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  • Message to Alumni from Susan Vosper

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:55:59 AM

     svbDear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater.  The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration.   June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni.  On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students.  We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees.  These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities.   

    My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University.  A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni.  We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of GovernorsWe have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies.   As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few!  

    The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world.  I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them.  I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.

    Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10
     Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations  

    Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!

    Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena.   This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott.

    This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies.  
    Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Magis Memo for June

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/7/2012 09:33:58 AM

    SheelyOn behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.

    This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life.

    Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa  with any questions and for an application.

    Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online

    Career Resources for Graduates and a Lifetime!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 04:49:36 PM

    NetworkThe anticipation of graduation may be over, but there is plenty more excitement and nervousness facing new graduates this year. After a whirlwind of thank yous and goodbyes, moving boxes and interviews, the transition is here. For new graduates and alumni alike, their strongest resource in this time of transition may just be the Seattle University community. Establishing a support network can be one of the most important things for success in a transition. Our robust network of SU Alumni can be a resource we choose to turn to for help as much as a place for us to give back.  Try utilizing the alumni mentor database and reconnecting with classmates through the Alumni Online Directory.  Another great way to connect with fellow professionals is by joining the SU Alumni LinkedIn group.  Keep the SU connection strong by hiring a fellow Redhawk for a job or internship.

    Career Services offers  resources specific to your professional interests.  Access career tools through the Career Services web site including helpful job search links, resume samples, and interview tips. Additionally, you can take one of four self-assessments and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps in making your career transition.

    No matter what type of transition you face – new grad or seasoned professional - it is imperative to stay motivated, positive and persistent. Write down your strengths and place them somewhere you’ll see them often, and remember that people like to hire others who will be positive, self-assured teammates. With enough hard work and determination, something will come along. 

    Alissa B. Strong, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director, Career Services
     

     

    SU's Mission in Action in Rwanda

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 6/5/2012 09:53:52 AM

    GanzaA group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world. 

    The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.

    The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.

    The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.

    Maria Zazycki,  ‘12