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!
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.
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.
We're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!
Our VIP Seattle University Alumni pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other campus leadership and alumni! A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed. Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium. Wednesday May 23rdSeattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from 5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest LoftKickoff at 7p.m.Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKSUse the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.The Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington! This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park. The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out. Tuesday May 22Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)Purchase tickets. Use promo code albers
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
President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards Good evening. Indeed this is a very good evening! I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year. It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you. I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.
I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving. I want you to take full pride in it. It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.So thanks to all of you. Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work. And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be. I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you. Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission. It is our alumni. As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission." They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others. We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world. On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now. We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission. What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.
Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank. May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
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!
Since Fall quarter of 2011, twelve students in the Sport Administration and Leadership program have been acquiring the skills and the knowledge needed to organize a 5k fun run. All of those talents are now being put to use to present the Inaugural Bring on the Sun Run, the beginning of a tradition that will be passed down to future students in the program.The purpose of this run, other than to gain valuable real world experience, is to raise money for charity. All the proceeds raised during this event are going to the Boys and Gils Club of King County, who is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative. The Bring on the Sun Run will occur on May 5, 2012 at 9 AM at Magnuson Park. For those who want to register, please look at our web site for more information. All those who register will receive a technical tee the day of the race. Please sign up soon as spots are going fast, and after April 15 sizes cannot be guaranteed.
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!
Join Seattle University Athletics for a very special night as we honor two of our greatest student-athletes, two-time college tennis All-American, Tom Gorman, and our number one golfer during his collegiate career, Orrin Vincent.
Friday, March 30th, 2012 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
Located at 914 E. Jefferson Street on the Seattle University CampusParking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way
5:00pm - No-Host Reception
$100 per person for dinner and complimentary drink
RSVP by Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Please return the enclosed card
Email Greg Sempadian or call 206-398-4420.
You can also register online at www.GoSeattleU.com
Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics
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!
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'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.
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
Monday, September 12, 201111:30 a.m. Registration1:00 p.m. Shotgun startPlease consider joining campus leadership and fellow alumni for the 9th Annual O’Brien Open at the Golf Course at Redmond Ridge. We’ll be celebrating Seattle University’s men’s basketball program. This tournament is the longest running consecutive event for SU athletics, and is guaranteed to be a great time for all. Named for Eddie and Johnny O’Brien, basketball players who propelled the SU Chieftains into the national spotlight in the 1950s. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all funds raised will go to support Redhawks men’s basketball at SU. Register today.
For more information, contact Greg Sempadian.
When I was researching about MBA programs, prior to joining Seattle University Albers School of Business, I attended the information session for another premier business school. The admissions director of the school noted three key stakeholders that influenced the MBA program. The first stakeholder he mentioned was the companies that hired and recruited their students. The second stakeholder was the alumni of the business school. That message still resonates with me. The third stakeholder, according to him, was the distinguished and accomplished faculty of the school. After graduating from SU's MBA program in 2010, I went back into the professional world taking up a consulting role. Very soon you don’t see those colleagues and friends often that you used to meet at school, and with whom you’ve spend countless hours working on case studies, preparing PowerPoint presentations or drafting summary reports. We all got busy in our personal lives and professional careers. The Albers Alumni Happy Hour was started in 2010 by a group of networking-oriented alums. But unfortunately the event died soon, as you may have guessed, when the organizers got busy in their careers. I really enjoyed the event because it gave me the chance to meet old friends, peers and other alums in a very informal and relaxed setting. And it is organized during happy hours, another excuse to attend it. The idea to restart this event is on the same thinking and we hope that you will join us. Seattle University has a maximum number of alums in the Pacific Northwest region, specifically in the greater Seattle area (about 31,000). While there are regular alumni events, something on the more informal side is what the Albers Alumni Happy Hour provides. You will be amazed to see the diverse professionals from the school and the university. If you are an avid networker, what better way to connect with other alumni than over a few drinks? This event is open to current students and other SU school graduates. Going forward the plan is to organize it once a quarter, to keep it interesting and not too frequent.See you tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at Palomino Seattle. Alumni from all SU schools and colleges welcome!Mehul Mediwala, '10
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.
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.
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.
Dressed for success and with resumes in hand, students, alumni and community members packed Campion Ballroom this April for Seattle University Career Services' annual Career Expo. Nearly 500 attendees had the chance to learn more about job and internship opportunities from the 63 companies represented at the expo, including Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Seattle University is committed working with alumni through through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities. Click here for a list of upcoming alumni professional development opportunities. Learn more about Career Services.
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
"The dogs were my first friends," is how Father Twohy opened his remarks to a crowd gathered at Saint Joseph's Parish in Seattle, to hear him reflect on 35 years of living and working on the Swinomish reservation in Shelton, Washington. When he first arrived on the reservation, all those years ago, it took some time before he was accepted by tribal members, as he was a true outsider on many levels. He recalled for the audience an encounter with Clara, an elder, whom he had approached for some advice. He was still new to the reservation and counted only a pack of dogs and a few kids as his friends. He was looking for some words of wisdom to help him bridge the gap he was feeling, and facing, in the community.
After being introduced and asking his questions he was faced with a period of painful silence on her part. After forever passed she stated, "If you ever grow up you will be a good man." Not exactly the advice he was seeking! Fortunately for all, he became an accepted member of the community living and sharing their dreams, heartbreaks, joys, births and deaths over the years. While reflecting on the ongoing challenges the Native Americans continually face ,he summed it all up saying, "The love is greater than the sadness when the people come together." He told the audience of many encounters he had witnessed, and took part in, proving those words are etched into the souls of the communities he loves. Father has left the reservation allowing younger priests the opportunity to serve. He is currently active in supporting the community work of the Chief Seattle Club in their support and outreach to all Nations. The following is from a graduation ceremony a couple of years ago in Spokane, Washington. Says it all...
"...Gonzaga University honored Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J. with a Doctor of Law degree. Twohy is the Superior of Jesuits working in the Rocky Mountain Mission with native people throughout the Northwest. The citation read at the ceremony stated: “Elders from the Colville, Tulalip, Lummi, Upper Skagit, Swinomish, and Snohomish tribal communities all agree on one thing: Father Pat Twohy has an Indian soul, walks the talk of Jesus Christ and is a holy man. He is a Black Robe who gets ‘it’: with ‘it’ being the healthy and happy reconciliation of two seemingly contradictory allegiances: being Native and Catholic.” Twohy is a published poet and a gifted oil painter who knows French, Spanish and several tribal languages. He loves to ride horses, practices Tai Chi and kayaks..."
M. Barrett Miller, ‘68
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.
Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors is delighted to announce this year’s Alumni Award recipients, all of whom represent what is best about our university and its alumni. Please consider joining us on April 5 to celebrate their achievements!
We will recognize and honor their outstanding contributions to our community at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 5, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Campion Ballroom on campus. Tickets are $25 per person.
Alumna of the Year: Betty Petri Hedreen, ‘57
Professional Achievement Award: William Marler, ‘87
University Service Award: Anita Crawford-Willis, ‘82, ‘86
Community Service Award: Ezra Teshome, ‘76
Distinguished Teaching Award: Toni Vezeau, RN, PhD
Outstanding Recent Alumnus: Ryan Schmid, ‘07
Read about each winner’s accomplishments.
Email registration or call 206-296-5664.
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
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
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.
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena. At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email. Merry Christmas!SU's Office of Alumni Relations
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena.
At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email.
SU's Office of Alumni Relations
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.
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.
Seattle University kicks off its new Catholic Heritage Lecture Series this month by welcoming Kenneth Miller, professor of biology from Brown University, for a presentation on “Darwin, God, and Design: America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution.” The Catholic Church, Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, points out, has come to recognize the validity of the theory of evolution. “As Catholics, we believe there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between science and religion,” he says. “Catholics see God at work in the evolutionary process even if it seems haphazard and strange. “Intellectual inquiry can be strengthened by faith,” he continues, “and some questions cannot be resolved by reason alone.”
The lecture series is one component of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, which the university will launch next fall. Ely says the purpose of the institute “is to help the university community appreciate the rich and diverse Catholic intellectual tradition, expressed not only in philosophy and theology, but in literature, arts, science, political theory and every aspect of culture.” In addition to the lecture series, the institute will support and encourage a variety of efforts by SU faculty to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to the surface and in conversation with issues of the day.
The first Catholic Heritage Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Pigott Auditorium. Learn more.