Battlefield to classroom: Tom Cooper’s Return

A lifetime has passed since TOM COOPER ’50 first stepped onto the quiet Seattle Pacific College campus in the fall of 1946. Yet he still remembers what it was like to leave behind remote Pacific island battlefields and return home. Fortunately, he wasn’t alone. Dozens of fellow World War II veterans showed up with him […]

By Robert Elmer

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Battlefield to classroom: Tom Cooper’s return

Response is a print and online magazine for thoughtful Christians worldwide, rooted in the people, life, and mission of Seattle Pacific University.

Volume 44 / Number 1

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Students hang out in the Dravus parking lot, celebrating a socially-distanced birthday
Campus Life in These COVID Times

Soul Cycle Cover Illustration by Matt Chase
Soul Cycle: From Burned Out to Beloved

In The Loop

Brian Lugioyo
In the Loop
New dean of theology and seminary

illustration of magnifying cell by Tommy Parker
In the Loop
Teaching cell biology online

Alumni News

Dale Parker
Dale Parker: A quality start and finish

John Burbank
Seattle Pacific, where else?

Jake DeShazer in military uniform
War and Peace

Tom Cooper photo by Eugene Lee
Battlefield to classroom: Tom Cooper’s Return

In Memoriam

roses in tiffany loop
In Memoriam
In memoriam, Spring/Summer 2021


President's award illustration by Tommy Parker
NCAA Presidents’ Award

Caitlin McClain
A new coach for women’s rowing

Mehdi El Mardi on the court photo by Andrew Towell
The travelin’ man with a game plan

Class Notes

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Class Notes
Spring/Summer 2021 Class Notes

The City

Tyler Breier appears on a laptop screen
Beyond SPU
The “isms” that plague public health

A variety of fabrics hang from a rack against a white wall photo by Brittney Hyatt
Beyond SPU
Collective community

Becka Magnenat displays the Seattle Kraken flag
Beyond SPU
Release the Kraken

A mixing bowl and mixer, drawn with sugar on a black countertop Photo illustration by Brittany Fan
Beyond SPU
Sweet, sweet justice


Shanae Nicholson
Expanding the field

Peterson Hall circa 1910
100 Years: SPU School of Education

Nyaradzo Mvududu
Opening education’s school doors

How Much Do You Know About SPU?

How much do you know about SPU? Summer 2021

Your Take

illustration of people moving a larger quarter by tommy parker
Your Turn
From the reader, Spring/Summer 2021


Retirement Illustration by Fernando Cobelo
The Final Word
Tired of Retirement

Shelly Ngo, editor of Response magazine
From the Editor
Light and grace in a gray world

President Martin
The President’s View
Farewell to President Martin

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