Seattle Pacific University: Connections Alumni News
Summer 2013 | Volume 7, Issue 1
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Bon voyage

New Alumni: You're Invited to Stay Engaged With SPU

Class of 2013 graduates, we wish you a bon voyage and remind you that you do not sail alone. You are now official members of the Seattle Pacific University Alumni Association. Congratulations, and welcome! We have enjoyed getting to know you on campus and want to do all we can to connect you with your classmates in the future, provide you with career search resources, and offer you ways to stay engaged with Seattle Pacific. Be sure to join the SPU Alumni LinkedIn group, "like" us on Facebook, attend the upcoming alumni career fair, and stop by the Center for Career and Calling, where you -- as an alum wanting to shine up your resume for the job search -- are always welcome.

Thank A Prof

Save the date of October 15 for our Thank A Prof event in Upper Gwinn Commons, where faculty and alums gather at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of reunion and celebration, hosted by the Young Alumni Council. Graduates of the last decade will receive official invitations in September. Then plan to join us again for everyone's favorite Christmas season kickoff, Tradition, on December 6. You'll also want to mark your calendar for your first official alumni Homecoming weekend, January 30-February 1, 2014. Watch the SPU website and your mail this fall for complete details on these and other events.

Please contact the SPU Alumni Center with any questions. This is where you can update your contact information, pick up your free alumni gift, and/or learn more about serving with the Young Alumni Council. We want to stay connected with you!

New SPU Alumni-Finder Tool on LinkedIn

For alumni who are interested in making the most of LinkedIn for networking, job hunting, and professional development, there is a new alumni-finder tool that enables you to locate fellow Falcons around the country working in targeted industries. If you are already on LinkedIn, simply go to your homepage and select the "network" tab at the top of your page navigation. From the drop-down menu, choose "find alumni." From there you can find where SPU alumni work, where they live, what they do, what they studied, and how you may already be connected.

There is also a fresh, new focus on the existing Seattle Pacific Alumni Group. If you are not already a member, be sure to join. This is a closed group dedicated to SPU alumni, and it is a great way to reconnect with classmates, do some networking, and respond to periodic discussions and polls related to faith and work.


Alumni and the Inaugural Year

President Daniel J. Martin

President Martin on Inauguration Day.

The Inaugural Year of Seattle Pacific University President Daniel J. Martin afforded a rare opportunity for alumni, donors, and the extended campus community to observe up close a change in leadership. Martin is only the 10th president in the University's 121-year history.

The inauguration took place on April 2, 2013, in Seattle's McCaw Hall. Before an audience that included five former SPU presidents spanning the past 45 years, and faculty, staff, students, and delegates from more than 65 colleges and universities, Alumni Board President Gary Newbill and other visiting dignitaries spoke words of congratulation, encouragement, and inspiration.

For an uplifting glimpse of the inauguration, watch this video clip.

Inaugural Year Academic Showcase Events included concerts, lectures, arts exhibits, and the spring Theatre production "Letters to Sala," the Northwest premiere of the moving true story of Sala Garncarz, a young Jewish girl who survived World War II German concentration camps. What kept her alive were the more than 300 letters that were mailed or smuggled to her by family and friends on the outside. A special Night at the Theatre event was sponsored by the SPU Alumni Association, the President's Circle, and the Wellspring Society, and featured a reception and a conversation with playwright Arlene Hutton and Sala's daughter, Ann Garncarz Kirschner.

"The talk-back session was as moving as the production itself," says Linda Nolte '82, assistant director of alumni and parent relations. She urges alumni to watch for upcoming Nights at the Theatre.


Microsoft Alumni Meet the President

Microsoft logo

Last spring, 50 Seattle Pacific University graduates now employed at Microsoft enjoyed lunch with SPU President Daniel J. Martin. They are among the more than 150 SPU alumni who work in a variety of Microsoft departments from Bing to Xbox.

Most hadn't yet personally connected with Martin in his inaugural year as president. They met him one-on-one and heard his fresh perspective about what's on the horizon for SPU. He told them how great it was to see them in their vocational element at Microsoft, and expressed a desire for them to keep in touch with their alma mater.

President Martin also highlighted Microsoft’s culture of giving and thanked the alums gathered for their generosity to their alma mater. He then described projects in progress to renovate parts of Brougham Pavilion, including the weight room and the Falcon Club, and encouraged the Microsoft staff to support these projects during Microsoft’s annual giving campaign in October.

Also in attendance were faculty members from the School of Business and Economics and the Computer Engineering Program. There was almost a reunion atmosphere for many of the alumni as they reconnected. Some knew each other from their SPU days but hadn't connected as Microsoft colleagues until the luncheon.

"It was a great opportunity to personally meet President Martin as well as other SPU alumni," says Carl Anselmi '86, a 17-year veteran of Microsoft and a senior program manager for Microsoft research labs. "It was great to hear about the upcoming projects and changes happening. It made me want to get more involved as an alum and support SPU in a more consistent way."

Microsoft alumni stay active with their alma mater in several ways, including judging student entries in the annual Social Venture Plan Competition, volunteering as mentors for students exploring career paths, and setting up School of Business and Economics student study abroad experiences with Microsoft-Beijing, an opportunity spearheaded by Vice President of Worldwide Sales Mike Quinn '85.

The buffet luncheon, sponsored by SPU's Alumni Office and catered by Microsoft at its corporate campus, was, says Alumni Director Kenneth Cornell, "a wonderful time of connection together in the work place. We look forward to making this a tradition!"


Alum Takes Part in Microsoft Africa Initiative

Ivan Lumala

Lumala

Microsoft is coming alongside the entrepreneurial youth of Africa, and 1990 Seattle Pacific University graduate Ivan Lumala is helping them shape a software ecosystem for their continent.

As the technology officer for Microsoft's 4Afrika Initiative, Lumala has returned to his native Uganda to live and help accelerate the economic development of Africa through technology in order to improve the continent's global competitiveness.

"The young entrepreneurs are writing the new Africa story," says Lumala, who worked for several years as a departmental manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. "They are not sitting there [waiting for the tools], but they are delighted when we show up to remove some hurdles so they can reach their destination faster."

Plans include placing tens of millions of smart devices in African hands, including the hands of Africans living in rural regions, and bringing a million small and medium-sized businesses online. Tens of thousands of Africans will receive technical skills training, and 75,000 recent graduates will receive job-placement assistance from Microsoft.

"We are not doing this for them," says Lumala. "That would be a Microsoft solution. This way takes longer but it is theirs, and they have a vested interest to refine it and sustain it."

Lumala, who founded Leadership Advancement International, a nonprofit US organization that provides university educations and leadership training to promising African youth, knows firsthand what a little help can do. He was sponsored by an American family to attend Seattle Pacific to study computer science, and was mentored by several individuals on campus. Alec Hill '75, MA '93 -- the 2012 Alumnus of the Year and president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship -- was Lumala's Centurion service honorary advisor and continues to mentor Lumala and "pray for and with me."

Opportunity, says Lumala, is central to Africa's success: bright young people with the right tools, help available when encountering technical issues, and knowledge that small startups of 3-5 people have Microsoft for a partner. It's a recipe for success that fills Lumala and his fellow Africans with a great deal of optimism.

Collecting Baseball Stadiums

Adrienne and Joshua Meier

University Archivist Adrienne Thun Meier '04 and her husband, SPU Senior Systems Analyst Joshua Meier '04, share a hobby of traveling to all 30 of the nation's Major League Baseball stadiums. Here they are in 2012 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California. As of Opening Day 2013, their belts had 24 notches. On their honeymoon in 2006, they visited stadiums in Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. They were rained out only once, in Boston in 2010, and they were in Houston when Seattle Mariners' pitcher Felix Hernandez earned his 100th win. Their favorite stadium? PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, because of its "fantastic view," interesting food options, and local color and history.

From Ashton Hall to African Missions

Sonia and Bill Shaw

The Shaws.

Longtime Assemblies of God missionaries Sonia Jordeth Shaw '79 and her husband, Bill, have spent 27 years in Ghana, Chad, and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They currently help establish new Bible school campuses to address a severe shortage of national pastors. In one region, there are more than 150 churches but only one trained pastor.

Sonia recently completed a master's degree in missional leadership from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Her thesis examined the improvement of short-term mission experiences. The Shaws have hosted a number of American college student interns, who performed hands-on ministry in and around the city of Lubumbashi, and studied French or Swahili during their stay in the DR Congo.

"In recent years, a huge amount of money has been poured into short-term mission efforts," says Sonia, who underscores that it is an amount now equal to that spent on long-term mission endeavors. "[The short-term experience] needs to be more strategic than it has been in the past."

Though she arrived at Seattle Pacific 38 years ago with a heart for missions, Sonia says the University refined and sharpened her for global ministry: "I learned how to study the Bible for personal growth in our dorm devotions on 4th Floor Ashton. Alice Reid, my missions and Psalms professor, told stories of her work in India. My English professors were all amazing and taught me much about writing and critical reading. Our subsequent [missionary] newsletters and our daughters' homeschool education benefitted greatly."

Sonia says that relationships and prayer are the keys to missions. "We Westerners need not come in and try to ‘fix' things, which sometimes leads to a waste of resources. What we need is the patience to get acquainted with the local people, find out their real needs, and back them up in finding local solutions to the problems. And in prayer, as Jesus told his disciples, we must ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field."

The need for missionaries today is larger, she believes, because of the great number of people "outside the reach of the gospel."


Horses of Healing

Kelsey Devoille

Devoille with one of her equine therapists.

Would you tell your troubles to a horse? Kelsey Devoille MS '12, licensed marriage and family therapy associate, says equine-assisted psychotherapy, while still uncommon, has been proven effective for people struggling with stress and tough life challenges such as depression, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Her Unbridled Counseling practice in Kirkland, Washington, combined with a childhood on horseback and more than 15 years' experience competing and instructing in the local equestrian community, have given her a unique perspective on what it takes to find and maintain balanced emotional health.

"My study at SPU allowed me to connect with my authentic self as a therapist," says Devoille, who earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and business from the University of Washington. She found the biggest impact on her career goals came from her SPU practicum groups, where she was challenged to discover how the knowledge she had gained from her studies fit with her worldview and beliefs about change in people. "I came to see how my past experience with horses could inform my work as a therapist."

Devoille, who specializes in adolescents and young adults, offers traditional talk therapy but may match her clients to one of three horses: Poppy, an Irish Sport, Arabian mix; Dublin, an Irish Sport; or Ria, a Morgan. It's up to each client to interact with the horses and decide which one to stay with for the course of treatment. Despite weighing in at more than a thousand pounds each, the horses engender trust in people and act as mediators when a client finds it difficult to express deep feelings to another person.

Says Devoille, "Something about horses and their emotional intuition and complete lack of judgment brings out authenticity that can be hard to find elsewhere."


FCS Honors Merchandising Expert, Class of 1990

FCS Alumna of the Year

FCS Alumna of the Year Snow with 2013 SPU Alumna of the Year Margo Engberg.

For their first FCS Alumna of the Year, the faculty of Family and Consumer Sciences chose Julie Elvig Snow '90. Snow, who graduated with a degree in clothing and textiles, demonstrates "outstanding leadership in her field." She is vice president of design and merchandising at Cutter & Buck, Inc., manufacturer of premium sports apparel and outerwear.

"Julie is a strong leader in her profession and a strong supporter of Seattle Pacific University," said Jaeil Lee, professor and director of the clothing and textiles program in FCS, who introduced Snow at the awards ceremony. She noted that Snow's family ties to SPU are equally robust. She married her college sweetheart, Andy Snow '91, and her mother-in-law is Professor Emerita of Nursing Lilyan Snow.

Snow also provided distinguished leadership as an SPU student. She coordinated the annual student fashion show, served on the Student Union Board (STUB), and was active in Concert Choir.

Her 10-year career path at Cutter & Buck spans many key areas of the company, where she has served as design director for men's and women's apparel, women's apparel inventory manager, and international and licensed merchandise manager, along with holding various positions within the Products Group.

"We are so proud of Julie and looking forward to witnessing more of her success and impact in the fashion world," concluded Lee. "She is a role model to SPU students and the community."


70 Years of Favorites Captured in Cookbook

Head, Heart, & Soul

Sharon Eaton's Mocha Punch. Professor Emerita Stella Warnick's Butterscotch-Chiffon Cake. The Bev Smith Anderson '60 recipe for Hot Crab Dip. The Kaari Lee Landblom '03 recipe for Auntie Jeanne's Zesty Spaghetti Sauce. Do you remember the best recipes of Dorothy Kreider '33?

Seven decades of good eating are sandwiched between the covers of Head, Heart, & Soul, a cookbook commemorating 70 years of SPU's Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), formerly Home Economics. From its founding by Kreider in 1942, through 2012, the book celebrates the department's mission "to empower individuals and families through food, clothing, shelter, and relationships."

Head, Heart, & Soul makes a tasteful gift and historical keepsake. The 284-page spiral-bound cookbook with laminated covers is $25. Order yours. All proceeds go to the FCS Alumni Scholarship fund. Sample recipe:

Cheese Rice Soufflé
by C. May Marston

4 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter

1 cup grated cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked rice

Beat egg yolk slightly. Add milk, melted butter, cheese, salt, and rice. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in buttered dish at 350 degrees until firm. Good alone or served with creamed fish or chicken.


Honoring SPU Military Personnel Past and Present

Suport our troops

About 100 people attended a Memorial Day gathering in Eaton Hall to honor veterans in active service and the sacrifices of fallen US military men and women, including those Seattle Pacific students and graduates killed in war.

Among those in attendance were President Daniel J. Martin, Truc Nhan of the Seattle Veterans Center, and members of the campus Military and Veteran Support Cadre, organizers of the event. Professor of History Bill Woodward, retired lieutenant colonel in the National Guard, spoke about Memorial Day's history and its significance for remembering veterans' military service.

The ceremony concluded with the reading of the names of the fallen by Associate Professor of Psychology Margaret Brown. These included Washington state residents who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq this year, and the following names of SPU's own:

Seattle Pacific students and graduates killed in war (for whom records were kept):

Chaplain David Youngdahl, lost in the North Atlantic, February 7, 1943
Technical SGT Robert S. Wren, lost in New Guinea, October 27, 1943
Technical SGT Herald (Herlie) E. Leise, lost in Alaska, June 12, 1944
Technical SGT Glen O. Hardeman, lost in Germany, July 1944
Lt. P. Allan Fisher, killed in action near St. Lo, France, July 22, 1944
Technical SGT Dean R. Rose, lost in France, August 1, 1944
1LT Owen Lee Graham, lost in Germany, August 24, 1944
Chaplain Frank Tiffany, lost off the Philippines in a prison ship,
October 24, 1944
PVT C. Benton Peterson, lost in Luzon, January 1945
CPL G. W. Endicott, lost on Iwo Jima, February 25, 1945
2LT Wilson B. Haslam, lost off Leyte, March 15, 1945
SGT Robert V. Damon, killed in Korea, April 10, 1951
1LT Nicholas A. Madrazo, killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, September 9, 2008


Four Young Alumni and Their Unique Summer Plans

Gavin Brand '13
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Accepted into the US Army Chaplain Corps

Gavin Brand

Brand

A man of inspiration and hope, Gavin Brand wants to encourage others to seek God under the unique pressures presented by military service. One of this year's Seattle Pacific University Baccalaureate speakers, Brand capped his final year at SPU by graduating and being commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. He will soon begin a one-year chaplaincy internship near Joint Base Lewis-McChord before attending seminary. "My prayer for military men and women is that they would meet Jesus and never be the same," says Brand. "That depression, anxiety, fear, and doubt would have no hold on any of them, and that the light of the gospel of peace would put them at ease to serve and protect America." It was at SPU that the philosophy major grew in faith, organized men's prayer breakfasts, and inspired prayer and outreach across campus. He became a student ministry coordinator and leader of a men's ministry. During boot camp exercises last summer, Brand organized an ad-hoc prayer group among fellow ROTC recruits that allowed him to pray over the men in his platoon. At SPU, he says, "there was a fantastic expectation and encouragement to succeed."

Daniel Dudley ‘12
Seattle, Washington
Begins medical school at the University of Washington

Daniel Dudley

Dudley

Graduating cum laude, physiology major and physician's son Daniel Dudley is committed to become an artist with scalpel and suture. As a student intern and research assistant on the Seattle Children's Hospital Craniofacial Research Team, he saw firsthand the night-and-day difference in patients under the care of a skilled surgeon. He witnessed with awe what he calls "a mix of art and science." This month, he starts a four-year MD degree program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The school received about 5,000 applications for 220 openings. "With its fantastic record of helping graduates get into medical school, SPU provided the right premed program for me," says Dudley. "My professors genuinely wanted to see me succeed; they were my mentors and inspired me to pursue God's calling for my life." He believes that may involve a subspecialty of pediatrics, possibly craniofacial medicine or neurology.

Megan Lindsay '13
Spokane, Washington
Signs pro contract with Finland soccer franchise

Megan Lindsay

Lindsay

The dream of playing international soccer recently came true for Megan Lindsay. A star forward on the SPU women's soccer team, and a member of the Seattle Sounders Women, a franchise in the W-League, she moved to Finland this summer to play for Kokkola Futis 10, a team in the Finnish League. She credits the coaches at SPU who helped her get to the next level. They had a lot to work with. Lindsay led the conference last season with 12 goals. Her 41 career goals rank third all-time in Falcons program history. Head Coach Chuck Sekyra says this about her athleticism, "Megan is one of the best forwards to come out of the Northwest in the last few years. She has it all -- strength, speed, great ability to score goals and beat defenders off the dribble, and she is a tremendous passer." Lindsay says her professors were not only easy to talk to but willing to work around her soccer trips, "so I never fell behind in class." The food and nutritional sciences major, and National Honor Society member, has plans to one day enter nursing school.

Christa Pierce '13
Portland, Oregon
Gets agent, inks two-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers

Christa Pierce

Pierce

It could be argued that Christa Pierce received something extra as a result of her major/minor at SPU. Her one-two punch of creative writing minor and illustration/new pictures major helped hone her skills and land both a New York agent and a children's book contract with HarperCollins Publishers, one of the biggest book publishers in the business. Though it will be Valentine's Day 2014 before the book releases, Did You Know That I Love You? is an early reader about the power of love. As SPU's ASSP publicist for two years, Pierce received exposure for her work with posters, flyers, and T-shirts across campus, which led to freelance jobs. She attended campus meetings of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and studied abroad in South Africa the summer of her sophomore year. Pierce says animation and advertising are two other appealing career paths.





Did You Know?


Seattle Pacific University athletes have won 34 NCAA post-graduate scholarships in the past 32 years.

Sodexo's District Executive Chef David Pisegna loves to share his cooking expertise in Gwinn Commons with hungry SPU faculty, staff, and students. He is the author of the cookbook, Food for All Seasons (Chronicle Books, 1990), which features 80 of his favorite recipes.

In 1999, Republican Clyde Ballard, now a member of the SPU Board of Trustees, shared the title of speaker of the house in the Washington State Legislature with Democrat Frank Chopp. The unusual power split was necessary because the general election of the previous November had sent 49 representatives from each party to the House.


Please Help Us With the Alumni Website

What would you like in a redesigned alumni website for Seattle Pacific University? Please take a few minutes to tell us your thoughts. Your opinion will help shape the future website. Thank you!


Romancing the Steinway: Professor Takes One Last Turn at the Keyboard

Wayne Johnson

Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
E.E. Bach Theatre
Free


In 37 years on the Seattle Pacific University music faculty, Wayne Johnson reckons he has performed "around 80 recitals." Now he prepares for retirement in 2014 with one last musical offering for the public. He will play many of his personal favorites from the romantic literature of such greats as Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, DeFalla, and Sibelius. "Romancing the Steinway" this fall will capture Johnson's long-running passion for solo piano performance.

The program will include verbal commentary in addition to some of the world's best-loved piano music.

Since coming to Seattle in 1977, Johnson has given hundreds of performances as recitalist, chamber musician, and lecturer in community and university arts events throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. His CD titled Salon Classics From the Golden Age of the Piano features neglected gems from the Romantic era.


"Becoming Soulmates" Conference With Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Saturday, October 29
9 a.m. -4 p.m.
Northshore Baptist Church
Kirkland, Washington


Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Cost: $79 per couple before September 30, $115 after. Registration includes a best-selling book by the Parrotts.

Ready to transform your marriage? Don't miss the "Becoming Soulmates" conference with two of America's leading relationship experts – SPU professor of psychology Les Parrott and marriage and family therapist Leslie Parrott.

Whether you're seriously dating, engaged, newlywed, or married for decades, you'll learn valuable tools and tips at this all-day seminar. There's even a special session for those who want to become marriage mentors.

Questions? Visit spu.edu/soulmates or call 206‑281‑2759.


Join Forces for Falcons Athletic Action in a City
Near You!


SPU basketball

Falcons on the Road 2013-14 will provide electrifying action from Anchorage, Alaska, to Anaheim, California. The Seattle Pacific University Alumni Association invites you to join in the fun by taking in a game and special reception for Falcons fans at one or more of these locations:

Stanford University
Palo Alto, California
Men's Basketball
Saturday, November 2, time TBA

Disney-CCA Tip-Off Classic
Anaheim Arena
Anaheim, California
Men's Basketball
November 9 (SPU Brunch Reception 10 a.m., in Arena lobby; Game 11:15 a.m.). 3-Day tournament package, including Disneyland and hotel accommodations

Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington
Men's Basketball
Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m.

University of Alaska-Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
Men's Basketball
Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m.

St. Martin's University
Lacey, Washington
Women's Basketball
Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, Idaho
Men's Basketball
Saturday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.

Group seating for SPU fans! For Falcons tickets or to RSVP for a reception, call the Alumni Center at 800-921-3456.
Get more information.

*Schedule subject to change.

President’s Circle members will also be invited to a special reception at the following athletic events:

Simon Fraser University (B.C.)
Interbay Stadium
Men’s Soccer
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m

Northwest Nazarene University
Brougham Pavilion
Women’s Basketball
Saturday, February 15, 5:15 p.m.

Western Washington University
Brougham Pavilion
Men’s Basketball
Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m.

For information about the President’s Circle and these special events, please visit spu.edu/presidentscircle or call 206-281-2131.


Shoot, Score, and Sign-up for Alumni Intramurals

Alumni intramurals teams are forming this fall and want you to play! Rally your alumni friends and look for information on how to sign-up on the SPU Intramurals Facebook page, or contact Intramurals Manager Adam Finch '02 at acfinch@spu.edu.
Learn more.

Soccer and volleyball are bound to be popular, but the sky's the limit. If you are excited about a particular sport, let Finch know.


Most Beautiful Campus

SPU campus

The editors at ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org have selected Seattle Pacific University one of The 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges in America. The list was compiled as an aid for prospective students looking for a Christian school "where their quest for truth will be enhanced by truly beautiful surroundings." All of the schools included on the list are members or affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

The listing ranks SPU #14 and notes that the University has "some of the oldest trees in all of Seattle," "charming brickwork," and satellite campuses on Blakely Island and Whidbey Island.


An Eye for an Eye-Opening Photo Op

Seattle Pacific University senior Joe Miller, who studied at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, won the "Place" division of the 2013 BestSemester Photo Contest for his shot of sunset at the iconic Hollywood sign. Sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the contest each year requests contestants from its member schools to submit their best photos from CCCU's 12 off-campus and study abroad opportunities around the world. The public votes online for their favorites. Last year, SPU's BrittaLisa Gess '08 received the grand prize for "Best Overall" photo out of the 150 photographers who submitted more than 500 photographs to the contest. The photograph depicts Middle East Studies Program students befriending teenage soldiers outside a hostel in East Jerusalem.


Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour

Fort Casey Inn

Saturday, November 9,
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Includes Ft. Casey Inn at Camp Casey Conference Center
Tickets on sale now*


Planning a wedding this year or next? Make your planning easy. Attend the annual Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour. Preview select venues, including SPU-owned Fort Casey Inn and Garrison Hall, the Inn's charming reception venue; sample tastes from local caterers, confectioners, wineries, and breweries; and meet other skilled event providers, including florists, photographers, rental companies, beauty specialists, and more.

Whidbey Island is the perfect location for a special occasion, party, or family event. This beautiful island treasure is nearby Seattle, but experiences only half the rainfall!

Plan the island event you envision by attending the Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour. Take advantage of early registration ticket specials! Get more information and purchase tickets.


Campus Jobs

Budget Manager and Administrative Assistant to University Librarian
Assists the University Librarian in carrying out a variety of administrative functions, including management of the library budget. In addition, the person in this position takes primary responsibility for managing and coordinating library communications, assessment, and building operations.

Maintenance Mechanic
Performs maintenance in the university residence life areas. Small work requests generated by the students are dealt with on a daily scheduled basis and include, but are not limited to, clearing drains, switch and outlet repairs, furniture repair, lighting and fixture repairs, small plumbing repairs. Larger projects as assigned in regards to electrical and plumbing.

For more information and to apply for these and other open positions at SPU, visit spu.edu/jobs.


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