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My World If his parents thought like Beyonce and Jay-Z, Toms Lee might have a stake in TOMS Shoes. “I just wish that my dad had trademarked my name so that I could get some sort of income from the profits,” jokes the junior, business major from Beaverton, Oregon. Last year, as Ashton Hall president, he put

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together traditional events, such as ice skating and a lip-sync competition. This year, he’ll oversee all campus activities, clubs, and the outdoor recreation program as the vice president of campus activities. And if that isn’t impressive enough, he can also solve a Rubik’s Cube in under two minutes.


Watch the leaves change colors each autumn in Tiffany Loop.




Inquiring Minds

Cristina Hernandez is a creative soul. This senior is an illustration/ new pictures major who loves to paint, sing, and travel. A San Diego native, she answers your questions about student life at Seattle Pacific.

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Real Life

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ursula Krentz works with undergrad students researching an adorable subject: babies! Plus, meet the winning team from SPU’s Social Venture Competition: Protosong.

Cast your vote for who has the best-looking dorm room on campus. Check out “Grandma’s room,” for example. And let us introduce you to Seattle Pacific’s new president, Daniel Martin. (He has a giant dog!)


6 In this issue of etc, Bekah Graham tells her story of winning a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. It wasn’t always easy. Her journey definitely had its challenges. But the long process was richly rewarded during her time teaching children in Taiwan. Read Bekah’s story –– told in her own words –– and learn what it takes to be a “Fulbrighter.”

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Urban Adventure

SPU: Nuts & Bolts

Find out what’s happening in the country of Cambodia through student Alex Herbig’s photo essay. Also, learn how to read the book of Isaiah from Professor of Theology Bo Lim.

Seattle is very photogenic, so we present you with the top 10 places to snap pictures in the city, including the Fremont Troll and flying fish. Welcome to a picture-perfect metropolis!

This is where you’ll find all the nitty-gritty details, such as majors, deadlines, financial aid, and more. Plus, Eric Johnson reveals what he does to help pay his school bills.


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Your global education begins here Ever wanted to study film in Paris? Swim with sea turtles in Belize? Or tour the temples of Kyoto? It might sound far-fetched, but at SPU you can do all those things and more, in thrilling locations around the world. Our university is about equipping students with knowledge and skills, and then sending them out to wherever they are needed. And that can all begin at SPU. Study-abroad programs teach the value of an education outside of the SPU campus, whether you’re in a major city such as London or on the tropical Galapagos Islands. And SPRINT (or Seattle Pacific Reachout International) sends students on service-learning mission trips to Malawi, Russia, Guatemala, and many other distant places. With a rigorous academic program, supplemented by rich experiences like these, it’s no wonder SPU has been producing so many Fulbright scholars lately. The Fulbright is a prestigious scholarship that sends students who have graduated from college or who are currently in graduate school to study in a different country for a full year, all expenses paid. In this issue, you’ll read about our Fulbrighters, including an accounting professor. Their journeys are unique, which I hope reminds you that you never know where — internationally speaking — you’ll end up.

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Meet SPU Expert: Cristina Hernandez Hometown: San Diego, CA Year: Senior Major: Art, with an emphasis on illustration/new pictures Hobbies: Painting, drawing, cooking, playing guitar, singing Campus Involvement: Staff member on group (weekly worship service); tutor for Urban Involvement (a community service program); Gospel Choir; Multi-Ethnic Programs; intercultural director for Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (student government) Travel: Road-tripped to Portland and Canada with some friends during my time at SPU, backpacked through Europe this past summer with a couple of my best friends from SPU

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We ask students to answer your questions because — let’s face it — they know best what it’s like to be a student at Seattle Pacific University.

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How active are intramural and club sports on campus? — BRIAN MCGINNIS, BEND, OR

They’re pretty active. I was involved in intramural volleyball my freshman year, and I remember there were always at least three different games going on at once in the gym. It was a great environment, especially when teams dressed up for fun!

What does being a faith-based school mean, and how does it affect your experience at SPU? — PHILIP LOPEZ, EL PASO, TX

For me, SPU being a faith-based school has meant having professors I can talk to about my faith and who can encourage me in my learning and my spiritual walk. It has meant being easily able to surround myself with others who also care about matters of faith. SPU has given me the space and opportunities that have been essential for me to grow stronger in my own faith.

What do you personally gain from the general college experience? How do your life goals and dreams change going through the general college experience? — ELISHA MIYAHIRA, KANEOHE, HI

You meet some pretty incredible people in college who help form you into who you become once you graduate. My relation-

ships with my friends, mentors, and professors are ones I will forever cherish. College was a time for me to explore different interests and discover what I am truly passionate about. For example, I came in thinking I would become a fashion designer and now that I’m graduat­­ing, I’m thinking about going to seminary to continue my studies in reconciliation!

During the first week of college, is there adequate time to learn the ropes? — FRANCES NARAIN, WOODLAND PARK, CO

What made you decide to go to SPU? Are you glad you made that decision? — OLIVIA OSTBERG, MOUNTAIN HOME, ID

I became interested in SPU because a friend had mentioned it to me and because it had a great fashion design program. What won me over was something that President Emeritus Eaton had written in a publication about what SPU stood for and what his vision was for its graduates.

Are there student jobs available? — ANGELICA VILLALOBOS, MARYSVILLE, CA

There definitely is. The best thing is you get to learn the ropes with a bunch of other freshmen who know just as much as you do. You’d be surprised how easy it is to feel like you’re a part of the community at SPU and how exciting it can be to go through that same process with new friends.

There definitely are! There are jobs working in the Library, at on-campus coffee shops, at Einstein’s Bagels, as a secretary, etc. Last summer I worked as an office assistant for Multi-Ethnic Programs. There are also always babysitters and dog walkers wanted in the neighborhood!

How are college academics different from high school academics? Do you have a better learning environment? — LAUREN GRAMBERG, PORTLAND, OR

College academics are definitely more rigorous than high school academics (although taking AP classes in high school made the transition much easier for me). The environment is better because most of the students in your classes actually want to be there and your professors are almost always available for you when you have questions or just want to get a coffee. Oh, and when you can’t focus, the Library is the best place to get your work done.

Do you have questions about university life? Oh, come on — you know you have questions! We’re here to help. We’ve got SPU students who will tell it like it is. Email your thoughts, concerns, or questions to


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Bekah Graham



Luke Rutan

My Long Road to

Rafael Lopez

Destination Fulbright




I Froze.

The email began “Dear Fulbright Applicant.” My heart rate doubled. “Please give me a call to discuss the status of your Fulbright application.” Suddenly, the school project I was working on couldn’t be any further from my mind. I read the email. Read it again. Ran downstairs to look at my last letter from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the one bearing the nerve-destroying title of “alternate” that I had filed away to the back of my desk drawer. Yep, there it was: “If we have any news regarding your grant status, we will contact you by email or telephone.” I ran back upstairs. Read it again. Studying was no longer a possibility. It was June 2011, just a week before graduation, and I had been waiting to hear back from the IIE for months. I had been fantasizing about the possibility for more than a year, ever since I first heard about the Fulbright Program and decided to apply as an English teaching assistant (ETA). That summer I scoured the descriptions of every country with ETA positions, considering such far-flung places as South Africa and Nepal. Taiwan won. I wrote and edited my personal statement and statement of purpose, and asked for recommendations. Then, in October, the week before classes started, I hit “submit.” And waited. And waited, and waited. It was terrible. I was a senior; all my friends were making plans, getting into grad schools, and making real steps toward their futures, while I was stuck doing nothing but hoping and praying that I would get in. I’d gone as far as my plans could take me. In January, I told God that I was giving up. The next day, I received an email from IIE saying that I was a “recommended” candidate. My application was going to Taiwan for consideration. I was ecstatic! Then I settled back into waiting. In April, I told God that all I wanted was an answer, either way. The next day, IIE’s letter arrived — the dreaded “alternate”



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Accounting Professor Wins Fulbright and Journeys to Africa Professor of Accounting Ross Stewart's Fulbright scholarship explored the business-community development connection.

As a child, Ross Stewart heard missionary stories about Africa. He collected stamps from Africa and dreamed. His opportunity finally came this year when the Fulbright Program selected him and six other scholars to go to Kenya. A professor of accounting, Stewart believes business plays a big role in helping societies build “resilience, economic opportunity, and human flourishing.” He saw that idea in action through social ventures, community develop-

ment, and business cooperatives. “Business is an important bridge between emergency relief and longerterm development,” says Stewart. “It can be effective when it focuses on community-based organizations. In Kenya, this is often the local church.” Stewart worked at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. He felt a welcoming environment in the vibrant and “often raw” city of Nairobi. He learned more about Kenya and its importance

letter. It was the least conclusive news I could possibly have heard. Which was why, two months later, as I prepared for finals and graduation, I nearly had a heart attack when I finally mustered up my courage and returned IIE’s call to learn that I was, officially, a Fulbright scholar.

“SPU students stand out in their service to others,” says Margaret Diddams. “Everyone who has applied for a Fulbright has had significant volunteer experiences and cross-cultural experiences.” Bekah 老師 : Teacher Bekah Two months and 14 hours of flying later, I — along with the 11 other ETAs assigned to the area — arrived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, bleary-eyed and desperately seeking caffeine. We were met at the airport by our Fulbright liaison, Fonda, and a wall of impossibly superheated air. I spent the next month in Kaohsiung (pronounced “gowshyong”) getting to know my fellow ETAs. I also met my new Taiwanese co-teachers, with whom I’d be teaching fifth and sixth grade. We prepared, supposedly, for every possibility. But from Day One there were plenty of fun surprises! For example, one sixth grader welcomed me to my first day teaching at Qingshan Elementary with, “Do you have a boyfriend? I a handsome boy!” As a new, young American teacher, my de facto job was to mix it up a little. For Halloween, I spent a week in a pirate get-up as my co-teacher and I read a bilingual version of “The Legend of



as an economic force in the Horn of Africa. But it was the warmth of the students and faculty, their inspiring life stories, and their Christian faith that broadened Stewart’s perspective. “The six months passed far too quickly. But for someone who always wanted to go to Africa, it was a great start,” says Stewart.

Sleepy Hollow.” For Thanksgiving, my kids drew flames all over their first-ever “hand” turkeys. (The literal translation of “turkey” is “fire chicken.”) On a more ordinary day, we would teach condiments with a taste test, hold tournaments of “American hand-clap game,” such as “Down by the Banks,” or have clothing relay races. Between classes, I found myself talking about Facebook with Kiki and Sherry, studying Chinese with Peggy, or facing a line of students that curled out of my office, all eager to ask me, “What’s up?” … in return for a piece of candy, of course. Stories like these filled my daily blogs, and ensured I would never go long without a smile. When I asked one fifth-grade class what they were wearing, one boy replied, “A black bikini.” Another time I asked a group of fifth-graders, “What do you do at the hospital?” and someone’s enthusiastic response was, “Die!” Just a day in the life of Bekah 老師. Who needs plans when you’ve got a job like this?

Learning Mandarin as a White Chick in Asia Of course, some things I could have planned for better: language, for instance. I came to Taiwan with a Chinese vocabulary of maybe 20 words, mostly consisting of “hello” and “thank you,” and I had to learn quickly how to do basic things like order food. Even going to Starbucks was disorienting: Everything looked familiar, exactly as if I were at home, so why couldn’t I tell them what I wanted? I enrolled in Chinese courses and soon learned enough to get by, but language was just one of the many differences I encountered moving to Asia. In my first week of teaching, I almost walked right past my co-teacher, Maggie, without recognizing her. Why? Well, because 100-degree heat and humidity notwith-



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standing, she was covered from head to toe in a hat, visor, face and neck mask, detachable sleeves, and gloves. In Taiwan, this is not uncommon. White skin is the epitome of beauty, after all! As a very Caucasian Westerner, complete with light hair and blue-green eyes, I stood out and got comments — and I was looked at in horror whenever I went sun-seeking. They just couldn’t fathom me wanting to tan my “beautiful white skin.” But I got used to that and became fully assimilated to local culture. I no longer balked at being stared at. I could order food and follow conversations. I was still white, sure, but could I navigate Taiwan? Kě yĭ.

Awesomeness as a Fulbrighter I could never have foreseen how having “Fulbright” affixed to my name could change my daily life so much. Being a Fulbright scholar opened unexpected doors. Overnight, I went from being a student to being a VIP, a “cultural ambassador” to my host country. I attended Taiwan’s national independence day celebration, where I met foreign dignitaries and stood one person away from Taiwan’s President Mă. The sheer volume of amazingness contained in a Fulbright grant can never be completely expressed in writing — it’s everything I experienced, every day, for an entire year. Because of my Fulbright, I have driven a scooter in a typhoon; swum in clear, warm water in April (not likely in the Pacific Northwest); seen



lanterns raised over the Love River for Chinese New Year; and helped sing the American National Anthem at the MLB All-Star Games hosted in Kaohsiung. Whenever I met someone and we traded stories, I always got the same reaction: “Oh, you’re a Fulbrighter?” They nodded and said, “That’s awesome.”

Winding Down The awesomeness will soon end. I have another month and a half in Taiwan; when you read this, I’ll be back in America … for now. But now I know the world is just a whim and a few saved paychecks away! Now I adjusted to living in a culture while in an infantile state of non-knowing, and it doesn’t really matter where I display my ignorance. It’s liberating, really. I’ve learned to just let go of my plans and free-fall into the unknown. It’s worth it. My year as a Fulbright scholar was one of the unquestionably big events in my life. It has changed me as a person, making me both more independent and more able to rely on others and God; more confident and more aware of my limitations. It has taught me to view myself and my place in the world in a new way. At Seattle Pacific University, I was encouraged to engage the culture and change the world. But what often went unmentioned is how, by putting this credo into action, the world could change me.

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It Could Happen to You: SPU Fulbrighters Make a Difference Around the Globe

Most of us see the world by looking at Google Earth. A few of us do better. If you’d like to study in a foreign country and help make a difference someplace far away, Seattle Pacific University has three magic words for you: “All expenses paid.” Sound too good to be true? SPU graduates are teaching English, exchanging ideas, and doing research overseas, all completely paid for by the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program began in 1946, just after World War II, when the United States was eager to cultivate cross-cultural understanding in the fields of education, science, and culture. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, it now involves more than 150 countries. Which kind of Fulbright grant would you prefer? One is for teaching English, the other for special research. You’ve read Bekah Graham’s account of teaching English in Taiwan. Harrison Dietzman ’11 is going to the Slovak Republic, and Ruby O’Connor ’12 to Turkey. SPU graduate student Ben Gown went to Brazil to study accordion music. Competitive? Yeah. The program accepts more than 5,000 applications annually for each type of grant — but awards only 835 English-teaching grants, and only 977 research grants. Don’t panic. If you’re a U.S. citizen in good health, if you’re able to write and speak in the language of your desired destination country, and if you have an interest in promoting international good, you could be eligible for a grant once you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Contact Professor Margaret Diddams, director of the SPU Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. She’ll partner with any student to develop a smashing application. “You don’t have to be off-the-charts honor students,” says Diddams. “It’s about finding a fit between your interests and the country’s interests. I want to know what makes you stand out. What will make people in another country want to invite you over for dinner and get to know you?” The biggest challenge for applicants, says Diddams, is accepting a lot of feedback on their application. Each one will go through several drafts. When should you apply? “The perfect time,” says Diddams, “is in the fall of your senior year, or right after you’ve graduated.” It could happen to you. Learn more at, and let yourself dream a little.


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Baby Watching 101

To test infants, researcher Ursula Krentz relies heavily on the help of undergraduate student assistants.



The Doctorate Road

Meet Three Recent Psychology Graduates Lab students discover babies morph from fabulous to frustrated faster than saying “rubber baby buggy bumpers.”

At Seattle Pacific University, psychology majors are required to do research, and that may be just one reason why so many SPU psychology alumni are later accepted to top research and clinical psychology graduate programs:

Tim Bauerle ’08

Pursuing a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

IF YOU THINK babies are mysterious and complex, you should try using them in laboratory research. Need them to focus? They fuss. Want them alert? They nap. Wish them to look here or there? They reward you with the attention span of a flea. In short, when the researcher zigs, baby subjects will invariably zag. Which, says principal investigator and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Family, and Community Ursula Krentz, makes the Baby Lab in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community a fun and exciting place for undergraduate and graduate students to do research. She thinks babies are nothing short of “the essence of humanity, all wrapped up in an adorable package.” Currently, the Baby Lab at Seattle Pacific University is focused on two main areas: research that explores the development of aesthetic appreciation (otherwise known as “The Beauty Study”) and research that seeks to determine the best methods for evaluating and diagnosing infants and parents who may be at risk for emotional and relationship problems. Dozens of psychology students and their professors are involved in other diverse research, focusing on areas such as autism, psychological interventions for managing pain, mental illness in adolescent offenders, physical activity and quality of life in women’s health, and gambling problems among college students. Barbara Garvin ’12 and Brianna Celli ’12 worked alongside Krentz in the Baby Lab. “For the Beauty Study, we used infant eye movements and ‘looking time’ to determine which painting each baby preferred,” says Brianna. Though she plans on a career in child and family therapy, she learned about the crucial nature of research in advancing effective therapy. She also worked with troubled foster children through a student internship with the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center. This fall, Barbara, who is from Munich, Germany, begins graduate studies in SPU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. She says “analysis of data and the ability to work with participants in a professional manner” are benefits that come from doing research. Besides that, the babies are darn cute.

Research: Most of my research centers on safety attitudes and behavior in dangerous occupations. I recently completed a project exploring work stress among correctional officers. How prepared did you feel going into graduate school? I’m not sure any first-year Ph.D. student feels that he or she is prepared for graduate school! However, now in my fourth year, I look back on my time at SPU and am so incredibly thankful for the experiences I had. The positive effect that the SPU faculty’s care and support had on my undergraduate training was immeasurable.

Thomas Carpenter ’08

Pursuing a doctorate in social psychology at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Research: The main thrust of my research is in the social psychology of self-forgiveness. How prepared did you feel going into graduate school? I found several opportunities to participate in research at SPU and got two published articles out of it. Without that experience, I would have been much less prepared. I was able to hit the ground running with my research once I got into graduate school.

Haley Douglas ’09

Pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Research: My research interests lie in the use of mindfulness-based interventions, substance-use disorders, and women. One project I am currently working on investigates mindfulness-based relapse prevention for those with substance-use disorders. How prepared did you feel going into graduate school? SPU provided me with phenomenal mentoring. I came into graduate school with a lot of experiences that have prepared me to be comfortable with public speaking, in the research arena, and working on many different projects at once. I continue to draw on the skills I gained at SPU.


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The Business of Doing Good Great Music for a Cause

Corey McGuire ’12 was listening to a new band, really enjoying the song, when it hit him: “No one is ever going to hear it.” But the song was good — really good. He wanted to find a way to get it out there. That goal was still in Corey’s mind when he and his team members began developing an idea for Seattle Pacific University’s sixth annual Social Venture Plan competition. The competition is a joint effort by the School of Business and Economics, and other academic areas at SPU, to encourage students to use what they learn to make the world a better place. Corey and his teammates decided to enter with a project that blended two ideas: giving new musicians a public platform and raising money for a good cause. “We didn’t want to be just another music service,” he explains. They called it “Protosong.” Part Pandora, part Kickstarter, Protosong basically works like this: People pledge money to a specific cause with a fundraising goal. When that target is met, the donors are rewarded with a group of songs by artists both known and undiscovered. Tapping musician friends at SPU, Corey and his team put Protosong into action. He approached junior Gabriel Much, guitar/vocalist for the band The Cellar Door. Gabriel agreed right away. “For one, we’re such a new group that really any type of exposure for us was good exposure, so that was a no-brainer,” Gabriel says, adding that he liked the ideology of the project. “To be able to support a cause and have a new way to listen to music and buy music — it was time to get behind something like that.” Corey and his team built a website,, over a weekend to collect donations for a playlist with participating bands. It was “not the best-looking

(left to right) Joe Miller, Jordan Dettmer, Corey McGuire

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Prof Quiz At Seattle Pacific University, we have 205 full-time faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. Each issue, we’ll introduce you to one, and maybe you’ll learn something new — we always do.



Professor of Theology HOMETOWN?


Spokane, Washington … “the Lilac City.” Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers, and when they’re in bloom they remind me of my mother. YOU COLLECT CROSSES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHY?

My collection of crosses reflects the reality that the core of the gospel is the same all over the world, but expressed in different contexts, in different


About the Social Venture Plan Competition

thing ever,” Corey confesses, but it was still successful. They raised $1,000 for charity: water, a nonprofit that works to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing countries, and they released a playlist to the people who had donated. Professor of Management Randy Franz says judges were impressed by Protosong’s use of social crowd-sourcing for funding, online technology, and social good. “It was a very innovative combination of interests.” The Social Venture Plan judges were similarly impressed, and Protosong walked away with a firstplace finish and a check for $2,500. Corey, his team members, and new supporters are still working out the specifics of how to launch Protosong on a larger scale — off campus. “There are a lot of things we’re working through,” he says. In May, they held a concert in Seattle to raise money for Protosong. There is a basic website under development with more to come. When it launches, new musicians will be able to start spreading songs beyond their basement or garage, and do some good in the world. Randy Franz, professor of management, explains that while the Social Venture Plan competition doesn’t take place until April, students start preparing for it during Autumn Quarter. Early in the spring, the teams submit business plans for review by more than 80 industry professionals and nonprofit executives before the April showcase. Event sponsors donate money to offer cash prizes to the winners — including $2,500 for the first-place winner. Entering teams have come from the Northwest and from around the world, including two teams from Vietnam. “It has been a fun, interesting, growing event,” Franz says.

ways. Globally there’s a deep passion for the gospel. God made us diverse, and our differences are sources of enrichment.

ways that build bridges rather than walls. In all fields of study, this minor equips students to participate in the work of reconciliation.

life’s highest privilege was prayer; and George MacDonald, because of his absolute unbending trust in the Father’s love.




Reconciliation is the core of the gospel. God has reconciled us in Christ to God, to others, and to creation. God made us for communion, and our fractured relationships don’t honor God’s intent. The new minor helps students identify with people who are “other than” they are and communicate with them in

Mother Theresa, for her powerful vision of God’s strength made perfect in weakness; Julian of Norwich, because she was so in love with God’s goodness and grace that her

I’ve just finished a book proposal on the role of the Holy Spirit in the work of reconciliation. The working title is Drinking From the Wells of New Creation: The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliation. The traditional focus has

been, rightly, on Christ’s work with reconciliation, but there’s been a lack of emphasis on the Holy Spirit. We live out that reconciling work of Christ only by the power of the Holy Spirit. So that’s my book. WHY DO YOU TEACH AT SPU?

I teach at SPU because of the gift of walking with students as they explore the most important questions in life.


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Real Life

Bryan Hildebrandt (above left) and Alec Forsyth (above right) have a disco ball, which they light with a tiny flashlight and spin manually.

By Julia Siemens Photos By Luke Rutan

Rating Space

etc’s Fifth Annual

Most spaces on campus don’t change much from year to year. And then there are the residence hall rooms. Every fall, a new batch of occupants arrives with a fresh vision. They bring curtains, couches, lights, and their own unique style. We hope you get a chance to visit and see how different each room can be. But for now, we wanted to show you three of our favorites from the 2011–12 school year. Watch your email for a chance to vote for the best room by October 1, 2012. The winners will receive a $150 gift card to IKEA, so that they can make their next room even better!



With muted colors, moodlighting, and cozy furniture, Kaila Creamer’s (far right) and Tessa Torres’ (lower left) room has a shabby-chic feel.

The Watering Hole Residence Hall: Hill Hall Residents: Juniors Bryan Hildebrandt and Alec Forsyth Highlights: Cardboard cutouts of themselves (and crocodile hunter Steve Irwin), superhero memorabilia, Nintendo GameCube

Alec Forsyth and Bryan Hildebrandt never leave their room … ever. Well, that might need some explanation. It’s actually the life-sized cardboard cutouts that never leave. In fact, for Winter Break, the roommates set up the cutouts so when their peer advisor came by to check that everything in their room was up to code, he got quite the scare. The real Alec and Bryan don’t need to leave their room much because people are constantly stopping by to watch football games, eat quesadillas cooked in the quesadilla maker, or play GameCube. Bryan and Alec also know how to set the mood for their Settlers of Catan parties. They turn on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and brew some tea to “help calm the tensions.” Their floor has a Marvel superhero theme. Alec has been dubbed “the Falcon,” and Bryan is “Captain America.” The pair went to a comic book store at Pike Place Market to make their own Falcon and Captain America collage. The collage could probably scare away intruders, in case the cardboard cutouts aren’t frightening enough.


“If I’m gone all day, I miss my room, and I miss Lauren,” (lower right) says junior Kristian Adnoff, pictured above.

Grandma’s Room

vote winners

Watch your email and by October 1, 2012. The will receive a gift certificate to IKEA.

Chic on the Cheap Residence Hall: Hill Hall Residents: Seniors Kaila Creamer and Tessa Torres Highlights: Vintage lunchbox, art from sheet music, burlap curtains

If you see Kaila Creamer coming to your garage sale, you may want to watch out. “I’m a mean bargainer, man. I know how to make the deal,” she says. She purchased a Restoration Hardware lamp that you could find for a couple hundred dollars on eBay, for only $15. She’s also into do-it-yourself projects and used to sell her work. Kaila and her roommate, Tessa Torres, are so similar they even got “set up” by a mutual friend during freshman year. “We’ve found out that we’re more alike after living together, which is kind of fun,” Tessa says. They both are majoring in educational ministry, lead small groups, attend the same church, and like living in a peaceful and calm room. “We don’t do drama. We wanted to create a place of tranquility and relaxation,” Kaila says.

Residence Hall: Ashton Hall Residents: Juniors Lauren Finke and Kristian Adnoff Highlights: Record player, fun jewelry, doilies, eclectic throw pillows

It happens often in Lauren Finke’s and Kristian Adnoff ’s room. Someone will walk in and say, “Oh, my grandma has that,” after noticing a piece of jewelry or a certain blanket. “I think it’s cool,” Lauren says. “I feel like I’ve accomplished something.” Their room is filled with classic items such as afghans, quilts, floral scarves, and vintage photos. And many of the items do come from grandma’s. Kristian’s grandmother made many of the doilies, and also contributed other items that surfaced after she moved from her home of 70 years. Most unique is the illustrated love letters sent to Kristian’s grandfather during World War II. Her other grandmother looks smashing in her glamour-style photo that greets guests at the door. “That was given to me for Christmas,” Kristian says. “And I was like, ‘I’m so going to bring this back with me for college!’” That’s how most of the room has been developed — organically over time. And it became the perfect place to call home, whether you’re a college student or a grandmother.


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Real Life

When Josh Norquist started the 2011–12 school year as the new Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) president, he thought the job would include some of the things he had campaigned for, such as lowering the cost of printing for students. But events took a sudden turn. Philip W. Eaton announced his retirement after 17 years as the University’s president and Josh was invited to be a part of the presidential search team. We sat down with Josh to learn more.

Inside Job



What was the presidential search like for you? I wasn’t sure what role the Board of Trustees Search Committee would have me play. I knew the University cares about students. They’re incredible with that. But I didn’t come in with any expectation that I would have equal footing. I thought maybe they were inviting me because they appreciated what I would say to students. But I was really blown away with the level of involvement they gave me and the respect they showed me. I definitely felt like I was an equal member of the team. I got some advice from mentors back home who said, “They can always tell you to stop talking. Just share how you’re feeling, and it’s their responsibility to guide your involvement.” So I talked a lot, and they never asked me to stop. What did the Search Committee talk about? There were some important qualifiers. Dr. Eaton had articulated a strong vision for SPU engaging the culture and changing the world. He had done an incredible job making the campus diverse –– theologically, ethnically, experientially. Our university provides a really unique education because it’s so focused on the whole person. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t lose that. And we wanted to get a president who valued the same Wesleyan, holistic model of education. What did you see in Dr. Daniel J. Martin? I was invited to be a part of the team that went to visit Dr. Martin in Ohio, where he was

This past summer, new

DID YOU KNOW? Great Danes are strong and among the world’s tallest dogs. It’s not a bad description for the Dane owned by SPU’s new first family. Josie joins a distinguished parade of presidential pooches that have lounged on the laps of leadership. But topping the scales in excess of 100 pounds, Josie may be too much dog for even the strongest lap. She is, nonetheless, a beloved member of the Martin family.



Seattle Pacific University President Daniel J. Martin and his family took a road trip. They drove 2,400 miles cross country from Mount Vernon, Ohio, to a new home on the SPU campus. Martin has two doctorates, a law degree, an MBA — and an enthusiasm for Seattle Pacific’s mission to engage the culture and change the world. He is the University’s 10th president in 121 years. He says that while he’s old enough to be your father and “still in Ozzy’s camp trying to figure out

‘What’s a Bieber?’” he shares your desire to learn more about SPU: “I’ve already learned that SPU is a place that believes in students and in your potential to achieve your academic goals and change our world in the process. I’ve made my commitment to be a part of this community, and I’d love for you to do the same.” The Martin family includes Pam, a teacher and Martin’s wife

president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU). That was a really empowering, incredible experience. In our interviews, Dr. Martin did a good job of fielding my questions. We met with people in his administration, his board chair, people on staff, and students. MVNU is an institution that challenges its students to be thinking about how the Christian story can impact our world. And Dr. Martin has played a significant role in that. He definitely set himself apart from the other candidates. What was it like to go on that interview trip to Ohio? I was super nervous because I realized when I was landing that I hadn’t packed any pants that were appropriate. As soon as I got off the plane I saw the only thing that people were wearing was suits, and I was like, “OK, I’m wearing my skinny jeans. I’m not going to make a very good first impression.” But there’s a funny, mini-hipster culture at MVNU, which I didn’t expect. I totally managed to get away with skinny jeans for two days because the people at Mount Vernon have a similar fashion style as the people at SPU. The only problem I had was when I had to embarrass-

ingly admit that I didn’t have any slacks so we couldn’t eat in a fancy restaurant. Daniel Martin didn’t think it was a big deal, so we just went somewhere else that allowed jeans –– a perfect example of his graciousness!

spiritual well-being of our campus community. We asked people to be praying for us. We also let the applicants know we were praying. We framed it to make sure they knew this was a significant part of the process.

So you spent some time with Dr. Martin. What is he like? How about his family?

What did you learn about SPU that you didn’t know before?

You feel really validated while you’re in contact with him. He’s very positive. He’s not the most boisterous person. He’s relaxed and confident. I watched the NCAA tournament with his kids, Joshua and Jacob. They’re super good kids –– both great soccer players. I’m sure they’ll make all sorts of friends. They’re an open, welcoming family.

I walked away impressed with how intentional SPU is about who we are. I got an opportunity to look at a lot of universities and learn about how they run their business. Seattle Pacific is a unique mix of teachers, staff, administrators, and students who all have this single-minded focus that finds its roots in a Wesleyan perspective. Our mission statement, “Engaging the culture, changing the world,” really isn’t lip service. It’s something that all of the relevant stakeholders want to see happen. That level of buy-in isn’t something I saw anywhere else. I’ve been blown away by the focus.

Did this search experience have any surprises? I was blown away by how deeply the Board of Trustees really cares about the University and about how SPU is developing students. The trustees didn’t want to choose anyone who would change the direction or the philosophy of Seattle Pacific. They focused on making sure we found someone who had a similar theological perspective. I knew that they were all successful executives, and I thought they would focus more on the business side of things. I was really impressed with how passionate they are about SPU — culturally, philosophically, and theologically. They care a lot about it. Every step was blanketed in prayer and thoughtful consideration about the impact that the selection would have on the academic and


Meet SPU’s new first family

of 21 years; Jake, 15, a high school junior and soccer player; and Josh, 13, an 8th-grade student who’s also at home on the soccer field. If you visit Seattle Pacific, you might glimpse SPU’s new leader himself on the intramural soccer field. “People might get some laughs watching me try to keep up with college students,” he says.


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Heart & Soul

ACT:S, The World Vision Activism Network


Did you know that ACT:S began right here on the SPU campus? It started out in 2003 as “Acting on AIDS,” founded by alumni Lisa Krohn ’04, James Pedrick ’04, and Jackie Yoshimura ’04. The group collected signatures to petition for U.S. government funding increases for humanitarian aid to Africa, and provided

opportunities for SPU students to get involved with AIDS outreach organizations. They also began a T-shirt campaign in which more than 300 student volunteers wore orange shirts with “Orphan” printed across the chest, to show how fast the pandemic was growing. After a

few years, Acting on AIDS had launched chapters on 55 college and university campuses across the nation, encouraging discussion, activism, and education on what young people could do for the cause. Because of their success, World Vision adopted the group and morphed them into a student community that connects faith and justice through

creative activism. ACT:S volunteers make art and music, host events, and tell stories in order to bring the world’s most challenging issues to life and mobilize young people to help.

Micro-Loans Making a Difference in






junior global development studies major, Alex Herbig traveled to Cambodia this summer to photograph the story of how Christian faith and the fight against poverty can intersect. He is interested in the way microfinance –– providing modest loans to small businesses in developing countries –– changes lives. This summer’s trip with World Vision fit perfectly with his passions for photography and community development. Alex traveled in Cambodia for 10 days, accompanied by five other students from around the United States. The students met up with Pharum, a woman who had requested a small loan through World Vision to grow her palm-fruit business. She sells this coconut-like delicacy to tourists in a town outside the capital, Phnom Penh. Small loans totaling $550 have helped Pharum’s family increase their daily earnings dramatically, from $2.50 a day to $7 a day. Now, they can live beyond a difficult subsistence level and plan for a better future.

Photos By Alex Herbig




1. Pharum is a 28-year-old who loves to laugh! 2. Palm fruit is popular with tourists and locals living around the Phnom Penh area. 3. Along the side of the road, Pharum extracts the fruit from its tough exterior shell.



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Heart & Soul



4. A wife and mother of two, Pharum has big dreams for her future. 5. Husband Yin Sovun works in the rice fields and helps his wife sell fruit on his days off. 6. Two layers of palm-fruit husks must be removed before they can be packaged for sale. 7.



9. 7. Yin Sovun and Pharum carry palm fruits to market. 8. An inner layer –– removed with a knife –– covers the palm fruit. 9. Family photos are traditionally hung outside a home’s front entrance. 10. Pharum’s home is tidy




13. and organized. 11. Houses in this region are built on stilts because of heavy rains. 12. With business improving, Pharum has plans to expand the family home. 13. Since the family’s daily earnings have grown, Chanritch, age 6, and Yeara Youen, age 8, can attend school. 22


By Bo Lim, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Autumn Quarter Lectio Guide


Isaiah, Jesus If You Know

You Know

If you’ve ever been afraid to tackle Isaiah, or have questions about the nature of God, Lectio: Guided Bible Reading is here to help. This free online weekly reading program allows you to explore God’s Word under the guidance of SPU’s own theology professors. You’ll learn new things about the Bible and Christian theology. You can visit the Lectio website weekly at lectio to find new posts, listen on iTunes, or sign up to receive email reminders.

As a professor, I sometimes intentionally respond to students’ questions with ambiguous answers. I know students don’t like that. I didn’t like it when I was a student, especially if I wanted to know what would be on an upcoming exam. I remember thinking, “You’re the prof; I’m the student. My job is to ask questions; yours is to give answers.” As a student of Jesus, what strikes me about Professor Jesus is that his speech is full of questions and riddles. You would think that, if “Jesus is the answer,” during his ministry he would have given clear answers rather than speaking in parables! For example, in Matthew 11:2–3, John the Baptist sends his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Now, in my book, that’s a good question. John wants to know whether Jesus is Israel’s longawaited Messiah. You would think that Jesus would shoot straight with his cousin — a simple “yes” or “no.” But what’s Jesus’ answer? He tells the disciples, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them” (Matthew 11:4–5). Some hearing this response might think, “Jesus you’ve just told us what we already know. Now can you please answer John’s question?” But Jesus did answer the question. He isn’t merely reporting the obvious; he is directly quoting Isaiah 35:5–6 and 61:1. Now what if you haven’t read Isaiah? Then you don’t understand Jesus’ reply. Jesus expects his audience to know Isaiah. Rather than give simple answers, Jesus assigns homework! He requires his listeners to do their reading, in this case Isaiah. Then he asks them to connect their reading to recent events. They are to put the two together; Jesus doesn’t do their assignments for them. Only when they have completed both tasks will they come to know the truth. Why does Jesus make it so involved? Because Jesus wants disciples. The basic meaning of “disciple” is “learner.” Jesus, the master prof, wants true learners — not people who want easy answers so they can pass exams. There’s a good reason to read Isaiah as we seek to learn from the master prof. With some 600 instances of quotes, paraphrases, allusions, or echoes, the New Testament references Isaiah more than any other single work. Knowing Isaiah is both a prerequisite for following Jesus and the topic of an advanced seminar on Jesus. So if you want to know Jesus, read Isaiah with me. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus’ first public teaching takes place at his hometown Nazareth, where he reads from the scroll of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor” (Luke 4:16; compare Isaiah 61:1). The gospel writers understand significant aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry as a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: his birth, baptism, healing miracles, parables, passion, resurrection, prayer, preaching, mission, salvation, and forgiveness. In fact, because of the correspondence of Jesus’ teaching and actions with Isaiah’s prophecy, it appears Jesus understood his identity and vocation in terms of Isaiah. I invite you to join me in exploring Isaiah through this autumn’s Lectio: Guided Bible Reading. You can be a better student of the Bible, and a better disciple of Jesus. Listen to Lectio at


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Urban Adventure

Not to brag, but Seattle

By Allie Fraley | Photos By Luke Rutan

Seattle’s Top


Make a Fish Face


It may smell a little fishy, but it’s classic Seattle: Take a picture with the fishmongers who famously hurl salmon, halibut, and bass up in the air before wrapping them up to be taken home by customers. The mongers, in their orange rubber overalls, are loud and friendly, always willing to ham it up for a camera. Swing by Rachel the Pig while you’re there!

Sticky and Sweet

Market Theater Gum Wall


is a very photo­ genic city. So if you’re coming to visit SPU anytime soon, check out these top places to go and get your pose on.

Pike Place Market Fish Throwers


10Photo Places

Wander around Post Alley by Pike Place Market and you will most likely run into something both amazing and disgusting. It’s the Market Theater Gum Wall, covered in ABC (Already Been Chewed) gum. Parts of the wall are several inches thick with the gunk, and there’s a plethora of color, a few ambitious designs, and words spelled out. Just be forewarned: The wall was named one of the top five “germiest” tourist attractions in 2009.




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Urban Adventure


Come Sail Away

Seattle ferries/West Seattle water taxi


View From the Hill

Gasworks Park grassy knoll


What began as a gas-manufacturing plant has now become one of Seattle’s most popular parks, thanks to its sweeping view of the city. Gasworks is situated on Lake Union, and the best spot for a photo op is on top of the park’s grassy knoll, where you’ll find a sundial. While you’re at it, this is also a great place to fly a kite.

Strange Waters

International Fountain, Seattle Center


Hop down to the waterfront and hitch a ride on one of the ferries headed to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton, or catch the water taxi to West Seattle. As the boat motors out into the Puget Sound, you’d be remiss not to get out the camera to capture a view of the city skyline.

One of the most fun places to capture moments on camera in the city is the International Fountain. It’s located in the heart of the Seattle Center, and built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Children play in the fountain’s dancing streams of water that spray from its silver dome. The fountain is also synchronized to music like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Postcard Perfect

Kerry Park

Arguably, the best place to get a full-fledged view of the city is Kerry Park, on Queen Anne Hill. From this small locale, you can see Seattle’s skyscrapers, Elliott Bay and all of the ferries moving across it. If the day is clear, you’ll see Mount Rainier, standing tall at 14,000 feet.

Be a Bookworm

Seattle Central Public Library

No Wonder They Call It Golden

Golden Gardens at Sunset

Over the Rainbow

Queen Anne’s Counterbalance Park

Troll Power

Fremont Troll

Under the Aurora Bridge you’ll find a giant mythical monster with a VW bug in its grasp. The Fremont Troll has become a symbol of the freespirited and kooky personality of the neighborhood. Climb on this piece of public art for an impromptu photo shoot.



At the base of an incredibly steep hill is Queen Anne’s Counterbalance Park. It may not look like much by day, but by night a rainbow of changing lights illuminate the concrete walls. It’s the perfect place for experimenting with nighttime photography.



Need a sunset backdrop? Golden Gardens in Ballard will do the trick. It’s a popular beach facing the Puget Sound. The sun sets over Bainbridge Island, and you might catch some sailboats drifting and hear the not-so-far-off barks of sea lions. For train buffs, a railway runs through the middle.



A library might not be the first place you’d think of as photogenic, but the Seattle Central Public Library is not your average library. The outside has glass and steel surfaces that seem to float. Inside is a completely red room, located on the fourth floor. Other fixtures include bright neon escalators and views of the city from the top level.




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SPU: Nuts & Bolts



“You need to ask yourself the question, ‘Can I thrive here for four years?’” — Kellie Lewis

Cents’ Worth

What was it like to grow up in the same neighborhood as SPU? I loved it. I grew up attending Tradition (SPU’s annual Christmas event), going trick-or-treating in the residence halls, and watching college students sled down Queen Anne hill on snow days. What’s the best way to impress your admissions counselor? Being in communication with your admissions counselor goes a long way. I love to see that a student is interested and active in the process. What are important questions to ask, and things to think about when looking at colleges? It is important to get a feel for the campus and the surrounding neighborhood. You need to ask yourself the question, “Can I thrive here for four years?” What was it like to go to school so close to home? My love for Seattle and for my family is what kept me close to home. However, I explored Seattle in a new way with friends from out of town and had many new experiences in the city where I grew up! What if you have a low GPA? What are some other aspects you can focus on to ensure college acceptance? We really do look at you holistically. You are more than a test score and a GPA! We look at your involvements, how you invest your time outside of academics, and if you fit in with the vision of SPU. We also look at test scores. The nice thing about test scores is that you can take the test as many times as you need to, and we will look at your highest score when we review your application. Kellie Lewis Admissions Counselor



Is music a part of your life? SPU may be just the place for you.

Academic Programs Accounting Anthropology Applied Mathematics Art Art History Biochemistry Biology (Cell and Molecular, Ecology, Human, Physiology) Business Administration (Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Social Enterprise) Chemistry Christian Scripture Christian Spirituality Christian Theology Classics Clothing and Textiles (Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Design) Coaching Science Communication Computer Science Creative Writing Economics Education (Elementary, Secondary, Special Education) Electrical Engineering English Engineering (Appropriate and Sustainable, Computer, Mechanical) Elementary Education (Integrated Studies) European Studies Exercise Science Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion (Apparel Design, Merchandising) Food and Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics, Sports and Exercise) French French and Francophone Studies General Studies German Global and Urban Ministry Global Development Studies Health and Fitness Education History Illustration/New Pictures Individual and Family Development Information Systems Interior Design International Service Certificate Journalism Latin Latin American Studies Linguistics and Cultural Studies Literature Mathematics Music (Composition, Education, Performance, Technology, Worship Arts) Music Therapy Nursing

1 President Daniel J. Martin SPU by the Numbers 3,194 Undergraduate student

Philosophy Physics Political Science (Geopolitics, International Affairs, Leadership, Public Policy and Law) Pre-Law Pre-Professional Health Programs Professional Studies Professional Writing Psychology Reconciliation Studies Russian Sociology Spanish Student-Designed Majors Studio Arts Theatre (Performance, Production, Teaching) Visual Communication Women’s Studies Youth Ministry Off-Campus Programs SPU Study Abroad Programs: Belize (Tropical Marine Biology), Canterbury, China (Business), European Quarter, Galápagos Islands (Tropical Marine Biology), Guatemala (Global Development, Physics, or Spanish), Japan (Theology), Korea (Family and Consumer Sciences), London, Morocco (English), Paris, Philippines (Family and Consumer Sciences), Rome (Arts and English), South Africa, Vietnam (Transcultural Nursing) Programs Through the CCCU: American Studies (Washington, D.C.), Australia Studies, China Studies, Contemporary Music Center (New York), Film Studies (Los Angeles), India Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, Oxford Honors Program, Oxford Summer School, Washington, D.C., Journalism Center, Uganda Studies Other Student Visit Programs: Clark Atlanta University, Christian College Consortium Student Visitor Program, Daystar (Kenya), Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles), Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City)

NCAA Division II

Sports: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Soccer, Indoor/Outdoor Track, Women’s Gymnastics and Volleyball


973 Graduate and post

baccalaureate student enrollment

1,726 Students living on campus 49% Freshmen from out of state

205 Number of full-time SPU faculty

3.34–3.86 Middle 50 percent GPA of entering freshmen

14:1 Student-faculty ratio 37 Inches of rain a year in

Seattle (less than Miami, Boston, New York, and Chicago)

11 Intramural sports 95% Undergraduate students

who receive scholarships and/or need-based financial aid

0 Classes taught by

graduate assistants

1050–1240 Middle 50

percent combined SAT score (critical reading and math) of entering freshmen

22–28 Middle 50 percent

ACT score of entering freshmen

26% Ethnically diverse undergraduate students

90% or more of SPU applicants

consistently accepted to pre-professional health programs, including dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, optometry, occupational therapy, and medical school

85% Retention rate for first-year freshmen

Information based on 2011–12 statistics, unless stated otherwise.

SPU #3 for “Best Values” in the West — U.S. News & World Report 2011 College Rankings


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★ SPU: Nuts & Bolts


You’ve got to see this place!

Each quarter, SPU hosts more than 1,300 student visitors.

Scheduling Your Visit — Call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions toll free at 800-366-3344 to schedule a visit. Check out for details. Overnight Visit — Previews include housing in the residence halls, meals in Gwinn Commons, and classroom visits. Academic Preview:

October 18–19, 2012

One-Day Visits — One-day visits usually include a campus tour, a faculty and student panel, lunch, and more. SPU Fridays:

October 5, 12, 26, 2012

Individual Visits — Customize your visit! We’ll help you set up a campus tour and a meeting with an admissions counselor. Give us two weeks’ notice, and we can arrange a class visit, a meeting with a faculty member, or an overnight stay.

Don’t miss out on the experience.

Fine Arts Scholarship Auditions — Come to campus and show us your skills in theatre, music, or visual art. For details, visit

Interested in applying for Autumn 2013?

November 15 Early Action Deadline

Important Dates January 1 First Day to Submit FAFSA



February 1 FAFSA Deadline

February 1 First-Year Freshman Application Deadline (in order to be considered for scholarships and the best financial aid awards)

April 1 Transfer Priority Application Deadline (in order to be considered for scholarships and the best financial aid awards)

July 1 Transfer Application Deadline

May 1 National Candidates’ Reply Date: $200 Advance Payment Due


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SPU: Nuts & Bolts

Take the online tour today!

Apply! Important things to know if you decide to apply for admission How and When to Apply

Go to (Simple, right?) We use the Common Application to make things even easier. Early Action Plan This is a great choice if SPU is one of your top choices. Early Action gives you priority status in financial aid and housing. Admission Deadlines • Early Action Deadline: November 15 • First-Year Freshman Deadline: February 1 • Transfer Priority Deadline: April 1 • Transfer Deadline: July 1 Some Things We Look For Grades and Grade Trend: These are important because we want to make sure you will succeed in SPU’s challenging academic environment.



Incoming Freshman Class Middle 50 Percent: • High School GPA: 3.34–3.86 • SAT Score (CR+M): 1050–1240 • ACT Score (CR+M): 22–28 Test Scores: We accept either the SAT or the ACT. SPU’s test codes: SAT–4694, ACT–4476. Essays: Tell us about you! Be creative — but, even more important, be authentic. Recommendations: We consider the opinions of your teachers, mentors, and youth leaders essential. Interview: This is optional, but it allows us to connect a face and a personality with your admission file. A phone interview is also an option. Mission Fit: We look for students who are energized by SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world.

How Real Students

Pay for College

A name and a face to go with the numbers

“I spent months preparing the 2nd and 3rd movements of Mozart's 3rd Horn Concerto, making sure I liked all my phrasing and I could play through without cracking any notes.”

Student: Senior Eric Johnson Major: Music with a double emphasis in education and performance Minor: Reconciliation Instrument: French horn

— Eric Johnson

Did you know? This year, SPU has helped students by awarding more

What SPU music groups are you a part of? Wind Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra, Brass Choir, Woodwind Quintet, and Horn Quartet Scholarship: Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship The Finances: The amount of scholarship money you get each year depends on your audition. The scholarship renews itself every year. Who qualifies: Anyone talented in music, theatre, and/or the visual arts is eligible. You don't have to major in any of those disciplines to receive a scholarship.

than $85 million in scholarships and financial aid to qualified students. Find out what you qualify for!

Financing Your


All the basic things you should know about financial aid SPU Annual Costs for 2012–13

school you choose. To send your results to SPU, include the SPU code (003788).

What are the requirements for keeping the scholarship? You must be registered in a specific music, theatre, or visual arts class every quarter.

• Tuition & Fees = $32,067 • Room & Board = varies; $9,492 average • Total Direct Cost = varies; $41,559 average

What was it like to audition for the scholarship? When the time came to audition, I nervously stepped into a room with two long-time professors, Professor Hanson and Professor Marsh, who looked very intimidating. However, they welcomed me very warmly, and the audition environment was very relaxing.

If those numbers look intimidating, we have good news for you. We want to help.

3. Respond Accurately and On Time. For the best scholarships and most generous financial aid packages, meet all financial aid deadlines.

How to Apply

Financial Aid Deadlines

1. Apply to SPU. Your application for admission also serves as your application for most SPU scholarships. Get your app in early for your best chance to receive merit scholarships.

Freshman SPU Scholarships and Grants Apply for admission by February 1.

2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The info you provide on the FAFSA is used to determine how much money your family is expected to pay (aka Expected Family Contribution). Your EFC is the same no matter what

Transfer SPU Scholarships and Grants For priority consideration, apply for admission by April 1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) You’ll want to do this as soon as you can. Start after January 1, and complete no later than February 1.


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SPU: Nuts & Bolts What to Expect in an SPU Financial Aid Package

Eligibility: What Matters Most Scholarships: Grades, test scores, and involvement in school, church, and community are all considered important.

Several forms of aid may be included in your aid package: • • • •

SPU Scholarships Federal, State, and SPU Grants Student Employment (Work Study) Student Loans

stellar alumni

Need-based financial aid (grants, loans, student employment): Family and student income/assets, number of family members in college, size of family household, and age of older parent are all considered. In some cases, unique financial circumstances will also be considered.

For details:


Meet some


Award Guidelines


SPU Scholar Awards* Full tuition Trustees’ Scholar Awards* $14,000 President’s Scholar Awards* $12,000 Deans’ Scholar Awards* $10,000 FIRST Robotics Scholarships $5,000

Apply by invitation only GPA: 3.92; SAT: 1331 or ACT: 30 GPA: 3.75; SAT: 1209 or ACT: 27 GPA: 3.5; SAT: 1110 or ACT: 24 For high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team

Engineering Scholarships $5,000 (Deffenbaugh or Burwell) Philip W. Eaton Scholarships $3,000 SPU National Merit Scholarships $2,000

For incoming freshmen who plan to major in an engineering discipline Significant leadership and service in school and/or in the community National Merit Corporation semifinalist or finalist


Denny Rydberg ’67 is the president of Young Life, one of the world’s largest Christian youth organizations.

Esther Snyder, the co-founder of the beloved In-N-Out Burger chain, graduated from SPU in 1947.

Ames Scholarships Varies For underrepresented ethnic minority students; details at Fine Arts Scholarships Up to $3,000 Details at Free Methodist Scholarships $2,000 Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church Alumni Scholarships $1,500 Parent(s) graduated from SPU Ministry Service Awards $1,500 Parent(s) employed full-time with a Christian church, mission, or para-church organization Church Matching Scholarships Up to $500 Church must apply to participate ROTC Academic Achievement Awards

Room and board

ROTC requirements

NCAA Division II Athletic Scholarships


Contact coaches: 206-281-2085

* Guidelines reflect an average of GPAs and SAT (CR+M) scores earned by students who entered SPU in Autumn 2011.

Amounts awarded could change for following classes. A student may receive no more than one of the awards noted with an (*) in the same academic year. Note: If you’re a transfer student, please visit to see merit awards.

After receiving the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2010, Dan Price ’08 consulted with President Obama at the White House on entrepreneurship and innovation.

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My World Not only can Ali Worthen jump the length of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, but she also has a bronze medal. She earned it for the women’s heptathlon at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships. The heptathlon is a two-day event that includes hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin, and

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200- and 800-meter runs. While that takes intense training, the senior and exercise science major also excels in her classes. “SPU is special,” she says. “I don’t think most schools put as much focus on academics for athletes.” Yet Ali has no problem rising to the challenge set by her coaches and her professors.


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Autumn 2012 Issue

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