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  • Celebrating 50 Years: Love Stories from the Class of 1966

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/4/2016 02:03:24 PM

    As the class of 1966 prepares to celebrate its 50th reunion on April 30th, many of its classmates are also preparing to celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we sat down with four couples from the class of 1966 to learn how their love stories began at Seattle University.

    Lynn Teplicky Hennagin,’66, and Roger Hennagin, ’66

    Lynn and Roger

    Lynn found her way to Seattle U—and Roger—after attending Forrest Ridge High School. “I knew it to be a good Catholic school. We were always partial to the Jesuits. They seemed the most level-headed of the priests and were known for being an intelligent group.”

    Roger was also fond of the Jesuits. After growing up attending Jesuit schools, he decided on Seattle U and then attended law school at Georgetown.

    Lynn and Roger met during their senior year at Seattle U. Both Lynn and Roger were student body officers and were introduced by mutual friends on a leadership retreat. They dated for one year and then got married shortly after graduation. The couple then moved to Washington, D.C. so Roger could continue his education.

     “I think in a way, Seattle University prepared us to interview our partners. We were able discover our mutual values which is very important in a relationship,” Lynn shared. “To this day I still feel like I married my best friend.”

    But finding the perfect partner was not the only thing Seattle U prepared Lynn and Roger for. “Seattle University also taught both of us to be community leaders. I’ve served on the Chamber of Commerce and we have both served on community boards, Roger served on the Lake Oswego city council for four years and we credit that with the skills Seattle University taught us.”  

    Many of Lynn and Roger’s friend from Seattle University were also student leaders and those friendships remain strong today even though they all live in different parts of the country. Lynn and Roger now live in Portland, Oregon and hope to return to Seattle this spring for their 50th class reunion.

    “I think it sounds like a lot of fun to see our friends again,” Lynn said. Roger and Lynn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 9th.

    Pat Cobelens Vivolo ’65, and Tony Vivolo, ‘66

    Tony and Pat V

    It was Seattle University’s reputation as a good Catholic school and its respected nursing program that attracted Pat from Bellingham. She was looking for a school not too far from home. Tony joked that he was the opposite. Tony grew up in an immigrant Italian neighborhood in New York. When Tony was awarded a scholarship by a community organization he set his sights on Seattle U. “I was the first one in my family to go to college. I chose Seattle U because it was the farthest I could get away from New York City and I felt I needed that distance to complete my education.”

    When Tony arrived in Seattle he didn’t know anyone and says that he came with a chip on his shoulder. “Seattle University was a far cry from lower Manhattan. It was thanks to the community and in large part the Dean of Students, Fr. Robert Rebhahn that I made it through college and graduated,” Tony said. 

    For Pat, it was the faculty, her classmates and her superb education in the Nursing school that she most appreciates about her time at Seattle U.

    Pat met Tony on her last day at Seattle University. It was 1965 and she was a graduating senior when she met Tony, The Chambers Tavern where SU students frequently gathered. “I had just finished my last day of clinical practice at Providence Hospital,” she shared. The two ended up at the same table, celebrating the end of the term with mutual friends and hit it off. Fifty years later they are still together and still connected to Seattle University.

    Both Pat and Tony have maintained friendships they made at SU.  Pat and her nursing cohort formed a strong bond during their time at SU and hold reunions every few years.

    Tony shared that after he spent time in Vietnam and entered the business world as a professional engineer, he saw the impact Seattle University had on him, instilling in him a sense of morals and ethics. “My motto is do the right thing,” Tony said, a philosophy he attributes to his time at Seattle University. Pat shared that they recently attended a retirement party for the person who had replaced Tony and the millennials at the company crowded around Tony at the party. “His philosophy and ethics had made him a legend to the younger generation and it’s something they really resonated with,” she said beaming with pride.

    Last year Tony and Pat returned to Seattle University for Pat’s 50th Reunion and this year they will return for Tony’s.

    Pam Carlson Walker, ’67, and Bruce Walker, ‘66

    Bruce and Pam W

    Pam decided on Seattle University after driving up to visit the campus with a friend. “It was one of the Catholic schools I was interested in and it was a beautiful campus on a beautiful day and everyone was very friendly,” she remembered fondly.   Bruce was living in Idaho and wanted to go to good Catholic school out of state.  “Call it a sign from God,” Bruce said, “but when Seattle University’s basketball team visited Pocatello  I was their ball boy. I did it for two years and then when I was looking for a college Seattle U seemed the right place.”

    The couple met on campus during Bruce’s sophomore year.  “I first saw Pam when she was a freshman registering for freshman orientation.”  Seattle U was a small school and the couple got to know each other. Their friends ate dinner together in the dorm dining room. A year after he first laid eyes on her, Pam and Bruce went on their first date to a James Bond movie and the rest was history.

    While Seattle U holds an important place in their hearts because they met here, it’s also special for fostering another relationship. Both Pam and Bruce became close with the then Academic Vice President, Fr. Frank Costello. “He would invite the guys on his floor in Bellarmine Hall to his room to eat popcorn and watch The Fugitive.” That weekly gathering was the start of a life-long friendship.

     “He is a member of our family,” Pam said. “He has been at all three of our children’s weddings and on a few family trips.”

    Both Pam and Bruce agree that their time as students at Seattle University helped strengthen their faith, but it also brought an awareness to the fact that there’s a much bigger community and started them on the path of getting involved. Both have held leadership positions with the United the Way as well as other non-profit organizations. The Walkers have watched Seattle U’s growth over the years and followed its success and in 2005 they returned to Seattle U for their 40th reunion. Also in attendance was their dear friend, Fr. Costello. Now 10 years later the Walkers are excited for their 50th Reunion. They are excited to connect with friends they have not seen for 50 years and see the improvements that have been made to campus.


    Jane Cunningham McClure and Andrew McClure, ‘66

    Andy and Jane M

    Andrew “Andy” McClure was running for the Student Body office of Publicity Director at Seattle University when he asked Jane Cunningham, a class officer, to give his introduction for a talk on campus. Little did Jane know she was introducing her future husband.

    Andy asked Jane out on her 19th birthday. The couple attended a campus party as their first date. “When we were in school the women had curfews and the men didn’t,” Jane recalled.” I got home an hour late after our first date and got in trouble and couldn’t go out the next weekend. I hope that rule has changed,” Jane teased.

    The two were married after Andy’s senior year and spent two years in Europe. Though they now live in California, they still feel the impact of their Jesuit education. “The Jesuits are such a well-educated order of priests. Seattle University really emphasized the academics. We had a good time, but felt we got a really good education and really appreciate that.” Andy went on to say that “commitment to social justice and helping other people is something that has been important to us.” Jane serves on the board of the Hanna Boys Center, providing underprivileged boys a place to go for school and counseling.

    Though no longer in the Seattle area, Andy and Jane have stayed close to friends from college. “We are active in the alumni association activities in the Bay Area,” Andy said, “We attend alumni dinners, basketball games and gatherings. It’s really great to stay connected.”

    Andy is now helping connect his classmates as part of the 1966 reunion planning committee. “We are excited to go back to campus and see what has changed, rejoin old friends and relive old memories. It will be great to get the crew together again.”

    Andy and the rest of the 1966 Reunion Committee invite all their classmates to join them at their reunion.

    Class of 1966 50th Reunion
    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    Seattle University
    Register online.  

    We hope you’ll come back to rediscover Seattle University, reconnect with old friends and share your own stories with us on April 30th

    Alumni Spotlight: Kendrick Glover, ‘08

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/3/2016 11:48:43 PM

    On Wednesday evenings most students at Kent-Meridian High School have gone home for the day. The teachers have left their classrooms, the athletes and coaches have departed from the halls—you’d think the custodial crew would be the only people left. But a few male students remain, sitting in a classroom, discussing their goals, passions, and where they think their life is going. Joining them, their leader, Kendrick Glover, ’08, the founder of the program the boys are participating in: Glover Empower Mentoring. Kendrick is here every Wednesday night with the goal of ensuring each boy in his mentoring program graduates from high school—because Kendrick wants the boys to learn from his mistakes.

    Kendrick Glover #1

    Sixteen years ago, Kendrick was tried as an adult in Mississippi and sent to prison. He thought he wouldn’t graduate high school, he thought he wouldn’t have a job—ultimately, he thought his life was over. Yet in 2008, he was walking across the stage at Seattle University’s commencement ceremony and receiving his B.A. in Criminal Justice. 

    So how has Kendrick transformed from inmate to PhD candidate and mentor? A big part of the answer lies in a phone call from his aunt in Seattle.

    Kendrick spent his years in prison working on his G.E.D. and his time after working on a B.A. at Jackson State University. Kendrick’s JSU career ended when he reverted to the same lifestyle that led to his incarceration and was told by school administration that he would not be returning to school. But then his aunt in Seattle gave him a call, found out he wasn’t in school and purchased him a bus ticket. Kendrick was coming to Seattle, whether he wanted to or not.

    But what initially felt like a loss of autonomy became a chance for Kendrick to reinvent himself. “Now what am I going to do? I need to dig deep and find myself,” Kendrick reflects on the experience. And that meant returning to higher education. “[I chose Seattle U because] it had Seattle in its name,” Kendrick explains with a laugh. Seattle U’s downtown environment and true reflection of Seattle culture made it the perfect way for him to experience his new home, and the small class sizes encouraged him to dig deeper and plan his future.

    At his graduation in 2008, family visited from all over the country to “see it to believe it.” While it was incredible for them, Kendrick was perhaps the most amazed of all: he finally had confirmation that prison wouldn’t hold him back. The forward momentum continued as he received his Master’s in Education from City University, interned for King County City Councilmember Larry Gossett, and started mentoring students at various high schools through the Police Activities League (PAL) run by the King County Sherriff’s Office. 

    In 2014, after various mentoring programs he had worked for fell through, Kendrick worked with his friend Sylvester Craft to establish Glover Empower Mentoring. GEM is a permanent mentoring program open to boys in need from age 13 to 21, working frequently with boys of African American and Latino descent.  Kendrick says he focuses on creating relationships with the mentees that are “sustainable and impactful… I hope to be an inspiration [to them].”

    Kendrick Glover #2

    Kendrick believes that many of his accomplishments are owed to his experience at Seattle University. “When I got to Seattle U, it all changed,” Kendrick explained, “[SU] gives you the opportunity to find out who you are.” And for Kendrick, finding himself meant focusing not just on academics, but on the social and emotional sides of himself. One of his biggest supporters on this journey was now-retired Fr. Kelliher, S.J., a Criminal Justice professor who never lost faith in Kendrick: “It helped to have someone believe in you that much.”

    Now, Kendrick is focused on providing hope for his mentees, helping the community, and dedicating himself to his family. When the Kent Reporter recently honored Kendrick as their Person of the Year 2015, it was, “Confirmation that what I’m doing is right.” But most of all, the recognition wasn’t all about his success: “[It’s] not just about me, it’s about the community…and it’s truly an honor.”

    Written by Miranda Benson, '17


    SU Advantage Networking Night: Leading With Emotional Intelligence

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/3/2016 11:46:03 PM


    “Emotional Intelligence is a lot of things…it is a ‘quality of being’ that optimizes all of your relationships…it enhances the quality of every encounter that you have with your colleagues… People with emotional intelligence live consciously.”

    That is Dr. Bill Weis’ “condensed” version of Emotional Intelligence—the topic for February’s SU Advantage | Networking Night, which will be hosted by the Seattle University Alumni Association on February 25, 2016 at the Hotel Sorrento.

    Dr. Bill Weis and Hartley McGrath, both faculty in the Albers School of Business and Economics MBA program, will be leading the event in a new way. Instead of presentations and structured networking, frequently used at past Networking Nights, co-facilitators Weis and McGrath will be leading the event with experiential learning that is seamlessly mixed with networking.

    It’s not their first time working with the topic of Emotional Intelligence—Weis and McGrath co-teach the sixty-contact hour “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” Albers course that attracts graduate students from all programs. It is the longest 3-credit course, as well as the most popular graduate elective. The course is so popular that it is currently being taught for the 50th time since its inauguration thirteen years ago. 

    Sixty contact hours sounds like a long course, but Dr. Weis explains that such a large topic is naturally lengthy: “It’s hard to condense ‘what is emotional intelligence’ into a sound bite, [because] it is about many things.” These many topics are everything from empathy—“emotionally walking in the moccasins of others”—to coaching—“helping the others in your life see, hear, know, and accept what is true for them”—to not knowing—“being able to say, ‘I don’t know what to say.’”

    But Emotional Intelligence is not just about learning a series of concepts, it’s about fundamentally changing who you are. “When you are with [someone who is emotionally intelligent], you know that they are present and paying attention, that they hear you and understand you and get it—which is a rare and powerful gift,” says Dr. Weis. And while Bill and Hartley’s course is taught through Albers, it’s not just for the business world: “[Emotional Intelligence] leads to more effective relationships at work, at home, and in other communities, in ways that bring value to your employer, to your family and to all your acquaintances.”

    The nature of the class will make this SU Advantage stand out from past events. It will mimic the environment of the class, which Bill says “provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to grow…in self-knowledge and self-acceptance, to grow in authenticity, to grow in a transformative way—in a way that changes one’s worldview.”

    Space is very limited. Reserve your spot now for the February 25th SU Advantage | Networking Night to hone your emotional intelligence and use it in all of your relationships. 


    SU Advantage | Networking Night
    “Leading with Emotional Intelligence”
    Thursday, February 25 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Hotel Sorrento | Top of the Town Room

    Register now.


    Looking for a more in-depth experience? Bill and Hartley are also leading a trip to the Italian Dolomites, open only to Seattle U alumni and friends. You can learn more about this once in a lifetime trip here.


    Alumni Award Winners 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/3/2016 11:38:41 PM

     President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., the Seattle University Alumni Association and the Alumni Board of Governors are pleased to announce the university’s 2016 Alumni Awards recipients.  For the past 31 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards, honoring alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. This year’s winners are no exception.

    We will celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 31st Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. We hope you will register to join us. 

    Peter Morton, ’00 

    Alumnus of the Year

    Peter Morton

    As an executive at Boeing, Peter Morton was instrumental in forging a partnership with Seattle University to establish the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Morton recruited senior leadership development executives from Costco, Weyerhauser, Safeco and Port of Seattle to partner with faculty to develop the curriculum that emphasized corporate values, ethics and community responsibility. Morton has brought hundreds of students to Seattle University and helped build a strong bond between Seattle University and the Boeing Company. After seven “career changes” in his 42 years with Boeing, he retired in 2000. Now president of Peter M. Morton Consulting, he brought Alan Mulally, former head of the Boeing Commercial Division and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, to campus. A dedicated community volunteer, Morton mentors ELP students, is a trustee of the Museum of Flight and serves on local and national boards. He shares his passion for flying with youth as a 10-year volunteer with the Young Eagles. Read more.

    Cheryl Sesnon, ’03 
    Community Service

    Cheryl Sesnon

    As the acting director of FareStart, Cheryl Sesnon, was given 18 months to put the fledgling organization’s books in order. She transformed the agency into a culinary job training program for the homeless. Within six years, Sesnon was overseeing an annual budget of over $2 million. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University. The former executive director of Washington CASH and current executive director of the Jubilee Women’s Center, Sesnon’s specialty is helping transform struggling organizations into thriving successes. She volunteers for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, traveling twice a year to Central America to provide leadership coaching, while also serving on a number of boards. Recipient of the Lead Ignite Award from Seattle University, she was also presented the Aubrey David Award for Progressive Leadership and the Harlequin Publishing “More Than Words” award. Read more.

    John Dougherty, ’66 
    University Service

    John Dougherty

    Since his graduation from Seattle University in 1966, John Dougherty has remained actively involved with Seattle University. While a student, he managed both the men’s basketball and baseball teams. As an alumnus, he joined the Seattle University Graduates Club, bought basketball season tickets and joined the Tomahawk Club, serving as president for 10 years.  He also has sat on the Alumni Board of Governors. Recipient of the Mark Escandon University Sport Service Award, Dougherty’s proudest moment was his induction into the Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame. For the past eight and half years, Dougherty, as Athletic Development Officer, has dedicated himself to raising funds necessary to build a strong athletics program. He has initiated new giving programs and increased both the number of donors and the gifts to Athletics, now exceeding $1 million each year. Now he and his wife Diana show their pride as members of the Legacy Society. Read more.

    Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 
    Professional Development

    Jill Wakefield

    A Seattle University graduate with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Jill Wakefield is a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. She is the first woman and longest serving Chancellor of the Seattle Colleges and will retire in June after 42 years in the system. Formerly an adjunct professor at Seattle University, Wakefield is a member of the Board of Trustees. She is passionate about building partnerships with businesses, K-12 education and four-year colleges to ensure greater educational accessibility and student success. Named as one of the Most Influential People of 2012 by Seattle Magazine, she has also been cited by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. Wakefield has served on numerous boards at the local, national and international level, including as president of the National Advisory Commission of Presidents for Community Colleges. Read more.

    Sean McDowell, PhD.  
    Distinguished Faculty

    Sean McDowell

    Associate Professor of English, Director of the Honors Program and creator of the Irish Writer’s Workshop, Sean McDowell received the 2006 Most Inspirational Faculty Award in recognition of his ability to engage and motivate students. For McDowell, teaching is his gift and his passion. He derives great satisfaction from not only sharing his own love of literature, but infusing his students with hunger for a lifetime of learning. For the past 12 summers, McDowell has taken student groups to Ireland for three weeks, an often life-changing experience. He was recently honored by being elected to membership in the International Association of University Professors of English, leads several literary societies and is editor of the John Donne Journal. A writer of fiction, poetry and screen plays, McDowell is preparing his first collection of poems for publication. Read more.

    Hollis Wong-Wear, ’09 
    Outstanding Recent Alumna

    Hollis Wong-Wear

    A Sullivan Scholar and 2009 graduate, Hollis Wong-Wear is a poet, songwriter, creative producer and lead vocalist in the electronic R&B band, The Flavr Blue. In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Wong-Wear is a manager, community leader and businesswoman. Her dedication to education, the arts, youth, social justice and empowerment issues have led her into public service, serving on the boards of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, the Seattle Music Commission and 4Culture, King County’s public art agency. In addition to her roles in civic leadership and mentorship, she has appeared as a featured speaker and performer at conferences and high-profile events. For six years, Wong-Wear has collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as video producer for “Wings” and “Thrift Shop,” singer, songwriter and strategist. She earned the 2014 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Read more.


    The Connolly Center Gets a Makeover

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/6/2016 11:32:40 PM

    As Seattle U begins a new quarter, the Seattle U Athletics department is celebrating its own new beginning. A new and improved Connolly Center, where alumni and students alike will be able to enjoy Seattle U’s athletic teams in a better-looking and better-functioning facility.

     Connolly Center 1

    “The feeling is that of gratitude,” says Eric Guerra, the Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Compliance, on how it feels to see the center finally ready to re-open. Eric has been a key player in the plans for the remodel, which has been in the works since the early 2000s. He explains that, “The renovation is invigorating to the entire department—it is inspiring.”


    The remodel is focused on meeting the gender equity requirements of Title IX of the United States Education Amendment, which, in the case of the SU Connolly Center, includes improved student athlete and spectator experiences. This means completely new locker rooms, better seating, and a more welcoming facility for spectators and student athletes. The Connolly Center’s renovations primarily affect the Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams, both of which call the Connolly Center’s North Court home.

     Connolly Center 2

    The renovation—also known as the Commitment to Equity Renovation—is the final piece in Seattle U’s five-year gender equity plan, which also included improvements to Logan Field at SU Park. Logan Field, the Connolly Center, and the Eisminger Fitness Center were all designed with continuity in mind—all three facilities have similar design elements and materials, but are also individually tailored to their specific need.


    Another part of the Connolly Center remodel is making game day a more enjoyable experience for the spectators. This means not only reconfigured seating, but seats that are overall better-looking and more comfortable. Additionally, attendees will enjoy superior concession stands and even improved entryways featuring prominent symbols of Seattle U. “We hope [the Connolly Center] is a source of pride,” Eric explained. “A place that everyone is welcomed and that inspires us all to even greater heights.” 

     Connolly Center 3

    Though the exterior won’t be finished until late January, the interior’s North Court hosted its opening game on December 19th, in which the women’s basketball team faced off against Boise State. Our lady Redhawks played to an enthusiastic crowd, and, though they lost the game, they have seven more opportunities to triumph at North Court before the WAC Championships in March.   


    Eric let us in on what’s thrilled him most about the Connolly Center’s re-opening: “So many things have me excited, but none more than the teams taking the court for the first time and for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to discover a terrific (renewed) place to come cheer on their Redhawks.” 

     Connolly Center 4

    The next game at the Connolly Center is Saturday, January 9th, at 2:00 p.m., when the women’s basketball team plays Chicago State.

    Written by Miranda Benson, '17


    Alumni Day of Service Registration Now Open!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/6/2016 11:30:36 PM

    Each year, Seattle University alumni live out our Jesuit values by serving the local community during Alumni Day of Service. This year Alumni Day of Service joins the long list of exciting activities taking place during Homecoming weekend.  Now alumni are invited back not only to show their SU pride, but to make a difference in the Puget Sound community.

    Alumni will join current students, family, friends and fellow Jesuit-educated alumni to participate in a service projects, from beautification and archiving historical artifacts to preparing items for a charity auction, gardening and more.. 

    With over 17 sites in the Puget Sound (and one in the Bay Area), this will be our largest Day of Service ever.  Participants can choose from sites in South Seattle, the Eastside, Central District, North Seattle and Bainbridge Island. A complete list of Service Sites is available on our website

    Day of Service is a fun way to connect with your alma mater and better your local community. Don’t take our word for it -- see what past participants have said.

    Day of Service 2

    "The experience was wonderful and it was a chance to give back to the community." 

    "It was meaningful to literally get my hands dirty doing service work."

    "Most of us are too busy to think about the less fortunate in our community. This event provided a reminder and an opportunity to ‘give back.’"

    "I enjoyed meeting other caring people, especially recent graduates who don't have a lot of spare cash but who want to give to the less fortunate."

    "I really enjoyed working with people from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and ages..."

    Register today and join alumni, friends and current students to make a difference!


    We Need Your Help: New Alumni Directory

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/6/2016 11:26:45 PM

    The Seattle University Alumni Association knows how important it is for our alumni to keep in touch with each other. That’s why we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Seattle University with the release of the first print alumni directory in 12 years. The directory will contain a color introduction highlighting the past 125 years of Seattle University and looking ahead to the next 25. 

     A new alumni directory will help you reconnect with college friends and classmates and will help Seattle University to establish benchmarks for career placement, applications for government grants, and determine  national ranks. 

    We want to make sure we only publish the most accurate alumni data, which is why we are working with our trusted partner, Publishing Concepts, Inc., (PCI) to update our alumni records. We need your help! PCI will be reaching out to our alumni over the next few months by mail, phone and email to verify contact information. Please confirm your information and help us publish the most accurate alumni directory possible.

    If you have any questions about Seattle University’s 125th commemorative alumni directory or the information gathering process, contact the Alumni Association at (206) 220-8443 or


    Seattle University Celebrates the Launch of the School of New & Continuing Studies

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/6/2016 11:22:23 PM

    Seattle University’s School of New & Continuing Studies (NCS) is holding an Open House on January 22nd to celebrate the launch of two new degree-completion programs. NCS programs are designed to meet the needs of busy adults who wish to complete their degrees, change careers, and/or enhance their skills. The school is now accepting applications for B.A. degree-completion programs in Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership, and the one-year Web Development Certificate. Classes begin in March.  The School of New & Continuing Studies accepts new students every quarter, including summer.


    The Digital Cultures program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree offering students digital skills for the 21st-century workplace. The Organizational Leadership degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students the leadership skills necessary to become effective, ethical, and socially responsible leaders.


    The School of New & Continuing Studies will also be welcoming its fifth new cohort of Web Development Certificate students this spring. In December of 2015, NCS awarded certificates to its first cohort. 

    NCS Graduation

    “The program has helped me to acquire new skills that I didn’t even think I was capable of achieving,” said Kimberly Woodward, an SU Web Development Certificate alumna. “More importantly, I have a job waiting for me when I graduate.” 


    We hope you’ll join us for our Open House on Friday January 22nd. We welcome all alumni and friends to come and learn about Seattle U’s newest school. NCS admissions staff and faculty will be available to chat and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be served; attendees are encouraged to drop in at any time.

    Seattle University’s School of New & Continuing Studies (NCS) Open House

    Friday, January 22, 2016 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM 
    Seattle University Admissions Building – Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room

    RSVP today!


    Alumni Job Search Tips for a Successful 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/6/2016 11:19:42 PM

    DKPDan Kelley-Petersen, ’02, ’15, is a double alumnus of Seattle University, a counselor and career advisor.  We sat down with Dan to get some job search tips that every alum should know to get 2016 started off on the right foot.

    Dan worked in the Seattle University Center for Career Services from 2011-2015 and graduated from the College of Education’s Community Counseling program this past year. Recently, he started his own private practice called dkp counseling, PLLC. Dan’s practice is built around mental health and wellness with a specialization in career, grief, anxiety and depression.

    We asked Dan how his time at Seattle University prepared him for his current role. “My experience working in the Center for Career Services was integral in my formation as a professional. The staff works tirelessly to bring support and career education for all Seattle University students. The program of study I chose formed me through an intense study of theory and history with many opportunities to practice and experience the impact of my work and Seattle University has instilled in me a desire to continue to seek the deeper places in all ways of thinking, acting, and reflecting,” he shared. 

    Dan’s approach to career advising is focused around the individual and what makes him or her unique. “I am rewarded by helping others identify what is special about them so they can offer it to others through their work and relationships. I believe when we can let out what makes us shine, we can be successful in any endeavor we pursue.”

    So what advice does Dan have for our alumni job seekers out there? Check out his answers to your career questions. 

    What is the one piece of career advice all job seekers should know?

    “All alumni should know the value of activating your own network when you are ready to find new employment. The people you know and the relationships you already have will go a long way in getting you an interview and a new opportunity. You are not alone in a job search.”

    What can alumni do to rise above the competition and make recruiters take notice?

    “Be authentic and make sure that you have done your research about the job and organization you want. It makes a difference when you know what work you are hopeful to do and the way in which the organization wants you to do it.”

    What is a common misconception job searchers have?

    “People often underestimate the power of a cover letter. Many open positions do not require a cover letter, but it can never hurt you to take the time to submit an additional document in your application that directly connects you with the job you want to have.”

    How important is a strong LinkedIn profile?

    “LinkedIn continues to be an important part of any job search to re-connect with previous co-workers and supervisors, as well as to do research on others in your field. It is another tool in the job search toolkit, and more and more, a successful job search depends somewhat on who you are connected to through LinkedIn and in your personal relationships.”

    What’s the biggest mistake you see people making in the job search process?

    “So much of the job search process is about communication and following up. I often see people stop communicating once a resume and cover letter have been submitted. Don’t leave your job search stalling at that point. Call and follow up on your application. It shows the hiring manager that you are invested in the process. Connect with alumni who work in the organization and check in with them about additional opportunities if the first one doesn’t work out.”

    Dan says that it’s important for alumni to leverage Seattle University and its alumni network. “These are people who share an experience with you and are often willing to support you. We are connected in every industry throughout the country and the world. Together we are SU strong. Seattle University has a lot of great benefits for alumni job seekers and I hope alumni leverage the Alumni Association for their needs”

    You can learn more about Dan and dkp counseling, PLLC online

    To learn more about the Seattle University Alumni Association’s professional development offerings, visit the alumni website.


    A Christmas Message from Fr. Sundborg

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2015 04:30:28 PM


    Christmas - Fr. SteveI would like to take this opportunity to wish our alumni community a very Merry Christmas. It’s hard to believe it’s already December. This season is one that brings to mind the values of family, service to those less fortunate and love for our neighbor. At this time each year, I like to set aside time to reflect. During my reflection, two thoughts came to mind. One is the feeling of gratitude I have for our alumni, our supporters and the entire Seattle U community. I know that if not for you, we would not be fully moving the mission of our university forward as we prepare to celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2016.

    The other thought that comes to my mind this time of year is the value of service. It is a value that we embrace year-round at Seattle University and one that every member of our community embodies in some way. Our students serve the community through the Seattle University Youth Initiative and service learning opportunities. Our staff and faculty help prepare our students to be leaders for a just and humane world – a very worthy service. And our alumni, who are regarded as leaders in the community for their work and contributions, also serve Seattle University through their support of our students and our university’s mission and values. 

    To quote Pope Francis, “Service is the sign of true love. Those who love know how to serve others. We learn this especially in the family, where we become servants out of love for one another.”

    I find that quote especially relevant this holiday season as we are called to be servants for others. My hope is that you will take time this season to reflect on your own life and see the ways in which you already serve and how you might continue to do so. Reflect on the important role you play in our Seattle University family and the role you would like to play. Perhaps you have not returned to your alma mater in years, but you now feel called to take an active role mentoring our students or serving with the Center for Service and Community Engagement. Maybe you’ve remained connected to Seattle University, but are looking to deepen that connection by serving on a board, providing internships to students or volunteering your time with an alumni chapter. 

    In whatever way you choose to serve, know that you are a valued member of the Seattle University family. I am thankful for each of you and your contributions this season and always. 

    I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas season and ask you to join me in praying for peace in our world. 

    Merry Christmas,

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.



    Presence over Presents: Advent Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2015 04:28:37 PM

    “Christmas is not meant to be simply a day of celebration; it is meant to be a month of contemplation. But because Advent

    has been lost somewhere between Thanksgiving turkey and the pre-Christmas sales, we have lost one of the richest seasons of the year. Unless we can reclaim Advent, the lack of it will show dearly in the way we go through the rest of life itself.”   - Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB from Sparks of Advent Light

    The season of Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas in the Christian church, marks a time of longing and hopefulness. The word Advent derives from the Latin meaning “coming”, and in that spirit Christians await for the peace, love, and light of God made incarnate through the birth of Jesus. 

    Nativity Scene - Magis

    Inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, each of us as Jesuit educated alumni are invited to become attuned to the inner stirrings of our soul. In the midst of what always seems like a hurried holiday season, our focus often shifts from presence to presents. Our days are bombarded daily (if not hourly or by the minute) with consumerism. Not to mention that now, more than ever, we are experiencing the deep suffering pain of the world constantly flashing across our TV, computer, or phone screen. We desire peace not only within our homes, schools, and workplaces, but also in own hearts and minds. In pausing to create the interior space necessary for true reflection to occur, we take a first step towards personal transformation.

    Catholic Benedictine nun, author and social leader Joan Chittister, OSB shares the following reflection on Advent from her book The Liturgical Year: “Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life. Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.” 

    Sr. Joan inspires us to see Advent as a time for noticing God’s embodiment in our very own lives – within our desires and choices. So, how do we slow ourselves down to reflect on the true meaning of this season? No matter what faith tradition or spiritual practice you follow, we invite you to consider these reflective questions as you prepare for the days ahead:

    Where is the star of hope and peace leading you?

    Who needs your welcome and hospitality?

    What desires to be born within you?

    We at Magis wish you a wonderful Advent season, and hope to see you at the Alumni Advent Mass this Saturday, December 5th at Seattle U.

    To learn more about Magis, visit us online.

    Photo credit: Nativity by Jeff Weese, Creative Commons License


    The Perfect Christmas Cookie Recipe

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2015 04:23:11 PM

    Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit faster than that first bite of a perfect Christmas cookie. But what makes for the perfect Christmas cookie? It all depends on who you ask. We figured why not ask a pro? We turned to Seattle U alumna and owner of “Hello Robin,” Robin Wehl Martin, ’95, MEd, to share her favorite Christmas cookie recipe with us.

    Hello Robin 
    Picture from Hello Robin's website. 

    Robin did not set out to be a cookie maven. She was a mom who found herself with some free time on her hands for the first time in years. Looking for something to do, she started volunteering her baking skills to help in a friend’s shop in U Village. Robin’s favor soon turned into a baking obsession. 

    “I was buying 50 pound bags of flour at Costco. One day my husband asked me how many sticks of butter we had. I threw out numbers. 9? 16? The answers was 98 sticks of butter.” 

    Robin was spending all this money on baking supplies and giving away her cookies for free to neighbors and friends. It was fellow sweet proprietor and friend, Molly Moon (of Molly Moon’s Ice Cream), who convinced Robin to go pro. 

    “She said, ‘your cookies are great and we don’t want to have to ask you for some every time we want them. We want to be able to buy them.’”

    Molly had some extra space in her new building and offered it to Robin as a bakery. Just like that, history was made. Since 2013, Hello Robin has been a Capitol Hill’s favorite place for a cookie and Robin has a job she loves, catering to happy customers who enjoy her treats – and pay for them.

    Luckily for us, Robin agreed to share some of baking secrets for the holiday season. Find her perfect Christmas cookie recipe below. 

    Robin’s Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookies

    “This recipe is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe I’ve loved for a long time.  They are the perfect winter cookie.  And summer.  And spring.  Ok, and fall.” 

    Before we begin, some tips. 

    “The biggest mistake people make is they overcook their cookies. Don’t overcook your cookies. The second biggest tip I have is that cookies should be eaten the day you bake them. No one really wants a day old cookie.” 


    2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    4 tablespoons butter
    3/4 teaspoon mint extract (Sub out mint for vanilla if you aren't feeling festive)
    1/2 cup powdered sugar — (for rolling the dough balls in)


    1. Melt chocolate and butter together in a glass bowl in the microwave.  Start with 20 seconds at a time making sure to stir in between.  Do not overcook and watch it carefully so it doesn’t scorch.  Set aside to cool.

    2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa in a separate bowl. 

    3. Whisk together granulated sugar and eggs in a yet another bowl. Gradually whisk in melted chocolate and butter mixture and add mint extract and stir until smooth. Add in flour mixture. Taste the dough then refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. 

    4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls using your palms, which you may need to wet, then roll in powdered sugar to coat. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1 inch apart. Bake until slightly firm in the center, about 15 minutes. 

    5. Let cool slightly on sheets set on wire racks. Transfer cookies to racks, and try not to eat until cool. 

    Don’t put away that apron just yet, Executive Chef for Bon Appetit at Seattle University, Justin Chalk, wanted to join in on the fun and shared his own favorite Christmas cookie recipe and baking tips. 

    Justin’s Sugar Cookie Recipe

    “This is a super simple sugar cookie recipe that my family likes to make and cut into fun holiday shapes, like snowmen, reindeer, wreaths or trees.  We then decorate them with icing.”

    Before we get to the cookies, a few baking tips from Justin: 

    Rotate the pan about half way through to help ensure even baking.

    Use an oven thermometer to check the temperature is correct on your oven setting.

    Use 1/4 inch wooden dowels to roll out your dough. It is a simple way to make sure your rolled dough is even.

    Measure accurately.  I like to over fill the measuring cup and use the back side of a knife to level off the cup.

    Chill the dough after cutting and before baking to make a softer cookie.


    Christmas Cookie Ingredients

    4 cups sifted flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup butter
    2 tsp vanilla extract

    Icing Ingredients

    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1 1/2 Tbsp water
    3-4 drops of food coloring

    Baking the Cookies:

    1)Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    2)Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

    3)In a different bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the eggs and vanilla.

    4)Mix the flour into the butter sugar mixture a third at a time.

    5)Divide the dough into four equal portions, then use a rolling pin to roll until about 1/4 of an inch thick and cut into your desired shape.

    6)Place on a greased baking sheet and bake until cookies become lightly golden- roughly 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes then remove from the pan

    Making the Icing:

    1)Combine the sugar and water to create a thick paste, then add desired coloring.



    What are some of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Share them with us in the comments below. 


    The Pacific Northwest Ballet: Reimagining the Nutcracker

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2015 04:17:54 PM

    In 2014 the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) announced it would be retiring its beloved version of the Nutcracker, featuring sets and costumes designed by Maurice Sendak and choreography by Kent Stowell.  After 32-years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet decided it was time to take the show in a new direction.

    That new direction debuted last Friday, when the Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered the reimagined Nutcracker with choreography by George Balanchine and costumes and sets designed by Ian Falconer, the artist behind the popular children’s book series Olivia. 

    We turned to two of our alumni at the Pacific Northwest Ballet to get the inside scoop of what audiences can expect. Both Kristen Liang and Cassandra Lea are graduates of Seattle University’s Master of Fine Arts program and both work behind the scenes of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Cassandra is the Marketing Coordinator for PNB and Kristen is the Engagement Manager. They agreed that their favorite part of the productions is seeing everything come together from sketches on a page to opening night. 

    PNB Clara - The Nutcracker

    “My favorite thing about this production has been watching the progress of all the costumes and sets as they are built. The artisans in the costume shop have done a spectacular job of bringing Ian Falconer’s illustrations to life and the costumes are gorgeous works of art in their own right. The sets are equally stunning and I’m so excited to see them up on stage.”  Kristen told us, going on to share that, “This production is truly a product of our community. PNB employed hundreds of local sculptors, artists and craftspeople. Even the short film that will begin this production was created by a local company.”

    Despite the new look and feel, audiences needn’t worry. The show remains the same classic tale generations have come to love. “There are new costumes and new (to us) choreography, but the story is still very close to the previous version and people will still see many of their favorite characters like, Clara, Nutcracker, Snow and even the Peacock,” Cassandra said, assuring ballet fans they are in for a memorable experience.  “It’s going to be magical. The hall is beautifully decorated for the holidays. There are all new mini sets in the lobby to take your photo with, and a giant mouse and Mother Ginger sculpture. I also think that people are going to leave the performance in awe of the gorgeous new sets and costumes by Ian Falconer. I hope it will become their new holiday tradition.”

    PNB Nutcracker Princess

    By the looks of Seattle Times arts writer, Moira Macdonald’s review of opening night, this show could very well cement itself in the hearts of Seattleites as a new holiday tradition. “It’ll be great fun to watch as this “Nutcracker” settles in for a long run; it is, like a stocking hung by the hearth, filled with treasures,” she writes. 

    You can experience the holiday magic for yourself at McCaw Hall with performances running until December 28th. Tickets are available online.  And when you go, remember Kristen’s favorite tip: pre-order your intermission refreshments and skip the lines.  

    PNB The Nutcracker and Prince


    0042: PNB School students in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.
    0606: PNB School students in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.
    1121: Elizabeth Murphy and Jerome Tisserand in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.



    Alumni Spotlight: John O’Brien, ’53

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2015 04:14:08 PM

    This year, many children in Western Washington will not get Christmas dinner, a visit from Santa, or even presents. But thanks to the Forgotten Children’s Fund, up to 100,000 of these children will get a chance to talk to Santa and receive personalized gifts and a full fridge for their Christmas feast. SU basketball legend, John O’Brien, ’53, served as the Forgotten Children’s Fund’s President for ten years and worked as one of their Santas delivering gifts to children for over 35 years.

    John O'Brien

    “There is so much need,” John reflects on his time as Santa. In his years with the Forgotten Children’s Fund, he visited over 750 homes dressed as Santa Claus, toting a bag of hand-wrapped gifts specially selected for each child. While John would sing with the kids and give them their presents, volunteer “elves” would sneak into the family’s kitchen and stock the refrigerator with food for Christmas dinner—a complete surprise for the families. John recalls that, for many children, this visit was their first real Christmas. 


    Perhaps the most memorable experience of John’s time in the Santa suit was a little boy named Charles. “One year, I had three youngsters, and one of them was named Charles,” John remembers. John picked a gift out of his bag for Charles, which the mother offered to take in his place. But before John left, she changed her mind: “She said, ‘Santa, would you do me a favor and come say hello to Charles? He hasn’t spoken in months, I’m afraid we’re going to lose him.’” When John entered Charles’ room, he found a sick little boy under a sheet, but “[Charles] saw Santa, and he started talking.” That, John explains, is “the power of the Santa suit.”


    For John, putting on the Santa suit was just another way to live the Jesuit mission he came to know as a Seattle University student. He thinks of the Jesuit-educated mindset as “Jesuit ESP: Educate, Stir the Pot, and Prepare.” To John, the Jesuit way is about taking what you’ve learned to the whole community—and being the Santa underprivileged kids wouldn’t otherwise get a visit from is just a small part of that.


    While John recently had to hang up his Santa suit for health reasons, he looks back on his time as Santa as a family affair. Both of John’s late brothers, Jim and Ed, participated in the program as Santa until their passing, and now Ed’s son carries on the tradition. But the organization has no problem finding new Santas when one retires the beard—as John says, “Good stuff attracts.”


    Now operating in five counties with a “North Pole” base of over 100,000 square feet in Renton, the Forgotten Children’s Fund has expanded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. John remains proud to be involved with them, declaring, “[It’s] a great community.” There are thousands of volunteers, dozens of Santas, and hundreds of thousands of gifts as they enter the 2015 Christmas season, ready to bring joy. Looking back on his time as Santa, John recalls with a smile that “it really made Christmas.” 


    You can learn more about volunteering for the Forgotten Children’s Fund as a gift-wrapper, selector, or even a Santa here.

    Article by Miranda Benson, '16


    New Graduate Programs and Certificates

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2015 01:15:58 PM

    Family homelessness studyAs alumni of Seattle University you are already familiar with the outstanding education SU offers. You have experienced the passionate professors, small class sizes and nationally recognized programs first hand. Are you ready to come back for more? Five of Seattle University schools and colleges have launched five new advanced degrees, seven certificate programs and introduced improvements to existing degree programs to help you reach your career goals.

    There’s never been a more exciting time to return to Seattle University for graduate school and as alumni of Seattle University your $55.00 application fee is waived. 

    Don’t take our word for it. See the newest graduate degrees and certificates Seattle U has to offer. 


     Albers School of Business and Economics

    Masters Degree:
    Business Analytics(in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering)
    The Master of Science in Business Analytics program (MSBA) will train individuals with a strong knowledge of decision and data sciences, capable of  solving complex problems, with multiple variables and goals, over multiple periods and subject to risk, and of detecting patterns, establishing new hypotheses, and in general taking advantage of the vast amounts of high-frequency data that are nowadays available to businesses.

    College of Arts and Sciences 

    Masters Degree:
    This Master in Social Work degree builds on our strong BSW degree program and meets a growing demand for social workers with advanced degrees. The program offers two degree opportunities. The 2-Year MSW is now accepting applications for a September 2016 start. A 10-month Advanced Standing MSW, designed for individuals who have a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) from an accredited program, will be implemented in August 2017.




    College of Education

    Masters Degrees: Adult Education and Training  (New online format)
    This online master’s degree teaches you to be a more effective adult trainer and educator.
    Adult Education and Training’s online master’s degree is the perfect choice for professionals who want to turn subject matter expertise into a fulfilling career as an educator, coach, consultant or trainer.

    Educating Non-Native English Speakers(Online format)
    This master's in education degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers and ELL endorsement prepares the growing numbers of educators, instructional coaches and instructional leaders who serve non-native English speakers in pre-K-12 settings. 

    College of Nursing

    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate


    College of Science and Engineering

    Masters Degree: 
    Structural Engineering
    Graduates from this program will hold a strong understanding of holistic building performance through courses in advanced structural analysis, advanced steel and concrete design, seismic design, and performance-based design. Moreover, graduates will be prepared for careers in industry through professional development courses in project management, communication and professional ethics.

    Software Architecture and Design
    Software Project Management

    Visit the Graduate Admissions website to learn more about information sessions and application requirements. 



    All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass and Brunch

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/4/2015 11:10:21 PM

    Magis Brunch Who doesn’t like a good brunch?

    If you enjoy Sunday brunch and would love to connect with some inspiring Jesuit alums, then join Magis on November 22 for the first ever All Jesuit Event.  All Jesuit Events are an opportunity to celebrate Jesuit education. Magis (an alumni ministry at Seattle U) gathers Jesuit alumni, family and friends of Seattle for opportunities to connect, network, and share about how a Jesuit education, when nurtured beyond the college years, can become a life of leadership in the service of others.

    This month’s event, Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: Alumni & Friends Mass and Brunch, will be hosted at Seattle U from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A special Alumni Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, followed by brunch at 10:00 a.m. in Student Center 160. In collaboration with a number of local Jesuit alumni chapters, Magis invites you, your family and friends to gather for food, networking, and inspiration. Hear reflections from Seattle University’s President Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni on what it means to be Jesuit-educated and how Jesuit education has transformed their lives. 

    Alumni include: 

    Michael Alcantara, a graphic designer and illustrator, and graduate of Seattle University and Seattle Preparatory School, as well as a participant in Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action alumni leadership formation program;

    Virginia Klamon, an executive leadership coach who holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and is a graduate of Saint Louis University;

    Matthew Tilghman-Havens, a Senior Wealth Planner for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and double alum of Boston College.

    An event like this is a great opportunity to get re-inspired by your Jesuit education.  Meet new or greet old friends, and get to know others in the larger Jesuit alumni community. Overall, it’s an opportunity to share the Jesuit mission with family and friends!

    Individual tickets are $25 (or only $15 if under the age of 35). To reserve a table of 8 for your alumni chapter and/or family and friends, simply click here to register yourself and your guests. Or, ask friends to list your name as the table host if they register on their own. This is a family friendly event; kids 12 and under are free. Space is limited, so be sure to register today. Stay tuned about other All Jesuit Events by visiting Magis online.


    Alumni Basketball Rallies are Back!

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 11/4/2015 10:59:30 PM

    Anita Rallies

    Redhawk Basketball is Back!

    Basketball season is coming soon and that means alumni rallies! Join Seattle U alumni, students and friends for three mega rallies this season. Enjoy food, fun and team spirit and get ready to cheer the Redhawks on to victory. 

    The Seattle U men’s basketball team ended the 2014-15 season on a high note, advancing to the finals of the WAC Tournament and the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational after victories over Pepperdine and Colorado. This promises to be an exciting year.

    Get out your SU gear and head to KeyArena - you won't want to miss a minute of the action!

    Go Redhawks!

    Midnight Madness @ The Key

    Friday, November 13, 2015
    WBB v. Montana State | 4:30 p.m.
    Mega Rally at Coke Corner | 6:00 p.m.
    MBB v. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 7:30 p.m.

    Get tickets!


    Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Mega Rally at Coke Corner | 6:00 p.m.
    MBB v.  Missouri-Kansas City | 7:00 p.m.

    Get tickets!

    Home Closer & Senior Night

    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    Mega Rally at Coke Corner | 6:00 p.m.
    MBB v. Utah Valley

    Get tickets!

    For a complete season schedule visit:


    Alumni Day of Service - Become a Site Leader

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/4/2015 10:53:45 PM

    "I enjoyed serving alongside old friends and new friends and giving to those who need help." 

    Day of Service 2013

    Alumni Day of Service brings together Seattle University alumni, friends and family to participate in service projects. We are excited to host Alumni Day of Service as a part of Homecoming Weekend on February 6, 2016.

    We are looking for Alumni Site Leaders!

    Do you work for a non-profit that needs alumni volunteers? Is there an organization or volunteer project you're passionate about or already involved with? We are recruiting alumni to organize service projects and serve as site leads for day of service 

    How To Volunteer

    (Submission Deadline: November 16th)

    We are looking for volunteers to lead projects at service sites of their choice.

    The responsibilities of an alumni site leader include:

    Choosing a service site

    Submitting an online application for your site

    Coordinating with service site staff to confirm volunteer duties

    Acting as a lead the day of the event

    Submit your project for consideration!

    Want to serve, but can’t be a site lead? Mark your calendar now! Registration will be available December 1. 


    Honoring a True Person for Others: Anne Van Ness Farrell

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/4/2015 10:46:38 PM

    Anne Ferrell

    Longtime SU supporter, advocate Anne Farrell is this year's Ignatius Medal recipient

    Anne Van Ness Farrell is perhaps best known as the former president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, who grew the once small, regional body into one of the nation's top community foundations. A civic leader of grace and humility, Farrell has achieved much in her storied life and career.

    The meaning behind the medal resonates strongly with Farrell. Choosing her words with care, she says "I'm awed by the importance of it and what it represents-a 'just and humane world.' That's what I want for this world as well." 

    Farrell's relationship with Seattle University began in the mid-1980s when the university came to the Seattle Foundation to request a grant for street signage. The request posed a conundrum for the foundation, which had a strict policy against funding religious institutions. Ultimately, the foundation was swayed by the value Seattle University brought to its surrounding neighborhood. Signage created a welcoming invitation to a campus that was, in Farrell's recollection, a "mysterious presence" to those outside its borders. 

    In 1987, Farrell accepted an invitation from President William Sullivan, S.J. to join the Board of Regents and within a few years she became a trustee. Now a lifetime trustee emerita, she co-chaired Seattle University's capital campaign from 2003 to 2009 and oversaw the successful $37 million drive for the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. 

    A shared mission and values drove Farrell's involvement with the university. She was drawn to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, its scholarships for first-generation college students, its belief in the whole student, its integrity and its transformative work in the community. 

    You can learn more about Anne Van Ness Farrell online here.


    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/4/2015 10:39:17 PM

    “Being an entrepreneur means you’re innovative, you think outside the box, you always see the shortest path to success.” – May McCarthy, ’84

    Career Expo On November 19, the Seattle University Alumni Association hosts the fall installment of the acclaimed SU Advantage | Networking Night series entitled, "Cultivating Entrepreneurial Spirit: The New Career Path."

    The night promises to change your idea of what it takes to get ahead in a competitive business landscape. Speakers, May McCarthy and Randy Massengale, will take turns breaking down the formula for success for entrepreneurs as well as those working in a company or nonprofit.

    May McCarthy, a best-selling author, angel investor and Albers School of Business and Economics board member, is well known for her success with startups and her passion for sharing her knowledge with others. “I’ve started six successful businesses, the first when I was a sophomore in college. That company grew to have 450 employees in four different states,” May said of her beginnings in the business world.

    May shared her five qualities of successful entrepreneurs. They:

    Are risk takers.

    Have vision to see beyond the status quo.

    Are tenacious.

    Are creative.

    Are passionate.

    “You need to be passionate about what you’re doing. After working a 20-hour day, it will be that passion that keeps you up at night thinking about how you can do it better and create the best possible product. People succeed because there’s a problem to be solved and they create the solution.” 

    This event isn’t just for those interested in creating a successful startup. Seattle University Extraordinary Leadership professor, Randy Massengale, will delve into the importance of these lessons for “intrepeneurs”- those individuals inside a company or organization who want to be innovators, execute ideas and get ahead. 

    “People want to think that things haven’t changed and it is just a matter of time until they get promoted, but if you don’t take the initiative, the chances of that happening are small. You need to hustle to get ahead,” Randy shared.

    With over 30 years in the technology sector, Randy says the first step to becoming a successful “intepeneur” is to disengage from your prior knowledge. “People need to unlearn old mindsets and habits.”

    Both May and Randy are avid supporters of Seattle University and are excited for this opportunity to connect with alumni and help prepare them to get ahead in their careers. 

    “It is my sincere hope that people will come away from this event knowing that what they learned at SU is real and it is like currency to be spent in the business and nonprofit community,” Randy said. 

    Reserve your spot for the November 19th SU Advantage Networking event and learn what it takes to prosper in today’s competitive landscape. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in rounds of structured networking. 


    SU Advantage | Networking Night
    "Cultivating Entrepreneurial Spirit: The New Career Path"
    Thursday, November 19 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel  | Top of the Town Room
    Register now.


    ReactMobile Security Solution: How one SU Alumnus is Improving Campus Safety

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/30/2015 03:09:53 PM

    ReactMobile KOMO

    As anyone who has ever received a timely notification alert knows, Seattle University experiences the same safety concerns as any school in the heart of a city. Alumnus Robb Monkman, MBA,’08, is working with the campus community to provide a new safety solution for students, faculty and staff.

    When Robb was an undergrad at Loyola Marymount University, he lived off campus and was the victim of armed robbery. He explored what schools were doing to protect students. They were doing a lot on campus, but there weren’t many options off campus. This planted the seed that would become the React Mobile Security Solution.  

    According to company, “React Mobile is a free personal safety app that turns your smartphone into a powerful lifeline.” The app has a “follow-me” feature that lets you share your location with friends and family and allows them to track your location in real time. You can set up the app to remind your contacts to check in with you and send messages.  There’s also the React Sidekick, a Bluetooth-enabled device that hooks to your key fob and syncs with your phone to alert Public Safety and a wide network of your contacts when you’re in trouble.

    “College students have widely adopted smart phones,” Robb said. “The React Mobile app and Sidekick give you the powers of a blue light safety system in the palm of your hand, no matter how far off campus you go. The Sidekick also allows you to call for help without needing to unlock your phone which you might not be able to do in an emergency,” Robb explained. The Sidekick works up to 100 feet away from your smartphone and sends your network a ‘help me’ message with a link to your GPS location that gets updated every 20 seconds.

    Seattle University Public Safety and React Mobile partnered to test the app and Sidekick this past summer by giving the devices to students and faculty. React Mobile and Seattle U gained attention for their partnership and were featured on KOMO News. You can watch the story online here.

    Tim Marron, Executive Director of Public Safety, told us that he has seen a lot of devices come and go and React Mobile’s willingness to evolve makes them stand apart. Tim hopes the device can help change attitudes around campus. “This app might raise awareness. Hopefully people will think, ‘If I need to enable this app, maybe I should be aware of my surroundings and take out my headphones or take an Uber,’ ” Tim said.

    Public Safety will be working with Seattle Police Department as the app and Sidekick are rolled out across campus. 

    The app is free and available for both iPhone and Androids.  If you choose to purchase the Sidekick, the Seattle University community, including alumni, receives a 50% discount, bringing the price down to $40. To get this price, you must use this discount code when purchasing through the React Mobile website: su_sidekick2015.

    If you’re interested in learning more about React Mobile or purchasing the Sidekick, visit their website


    Alumni Spotlight: Colina Barlow ’07, ‘15

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/30/2015 03:06:49 PM

    Colina BarlowAs a high school senior and Gates Scholarship recipient applying to college, Seattle University was Colina Barlow’s reach school. “I liked Seattle University because it was close enough that I could still go home on the weekend and coming from a small high school I liked that it had small class sizes.” When Colina’s reach school not only accepted her, but awarded her a large scholarship so that she could attend, she was ecstatic.

    As an undergraduate student at Seattle University, Colina developed close relationships with professors and had the opportunity to gain work experience at local nonprofits and give back to the students of Bailey Gatzert Elementary School as a service learning volunteer. 

    “You’ll hear over and over again about Seattle University’s focus on building the whole person. If I had been at a different institution I would not be the person I am today,” Colina shared.

    After her graduation from Seattle University in 2007, Colina began her career in the nonprofit sector, first working at the Union Gospel Mission, then going on to work at the College Success Foundation as a college prep advisor. 

    After a few years, Colina decided she wanted to be more intentional about her impact in the community and decided to return to Seattle University for graduate school. 

    “I attribute much of my success to my time at Seattle University and the emphasis on care for the community really stuck with me. I often told the students I advised that not every institution is for every student and every student is not for every institution. Seattle University was the right institution for me which is why I decided to come back for my graduate education.” 

    Colina graduated this past summer with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and joined Seattle University as the Family Engagement Manager for the Center for Community Engagement.

    “When looking for my next position, it was important for me to stay on track with college access work for underrepresented students. As a first generation student with my Masters degree, I take the responsibility of ensuring students know what resources are available to them seriously.” 

    In her new role, Colina works with schools in the Seattle University Youth Initiative focusing on the cradle to college pipeline ensuring all students have a chance for success. Her office provides family development programming, including Communication Tactics, helping to facilitate conversations between pre-teens and parents. 

    The impact of her Seattle University education has stayed with Colina and she hopes fellow alumni can say the same. “Don’t forget about the value Seattle University had on your life. Is there a way you can give that impact back? Find a way.” 

    The Center for Community Engagement offers alumni the opportunities to volunteer and get involved on their website


    Are We At Home in the Cosmos? Challenges and New Directions

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/30/2015 02:59:41 PM

    Alumni Seminar Series

    Catholic Heritage Lectures:
    "Are We At Home in the Cosmos? Challenges and New Directions"
    Keynote Speaker: Ilia Delio, O.S.F

    In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls us to conversion, to a new level of consciousness that sees the whole earth as a cosmic family, following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi. But Francis of Assisi lived in a prescientific age, where cosmos and anthropos were held together in a geocentric order centered in Christ. Is our postmodern, scientific age able to embrace a new level of consciousness, one that sees the earth as our home? We will explore some of the challenges of Laudato Si’ and highlight the relationship between integral ecology and evolution, using the insights of Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

    Ilia Delio, O.S.F., is a Franciscan sister of Washington DC and the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University. With doctorates in pharmacology and historical theology, Sister Delio offers a unique perspective on the interconnections between science and religion, particularly in light of current conversations on climate change and environmental justice.

    Jason Wirth, PhD, professor of philosophy at Seattle University, will respond to Sr. Delio’s keynote address, bringing his insights as a priest in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism.

    This is the first of three lectures in the 2015-2016 series, "Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor," which will engage Pope Francis‘ call to renew our commitment in caring for our common home. Visit to view our winter and spring speakers.


    Don’t Miss:

    Laudato Si Catholic Heritage Lectures Reading Group
    October 2 & 9 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Seattle University | Casey Building | Floor 5
    Hosted by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

    Have you heard about the letter climate change deniers tried to prevent the Vatican from releasing due to its acceptance of prevailing scientific consensus on human-caused climate change? Maybe you’ve heard that the pope’s letter on the environment is expected to provoke difficult conversations in the U.S. Congress, 30.7% of which identifies as Catholic.

    If you’re curious about all the buzz, have read the letter and/or welcome the opportunity to discuss it with colleagues and students, consider joining this fall’s Catholic Heritage Lectures reading group to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). 

    In the spirit of the document, you are encouraged to access it through the following link: 

    Please RSVP to as soon as possible.


    Celebrating Seattle University Legacy Families

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/30/2015 02:38:50 PM

    Jon Legacy Family

    Jon Cantalini, ’18, is a Political Science and Matteo Ricci Humanities for Leadership double major, Student Alumni Ambassador and a third generation Seattle University student.

    “I’ve always known I was a Seattle University legacy because my grandfather, great uncle, dad, uncle, and his cousin all attended Seattle U, but my dad never pressured me to go to school here. He wanted me to feel free to make my own decision. I fell in love with Seattle University all on my own.”

    When Jon visited Seattle University as a new freshman with his dad, Dan Cantalini,’91, he realized this was the beginning of something special. 

    “We walked around campus and my dad pointed out what had stayed the same, like the administration building, and everything that had changed across campus since he was a student, like the new library,” Jon said. “It struck me that I get to be in the same place that educated my family members, following in their footsteps, but forging a new path.”

    The fall of his freshman year, Jon’s parents registered the family for the Seattle University Alumni Association’s 2nd annual Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony and Reception.“I really didn’t know what to expect. When we arrived and found Campion Ballroom filled with so many people, it was surreal. The coolest thing was realizing how many families had been touched by Seattle University. If so many generations want to come back and get the same education their parents got, then Seattle University is doing something right,” Jon said. 

    At last year’s pinning ceremony, Jon received a legacy pin from his father. This year he returns as our legacy student speaker to help us celebrate the next generation of Seattle University legacy families.  When asked what he is most excited to experience at this year’s legacy reception he said, “I’m excited to see everyone celebrating family. You have so many people from such different backgrounds celebrating one moment and that’s what makes it such a special event.”

    If you’re a member of a multigenerational family with a student currently enrolled at Seattle University, we invite you to celebrate your legacy family with us this October.

    Seattle University Family Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Reception
    October 23, 2015
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Seattle University Campion Ballroom

    Register your family now.


    Ignatian Leadership Conference Highlights Leading with Love

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/2/2015 04:40:24 PM

    Magis Leadership Conference

    Conversations about leadership (or the lack there of) are happening from the office water cooler to social media. The recent New York Times article about Amazon is just one example of how workers are responding to a set of leadership standards and cultural norms within the corporate environment, and deeply desiring leadership with compassion and care at the core. As Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter, Ph.D. says: “I am completely convinced that most organizations today lack the leadership they need… I’m not talking about a deficit of 10% but of 200%, 400%, or more in positions up and down the hierarchy.”  Clearly, we are in dire need of leaders with not just vision, but heart.

    Ignatian Leadership is a developing concept and an integrative process grounded in the principles, tools and practices of Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It is about of a way of life rather than a set of leadership skills. Ignatian Leadership is an approach to living and leading in way that embodies a sense of self-awareness and one’s call, as well as communal awareness, and the ability to enact love in the world through compassionate action. 

    Christopher Lowney, former Jesuit seminarian, managing director for JP Morgan, and author of Heroic Leadership, captures the essence of what Ignatian Leadership posits. He claims:

    “We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”

    “Leadership springs from within. It’s about who I am as much as what I do.” 

    “Leadership is not an act. It is my life, a way of living.” 

    “I never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

    Similar to other emerging models of leadership, such as Servant Leadership and Authentic Leadership, Ignatian Leadership incorporates aspects of service, authenticity, and humility. However, it also inspires leaders to respond to various circumstances and challenges from a place of love first: love of self, love of God, and love of others.

    Ultimately, Ignatian Leadership is about becoming the person God intends you to be.

    This past July 31st marked the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the inspiration behind Ignatian Leadership. It was also the day Magis hosted the first ever Ignatian Leadership Conference, welcoming over 100 Jesuit alumni at Seattle University’s campus for a day of learning, conversation, and sharing about Ignatian Leadership. 

    Participants explored the developing concept of Ignatian Leadership and reflected upon their own lives and leadership in light of the Ignatian Leadership principles and framework. They also began to imagine how to integrate the concept into their work, communities and families by conversing and connecting with other Ignatian-inspired leaders.

    Participants hailed from various professional organizations, including: Seattle Police Department, Boeing, Providence Health Services, Sala Credit Union, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, City of Redmond, South Seattle College, and more. The day featured workshops from Personal Discernment as the Foundation of Leadership to Leadership Lessons from the First Jesuit Pope. In addition, Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, served as keynote speaker. His talk, titled “Enacted Love: What’s love got to do with leadership?” covered examples from his time as the pastor of Dolores Mission in East Los Angeles working with the Latino communities there. In all, the conference was a meaningful day. As one conference attendee shared “The entirety of the conference reminded me to be mindful of my commitment to lead with service and humility.”

    What about Ignatian Leadership stands out or resonates with you? How might you lead from a place of love in your workplace, home, or community? 

    Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn about Ignatian Leadership by visiting Magis online.



    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/2/2015 04:33:57 PM

    Seattle University alumni enjoy access to all kinds of continuing education benefits, including the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminar Series.

    The Alumni Seminars Series takes place each quarter and is open to Seattle University alumni who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life’s deeper questions and the companionship of other active minds.

    This fall, the seminar series will explore Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí, which was issued in June 2015 causing a stir around the world.

    The Pope’s encyclical raised questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology?

    Join SU faculty presenters and fellow alumni to read and discuss this long and eloquent document and the future of our planet. You will engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused.

    One seminar will be led by Wesley Lauer, who teaches Environmental Engineering; another seminar will be led by David Boness, who teaches Physics, with a sub specialty in physics of the earth; a third seminar will be taught by Stacey Jones, who teaches Economics in the Albers School of Business and Economics; another seminar will be taught by Jessica Imanaka and myself—Prof. Imanaka teaches Business Ethics and we together teach a faculty seminar in Catholic Social Thought; the other two seminars will be taught by Catherine Punsalan, who teaches Theology, with a sub-specialty in Theology and Science and in Catholic Social Thought, and by Fr. Pat Howell, SJ, who also teaches theology, with a specialty in recent Catholic thought, with a special interest in Pope Francis I.   These professors are well qualified to teach and discuss the issues of the Environment, Economics, and Creation raised by Pope Francis’ letter." Seminar series director, Fr. David Leigh, shared. 

    Tuesday evenings | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

    The cost of the six-session seminar, including all materials, parking, and refreshments, is $200.

    Participants may sign up by email at Please include your mailing address and phone number and specify whether or not you will require on-campus parking.

    The Alumni Seminars Series is organized by the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University under the guidance of Professor David Leigh, S.J. To learn more, visit the College of Arts and Sciences website


    Alumni Awards Nominations Open

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/2/2015 04:29:04 PM

    Alumni Awards Group 2015

    Each year the Alumni Board of Governors honors six outstanding members of our Seattle University community at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration.  Nominations are now open and we need you to nominate accomplished alumni and faculty.  The awards celebrate Seattle U community members who demonstrate significant impact, service to others, exceptional leadership and a commitment to our Jesuit values.

    Winners are awarded in the following six categories:

    Alumna/us of the Year - For outstanding leadership and service to the community and Seattle University.

    University Service - For outstanding service to the University (alumni and non-alumni are eligible).

    Community Service - For exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities.

    Professional Achievement - For outstanding achievement in the professional arena.

    Distinguished Faculty - Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students and the university.

    Outstanding Recent Alumna/us - Presented to an alumna or alumnus who graduated in last ten years for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University.

    We need your help! 
    As alumni of Seattle University, you are in the perfect position to know alumni and faculty deserving of recognition.  Help us celebrate the outstanding contributions of our Seattle U community by nominating someone for an alumni award today.

    Who Do I Nominate?
    We’ve included some examples of past winners below to give you an idea of what we look for in our nominees. 

    Alumnus of the Year 2013 Winner – Gordon McHenry, Jr.,’79
    As former executive director for the Rainer Scholars and current president and chief executive of Solid Ground, Gordon McHenry has a unique blend of private and public sector leadership experience. McHenry has stayed connected to Seattle U by serving on the Alumni Board of Governors, the Board of Regents and as a Trustee for eleven years.

    Outstanding Recent Alumnus 2015 Winner – Derek Rogalsky, ‘10
    Derek Rogalsky is an accomplished, nationally recognized Georgetown Medical School student and a former Haiti relief volunteer who taught biology and religion and coached soccer for a Catholic co-educational boarding school.

    Professional Development 2015 Winner– Dr. Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, '73
    An exceptional leader and innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, Dr. Margaret Heitkemper inspires colleagues with her cutting edge approach to health care. Internationally recognized, Heitkemper was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

    Distinguished Teaching Award Winner 2014 – Greg Magnan, Ph.D.
    Dr. Greg Magnan is an award winning business professor, nationally recognized for his research and a favorite among graduate and undergrad students.  He is an innovator, pioneering online education at Seattle U.

    University Service Award Winner 2015 – Joe Zavaglia,’71
    A university supporter, ambassador and soccer alumnus, Joe is the founder of the SU men’s soccer team.  Joe co-chaired the Championship Field redevelopment project, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, helped launch the annual Red Tie event and serves on the Board of Regents.

    Community Service Award Winner 2014 – M. Lorena Gonzalez,’05
    Lorena Gonzalez is  a nationally recognized civil rights attorney, former senior advisor and legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and a current candidate for Seattle City Council. She established a community-private partnership that runs a free monthly bilingual legal clinic which has provided legal services to more than 2,000 low-income Seattle residents since 2007.

    To see a complete list of winners from the past two years, visit our website

    Nominate someone today!

    Know someone deserving of recognition? Visit the Alumni Awards page to nominate them before October 23, 2015.

    Thank you for your help celebrating Seattle University excellence.




    Career Launch Boot Camp: Land Your First Job

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2015 03:41:36 PM

    We know that life after college can be a shock and we want to help ease the transition, which is why we redesigned our popular career workshop series. Now our newest alumni will learn how to land their first job in one convenient afternoon session.

    Expert career coach, Elizabeth Atcheson, will provide you the tools to identify the career path that is right for you and coaching to help you land the job!

    Career Launch Boot Camp
    Wednesday, September 16
    1:00-5:30 p.m.
    Seattle University
    Cost: $25.00


    The Boot Camp will cover:

    How to develop a personal narrative and positioning – key branding tools to sell YOU

    Coaching on networking and informational meetings – 95% of jobs are found this way

    The most successful resume formats, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and how to craft emails to get results

    Tactics to enlist help and “be a vulture where you want to work”

    Job interview coaching, including prep for behavioral and fad questions


    See what past attendees from Elizabeth’s workshops have had to say: 


    “It transformed my ideas about career development and landing a job. Before this workshop, I had all the wrong ideas about job-hunting.”

    “I was able to immediately implement the skills and tools you outlined each week!"

     “Elizabeth's classes helped me identify the direction I want to go with regard to my career. I don't think I would have identified this without attending this workshop.”

    Sign-up today and launch your career!


    How The Seafair Clowns Got Their Start at Seattle University

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 8/5/2015 03:38:25 PM

    With Seafair weekend just past and the roar of the Blue Angels still fresh in our ears, we celebrate those icons of the weekend, the Seafair Clowns. We know the Seafair Clowns as those colorful characters on the firetruck in the Torchlight Parade and around town, but did you know they got their start at Seattle University? 

    Long time Seafair Clown, Jim Webb,’69, revealed that the clowns were formed as a civic project for the Graduates’ Club of Seattle University. “The Graduates’ Club was created to give Seattle University alumni networking opportunities and to promote Seattle University in the community. In 1954, the Seafair organizers approached us about getting involved and they had a need for clowns.” And just like that, the Seafair Clowns were born.

    According to their website, “The mission of the Seafair Clowns is to serve the community by spreading joy and laughter through charitable visits and participation in local events.” 

     Clowns Alki

    “People want permission to laugh and I facilitate laughter,” Jim said. This year marked Jim’s 51st year as a Seafair Clown. Not a traditional four-year student, Jim did not feel connected to the Seattle University community and those feelings continued as a graduate - until he found the Graduates’ Club of Seattle University and the Seafair Clowns.

    “The Graduates’ Club was a good connection point for me and the Seafair Clowns brought me out of my shell. As a student I had a stutter, but I no longer do and I attribute much of that to clowning,” Jim shared. He went on, “Being a clown is more than a uniform. You need to interact and build connections with people. Those connections give me endorphins and energize me.”

    Fellow Seattle U alumnus and Seafair Clown, Steve Boudreau,’75,’81, says, “The clowns take you so far beyond your normal comfort zone. You’ll go places and meet people you probably wouldn’t meet otherwise. I’ve met a whole range of people in the clowns from lawyers and accountants to doctors and social workers. That’s one of the benefits. It’s a great networking opportunity.”

    According to Steve, the clowns do more than just make people laugh. Each year they adopt a school and provide its students with backpacks and school supplies. “We also volunteer with children in foster care, the Ronald McDonald House, help St. Vincent de Paul get donations and visit retirement homes,” Steve added. The clowns have also established a 501(c)3 charitable fundraising organization.

    Clowns Newspaper

    While the Graduates’ Club only allows Seattle U alumni to be full members of the group, non-SU Graduates’ with clowning talents can join as associate members. Today the Seafair Clowns boast 58 members.  

    Now the clowns want to reconnect with their roots and the Seattle University community. “We want to connect with alumni and the Seattle University community,” Jim said.  

    Alumnus Mike Mullen,’89, is one new recruit to the clowns. Seafair 2015 marks his first season with the club, sharing that, “I first met the clowns at a Seattle U men’s basketball game and it seemed just weird enough to be fun. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a clown.”  

    You can learn more about the Seafair Clowns and where you can see them by visiting their website or Facebook page.

    Clowns Costumes

    Young Alumni Summer Party 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2015 03:26:36 PM

    Young Alumni Summer Party
    Thursday, August 20
    6:00-10:00 P.M.
    Sole Repair

    Summer Party

    Put on your Cap Hill best – the Summer Party is back!

    Hosted by the SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter, the Young Alumni Summer Party is the Class of 2015’s first chance to get to know the local young alumni community. Drawing alumni from 2005 to our most recent grads, it’s a social event you won’t want to miss. 

    Enjoy bites from the talented chef’s at Quinn’s and Seattle U inspired drink specials at Capitol Hill’s premiere event space, Sole Repair. Sole Repair is an open air loft located just blocks from Seattle University.

    Meet the SU Bridge chapter leadership who will auction off four stellar prize packages and share their plans for the year ahead. From the Insider’s Guide networking event to alumni happy hours and service opportunities, there’s something for everyone.

    Did we mention your first drink is on us?  

    Don’t wait! Tickets are going fast – reserve yours today.


    Seattle University Launches New School with Programs Aimed at Working Adults

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/3/2015 12:19:05 PM

    Seattle University is accepting applications for two new bachelor’s degree programs for working adults that will be part of a new school. The School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS), the university’s ninth distinct college or school, will offer classes in the degree programs Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership beginning next spring.

    The new school was established to provide a high-quality Jesuit education designed for working adults by offering baccalaureate and certificate programs that support part-time study and feature hybrid courses, combining online and in-class instruction. An existing certificate program, Web Development, which is designed along these lines, will also be part of the new school. Plans call for NCS to offer additional degree programs in the future.  

    The NCS degree programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults who have some college credit, mid-career professionals and veterans looking to enhance their careers by increasing their skill sets, and working adults who want to complete their college degree and may also be considering a new career.

    “Seattle University is adding something new to the mix for adult learners who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education,” says Rick Fehrenbacher, dean of the new school. “Those who want the benefit of an outstanding Seattle University education, but for whom a traditional college experience is not accessible, can now turn to the School of New and Continuing Studies. The hybrid delivery of our courses will make an SU education available to students with even the busiest schedules.”


    Prospective students applying for admission to Digital Cultures or Organizational Leadership must have the equivalent of 60 hours of college credit and a minimum 2.0 GPA.

    Once underway in spring quarter, with classes beginning March 29, 2016, NCS programs will have a rolling admissions schedule, which allows students to begin their degrees year round.Students also can apply to NCS’s Web Development certificate program, which is beginning a new cohort this fall.

    For more information about the new school and programs, visit

    A look at the degree programs

    Digital Cultures: This program, designed for part-time students, offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree for the 21st century developed for returning students who are interested in using critical exploration and technological knowledge to understand how digital technologies reflect and transform culture and identity. Topics of study include game theory, global digital ethics and citizenship, the influence of social media and the history of digital technologies. Students will also learn applied technology skills such as basic coding and composing for the web. The Digital Cultures program strengthens transferable skills such as oral and written communication, problem solving, ethical decision-making and critical thinking, while also teaching students key practical technology skills such as basic coding and composing for the web. Graduates are prepared to transition into several different jobs such as social media specialist, technical writer, writing for the web, digital content production and digital editor.


    Organizational Leadership: This interdisciplinary degree program is designed for part-time students who want to gain the leadership skills necessary to become effective, ethical and socially responsible leaders in a wide range of organizations from business, government and health care administration to nonprofit agencies and the service industry. Students will study topics including leadership theory and practice, organizational structure and behavior, organizational finance, ethics, managing diversity and change and organizational communication. The course of study integrates skills in leadership and organizational operations and links leadership theory to everyday practice. Students develop not only the practical skills and knowledge that leaders need to solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively and manage resources, but also learn to provide creative vision, facilitate collaboration, value diversity and balance multiple perspectives. 


    A Lasting Legacy: Remembering the Man Who Saved Seattle U

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 8/3/2015 12:01:29 PM
    Fr Sullivan

    When William J. Sullivan, S.J., became president of Seattle University in 1976, the school was in debt and half a million dollars short of the money it needed to operate as fall quarter classes started. Fr. Sullivan’s leadership would rescue the university and bring it into the 21st century.

    Fr. Sullivan died on June 16, 2015, at a Jesuit care center in Milwaukee, WI. The Seattle University community continues to mourn his passing.

    Fr. Sullivan led Seattle University for over three decades –– 20 years as president and 12 years as chancellor. He purchased the law school from the University of Puget Sound. He built the Chapel of St. Ignatius, the Casey Building and Bannon. He secured Seattle University’s strong financial position.

    While his accomplishments are grand, Fr. Sullivan leaves a legacy that goes beyond buildings and dollar figures.

    “Father Sullivan made an unparalleled impact on Seattle University,” says Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. “He transformed our physical campus, strengthened our Jesuit Catholic character and ecumenical commitment and brought unprecedented recognition to our academic programs. I consider him ‘The Maker of the Modern Seattle University.’”

    In 1996, Fr. Sullivan told a Seattle Times reporter, "People sometimes say about me that I'm only interested in money and buildings. I'm not interested in either one, but you can't run a university if you can't balance your budget."

    Fr. Sullivan built the Seattle University we recognize today –– from its buildings, faculty and strong financial position –– but his impact stretches far outside the 50 acres between Jefferson and Madison avenues.

    During his time in Seattle, Fr. Sullivan became embedded into the fabric of the city. He was named First Citizen in 1990. He was the chairman of the Seattle Organizing Committee for the Goodwill Gamesand served as a board member for United Way, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Foundation. He didn’t just serve Seattle U –– he served the entire region.

    It didn’t end there. He climbed to Mt. Everest’s base camp with alumnus Jim Whittaker, ‘52. He received a blessed scarf from the Dalai Lama (which he then personally delivered to Pope John Paul II). He presided over the wedding of Bill and Melinda Gates and  sailed with Ted Turner on the billionaire’s yacht. He became close with religious, business, civic and political leaders. Yet, despite countless handshakes and meetings with society’s elite, he never lost sight of who he was –– a humble servant to God.

    Memories left on Fr. Sullivan’s memorial page demonstrate a man of tremendous faith, humility and love. “He was a deeply faith-filled man of God who modeled the joy and abundance of the divine,” writes one commenter, Pat Whitney. Countless others use the words “humble servant,” “loving,” and “a man of warmth” to describe him.

    Fr. Sullivan’s faith, humility and warmth led him on a mission with an unwavering commitment, bringing God’s love into the lives of Seattle University and the Pacific Northwest. You are missed, Fr. Sullivan, but you are never forgotten. 

    Alumni Bucket List

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 6/3/2015 02:54:41 PM

    Your Seattle University Alumni Association has dozens of opportunities for you to engage with the university and your fellow alumni.  How many of these bucket list items can you complete in the next year?


    • Attend an alumni happy hour 
    • Meet a group of college friends for dinner and post a picture with #SeattleUAlumni 
    • Like “Seattle U Alumni” on Facebook and share your alumni pictures 
    • Follow @SeattleU_Alumni on Twitter 
    • Attend a pre-game alumni rally before a men’s basketball game 
    • Attend your class reunion 
    • Join a regional or interest-based alumni chapter 
    • Attend a gallery opening or theater or musical performance at SU 
    • Attend the annual Seattle U Christmas tree lighting 
    • Attend the Young Alumni Summer Party on August 20th 
    • Check out the Kinsey Art Gallery in the Admissions and Alumni Building 
    • Use your alumni access to the Eisiminger Fitness Center  
    • Read the SU Voice alumni enewsletter 
    • Check out upcoming Seattle area and regional events on the alumni website  


    • Meet with the Alumni Chaplain, Fr. Dave Anderson 
    • Attend mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius  
    • Attend the Ignatian Leadership Conference  
    • Attend the alumni Advent Mass and Reception  
    • Get connected to Magis: Alumni Living the Mission 
    • Attend a “Spirituality on Tap”  
    • Attend an Institute of Catholic Thought lecture 
    • Go on a Magis retreat 


    • Attend an SU Advantage Networking Night 
    • Register for the Redhawk Network as a mentor or employer 
    • Post a professional article on LinkedIn 
    • Watch a career development webinar, available for free on the alumni website 
    • Attend an Albers Speakers Series event 
    • Join the Seattle U Alumni LinkedIn group 
    • Use your free Career Services advising session 
    • Attend a Career Fair at Seattle University 
    • Get your Behavior Pattern Toolkit 
    • Join your organization’s Seattle University Alumni Chapter (Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon) 
    • Participate in the Contemplative Leaders in Action program 


    • Audit a class 
    • Participate in the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminar Series 
    • Use your Alumni library access privileges 
    • Submit a piece of creative writing to Fragments 


    • Attend Alumni Day of Service 
    • Mentor a student 
    • Speak to a class 
    • Volunteer to work at an alumni event 
    • Serve as an Alumni Ambassador at Commencement Brunch 
    • Volunteer for the Alumni Board of Governors or other volunteer board


    • Get a Seattle U license plate 
    • Take a selfie with Fr. Steve 
    • Use your 15% alumni discount at the campus store 
    • Don’t miss Homecoming 
    • Participate with your legacy family in the Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony 
    • Participate in Red Fridays – wear red every Friday 
    Click the image below to download the Alumni Bucket List! 




    Young, In Love and Working For The Senate: Eric Chalmers, ’14, Shares What It’s Like To Be A Recent Alumnus

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 6/3/2015 02:23:02 PM

    Eric Chalmers delivers President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget to the Senate Budget Committee

    The United States federal budget is approximately $3.1 trillion. As a staff assistant to the Senate Budget Committee, Seattle University alumnus Eric Chalmers, ’14, helps make that budget a reality. As if that weren’t enough, Eric also helps create a stronger Seattle U community in the nation’s capitol.

    Eric, a political science and history graduate, applies his degree and expertise to the interworking of the Senate. Eric helps run the committee’s day-to-day operations, setting up hearings and executing the logistics of the committee, working with Republican and Democratic staff to make sure every Senator has the tools and resources to do their job effectively. The job –– which he secured shortly after graduation –– quite literally helps to keep our country running. 

    If you turn on C-SPAN on a given day, you might see Eric sitting directly behind committee members during hearings. He sits right behind well-known figures like Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, Rob Portman, Patty Murray, among others. Eric has an impressive job and deals with impressive people. 

    Eric is impressive himself, though. The Sullivan Scholar from Tempe, Arizona was the former president of the Student Government at SU (SGSU) where he improved student government’s image. His accomplishments include launching the #FixItSGSU campaign, helping to secure an extra staff person in the Office of Disability Services, and receiving widespread media attention for a letter to Pope Francis asking for greater “inclusion and affirmation” for the LGBT community in the Catholic Church. 

    He shares, “I miss SGSU. I use skills from that role every single day.” But Eric’s skills aren’t the only ones having an impact on the Capitol. “It is amazing to see the generations of alumni we have in D.C. –– we have a good presence here,” Eric says. Always thinking forward and always thinking about potential, Eric asks, “ . . . so how do we harness that for Seattle U?” 

    Eric and his fellow D.C. based alumni frequently talk with Beth Kreitl, the Executive Director of Career Services at Seattle U, to establish “a pipeline for Seattle U students and graduates.” “We want to be the boots on the ground here,” Eric says. He furthers, “Getting a job in D.C. requires recommendations and people putting in a good word for you.” Eric and others who are part of the Washington D.C. Seattle U Alumni Chapter are putting in hard work to make life easier for future Seattle U alumni who want to work in D.C. 

    With the Class of 2015 being just a little over a week away from commencement, Eric hopes to see a greater Seattle U presence at the Capitol, but he hopes graduates realize how difficult getting there –– or anywhere –– can be. Eric shares, “I wish I would have known how difficult this transition can be,” referring to the journey from student to alumnus. He shares with upcoming graduates, “When we all head toward graduation we have our plans, we have our ideas. But, at the same time, when we walk across the stage, reality hits quickly.” Eric is well grounded and doesn’t shy away from giving realistic advice. 

    Eric is still a dreamer though. Eric recently proposed to alumnae Rylee Noble, ’13, during on Christmas Eve in  Seattle. She said yes. He proposed at a bench at Cal Anderson Park  –– the same bench they’d met at three summers prior as Orientation Advisors. Her family was there to surprise her, along with a pop up tent decorated with fabric, lace, lights and rose petals. It turns out that Eric is quite the romantic Redhawk. 

    Many good things are on the horizon for the Class of 2015. That horizon might not include moving to D.C., a job with the Senate or an engagement, but Eric’s experiences give a glimpse into what’s next for the 1,800 newest members of the Seattle University Alumni Association. What an exciting journey it will be! 

    (Image by of J. Scott Applewhite - The Associated Press / Eric Chalmers delivers President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget to the Senate Budget Committee)

    Ignatian Leadership Conference is coming this July

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 6/3/2015 01:30:44 PM

    Magis ILCSt. Ignatius of Loyola was a highly effective and inspiring leader. His methods and practices allowed him to establish and lead one of the world's most impactful organizations, the Society of Jesus, and his leadership approach has been used in many different contexts over the past 500+ years.

    This July, Magis will host the first ever Ignatian Leadership Conference at Seattle University. Explore the concept of Ignatian Leadership and how to apply and integrate Jesuit values and Ignatian practices into your personal and professional life. Perhaps as an alumnus/na of Jesuit education, you have wondered or struggled with making this a reality. If so, we encourage you to attend!

    At this one-day conference, you will join other leaders from various professional walks of life to dialogue and learn tools to become a more effective, authentic Ignatian leader. There will be opportunities to learn about the role of self-awareness and personal discernment in leadership, healthy group decision-making and communal discernment, how to work for social justice and the Common Good as leaders, as well as a chance to discuss the role of love in leading. Click here to read more about the various workshops and presenters.

    We are excited to welcome Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, as our keynote speaker. There will also be an optional Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius co-presided by Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J. (Rector of Seattle University Jesuit Community) and Fr. Santarosa. 

    Click here to learn more about the conference, or visit this page to register. We hope you will join us!

    Seattle U is for a Lifetime

    Posted by Isaac Gardon on 6/3/2015 11:23:23 AM

    Nina CataldoCongrats fellow 2015 grads and hello to the other 73,000 Seattle U alumni!  All of us soon-to-be alumni are getting ready to start the next chapters of our lives. Whether you are an alum in the Seattle area or are living far, far away like me, we’ve all got journeys ahead of us that’ll take us to new heights and opportunities.

    For the class of 2015, this is such an exciting time and I hope you are embracing every minute, and taking time to slow down and appreciate the chapter that you just completed. I know from my own experience that Seattle U is where I began to truly understand and find myself, and because of that, I could never just forget about my time here.

    Even as an alum, your relationship with SU can be lifelong, full of vast experiences and interactions. As a leader for Student Alumni Ambassadors, I was able to attend many of our alumni events and find inspiration on how to shape my own future as an SU graduate.

    It’s in the alumni community where I’ve found both professional and personal mentors, work experience, scholarship opportunities, and advice on how to get the most out of my time as a student at SU. As an alum yourself now, wouldn’t you want to stay connected and give future Redhawks the same chances we received? 

    I also learned how much the SU Alumni Association has to offer our alumni.  Professional development and networking opportunities, spiritual growth and service engagement, social connections with like-minded SU graduates, continuing education and a host of other benefits.  There are so many reasons to stay involved.

    After experiencing several alumni programs as a student, my fellow SAA graduate, Rachael Hartzell ‘15, said, “It’s so inspiring to see generations of SU alumni together and being recognized for their hard work at events such as the Alumni Awards. It gives me hope for a future of remaining connected to other Redhawks and Seattle University.”

    Nelly Villalpando ‘15, added, “It has been great getting to meet people who are also a part of the wonderful community that makes Seattle University. I am proud to be a Redhawk and hope that one day I too can share my experiences with future Redhawks.”

    I hope all alumni - new and old - will join us in the efforts to keep the SU spirit alive in the future. Go forth and set the world on fire! I’m excited to see where your journeys take you.


    Nina Cataldo ‘15

    Facilitating Potential: Lessons Learned from Engaging Girls in STEM

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/6/2015 08:23:55 PM

    Are you a mentor or manager? Do you help others reach their potential? Are you challenged to reach underserved audiences? Join us on May 14 when, the Seattle University Alumni Association hosts its last SU Advantage | Networking Night of the school year entitled “Facilitating Potential: Lessons Learned from Engaging Women in STEM” featuring Seattle University’s Director of General Sciences, Dr. Jennifer Sorensen

    Jen sorensen

    Dr. Sorensen’s presentation will share her learnings from engaging girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), an underrepresented populations in the arena of science. Her presentation will share four relevant strategies for any professional trying to engage a target audience that is notoriously difficult to reach or anyone interested in supporting the success of colleagues, clients and community members.

    Dr. Sorensen discovered her love of science at an early age. “I have strong memories of sticking toothpicks in a potato and placing it in water to make it grow and building a crystal radio for the science fair. I’d conduct my own experiments in the backyard, like using water and flour to create clay and watching mold grow on it.”

    It was a teacher who encouraged her to study chemistry in college. In graduate school she planned to enter the pharmaceutical industry, but during her time as a teacher’s assistant she discovered her passion for teaching.

    As a woman in STEM, Dr. Sorensen is passionate about engaging the next generation of women scientists. When asked why it’s important to give girls the opportunity to explore the sciences, she replied, “It’s important to get the best minds involved, whoever they may be. You need diverse perspectives in the room. Science is a collaborative endeavor that benefits from those who approach problems in new and different ways.”

    In her efforts to engage girls and women in STEM, Dr. Sorensen has worked with the community, forming partnerships with the Girl Scouts and helping to organize the annual event Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH), a hands-on conference that encourages girls to explore the worlds of math, science and engineering.


    To Dr. Sorensen, the most meaningful part of her community outreach is seeing the empowerment of women and girls as they start understanding and enjoying science. “At the end of the Expanding Your Horizons day, after the girls have met with women biologists, botanists, engineers, veterinarians and others, they are buzzing with excitement and I feed off of their energy… they get involved and they start having fun and realize ‘I can do this!’”

    Through these and other experiences, Dr. Sorensen has identified four key strategies for facilitating potential in those around her. You can learn more about these strategies and Dr. Sorensen’s work engaging women in science at the Sorrento Hotel on May 14th. Register now and join us for an evening of networking and thought-provoking conversations.


    New Seattle U Alumni Benefit: Behavioral Pattern Toolkit

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/6/2015 08:22:25 PM

    35 years ago, alumnus Tom Champoux,’68, and Dr. Bill Maynard, developed behavior assessment tools to help facilitate communication and collaboration that resulted in the founding of Effectiveness Institute.

    “We were tired of good ideas not working because of people and their difficulties communicating,” Tom said. “This inspired us to discover different behavior patterns and how conflicting behaviors can work together.”

    Developed over 30 years of working with Fortune 500 clients and universities, Tom’s understanding of behavior styles evolved into the “Behavior Pattern Toolkit.”

    The Seattle University Alumni Association has partnered with the Effectiveness Institute to make the Behavior Pattern Toolkit available to alumni, friends and family at the discounted price of $29.95. 23% of each purchase will be donated to the Seattle University Scholarship Fund.

    When asked how his Jesuit education impacted his product Tom said, “A Jesuit education teaches you how to think; the model that we use helps people to do exactly that. It gives users the tool to understand who they are communicating with and how to approach their interaction–very Jesuit."

    The toolkit has three components: 

    Behavior Pattern Assessment - an online tool that reveals your personal behavior pattern

    Behavior Pattern video - introduces the behavior pattern model, 

    My Plan Guide - identifies the behavior pattern of someone you know and the most effective way to interact with them.

    The Behavior Pattern Toolkit examines the two dimensions of how people use energy when they interact with others, then demonstrates ways to apply this information for better communication at work, home and play.

    After using these tools, individuals will know how to increase positive influence, quickly identify and meet the communications needs of others by adapting their behavior resulting in greater trust and respect and more fulfilling interpersonal relationships. “When people don’t know how to connect with others it’s difficult. People want to connect,” Tom said. “There’s a reason behind every behavior. Once you understand the reason behind it, there’s an “ah ha moment” and people start collaborating more effectively.”

    To learn more and discover your own behavior patterns visit our website! Alumni and friends, take advantage of your Seattle U discount with coupon code: BPT-SU


    Leading With Love: Contemplative Leaders in Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/1/2015 04:34:07 PM

    CLA opening group photoLead with Love. What does that mean? Well, for starters, that’s a fully loaded phrase!

    Would leading with love mean that you would have to care about that annoying co-worker who doesn’t seem to ever reply to your emails? That you shouldn’t get annoyed by the gal who always speaks up at a staff meeting with yet another “great idea”? Or, that you would still have to like your supervisor even though he seems to micro-manage you more these days now that your organization is in midst of an overhaul?

    Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World describes leading with love this way: 

    “Long before love is a corporate virtue that improves team performance, it is a personal leadership stance. The love-driven leader possesses the vision to see and engage others as they are, not through the cultural filters, prejudices, or narrow-mindedness that diminishes them.” 

    Love in the context of leadership in the workplace is less about expecting warm-fuzzy feelings towards your co-worker to emerge, but rather it is more about looking at your co-worker as a whole person – someone with hopes, aspirations, shortcomings and limitations, yet with unending potential. 

    Perhaps leading with love is noticing that your too busy co-worker is trying to keep her head above water since she had to take time off to care for her ailing parent… or maybe it is becoming self-aware of your own prejudices towards your co-worker’s idea, and then boldly offering your own idea out loud to the group. It might even look like extending compassion to your supervisor by letting him know that you recognize that the transition is hard and that he can trust you will do your best to get your work done.

    The Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership program is a great example of a professional and spiritual development opportunity where alumni can learn and practice out the skills and qualities needed to become a loving leader. Through monthly gatherings, retreats, mentorship, and an engaging learning community of diverse emerging leaders, CLA participants create an environment where it is safe to explore and question the relevance of love in the context of professional life.

    If you are an alum between the ages of 25-39 and live in the Puget Sound Region and you are looking to grow in your leadership, Magis at Seattle University invites you to apply for this dynamic program. Or, if you know a Jesuit alumnus/na that could benefit from a program like this, feel free to nominate him or her by emailing us. Applications are due May 29, 2015. To learn more about CLA, visit our page online.

    Through practicing self-awareness, ingenuity, and bold humility, you may just be transformed into a leader who learns to lead with love.


    Fr. Dave Anderson: An Easter Blessing

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/1/2015 03:43:47 PM

    Fr. DaveDear friends in Christ, Happy Easter!

    During the past 40 days of Lent (a word which means springtime), we have been on a spiritual journey or pilgrimage with our Christian family throughout our world engaged in three spiritual practices: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are invited to remember that these experiences are what we are called to do all year, but especially during Lent so that we may grow closer to God. What have been the graces you've received? 

    Jesus promised his disciples, "I will be with you always!” He gives them the gift of His Holy Spirit, the gift of peace, hope, love, and joy and asks them to love one another. God's Spirit is something the world cannot give. We are often overwhelmed by messages through our media that power, honor, glory, and riches will satisfy us, but they always fail to deliver what they promise. These messages are empty promises ... Our true satisfaction comes when we surrender our lives to God's will, and ask God to help us understand, see and hear God around us each day. To be open to God's voice so that we can choose the path God desires for us. Every moment we turn to God in prayer, God is present to us like a mother and father are present to their child. God never fails us.

    A few days ago I was visiting a close friend who 6 months ago became a grandfather. His son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Heidi, were visiting from Denver and while we were having dinner, I was aware of the love that was present around the dinner table. Mom, dad and grandpa were filled with an indescribable joy because of the gift of Heidi. Every time she smiled or laughed, all of us laughed. We were mesmerized by her beauty, innocence and vulnerability.

    I was reminded the next day of God's affection and love for us. God loves us like  parents and grandparents love their child. God is overwhelmed with joy when we turn and offer God our attention and ask for the help we need.

    Along with our prayer, fasting helps us grow spiritually. We reflect on our personal lives and ask, "Is there something that is getting in the way of God's love in my life?" Maybe I gossip about others; or I'm attached to my cell phone rather than engaging in conversation with those around me; or I need more exercise and less TV. All of us have attachments or areas of growth ... God is inviting us to let go of them so that God can come close to us and love us. 

    Fasting is not so much about what we are giving up as it is about what we are gaining: the peace and joy the Lord promises to those who make time for him.

    Almsgiving and charity is another spiritual exercise we are called to do all year. We experience God most of the time in our relationships, especially with those close to us. Recall for a moment when you experienced God through your relationship with another person. You were able to see God in your friend or family member, you felt joy and peace for simply being in this person's company, and you gave God thanks for your relationship. Charity is doing something good for those we love. Simply being present to another person and listening to their story is one of the greatest gifts we can offer.  

    Almsgiving is also about helping those less fortunate than our self. Who are the people God wants us to reach out to? Charity is about slowing down and seeing those around us who seem to be isolated or alone. Who is being left out, who is on the margins? We do not have to look very far to see the poor, the sick and wounded around us each day. 

    Jesus' whole life was about serving the poor so that God's presence would be felt by everyone. As followers of Jesus, how is God inviting us to share love with those around us?

    We are an Easter people! We are people of the resurrection! We are called to celebrate God's victory over sin and death. 

    Let us continue to be open to the many graces God wants to give to us, especially God's love. And let us love one another as God loves us.



    Live the Mission on April 25: National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/1/2015 03:41:37 PM

    Day of Service 2National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service brings together Jesuit-educated alumni from across the nation, along with their family and friends, to participate in volunteer service projects. This year marks Seattle University’s fourth year participating in Alumni Day of Service and it is the biggest yet with alumni participating in four states and more service sites than ever before. 

    Alumni chapters from Seattle University and fellow Jesuit schools are taking an active role in this year’s Day of Service by selecting and hosting service sites in the greater Seattle area. 

    This year’s opportunities include:  beautification projects at Washington Middle School, Immaculate Conception church and Recovery Café, supporting and empowering young girls through the Powerful Voices Girlvolution workshop, and assisting the elderly at Volunteer Chore Services.  No matter what your interests, there’s a service site that’s right for you. 

    To learn more about the organizations and chapters participating in Day of Service visit the registration page

     See what past participants had to say about Day of Service: 

    “I participated in day of service because serving in the community is important and I enjoyed meeting other Jesuit alums.” 

    “I wanted to join fellow alumni and continue the Jesuit tradition of service to our community.”

    “I really enjoyed meeting other caring people, especially recent graduates who don't have a lot of spare cash but who want to give to the less fortunate.”

    “I chose to participate in Day of Service to stay connected with my university, to help my husband learn more about what SU has meant to me, to live out service, to do it with friends, and to introduce my goddaughter to the meaning and benefits of service!”

    “I enjoyed being able to give back to the local community around Seattle University and getting to meet like-minded individuals who value their Jesuit education as much as I did.”

    What are you reasons for serving? Tell us in the comments below and register to join us on April 25th! 


    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Derek Rogalsky, '10

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/1/2015 03:38:42 PM

    Derek Rogalsky BlogWhen you think of an outstanding recent alum, someone like Derek Rogalsky, ’10, comes to mind. Derek is a dedicated alumnus of Seattle University, devoted husband and new father, with a commitment to service and professional excellence, making him the perfect choice for the 2015 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.

    Derek was recruited to Seattle University by Redhawk soccer coach, Peter Fewing in 2006. Derek would play for the team throughout his four years at Seattle University, helping the soccer team achieve a 43-3-26 record while it transitioned from Division II to Division I. Derek was not only a star on the field but in the classroom, he maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout his four years on the soccer team.

    After his graduation, Derek remained committed to Seattle University’s values of service, volunteering with his wife Rebekah Rogalsky, ’09, in Haiti. There the couple spent a year teaching, mentoring and coaching at the Louverture Cleary School (LCS), a co-educational Catholic boarding school for academically gifted students from impoverished backgrounds. 

    “Spending time with such people allowed me to recognize the true abundance of the blessings in my own life…I had been called to serve because I have been blessed,” Derek said of his time in Haiti.

    As a volunteer at LCS, Derek taught biology and religion, led the garden club, coached soccer and helped coordinate The Haitian Project’s Institution response to the cholera epidemic, keeping the campus free of infection. 

    Derek went on to Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he is currently in his fourth year studying to be a surgeon. 

    “I’ve chosen surgery because it is a profession uniquely equipped to help people in their most desperate hour of need.” Derek said. 

    This past year, Derek was one of 21 fourth year medical students nationwide to receive the American Medical Association Physicians of Tomorrow Award. 

    Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., MBA, dean of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, considers Derek to be “A leader among peers and faculty in his outreach into the inner city, his discussion and inquiry into kidney transplantation, medical education, medical student debt and major life choice.  He will remain a leader long after graduation.”

    We are proud to honor Derek with our Outstanding Recent Alumnus award at our upcoming 30th Annual Alumni Awards.  We hope you’ll join us to celebrate him and five other outstanding alumni at the awards ceremony. 

    30th Annual Alumni Awards
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
    Fairmont Olympic Hotel

    Tickets available now.


    Alumni Awards – 30 Years

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/4/2015 09:59:51 PM

    This year, the Seattle University Alumni Awards celebrates its 30th anniversary. But how did this tradition get its start? We spoke to Mark Burnett, Director of Alumni Relations at the time, to get the scoop.

    The Alumni Awards were formed shortly after Seattle University moved to Division II.  Many alumni events were focused on athletics so the alumni office looked for other ways to engage alumni-the first Alumni Awards Celebration was born.

    Hosted at the Olympic Four Seasons Hotel (now the Fairmont Olympic Hotel), the first ceremony offered eight awards to honor the Seattle University community and its commitment to Jesuit values. 

    “Our first Alumnus of the Year was Rhoady Lee, someone who was very committed to Seattle University and it was very special to be able to honor him. The great thing about the awards is that they allow us to honor those people well known to the community and shine a light on those who are not as widely recognized,” Burnett said.

    “The Alumni Awards celebration has been successful in creating a sense of pride in the university. Over the last 30 years more than 200 alumni from across our various schools and colleges, each one representing who we are as a university. All of our winners have shown their dedication to community service, something we at Seattle University excel at.” 

    Just a few of our past winners include philanthropist Bill Eisiminger ’67, Medal of Honor recipient, Will Swenson, ’01, community advocate, Lorena Gonzalez,’05, successful businessman, John Meisenbach ’60,  Restaurateur, Mick McHugh, ’65, and non-profit leader, Gordon McHenry,’79.

    This April, the Alumni Awards Celebration returns to where it all began, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, where we will not only honor our 2015 winners, but all those who have won over the past 30 years. 

    We hope you’ll join us to celebrate 30 years of outstanding leadership and service this April.

    30th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration
    Saturday, April 18, 2015
    6:00-10:00 p.m.
    Fairmont Olympic hotel
    2015 Winners

    Alumna of the Year – Doreen Marchione, ‘62

    University Service – Joe Zavaglia, ‘71

    Community Service  - Clayton Pitre, ‘68

    Professional Achievement – Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, ’73

    Distinguished Faculty – Phillip Thompson, Ph.D., P.E.

    Outstanding Recent Alumnus –  Derek Rogalsky, ‘10

    Tickets are available online now.


    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Marissa Turner, '05

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/4/2015 09:44:01 PM

    Marissa Turner“Seattle University made me value the importance of working for a just world, and that's something that I strive to do both in my work and personal life. I feel like my experience at SU taught me to question everything and to lean into discomfort,” said Marissa Turner, ’05, graduate of the College of Science and Engineering.

    It was Seattle University’s mission that drew Marissa to Seattle U and its beautiful campus and vibrant city that sealed the deal. “Seattle seemed like a great city and would be a fun change from my native north Idaho.”

    As a student, Marissa quickly began living out Seattle U’s Jesuit mission. She was member of the Multifaith Works AIDS Care Team, the Calcutta Club, participated in the Mexico Mission Trek and the SEARCH Retreat and volunteered for L’Arche. 

    “One of my favorite memories was Fr. Roger and Fr. Mike's lip syncing and dance performance at the Calcutta Club's date auction,” Marissa shared. 

    After her graduation in 2005, Marissa remained committed to the Seattle University mission. While still in Seattle she was an active participant with Magis: Alumni Living the Mission and in her current role works as an Administrative Assistant at a non-profit that helps low-income and disabled individuals find work.

    Now, ten years after her graduation, Marissa returns to her alma matter to help her classmates celebrate their 10th reunion as part of the 2005 Reunion Planning Committee. 

    Marissa heard about the opportunity to plan her class reunion and jumped on it. “It sounded like fun. I enjoy planning events and I thought it'd be a great way to connect with fellow classmates.

    I made life-long friends while at SU, and I've been fortunate enough to be a part of their journeys as they have gotten new jobs, been married and welcomed children. What I’m most excited about at our reunion is seeing those classmates that I haven't been in touch with for 10 years and hearing where life has taken them,” she said. 

    “We have a great weekend of food, fun and fellowship planned. It will be a wonderful way to connect with old friend as well as the University!” 

    Marissa and her fellow committee members , Analisa Castaneda, Juanita Hinojosa Jasso, Abby Laxa-Anderson, Valerie Tokumoto, Jesse Zaragoza, hope you’ll plan to join them on May 2nd at the 2005 Reunion.

    2005 10th Reunion
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Seattle University 

    RSVP now.


    March Professional Development Opportunity

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/4/2015 09:41:36 PM

     In our recent Alumni Attitude Survey, you told us that professional development opportunities are important to you, so each month we’ll share a different professional development program or event with you.  This month we are featuring The Seattle University Extraordinary Entrepreneurial Leaders (ExEL) Forum.

    The ExEL groups offer an invigorating forum for owners and leaders of family and privately-held businesses to grow and expand their businesses and their leadership skills.   These monthly peer advisory groups, facilitated by a professional executive coach and consultant, meet monthly and operate as a cohesive, supportive cohort.   The ExEL Forum includes four groups:

    Emerging Business Leaders, Seattle University Alums, Business Women Influencers, and a Family Business Only group. They are a great fit for executives or owners of local family- or privately-held businesses who are committed to becoming extraordinary leaders and using entrepreneurial skills and innovation principles to tackle their biggest challenges.

    The groups meet one Friday a month on the Seattle University campus from 10-2 p.m., which include an open lunch for friends and guests and an optional morning “deep dive” boot camp from 8-10 a.m.

    Fees are regularly $3,600, but thanks to a generous grant, $3,000 scholarships are available for this program, so your fee is only $600 for 2015. To take advantage of the scholarship, apply before fall 2015. Membership is accepted on a rolling basis with the next cohort beginning this April.

    Seattle University’s ExEL program has been game changing for me. As a second generation leader of my family business, I have gained invaluable levels of newfound strength and confidence. Randy encourages each of us to carve our own unique paths as leaders, and that personalized approach has been extremely empowering. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to gain insight into the art of leading with greatness.

    - Kristen Johnston, ExEL Forum Participant 

    Learn more and apply online.  

    ExEL Forum Features:

    • Monthly peer support and networking among like-spirited, highly-motivated business owners andand executives
    • Monthly business analysis and group accountability sessions (“deep dive” boot camps)
    • Monthly guest speakers who are successful, proven business leaders or subject matter experts
    • Access to local mentors, experts, and resources in a variety of disciplines
    • Optional coaching/consulting services with a professional executive coach/consultant
    • Access to Seattle University’s Family Business Exchange research program, community and events (family business owners only)
    • Networking events, happy hours, activities, professional development and field trips among peers andand local businesses
    • Holiday celebration and invitations to Seattle University andand Albers School of Business and Economice events andand activities
    • Complimentary meals and parking


    Benefits to Members

    • Lead more confidently – Run your ideas and issues by a personal, peer "sounding board" and professional coach/consultant.
    • Master implementation – Learn to execute flawlessly and be held accountable by your ExEL Forum team.
    • Build your business – Learn and apply new tools and skills in key business and leadership areas.
    • Make connections/build your tribe – Make friends, networking and resource connections; join the Family Business Exchange community.
    • Gain more perspective – Spend focused time working on your business rather than in it.  Get different views from other business owners.
    • Access more tesources-Tap into Seattle U's deep resources, including students for interns and projects.



    Seattle U is Becoming Tobacco-Free

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/4/2015 09:39:55 PM

    Smoke Free Campus

    On July 1, 2015, Seattle University will join over 1,500 colleges and universities in the United States on a prominent issue-Seattle University will become a tobacco-free campus. This means alumni, students, faculty, and staff will not be able to smoke or use tobacco on campus. It’s a controversial decision.

    This decision, while made recently by President Sundborg and his cabinet, is the culmination of over three and a half years of work. Spearheaded by Tobacco-Free Exploration Committee-a committee founded by the Student Government of Seattle University (“SGSU”)-the initiative was led by a group of students, faculty and staff. 

    The movement began in 2011 when Austin Richmond, ’13, an SGSU representative, took the matter to SGSU as a public health concern. The following year, then Student Body President Nicole Gaddie, ’14, created a partnership with the Graduate Student Council (the representative body for graduate students) and the Student Bar Association (the representative body for law students). These three groups decided to work together on this issue

    Eventually, the Tobacco-Free Campus Exploration Committee was formed. Over two years, the committee led a number of tobacco-free campus events, forums and awareness campaigns. 

    The committee conducted a survey on tobacco use and attitude.  According to the Spectator, “59 percent of undergraduate students who responded were in favor of a tobacco-free policy and, according to the State of the Undergraduate Student Survey, only three percent of undergraduate students surveyed used tobacco on campus twice or more a week on campus. For graduate students, the committee found that 32 percent of graduate students surveyed support a tobacco-free campus, while 64 percent favored a stricter policy on tobacco, not a prohibitive one.” The committee also surveyed the law school but did not get a statistically significant response. Faculty, staff and administers were also surveyed, with 70 percent of respondents supporting a transition to becoming a tobacco-free campus. 

    In fall 2014, the Tobacco-Free Campus Exploration Committee made presentations to the Dean’s Council and Academic Assembly, sharing their findings and offering an overview of their process and history of the movement. Following the approval from these bodies, the President’s Cabinet (composed of Fr. Steve and twelve top administrators) agreed with the committee’s recommendation-Seattle University was to become tobacco-free institution. 

    Nicole Gaddie, ‘14, commends the accomplishments of the committee. Gaddie shares, “Everyone who worked on this project through the years has worked so hard to see it through [and has] committed so much of their time, thought and work.”

    The project isn’t over. In terms of the implementation of the initiative, policy must still be developed. This process is being led by Ryan Hamachek, ’09, the Director of the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. 

    “There is some physical infrastructure that will be important,” Hamachek shared. This infrastructure includes signage so that campus visitors and returning alumni know that Seattle U is a tobacco-free campus. And then there is the policy side of things. We have to define ‘campus,’ because we’re in an urban environment,” Hamachek furthered. 

    While the details still need to be determined, starting mid-summer, Seattle U will be an entirely tobacco-free campus. Some alumni might remember smoking in class. That changed in the 1970s. Now, students smoke on campus. That changes soon.  

    Written by: Izzy Gardon



    Successful Restauranteur, Proud Irishman and Seattle University Alumnus

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/4/2015 09:38:24 PM

    Mick McHughMick McHugh,’65, is an active Seattle U alumnus, proud member of Seattle’s Irish community and a successful restaurant owner. Mick got his start in the restaurant scene in 1963 as a sophomore at Seattle U when he opened up the coffee house, 92 Yesler, which catered to his fellow Seattle University students serving coffee and pizza. While Mick only operated the coffee house for three-years it was the beginning of a successful career. Mick would go on to open a total of 16 restaurants over the years, which includes FX McRory’s built in 1977 and where he now spends much of his time and  the Irish Pub, T.S. McHugh’s, which he built in honor of his father 80th birthday.

    As a proud member of the Seattle’s Irish community, Mick was instrumental in establishing the tradition of Irish Week in Seattle to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “I wanted to get away from the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer. The Irish have so much to offer,” Mick said.

    Seattle’s Irish Week is still going strong forty years later with a range of activities to peak everyone’s interests including an always popular 5k run, a parade, an Irish Heritage Festival and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass for Peace in Ireland at St. Patrick’s Church. A full list of St. Patrick’s Day events can be found online here.

    Mick’s Irish legacy extends to more than just St. Patrick’s Day festivities; he served on the search committee for Seattle’s sister city. “We needed a university town and a port city. We visited four different cities in Ireland until we chose Galway on the west coast of Ireland,” Mick said.

    To commemorate the relationship of sister cities, each city has a stone monument that points directly at the other indicating a line through the center of the earth connecting the two cities and each displaying the latitude and longitude of its sister city. The stone in Galway says “Seattle” and is at the end of Shop Street, while Seattle’s stone says “Galway” and is located on the waterfront near Pier 66.

    Each year a contingency from Seattle visits Galway and a group from Galway, including the mayor, Donal Lyons, visit Seattle for Irish Week. 

    “My daughter, Caitlin,’06, and I had the opportunity to accompany Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to Galway this past fall for the annual Oyster festival,” Mick shared.

    Mick’s passion for the Irish community is obvious and so too is his passion for Seattle University. 

    Mick was the first of six siblings to attend Seattle University. “My three sisters all studied education at Seattle U and my brothers and I all studied business.”

    As a student, Mick was on the tennis team, served as student body president and helped persuade Archbishop Connolly to sell the plot of land that would become the Connolly Center. 

    “The depth of the education at Seattle University broadened me as a person and for that I’m very grateful.”

    Inspired by the values of his Jesuit education, Mick co-founded the Matt Tablot Center, which helps Seattle’s homeless population overcome their drug addictions and is now in its 28th year.

    Five years after Mick’s graduation from Seattle University he was approached by the current President and head of the Alumni Association and asked if he would like to serve as the interim director of Alumni Relations, holding that position until 1975.

    “I’ve been able to stay close to Seattle University for 50 years and I’ve been blessed by that,” he said.

    Stay close to the university Mick has. He served on the Seattle University Board of Regents for over twenty years, served as an Albers mentor, was one of the one-hundred alumni featured during the university’s centennial and was awarded the Alumnus of the Year award in 1987 and now he serves on the class of 1965 Reunion Committee. 

    “I am very proud to be an alum and invite my classmates back to the Emerald City for our 50th reunion! We had so much fun during our time at Seattle U and I can hardly believe it’s been 50 years! My classmates won’t believe how much the university has grown since we left. It is now a nationally recognized university of high distinction.

    The city of Seattle has also grown. There’s more in Seattle’s aviary than Seahawks and Redhawks. Seattle is flying high as one of America’s great cities. They’ll find Seattle’s beauty much enhanced and see how Capitol Hill has been built up as a hip urban hot spot. You won’t be sorry when you attend the reunion – we’ll have so much fun!!” Mick said.

    If you are a member of the class of 1965, you can learn more and register for your reunion  here.

    Class of 1965 Reunion
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University 

    Register now.


    Two Guys, a Girl & One Amazing Heart

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/4/2015 02:51:17 PM

    Erin Valentine's Day Feature 2015In honor of Valentine's Day, we're sharing the unbelievable love story of alumna, Erin Roberts,'08,’17,'and her husband, Connor Rabinowitz. The two met after Connor received a heart transplant. The donor? Erin's brother, Kellan.

    Erin Roberts first graduated from Seattle University in 2008 with a BA in Liberal Arts. Seven years later she returned to Seattle U and is in the process of completing her Master’s in Counseling from the College of Education. 

    What drew Erin to Seattle University twice? 

    “It was the climate of Seattle University. The kind of professors and students here. Everyone wants to make the world a better place, so what better place to get an education?”

    After Erin graduates with her Masters in 2017 she hopes to work with youth and families, with a special focus on youth in transition in and out of the foster care system. 

    The unconventional story of how Erin and Connor met, fell in love and got married, recently received national attention as a feature in the February issue of Glamour magazine. 

    While Erin’s incredible love story may have just recently been published in Glamour Magazine, her story first got attention two years ago when KOMO news covered it. 

    “Two years ago it was overwhelming. My phone was ringing off the hook with offers for TV appearances.” It was too much attention for Erin at the time and so she shied away from all of the publicity. That is until Liz Brody from Glamour magazine approached her earlier this year about covering her story.

    “The feedback has been really great this time. We just finished filming a documentary that will air on Valentine’s Day.” Erin said of the impact the magazine article has had on their lives.

    You can read Erin and Connor’s love story online here


    Search for Meaning Book Festival

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/2/2015 11:00:21 PM

    You are invited to the seventh annual Search for Meaning Book Festival.

    Launched in 2009, the festival has evolved into a signature SU event. Featuring a veritable who’s who of the literary and scholarly worlds, this year’s festival includes more than 55 best-selling authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. The annual one-day festival offers general sessions, keynote presentations, book signings and interactive experiences. Individuals from all walks of life spend a day with some of the world’s most influential authors and scholars while reflecting on their own ability to contribute to a more just and humane world.

    Since it began six years ago, the Search for Meaning Book Festival has been a great success thanks to the support of our neighbors, community members and generous donors and volunteers who have given their time and financial resources to make this a one-of-a-kind event. Yet with increasing costs associated with the festival, a $10 fee must be charged for entrance this year for each attendee ($5 for students). Visit Search for Meaning to purchase your tickets and learn more.

    A special thanks to this year’s title sponsors, Robert and Laura Ellen Muglia, whose tremendous generosity allows the university to continue offering the event with only a modest admittance fee. The university also continues to devote significant financial and personnel resources to the festival to further minimize the cost for attendees.

    Volunteer for the Search for Meaning Book Festival! This is a great opportunity to engage with students, alumni, community partners and distinguished authors from the surrounding areas. By volunteering, you will receive a voucher for lunch and fun swag and you will also be able to attend one of the keynote speakers for free! Sign up here. Contact Jane Billbe with any questions about volunteering at or 296-6066

    2015 Alumni Award Winners

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/2/2015 10:52:17 PM

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    President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2015 Alumni Awards recipients.  For 30 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards which honor those alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. We had an excellent slate of nominees in all categories and the outstanding winners introduced below rose to the top.  


    We will celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 30th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  We hope you will join us.   To register or to host a table, please visit


    Doreen Marchione, ‘62

    Alumna of the Year

    A graduate of Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Doreen Marchione, ’62, is dedicated to improving the lives of people in her community. In 1984, she began the first of her two terms as mayor of Redmond. Currently, she is in her second term on the Kirkland City Council after serving as deputy mayor. During her 15 years as CEO of HopeLink—the largest provider of social services in north and east King County—she oversaw a 150% increase in the number of residents HopeLink assisted. In addition to being a Legacy Society member, she served on Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council for 15 years, the visiting committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and mentored students.

    Read Doreen's complete story here.


    Clayton Pitre, ‘68

    Community Service

    Clayton Pitre, a Montford Point Marine and longtime community activist, graduated from Seattle University in 1968 with a degree in accounting.  A fixture in the central Seattle community, Clayton organized and chaired the African American Dollars for Scholars program for 17 years, coordinated efforts to fund and build three low income housing projects and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic church for 52 years, serving three terms as president of the parish board and leading the development of its child care center. Clayton has served 60 years as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Peter Claver (the African American arm of the Knights of Columbus) and has actively mentored and participated in Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. For his service as a Montford Point Marine, the first African American Marine troop in World War II, Clayton was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

    Read Clayton's complete story here.


    Joe Zavaglia, ‘71

    University Service

    Joe Zavaglia dreams of what could be and makes it happen. Joe wanted to play college soccer, but Seattle University didn’t have a team. Drafting a petition, he not only got 90 percent student approval but also recruited 100 potential players. When told the school didn’t have the $500 needed, he appealed to then President Fr. Lemieux. In a matter of hours, he received the call from Athletic Director, Eddie O’Brien that the funds had been appropriated. As an alumnus, Joe co-chaired the Championship Field redevelopment project with Vince Volpe. For several years Joe served on the Athletics Hall of Fame committee and in 2007, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. A tireless fundraiser, he helped launch the annual Red Tie event and chaired the Men’s Soccer Alumni Committee. He has also served on the Board of Regents for seven years.

    Read Joe's complete story here.


    Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, ’73 

    Professional Development

    Dr. Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, a 1973 graduate of the College of Nursing, demonstrates exceptional leadership. An innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, she inspires colleagues with her cutting edge approach to health care. Nationally and internationally recognized, Dr. Heitkemper was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of medicine’s highest honors. Dr. Heitkemper had the courage to introduce a clinical research program identifying possible symptoms related to IBS at a time little notice was being paid to GI distress. Because of her work, IBS patients have adopted ways of living quality lives. In a career full of successes, Dr. Heitkemper is most proud of her work highlighting the importance of women’s health and the role gender plays in health and treatment. 

    Read Margaret's complete story here.

    Phillip Thompson, Ph.D., P.E. 

    Distinguished Faculty 

    Dr. Phillip Thompson, a member of Seattle University’s faculty since 1997, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. He earned the 2009-11 Thomas J. Bannan Endowed Chair of Engineering. A consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates and Bullitt Foundations, Dr. Thompson is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, and his research on water treatment and pollution control has been published widely. Each year, he takes students to work on water projects in countries such as Thailand, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Zambia, giving him rich experience to draw upon. His engineering consulting work has kept his teaching fresh and relevant.  Dr. Jean Jacoby, Associate Dean declared, “Phil exemplifies SU’s care for students and commitment to environmental justice and sustainability.”  

    Read Phillip's complete story here.

    Derek Rogalsky, ‘10

    Outstanding Recent Alumnus

    Derek Rogalsky is a shining example of a Seattle University graduate who embodies the Jesuit values of service and social justice. As a student, Derek was inducted into Seattle U’s Ignatian Leadership Honor Society, served as president of the Bannan Scholars, volunteered in Haiti and played on the men’s soccer team –all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. After graduation, he deferred medical school for a year to volunteer with his wife, Rebekah, also an SU alum, for a year of service in Haiti, teaching, mentoring and coaching at Louverture Cleary School. While there, Derek helped coordinate The Haitian Project’s institutional response to the cholera epidemic, keeping the campus free of infection.  Currently in his fourth year at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Derek was one of 21 fourth year medical students nationwide to receive the American Medical Association Physicians of Tomorrow Award. His research on health care inequality has been published in a number of scientific journals. Derek decided to become a surgeon, “…to help people in their most desperate hour of need.”

    Read Derek's complete story here.



    African American Alumni Chapter Spotlight: Andre´ Taybron

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/2/2015 10:50:18 PM

    Andre' AAAC SpotlightAndre´ Taybron is a 2000 MPA graduate and a member of Seattle University African American Alumni Chapter’s (AAAC) leadership team.

    From seventh grade through high school, Andre’ lived with his single mother and three of his siblings in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Growing up in the “projects,” Andre´ constantly questioned why it was that his family and neighbors who worked so hard to provide for their families were not able to purchase a home in a middle-class neighborhood. 

    Andre’s background living in public housing helped to shape his values and ideals around the need for better housing policy. “Today I’m a published author, scholar and entrepreneur. My firm, Broneist Consulting, provides urban design, planning, needs assessment, public policy development and administration implementation services,” Andre´ said.  

    Andre´ has a B.S. in Communications, an MPA from Seattle University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. 

    “Academically, my knowledge and understanding of social justice and public policy flourished while completing my Master’s degree at Seattle University. I applied that knowledge to both my roles at the Seattle and Renton Housing authorities and as a Housing Planner at AIDS Housing of Washington.” Andre´ studied at Seattle University from 1998-2000. “While at Seattle University I learned to ask the tough questions. I knew when choosing Seattle University that I would establish a foundation for social justice ideals and philosophies to incorporate into my work. Understanding the Jesuit tradition taught me to think for myself and to test commonly accepted knowledge,” Andre´ shared. 

    In 2014, Andre´ became a member of the Seattle University African American Alumni Chapter’s leadership team.  “After embarking on my professional journey and the real-world rat race, I noticed that something was missing – the SU culture and environment that I loved.” 

    Andre´ began meeting quarterly with MPA alumni which helped keep him connected to Seattle University. Over the years he saw a lack of opportunities to engage and connect with African American professionals and community members and began to attend events hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter (AAAC).

     “I saw something in the participants of the AAAC that I wanted around me and more importantly, I wanted to be a part of the leadership to help influence the welcoming, professional and fun atmosphere.”

    As a member of the AAAC leadership team, Andre´ hopes the group becomes a catalyst to bring people back to campus and to get alumni and students more engaged. 

    “It is my passion and vision for the chapter to be a resource to uplift individuals who may have questions or struggles, for those who want fellowship and those who need more guidance, advice and mentorship. I want people to come out, bring their spouses, partners, children, family and friends to have fun and let the Seattle University community know that we are here as a chapter and part of what makes our Jesuit institution great!” Andre´ said. 

    You can join the African American Alumni chapter this month for their Black History Month Celebration.

    Seattle University Black History Month Celebration
    February 20, 2015
    6:30 p.m.
    Seattle University | Casey Commons

    RSVP now.


    Black History Month Feature - Clayton Pitre, ‘68

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/2/2015 10:44:02 PM

    Clayton Pitre ArticleIn honor of Black History Month we’re spotlighting   Clayton Pitre, ‘68, a member of the African American Alumni community and our 2015 Community Service Alumni Award winner.

    Clayton was born in 1924 in Opelousas Louisiana, one of seven children .He attended Catholic school until the 9th grade, when he had to put his education on hold to work on his father’s farm. At the age of nineteen Clayton was drafted into the military, becoming one of the first African Americans to join the Marines. Clayton was trained at Montford Point, a segregated base in North Carolina. 

    In 1945 Clayton’s unit was deployed to Okinawa, Japan, where Clayton, an infantryman in the 1st Marine Ammunition Company, was responsible for sending ammunition to the front lines. In January 1946 Clayton was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. 

    In 2012 Clayton and 400 fellow black marines from Montford Point were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama at a White House ceremony.

    After his service in World War II, Clayton joined his brother in Seattle where he met his wife, Gloria Tony. While in Seattle he completed his education, first achieving his GED at Broadway Edison, a high school for veterans without a high school diploma, then, with support from the G.I. Bill, he worked his way through college as a postal clerk, husband and father of three. In 1968 Clayton graduated from Seattle University with an accounting degree. 

    Clayton would go on to work in real estate for fourteen years, eventually becoming Chief Housing Developer for the Central Area Motivation Project (CAMP), where he helped to fund and build low-income housing across the city.

    When CAMP lost its funding in 1973, Clayton joined the Veteran Administration office, where he worked for eleven years until his retirement in 1984. Though retired, Clayton remained committed to serving his community. He formed the African American Dollars for Scholars program and chaired the program for 17 years. 

    "I've been at Garfield and Roosevelt and seen kids with 3.8 grade-point averages walk away with all the scholarships and the ones with 3.0 feel no need to try. Our mission is to encourage them to go beyond high school and come back to the community as productive citizens.” Clayton said in a Seattle Times article about the program.

    Clayton’s community outreach doesn’t end there. He  served as the Vice President of the Central Area Senior Center, has been a member of the  Knights of Columbus for over 60 years and continues to act as a mentor for the fraternity,  Kappa Alpha Psi . 

    Clayton’s Catholic faith is an important part of his life. He’s been a member of St. Mary’s parish for 52 years, where he created a child care center and was the President of its board. He considers the creation of their child care center one of his proudest achievements.

    In paying tribute to Clayton, Susan Clifford Jamroski , Major Gift Officer for the Virginia Mason Foundation, said, “He has mentored hundreds of people as a true servant does.  Clayton rarely looks back.  He is always future forward; the next person who needs help, the next opportunity, the next friend.  As a Catholic born in the south and of very humble origins and now in his ninth decade, he continues to press full steam ahead.”    

    The Seattle University community is honored to be able to call him one of our own. 

    We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Clayton and our other Alumni Award winners on April 18. 

    30th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration
    Saturday, April 18
    Fairmont Olympic Hotel 


    School of New and Continuing Studies

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/2/2015 10:40:15 PM

    Computer Cafe

    Seattle University is adding something new to the mix for adult learners. Those who want the benefit of an outstanding Seattle University education, but are not looking for the traditional college experience can now turn to the School of New and Continuing Studies.

    The new school caters to the traditionally underrepresented demographic of adult learners. The school accepts those who have completed at least 60 hours of college credits and want to complete their degree or those who are looking to add to their skills set.  The hybrid nature of the school (all classes consist of online and in-person course work) makes education accessible to even the busiest schedules. 

    The school plans to launch BA programs in spring of 2016, but has already hit the ground running with their one-year Web Development Certificate, which launched its first cohort in January 2015. The Web Development Certificate consists of eight courses designed to transition students from a typical web user to an entry-level front end web developer. 

    Seattle’s reputation as a high tech hub makes this certificate especially relevant. 52,000 web and software technology jobs were posted in Puget Sound in 2013 alone and the median income for web developers in the United States is $62,000. 

    "We believe the program has a responsibility to serve everyone in the Puget Sound Region. The web industry is desperate for an infusion of diverse perspectives and fresh talent. Our students reflect this goal: The first cohort is made up of 60% women and represents a range of life experience and backgrounds." Shawn Rider, the Director of Web, Application and Technology Studies for the School of New and Continuing Studies, said.

    Not only are the courses led by knowledgeable instructors with real-world industry experience, but the entire Web Development Certificate is designed to build compelling professional portfolios that will impress employers, recruiters and help students land a job upon completion.  The school is enrolling new cohorts quarterly and are now accepting applications  for  the certificate program beginning in April 2015. Those interested in learning more about the program can visit their website.  

    The addition of the School of New and Continuing Studies is an exciting opportunity for Seattle University and life-long learners alike. Make sure to stay tuned as more news and information are announced. 


    Employer Information Sessions

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/8/2015 02:22:44 PM

    Alumni, did you know that Employer Information Sessions are a valuable tool to help you on your job hunt? Join recruiters from companies such as Amazon, Puget Sound Energy, The Peace Corps and more each week on campus during the lunch hour.

    This is your opportunity to learn what it’s like to work at some of the top companies in the Puget Sound area and about their values and mission. You’ll gain insights directly from recruiters as to what they look for in candidates and position yourself for interview success. 

    Learn about all upcoming information sessions on the Career Services homepage or contact Sarah Thomson with questions. 


    New Brand, New Look

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:54:20 PM

    Last summer, Seattle University began work on the first of several updates to our website. The refresh of the site is based on best practices and aligns with the Seattle U brand initiative  to tell our story with greater clarity and impact.

    Visitors will experience a fresh and inviting homepage and landing pages for Admissions, Alumni, Academics, Student Life and a new Graduate Studies page.  

    Alumni New Brand Landing Page

    The new look uses crisp photography and updated brand colors and fonts. The landing pages are also designed to be scrollable and clearer, which will help the increasing number of visitors using smartphones, with well-designed link placement and less text. We're excited to feature our SU community with the embedded Instagram feed, more prominent news placement and continued upcoming events.

    We wanted the new to reflect the transformative, rigorous and well-rounded experience Seattle University offers. The redesigned site strives to: 

    Convey Seattle University's commitment to academic excellence, social justice and Jesuit education;

    Authentically and boldly communicate the unique student experience at Seattle U;

    Improve functionality and navigability and drive interest in the university; and

    Align the website with the Seattle U brand refresh.

    The update was made possible with the help of a large number of university constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, divisional leaders and SU's Brand Leadership Group, a representative body of key university stakeholders. Each of these constituents offered constructive feedback and edits to enhance the look, navigability and authenticity of the new site.  

    We are excited about the new look for and look forward to bringing you continued improvements and additions as we work to strengthen Seattle University's web presence.

    Visit our homepage and let us know what you think. 


    Seattle U License Plates: Available Now

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:43:29 PM

    They’re here! We are excited to announce that Seattle University license plates are now available. Proceeds from each Seattle U license plate go to support Seattle University student scholarships. Now you can drive with pride while supporting our students!

    Redhawk License Plate

    The launch of SU plates has gotten off to a strong start thanks to the generosity of those who participated in our online auction for the first 25 SU plates. With your help we’ve raised over $21,000 for Seattle University students. 

    To show your SU pride and purchase your own Seattle U plate visit your local Department of Licensing office and apply in person or visit our website and apply online. 

    Have you already ordered your Seattle U plate? Show us how you drive with pride. Snap a picture of your vehicle with its sporty new SU plate, share it with us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #SUPlates and we’ll send you an alumni license plate frame. 

    We can’t wait to see the roads of Washington state filled with Seattle U pride. 



    Dance Marathon Alumni - Help Us Reach Our Goal

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:40:42 PM

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    You know Seattle University’s reputation for social justice, but did you know the students of Seattle University are receiving national attention for the difference they are making in the lives of Seattle’s children?

    In 2007, Seattle University began the Dance Marathon. A 16-hour event, Dance Marathon raises money Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). The money raised benefits the hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund which provides medical care for kids whose families could not otherwise afford it. In just seven years, Seattle University’s Dance Marathon has raised over $190,000, becoming the largest dance marathon on the West Coast.

    In 2013, Seattle University’s Dance Marathon won the Chairman’s Award for Guild Excellence presented by the SCH Guild Association Board of Trustees. 

    In July 2014, Seattle University’s Dance Marathon was recognized for their accomplishments at the National Dance Marathon Conference where they were nominated for an award in innovation and took home the award for Best Website. 

     “For me there is no other more vibrant embodiment of the SU mission on our campus than Dance Marathon. It was a signature part of my Seattle University student experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world,” Seattle U alumna and former Dance Marathon participant, Katy Granath,’14, said.

    This year the Seattle University Dance Marathon takes place on Saturday, February 21, with the goal of raising $73,000. That’s just $1.00 for every Seattle University alum with 100% of the proceeds going to support Seattle Children’s Hospital. You can help Seattle U Dance Marathon reach its goal by making a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital on their website

    Dance Marathon would like to engage alumni, especially those who danced while they were students, in the event this year.  In addition to donating, you can participate by coming to the event during the alumni time or you can donate to or bid on the silent auction.

    Attend the Event

    Saturday, February 21
    3:00-5:00 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom 

    Join other SU alumni and student dancers to play games, hang out with the Miracle Kids, dance and show your support for the cause. 

    Participate in the Silent Auction 

    Make a donation or bid in the online silent auction that takes place during the 16-hours of the Seattle Dance Marathon. 

    Make a donation to the Dance Marathon Alumni Fundraising page.

    Fr. Dave Anderson: The Seahawk’s New Priest

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:34:21 PM

    Fr. Dave Anderson LibraryYou’ll likely find Fr. Dave Anderson doing one of two things: praying or helping the Redhawks –– and now the Seahawks –– catch their prey.  Recently, Fr. Dave, the longtime chaplain to the Seattle U men’s basketball team and chaplain for Seattle U alumni, was hired to be the priest for the Seattle Seahawks.

    Fr. Dave’s duties with the Seahawks involve celebrating Mass for Catholic players, staff and coaches before their home games at the Bellevue Hyatt. While he is excited to work with his favorite football team, Fr. Dave’s service to the Seahawks stems from his striving to serve God. “Part of Jesuit spirituality is encouraging us to go to the frontiers.” Fr. Dave said, “Where are those places that people cannot access the Eucharist? This is one of them.”

    With a grueling schedule and Sunday games, worship isn’t readily accessible to many of the Seahawk’s devout. Dedication on the field can lead to a spiritual desert in the lives of professional athletes. That’s less likely to happen with Fr. Dave serving the 12th man and his five Catholic friends. 

    While he gathers with the whole team during team meetings, Fr. Dave presides a Catholic Mass for five team members –– four coaches and one player –– before each home game. “Here we have five men who are devout Catholics,” Fr. Dave said, “They want to celebrate Mass every week and during the season –– when they have Sunday games –– they will not be able to go to Mass because of their commitment to the team.” 

    Fr. Dave, who admires the commitment these men make to the body and the faith, carries Mass to them. Together, these five men and Fr. Dave pray and experience faith, connection and solidarity with one another before each home game. Together, God is felt. 

    God is felt at Seattle U, too. But Fr. Dave’s new position is a different job from being Chaplain to the men’s basketball team. “I have daily contact with the men’s basketball team,” says Fr. Dave. “I have direct contact with the Seahawks five times a year. My expectations with the Seahawks are that I have Mass with them five days a season.” Humility, like his clerical collar, is part of Fr. Dave. 

    Fr. Dave sees potential growth for his role, both at CenturyLink Field and Seattle University. “I would like to connect the Seahawks and the Redhawks,” he shared. “In the future, I want to be able to have Pete Carroll or a player come and speak on campus. What would they want to tell our students? What would they have to say to us? Pete Carroll has something to tell us of great value. He is a man of faith, living in a world often void of it.”

    Fr. Dave furthered, “I want to bridge the Seahawks and the Redhawks. Part of this [new position] is discovering how I can act as a bridge.” 

    Building bridges isn’t new to Fr. Dave. He does it for a spiritual living. “Faith is all about relationships,” says Fr. Dave. After a short pause he adds, “Faith is communal.” Faith, like a sports team, like being an alumnus and alumna, is centered upon community. 

    Perhaps that’s why this position is a natural fit for Fr. Dave; his roles with Seattle University and his role with the Seahawks are centered upon being an incubator for faith and community. Working with the Seahawks is just an extension to what he’s already doing: stretching the reach of the Eucharist as he aids alumni, the Redhawks –– and now the Seahawks –– to reach their spiritual and physical feats. Together, with the help of Fr. Dave, let us pray (and prey). 

    4th Annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:33:24 PM

    DayofService2015This spring, Magis and the Seattle University Alumni Association are joining Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. to engage graduates in shared service for the 4th annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 25th. Along with other Jesuit-educated alumni, this is a fantastic opportunity to engage your friends and family in supporting the community, as well as demonstrating the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Be sure to save the date!

    As you may already know from your time as a student, being out in our neighborhoods with fellow community members puts us in touch with the complex realities of families living in the Seattle area. The partner organizations we work with not only provide much needed charitable resources, but many work for long term systemic change with some of our society’s most pressing issues. Within this kind of direct service partnership, we seek to grow more self-aware, deepen our compassion, engage our critical thinking, and hopefully be called into action. Here is what one alum who served at the FoodBank at St. Mary’s last year had to say: 

    “It was really touching to see the amount of people in the community that St. Mary's serves. It is sad that there is so much need, but the dignity with which these people were received as customers to the food bank and the emphasis on food quality provided to them was very moving.”

    As Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) once said: “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”

    Currently, we are seeking volunteers to locate and lead National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service services sites in the Seattle area and around the country. If you or your alumni chapter are interested in leading a service opportunity in your area, please visit the Day of Service web page for guidelines and a link to a brief survey to complete regarding your service site. You may also contact Maria Ochoa at Magis for more information. Registration for participants at service sites will be in March.

    We hope you’ll join us!

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Arsalan Bukhari, '04

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2015 02:29:08 PM

    ArsalanWe sat down with Arsalan Bukhari, a 2004 Seattle University finance graduate and current Executive Director for the Washington branch of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Originally from Pakistan, Arsalan came to the United States with his mother and sister in 1990 as a ten-year old. They moved to Seattle to be closer to his uncles who relocated to Seattle after retiring from the United States military.

    Arsalan smiled as he recalled being a child in Karachi, Pakistan preparing to move to the U.S. “Seattle had a reputation for being rainy, but in Karachi the rain was warm and tropical so that was what I thought Seattle would be like.” He was in for a shock his first Pacific Northwest winter. 

    Attracted by its small class sizes, good reputation and scholarships, Arsalan found his way to Seattle University after completing his associates degree at a local community college.  

    As a transfer student, Arsalan became actively involved in Seattle U’s campus life. He served as an officer in the Toastmasters Club, organized student activities, wrote an occasional editorial for the Spectator and even performed on the Quadstock main stage after his band, Irtiash, won Battle of the Bands.

    “Seattle University helped prepare me for my career, especially the Albers Career Services Center. They encouraged a lot of internships, reviewed my resume and helped prepare me for job interviews,” Arsalan said. 

    The skills he learned as an intern and an Albers student remain relevant in his career at CAIR.

    CAIR is a national Muslim civil rights organization. They defend Muslims in civil rights cases, for example, if someone is denied the opportunity to practice their religion or experiences discrimination.

    In his role, Arsalan engages in proactive media work, organizes major events such as a state-level Muslim Lobby Day and works to build coalitions made up of civil rights groups, religious institutions and those in academia. 

    CAIR works to provide the Muslim community with political empowerment, educate the public and to teach the media how to responsibly report on the Muslim community. 

    The lack of representation of mainstream Muslims’ lives in the media is a national issue. According to the Gallop Poll 60-75% of national media coverage of Muslims is negative. Arsalan and his team have been working with the Seattle Times for a more fact-based realistic representation of the American Muslim community. CAIR does this through ongoing analysis of the Seattle Times articles that feature Islam, Muslims and relevant topics to see how the articles are framed, if they contain problematic words and to see if the coverage is a factual representation of the Muslim community. They then share their findings with the Seattle Times. 

    CAIR shared with the Seattle Times that the word “Islamist,” considered an offensive anti-Muslim slur, was used over 388 by the Seattle Times in 2012. Since they began working with Seattle Times to educate its journalists, there has been more accurate coverage of Muslims in the Seattle media.

    “There’s still of lot of work needed to educate the public, especially with groups actively promoting fear,” Arsalan said. “In 2001, 40% of the American public had a positive view of Islam. In 2005 it was 41% but in December 2010 in dropped to 30%. That’s a 10% increase in negativity toward Islam attributed to the national controversy over Park 51, “the Ground Zero Mosque,” perpetuated by groups with extreme anti-Islamic agendas. 

    Arsalan went on to explain that the American public has a lot of misconceptions about the Muslim community. There are facts that would actually challenge those misconceptions. For example, according to a Gallup Poll, Muslim women are the second most educated religious group in the United States and Muslim men and women have the smallest pay gap of any group. Islam is also the most racially diverse religious group in the U.S.

    Despite how far there is still to go in the fight for understanding and acceptance of Muslims, Arsalan is not discouraged. He finds meaning in the work they do and the difference they make. “What is most meaningful about the work we do is when we fully resolve someone’s case after they’ve been fired for religious reasons. Many people suffer because they feel they need to hide their faith,” Arsalan said. 

    Arsalan said that the Seattle U community can make a difference by being allies with the Muslim community. “You can affirm your values by standing up to bigotry when you see it. Hold media editors accountable for factual reporting and don’t let others divide us along ethnic or religious lines.” Arsalan conclude by saying, “The United States has so much opportunity and is the best place to raise a family, get educated and be a Muslim.” 

    You can learn more about CAIR and their work by visiting their website.


    Help Students - Provide an Internship

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2014 05:31:35 PM

    SU Career Fairs

    Does your employer have an internship program or want to start one? Whether you need to hire just one or 25 interns, Seattle U is a great place to start your search. Now you can register to participate at our 2015 Internship Fair on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30-2:30.

    Seattle University is committed to connecting our students to the region’s highest quality internship programs. Employers tell us that they appreciate our students because of their critical thinking skills, leadership and commitment to social change. This event is expected to draw at least 350 talented undergraduate and graduate students from across a variety of majors in business, science and engineering, and arts and sciences, seeking both summer and academic-year internships.  

    Register in the Redhawk Network today or call Career Services at 206-296-6080 to register your organization or with questions. If you would like to know more about developing an internship program at your place of employment, contact Sarah Thomson, Associate Director of External Relations, Career Services at 


    Seattle U License Plates are here

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2014 04:30:23 PM

    Redhawk License Plate

    Seattle U alumni can now drive pride while supporting student scholarships with the new Seattle University license plates.

    To launch the Seattle U plate, we are celebrating with an auction just in time for the holiday season. From December 2-12, Seattle U supporters will have the opportunity to bid on license plate numbers 3 through 25  and own a piece of Seattle U history. 

    “This auction gives alumni the chance to show their pride in Seattle U while also giving back to the students since all proceeds  go directly to student scholarships. We’ve already seen a lot of activity in our auction and are hoping more of our alumni and supporters will participate in this unique opportunity to claim one of the very first SU license plates” Corinne Pann, Seattle U associate director of Alumni Marketing  said.

    With proceeds from each plate going to support the Seattle University general scholarship fund, the purchase of an SU plate for you or a Seattle U family member is really two gifts in one-the gift of student education and an awesome SU plate for your car. 

    On January 2, Seattle U license plates will be available to the public through the Washington Department of Licensing. As soon as the DOL makes the registration page available, you will be able to pre-order online. Or you can go directly to a DOL office on January 2.

    A Seattle U license plate will initially cost $72.75 and you  don’t need to wait for your current tabs to expire to purchase SU plates. .

    This year, give yourself the gift that gives back to Seattle University students-bid now in the auction or  buy your SU license plate in January.

    For more information and to participate in the auction , visit



    Alumni Spotlight: Mark & Maria Vega

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2014 04:01:59 PM

    Mark and Maria Vega

    When you think of the holidays often you think of sweet treats, family traditions and, of course, Christmas carols. For the alumni couple in this month’s spotlight, music is more than just a way to celebrate the season; it’s what brought them together.

    Mark Vega, ‘07, and Maria (Dougherty) Vega, ‘08, met during a rehearsal of the St. Ignatius Choir in 2005. It was when Mark heard Maria sing that their love story began. In 2010 the couple got married in the chapel where they met and the two even performed at their own wedding. 

    They now work together at CBRE where they work on the Microsoft account. Maria is a project manager and Mark works as an IT manager. 

    But their true passion is music. They have stayed involved with and connected to the university by sharing their gifts for song. The couple can be found singing Sunday mornings during mass in the chapel, at alumni weddings and in the choir during the annual Advent Mass.

    Their favorite thing about performing at Advent Mass is how it brings together the diverse alumni community. “It's great seeing everyone at different points in their life journey.  There are recent graduates coming back for their first Advent Mass, others returning with young families and others returning many years after their graduation, all coming together during this time of waiting before Christmas,” they shared.

    Advent Mass differs from others because of that sense of community, hope and joy that is palpable during the holidays. ”It is great to see the joy on people's faces when a popular carol is one of the songs.  People at St. Ignatius usually tend to sing along with the music anyway, which is wonderful, but when it is something like "Joy to the World!" or "Angels we Have Heard on High" you can tell nearly everyone in the church is singing.” 

    During this season of gratitude, Mark and Maria have their own message of thanks to share. “Seattle University is where our relationship began and is still a large part of our relationship today.  Both Campus ministry and Seattle U's music program brought us together and we greatly appreciate those who have supported the university and those programs.  Both of us were able to attend Seattle University due to scholarships and we are grateful not only for the education we received academically, but also personally and spiritually.”

    You can learn more about Mark and Maria and hear them perform in the video by Mark George from Rocket to Antares LLC, “The Wedding Singers.” 

    Please join us for Advent Mass this Saturday, December 6 at 4:00 in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. It is followed by a reception in the Pigott Atrium.


    Staying More Peaceful and Less Frazzled During the Holiday Season

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2014 12:02:23 PM

    Magis Christmas ClicheThe season of Advent is here! Christmas is approaching, and now is the time for joyful preparation in the midst of what is often a busier than normal time of year: making your to-do list, acquiring or making gifts for loved ones, or simply getting your home decorated takes a lot of effort.

    Just reading that list,  have you already started to feel a little overwhelmed by a case of the “shoulds” this holiday season?

    Edward Hayes, a Catholic priest and author on contemporary spirituality, shares with us a beautiful prayer titled St. Nicholas Blessing Prayer from his book Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home. The prayer invokes St. Nicholas, an iconic saint known for his generosity and whose feast day is celebrated December 6th, to bless and inspire us in being grounded in the true meaning of the season. The intentionality of this prayer helps us to refocus and slow down. Whenever you start to feel a case of the “shoulds” coming on during the next weeks, we invite you to reflect on this gentle prayer: 


    St. Nicholas, holy patron of children,

    Bishop of the East,

    we invite you to come among us

    and to grant us your holy blessing.

    Help us in this busy, busy season

    not to miss the miracle of the coming of Emmanuel

    in the days of preparation

    as well as on the feast itself.

    Help us not to be blind

    to the gifts of getting ready. 

    Protect us from insincerity.

    May every greeting we send

    be signed with love, friendship and prayer.

    May our greetings, so written,

    be fun to open and treasures to keep. 

    Kind St. Nicholas,

    protect us from shopper’s fatigue

    Show us how to take delight in the marketplace,

    now transformed in beauty, lights, and music.

    Save us all from anxiety over what to give

    so that we may concentrate on how to give. 

    Stand by the stepladder

    as we decorate our homes and trees and lives.

    May our decorations not be mute

    but rather singing symbols,

    sacred signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord of Life. 

    Help us to remember that mistletoe, holly

    and all other ornaments of the season,

    were sacred signs to ancient believers. 

    But, most of all, jolly saint of toys and sweets,

    help us stay youthful, humorous, playful and dream-filled

    as we prepare together for the coming of Christ

    with Advent longing.

    St. Nicholas, pray for us. 


    As you read this, what word or phrase stands out? 

    What message do you take from this prayer?

    What do you need in order to remain peaceful and present? 

    No matter how much there is to get done, now is the time to slow down and savor the real reason for the season. 

    Photo credit: Christmas Cliché by Bart Cayusa, Creative Commons License


    A Christmas Message from the President

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2014 10:41:28 AM

     Fr. Steve HeadshotAs November turns to December, the weather grows colder and the night longer, it is undeniable that winter is here and holidays are fast approaching, making it the perfect time to wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas season.

    I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, celebrate your favorite traditions and enjoy some delicious food. But I also hope you find time for some peace, quiet and reflection.

    I often find the Christmas season to be the perfect time for reflection on the blessings of the previous year. I am filled with a sense of gratitude and as President of Seattle University, I have so many things to be thankful for.

    I am grateful for the Seattle University community. For our students who are always striving for a just and humane world. For you, our alumni, who are leaders in the community throughout Seattle, across the country and in 62 countries. And for our great faculty and staff who guide and prepare our students for life outside these walls.

    I was especially blessed this year to have the opportunity to accompany a small group of friends of Seattle University to meet Pope Francis in November.

    A visit that was expected to be 15 minutes lasted 45. The Pope gave us his full attention. We found it hard to believe there was nowhere else the leader of the Catholic Church would rather be. For me, this was the experience of a lifetime.

    When asked what message he would like us to bring back to Seattle University, the Holy Father shared a thought that is particularly relevant to the holiday season.

    It was, “witness.” He said words don’t count. Words only touch a person’s mind. The only thing that counts for those at your university is your witness. The witness of your life, the witness of your faith, the witness of your commitment and the witness of who you are. Witness is what counts.

    I’d like to ask you to reflect on the Pope’s message as Jesuit-educated alumni. What does it mean to you to witness during this holiday season? Does it call you to bear witness to those less fortunate than you?  How are you a witness to your family and friends in order to connect more authentically? How do your actions reflect your faith and commitment?

    I hope you will take some time this Christmas season to reflect on all that you are grateful for and how you serve as a witness in this world. Just as we are thankful for you, we hope that when you think of Seattle U, you are filled with a sense of pride and gratitude. Never forget that even after graduation, we remain your university.

    I look forward with anticipation to the year ahead and wish you all many blessings in this Christmas season and the new year.   

    With gratitude,

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.


    Scott Kaiser Directs Shakespeare-Inspired Love’s Labor’s Won

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 09:35:40 PM


    Scott Kaiser, longtime artistic staff member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is now making his mark at Seattle University, with his new play, Love's Labor's Won.

    Kaiser has joined the faculty as a guest instructor in the Theatre Department for the fall quarter and oversees production of the play as the Artist-In-Residence for the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts. 

    Love's Labor's Won begins where Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labor's Lost ends. Kaiser’s thoughtful and funny play imagines the reunion of the parted lovers against the opulent backdrop of 1918 Versailles. Even if Shakespeare's Love’s Labor’s Lost is unfamiliar, Kaiser’s play captivates the audience through its intriguing story and thematic exploration of loss and love.

    “It was unusual for Shakespeare to write a comedy that ended without a tidy resolution,” Kaiser said, so I believe that Love’s Labor’s Lost was a cliffhanger to get you back into the theater to watch part two.” 

    Although there is scant evidence that such a play existed, some scholars strongly believe, as Kaiser does, that Shakespeare may have created a second part to his original piece. 

    While Shakespeare’s second part may be forever lost – or entirely nonexistent – Kaiser writes Love’s Labor’s Won in a way that pays homage to Shakespeare. “I’ve tried to honor Shakespeare’s artistry rather than satirize it,” Kaiser shares. While indeed honoring Shakespeare’s work, Kaiser strongly believes that his play stands alone. “You don’t need to know Love’s Labor’s Lost to enjoy Love’s Labor’s Won,” he said.

    Kaiser is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Participating in 24 seasons at OSF, Kaiser has contributed to almost 100 productions, including all 38 Shakespeare plays. 

    Love's Labor's Won opens on November 13 and runs through November 23. Alumni of Seattle University are invited to watch the production. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Lee Center Box Office or at for $10. 

    Kaiser’s theatre production at Seattle University is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.

    Love's Labor Won
    Lee Center for the Arts 
    Showing from November 12-23,2014

    Wed-Sat: 7:30 p.m.
    Sun: 2:00 p.m.

     Love's Labor Won

    Alumni Survey Results

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 09:28:18 PM

    Survey Results

    We asked and you answered. In June an electronic survey was sent to all alumni asking for input on how to improve your university and alumni experience. Thank you to all who took the survey! We are giving you a sneak peak into the key findings from the survey.  Look for more details about the results and how we are taking action in the winter edition of the Seattle University Magazine.

    Key Findings

    Alumni are highly satisfied with their educational experience. 

    Alumni value their relationship with Seattle U, but don’t feel strongly connected. 

    Recent alumni strongly value their relationship with Seattle U and see opportunities for improvement in career services and professional development programs.

    Graduate alumni are more loyal to and involved with the university than their undergraduate counterparts.

    Alumni most value career and professional development programs and services.

    Alumni engage most often by reading the Seattle University Magazine and alumni emails and want more invitations to events.

    Survey Raffle Winners

    All respondents who entered, had the chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates to the Seattle U Bookstore.  Congratulations to our lucky winners, Laura Hurst, Carol Everson, Nellie Calacat, Mark Kitna and Adam Neal!  

    In addition, everyone who entered will receive two free tickets to the Homecoming men’s basketball game on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  We’ll be sending more information about how to get your tickets soon.  Mark your calendars now for a fun weekend!  


    Out of Office: Daily Reflection Tools for Busy, Working People

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 09:07:53 PM

    Magis Chair in Field

    Many alumni, who are working in careers from education to law, to corporate and non-profit, are seeking how to make faith and spiritually a part of their everyday lives. The practice of being a Contemplative in Action takes work, but is doable… and often necessary.

    What would it look like if you put an “Out of Office” message on your work email at lunch, found another space to be in, and took some time to reflect on the day thus far? Might that be a different idea than what you had in mind when you think of “prayer” or “meditation”? 

    Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership  and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, writes about the need to find meaning in the midst of the business and busyness of life: “Precisely when my corporate life was busiest did I really, really need to allow time for reflection… But you have to commit to it. If it is not a habit, it doesn’t happen because other more pressing (if ultimately less important) tasks will always crowd recollection from the schedule. Ten minutes of personal space can always wait; finishing the memo always seems like it can’t.”

    There are so many variations of daily reflection tools, particularly the Ignatian Examen, that are made to suit different styles and schedules, even for the busiest of professionals. For example, Randy Hain, Senior Editor for The Integrated Catholic Life™, and author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, has developed an Examen for Busy Business People which is broken down throughout the day. It includes five brief times (three to five minutes each) where you pause to either give thanks, pray for insight, find God in all things, ask for what is needed, and plan for tomorrow.

    Or, there is the Lunchtime Examen.

    by Jim Manney, author of A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen. Jim leads you through an audio Examen with slides which you can view and listen to at your desk, as well as with an accompanying journal page (so no need to even leave the office!) It’s great if you are a habitual eat-at-your-desk type, or can’t leave your work space.

    Another great reflection is by Paul Brian Campbell, S.J., who adapted the Ignatian Examen for Managers managers to reflect at the end of the day: “Imagine you’re at home at the end of another busy day at work. You plop down in front of the TV and, instead of some dumb quiz show, you’re looking at yourself going through the day at work.” Now, that would be different, wouldn’t it? His Examen asks questions like:

    From your perspective as a manager, what was the high point of the day?

    When did you struggle to stay focused and engaged?

    How hectic was the day?

    What are you going to do to help your direct reports work more effectively and with greater satisfaction?

    If the Examen is not your style, or if you prefer something else less formulaic, poetry can be another way of pausing. Reading something by Mary Oliver or Rumi can help to break the monotony of the work day, and allow you to listen with another aspect of yourself: your heart. One great poem to use is Lynn Ungar’s Camas Lilies, which speaks of the fact that even as important as our work is, we must take time to rest.

    So, how will you incorporate reflection at work? Here’s your challenge for November: schedule a time in your calendar during the work day (between 5 and 10 minutes) and put an “Out of Office” message, then go take a spiritual break. Whether it is the Examen, or some other form of reflective self-care, make the commitment to give a try for the next four weeks.


    Celebrate the Holiday Season with Seattle U

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 08:55:07 PM

    Advent Mass Header

    Celebrate the Season with Seattle University!

    The holiday season is fast approaching so why not make plans to spend it with us?  From Christmas tree lightings and Advent Mass to basketball games there’s lots to celebrate with family and friends. 

    Wednesday, December 3
    Tree Lighting

    7:00 p.m. | Lemeiux Library Plaza 

    The festivities begin with the university’s annual tree lighting celebration. Join us for Christmas carols, reindeer and the tree lighting. Bring your family and friends and get the season started right.

    Saturday, December 6
    Advent Mass and Alumni Reception

    Join us for a favorite campus tradition this December, the Advent Mass and Reception. Fr. Steve and Fr. Dave will preside over Mass, followed by a reception with holiday treats, a photo booth and family fun. 

    This event is free but we suggest registering. RSVP now.

    4:00 p.m. | Chapel of St. Ignatius

    5:00 p.m. | Pigott Atrium 

    Redhawks Basketball

    Make a day of it and join alumni, students and families to cheer on the Redhawks.

    Women v. LMU
    1:00 p.m. | Connolly Center North Court

    *Holiday Hoopla
    Men v. Eastern Washington
    7:00 p.m. | KeyArena

    All those who RSVP to the Advent Mass and Reception will receive free tickets to both the men’s and women’s games. Busses will be available for those needing a ride to and from KeyArena.


    Women in Leadership Celebration

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 05:36:14 PM

    On December 4th Seattle U Athletics and the Alumni Association are partnering together to celebrate women in leadership.

    Seattle University women’s basketball will be holding their first annual “Women in Leadership” game on Thursday, December 4 at KeyArena at Seattle Center as they host the University of Washington. Five women from the Seattle community will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities, with a profile of each to appear on leading up to the event.

    Honorees include:

    Kathleen O‘Toole, Seattle Police Chief

    Karen Bryant, former President and CEO, Seattle Storm

    Anne Farrell, Seattle U Trustee Emeritus

    Fé Lopez, JD, ‘06, Executive Director, Seattle Community Police Commission

    Dr. Michele Murray, Seattle U Vice President, Student Development 

    Part one of the five part honoree profile series featured Michele Murray. Read it online.

    Alumni are invited to a free networking reception before the game, hosted by the Women of SU Alumni Chapter and the SU Alumni Association.  Guests will have an opportunity to network with the honorees and fellow alumni. All registrants will also receive a free ticket to the game.

    Networking Reception
    6:00 p.m.
    Bluemoon Café | KeyArena Concourse

    SU Women vs UW
    7:00 p.m.
    KeyArena | Seattle Center 

    Register now for the free networking reception and game tickets. 



    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 05:34:26 PM

    Career Services

    Carmen Cueto,'12
    Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS), General Science with concentrations in Biology and Chemistry

    “Knowing how to communicate, being able to listen, developing solid leadership skills, and working as part of a team are the main skills that have helped me navigate the post-grad world.”

    A recipient of Seattle U’s Distinguished Graduating Student award, as well as the Spirit of Seattle U, Carmen was an Anatomy and Physiology Instructor Assistant and a Biology Study Group Facilitator. 

    As an undergraduate, Carmen also served as:

    President of Campion Hall Council

    Resident Assistant

    Redzone President, 

    Ignatian Leader

    Member of Alpha Sigma Nu. She received the Distinguished Graduating Student award, as well as the Spirit of Seattle U award upon graduating. 

    After receiving her degree from Seattle U she began her studies at the University of California, San Francisco. This past August Carmen completed her graduate studies with a Masters of Science in Global Health. 

    “Being in graduate school requires discipline, organization, study skills and knowledge that I gained from the SU classroom and professors. It was my extracurricular involvement at Seattle U that prepared me the most for the future. The confidence, empowerment and spirit instilled in me at Seattle U are what have kept me going through this past year…I’m also pretty sure they’re what got me my job. “

    She was recently hired as a full-time research analyst at UCSF and will be working as part of the Global Health Group Malaria Elimination Initiative. Carmen plans to head to medical school in the future.

    “SU provided me with multiple avenues to explore different interests and always challenged me to reflect and discern what I wanted to do with my life. It’s hard to put into words what the four years at Seattle U meant to me, I learned more than I expected and made memories that will stay with me forever.”


    From KSUB to KXSU - Big Changes for Seattle University Student Radio

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 05:30:33 PM

    KSUB DJFor the past 20 years, Seattle University students have been finding their voices behind the microphone of KSUB, Seattle University’s student run radio station.

    Are you thinking, “Seattle University has a radio station?” You’re not alone. While an integral part to the student experience for some, KSUB’s small circulation let it fly under the radar of many on campus – but that’s all changing. 

    KSUB got its start in 1994 when Fr. John Foster, recognized the need for student radio.  Joseph K. Abel, then head of KIRO’s News Division and a Seattle University Regent, donated monophonic broadcast equipment from a defunct AM station, giving the students of Seattle University a voice. 

    In its beginnings, KSUB was broadcast through the electrical systems of the student residence halls. With the support of President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., KSUB underwent major upgrades and began streaming online in 2003 through the station’s website, 

    Cameron Collins, ‘06, has had a show on KSUB since he began law school at Seattle University in 2003 and remains dedicated to the station as an alumnus. 

    “I’ve always taken pride in what KSUB is and what we’ve accomplished. I believe in independent college radio and Seattle doesn’t have a lot of that. KSUB offers students the opportunity to get a show on the schedule if they are willing to put in the time and effort. That’s not how it works at most stations.” Collins said. 

    This past summer, KSUB’s dream of landing a spot on Seattle’s FM dial finally began to take shape when they were granted an FCC permit to build a broadcast tower, with an FM license expected to follow. In preparation for the launch of their FM signal, 102.1, the station changed its name to KXSU with an unveiling party in early October.

    KXSU faculty advisor, Professor John Carter, has hopes that the new FM signal will better help KXSU connect to the community. “I think what sets us apart is that we are a radio station with a Jesuit point of view. The new station is a way to serve our community and that’s important to me,” Carter shared. 

    Seattle University senior and KXSU general manager, Shannon Phelps, is excited for what the future holds for the station. “We want to have a stronger presence on campus. It’s our goal that every student knows about the station and that we broaden our listener base. My involvement with the station has helped me develop as a public speaker and the hope is that KXSU will become an educational resource for the rest of campus.” 

    With the addition of 102.1 FM to their current online broadcasts, the door is opened to a whole new listener base. “The signal will cover about six miles. We looked at a map of the range and it’s cool that we’ll be heard from Queen Anne to the Bay,” Phelps said. 

    Despite all the changes at KXSU it remains open to all members of the Seattle U community with a passion for music and broadcast communications. Alumni who are interested in KXSU should know that KXSU is interested in you, too.  “We want alumni involved and this is a great opportunity,” Carter said. “If you want a show, get in touch with me.” 

    KXSU plans to host a grand opening of the FM station in October 2015. You can stay up to date with all the latest KXSU news by following them on Facebook.

    Were you involved in radio as a student? Will you be tuning in to support our student DJs this spring? Let us know in the comments below. 


    Veteran Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Mielcarek,’13

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/5/2014 05:27:00 PM

    Veteran SpotlightRyan Mielcarek,’13, is a Navy veteran and a double alumnus of a Jesuit education. Ryan attended Marquette as an undergraduate student and came to Seattle University to get his Masters in Public Administration . Ryan especially appreciated the Jesuit value of care for the whole person, a value he demonstrates daily through his work supporting homeless veterans and sharing their stories through StoryCorps.

    According to their website, StoryCorps aims to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. Once recorded the stories are archived in the Library of Congress and broadcast weekly on NPR’s Morning Edition. 

    Ryan came across StoryCorps while at the Chicago Cultural Center where he learned about their Military Voices initiative, which focuses on capturing the stories of homeless and at risk military veterans through the annual event, The Seattle Stand Down. The Seattle Stand Down aims to move beyond numbers and put a face to veterans by providing them support resources and services such as employment, housing, legal, medical, dental and more, while creating a sense of community.

    Ryan was quick to get involved, becoming the volunteer coordinator team lead for the Seattle Stand Down and he began looking for a community partner who could help support their efforts to collect veteran stories.

    “As luck would have it, former MPA colleague Janet Pope had recently assumed the Executive Director Role at Compass Housing Alliance.  I reached out to her immediately.  Her willingness to partner and share resources allowed this project to happen,” Ryan said.

    Compass Housing Alliance supported the program, by hosting two days of interviews with veterans whose stories are rarely told, including women, Native Americans and veterans who’ve overcome multiple adversities in their lives.  They provided interview space, recruited veterans from their programs, supplied food and utilized their social media channels for the effort.

    With Compass Housing Alliance’s assistance, the Seattle Stand Down was able to record the stories of Native American and Native Alaskan veterans at the Chief Seattle Club. This included the Suquamish Warriors and Elders who shared stories of Suquamish veterans who served in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. Each veteran who shared their story was given a recording of the interview, allowing these important tribal histories to be captured for generations to come. 

    Ryan says that the Seattle Stand Down remains committed to helping veterans and their families going through housing instability do so with dignity and the knowledge that they are not alone.  The Seattle University veteran community is at the forefront of this effort, including Rebecca Murch,’15, Jaime Yslas, ’12,’14,  Derrek Mapes, Bradley Brown, ’13, and Sam Barrett, who kicked off the first Seattle Stand Down in 2011.  The Seattle University Veterans Committee and Catherine Hinrichsen provided vital support to the program.  “The altruistic and holistic values of service before self that are instilled in Jesuit education at Seattle University are carrying on through its veteran community,” he shared.   

    Ryan has a message for all readers. “Always assume good intent.  This goes for veterans and those without military experience. By removing assumptions and offering a smile we can start breaking down barriers between us by sharing our stories with each other.  You may be surprised at what you find out about a veteran, about yourself.   Had Janet not graciously hosted the MVI recordings I would not have been able to hear these words of wisdom from a homeless veteran.  ‘A soldier’s final path should be the path of peace.’  Let’s all go on that path together as one community.”

    Upcoming Engagement Opportunities for Veterans

    As part of our Veteran’s Week programming, we extend a special invitation to veterans to these events and networking opportunity.

    Albers Speaker Series & Alumni Reception
    Thursday, November 13
    Speaker Series: 5:30 p.m. | Pigott Auditorium
    Reception: 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Building

    Speaker Series Panel featuring:

    Major General Stephen Lanza, base commander of Joint Base Lewis-McCord 

    Harvey Kanter, President of Blue Nile 

    Melanie Dressel, President of Columbia Bank

    RSVP for Reception

    Men’s Basketball Home Opener and Alumni Pre-Game Rally
    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Veterans will be honored at this game and will receive free tickets. Simply go to Will Call to get your ticket.

    Pre-Game Rally
    6 p.m.
    Club Live | KeyArena 

    Admission to the rally is free with a game ticket. 

    Seattle U Men vs. Texas State
    7 p.m.

    Seattle Stand Down
    December 11 & 12
    Seattle Central Community College

    Those interested in participating, donating or volunteering are invited to attend the next installment of the Seattle Stand Down.  Visit their website or follow them on Facebook to stay up to date. 


    A Celebration of Our History - A Mixer of the Decades

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2014 01:58:33 PM


    The Seattle University Filipino Alumni Chapter (FAC) is celebrating Filipino American History Month on October 10 with “A Celebration of Our History - A Mixer of the Decades.”

    The Seattle University Filipino community has played an important role in preserving and sharing the Filipino American history on a national level. Seattle U alumni, Fred, ’52 and Dorothy, ’53 Cardova formed the National Filipino American Historical Society in 1982, which would go on to named October Filipino American History Month in 1991.  

    According to the NFAHS website, “Fred and Dorothy Cordova have been involved in Filipino American activism since the 1950s. They began promoting Filipino American identity at a young age with student publications and organizations at Seattle University, where they attended college. In 1957, they formed and directed the Filipino Youth Activities (FYA), with activities ranging from soccer to folk dancing and parade marching. The FYA became an important force for organizing demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s.”

    The Cardovas became pillars of the Filipino community and maintained their relationship with Seattle University, returning to serve on advisory boards, as Regents and as guest lecturers. Seattle University awarded the couple honorary degrees in 1998.

    The FAC invites students and alumni to join them on October 10 to explore Filipino American history and honor the contributions from some of our own Seattle University Filipino community members.  

    Guests will spend the evening connecting with alumni and students, while exploring Filipino American history through pictures and Seattle University artifacts.

    Students from the United Filipino Club will attend and perform for guests, as well as share a presentation on this year’s Barrio festival.

    The full FAC chapter leadership will be in attendance to celebrate and hopes you and your family will join them.

    Register now for “A Celebration of Our History - A Mixerof the Decades.”

    Alumni Seminar Series: Pope Francis and the Future of the Church

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2014 10:06:31 AM

    Pope Francis

    One of the many benefits of being Seattle University alumni is the opportunity to continue your education through such programs as the Alumni Seminar Series.  The Alumni Seminar Series unites faculty and alumni around topics they are passionate about. This fall the Alumni Seminar Series focuses on the topic, “Pope Francis and the Future of the Church.”

    The seminar will meet for six sessions beginning October 7 to read and discuss the Pope’s biography, writings, interviews and recent letters to the world and the Church.  The group will also focus on the first Synod of Bishops that will meet with Pope Francis this fall.  

    Faculty presenters include Patrick Howell, S.J., Catherine Punsalan, Fr. Michael Raschko, David Leigh, S.J., and others.

    The Seminar Series is scheduled to meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30p.m. 

    October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2, 9

    Learn more and register online today.


    Alumni Athletic Events

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2014 09:41:48 AM

    The men and women’s basketball season is packed full of Redhawk action, from Midnight Madness to Homecoming to alumni rallies, there’s a lot going on you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars now for these alumni events that are fun for the whole family. 

    Alumni Rallies

    Join the SU community to meet the players and get pumped up for the basketball season. 

    Midnight Madness
    October 30, 2014 | 10 p.m.
    Seattle University | Connolly Center 

    Grab your friends and family and join us for four alumni pre-game rallies this season. All rallies are 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Club Live at KeyArena.

    November 14, 2014
    Men’s Home Opener v. Texas State

    November 21, 2014
    SU v. UW 

    February 7, 2015 – Homecoming
    SU vs Utah Valley 

    February 28, 2015
    Senior Night v. Bakersfield 

    Women in Leadership Basketball Game and Pre-Game Networking Event 

    Join the women’s basketball team as they honor women leaders at their game against the University of Washington at KeyArena on December 4 Alumni are invited to a pre-game networking event with the honorees.  Honorees include:

    • Kathleen O‘Toole, Seattle Police Chief

    • Karen Bryant, former President and CEO of the Seattle Storm

    • Anne Farrell, President Emeritus, The Seattle Foundation

    • Fé Lopez, JD, ’06, Executive Director of the Seattle Community Police  Commission 

    • Dr. Michele Murray, Seattle U Vice President for Student Development

    December 4, 2014
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    KeyArena at Seattle Center

    Registration now open.

    Regional Pre-Game Rallies

    We’re taking rallies on the road for two men’s basketball games this year.

    SU vs. San Jose State
    Saturday, December 13, 2014
    The Event Center | San Jose, California 

    SU vs. Grand Canyon
    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    GCU Arena | Phoenix, Arizona 

    To purchase tickets or view the full seasons schedule visit GoSeattleU


    Sitting in a sacred moment of silence

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2014 06:45:06 PM

    Magis Sit and ReflectThe seasons are changing. Summer is waning and autumn is beginning to make its appearance, and with that comes changes in how we navigate the world. Perhaps you are experiencing the shifting seasons, attuned with the movement from outward to inward. Are you curious what it would be like to be away for a while, without distractions and white-noise to overwhelm you, for a moment of renewal?

    Ever thought of sitting in a sacred moment of silence? 

    If you’ve ever wondered what a silent retreat might be like, or enjoyed one from your time at Seattle U, we invite you to join us for the annual Ignatian Silent Retreat for Alumni, Faculty, & Staff happening Friday, November 14 to Sunday, November 16, 2014.

    The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a personal experience in the context of community which provides participants with an opportunity for prayer, silence and renewal. It draws upon the inspiration of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the pattern of prayer and meditations developed by the founder of the Jesuits. 

     “A whole weekend of SILENCE? That sounds like a stretch!” you say?

    Don’t be frightened! The quietude is lush and uplifting; knowing that you are not the only one journeying in the meditations and reflective time is a great help. This sort of silence is a rare opportunity to pause from the everyday hustle and bustle, and really focus on your needs, desires, and longings. It’s a special time to be with God, and for God to be with you. Plus, each retreatant has an opportunity to meet individually with a Spiritual Director, a guide to help you see where God is alive in your own story. You can talk with them and explore together questions for reflection, as well as receive encouragement and pointers for prayer and meditation. 

    (So, it’s not all entirely in silence!)

    The retreat takes place at the Palisades Retreat Center  in Federal Way, a beautiful location on the waterfront of the Puget Sound, which overlooks Vashon Island. Cost is $125 and includes room and and all meals from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. To register for this retreat, please email Magis and we will get you set-up for the weekend.

    P.S.: If you just can’t wait to go on retreat, we invite you to join us this month on Saturday, October 11th for the Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection. Don’t wait, register today!


    Accountability in Life and Business

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2014 06:42:50 PM

    “You need to hold yourself accountable for what you do, your relationships, your reputation, communications and performance. You’re accountable for your whole life from your health and relationships to your work and home life.” – Deborah Limb, ‘88

    Deb Limb

    On October 16, Deborah Limb, '88, will present on “Accountability in Life and Business” at the first SU Advantage | Networking Night of the year. 

    Limb, Seattle U’s 2013 Professional Achievement Alumni Award winner, speaks frequently on leadership and accountability.  Her philosophy was honed over 26 years at Boeing where she rose quickly through the ranks, most recently serving as Director of Structures Engineering leading a team of more than 500.  Limb is currently in transition to her new position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CRISTA Ministries where she has served on the Board of Trustees for six years, including three years as chairman.

    In her presentation “Leadership and Me,” developed during her time at Boeing, Limb says that a leader is someone who sets direction, motivates and supports their team. A leader creates more leaders, not just followers, and a real leader should always be clear on what they stand for and their values. 

    As part of Limb’s personal leadership philosophy, focusing on accountability personally and professionally, she poses the question, “Are you where you want to be?” It was because of this philosophy that Limb accepted her new position at CRISTA Ministries.

    ““I’ve been given so much, I feel God compelling me to step up to the ministry full-time. I want to serve while I still have the strength.””

    On October 16, Limb will speak to her leadership philosophy with a brief presentation that uses examples from her life.

    After her presentation, attendees will break out into three structured networking sessions focusing on questions stemming from Limb’s presentation. 

    You’ll have the opportunity to connect with professionals from a variety of fields and industries, while gaining insight on the important role accountability plays in leadership, business and all aspects of your life.  

    SU Advantage | Networking Night
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel | Top of the Town Room
    900 Madison St. 

    Registration is now open.


    75 Years: Celebrating the Hiyu Coulees

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2014 06:39:37 PM

    “Taking it one step at a time since 1939”

    hiyu coulee group


    It all began on a February day in 1939 when Fr. Frank Logan took a group of Seattle University students to West Seattle for a hike down Beach Drive.  Little did Fr. Logan know that he was starting a tradition that would last for decades. 

    The members of that original hike would go on to form the Hiyu Coulee Hiking Club. Their name, derived from Chinook jargon, meant “much walking.” The club prided itself on promoting opportunities for hiking in the Pacific Northwest, from weekend treks during the school year to 14-day trips during the summer months. This October, the club celebrates its 75th Anniversary Reunion.

    Over the years, the club’s popularity grew, attracting more than students. Alumni and Seattle community members joined the group, becoming some of its most dedicated members. 

    Dave Albright, a 1959 graduate of Seattle University, didn’t become involved with the club until the summer of 1960.  That year when he was home from grad school for the summer, he was invited by a girl he was dating at the time to go on a hike to Eunice Lake.” After that hike, Dave went on more hikes and eventually became an active participant in club day hikes and overnights. 

     “I met my wife at a Hiyu Coulee party,” Dave shared. “She was a roommate of one of the hosts and showed up at the party after ending her shift at nearby Cabrini hospital. She was a nurse.” The two were inducted into the club at their wedding reception, finally becoming official members of the club.  

    Rose Morris is another who met her future spouse through the club. Though not a Seattle University student, a friend from high school, Kathy Sifferman, ’63, ’76, invited Rose to join the group and introduced her to Tom. The two would later get married.   

    “The first trip I remember was an overnight President’s weekend at Rocky Run at Snoqualmie Pass. It rained all weekend – all weekend! We pitched tents on the snow and built a fire which proceeded to sink in the snow and disappear. Instead of being a disaster, the weekend was hilarious. I was hooked,” Rose said. 

    Noel Gilbrough, ’74, got an early start in the club, when Bill Rowe,’65, invited him on a summer overnight as a junior at Blanchet High School. By the time he was a freshman at Seattle University, Noel knew everyone. 

    “My favorite memory of the club is the summer overnights. We would sit down around the fire and sing until about midnight. We would sing everything from folk to religious music to show tunes.” 

    Former club president, Bill Rowe,’65, first joined the club for a hike to Rocky Run for an overnight one winter. After that one hike, Bill could not get enough and chose to become an official member of the club. 

    A club trip to Salmon-La-Sac in four feet of snow stands out in his mind as a memorable trip. “We had to hike a half a mile in snow-shoes to a picnic kitchen (a small partially walled structure with a fireplace). Bill and his friends had to enclose the shelter in plastic sheeting and thaw out the frozen fireplace, the only source of heat. 

    “I knew that if I could make it through the Rocky Run and Salmon-La-Sac hikes, I could survive anything.” Bill said. 

    As the club celebrates its 75th Anniversary, Noel, Rose, Dave and Bill have helped plan the reunion celebration.

    They encourage all former members to return to Seattle University on October 25th and celebrate. 

    “I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, telling stories and talking about our old friends who are still around and those who aren’t,” Noel said.  

    Rose shared that “the reunions have been times to celebrate our friendships, friendships that are lifelong. It is a true treasure.”

    Dave is looking forward to getting everyone back together. “There are people coming from as far away as Alaska and San Diego, and I’ll be coming from St. Louis. Everyone is starting to get older and this is a great opportunity to see everyone together while we still can.”


    If you are a former Hiyu Coulee member, you can register to attend your reunion online.

    For questions contact Harmony Frederick at or (206) 296-5664.


    My Seattle U Family Legacy - Anita Crawford-Willis, '82,'86

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2014 06:37:26 PM

    Anita and DaughterBorn at Swedish Hospital on Capitol Hill, Judge Anita Crawford-Willis, ’82, ’86, was no stranger to Seattle University. During her childhood she felt pulled toward the university every time she passed by. “I knew the Jesuits focused on academic excellence and service and that’s what really drew me in. I think it was God’s plan for me to be here. Seattle University is an excellent and loving environment and because of SU I was able to live out my dreams,” Anita shared. 

    After completing her undergraduate and law degrees at Seattle University, Anita has gone on to have a successful career in law, currently serving as assistant chief judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings in Seattle. In 2011, she received the University Service Alumni Award and in 2014 was named Seattle University Law School’s Woman of the Year. Anita now celebrates the honor of daughter, Reitrea, ‘18, following in her footsteps and attending Seattle University as a freshman. 

    Anita shared her excitement for the opportunity to celebrate her family legacy by bestowing a legacy pin on her daughter during the Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony that celebrates multi-generational Seattle University families.

    Anita’s parents did not attend college themselves, but emphasized the importance of education. “I’m overjoyed to that my daughter is attending Seattle University, having the next generation get an education is what my parents worked for. My daughter will be getting a Jesuit education and I know that she’ll be ready. They’ll prepare her for academics and social justice and she’ll be ready.”

    When asked what factor played the biggest role in her decision to attend Seattle University, Reitrea was quick to mention her mother.  

     “My mom played the biggest role at getting me to Seattle University. She kept me focused and let me know that I could succeed. When she tells me that Seattle University is a nurturing environment, it feels like she’s putting me in a good place.” 

    As an active member in the university community, frequently attending events, volunteering her time, serving on boards, participating in chapters and mentoring students, Anita is excited to finally be able to share the Seattle University experience with her daughter.

    “When I talk to the current students I mentor, they have that shared experience and now so will my daughter. When I talk about why I love Seattle University, she’ll get it. And I’ll be able to live vicariously through you,” she said, giving her daughter a playful smile. 

    As for Reitrea, like most college freshman she’s excited for campus life. “I want to be an RA (Resident Advisor) next year. I’d like to be that sophomore that freshman come to and look to for directions or advice,” she shared. 

    Currently a pre-major, Reitrea isn’t sure which career path she wants to pursue, but newscasting, communications and social work all hold some interest for her.

    Anita shared her hopes for a continued Seattle University family legacy saying, “I am excited that we are starting this tradition of Seattle University being the school of choice for my family. Hopefully we are one of those families with many generations to come.”

    If you’re a Seattle University legacy family with a current student enrolled at Seattle University, you’re invited to attend the Seattle University Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony on October 24th. Join us and celebrate your family legacy.

    Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony
    Friday, October 24, 2014
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Seattle University – Campion Ballroom
    Register now.


    Seattle University's Professionals Without Borders

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 01:45:12 PM

    “For me, it was great to see how 13 people, few of (whom) had known each other before, came together to give ourselves to another community and, ultimately, form our own. This group is truly a gift.” - Nick Elam, ’14, Seattle University Strategic Communications Student on his experience with Professionals Without Borders’ service trip to Nicaragua.

    Founded in 2007 when a group of Seattle U employees re-graded a Nicaraguan elementary school courtyard damaged by flooding, Professionals Without Borders (PWOB) has taken dozens of students and staff members on service projects all over the globe, from Belize to Zambia, with the mission of empowering students to serve and lead sustainable service projects that help people in need.

    The concept born from this experience was simple: connect students with skilled trades’ people to complete small, but substantial, projects for people in need. 

    For the first time, alumni now have the exciting opportunity to join PWOB, faculty, staff and students when they return to Nicaragua December 12-23.   You will be helping with infrastructure projects at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage

    Here’s what past participants have had to say about their experience serving the orphanage in Nicaragua.

     “For me (the service trip) was seeing a totally different way of life - how people with little but each other can be so happy. They helped remind me of all the things I take for granted. I am so grateful for the time I spent there and am glad I am going back. I think they enjoyed having us there as much as I enjoyed being there.

    We built a cement sidewalk and…painted school buildings. (The pequenos) worked side by side with us. We played soccer, volleyball, enjoyed dinners and played games. I knew very little Spanish but, with the help of our group, we communicated and laughed.” 

    - Wayne Holscher, SU Facilities Services

    This morning I woke up with such comfort; I felt as if I was home, that I belonged here.  The long days of hard work and intense heat has broken down any barriers that keep me from feeling like an outsider. Every meal we share is the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted on a simple plastic orange plate. This trip has been so much more than a service trip. It feels like global engagement has taken such a powerful role in the education of our students and it has been meaningful to contribute while also gaining a better perspective of what is going on in the lives of current Seattle University students. Today at lunch we sat with the littlest penqueñas.  Before every meal the little girls take turns leading us in prayer. You can imagine what it would be like to hear a 7 year old decide what she’d like to pray for.…”

    If you’re interested in learning more about PWOB’s Nicaragua trip, please attend the information session on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rolfe Community Room in the Admissions and Alumni Building on 12th and Marion.  You can also visit their website for more information. 

    - From the PWOB journal of Brianne Vanderlinden, ‘07, University Advancement


    Magis: A Summer Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:31:31 PM

    What is it about summer that feels so spacious? Is it the longer days? The vacations? Barbeques? Some might say the break from school. Or do you scoff at the suggestion of summer as downtime? For us, it feels more often than not as if we are trying to pack 20 lbs. of flour in a 10 lb. sack when it comes to our time. And more free time means often means more commitments added to our calendars.  How do we make sure what we are adding is bringing us closer to fullness?  As Jesuit alumni, we take pride in what we have come to value – our faith, families, friends, freedoms – however integrating these values amidst the scurry of career and community building is a different story. The pace which has become the status quo challenges intentionality, throwing us off balance and into a diluted version of our best selves.

    Pope Francis said, "We will never be disillusioned or lose our way if we are guided by God." If you want to explore intentionality and its connection to authenticity, Magis invites you to Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be guided talks, prayer and reflection, lunch, and community building among Jesuit alumni of all ages. A few partial scholarships are available. Email Magis for more information or to register! 

    New Seattle U Look. Same Seattle U Values.

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:27:50 PM

    You may have noticed that the look of Seattle U materials and advertising is changing.  A new Seattle University Alumni Association logo.  Billboards going up around Seattle. Event invitations. School and college newsletters. New signage around campus. For the last year, Seattle University has been undergoing a brand redesign and it is finally launching in earnest this fall.  Be on the lookout for a new look and feel to all university materials.

    Your Seattle University Alumni Association is updating our marketing as well.  We are excited to roll out  our alumni pocket guide, website, event invitations, newsletters and more. Make sure to check out the difference in the October SU Voice. 

    Why a new brand? Scott McClellan, vice president for university communications, explains, “We are in a very competitive higher education market and higher education is going through a period of disruptive change. It's important to make sure we're telling our unique story with greater clarity and impact. We have a great story to tell and I want more people to hear our story. The message needs to authentic to who we are, but to stand out and break through all the clutter, it also needs to be clear and distinctive.,”

    Seattle University is working with the design team of 160over90 to help implement this brand change and better tell the Seattle University story. After months of research with students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors and prospective students, 160over90 developed a brand strategy that is bold and daring while also being authentic to Seattle U’s history, mission and values.   

    “The foundation, or bottom, of the pyramid includes the forward-looking, innovative ecosystem of Seattle where we are centrally located and our Jesuit educational experience, which is grounded in 450 years of excellence and transformation. The top of the pyramid is the impact we have. When you talk about our impact, it is about the impact our students, alumni and faculty have locally and globally. There is a certain expectation attached to a Seattle University education. It is an expectation that you are committing yourself to something more, to something greater than yourself-to serving others. We expect you to lead and serve, to be engaged. We expect you to be an agent for change in your careers and in your communities. The impact we have is sustainable; it's not short term. Our impact makes a lasting difference in communities, locally and globally,” explains McClellan.

    In addition to the new brand identity, you will also see some changes in how we identify ourselves as an Alumni Association and as your staff.  We are now proactively and intentionally using Seattle University Alumni Association as the name that represents our 73,000 alumni worldwide.  As alumni of Seattle U, you are automatically a member of this association. Our goal is to help you feel like a lifelong member of the Seattle U community.

    In addition, our office will be renamed the Office of Alumni Engagement to better reflect the role we play in helping you engage in meaningful ways with your alma mater.   

    This is an exciting time for the Seattle U community as we increase our presence in the city and better tell the story of our university through our new brand.   Keep your eyes open for the changes and let us know what you think. 

    Bay Area Alumni Chapter

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:25:20 PM

    It’s been an exciting year for the Seattle University Alumni Association’s Chapters program. Locally we’ve seen huge growth with both our corporate and affinity chapters. Our regional chapters are growing, too. This month, we are highlighting our dedicated and highly engaged Bay Area Alumni Chapter. For alumni in the Bay Area, your Chapter leadership has been hard at work planning ways for you to get involved, from pre-game rallies to a new alumni mentoring program and a chapter reunion--this year is going to be busy. 

    Mark your calendar now for these upcoming Bay Area Chapter events. 

    SU Women's Soccer Match and Pre-Game Rally at Saint Mary's College
    Sunday, September 14, 2014
    $5 gets you a ticket to the game and entrance to the pre-game rally where you’ll enjoy lunch, drinks and Redhawk pride.
    RSVP now.


    Alumni to Alumni Mentoring Program
    Applications due October 1st
    Seattle U Alumni know the importance of giving back and of ongoing professional mentoring for new and experienced professionals alike. So here's the opportunity for you to do both with alumni in your own backyard.

    It is a light commitment. We ask that mentors and mentees meet or talk on the phone just once a month for one year. We will provide you with guidance and activities for your conversations.

    Mentor Application (Red Form)

    Mentee Application (Blue Form)

    Too much of a time commitment, but still want to be involved? There’s a short term option.

    Short-Term Application

    The first mentor program event will be either Friday, October 17th or Saturday, October 18th. 

    Save the Date:

    Watch your email for more information on these events.

    Seattle U Men's Basketball Game and Pre-Game Rally at San Jose State
    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Annual Bay Area Alumni Chapter Reunion
    March, 2015

    Questions? Contact Harmony Frederick.

    Young Alumni Spotlight: Maria Walsh, '05

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:16:49 PM

    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Maria Walsh, ‘05, a Latina alumna and part of the planning committee for the Seattle University Latina/o Alumni Chapter. Maria works at Boeing where she has helped to establish and lead the Seattle U Boeing Alumni Chapter.

    Maria transferred to Seattle University from Bellevue College. While looking at schools, Seattle U was at the top of Maria’s list due to its small class sizes, location and strong reputation for educating the whole person and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. 

    Maria is someone who likes to get involved, as evidenced by her activities as a student. As soon as she started at Seattle University, Maria ran for student government. In her time at Seattle U, she was president of the Risk Management Club, a member of Beta Alpha Psi and the Albers Investment Club, and worked for the student-run newspaper, The Spectator, as the Business and Marketing Manager. 

    “I have many great memories from my time at Seattle U. I got really sick one day and I had to miss class two or three days straight.  I remember getting a call on my cell phone from one of my teachers.  He was wondering how I was doing because he had not seen me in class or around the school.  I was touched that he noticed I was missing and that he cared about his students.  Seattle University really provides a family atmosphere where you get to know your professors and your classmates.  You feel like you are part of something and not just a number,” Maria shared. 

    The individualized attention and extracurricular activities made her student experience a meaningful one, but Seattle U’s impact didn’t end there. Seattle U helped to prepare Maria for her career. 

    “Seattle University provided me with the skills and concepts needed to succeed in business and the foundation to think critically, to be curious, to question and think independently.    It also taught me the importance of ethics and to be a responsible citizen of the community, the country and the world.  I remember questioning the need for some of the classes required at Seattle U, but after taking them I realized the purpose.  It is not only about developing your brain, but also your spirit.”

    From serving on the Career Center’s Mentorship Advisory Board and the Alumni Board of Governors to leading the Boeing Alumni Chapter and helping to develop the Latina/o Alumni Chapter, Maria has stayed involved with her alma mater. 

    “My experience at Seattle U has made a big impact in my personal and professional development and it is important for me to stay connected and give back.  I see my diploma as a share of stock.  The better the university does, the more my degree is worth.  Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean only financial contributions.  There are so many other ways, such as planning and/or attending alumni networking events and volunteering for board positions.  You could also be a mentor or create an alumni group within your company.  Giving back and being involved with your alma mater helps make the students and alumni more successful in their careers.”

    As the Latina/ Alumni Chapter comes together, Maria has a vision for what she hopes to see the group accomplish. 

    “My hopes for the Seattle U Latina/o Alumni Chapter is to get our Latina/o alumni more engaged in campus and to serve as mentors and help guide our current Latina/o students, but also to help recruit new students.  I believe Seattle U is a good fit for Latina/o students, as it provides small classes and has more of a family feel.  Students get to work directly with the professors and not the TAs. “ 

    Maria also sees opportunities for the chapter to work with current students to help them find internships and full time jobs after graduation.

    If you are interested in helping Maria and other alumni organize Seattle University’s Latino/a Alumni Chapter, please contact Harmony Frederick, Assistant Director of Regional and Chapter Development, to learn more. 


    Alumni Spotlight: Keenan Kurihara, ‘14

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/6/2014 03:03:04 PM
    On July 24th, the Seattle U Alumni Association hosted alumni, current students and their families at the Waialae Country Club for the annual Hawaii Reception. We were excited to have the help of recent graduate and event emcee, Keenan Kurihara, ‘14. 

    Having graduated in June, Keenan has already taken an active role in the Alumni Association from his home in Hawaii. 



    “I feel it’s important to stay connected to the Seattle U community because SU has given me so many experiences, memories and, most importantly, individuals who I can call life-long friends. Without my Seattle University experience, I really don’t think I would be the person I am today,” Keenan said. 

    Keenan was drawn to Seattle U first and foremost for its location on the mainland. He wanted to see what life off the island was like and Seattle offered a vibrant city to explore.. While its location drew him in, it was the small class sizes, personalized attention and caring atmosphere that made him call Seattle U home for four years.

    As a student, Keenan was actively involved in Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i, the United Filipino Club, Student Government, Housing and Residence Life and the Admissions Office, serving as a Redhawk Ambassador. It was in this role that he first began collaborating with the SU Alumni Association. 

    As an alumnus of Seattle U, Keenan plans to stay involved with the Alumni Association by visiting the university as frequently as possible and helping to build a strong sense of community between the SUAA Hawaii chapter and current SU students. Keenan has hopes for a Hawaii alumni-student mentoring program, where current Seattle U students from Hawaii can look to alumni for guidance, both personally and professionally.

    Currently, Keenan serve as a Resolution Coordinator with Hawaiian Airlines in the Consumer Affairs Department. When not working, Keenan volunteers his time to work on the gubernatorial campaign in Hawaii. 
    “Politics is something that has always interested me and is an area that I may be exploring within the next few years,” Keenan shared enthusiastically. 

    Keenan is an example of a graduate who is staying involved in the Alumni Association, even though he’s not in the Seattle area. We are in the process of building our regional alumni chapters program. If you are interested in getting more involved in your area, contact Harmony Frederick at

    Breathing in Summer: An Ignatian Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:11:19 PM

    Mt. Rainer

    Summer is a time for kicking back, taking in the natural beauty around you, and getting in all the fun outdoor adventures that fall and winter seem to make difficult.

    Perhaps some of you reading this live in the Seattle area… if so, what a summer we have had so far! Whether near or far, if you are trekking in the woods, walking around a park, or biking around town this season, we at Magis invite you to slow down, pause, and breathe in summer.

    Ignatian Spirituality is known for helping busy people to slow down. It is also known for using the imagination as a way to experience God or the Divine in the midst of our everyday lives. Two particular imaginative forms of reflection that are fun to try out are Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation. So many of us spend time in fast paced, media overloaded productivity mode, so taking even five or ten minutes to engage a process which invites you to pivot from that pace can be helpful to your emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Each of these methods is also intended to help you get out of your head space and into that deeper heart place, where you can encounter the stirring of your soul.

    All you need to start is a scripture passage from your religious or spiritual tradition which sparks your interest, such as from the Christian Scriptures, Qur’an, or Jewish Bible. Or, if you prefer, try looking for a poem or selection of prose that speaks to you. The key is to enter into the narrative as if it were a movie: picture the place, experience it with your senses, notice where you are being led, consider a character or inanimate object you might be, and reflect upon the experience. You may even want to journal from an insight you receive.

    Let’s give it a try! Here, we will take a twist on Ignatian Contemplation and invite you to read a poem called "This Summer Day by poet Mary Oliver.

    Ready? Here we go…

    Find a space to quiet yourself… maybe this is in your living room, at a park or other space where you feel relaxed.

    Notice how your body feels… be gentle with yourself and release any tension you may feel by breathing in deeply a few times.

    Read the poem once. Allow yourself to read it slowly and savor the narrative. Sit with what you read for a few moments.

    Read the poem again. This time, pay attention to your feelings and senses: What did you see? Smell? Hear? Feel? Is there a character or object in the scene you identify with? If so, why do you relate to him/her/it? Jot down your thoughts, if you like.

    Are there any memories that come to mind? What is the connection?

    As you draw a close to your reflection, give thanks for the gift of this time.

    This reflection exercise takes practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work the first time! The important thing is to keep trying and showing up to the practice.

    Have a question or suggestion for Magis to cover on Ignatian spirituality and leadership? If so, email us at and let us know! We want to hear from you.

    P.S. – Be sure to mark your calendar now for a Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection, being held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Seattle U!



    Athletics: 2013-14 A Year in Review

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:03:32 PM

    Homecoming Men Bball icon

    With the new academic year approaching, the Seattle University athletics department put together a review of the 2013-14 campaign. 

    The year featured NCAA Tournament appearances by the women's soccer and men's soccer team, as well as a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Championships for javelin thrower Dylan Burnett. The women’s basketball team reached the finals of the WAC Tournament for the second consecutive year, while both the cross country and softball teams successfully hosted WAC championship events. The men’s golf team started a new tradition by hosting the inaugural Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, while the men’s basketball squad maintained its recent tradition of welcoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time back to KeyArena for the Elgin Baylor Classic. 

    It was also a successful year in terms of academic performance by Redhawk student-athletes, featuring three Academic All-Americans and several team awards based on classroom proficiency. In addition, Seattle U athletic squads once again reached out to the community in many ways. 

    To relive the 2013-14 academic year, visit this website:

    The 2014-15 season began for Seattle University Athletics when the women's soccer team reported to campus Tuesday, Aug. 5. 


    2014-2015 Career Fairs

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:57:29 PM
    Registration is open for Seattle U’s 2014-2015 career fairs. 

    Alumni employers, are you searching for the right candidate for your position? Seattle U career fairs are an excellent way to recruit top talent, whether you are looking for an intern, part-time or full-time employees, you’ll find a student or alum who is the perfect fit. 
    Are you a job seeker? Alumni on the hunt for their next opportunity are welcome to attend any of our fairs to network with recruiters and connect with hiring managers. 

    Please contact Sarah Thomson,, Associate Director of External Relations, with questions. 
    Part Time Job and Post Grad Service Fair: September 25, 2014
    Business and Engineering Fair: October 11, 2014
    Internship Fair: February 5, 2015
    Spring Job and Internship Fair: April 21, 2015

    Fall Reunions: HiYu Coulee, Costco Scholars & URec

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:49:45 PM
    The Seattle University Alumni Association has been working hard to build a reunions program that brings you back to your alma mater and reconnects you with friends and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.
    We took huge strides with the launch of our Reunion Weekend 2014 this past May. As you can see from our reunion photo albums, the classes of 2004, 1964 and our Sullivan Scholars had a grand time at their reunions.

    This fall we are celebrating our alumni with affinity reunions, including the Costco Scholars 15th Anniversary Reunion, the HiYu Coulees 75th Anniversary Reunion  and the URec Alumni Reunion. If you were a member of any of these groups, you will not want to miss your reunion this fall! 

    Costco Scholars – September 18-19, 2014.
    HiYu Coulees and URec – October 25, 2014.

    We will be sending invitations with event details and registration information so make sure your contact info is up to date by filling out our online form. Also make sure to check your reunions webpage for event updates.
    Classes of 2005 and 1965, we haven’t forgotten about you. Mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2015 for Reunion Weekend 2015.  

    We’ll see you at your reunion.


    Young Alumni Summer Party 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/4/2014 01:37:15 PM

    This September, young alumni are invited for an evening of food, fun (and football if that’s your thing) at the Capitol Hill hot spot, Sole Repair.

    Young Alumni Photo Booth

    This is a chance for graduates from the last ten years to meet and mingle with each other and get to know the Seattle U alumni community. Take this opportunity to connect with graduates who share the same passions, network with fellow Redhawks and make new friends while catching up with old ones.

    We know that our event is the same evening as the first Seahawks game of the season, but thanks to Sole Repair’s huge projection screen, you don’t have to miss out on any of the action or any of the fun.

    So put on your Cap Hill best, grab your friends and blow off some steam with us on September 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Your first drink is on us and the appetizers are  complimentary.  Save your spot now.


    Did You Know? Alumni Benefits

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2014 12:13:57 PM
    Aside from a great education there are plenty of benefits that come with being an alum of Seattle University. In case you weren’t in the know, we thought we’d fill you in on the perks of being a Redhawk for life. 

    Alumni Email Address
    Alumni keep their SU email address upon graduation. Like your address? Keep it for life! This also gives you access to wifi when you are on campus. (If you graduated before 2011, contact to get access to your Seattle U email address.)

    Auditing Classes 
    Check out the current undergraduate course offers on SU Online and audit a class that appeals to the life-long learner in you – for only $55.00! Download the application form on our website. Class availability is subject to space, professor approval and pre-requisite requirements. 
    Eisiminger Fitness Center Membership
    Alumni and their families can enjoy member to the Eisiminger Fitness Center, where they can take advantage of all of its facilities and services at a competitive price. Learn more.
    Alumni Discounts 
    SU Campus Store 
    All alumni enjoy 15% off at the Seattle U Campus Store, in person or online

    When staying in Seattle, why not stay in style? Check out your Seattle U alumni rates at these Seattle Hotels

    Fr. Dave Anderson is the Alumni Chaplain meeting all of your spiritual needs from performing marriages and funerals to spiritual counseling and blessings.
    Lemieux Library & Learning Commons Access
    Enjoy our state of the art library and learning commons, open to all alumni. 
    Alumni Insurance Programs
    Now that you’ve graduated, you might need to get your own auto and medical insurance.  We’ve got reduced rate options for you.
    Enjoy alumni discounts with GEICO. When you get a free quote, not only will you be checking out your options, you’ll be supporting your Seattle U Alumni Association. With each quote, GEICO makes a donation to the Alumni Association programming and activities for you.
    GradMed is an ideal health insurance product for new graduates and alumni between jobs.  You can choose a coverage period and deductible that meets your needs, protecting you from the expenses associated with an accident or illness. Learn more

    Alumni Attitude Study: Let Us Know What You Think

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:54:56 PM

    We want to hear from you! Seattle University Alumni Association, Career Services and Academic Affairs will be reaching out to alumni with current email addresses to get your feedback and opinions on important topics. Depending on your graduation year you will soon receive one of two surveys: a survey from Career Services and Academic Affairs about your professional experiences after graduation or an Alumni Attitude Study© from the Alumni Association about your university experiences and ongoing connections with the university.

    Both of these surveys provide valuable information that will inform planning and decision making at Seattle University and the Alumni Association.  We hope you will take the time to respond!

    As a gift for your time, all respondents will AND will be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates to the Seattle University Bookstore (also redeemable online) AND receive two free tickets to the Seattle U Homecoming basketball game on February 7, 2015.

    These online, confidential surveys will be sent to all Seattle University alumni with a current email address. If Seattle University does not have your current email address, please send your full name, graduation year and email address to 

    For your convenience, this study is conducted online only and you will not receive any mail or phone calls related to this study.

    Results will be ready in mid-to-late August and will be shared with staff, administrators, volunteers and alumni.

    We value the input of all of our alumni and hope that you will participate in this endeavor with us. Thank you for your support and participation.

    Discernment: Learning to Fall in Love & Stay in Love

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:37:15 PM

    Sometimes making the transition from student to alum is challenging. After being in a supportive community like Seattle U where each person is valued for their whole self, finding places or communities outside of university life which help you to learn and grow into your best self can take a while to find (believe us, they do exist!) Wherever life takes you, whether as a soon-to-be alum or more experienced alum moving through life transitions, be sure to lead with this one reminder: Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

    Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., prayed the following:

    Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. 

    What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. 

    It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. 

    Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

    What if we looked at our lives as one big unfolding endeavor of love, where what we chose to be and do was out of a place of love?  Imagine how generative we would be with our talents, skills, and pursuits if we could intentionally listen how to God (Love) is calling us to become our true selves. Consider asking yourself these questions:

    Who do I spend my time with?

    What do I spend my time doing?

    Where do I feel pulled or drawn in in my life?

    Where do I feel expectations pushing me, like I “should” rather than “want” to do?

    How do I see God active in my everyday life?

    Jesuit tools like Ignatian Discernment help us to create a space to ask these questions on a regular basis. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and animator of Jesuit education, came up with this method to enable his companions in finding God in all places of their lives. Practicing discernment can assist in developing self-awareness and an overall “attitude of gratitude”. 

    Here is a short version of the Examen – go ahead, give it a try!

    1. Become aware of God’s presence. Pause for a few moments to be quiet and still.

    2. Review the day with gratitude. Take a moment to give thanks for all that you experienced as gift.

    3. Pay attention to your emotions. Scan the day and see where your energy was life-giving or life-draining.

    4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Identify where you would like to grow and change.

    5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask for the light or grace needed to live more fully next time.

    Want to learn more about Ignatian Discernment? Visit resources on Ignatian Spirituality by clicking on this link

    Professional Development Offerings

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:19:02 PM
    We know that your professional development needs change depending upon where you are in your career, which is why we have a wide variety of offerings available for alumni at all stages of their career, from first jobs to recruiting the perfect candidate. 

    In partnership with Career Services, the Alumni Association offers you: 
    SU Advantage | Networking Events – Hear experts on a select topic and connect with professionals to engage in structured networking around relevant industry related topics. 

    The Seattle U Alumni LinkedIn Group – Connect  with nearly 7,000 alumni professionals to network, find job opportunities and stay on top of professional news.
    Mentors – All alumni can request a mentor or volunteer their time and professional experience to be a mentor to an SU student or alum.
    The Redhawk Network – The Redhawk Network is your connection to students and alumni and offers you the opportunity to search for jobs, recruit for jobs or volunteer to mentor students or other alumni. 

    Career Workshops – From career transitions to salary negotiations, we offer workshops to fit your needs. 

    3 Free career advising sessions– Sessions are available in person or via phone or Skype, covering interviewing, resume writing and much more.
    Free professional development webinars – Webinars cover a breadth of topics and are a great resource for all alumni to take advantage of your alumni benefits in a way that is convenient for you.  Check out the library of on-demand webinars available to you.
    Job and internship fairs – Job fairs are open to alumni to attend as both job seekers and recruiters. Check out the schedule for next year
    Contact with any questions about these services or future professional development opportunities. 

    Welcome Class of 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:06:22 PM
    As alumni, we know the uncertainty and excitement that accompany entry into the real world. Our new SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter is here to welcome the class of 2014 and all other recent alumni and help to ease their transition to the real world. 
    So who are the SU Bridge and how do they hope to ease the student to alumni transition?  Think of the SU Bridge as recent, but experienced young alumni. Most have graduated within the last five to 10 years. They’ve experienced the uncertainty of life after college first hand and found the light at the end of the tunnel. They want to engage with students who are transitioning out of Seattle U and more recent alumni who are still making their transitions to the real world.

    According to SU Bridge president, Tony Capeloto, the goal of the chapter is to create an environment that allows students, alumni and faculty to build professional connections thoughtfully. “You forget that the benefits of your hard work come after your graduation, not necessarily during your time as students. And now it’s time to reap those benefits.” 

    The SU Bridge hopes to help young alumni reap some of those benefits with their events and programming that aim to create opportunities and professional connections for recent graduates. “It’s often not what you know, but who you know. Our programs will allow you to interact with others on your terms, starting the casual conversation that will spark a connection that will help your career,” Tony said. 

    This September, the SU Bridge plans to host a kick-off event, welcoming the newest Seattle graduates to the Alumni Association. “I hope you’ll be on the lookout for an invitation to this event. You are who we are here to serve and I look forward to making connections with you as a part of the SU Bridge.” 

    Whether you are a more experienced recent alum or are fresh out of school, if you are interested in learning more about the SU Bridge, email

    Look for Tony on June 14th as one of your alumni hosts at Commencement Brunch.

    As September is a few months away and graduation is right around the corner on June 15th, the members of the SU Bridge wanted to share the following words of wisdom with you.  

    The advice I wish I knew upon graduation is:


    Dylan Munn, '10:  “Stay active in your community, wherever that may be.”
    Jeremiah Job, '04: “Stay involved.  Discover your skill sets. Stay open – don’t limit yourself to one opportunity. Don’t be afraid to fail. It is a critical component of your success.”
    Tony Capeloto,'11: “Now is the time you can actually apply what you learned.”


    Alex Dzwonkowski,'11: “Now is the time to learn new life skills.”


    Dylan Hoffman, '13: “Relax and enjoy this moment.  College graduation and the time right after is such a great time; don't lose touch with this in the fervor to get a job lined up.”
    Doug Rudeen, '11: “You do know things that are valuable to employers. Though you may feel a lot of your knowledge is theoretical, you can think about things in ways that employers value.”
    Mikel Carlson, '12: “Don't be afraid to get your feet wet. People hire you if they like you, even if you don't necessarily have all the necessary qualifications. You’ll build them.” 

    What words of wisdom do you have for our new graduates? Share them in the comments section below. 

    John Bush: Coffee, Jeeps, and Gunpowder - A Colombian Adventure

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/13/2014 04:20:07 PM

    Following a great first two weeks in Colombia, I flew south from the Caribbean city of Cartagena to Medellin, the metropolis nestled into the mountains (about 5,000 ft above sea level). After encountering some gridlock that makes I-5 look like the autobahn, I arrived at a wonderful hostel, complete with ping-pong table and microbrews, a rarity in South America. The ping-pong table led me to make some great friends from Alberta and D.C. with whom I hung out with for a couple of days, swapping travel stories and swigs of Aguardiente (alcoholic fire-water).

    Medellin is a city recovering from years of violence and living in fear as it was the headquarters of the Colombian drug trade and kingpin, Pablo Escobar, from the 1970s through the 90s. But what a recovery they have made! They now bolster some of the most progressive public works projects in the world including an incredibly efficient rail system that runs through the city. Perhaps most impressive are their cable cars that lead up the steep mountainsides to the poorer barrios, allowing those who previously did not have easy access to jobs in the city to now connect quickly and cost-effectively. I had the pleasure of riding both of these systems and was absolutely amazed. A stroll around a national park, botanical garden with huge iguanas, and some nights out on the town proved to me that Medellin is one of the more advanced and up-and-coming cities in South America. The "paisas" (Colombian inlanders) are a proud people, embracing the re-birth of their beautiful city.

    John Bush Trip 2
    I spent a couple of days in Guatape, a small town 2 hours from Medellin, on a man-made lake. While there, I climbed 720 steps to the top of a giant rock that overlooks the whole area, appearing similar to the San Juan Islands. I also embarked on a primitive bushwhacking hike to a local waterfall, laid in an inner-tube on the lake, and strolled through rolling cow pastures at sunset. It was a great contrast to the bustling city of Medellin.
    After Guatape, I traveled to Salento, an even smaller town in the coffee growing region of Colombia. There, I stayed at a farm hostel, complete with campfires, community dinners, and glowing sunsets. While in Salento, I hiked the Valle de Cocora, a hike winding through a splendid valley, crossing a river on rickety, handmade bridges several times, then opening up to the tallest palm trees in the world, up to 200 feet tall!! We got caught in a downpour and then I rode back to town, standing on the back of a WWII Jeep - a wild ride my mother would never approve of. I also took a tour of a coffee plantation and was able to sample the finest coffee bean this planet has to offer after learning of the entire complex yet enthralling process of coffee growing.

    John Bush trip 3]

    John Bush trip 4

    Finally, I learned a new game in Salento. It's the Colombian national game and it's called Tejo. Now, if you've heard of, or played, "Bags" (or sometimes more irreverently known as "Cornhole"), it's similar. You toss an incredibly heavy circular rock at a ramp made of clay, attempting to land closest to the circle in the middle. However, this metal circle in the clay is COVERED WITH PACKETS OF GUNPOWDER. If your stone hits one, the darn packet explodes and it sounds like a gunshot. And then you get 3 points. Try that at your next tailgate party.

    John Bush is a 2009 Seattle University graduate who is currently trekking across Colombia.

    Alumni Spotlight - Angelica Mendoza, '04

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:22:02 PM
    angelicaAngelica Mendoza is a 2004 Seattle University graduate, a public servant in the Seattle City Attorney’s office and a 2004 Reunion Committee Member. In anticipation of Reunion Weekend, we asked Angelica to share some of her memories at Seattle University.
    When looking for universities Angelica sought a smaller university that was close to home and rooted in faith. Upon seeing the Seattle University campus, it quickly became her first choice school.
    “Although those who knew me thought I would pursue social work, I majored in International Business with a minor in Spanish language,” Angelica said.
    “Seattle University was tremendous in developing a strong foundation on which I was able to build my professional career. I graduated feeling empowered to promote justice and humanity in whatever field I chose. That sense of leadership remains with me today as I continue my career in public service.”
    A strong believer in the mission and values of Seattle University, Angelica was actively involved in campus ministry programming and retreats.  
    “I would say that the majority of my favorite memories grew from either Campus Ministry sponsored retreats or studying abroad with Spanish classmates.”
    Though no longer a student, Angelica has stayed active with Seattle University through faith-based opportunities, including Mexico mission treks and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission programming.
     Angelica’s most recent role at her alma mater is helping to plan the 2004 class reunion for the launch of Seattle University Reunions Weekend, May 9-11.
    “I am most excited to reengage with the community; both connect with old friends and find new opportunities to live the Seattle University mission in my adult life.”
    Reunions Weekend will celebrate the classes of 1964 and 2004 as well as Sullivan Scholars. Learn more about reunion weekend online.
    Are you celebrating a reunion this year? What are you most excited about?

    Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:18:41 PM

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     From the moment that Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan was put into place in 2010, we knew that our goals were ambitious. We also knew that unlike many goals, sustainability would never have a final moment of victory – no single day when we could say, “We did it” and walk away.

    We are pleased to present our first Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights much of the good work that our staff, faculty and students have done over the past four years, and it gives us a strong direction for shaping our future sustainability efforts.

    These efforts in sustainability are a foundation to build upon to achieve our ambitious goals. But our celebration is tempered by the urgency to do more, to do it faster and to inspire others to follow suit. Many milestones are yet to be reached in our quest to meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

    Quadstock Turns 25

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:14:30 PM


     If you’ve graduated from Seattle University in the past twenty-five years, chances are you’ve attended Quadstock. The iconic music festival turns 25 this spring and the founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, are coming back to celebrate. We talked to John and Chris to learn more about the start of this high profile event.  
    An iconic part of the Seattle U student experience, Quadstock has played host to such musicians as The Posies, The Thermals, Dan Deacon, Macklemore, Del the Funky Homosapien, Talib Kweli, Ok GO, Blue Scholars and more. But how did the festival get its start?
    The origins of Quadstock date back to the creation of the Quad itself. The very first stage was actually the stone steps surrounding the fountain. Quadstock founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, planned the first Quadstock in order to celebrate the unveiling of the Seattle U Quadrangle in 1989.
    “We wanted a celebration geared toward the students that lasted all weekend long,” the founders shared. “We had student clubs provide activities from Friday night to Sunday Mass. Students could collect pledges for how many hours they thought they could keep going without sleep and at the end we would donate the money to St. Francis Soup Kitchen.”
    The first bands to grace the Quadstock stage that year were The Britains, The Look, The Bitter End (the first student Battle of the Bands winner), Swampzombies and The Trenchcoats.
    For its second year, Quadstock was condensed into one day of festivities and music. Keeping with the charitable aspect of the first event, attendees who brought canned food received a discount on their concert tickets.  Drawing larger headliners for the second year, the lineup included The Posies, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Dharma Bums.

     The Posies
    (The Posies playing Quadstock. Photo provided by John Boyle.)
    One campus rumor claims that Nirvana made a debut on SU’s stage, but John and Chris set the record straight, saying that they tried to book the band, but due to the band’s recording schedule, it didn’t work out. John did share the fun fact that Nirvana’s booking fee was only $1,000 at the time, compared to The Posies who ended up costing $2,000.
    Quadstock became an instant success, evolving into the annual musical festival we know it as today and one of the most anticipated events on the spring season.

    “It’s a testament to the student life at Seattle University that someone took this event and rolled with it,” co-founder John Boyle said.
    This year Quadstock turns 25. The founders of Quadstock and SEAC invite alumni back on Saturday, May 17 to help celebrate. The Main stage line-up includes Best Coast, Sea Wolf, Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps and COHO.  Not only are alumni invited back to attend the musical festival, but there will be a special alumni campus tour and get together at the Chieftain Irish Pub before the festivities begin.
    If Quadstock was a memorable part of your student experience we hope you’ll join us on May 17th. Tickets are extremely limited – buy yours today.

    Have some favorite Quadstock memories? Share them in the comments below or send your pictures to us!

    Join Contemplative Leaders in Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:00:49 PM

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     Since September 2013, 32 young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39 have been meeting monthly to explore Ignatian leadership through Contemplative Leaders in Action - a two-year Magis program for emerging leaders. Representing diverse professions, faiths, and backgrounds, cohort members over the course of two years reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world as both professionals and people of faith.

    Current CLA2 participants Kara Casey Adams and Angeline Thomas are SU alums and active leaders in higher education and legal justice respectively.  Kara, who is the Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning and Research at University of Washington Bothell said, “I am attracted to the Contemplative Leaders in Action program for a community of professionals who will reflect upon the nexus of Jesuit values and their professional roles.”

    Participants share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth.  This combination excited Angeline, who is the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project Staff Attorney at Seattle University’s School of Law.  “I am excited about the cohort model and CLA’s focus on both secular and religious leadership building” she shared.

    Checking in with Angeline and Kara 8 months into the curriculum, they have noticed the impact already. “One of CLA’s main strengths seems to be its capacity to foster reflection, deep thinking, and personal development.” Session themes like Emotional Intelligence, Communal Discernment, and Leading in a Diverse, Multicultural World generate rich conversation but also questions, which Kara and Angeline, paired as Companions, meet outside the monthly gatherings to further dissect. In the second year of the program, sessions like The Intimate Connection between Faith & Justice and Group Dynamics & Team Building will help guide participants through the Social Justice Projects all while deepening relationships with one another.

    To read Angeline and Kara’s reflections on how CLA has enriched their personal and professional lives, check the Magis eNewsletter or the Alumni Living the Mission page  next Wednesday! If you happen to be an alum between the ages 25-39, consider applying for Contemplative Leaders in Action, which begins in September.  Applications are due May 30!

    Your Voice – Alumni Board of Governors’ Nominations

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 03:58:15 PM
    Wondering how your ideas and voice can be heard by SU?  Thinking about how to expand your network and connections to the mission of the University?  We’d love to have your voice heard through your participation and leadership.

    Your Alumni Relations Office relies on the support and leadership of a Board to better understand and connect with our alumni community.   We have openings for the  Board starting in August 2014 and would love to hear from you.   This current Board and its President led the effort to gain the SU license plate to support scholarships.  With many milestones and plans upcoming for the University, we are seeking nominations and applications to add to the group.  As  a member, you attend five board meetings, support the University in ways that suit you, and participate in Alumni Relations Office initiatives to improve the alumni experience and connection.

    In an effort to round out the board, we are particularly interested in recruiting alumni from Science and Engineering, SMT, Nursing and Education schools and/or classes from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. All are welcome to apply.  We will be giving preference to applicants that broaden the representation.  If you are interested in getting more involved or staying in touch with SU, you can nominate yourself or another interested candidate by sending an email to   If you have any questions, feel free to call Katy Greve, SU ABOG President-Elect at (425) 922-5462.

    Applications should be submitted by email to Katy Greve by June 30th for consideration.  The membership committee will make the selections and notify new board members by August 1st.  

    Spring Job and Internship Fair

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 01:15:03 AM

    On Tuesday, April 29th between 12-3:00 pm, Seattle U will welcome over 65 employers from corporate, government and nonprofit organizations to Campion Ballroom for the annual Spring Job and Internship Fair.

    Employers are looking to hire outstanding alumni candidates. This is a great opportunity to network with recruiters from the organizations where you want to work. A number of our recruiters are Seattle U alumni who are excited to connect with alumni job seekers. 

    Expeditors, C.H. Robinson, Peace Corps, Fred Hutchinson, Enterprise and more will have representatives present. 

    A complete list of employers is available on the Redhawk Network.

    Contact Career Services at (206) 296-6080 or if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

    Leading from the Heart: Pope Francis and Ignatian Leadership

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 12:51:41 AM
     Pope Francis
     Never before have we seen the kind of world-wide attention and popularity that Pope Francis has drawn in his first year of the papacy. In fact, he ranked #1 on Facebook as most talked about in 2013. From washing the feet of youth in detention during Holy Thursday mass (including two Muslims and two women), to his famous “Who am I to judge?” statement on the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, Pope Francis is showing the world the values of being a true Ignatian Leader.

    As graduates of Jesuit education, we look to Ignatian Leaders such as Pope Francis to set the example for being men and women for others as we lead and live in contemporary life. Simply put, what makes his example of leadership so special is that he leads from the heart. 

    So, what exactly do we mean by “Ignatian Leader”?

    The Jesuits offer an approach to leadership, often called Ignatian or Ignatian-InspiredLeadership, which flows against the tide of most contemporary and dominant leadership models. Some might say that it is quite counter-cultural here in the United States. This approach to leadership is grounded in what author Christopher Lowney calls the four pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, and lifts up leadership in a very different light. It proposes that:

    “We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
    “Leadership springs from within. It’s about who [we are] as much as what [we] do.”
    “Leadership is not an act. It is [our] life, a way of living.” 
    “[We] never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

    Therefore, an Ignatian-Inspired Leader (regardless of religious affiliation) understands and appreciates the rich gifts of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises,and strives to grow in self-knowledge, cultivate a healthy indifference that allows him/her to adapt confidently, honestly loves those he/she serves and leads, and humbly strives and works with others to shape an inspiring future. 

    We are excited to see how Pope Francis will lead in the years to come!

    Magis, in partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, encourages you to learn more about Ignatian Leadership on May 8th as part of the SU Advantage Networking series. Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. will be joined by a diverse panel of alumni from varying professions to share insights about their lived experience of leadership, including an opportunity for structured networking. Click here to learn more and register. 

    Also, if you happen to be a young alum in your twenties or thirties, consider applying for Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action, a two year alumni leadership development program which blends spiritual formation and secular leadership training. Applications will be available starting April 15th, so be sure to mark your calendar!

    Why Serve?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:50:59 PM
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     This April 26th marks the third annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, during which alumni from both Seattle U and other Jesuit universities come together to serve our local community. Beyond the value of serving others, day of service participants build community. You will see that you are part of a large community of Jesuit-educated alumni, build community with those you serve and re-connect with your university. 
    Past participant Erika Sanchez,’11, said, “My favorite thing about day of service is getting to give back to the community with my alma mater that gave so much to me. It was great to relive and reinforce the values that SU is all about, and to also network and learn from not only fellow SU alums, but those from other universities.” 
    There are a variety of service projects to meet the interests of all alumni, including beautifying public spaces, helping the elderly with chores, serving food and more.
    “In the project my team and I participated in, we provided a safer and cleaner environment for kids to enjoy their day,” Erika said. “In doing so, I felt more connected to the mission and values of Seattle U-to give back to the community, live your life beyond yourself and do what you can for the greater good of the community around you. I would definitely recommend this day of service to alumni to not only be immersed in your values, but also to step out of the ordinary and give back to others in a small yet extraordinary way."
    Other participants have said that:
    “It's a valuable and pleasurable service experience. It was an easy way to accomplish something I value, but have limited time to organize on my own, and it was a rare chance to garden. It was also a great way to maximize my time/weekend.”
    “I chose to participate to stay connected with my university, to help my husband learn more about what SU has meant to me, to live out service, to do it with friends and to introduce my goddaughter to the meaning and benefits of service!”
    “As a part of my Jesuit education, they branded us with 'be the difference' and I think that making a difference through community service helps fulfill that mission.” 
    Did you serve? What was meaningful to you about the experience?
    Join us on April 26 and “be the difference.” 

    Leading with Humility

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:34:11 PM
    Leading With Humility Seattle University prides itself on educating leaders for a just and humane world. How does their Jesuit education impact their leadership style? 

    Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite you to take a deeper look at Ignatian leadership at our May 8th SU Advantage | Networking Night featuring an alumni panel led by Fr. Steven Sundborg, Seattle University president.  The panel will discuss Ignatian-inspired, those who serve and lead, and humbly strive to works with others to shape an inspiring future.

    Panelist and Seattle U alumnus, Rob Nielsen,'06, started challenging the idea of authoritative leadership while still a student at Seattle University. During a class discussion on charismatic leaders with Albers School of Business and Economics professor, Jennifer Marrone, Nielsen pointed out that the great leaders they were studying were not only charismatic, but humble as well. 


    Nielsen’s observation intrigued Professor Marrone, leading to the development of a joint research paper and eventually the book “Leading with Humility,” co-written by Marrone, Nielsen and Albers professor, Holly Ferraro. 
    “There are three key components to leading with humility” Nielsen explains, “Understanding of self, relating to others and perspective.”
    According to their book, “Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weaknesses and motives in making decisions, demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.”
    Nielsen cites Costco’s Jim Sinegal as an example of a Seattle U alumnus who exudes these leadership qualities. “I heard him speak at a Seattle University event and he talked about understanding his own strengths and weaknesses and he possessed a strong sense of self in relationship to how he worked with others around him.” 
    Seattle University instills these leadership qualities in their graduates, as well as an awareness of the world around them and the impact that they can have has leaders. Nielsen says his biggest take away from Seattle U was the desire to be a quality leader in the community. Upon his graduation from Seattle University, Nielsen served the board of the University District Food Bank, before going on to serve as board president of the Crisis Clinic
    As a graduate of Seattle University do you consider yourself as a humble leader? What do you think are the characteristics of an effective leader?
    Join us on May 8th to discover more about what it means to lead with humility and how Ignatian values can inspire  great leadership. 
    SU Advantage | Networking Event
    Ignatian-Inspired Leadership
    May 8, 2014

    Magis: Alumni Day of Prayer

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 05:35:15 PM

     Alumni Day of Prayer

    The second half of life is a time of many transitions: children leave home and new children are welcomed into the family, careers change and retirement may be on the horizon, health and self care is addressed differently, and images of God shift and transform.  So much is happening, and this is why taking time to “check-in” with oneself is so necessary. It can be meaningful to create space to explore what is on the horizon of your life, and to invite God into that process. Magis each year offers Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify as in the second half of life, a special day for just that kind of prayerful space. The annual Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection, which provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer experiences, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. As one past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.”

    Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer this year on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. We are excited for retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. to join us, as they will break open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. They will also explore questions in relation to self, God and church. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. Lunch is included for the day, as well as parking. Consider bringing a friend or family member, too!

    For more information, visit our online flyer. To register, please email Magis.

    Alumni Awards 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 05:21:11 PM

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     President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2014 Alumni Awards recipients who will be honored at the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 in the Campion Ballroom. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni.  To register or to host a table, please visit

    Alumnus of the Year –William Swenson, ’01
    President Barack Obama awarded William Swenson, ’01, the Medal of Honor in October, 2013. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. An embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border police, he was on patrol with American and Afghan troops when they were ambushed and pinned down for six hours by more than 60 well-armed Taliban forces.  Ganjgal was to be one of the bloodiest battles in the 12 year old war.  Putting himself at great risk, William rescued his sergeant and several Afghans and retrieved the bodies of four service members.  He is the most decorated Army officer since Vietnam.  Loyal not only to the men and women with whom he served, he has remained constant to their families as well.

    Professional Achievement  - David M. Johnson, EdD, ’87
    Dr. David M. Johnson, ’87 is among six winners of the 2013 “Visionary Service Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and recipient of last year’s “Evergreen Award” from Washington Nonprofits for his outstanding innovation and agility in the service of his community. A respected leader in the mental health field, he is frequently invited to address national and local groups.  A CEO of mental health centers for 27 years, David has also been a clinician for 37 years.  He currently leads Navos, one the largest community health centers in the state, with a $54 million operating budget and a staff of 650.

    Community Service – M. Lorena Gonzalez, Law, ’05

    Nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Lorena Gonzalez, ’05, a child of Mexican farm workers and now a partner at the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, is a tireless advocate for social justice.  In 2007, Lorena co-founded and continues to co-administer the monthly Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and SGB free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza.  In 2012, she successfully settled an excessive force and discrimination suit filed against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department that resulted in a mandate that the use of racially charged language in the force was grounds for termination.  

    University Service – Kip Toner, ’66

    Kip Toner, ‘66, a generous contributor of both his time and talent, has long been a firm supporter of the University.  After 23 years of service that included two years as Board chair, he is now a Seattle University Regent Emeritus. He has generously shared his professional talents with the university and most recently was auctioneer for the inaugural Red Tie Celebration for Seattle University Athletics.  Kip’s commitment and enthusiasm has inspired other to follow his lead.

    Distinguished Teaching – Greg Magnan
    Albers School of Business and Economics Professor, Greg Magnan, is recognized for his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.  An especially gifted teacher, Greg is extremely popular with students at the executive, graduate and undergraduate levels.  His innovative approach to combining online learning with traditional classroom methods has been a model for the university.  Greg’s research on supply chain business practices has been nationally recognized and published in a number of professional journals.  He has served on the Sullivan Leadership Award Committee and on several strategic planning committees for Albers.  A key member of the leadership executive MBA Program, he has co-chaired the President’s Task Force on sustainability and innovative program delivery.  

    Young Alumnus of the Year – Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09
    Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09, a Christian born just outside Bethlehem, lost his arm at 13 in a machinery accident.  Three years later, his father died.  Rather than become embittered, he is committed to rebuilding the lives of children shattered by war. While a student at Seattle U, Khaled, founded the Children of Peace Foundation in 2007 to support the Holy Family Care Center in Bethlehem where he received care.  Through his foundation, the traumatized children of Palestine not only receive specialized therapeutic care, but most importantly a reason to hope for a better tomorrow.

    Homecoming 2014 Recap

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 04:51:34 PM

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     If you were at KeyArena this past weekend, then you know that Seattle University successfully celebrated its 2nd Annual Homecoming with a major win on the court. But our defeat of Idaho wasn’t the only win of the weekend; we are counting the return of Homecoming itself. 

    From the 1940s up to the late 1970s, Homecoming held great significance for Seattle University. It was a time when students and alumni celebrated their pride in our great university, and the city celebrated with us. The spark of Homecoming was rekindled last year with an alumni rally and the first Homecoming court in almost 30 years, but that spark burst into a flame this year with a full weekend of Homecoming activities and a tremendous show of Seattle U pride.

    On Friday, Fr. Steve and the students led a parade through campus ending with the announcement of the 2014 Homecoming Court in the packed Student Center.

    On Saturday, alumni and students filled KeyArena in droves of red. Alumni started at the Homecoming pre-game rally and then marched into the arena with the students for the game. All those present could feel the excitement and the sense of a community coming together with a shared goal of cheering their team on to victory. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was honored and the Royals crowned following the introduction of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

    Following the game, alumni flocked to T.S. McHughs for an after-party celebrating the outstanding victory on the court and the sense of camaraderie that comes with watching your alma mater triumph.

    For a weekend all about tradition, Homecoming came to a close rather fittingly with an alumni mass on Sunday morning and the Hall of Fame Luncheon in the afternoon, paying tribute to some of the best athletes Seattle U has seen over the years.

    If the growth of Homecoming over the last year is an indication of anything, it’s that you won’t want to miss next year, when the flame of Homecoming tradition will be burning brighter than ever.

    Did you make it out to Homecoming? What was your favorite part? If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite shots from Homecoming in our Homecoming Alumni Album.   


    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 04:31:42 PM

    Day of Service 2013On April 26th, the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission are hosting alumni for  the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service for the third year in a row.

    What is National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service?

    Alumni Day of Service provides Jesuit-educated alumni the opportunity to come together to fulfill our shared Jesuit mission, rooted in service, by participating in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the Seattle community.

    Alumni from all Jesuit universities are invited to participate. We are expecting alumni from Gonzaga, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, Marquette and others so please invite any Jesuit educated alumni you know.  “I enjoyed being able to give back to the local community around Seattle University and getting to meet like-minded individuals who value their Jesuit education as much as I did,” said one 2013 participant.

    In addition, many of our service sites welcome children, making Alumni Day of Service a great family activity that begins to teach the value of serving others.

    There are a variety of service opportunities ranging from gardening and beautification projects, to assisting elderly community members with household chores. A full list of service opportunities is available online.

    What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot at a service site today!

    Battle of the Bands - Celebrating 25 Years

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/6/2014 02:28:38 PM

    Battle of the Bands

     This February 28th - March 2nd Seattle U is reigniting the tradition of Homecoming. When you think of Homecoming, you might think of a dance and the music that goes with it. While we don't suggest getting dressed up in your formal best, we can assure you that we've got your musical needs covered this Homecoming with Battle of the Bands: Game of Tones on Friday, February 28th.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of Battle of the Bands, when up to a dozen student bands will battle it out in a showcase of amazing Seattle U talent competing for various prizes and bragging rights. Professional musicians will evaluate the performers and attendees will vote for their favorite. We want alumni there singing, cheering and dancing along. You could almost think of it as your Homecoming dance. Tickets are limited - get yours today.

    My Seattle U Love Story

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/5/2014 11:09:42 PM

    Judy and Bill Doyle - Married in 1957

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    Even now, some 55 years after graduating from Seattle University, Bill and Judy Doyle have indelibly fond memories and much gratitude for their Jesuit education. In addition to intellectual stimulation and the challenge of college life, Judy reminisces that “Of course, the best thing that ever happened to me is that I met Bill. He’s my best friend to this day.”

     Adds Bill, “Yes, falling in love with Judy was the best part of the whole experience.”

    The two met while involved with “Mu Sigma,” an SU music honorary. “We both sang in the SU Double Quartet and traveled to many places together,” Judy recalls. “On top of these musical engagements we had final exams as well. I remember wondering whether I would survive. It also helped me to stand up in front of people with confidence. That was an unexpected benefit from Seattle University.” The two married in 1957. - Taken from the SU Spring 2011 Legacy Publication


    Curly and Judy McNamee - Married 1971

    Wedding - Curly and Judy
    "I first saw Judy in a theology class we were both taking in the Pigott Building in spring quarter of 1964.  The first time I saw Judy I thought she was something special.  I had a friend, Jim Purcell (class of 1967), introduce me to Judy and I eventually asked her to a sock hop (April 3, 1964) and the ROTC Military Ball (April 10, 1964).  We dated frequently through college and we got engaged on her birthday in September of 1968 – about two weeks before I went to Vietnam (I was an ROTC graduate).  Judy and I were married on September 18, 1971 at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle." 


    Matt and Patti Boyle - Married 1972

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    "Matt and I got married on July 29, 1972, just a month after graduation. We met our freshman year at frosh orientation, and had some freshman classes together. We really didn't start dating until after our freshman year. Some of our first dates were the Seattle Totems hockey games and the Seattle Pilots baseball games. I should have know what I was getting myself into. I took up skiing so that I could spend more time with the guy who was President of the Ski Club. And here we are 42 years later."


    Maureen and Tom Blum - Married 1980

    Wedding - Maureen and Tom"Maureen Haggerty, 1978, 1985 , wanted to stay close to home and opted for Seattle University.  Maureen’s mother and two sisters drove her to Seattle University to move into Bellarmine Hall September 27, 1974.  No sooner had they pulled into the designated parking lot by Bellarmine Hall when two TALL guys wearing white t-shirts with “ASK ME” swooped in.  They emptied the car of Maureen’s college bound necessities while Maureen, her mom, and two sisters followed the “ASK ME” guys to her first dorm room.  All her possessions were deposited with care.   

    Who were these handsome men?  Maureen was too shy to find out who they were, though she saw these guys from afar at various new student events.  One of the “ASK ME” guys, Tom Blum, stopped by her dorm room to visit with her roommate, Carol.  Carol was not there and Tom was too polite to leave.  So he stayed to visit.  Friendship began to grow.  

    Maureen and Tom’s friends seemed to see something before they did.  At meals in the cafeteria the new acquaintances always found a way for Maureen to sit by Tom.  Sometimes a seat was saved, other times a friend would get up and move so Maureen could sit next to Tom.  A visit to the Santa at Bellarmine Hall in December, 1974 had Maureen wishing for Tom.  

    It seems fate was cast at the annual Seattle University  “Vegas Night”.  Friends set  up Tom and Maureen.  They we were married  in a “thirty second” wedding with Rick Bressler, ’77 and Patty Eaton, ’77 as the “Best Man” and “Maid of Honor”.   Six years later Tom “asked” Maureen and they were married at St. Louise, Bellevue, WA.  Tom works for Snohomish County Assessor’s office and Maureen is in her 34th  year working for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  They have a daughter, Katie, son-in-law, Zach and granddaughter, Lily May!  They celebrated their 33rd  wedding anniversary on August, 9, 2013.  The friendship formed at Seattle University along with love and patience and taking intentional time to be together are part of the recipe for their long marriage.  The Seattle University New Student Orientation “Ask Me”  t-shirts mean a lot to the Blum’s."


    Esther and Tom Drouin - Married 1982

     Wedding  Esther and Tom

    "Tom Drouin was an incoming junior transfer student from Olympic College (Bremerton).  Esther Volpe was a freshman at Seattle University.  They met at an orientation dance in September of 1977 at Bellarmine Hall.  We married on May 1, 1982 at Rosary Heights in Woodway Washington (Dominican Sisters residence).  Reverend Engelbert Axer, S.J. (Seattle University Jesuit-- philosophy professor) performed the wedding ceremony.

    Tom and Esther have three children and reside in Edmonds, Washington."   


    Katie and Jeff Favilla - Married 2012

    Wedding - Katie and Jeff"My husband, Jeff Favilla, and I first met in the halls of Campion floor 4, where we bonded over our love of Starbucks, late night Sports Center watching, and Mariners baseball. He was living in a dorm room surrounded by my fellow SU softball teammates, so we had mutual friends and quickly realized how much we liked spending time together.

    We became inseparable and dated throughout our years at SU, sharing the memories of Quadstock, late night Bistro date nights, and Seattle U sporting events as the school took its journey to Division I. Jeff became my biggest fan, coming to all my SU softball games, no matter rain or shine, cheering me on in the sport that truly defined my time and passion at Seattle U. I was there to celebrate his academic achievements, watching him earn accounting internships and become part of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity at Seattle U, as well as both of us there at each others graduations, getting to watch each other walk across that stage.

    When it came time to get married, 5 years after we had met in the lime green colored hall of Campion dorm, we both knew there would be no other place besides the Chapel of St. Ignatius where we wanted to exchange our vows. Seattle U was a place where our lives as a couple began and we were ready to share our beautiful campus and SU experience with our family and friends. So on August 25th, 2012, a glorious sunny, Seattle day, we said "I do" in front of a full St. Ignatius Chapel, and it could not have been more perfect.

    Seattle U gave us amazing college memories, and it also gave us each other, and for that, we are forever grateful for SU's part in our amazing love story."


    DJ and Lauren Weidner - Married 2012

    Wedding- DJ and Lauren

    "How we met: That's complicated because it's different based on who you talk with. Lauren would say that she first saw me onstage at Freshman orientation. I was an Orientation Adviser and she was in the audience. She says she immediately had an odd feeling that she would date me - she thought she was crazy so she ignored it. We didn't meet each other for another two years.  Technically, I met Lauren at a party I was having at my Murphy Apartment. She came over with some mutual friends. To be honest, I thought she was interested in one of my friends but by the end of the evening, we had hit it off. We really got to know each other as Orientation Advisers. I was actually an O.C. and she was was an O.A. We weren't supposed to be dating so we kept it a secret for 3-4 months before we told anyone. Anyone who knows me understands how difficult it is for me to be subtle. We started dating at the end of her sophomore year (my junior) and dated until 2012. We got married at Crystal Mountain on August 25, 2012 on a sunny day with Mt. Rainier shining the background. We're together because Seattle U brought us together."

    Kristine and Peter Daugherty - Married 2013

    Wedding - Kristine and Peter

    "Peter and I met my junior year his senior year (2010). He graduated through ROTC, went through training in Georgia and then got stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. I finished school at SU and then moved to Texas during that summer. We got married this past December 21, 2013 in Lafayette, California, about 40 mins from San Francisco."


    Amanda Gilbert and Zach Gerdes - To Be Married 2014

     Wedding Zach and Amanda

    "We met our freshmen year at Seattle University. We were both in the Faith and the Great Ideas Living Learning Community on the 5th floor of Bellarmine Residence Hall. In our F&GI English 120 course together fall quarter, Professor Charles Tung advised the group: “You should try sitting next to someone new. Who knows? You might end up marrying them.” Little did Dr. Tung know how true his statement would be. We began dating in the spring of freshmen year (2008) and were engaged five years later. The wedding is scheduled for summer 2014 in Amanda’s home state of California at a winery in the Napa Valley."



    Alumni Spotlight: Nick McCarvel '08

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/5/2014 05:55:08 PM
    Nick McCarvelNick McCarvel '08, found his way to Seattle University from Helena Montana while searching for a personalized education in a big city. He saw Seattle U’s urban campus as an educational playground that he could utilize to get the best education.  It didn’t hurt that he grew up in a household that stressed moral values, similar to those of the Jesuits. 


    Since the age of fourteen Nick knew he wanted to be a journalist. Two years into his Seattle University education he was confident that media was still the full-time job he wanted to pursue. The professors at Seattle U, especially Dr. Sonora Jha and Gary Atkins, played an integral role in making sure that Nick and his classmates were prepared for a career in media, demanding quality work and ethical journalism. His education emphasized a global world which would help shape how he viewed the subjects of his articles.


    This February, Nick has the chance to see one of his dreams come true, when he’ll act as the rink-side web producer for NBC, covering figure skating at the winter Olympics. Attending the Olympics in Russia brings with it its own host of challenges, but he looks at it as an adventure that he is all too excited to begin. 


    In the past Nick has written for a Tennis publication, giving him the opportunity to go abroad and cover the international sports scene. It was that opportunity that he feels helped prepare him for the challenges and adventures waiting for him in Sochi Russia


    “I’ve had pinch me moments, I think the one that stands out the most is being center court and Wimbledon. It’s a world stage that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” 


    Nick’s favorite part of covering international sporting events is sharing the venue with athletes who are also living out their dreams. 
    “It’s about connecting with them on a human level, of witnessing someone making their dreams come true.” 
    Nick moved to New York five years ago; where he began working at a non-profit supporting the homeless with AIDS, and went on to land jobs in his career field, including his current contract with NBC. Nick is someone who is out there really chasing his dreams. “It’s easy to get a 9-5 but I’m really putting myself out there and I’m proud of where I’ve gotten on my own.” 


    Nick’s experience has taught him that to be successful, the best you can do is be a human. Make yourself personable, send “thank you” notes and be someone others want to work with. Being able to produce good work and build strong relationship well help people go the extra step for you and help you develop your career and follow your dreams. 

    Homecoming: Then and Now

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/8/2014 08:40:13 PM

     Homecoming Graphic 2014

    Returning for homecoming is a great opportunity to keep up with college friends and engage with your university. Despite its long absence, Homecoming has played an important role in Seattle University’s history and in the student experience of many of our alumni. We sat down with alums Carmen Cueto ’13 and Maureen Blum ’78, '85 to learn what homecoming meant to them then and now.

    Then: Maureen Blum, ’78, ’85

    When Maureen was a student, the highlight of homecoming was a winter formal off campus. “Homecoming at Seattle U had a different feel than that of my high school homecoming. Seattle U is not a football school so it had a feeling all its own. Homecoming was a real group affair.”

    Maureen’s favorite Homecoming memory is from 1975 when her (now) husband asked her to the Homecoming dance which they attended with a group of good friends.

     “I think it’s wonderful that the university is bringing homecoming back, especially if you look at the past and the role it played at Seattle University.  The return of homecoming is a great opportunity for alumni to return and interact with the students, serving as a networking opportunity for them to make invaluable contacts.”

    Maureen hopes that in the future Seattle University’s Homecoming will grow, maybe adding a dance that students are excited to attend the way she was excited for homecoming as a student. She also hopes alumni will have a larger role in homecoming, where they can interact with the students and come together as one community. “After all”, Maureen said, “That’s what homecoming is about, alumni returning to their school.”

    And Now: Carmen Cueto, ’13

    Carmen Cueto was part of the first Seattle University class to enjoy the return of homecoming last year and was the first Homecoming Royal to be crowned in nearly 40 years. “It was very surreal to be crowned during the half-time of the homecoming game. It’s not every day you get crowned homecoming royalty,” Carmen said.

    Carmen’s favorite memory of her own homecoming experience was the way in which the university came together to share in their pride of being Seattle U. There was a strong show of student and faculty support leading up to the event and in the stands during the basketball game.

    “I’m excited to see how Seattle University is growing the tradition of homecoming and knowing that I was there at the beginning as it began to grow in momentum.

    I’m an advocate for the students really developing the homecoming experience. If the students get excited about homecoming, then it will transfer over to their alumni experience. They’ll remember it as a  high point from their time at Seattle University and they’ll have that sense of pride and want to come back to celebrate it.”

    Show your Seattle U pride and come back for homecoming February 28-March 2nd.

    An Invitation from Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/8/2014 08:22:51 PM

    It is always wonderful to welcome you to campus, but there is one upcoming event, in particular, that I wanted you to know about, even before we start promoting it more widely. Our Search for Meaning Book Festival will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, and features more than 40 prominent authors. Both keynote speakers are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and accomplished authors—Katherine Boo wrote the highly acclaimed 2013 book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity and Isabel Wilkerson, authored the award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

    Originally launched by our School of Theology and Ministry in 2009, Search for Meaning has quickly become one of the most highly regarded events of its kind with the festival attracting an ever-growing and enthusiastic following. In addition to the general sessions and keynote presentations, the festival offers book signings, interactive experiences and more. Attendees regularly express how much they appreciate the opportunity to hear from some of the leading writers and scholars of our day and to contemplate with others their place and purpose in the world. 


    We are pleased that the festival has struck a chord with so many in our region.
    Because of its increasing stature as a signature event for SU, the festival is now being presented on a university-wide basis.
    I encourage you to read more about the festival and the authors we will be welcoming at Search for Meaning.  Registration will open on January 15th.  If you are interested in playing a volunteer role, we would welcome your service.  Sign up today at
    Thank you for your continued dedication to and support of Seattle University.

    Go Redhawks,

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    P.S.-Get the latest information about Seattle U’s SFM Festival

    Magis: Thoughts on the New Year

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:29:42 PM

    It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.

    Magis New Year Image

    However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.

    Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.


    Job Search Strategies—Ads, Agencies, Recruiters, Networking

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:24:22 PM

    Headhunter, recruiter, talent scout, executive recruiter, temporary agency,  placement firm, executive search firm, employment agency, body shop—what is the difference between these titles and why does it matter?  Should I use one?  If so, how do I find them?

    Career Services Blog

    In the business of changing jobs there are 3 primary strategies used to identify and pursue opportunities including 

    1.Networking (depending on the survey this comprises 60-80% of how people get jobs)

    2.Agencies & Search Firms (this is often the next highest percentage in surveys since the folks in these companies are professional networkers)

    3.Ads and Applications (even with all the new places we can go to find Job Postings—Indeed, SimplyHired, Idealist, Craigslist, Company Websites, and too many others to name—this is usually 8-15% of how people find jobs)

    Another catch-all bucket that includes techniques specific to certain populations of workers exists for those other circumstances like internships, union hiring, and civil service.  This is the lowest percentage bucket of how people find new roles.

    Strategy number 2 often creates some confusion and misunderstanding.  There are a lot of different forms of external recruiting and the different names effectively have similar meanings.  Agencies and Search Firms perform the recruiting function externally for companies.  Working with an external recruiter can also be a powerful addition to your search plan.  

    You’ll learn about different job search strategies, different agencies and recruiters available to you and how to make the most of these resources by attending the next installment of the SU Advantage Networking Series.

    Job Search Strategies—Ads, Agencies, Recruiters, Networking

    Webinar | Friday, January 10th | 12:00 p.m.

    Bellevue | Wednesday, January 22nd | 5:30-7:00 p.m. 


    Alumni Spotlight: Justin Hanseth, '08

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:10:21 PM

    Justin Hanseth, ’08, is a global citizen, excelling professionally and living out the pillars of a Jesuit education.

    Justin Hanseth Headshot

    Justin graduated in 2008 with a BA from Seattle University. Hailing from the Puget Sound area, Justin began working for a local real estate developer while he was a student at Seattle U. Justin always wanted to participate in community service. A mentor in the community gave Justin valuable advice, “If you want to get involved in a cause there is no time like the present. You want to do it when you have the flexibility – in the future, career and family commitments could make it more difficult.”

    With that, Justin began researching the cause that was right for him. A friend put him in contact with Deo Niyizonkiza, a survivor of the brutality in Burundi and the mind behind Village Health Works. His background in agriculture and business led to the development of a food security program for Village Health Works.  The program consists of a farm, demonstration garden, seed bank, and curriculum in sustainable agriculture for malnourished families.

    Justin Hanseth

    Justin did the fundraising, applied for a grant and spent a year in Burundi getting his program off the ground. When Justin arrived in Burundi, he was struck by how such a beautiful landscape had played witness to so much bloodshed. “A lot of people know about Rwanda and the genocide there, but what most don’t know is that it began in Burundi, spilling briefly into Rwanda, and continuing into 2008.”

    Justin’s role in Burundi required a lot of research into the local diet and agriculture. After he identified the local needs, Justin needed to develop a local team to manage the project.  “There’s one professor I had at Seattle University, who really prepared me for this role. I took a Leadership and Team Building course taught by Professor Greg Prussia. Professor Prussia emphasized the concept of buy-in and the need for a team to work together collaboratively.  To make an international development project sustainable, you need buy-in from beneficiaries, local government, team members, and partners.  I learned about buy-in and collaboration from Professor Prussia at Seattle U and  have applied them to every project I’ve taken on since graduating undergrad.”

    When Justin’s program, began to scale and was more self-sufficient, he handed the reins to the local team, and has watched it grow ever since.  “The program has now grown into something much bigger.”


    If you are interested in connecting with alumni who have an interest in the non-profit sector, join us on February 25th for our next SU Advantage networking event which focuses on non-profits and features a brief talk by Dr. Maureen Emerson Feit, Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program, Institute of Public Service, followed by structured networking.

    SU Advantage | Networking Event
    February 25, 2014| 6:00 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel




    Alumni Chapters and Regional Programming

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:03:47 PM

    This year, your Alumni Association is focusing on engagement opportunities for alumni through regional events and chapter programming. As part of this focus, we are proud to announce the addition of Harmony Frederick to our team. Harmony,  the new Assistant Director of Regional and Chapter Development,  has been with our office for a little over three months and has hit the ground running, working with alumni across the United States to bring Seattle U to your backyard and connecting you back to your university through programming relevant to you.

     Hamrmony & Alums

    We’d  like to let you know about some of the programming headed your way. 

    Upcoming Chapter Events:

    NYC Happy Hour
    January 16, 2014 | New York, New York

    Phoenix, Arizona Pre-Game Rally
    January 25, 2014| Phoenix, Arizona

    Washington, D.C. Reception
    January 31, 2014 | Washington, D.C. 

    Women of SU's Connection Café
    Thursday, January 30, 2014 | Seattle University 

    One of the Seattle U chapters that is gaining traction is the Women of SU. This group has been in the works for quite a while and they are very excited to host their chapter kick-off event on January 30th.

    The kick-off event, entitled Connection Café, will feature a discussion in which alumnae fitness experts, Jessica Notman and Jennifer Hamann, will share their stories of how a healthy lifestyle and self-care have shaped their lives for the better. 

    This group invites the women of the Seattle U together for professional development, inspiration and community building. 

    To learn more about any of the chapters or events listed above, please contact Harmony Frederick. And checkout our events page for future programming - We've got a lot planned for you in the months ahead.

    Be a Mentor!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 09:53:13 PM

    Career Services provides opportunities to alumni who want to make a difference in the professional development of our students and graduates. Serving as a career mentor gives you a chance to influence the next generation of leaders as they consider their calling and find ways to shape our world. Mentorships are a critical step in evaluating a professional path and you have valuable professional insights to offer.


    As a mentor you will be part of the larger SU mentor community, enabling you to expand your professional networks and leave a lasting legacy while making a difference in the life of an SU student or graduate.

    "I received the promotion I had been working so hard to get. This was largely achieved due to all the great advice and opportunities my mentor, Scott, provided to me. This mentor/mentee program has significantly been of high value to me." - Erin Brown, MPA. (Financial Counseling Supervisor and Compliance Officer at Jefferson Healthcare)

    Register today to be a career mentor and connect in ways that fit your schedule, whether you live near or far.

    If you have questions please contact Lakesha Knatt, Assistant Director of Mentoring Programs in Career Services at or 206 296-8473.


    Holiday Networking Dos, Don'ts and How Tos

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/4/2013 03:30:21 PM

    For the 20+ years I have been coaching people in transition, the statistics haven’t changed much.  The 80/20 rule still applies just as it did before the internet and social media.  The best way to create a new work opportunity for yourself continues to be through the people you know—in both blue collar and white collar roles.  How you spend your time looking for new roles should align with these statistics.  This means that you should be connecting with people 80% of the time.  If you are spending a majority of your time passively cruising the digital space and applying for jobs, you have it upside down. 

    Our topic for this month’s SU Advantage | Networking Group is on Holiday Networking.  Because this time of year is often more social, it is your perfect opportunity to practice your networking skills and to activate the principle of “ask and you shall receive.”  Join us to practice networking in a warm and invitational space with your SU colleagues, and to learn some practical tips for networking and messaging in a way that moves your career forward. 

    A Focus on Holiday Networking—Dos, Don’ts and How-Tos
    December 5 | 8:00- 9:30 a.m.

    Seattle University | Pigott Building | Puget Power Room 416

    A Focus on Holiday Networking—Dos, Don’ts and How-Tos
    December 6 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Register for webinar today.

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    Magis: Alumni Living the Mission(1)

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/4/2013 03:18:09 PM

    St. Nicholas Blessing Prayer
    St. Nicholas, holy patron of children,
    Bishop of the East,
    we invite you to come among us
    and to grant us your holy blessing.

    Help us in this busy, busy season
    not to miss the miracle of the coming of Emmanuel
    in the days of preparation
    as well as on the feast itself.
    Help us not to be blind
    to the gifts of getting ready.

    Protect us from insincerity.
    May every greeting we send
    be signed with love, friendship, and prayer.
    May our greetings, so written,
    be fun to open and treasures to keep.

    Kind St. Nicholas,
    protect us from shopper’s fatigue.
    Show us how to take delight in the marketplace,
    now transformed in beauty, lights and music.
    Save us from all anxiety over what to give
    so that we may concentrate on how to give.

    Stand by the stepladder
    as we decorate our homes and trees and lives.
    May not our decorations be mute
    but rather singing symbols,
    sacred signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord
    of Life.

    Help us to remember that mistletoe, holly
    and all other ornaments of the season,
    were sacred signs to ancient believers.

    But, most of all, jolly saint of toys and sweets,
    help us to stay youthful, humorous, playful and
    as we prepare together for the coming of Christ
    with Advent longing.

    St. Nicholas, pray for us.

    St. Nicholas

    Author Edward Hayes so beautifully captures the joy, tension, and excitement of the holiday season in his prayer to St. Nicholas, a saint who happened to commit his life to service towards those in need and suffering, and whose  feast day is celebrated December 6th.

    In our modern living, we may become overwhelmed by the amount of numerous holiday festivities to attend, or the pressures of commercialization and finding the “perfect” gift (“Save us from all anxiety over what to give so that we may concentrate on how to give”). However, we are called to “not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready.” As we enter into the liturgical season of Advent, a time of joy and anticipation, Magis invites you to consider ways to stay mindful in the process of giving and celebrating. Where are the moments to make the most mundane of things – like gift wrapping  or setting the dinner table for family and friends – sacred? Where might you look to give a little more in time, talent, or treasure? Just as Hayes gently nudges us, we are being graced with an opportunity to be mindful in the midst of it all, especially in the everyday moments. This serves also as a reminder that this season we start with gratitude, and from there choose to be generative, abundant, and of service with our love – not only during this time of year, but all year round.

    As a special invitation for this month, we encourage you to join us on December 7th at Seattle U for our annual Justice Education Forum – just another way to honor the spirit of St. Nicholas! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Festivus, we at Magis send you our greetings of joy and peace this holiday season.

    Alumni Spotlight: John Paul Fukumae

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2013 11:10:22 AM

    “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” - Marc Anthony

    John PaulJohn Paul Fukumae is a 2011 Seattle University grad who loves what he does for a living-and we really can’t blame him. John works for NBC Universal doing publicity for the Home Entertainment Department. His projects include promotional campaigns for such releases as “Despicable Me 2” and “Fast & Furious 6.” 

    “A big part of publicity is building awareness for the consumers and getting national coverage for our Blu-rays. Publicity allows me to be a part of many different creative elements such as having unique press day experiences, building partnerships with top-level brands and working with talent from the movies in support of the DVD release,” John said.

    One of John’s favorite memories, was when he got to meet Tom Cruise. “He threw a thank you luncheon for the people working on Oblivion and when I introduced myself and shook his hand he ‘personally’ thanked me for my work on the campaign. Not bad for one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood,” John shared.

    But how did John end up in what one might describe as a dream job? A large part is in thanks to Seattle University.

    “To put it simply, I wouldn't have made it out to LA doing what I love if it wasn't for Seattle University.” When John started college he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. But after attending career counseling, pre-major workshops and sessions, he was able to find his passion. And with the direction of one professor in particular, he was able to turn that passion into a career.

    “Professor James Forsher paved the path for me in entertainment and set up so many opportunities for me to succeed. By shadowing him as he produced TV shows and helping out with documentaries, I was able to learn these skills on my own and figure out what it takes to be successful in this industry.”

    John has channeled his passion into a side project entitled 'The Always Summer Project,' a YouTube Channel dedicated to educating and inspiring people to chase after their own goals with passion and creativity, as told by those who turned their dreams into reality and are doing what they love for a living.

    As someone who has found a success doing what he loves, John has this advice for alumni just entering the job market.

    “Love what you do and show your passion. You'll be working for basically the rest of your life so choose a career path that's gratifying, satisfying and brings purpose to your life. I've equally met a lot of unhappy and happy people so make sure you're the latter. Work hard, start early and build your network as soon as you can.”

    Are you a Seattle U graduate with a great story to tell? Send us an email telling us a little more about yourself and you might just end up in the next SU Voice.


    Student Alumni Ambassadors

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2013 11:05:29 AM


    Nina Cataldo is a junior at Seattle University and vice president for the student club, Student Alumni Ambassadors, affectionately called SAAs. The club strives to connect Seattle University students to alumni.

    “I got involved with the group as a freshman attending the club fair. I was thinking about my future even then and knew it was a great opportunity to network with alumni and develop professionally,” Nina said.

    Caity Hoover, current grad student and club adviser shared that, “SAA’s devotion to Seattle University is especially significant because they are the driving force behind connecting the SU community with its past, present and future. They earnestly want to develop and expand the relationship between Seattle University’s alumni and current student body. Without their efforts and their voice, current students would not know about the amazingly supportive community they have waiting outside the walls of the university.”

    As VP for the club and incoming president, Nina has come to love the community SAA has exposed her to. “I’ll attend events and talk to alumni who’ve graduated long ago, but here we are generations of Seattle U alumni coming together around our shared values and pride in our school.”

    Nina has big plans for the future of SAA. She wants to improve the awareness of SAAs  so that when students want to connect with alumni, their first thought is automatically SAA, and the same can be said for alumni. If alumni are looking for an event or opportunity to connect with the student body, she hopes the club is at the top of their list as a resource. The first step in achieving this goal is a joint mixer between the young alumni group, Seattle U Bridge, and the Student Alumni Ambassadors.  “Even as a freshman I had hoped to develop some sort of mentor element to the club and I’m hoping the Seattle U Bridge can help make that a reality,” Nina shared.

    Susan Vosper, alumna and Assistant Vice President of Seattle University Alumni Association sees the SAAs as an enriching part of the student experience. “It is one of the best ways to help our students build their leadership skills and experiences. As a member of SAA, students are given the opportunity to work closely with individuals from various departments at the University, plus have the chance to network with Seattle U alumni from various professional fields.  For our alumni association, we are building the next generation of alumni leaders.”

    On behalf of SAA, Nina would like to invite the alumni to engage students. “If you see us at an event we’d love to have a conversation with you. We  want to hear your stories and share ours with you.” Nina also has a request for our established alumni. “It would be really valuable if alumni volunteered their time to come and speak with us and to share advice to help prepare us for life outside of college.”

    So the next time you see a group of students at an alumni event, say hello and share your Seattle U story. You’ll be engaging them in their future as an alum and preparing them for the world beyond Seattle U’s walls.  

    Christmas Wishes From Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/25/2013 11:09:06 AM

     2013 Christmas - Fr. Steve

     Dear Alumni – 

    The Advent season is upon us and I want to begin with warm wishes of hope to you and yours!
    This is a time when we reflect on our blessings of the past year and look with anticipation toward Christmas and the new year. As president of a Catholic and Jesuit university, I am grateful and proud of our students, faculty, staff and especially our alumni, who after leaving this institution, model our core values on a daily basis.
    This Christmas season I want to thank you for supporting the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit so that when they graduate, they too may carry on the legacy and mission of this institution as you do.
    A big part of our mission is to encourage our students to find their true callings. This encouragement does not end with graduation.  We pray and encourage always that you, our alumni, continue to discern your calling.  As the weather turns colder and we move into the holiday season, we are all invited to reflect on what matters most in our lives.  We take our hopes, dreams and aspirations and give them to God so that they may be blessed and fulfilled through Jesus Christ.
    May you know the comfort and inspiration of God’s love this season and all through the year. From all of us at Seattle University we wish you and yours a very blessed Advent season and a merry Christmas!
    Fr. Stephen  V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University

    Holiday on the Hill: Bring Seattle U Magic to your Holiday

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:42:38 PM

    Join us for a favorite university tradition and bring a little Seattle U Christmas magic to your holiday. 

    Tree Lighting

    Christmas Tree Lighting and Alumni Reception

    Thursday, December 5, 2013
     | 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. | Kinsey Gallery - Admission and Alumni Building
    Tree Lighting and Christmas Carols
     | 7:00 p.m. | Seattle University

    Advent Mass and Reception
    Sunday, December 8, 2013
    | 4:00 | Chapel of St. Ignatius
     | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Pigott Atrium
    Families are welcome at all events.


    The Volpe Family Legacy

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:27:27 PM

    In 1944, Dr. Paul A. Volpe began his career at Seattle College as a professor in the Department of Commerce and Finance, but little did he know he was also beginning a family legacy spanning three generations. In 1947, Dr. Volpe went on to become the first Dean of the business school, bringing the number of schools at Seattle College to five. The college would go on to be renamed Seattle University in 1948.

    Dean Volpe was dedicated to the Jesuit values of the university, evident in his promotion of his college and his efforts to improve the student experience, saying that “to educate men and women in character, intellect and professional capacity is the goal of the School of Commerce of Seattle University.” In 1948, Dean Volpe instituted night classes to better fit the needs of working students.

    In 1965, Dr. Volpe resigned as Dean of the School of Commerce, in order to serve on the President’s Advisory Council. Dr. Volpe was the first non-Jesuit in Seattle University history to be appointed to the President’s Council. Despite his resignation, Dr. Volpe continued to teach business management courses until his death in 1968. 

    Dr. Volpe’s pride and belief in Seattle U's mission was shared with his wife Marie, and was passed on to his seven children, Paul Vincent, Tessie, Ginny, Mark, Peter, Marian and Esther, who all went on to attend Seattle University, as would six of his grandchildren. In 1999 his grandson, Paul A. Volpe II, earned the “Paul A. Volpe Award,” for the highest academic excellence in the Albers School of Business and Economics.

    Paul and Marie Volpe with their 7 children.

    Volpe Family Photo

    As a freshman attending a Seattle University orientation dance, Dr. Volpe’s youngest daughter, Esther, met Tom Drouin, a fellow legacy student and her future husband. The couple was married by Fr. Axer, S.J., a Seattle U professor and close family friend. 

    As Esther and Tom built their own family, they instilled in their children those Jesuit values that were a cornerstone of their education and that Dr. Volpe had believed in so strongly – intellectual and academic excellence, social justice and Catholic faith. 

    Joseph, the Drouin’s oldest, graduated from Georgetown, and completed the TESOL program at Seattle University, preparing him for his current role as a teacher in South Korea. 

    Their daughter, Rachael Drouin, is currently a senior in Seattle University’s nursing program. 

    “Our family legacy played a role in our children, nieces and nephews planning to attend Seattle University; that and pride in keeping their grandfather’s name alive,” Esther said. 

    In 2010 the family attended a re-dedication ceremony for the Volpe Room in the Albers School of Business and Economics. 

    “Seattle University has been good to my family.” Esther shared that when her mother died in 2004, Fr. Sundborg, Fr. Sullivan and Fr. Reichman officiated her service. “We have always felt welcomed by the university.”

    When speaking to the importance of legacy families, Esther said, “People often think of legacy families as important for their donations they make to a university, but I see their importance as having pride in the university and keeping their family at the school. I’ve noticed the Jesuit values and the global world view very present in Seattle University alumni and students as they graduate. I’ve read about their impact in the community, for example the Seattle Nativity School. They’re carrying out those Jesuit values of social justice and epitomizing a Jesuit education."

    As Rachael Drouin prepares to graduate from Seattle University, she has already demonstrated her commitment to these values, from volunteering in New Orleans on a mobile medical unit to caring for over 500 children at a clinic in South Africa. 

    “My Grandmother Marie believed in the ideals and mission of this university to the day she died; after my grandfather’s passing, she continued to carry on his legacy and instill the Jesuit tradition in her children and grandchildren. Legacy is not something we choose for ourselves, but rather something that is bestowed upon us from our ancestors,” Rachael said. 

    The Volpe family embodies what Seattle University is all about - social justice, academic excellence and tradition.  Twenty-nine year old Paul Volpe had no way of knowing when he took a job at Seattle College what a lasting legacy he was creating for his family and the university, but it is one we are sure would make him proud.


    Shasti Conrad, '08 Recent Alumni Spotlight and Member of the Obama Campaign

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:26:04 PM


    Shasti Conrad, a Sullivan scholar and Honors alum, quickly made her mark when she came to Seattle University from Oregon. As the founding president of the Oxfam student club, she worked with the university's food service, Bon Appetit, to ensure that only fair trade coffee would be used on campus. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Oxfam hosted a week of events to raise funds for rebuilding. With the Seattle University Youth Initiative, she helped students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School to improve their reading skills. But it was the Sociology major's thesis on social activism that paved the way for her work at the White House.

    "I looked at social activism among the hip-hop community," Conrad said. "I was interested in how to get young people involved in politics, particularly young people of color."

    After graduating and spending some time abroad, Conrad came back to Washington state to work as a field organizer on the 2008 Obama for President campaign. Another alum, Alyson Palmer, class of 2006, had joined the campaign in Indiana and following the election was asked to put together the White House intern program. Upon her suggestion, Conrad applied and became one of only 100 interns headed to Washington, D.C., as a presidential intern.

    "I joined the White House Office of Urban Affairs," Conrad said. "It was a new office focused on how the federal government could partner with cities to revitalize urban communities."

    It didn't take long before Conrad became the staff assistant to Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy.

    By the summer of 2010, Conrad had drawn the attention of Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President. Jarrett oversees the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Engagement; and Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport. Conrad moved to the West Wing to serve as her executive assistant.

    "I slept with my Blackberry on vibrate," Conrad said. "It was the summer of the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the first debt ceiling crisis, and the Middle East in turmoil."

    Sitting close to the seat of power, Conrad developed an appreciation for leaders and leadership. She realized that even the most powerful have the same concerns as everyone else.

    "They have kids. They want to do well. They get nervous before a speech," she said. "Regardless of their political views, they chose public service and want to make things better." 

    An experience with U2's Bono was a highlight: "I told him I had gone to Seattle University, and he told me how much he valued the work of the Jesuits. We bonded over the Jesuits." 

    Conrad left the White House to work as the briefings director on the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama, returned to D.C. to assist with the inauguration on the Vice President's team, and has now returned to the Puget Sound area.

    Reflecting on her experience with the President and his team, Conrad stressed the importance of her experiences at Seattle University:

    "I felt like my classes and the campus communities I was a part of always stressed the connection between the work we were doing and how we made a difference for the greater good. Beyond my own personal enrichment, those experiences gave me a strong sense of the importance of working with a purpose. When I joined the Obama campaign and later worked at the White House, I knew that I was in the right place because I felt the same way I had during the best moments I had at Seattle U. Being able to recognize and create meaningful community has been one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned at Seattle U. and something that I brought with me to the White House and take with me wherever I go."

    In September, Conrad began the Master's in Public Affairs program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She plans to focus on international development.

    "I was a kid from Oregon walking the halls of the White House where the first black President of the United States lives," she recalled. "People were engaged, interesting, and looked like me. The experience opened up doors for me that I would never have believed possible."

    Thank you to Laura Paskin and the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter for allowing us to publish this recent alumni spotlight. 


    Exploring the Triple Bottom Line with Professor Dr. Phillip Thompson

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:21:23 PM

    Professor Dr. Phillip Thompson, director for the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability will be the keynote speaker at the premier SU Advantage | Networking Event entitled “People, Planet, Profit: Our Obligation to the Triple Bottom Line.” But what is the triple bottom line? We sat down with Dr. Thompson to learn more about the topic and find out what it means to him.  

    Dr. Thompson, also a professor in the College of Science and Engineering, explains, “The triple bottom line is what it sounds like.” I task my students to play the role of an engineer and entrepreneur, always conscious of the triple bottom line. They must develop a business that will be profitable, while being sustainable and paying a living wage.” 

    Dr. Thompsons explains that this ethical running of a business is not detrimental to the financial growth of a company. If done correctly, it encourages innovation and increases profits. There is no better example of this than the Bullitt Center, the greenest building in the world, where Dr. Thompson conducts much of his work. 

    The Bullitt Center was built as part of the Living Building Challenge. For this challenge buildings could not contain any hazardous materials: there is a red list over 400 materials that are harmful to the environment and none of these could be used in the creation of the building. 

    One of the materials, similar to Tyvek, (a vapor barrier) that was due to be used in production of the Bullitt Center contained one of the red listed materials and therefore, some innovation was required. The manufacturer agreed to create a new vapor barrier that did not contain the harmful material and the end result was a product that was cheaper to produce than the original and proved more effective. 

    “This is an unintended consequence, but one with improved outcomes. The manufacturer now has a clean product that works better thanks to innovation inspired by care for the triple bottom line.” 

    How else are Dr. Thompson and his classes using sustainability for a great social and economic impact? 

    Bullitt Center

    With help of his students, Dr. Thompson is working with Holy Family School, a low income kindergarten to 8th grade Catholic school, to remove concrete and create a rain garden and urban farming project for the school. It will save the school money, allow them to grow vegetables for the community and teach the next generation the importance of sustainability. 

    Another of Dr. Thompson’s projects is one alumni can see for themselves on a tour of the Bullitt Center. Dr. Thompson and his students test the water produced by a wetland on the 3rd floor of the Bullitt Center, which cleans gray water and sends it to the aquifer below the building. If the water meets the Department of Health’s standards, it will mean success for the team. 

    “Sustainability impacts every industry. If your company is spending money on energy, and through sustainability you can reduce consumption and therefore increase profits, then you’re looking out for your bottom line.”

    If you would like to learn more about Dr. Philip Thompson’s work and the impact of sustainability on business, join us on November 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Sorrento Hotel for our first SU Advantage | Networking Event featuring Dr. Phillip Thompson and Dean Mike Quinn of the College of Science and Engineering. Registration is now open. 


    In Honor of Veterans' Day

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:17:19 PM

    Seattle University has produced many graduates who’ve gone on to serve our country and make us proud. Thank you to all of you for serving your country.

    In honor of this Veterans’ Day, we are  featuring one alumnus and veteran who has dedicated his time to helping other veterans navigate the benefits process.

    Don D. Whedon, Sr., ’73, is a retired member of the United States military. He has served across different branches including the Navy, Army and Air Force in both Vietnam and Grenada.

    After Vietnam, Whedon returned home to attend college and play football. Whedon took classes at different colleges and universities until finally coming to Seattle University where he studied psychology.

    “The Jesuits who taught at Seattle University really cared about the students as individuals and cared that they learned the material. At other schools it seemed like the professors didn’t care about the students, but not at Seattle University. Fr. Goldberg, Professor George and Dr. Strickland knew so much.”

    In 2005, Whedon retired from the military and completed veterans’ service training. He now works as a veterans’ service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    Whedon acknowledges that his education at Seattle University helped direct his career goals. “The Jesuit values are to give and to serve and that’s what I do. It keeps me alive and it keeps me healthy. I’ve always been one to help someone get the help that they need. I’ve worked a lot with homeless veterans identifying those most in need of help and raising money for Catholic Community Services to find homes for veterans.”

    Though not a lawyer, Whedon is well versed in the veterans’ claims process. If there are any alumni who are looking for help navigating litigation or claims with the Veteran’s Administratino, Don  Whedon would like to help.

    Happy Thanksgiving from your Seattle University Family

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:11:33 PM

    This Thanksgiving we asked members of the university community to share with us their favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is what they had to say.

    Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Share it in our comments and we might just share it on Facebook. 


    The Best Part of Thanksgiving is…


     “I love this whole season of the year from harvest, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Advent, to Christmas.   For me it is all about being thankful for blessings, a time when the season slows down, darkens, becomes more golden,a time to savor the grace of God.  I think Thanksgiving Day is the best of all American festival occasions.” 
     – Fr. Steven Sundborg, SJ, President of Seattle University  

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory growing up in North Dakota involves the family ritual of packing up the car with the ten of us (including parents) to go to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Mel’s farm for the holiday.  By late November a smooth layer of ice covered the “slough,” the half-acre pond created by the run off from the horse trough.  Anywhere from 30 to 50 relatives gathered around the table as my grandfather intoned the grace before meal.  The Thanksgiving dinner itself was a banquet for a czar:  turkey with dressing, pheasant, duck, yams, potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, cole slaw, green jello with mandarins, fruit salad—all for starters, followed by either pumpkin pie or pecan pie å la mode.”  
    – Fr. Pat Howell, SJ 

    “The best part of Thanksgiving is the Tofurky and the games. A nicely marinated and carefully baked Tofurky is an excellent pairing with games to play with the family after we’re done eating.” Professor Chris Paul, PhD., Department Chair, Communications 

    “One time a friend of mine returned from a dinner with family and friends. I asked him, "what did you have for dinner?" He responded," I don't really remember, but I do remember what we talked about and the great time everyone had." Meals with family and friends is more about being together than about the food we share.

    Thanksgiving is about remembering all that God has done for us, and out of gratitude freely sharing what we have received.
    – Fr. Dave Anderson, Alumni Chaplain 

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving, like so many families, is bringing everyone together and sharing stories and memories at the dinner table. Since my parents were born in Italy and Ireland, our Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up in Connecticut did have a large turkey but definitely had an Italian flair. We had homemade tortellini soup in broth and my sisters and I helped my mom and grandmother (Nona) in making the tortellini pasta. We also had homemade lasagna which was fabulous. Even as kids we were allowed to have some of my grandfather's (Nono) home brewed red wine. We mixed a small part of wine with ginger ale or 7-Up and thought it tasted great! A lot of special memories.”
      – Joan Bonvicini, Seattle University Women’s Basketball Head Coach 

    “Every Thanksgiving I go to my in-laws, grab a big plate of food and switch between watching the NBA and NFL games. My goal is to sit in one spot for as long as humanly possible!” 
    – Cameron Dollar, Seattle University Men’s Basketball Head Coach  

    In my family, one of my fondest Thanksgiving traditions was eating homemade Italian pasta.  My stepfather, who is Sicilian, following his mother, would always make ravioli or linguini or some other pasta dish from scratch.  He made his version of his mother’s sauce, hauled out the pasta machine, and worked for hours to create the finest pasta I had ever tasted.  He did all this in addition to the usual Thanksgiving meal.  When my wife and I married years ago, we couldn’t always journey to my parents’ home for Thanksgiving.  So we continued this Sicilian tradition on our own in solidarity.  It came to be our favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, the working and reworking of semolina dough, the crank and squeak of the pasta machine, and fragrant release of garlic and herbs in the sauce simmering on the stove.  The result was so light and delicate, one bite was all you needed to wonder why on earth anybody ever settled for store-bought pasta.  All of it added up to more than a little bit of home and to a renewed sense of connection with family and with our shared past.

    A little over a decade ago, my wife and I gave up eating meat for health and ethical reasons.  Gone were the turkey and dressing, the gravy and wishbone.  But the homemade pasta remained and became all the more valuable as a result.  Now our diet is pretty much entirely plant-strong.  While this life choice has meant giving up some treasured recipes—my grandmother’s legendary chicken soup, for example—it hasn’t meant a loss of our essential Thanksgiving tradition.  For this reason, I am all the more thankful that my stepfather, Frank Lofendo, introduced it all those many years ago.  Maybe it even helped pave the way for the dietary life we lead now.” 
    – Professor Sean McDowell, PhD., Director, University Honors Program  

    “The thing I love most about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!” 
    – Susan Vosper, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations   

    “One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories and traditions has more to do with what we did with the turkey after Thanksgiving.  I come from an Italian-American family that had a traditional American meal but then put an Italian twist on the leftover turkey.  We used the turkey to make homemade ravioli and cappelletti (a small tortellini-like pasta for soup) to be eaten the next day.  Multiple generations are involved in making the pasta and filling.  It’s still my favorite way to have turkey!” 
    – Laurie Prince, New Student Family Programs, Student Development   

    Recipes from our table to yours:


    Tim Albert’s Deep Fried Turkey

    “Well, my favorite is deep fried turkey.  I became addicted to this in New Orleans.  This is a variation on a recipe that I like. But you should go with what you like and I experiment with variations on this annually.
    – Tim Albert, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life

    Find Tim's favorite deep fried turkey recipe here.  

    Bon Appetit

    Thanks to Bon Appetit for sharing two of their Thanksgiving favorites. 

    Bon Appetit’s Sweet Potato Casserole 

    Bon Appetit’s Pumpkin Cheesecake


    Basketball Pre-Game Rallies are Back!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/3/2013 08:48:18 AM

    The alumni pre-game rallies are back and better than ever! Get ready to rock the red it’s almost basketball season!
    Don’t miss out on the family fun, friends, and Seattle U pride! Attendees will enjoy complimentary pre-game snacks and a cash bar.
    Mad Grad Rally
    Mark your calendar for all the rallies this season:

    Women’s BB v. Pepperdine - Celebrating WAC Championship
    Rally featuring the School of Theology and Ministry
    Friday, November 8, 2014
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
    Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Men’s BB v. CSU Fullerton
    Rally featuring the College of Arts and Sciences
    Wednesday, November 13, 2014
    5:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
    KeyArena | Club Live

    Men’s BB v. Evergreen State
    Rally featuring School of Law
    November 16, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Law alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena | Club Live

    Women’s BB v. Idaho
    Rally featuring the College of Nursing
    February 1, 2014
    12:00 p.m. Nursing alumni; 1:00 p.m. all alumni
    Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Men’s BB v. New Mexico State
    Rally featuring Albers School of Business
    February 8, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Albers alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena | Club Live

    Men’s BB v. Grand Canyon
    Rally featuring College of Science & Engineering
    February 20, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Science & Engineering alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena  | Club Live

    Men’s Basketball v. Idaho - Homecoming 2014
    Homecoming Alumni Pre-Game Rally
    March 1, 2014
    5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    KeyArena | Club Live

    A complete schedule for men and women’s basketball is now available online.

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 02:16:40 PM
    Fall is a busy time. But honestly, when is it not? Take a moment to recall a time you unplugged from the growing list of errands, work email, and constant chatter of Facebook and connected with your own self.
    Where were you? What did you feel? What did you discover?
     Ignatius Retreat
    Sometimes we keep ourselves distracted and “plugged in” to the white noise of life on purpose in order to not feel or tend to what lies below the surface and in our hearts… to not listen to the voice deep within which is yearning (and sometimes begging) for attention. Instead, we fill up our lives with pretexts like “Who else is going to do those chores?” or “I have a project list a mile long”. But really, what we might need is a space to feel safe enough to be still. This can only be found in the inner sanctuary of our mind, body, and soul.
    One benefit of going on a retreat is restoration. Retreats facilitate rhythms of spaciousness and curiosity to explore spirituality and prayer, as well as increase awareness of the Sacred hidden in the mundane, day-to-day activities of life. It is there that we can stand in a posture of openness to love more, and be loved in return. Another benefit is the experience of community. Retreats bring together all kinds of people from various walks of life who sometimes seemingly don’t have anything in common, yet who are being challenged by similar themes and circumstances.  Retreats are a place of refuge offering reflection, rest, and rejuvenation.
    Magis at Seattle University is offering a new series designed for alumni in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to retreat in everyday life. Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series kicks off Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Mosaic Coffee House in the Wallingford neighborhood. Meet other alumni, enjoy the wisdom of great facilitators, and say “hello!” to your interior self. We recommend attending the whole series, but if you can only make one or two sessions, that’s great, too. There will be an optional online conversation to continue sharing and learning post-session. And, the series is free! Some retreats can be pricey, so take advantage of this retreat for zero cost and an affordable time commitment.
    Because if not now, when?

    Danicole Ramos, '16: Alumni Call to Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:28:36 PM

    DanicoleIf there is anything that Seattle University has shown me in my first year it is that it values the spirit of community. My roommate defined it best when he told me, “Danicole all people want in college is to feel important and make others feel important too.”

    I remember rehearsing our Men’s Kahiko for Hui 'O Nani Hawaii’s luau. Our instructor, Erin and Taryn made the boys run through the dance. During one of the run throughs, Erin yelled, “Stop! Someone is off and doing the moves all wrong but I don’t want to say who it is. I don’t want to hurt their feelings.” Being that this was the first lu’au I’d ever be part of, I was so excited and enthusiastic. I told Erin, “It’s okay. We’re family. Just say who it is. It’s not a big deal.” Then she looked at me and said, “Okay, Danicole it’s you.”

    But that’s why having a community is so important, especially in college, when you’re by yourself and away from home. A community watches out for you, they ground you, and pick you up when you fall.  And that is why you are all here leading successful careers and lives. It’s because during your time at Seattle University, whether it was a club, a professor, or Jesuit, someone saw something special about you before you even realized it.

    Take McDonald’s for example. It’s a restaurant that is all over the world. Of course, there is your usual menu of French fries and a big Mac, but each McDonald’s across the world has a unique menu. Where Hawaii has Portuguese sausage, spam, eggs, and rice, a place like Italy serves their sandwiches on cibatta bread, In The Philippines, they serve longanesa for breakfast and in Canada, you can get a McLobster roll. McDonald’s does this in hopes that they can attract consumers to their restaurant by appealing to their culture and the background of their consumers. It is that idea where Seattle U develops their community. At the core, Seattle U wants to develop students who become leaders. But to do that, they make sure that whether the student is interested in sports, social activism, cultural clubs, or student government, that there is a place for them to channel their passions to better the school and later on the world.

    During your years at Seattle University, you have been asked to fulfill Seattle University's mission to be "…leaders for a just and humane world." Tonight, you can continue to fulfill that mission by helping 7,000 students like me do the same in their education. Because somewhere back in Seattle, there is a student majoring in SPEX who fins great joy in teaching PE and healthy lifestyles to second graders at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. In the library there is a student who designs a blueprints for her engineering class, dreaming one day that they will be the one to build a strong bridge through the I5. In a crammed studio in the Murphy Apartments, a senior nursing student studies all night for their medical ethics course because they wish to one day become a nurse practitioner and provide quality healthcare for their impoverished hometown. A Humanities for Teaching major sets up a table by C-Street during lunch to encourage students to sign a petition to demand racial and economic equality to public school students.  And in the Pigott Auditorium, there are a small group of economic students selling baked goods to fund a trip to Panama to teach economic sustainability in rural communities.

    These stories are the stories of future leaders in the making. We are the future leaders who take our education beyond the textbook and into society. Because like you, SU has emphasized to us that education is not how much you know, but what you do with how much you know. The new generation of SU students (us) understand that it is our kuleana in making this world more effective, ethical, and efficient. However, we cannot continue this endeavor without your mentorship, your guidance, your support, and most importantly, your story of how Seattle University has changed your life.  

    And as your support us, guide us, mentor us, and share your story, we will do as Saint Ignatius called us to do which is "Go forth and set the world on fire." Aloha and thank you for your time.

    Haunted Seattle University

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:13:12 PM

    Among Seattle U residents, staff and alumni, legends of ghosts are whispered in hushed tones every time an empty elevator mysteriously opens, the lights switch off or a door slams. Are these ghosts or merely our nerves getting the best of us? In the spirit of Halloween, we thought we’d let you decide.

    After nearly 125 years as an institution, each building on campus has its own stories passed from one generation of residents to the next. According to a former RA and RHA staff member, there’s more than just school spirit in Campion Hall.

    Campion - Haunted

    Rumor has it that the ghost of a female student, whose life was tragically cut short, haunts the 10th floor.

    According to the campus legend, handprints appear on windows, the elevator doors open late at night to reveal no passengers, and some students have even claimed seeing the girl in her former room. The exact room number remains a mystery, to prevent undue panic, but it’s said this one room has a higher than average turn-over rate.

    “About eight years ago, a sensitive RA had a séance with the girl and asked her to stop bothering everyone.”

    Questions remain as to if the séance worked or if the girl still lingers on the 10th floor.

    Take a walk down the hill from Campion, and you’ll find yourself at Chardin. Once the Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing Residence for the elderly, it is now a residence hall that also houses classrooms, labs and meeting spaces. When a place bears witness to the final moments of so many souls, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression on a place. Though remodeled, the building still holds the telltale physical signs of its former life, including a double-sided elevator designed to easily move caskets carrying the deceased in and out of the building. In the residential suites, fixed above the beds, you’ll find electrical outlets, placed high to accommodate respirators and other life supporting machines.

    But what about those who passed away within its halls, have any spirits lingered?

    According to Maria Ochoa, current Assistant-Director of Magis and former resident-minister who once lived in Chardin, the presence of the departed is felt by those now living there.

    “I had students come to me saying that they experienced things. I’ve also heard there was an RA who saw an old woman in one of the windows. At one point I had two ROTC students come visit me, because one of the boys felt that there was the presence of something dark in his room. He said a dark shadowy man would appear from time to time and it would really freak him out.”

    As a resident, Maria had her own brushes with the paranormal. While getting ready in her bathroom one morning, she felt a hand brush against her arm, giving her chills. A few days later, Maria had another encounter, in her bathroom. While brushing her teeth before bed, a shampoo bottle flew out of the shower and landed at the other end of her bathroom.

    Chardin Hall

    Fr. Mike Bayard, Jesuit in-residence in Chardin, has been approached by students who’ve had lights switch off and on, doors slam, or who feel a presence following them up the staircase.

    “You always feel like there is someone with you on the stairs.” Fr. Mike said. “I myself have had two experiences in the building. Shortly after moving into Chardin, I was in bed reading when my room was filled with the smell of an old woman’s perfume. I am not an old woman and I don’t wear perfume so it obviously wasn’t mine. I live in Chardin year round, and in the summer I’m often the only one there. But at night, as I close my door and get ready for bed, I can hear people shuffling back and forth outside my room on the top floor.”

    While Fr. Mike acknowledges a presence in the building, he isn’t ever frightened by it. “Students ask me to preform blessings to get rid of the spirits, but this is how I see it – this was a nursing home. These were good people. We’ve already asked them to move once - we shouldn’t do it again.”

    So the next time you visit campus and a door slams, the lights flash, or a hand brushes your arm it might be a former Seattle U resident just saying, “Hello.”   
    Have you experienced any ghostly activity during your time at Seattle U? Share it with us in the comments!

    Alumni Spotlight: Stefanie McIrvin, '11 - Ghost Hunter

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:06:59 PM

    You might not know it to look at her, but 2011 Masters, Public Administration alumna, Stefani McIrvin, is a ghost hunter.

    Yes, you read that right, a ghost hunter. While her day job might consist of managing things in Seattle University’s I.T. office, Stefanie has a passion for the paranormal.
    Her fascination with the other side began at an early age, when her older sister purchased a historical mansion built in the 1800’s in Spokane, known as the Judge Nash House. She moved into the house at age 5 with her dad and three siblings.
    Stef Judge Nash House
    “There were a lot of things that couldn’t be explained, that we all experienced while living in the house. Doors would open and close by themselves. The tea kettle would steam and whistle on the stove, even if there was no water in it. We would hear dance music coming from the ballroom and there would be no one inside. We’d also hear piano music coming from the parlor – my sister didn’t own a piano.”

    Stefanie said that despite the weird happenings, and the occasional apparition of a maid or handyman, the house felt like home and the hauntings just became part of life. “The spirits were nice. If you lost something, you’d leave the room to go look for it and find it sitting on the table when you returned. It was like they were trying to help you out.”

    While the house she grew up in made her a believer, she didn’t start hunting ghosts until she moved into an older home in West Seattle. “We moved into a house in 2007 and it was a very different kind of haunting. We’d hear heavy footsteps on the stairs, banging from inside the walls and screams coming from the basement.”

    The malevolent nature of this haunting caused Stefanie and her now husband, Ryan, to look for ways to capture the events happening in their home. They set up cameras and attempted to record what they were hearing. In their efforts to document their haunting, the couple connected with other paranormal enthusiasts online, who invited Stefanie and Ryan on an official ghost hunt in Nevada at the Goldfield Hotel.

    Stefanie McIrvin Ghost Hunting
    In 2008, they joined their fellow ghost hunters in the small mining town of Goldfield for a 2-night investigation. Their companions were Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin who would later go on to achieve fame through their Travel Channel show, “Ghost Adventures.”

    The Goldfield Hotel has been out of operation since the 1940’s and has earned itself a reputation for paranormal activity. On the second night of their investigation, Stefanie and Ryan agreed to be locked inside alone.

    During their lock-in, a rock was thrown at Ryan, followed by the sound of footsteps retreating quickly down a staircase. They also heard the loud clamor of footsteps and voices coming from the lobby. When the couple, who thought it was their friends retrieving them, headed to the front desk, they found the lobby empty and silent with the door still locked. Ryan began the investigation as a skeptic, but ended as believer in the paranormal.

    Stefanie and Ryan continue to explore haunted locations, including a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary and a stay in a haunted hotel in Placerville California.
    Stef Prison Hunt
    “Do I get scared ghost hunting? Sure. But I think it’s because Hollywood teaches us that the paranormal is scary and dangerous and there’s a basic human fear of the unknown, but I think it’s more exciting than scary.” Stefanie said. “I really do think there’s more out there than we can see.”

    A Legacy Story

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:05:18 PM

    Marilyn Gedda ,’57 met her husband Jerome Hueffed, ’53, ’65, at Seattle University as a fifth year teaching student. “We were both in school at Seattle University. I parked behind him and we walked to class together. After class we went to get coffee. That was in June, by August we were engaged, and by Christmas we were married.”  That was the beginning of not only Marilyn and Jerome’s story, but of a family legacy.
    Marilyn and Jerome went on to have four children; Jean, ’89, Stephen,’88, ’95, Julie, ‘90 and Joe,’93,’98. All four went on to attend Seattle University at some point in their education, following in their parents’ footsteps. 

    Joe Legacy Family
    “I was always going to go to Seattle University. All my friends went there.  It was a wonderful experience.  I do think the fact that it was part of our family played a role in our children deciding to go there,” Marilyn said.

    Stephen went on to get two degrees at Seattle University. As a student at Seattle Prep and a member of the Matteo Ricci program, Stephen always had his sights set on Seattle U.
    “My time at Seattle University was a fabulous experience and I’ve continued to be impressed by how the school has continued to develop and grow,” Stephen said. While he did not meet his wife on campus, he did go on to marry her in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.
    As a member of a legacy family, Stephen feels that the family tradition helps add to the fabric of a university.

    “Seattle University has done a great job fostering Seattle U legacies, as well as attracting first generation and international students. It’s a balancing act. You want legacy members who can act as a bridge to the history of a university and remember where it came from, while also introducing new students who can create a more diverse and stronger student body.”
    Stephen’s brother, Joe, was drawn to Seattle University for its academic excellence, prime location in Seattle and its small class sizes.

     “My family placed a high value on small classes and academics above athletics, which is what I really liked about Seattle University.  At one point, I asked myself if I was attending Seattle U because my parents and family did, but I realized it was what I wanted. I felt good about the mission, Jesuit values and being connected to a bigger community of social justice.”
    Looking back on their education now, both brothers agree that it’s one they are proud of and they’d be thrilled if their children continued the family legacy at Seattle University.
    Are you part of a Seattle University legacy family? We’d like to invite you to celebrate your legacy with us as we institute a new tradition and honor our Seattle U families with a Legacy Reception and pinning ceremony on November 1stat 6:00 p.m. in the LeRoux Room at Seattle University. Event and registration details are available online.

    Alumni Only Career Fair: RECRUIT Seattle

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/5/2013 12:35:07 PM

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    Thursday, Sept 12, 2013 |11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle Center- 354 1st Avenue | San Juan Room - Northwest Rooms Building

    Put on by MyWorkster, this career fair only invites alumni from four year universities.  At similar events in the past, 94% of attendees said they would go to another MyWorkster job fair and 57% landed an interview or job as a result of attending.

    There are currently 10 universities and colleges participating and we expect more than 50 top companies from the Seattle area with hundreds of open positions will be present. They are looking to recruit graduates from Seattle University for their companies.

    Network with alumni from nine other schools and representatives from:
    Amazon, Zillow, Mutual of Omaha, Averro, Xerox, Paychex, Blue Cross, Verizon, Staples, Verizon,, Comcast, Regus, Symetra, Holland America Lines, Optimum Energy, Emeritus Senior Living and many more.

    Registration information and a complete list of companies attending can be found online.

    A Look at the New Core

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 04:24:52 PM

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    How would you like to take a class called, “Sociological Digest: The Sociology of Food,” “Knowing What We Cannot See: Electricity,” or “Occupy the Parthenon! Religion and Protest in the Ancient World?” These are just some of the course options open to the students in the new Core Curriculum.

    “After 25 years (with our current Core), it was clear we are a different university, our students are different, our world is different, the academic disciplines in the Core have evolved, and this is an opportunity to reshape it from the ground up,” explained new Core Director, Dr. Jeffrey Philpott.

    Dr. Philpott sat down with us to explain just how the Seattle University educational experience is evolving with the introduction of the new Core curriculum compared to our alumni’s experiences of the last 25 years. “If an alum were to come back as a student, the three major differences they would see in their education would first be a greater focus on inquiry and how to ask questions. Classes are also smaller, with a maximum of 19 students in a class, which will invite more interaction.

     Secondly they’d see that there is more choice and flexibility. Where all students were required to take the same courses previously, now they can choose from a wide variety of courses with a broader representative of disciplines and faculty than ever before. All students will be learning the same objectives and values in these courses, but they’ll be taught in different ways. 212 faculty members have created new courses, allowing students to choose from over 350 course options to meet their core requirements.

    And finally there’s a greater representation of faculty and disciplines represented in the core. There are class offerings across campus and departments that were never involved before. Students can be studying finance but learning Jesuit-values.”

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    The new core has four learning objectives:

    1. Every student will have good background knowledge of the Jesuit-Catholic tradition. Students will reflect on questions of meaning, spirituality, ethics, values, and justice.

    2. Students will understand where knowledge comes from and how to take part in inquiry. They’ll be active participants in the process of discovering knowledge, so that they are engaged learners.

    3. Communication – Students will learn the tools to take what’s in their head and put it out into the world, with a focus on advocacy, writing, speaking and teamwork.
    4. Global engagement – Students will understand issues confronting the world and how to be active agents for change. They will develop a basic understanding of how to interact with those from other cultural backgrounds. And study abroad will be made much easier; students can potentially fulfill all of their ’Engaging the World’ requirements while studying abroad.

    When Dr. Philpott shared the new core with faculty and staff at Mission Day, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “I want to go back to school just so I can study those courses,” a Seattle University alumna, turned staff member, said.

    “My hope is that the Core becomes a visible, signature program for the university,” said Philpott. The Core is the central educational experience of our undergraduates, and it’s an important part of our identity and educational mission. It is, in many ways, a cutting-edge Core. It uses best practices based in research. I think this is a Core that will get noticed by other universities. It will get noticed by parents of students as something distinctive about a Seattle University education.”

    Parents definitely did take notice when Dr. Philpott explained the new Core to prospective students and parents at the Accepted Students Open House. “As a parent, I was really impressed. It was the kind of education my son would be engaged by, and one that I think would really help him learn the material,” Corinne Pann, a prospective parent shared.

    An in depth overview of the core and class offerings can be found online.

    What do you think of the new core? Are these they types of classes you’d be interested in auditing?

    Alumni Seminar Series

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 04:05:30 PM

    Seattle University’s curriculum is designed to make students active participants in their education, creating life-long learners. As alumni, Seattle University invites you back to the classroom to continue that learning without the distraction of grades or papers with the Alumni Seminar Series.

    This fall, seminar participants will enjoy exploring the timely topic, “Uncertainty and Turmoil in the Middle East.” You’ll go beyond the headlines with History Professor Carmen Gitre and Law Professors Won Kidane and Russell Powell for a provocative look at events taking place in the Middle East and their effects beyond their borders. This series begins meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.

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    Alumni who have participated before will know these impactful seminars are nothing new.  Fr. David Leigh, S.J., has been heading the Alumni Seminar Series for the College of Arts and Sciences since 1983. Modeled after the Seattle University Honors Program, the alumni seminar program has evolved into a quarterly series, led by Seattle University faculty members.

    The focus shifts each quarter. In the fall, there is usually an emphasis on the human person. Topics include theology, philosophy or history. For winter, participants are invited to examine relevant social issues, such as emerging economies or social trends. For the readers among you, the focus shifts to literature in the spring.

    “What makes the seminar series so engaging, is that everyone who is there, is there because they have a love of learning,” said program director, Fr. Leigh. “I also like to offer a discount to those in the teaching profession, as re-exploring things like literature can really benefit them in the classroom.”

    This series includes six, two hour and thirty-minute sessions, parking, refreshments and course materials for $240. If you are interested in attending any upcoming seminar series, please contact to learn more.  

    SU Alumna Directs First Nativity School in Seattle

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 03:58:32 PM

    Seattle Nativity School - Jesuit Values for the Next Generation

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    Led by Seattle University alumna and Executive Director, Renee Willette, ‘13, the Seattle Nativity School opened its doors to its first ever class of middle school students on September 3rd.  Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) middle school that serves exclusively low-income families.

    "The mission of the Seattle Nativity School is to break the cycle of poverty through education. We are nurturing hope in the lives of our students, their families and communities by using the Jesuit criteria to educate the whole person,” said Seattle Nativity School President, Father Joseph Carver, S.J.

    Spiritual and intellectual growth, love and a commitment to justice are values ingrained in the foundation of the school and its educational structure. 

    Seattle Nativity School has deep roots in the Seattle University community. In addition to Willette, several members of the school’s board are alumni or members of the SU community, including Rev. Peter Ely, S.J., Diane Kocer ’82, George Hofbauer,’85. President Joseph Carver, S.J. may not be a Seattle University alum, but he’s taken courses at Seattle U and is the newest resident of the Jesuit residence on campus, Arrupe House.

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    Father Pedro Arrupe once said that a Jesuit school’s biggest asset is its alumni. Those alumni who are not engaged in their communities  fail to realize Arrupe’s vision. This vision is realized when we educate young men and women  -- so they’ll become a transformational force in society. And aren’t those values the reason why so many chose a Seattle University education?

    There are many ways for Seattle U alumni to get involved with our school,” Carver said. “We need people who are willing to donate their time to help tutor our students in reading and math, to share STEM expertise, to become class mentors or to join us for a ‘work party.’”

    There are currently 60 nativity schools, across 22 states, but the Seattle Nativity School is the first school of its kind in Seattle. If you’re interested in learning more about Seattle Nativity School or want to get involved, you can visit their website.  

    Alumni Spotlight: John Boyle '02

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 01:26:19 PM

    Boyle-John-AlumniSpotlightWith football season ready to kick off, John Boyle is the perfect recent alumnus for us to highlight.  John graduated from Seattle University in 2002 with a degree in Economics, but he did not go on to crunch numbers. Instead, he writes about the bone-crunching action of the Seattle Seahawks as the sports reporter for the Everett Herald.

    As a student, John took elective English classes and spent his senior year working on the Spectator.   “I feel like part of the reason I’m able to have a career in a field unrelated to my major is that Seattle U does a good job encouraging a well-rounded education, regardless of your course of study.”

    What stands out most to John about his time at Seattle University are the long-lasting friendships he made and the community he built.  While not something John was acutely aware of as a student, he’s felt the impact of the Jesuit-education in his work. It shapes the way he writes about a person-he sees the bigger picture and tries to capture the whole person for his stories.  

    “I love my job. I get to attend games and be behind the scenes. I’ve covered the Olympics, the Sounders, the Mariners and of course, the Seattle Seahawks. I think what I like most about my job is the variety. I know people who have to do the same thing day to day at their job, but I’ve never experienced that in mine.”

     As someone who has a career he loves, his advice to the next generation of Seattle U graduates is  “Pursue something you’re passionate about. You’ll be happier that way.”

    And for you Seahawks fans, John said that the team is one of the most talented in the NLF and it’s hard to imagine them doing anything but great this season.

    Are you an alum that would like to be featured in a recent-alumni spotlight?  Contact us at and tell us why you’d make a great story

    Alumni & Family Weekend, '63 and '03 Reunions

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 12:03:08 PM

    Join us November 1, 2, & 3 for Alumni and Family weekend and 10th and 50th reunion celebrations for the classes of 2003 and 1963.

    You are invited back to campus to reconnect with Seattle U friends, see all the changes on campus (a lot has changed even since 2003!), mingle with students, and rekindle your school spirit.

    We have a full calendar of events planned for the weekend.  Here are some highlights:

    Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Legacy Reception 
    Are you a Seattle U alum and parent of a current student?  Or were your parents or grandparents also alumni?  We are celebrating our legacy students and alumni at an exclusive reception where we will institute a new family tradition.  Bring your SU students and alumni family members to celebrate Seattle University legacies.

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
    Class of 1963 Golden Reunion Luncheon
    Celebrate 50 years!  We need your help to invite classmates and share photos and memories. Volunteer to support your reunion today!

    Class of 2003 - 10th Reunion

    Come home to celebrate your accomplishments with friends, food and good memories.  We have an evening reception planned, but would like your help planning an after party, inviting classmates and sharing photos.  Sign up to be a reunion volunteer today!

    Filipino Alumni Chapter Reunion 
    Members of the Filipino Alumni Chapter will return to campus for the Annual FAC Reunion. 

    Stay tuned for an official invitation and a full schedule of weekend events. 

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Cannon Sedillo, '03

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 11:16:16 AM

    Lauren Cannon Sedillo

    "I'm really excited to see old friends at our 10th reunion this fall," said Lauren Cannon Sedillo, a 2003 graduate of Seattle University and member of the Alumni Board of Governors.  Sedillo views this not only as an opportunity to reconnect with friends, but as a way to help other alumni reengage with the university.

    Though she enjoyed her time at Seattle University, Lauren didn't stay involved right out of college or reflect on what her education had meant to her until she got some distance after graduation, and attended a public university.

    Lauren continued her education, getting a masters in classics from the University of Washington. This gave her the opportunity to reflect on her Jesuit education. "At Seattle University there is significantly more emphasis on community outreach.  The need for community service is integrated into each program. It really is about living the mission. The focus is not just on your education, but about how you and your classmates are affecting the world. That's what it means to be Jesuit educated." Lauren has continued to live out the Jesuit mission these last four years, serving on the Executive Leadership Council for HopeLink, a nonprofit based in Redmond.

    After a few years away from Seattle U, "I began running into SU community members," said Sedillo, "and started to realize how important those connections to my alma mater were. I wanted to keep those relationships going." It was these chance encounters that lead her to the Alumni Board of Governors. "I told them how I wanted to reconnect and they suggested that the board was a great place to start."

    As a board member, Lauren has not only reconnected with Seattle University, but is helping others to do so as well. She is one of the first volunteers for her 2003 class reunion and is looking forward to helping others reconnect with the university and classmates at the reunion.

    Are you a class of 2003 graduate? Do you want to join Lauren and help us plan your 10th reunion after party and spread the word to your classmates? Contact the Alumni Relations office

    Career Fairs for Alumni Job Seekers and Hiring Companies

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 10:30:47 AM

    Are you ready to help the next generation of SU graduates get their professional start? Or maybe you're an alum searching for a new job. Join Career Services at one of the upcoming Career Fairs.

    Part-Time Job & Post-Grad Service Fair
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Business & Engineering Career Fair
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Internship Fair
    Thursday, February 06, 2014 11 AM - 2 PM

    Spring Job and Internship Fair
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12 AM - 3 PM

    Employers, registration is now open for all career fairs. You'll have the opportunity to recruit the best and brightest for your next internship or job opening. We are always looking for enthusiastic alumni to represent their company and to connect with our students. Our students and alumni have a history of professional excellence, leadership and critical thinking skills. Log in to the Redhawk Network  today to post your positions and take the SU Advantage.

    Job seekers, our employers have jobs for alumni, too.  At our Career Fairs you'll have the opportunity to meet recruiters and employers from across industries and build your professional network. The Redhawk Network is your online starting place to leverage the power of our greater SU community.  Log in today. 

    Geraldine Derig, '63: 50 Years Later - A Reflection

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/13/2013 12:16:51 PM

    In honor of the upcoming 50th reunion for the class of 1963, we are sharing a reflection from Gerri (Geraldine Derig) L. Jackson-Bell. Gerri is a '63 graduate and one of our first 50th reunion volunteers.

    Geraldine Derig

    Hi, SU Alumni Association members,

    I cannot believe this, but I very recently looked up and focused on the wall in my home office. There displayed, with a sketch of  SU’s Arts and Sciences building, is a degree – all in Latin – which essentially reads:

    Geraldine Lee Derig

    Bachelor of Commerce and Finance

    Magna cum Laude

    That diploma was signed on June 7, 1963 by Fathers Lemieux, Costello and Kelley.

    I haven’t used “Geraldine Lee,” nor my maiden name “Derig” for that matter, for many years. But I kept connected for a number of years as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, even serving as secretary and vice president.

    Seeing our SU Magazine and Susan Vosper’s wonderful article in “Alumni Voice” brought me back to our dedicated Jesuit educators.

    I remember in our class of 1963, there were only two of us gals (Joan Berry and myself) who graduated Magna from the School of C&FI believe Joan became a CPA and I was in government administration, judicial court reporting and real estate brokerage for years, before retiring two years ago.

    Now I manage my husband, David Bell's, and my small residential apartment buildings. We have travelled to four continents and I do volunteer work, particularly as a Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of Seattle through my Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds.

    I look back so very fondly on my wonderful Seattle U years and I smile with not only loving appreciation of my Jesuit education, but also for the many values that were instilled in me during my four years at Seattle U.

    In closing, I wish to congratulate all of my fellow classmates on a very special remembrance from 50 years ago!  Thank you!

    Gerri L. Jackson-Bell

    Class of 1963!!

    If you would like to join Gerri and other dedicated alumni as a Class of 1963 50th Reunion  volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.  


    A Road Trip Down Memory Lane

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/9/2013 01:03:22 PM

    Last June, a group of three friends set out on a road trip down memory lane, reconnecting with classmates and their alma mater along the way. Jonathan Eastman,’72, Mike Collins,’72 and Dennis Lou,’72 affectionately called their trip from California to Seattle the “Old Farts Road Trip.” They made stops in California, Oregon and Washington, visiting with college friends on their way back to Seattle University.

    Road Trip Tour 2013

    At Seattle U, the group stopped by the alumni office and set off on a tour of campus. “We had some students give us a tour. They were great. It was nice to see everything new-the library and the fitness center-while seeing that it remained the same campus I remember.” John Eastman said. John spent four years working in the facilities department as a student. “I knew every inch of campus, so it was really something to return and to meet-up with old classmates and roommates.” John said that the group has remained close over the years, and are now at a point where it’s important to reconnect with old friends and take time out to go see them.

    After their campus tour, the group met for a larger reunion at Seattle U’s popular watering hole, the Chieftain. Though not the historic Chieftain that once served as Seattle U’s dining hall, the Irish pub across the street still pays homage to Seattle U’s past. Many of those who returned for this brief reunion had played sports during their time at SU and found old pictures of themselves lining the walls of the Chieftain.

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    “My time at SU is full of so many great memories. I remember walking on campus, visiting the library and sitting in Pigott Auditorium. The best part of the trip was being welcome backed with open arms.”

    John says that he’s returned to Seattle University once every twenty years since his graduation, but now that he’s retired and they’ve made this trip, it could become a yearly tradition.

     Are you planning a trip back to Seattle University? Tell us when-we’d love to tell your story and welcome you home.

    Alumni Mentors Needed

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/6/2013 12:13:42 PM

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    Seattle U’s Career Services office is working to develop strong mentor programs, focused on giving Seattle U students and graduates real world experience and a competitive edge in their careers, while providing employers with highly prepared and well informed applicants.
    Recently, 15 students in pre-health majors were matched with alumni and community members for job shadow experiences in their fields of interest.  Stacy Lu, General Science major participated in hopes of learning more about being a pharmacist.  “This mentor program not only allowed me to meet with a pharmacist, but the manager who oversees all of the other pharmacists. This experience was exactly what I needed because I finally decided that a path in pharmacy is what I want to do.”
    Stacy’s mentor, Hung Troung, PhD, ’96, pharmacy manager at Virginia Mason Medical Center, encourages other alumni and their employers to participate in the program because “companies have a difficult time finding qualified candidates. By acting as a mentor, you help your organization by creating an individual prepared to fill your position after they graduate.”
    Whether you live near or far, we need Seattle University alumni to sign up to mentor current students and recent alumni. You can select the activities and amount of time that work for your schedule.  Mentoring can take many different forms such as:

    •     Serving as a panelist on a career-related topic
    •     Conducting mock interviews
    •     Allowing a student or recent graduate shadow you at your job.
    •     Offering resume feedback
    •     Providing informational interviews
    •     Contributing content for articles and blogs

    To get register to be a mentor, go to the Career Services Redhawk Network.

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Tony Capeloto, '11

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2013 03:57:02 PM

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     Tony Capeloto is a 2011 Albers Graduate, a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, and on a mission to get the Seattle University Young Alumni Chapter off the ground. “I hope to establish real benefits and services for alumni, and increase the effectiveness of the alumni association, to create something with a wide reach and a real impact.”
    When looking for colleges, Tony Capeloto knew that he wanted to attend a school in the Seattle area where he could grow professionally and develop a network of contacts that would lead to a job in the fast-paced city he loved. It was Seattle University’s location that put it on his radar.

    A Seattle native, Tony attended Blanchet high School where a teacher first introduced him to Fr. Romero, S.J. and the Jesuit philosophy. It was that Jesuit identity that made Seattle U appeal to Tony above the other area schools.

    “The most important thing I learned at SU was to give as much as you can. This is why I’ve become so interested in the Young Alumni Chapter. I’m local. I have established connections in the area. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be someone from out of the area who only has 4-years to develop those relationships and then walk across the stage at graduation hoping to find a job. We spend all this time and energy on people who are so valuable to our community, and then we lose them to their home state because they can’t find a job.”

    Tony got his first job out of college through the Career Services Redhawk Network.  He began working for a small firm where he was licensed to sell securities. He soon decided he wanted to provide his clients with more resources, and reached out to family friend who became his business partner, mentor and brought him to Wells Fargo Advisors.  “It’s these types of relationships that SU alumni need. Everyone I’ve met from SU has been willing to give their time and advice. We have this great energy, but we have no way to channel it.”
    Tony is leading efforts to build Seattle University’s Young Alumni Chapter so more recent alumni feel connected to the Seattle University Alumni Association. He envisions a group that is fun, effective and beneficial, and centered on bringing alumni together to create a strong community. “The benefits are exponential when you work together, and that’s a lesson that can be applied to all aspects of life.”
    If you are interested in taking a more active role in the Seattle University Alumni Association or the Young Alumni Chapter, email

    A Graduating Senior's Reflection: Rebecca Leonard

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2013 03:52:48 PM
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    Rebecca Leonard, '13
    College of Arts and Sciences

    My life at Seattle University began in the spring, when I accepted my admittance. At that moment, I began to envision my life in Seattle and what being a student at Seattle University would be like. Fast forward four years, and my time at Seattle University is coming to a close in the summer. The time I spent at Seattle University went by faster than I ever imagined it could have, and as I begin to prepare myself for the next stage in my life, I keep wondering what will happen between me and the University that has informed and helped change so much of who I am today.
        To compare who I was before coming to Seattle University and who I am now wouldn’t be fair. Before coming to Seattle, I didn’t have many opportunities in high school to be engaged or to be a leader. Coming to Seattle University my first year, I was somewhat overwhelmed walking into the Street Fair fall quarter and seeing how many clubs existed. Excited, I signed up for as many as I possibly could (a freshman mistake, I now realize). Over the years, my commitment to some of these groups declined as others flourished, presenting me with my first opportunity to really discern what was important to me and why.
        Now I am confronted with a new type of excitement and fear as I look into my future away from academia. In the end, I am ready to walk across the stage and accept my diploma, as well as my different role in the world. A part of what helps me to be so excited and ready for this transition is that I know I can always come back to Seattle University and still have a place within the community. While I may not be as involved post-graduation as I was during my undergrad years, I intend to be as involved as I can be with the University that has given me so many opportunities.
        If I had to synthesize in one word what Seattle University embodies, it wouldn’t be easy, but I’d have to say: care. All around the campus, the care that faculty, staff, professors, students, and alumni have is evident. It’s not just care for those around them, but also the care they have for their job and the tasks in front of them. This care transforms into dedication and persistence, contributing to the aware and active campus that Seattle University can boast. I know that this care will enable me to go out into the world and do what I am passionate about most, while remembering where I have come from.

        As anxious as I am to be gone from Seattle University, I am fortunate to have avoided moments of panic when looking for jobs or dread when thinking about walking across that stage. Seattle University upholds its mission of educating the whole person, evident in the way that SU grads have the foundation of knowledge for their area of study, as well as the assurance and ability to present that knowledge to the world. I am graduating with this confidence, a fact that not many new college graduates can claim. As sad as I am to be leaving my home for the past four years, I look forward to staying connected and to visiting Seattle University in the years to come, not to see friends, but to be with family.

    It's On: The Role of Athletics at Seattle U

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/2/2013 03:40:09 PM

    “People had fears of Division 1 that never came to reality. Our athletes are still great students and we continue to develop great university programs. - Erin Engelhardt, academic advisor to student athletes

    “We make decisions as a university that can change who we are and what we stand for. We need to make sure the changes we make are still true to who we are as an institution.” – Chris Paul, communications professor
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    On the evening of May 1st, spectators packed Connolly’s North Court.  Alumni, staff and students, perched on the edge of their seats preparing to see the battle take place on the court.  This wasn’t the type of action the hardwood was used to seeing.  No hoops, guards, or overtime. Just words - a debate entitled “The Role of Athletics at Seattle U.”

    Women’s basketball coach, Joan Bonvincini, Erin Englehardt, and debate student, Al Sadi represented the pro athletics argument.

    Their challengers were Chris Paul and Mara Adleman, both professors in the communications department, and Robby Noble, a graduating senior on the debate team.

    As the debate got under way, three primary arguments emerged. The first was whether Division 1 athletics aligns with Seattle U’s mission . According to Coach Joan, Seattle University’s mission to create leaders for a just and humane world mirrors her own values.

     “I’m an educator, not just a coach. My lessons are those in life: how to set goals, work as a team, and invest in the community. You’ll find my team doing more community outreach than most of the other students at the university.”

    Coach Joan and Erin Englehardt both agreed that athletics helped those attend college who may not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise, and that is indeed in line with our mission. “Look at our Recent Outstanding Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.” said Englehardt. “Without soccer, he would never have ended up at SU or be where he is today.”

    That argument didn’t fly with professor Adelman, who shot back saying, “We talk of our university as a premier Jesuit institution, but nowhere in the mission statement does it say that we have to be D-1. When people think of Gonzaga, they don’t think academics or Jesuit values. They think sports. Do we want the same reputation for our own school?”

    Professor Paul added his concerns over the NCAA’s treatment of student athletes,  Paul argued that universities who focus on athletics view it as a revenue source, yet the players don’t see that money, pointing out that the term “student athlete” is there to prevent those injured on the job from collecting workman’s comp. He asked the crowd if such an organization supported the just and humane values our institution was founded on.

    The second key argument questioned whether athletics affected a student’s success. “They’re under immense pressure to succeed, but to participate in their sport they are required to miss classes. It started off as 2 classes a quarter, and then jumped to 5 and now it’s at 6. We are setting them up to fail. To me that seems unjust and inhumane.” Adelman said.

    Englehardt countered with the facts that SU’s student athletes are on average 10 grade points ahead of other students and 70% of our student athletes have a 3.5 GPA .  “We have a senior going on to Harvard for grad school. She missed more classes in the fall for her graduate admissions interviews than because of her sport and I don’t hear anyone complaining about those absences.”
    The final argument and the one that perhaps drew the most reaction from the crowd, was that of the cost of D-1 sports. The opposition claimed that you can’t be half D-1 and you can’t do it on the cheap. It takes a lot of investment. “Gonzaga built a $30 million arena on its campus. Is that an investment we are prepared to make, or should we make?” questioned Paul.  Are there students who could benefit from that money being spent elsewhere?

    According to Paul, “on average schools in the WAC spend $12,000 per student and $56,000 per student athlete. “I’ve had athletes in my class. They have been great. However, I also have a lot of students who aren’t in a sport, and every student deserves the same resources and support.”
    Robby Noble went on to add “Perhaps there are other students, who are not doing as well that could benefit from the same resources, but are not offered them because they aren’t athletes. I’m graduating this year, with the highest GPA in my college, but I was unable to get into a grad school. Perhaps if I had the same support systems, I too could be celebrating my admission to a PhD program.”

    In defense of Seattle U’s athletics, Englehardt said that D-1 benefits students and alumni because of name recognition that it brings, “when applying for jobs, you want people to recognize the name of your university. On the east coast, Gonzaga currently has more pull than Seattle U because of its sports teams.”

    After all arguments had been made, the two sides retreated to their respective tables and the audience was asked to vote on the winner. A loud roar rang out in support of our communications faculty, followed by an even louder wave of cheers, posters, and stomping from those in favor of athletics. In the end, both sides agree that everyone wants what is best for our students, our alumni, and our University. We may have different viewpoints, but it’s that diversity of opinion and commitment to every form of excellence that makes this university truly great.

    Fr. Dave Anderson: Alumni Chaplain

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/1/2013 05:23:50 PM

    Upon graduation from Seattle University you take with you your degree, your Jesuit values, life-long friends, and your very own alumni chaplain. Fr. David Anderson, S.J., is a graduate of Gonzaga University and has acted as the Seattle University alumni chaplain for the past seven years.          

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    As the alumni chaplain, Fr. Dave celebrates weddings, baptisms, first communions, as well as attending to other spiritual needs that arise in the daily lives of our alumni. On any given day, you might find him visiting the sick, providing prayers and comfort, and presiding over the funerals of those community members who pass away.  

    “What I value most about my job is being there in a time of crisis, and providing support and prayers to those in need. Simply being in the room with someone can bring tremendous comfort.”

    Father Dave’s presence at Seattle University extends across campus and beyond. He presides over the annual alumni Advent mass, performs invocations at alumni events, and participates in the Lenten Reconciliation services on campus. Fr. Dave has the opportunity to connect with current students, in his role as resident minister in Campion Hall.

    Those who regularly attend Men’s basketball games will know that he also serves as the chaplain to the men’s basketball team. In this role, he provides support and reflection for these young men who are under immense pressure. “I also go on the road with the team. This really adds something when people can see our Jesuit Catholic influence because there is a Jesuit sitting on the bench.”

    What you may not know about Father Dave is that he is also the Crystal Mountain chaplain, where he celebrates mass for Catholics on the mountain. What’s his favorite part about being the Chaplain there? Presiding over the 6 a.m. sunrise Easter mass and seeing the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains.
     If you have spiritual needs and would like to get in contact with Fr. Dave, email him or contact Margaret Moore.

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Danielle Berry, '07

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/1/2013 05:14:59 PM
    When asked about her college experience, Danielle Berry, ‘07  said, “I was raised Lutheran, I didn’t know what to expect from a Catholic University.” But after graduating with a BS in Nursing, she found it was the Jesuit classes that she enjoyed the most. Before attending Seattle U, Danielle received her BA in Comparative History of Ideas from University of Washington. Because she has attended both UW and SU, she can really appreciate the differences between both learning environments.
    “I’m a strong supporter of Seattle U and the required service learning. It’s focused on building the character of its students. It makes students well-rounded and allows them to see people in a different light.” As part of Danielle’s classes, she and her classmates worked as tutors and in partnership with the local Boys and Girls club of King County. “By working with this community, I can better connect with my patients that live there now.”

    According to Danielle, the values that Seattle U instilled in her shaped what she looked for in a place of employment. Danielle currently works at Harborview Medical Center in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit. “Harborview has a service mentality,” Danielle says. “We give away nearly $200 million in services to our lower income patients, including those who are homeless.”
    The values of her employer are important to her, but Danielle’s favorite part of her job, are the direct connections she has with her patients.  “We see people who come in with trauma and spinal cord injuries. We work with them a lot, develop relationships and prepare them for rehabilitation. These are people who end up in wheelchairs, and need to look to someone else for all their basic needs. It can be pretty intense. However, there’s nothing more rewarding then when patients come back to visit you, and you see how they’ve continued to engage in life, and you know that you helped empower them to live their life and be a member of society.”

    Since being at Harborview, Danielle has continued her relationship with Seattle University by returning to speak with graduating classes and recent alumni. “I share with them the lessons of my experience, and give them advice about getting over the transitionary hump of entering the working world, in order to help them be successful. I’ve realized that by being a mentor, giving back has just become a part of my life.”

    Danielle says that when it comes to big career decisions, she still finds herself thinking about the values that Seattle University taught her. When people ask me what University I recommend, I always say Seattle University, because it’s those values and those service learning opportunities that really prepared me for my career.”

    If you are interested in being a mentor to Seattle University students, visit the Redhawk Network.

    If you would like to submit suggestions for our next Recent Alumni Spotlight, email Caitlin Joyce.  

    SU Launches the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/11/2013 02:22:56 PM

    The celebration of Earth Day, April 22, is the day we set aside each year to draw special attention to the fact that all of us live somewhere – on this beautiful Earth – and that all of us depend on a healthy Earth-home, for our well-being: realities so basic we often take them for granted.


    There are many among us, however, who cannot take those realities for granted, because they live, work, or play in communities that are negatively impacted by ecological degradation. This is especially true for minority and low-income populations. And, lest we forget, this is true for other species facing extinction or significant loss of habitat.

    It’s become evident, that it’s time to forge a sustainable relationship between humankind and planet Earth, and that sustainability will not be achieved without fostering justice within and between societies. It is this dual, intimately connected challenge which inspired the creation of Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS).

     As the first Center for Excellence developed through the SU Academic Strategic Action Plan, the CEJS will promote scholarly activity and community engagement with the specific goals of: 

    • Making SU a recognized local, regional, national, and international leader in the scholarship and teaching of environmental justice and sustainability (EJS);
    • Supporting faculty and student scholarship regarding EJS;
    • Co-sponsoring lectures, symposia, and workshops with SU’s diverse environmental programs that reflect the unique ethical perspective of our Jesuit-Catholic tradition, inspire the engagement of EJS scholars with the broader community, and lead to the advancement of public policy;
    • Fostering partnerships for scholarships that connect with EJS programs, including the global network of Jesuit universities; and
    • Serving as a clearinghouse of information for all of SU’s EJS initiatives.

    Establishing the CEJS is a significant step in the university’s commitment to not only becoming more sustainable as an institution, but to advancing scholarship and educating the next generation of leaders -- trained and motivated to create a more sustainable, just world.
    Visit us at And, check out SU’s campus sustainability efforts at:

    Mentors Needed!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:58:34 PM

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    Are you looking to connect with the SU community in a meaningful and fulfilling way?  Our students and graduates need mentors with professional experience who can help them get started on their career paths.  You were once in their shoes. This is your chance to share the knowledge and insight they need to shape the world of tomorrow.  Join the Redhawk Network Mentor Program to connect with a mentee in ways that fit your schedule, whether you live near or far.

    As a Redhawk Network Mentor you can:
    •    Serve as a panelist on career-related forums
    •    Review résumés or volunteer for mock interviews
    •    Offer an informational interview or job shadow in your line of work
    •    Give advice about the role of graduate education in various fields of interest
    •    Be matched with a student in a structured, academic mentor program
    •    Become a content contributor to one of our career-related publications
    •    And more!

    Participate in the Redhawk Network Mentor Program and help students and graduates unlock their potential and translate their knowledge and skills into meaningful careers.

    Sign up here:

    Spring Job Shadow Hosts Needed in Health Professions
    37 SU freshmen and sophomores have expressed interest in shadowing a professional in a health-related career. Would you or someone you know be willing to share some time to help an aspiring student get a glimpse of a day in the life of a nurse, doctor, therapist, technician, administrator, or other health professional?  If so, please contact Monica Duke in Career Services via email or at 206-296-6177 for more information and to register.

    What’s the Value of Your Liberal Arts Education?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:25:09 PM
    Theology, philosophy, literature, science, service learning, and mathematics probably sum up your freshman year at Seattle University pretty thoroughly. Congratulations! You are the product of a liberal arts education – even if you earned a degree in science, education or business. You have an arsenal of social and professional tools that will last you the rest of your life.

    Maybe your philosophy class enabled you to see the humanity in every client you deal with.  Perhaps that sophomore English class allows you to send memos that are short and concise. Did you know that 89% of employers want more emphasis on written and oral communication in their candidates?

    We’d like to hear how your liberal arts education prepared you for your future. When Dean David Powers asked College of Arts and Science alumni how their liberal arts education has proven valuable to them, alumni were quick to respond.

    “I believe that the future will belong to those who are flexible thinkers, who have a broad understanding of science, culture, and history.”  
    “I literally had no idea how much my liberal arts education would change my life.  The broad range of ideas I encountered (some for the first time, others in new ways) incalculably expanded my beliefs about what is possible.  As well, the tools I developed for encountering (and processing) ideas and the world help me every day, in both my creative and my more pragmatic work.”
     “The term 'well-rounded individual' is often used lightly, but in a very real sense, my liberal arts education has prepared me for a career in many different fields.”

    Hear more and share how your liberal arts education prepared you for your life after Seattle U.
    Attend a free panel discussion and networking event titled  “Personal, Professional, Lifelong: The Return on Investment of Your Liberal Arts Degree.”  
    April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    The event will feature a panel from the Deans Advisory Council followed by networking with prospective students and parents, students and alumni.  Questions about this event should be directed to David Chow.

    How did your liberal arts education prepare you?

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Hanohano-Hong,’11

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 03:08:11 PM
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    My path to Seattle University began with personal and vocational exploration. How very Jesuit!

    As a freshman, I was attending culinary school, perfecting the best way to cook a chicken and create a pastry. While there, I realized that for my classmates this was a passion, and what they felt called to do. For me it was fun, a hobby, not what I felt would lead me to a fulfilled life, and not what I was called to do. That’s when I came to Seattle University.

    I knew of Seattle University because my sister was a student. When I transferred there as a sophomore, it felt right. As if I were coming home. It’s where I became aware of God’s presence. From that moment I longed to build that relationship. Choosing theology as a major was a way that I could selfishly pursue my own spiritual questions while earning a bachelor’s degree.  One of the memories that stands out most from my time at Seattle U was the Easter Vigil mass in my senior year where I was baptized Catholic.

    Most who study theology are expected to go on and minister somewhere, maybe join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  But I took a different path; currently I reside in Korea, where I teach English.  The faith and trust in God that I developed at SU gave me the strength and courage to follow God’s call across the world.  And the only thing I could think when I got off the plane at Incheon International Airport was, “Here I am. Now what?”  
    I remembered a professor once telling me that if I wanted to see the face of God, I should work with the poor.  If I was looking for direction that seemed like a good place to start. While my elementary school students are definitely in a very low tax bracket, I’m not sure those are the type of poor she intended.  But the usage of poor in that statement was vague and I thought, “Maybe this is why I’m here!”  
    Despite wanting to see a confirmation of my calling in these kids, they made it difficult.   During cold season they sneezed and coughed all over without covering their mouths, and as a germophobe, that was a struggle.  During the hot summer, they would come into class after recess smelling strongly of sweat because deodorant is relatively unheard of in this country. As a super smeller, that was another obstacle to seeing them as something greater than myself.  I tried and tried  for a while, but couldn’t understand why God had called me here.
    Then one day in self-reflection, a very Jesuit thought struck me. In my theology classes we had focused on Jesus the teacher. He had tried to convey difficult concepts to a community that included children. Here I was in Korea, teaching children, and looking out on a sea of faces who often had no clue what I was saying. I imagined that we must have had similar experiences, looking out at those faces, hoping and praying to see that unmistakable look of dawning comprehension. When I saw that look of a light coming from their eyes and realized that they actually understood what I said, I was filled with joy and realized that I had my answer. This is why I attended SU, why I studied theology, and why I was called to Korea.   

    Do you want to tell your story and be featured in a recent alum spotlight?
    Comment below or send an email to

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 08:26:13 PM

    March 2013 Events

    Search For Meaning Bookfest
    Saturday, March 9th|Seattle University Campus
    Alumni Relations Open House (During Bookfest)
    10AM - 2PM
    Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Choirs - Lenten Prayer Concert: An Instrument of Peace
    Saturday, March 9, 2013| 8-9:30PM

    WAC Tournament
    March 12-16 | Las Vegas
    Men and Women's Basketball

    Alumni Relations Happy Hour in Las Vegas
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013| 4-6PM
    Stardust Suite| Orleans Hotel and Casino 
    RSVP now!

    "Cracking the Codes: Systems of Racial Inequity" Premiere Film Screening and Community Conversation
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013| 6:30 - 9PM

    Surprising Resignation of the Pope Throws 
    the Door Open

    Thursday, March 14, 2013|12:30-1:30PM
    Wyckoff Auditorium with Fr. Pat Howell, S.J. 

    Student Chamber Music Concert
    Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., 
    and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 9AM - 3PM

    Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J.
    March 19 & 20, 2013| 7-9 PM 

    San Diego Alumni Reception 
    Thursday, March 21, 2013| 6 - 8PM
    RSVP for directions!

    San Francisco Alumni Reception
    Friday, March 22, 2013| 6 - 8 PM 
    RSVP for directions!

    Stay Tuned For These Events

    Portland, OR Alumni Chapter Reception
    Wednesday, April 3, 2013| 5:30 - 8:30PM 
    Cha Taqueria & Bar
    RSVP now!

    School of Law 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Thursday, April 11,2013| 5:30 - 7:30PM

    Career Expo
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013| 11AM - 2PM 

    Awards Ceremony and Artists' Reception - Imagining the World: Study Abroad Photography Exhibit
    Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 5 - 7PM 

    Brahm's Music Series
    April 11 & 13 | 7:30PM
    April 12 & 14| 3:00PM

    28th Annual Alumni Awards
    Tuesday, April 16th|5:30pm
    Register now!

    Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 27, 2013| 8:30AM - 1:30PM

    Albers Executive Speaker Series
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|5:30 - 6:30PM 
    With Spencer Rascoff, CEO of

    Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminars 
    Re-visioning Classics of our Literature
    April 9 - June 4, 2013 

    SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
    Saturday, May 18, 2013| 5:00PM

    Career Services:
    Tools for Career Transition:
    A Workshop for SU Alumni Looking for a Job,
    a Career Change, Or a Re-Start.
    April 23, 30| May 7, 14 |6:30-8:30 PM

    Vocational Discernment: Living Into Questions
    Thursday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Visit our athletics site to stay up to date on SU Sports.

    A Message from Career Services for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:52:20 PM

    Recently Seattle University invited two national leaders, Dr. Sharon Parks and Chris Lowney, to campus to speak with students, faculty, staff and community members about leadership and meaning making. Former Jesuit and JP Morgan executive, and author of the book,Heroic Leadership, Lowney said “A true leader respects the dignity of others while unlocking their potential.” Dr. Parks, best known for her book Big Questions, Worthy Dreams reflected, that a true mentor is one who sees you and recognizes your gifts even before you do. She challenged Seattle University with the question, “Is a mentoring community available to all students?”

    As Career Services prepares to relaunch the Redhawk Network Mentor Program this month, we are asking alumni to sign up to be a mentor to a Seattle University student. Below is the link to sign up and let us know the ways you are available to mentor,  e.g. offer an informational interview, talk with a student by phone or in person, participate in a workshop or on a panel, etc. You can select the amount of time and the way in which you want to mentor. Thank you for being a part of developing the next generation of Seattle University leaders! Below the “Login” button, click “Click here to complete your mentor profile!

    Career Services Benefits for Alumni:

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:


    •   4-Part Career Development Workshop Series  
    •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job  postings
    •   Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events


    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for professional development events today!


    A Message from Magis for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:42:04 PM

    What do a full time high school teacher, bike aficionado, Contemplative Leaders in Action participant and brewery founder/owner have in common?  A Jesuit education.  This month’s Alumni Living the Mission is Seattle University alumna Haley Woods who though crunched for time, finds meaning among her commitments.  Thanks to herroots in Ignatian pedagogy, gleaned from her time in the Masters in Teaching program at SU and ongoing participation in Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Actionprogram, Haley integrates reflective practices throughout her day, be it while driving to work, building a barstool or concocting a new IPA.  Click here to read her reflection

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013  (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

    Spirituality on Tap with Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013  (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - Saturday, April 27, 2013  (8:30 AM – 1:30 PM), registration opens March 12th!

    To register for these or to read about our other programs, visit the Magis website or email us.


    Alumni Day of Service

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:34:39 PM

    A Jesuit education implores one to go forth and ignite the world, and to share our compassion and commitment to the world as members of a global community. No event encompasses this idea of community and engaging the world better than the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service.
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    The Alumni Day of Services invites all those who are the product of a Jesuit education across the country to come together and serve their local community. Last year was Seattle University’s first year participating in the National Alumni Jesuit Day of Service. Seventy five Jesuit-educated alumni from all over the Puget Sound region came together to serve their community and live out their Jesuit values.

     “I enjoyed the opportunity to put my hands where my checkbook usually goes. I usually go by giving; occasionally it’s nice to give by going. I also enjoyed the opportunity to work with alumni from other SJ campuses.” said one alum who attended last year.  

    The mission of this event is to foster the ongoing formation of men and women for others. Those who participate can see the life-changing and enduring impact of their Jesuit education first hand. Participants may have come from different backgrounds, states, and universities but all share the same core values of a Jesuit education. Another attendee from last year, felt deeply engaged by that shared purpose saying, “I felt a sense of mutuality in the demonstration of care. It was the first SU service experience I’ve had where I palpably felt like I was ‘engaging the world.’”   

    Seattle University is again filled with a sense of passion and excitement as we prepare for the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 27th, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This year our focus is on food justice and all of our volunteer locations reflect this in some way. Come join us in this unique service opportunity.  Learn more and register!


    March Recent Alumni Spotlight: Santa Maria Rivera

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:28:26 PM

    We’re excited to introduce a new monthly column we’re calling the Recent Alumni Spotlight.  We could think of no better way to kick off this column, then to feature our 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.

    Santa grew up in Yakima as a first generation Mexican American. In Santa’s family he was the first to graduate from high school, so college educated role models were not readily available. Santa’s path to Seattle University was an unconventional one. There were no online college applications filed during senior year, or group tours to explore the urban oasis that is the Seattle University campus.

    Santa began his college career at Wenatchee Community College where he took to the soccer field. Soccer would act as a key to Santa, opening up doors and opportunities.

    “I come from a very tough place,” Rivera said in a brief documentary about his life. “I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the opportunities that this sport was able to give me.” It was Santa’s skills on the soccer pitch that caught the attention of Seattle University soccer coach Pete Fewing.

    When Pete saw Santa play, he knew he had someone special on his hands. He took Santa under his wing, and convinced him to transfer to Seattle U so that Santa could play for the Redhawks. During his junior season playing for the Redhawks, Santa led SU to a National Championship and went on to play for the Sounders for two years. After his two year stint as a Sounder Santa returned to Seattle University to complete his History Degree and graduated in 2008.

    After his graduation from Seattle University, he went on to embody the values of his Jesuit education, as a mentor to at-risk middle school students and youth coach for C Alliance. He’s able to provide encouragement, educational support and coaching to the next generation of soccer players. Santa coached the C Alliance team to their first undefeated season in 13 years. He acts as the spokesperson for Golazo, an all-natural sports drink company that encourages youth soccer players to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential. In his minority outreach role at Redept, Inc., Santa  develops and administers a program to give young Latinos access to athletic programs and higher education to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision making skills.  

     While nominating Santa for this award, David Chow , of Seattle University’s  College of Arts and Sciences, called him the voice of hope for the Washington State Latino community.”  We are very proud to be able to honor someone who gives so much of themselves, with an alumni award. If you’d like to join us in honoring Santa Maria Rivera, and other outstanding Seattle University community members, we invite you to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on April 16th.

    Would you like to be featured in our Young Alumni Spotlight?  Do you know someone we should highlight?  Comment here or send an email to


    A Message from Magis for February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 12:24:50 PM

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     This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, Brendan Busse, S.J., first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and says, “I made a good decision and a bad discernment… I consulted my head while absolutely ignoring and perhaps even silencing my heart.”  As a now Jesuit and current professor of Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle U, he reflects on how sometimes our doing less enables our being more.  Read Brendan’s reflection here.


    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O’Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service – Saturday, April 27, 2013


    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.



    A Message from Career Services for February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 12:21:33 PM

     Exploring what is next for you – 4 career tools to consider  
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    With the New Year upon us, many of us are reflecting on the ways we hope to grow over the coming year. Given the amount of waking hours many of us spend working, taking time to pause and reflect on the ways you wish to grow professionally can have a powerful impact on your life and wellbeing.

    In this article we will offer four approaches or tools for you to consider as you reflect on what is next for you – whether you are hoping to achieve greater mindfulness in your present role, make a job or career change, or identify ways to get involved in your community or with other hobbies or interests.  

    Informational Interviews

    Informational interviews are short, 30-60 minute meetings where you have the opportunity to sit down with someone who is working in an industry, position, or organization that is of interest to you. It is your chance to ask questions and learn about this person’s experiences so that you can incorporate those insights into your own process.  Ideally these conversations will help you gain greater clarity about where your interests are leading you, and what steps may be required to get there.


    Career Advising – in-person in Seattle or virtually to anywhere

    Did you know that we serve alumni? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor in person, in our office on campus, or remotely via email or Skype for alumni who may be living or working elsewhere. Experienced alumni are eligible to receive three appointments per year. To schedule an appointment you may give us a call or complete the online appointment request form, available here:



    If you are looking for additional insights into your personality, interests, or strengths as they relate to your work life, you may consider taking one of the assessments offered through Career Services. These include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest. Career Services advisors will help to interpret your results together with you, and can help you integrate the information from the assessments into your own career development process. Each assessment is available to alumni for $30 – contact Career Services to learn more and get help selecting the right assessment for you.


    Redhawk Network – SU’s online job and internship site

    If you are looking for a new position, consider searching via the Redhawk Network, the SU online job and internship search site. Here you will find both experienced and entry-level positions posted from a range of employers, in Seattle and beyond. To get started, visit:

    About Career Services

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

    Alumni Events: February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 11:38:08 AM

    Basketball Games and Rallies

    Thursday February 14th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs.  Louisiana Tech 

    Saturday February 16th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Texas at Arlington
    Join us for the last pregame rally of the season!
    5:30 PM|Club Live 

    Alumni Board of Governor’s Men’s Basketball Viewing Party
    Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant |908 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

    Saturday February 7th, 2013 | 5:00 PM | vs. U of Denver

    Meet the Alumni Board of Governors at the Chieftain for door prizes, $5 appetizers, and Happy Hour specials while you watch the Redhawks take on the University of Denver.

    Buried Child
    By Sam Shepard | Directed By Professor Rosa Joshi

    Lee Center for the Arts

    $6 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $10 General Admission

    Preview February 20th, 2013| 7:30 PM
    February 21-23, 2013 | 7:30

    February 24 & March 3, 2013 | 2:00 PM

    Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child sealed Sam Shepard’s reputation as an iconic post-modern playwright. A sinister secret buried deep in the recesses of the past threatens to resurface and destroy an already deeply damaged family. When Vince brings home his girlfriend to meet his family, things don’t go quite as he envisioned. Why doesn’t anyone know him? This darkly comic masterpiece reminds us that there really is no place like home.

    Instrumental Concerto Competition
    Pigott Auditorium
    Friday February 22nd, 2013 | 7:00 PM

    $5 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $12 General Admission

    Watch music students compete for the opportunity to win in a music scholarship and serve as a guest soloist with Orchestra Seattle for the 2013-2014 concert season.  

    Save the Date for these Upcoming Events:

    11th Annual Alumni Crab Feed
    Hosted by the Albers School of Business
    Campion Residence Hall |Saturday March 2nd, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 PM

    Enjoy a fun evening organized by the Albers Alumni Board in order to bring members of the community together and support student scholarships at Albers. There will be a lively silent auction and reception before dinner, and after our feast of crab and chicken, jazz and cocktails will follow in the jazz lounge. Table sponsorships are available for groups of all sizes.Contact Rob Bourke at to register or call (206) 296-2277 for more information

    SEARCH for Meaning Bookfest
    March 9th, 2013| Seattle University Campus
    Annual festival and nationwide network surrounding the human search for meaning.
    Tickets, Purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.The School of Theology and Ministry presents a day of over 300+ authors,
    including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan and Sherman Alexie.


    Western Athletic Conference Tournament & Alumni Happy Hour
    Tournament |Tuesday March 12- Saturday March 16, 2013

    Alumni Happy Hour |Tuesday March 12, 2013 | 4:00-6:00 PM

    Come and cheer on Seattle University in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena! Tickets for the entire conference can be bought online.

    Meet your Alumni Relations staff  in Las Vegas for an Alumni Happy Hour event on March 12th from 4-6pm. We hope to see all Seattle U Alumni there. Stay tuned for more details.

    28th Anniversary Alumni Awards Celebration
    Seattle University Campion Ballroom | Tuesday April 16th, 2013 

    Join us as President Sundborg, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations announce the Alumni Award winners for 2013. More information, including registration details to come.


    SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
    Saturday, May 18, 2013| Grand Hyatt Downtown Seattle| 5:00 pm

    We are excited to announce Jim Whittaker as our honoree for this year’s event. Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest in the spring of 1963 and we are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his accomplishment. The evening will feature an exciting auction, elegant dining and fabulous program highlighting the achievements of both Jim Whittaker and the highlights from the 2012-2013 SU athletic season. Contact for more details.



    A 2013 Homecoming Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/6/2013 05:16:03 PM

    After a 40 year hiatus, the tradition of Homecoming returned to Seattle University with a full day of events on February 2nd.

    We kicked off the day with the Hall of Fame Luncheon which hosted more than 300 people to honor outstanding SU athletes.  You can read more about our honorees here.

    The Alumni Relations team welcomed alumni back to campus and to our pre-game rally at KeyArena. We had a great turn out, with many new faces and lots of spirited alumni – just what we like to see!

    During half-time at our Men’s basketball game, our Hall of Fame inductees were introduced and we brought back the tradition of a Homecoming Court. Students enthusiastically nominated their favorites for Homecoming Court, and at half time our 2013 Royals, Carmen Cueto & Alexander Fisher, were crowned. They weren’t dressed in traditional Homecoming formal attire, but they were decked out in SU pride.  

      Homecoming Court

    We started off small this year, but we lit a spark that we hope ignites the flame of Homecoming and a new tradition that you’ll share with your family, and that we will share with the future generations of SU students.

    We intend for Homecoming to evolve into a weekend of events that welcome our alumni back to campus to celebrate their SU experience.

    We want your feedback! What would you like to see at future Homecoming events?  What would get you to come back to Seattle U?  Please comment on this post or email us at to share your feedback.


    A January Message from Magis

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/4/2013 02:22:03 PM

    A new Magis imgHow do you want to create the new year?  What kind of commitment do you want to make to yourself?  Your community?  To the oppressed people of the world?”  If you set 2013 as your year to serve others or to be a person more committed to your community, Magis has several unique opportunities to facilitate your follow through – most notably our Mexico Mission Trekfor Alumni (it’s not too late to apply!) - and some of your fellow SU alumni as our January Alumni Living the Missionwho are true exemplars of keeping the flame of service lit.  Zach Gerdes (2011), Bethany Kelsch (2011) and Michelle Miller (2012) started a mentoring program for incarcerated youth that now is a service bridge for people seeking to support at-risk youth in our community.  Click here to read their reflection and we hope you'll consider one of our service opportunities for 2013:

    ·         Post-Grad Service Networking Night:Wednesday, January 16, 2012 (All former post-graduate volunteers invited!)

    ·         Mexico Mission Trek: April 14 – April 21, 2013 (applications accepted through January 11!)

    ·         National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

    ·         Service Saturdays at the St. Mary’s Foodbank : Every 4th Saturday of the month


    For more information visit Magis online or email



    A New Year’s Welcome from your Alumni Office

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/3/2013 11:10:27 AM

    SusanW3Dear Alums -

    In 2012 I had the opportunity to meet with so many of our alums face to face and I want to once more express my gratitude to you for your dedication to Seattle University and our community.  

    In December we had our annual Advent Mass, Christmas Reception (December 9) and the 2nd annual Downtown Breakfast (December 13), with the biggest turnout at both events since I've began my role as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations.  We've had alums reach out to us from across the country to form chapters (as well as in Thailand and China), and take a more active role in their alumni experience.  I've seen alumni renew their relationship with their alma mater and invest their time, energy and resources in assisting our office with our goal of being a world class alumni relations office. You are alsohelping us to build a stronger cadre of volunteer leadership.   I wanted to let you know how much that means to me and your University.  Your efforts are being noticed!

    As we kick off 2013 I am so excited to share my enthusiasm for the great offerings we will roll out this year! There are traditions like the 28th Annual Alumni Awards in April and some new traditions we are bringing back, like Homecoming on February 2nd!

    In an effort to keep our alumni body growing and engaged we want to ensure that we help keep you connected to Seattle University.  Please keep checking our events page for opportunities to join us as well as join ourFacebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to keep current all our offerings at Seattle U! 

    We'd love to see you at these upcoming events:

    Homecoming - February 2nd, 2013 
    Pre-Game Rally
    Club Live At KeyArena at Seattle Center 5:30 p.m.
    Click for Homecoming Day schedule of events.

    Washington, D.C. Alumni Reception - February 1st, 2013 5:30-8:30pm
    At Front Page
    Washington, DC

    The Search for Meaning Book Festival - March 9th, 2013
    Tickets go on sale January 14th
    On Campus with Alumni Open House in the Admissions & Alumni Building

    28th Annual Alumni Awards  - April 16th, 2013
    Campion Ballroom 5:30 p.m.

    2nd Annual Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - April 27th, 2013

    Campus and Seattle University Youth Initiative

    Please send us an email with your suggestions or if you'd like to get more involved to . We always welcome your feedback. We want to make sure our alums are engaged no matter where you live, and would love your participation in achieving that goal.

    We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a wonderful 2013!


    Susan R. Vosper

    Alumni Winter Quarter Seminars

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/3/2013 10:56:52 AM

    There is still room, and time, to sign up for the Seattle University ALUMNI SEMINARS Program for Winter QuarteFamily homelessness study(1)r, 2013! The theme will be on Beginning Dialogues with Other Faiths.  Faculty members from various religious backgrounds will engage in conversations with each other about their beliefs and then invite questions and responses from the Alumni Seminar participants.  participants included will be from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu backgrounds. 

     Faculty members will likely include Professors Stephen Chan, Wesley Howard-Brook, Sharon Suh, Peter Ely, S. J., and Bea Lawrence of the Theology/Religious Studies Department, Vidjay Awasthi of the Accounting Department, and Mohammad Fani from off campus.  

     The preliminary schedule calls for the first seminar to be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and then the subsequent seminars to be on Tuesdays, Jan 22, Feb. 5, Feb 19, March 12, and March 19.   All SU alumni and friends are invited to join in this seminar by contacting Lauren St. Pierre by email at

     Please send your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will need a reserved parking spot on campus, the cost of which is included in the $240 tuition. Books/materials for the seminar, as well as light refreshments, are also included in that price. We hope you’ll be able to join us in this interesting seminar!



    Join the Search for Meaning! March 9th, 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/2/2013 04:52:58 PM


     The fifth annual Search For Meaning Book Festival, hosted by Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is coming in just a few months: March 9th, 2013, all day on the Seattle University Campus.

    Mark your calendars! Tickets go on sale on January 14th, through Brown Paper Tickets, and are expected to go fast.
    The Festival hosts over 40 authors in session, featuring keynote speakers Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, as interviewed live by National Book Award winner, Sherman Alexie, as well as internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan.

    For information on the Festival, please visit You can also check out the Search For Meaning Facebook page to stay up to date with all things related to the festival.

    We hope you'll join us at this incredible  Festival, which is also free and open to the public, thanks to our generous title sponsors Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia and partners Elliott Bay Book Company and the Seattle University Book Store.

    Calling all Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry Alumni! You are warmly invited to the annual Alumni Breakfast, just before the Festival begins.  Enjoy great food, a special speaker, and quality time with fellow alums on the morning of the Festival, Saturday, March 9th at 7:30am. Please RSVP with Amy Toney if you are able to join us: | 206.220.8248
    Visit other Seattle University alums throughout the day!  The Admissions and Alumni building will be open to alums for socializing during the festival.

    An Alumni's Look at Homecoming

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/2/2013 03:28:37 PM

    Curly McNamee (Class of 1967)

    When I attended Seattle University, the Homecoming dance (along with the ROTC Military Ball) were the two formal events of the school year. A sense of excitement would fill the campus leading up to Homecoming.


    In 1965, I was dating Judy Bride (now my wife of 41 years) and I wanted to impress her, so I asked her to the Homecoming dance.  The dance was held on February 4th in the best downtown Seattle hotel – the Olympic.  The theme of the night was “Port Seattle.” I rented a tuxedo and Judy purchased a formal gown. We began the evening with a fantastic dinner at Rosellini’s 610 Restaurant and then moved along to the main event, dancing at the Olympic Hotel.  We ended the evening by capturing it in a photograph.


    The following year, Judy and I returned to the Olympic Hotel for an evening of “Stargazing,” that was the theme of the 1966 Homecoming dance. We again captured the magic of the evening with a photo.

    Curly Judy

    It’s memories like these,that make my wife and me happy that the tradition of Homecoming is returning to Seattle University.

    This year, Homecoming is still in its infancy and consists of the Hall of Fame Luncheon and a Pre-game Rally on February 2nd, 2013.


    Homecoming gives me the opportunity to return to my alma mater, and re-live my days at Seattle U, while giving a new generation of students the chance to create their own Homecoming memories. 

    SU Alums Help Unemployed Youth Start Their Own Microenterprises

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/14/2012 12:34:38 PM

    Alumni GDF logoGreenside Development Foundation's mission is to help unemployed youth start and manage their own microenterprise, creating poverty-alleviating employment. Two of our board members are alums of SU.

    We seek to address the youth unemployment crisis by empowering young entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship training, interest-free microloans, and business management consulting.

     Youth Ventures Program

    Our entrepreneur incubator program accepts unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35, with an emphasis on especially needy young women.

    Each candidate goes through two selection phases to assure they are the right fit for the program: an Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Qualities Interview and a series of Entrepreneurship trainings. Candidates are trained in market research, creating competitive advantages, return on investment, purchasing from suppliers, sales, advertising, and bookkeeping. These youth then receive one-on-one training in the development of a strategic action plan and timeline for their new business.

    The final stage of their training includes the preparation of a financial plan and start-up budget for their enterprise. We go with the clients to help them purchase the materials and equipment they need. Our Young Entrepreneurs reimburse the cost of their business start-up materials over the course of a year, each with an individualized repayment plan according to the needs of their business.

    At least twice a month, our Young Entrepreneurs receive a visit at their place of business from one of Greenside’s Business Management Consultants. During these meetings, clients receive advice, support and on-going business training to strengthen their skills and develop the enterprise.


    Get Involved!

    As alums of SU, we felt this cause might be one close to your heart and we would be honored if you joined us in the cause.

    With half of all Moroccan youth neither in school nor employed (World Bank 2012), the need for self-employment and job creation is enormous.

    Greenside Development Foundation provides loans interest-free and we do not charge for our trainings or business development consulting. Donations help create a new enterprise that provides employment and income for impoverished young Moroccans.


    “If you are interested in learning more about Greenside Development Foundation or becoming involved in any capacity, please visit our website at

    Thank you!
     Chad Anderson, BBA, 2007, Albers School of Business & Economics Sherry Castro, MAPS, 2001, School of Theology & Ministry






    Holiday on the Hill

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/5/2012 10:35:59 AM

    Come home to Seattle University for the holidays! holiday on the hill

    Please join the Alumni Association for a holiday on the hill, a special Christmas event for alumni, family, and friends. Join us for an afternoon of all the wonderful things that Seattle U has to offer and an advent tradition for the whole family!

    It all begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Connolly Center, when our women’s basketball team takes on Portland State. We hope you’ll come back to campus and support your team – don’t forget to wear red!

    At 4:00 p.m. we celebrate the Advent Season with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Patrick O’Leary, S.J.,
    Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. & Fr. David Anderson, S.J.

    After mass, please join us at the annual Christmas Reception in the Piggott Atrium. The Christmas Reception will be from 5-7:30 p.m.. We will be serving light refreshments and singing Christmas carols. 

    In the spirit of holiday giving, we’ll be collecting canned food for St. Mary’s Food Bank at the reception.

    We hope to see you and your family for the holiday.


    A Message from Magis for December

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 02:23:13 PM

    romo brosAMDG (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam) can be found on many Jesuit University campuses and becomes a concept embraced by Jesuit-educated alumni well beyond their years in school.  This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission are brothers Job, Abe and Pedro Romo who seek to live AMDG out professionally.  While their chosen careers vary individually from business, personal wellness, to engineering, collectively their Ignatian inspirations from a Jesuit-education are shared. Click here  to read their reflections.


    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Advent Mass  – Sunday, December 9, 2012

    Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni  – April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico. 

    Magis Mixers  – Join us at the Elysian Brewery every first Thursday of the month for happy hour!  Meet other Jesuit-educated alums and enjoy free appetizers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.


    A December Message from Career Services

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 02:13:14 PM

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...Career Services Build



     Take a moment and think back about the major decisions you’ve made in your lifetime. Count them. How many did you come up with? Six or seven? More or less, possibly depending on where you are in life and also possibly depending on what you define as a ‘major’ decision. Perhaps going to college and attending Seattle University made your list? Perhaps selecting or changing your major seemed like a big decision at the time? Usually in retrospect, decisions that seemed big or overwhelming at the time tend to seem less so after the fact.  Perhaps getting married, having kids or moving to a new state or country were choices you have made or will make in the future. Perhaps going to graduate school or buying a house, both major investments, are decisions you have or will make. When we approach decisions that are likely to bring changes to our lives, it can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety. Being stressed or overwhelmed may not leave you in the best state of mind to make a good decision.


    So how are we to reduce the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed? How do we define a ‘good’ decision? For our purposes here, I suggest that a ‘good’ decision is one that is well informed and fully thought out. When we realize that we make decisions constantly, everyday, for example when to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, we can see there are many opportunities to explore our decision making process. By exploring our decision making process, we can gain awareness of our tendencies and it is this awareness that is the most effective leverage to improve. Are you the type who either dreads or postpones decisions for as long as possible? Always seeking more information or more possibilities? Or are you the type who is quick and decisive; taking action and pondering the consequences later? Exploring your preferences with a career services professional can help you appreciate your strengths while recognizing your blind spots.


    So what decisions are you facing at the moment? What decisions are you putting off? Get on with it. Break it down into these four smaller steps*.

    1. Get the information and facts you need.

    2. Consider the possibilities and consequences.

    3. Weigh the pros and cons and look at the decision objectively.

    4. Consider your values and who is impacted by your choice.


    Some of these steps will feel easy and natural while others may feel uncomfortable and challenging. By ensuring you work your way through each of these steps, you can add confidence in your balanced approach and in your final decision.

    *Note that these four steps are based on the Jungian, Myers-Briggs model.


    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    §  3 one-on-one advising appointments per year

    §  Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings

    §  Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!


    An Alumni Holiday Message

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 01:41:39 PM

    SusanVosper2Dear Alumni -

    It is the holiday season, which has me feeling reflective and grateful.  I am grateful tobe a member of such a wonderful and supportive alumni community. I see the passion and commitment you show to your Alma Mater and I feel humbled to be representing you in my position as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations for Seattle University.

    This year my office has been in a continual transition which has welcomed a transformation aimed at providing you and the SU community with the best possible alumni experience.  As I reflect on this year, there are things we’ve improved and continue to do well and areas in which we have an opportunity to improve.  As this year comes to a close I can confidently say that we are more committed than ever to deliver on our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University. 

    In response to direct feedback we have focused on four goals that will create opportunities to engage our alumni and continue to build out a rock solid foundation that will support Seattle U alumni bringing them together with a lifelong community.   Improving our marketing and increasing outreach to alumni has been a main focus along with understanding what great benefits and services are needed for our alumni.   We have worked consistently to ensure we have a plan that will lead us to success and I encourage you to please review our FY13summary strategic plan.  

    We will continue to grow and improve our efforts to connect with our alumni, wherever they may be.  As I mentioned earlier there were so many accomplishments this year.  In the spirit of reflection, I would like to share with you our FY12 status report for reaching our goals.

    I thank you for your continued support of Seattle University, and of my office.  As always, your thoughts and feedback are encouraged, as you represent the legacy of Seattle University.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to attend one of our many offerings, I hope you’ll look at our upcoming events and join us, with your friends and family in supporting SU.

    I look forward to working with each and everyone one of you in the coming year.

    May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season.


    Susan R. Vosper '90, '10


    A Christmas Message From Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/30/2012 04:53:28 PM

    Dear Alumni –   President

    The advent season is upon us, and I wanted to begin with warm wishes of hope to you and yours! 

    This is a time when we reflect on our blessings of the past year, and look with anticipation toward the year ahead. As president of a Jesuit Catholic university, I find myself experiencing gratefulness and pride in our students, staff and especially our alumni, who after leaving this institution, model our core values on a daily basis.

    This Christmas season, I want to thank you for supporting the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit so that when they graduate, they too may carry on the legacy and mission of this institution.

    A big part of our mission is to encourage our students to find their true callings. I hope you know that this encouragement does not end with graduation, and we pray and encourage always that you, our alumni, continue to discern what it is that brings you the most fulfillment.  As the weather turns colder and we move into the holiday season, I believe we are all invited to reflect on what matters most in our lives and to take our hopes, dreams and aspirations and give them to God, so that they may be reached and fulfilled through Jesus Christ.

    May you know the comfort and inspiration of God’s love this season and all through the year. From all of us at Seattle University we wish you and yours a very Blessed Advent Season and a Merry Christmas!

    Fr. Stephen  V. Sundborg, S.J.

    President, Seattle University



    Help Us Get SU License Plates on the Road!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/14/2012 04:01:47 PM

      license plate 

     PDF Signature Form   

     Many of you have seen U-Dub plates, Wazzu plates, and Zag plates.  Well, in the next year, you should be able to see Seattle University license plates on the streets and roads of Washington State!  Part of getting these license plates approved requires us to collect 3,500 signatures of people who support this.  You don't have to be a Seattle University student or alum to help, just someone who supports Seattle U and the student scholarship program. A portion of plate renewal plate fees goes towards student scholarships! 

     All Washington State Residents over the age of 18 can show their support by signing our petitions, and your signature doesn't commit to you purchasing a plate, it just shows your support for student scholarships and adding one more way for our school to show its Redhawk pride.

    We are asking each one of you to download our signature form and fill out one signature form (13 signatures) by asking your friends and family to support this drive!  If you can do more, that would be great!  You can download that form here. Then, mail the form with original signatures to:  
    The Deadline is February 15th - so get those signature forms to our office!

    Seattle University Alumni Relations
    ATTN: SU License Plates

    901 12th Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98122


    If we can get about 270 alums to return these forms, we are one step closer to having Seattle U Alumni License plates! 


    Magis Presents: The Annual Justice Education Forum

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/8/2012 05:08:01 PM



    Magis at Seattle University is excited to offer its annual Justice Education Forum!

    This year we are moving to a half-day teach-in focusing on Economic Justice.

    Consider it a good opportunity to use as professional development, ministerial formation, and/or community engagement alongside Jesuit-educated alumni.

    The teach-in is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to invite others in your community and networks who will find it of interest.

    You can visit us on Facebookfor more information.




    A Message from Magis of November

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/1/2012 12:40:05 PM

    Magislogo20121Jocelyn Tidwell, Seattle University 2011, credits her participation in Magis programs like National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, Young Alumni Retreat, and the Young Alumni Small Group for keeping her spark to make a difference and seek social justice alive.  “No matter what venue, Magis programs offer something special to me in my formation that I have not been able to find in other outlets.”  Check out Jocelyn’s story as well as other Alumni Living the Mission storieshere.

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice – Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Mark McDermott, M.P.A.

    Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni – April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico.  Applications will be available soon!

    Magis Mixers – Join us at the Elysian Brewery every first Thursday of the month for happy hour!  Meet other Jesuit-educated alums and enjoy free appetizers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.



    Alumni - Join us for Illuminating the Holidays

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/1/2012 12:27:18 PM


     A Tree LightingAfter the success of our first annual Alumni and Family Weekend, traditions continue to flourish on the SU campus.  We would like to remind all of our alumni, that as members of the Seattle University community they play an important part in these traditions and are invited to attend and share them with their families.


    Three years ago, the Office of Student Engagement began the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – a beautiful event that brings together alumni, their families, students and the community to share in the holiday season.


    The tree lighting will take place on campus on November 29th at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the website for more details.


    In the spirit of calling home recent alumni to be present and engaged with their alma mater, we are happy to announce a pre-Tree Lighting social for all recent alumni. It will be held in the ADAL community room  (Admission and Alumni Building) at 5:30 p.m., and will include a holiday performance by the MadGrads. Hot chocolate and dessert will also be served.


     Afterwards, the young alumni will join the campus community for the annual tree lighting outside the Lemieux Library.


    A Message from Career Services

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 06:12:51 PM

    Career Services BuildThis time of year, life and work seem to get busier.  It feels harder to concentrate and be present to our day-to-day activities.  Under expectations heavy and large, whether in a job or job seeking, we may struggle to practice “sustainability” – that is, keeping a work/life balance that feels sustainable and manageable.  Rushing through lunch, stationing ourselves in front of a computer for too long to be productive, or feeling like we don’t have the time to connect with others at work or at home.

    This morning I was listening to an interview with the person who coordinates the logistics of polling stations across the U.S. for the current election. He managed to laugh a few times when speaking about the variety of highly significant things that go wrong each year without fail. It reminded me that a sense of humor can usually help our frame of mind.  Perhaps this is a reminder to take a mental “step back” for a moment.  Is your current stressor something that isn’t actually so urgent in the grand scheme of things? Is there something bothering you that eventually you may laugh about?  Choose to share a chuckle with a colleague today, leave your office and step outside for a deep breath, or even take a moment now to stretch your arms and smile. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that life is much bigger than a busy day at work.

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!


    Alumni Awards

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 04:52:39 PM

    Alumni Awards 2013


     President Sundborg, Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations are excited to announce that it's time for you to submit your nominations for the university’s 2013 Alumni Awards.

    The Alumni  Awards allow us the chance to celebrate those who represent the values of Seattle University on a daily basis, in their work and personal lives.

    If you know of an outstanding Alumn please nominate them.

    Winners will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 16, 2013.    

    The categories are:

    2013 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:
    Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University

    2013 Professional Achievement Award:
    Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

    2013 Distinguished Teaching Award:
    Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 

    2013 University Service Award:
    Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University (alumni and non-alumni eligible)

    2013 Community Service Award:
    Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities

    2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:
    Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 

    Please visit the website for more information.


    Coach Cameron Dollar on the Redhawks and a New Season

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 04:19:46 PM

    As we move into a new era of Seattle University basketball, I first want to thank everyone who has supported us over the Cameron Dollar2past three years. Without your support, whether it’s coming to KeyArena for a game, or attending a viewing party while we were on the road, Seattle U basketball would not be as ready for the Western Athletic Conference.

    For the first time in 33 years, we have the opportunity to win our way into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The guys have been working hard ever since the 2011-12 season ended, knowing that they have to be better to compete at this level. We ended last season on a great note, winning eight straight KeyArena games and nine of our last 12 contests overall. We welcome back eight players who saw significant playing time last year, welcome two men to the active roster who practiced with us all year long, and hope that the addition of four players at key positions will be the final ingredient to a great season.

    As you may have heard, we went to China in late August, an experience that no one will soon forget. We played in front of standing room-only crowds of 5,000-6,000 people and improved as the trip went along. We met Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, and we saw the Great Wall of China. The guys used the trip as a bonding experience, and we are closer as a team than we ever have been at this point in the year.

    Starting with the Elgin Baylor Classic Sunday, Nov. 11, against Montana State, we will play 16 regular season home games at KeyArena, plus we return to the ShoWare Center in Kent in March. Nine of the games will hold special significance for us, as they will be against our WAC foes and will go a long way in determining how we stand entering the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. Oh, and there is also that Dec. 13 game against the Washington Huskies, one that I always look forward to.

    I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of national postseason competition this year. Season tickets are on sale by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678). Single-game tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office. I look forward to seeing you at the Key!


    SU Women's Basketball Team to Take On UW at KeyArena

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/23/2012 05:09:26 PM

       Women Trolly

     Grab your Seattle University gear, gather your family and friends

     and join SU alumni, students, faculty and staff at the SU Women’s basketball game on November 14!

    Join the SU Alumni Association for a Pregame Rally
    beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Club Live!
    Rally admission is free with a ticket to the game!

    Enjoy great complimentary food! Beer, wine and soda available at cash bar.

    Join us in Celebrating Coach Joan Bonvicini's 1,000th game!

    Pregame Rally
    6:00 to 7 p.m.
    Club Live inside KeyArena
    More rally details & map. 

    November 14th vs University of Washington
    Tip off at 7:00 p.m. in the KeyArena at Seattle Center

    View the full Redhawks Women's Basketball schedule online.

    The Downtown Breakfast. SU and UW Meet to Preview the Big Game

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/22/2012 04:02:52 PM

    CoachesJoin us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.

    Get Your Tickets Here!

    Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

    The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.

    Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors  open at 6:30 a.m.

    Seattle Graduate Fair at Seattle University

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/19/2012 02:12:04 PM


    Attend The Seattle Graduate Fair at Seattle University on October 23rd!

    The Seattle Graduate Fair connects prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, nonprofit leadership, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business.


    Anyone who's considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend.

  Graduate Fairs can offer something beneficial to all!It's free to the public.


    The Fair will be Tuesday, October 23, 5 to 8pm Seattle University, Campion Tower Residence Hall 914 E Jefferson Street, Seattle, WA 98122

    See the list of registered schools and  RSVP online!


    More information can be found on the website



    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/18/2012 03:48:00 PM

      Annie SF

     I am happy to announce that we have recently launched the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni! Our goal is to connect alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area with upcoming events such as happy hours, networking events, and local Redhawks games.

    We are a grassroots community working to grow our presence and currently looking for volunteers to help organize events. If you are interested, please contact Annie Katrina Lee at

    Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

    • 11/28/12 at 5:30 pm -- Pre-game rally before Men’s Basketball game at 7:00 (SCOTT"S Seafood, Palo Alto)
    • 11/28/12 at 7:00 pm -- Seattle University's Redhawks vs. The Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavillion in Stanford, CA
    • Please join our community on Facebook or help spread the word to your classmates in the Bay Area.

      We look forward to seeing you in NorCal!
    • Annie Katrina Lee, ‘05 


    Bay Area SU Alumni are invited to Hope Uncorked

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 04:24:49 PM

    The Seattle University Bay Area alumni community is invited to attend:

    Hope Uncorked


    Catholic Charities CYO hosts a special evening of wine, music and celebration that goes to benefit Bay Area kids in need.

    Join us for:

    • Jazz music from Grupo Falso Baiano & Lorca Hart Trio featuring Kenny Washington
    • Japanese cuisine and wine tastings from dozens of local vineyards
    • And a silent auction, that includes the chance to bid on travel packages

    Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, though tickets will be available at the door.

    Click here  for more information or to purchase tickets online, or call 415.972.1246


    The Courtside Club

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 03:01:36 PM

    LennyThe Courtside Club is a group of Chieftains & Redhawks that create awareness in the community of the incredible history of Seattle University Athletics and its return to prominence while supporting the student athlete. Every Alumni is a member!

    The first lunchof the Courtside Club is November 8th at the Sorrento Hotel and we have confirmed NBA legend, coach of our former Seattle Super Sonics Lenny Wilkens as a guest speaker, along with our awesome coach Cameron Dollar, to speak on the upcoming season as we our now members of the Western Athletic Conference and tournament eligible.  

    Spread the word, clear your calendars and invite friends. This will be exciting to sports fans of all ages!

    Registration information is on the website

    It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss out!


    Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/11/2012 05:10:15 PM

    Dear Friends, children of peace dinner

    You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner   (It's About the Child) to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 5:00PM in the Seattle University Campion Ballroom. The event will include a Live & Silent auction, complimentary wine and Mediterranean food, traditional Arabic music by “House of Tarab,” and and updates about the foundation.

    Tickets for the event are $100 per attendee and all funds will go towards supporting traumatized children in Bethlehem. The Children of Peace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

    Please RSVP by October 12, 2011 by emailing 

    We are looking forward to seeing you and greatly appreciate your support in helping to build Peace Through Healing!      

    Find our event on Facebook 

    or visit the website for more details


    Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/10/2012 04:05:30 PM

    nov 2Seattle University and The Executive Development Institute are partnering to bring you a panel exploring the theme of “Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets”. The panel will be held on Seattle University’s campus in the Casey CommonsFriday, November 2nd from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

    The panelists in attendance will include:


    The panel will be moderated by Victoria Jones, Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University


    Susan's Thoughts for the Fall

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/10/2012 02:10:48 PM

    Dear Alumni-

    It’s fall here at S
    SusanVosper2eattle U and classes are in full swing. As we enjoy the extended beautiful fall weather here in the Northwest, it is exhilarating to watch a talented new class arriving  and settling in for what promises to be a  successful academic year.  The campus is buzzing again with excitement to see what’s in store for this year. We in the Office of Alumni Relations share in this sense of excitement along with our students, faculty and staff.  This new year ushered in new members to our Alumni Board of Governors. We are fortunate to have an effective group of dedicated alumni on our board that will help us to achieve our goals.  

    Our FY11-12 status report is evidence that we are making progress and working to build a world class Office of Alumni Relations and remain on target with our strategic plan. To that end, we are making strides to help you to better connect with Seattle U, your fellow alumni and the next generation.  It’s my pleasure to announce the following developments:

    • Our office is partnering with Career Services to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to hire quality candidates, become a valued employee and network with outstanding individuals.
    • Seattle U is celebrating a new era in sports with its first full season of Division I play for the Redhawks. I hope you will join me and Coach Cameron Dollar at our pre-game rallies at Key Arena at Seattle Center.
    • On February 2 we will launch a pilot program to bring Homecoming back to the university. This is your chance to see some of the beautiful changes we’ve made to your campus, as well as share your own experiences at SU with alumni and current students. Stay tuned for more information. 
    • And on April 16 we are hosting the 28th Annual Alumni Awards celebration at Campion Ballroom. I hope to see you there for an evening to illuminate the achievements of our alumni in the community, work place and university.   We are accepting nominations. 

    Alumni often ask, “How can I help? How can I become involved with my alma mater?”  Let me offer some ways we share with alumni and friends:

    -          Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for Seattle U

               - think SU first! 

    -          Promote Alumni and Family Weekend to your fellow alumni.

    -          Encourage alumni to network and keep in touch via

                the Alumni Online Directory.

    -          Bring a prospective student for a campus visit

                or to a university event

    -          Visit us on campus at the Admissions and Alumni Building and give us your feedback at

    I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve the goals we’ve set for the Office of Alumni Relations and hope you’ll join us on campus in October and throughout the year.  I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in our efforts to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.



    Susan Vosper, '90, '10


    The Art of Making Sense

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/8/2012 01:23:05 PM

    life forceFor the month of October Gallery 114 presents "Making Sense," new oil paintings by member artist Mary Jo Mann   The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists held on October 4, 6 to 9 pm.  Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

     The Art of "Making Sense" at Gallery 114
    1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 Phone: 503-243-3356

    Seattle University Alumna, Mary Jo Mann,uses the oil painting medium to examine the tension between human-made and natural systems.  Playing with the rhythms and geometry of urban and natural landscapes, Mann in this body of work is "making sense" of not only the physical world but of the connections between the physical and the metaphysical. "I find similar rhythms and form in nature," says Mann.  "Using these two supposedly opposing fields as a starting point, I find that the language and depth of each piece emerges as the work develops.  My approach isn't simply an intellectual activity but transcends the physical world.  The work takes on its own life, merging conscious intent with unconscious knowledge." Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle University in 1979 and studied with Val Laigo, Marvin Herard and Nick Damascus. She has lived in Portland since the early 80's with her husband and children.  Mary Jo's work can also be seen at her website,


    Remembering Sue Schmitt

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/8/2012 10:32:39 AM

    Sue SchmittSue Schmitt, Ed.D., Professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, died suddenly at the age of 66 on September 28, 2012. A public memorial service led by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. was held Monday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church.

    Dr. Schmitt stepped down from her 16-year position as dean on July 31, 2012, and spent the past two months traveling and enjoying time with her family. In her announcement to the faculty and staff on June 26, Dr. Schmitt emphasized her joy in overseeing many historical events over the past 16 years and was excited about the college’s position to engage in new opportunities at the university, state and national levels.  “We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to her family, friends, College of Education colleagues, staff and students and others whose lives she touched during her remarkable career as an administrator, educator and scholar,” said Isiaah Crawford, provost. 

    Dr. Schmitt helped organize the college’s 75th anniversary celebration (a milestone event that drew over 1,000 alumni and friends to campus) and oversaw Conversation Education, a symposium on education policy that brought great visibility to the university. Over the past several years she led a collaborative and successful process to revise and restructure the college’s doctoral program. Additionally, Dr. Schmitt spearheaded an effort that will bring a Seattle Public Schools Middle College program to the university in the next few months. 

    Prior to her appointment as dean of the College of Education, she had served as dean and professor, in the College for Human Resources at the University of North Dakota, where she had also served as associate vice president for academic affairs, responsible for the design and implementation of the Center for Instructional Technology. She served at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, as deputy vice chancellor and professor of rehabilitation, department chair and director of the independent Living Center. Dr. Schmitt also served as the administrative associate to the vice president for academic affairs of the University of Wisconsin System Administration. 

    Dr. Schmitt received the outstanding alumni award from Viterbo College, where she received a B.A. in English, and she was a Leadership Fellow at Mississippi State University. She was among a selective group of educational leaders to participate in Harvard University's IEM Program. Dr. Schmitt’s doctorate, which she received from Mississippi State University, was funded through a Bush Leadership Fellowship. 

    The Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship Fund has been established to honor her memory and the legacy she has left at Seattle University. The fund will support the academic advancement of underrepresented students enrolled in the College of Education, a commitment that Dr. Schmitt championed during the course of her career. For more information, including how to contribute to the fund, please call 206-296-1896.

    To share an online memory of Dr. Schmitt, please click here

    -A Seattle University News article by Paula Hermann


    Magis Note for October

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 11:32:08 AM

    magis familyLaugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured alumni living the mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note;

    “We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

     Magis wants to remind you that there are just a few spots left for alumni on the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. This is a great way to unplug from the everyday hustle and bustle to make space for quiet reflection Also, save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justicebeing held on Saturday, December 1, 2012.This new format will deepen the experience, inviting participants to learn, share, and act. Checkout our eNewsletter for upcoming programs and events that help you to put into practice the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership.


    Joan Bonvicini Invites You

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 10:50:07 AM

    I wanJoan Bt to personally invite alumni and friends of Seattle University to watch our team in action. Our players and staff are very excited about our upcoming basketball season. We want to build on last year’s success and take our team to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time. We play an exciting up-tempo style and are fun to watch. Come be a part of history in the making as we striveto win the WAC Basketball Championship. Call the Seattle U ticket office for information (206) 398-4678 or go to SU's athletics web site    

     We are also hosting our 2nd annual fundraiser ‘Wine,Cheese & Chocolate’ at Starbuck’s Headquarters, SODO Kitchen on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-6:30 pm. There will be 7 wineries, numerous cheese selections and some local chocolates. Additionally, there will be a silent   and live auctionwith all proceeds going to Seattle U Women’s Basketball. Tickets are only $50 and can be ordered by calling (206)398-4420. Come support the SU Women's Basketball program and have a great time too!   
    wine & Chocolate
    Hope you'll join us!  

    Joan Bonvicini

    Albers Alumni - Meet, Greet and Network!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/3/2012 09:16:32 AM

      Albers Logo

     We are thrilled to invite you to our next Albers Alumni Happy Hour and networking mixer on the eastside at Palomino - Bellevue.

    Join us to re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, faculty, and other SU business professionals in the greater Seattle area. This event is for people to meet, network, chat and keep in touch in an informal and casual setting, thereby fostering a stronger Albers alumni community.

    Lastly, we encourage you to attend and spread the word by inviting other Albers and Seattle University professionals in your network and organization. Non-Albers alumni and current students are welcome to join the event.

    Format: This is an open networking mixer style event. Just register, using the link given below, and stop by.

    Look forward to meeting you!

    - Organized by group of SU MBA alums

    *Bellevue Palomino is walking distance away from the Bellevue Transit Center.  

    **Parking Instructions:

    Up to 3 hours of free parking underneath The Westin Hotel. Please bring along your parking pass, for Palomino to validate.

    When:Oct 25th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Where:Palomino - Bellevue

    610 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004



    Career Reflections of the Fall Season: Pausing to Notice

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2012 11:41:29 AM

     Career Services Build

    As we transition from spring to fall, the seasons invite us take time to step back and reflect on our own sense of needed changes in our personal and professional lives. A starting point can be assessing the use of our time. Are you satisfied with how much time you spend at work; and are you really choosing the amount of time spent specific tasks within your current role? Are you comfortable with the quality of your relationships at work? Where might you want to make deliberate choices on how you spend your most valuable asset—your time—within your work context? Another helpful barometer in holistically evaluating our lives is noticing our energy. Do you leave work feeling drained, empty and depleted? Or do you leave with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm, perhaps having expended physical and mental energy in the process, but feeling rejuvenated nevertheless--a subtle difference, yet one that matters to those who want to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment. By cultivating time and space for reflective practices we are empowered to create a more conscious and intentional life.

     Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    •  Involvement in 3 major career fairs and other professional networking events
    •  Participation in the 4-week, “Jumpstart your Career” Series

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!


    Magis Notes for September

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/5/2012 01:20:10 PM

    AlumJesuit education can impact a person well beyond years spent as a student. Jesuit-educated alumnus Mark A. Flynn (Saint Louis University1967, 1972) credits Fr. Tom Cummings, S.J. (president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City where his sons attended high school), with part of his formation. Fr. Cummings poignantly said "a talent is not a gift until it is given away". This line has stuck with Mark through all the many personal and professional experiences he has had since. Be sure to read more of Mark's story, as well as those of other fellow Jesuit-educated alumni and how they are staying rooted in the mission of Jesuit education by visiting Alumni Living the Mission. 

    Now that fall is just around the corner, we invite you to "save the date" or register for some very exciting programs coming up. Magis is eager to announce that the application deadline for Mexico Mission Trek has been extended to September 15th! Visit our website for an application. We hope to receive your application. Also, Service Saturdays is starting back up this month at St. Mary's Food Bank and we are looking for volunteers. Don't forget: Magis Mixers has moved to first Thursdays at the Elysian. Lastly, registration is open for the annual Ignatian Silent Retreat,so email us to reserve your spot.

    Read this month's Magis eNewsletter for details on these opportunities and more. Join us!

    Executive and Alumni Seminars: Learning from the Past

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/4/2012 10:50:01 AM

    Alumni SeminarsTaught by Seattle University faculty and special guests, the College of Arts & Sciences Executive and Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Each quarter-long seminar examines a great theme or set of issues in the human experience. Discussions center around assigned readings or films that take 2-3 hours per week to complete. Participants are encouraged to make connections between the course materials and real concerns encountered in their daily lives and work.
    Registration is now on for the fall alumni seminar series. Join in a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds for "Learning from the Past." Distinguished faculty will address the lessons we can learn from the early Greeks up to the tragedies of the past 200 years. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

    October 2 and 16: The Greeks and the Romans, with Professor David Madsen
    October 30 and November 13: The Medieval Era and the Renaissance, with Professor Theresa Earenfight
    November 27 and December 11: The 19th Century-The Long Legacy of Imperialism and the 20th Century-"Never Again?" Have We Learned Anything from the Holocaust? with Professor Tom Taylor.

    The alumni seminars are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Details and registration information.

    Looking forward to a great year!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2012 11:39:17 AM

    Dear fellow alumni,
    Getting ready for a new academic year is always an exciting time on campus! We have spent much of the summer working on alumni initiatives that will provide programming and communications to help us realize our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  I look forward to a new era in Division I sports and a new year to help us further define programs that will provide professional development, engagement with faculty and of course, meeting a whole new class of Redhawks.
    I am also very excited to let you know that the Alumni Board of Governors is ready to not only represent you but to help plan an even brighter future for the Alumni Association. We couldn't do what we do without this great organization of volunteer leadership!  As we work on developing even more volunteer opportunities, please let us know if you are interested in giving any of your time or talent to Seattle University.  Building a strong cadre of volunteer leadership is part of our key initiatives in Alumni Relations.  You can contact our office and we will gratefully let you know how you can work with us and support your alma mater.  Also you recall that in our spring issue of the SU Magazine, Fr. Steve asked to hear from you about what will make SU more relevant to you.  You can send him your feedback at  Our alumni are our most treasured resource, and your voice matters.

    And don't forget to please connect often with the Seattle U Alumni Association online to learn more about the benefits you have as an alumni along with the great schedule of programs in the coming year.

    Our Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day! We are glad so many of you have signed on to our Alumni Online Directory. This resource is critical in realizing our goal of keeping you connected to your alma mater and each other. Please take a moment to log into this valuable resource.

    Here's to another great year at Seattle U and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10

    Magis Notes for August

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/7/2012 11:15:51 AM

    HildaAugustThis month's featured alumna living the mission is Hilda Guiao (Seattle University 2008), who shares how Jesuit education has shaped her personally and professionally, especially in how it has helped her to stay intentional during challenging times in her life.  As Hilda says "I wanted to learn more about my Catholic faith and to be in an environment that fostered and provided a structure to work out my own spiritual journey. Jesuit education offered a way to incorporate what I was learning, apply it, and make connections in my own life." We are grateful to Hilda for sharing her reflection with us and with you. Click here to read Hilda's take on Jesuit education.  

    Looking for a retreat, leadership or community service opportunity? If so, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for information on
    upcoming opportunities. Applications for the Mexico Mission Trek are due August 15th so be sure to apply today!Click here for more information and an application.  


    Welcome Back to School at the Seattle Sounders!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/7/2012 10:04:30 AM

    SFCJoin Seattle University for a Welcome Back to School Match at the Seattle Sounders FC!
    Alumni- Take advantage of our special discounted rate for the Saturday September 22nd match!

    Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at  CenturyLink Field.
    VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Students from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
    Kick-off 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, September 22.

    To take advantage of this offer, please complete the following instructions:
    1. Click here to buy SPECIAL #1
    2. Then enter the pass code: SEATTLEU
    3. If you do not already have an account you will need to create one.

    We sold out of our first group of seats, so here is what is available!

    New sections are 215 and 229 for $21, wristbands will be mailed by 9/15.



    Redhawks Division I Soccer is Here!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/1/2012 09:33:30 AM

    Fewing and teamI am thrilled to be back at Seattle University! It is surreal and humbling to return to a place I respect, love, and admire. I am also fired up to coach this team! They are motivated, eager, talented and very hungry to win. I am, as are the players, expecting to have success this year. It is our goal to play entertaining soccer. Come watch both the men's and women's teams as they bring our soccer program back to our university and the city of Seattle.

    We have a tremendous facility and the grass is exceptional so come join us for a memorable season! We hope to earn your support by our efforts on and off the field. I look forward to seeing you this season!

    Best regards, 
    Pete Fewing,
    Head Men's Soccer Coach

    Join us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics! 

    SU Alum is Chaplain Candidate at US Air Force Academy

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2012 03:11:40 PM
    HeatherThe US Air Force Academy is the one place I've always wanted to serve during my time in the chaplain candidate program. When I joined the military three and a half years ago, I knew I was called by God to serve the men and women who protect our country. I absolutely love the military and the sacred trust it has placed in me to provide for their religious and spiritual needs. At the Academy, my job is to provide religious and spiritual support for cadets in the class of 2016 who are going through their Basic Cadet Training (lovingly referred to as "Beast" and is appropriately named). Thus far I have taught classes to the new cadets, or "Doolies," on Air Force core values and religious respect training, instructed the new faculty members on their unique role within the academy, preached and led a service in the Cadet Chapel, marched 5 miles with them out to Jack's Valley for their field training, and done countless hours of visitation. The basic cadets here are mostly right out of high school and for many, this is their first major life experience away from home. To put it lightly, they were in for a shock! Basic freedoms that you and I take for granted every day, such as talking when we want, looking at our food, and wearing clothes of our choosing are stripped away, and a strict code of military discipline and regimented activities replaces them.

    It has truly been a blessing to serve these cadets and upper class cadre. Their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good is inspiring. I have had several counseling sessions with cadets during their time in the cadet clinic that have truly been sacred. As a chaplain candidate I am in a unique position to offer spiritual support to these young men and women, and also to be there cheering them on as they complete their grueling tasks. One of the most important aspects of our mission is the ministry of presence chaplains can provide. By simply being present to the cadets when they are in the midst of utter chaos, we provide them with a brief respite, a quick prayer, or a pat on the back, so they can continue with the rest of their day. My favorite times have been the ones outside the chapel where I offer an encouraging word to a cadet who looks to be on the brink of tears, and to be that safe person they know they can trust with anything. The cadre are there to correct their every minute mistake, and when the chaplains are around, the basic cadets know they will have someone smile at them. You'd be amazed how far something so simple can go.

    Heather Thomason, '11

    "The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."

    Magis Notes for July

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 03:43:06 PM

    RossmansMagis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann (Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values. As they put it, Jesuit education "taught us the importance of finding meaning in the work we do and taking action on the education that we received…When life gets busy, it's important for us to be reminded of the Jesuit values and to try to live a more reflective life."  Be sure to read more of the Rossmann's reflection by clicking here.

    Don't forget! We are still looking for alumni living in the Puget Sound to apply for the first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This experience will be sure to engage you in the spirit of service that Jesuit education has instilled in us all. Visit this page for an application. Priority deadline for applications for alumni leaders is August 1st and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions. 

    Lastly, Magis invites you to browse around and become familiar with the newly updated website - let us know what you think! As always, Magis invites you to catch up on this month's latest news by reading the monthly Magis eNewsletter.  

    A Summer Reflection

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 02:05:05 PM

    Fr DaveThe most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen.  A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. 

    I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God.   Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. 
    I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him.

    They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him.
     Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all  seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly.  At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. 

    Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
    Chaplain for  Alumni


    Athletic Director Bill Hogan: Seattle U is Back in the WAC!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 02:44:22 PM

    ill & RudySeattle University is the only re-classifying institution ever to gain membership into a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Our coaches, staff and nearly 400 student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge of earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) automatic bids to post-season tournaments. This will be the first time in 33 years that all Seattle University teams will be eligible to qualify for NCAA championships. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has a storied 50-year existence with many prominent teams, coaches, players and administrators, and we are anxious to contribute to this impressive legacy.

    Our initial focus will be on developing strong rivalries with the WAC members. We have made major improvements to several athletic facilities and will be able to provide a good environment for competition. As many Seattle University alumni may know, several of the WAC Football members will be moving to other leagues in 2013 so our goal is to secure new members. The WAC has gone through similar transitions in the past and has always rebounded with vigor.

    With the addition of women’s rowing this fall, the Redhawks now have 20 sports, including 17 competing in the WAC. Men's swimming and men's soccer compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also provides an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

    The Seattle U coaches have worked hard preparing the student-athletes to be ready for this move back to NCAA Division I. We need your support to make it successful. Please attend our games, matches and meets as often as possible to cheer our teams onto victory.

    Bill Hogan, Director of Athletics
    Seattle University

    SU Wins New Landmark Library Award

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 01:36:27 PM

    Library at DuskSeattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a "New Landmark Library" award from Library Journal.Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

    The library and learning commons opened in fall 2010, creating a bold new intellectual center for students. Square footage increased by 50 percent to more than 125,000 square feet. The purpose of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is to create a multipurpose space not only for learning, but for socializing and exploring. The structure houses quiet and active spaces for students to work, computer labs, a media production center, writing center, math lab and more. Along with all of these new features, the architects kept the white marble façade and double helix staircase loved by the campus community.

    "This recognition has really honored the vision and aspirations of the entire campus community, said John Popko, Seattle University librarian.  "It corroborates the responses of our students and faculty who have embraced this facility, made it their own and whose educational and academic experiences can be transformed by it."

    The New Landmark Libraries project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings across the country. The awards are based on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, beauty and delight, and more.

    "Each of these winning libraries stood out in terms of the final project but also because of their process in arriving at the final design - the discussions with stakeholders, the focus on the needs of students and the success in overcoming challenges," said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief. "These New Library Landmarks reinterpret the definition, concept and functionality of the traditional academic library."

    Library information.

    Message to Alumni from Susan Vosper

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:55:59 AM

     svbDear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater.  The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration.   June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni.  On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students.  We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees.  These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities.   

    My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University.  A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni.  We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of GovernorsWe have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies.   As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few!  

    The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world.  I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them.  I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.

    Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10
     Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations  

    Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!

    Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena.   This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott.

    This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies.  
    Congratulations to the Class of 2012!








    Magis Memo for June

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:33:58 AM

    SheelyOn behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.

    This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life.

    Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa  with any questions and for an application.

    Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online

    Career Resources for Graduates and a Lifetime!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 04:49:36 PM

    NetworkThe anticipation of graduation may be over, but there is plenty more excitement and nervousness facing new graduates this year. After a whirlwind of thank yous and goodbyes, moving boxes and interviews, the transition is here. For new graduates and alumni alike, their strongest resource in this time of transition may just be the Seattle University community. Establishing a support network can be one of the most important things for success in a transition. Our robust network of SU Alumni can be a resource we choose to turn to for help as much as a place for us to give back.  Try utilizing the alumni mentor database and reconnecting with classmates through the Alumni Online Directory.  Another great way to connect with fellow professionals is by joining the SU Alumni LinkedIn group.  Keep the SU connection strong by hiring a fellow Redhawk for a job or internship.

    Career Services offers  resources specific to your professional interests.  Access career tools through the Career Services web site including helpful job search links, resume samples, and interview tips. Additionally, you can take one of four self-assessments and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps in making your career transition.

    No matter what type of transition you face – new grad or seasoned professional - it is imperative to stay motivated, positive and persistent. Write down your strengths and place them somewhere you’ll see them often, and remember that people like to hire others who will be positive, self-assured teammates. With enough hard work and determination, something will come along. 

    Alissa B. Strong, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director, Career Services


    SU's Mission in Action in Rwanda

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 09:53:52 AM

    GanzaA group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world. 

    The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.

    The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.

    The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.

    Maria Zazycki,  ‘12


    Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/14/2012 11:15:40 AM

    MarinersSeattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Friday, June 8 | 7:10 p.m.

    Dodgers vs. Mariners

    Special discounted group seating has been reserved exclusively for Seattle University guests.

    A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will benefit The Martinez Foundation, which

    provides scholarships for future teachers of color. SU College of Education MIT students benefit from

    this foundation, so come out and enjoy a day at the ballpark while supporting a great cause!

    Tickets are $20 (regularly $30) for view reserved seating and $40 (regularly $45) for the field level seats

    Purchase tickets.  Enter special offer code: MARTINEZ

    Deadline to Purchase Tickets: June 4 at noon

    Bring a group of 25 and receive an on-screen Mariners’ welcome. 

    To purchase 25+ tickets, call the Seattle Mariners at 206.346.4515.


    A New Day in Alumni Relations

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:30:15 AM

    Susan W 2In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.

    The Commons:  Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?

    Susan Vosper:  I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.

    Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations. 

    Student Alumni Ambassadors Leading the Way

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:22:50 AM

    LorenzoSeattle University President Fr. Steve Sundborg acknowledged the importance of a strong alumni association during the recent Alumni Board of Governors meeting on May 1, 2012. He outlined his commitment to engage with SU alumni through several initiatives and campaigns during his next five years as president. Some of those initiatives prepare current students to start thinking of themselves as alumni in the bigger picture of their education such as service, mentorship opportunities,  career services, the Seattle University Youth Initiative, etc.

    The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a good way to engage all of these initiatives through the Office of Alumni Relations. The SAA is a professional undergraduate organization that connects students with alumni. SAAs connect and network with alumni through events such as the annual Gala, Alumni Service Awards, Magis activities, Annual Crab Feed, etc. The SAAs are excited to be a part of the president's vision to think SU first by creating its own initiatives that supports the values set forth by the university. Some SU alumni have stated their involvement with the SAAs prepared them for their professional and spiritual development as transformative leaders. It takes transformative leaders to create the opportunities to take risks for self-transformation.  I believe the SAAs have the tools and willingness to discover their gifts with other transformative leaders and I am proud to accompany them on that journey that resonates with my Jesuit vocation.

    Lorenzo Herman, S.J.
    MATL Graduate Student
    Student Alumni Ambassadors Advisor

    Spring Sports: Join Us! Senior Send off at the Sounders and Networking at Redhawks Baseball!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 03:07:41 PM

    SndrsWe're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!

    Our VIP Seattle University Alumni  pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and  Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other  campus leadership and alumni!    A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium.  

    Wednesday May 23rd
    Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew  
    VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
    Kickoff at 7p.m.
    Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKS

    Use the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!
    Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.

    The  Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington!  This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park.  The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out.
    Tuesday May 22
    Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington
    Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
    Purchase tickets.  Use promo code albers

    Magis Notes May 2012

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 02:49:06 PM

    FreeburgThis month, Magis features three of five Freeburg family siblings: Jim Freeburg (Santa Clara University '03), Ben Freeburg (Gonzaga University '01) and Katrina Freeburg (Gonzaga University '98, JVC '99). Each embrace and share the values of Jesuit education with their friends, family, and community. As they shared: "Because we've always had a strong community, we continue our Jesuit experience by building that community for others… It's a blessing and a responsibility to be Jesuit-educated, and we embrace this role wholeheartedly." Magis is grateful for sharing their perspective on how Jesuit-education has shaped them into being men and women for others.   Click here to read their reflection.

    Are you looking for a retreat opportunity and are in your 20's or 30's? If so, Magis is hosting its annual Young Adult Retreat at IslandWood in Bainbridge May 18-20. This year's theme is Living in the Heart of God: Confirming Choices in Community. This Ignatian-style retreat will be led by retreat directors Fr. Jack Bentz, SJ, Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM, and Maria Ochoa, and will invite reflection on life circumstances and commitments, grounding retreatants in a sense of faith and community through creative exercises, small-group sharing, and time for relaxation. The retreat is open to persons of all faiths and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes room and board for the weekend. There are only a few spots left, so email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa today! As always, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities

    SU Baseball: Fun with Family and Friends!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/23/2012 03:55:21 PM

    Chris I went to my first SU baseball game a couple of weeks ago with some non-SU alumni friends of mine.  I had brought them to a basketball game in the past, but never to a baseball game.  All of them went to fairly large Division I sports schools, and they were pleasantly surprised to see a Division I Baseball game.

    We had played the BYU Cougars.  Although SU had lost the first 3 games of this series against a tough opponent, that did not stop me and my friends from travelling to Bannerwood Fields, Seattle U baseball's eastside fields, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch my Redhawks for the first time.  They played an outstanding game with a strong offense scoring 5 runs, and only letting 2 runs in for BYU in the final inning of the game.  In addition to the game itself, there was a strong showing of Redhawk alums, which was good since BYU seems to travel well and had a good cohort of their own fans at the game.  It was well attended! 

    On a side note, for an extra $3, your admission ticket got you a hotdog, large soda, and popcorn!  You can't find a better deal anywhere else for a baseball game.  Try to beat that, Safeco field!

    Christopher Canlas, '01
    President, SU Alumni Board of Governors

    William Crano Discusses THE RULES OF INFLUENCE

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/20/2012 03:32:39 PM

    rulescoverSeattle University and Global Visionaries, the Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers young people to become global leaders, bring SOCIAL INFLUENCE EXPERT, WILLIAM CRANO, to Seattle to discuss his book, THE RULES OF INFLUENCE: WINNING WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY. Crano is a recognized leader of applied research on persuasion and minority-group influence and his latest work is being praised as a manual for informed social action. THE RULES OF INFLUENCE addresses the question: How can you use the science of persuasion to win people over even when you are vastly outnumbered and outmatched?

    ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required.

    April 26, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Lemieux Library at Seattle University 
    901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    By applying the science of persuasion Dr. William Crano has discovered proven strategies to use when an issue becomes so important that it compels you go up against the status quo. He has distilled these strategies, such as working from the inside and changing the game from subjective preferences to objective decisions, into an extraordinary collection of rules that radically affect the likelihood of successfully taking on the majority.

     Praise for The Rules of Influence from Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness: " Look out, Goliath-David has a training manual! In this smart and engaging book, Crano uses cutting-edge scientific research to show us how the few can influence the many, and how the weak can beat the strong. One of the best books on social psychology ever written."

     Crano is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science fellow, a former NATO senior scientist and former Fulbright fellow. He has contributed to national and international policy as an advisor to the United Nations, the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Crano's basic research is concerned with social influence, attitude change, and behavior change, especially the impact of minorities on the beliefs and actions of the majority, and on the effects of self-interest on attitudes and actions. His applied research is concerned with the development of persuasive and instructional information to promote positive behaviors and prevent negative outcomes such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.S. from Princeton University.


    Global Visionaries thanks the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Achievement at Seattle University for sponsoring the April Author Series event.


     ABOUT GLOBAL VISIONARIES: Founded in 1999, and incorporated as a not for profit in 2002, Global Visionaries is a Seattle, WA-based organization that empowers youth from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and geographic backgrounds to become active leaders and global citizens who promote social & environmental justice through community service at home and abroad.  Global Visionaries provides life-changing opportunities and instills a lifelong ethic of service and philanthropy.  Global Visionaries' programs combine localized leadership training with "a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala, and local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation."  The organization recently received grants from [need to add names].  Co-founder and Executive Director, Christopher Fontana, received the Red Winged Leadership Award for being a leader committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap. The Global Visionaries Author Series presents authors and other speakers offering perspectives on ideas related to the themes of leadership, education, environmental sustainability, global citizenship and social justice in order to bring together and encourage conversation among a diverse, multi-generational community. Visit or call 206-322-9448 for more information.

    2012 Su Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 04:05:43 PM

    thSeattle University Athletics cordially invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and special memories as we honor Seattle University's greatest student-athletes.

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012


    Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way

    5:30pm - No-Host Reception

    6:30pm - Dinner and Program

    $55.00 per person

    RSVP by Friday, May 18th, 2012. Please  contact Greg Sempadian at or 206-398-4420.

    Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics

    2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Individual Athletes

    Frank Ahern - Athletic Administration - 1948-1951

    Clarence Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

    Marvin Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

    Gordon McKenzie - Men's Golf - 1954-1957

    Jawann Oldham - Men's Basketball - 1977-1980

    Sheryl Williams - Women's Soccer - 1999-2002


    1952 Baseball Team

    Albert Anderson (posthumously), Al Brightman (posthumously), Bob Carlson (posthumously),

    Bob Clark (posthumously), Bill Collier (posthumously), Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas,

    Ed Garay (posthumously), Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso (posthumously), John Kelly, Bill Lagreid,

    Jack Lynch (posthumously), Tony Manca, Dr. Frank McBarron (posthumously), Jim Myers,

    Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, Bob Ward, Les Whittles

    Playful and Profound SU’s newest sculpture Justice (Just Ice) is a delight to behold

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 11:23:04 AM

    Just Ice sculptureA dramatic new work of art appeared on Seattle University’s campus during spring break. Situated in the garden between the second floors of the Student Center and the Library and Learning Commons, the sculpture appears to consist of large ice cubes or blocks of glass.

    Upon closer inspection, the cubes are made of a durable, specially cast resin. The sculpture is the work of Seattle-area artist Joe McDonnell and it is a commissioned gift from longtime friend of the university Ann Pigott Wyckoff.  The sculpture consists of sixty translucent blocks, each approximately two feet on each side and weighing about five pounds. McDonnell and his assistant painstakingly assembled the sculpture on campus throughout most of a week, carefully positioning the blocks so that they appear to be tumbling over and down a concrete wall.   It was not their first run-through—they had previously put the sculpture together in McDonnell’s studio.

    The cubes at their highest point are more than twelve feet off the ground. When one look at the blocks nearest to the top, they seem precariously perched, as if they are about to roll off the pile and onto the ground, but this is just an illusion. The blocks are fastened to the wall in the background and to a special anchoring frame beneath them. As striking as the installation is in the day time, the sculpture elicits perhaps even more delight in the evening when illuminated by a series of LED light bars that can change colors.

    “The sculpture is simultaneously playful and profound, and I hope it will positively engage and visually refresh people when they walk between the Student Center and the Lemieux Library/McGoldrick Learning Commons,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., who coordinated the art collection for the library and learning commons. 

    Jim Hembree, Senior Director of Development in University Advancement, was instrumental in bringing McDonnell’s sculpture to SU.  The sculpture, as Hembree sees it, is part of a growing trend at SU. For some time, he points out, most of the university’s artistic treasures have graced the interior spaces of our buildings, but in recent years, “Outdoor sculpture is gaining a more prominent presence on our campus. This is a big growth area for SU’s art collection.”

    McDonnell graciously allowed the SU community to have a contest to name the sculpture, and more than 160 entries were submitted.  The winning entry was submitted by Lauren Maza, who recounted how as she looked at the sculpture she thought of some of the core SU mission values, and the word “Justice” came to her and she realized it contained the words “Just Ice.”  Joe McDonnell selected this name so the sculpture’s formal title is “Justice (Just Ice).” 

    McDonnell’s work joins a three other recent sculptures added to the campus collection:  Joel Shapiro’s untitled abstract bronze figure of a running person on the library’s lawn, which was made possible by Dick and Betty Hedreen in 2010; Preston Singletary’s Northwest Native-inspired “Transformations” metal sculpture, which was installed on the north side of the Admissions & Alumni Building last summer; and Robert Pospisil’s haunting metal sculpture “The Prisoner” which will be installed soon in the Law Annex. 

    While SU’s latest sculpture may be outdoors, it can just as easily be enjoyed by those having a bite to eat in the Student Center or studying in the Library and Learning Commons. McDonnell worked for more than a year conceiving and constructing the sculpture. Students and other campus community members provided feedback and responses to the work as it evolved. 

    McDonnell has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey state government. Known primarily for his distinguished work in sculpting metal and bronze, McDonnell in recent years has turned to glass and cast resins as part of what he calls the “ice age” phase of his career.

    Jerry Cobb, S.J.

    You can learn more about the artist and his works at


    Taking Pride in Seattle U

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 09:43:06 AM

    President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards 
    Good evening.  Indeed this is a very good evening!  I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year.  It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.

    What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you.  I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.  

    • When I listen to the 100-student strong S.U. Choir my heart is overwhelmed with pride.
    • When I walk through that fantastic new library at any time of day or night and see how the students in droves have made it their home and love it, I am moved within by pride and gratitude.  (I always cut through there if I need a pick-me-up!)
    • When I learn of how 120 students now serve at Bailey-Gatzert School, 70 at Washington Middle and 40 at Garfield as just one part of our fantastic new but permanent Youth Initiative I can't help but feel how fully we are making our mission real in the lives of the kids of our neighborhood.
    • When I stand next to Dr. Vicky Minderhout, Professor of Chemistry, as she is named the 2011 Professor of the Year for the State of Washington, I touch into the incredible power of our faculty and see why our students so love them.
    • When I'm there in the 6th row of Key Arena and watch-amid all the lights and whistles and bells and dancing-our team play so hard and fast in going on a streak of wins, or enjoy the roar of the crowd on Championship Field as our Women's Soccer Team knocks off another top-notch program, I'm thrilled that we are now back in the big game.
    • I have the habit of walking around campus early at dawn on a weekend morning and looking over our territory (excuse me if sometimes I think of it as "my territory"), so I have this deep satisfaction to see the new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center; Championship Field, the best soccer stadium around; the Intramural Field under construction; the recent Law Annex; the Admissions and Alumni building; the Lee Center for Fine Arts; the Chapel now 15 years new; Sullivan Hall of the Law School; the Student Center; glorious malls, quadrangles, plazas, fountains, sculptures, art, the best gardens any campus anywhere has-wow; what a deep sense of thrill, consolation, and gratitude comes!
    • Or when I get into discussions with students as they wrestle with religion, service, gender identity, vocation, I just find them so good that my heart almost breaks.
    • Or when I rush from work to join in prayer and Mass with a community of 25 Jesuits committed to our mission and to ministry among our people and alumni, I am deeply consoled.
    • Or to be at the Career Expo Fair with 72 companies seeking our graduates for jobs or our students for interns, I know we've got it right.
    • Or just on a daily basis my privilege to share the leadership of Seattle U. with the best Executive Team and Deans any university could hope to have, I know we are in the best hands and that they are not just mine.
    • And then, of course, there was the big news that out of 800 schools we were listed first in receiving the 2012 President's Award for Community Service.  You can imagine the pride and joy in that!

    I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving.  I want you to take full pride in it.  It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.

    So thanks to all of you.  Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work.  And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be.  I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you.  Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.

    Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission.  It is our alumni.  As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission."  They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others.  We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world.  On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now.  We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission.  What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.

    Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank.  May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University

    New Alumni Benefits Launched- Strategic Plan on Course!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/12/2012 08:24:05 AM

    SusanVosper2Dear Alumni-

    April is a wonderful time of year at Seattle U.  We are fortunate to watch our beautiful campus come to life as spring unfolds while enjoying the heightened energy from the celebration of Easter.  It is also the beginning of the recognition and celebration of all our graduating seniors who are formally moving from life as a student to life as an alumni.  These are reminders for me of how incredibly blessed I am to work at a place that has meant so much to me in my life, and to have met so many of you over the past ten months in my role as SU's Assistant VP of Alumni Relations.  When I started in my role last June I told you that I envisioned my role to be one of a connector, helping to bring a series of benefits and resources to our alumni that help you better connect to Seattle U and to your fellow alumni. I am so pleased to announce that we have made great strides in making the first of these benefits a reality to help you get and stay connected to your alma mater!

    To that end, I am happy to announce the launch of three core resources to help you get connected, stay involved and be a part of the Seattle U Alumni Association:

    • An updated alumni web site has been updated with a consistent look, feel and brand for better usability and design to help you more easily find information, benefits and services. 
    • A new Alumni Online Directory is now available to allow you to easily keep your personal and professional information current as well as allow you to search for classmates and fellow alum by name, industry, location and more.
    • SU's first ever Alumni Gear Online Store where you can purchase SU alumni gear online to show your SU pride! 

    Please look for an email from the Office of Alumni Relations in the next few weeks that contains your login and password info for the online directory along with more information on website updates and deals on alumni gear.   This is the first launch of a comprehensive (and still growing) list of benefits and resources for our alumni and we will continue to work across the university to be a resource to you that will help you get involved, stay connected and build a lifetime relationship with your alma mater.

    Take a look and let us know what you think.  We want to hear from you and you can send your comments to us at Alumni Feedback.  Again, it is my pleasure and privilege to continue to work towards our vision of "building a world class alumni relations office and presence" for you and the university.   

    Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10
    Assistant Vice President , Alumni Relations

    Magis Notes for April 2012

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/12/2012 08:17:23 AM

    Angelica2This month, Magis features Jesuit-educated alumna Angelica Germani ,'04. Over the last years, Angelica has led alumni groups to participate in the annual Mexico Mission Trek with Esperanza International, and has participated in various Magis retreats and programs. We at Magis see Angelica living out the sensibility of Magis in her everyday life, and as she puts it, "Although we grow older and farther away from our university experience, we can hold tight to what speaks to us from the depths of our hearts; do more, be more." Click here to read Angelica's reflection on how a Jesuit education has impacted her and her post-college experience.

    Also, don't forget to save the date for the annual Justice Education Forum on May 3rd. This year's theme is: Our Lives & Leadership for the Common Good during Challenging Economic Times. As alumni of Jesuit education, how does the value of leadership for the common good inform how we make faithful and just decisions which impact our future, and those of our families and communities? The program will feature Bill Grace, author of Sharing the Rock: Shaping Our Future through Leadership for the Common Good, who will lead the conversation and alumni panel. Be sure to RSVP with Magis today!

    Customized SU Alumni Gear is Here! Show Your SU Pride!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/11/2012 03:31:11 PM

    Gear bannerYou asked  for alumni gear and we heard you! We have launched our Online Alumni Gear store!  SU Alumni Relations has partnered with Campus Team Shop to create an online alumni apparel and gear store. Everything available is customizable and features the Redhawk licensed logo. You can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, performance wear, hats and bags.  To make our store even better,  we incorporated SU's  specific activities to make every item special to Seattle University alumni, students, staff and fans. So whether you are looking to customize an item with a particular SU sport, intramural activity, class year or college, you'll find it!

    A walk through campus in alumni gear is the ultimate sign of SU pride. It is a nod toward our shared history and bright future. Shop now!

    Bring on the Sun Run

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/10/2012 09:46:16 AM

    Sun RunSince Fall quarter of 2011, twelve students in the Sport Administration and Leadership program have been acquiring the skills and the knowledge needed to organize a 5k fun run. All of those talents are now being put to use to present the Inaugural Bring on the Sun Run, the beginning of a tradition that will be passed down to future students in the program.

    The purpose of this run, other than to gain valuable real world experience, is to raise money for charity. All the proceeds raised during this event are going to the Boys and Gils Club of King County, who is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative.

     The Bring on the Sun Run will occur on May 5, 2012 at 9 AM at Magnuson Park. For those who want to register, please look at our web site  for more information. All those who register will receive a technical tee the day of the race. Please sign up soon as spots are going fast, and after April 15 sizes cannot be guaranteed.

    An Easter Message from Fr. Steve

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/5/2012 07:57:35 AM

    Dear Alumni- President

    As a Jesuit, Catholic university Easter is a time for us to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. The season also invites us to contemplate new possibilities for living out our shared mission of building a more just and humane world.

    These days a heightened energy and a renewed sense of purpose is animating our campus. The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which we launched in 2011, received a tremendous vote of confidence last month when the federal government recognized us with its highest honor for community service, the 2012 Presidential Award.

    Through the Youth Initiative, we are collaborating with partners in the community to ensure that the children of our neighborhood succeed in school and in life. Our vision is that every child in this community graduates from high school and has a real opportunity to attend college.

    As the Youth Initiative continues to grow and flourish, my hope is that our alumni and friends will find ways to join the effort. The first such opportunity comes this month with our inaugural Alumni Day of Service on April 21. I do hope you can participate. I also invite you to learn more about the exciting work we are doing with our neighbors and community partners by visiting the Seattle University Youth Initiative's web site.

    I am grateful for the many ways our alumni model and participate in the mission of our university, and I pray that you are blessed in this glorious Easter season and always.


    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

    Sustainability Initiatives Make Progress

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/29/2012 11:10:29 AM

    Fitness ExteriorAs we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this month, it is a good time for us to reflect on Seattle University’s already strong commitment to sustainability while setting our sights on what we can do to tread even more lightly on the planet.

    We have accomplished a great deal in the past few years. Seattle University’s buildings are now carbon neutral. We did it by improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, switching to a lower carbon fuel source and purchasing carbon offsets for our remaining emissions.

    A year and a half ago, Seattle University became one of the first campuses in the nation to stop selling bottled water campus-wide. We also used the occasion to begin selling SU-branded stainless steel water bottles in our bookstore, with proceeds from the sales going to a clean water project in Haiti. The bottles have been incredibly popular, and so far, nearly $5,000 has been raised, providing 80,000 Haitians with safe water for a year. You can buy this water bottle from the SU Bookstore.

    Our new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center opened last fall as SU’s fourth LEED Gold-certified building, joining the Admissions & Alumni Building, Law School Annex and McGoldrick Learning Commons in earning this prestigious green building rating.

    Nearly 60 percent of our waste is reused, recycled or composted—that’s a nine percent increase since 2009. We’ve added compostable to-go ware at our cafés and catered events, and we now have more than 200 compost bins on campus.

    We subsidize our students’ transit passes, and we’ve recently added seven electric vehicles to our campus operations, making one-third of our fleet electric. This year we installed a fruit orchard on the east edge of our campus to grow blueberries as well as apple, pear and hazelnut trees. The plan is to engage our neighbors in the harvest and distribute much of what is picked to those in need.

    Sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into Seattle University’s curriculum. Our Albers School of Business offers an MBA Specialization in Sustainability. With a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies program has created an off-campus urban farm to supply a local food bank and provide children with information about nutrition and healthy living.

    We certainly have much to be proud of—and much that is yet to be done. In 2009, Seattle University deepened and formalized its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability by implementing a Climate Action Plan. We have pledged to make sustainability and climate change a more visible, dynamic component of our curricular and co-curricular programs. We have also set a goal of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent by 2020 and 51 percent by 2035, as well as share our knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely. These goals are very bold, and yet given our track record on sustainability, they are also very achievable.

    To learn more about Seattle University’s sustainability initiatives:

    Be a fan on Facebook
    Visit our web site

    Karen Price, Campus Sustainability Manager

    Spirituality on Tap: Ignited in Our Calling

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/21/2012 08:18:21 AM

    Hilda2The Ignatian Spirituality Center and Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission presents Spirituality on Tap: "Ignited in Our Calling"

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive."  -Howard Thurman

     Often times, when we think of what kind of "work" or "career" we want in life, we automatically think of how much money we want to make, what kind of prestige or honor that comes with it, and it usually revolves around the idea of "me" and what do I want to do with my life. Within the Ignatian Spirituality lens, the idea of vocation, or calling, is something deeper and more intentional. We invite and bring God into the process of discerning what our gifts and passions are, and how does that relate to the bigger picture, to bettering the world, or how Thurman puts it "what makes you come alive."

    As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center and an SU alumna, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fifth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome a panel of Jesuit-educated young adults on the topic of vocation. Come and join us for an evening conversation with other young adults on what makes you come alive and finding God in our own vocation journey. It will be on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Spirituality on Tap is a way for young adults, aged 21-35, to come together and discuss, pray and reflect on a spiritual topic that is relevant to today's time and culture. So if you are a young adult pondering about your life vocation, come and join us!

    Hilda Guiao, '09

    Landmarking: City, Church and Jesuit Urban Strategy

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/20/2012 09:22:10 AM

    Landmarking flierPlease join us on April 16, 2012, for an exciting evening with Father Tom Lucas, S.J., as we explore the role of the Jesuit University in the life of the City.

    Highlights of the evening include a guided tour of the Chapel of St. Ignatius (optional). The tour will depart from 1313 E. Columbia at 3:30 PM. After the tour, enjoy social Time with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages provided, followed by a welcome and introduction by Father Steve Sundborg, S.J., President of Seattle University. Father Lucas will present followed by a book signing.

    This is an open invitation, however, space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Denise Burns indicating the names of who will be attending from your firm. Please contact Denise with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th!

    English Department Welcomes Susan Meyers

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/16/2012 03:25:29 PM

    SusanAlumnus Susan Meyers, '99, joins the English Department faculty on July 1. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.

    Meyers, a writer and poet, was in the Honors Program and majored in English and minored in sociology. She currently teaches at Oregon State University.

    Meyers has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Gender and Education, and Community Literacy Journal. She is currently working on a historical novel about her family's circus, which operated during the early part of the twentieth century, as well as an ethnographic monograph about literacy and migration in the U.S./Mexico context. At SU, She looks forward to applying her interests in global and historical studies to courses in creative writing, literature, and composition.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The English Department offers degrees in English literature, film studies, and creative writing.

    2012 Tribute Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/15/2012 01:18:06 PM

    TributeJoin Seattle University Athletics for a very special night as we honor two of our greatest student-athletes, two-time  college tennis All-American, Tom Gorman, and our number one golfer during his collegiate career, Orrin Vincent.

    Friday, March 30th, 2012 

    Located at 914 E. Jefferson Street on the Seattle University Campus
    Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way

    5:00pm - No-Host Reception

    6:30pm - Dinner and Program

    $100 per person for dinner and complimentary drink

    RSVP by Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Please return the enclosed card

    Email Greg Sempadian  or call 206-398-4420.

    You can also register online at

    Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics

    Dr. Rick Hodes: One Physician’s Journey in Ethiopia

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/15/2012 11:41:33 AM

    Dr. HodesMonday, April 2, 2012, 5:30 pm
    Pigott Auditorium, William A. Pigott Building, SU Campus

    When Dr. Rick Hodes  went to Ethiopia in 1985 to assist with famine relief efforts he never expected to stay. Join Dr. Hodes to hear about his life’s work with the people of Ethiopia.   

     “Dr. Rick Hodes’ life story is a reminder that giving is a privilege in which we may take pleasure, not some saintly endeavor. His approach toward medicine should be a model for our current Western system in showing that tending to the soul is at the center of healing.” (Natalie Portman, Oscar winning actress)

    Rick Hodes is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 97-year old NGO. Over the years, his work has focused on the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior medical consultant at a Catholic mission in Ethiopia. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania,
    Somalia, and Albania.

    This event is hosted by the College of Nursing and  the College of Science and Engineering Pre-Health Club  in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Please email Katie Bowler or call 206-296-6100 with questions. Click here for more information.

    Finding Balance

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/14/2012 03:23:52 PM


    JOe LeighAs we graduate and transition into new jobs and new careers, it’s always important to remember why we're doing what we're doing. Sure, you want to work hard and develop your career, but at the end of the day you need to strike a good balance to maintain your personal health and sanity. A coworker recently asked me if I was living to work or working to live…I instinctively responded with the latter, but had to really reflect on this later to realize that this wasn't necessarily accurate although I'm making a conscience effort to move more that way. Of course as adults, we all have our obligations, whether financial, familial, etc, but what we need to remember is our obligation to ourselves as well. Your other obligations can easily be affected negatively if you always ignore your obligation to yourself. Whether this means your happiness flourishes through exploring a new hobby/activity, spending more time with family, reconnecting with old friends or meeting new ones, it's important to find your reasons for working so hard everyday.

    Understandably, not everyone will come out of school with their dream jobs in hand. The key to your destiny is in your own attitude. It's ok to keep your eyes on the prize, but make the most out of what you have and take the time to enjoy yourself while you're on your journey towards that dream job. I noticed that in my own life, my priorities have changed significantly since graduating from school. I used to be one of the ones "living to work" and striving for that elusive "success", but am happy to report that I am now much closer to the "working to live" state. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, but I've learned that when you become so focused on one specific goal, you miss out on all the opportunities along the way. Ease your foot off the gas pedal and give yourself some time to absorb your surroundings-- you'll never know what you'll find!

    Joe Leigh, '09
    Alumni Board of Governors

    Ethics in the Business World- Join Us at Albers

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/14/2012 09:20:06 AM

    Albers Logo

    Albers School of Business and Economics
    presents  “Ethics in the Business World”
    April 17, 2012 7:00-9:00 a.m.

    We invite you to join Albers as we celebrate Ethics Day amid day long programming titled "Ethics in the Business World". Focusing on the best side of business, activities will demonstrate that professional ethics and ethical organizational cultures are vital to advancing the role of business as a force for building the common good.

    Albers alumni are invited to begin the day with our Albers Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series for the spring quarter featuring Stan McNaughton, ’74, President and CEO of PEMCO and Dr. Marc Cohen, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics. Dr. Cohen’s research is in business ethics, moral psychology and philosophy, and management theory. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The presentation will be held on April 17, 2012 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Casey Building,  5th floor, Casey Commons at Seattle University. Follow this link for a map of the campus and parking locations.  Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. A full breakfast awaits you with hot coffee to get you started. Speakers will begin a bit before 8:00 a.m. and we will have plenty of time for your questions.  Registration is required; the cost is $10. To register, click here. For additional information, please contact Gail Yates at 206-296-6115 or Rob Bourke at 206-296-2277. 

    As part of "Ethics in the Business World", most Albers students will be visited by thoughtful, ethical business leaders throughout the day who will participate in over 50 classes to share how they have addressed ethical dilemmas in their own career. The day will conclude with a panel from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when we kick off the founding of the student chapter of Net Impact. This new student group will host a panel of invited guests including the founder of Newground Social Investment.

    We hope you will join us for the Alumni Breakfast!

    Magis: Alumni Living the Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/7/2012 10:22:59 AM

    Magislogo20121A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.
    For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer Greg Corps Northwest 2010-11), a commitment to finding God in all things is what has formed him, particularly in his work life as a personal banker. As he puts it "the Magis program has been a true blessing which keeps me connected not only with the mission of Jesuit education, but with other Jesuit-educated alumni who are also seeking the same thing." Visit Living the Mission to read Greg's reflection about the impact of Jesuit education on his everyday life.

    Also, Magis brings you two great opportunities to pause and reflect this month: Alumni Day of Prayer on March 24  with retreat directors Carla Erickson Orlando and Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., will feature the theme of compassion through Carla and Fr. Pat's lively storytelling approach; and Spirituality on Tap on March 28  will feature a young adult panel about what makes each of them come alive as they find God in the midst of life's opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, email Magis

    Lastly, as always, be sure to visit the Magis e-newsletter for information on other upcoming programs and events this spring. From retreats to education forums, Magis has you covered for faith, justice, and leadership opportunities!

    From Dark to Light - Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/7/2012 10:15:18 AM

    alumni_chaplain_daveOne of the things I'm noticing is that we're gradually receiving more light. As we move toward summer our light will increase several minutes each day and very soon we will have light into the evening hours. Children will be biking, playing baseball and swimming into the evening hours. I'm also noticing that cherry blossoms are blooming on the trees and several flowers are beginning to grow in the gardens around our beautiful Campus. The Christian community around the world is celebrating the season of Lent - a word which means "Spring-season." During the next 40 days we will be in retreat in a similar way that Jesus retreated into the desert for 40 days to be in communion with God.

    As we journey through this season with our Christian sisters and brothers around the world, we're invited by God to be even more engaged with what we are already doing throughout the year - praying, fasting and almsgiving or acts of charity. We're invited to slow down, become more contemplative, and listen to what God is saying to us here and now. We're also invited to sacrifice one thing we enjoy such as snacking … to feel the emptiness … and then to invite God to fill us with God's own love, light and joy.

    And  we're invited to acts of charity … to be co-workers with Jesus in healing our broken world one person at a time. Maybe to serve lunch at a homeless shelter once a week, call a friend with whom we have had a disagreement, or visit an assisted living center. If I can brighten the day of at least one person during these 40 days of Lent, we have made our world a more forgiving and peaceful place.  Mother Theresa once said "do no great things … but do small things with great love." One question I'm asking myself this Lent is "how is God inviting me to grow and become a better person?"  Letting go of resentments, forgiving people with whom I've had a disagreement, not texting or talking on the phone while driving.

    Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
    Chaplain for Alumni, Seattle University

    Reflections from Beth Kreitl, Executive Director, SU Career Services

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/5/2012 09:22:15 AM

    Beth kreitlPurpose. What does it mean to live a life of purpose? Inspired by the gifted presenters at today's TEDx event, hosted by Seattle University, I have been contemplating my current answer to this question. The question itself invites us to go deeper. What gives us a sense of purpose? Which then leads us to go even deeper. What is purpose? I learned today that the Latin derivative "pur" means fire. Powerful. What lights your fire? What makes you burn with passion? I didn't have an immediate response to the question. But then we were invited to go a little further. If you can't identify your fire, then can you identify your sparks? Could we notice and be attentive to those? Could we search for the places in our lives at work, home, outdoors, and in community where we feel energized? What are the activities in which we lose all sense of time? Reflection is a core value of the Ignation educational tradition, and as members of Seattle U's alumni association, we invite you to continue that reflective process. Reflection must be balanced by action, so if you have read this blog, and want to dive more deeply into both reflection and action in seeking to answer this powerful question about what gives your life a sense of purpose, you may want to consider participating in the upcoming 4-week workshop series entitled: "Jumpstart Your Career."

    Participants in the winter workshop series found the program to offer a space to reflect, connect and gain valuable tools for every individual's unique place along their career path. When asked to comment on the most recent series, Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson, who is also scheduled to lead the upcoming series, stated the following:  "In my work as a career coach, I give dozens of workshops every year - to all ages and all stages. My winter series with Seattle University alumni was one of the best group experiences in my memory.  Why?

    • Sharing:  The participants engaged fully, knowing that all exchanges would be held in confidence, and offered lots of ideas and connections to each other.
    • Work:  The participants (all SU alumni) buckled down and did the work they were asked to do.
    • Humor:  We were able to laugh at ourselves and each other.  Looking for a job can be daunting and depressing, so a little bit of humor goes a long way.
    • Learning:  During the course of the 4 evenings, a tremendous amount of material was presented and digested.  Participants grew accordingly so that by the last session, their knowledge of "how to look for a job" was much more nuanced and realistic.
    • Community:   We developed a sense of connection to the greater Seattle University community and established some respectful and substantive ways to build on that deep connection."


      Beth Kreitl, EdS, LMHC, NCC 
      Executive Director, Career Services


    Redhawks Baseball Season Has Arrived!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/2/2012 10:37:02 AM
    DHarrel2We are extremely excited about our 3rd year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We won just 11 games in our first season and doubled that total in 2011, even though we gave one game back in the win column due to an NCAA ruling. We are finally in a position in our program where we have true experience. Our last game against St. Mary's in 2010 - we had 8 freshmen on the field trying to beat an experienced Division I program. Last year we won our last game of the season against St. Mary's and did not have a freshman on the diamond.

    Our first freshmen signing class in the program is now in their junior years and our junior college transfers are seniors. Put that experience with a tremendously hard working freshmen class and the formula should equal more wins in 2012. Our team goal for the season is to reach the 30 win mark. If we play like our staff thinks we can - that goal is very reachable.

    SU Head Baseball Coach Donny Harrel

    More information on Redhawks baseball.

    Finding Community after Graduating

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/13/2012 10:00:07 AM

    AnalisaLike many recent grads I was initially turned off by the idea of getting involved with SU.  I felt like SU just wanted more money and to be honest once I completed graduation school was the last think I wanted to think about. Then a year after I graduated, I was asked to co-emcee the graduation brunch; I accepted and figured it would be a way to give back without giving money.  I had a blast!  I ran into some old professors and seeing all the graduates with their friends and family reminded me of what a great time I had at SU.  I met the Alumni Board President at the time, Anita Crawford-Willis and can credit her for reconnecting me with SU. I joined the Alumni Board of Governors shortly after and I am still a member.  The Graduation Brunch is still one of my favorite SU events… especially listening to Father Steve speak each year!  My fellow graduates and I attend basketball games, Advent Mass, most recently the downtown breakfast and so much more! I tell all the students and young alums I run into that you should stay connected.. even if you have no interest now you might in the future and you don't have to give money!  You can volunteer or just attend events… SU doesn't just want your money they want you to be a part of our alumni community!

    Analisa Castaneda, '05

    February Update from Your Assistant Vice President

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/9/2012 08:13:25 AM

    Susan W 2(1)Dear Alumni -

    We are two months into the new year and I am proud to say that the Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day!  I'm very pleased to report that in the two short months of this year we have launched more alumni events than ever before.  Whether you have already attended one, like the Downtown Alumni breakfast, a pregame rally at KeyArena, an alumni happy hour or the alumni career workshop on campus, there are many options for you to enjoy.  We have listened to your input, which led us to plan our first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 21st, and the 15th Anniversary celebration of the award winning Chapel of St. Ignatius.  And, don't forget to join us for the 27th annual Alumni Awards on April 17!  We have an amazing slate of alumni that we will be honoring this year and we hope you will join us to celebrate!

    We have been working diligently to improve and grow the SU alumni presence online and your input helped outline improvements to our web presence and online network.  To that end, the Seattle U Alumni network on LinkedIn has more than 4,457 members, our SU Alumni Facebook page has grown to more than 1,850 fans and we are growing toward 500 followers on Twitter.  I can't stress those numbers enough - whether you are an alum or current student, the Seattle University alumni network is the best place to make connections for social and professional development.  

    Speaking of professional development, we just completed the most successful Internship Fair last week with increased employer participation from 28 to 41 and increased student participation from 283 to 447!  In addition, we are well on our way to delivering on two significant events in partnership with Career Services:  the alumni career workshop in March and the Career Expo on April 11.   

    When I started last June I outlined our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  In December I outlined my immediate goals and we have been hard at work building out the plan in support of this vision.  Please be sure to download SU's Alumni Relations Plan.

    Also, please be sure to go to your website at to connect with the Seattle U Alumni Association and

    It is a new day in alumni relations at SU and we have a lot to look forward to this year!


    Susan Vosper, '90, '10

    Congratulations 2012 Alumni Award Winners!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/8/2012 08:50:07 AM


    2012 Alumni Awards logoAlong with President Sundborg and Seattle University's Alumni Board of Governors, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the university's 2012 Alumni Awards recipients, who will be honored at the 27th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President's Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 17, 2012. 

     Register today!

    2012 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:Martha Choe, '87
    Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Martha Choe, Chief Administration Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a leader in economic and development affairs in Seattle and across the nation. 

    2012 Professional Achievement Award:Paul Newman, PhD, '78
    Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

    Dr. Paul A. Newman
    is a leader in the use of aircraft for atmospheric research, and is the Chief Scientist for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

    2012 Distinguished Teaching Award:Bill Weis, PhD
    Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 
    Bill Weis is currently a faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics focused on teaching leadership and team development.

    2012 University Service Award:
    Julie Woodward, '93 
    Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University(alumni and non-alumni eligible)
    Julie Woodward has been the head coach for the women's soccer team for 15 years, and has led them to 13 winning seasons.

    2012 Community Service Award:Tricia Trainer, '01
    Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities
    Tricia Trainer is been a longstanding volunteer and supporter of the Chief Seattle Club, the only social service center in Seattle devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations People.  

    2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:Rosa Singer, '02
    Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Rosa currently serves as Director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with programs in over 72 countries.

    More information about these outstanding alumni. 

    SU Ranks High on Peace Corps Top Colleges List

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:19:18 AM

    Peace CorpsSeattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history.  

    Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. 

    "Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."

    Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seatttle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support."

    Full article.

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:14:02 AM

    Magislogo20121This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives.
    clay nancy
    Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online.

    Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows in
    honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!

    Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!

    SU alumni called to help local non-profit Water for Humans at fundraiser!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/23/2012 09:44:58 AM

    Water Human Nearly 1 billion people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion people lack proper water sanitation.  At the Valentin Gomez Farias Elementary School in Oaxaca, Mexico, providing clean water to its students is a daily struggle. The school must use its limited resources, not to purchase books and school supplies, but to purchase bottled water. The municipal water is simply too unsafe to drink. 

    Water for Humans, a Seattle-based non-profit, is working to find sustainable solutions to fix this and other water sanitation issues in Oaxaca. Water for Humans does more than supply people with finite amounts of clean water—it establishes long-term solutions that empower communities to obtain clean water for years to come.  As students or alumni of Seattle University, we are called to create a more just and humane world. While we cannot always devote our daily lives to social justice, we can certainly support those who do. 

    The Seattle University SIFE team invites you to support Water for Humans’ work by attending a fundraiser on Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m. in Student Center 160 at Seattle University. This fundraiser will feature a silent auction, a raffle, and a performance by the Seattle Fandango Project. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for current students. Please contact Jordyn Gustafson ( for more information.

     Help further Seattle University’s commitment to social justice by joining us for an evening of giving!  

    Margaux Helm, '14
    Albers School of Business and Economics

    Finding Community after Graduating from SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/17/2012 02:14:08 PM

    ZachLooking back nearly four years after graduating, what I cherish most about SU was its small, intimate atmosphere. On the floors of Campion Hall I knew my fellow residents by name.  The class sizes were perfect, and I could walk from one end of campus to the other in about 5 minutes.  All of these things fostered a palpable sense of community that helped me forge strong, lasting relationships I maintain to this day. In school, it was easy to identify fellow students with whom I shared interests and hobbies. I found my classmates to be engaged and collegial, always willing to lend a helping hand. My professors were accessible outside of class and completely invested in my success.

    As an alumnus, my closest friends are all fellow SU grads, most of us former classmates from Albers. We may not all live in the same city anymore, but when we get together we're instantly transported back to senior year as though no time has passed at all. I still keep in touch with faculty members who have become friends over the years. As I prepare to start law school this year, I owe them a debt of gratitude for writing amazing letters of recommendation on my behalf. If I had attended a larger university I'm not sure my experiences would have been as meaningful.

    In the years since I've graduated, my sense of community with fellow SU alums has only deepened. With college friends, I've solidified old friendships. As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, I've had the opportunity to develop new ones. My SU community now is much the same as when I was a student, only stronger. And for that I'm grateful.

    Zach Anderson, '08

    An Alumni Take on the UW Game!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/17/2012 02:08:23 PM

    Joe HueffedMy friends and I headed towards the University District.  On the way, we decided to take a quick detour down the "Ave" (University Way) and  later down frat row.  We did, after all, have three Seattle U Redhawk flags flying from the roof of the truck, so why not show our Redhawk  spirit?  As we turned on to NE 45th street, we saw plenty of stares,  jaws drop and looks of amazement.  We were not sure if the looks were  of confusion or antagonism, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

    Arriving at a pub in the University District, we noticed we were some  of the few Redhawks in attendance.  Seeing some fellow Redhawks waiting for a seat, we gladly shared our table and a few words of  encouragement before walking to Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed).  I wondered if this would be like the blowout game two years ago, when  the Huskies beat the Redhawks 123-76, yet hoped for a much better outcome.

    Seattle U won possession from the opening tip-off and scored first, and the UW fans were quickly put on notice that this would indeed be a ball game. Tonight the Redhawk fans were clearly a minority, but well represented nonetheless.  As the game progressed and it increasingly became clear  this would be a close game, the Redhawk fans showed their support.  Most Husky possessions resulted in an orchestrated chant of "de-fense" by the Redhawk fans, led by the enthusiastic MADD grads and cheer squad.  As the game continued, the Washington fans clearly became increasingly nervous, concerned and spirited.    It soon became clear that win or lose, one thing was certain; the Chieftains had returned.  With a new name of Redhawks but same brilliant color of red, Seattle U had restored the intra-city  rivalry with our collegiate neighbor across town.  Redhawks and  Huskies alike welcomed this restoration of competition.  As the game concluded and the Husky players and fans celebrated their victory, it seemed as though the rivalry had never ended, but had just paused between seasons  ... 1958 ...1970 ... 1980 ... 2010 .. 2012 ... The tradition continues ...

    Joe Hueffed,'93, MBA '98


    PRESS CONFERENCE AT NOON! Men's Soccer Announcement!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/10/2012 10:13:06 AM

    Men's Soccer


    Seattle University's Department of Athletics and Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni along with faculty and staff to attend a press conference at noon today, at which a major announcement will be made about the SU men's soccer program. 

    The press conference will take place at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration at 1218 E. Cherry St. Please join us on campus.

    You can also live stream the announcement or watch for our news on
    your SU Alumni Facebook  or Twitter page.