Seattle Pacific University

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Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific University (logo).png
Motto Engaging the Culture, Changing the World™
Established 1891
Type Private
Religious affiliation Free Methodist Church
Endowment $49 million[1]
President Daniel J. Martin
Undergraduates 3,366 (2013)
Postgraduates 875 (2013)
Location Seattle, Washington, USA
47°39′01″N 122°21′42″W / 47.65019°N 122.361667°W / 47.65019; -122.361667Coordinates: 47°39′01″N 122°21′42″W / 47.65019°N 122.361667°W / 47.65019; -122.361667
Campus Urban, 43 acres (170,000 m2)
Colors Maroon and White         
Mascot Talon the Falcon
Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Website spu.edu

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is a Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions, located at 3307 3rd Avenue W. on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA. It was founded in 1891 by the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church as the Seattle Seminary. It became the Seattle Seminary and College in 1913, changed names again to Seattle Pacific College in 1915, and took its present name in 1977. Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Christian College Consortium.

Campus[edit]

SPU enjoys a 43-acre (17 ha) campus on the northern slope of the residential neighborhood of Queen Anne Hill, close to the artsy Fremont neighborhood. Some of the massive trees in the campus' Tiffany Loop are the oldest remaining original trees in Seattle. One of these trees collapsed in Winter 2006, which led to the inspection and removal of three other trees in the vicinity. SPU also owns and operates two satellite campuses: a wilderness field station specializing in biology on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands and former military fort turned retreat facility at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island.

Alexander Hall[edit]

Named after the first president of Seattle Pacific University, Alexander Beers, this four-story brick building is home to the School of Theology. It was named after the founder's first name, Alexander, because the board did not want a building on campus called Beers Hall. The building also houses the Sociology, History, and Political Science departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Alexander Hall is the oldest building on campus, and at the time of the University's founding it was also the only building on campus.

Interestingly, for several years following the college's postwar increase in student population, a war surplus "temporary" building used for faculty offices was placed directly behind Alexander Hall and named for his wife, Adelaide.

Demaray Hall/Clocktower[edit]

Demaray Hall is the main academic building at Seattle Pacific University. It houses many classrooms as well as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Academic Services and Student Financial Services. Upper Administrative offices are located in Demaray as well. Demaray Hall is named for C(alvin) Dorr Demaray, president of SPU from 1959-1968 and pastor of the college church, First Free Methodist, from 1948 to 1959.[2]

The Clocktower in front of Demaray Hall was given to Seattle Pacific University by the class of 1966 (then Seattle Pacific College). It displays a bas-relief sculpture designed by former Professor of Art Ernst Schwidder, titled "Science, Religion and Humanities," which was brought to fruition by former Professor of Art Larry Metcalf and three of his students. The cast-stone relief panels depict major areas of investigation in the liberal arts: the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Its symbols are drawn from American Pima, Arabic, Aztec, Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek cultures.[3][4]

Gwinn Commons[edit]

Gwinn Commons

Gwinn Commons is home to three different areas of interest. The most-used portion of Gwinn Commons is the Crossroads, which is on the second floor. The Crossroads at Gwinn Commons is the dining hall on campus, which is managed by Sodexo. Long lines can form around Gwinn Commons during the lunch and dinner meal times as students are all trying to enter. Upstairs in Gwinn Commons is the University's most prized multi-use location. A pair of large rooms, the Queen Anne Room (named after the neighborhood that SPU is in) and the Cascade Room (named after the mountain range that can be seen from Upper Gwinn Commons) can hold up to 500 people. Many different functions are held in Upper Gwinn, ranging from Group, a Wednesday night worship service, admissions events, lectures, board meetings and more. There is also a smaller dining room called the Presidents Dining room, which is used only at the President's discretion. The final location in Gwinn Commons is the Corner Place Market, or C-Store, which is not connected to any of the other parts of Gwinn. The C-Store holds a full Subway and also a convenience-style store. Wells Gwinn, for whom the dining facility is named, served 32 years on the Seattle Pacific Board of Trustees.

Library[edit]

Seattle Pacific University Library

The four-floor Seattle Pacific Library was completed in 1994. It houses over 200,000 volumes and 1,300 print periodicals, and grows by 6,000 new titles a year. Students and faculty have access to the collections of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, comprising over 30 million items held in Washington and Oregon academic libraries, including the University of Washington. In addition to printed reference materials, the library also hosts many electronic sources, including abstracts and indexes from ProQuest Direct, EBSCOHost, First Search, and other online services, and is available at all computers in library and on campus, including several computer labs in library.

During the academic year, members of the SPU community meet in the Library for a weekly event called "Creative Conversations," during which they share scholarly and creative works in progress.

Peterson Hall[edit]

Peterson Hall is the second-oldest building on campus and houses the School of Education as well as Family and Consumer Sciences. In the basement is a food lab as well as a sewing lab for the Nutrition and Fashion students, respectively. Every month, SPU's food lab plays host to a Community Kitchen; a time for homeless people to come and assist with cooking meals that they then all eat together.

Student Union Building[edit]

The Student Union Building (commonly called the SUB) was built in the 1960s and still stands as the central point where many students gather. On the first floor there is the Pacific Collegium, which is a central hub for commuter students. Food provided by the on campus dining services, Sodexo can be found in the SUB. UNICOM, a student-run information desk answers the general SPU phone line as well as assists with ticket sales, bus passes, pool passes, among other general information items. ASSP, the student government of SPU has its offices in the SUB along with STUB, the student event programming organization.

Philip W. and Sharon K. Eaton Hall[edit]

As the newest building on campus, the science building houses biology, chemistry and some psychology labs for the University. Built in 2003, it is the most advanced building on campus, complete with an electron microscope, cold room, fully contained greenhouse and LEED Certification. This building has provided many learning opportunities for students, especially ones involved in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences programs. SPU's pre-med track has become widely known for its 90–100% acceptance into medical schools right out of SPU. On May 23, 2012, the SPU Board of Trustees announced that it named the building in honor of President Eaton and his wife, Sharon, who would retire July 1, 2012.

Residences[edit]

Seattle Pacific University has five residence halls. The university offers other on-campus residence options, such as the Cremona and Wesley apartments, and other small suite- or apartment-style living facilities for continuing students. All residence halls feature single-gender floors. The five residence halls are Ashton Hall, Hill Hall, Moyer Hall, Emerson Hall, and Arnett Hall.

Freshmen are required to live on campus in the residence halls unless they are living with family. Meal plans are required for all students living in the dorms. Students may leave campus housing when they are 20 years old, have junior class status, have petitioned and been approved to live off campus by Campus Housing, or are graduate students.

Arnett Hall will welcome its inaugural residents in Autumn Quarter 2014. As SPU's second smallest dorm with only four resident floors, it features suite-style single, double, and triple rooms, a main lounge on the first floor, and a green roof and roof deck on the fifth floor. Rooms on the upper floors may also feature views of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. It is located in the northwest corner of campus, just across the street from Demaray Hall and just down the hill from Gwinn Commons, SPU's dining hall. As a brand-new dorm, its first residents will be able to create new traditions and programs to establish Arnett Hall's tone and presence on campus.

Ashton Hall, opened in 1965, is SPU's largest residence hall with more than 400 students on 12 floors. Nine of the floors are for women, and the other three floors are for men. It was named in honor of Philip F. Ashton, PhD, a psychology professor (1929–1971). The hall is located on the highest point of SPU's campus. Many rooms have views of the campus and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Annual Ashton events include the Ashton Cup lip-sync contest, the Ashton Art Show, and a formal ball. In previous years the ball has been held at the Space Needle, on an Argosy Cruise, and at Seattle's W Hotel. Ashton Hall is also home to the Orangemen of 6th West, the male cheer squad who display their school spirit by attending men's basketball home games and some away games, leading cheers for the Falcons and occasionally against the referees and the other team.

Emerson Hall

Emerson Hall, opened in 2001, is the campus's newest residence hall, featuring suite (address)s, card-access security, a main lounge with gas fireplace and Northwest wood beams, and an exercise center. Emerson also has a "Bridges Program", which lets students participate in intentional programs and conversations related to global issues and cross-cultural relationships. Emerson events include a quarterly Coffee House, the Emerson Film Festival, and the Spring Banquet. The hall is named for the street on which it resides.

Hill Hall, which opened in 1962, located in the upper middle of the campus just steps from Gwinn Commons and the SPU Library, is known as the "family" hall for its comfortable atmosphere. It features a newly updated main lounge, the REX athletic center, and the Hill Hall "beach", a grassy area behind the hall popular for outdoor recreation and sunbathing. Hill Hall events include "Decade" Skate (a song-based skit competition), a retreat to Camp Casey, an annual ball, and 6th Hill "Beach Bash." It is named for the Reuben Hill family who donated property to the school for its expansion.

Moyer Hall, opened in 1953 and remodeled in 1983, is located in the center of the campus on the edge of Tiffany Loop. The smallest of the traditional residence halls, Moyer was named in honor of Jacob Moyer, PhD, professor of chemistry and dean (1925–46). The hall's annual events include a fall retreat, an ice-broomball game, a citywide scavenger hunt, and an all-hall banquet. In the past, the ice-broomball game was played between residents of Moyer and Marston Hall (no longer used for housing). This annual "Toilet Bowl" match featured as its trophy a urinal removed from Moyer during the 1983 remodel, which the losing hall was required to display prominently the year following their loss. The 05–06 school year also introduced a new event called The Experience Moyer Project (EMP), which featured musical talent from the hall as well as a variety of other activities.

Other apartment complexes, including Bailey, Cremona, 37/49 W Dravus, Falcon, Wesley and other buildings known by address rather than name are owned and maintained by SPU. These apartments are closer to campus but provide a more independent-living situation. They provide a great aggregate living environment among students. The 35 and 34 West Cremona apartments were remodeled in 2008–09 and 2009–10, respectively, and the Wesley Apartments at Cremona and Dravus, as of the 2011–2012 academic year, are now owned and operated by SPU and include the offices of two of the Residence Life Coordinators. The school sold the Robbins apartments in 2012.

Traditions[edit]

  • New Student Convocation: has its roots in a 1932 convocation where new students and faculty gathered to celebrate the opportunities and challenges of the new academic year that lies ahead.
  • Homecoming: First instituted in 1935 at the school's 42nd Commencement, Homecoming is now celebrated in early Winter Quarter and hosts class reunions, athletic events, drama and music performances, a student talent show, and other gatherings of alumni, students, and faculty.
  • Tradition: Tradition represents the SPU community's Christmas celebration. Begun in the late 1980s, Tradition takes place in the Tiffany Loop during the first week of December and focuses on the birth of Christ through hosting a Christmas tree-lighting, carol singing, sleigh or horse rides, readings of the Christmas story, and live nativities.
  • Ivy Cutting: A part of SPU graduation since 1922, graduates receive a cutting from a long ring of ivy, symbolizing the graduate's ties to the university and new life found afterward.
  • Baccalaureate: Occurring the night before Graduation, this service of worship and reflection is planned by the senior graduating class and featuring student speakers.
  • Commencement: Commencement celebrates the scholarship, service, and Christian growth of graduating seniors, and degrees are awarded for both undergraduate and graduate level students.
  • Social Venture Plan Competition: Beginning in 2007, SPU annually sponsors a voluntary [http://Social%20Venture%20Plan%20Competition Social Venture Plan Competition] in which students develop projects that can make a difference in the world. By requiring students to develop business proposals that are later judged by Seattle-area small business owners, the Social Venture Competition develops participants' entrepreneurial skills.
    • 2007 Winner: Karman Tandon (University of Washington) and Brandon Teng (SPU) with Care For Kids
    • 2010 Winner : Allen Klein, Kevin McFarland, Mark Cotton, Kathryn Imler, Winslow Moran-Hodge, and Jamie Durbin – Seattle Pacific University – Idyll Energy Solutions

Previous Names[edit]

Over its history as the school grew, Seattle Pacific University changed its name several times. [5]

  • 1891 - Seattle Seminary
  • 1913 - Seattle Seminary and College
  • 1915 - Seattle Pacific College/Seattle Pacific Christian College
  • 1977 - Seattle Pacific University

Enrollment[edit]

Student enrollment[edit]

(Statistics are based on Autumn Quarter 2012)

  • Total enrollment: 4,167
    • Undergraduate students: 3,194
    • Post-baccalaureate students: 29
    • Graduate Students: 828
  • Continuing Education: 5,895 (Summer 2012)

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Class size[edit]

  • 77 percent of the Autumn Quarter 2011 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or fewer.
  • Institutional Student-Faculty Ratio 14:1 (Based on Common Data Set definition)

Academic profile[edit]

The SPU Clock Tower

Academic program statistics[edit]

  • Undergraduate Majors – 62
  • Undergraduate Minors – 57
  • Undergraduate Concentrations – 39
  • Master's and Post-Master's Degrees – 17
  • Master's Concentrations – 37
  • Doctoral Programs – 5
  • Graduate Certificates – 8

Academic structure[edit]

  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Science and Engineering
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology, Family and Community
  • School of Theology

Graduate studies[edit]

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Theology (MA)
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

Honors[edit]

SPU offers a four-year alternate series of general education classes for honors students called University Scholars that revolves around a Great Books reading list and the writing of a lengthy senior dissertation.

Athletics[edit]

The university's athletic teams participate in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at the Division II level of the NCAA.

Men's Varsity Athletics

Women's Varsity Athletics

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Notable alumni[edit]

Presidents of SPU[edit]

Alexander A. Beers, Ph.B., M.A. 1893–1916
Orrin E. Tiffany, PhD 1916–26
C. Hoyt Watson, Litt.D. 1926–59
C. Dorr Demaray, Litt.D 1959–68
David L. McKenna, PhD 1968–82
David C. Le Shana, PhD 1982–91
Curtis A. Martin, PhD 1991–94
E. Arthur Self, PhD 1994–95
Philip W. Eaton, PhD 1995–2012
Daniel J. Martin, JD, EdD 2012–present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of January 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mcdermott, Terry (November 4, 1992). "C. Dorr Demaray, 91; College Expanded During His Presidency". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SPU Arts Guide". Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Demaray Hall Pamphlet" by Seattle Pacific College
  5. ^ http://www.spu.edu/about-spu/our-history
  6. ^ Forbes http://www.forbes.com/colleges/seattle-pacific-university/ |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ "The National Anthem "Full Throttle"". Seattle Pacific University - Alumni. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Sandrin Transfers from Portland, Joining Brother". Seattle Pacific University Athletics. 2000-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Korea’s Next Hoops Star in Making". The Dong-A Ilbo. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 

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