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Homecoming 2019 Reunites Alumni, Parents, and Friends of SPU

Seattle Pacific University’s 65th Homecoming and Family Weekend took place February 1–3, 2019, just before Seattle’s snowiest February on record. Twenty-five events drew more than 650 to campus, making it a jam-packed weekend for alumni, parents and families, students, and friends.

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Karen Jorgenson Murphy PhD ’98 published her doctoral dissertation Pentecostals and Roman Catholics on Becoming a Christian: Spirit-Baptism, Faith, Conversion, Experience, and Discipleship in Ecumenical Perspective (Brill, 2018). She continues to teach church history and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and George Fox University.

Sarah Jayne Mack ’04 is director of faith formation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to her parish duties, Sarah takes the high school leadership students on four "Urban Plunge" social justice service retreats per year.

Savannah Ojendyk-Banks Chatriand BSN ’17 received the March of Dimes’ Washington State “Rising Star” Nurse of the Year Award, recognized among some of the best nurses in Washington. Savannah works at Seattle Children’s, along with fellow nominees and SPU alums Joy Irvin BSN ’17 and Maddi Hommes BSN ’17.
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Tim Wise: The Politics of Fear

March 1, 2019 | SPU Campus

Tim Wise, anti-racist essayist and author will talk about politics in America today, followed by a panel discussion with SPU faculty and a book signing.

SBGE Graduate Programs Open House

March 6, 2019 | SPU Campus

Get the facts about SPU's MBA, MS-IS, and MAM degrees at the next Graduate Programs Open House.

2019 Downtown Business Breakfast

April 5, 2019 | Westin Seattle

Keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple, current chief evangelist of Canva (an online graphic design tool), and brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, will share expert insights on leading through the tech revolution.

Business & Government Mega Meet-up

April 10, 2019 | SPU Campus

This casual gathering of employers is part career fair, part networking event. You will meet professionals in business and government, learn about the work they do, and possibly find a job or internship. Open to alumni.

Immerse Summer Intensive for High School Students

July 14–20, 2019  | SPU Campus and Camp Casey Conference Center

SPU’s School of Theology offers its third annual seven-day summer intensive for high school students who are ready to explore how God is calling them deeper into Christian community, leadership, and service. More information and register.

Game Creation Studio for Beginners

July 15–19, 2019  | SPU Campus

Offered by SPU’s Engineering and Computer Science department, this one-week summer camp introduces ninth to 11th graders to the world of game development. Find out more and register.


Seattle Pacific Transfer Promise

Beginning in 2020, Seattle Pacific University will offer 50 percent off tuition for eligible community college students in the City of Seattle’s new Seattle Promise program.

Nursing Students Travel to Philippines

In mid-December, nursing students, along with two health and human performance students, traveled to the Philippines for a two-week study abroad experience.

Commencement Changes

KeyArena, SPU's Commencement venue for the last number of years, is undergoing a massive renovation. This year, Commencement will take place at the University of Washington's Alaska Airlines Arena.

SPU Celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, read about six of the top takeaways surrounding the Marvel film Black Panther, and its cultural significance.


Karin Westeren is an SPU mom to two daughters currently enrolled at Seattle Pacific. She leads the Parent Prayer Network, which is an email group dedicated to praying for SPU students and employees. When the former leader of the network was looking for a successor, Karin stepped in because prayer has benefited her daughters, along with many SPU parents and grandparents who pray through the network. She greatly appreciates a university that encourages and supports such a group.

Are you an SPU parent or family member who wants to join the Parent Prayer Network? Email us at to join.


Career Assistance for Alumni

Alumni can schedule one-on-one appointments with a career counselor in person at the CCC front desk, by phone at 206-281-2485, or on their Handshake account – click on the “Career Center” tab and then on “Appointments.”

Same day walk-ins for résumé and cover letter reviews are available from 3 to 5 p.m. each weekday. Contact the CCC to sign up for a 20-minute slot.


Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In

In these delightful meditations, Susie Crosby ’89 draws out one unexpected word from a daily Scripture verse — words like “steep,” “roomy,” and “multiply.” As she explores each theme, she shows you a mighty God who is there for you, who calls you to live, and who you can invite into your day with just one word.
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