Last Friday night I attended a dinner at Bailey-Boushay House. The following story was shared at the table I joined:
In 1993 Tim was a nurse bringing care to peoples homes in Louisville, Kentucky. One patient was a quadriplegic who was injured some years before Tim came on board to help the man's family with his care. Tim was at the home every other day helping with all the duties required for the patient and the family. Time passed and friendships grew. In 1998 Tim became dreadfully ill. The prognosis was not good though he fought a heck of a battle in the hospital critical care ward. Everything began to go wrong with the end in sight. After a bit of time Tim was diagnosed with AIDS. A slow recovery process finally allowed him to leave hospital. In 1998 there was not too much hope for one diagnosed with AIDS. The family that Tim was caring for began to care for him as soon as he left the hospital. Because of an upcoming family wedding in Seattle, and the desire to be near their family, Tim's Louisville friends decided to move lock stock and barrel to Seattle. They brought Tim with them moving him into their new house in Seattle to care for him. He was feed baby food until he became well enough to eat solid food. He was hovered over willing wellness into him until he finally became healthy enough to take a nursing job and find a place of his own.
Tim continued to take care of the gentleman visiting their home a number of times a week. AIDS never seems to take a rest finally demanding that Tim give up his apartment and move into Bailey-Boushay House to receive the kind of care he needs around the clock. The man he cared for died this year leaving a large hole in Tim's heart. He was survived by his wife who was introduced to all of us by Tim, "This is my mom, she gave me my life..." (Tim's birth mom died early in 2010)
M. Barrett Miller ‘68
SU is proud to announce that Cynthia Scheiderer, ’03 has been presented with the “Vision Award” for outstanding leadership by Foster Care Alumni of America. On any one day, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care nationally. 115,000 children in foster care are available for adoption. Nearly 30,000 young people “age out” of foster care every year having never found an adoptive family.
“Cynthia was named as Foster Care Alumni of America’s Vision Award recipient for her dedication to building a national consumer movement of adults who have experienced foster care,” said Nathan Monell, CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America.
“It has been a privilege and a joy to work with alumni of foster care to help make a difference in the lives of people in and from care,” said Ms. Scheiderer, a strong ally of foster care alumni. “Millions of alumni have powerful stories to tell. Their perspective and expertise can bring about better practice, public policy, and outcomes in foster care.”
The Vision Award was created by FCAA to highlight the exceptional contributions of an individual or organization in support of the growing consumer movement of adults who spent time in foster care. Scheiderer is the principal of Scheiderer Communications and a collaborator with The LightBox Collaborative, a versatile, dynamic group of talented consultants who work with nonprofits, philanthropies, and social entrepreneurs to jump start thinking, create strategic clarity in real time, and spark action in order to increase the impact of causes that matter.
More information on Foster Care Alumni of America.
From a young age I dreamt about challenging myself and learning through world travels and living abroad. My first overseas exposure started when I was 10 years old. Long before email, I connected with a pen pal in London and we have remained lifelong friends. At 19 years old my dream about the challenge of living and learning abroad was fulfilled when when I studied in S.U.’s “French-in-France” program. After graduation, I returned to France and lived at a L’Arche community, which serves disabled adults who live and work together. During that year of service, I learned to experience the joy and beauty in every person – whether severely disabled or “successful” by society’s standards. I have continued travelling every year on a continuous quest for learning and service to others. In November 2010 I was fortunate to visit Bhutan, the Himalayan country well known for measuring “Gross National Happiness (GNH). GNH is a measurement of seven key wellness indicators: economic, environmental, physical, mental, workplace, social and political wellness. I was deeply moved by the people and the beauty of Bhutan. This trip has reignited my quest to learn and challenge myself – stretching beyond our borders and notions of successful living. Here is a link to a brief video with highlights of my experiences in Bhutan. Greg Scully, ’84 and ‘09
Hi fellow SU alumni! I graduated in 2008 with a double major in Spanish and Philosophy. I was able to volunteer as a translator for the Professionals Without Borders Club on two trips to Managua, Nicaragua. The trips were amazing, and after graduation I felt compelled to return to Nicaragua. So in September 2009, I moved from Seattle to Managua. I currently work with the Asociacion Familia Padre Fabretto, a non-profit organization that was founded by Catholic priest Father Fabretto in the 1050s. Fabretto works to break the cycle of poverty for Nicaragua children and families in both urban and rural communities.
I work at a center called Nica HOPE, that is located next to the municipal trash dump, known as La Chureca. Workers in La Chureca sort all day in the sun and heat looking for recyclable goods to resell. Respiratory and skin disease are rampant, lead poisioning common, and there is a high level of domestic and sexual abuse of women and children. Workers generally earn less than $2 a day. I run a vocational jewelry program for youth and single mothers from the dump community. Instead of working at the dump, the students in our program come 2-4 times a week and learn how to make beautiful pieces of jewelry. We sell those items in country, online, and through partners in the US. This year we were able to work with 102 students from the community and sold $60,000 in jewelry items, with half going directly to the students.
Without my experiences at SU, I don't think I would have ever made it here. Before the trips, I didn't know a thing about Nicaragua, and without my Spanish skills I don't think I would have been able to be as helpful at my center. I thank SU for helping me develop leadership skills and the confidence to move to another country and work for a cause I truly believe in.
Mallory Erickson, ’08.
Advent, as we know, is a time of hope and anticipation. Even as we pray and open ourselves to new blessings, I believe this special season is as much an invitation to reflect on the graces already present in our lives. For me there’s just something about the increasing chill in the air and our seemingly endless Northwest nights that puts me in a particularly grateful state of mind.
And among the greatest blessings I count as president are the students, faculty and staff of Seattle University who so passionately embrace our mission of promoting justice; our alumni who never cease to amaze me as they excel professionally and live out our core values; and our friends whose generosity drives us forward so we can fulfill our highest aspirations.
This Christmas season, I want to thank you for supporting Seattle University and, in turn, committing to the growth of our students in mind, body and spirit.
My wish for each of you is that the comfort and inspiration of God’s love accompany you throughout this season of hope and the year to come. From all of us at Seattle University to you and yours—Merry Christmas!Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President of Seattle University
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena. At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email. Merry Christmas!SU's Office of Alumni Relations
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena.
At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email.
SU's Office of Alumni Relations
After graduating from Seattle U in 2005, I often found myself contemplating my next steps: Should I go to graduate school? What are my passions? How can I use my gifts and talents in a way that brings me joy but also serves the needs of the world? When I saw an advertisement for the “Living Into Your Life” discernment series that Magis was sponsoring, I decided that it was exactly what I needed. Over the course of a couple of months, I gained valuable tools, grounded in the Ignatian tradition, for discernment. One of the greatest things about the series was the sense of community that I found in the small group of young adults journeying through the same kinds of important life questions. We supported each other through that very vulnerable place of our deepest longings and held each other in love and respect as we gave space to those hopes and dreams and fears. I am grateful that I participated in the series and for the discernment tools and friendships that I gained.
Click here for more information on how to participate in this year's "Living Into your Life" series.
Marissa Turner, '05