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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • Finding Community after Graduating

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/13/2012 10:00:07 AM

    AnalisaLike many recent grads I was initially turned off by the idea of getting involved with SU.  I felt like SU just wanted more money and to be honest once I completed graduation school was the last think I wanted to think about. Then a year after I graduated, I was asked to co-emcee the graduation brunch; I accepted and figured it would be a way to give back without giving money.  I had a blast!  I ran into some old professors and seeing all the graduates with their friends and family reminded me of what a great time I had at SU.  I met the Alumni Board President at the time, Anita Crawford-Willis and can credit her for reconnecting me with SU. I joined the Alumni Board of Governors shortly after and I am still a member.  The Graduation Brunch is still one of my favorite SU events… especially listening to Father Steve speak each year!  My fellow graduates and I attend basketball games, Advent Mass, most recently the downtown breakfast and so much more! I tell all the students and young alums I run into that you should stay connected.. even if you have no interest now you might in the future and you don't have to give money!  You can volunteer or just attend events… SU doesn't just want your money they want you to be a part of our alumni community!

    Analisa Castaneda, '05

    February Update from Your Assistant Vice President

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/9/2012 08:13:25 AM

    Susan W 2(1)Dear Alumni -

    We are two months into the new year and I am proud to say that the Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day!  I'm very pleased to report that in the two short months of this year we have launched more alumni events than ever before.  Whether you have already attended one, like the Downtown Alumni breakfast, a pregame rally at KeyArena, an alumni happy hour or the alumni career workshop on campus, there are many options for you to enjoy.  We have listened to your input, which led us to plan our first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 21st, and the 15th Anniversary celebration of the award winning Chapel of St. Ignatius.  And, don't forget to join us for the 27th annual Alumni Awards on April 17!  We have an amazing slate of alumni that we will be honoring this year and we hope you will join us to celebrate!

    We have been working diligently to improve and grow the SU alumni presence online and your input helped outline improvements to our web presence and online network.  To that end, the Seattle U Alumni network on LinkedIn has more than 4,457 members, our SU Alumni Facebook page has grown to more than 1,850 fans and we are growing toward 500 followers on Twitter.  I can't stress those numbers enough - whether you are an alum or current student, the Seattle University alumni network is the best place to make connections for social and professional development.  

    Speaking of professional development, we just completed the most successful Internship Fair last week with increased employer participation from 28 to 41 and increased student participation from 283 to 447!  In addition, we are well on our way to delivering on two significant events in partnership with Career Services:  the alumni career workshop in March and the Career Expo on April 11.   

    When I started last June I outlined our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  In December I outlined my immediate goals and we have been hard at work building out the plan in support of this vision.  Please be sure to download SU's Alumni Relations Plan.

    Also, please be sure to go to your website at to connect with the Seattle U Alumni Association and

    It is a new day in alumni relations at SU and we have a lot to look forward to this year!


    Susan Vosper, '90, '10

    Congratulations 2012 Alumni Award Winners!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/8/2012 08:50:07 AM


    2012 Alumni Awards logoAlong with President Sundborg and Seattle University's Alumni Board of Governors, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the university's 2012 Alumni Awards recipients, who will be honored at the 27th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President's Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 17, 2012. 

     Register today!

    2012 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:Martha Choe, '87
    Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Martha Choe, Chief Administration Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a leader in economic and development affairs in Seattle and across the nation. 

    2012 Professional Achievement Award:Paul Newman, PhD, '78
    Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

    Dr. Paul A. Newman
    is a leader in the use of aircraft for atmospheric research, and is the Chief Scientist for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

    2012 Distinguished Teaching Award:Bill Weis, PhD
    Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 
    Bill Weis is currently a faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics focused on teaching leadership and team development.

    2012 University Service Award:
    Julie Woodward, '93 
    Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University(alumni and non-alumni eligible)
    Julie Woodward has been the head coach for the women's soccer team for 15 years, and has led them to 13 winning seasons.

    2012 Community Service Award:Tricia Trainer, '01
    Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities
    Tricia Trainer is been a longstanding volunteer and supporter of the Chief Seattle Club, the only social service center in Seattle devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations People.  

    2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:Rosa Singer, '02
    Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
    Rosa currently serves as Director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with programs in over 72 countries.

    More information about these outstanding alumni. 

    SU Ranks High on Peace Corps Top Colleges List

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:19:18 AM

    Peace CorpsSeattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history.  

    Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. 

    "Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."

    Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seatttle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support."

    Full article.

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 2/6/2012 11:14:02 AM

    Magislogo20121This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives.
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    Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online.

    Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows in
    honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!

    Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!