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  • SU Alum is Chaplain Candidate at US Air Force Academy

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/18/2012 03:11:40 PM
    HeatherThe US Air Force Academy is the one place I've always wanted to serve during my time in the chaplain candidate program. When I joined the military three and a half years ago, I knew I was called by God to serve the men and women who protect our country. I absolutely love the military and the sacred trust it has placed in me to provide for their religious and spiritual needs. At the Academy, my job is to provide religious and spiritual support for cadets in the class of 2016 who are going through their Basic Cadet Training (lovingly referred to as "Beast" and is appropriately named). Thus far I have taught classes to the new cadets, or "Doolies," on Air Force core values and religious respect training, instructed the new faculty members on their unique role within the academy, preached and led a service in the Cadet Chapel, marched 5 miles with them out to Jack's Valley for their field training, and done countless hours of visitation. The basic cadets here are mostly right out of high school and for many, this is their first major life experience away from home. To put it lightly, they were in for a shock! Basic freedoms that you and I take for granted every day, such as talking when we want, looking at our food, and wearing clothes of our choosing are stripped away, and a strict code of military discipline and regimented activities replaces them.

    It has truly been a blessing to serve these cadets and upper class cadre. Their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good is inspiring. I have had several counseling sessions with cadets during their time in the cadet clinic that have truly been sacred. As a chaplain candidate I am in a unique position to offer spiritual support to these young men and women, and also to be there cheering them on as they complete their grueling tasks. One of the most important aspects of our mission is the ministry of presence chaplains can provide. By simply being present to the cadets when they are in the midst of utter chaos, we provide them with a brief respite, a quick prayer, or a pat on the back, so they can continue with the rest of their day. My favorite times have been the ones outside the chapel where I offer an encouraging word to a cadet who looks to be on the brink of tears, and to be that safe person they know they can trust with anything. The cadre are there to correct their every minute mistake, and when the chaplains are around, the basic cadets know they will have someone smile at them. You'd be amazed how far something so simple can go.

    Heather Thomason, '11

    "The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."

    Magis Notes for July

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 03:43:06 PM

    RossmansMagis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann (Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values. As they put it, Jesuit education "taught us the importance of finding meaning in the work we do and taking action on the education that we received…When life gets busy, it's important for us to be reminded of the Jesuit values and to try to live a more reflective life."  Be sure to read more of the Rossmann's reflection by clicking here.

    Don't forget! We are still looking for alumni living in the Puget Sound to apply for the first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This experience will be sure to engage you in the spirit of service that Jesuit education has instilled in us all. Visit this page for an application. Priority deadline for applications for alumni leaders is August 1st and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions. 

    Lastly, Magis invites you to browse around and become familiar with the newly updated website - let us know what you think! As always, Magis invites you to catch up on this month's latest news by reading the monthly Magis eNewsletter.  

    A Summer Reflection

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/10/2012 02:05:05 PM


    Fr DaveThe most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen.  A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. 

    I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God.   Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. 
    I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him.
     

    They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him.
     Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all  seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly.  At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. 

    Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
    Chaplain for  Alumni

     

    Athletic Director Bill Hogan: Seattle U is Back in the WAC!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 02:44:22 PM

    ill & RudySeattle University is the only re-classifying institution ever to gain membership into a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Our coaches, staff and nearly 400 student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge of earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) automatic bids to post-season tournaments. This will be the first time in 33 years that all Seattle University teams will be eligible to qualify for NCAA championships. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has a storied 50-year existence with many prominent teams, coaches, players and administrators, and we are anxious to contribute to this impressive legacy.

    Our initial focus will be on developing strong rivalries with the WAC members. We have made major improvements to several athletic facilities and will be able to provide a good environment for competition. As many Seattle University alumni may know, several of the WAC Football members will be moving to other leagues in 2013 so our goal is to secure new members. The WAC has gone through similar transitions in the past and has always rebounded with vigor.

    With the addition of women’s rowing this fall, the Redhawks now have 20 sports, including 17 competing in the WAC. Men's swimming and men's soccer compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also provides an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

    The Seattle U coaches have worked hard preparing the student-athletes to be ready for this move back to NCAA Division I. We need your support to make it successful. Please attend our games, matches and meets as often as possible to cheer our teams onto victory.

    Bill Hogan, Director of Athletics
    Seattle University

    SU Wins New Landmark Library Award

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 7/9/2012 01:36:27 PM

    Library at DuskSeattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a "New Landmark Library" award from Library Journal.Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

    The library and learning commons opened in fall 2010, creating a bold new intellectual center for students. Square footage increased by 50 percent to more than 125,000 square feet. The purpose of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is to create a multipurpose space not only for learning, but for socializing and exploring. The structure houses quiet and active spaces for students to work, computer labs, a media production center, writing center, math lab and more. Along with all of these new features, the architects kept the white marble façade and double helix staircase loved by the campus community.

    "This recognition has really honored the vision and aspirations of the entire campus community, said John Popko, Seattle University librarian.  "It corroborates the responses of our students and faculty who have embraced this facility, made it their own and whose educational and academic experiences can be transformed by it."

    The New Landmark Libraries project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings across the country. The awards are based on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, beauty and delight, and more.

    "Each of these winning libraries stood out in terms of the final project but also because of their process in arriving at the final design - the discussions with stakeholders, the focus on the needs of students and the success in overcoming challenges," said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief. "These New Library Landmarks reinterpret the definition, concept and functionality of the traditional academic library."

    Library information.