Are you looking for a leadership formation opportunity? Do you want to reconnect with your Jesuit-roots and with other Jesuit-educated alumni? If so, then the new Magis Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program could be for you.
CLIA is two-year cohort program for Jesuit-educated alumni with an integrated focus on faith, leadership and service. CLIA at Seattle U will be the first cohort on the West Coast and the first to be sponsored at a Jesuit university. Previous cohorts have been run in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
I have always been identified as a leader,” said Stephanie Weaver, a CLIA participant and Georgetown alumna who works for the American Red Cross in Princeton, NJ and is also a founder of A Drink For Tomorrow, a foundation raising funds to bring clean water to villages in India. “There’s still a ton to learn,” she said.
New York CLIA participant Mark Orrs is a doctoral student in sustainable development at Columbia University and a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's found that lessons he's learned about spirituality in the group, via regular monthly meetings and a retreat, have been helpful. "What I've taken from it is the spiritual practices and incorporating them into my daily life," he said. Jesuit meditation and spiritual practices such as the Examen and LectioDivina are part of the program.
Like Stephanie, if you still have something to learn about leadership and dig the Jesuit tradition, then why not see what CLIA is all about. Information, FAQs and an application can be found on the Magis website. Applications are due by Friday, June 17th. Contact Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
This week, a beautiful, custom-made continuo organ was placed in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, in fulfillment of a long-held dream. The organ made its official public debut at the May 22 Mass at the chapel.
For some time there had been an interest in acquiring an organ for the chapel. Those ambitions really caught fire in 2008 when the university hosted the Opus Prize. As part of the celebration honoring three humanitarians from around the world, the SU Choir was invited to perform at Benaroya Hall. They wanted to sing “Magnificat,” a song of praise and redemption for the poor, which was fitting for the occasion, but it required a continuo organ to truly do the piece justice. They found an instrument relatively small in stature but still capable of delivering a mighty musical punch. The organ more than amply filled the spacious Benaroya Hall, and the performance inspired a search for a similarly sized and sounding instrument for SU’s chapel.
Click here to read more, and see the organ in action.
Dr. Katherine Zappone, '76 was recently appointed to be a member of Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate or upper house of the the Irish Parliament. Katherine was born in Spokane but her family moved to Seattle when she was a child, and she attended St. Luke's, Holy Names and Seattle U before pursuing graduate degrees at Catholic University and Boston College. She has been living in Ireland since the 1980s and is a noted academic and civil rights campaigner, and also a member of Ireland's Human Rights Commission. She and her partner Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan were married in 2003 in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Zappone is an academic and a tireless campaigner for equality. She is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. She and her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, run An Cosán which supports individuals and communities to actively engage in the process of social change through transformative education. The couple are also taking their landmark case against the Revenue Commissioners to have their Canadian marriage recognised in Ireland. The case is due to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year.
Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and management expert. She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006. As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research programme. She has also taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin. She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation programme to improve outcomes for children and families, co-funded by the Irish Government and Atlantic Philanthropies.
She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights. Katherine has a PhD (Boston College), MBA (Smurfit Business, UCD) and MA (Catholic University of America), and has completed a recent programme in research methodologies in educational technologies with the Open University in the UK. She has also trained in leadership and mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
It's a mark of progress that a series of business-school rankings as influential as that of Bloomberg BusinessWeek includes metrics on sustainability in its annual scores. The magazine last week released its 2011 rankings for business schools. Seattle University landed fourth in sustainability.Read more.
Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability. The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.
Some of SU’s sustainability practices include:
■Water bottle-free campus
■60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted
■On-site composting center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost that is applied back to the campus landscape
■Green roofs complete with grasses and soil that support other surrounding plants and tree growth
■Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need
■Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants
■Solar panels for energy conservation throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood
SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.
“Seattle University’s sustainability programs represent a commitment by our students, faculty and staff and you can see the results the moment you step onto our beautiful campus,” said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary. “Each year, we are deepening our commitment and we look forward to sharing our expertise in sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.”
Dressed for success and with resumes in hand, students, alumni and community members packed Campion Ballroom this April for Seattle University Career Services' annual Career Expo. Nearly 500 attendees had the chance to learn more about job and internship opportunities from the 63 companies represented at the expo, including Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Seattle University is committed working with alumni through through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities. Click here for a list of upcoming alumni professional development opportunities. Learn more about Career Services.
Did you know that last year, 16% of UW alumni gave back to support their fellow Huskies? And that 13% of Gonzaga alums gave back to their fellow Zags?
Did you also know that in 2010, only 1 in 10 Seattle University alumni gave money to support scholarships, student services and academics at Seattle U? Think we can do better, Seattle U alumni? Well, now is your chance to make an impact by joining the 600+ Alumni Challenge! If 600 Seattle U alumni make a gift in 60 days (between May 1 and June 30), trustees and proud alumni Carol Nelson (’78, ’84), Allan Golston (’99) and former trustee Carolyn Kelly (’85) will donate $15,000 to support Seattle University students!
Even better, by making a gift, you will be adding value to your Seattle University degree. Every alumni gift increases our alumni participation rate, a key factor in our ranking in publications like U.S. News and World Report. High alumni participation rates also help us to secure the corporate and foundation funding that supports SU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and high quality scholarship. Most importantly, your gift of ANY size is an investment in the lives of Seattle U students. Last year, individual gifts of $100 or less resulted in a cumulative total of $400,000 to provide scholarship support, enhance academic programs, and improve campus facilities for SU students. Every gift counts!
Last year, Seattle University’s alumni participation rate was 10.3%. Help us bring that number closer to our peer schools’ rates, improve our rankings and make Seattle U an even greater institution-- every gift, of any size, makes an impact.
Be 1 of 600— Join the 600+ Challenge TODAY!