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  • President Sundborg charts the course for SU

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/31/2011 03:11:54 PM

     StateofUniversity President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., laid out his vision for Seattle University in an address to key stakeholders on Tuesday, August 23. Approximately 250 trustees, regents, advisory board members, alumni and other university supporters gathered in Pigott Auditorium for Father Sundborg’s State of the University address, in which he outlined seven goals for the next seven years: 

     Strengthening academics so that SU is the first choice for more and more prospective students;  

     Investing in undergraduate science learning and research, and building a new science facility; 

     Capitalizing on the global emphasis of a Jesuit education; 

     Moving forward with the Seattle University Youth Initiative; 

     Deepening our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university; 

     Forming every student as a leader; and 

     Achieving championship athletics at the highest level. 

    The president also identified four elements that are critical to realizing the seven goals: strengthening the university’s finances through budget efficiencies, philanthropy and new sources of revenue; conducting a successful capital campaign; expanding or developing new partnerships with organizations and companies in the fields of technology, biomedicine, sustainability and global health; and telling the SU story widely, consistently and positively. 

    Read more.

    Casey Corr & Mike Thee
    Seattle University Marketing.

     

    Be Free Business Expo Discount for SU Alum!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/10/2011 02:55:50 PM

    Kim G SU students, alumni, faculty and staffcan receive 75% OFF the event ticket price by using code 'SU' on www.BeFreeBusinessExpo.com. The cost will be $20 at the door, so please order now.   

    Kim Gonzalez, Seattle University assistant softball coach, is organizing a business expo at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center August 20-21. The BE FREE Business Expo will give the information, resources, and networking opportunities necessary to create and run a home-based business. Over 50 exhibitors will be in attendance to provide networking and resourcing opportunities, while several keynote speakers are scheduled to discuss topics such as networking, maximizing social media, licensing, and tax advantages.  

    Gonzalez is entering her ninth season as a college softball coach, including her sixth at Seattle U, her alma mater. She also trained and played softball competitively until becoming a mother. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Gonzalez works as an independent executive to a network marketing business she launched in 2008.  

    "In network marketing, we grow people. Not only does the industry encourage its business owners to dream and expand their vision of what's possible, it actually provides them with a vehicle to realize those dreams," Gonzalez said. "I created this expo to show the public that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter the chosen vehicle to success." 

    20 percent of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Seattle University Entrepreneurship Center. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.  All ages are welcome to attend.  

    To learn more about the expo or to purchase tickets, visit www.BeFreeBusinessExpo.com. 

     

    Former Seattle U Softball Standout Jane Purdy Receives Prestigious Air Force Scholarship

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/9/2011 02:35:58 PM

     PurdyFormer Seattle University softball player Jane Purdy ‘08 has been awarded the prestigious Air Force Health Professions Scholarship. The two-year scholarship will cover tuition, books, equipment, fees and provide a monthly stipend for Purdy as she studies to become an optometrist. Purdy played at SU from 2005-08.

    “I am really proud of Jane and very excited about her future endeavors,” said head softball coach Dan Powers.  “She left her mark on SU softball and I have no doubt she will continue to do great things for our country through her opportunity with the Air Force.” 

    “She worked to earn this scholarship and it speaks volumes of her integrity, determination and hard work to be selected after a two year selection process.  I know Jane will look great in her officer uniform just like she did in her Redhawk jersey!” concluded Powers.

    Each recipient of the scholarship is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, where they are placed on inactive obligated reserve status during their final two years of optometry school. After graduating, Purdy will attend Commissioned Officer’s Training as a captain and then be on active duty as an optometrist in the Air Force.

    While at Seattle U, Purdy was a four-year starter guiding the Redhawks to great success as members of the NCAA Division II GNAC. She was a four-time All-GNAC and a three-time All-West Region selection, among receiving additional regional and tournament team honors. Purdy, who majored in biology at SU, was also a three-time Academic All-GNAC recipient.


    Diana A. ChamorroAssistant Director of Athletics Communications, Seattle University

     

    9th Annual O’Brien Open

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2011 03:32:40 PM

     O'Briens and Cameron DollarMonday, September 12, 2011

    11:30 a.m. Registration
    1:00 p.m. Shotgun start



    Please consider joining campus leadership and fellow alumni for the 9th Annual O’Brien Open at the Golf Course at Redmond Ridge. We’ll be celebrating Seattle University’s men’s basketball program.  This tournament is the longest running consecutive event for SU athletics, and is guaranteed to be a great time for all.

    Named for Eddie and Johnny O’Brien, basketball players who propelled the SU Chieftains into the national spotlight in the 1950s. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all funds raised will go to support Redhawks men’s basketball at SU.

    Register today.

    For more information, contact Greg Sempadian. 

     

    Girly Girl Wines: A ‘Big’ Idea on a Bottle

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/8/2011 10:45:36 AM

     Girly girlWhen Karen Ward—a graduate of Seattle University Albers School of Business—entered the 2008 Business Plan Competition, she had no clue that her "big" idea would later become Girly Girl Wines.

    “I sat down one night and wrote the business plan. I had an idea and just put it all on paper,” said Ward. "And, much to my surprise, I later won.”  Ward said studies find that there are three things consumers look for when buying wine; quality, philosophy, and the appearance of the label. With that in mind, she first focused on the label and description of each wine. “With Girly Girl I wanted something that was classy-looking” said Ward. “And unique too, so one night I sat down with colleagues and friends and together we created the personalities for each of our wine names and that’s what Girly Girl wine is all about.” Each bottle of wine has its own unique character: “Chloe” likes to shop and dine out; “Kayla” is the jet-setting traveler; “Farrah” is into sports; and “Mia” enjoys time at the spa.

    Ward is the director of sales and marketing at Washington Wine & Beverage Company, where she has worked for the past 11 years. After winning the 2008 Seattle University Albers School of Business Plan Competition prize of $10,000, she presented her plan to senior management. Soon after Girly Girl Wines was born, and it is now owned and produced by Washington Wine & Beverage Company in Woodinville.
     

    Read the full article from the Woodinville Patch.

     

    SU Welcomes WAC Commisioner

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 8/5/2011 10:26:17 AM

     

    WAC CommisionerKarl Benson, commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, was interviewed byJen Mueller of ROOT Sports in SU’s O’Brien Center on Thursday. Benson was visiting SU, which will join the WAC next year. In a live chat on the  Seattle Times, the commissioner praised SU for its history and tradition, and said, “We expect Seattle U to have immediate success in the WAC.” Click here for sights and sounds from the June 14 press conference at which SU announced its decision to join the WAC.  

    Mike Thee, SU Marketing