Alumnae Pilgrims

October 22nd, 2014 § 0

English-major alums Amanda Keithley, Hillary Morris, and Lainey Pereboom have just finished their pilgrimage. For 33 days and 500 miles, they walked the “Camino”—the pilgrimage road from France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, an endpoint for spiritual seekers since the Middle Ages.  Over 250,000 people will have walked the Camino this year alone.

Each alumna had her own reason for becoming a pilgrim, but all were seeking discernment about the next stages in their lives and careers. Amanda writes about completing the pilgrimage:

 I have found that arriving in Santiago was less about the cathedral and more about the people you walked with on the Camino every day. It was the journey, not the destination, that I found sacred and beautiful. It was in the people I met and the friends who became family, and not in any individual spiritual experience, that I saw the love of God. On the Camino, there are the people you walk with every day  and those you meet at an albergue or on the path and see again and again when you least expect to in towns and places neither of you has ever been. The way that people weave in  and out of each other’s lives on the Camino in unexpected and surprising ways is why the Camino is known for mysteriously bringing people together. We have built a Camino family by just wandering into each other’s lives. I’m not sure exactly how I have been changed by these people, but I do know that their presence in my life has given me hope and shown me great love that people of all backgrounds and cultures can share.

Amanda will accompany Lainey, Hillary, and their friend Bri, also an SPU alumna, on a month more of European travel. We wish them well and safe travels!

Study Abroad in Rome, Summer 2015

October 16th, 2014 § 0

Art & Incarnation: Rome

Art and Incarnation is an interdisciplinary study abroad program designed for SPU students interested in art, literature, and creative writing. Students share daily field trips to places of artistic, literary, or historic interest (e.g. early Christian house churches, museums, the Coliseum, etc.), then gather for separate afternoon seminars tailored to each discipline.  Evenings and weekends are free to explore the city on your own, travel to nearby cities, or accompany professors on guided city walks to fun places off the beaten track (the Roman flea market!  Gelato crawls! etc.).

Where: Rome, Italy, from approx. June 26-July 21, 2015 (approx.

 Courses, Credits and Attributions:

Students enrolled in the literature and creative writing portion of the program will earn 10 credits toward the English major or minor in Creative Writing and/or Literature. Each course will meet WE and W requirements.

ENG 4953:  Writing Rome (5 credits) No Prerequisites

In this class students explore techniques of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction inspired by the city of Rome.  Daily writing assignments, tailored group excursions, along with the study of literary works set in Rome, provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the craft of writing.  In afternoon peer review workshops students will share their creative reflections on the Eternal City, critiquing their own work and that of other “colleague apprentices” by providing targeted feedback and suggestions for revision.   Attributes: W/WE credit.  This course may substitute for Imaginative Writing (English 2215), or for any of the intermediate or advanced genre workshops in the creative writing track.

ENG 4954:  The Eternal City in Art and Literature (5 credits) No Prerequisites

In this course students explore the theme of “Art and Incarnation” through the intensive study of literary works set in Rome and produced by writers from the classic to contemporary age.  In addition to exploring the city through daily onsite classes held in conjunction with art history scholars, students will analyze how Rome functions as both a character and a catalyst in works by a variety of authors, including Ovid, Keats, James, Wharton, Auden and Tennessee Williams, and explore how knowledge of Rome’s vital place in literary history may, in turn, inform their own critical, creative, and spiritual reflections on the Eternal City.


Students stay in Trastevere, the medieval “old town” section of Rome–now the hip, “bohemian” quarter–and an easy walk to most major attractions. Student apartment lodgings include kitchen facilities.

Applications due by February 1. Stay tuned for in person info sessions beginning in November!

For more information, please contact Professor Jennifer Maier ( or the Study Abroad Office.

Image Journal Event

October 12th, 2014 § 0

Join Image Journal for a free concert with Sam Rocha!
He’ll play music from his new album of Augustinian soul music,
Late to Love.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:45 pm
Seattle Pacific University Art Center
3 West Cremona
Seattle, WA 98109
Free dessert, CDs for sale
Even if you dislike Christian music –especially if you dislike Christian music–you need to give Sam Rocha’s Late to Love a listen. Because this album is that wished-for unicorn–thoughtful and lyrically rich, but also, dare we say, fun. Catchy. Both meditative and danceable. Which, upon further thought, is exactly what you’d hope for from an album inspired by the thought of St. Augustine.
It’s described by its recording label, Wiseblood Records, as “an original concept album that performs a reading of Augustine’s Confessions through soul music.” Rocha is uniquely positioned to do justice to the album’s philosophical underpinnings: he’s a professor of the philosophy of education at the University of British Columbia, and you can find his eponymous blog on Patheos, where he explores everything from the works of David Bentley Hart to Downton Abbey with insight and wit. He cites a broad list of musical forebears as well: Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Gil Scott Heron, T-Bone Walker. Don’t be late to this one!

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (206) 281-2988

English Major Receives Scholar-Athlete Award

July 23rd, 2014 § 0

Rising junior Kelsey Chase is among the recipients of the third-annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representatives Scholar-Athlete awards.  Kelsey is a track stand-out, and an academic star as well, with her 3.9 gpa and status as a University Scholar.  Congratulations, Kelsey!

Publishing Opportunity for Creative Writers

July 4th, 2014 § 0

Nate Knapp, an SPU English grad (’11), is now an MFA candidate at Oklahoma State University in fiction writing.  He asked us to pass on this email to SPU English majors:
We at The Collapsar publish 5-6 issues a year in a slick online format, and with each issue we try to feature a unique photographer (several of our past photography contributors have been SPU alumni) to accompany the fiction, essays, and poetry that we publish. We’ve published writers from all across the country, both established and emerging, and our readership is steadily growing. Right now, we’re looking for new photographers and writers for the upcoming year. We’re especially interested interested in photographers and excellent, polished essays. 
If interested, please check out our current issue and take a look at our back issues to get an idea of the kind of work we’re looking for (although we’re always open to new styles!). You can check us out at
Nate Knapp
The Collapsar
Phone: (405) 332-3536

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