The SPU Voices Podcast

The SPU Voices Podcast

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The SPU Voices Podcast is a Seattle Pacific University monthly interview show dedicated to telling inspiring and compelling stories. Everyone has a story. We showcase those which are both artistically rich and relevant to current culture. The more pers…


“Tuition Reimagined,” with Jordan Grant
Sep 21 • 27 min
Across the nation, college costs rise every year, representing a consistent barrier to students accessing the college of their choice. Over the last decade, the average cost of college has risen by more than 25 percent. We caught up with Assistant VP…
“No Place Like Pike Place,” with Lillian Sherman
Sep 3 • 30 min
Pike Place Market Foundation Executive Director Lillian Sherman ’91 shares some history about Pike Place, including the little known fact that people live there, and how the Pike Place Market Foundation cares for them. She also highlights how vendors…
Inside Voices: “Achieving Academic Excellence,” with Cindy Price
Aug 20 • 26 min
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Cindy Price talks about preparing for the upcoming school year and the best way help the college-aged people handle change.
“Pastor, Present, and Future” with Richard Dahlstrom
Aug 6 • 33 min
Richard Dahlstrom ‘74 has been the senior pastor at Bethany Community Church for 25 years. Richard talks about his road to being a pastor, things he learned in the Alps while on sabbatical, and his advice for pastors.
Inside Voices: “Where Science Meets Faith,” with Bruce Congdon
Jul 23 • 34 min
Bruce Congdon, professor emeritus of biology, draws on his 35 years of higher education experience to help explain his views on the intersection of science and faith.
“Prayer and Lament” with University Ministries
Jul 9 • 32 min
This episode will be different from previous episodes. We invite you to listen to a recent chapel that was held on-campus titled, “Prayer and Lament”. Hear from Chaplain Lisa Ishihara, Dr. Stephen Newby, Caenisha Warren, Ashlee’ Thomas, Kelsey Rorem,…
Inside Voices: “Music Therapy,” with Carlene Brown
Jun 18 • 26 min
Listen to Carlene Brown, professor of music and director of music therapy, tell us how music can be used to help both body and mind.
“Lending Support,” with Melissa Glenn
Jun 4 • 23 min
In April of 2019, Melissa Glenn ‘05 became the first library social services provider in Washington state. Melissa is a licensed mental health counselor who graduated from SPU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After earning a master’s in…
“Answering the Call,” with Donald Cooney
May 21 • 12 min
Learn how answering his call has taken Donald from health care, to the military, to getting his Master of Divinity degree.
“Being Social,” with Danny Ciaccio
May 7 • 20 min
When Danny Ciaccio was an SPU student, he started working as a game day media assistant for both the Sounders and the Seahawks, while also being the sports editor for The Falcon student newspaper. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in communication…
Inside (Our House) Voices: “SPU Stories,” with the Browns and the Stubberts
Apr 16 • 19 min
Take a break from the news and walk down memory lane with the Browns and Stubberts as they share beloved memories of their time at Seattle Pacific University.
“Life Is What You Bake It,” with Margo Engberg
Apr 2 • 24 min
Seattle Pacific University alumna Margo Engberg ’89 is the founder and CEO of PinkaBella Cupcakes and PB Franchising. After 20 years of running a successful housecleaning business, she started baking cupcakes for children who had never had a birthday…
Inside Voices: “Making Space,” with Lisa Ishihara
Mar 19 • 24 min
Seattle Pacific University’s Chaplain Lisa Ishihara didn’t anticipate a life in ministry when she was younger, but early on she found a love for worshipping God through her mom’s musical dance choir. As a business major in college, she didn’t focus on…
“Faith For The Future,” with SPU Professors
Mar 5 • 30 min
SPU Voices Podcast host Amanda Stubbert led a live recording of the podcast, where she chatted with SPU professors about what Christian faith means at SPU. Faculty on the panel included Professor of English Christine Chaney, Professor of New Testament…
Inside Voices: “Taking the Next Step,” with Susan Okamoto Lane
Feb 20 • 17 min
With more than 30 years experience at Seattle Pacific University, recently retired Dean of Multi-Ethnic and Wellness Programs Susan Okamoto Lane is someone who has seen big changes. As the diversity of the student body grew, the need for every student,…
“Reflecting the Kingdom of God,” with Sandra Mayo
Feb 6 • 27 min
Sandra Mayo is Seattle Pacific University’s vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Mayo provides leadership in Seattle Pacific’s ongoing work of reconciliation by providing strategic opportunities to fulfill SPU’s institutional…
“Discovering Vocation and Calling,” with Jacqui Smith-Bates
Jan 16 • 15 min
Jacqui Smith-Bates has been the director of the Center for Career and Calling for the past 21 years, and she currently serves as the dean of career and learning support at Seattle Pacific University, overseeing the Center for Learning and the Center for…
“Maternal Instinct,” with Alissa Shattenberg
Jan 2 • 30 min
Alissa Shattenberg is the founder of the Sarobidy Maternity Center in Madagascar. She got her nursing degree in 2000 from SPU, then went on to receive a master’s degree in nursing and a degree in midwifery. When she and her husband moved to Madagascar…
Inside Voices: “Live the Questions,” with Jeff Keuss
Dec 19, 2019 • 22 min
Jeff Keuss is a professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture at Seattle Pacific University, and executive director of Pivot Northwest. In this special episode of Inside Voices, we caught up with Keuss to talk about his new book, Live the…
“If You Plant It, They Will Come,” with Jamie Shattenberg
Dec 5, 2019 • 25 min
Jamie Shattenberg ’99 graduated from SPU with a degree in biology and returned to Madagascar, where he was born, to do the work he felt God called him to do. He is the international director of Eden Reforestation Projects in Madagascar, directing…
Inside Voices: “Leading Students who Lead” with Jeff Jordan
Nov 21, 2019 • 14 min
Seattle Pacific University Vice President for Student Life Jeff Jordan is responsible for collaborative planning with SPU’s academic leaders, student leaders, and student life staff. As if overseeing eight on-campus departments wasn’t enough, Jordan…
BONUS: “Coming Home” with Jeff Jordan
Nov 21, 2019 • 2 min
Seattle Pacific University Vice President for Student Life Jeff Jordan shares his best advice on how parents of college students can relate to their children when they return home for the holidays.
“Giving Others a Voice,” with Dr. Julieta Altamirano-Crosby
Nov 7, 2019 • 27 min
Dr. Julieta Altamirano-Crosby came to the U.S. with limited English and faced incredible hardship by the language barrier. Once she improved her English speaking skills, she became an advocate for others. Altamirano-Crosby now works in both Washington…
Inside Voices: “Our Mission in Admissions,” with Ineliz Soto-Fuller
Oct 17, 2019 • 25 min
This episode we sat down with Ineliz Soto-Fuller, the director of Undergraduate Admissions at Seattle Pacific University. She was a first generation college student and is passionate about access to higher education. She didn’t set out to work in…
BONUS: “Top Three Tips for Admissions,” with Ineliz Soto-Fuller
Oct 17, 2019 • 6 min
Ineliz Soto-Fuller, the director of Undergraduate Admissions at Seattle Pacific University, shares her top three tips for applying to college.
“Fish, Finance, and Family,” with Terresa Davis
Oct 3, 2019 • 26 min
Terresa Davis ‘07 is an accountant, a lawyer, a dedicated mother of four, a Kung Fu student, and an orange belt in Kenpo karate. She and her husband are the masterminds behind incredible Seattle restaurants including Blueacre Seafood, Steelhead Diner,…
Inside Voices: “Sticking the Landing,” with Laurel Tindall
Sep 19, 2019 • 15 min
Seattle Pacific University’s longtime gymnastics coach Laurel Tindall ‘75 recently retired after 46 years of coaching. She is nationally recognized as a champion of her sport. Her teams have won three national championships, her gymnasts have taken 31…
“Life Is How You Handle It,” with Martha Hiefield
Sep 5, 2019 • 20 min
Martha Hiefield serves as CEO for the Americas of POSSIBLE, a worldwide marketing firm. Her goal is to optimize organizational strategies of the business while helping employees realize their best selves. She is dedicated to making the best agency and…
Inside Voices: “Meet the Producer,” with Kyle Brown
Aug 15, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode of Inside Voices, meet Seattle Pacific University alumnus Kyle Brown ‘15, producer of the SPU Voices Podcast, as he shares his student journey and beyond at Seattle Pacific. After earning a degree in communications, Brown landed his…
“Racially Savvy Leadership,” with Philip Jacobs
Aug 1, 2019 • 28 min
Philip Jacobs ‘08, SPU’s 2019 Medallion Award Honoree, talks about legacy and how he hopes his life and work inspires youth despite the challenges they may encounter. Jacobs is a leadership speaker, hip-hop artist, father, and founder of the R.E.B.E.L…
Inside Voices: “Meet the Host,” with Amanda Stubbert
Jul 25, 2019 • 12 min
In this special minisode, meet Seattle Pacific University alumna Amanda Stubbert ‘95, host of the SPU Voices Podcast, as she shares about her student journey at Seattle Pacific and the people who impacted her along the way. After earning a degree in…
“Feeding Your Passion,” with Ashley Rodriguez
Jul 4, 2019 • 25 min
After spending a semester abroad studying art history in Italy, Ashley Rodriguez fell in love with food and decided to make it her passion. Now she’s the creative genius behind the award winning food blog Not Without Salt, author of bestselling…
“The Impact of Mentorship,” with Dan Martin
Jun 6, 2019 • 21 min
Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin shares his journey of self-discovery that led him to become a university president, and he discusses his approach to leadership during unexpected challenges.
“Serving Hope,” with Jaymes Lackey
May 2, 2019 • 25 min
Jaymes Lackey discusses why he decided to run for school board in his community and why his education was important to him physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
“A Cheesy Family Business,” with Laurra McGregor
Apr 4, 2019 • 21 min
Laurra began her a career as a schoolteacher with no intention of returning to Peterson Cheese, a family-owned and -operated food distributor founded by her father and uncle. But along the way she discovered that running a company with, by, and for…
“Helping Others Tell Their Story,” with Cami Ostman
Mar 25, 2019 • 23 min
As a therapist (she received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from SPU in 2000) and a writer, Cami excels at helping people figure out what it is they really have to say. She is the author of the quest memoir Second Wind: One Woman’s…
“Generational Leadership,” with Bobby Martin
Mar 25, 2019 • 22 min
How do you leave a legacy for your own children or for your community? Is there more to legacy than finances? Bobby Martin ’98 is the founder and director of 118 Designs, an organization giving job training and life skills to young men striving to leave…
“A Personal Journey of Reconciliation,” with Stephen Newby
Mar 19, 2019 • 29 min
As if teaching, conducting, performing, writing, and singing the national anthem for the Seattle Sounders didn’t keep Dr. Stephen Michael Newby busy enough, he has embarked on a journey of radical reconciliation that brought him from Michigan to Seattle…