The second half of life is a time of many transitions: children leave home and new children are welcomed into the family, careers change and retirement may be on the horizon, health and self care is addressed differently, and images of God shift and transform. So much is happening, and this is why taking time to “check-in” with oneself is so necessary. It can be meaningful to create space to explore what is on the horizon of your life, and to invite God into that process. Magis each year offers Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify as in the second half of life, a special day for just that kind of prayerful space. The annual Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection, which provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer experiences, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. As one past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.”Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer this year on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. We are excited for retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. to join us, as they will break open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. They will also explore questions in relation to self, God and church. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. Lunch is included for the day, as well as parking. Consider bringing a friend or family member, too!For more information, visit our online flyer. To register, please email Magis.
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2014 Alumni Awards recipients who will be honored at the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 in the Campion Ballroom. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni. To register or to host a table, please visit http://2014sualumniawards.eventbrite.com.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Alumnus of the Year –William Swenson, ’01 President Barack Obama awarded William Swenson, ’01, the Medal of Honor in October, 2013. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. An embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border police, he was on patrol with American and Afghan troops when they were ambushed and pinned down for six hours by more than 60 well-armed Taliban forces. Ganjgal was to be one of the bloodiest battles in the 12 year old war. Putting himself at great risk, William rescued his sergeant and several Afghans and retrieved the bodies of four service members. He is the most decorated Army officer since Vietnam. Loyal not only to the men and women with whom he served, he has remained constant to their families as well.Professional Achievement - David M. Johnson, EdD, ’87 Dr. David M. Johnson, ’87 is among six winners of the 2013 “Visionary Service Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and recipient of last year’s “Evergreen Award” from Washington Nonprofits for his outstanding innovation and agility in the service of his community. A respected leader in the mental health field, he is frequently invited to address national and local groups. A CEO of mental health centers for 27 years, David has also been a clinician for 37 years. He currently leads Navos, one the largest community health centers in the state, with a $54 million operating budget and a staff of 650. Community Service – M. Lorena Gonzalez, Law, ’05Nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Lorena Gonzalez, ’05, a child of Mexican farm workers and now a partner at the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, is a tireless advocate for social justice. In 2007, Lorena co-founded and continues to co-administer the monthly Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and SGB free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza. In 2012, she successfully settled an excessive force and discrimination suit filed against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department that resulted in a mandate that the use of racially charged language in the force was grounds for termination. University Service – Kip Toner, ’66Kip Toner, ‘66, a generous contributor of both his time and talent, has long been a firm supporter of the University. After 23 years of service that included two years as Board chair, he is now a Seattle University Regent Emeritus. He has generously shared his professional talents with the university and most recently was auctioneer for the inaugural Red Tie Celebration for Seattle University Athletics. Kip’s commitment and enthusiasm has inspired other to follow his lead. Distinguished Teaching – Greg Magnan Albers School of Business and Economics Professor, Greg Magnan, is recognized for his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. An especially gifted teacher, Greg is extremely popular with students at the executive, graduate and undergraduate levels. His innovative approach to combining online learning with traditional classroom methods has been a model for the university. Greg’s research on supply chain business practices has been nationally recognized and published in a number of professional journals. He has served on the Sullivan Leadership Award Committee and on several strategic planning committees for Albers. A key member of the leadership executive MBA Program, he has co-chaired the President’s Task Force on sustainability and innovative program delivery. Young Alumnus of the Year – Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09 Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09, a Christian born just outside Bethlehem, lost his arm at 13 in a machinery accident. Three years later, his father died. Rather than become embittered, he is committed to rebuilding the lives of children shattered by war. While a student at Seattle U, Khaled, founded the Children of Peace Foundation in 2007 to support the Holy Family Care Center in Bethlehem where he received care. Through his foundation, the traumatized children of Palestine not only receive specialized therapeutic care, but most importantly a reason to hope for a better tomorrow.
If you were at KeyArena this past weekend, then you know that Seattle University successfully celebrated its 2nd Annual Homecoming with a major win on the court. But our defeat of Idaho wasn’t the only win of the weekend; we are counting the return of Homecoming itself.
From the 1940s up to the late 1970s, Homecoming held great significance for Seattle University. It was a time when students and alumni celebrated their pride in our great university, and the city celebrated with us. The spark of Homecoming was rekindled last year with an alumni rally and the first Homecoming court in almost 30 years, but that spark burst into a flame this year with a full weekend of Homecoming activities and a tremendous show of Seattle U pride.
On Friday, Fr. Steve and the students led a parade through campus ending with the announcement of the 2014 Homecoming Court in the packed Student Center.
On Saturday, alumni and students filled KeyArena in droves of red. Alumni started at the Homecoming pre-game rally and then marched into the arena with the students for the game. All those present could feel the excitement and the sense of a community coming together with a shared goal of cheering their team on to victory. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was honored and the Royals crowned following the introduction of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.
Following the game, alumni flocked to T.S. McHughs for an after-party celebrating the outstanding victory on the court and the sense of camaraderie that comes with watching your alma mater triumph.
For a weekend all about tradition, Homecoming came to a close rather fittingly with an alumni mass on Sunday morning and the Hall of Fame Luncheon in the afternoon, paying tribute to some of the best athletes Seattle U has seen over the years.
If the growth of Homecoming over the last year is an indication of anything, it’s that you won’t want to miss next year, when the flame of Homecoming tradition will be burning brighter than ever.
Did you make it out to Homecoming? What was your favorite part? If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite shots from Homecoming in our Homecoming Alumni Album.
On April 26th, the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission are hosting alumni for the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service for the third year in a row.
What is National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service?
Alumni Day of Service provides Jesuit-educated alumni the opportunity to come together to fulfill our shared Jesuit mission, rooted in service, by participating in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the Seattle community.
Alumni from all Jesuit universities are invited to participate. We are expecting alumni from Gonzaga, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, Marquette and others so please invite any Jesuit educated alumni you know. “I enjoyed being able to give back to the local community around Seattle University and getting to meet like-minded individuals who value their Jesuit education as much as I did,” said one 2013 participant.
In addition, many of our service sites welcome children, making Alumni Day of Service a great family activity that begins to teach the value of serving others.
There are a variety of service opportunities ranging from gardening and beautification projects, to assisting elderly community members with household chores. A full list of service opportunities is available online.
What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot at a service site today!