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  • 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 Graduate Fair at Seattle University

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/19/2012 02:12:04 PM


    Attend The Seattle Graduate Fair at Seattle University on October 23rd!

    The Seattle Graduate Fair connects prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, nonprofit leadership, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business.


    Anyone who's considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend.

  Graduate Fairs can offer something beneficial to all!It's free to the public.


    The Fair will be Tuesday, October 23, 5 to 8pm Seattle University, Campion Tower Residence Hall 914 E Jefferson Street, Seattle, WA 98122

    See the list of registered schools and  RSVP online!


    More information can be found on the website



    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/18/2012 03:48:00 PM

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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

    Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

    • 11/28/12 at 5:30 pm -- Pre-game rally before Men’s Basketball game at 7:00 (SCOTT"S Seafood, Palo Alto)
    • 11/28/12 at 7:00 pm -- Seattle University's Redhawks vs. The Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavillion in Stanford, CA
    • Please join our community on Facebook or help spread the word to your classmates in the Bay Area.

      We look forward to seeing you in NorCal!
    • Annie Katrina Lee, ‘05 


    Bay Area SU Alumni are invited to Hope Uncorked

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 04:24:49 PM

    The Seattle University Bay Area alumni community is invited to attend:

    Hope Uncorked


    Catholic Charities CYO hosts a special evening of wine, music and celebration that goes to benefit Bay Area kids in need.

    Join us for:

    • Jazz music from Grupo Falso Baiano & Lorca Hart Trio featuring Kenny Washington
    • Japanese cuisine and wine tastings from dozens of local vineyards
    • And a silent auction, that includes the chance to bid on travel packages

    Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, though tickets will be available at the door.

    Click here  for more information or to purchase tickets online, or call 415.972.1246


    The Courtside Club

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/15/2012 03:01:36 PM

    LennyThe Courtside Club is a group of Chieftains & Redhawks that create awareness in the community of the incredible history of Seattle University Athletics and its return to prominence while supporting the student athlete. Every Alumni is a member!

    The first lunchof the Courtside Club is November 8th at the Sorrento Hotel and we have confirmed NBA legend, coach of our former Seattle Super Sonics Lenny Wilkens as a guest speaker, along with our awesome coach Cameron Dollar, to speak on the upcoming season as we our now members of the Western Athletic Conference and tournament eligible.  

    Spread the word, clear your calendars and invite friends. This will be exciting to sports fans of all ages!

    Registration information is on the website

    It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss out!


    Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/11/2012 05:10:15 PM

    Dear Friends, children of peace dinner

    You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual Children of Peace Foundation Auction Dinner   (It's About the Child) to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 5:00PM in the Seattle University Campion Ballroom. The event will include a Live & Silent auction, complimentary wine and Mediterranean food, traditional Arabic music by “House of Tarab,” and and updates about the foundation.

    Tickets for the event are $100 per attendee and all funds will go towards supporting traumatized children in Bethlehem. The Children of Peace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

    Please RSVP by October 12, 2011 by emailing 

    We are looking forward to seeing you and greatly appreciate your support in helping to build Peace Through Healing!      

    Find our event on Facebook 

    or visit the website for more details


    Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/10/2012 04:05:30 PM

    nov 2Seattle University and The Executive Development Institute are partnering to bring you a panel exploring the theme of “Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets”. The panel will be held on Seattle University’s campus in the Casey CommonsFriday, November 2nd from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

    The panelists in attendance will include:


    The panel will be moderated by Victoria Jones, Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University


    Susan's Thoughts for the Fall

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/10/2012 02:10:48 PM

    Dear Alumni-

    It’s fall here at S
    SusanVosper2eattle U and classes are in full swing. As we enjoy the extended beautiful fall weather here in the Northwest, it is exhilarating to watch a talented new class arriving  and settling in for what promises to be a  successful academic year.  The campus is buzzing again with excitement to see what’s in store for this year. We in the Office of Alumni Relations share in this sense of excitement along with our students, faculty and staff.  This new year ushered in new members to our Alumni Board of Governors. We are fortunate to have an effective group of dedicated alumni on our board that will help us to achieve our goals.  

    Our FY11-12 status report is evidence that we are making progress and working to build a world class Office of Alumni Relations and remain on target with our strategic plan. To that end, we are making strides to help you to better connect with Seattle U, your fellow alumni and the next generation.  It’s my pleasure to announce the following developments:

    • Our office is partnering with Career Services to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to hire quality candidates, become a valued employee and network with outstanding individuals.
    • Seattle U is celebrating a new era in sports with its first full season of Division I play for the Redhawks. I hope you will join me and Coach Cameron Dollar at our pre-game rallies at Key Arena at Seattle Center.
    • On February 2 we will launch a pilot program to bring Homecoming back to the university. This is your chance to see some of the beautiful changes we’ve made to your campus, as well as share your own experiences at SU with alumni and current students. Stay tuned for more information. 
    • And on April 16 we are hosting the 28th Annual Alumni Awards celebration at Campion Ballroom. I hope to see you there for an evening to illuminate the achievements of our alumni in the community, work place and university.   We are accepting nominations. 

    Alumni often ask, “How can I help? How can I become involved with my alma mater?”  Let me offer some ways we share with alumni and friends:

    -          Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for Seattle U

               - think SU first! 

    -          Promote Alumni and Family Weekend to your fellow alumni.

    -          Encourage alumni to network and keep in touch via

                the Alumni Online Directory.

    -          Bring a prospective student for a campus visit

                or to a university event

    -          Visit us on campus at the Admissions and Alumni Building and give us your feedback at

    I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve the goals we’ve set for the Office of Alumni Relations and hope you’ll join us on campus in October and throughout the year.  I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in our efforts to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.



    Susan Vosper, '90, '10


    The Art of Making Sense

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/8/2012 01:23:05 PM

    life forceFor the month of October Gallery 114 presents "Making Sense," new oil paintings by member artist Mary Jo Mann   The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists held on October 4, 6 to 9 pm.  Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

     The Art of "Making Sense" at Gallery 114
    1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 Phone: 503-243-3356

    Seattle University Alumna, Mary Jo Mann,uses the oil painting medium to examine the tension between human-made and natural systems.  Playing with the rhythms and geometry of urban and natural landscapes, Mann in this body of work is "making sense" of not only the physical world but of the connections between the physical and the metaphysical. "I find similar rhythms and form in nature," says Mann.  "Using these two supposedly opposing fields as a starting point, I find that the language and depth of each piece emerges as the work develops.  My approach isn't simply an intellectual activity but transcends the physical world.  The work takes on its own life, merging conscious intent with unconscious knowledge." Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle University in 1979 and studied with Val Laigo, Marvin Herard and Nick Damascus. She has lived in Portland since the early 80's with her husband and children.  Mary Jo's work can also be seen at her website,


    Remembering Sue Schmitt

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 10/8/2012 10:32:39 AM

    Sue SchmittSue Schmitt, Ed.D., Professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, died suddenly at the age of 66 on September 28, 2012. A public memorial service led by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. was held Monday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church.

    Dr. Schmitt stepped down from her 16-year position as dean on July 31, 2012, and spent the past two months traveling and enjoying time with her family. In her announcement to the faculty and staff on June 26, Dr. Schmitt emphasized her joy in overseeing many historical events over the past 16 years and was excited about the college’s position to engage in new opportunities at the university, state and national levels.  “We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to her family, friends, College of Education colleagues, staff and students and others whose lives she touched during her remarkable career as an administrator, educator and scholar,” said Isiaah Crawford, provost. 

    Dr. Schmitt helped organize the college’s 75th anniversary celebration (a milestone event that drew over 1,000 alumni and friends to campus) and oversaw Conversation Education, a symposium on education policy that brought great visibility to the university. Over the past several years she led a collaborative and successful process to revise and restructure the college’s doctoral program. Additionally, Dr. Schmitt spearheaded an effort that will bring a Seattle Public Schools Middle College program to the university in the next few months. 

    Prior to her appointment as dean of the College of Education, she had served as dean and professor, in the College for Human Resources at the University of North Dakota, where she had also served as associate vice president for academic affairs, responsible for the design and implementation of the Center for Instructional Technology. She served at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, as deputy vice chancellor and professor of rehabilitation, department chair and director of the independent Living Center. Dr. Schmitt also served as the administrative associate to the vice president for academic affairs of the University of Wisconsin System Administration. 

    Dr. Schmitt received the outstanding alumni award from Viterbo College, where she received a B.A. in English, and she was a Leadership Fellow at Mississippi State University. She was among a selective group of educational leaders to participate in Harvard University's IEM Program. Dr. Schmitt’s doctorate, which she received from Mississippi State University, was funded through a Bush Leadership Fellowship. 

    The Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship Fund has been established to honor her memory and the legacy she has left at Seattle University. The fund will support the academic advancement of underrepresented students enrolled in the College of Education, a commitment that Dr. Schmitt championed during the course of her career. For more information, including how to contribute to the fund, please call 206-296-1896.

    To share an online memory of Dr. Schmitt, please click here

    -A Seattle University News article by Paula Hermann


    Magis Note for October

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 11:32:08 AM

    magis familyLaugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured alumni living the mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note;

    “We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

     Magis wants to remind you that there are just a few spots left for alumni on the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. This is a great way to unplug from the everyday hustle and bustle to make space for quiet reflection Also, save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justicebeing held on Saturday, December 1, 2012.This new format will deepen the experience, inviting participants to learn, share, and act. Checkout our eNewsletter for upcoming programs and events that help you to put into practice the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership.


    Joan Bonvicini Invites You

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/4/2012 10:50:07 AM

    I wanJoan Bt to personally invite alumni and friends of Seattle University to watch our team in action. Our players and staff are very excited about our upcoming basketball season. We want to build on last year’s success and take our team to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time. We play an exciting up-tempo style and are fun to watch. Come be a part of history in the making as we striveto win the WAC Basketball Championship. Call the Seattle U ticket office for information (206) 398-4678 or go to SU's athletics web site    

     We are also hosting our 2nd annual fundraiser ‘Wine,Cheese & Chocolate’ at Starbuck’s Headquarters, SODO Kitchen on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-6:30 pm. There will be 7 wineries, numerous cheese selections and some local chocolates. Additionally, there will be a silent   and live auctionwith all proceeds going to Seattle U Women’s Basketball. Tickets are only $50 and can be ordered by calling (206)398-4420. Come support the SU Women's Basketball program and have a great time too!   
    wine & Chocolate
    Hope you'll join us!  

    Joan Bonvicini

    Albers Alumni - Meet, Greet and Network!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 10/3/2012 09:16:32 AM

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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



    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!