Seattle Pacific University: Connections Alumni News

Winter 2009 | Volume 3, Issue 1

See you at Homecoming this weekend!

Popular Marriage Seminar Comes to Gwinn Commons
Les and Leslie Parrott

"We're constantly looking for ways to encourage and support SPU alumni," says Alumni Board President Jeff Judy '95. "The 'Becoming Soul Mates' Marriage Seminar March 21 will not only encourage sound marriages but provide a valuable forum for alumni to meet."

Judy and his wife, Amy, were part of the very first marriage seminar of this kind with relationship expert and SPU Professor of Psychology Les Parrott. They've been married 13 years and say the training and preparation provided realistic expectations that have served them well. They regularly refer back to the instruction in vital areas such as "Fighting the Good Fight."

Thousands have experienced similar benefits in Parrott seminars around the country. Those successes prompted the Alumni Association to invite best-selling author Parrott and his wife, family therapist Leslie Parrott, to bring their popular all-day seminar to Seattle Pacific and to keep the fee per couple low. On or before Valentine's Day, February 14, couples can register for $99. After that date, the cost is $125.

"There's no greater investment than the one we make to our marriages," says Judy. "Most marriage seminars cost two or three times that."

"Every couple -- no matter their age or stage -- needs a regular 'tune-up' when it comes to their marriage," says Les Parrott. "Research shows that those couples who are intentional about improving their relationship are the happiest couples on the planet."

At the seminar in Gwinn Commons, engaged couples will learn valuable tools about how to relate to one another and become soul mates for a lifetime. Longtime married couples will learn how to get out of marital ruts and renew and refresh their relationship.

"This is not a seminar that will put anyone on the spot," says Parrott. "No finger-pointing. No guilt trips. No manipulation. Just plenty of fun and laughter as we learn some new skills."

Get more information and register for the Becoming Soul Mates seminar.

Falcons to Be Televised

Women's BasketballAt noon on Saturday, February 7, the SPU women's basketball game with Northwest Nazarene University will be regionally televised on CBS/CSTV WBB. It is a high honor, as only four women's NCAA Division II basketball games were chosen for regional telecast this year.

Alumni are urged to pack Brougham Pavilion for the game and to make your support known across the land!

Computer Science Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Student at computerAlive and well at 30, Seattle Pacific University's computer science program will hold a reception January 31 at Homecoming and Family Weekend. Invitations went out to more than 600 graduates and former faculty members and advisors.

"We recently changed our name to the Department of Computing Sciences," says Professor of Computer Science Mike Tindall. "That reflects the broader applications in this rapidly changing discipline today." He notes that there are three computing-related degree tracks and a healthy job market with more openings than there are SPU students to fill them.

Those attending the celebration event in Otto Miller Hall will be reminded just how revolutionary it was in 1978 for a school of SPU's size to begin offering computing classes, much less an entire major. It was one of the first such programs among Christian colleges.

The beginning of the program came in the very early days of personal computers. Microsoft was in its infancy. There was no Internet, no email, and the computer lab in Lower Watson Hall was outfitted with what was then the forward-thinking Radio Shack TRS-80 (complete with 4k of memory and data storage on cassette drive).

In 1982, Elaine Weltz was a Seattle Pacific computer science student. By 1984, she was teaching computer science at SPU. Today she is chair of the Department of Computing Sciences. "I was typical of many of the students we attracted in the '80s," she says. "We were working professionals taking evening classes after a full day's work."

Elaine had a 1974 music degree from Seattle Pacific but wanted to seize on the growing possibilities of so innovative a technology. So did others. It was not uncommon to have 85 students in a single computer science class. The SPU program held classes day and night to meet the demand.

While things have calmed since then, the computing field affords more dimensions than ever before. "Contrary to news reports, all the jobs are not going overseas," Mike says. The reunion crowd that gathers at Homecoming will hear that the high-tech center of Seattle is poised for future expansion.

Lost Cookie Found

A Beloved Cookie RecipeLast issue, Susan Kirby, a student in Abbie Dale's SPU nutrition class in the early '80s, asked if anyone knew the recipe for "Abbie Dale's All-Day Cookie." Here are two fond memories from the mail that resulted:

"Hello! I am from the Abby Dale era; sadly to say I do not have the cookie recipe. I am interested in receiving a copy if it is found [Ed. note: See recipe below]. Abby Dale was one of my favorite professors! She always encouraged us to take care of ourselves daily and one way was to take a few very short naps or 'rest stops' along our way. I soon coined those naps my 'Abby Dale Time' ... and it truly does rejuvenate!

Thank you!"
Theresa (Eickstadt) Doyle '82

"Abbie was a parent at Bellevue (Washington) Christian School in the '70-'80s. I looked in a cookbook that she produced for us during that era -- here you go:

All Day Cookie
1 c shortening
¾ c sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¾ c flour, white
¼ c each of sesame seeds, wheat germ, corn meal, rye, whole wheat flour
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 c rolled oats, uncooked
¼ c raisins (or dates)
¼ c chopped nuts (or coconut)

Mix together shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Beat thoroughly. In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to shortening mixture. Add rolled oats, raisins (or dates), nuts (or coconut). Place on greased baking sheet in ½ c amounts, making two or three cookies at a time on one sheet (allow 1-inch or more around each cookie for expansion). Pat dough flat with floured fingers (will be sticky). Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes just until golden brown. Let set a few minutes on the sheet before removing, or it will break in the center. Cool thoroughly before wrapping separately and storing."

Judi Fowler '70
Bellevue Christian School
Assistant to the Superintendent

A Voice Gone but Not Silenced

Roy and Lonita BoettcherRadio missionary Roy Boettcher '54 is no longer with us. He died on November 25, 2008. Strong of faith, firm of handshake, ever ready to burst into a rich baritone song, this Seattle Pacific University Alumni Medallion Award winner was a man of kindness and grace.

Once a boy soprano, Roy attended the Royal Academy of Music in London and took his licentiate diploma to Seattle Pacific, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music history. He married Lonita Cleveland '48 before teaching choir and Bible at King's High School in Seattle, and helping start KGDN Christian Radio.

When the kids got older, the Boettcher family moved to the Philippines where Roy and Lonita could serve as radio missionaries with the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). Roy's duties as a program administrator and international broadcaster took him to India and other nations across South Asia. He also traveled extensively through Australia and New Zealand to sing and speak.

Boettcher colleague and friend Tom Box, vice president for university advancement at Seattle Pacific, remembers Roy's zest for life and his 13 years of full- and part-time service as a planned giving officer for SPU. "He was one of the finest models of Christian faith and goodness our lives have been blessed to know. He was the real deal, a man of prayer, a good and capable man of immense talent."

"Roy was a champ of a guy," Alumni Director Doug Taylor agrees. "I remember him taking me to lunch to ask how he could pray for me. And when he'd visit us in the Alumni Office, he'd sing for us as he left. What a blessing."

Several of Roy's relatives are SPU graduates, including daughter Rhoda Boettcher Russell '72 and granddaughter Grace Boettcher Caudillo '08. Granddaughter Elizabeth Boettcher is currently a junior at SPU.

Falcon Sports Bookshelf

Two recent books showcase the personal excellence and sports achievements of two Seattle Pacific legends: champion runner and cross country coach Doris Brown Heritage and SPU Hall of Fame basketball coach Les Habegger.

Either book would be a cherished addition to your bookcase, or as a gift for that diehard Falcon fan. Between the covers of these special books, you will discover a women's sports pioneer, a man who knew how to coach from the heart, and two of the finest individuals in Seattle Pacific history. Both books are available in the SPU Bookstore and from

The Fragile ChampionThe Fragile Champion: Doris Brown Who Always Ran the Extra Mile by Ken Foreman

Five-time world champion and two-time Olympian, Doris Heritage never sought the limelight. What she sought was to encourage women in sports and to fulfill her destiny to run like the wind.

Legendary track and field coach Ken Foreman chronicles her rise from running on the tide flats of Puget Sound to world acclaim. The first woman to break the five-minute barrier in the mile, Doris earned places on two Olympic teams, set numerous world records, and won 14 national titles and an unprecedented five consecutive world cross country championships.

During 30 years as head cross country coach and assistant track coach at SPU, Doris trained many an outstanding athlete, and inspired unparalleled commitment by setting the pace and demonstrating the fire that it takes to be among the best.

We Still Call Him CoachWe Still Call Him Coach: The Life and Legacy of Les Habegger by Doris Pieroth

For more than 60 years, basketball was his life. In a 20-year career as head coach and athletic director, Les Habegger took Seattle Pacific to the forefront of NCAA Division II basketball. His talents well known, Les went on to a fruitful career as assistant coach to NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens of the Seattle Supersonics. He later became general manager of the Sonics.

The book relates how the youngest of 10 children became a litter bearer at The Battle of the Bulge in World War II, his amazing basketball career, and later his induction as a Seattle Pacific Falcon Hall of Fame legend. Sixty of his former players were in attendance that day as Coach Habegger received his just honors.

Read how this guiding force touched the lives of thousands and you learn the meaning of true leadership.

She Got a Special Kick Out of This Falcon

Janae Godoy and the Women's Soccer TeamLast but not least, Elsie Duben Kushner, Class of 1976, had an extra reason to cheer the first SPU Women's Soccer national crown last fall. She is now a choir teacher at Zillah (Washington) High School, but well remembers a certain songster-athlete of yore. She writes: "WOW, little Janae Godoy (the junior midfielder who kicked the winning goal for SPU) was in my seven-grade choir at West Valley Middle School a few years back. She never ceases to amaze me with her abilities and fantastic attitude no matter what she sets her mind to. I'm proud of you, Janae!"




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Looking for work? Take advantage of the SPU Career Development Center at CDC Alumni Resources.

Alumni Series: How to Find a Job in the Current Economy . . . strategies for succeeding in an economic downturn.

"Successful Interviewing Techniques"
Wednesday, February 4, 6:30–8 p.m.
Bertona 5

Presented by Dan Hallak, career consultant/SPU career counseling intern and Patty Farmer, career counselor, SPU Career Development Center.
Drop-ins are welcome, but if you know you will be attending, call the Career Development Center at
206-281-2485 in advance.

For more information, email Patty Farmer at

Did You Know?

KSPU College Radio provided students with music to study by in preparation for final exams last quarter. The play lists included classical to "get your mind in the right gear to problem solve," and folk "to fend off that coming panic attack."

Ever had a Cuban Stack Biggie Sandwich? Students dining in Gwinn did just before Christmas Break. The sandwich featured mojo roasted Cuban pork loin, ham, Swiss cheese, and fire-roasted red onion on a crusty baguette.

Image Journal receives high praise from literary luminaries including Brett Lott, Annie Dillard, and Bill Moyers. Did you know it's headquartered on the campus of SPU?

This Month's Featured Podcast

Listen here to "The Bible and the Christian Imagination" by N.T. Wright, bishop of Durham in the Church of England and a leading New Testament scholar.

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for recognizing Plane Art (Autumn 2008). I feel honored you'd put this in the alumni news. By the way, you may like to view on Daryn the documentary they did on Plane Art, or go to Utube and put in my name. Enjoy.

Thanks again. Blessings to you all.

Love, Jewel (Van Valin '76)

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