SU Voice Alumni Blog
  • Seattle University's Professionals Without Borders

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 01:45:12 PM

    “For me, it was great to see how 13 people, few of (whom) had known each other before, came together to give ourselves to another community and, ultimately, form our own. This group is truly a gift.” - Nick Elam, ’14, Seattle University Strategic Communications Student on his experience with Professionals Without Borders’ service trip to Nicaragua.

    Founded in 2007 when a group of Seattle U employees re-graded a Nicaraguan elementary school courtyard damaged by flooding, Professionals Without Borders (PWOB) has taken dozens of students and staff members on service projects all over the globe, from Belize to Zambia, with the mission of empowering students to serve and lead sustainable service projects that help people in need.

    The concept born from this experience was simple: connect students with skilled trades’ people to complete small, but substantial, projects for people in need. 

    For the first time, alumni now have the exciting opportunity to join PWOB, faculty, staff and students when they return to Nicaragua December 12-23.   You will be helping with infrastructure projects at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage

    Here’s what past participants have had to say about their experience serving the orphanage in Nicaragua.

     “For me (the service trip) was seeing a totally different way of life - how people with little but each other can be so happy. They helped remind me of all the things I take for granted. I am so grateful for the time I spent there and am glad I am going back. I think they enjoyed having us there as much as I enjoyed being there.

    We built a cement sidewalk and…painted school buildings. (The pequenos) worked side by side with us. We played soccer, volleyball, enjoyed dinners and played games. I knew very little Spanish but, with the help of our group, we communicated and laughed.” 

    - Wayne Holscher, SU Facilities Services

    This morning I woke up with such comfort; I felt as if I was home, that I belonged here.  The long days of hard work and intense heat has broken down any barriers that keep me from feeling like an outsider. Every meal we share is the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted on a simple plastic orange plate. This trip has been so much more than a service trip. It feels like global engagement has taken such a powerful role in the education of our students and it has been meaningful to contribute while also gaining a better perspective of what is going on in the lives of current Seattle University students. Today at lunch we sat with the littlest penqueñas.  Before every meal the little girls take turns leading us in prayer. You can imagine what it would be like to hear a 7 year old decide what she’d like to pray for.…”

    If you’re interested in learning more about PWOB’s Nicaragua trip, please attend the information session on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rolfe Community Room in the Admissions and Alumni Building on 12th and Marion.  You can also visit their website for more information. 

    - From the PWOB journal of Brianne Vanderlinden, ‘07, University Advancement

     

    Magis: A Summer Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:31:31 PM

    What is it about summer that feels so spacious? Is it the longer days? The vacations? Barbeques? Some might say the break from school. Or do you scoff at the suggestion of summer as downtime? For us, it feels more often than not as if we are trying to pack 20 lbs. of flour in a 10 lb. sack when it comes to our time. And more free time means often means more commitments added to our calendars.  How do we make sure what we are adding is bringing us closer to fullness?  As Jesuit alumni, we take pride in what we have come to value – our faith, families, friends, freedoms – however integrating these values amidst the scurry of career and community building is a different story. The pace which has become the status quo challenges intentionality, throwing us off balance and into a diluted version of our best selves.

    Pope Francis said, "We will never be disillusioned or lose our way if we are guided by God." If you want to explore intentionality and its connection to authenticity, Magis invites you to Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be guided talks, prayer and reflection, lunch, and community building among Jesuit alumni of all ages. A few partial scholarships are available. Email Magis for more information or to register! 

    New Seattle U Look. Same Seattle U Values.

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:27:50 PM

    You may have noticed that the look of Seattle U materials and advertising is changing.  A new Seattle University Alumni Association logo.  Billboards going up around Seattle. Event invitations. School and college newsletters. New signage around campus. For the last year, Seattle University has been undergoing a brand redesign and it is finally launching in earnest this fall.  Be on the lookout for a new look and feel to all university materials.

    Your Seattle University Alumni Association is updating our marketing as well.  We are excited to roll out  our alumni pocket guide, website, event invitations, newsletters and more. Make sure to check out the difference in the October SU Voice. 

    Why a new brand? Scott McClellan, vice president for university communications, explains, “We are in a very competitive higher education market and higher education is going through a period of disruptive change. It's important to make sure we're telling our unique story with greater clarity and impact. We have a great story to tell and I want more people to hear our story. The message needs to authentic to who we are, but to stand out and break through all the clutter, it also needs to be clear and distinctive.,”

    Seattle University is working with the design team of 160over90 to help implement this brand change and better tell the Seattle University story. After months of research with students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors and prospective students, 160over90 developed a brand strategy that is bold and daring while also being authentic to Seattle U’s history, mission and values.   

    “The foundation, or bottom, of the pyramid includes the forward-looking, innovative ecosystem of Seattle where we are centrally located and our Jesuit educational experience, which is grounded in 450 years of excellence and transformation. The top of the pyramid is the impact we have. When you talk about our impact, it is about the impact our students, alumni and faculty have locally and globally. There is a certain expectation attached to a Seattle University education. It is an expectation that you are committing yourself to something more, to something greater than yourself-to serving others. We expect you to lead and serve, to be engaged. We expect you to be an agent for change in your careers and in your communities. The impact we have is sustainable; it's not short term. Our impact makes a lasting difference in communities, locally and globally,” explains McClellan.

    In addition to the new brand identity, you will also see some changes in how we identify ourselves as an Alumni Association and as your staff.  We are now proactively and intentionally using Seattle University Alumni Association as the name that represents our 73,000 alumni worldwide.  As alumni of Seattle U, you are automatically a member of this association. Our goal is to help you feel like a lifelong member of the Seattle U community.

    In addition, our office will be renamed the Office of Alumni Engagement to better reflect the role we play in helping you engage in meaningful ways with your alma mater.   

    This is an exciting time for the Seattle U community as we increase our presence in the city and better tell the story of our university through our new brand.   Keep your eyes open for the changes and let us know what you think. 

    Bay Area Alumni Chapter

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:25:20 PM

    It’s been an exciting year for the Seattle University Alumni Association’s Chapters program. Locally we’ve seen huge growth with both our corporate and affinity chapters. Our regional chapters are growing, too. This month, we are highlighting our dedicated and highly engaged Bay Area Alumni Chapter. For alumni in the Bay Area, your Chapter leadership has been hard at work planning ways for you to get involved, from pre-game rallies to a new alumni mentoring program and a chapter reunion--this year is going to be busy. 

    Mark your calendar now for these upcoming Bay Area Chapter events. 

    SU Women's Soccer Match and Pre-Game Rally at Saint Mary's College
    Sunday, September 14, 2014
    $5 gets you a ticket to the game and entrance to the pre-game rally where you’ll enjoy lunch, drinks and Redhawk pride.
    RSVP now.

     

    Alumni to Alumni Mentoring Program
    Applications due October 1st
    Seattle U Alumni know the importance of giving back and of ongoing professional mentoring for new and experienced professionals alike. So here's the opportunity for you to do both with alumni in your own backyard.

    It is a light commitment. We ask that mentors and mentees meet or talk on the phone just once a month for one year. We will provide you with guidance and activities for your conversations.

    Mentor Application (Red Form)

    Mentee Application (Blue Form)

    Too much of a time commitment, but still want to be involved? There’s a short term option.

    Short-Term Application

    The first mentor program event will be either Friday, October 17th or Saturday, October 18th. 

    Save the Date:

    Watch your email for more information on these events.

    Seattle U Men's Basketball Game and Pre-Game Rally at San Jose State
    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Annual Bay Area Alumni Chapter Reunion
    March, 2015

    Questions? Contact Harmony Frederick.

    Young Alumni Spotlight: Maria Walsh, '05

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2014 12:16:49 PM

    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Maria Walsh, ‘05, a Latina alumna and part of the planning committee for the Seattle University Latina/o Alumni Chapter. Maria works at Boeing where she has helped to establish and lead the Seattle U Boeing Alumni Chapter.

    Maria transferred to Seattle University from Bellevue College. While looking at schools, Seattle U was at the top of Maria’s list due to its small class sizes, location and strong reputation for educating the whole person and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. 

    Maria is someone who likes to get involved, as evidenced by her activities as a student. As soon as she started at Seattle University, Maria ran for student government. In her time at Seattle U, she was president of the Risk Management Club, a member of Beta Alpha Psi and the Albers Investment Club, and worked for the student-run newspaper, The Spectator, as the Business and Marketing Manager. 

    “I have many great memories from my time at Seattle U. I got really sick one day and I had to miss class two or three days straight.  I remember getting a call on my cell phone from one of my teachers.  He was wondering how I was doing because he had not seen me in class or around the school.  I was touched that he noticed I was missing and that he cared about his students.  Seattle University really provides a family atmosphere where you get to know your professors and your classmates.  You feel like you are part of something and not just a number,” Maria shared. 

    The individualized attention and extracurricular activities made her student experience a meaningful one, but Seattle U’s impact didn’t end there. Seattle U helped to prepare Maria for her career. 

    “Seattle University provided me with the skills and concepts needed to succeed in business and the foundation to think critically, to be curious, to question and think independently.    It also taught me the importance of ethics and to be a responsible citizen of the community, the country and the world.  I remember questioning the need for some of the classes required at Seattle U, but after taking them I realized the purpose.  It is not only about developing your brain, but also your spirit.”

    From serving on the Career Center’s Mentorship Advisory Board and the Alumni Board of Governors to leading the Boeing Alumni Chapter and helping to develop the Latina/o Alumni Chapter, Maria has stayed involved with her alma mater. 

    “My experience at Seattle U has made a big impact in my personal and professional development and it is important for me to stay connected and give back.  I see my diploma as a share of stock.  The better the university does, the more my degree is worth.  Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean only financial contributions.  There are so many other ways, such as planning and/or attending alumni networking events and volunteering for board positions.  You could also be a mentor or create an alumni group within your company.  Giving back and being involved with your alma mater helps make the students and alumni more successful in their careers.”

    As the Latina/ Alumni Chapter comes together, Maria has a vision for what she hopes to see the group accomplish. 

    “My hopes for the Seattle U Latina/o Alumni Chapter is to get our Latina/o alumni more engaged in campus and to serve as mentors and help guide our current Latina/o students, but also to help recruit new students.  I believe Seattle U is a good fit for Latina/o students, as it provides small classes and has more of a family feel.  Students get to work directly with the professors and not the TAs. “ 

    Maria also sees opportunities for the chapter to work with current students to help them find internships and full time jobs after graduation.

    If you are interested in helping Maria and other alumni organize Seattle University’s Latino/a Alumni Chapter, please contact Harmony Frederick, Assistant Director of Regional and Chapter Development, to learn more. 

     

    Alumni Spotlight: Keenan Kurihara, ‘14

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/6/2014 03:03:04 PM
    On July 24th, the Seattle U Alumni Association hosted alumni, current students and their families at the Waialae Country Club for the annual Hawaii Reception. We were excited to have the help of recent graduate and event emcee, Keenan Kurihara, ‘14. 

    Having graduated in June, Keenan has already taken an active role in the Alumni Association from his home in Hawaii. 

     

     Keenan

    “I feel it’s important to stay connected to the Seattle U community because SU has given me so many experiences, memories and, most importantly, individuals who I can call life-long friends. Without my Seattle University experience, I really don’t think I would be the person I am today,” Keenan said. 

    Keenan was drawn to Seattle U first and foremost for its location on the mainland. He wanted to see what life off the island was like and Seattle offered a vibrant city to explore.. While its location drew him in, it was the small class sizes, personalized attention and caring atmosphere that made him call Seattle U home for four years.

    As a student, Keenan was actively involved in Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i, the United Filipino Club, Student Government, Housing and Residence Life and the Admissions Office, serving as a Redhawk Ambassador. It was in this role that he first began collaborating with the SU Alumni Association. 

    As an alumnus of Seattle U, Keenan plans to stay involved with the Alumni Association by visiting the university as frequently as possible and helping to build a strong sense of community between the SUAA Hawaii chapter and current SU students. Keenan has hopes for a Hawaii alumni-student mentoring program, where current Seattle U students from Hawaii can look to alumni for guidance, both personally and professionally.

    Currently, Keenan serve as a Resolution Coordinator with Hawaiian Airlines in the Consumer Affairs Department. When not working, Keenan volunteers his time to work on the gubernatorial campaign in Hawaii. 
    “Politics is something that has always interested me and is an area that I may be exploring within the next few years,” Keenan shared enthusiastically. 

    Keenan is an example of a graduate who is staying involved in the Alumni Association, even though he’s not in the Seattle area. We are in the process of building our regional alumni chapters program. If you are interested in getting more involved in your area, contact Harmony Frederick at frederih@seattleu.edu
     

    Breathing in Summer: An Ignatian Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:11:19 PM

    Mt. Rainer

    Summer is a time for kicking back, taking in the natural beauty around you, and getting in all the fun outdoor adventures that fall and winter seem to make difficult.

    Perhaps some of you reading this live in the Seattle area… if so, what a summer we have had so far! Whether near or far, if you are trekking in the woods, walking around a park, or biking around town this season, we at Magis invite you to slow down, pause, and breathe in summer.

    Ignatian Spirituality is known for helping busy people to slow down. It is also known for using the imagination as a way to experience God or the Divine in the midst of our everyday lives. Two particular imaginative forms of reflection that are fun to try out are Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation. So many of us spend time in fast paced, media overloaded productivity mode, so taking even five or ten minutes to engage a process which invites you to pivot from that pace can be helpful to your emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Each of these methods is also intended to help you get out of your head space and into that deeper heart place, where you can encounter the stirring of your soul.

    All you need to start is a scripture passage from your religious or spiritual tradition which sparks your interest, such as from the Christian Scriptures, Qur’an, or Jewish Bible. Or, if you prefer, try looking for a poem or selection of prose that speaks to you. The key is to enter into the narrative as if it were a movie: picture the place, experience it with your senses, notice where you are being led, consider a character or inanimate object you might be, and reflect upon the experience. You may even want to journal from an insight you receive.

    Let’s give it a try! Here, we will take a twist on Ignatian Contemplation and invite you to read a poem called "This Summer Day by poet Mary Oliver.

    Ready? Here we go…

    Find a space to quiet yourself… maybe this is in your living room, at a park or other space where you feel relaxed.

    Notice how your body feels… be gentle with yourself and release any tension you may feel by breathing in deeply a few times.

    Read the poem once. Allow yourself to read it slowly and savor the narrative. Sit with what you read for a few moments.

    Read the poem again. This time, pay attention to your feelings and senses: What did you see? Smell? Hear? Feel? Is there a character or object in the scene you identify with? If so, why do you relate to him/her/it? Jot down your thoughts, if you like.

    Are there any memories that come to mind? What is the connection?

    As you draw a close to your reflection, give thanks for the gift of this time.

    This reflection exercise takes practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work the first time! The important thing is to keep trying and showing up to the practice.

    Have a question or suggestion for Magis to cover on Ignatian spirituality and leadership? If so, email us at magis@seattleu.edu and let us know! We want to hear from you.

    P.S. – Be sure to mark your calendar now for a Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection, being held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Seattle U!

     

     

    Athletics: 2013-14 A Year in Review

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:03:32 PM

    Homecoming Men Bball icon

    With the new academic year approaching, the Seattle University athletics department put together a review of the 2013-14 campaign. 

    The year featured NCAA Tournament appearances by the women's soccer and men's soccer team, as well as a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Championships for javelin thrower Dylan Burnett. The women’s basketball team reached the finals of the WAC Tournament for the second consecutive year, while both the cross country and softball teams successfully hosted WAC championship events. The men’s golf team started a new tradition by hosting the inaugural Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, while the men’s basketball squad maintained its recent tradition of welcoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time back to KeyArena for the Elgin Baylor Classic. 

    It was also a successful year in terms of academic performance by Redhawk student-athletes, featuring three Academic All-Americans and several team awards based on classroom proficiency. In addition, Seattle U athletic squads once again reached out to the community in many ways. 

    To relive the 2013-14 academic year, visit this website: 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. 

     

    2014-2015 Career Fairs

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:57:29 PM
    Registration is open for Seattle U’s 2014-2015 career fairs. 

    Alumni employers, are you searching for the right candidate for your position? Seattle U career fairs are an excellent way to recruit top talent, whether you are looking for an intern, part-time or full-time employees, you’ll find a student or alum who is the perfect fit. 
     
    Are you a job seeker? Alumni on the hunt for their next opportunity are welcome to attend any of our fairs to network with recruiters and connect with hiring managers. 

    Please contact Sarah Thomson, thomsons@seattleu.edu, Associate Director of External Relations, with questions. 
     
    Part Time Job and Post Grad Service Fair: September 25, 2014
    Business and Engineering Fair: October 11, 2014
    Internship Fair: February 5, 2015
    Spring Job and Internship Fair: April 21, 2015
     

    Fall Reunions: HiYu Coulee, Costco Scholars & URec

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:49:45 PM
    The Seattle University Alumni Association has been working hard to build a reunions program that brings you back to your alma mater and reconnects you with friends and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.
      
    We took huge strides with the launch of our Reunion Weekend 2014 this past May. As you can see from our reunion photo albums, the classes of 2004, 1964 and our Sullivan Scholars had a grand time at their reunions.

    This fall we are celebrating our alumni with affinity reunions, including the Costco Scholars 15th Anniversary Reunion, the HiYu Coulees 75th Anniversary Reunion  and the URec Alumni Reunion. If you were a member of any of these groups, you will not want to miss your reunion this fall! 

     
    Costco Scholars – September 18-19, 2014.
    HiYu Coulees and URec – October 25, 2014.

     
    We will be sending invitations with event details and registration information so make sure your contact info is up to date by filling out our online form. Also make sure to check your reunions webpage for event updates.
     
    Classes of 2005 and 1965, we haven’t forgotten about you. Mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2015 for Reunion Weekend 2015.  

    We’ll see you at your reunion.

     

    Young Alumni Summer Party 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/4/2014 01:37:15 PM

    This September, young alumni are invited for an evening of food, fun (and football if that’s your thing) at the Capitol Hill hot spot, Sole Repair.

    Young Alumni Photo Booth

    This is a chance for graduates from the last ten years to meet and mingle with each other and get to know the Seattle U alumni community. Take this opportunity to connect with graduates who share the same passions, network with fellow Redhawks and make new friends while catching up with old ones.

    We know that our event is the same evening as the first Seahawks game of the season, but thanks to Sole Repair’s huge projection screen, you don’t have to miss out on any of the action or any of the fun.

    So put on your Cap Hill best, grab your friends and blow off some steam with us on September 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Your first drink is on us and the appetizers are  complimentary.  Save your spot now.

     SoleRepair

    Did You Know? Alumni Benefits

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2014 12:13:57 PM
    Aside from a great education there are plenty of benefits that come with being an alum of Seattle University. In case you weren’t in the know, we thought we’d fill you in on the perks of being a Redhawk for life. 

     
    Alumni Email Address
    Alumni keep their SU email address upon graduation. Like your @seattleu.edu address? Keep it for life! This also gives you access to wifi when you are on campus. (If you graduated before 2011, contact alumni@seattleu.edu to get access to your Seattle U email address.)

    Auditing Classes 
    Check out the current undergraduate course offers on SU Online and audit a class that appeals to the life-long learner in you – for only $55.00! Download the application form on our website. Class availability is subject to space, professor approval and pre-requisite requirements. 
     
    Eisiminger Fitness Center Membership
    Alumni and their families can enjoy member to the Eisiminger Fitness Center, where they can take advantage of all of its facilities and services at a competitive price. Learn more.
     
    Alumni Discounts 
    SU Campus Store 
    All alumni enjoy 15% off at the Seattle U Campus Store, in person or online

    Hotels
    When staying in Seattle, why not stay in style? Check out your Seattle U alumni rates at these Seattle Hotels

    Fr. Dave Anderson is the Alumni Chaplain meeting all of your spiritual needs from performing marriages and funerals to spiritual counseling and blessings.
     
    Lemieux Library & Learning Commons Access
    Enjoy our state of the art library and learning commons, open to all alumni. 
     
    Alumni Insurance Programs
    Now that you’ve graduated, you might need to get your own auto and medical insurance.  We’ve got reduced rate options for you.
     
    Enjoy alumni discounts with GEICO. When you get a free quote, not only will you be checking out your options, you’ll be supporting your Seattle U Alumni Association. With each quote, GEICO makes a donation to the Alumni Association programming and activities for you.
     
    GradMed is an ideal health insurance product for new graduates and alumni between jobs.  You can choose a coverage period and deductible that meets your needs, protecting you from the expenses associated with an accident or illness. Learn more
     

    Alumni Attitude Study: Let Us Know What You Think

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:54:56 PM

    We want to hear from you! Seattle University Alumni Association, Career Services and Academic Affairs will be reaching out to alumni with current email addresses to get your feedback and opinions on important topics. Depending on your graduation year you will soon receive one of two surveys: a survey from Career Services and Academic Affairs about your professional experiences after graduation or an Alumni Attitude Study© from the Alumni Association about your university experiences and ongoing connections with the university.

    Both of these surveys provide valuable information that will inform planning and decision making at Seattle University and the Alumni Association.  We hope you will take the time to respond!

    As a gift for your time, all respondents will AND will be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates to the Seattle University Bookstore (also redeemable online) AND receive two free tickets to the Seattle U Homecoming basketball game on February 7, 2015.

    These online, confidential surveys will be sent to all Seattle University alumni with a current email address. If Seattle University does not have your current email address, please send your full name, graduation year and email address to alumni@seattleu.edu. 

    For your convenience, this study is conducted online only and you will not receive any mail or phone calls related to this study.

    Results will be ready in mid-to-late August and will be shared with staff, administrators, volunteers and alumni.

    We value the input of all of our alumni and hope that you will participate in this endeavor with us. Thank you for your support and participation.

    Discernment: Learning to Fall in Love & Stay in Love

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:37:15 PM

    Sometimes making the transition from student to alum is challenging. After being in a supportive community like Seattle U where each person is valued for their whole self, finding places or communities outside of university life which help you to learn and grow into your best self can take a while to find (believe us, they do exist!) Wherever life takes you, whether as a soon-to-be alum or more experienced alum moving through life transitions, be sure to lead with this one reminder: Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

    Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., prayed the following:

    Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. 

    What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. 

    It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. 

    Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

    What if we looked at our lives as one big unfolding endeavor of love, where what we chose to be and do was out of a place of love?  Imagine how generative we would be with our talents, skills, and pursuits if we could intentionally listen how to God (Love) is calling us to become our true selves. Consider asking yourself these questions:

    Who do I spend my time with?

    What do I spend my time doing?

    Where do I feel pulled or drawn in in my life?

    Where do I feel expectations pushing me, like I “should” rather than “want” to do?

    How do I see God active in my everyday life?

    Jesuit tools like Ignatian Discernment help us to create a space to ask these questions on a regular basis. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and animator of Jesuit education, came up with this method to enable his companions in finding God in all places of their lives. Practicing discernment can assist in developing self-awareness and an overall “attitude of gratitude”. 

    Here is a short version of the Examen – go ahead, give it a try!

    1. Become aware of God’s presence. Pause for a few moments to be quiet and still.

    2. Review the day with gratitude. Take a moment to give thanks for all that you experienced as gift.

    3. Pay attention to your emotions. Scan the day and see where your energy was life-giving or life-draining.

    4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Identify where you would like to grow and change.

    5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask for the light or grace needed to live more fully next time.

    Want to learn more about Ignatian Discernment? Visit resources on Ignatian Spirituality by clicking on this link

    Professional Development Offerings

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:19:02 PM
    We know that your professional development needs change depending upon where you are in your career, which is why we have a wide variety of offerings available for alumni at all stages of their career, from first jobs to recruiting the perfect candidate. 

    In partnership with Career Services, the Alumni Association offers you: 
     
    SU Advantage | Networking Events – Hear experts on a select topic and connect with professionals to engage in structured networking around relevant industry related topics. 

    The Seattle U Alumni LinkedIn Group – Connect  with nearly 7,000 alumni professionals to network, find job opportunities and stay on top of professional news.
     
    Mentors – All alumni can request a mentor or volunteer their time and professional experience to be a mentor to an SU student or alum.
     
    The Redhawk Network – The Redhawk Network is your connection to students and alumni and offers you the opportunity to search for jobs, recruit for jobs or volunteer to mentor students or other alumni. 

    Career Workshops – From career transitions to salary negotiations, we offer workshops to fit your needs. 

    3 Free career advising sessions– Sessions are available in person or via phone or Skype, covering interviewing, resume writing and much more.
     
    Free professional development webinars – Webinars cover a breadth of topics and are a great resource for all alumni to take advantage of your alumni benefits in a way that is convenient for you.  Check out the library of on-demand webinars available to you.
     
    Job and internship fairs – Job fairs are open to alumni to attend as both job seekers and recruiters. Check out the schedule for next year
     
    Contact alumni@seattleu.edu with any questions about these services or future professional development opportunities. 
     
     
     

    Welcome Class of 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/3/2014 10:06:22 PM
    As alumni, we know the uncertainty and excitement that accompany entry into the real world. Our new SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter is here to welcome the class of 2014 and all other recent alumni and help to ease their transition to the real world. 
     
    So who are the SU Bridge and how do they hope to ease the student to alumni transition?  Think of the SU Bridge as recent, but experienced young alumni. Most have graduated within the last five to 10 years. They’ve experienced the uncertainty of life after college first hand and found the light at the end of the tunnel. They want to engage with students who are transitioning out of Seattle U and more recent alumni who are still making their transitions to the real world.

    According to SU Bridge president, Tony Capeloto, the goal of the chapter is to create an environment that allows students, alumni and faculty to build professional connections thoughtfully. “You forget that the benefits of your hard work come after your graduation, not necessarily during your time as students. And now it’s time to reap those benefits.” 

    The SU Bridge hopes to help young alumni reap some of those benefits with their events and programming that aim to create opportunities and professional connections for recent graduates. “It’s often not what you know, but who you know. Our programs will allow you to interact with others on your terms, starting the casual conversation that will spark a connection that will help your career,” Tony said. 

    This September, the SU Bridge plans to host a kick-off event, welcoming the newest Seattle graduates to the Alumni Association. “I hope you’ll be on the lookout for an invitation to this event. You are who we are here to serve and I look forward to making connections with you as a part of the SU Bridge.” 

    Whether you are a more experienced recent alum or are fresh out of school, if you are interested in learning more about the SU Bridge, email alumni@seattleu.edu

    Look for Tony on June 14th as one of your alumni hosts at Commencement Brunch.

    As September is a few months away and graduation is right around the corner on June 15th, the members of the SU Bridge wanted to share the following words of wisdom with you.  

    The advice I wish I knew upon graduation is:

     

    Dylan Munn, '10:  “Stay active in your community, wherever that may be.”
     
    Jeremiah Job, '04: “Stay involved.  Discover your skill sets. Stay open – don’t limit yourself to one opportunity. Don’t be afraid to fail. It is a critical component of your success.”
     
    Tony Capeloto,'11: “Now is the time you can actually apply what you learned.”

     

    Alex Dzwonkowski,'11: “Now is the time to learn new life skills.”

     

    Dylan Hoffman, '13: “Relax and enjoy this moment.  College graduation and the time right after is such a great time; don't lose touch with this in the fervor to get a job lined up.”
     
    Doug Rudeen, '11: “You do know things that are valuable to employers. Though you may feel a lot of your knowledge is theoretical, you can think about things in ways that employers value.”
     
    Mikel Carlson, '12: “Don't be afraid to get your feet wet. People hire you if they like you, even if you don't necessarily have all the necessary qualifications. You’ll build them.” 


    What words of wisdom do you have for our new graduates? Share them in the comments section below. 
     

    John Bush: Coffee, Jeeps, and Gunpowder - A Colombian Adventure

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/13/2014 04:20:07 PM

    Following a great first two weeks in Colombia, I flew south from the Caribbean city of Cartagena to Medellin, the metropolis nestled into the mountains (about 5,000 ft above sea level). After encountering some gridlock that makes I-5 look like the autobahn, I arrived at a wonderful hostel, complete with ping-pong table and microbrews, a rarity in South America. The ping-pong table led me to make some great friends from Alberta and D.C. with whom I hung out with for a couple of days, swapping travel stories and swigs of Aguardiente (alcoholic fire-water).

    Medellin is a city recovering from years of violence and living in fear as it was the headquarters of the Colombian drug trade and kingpin, Pablo Escobar, from the 1970s through the 90s. But what a recovery they have made! They now bolster some of the most progressive public works projects in the world including an incredibly efficient rail system that runs through the city. Perhaps most impressive are their cable cars that lead up the steep mountainsides to the poorer barrios, allowing those who previously did not have easy access to jobs in the city to now connect quickly and cost-effectively. I had the pleasure of riding both of these systems and was absolutely amazed. A stroll around a national park, botanical garden with huge iguanas, and some nights out on the town proved to me that Medellin is one of the more advanced and up-and-coming cities in South America. The "paisas" (Colombian inlanders) are a proud people, embracing the re-birth of their beautiful city.

    John Bush Trip 2
     
    I spent a couple of days in Guatape, a small town 2 hours from Medellin, on a man-made lake. While there, I climbed 720 steps to the top of a giant rock that overlooks the whole area, appearing similar to the San Juan Islands. I also embarked on a primitive bushwhacking hike to a local waterfall, laid in an inner-tube on the lake, and strolled through rolling cow pastures at sunset. It was a great contrast to the bustling city of Medellin.
     
    After Guatape, I traveled to Salento, an even smaller town in the coffee growing region of Colombia. There, I stayed at a farm hostel, complete with campfires, community dinners, and glowing sunsets. While in Salento, I hiked the Valle de Cocora, a hike winding through a splendid valley, crossing a river on rickety, handmade bridges several times, then opening up to the tallest palm trees in the world, up to 200 feet tall!! We got caught in a downpour and then I rode back to town, standing on the back of a WWII Jeep - a wild ride my mother would never approve of. I also took a tour of a coffee plantation and was able to sample the finest coffee bean this planet has to offer after learning of the entire complex yet enthralling process of coffee growing.

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    John Bush trip 4

    Finally, I learned a new game in Salento. It's the Colombian national game and it's called Tejo. Now, if you've heard of, or played, "Bags" (or sometimes more irreverently known as "Cornhole"), it's similar. You toss an incredibly heavy circular rock at a ramp made of clay, attempting to land closest to the circle in the middle. However, this metal circle in the clay is COVERED WITH PACKETS OF GUNPOWDER. If your stone hits one, the darn packet explodes and it sounds like a gunshot. And then you get 3 points. Try that at your next tailgate party.

    John Bush is a 2009 Seattle University graduate who is currently trekking across Colombia.



    Alumni Spotlight - Angelica Mendoza, '04

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:22:02 PM
    angelicaAngelica Mendoza is a 2004 Seattle University graduate, a public servant in the Seattle City Attorney’s office and a 2004 Reunion Committee Member. In anticipation of Reunion Weekend, we asked Angelica to share some of her memories at Seattle University.
     
    When looking for universities Angelica sought a smaller university that was close to home and rooted in faith. Upon seeing the Seattle University campus, it quickly became her first choice school.
     
    “Although those who knew me thought I would pursue social work, I majored in International Business with a minor in Spanish language,” Angelica said.
     
    “Seattle University was tremendous in developing a strong foundation on which I was able to build my professional career. I graduated feeling empowered to promote justice and humanity in whatever field I chose. That sense of leadership remains with me today as I continue my career in public service.”
     
    A strong believer in the mission and values of Seattle University, Angelica was actively involved in campus ministry programming and retreats.  
     
    “I would say that the majority of my favorite memories grew from either Campus Ministry sponsored retreats or studying abroad with Spanish classmates.”
     
    Though no longer a student, Angelica has stayed active with Seattle University through faith-based opportunities, including Mexico mission treks and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission programming.
     
     Angelica’s most recent role at her alma mater is helping to plan the 2004 class reunion for the launch of Seattle University Reunions Weekend, May 9-11.
     
    “I am most excited to reengage with the community; both connect with old friends and find new opportunities to live the Seattle University mission in my adult life.”
     
    Reunions Weekend will celebrate the classes of 1964 and 2004 as well as Sullivan Scholars. Learn more about reunion weekend online.
     
    Are you celebrating a reunion this year? What are you most excited about?

    Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:18:41 PM

    SU sustainable

     

     From the moment that Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan was put into place in 2010, we knew that our goals were ambitious. We also knew that unlike many goals, sustainability would never have a final moment of victory – no single day when we could say, “We did it” and walk away.

    We are pleased to present our first Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights much of the good work that our staff, faculty and students have done over the past four years, and it gives us a strong direction for shaping our future sustainability efforts.

    These efforts in sustainability are a foundation to build upon to achieve our ambitious goals. But our celebration is tempered by the urgency to do more, to do it faster and to inspire others to follow suit. Many milestones are yet to be reached in our quest to meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

    Quadstock Turns 25

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:14:30 PM

    Quadstock

     If you’ve graduated from Seattle University in the past twenty-five years, chances are you’ve attended Quadstock. The iconic music festival turns 25 this spring and the founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, are coming back to celebrate. We talked to John and Chris to learn more about the start of this high profile event.  
     
    An iconic part of the Seattle U student experience, Quadstock has played host to such musicians as The Posies, The Thermals, Dan Deacon, Macklemore, Del the Funky Homosapien, Talib Kweli, Ok GO, Blue Scholars and more. But how did the festival get its start?
     
    The origins of Quadstock date back to the creation of the Quad itself. The very first stage was actually the stone steps surrounding the fountain. Quadstock founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, planned the first Quadstock in order to celebrate the unveiling of the Seattle U Quadrangle in 1989.
     
    “We wanted a celebration geared toward the students that lasted all weekend long,” the founders shared. “We had student clubs provide activities from Friday night to Sunday Mass. Students could collect pledges for how many hours they thought they could keep going without sleep and at the end we would donate the money to St. Francis Soup Kitchen.”
     
    The first bands to grace the Quadstock stage that year were The Britains, The Look, The Bitter End (the first student Battle of the Bands winner), Swampzombies and The Trenchcoats.
    For its second year, Quadstock was condensed into one day of festivities and music. Keeping with the charitable aspect of the first event, attendees who brought canned food received a discount on their concert tickets.  Drawing larger headliners for the second year, the lineup included The Posies, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Dharma Bums.

     The Posies
    (The Posies playing Quadstock. Photo provided by John Boyle.)
     
    One campus rumor claims that Nirvana made a debut on SU’s stage, but John and Chris set the record straight, saying that they tried to book the band, but due to the band’s recording schedule, it didn’t work out. John did share the fun fact that Nirvana’s booking fee was only $1,000 at the time, compared to The Posies who ended up costing $2,000.
     
    Quadstock became an instant success, evolving into the annual musical festival we know it as today and one of the most anticipated events on the spring season.

    “It’s a testament to the student life at Seattle University that someone took this event and rolled with it,” co-founder John Boyle said.
     
    This year Quadstock turns 25. The founders of Quadstock and SEAC invite alumni back on Saturday, May 17 to help celebrate. The Main stage line-up includes Best Coast, Sea Wolf, Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps and COHO.  Not only are alumni invited back to attend the musical festival, but there will be a special alumni campus tour and get together at the Chieftain Irish Pub before the festivities begin.
     
    If Quadstock was a memorable part of your student experience we hope you’ll join us on May 17th. Tickets are extremely limited – buy yours today.

    Have some favorite Quadstock memories? Share them in the comments below or send your pictures to us!

    Join Contemplative Leaders in Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:00:49 PM

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     Since September 2013, 32 young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39 have been meeting monthly to explore Ignatian leadership through Contemplative Leaders in Action - a two-year Magis program for emerging leaders. Representing diverse professions, faiths, and backgrounds, cohort members over the course of two years reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world as both professionals and people of faith.

    Current CLA2 participants Kara Casey Adams and Angeline Thomas are SU alums and active leaders in higher education and legal justice respectively.  Kara, who is the Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning and Research at University of Washington Bothell said, “I am attracted to the Contemplative Leaders in Action program for a community of professionals who will reflect upon the nexus of Jesuit values and their professional roles.”

    Participants share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth.  This combination excited Angeline, who is the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project Staff Attorney at Seattle University’s School of Law.  “I am excited about the cohort model and CLA’s focus on both secular and religious leadership building” she shared.

    Checking in with Angeline and Kara 8 months into the curriculum, they have noticed the impact already. “One of CLA’s main strengths seems to be its capacity to foster reflection, deep thinking, and personal development.” Session themes like Emotional Intelligence, Communal Discernment, and Leading in a Diverse, Multicultural World generate rich conversation but also questions, which Kara and Angeline, paired as Companions, meet outside the monthly gatherings to further dissect. In the second year of the program, sessions like The Intimate Connection between Faith & Justice and Group Dynamics & Team Building will help guide participants through the Social Justice Projects all while deepening relationships with one another.

    To read Angeline and Kara’s reflections on how CLA has enriched their personal and professional lives, check the Magis eNewsletter or the Alumni Living the Mission page  next Wednesday! If you happen to be an alum between the ages 25-39, consider applying for Contemplative Leaders in Action, which begins in September.  Applications are due May 30!

    Your Voice – Alumni Board of Governors’ Nominations

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 03:58:15 PM
    Wondering how your ideas and voice can be heard by SU?  Thinking about how to expand your network and connections to the mission of the University?  We’d love to have your voice heard through your participation and leadership.

    Your Alumni Relations Office relies on the support and leadership of a Board to better understand and connect with our alumni community.   We have openings for the  Board starting in August 2014 and would love to hear from you.   This current Board and its President led the effort to gain the SU license plate to support scholarships.  With many milestones and plans upcoming for the University, we are seeking nominations and applications to add to the group.  As  a member, you attend five board meetings, support the University in ways that suit you, and participate in Alumni Relations Office initiatives to improve the alumni experience and connection.

    In an effort to round out the board, we are particularly interested in recruiting alumni from Science and Engineering, SMT, Nursing and Education schools and/or classes from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. All are welcome to apply.  We will be giving preference to applicants that broaden the representation.  If you are interested in getting more involved or staying in touch with SU, you can nominate yourself or another interested candidate by sending an email to katy.greve@gmail.com.   If you have any questions, feel free to call Katy Greve, SU ABOG President-Elect at (425) 922-5462.

    Applications should be submitted by email to Katy Greve by June 30th for consideration.  The membership committee will make the selections and notify new board members by August 1st.  

    Spring Job and Internship Fair

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 01:15:03 AM

    On Tuesday, April 29th between 12-3:00 pm, Seattle U will welcome over 65 employers from corporate, government and nonprofit organizations to Campion Ballroom for the annual Spring Job and Internship Fair.

    Employers are looking to hire outstanding alumni candidates. This is a great opportunity to network with recruiters from the organizations where you want to work. A number of our recruiters are Seattle U alumni who are excited to connect with alumni job seekers. 

    Expeditors, C.H. Robinson, Peace Corps, Fred Hutchinson, Enterprise and more will have representatives present. 

    A complete list of employers is available on the Redhawk Network.

    Contact Career Services at (206) 296-6080 or careerservices@seattleu.edu if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

    Leading from the Heart: Pope Francis and Ignatian Leadership

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 12:51:41 AM
     Pope Francis
     
     Never before have we seen the kind of world-wide attention and popularity that Pope Francis has drawn in his first year of the papacy. In fact, he ranked #1 on Facebook as most talked about in 2013. From washing the feet of youth in detention during Holy Thursday mass (including two Muslims and two women), to his famous “Who am I to judge?” statement on the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, Pope Francis is showing the world the values of being a true Ignatian Leader.

    As graduates of Jesuit education, we look to Ignatian Leaders such as Pope Francis to set the example for being men and women for others as we lead and live in contemporary life. Simply put, what makes his example of leadership so special is that he leads from the heart. 

    So, what exactly do we mean by “Ignatian Leader”?

    The Jesuits offer an approach to leadership, often called Ignatian or Ignatian-InspiredLeadership, which flows against the tide of most contemporary and dominant leadership models. Some might say that it is quite counter-cultural here in the United States. This approach to leadership is grounded in what author Christopher Lowney calls the four pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, and lifts up leadership in a very different light. It proposes that:

    “We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
    “Leadership springs from within. It’s about who [we are] as much as what [we] do.”
    “Leadership is not an act. It is [our] life, a way of living.” 
    “[We] never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

    Therefore, an Ignatian-Inspired Leader (regardless of religious affiliation) understands and appreciates the rich gifts of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises,and strives to grow in self-knowledge, cultivate a healthy indifference that allows him/her to adapt confidently, honestly loves those he/she serves and leads, and humbly strives and works with others to shape an inspiring future. 

    We are excited to see how Pope Francis will lead in the years to come!

    Magis, in partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, encourages you to learn more about Ignatian Leadership on May 8th as part of the SU Advantage Networking series. Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. will be joined by a diverse panel of alumni from varying professions to share insights about their lived experience of leadership, including an opportunity for structured networking. Click here to learn more and register. 


    Also, if you happen to be a young alum in your twenties or thirties, consider applying for Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action, a two year alumni leadership development program which blends spiritual formation and secular leadership training. Applications will be available starting April 15th, so be sure to mark your calendar!
     

    Why Serve?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:50:59 PM
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     This April 26th marks the third annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, during which alumni from both Seattle U and other Jesuit universities come together to serve our local community. Beyond the value of serving others, day of service participants build community. You will see that you are part of a large community of Jesuit-educated alumni, build community with those you serve and re-connect with your university. 
     
    Past participant Erika Sanchez,’11, said, “My favorite thing about day of service is getting to give back to the community with my alma mater that gave so much to me. It was great to relive and reinforce the values that SU is all about, and to also network and learn from not only fellow SU alums, but those from other universities.” 
     
    There are a variety of service projects to meet the interests of all alumni, including beautifying public spaces, helping the elderly with chores, serving food and more.
     
    “In the project my team and I participated in, we provided a safer and cleaner environment for kids to enjoy their day,” Erika said. “In doing so, I felt more connected to the mission and values of Seattle U-to give back to the community, live your life beyond yourself and do what you can for the greater good of the community around you. I would definitely recommend this day of service to alumni to not only be immersed in your values, but also to step out of the ordinary and give back to others in a small yet extraordinary way."
    Other participants have said that:
     
    “It's a valuable and pleasurable service experience. It was an easy way to accomplish something I value, but have limited time to organize on my own, and it was a rare chance to garden. It was also a great way to maximize my time/weekend.”
     
    “I chose to participate to stay connected with my university, to help my husband learn more about what SU has meant to me, to live out service, to do it with friends and to introduce my goddaughter to the meaning and benefits of service!”
     
    “As a part of my Jesuit education, they branded us with 'be the difference' and I think that making a difference through community service helps fulfill that mission.” 
     
    Did you serve? What was meaningful to you about the experience?
     
    Join us on April 26 and “be the difference.” 
     

    Leading with Humility

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:34:11 PM
     
     
    Leading With Humility Seattle University prides itself on educating leaders for a just and humane world. How does their Jesuit education impact their leadership style? 

     
    Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite you to take a deeper look at Ignatian leadership at our May 8th SU Advantage | Networking Night featuring an alumni panel led by Fr. Steven Sundborg, Seattle University president.  The panel will discuss Ignatian-inspired, those who serve and lead, and humbly strive to works with others to shape an inspiring future.

     
    Panelist and Seattle U alumnus, Rob Nielsen,'06, started challenging the idea of authoritative leadership while still a student at Seattle University. During a class discussion on charismatic leaders with Albers School of Business and Economics professor, Jennifer Marrone, Nielsen pointed out that the great leaders they were studying were not only charismatic, but humble as well. 

     

    Nielsen’s observation intrigued Professor Marrone, leading to the development of a joint research paper and eventually the book “Leading with Humility,” co-written by Marrone, Nielsen and Albers professor, Holly Ferraro. 
     
    “There are three key components to leading with humility” Nielsen explains, “Understanding of self, relating to others and perspective.”
     
    According to their book, “Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weaknesses and motives in making decisions, demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.”
     
    Nielsen cites Costco’s Jim Sinegal as an example of a Seattle U alumnus who exudes these leadership qualities. “I heard him speak at a Seattle University event and he talked about understanding his own strengths and weaknesses and he possessed a strong sense of self in relationship to how he worked with others around him.” 
     
    Seattle University instills these leadership qualities in their graduates, as well as an awareness of the world around them and the impact that they can have has leaders. Nielsen says his biggest take away from Seattle U was the desire to be a quality leader in the community. Upon his graduation from Seattle University, Nielsen served the board of the University District Food Bank, before going on to serve as board president of the Crisis Clinic
     
    As a graduate of Seattle University do you consider yourself as a humble leader? What do you think are the characteristics of an effective leader?
     
    Join us on May 8th to discover more about what it means to lead with humility and how Ignatian values can inspire  great leadership. 
     
    SU Advantage | Networking Event
    Ignatian-Inspired Leadership
    May 8, 2014
     

    Magis: Alumni Day of Prayer

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 05:35:15 PM

     Alumni Day of Prayer

    The second half of life is a time of many transitions: children leave home and new children are welcomed into the family, careers change and retirement may be on the horizon, health and self care is addressed differently, and images of God shift and transform.  So much is happening, and this is why taking time to “check-in” with oneself is so necessary. It can be meaningful to create space to explore what is on the horizon of your life, and to invite God into that process. Magis each year offers Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify as in the second half of life, a special day for just that kind of prayerful space. The annual Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection, which provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer experiences, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. As one past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.”

    Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer this year on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. We are excited for retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. to join us, as they will break open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. They will also explore questions in relation to self, God and church. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. Lunch is included for the day, as well as parking. Consider bringing a friend or family member, too!

    For more information, visit our online flyer. To register, please email Magis.

    Alumni Awards 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 05:21:11 PM

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     President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2014 Alumni Awards recipients who will be honored at the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 in the Campion Ballroom. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni.  To register or to host a table, please visit http://2014sualumniawards.eventbrite.com.

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    Alumnus of the Year –William Swenson, ’01
     
    President Barack Obama awarded William Swenson, ’01, the Medal of Honor in October, 2013. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. An embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border police, he was on patrol with American and Afghan troops when they were ambushed and pinned down for six hours by more than 60 well-armed Taliban forces.  Ganjgal was to be one of the bloodiest battles in the 12 year old war.  Putting himself at great risk, William rescued his sergeant and several Afghans and retrieved the bodies of four service members.  He is the most decorated Army officer since Vietnam.  Loyal not only to the men and women with whom he served, he has remained constant to their families as well.

    Professional Achievement  - David M. Johnson, EdD, ’87
     
    Dr. David M. Johnson, ’87 is among six winners of the 2013 “Visionary Service Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and recipient of last year’s “Evergreen Award” from Washington Nonprofits for his outstanding innovation and agility in the service of his community. A respected leader in the mental health field, he is frequently invited to address national and local groups.  A CEO of mental health centers for 27 years, David has also been a clinician for 37 years.  He currently leads Navos, one the largest community health centers in the state, with a $54 million operating budget and a staff of 650.

    Community Service – M. Lorena Gonzalez, Law, ’05

    Nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Lorena Gonzalez, ’05, a child of Mexican farm workers and now a partner at the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, is a tireless advocate for social justice.  In 2007, Lorena co-founded and continues to co-administer the monthly Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and SGB free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza.  In 2012, she successfully settled an excessive force and discrimination suit filed against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department that resulted in a mandate that the use of racially charged language in the force was grounds for termination.  

    University Service – Kip Toner, ’66

    Kip Toner, ‘66, a generous contributor of both his time and talent, has long been a firm supporter of the University.  After 23 years of service that included two years as Board chair, he is now a Seattle University Regent Emeritus. He has generously shared his professional talents with the university and most recently was auctioneer for the inaugural Red Tie Celebration for Seattle University Athletics.  Kip’s commitment and enthusiasm has inspired other to follow his lead.

    Distinguished Teaching – Greg Magnan
     
    Albers School of Business and Economics Professor, Greg Magnan, is recognized for his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.  An especially gifted teacher, Greg is extremely popular with students at the executive, graduate and undergraduate levels.  His innovative approach to combining online learning with traditional classroom methods has been a model for the university.  Greg’s research on supply chain business practices has been nationally recognized and published in a number of professional journals.  He has served on the Sullivan Leadership Award Committee and on several strategic planning committees for Albers.  A key member of the leadership executive MBA Program, he has co-chaired the President’s Task Force on sustainability and innovative program delivery.  

    Young Alumnus of the Year – Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09
     
    Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09, a Christian born just outside Bethlehem, lost his arm at 13 in a machinery accident.  Three years later, his father died.  Rather than become embittered, he is committed to rebuilding the lives of children shattered by war. While a student at Seattle U, Khaled, founded the Children of Peace Foundation in 2007 to support the Holy Family Care Center in Bethlehem where he received care.  Through his foundation, the traumatized children of Palestine not only receive specialized therapeutic care, but most importantly a reason to hope for a better tomorrow.

    Homecoming 2014 Recap

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 04:51:34 PM

     Homecoming Graphic 2014

     If you were at KeyArena this past weekend, then you know that Seattle University successfully celebrated its 2nd Annual Homecoming with a major win on the court. But our defeat of Idaho wasn’t the only win of the weekend; we are counting the return of Homecoming itself. 

    From the 1940s up to the late 1970s, Homecoming held great significance for Seattle University. It was a time when students and alumni celebrated their pride in our great university, and the city celebrated with us. The spark of Homecoming was rekindled last year with an alumni rally and the first Homecoming court in almost 30 years, but that spark burst into a flame this year with a full weekend of Homecoming activities and a tremendous show of Seattle U pride.

    On Friday, Fr. Steve and the students led a parade through campus ending with the announcement of the 2014 Homecoming Court in the packed Student Center.

    On Saturday, alumni and students filled KeyArena in droves of red. Alumni started at the Homecoming pre-game rally and then marched into the arena with the students for the game. All those present could feel the excitement and the sense of a community coming together with a shared goal of cheering their team on to victory. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was honored and the Royals crowned following the introduction of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

    Following the game, alumni flocked to T.S. McHughs for an after-party celebrating the outstanding victory on the court and the sense of camaraderie that comes with watching your alma mater triumph.

    For a weekend all about tradition, Homecoming came to a close rather fittingly with an alumni mass on Sunday morning and the Hall of Fame Luncheon in the afternoon, paying tribute to some of the best athletes Seattle U has seen over the years.

    If the growth of Homecoming over the last year is an indication of anything, it’s that you won’t want to miss next year, when the flame of Homecoming tradition will be burning brighter than ever.

    Did you make it out to Homecoming? What was your favorite part? If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite shots from Homecoming in our Homecoming Alumni Album.   

     



    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/5/2014 04:31:42 PM

    Day of Service 2013On April 26th, the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission are hosting alumni for  the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service for the third year in a row.

    What is National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service?

    Alumni Day of Service provides Jesuit-educated alumni the opportunity to come together to fulfill our shared Jesuit mission, rooted in service, by participating in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the Seattle community.

    Alumni from all Jesuit universities are invited to participate. We are expecting alumni from Gonzaga, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, Marquette and others so please invite any Jesuit educated alumni you know.  “I enjoyed being able to give back to the local community around Seattle University and getting to meet like-minded individuals who value their Jesuit education as much as I did,” said one 2013 participant.

    In addition, many of our service sites welcome children, making Alumni Day of Service a great family activity that begins to teach the value of serving others.

    There are a variety of service opportunities ranging from gardening and beautification projects, to assisting elderly community members with household chores. A full list of service opportunities is available online.

    What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot at a service site today!

    Battle of the Bands - Celebrating 25 Years

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/6/2014 02:28:38 PM

    Battle of the Bands

     This February 28th - March 2nd Seattle U is reigniting the tradition of Homecoming. When you think of Homecoming, you might think of a dance and the music that goes with it. While we don't suggest getting dressed up in your formal best, we can assure you that we've got your musical needs covered this Homecoming with Battle of the Bands: Game of Tones on Friday, February 28th.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of Battle of the Bands, when up to a dozen student bands will battle it out in a showcase of amazing Seattle U talent competing for various prizes and bragging rights. Professional musicians will evaluate the performers and attendees will vote for their favorite. We want alumni there singing, cheering and dancing along. You could almost think of it as your Homecoming dance. Tickets are limited - get yours today.

    My Seattle U Love Story

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/5/2014 11:09:42 PM

    Judy and Bill Doyle - Married in 1957

    Wedding Bill and Judy Picture
    Even now, some 55 years after graduating from Seattle University, Bill and Judy Doyle have indelibly fond memories and much gratitude for their Jesuit education. In addition to intellectual stimulation and the challenge of college life, Judy reminisces that “Of course, the best thing that ever happened to me is that I met Bill. He’s my best friend to this day.”

     Adds Bill, “Yes, falling in love with Judy was the best part of the whole experience.”

    The two met while involved with “Mu Sigma,” an SU music honorary. “We both sang in the SU Double Quartet and traveled to many places together,” Judy recalls. “On top of these musical engagements we had final exams as well. I remember wondering whether I would survive. It also helped me to stand up in front of people with confidence. That was an unexpected benefit from Seattle University.” The two married in 1957. - Taken from the SU Spring 2011 Legacy Publication

     

    Curly and Judy McNamee - Married 1971

    Wedding - Curly and Judy
    "I first saw Judy in a theology class we were both taking in the Pigott Building in spring quarter of 1964.  The first time I saw Judy I thought she was something special.  I had a friend, Jim Purcell (class of 1967), introduce me to Judy and I eventually asked her to a sock hop (April 3, 1964) and the ROTC Military Ball (April 10, 1964).  We dated frequently through college and we got engaged on her birthday in September of 1968 – about two weeks before I went to Vietnam (I was an ROTC graduate).  Judy and I were married on September 18, 1971 at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle." 

     

    Matt and Patti Boyle - Married 1972

    Wedding - Patti
    "Matt and I got married on July 29, 1972, just a month after graduation. We met our freshman year at frosh orientation, and had some freshman classes together. We really didn't start dating until after our freshman year. Some of our first dates were the Seattle Totems hockey games and the Seattle Pilots baseball games. I should have know what I was getting myself into. I took up skiing so that I could spend more time with the guy who was President of the Ski Club. And here we are 42 years later."

     

    Maureen and Tom Blum - Married 1980

    Wedding - Maureen and Tom"Maureen Haggerty, 1978, 1985 , wanted to stay close to home and opted for Seattle University.  Maureen’s mother and two sisters drove her to Seattle University to move into Bellarmine Hall September 27, 1974.  No sooner had they pulled into the designated parking lot by Bellarmine Hall when two TALL guys wearing white t-shirts with “ASK ME” swooped in.  They emptied the car of Maureen’s college bound necessities while Maureen, her mom, and two sisters followed the “ASK ME” guys to her first dorm room.  All her possessions were deposited with care.   

    Who were these handsome men?  Maureen was too shy to find out who they were, though she saw these guys from afar at various new student events.  One of the “ASK ME” guys, Tom Blum, stopped by her dorm room to visit with her roommate, Carol.  Carol was not there and Tom was too polite to leave.  So he stayed to visit.  Friendship began to grow.  

    Maureen and Tom’s friends seemed to see something before they did.  At meals in the cafeteria the new acquaintances always found a way for Maureen to sit by Tom.  Sometimes a seat was saved, other times a friend would get up and move so Maureen could sit next to Tom.  A visit to the Santa at Bellarmine Hall in December, 1974 had Maureen wishing for Tom.  

    It seems fate was cast at the annual Seattle University  “Vegas Night”.  Friends set  up Tom and Maureen.  They we were married  in a “thirty second” wedding with Rick Bressler, ’77 and Patty Eaton, ’77 as the “Best Man” and “Maid of Honor”.   Six years later Tom “asked” Maureen and they were married at St. Louise, Bellevue, WA.  Tom works for Snohomish County Assessor’s office and Maureen is in her 34th  year working for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  They have a daughter, Katie, son-in-law, Zach and granddaughter, Lily May!  They celebrated their 33rd  wedding anniversary on August, 9, 2013.  The friendship formed at Seattle University along with love and patience and taking intentional time to be together are part of the recipe for their long marriage.  The Seattle University New Student Orientation “Ask Me”  t-shirts mean a lot to the Blum’s."

     

    Esther and Tom Drouin - Married 1982

     Wedding  Esther and Tom

    "Tom Drouin was an incoming junior transfer student from Olympic College (Bremerton).  Esther Volpe was a freshman at Seattle University.  They met at an orientation dance in September of 1977 at Bellarmine Hall.  We married on May 1, 1982 at Rosary Heights in Woodway Washington (Dominican Sisters residence).  Reverend Engelbert Axer, S.J. (Seattle University Jesuit-- philosophy professor) performed the wedding ceremony.

    Tom and Esther have three children and reside in Edmonds, Washington."   

      

    Katie and Jeff Favilla - Married 2012

    Wedding - Katie and Jeff"My husband, Jeff Favilla, and I first met in the halls of Campion floor 4, where we bonded over our love of Starbucks, late night Sports Center watching, and Mariners baseball. He was living in a dorm room surrounded by my fellow SU softball teammates, so we had mutual friends and quickly realized how much we liked spending time together.

    We became inseparable and dated throughout our years at SU, sharing the memories of Quadstock, late night Bistro date nights, and Seattle U sporting events as the school took its journey to Division I. Jeff became my biggest fan, coming to all my SU softball games, no matter rain or shine, cheering me on in the sport that truly defined my time and passion at Seattle U. I was there to celebrate his academic achievements, watching him earn accounting internships and become part of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity at Seattle U, as well as both of us there at each others graduations, getting to watch each other walk across that stage.

    When it came time to get married, 5 years after we had met in the lime green colored hall of Campion dorm, we both knew there would be no other place besides the Chapel of St. Ignatius where we wanted to exchange our vows. Seattle U was a place where our lives as a couple began and we were ready to share our beautiful campus and SU experience with our family and friends. So on August 25th, 2012, a glorious sunny, Seattle day, we said "I do" in front of a full St. Ignatius Chapel, and it could not have been more perfect.

    Seattle U gave us amazing college memories, and it also gave us each other, and for that, we are forever grateful for SU's part in our amazing love story."

     

    DJ and Lauren Weidner - Married 2012

    Wedding- DJ and Lauren

    "How we met: That's complicated because it's different based on who you talk with. Lauren would say that she first saw me onstage at Freshman orientation. I was an Orientation Adviser and she was in the audience. She says she immediately had an odd feeling that she would date me - she thought she was crazy so she ignored it. We didn't meet each other for another two years.  Technically, I met Lauren at a party I was having at my Murphy Apartment. She came over with some mutual friends. To be honest, I thought she was interested in one of my friends but by the end of the evening, we had hit it off. We really got to know each other as Orientation Advisers. I was actually an O.C. and she was was an O.A. We weren't supposed to be dating so we kept it a secret for 3-4 months before we told anyone. Anyone who knows me understands how difficult it is for me to be subtle. We started dating at the end of her sophomore year (my junior) and dated until 2012. We got married at Crystal Mountain on August 25, 2012 on a sunny day with Mt. Rainier shining the background. We're together because Seattle U brought us together."


    Kristine and Peter Daugherty - Married 2013

    Wedding - Kristine and Peter

    "Peter and I met my junior year his senior year (2010). He graduated through ROTC, went through training in Georgia and then got stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. I finished school at SU and then moved to Texas during that summer. We got married this past December 21, 2013 in Lafayette, California, about 40 mins from San Francisco."

     

    Amanda Gilbert and Zach Gerdes - To Be Married 2014

     Wedding Zach and Amanda

    "We met our freshmen year at Seattle University. We were both in the Faith and the Great Ideas Living Learning Community on the 5th floor of Bellarmine Residence Hall. In our F&GI English 120 course together fall quarter, Professor Charles Tung advised the group: “You should try sitting next to someone new. Who knows? You might end up marrying them.” Little did Dr. Tung know how true his statement would be. We began dating in the spring of freshmen year (2008) and were engaged five years later. The wedding is scheduled for summer 2014 in Amanda’s home state of California at a winery in the Napa Valley."

     

     

    Alumni Spotlight: Nick McCarvel '08

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/5/2014 05:55:08 PM
    Nick McCarvelNick McCarvel '08, found his way to Seattle University from Helena Montana while searching for a personalized education in a big city. He saw Seattle U’s urban campus as an educational playground that he could utilize to get the best education.  It didn’t hurt that he grew up in a household that stressed moral values, similar to those of the Jesuits. 

     

    Since the age of fourteen Nick knew he wanted to be a journalist. Two years into his Seattle University education he was confident that media was still the full-time job he wanted to pursue. The professors at Seattle U, especially Dr. Sonora Jha and Gary Atkins, played an integral role in making sure that Nick and his classmates were prepared for a career in media, demanding quality work and ethical journalism. His education emphasized a global world which would help shape how he viewed the subjects of his articles.

     

    This February, Nick has the chance to see one of his dreams come true, when he’ll act as the rink-side web producer for NBC, covering figure skating at the winter Olympics. Attending the Olympics in Russia brings with it its own host of challenges, but he looks at it as an adventure that he is all too excited to begin. 

     

    In the past Nick has written for a Tennis publication, giving him the opportunity to go abroad and cover the international sports scene. It was that opportunity that he feels helped prepare him for the challenges and adventures waiting for him in Sochi Russia

     

    “I’ve had pinch me moments, I think the one that stands out the most is being center court and Wimbledon. It’s a world stage that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” 

     

    Nick’s favorite part of covering international sporting events is sharing the venue with athletes who are also living out their dreams. 
    “It’s about connecting with them on a human level, of witnessing someone making their dreams come true.” 
    Nick moved to New York five years ago; where he began working at a non-profit supporting the homeless with AIDS, and went on to land jobs in his career field, including his current contract with NBC. Nick is someone who is out there really chasing his dreams. “It’s easy to get a 9-5 but I’m really putting myself out there and I’m proud of where I’ve gotten on my own.” 

     

    Nick’s experience has taught him that to be successful, the best you can do is be a human. Make yourself personable, send “thank you” notes and be someone others want to work with. Being able to produce good work and build strong relationship well help people go the extra step for you and help you develop your career and follow your dreams. 
     
     

    Homecoming: Then and Now

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/8/2014 08:40:13 PM

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    Returning for homecoming is a great opportunity to keep up with college friends and engage with your university. Despite its long absence, Homecoming has played an important role in Seattle University’s history and in the student experience of many of our alumni. We sat down with alums Carmen Cueto ’13 and Maureen Blum ’78, '85 to learn what homecoming meant to them then and now.

    Then: Maureen Blum, ’78, ’85

    When Maureen was a student, the highlight of homecoming was a winter formal off campus. “Homecoming at Seattle U had a different feel than that of my high school homecoming. Seattle U is not a football school so it had a feeling all its own. Homecoming was a real group affair.”

    Maureen’s favorite Homecoming memory is from 1975 when her (now) husband asked her to the Homecoming dance which they attended with a group of good friends.

     “I think it’s wonderful that the university is bringing homecoming back, especially if you look at the past and the role it played at Seattle University.  The return of homecoming is a great opportunity for alumni to return and interact with the students, serving as a networking opportunity for them to make invaluable contacts.”

    Maureen hopes that in the future Seattle University’s Homecoming will grow, maybe adding a dance that students are excited to attend the way she was excited for homecoming as a student. She also hopes alumni will have a larger role in homecoming, where they can interact with the students and come together as one community. “After all”, Maureen said, “That’s what homecoming is about, alumni returning to their school.”


    And Now: Carmen Cueto, ’13

    Carmen Cueto was part of the first Seattle University class to enjoy the return of homecoming last year and was the first Homecoming Royal to be crowned in nearly 40 years. “It was very surreal to be crowned during the half-time of the homecoming game. It’s not every day you get crowned homecoming royalty,” Carmen said.

    Carmen’s favorite memory of her own homecoming experience was the way in which the university came together to share in their pride of being Seattle U. There was a strong show of student and faculty support leading up to the event and in the stands during the basketball game.

    “I’m excited to see how Seattle University is growing the tradition of homecoming and knowing that I was there at the beginning as it began to grow in momentum.

    I’m an advocate for the students really developing the homecoming experience. If the students get excited about homecoming, then it will transfer over to their alumni experience. They’ll remember it as a  high point from their time at Seattle University and they’ll have that sense of pride and want to come back to celebrate it.”



    Show your Seattle U pride and come back for homecoming February 28-March 2nd.

    An Invitation from Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/8/2014 08:22:51 PM

    It is always wonderful to welcome you to campus, but there is one upcoming event, in particular, that I wanted you to know about, even before we start promoting it more widely. Our Search for Meaning Book Festival will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, and features more than 40 prominent authors. Both keynote speakers are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and accomplished authors—Katherine Boo wrote the highly acclaimed 2013 book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity and Isabel Wilkerson, authored the award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

    Originally launched by our School of Theology and Ministry in 2009, Search for Meaning has quickly become one of the most highly regarded events of its kind with the festival attracting an ever-growing and enthusiastic following. In addition to the general sessions and keynote presentations, the festival offers book signings, interactive experiences and more. Attendees regularly express how much they appreciate the opportunity to hear from some of the leading writers and scholars of our day and to contemplate with others their place and purpose in the world. 

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    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.
    President
    P.S.-Get the latest information about Seattle U’s SFM Festival

    Magis: Thoughts on the New Year

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:29:42 PM

    It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.

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    However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.

    Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.

     



    Job Search Strategies—Ads, Agencies, Recruiters, Networking

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:24:22 PM

    Headhunter, recruiter, talent scout, executive recruiter, temporary agency,  placement firm, executive search firm, employment agency, body shop—what is the difference between these titles and why does it matter?  Should I use one?  If so, how do I find them?

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    In the business of changing jobs there are 3 primary strategies used to identify and pursue opportunities including 

    1.Networking (depending on the survey this comprises 60-80% of how people get jobs)

    2.Agencies & Search Firms (this is often the next highest percentage in surveys since the folks in these companies are professional networkers)

    3.Ads and Applications (even with all the new places we can go to find Job Postings—Indeed, SimplyHired, Idealist, Craigslist, Company Websites, and too many others to name—this is usually 8-15% of how people find jobs)

    Another catch-all bucket that includes techniques specific to certain populations of workers exists for those other circumstances like internships, union hiring, and civil service.  This is the lowest percentage bucket of how people find new roles.

    Strategy number 2 often creates some confusion and misunderstanding.  There are a lot of different forms of external recruiting and the different names effectively have similar meanings.  Agencies and Search Firms perform the recruiting function externally for companies.  Working with an external recruiter can also be a powerful addition to your search plan.  

    You’ll learn about different job search strategies, different agencies and recruiters available to you and how to make the most of these resources by attending the next installment of the SU Advantage Networking Series.

    Job Search Strategies—Ads, Agencies, Recruiters, Networking

    Webinar | Friday, January 10th | 12:00 p.m.

    Bellevue | Wednesday, January 22nd | 5:30-7:00 p.m. 

     

    Alumni Spotlight: Justin Hanseth, '08

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:10:21 PM

    Justin Hanseth, ’08, is a global citizen, excelling professionally and living out the pillars of a Jesuit education.

    Justin Hanseth Headshot

    Justin graduated in 2008 with a BA from Seattle University. Hailing from the Puget Sound area, Justin began working for a local real estate developer while he was a student at Seattle U. Justin always wanted to participate in community service. A mentor in the community gave Justin valuable advice, “If you want to get involved in a cause there is no time like the present. You want to do it when you have the flexibility – in the future, career and family commitments could make it more difficult.”

    With that, Justin began researching the cause that was right for him. A friend put him in contact with Deo Niyizonkiza, a survivor of the brutality in Burundi and the mind behind Village Health Works. His background in agriculture and business led to the development of a food security program for Village Health Works.  The program consists of a farm, demonstration garden, seed bank, and curriculum in sustainable agriculture for malnourished families.

    Justin Hanseth

    Justin did the fundraising, applied for a grant and spent a year in Burundi getting his program off the ground. When Justin arrived in Burundi, he was struck by how such a beautiful landscape had played witness to so much bloodshed. “A lot of people know about Rwanda and the genocide there, but what most don’t know is that it began in Burundi, spilling briefly into Rwanda, and continuing into 2008.”

    Justin’s role in Burundi required a lot of research into the local diet and agriculture. After he identified the local needs, Justin needed to develop a local team to manage the project.  “There’s one professor I had at Seattle University, who really prepared me for this role. I took a Leadership and Team Building course taught by Professor Greg Prussia. Professor Prussia emphasized the concept of buy-in and the need for a team to work together collaboratively.  To make an international development project sustainable, you need buy-in from beneficiaries, local government, team members, and partners.  I learned about buy-in and collaboration from Professor Prussia at Seattle U and  have applied them to every project I’ve taken on since graduating undergrad.”

    When Justin’s program, began to scale and was more self-sufficient, he handed the reins to the local team, and has watched it grow ever since.  “The program has now grown into something much bigger.”

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    If you are interested in connecting with alumni who have an interest in the non-profit sector, join us on February 25th for our next SU Advantage networking event which focuses on non-profits and features a brief talk by Dr. Maureen Emerson Feit, Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program, Institute of Public Service, followed by structured networking.

    SU Advantage | Networking Event
    February 25, 2014| 6:00 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel

     

     






      

    Alumni Chapters and Regional Programming

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 10:03:47 PM

    This year, your Alumni Association is focusing on engagement opportunities for alumni through regional events and chapter programming. As part of this focus, we are proud to announce the addition of Harmony Frederick to our team. Harmony,  the new Assistant Director of Regional and Chapter Development,  has been with our office for a little over three months and has hit the ground running, working with alumni across the United States to bring Seattle U to your backyard and connecting you back to your university through programming relevant to you.

     Hamrmony & Alums

    We’d  like to let you know about some of the programming headed your way. 

    Upcoming Chapter Events:

    NYC Happy Hour
    January 16, 2014 | New York, New York

    Phoenix, Arizona Pre-Game Rally
    January 25, 2014| Phoenix, Arizona

    Washington, D.C. Reception
    January 31, 2014 | Washington, D.C. 

    Women of SU's Connection Café
    Thursday, January 30, 2014 | Seattle University 

    One of the Seattle U chapters that is gaining traction is the Women of SU. This group has been in the works for quite a while and they are very excited to host their chapter kick-off event on January 30th.

    The kick-off event, entitled Connection Café, will feature a discussion in which alumnae fitness experts, Jessica Notman and Jennifer Hamann, will share their stories of how a healthy lifestyle and self-care have shaped their lives for the better. 

    This group invites the women of the Seattle U together for professional development, inspiration and community building. 

    To learn more about any of the chapters or events listed above, please contact Harmony Frederick. And checkout our events page for future programming - We've got a lot planned for you in the months ahead.

    Be a Mentor!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/7/2014 09:53:13 PM

    Career Services provides opportunities to alumni who want to make a difference in the professional development of our students and graduates. Serving as a career mentor gives you a chance to influence the next generation of leaders as they consider their calling and find ways to shape our world. Mentorships are a critical step in evaluating a professional path and you have valuable professional insights to offer.

    Mentoring

    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 knattl@seattleu.edu or 206 296-8473.

     

    Holiday Networking Dos, Don'ts and How Tos

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/4/2013 03:30:21 PM

    For the 20+ years I have been coaching people in transition, the statistics haven’t changed much.  The 80/20 rule still applies just as it did before the internet and social media.  The best way to create a new work opportunity for yourself continues to be through the people you know—in both blue collar and white collar roles.  How you spend your time looking for new roles should align with these statistics.  This means that you should be connecting with people 80% of the time.  If you are spending a majority of your time passively cruising the digital space and applying for jobs, you have it upside down. 

    Our topic for this month’s SU Advantage | Networking Group is on Holiday Networking.  Because this time of year is often more social, it is your perfect opportunity to practice your networking skills and to activate the principle of “ask and you shall receive.”  Join us to practice networking in a warm and invitational space with your SU colleagues, and to learn some practical tips for networking and messaging in a way that moves your career forward. 

    A Focus on Holiday Networking—Dos, Don’ts and How-Tos
    December 5 | 8:00- 9:30 a.m.

    Seattle University | Pigott Building | Puget Power Room 416

    A Focus on Holiday Networking—Dos, Don’ts and How-Tos
    December 6 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Register for webinar today.

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    Magis: Alumni Living the Mission(1)

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/4/2013 03:18:09 PM

    St. Nicholas Blessing Prayer
    St. Nicholas, holy patron of children,
    Bishop of the East,
    we invite you to come among us
    and to grant us your holy blessing.

    Help us in this busy, busy season
    not to miss the miracle of the coming of Emmanuel
    in the days of preparation
    as well as on the feast itself.
    Help us not to be blind
    to the gifts of getting ready.

    Protect us from insincerity.
    May every greeting we send
    be signed with love, friendship, and prayer.
    May our greetings, so written,
    be fun to open and treasures to keep.

    Kind St. Nicholas,
    protect us from shopper’s fatigue.
    Show us how to take delight in the marketplace,
    now transformed in beauty, lights and music.
    Save us from all anxiety over what to give
    so that we may concentrate on how to give.

    Stand by the stepladder
    as we decorate our homes and trees and lives.
    May not our decorations be mute
    but rather singing symbols,
    sacred signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord
    of Life.

    Help us to remember that mistletoe, holly
    and all other ornaments of the season,
    were sacred signs to ancient believers.

    But, most of all, jolly saint of toys and sweets,
    help us to stay youthful, humorous, playful and
    dream-filled
    as we prepare together for the coming of Christ
    with Advent longing.

    St. Nicholas, pray for us.
    Amen.

    St. Nicholas

    Author Edward Hayes so beautifully captures the joy, tension, and excitement of the holiday season in his prayer to St. Nicholas, a saint who happened to commit his life to service towards those in need and suffering, and whose  feast day is celebrated December 6th.

     
    In our modern living, we may become overwhelmed by the amount of numerous holiday festivities to attend, or the pressures of commercialization and finding the “perfect” gift (“Save us from all anxiety over what to give so that we may concentrate on how to give”). However, we are called to “not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready.” As we enter into the liturgical season of Advent, a time of joy and anticipation, Magis invites you to consider ways to stay mindful in the process of giving and celebrating. Where are the moments to make the most mundane of things – like gift wrapping  or setting the dinner table for family and friends – sacred? Where might you look to give a little more in time, talent, or treasure? Just as Hayes gently nudges us, we are being graced with an opportunity to be mindful in the midst of it all, especially in the everyday moments. This serves also as a reminder that this season we start with gratitude, and from there choose to be generative, abundant, and of service with our love – not only during this time of year, but all year round.

     
    As a special invitation for this month, we encourage you to join us on December 7th at Seattle U for our annual Justice Education Forum – just another way to honor the spirit of St. Nicholas! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Festivus, we at Magis send you our greetings of joy and peace this holiday season.

    Alumni Spotlight: John Paul Fukumae

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2013 11:10:22 AM

    “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” - Marc Anthony

    John PaulJohn Paul Fukumae is a 2011 Seattle University grad who loves what he does for a living-and we really can’t blame him. John works for NBC Universal doing publicity for the Home Entertainment Department. His projects include promotional campaigns for such releases as “Despicable Me 2” and “Fast & Furious 6.” 

    “A big part of publicity is building awareness for the consumers and getting national coverage for our Blu-rays. Publicity allows me to be a part of many different creative elements such as having unique press day experiences, building partnerships with top-level brands and working with talent from the movies in support of the DVD release,” John said.

    One of John’s favorite memories, was when he got to meet Tom Cruise. “He threw a thank you luncheon for the people working on Oblivion and when I introduced myself and shook his hand he ‘personally’ thanked me for my work on the campaign. Not bad for one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood,” John shared.

    But how did John end up in what one might describe as a dream job? A large part is in thanks to Seattle University.

    “To put it simply, I wouldn't have made it out to LA doing what I love if it wasn't for Seattle University.” When John started college he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. But after attending career counseling, pre-major workshops and sessions, he was able to find his passion. And with the direction of one professor in particular, he was able to turn that passion into a career.

    “Professor James Forsher paved the path for me in entertainment and set up so many opportunities for me to succeed. By shadowing him as he produced TV shows and helping out with documentaries, I was able to learn these skills on my own and figure out what it takes to be successful in this industry.”

    John has channeled his passion into a side project entitled 'The Always Summer Project,' a YouTube Channel dedicated to educating and inspiring people to chase after their own goals with passion and creativity, as told by those who turned their dreams into reality and are doing what they love for a living.

    As someone who has found a success doing what he loves, John has this advice for alumni just entering the job market.

    “Love what you do and show your passion. You'll be working for basically the rest of your life so choose a career path that's gratifying, satisfying and brings purpose to your life. I've equally met a lot of unhappy and happy people so make sure you're the latter. Work hard, start early and build your network as soon as you can.”

    Are you a Seattle U graduate with a great story to tell? Send us an email telling us a little more about yourself and you might just end up in the next SU Voice.

     



    Student Alumni Ambassadors

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/2/2013 11:05:29 AM

     Nina

    Nina Cataldo is a junior at Seattle University and vice president for the student club, Student Alumni Ambassadors, affectionately called SAAs. The club strives to connect Seattle University students to alumni.

    “I got involved with the group as a freshman attending the club fair. I was thinking about my future even then and knew it was a great opportunity to network with alumni and develop professionally,” Nina said.

    Caity Hoover, current grad student and club adviser shared that, “SAA’s devotion to Seattle University is especially significant because they are the driving force behind connecting the SU community with its past, present and future. They earnestly want to develop and expand the relationship between Seattle University’s alumni and current student body. Without their efforts and their voice, current students would not know about the amazingly supportive community they have waiting outside the walls of the university.”

    As VP for the club and incoming president, Nina has come to love the community SAA has exposed her to. “I’ll attend events and talk to alumni who’ve graduated long ago, but here we are generations of Seattle U alumni coming together around our shared values and pride in our school.”

    Nina has big plans for the future of SAA. She wants to improve the awareness of SAAs  so that when students want to connect with alumni, their first thought is automatically SAA, and the same can be said for alumni. If alumni are looking for an event or opportunity to connect with the student body, she hopes the club is at the top of their list as a resource. The first step in achieving this goal is a joint mixer between the young alumni group, Seattle U Bridge, and the Student Alumni Ambassadors.  “Even as a freshman I had hoped to develop some sort of mentor element to the club and I’m hoping the Seattle U Bridge can help make that a reality,” Nina shared.

    Susan Vosper, alumna and Assistant Vice President of Seattle University Alumni Association sees the SAAs as an enriching part of the student experience. “It is one of the best ways to help our students build their leadership skills and experiences. As a member of SAA, students are given the opportunity to work closely with individuals from various departments at the University, plus have the chance to network with Seattle U alumni from various professional fields.  For our alumni association, we are building the next generation of alumni leaders.”

    On behalf of SAA, Nina would like to invite the alumni to engage students. “If you see us at an event we’d love to have a conversation with you. We  want to hear your stories and share ours with you.” Nina also has a request for our established alumni. “It would be really valuable if alumni volunteered their time to come and speak with us and to share advice to help prepare us for life outside of college.”

    So the next time you see a group of students at an alumni event, say hello and share your Seattle U story. You’ll be engaging them in their future as an alum and preparing them for the world beyond Seattle U’s walls.  

    Christmas Wishes From Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/25/2013 11:09:06 AM

     2013 Christmas - Fr. Steve

     Dear Alumni – 

    The Advent season is upon us and I want to begin with warm wishes of hope to you and yours!
     
    This is a time when we reflect on our blessings of the past year and look with anticipation toward Christmas and the new year. As president of a Catholic and Jesuit university, I am grateful and proud of our students, faculty, staff and especially our alumni, who after leaving this institution, model our core values on a daily basis.
     
    This Christmas season I want to thank you for supporting the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit so that when they graduate, they too may carry on the legacy and mission of this institution as you do.
     
    A big part of our mission is to encourage our students to find their true callings. This encouragement does not end with graduation.  We pray and encourage always that you, our alumni, continue to discern your calling.  As the weather turns colder and we move into the holiday season, we are all invited to reflect on what matters most in our lives.  We take our hopes, dreams and aspirations and give them to God so that they may be blessed and fulfilled through Jesus Christ.
     
    May you know the comfort and inspiration of God’s love this season and all through the year. From all of us at Seattle University we wish you and yours a very blessed Advent season and a merry Christmas!
     
    Fr. Stephen  V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University


    Holiday on the Hill: Bring Seattle U Magic to your Holiday

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:42:38 PM

    Join us for a favorite university tradition and bring a little Seattle U Christmas magic to your holiday. 

    Tree Lighting

    Christmas Tree Lighting and Alumni Reception

    Thursday, December 5, 2013
    Reception
     | 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. | Kinsey Gallery - Admission and Alumni Building
    Tree Lighting and Christmas Carols
     | 7:00 p.m. | Seattle University

    Advent Mass and Reception
     
    Sunday, December 8, 2013
    Mass 
    | 4:00 | Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Reception
     | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Pigott Atrium
    Families are welcome at all events.

     

    The Volpe Family Legacy

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:27:27 PM

    In 1944, Dr. Paul A. Volpe began his career at Seattle College as a professor in the Department of Commerce and Finance, but little did he know he was also beginning a family legacy spanning three generations. In 1947, Dr. Volpe went on to become the first Dean of the business school, bringing the number of schools at Seattle College to five. The college would go on to be renamed Seattle University in 1948.

    Dean Volpe was dedicated to the Jesuit values of the university, evident in his promotion of his college and his efforts to improve the student experience, saying that “to educate men and women in character, intellect and professional capacity is the goal of the School of Commerce of Seattle University.” In 1948, Dean Volpe instituted night classes to better fit the needs of working students.

    In 1965, Dr. Volpe resigned as Dean of the School of Commerce, in order to serve on the President’s Advisory Council. Dr. Volpe was the first non-Jesuit in Seattle University history to be appointed to the President’s Council. Despite his resignation, Dr. Volpe continued to teach business management courses until his death in 1968. 

    Dr. Volpe’s pride and belief in Seattle U's mission was shared with his wife Marie, and was passed on to his seven children, Paul Vincent, Tessie, Ginny, Mark, Peter, Marian and Esther, who all went on to attend Seattle University, as would six of his grandchildren. In 1999 his grandson, Paul A. Volpe II, earned the “Paul A. Volpe Award,” for the highest academic excellence in the Albers School of Business and Economics.

    Paul and Marie Volpe with their 7 children.

    Volpe Family Photo

    As a freshman attending a Seattle University orientation dance, Dr. Volpe’s youngest daughter, Esther, met Tom Drouin, a fellow legacy student and her future husband. The couple was married by Fr. Axer, S.J., a Seattle U professor and close family friend. 

    As Esther and Tom built their own family, they instilled in their children those Jesuit values that were a cornerstone of their education and that Dr. Volpe had believed in so strongly – intellectual and academic excellence, social justice and Catholic faith. 

    Joseph, the Drouin’s oldest, graduated from Georgetown, and completed the TESOL program at Seattle University, preparing him for his current role as a teacher in South Korea. 

    Their daughter, Rachael Drouin, is currently a senior in Seattle University’s nursing program. 

    “Our family legacy played a role in our children, nieces and nephews planning to attend Seattle University; that and pride in keeping their grandfather’s name alive,” Esther said. 

    In 2010 the family attended a re-dedication ceremony for the Volpe Room in the Albers School of Business and Economics. 

    “Seattle University has been good to my family.” Esther shared that when her mother died in 2004, Fr. Sundborg, Fr. Sullivan and Fr. Reichman officiated her service. “We have always felt welcomed by the university.”

    When speaking to the importance of legacy families, Esther said, “People often think of legacy families as important for their donations they make to a university, but I see their importance as having pride in the university and keeping their family at the school. I’ve noticed the Jesuit values and the global world view very present in Seattle University alumni and students as they graduate. I’ve read about their impact in the community, for example the Seattle Nativity School. They’re carrying out those Jesuit values of social justice and epitomizing a Jesuit education."

    As Rachael Drouin prepares to graduate from Seattle University, she has already demonstrated her commitment to these values, from volunteering in New Orleans on a mobile medical unit to caring for over 500 children at a clinic in South Africa. 

    “My Grandmother Marie believed in the ideals and mission of this university to the day she died; after my grandfather’s passing, she continued to carry on his legacy and instill the Jesuit tradition in her children and grandchildren. Legacy is not something we choose for ourselves, but rather something that is bestowed upon us from our ancestors,” Rachael said. 

    The Volpe family embodies what Seattle University is all about - social justice, academic excellence and tradition.  Twenty-nine year old Paul Volpe had no way of knowing when he took a job at Seattle College what a lasting legacy he was creating for his family and the university, but it is one we are sure would make him proud.

     

    Shasti Conrad, '08 Recent Alumni Spotlight and Member of the Obama Campaign

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:26:04 PM

     

    Shasti Conrad, a Sullivan scholar and Honors alum, quickly made her mark when she came to Seattle University from Oregon. As the founding president of the Oxfam student club, she worked with the university's food service, Bon Appetit, to ensure that only fair trade coffee would be used on campus. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Oxfam hosted a week of events to raise funds for rebuilding. With the Seattle University Youth Initiative, she helped students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School to improve their reading skills. But it was the Sociology major's thesis on social activism that paved the way for her work at the White House.

    "I looked at social activism among the hip-hop community," Conrad said. "I was interested in how to get young people involved in politics, particularly young people of color."

    After graduating and spending some time abroad, Conrad came back to Washington state to work as a field organizer on the 2008 Obama for President campaign. Another alum, Alyson Palmer, class of 2006, had joined the campaign in Indiana and following the election was asked to put together the White House intern program. Upon her suggestion, Conrad applied and became one of only 100 interns headed to Washington, D.C., as a presidential intern.

    "I joined the White House Office of Urban Affairs," Conrad said. "It was a new office focused on how the federal government could partner with cities to revitalize urban communities."

    It didn't take long before Conrad became the staff assistant to Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy.

    By the summer of 2010, Conrad had drawn the attention of Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President. Jarrett oversees the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Engagement; and Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport. Conrad moved to the West Wing to serve as her executive assistant.

    "I slept with my Blackberry on vibrate," Conrad said. "It was the summer of the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the first debt ceiling crisis, and the Middle East in turmoil."

    Sitting close to the seat of power, Conrad developed an appreciation for leaders and leadership. She realized that even the most powerful have the same concerns as everyone else.

    "They have kids. They want to do well. They get nervous before a speech," she said. "Regardless of their political views, they chose public service and want to make things better." 

    An experience with U2's Bono was a highlight: "I told him I had gone to Seattle University, and he told me how much he valued the work of the Jesuits. We bonded over the Jesuits." 

    Conrad left the White House to work as the briefings director on the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama, returned to D.C. to assist with the inauguration on the Vice President's team, and has now returned to the Puget Sound area.

    Reflecting on her experience with the President and his team, Conrad stressed the importance of her experiences at Seattle University:

    "I felt like my classes and the campus communities I was a part of always stressed the connection between the work we were doing and how we made a difference for the greater good. Beyond my own personal enrichment, those experiences gave me a strong sense of the importance of working with a purpose. When I joined the Obama campaign and later worked at the White House, I knew that I was in the right place because I felt the same way I had during the best moments I had at Seattle U. Being able to recognize and create meaningful community has been one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned at Seattle U. and something that I brought with me to the White House and take with me wherever I go."

    In September, Conrad began the Master's in Public Affairs program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She plans to focus on international development.

    "I was a kid from Oregon walking the halls of the White House where the first black President of the United States lives," she recalled. "People were engaged, interesting, and looked like me. The experience opened up doors for me that I would never have believed possible."

    Thank you to Laura Paskin and the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter for allowing us to publish this recent alumni spotlight. 

     

    Exploring the Triple Bottom Line with Professor Dr. Phillip Thompson

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:21:23 PM

    Professor Dr. Phillip Thompson, director for the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability will be the keynote speaker at the premier SU Advantage | Networking Event entitled “People, Planet, Profit: Our Obligation to the Triple Bottom Line.” But what is the triple bottom line? We sat down with Dr. Thompson to learn more about the topic and find out what it means to him.  

    Dr. Thompson, also a professor in the College of Science and Engineering, explains, “The triple bottom line is what it sounds like.” I task my students to play the role of an engineer and entrepreneur, always conscious of the triple bottom line. They must develop a business that will be profitable, while being sustainable and paying a living wage.” 

    Dr. Thompsons explains that this ethical running of a business is not detrimental to the financial growth of a company. If done correctly, it encourages innovation and increases profits. There is no better example of this than the Bullitt Center, the greenest building in the world, where Dr. Thompson conducts much of his work. 

    The Bullitt Center was built as part of the Living Building Challenge. For this challenge buildings could not contain any hazardous materials: there is a red list over 400 materials that are harmful to the environment and none of these could be used in the creation of the building. 

    One of the materials, similar to Tyvek, (a vapor barrier) that was due to be used in production of the Bullitt Center contained one of the red listed materials and therefore, some innovation was required. The manufacturer agreed to create a new vapor barrier that did not contain the harmful material and the end result was a product that was cheaper to produce than the original and proved more effective. 

    “This is an unintended consequence, but one with improved outcomes. The manufacturer now has a clean product that works better thanks to innovation inspired by care for the triple bottom line.” 

    How else are Dr. Thompson and his classes using sustainability for a great social and economic impact? 

    Bullitt Center

    With help of his students, Dr. Thompson is working with Holy Family School, a low income kindergarten to 8th grade Catholic school, to remove concrete and create a rain garden and urban farming project for the school. It will save the school money, allow them to grow vegetables for the community and teach the next generation the importance of sustainability. 

    Another of Dr. Thompson’s projects is one alumni can see for themselves on a tour of the Bullitt Center. Dr. Thompson and his students test the water produced by a wetland on the 3rd floor of the Bullitt Center, which cleans gray water and sends it to the aquifer below the building. If the water meets the Department of Health’s standards, it will mean success for the team. 

    “Sustainability impacts every industry. If your company is spending money on energy, and through sustainability you can reduce consumption and therefore increase profits, then you’re looking out for your bottom line.”

    If you would like to learn more about Dr. Philip Thompson’s work and the impact of sustainability on business, join us on November 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Sorrento Hotel for our first SU Advantage | Networking Event featuring Dr. Phillip Thompson and Dean Mike Quinn of the College of Science and Engineering. Registration is now open. 

     

    In Honor of Veterans' Day

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:17:19 PM

    Seattle University has produced many graduates who’ve gone on to serve our country and make us proud. Thank you to all of you for serving your country.

    In honor of this Veterans’ Day, we are  featuring one alumnus and veteran who has dedicated his time to helping other veterans navigate the benefits process.

    Don D. Whedon, Sr., ’73, is a retired member of the United States military. He has served across different branches including the Navy, Army and Air Force in both Vietnam and Grenada.

    After Vietnam, Whedon returned home to attend college and play football. Whedon took classes at different colleges and universities until finally coming to Seattle University where he studied psychology.

    “The Jesuits who taught at Seattle University really cared about the students as individuals and cared that they learned the material. At other schools it seemed like the professors didn’t care about the students, but not at Seattle University. Fr. Goldberg, Professor George and Dr. Strickland knew so much.”

    In 2005, Whedon retired from the military and completed veterans’ service training. He now works as a veterans’ service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    Whedon acknowledges that his education at Seattle University helped direct his career goals. “The Jesuit values are to give and to serve and that’s what I do. It keeps me alive and it keeps me healthy. I’ve always been one to help someone get the help that they need. I’ve worked a lot with homeless veterans identifying those most in need of help and raising money for Catholic Community Services to find homes for veterans.”

    Though not a lawyer, Whedon is well versed in the veterans’ claims process. If there are any alumni who are looking for help navigating litigation or claims with the Veteran’s Administratino, Don  Whedon would like to help.

    Happy Thanksgiving from your Seattle University Family

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/6/2013 11:11:33 PM

    This Thanksgiving we asked members of the university community to share with us their favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is what they had to say.

    Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Share it in our comments and we might just share it on Facebook. 

    thanksgiving

    The Best Part of Thanksgiving is…

     

     “I love this whole season of the year from harvest, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Advent, to Christmas.   For me it is all about being thankful for blessings, a time when the season slows down, darkens, becomes more golden,a time to savor the grace of God.  I think Thanksgiving Day is the best of all American festival occasions.” 
     – Fr. Steven Sundborg, SJ, President of Seattle University  

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory growing up in North Dakota involves the family ritual of packing up the car with the ten of us (including parents) to go to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Mel’s farm for the holiday.  By late November a smooth layer of ice covered the “slough,” the half-acre pond created by the run off from the horse trough.  Anywhere from 30 to 50 relatives gathered around the table as my grandfather intoned the grace before meal.  The Thanksgiving dinner itself was a banquet for a czar:  turkey with dressing, pheasant, duck, yams, potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, cole slaw, green jello with mandarins, fruit salad—all for starters, followed by either pumpkin pie or pecan pie å la mode.”  
    – Fr. Pat Howell, SJ 

    “The best part of Thanksgiving is the Tofurky and the games. A nicely marinated and carefully baked Tofurky is an excellent pairing with games to play with the family after we’re done eating.” Professor Chris Paul, PhD., Department Chair, Communications 

    “One time a friend of mine returned from a dinner with family and friends. I asked him, "what did you have for dinner?" He responded," I don't really remember, but I do remember what we talked about and the great time everyone had." Meals with family and friends is more about being together than about the food we share.

    Thanksgiving is about remembering all that God has done for us, and out of gratitude freely sharing what we have received.
    – Fr. Dave Anderson, Alumni Chaplain 
     

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving, like so many families, is bringing everyone together and sharing stories and memories at the dinner table. Since my parents were born in Italy and Ireland, our Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up in Connecticut did have a large turkey but definitely had an Italian flair. We had homemade tortellini soup in broth and my sisters and I helped my mom and grandmother (Nona) in making the tortellini pasta. We also had homemade lasagna which was fabulous. Even as kids we were allowed to have some of my grandfather's (Nono) home brewed red wine. We mixed a small part of wine with ginger ale or 7-Up and thought it tasted great! A lot of special memories.”
      – Joan Bonvicini, Seattle University Women’s Basketball Head Coach 

    “Every Thanksgiving I go to my in-laws, grab a big plate of food and switch between watching the NBA and NFL games. My goal is to sit in one spot for as long as humanly possible!” 
    – Cameron Dollar, Seattle University Men’s Basketball Head Coach  

    In my family, one of my fondest Thanksgiving traditions was eating homemade Italian pasta.  My stepfather, who is Sicilian, following his mother, would always make ravioli or linguini or some other pasta dish from scratch.  He made his version of his mother’s sauce, hauled out the pasta machine, and worked for hours to create the finest pasta I had ever tasted.  He did all this in addition to the usual Thanksgiving meal.  When my wife and I married years ago, we couldn’t always journey to my parents’ home for Thanksgiving.  So we continued this Sicilian tradition on our own in solidarity.  It came to be our favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, the working and reworking of semolina dough, the crank and squeak of the pasta machine, and fragrant release of garlic and herbs in the sauce simmering on the stove.  The result was so light and delicate, one bite was all you needed to wonder why on earth anybody ever settled for store-bought pasta.  All of it added up to more than a little bit of home and to a renewed sense of connection with family and with our shared past.

    A little over a decade ago, my wife and I gave up eating meat for health and ethical reasons.  Gone were the turkey and dressing, the gravy and wishbone.  But the homemade pasta remained and became all the more valuable as a result.  Now our diet is pretty much entirely plant-strong.  While this life choice has meant giving up some treasured recipes—my grandmother’s legendary chicken soup, for example—it hasn’t meant a loss of our essential Thanksgiving tradition.  For this reason, I am all the more thankful that my stepfather, Frank Lofendo, introduced it all those many years ago.  Maybe it even helped pave the way for the dietary life we lead now.” 
    – Professor Sean McDowell, PhD., Director, University Honors Program  

    “The thing I love most about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!” 
    – Susan Vosper, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations   

    “One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories and traditions has more to do with what we did with the turkey after Thanksgiving.  I come from an Italian-American family that had a traditional American meal but then put an Italian twist on the leftover turkey.  We used the turkey to make homemade ravioli and cappelletti (a small tortellini-like pasta for soup) to be eaten the next day.  Multiple generations are involved in making the pasta and filling.  It’s still my favorite way to have turkey!” 
    – Laurie Prince, New Student Family Programs, Student Development   

    Recipes from our table to yours:

     

    Tim Albert’s Deep Fried Turkey

    “Well, my favorite is deep fried turkey.  I became addicted to this in New Orleans.  This is a variation on a recipe that I like. But you should go with what you like and I experiment with variations on this annually.
    – Tim Albert, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life

    Find Tim's favorite deep fried turkey recipe here.  

    Bon Appetit

    Thanks to Bon Appetit for sharing two of their Thanksgiving favorites. 

    Bon Appetit’s Sweet Potato Casserole 

    Bon Appetit’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

     

    Basketball Pre-Game Rallies are Back!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/3/2013 08:48:18 AM

    The alumni pre-game rallies are back and better than ever! Get ready to rock the red it’s almost basketball season!
    Don’t miss out on the family fun, friends, and Seattle U pride! Attendees will enjoy complimentary pre-game snacks and a cash bar.
    Mad Grad Rally
    Mark your calendar for all the rallies this season:

    Women’s BB v. Pepperdine - Celebrating WAC Championship
    Rally featuring the School of Theology and Ministry
    Friday, November 8, 2014
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
    Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Men’s BB v. CSU Fullerton
    Rally featuring the College of Arts and Sciences
    Wednesday, November 13, 2014
    5:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
    KeyArena | Club Live


    Men’s BB v. Evergreen State
    Rally featuring School of Law
    November 16, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Law alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena | Club Live

      
    Women’s BB v. Idaho
    Rally featuring the College of Nursing
    February 1, 2014
    12:00 p.m. Nursing alumni; 1:00 p.m. all alumni
    Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

     
    Men’s BB v. New Mexico State
    Rally featuring Albers School of Business
    February 8, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Albers alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena | Club Live


    Men’s BB v. Grand Canyon
    Rally featuring College of Science & Engineering
    February 20, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Science & Engineering alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
    KeyArena  | Club Live


    Men’s Basketball v. Idaho - Homecoming 2014
    Homecoming Alumni Pre-Game Rally
    March 1, 2014
    5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    KeyArena | Club Live

    A complete schedule for men and women’s basketball is now available online.

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 02:16:40 PM
    Fall is a busy time. But honestly, when is it not? Take a moment to recall a time you unplugged from the growing list of errands, work email, and constant chatter of Facebook and connected with your own self.
     
    Where were you? What did you feel? What did you discover?
     Ignatius Retreat
    Sometimes we keep ourselves distracted and “plugged in” to the white noise of life on purpose in order to not feel or tend to what lies below the surface and in our hearts… to not listen to the voice deep within which is yearning (and sometimes begging) for attention. Instead, we fill up our lives with pretexts like “Who else is going to do those chores?” or “I have a project list a mile long”. But really, what we might need is a space to feel safe enough to be still. This can only be found in the inner sanctuary of our mind, body, and soul.
     
    One benefit of going on a retreat is restoration. Retreats facilitate rhythms of spaciousness and curiosity to explore spirituality and prayer, as well as increase awareness of the Sacred hidden in the mundane, day-to-day activities of life. It is there that we can stand in a posture of openness to love more, and be loved in return. Another benefit is the experience of community. Retreats bring together all kinds of people from various walks of life who sometimes seemingly don’t have anything in common, yet who are being challenged by similar themes and circumstances.  Retreats are a place of refuge offering reflection, rest, and rejuvenation.
     
    Magis at Seattle University is offering a new series designed for alumni in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to retreat in everyday life. Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series kicks off Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Mosaic Coffee House in the Wallingford neighborhood. Meet other alumni, enjoy the wisdom of great facilitators, and say “hello!” to your interior self. We recommend attending the whole series, but if you can only make one or two sessions, that’s great, too. There will be an optional online conversation to continue sharing and learning post-session. And, the series is free! Some retreats can be pricey, so take advantage of this retreat for zero cost and an affordable time commitment.
     
    Because if not now, when?

    Danicole Ramos, '16: Alumni Call to Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:28:36 PM

    DanicoleIf there is anything that Seattle University has shown me in my first year it is that it values the spirit of community. My roommate defined it best when he told me, “Danicole all people want in college is to feel important and make others feel important too.”

    I remember rehearsing our Men’s Kahiko for Hui 'O Nani Hawaii’s luau. Our instructor, Erin and Taryn made the boys run through the dance. During one of the run throughs, Erin yelled, “Stop! Someone is off and doing the moves all wrong but I don’t want to say who it is. I don’t want to hurt their feelings.” Being that this was the first lu’au I’d ever be part of, I was so excited and enthusiastic. I told Erin, “It’s okay. We’re family. Just say who it is. It’s not a big deal.” Then she looked at me and said, “Okay, Danicole it’s you.”

    But that’s why having a community is so important, especially in college, when you’re by yourself and away from home. A community watches out for you, they ground you, and pick you up when you fall.  And that is why you are all here leading successful careers and lives. It’s because during your time at Seattle University, whether it was a club, a professor, or Jesuit, someone saw something special about you before you even realized it.

    Take McDonald’s for example. It’s a restaurant that is all over the world. Of course, there is your usual menu of French fries and a big Mac, but each McDonald’s across the world has a unique menu. Where Hawaii has Portuguese sausage, spam, eggs, and rice, a place like Italy serves their sandwiches on cibatta bread, In The Philippines, they serve longanesa for breakfast and in Canada, you can get a McLobster roll. McDonald’s does this in hopes that they can attract consumers to their restaurant by appealing to their culture and the background of their consumers. It is that idea where Seattle U develops their community. At the core, Seattle U wants to develop students who become leaders. But to do that, they make sure that whether the student is interested in sports, social activism, cultural clubs, or student government, that there is a place for them to channel their passions to better the school and later on the world.

    During your years at Seattle University, you have been asked to fulfill Seattle University's mission to be "…leaders for a just and humane world." Tonight, you can continue to fulfill that mission by helping 7,000 students like me do the same in their education. Because somewhere back in Seattle, there is a student majoring in SPEX who fins great joy in teaching PE and healthy lifestyles to second graders at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. In the library there is a student who designs a blueprints for her engineering class, dreaming one day that they will be the one to build a strong bridge through the I5. In a crammed studio in the Murphy Apartments, a senior nursing student studies all night for their medical ethics course because they wish to one day become a nurse practitioner and provide quality healthcare for their impoverished hometown. A Humanities for Teaching major sets up a table by C-Street during lunch to encourage students to sign a petition to demand racial and economic equality to public school students.  And in the Pigott Auditorium, there are a small group of economic students selling baked goods to fund a trip to Panama to teach economic sustainability in rural communities.

    These stories are the stories of future leaders in the making. We are the future leaders who take our education beyond the textbook and into society. Because like you, SU has emphasized to us that education is not how much you know, but what you do with how much you know. The new generation of SU students (us) understand that it is our kuleana in making this world more effective, ethical, and efficient. However, we cannot continue this endeavor without your mentorship, your guidance, your support, and most importantly, your story of how Seattle University has changed your life.  

    And as your support us, guide us, mentor us, and share your story, we will do as Saint Ignatius called us to do which is "Go forth and set the world on fire." Aloha and thank you for your time.



    Haunted Seattle University

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:13:12 PM

    Among Seattle U residents, staff and alumni, legends of ghosts are whispered in hushed tones every time an empty elevator mysteriously opens, the lights switch off or a door slams. Are these ghosts or merely our nerves getting the best of us? In the spirit of Halloween, we thought we’d let you decide.

    After nearly 125 years as an institution, each building on campus has its own stories passed from one generation of residents to the next. According to a former RA and RHA staff member, there’s more than just school spirit in Campion Hall.

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    Rumor has it that the ghost of a female student, whose life was tragically cut short, haunts the 10th floor.

    According to the campus legend, handprints appear on windows, the elevator doors open late at night to reveal no passengers, and some students have even claimed seeing the girl in her former room. The exact room number remains a mystery, to prevent undue panic, but it’s said this one room has a higher than average turn-over rate.

    “About eight years ago, a sensitive RA had a séance with the girl and asked her to stop bothering everyone.”

    Questions remain as to if the séance worked or if the girl still lingers on the 10th floor.

    Take a walk down the hill from Campion, and you’ll find yourself at Chardin. Once the Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing Residence for the elderly, it is now a residence hall that also houses classrooms, labs and meeting spaces. When a place bears witness to the final moments of so many souls, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression on a place. Though remodeled, the building still holds the telltale physical signs of its former life, including a double-sided elevator designed to easily move caskets carrying the deceased in and out of the building. In the residential suites, fixed above the beds, you’ll find electrical outlets, placed high to accommodate respirators and other life supporting machines.

    But what about those who passed away within its halls, have any spirits lingered?

    According to Maria Ochoa, current Assistant-Director of Magis and former resident-minister who once lived in Chardin, the presence of the departed is felt by those now living there.

    “I had students come to me saying that they experienced things. I’ve also heard there was an RA who saw an old woman in one of the windows. At one point I had two ROTC students come visit me, because one of the boys felt that there was the presence of something dark in his room. He said a dark shadowy man would appear from time to time and it would really freak him out.”

    As a resident, Maria had her own brushes with the paranormal. While getting ready in her bathroom one morning, she felt a hand brush against her arm, giving her chills. A few days later, Maria had another encounter, in her bathroom. While brushing her teeth before bed, a shampoo bottle flew out of the shower and landed at the other end of her bathroom.

    Chardin Hall

    Fr. Mike Bayard, Jesuit in-residence in Chardin, has been approached by students who’ve had lights switch off and on, doors slam, or who feel a presence following them up the staircase.

    “You always feel like there is someone with you on the stairs.” Fr. Mike said. “I myself have had two experiences in the building. Shortly after moving into Chardin, I was in bed reading when my room was filled with the smell of an old woman’s perfume. I am not an old woman and I don’t wear perfume so it obviously wasn’t mine. I live in Chardin year round, and in the summer I’m often the only one there. But at night, as I close my door and get ready for bed, I can hear people shuffling back and forth outside my room on the top floor.”

    While Fr. Mike acknowledges a presence in the building, he isn’t ever frightened by it. “Students ask me to preform blessings to get rid of the spirits, but this is how I see it – this was a nursing home. These were good people. We’ve already asked them to move once - we shouldn’t do it again.”

    So the next time you visit campus and a door slams, the lights flash, or a hand brushes your arm it might be a former Seattle U resident just saying, “Hello.”   
    Have you experienced any ghostly activity during your time at Seattle U? Share it with us in the comments!

    Alumni Spotlight: Stefanie McIrvin, '11 - Ghost Hunter

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:06:59 PM

    You might not know it to look at her, but 2011 Masters, Public Administration alumna, Stefani McIrvin, is a ghost hunter.

     
    Yes, you read that right, a ghost hunter. While her day job might consist of managing things in Seattle University’s I.T. office, Stefanie has a passion for the paranormal.
    Her fascination with the other side began at an early age, when her older sister purchased a historical mansion built in the 1800’s in Spokane, known as the Judge Nash House. She moved into the house at age 5 with her dad and three siblings.
    Stef Judge Nash House
    “There were a lot of things that couldn’t be explained, that we all experienced while living in the house. Doors would open and close by themselves. The tea kettle would steam and whistle on the stove, even if there was no water in it. We would hear dance music coming from the ballroom and there would be no one inside. We’d also hear piano music coming from the parlor – my sister didn’t own a piano.”

     
    Stefanie said that despite the weird happenings, and the occasional apparition of a maid or handyman, the house felt like home and the hauntings just became part of life. “The spirits were nice. If you lost something, you’d leave the room to go look for it and find it sitting on the table when you returned. It was like they were trying to help you out.”

     
    While the house she grew up in made her a believer, she didn’t start hunting ghosts until she moved into an older home in West Seattle. “We moved into a house in 2007 and it was a very different kind of haunting. We’d hear heavy footsteps on the stairs, banging from inside the walls and screams coming from the basement.”

     
    The malevolent nature of this haunting caused Stefanie and her now husband, Ryan, to look for ways to capture the events happening in their home. They set up cameras and attempted to record what they were hearing. In their efforts to document their haunting, the couple connected with other paranormal enthusiasts online, who invited Stefanie and Ryan on an official ghost hunt in Nevada at the Goldfield Hotel.

    Stefanie McIrvin Ghost Hunting
    In 2008, they joined their fellow ghost hunters in the small mining town of Goldfield for a 2-night investigation. Their companions were Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin who would later go on to achieve fame through their Travel Channel show, “Ghost Adventures.”

     
    The Goldfield Hotel has been out of operation since the 1940’s and has earned itself a reputation for paranormal activity. On the second night of their investigation, Stefanie and Ryan agreed to be locked inside alone.

    During their lock-in, a rock was thrown at Ryan, followed by the sound of footsteps retreating quickly down a staircase. They also heard the loud clamor of footsteps and voices coming from the lobby. When the couple, who thought it was their friends retrieving them, headed to the front desk, they found the lobby empty and silent with the door still locked. Ryan began the investigation as a skeptic, but ended as believer in the paranormal.

     
    Stefanie and Ryan continue to explore haunted locations, including a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary and a stay in a haunted hotel in Placerville California.
    Stef Prison Hunt
    “Do I get scared ghost hunting? Sure. But I think it’s because Hollywood teaches us that the paranormal is scary and dangerous and there’s a basic human fear of the unknown, but I think it’s more exciting than scary.” Stefanie said. “I really do think there’s more out there than we can see.”

    A Legacy Story

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/2/2013 01:05:18 PM

    Marilyn Gedda ,’57 met her husband Jerome Hueffed, ’53, ’65, at Seattle University as a fifth year teaching student. “We were both in school at Seattle University. I parked behind him and we walked to class together. After class we went to get coffee. That was in June, by August we were engaged, and by Christmas we were married.”  That was the beginning of not only Marilyn and Jerome’s story, but of a family legacy.
     
    Marilyn and Jerome went on to have four children; Jean, ’89, Stephen,’88, ’95, Julie, ‘90 and Joe,’93,’98. All four went on to attend Seattle University at some point in their education, following in their parents’ footsteps. 

    Joe Legacy Family
     
    “I was always going to go to Seattle University. All my friends went there.  It was a wonderful experience.  I do think the fact that it was part of our family played a role in our children deciding to go there,” Marilyn said.

    Stephen went on to get two degrees at Seattle University. As a student at Seattle Prep and a member of the Matteo Ricci program, Stephen always had his sights set on Seattle U.
     
    “My time at Seattle University was a fabulous experience and I’ve continued to be impressed by how the school has continued to develop and grow,” Stephen said. While he did not meet his wife on campus, he did go on to marry her in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.
     
    As a member of a legacy family, Stephen feels that the family tradition helps add to the fabric of a university.

    “Seattle University has done a great job fostering Seattle U legacies, as well as attracting first generation and international students. It’s a balancing act. You want legacy members who can act as a bridge to the history of a university and remember where it came from, while also introducing new students who can create a more diverse and stronger student body.”
     
    Stephen’s brother, Joe, was drawn to Seattle University for its academic excellence, prime location in Seattle and its small class sizes.

     “My family placed a high value on small classes and academics above athletics, which is what I really liked about Seattle University.  At one point, I asked myself if I was attending Seattle U because my parents and family did, but I realized it was what I wanted. I felt good about the mission, Jesuit values and being connected to a bigger community of social justice.”
     
    Looking back on their education now, both brothers agree that it’s one they are proud of and they’d be thrilled if their children continued the family legacy at Seattle University.
     
    Are you part of a Seattle University legacy family? We’d like to invite you to celebrate your legacy with us as we institute a new tradition and honor our Seattle U families with a Legacy Reception and pinning ceremony on November 1stat 6:00 p.m. in the LeRoux Room at Seattle University. Event and registration details are available online.

    Alumni Only Career Fair: RECRUIT Seattle

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/5/2013 12:35:07 PM

      dream job

    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.

    A Look at the New Core

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 04:24:52 PM

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    How would you like to take a class called, “Sociological Digest: The Sociology of Food,” “Knowing What We Cannot See: Electricity,” or “Occupy the Parthenon! Religion and Protest in the Ancient World?” These are just some of the course options open to the students in the new Core Curriculum.

    “After 25 years (with our current Core), it was clear we are a different university, our students are different, our world is different, the academic disciplines in the Core have evolved, and this is an opportunity to reshape it from the ground up,” explained new Core Director, Dr. Jeffrey Philpott.

    Dr. Philpott sat down with us to explain just how the Seattle University educational experience is evolving with the introduction of the new Core curriculum compared to our alumni’s experiences of the last 25 years. “If an alum were to come back as a student, the three major differences they would see in their education would first be a greater focus on inquiry and how to ask questions. Classes are also smaller, with a maximum of 19 students in a class, which will invite more interaction.

     Secondly they’d see that there is more choice and flexibility. Where all students were required to take the same courses previously, now they can choose from a wide variety of courses with a broader representative of disciplines and faculty than ever before. All students will be learning the same objectives and values in these courses, but they’ll be taught in different ways. 212 faculty members have created new courses, allowing students to choose from over 350 course options to meet their core requirements.

    And finally there’s a greater representation of faculty and disciplines represented in the core. There are class offerings across campus and departments that were never involved before. Students can be studying finance but learning Jesuit-values.”

    Core - New Core Graphic

    The new core has four learning objectives:

    1. Every student will have good background knowledge of the Jesuit-Catholic tradition. Students will reflect on questions of meaning, spirituality, ethics, values, and justice.

    2. Students will understand where knowledge comes from and how to take part in inquiry. They’ll be active participants in the process of discovering knowledge, so that they are engaged learners.

    3. Communication – Students will learn the tools to take what’s in their head and put it out into the world, with a focus on advocacy, writing, speaking and teamwork.
     
    4. Global engagement – Students will understand issues confronting the world and how to be active agents for change. They will develop a basic understanding of how to interact with those from other cultural backgrounds. And study abroad will be made much easier; students can potentially fulfill all of their ’Engaging the World’ requirements while studying abroad.

    When Dr. Philpott shared the new core with faculty and staff at Mission Day, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “I want to go back to school just so I can study those courses,” a Seattle University alumna, turned staff member, said.

    “My hope is that the Core becomes a visible, signature program for the university,” said Philpott. The Core is the central educational experience of our undergraduates, and it’s an important part of our identity and educational mission. It is, in many ways, a cutting-edge Core. It uses best practices based in research. I think this is a Core that will get noticed by other universities. It will get noticed by parents of students as something distinctive about a Seattle University education.”

    Parents definitely did take notice when Dr. Philpott explained the new Core to prospective students and parents at the Accepted Students Open House. “As a parent, I was really impressed. It was the kind of education my son would be engaged by, and one that I think would really help him learn the material,” Corinne Pann, a prospective parent shared.

    An in depth overview of the core and class offerings can be found online.

    What do you think of the new core? Are these they types of classes you’d be interested in auditing?






    Alumni Seminar Series

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 04:05:30 PM

    Seattle University’s curriculum is designed to make students active participants in their education, creating life-long learners. As alumni, Seattle University invites you back to the classroom to continue that learning without the distraction of grades or papers with the Alumni Seminar Series.

     
    This fall, seminar participants will enjoy exploring the timely topic, “Uncertainty and Turmoil in the Middle East.” You’ll go beyond the headlines with History Professor Carmen Gitre and Law Professors Won Kidane and Russell Powell for a provocative look at events taking place in the Middle East and their effects beyond their borders. This series begins meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.

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    Alumni who have participated before will know these impactful seminars are nothing new.  Fr. David Leigh, S.J., has been heading the Alumni Seminar Series for the College of Arts and Sciences since 1983. Modeled after the Seattle University Honors Program, the alumni seminar program has evolved into a quarterly series, led by Seattle University faculty members.

     
    The focus shifts each quarter. In the fall, there is usually an emphasis on the human person. Topics include theology, philosophy or history. For winter, participants are invited to examine relevant social issues, such as emerging economies or social trends. For the readers among you, the focus shifts to literature in the spring.

     
    “What makes the seminar series so engaging, is that everyone who is there, is there because they have a love of learning,” said program director, Fr. Leigh. “I also like to offer a discount to those in the teaching profession, as re-exploring things like literature can really benefit them in the classroom.”

     
    This series includes six, two hour and thirty-minute sessions, parking, refreshments and course materials for $240. If you are interested in attending any upcoming seminar series, please contact Alumniseminars@seattleu.edu to learn more.  

    SU Alumna Directs First Nativity School in Seattle

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 03:58:32 PM

    Seattle Nativity School - Jesuit Values for the Next Generation

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    Led by Seattle University alumna and Executive Director, Renee Willette, ‘13, the Seattle Nativity School opened its doors to its first ever class of middle school students on September 3rd.  Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) middle school that serves exclusively low-income families.

     
    "The mission of the Seattle Nativity School is to break the cycle of poverty through education. We are nurturing hope in the lives of our students, their families and communities by using the Jesuit criteria to educate the whole person,” said Seattle Nativity School President, Father Joseph Carver, S.J.

    Spiritual and intellectual growth, love and a commitment to justice are values ingrained in the foundation of the school and its educational structure. 

     
    Seattle Nativity School has deep roots in the Seattle University community. In addition to Willette, several members of the school’s board are alumni or members of the SU community, including Rev. Peter Ely, S.J., Diane Kocer ’82, George Hofbauer,’85. President Joseph Carver, S.J. may not be a Seattle University alum, but he’s taken courses at Seattle U and is the newest resident of the Jesuit residence on campus, Arrupe House.

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    Father Pedro Arrupe once said that a Jesuit school’s biggest asset is its alumni. Those alumni who are not engaged in their communities  fail to realize Arrupe’s vision. This vision is realized when we educate young men and women  -- so they’ll become a transformational force in society. And aren’t those values the reason why so many chose a Seattle University education?

    There are many ways for Seattle U alumni to get involved with our school,” Carver said. “We need people who are willing to donate their time to help tutor our students in reading and math, to share STEM expertise, to become class mentors or to join us for a ‘work party.’”

    There are currently 60 nativity schools, across 22 states, but the Seattle Nativity School is the first school of its kind in Seattle. If you’re interested in learning more about Seattle Nativity School or want to get involved, you can visit their website.  

    Alumni Spotlight: John Boyle '02

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 9/4/2013 01:26:19 PM

    Boyle-John-AlumniSpotlightWith football season ready to kick off, John Boyle is the perfect recent alumnus for us to highlight.  John graduated from Seattle University in 2002 with a degree in Economics, but he did not go on to crunch numbers. Instead, he writes about the bone-crunching action of the Seattle Seahawks as the sports reporter for the Everett Herald.

     
    As a student, John took elective English classes and spent his senior year working on the Spectator.   “I feel like part of the reason I’m able to have a career in a field unrelated to my major is that Seattle U does a good job encouraging a well-rounded education, regardless of your course of study.”

     
    What stands out most to John about his time at Seattle University are the long-lasting friendships he made and the community he built.  While not something John was acutely aware of as a student, he’s felt the impact of the Jesuit-education in his work. It shapes the way he writes about a person-he sees the bigger picture and tries to capture the whole person for his stories.  

     
    “I love my job. I get to attend games and be behind the scenes. I’ve covered the Olympics, the Sounders, the Mariners and of course, the Seattle Seahawks. I think what I like most about my job is the variety. I know people who have to do the same thing day to day at their job, but I’ve never experienced that in mine.”

     
     As someone who has a career he loves, his advice to the next generation of Seattle U graduates is  “Pursue something you’re passionate about. You’ll be happier that way.”

     
    And for you Seahawks fans, John said that the team is one of the most talented in the NLF and it’s hard to imagine them doing anything but great this season.

    Are you an alum that would like to be featured in a recent-alumni spotlight?  Contact us at alumnivoice@seattleu.edu and tell us why you’d make a great story

    Alumni & Family Weekend, '63 and '03 Reunions

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 12:03:08 PM

    Join us November 1, 2, & 3 for Alumni and Family weekend and 10th and 50th reunion celebrations for the classes of 2003 and 1963.

    You are invited back to campus to reconnect with Seattle U friends, see all the changes on campus (a lot has changed even since 2003!), mingle with students, and rekindle your school spirit.

    We have a full calendar of events planned for the weekend.  Here are some highlights:

    Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Legacy Reception 
    Are you a Seattle U alum and parent of a current student?  Or were your parents or grandparents also alumni?  We are celebrating our legacy students and alumni at an exclusive reception where we will institute a new family tradition.  Bring your SU students and alumni family members to celebrate Seattle University legacies.

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
    Class of 1963 Golden Reunion Luncheon
    Celebrate 50 years!  We need your help to invite classmates and share photos and memories. Volunteer to support your reunion today!

    Class of 2003 - 10th Reunion

    Come home to celebrate your accomplishments with friends, food and good memories.  We have an evening reception planned, but would like your help planning an after party, inviting classmates and sharing photos.  Sign up to be a reunion volunteer today!

    Filipino Alumni Chapter Reunion 
    Members of the Filipino Alumni Chapter will return to campus for the Annual FAC Reunion. 

    Stay tuned for an official invitation and a full schedule of weekend events. 

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Cannon Sedillo, '03

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 11:16:16 AM

    Lauren Cannon Sedillo

    "I'm really excited to see old friends at our 10th reunion this fall," said Lauren Cannon Sedillo, a 2003 graduate of Seattle University and member of the Alumni Board of Governors.  Sedillo views this not only as an opportunity to reconnect with friends, but as a way to help other alumni reengage with the university.

    Though she enjoyed her time at Seattle University, Lauren didn't stay involved right out of college or reflect on what her education had meant to her until she got some distance after graduation, and attended a public university.

    Lauren continued her education, getting a masters in classics from the University of Washington. This gave her the opportunity to reflect on her Jesuit education. "At Seattle University there is significantly more emphasis on community outreach.  The need for community service is integrated into each program. It really is about living the mission. The focus is not just on your education, but about how you and your classmates are affecting the world. That's what it means to be Jesuit educated." Lauren has continued to live out the Jesuit mission these last four years, serving on the Executive Leadership Council for HopeLink, a nonprofit based in Redmond.

    After a few years away from Seattle U, "I began running into SU community members," said Sedillo, "and started to realize how important those connections to my alma mater were. I wanted to keep those relationships going." It was these chance encounters that lead her to the Alumni Board of Governors. "I told them how I wanted to reconnect and they suggested that the board was a great place to start."

    As a board member, Lauren has not only reconnected with Seattle University, but is helping others to do so as well. She is one of the first volunteers for her 2003 class reunion and is looking forward to helping others reconnect with the university and classmates at the reunion.

    Are you a class of 2003 graduate? Do you want to join Lauren and help us plan your 10th reunion after party and spread the word to your classmates? Contact the Alumni Relations office

    Career Fairs for Alumni Job Seekers and Hiring Companies

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 10:30:47 AM

    Are you ready to help the next generation of SU graduates get their professional start? Or maybe you're an alum searching for a new job. Join Career Services at one of the upcoming Career Fairs.

    Part-Time Job & Post-Grad Service Fair
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Business & Engineering Career Fair
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Internship Fair
    Thursday, February 06, 2014 11 AM - 2 PM

    Spring Job and Internship Fair
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12 AM - 3 PM

    Employers, registration is now open for all career fairs. You'll have the opportunity to recruit the best and brightest for your next internship or job opening. We are always looking for enthusiastic alumni to represent their company and to connect with our students. Our students and alumni have a history of professional excellence, leadership and critical thinking skills. Log in to the Redhawk Network  today to post your positions and take the SU Advantage.

    Job seekers, our employers have jobs for alumni, too.  At our Career Fairs you'll have the opportunity to meet recruiters and employers from across industries and build your professional network. The Redhawk Network is your online starting place to leverage the power of our greater SU community.  Log in today. 

    Geraldine Derig, '63: 50 Years Later - A Reflection

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/13/2013 12:16:51 PM

    In honor of the upcoming 50th reunion for the class of 1963, we are sharing a reflection from Gerri (Geraldine Derig) L. Jackson-Bell. Gerri is a '63 graduate and one of our first 50th reunion volunteers.

    Geraldine Derig

    Hi, SU Alumni Association members,

    I cannot believe this, but I very recently looked up and focused on the wall in my home office. There displayed, with a sketch of  SU’s Arts and Sciences building, is a degree – all in Latin – which essentially reads:

    Geraldine Lee Derig

    Bachelor of Commerce and Finance

    Magna cum Laude

    That diploma was signed on June 7, 1963 by Fathers Lemieux, Costello and Kelley.

    I haven’t used “Geraldine Lee,” nor my maiden name “Derig” for that matter, for many years. But I kept connected for a number of years as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, even serving as secretary and vice president.

    Seeing our SU Magazine and Susan Vosper’s wonderful article in “Alumni Voice” brought me back to our dedicated Jesuit educators.

    I remember in our class of 1963, there were only two of us gals (Joan Berry and myself) who graduated Magna from the School of C&FI believe Joan became a CPA and I was in government administration, judicial court reporting and real estate brokerage for years, before retiring two years ago.

    Now I manage my husband, David Bell's, and my small residential apartment buildings. We have travelled to four continents and I do volunteer work, particularly as a Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of Seattle through my Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds.

    I look back so very fondly on my wonderful Seattle U years and I smile with not only loving appreciation of my Jesuit education, but also for the many values that were instilled in me during my four years at Seattle U.

    In closing, I wish to congratulate all of my fellow classmates on a very special remembrance from 50 years ago!  Thank you!

    Gerri L. Jackson-Bell

    Class of 1963!!

    If you would like to join Gerri and other dedicated alumni as a Class of 1963 50th Reunion  volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.  

     

    A Road Trip Down Memory Lane

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/9/2013 01:03:22 PM

    Last June, a group of three friends set out on a road trip down memory lane, reconnecting with classmates and their alma mater along the way. Jonathan Eastman,’72, Mike Collins,’72 and Dennis Lou,’72 affectionately called their trip from California to Seattle the “Old Farts Road Trip.” They made stops in California, Oregon and Washington, visiting with college friends on their way back to Seattle University.

    Road Trip Tour 2013

    At Seattle U, the group stopped by the alumni office and set off on a tour of campus. “We had some students give us a tour. They were great. It was nice to see everything new-the library and the fitness center-while seeing that it remained the same campus I remember.” John Eastman said. John spent four years working in the facilities department as a student. “I knew every inch of campus, so it was really something to return and to meet-up with old classmates and roommates.” John said that the group has remained close over the years, and are now at a point where it’s important to reconnect with old friends and take time out to go see them.

    After their campus tour, the group met for a larger reunion at Seattle U’s popular watering hole, the Chieftain. Though not the historic Chieftain that once served as Seattle U’s dining hall, the Irish pub across the street still pays homage to Seattle U’s past. Many of those who returned for this brief reunion had played sports during their time at SU and found old pictures of themselves lining the walls of the Chieftain.

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    “My time at SU is full of so many great memories. I remember walking on campus, visiting the library and sitting in Pigott Auditorium. The best part of the trip was being welcome backed with open arms.”

    John says that he’s returned to Seattle University once every twenty years since his graduation, but now that he’s retired and they’ve made this trip, it could become a yearly tradition.

     Are you planning a trip back to Seattle University? Tell us when-we’d love to tell your story and welcome you home.

    Alumni Mentors Needed

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/6/2013 12:13:42 PM

      Career Services Blog
    Seattle U’s Career Services office is working to develop strong mentor programs, focused on giving Seattle U students and graduates real world experience and a competitive edge in their careers, while providing employers with highly prepared and well informed applicants.
     
    Recently, 15 students in pre-health majors were matched with alumni and community members for job shadow experiences in their fields of interest.  Stacy Lu, General Science major participated in hopes of learning more about being a pharmacist.  “This mentor program not only allowed me to meet with a pharmacist, but the manager who oversees all of the other pharmacists. This experience was exactly what I needed because I finally decided that a path in pharmacy is what I want to do.”
     
    Stacy’s mentor, Hung Troung, PhD, ’96, pharmacy manager at Virginia Mason Medical Center, encourages other alumni and their employers to participate in the program because “companies have a difficult time finding qualified candidates. By acting as a mentor, you help your organization by creating an individual prepared to fill your position after they graduate.”
     
    Whether you live near or far, we need Seattle University alumni to sign up to mentor current students and recent alumni. You can select the activities and amount of time that work for your schedule.  Mentoring can take many different forms such as:

    •     Serving as a panelist on a career-related topic
    •     Conducting mock interviews
    •     Allowing a student or recent graduate shadow you at your job.
    •     Offering resume feedback
    •     Providing informational interviews
    •     Contributing content for articles and blogs


    To get register to be a mentor, go to the Career Services Redhawk Network.

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Tony Capeloto, '11

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2013 03:57:02 PM

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     Tony Capeloto is a 2011 Albers Graduate, a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, and on a mission to get the Seattle University Young Alumni Chapter off the ground. “I hope to establish real benefits and services for alumni, and increase the effectiveness of the alumni association, to create something with a wide reach and a real impact.”
     
    When looking for colleges, Tony Capeloto knew that he wanted to attend a school in the Seattle area where he could grow professionally and develop a network of contacts that would lead to a job in the fast-paced city he loved. It was Seattle University’s location that put it on his radar.

    A Seattle native, Tony attended Blanchet high School where a teacher first introduced him to Fr. Romero, S.J. and the Jesuit philosophy. It was that Jesuit identity that made Seattle U appeal to Tony above the other area schools.

    “The most important thing I learned at SU was to give as much as you can. This is why I’ve become so interested in the Young Alumni Chapter. I’m local. I have established connections in the area. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be someone from out of the area who only has 4-years to develop those relationships and then walk across the stage at graduation hoping to find a job. We spend all this time and energy on people who are so valuable to our community, and then we lose them to their home state because they can’t find a job.”

    Tony got his first job out of college through the Career Services Redhawk Network.  He began working for a small firm where he was licensed to sell securities. He soon decided he wanted to provide his clients with more resources, and reached out to family friend who became his business partner, mentor and brought him to Wells Fargo Advisors.  “It’s these types of relationships that SU alumni need. Everyone I’ve met from SU has been willing to give their time and advice. We have this great energy, but we have no way to channel it.”
     
    Tony is leading efforts to build Seattle University’s Young Alumni Chapter so more recent alumni feel connected to the Seattle University Alumni Association. He envisions a group that is fun, effective and beneficial, and centered on bringing alumni together to create a strong community. “The benefits are exponential when you work together, and that’s a lesson that can be applied to all aspects of life.”
     
    If you are interested in taking a more active role in the Seattle University Alumni Association or the Young Alumni Chapter, email alumni@seattleu.edu.

    A Graduating Senior's Reflection: Rebecca Leonard

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 6/4/2013 03:52:48 PM
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    Rebecca Leonard, '13
    College of Arts and Sciences


    My life at Seattle University began in the spring, when I accepted my admittance. At that moment, I began to envision my life in Seattle and what being a student at Seattle University would be like. Fast forward four years, and my time at Seattle University is coming to a close in the summer. The time I spent at Seattle University went by faster than I ever imagined it could have, and as I begin to prepare myself for the next stage in my life, I keep wondering what will happen between me and the University that has informed and helped change so much of who I am today.
     
        To compare who I was before coming to Seattle University and who I am now wouldn’t be fair. Before coming to Seattle, I didn’t have many opportunities in high school to be engaged or to be a leader. Coming to Seattle University my first year, I was somewhat overwhelmed walking into the Street Fair fall quarter and seeing how many clubs existed. Excited, I signed up for as many as I possibly could (a freshman mistake, I now realize). Over the years, my commitment to some of these groups declined as others flourished, presenting me with my first opportunity to really discern what was important to me and why.
     
        Now I am confronted with a new type of excitement and fear as I look into my future away from academia. In the end, I am ready to walk across the stage and accept my diploma, as well as my different role in the world. A part of what helps me to be so excited and ready for this transition is that I know I can always come back to Seattle University and still have a place within the community. While I may not be as involved post-graduation as I was during my undergrad years, I intend to be as involved as I can be with the University that has given me so many opportunities.
     
        If I had to synthesize in one word what Seattle University embodies, it wouldn’t be easy, but I’d have to say: care. All around the campus, the care that faculty, staff, professors, students, and alumni have is evident. It’s not just care for those around them, but also the care they have for their job and the tasks in front of them. This care transforms into dedication and persistence, contributing to the aware and active campus that Seattle University can boast. I know that this care will enable me to go out into the world and do what I am passionate about most, while remembering where I have come from.

        As anxious as I am to be gone from Seattle University, I am fortunate to have avoided moments of panic when looking for jobs or dread when thinking about walking across that stage. Seattle University upholds its mission of educating the whole person, evident in the way that SU grads have the foundation of knowledge for their area of study, as well as the assurance and ability to present that knowledge to the world. I am graduating with this confidence, a fact that not many new college graduates can claim. As sad as I am to be leaving my home for the past four years, I look forward to staying connected and to visiting Seattle University in the years to come, not to see friends, but to be with family.

    It's On: The Role of Athletics at Seattle U

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/2/2013 03:40:09 PM

    “People had fears of Division 1 that never came to reality. Our athletes are still great students and we continue to develop great university programs. - Erin Engelhardt, academic advisor to student athletes

    “We make decisions as a university that can change who we are and what we stand for. We need to make sure the changes we make are still true to who we are as an institution.” – Chris Paul, communications professor
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    On the evening of May 1st, spectators packed Connolly’s North Court.  Alumni, staff and students, perched on the edge of their seats preparing to see the battle take place on the court.  This wasn’t the type of action the hardwood was used to seeing.  No hoops, guards, or overtime. Just words - a debate entitled “The Role of Athletics at Seattle U.”

    Women’s basketball coach, Joan Bonvincini, Erin Englehardt, and debate student, Al Sadi represented the pro athletics argument.

    Their challengers were Chris Paul and Mara Adleman, both professors in the communications department, and Robby Noble, a graduating senior on the debate team.

    As the debate got under way, three primary arguments emerged. The first was whether Division 1 athletics aligns with Seattle U’s mission . According to Coach Joan, Seattle University’s mission to create leaders for a just and humane world mirrors her own values.

     “I’m an educator, not just a coach. My lessons are those in life: how to set goals, work as a team, and invest in the community. You’ll find my team doing more community outreach than most of the other students at the university.”

    Coach Joan and Erin Englehardt both agreed that athletics helped those attend college who may not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise, and that is indeed in line with our mission. “Look at our Recent Outstanding Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.” said Englehardt. “Without soccer, he would never have ended up at SU or be where he is today.”

    That argument didn’t fly with professor Adelman, who shot back saying, “We talk of our university as a premier Jesuit institution, but nowhere in the mission statement does it say that we have to be D-1. When people think of Gonzaga, they don’t think academics or Jesuit values. They think sports. Do we want the same reputation for our own school?”

    Professor Paul added his concerns over the NCAA’s treatment of student athletes,  Paul argued that universities who focus on athletics view it as a revenue source, yet the players don’t see that money, pointing out that the term “student athlete” is there to prevent those injured on the job from collecting workman’s comp. He asked the crowd if such an organization supported the just and humane values our institution was founded on.

    The second key argument questioned whether athletics affected a student’s success. “They’re under immense pressure to succeed, but to participate in their sport they are required to miss classes. It started off as 2 classes a quarter, and then jumped to 5 and now it’s at 6. We are setting them up to fail. To me that seems unjust and inhumane.” Adelman said.

    Englehardt countered with the facts that SU’s student athletes are on average 10 grade points ahead of other students and 70% of our student athletes have a 3.5 GPA .  “We have a senior going on to Harvard for grad school. She missed more classes in the fall for her graduate admissions interviews than because of her sport and I don’t hear anyone complaining about those absences.”
     
    The final argument and the one that perhaps drew the most reaction from the crowd, was that of the cost of D-1 sports. The opposition claimed that you can’t be half D-1 and you can’t do it on the cheap. It takes a lot of investment. “Gonzaga built a $30 million arena on its campus. Is that an investment we are prepared to make, or should we make?” questioned Paul.  Are there students who could benefit from that money being spent elsewhere?

    According to Paul, “on average schools in the WAC spend $12,000 per student and $56,000 per student athlete. “I’ve had athletes in my class. They have been great. However, I also have a lot of students who aren’t in a sport, and every student deserves the same resources and support.”
     
    Robby Noble went on to add “Perhaps there are other students, who are not doing as well that could benefit from the same resources, but are not offered them because they aren’t athletes. I’m graduating this year, with the highest GPA in my college, but I was unable to get into a grad school. Perhaps if I had the same support systems, I too could be celebrating my admission to a PhD program.”

    In defense of Seattle U’s athletics, Englehardt said that D-1 benefits students and alumni because of name recognition that it brings, “when applying for jobs, you want people to recognize the name of your university. On the east coast, Gonzaga currently has more pull than Seattle U because of its sports teams.”

    After all arguments had been made, the two sides retreated to their respective tables and the audience was asked to vote on the winner. A loud roar rang out in support of our communications faculty, followed by an even louder wave of cheers, posters, and stomping from those in favor of athletics. In the end, both sides agree that everyone wants what is best for our students, our alumni, and our University. We may have different viewpoints, but it’s that diversity of opinion and commitment to every form of excellence that makes this university truly great.

    Fr. Dave Anderson: Alumni Chaplain

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/1/2013 05:23:50 PM

                                                                                                          
    Upon graduation from Seattle University you take with you your degree, your Jesuit values, life-long friends, and your very own alumni chaplain. Fr. David Anderson, S.J., is a graduate of Gonzaga University and has acted as the Seattle University alumni chaplain for the past seven years.          

     Fr. Dave
    As the alumni chaplain, Fr. Dave celebrates weddings, baptisms, first communions, as well as attending to other spiritual needs that arise in the daily lives of our alumni. On any given day, you might find him visiting the sick, providing prayers and comfort, and presiding over the funerals of those community members who pass away.  

    “What I value most about my job is being there in a time of crisis, and providing support and prayers to those in need. Simply being in the room with someone can bring tremendous comfort.”

    Father Dave’s presence at Seattle University extends across campus and beyond. He presides over the annual alumni Advent mass, performs invocations at alumni events, and participates in the Lenten Reconciliation services on campus. Fr. Dave has the opportunity to connect with current students, in his role as resident minister in Campion Hall.

    Those who regularly attend Men’s basketball games will know that he also serves as the chaplain to the men’s basketball team. In this role, he provides support and reflection for these young men who are under immense pressure. “I also go on the road with the team. This really adds something when people can see our Jesuit Catholic influence because there is a Jesuit sitting on the bench.”

    What you may not know about Father Dave is that he is also the Crystal Mountain chaplain, where he celebrates mass for Catholics on the mountain. What’s his favorite part about being the Chaplain there? Presiding over the 6 a.m. sunrise Easter mass and seeing the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains.
     
     If you have spiritual needs and would like to get in contact with Fr. Dave, email him or contact Margaret Moore.

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Danielle Berry, '07

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 5/1/2013 05:14:59 PM
    When asked about her college experience, Danielle Berry, ‘07  said, “I was raised Lutheran, I didn’t know what to expect from a Catholic University.” But after graduating with a BS in Nursing, she found it was the Jesuit classes that she enjoyed the most. Before attending Seattle U, Danielle received her BA in Comparative History of Ideas from University of Washington. Because she has attended both UW and SU, she can really appreciate the differences between both learning environments.
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    “I’m a strong supporter of Seattle U and the required service learning. It’s focused on building the character of its students. It makes students well-rounded and allows them to see people in a different light.” As part of Danielle’s classes, she and her classmates worked as tutors and in partnership with the local Boys and Girls club of King County. “By working with this community, I can better connect with my patients that live there now.”

    According to Danielle, the values that Seattle U instilled in her shaped what she looked for in a place of employment. Danielle currently works at Harborview Medical Center in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit. “Harborview has a service mentality,” Danielle says. “We give away nearly $200 million in services to our lower income patients, including those who are homeless.”
     
    The values of her employer are important to her, but Danielle’s favorite part of her job, are the direct connections she has with her patients.  “We see people who come in with trauma and spinal cord injuries. We work with them a lot, develop relationships and prepare them for rehabilitation. These are people who end up in wheelchairs, and need to look to someone else for all their basic needs. It can be pretty intense. However, there’s nothing more rewarding then when patients come back to visit you, and you see how they’ve continued to engage in life, and you know that you helped empower them to live their life and be a member of society.”

    Since being at Harborview, Danielle has continued her relationship with Seattle University by returning to speak with graduating classes and recent alumni. “I share with them the lessons of my experience, and give them advice about getting over the transitionary hump of entering the working world, in order to help them be successful. I’ve realized that by being a mentor, giving back has just become a part of my life.”

    Danielle says that when it comes to big career decisions, she still finds herself thinking about the values that Seattle University taught her. When people ask me what University I recommend, I always say Seattle University, because it’s those values and those service learning opportunities that really prepared me for my career.”

    If you are interested in being a mentor to Seattle University students, visit the Redhawk Network.

    If you would like to submit suggestions for our next Recent Alumni Spotlight, email Caitlin Joyce.  


    SU Launches the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/11/2013 02:22:56 PM

    The celebration of Earth Day, April 22, is the day we set aside each year to draw special attention to the fact that all of us live somewhere – on this beautiful Earth – and that all of us depend on a healthy Earth-home, for our well-being: realities so basic we often take them for granted.

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    There are many among us, however, who cannot take those realities for granted, because they live, work, or play in communities that are negatively impacted by ecological degradation. This is especially true for minority and low-income populations. And, lest we forget, this is true for other species facing extinction or significant loss of habitat.

    It’s become evident, that it’s time to forge a sustainable relationship between humankind and planet Earth, and that sustainability will not be achieved without fostering justice within and between societies. It is this dual, intimately connected challenge which inspired the creation of Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS).

     As the first Center for Excellence developed through the SU Academic Strategic Action Plan, the CEJS will promote scholarly activity and community engagement with the specific goals of: 

    • Making SU a recognized local, regional, national, and international leader in the scholarship and teaching of environmental justice and sustainability (EJS);
    • Supporting faculty and student scholarship regarding EJS;
    • Co-sponsoring lectures, symposia, and workshops with SU’s diverse environmental programs that reflect the unique ethical perspective of our Jesuit-Catholic tradition, inspire the engagement of EJS scholars with the broader community, and lead to the advancement of public policy;
    • Fostering partnerships for scholarships that connect with EJS programs, including the global network of Jesuit universities; and
    • Serving as a clearinghouse of information for all of SU’s EJS initiatives.
       

    Establishing the CEJS is a significant step in the university’s commitment to not only becoming more sustainable as an institution, but to advancing scholarship and educating the next generation of leaders -- trained and motivated to create a more sustainable, just world.
    Visit us at www.seattleu.edu/cejs. And, check out SU’s campus sustainability efforts at: www.seattleu.edu/sustainability.

    Mentors Needed!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:58:34 PM

     
    Career Services Blog
     
    Are you looking to connect with the SU community in a meaningful and fulfilling way?  Our students and graduates need mentors with professional experience who can help them get started on their career paths.  You were once in their shoes. This is your chance to share the knowledge and insight they need to shape the world of tomorrow.  Join the Redhawk Network Mentor Program to connect with a mentee in ways that fit your schedule, whether you live near or far.

    As a Redhawk Network Mentor you can:
    •    Serve as a panelist on career-related forums
    •    Review résumés or volunteer for mock interviews
    •    Offer an informational interview or job shadow in your line of work
    •    Give advice about the role of graduate education in various fields of interest
    •    Be matched with a student in a structured, academic mentor program
    •    Become a content contributor to one of our career-related publications
    •    And more!


    Participate in the Redhawk Network Mentor Program and help students and graduates unlock their potential and translate their knowledge and skills into meaningful careers.

    Sign up here: https://www.myinterfase.com/seattleu/mentor/

    Spring Job Shadow Hosts Needed in Health Professions
    37 SU freshmen and sophomores have expressed interest in shadowing a professional in a health-related career. Would you or someone you know be willing to share some time to help an aspiring student get a glimpse of a day in the life of a nurse, doctor, therapist, technician, administrator, or other health professional?  If so, please contact Monica Duke in Career Services via email or at 206-296-6177 for more information and to register.

    What’s the Value of Your Liberal Arts Education?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:25:09 PM
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    Theology, philosophy, literature, science, service learning, and mathematics probably sum up your freshman year at Seattle University pretty thoroughly. Congratulations! You are the product of a liberal arts education – even if you earned a degree in science, education or business. You have an arsenal of social and professional tools that will last you the rest of your life.

    Maybe your philosophy class enabled you to see the humanity in every client you deal with.  Perhaps that sophomore English class allows you to send memos that are short and concise. Did you know that 89% of employers want more emphasis on written and oral communication in their candidates?

    We’d like to hear how your liberal arts education prepared you for your future. When Dean David Powers asked College of Arts and Science alumni how their liberal arts education has proven valuable to them, alumni were quick to respond.

    “I believe that the future will belong to those who are flexible thinkers, who have a broad understanding of science, culture, and history.”  
    “I literally had no idea how much my liberal arts education would change my life.  The broad range of ideas I encountered (some for the first time, others in new ways) incalculably expanded my beliefs about what is possible.  As well, the tools I developed for encountering (and processing) ideas and the world help me every day, in both my creative and my more pragmatic work.”
     “The term 'well-rounded individual' is often used lightly, but in a very real sense, my liberal arts education has prepared me for a career in many different fields.”

    Hear more and share how your liberal arts education prepared you for your life after Seattle U.
    Attend a free panel discussion and networking event titled  “Personal, Professional, Lifelong: The Return on Investment of Your Liberal Arts Degree.”  
    April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    The event will feature a panel from the Deans Advisory Council followed by networking with prospective students and parents, students and alumni.  Questions about this event should be directed to David Chow.

    How did your liberal arts education prepare you?

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Hanohano-Hong,’11

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 03:08:11 PM
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    My path to Seattle University began with personal and vocational exploration. How very Jesuit!

    As a freshman, I was attending culinary school, perfecting the best way to cook a chicken and create a pastry. While there, I realized that for my classmates this was a passion, and what they felt called to do. For me it was fun, a hobby, not what I felt would lead me to a fulfilled life, and not what I was called to do. That’s when I came to Seattle University.

    I knew of Seattle University because my sister was a student. When I transferred there as a sophomore, it felt right. As if I were coming home. It’s where I became aware of God’s presence. From that moment I longed to build that relationship. Choosing theology as a major was a way that I could selfishly pursue my own spiritual questions while earning a bachelor’s degree.  One of the memories that stands out most from my time at Seattle U was the Easter Vigil mass in my senior year where I was baptized Catholic.

    Most who study theology are expected to go on and minister somewhere, maybe join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  But I took a different path; currently I reside in Korea, where I teach English.  The faith and trust in God that I developed at SU gave me the strength and courage to follow God’s call across the world.  And the only thing I could think when I got off the plane at Incheon International Airport was, “Here I am. Now what?”  
        
    I remembered a professor once telling me that if I wanted to see the face of God, I should work with the poor.  If I was looking for direction that seemed like a good place to start. While my elementary school students are definitely in a very low tax bracket, I’m not sure those are the type of poor she intended.  But the usage of poor in that statement was vague and I thought, “Maybe this is why I’m here!”  
        
    Despite wanting to see a confirmation of my calling in these kids, they made it difficult.   During cold season they sneezed and coughed all over without covering their mouths, and as a germophobe, that was a struggle.  During the hot summer, they would come into class after recess smelling strongly of sweat because deodorant is relatively unheard of in this country. As a super smeller, that was another obstacle to seeing them as something greater than myself.  I tried and tried  for a while, but couldn’t understand why God had called me here.
        
    Then one day in self-reflection, a very Jesuit thought struck me. In my theology classes we had focused on Jesus the teacher. He had tried to convey difficult concepts to a community that included children. Here I was in Korea, teaching children, and looking out on a sea of faces who often had no clue what I was saying. I imagined that we must have had similar experiences, looking out at those faces, hoping and praying to see that unmistakable look of dawning comprehension. When I saw that look of a light coming from their eyes and realized that they actually understood what I said, I was filled with joy and realized that I had my answer. This is why I attended SU, why I studied theology, and why I was called to Korea.   

    Do you want to tell your story and be featured in a recent alum spotlight?
    Comment below or send an email to alumnivoice@seattleu.edu


    Upcoming Events Calendar

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 08:26:13 PM

    March 2013 Events

    Search For Meaning Bookfest
    Saturday, March 9th|Seattle University Campus
    Alumni Relations Open House (During Bookfest)
    10AM - 2PM
    Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Choirs - Lenten Prayer Concert: An Instrument of Peace
    Saturday, March 9, 2013| 8-9:30PM

    WAC Tournament
    March 12-16 | Las Vegas
    Men and Women's Basketball

    Alumni Relations Happy Hour in Las Vegas
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013| 4-6PM
    Stardust Suite| Orleans Hotel and Casino 
    RSVP now!

    "Cracking the Codes: Systems of Racial Inequity" Premiere Film Screening and Community Conversation
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013| 6:30 - 9PM

    Surprising Resignation of the Pope Throws 
    the Door Open

    Thursday, March 14, 2013|12:30-1:30PM
    Wyckoff Auditorium with Fr. Pat Howell, S.J. 

    Student Chamber Music Concert
    Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., 
    and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 9AM - 3PM

    Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J.
    March 19 & 20, 2013| 7-9 PM 

    San Diego Alumni Reception 
    Thursday, March 21, 2013| 6 - 8PM
    RSVP for directions!

    San Francisco Alumni Reception
    Friday, March 22, 2013| 6 - 8 PM 
    RSVP for directions!

    Stay Tuned For These Events

    Portland, OR Alumni Chapter Reception
    Wednesday, April 3, 2013| 5:30 - 8:30PM 
    Cha Taqueria & Bar
    RSVP now!

    School of Law 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Thursday, April 11,2013| 5:30 - 7:30PM

    Career Expo
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013| 11AM - 2PM 

    Awards Ceremony and Artists' Reception - Imagining the World: Study Abroad Photography Exhibit
    Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 5 - 7PM 
     

    Brahm's Music Series
    April 11 & 13 | 7:30PM
    April 12 & 14| 3:00PM

    28th Annual Alumni Awards
    Tuesday, April 16th|5:30pm
    Register now!

    Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 27, 2013| 8:30AM - 1:30PM

    Albers Executive Speaker Series
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|5:30 - 6:30PM 
    With Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow.com

    Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminars 
    Re-visioning Classics of our Literature
    April 9 - June 4, 2013 

    SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
    Saturday, May 18, 2013| 5:00PM

    Career Services:
    Tools for Career Transition:
    A Workshop for SU Alumni Looking for a Job,
    a Career Change, Or a Re-Start.
    April 23, 30| May 7, 14 |6:30-8:30 PM

    Vocational Discernment: Living Into Questions
    Thursday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Visit our athletics site to stay up to date on SU Sports.

    A Message from Career Services for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:52:20 PM

    Recently Seattle University invited two national leaders, Dr. Sharon Parks and Chris Lowney, to campus to speak with students, faculty, staff and community members about leadership and meaning making. Former Jesuit and JP Morgan executive, and author of the book,Heroic Leadership, Lowney said “A true leader respects the dignity of others while unlocking their potential.” Dr. Parks, best known for her book Big Questions, Worthy Dreams reflected, that a true mentor is one who sees you and recognizes your gifts even before you do. She challenged Seattle University with the question, “Is a mentoring community available to all students?”

    As Career Services prepares to relaunch the Redhawk Network Mentor Program this month, we are asking alumni to sign up to be a mentor to a Seattle University student. Below is the link to sign up and let us know the ways you are available to mentor,  e.g. offer an informational interview, talk with a student by phone or in person, participate in a workshop or on a panel, etc. You can select the amount of time and the way in which you want to mentor. Thank you for being a part of developing the next generation of Seattle University leaders! Below the “Login” button, click “Click here to complete your mentor profile!

    Career Services Benefits for Alumni:

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

     

    •   4-Part Career Development Workshop Series  
    •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job  postings
    •   Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

     

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for professional development events today!

     

    A Message from Magis for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:42:04 PM

    What do a full time high school teacher, bike aficionado, Contemplative Leaders in Action participant and brewery founder/owner have in common?  A Jesuit education.  This month’s Alumni Living the Mission is Seattle University alumna Haley Woods who though crunched for time, finds meaning among her commitments.  Thanks to herroots in Ignatian pedagogy, gleaned from her time in the Masters in Teaching program at SU and ongoing participation in Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Actionprogram, Haley integrates reflective practices throughout her day, be it while driving to work, building a barstool or concocting a new IPA.  Click here to read her reflection

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013  (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

    Spirituality on Tap with Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013  (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - Saturday, April 27, 2013  (8:30 AM – 1:30 PM), registration opens March 12th!


    To register for these or to read about our other programs, visit the Magis website or email us.

     

    Alumni Day of Service

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:34:39 PM

    A Jesuit education implores one to go forth and ignite the world, and to share our compassion and commitment to the world as members of a global community. No event encompasses this idea of community and engaging the world better than the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service.
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    The Alumni Day of Services invites all those who are the product of a Jesuit education across the country to come together and serve their local community. Last year was Seattle University’s first year participating in the National Alumni Jesuit Day of Service. Seventy five Jesuit-educated alumni from all over the Puget Sound region came together to serve their community and live out their Jesuit values.

     “I enjoyed the opportunity to put my hands where my checkbook usually goes. I usually go by giving; occasionally it’s nice to give by going. I also enjoyed the opportunity to work with alumni from other SJ campuses.” said one alum who attended last year.  

    The mission of this event is to foster the ongoing formation of men and women for others. Those who participate can see the life-changing and enduring impact of their Jesuit education first hand. Participants may have come from different backgrounds, states, and universities but all share the same core values of a Jesuit education. Another attendee from last year, felt deeply engaged by that shared purpose saying, “I felt a sense of mutuality in the demonstration of care. It was the first SU service experience I’ve had where I palpably felt like I was ‘engaging the world.’”   

    Seattle University is again filled with a sense of passion and excitement as we prepare for the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 27th, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This year our focus is on food justice and all of our volunteer locations reflect this in some way. Come join us in this unique service opportunity.  Learn more and register!

     

    March Recent Alumni Spotlight: Santa Maria Rivera

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:28:26 PM

    We’re excited to introduce a new monthly column we’re calling the Recent Alumni Spotlight.  We could think of no better way to kick off this column, then to feature our 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.
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    Santa grew up in Yakima as a first generation Mexican American. In Santa’s family he was the first to graduate from high school, so college educated role models were not readily available. Santa’s path to Seattle University was an unconventional one. There were no online college applications filed during senior year, or group tours to explore the urban oasis that is the Seattle University campus.

    Santa began his college career at Wenatchee Community College where he took to the soccer field. Soccer would act as a key to Santa, opening up doors and opportunities.

    “I come from a very tough place,” Rivera said in a brief documentary about his life. “I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the opportunities that this sport was able to give me.” It was Santa’s skills on the soccer pitch that caught the attention of Seattle University soccer coach Pete Fewing.

    When Pete saw Santa play, he knew he had someone special on his hands. He took Santa under his wing, and convinced him to transfer to Seattle U so that Santa could play for the Redhawks. During his junior season playing for the Redhawks, Santa led SU to a National Championship and went on to play for the Sounders for two years. After his two year stint as a Sounder Santa returned to Seattle University to complete his History Degree and graduated in 2008.

    After his graduation from Seattle University, he went on to embody the values of his Jesuit education, as a mentor to at-risk middle school students and youth coach for C Alliance. He’s able to provide encouragement, educational support and coaching to the next generation of soccer players. Santa coached the C Alliance team to their first undefeated season in 13 years. He acts as the spokesperson for Golazo, an all-natural sports drink company that encourages youth soccer players to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential. In his minority outreach role at Redept, Inc., Santa  develops and administers a program to give young Latinos access to athletic programs and higher education to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision making skills.  

     While nominating Santa for this award, David Chow , of Seattle University’s  College of Arts and Sciences, called him the voice of hope for the Washington State Latino community.”  We are very proud to be able to honor someone who gives so much of themselves, with an alumni award. If you’d like to join us in honoring Santa Maria Rivera, and other outstanding Seattle University community members, we invite you to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on April 16th.

    Would you like to be featured in our Young Alumni Spotlight?  Do you know someone we should highlight?  Comment here or send an email to alumni@seattleu.edu.

     

    A Message from Magis for February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 12:24:50 PM

      Feb Magis

     This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, Brendan Busse, S.J., first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and says, “I made a good decision and a bad discernment… I consulted my head while absolutely ignoring and perhaps even silencing my heart.”  As a now Jesuit and current professor of Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle U, he reflects on how sometimes our doing less enables our being more.  Read Brendan’s reflection here.

     

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O’Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service – Saturday, April 27, 2013

     

    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.

     

     

    A Message from Career Services for February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 12:21:33 PM

     Exploring what is next for you – 4 career tools to consider  
     Career Services Build

    With the New Year upon us, many of us are reflecting on the ways we hope to grow over the coming year. Given the amount of waking hours many of us spend working, taking time to pause and reflect on the ways you wish to grow professionally can have a powerful impact on your life and wellbeing.

    In this article we will offer four approaches or tools for you to consider as you reflect on what is next for you – whether you are hoping to achieve greater mindfulness in your present role, make a job or career change, or identify ways to get involved in your community or with other hobbies or interests.  

    Informational Interviews

    Informational interviews are short, 30-60 minute meetings where you have the opportunity to sit down with someone who is working in an industry, position, or organization that is of interest to you. It is your chance to ask questions and learn about this person’s experiences so that you can incorporate those insights into your own process.  Ideally these conversations will help you gain greater clarity about where your interests are leading you, and what steps may be required to get there.

     

    Career Advising – in-person in Seattle or virtually to anywhere

    Did you know that we serve alumni? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor in person, in our office on campus, or remotely via email or Skype for alumni who may be living or working elsewhere. Experienced alumni are eligible to receive three appointments per year. To schedule an appointment you may give us a call or complete the online appointment request form, available here: https://www.seattleu.edu/careerservices/Inner.aspx?ekfrm=87831

     

    Assessments

    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 to alumni:

    • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

    Alumni Events: February 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/7/2013 11:38:08 AM

    Basketball Games and Rallies
     

    Thursday February 14th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs.  Louisiana Tech 
    KeyArena

    Saturday February 16th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Texas at Arlington
    KeyArena
    Join us for the last pregame rally of the season!
    5:30 PM|Club Live 

    Alumni Board of Governor’s Men’s Basketball Viewing Party
    Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant |908 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

    Saturday February 7th, 2013 | 5:00 PM | vs. U of Denver

    Meet the Alumni Board of Governors at the Chieftain for door prizes, $5 appetizers, and Happy Hour specials while you watch the Redhawks take on the University of Denver.

    Buried Child
    By Sam Shepard | Directed By Professor Rosa Joshi

    Lee Center for the Arts

    $6 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $10 General Admission

    Preview February 20th, 2013| 7:30 PM
    February 21-23, 2013 | 7:30

    February 24 & March 3, 2013 | 2:00 PM

    Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child sealed Sam Shepard’s reputation as an iconic post-modern playwright. A sinister secret buried deep in the recesses of the past threatens to resurface and destroy an already deeply damaged family. When Vince brings home his girlfriend to meet his family, things don’t go quite as he envisioned. Why doesn’t anyone know him? This darkly comic masterpiece reminds us that there really is no place like home.

    Instrumental Concerto Competition
    Pigott Auditorium
    Friday February 22nd, 2013 | 7:00 PM

    $5 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $12 General Admission

    Watch music students compete for the opportunity to win in a music scholarship and serve as a guest soloist with Orchestra Seattle for the 2013-2014 concert season.  

    Save the Date for these Upcoming Events:
     

    11th Annual Alumni Crab Feed
    Hosted by the Albers School of Business
    Campion Residence Hall |Saturday March 2nd, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 PM

    Enjoy a fun evening organized by the Albers Alumni Board in order to bring members of the community together and support student scholarships at Albers. There will be a lively silent auction and reception before dinner, and after our feast of crab and chicken, jazz and cocktails will follow in the jazz lounge. Table sponsorships are available for groups of all sizes.Contact Rob Bourke at bourker@seattleu.edu to register or call (206) 296-2277 for more information
     

    SEARCH for Meaning Bookfest
    March 9th, 2013| Seattle University Campus
    Annual festival and nationwide network surrounding the human search for meaning.
    Tickets, Purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.The School of Theology and Ministry presents a day of over 300+ authors,
    including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan and Sherman Alexie.

     

    Western Athletic Conference Tournament & Alumni Happy Hour
    Tournament |Tuesday March 12- Saturday March 16, 2013

    Alumni Happy Hour |Tuesday March 12, 2013 | 4:00-6:00 PM

    Come and cheer on Seattle University in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena! Tickets for the entire conference can be bought online.

    Meet your Alumni Relations staff  in Las Vegas for an Alumni Happy Hour event on March 12th from 4-6pm. We hope to see all Seattle U Alumni there. Stay tuned for more details.

     
      
    28th Anniversary Alumni Awards Celebration
    Seattle University Campion Ballroom | Tuesday April 16th, 2013 

    Join us as President Sundborg, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations announce the Alumni Award winners for 2013. More information, including registration details to come.

     

    SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
    Saturday, May 18, 2013| Grand Hyatt Downtown Seattle| 5:00 pm

    We are excited to announce Jim Whittaker as our honoree for this year’s event. Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest in the spring of 1963 and we are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his accomplishment. The evening will feature an exciting auction, elegant dining and fabulous program highlighting the achievements of both Jim Whittaker and the highlights from the 2012-2013 SU athletic season. Contact redtie@seattleu.edu for more details.

     

     

    A 2013 Homecoming Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 2/6/2013 05:16:03 PM

    After a 40 year hiatus, the tradition of Homecoming returned to Seattle University with a full day of events on February 2nd.

    We kicked off the day with the Hall of Fame Luncheon which hosted more than 300 people to honor outstanding SU athletes.  You can read more about our honorees here.

    The Alumni Relations team welcomed alumni back to campus and to our pre-game rally at KeyArena. We had a great turn out, with many new faces and lots of spirited alumni – just what we like to see!

    During half-time at our Men’s basketball game, our Hall of Fame inductees were introduced and we brought back the tradition of a Homecoming Court. Students enthusiastically nominated their favorites for Homecoming Court, and at half time our 2013 Royals, Carmen Cueto & Alexander Fisher, were crowned. They weren’t dressed in traditional Homecoming formal attire, but they were decked out in SU pride.  

      Homecoming Court

    We started off small this year, but we lit a spark that we hope ignites the flame of Homecoming and a new tradition that you’ll share with your family, and that we will share with the future generations of SU students.

    We intend for Homecoming to evolve into a weekend of events that welcome our alumni back to campus to celebrate their SU experience.

    We want your feedback! What would you like to see at future Homecoming events?  What would get you to come back to Seattle U?  Please comment on this post or email us at alumni@seattleu.edu to share your feedback.

     

    A January Message from Magis

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/4/2013 02:22:03 PM

    A new Magis imgHow do you want to create the new year?  What kind of commitment do you want to make to yourself?  Your community?  To the oppressed people of the world?”  If you set 2013 as your year to serve others or to be a person more committed to your community, Magis has several unique opportunities to facilitate your follow through – most notably our Mexico Mission Trekfor Alumni (it’s not too late to apply!) - and some of your fellow SU alumni as our January Alumni Living the Missionwho are true exemplars of keeping the flame of service lit.  Zach Gerdes (2011), Bethany Kelsch (2011) and Michelle Miller (2012) started a mentoring program for incarcerated youth that now is a service bridge for people seeking to support at-risk youth in our community.  Click here to read their reflection and we hope you'll consider one of our service opportunities for 2013:

    ·         Post-Grad Service Networking Night:Wednesday, January 16, 2012 (All former post-graduate volunteers invited!)

    ·         Mexico Mission Trek: April 14 – April 21, 2013 (applications accepted through January 11!)

    ·         National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

    ·         Service Saturdays at the St. Mary’s Foodbank : Every 4th Saturday of the month

     

    For more information visit Magis online or email Magis@seattleu.edu

     

     

    A New Year’s Welcome from your Alumni Office

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/3/2013 11:10:27 AM

    SusanW3Dear Alums -

    In 2012 I had the opportunity to meet with so many of our alums face to face and I want to once more express my gratitude to you for your dedication to Seattle University and our community.  

    In December we had our annual Advent Mass, Christmas Reception (December 9) and the 2nd annual Downtown Breakfast (December 13), with the biggest turnout at both events since I've began my role as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations.  We've had alums reach out to us from across the country to form chapters (as well as in Thailand and China), and take a more active role in their alumni experience.  I've seen alumni renew their relationship with their alma mater and invest their time, energy and resources in assisting our office with our goal of being a world class alumni relations office. You are alsohelping us to build a stronger cadre of volunteer leadership.   I wanted to let you know how much that means to me and your University.  Your efforts are being noticed!

    As we kick off 2013 I am so excited to share my enthusiasm for the great offerings we will roll out this year! There are traditions like the 28th Annual Alumni Awards in April and some new traditions we are bringing back, like Homecoming on February 2nd!

    In an effort to keep our alumni body growing and engaged we want to ensure that we help keep you connected to Seattle University.  Please keep checking our events page for opportunities to join us as well as join ourFacebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to keep current all our offerings at Seattle U! 

    We'd love to see you at these upcoming events:

    Homecoming - February 2nd, 2013 
    Pre-Game Rally
    Club Live At KeyArena at Seattle Center 5:30 p.m.
    Click for Homecoming Day schedule of events.

    Washington, D.C. Alumni Reception - February 1st, 2013 5:30-8:30pm
    At Front Page
    1333 NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Washington, DC

    The Search for Meaning Book Festival - March 9th, 2013
    Tickets go on sale January 14th
    On Campus with Alumni Open House in the Admissions & Alumni Building

    28th Annual Alumni Awards  - April 16th, 2013
    Campion Ballroom 5:30 p.m.

    2nd Annual Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - April 27th, 2013

    Campus and Seattle University Youth Initiative

    Please send us an email with your suggestions or if you'd like to get more involved to alumni@seattleu.edu . We always welcome your feedback. We want to make sure our alums are engaged no matter where you live, and would love your participation in achieving that goal.

    We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a wonderful 2013!

    Sincerely,

    Susan R. Vosper

    Alumni Winter Quarter Seminars

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/3/2013 10:56:52 AM

    There is still room, and time, to sign up for the Seattle University ALUMNI SEMINARS Program for Winter QuarteFamily homelessness study(1)r, 2013! The theme will be on Beginning Dialogues with Other Faiths.  Faculty members from various religious backgrounds will engage in conversations with each other about their beliefs and then invite questions and responses from the Alumni Seminar participants.  participants included will be from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu backgrounds. 

     Faculty members will likely include Professors Stephen Chan, Wesley Howard-Brook, Sharon Suh, Peter Ely, S. J., and Bea Lawrence of the Theology/Religious Studies Department, Vidjay Awasthi of the Accounting Department, and Mohammad Fani from off campus.  

     The preliminary schedule calls for the first seminar to be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and then the subsequent seminars to be on Tuesdays, Jan 22, Feb. 5, Feb 19, March 12, and March 19.   All SU alumni and friends are invited to join in this seminar by contacting Lauren St. Pierre by email at alumniseminars@seattleu.edu.

     Please send your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will need a reserved parking spot on campus, the cost of which is included in the $240 tuition. Books/materials for the seminar, as well as light refreshments, are also included in that price. We hope you’ll be able to join us in this interesting seminar!

     

     

    Join the Search for Meaning! March 9th, 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/2/2013 04:52:58 PM

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     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.

    Alumni
    Calling all Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry Alumni! You are warmly invited to the annual Alumni Breakfast, just before the Festival begins.  Enjoy great food, a special speaker, and quality time with fellow alums on the morning of the Festival, Saturday, March 9th at 7:30am. Please RSVP with Amy Toney if you are able to join us: toneya@seattleu.edu | 206.220.8248
     
    Visit other Seattle University alums throughout the day!  The Admissions and Alumni building will be open to alums for socializing during the festival.

    An Alumni's Look at Homecoming

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/2/2013 03:28:37 PM


    SEATTLE UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING 1965 & 1966
     
    By
    Curly McNamee (Class of 1967)

    When I attended Seattle University, the Homecoming dance (along with the ROTC Military Ball) were the two formal events of the school year. A sense of excitement would fill the campus leading up to Homecoming.

     

    In 1965, I was dating Judy Bride (now my wife of 41 years) and I wanted to impress her, so I asked her to the Homecoming dance.  The dance was held on February 4th in the best downtown Seattle hotel – the Olympic.  The theme of the night was “Port Seattle.” I rented a tuxedo and Judy purchased a formal gown. We began the evening with a fantastic dinner at Rosellini’s 610 Restaurant and then moved along to the main event, dancing at the Olympic Hotel.  We ended the evening by capturing it in a photograph.

     

    The following year, Judy and I returned to the Olympic Hotel for an evening of “Stargazing,” that was the theme of the 1966 Homecoming dance. We again captured the magic of the evening with a photo.

    Curly Judy

    It’s memories like these,that make my wife and me happy that the tradition of Homecoming is returning to Seattle University.


    This year, Homecoming is still in its infancy and consists of the Hall of Fame Luncheon and a Pre-game Rally on February 2nd, 2013.

     

    Homecoming gives me the opportunity to return to my alma mater, and re-live my days at Seattle U, while giving a new generation of students the chance to create their own Homecoming memories. 
                                                                      

    SU Alums Help Unemployed Youth Start Their Own Microenterprises

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/14/2012 12:34:38 PM

    Alumni GDF logoGreenside Development Foundation's mission is to help unemployed youth start and manage their own microenterprise, creating poverty-alleviating employment. Two of our board members are alums of SU.

    We seek to address the youth unemployment crisis by empowering young entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship training, interest-free microloans, and business management consulting.

     Youth Ventures Program

    Our entrepreneur incubator program accepts unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35, with an emphasis on especially needy young women.

    Each candidate goes through two selection phases to assure they are the right fit for the program: an Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Qualities Interview and a series of Entrepreneurship trainings. Candidates are trained in market research, creating competitive advantages, return on investment, purchasing from suppliers, sales, advertising, and bookkeeping. These youth then receive one-on-one training in the development of a strategic action plan and timeline for their new business.

    The final stage of their training includes the preparation of a financial plan and start-up budget for their enterprise. We go with the clients to help them purchase the materials and equipment they need. Our Young Entrepreneurs reimburse the cost of their business start-up materials over the course of a year, each with an individualized repayment plan according to the needs of their business.

    At least twice a month, our Young Entrepreneurs receive a visit at their place of business from one of Greenside’s Business Management Consultants. During these meetings, clients receive advice, support and on-going business training to strengthen their skills and develop the enterprise.

     

    Get Involved!

    As alums of SU, we felt this cause might be one close to your heart and we would be honored if you joined us in the cause.

    With half of all Moroccan youth neither in school nor employed (World Bank 2012), the need for self-employment and job creation is enormous.

    Greenside Development Foundation provides loans interest-free and we do not charge for our trainings or business development consulting. Donations help create a new enterprise that provides employment and income for impoverished young Moroccans.

     

    “If you are interested in learning more about Greenside Development Foundation or becoming involved in any capacity, please visit our website at
     
    greensidedevelopment.org.

    Thank you!
     Chad Anderson, BBA, 2007, Albers School of Business & Economics Sherry Castro, MAPS, 2001, School of Theology & Ministry

     


     

     

     

     

    Holiday on the Hill

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/5/2012 10:35:59 AM

    Come home to Seattle University for the holidays! holiday on the hill

    Please join the Alumni Association for a holiday on the hill, a special Christmas event for alumni, family, and friends. Join us for an afternoon of all the wonderful things that Seattle U has to offer and an advent tradition for the whole family!

    It all begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Connolly Center, when our women’s basketball team takes on Portland State. We hope you’ll come back to campus and support your team – don’t forget to wear red!

    At 4:00 p.m. we celebrate the Advent Season with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Patrick O’Leary, S.J.,
    Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. & Fr. David Anderson, S.J.

    After mass, please join us at the annual Christmas Reception in the Piggott Atrium. The Christmas Reception will be from 5-7:30 p.m.. We will be serving light refreshments and singing Christmas carols. 

    In the spirit of holiday giving, we’ll be collecting canned food for St. Mary’s Food Bank at the reception.

    We hope to see you and your family for the holiday.

     

    A Message from Magis for December

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 02:23:13 PM

    romo brosAMDG (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam) can be found on many Jesuit University campuses and becomes a concept embraced by Jesuit-educated alumni well beyond their years in school.  This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission are brothers Job, Abe and Pedro Romo who seek to live AMDG out professionally.  While their chosen careers vary individually from business, personal wellness, to engineering, collectively their Ignatian inspirations from a Jesuit-education are shared. Click here  to read their reflections.

     

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Advent Mass  – Sunday, December 9, 2012

    Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni  – April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico. 

    Magis Mixers  – Join us at the Elysian Brewery every first Thursday of the month for happy hour!  Meet other Jesuit-educated alums and enjoy free appetizers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.

     

    A December Message from Career Services

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 02:13:14 PM

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...Career Services Build

     

     

     Take a moment and think back about the major decisions you’ve made in your lifetime. Count them. How many did you come up with? Six or seven? More or less, possibly depending on where you are in life and also possibly depending on what you define as a ‘major’ decision. Perhaps going to college and attending Seattle University made your list? Perhaps selecting or changing your major seemed like a big decision at the time? Usually in retrospect, decisions that seemed big or overwhelming at the time tend to seem less so after the fact.  Perhaps getting married, having kids or moving to a new state or country were choices you have made or will make in the future. Perhaps going to graduate school or buying a house, both major investments, are decisions you have or will make. When we approach decisions that are likely to bring changes to our lives, it can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety. Being stressed or overwhelmed may not leave you in the best state of mind to make a good decision.

     

    So how are we to reduce the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed? How do we define a ‘good’ decision? For our purposes here, I suggest that a ‘good’ decision is one that is well informed and fully thought out. When we realize that we make decisions constantly, everyday, for example when to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, we can see there are many opportunities to explore our decision making process. By exploring our decision making process, we can gain awareness of our tendencies and it is this awareness that is the most effective leverage to improve. Are you the type who either dreads or postpones decisions for as long as possible? Always seeking more information or more possibilities? Or are you the type who is quick and decisive; taking action and pondering the consequences later? Exploring your preferences with a career services professional can help you appreciate your strengths while recognizing your blind spots.

     

    So what decisions are you facing at the moment? What decisions are you putting off? Get on with it. Break it down into these four smaller steps*.

    1. Get the information and facts you need.

    2. Consider the possibilities and consequences.

    3. Weigh the pros and cons and look at the decision objectively.

    4. Consider your values and who is impacted by your choice.

     

    Some of these steps will feel easy and natural while others may feel uncomfortable and challenging. By ensuring you work your way through each of these steps, you can add confidence in your balanced approach and in your final decision.

    *Note that these four steps are based on the Jungian, Myers-Briggs model.

     

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    §  3 one-on-one advising appointments per year

    §  Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings

    §  Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

     

    An Alumni Holiday Message

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 12/3/2012 01:41:39 PM

    SusanVosper2Dear Alumni -

    It is the holiday season, which has me feeling reflective and grateful.  I am grateful tobe a member of such a wonderful and supportive alumni community. I see the passion and commitment you show to your Alma Mater and I feel humbled to be representing you in my position as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations for Seattle University.

    This year my office has been in a continual transition which has welcomed a transformation aimed at providing you and the SU community with the best possible alumni experience.  As I reflect on this year, there are things we’ve improved and continue to do well and areas in which we have an opportunity to improve.  As this year comes to a close I can confidently say that we are more committed than ever to deliver on our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University. 

    In response to direct feedback we have focused on four goals that will create opportunities to engage our alumni and continue to build out a rock solid foundation that will support Seattle U alumni bringing them together with a lifelong community.   Improving our marketing and increasing outreach to alumni has been a main focus along with understanding what great benefits and services are needed for our alumni.   We have worked consistently to ensure we have a plan that will lead us to success and I encourage you to please review our FY13summary strategic plan.  

    We will continue to grow and improve our efforts to connect with our alumni, wherever they may be.  As I mentioned earlier there were so many accomplishments this year.  In the spirit of reflection, I would like to share with you our FY12 status report for reaching our goals.

    I thank you for your continued support of Seattle University, and of my office.  As always, your thoughts and feedback are encouraged, as you represent the legacy of Seattle University.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to attend one of our many offerings, I hope you’ll look at our upcoming events and join us, with your friends and family in supporting SU.

    I look forward to working with each and everyone one of you in the coming year.

    May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season.

    Sincerely,

    Susan R. Vosper '90, '10

     

    A Christmas Message From Fr. Steve

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/30/2012 04:53:28 PM

    Dear Alumni –   President

    The advent season is upon us, and I wanted to begin with warm wishes of hope to you and yours! 

    This is a time when we reflect on our blessings of the past year, and look with anticipation toward the year ahead. As president of a Jesuit Catholic university, I find myself experiencing gratefulness and pride in our students, staff and especially our alumni, who after leaving this institution, model our core values on a daily basis.

    This Christmas season, I want to thank you for supporting the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit so that when they graduate, they too may carry on the legacy and mission of this institution.

    A big part of our mission is to encourage our students to find their true callings. I hope you know that this encouragement does not end with graduation, and we pray and encourage always that you, our alumni, continue to discern what it is that brings you the most fulfillment.  As the weather turns colder and we move into the holiday season, I believe we are all invited to reflect on what matters most in our lives and to take our hopes, dreams and aspirations and give them to God, so that they may be reached and fulfilled through Jesus Christ.

    May you know the comfort and inspiration of God’s love this season and all through the year. From all of us at Seattle University we wish you and yours a very Blessed Advent Season and a Merry Christmas!

    Fr. Stephen  V. Sundborg, S.J.

    President, Seattle University

     

     

    Help Us Get SU License Plates on the Road!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/14/2012 04:01:47 PM

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     Many of you have seen U-Dub plates, Wazzu plates, and Zag plates.  Well, in the next year, you should be able to see Seattle University license plates on the streets and roads of Washington State!  Part of getting these license plates approved requires us to collect 3,500 signatures of people who support this.  You don't have to be a Seattle University student or alum to help, just someone who supports Seattle U and the student scholarship program. A portion of plate renewal plate fees goes towards student scholarships! 

     All Washington State Residents over the age of 18 can show their support by signing our petitions, and your signature doesn't commit to you purchasing a plate, it just shows your support for student scholarships and adding one more way for our school to show its Redhawk pride.

    We are asking each one of you to download our signature form and fill out one signature form (13 signatures) by asking your friends and family to support this drive!  If you can do more, that would be great!  You can download that form here. Then, mail the form with original signatures to:  
     
    The Deadline is February 15th - so get those signature forms to our office!

    Seattle University Alumni Relations
    ATTN: SU License Plates

    901 12th Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98122
      

     

    If we can get about 270 alums to return these forms, we are one step closer to having Seattle U Alumni License plates! 
     

     

    Magis Presents: The Annual Justice Education Forum

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/8/2012 05:08:01 PM

     

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    Magis at Seattle University is excited to offer its annual Justice Education Forum!

    This year we are moving to a half-day teach-in focusing on Economic Justice.

    Consider it a good opportunity to use as professional development, ministerial formation, and/or community engagement alongside Jesuit-educated alumni.

    The teach-in is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to invite others in your community and networks who will find it of interest.

    You can visit us on Facebookfor more information.

     

     

     

    A Message from Magis of November

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/1/2012 12:40:05 PM

    Magislogo20121Jocelyn Tidwell, Seattle University 2011, credits her participation in Magis programs like National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, Young Alumni Retreat, and the Young Alumni Small Group for keeping her spark to make a difference and seek social justice alive.  “No matter what venue, Magis programs offer something special to me in my formation that I have not been able to find in other outlets.”  Check out Jocelyn’s story as well as other Alumni Living the Mission storieshere.

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice – Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Mark McDermott, M.P.A.

    Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni – April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico.  Applications will be available soon!

    Magis Mixers – Join us at the Elysian Brewery every first Thursday of the month for happy hour!  Meet other Jesuit-educated alums and enjoy free appetizers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


    For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.

     

     

    Alumni - Join us for Illuminating the Holidays

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 11/1/2012 12:27:18 PM

     

     A Tree LightingAfter the success of our first annual Alumni and Family Weekend, traditions continue to flourish on the SU campus.  We would like to remind all of our alumni, that as members of the Seattle University community they play an important part in these traditions and are invited to attend and share them with their families.

     

    Three years ago, the Office of Student Engagement began the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – a beautiful event that brings together alumni, their families, students and the community to share in the holiday season.

     

    The tree lighting will take place on campus on November 29th at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the website for more details.

     

    In the spirit of calling home recent alumni to be present and engaged with their alma mater, we are happy to announce a pre-Tree Lighting social for all recent alumni. It will be held in the ADAL community room  (Admission and Alumni Building) at 5:30 p.m., and will include a holiday performance by the MadGrads. Hot chocolate and dessert will also be served.

     

     Afterwards, the young alumni will join the campus community for the annual tree lighting outside the Lemieux Library.

     

    A Message from Career Services

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 06:12:51 PM

    Career Services BuildThis time of year, life and work seem to get busier.  It feels harder to concentrate and be present to our day-to-day activities.  Under expectations heavy and large, whether in a job or job seeking, we may struggle to practice “sustainability” – that is, keeping a work/life balance that feels sustainable and manageable.  Rushing through lunch, stationing ourselves in front of a computer for too long to be productive, or feeling like we don’t have the time to connect with others at work or at home.

    This morning I was listening to an interview with the person who coordinates the logistics of polling stations across the U.S. for the current election. He managed to laugh a few times when speaking about the variety of highly significant things that go wrong each year without fail. It reminded me that a sense of humor can usually help our frame of mind.  Perhaps this is a reminder to take a mental “step back” for a moment.  Is your current stressor something that isn’t actually so urgent in the grand scheme of things? Is there something bothering you that eventually you may laugh about?  Choose to share a chuckle with a colleague today, leave your office and step outside for a deep breath, or even take a moment now to stretch your arms and smile. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that life is much bigger than a busy day at work.

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

     

    Alumni Awards

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 04:52:39 PM

    Alumni Awards 2013

     

     President Sundborg, Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations are excited to announce that it's time for you to submit your nominations for the university’s 2013 Alumni Awards.

    The Alumni  Awards allow us the chance to celebrate those who represent the values of Seattle University on a daily basis, in their work and personal lives.

    If you know of an outstanding Alumn please nominate them.


    Winners will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 16, 2013.    

    The categories are:

    2013 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:
    Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University

     
    2013 Professional Achievement Award:
    Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

    2013 Distinguished Teaching Award:
    Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 


    2013 University Service Award:
    Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University (alumni and non-alumni eligible)

    2013 Community Service Award:
    Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities

    2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:
    Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 

    Please visit the website for more information.

     

    Coach Cameron Dollar on the Redhawks and a New Season

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/30/2012 04:19:46 PM

    As we move into a new era of Seattle University basketball, I first want to thank everyone who has supported us over the Cameron Dollar2past three years. Without your support, whether it’s coming to KeyArena for a game, or attending a viewing party while we were on the road, Seattle U basketball would not be as ready for the Western Athletic Conference.

    For the first time in 33 years, we have the opportunity to win our way into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The guys have been working hard ever since the 2011-12 season ended, knowing that they have to be better to compete at this level. We ended last season on a great note, winning eight straight KeyArena games and nine of our last 12 contests overall. We welcome back eight players who saw significant playing time last year, welcome two men to the active roster who practiced with us all year long, and hope that the addition of four players at key positions will be the final ingredient to a great season.

    As you may have heard, we went to China in late August, an experience that no one will soon forget. We played in front of standing room-only crowds of 5,000-6,000 people and improved as the trip went along. We met Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, and we saw the Great Wall of China. The guys used the trip as a bonding experience, and we are closer as a team than we ever have been at this point in the year.

    Starting with the Elgin Baylor Classic Sunday, Nov. 11, against Montana State, we will play 16 regular season home games at KeyArena, plus we return to the ShoWare Center in Kent in March. Nine of the games will hold special significance for us, as they will be against our WAC foes and will go a long way in determining how we stand entering the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. Oh, and there is also that Dec. 13 game against the Washington Huskies, one that I always look forward to.

    I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of national postseason competition this year. Season tickets are on sale by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678). Single-game tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office. I look forward to seeing you at the Key!

     

    SU Women's Basketball Team to Take On UW at KeyArena

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/23/2012 05:09:26 PM

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     Grab your Seattle University gear, gather your family and friends

     and join SU alumni, students, faculty and staff at the SU Women’s basketball game on November 14!

    Join the SU Alumni Association for a Pregame Rally
    beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Club Live!
    Rally admission is free with a ticket to the game!


    Enjoy great complimentary food! Beer, wine and soda available at cash bar.

    Join us in Celebrating Coach Joan Bonvicini's 1,000th game!


    Pregame Rally
    6:00 to 7 p.m.
    Club Live inside KeyArena
    More rally details & map. 

    November 14th vs University of Washington
    Tip off at 7:00 p.m. in the KeyArena at Seattle Center

    View the full Redhawks Women's Basketball schedule online.

    The Downtown Breakfast. SU and UW Meet to Preview the Big Game

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/22/2012 04:02:52 PM

    CoachesJoin us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.

    Get Your Tickets Here!

    Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

    The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.

    Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors  open at 6:30 a.m.

    Seattle Idealist.org Graduate Fair at Seattle University

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/19/2012 02:12:04 PM

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    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

     

     

    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/18/2012 03:48:00 PM

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     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 anniekatrina@gmail.com.

    Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

    • 11/28/12 at 5:30 pm -- Pre-game rally before Men’s Basketball game at 7:00 (SCOTT"S Seafood, Palo Alto)
    • 11/28/12 at 7:00 pm -- Seattle University's Redhawks vs. The Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavillion in Stanford, CA
    • Please join our community on Facebook or help spread the word to your classmates in the Bay Area.

      We look forward to seeing you in NorCal!
    • Annie Katrina Lee, ‘05 

     

    Bay Area SU Alumni are invited to Hope Uncorked

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 04:24:49 PM

    The Seattle University Bay Area alumni community is invited to attend:

    Hope Uncorked

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    Catholic Charities CYO hosts a special evening of wine, music and celebration that goes to benefit Bay Area kids in need.

    Join us for:

    • Jazz music from Grupo Falso Baiano & Lorca Hart Trio featuring Kenny Washington
    • Japanese cuisine and wine tastings from dozens of local vineyards
    • And a silent auction, that includes the chance to bid on travel packages

    Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, though tickets will be available at the door.

    Click here  for more information or to purchase tickets online, or call 415.972.1246

     

    The Courtside Club

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 03:01:36 PM

    LennyThe Courtside Club is a group of Chieftains & Redhawks that create awareness in the community of the incredible history of Seattle University Athletics and its return to prominence while supporting the student athlete. Every Alumni is a member!

    The first lunchof the Courtside Club is November 8th at the Sorrento Hotel and we have confirmed NBA legend, coach of our former Seattle Super Sonics Lenny Wilkens as a guest speaker, along with our awesome coach Cameron Dollar, to speak on the upcoming season as we our now members of the Western Athletic Conference and tournament eligible.  

    Spread the word, clear your calendars and invite friends. This will be exciting to sports fans of all ages!

    Registration information is on the www.goseattleu.com website

    It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss out!

     

    Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/11/2012 05:10:15 PM

    Dear Friends, children of peace dinner

     
    You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner   (It's About the Child) to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 5:00PM in the Seattle University Campion Ballroom. The event will include a Live & Silent auction, complimentary wine and Mediterranean food, traditional Arabic music by “House of Tarab,” and and updates about the foundation.

    Tickets for the event are $100 per attendee and all funds will go towards supporting traumatized children in Bethlehem. The Children of Peace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

    Please RSVP by October 12, 2011 by emailing khaled@childrenofpeacefoundation.org 

    We are looking forward to seeing you and greatly appreciate your support in helping to build Peace Through Healing!      

    Find our event on Facebook 

    or visit the website for more details


     

    Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/10/2012 04:05:30 PM

    nov 2Seattle University and The Executive Development Institute are partnering to bring you a panel exploring the theme of “Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets”. The panel will be held on Seattle University’s campus in the Casey CommonsFriday, November 2nd from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

    The panelists in attendance will include:

     

    The panel will be moderated by Victoria Jones, Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University

     

    Susan's Thoughts for the Fall

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/10/2012 02:10:48 PM

    Dear Alumni-

    It’s fall here at S
    SusanVosper2eattle U and classes are in full swing. As we enjoy the extended beautiful fall weather here in the Northwest, it is exhilarating to watch a talented new class arriving  and settling in for what promises to be a  successful academic year.  The campus is buzzing again with excitement to see what’s in store for this year. We in the Office of Alumni Relations share in this sense of excitement along with our students, faculty and staff.  This new year ushered in new members to our Alumni Board of Governors. We are fortunate to have an effective group of dedicated alumni on our board that will help us to achieve our goals.  

    Our FY11-12 status report is evidence that we are making progress and working to build a world class Office of Alumni Relations and remain on target with our strategic plan. To that end, we are making strides to help you to better connect with Seattle U, your fellow alumni and the next generation.  It’s my pleasure to announce the following developments:

    • Our office is partnering with Career Services to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to hire quality candidates, become a valued employee and network with outstanding individuals.
    • Seattle U is celebrating a new era in sports with its first full season of Division I play for the Redhawks. I hope you will join me and Coach Cameron Dollar at our pre-game rallies at Key Arena at Seattle Center.
    • On February 2 we will launch a pilot program to bring Homecoming back to the university. This is your chance to see some of the beautiful changes we’ve made to your campus, as well as share your own experiences at SU with alumni and current students. Stay tuned for more information. 
    • And on April 16 we are hosting the 28th Annual Alumni Awards celebration at Campion Ballroom. I hope to see you there for an evening to illuminate the achievements of our alumni in the community, work place and university.   We are accepting nominations. 

    Alumni often ask, “How can I help? How can I become involved with my alma mater?”  Let me offer some ways we share with alumni and friends:

    -          Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for Seattle U

               - think SU first! 

    -          Promote Alumni and Family Weekend to your fellow alumni.

    -          Encourage alumni to network and keep in touch via

                the Alumni Online Directory.

    -          Bring a prospective student for a campus visit

                or to a university event

    -          Visit us on campus at the Admissions and Alumni Building and give us your feedback at alumnifeedback@seattleu.edu


    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

     

    The Art of Making Sense

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/8/2012 01:23:05 PM


    life forceFor the month of October Gallery 114 presents "Making Sense," new oil paintings by member artist Mary Jo Mann   The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists held on October 4, 6 to 9 pm.  Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

     The Art of "Making Sense" at Gallery 114
    1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 Phone: 503-243-3356

    Seattle University Alumna, Mary Jo Mann,uses the oil painting medium to examine the tension between human-made and natural systems.  Playing with the rhythms and geometry of urban and natural landscapes, Mann in this body of work is "making sense" of not only the physical world but of the connections between the physical and the metaphysical. "I find similar rhythms and form in nature," says Mann.  "Using these two supposedly opposing fields as a starting point, I find that the language and depth of each piece emerges as the work develops.  My approach isn't simply an intellectual activity but transcends the physical world.  The work takes on its own life, merging conscious intent with unconscious knowledge." Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle University in 1979 and studied with Val Laigo, Marvin Herard and Nick Damascus. She has lived in Portland since the early 80's with her husband and children.  Mary Jo's work can also be seen at her website, www.artbymaryjo.net.

     

    Remembering Sue Schmitt

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/8/2012 10:32:39 AM

    Sue SchmittSue Schmitt, Ed.D., Professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, died suddenly at the age of 66 on September 28, 2012. A public memorial service led by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. was held Monday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church.

    Dr. Schmitt stepped down from her 16-year position as dean on July 31, 2012, and spent the past two months traveling and enjoying time with her family. In her announcement to the faculty and staff on June 26, Dr. Schmitt emphasized her joy in overseeing many historical events over the past 16 years and was excited about the college’s position to engage in new opportunities at the university, state and national levels.  “We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to her family, friends, College of Education colleagues, staff and students and others whose lives she touched during her remarkable career as an administrator, educator and scholar,” said Isiaah Crawford, provost. 

    Dr. Schmitt helped organize the college’s 75th anniversary celebration (a milestone event that drew over 1,000 alumni and friends to campus) and oversaw Conversation Education, a symposium on education policy that brought great visibility to the university. Over the past several years she led a collaborative and successful process to revise and restructure the college’s doctoral program. Additionally, Dr. Schmitt spearheaded an effort that will bring a Seattle Public Schools Middle College program to the university in the next few months. 

    Prior to her appointment as dean of the College of Education, she had served as dean and professor, in the College for Human Resources at the University of North Dakota, where she had also served as associate vice president for academic affairs, responsible for the design and implementation of the Center for Instructional Technology. She served at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, as deputy vice chancellor and professor of rehabilitation, department chair and director of the independent Living Center. Dr. Schmitt also served as the administrative associate to the vice president for academic affairs of the University of Wisconsin System Administration. 

    Dr. Schmitt received the outstanding alumni award from Viterbo College, where she received a B.A. in English, and she was a Leadership Fellow at Mississippi State University. She was among a selective group of educational leaders to participate in Harvard University's IEM Program. Dr. Schmitt’s doctorate, which she received from Mississippi State University, was funded through a Bush Leadership Fellowship. 

    The Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship Fund has been established to honor her memory and the legacy she has left at Seattle University. The fund will support the academic advancement of underrepresented students enrolled in the College of Education, a commitment that Dr. Schmitt championed during the course of her career. For more information, including how to contribute to the fund, please call 206-296-1896.

    To share an online memory of Dr. Schmitt, please click here

    -A Seattle University News article by Paula Hermann

     

    Magis Note for October

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 11:32:08 AM

    magis familyLaugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured alumni living the mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note;

    “We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

     Magis wants to remind you that there are just a few spots left for alumni on the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. This is a great way to unplug from the everyday hustle and bustle to make space for quiet reflection Also, save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justicebeing held on Saturday, December 1, 2012.This new format will deepen the experience, inviting participants to learn, share, and act. Checkout our eNewsletter for upcoming programs and events that help you to put into practice the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership.

     

    Joan Bonvicini Invites You

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 10:50:07 AM

    I wanJoan Bt to personally invite alumni and friends of Seattle University to watch our team in action. Our players and staff are very excited about our upcoming basketball season. We want to build on last year’s success and take our team to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time. We play an exciting up-tempo style and are fun to watch. Come be a part of history in the making as we striveto win the WAC Basketball Championship. Call the Seattle U ticket office for information (206) 398-4678 or go to SU's athletics web site 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!   
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    Hope you'll join us!  

    Joan Bonvicini
         

    Albers Alumni - Meet, Greet and Network!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/3/2012 09:16:32 AM

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     We are thrilled to invite you to our next Albers Alumni Happy Hour and networking mixer on the eastside at Palomino - Bellevue.

    Join us to re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, faculty, and other SU business professionals in the greater Seattle area. This event is for people to meet, network, chat and keep in touch in an informal and casual setting, thereby fostering a stronger Albers alumni community.

    Lastly, we encourage you to attend and spread the word by inviting other Albers and Seattle University professionals in your network and organization. Non-Albers alumni and current students are welcome to join the event.

    Format: This is an open networking mixer style event. Just register, using the link given below, and stop by.

    Look forward to meeting you!

    - Organized by group of SU MBA alums

    *Bellevue Palomino is walking distance away from the Bellevue Transit Center.  

    **Parking Instructions:

    Up to 3 hours of free parking underneath The Westin Hotel. Please bring along your parking pass, for Palomino to validate.

    When:Oct 25th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Where:Palomino - Bellevue

    610 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

    RSVP:http://aahhfall2012.eventbrite.com

     

    Career Reflections of the Fall Season: Pausing to Notice

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/1/2012 11:41:29 AM

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    As we transition from spring to fall, the seasons invite us take time to step back and reflect on our own sense of needed changes in our personal and professional lives. A starting point can be assessing the use of our time. Are you satisfied with how much time you spend at work; and are you really choosing the amount of time spent specific tasks within your current role? Are you comfortable with the quality of your relationships at work? Where might you want to make deliberate choices on how you spend your most valuable asset—your time—within your work context? Another helpful barometer in holistically evaluating our lives is noticing our energy. Do you leave work feeling drained, empty and depleted? Or do you leave with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm, perhaps having expended physical and mental energy in the process, but feeling rejuvenated nevertheless--a subtle difference, yet one that matters to those who want to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment. By cultivating time and space for reflective practices we are empowered to create a more conscious and intentional life.

     Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

    •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
    •  Involvement in 3 major career fairs and other professional networking events
    •  Participation in the 4-week, “Jumpstart your Career” Series

    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

     

    Magis Notes for September

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/5/2012 01:20:10 PM

    AlumJesuit education can impact a person well beyond years spent as a student. Jesuit-educated alumnus Mark A. Flynn (Saint Louis University1967, 1972) credits Fr. Tom Cummings, S.J. (president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City where his sons attended high school), with part of his formation. Fr. Cummings poignantly said "a talent is not a gift until it is given away". This line has stuck with Mark through all the many personal and professional experiences he has had since. Be sure to read more of Mark's story, as well as those of other fellow Jesuit-educated alumni and how they are staying rooted in the mission of Jesuit education by visiting Alumni Living the Mission. 

    Now that fall is just around the corner, we invite you to "save the date" or register for some very exciting programs coming up. Magis is eager to announce that the application deadline for Mexico Mission Trek has been extended to September 15th! Visit our website for an application. We hope to receive your application. Also, Service Saturdays is starting back up this month at St. Mary's Food Bank and we are looking for volunteers. Don't forget: Magis Mixers has moved to first Thursdays at the Elysian. Lastly, registration is open for the annual Ignatian Silent Retreat,so email us to reserve your spot.

    Read this month's Magis eNewsletter for details on these opportunities and more. Join us!

    Executive and Alumni Seminars: Learning from the Past

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/4/2012 10:50:01 AM

    Alumni SeminarsTaught by Seattle University faculty and special guests, the College of Arts & Sciences Executive and Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Each quarter-long seminar examines a great theme or set of issues in the human experience. Discussions center around assigned readings or films that take 2-3 hours per week to complete. Participants are encouraged to make connections between the course materials and real concerns encountered in their daily lives and work.
    Registration is now on for the fall alumni seminar series. Join in a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds for "Learning from the Past." Distinguished faculty will address the lessons we can learn from the early Greeks up to the tragedies of the past 200 years. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

    October 2 and 16: The Greeks and the Romans, with Professor David Madsen
    October 30 and November 13: The Medieval Era and the Renaissance, with Professor Theresa Earenfight
    November 27 and December 11: The 19th Century-The Long Legacy of Imperialism and the 20th Century-"Never Again?" Have We Learned Anything from the Holocaust? with Professor Tom Taylor.

    The alumni seminars are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Details and registration information.

    Looking forward to a great year!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2012 11:39:17 AM

    Dear fellow alumni,
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    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 alumnifeedback@seattleu.edu.  Our alumni are our most treasured resource, and your voice matters.

    And don't forget to please connect often with the Seattle U Alumni Association online to learn more about the benefits you have as an alumni along with the great schedule of programs in the coming year.

    Our Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day! We are glad so many of you have signed on to our Alumni Online Directory. This resource is critical in realizing our goal of keeping you connected to your alma mater and each other. Please take a moment to log into this valuable resource.

    Here's to another great year at Seattle U and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10

    Magis Notes for August

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/7/2012 11:15:51 AM

    HildaAugustThis month's featured alumna living the mission is Hilda Guiao (Seattle University 2008), who shares how Jesuit education has shaped her personally and professionally, especially in how it has helped her to stay intentional during challenging times in her life.  As Hilda says "I wanted to learn more about my Catholic faith and to be in an environment that fostered and provided a structure to work out my own spiritual journey. Jesuit education offered a way to incorporate what I was learning, apply it, and make connections in my own life." We are grateful to Hilda for sharing her reflection with us and with you. Click here to read Hilda's take on Jesuit education.  

    Looking for a retreat, leadership or community service opportunity? If so, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for information on
    upcoming opportunities. Applications for the Mexico Mission Trek are due August 15th so be sure to apply today!Click here for more information and an application.  

     

    Welcome Back to School at the Seattle Sounders!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/7/2012 10:04:30 AM

    SFCJoin Seattle University for a Welcome Back to School Match at the Seattle Sounders FC!
    Alumni- Take advantage of our special discounted rate for the Saturday September 22nd match!

    Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at  CenturyLink Field.
    VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Students from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
    Kick-off 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, September 22.

    To take advantage of this offer, please complete the following instructions:
    1. Click here to buy SPECIAL #1
    2. Then enter the pass code: SEATTLEU
    3. If you do not already have an account you will need to create one.

    We sold out of our first group of seats, so here is what is available!

    New sections are 215 and 229 for $21, wristbands will be mailed by 9/15.

     

     

    Redhawks Division I Soccer is Here!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/1/2012 09:33:30 AM

    Fewing and teamI am thrilled to be back at Seattle University! It is surreal and humbling to return to a place I respect, love, and admire. I am also fired up to coach this team! They are motivated, eager, talented and very hungry to win. I am, as are the players, expecting to have success this year. It is our goal to play entertaining soccer. Come watch both the men's and women's teams as they bring our soccer program back to our university and the city of Seattle.

    We have a tremendous facility and the grass is exceptional so come join us for a memorable season! We hope to earn your support by our efforts on and off the field. I look forward to seeing you this season!

    Best regards, 
    Pete Fewing,
    Head Men's Soccer Coach

    Join us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics! 

    SU Alum is Chaplain Candidate at US Air Force Academy

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2012 03:11:40 PM
    HeatherThe US Air Force Academy is the one place I've always wanted to serve during my time in the chaplain candidate program. When I joined the military three and a half years ago, I knew I was called by God to serve the men and women who protect our country. I absolutely love the military and the sacred trust it has placed in me to provide for their religious and spiritual needs. At the Academy, my job is to provide religious and spiritual support for cadets in the class of 2016 who are going through their Basic Cadet Training (lovingly referred to as "Beast" and is appropriately named). Thus far I have taught classes to the new cadets, or "Doolies," on Air Force core values and religious respect training, instructed the new faculty members on their unique role within the academy, preached and led a service in the Cadet Chapel, marched 5 miles with them out to Jack's Valley for their field training, and done countless hours of visitation. The basic cadets here are mostly right out of high school and for many, this is their first major life experience away from home. To put it lightly, they were in for a shock! Basic freedoms that you and I take for granted every day, such as talking when we want, looking at our food, and wearing clothes of our choosing are stripped away, and a strict code of military discipline and regimented activities replaces them.

    It has truly been a blessing to serve these cadets and upper class cadre. Their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good is inspiring. I have had several counseling sessions with cadets during their time in the cadet clinic that have truly been sacred. As a chaplain candidate I am in a unique position to offer spiritual support to these young men and women, and also to be there cheering them on as they complete their grueling tasks. One of the most important aspects of our mission is the ministry of presence chaplains can provide. By simply being present to the cadets when they are in the midst of utter chaos, we provide them with a brief respite, a quick prayer, or a pat on the back, so they can continue with the rest of their day. My favorite times have been the ones outside the chapel where I offer an encouraging word to a cadet who looks to be on the brink of tears, and to be that safe person they know they can trust with anything. The cadre are there to correct their every minute mistake, and when the chaplains are around, the basic cadets know they will have someone smile at them. You'd be amazed how far something so simple can go.

    Heather Thomason, '11

    "The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."

    Magis Notes for July

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 03:43:06 PM

    RossmansMagis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann (Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values. As they put it, Jesuit education "taught us the importance of finding meaning in the work we do and taking action on the education that we received…When life gets busy, it's important for us to be reminded of the Jesuit values and to try to live a more reflective life."  Be sure to read more of the Rossmann's reflection by clicking here.

    Don't forget! We are still looking for alumni living in the Puget Sound to apply for the first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This experience will be sure to engage you in the spirit of service that Jesuit education has instilled in us all. Visit this page for an application. Priority deadline for applications for alumni leaders is August 1st and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions. 

    Lastly, Magis invites you to browse around and become familiar with the newly updated website - let us know what you think! As always, Magis invites you to catch up on this month's latest news by reading the monthly Magis eNewsletter.  

    A Summer Reflection

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 02:05:05 PM


    Fr DaveThe most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen.  A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. 

    I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God.   Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. 
    I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him.
     

    They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him.
     Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all  seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly.  At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. 

    Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
    Chaplain for  Alumni

     

    Athletic Director Bill Hogan: Seattle U is Back in the WAC!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 02:44:22 PM

    ill & RudySeattle University is the only re-classifying institution ever to gain membership into a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Our coaches, staff and nearly 400 student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge of earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) automatic bids to post-season tournaments. This will be the first time in 33 years that all Seattle University teams will be eligible to qualify for NCAA championships. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has a storied 50-year existence with many prominent teams, coaches, players and administrators, and we are anxious to contribute to this impressive legacy.

    Our initial focus will be on developing strong rivalries with the WAC members. We have made major improvements to several athletic facilities and will be able to provide a good environment for competition. As many Seattle University alumni may know, several of the WAC Football members will be moving to other leagues in 2013 so our goal is to secure new members. The WAC has gone through similar transitions in the past and has always rebounded with vigor.

    With the addition of women’s rowing this fall, the Redhawks now have 20 sports, including 17 competing in the WAC. Men's swimming and men's soccer compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also provides an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

    The Seattle U coaches have worked hard preparing the student-athletes to be ready for this move back to NCAA Division I. We need your support to make it successful. Please attend our games, matches and meets as often as possible to cheer our teams onto victory.

    Bill Hogan, Director of Athletics
    Seattle University

    SU Wins New Landmark Library Award

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 01:36:27 PM

    Library at DuskSeattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a "New Landmark Library" award from Library Journal.Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

    The library and learning commons opened in fall 2010, creating a bold new intellectual center for students. Square footage increased by 50 percent to more than 125,000 square feet. The purpose of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is to create a multipurpose space not only for learning, but for socializing and exploring. The structure houses quiet and active spaces for students to work, computer labs, a media production center, writing center, math lab and more. Along with all of these new features, the architects kept the white marble façade and double helix staircase loved by the campus community.

    "This recognition has really honored the vision and aspirations of the entire campus community, said John Popko, Seattle University librarian.  "It corroborates the responses of our students and faculty who have embraced this facility, made it their own and whose educational and academic experiences can be transformed by it."

    The New Landmark Libraries project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings across the country. The awards are based on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, beauty and delight, and more.

    "Each of these winning libraries stood out in terms of the final project but also because of their process in arriving at the final design - the discussions with stakeholders, the focus on the needs of students and the success in overcoming challenges," said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief. "These New Library Landmarks reinterpret the definition, concept and functionality of the traditional academic library."

    Library information.

    Message to Alumni from Susan Vosper

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:55:59 AM

     svbDear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater.  The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration.   June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni.  On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students.  We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees.  These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities.   

    My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University.  A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni.  We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of GovernorsWe have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies.   As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few!  

    The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world.  I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them.  I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.

    Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10
     Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations  

    Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!

    Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena.   This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott.

    This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies.  
    Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Magis Memo for June

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:33:58 AM

    SheelyOn behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.

    This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life.

    Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa  with any questions and for an application.

    Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online

    Career Resources for Graduates and a Lifetime!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 04:49:36 PM

    NetworkThe anticipation of graduation may be over, but there is plenty more excitement and nervousness facing new graduates this year. After a whirlwind of thank yous and goodbyes, moving boxes and interviews, the transition is here. For new graduates and alumni alike, their strongest resource in this time of transition may just be the Seattle University community. Establishing a support network can be one of the most important things for success in a transition. Our robust network of SU Alumni can be a resource we choose to turn to for help as much as a place for us to give back.  Try utilizing the alumni mentor database and reconnecting with classmates through the Alumni Online Directory.  Another great way to connect with fellow professionals is by joining the SU Alumni LinkedIn group.  Keep the SU connection strong by hiring a fellow Redhawk for a job or internship.

    Career Services offers  resources specific to your professional interests.  Access career tools through the Career Services web site including helpful job search links, resume samples, and interview tips. Additionally, you can take one of four self-assessments and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps in making your career transition.

    No matter what type of transition you face – new grad or seasoned professional - it is imperative to stay motivated, positive and persistent. Write down your strengths and place them somewhere you’ll see them often, and remember that people like to hire others who will be positive, self-assured teammates. With enough hard work and determination, something will come along. 

    Alissa B. Strong, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director, Career Services
     

     

    SU's Mission in Action in Rwanda

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 09:53:52 AM

    GanzaA group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world. 

    The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.

    The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.

    The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.

    Maria Zazycki,  ‘12

     

    Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/14/2012 11:15:40 AM

    MarinersSeattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Friday, June 8 | 7:10 p.m.

    Dodgers vs. Mariners

    Special discounted group seating has been reserved exclusively for Seattle University guests.

    A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will benefit The Martinez Foundation, which

    provides scholarships for future teachers of color. SU College of Education MIT students benefit from

    this foundation, so come out and enjoy a day at the ballpark while supporting a great cause!

    Tickets are $20 (regularly $30) for view reserved seating and $40 (regularly $45) for the field level seats

    Purchase tickets.  Enter special offer code: MARTINEZ

    Deadline to Purchase Tickets: June 4 at noon

    Bring a group of 25 and receive an on-screen Mariners’ welcome. 

    To purchase 25+ tickets, call the Seattle Mariners at 206.346.4515.

     

    A New Day in Alumni Relations

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:30:15 AM

    Susan W 2In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.

    The Commons:  Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?

    Susan Vosper:  I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.

    Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations. 

    Student Alumni Ambassadors Leading the Way

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:22:50 AM

    LorenzoSeattle University President Fr. Steve Sundborg acknowledged the importance of a strong alumni association during the recent Alumni Board of Governors meeting on May 1, 2012. He outlined his commitment to engage with SU alumni through several initiatives and campaigns during his next five years as president. Some of those initiatives prepare current students to start thinking of themselves as alumni in the bigger picture of their education such as service, mentorship opportunities,  career services, the Seattle University Youth Initiative, etc.

    The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a good way to engage all of these initiatives through the Office of Alumni Relations. The SAA is a professional undergraduate organization that connects students with alumni. SAAs connect and network with alumni through events such as the annual Gala, Alumni Service Awards, Magis activities, Annual Crab Feed, etc. The SAAs are excited to be a part of the president's vision to think SU first by creating its own initiatives that supports the values set forth by the university. Some SU alumni have stated their involvement with the SAAs prepared them for their professional and spiritual development as transformative leaders. It takes transformative leaders to create the opportunities to take risks for self-transformation.  I believe the SAAs have the tools and willingness to discover their gifts with other transformative leaders and I am proud to accompany them on that journey that resonates with my Jesuit vocation.

    Lorenzo Herman, S.J.
    MATL Graduate Student
    Student Alumni Ambassadors Advisor

    Spring Sports: Join Us! Senior Send off at the Sounders and Networking at Redhawks Baseball!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 03:07:41 PM

    SndrsWe're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!

    Our VIP Seattle University Alumni  pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and  Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other  campus leadership and alumni!    A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium.  

    Wednesday May 23rd
    Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew  
    VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
    Kickoff at 7p.m.
    Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKS

    Use the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!
    Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.

    The  Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington!  This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park.  The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out.
     
    Tuesday May 22
    Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington
    Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
    Purchase tickets.  Use promo code albers

    Magis Notes May 2012

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 02:49:06 PM

    FreeburgThis month, Magis features three of five Freeburg family siblings: Jim Freeburg (Santa Clara University '03), Ben Freeburg (Gonzaga University '01) and Katrina Freeburg (Gonzaga University '98, JVC '99). Each embrace and share the values of Jesuit education with their friends, family, and community. As they shared: "Because we've always had a strong community, we continue our Jesuit experience by building that community for others… It's a blessing and a responsibility to be Jesuit-educated, and we embrace this role wholeheartedly." Magis is grateful for sharing their perspective on how Jesuit-education has shaped them into being men and women for others.   Click here to read their reflection.

    Are you looking for a retreat opportunity and are in your 20's or 30's? If so, Magis is hosting its annual Young Adult Retreat at IslandWood in Bainbridge May 18-20. This year's theme is Living in the Heart of God: Confirming Choices in Community. This Ignatian-style retreat will be led by retreat directors Fr. Jack Bentz, SJ, Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM, and Maria Ochoa, and will invite reflection on life circumstances and commitments, grounding retreatants in a sense of faith and community through creative exercises, small-group sharing, and time for relaxation. The retreat is open to persons of all faiths and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes room and board for the weekend. There are only a few spots left, so email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa today! As always, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities

    SU Baseball: Fun with Family and Friends!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/23/2012 03:55:21 PM

    Chris I went to my first SU baseball game a couple of weeks ago with some non-SU alumni friends of mine.  I had brought them to a basketball game in the past, but never to a baseball game.  All of them went to fairly large Division I sports schools, and they were pleasantly surprised to see a Division I Baseball game.

    We had played the BYU Cougars.  Although SU had lost the first 3 games of this series against a tough opponent, that did not stop me and my friends from travelling to Bannerwood Fields, Seattle U baseball's eastside fields, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch my Redhawks for the first time.  They played an outstanding game with a strong offense scoring 5 runs, and only letting 2 runs in for BYU in the final inning of the game.  In addition to the game itself, there was a strong showing of Redhawk alums, which was good since BYU seems to travel well and had a good cohort of their own fans at the game.  It was well attended! 

    On a side note, for an extra $3, your admission ticket got you a hotdog, large soda, and popcorn!  You can't find a better deal anywhere else for a baseball game.  Try to beat that, Safeco field!

    Christopher Canlas, '01
    President, SU Alumni Board of Governors

    William Crano Discusses THE RULES OF INFLUENCE

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/20/2012 03:32:39 PM

    rulescoverSeattle University and Global Visionaries, the Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers young people to become global leaders, bring SOCIAL INFLUENCE EXPERT, WILLIAM CRANO, to Seattle to discuss his book, THE RULES OF INFLUENCE: WINNING WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY. Crano is a recognized leader of applied research on persuasion and minority-group influence and his latest work is being praised as a manual for informed social action. THE RULES OF INFLUENCE addresses the question: How can you use the science of persuasion to win people over even when you are vastly outnumbered and outmatched?

    ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required.





    April 26, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
     
    Lemieux Library at Seattle University 
    901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    By applying the science of persuasion Dr. William Crano has discovered proven strategies to use when an issue becomes so important that it compels you go up against the status quo. He has distilled these strategies, such as working from the inside and changing the game from subjective preferences to objective decisions, into an extraordinary collection of rules that radically affect the likelihood of successfully taking on the majority.

     Praise for The Rules of Influence from Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness: " Look out, Goliath-David has a training manual! In this smart and engaging book, Crano uses cutting-edge scientific research to show us how the few can influence the many, and how the weak can beat the strong. One of the best books on social psychology ever written."

     Crano is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science fellow, a former NATO senior scientist and former Fulbright fellow. He has contributed to national and international policy as an advisor to the United Nations, the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Crano's basic research is concerned with social influence, attitude change, and behavior change, especially the impact of minorities on the beliefs and actions of the majority, and on the effects of self-interest on attitudes and actions. His applied research is concerned with the development of persuasive and instructional information to promote positive behaviors and prevent negative outcomes such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.S. from Princeton University.

     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.

    Tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/237642

     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.

    2012 Su Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 04:05:43 PM

    thSeattle University Athletics cordially invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and special memories as we honor Seattle University's greatest student-athletes.

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    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 at
    sempadig@seattleu.edu or 206-398-4420.

    Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics

    2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Individual Athletes

    Frank Ahern - Athletic Administration - 1948-1951

    Clarence Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

    Marvin Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

    Gordon McKenzie - Men's Golf - 1954-1957

    Jawann Oldham - Men's Basketball - 1977-1980

    Sheryl Williams - Women's Soccer - 1999-2002

    Teams

    1952 Baseball Team

    Albert Anderson (posthumously), Al Brightman (posthumously), Bob Carlson (posthumously),

    Bob Clark (posthumously), Bill Collier (posthumously), Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas,

    Ed Garay (posthumously), Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso (posthumously), John Kelly, Bill Lagreid,

    Jack Lynch (posthumously), Tony Manca, Dr. Frank McBarron (posthumously), Jim Myers,

    Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, Bob Ward, Les Whittles

    Playful and Profound SU’s newest sculpture Justice (Just Ice) is a delight to behold

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 11:23:04 AM

    Just Ice sculptureA dramatic new work of art appeared on Seattle University’s campus during spring break. Situated in the garden between the second floors of the Student Center and the Library and Learning Commons, the sculpture appears to consist of large ice cubes or blocks of glass.

    Upon closer inspection, the cubes are made of a durable, specially cast resin. The sculpture is the work of Seattle-area artist Joe McDonnell and it is a commissioned gift from longtime friend of the university Ann Pigott Wyckoff.  The sculpture consists of sixty translucent blocks, each approximately two feet on each side and weighing about five pounds. McDonnell and his assistant painstakingly assembled the sculpture on campus throughout most of a week, carefully positioning the blocks so that they appear to be tumbling over and down a concrete wall.   It was not their first run-through—they had previously put the sculpture together in McDonnell’s studio.

    The cubes at their highest point are more than twelve feet off the ground. When one look at the blocks nearest to the top, they seem precariously perched, as if they are about to roll off the pile and onto the ground, but this is just an illusion. The blocks are fastened to the wall in the background and to a special anchoring frame beneath them. As striking as the installation is in the day time, the sculpture elicits perhaps even more delight in the evening when illuminated by a series of LED light bars that can change colors.

    “The sculpture is simultaneously playful and profound, and I hope it will positively engage and visually refresh people when they walk between the Student Center and the Lemieux Library/McGoldrick Learning Commons,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., who coordinated the art collection for the library and learning commons. 

    Jim Hembree, Senior Director of Development in University Advancement, was instrumental in bringing McDonnell’s sculpture to SU.  The sculpture, as Hembree sees it, is part of a growing trend at SU. For some time, he points out, most of the university’s artistic treasures have graced the interior spaces of our buildings, but in recent years, “Outdoor sculpture is gaining a more prominent presence on our campus. This is a big growth area for SU’s art collection.”

    McDonnell graciously allowed the SU community to have a contest to name the sculpture, and more than 160 entries were submitted.  The winning entry was submitted by Lauren Maza, who recounted how as she looked at the sculpture she thought of some of the core SU mission values, and the word “Justice” came to her and she realized it contained the words “Just Ice.”  Joe McDonnell selected this name so the sculpture’s formal title is “Justice (Just Ice).” 

    McDonnell’s work joins a three other recent sculptures added to the campus collection:  Joel Shapiro’s untitled abstract bronze figure of a running person on the library’s lawn, which was made possible by Dick and Betty Hedreen in 2010; Preston Singletary’s Northwest Native-inspired “Transformations” metal sculpture, which was installed on the north side of the Admissions & Alumni Building last summer; and Robert Pospisil’s haunting metal sculpture “The Prisoner” which will be installed soon in the Law Annex. 

    While SU’s latest sculpture may be outdoors, it can just as easily be enjoyed by those having a bite to eat in the Student Center or studying in the Library and Learning Commons. McDonnell worked for more than a year conceiving and constructing the sculpture. Students and other campus community members provided feedback and responses to the work as it evolved. 

    McDonnell has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey state government. Known primarily for his distinguished work in sculpting metal and bronze, McDonnell in recent years has turned to glass and cast resins as part of what he calls the “ice age” phase of his career.

    Jerry Cobb, S.J.

    You can learn more about the artist and his works at www.joemcdonnell.com.

     

    Taking Pride in Seattle U

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/19/2012 09:43:06 AM

    President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards 
            
                                                                      President
    Good evening.  Indeed this is a very good evening!  I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year.  It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.

    What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you.  I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.  

    • When I listen to the 100-student strong S.U. Choir my heart is overwhelmed with pride.
    • When I walk through that fantastic new library at any time of day or night and see how the students in droves have made it their home and love it, I am moved within by pride and gratitude.  (I always cut through there if I need a pick-me-up!)
    • When I learn of how 120 students now serve at Bailey-Gatzert School, 70 at Washington Middle and 40 at Garfield as just one part of our fantastic new but permanent Youth Initiative I can't help but feel how fully we are making our mission real in the lives of the kids of our neighborhood.
    • When I stand next to Dr. Vicky Minderhout, Professor of Chemistry, as she is named the 2011 Professor of the Year for the State of Washington, I touch into the incredible power of our faculty and see why our students so love them.
    • When I'm there in the 6th row of Key Arena and watch-amid all the lights and whistles and bells and dancing-our team play so hard and fast in going on a streak of wins, or enjoy the roar of the crowd on Championship Field as our Women's Soccer Team knocks off another top-notch program, I'm thrilled that we are now back in the big game.
    • I have the habit of walking around campus early at dawn on a weekend morning and looking over our territory (excuse me if sometimes I think of it as "my territory"), so I have this deep satisfaction to see the new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center; Championship Field, the best soccer stadium around; the Intramural Field under construction; the recent Law Annex; the Admissions and Alumni building; the Lee Center for Fine Arts; the Chapel now 15 years new; Sullivan Hall of the Law School; the Student Center; glorious malls, quadrangles, plazas, fountains, sculptures, art, the best gardens any campus anywhere has-wow; what a deep sense of thrill, consolation, and gratitude comes!
    • Or when I get into discussions with students as they wrestle with religion, service, gender identity, vocation, I just find them so good that my heart almost breaks.
    • Or when I rush from work to join in prayer and Mass with a community of 25 Jesuits committed to our mission and to ministry among our people and alumni, I am deeply consoled.
    • Or to be at the Career Expo Fair with 72 companies seeking our graduates for jobs or our students for interns, I know we've got it right.
    • Or just on a daily basis my privilege to share the leadership of Seattle U. with the best Executive Team and Deans any university could hope to have, I know we are in the best hands and that they are not just mine.
    • And then, of course, there was the big news that out of 800 schools we were listed first in receiving the 2012 President's Award for Community Service.  You can imagine the pride and joy in that!

    I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving.  I want you to take full pride in it.  It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.

    So thanks to all of you.  Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work.  And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be.  I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you.  Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.

    Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission.  It is our alumni.  As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission."  They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others.  We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world.  On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now.  We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission.  What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.

    Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank.  May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University

    New Alumni Benefits Launched- Strategic Plan on Course!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/12/2012 08:24:05 AM

    SusanVosper2Dear Alumni-

    April is a wonderful time of year at Seattle U.  We are fortunate to watch our beautiful campus come to life as spring unfolds while enjoying the heightened energy from the celebration of Easter.  It is also the beginning of the recognition and celebration of all our graduating seniors who are formally moving from life as a student to life as an alumni.  These are reminders for me of how incredibly blessed I am to work at a place that has meant so much to me in my life, and to have met so many of you over the past ten months in my role as SU's Assistant VP of Alumni Relations.  When I started in my role last June I told you that I envisioned my role to be one of a connector, helping to bring a series of benefits and resources to our alumni that help you better connect to Seattle U and to your fellow alumni. I am so pleased to announce that we have made great strides in making the first of these benefits a reality to help you get and stay connected to your alma mater!

    To that end, I am happy to announce the launch of three core resources to help you get connected, stay involved and be a part of the Seattle U Alumni Association:

    • An updated alumni web site has been updated with a consistent look, feel and brand for better usability and design to help you more easily find information, benefits and services. 
    • A new Alumni Online Directory is now available to allow you to easily keep your personal and professional information current as well as allow you to search for classmates and fellow alum by name, industry, location and more.
    • SU's first ever Alumni Gear Online Store where you can purchase SU alumni gear online to show your SU pride! 

    Please look for an email from the Office of Alumni Relations in the next few weeks that contains your login and password info for the online directory along with more information on website updates and deals on alumni gear.   This is the first launch of a comprehensive (and still growing) list of benefits and resources for our alumni and we will continue to work across the university to be a resource to you that will help you get involved, stay connected and build a lifetime relationship with your alma mater.

    Take a look and let us know what you think.  We want to hear from you and you can send your comments to us at Alumni Feedback.  Again, it is my pleasure and privilege to continue to work towards our vision of "building a world class alumni relations office and presence" for you and the university.   

    Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10
    Assistant Vice President , Alumni Relations

    Magis Notes for April 2012

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/12/2012 08:17:23 AM

    Angelica2This month, Magis features Jesuit-educated alumna Angelica Germani ,'04. Over the last years, Angelica has led alumni groups to participate in the annual Mexico Mission Trek with Esperanza International, and has participated in various Magis retreats and programs. We at Magis see Angelica living out the sensibility of Magis in her everyday life, and as she puts it, "Although we grow older and farther away from our university experience, we can hold tight to what speaks to us from the depths of our hearts; do more, be more." Click here to read Angelica's reflection on how a Jesuit education has impacted her and her post-college experience.

    Also, don't forget to save the date for the annual Justice Education Forum on May 3rd. This year's theme is: Our Lives & Leadership for the Common Good during Challenging Economic Times. As alumni of Jesuit education, how does the value of leadership for the common good inform how we make faithful and just decisions which impact our future, and those of our families and communities? The program will feature Bill Grace, author of Sharing the Rock: Shaping Our Future through Leadership for the Common Good, who will lead the conversation and alumni panel. Be sure to RSVP with Magis today!

    Customized SU Alumni Gear is Here! Show Your SU Pride!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/11/2012 03:31:11 PM

    Gear bannerYou asked  for alumni gear and we heard you! We have launched our Online Alumni Gear store!  SU Alumni Relations has partnered with Campus Team Shop to create an online alumni apparel and gear store. Everything available is customizable and features the Redhawk licensed logo. You can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, performance wear, hats and bags.  To make our store even better,  we incorporated SU's  specific activities to make every item special to Seattle University alumni, students, staff and fans. So whether you are looking to customize an item with a particular SU sport, intramural activity, class year or college, you'll find it!

    A walk through campus in alumni gear is the ultimate sign of SU pride. It is a nod toward our shared history and bright future. Shop now!

    Bring on the Sun Run

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/10/2012 09:46:16 AM

    Sun RunSince Fall quarter of 2011, twelve students in the Sport Administration and Leadership program have been acquiring the skills and the knowledge needed to organize a 5k fun run. All of those talents are now being put to use to present the Inaugural Bring on the Sun Run, the beginning of a tradition that will be passed down to future students in the program.

    The purpose of this run, other than to gain valuable real world experience, is to raise money for charity. All the proceeds raised during this event are going to the Boys and Gils Club of King County, who is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative.

     The Bring on the Sun Run will occur on May 5, 2012 at 9 AM at Magnuson Park. For those who want to register, please look at our web site  for more information. All those who register will receive a technical tee the day of the race. Please sign up soon as spots are going fast, and after April 15 sizes cannot be guaranteed.

    An Easter Message from Fr. Steve

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/5/2012 07:57:35 AM

    Dear Alumni- President

    As a Jesuit, Catholic university Easter is a time for us to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. The season also invites us to contemplate new possibilities for living out our shared mission of building a more just and humane world.

    These days a heightened energy and a renewed sense of purpose is animating our campus. The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which we launched in 2011, received a tremendous vote of confidence last month when the federal government recognized us with its highest honor for community service, the 2012 Presidential Award.

    Through the Youth Initiative, we are collaborating with partners in the community to ensure that the children of our neighborhood succeed in school and in life. Our vision is that every child in this community graduates from high school and has a real opportunity to attend college.

    As the Youth Initiative continues to grow and flourish, my hope is that our alumni and friends will find ways to join the effort. The first such opportunity comes this month with our inaugural Alumni Day of Service on April 21. I do hope you can participate. I also invite you to learn more about the exciting work we are doing with our neighbors and community partners by visiting the Seattle University Youth Initiative's web site.

    I am grateful for the many ways our alumni model and participate in the mission of our university, and I pray that you are blessed in this glorious Easter season and always.

    Sincerely,

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President

    Sustainability Initiatives Make Progress

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/29/2012 11:10:29 AM

    Fitness ExteriorAs we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this month, it is a good time for us to reflect on Seattle University’s already strong commitment to sustainability while setting our sights on what we can do to tread even more lightly on the planet.

    We have accomplished a great deal in the past few years. Seattle University’s buildings are now carbon neutral. We did it by improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, switching to a lower carbon fuel source and purchasing carbon offsets for our remaining emissions.

    A year and a half ago, Seattle University became one of the first campuses in the nation to stop selling bottled water campus-wide. We also used the occasion to begin selling SU-branded stainless steel water bottles in our bookstore, with proceeds from the sales going to a clean water project in Haiti. The bottles have been incredibly popular, and so far, nearly $5,000 has been raised, providing 80,000 Haitians with safe water for a year. You can buy this water bottle from the SU Bookstore.

    Our new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center opened last fall as SU’s fourth LEED Gold-certified building, joining the Admissions & Alumni Building, Law School Annex and McGoldrick Learning Commons in earning this prestigious green building rating.

    Nearly 60 percent of our waste is reused, recycled or composted—that’s a nine percent increase since 2009. We’ve added compostable to-go ware at our cafés and catered events, and we now have more than 200 compost bins on campus.

    We subsidize our students’ transit passes, and we’ve recently added seven electric vehicles to our campus operations, making one-third of our fleet electric. This year we installed a fruit orchard on the east edge of our campus to grow blueberries as well as apple, pear and hazelnut trees. The plan is to engage our neighbors in the harvest and distribute much of what is picked to those in need.

    Sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into Seattle University’s curriculum. Our Albers School of Business offers an MBA Specialization in Sustainability. With a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies program has created an off-campus urban farm to supply a local food bank and provide children with information about nutrition and healthy living.

    We certainly have much to be proud of—and much that is yet to be done. In 2009, Seattle University deepened and formalized its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability by implementing a Climate Action Plan. We have pledged to make sustainability and climate change a more visible, dynamic component of our curricular and co-curricular programs. We have also set a goal of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent by 2020 and 51 percent by 2035, as well as share our knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely. These goals are very bold, and yet given our track record on sustainability, they are also very achievable.

    To learn more about Seattle University’s sustainability initiatives:

    Be a fan on Facebook
    Visit our web site

    Karen Price, Campus Sustainability Manager

    Spirituality on Tap: Ignited in Our Calling

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/21/2012 08:18:21 AM

    Hilda2The Ignatian Spirituality Center and Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission presents Spirituality on Tap: "Ignited in Our Calling"

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive."  -Howard Thurman

     Often times, when we think of what kind of "work" or "career" we want in life, we automatically think of how much money we want to make, what kind of prestige or honor that comes with it, and it usually revolves around the idea of "me" and what do I want to do with my life. Within the Ignatian Spirituality lens, the idea of vocation, or calling, is something deeper and more intentional. We invite and bring God into the process of discerning what our gifts and passions are, and how does that relate to the bigger picture, to bettering the world, or how Thurman puts it "what makes you come alive."

    As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center and an SU alumna, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fifth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome a panel of Jesuit-educated young adults on the topic of vocation. Come and join us for an evening conversation with other young adults on what makes you come alive and finding God in our own vocation journey. It will be on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Spirituality on Tap is a way for young adults, aged 21-35, to come together and discuss, pray and reflect on a spiritual topic that is relevant to today's time and culture. So if you are a young adult pondering about your life vocation, come and join us!


    Hilda Guiao, '09

    Landmarking: City, Church and Jesuit Urban Strategy

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/20/2012 09:22:10 AM

    Landmarking flierPlease join us on April 16, 2012, for an exciting evening with Father Tom Lucas, S.J., as we explore the role of the Jesuit University in the life of the City.

    Highlights of the evening include a guided tour of the Chapel of St. Ignatius (optional). The tour will depart from 1313 E. Columbia at 3:30 PM. After the tour, enjoy social Time with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages provided, followed by a welcome and introduction by Father Steve Sundborg, S.J., President of Seattle University. Father Lucas will present followed by a book signing.

    This is an open invitation, however, space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Denise Burns indicating the names of who will be attending from your firm. Please contact Denise with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th!

    English Department Welcomes Susan Meyers

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/16/2012 03:25:29 PM

    SusanAlumnus Susan Meyers, '99, joins the English Department faculty on July 1. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.

    Meyers, a writer and poet, was in the Honors Program and majored in English and minored in sociology. She currently teaches at Oregon State University.

    Meyers has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Gender and Education, and Community Literacy Journal. She is currently working on a historical novel about her family's circus, which operated during the early part of the twentieth century, as well as an ethnographic monograph about literacy and migration in the U.S./Mexico context. At SU, She looks forward to applying her interests in global and historical studies to courses in creative writing, literature, and composition.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The English Department offers degrees in English literature, film studies, and creative writing.

    2012 Tribute Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/15/2012 01:18:06 PM

    TributeJoin Seattle University Athletics for a very special night as we honor two of our greatest student-athletes, two-time  college tennis All-American, Tom Gorman, and our number one golfer during his collegiate career, Orrin Vincent.

    Friday, March 30th, 2012 
    SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM

    Located at 914 E. Jefferson Street on the Seattle University Campus
    Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way

    5:00pm - No-Host Reception

    6:30pm - Dinner and Program

    $100 per person for dinner and complimentary drink

    RSVP by Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Please return the enclosed card

    Email Greg Sempadian  or call 206-398-4420.

    You can also register online at www.GoSeattleU.com

    Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics

    Dr. Rick Hodes: One Physician’s Journey in Ethiopia

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/15/2012 11:41:33 AM

    Dr. HodesMonday, April 2, 2012, 5:30 pm
    Pigott Auditorium, William A. Pigott Building, SU Campus



    When Dr. Rick Hodes  went to Ethiopia in 1985 to assist with famine relief efforts he never expected to stay. Join Dr. Hodes to hear about his life’s work with the people of Ethiopia.   

     “Dr. Rick Hodes’ life story is a reminder that giving is a privilege in which we may take pleasure, not some saintly endeavor. His approach toward medicine should be a model for our current Western system in showing that tending to the soul is at the center of healing.” (Natalie Portman, Oscar winning actress)

    Rick Hodes is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 97-year old NGO. Over the years, his work has focused on the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior medical consultant at a Catholic mission in Ethiopia. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania,
    Somalia, and Albania.

    This event is hosted by the College of Nursing and  the College of Science and Engineering Pre-Health Club  in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Please email Katie Bowler or call 206-296-6100 with questions. Click here for more information.


    Finding Balance

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/14/2012 03:23:52 PM

     

    JOe LeighAs we graduate and transition into new jobs and new careers, it’s always important to remember why we're doing what we're doing. Sure, you want to work hard and develop your career, but at the end of the day you need to strike a good balance to maintain your personal health and sanity. A coworker recently asked me if I was living to work or working to live…I instinctively responded with the latter, but had to really reflect on this later to realize that this wasn't necessarily accurate although I'm making a conscience effort to move more that way. Of course as adults, we all have our obligations, whether financial, familial, etc, but what we need to remember is our obligation to ourselves as well. Your other obligations can easily be affected negatively if you always ignore your obligation to yourself. Whether this means your happiness flourishes through exploring a new hobby/activity, spending more time with family, reconnecting with old friends or meeting new ones, it's important to find your reasons for working so hard everyday.

    Understandably, not everyone will come out of school with their dream jobs in hand. The key to your destiny is in your own attitude. It's ok to keep your eyes on the prize, but make the most out of what you have and take the time to enjoy yourself while you're on your journey towards that dream job. I noticed that in my own life, my priorities have changed significantly since graduating from school. I used to be one of the ones "living to work" and striving for that elusive "success", but am happy to report that I am now much closer to the "working to live" state. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, but I've learned that when you become so focused on one specific goal, you miss out on all the opportunities along the way. Ease your foot off the gas pedal and give yourself some time to absorb your surroundings-- you'll never know what you'll find!

    Joe Leigh, '09
    Alumni Board of Governors

    Ethics in the Business World- Join Us at Albers

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/14/2012 09:20:06 AM

    Albers Logo

    Albers School of Business and Economics
    presents  “Ethics in the Business World”
    April 17, 2012 7:00-9:00 a.m.

    We invite you to join Albers as we celebrate Ethics Day amid day long programming titled "Ethics in the Business World". Focusing on the best side of business, activities will demonstrate that professional ethics and ethical organizational cultures are vital to advancing the role of business as a force for building the common good.

    Albers alumni are invited to begin the day with our Albers Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series for the spring quarter featuring Stan McNaughton, ’74, President and CEO of PEMCO and Dr. Marc Cohen, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics. Dr. Cohen’s research is in business ethics, moral psychology and philosophy, and management theory. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The presentation will be held on April 17, 2012 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Casey Building,  5th floor, Casey Commons at Seattle University. Follow this link for a map of the campus and parking locations.  Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. A full breakfast awaits you with hot coffee to get you started. Speakers will begin a bit before 8:00 a.m. and we will have plenty of time for your questions.  Registration is required; the cost is $10. To register, click here. For additional information, please contact Gail Yates at 206-296-6115 or Rob Bourke at 206-296-2277. 

    As part of "Ethics in the Business World", most Albers students will be visited by thoughtful, ethical business leaders throughout the day who will participate in over 50 classes to share how they have addressed ethical dilemmas in their own career. The day will conclude with a panel from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when we kick off the founding of the student chapter of Net Impact. This new student group will host a panel of invited guests including the founder of Newground Social Investment.

    We hope you will join us for the Alumni Breakfast!

    Magis: Alumni Living the Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/7/2012 10:22:59 AM

    Magislogo20121A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.
    For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer Greg Corps Northwest 2010-11), a commitment to finding God in all things is what has formed him, particularly in his work life as a personal banker. As he puts it "the Magis program has been a true blessing which keeps me connected not only with the mission of Jesuit education, but with other Jesuit-educated alumni who are also seeking the same thing." Visit Living the Mission to read Greg's reflection about the impact of Jesuit education on his everyday life.

    Also, Magis brings you two great opportunities to pause and reflect this month: Alumni Day of Prayer on March 24  with retreat directors Carla Erickson Orlando and Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., will feature the theme of compassion through Carla and Fr. Pat's lively storytelling approach; and Spirituality on Tap on March 28  will feature a young adult panel about what makes each of them come alive as they find God in the midst of life's opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, email Magis

    Lastly, as always, be sure to visit the Magis e-newsletter for information on other upcoming programs and events this spring. From retreats to education forums, Magis has you covered for faith, justice, and leadership opportunities!

    From Dark to Light - Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/7/2012 10:15:18 AM

    alumni_chaplain_daveOne of the things I'm noticing is that we're gradually receiving more light. As we move toward summer our light will increase several minutes each day and very soon we will have light into the evening hours. Children will be biking, playing baseball and swimming into the evening hours. I'm also noticing that cherry blossoms are blooming on the trees and several flowers are beginning to grow in the gardens around our beautiful Campus. The Christian community around the world is celebrating the season of Lent - a word which means "Spring-season." During the next 40 days we will be in retreat in a similar way that Jesus retreated into the desert for 40 days to be in communion with God.

    As we journey through this season with our Christian sisters and brothers around the world, we're invited by God to be even more engaged with what we are already doing throughout the year - praying, fasting and almsgiving or acts of charity. We're invited to slow down, become more contemplative, and listen to what God is saying to us here and now. We're also invited to sacrifice one thing we enjoy such as snacking … to feel the emptiness … and then to invite God to fill us with God's own love, light and joy.

    And  we're invited to acts of charity … to be co-workers with Jesus in healing our broken world one person at a time. Maybe to serve lunch at a homeless shelter once a week, call a friend with whom we have had a disagreement, or visit an assisted living center. If I can brighten the day of at least one person during these 40 days of Lent, we have made our world a more forgiving and peaceful place.  Mother Theresa once said "do no great things … but do small things with great love." One question I'm asking myself this Lent is "how is God inviting me to grow and become a better person?"  Letting go of resentments, forgiving people with whom I've had a disagreement, not texting or talking on the phone while driving.

    Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
    Chaplain for Alumni, Seattle University

    Reflections from Beth Kreitl, Executive Director, SU Career Services

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/5/2012 09:22:15 AM

    Beth kreitlPurpose. What does it mean to live a life of purpose? Inspired by the gifted presenters at today's TEDx event, hosted by Seattle University, I have been contemplating my current answer to this question. The question itself invites us to go deeper. What gives us a sense of purpose? Which then leads us to go even deeper. What is purpose? I learned today that the Latin derivative "pur" means fire. Powerful. What lights your fire? What makes you burn with passion? I didn't have an immediate response to the question. But then we were invited to go a little further. If you can't identify your fire, then can you identify your sparks? Could we notice and be attentive to those? Could we search for the places in our lives at work, home, outdoors, and in community where we feel energized? What are the activities in which we lose all sense of time? Reflection is a core value of the Ignation educational tradition, and as members of Seattle U's alumni association, we invite you to continue that reflective process. Reflection must be balanced by action, so if you have read this blog, and want to dive more deeply into both reflection and action in seeking to answer this powerful question about what gives your life a sense of purpose, you may want to consider participating in the upcoming 4-week workshop series entitled: "Jumpstart Your Career."

    Participants in the winter workshop series found the program to offer a space to reflect, connect and gain valuable tools for every individual's unique place along their career path. When asked to comment on the most recent series, Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson, who is also scheduled to lead the upcoming series, stated the following:  "In my work as a career coach, I give dozens of workshops every year - to all ages and all stages. My winter series with Seattle University alumni was one of the best group experiences in my memory.  Why?

    • Sharing:  The participants engaged fully, knowing that all exchanges would be held in confidence, and offered lots of ideas and connections to each other.
    • Work:  The participants (all SU alumni) buckled down and did the work they were asked to do.
    • Humor:  We were able to laugh at ourselves and each other.  Looking for a job can be daunting and depressing, so a little bit of humor goes a long way.
    • Learning:  During the course of the 4 evenings, a tremendous amount of material was presented and digested.  Participants grew accordingly so that by the last session, their knowledge of "how to look for a job" was much more nuanced and realistic.
    • Community:   We developed a sense of connection to the greater Seattle University community and established some respectful and substantive ways to build on that deep connection."

    •  

      Beth Kreitl, EdS, LMHC, NCC 
      Executive Director, Career Services

     

    Redhawks Baseball Season Has Arrived!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/2/2012 10:37:02 AM
    DHarrel2We are extremely excited about our 3rd year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We won just 11 games in our first season and doubled that total in 2011, even though we gave one game back in the win column due to an NCAA ruling. We are finally in a position in our program where we have true experience. Our last game against St. Mary's in 2010 - we had 8 freshmen on the field trying to beat an experienced Division I program. Last year we won our last game of the season against St. Mary's and did not have a freshman on the diamond.

    Our first freshmen signing class in the program is now in their junior years and our junior college transfers are seniors. Put that experience with a tremendously hard working freshmen class and the formula should equal more wins in 2012. Our team goal for the season is to reach the 30 win mark. If we play like our staff thinks we can - that goal is very reachable.

    SU Head Baseball Coach Donny Harrel

    More information on Redhawks baseball.

    Finding Community after Graduating

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/13/2012 10:00:07 AM

    AnalisaLike many recent grads I was initially turned off by the idea of getting involved with SU.  I felt like SU just wanted more money and to be honest once I completed graduation school was the last think I wanted to think about. Then a year after I graduated, I was asked to co-emcee the graduation brunch; I accepted and figured it would be a way to give back without giving money.  I had a blast!  I ran into some old professors and seeing all the graduates with their friends and family reminded me of what a great time I had at SU.  I met the Alumni Board President at the time, Anita Crawford-Willis and can credit her for reconnecting me with SU. I joined the Alumni Board of Governors shortly after and I am still a member.  The Graduation Brunch is still one of my favorite SU events… especially listening to Father Steve speak each year!  My fellow graduates and I attend basketball games, Advent Mass, most recently the downtown breakfast and so much more! I tell all the students and young alums I run into that you should stay connected.. even if you have no interest now you might in the future and you don't have to give money!  You can volunteer or just attend events… SU doesn't just want your money they want you to be a part of our alumni community!

    Analisa Castaneda, '05

    February Update from Your Assistant Vice President

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/9/2012 08:13:25 AM

    Susan W 2(1)Dear Alumni -

    We are two months into the new year and I am proud to say that the Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day!  I'm very pleased to report that in the two short months of this year we have launched more alumni events than ever before.  Whether you have already attended one, like the Downtown Alumni breakfast, a pregame rally at KeyArena, an alumni happy hour or the alumni career workshop on campus, there are many options for you to enjoy.  We have listened to your input, which led us to plan our first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 21st, and the 15th Anniversary celebration of the award winning Chapel of St. Ignatius.  And, don't forget to join us for the 27th annual Alumni Awards on April 17!  We have an amazing slate of alumni that we will be honoring this year and we hope you will join us to celebrate!

    We have been working diligently to improve and grow the SU alumni presence online and your input helped outline improvements to our web presence and online network.  To that end, the Seattle U Alumni network on LinkedIn has more than 4,457 members, our SU Alumni Facebook page has grown to more than 1,850 fans and we are growing toward 500 followers on Twitter.  I can't stress those numbers enough - whether you are an alum or current student, the Seattle University alumni network is the best place to make connections for social and professional development.  

    Speaking of professional development, we just completed the most successful Internship Fair last week with increased employer participation from 28 to 41 and increased student participation from 283 to 447!  In addition, we are well on our way to delivering on two significant events in partnership with Career Services:  the alumni career workshop in March and the Career Expo on April 11.   

    When I started last June I outlined our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  In December I outlined my immediate goals and we have been hard at work building out the plan in support of this vision.  Please be sure to download SU's Alumni Relations Plan.

    Also, please be sure to go to your website at 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!

    Sincerely,

    Susan Vosper, '90, '10

    Congratulations 2012 Alumni Award Winners!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/8/2012 08:50:07 AM

      

    2012 Alumni Awards logoAlong with President Sundborg and Seattle University's Alumni Board of Governors, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the university's 2012 Alumni Awards recipients, who will be honored at the 27th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President's Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 17, 2012. 

     
     Register today!

    2012 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:Martha Choe, '87
     
    Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Martha Choe, Chief Administration Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a leader in economic and development affairs in Seattle and across the nation. 

    2012 Professional Achievement Award:Paul Newman, PhD, '78
    Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

    Dr. Paul A. Newman
    is a leader in the use of aircraft for atmospheric research, and is the Chief Scientist for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

    2012 Distinguished Teaching Award:Bill Weis, PhD
    Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 
    Bill Weis is currently a faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics focused on teaching leadership and team development.

    2012 University Service Award:
    Julie Woodward, '93 
    Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University(alumni and non-alumni eligible)
    Julie Woodward has been the head coach for the women's soccer team for 15 years, and has led them to 13 winning seasons.

    2012 Community Service Award:Tricia Trainer, '01
    Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities
    Tricia Trainer is been a longstanding volunteer and supporter of the Chief Seattle Club, the only social service center in Seattle devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations People.  

    2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:Rosa Singer, '02
    Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Rosa currently serves as Director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with programs in over 72 countries.

    More information about these outstanding alumni. 

    SU Ranks High on Peace Corps Top Colleges List

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:19:18 AM

    Peace CorpsSeattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history.  

    Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. 

    "Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."

    Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seatttle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support."

    Full article.

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:14:02 AM

    Magislogo20121This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives.
    clay nancy
    Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online.

    Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows in
    honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!

    Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!

    SU alumni called to help local non-profit Water for Humans at fundraiser!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/23/2012 09:44:58 AM

    Water Human Nearly 1 billion people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion people lack proper water sanitation.  At the Valentin Gomez Farias Elementary School in Oaxaca, Mexico, providing clean water to its students is a daily struggle. The school must use its limited resources, not to purchase books and school supplies, but to purchase bottled water. The municipal water is simply too unsafe to drink. 

    Water for Humans, a Seattle-based non-profit, is working to find sustainable solutions to fix this and other water sanitation issues in Oaxaca. Water for Humans does more than supply people with finite amounts of clean water—it establishes long-term solutions that empower communities to obtain clean water for years to come.  As students or alumni of Seattle University, we are called to create a more just and humane world. While we cannot always devote our daily lives to social justice, we can certainly support those who do. 

    The Seattle University SIFE team invites you to support Water for Humans’ work by attending a fundraiser on Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m. in Student Center 160 at Seattle University. This fundraiser will feature a silent auction, a raffle, and a performance by the Seattle Fandango Project. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for current students. Please contact Jordyn Gustafson (gustafs7@seattleu.edu) for more information.

     Help further Seattle University’s commitment to social justice by joining us for an evening of giving!  

    Margaux Helm, '14
    Albers School of Business and Economics

    Finding Community after Graduating from SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/17/2012 02:14:08 PM

    ZachLooking back nearly four years after graduating, what I cherish most about SU was its small, intimate atmosphere. On the floors of Campion Hall I knew my fellow residents by name.  The class sizes were perfect, and I could walk from one end of campus to the other in about 5 minutes.  All of these things fostered a palpable sense of community that helped me forge strong, lasting relationships I maintain to this day. In school, it was easy to identify fellow students with whom I shared interests and hobbies. I found my classmates to be engaged and collegial, always willing to lend a helping hand. My professors were accessible outside of class and completely invested in my success.

    As an alumnus, my closest friends are all fellow SU grads, most of us former classmates from Albers. We may not all live in the same city anymore, but when we get together we're instantly transported back to senior year as though no time has passed at all. I still keep in touch with faculty members who have become friends over the years. As I prepare to start law school this year, I owe them a debt of gratitude for writing amazing letters of recommendation on my behalf. If I had attended a larger university I'm not sure my experiences would have been as meaningful.

    In the years since I've graduated, my sense of community with fellow SU alums has only deepened. With college friends, I've solidified old friendships. As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, I've had the opportunity to develop new ones. My SU community now is much the same as when I was a student, only stronger. And for that I'm grateful.

    Zach Anderson, '08

    An Alumni Take on the UW Game!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/17/2012 02:08:23 PM

    Joe HueffedMy friends and I headed towards the University District.  On the way, we decided to take a quick detour down the "Ave" (University Way) and  later down frat row.  We did, after all, have three Seattle U Redhawk flags flying from the roof of the truck, so why not show our Redhawk  spirit?  As we turned on to NE 45th street, we saw plenty of stares,  jaws drop and looks of amazement.  We were not sure if the looks were  of confusion or antagonism, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

    Arriving at a pub in the University District, we noticed we were some  of the few Redhawks in attendance.  Seeing some fellow Redhawks waiting for a seat, we gladly shared our table and a few words of  encouragement before walking to Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed).  I wondered if this would be like the blowout game two years ago, when  the Huskies beat the Redhawks 123-76, yet hoped for a much better outcome.

    Seattle U won possession from the opening tip-off and scored first, and the UW fans were quickly put on notice that this would indeed be a ball game. Tonight the Redhawk fans were clearly a minority, but well represented nonetheless.  As the game progressed and it increasingly became clear  this would be a close game, the Redhawk fans showed their support.  Most Husky possessions resulted in an orchestrated chant of "de-fense" by the Redhawk fans, led by the enthusiastic MADD grads and cheer squad.  As the game continued, the Washington fans clearly became increasingly nervous, concerned and spirited.    It soon became clear that win or lose, one thing was certain; the Chieftains had returned.  With a new name of Redhawks but same brilliant color of red, Seattle U had restored the intra-city  rivalry with our collegiate neighbor across town.  Redhawks and  Huskies alike welcomed this restoration of competition.  As the game concluded and the Husky players and fans celebrated their victory, it seemed as though the rivalry had never ended, but had just paused between seasons  ... 1958 ...1970 ... 1980 ... 2010 .. 2012 ... The tradition continues ...

    Joe Hueffed,'93, MBA '98

     

    PRESS CONFERENCE AT NOON! Men's Soccer Announcement!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/10/2012 10:13:06 AM

    Men's Soccer

     

    Seattle University's Department of Athletics and Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni along with faculty and staff to attend a press conference at noon today, at which a major announcement will be made about the SU men's soccer program. 

    The press conference will take place at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration at 1218 E. Cherry St. Please join us on campus.

    You can also live stream the announcement or watch for our news on
    your SU Alumni Facebook  or Twitter page.

    Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012?

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/5/2012 08:49:57 AM

    AlumniNeed 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 1

    Interested in attending? RSVP
    Donna Whitford, SU Alumni Relations, 206-296-5664.
    Cost for the series is $45
    Please 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!

     

    Come network and hear UW & SU coaches preview the big game!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 1/5/2012 08:37:47 AM

    CoachesJoin us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.

    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.

    Get your ticket today!  Click here . 

    Little Rock Nine: Journey to Justice Speaker Coming to SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/4/2012 01:16:56 PM

    Carla LaNierSeattle 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. Celebration
    Free and open to the Public
    Tuesday, January 17,  7:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
    More information about the 2012 MLK Celebration .
    RSVP to oma-rsvp@seattleu.edu 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 is throwing a party and unveiling its brand new look!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/3/2012 01:42:46 PM

    Magislogo20121Magis 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.

    An Alumni Advent Mass Reception Story

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/12/2011 01:35:40 PM
    DoveIt was the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2008 when I was told that I had cancer.  Not really what I wanted for Christmas! An exploratory surgery during that time confirmed that I needed more surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. Fear took on new meaning for me.

    The prior Christmas I had attended the Alumni Advent Mass and Reception and had met one of our alums (Teresa Coluccio) and we had chatted briefly. When Teresa called me out of the blue in my office at SU in January of 2009 and said that she had noted that I was scheduled to see a surgeon in the Swedish system, I was surprised to say the least. It turned out she worked for the foremost surgeon in the Swedish system for my type of cancer and she said that she “would get me in”. I had had difficulty trying to get an appointment with this surgeon. She also “got me into see” the best oncologist in the system.

    Teresa’s phone call to me was one of the most memorable of my life. Her desire to help, her care,concern, practical advice and amazing connections to the best medical care in Seattle did everything to ease fear which had become my middle name. I view that experience with Teresa as one of those miracles in our lives. Teresa is a ’78 graduate of SU’s College of Nursing – who really is living our mission.

    Donna Whitford, ‘04

    Alumni Seminar Winter Series 2012: Facing the Tough Questions of the Decade

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/12/2011 01:32:04 PM

    A and Sci LogoThe 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. 

    From Your Assistant Vice President

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/8/2011 02:31:28 PM
    Susan WDear Alumni,

    As we enter the holiday season, I continue to be humbled and excited to be welcomed back home to my alma mater as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. Your many well wishes and notes of encouragement have let me know that my acceptance of this position is in due season and we are on the right track in moving alumni relations forward for Seattle University. I am excited about the many positive possibilities that lie ahead for my office and the Seattle University Alumni Association. Since coming into this position, I have been on a whirlwind tour listening, assessing and learning about alumni relations. I’ve attended a CASE National Conference for Alumni Relations, several scholarship receptions, pregame rallies, regional alumni and parents receptions, meet and greets, hosted one-on-one sessions with SU board members and alumni, met with student leaders, relaunched the Student Alumni Ambassadors program, talked with affinity group representatives, presented to the Dean's Council and Board of Regents, forged a strong partnership with Athletics and hosted the cross university quarterly planning meetings for alumni relations. And on personal note I got married. All this just in my first five months!

    This aggressive agenda has given me a much needed view of alumni relations that will help craft a comprehensive and inclusive frame work as we continue to build a world class alumni relations office and presence.

    My immediate goals are simple and reflect what I have observed thus far:

    1. Improve marketing and outreach to alumni.

    2. Improve benefits and services for alumni, including: career services, compelling DI programming, excellent programs for young alumni, established engagement with admissions, and mission and spirituality programming.

    3. Improve the visibility and effectiveness of the Alumni Board of Governors.

    4. Strengthen our financial position and define a resource model for alumni relations.

    I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve these and other goals set for SU’s Office of Alumni Relations. I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in this effort to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.

    May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season and the whole year through.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Vosper (Woerdehoff) '90, '10

    2011 Law & Development Institute Conference at SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/5/2011 02:32:41 PM

    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 ohnoj@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4283. Questions regarding the Law and Development Institute should be directed to Professor Steve Lee at info@lawanddevelopment.net.  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 

    More information. 

    Magis Memo: Building Community

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/1/2011 08:18:54 AM
    Magis2Have you been looking to build community and connect with other alumni on a consistent basis? As we all may know,building a community of love and support doesn’t just happen – it is something that we must work at. It is in this spirit that Magis is offering a new opportunity for Jesuit-educated alumni to build, grow, and journey in community together but with the support needed to make it last.

    Magis is sponsoring Small Groups for Jesuit-educated alumni who are interested in forming a group of 5-10 people, and would gather to reflect together at least once a month around an interest that is aligned with Magis’ mission and core values of service, spirituality or leadership.  There is already a Magis Married Couples group and Mamas of Young Children group that have formed and meet on a monthly basis. Other possibilities might include: Alumni of Color, Retirees, New to Seattle, Prayer/Faith Sharing, Young Professionals, 50+, or Men’s or Women’s Groups. The group must provide its own alumni leadership and Magis can provide free meeting space at Seattle University, help with recruitment of and marketing to participants, resources and potential funding, and guidance in the beginning stage (e.g. vision, meeting format). If you are interested, please contact Maria Ochoa to learn more.  

    Also, don’t forget to check out our Magis eNewsletter for upcoming events and programs.

    Congratulations, WA State Professor of the Year!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/1/2011 08:14:23 AM

     MinderhoutVicky 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. 

    Advent Thoughts from Fr. Steve

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 11/30/2011 03:25:47 PM

     

    Dear Alumni - PresidentWith 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

     

     

     

    Cameron Dollar on Our Upcoming Season

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/31/2011 01:45:19 PM

     

    Cameron Dollar2I 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 Dollar
    Redhawks Men's Basketball Coach

    Redhawks Men's Basketball- What You Need to Know!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/31/2011 01:41:22 PM

     

    RH2Change 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.  

    Read on for more ways to get your Redhawk information!  

    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

     

    28th Annual Seattle University Gala raises more than $760,000 for student scholarships

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/31/2011 11:41:01 AM

     Fr. Steve, Sinegals and Betty WoodsOctober 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.

     

     

    A Memo from Magis: Reconnecting with the Jesuit Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/28/2011 09:09:54 AM
    Magis2Are you a Seattle University Alumna/us living in the Puget Sound Region looking to connect with other Jesuit-educated alumni? Do you want to serve, lead, or reflect? If so, look no further…
    “What is Magis?” The word Magis (pronounced mah-jis), literally meaning “more” in Latin, was a term used by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, and calls us to not necessarily do more, but to be more, deepening who we are in the world.

    Seattle University’s Magis program serves SU alumni, as well as all local Jesuit-educated alumni, helping them to stay meaningfully connected to a larger alumni community who cares about living out the Jesuit educational mission—through deepening their faith, serving for justice, and engaging in leadership. Magis provides programs such as: retreats, speaker series, book groups, community service opportunities, and much more! Programs are free or low cost, and are open to alumni of all backgrounds. By virtue of your Jesuit education, you are part of the greater Jesuit alumni family, and Magis intends to further support you as you continue to grow.

    This month, in partnership with the Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity, Magis invites alumni to participate in an Ignatian 3-Day Silent Retreat from Friday evening, November 11 – Sunday, November 13 at Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA. To RSVP by Friday, November 4th, or for more information, email Magis.

    Click link below to view Magis’ November eNewsletter filled with information on upcoming programs and events related to the Jesuit Mission! 
     
    Magis eNewsletter.

    Seattle University Veterans Networking Night

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/6/2011 09:48:38 AM

     Veterans 

    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,  2011
    6:30-9 p.m. 
     
    Seattle University,
    Casey Hall, Room 500 and 516 
     

     

    REDOUT is just around the corner!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/5/2011 11:29:19 AM

     REDOUTThe 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: hincheyd@seattleu.edu  

     

    Women's Soccer:Wear pink for breast cancer and SU red this Sunday!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/4/2011 10:30:43 AM

     SoccerPink 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 

     

    Seattle U Rowing Foundation!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/30/2011 02:52:50 PM

     SamRowingIf 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 alumni@seattleurowing.com for more info and upcoming events, follow us @SURFoundation at http://twitter.com/#!/SURFoundation, and join us! 

    Sam Nelsen, '10

     

    In Remembrance of Daniel Strickland

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/28/2011 08:21:35 AM

     StricklandDear 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 SU Jesuits Celebrate Jubilee Anniversaries

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/16/2011 10:07:31 AM

     Jesuits  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. 

    SU Earns High Ranks for Public Contributions

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/2/2011 10:29:16 AM

     LibrarySeattle 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.”   

    Learn more. 

    Against All Odds

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/2/2011 10:23:36 AM

     Against All OddsHajer 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.

    SU Athletics First Weekend of September!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 9/1/2011 09:13:40 AM

     BB Alumni 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 Sundborg charts the course for SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/31/2011 03:11:54 PM

     StateofUniversity 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.

     

    Be Free Business Expo Discount for SU Alum!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/10/2011 02:55:50 PM

    Kim G 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 U Softball Standout Jane Purdy Receives Prestigious Air Force Scholarship

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/9/2011 02:35:58 PM

     PurdyFormer 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

     

    9th Annual O’Brien Open

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2011 03:32:40 PM

     O'Briens and Cameron DollarMonday, September 12, 2011

    11:30 a.m. Registration
    1:00 p.m. Shotgun start



    Please 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. 

     

    Girly Girl Wines: A ‘Big’ Idea on a Bottle

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2011 10:45:36 AM

     Girly girlWhen 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.

     

    SU Welcomes WAC Commisioner

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/5/2011 10:26:17 AM

     

    WAC CommisionerKarl 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

     

     

    Let's keep in touch- Albers Alumni Happy Hour

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/29/2011 11:52:54 AM

     AA HHWhen 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 Takes the Helm: New AJCU President Q & A

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/21/2011 02:28:29 PM
    Fr LuceyThis month Greg Lucey, S.J., took over as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, a network of the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions. While the role may be new, Father Lucey is no stranger to Jesuit higher education. He most recently served as president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., from 1997-2009. Previously, he held a number of other key leadership posts, including rector at Marquette University and president of the Jesuit Conference USA. As our more veteran colleagues know very well, Father Lucey also served as vice president for development here at Seattle University from 1978-88. In this role, he spearheaded the first major fundraising campaign in the university’s history, which raised $26 million, surpassing the $20 million goal, to fund the construction of the Bannan Engineering and Casey buildings, the creation of our Quad and other projects and initiatives. 

    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 & Communications

    Read our Q & A with Fr. Lucey.

     

    SU Rolls Out Red Carpet for Notable Visitors

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/21/2011 02:22:26 PM
    SU VisitorsWho says the summers are slow at Seattle University? Not last week! In the span of four days, the university played host to a nationally renowned nun, a soccer team considered by many to be the best in the world and a broadcaster with an inspiring personal story. (And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of incoming freshmen and their families who were visiting for Summer in Seattle orientation.) 

    Thursday, July 14:  In town for a “friendly” game against the Seattle Sounders, Manchester United was in need of a place to practice, and Seattle University gladly obliged by offering Championship Field. After their evening practice on the 14th, which attracted quite a throng of onlookers, the 19-time English League champions made another appearance at Championship Field to hold a soccer clinic for Special Olympics athletes (right) on July 19, the evening before their match against the Sounders.  

    Friday, July 15: ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff visited Seattle University on July 15 to deliver a talk on homeless veterans. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006. He returned to work after an arduous 13-month recovery and today is a leading figure in raising awareness for the plight of our nation’s veterans. 

    Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications

    Read more.

    New Art for the Alumni Building!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2011 03:38:52 PM

     TransformationsWe 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.  

     

     

    Nationally recognized champion for student-athlete success addresses JAA Conference

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2011 12:29:01 PM

     

    Sister FlemingSeattle 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.

     

     

    Celebrate Kevin Waters, S.J.!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/7/2011 03:51:33 PM
    Kevin Waters You are invited to a celebration for Kevin Waters, S.J. on Sunday August 14 2011.  Fr. Waters will celebrate 60 years as a Jesuit on campus at Seattle University with a mass at 1pm in St. Ignatius chapel followed by a reception. 

    Former dorm residents from DeSmet Hall , students, faculty and all who would like to join the festivities will want to set aside the time and place for an opportunity to visit with Father Waters who is still teaching full-time and mentoring resident students.  Father is stationed at Gonzaga and carries on the grand tradition of service he started in August, 1951.  Please join him and his family to see old friends and to share food, drinks and music, of course!

    Casey Atrium, Seattle University

    August 14, 2- 6 p.m.

    Please RSVP to Kathleen Waters @ [mailto:kwatersriehl@yahoo.com]

    SU Loses a Great Teammate

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/5/2011 09:02:27 AM

     Carl 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

     

     

    Dr. Quinton Morris receives 2011 Mayor’s Art Award.

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/24/2011 09:31:36 AM

       QuintonMorris 

    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.
     
     

     

    SU Students Brighten up Bailey Gatzert

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/24/2011 09:19:11 AM

     SU Mural 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 University Joins Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/14/2011 02:36:16 PM

    BB AlumniSEATTLE: 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.

     

      

     

    2011 Graduates Join Our Alumni Family!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/14/2011 08:44:57 AM

     2011 CommencementOn 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. 

     

    Albers Center for Business Ethics

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/13/2011 09:26:42 AM

     Joe PhillipsOn 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.

     

    Fr. Dave's Room with a View

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/9/2011 03:32:17 PM

     Fr. Dave viewWhen 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

     

     

    Notes From Your New Assistant VP of Alumni!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/3/2011 08:09:05 AM

     SusanW3 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. 

    Sincerely,  

    Susan, ’90, ‘10 

     

    26 days to go… Support the Challenge!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/2/2011 02:00:36 PM

     ChallengeWith 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.

     

    Year in Review: Q & A with SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/2/2011 09:37:23 AM

     Fr. Steve CollagePresident 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.

     

    Contemplative Leaders in Action

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/31/2011 03:32:46 PM

     CLIA 

     

    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 norwooto@seattleu.edu for questions.   

     

    Sacred Sounds: New Organ in the Chapel of St. Ignatius

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/26/2011 10:45:18 AM

     New organ This week, a beautiful, custom-made continuo organ was placed in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, in fulfillment of a long-held dream. The organ  made its official public debut at the May 22 Mass at the chapel.  

    For some time there had been an interest in acquiring an organ for the chapel. Those ambitions really caught fire in 2008 when the university hosted the Opus Prize. As part of the celebration honoring three humanitarians from around the world, the SU Choir was invited to perform at Benaroya Hall. They wanted to sing “Magnificat,” a song of praise and redemption for the poor, which was fitting for the occasion, but it required a continuo organ to truly do the piece justice. They found an instrument relatively small in stature but still capable of delivering a mighty musical punch. The organ more than amply filled the spacious Benaroya Hall, and the performance inspired a search for a similarly sized and sounding instrument for SU’s chapel.   

    Click here to read more, and see the organ in action. 

     

    SU Alum Appointed to Irish Senate

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/25/2011 08:37:20 AM

     Katherine Zappone Dr. Katherine Zappone, '76 was recently appointed to be a member of Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate or upper house of the the Irish Parliament. Katherine was born in Spokane but her family moved to Seattle when she was a child, and she attended St. Luke's, Holy Names and Seattle U before pursuing graduate degrees at Catholic University and Boston College. She has been living in Ireland since the 1980s and is a noted academic and civil rights campaigner, and also a member of Ireland's Human Rights Commission. She and her partner Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan were married in 2003 in Vancouver, BC.

    Dr.  Zappone is an academic and a tireless campaigner for equality. She is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. She and her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, run An Cosán which supports individuals and communities to actively engage in the process of social change through transformative education. The couple are also taking their landmark case against the Revenue Commissioners to have their Canadian marriage recognised in Ireland. The case is due to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year.

    Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and management expert.  She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006.  As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research programme.  She has also taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin.  She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation programme to improve outcomes for children and families, co-funded by the Irish Government and Atlantic Philanthropies.

    She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights.    Katherine has a PhD (Boston College), MBA (Smurfit Business, UCD) and MA (Catholic University of America), and has completed a recent programme in research methodologies in educational technologies with the Open University in the UK. She has also trained in leadership and mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

     

    Albers Ranks 4th in Sustainability

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/20/2011 09:24:47 AM

     students green 

    It's a mark of progress that a series of business-school rankings as influential as that of Bloomberg BusinessWeek includes metrics on sustainability in its annual scores. The magazine last week released its 2011 rankings for business schools. Seattle University landed fourth in sustainability.

    Read more.  

     

    Seattle U Earns Top Ranking as Green Campus

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/6/2011 11:30:07 AM

     Green StudentsSeattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability.   The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.   


    Some of SU’s sustainability practices include:   

    Water bottle-free campus  

    60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted  

    On-site composting center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost that is applied back to the campus landscape  

    Green roofs complete with grasses and soil that support other surrounding plants and tree growth  

    Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need  

    Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants  

    Solar panels for energy conservation throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood  

    SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.  SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.   

    “Seattle University’s sustainability programs represent a commitment by our students, faculty and staff and you can see the results the moment you step onto our beautiful campus,” said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary.  “Each year, we are deepening our commitment and we look forward to sharing our expertise in sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.”  

     

    Career Development for Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/5/2011 09:45:41 AM

     Career ExpoDressed for success and with resumes in hand, students, alumni and community members packed Campion Ballroom this April for Seattle University Career Services' annual Career Expo. Nearly 500 attendees had the chance to learn more about job and internship opportunities from the 63 companies represented at the expo, including Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Amazon.com.  Seattle University is committed working with alumni through through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities.  Click here for a list of upcoming alumni professional development opportunities.   Learn more about Career Services.  

     

    Want to help SU beat the Huskies? Join the 600+ Alumni Challenge!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/5/2011 09:17:04 AM

     Challenge Did you know that last year, 16% of UW alumni gave back to support their fellow Huskies? And that 13% of Gonzaga alums gave back to their fellow Zags?  

    Did you also know that in 2010, only 1 in 10 Seattle University alumni gave money to support scholarships, student services and academics at Seattle U?  Think we can do better, Seattle U alumni? Well, now is your chance to make an impact by joining the 600+ Alumni Challenge! If 600 Seattle U alumni make a gift in 60 days (between May 1 and June 30), trustees and proud alumni Carol Nelson (’78, ’84), Allan Golston (’99) and former trustee Carolyn Kelly (’85) will donate $15,000 to support Seattle University students!  

    Even better, by making a gift, you will be adding value to your Seattle University degree. Every alumni gift increases our alumni participation rate, a key factor in our ranking in publications like U.S. News and World Report. High alumni participation rates also help us to secure the corporate and foundation funding that supports SU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and high quality scholarship. Most importantly, your gift of ANY size is an investment in the lives of Seattle U students. Last year, individual gifts of $100 or less resulted in a cumulative total of $400,000 to provide scholarship support, enhance academic programs, and improve campus facilities for SU students. Every gift counts! 

    Last year, Seattle University’s alumni participation rate was 10.3%. Help us bring that number closer to our peer schools’ rates, improve our rankings and make Seattle U an even greater institution-- every gift, of any size, makes an impact. 

    Be 1 of 600— Join the 600+ Challenge TODAY!  

     

    Easter Sunrise Mass at Crystal Mountain

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/29/2011 02:40:51 PM

     sunrise Every Easter for the past several years S U Jesuits have been involved in presiding at an ecumenical multi-faith Easter sunrise service on top of Crystal Mt at 6 a.m. This year Fr. Dave Anderson arrived at 5:30 in time to get this picture of the sun rising over the Cascades. Quite a few alumni were in attendance.The scripture readings during our Easter season remind us that because Jesus rose from the dead he was victorious over death. When we call out to him he promises us that he will be with us and help us carry our burdens and challenges as well as strengthen us to help our brothers and sisters in need.

    In addition to Fr. Anderson's role as Seattle U Chaplain for Alumni, he is also a Chaplain at Crystal Mt. where he presides at two services on Sundays from December-June: an ecumenical service at 11:30a and a Catholic mass at 12:30.
     

    EmailFr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni, Chaplain for Men's Basketball, Jesuit in Residence Campion or call 206.948.3233 .  

    Transitions Retreat

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/28/2011 02:06:21 PM

     TransRetreat Transitions Retreat
    Both Hands: A Retreat Exploring Full-Hearted Choices
    Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2011Camp Burton (Vashon Island, WA)

    Are you wondering how to make faith and heart-filled choices at this time in your life? Have you been experiencing transitions in your life lately: perhaps making a job change; considering a move to another city; thinking about graduate school, volunteering or retirement; or pondering a significant relationship? If so, then join Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J., Maria L. Ochoa, and Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM for the three-day Transitions Retreat at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island. Come together with a community of Jesuit-educated alumni for a time of reflection on deep heartfelt desires, with an opportunity to practice prayer/discernment tools within the Ignatian tradition and beyond. The retreat will include short interactive presentations, individual reflection/prayer time, optional small group spiritual direction, and a Sunday liturgy. This retreat is open to Jesuit–educated alumni of all faith backgrounds. Cost is $75 (with a $25 non-refundable deposit) and includes room, board, and transportation to and from the retreat center. Magis has subsidized this retreat at a rate of just over 50%. Only a few spots are left, so sign up today! To register, or for more information, email Magis.
     

    Sponsored by Magis 

     

    Why Choose Seattle U?

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/18/2011 11:24:30 AM

     Annie Lee Annie Lee, ’05, Alumni Board of Governors,  on why she chose Seattle U…edited from a speech given to accepted students on Saturday, April 11, 2011.
    My reasons why I made the decision to attend Seattle University may have been made at a different time, but I believe the reasons still stand true, if not, it’s even more applicable today.

    The first reason is SEATTLE.  Seattle is a diverse metropolitan city that is a breeding ground for so many professions.  For those of you thinking about Pre-Med, Ultrasound, or Nursing, all the major hospitals in Seattle are within a mile or two radius (but none of them is the one from Grey’s Anatomy).  There are Boeing and Microsoft for you engineering types; Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and a plethora of local mom & pops for those who like to run the show (like me), and plenty of culture for you artsy fartsy folks.  And a music scene like you won’t believe.  How many of you in this room know the song “Smells like teen spirit” (I mean, Coachella is going on this weekend and I’m still here).  No really, Seattle gives you the flexibility to find a career no matter what your major may be.  

    The second reason is the education.  And I’m not talking about your just regular academics but JESUIT EDUCATION -- and what I mean by that is, because it truly embodies character development, like asking the hard questions (to yourself, about yourself, about everyone and everything in this world). This is the kind of knowledge that will not only shape you into who you are, but how you can hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  Your studies will land you into the job you want.  And your character will help you determine the job you keep, to help you succeed no matter what set of cards life will hand you.

    Lastly, is SERVICE & COMMUNITY, and notice I didn’t say community service.  I say these separately but they go hand in hand, because when unexpected things happen, you need service to step up and support each other as a community, just like how the world came together and served the country of our neighbors in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.  We were serving each other as citizens of the world, and building a community along the way.  In this economy, we need to support each other through service, and foster a community for moral support.  It’s the only way 10 years from now, one of you might be standing where I am today, painting a hopefully different picture, and reasons may still stand true.

    This is why I am happy I chose Seattle University.  I have gone through broken hearts, losing the people I love, watching my friends and colleagues lose their jobs, gain it back, find my passions, and whatever set of cards life decided to hand me along the way.  Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because I have a city who provides me opportunities, an education that prepared me to be resilient while sharing my energy with others, and a support system as company along the way.  For me, this is success.

    Annie Lee, ‘05


     

     

    Father Pat Twhohy, S.J. at St. Joseph - April 10

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/15/2011 08:58:53 AM

     Fr Twohy 

    "The dogs were my first friends," is how Father Twohy opened his remarks to a crowd gathered at Saint Joseph's Parish  in Seattle, to hear him reflect on 35 years of living and working on the Swinomish reservation in Shelton, Washington. 

     When he first arrived on the reservation, all those years ago, it took some time before he was accepted by tribal members, as he was a true outsider on many levels.  He recalled for the audience an encounter with Clara, an elder, whom he had approached for some advice. He was still new to the reservation and counted only a pack of dogs and a few kids as his friends. He was looking for some words of wisdom to help him bridge the gap he was feeling, and facing, in the community.

    After being introduced and asking his questions he was faced with a period of painful silence on her part. After forever passed she stated, "If you ever grow up you will be a good man." Not exactly the advice he was seeking!  Fortunately for all, he became an accepted member of the community living and sharing their dreams, heartbreaks, joys, births and deaths over the years. While reflecting on the ongoing challenges the Native Americans continually face ,he summed it all up saying, "The love is greater than the sadness when the people come together." He told the audience of many encounters he had witnessed, and took part in, proving those words are etched into the souls of the communities he loves. Father has left the reservation allowing younger priests the opportunity to serve. He is currently active in supporting the community work of the Chief Seattle Club in their support and outreach to all Nations.

    The following is from a graduation ceremony a couple of years ago in Spokane, Washington. Says it all...

    "...Gonzaga University honored Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J. with a Doctor of Law degree. Twohy is the Superior of Jesuits working in the Rocky Mountain Mission with native people throughout the Northwest. The citation read at the ceremony stated: “Elders from the Colville, Tulalip, Lummi, Upper Skagit, Swinomish, and Snohomish tribal communities all agree on one thing: Father Pat Twohy has an Indian soul, walks the talk of Jesus Christ and is a holy man. He is a Black Robe who gets ‘it’: with ‘it’ being the healthy and happy reconciliation of two seemingly contradictory allegiances: being Native and Catholic.” Twohy is a published poet and a gifted oil painter who knows French, Spanish and several tribal languages. He loves to ride horses, practices Tai Chi and kayaks..." 

    M. Barrett Miller, ‘68

     

    Female Athletes Honored!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/11/2011 09:28:46 AM

    Basketball 

    Seattle University Athletics is delighted to honor two of our greatest female student athletes, Janet Hopps Adkisson and Pat Lesser Harbottle. Janet was 1953 intercollegiate Champion in Golf.  Pat was the 1954-46 intercollegiate Champion in Tennis.  The event will be held at the Space Needle on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Dress in business casual and come celebrate women athletes at Seattle U!  Our silent auction and reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100.oo per person and include a complimentary drink. 

    Please email Greg Sempadianor call 206.398.4420 for more information.  

     

     

    Welcome SU's New Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/5/2011 11:05:51 AM

     

     Susan Woerdehoff The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woerdehoff to the position of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. A double alumna of Seattle University, Susan received her undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and her Executive MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics.  Susan will be responsible for leading the university efforts to enhance alumni engagement and connection. Her first day of work in this leadership role is May 25.  

    Susan joins the university following a 20 year career with Microsoft where she was recently responsible for the strategy and operations of the cloud services support business following roles in sales, product strategy and development, marketing and finance. She brings enthusiasm and energy as well as the marketing, relationship management, and program development skills necessary for this important leadership role.  

     Please join us in welcoming Susan to Seattle University and offering your support in her new position!  

     

    Anti-Landmine Activist Honored

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 4/1/2011 02:53:20 PM

    Landmine Anti-landmine activist Tun Channareth, pictured here (right of the banner) with Albers School of Business and Economics students and faculty members during a short-term study abroad trip to Cambodia last fall, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SU at the graduate commencement ceremony June 12 at KeyArena. 

    A soldier in 1982 resisting the Khmer Rouge regime, Channareth stepped on a landmine near the Thai-Cambodian border and lost both legs. Since then, he has traveled the world as an ambassador of the ICBL urging governments to make landmines history. In 2006, the United Nations declared April 4 as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. That year alone, between 15,000 and 20,000 people were killed or maimed by landmines, according to a United Nations report. An estimated 20 percent of victims are children.  

    “Mr. Channareth has reached out with compassion in service to other landmine victims while working tirelessly to rid the world of these insidious weapons,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “He is an inspiring example to our students of our mission as a university that empowers leaders for a just and humane world.”    Read more about Channareth.   

     

    Project on Family Homelessness Recognized Nationally

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/23/2011 10:24:28 AM

    Family homelessness studyThe work of SU's Center for Strategic Communications Project on Family Homelessness is singled out as an example of "smart collaborations" in a new report, State of the News Media 2011, from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The report looks at the results from one of the journalism fellowships that we awarded last year, to the Seattle Times:

    Bob Payne, the newspaper’s director of communities, wrote in an e-mail, “Collaborations and grant-funded journalism efforts are really taking off. With newspapers working with less in terms of money and bodies, looking for other ways to get important stories covered is becoming vital. More and more papers are dedicating time to research aimed at smart collaborations and grant applications.”

    The Times utilized a different form of partnership to produce a special report called, “Invisible Families, the Homeless You Don’t See.” The project was produced as part of a fellowship through Seattle University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Times received one of the fellowship grants to use as it saw fit. Other fellows included journalists from three other media organizations and two freelance journalists.

    Payne wrote, “In our case, the Invisible Families project from last August employed both of these angles to arrive at a compelling package for both print and online: grant money from Seattle University helped fund work on the project, and our partnerships with local news blogs helped bring diverse coverage to the project.”

     Learn more about the project.

    For the Next 7 Generations

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/16/2011 10:57:11 AM

     7Generations Dear Friends, 

    On Friday, April 1, Seattle University’s Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS) and the Chief Seattle Club will host a campus screening of the documentary, “For the Next 7 Generations,” followed by a discussion with Grandmothers Mona Polacca (Havasupai) and Rita Pitka Blumenstein (Yupik), both members of the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers.  The event will take place in the Pigott Auditorium on Seattle University’s campus from 6:30-9 PM. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Chief Seattle Club whose mission is to provide a sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native Peoples. 

    If you are able to attend the film screening, please RSVP to me at lasprogg@seattleu.edu.    

    Sincerely, 

    Gail 

    Gail A. Lasprogata
    Director, Center for the Study of Justice in Society
    http://www.seattleu.edu/CSJS/Associate Professor of Business Law
    Seattle University
     

     

    Global African Studies Program: A Student Perspective

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/15/2011 01:18:19 PM

     Global African StudiesMy name is Rezina Habtemariam and I am a Senior International Studies major and Global African Studies minor at Seattle University. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Senegal last August and just recently returned in January. Prior to embarking on this journey, the SU’s Global African Studies Program provided me with the solid foundation that I needed to truly grasp and maximize my experience. I have taken classes with both Professor Adejumobi and Professor Taiwo and the content of those courses still resonate with me. I was introduced to influential leaders like Patrice Lumumba, DuBois, Douglass, Ida B. Wells etc… This only created a greater desire in me to learn all that I can about Africa as well as the African Diaspora.  

    Professor Taiwo’s Perspective on Aid and Africa course was truly a life changing class. It completely shattered my naïve and undeveloped perception about aid and its manifestation in the African continent. Learning about prominent figures and reading imperative African literature inspired me to continue to learn and to travel abroad.  

    The Global African Studies Program is what attracted me to SU and is why I have stayed at SU. In addition to the incredible courses offered, the program hosts amazing on-campus events. For example, just last night, GAST along with the Central District Forum hosted Iyasah Shabazz – Malcolm X’s daughter and screened Princes Among Slaves – a documentary about a West African prince who was enslaved and brought to America.  I truly believe that GAST has provided the opportunity and space to discuss imperative issues as well as to learn what may not be included in our text books. The Global African Studies Program has allowed me to grow intellectually and continues to shape the person I am becoming.  

    Rezina Habtemariam, ‘11 

     

    2011 Alumni Award Winners Announced!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/3/2011 02:52:55 PM

     26th AA 

    Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors is delighted to announce this year’s Alumni Award recipients, all of whom represent what is best about our university and its alumni. Please consider joining us on April 5 to celebrate their achievements!   

    We will recognize and honor their outstanding contributions to our community at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 5, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Campion Ballroom on campus. Tickets are $25 per person.  

    Alumna of the Year:  Betty Petri Hedreen, ‘57 

    Professional Achievement Award:  William Marler, ‘87 

    University Service Award:  Anita Crawford-Willis, ‘82, ‘86 

    Community Service Award:  Ezra Teshome, ‘76 

    Distinguished Teaching Award:  Toni Vezeau, RN, PhD 

    Outstanding Recent Alumnus: Ryan Schmid, ‘07 

    Read about each winner’s accomplishments.    

    Email registration or call 206-296-5664.  

     

    SUYI: Committed to Enriching Children’s Lives

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 3/3/2011 09:44:32 AM

     SUYI1 

    On February 14, Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. announced the launch of the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). The initiative will bring the university’s entire campus community together to improve the academic achievement of low-income youth living in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood, provide support for vulnerable families and strengthen the university’s educational programs.    

    The Youth Initiative will be a long-term campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, the Seattle School District, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children succeed in grades K-12, attend college and succeed in life.   

    Children and families living in the area served by Bailey Gatzert, just south of SU, face significant challenges. For example, youth violence and juvenile incarceration are among the highest in Seattle. Many area youth face significant academic challenges throughout their educational experience, creating barriers to graduating from high school - and a lack of access to higher education.   

    “Our dedication to helping and working side by side with underserved populations and those in need is proven and unwavering,” said President Sundborg. “The crisis is acute in our own backyard, and with community-building collaboration, we can make a difference.”   

     

    Spirituality on Tap - Already There: Letting God Find You

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/15/2011 09:22:42 AM

      Hilda2 

    As a SU alumna and Catholic Filipina American, I found it difficult to stay rooted in my Catholic identity and to stay involved with service work and spiritual discussions once I graduated from Seattle U. I think I am not alone in this feeling. Being a young adult seeking spiritual connection in a highly secular world can be defeating at times. This is the driving force behind the Ignatian Spirituality Center’s program Spirituality on Tap. Spirituality on Tap addresses the thirst for spiritual nourishment that young adults seek after college and working and living in the world. It 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.  
    As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at ISC, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fourth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome Fr. Mark Mossa, S.J., as our facilitator. It will be on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Fr. Mossa will share with us his own vocational journey and how God leads us on our own vocational journey through the “mistakes” and successes in life. For us who are scared of committing or “being tied down,” Fr. Mossa will discuss how narrowing our options can actually free us. Come and join us! 

    Hilda Guiao, ‘09

     

    Coach Donny Harrel: Preseason Baseball Blog

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/15/2011 09:07:45 AM

     DHarrel2Baseball head coach Donny Harrel is preparing for this second season at the helm of the reinstated Seattle U baseball program. The squad will open the 2011 season on February 18 with a three-game series at Cal State Northridge before returning to Seattle to open the home slate with a three-game series against Notre Dame. The Friday, February 25th game will be played at Everett Memorial Stadium with the balance of the series at Seattle’s home venue, Bannerwood Park. For the complete schedule, visit GoSeattleU.com. 

     As the team makes its final preparations, Coach Harrel provided his thoughts on the year:  

    We are extremely excited about our second year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We were kicked, bruised and beaten down in year one. We also got callused and experienced at the same time. This season our players know what to expect. Our program and alumni have been hard at work to enhance all of our facilities and get us up to speed with Division I expectations. We have added two large cages to our indoor facilities, so we can better prepare for the season and we are currently remolding the dugouts and bullpens at Bannerwood Park.

    The Seattle Mariners are coming in to build a professional mound at the field for us and we will continue to work to improve all of our facilities as our program grows. With not having baseball at the university for 26 years, it has been a lot of work by a lot of people. I feel very good about saying we are moving in the right direction and will continue to make our mark in the baseball world and in our community. Seattle U Baseball is up and coming and we have the right pieces of the puzzle in place to create success. The 2011 season will be another step toward our goal of being a successful baseball program on and off the field. We are also very excited about our home games against the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, Portland, Washington, Nevada, San Jose State, Sac State, New Mexico State, Pacific and others. The 2011 season should be a great step forward for all of us.
     

     

    New Alumni Email Benefit!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/3/2011 09:02:58 AM

     SU Alumni Connection 
     

    As a member of Seattle University’s alumni family, you are part of a network of more than 60,000 SU alumni across the country and the world.  

    As part of staying connected, you are invited to join Seattle University’s AlumniWeb– a great resource for professional networking and connecting with your classmates.  Once you’ve joined, you will be able to register for our new alumni email benefit, the SU Alumni Connection. This free program is an email service in partnership with Microsoft, and is only available to SU Alumni who have earned a degree or certification from Seattle University.

    This new service will allow you to keep Seattle University in your email address in addition to having all the features of Microsoft’s Live@edu program, including:
     

    • A Seattle University alumni email account including 10GB of space. 
    • Access to Windows Live SkyDrive with 25GB of storage space. 
    • Ability to synchronize email, contacts and calendars with the iPhone, Windows Mobile and other supported mobile devices. 
    • Recognition of the alumni@seattleu.edu email address. (For example, your new email address will be xxx@alumni.seattleu.edu ). 
    • Anti-spam and virus protection 

    Register today!

     

    Seattle University: An Institution of Distinction

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/27/2011 11:36:28 AM

     Provost 

    I wanted to let you, our alumni partners, know about our continuing efforts to achieve new levels of institutional excellence.  Please allow me to brief you on some of our recent achievements. 

    The total student headcount for fall 2010 was just shy of 8,000- an all-time high for Seattle University. All eight of our colleges and schools are doing well and I am very happy to share with you that the Albers School of Business & Economics, the undergraduate program in the College of Science & Engineering and the School of Law have all attained national distinction and are ranked among the best in their respective disciplines. Seattle University students were honored last year with the university’s 22nd Fulbright Scholar, 14th Truman Scholar and 14th Rotary Scholar—accomplishments that rival Ivy League institutions.   The faculty, students and staff of the university secured $3.1M in ongoing externally funded research at the university.  Not only are we the most accomplished independent university in the Pacific Northwest, we are also its largest and most diverse. We have made solid progress in advancing our Academic Strategic Action Plan.  We completed a revision of the undergraduate learning objectives and launched a faculty-driven process to revise the undergraduate core-curriculum.

    Each college/school with graduate programs began a dialogue to determine in what ways the learning objectives of their program were consistent with the broad educational goals outlined by the Board of Trustees. We successfully engaged in a  university- and city-wide collaborative process to inform and help guide the next stage of the Seattle University Youth Initiative through which we are strengthening our commitment to the youth of our immediate neighborhood.

    We opened the new Law School Annex, and planning is underway for the development of a new science education/research facility. We appointed Victoria Jones, Ph.D. as our first Associate Provost for Global Engagement. To better support our faculty in their research and scholarship, we established the Office of Research Services & Sponsored Projects and staffed it with a director and several key full-time staff as well as increased faculty development and recruiting funding.

    In partnership with Mission & Ministry, the Division of Academic Affairs is taking a lead role in developing the Catholic Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, which will encourage and support the study, discussion and research on topics connected to our Catholic intellectual heritage. 

    We are clearly and strongly focused on achieving new levels of academic, artistic and scholarly distinction, and, to me, nothing symbolizes that commitment more than our renovated Lemieux Library and new McGoldrick Learning Commons. Opened in September, the library and learning commons are a shining example of our primary reason for being—to educate our students and prepare them to become engaged and active participants and leaders in our world while supporting our faculty and staff in their search for truth and further mastery of their fields of study.

    I look forward to our continued work together on behalf of this most worthwhile educational enterprise.

    Best regards,

    Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D.
    Provost

     

    Sister Helen Bendik, O.P., Memorial

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/27/2011 10:44:00 AM

     Sr. Helen Bendik 

    Our university has lost a dear friend who through the '80s and into the '90s performed a vital role on this campus.  From her office desk in the old campus ministry McGoldrick Center, Sister Helen Bendik, O.P. kept a watchful eye on students, faculty and staff alike.   Looking out onto the main entrance to campus, Helen’s smiling face was one of the first things people noticed when entering the campus and her ministry of hospitality would envelop both friends and strangers.    

    Campus Ministry was only a part of Helen’s work and those who were lucky enough to know her remember her dream interpretation workshops, Myers Briggs and Enneagram sessions as well as her longstanding work as moderator of the 4th floor of Bellermine.  A little know fact about her was the pivotal role she played in getting a wrongly convicted inmate in the state penitentiary in Monroe released.  This story became a feature article in the Alaska Airlines magazine.    

    Helen was famous for working back channels in order to retain students who were struggling with the many facets of university life.  A call from Helen could secure additional financial aid, find much needed counseling or work out issues in the residence halls.   

    Helen’s greatest gift was her ability to help anyone and everyone understand how much they were loved by God.  Through her patience and understanding she could sense what people needed and help them remove the obstacles which get in the way of a true relationship with God.  Her mantra was “All Is Gift” and her life reflected that.   Her legacy at SU lives on in the lives of the many students and university members whom she touched.  She will be missed. 

    Mike "The Mayor" Mullen
    Seattle University '89
    Facilities Operations
     

     

    SU ROTC in Taiwan

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/12/2011 01:54:07 PM

    Jennifer 
    Waking up at 0600 in order to get in a good run and enjoy the Hawaiian sunrise hardly sounds like “pre-deployment training”. But I was fortunate enough to spend 8 days in Hawaii and 20 days in Taiwan with 21 other cadets from around the country, learning about Taiwanese culture. In Hawaii I received a crash course in Mandarin and had thorough presentations from my peers on Taiwanese culture and governmental experts.

    The first ten days were spent at the Republic of China Military Academy. We were assigned a Taiwanese cadet and stayed in the barracks with him or her. We joined them in their field training. We also attended a lecture on U.S. and Taiwanese relations that explained, in great detail, the complexity of relations between the two countries.  We explored the countryside, visited night markets, visited Buddhist temples, and even started “the wave” at a baseball game. The main purpose for this cultural trip was to get to know Taiwanese cadets and the Taiwanese culture so that in the future, the US has military leaders with expertise and cultural understanding when dealing in foreign relations. I now have lifelong friends that are future military leaders from the US and Taiwan. I also have a greater respect and understanding for Taiwanese culture.

    Jennifer Davidson, ‘11

     

    Race to Nowhere Comes to SU!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/12/2011 10:21:06 AM

     Education 
     

    When I attended a screening of the film Race to Nowhere, I had just taken a job as the Director of Marketing for the College of Education. A mother of two academically over-achieving boys, I will admit that I didn’t think this was a movie that would have much impact on me personally. I was very wrong. This is was one of the most compelling movies I have ever seen, and every parent should see it. Whether you have children who are sailing through school or who have challenges, you will be moved by what is really going on in our schools and by the pressures all children and teens are facing today. There’s not a parent out there who doesn’t want the best education for their children. But at what price? My favorite quote from the movie was, “I’m afraid my children are going to sue me someday for stealing their childhood.” Kids don’t play anymore. Learning is competitive from the first day of kindergarten. Sports are no longer fun, they are competitive starting at pee-wee, and the perception is that the longer your child’s resume, the better chance they have to get into selective colleges. If your children are in high school, and you can tear them away from their homework in three AP class or their second sporting practice of the evening, bring them along – and then have a great conversation in the car on the ride home!  Learn more at www.rtn.com.

    Paula Hermann
    Director of Marketing, College of Education
    Seattle University

    Complimentary tickets available for January 25 screening at SU.

     

    SU Gets Physical: Fitness Center Underway

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/7/2011 10:20:33 AM

     Fitness Center 
     Happy 2011! Update on one the great changes here on campus. In mid-October, groundbreaking began on a $10 million student Fitness Center, another milestone in the transformation of the university campus. The 21,000-square-foot Fitness Center will adjoin the Connolly Center, with completion by September 2011. 

    The center is one result of the university's highly successful capital campaign that raised more than $164 million. "The Fitness Center is not only is a significant investment in student life but also is designed to achieve LEED Gold status, reflecting the university's widely recognized commitment to sustainable practices and green building design," said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary.

    The Fitness Center will include cardio training, weight training, group exercise studios, fitness assessment, staff offices, lockers and shower facilities, and outdoor recreation equipment. The building will enhance the immediate streetscape with a rain garden and windows that will provide an attractive perspective from the street, especially at night.
     

     

    On a Mission!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/6/2011 02:21:37 PM
    Basketball  
    Now's your chance to come out and support the Redhawks while receiving your alumni discount on SU gear! With only five games left in the season, grab your Seattle University t-shirts, gather your family and friends and join fellow SU community members as the men's basketball team face off against Portland, Utah Valley, UC Davis, University of Washington, and Portland State  from February 5 to March 10.

    All Pre-Game Rallies begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Seattle Center Pavilion followed by the games at 7:10 p.m. in the KeyArena. Admission is free, and complimentary refreshments provided with beer and wine available for purchase at the rallies. Alumni and friends may also grab a 15% discount coupon for purchases made at the SU Bookstore on campus and inside the KeyArena.

    We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming game!

    Pre-Game Rallies
    5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle Center Pavilion

    Home Games
    All Tip-Offs are @ 7:10 p.m. in the KeyArena
    Sat, February 5 vs. Portland
    Wed, February 9 vs. Utah Valley
    Tues, February 15 vs. UC Davis
    Tues, February 22 vs. University of Washington
    Thurs, March 10 vs. Portland State

    Additional information.

    Ed and John O’Brien Center for Athletic Administration Announced

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 1/5/2011 10:52:41 AM

     O'Brien Brothers 
     

    Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., has announced that SU’s building at 1218 E. Cherry St. will now be known as the Ed and John O’Brien Center for Athletic Administration, honoring the great Seattle University basketball and baseball players for their years of supporting the athletics program. The O’Brien Center received a $2.3 Million renovation recently and is strategic for Seattle U’s continued progress towards NCAA Division I excellence.

    The O’Brien twins were further acknowledged during a halftime presentation at Saturday’s men’s basketball game between Seattle University and Idaho at KeyArena  in December. Led by Seattle U Director of Athletics Bill Hogan and John Dougherty, athletics development officer, the O’Briens, who turned 80 years young Saturday, were treated to the crowd’s rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” during the ceremony.

    “The O’Briens are a treasure to Seattle University, and it is fitting that we honor them in this way so that they will always be a part of the athletics program,” Hogan said after the presentation. “Eddie and Johnny played a major role in our return to Division I with their personal involvement in several projects and we wanted to make sure we thanked them for their inspiration over the past 60 years.” 

    Ed and John O’Brien came to Seattle University from South Amboy, N.J., in 1949. After joining the varsity basketball team in 1950, the brothers helped Seattle U post a 90-17 record (.841) in three seasons, reaching the 1951 National Catholic Tournament, the 1952 National Invitational Tournament, and the 1953 NCAA Tournament. The O’Briens were also part of the 84-81 victory over the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 21, 1952, in front of a sellout crowd at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. 

    The brothers made as much of an impact on the baseball diamond as they had on the basketball court, leading the Seattle U baseball team to a 62-14 record (.816) from 1950 through 1952, including the 1952 NCAA Tournament. Images of the O’Brien brothers will greet visitors as they enter the O’Brien Center. The athletic administration will move into its new offices over the next few weeks, with the entire move expected to be completed by mid-January.

     

     

    Christmas Dinner at Bailey Boushay

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/23/2010 09:33:05 AM

    Tim's Christmas deer 

    Last Friday night I attended a dinner at Bailey-Boushay House. The following story was shared at the table I joined:

    In 1993 Tim was a nurse bringing care to peoples homes in Louisville, Kentucky. One patient was a quadriplegic who was injured some years before Tim came on board to help the man's family with his care. Tim was at the home every other day helping with all the duties required for the patient and the family. Time passed and friendships grew. In 1998 Tim became dreadfully ill. The prognosis was not good though he fought a heck of a battle in the hospital critical care ward. Everything began to go wrong with the end in sight. After a bit of time Tim was diagnosed with AIDS. A slow recovery process finally allowed him to leave hospital. In 1998 there was not too much hope for one diagnosed with AIDS. The family that Tim was caring for began to care for him as soon as he left the hospital. Because of an upcoming family wedding in Seattle, and the desire to be near their family, Tim's Louisville friends decided to move lock stock and barrel to Seattle. They brought Tim with them moving him into their new house in Seattle to care for him. He was feed baby food until he became well enough to eat solid food. He was hovered over willing wellness into him until he finally became healthy enough to take a nursing job and find a place of his own.

    Tim continued to take care of the gentleman visiting their home a number of times a week. AIDS never seems to take a rest finally demanding that Tim give up his apartment and move into Bailey-Boushay House to receive the kind of care he needs around the clock. The man he cared for died this year leaving a large hole in Tim's heart. He was survived by his wife who was introduced to all of us by Tim, "This is my mom, she gave me my life..." (Tim's birth mom died early in 2010)

    M. Barrett Miller ‘68

     

    Scheiderer Wins National Recognition for Work in Foster Care

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/21/2010 09:08:28 AM

     Scheiderer

    SU is proud to announce that Cynthia Scheiderer, ’03 has been presented with the “Vision Award” for outstanding leadership by Foster Care Alumni of America. On any one day, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care nationally. 115,000 children in foster care are available for adoption. Nearly 30,000 young people “age out” of foster care every year having never found an adoptive family.   

    “Cynthia was named as Foster Care Alumni of America’s Vision Award recipient for her dedication to building a national consumer movement of adults who have experienced foster care,” said Nathan Monell, CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America.

    “It has been a privilege and a joy to work with alumni of foster care to help make a difference in the lives of people in and from care,” said Ms. Scheiderer, a strong ally of foster care alumni. “Millions of alumni have powerful stories to tell. Their perspective and expertise can bring about better practice, public policy, and outcomes in foster care.”

    The Vision Award was created by FCAA to highlight the exceptional contributions of an individual or organization in support of the growing consumer movement of adults who spent time in foster care. Scheiderer is the principal of Scheiderer Communications and a collaborator with The LightBox Collaborative, a versatile, dynamic group of talented consultants who work with nonprofits, philanthropies, and social entrepreneurs to jump start thinking, create strategic clarity in real time, and spark action in order to increase the impact of causes that matter.

    More information on Foster Care Alumni of America.

    SU alum visits Bhutan- incredible video!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/16/2010 03:22:53 PM

     Bhutan

    From a young age I dreamt about challenging myself and learning through world travels and living abroad.  My first overseas exposure started when I was 10 years old.  Long before email, I connected with a pen pal in London and we have remained lifelong friends.  At 19 years old my dream about the challenge of living and learning abroad was fulfilled when when I studied in S.U.’s “French-in-France” program.  After graduation, I returned to France and lived at a L’Arche community, which serves disabled adults who live and work together.  During that year of service, I learned to experience the joy and beauty in every person – whether severely disabled or “successful” by society’s standards.  I have continued travelling every year on a continuous quest for learning and service to others.  In November 2010 I was fortunate to visit Bhutan, the Himalayan country well known for measuring “Gross National Happiness (GNH).  GNH is a measurement of seven key wellness indicators:  economic, environmental, physical, mental, workplace, social and political wellness.  I was deeply moved by the people and the beauty of Bhutan.  This trip has reignited my quest to learn and challenge myself – stretching beyond our borders and notions of successful living.  Here is a link to a brief video with highlights of my experiences in Bhutan. 


    Greg Scully, ’84 and ‘09

    Alumni Work in Nicaragua

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/13/2010 11:49:16 AM

    Mallory in Nicaragua

    Hi fellow SU alumni! I graduated in 2008 with a double major in Spanish and Philosophy. I was able to volunteer as a translator for the Professionals Without Borders Club on two trips to Managua, Nicaragua.  The trips were amazing, and after graduation I felt compelled to return to Nicaragua.  So in September 2009, I moved from Seattle to Managua. I currently work with the Asociacion Familia Padre Fabretto, a non-profit organization that was founded by Catholic priest Father Fabretto in the 1050s.  Fabretto works to break the cycle of poverty for Nicaragua children and families in both urban and rural communities.

    I work at a center called Nica HOPE, that is located next to the municipal trash dump, known as La Chureca.  Workers in La Chureca sort all day in the sun and heat looking for recyclable goods to resell. Respiratory and skin disease are rampant, lead poisioning common, and there is a high level of domestic and sexual abuse of women and children.  Workers generally earn less than $2 a day.  I run a vocational jewelry program for youth and single mothers from the dump community. Instead of working at the dump, the students in our program come 2-4 times a week and learn how to make beautiful pieces of jewelry.  We sell those items in country, online, and through partners in the US. This year we were able to work with 102 students from the community and sold $60,000 in jewelry items, with half going directly to the students.

    Without my experiences at SU, I don't think I would have ever made it here.  Before the trips, I didn't know a thing about Nicaragua, and without my Spanish skills I don't think I would have been able to be as helpful at my center.  I thank SU for helping me develop leadership skills and the confidence to move to another country and work for a cause I truly believe in.

    Thank you,

    Mallory Erickson, ’08.

     

    Merry Christmas from Father Steve!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 12/3/2010 10:15:57 AM

     President(1)

    Advent, as we know, is a time of hope and anticipation. Even as we pray and open ourselves to new blessings, I believe this special season is as much an invitation to reflect on the graces already present in our lives. For me there’s just something about the increasing chill in the air and our seemingly endless Northwest nights that puts me in a particularly grateful state of mind.

    And among the greatest blessings I count as president are the students, faculty and staff of Seattle University who so passionately embrace our mission of promoting justice; our alumni who never cease to amaze me as they excel professionally and live out our core values; and our friends whose generosity drives us forward so we can fulfill our highest aspirations.

    This Christmas season, I want to thank you for supporting Seattle University and, in turn, committing to the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit.

    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 of Seattle University