News

What’s happening at SPU? This is where you’ll find the latest news about research, events, activities, achievements, and milestones in the life of SPU and its people.



  • SPU announces support for international students

    Jul 13, 2020

    Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin announced support for international students studying at his institution after a recent decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would bar them from remaining in the country if they take all their classes online.

  • Falcon runners win academic awards

    Jun 30, 2020

    Seattle Pacific distance runners Kate Lilly and Dania Holmberg have been voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team. It’s the first such award for both of them, following their selection to the All-District team in May 2020.

  • Meet the Class of 2020

    Jun 22, 2020

    Learn more about these outstanding graduates and take a look at videos from Undergraduate Commencement and Graduate Commencement.

  • Volunteers and students wanted for “Help a Falcon Fly”

    Jun 18, 2020

    Help a Falcon Fly is a new program to help students on their career path. Volunteers are needed to help students with informational and mock interviews, short-term work projects, internships, or information about job opportunities. Students are encouraged to also sign up to indicate their career interests.

  • Follow up: Listening sessions and next steps

    Jun 10, 2020

    In an email to the SPU community, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sandy Mayo reports on recent listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff about racism and other justice inequities, and shares the recommendations and broad themes brought forward in the sessions. From this list, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will identify action steps, establish criteria for prioritization of the actions, and develop a proposed timeline for implementation.

  • SPU hosts virtual Commencements, June 13-14

    Jun 8, 2020

    Seattle Pacific University will hold its virtual Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14, beginning at 4 p.m., and its Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. More than 1,150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students will graduate.

  • Seattle Pacific University announces plans for Autumn Quarter

    Jun 4, 2020

    Autumn Quarter at Seattle Pacific University will begin and end two weeks early and include a hybrid format of in-person classes and remote learning.

  • Historic and systemic racism: A message to students

    May 31, 2020

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  • Standing in solidarity: Statement from President Dan Martin

    May 30, 2020

    In an email to the SPU community on May 30, President Dan Martin addressed the growing unrest in the country over the tragic death of George Floyd. “I join those on our campus who are grieving and angry. At Seattle Pacific, we stand in solidarity and mourning with our students, faculty, and staff who are part of the communities most affected by this tragedy.”

  • Behind the scenes with President Martin

    May 19, 2020

    In this first of a series, President Dan Martin interviews key University leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on campus operations, remote learning, and resuming full campus operations in the summer and fall.

Dr. Christopher Jones and a young patient

Holistic Health Care in the Rainier Valley

Dr. Christopher Jones ’94 hopes the families in his medical practice never need to ask: “Is my kid sick enough that I should pay for a doctor’s visit?” Medical director of HopeCentral, a nonprofit health center, he and his team have adapted the concept of concierge medicine to a diverse Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders

What Makes Us Moral?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders earned a $10,100 Graves Award in Humanities for his research project, “The Structure of Moral Judgement: Philosophical Perspectives.” His research responds to recent arguments that human beings’ concepts of morality are just a quirk of evolution and don't connect to anything deeper.