Connections - Alumni News
JULY 2019

Engineer Brinlee Finzel improves communities near and far

Brinlee Finzel ’16 arrived at Seattle Pacific University from Brea, California, intending to major in biology. But a SPRINT trip to Haiti showed her the impact of engineering. Now she is a wastewater treatment engineer at a water-focused engineering firm in Seattle.

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After spending a semester abroad studying art history in Italy, Ashley Rodriguez ’04 fell in love with food and decided to make it her passion. Now she’s the creative genius behind the award-winning food blog Not Without Salt, author of bestselling cookbooks, and host of a new YouTube series called Kitchen Unnecessary. Listen to the podcast now on our website or via iTunes, Spotify, and other popular streaming services.


Stephanie Sodoma Lentz ’09 opened Scoop Marketplace, a zero-waste shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Customers bring in reusable containers and scoop, pour, or pump package-free food, personal care products, and home goods. Eliminating disposable packaging significantly reduces environmental impact and allows customers to choose quantity, minimizing food waste and saving money.

Nathan Nelson ’14 graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in June with a master of divinity degree. Starting this fall, he will be the pastor of mission and outreach at Seattle’s Bethany Community Church.

Beryl Carpenter ’68, ’97, MA-TESOL ’99 recently organized and led several ESL/EFL teams to Cuba. Working with the Evangelical Free Church of America, she partnered with local churches in Santo Clara and Santo Domingo to assist them in their efforts to evangelize and help their communities by offering English classes. English is a highly desirable skill that leads to jobs in the tourism industry and in the business world.
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2019 Soccer Season Kickoff

September 5 | Interbay Soccer Stadium

The Falcons kick off the 2019 season with a home opening game against Sonoma State. Tickets available for purchase online.

Coming in October: Gift Gallery

October | SPU Campus

Family and Consumer Sciences is hosting a “Gift Gallery” fundraiser featuring gifts from a selection of talented vendors. If you are an artisan or vendor offering unique gift items, please submit the online application form to reserve a booth.


English professor's work in Iraq shapes her approach to social justice

Professor of English Kimberly Segall's first time in Iraq was in her 20s, more than two decades ago. She met many people and heard their stories of exile.

Cedric Davis named chair of SPU Board of Trustees

Cedric Davis MBA ’08 is a senior philanthropic advisor with the Seattle Foundation and an active community member.

Top 10 memorable moments for the 2018–19 athletic season

No matter the sport, no matter the venue, SPU student-athletes came through with some memorable performances during the just-completed school year.



Three op-eds by Brad Murg, assistant professor of political science and director of global development studies, were published over the last two weeks. The articles in the Asia Times and the Phnom Penh Post examined localization and human resources in the NGO sector; Chinese economic policy toward Cambodia; and the place of human rights protections in European Union trade policy.


Let's Stay In

The latest cookbook by Ashley Rodriguez ’04 focuses on effortless hospitality, meaningful family meals, and an appreciation for the magic of meals shared with others.

Date Night In

Packed with tantalizing and delicious recipes, Rodriguez’s Date Night In is a must-have cookbook for any couple who wants to spice things up with special seasonal meals at home around a table for two.
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