Dear Alumni & Friends-
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are looking forward to the approaching holiday season. In the spirit of such a season, I wanted to take this chance to extend an invitation, on behalf of the student body at Seattle University, to join us on campus for a very special holiday celebration. It’s a new annual tradition emphasizing the spirit of the holidays by harnessing the community atmosphere of family and friends at Seattle University. The Illuminating the Holidays event will occur on December 1st from 7pm-8pm in the Lemieux Library East Plaza. Illuminating the Holidays will include complementary hot cocoa and cookies served in the Student Center Lobby, a toy drive, holiday carols, and a culminating ceremonial tree and campus lighting. I sincerely hope you will join us for such a spirited new tradition at Seattle University!
Kevin EggersASSU President
On behalf of the Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS), we are excited to partner with the American Indian Instituteto host the first public screening of Dakota 38 on Thursday, December 9th in the Seattle University Pigott Auditorium! Dakota 38 is a feature length documentary film by Smooth Feather Productions which tells the story of this 330 mile journey. See the film trailer. Both Eric Noyes, Director of the American Indian Institute, and Jim Miller, the Lakota Spiritual Leader who inspired the film, will be in attendance and will join us in a panel discussion after the film screening. Admission is free, for film details and tickets are available here.
Thanks to our campus partners, the Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and others, for their support of this event.
Thank you,Gail Lasprogata, DirectorSeattle University Center for the Study of Justice in Society
Sometimes I feel paralyzed when I start to think about all of the challenges that our world faces: war, peak oil, limited resources, and natural disasters. When I start to feel discouraged I like to read any of the books by my long time friend, Tom Sine. Tom is a local author and international speaker who works as a consultant in futures research and planning for organizations including Habitat for Humanity, and Bread for the World. In Tom’s books and talks he takes a good hard look at the challenges we all face but instead of compounding the despair, he raises our hope by recounting stories of individuals, families, and communities whose imagination has been liberated for compassionate and creative responses. This Wednesday, November 3rd Tom will be speaking on campus at the Public Square Forum hosted by Magis from 6:30-8:30pm in LeRoux, Student Center 160. Tom’s talk is titled, “Is There Life After Jesuit Education: Re-imagining Life, Work, & Faith for Turbulent Times.” Feel free to join us if you need a good dose of hope!
Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis
The alumni of Matteo Ricci College enjoyed two days of events commemorating the 35thAnniversary of the founding of the college and the 400th Anniversary of their patron, Matteo Ricci. Thursday, October 21, at the Inaugural Matteo Ricci College Lecture in the Humanities, Oxford University’s Rev. Antoni Ucerler S.J. spoke on the “Global Legacy of Matteo Ricci, A Jesuit Humanist’s Encounter with China.” Images, insights, and excerpts from original texts provided an almost personal encounter with Ricci. On Friday, a hugely successful first Alumni Symposium brought together alums from throughout the history of the college – from the 1st graduating class through class 2010. A professionally diverse panel of alumni addressed the ways in which the study of the humanities has impacted their life and work. At the reception in the Paccar Atrium, alumni reconnected over great food, conversation, and a strolling magician. If you have not already been to the 6th floor of the beautifully redesigned library, make sure to take the opportunity to see the stunning 6-panel Ricci map of the world, created with the permission of the Library of Congress from a detailed digital scan of Ricci’s original, hand-drawn map. Alumni of Matteo Ricci College can be proud to know that this map, which Ricci himself considered to have a magical effect due to its size and format, was presented as a gift from Matteo Ricci College to the University.