll bring you updates about the University, alumni events, and sports action -- even film and book reviews you can't get anywhere else.
Connections is the perfect complement to the in-depth articles found in SPU's Response magazine. This e-newsletter provides quick, easy-to-read information, and in just a few minutes, you'll be "in the know."
We hope you find Connections both useful and informative, because we want you to take an important, ongoing role in the life and health of your alma mater. Let us know what you think!
Doug Taylor '87
Director of Alumni
Falcon Women Go National
Falcon women athletes have excelled this fall, showing the nation the high caliber of student-athletes at Seattle Pacific University.
Sophomore Jessica Pixler won her first-ever NCAA Division II cross country national title November 11, helping lead the Falcons to a second place finish, the highest-ever in the history of the Falcon cross country program. Pixler beat her closest opponent by 13.6 seconds over a 6,000-kilometer course in Pensacola, Florida.
Also in the spotlight, the Falcon women's soccer team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, suffered their only loss of the season in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II National Championships at Orange Beach, Alabama, on November 29.
Read more about this and other Falcon sports.
Homecoming's Coming January 24-26, 2008
Don’t miss one of the biggest campus celebrations all year -- Homecoming and Family Weekend 2008. Find your reunion date and time, and register today.
Return to your alma mater to connect with friends, and celebrate the 2008 Alumnus of the Year, former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Samuel Lin '65. Cheer the Falcons in basketball, enjoy a theatre performance or concert, visit a class, or hear President Philip Eaton speak on "Hope and the Christian University."
See a full schedule of Alumni Events.
Young Alumni Dinner Grows Endowment
The 118 young alumni guests at this year's Young Alumni Scholarship Endowment Dinner on October 19 added more than $5,290 to the endowment for student scholarships; the Young Alumni Scholarship Endowment now exceeds $65,000.
Speakers at the event included 2006 Miss Washington Kristen Eddings '06 and molecular biologist John Medina, director of SPU's Brain Center for Applied Research. Also featured was Aleya Hanson '08, coordinator of the Kenya Water Project and recipient of the Young Alumni Endowment Scholarship for 2007-08.
To contribute to the endowment, call 206-281-2702 or toll-free 888-591-9778.
Benaroya Hall Decked With Sacred Sounds
"The Sacred Sounds of Christmas," Seattle Pacific University's annual yuletide gift to Seattle, was unwrapped November 25 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. A sold-out audience of 2,400 was treated to the story of Advent presented by Seattle Pacific's Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and other premier music ensembles.
Don't miss any of the exciting events open to alumni -- from athletic competitions to threatre productions and lectures. Learn more about SPU's Engage Event Series.
New Era in Premed Advising
At Professor of Biology Ken Moore's retirement party on September 29, Seattle Pacific University celebrated the driving force behind what has become one of the most successful pre-health career advising programs in the country. Moore leaves the program in the capable hands of Associate Professor Cynthia Fitch, described by a student as "one of those GPS devices that talks to you while driving."
A new advisory board plans health care mentoring options, increased opportunities for multiethnic students under-represented in medicine, and scholarship assistance for students going into health care professions.
In each of the last five years, SPU achieved medical school acceptance rates of 90 to 100 percent. Learn more about pre-professional health sciences at SPU.