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  • 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.

    Campion - Haunted

    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.