Seattle Pacific University: Connections Alumni News
Autumn 2012 | Volume 6, Issue 3
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Yellow ribbon
To commemorate Veterans Day and honor SPU alumni veterans, student volunteers affixed yellow ribbons to trees in Tiffany Loop and metal poles in Martin Square. The Veterans Day Forum hosted a panel of SPU student vets and military personnel sharing their stories of service.

Homecoming 2013: Advancing Our Mission

Homecoming 2013

Make your plans to join your fellow alumni next month for the biggest alumni campus celebration of the year. "Homecoming 2013: Advancing Our Mission," January 24-26, 2013, is a highlight of President Daniel J. Martin's inaugural year. From one end of campus to the other, alumni, students, faculty, parents, and staff will enjoy a wide array of events that include the Student Talent Show, live theatre, and class reunions for years ending in "3" and "8." Attend the Homecoming Luncheon where you will meet this year's Alumna of the Year Margo Jarvies Engberg '89.

And don't forget the basketball battles royales: The SPU Falcon Men vs. the Wolves of Western Oregon University on Thursday, January 24, and the Saints of St. Martin's University on Saturday, January 26.

At the President's Reception in Upper Gwinn Commons on Saturday following the Homecoming Luncheon, you can shake hands with the Martins and bend his ear about the University you love.

The SPU vision of engaging the culture, changing the world remains robust. The president believes it captures exactly what we are about. Make this the year you come to campus for Homecoming and experience for yourself the vital reality of your alma mater, 122 years strong! Register for your class reunion, make a reunion year gift, and check out the Homecoming schedule of events at

Happiness Is a Class Reunion Gift

SPU class reunions

In support of the Homecoming 2013 theme of "Advancing Our Mission," alumni who have reunions next month for the years ending in "3" and "8" are encouraged to mark their milestone reunions by making a reunion year gift.

Seattle Pacific University undergraduate students, 95 percent of them, receive scholarships and/or need-based financial aid. Much of that aid is provided through the generosity of alumni donors who want others to experience the distinctive life-changing education they treasure.

Every gift to Seattle Pacific matters. Today's students are shaped in part by the knowledge that the alumni who have gone before them value their education enough to give back in this tangible way. Think of it as your legacy to students now and students to come.

To make a reunion-year gift, to RSVP for your reunion, and to view your online yearbook, visit your reunion page at or call 1-866-778-2638.

SPU Best in Northwest for Academics/Athletics

The Seattle Pacific Falcons already were flying high in terms of combining athletic and academic success. Now, they're soaring even higher.

The school's athletic program has achieved the No. 3 ranking among NCAA Division II schools, No. 26 among all NCAA institutions, and once again has claimed the top rung among all Pacific Northwest colleges and universities in the 10th annual National Collegiate Scouting Association Power Rankings.

This marks the second year in a row that SPU has been out in front of all schools from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Last year, it was No. 6 on the Division II list and No. 55 overall, meaning this year's places on those respective lists represent a significant jump.

From One to the Next Generation SPU

Legacy reception

The SPU Alumni Association welcomed nearly 60 new students and their alumni parents to campus during Welcome Week in September. It was an afternoon for the record books--full of surprise reunions between parents, joyful storytelling, and plenty of hearty advice for the newcomers. The Alumni Legacy Reception is an annual open house that bears witness to a host of generational legacies.

The crowd included Scott Bryant '90, MBA '98, and Kristin Bryant ‘90, MA ‘98, whose son, Brendan, is a freshman this fall. The Bryants live in Bozeman, Montana, where Scott teaches economics and Kristin teaches honors general chemistry labs at Montana State University. They also brought younger daughter, Grace, to share the bon voyage event with her brother. See the Bryant family enthusiasm on Facebook.

"The legacy reception is one of our favorite days of the entire year," says Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Ken Cornell ‘85. "Hearing how God has led the next generation of SPU alumni families back to SPU is a gift!"

Alumni are urged to make connections and celebrate SPU with a stop by the Alumni Center, and to encourage fellow alums to send their children to SPU to continue building the legacy.

Young Alums: Look Who Came to Dinner

Setting up for dinner
Afton Vander Pol ’06 sets dozens of glassybaby votives to add ambience.

Seattle Pacific's Young Alumni Council sponsored its 10th annual benefit dinner in support of student scholarships and in celebration of an outstanding young alumni community. Seventy attendees filled the candlelit room at trendy 415 Westlake in Seattle's South Lake Union for "Beyond Nickerson," an inspiring evening emceed by YAC President Joel VanderHoek ‘09.

Scholarship recipients Katie Thralls '13 and Katie Ewton '13 each expressed gratitude to those gathered in support of the YAC Endowment.

Young Alumna of the Year Kate Palmen Calamusa ‘07 accepted her award from YAC Vice President Lee Adams ‘04, who praised Calamusa's leadership and commitment to integrity in a world where money and the race for acclaim often win out. The audience applauded Calamusa's remarks in which she thanked SPU for preparing her for work in the corporate sector, and for teaching her the value of perseverance in challenging situations. She is senior fashion writer for the e-commerce shoe division of Nordstrom.

SPU President Daniel J. Martin shared his vision for the University, detailing a passionate desire to continue equipping the SPU family to engage the culture and change the world. Toward the end of the evening, strong financial support was pledged to the scholarship endowment, underwriting the educational goals of promising students.

President Martin at the YAC dinner
President Daniel J. Martin (right) and his wife, Pam, get to know student leader, junior Matt Garcia.

Dinner featured wild Alaska salmon, handmade ravioli, salad made from local artisan lettuce, and caramelized vegetables. The cuisine was made possible by the corporate sponsorship of Blueacre Catering, owned by Chef Kevin Davis and his wife, Teresa Davis ‘07. Kristi Drake '83 shared desserts from her Pike Place bakery, Le Panier. The star menu was the subject of rave post-dinner Facebook chatter.

Honor someone you know by nominating him or her today for the next Young Alum of the Year award!



Staying a Stroke Ahead


Sun River in March
Sun River in March

Hulan Fleming

Hulan Fleming

There are more than a few things colorful about oil painter Hulan Fleming ‘65. His first name is the surname of his parents' doctor. They could think of no more impressive name than that. His father, who had been given it for his middle name, decided Hulan would make a good first name for his son.

In 1948, his art received a boost when his parents signed him up for a correspondence course in commercial art, which he never quite finished because he was drafted. Ironically, in a stint as company painter with the U.S. Army, he painted signs and barracks. In a 40-year fine art career, he has created almost 6,000 paintings.

For all his right brain activity, Fleming has a healthy left brain streak. A physics major at Seattle Pacific University, he engineered the optics for two telescopes in his Experimental Physics course. In 2002, but for all the restrictions, he would have moved to acreage in a planned Arizona astronomical community. This month he plans to attend the dedication of a new planetarium in Pasco, Washington, where he will present an original portrait of each to astronauts Story Musgrave and Charlie Duke (10th man on the moon).

"I guess I might be a very, very poor man's da Vinci," concedes Fleming, who was in Oratorio Society Chorale with Jean Wallace. They would marry two months after her graduation from Seattle Pacific in 1958.

In high school physics class, Fleming was earning a "D" until he made an electrostatic generating machine that resulted in an "A." After Seattle Pacific, he taught junior high science for three years.

An impressionistic realist, Fleming has found his forte in Western art, vivid renderings of cowboys, tumble weeds, and landscapes. "It's not truly historical to detail but bears the spiritual idea of the place," he says. Fleming's work, which sells all over the country, has been accepted three times in the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. His visions come largely from the places he has seen and experienced.

The son of a Free Methodist pastor, Fleming and an assistant once painted a mural on the side of a building in The Dalles, Oregon. It depicts Pulpit Rock, a stone monument commemorating a nearby piece of ground known as the area's primary Methodist meeting and preaching site of the early 19th century.

Fleming keeps strong ties with Free Methodist friends at Warm Beach and Warm Beach Senior Community. Every August he honors his spiritual heritage by donating a painting to the Warm Beach benefit auction in support of helping kids get to camp.

Flower Lovers Urged to "Buy American"

Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing

You might be surprised to learn that American-grown flowers need advocates. Eighty percent of cut flowers sold in the U.S. come from outside the country. Debra Prinzing '81 advocates a change. The president of the national Garden Writers Association, representing more than 1,500 professional communicators in horticulture, environment, and design, she believes that SPU alumni can appreciate the importance of floral stewardship.

"The worst of America is the attitude of ‘I want what I want when I want it,'" says Prinzing, who has written on gardens and design for numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens, The Los Angeles Times, and Woman's Day. "Do we want a consumption-based, throwaway society that pays little attention to the repercussions of impetuous greed? What of the major environmental impact involved in shipping flowers on jumbo jets from one or more continents away, then trucking them across the country from Miami, where most imported flowers enter, just to save a few dollars per bouquet?" The reality is that the $40 billion industry is dominated by corporations that import their flower bouquets from overseas.

So Prinzing encourages the floral trade and their customers to thoughtfully consider where their flowers were grown and who grew them. She wants them to invest in and support American-grown flowers.

Her book, The 50 Mile Bouquet, urges Americans to support the sourcing of flowers locally, from backyards and farmers' markets, or even from a flower farm in a nearby state. One of the book's featured growers is Janet Larson Foss ‘78, owner of J. Foss Garden Flowers in Chehalis, Washington. Many of her flowers are included in Prinzing's newest book scheduled for publication in February, Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm.

Prinzing says there's nothing quite like cut flowers close to home. "There's nothing more appealing than a fresh flower, full of God's beauty and nature's fragrance, clipped straight from the garden or purchased from a flower farmer who I know and respect."

Alumni Have Their Privileges

As an alum of Seattle Pacific University, you are part of a worldwide network of more than 32,000 living persons with the shared experience of being a graduate of SPU. Do you know all the advantages of SPU alumni? What have you been missing? Exercise your privileges. Discover your benefits today. Check out three of the most popular benefits:

Find More Than Career Guidance

At a difficult transition period in his life, Alex Johnson '07 made an appointment with SPU's senior career counselor Karen Altus. As an alum, he is entitled to receive one free counseling appointment each year ($50 for additional appointments).

A business administration major with a concentration in international business, Johnson had also completed SPU's study abroad program in China. He and Altus discussed his business experience, defined what he enjoyed in his work, and began to investigate what he wanted in a fulfilling career.

It was what Johnson needed. "More than guide me, Karen simply helped me talk through the wide range of thoughts that were swimming through my own head," he says. "She helped me organize those thoughts and make sense of them. In other words, rather than paint the picture for me, she helped to guide me in sketching the picture I was seeking to paint for myself."

Acting as a valuable sounding board is just one of the many benefits alumni enjoy through an ongoing relationship with the Center for Career and Calling. Alumni also have access to SPU JobLink and resources such as LinkedIn videos and Resume webinar. They are invited to the CCC's quarterly networking mixer, job and internship fairs, and workshops. For resources specific to SPU academic areas, see Resources by School.

Jump Back in With the Alumni Facebook Page

SPU Alumni Facebook

Every month, the SPU Alumni Facebook page grows by hundreds of participants. In little more than a year, the page has mushroomed into a community of more than 3,000. If you're one of them, spread the word!

Alumni come looking for SPU events and news of interest, to read and share comments with other alumni, and to reconnect with old friends. The page not only helps them keep tabs on the University and to be a part of the conversation, but also provides them with information on a variety of alumni benefits.

A favorite attraction is the Friday Photo, a nostalgic image from the past. A robust conversation often ensues with alumni tagging, commenting, and rolling out the memories. Often the most popular post of the week, Friday Photo recently competed with a firestorm of activity around the news of Margo Jarvies Engberg '89 being chosen SPU Alumna of the Year. Denizens of Facebook also find the primary University Facebook page to be content-rich with items related to faith and culture.

Access the Global SPU Alumni Network

Membership in the SPU Alumni Directory is exclusive to alumni and free. Connect now by simply registering. When you do, you can search the directory, submit class notes, and upload your resume.

Holy Spirit Book Attracts Attention

Jack Levison

Jack Levison

Professor of New Testament Jack Levison's new book on the Holy Spirit, Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life (Paraclete Press) is receiving strong attention from church and media observers.

Relevant magazine ran "5 Misunderstandings About the Holy Spirit" in which Levison writes that the Holy Spirit is neither tyrant nor coddler, but a steady, inspiring presence. "The Holy Spirit understands that we learn best against the odds, in hardship, in the hostile desert rather than along the peaceful banks of the Jordan River."

In Light and Life magazine, the official media voice of the Free Methodist Church denomination, Levison, in both the English and the Spanish translations, wrote about "The Holy Spirit, the Spectacular and the Ordinary."

"Over the past two years, I've hung out with a terrific group of (SPU) students who discussed my latest book ... even before it had a title. Early on, all of them confessed that they associated the Holy Spirit with mountaintop experiences -- campfires, retreats -- but not the grit of everyday life." For those exploring the full dimensions of the Spirit and its work, Levison's book is a valuable resource for a more complete and compelling examination.

Did You Know?

One of the ways former Ohioan and SPU President Daniel J. Martin and his family acclimated themselves to the Northwest was to go charter fishing out of Westport, Washington. Although conditions were stomach-churning 35 miles out to sea, that didn't stop the Martins from populating the family freezer with a nice supply of sea bass.

SPU President Dan Martin is the former president of Ohio's Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where the incoming freshman class once stuffed his downstairs walk-in shower with more than 30 live bodies. Why? Well, to see how many it would hold, of course.

Pam Martin is a former director of the children's department at her church. She remembers one little girl who prayed fervently for Pam and her husband thus: "God, be with Mrs. Pam and Mr. Pam!"

SPU Moms Visit Mother and daughter

Nearly 280 moms and students filled Upper Gwinn Commons November 3 to enjoy Mom's Day brunch and a student-emceed, student-designed, and student-modeled fashion show highlighting SPU's burgeoning clothing and textiles program.

Parent Council President Marie Anderson hosted an interview with Pam Martin, wife of SPU President Daniel J. Martin. Sharleen Kato '84, director of Family and Consumer Sciences, introduced young alumnae Carlynne Morrison '10 and Angela Bees '07, who shared how life at SPU prepared them for vocational exploration and success.

We hope SPU moms will plan now to join us next year for another fun-filled Mom's Day. And stay tuned for Dad's Day details -- a date will be announced following the release of the Seattle Sounders spring schedule.

Renting at Camp Casey

Being an alum of Seattle Pacific University allows you to rent facilities for discount rates at Camp Casey Conference Center on stunning Whidbey Island. Year–round, buildings of multiple sizes are available. Prices per person per night start at $20.

Remember, too, the opportunity to bring your nonprofit organization or school to Camp Casey at discounted prices.

For more information on either of these opportunities, contact

"Alumni Rate" at
Fort Casey Inn

A getaway to Fort Casey Inn is available to all SPU alumni at the special "alumni rate" of $129 a night. Two-night minimum, October 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. The two-bedroom water view units include a living area with gas fireplace and a full kitchen. Contact 866-661-6604 or for your beautiful Whidbey Island escape.

Alumni Discount to "Wildlights"

Alumni perk alert! SPU alumni receive $1 off admission to Woodland Park Zoo’s new holiday exhibit, "Wildlights." Use promo code: SPU. Visit between November 23 and New Year’s Day.

Featured Podcasts

Hear SPU President Daniel J. Martin give this year's State of the University address.

Check out "Waking Up Startled" with Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina, this year's Opening Convocation address.

Discover more about the innovative minds behind iTunes U and other Instructional Technology Services at SPU.

Campus Jobs

Office Assistant, Human Resources (Part-time).
Greet visitors, answer phones, handle general questions, manage records, and direct calls and questions to appropriate staff members.

Payroll Supervisor,
Finance Office.

Supervise staff and students in payroll department. Includes interviewing and hiring, monitoring workflow, performing evaluations, and providing direction and training as needed. Implement policies and procedures related to University payroll and provide interpretation and direction as needed.

For more information and to apply for these and other open positions at SPU, see

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Alumni/Faculty Bookshelf

The Fundraiser's Guide cover

The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications
(Emerson & Church Publishers)
by Jeff Brooks ‘83

$17.96 (paperback)
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Fresh Air cover

Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life
(Paraclete Press)
by Jack Levison, Professor of New Testament

$11.83 (paperback)
Details and ordering

The 50 Mile Bouquet cover

The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers
(St. Lynn's Press)
by Debra Prinzing ‘81

$12.21 (hardcover)
Details and ordering

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