In 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 296-6066
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 https://SU2015AlumniAwards.eventbrite.com
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
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
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
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.
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.
Andre´ 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 CelebrationFebruary 20, 20156:30 p.m.Seattle University | Casey Commons
In 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 CelebrationSaturday, April 18Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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 seattleu.edu 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 seattleu.edu 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.
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!
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.
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 213:00-5:00 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.
You’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).
This 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
“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
Ochoa at Magis for more
information. Registration for participants at service sites will be in March.
We hope you’ll join us!
We 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.seattleu.edu/suplates.
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.
The 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
As 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
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
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
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.
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
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 www.seattleu.edu/arts for $10.
Kaiser’s theatre production at Seattle University is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.
Love's Labor WonLee Center for the Arts Showing from November 12-23,2014Showtimes:Wed-Sat: 7:30 p.m.Sun: 2:00 p.m.
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.
•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!
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 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 Lighting7:00 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 6Advent 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.
Mass4:00 p.m. | Chapel of St. Ignatius
Reception5:00 p.m. | Pigott Atrium
Make a day of it and join alumni, students and families to cheer on the Redhawks.
Women v. LMU1:00 p.m. | Connolly Center North Court
*Holiday HooplaMen v. Eastern Washington7:00 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.
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 GoSeattleU.com leading up to the event.
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 Reception6:00 p.m.Bluemoon Café | KeyArena Concourse RSVP
SU Women vs UW7:00 p.m.KeyArena | Seattle Center
Register now for the free networking reception and game tickets.
Carmen Cueto,'12Degree: 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
•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.”
For 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, ksubseattle.org.
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.
Ryan 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.”
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 ReceptionThursday, November 13Speaker Series: 5:30 p.m. | Pigott AuditoriumReception: 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 RallyFriday, November 14, 2014Veterans will be honored at this game and will receive free tickets. Simply go to Will Call to get your ticket.
Pre-Game Rally6 p.m. Club Live | KeyArena
Admission to the rally is free with a game ticket.
Seattle U Men vs. Texas State7 p.m. KeyArena
Seattle Stand DownDecember 11 & 12Seattle 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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Join the SU community to meet the players and get pumped up for the basketball season.
Midnight MadnessOctober 30, 2014 | 10 p.m.Seattle University | Connolly Center
RalliesGrab 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, 2014SU v. UW
February 7, 2015 – HomecomingSU vs Utah Valley
February 28, 2015Senior 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, 20146:00-7:00 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, 2014The Event Center | San Jose, California
SU vs. Grand CanyonSaturday, March 7, 2015GCU Arena | Phoenix, Arizona
To purchase tickets or view the full seasons schedule visit GoSeattleU.
The 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!
“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
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, 20146:00-8:00 p.m.Sorrento Hotel | Top of the Town Room900 Madison St.
Registration is now open.
“Taking it one step at a time since 1939”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 296-5664.
Born 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 CeremonyFriday, October 24, 20146:00-8:00 p.m.Seattle University – Campion BallroomRegister now.
“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
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!
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.
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 CollegeSunday, 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 ProgramApplications due October 1stSeattle 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.
The first mentor program event will be either Friday, October 17th or Saturday, October 18th.
Watch your email for more information on these events.
Seattle U Men's Basketball Game and Pre-Game Rally at San Jose StateSaturday, December 13, 2014
Annual Bay Area Alumni Chapter ReunionMarch, 2015
Questions? Contact Harmony Frederick.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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!
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: http://issuu.com/seattle_university/docs/annual_report_2014_hq/0.
The 2014-15 season began for Seattle University Athletics when the women's soccer team reported to campus Tuesday, Aug. 5.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. ]
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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 email@example.com if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.
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.
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 http://2014sualumniawards.eventbrite.com.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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, ’05Nationally 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, ’66Kip 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.
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.
On 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!
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.
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
"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 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 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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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,
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
Show your Seattle U pride and come back for homecoming February 28-March 2nd.
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 www.seattleu.edu/searchformeaning/volunteer/.Thank you for your continued dedication to and support of Seattle University.Go Redhawks,Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.PresidentP.S.-Get the latest information about Seattle U’s SFM Festival
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.
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.
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?
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.
Justin Hanseth, ’08, is a global citizen, excelling professionally and living out the pillars of a Jesuit education.
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 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
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.
We’d like to let you know about some of the programming headed your way.
Upcoming Chapter Events:
NYC Happy HourJanuary 16, 2014 | New York, New York
Phoenix, Arizona Pre-Game RallyJanuary 25, 2014| Phoenix, Arizona
Washington, D.C. ReceptionJanuary 31, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
Women of SU's Connection CaféThursday, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 296-8473.
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-TosDecember 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-TosDecember 6 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Register for webinar today.
St. Nicholas Blessing Prayer St. Nicholas, holy patron of children, Bishop of the East,we invite you to come among usand to grant us your holy blessing.Help us in this busy, busy seasonnot to miss the miracle of the coming of Emmanuelin the days of preparationas well as on the feast itself.Help us not to be blindto the gifts of getting ready.Protect us from insincerity.May every greeting we sendbe 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 giveso that we may concentrate on how to give.Stand by the stepladderas we decorate our homes and trees and lives.May not our decorations be mutebut rather singing symbols,sacred signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord of Life.Help us to remember that mistletoe, hollyand 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 dream-filledas we prepare together for the coming of Christwith Advent longing.St. Nicholas, pray for us. Amen.
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.
“If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” - Marc Anthony
John 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.
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.
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
Join us for a favorite university tradition and bring a little Seattle U Christmas magic to your holiday.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Alumni Reception
Thursday, December 5, 2013Reception | 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, 2013Mass | 4:00 | Chapel of St. IgnatiusReception | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Pigott AtriumFamilies are welcome at all events.
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.
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, 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Thanks to Bon Appetit for sharing two of their Thanksgiving favorites.
Bon Appetit’s Sweet Potato Casserole
Bon Appetit’s Pumpkin Cheesecake
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. Mark your calendar for all the rallies this season: Women’s BB v. Pepperdine - Celebrating WAC ChampionshipRally featuring the School of Theology and MinistryFriday, November 8, 20145:00 – 6:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. – All alumni welcomeRolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building Men’s BB v. CSU FullertonRally featuring the College of Arts and SciencesWednesday, November 13, 20145:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome KeyArena | Club Live
Men’s BB v. Evergreen StateRally featuring School of Law November 16, 20145:00 p.m. Law alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumniKeyArena | Club Live Women’s BB v. IdahoRally featuring the College of NursingFebruary 1, 2014 12:00 p.m. Nursing alumni; 1:00 p.m. all alumniRolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building
Men’s BB v. New Mexico StateRally featuring Albers School of BusinessFebruary 8, 20145:00 p.m. Albers alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumniKeyArena | Club Live Men’s BB v. Grand CanyonRally featuring College of Science & Engineering February 20, 2014 5:00 p.m. Science & Engineering alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumniKeyArena | Club LiveMen’s Basketball v. Idaho - Homecoming 2014Homecoming Alumni Pre-Game RallyMarch 1, 20145:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. KeyArena | Club Live A complete schedule for men and women’s basketball is now available online.
If 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.
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.
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.
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!
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. “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.
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. “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.”
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.
“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.
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, Michigan.org, 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.
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.”
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?
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.
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 Alumniseminars@seattleu.edu to learn more.
Seattle Nativity School - Jesuit Values for the Next Generation
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.
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.
With 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 email@example.com and tell us why you’d make a great story
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, 2013Legacy 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, 2013Class of 1963 Golden Reunion LuncheonCelebrate 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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
“Hi, SU Alumni
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&F. I 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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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:
To get register to be a mentor, go to the Career Services Redhawk Network.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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:
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 www.seattleu.edu/cejs. And, check out SU’s campus sustainability efforts at: www.seattleu.edu/sustainability.
Search For Meaning Bookfest
Saturday, March 9th|Seattle University CampusAlumni Relations Open House (During Bookfest)10AM - 2PMAdmissions and Alumni Relations Building
Choirs - Lenten Prayer Concert: An Instrument of PeaceSaturday, March 9, 2013| 8-9:30PM
March 12-16 | Las VegasMen and Women's Basketball
Alumni Relations Happy Hour in Las VegasTuesday, March 12th, 2013| 4-6PMStardust 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 OpenThursday, March 14, 2013|12:30-1:30PMWyckoff Auditorium with Fr. Pat Howell, S.J.
Student Chamber Music ConcertThursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., and Cissy McLaneSaturday, 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 - 8PMRSVP for directions!
San Francisco Alumni ReceptionFriday, March 22, 2013| 6 - 8 PM RSVP for directions!
Portland, OR Alumni Chapter ReceptionWednesday, April 3, 2013| 5:30 - 8:30PM Cha Taqueria & BarRSVP now!
School of Law 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 11,2013| 5:30 - 7:30PM
Career ExpoWednesday, April 10, 2013| 11AM - 2PM
Awards Ceremony and Artists' Reception - Imagining the World: Study Abroad Photography ExhibitThursday, April 11, 2013 | 5 - 7PM
Brahm's Music SeriesApril 11 & 13 | 7:30PMApril 12 & 14| 3:00PM
28th Annual Alumni AwardsTuesday, April 16th|5:30pmRegister now!
Alumni Day of ServiceSaturday, April 27, 2013| 8:30AM - 1:30PM
Albers Executive Speaker SeriesTuesday, April 30th, 2013|5:30 - 6:30PM With Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow.com
Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminars Re-visioning Classics of our LiteratureApril 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 QuestionsThursday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Visit our athletics site to stay up to date on SU Sports.
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
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:
Services to get more details and register for professional development
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
To register for these or to read about our other programs, visit the Magis website or email us.
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.
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!
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
what is next for you – 4 career tools to consider
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
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
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: http://webapps.seattleu.edu/RedhawkNetwork
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
Visit Career Services to
get more details and register for relevant events today!
Basketball Games and Rallies
Thursday February 14th,
2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Louisiana Tech KeyArena
Saturday February 16th,
2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Texas at ArlingtonKeyArena Join us for the last
pregame rally of the season!5:30 PM|Club Live
Alumni Board of Governor’s Men’s Basketball
Viewing PartyChieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
|908 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122Saturday February 7th,
2013 | 5:00 PM | vs. U of DenverMeet
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
Buried ChildBy Sam Shepard | Directed By Professor
Rosa JoshiLee Center for the Arts$6 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff
| $10 General AdmissionPreview February 20th, 2013| 7:30 PMFebruary 21-23, 2013 | 7:30February 24 & March 3, 2013 | 2:00 PM
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 CompetitionPigott AuditoriumFriday February 22nd, 2013
| 7:00 PM$5 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff
| $12 General Admission
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.
11th Annual Alumni Crab
FeedHosted by the Albers School of
BusinessCampion Residence Hall |Saturday
March 2nd, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 PMEnjoy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
& Alumni Happy HourTournament |Tuesday March 12-
Saturday March 16, 2013Alumni Happy Hour |Tuesday March 12,
2013 | 4:00-6:00 PM
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 CelebrationSeattle 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 pmWe
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 email@example.com for more details.
After a 40 year hiatus,
the tradition of Homecoming returned to Seattle University with a full day of
events on February 2nd.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to share your
How 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:
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 Magis@seattleu.edu
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
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
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!
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 5:30-8:30pmAt Front Page1333 NEW HAMPSHIREWashington,
Search for Meaning Book Festival - March 9th, 2013
Tickets go on sale January 14th
On Campus with Alumni Open House in the Admissions & Alumni Building28th 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
send us an email with your suggestions or if you'd like to get more involved
to email@example.com . 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
look forward to hearing from you and wish you a wonderful 2013!
There is still room, and time, to sign up for the Seattle
University ALUMNI SEMINARS Program for Winter Quarter, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 www.searchformeaning.us. 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. AlumniCalling 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: email@example.com | 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.
HOMECOMING 1965 & 1966 ByCurly McNamee (Class
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
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
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.
It’s memories like these,that
make my wife and me happy that the tradition of Homecoming is returning to
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.
Greenside 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.
Thank you! Chad Anderson, BBA, 2007, Albers School of
Business & Economics Sherry Castro, MAPS, 2001, School of Theology &
Come home to Seattle University for the holidays!
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.
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.
Alumni Advent Mass
– Sunday, December 9, 2012
Mission Trek for Alumni
– April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico.
– 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.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...
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
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
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,
3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
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Involvement in career fairs and other
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Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!
Dear 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
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
Susan R. Vosper '90, '10
Dear Alumni –
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
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!
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
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
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.
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!
University Alumni RelationsATTN:
SU License Plates901
we can get about 270 alums to return these forms, we are one step closer to
having Seattle U Alumni License plates!
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
Consider it a good opportunity to use as professional
development, ministerial formation, and/or community engagement alongside
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.
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.
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
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.
After 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
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.
This 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.
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
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
Winners will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration,
President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 16,
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
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
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.
As we move into a new era of Seattle University basketball,
I first want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past 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!
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
Join us in Celebrating Coach
Joan Bonvicini's 1,000th game!Pregame Rally6:00 to 7 p.m.
Club Live inside KeyArenaMore rally
details & map. November 14th vs University of WashingtonTip off at 7:00 p.m. in the KeyArena at Seattle Center
the full Redhawks Women's Basketball schedule online.
Join 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.
Attend The Seattle
Idealist.org Graduate Fair at Seattle University on October 23rd!
The Seattle Idealist.org 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.
Idealist.org 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:
Seattle University Bay Area alumni community is invited to attend:
Charities CYO hosts a special evening of wine, music and celebration that goes
to benefit Bay Area kids in need.
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 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 www.goseattleu.com website
It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss out!
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.
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.
RSVP by October 12, 2011 by emailing email@example.com
looking forward to seeing you and greatly appreciate your support in helping to
build Peace Through Healing!
event on Facebook
the website for more details
Seattle 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.
panelists in attendance will include:
will be moderated by Victoria Jones,
Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University
Dear Alumni-It’s fall here at Seattle 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sincerely, Susan Vosper, '90, '10
For 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
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, www.artbymaryjo.net.
Sue 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.
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-A Seattle University News article by Paula Hermann
Laugh 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
I want 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 www.goseattleu.com.
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! Hope you'll join us! Joan Bonvicini
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
*Bellevue Palomino is
walking distance away from the Bellevue Transit Center.
Up to 3 hours of free parking underneath The Westin
Hotel. Please bring along your parking pass, for Palomino to validate.
25th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
610 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue,
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:
Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!
Jesuit 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!
Taught 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 MadsenOctober 30 and November 13: The Medieval Era and the Renaissance, with Professor Theresa EarenfightNovember 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.
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 email@example.com. 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
This 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 onupcoming 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.
Join 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 LoftKick-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.
I 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 CoachJoin us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics!
Magis 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.
The 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
Seattle 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 AthleticsSeattle University
Seattle 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.
Dear 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 Governors. We 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!
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 Governors. We 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!
On 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.
The 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
A 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
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: MARTINEZDeadline 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.
In 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.
Seattle 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 StudentStudent Alumni Ambassadors Advisor
We'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 23rdSeattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from 5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest LoftKickoff at 7p.m.Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKSUse 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 22Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)Purchase tickets. Use promo code albers
This 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
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, '01President, SU Alumni Board of Governors
Seattle 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WILLIAM CRANO and THE RULES OF INFLUENCE.
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 http://www.global-visionaries.org or call 206-322-9448 for more information.
Seattle 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
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-398-4420.
Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
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
A 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 www.joemcdonnell.com.
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.
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
Dear 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:
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, '10Assistant Vice President , Alumni Relations
This 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!
You 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!
Since 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.
Dear Alumni- 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.President
As 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
The 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
Please 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!
Alumnus 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.
Join 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 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
Located at 914 E. Jefferson Street on the Seattle University CampusParking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way
5:00pm - No-Host Reception
$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 www.GoSeattleU.com
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Monday, April 2, 2012, 5:30 pmPigott 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.
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!
A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer 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!
One 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
Purpose. 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?
Beth Kreitl, EdS, LMHC, NCC Executive Director, Career Services
Like 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
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 www.seattleu.edu/alumni 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
Along 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, '78Presented 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, PhDPresented 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, '01Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activitiesTricia 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, '02Presented 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.
Seattle 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.
This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives. 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 inhonor 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!
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 (email@example.com) for more information.
Help further Seattle University’s commitment to social justice by joining us for an evening of giving! Margaux Helm, '14Albers School of Business and Economics
Margaux Helm, '14Albers School of Business and Economics
Looking 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
My 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
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 onyour SU Alumni Facebook or Twitter page.
Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012? Are you feeling stuck, or simply curious about your options? Start off the New Year by joining us for our upcoming 4-part workshop! SU's Alumni Relations Office is partnering with Career Services to bring you a set of workshops designed to help you jump-start your career. Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson of Blue Bridge Career Coaching has offered to lead a series of four workshops for SU Alumni. Designed for job-seekers and career-changers, the weekly workshops will include:-Determining what line of work is the right fit for you-Developing a personal narrative and positioning-Learning the elements of effective resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile-Coaching on informational interviewing (how 90% of jobs are landed)Learning job search strategies and "being where you want to work"-Coaching on interview skills...and anything else related to career development in which members of the group are interested!Schedule (all are on SU campus from 6:30-8:30pm):Wednesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 18, Wednesday, January 25, Wednesday, February 1Interested in attending? RSVP Donna Whitford, SU Alumni Relations, 206-296-5664. Cost for the series is $45Please do not sign up for this series of workshops unless you are able to meet all the following:1) Attend first session on January 11 at which participants will share their current circumstances and hoped-for outcomes;2) Complete brief homework assignments prior to two or more of the sessions;3) Keep all information shared during the sessions confidential;4) Attend all four sessions unless illness or an emergency prevents you from doing so;5) Participate fully in each session, contributing your "voice" and experiences to the group;6) Complete a short survey after the conclusion of the last session.Because Seattle University is committed to serving our alumni through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities, we continue to offer additional career support services. Read below and choose the options you need today!
Join 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.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.
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Seattle University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Mrs. LaNier, a Congressional Gold Medal winner, was the youngest of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Mrs. LaNier serves as the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is the author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School. Following her presentation, she will be available for a book signing and reception in Paccar Atrium. Just before the lecture, there will be a "Friends of OMA" Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the SU Engineering Building First Floor Gallery. For $50, guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs. LaNier's book, a print of the limited edition event poster, and a group photo with Mrs. LaNier. This reception is limited to 40 guests, and cash or check (made out to "SU OMA") payment will be accepted. You must RSVP separately for this event to Monica Nixon or 206.296.6070. Seattle University 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. CelebrationFree and open to the PublicTuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., Pigott AuditoriumMore information about the 2012 MLK Celebration .RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.296.6070.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Black Student Union, and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Made possible with generous support from The Wyman Youth Trust.
Magis has created a new visually exciting logo which embodies its newly revised vision Magis: Alumni Living the Mission. Magis has grown in its identity these last years, and discovered a new look was needed to best express the work that is being done today. The new logo was designed using the inspiration of a flame, to signify the spirit of the Jesuit tradition. The revised tagline "Alumni Living the Mission" better articulates the reality that alumni are living out the Jesuit educational mission in their personal and professional lives. Furthermore, Magis' enhanced expression of its values as faith, justice, and leadership that better captures the essence of a faith that does justice, the hallmark of how Jesuit education transforms our communities and our world.
So, LET'S CELEBRATE! We at Magis are so excited to unveil this new brand, and to honor Magis' first five years. We invite you to join us in celebrating on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm! To RSVP, please email us by January 25, 2012. On behalf of the Magis staff, Advisory Board and co-founders Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. and Erin Swezey, thank you for your participation in and support of Magis.
Also, we want to hear your story! Here's your chance to be selected as part of the "I am Magis. We are Magis." campaign as a featured alumnus/na who is living the mission and values of Jesuit education. Selected alumni will be featured in the Magis' Alumni Living the Mission webpage and monthly eNewsletter, as well as receive a Magis t-shirt featuring our new logo! For more information, email Magis today.
The Executive and Alumni Seminars, open to all Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle areas, stimulate discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. The theme for this winter’s series is “Facing the Tough Questions of the Decade,” which will introduce you to the many sides of six “tough issues” that are being discussed in the world today and in the presidential election race: employment, immigration, national debt, the environment, tax reform, and foreign policy and security.
Please join us for this unique seminar taught by Seattle University faculty and special guests. The presentations will be held on Tuesday evenings from January – March. To learn more and to register.
Seattle University School of Law and the Law and Development Institute invite you to attend the 2011 Law and Development Institute Conference, titled "Law and Development at the Microlevel: From Microtrade to Current Issues in Law and Development".
Seventeen leading speakers from seven countries, including U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and India, are scheduled to present key issues on international trade, investment and finance, and least‐developed countries from the perspective of law and development. The speakers’ biographical information and presentation summaries as well as the conference schedule are available. The speakers present the latest ideas and proposals on how the new form of international trade, such as microtrade, may assist poorest countries and peoples around the world to escape from worst poverty, how development finance and investment may contribute to their economic improvement, and how the international community may assist least-developed countries to resolve some of the most serious issues causing their economic and social hardships. The conference attendants may have opportunities for questions and discussions after panel presentations.
For additional information about the conference, please contact Junsen A. Ohno, International Programs Administrator, at email@example.com or 206.398.4283. Questions regarding the Law and Development Institute should be directed to Professor Steve Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants must register.
The 2011 Law and Development Institute Conference Law and Development at the Microlevel: From Microtrade to Current Issues in Law and Development
Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. LeRoux Conference Room Seattle University Student Center
Vicky Minderhout, SU professor of chemistry, was named the 2011 Washington State “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 17, 2011. Minderhout is the first Seattle University professor to earn this distinction. At a Nov. 21 campus celebration for Minderhout, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., called her achievement "an historic occasion at Seattle University” and lauded the chemistry professor for “the courage it must have taken to move to that kind of a coaching way (of teaching). It’s an extraordinary change she made. This is just as good as it gets at Seattle University." Minderhout, who joined the SU faculty in 1980, implemented in 1997 a new style of teaching that moved away from the traditional lecture-mode to an approach known as “guided inquiry learning.” Instead of standing at a lectern in the front of the class talking to her students, Minderhout has them learn through small groups and engaging in a vigorous exchange of ideas. With her guidance, students become more invested in the subject matter and develop problem-solving skills that serve them well in their intellectual pursuits and later as professionals. She is the first Seattle University faculty member to receive this honor and one of only 27 faculty chosen nationwide. Recognizing that other teachers might benefit from this innovative learning style, she has published and presented extensively on the subject. With Associate Professor of Chemistry Jenny Loertscher, Minderhout authored an active learning biochemistry curriculum that is currently being used at 50 other colleges and universities.
“Even as she helps reshape the pedagogy on other campuses throughout the country, Vicky is most generous with her time and expertise here at Seattle University,” says President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., in congratulating Minderhout on this prestigious achievement. “She is as much a mentor to her colleagues as to her students. Her commitment to active learning is a leavening force on our campus and her insight and guidance were particularly crucial in our recent Core revision process.” Read more about Vicky, her work and the award in The Commons.
Dear Alumni - With Advent upon us, I want to welcome you again to this season of blessed hope!
As we move through our busy lives I think we each have those moments when we wonder whether all we have done and worked at is worth it and will result in what we have hoped for. I can say that this is certainly true for us at Seattle University.
We live and work in hope. We help our students discern their true callings and set them on a path toward fulfilling their professional and personal aspirations. Sometimes we never quite know what will become of the lives we touch. And yet, out of a deep love for our students and with an abiding faith in our educational mission, we confidently and joyfully continue in our work, planting the seeds of hope. I am grateful to you, our alumni for continuing to join us in our mission and committing yourselves to the growth of our students in mind, body and soul. As alumni of Seattle University, you are living the educational mission every day in the community. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many.
This Advent season we are reminded to place our hopes and dreams—and certainly those we hold for our students—in God’s hands, that they may be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. My wish for each of you is that the comfort and inspiration of God’s love accompany you throughout this season of hope and the year to come. From all of us at Seattle University to you and yours, Merry Christmas!
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
I am very excited about the direction the Seattle U men’s basketball program is heading as I begin my third season as part of the Redhawk family. The guys have been working very hard over the past several months in order to get ready for the 2011-12 season. We have a great core of experienced players, led by our returning seniors Aaron Broussard and Cervante Burrell, joined by a group of solid newcomers who I believe fill some needs we discovered over the course of last season. Our practices have been focused on getting the players ready to play 40 minutes of fundamental basketball, no matter who the opponent is on the other side.
As an independent, scheduling is always an issue, so to have 15 regular season home games at KeyArena, along with a contest just down the road at the ShoWare Center in Kent, shows the respect we have been able to obtain in recent years. Pac-12 school Stanford, ACC opponent Virginia, future WAC foes Idaho, San Jose State, and Utah State, and fellow Jesuit school San Francisco will bring an excitement to KeyArena that we need as we prepare to move into the Western Athletic Conference next season.
I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of postseason competition this year, specifically the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). 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!
Cameron DollarRedhawks Men's Basketball Coach
Change is the key word when profiling the 2011-12 Seattle University men’s basketball team. Eight newcomers have transformed the roster into a much taller, more athletic list – including 10 players at 6-foot 5 or better, including four at 6-8 or taller. Yet, even with the change, the team boasts a great deal of experience, with nine upperclassmen on the 14-man roster. This year, we are featuring great pre-game rallies at 7 important push games, including this Saturday, November 19 against San Francisco. Free entrance with your ticket! All rallies will feature great food, prizes, programs and a chance to show your Redhawk pride! Home game pre-game rallies will be an hour before tip-off in Club Live inside KeyArena. Full list of pre-game rallies. Here’s a special offer for SU alum:
As a special offer to Seattle University alumni for the home opener for the 2011-12 basketball season, Seattle U is offering alumni a $6 savings on side court seats through this special link. Tickets can be purchased for $14, plus a $1 service fee.
Here's the link. Promo Code: alumnioff The women’s basketball team tip off the doubleheader at KeyArena with a 12:15 p.m. game against San Diego. Head coach Joan Bonvicini is heading into her third year coaching the Redhawks. The Torreros are the first of five West Coast Conference teams that Seattle U will host this season. The men’s team opens its home season with a 3 p.m. game against San Francisco, also a WCC program. Head coach Cameron Dollar heads into his third season, having coached the program to 28 wins over the past two years. Senior Aaron Broussard, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding a year ago, leads the squad against the Dons. Last season, USF head coach Rex Walter guided his team to 19 wins and a post-season berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
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This is the final season before Seattle U begins competition in the brighter spotlight of the Western Athletic Conference, so it’s the perfect time to get to know your Redhawks even better. And, there are plenty of ways to do it.
Get E-News – the link at the top of GoSeattleU.com allows fans to register to electronic notification any time a story about your favorite program is posted on the athletics website. If you sign up for men’s basketball, you will also get a special Redhawk Gameday e-mail sent in advance of every home game, which will include both key information and special offers from Queen Anne restaurant partners.
Redhawk E-News – fans can stay up to speed by signing up for the weekly summary are promotions, special events and outstanding achievements by Seattle U fans. Plus, the weekly e-news includes special offers from both athletics and corporate partners. By using the GoSeattleU.com e-news program, fans can adjust subscriptions preferences at any time.
GoSeattleU.com– the home base for information on the Athletics program, GoSeattleU has a direct link to TicketMaster, where fans can purchase tickets online, and,by signing up for My Account, forward tickets and manage their account online. Look for special apparel offers this season as the University licensing program launches.
Alumni Website– many of the schools and colleges at the University are planning special nights this year, so plan to be there as your school or college celebrates college basketball. In fact, plan to be there every time so you can celebrate with all your friends from Seattle U.
Instant information – download the free GoSeattleU iPhone App, which provides up to the minute stories, scores, schedules and player biographies.
710 ESPN Seattle – Dave Grosby and Gary Hill will bring Seattle every detail of every game for the third straight season
October 29th was a big night for Seattle University, as over 840 Seattle U alumni, friends, parents and community leaders joined together at the Westin, raising more than $760,000 to directly support student scholarships. Now in its 28th year, the Gala boasts exquisite dining and entertainment, and this year was no exception: the live music of swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had everyone on their feet dancing, bringing a fun 1940s feeling to the ballroom.
At this year’s gala, the university proudly presented its most prestigious honor, the St. Ignatius Medal, to Jim and Janet Sinegal for their outstanding leadership, service and community support. Read more about the Sinegals’ leadership as well as past St. Ignatius Medal recipients here.
Seattle U would like to thank Maureen Benoliel, ’71, and her husband Joel for serving as this year’s Gala Chairs. The 2011 Gala Chairs, sponsors and donors are to be commended for their generous commitment to SU’s bright minds of tomorrow.
While student veterans are older than the general student population, they have proven skills in leadership, teamwork and many other sought after qualities for employers. By continuing their education at Seattle University, student veterans are preparing themselves for continued leadership in the public and private sectors. The Seattle University Veterans Committee (SUVC) is seeking to facilitate networking between local businesses and alumni veterans who can provide valuable guidance to current veteran student by hosting its second annual Veterans Networking Night on October 11. The Seattle University Veterans Committee (SUVC) is seeking to facilitate networking between local businesses and alumni veterans who can provide valuable guidance to current veteran students. The SUVC is comprised of students and university faculty that have served in the military. Participants are involved in activities on campus and in the community that encompass community service, professional development, camaraderie and holistic support to veterans. The evening will bring veterans together for a light dinner as they meet with potential employers. The keynote speaker will be SU professor emeritus of history Bob Harmon, who is himself a WWII veteran. The following employer groups will be present: Starbucks, Volt, Employee Partnership with the Armed Forces, Republic Services, Microsoft, Amazon, Hire America’s Heroes, and Boots to Shoes. It is the hope of the SU Veterans group to create a venue for employer groups to meet and educate student veterans on successful hiring strategies for today’s job market, build alumni partnerships by incorporating alumni veterans into mentors and sponsors, and to communicate Vet Corps strategy for future professional networking events. For more information, e-mail Adam Tousely, SUVC representative or register here. October 11, 20116:30-9 p.m. Seattle University, Casey Hall, Room 500 and 516
The second annual Seattle University REDOUT Block Party is just around the corner! On Sunday, October 16th from 11 am -1 pm, on 13th avenue between Cherry and Columbia, our SU community will come together prior to the men’s soccer match versus Sacramento State (at 1pm) for an alcohol-free tailgate party. Started by the office for Wellness and Health Promotion last year, this event brings together students, alumni, community members and SU Redhawk fans to celebrate and build Seattle University pride in a fun environment. There will be food, music, games and lots of prizes. This year, we will be welcoming some wonderful sponsors like Mad Pizza, Top Pot Doughnuts and Pepsi.
The REDOUT is one of our newest traditions on campus - in May of 2010, a group of colleagues in the Student Development division and the Athletics department, led by student leaders from the Peer Health Action Team, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and REDZONE came together to plan a spirit-filled welcome back event for the fall. With our recent shift to D1 in mind, and the research around fun, engaging alcohol-free events in hand, this group created the REDOUT… the first event of this kind was planned and implemented with great success! Over 600 students attended the event a new tradition was born.
Join us this year to have your face painted, play games, listen to music and show your Seattle University pride. While participating in events like a dizzy race, pin the tail on Rudy or a bean bag toss, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. And don’t forget: Wear Red. Be Loud.
Free admission; free food for students, 5$ for non-students. For information: email@example.com
The SU Women’s Soccer team is playing the University of Hawaii at 1:00 p.m. at Championship Field on Sunday, October 9. As a 2004 alum and cancer survivor, I applaud our Women’s soccer team for naming this match “Think Pink” to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan Komen Foundation of Seattle will recognize local cancer survivors and promote their cause during the half time show. Funding from Susan Komen Foundation established in 1982 has made advancements in breast cancer research possible. Thanks to treatments developed through the Susan Komen Foundation, I am a survivor today. I can’t wait to be there to wear my red and PINK, celebrate Susan Komen, fellow cancer survivors and cheer on the SU Women’s Soccer Team for promoting Breast Cancer Awareness!
Donna Whitford, MNPL, ‘04
If you ever rowed, coxed, or coached with Seattle University Crew – or love the sport – this is for you: after over 45 years, SU Crew’s alumni have finally created a Foundation for the rowing program!
The Seattle University Rowing Foundation (SURF) was formed to unite the alumni, friends, and current members of Seattle University Crew in order to provide a community, a network, and an institutional memory for the participants and alumni of the sport at Seattle University. Additionally, its charge is to protect, strengthen, and support the Rowing program and ensure its successful continuation.
No matter when involved, you remember how much hard work was needed to keep the team functioning. We were scrappy. Underdogs. One alumnus recalled that he and his teammates were more like pirates than a crew, but that they wanted to keep the program alive – and did what it took.
Sound familiar? It’s a common theme: as student-athletes we showed a pugnacious will to never take no for an answer. But for such dedication, the program lacked a steadfast, supportive base, and severely fluctuated throughout its history.
As alumni, let us rekindle that dogged determination, and conjoin that energy with the years of knowledge that increasingly define us. We already know that the sport is an invaluable experience, so let us ensure that it is so for all future generations of Seattle University students. Let us lay this foundation’s bricks together!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and upcoming events, follow us @SURFoundation at http://twitter.com/#!/SURFoundation, and join us! Sam Nelsen, '10
Dear Seattle University Community,
Daniel Strickland, a Seattle University alumnus, died in a car accident on Friday September 23, 2011. He was 27 years old. Dan graduated from Seattle University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to Stanford University where he received his master's and Ph.D. He joined Santa Clara University's School of Engineering in 2010 as a Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor teaching classes in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00pm in the Mission Church at Santa Clara University. His family has also planned a memorial service at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00am. A pre-service celebration of photos and music celebrating Dan's life will be held at 10:00am.
A memorial service will also be held at Seattle University. Date to be announced.
Notes of condolences may be sent to Kerry Strickland (mother) and her partner Shawn Hays, Rick Strickland (father) at P.O. Box 1946, Vancouver, WA, 98668.
May he rest in peace.
Peter B. Ely, S.J.
Four Seattle University Jesuits are celebrating very significant milestones this year. Pat O’Leary, S.J., chaplain for faculty and staff, is marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination; Steve Sundborg, S.J., president, and Pat Howell, S.J., rector, are both celebrating 50 years as Jesuits; and Dave Anderson, S.J., chaplain for alumni, is marking his 25th anniversary of entering the Jesuit Order. Collectively, the four have served nearly 200 years as Jesuits. It’s a staggering statistic, especially when you stop and think about all the lives they have touched through the years in their various ministries.
One recent afternoon, the four jubilarians, as they are known, sat down for a conversation about why they decided to become priests, what they remember about the day they entered the Jesuits—or in Father O’Leary’s case, his ordination—and what they treasure most about the lives they’ve chosen. Read more.
Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities. The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.
“This recognition is particularly meaningful to us as Washington Monthly’s criteria for evaluating institutions are very much in congruence with the values of our university,” said Provost Isiaah Crawford. “The three categories upon which our ranking is based—social mobility, research and service—go to the heart of who we are as a university. To be included among the top 10 institutions nationally is a wonderful affirmation that we are living up to our mission of forming leaders for a more just and humane world.”
Hajer Al-Faham, ’11, is making a difference while fighting cultural stereotypes.For Hajer Al-Faham, her life changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Faham is a first generation Iraqi who experienced firsthand heightened fears and stereotyping of Muslims that followed in the hours and days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a matter of hours Al-Faham went from a popular 8th grader to invisible.
“Every friend I had stopped talking to me, teachers too.One teacher asked if I’d like to apologize to the class for what happened that morning,” she recalls.
Al-Faham could have retreated but instead chose to face the hatred that she was subjected to head on. She began volunteering and enrolled in Running Start, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses prior to graduation
Read more of Hajer’s story.
Stacy Howard, Seattle U News.
The Seattle University athletics fall season kicks into full gear this weekend, with chances to see the women’s soccer and cross country teams compete close to home. Tonight, the volleyball team begins a week-long road trip through the state of Oregon with a match at Portland State beginning at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and live video of the match are available by going to the volleyball schedule page on GoSeattleU.com. The volleyball team will also be in action Friday (7 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m. and 5 p.m.), Monday (12:30 p.m.), and Tuesday (7 p.m.), with links to selected online resources available on the same schedule page.
Friday, the cross country team begins the 2011 season with the Seattle U/UW Open at Magnuson Park. The women’s race will take place at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s race at 4:30 p.m. With a mix of experience and youth, the Redhawks are working towards another solid performance in the season-ending Great West Conference Championships. This will be the first of three events for the cross country team in the Seattle area, and everyone is welcome to go to Magnuson Park and cheer on the Redhawks!
Also Friday, the women’s soccer team faces its toughest opponent of the 2011 season to date when it goes against Portland at Husky Soccer Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Portland is ranked #8 nationally, but the Redhawks will be prepared to give the Pilots a battle at the University of Washington. For those who cannot make the game, live stats and a live blog will be available through GoSeattleU.com. The same features will also be available for Sunday’s women’s soccer match between Seattle U and Washington at Husky Soccer Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The men’s soccer team hits the road for its second straight trip to California, facing UC Davis Friday evening at 5 p.m. and Cal Poly Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. For up-to-date information on everything going on in Seattle University athletics, visit www.GoSeattleU.com.
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., laid out his vision for Seattle University in an address to key stakeholders on Tuesday, August 23. Approximately 250 trustees, regents, advisory board members, alumni and other university supporters gathered in Pigott Auditorium for Father Sundborg’s State of the University address, in which he outlined seven goals for the next seven years: • Strengthening academics so that SU is the first choice for more and more prospective students;
• Investing in undergraduate science learning and research, and building a new science facility;
• Capitalizing on the global emphasis of a Jesuit education;
• Moving forward with the Seattle University Youth Initiative;
• Deepening our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university;
• Forming every student as a leader; and
• Achieving championship athletics at the highest level.
The president also identified four elements that are critical to realizing the seven goals: strengthening the university’s finances through budget efficiencies, philanthropy and new sources of revenue; conducting a successful capital campaign; expanding or developing new partnerships with organizations and companies in the fields of technology, biomedicine, sustainability and global health; and telling the SU story widely, consistently and positively. Read more.Casey Corr & Mike Thee Seattle University Marketing.
SU students, alumni, faculty and staffcan receive 75% OFF the event ticket price by using code 'SU' on www.BeFreeBusinessExpo.com. The cost will be $20 at the door, so please order now.
Kim Gonzalez, Seattle University assistant softball coach, is organizing a business expo at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center August 20-21. The BE FREE Business Expo will give the information, resources, and networking opportunities necessary to create and run a home-based business. Over 50 exhibitors will be in attendance to provide networking and resourcing opportunities, while several keynote speakers are scheduled to discuss topics such as networking, maximizing social media, licensing, and tax advantages. Gonzalez is entering her ninth season as a college softball coach, including her sixth at Seattle U, her alma mater. She also trained and played softball competitively until becoming a mother. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Gonzalez works as an independent executive to a network marketing business she launched in 2008.
"In network marketing, we grow people. Not only does the industry encourage its business owners to dream and expand their vision of what's possible, it actually provides them with a vehicle to realize those dreams," Gonzalez said. "I created this expo to show the public that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter the chosen vehicle to success."
20 percent of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Seattle University Entrepreneurship Center. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. All ages are welcome to attend.
To learn more about the expo or to purchase tickets, visit www.BeFreeBusinessExpo.com.
Former Seattle University softball player Jane Purdy ‘08 has been awarded the prestigious Air Force Health Professions Scholarship. The two-year scholarship will cover tuition, books, equipment, fees and provide a monthly stipend for Purdy as she studies to become an optometrist. Purdy played at SU from 2005-08.“I am really proud of Jane and very excited about her future endeavors,” said head softball coach Dan Powers. “She left her mark on SU softball and I have no doubt she will continue to do great things for our country through her opportunity with the Air Force.”
“She worked to earn this scholarship and it speaks volumes of her integrity, determination and hard work to be selected after a two year selection process. I know Jane will look great in her officer uniform just like she did in her Redhawk jersey!” concluded Powers.
Each recipient of the scholarship is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, where they are placed on inactive obligated reserve status during their final two years of optometry school. After graduating, Purdy will attend Commissioned Officer’s Training as a captain and then be on active duty as an optometrist in the Air Force.While at Seattle U, Purdy was a four-year starter guiding the Redhawks to great success as members of the NCAA Division II GNAC. She was a four-time All-GNAC and a three-time All-West Region selection, among receiving additional regional and tournament team honors. Purdy, who majored in biology at SU, was also a three-time Academic All-GNAC recipient.
Diana A. ChamorroAssistant Director of Athletics Communications, Seattle University
Monday, September 12, 201111:30 a.m. Registration1:00 p.m. Shotgun startPlease consider joining campus leadership and fellow alumni for the 9th Annual O’Brien Open at the Golf Course at Redmond Ridge. We’ll be celebrating Seattle University’s men’s basketball program. This tournament is the longest running consecutive event for SU athletics, and is guaranteed to be a great time for all. Named for Eddie and Johnny O’Brien, basketball players who propelled the SU Chieftains into the national spotlight in the 1950s. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all funds raised will go to support Redhawks men’s basketball at SU. Register today.
For more information, contact Greg Sempadian.
When Karen Ward—a graduate of Seattle University Albers School of Business—entered the 2008 Business Plan Competition, she had no clue that her "big" idea would later become Girly Girl Wines.
“I sat down one night and wrote the business plan. I had an idea and just put it all on paper,” said Ward. "And, much to my surprise, I later won.” Ward said studies find that there are three things consumers look for when buying wine; quality, philosophy, and the appearance of the label. With that in mind, she first focused on the label and description of each wine. “With Girly Girl I wanted something that was classy-looking” said Ward. “And unique too, so one night I sat down with colleagues and friends and together we created the personalities for each of our wine names and that’s what Girly Girl wine is all about.” Each bottle of wine has its own unique character: “Chloe” likes to shop and dine out; “Kayla” is the jet-setting traveler; “Farrah” is into sports; and “Mia” enjoys time at the spa.
Ward is the director of sales and marketing at Washington Wine & Beverage Company, where she has worked for the past 11 years. After winning the 2008 Seattle University Albers School of Business Plan Competition prize of $10,000, she presented her plan to senior management. Soon after Girly Girl Wines was born, and it is now owned and produced by Washington Wine & Beverage Company in Woodinville.
Read the full article from the Woodinville Patch.
Karl Benson, commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, was interviewed byJen Mueller of ROOT Sports in SU’s O’Brien Center on Thursday. Benson was visiting SU, which will join the WAC next year. In a live chat on the Seattle Times, the commissioner praised SU for its history and tradition, and said, “We expect Seattle U to have immediate success in the WAC.” Click here for sights and sounds from the June 14 press conference at which SU announced its decision to join the WAC.
Mike Thee, SU Marketing
When I was researching about MBA programs, prior to joining Seattle University Albers School of Business, I attended the information session for another premier business school. The admissions director of the school noted three key stakeholders that influenced the MBA program. The first stakeholder he mentioned was the companies that hired and recruited their students. The second stakeholder was the alumni of the business school. That message still resonates with me. The third stakeholder, according to him, was the distinguished and accomplished faculty of the school. After graduating from SU's MBA program in 2010, I went back into the professional world taking up a consulting role. Very soon you don’t see those colleagues and friends often that you used to meet at school, and with whom you’ve spend countless hours working on case studies, preparing PowerPoint presentations or drafting summary reports. We all got busy in our personal lives and professional careers. The Albers Alumni Happy Hour was started in 2010 by a group of networking-oriented alums. But unfortunately the event died soon, as you may have guessed, when the organizers got busy in their careers. I really enjoyed the event because it gave me the chance to meet old friends, peers and other alums in a very informal and relaxed setting. And it is organized during happy hours, another excuse to attend it. The idea to restart this event is on the same thinking and we hope that you will join us. Seattle University has a maximum number of alums in the Pacific Northwest region, specifically in the greater Seattle area (about 31,000). While there are regular alumni events, something on the more informal side is what the Albers Alumni Happy Hour provides. You will be amazed to see the diverse professionals from the school and the university. If you are an avid networker, what better way to connect with other alumni than over a few drinks? This event is open to current students and other SU school graduates. Going forward the plan is to organize it once a quarter, to keep it interesting and not too frequent.See you tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at Palomino Seattle. Alumni from all SU schools and colleges welcome!Mehul Mediwala, '10
Father Lucey was recently on SU’s campus to attend the Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference, a gathering of advancement and marketing professionals that the university hosted. While here, he also met with President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., who as the new chair of the AJCU board, will be working closely with Father Lucey to move the association forward.
Mike Thee, SU Marketing & CommunicationsRead our Q & A with Fr. Lucey.
We are blessed to have a new art installation on the north exterior wall of the Alumni & Admissions Building on 12th Avenue. Come check it out, and read Fr. Cobb's post as follows: Transformations by Preston Singletary (Tlingit, b. 1963)
2011-Water jet-cut aluminum, powder coated enamel, water jet-cut flat glass, and steel
This piece is an abstract composition that highlights the flow of the lines, shapes, and methodical patterning within the Northwest Coast design system known as formline. These design elements have been used for centuries by the culture to represent the natural world in carved and painted objects. Here, the shapes and lines are showcased in a monumental fashion, removed from the traditional figurative portrayals of animals; this serves to highlight the concept that these elements are at the root of the design system and show that their power and beauty transcends representational composition.
The colors of this piece are derived from the traditional palette of Northwest Coast art: red and black. The yellow and blue come from the Chilkat weaving tradition, and are inspired by natural plant- and mineral-based pigments, which are used by the peoples of the Northwest Coast.
In addition to his Northwest Native cultural heritage, Singletary derives inspiration from decorative and modern art from the 1930s and 1940s, Primitivism and contemporary art. He lives in Seattle with his family.
Jerry Cobb, S.J.
Seattle University took the lead in welcoming Sister Rose Ann Fleming to the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) Conference today. As coordinator of academic and athletic advising at Xavier University, Sister Fleming is nationally renowned for her successful work in improving the academic performance of the school’s student-athletes. Her talk was part of a three-day gathering hosted by SU that involved 270 advancement and marketing professionals from 25 of the 28 Jesuit institutions across the country. Spearheaded by SU’s Advancement office, the conference drew rave reviews from many of the attendees, and Fleming’s talk was a distinct highlight. Since her arrival at Xavier in 1985, the average grade point average for its student-athletes has never dipped below 3.0. The graduation rate for student-athletes, currently 94 percent, is higher than the rate for the university’s overall student body, placing Xavier 23rd among the NCAA’s Division I schools.
Over the course of an hour, the soft-spoken but tough nun who has been profiled in a number of national publications took conference attendees behind the scenes to share some of Xavier’s keys to success while humbly giving credit to the coaches, presidents and athletics staff with whom she’s worked. Dubbed the “point guard” of the men’s basketball team by one of those coaches, Fleming spoke of the importance of creating enough time for student-athletes to learn, giving them the support systems they need to succeed and helping them prepare for life after college.Read more. Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications.
Carl Ervin was true to Seattle U to the very end. Carl spoke with Ed O’Brien the day before he passed, remarking how wonderful it was for Seattle U's return to NCAA Division I after a 29 year absence. As a great high school and college basketball player, Carl was always an "assist guy" - the one player on the floor who made the other four teammates look good. He is a Seattle U Hall of Famer because of his unique ability to pass the ball. Carl was a winner, leading his high school and college teams to terrific seasons.
I had a chance to see Carl and Penny a few weeks earlier when they visited the O’Brien Center. He must have known how serious the illness was at that time but did not mention a word about it, neither did Penny. In fact, he was in good spirits, joking and seemingly full of life. My sense was that Carl did not want anyone to feel sorry for him. Carl talked about how important it was for Seattle U to be in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as a critical step for our program. He was thrilled with the progress of the team, frequently stopped by to spend time with Cameron Dollar and watch practice. Carl always had a smile even through the pain and anguish of his illness.
Most importantly, Carl is a great friend, teammate, father and husband. What a pleasure for all of us to have had Carl in our lives. He will be missed.
Bill Hogan Director of Athletics Seattle University
Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities.
Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He made his Carnegie debut earlier this year and has been invited back for a solo performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the mayor and WA Arts Commission have chosen me as a recipient of this very prestigious award,” Morris said. “To walk in the footsteps of other Seattle music greats (Gerard Schwartz, Speight Jenkins and Vinson Cole) is very humbling and something I will cherish for a very long time.” As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.
Morris was the youngest member sworn on as vice-chair for the King County Children and Family Commission. He served as secretary on the Children and Family Commission Executive Board, and as a member of The Youth Involvement Executive Board and Xavier University Executive Student Body Association Board. Stacy Howard, Media Relations Manager, SU Marketing & Communications.
Seattle University students are brightening up Bailey Gatzert Elementary School with an art mural they created for the playground. Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Danila Rumold led the project as part of her Community Art & Mural Painting Technique class.
On a recent tour sponsored by the SU Youth Initiative, Rumold visited Bailey Gatzert, where Principal Greg Imel told her he hoped to replace an existing mural at the school. “I thought art would be another nice element to bring to Bailey Gatzert and continue to build that relationship,” said Rumold. The Youth Initiative unites SU and the wider community with the goal of helping youth in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood to succeed in school and in life. Brother Mark Elder, a visiting muralist from Chicago’s DePaul University, spoke to the students about the role of the artist as peacemaker in community art. He talked about creating public art with socio-political, community and religious themes and the dialogue it can produce.
The 13 SU students met with Bailey Gatzert students, their parents and teachers to start the dialogue and collect ideas. “What do you like about school?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” were among the questions they asked kindergarten through fifth grade art classes. Early on, Rumold’s students taped hundreds of Bailey Gatzert drawings and other insights to their classroom walls for inspiration. “We wanted to connect with strong core values as a springboard,” Rumold says. “We chose a tree to represent growth.”
Tetherball, four square and kickball definitely resonated with the students and can be found on the mural, along with jumping rope, hula hooping, flowers and sunshine. Chinese American Wing Luke, the Vietnamese Trung sisters, Chief Sealth, Principal Imel and several popular Bailey Gatzert teachers have cameos. The 8- by 28-foot mural was constructed in seven canvas panels made of marine plywood to keep the project manageable. Once transported to Bailey Gatzert, youngsters could watch the mural artists at work and had a chance to stamp flowers on the tree with hand-carved rubber stamps. Annie Beckman, Senior Writer, Marketing & Communications
SEATTLE: SU today has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), effective for the 2012-13 athletic season. “We are pleased to be joining the WAC,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “We are honored by the invitation as it reflects the strides and achievements we have made in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Our membership in the WAC will move us closer to our goal of building championship programs, especially for basketball fans.
“The WAC has provided some of the nation’s best intercollegiate competition for nearly a half-century,” said Sundborg. “By taking this step, we are providing our fans outstanding rivalries, and we give our teams a direct path to conference championships and NCAA Division I postseason competition.
“I am also confident that our membership in the WAC is in the best interest of our students and our university as a whole,” added Sundborg. “The WAC’s vision is to be recognized as one of the premier conferences in the country, distinguished by integrity, success in both academics and athletics, and sportsmanship. Holding to these very same ideals, Seattle University is enthusiastic to partner with the WAC.” SU will begin competing in the WAC in 17 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.
SU will be the ninth school in the WAC, joining University of Denver, University of Idaho, Utah State University, San Jose State University, University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas State University, Louisiana Tech University, and New Mexico State University. The Redhawks will be eligible to compete for conference championships and automatic bids to NCAA postseason competition beginning next year.
On Sunday, June 12, 1,206 undergraduates and 864 graduate students received their degrees during commencement at KeyArena at Seattle Center. At the undergraduate ceremony, Craig Cordova (right) tosses his graduation cap into the air, celebrating the day with the Class of 2011.
View a photo gallery from commencement weekend.
On June 3rd we held the launch for our Center for Business Ethics. John Dienhart, the Frank Shrontz Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, is directing the center and taking the lead in organizing. He has been ably assisted this year by his graduate student assistant, Aaron Hayden. Faculty, staff, students, advisory board members, and other supporters gathered for the launch ceremony.
As a business school at a Jesuit, Catholic university, Albers has long placed an emphasis on business ethics, and in more recent decades, social responsibility, and in the last decade, sustainability. Since the Albers School was founded in 1947, a concern for ethics and values has been part of our DNA and it has been part of the student experience for decades.
The overarching theme of the center will be the importance of creating an ethical business culture in organizations. Key activities of the center will include assisting Albers faculty with integrating ethics and social responsibility into the classes they teach, as well as organizing workshops and conferences that bring together academics and practitioners to address ethical issues.
Read more from Dean Joe Phillips.
When I was a freshman at Gonzaga University I was struggling to complete a philosophy paper which was due at 8 am the next morning. I remembered meeting Fr. David Leigh, S.J., at a student-family event a few months prior. Because he was an English professor and a Jesuit, I called him around 10 p.m. at Jesuit House to see if he could help me. He surprisingly picked up his phone and said, “Sure, meet me at the front door of Jesuit House and we can look at it.” We only spent about 15 minutes on my paper, but four years later this short time with Fr. Leigh became the center of my discernment about my future. I decided to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Portland, Ore. largely because of Jesuits like Fr. Leigh who were always available to me and taught me much about generosity.
Two years ago Fr. Pat O’Leary approached me and asked if I’d consider changing rooms with him. He had been living in Campion Residence Hall for over 20 years, and I was in the Arrupe Jesuit residence. He thought I might make better connections with the students since I am closer to their age. I was reluctant at first, but he encouraged me to take his key and look at his room. When I did, it took me only one minute to decide that I had found my future home.
Campion is on First Hill – the room has the kind of amazing view you can only imagine! It has been two years since I moved in and it has been a great place to come home to after a day’s work. I live on an all women’s floor of 70 frosh, and I’m never quite sure what I’ll encounter when I step onto the floor from the elevator. I’ve seen women dancing, singing, crying and studying in the lounge and hallway. I’m sure I’d never have these kinds of connections with students if I lived in another place.
I recall a promise I made to God and myself when I entered the Jesuits: that more than anything else, I wanted to be generous and serve others. Like Fr. Leigh who has lived in Bellarmine Hall for 28 years, I too have devoted some of my evenings to editing papers for the women on my floor and for players on the men’s basketball team, for whom I am a Chaplain. I assure them that I cannot write the papers for them, but I am happy to correct punctuation and sentence structure to make their papers a little more readable. One might think this is a burden late at night, but a little help goes a long way and gives me a window into their lives.
One of our Jesuit phrases is “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” For me, this means engaging with people each day in face-to-face conversations to discover where they are and how they are. Oftentimes, these interactions go deep into what people are thinking and feeling and our deepest desires are revealed. My daily encounters with our students, alumni, faculty and staff are opportunities to live out our Jesuit mission of loving and serving others as God loves and serves us.
Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.Chaplain for Alumni
Dear Alumni and Friends –
I am filled with great pride to be back at Seattle University! I have just finished my first week as the new Associate VP of Alumni Relations. Seattle University plays an important role in my life and I am extremely excited to be back at SU, bringing tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the university and for the role that Alumni Relations plays in the future of SU. I can’t think of anything better than representing my alma mater and the 60,000+ alumni of Seattle University!
As I drive into work every day I find myself smiling as I realize that I get to go to a place that I take great pride in and know that I have the privilege to be in my dream job of working across our university, our community and with our alumni. My role will be a connector, bringing the great resources our alumni, faculty and university has together that will bring awareness to the great opportunities SU has to offer.
While I have only had one week in the job, I do know that Alumni Relations wants to be a resource for our alumni efforts by providing awareness of opportunities and empowering alumni to build a strong network. There are great alumni doing great things every day, around the world. We want to provide an on-going cadre of leadership from alumni and friends of the University that will involve our alumni in meaningful ways with Seattle University.
Seattle University has been a tremendous personal and professional resource to me. My goal is to ensure that others have that opportunity through our alumni network to utilize all that Seattle University has to offer.
I look forward to our work together on behalf of our students, our alumni and our community.
Susan, ’90, ‘10
With less than a month to go to meet the 600+ Challenge, we need your help! So far, 450alumni have made gifts to support Seattle University students. If 150 more alumni give back to SU, three trustees will donate $15,000 to provide scholarships and enhance academic programs for today's students. We need your help to support these students and their classmates as they work to achieve their educational and professional goals. Every gift, no matter what size, counts toward our goal of 600! Rudy needs YOU to join in the Challenge! Show your SU spirit and make a gift today! If you’ve already given, thanks very much. Your support is truly appreciated!
P.S. Check out what Rudy the Redhawk, the Most Interesting Mascot in the World, thinks about the 600+ Challenge.
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., recently sat down with Mike Thee of The Commons for his annual interview. The president reflected on the year that was and what's ahead for SU.
The Commons: From your perspective, what were Seattle University’s proudest moments this year? President Sundborg: The proudest moment, without question, was standing down there in the new plaza, having walked down in a wild procession from Immaculate Conception Church for the opening of the new Library and Learning Commons at the end September. Just what had gone into 10 years of thinking and planning and fundraising and designing…to have it turn out as it did. That opening was an extraordinary moment.The second proudest moment was being in the editorial board interview with The Seattle Times to explain to them the launching of the Seattle University Youth Initiative, and having them run an editorial, an article and a column. It was gratifying that the initiative just clicked, with everyone recognizing it as a part of Seattle University’s mission, and to get it off the ground with some structure, and to be able to raise some of the money to help support it and get a number of students down at Bailey Gatzert already working there as tutors, teacher’s assistants and so forth—that was a very, very proud moment.Visit The Commons to read the full interview.
Are you looking for a leadership formation opportunity? Do you want to reconnect with your Jesuit-roots and with other Jesuit-educated alumni? If so, then the new Magis Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program could be for you.
CLIA is two-year cohort program for Jesuit-educated alumni with an integrated focus on faith, leadership and service. CLIA at Seattle U will be the first cohort on the West Coast and the first to be sponsored at a Jesuit university. Previous cohorts have been run in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
I have always been identified as a leader,” said Stephanie Weaver, a CLIA participant and Georgetown alumna who works for the American Red Cross in Princeton, NJ and is also a founder of A Drink For Tomorrow, a foundation raising funds to bring clean water to villages in India. “There’s still a ton to learn,” she said.
New York CLIA participant Mark Orrs is a doctoral student in sustainable development at Columbia University and a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's found that lessons he's learned about spirituality in the group, via regular monthly meetings and a retreat, have been helpful. "What I've taken from it is the spiritual practices and incorporating them into my daily life," he said. Jesuit meditation and spiritual practices such as the Examen and LectioDivina are part of the program.
Like Stephanie, if you still have something to learn about leadership and dig the Jesuit tradition, then why not see what CLIA is all about. Information, FAQs and an application can be found on the Magis website. Applications are due by Friday, June 17th. Contact Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis at email@example.com for questions.