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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.