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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • Let's keep in touch- Albers Alumni Happy Hour

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/29/2011 11:52:54 AM

     AA HHWhen I was researching about MBA programs, prior to joining Seattle University Albers School of Business, I attended the information session for another premier business school. The admissions director of the school noted three key stakeholders that influenced the MBA program. The first stakeholder he mentioned was the companies that hired and recruited their students. The second stakeholder was the alumni of the business school. That message still resonates with me. The third stakeholder, according to him, was the distinguished and accomplished faculty of the school. After graduating from SU's MBA program in 2010, I went back into the professional world taking up a consulting role.  Very soon you don’t see those colleagues and friends often that you used to meet at school, and with whom you’ve spend countless hours working on case studies, preparing PowerPoint presentations or drafting summary reports. We all got busy in our personal lives and professional careers.  

    The Albers Alumni Happy Hour was started in 2010 by a group of networking-oriented alums. But unfortunately the event died soon, as you may have guessed, when the organizers got busy in their careers. I really enjoyed the event because it gave me the chance to meet old friends, peers and other alums in a very informal and relaxed setting. And it is organized during happy hours, another excuse to attend it. The idea to restart this event is on the same thinking and we hope that you will join us. 

    Seattle University has a maximum number of alums in the Pacific Northwest region, specifically in the greater Seattle area (about 31,000). While there are regular alumni events, something on the more informal side is what the Albers Alumni Happy Hour provides. You will be amazed to see the diverse professionals from the school and the university. If you are an avid networker, what better way to connect with other alumni than over a few drinks? This event is open to current students and other SU school graduates. Going forward the plan is to organize it once a quarter, to keep it interesting and not too frequent.

    See you tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at Palomino Seattle. Alumni from all SU schools and colleges welcome!

    Mehul Mediwala, '10

     

    Father Lucey Takes the Helm: New AJCU President Q & A

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/21/2011 02:28:29 PM
    Fr LuceyThis month Greg Lucey, S.J., took over as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, a network of the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions. While the role may be new, Father Lucey is no stranger to Jesuit higher education. He most recently served as president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., from 1997-2009. Previously, he held a number of other key leadership posts, including rector at Marquette University and president of the Jesuit Conference USA. As our more veteran colleagues know very well, Father Lucey also served as vice president for development here at Seattle University from 1978-88. In this role, he spearheaded the first major fundraising campaign in the university’s history, which raised $26 million, surpassing the $20 million goal, to fund the construction of the Bannan Engineering and Casey buildings, the creation of our Quad and other projects and initiatives. 

    Father Lucey was recently on SU’s campus to attend the Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference, a gathering of advancement and marketing professionals that the university hosted. While here, he also met with President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., who as the new chair of the AJCU board, will be working closely with Father Lucey to move the association forward.


    Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications

    Read our Q & A with Fr. Lucey.

     

    SU Rolls Out Red Carpet for Notable Visitors

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/21/2011 02:22:26 PM
    SU VisitorsWho says the summers are slow at Seattle University? Not last week! In the span of four days, the university played host to a nationally renowned nun, a soccer team considered by many to be the best in the world and a broadcaster with an inspiring personal story. (And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of incoming freshmen and their families who were visiting for Summer in Seattle orientation.) 

    Thursday, July 14:  In town for a “friendly” game against the Seattle Sounders, Manchester United was in need of a place to practice, and Seattle University gladly obliged by offering Championship Field. After their evening practice on the 14th, which attracted quite a throng of onlookers, the 19-time English League champions made another appearance at Championship Field to hold a soccer clinic for Special Olympics athletes (right) on July 19, the evening before their match against the Sounders.  

    Friday, July 15: ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff visited Seattle University on July 15 to deliver a talk on homeless veterans. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006. He returned to work after an arduous 13-month recovery and today is a leading figure in raising awareness for the plight of our nation’s veterans. 

    Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications

    Read more.

    New Art for the Alumni Building!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2011 03:38:52 PM

     TransformationsWe are blessed to have a new art installation on the north exterior wall of the Alumni & Admissions Building on 12th Avenue. Come check it out, and read Fr. Cobb's post as follows:

     Transformations by Preston Singletary (Tlingit, b. 1963)  

     2011-Water jet-cut aluminum, powder coated enamel, water jet-cut flat glass, and steel 

    This piece is an abstract composition that highlights the flow of the lines, shapes, and methodical patterning within the Northwest Coast design system known as formline.  These design elements have been used for centuries by the culture to represent the natural world in carved and painted objects.  Here, the shapes and lines are showcased in a monumental fashion, removed from the traditional figurative portrayals of animals; this serves to highlight the concept that these elements are at the root of the design system and show that their power and beauty transcends representational composition. 

     The colors of this piece are derived from the traditional palette of Northwest Coast art: red and black. The yellow and blue come from the Chilkat weaving tradition, and are inspired by natural plant- and mineral-based pigments, which are used by the peoples of the Northwest Coast.  

     In addition to his Northwest Native cultural heritage, Singletary derives inspiration from decorative and modern art from the 1930s and 1940s, Primitivism and contemporary art.  He lives in Seattle with his family. 

    Jerry Cobb, S.J.  

     

     

    Nationally recognized champion for student-athlete success addresses JAA Conference

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2011 12:29:01 PM

     

    Sister FlemingSeattle University took the lead in welcoming Sister Rose Ann Fleming to the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) Conference today. As coordinator of academic and athletic advising at Xavier University, Sister Fleming is nationally renowned for her successful work in improving the academic performance of the school’s student-athletes. Her talk was part of a three-day gathering hosted by SU that involved 270 advancement and marketing professionals from 25 of the 28 Jesuit institutions across the country. Spearheaded by SU’s Advancement office, the conference drew rave reviews from many of the attendees, and Fleming’s talk was a distinct highlight. Since her arrival at Xavier in 1985, the average grade point average for its student-athletes has never dipped below 3.0. The graduation rate for student-athletes, currently 94 percent, is higher than the rate for the university’s overall student body, placing Xavier 23rd among the NCAA’s Division I schools.

     

    Over the course of an hour, the soft-spoken but tough nun who has been profiled in a number of national publications took conference attendees behind the scenes to share some of Xavier’s keys to success while humbly giving credit to the coaches, presidents and athletics staff with whom she’s worked. Dubbed the “point guard” of the men’s basketball team by one of those coaches, Fleming spoke of the importance of creating enough time for student-athletes to learn, giving them the support systems they need to succeed and helping them prepare for life after college.

    Read more.

    Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications.

     

     

    Celebrate Kevin Waters, S.J.!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/7/2011 03:51:33 PM
    Kevin Waters You are invited to a celebration for Kevin Waters, S.J. on Sunday August 14 2011.  Fr. Waters will celebrate 60 years as a Jesuit on campus at Seattle University with a mass at 1pm in St. Ignatius chapel followed by a reception. 

    Former dorm residents from DeSmet Hall , students, faculty and all who would like to join the festivities will want to set aside the time and place for an opportunity to visit with Father Waters who is still teaching full-time and mentoring resident students.  Father is stationed at Gonzaga and carries on the grand tradition of service he started in August, 1951.  Please join him and his family to see old friends and to share food, drinks and music, of course!

    Casey Atrium, Seattle University

    August 14, 2- 6 p.m.

    Please RSVP to Kathleen Waters @ [mailto:kwatersriehl@yahoo.com]

    SU Loses a Great Teammate

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/5/2011 09:02:27 AM

     Carl Carl Ervin was true to Seattle U to the very end. Carl spoke with Ed O’Brien the day before he passed, remarking how wonderful it was for Seattle U's return to NCAA Division I after a 29 year absence. As a great high school and college basketball player, Carl was always an "assist guy" - the one player on the floor who made the other four teammates look good.  He is a Seattle U Hall of Famer because of his unique ability to pass the ball.  Carl was a winner, leading his high school and college teams to terrific seasons.

    I had a chance to see Carl and Penny a few weeks earlier when they visited the O’Brien Center.  He must have known how serious the illness was at that time but did not mention a word about it, neither did Penny. In fact, he was in good spirits, joking and seemingly full of life. My sense was that Carl did not want anyone to feel sorry for him. Carl talked about how important it was for Seattle U to be in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as a critical step for our program.  He was thrilled with the progress of the team, frequently stopped by to spend time with Cameron Dollar and watch practice. Carl always had a smile even through the pain and anguish of his illness.

    Most importantly, Carl is a great friend, teammate, father and husband. What a pleasure for all of us to have had Carl in our lives. He will be missed.

    Bill Hogan
    Director of Athletics
    Seattle University