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  • Alumni & Family Weekend, '63 and '03 Reunions

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 12:03:08 PM

    Join us November 1, 2, & 3 for Alumni and Family weekend and 10th and 50th reunion celebrations for the classes of 2003 and 1963.

    You are invited back to campus to reconnect with Seattle U friends, see all the changes on campus (a lot has changed even since 2003!), mingle with students, and rekindle your school spirit.

    We have a full calendar of events planned for the weekend.  Here are some highlights:

    Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Legacy Reception 
    Are you a Seattle U alum and parent of a current student?  Or were your parents or grandparents also alumni?  We are celebrating our legacy students and alumni at an exclusive reception where we will institute a new family tradition.  Bring your SU students and alumni family members to celebrate Seattle University legacies.

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
    Class of 1963 Golden Reunion Luncheon
    Celebrate 50 years!  We need your help to invite classmates and share photos and memories. Volunteer to support your reunion today!

    Class of 2003 - 10th Reunion

    Come home to celebrate your accomplishments with friends, food and good memories.  We have an evening reception planned, but would like your help planning an after party, inviting classmates and sharing photos.  Sign up to be a reunion volunteer today!

    Filipino Alumni Chapter Reunion 
    Members of the Filipino Alumni Chapter will return to campus for the Annual FAC Reunion. 

    Stay tuned for an official invitation and a full schedule of weekend events. 

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Cannon Sedillo, '03

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 11:16:16 AM

    Lauren Cannon Sedillo

    "I'm really excited to see old friends at our 10th reunion this fall," said Lauren Cannon Sedillo, a 2003 graduate of Seattle University and member of the Alumni Board of Governors.  Sedillo views this not only as an opportunity to reconnect with friends, but as a way to help other alumni reengage with the university.

    Though she enjoyed her time at Seattle University, Lauren didn't stay involved right out of college or reflect on what her education had meant to her until she got some distance after graduation, and attended a public university.

    Lauren continued her education, getting a masters in classics from the University of Washington. This gave her the opportunity to reflect on her Jesuit education. "At Seattle University there is significantly more emphasis on community outreach.  The need for community service is integrated into each program. It really is about living the mission. The focus is not just on your education, but about how you and your classmates are affecting the world. That's what it means to be Jesuit educated." Lauren has continued to live out the Jesuit mission these last four years, serving on the Executive Leadership Council for HopeLink, a nonprofit based in Redmond.

    After a few years away from Seattle U, "I began running into SU community members," said Sedillo, "and started to realize how important those connections to my alma mater were. I wanted to keep those relationships going." It was these chance encounters that lead her to the Alumni Board of Governors. "I told them how I wanted to reconnect and they suggested that the board was a great place to start."

    As a board member, Lauren has not only reconnected with Seattle University, but is helping others to do so as well. She is one of the first volunteers for her 2003 class reunion and is looking forward to helping others reconnect with the university and classmates at the reunion.

    Are you a class of 2003 graduate? Do you want to join Lauren and help us plan your 10th reunion after party and spread the word to your classmates? Contact the Alumni Relations office

    Career Fairs for Alumni Job Seekers and Hiring Companies

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/14/2013 10:30:47 AM

    Are you ready to help the next generation of SU graduates get their professional start? Or maybe you're an alum searching for a new job. Join Career Services at one of the upcoming Career Fairs.

    Part-Time Job & Post-Grad Service Fair
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Business & Engineering Career Fair
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013  11 AM - 2 PM

    Internship Fair
    Thursday, February 06, 2014 11 AM - 2 PM

    Spring Job and Internship Fair
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12 AM - 3 PM

    Employers, registration is now open for all career fairs. You'll have the opportunity to recruit the best and brightest for your next internship or job opening. We are always looking for enthusiastic alumni to represent their company and to connect with our students. Our students and alumni have a history of professional excellence, leadership and critical thinking skills. Log in to the Redhawk Network  today to post your positions and take the SU Advantage.

    Job seekers, our employers have jobs for alumni, too.  At our Career Fairs you'll have the opportunity to meet recruiters and employers from across industries and build your professional network. The Redhawk Network is your online starting place to leverage the power of our greater SU community.  Log in today. 

    Geraldine Derig, '63: 50 Years Later - A Reflection

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/13/2013 12:16:51 PM

    In honor of the upcoming 50th reunion for the class of 1963, we are sharing a reflection from Gerri (Geraldine Derig) L. Jackson-Bell. Gerri is a '63 graduate and one of our first 50th reunion volunteers.

    Geraldine Derig

    Hi, SU Alumni Association members,

    I cannot believe this, but I very recently looked up and focused on the wall in my home office. There displayed, with a sketch of  SU’s Arts and Sciences building, is a degree – all in Latin – which essentially reads:

    Geraldine Lee Derig

    Bachelor of Commerce and Finance

    Magna cum Laude

    That diploma was signed on June 7, 1963 by Fathers Lemieux, Costello and Kelley.

    I haven’t used “Geraldine Lee,” nor my maiden name “Derig” for that matter, for many years. But I kept connected for a number of years as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, even serving as secretary and vice president.

    Seeing our SU Magazine and Susan Vosper’s wonderful article in “Alumni Voice” brought me back to our dedicated Jesuit educators.

    I remember in our class of 1963, there were only two of us gals (Joan Berry and myself) who graduated Magna from the School of C&FI believe Joan became a CPA and I was in government administration, judicial court reporting and real estate brokerage for years, before retiring two years ago.

    Now I manage my husband, David Bell's, and my small residential apartment buildings. We have travelled to four continents and I do volunteer work, particularly as a Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of Seattle through my Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds.

    I look back so very fondly on my wonderful Seattle U years and I smile with not only loving appreciation of my Jesuit education, but also for the many values that were instilled in me during my four years at Seattle U.

    In closing, I wish to congratulate all of my fellow classmates on a very special remembrance from 50 years ago!  Thank you!

    Gerri L. Jackson-Bell

    Class of 1963!!

    If you would like to join Gerri and other dedicated alumni as a Class of 1963 50th Reunion  volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.  

     

    A Road Trip Down Memory Lane

    Posted by Corinne Pann on 8/9/2013 01:03:22 PM

    Last June, a group of three friends set out on a road trip down memory lane, reconnecting with classmates and their alma mater along the way. Jonathan Eastman,’72, Mike Collins,’72 and Dennis Lou,’72 affectionately called their trip from California to Seattle the “Old Farts Road Trip.” They made stops in California, Oregon and Washington, visiting with college friends on their way back to Seattle University.

    Road Trip Tour 2013

    At Seattle U, the group stopped by the alumni office and set off on a tour of campus. “We had some students give us a tour. They were great. It was nice to see everything new-the library and the fitness center-while seeing that it remained the same campus I remember.” John Eastman said. John spent four years working in the facilities department as a student. “I knew every inch of campus, so it was really something to return and to meet-up with old classmates and roommates.” John said that the group has remained close over the years, and are now at a point where it’s important to reconnect with old friends and take time out to go see them.

    After their campus tour, the group met for a larger reunion at Seattle U’s popular watering hole, the Chieftain. Though not the historic Chieftain that once served as Seattle U’s dining hall, the Irish pub across the street still pays homage to Seattle U’s past. Many of those who returned for this brief reunion had played sports during their time at SU and found old pictures of themselves lining the walls of the Chieftain.

    Road Trip Tour 2013 2

    “My time at SU is full of so many great memories. I remember walking on campus, visiting the library and sitting in Pigott Auditorium. The best part of the trip was being welcome backed with open arms.”

    John says that he’s returned to Seattle University once every twenty years since his graduation, but now that he’s retired and they’ve made this trip, it could become a yearly tradition.

     Are you planning a trip back to Seattle University? Tell us when-we’d love to tell your story and welcome you home.