Autumn 2008 | Volume 2, Issue 3
Sustainability at SPU
Unless you live in a submarine, you've probably noticed that everyone is going green. SUVs are out, composting is in -- and your kids are embarrassed every time you forget the eco-friendly bag at the grocery store.
This movement has been working its way through the Seattle Pacific University campus for quite some time, as both a grassroots and an institutional effort. Students fix bikes for free, create energy-efficient projects, and research solar panels and other technologies. Meanwhile, the University recycles, subsidizes bus passes for students and employees, and is committed to building green.
Now, with the hire of 2008 graduate Bethany Walrad as its sustainability coordinator, SPU is creating a unified movement. A music major, Walrad started working with Facility and Project Management part time last year. This June, she was hired for a full-time position.
Read the rest of the article and learn more about SPU's efforts to increase sustainability.
Repeat the Sounding Joy!
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. -- Isaiah 7:14
Join us November 30 at Benaroya Hall for SPU's ninth annual The Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert.
Featuring the University's nationally recognized Concert Choir and Wind Symphony, The Sacred Sounds of Christmas celebrates the good news of Jesus' birth through Advent and Christmas music from around the world.
This year for the first time, you can choose from two performances: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are only $15 through September 30, and special group rates are available for 10 or more people. Beginning October 1, tickets will be $17 and $20.
This concert sells out earlier every year, so be sure to get your tickets soon!
Visit The Sacred Sounds of Christmas.
Meet Ruth Adams
Two decades. That's how long Ruth Adams, university registrar and director of Seattle Pacific's Student Academic Services, has been serving the academic needs of students and their families at SPU.
For someone whose career plan included switching jobs every few years, Adams says the longevity has shocked her a bit. But she's not surprised to find both a career and a home at SPU.
"SPU is a place to make a difference," she says. "It's a place to impact student lives. And there is no greater calling. It's something my staff and I commit to every day."
Read more from Ruth Adams and learn how her office stands in the middle to serve SPU's students.
Student Housing: What to Bring?
Elonna Visser with Housing Services provides the following ideas to help your son or daughter know what to bring to campus as a freshman.
- Less might be more. Space will be limited. Students should prioritize what they'll really need, and talk with their roommates ahead of time about who will bring what items.
- Review the essentials. Do I need to bring towels and other linens? Should I have an ironing board? How about a refrigerator? Compare your list with ours about what to bring. (156 KB PDF)
For more tips, including what not to bring, visit the parents and families website.