L-R Fr. Roger Gillis, S.J. and Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J.Dear Friends –Since the full knowledge of my cancer became known to everyone I have been overcome by the positive notes and visits and to a certain extent, the overwhelmingness shouldn’t be surprising because I was bowled over by the realization of how much I am loved. Part of the reason for feeling overwhelmed was also because I was realizing just how much I am loved – loved so deeply. (I am never surprised how good and beautiful you are, realizing that about myself was more difficult. But the two go together!) This confirms that when I am in touch with the Holy Spirit, I believe and act out of love. It is not always easy to love ourselves. On the other hand, it is easy for me to love all of you. It isn’t too tricky, because if you love other people, they’ll love you back! My apostolic mission at S.U. has been to love other people. I open up a card and you would thank me for something I did – and you reminded me of it. But lovers don’t keep score.And just as we need to be reenergized or encouraged in the Holy Spirit in communal worship, retreats, and friendships, I have a few things to encourage you with:Forgive one another. Mr. Thirty-two Search is ALWAYS moved to tears with people finding it in themselves to reconcile. That is at the center of our belief.Take time to be with each other and to encourage each other. You can’t build community at a distance. We all get busy but take time for one another because this is how we know we are loved.Take care of yourself. I’ve learned a lot about health and a shout-out to all of my women friends 40 and over, please get a mammogram. Also, Fr. Mike lost weight and if he can do it, so can you! In all of this, take heed of St. John’s call: Love one another.Love, love, love,Fr. Rog
As an alum of Seattle U, you have a unique opportunity to continue to derive value from your University relationship through our Annual Business Plan Competition and Business Roundtables. The Competition is open to alums as well as our current students. It essentially gives contestants a chance to “test drive” their idea, with the active support of the business community. We have $30,000 in prize money plus the ideas are exposed to potential investors—prior contestants have raised over $2million from this exposure. The business roundtables—Executive and Next Generation—provide for peer-to-peer conversations with other business professionals as well as offer continual professional development. This highly successful program has been helping business professionals run their company more effectively as well as provide assistance to the critical steps in succession planning.
Both the competition and roundtables are more fully described on our website: Entrepreneurship Center. I would be glad to take your call if you would like to participate or learn more. Steve
I am very excited to welcome you to our new alumni blog. We are launching this blog to strengthen our engagement with all of you. At convocation this September, I shared with the university’s faculty and staff that listening to our alumni community is a top priority. Your perspective and input is incredibly valuable to us. I hope you will use this blog as a platform to provide us with timely feedback about what is on your mind, let us know what is (and is not) working for you, and how best we can serve you in engaging with your fellow alumni, faculty, staff and university leadership. You have my commitment in ensuring that your voices are heard so that we work together in shaping our common future. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg S.J.President of Seattle University
If you didn't make it to the grand dedication of SU's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, you need to come do so. Seriously. From the state of the art media center to the stunning art collection, the doors are open to visitors and well worth a visit. "This library and learning commons heralds a new era at Seattle University, the era of the great university." These words of President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., rang loud and true at the Sept. 30 dedication of the new facility- SU's largest ever investment in academics and scholarship. Hundreds of guests comprised of donors, students, faculty and staff turned out for the ceremony to mark one of the most significant moments in the 120-year history of Seattle University. Slideshow & video of the day's events.
Seattle University kicks off its new Catholic Heritage Lecture Series this month by welcoming Kenneth Miller, professor of biology from Brown University, for a presentation on “Darwin, God, and Design: America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution.” The Catholic Church, Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, points out, has come to recognize the validity of the theory of evolution. “As Catholics, we believe there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between science and religion,” he says. “Catholics see God at work in the evolutionary process even if it seems haphazard and strange. “Intellectual inquiry can be strengthened by faith,” he continues, “and some questions cannot be resolved by reason alone.”
The lecture series is one component of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, which the university will launch next fall. Ely says the purpose of the institute “is to help the university community appreciate the rich and diverse Catholic intellectual tradition, expressed not only in philosophy and theology, but in literature, arts, science, political theory and every aspect of culture.” In addition to the lecture series, the institute will support and encourage a variety of efforts by SU faculty to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to the surface and in conversation with issues of the day.
The first Catholic Heritage Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Pigott Auditorium. Learn more.
In response feedback from our alumni, we are reintroducing our alumni newsletter Crossroads in a blog format. We are confident that this new approach will enable us to provide better service and engagement opportunities for our alumni population. We’ll continue to share stories from around campus, social and professional networking events that might be of interest, and letters from university leadership and faculty. Thanks in advance for your participation and go Redhawks!!
Amanda Kelly, SU Alumni Relations