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 personal the story, the more universal the impact.
"Adoption Through the Rearview Mirror," with Karen Springs '04
When Karen Springs '04 graduated from college at SPU in 2004 with a degree in theater and communications, she had no idea her future would include living in Ukraine and working with a Christian broadcasting network to promote adoption. Her new book, Adoption Through the Rearview Mirror, comes out of her latest adventure crisscrossing the US and interviewing over 60 families who had adopted children from Ukraine.
"Hardship Without Trouble: A Kidney Donor’s Story," with Bobby McLaughlin '89
Former SPU soccer player and assistant coach Bobby McLaughlin '89 shares his journey toward becoming a kidney donor. It started when he had a bicycle accident in 2016 and, through a life-giving surgery, he is showing the world how active and healthy live organ donors can be.
"Elephant in the Room," with Philip Jacobs '07
Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs ’07 is a modern-day renaissance man, as an entrepreneur, award-winning hip-hop artist, speaker, author, consultant, and inventor. He was the first executive director of Washington Employers of Racial Equity or WERE, a coalition of 80 plus companies in Washington state, committed to making the region equitable for Black Washingtonians and all people of color. He's here with us today to talk about his latest book, Elephant in the Room: A business parable about race and equity conversations in the workplace.
Book: Elephant in the Room: A business parable about race and equity conversations in the workplace, by Philip Jacobs
Album: “Making Up 4 Lost Time,” by Sharp Skills
"Improvising Memory Loss," with Pam Nolte '76
Pam Nolte '76, co-founder, actor, and teaching artist at Taproot Theater Company, has been teaching improv classes to Alzheimer's patients since 2010. Not only has this work been rewarding for Pam, but her students have also been experiencing incredible results.
"A Journey of Passion," with Scott Nolte '76
Scott Nolte '76, co-founder and producing artistic director at Taproot Theatre Company for 44 years, recently retired. And in 2018, in preparation for that retirement, Scott took the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, the Way of St. James, walking nearly 500 miles in just 32 days.
Re-release: "Our Mission in Admissions," with Ineliz Soto-Fuller
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 admissions, but has now spent over 13 years helping students find their way. This episode originally aired Oct. 17, 2019.
Will make your day better
Take some time to listen to this bite-size episodes that will make your day much better. Great interviews with great people. Hope there is more to come!
Well done - very enjoyable
Especially love the Stephen Newby episode!
Love the variety of guests and so excited to hear more 🙌🏻