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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • Alumni Spotlight: Keenan Kurihara, ‘14

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/6/2014 03:03:04 PM
    On July 24th, the Seattle U Alumni Association hosted alumni, current students and their families at the Waialae Country Club for the annual Hawaii Reception. We were excited to have the help of recent graduate and event emcee, Keenan Kurihara, ‘14. 

    Having graduated in June, Keenan has already taken an active role in the Alumni Association from his home in Hawaii. 

     

     Keenan

    “I feel it’s important to stay connected to the Seattle U community because SU has given me so many experiences, memories and, most importantly, individuals who I can call life-long friends. Without my Seattle University experience, I really don’t think I would be the person I am today,” Keenan said. 

    Keenan was drawn to Seattle U first and foremost for its location on the mainland. He wanted to see what life off the island was like and Seattle offered a vibrant city to explore.. While its location drew him in, it was the small class sizes, personalized attention and caring atmosphere that made him call Seattle U home for four years.

    As a student, Keenan was actively involved in Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i, the United Filipino Club, Student Government, Housing and Residence Life and the Admissions Office, serving as a Redhawk Ambassador. It was in this role that he first began collaborating with the SU Alumni Association. 

    As an alumnus of Seattle U, Keenan plans to stay involved with the Alumni Association by visiting the university as frequently as possible and helping to build a strong sense of community between the SUAA Hawaii chapter and current SU students. Keenan has hopes for a Hawaii alumni-student mentoring program, where current Seattle U students from Hawaii can look to alumni for guidance, both personally and professionally.

    Currently, Keenan serve as a Resolution Coordinator with Hawaiian Airlines in the Consumer Affairs Department. When not working, Keenan volunteers his time to work on the gubernatorial campaign in Hawaii. 
    “Politics is something that has always interested me and is an area that I may be exploring within the next few years,” Keenan shared enthusiastically. 

    Keenan is an example of a graduate who is staying involved in the Alumni Association, even though he’s not in the Seattle area. We are in the process of building our regional alumni chapters program. If you are interested in getting more involved in your area, contact Harmony Frederick at frederih@seattleu.edu
     

    Breathing in Summer: An Ignatian Reflection

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:11:19 PM

    Mt. Rainer

    Summer is a time for kicking back, taking in the natural beauty around you, and getting in all the fun outdoor adventures that fall and winter seem to make difficult.

    Perhaps some of you reading this live in the Seattle area… if so, what a summer we have had so far! Whether near or far, if you are trekking in the woods, walking around a park, or biking around town this season, we at Magis invite you to slow down, pause, and breathe in summer.

    Ignatian Spirituality is known for helping busy people to slow down. It is also known for using the imagination as a way to experience God or the Divine in the midst of our everyday lives. Two particular imaginative forms of reflection that are fun to try out are Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation. So many of us spend time in fast paced, media overloaded productivity mode, so taking even five or ten minutes to engage a process which invites you to pivot from that pace can be helpful to your emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Each of these methods is also intended to help you get out of your head space and into that deeper heart place, where you can encounter the stirring of your soul.

    All you need to start is a scripture passage from your religious or spiritual tradition which sparks your interest, such as from the Christian Scriptures, Qur’an, or Jewish Bible. Or, if you prefer, try looking for a poem or selection of prose that speaks to you. The key is to enter into the narrative as if it were a movie: picture the place, experience it with your senses, notice where you are being led, consider a character or inanimate object you might be, and reflect upon the experience. You may even want to journal from an insight you receive.

    Let’s give it a try! Here, we will take a twist on Ignatian Contemplation and invite you to read a poem called "This Summer Day by poet Mary Oliver.

    Ready? Here we go…

    Find a space to quiet yourself… maybe this is in your living room, at a park or other space where you feel relaxed.

    Notice how your body feels… be gentle with yourself and release any tension you may feel by breathing in deeply a few times.

    Read the poem once. Allow yourself to read it slowly and savor the narrative. Sit with what you read for a few moments.

    Read the poem again. This time, pay attention to your feelings and senses: What did you see? Smell? Hear? Feel? Is there a character or object in the scene you identify with? If so, why do you relate to him/her/it? Jot down your thoughts, if you like.

    Are there any memories that come to mind? What is the connection?

    As you draw a close to your reflection, give thanks for the gift of this time.

    This reflection exercise takes practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work the first time! The important thing is to keep trying and showing up to the practice.

    Have a question or suggestion for Magis to cover on Ignatian spirituality and leadership? If so, email us at magis@seattleu.edu and let us know! We want to hear from you.

    P.S. – Be sure to mark your calendar now for a Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection, being held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Seattle U!

     

     

    Athletics: 2013-14 A Year in Review

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 03:03:32 PM

    Homecoming Men Bball icon

    With the new academic year approaching, the Seattle University athletics department put together a review of the 2013-14 campaign. 

    The year featured NCAA Tournament appearances by the women's soccer and men's soccer team, as well as a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Championships for javelin thrower Dylan Burnett. The women’s basketball team reached the finals of the WAC Tournament for the second consecutive year, while both the cross country and softball teams successfully hosted WAC championship events. The men’s golf team started a new tradition by hosting the inaugural Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, while the men’s basketball squad maintained its recent tradition of welcoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time back to KeyArena for the Elgin Baylor Classic. 

    It was also a successful year in terms of academic performance by Redhawk student-athletes, featuring three Academic All-Americans and several team awards based on classroom proficiency. In addition, Seattle U athletic squads once again reached out to the community in many ways. 

    To relive the 2013-14 academic year, visit this website: http://issuu.com/seattle_university/docs/annual_report_2014_hq/0.

    The 2014-15 season began for Seattle University Athletics when the women's soccer team reported to campus Tuesday, Aug. 5. 

     

    2014-2015 Career Fairs

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:57:29 PM
    Registration is open for Seattle U’s 2014-2015 career fairs. 

    Alumni employers, are you searching for the right candidate for your position? Seattle U career fairs are an excellent way to recruit top talent, whether you are looking for an intern, part-time or full-time employees, you’ll find a student or alum who is the perfect fit. 
     
    Are you a job seeker? Alumni on the hunt for their next opportunity are welcome to attend any of our fairs to network with recruiters and connect with hiring managers. 

    Please contact Sarah Thomson, thomsons@seattleu.edu, Associate Director of External Relations, with questions. 
     
    Part Time Job and Post Grad Service Fair: September 25, 2014
    Business and Engineering Fair: October 11, 2014
    Internship Fair: February 5, 2015
    Spring Job and Internship Fair: April 21, 2015
     

    Fall Reunions: HiYu Coulee, Costco Scholars & URec

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/5/2014 02:49:45 PM
    The Seattle University Alumni Association has been working hard to build a reunions program that brings you back to your alma mater and reconnects you with friends and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.
      
    We took huge strides with the launch of our Reunion Weekend 2014 this past May. As you can see from our reunion photo albums, the classes of 2004, 1964 and our Sullivan Scholars had a grand time at their reunions.

    This fall we are celebrating our alumni with affinity reunions, including the Costco Scholars 15th Anniversary Reunion, the HiYu Coulees 75th Anniversary Reunion  and the URec Alumni Reunion. If you were a member of any of these groups, you will not want to miss your reunion this fall! 

     
    Costco Scholars – September 18-19, 2014.
    HiYu Coulees and URec – October 25, 2014.

     
    We will be sending invitations with event details and registration information so make sure your contact info is up to date by filling out our online form. Also make sure to check your reunions webpage for event updates.
     
    Classes of 2005 and 1965, we haven’t forgotten about you. Mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2015 for Reunion Weekend 2015.  

    We’ll see you at your reunion.

     

    Young Alumni Summer Party 2014

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 8/4/2014 01:37:15 PM

    This September, young alumni are invited for an evening of food, fun (and football if that’s your thing) at the Capitol Hill hot spot, Sole Repair.

    Young Alumni Photo Booth

    This is a chance for graduates from the last ten years to meet and mingle with each other and get to know the Seattle U alumni community. Take this opportunity to connect with graduates who share the same passions, network with fellow Redhawks and make new friends while catching up with old ones.

    We know that our event is the same evening as the first Seahawks game of the season, but thanks to Sole Repair’s huge projection screen, you don’t have to miss out on any of the action or any of the fun.

    So put on your Cap Hill best, grab your friends and blow off some steam with us on September 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Your first drink is on us and the appetizers are  complimentary.  Save your spot now.

     SoleRepair