Taught by Seattle University faculty and special guests, the College of Arts & Sciences Executive and Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Each quarter-long seminar examines a great theme or set of issues in the human experience. Discussions center around assigned readings or films that take 2-3 hours per week to complete. Participants are encouraged to make connections between the course materials and real concerns encountered in their daily lives and work.Registration is now on for the fall alumni seminar series. Join in a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds for "Learning from the Past." Distinguished faculty will address the lessons we can learn from the early Greeks up to the tragedies of the past 200 years. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m.October 2 and 16: The Greeks and the Romans, with Professor David MadsenOctober 30 and November 13: The Medieval Era and the Renaissance, with Professor Theresa EarenfightNovember 27 and December 11: The 19th Century-The Long Legacy of Imperialism and the 20th Century-"Never Again?" Have We Learned Anything from the Holocaust? with Professor Tom Taylor.
The alumni seminars are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Details and registration information.
Join Seattle University for a Welcome Back to School Match at the Seattle Sounders FC!Alumni- Take advantage of our special discounted rate for the Saturday September 22nd match!Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field. VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Students from 5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest LoftKick-off 7:30 p.m.Saturday, September 22.To take advantage of this offer, please complete the following instructions: 1. Click here to buy SPECIAL #1 2. Then enter the pass code: SEATTLEU 3. If you do not already have an account you will need to create one.
I am thrilled to be back at Seattle University! It is surreal and humbling to return to a place I respect, love, and admire. I am also fired up to coach this team! They are motivated, eager, talented and very hungry to win. I am, as are the players, expecting to have success this year. It is our goal to play entertaining soccer. Come watch both the men's and women's teams as they bring our soccer program back to our university and the city of Seattle.We have a tremendous facility and the grass is exceptional so come join us for a memorable season! We hope to earn your support by our efforts on and off the field. I look forward to seeing you this season!Best regards, Pete Fewing,Head Men's Soccer CoachJoin us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics!
Magis 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.
Seattle 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 AthleticsSeattle University
Seattle 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.
Dear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater. The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration. June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni. On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students. We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees. These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities. My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University. A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni. We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors. We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies. As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few! The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them. I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena. This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott. This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University. A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni. We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors. We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies. As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few! The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them. I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.
Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena. This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott. This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
On behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.
This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life. Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions and for an application.
Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online.
The anticipation of graduation may be over, but there is plenty more excitement and nervousness facing new graduates this year. After a whirlwind of thank yous and goodbyes, moving boxes and interviews, the transition is here. For new graduates and alumni alike, their strongest resource in this time of transition may just be the Seattle University community. Establishing a support network can be one of the most important things for success in a transition. Our robust network of SU Alumni can be a resource we choose to turn to for help as much as a place for us to give back. Try utilizing the alumni mentor database and reconnecting with classmates through the Alumni Online Directory. Another great way to connect with fellow professionals is by joining the SU Alumni LinkedIn group. Keep the SU connection strong by hiring a fellow Redhawk for a job or internship.
Career Services offers resources specific to your professional interests. Access career tools through the Career Services web site including helpful job search links, resume samples, and interview tips. Additionally, you can take one of four self-assessments and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps in making your career transition.
No matter what type of transition you face – new grad or seasoned professional - it is imperative to stay motivated, positive and persistent. Write down your strengths and place them somewhere you’ll see them often, and remember that people like to hire others who will be positive, self-assured teammates. With enough hard work and determination, something will come along.
Alissa B. Strong, M.Ed. Assistant Director, Career Services
A group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world.
The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.
The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.
The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.
Maria Zazycki, ‘12
Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education
Friday, June 8 | 7:10 p.m.
Dodgers vs. Mariners
Special discounted group seating has been reserved exclusively for Seattle University guests.
A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will benefit The Martinez Foundation, which
provides scholarships for future teachers of color. SU College of Education MIT students benefit from
this foundation, so come out and enjoy a day at the ballpark while supporting a great cause!
Tickets are $20 (regularly $30) for view reserved seating and $40 (regularly $45) for the field level seats
Purchase tickets. Enter special offer code: MARTINEZDeadline to Purchase Tickets: June 4 at noon
Bring a group of 25 and receive an on-screen Mariners’ welcome.
To purchase 25+ tickets, call the Seattle Mariners at 206.346.4515.
In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.
The Commons: Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?Susan Vosper: I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.
Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations.
This month, Magis features three of five Freeburg family siblings: Jim Freeburg (Santa Clara University '03), Ben Freeburg (Gonzaga University '01) and Katrina Freeburg (Gonzaga University '98, JVC '99). Each embrace and share the values of Jesuit education with their friends, family, and community. As they shared: "Because we've always had a strong community, we continue our Jesuit experience by building that community for others… It's a blessing and a responsibility to be Jesuit-educated, and we embrace this role wholeheartedly." Magis is grateful for sharing their perspective on how Jesuit-education has shaped them into being men and women for others. Click here to read their reflection.Are you looking for a retreat opportunity and are in your 20's or 30's? If so, Magis is hosting its annual Young Adult Retreat at IslandWood in Bainbridge May 18-20. This year's theme is Living in the Heart of God: Confirming Choices in Community. This Ignatian-style retreat will be led by retreat directors Fr. Jack Bentz, SJ, Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM, and Maria Ochoa, and will invite reflection on life circumstances and commitments, grounding retreatants in a sense of faith and community through creative exercises, small-group sharing, and time for relaxation. The retreat is open to persons of all faiths and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes room and board for the weekend. There are only a few spots left, so email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa today! As always, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities
I went to my first SU baseball game a couple of weeks ago with some non-SU alumni friends of mine. I had brought them to a basketball game in the past, but never to a baseball game. All of them went to fairly large Division I sports schools, and they were pleasantly surprised to see a Division I Baseball game.
We had played the BYU Cougars. Although SU had lost the first 3 games of this series against a tough opponent, that did not stop me and my friends from travelling to Bannerwood Fields, Seattle U baseball's eastside fields, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch my Redhawks for the first time. They played an outstanding game with a strong offense scoring 5 runs, and only letting 2 runs in for BYU in the final inning of the game. In addition to the game itself, there was a strong showing of Redhawk alums, which was good since BYU seems to travel well and had a good cohort of their own fans at the game. It was well attended!
On a side note, for an extra $3, your admission ticket got you a hotdog, large soda, and popcorn! You can't find a better deal anywhere else for a baseball game. Try to beat that, Safeco field!
Christopher Canlas, '01President, SU Alumni Board of Governors
Seattle University and Global Visionaries, the Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers young people to become global leaders, bring SOCIAL INFLUENCE EXPERT, WILLIAM CRANO, to Seattle to discuss his book, THE RULES OF INFLUENCE: WINNING WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY. Crano is a recognized leader of applied research on persuasion and minority-group influence and his latest work is being praised as a manual for informed social action. THE RULES OF INFLUENCE addresses the question: How can you use the science of persuasion to win people over even when you are vastly outnumbered and outmatched?
ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required. April 26, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm Lemieux Library at Seattle University 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
By applying the science of persuasion Dr. William Crano has discovered proven strategies to use when an issue becomes so important that it compels you go up against the status quo. He has distilled these strategies, such as working from the inside and changing the game from subjective preferences to objective decisions, into an extraordinary collection of rules that radically affect the likelihood of successfully taking on the majority.
Praise for The Rules of Influence from Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness: " Look out, Goliath-David has a training manual! In this smart and engaging book, Crano uses cutting-edge scientific research to show us how the few can influence the many, and how the weak can beat the strong. One of the best books on social psychology ever written."
Crano is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science fellow, a former NATO senior scientist and former Fulbright fellow. He has contributed to national and international policy as an advisor to the United Nations, the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Crano's basic research is concerned with social influence, attitude change, and behavior change, especially the impact of minorities on the beliefs and actions of the majority, and on the effects of self-interest on attitudes and actions. His applied research is concerned with the development of persuasive and instructional information to promote positive behaviors and prevent negative outcomes such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.S. from Princeton University.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WILLIAM CRANO and THE RULES OF INFLUENCE.
Global Visionaries thanks the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Achievement at Seattle University for sponsoring the April Author Series event.
ABOUT GLOBAL VISIONARIES: Founded in 1999, and incorporated as a not for profit in 2002, Global Visionaries is a Seattle, WA-based organization that empowers youth from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and geographic backgrounds to become active leaders and global citizens who promote social & environmental justice through community service at home and abroad. Global Visionaries provides life-changing opportunities and instills a lifelong ethic of service and philanthropy. Global Visionaries' programs combine localized leadership training with "a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala, and local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation." The organization recently received grants from [need to add names]. Co-founder and Executive Director, Christopher Fontana, received the Red Winged Leadership Award for being a leader committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap. The Global Visionaries Author Series presents authors and other speakers offering perspectives on ideas related to the themes of leadership, education, environmental sustainability, global citizenship and social justice in order to bring together and encourage conversation among a diverse, multi-generational community. Visit http://www.global-visionaries.org or call 206-322-9448 for more information.
Seattle University Athletics cordially invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and special memories as we honor Seattle University's greatest student-athletes.
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way
5:30pm - No-Host Reception
6:30pm - Dinner and Program
$55.00 per person
RSVP by Friday, May 18th, 2012. Please contact Greg Sempadian firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-398-4420.
Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Frank Ahern - Athletic Administration - 1948-1951
Clarence Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986
Marvin Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986
Gordon McKenzie - Men's Golf - 1954-1957
Jawann Oldham - Men's Basketball - 1977-1980
Sheryl Williams - Women's Soccer - 1999-2002
1952 Baseball Team
Albert Anderson (posthumously), Al Brightman (posthumously), Bob Carlson (posthumously),
Bob Clark (posthumously), Bill Collier (posthumously), Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas,
Ed Garay (posthumously), Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso (posthumously), John Kelly, Bill Lagreid,
Jack Lynch (posthumously), Tony Manca, Dr. Frank McBarron (posthumously), Jim Myers,
Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, Bob Ward, Les Whittles
A dramatic new work of art appeared on Seattle University’s campus during spring break. Situated in the garden between the second floors of the Student Center and the Library and Learning Commons, the sculpture appears to consist of large ice cubes or blocks of glass.
Upon closer inspection, the cubes are made of a durable, specially cast resin. The sculpture is the work of Seattle-area artist Joe McDonnell and it is a commissioned gift from longtime friend of the university Ann Pigott Wyckoff. The sculpture consists of sixty translucent blocks, each approximately two feet on each side and weighing about five pounds. McDonnell and his assistant painstakingly assembled the sculpture on campus throughout most of a week, carefully positioning the blocks so that they appear to be tumbling over and down a concrete wall. It was not their first run-through—they had previously put the sculpture together in McDonnell’s studio.
The cubes at their highest point are more than twelve feet off the ground. When one look at the blocks nearest to the top, they seem precariously perched, as if they are about to roll off the pile and onto the ground, but this is just an illusion. The blocks are fastened to the wall in the background and to a special anchoring frame beneath them. As striking as the installation is in the day time, the sculpture elicits perhaps even more delight in the evening when illuminated by a series of LED light bars that can change colors.
“The sculpture is simultaneously playful and profound, and I hope it will positively engage and visually refresh people when they walk between the Student Center and the Lemieux Library/McGoldrick Learning Commons,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., who coordinated the art collection for the library and learning commons.
Jim Hembree, Senior Director of Development in University Advancement, was instrumental in bringing McDonnell’s sculpture to SU. The sculpture, as Hembree sees it, is part of a growing trend at SU. For some time, he points out, most of the university’s artistic treasures have graced the interior spaces of our buildings, but in recent years, “Outdoor sculpture is gaining a more prominent presence on our campus. This is a big growth area for SU’s art collection.”
McDonnell graciously allowed the SU community to have a contest to name the sculpture, and more than 160 entries were submitted. The winning entry was submitted by Lauren Maza, who recounted how as she looked at the sculpture she thought of some of the core SU mission values, and the word “Justice” came to her and she realized it contained the words “Just Ice.” Joe McDonnell selected this name so the sculpture’s formal title is “Justice (Just Ice).”
McDonnell’s work joins a three other recent sculptures added to the campus collection: Joel Shapiro’s untitled abstract bronze figure of a running person on the library’s lawn, which was made possible by Dick and Betty Hedreen in 2010; Preston Singletary’s Northwest Native-inspired “Transformations” metal sculpture, which was installed on the north side of the Admissions & Alumni Building last summer; and Robert Pospisil’s haunting metal sculpture “The Prisoner” which will be installed soon in the Law Annex.
While SU’s latest sculpture may be outdoors, it can just as easily be enjoyed by those having a bite to eat in the Student Center or studying in the Library and Learning Commons. McDonnell worked for more than a year conceiving and constructing the sculpture. Students and other campus community members provided feedback and responses to the work as it evolved.
McDonnell has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey state government. Known primarily for his distinguished work in sculpting metal and bronze, McDonnell in recent years has turned to glass and cast resins as part of what he calls the “ice age” phase of his career.Jerry Cobb, S.J.
You can learn more about the artist and his works at www.joemcdonnell.com.
This month, Magis features Jesuit-educated alumna Angelica Germani ,'04. Over the last years, Angelica has led alumni groups to participate in the annual Mexico Mission Trek with Esperanza International, and has participated in various Magis retreats and programs. We at Magis see Angelica living out the sensibility of Magis in her everyday life, and as she puts it, "Although we grow older and farther away from our university experience, we can hold tight to what speaks to us from the depths of our hearts; do more, be more." Click here to read Angelica's reflection on how a Jesuit education has impacted her and her post-college experience.
Also, don't forget to save the date for the annual Justice Education Forum on May 3rd. This year's theme is: Our Lives & Leadership for the Common Good during Challenging Economic Times. As alumni of Jesuit education, how does the value of leadership for the common good inform how we make faithful and just decisions which impact our future, and those of our families and communities? The program will feature Bill Grace, author of Sharing the Rock: Shaping Our Future through Leadership for the Common Good, who will lead the conversation and alumni panel. Be sure to RSVP with Magis today!
You asked for alumni gear and we heard you! We have launched our Online Alumni Gear store! SU Alumni Relations has partnered with Campus Team Shop to create an online alumni apparel and gear store. Everything available is customizable and features the Redhawk licensed logo. You can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, performance wear, hats and bags. To make our store even better, we incorporated SU's specific activities to make every item special to Seattle University alumni, students, staff and fans. So whether you are looking to customize an item with a particular SU sport, intramural activity, class year or college, you'll find it!
A walk through campus in alumni gear is the ultimate sign of SU pride. It is a nod toward our shared history and bright future. Shop now!
As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this month, it is a good time for us to reflect on Seattle University’s already strong commitment to sustainability while setting our sights on what we can do to tread even more lightly on the planet. We have accomplished a great deal in the past few years. Seattle University’s buildings are now carbon neutral. We did it by improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, switching to a lower carbon fuel source and purchasing carbon offsets for our remaining emissions. A year and a half ago, Seattle University became one of the first campuses in the nation to stop selling bottled water campus-wide. We also used the occasion to begin selling SU-branded stainless steel water bottles in our bookstore, with proceeds from the sales going to a clean water project in Haiti. The bottles have been incredibly popular, and so far, nearly $5,000 has been raised, providing 80,000 Haitians with safe water for a year. You can buy this water bottle from the SU Bookstore. Our new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center opened last fall as SU’s fourth LEED Gold-certified building, joining the Admissions & Alumni Building, Law School Annex and McGoldrick Learning Commons in earning this prestigious green building rating. Nearly 60 percent of our waste is reused, recycled or composted—that’s a nine percent increase since 2009. We’ve added compostable to-go ware at our cafés and catered events, and we now have more than 200 compost bins on campus. We subsidize our students’ transit passes, and we’ve recently added seven electric vehicles to our campus operations, making one-third of our fleet electric. This year we installed a fruit orchard on the east edge of our campus to grow blueberries as well as apple, pear and hazelnut trees. The plan is to engage our neighbors in the harvest and distribute much of what is picked to those in need. Sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into Seattle University’s curriculum. Our Albers School of Business offers an MBA Specialization in Sustainability. With a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies program has created an off-campus urban farm to supply a local food bank and provide children with information about nutrition and healthy living. We certainly have much to be proud of—and much that is yet to be done. In 2009, Seattle University deepened and formalized its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability by implementing a Climate Action Plan. We have pledged to make sustainability and climate change a more visible, dynamic component of our curricular and co-curricular programs. We have also set a goal of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent by 2020 and 51 percent by 2035, as well as share our knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely. These goals are very bold, and yet given our track record on sustainability, they are also very achievable. To learn more about Seattle University’s sustainability initiatives: • Be a fan on Facebook • Visit our web site
Karen Price, Campus Sustainability Manager
The Ignatian Spirituality Center and Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission presents Spirituality on Tap: "Ignited in Our Calling""Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
Often times, when we think of what kind of "work" or "career" we want in life, we automatically think of how much money we want to make, what kind of prestige or honor that comes with it, and it usually revolves around the idea of "me" and what do I want to do with my life. Within the Ignatian Spirituality lens, the idea of vocation, or calling, is something deeper and more intentional. We invite and bring God into the process of discerning what our gifts and passions are, and how does that relate to the bigger picture, to bettering the world, or how Thurman puts it "what makes you come alive."
As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center and an SU alumna, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fifth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome a panel of Jesuit-educated young adults on the topic of vocation. Come and join us for an evening conversation with other young adults on what makes you come alive and finding God in our own vocation journey. It will be on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Spirituality on Tap is a way for young adults, aged 21-35, to come together and discuss, pray and reflect on a spiritual topic that is relevant to today's time and culture. So if you are a young adult pondering about your life vocation, come and join us!
Hilda Guiao, '09
Please join us on April 16, 2012, for an exciting evening with Father Tom Lucas, S.J., as we explore the role of the Jesuit University in the life of the City. Highlights of the evening include a guided tour of the Chapel of St. Ignatius (optional). The tour will depart from 1313 E. Columbia at 3:30 PM. After the tour, enjoy social Time with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages provided, followed by a welcome and introduction by Father Steve Sundborg, S.J., President of Seattle University. Father Lucas will present followed by a book signing. This is an open invitation, however, space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Denise Burns indicating the names of who will be attending from your firm. Please contact Denise with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th!
Monday, April 2, 2012, 5:30 pmPigott Auditorium, William A. Pigott Building, SU Campus
When Dr. Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia in 1985 to assist with famine relief efforts he never expected to stay. Join Dr. Hodes to hear about his life’s work with the people of Ethiopia.
“Dr. Rick Hodes’ life story is a reminder that giving is a privilege in which we may take pleasure, not some saintly endeavor. His approach toward medicine should be a model for our current Western system in showing that tending to the soul is at the center of healing.” (Natalie Portman, Oscar winning actress)
Rick Hodes is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 97-year old NGO. Over the years, his work has focused on the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior medical consultant at a Catholic mission in Ethiopia. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.
This event is hosted by the College of Nursing and the College of Science and Engineering Pre-Health Club in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
Please email Katie Bowler or call 206-296-6100 with questions. Click here for more information.
Albers School of Business and Economics presents “Ethics in the Business World” April 17, 2012 7:00-9:00 a.m. We invite you to join Albers as we celebrate Ethics Day amid day long programming titled "Ethics in the Business World". Focusing on the best side of business, activities will demonstrate that professional ethics and ethical organizational cultures are vital to advancing the role of business as a force for building the common good. Albers alumni are invited to begin the day with our Albers Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series for the spring quarter featuring Stan McNaughton, ’74, President and CEO of PEMCO and Dr. Marc Cohen, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics. Dr. Cohen’s research is in business ethics, moral psychology and philosophy, and management theory. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania. The presentation will be held on April 17, 2012 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Casey Building, 5th floor, Casey Commons at Seattle University. Follow this link for a map of the campus and parking locations. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. A full breakfast awaits you with hot coffee to get you started. Speakers will begin a bit before 8:00 a.m. and we will have plenty of time for your questions. Registration is required; the cost is $10. To register, click here. For additional information, please contact Gail Yates at 206-296-6115 or Rob Bourke at 206-296-2277. As part of "Ethics in the Business World", most Albers students will be visited by thoughtful, ethical business leaders throughout the day who will participate in over 50 classes to share how they have addressed ethical dilemmas in their own career. The day will conclude with a panel from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when we kick off the founding of the student chapter of Net Impact. This new student group will host a panel of invited guests including the founder of Newground Social Investment. We hope you will join us for the Alumni Breakfast!
A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest 2010-11), a commitment to finding God in all things is what has formed him, particularly in his work life as a personal banker. As he puts it "the Magis program has been a true blessing which keeps me connected not only with the mission of Jesuit education, but with other Jesuit-educated alumni who are also seeking the same thing." Visit Living the Mission to read Greg's reflection about the impact of Jesuit education on his everyday life.
Also, Magis brings you two great opportunities to pause and reflect this month: Alumni Day of Prayer on March 24 with retreat directors Carla Erickson Orlando and Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., will feature the theme of compassion through Carla and Fr. Pat's lively storytelling approach; and Spirituality on Tap on March 28 will feature a young adult panel about what makes each of them come alive as they find God in the midst of life's opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, email Magis.
Lastly, as always, be sure to visit the Magis e-newsletter for information on other upcoming programs and events this spring. From retreats to education forums, Magis has you covered for faith, justice, and leadership opportunities!
Purpose. What does it mean to live a life of purpose? Inspired by the gifted presenters at today's TEDx event, hosted by Seattle University, I have been contemplating my current answer to this question. The question itself invites us to go deeper. What gives us a sense of purpose? Which then leads us to go even deeper. What is purpose? I learned today that the Latin derivative "pur" means fire. Powerful. What lights your fire? What makes you burn with passion? I didn't have an immediate response to the question. But then we were invited to go a little further. If you can't identify your fire, then can you identify your sparks? Could we notice and be attentive to those? Could we search for the places in our lives at work, home, outdoors, and in community where we feel energized? What are the activities in which we lose all sense of time? Reflection is a core value of the Ignation educational tradition, and as members of Seattle U's alumni association, we invite you to continue that reflective process. Reflection must be balanced by action, so if you have read this blog, and want to dive more deeply into both reflection and action in seeking to answer this powerful question about what gives your life a sense of purpose, you may want to consider participating in the upcoming 4-week workshop series entitled: "Jumpstart Your Career."
Participants in the winter workshop series found the program to offer a space to reflect, connect and gain valuable tools for every individual's unique place along their career path. When asked to comment on the most recent series, Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson, who is also scheduled to lead the upcoming series, stated the following: "In my work as a career coach, I give dozens of workshops every year - to all ages and all stages. My winter series with Seattle University alumni was one of the best group experiences in my memory. Why?
Beth Kreitl, EdS, LMHC, NCC Executive Director, Career Services
Seattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history. Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. "Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."
Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seatttle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support." Full article.
This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives. Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online. Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows inhonor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!
Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!
Seattle University's Department of Athletics and Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni along with faculty and staff to attend a press conference at noon today, at which a major announcement will be made about the SU men's soccer program. The press conference will take place at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration at 1218 E. Cherry St. Please join us on campus.You can also live stream the announcement or watch for our news onyour SU Alumni Facebook or Twitter page.
Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012? Are you feeling stuck, or simply curious about your options? Start off the New Year by joining us for our upcoming 4-part workshop! SU's Alumni Relations Office is partnering with Career Services to bring you a set of workshops designed to help you jump-start your career. Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson of Blue Bridge Career Coaching has offered to lead a series of four workshops for SU Alumni. Designed for job-seekers and career-changers, the weekly workshops will include:-Determining what line of work is the right fit for you-Developing a personal narrative and positioning-Learning the elements of effective resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile-Coaching on informational interviewing (how 90% of jobs are landed)Learning job search strategies and "being where you want to work"-Coaching on interview skills...and anything else related to career development in which members of the group are interested!Schedule (all are on SU campus from 6:30-8:30pm):Wednesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 18, Wednesday, January 25, Wednesday, February 1Interested in attending? RSVP Donna Whitford, SU Alumni Relations, 206-296-5664. Cost for the series is $45Please do not sign up for this series of workshops unless you are able to meet all the following:1) Attend first session on January 11 at which participants will share their current circumstances and hoped-for outcomes;2) Complete brief homework assignments prior to two or more of the sessions;3) Keep all information shared during the sessions confidential;4) Attend all four sessions unless illness or an emergency prevents you from doing so;5) Participate fully in each session, contributing your "voice" and experiences to the group;6) Complete a short survey after the conclusion of the last session.Because Seattle University is committed to serving our alumni through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities, we continue to offer additional career support services. Read below and choose the options you need today!
Join us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.
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Seattle University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Mrs. LaNier, a Congressional Gold Medal winner, was the youngest of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Mrs. LaNier serves as the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is the author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School. Following her presentation, she will be available for a book signing and reception in Paccar Atrium. Just before the lecture, there will be a "Friends of OMA" Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the SU Engineering Building First Floor Gallery. For $50, guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs. LaNier's book, a print of the limited edition event poster, and a group photo with Mrs. LaNier. This reception is limited to 40 guests, and cash or check (made out to "SU OMA") payment will be accepted. You must RSVP separately for this event to Monica Nixon or 206.296.6070. Seattle University 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. CelebrationFree and open to the PublicTuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., Pigott AuditoriumMore information about the 2012 MLK Celebration .RSVP to email@example.com or 206.296.6070.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Black Student Union, and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Made possible with generous support from The Wyman Youth Trust.
Vicky Minderhout, SU professor of chemistry, was named the 2011 Washington State “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 17, 2011. Minderhout is the first Seattle University professor to earn this distinction. At a Nov. 21 campus celebration for Minderhout, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., called her achievement "an historic occasion at Seattle University” and lauded the chemistry professor for “the courage it must have taken to move to that kind of a coaching way (of teaching). It’s an extraordinary change she made. This is just as good as it gets at Seattle University." Minderhout, who joined the SU faculty in 1980, implemented in 1997 a new style of teaching that moved away from the traditional lecture-mode to an approach known as “guided inquiry learning.” Instead of standing at a lectern in the front of the class talking to her students, Minderhout has them learn through small groups and engaging in a vigorous exchange of ideas. With her guidance, students become more invested in the subject matter and develop problem-solving skills that serve them well in their intellectual pursuits and later as professionals. She is the first Seattle University faculty member to receive this honor and one of only 27 faculty chosen nationwide. Recognizing that other teachers might benefit from this innovative learning style, she has published and presented extensively on the subject. With Associate Professor of Chemistry Jenny Loertscher, Minderhout authored an active learning biochemistry curriculum that is currently being used at 50 other colleges and universities.
“Even as she helps reshape the pedagogy on other campuses throughout the country, Vicky is most generous with her time and expertise here at Seattle University,” says President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., in congratulating Minderhout on this prestigious achievement. “She is as much a mentor to her colleagues as to her students. Her commitment to active learning is a leavening force on our campus and her insight and guidance were particularly crucial in our recent Core revision process.” Read more about Vicky, her work and the award in The Commons.
Dear Alumni - With Advent upon us, I want to welcome you again to this season of blessed hope!
As we move through our busy lives I think we each have those moments when we wonder whether all we have done and worked at is worth it and will result in what we have hoped for. I can say that this is certainly true for us at Seattle University.
We live and work in hope. We help our students discern their true callings and set them on a path toward fulfilling their professional and personal aspirations. Sometimes we never quite know what will become of the lives we touch. And yet, out of a deep love for our students and with an abiding faith in our educational mission, we confidently and joyfully continue in our work, planting the seeds of hope. I am grateful to you, our alumni for continuing to join us in our mission and committing yourselves to the growth of our students in mind, body and soul. As alumni of Seattle University, you are living the educational mission every day in the community. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many.
This Advent season we are reminded to place our hopes and dreams—and certainly those we hold for our students—in God’s hands, that they may be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. My wish for each of you is that the comfort and inspiration of God’s love accompany you throughout this season of hope and the year to come. From all of us at Seattle University to you and yours, Merry Christmas!
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
October 29th was a big night for Seattle University, as over 840 Seattle U alumni, friends, parents and community leaders joined together at the Westin, raising more than $760,000 to directly support student scholarships. Now in its 28th year, the Gala boasts exquisite dining and entertainment, and this year was no exception: the live music of swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had everyone on their feet dancing, bringing a fun 1940s feeling to the ballroom.
At this year’s gala, the university proudly presented its most prestigious honor, the St. Ignatius Medal, to Jim and Janet Sinegal for their outstanding leadership, service and community support. Read more about the Sinegals’ leadership as well as past St. Ignatius Medal recipients here.
Seattle U would like to thank Maureen Benoliel, ’71, and her husband Joel for serving as this year’s Gala Chairs. The 2011 Gala Chairs, sponsors and donors are to be commended for their generous commitment to SU’s bright minds of tomorrow.
The second annual Seattle University REDOUT Block Party is just around the corner! On Sunday, October 16th from 11 am -1 pm, on 13th avenue between Cherry and Columbia, our SU community will come together prior to the men’s soccer match versus Sacramento State (at 1pm) for an alcohol-free tailgate party. Started by the office for Wellness and Health Promotion last year, this event brings together students, alumni, community members and SU Redhawk fans to celebrate and build Seattle University pride in a fun environment. There will be food, music, games and lots of prizes. This year, we will be welcoming some wonderful sponsors like Mad Pizza, Top Pot Doughnuts and Pepsi.
The REDOUT is one of our newest traditions on campus - in May of 2010, a group of colleagues in the Student Development division and the Athletics department, led by student leaders from the Peer Health Action Team, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and REDZONE came together to plan a spirit-filled welcome back event for the fall. With our recent shift to D1 in mind, and the research around fun, engaging alcohol-free events in hand, this group created the REDOUT… the first event of this kind was planned and implemented with great success! Over 600 students attended the event a new tradition was born.
Join us this year to have your face painted, play games, listen to music and show your Seattle University pride. While participating in events like a dizzy race, pin the tail on Rudy or a bean bag toss, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. And don’t forget: Wear Red. Be Loud.
Free admission; free food for students, 5$ for non-students. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SU Women’s Soccer team is playing the University of Hawaii at 1:00 p.m. at Championship Field on Sunday, October 9. As a 2004 alum and cancer survivor, I applaud our Women’s soccer team for naming this match “Think Pink” to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan Komen Foundation of Seattle will recognize local cancer survivors and promote their cause during the half time show. Funding from Susan Komen Foundation established in 1982 has made advancements in breast cancer research possible. Thanks to treatments developed through the Susan Komen Foundation, I am a survivor today. I can’t wait to be there to wear my red and PINK, celebrate Susan Komen, fellow cancer survivors and cheer on the SU Women’s Soccer Team for promoting Breast Cancer Awareness!
Donna Whitford, MNPL, ‘04
If you ever rowed, coxed, or coached with Seattle University Crew – or love the sport – this is for you: after over 45 years, SU Crew’s alumni have finally created a Foundation for the rowing program!
The Seattle University Rowing Foundation (SURF) was formed to unite the alumni, friends, and current members of Seattle University Crew in order to provide a community, a network, and an institutional memory for the participants and alumni of the sport at Seattle University. Additionally, its charge is to protect, strengthen, and support the Rowing program and ensure its successful continuation.
No matter when involved, you remember how much hard work was needed to keep the team functioning. We were scrappy. Underdogs. One alumnus recalled that he and his teammates were more like pirates than a crew, but that they wanted to keep the program alive – and did what it took.
Sound familiar? It’s a common theme: as student-athletes we showed a pugnacious will to never take no for an answer. But for such dedication, the program lacked a steadfast, supportive base, and severely fluctuated throughout its history.
As alumni, let us rekindle that dogged determination, and conjoin that energy with the years of knowledge that increasingly define us. We already know that the sport is an invaluable experience, so let us ensure that it is so for all future generations of Seattle University students. Let us lay this foundation’s bricks together!
Contact us at email@example.com for more info and upcoming events, follow us @SURFoundation at http://twitter.com/#!/SURFoundation, and join us! Sam Nelsen, '10
Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities. The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.
“This recognition is particularly meaningful to us as Washington Monthly’s criteria for evaluating institutions are very much in congruence with the values of our university,” said Provost Isiaah Crawford. “The three categories upon which our ranking is based—social mobility, research and service—go to the heart of who we are as a university. To be included among the top 10 institutions nationally is a wonderful affirmation that we are living up to our mission of forming leaders for a more just and humane world.”
Hajer Al-Faham, ’11, is making a difference while fighting cultural stereotypes.For Hajer Al-Faham, her life changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Faham is a first generation Iraqi who experienced firsthand heightened fears and stereotyping of Muslims that followed in the hours and days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a matter of hours Al-Faham went from a popular 8th grader to invisible.
“Every friend I had stopped talking to me, teachers too.One teacher asked if I’d like to apologize to the class for what happened that morning,” she recalls.
Al-Faham could have retreated but instead chose to face the hatred that she was subjected to head on. She began volunteering and enrolled in Running Start, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses prior to graduation
Read more of Hajer’s story.
Stacy Howard, Seattle U News.
Former 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
Karl 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
We 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.
Seattle 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.
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
Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities.
Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He made his Carnegie debut earlier this year and has been invited back for a solo performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the mayor and WA Arts Commission have chosen me as a recipient of this very prestigious award,” Morris said. “To walk in the footsteps of other Seattle music greats (Gerard Schwartz, Speight Jenkins and Vinson Cole) is very humbling and something I will cherish for a very long time.” As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.
Morris was the youngest member sworn on as vice-chair for the King County Children and Family Commission. He served as secretary on the Children and Family Commission Executive Board, and as a member of The Youth Involvement Executive Board and Xavier University Executive Student Body Association Board. Stacy Howard, Media Relations Manager, SU Marketing & Communications.
Seattle University students are brightening up Bailey Gatzert Elementary School with an art mural they created for the playground. Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Danila Rumold led the project as part of her Community Art & Mural Painting Technique class.
On a recent tour sponsored by the SU Youth Initiative, Rumold visited Bailey Gatzert, where Principal Greg Imel told her he hoped to replace an existing mural at the school. “I thought art would be another nice element to bring to Bailey Gatzert and continue to build that relationship,” said Rumold. The Youth Initiative unites SU and the wider community with the goal of helping youth in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood to succeed in school and in life. Brother Mark Elder, a visiting muralist from Chicago’s DePaul University, spoke to the students about the role of the artist as peacemaker in community art. He talked about creating public art with socio-political, community and religious themes and the dialogue it can produce.
The 13 SU students met with Bailey Gatzert students, their parents and teachers to start the dialogue and collect ideas. “What do you like about school?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” were among the questions they asked kindergarten through fifth grade art classes. Early on, Rumold’s students taped hundreds of Bailey Gatzert drawings and other insights to their classroom walls for inspiration. “We wanted to connect with strong core values as a springboard,” Rumold says. “We chose a tree to represent growth.”
Tetherball, four square and kickball definitely resonated with the students and can be found on the mural, along with jumping rope, hula hooping, flowers and sunshine. Chinese American Wing Luke, the Vietnamese Trung sisters, Chief Sealth, Principal Imel and several popular Bailey Gatzert teachers have cameos. The 8- by 28-foot mural was constructed in seven canvas panels made of marine plywood to keep the project manageable. Once transported to Bailey Gatzert, youngsters could watch the mural artists at work and had a chance to stamp flowers on the tree with hand-carved rubber stamps. Annie Beckman, Senior Writer, Marketing & Communications
SEATTLE: SU today has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), effective for the 2012-13 athletic season. “We are pleased to be joining the WAC,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “We are honored by the invitation as it reflects the strides and achievements we have made in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Our membership in the WAC will move us closer to our goal of building championship programs, especially for basketball fans.
“The WAC has provided some of the nation’s best intercollegiate competition for nearly a half-century,” said Sundborg. “By taking this step, we are providing our fans outstanding rivalries, and we give our teams a direct path to conference championships and NCAA Division I postseason competition.
“I am also confident that our membership in the WAC is in the best interest of our students and our university as a whole,” added Sundborg. “The WAC’s vision is to be recognized as one of the premier conferences in the country, distinguished by integrity, success in both academics and athletics, and sportsmanship. Holding to these very same ideals, Seattle University is enthusiastic to partner with the WAC.” SU will begin competing in the WAC in 17 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.
SU will be the ninth school in the WAC, joining University of Denver, University of Idaho, Utah State University, San Jose State University, University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas State University, Louisiana Tech University, and New Mexico State University. The Redhawks will be eligible to compete for conference championships and automatic bids to NCAA postseason competition beginning next year.
On Sunday, June 12, 1,206 undergraduates and 864 graduate students received their degrees during commencement at KeyArena at Seattle Center. At the undergraduate ceremony, Craig Cordova (right) tosses his graduation cap into the air, celebrating the day with the Class of 2011.
View a photo gallery from commencement weekend.
On June 3rd we held the launch for our Center for Business Ethics. John Dienhart, the Frank Shrontz Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, is directing the center and taking the lead in organizing. He has been ably assisted this year by his graduate student assistant, Aaron Hayden. Faculty, staff, students, advisory board members, and other supporters gathered for the launch ceremony.
As a business school at a Jesuit, Catholic university, Albers has long placed an emphasis on business ethics, and in more recent decades, social responsibility, and in the last decade, sustainability. Since the Albers School was founded in 1947, a concern for ethics and values has been part of our DNA and it has been part of the student experience for decades.
The overarching theme of the center will be the importance of creating an ethical business culture in organizations. Key activities of the center will include assisting Albers faculty with integrating ethics and social responsibility into the classes they teach, as well as organizing workshops and conferences that bring together academics and practitioners to address ethical issues.
Read more from Dean Joe Phillips.
When I was a freshman at Gonzaga University I was struggling to complete a philosophy paper which was due at 8 am the next morning. I remembered meeting Fr. David Leigh, S.J., at a student-family event a few months prior. Because he was an English professor and a Jesuit, I called him around 10 p.m. at Jesuit House to see if he could help me. He surprisingly picked up his phone and said, “Sure, meet me at the front door of Jesuit House and we can look at it.” We only spent about 15 minutes on my paper, but four years later this short time with Fr. Leigh became the center of my discernment about my future. I decided to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Portland, Ore. largely because of Jesuits like Fr. Leigh who were always available to me and taught me much about generosity.
Two years ago Fr. Pat O’Leary approached me and asked if I’d consider changing rooms with him. He had been living in Campion Residence Hall for over 20 years, and I was in the Arrupe Jesuit residence. He thought I might make better connections with the students since I am closer to their age. I was reluctant at first, but he encouraged me to take his key and look at his room. When I did, it took me only one minute to decide that I had found my future home.
Campion is on First Hill – the room has the kind of amazing view you can only imagine! It has been two years since I moved in and it has been a great place to come home to after a day’s work. I live on an all women’s floor of 70 frosh, and I’m never quite sure what I’ll encounter when I step onto the floor from the elevator. I’ve seen women dancing, singing, crying and studying in the lounge and hallway. I’m sure I’d never have these kinds of connections with students if I lived in another place.
I recall a promise I made to God and myself when I entered the Jesuits: that more than anything else, I wanted to be generous and serve others. Like Fr. Leigh who has lived in Bellarmine Hall for 28 years, I too have devoted some of my evenings to editing papers for the women on my floor and for players on the men’s basketball team, for whom I am a Chaplain. I assure them that I cannot write the papers for them, but I am happy to correct punctuation and sentence structure to make their papers a little more readable. One might think this is a burden late at night, but a little help goes a long way and gives me a window into their lives.
One of our Jesuit phrases is “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” For me, this means engaging with people each day in face-to-face conversations to discover where they are and how they are. Oftentimes, these interactions go deep into what people are thinking and feeling and our deepest desires are revealed. My daily encounters with our students, alumni, faculty and staff are opportunities to live out our Jesuit mission of loving and serving others as God loves and serves us.
Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.Chaplain for Alumni
With less than a month to go to meet the 600+ Challenge, we need your help! So far, 450alumni have made gifts to support Seattle University students. If 150 more alumni give back to SU, three trustees will donate $15,000 to provide scholarships and enhance academic programs for today's students. We need your help to support these students and their classmates as they work to achieve their educational and professional goals. Every gift, no matter what size, counts toward our goal of 600! Rudy needs YOU to join in the Challenge! Show your SU spirit and make a gift today! If you’ve already given, thanks very much. Your support is truly appreciated!
P.S. Check out what Rudy the Redhawk, the Most Interesting Mascot in the World, thinks about the 600+ Challenge.
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., recently sat down with Mike Thee of The Commons for his annual interview. The president reflected on the year that was and what's ahead for SU.
The Commons: From your perspective, what were Seattle University’s proudest moments this year? President Sundborg: The proudest moment, without question, was standing down there in the new plaza, having walked down in a wild procession from Immaculate Conception Church for the opening of the new Library and Learning Commons at the end September. Just what had gone into 10 years of thinking and planning and fundraising and designing…to have it turn out as it did. That opening was an extraordinary moment.The second proudest moment was being in the editorial board interview with The Seattle Times to explain to them the launching of the Seattle University Youth Initiative, and having them run an editorial, an article and a column. It was gratifying that the initiative just clicked, with everyone recognizing it as a part of Seattle University’s mission, and to get it off the ground with some structure, and to be able to raise some of the money to help support it and get a number of students down at Bailey Gatzert already working there as tutors, teacher’s assistants and so forth—that was a very, very proud moment.Visit The Commons to read the full interview.
Are you looking for a leadership formation opportunity? Do you want to reconnect with your Jesuit-roots and with other Jesuit-educated alumni? If so, then the new Magis Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program could be for you.
CLIA is two-year cohort program for Jesuit-educated alumni with an integrated focus on faith, leadership and service. CLIA at Seattle U will be the first cohort on the West Coast and the first to be sponsored at a Jesuit university. Previous cohorts have been run in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
I have always been identified as a leader,” said Stephanie Weaver, a CLIA participant and Georgetown alumna who works for the American Red Cross in Princeton, NJ and is also a founder of A Drink For Tomorrow, a foundation raising funds to bring clean water to villages in India. “There’s still a ton to learn,” she said.
New York CLIA participant Mark Orrs is a doctoral student in sustainable development at Columbia University and a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's found that lessons he's learned about spirituality in the group, via regular monthly meetings and a retreat, have been helpful. "What I've taken from it is the spiritual practices and incorporating them into my daily life," he said. Jesuit meditation and spiritual practices such as the Examen and LectioDivina are part of the program.
Like Stephanie, if you still have something to learn about leadership and dig the Jesuit tradition, then why not see what CLIA is all about. Information, FAQs and an application can be found on the Magis website. Applications are due by Friday, June 17th. Contact Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
It's a mark of progress that a series of business-school rankings as influential as that of Bloomberg BusinessWeek includes metrics on sustainability in its annual scores. The magazine last week released its 2011 rankings for business schools. Seattle University landed fourth in sustainability.Read more.
Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability. The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.
Some of SU’s sustainability practices include:
■Water bottle-free campus
■60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted
■On-site composting center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost that is applied back to the campus landscape
■Green roofs complete with grasses and soil that support other surrounding plants and tree growth
■Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need
■Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants
■Solar panels for energy conservation throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood
SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.
“Seattle University’s sustainability programs represent a commitment by our students, faculty and staff and you can see the results the moment you step onto our beautiful campus,” said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary. “Each year, we are deepening our commitment and we look forward to sharing our expertise in sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.”
Did you know that last year, 16% of UW alumni gave back to support their fellow Huskies? And that 13% of Gonzaga alums gave back to their fellow Zags?
Did you also know that in 2010, only 1 in 10 Seattle University alumni gave money to support scholarships, student services and academics at Seattle U? Think we can do better, Seattle U alumni? Well, now is your chance to make an impact by joining the 600+ Alumni Challenge! If 600 Seattle U alumni make a gift in 60 days (between May 1 and June 30), trustees and proud alumni Carol Nelson (’78, ’84), Allan Golston (’99) and former trustee Carolyn Kelly (’85) will donate $15,000 to support Seattle University students!
Even better, by making a gift, you will be adding value to your Seattle University degree. Every alumni gift increases our alumni participation rate, a key factor in our ranking in publications like U.S. News and World Report. High alumni participation rates also help us to secure the corporate and foundation funding that supports SU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and high quality scholarship. Most importantly, your gift of ANY size is an investment in the lives of Seattle U students. Last year, individual gifts of $100 or less resulted in a cumulative total of $400,000 to provide scholarship support, enhance academic programs, and improve campus facilities for SU students. Every gift counts!
Last year, Seattle University’s alumni participation rate was 10.3%. Help us bring that number closer to our peer schools’ rates, improve our rankings and make Seattle U an even greater institution-- every gift, of any size, makes an impact.
Be 1 of 600— Join the 600+ Challenge TODAY!
Transitions RetreatBoth Hands: A Retreat Exploring Full-Hearted ChoicesFriday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2011Camp Burton (Vashon Island, WA)Are you wondering how to make faith and heart-filled choices at this time in your life? Have you been experiencing transitions in your life lately: perhaps making a job change; considering a move to another city; thinking about graduate school, volunteering or retirement; or pondering a significant relationship? If so, then join Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J., Maria L. Ochoa, and Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM for the three-day Transitions Retreat at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island. Come together with a community of Jesuit-educated alumni for a time of reflection on deep heartfelt desires, with an opportunity to practice prayer/discernment tools within the Ignatian tradition and beyond. The retreat will include short interactive presentations, individual reflection/prayer time, optional small group spiritual direction, and a Sunday liturgy. This retreat is open to Jesuit–educated alumni of all faith backgrounds. Cost is $75 (with a $25 non-refundable deposit) and includes room, board, and transportation to and from the retreat center. Magis has subsidized this retreat at a rate of just over 50%. Only a few spots are left, so sign up today! To register, or for more information, email Magis.
Sponsored by Magis
Annie Lee, ’05, Alumni Board of Governors, on why she chose Seattle U…edited from a speech given to accepted students on Saturday, April 11, 2011. My reasons why I made the decision to attend Seattle University may have been made at a different time, but I believe the reasons still stand true, if not, it’s even more applicable today.The first reason is SEATTLE. Seattle is a diverse metropolitan city that is a breeding ground for so many professions. For those of you thinking about Pre-Med, Ultrasound, or Nursing, all the major hospitals in Seattle are within a mile or two radius (but none of them is the one from Grey’s Anatomy). There are Boeing and Microsoft for you engineering types; Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and a plethora of local mom & pops for those who like to run the show (like me), and plenty of culture for you artsy fartsy folks. And a music scene like you won’t believe. How many of you in this room know the song “Smells like teen spirit” (I mean, Coachella is going on this weekend and I’m still here). No really, Seattle gives you the flexibility to find a career no matter what your major may be. The second reason is the education. And I’m not talking about your just regular academics but JESUIT EDUCATION -- and what I mean by that is, because it truly embodies character development, like asking the hard questions (to yourself, about yourself, about everyone and everything in this world). This is the kind of knowledge that will not only shape you into who you are, but how you can hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Your studies will land you into the job you want. And your character will help you determine the job you keep, to help you succeed no matter what set of cards life will hand you.Lastly, is SERVICE & COMMUNITY, and notice I didn’t say community service. I say these separately but they go hand in hand, because when unexpected things happen, you need service to step up and support each other as a community, just like how the world came together and served the country of our neighbors in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We were serving each other as citizens of the world, and building a community along the way. In this economy, we need to support each other through service, and foster a community for moral support. It’s the only way 10 years from now, one of you might be standing where I am today, painting a hopefully different picture, and reasons may still stand true.This is why I am happy I chose Seattle University. I have gone through broken hearts, losing the people I love, watching my friends and colleagues lose their jobs, gain it back, find my passions, and whatever set of cards life decided to hand me along the way. Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I have a city who provides me opportunities, an education that prepared me to be resilient while sharing my energy with others, and a support system as company along the way. For me, this is success.
Annie Lee, ‘05
Seattle University Athletics is delighted to honor two of our greatest female student athletes, Janet Hopps Adkisson and Pat Lesser Harbottle. Janet was 1953 intercollegiate Champion in Golf. Pat was the 1954-46 intercollegiate Champion in Tennis. The event will be held at the Space Needle on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Dress in business casual and come celebrate women athletes at Seattle U! Our silent auction and reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100.oo per person and include a complimentary drink.
Please email Greg Sempadianor call 206.398.4420 for more information.
The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woerdehoff to the position of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. A double alumna of Seattle University, Susan received her undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and her Executive MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics. Susan will be responsible for leading the university efforts to enhance alumni engagement and connection. Her first day of work in this leadership role is May 25.
Susan joins the university following a 20 year career with Microsoft where she was recently responsible for the strategy and operations of the cloud services support business following roles in sales, product strategy and development, marketing and finance. She brings enthusiasm and energy as well as the marketing, relationship management, and program development skills necessary for this important leadership role.
Please join us in welcoming Susan to Seattle University and offering your support in her new position!
The work of SU's Center for Strategic Communications Project on Family Homelessness is singled out as an example of "smart collaborations" in a new report, State of the News Media 2011, from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The report looks at the results from one of the journalism fellowships that we awarded last year, to the Seattle Times:
Bob Payne, the newspaper’s director of communities, wrote in an e-mail, “Collaborations and grant-funded journalism efforts are really taking off. With newspapers working with less in terms of money and bodies, looking for other ways to get important stories covered is becoming vital. More and more papers are dedicating time to research aimed at smart collaborations and grant applications.”The Times utilized a different form of partnership to produce a special report called, “Invisible Families, the Homeless You Don’t See.” The project was produced as part of a fellowship through Seattle University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Times received one of the fellowship grants to use as it saw fit. Other fellows included journalists from three other media organizations and two freelance journalists.Payne wrote, “In our case, the Invisible Families project from last August employed both of these angles to arrive at a compelling package for both print and online: grant money from Seattle University helped fund work on the project, and our partnerships with local news blogs helped bring diverse coverage to the project.”
Learn more about the project.
My name is Rezina Habtemariam and I am a Senior International Studies major and Global African Studies minor at Seattle University. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Senegal last August and just recently returned in January. Prior to embarking on this journey, the SU’s Global African Studies Program provided me with the solid foundation that I needed to truly grasp and maximize my experience. I have taken classes with both Professor Adejumobi and Professor Taiwo and the content of those courses still resonate with me. I was introduced to influential leaders like Patrice Lumumba, DuBois, Douglass, Ida B. Wells etc… This only created a greater desire in me to learn all that I can about Africa as well as the African Diaspora.
Professor Taiwo’s Perspective on Aid and Africa course was truly a life changing class. It completely shattered my naïve and undeveloped perception about aid and its manifestation in the African continent. Learning about prominent figures and reading imperative African literature inspired me to continue to learn and to travel abroad.
The Global African Studies Program is what attracted me to SU and is why I have stayed at SU. In addition to the incredible courses offered, the program hosts amazing on-campus events. For example, just last night, GAST along with the Central District Forum hosted Iyasah Shabazz – Malcolm X’s daughter and screened Princes Among Slaves – a documentary about a West African prince who was enslaved and brought to America. I truly believe that GAST has provided the opportunity and space to discuss imperative issues as well as to learn what may not be included in our text books. The Global African Studies Program has allowed me to grow intellectually and continues to shape the person I am becoming.
Rezina Habtemariam, ‘11
On February 14, Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. announced the launch of the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). The initiative will bring the university’s entire campus community together to improve the academic achievement of low-income youth living in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood, provide support for vulnerable families and strengthen the university’s educational programs.
The Youth Initiative will be a long-term campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, the Seattle School District, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children succeed in grades K-12, attend college and succeed in life.
Children and families living in the area served by Bailey Gatzert, just south of SU, face significant challenges. For example, youth violence and juvenile incarceration are among the highest in Seattle. Many area youth face significant academic challenges throughout their educational experience, creating barriers to graduating from high school - and a lack of access to higher education.
“Our dedication to helping and working side by side with underserved populations and those in need is proven and unwavering,” said President Sundborg. “The crisis is acute in our own backyard, and with community-building collaboration, we can make a difference.”
As a SU alumna and Catholic Filipina American, I found it difficult to stay rooted in my Catholic identity and to stay involved with service work and spiritual discussions once I graduated from Seattle U. I think I am not alone in this feeling. Being a young adult seeking spiritual connection in a highly secular world can be defeating at times. This is the driving force behind the Ignatian Spirituality Center’s program Spirituality on Tap. Spirituality on Tap addresses the thirst for spiritual nourishment that young adults seek after college and working and living in the world. It is a way for young adults, aged 21-35, to come together and discuss, pray and reflect on a spiritual topic that is relevant to today’s time and culture. As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at ISC, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fourth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome Fr. Mark Mossa, S.J., as our facilitator. It will be on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Fr. Mossa will share with us his own vocational journey and how God leads us on our own vocational journey through the “mistakes” and successes in life. For us who are scared of committing or “being tied down,” Fr. Mossa will discuss how narrowing our options can actually free us. Come and join us!
Hilda Guiao, ‘09
Baseball head coach Donny Harrel is preparing for this second season at the helm of the reinstated Seattle U baseball program. The squad will open the 2011 season on February 18 with a three-game series at Cal State Northridge before returning to Seattle to open the home slate with a three-game series against Notre Dame. The Friday, February 25th game will be played at Everett Memorial Stadium with the balance of the series at Seattle’s home venue, Bannerwood Park. For the complete schedule, visit GoSeattleU.com. As the team makes its final preparations, Coach Harrel provided his thoughts on the year:
We are extremely excited about our second year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We were kicked, bruised and beaten down in year one. We also got callused and experienced at the same time. This season our players know what to expect. Our program and alumni have been hard at work to enhance all of our facilities and get us up to speed with Division I expectations. We have added two large cages to our indoor facilities, so we can better prepare for the season and we are currently remolding the dugouts and bullpens at Bannerwood Park. The Seattle Mariners are coming in to build a professional mound at the field for us and we will continue to work to improve all of our facilities as our program grows. With not having baseball at the university for 26 years, it has been a lot of work by a lot of people. I feel very good about saying we are moving in the right direction and will continue to make our mark in the baseball world and in our community. Seattle U Baseball is up and coming and we have the right pieces of the puzzle in place to create success. The 2011 season will be another step toward our goal of being a successful baseball program on and off the field. We are also very excited about our home games against the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, Portland, Washington, Nevada, San Jose State, Sac State, New Mexico State, Pacific and others. The 2011 season should be a great step forward for all of us.
I wanted to let you, our alumni partners, know about our continuing efforts to achieve new levels of institutional excellence. Please allow me to brief you on some of our recent achievements. The total student headcount for fall 2010 was just shy of 8,000- an all-time high for Seattle University. All eight of our colleges and schools are doing well and I am very happy to share with you that the Albers School of Business & Economics, the undergraduate program in the College of Science & Engineering and the School of Law have all attained national distinction and are ranked among the best in their respective disciplines. Seattle University students were honored last year with the university’s 22nd Fulbright Scholar, 14th Truman Scholar and 14th Rotary Scholar—accomplishments that rival Ivy League institutions. The faculty, students and staff of the university secured $3.1M in ongoing externally funded research at the university. Not only are we the most accomplished independent university in the Pacific Northwest, we are also its largest and most diverse. We have made solid progress in advancing our Academic Strategic Action Plan. We completed a revision of the undergraduate learning objectives and launched a faculty-driven process to revise the undergraduate core-curriculum. Each college/school with graduate programs began a dialogue to determine in what ways the learning objectives of their program were consistent with the broad educational goals outlined by the Board of Trustees. We successfully engaged in a university- and city-wide collaborative process to inform and help guide the next stage of the Seattle University Youth Initiative through which we are strengthening our commitment to the youth of our immediate neighborhood. We opened the new Law School Annex, and planning is underway for the development of a new science education/research facility. We appointed Victoria Jones, Ph.D. as our first Associate Provost for Global Engagement. To better support our faculty in their research and scholarship, we established the Office of Research Services & Sponsored Projects and staffed it with a director and several key full-time staff as well as increased faculty development and recruiting funding. In partnership with Mission & Ministry, the Division of Academic Affairs is taking a lead role in developing the Catholic Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, which will encourage and support the study, discussion and research on topics connected to our Catholic intellectual heritage. We are clearly and strongly focused on achieving new levels of academic, artistic and scholarly distinction, and, to me, nothing symbolizes that commitment more than our renovated Lemieux Library and new McGoldrick Learning Commons. Opened in September, the library and learning commons are a shining example of our primary reason for being—to educate our students and prepare them to become engaged and active participants and leaders in our world while supporting our faculty and staff in their search for truth and further mastery of their fields of study.I look forward to our continued work together on behalf of this most worthwhile educational enterprise.
Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D.Provost
Our university has lost a dear friend who through the '80s and into the '90s performed a vital role on this campus. From her office desk in the old campus ministry McGoldrick Center, Sister Helen Bendik, O.P. kept a watchful eye on students, faculty and staff alike. Looking out onto the main entrance to campus, Helen’s smiling face was one of the first things people noticed when entering the campus and her ministry of hospitality would envelop both friends and strangers.
Campus Ministry was only a part of Helen’s work and those who were lucky enough to know her remember her dream interpretation workshops, Myers Briggs and Enneagram sessions as well as her longstanding work as moderator of the 4th floor of Bellermine. A little know fact about her was the pivotal role she played in getting a wrongly convicted inmate in the state penitentiary in Monroe released. This story became a feature article in the Alaska Airlines magazine.
Helen was famous for working back channels in order to retain students who were struggling with the many facets of university life. A call from Helen could secure additional financial aid, find much needed counseling or work out issues in the residence halls.
Helen’s greatest gift was her ability to help anyone and everyone understand how much they were loved by God. Through her patience and understanding she could sense what people needed and help them remove the obstacles which get in the way of a true relationship with God. Her mantra was “All Is Gift” and her life reflected that. Her legacy at SU lives on in the lives of the many students and university members whom she touched. She will be missed.
Mike "The Mayor" MullenSeattle University '89Facilities Operations
Waking up at 0600 in order to get in a good run and enjoy the Hawaiian sunrise hardly sounds like “pre-deployment training”. But I was fortunate enough to spend 8 days in Hawaii and 20 days in Taiwan with 21 other cadets from around the country, learning about Taiwanese culture. In Hawaii I received a crash course in Mandarin and had thorough presentations from my peers on Taiwanese culture and governmental experts.
The first ten days were spent at the Republic of China Military Academy. We were assigned a Taiwanese cadet and stayed in the barracks with him or her. We joined them in their field training. We also attended a lecture on U.S. and Taiwanese relations that explained, in great detail, the complexity of relations between the two countries. We explored the countryside, visited night markets, visited Buddhist temples, and even started “the wave” at a baseball game. The main purpose for this cultural trip was to get to know Taiwanese cadets and the Taiwanese culture so that in the future, the US has military leaders with expertise and cultural understanding when dealing in foreign relations. I now have lifelong friends that are future military leaders from the US and Taiwan. I also have a greater respect and understanding for Taiwanese culture. Jennifer Davidson, ‘11
When I attended a screening of the film Race to Nowhere, I had just taken a job as the Director of Marketing for the College of Education. A mother of two academically over-achieving boys, I will admit that I didn’t think this was a movie that would have much impact on me personally. I was very wrong. This is was one of the most compelling movies I have ever seen, and every parent should see it. Whether you have children who are sailing through school or who have challenges, you will be moved by what is really going on in our schools and by the pressures all children and teens are facing today. There’s not a parent out there who doesn’t want the best education for their children. But at what price? My favorite quote from the movie was, “I’m afraid my children are going to sue me someday for stealing their childhood.” Kids don’t play anymore. Learning is competitive from the first day of kindergarten. Sports are no longer fun, they are competitive starting at pee-wee, and the perception is that the longer your child’s resume, the better chance they have to get into selective colleges. If your children are in high school, and you can tear them away from their homework in three AP class or their second sporting practice of the evening, bring them along – and then have a great conversation in the car on the ride home! Learn more at www.rtn.com.
Paula HermannDirector of Marketing, College of EducationSeattle UniversityComplimentary tickets available for January 25 screening at SU.
Happy 2011! Update on one the great changes here on campus. In mid-October, groundbreaking began on a $10 million student Fitness Center, another milestone in the transformation of the university campus. The 21,000-square-foot Fitness Center will adjoin the Connolly Center, with completion by September 2011.
The center is one result of the university's highly successful capital campaign that raised more than $164 million. "The Fitness Center is not only is a significant investment in student life but also is designed to achieve LEED Gold status, reflecting the university's widely recognized commitment to sustainable practices and green building design," said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary.The Fitness Center will include cardio training, weight training, group exercise studios, fitness assessment, staff offices, lockers and shower facilities, and outdoor recreation equipment. The building will enhance the immediate streetscape with a rain garden and windows that will provide an attractive perspective from the street, especially at night.
After graduating from Seattle U in 2005, I often found myself contemplating my next steps: Should I go to graduate school? What are my passions? How can I use my gifts and talents in a way that brings me joy but also serves the needs of the world? When I saw an advertisement for the “Living Into Your Life” discernment series that Magis was sponsoring, I decided that it was exactly what I needed. Over the course of a couple of months, I gained valuable tools, grounded in the Ignatian tradition, for discernment. One of the greatest things about the series was the sense of community that I found in the small group of young adults journeying through the same kinds of important life questions. We supported each other through that very vulnerable place of our deepest longings and held each other in love and respect as we gave space to those hopes and dreams and fears. I am grateful that I participated in the series and for the discernment tools and friendships that I gained.
Click here for more information on how to participate in this year's "Living Into your Life" series.
Marissa Turner, '05
Dear Alumni & Friends-
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are looking forward to the approaching holiday season. In the spirit of such a season, I wanted to take this chance to extend an invitation, on behalf of the student body at Seattle University, to join us on campus for a very special holiday celebration. It’s a new annual tradition emphasizing the spirit of the holidays by harnessing the community atmosphere of family and friends at Seattle University. The Illuminating the Holidays event will occur on December 1st from 7pm-8pm in the Lemieux Library East Plaza. Illuminating the Holidays will include complementary hot cocoa and cookies served in the Student Center Lobby, a toy drive, holiday carols, and a culminating ceremonial tree and campus lighting. I sincerely hope you will join us for such a spirited new tradition at Seattle University!
Kevin EggersASSU President
On behalf of the Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS), we are excited to partner with the American Indian Instituteto host the first public screening of Dakota 38 on Thursday, December 9th in the Seattle University Pigott Auditorium! Dakota 38 is a feature length documentary film by Smooth Feather Productions which tells the story of this 330 mile journey. See the film trailer. Both Eric Noyes, Director of the American Indian Institute, and Jim Miller, the Lakota Spiritual Leader who inspired the film, will be in attendance and will join us in a panel discussion after the film screening. Admission is free, for film details and tickets are available here.
Thanks to our campus partners, the Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and others, for their support of this event.
Thank you,Gail Lasprogata, DirectorSeattle University Center for the Study of Justice in Society
The alumni of Matteo Ricci College enjoyed two days of events commemorating the 35thAnniversary of the founding of the college and the 400th Anniversary of their patron, Matteo Ricci. Thursday, October 21, at the Inaugural Matteo Ricci College Lecture in the Humanities, Oxford University’s Rev. Antoni Ucerler S.J. spoke on the “Global Legacy of Matteo Ricci, A Jesuit Humanist’s Encounter with China.” Images, insights, and excerpts from original texts provided an almost personal encounter with Ricci. On Friday, a hugely successful first Alumni Symposium brought together alums from throughout the history of the college – from the 1st graduating class through class 2010. A professionally diverse panel of alumni addressed the ways in which the study of the humanities has impacted their life and work. At the reception in the Paccar Atrium, alumni reconnected over great food, conversation, and a strolling magician. If you have not already been to the 6th floor of the beautifully redesigned library, make sure to take the opportunity to see the stunning 6-panel Ricci map of the world, created with the permission of the Library of Congress from a detailed digital scan of Ricci’s original, hand-drawn map. Alumni of Matteo Ricci College can be proud to know that this map, which Ricci himself considered to have a magical effect due to its size and format, was presented as a gift from Matteo Ricci College to the University.
L-R Fr. Roger Gillis, S.J. and Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J.Dear Friends –Since the full knowledge of my cancer became known to everyone I have been overcome by the positive notes and visits and to a certain extent, the overwhelmingness shouldn’t be surprising because I was bowled over by the realization of how much I am loved. Part of the reason for feeling overwhelmed was also because I was realizing just how much I am loved – loved so deeply. (I am never surprised how good and beautiful you are, realizing that about myself was more difficult. But the two go together!) This confirms that when I am in touch with the Holy Spirit, I believe and act out of love. It is not always easy to love ourselves. On the other hand, it is easy for me to love all of you. It isn’t too tricky, because if you love other people, they’ll love you back! My apostolic mission at S.U. has been to love other people. I open up a card and you would thank me for something I did – and you reminded me of it. But lovers don’t keep score.And just as we need to be reenergized or encouraged in the Holy Spirit in communal worship, retreats, and friendships, I have a few things to encourage you with:Forgive one another. Mr. Thirty-two Search is ALWAYS moved to tears with people finding it in themselves to reconcile. That is at the center of our belief.Take time to be with each other and to encourage each other. You can’t build community at a distance. We all get busy but take time for one another because this is how we know we are loved.Take care of yourself. I’ve learned a lot about health and a shout-out to all of my women friends 40 and over, please get a mammogram. Also, Fr. Mike lost weight and if he can do it, so can you! In all of this, take heed of St. John’s call: Love one another.Love, love, love,Fr. Rog
As an alum of Seattle U, you have a unique opportunity to continue to derive value from your University relationship through our Annual Business Plan Competition and Business Roundtables. The Competition is open to alums as well as our current students. It essentially gives contestants a chance to “test drive” their idea, with the active support of the business community. We have $30,000 in prize money plus the ideas are exposed to potential investors—prior contestants have raised over $2million from this exposure. The business roundtables—Executive and Next Generation—provide for peer-to-peer conversations with other business professionals as well as offer continual professional development. This highly successful program has been helping business professionals run their company more effectively as well as provide assistance to the critical steps in succession planning.
Both the competition and roundtables are more fully described on our website: Entrepreneurship Center. I would be glad to take your call if you would like to participate or learn more. Steve
If you didn't make it to the grand dedication of SU's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, you need to come do so. Seriously. From the state of the art media center to the stunning art collection, the doors are open to visitors and well worth a visit. "This library and learning commons heralds a new era at Seattle University, the era of the great university." These words of President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., rang loud and true at the Sept. 30 dedication of the new facility- SU's largest ever investment in academics and scholarship. Hundreds of guests comprised of donors, students, faculty and staff turned out for the ceremony to mark one of the most significant moments in the 120-year history of Seattle University. Slideshow & video of the day's events.