Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics and the Center for Integrity In Business welcomed Sonny Vu as the keynote speaker at this year’s “Business as a Calling” Day. Sonny is the founder, chair, and CEO of Misfit Wearables, makers of the Shine, an elegant activity monitor that can be worn anywhere and for any occasion. Sonny is also the founder, and former chair and CEO of AgaMatrix, a leading innovator in advanced diabetes technology. Sonny shared his experiences founding and leading two successful tech startups as well as why his faith plays such an important part in his life—both personally but also professionally. Watch his address here.
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Dr. Thomas Maridada, II joined us at our annual Day of Common Learning to deliver the keynote address, “Transforming Your Youth – Transforming Our Nation: Partnering In Service to Invest In the Lives of Our Nation’s Youth.” His address served as the touchstone for the day’s events, lectures, and seminars as we explored this year’s theme, “Helping Youth Flourish: Partnering With Families, Public Institutions, and Private Organizations to Develop the Talents, Strengths, and Potential of Youth.”
Dr. Maridada is the Children’s Defense Fund’s Director of National Education Policy, Practice and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining CDF, Dr. Maridada served as superintendent of several urban school districts in Michigan, where he was named “Michigan Superintendent of the Year” by the National Association of School Administrators. He has acted as a “school turn-around specialist” for some of the most challenging schools and districts in the country.
Watch and listen to his address here.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of former professor of biology Cindy Fitch last week. She was loved and appreciated during her time at SPU, particularly by her students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Program, a program she led with an uncommon care and dedication.
Her 2012 Easter Chapel address was appropriately on resurrection. In it, she reflected on her journey to faith, the many seasons of growth and change as a Christian, and the beauty and meaning she found in the Apostle’s Creed, a creed based on 1 Corinthians 15.
Perhaps you’ll join me in watching her Chapel address and, at the end, recite that creed along with Cindy, those gathered to hear her that day, and indeed, countless Christians throughout the ages—many of whom have, like Cindy, passed on to their eternal rest—that we believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
Changing What We Tax: Prospects for a Free-Enterprise Solution to Energy Security and Climate ChangeMay 20, 2013
If you listened to the most recent episode of This American Life, you heard former US Representative Bob Inglis (R) lay out a conservative solution to climate change and energy security. Back in November, he joined Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment’s Washington Policy Center, and Mike Wallace, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington, for a panel discussion sponsored by SPU’s Department of Political Science. Watch their talk here.
On March 21, 2013, Walter Brueggemann, one of the world’s foremost Old Testament scholars, was at SPU. Listen to his lecture, “The Alternative World of the Psalms”. Presented by the Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the School of Theology in conjunction with the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Did you miss Homecoming this year? Want to relive some of the best moments? We’ve got the Luncheon right here. Alumna of the Year Margo Engberg (class of 1989) talks about founding and running her successful gourmet cupcake boutique, PinkaBella Cupcakes. Also honored are this year’s Medallion Award Winners, John Erma (class of 1975) and Sheryl Erickson Erma (class of 1976), and Gloria Biggar Wall (class of 1979) and Larry Wall (class of 1976).
In Dr. Owen Ewald’s 2013 C. May Marston Lecture In Classics, “Reading the Persian Empire”, Persian realities and representations in ancient and modern literature are explored. Although Persia was one of the largest empires in human history before its conquest by Alexander the Great, it remains an enigma. Since few Persian documents have survived, we see Persia mostly through the eyes of others, especially its Greek subjects. Modern novels such as Stephen Pressfield’s Gates of Fire and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis have also taken up the challenge of depicting ancient Persia. Professor Ewald juxtaposes modern and classic literature to bring to life this neglected classical civilization.
This weekend at SPU is the Racial Reconciliation and the Church conference. Whether or not you are able to attend, check out this lecture from the 2011 Palmer series on race, theology and the church. The Alfred S. Palmer Lecture annual event at SPU seeks to bring the best minds and hearts in Wesleyan Theology and Biblical studies to campus to discuss the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective. The lectureship is held in the honor of Alfred Palmer, a minister and ministry leader in Western Washington for more than 50 years.
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