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Spring 2007 | Volume 30, Number 1 | From the President

The President’s Portfolio

Guiding the speaking, writing, and travel of President Eaton this year are SPU’s five signatures. Here are some of his recent activities
(for details, visit www.spu.edu/president):

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Article, “SPU May Be Small, But Its Reach Is Global”
November 6, 2006
A retrospective in the Seattle P-I focused on President Eaton’s 10 years as president of SPU. Under Eaton’s leadership, said the P-I, SPU “has increased enrollment while becoming more selective, strengthened its academic programs and padded its endowment ... . Now the school is poised to raise its profile — here and around the world.”

American Chamber of Commerce of China Address
November 16, 2006
Beijing, China
As part of a delegation of American university presidents traveling to Asia, President Eaton described their purpose: to build bridges and connections between institutions of higher learning in China and in the United States. “In all of this we are relentless idealists,” said Eaton. “We come here with the firm conviction that education matters profoundly for the future peace, security, and prosperity of our world.”

World Vision Pastors Luncheon Address, “Faces Turned Outward”
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006
Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus
A keynote presenter at this annual World Vision event, President Eaton also acted as host for the visiting pastors, who explored the question of how the church should best respond to the pandemic of AIDS.

Sermon, “Can a Church Change the World?”

January 14, 2006
First Free Methodist Church
In a sermon to his home congregation, President Eaton took the question SPU has been asking — “Can a university change the world?” — and directed it toward the church. He answered this way: “Absolutely, but the church must lead with expansive imagination.”

Kick-off Dinner for Visit of John Perkins
January 25, 2007
Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus
Launching a two-month visit of John Perkins, President Eaton spoke at a welcome dinner along with Allen Belton, senior associate director for urban and global missions at University Presbyterian Church (UPC); Aaron Haskins, pastor at The City Church and executive director of the Christian Community Development Roundtable; and Tali Hairston, director of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation. Perkins’ visit was jointly sponsored by SPU and UPC.

Homecoming President’s Luncheon Address, “There’s a Great Big World Out There”
February 3, 2007
Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus
President Eaton spoke to alumni and friends of SPU at this annual Homecoming event. He articulated his aspirations for the global reach of SPU’s vision.

Seattle Times Article, “Seattle Pacific University Embraces a New Global Awareness”
February 3, 2007
Times reporter Janet Tu spent several weeks interviewing President Eaton, students, and faculty about SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world. “[Eaton’s] excitement about his students’ global awareness illustrates how Seattle Pacific University — and perceptions of it — are changing,” wrote Tu.

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Department Highlights

Embracing the Christian Story
President Philip Eaton asks what would happen if the Bible were placed at the center of the learning enterprise.

The Presidentís Portfolio
President Eatonís writing and speaking engagements were guided by SPUís five signatures this year.